Category Archives: Government & Politics

Large crowd turns out to hear Dr. Ben Carson

By Stan Welch

A capacity crowd of more than six hundred fifty people turned out to see and hear Dr. Ben Carson, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Dr. Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, is something of a rock star in Republican circles, and his reception Wednesday night did nothing to dispel that perception.

Carson spent approximately forty five minutes moving from the entrance into the meeting room at the Anderson Civic Center to his table perhaps sixty feet away. Handshakes, hugs and ‘selfies’ by the hundred kept him surrounded by a throng of enthusiastic supporters. So dense was the crowd that getting close enough to ask questions was difficult. He did say that compared to the fifteen thousand surgeries he performed during his career, the rigors of the campaign trail are a piece of cake.

Support growing for removing flag

Among Government officials

A survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds if all supporters cast a vote.

The Post and Courier newspaper, the South Carolina Press Association and The Associated Press asked all lawmakers how they intend to vote. At least 33 senators and 83 House members say the flag should go.

That appears to meet the two-thirds majority needed from both chambers to move the battle flag. That rule is part of the 2000 compromise that took the flag off the Statehouse dome and put a smaller, square version beside a monument to Confederate soldiers.

Dr. Ben Carson in Anderson July 1

At Civic Center of Anderson

Due to overwhelming response to the Dr. Ben Carson visit to Anderson on Wed., July 1, the event is being relocated to the Civic Center of Anderson at 3027 MLK Jr. Blvd in Anderson. Dr. Carson is speaking at the request of the Anderson County Republican Party. The public is invited. Dress is casual. Musical entertainment will be provided by Jenkins Holler Blue Grass Band.

The doors open at 6 pm with the food served at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15.00 per person and $25.00 per couple. Whole table purchases are available. Please e-mail or call in your reservations so that there will be plenty of food for all, a spokersperson said.

Dr. Ben Carson in Anderson July 1

Republican Presidential hopeful

Dr. Ben Carson will be visiting Anderson on Wed., July 1 at the invitation of the Anderson County Republican Party. Dr. Carson will be the Speaker at a Bar-B-Que at Creekside Bar-B-Que that evening at 1115 Salem Church Road, Anderson SC 29621 located off Clemson Boulevard.

Dr. Ben Carson believes that the private sector should provide many services that government provides today and believes in lower taxes. Dr. Carson supports citizens contributing school supplies for students. Please consider bringing any school supplies such as pencils, notebook paper, rulers, etc.

The public is invited. Dress is casual. Musical entertainment will be provided by Jenkins Holler Blue Grass Band.

The doors open at 6 pm with the food served at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15.00 per person and $25.00 per couple. Whole table purchases are available. Please e-mail or call in your reservations so that there will be plenty of food for all, a spokersperson said.

All are welcome; please call or email to reserve your place. E-mail Mary Mills at mamills_2001@yahoo.com (note underscore between s and 2) Or call 864-933-6141 or 864-221-1221. Be sure to give your name and number attending.

Graham announces presidential bid

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U. S. Senator Lindsey Graham launched his Republican Presidential campaign Monday in his hometown of Central. Graham, 59 has never lost an election and is joining an already crowded GOP field vieing for the 2016 Republican nomination. He has served in the U. S. Senate since 2003. Graham seved in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995-2003.

Anderson County Republican Party to hold precinct reorganization

The Anderson County Republican Party (ACRP) will hold Precinct Reorganization March 16, at 6:30 pm at seven regional locations. Precinct Reorganization is performed by political parties once every two years, as specified in state law. This is an opportunity to become involved in the ACRP and gain a voting voice on the county party level.

Precinct officers will be elected for each precinct, including an Executive Committeeman who has the precinct’s vote on issues at ACRP monthly meetings. Additionally this is the process to become a delegate to the ACRP county convention and be placed on the convention ballot to seek election as delegate to the SC Republican Party state convention.

Davis named to SCDOT Commission

The Legislative Delegation of the 3rd Congressional District has named Ben H. Davis Jr. to the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Commission.

Davis, of Greenwood, was elected Commissioner during a Legislative Delegation meeting Thursday, Feb. 12.. South Carolina Senator William Hamilton “Billy” O’Dell, the Senior Senator of the 3rd Congressional District, called the meeting that included South Carolina Senator Thomas C. Alexander and South Carolina Representative Shannon R. Riley.

Sen. Bryant talks with area residents on local, state issues

By Stan Welch

State Senator Kevin Bryant has been holding a series of “Fire House Chat” meetings to get input and response from his constituents. One thing he has learned is that holding such meetings just a few days before Christmas may not be the way to go.

Forty five minutes into his Tuesday evening meeting (Dec. 16) at the Powdersville Fire Department, a dozen adults and three minors had gathered; a fact that Bryant ruefully acknowledged, saying that next year a different schedule might be more useful. Still, he carried on with his presentation about the coming legislative session, and answered questions from the audience.

Donnie Jeanes running for West Pelzer Council

Donnie Jeanes, 33, is one of four candidates running for the open seat on West Pelzer Town Council.

Jeanes has been the manager of a local business, Bill’s Tires, for 19 years. He is a lifelong resident of the Pelzer/West Pelzer area and has resided in West Pelzer for five years. He and his wife Brittany have a fourteen month old daughter. Jeanes has been a member of the West Pelzer Fire Department for 14 years and has served in several officer positions including Lieutenant, captain and assistant cheif.

He said his experience as an officer with the fire department, has made him well aware of how taxpayers dollars should be spent. He said if elected, he will be conservative with taxpayer dollars.

Sen. O’Dell recognized for supporting agriculture

By Stan Welch

Senator Billy O’Dell added to a long list of awards received as a legislator when the South Carolina Farm Bureau honored him earlier this month with one of its two Legislator of the Year awards. O’Dell was recognized for his support of agriculture in South Carolina and his efforts “to help agriculture survive and thrive in South Carolina”.

Odom announces for West Pelzer council seat

David Odom is running for the open seat on the West Pelzer town council. “I have lived in West Pelzer most of my life and I feel like it is time to give back to the community I love so much,” he said.

He is the son of Joe and Ann Odom and a proud graduate of Palmetto High School as well as Greenville Technical College. He has two associates degrees, one in Management and the other in Fire Service Administration. He is a US Army veteran who was honorably discharged after working as a Military Police soldier at Ft. McClellan and Ft. Bragg.

Towns to receive rec grants

West Pelzer, Williamston

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Legislative Delegation met last Friday in their annual winter meeting, and awarded several recreation grants to various organizations and municipalities.

A proposed park along the East- West Parkway came closer to reality as $12,500 was granted by the delegation. The delegation, which has come under fire in recent months because of the General Assembly’s failure to fully fund the local aid to subdivisions, has argued that the shortfall is addressed in other ways, including the distribution of PARD funds.

Closer to home, both Williamston and West Pelzer received $5000 grants for use in improving their playground facilities. The towns of Belton and Honea Path received similar grants as well.

Local representatives express views for better government

By Stan Welch

Several members of the Anderson County Legislative Delegation spoke before the First Monday Club, a non-partisan, politically oriented civic organization. On hand were Senators Billy O’Dell and Kevin Bryant, as well as state representatives Anne Thayer, Joshua Putnam, and Jonathon Hill, who defeated incumbent Don Bowen in the Republican primary earlier this year.

While each legislator presented specific issues they hope to see addressed in the coming year, infrastructure and ethics reform are clearly at the top of the list for all of them.

Absentee voting opens for West Pelzer election

The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Anderson County will begin in-house absentee voting on Wednesday, December 3 for the West Pelzer Special Election.

Citizens of West Pelzer Municipality that are registered voters, who qualify, and need to cast an absentee ballot for the December 30 Special Election may do so during the hours of 8:30 until 5:00 p.m. weekdays.

Four sign up for vacant West Pelzer council seat

Special election Dec. 30

By Stan Welch

The slate for West Pelzer’s special election next month has been filled, and filing is closed. Four people have filed to run for the town council seat vacated by Robert Alexander last month. They are Donnie Jeanes, Jim Riddle, Shyanne Webb, and David Odom, whose mother Ann is a former Council member.

Alexander resigned his seat after moving out of town to pursue an employment opportunity. The Town Council has struggled from time to time with having an even number of members.

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