Category Archives: It’s An Honor

Shady Grove Baptist – celebrating 150 years

By David Meade
One hundred and fifty years ago, Shady Grove Baptist Church was founded when fourteen black men and women set out from nearby Washington Baptist Church, just one and one-half miles east, and began meeting in a Brush Arbor. The date was Feb. 15, 1867, making Shady Grove Baptist one of the oldest churches in Greenville County.

Palmetto High Auditorium now known as Alexander Auditorium

In memory of long time board member Fred Alexander
Pictured – Anderson Disctrict One Superintendent David Havird read a proclamation honoring Fred Alexander (deceased) for his 26 years of service to Anderson School District One and the District One Board of Trustees. A presentation to family members included a framed photo of Alexander, a copy of the proclamation and a special State House resolution presented by House District 10 Rep. Joshua Putnam. Family members present for the program included (l-r) children Barry Alexander, Rhonda Hightower and Randy Alexander and wife Wanda.

Local Cadet participates in Trump Presidential Inaugural Parade

In The Citadel Summerall Guards

Citadel Cadet Cory Nathan Taylor of Williamston was among cadets in the Citadel Summerall Guards participating in the Presidential Inauguration Parade held in Washington Jan. 20. The Summerall Guards are a silent precision drill platoon from The Citadel. According to The Citadel website, they demonstrate The Citadel ideals of honor, integrity, loyalty, leadership, self-discipline and patriotism. Consisting of 61 members, the Summerall Guards are first-class (senior) cadets who go through a rigorous physical training and initiation process and are chosen for their physical stamina and drill proficiency.

Woodmont to induct five into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Woodmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame will honor their 4th class induction during the home basketball game with J. L. Mann High School this Friday, Jan. 20. The five inductees in this year’s class (Class of 2016) are Shane Godfrey, Ricky McCombs, Michael Sanders, Sandy Cash, and Cindy Cash. The start time for the double-header of games is 6 pm.

Woodmont High to induct five into Athletic Hall of Fame

The Woodmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be honoring the 4th class in the Athletic Hall of Fame during the home basketball game with J. L. Mann High School on Frid. Jan. 20. The five inductees in this year’s class (Class of 2016) are Shane Godfrey, Ricky McCombs, Michael Sanders, Sandy Cash, and Cindy Cash. The start time for the double-header of games is 6 pm.

Mustang Stadium Field named for Dale Martin

C. Dale Martin Field

Former Anderson School District One Football Coach and Administrator Dale Martin was recognized during halftime ceremonies of the Palmetto Mustangs vs. Pendleton 3A playoff game Friday (Nov. 18). Martin (center), accompanined by wife Carol and family members, was recognized Friday during the Palmetto High Playoff game. Palmetto High Assistant Principal Mike Kelly (left) Superintendent David Havird (2nd from left) and School Board member Dr. Doug Atkins (right) joined in honoring Martin with a plaque recognizing him “For his years of service to Palmetto High School and the Palmetto Comunity.” A permanent marker will be placed in the area of the north end zone designating the field as the C. Dale Martin Field.

Martin to be recognized during halftime of Palmetto Playoff game

Former Anderson School District One Football Coach and Administrator Dale Martin will be recognized during halftime ceremonies of the Palmetto Mustang vs. Pendleton 3A playoff game this Friday, Nov. 18. The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees recently announced that the Palmetto High Football Field will be named in honor of Martin.

Martin worked in public education for 34 years and in School District One as a teacher, coach, assistant prinicpal and principal He also served on the Anderson One School Board from the late 1980s until 2006 and He currently represents the District on the Anderson County Board of Education.

Martin coached at Palmetto High School in the late 60s and 70s and was the head football coach at Palmetto when the Mustangs won the State 3A Championship in 1970. He also put a lot of time, energy and effort into the football field at Palmetto.

Honoring Our Veterans

Palmetto High AFJROTC Cadets participate in Laying of the Memorial Wreath during the Veterans Day Service held Friday at the Veterans Memorial in Williamston. The program included honoring local Veterans and those from the area who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. The names of 61 Veterans how died in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan were read out loud followed by ringing of a bell for each one. A Moment of Silence and playing of Taps followed.

Palmetto High Football Field to be named for Dale Martin

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that the Palmetto High Football Field will be named for former coach and administrator Dale Martin. Martin worked in public education for 34 years and in School District One as a teacher, coach, administrator and long time board member.

He coached Palmetto’s football team when they won the State 3A Championship in 1970. He also put a lot of time, energy and effort into the football field at Pelmetto, according to Superintendent David Havird. Martin is a member of the Palmetto High School Hall of Fame. He currently represents the District on the County Board of Education.

Martin will officially be recognized during halftime ceremonies at the November 18 playoff game.

Council recognizes Rachel Wyatt – Miss America Runner Up

During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson County Council recognized Rachel Wyatt with a resolution recognizing her success in being chosen as Miss South Carolina and as First Runner Up in the Miss America pageant recently. Wyatt, of Piedmont, graduated from Wren High School and currently attends Clemson University.

Powdersville Teen wins national competition

Distinguished Young Woman of America contest

 By Stan Welch – For the first time in fifty nine years, a South Carolina teenager has won the national competition for the Distinguished Young Woman of America contest. Tara Moore, of Powdersville, representing the state, won first place in the competition, formerly known as America’s Junior Miss. The competition was founded in 1958 in Mobile Alabama, where it is still held annually.

Community loses two dedicated firemen in recent weeks

By David Meade

The Williamston Fire Department and community held funeral services last week for former Fire Chief and resident Tommy W. Walker, 89.

Walker was one of the early firefighters still around. He started his career as a volunteer Williamston fireman when he was only 13 years old, according to his daughter Debbie. “He would help Daddy Tom, my granddad, because he was hard of hearing,” she said. “He started going to fires to hear for him so it would not be so dangerous.”

Miss Clemson Rachel Wyatt crowned Miss South Carolina

Rachel Wyatt of Piedmont, competing as Miss Clemson, was crowned Miss South Carolina Saturday night in Columbia. The 21-year-old is a graduate of Wren High School and attends Clemson University. She performed a jazz dance in the talent competition Saturday night. Wyatt was also Miss SC Teen and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2013. She will compete in the Miss America Pageant September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City. Her platform is Enriching the Lives of Special Needs Adults.

Miss-Anderson-County-TeenresBrooklyn Brewster of Williamston won the Miss SC Teen Talent preliminary last Tuesday with a baton routine. Competing as Miss Anderson County Teen, she finished in the top 10 out of 62 contestants in the Miss SC Teen pageant. Brewester was also awarded the Duke of Edinburgh award, Presidential Service Award, and Preliminary talent award winner with a $500 savings bond. Brewster attends Palmetto High School and is a featured twirler for the Palmetto High Marching Regiment band. She was also named Miss Sophmore at Palmetto. Brooklyn is the daughter of Lisa Brewster of Williamston. Grandparents Larry and Joyce Coker of Pelzer.

Brock Lane Dedication

A dedication program was held Sunday for Williamston’s newest street, Brock Lane, located just off Williams Street. As part of the program, an original version of the sign was presented to Rita Brock, widow of Wayne Brock, whom the street was named. Making the presentation were Williamston Town Councilman Ward 3 David Harvell, Ward 4 Councilman Otis Scott, Rita Brock, Mayor Mack Durham, and Ward 2 Councilman Rockey Burgess. (Courtesy photos by EW Director Sonya Crandall)

Local veteran advises – “Have faith in God . . . Do something for your country”

Local Veteran James “Jim” Haning at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington , DC. Haning found his friend dead in their tent one night. It tormented Haning that he wasn’t there for his friend. When he was able to touch his name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, his torment was gone.

by Vickie Creamer

James “Jim” Haning dreamed of being a soldier since the tender age of five. His family lived on a farm in Oklahoma and Haning had already left home when he lied about his age in order to get into the Army at 17. He has three older sisters, one older brother who joined the Air Force and one younger brother who joined the Air Force. Haning served our country 23 years, 6 months, and 28 days. He is now 86 years old. His beloved wife passed in July, 2013.

Haning was sent to the Philippines in 1950 where he served as a telephone equipment repairman. About three and a half years later, he was assigned to the Air Force on temporary duty because they needed more support.

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