Category Archives: Piedmont

Waste Management trucks using alternative route

Pelzer and West Pelzer will be seeing more truck traffic over the next two to three weeks

Outbound Waste Management trucks leaving the Duke energy W.S. Lee plant for the landfill in Homer, Ga. will be using a secondry route for the next three weeks due to repair work being done by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) on the primary route. According to Duke Energy Spokesperson Emily DeRoberts, District Manager of the SC Government and Community Relations Team for Duke Energy Carolinas, the documented secondary route from early 2015 presented many concerns,so a new alternative secondary route has been designated.

“We have carefully assessed an alternate secondary route that is safer for drivers and the community. We anticipate this route will be used for approximately 2-3 weeks, beginning Monday August 29,” DeRoberts said.

South Greenville Fire Department celebrates 50th

A large crowd turned out Saturday for the South Greenville Fire Department fiftieth anniversary celebration. Three of the four former and present paid chiefs were in attendance along with some former paid and volunteer firefighters. The department was organized in 1965 with all volunteers and has grown to eight full time manned stations throughout the years. The department also has a full time paramedic staffed truck to serve the residents of the community in case of a medical emergency. (Photo by David Rogers)

Public invited to hear more on coal ash removal, truck routes

By Stan Welch/David Meade

For decades, the W.S. Lee Steam Plant burned coal to produce electricity. The waste product from that process, coal ash, was stored in holding ponds on the site. Duke Energy, in partnership with Waste Management, will begin removing more than three million tons of that coal ash in mid May.

The ash would be relocated by truck to Waste Management’s R&B Landfill, a fully lined and permitted solid waste disposal facility, in Homer, Ga.

To explain the project, which is expected to take approximately three years, and to answer the public’s questions, Duke Energy is hosting an open house next Thursday, May 7 at the Williamston Municipal Center. The hours are from 4:30 p.m. untll 7:30 p.m. Bus tours to the plant will be available as well.

Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier said that the energy giant understands that the project will be highly visible, but every effort is being made to reduce the impact on the community.

SGFD to celebrate 50 years

South Greenville Fire Department will be hosting a celebration of 50 years of service to the community. The event will be held on May 2 at South Greenville Fire Department Headquarters located at 8305 Augusta Rd. Pelzer from 1 p.m. until 4 pm.

There will be a Special Ceremony at 2 p.m. with invocation by Rev. Shane Donald and welcoming by South Greenville Fired Department Chief Ken Taylor. Guest speakers will include Rep. Eric Beddingfield, Vice Chairman Greenville County Counsel Butch Kirven, and South Carolina Firefighters Association President Joe Palmer. The public is invited.

South Greenville County – election

Voters in three area Greenville County Special Purpose Districts will also choose who will represent them.

Piedmont Public Service District has three seats to be filled. Incumbents running unopposed include Al C. McAbee Jr, Ed Poore and Terry Yates .

The Canebrake Fire Special Election has three seats to be filled: Kyle Gilley and Randy McRae.

Dunklin Fire has three seats to be filled: Fay T Childress, Mark E Pittman and Danny Smith.

SC House Rep. District 28 Rep. Eric Beddingfield is running unopposed.

Greenville County Council District 26 will choose between incumbent Republican Lynn W. Ballard and Democrat Windell Rodgers.

Deputy involved in shooting at Piedmont gas station

A Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputy was involved in a shooting at a Piedmont Hwy. gas station Monday morning after a suspect refused to follow commands of deputies, then exited the vehicle approaching deputies and reaching into his waistbans as if he was reaching for a weapon.

The sheriff’s offfice stated the deputy feared for his safety and the safety of other deputies on the scene.

The shooting occurred after deputies responded to an incident Monday morning at 6:25 a.m. at 1625 Piedmont Highway regarding a suspicious vehicle parked next to a gas pump. According to the 911 call, the vehile and the occupants had not moved for approximately two hours.

Ballard wins runoff for County Council Dist. 26

South Greenville

Lynn Ballard won the Republican runoff election held Tuesday May 13 and will face Democrat Windell Rodgers in a special election June 17 to decide who will represent District 26 on Greenville County council for the remainder of the year.

Ballard defeated Todd Fredrick with 67 percent of the vote, or 343 votes to Fredrick’s 168 votes.

Frederick was the second vote getter in the primary election held recently, in which only one vote separated him and the next highest vote getter, Ed Poore.

Debate planned for County Council candidates

Seat 26 – South Greenville

By Stan Welch

The candidates for Greenville County Council Seat 26 will gather in the Moonville area at seven p.m. on April 14, for a debate.

Four Republican candidates and one Democrat will participate. Present will be Republican candidates Ed Poore of Piedmont, Lyn Ballard, Buddy Dyer, and Todd Fredrick. Democratic candidate Windell Rogers will also be on hand.

The debate will be held at the Ruritan Building on Augusta Road, just south of the cemetery. The format is as follows.

One injured

South Greenville firefighters along with Greenville County EMS personnel work at the scene of a accident. One person was injured Saturday afternoon after the car they were in was struck by a motorcycle. The wreck happened at the intersection of Augusta Road and Bessie Road. The motorcyclist was not injured. (Photo by David Rogers)

SLED to investigate in-custody death

SLED is investigating the death of a 39 year old female who was in custody of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office when she apparently went into cardiac arrest Thursday evening.

Sheriff’s Office seeks information on Piedmont burglary

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary incident in which a home located at 90 Ferguson Road in Piedmont was burglarized sometime between 12 pm on Dec. 21, 2012 and 2 am on January 4, 2013. After forcing entry into the home the thieves took more than $50,000 of jewelry, electronics and coins. Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

 

Piedmont home burglarized

Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary incident in which a home located at 90 Ferguson Road in Piedmont was burglarized sometime between 12:00 pm on December 21, 2012 and 2:00 am on January 4, 2013. After forcing entry into the home the thiefs took more than $50,000 of jewelry, electronics and coins. Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

South Greenville parade Saturday

South Greenville Annual County Christmas Parade This Saturday starting at 11am. The Parade will be starting at Old Hundred Rd. & Hwy 418 and go to Reedy Fork Rd.

 

Burglary suspect shot, accomplices at large – Emily Lane area

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary incident in the Emily Lane area of Piedmont in which one of those involved was shot by the homeowner and additional suspects remain at large.

The GCSO received a 911 call regarding a burglary at 48 Emily Ln. at 10:40 a.m. today (Monday). The caller stated he returned home and discovered someone had broken into his residence and removed several items.

New high school to relieve overcrowding

Meeting to discuss names – The Board of Trustees of Greenville County Schools is accepting suggestions for the name of the new high school to open in southern Greenville County in August 2017. The school, which will be located on Quillen Avenue in Fountain inn, will relieve overcrowding at Hillcrest, Mauldin, and Woodmont High Schools.

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