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Meet with Governor’s Office

Pelzer Heritage Commission members, Town of Pelzer and Anderson County officials recently traveled to the State Capital in Columbia to meet with Governor Haley’s Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Baker. Attending were Pelzer Heritage Commission members included Dianne Lollis, Larry Joe Coker, Gilbert Garrett, Kelly Arthur along with Dr. Wayne Fowler from Pelzer Mill Properties Board, newly elected Pelzer Council member Kim Crone Wilson , Anderson County Council member Cindy Wilson, Steve Newton and Michael Forman from Anderson County Planning Dept. The meeting, made possible through Pelzer native, Beth Phibbs, who also attended along with Gail Jeter from CARDNO. A presentation to Mr. Baker was made by Gilbert Garrett, PHC Secretary, in hope of obtaining support from Governor Haley and the state on developing the Pelzer mill properties, now owned by the PHC. Members were encouraged with the meeting.

Dr. Ben Carson speaks in Anderson

Republican Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the Anderson County GOP which was held at the Anderson Civic Center on Wednesday. July 1, 2015. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Pelzer Heritage, County look for options on Pelzer Mill property

Members of the Pelzer Heritage Commission and Pelzer Mills Property Board met with Anderson County officials Wednesday to discuss possibilities and look over the Pelzer Mills Property. After recently acquiring the properties, members of both organizations have applied for grants for additional cleanup and are eventually hoping to develop parts of it into recreational and possible commercial use sometime in the future. Pictured are (l-r) Pelzer Heritage Commission Vice President Larry Coker, County Administrator Rusty Burns, Anderson County Council District 7 Representative Cindy Wilson (seated), Anderson County Economic Development Director Burris Nelson, Pelzer Mills Prioperties Board Member Wayne Fowler and Pelzer Historic Commission member Gilbert Garrett (front right). Additional information on the meeting will be in the April 16 issue of The Journal.

Powdersville residents to pay more for sewer

$2 per 1000 gallons

By Stan Welch

Powdersville – Years after Anderson County agreed to help the fledgling Powdersville area start building their wastewater system, the time has come to pay the piper. Beginning next month, the approximately 350 sewer customers in the Powdersville area will pay almost two dollars more per month, per thousand gallons, for sewer service.

County opens Civic Center as shelter from cold

Due to the impending, possibly severe cold weather expected for the area tonight and into Tuesday, Anderson County will be opening the Anderson County Civic Center as a shelter beginning at 6 pm Monday eveieng. Staffing will be provided by various County agencies to assist citizens during this time of need. The center will be available for anyone who has emergency heating needs.

Sheriff John Skipper urges citizens to take advantage of the shelter and discourages them from using unsafe secondary heating, such as kerosene heaters. Snacks and water will be available. The center will be pet friendly.

County unemployment drops below six percent

For the first time in more than five years Anderson County’s unemployment rate has dropped below 6 percent, according to a report recently released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) report issued by SCDEW reported Anderson County’s unemployment rate at 5.9%. This rate is the lowest since May of 2008, when the rate was reported at 5.8%.

East West Connector now officially open

Hwy. 81 – Clemson Blvd.

By Stan Welch

An idea came to fruition in Anderson County Friday, almost a quarter century after it was conceived; when the East West Parkway was officially opened. The road, conceived in 1990 and designed to connect SC Highway 81 with Clemson Boulevard, is now open. The ribbon cutting ceremony, which actually consisted of unveiling a SCDOT sign identifying the road, included dozens of dignitaries as well as more than a hundred citizens, and the T.L. Hanna Marching Band and JROTC color guard.

Duke Energy to help prepare site for economic development

By Stan Welch

As one Anderson County property begins the process of site certification for economic development, another site is about to be decertified.

Duke Energy Carolinas has chosen a 48-acre site near Anderson to participate in the utility’s 2013 Site Readiness Program to prepare the location for potential industrial development. The Coleman site has direct access to Interstate 85 at Exit 21 and is fairly close to the Georgia state line.

However a site in the Williamston-Piedmont area, which has already been certified but has not been developed, may not be recertified.

Facilities expanded at Hurricane Springs Park

By Stan Welch

A cooperative effort between elected officials, state and county staff and private citizens resulted in the recent opening of expanded bathroom facilities at the heavily used Hurricane Springs Park recreational facility.

Rains, storms causing problems

By Stan Welch

The wettest spring and summer in recent memory have helped the crops, refilled the lakes and farm ponds, and made a yard service a pretty good business to own. But nature seldom gives without extracting a price, and this year, so far, is no exception.

Storms, heavy rain causing problems

Monday night’s storms, which added three and a half inches of rain to that received over the past week to ten days, felled trees across a number of major roadways in the county, as well as washing out some roads, said county administrator Rusty Burns. “We had emergency crews and emergency preparedness personnel, along with law enforcement, out all night. The storms, which generated torrential rainfalls, abetted by high winds, really wrought havoc in parts of the county.”

Job creation up, unemployment down in Anderson County

By Stan Welch

Anderson County has built an enviable reputation in the last few years for attracting manufacturing and the quality jobs that usually accompany such large capital investments.

The efforts that have led to those investments and jobs have clearly paid off, as the unemployment rate in the county has reached its lowest point since July 2008. Figures released by the county this week show unemployment at 6.8 per cent, down from 8.3 per cent in April of 2012.The percentage of unemployed peaked at 9.2 per cent in June and July of last year.

County to seek federal funds for Cherokee Rd. bridge project

By Stan Welch

A long dormant road project involving the Cherokee Road Bridge across US Hwy. 29 got at least a breath of air Monday afternoon, when the Anderson County Council finance committee approved a request to apply for a federal grant. The project was scaled down by the SCDOT last year, when District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson sought to revive it.

Long meeting results in no action on Williamston issues

By Stan Welch

After enduring a meeting that lasted over five hours, Williamston Mayor Mack Durham and other town officials were once again disappointed in their efforts to place the Williamston Police Department under the authority of the County’s Central Dispatch system.

Delayed by a cumbersome agenda of almost three pages in length, and virtually paralyzed by a public hearing at which dozens of citizens spoke, the Council failed to complete the agenda; and never got to two big issues concerning Williamston residents, including the Gray Drive bridge and the question of Central Dispatch.

Anderson County Government, Business and Politics Year in Review . . . 2012

By Stan Welch


Officials from the Anderson County Planning Department confirmed that an O’reilly Auto Parts store would be coming to Piedmont soon.

The 2012 Anderson County Council elected its chairman and vice chairman at the first meeting of the new year. District Four representative Tom Allen was elected unanimously to the chair, while former two term chairman Tommy Dunn was elected as vice chairman. District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson’s nomination as vice chairman died for lack of a second.

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