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Business Association now using new name

Palmetto Business Association

The Greater Williamston Business Association is now officially known as the Palmetto Business Association (PBA). During their monthly meeting Tuesday, members of the newly renamed organization chose a logo designed by students at the Career and Technology Center to reflect the new name. The winning logos were designed by CTC students (l-r) Emily Mitchell (BHP), Rachel Melton (Wren High) and Brooke McKinney (Wren High). The students are in the Digital Art & Design program under Danita Swaney at the Career and Technology Center.

The new logo features a Palmetto Tree in the Palmetto portion of the organization’s name and contiues to use colors similar to those used in the past. The new logo will begin to be used on all promotional materials and the organization’s new website which is currently under construction.

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt Saturday

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) will sponsor their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under this Saturday, March 19 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Mar. 26. Ages and time schedules are as follows: under three – 9:30 a.m., ages four and five – 10 a.m., ages six and seven – 10:30 a.m., and ages eight to ten – 11 a.m.

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt to be held on March 19

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) will sponsor their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under on Saturday, March 19 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Mar. 26. Ages and time schedules are as follows: under three – 9:30 a.m., ages four and five – 10 a.m., ages six and seven – 10:30 a.m., and ages eight to ten – 11 a.m.

GWBA to elect 2016 officers Tuesday

The Greater Williamston Business Association November membership meeting will be held Tuesday, November 17 at 12 noon in the Pink Room at Williamston Town Hall. Boots and Thelma’s Restaurant will be providing lunch for $8 per person. The GWBA will be voting on officer’s for 2016 and discussing other important initiatives. All area businesses are invited.

The following are 2016 GWBA officers and nominees:

GWBA Golf Tournament Oct. 9

The 18th annual GWBA annual Fall Golf tournament will be held, Friday October 9 at Saluda Valley Country Club in Williamston. The event will be Captain’s Choice with a Shotgun Start. Snacks, drinks and lunch will be provided. Door prizes and cash prizes will be awarded. Entry fee is $200 per team. Deadline for completed applications is this Friday, Sept. 25. Online applications are available at www.GWBA.info.

Market analysis gives picture of shopping area

By David Meade

Members of the Greater Williamston Business Association recently heard a presentation based on market analysis information being gathered as part of the Envision Williamston process that is currently underway. Tee Coker of Arnett Muldrow and Associates told the business group that overall the area is not doing too bad and is “actually very competitive.”

Coker presented information on purchasing, spending, income and where customers are coming from, and going.

Mayor updates town projects for GWBA

During the GWBA meeting Tuesday, Williamston Mayor Mack Durham gave an update on projects and other issues affecting the town recently.

Mayor Durham said the Envision Williamston workshop on Monday allowed residents to give input on the future of the downtown and surrounding area. Durham said the focus on walking brings customers to the downtown area. He said the town is looking at providing more handicapped accessible sidewalks and walking trails and eventually downtown residential. “Walkability and bikability is good for business,” he said.

Durham said that recent improvements at Brookdale Park included a small sidewalk and six truckloads of top soil along with some painting and refurbishing. At the request of area residents, a shelter has been installed at the Gray Drive walking track.

GWBA Party in the Park event “A huge success”

Greater Williamston Business Association

By David Meade

During the Greater Williamston Business Association meeting Tuesday, members heard a report on Party in the Park and Williamston Mayor Mack Durham gave an update on town projects.

GWBA President Robin Tucker said the Party in the Park was a “huge success” and that there was “a wide variety of food to choose from to eat.” Tucker thanked sponsors and the Palmetto Junior Air Force ROTC unit which helped sell drinks during the event.

Tucker said Medshore and Williamston Police Department were there and the Restoration Church “did a really great job with the kids area.” Tucker also thanked the Town of Williamston for their support of the event.

Co-organizer Christ Trotter said crowds were hard to estimate because people were coming and going. He said it was “a huge success” and estimated 3000 to 4000 people attended the all day event.

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt March 28 in park

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) will sponsor their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under on Saturday, March 28 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Apr. 4.

Ages and time schedules are as follows: under three – 9:30 a.m., ages four and five – 10 a.m., ages six and seven – 10:30 a.m., and ages eight to ten – 11 a.m.

Drawings for prizes and grand prizes will be held for each age group prior to their scramble for candy, which this year will be enclosed in colorful plastic eggs. At the conclusion of the last hunt, a drawing will be held for a grand prize.

GWBA Easter Egg Hunt March 28 in park

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) will sponsor their annual Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under on Saturday, March 28 in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. Rain date for the event will be the following Saturday, Apr. 4.

Drawings for prizes and grand prizes will be held for each age group prior to their scramble for candy, which this year will be enclosed in colorful plastic eggs. At the conclusion of the last hunt, a drawing will be held for a grand prize.

Party in the Park expected to draw large crowd

By David Meade

The Town of Williamston and the Greater Williamston Business Assocation (GWBA) are planning for a big weekend. Mineral Spring Park will be alive with music and fun activities surrounding the GWBA Party in the Park which is planned for 6 p.m. this Saturday.

According to GWBA president and event organizer Chris Trotter, Fox Carolina 21 TV news will be broadcasting live in Williamston Friday morning as they feature the town and the music event. The TV news crew with reporter Joe Gagnon will be in Mineral Spring Park beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. Around 8:45 a.m. there will be a live, On-Air Friday dance party.

The band Outshyne, who will headline the music concert on Saturday, will be performing live on the Amphitheater Stage sometime during the live broadcast on Friday.

The “Party in the Park” on Saturday will feature Outshyne and singer Delvin Choice.

GWBA readies for next events

By David Meade

Under the leadership of president Chris Trotter, the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) has more than doubled membership over the past year and a half and brought new excitement to the town with the Party in the Park music series.

The group recently helped with the Independence Day celebration. “July 5th was excellent,” Trotter said. The car show, entertainment in the park and fireworks may have drawn 5000 to 6000 people, according to Trotter.

Independence Day celebration features live music, fireworks

The Town of Williamston and the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) Independence Day celebration event featured live music by Jukebox 45, a classic oldies and rock and roll band. The event also featured an expanded fireworks show which many said was the best ever. (Photos by Mike Gowan)

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A good crowd came out Saturday to hear live music in Mineral Spring Park prior to the fireworks show in Williamston.

Party in Park offers free entertainment

The first of three Party in the Park Music Series events being planned by the Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) this year will be held this Friday, May 23 at 6 p.m.

The free event will feature live music by upstate performers the Anna Leigh Band and Carolina Rhythm Section. There will be activities for young children including three large inflatables and the park playground will be open. There will also be free face painting.

Town approves branding, funding for events

By David Meade

During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council adopted an updated town seal and destination logos which will be used for marketing and branding for the town and approved funding for entertainment for four GWBA events.

Council approved the new branding recommendations following a presentation by Main Street Williamston Executive Director Caroline Alex. The video presentation showed the final results of a two day branding work session held last week.

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