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Storm damage – Hwy. 20

This huge tree was one of several in the area that came down last week when a thunderstorm blew through the area with winds up to 85 mph. The tree actually fell the following morning on Hwy. 20 (Belton Hwy.) blocking traffic and damaging power lines.
Traffic on Hwy. 20 was detoured for several hours while workers cleared the roadway. Williamston Fire Department and Williamston Police Department assisted.

Ladder firetruck, economic development incentives prepare town for future growth

By David Meade
During their meeting Monday, Williamston Town Council approved first reading amending ordinances on fees and use of the Municipal Center, alcoholic beverage regulations to conform with state code and town purchasing policies.
Council also held first reading on an ordinance establishing an economic development incentive program and gave approval to a proposal by the Williamston Fire Department to purchase a used aerial ladder truck.

Wind driven fire damages home, outbuilding – Harper St.

A wind driven fire destroyed an outbuilding, a four wheeler, and damaged a mobile home Saturday afternoon. Firefighters from Cheddar, Williamston, West Pelzer, and Whitefield responded to the fire on Harper Street. Medshore Ambulance Service stood by until the fire was under control. There were no injuries. (Photo by David Rogers)

Cyclist injured – River Drive

A motorcyclist was injured in a wreck on River Drive Friday night. The driver apparently lost control of the bike near Byron Drive. Williamston firefighters along with Medshore Ambulance Service responded to the call. Williamston police department investigated the wreck. The driver was taken to an area hospital. (Photo by David Rogers)

Mobile home fire

Williamston firefighters make entry into a burning mobile home Thursday afternoon. When firefighters arrived flames were shooting from the end windows. The fire was quickly extinguished. West Pelzer firefighters also assisted. Medshore Ambulance Service personnel stood by as a precaution. (Photo by David Rogers)

Car strikes pedestrians – East Main Street

Williamston firefighters and police along with Medshore Ambulance personnel work at the scene after two pedestrians were struck by a car Sunday night. It happened on East Main Street as a couple were leaving church attempting to cross East Main Street. They were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. (Photo by David Rogers)

Two vehicle accident – Whilden Drive

Williamston firefighters work at the scene of a accident Thursday afternoon. One vehicle rear ended another near Whilden Drive. Medshore Ambulance Service transported the injured to the hospital. West Pelzer police officer C. Brewer investigated the accident. (Photo by David Rogers)

Downed tree causes power outage in Williamston – Friday

Williamston firefighters stand by at the scene of a large tree limb that fell Friday night (Aug. 26) The limb took down power lines when it fell. The intersection of Tower and Lander Streets was blocked for several hours. (Photo by David Rogers)

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.”

Driver not injured

A Williamston man escaped injury when the Chevy pick up truck he was driving ended up on the sidewalk between a pole and sign in front of Riggins Garment Care on East Main Street last week. According to reports the vehicle also ran over a fire hydrant, ground meters and struck the a power pole. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $4000. Other damages including the fire hydrant amounted to another $4500. Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison said the hydrant was a newer model which has an automatic cutoff to prevent water from spewing out if the hydrant is damaged. He said the hydrant was a new one because the location has been the site of a number of accidents in the past. The driver, Douglas E. Nelson, 73, 209 Briar Ridge Court, Williamston was issued a summons for driving too fast for conditions in connection with the accident.

Funeral service held for Former Williamston Fire Chief

A restored 1936 fire truck carries the casket of former longtime Williamston Fire Chief Tommy Walker as it passes by the Williamston Fire Department on Wednesday. The station’s flag was lowered to half mast. Walker served several years as Assistant Fire Chief and thirty-five years as Fire Chief. The funeral service was held Wednesday at Williamston First Baptist Church. The funeral procession travelled to Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum where Walker was entombed. (Photo by Michael Lollis)

Tree down – Moorings Drive

Williamston firefighters await the public works department to help remove a tree from the roadway. The large tree fell across a fence and into a yard of a residence across the street on Saturday. The tree blocked Moorings Drive. Workers cut the tree up and moved it from the roadway.

Church fire prevented

Williamston firefighters quick response is credited to preventing a fire at a local church from being any worse than it was. Firefighters responded to the Narrow Way Fellowship church Sunday afternoon after recent a call from church members. When firefighters arrived smoke was coming from the building. The source was quickly located and brought under control. Smoke was then removed by firefighters. Medshore Ambulance Service stood by until firefighters cleared them. Cheddar firefighters stood by at the Williamston department. (Photo by David Rogers)

Williamston Fire Chief finalist for national award

Your vote on Facebook can help WFD earn a $10,000 donation

Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison has been selected as a finalist for Liberty Mutual Insurance’s National Firemark Award that recognizes local firefighters for valor and exceptional service in the community. From April 1st-20th, the public is invited to learn more about all nominees on Liberty Mutual’s Facebook page and vote for who they think is most deserving of the national award. The winners of the Liberty Mutual National Firemark Award will earn a $10,000 donation to their fire departments and a trip for four to Manhattan for a fun weekend.

Chief Ellison has served for 38 years as a volunteer fireman at the Williamston Fire Department and has been chief for 22 years. In his tenure as chief, Ellison has pioneered a program attended by over 600 high school students each year.

With the goal of keeping kids safe during prom season, students assemble on the football field and watch a reenactment of a DUI-related car crash complete with student and parent actors from the school, ambulances and a medevac helicopter.

Truck loses control on West Main St.

Damages Journal building

The driver of a pickup truck escaped injury Friday afternoon when he lost control on an icy West Main Street  in Williamston and clipped an AT&T telephone pole in front of The Journal. The Journal office had some damge with the bottom of the pole stuck in the front door. Traffic on West Main Street was being rerouted until an AT&T crew could respond and remove the pole which was left hanging on phone lines. Williamston Fire Department and Police Department responded.

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