News Archive

Week of Mar. 19, 2003

Powdersville Fire Dept. recognizes Dees
Shiloh Methodist hosts puppeteer festival
Anderson County Council closes bridge, amends land use standards
GWBA planning Night on the Town
Police make arrests in recent auto thefts
Night Walk for leukemia planned

GWBA planning Night on the Town

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) is planning to host a gathering of local business owners, government officials and members of the public to offer input on the future of downtown Williamston.

Business Association president Dave Maddox said the planned gathering of local people, tentatively being called a “Night on the Town,” will possibly be held in April and will offer anyone interested in the future of Williamston  an opportunity to meet with others to offer input and to see preliminary plans for a proposed downtown project.

GWBA members have been working with Clemson University professor Bob Bainbridge, who has presented the group with preliminary designs for a proposed downtown project on Williamston’s Main St.

The designs, which will be available at the “Night on the Town” gathering, were presented to the GWBA group in January for information only, Maddox said.

Bainbridge, who enlisted the help of several Clemson students for design ideas for the project, presented a computer rendering of Williamston’s Main St. buildings at present and what the area would look like with different paint and awnings.

The design includes adding a landscaped parking area behind Main St. businesses and having a passageway somewhere in the center of the business district. The design also includes closing a portion of Mineral Park circle and making it a brick paver walkway, adding a new connecting street to access the rear parking area.

Other plans for Main St. and a new Town Square area call for adding turning lanes into the shopping center, adding a median and brick crosswalks and providing for a park, grassy area in a portion of the current parking lot.

Bainbridge suggested painting the buildings a brick or red color and adding colored awnings to add color to the plan. He also suggested highlighting architectural details of the brick work and adding wooden doors to the buildings.

Plans for the downtown area call for a town square area possibly including a clock tower, grassy area, trees and fountains of some type.

GWBA members are planning to host the Night on the Town event for anyone interested in Williamston to view the proposals and participate in discussion on the project, Maddox said.

Last summer, Bainbridge presented a plan to GWBA members that included tying in a walking trail or path along Minor St. from the Municipal Complex to the Palmetto Middle School area.

The plan also included other possible ideas for the downtown area such as designating the down town area by signage, using brick pavers for walking areas and tying into proposed walking and biking trails.

There are also discussions taking place by other individuals looking at the possibility of constructing a walking or biking trail connecting West Pelzer, Pelzer and Williamston and possibly Belton and Honea Path.

Information on these projects and others currently underway in the area will be presented at the “Night on the Town” gathering, which will be held at the Williamston Municipal Center, officials said.


Anderson County Council closes bridge, amends land use standards

An unsafe bridge, land use standards, and council procedures prompted action at Anderson County Council’s regular meeting Tuesday night.

A unanimous council vote resulted in the closing of Old Highway 81 Bridge crossing the Saluda River between Anderson and Greenville counties in Council District 6.

The bridge became the responsibility of Anderson County several years ago by default according to officials. County Transportation Director Holt Hopkins said that it would take $80,000 to repair the bridge which would still only accommodate one lane, two-ton traffic. A motion to repair the bridge by Council Chairman Bill Dees died for lack of support.

Stressing the issue of public safety, Greer emphasized that something needed to be done immediately.

County Attorney Tom Martin added that only a court action could truly close the bridge, but that the county could vote to abandon the bridge which would result in physically closing the bridge.

Responding to the council vote supporting abandonment, Hopkins said the bridge would be closed Wednesday morning.

The first reading of an ordinance amending Land Use and Development Standards led to a lengthy list of amendments from Council member Larry Greer. Most of the amendments were approved by council vote, but a few were described as “confusing” by some members and were tabled by council vote.

R. T. Moore addressed the council about concerns with section 38-178 of the standards dealing with gun ranges and encouraged the group to take a second look at some of the regulations.

He also encouraged consideration of a safe indoor gun range in the county stating that the rising popularity of the sport ranks second only to stock car racing.

Council member Clint Wright proposed an amendment to the third reading of an ordinance amending council procedures. The amendment dealt with the prioritization of the job functions of the County Administrator.

Council Member Cindy Wilson said the amendment was an attempt to “stymie the council’s opportunity to ask for information from the county” and made a motion to table the amendment.

Wright responded that the amendment was an attempt to bring county codes in line with state law. Wilson’s motion died for lack of support. A council vote passed the amended ordinance with Wilson casting the only opposing vote.

County citizen Peggy Taylor presented numerous examples of county bills that were paid several months late and asked, “ Why is our award-winning finance department not paying bills?”

Dan Harvell of the Anderson County Taxpayers Association expressed concerns about the “$91 million” county budget.

Council member Larry Greer presented figures later in the meeting supporting “actual budget figures” of a little more than $70 million saying that it was “most inappropriate to say that the county is not financially responsible.”

Family Court Judge Barry Knobel and his staff addressed the council regarding the Juvenile Drug/Intervention Court (JDIC) Program. Initiatives begun in December 2000 present alternatives to detention and are producing significant results according to Knobel.

Citing an estimated cost of $49,000 per year for each juvenile placed in detention, Knobel said the “second chance” program is “pure economics” representing a significant financial savings. He also added that statistics do not support the effectiveness of juvenile detention.

The first reading of a zoning ordinance for Centerville “A” received unanimous approval. The ordinance had been tabled at the last council meeting after several concerns were expressed.

The first reading of an ordinance rezoning 34.67 acres on Concord Road from R-20 to R-10 (an increase in residential density) received approval. Wilson cast the only opposing vote.

The first reading of an ordinance rezoning 109 Sam McGee Road from R-20 to C-1 (Commercial) was unanimously approved.

The first reading of an ordinance authorizing the transfer and sale of property on Tolly Street referred to as the old Farmer’s Market to the Salvation Army received no opposition.

The first reading of an ordinance authorizing a limited fixed-base operator agreement with Eastern Jet Aerospace at the Anderson Regional Airport was unanimously approved.

Resolutions opposing passage of Senate Bill 3513 and Senate Bill 110 received unanimous approval. According to Martin, Senate Bill 3513 would reduce access to public records, and Senate Bill 110 would negatively affect home rule and local decision-making.

A split vote approved Wilson’s request for $8000 to construct horseshoe pits for state and national competitions in Honea Path. Dees and Greer opposed, Tolly abstained, and remaining members supported the request.

In closing remarks, Wilson referenced several financial matters which she described as “questionable.” Wilson distributed copies of responses she received to financial questions she had submitted and encouraged the members to review the information.

Tolly said he was “disturbed by recent exchanges between the county and School District Five” expressing a need for more cooperation between the two.

Greer expressed overwhelming support for the JDIC program saying “a child is a terrible thing to waste.”

Police make arrests in recent auto thefts

Williamston Police officers have arrested two Williamston men and a 16-year-old juvenile in connection with recent auto thefts from a residence and a car lot.

Bobby Devier Jones, Jr., 20, 323 E. Carolina St., Apt. 224, Williamston, was arrested for the theft of a Chrysler New Yorker reported stolen by Main St. Motors on Mar. 7 and a 1994 Chrysler LeBaron reported stolen from 600 North Hamilton St. on Feb. 10 . He is also being charged with breaking into a motor vehicle Mar. 13 at Main St. Motors, 603 Greenville Dr., Williamston, and  a Dodge van at 161 N. Hamilton on Feb. 6 in which the ignition was damaged.

Thomas Durrell Adams, 18, Apt. 224, 3239 Carolina St., Williamston, was charged with breaking into a motor vehicle and grand larceny in connection with the vehicle reported stolen from 600 N. Hamilton on Feb. 10. He is also being charged with breaking into the Chrysler New Yorker reported stolen from Main St. Motors. A 16-year-old juvenile is also being charged with two counts of grand larceny of a vehicle in connection with the incidents.

Williamston police officers also investigated the following incidents:

Mar. 14 - Rushton Owens, 213 Carolina St., Williamston, reported a Taurus .38 Special revolver valued at $385 taken from a vehicle parked in his driveway. R. S. Turner investigated.

Mar. 13 - Scott Eitel, 4128 Clemson Blvd., Anderson, reported a heating and cooling unit valued at $2,000 removed from 14 Black St. D. Munger investigated.

Mar. 13 - Jim Wine, 603 Gr. Drive Williamston, reported $100 in damage to the steering column and ignition of a 1992 Dodge truck. D. W. Alexander investigated.

Mar. 13 - Elizabeth Daniel, 110 Bigby Dr., Williamston reported a Jenson CD player valued at $325 stolen from a vehicle at 1200 Anderson Dr. D. Munger investigated.

Mar. 14 - Donald Lee Todd, Jr., 40, 620 Emily Lane Piedmont, was arrested for driving under the influence and open container after a Ford pickup was observed driving left of center on Market St. and erratically on Greenville Dr. S. W. Dooley, Sgt. R. S. Turner investigated.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents this week.

Mar. 18 - Low Key Music, 1413 Hwy. 86, Piedmont, reported that someone shattered a glass door and took a cash register and cash valued at $275. T. Digirolamo investigated.

Mar. 18 - Columbo’s Pizza, 1411 Hwy. 86, Piedmont, reported a glass door broken . Missing items were undetermined. J. R. Jones investigated.

Mar. 17 - Thompson Albert Smith, 50, 509 Rogers Road, Pelzer, reported that someone took a trailer valued at $650. D. Patten investigated.

Mar. 17 - Bi Lo, 330 Lebby St., Pelzer, reported that a customer left without paying for an  Arbor Mist valued at $3.99. Russell Chad Hollingsworth, 120 Bellview Dr., Pelzer, was arrested in the incident. D. Patten investigated.

Mar. 17 - Mark Ashley White, 51, 1155 Tall Oaks Circle, Piedmont, reported that someone pried open a tool box stealing tools valued at $30. E. Webb investigated.

Mar. 16 - Palmetto State Lenders, 3318A Earle E. Morris, Jr. Hwy., Piedmont, reported that someone cut a wire on a fence, broke into a storage building and executed $20,000 worth of damage to 16 vehicles. C. McBride investigated. 

Mar. 16 - Lillian Annette Ensley, 69, 501 Saluda Drive, Piedmont, reported that someone took a case containing $2000 in jewelry from the Anderson Jockey Lot. D. Patten investigated.

Mar. 16 - Laura Staton Roane, 42, 110 Kirsch Dr., Williamston, reported that someone pried open the door of her mobile home. Missing items valued at $1300 included jewelry and a John Deere riding lawn mower. C. Diaz investigated.

Mar. 16 - Allstate Insurance Co., 3232 Earle E. Morris, Jr. Hwy., Piedmont, reported that someone activated the alarm system. Missing items to be determined after inventory. A. Grusty investigated.

Mar. 15 - Jason Reeves, 28, 219 Homestead Rd., Easley, reported that someone stole a 1995 Harley Davidson motorcycle valued at $14,000. W. Cunningham investigated.

Mar. 14 - Alton Dujane Childress, 51, 17 Prospect St., Piedmont, reported that someone broke into his lake house at 278 Ledford Farm Road and stole weapons and clothing valued at $330. R. Ellison investigated.

Mar. 13 - Creekside Apt #7, 205 Saluda Rd., Piedmont, reported forced entry to an empty apartment and damage valued at $25. J. Brown investigated.

Mar. 13 - Daniel Timothy Desimone, 30, 111 Sanders Dr., Easley, reported missing a 1979 Chevrolet pickup valued at $1000. K. Brown investigated.

Mar. 12 - Christopher T. Withem, 28, 110 E. Massachusetts Bay Dr., Piedmont, reported that someone pried open a door and took electronics and guns valued at $2231. T. A. Caron investigated.

Mar. 12 - Canteen, 429 Highview Rd., Williamston, reported that someone entered a van and stole $1400. D. B. Anderson investigated.

Mar. 12 - Miller Auto Sales, 1805 Hwy. 86, Piedmont, reported that someone smashed the window on a car and stole two T-top windows valued at $400. W. Cunningham investigated.

Mar. 12 - Floyd John Czarnick, 79, 330 High Point Road, Piedmont, reported that someone removed a red 8” auger valued at $270 from his front yard. M. D. Campbell investigated.

Mar. 11 - Jesse Clinton Adkins, 49, 219 Moores Mill Rd., Pelzer, reported that someone stole an aluminum cow chute valued at $650. E. Webb investigated.

Mar. 11 - James K. Clinkscales, 53, 303 Two Notch Road, Easley, reported that someone stole a Miller welder valued at $750 from his carport. C. McBride investigated.

Night Walk for leukemia planned

 A Light the Night Walk is planned for Thursday March 27 at the AnMed  Health Campus, Hwy. 81, Anderson.

Anyone can participate by raising donations and or walking in the event which is held to raise awareness and funds to help cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, organizers said.

The Light the Night Walk is a 2 or 3 -mile fundraising walk in which anyone can participate and it is highlighted by a flickering parade of balloons, organizers said.

Participants raise funds to further the Leukemia and lymphoma Society’s mission to cure Leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Participants raising at least $25 or more carry an illuminated red balloon and participants raising $75 or more  earn Light the Night T-shirts and other special prizes. Following the walk, participants are invited to celebrate with door prizes, music, refreshments and the camaraderie that comes from working toward a common goal, organizers said.

Cancer survivors will light the way with illuminated white balloons.

Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma are related because they are all cancers of the body’s blood-forming and immune systems. The diseases combined are the second major cause of cancer deaths in men and women under 35 in the U. S.  each year.

Leukemia causes more deaths in children under 15 than any other disease in the U. S.

Anyone can particiate in the event  by collecting donations from family, friends, neighbors or co-workers.

Registration for the event will be at 6 p.m. with the walk beginning a 7 p.m. at the AnMed Health Campus, located on Hwy. 81, Anderson.

For more  information call (803) 749-4299.



Powdersville Fire Dept. recognizes Dees

Anderson County Councilman Bill Dees received a plaque of appreciation from Powdersville Fire Chief Jonathon Tingen and firefighter Donnie Russell. Anderson County Council approved a request by Dees for $10,000 that allowed the firemen to upgrade their turn out gear. For the first time in its history, the Powdersville Fire Department volunteer firemen now have the same gear, Tingen said.

Shiloh Methodist hosts puppeteer festival

Shiloh United Methodist Church in Piedmont recently hosted the 2nd regional puppeteer competition which brought approximatly 400 participants from the Carolinas, Georgia. and Tennessee. The 2 day event, the first festival of its kind in South Carolina,  brought in 18 teams.  Included were puppeteers, stick drama and mimes. The SonShine Puppeteers from Shiloh United Methodist Church performed a stick drama to “Arise My Love,” a song by the group New Song. Participating in the stick drama from Shiloh Church are Alan Bell, Christy Robinson, Emily Uldrick, Kevin Robinson, Brandon Balentine and Samantha Morlatt.