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(1606) Week of Apr 19, 2006

Kickoff event Saturday for young family activity center
Scout Hut getting much needed repairs
Spring Water Festival meeting
Town, industry facing additional sewer expenses
Convenience center planned for Slabtown
County Council begins looking at budget figures
Zoning changes approved despite citizens concerns
Winthrop DMR sets new record
Mustang relay team wins region
Wren teams make playoffs
Wren Elementary/Reedy Rip 'It to be recognized at game
Little Miss/Mr. Freedom Weekend Aloft Pageant planned

Your child could be the next model to appear in national magazines such as Redbook, Parenting, Working Mother and more! Calvary Home for Children is sponsoring the first annual Little Miss/Mr. Freedom Weekend Aloft Pageant to be held on Friday, May 26, at 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Anderson County Sports and Entertainment Center. The pageant is open to girls ages 0 - 16 and boys ages 0 - 6.

Each contestant will also be eligible to compete in and will have his/her swimsuit fee paid to the 2006/2007 Little Miss/Mr. Hawaiian Tropic SC/NC State Pageant presented by RLF Productions to be held later this year. Winners may also appear on the FWA web site and other advertising, make appearances throughout the weekend and will come back to crown next year’s winners.

Due to time constraints, there will be a limited amount of contestants accepted. Applications must be postmarked by May 16, 2006. Please call for acceptance after this date. Absolutely no entries will be accepted at the door.

Entry forms are available at Curves of Belton, Curves of Honea Path, Cuttin’ Loose in Pelzer and Rags to Riches in Anderson on West Whitner St. Full details can be found on the web site or call Renee Tollison at 224-6836.


Kickoff event Saturday for young family activity center

Community volunteers and others concerned with helping young families are expected to join together this Saturday at the Caroline Community Center to participate in an event that will benefit area families.

 A room at the center will be renovated and when completed, will provide a place for young parents and children to enjoy play and learn activities and other programs. The day will include a community baby shower, entertainment and food for volunteers and others attending and will be a work day for the activity center room.

As part of the Strong Communities program being undertaken in the upstate by Clemson University, the event is being billed as a kick off event for the first of several family activity centers for the Williamston, Pelzer and West Pelzer areas.

“We hope to create programs using volunteers to provide places, publicity, leaders and refreshments and have those opportunities become a part of life for parents and grandparents,” Strong Communities outreach person Doris Cole said.

A variety of groups, churches and individuals of all ages will be bringing paint supplies and tools to the center Saturday to begin transforming a room so that it can be used for a variety of activities for young parents and their children.

Strong Communities has already established several similar activity centers in southern Greenville County.

“The goal is to offer family activity centers in a variety of locations,” Cole said. “The Caroline Community Center is centrally located and has a nice kitchen, dining room, stage and auditorium. It would be very flexible in hosting a small group or large groups.” Another goal of the organization is to offer the activities in a safe place.

“We want it to be welcoming and safe, a place that can be used for a variety of opportunities for parents raising a child to meet support people and to make connections,” according to Cole. “We are connecting  parents with other parents in this community,” Cole said. “We are an isolated civilization by choice,” Cole said, due to computers and TV. “We need human contact and support.”

The room at the Caroline Community Center which is to be renovated, is straight out of the 1950s. It is an old school room, complete with chalkboard, old style wooden charis and floor mounted radiator heaters, which were used when the center served as a school. The plan is to make it a family friendly activity center where parents of young children can meet for special activities and programs designed to help them cope with the stress of raising small children.

“Raising children is the most important job we will ever have,” Cole said. “It is very difficult.”

The project is the first organized by members of the Family Activity Centers Advisory Board for Strong Communities, which is a public service initiative of Clemson University and the Duke Endowment.

Goals of the Strong Community initiative are to expand support for parents of young children, from newborn to 6 years old, by renewing community norms of neighbors helping neighbors.

The goal is for every parent and every child to be confident that someone will notice and someone will care whenever they have cause for joy, sorrow or worry.

“This is an important step in preventing child abuse and neglect and for building strong communities where respect is practiced in everyday life,” Cole said.

After the work day, which will be primarily scraping old paint, putting on a fresh coat of paint and pulling old carpert, additional work will be necessary. The room needs heating and air, and a large storage closet will need plumbing for a toilet and sink. Cole said the hardwood floor of the old school is in good condition but will need to be refinished. Rugs have been donated. Six large windows will also be replaced. Other items are needed.

“We will need furniture for safe play and activities and low open shelves for toys,” Cole said.

Other items needed  include a baby changing table, play housekeeping equipment for children and a rocking chair.

Examples of activities planned for the room include “Drop In and Play,” “Moms and Tots Exercise,” “Parents Night Out,” and “Grandparents Raising Young Children.”

The family activity center at Caroline Community Center is being cosponsored by the Williamston Action Community Club Board of Directors and the Strong Communities Advisory Board for Williamston, Pelzer and West Pelzer. “It is a wonderful partnership,” Cole said.

Approximately $25,000 is needed to complete the project which Cole said will hopefully be completed by the end of May.

The program is designed to be convenient, comfortable and free of charge for the community.

The Family Activity Center Kickoff at Caroline Community Center will include hotdogs served by members of Senior Solutions and a community-wide baby shower at the center hosted by members of Women’s Missions from Calvary Baptist Church.

There will be refreshments including  hot dogs and baby shower cake.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the baby shower for new parents is asked to bring a new unwrapped baby gift of diapers, wipes, books, clothing, toys, or other items for babies.

The items will be distributed to families through the Family Services of Anderson School District One and Operation Care of the Palmetto Baptist Association.

A variety of children’s activities are planned including an inflatable castle bounce, fun stations including face painting, crafts, games. Everyone is invited to come enjoy the activities.

Cole said that parking for the event may be limited and volunteers and others attending may want to consider parking at nearby lots including the Palmetto Baptist Association, Palmetto Primary School or other nearby areas which are only a short walk. The event will be held rain or shine.

Work begins at 7 a.m. Breakfast for workers will be provided by School District One. Other activities will begin at 10 a.m.  and children’s activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Entertainment for the event will include the Senior Solutions Super Senior Dancers, Ryan Dawkins, Mountain Springs Dance Team, New Prospect, Raymond McGowan and group, Faith and Revelation.

Volunteers are still needed for 2 hour blocks of work time scraping and painting. Work will begin at 7 a.m. and continue to completion. 

For more information on helping or attending the Family Activity Center Kickoff at Caroline Community Center, contact Doris Cole, Outreach Worker for Strong Communities at 847-9186.

Scout Hut getting much needed repairs

Much needed repair work is being done on the Boy Scout Hut in the Mineral Spring Park. The local landmark has served as a place for generations of local residents to meet Santa and a place for the local boy scouts to meet.The Hut was in dire need of repair with a wooden floor beginning to rot, leaking roof, and termites.

When preparing to set up in the Historic Scout Hut for the SpringWater Festival last year, Dianne Lollis and other members of the Williamston Area Historic Commission discovered the hut needed repair and immediately went to work to see what could be done to save the Hut.

Lollis talked with a local contractor, Gary McAlister, who offered to tear up and replace the floor. McAlsiter has provided labor and materials for the project.

“If it hadn’t been for Gary and his workers, we wouldn’t have been able to do it,” Lollis said.

Lance Gray helped find flooring used in the hut which was obtained from Allen Parker. It came out of an 80 to 100 year old house. Other repairs planned for the hut include replacing logs, windows and roofing.

Old windows were donated by Clara and Leon Cooley and Minnie and Stanley Coker of Pelzer.

Other work planned includes wiring and shutters to cover the windows, Lollis said. Lollis said the WAHC is hoping to get a grant to help with the repairs and they are taking donations from businesses and individuals. The log cabin was built for the Boy Scouts with funds raised by the Williamston Lions Club. The club was organized in February, 1940 and this was one of the first projects of the local Lions. The cabin was dedicated in 1941 and used as a meeting place for the Boy Scouts.

Through the years, the Lions Club sponsored a Boy Scout troop, providing money for dues, transportation, camporees, etc.

In more recent years, the Boy Scouts were sponsored by a local church.

For a number of years, the cabin has continued to be used for children. Santa Claus sets up headquarters there for visits with children during the evenings when the Christmas Park is open.

Any business, club or individual who is willing to help save the Scout cabin may call Lollis at 847-5743 or email or Johnnie Bell, WAHC vice-chairman, 847-9157 or Pamela Owens, secretary, 847-8767. These three form the WAHC committee for the Scout Hut proect.

Spring Water Festival meeting

A committee comprised of individuals who have been involved in the Spring Water Festival through the years has decided to continue the annual festival, which will celebrate its 25th year this year. The festival, which has traditionally been held on the 4th Saturday of August, will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Spokesman David Meade, who is helping coordinate the festival, said after talking with persons who have been involved in the festival in the past, the decision was made to return coordination and planning of the festival to volunteers.

The Spring Water Festival, which has been organized by individuals since it began as a fundraising event for the Christmas Park in 1981, was coordinated by Town officials from 2002-2005.

Due to cutbacks that resulted from the town’s finanicial problems, the Spring Water Festival and other community events have been canceled by the town, with the hope that volunteers or other organizations will continue them.

Festival volunteers said they will continue the festival which has been an upstate favorite through the years, drawing from 6,000 to 15,000 or more visitors to the town.

Volunteers helping organize the 2006 festival include Steve Ellison, Doug Cummings, Catlin Tierce, Jack Ellenburg, Ellen Harvell, Mark Pitts and Meade.

The group is looking for volunteers interested in seeing the festival continue and will need a secretary, treasurer, food vendor coordinator and children’s activities coordinator, Meade said.

Anyone interested in helping organize this year’s festival is invited to attend an organizational meeting this Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Williamston Fire Department.

Town, industry facing additional sewer expenses

By Stan Welch

Wednesday, April 12 - Williamston Town Council and Mayor Phillip Clardy began the Wednesday, April 12 work session by approving and signing a letter to the Senior Assistant State Treasurer asking for the State’s cooperation and patience as the Town attempts to address the many bills it owes. The letter cited the many departments and agencies to which it is in arrears, and explains the efforts it is making to address those problems.

ACOG Director of Government Services Joe Newton said that the State had been very cooperative and agreeable to a payment plan, but had asked for such a letter from the Town. Council signed the letter and sent it to the State treasurer Wednesday.

 Few services provided by a small town have more of an economic impact than the water and sewer systems. That proved to be the case for Williamston, as the Town’s water and sewer consultants presented a great deal of information concerning those systems to the Council at Wednesday’s workshop.

Sonya Harrison and Paul Lewis, of Goldie & Associates, told Council that the biggest reason for the existing deficit in the water and sewer fund, in the amount of $173,300, is changes in regulations.

“DHEC has tightened the limits on your permits, and you’re going to have to meet those tighter standards. That is the primary reason for increased costs,” Harrison said.

One step proposed by Goldie & Assoc. is the implementation of an industrial fee to be charged to pay for the pretreatment phase that industrial wastewater requires, according to EPA regulations. “When EPA set up this program, they made it very clear that the ordinary taxpayer wasn’t supposed to pay these costs which are incurred by industry,” said Harrison. “Williamston has never established an industrial fee, but that is our suggestion. We don’t want it to be so high that it hurts the industry, but these are charges that any industry could reasonably be expected to pay if they were located anywhere else in this state.”

The pretreatment fee would pay for the gathering and testing of samples, and preparing reports for the appropriate agencies. Every five years, DHEC requires an update in the pretreatment program, at an estimated cost of $5000. In addition to that update, which would be done upon implementation of the fees, there would be a budgeted annual amount of approximately $4966 for both of the industries combined.

The fees for the first year would total approximately $9966; a figure which would drop to roughly $5366 the next year. That figure is the total that both industries would pay.

The two mills in question are Milliken and Mount Vernon. The industrial fee would be a flow based fee, meaning that Milliken, which releases approximately 100,000 gallons per day into the system, would pay more than Mt. Vernon, which releases about 35,000 gallons per day.

Additionally, Goldie & Assoc. suggested establishing an industrial surcharge which would be imposed whenever acceptable limits in terms of the strength of the wastewater were exceeded.

Said Harrison, “Most of the time, those limits won’t be exceeded; but at times, the mills discharge certain chemicals or dyes that raise the strength of the wastewater being treated. On those occasions, an additional surcharge would be imposed to pay the additional treatment costs.”

Mayor Clardy, who stressed that the Town values the mills and considers itself blessed to have them as employers, added that the fees proposed are considered routine costs of doing business by most industries. “An industry would typically pay these kinds of fees, regardless of where they were located. We’re simply trying to be as fair to the Town’s residents as possible.”

Council received the proposals as information but took no action on them during the work session Wednesday.

Harrison and Lewis then told Council about the upgrades needed at the treatment plant. Those improvements and expansions in capacity are mandated by DHEC, and will likely be funded by an RDA grant, which Goldie is already preparing to apply for.

The issues are somewhat complicated. A 1.3 million gallons per day (GPD) is planned, but that could drop to 1 million GPD, if the County relinquishes 300,000 gpd in capacity which is currently in dispute. The County claims that the Town has leased or sold that capacity without their consent, while the Town feels that several entities outside the town limits are using at least part of that capacity.

In addition to upgrading capacity, there are modifications and repairs to be done, as well. A pipe in the chlorination chamber at the treatment plant will be relocated from its current position approximately six inches from the bottom of the tank to the correct position one foot below the top of the flow. This will allow much more efficient disinfection and should result in greater compliance with DHEC standards, as well as significant reductions in the amount of chlorine used to meet those standards.

A reduction in the amount of soda ash is also expected as a result of the lower amounts of chlorine, since the chlorination affects the pH of the water in the plant, which then has to be adjusted by using more soda ash. A high pH in the wastewater from one of the industries is also being corrected at the source, making adjustments at the treatment plant much less common; again resulting in reduced costs.

Goldie & Assoc. is asking that the Town pay them $60,000 in preliminary costs and expenses for design work and preparation of the grant/loan application to be done over the next 2-3 months. Upon receiving the letter of conditions to be met in order to get the grant/loan, they will proceed with the engineering and other aspects of the project.

Once the grant monies are received, the $60,000 will be returned to the town from those monies. “We will also have to talk to DHEC and make them aware of our intentions. Once they see what we have planned, they will work with us, I feel sure.”

The Town is currently under a consent order with DHEC and must present them with a plan of action by June.

The proposed upgrades and modifications are intended to make the plant “current” in its status. “This will bring the Town up to date on their facility. There is excessive sludge in two basins, an undersized lift station, a generator problem at another lift station, and other issues. The planned upgrade will address all that,” said Harrison.

In other business, Joe Newton explained that the cutting of a tree in Councilman Otis Scott’s yard by city workers during this winter’s ice storm was indeed proper. “If the tree was in danger of falling into the public right of way, it needed to be cut. If it had been leaning into a neighbor’s yard,  that would be a completely different story. But I have spoken with a number of people about this and I am satisfied that it was the proper thing to do.”

Council also addressed concerns about public safety, due to reductions in the police department. 

Chief David Baker reported that his staff had been reduced to 15 by Council, adding that he currently had two officers injured, who might be out for a while. “Can I maintain 15 officers? Can I replace those who might quit or be fired? Is there a magic number you’re trying to get to? I need to know how to approach my planning,” said Chief Baker. 

He added that he was checking into the possibility of transferring the dispatch duties to the County’s Central Dispatch, adding that County Administrator Joey Preston hasn’t returned his calls yet. Newton said he would contact either Preston or Emergency Services Director Tommy Thompson, but added that there might be a significant cost involved.

Council eventually voted to approve the figure of fifteen employees, for the purposes of planning and morale within the department. Newton said he was comfortable with that if Council was, but added,”If things go sour, and get worse, Council will have to do what they have to do.”

Convenience center planned for Slabtown

The Anderson County Solid Waste Department announced recently that it is planning the construction of a new convenience center for the Five Forks/Slabtown area of the county.

The new facility, which has not been sited yet, will be designed to provide full recycling collection for metals, glass, cardboard, mixed papers and plastic. It will also make it easier for residents to recycle motor oil, anti-freeze, oil/gas mixtures, and other automotive fluids. There will be special collection events which will allow residents to conveniently dispose of computers and electronics, as well as hazardous household waste, pesticides, and used paint and gas cans.

 District 6 Councilman Bill Dees looks forward to the new facility being completed. “It will offer greater safety and convenience to the folks in this area, and be more centrally located. I have worked towards this goal for five years, and anticipate its completion.”

 The Wren convenience center was upgraded three years ago, and construction of a new center in the Powdersville area is underway. Solid Waste Director Vic Carpenter describes the proposed Slabtown facility as state of the art, saying that it will provide a safer and more convenient environment.

County Council begins looking at budget figures

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council’s most recent efforts to adopt a budget produced several changes, but ended in the same way as usual – with first reading approval by title only.

The budget was described by Chairman Larry Greer as “a flat budget with no tax increases, unless your assessment goes up.”

Still, there will be much more input by Council this year than in recent years; based on two decisions made during Tuesday night’s meeting. Upon first reading approval of the budget as presented, Councilwoman Gracie Floyd asked that Council members visit staff in teams this year to address their concerns prior to future readings of the budget, which reflects no net increase in millage, and only three new hires for the coming year. Council voted unanimously to approve that idea. Councilwoman Cindy Wilson then asked that in addition to the team visits, the Council hold a public budget workshop. That motion also passed, insuring greater participation by the council than has normally been the case.

In another change in the process, county administrator Joey Preston was fully involved in the budget presentation to the Council. He offered explanations of the various budgets contained within the budget document, such as the general fund, the enterprise funds, special revenue funds and debt service budget

Unfunded mandates were mentioned frequently by both Preston and Councilmen Greer and Dees. “We have no choice but to fund these items such as the increases in state retirement and other insurance costs. The state just tells us what we owe and we write a check,” said Preston.

A program to facilitate cases for both the Solicitor’s office and the Public Defender will cost approximately $166,000 but will be “cheaper than building beds for more prisoners,” said Preston, who also reported that the jail averages well above 100 more prisoners each day than they are permitted to hold.

 Financial analyst Gina Humphries then took the stage to explain the impact that the vehicle tax ratchet down has had on the county’s budget since 2002, when the assessment ratio on cars went from 10.5% to 9.75% and continued to decrease each year. Next year will be the last calendar year for that ratchet down.

Humphries explained that with the $2.4 million that the County would have had  in car taxes under the old rates, “It would have been very easy to balance this budget.” She added that under the old rates, a mil in Anderson County would be worth $552,000 instead of $521,000 as it is now. It makes me sad to think that we could have had that to work with,” she said.

She explained that the $2.4 million represents 4.6 mils.Preston added that people who think that increased growth should always mean more revenues don’t realize that the vehicle ratchet down offsets much of the new revenue. “It costs us much of what the growth should create. Plus, growth means more people and there are costs associated with providing services to more people.”

Other highlights of the budget as presented include no cost of living increase for County employees, which would have cost the County approximately $325,000 for each 1 per cent increase.

The Sheriff’s Department tax levy would remain at the 22 mil level set last year, while the Detention center would receive an additional.8 mil increase. That increase, however, would be on top of 8 mils moved from the general fund to the special revenue fund budget that covers the Sheriff and jail. So the Detention center’s full levy would be 8.8 mils. TriCounty Tech, EMS and the Library special revenue funds will see either small increases or remain steady.

The County continues to carry significant debt loads through a series of five general obligation bonds. Those are the 1994 detention center bond, the 1998 library bond, the 2000 airport bond, the 2003 detention center and Belton library bond, and the 2005 Pendleton and Powdersville library bond.

The budget for debt service would increase from approximately $6.75 million to $8.05 million, or an increase of 19.3% under the proposed budget. Under the enterprise funds, which are designed to pay for themselves, Preston announced that the airport fund is expected to break even for the first time in the county’s history. “We should only be $50,000 or so short, which we consider to be basically a break even situation, so we’re excited about that,” he said.

The solid waste fund would see an increase of $871,730 under the proposed budget, or a 23% increase. The total amount proposed for the fund is $4,669,925. A footnote in the budget presentation documents says simply “Solid Waste funding will be addressed over the coming months.”

The wastewater management fund would see a 9.2% increase, rising to $5.47 million dollars. In addition, special source revenue bonds in the amount of $14 million have been issued to pay for the extension of the Beaverdam sewer lines.

Capital expenses are insignificant under the proposed budget, with the Sheriff’s request of $1.3 million being denied completely. The general fund capital requested was over a million dollars; the amount proposed is less than $7000. Solid waste also asked for $1.3 million and would receive nothing under the proposed budget.

Still District 7 Councilwoman had a number of questions, despite the Council not receiving the budget document until after the presentation. She also questioned Council’s willingness to give first reading approval to a budget that hadn’t had time to study.

Zoning changes approved despite citizens concerns
Rivendell subdivision

By Stan Welch

For months, District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson has reported that storm water and runoff regulations were being consistently ignored or broken in connection to the Rivendell development on Midway Road.

In recent weeks, as efforts to rezone a tract contained within the Rivendell development have progressed, despite the recommendations of both the citizen’s advisory board and the planning department, Wilson’s efforts have intensified.

On Tuesday night, at the Council meeting, her efforts and those of neighboring residents came to nothing, as Council voted 6-1 to give final approval to the zoning request. That vote came after a presentation by area resident Mariea Kautter, who showed photos and lists of DHEC violations stretching back more than year.

Documents on file with DHEC indicate that the concerns raised by Wilson and the Rivendell neighbors opposing the rezoning are well founded. The developer, Jeff Ellis, of Bowen Road Developers LLC, has been cited for improper installation and maintenance of best management practices, including storm water, erosion and sediment control measures. Those violations have been noted by DHEC as recently as March 22, 2006. According to the DHEC site inspection forms obtained by The Journal, those violations and concerns stretch back more than a year, with repeated notifications of failure to comply with regulations.

Those violations and their results have been the main issues raised by neighbors from nearby areas, many of whom claim to have suffered loss of property and damage from erosion and uncontrolled runoff in recent months. They oppose efforts by Ellis to rezone from R-20 single family to PD planned development, a much higher density designation.

 Both the citizens’ advisory board and the county planning department originally recommended denial of the rezoning request. Nevertheless, the request had received second reading approval with third reading scheduled for the April 18 Council meeting.

Other major violations have been noted and cited in regards to the outflow of a large public swimming pool without proper permits, and into an unauthorized location. On April 11, 2006, DHEC issued a letter to Ellis informing him of the improper discharge into Beaverdam Creek, which is jurisdictional waters of the United States, and subject to federal regulation.

According to documents issued during the construction permit phase of the pool project, the volume of water in the pool is almost 90,000 gallons. Several area residents have reported significant fish kills downstream from the chlorinated water of the pool. In fact one of the incident reports dealing with the draining of the pool refers to a fish kill downstream. The pool drained into a storm drain, as permitted. The storm drain, however, led not to a retention pond, as stated in the permit’s conditions, but into a small stream that feeds intro Beaverdam Creek.

Ellis has been given two options for correcting the problem and thirty days to implement one of them. He can either install a de-chlorination unit dedicated to neutralizing the pool water prior to discharge, or redirecting the discharge to an approved detention device, as originally required by the permit.  

Wilson has consistently questioned Ellis’s compliance with storm water and erosion regulations. At a recent Council meeting, Ellis, Hugh Durham, a realtor associated with the project, and county staff all assured the Council that there were no problems with the project. Chairman Larry Greer stated that he considered Wilson’s opposition to be a part of her well known opposition to the Beaverdam sewer project.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, Greer gave Ellis and his engineer, Bill Dunn, a chance for rebuttal of Kautter’s presentation. Dunn acknowledged many of the violations, but added that Ellis was a good neighbor who didn’t intend to harm anyone.

County Planning Director Jeff Ricketson, despite his own staff’s earlier recommendations against rezoning, argued for Ellis. He conceded to Council following Kautter’s presentation that DHEC had in fact told the county not to issue any further permits until the situation is cleared up. But he added that DHEC had expressed a willingness to “work with the developer in releasing the less critical lots as they are needed. I would remind the Council that DHEC has the power to issue a cease and desist, which would effectively put Mr. Ellis out of business. They can also impose fines. They have done neither. It is not the purview of the council to enforce state regulations.”

Wilson says she was asked by Council members to document her claims, which she did prior to the second reading. “I gave them what they asked for and they didn’t even read it. They just went along with the program.”

 Winthrop DMR sets school record

The Winthrop Eagles men’s distance medley relay team of Daryl Green, Brandon Hudgins, Justin Meade and Brad Orr broke the school record in 10:11.22 and finished eighth in a deep field at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville. Orr also ran a solid 3:56.88 in the1500-meters.  Orr is a 2004 graduate of Wren High School. Meade is a 2004 graduate of Palmetto High School.

The Eagles will compete this weekend at the Big South Conference Championships at Coastal Carolina in Conway. The championship action begins Thursday.


Mustang relay team wins region

The Palmetto High School girls 3200 relay team recently won the 3200 relay Region Championship with a new school record of 10:53. They broke their own school record, which was set on March 28th at Broome High School with a time of 11:09.

The Mustang 3200 relay team includes - 1st leg Carmen Scales;  2nd leg Marlee Rhodes; 3rd leg Ashley McClellion;  4th leg Jillana Darby. 

Wren teams make playoffs

Wren’s baseball and softball teams will open the State 4-A Playoffs this Thursday evening as the top-seeded teams in their respective District Quarterfinals Tournaments(s). According to brackets released by the South Carolina High School League, the Diamond Hurricanes will open their postseason action against Boiling Springs, while the Lady Hurricanes will begin the playoffs by facing Mauldin. Second-round games in the double-elimination tournaments are set for Saturday, with losers bracket elimination games on Monday, followed by the District Championships finals on Wednesday, Apr. 25. Both Wren teams will have the home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Wren Elementary/Reedy Rip 'It to be recognized at game

Reedy Rip ‘It will make his official debut, in costume, immediately prior to the start of the Greenville Drive game this Thursday, April 20 at 6:45 p.m. prior to the national anthem before the start of the game at the West End stadium in downtown Greenville.  On Friday, April 21 at 6:45 p.m., representative of Wren Elementary School will receive on-field recognition and $1,000 check for creating the winning mascot design for the Greenville Drive. Wren Elementary student council, Angela Hembree, art teacher Fran Bailey, P.E. teacher David Vaughn and principal Mark McCall will be greeted on field by Greenville Drive General Manager Mike deMaine. All of the schools who participated in the contest will receive a visit from Reedy Rip’It next week and receive a plaque to thank them for participating in the contest and commemorate their part in history, officials said.

Little Miss/Mr. Freedom Weekend Aloft Pageant planned

Your child could be the next model to appear in national magazines such as Redbook, Parenting, Working Mother and more! Calvary Home for Children is sponsoring the first annual Little Miss/Mr. Freedom Weekend Aloft Pageant to be held on Friday, May 26, at 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Anderson County Sports and Entertainment Center. The pageant is open to girls ages 0 - 16 and boys ages 0 - 6.

Each contestant will also be eligible to compete in and will have his/her swimsuit fee paid to the 2006/2007 Little Miss/Mr. Hawaiian Tropic SC/NC State Pageant presented by RLF Productions to be held later this year. Winners may also appear on the FWA web site and other advertising, make appearances throughout the weekend and will come back to crown next year’s winners.

Due to time constraints, there will be a limited amount of contestants accepted. Applications must be postmarked by May 16, 2006. Please call for acceptance after this date. Absolutely no entries will be accepted at the door.

Entry forms are available at Curves of Belton, Curves of Honea Path, Cuttin’ Loose in Pelzer and Rags to Riches in Anderson on West Whitner St. Full details can be found on the web site or call Renee Tollison at 224-6836.








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