News Archive

Week of Apr. 28, 2004

Local unit returns to homecoming celebration
It was a long year for the 151st
Fifties celebration, reunion to honor Palmetto High 50th
Board approves construction bid awards for Freshman Academy addition
Construction underway for Sue Cleveland Elementary

Police investigate incidents
Pelzer woman stops robbery
Piedmont forum May 13
Register now to vote in June primary
3 charged in fatal shooting 
Peterson to seek Ward 4 seat
Williamston EMS offers reflective signs

Local unit returns to homecoming celebration

Company C of the 151st Signal Battalion returned to a real homecoming celebration in Williamston Saturday morning after more than a year of deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Two buses carrying the local unit traveled from Columbia through the main streets of Pelzer, West Pelzer, and Williamston and into the Mineral Spring Park for the official homecoming ceremony. Citizens of all ages lined the streets along the way waving flags and showing signs of support from the local community.

Although many local officials and dignitaries were on hand to welcome the unit home, the focus of the ceremony at the park amphitheater was to individually and collectively honor the members of Company C.

Williamston Mayor Phillip Clardy presented each soldier with a flag which had flown along Main Street during the deployment as well as a mayoral proclamation.

Council member Cindy Wilson presented each member of the unit with a framed resolution recognizing them for their service.

Company officers presented each soldier with a coin commemorating the campaign as well as a Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal.

Officers also presented Army Commendation Medals and Army Achievement Medals to members of the unit.

All unit members were present for the ceremony except two members who stayed behind with the 111th Battalion and two members who are escorting equipment back home.

A county-wide celebration honoring the soldiers followed on Sunday morning at the Anderson Civic Center.

Speakers on the program included: Brig. Gen. Thomas Sinclair, Brigade Commander; Maj. Gen. Stanhope S. Spears, S. C. Adjutant General; Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Harris, SCARNG; Senator Lindsey Graham; Congressman Gresham Barrett; Congressman Jim DeMint; Assistant County Administrator Michael Cunningham; and Col. Brian A. Hurley, Commander 11 Signal Brigade.

After a demobilization roll call, the soldiers were released to enjoy a meal provided for them and their families at the Civic Center.

According to a spokesperson, the soldiers are now “really home” and on terminal leave until their next drill which is scheduled some time in September.

It was a long year for the 151st

In January 2003, the 151st Signal Battalion was alerted and received their federal mobilization orders on February 10.

With families and supporters watching, the unit departed on March 6 and reported to mobilization station at Camp Atterbury, Indiana to prepare for operations in Southwest Asia.

By Easter Sunday, April 20, the main body of the 151st Signal Battalion including an airlifted advance mission had deployed into the area of operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom that was to be their home for the next year.

For the first time in history, a National Guard signal element including administration, logistics and operation assets were forward deployed from the United States. The battalion became a part of the largest tactical network ever employed in the history of the Army supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 151st was a part of the 335th Signal Command serving under the 11th Signal Brigade and the 7th Signal Brigade providing voice, Internet, data, and video communications in Kuwait and Iraq. The battalion provided communications support to 254 different units spread over 28 locations in both Kuwait and Iraq.

The battalion was officially replaced on April 5, 2004. The Transfer of Authority ceremony was held at Camp Virginia, Kuwait to symbolize the end of the mission. Having spent 368 days in theater and mobilized for 433 days, the 151st Signal Battalion boarded a plane on April 17 headed for South Carolina.

Members of the 151st Signal Battalion flew in to Shaw Air Force Base in Columbia on April 18 and were greeted by family and loved ones at Camp McCrady – a National Guard facility located on a rear section of Fort Jackson.

The soldiers spent the next week going through a 5-day demobilization at Camp McCrady before they returned home this weekend.

The local soldiers are now on terminal leave until their next drill which is scheduled in September.


Fifties celebration, reunion to honor Palmetto High 50th

Palmetto High School Class of 1954 will celebrate the school’s 50th Anniversary with a 50th class reunion and Fifties Celebration for all students who attended Palmetto in 1953-1954.  The weekend affair is planned for this Fri., Apr. 30 and Sat., May 1. 

All students, faculty, and staff at Palmetto High during the school’s first year, 1953-54, are invited to attend the Fifties Celebration on April 30 at 7 p.m. at Palmetto Middle School.

A juke box dance and other fun and entertainment will be held in the Palmetto Middle School Gymnasium.

Dress is casual and comfortable or “Fifties” if you like. 

Cost is $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

Other events at Palmetto Middle School include a school tour from 9 a.m. to 12, lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., cooked by Palmetto Middle School principal Barry Knight. A Spring Fling fund raiser will also be underway at the school from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for anyone interested in attending.

On Sat. May 1, the class of ’54 will hold their reunion luncheon at the Palmetto Middle School Gymnasium. 

Anyone who was a classmate and attended Pelzer or Williamston High School with these students before the schools were consolidated is also invited to the celebration.

Reservations for the Class of ’54 reunion luncheon are required.  Cost is $15 per person. 

The Greater Williamston Business Association will also have a special edition of their collector’s Christmas Ornamant available to commemmorate the event.

The 2004 ornament features a gray ornament with red Palmetto Mustang artwork and wording.

The ornament will be available at the reunion and at local businesses including The Journal and Pizza Pro for $5 each.

For additional information on the Palmetto High 50th Anniversary, call Barbara Bradshaw  (Committee Chair) at 803-794-4718  or Floyd or Lib Rogers at 847-7380.

Organizers are expecting more than 300 people to attend the events.  More than 800 invitations were sent out, Bradshaw said. 

Board approves construction bid awards for Freshman Academy addition

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved construction bids for the new Palmetto High Freshman Academy addition and approved personnel recommendations during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

Following the introduction of new teachers, board members went into an executive session lasting approximately 45 minutes for discussions with a parent.

Upon returning to regular session the board heard the following reports:

During his financial report, District Director of Finance Steve Uldrick told the board that approximately 81 percent of expected revenues for the district had been collected. Year to date revenues amount to $48,933,903.

YTD expenditures amounted to $45,187,964 or about 73 percent of budget, according to Uldrick. The difference is reflected in investments, he said.

Responding to a question by a board member concerning tax appeals, Uldrick said that Anderson County Auditor Mike Freeman said it may be October or November of this year before the appeals process in finalized.

Uldrick said he didn’t expect any problems resulting from the tax appeals however he did say there could be refunds due to some taxpayers which would have to be taken from the revenues already collected.

“We may need to make adjustments,” he said, adding that if there are any they should not be significant.

Assistant Superintendent David Havird told board members that there have been expenditures for the district this school year due to claims under workers comp, unemployment and increasing insurance premiums.

He also said that the supplies and materials account will reflect increases in gas prices and electricity.

District One Superintendent Dr. Reggie Christopher told board members that his staff has done preliminary work on the new budget and suggested that the board may want to have a work session at the next meeting.

Christopher said the district budget is usually presented to the County Board in June.

In his instructional report, Dr. Wayne Fowler told board members that the new HSAP testing has gone well and that PACT testing for grades 3-8 will be done over a five day period.

Fowler also told the board that with the help of Dr. John Pruitt, 89 district teachers have submitted grant applications totalling $222,000.

Fowler said that the district has in the past received grant funding amounting to $80,000 to $100,000. He said the grant funding that is approved is used for materials and other activities.

Fowler said the district has also applied for other mentoring grants which he said he hopes will help replace part of a program the district is losing with the end of a 21st Century Grant.

The three year 21st Century Grant allowed the District to provide afterschool homework centers and summer school programs for middle school students.

“We have high hopes that some of this money will come through,” he said.

In his nutritional report,  Havird told the board that the district served 136,604 meals in March. This is more than 20,000 meals more than served last March, he said.

Nutritional services continues to show a profit with revenues of $340,232 and expenses of $262,165, for a profit for the month of $77,067, according to Havird.

Havird said rebates and purchase of food with commodities has also helped the food services program.

Board members unanimously approved contract bid awards for additions to the Palmetto High School Freshman Academy.

Based on recommendations by construction management division of M. B. Kahn, Dr. Christopher said the total bid amount was $2,919,224.

Low bids on the project were: Edcon, Inc. building and finishes $2,011,000; Advance Fire Protection, Inc., fire sprinkler $65,100; Barnes Sheet Metal, Inc., dba Easley Mechanical, plumbing $262,424; Tiles Heating & Cooling, Inc. HVAC $188,800; Young Plumbing & Electric Company, electric $292,200; and Dixiana Steel Company steel $98,700.

Upon recommendation by  Christopher, board members unanimously approved a JFB policy related to the No Child Left Behind Act.

Under new federal policy, parents with children in schools not meeting the “No Child Left Behind” act requirements for three years in a row have the opportunity to choose another school for their children to attend.

Board members also unanimously voted to uphold an action by administration discussed in the earlier executive session.

Board members unanimously approved personnel changes as follows:

Requests for leave of absence - Kristie Finley, Spearman 4th grade, requesting a one to three year leave of absence to assume a teacher specialist position at Hollis Academy in Greenville County.

Resignations - Laura Sudbeck, West Pelzer Elementary, Launch; Pamela Whiteside, Hunt Meadows Elementary School, Launch, both effective at the end of the 2003-04 school year.

Retirement - Brenda Collins, Palmetto High Media specialist; Jane Freeman, Powdersville Elementary Grade 5.

Transfers - Susan Merritt, Wren High, keyborading and Powdersville Middle Home Arts (.8FTE) to Powdersville Middle, Home Arts and LD Resource (1.0 FTE); Janice Moore, from Palmetto High, EMD to Wren High, EMD; Tamela Ward, from Spearman Elementary School to Wren Elementary, school guidance; Angie Wright Gaines, from ED at Pelzer Elementary to elementary position at Hunt Meadows Elementary.

New teacher recommendations include: Chrissy Bamberg, Wren Elementary, music; Jamie Beaver, Palmetto High, Spanish; Katy Bethea, Spearman Elementary, 5K; William Clater, Wren High, math; Adam Dymond, Palmetto Elementary, elementary teacher.

Also Cindy James, Concrete Primary, 1st grade; Melissa N. Lambries, Wren High, English; Marie Moon, West Pelzer Elementary, 4th grade; Cathy Moss, Spearman Elementary, 4K; Amy Pruitt, Palmetto High, science; Jeff Taylor, Wren High, science; Seth Young, Wren High, math.

Construction underway for Sue Cleveland Elementary

Construction is well underway for the new Sue Cleveland Elementary School which will be located at Woodmont Park near Woodmont Middle School off Woodland School Road and Bessie Road.

Greenville County school officials made the decision to relocate the school after the acreage at the school’s present site on Church Street in Piedmont was determined to be less than what is needed to support a new or renovated school, according to School Trustee Roger Meek.

Factors affecting the decision included the anticipated growth in the area, the physical location of the students, and the availability of land for a new site to Meek said.

The new school will be a model design which is being used for several other schools in the district and should be completed by August 2004 according to a spokesperson.

The new 82,700 square-foot school will be two stories with elevators with a disability key access. Fire-rated corridors will provide additional safety should an elevator malfunction.

With a contract cost of $8,435,000, the exterior of the building will be constructed of large pre-cast panels of insulated concrete. The sandwich-fashioned panels will be poured in place at the factory, given an exterior architectural treatment and then delivered directly to the construction site.

With 22 standard-size classrooms and a science/laboratory classroom, the school is planned to accommodate 600 students compared to the school’s current enrollment of 424 students.

An 1800 square-foot curved media center reading room will include an office and work room space.

A 2400 square-foot dining/assembly space with a supporting food service facility and a stage for assembly purposes is included in the plan.

A 3450 square-foot indoor multi-purpose room for physical education will include two adjustable basketball goals and markings for basketball, volleyball as well as other physical education activities. Outdoor physical education facilities will include a multi-purpose softball field and play area.

Four kindergarten classrooms will be provided with a fenced play yard. Special Education facilities will include four self-contained classrooms and two resource rooms.

All heating and air conditioning will be computer-monitored continuously and controlled centrally at the district offices.

School security will be maintained through cameras to monitor hallways, entrances and the exterior of the school. Using the “capture concept”, all exterior entrances will be locked once school begins except for the central reception and administrative area.

All classrooms will have an interior door lock, a telephone, five computers with Internet access, a printer and a television with a satellite connection.

The school is one of 68 projects planned in the Facilities Plan for the school district at a total cost of $784 million with $800 million in bonds sold to provide funding and reserve.

The Facilities Plan began over 10 years ago after three years of research involving over 1,800 people from across Greenville County identifying and evaluating the physical and educational needs of school facilities.

The findings were used to compile the Superintendent’s Recommended Plan which provided the basis for discussion and a school-by-school review by the board and a prioritizing of school projects.

In April 2002, the school district began implementing an agreement with Institutional Resources to oversee the construction and renovation of schools. The agreement provides funding through BEST (Building Equity Sooner for Tomorrow), a non-profit foundation established by the school board. The agreement provides for the completion of the Facilities Plan in four years versus a minimum of 23 years through traditional funding.

The plan also involves no tax increases with millage for school construction remaining at 42.5 mills.

According to authorities, the plan allows the district to save money by avoiding increasing construction costs through inflation, standardization of school design, elimination of changes that increase costs, bulk purchasing of building materials, and cost effective designs that reduce maintenance costs.

School officials explain that financing this plan works somewhat like a mortgage or an installment purchase. Schools are built and the cost is paid off over time similar to a house payment.

The school district continues to own title to all property and existing school buildings. Buildings are leased to BEST for a term that ends when all payments are made or for 50 years.

The district provides BEST with a maximum 50-year lease of the land and existing school buildings and agrees to make payments for the next 25 years in return for BEST providing renovated and new schools. BEST uses its right to payment and its lease to sell bonds to pay for the school construction and renovation.

Police investigate incidents

Williamston Police officers investigated several thefts in the area recently. Among incidents investigated were:

Apr. 19 - Jaime Jesus Penca, 17, 6109 Dove tree Apt. C, Charlotte, N. C., was arrested for speeding and no S. C. drivers license after a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina was observed on Greenville Dr., and Roberts Blvd. M. Abramson investigated.

Apr. 17 - Sav-Way 309 E. Main St., reported a gas drive off in which a beige KIA sportage left without paying for $5 in gas.

Apr. 19 - Anderson Disabilities, 9 Middleton Blvd., reported a cable line cut causing $150 in damage. This is the second incident reported.

Apr. 17 - Hose V. Treios, 41, 104 Estelle Dr., Williamston and Javier R. Villollolva, 20, same address, were arrested and charged with public disorderly conduct after being observed in a vehicle parked in a yard.

Apr. 15 - Fred Junior Gantt, 50, 4A Payne St., Greenville, was arrested for driving under suspension, operating/allowing an uninsured vehicle and no vehicle license after a 1986 Honda was observed on Greenville Dr. with an undated paper tag. M. Abramson investigated.

Apr. 15 - Amy Evonne Avery, 26, 440 Cooley Bridge Rd., Pelzer, was arrested for driving under suspension after a vehicle was observed on Anderson Dr. with an expired license. Sgt. K. P. Evatt investigated.

Apr. 11, Maria Rosa Himmelstein, 39, 134 Breazeale Dr., Williamston, was arrested for speeding and driving an uninsured vehicle after a 1991 Dodge Sedan was observed on Belton Dr. Also charged with violation of drivers license restriction (corrective lens). M. Abramson investigated.

Apr. 10 - Amanda Michelle Payton, 24, 380 Mize Rd., Belton, reported clothing items valued at $500 taken from unattended machines at Mitchell’s Washerette, 12 Gr. Dr., Williamston. M. Abramson investigated.

Apr. 11 - Officer J. N. Griffin reported finding a clear plastic bag in the roadway on Ida Tucker Rd. Upon checking the contents, officers found a white powder substance which field tested as cocaine. The item was taken to the police department and destroyed. J. N. Griffin, J. L. Barnes investigated.

Apr. 10 - Betty Avanelle Johnson, 64, 1 West Third St., reported jewelry items valued at $3,000 removed from the residence. Reports state access was possibly gained by prying open the front door. J. T. Motes investigated.

Apr. 10 - Susan Annette Roper, 44, 304 Moore Rd., Piedmont, was arrested for driving under suspension and no vehicle license after a 1994 Nissan was observed on N. Hamilton with a metal deal er tag. M. Abramson investigated.

Apr. 10 - Leroy Michael Strickland, 35, 110 W. Third St., Williamston, was arrested for no vehicle license, driving under suspension, operating an uninsured vehicle after a go-cart was observed travelling at a high rate of speed on Gossett Dr. and W. Third St. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

Apr. 7 - Joya Joelle Nunemaker, 37, no fixed address, was arrested and charged with petit larceny after allegedly taking a pocketbook from 232 E. Carolina St. and returning it less $41 cash. C. Sanders investigated.

Apr. 6 - Miquel Ernesto Quintallia, 23, 106 Old Tabernacle Rd., Belton, was arrested for unsafe vehicle, no S. C. drivers license and operating an uninsured vehicle after a vehicle was observed on Anderson Dr. with the left headlight not working. J. L. Barnes investigated.

Apr. 3 - Cynthia Denise Moore, 28, 114 Williamston Court reported a 1993 Saturn valued at $3,000 taken without consent. Sgt. D. Munger investigated.

Mar. 8 - Kellie Leigh Chapman, 31, 6 McDonald Ave., Williamston reported a 1990 Honda valued at $1,500 and a check book missing. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

The vehicle was recovered, damaged, Apr. 3 - at Pinehaven Trailer Park, off Hwy. 413.

Apr. 2 - Linda Lyde, 106 Center St., reported a stove, refrigerator and other fixtures valued at $850 taken from a rental property. The report stated there was also damage done to walls in every room in the house. Sgt. D. Munger investigated.

Apr. 8 - Stacey Smith, 101 Bigby St., Williamston, was arrested for shoplifting items valued at $40 from Eckerd Drug Store, 201 E. Main St., Williamston . D. W. Alexander, Sgt. D. Munger investigated.

Apr. 2 - Walter Glen Nabors, 31 McAlister Circle, Williamston, was arrested for driving under suspension, operating an uninsured vehicle and improper vehicle license after a red Pontiac was observed on West Main St. Sgt. D. Munger investigated.

Apr. 4 - William Charles Bible, 41, P. O. Box 27, Conestee, S. C. was arrested for driving under suspension more than 1st and operating an uninsured vehicle after a green Ford truck was observed on McDonald Ave. Sgt. D. Munger investigated.

Apr. 7 - Ace Hardware, 29 Pelzer Ave., Williamston, reported a garden hose and wheel valued at $60 taken from the front walkway. D. W. Alexander, Sgt. D. Munger investigated.

March 14 - Deborah Jagels Joye, 49, 106 Wilson Place Court, Piedmont, reported damage to a vehicle including small dents on the hood and fender done while the vehicle was parked at Palmetto High School, 804 N. Hamilton St. or in Town Square Center. M. Abramson investigated.

Pelzer woman stops robbery

A local resident was able to stop an attempted robbery at her home in Pelzer Monday.

Lisa Susan Davis was awakened early Monday morning by noises outside her home on Fuller Street in Pelzer. According to reports, she looked out her window and saw a pickup truck backed into her driveway. Two unknown suspects were attempting to hook the pickup truck to a trailer loaded with two 4-wheelers parked in the driveway.

Davis alerted her husband and called the Anderson County sheriff’s office. Once the suspects realized they had been detected, they fled in an early 90s model red Chevrolet 1500 series truck.

Authorities reported that the padlock on the trailer had been cut but that the 4-wheelers and the trailer valued at $4,300 were still intact.

Anderson County deputies also investigated the following incidents this week:

Apr. 27 – Jimmy Monroe Brock II, 34, 118 Cedar Grove Road, Pelzer, reported that someone took a 1992 Ford Probe valued at $1,500. J. C. Wright investigated.

Apr. 27 – Brandon O’Rielly Mills, 21, 529 Willingham Rd., Williamston, reported that someone took a 5-month-old pit bull valued at $200 from his residence. B. W. Parker investigated.

Apr. 26 – C & L Auto Repair, 4424 Hwy. 29 North, Belton, reported that someone removed a 1987 Mazda 626 valued at $300 from the business. F. Wooten investigated.

Apr. 26 – Pamela J. Davis, 45, 15 Burkett St. Lot 5, West Pelzer, reported that someone took a Terayon cable modem valued at $60.50 from her residence. Randall Glenn Luker, 22, 53 Main St., West Pelzer was arrested and transported to the Anderson County Detention Center after the item was found in his possession. D. M. Patten investigated.

Apr. 25 – Edward B. Turner, 24, 247 Sherman Road, Piedmont, reported that someone took a 110V window air conditioner valued at $200. D. M Patten investigated.

Apr. 24 – Charlotte Bellue, 49, 102 Williamston Ct., Williamston, reported that someone stole a bathroom sink valued at $80 from a vacant mobile home at 163 G St. in Williamston. J. Johnson investigated.

Apr. 23 – Piedmont Auto Parts, 600 Anderson St., Piedmont, reported that someone forced entry to a drink machine and stole an undetermined amount of drinks. D. B. Anderson investigated.

Apr. 22 – Dallas Pruitt, 36, 1711 Cheddar Road, Belton, reported that someone crawled through a kitchen window and removed a TV/VCR, a stereo and a game system valued at $600. D. Hodges, Jr. investigated.

Apr. 22 – State Farm Insurance, 3530 Earle E. Morris, Jr. Hwy., Piedmont, reported that someone activated the alarm system, cut a hole in the wall from the business next door, and stole $50 from a desk drawer. W. Cunningham investigated.

Apr. 22 – Light Waves Hair Design, 3531 Earle E. Morris, Jr. Hwy., Piedmont, reported that someone forced open a rear door and went through drawers. Damages amounted to $800 and an inventory of missing items is pending. S. F. Jones investigated.

Apr. 21 – Allstate Insurance, 1405 Hwy. 86, Piedmont, reported that someone pried open a back door. Customer checks amounting to $1,714.51 and $902.73 in cash were reported missing. J. M. Durham investigated.

Apr. 21 – Anderson Automotive, 3500 Highway 29 North, Belton, reported that someone cut the hinges on a fence and stole car parts valued at $800. The suspect also entered an unlocked Neon vehicle and drove into a Saab vehicle causing $400 in damages. K. J. Burns investigated.

Apr. 20 – Jesse Hunsinger, Jr., 1202 Old Williamston Road, Piedmont, reported that someone broke a glass on a back door and removed $90 from a kitchen table. F. Wooten investigated.


Piedmont forum May 13

Greenville County Council District 26 Councilor Judy Gilstrap will listen to the concerns of Piedmont area residents at a forum to be held at the Piedmont Community Center May 13 at 7 p.m.

Gilstrap will update taxpayers about Greenville County projects and gather ideas for future need in the district.

“We hope for a strong turnout, so I can keep residents informed about how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent. This open exchange setting should provide an excellent forum for me to listen to the people here,” Gilstrap said.

Several other Greenville County staff members will join Gilstrap at the Community center to get a better understanding of needs in public project areas.

“We know that road and drainage projects are likely to be the number one issues there, so I will be able to address what we’ve done and what we hope to accomplish in the future,” Gilstrap added.

Assistant County Administrator for Public Works, Paula Gucker will also attend the forum with staff members to address issues.

Anderson and Greenville County residents of the Piedmont are invited to attend. For more information, call Marissa at 864-845-4777.

Register now to vote in June primary

Saturday May 8 is the final day to register to vote in the June 8 primary election. Registration by mail applications must also be postmarked by May 8.

Any 17-year-old who will be 18 by the Nov. 2  general election may also register to vote, officials said.

To vote, persons must be registered at least 30 days prior to the election.

Persons who are already registered in Anderson County and have moved can call the county voter registration office for information on how to update an address to the correct voting precinct.

Registered voters who qualify and intend to cast absentee ballots may call to request an application.

For more information call 864-260-4035.

The Voter Registration office is located in the old Bailes Building, directly behind the historic courthouse, 107 South Main St., Anderson, Suite 101.

3 charged in fatal shooting 

Three Belton residents are in custody at the Greenville County Detention Center after they turned themselves in on murder charges in the shooting death of a Pelzer man.

Angela Lowe Fisher, Lloyd Ray Davis, Jr., and Donald Paige, all of 188 Dunlap Road in Belton, are being held on murder charges in the death of 27-year-old Charles Jason Henderson and are awaiting a bond hearing.

Warrants were issued for the three suspects after Henderson was shot in the stomach outside his home on Beech Springs Road in Pelzer around 9:30 a.m. Friday. Authorities state that the shooting happened after Henderson and at least one of the suspects charged in the murder got into an argument.

Henderson was flown to Greenville Memorial Hospital by helicopter and died approximately two hours later in surgery. His funeral was held Monday at the Gray Mortuary Chapel in Pelzer.

Peterson to seek Ward 4 seat

B. W. “Pete” Peterson, of 111 Lander St., Williamston announced this week that he is seeking the Williamston Town Council seat for Ward 4.

Peterson, 69, has been a Williamston resident since 1977. He and his wife of 49 years have a son and daughter, four grandchildrena and two great-grandchildren. Their daughter Julie Welborn lives in Hamilton Heights in Williamston.

Peterson retired after 15 years with New York Carpet World in Greenville. He has an honorable discharge from the U. S. Army and is a member of Pelzer Wesleyan Church.

Peterson said that if elected, he will be available to the residents of Ward 4. 

“I would like to see the people of Ward 4 represented and see that they get what they need,” Peterson said.

He can be reached at 847-9943.

Williamston EMS offers reflective signs

 Williamston EMS now has reflective address signs available. The signs are designed to help emergency responders find a particular address quicker during an emergency.

The signs have reflective material on both sides and can be mounted so that both sides can be seen. They can be mounted on a house, mailbox or post and provide high visibility day or night. They are easy to install and have pre-drilled holes according to Marty Evans, business manager for Williamston EMS.

“The reflective signs will help us get to somebody’s house quicker and make sure we’re in the right place,” Evans said.

“They are helpful in any emergency situation, whether for EMS, fire or police,” he said.

Funds from the signs will be used to purchase equipment for the local EMS squad. 

Evans said the squad hopes to be able to purchase an AED.

Joe Barr is the Williamston EMS chief.

For more information or to purchase a sign, call Williamston EMS at 847-9584 or go by the office at 902 Anderson Dr. in Williamston.







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