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(1705) Week of Apr. 27, 2005

Week of Apr. 27, 2005

Watson getting second chance at NFL
Piedmont Relief Center hopes to involve others
District One Board approves 18 new teachers
Budget includes additional teachers, classroom supplies
County considering funding department budget requests
Tension continues between Floyd, Wilson during retreat
Hardee’s employees locked in freezer during armed robbery
Intruder chased from home with hammer
Hunt Meadows raises $5,000 for historic project - Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home

Watson getting second chance at NFL

Former Palmetto High School and University of South Carolina football player Derek Watson is getting a second chance at pursuing his dream to play football in the NFL.

Watson will try out as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday and will report to a spring mini-camp training session this week.

“Things are going pretty well,” Watson said after receiving the call from the Buccaneers, who want him to report to the camp either Thursday or Friday.

After the sessions, he will come back home for a week or two to get situated during the off season.

Watson attended a tryout session about 3 or 4 weeks ago, which he said went well.

He said he had learned from past experiences, and that relying on his talent, which was recognized by many including legendary coach Lou Holtz, wasn’t going to cut it in the National Football League.

Watson also said his experiences including his troubled past and being picked up, and cut, by New England in 2003 were eye openeing.

Watson was cut by the New England Patriots his rookie season after failing a conditioning test. That showed him that the athletes "with the work ethic were the guys who last,” he said.

Watson said that during his time off he had “got his thoughts together” on what he wanted to do.

He has been working with Emery Williams at Total Fitness in Powdersville for about 6 months, concentrating his efforts on nutrition and getting in shape.

Watson said that since beginning the new training sessions, he can tell the difference a structured workout makes.

“It’s paying off,” he said.

Watson said he never had really worked out in high school or college, depending instead on his talent. He said he has since learned that getting in shape is to his advantage.

Of his opportunity to get a second chance Watson said, “It feels good.”

“I’m grateful and thankful to still be in a position to get a second chance,” Watson said. “I give all the glory to God. I’m happy for my family and thankful to God for being there for me.”

He said he is enjoying the positive feelings he is going through right now as opposed to  the “being depressed and down on my self stage a while back,” he said.

Watson said his days now consist “of working out, focusing on nutrition and staying out of trouble.”

Under the new program, he eats the right foods, takes supplements, drinks plenty of water and works on conditioning.

Watson said he finally realized that the NFL athletes and professionals “were doing it right, and the time invested doesn’t leave time for some of the other things in life.”

He also said he didn’t realize how much time it takes. His daily schedule is to get up around 9 or 10 a.m., work out until lunch, return and work out until 5 or 6 p.m.

The 6’1” Watson weighs 227 and would like to get down to 218 to 220.

“I’ve never really concentrated on working out,” he said, “because I didn’t want to sacrifice. It is really working to my advantage. All of the athletes are doing it.”

A record-setting star during his four-year career at Palmetto High School, Watson has been out of football for two years after finishing his collegiate career at S.C. State, following a once-promising start at U.S.C.

He was the first major recruit for Coach Lou Holtz at South Carolina, and went on to play three seasons with the Gamecocks.

During that time, he rushed 100 or more yards nine times, with only three USC backs having ever had more 100-yard games in their careers.

He ended his troubled career as a Gamecock with 2,078 rushing yards, which ranks 11th on the team’s all-time list.

After completing his career at S.C. State, Watson tried out for the New England Patriots, but was cut by the team.

“I’m very fortunate, just having the opportunity.” he notes, “It’s one of those rare-type things.”

“It’s very seldom that a guy gets cut from an NFL football team his rookie season, and he’s been out of football two years and gets a chance to start it back up with another football team.”

Piedmont Relief Center hopes to involve others

At their April meeting, organizers of the Piedmont Emergency Relief Center heard presentations from Mary Dixon, Community Outreach representative, who described the services provided by New Horizons Family Health Services, Inc.  and Farrell Thomas, of the Piedmont Christian Sport Association who shared his aspirations of bringing boys and girls to Christ by getting them to play sports.

Dixon explained that New Horizons is a federally funded health care provider that provides medical care to those without a primary care doctor. 

It has several locations in Greenville County including one near the old Greenville General Hospital on Mallard Street.  Though it does not have a clinic location in Anderson County, they will receive residents from anywhere in the Upstate.

She also said that New Horizons accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and some private insurance. 

New Horizons has a sliding fee discount for patients depending on income and family size.  Minimum payment would probably be in the $20 range.  Though walk-ins are accepted, having an appointment is recommended. 

The phone number for New Horizons on Mallard Street is 235-1534.  Hours are Monday through Thursday 8am - 7 pm and Friday 8 am - 5pm.

In addition to doctor’s care, New Horizons has a pharmacy on site for their patients and can fill prescriptions at a discount. 

New Horizons also offers flu shots at various locations in the community. PERC representatives hope to set up flu shots and health screenings later this year,they said.

Next Farrell Thomas and Demetrius Fletcher of Piedmont Christian Sports Association unveiled their hopes to bring sports to Piedmont children. 

Thomas, a former schoolteacher, wants to bring kids to sports to introduce them to church.  He said he wants them to know “Just because you are a teenager doesn’t mean you can’t be a Christian.” 

PSCA priorities are Christianity and education.  They hope to mold the lives of young men and women to help reduce the 15% dropout rate. 

Programs being offered include a college track with college tours, SAT prep courses, financial aid, Business Sense to teach entrepreneurship and Community Connections for service learning and more. 

In the next few weeks, they want to start a T-ball and coach -pitch league.  They are seeking sponsorship to reduce costs to parents and increase participation. 

Those interested in sponsorship or participation should contact Thomas at 905-3330 or email pcsa_05@hotmail.com.

Maxine Smith, PERC treasurer, reported finances.  She said that checks would go through the Piedmont Community Improvement Association for tax purposes.  It would then be deposited into PERC’s account. 

Norma Hedstrom reported on the ribbon cutting and open house.  She described the prominent role of the Piedmont Ministerial Association and their congregations in getting the shelves filled. 

Cindy Ashenfelder reported on the success and need for recruiting volunteers.  Jed Daughtry made a report on several operational matters including current and future grants, referral information, and communications.

The public meeting of the Piedmont Emergency Relief Center is the fourth Monday of each month at 7pm in the Rowell room of the Piedmont Community Center Building on Main Street. 

Hours of operation of the Piedmont Emergency Relief Center are Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm - 7pm and Saturday from 9am - 12 noon. 

District One Board approves 18 new teachers

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees took a preliminary look at budget revenues, and approved hiring 18 new teachers during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

District Finance Director Steve Uldrick reported that tax collections were not as good as this same time last year, with collections at 94%. Uldrick speculated that some large taxpayers may not have paid yet.

Uldrick reported that revenues for April were $4,368,514, with year to date total revenue of $50,273,222 or 80% of budget. Expenditures for April amounted to $3,794,424, with year to date expenditures of $48,297,602, or 75% of budget.

Associate Superintendent David Havird reported that even with a smaller learning cummunity grant, there is a 20 percent budget deviation for continuing a mentor, academic assistance program which he said is an after school program. He also said some expenditures are reflected in the food service program monthly expenditures.

Superintendent Dr. Wayne Fowler reported that ASAP and BSAP testing had ended and the District is readying for 5-7 days of PACT testing.

Board members heard a presentation by  Hunt Meadows teacher Janet Cantrell, who reported on a project the third grade class participated in which brought statewide attention for the school.

As a community service learning project, Cantrell had an idea for a 5/5/5/ project to come up with $5,000 in 5 weeks in 2005 to help the Columbia Historic Foundation with funding for Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home in Columbia.

 The project received additional recognition when The State newspaper ran an article which mentioned that the school was planning to make a donation to the project.

The Hunt Meadows group was told they were the only organization in the U. S. to help with the project, Cantrell said. Board members gave her a standing ovation following the presentation.

In other business, Associate Superintendent Havird reported that the district nutritional service served 104,112 meals during March, averaging 6,124 meals per day.

The program showed revenues of $260,467 to expenses of $209,581 for a profit of $50,886. YTD profit stands at $267,051, he said.

There were expenditures for new equipment for the program which included a dishwasher and ovens at the high schools, Havird said.

Dr. Fowler reported that all 14 schools in District One received an “all clear status” for accreditation which he said is “quite a comprehensive review of what we do.”

Board members then went into executive session to discuss personnel and contractual matters.

 Upon returning to regular session, Board Chairman Fred Alexander reported that no action was taken in executive session.

Upon recommendation of Superintendent Fowler, the Board unanimously approved the following personnel recommendations:

Resignations - Dawn Beadles, Cedar Grove Elementary Kindergarten; Leah Campbell, Hunt Meadows Elementary Speech Therapist; Terry Filippo, Palmetto High English; Julianne Kaye, Spearman Elementary, Grade 3; Terese Mayer, Wren Middle School 6th Grade Social Studies; Kim Owens, Wren High School Guidance; Sherer Reid, Hunt Meadows Elementary Media Center Specialist.

Administrative resignations - Dr. Kelly Pew, Wren High Freshman Academy Principal.

Retirement - Vickie Cothran, Palmetto Middle 6th Grade Language Arts; Elaine Prarat, Wren High Guidance.

Transfers - Christie Dunson, Wren Middle Language Arts to Wren High English; Melissa Dymond, Wren High English to Palmetto High English; Nancy Trowbridge, Wren High Assistant Manager 1.0 FTE to a teaching position in Family and Consumer Sciences at Wren High on a .5FTE basis; Melody Weatherford, from 1.0 FTE to .5 FTE Wren High Family and Consumer Sciences; Darlene Whitaker, Wren High School, .5 FTE Spanish and .5 FTE ESOL to full-time (1.0) FTE) at Wren High for 2005-2006.

Recommendations - Terri Cortez, Palmetto High Math; Bryan Davis, Wren High Science; Mary Anne Deal, Palmetto High Spanish; Haley Dunn, Palmetto Elementary, Grade 2; April Ficklin, Wren High English; Erin McCall, Hunt Meadows, Speech; Amy Mitchell, Palmetto High Spanish.

Also Scott O’Hara, Powdersville Middle Math/Science; Ryan Panter, Wren High Math; Melissa Plummer, Palmetto Elementary Grade 4; Kelly Quirk, District School Psychologist; Martha Reubert, Pelzer Elementary Media Specialist .5 FTE; Lindsay Reyes, Wren Elementary Grade 4; Kelly Smith, Concrete Primary Grade 1; Kelley Williams, Wren High Science.

Administrative recommendations - Lisa Cassidy, Cedar Grove Elementary Instructional Assistant Principal; Sherry Padgett, Palmetto Elementary Instructional Assistant Principal.

The meeting was then adjourned and a budget work session followed. (See next story)

Budget includes additional teachers, classroom supplies

During a budget work session held after the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, School District One Superintendent Dr. Wayne Fowler reported that the South Carolina State House of Representatives gave unanimous approval on the State budget and based their funding allocation for students in South Carolina at $1,820.40 per student.

Fowler said the amount is what the 2005-2006 District One budget is currently based on.

He said the Senate version of the budget would probably be $30 more per student, resulting in about a $200,000 difference for District One.

Fowler told District One Board members that the District is expecting revenues of $43,206,924. The current budget is $40 million.

Finance Director Steve Uldrick said funding for the District is based on 8,099 total students which includes students in all schools including kindergarten through vocational and special education classes.

District One budget funding is projected at $17,844,599 from the state and $5,331,891 from local tax revenues, Uldrick said.

He also said the district will receive a little more state money because the assessed value in regards to the state had dropped slightly and is based on a 70/30 average for each school district across the state.

He said the base student costs may increase from $1,852 to $2,290.

The district is expecting an additional 150 students next year according to Dr. Fowler and the budget includeing the new students and related funding.

The new per student figure includes some monies that were “backpacked” from other areas in the state budget process, Fowler said.

A breakdown of new teaching positions was also presented to the Board, reflecting changes for each school in the District. Uldrick told the Board that the district pays 11.5 percent above the local salary.

Under the new personnel budget, Concrete Elementary will add an Early Childhood teacher and a 5k teacher assistant. Estimated enrollment is 405 students. “Concrete continues to grow,” Associate Superintendent David Havird said.

Powdersville Elementary is not growing and will have a very large 5th grade going to Powdersville Middle, according to Havird. They will have no additional staff.  Student enrollment is expected at 341.

Wren Elementary continues to grow and will add one elementary teacher and one 5K teacher assistant. Enrollment is projected at 616.

Hunt Meadows will add one elementary/early childhood teacher. Estimated student enrollment is 624.

Spearman will add one 5k teacher assistant and is expected to add 20 students for an estimated enrollment is 424.

West Pelzer Elementary will add a 1.4 FTE elementary position. Estimated enrollment is 388. “West Pelzer has grown significantly,” Havird said, adding 25 to 30 students.

Pelzer Primary remains stable and will not add any staff. Enrollment is projected at 135-140.

Palmetto Elementary will add .5FTE elementary teacher and a preschool disabilities teacher. Support staff will inclued an autism assistant. Estimated student enrollment is 649.

Cedar Grove will add a .5FTE elementary/early childhood teacher and an assistant principal.

Middle Schools in the District will add 1.9 FTE and one support person.

Powdersville Middle will add one teacher and a nurse which is funded through the Duke Endowment. Estimated enrollment is 514.

Wren Middle will not add any staff. Estimated enrollment is 744.

Palmetto Middle will add a part time teacher postition. Estimated enrollment is 745.

The two high schools will add six full time positions and one support staff position.

Palmetto High continues to grow and recently added the new freshman academy. They will add one teacher, a part time custodian and a parttime secretary.  Estimated enrollment is 898.

Wren High reflects the growth in that area, adding 5 full time teaching positions. Enrollment is expected to be 1,648.

Havird said that the kindergarten program, which hit a record last year, would be slightly smaller this year. Adding teachers wil help reduce the class sizes from 29-30 last year to 24-26, he said.

Projected expenditures reflected in the new budget will include a 1.55 percent salary increase for teachers and support staff; 15.3 additional professional staff; six additional support staff; funding for after school program, increase in instructional items of $2 per student.

Dr. Fowler reported that funding for classroom instructional supplies “will be back on target” after having to make cuts in past years.

Dr. Fowler said he would like to look at substitute pay and review coaching supplements.

Sub pay is based on $46 for non certified, $60 for certfied and $75 for long term sub teaching of more than 2 weeks. He said he wants to look at adding $5-$10 per day.

The budget will also reflect increased homebound instruction pay, increase in utilities and property insurance due to the growing district.

He said the budget also reflects additional square footage in the district and he wants to increase funding for repairs and maintenance to help keep the district in good shape.

“The schools are in the best shape in my 35 years in the District,” Fowler said. “We don’t want to ever let them get back to where they were.”

Funding for the Career and Technology Center (CTC) was budgeted at an additional $80,000.

County considering funding department budget requests

By Stan Welch

   Dennis Lambries, a professional facilitator who has moderated Council retreats in the past, summed up Anderson County’s budget woes early in the day, when he said that the federal government has the money, the state has the power, and the county has the problems.

 Last week’s retreat was scheduled to give the County Council a preview of the revenues that are projected for the County in the coming fiscal year.

The numbers provided by financial analyst Gina Humphries offered little comfort. Based on a total assessment of $524,000,000 as of February 11, 2005, and a collection rate of 100% of all property taxes levied, the County projects revenues of $45 million. Unfortunately, as Councilman Bill Dees pointed out several times, no one collects 100% of their taxes.

Efforts by Dees and Councilman Larry Greer to reduce taxes by 1.5 mils will be hard pressed to survive, in light of the fact that such a reduction would reduce the general fund revenues by $500,000 and the Sheriff’s budget, which is a separate levy, by $250,000.

The Sheriff is currently seeking an additional $3.2 million in operating costs for the coming year, which would account for six mils, at the current mil value of $513,000.

Councilman Michael Thompson asked Humphries what the county normally collected. She said that on property tax, the historic rate of collection is 96.5% within the fiscal year of the taxes. Autos run at 98% collection rate.

Other departments on hand to make presentations to Council were transportation, planning, and the convention and business bureau.

Glenn Brill, recently hired as the convention and business bureau’s director, pointed out that tourism in South Carolina continues to be the state’s top industry, generating $14.6 billion last year. That translated to $95 million in Anderson County, which ranked 11th in the state.

Planning director Jeff Ricketson reported an annual growth of approximately 4,000 people, including 550 school age children.

“We’re basically talking about an elementary school being filled each year,” Rickettson said.

Ricketson offered population projections that show a county population of almost 246,000 by the year 2020.

Holt Hopkins, transportation director, presented a proposal for a new encroachment  fee schedule, which he says, if in place last year, would have generated an additional $106,000+, or more than enough to pay for the two people he wants to hire to enforce those fees.

He also proposed a plan to develop a county crew capable of bridge repairs. He said that 47 bridges, or almost half of all those in Anderson County will have to be repaired or replaced within 20 years.

“I believe we can do the job in-house for at least 1/3 less than we are being charged. Big companies don’t like to mess with small jobs, so competition is down. We’re paying $2000 per yard to install concrete on these bridges,” Hopkins said.

One of the new hires he was seeking would be an engineer who could train and develop such a crew, said Hopkins.

Chairperson Gracie Floyd said she wanted to do something different this year, in an apparent effort to head off confrontations between council members and staff, including the administrator.

“I know this is something new, but I don’t want to put on a monkey show when we’re doing the budget. It’s not fair and right to stand up there and grill people, and it won’t be done on the County Council stage this year. There’s no need for it unless you’re putting on a show for somebody,” Floyd said.

Tension continues between Floyd, Wilson during retreat

By Stan Welch

Continuing tension between County Council Chairperson Gracie Floyd and District 7 Councilwoman Cindy Wilson surfaced once again at the County Council retreat held on Thursday, April 21.

Wilson accused Floyd of abusing her power as chairman of the council to restrict debate and review of various county related issues.

The tension appears to center around several decisions by Floyd to approve significant reductions in the time requested by Wilson to address certain issues at recent council meetings.

According to Floyd, those reductions were made by County Administrator Preston, and approved by her, in compliance with Section 2-37 of the Anderson County Code of Ordinances; which states that the administrator shall prepare an agenda for the approval of the chair.

A review of the agendas for the County Council meetings for the last several months, since Floyd took the chair, shows no such cuts in time requested until April 5, when Councilwoman Wilson requested twenty minutes be set aside for a presentation by Nicki Wilson (no relation) of the State Budget Control Board.

The councilwoman sought the presentation because the SBCB offers a variety of options  to various county and municipal governments, which can allow them to obtain goods and services at significant savings.

That request was cut to five minutes, allowing for little detail in the presentation. 

County Purchasing Director Robert Carroll, however, did meet with the state’s representative during the afternoon before the Council meeting, and received her information. Two weeks later, Wilson requested two blocks of time, one for a 20 minute presentation by county staff explaining the permit violations related to the Beaverdam sewer project, as well as the actions needed to correct the violations and the costs of those actions; and the other, a 30 minute block to allow for a budget presentation by staff to the council.

Both requests were cut to five minutes each. Wilson and Floyd exchanged pointed remarks at that time, concerning the reductions. It was then that Floyd explained that she had simply approved decisions made by Preston.

A review of the agenda reflects no cuts in time requested by any other council member or member of staff. Aside from department heads who appeared before council seeking money, the longest block requested was 15 minutes by councilman Larry Greer.

Prior to the retreat, Wilson  sent a memo to County  Administrator  Joey Preston asking that certain questions be answered and certain issues explained at the retreat. That memo was dated April 13. When the agenda for the retreat was published it did not include any mention of  Wilson’s request. Following the morning’s session, before other members of the council returned from lunch, Wilson and Floyd engaged in a vigorous discussion concerning the memo and the agenda’s failure to reflect Wilson’s request.

Floyd argued that the memo should have come through her, to which Wilson replied it was her understanding that Preston prepares the agendas, while Floyd either approves or disapproves them.

Wilson stated that Floyd was” exercising an authority you don’t have.” She referred to Section 2-37 of the Anderson County Code, which states that “each member shall have the right to place topics on the agenda for each meeting for a period of time not to exceed 45 minutes”.

Wilson also cited Section 2-39 of the Code which says, “With the exception of organizational policies established by county council, the chairperson shall exercise no authority over any elected officials of the county whose offices were created either by the constitution or by the general law of the state.

As a result, near the end of the retreat and the day’s business, Floyd asked Preston to respond to several of Wilson’s inquiries. As to her request that he explain the legal duties and responsibilities of both the County Council and the County Administrator, he simply referred her to the same Code of Ordinances which she had been referencing earlier.

Chairperson Floyd also addressed the question of her authority, and asked County Attorney Tom Martin if she had, based on her recitation of the county code, abused her power. Martin assured her that she had not based on what she had just said about the time constraints which had led to her decisions.

She then turned to Wilson and told her, “I’ll be honest with you, because I always am. A lot of times, it’s because of what you want to talk about. If you’ve been talking about dogcatchers for twenty years, who wants to hear you talk about it for twenty more minutes?”

A few minutes later, Wilson began to list as one of her goals for the county an open and thorough auditing of the budget. Floyd became incensed, and shouted “No!No!No!, we are not going to start that again.”

Wilson replied, “Are you going to interrupt me again?”, to which Floyd replied, “I may. I’m not promising anything.”

She did not, however, and the meeting adjourned without further ado soon after.

Hardee’s employees locked in freezer during armed robbery

For the second time in two weeks, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated an armed robbery incident at a local Hardee’s restaurant in which several employees were forced into the restaurant’s walk-in freezer.

On April 20, employees of Hardee’s, 119 Hwy. 20, Pelzer reported a black male, described as approximate age 35, with a small chin beard, a gap between his front teeth and short hair, weaing a dark blue wind suit and white sneakers, ordered and ate a meal before pulling a gun and robbing the store.

Deputy W. T Cunningham of the ACSO, responded to a panic button alarm as well as a 911 call from the location. He found that Christina Wright, Samantha Luker, and Kayla Graddy had been forced at gun point into the freezer following the robbery.

The thief was also described as being 5’11’. 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

On April 7, a Hardee’s restaurant on Hwy. 86 in Piedmont was robbed by a black male between 30-40 years of age with a thin goatee who also locked the employees in the freezer at gun point while he made his escape.

PIEDMONT

April 7 - J. Durham responded to a call of malicious mischief and vandalism at 203 Wadmalaw Dr. Reports state Davina Smith said she had loaned her car to her boyfriend and he returned with the driver’s side damaged. Reports state he claimed that a moped rider had hit the vehicle but finally admitted that he had been to see his ex-girlfriend, who had kicked the side of the car in.

April 19 - J.D. Shelton received a complaint from Delores Smith, of 15 Transylvania St., that two vehicles parked in her driveway suffered damage to their ignition systems, apparently during attempt to steal the vehicles.

April 20 - W.T. Cunninham responded to 129 Barbara Dr., where Steven Beacham reported seeing a white male, 6’4”, 150 pounds, in black pants, black t-shirt and black cap under the hood of Beacham’s station wagon. When Beacham went outside his home, the man fled. Beacham reported that the battery was gone from his vehicle. Beacham stated that a gray  Ford F-250 dual cab truck had been seen in the neighborhood earlier with no lights on.

April 20 - J.D. Shelton received a report of the theft of a Reddy heater from a trailer at 1110 Hwy. 86. William Caldwell said the heater was stolen from the trailer where he breeds rabbits between 8 and 8:30 a.m.

April 21 - J.A. Frazier responded to a call at 114 Leaphart Rd., where Jack Bagwell reported that he and his wife returned home to find a gray SUV, possibly a Ford expedition, in their driveway with a door open. Upon entering his home, Bagwell encountered a white female with brown hair. He ordered her to leave, which she did. Bagwell described a “brownish pistol” she was carrying.

April 21 - J.D. Shelton responded to a call of malicious mischief and assault and battery with intent to kill. Jackie Boswell, of 343 South Circle, reported that a female had come to her house and attempted to gain entry. Reprots state she began tearing up the front porch, breaking light fixtures and other items. Boswell went to the door and told her to leave, where upon, Boswell says, the woman fired a shot through the door, narrowly missing her face. Boswell also identified her former brother in law as being in the green SUV that the woman was driving. The woman is described as 37 years old, 5’6”, 110 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes, and a tattoo on her right arm.

Intruder chased from home with hammer

Williamston police officers investigated the following incidents:

April 25 - Ashlee Dawn Gilliam, 24, 703 Tripp St., Williamston, reported that while she was outside in her backyard, she saw an unknown male figure inside her living room. The white male in his mid-20s was chased from the residence by the owner who was armed with a hammer. Sgt. A. B. Singleton investigated.

Apr. 22 - Robert D. Davis, 44, 315 South Hamilton St., Williamston, reported a 6 gallon gas tank valued at $50 and a gas line valued at $25 stolen from a boat parked under a shed at the residence. J. T. Bauer investigated.

Apr. 22 - Richard Michael Kurrie, 42, 180 Cavirs Rd., Woodruff, was arrested for driving under suspension (1st) after a Ford pickup truck was observed on East Carolina St. with a headlight out. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory, J. N. Griffen investigated.

Apr. 24 - Mark Anthony Charping, 31, 910 Cheddar Rd., Belton, was arrested for driving under suspension (1st) after a Plymouth van was observed on Belton Dr. with no tag. Reports state the driver told officers the tag had been stolen from the vehicle while he was at work. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

Apr. 19 - Three juveniles, a 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, were arrested for fighting after an incident occurring at Palmetto High School, 804 N. Hamilton St., Williamston. The 14 and 15 year old juveniles were suspended and referred to family court. The 16-year-old, a home bound student, was referred to family court for disturbing school and placed on trespass notice. Cpl./SRO D. W. Bryant investigated.

Apr. 15 - Jan David Jordan,, Jr. 47, 2501 Anderson Hwy. Williamston, was arrested for public disorderly conduct and inhalation of aromatic hydrocarbons after being observed standing beside his bike at Town Square Center. He also had an outstanding bench warrant. Sgt. A. B. Singleton investigated.

 Apr. 17 - Officer A. B. Singleton reported graffiti at the women’s restroom in Mineral Spring Park, causing $100 in damage.

Apr. 15 - Captain K. P. Evatt was involved in a high speed chase after observing a red Firebird on Greenville Drive that matched the description of a vehicle reported stolen from the Williamston car wash on April 9. The vehile traveled up Hamilton St. at speeds reaching 110 mph,  and was observed disregarding a stop sign at Stewart St. and Hwy. 8 in West Pelzer. The officer terminated the chase due to the high rate of speed involved.

Apr. 14 - Topeka Graydon, 34, 808 Anderson Dr., reported a fencepost and letters valued at $86 removed from the location. T. A. Call, R. D. Brownlee investigated.

Apr. 19 - Dwayne Holliday, 10 Davis St., Williamston, reported a silver and red Huffy trick bike valued at $100 taken from the location. D. W. Alexander investigated.

Apr. 19 - Joshua David West, 23, 104 McAlister Rd., Williamston, reported a fire helmet and turnout gear valued at $900 taken from a 1994 Ford Escort stationwagon while parked at a Williamston ballfield. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

Apr. 19 - Justin Heath Griffin, 17, 778 Dunlap Rd., Belton, was arrested for no S. C. drivers license after a maroon Honda was observed on Anderson Dr. The vehicle matched the description of a vehicle that had avoided a traffic stop on Apr. 18. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

Hunt Meadows raises $5,000 for historic projectWoodrow Wilson’s boyhood home

Hunt Meadows 3rd grade teacher Janet Cantrell recently came up with an idea for a project for the third grade class to participate in which brought statewide attention for the school.

Cantrell said that while studying WWI and WWII,  which included studying U. S. President Woodrow Wilson, they learned that Wilson’s boyhood home is located in Columbia and that the Columbia Historic Foundation was in need of funds for upkeep of the property.

As a community service learning project, Cantrell had an idea for a 5/5/5/ project to come up with $5,000 in 5 weeks in 2005 to help with funding.

 The project received additional recognition after The State newspaper ran an article which mentioned that the school was planning to make a donation to the project.

Though the students were short on the $5,000, Cantrell said she decided they would continue with their field trip to Columbia and make the donation they had.

Before leaving for the field trip on April 19, Cantrell said she received a call informing her that a Columbia philanthropist, who has ties to Anderson, wanted to chip in the remaining money needed to make the goal.

During the field trip to the State House, the Hunt Meadows group was recognized by several Senators and House Representatives “as the school making the donation.”

“Everybody at the State House knew Hunt Meadows,” Cantrell said, because they had read the article about the planned donation.

When they arrived to present their donation to the Columbia Historic Foundation, Cantrell said, the group was told they were making history.

“ No other organization in the U. S. has helped to pursue the project to restore and upkeep the childhood home of Woodrow Wilson,” Cantrell said they were told.

 

 

 

 

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