(1805) Week of May 4, 2005
Week of May 4, 2005
causes delay for fishing pier project
Due to either mis-communication or lack of cooperation, The Piedmont Public Service District will not be a part of the grant process for a project to provide a fishing pier and other improvements on the Saluda River.
The grant will instead be administered directly through Anderson County, according to Michelle Anderson, a member of Pride in Piedmont, the organization which spearheaded the effort to coordinate the project and apply for the grant.
Anderson said that the Parks and Recreation Development Fund (PARD) grant of $10,810, which has already been approved, will be administered through Anderson County rather than through the Piedmont Public Service District.
The original grant was secured in July 2004 through efforts of Representative Dan Cooper, she said and must come through a governmental body or special public district, and can not be made directly through the Pride in Piedmont group.
Cooper said he needed a cost analysis for the fishing pier project to get the application underway and Anderson said Pride In Piedmont volunteers went through the process of obtaining estimates from dock builder companies.
The plan called for improvements including providing benches, fencing, picnic tables, removal of concrete slabs, 2 warning signs, a floating 10x20 floating pier and a 20 x 34 walkway with a handrail.
Anderson said the fishing pier is to be located on the old wagon bridge located above the dam in Piedmont, in an area already being used by some residents. The property is owned by Aquaenergy Systems Inc. (CHI).
According to Anderson, CHI was approached and was very cooperative, agreeing to sign a 10 year lease agreement effective through March 2015.
Grant requirements of at least one year for every $1,000 in funding is necessary, Anderson said.
CHI was interested in the agreement because it allows them to be involved in allowing use of their property for public recreation, a requirement of a public utility, Anderson said.
According to Anderson, the original plan was for Pride In Piedmont to coordinate the project, submit invoices to the Piedmont Public Service District for payment by the District, and the District would then forward the invoices to Anderson County, from which the District was to be reimbursed.
When the project was approved, both the Piedmont Public Service District and the Pride in Piedmont organization received a notice that the grant had been approved.
Anderson said when she went to talk with Public Service District Marsha Rogers about the grant approval, Rogers said Pride in Piedmont should pay the bill and submit receipts to the District.
According to Anderson, under the grant guidelines, the funds have to be administered through a government entity.
Pride in Piedmont cant touch the funds, Anderson said. She said she understood the district has to pay costs.
Her understanding was the Piedmont Public Service District would pay the bills and be reimbursed by PRT within 45 days of receipt of the billings.
As of yet, no one has received the funds. PRT will reimburse the sponsoring government entity after the work is completed and work invoices are paid, Anderson said.
The topic came up during a recent meeting of the Piedmont Public Service District.
During the meeting, Chairman Marsha Rogers that the project must be funded and completed first, then the grant monies are reimbursed.
We dont have $10,800 in grant money in our hands. When they build the pier and submit receipts and other records, the monies will be repaid. Thats how these grants work, Rogers said.
She also explained that the district doesnt own the property the pier is slated for. We would be assuming the liability for something we dont own.
Rogers said she was going to set up a meeting with representatives of the Piedmont Public Service District, Pride in Piedmont and Anderson County to clear up details on the project.
Anderson said she is already working with Steve Newton of Anderson County on the project.
A lease agreement with CHI had to be reworded to state the agreement was with Anderson County instead of the Piedmont Public Service District, before work could begin, she said.
Under the arrangement, Anderson County is to be billed by the company doing the work on the pier once the work is completed, according to Anderson. Pride In Piedmont will then be responsible for upkeep and maintenance of the recreation area.
Under the grant guidelines, they have three years to get the work done, Anderson said.
The lease agreement has been sent to Cincinnatti for a signature and once signed, work can begin, Anderson said.
We hope to have it (the pier) in place this summer.
Addressing the liability issues, Anderson said individuals are already using the wagon bridge access for fishing.
At times, 20 to 25 people can be seen along the river between the sandbar and the wagon bridge, Anderson said.
People are using the land for recreation. We want to make it safer for them.
Cleaning up the area and removing hazards has been a priority for the Pride in Piedmont organization which was organized in 2003.
Pride in Piedmonts mission is to enrich the community of Piedmont by providing an attractive environment and opportunity for the people to improve well being.
The 80/20 grant requires $2,000 in local matching funds which were transferred to Pride in Piedmont by the now inactive Piedmont Business Association. Participating members voted to allow the funds to be released to Pride in Piedmont to be used for the local improvement project, Anderson said.
Anderson said the the utility officials, Anderson County officials, attorneys, and other persons involved with the grant have all been very cooperative in making the project happen. Everyone has been on board with the project, she said.
That is except local officials.
Im sorry the Commission couldnt be a part of the project in the middle of Piedmont, Anderson said. I hope in the future we can work together on projects.
The grant funds will allow the local organization to take the first step in what is considered to be a much larger plan for the area. Organizers hope to eventually add a park area, a playground and walking trails to the historic river area.
In addition, several environmental and history preservation groups in the Upstate are interested in the Piedmont project in which Anderson and her husband Eddie have both been involved.
Eddie said that he sees the fishing pier as a beginning for a recreational area centered in Piedmont.
He said he is hoping in the future to see Piedmont as a river destination for persons using the Saluda River for recreational purposes including kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and tubing.
Recreation and tourism could be an economic boost for the Piedmont community, Anderson said.
Piedmont could be a takeout point on the river, providing available parking which is safe and convenient for persons using the river.
There is already a public access point at Hwy. 81 in Powdersville, and plans for the Acadia development just down river include public access to the river.
According to Anderson, Piedmont will be a logical takeout point for persons floating or paddling the Saluda from either point.
Statistics show that the average paddler has an income of $90,000 and above and will spend approximately $34 per day excluding lodging, to enjoy the sport.
It is approximately an eight hour float on an innertube from the Hwy. 81 access to the Hwy. 86 bridge in Piedmont, according to Anderson. The time would be less paddling a canoe or other boat.
By Stan Welch
Despite statements to the contrary made to the Anderson County Council at the April 18th meeting, Anderson County has indeed been notified of serious and numerous violations of the NWP-12 permit issued for the construction of the Beaverdam Sewer Project.
According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, a cease and desist order dated March 16 was issued by the Corps Of Engineers (COE) to project consultant Dewey Pearson, citing 22 different sections of the permit which the project was violating.
When contacted this week for comment, Pearson insisted that he had truthfully and adequately informed County Council of the projects status during the April 19 meeting.
I was asked if we had received any specific list of violations, and we had not, Pearson said.
Pearson described the cease and desist order as a form letter, though it clearly refers to specific violations and indicates that a review of the project is ongoing in order to decide on a course of action.
The COE letter continues, Please take this opportunity to provide this office with any information you feel is pertinent in this case when you provide your written agreement to comply with this directive. I trust you will find that your immediate attention to the resolution of this matter is in your best interest, as well as being of benefit to the affected resource. If you fail to respond, this matter will be referred through our Office of Counsel to the Department of Justice.
The question of violations resurfaced in February, when Mark Caldwell, a U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) biologist, inspected the Beaverdam sewer project along with District 7 County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, and a reporter from The Journal.
Wilson, a longtime opponent of the project, requested the inspection.
Following the inspection and as reported, Caldwell told The Journal that The conditions Ive seen today clearly go beyond the limits of a nationwide permit. This project, in my opinion, should have been permitted under the more demanding individual permitting process.
Caldwell added that the best result would be to impose the stricter requirements of the individual permitting process and require the restoration of all the damage done. (See March 2, 2005 issue of The Journal)
When asked about the projects status in February, Pearson said he was unaware of any problems.
Corps of Engineers spokesperson Alicia Gregory stated at that time that there was an ongoing investigation into the project, and that the project manager or consultant on such a project would normally be made aware of any such inquiry.
Still, Pearson insisted he had not been informed and that he did not misinform Council when he told them of some improvements the Army Corps of Engineers (COE) had requested on the project.
According to his comments at the April 19 meeting of County Council, those improvements included the removal of check dams from several streams and relocating silt from certain areas to an uphill location.
Said Pearson in a recent telephone interview, The items I covered at the Council meeting are the only items the COE has objected to. There were 5 or 6 things on Phase 1B and 3 or 4 on 1A.
Despite the concerns of several Council members at that April meeting, neither Pearson nor County Administrator Joey Preston, chose to mention the cease and desist order.
At that meeting, Council Chairperson Gracie Floyd was especially vocal and adamant in demanding that Wilson produce the e-mail Caldwell had sent to Les Parker at the local COE offices.
Wilson stated that she had already distributed a copy to each of the council members prior to the meeting.
Councilman Larry Greer also asked whether a specific notification had been made to the County concerning any violations, and he was reassured that it had not.
Despite those reassurances, Preston had, at that time, been in contact with USFWS officials for several weeks, complaining about the inspection and the subsequent newspaper articles.
In a letter dated March 15, and addressed to Timothy Hall, of the USFWS, Preston questioned Wilsons involvement, as well as the manner in which she presented herself to the Service.
He argued that her opposition to the Beaverdam project, which led her to seek a seat on the County Council, prohibited her from officially representing Anderson County in any matters related to the project . . ..
He also stated that the 1B portion of the project inspected by Caldwell had already been approved and put into service. He stated that the USFWS Charleston Field Office signed off on all three phases of the project during the permitting phase.
Caldwell had also addressed that issue in his e-mail to the COE, saying that the streamlined NWP, designed to allow projects meeting certain criteria to be fast tracked, should in fact not have been used in the case of the Beaverdam project.
Preston also stated in his letter that the allegations apparently made by Ms. Wilson at the time of Mr. Caldwells visit were first made by her several years ago. These allegations were addressed at that time by the appropriate agencies and were judged to be unfounded.
Preston also cited The Journal article which referred to diversions of the streams original course and denied that any diversion of the Beaverdam Creek had occurred.
Wilson maintains that she believes at least one document was falsified in order to qualify for a nationwide permit. According to her, that document verified that none of the projected path of the sewer line was in a flood plain, a claim Wilson strongly refutes.
Prestons letter to Hall indicated a particular concern with two issues: the agencys speaking to the media prior to informing the County, and Wilsons representation of herself to the agency.
The letter also questioned whether Mr. Caldwell was acting in an official capacity when he inspected the project, asking what research he had done into the project prior to inspecting it, what led him to inspect it, as well as several other issues concerning Caldwells involvement.
It closed by citing the serious and very public nature of the allegations leveled against Anderson County in the newspaper article and Mr. Caldwells e-mail and requested an immediate written response.
Preston received a response a week later in a letter from Timothy Hall, dated March 23.
Both Preston and Pearson referred to this letter several times during the April 19 meeting of Council.
The letter from Hall stated that Ms. Wilson did not initially identify herself as a member of County Council.
The letter stated, We took her call to be a concerned citizen requesting our assistance in reviewing this project. As I have stated, we frequently meet with citizens to provide technical assistance.
The letter later states that Wilson did not specifically identify herself as representing the council or the county on this matter, although she did tell Caldwell she was a member of the county council during subsequent conversations.
The letter continues that the determination of whether any violations exist rests with the COE.
Though it was not mentioned by Preston or Pearson during the Council dicussion, that had already occurred, with the Corps March 16th issuance of the cease and desist order.
Halls response letter also addressed Prestons concerns about the presence of the reporter at the inspection, as well as the subsequent newspaper articles that appeared.
Hall stated that Caldwell was unaware that a reporter would be present.
The Journal reporter was informed of the inspection just one day prior to Caldwells visit.
Caldwell, in a recent telephone interview, stated that he was unaware the reporter would be present, but added that he was in no way ambushed or taken unawares.
Stan Welch, of The Journal, clearly identified himself to me. I never felt I was being taken by surprise. If I had, I wouldnt have inspected the project with him along.
Caldwell also clarified Halls statement in the letter to Preston that the newspaper articles which appeared after the site visit were not altogether factual in terms of context or information reported.
Tim and I reviewed those articles, and two months after the fact, I couldnt absolutely verify every single quote; and that was the basis for his statement. But I want to make it clear that this office has no problems whatsoever with the articles which were written by Stan Welch in The Journal. They are materially correct and accurate.
Hall added in a telephone interview, Mark was not available at the time I was preparing my response to Mr. Preston. If he says the articles are accurate, I certainly go along with him.
By Stan Welch
The efforts of some West Pelzer Town Council members to chastise Mayor Peggy Paxton for ignoring, or failing to implement, a recently established town policy resulted in the rescinding of that policy, after a large and vocal crowd showed up at a special meeting on April 28.
At the previous regular meeting of the Town Council, the Council had voted 4-1 to require police officers to use their own vehicles to go to and from work rather than using their police cruisers. Council member and incumbent candidate for reelection, Joe Turner, citing rising fuel costs, raised the issue originally. Mayor Paxton cast the lone dissenting vote at that meeting.
At last Thursdays called meeting, requested by Council member Terry Davis, and attended by approximately 20-25 citizens, the minutes of the April 11 meeting were read and accepted by the Council.
Davis then cited the Towns code of ordinances concerning the mayors duties, which include implementing all directives and ordinances approved by the Council. Davis then asked Paxton why she had failed to enforce the new policy.
The Mayor responded by saying Council had set no specific time for the policy to take effect, but added that the decision to allow Chief Bernard Wilson to take his cruiser home was hers, and was made based on the safety of the towns citizens.
I didnt intentionally set out to upset anyone on the council. It may not have been the best decision, but it was made for the citizens safety, Paxton said.
The issue soon moved to one of respect for the various elected officials.
Davis questioned the use of the Chiefs cruiser, which he drove on a recent trip to Columbia for training sessions about municipal court funds. He asked why Mayor pro tem Maida Kelly wasnt informed of the trip.
Paxton asked why the Mayor shouldnt be respected more, instead of having to be questioned about everything she does. Im not trying to do anything wrong here. These are my duties as mayor. Were all just trying to get better at our jobs for the town, Paxton said.
Davis then introduced a proposed amendment to the Code of Ordinances which would give both the mayor and the council authority to hire and fire employees. The mayor was obviously prepared for that maneuver, and she quickly explained that such an ordinance would be illegal, since the town functions under the strong mayor/council form of government as defined under the S.C. Home Rule Act.
Town attorney Carey Murphy was on hand to reinforce the mayors position.
The mayor is the chief administrative officer of the town under the strong mayor form of government. To change that, you would have to change the form of government which you now use, Murphy said.
Paxton said it was a good thing the town has the strong mayor form of government.
If we didnt, there wouldnt be anybody working here. Im trying to bring the morale of the towns employees back up, but how do you think it makes them feel when something like this is passed?
She also added that Council members arent supposed to get involved in the day to day operations of the Town, if you have a chief administrative officer.
Everyone wants the authority, but not the responsibility. These decisions arent easy to make, Paxton said.
Council member Earl Brown, a frequent ally of the mayor, accused the other three members of trying to pull something.
I wasnt even told about this meeting. When did you guys discuss this? Why wasnt I involved?
Paxton also stated she was not informed of the meeting, though she conceded later that she was at Town Hall when Davis came in to request the called meeting. All members of the council were also notified when the original time of the meeting was changed.
The more likely issue was whether or not laws governing public meetings were observed. State law, through the SC Freedom of Information Act, defines any gathering of a quorum of any public body, regardless of location or means of communication, to be a public meeting.
For three members of council to meet at a coffee shop or through a telephone conference call would be illegal. Davis explained after the meeting that he was aware of that, and stated that more than two council members were never assembled at the same time.
After a brief foray into a complaint against a police officer concerning his patrol methods, Davis returned to the issue of Wilsons continued use of his cruiser. He asked the mayor why that had been allowed to continue.
Following a rather heated exchange with the mayor, as well as several comments from the audience, Davis said the Council might as well resign if the mayor was going to continue ignoring Councils wishes.
Paxton quickly pounced on that, asking which of the members was prepared to do so.
Whos going to resign? Lets get a list together, she said. At a suggestion from the crowd that she resign, Paxton replied, That aint gonna happen.
Several members of the crowd spoke, including former mayor Bill Alexander who decried the use of private, illegal meetings to make decisions.
Use called meetings like this one, not private ones, he said. I know for a fact that those kinds of meetings go on. Alexander also supported the use of the cruisers by the police. They need to have their cars handy so they can respond.
Chief Wilson offered several reasons for the officers use of their cars during off duty hours, including increased revenues from traffic fines generated so far this year, potential vandalism and damage to parked police cars, increased ease for criminals in locating and estimating on duty police strength, and increased response times by officers who first have to come to the station to get their police cars.
Gary Alexander, a member of the audience labeled the whole thing as a witch hunt.
This town needs law enforcement 24/7 and the only way to do that is let them drive the cars.
Debby Young also called it a witch hunt and chided the council members for their decision to call the meeting.
Peggy Rainey, recently appointed as the towns election commissioner, said she has a home bound sister who suffers from cancer. It gives us both a lot of peace of mind knowing theres someone on duty if she needs them, she said.
Following almost an hour of discussion, Mayor pro tem Maida Kelly moved to rescind the policy requiring the cars to be parked. The vote was unanimous, to the loud applause of most of the audience.
Speaking after the meeting Councilman Davis said that the meeting wasnt part of a power play by him or the council.
This is a single issue we thought needed to be addressed, not any kind of power struggle. It sure does seem like the town council should be able to amend its own code of ordinances though, he said.
The Anderson County Transportation Division will host an open house style informational meeting on Monday May 9, from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Wren Middle School gym. The purpose of the meeting is to solicit support from the community for a sidewalk installation project that will provide pedestrian facilities on portions of Wren School Road, Roper Road and Wigington Road to serve the needs of Wren Middle and High School students, Hurricane Springs Park patrons and Wren area residents.
Anderson County, on behalf of the Wren community, will apply in June for project funding through the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT ) Transportation Enhancement Program. The project is estimated to cost $250,000. County Councilman Bill Dees will be pledging $50,000 in district paving funds to pay the local cost share of the project. Public support of the project is crucial to the projects success and will be a key factor considered by SCDOT during their project selection process.
If funded, the sidewalk construction will be completed prior to the 2006-2007 school year. The county has been working closely with the Wren area school officials and Anderson School District One administrators to plan this project. They have also been working on a draft long-range traffic improvement plan to address the numerous school congestion problems in the area.
By Stan Welch
Joe Turner has been on the West Pelzer Town Council for 17 years, and he wants to serve for four more.
Ive seen things improve and I think they can improve even more, if we can all work together, he said in a recent interview.
Turner, like everyone else in town, has water and sewer on his mind.
Were starting on those things, and they are certainly important, but you can only do so much with what you have. We need to get some more businesses in town, because the revenue would really help.
He adds that there are properties in town that could be sold or leased to new businesses, and added that the towns efforts at annexation offer some hope for expansion.
The mayors been annexing some property in order to extend ourselves. Its a step by step process, but well sure take whatever we can get.
I do think the county is doing more for us lately. The Mayor and Cindy Wilson seem to be getting us more help that way. But we have a long way to go. The town just needs to keep working to get where we need to be.
Turner, who has at times been critical of the current mayor, says that cooperation is still his goal. We can get a lot done for this town if we just work together. But its hard to get anything accomplished if all we do is bicker and argue.
Turner said he would like to get around to more homes and speak to people. But Im in a wheel chair, and it takes me longer to do some things. But I would ask the towns people to give me four more years and lets see what we can do for the town of West Pelzer.
By Stan Welch
Earl Brown, incumbent councilman for the Town of West Pelzer, favors improved management of the towns business, as well as increased cooperation among the Council members.
Brown, a resident of the Pelzer/West Pelzer area for all of his 79 years, has been on the Council for four years.
We need to try and get some businesses in town. We could use a good dry goods store, or maybe another restaurant. We dont have a good dry goods store in town.
Water and sewer service are also obviously central to the towns continued growth.
We have a grant for the water lines, and were getting started on that. We just need to upgrade the town, and manage things so we can spread them out some.
Brown also sees increased cooperation as being very important. We need to work together to help the town, he said.
Im pretty much satisfied with the way the water and sewer departments are working right now, because I know how hard they are working to make progress. Id like to stay around a little longer and help them finish that off. And Id like to see the people in town get more involved, Brown said.
A trip to the Greer Drag Strip by two friends turned dangerous on April 28 according to a report filed by Deputy T.A. Caron.
Reports state Caron responded to the Easley Palmetto Hospital where he found Larry S. Hendricks, of Easley, who had been shot in the shoulder with a .38 caliber pistol.
Hendricks stated Christopher Cooper shot him following a playful wrestling match that turned serious.
Reports state the two men, along with Coopers daughter, Jessica, had been to the drag races, where both had taken turns racing Hendricks truck. Upon returning home, the two got into a mock arm wrestling and wrestling match.
When Hendricks got the upper hand, Cooper demanded to be released. When he was, he tried to retrieve a Ruger 9 millimeter handgun from its case, according to his daughter. Unable to do so, he pulled a .38 revolver from his pocket and shot Hendricks.
He then offered to drive Hendricks to the hospital, but Hendricks left in his own vehicle. Hendricks was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital to undergo surgery to remove the bullet, which broke his shoulder. Cooper was arrested and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.
Other incidents investigated by the sheriffs office include:
April 30 - Deputy D.E. Tench received a report from Cindy Mills, of 2515 River Road, that a small white four door car pulled up to her mailbox and stole her mail.
April 30 - R.G. Alexander responded to 10 Hardeman Street, where Eric Crone reported the theft of a Honda 300 4Trax ATV. The ATV was beige with a black diamond plate box mounted on the front, and damage to the right front of the vehicle.
May 1 - T.B. Dugan and R.G. Alexander responded to a complaint of assault and battery. Meagan Morgan, 19, of 102 Owens Meadow, reported that Anthony Morgan, 60 years of age, had spit in her face during an argument they were having. Witnesses supported her story, though Anthony Morgan claimed it was an accident. The responding officers ran a check on Meagan Morgan and found that she was wanted on a bad check warrant. She was taken into custody.
May 1 - B. Parker responded to a report of theft of several CDs, a CD player and an amplifier from Christopher Hendersons car while it was parked at his workplace.
April 27 - Deputy W. T. Cunningham responded to a call at the Lil Cricket convenience store at 7001 Hwy. 29, where store clerk Mary Morris reported the theft of a $500 bank deposit from a desk behind the stores counter. According to Morris, a white female, 21-23 years old, 53 tall, weighing approximately 110 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes entered the store and asked to use the phone, which Morris passed to her across the counter. While Morris was waiting on a customer, the woman finished her call, climbed up on the ice cream freezer to replace the phone, then left. Morris soon found the bank deposit missing. The womans vehicle was described only as a small red car, which left headed south on Hwy. 29.
May 1 - R.G. Alexander responded to a call at 17 Thornwood Drive, where Christopher Russell reported that someone broke into his house and van, stealing a GameBoy and a variety of power tools, with a total value of $2,300.
Williamston police officers have recovered two of three vehicles recently reported stolen in the area.
May 3 - A red Pontiac Firebird which was recently reported stolen from a Williamston car wash and which officers believe was involved in a high speed chase last week, was recovered just off Hwy. 25 in Greenville County. The driver of the vehicle, Heath Raymond Fair, of Gray Court, was placed under arrested for possession/receiving stolen goods.
Williamston officers also recovered a 2001 Jeep Cherokee which was reported stolen from a Williamston resident on Feb. 23.
The vehicle belonging to Robert Vaughn, 204 S. Hamilton St., Williamston was recovered behind a residence at 2235 Cannon Bottom Rd., by Captain K. P. Evatt and Chief David Baker with the assistance of Anderson County Deputy B. Dugan. The incident remains under investigation.
May 1 - Harry Kendall Major, Jr., 410 Saluda Rd., Williamston reported a 1998 Chevrolet 1500 truck valued at $15,000 stolen while he was getting gas at 309 E. Main St.. A witness reported a white male in his 20s wearing blue pants and a white T-shirt and baseball hat approached the vehicle. C. J. Sander investigated.
Other incidents investigated include:
May 3 - Modern Supply, 8 East Main St., Williamston reported a glass window valued at $500 broken out. D. W. Alexander investigated.
Apr. 28 - A citizen reported a window broken out of the Boy Scout Hut in Mineral Spring Park., causing $50 in damage. Reports state a piece of concrete was lying on the ground in front of the broken window. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.
Apr. 23 - Ludivinia Garcig, 14 Black St., Williamston reported a 26 bicycle valued at $60 stolen. J. T. Bauer investigated.
Apr. 27 -William Paul Coffman, 25, 118 Carrcourt, Belton was arrested for operating an uninsured vehicle after a Ford Escort was observed turning from Market St. to Tripp St., without using a turn signal. D. W. Alexander investigated.
Apr. 27 - Two 16-year-old students at Palmetto High School, 804 N. Hamilton St., Williamston were arrested for fighting. They were suspended from school and referred to family court. Cpt. D. W. Bryant investigated.
Apr. 20 - Benjamin Solano Zamora, 21, 403 Four Oak Way, Greenville, was arrested for disregarding a stop sign, no S. C. drivers license and operating an uninsured vehicle after a gray Toyota was observed disregarding a stop sign at the intersection of Gossett St. and West Main. C. J. Sanders investigated.
Apr. 20 - Jerry Michael Allen, 46, 1049 Cherokee Rd, Pelzer was arrested for public drunkenness after being observed standing beside a 1987 Chevrolet with no tag at the intersection of Anderson Hwy and Beaverdam Road. Sgt. A. B. Singleton investigated.
Palmettos Jillana Darby will be running for the gold this Saturday afternoon, as she competes in the 1600-Meter run at the State AA Girls Track Meet in Columbia.
The promising eighth-grader advanced to state level competition with a third-place showing in the Upper-State AA Meet.
She and her fellow competitors are scheduled to take the track at 4:20 on Saturday.
Wrens Sunday Ford will run in the 3200-Meter race at this Saturdays State 4-A Girls Track Meet in Columbia.
The standout senior runner is scheduled to compete for top state honors at 11:55 a.m.
She advanced to the state finals by running a fourth-best time of 11:33.58 at last Saturdays State 4-A Qualifying Meet.