(2305) Week of June 8, 2005
says ok to apply for enhancement grant
Williamston Town Council unanimously agreed to support a request by the Greater Williamston Business Association and Mayor Phillip Clardy to allow the town to apply for a grant for downtown improvements, providing the plan does not eliminate parking on East Main St.
Before taking the vote, Mayor Clardy stated that it was not the intention of himself or committee members of the GWBA to eliminate streetside parking spaces on East Main St.
He said that everyone involved has been attempting to do what is best for the town and to improve safety.
Clardy said that after hearing from SCDOT officials recently, he believes they are willing to work with the town on the plan to make it workable.
The proposed plan is described as conceptual and will be submitted along with the grant application by the June 17 deadline.
Clardy said that if the grant is not awarded to the town for the project, Nothing will happen.
It that happens, as far as competing with other towns and making improvements, The Town of Williamston will be left behind, he added.
Clardy said that the council vote was not for a specific plan, but only to allow the grant application to proceed.
The Transportation Enhancement Grant which is being applied for, must be awarded by SCDOT before the actual details of the downtown revitalization plan will be finalized.
There will need to be other meeting and discussions about parking, he said.
Officials are optimistic that the town will be awarded the grant.
Before the vote, several residents spoke on the issue.
Diane Looper stated that the issue was about her church,
Grace United Methodist, and the ability to get in her church.
She said there are limitations to placing a handicapped accessible ramp at the rear of the church, social hall or church store which are all located on Main St.
She also said that crossing Main St. in a wheel chair or with a walker would be dangerous. Many of the church members are elderly, she said. Looper said she doesnt mind approval of the grant as long as it doesnt do away with parking. If it does, she said the town should refuse the grant.
Anita McFalls stated that she has been hearing that the project was for the citizens of this town and that she has not met one person who supports removing the parking.
George Roberts stated, To eliminate parking is going to be very detrimental to the businesses, and that forcing people to cross the street will result in more casualties.
He said most everyone would not object to eliminating parking on the Town Square Center side of the street or some spaces at the crosswalk.
I urge you not to sacrifice Grace Church and the long established businesses on Main St, Roberts said.
Mayor Clardy made the motion to approve the grant application and to refuse the grant if it requires eliminating all parking on Main. St. Councilman Greg Cole seconded. The vote was 5-0 to apply for the grant.
In other business,
Council heard from Police Chief David Baker who reported that he had persented ideas to Anderson County officials concerning the 911 system and that they had agreed to his suggestions.
According to Baker, using a radio the department already has for 911 calls taken through Central Dispatch will allow the department to continue dispatching local calls and save the County a $225,000 expenditure to upgrade other equipment.
Baker said Central Dispatch will dispatch Williamston using the 800 mghz radio instead of by phone or computer.
According to Chief Baker, once the 911 operator determines the emergency, it can be dispatched directly to Williamston Police Department avoiding callers having to answer two sets of questions, one from Anderson and one from Williamston on a 911 call. This will save valuable time, Baker said.
Council unanimously approved the arrangement at Chief Bakers request.
During the public comments portion of the meeting, Terence Morgan stated that as a third generation resident of Williamston, he felt a $35 charge to use a shelter in Mineral Spring Park was excessive. After making his comments, Morgan left.
Clardy responded that the town does not charge a fee to use the park or shelters unless an individual reserves a shelter. He said the charge helps pay for cleanup before and after a shelter is used.
Council then went into executive session to discuss contractural matters.
Upon returning to open session, Council approved use of the park amphitheater for an event June 25.
Mayor Clardy announced that only one bid was received on the sidewalk project for the town.
Council unanimously approved the bid of $224,362 by the Wham Bros. Construction Company to undertake the project, which covers the area from Hamilton St. to the intersection of Main St. and Anderson Dr.
Mayor Clardy said he hoped the work will be completed by this fall.
Clardy announced that the town will sponsor a freedom celebration with a carshow, fireworks and other activites.
He also announced that Council was invited to attend a Patriotic Celebration service at Calvary Baptist Church on July 3.
The next meeting of Williamston Town Council will be held on July 11.
Work is expected to begin soon on a sidewalk replacement and improvement project in Williamston.
Williamston Town Council this week unanimously approved a bid of $224,362 by the Wham Bros. Construction Company to undertake the project, which covers the area from Hamilton St. to the intersection of Main St. and Anderson Dr.
The sidewalk project includes removing and replacing 979 square yards of 4 inch sidewalk; 881 square yards of 6 inch driveways and 75 linear feet of curb and gutter.
It also includes constructing 139 square yards of new 4 inch sidewalk; 303 linear feet of new curb and gutter; 165 square yareds of asphalt for drives and constructing 45 handicap ramps.
The Town of Williamston was awarded a $192,000 Rural Enhancement Grant by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to be used for a sidewalk improvement project in 2003.
The federal grant is awarded through DOT and is earmarked for revitalization.
Members of the Anderson County legislative delegation including Representative Michael Thompson, Representative Dan Cooper, Senator Billy ODell and Anderson County Council District 7 Representative Cindy Wilson were instrumental in obtaining the grant.
The grant will be used to replace sidewalks on both sides of Main St., (State Hwy. 20) from Hamilton St. officials said.
The project will include replacing entire sidewalks though town and making them handicap accessible.
The town has had issues where persons in wheelchairs and walkers had problems on the sidewalks which are cracked, and in some places, covered with debris.
The grant application stated the sidewalks in the town currently do not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act in form or spirit and are in serious disrepair and must be either rebuilt, restored or repaired.
The new sidewalks will be wider than the 5 foot ADA requirement and will have a flatter cross slope.
According to the grant, the project will provide a complete pedestrian walkway that is totally handicap accessible.
The project was originally to extend along Anderson Drive toward Hardees, but was cut back to Academy St. because of right-of-way issues which also delayed the project.
Mayor Phillip Clardy said he hopes the work will be completed by this fall.
Write-in candidate Marshall King was the high vote getter in the West Pelzer Council election Tuesday, receiving 83 of the 336 votes cast.
Incumbents Joe Turner and Earl Brown received the next highest amount, with Turner receiving 63 and Brown receiving 61.
King will be the new council representative and Turner will return to the position he has held for 17 years.
Other candidates in the local election were Linda Lozano receiving 39 votes; Pat Alexander receiving 44 votes; and Randall Ledford with 46 votes.
King campaigned as a write-in candidate after his name was not allowed on the ballot because of an issue involving when his petition was to be turned in.
King served on the election commission for several years and has been a resident of West Pelzer for 54 years. He has been a member of West Pelzer Baptist Church for 36 years, a member of the Pelzer Masonic Lodge for 48 years, is a Pelzer High School graduate, a WWII Navy veteran, and has been a father and husband for 58 years. He also retired after 30 years with the Fort Hill Gas Authority.
His goals are to make government responsible to all the towns citizens, to be an advisor to the towns businessmen and help attract new businesses to the town. He wants to see the towns water service improved, and says if the town cant raise the $50,000 matching funds for the $500,000 federal grant that has been approved, he would favor borrowing the money.
Decreasing the infiltration inflow into the towns outdated sewer system is also important, says King.
King said he will be honest and fair with everybody.
Turner said water and sewer issues are a priority and he would like to see more businesses in town.
He said 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.
Turner, who has at times been critical of the current mayor, says that cooperation is still his goal.
King will take over for Councilman Earl Brown, who has been on the Council for four years.
By Stan Welch
The death of West Pelzer Town Councilman Terry Davis just days before the election of two other Council members has cast a shadow over the proceedings, and saddened many of the towns people.
Davis, 62, died suddenly last Thursday night of a heart attack. A long time member of the Town Council, Davis had recently challenged several policies of the town.
A friend and frequent ally, Councilman Joe Turner, said, It was a sad thing. Terry had been under a lot of stress lately. He was a good friend and a good servant of this town. It tore me up. Ive known Faye ever since we were in school, and Terry almost that long. Its just a terrible thing.
Incumbent Councilman Earl Brown was also shocked at Daviss untimely passing. Terry and I were on the Council together for between one and a half and two years, but I knew him longer than that. He seemed like a real good guy. Its a big loss for the town.
Despite the emotional impact of Daviss passing, the election itself will proceed according to South Carolina law. Davis was not running for reelection in this election cycle, but two incumbents, Brown and Joe Turner, were on the ballot. Other candidates included Linda Lozano, Marshall King, Randall Ledford, and Pat Alexander.
According to Mayor Peggy Paxton, state election law requires that any seat vacated be filled by a special election to be held on the 13th Tuesday following the vacancy.
The law doesnt allow simply taking the top three vote getters from the previously scheduled election. Vacant seats have to be filled in a prescribed way.
Paxton also expressed her shock at Davis passing. It was just overwhelming, a terrible tragedy.
She released a formal statement, which read, In respect to the Davis family and their request for me not to be present during their time of loss, I would like to express my sincere and deepest sympathies to their family. Mr. Davis was a respected member of this community and will be missed.
West Pelzer Town Council meets next on June 13, and two weeks later, the newly elected members will be sworn in, following the certification of the lection results.
By Stan Welch
Despite weather delays, and months of denying that there were any problems with the construction of the Beaverdam Sewer Project, county officials expect to meet a COE deadline for completion of modifications and corrections on the project.
Dewey Pearson, project consultant, said the Corps granted a short extension of the deadline, which had called for the various violations to be corrected by the first week of June.
All the rain the last couple of weeks made it difficult to meet the schedule, especially putting heavy equipment in an area like that. So the Corps gave us an extension. But we should be ready for them to come up and inspect our work by the middle or end of next week, said Pearson.
The violations were brought to light as the result of persistent efforts by District Seven County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, who has long opposed the project.
In late February she was successful in getting a USFWS biologist to walk the project. His report to COE officials led to the issuance of a cease and desist order to Anderson County.
That order listed repeated and varied violations of federal wetland regulations, and gave the county ten days to respond or face possible action by the Department of Justice.
Pearson continues to insist that the bulk of the violations were the result of an inherent conflict between state and federal regulations.
Nevertheless, four small dams were to be removed, four stretches of the creek banks were to be rebuilt, and several areas of silt buildup were to be removed and redistributed.
USFWS biologist Mark Caldwell, in his original report to COE, which has the primary regulatory responsibility in such circumstances, spoke of widespread violations and called for full restoration of the damage done.
He also suggested that future phases of the project be conducted under the more stringent individual permitting process, rather than the streamlined permitting process followed so far. There is no indication whether those stricter regulations will be imposed or not.
Wilson has gone so far in her objections to the project as to claim that documents were falsified in order to qualify for that streamlined process. She has also requested federal investigators to review the project.
The County responded to the reports of the USFWS inspection which appeared in The Journal by contacting the USFWS and challenging Wilsons actions as well as the release of information to the media without the countys knowledge beforehand.
They also questioned the newspaper articles accuracy, a challenge which the USFWS responded to by confirming the accuracy of the story.
Pearson and other County officials, including Administrator Joey Preston, continued to deny that any violations had been noted for several weeks after receiving the cease and desist order, which Pearson characterized as a form letter.
A COE spokesperson recently confirmed that the case remains an open enforcement action, adding that such status prevents further comment on the case.
By Stan Welch
Anderson County Council continued to pursue a working budget Tuesday night, with two members offering significant alternatives; while the proposal offered originally and amended at the last meeting underwent further amendment before receiving second reading approval.
Even before the public hearing on the budget was opened, Council Chairwoman Gracie Floyd, speaking with what she called a sad heart, talked about her vote at the last meeting to approve an amended budget offered by Councilman Larry Greer.
Floyd said she had voted for the amended budget, which halved the six mills sought by the Sheriff for his departments budget, despite the fact that she didnt believe in it, in order to obtain first reading approval.
She also chided Greer for what she considers his high handed conduct in the matter.
One councilman took it on himself to cut the Countys budget to what he thought he could support. I was very disappointed that he did that, said Floyd in a portion of the agenda set aside for a special presentation by her. He called me into his office during a recess at the last meeting and told me what he was going to do. There was no chance to debate.
She went on to say that the Sheriff had asked for resources adequate to take a bite out of crime, not a nibble.
She later said that the budget process had been a horrible ordeal for her, adding I have had nightmares for two weeks about this budget. I care that much. She told the audience that she felt as if one person had decided what the County would do, and asked, What should I do? What would you do?
Eventually, the public hearing began, with far less participation than at the first hearing held at the last meeting.
While Dan Harvell, of the Anderson County Taxpayers Association, was speaking, Floyd got up and left the Council chambers through the members private entrance. After she had been gone for several minutes, EMS and Park Police personnel also went into the Councils area behind the rostrum.
Ten minutes after she left the chambers, Vice Chairman Greer announced that she would be absent for a few more minutes due to a problem she has. Ten minutes after that, Greer recessed the public hearing for ten minutes which eventually stretched into twenty minutes. Floyd was absent from the panel for a little over forty minutes, but returned, saying she had bronchitis and hadnt wanted to disturb the speakers with her coughing.
While she was gone, several citizens spoke, including Glenda Sayegh, who raised several issues, including her opinion that the study conducted to determine public support for funding the sheriffs budget increase was flawed and inaccurate. She also asked that the Council require the administrator to present the budget earlier in the future to allow for study by Council. She also said that maintaining current property taxes is as salient as security.
Following the public hearing, District 7 Councilwoman Cindy Wilson offered a list of either budget cuts or reduced funding increases that she said would save taxpayers money. For example, she would hold the following departments at their 04-05 funding levels: business analyst, museum, community services, farmers market, engineering services, park police and the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center. Wilson says that would result in savings of $569,695.
She would reduce the following departments current budgets or proposed funding increases for the coming budget year: memberships, buildings and grounds, animal shelter, and Keep America Beautiful. Wilson would cut KAB back almost $340,000 to $40,000, sending the difference back to the solid waste account. Those savings, along with a 20% cut in spending on meals, and a reduction of 50% of the proposed increase in dues and subscriptions, would come to approximately $659,000.
Wilson would also abolish the public information office altogether, saving an additional $212,000 or more, for total savings of $841,957. She would reduce capital expenses in terms of lease purchase agreements to approximately $1.8 million instead of the proposed maximum of over four million dollars.
Madame Chairman, these cuts, which were found relatively easily, would result in a savings of 3.36 mils, Wilson stated.
Wilson wasnt the only Councilmember who had been busy since the last meeting.
District 5 Councilman Michael Thompson presented a combination of cuts and millage transfers that would essentially absorb approximately $2.88 million in new spending, including increases in insurance and workmans compensation costs.
Thompsons proposal included retaining .8 of a mil that had been scheduled for reduction from the debt service levy, a move that would produce approximately $410,000 to be diverted to the sheriffs budget. Under Thompsons proposal, all County employees making under $30,000 a year would receive a 3% increase in pay, while a total of 2.6 mils could be provided to the Sheriffs budget.
Both Wilsons and Thompsons proposals were defeated by a vote of 4-3, though the County financial staff was instructed to prepare budgets factoring each of the proposals in and present that information to Council at the next meeting.
Thompsons presentation seemed to irritate Chairwoman Floyd, who complained that she had not been informed of the proposed alternative.
I would have liked to be in the circuit that got this information. I must have something written on my forehead that says I dont need to know. Here you are, giving us something to vote on and I dont have a thing in my hand. Its not fair. I cant accept that. If Im not a viable part of this council, let me know. I can do other things. I must be a first and third Tuesday chairperson. The newspaper doesnt call me. I just dont understand it.
She then offered the same amendment to give the sheriff 4 mils that she made at the last meeting. The result was different this time, to the extent that the motion was defeated 4-3, instead of dying from lack of a second as it did before.
Councilman Greer than offered two amendments to his own proposal from the previous meeting. He first proposed a cap on the millage for both the overall budget and the Sheriffs special levy. The overall budget would be capped at 70 mils, excluding the millage set annually by the county auditor to service debt, while the sheriffs levy would be set at 22 mils. Greer also offered a list of departments that could not be cut because they are essential services.
The list included the following departments: engineering services, emergency preparedness, detention center, compliance enforcement, emergency services, communications center, road maintenance, transportation, veterans affairs, and paving accounts. His amendment also restricts the use of paving funds to paving, drainage and grading projects only. Both amendments passed by a vote of 4-3, leaving only a vote to give second reading approval to be accomplished.
First, Floyd asked County Administrator Joey Preston what the effect of not getting a second reading approval would have.
He stressed, along with County Attorney Tom Martin, that it was really important to achieve second reading approval in order to have a budget by the end of the month. Preston also said that Greers amendment protecting some departments from cuts would require additional work, since cuts already made would have to be restored.
We have to find a way to cut approximately $500,000 from the general fund. Please give us some direction. Dont just leave us hanging there, said Preston.
Despite her repeated and emphatic denials of the budgets worthiness,
Floyd in fact cast the tie breaking vote to produce that second reading approval. She immediately informed the audience that she had once again voted against her conscience, saying I did not vote for the budget. I voted for second reading approval so that we could move on.
Council will hold a special called meeting on June 21, at 5:30 p.m., prior to the regular meeting to follow. Third reading approval of the budget will be the subject of the special called meeting.
Williamston police officers are investigating several incidents in which objects are being thrown at vehicles. These and other incidents reported recently include:
May 24 - Peggy Darlene Gilreath, 43, 1704 S. Piedmont Hwy., Piedmont, reported that near the intersection of Brown St. and Greenville Dr.. an object was thrown into the windshield of her 1997 Ford Ranger truck causing $150 in damage.
A second vehicle driven by Richard Adam Maw, 21, 103 E. Main St., Williamston, a 2003 Ford Ranger was also damaged by an unknown object which stuck the passenger side door causing $350 in damage. Sgt. A. B. Singleton, C. J. Sanders investigated.
May 25 - Jacob Dawkins, 216 Waterfront Dr., Williamston, reported an object thrown from a red Grand Am struck the windshield of his 1991 Ford Expedition causing $150 in damage.
Paul P. Johnson, 36, 8 Rockwood Dr., Williamston, reported a 22 inch cut Troy Built push lawnmower valued at $200 taken from the yard of the residence. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.
June 5 - Carlos Diaz, 26, 133 Middleton Blvd., Williamston, reported a 2003 Toyota pickup valued at $2,000 removed from the parking lot. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.
June 6 - Williamston officers recovered a stolen pistol after a vehicle was stopped for loud music. A Glock 40 cal. auto pistol was found under the drivers seat. No one in the vehicle claimed possession of the weapon and a check determined it was not stolen. The pistol was confiscated and the vehicle and occupants allowed to leave. The pistol was later determined to have been stolen in Greenville County.
June 14 - Olivares Rafael Hernandez, 23, 510 Hamersham Rd., Easley, was arrested for speeding and no S. C. drivers license after a green Dodge Caravan was observed travelling at a high rate of speed on Belton Dr. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.
June 3 - Daniel Bruce Fowler, 51, 1 E. Third St., Williamston, was arrested and charged with assault and battery with intent to kill after allegedly striking his mother, Nettie B. Torres, 69, of the same address, in the back with his fist and swinging a butcher knife with an 8 inch blade in an attempt to cut her. J. T. Motes, Cpl./SRO D. W. Bryant.
June 1 - Robert Edward Reid, 41 213 Oak St., Piedmont, was arrested for driving under suspension after a Ford truck was observed on North Hamilton St., C. J. Sanders investigated.
May 27 - Miguel Angel Monroy, 21, 575 Willingham Rd., Belton, was arrested for no drivers license and speeding after a red Pontiac Firebird was observed on Belton Dr. J. T. Bauer investigated.
May 29 - Willis Antonia Norris, 41, 706 Salem St., Anderson, was arrested for disorderly conduct after a 1988 Ford LTD was observed on Anderson Drive matching the description of a suspicious vehicle. C. J. Sanders, R. D. Brownlee investigated.
May 26 - Jennifer Micelle Smith, 23, 129 Royal Dr., Williamston, reported a window on her garage broken by an object which was thrown through it causing $75 in damage. J. T. Motes investigated.
May 26 - Christopher Alexander Martin, 21, 759 Cherokee Rd., Williamston, was arrested for simple possession of marijuana, no proof of insurance and unreasonable noise after a Toyota Echo was observed on Main St. with the radio playing loud.
Reports state a brown leafed rolled cigarette containing a small quantity of a green leafy substance field tested positive as marijuana was seen thrown from the vehicle. D. A. Baker, Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.
May 25 - Kathy Eddleman, 114 W. 3rd St., Williamston, reported a car seat valued at $50 removed from her vehicle. T. A. Call investigated.
May 23 - Tammy Renee Morles, was arrested for an outstanding warrant after a traffic stop. A. B. Singleton, C. J. Sanders investigated.
May 23 - Bobby Lee Allen, 58, 226 Belton Dr., Williamston, reported a battery charger valued at $40 removed from a tool shed in his yard. C. J. Sanders investigated.
May 20 - Larry Ausburn, 3 W. 3rd. St., Williamston, reported several jars of coins valued at $1,000 removed from the residence. T. A. Call investigated.
May 21 - Christopher Keith Gillette, 30, 122 G. St., Williamston reported a radio valued at $50 removed form a 1994 Nissan Altima. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.
May 18 - A utility trailer reported stolen by Allan Charles Haynes, 110 Academy St, Williamston on May 16 was recovered. The trailer was valued at $3,500 and tools at $6,000.
May 17 - Louie Mose Ellis, 13 Austin St, Williamston, reported a marble went through a pane of glass casing at the residence causing $60 in damage. T. A. Call investigated.
Anderson County Sheriffs Deputies investigated gun shots fired into a Pelzer home and the theft of equipment from several area businesses. Among incidents investigated:
May 27 D. E. Tench responded around 4:10 p.m. to 25 Conner Street where William Davis Jr. reported that a man drove up to Davis house, looking for someone named Chris. The police report does not indicate who Chris was, but they were apparently at the Davis home. William Davis Sr. came out into the yard, and the man pointed a gun at both men before driving off. The men told officer Tench that there was an ongoing situation with the suspect.
At approximately 3 a.m. the next morning, Davis, Sr. and his wife were awakened by the sound of what they thought was someone throwing things at the house. Upon going outside they heard a male voice say Lets shoot this last one off, followed by what they described as a large firecracker. A white male then ran past and threw an object into the woods across the street. Upon further inspection, two bullet holes were found in the front of the house, with one round lodged in the refrigerator door in the kitchen. A car also had been shot up, with two of the windows shot out.
May 27 Deputy T.B. Dugan received a report of a drive off from a gas station at 110 Hwy. 20 S. The vehicle involved was a burgundy Ford driven by a white female between 40-70 years old. The amount of gas stolen was $17.60
May 28 D.E. Tench received a report from Barbara Yates, of 2307 River Road, that her purse had been stolen while she went to the mailbox to check her mail. A nephew was the only one in the house at the time, but he had left by the time the deputies arrived.
May 31 J.T. Owens investigated a complaint of burglary from Donnie Drennon, owner of Import Auto World at 216 Looper Lane. Drennon reported the theft of a diagnostic scanner valued at several thousand dollars. There were no signs of forced entry but other equipment had been moved around the garage.
May 31 R.A. Malone responded to a complaint at the Texaco Southern Convenience Store at 3000 Highway 153. The clerk reported that a white male had come into the store and asked for a 12 pack of beer of a certain brand. The clerk told him she didnt have it and returned to her other work. She looked up to see him running out with three 12 packs. He left in a blue Dodge Aries station wagon, with SC tag 747SPS, which turned out to be stolen from another car.
May 28 T.B. Dugan responded to a complaint of auto theft from James C. Reid, who said that a car had been hauled off from 1200 Anderson St. Reid, who lives at 12 Woodward St. in Belton, said that the car had a flat tire but ran. It was blue with a white vinyl top.
June 1 D.E. Tench responded to a complaint of burglary from Ricky Duncan, of 215 Moore Rd. Duncan reported that his back door had been broken into. Two deputies, Dugan and Parker, had recovered the missing items during an earlier response and returned Duncans property.
June 1 J.M. Durham investigated a report of burglary and theft from Jimmy Blackstone, owner of Blackstone Automotive, who reported that a dark blue 1998 Chevy Blazer, 4 door, was stolen from his business. The vehicle belonged to a customer. Also stolen were a NOS kit, 3 Snap-on scanners, and a radiator tester, total value of $6,970.
A fundraising concert and spaghetti dinner will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday June 17 at Palmetto High School Auditorium to help a local singer.
Talya Henrickson was recently the first place winner of the FAMEUS challenge hosted by Debbie Allen of Fame.
The concert is being held to help with expenses she will incur in travelling with her family to California to participate in the National Competition in August.
Tickets are $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door and will include a spaghetti dinner served with garlic bread and drink.
The concert will feature Talya who will perform country songs. Also entertaining will be Mandy Prater and Carlissa Brock. Henricksons voice coach Ben Gantt will also perform.
Talya , 14, an 8th grader at Palmetto Middle School, placed first in a national vocal talent competition held at the Greenville Expo Center.
The FAMEUS Vocal and Dance competition was one of eleven competitions being held in cities throughout the country under the direction of Debbie Allen, of FAME fame.
She was one of 67 participants to go before three judges, and placed first in her division.
The family plans to travel to California for the FAMEUS National Finals in Los Angeles August 8-10, where Talya will compete in front of a panel of judges made up of producers, talent agents, and celebrities.
She is the daughter of Mike and Cindy Henrickson of Williamston.
Anyone interested in attending can purchase tickets in advance by calling 864-244-2150 or (864) 947-6486. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at M&D Upholstery or The Journal.
The Carolina Rebels team of Williamston, is on the verge of victory beyond scoring home runs in its weekend ball field tournaments. The team is among the leaders in a highly competitive national contest meaning they are getting closer to a special victory that will improve the quality of sliding and diving for years to come.
The Carolina Rebels team has recently passed the 13,000 point total in the Wisk Win a Ball Field Makeover contest. The youngsters are in the running for the grand prize of a baseball field refurbishment and a visit from Cal Ripken Jr., 10 first place prizes of $5,000 for baseball equipment and apparel plus smaller cash prizes.
Coach Johnny Lollis has rallied his 11-yr. old and younger players in the hopes of winning prizes to improve the quality of play for all residents of Williamston.
To garner interest, Lollis and his wife Denise, teamed up with others in the local community to increase awareness of the contest and encourage collection of Wisk Points from specially marked bottles of Wisk Laundry Detergent. Using word of mouth, Lollis and his Carolina Rebels are bringing in great results towards the grand prize.
The contest gives parents and youth baseball lovers a way to improve the quality of play for their youth and help get them off the couch and onto the field. It also celebrates how baseball and softball can help lead to a more active lifestyle. From now through the end of July, communities around the country can obtain official rules and register online at HYPERLINK http://www.wiskpoints.com www.wiskpoints.com.
More than 1600 communities competed for prizes last year.
The contest is part of a larger effort by Wisk Laundry Detergent called America Needs Dirt, a national program which encourages youngsters to play hard, get dirty and have fun to develop healthy behaviors that last a lifetime.