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(2406) Week of June 14, 2006

Wilson survives, Dees doesn’t
Salkehatchie Camp improving lives
Spring Water Festival expected to be bigger and better for 25th year
Study shows area is ripe for opportunity

Williamston Council announces meetings
West Pelzer Council delays budget talks
Pelzer officials discuss projects, facing decisions
Williamston officers busy over three week period
Man arrested for assault on police officer
Seems to Me . . . How’s Jerry Lee?

Wilson survives, Dees doesn’t

By Stan Welch

The political landscape of Anderson County underwent some changes Tuesday as incumbents on the whole experienced mixed results.

District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson retained her claim to that seat by handily defeating Julia Ashley Barnes and will face Democratic challenger Ed Jean in November. Wilson established almost a two to one margin early in the returns, and never lost it. The total vote was 1412 votes to 703.

Wilson was especially strong in Pelzer, where she enjoyed a three to one margin, while Barnes received almost 37 per cent of the votes in Williamston. Barnes had run, in part, on her view that Wilson had become ineffective in representing the district, due to her poor relationship with county administrator Joey Preston, and other members of the Council.

Ron Wilson, one of two challengers to incumbent Bill Dees in District Six, ran strongly, defeating Dees by 1089 votes to 741. Political newcomer Rick Freemantle received 159 votes. Wilson maintained a 55 to 38 percent lead from the first reporting precinct, which was Piedmont. An indication of the final result may have come when he received only 34 percent of the vote in the Powdersville precinct. He ran stronger in the Concrete Precinct, receiving almost 41% there.

In the District Seven House race, Mike Gambrell defeated Dan Harvell and will face Ron Gilreath in November. Gilreath defeated Richard Kelly in the Democratic primary.

In other County council races, former state Senator and County Councilman Bob Waldrep defeated Francis Crowder by a count of 1454 to 1142 for the District One seat. Steve Lovelace, who dropped out of the race weeks ago, still received 195 votes.

District Two saw no action Tuesday night, as each party has only one candidate. Marshall Mitchell will face Democratic incumbent Gracie Floyd in November.

District Three offered the night’s closest result, with incumbent, and council chairman, Larry Greer barely getting past newcomer Matthew Hilley. In a race that started close and went back and forth all night, Greer eked out a 19 vote win, which may result in a recount, due to the closeness of the outcome.

District Four incumbent Bill McAbee defeated Randy Price by a tally of 1274 to 957, with Joe Renna garnering 136 votes.

District Five will see a runoff between former Council member Mike Holden and incumbent Councilman Michael Thompson. Holden enters that runoff with the greater momentum, based on his 848 to 575 vote count. Holden received over 38 per cent of the vote.

In statewide races, Governor Mark Sanford defeated Oscar Lovelace for the chance to face Democratic candidate Tommy Moore, who received over 67 per cent of the votes in that primary.

Lt. Governor Andre Bauer will face Mike Campbell, newcomer and son of former Governor Carroll Campbell in a runoff, with Campbell having led the three man race. Campbell received 45% of the votes, and Bauer, who recently survived an airplane crash near Spartanburg, received 37%. Anderson resident Dr. Henry Jordan received approximately 18%.

Karen Floyd avoided a runoff by gaining 50.5% of the votes, with Mark Staton gathering 35% in a four man race for Superintendent of Education inthe Republican primary. Mark Hammond gathered 55% of the vote in his race to remain Secretary of State.

Thomas Ravenel of Charleston received 48% of the vote in his race for state treasurer, but faces a runoff with Greg Ryberg, who had 26%. Hugh Weathers received 57.35% in his race to remain  Agriculture Commissioner.

Salkehatchie Camp improving lives

Volunteers from across the state are participating in the Piedmont Salkehatchie Summer Service Camp this week, making much needed improvements to six area homes.

Approximately 50 youth and adults will be working in the Williamston and Easley communities, rebuilding sub-standard housing, making the homes warmer, safer, and drier for the residents.

The week long project will consist of work on six homes in the Williamston area and four in the Easley area.

Salkehatchie Summer Service is a pioneering ministry held at selected sites in South Carolina. All around the state high school and college students, adult community leaders, and persons of different cultures are engaged in upgrading housing and motivating community cooperative efforts by helping people help themselves.

The camp also provides participants the opportunity for personal growth and service. Salkehatchie Summer Service is a program of the South Carolina United Methodist Conference. A Steering Committee composed of youth and adults gives guidance to the program.

Each of the volunteers pay $180 to attend the camp and many come away with a different perspective on life and how others live.

This is the fourth year the camp has been held in the area. Last year, four area homes were improved.

Spring Water Festival expected to be bigger and better for 25th year

The Spring Water Festival will celebrate its 25th year of providing a fun filled family event when it is held on August 26 of this year.

The annual event has the reputation for being one of the best family oriented small town festivals in the upstate since it began in 1981 as a funding source for the town’s other large event, the Christmas Park, held each year in December.

The Town of Williamston is not organizing the annual festival this year, though town officials are supporting it.

A committee of volunteers has organized the new Springwater Committee which has taken the responsibility for the annual festival and other events.

The Springwater Committee is  chartered with the State of South Carolina and members are working toward receiving a non-profit status.

Jimmy Barnes, a local CPA, has volunteered to do the paperwork necessary with reorganizing the committee and getting it registered with the State.

“Jimmy has been a tremendous help in getting the new Springwater Committee officially organized,” said David Meade, Festival Chairman.

Barnes has also been instrumental in securing insurance and other items necessary for the committee to put on the festival.

The festival is expected to be bigger and better than ever with the enthusiasm brought to the event by the volunteers, Meade said.

This year’s festival will feature expanded activities including more business and non-profit displays, more kids activities and entertainment, additional amusement rides, expanded lineup of local entertainment, a hot air balloon and other special attractions never before seen at the Spring Water Festival.

Committee member Dianne Lollis who is overseeing the displays for the festival is contacting numerous organizations about participating in this year’s festival.

Lollis is also contacting groups with historic significance such as Civil War reenactors, a Cherokee Indian organization and other non-profit groups about participating in the festival.

Local businesses are also invited to  have a display at the festival to promote their goods and services. For more information contact Lollis at 847-5743.

Lollis is also working to make sure the younger festival goers have plenty to do.

This year the Spring Water Festival will feature more children’s games and activities and stage entertainment.

There will also be rides offered by Palmetto Amusements, which provided rides for the festival last year.

New this year will be a pirate ship ride which was purchased just for this festival.

The ride is larger than others that have been brought and is geared for older teens, according to owner/operator Dom Boscaglia.

The attraction was purchased specifically with the Spring Water Festival in mind, he said. Dom and his wife Christy, said they made the dicision to add the new ride to the attractions available through Palmetto Amusements after last year’s festival.

The 2006 Spring Water Festival wil also feature a Spring Water Run, being organized by Chris Bradberry and Renee Rowland.

Persons interested in participating in the event can pick up an entry form at The Journal in Williamston, Nationwide Insurance in Belton or call Bradberry at 864-420-3282. The form will also be available online at www.thejournalonline.com.

Local crafters who would like to display handmade items for sale at the festival are also invited to participate. Contact Ellen Harvell at 847-5588.

The festival will again feature one of the upstate’s largest antique and classic auto shows, being sponsored by the Williamston Fire Department. To register contact Steve Ellison at 864-847-4950.

The Fire Department will also be offering rides on the antique fire truck, a festival favorite.

Local non-profit organizations will provide food items for this festival. Many local organizations provide a variety of food to hungry festival goers and at the same time it is a major fundraiser for most of them.

Entertainment is being coordinated by local entertainer Catlin Tierce. Tierce said he has two stages filled with local performers who entertain throughout the day.

“With the variety of gifted local entertainers, the Springwater Committee decided early on that we would focus on getting local talent for the 25th annual festival,” Meade said.

Tierce who has organized the gospel stage for the festival for several years agreed.

“We wanted to showcase local performers at the festival,” he said.

Tierce has received recognition for his songs and has several CDs. His music can be heard on local stations.

“Many of the performers at this year’s festival will have copies of their music available,” Tierce said.

Jack Ellenburg, of the Pickin Parlor on Hwy. 20/29 Connector, will be organizing bluegrass music at the historic depot.

Visitors will also be able to find out what it is like to float in a hot air balloon with tethered rides being offered on the Anderson County hot air balloon which will be appearing at the festival.

Watch The Journal for additional information on the festival.

Study shows area is ripe for opportunity

By Stan Welch

The results of a recently completed economic study of three towns in Anderson County are being distributed where they can do the most good, according to the director of the office that commissioned the study.

The study, which focused separately on Iva, Pendleton, and Williamston, has been sent to politicians, developers, potential investors and selected retailers, in the hopes of putting the necessary ingredients for economic development together, said Burriss Nelson, director of the County’s Economic Development Department.

“Our office has contacted many of the possible matching retailers already, and there are some good things happening. I can’t say anything about the details, but Williamston is a vibrant business community that already has a lot going for it, and that fact is being noticed,” said Nelson.

The study, which was conducted by a Texas firm, the Buxton Company, compiles demographic and financial information about the various towns, and seeks to match the needs of those towns with the businesses whose interests would best be served by locating there.

One of the main areas identified for the Williamston area should come as no surprise. Listed as one of the matching retailers for the town is Food Lion, specifically, although Burriss says any of the well known supermarket chains would be a good fit for the community, which includes not just the town, but its trade area; which roughly includes anyone within a 15 minute drive of the town. According to the study, the number of people within that trade area is approximately 84,000.

Based on those figures, as well as the estimates of the amount spent on groceries in the trade area, Nelson says it becomes clear that the area could support a major grocery store. “A major grocery store needs to do about $200,000 in business each week to be profitable. The closer to $300 thousand they get, the better they like it. But if you crunch the numbers, you can see that a supermarket can certainly do well in Williamston.”

Other retailers suggested as matches for the area include several well-known fast food franchises, such as Wendy’s, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Denny’s, and others. Home Depot and Lowe’s home improvement suppliers are also mentioned, as well as Wal-Mart, Auto Zone, General Nutrition Center, and Blockbuster Video.

Providing useful data is the main purpose of the study, says Nelson. “Most retailers aren’t going to come to your town and build their own store. They want a developer and an investor to do all that, and lease them the store. The purpose of these studies is to provide investors, developers, and retailers with the information needed to make informed decisions, and to bring those various parties together. These things don’t happen overnight, but this study certainly provides a great tool to get things moving.”

Williamston Council announces meetings

Williamston Town Council will meet Thursday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss a pre-existing case involving a potential settlement in a pre-existing case and are expected to approve first reading on the 2006 budget. Council will also hold first reading on an ordinance for Industrial Pretreatment during the meeting.

Ward 2 Councilman Marion Middleton Jr. will host a town meeting for Ward 2 residents on Tuesday, June 20 at the Williamston Municipal Center. Anyone interested in meeting with Middleton to discuss issues related to the town is welcome to attend. He will be available between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Council will meet on Thursday, June 22 at 6 p.m. to receive public input on the 2006 budget. The meeting is being advertised as a public hearing on the the 2006 budget as required by state law.

Second and final reading on the budget will be held at another special meeting to be held on Tuesday, June 27.

West Pelzer Council delays budget talks

By Stan Welch

The West Pelzer Town Council, at Mayor Peggy Paxton’s request, abandoned plans to discuss the 2006-2007 budget, as well as water and sanitation rates Monday night, citing incomplete information as the reason.

“We need to remove the budget from the agenda,” said Mayor Paxton. “I thought I would have the information from the rural water folks today, so we could talk about this. But I don’t. I think they are coming over next week so I hope we can all meet with them. Until we know what is going to happen in those areas, we really can’t make a budget.”

Proposed upgrades in the water lines in town, a project which has been delayed by soaring costs of materials, as well as a pending agreement to send the town’s wastewater to Western Carolina for treatment, are all factors that will affect the town’s finances in the future. Sanitation fees for garbage pickup are no longer meeting the costs, and a minor adjustment in those rates is likely.

The mayor is awaiting receipt of the town’s latest audit, which is due any day. “The draft report indicates that we are in a strong financial position,” she said. “We will all meet to go over the audit once the final report is here.

In other matters, Paxton explained that town employees are reimbursed for mileage only when they use their own vehicles for town business. Such use should be reduced now that one of the town trucks, which had been driven by Brad West before he resigned, is available for use. She also stated that when the fiscal year ends in a couple of weeks, the town’s new accounting software should be fully installed and capable of printing monthly reports on the Town’s finances.

The maroon unmarked police car has suffered a transmission failure, and Councilman Joe Turner will seek estimates on replacing or rebuilding the transmission.

The mayor announced that the town has received the federal portion of the $19,000 FEMA reimbursement for the actions taken by the town after last winter’s ice storm.  The state’s portion should follow soon.

Jimmy Jeanes was appointed to the planning and zoning appeals panel.

Pelzer officials discuss projects, facing decisions

The Town of Pelzer began their regular monthly meeting with an executive session requested by Town Administrator Skip Watkins.

Upon returning to regular session, Watkins recommended council remove ordinance 06-001from consideration until the annexation question is resolved. Council voted 3-0 to remove the ordinance, which provides for the removal of trash fees and Rural Development surcharge from residential water/sewer bills.

Watkins then presented an information request from attorney Richard McClellion. McClellion was asking for road access or a property swap at the town’s sewer lagoon property to allow access to land owned by Tommy Ellison and Rick Lyerly.

Councilman Steve McGregor suggested Watkins contact the attorney for more information.

Watkins reminded Council of a special election on July 18 to fill a vacancy left when former Councilmember Tonya Scott resigned. Scott resigned because she was moving out of the town.

Watkins said that Donna Ide, who was on the Municipal Election Commission, had resigned the position to run for the vacant council seat.

Watkins recommended that Jackie Vaughn be appointed as chairman of the commission through the end of her term which expires in December 2007.

Watkins also recommended Council reappoint Angell Adams to a six year term ending December 2011 and appoint a new member to finish Ide’s term, which goes through December 2009.

Watkins said the commission member must be a registered voter living inside the town.

Watkins said that he had received some complaints about a sign and would talk to the business owner about moving the sign off the sidewalk.

He said there were also concerns about the speed of some vehicles as they pass through the town on Hwy. 8. The speed limit in front of the gym is 20 mph, he said.

Watkins also mentioned a SCDOT grant check presentation made to the town last week. The check, representing a grant of $199,920,  will be used for the gym renovation.

The project requires an 80/20 match. The town will provide $40,000 for the $240,000 project, Watkins said.

Watkins said he will be attending a workshop nn June 22 to learn procedures on administering the contract and the project.

He said Anderson County will be helping with engineering for the project.

Mayor Kenneth Davis said a skate park demonstration held in May was attended by about 15 kids and went well. He said information and prices on the project will be coming.

Watkins reported that three candidates had signed up to run for the open council seat July 18 election. They are Donna Ide and Kay Beard. The third person removed her name from the list, Watkins said.  The ballot will also contain a line for a write-in candidate.

There was some discussion about annexation.

Mayor Davis said that from 123 surveys turned in at a recent meeting, the following results were tabulated:

There were 66 responses from people living in the lower mill village; 2 were inside the town; 8 were from middle; and 47 were from the upper village.

As far as service wanted, 76 said they wanted police protection; 37 wanted more building and codes; 47 wanted enhanced recreation; 71 saw a need for animal control; 46 wanted a street department and 24 wanted zoning.

Watkins indicated that a majority of those he has heard from “indicate they wanted to be in.”

According to Watkins, the town attorney Jimmy King, has suggested going with the 75 percent rule.

He said he thinks the council is looking at “entire town annexation rather that half or a certain street.”

Earl and Linda Ford stated that there were some rumors going around about how council feels and asked about beginning a petition for signatures as a starting point.

Watkins suggested allowing council to meet with the attorney on June 29 to see what he suggests.

Earl Ford said he was ready to get paperwork and had volunteers that would help.

Watkins said, “Government is inherently slow.”

Councilman Steve McGregor said “There has not been any negative oppostion from Council.”

Watkins said he understood that the annexation would be “considering everybody connected to the water system,” and that there would probably have to be a survey of the entire village.

There was some discussion about vandalism and trespassing at the old mill property, which is in the process of being demolished.

Councilmembers stated that it is private property and they don’t have any authority to deal with the problem other than calling the sheriff’s office.

Watkins also stated that he was in the process of providing additional information for the Rural Development sewer treatment project.

Watkins said that he has estimated that user rates for the project may be approximately $50 per month. including waste water fees.

He said he has been asked to provide information such as a year of average rates, operation budgets, costs to transfer to the Piedmont plant and audit information on the town’s plant for review.

Once the review is finalized by RD, he said he expects funds to be released for the project, which has been in the works for approximately 10 years, in 2006 or 2007.

 He also said the original project cost estimate of $2.8 million may be as much as $5 million now.

In other business, the town’s skate park has been shut down but the dream of providing a skate park still remains.

Due to lack of adult supervision at the SK8 park, the town has stopped allowing the town’s tennis court area to be used by the skaters.

Mayor Davis said the town still intends to provide a park for the young people.

The town has sponsored a fundraising project called Changing Children’s Lives,  in which jars were sent out in the Pelzer area, asking residents to collect spare change. Proceeds from the project will go toward funding for the skate park project.

Persons with jars are asked to bring them to town hall or to the Pelzer gym on July 1.

Volunteers have also been collecting change at the traffic light at Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 20 intersection.

Davis said the town has received $720 and $714 on the two dates they have collected.

He said the recent bike ride brought in $3700 and $400 more was collected for a total of $5514 which will go toward the project.

Williamston officers busy over three week period

Williamston police officers made numerous alcohol and drug related arrested over the past three weeks. Among incidents investigated were the following:

May 18 - Edgar Danilo Pacheco, 17, 128 Breazeale Dr., Williamston, was arrested for assault of a high and aggravated nature in connection with an incident involving a 16 year old female which occurred on a school bus. When the bus arrived at Palmetto High School, the 16 year old female reported that Pacheco had allegedly fondled her breasts and crotch area outside of her clothing after the victim had repeatedly asked him to stop. Several students confimed the incident. Reports state Pacheco was arrested and suspended from school. D. W. Bryant investigated.

May 19 - Robert Dorlan Farmer, 48, 100 West Third St., Williamston, was arrested for fighting after an incident in which a verbal altercation occurred in the roadway on West Third St.. Reports state Leroy Michael Strickland, 38, of 110 W. Third St., went to his residence and retrieved a wooden ball bat and went back to Farmer’s residence. A struggle over the bat ensued and Strickland received an injury to the front forehead. Capt. K. P. Evatt investigated.

May 19 - Richard Keith Williamson, 24, 500 Campbell Rd., Pelzer was arrested for disorderly conduct after officers were called to investigate a man begging customers at Endless Summer Tanning Salon, 6 Hamilton St., for money. Williamson was placed on trespass notice. J. R. McCauley II investigated.

May 19 - Michael Lee Patterson, 19, 12 Green St., Williamston, was arrested for reckless driving, failure to stop on command, and violation of helmet law after a red Honda Motorcycle was observed traveling at a high rate of speed on South Hamilton St. near Williams St. Reports state he was observed traveling reckless, operating a motorcycle without a helmet and incorrect drivers license classification. Lt. J. T. Motes investigated.

Thomas Ferreira Herrara, 39, 41 Middleton Blvd., Williamston, was arrested for driving under suspension after a vehicle was observed disregarding a stop sign on School St. . J. R. McCauley II investigated.

May 21 - John Matthew Durham, 31, 16 Rogers St., Williamston, reported an outside window pane and screen at his residence had been broken. J. T. Motes investigated.

May 22 - Bryan Chad Dunlap, 32, 10 W. Fourth St., Williamston, was arrested for public disorderly conduct after being observed walking on Mill St. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

May 22 - Frances Elizabeth Gailey, 45, 6A Green St., Williamston, was arrested for driving under suspension (2nd) and faulty equipment after an orange VW was observed on Anderson Drive with a headlamp not working. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

May 22 - Manuel Antonia Miranda, 23, 164 Lesley Rd., Pelzer, reported a broken back glass on a vehicle parked at 804 N. Hamilton St. Cpl. D. W. Bryant investigated.

May 23 - Brandon Spandau Rowe, 22, 19 Jehue St., Williamston, was arrested for simple possession of marijuana after a vehicle was observed on Jehue St.  Reports state a clear plastic bag with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana was found in his left rear pocket. R. S. Creamer investigated.

May 24 - Crystal Lynn Haynes, 20, 349 Cheddar Rd., Belton, was arrested for driving under suspension and operating an uninsured vehicle after a vehicle was observed on Gossett St. with a shattered windshield. J. R. McCauley investigated.

May 24 - Christopher Matthew Ellison, 615A Parker St., was arrested for operating an uninsured vehicle after a vehicle was observed on Gray Dr. without a tag displayed. J. R. McCauley investigated.

May 25 - Jeff Dayton Sherman, 42, 110 West Fourth St., Williamston, reported he was assaulted by two people while at 16 West First Street. He was treated by EMS at the police department and gave a written statement. D. W. Alexander investigated.

May 26 - Edward Arnold Wright, 48, 247 Longview Drive, Williamston, was arrested for public disorderly conduct and panhandling after officers were dispatched to Major ABC, 510 Greenville Dr., Williamston. J. T. Motes investigated.

May 26 - Johnny Ray Calhoun, 47, 1425 Broad St., Anderson, was arrested for shoplifting after picking up two Stihl gas hedge trimmers, taking them to the front of the Ace Hardware store and then leaving them after being approached by a store employee. R. S. Creamer investigated.

May 30 - Frank Edward Lackey, 39, 209 Oak Ct. Piedmont, was arrested for driving under suspension, operation of an uninusured vehicle and improper tag after a four door Chevrolet was observed on Anderson Dr. D. W. Alexander investigated.

May 30 - Shannon Marie Kurrie, 41, 2097 Old Hundred Road, Pelzer, was arrested for driving under suspension (2nd) and no vehicle license  after a vehicle was observed on Bigby St and Tripp St with a defective muffler.  A passenger in the vehicle, Tammy Jill Ferrell, 46, 202 A Old River Rd., Pelzer, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia when officers observed a pipe on the floor of the vehicle. J. R. McCauley investigated.

June 1 - Russell Dallas Henderson, 26, 116 Gray Dr., Williamston, reported a 2006 Yamaha motorcycle valued at $4500 stolen from the residence. J. Digirolamo investigated.

June 3 - William Clarence Whittenberg, 53, 407 Green St., Belton, was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, possession of marijuana and driving under suspension (4th) after a vehicle was observed weaving in the lane of traffic and failing to dim lights on South Hamilton St.  A passenger in the vehicle, Jacqueline Gay Keller, 46, 113 Jason Dr., Belton, was arrested for public drunkeness. Reports state four small white rock like substances which field tested positive to be crack cocaine were found in the vehicle. Cash in the amount of $236 and $179 was also confiscated from the two. J. R. McCauley, D. W. Alexander investigated.

June 4 - Courtney Travis Hutchinson, 18, 2 Bigby St., Williamston, was arrested for disturbing the peace after officers responded to the location two times. J. R. McCauley investigated.

June 9 - Robert Lee Edwards, 39, 16 Tripp St., Williamston, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after a vehicle was observed stopped at the intersection of W. Carolina St. and Greenville Dr. and in other locations. Reports state two “crack” pipes were found in the vehicle. J. R. McCauley II investigated.

June 9 - Richard Keith Williamson, 24, 500 Campbell Rd., Pelzer was arrested for public disorderly conduct after being observed walking on Jehue St. and Greenville Dr. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

June 10 - Chad Timothy Suratt, 34, 158 Brockeric Rd., Honea Path reported a Mazda pickup truck with a chrome tool box and chrome wheel valued at $1500 stolen from JT’s Restarant, 711 Anderson Dr.. Reports state the vehicle was left unsecure with the keys inside. Capt. K. P. Evatt investigated.

June 11 - Paul David Campbell, 32, 7 Burt St., Pelzer, was arrested for no vehicle license and driving under suspension after a 1997 Jeep Cherokee was observed with an expired vehicle license and only 1 of 3 brake lights operative. J. T. Motes investigated.

Man arrested for assault on police officer

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents: 

PELZER 

June 6 – T. B. Dugan responded to 5 Goodrich Road where Eric Roberts reported the theft of a .22 caliber handgun from his home. The gun, manufactured by RG Industries, bears serial number 444513.

June 6 – D.W. Davis received a complaint of burglary and grand larceny from James Stanley Taylor, of 15 Frost St. Taylor reported that someone had stolen a black and chrome colored Moped scooter from his shed the night before. The brand name of the scooter was Rimco, and it was valued at $1800.

June 3 – S. E. Rushton responded to the Bi-Lo supermarket at330 Lebby St., where Linda Couch reported the theft of a SC license tag, #184-TSU from her 2005 Toyota Camry while she was inside.

PIEDMONT

June 7 – David Munger spoke with a Greenville County investigator who informed him that Jacob Lee Holbrooks, WM, 20, 5’11", 145 pounds, brn/blue, was wanted on a Greenville County warrant for assault and battery with intent to kill, involving an assault on a police officer. Munger was also informed that the suspect was on his way to the Arby’s on Hwy. 153. He approached the suspect in the parking lot and arrested him. Holbrooks was charged with no SC driver’s license and a suspended license plate for non-insurance. He was transported to ACDC where Greenville County placed a hold on him for the charge facing him there.

June 3 – J. A. Frazier received a complaint from James Hawkins, owner of the Red Snapper restaurant at 4802 Hwy. 29 N. Hawkins said that someone stole a surveillance camera off the side of the restaurant.

WILLIAMSTON

June 3 – R. S. Turner responded to a complaint from Robert McClain,who reported that two white males had stolen two firearms from his booth at the Jockey Lot. McClain said the two were 15-17 years old, both approximately 5’7", 120 pounds. One was wearing a gray shirt, the other was wearing a red shirt and green shorts. The two suspects grabbed two Marlin 30.30.s with scopes and fled.

June 3 – J. J. Jacobs attempted a traffic stop on a Dodge Durango at Guyton Road and Kensett Dr. The vehicle refused to stop, and left the road at the end of Kensett Drive.

It was eventually located at 609 Spearman Road. The driver, described only as a white male, was gone and could not be located. There was a SC tag # 892 GFX behind the seat, and a fanny pack with a green leafy substance and a clear crystal like substance in it.

June 4 – D. L. Barton responded to 203 Briar Ridge East, where he found Charles Michael Martin, WM, 49, sitting on the ground with a bleeding cut over his eye. Martin refused to be examined by EMS personnel and refused to cooperate with Barton, who eventually arrested him for public disorderly conduct.

Seems to Me . . . How’s Jerry Lee?

By Stan Welch

It appears that my ramblings in this column and on Rick Driver’s morning radio show, have made my dog, Jerry Lee, a bit of a celebrity. People I didn’t even know knew me stop me and asked about Jerry Lee. It’s a rather strange experience.

But being Jerry Lee’s feeder and home nurse, which is what it all boils down to, is not as glamorous as you might think. For one thing, English Springer Spaniels are either the smartest dumb dogs or the dumbest smart dogs I’ve ever known.

For example, Jerry Lee’s daddy, Elvis, may he rest in peace, was a beautifully obedient dog who would go to the kennel at night when I shined the flashlight on the door. By the time I got there, he would be sitting on his haunches waiting for his nightly ear scratching and ready to turn in for the night. But one day, we were riding in the truck, me in front and Elvis in the back. I don’t like dogs in the cab of the truck. One never knows when the potty training may fail, or at best, they will create a pool of drool in the floor mat that you could bream fish in.

We were riding down this dirt road and a big old Lab came charging out of his yard to tell us to move along. Well, I was doing about thirty five, throwing up a fine cloud of dust, so I took no offense, figuring we’d be out of his territory in a matter of seconds.  Elvis, however, was deeply offended and without thought, assuming he was capable of such a thing, he sailed right out of the truck to discuss things further with this big Lab.

By the time I got stopped and got back to him, the big Lab was standing over him, watching as Elvis struggled to get his wind back. The Lab looked at me as if to say, “That’s a pretty dumb dog you got there. Springer spaniel, ain’t he?” If that road hadn’t have been dirt, and pretty deep sand at that, ol’ Elvis would have never shagged again. I loaded him up and took him home and did some of that home nursing I’ve become so good at. About a year later, he chased a car and was unlucky enough to catch it. Elvis left the building.

But by then he had also left Jerry Lee, my pick of the litter from one of Elvis’ arranged marriages. Now Jerry Lee takes that dumb/smart thing to whole new levels. He understands English very well, which surprises some people but not me. He is an English Springer spaniel, after all. I mean, if he understood Spanish, that would be pretty impressive, although the way things are going around here, he may be speaking it soon. Like the rest of us.

Occasionally, if we are alone, or with just my son, he will actually speak a few words. You have to have an ear fro that English accent, but he can  startle you sometimes with his elocution. I’ve been thinking about offering his services as a speech coach to President Bush. Jerry Lee says ‘nuclear’ as clear as a bell.

He goes to the kennel on command, although I seldom put him in it. Jerry Lee and I are buddies. He and my son are friends as only a boy and dog can be friends. Jerry Lee stays with us for two reasons: food and laziness. He gets fed regular and it would take a lot of work to runoff permanently. What I’m getting at is that we don’t have pets. We have dogs; two right now, since we got Guage, another pick of the litter for services rendered by Jerry Lee.

But I don’t “fix” them, because they are not “broken”. They are working fine. Now, before all you ‘spay or slay’ folks jump all over me, let me just say this and we’ll be able to avoid any long drawn out debates about this issue. First, it’s none of your business whether I neuter my dog or not, just like it’s none of my business if you let your nine year old daughter blow up to 150 pounds.

Secondly, the drive to neuter other species comes not from some humanitarian well of kindness. It comes from our subconscious fear that perhaps, based on our history of violent and irrational behavior, humans aren’t really destined to rule the world. Perhaps Springer Spaniels or porpoises or Shetland ponies are supposed to eventually bring us all to world peace. If these species ever do come to power, do you want your dog remembering what you had done to him? Not me.

Anyway, Jerry Lee says I’ve gotten off the subject, which is him. The event that led to this column occurred about thirty minutes ago. Last night, I browned some ground beef and drained off the tallow. I was going to give it to Jerry this morning as reward for staying home the last few nights. Now, I know this was due to a lack of females in season in the neighborhood, but it seems to me that you have to reinforce good behavior whenever you get the chance, especially with Jerry Lee.

So I nuked the tallow enough to melt it down so he could slurp it up. Then I put it out on the front perch where I assumed he would drink it. But no, my brilliant boy decided to carry the Cool Whip bowl out into the rain to have his snack. So now I have a twelve foot trail of beef fat soaking into the wooden deck, and a dog whose life is in serious jeopardy. I was ready to “fix” him good, and then I realized he had written his name with the greasy stuff. What’s a guy supposed to do with a dog like that?

 

 

 

 

 

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