News Archive

Week of July 2, 2003

Turner arrested in shoving incident
West Pelzer Council tables budget hearing
High School ring returned to owner 
Spring Water Festival preparations underway
District One announces registration, orientation plans
Piedmont’s Lisa Crisp performs magical role

Turner arrested in shoving incident

Former Williamston police chief Richard Turner turned himself in to Anderson County Sheriff’s Department and was released on personal recognizance after learning of a warrant for his arrest last Wednesday.

The warrant, signed by Williamston Municipal Judge James M. Cox, stemmed from an alleged situation that developed at the police department between the former chief and police Sgt. Zack Gregory, when the former chief showed up to give his son a ride home.

The alleged incident occurred June 23 after Turner’s son Steven was told by Williamston Police Chief Troy Martin that his employment with the town had been terminated.

According to police reports, Gregory stated that upon exiting the vehicle, Turner “got up in my face and I told him to get out of my face.”

The report states that Turner then said, “I did not get in your face, you got in my face.”

Reports state Turner then stepped in closer and pushed Gregory resulting in Gregory pushing him back.

A warrant for assault and battery was issued for Turner in connection with the alleged incident and turned over to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, Chief Martin said.

Turner was released on $1,063 bond after turning himself over to a sheriff’s deputy who escorted him to the Anderson County Detention Center around 4 p.m. Wednesday. He was released at 4:40 p.m. on personal recognizance, Anderson County Detention Center officials said.

Both Williamston Mayor Phillip Clardy and Chief Martin said that Turner was treated as any other person would have been in that situation.

“No preferential treatment regarding Turner was shown. There was no favoritism and no prejudice. We treated him as any other offender,” Chief Martin said.

Clardy said when he was advised of the situation he instructed Martin to pursue it as he would with any other person.

“I told him to do whatever the law requires and for him to be treated as anyone else,” Clardy said.

West Pelzer Council tables budget hearing

A large group of citizens were present for the public hearing on the budget and the installation of newly elected officers for the West Pelzer Town Council on Thursday.

Town Clerk Wanda Sutherland distributed updated copies of financial information to everyone present. Led by a motion from Council member Maida Kelly to table the public hearing and the second reading on the budget until everyone had more time to study the new information, the council voted to support the motion to table.

Mayor Bill Alexander reported that recent repairs to the waste treatment facility amounted to $5,460. He said that he had talked with Cindy Wilson of the County Council about help from the county on the cost of the repairs.

New Mayor Peggy Paxton and Council members Maida Kelly and Terry Davis were sworn in to office by Roger Scott.

Paxton spoke to the group about an inadequacy in current accounting procedures especially in the water and sewer reports. She also stated that she planned to have budget workshops which would be open to the public. Citizens are encouraged to attend and listen to the budget discussions, Paxton concluded.

Alexander responded to Paxton’s comments by saying that the water situation “has never been correct” due to water that has never been accounted for due to leakages and system problems as well as the water used to refill fire trucks.

Specific dates for additional meetings on the budget will be announced at a later date according to town officials.

High School ring returned to owner

A lost Palmetto High School ring, from the Class of 1958 has returned to the rightful owner, 45 years later.

Mike Jordan, a 1958 Palmetto High graduate was reunited with his long lost class ring due to the efforts of Williamston Police Sgt. Zack Gregory, former School Resource Officer at Palmetto, who enlisted Bell South employees to help track down Jordan.

An email sent to Palmetto High School began the odyssey.

Moina Buckles, of Crawfordville, Indiana, sent an email to the school explaining that she was in possession of a high school ring which she found as a teenager in Norfolk Virginia in the 1970s.

In 1976 she moved to Indiana and took the ring with her.

The email states that through the years, she would come across the ring in her jewelry box and wonder who it belonged to. She stated that her children wore the ring at times until they were old enough to get their own.

“For the last couple of years I kept telling myself I need to find out who the ring belongs to,” Buckles said in the email.

In her search to find the owner, she stated that she found there are four Palmetto High Schools in the United States and the one in South Carolina was the only one that had enough information available to find the possible owner.

Gregory said that after receiving the email, he began to research school records looking for a student with the initials JMS.

He found Jordan’s name in the school records, but finding Jordan wasn’t as easy.

Gregory enlisted Bell South officials to help with the search, which was complicated because Jordan had recently moved from  North Augusta to Chapin, S. C.

As luck would have it, he was found by Bell South personnel, but when they called, he almost hung up because he thought they were trying to sell something.

He was told of the lost ring and came to Williamston June 26 to claim it.

Jordan’s family has remained in the area and he still has a brother, Keith, who lives in Williamston.

In addition to being a 1958 Palmetto High alumni, he also taught at Palmetto High during the 1963-64 school year.

Jordan said he was glad to have the ring back. After trying it on, he said the ring was a little small.

Jordan said he would probably pass it along to one of his grandchildren.

Spring Water Festival preparations underway

The 22nd annual Spring Water Festival will be held Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Williamston’s Mineral Spring park.

For the second year, a town employee,  Jamie Carter, is coordinating the festival which has been organized by individuals since it began as a fundraising event for the Christmas Park in 1981.

New this year will be a petting zoo by Eudora Farms featuring a variety of animals, according to Carter. The Spring Water Trolley will also be returning to provide transportation to and from the park area.

Carter said the festival will feature more than 50 craft exhibitors, food, an antique auto show and children’s rides including a rock climbing wall and a water wars game.

Though deadlines were earlier this year, craft applications are still being accepted, according to Carter. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Crafters from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia are expected to participate in this year’s festival.

Handpainted clothing, jewelry crafted of brass, silver, and copper will be available. Folk art and pastel paintings and art prints, ceramics, painted tinware, sand art, wreaths, and florals will also be offered.

Local artist Thomas Addison, who has contributed artwork for the festival throughout its history, will offer limited and signed prints.

Addison is also contributing artwork featuring a tribute to Palmetto Mustang Football. The design will include artwork depicting the first Palmetto High football team in 1953, the 1970 championship team and the 2002 team, which finished as upperstate runner up and captured the 200th career win for Coach Tommy Davis.

The Sesquicentennial committee will also be offering souvenirs of the town’s 150th year including limited edition, numbered souvenir plates and prints.

Cox Amusements of Greenville will return with kiddie rides, including an inflatable bounce, trackless train, castle moonwalk, inflatable obstacle course, kiddie swing and water wars games.

The Greater Williamston Business Association is sponsoring a prize drawing give-away.

A variety of businesses and other organizations are also expected to display at the festival.

The 2003 festival will feature a variety of entertainment on two stages including gospel, bluegrass, country and rock.

Local entertainers interested in performing at the festival can also contact town hall, Carter said.

The Williamston Fire Department is again sponsoring the festival’s auto show, which will include 75 to 100 local antique and classic autos.

Owners may register their vehicles between 8 a.m. and noon. A $10 registration fee will be charged. Awards will be given to the top 50 vehicles. Five specialty awards, including best Chevrolet, best Ford, best truck and Mayor’s choice will be presented. 

Persons interested in displaying a customized vehicle in the show should call 847-4155 or 847-4950 for more information.

The fire department will also be offering $1 rides on the restored 1936 Chevrolet fire engine.

Local non-profit groups will be offering a variety of food items including hamburgers, hotdogs, barbecue, hot wings and chicken fillets.

Crafters, entertainers, non-profit groups or businesses interested in participating in the festival should contact Carter or Joel Vagen at Town Hall at (864) 847-7473.

A special 22nd anniversary Spring Water Festival program tabloid will be published by The Journal prior to the festival.

District One announces registration, orientation plans

Believe it or not, the fall school years is only 5 weeks away for Anderson School District One.

District One officials have released registration and orientation information for the new school year which begins with the first day of school on August 7.

Students may pay fees, meet with teachers and administrators, purchase yearbooks, and pick up schedules, parking permits and bus schedules on these days. School fees will be $15 for elementary students, $20 for middle school students, and $55 for high school students.

Cedar Grove Elementary will hold registration and orientation on July 31 for 5K. Parents may attend sessions from 10 to 11 a.m. or from 7 to 8 p.m. A drop-in registration for first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades will be held on August 5 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Concrete Primary will hold orientation for all students on August 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. Parents of kindergarten students may meet with teachers from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Parents of first grade students may meet with teachers from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Parents of second grade students may meet with teachers from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Hunt Meadows Elementary will hold registration and orientation on July 28 at 6 p.m. for K5, second grade, fourth grade, and Special Education. K4, first grade, third grade, and fifth grade registration and orientation will be on July 29 at 6 p.m.

Palmetto Elementary will hold registration from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 30 and July 31. An Open House will be held August 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Pelzer Elementary will hold registration and orientation for all grades on August 5 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Powdersville Elementary will hold registration and orientation August 4 at 7 p.m. for third grade and August 5 at 7 p.m. for fourth and fifth grades. Each session will begin with a general meeting in the multipurpose room.

Spearman Elementary will hold orientation and registration for all grades on August 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the gym.

West Pelzer Elementary will hold registration August 5 at 6 p.m. Orientation for 5K, first grade and second grades will be held in classrooms at 6 p.m. with fees paid in the gym at 6:30 p.m. Third, fourth and fifth grades will pay fees in the gym at 6 p.m. with orientation in classrooms at 6:30 p.m.

Wren Elementary will hold registration and orientation for all grades on August 5 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Palmetto Middle will hold registration on the following dates: July 30 and July 31 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m.; August 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Orientation for new students and 6th grade will be held August 4 at 7 p.m.

Powdersville Middle will hold registration for all grades August 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Orientation for new students will be held on the same date at 6 p.m. in the gym.

Wren Middle will hold registration for 6th grade on August 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Registration for 7th and 8th grades will be August 6 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. The school office will be open for registration and payment of fees beginning July 21 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Palmetto High will hold registration for all grades on July 29 and July 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. An Open House for all grades and the Freshman Academy will be held on August 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Wren High will hold registration for seniors on July 30 from 8 to 11:30 a.m., for juniors on July 31 from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and for sophomores on July 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.

A freshman registration and orientation will be held on July 31 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Students will pick up schedules and pay fees from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Parents will stay for a brief meeting in the auditorium from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Students will stay for a dance/ice cream social until 10 p.m. Only rising Wren High School freshmen will be admitted to the dance.

Wren High will hold an Open House for all students on August 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Students and parents will rotate through their classes meeting teachers on a shortened bell schedule.

Piedmont’s Lisa Crisp performs magical roleLiving magic

As the curtain came down on the last performance of the South Carolina Children’s Theater production of the “Wizard of Oz”on June 22, the magic was not over for Glinda the good witch. In fact, the magic of performing is just beginning for Piedmont’s Lisa Crisp who portrayed Glinda in the SCCT production.

A newcomer to the stage, the 40-year-old mother of two and teacher’s aide at Wren Middle School began acting less than a year ago. Describing herself as “very shy in school”, she decided that her children would grow up differently.

She encouraged her younger son to try out for the Williamston Heritage Players’ production of “Hansel and Gretel” last August and found herself agreeing to try out for a part also. This led to Crisp, her husband Michael and their sons Austin and Andrew all being involved in the local production.

Impressed by the experience and the amount of local talent, Crisp followed up with roles in “Dearly Departed” and “Cheaper By The Dozen” also produced by the local group.

Then came the Wren Middle School talent show. Feeling that Crisp was ideal for the part, a staff member convinced her to play the part of Glinda the good witch in sections of the play that were used between talent acts. After seeing Crisp in the role, a mother encouraged her to try out for the SCCT production of the “Wizard of Oz” although Crisp admits that she felt it was way out of her league.

Yet things “fellin to place” and Crisp was cast in the part.

The Greenville native describes her experience as a “once in a lifetime role” adding that she doesn’t know if she will find another one like it. In fact, playing the part of Glinda comes naturally to Crisp who describes herself as being transformed as soon as she gets into costume.

Dressed in costume at Freedom Weekend Aloft, Crisp naturally attracted children to her character and her magic. Crisp had fun answering questions such as “Are you really a witch?” and “How did you make it snow?” from children who were enchanted by her character.

Crisp emphasizes that the SCCT productions are not just for children but adults as well. She says that the “props, costumes and scenery were incredible” and that the cast was “awesome” in the “Wizard of Oz.”

She admits that she may have improvised by adding a little humor to her portrayal of Glinda the good witch by rolling her eyes in her interaction with the wicked witch. According to Crisp, the audience seemed to enjoy the touch of comedy.

Crisp says she is currently living proof that “dreams do come true” and that “life begins at 40.” Forever bitten by the acting bug, Crisp admits that she is “having a ball.” In fact, she and her son Austin are trying out   for  the SCCT production of Peter Pan. If the enthusiasm exhibited by Crisp is any indication, they will both be seen in many more stage productions.





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