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(3005) Week of July 27, 2005

Week of July 27, 2005

Town making plans Spring Water Festival
Tickets now available for the Rai$ing Race finale
Suspected shoplifter involved in high speed chase
Fired employee waiting on grievance hearing
Cherokee Rd.,US 29 bridge to be replaced

Lunch, breakfast program policy announced by Districts
Young children must be  immunized
Landowners ask for meeting on Phase 2 Sewer project

Town making plans Spring Water Festival

Plans are underway for the 24th annual Spring Water Festival  which will be held Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Williamston’s Mineral Spring park.

Bennie Hyder is coordinating the 2005 festival. This is her second year as the festival coordinator and it is the fourth year for the Town of Williamston to take responsiblilty for the annual event.

Hyder said the festival will feature more than 40 craft exhibitors, food, an antique auto show and children’s rides  and a new jump houses and pony rides. The popular National Guard rock climbing wall will also return.

Craft applications are still being accepted, however there are only a few spaces left, according to Hyder. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis, she said.

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

Handpainted clothing and 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.

New souvenir ball caps and tote bags with wording Williamston, SC and the state emblem, a Palmetto Tree and Crescent moon, are available as part of the the 2005 festival. Ballcaps are $5 and tote bags are $7. They are available this week at the Municipal Center and at ERS Video and Applicance.

Local artist Thomas Addison, who has contributed artwork for the festival throughout its history, has contributed artwork featuring Bluegrass music being played at the historic depot.

T-shirts featuring the art will be available by the first of August, Hyder said. All sizes will be priced at $10.

Party Animals of Lexington, S. C.  will offer an interactive, hands on animal petting zoo featuring many rare and exotic animals.

Palmetto Amusements will provide kiddie rides, including an inflatable bounce, trackless train, castle moonwalk, inflatable obstacle course, kiddie swing, water wars games and others.

The Greater Williamston Business Association is sponsoring a prize drawing give-away allowing an opportunity to win a 2006 Ford Mustang or F-150 pickup truck.

Tickets are now available at GWBA locations and will be available at the Spring Water Festival for a $10 donation. The winner can choose which vehicle they would like to have. Drawing for the vehicle will be held following the Williamston Christmas Parade in December.

The Williamston Fire Department is also sponsoring a chance to win an ATV four wheeler. $1 tickets are available from firefighters or at ERS Video & Appliance, where the ATV, supplied by City Scooters, can be seen prior to the festival.

A variety of businesses and other organizations are also expected to have displays at the festival. Anyone interested in participating should contact Hyder or Joel Vagen at (864)847-7473.

The 2005 festival will feature a variety of entertainment including gospel, bluegrass, country and rock.

Caitlin Tierce will organize a gospel stage and various entertainment will be offered on the amphitheater stage, according to Hyder. In addition to local entertainers, a performance by Trilogy, a festival favorite, is also planned.

Jack Ellenburg is again organizing bluegrass picking at the historic depot.

The Williamston Fire Department is 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 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.

Williamston EMS will offer a handicapped shuttle service in addition to providing medical assistance during the festival.

A special 24th anniversary Spring Water Festival program tabloid will be published by The Journal prior to the festival.

The Spring Water Festival began as a fundraising event for the Christmas Park in 1981. It was organized by citizens making up the Park Committee until the town was asked to take over the event in 2002.

Tickets now available for the Rai$ing Race finale

Advance tickets for the Finale Celebration for the Rai$ing Race in Anderson’s Amazing Space, are now on sale at locations across the Upstate.

Tickets for the family oriented celebration event, which will be held at the Anderson Civic Center on Saturday, August 13 at 5:30 p.m., are $15.

Admission includes a barbecue plate and drink from Ole Country Smokehouse, the opportunity to meet and have photos taken with celebrities and lots of fun.

The Shooting Star Classics will headline the Finale Celebration which will include a local rapper and DJ.

The Shooting Star Classics features Amazing Race Season 7 cast member Ray Housteau along with band members Chuck Shaffer, Mike Nyers and Brian Kerr, who have volunteered to perform at the event.

They are a talented four-man vocal group that pays tribute to the greatest music of the past fifty years.

Based in Northeast Ohio, The Classics perform everything from Doo-Wop, to Motown, to Classic Rock, to Country.

They will entertain with crystal-clear vocals and seamless harmonies. 

Chuck Shaffer was born and raised on the mean streets of Struthers, Ohio. He is the official powerhouse member of the group with his raw energy and impressive vocals which are enough to bring even the most timid out onto the dance floor.

Chuck has been involved in music  much of his life including Show Choir in high school, singing lead in a number of bands and singing with the other members of the Classics for over the past ten or so years.

Mike Nyers has played guitar and a piano for over fifteen years and often busts out “crazy” dance moves.

Brian Kerr is co-founder of the Classics. He grew up listening to Jazz, Classical, Rock, R&B, and the Blues.

His love for music prompted him to start playing keyboards at the age of 4 and the trumpet at the age of 10.

Brian’s singing experience over the years had been in church and it wasn’t until he was out with friends one evening and they ended up at a local karaoke show where Brian discovered another one of his musical talents...his voice.

Not long after his vocal awakening, Brian became a Shooting Star DJ/KJ. He also became a member of a southern gospel quartet called The Master’s Quartet singing 1st Tenor and touring five states in the Midwest.

Ray Housteau is the owner of Shooting Star Entertainment, the parent company of The Classics and also co-creator and founding member of the group.

Although he has no formal training in music, he is self-taught on the guitar and has honed his singing abilities through years of “hanging-out” with most of the other members of The Classics (as well as other members of the Shooting Star family such as Sgt. Bob, Cody, Russ, and the Adams brothers) at Shooting Star karaoke shows and many singing and recording sessions in his basement.

Ray also is The Classics’ undisputed king of music trivia. He also is a dedicated father of two boys and practices Tae Kwan Do. He was also a cast member of The Amazing Race 7.

Other cast members who particpated on the reality TV show along with organizer Kelly McCorkle, are expected to attend the event.

Expected from the Season 7 show are celebrity teams Rob & Amber, Ray & Deanna, Ryan & Chuck, Meredith & Gretchen, Susan & Patrick, and Uchenna  & Joyce. Also season 6 participants Jonathan and Victoria.

Newly crowned Miss S. C.  Erika Grace Powell and Mrs. South Carolina, Angela Singleton Hughes are expected.

“Radio” James Kennedy and Coach Jones will also be attending, McCorkle said, as well as members of the Greenville Grrrowl Hockey organization and their mascot.

Tickets for the finale celebration  are now available at these locations:

In Anderson at Grady’s Great Outdoors, 3440 Clemson Blvd.; Ecoscape Adventures, Inc.,1502 E. Greenville St.; Rags to Riches, 511 W. Whitner St. and both locations of Modern Cleaners, 3307 Cinema Ave. and 113 Whitehall Rd.

In Williamston, tickets are available at The Williamston Municipal Center, 12 W. Main St. and  The Journal, 106 W. Main St.

In West Pelzer at Cuttin’ Loose Hair Salon, Hwy 8. and in Belton at Curves, 216 City Square.

Tickets are also in Greenville at WSSL 100.5, 74 Laurens St.

If you would like to order over the internet using PayPal, tickets are available online at www.lesliemazzarafund.com.

Rai$ing Race participants and winners will also be recognized during the finale celebration evening which begins immediately following the end of the Rai$ing Race activities.

Persons interested in competing for fun and prizes in the two day event must sign up their team by Wednesday, August 3. Already 40 teams, with local and out of state participants, have signed up, McCorkle said.

The event is open to contestants of all ages and local teams are encouraged to enter. Entry fee per team is $300 and teams can obtain individual sponsors, she said.

Participants in the Rai$ing Race will experience what it’s like to be a contestant firsthand in an event similar to The Amazing Race in which McCorkle participated.

If you are not familiar with the show, there will be various tasks for participants as they obtain clues, and negotiate obstacles that could include detours, roadblocks and pit stops along the way.

Participating teams will have the opportunity for prizes and a grand prize, a free trip for two with spending money.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers for the event including observers for each of the teams. Observers will ride with a team, but cannot participate or help, according to McCorkle.

An information session will be held on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening (Aug. 11) at the Ramada Inn, North Main St. in Anderson and Friday morning at 8 a.m. at the Civic Center for volunteers.

Corporate sponsorships are still available. A $1,000 sponsorship includes a company logo on the event T-shirts and promotional materials.

For more information on the event, check the website at www.lesliemazzarafund.com or call 202-250-0509.

Chairperson Kelly McCorkle, Miss SC 2002 and a participant in the CBS reality show The Amazing Race Season 7, is organizing The Rai$ing Race to raise funds for the Leslie Ann Mazzara memorial. Proceeds from the event will go to the Leslie Mazzara Fund for a new Calvary Home for Children cottage.

Mazzara, a former Miss Williamston, was fatally stabbed along with her roommate last October in Napa California. The case remains unsolved.

Suspected shoplifter involved in high speed chase

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy J.D. Shelton was involved in a high speed chase on July 25 involving a suspected shoplifter after he stopped at a Piedmont convenience store to warn them of similar incidents.

While he was at the Century Farm BP convenience store, informing a clerk of a man in a gray Mercury who had been stealing cigarettes and gas from area stations, he noticed a gray Mercury Marquis with the signal on to turn into the station.

When the driver saw the police car, he aborted the turn, leading Shelton to follow him. Shelton reported the license plate to dispatch as SC648TAH. The vehicle and tag met the description of the vehicle in the prior thefts. He pulled the car over near the new Budweiser plant on Hwy. 86. He observed a large framed white male with thinning gray hair, who stopped briefly before pulling away with Shelton in pursuit.

The driver fled towards Easley, running the light at the Hwy 86/81 intersection and the four way stop at Hickory Point on Hwy 8. Speeds exceeded 75 mph. Just before Hunt Rd. Shelton looked away to change his radio and lost sight of the suspect vehicle. He stopped pursuit at the county line.

A woman in a black Camaro stopped and reported that a large grey car had just run her off the road on Hunt Road. Deputy R.S. Turner  located the vehicle at Hwy. 88 and Hwy. 8 and pursued him towards I-85. The pursuit was terminated at River Road and Hwy 153.

 The tag is registered to a resident  of Pickens County. A follow up investigation is underway.

Other incidents investigated recently include:

BELTON 

July 21 – G.M. Hayden pulled over Alice Dale Emming, 35, after she ran him off of Blossom Road while driving on the wrong side of the highway. She said she was not. However, when her license check came back showing her license as suspended, Emming, of 2118 Cheddar Road, Belton, was arrested.

July 23 - P. D. Marter responded to 601 Mayfield School Rd. to a complaint of malicious damage and attempted auto theft. Brenda Campbell, of that address, reported that sometime between 1 a.m. and 10:20 a.m., someone tried to steal her 1965 Chevy pickup, which was parked due to the brakes being out. The thief was unable to stop the car and drove it into a pond. A tow truck pulled it out, but the truck suffered extensive damage due to being submerged.

July 23 – P.D. Marter received a missing persons report on 17 year old Tina Marie Bynum. Bynum’s mother, Angela Lawson, said they had argued and Bynum left home from 1112 Henry Thomas Road, on foot. She was wearing dark black shorts and a top. She often dresses in Goth fashion, with dark nails, hair streaks and Metallica emblems on her clothing. She is 5’6", 110 pounds, blond and blue eyes. Her mother thinks her boyfriend may have picked her up, but that was unconfirmed at the time of the report. She has been listed as a missing person in the NCIC system.

EASLEY

 July 24 – D.E. Tench responded to 5043 Sunset Dr., where Wesley Brazell reported the theft of his 7X16 dual axle utility trailer. A neighbor said he saw a gray mid 80’s model Ford F150 leaving the area with the trailer earlier that morning. The truck had a chrome tool box in it.

PELZER

July 21 – J.L. Bergholm investigated a report of burglary at Davis Builders at 1911 Old Mill Road in Easley.  Davis reported that someone had broken into a garage and stolen a number of power tools and other equipment, valued at more than $2700. Forensics technicians were called to process the scene.

July 23 – C.H. Beusse investigated a complaint of malicious damage to property lodged by Donna Waddell, of 23 Goodrich Street. Her  son had come home and found a pane of glass broken out of the home’s back door. No evidence of entry was visible and nothing was missing.

July 23 – C.H. Beusse investigated a report of  a couple passing counterfeit money. He was dispatched to twins Crossing Service Station at 4427 Pelzer Hwy., where William Lowery produced three $20 bills that had been passed by a white couple, both in their mid 30’s. The woman actually passed the money. They were reported leaving rather quickly in a white Ford F-150 truck with SC tag #496AHH. All three bills had the same serial number.

PIEDMONT

M.D. Creamer investigated a shoplifting complaint. The crime occurred at the Little General store at 901 Anderson St. A white male and a white female entered the store. After shopping, the woman left the store with several items, after telling the clerk that the man would pay. He later told the clerk that the woman had his money and he’d be right back. He then jumped in the car and they sped away. The vehicle was a silver Grand Marquis, possibly a late ’80’s model.

July 22 - J.D. Shelton responded to a complaint of stolen fish. He went to 169 Effie Dr. where Thomas Gilliland reported the theft of eight  Koi goldfish from his pond. The fish are valued at $200.

July 23 – W.M. Patterson responded to 126 Goldfinch St. where he received a report from Ronnie Meece that someone had entered his home and stolen $600 worth of change from under his bed. Signs of forced entry were visible. Nothing else was taken.

 July 24 - R.S. Turner investigated a report of auto theft  at 101 Oliver Park Drive, Lot 8. Arnold Yearta reported that his son had stolen his van and a lawnmower belonging to a neighbor, Anthony Garrison. Another neighbor said he saw David Yearta and an unidentified black man put the lawnmower in the back of the van and drive off. Yearta said his son did not have permission to drive his van.

WILLIAMSTON

 July 23 – T.B. Dugan investigated a burglary at the American Legion Post at 1610 Anderson Drive. Paul Pierce reported that a window had been broken in and the safe tampered with. No entry was made into the safe, but it sustained considerable damage. The kitchen door was also damaged.

 July 24 – R.G. Alexander investigated a burglary complaint at 173 Rock Moss Dr. John Wiggins reported the theft of more than $5000 worth of household appliances, cookware, furniture, and other items from his home. Wiggins and his wife had just married and bought the home. Many of the items were wedding presents, as the couple had just started moving into the house.

July 24 – T.B. Dugan received a report of theft from Buff Sales, Inc. at the Jockey Lot. Someone stole a hot T Shirt press from the booth while the operator was away for just a few minutes. The press is valued at $700.

Fired employee waiting on grievance hearing

By Stan Welch

An employee fired by the Town of Williamston nearly four months ago is still awaiting a grievance hearing, and wondering why. Ronnie Rowe says that without warning he was told to resign or be fired on March 24. He was told he was being fired for falsifying an application to be a water distribution technician. Rowe had been employed by the Town for more than two years at the time.

 He says he was fired for lying about his criminal record, a record he says he revealed to his supervisor before ever being hired by the Town. He concedes that he has a record but says he was unsure whether the offense, which took place 11 years ago  was a felony or misdemeanor.

He said the woman at the Labor Licensing and Regulations (LLR)Board for the state wasn’t sure either. He first marked both yes and no on the application, when asked about a felony conviction; then, when the application was returned, he left both answers blank. He says his supervisor, Tim Hood, who heads the water department, watched him make the change and fax the application to the LLR.

He also says that when Hood came to his home more than two years ago and asked him if he had anything in his past that Hood should know before hiring him, he told him about the record. Rowe’s common law wife, Angela Whitmore, has provided a written statement supporting Rowe’s claim that he revealed his record at that time, a week before beginning work for the Town. Rowe says he has had an excellent work and performance record since then. “I’ve never been written up for anything. I applied for this license because they wanted me to, but the license is in my name, not the  town’s. It belongs to me. I can take it anywhere, just like a CDL driver’s license. So even if I told a lie, why is the town so upset about it? I’m the one who’s hurt by it if I don’t get the license.”

Rowe sought a grievance hearing in writing in an April 5 letter to Mayor Phillip Clardy. Clardy responded on April 13, reminding Rowe that as an “at will” employee, the town can fire him without explanation. The letter then went on to cite Rowe for falsification of a town document, insubordination, and deliberate misrepresentation of the facts to a town official.

The Town’s grievance procedure requires the employee to first try and resolve the grievance with his immediate supervisor. The April 13 letter, however, clearly waives that requirement and states  that the town would immediately turn the matter over to the grievance committee which would schedule a hearing. That was more than three months ago.

Rowe also asked for all records of his employment, including time cards, any disciplinary write ups, and employee performance records. He also asked for copies of all correspondence between the town and the LLR, which is currently preparing to reschedule Rowe’s administrative hearing for the license, which would normally be granted or denied at the staff level. That hearing was made necessary by the application issue. Rowe says he needs the records to prepare for the hearing.

The Town took no further action until July 18, following a request from The Journal for a roster of the Town’s grievance committee. On July 18, a letter was issued by Mayor Clardy telling Rowe that the matter had been turned over to the grievance committee chairman Larry Strom. No mention was made of the records Rowe requested.

The Town appears to be in violation of its own grievance procedures, which say that “The Town Council normally appoints members of the grievance committee from full time employees of the town of Williamston. The Town attempts to appoint employees from as many town departments as is practical.” Yet  town manager Joel Vagen stated this week that only one of the current committee members, Al Baskin, is a town employee.

Other grievnace committee members are Milton Owens, Velma Pressley, Gregory Davis, and Larry Strom.

Says Rowe, “I feel like the Town put  me in a bad position and then didn’t stand behind me. I didn’t hide anything from them. Now, I just want a chance to tell my side. I’ve asked them to make my hearing public, so people can hear what I have to say, and what they have to say.”

Cherokee Rd.,US 29 bridge to be replaced

Improvements are coming for the Cherokee Road, US Hwy. 29 interchange area, but it is still several years from becoming a reality. The project includes replacing the existing 2-lane Cherokee Road bridge over US Hwy. 29 with a new 3-lane bridge as well as new interchange access ramps and other improvements.

 SCDOT officials, as well as representatives of Ralph Whitehead & Associates, the engineering firm handling the project, held a public information meeting at the Beaverdam Baptist Church last Thursday to explain the project and its timetable. Despite heavy rain and an explosive electrical storm, the meeting was well attended.

The timetable includes right of way (ROW) acquisition efforts throughout the year 2006. Construction will then begin in spring of 2007, with completion slated for fall of 2009. The overall length of the project is approximately .75 miles. It will include improvements and modifications on both Cherokee and Joe Black roads.

The Cherokee Road portion of the project will cover 3800 feet, including the new replacement bridge for Cherokee Road, or S-75, where it crosses US Hwy. 29 near Williamston . The bridge will comprise two 12’ lanes, with 8 foot shoulders. A fifteen foot center turn lane will also be included. Whitehead representatives acknowledged that the width could accommodate four lanes in the future, but stressed that the three lane design is intended for this project. The new bridge will also address a major height restriction for trucks using Hwy. 29. The current 13 foot truck clearance will become 17 feet with the new bridge’s completion.

Joe Black Road will also see considerable improvements, with 1700 feet scheduled to be redone. Acceleration and deceleration lanes will be lengthened, making the loop bigger and the ramps easier to use in both entering and exiting the roads. The intersection of Cherokee and Joe Black will be modified to allow for Joe Black Road to flow freely, while Cherokee Road becomes a two way stop.

SCDOT officials said one of the biggest problems will be the use of surface roads for detouring traffic during the course of the construction. Whitehead representatives agreed, adding that surveys were already underway to address those issues. Estimated cost of the project is between $5 to $6 million.

SLED investigation yields FILOT boxes, no charges

By Stan Welch

The previously reported removal of documents, records and equipment from the County Auditor’s office prior to the recent occupation of that office by newly elected auditor Jacky Hunter has resulted in a SLED inquiry into the matter.

Current auditor Jacky Hunter confirmed in a telephone interview Tuesday that a SLED investigator has been in the office “on and off for two weeks”, looking into the removal of records and documents from the auditor’s office prior to the transition of power between Anna Marie Brock and Hunter.

In fact, Hunter stated in the interview that Brock was at that moment in the Solicitor’s Office explaining which of the items were personal and which were not; a distinction Hunter sees clearly.

“If I do work for someone who’s paying me, that work is pretty much theirs. I don’t see how there could be much if any personal property in those boxes.”

The boxes in question are three cardboard boxes which were discovered just this week in the County Assessor’s storage area in the courthouse.

An employee of the Auditor’s office took an inventory and consequently found the desk chair from Brock’s former office in that storage area, marked with a tag that said ‘Mike Freeman. Do Not Move.’

The cartons next to the chair were similarly marked. Upon inspection, they were found to contain FILOT documents, as well as other official records and documents from the auditor’s office.

Hunter had stated in an article which recently appeared in The Journal that his office contained only a desk when he arrived. The desk contained a handful of pennies, which he said he gave to the prisoners who helped move furniture in the office that day.

Hunter had expressed concerns at that time about the absence of earlier documents and financial arrangements of the County, such as fees in lieu of tax (FILOT) agreements which can affect the setting of the tax levy.

Brock, who worked in the Auditor’s office for 23 years before serving for four years in the elected position of auditor, allegedly shredded a great many documents, as well, according to office employees who asked not to be identified. Hunter says he was told that Brock “wore two shredders plumb out.”

Hunter added that other records had been removed as well. 

“We’ve found documents in three different buildings and in four different locations. Mostly, it’s been various County employees coming forward to help us find them. I just don’t understand why you would hide these documents.  Those documents belong to the public and to this office, as far as I can see. Besides, if I had worked for 27 years in one office, I’d hope I had left a footprint or two in the sand. I sure wouldn’t be going around brushing them out,” he said.

Former Auditor Brock is slated to start work with the County Administrator’s office.

State law requires a 60 day period between an elected official leaving office and becoming an employee of that political entity. Brock was reportedly authorized by someone in the County administration to retain the laptop computer from the Auditor’s office for use in training for her new job.

Efforts to contact Brock for comment have been unsuccessful.

County Assessor Mike Freeman declined to comment, saying that he knew nothing about the materials being found in the Assessor’s storage area.

“You’ll have to ask Mr. Hunter about that. I haven’t heard anything about it,” he said.

Hunter reported later in the day that he had retrieved approximately a box and a half of material , and had signed off on the SLED inquiry, effectively ending the matter. 

“I went to the Solicitor and the Sheriff with this situation, and they both promised to do something, but they never did. SLED looked into it, but if no one thinks taking the computer was a problem, what’s the point in pursuing this?,” Hunter said. “Shredding documents seems a strange way of turning over an elected office, but I have no way of knowing what was in those pages, so I guess that’s that. My intent was never to pursue any criminal investigation. I just wanted to retrieve all the records I could so we can do our job here. I guess that’s been accomplished at least.”

Lunch, breakfast program policy announced by Districts

Anderson School Districts One-Four recently announced their policy for free and reduced meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast program. Local school officials have adopted the following household size and income criteria for determining eligibility:

Income guidelines for free meals are as follows: Number in household, annual income, monthly income, weekly income:

1$12,441$1,037$240

2$16,679$1,390$321

3$20,917$1,744$403

4$25,155$2,097$484

5$20,393$2,450$566

6$33,631$2,803$647

7$36,869$3,156$729

8$41,107$3,509$810

For each additional family member add $4,238 annually, $354 monthly or $82 weekly.

Income guidelines for reduced price meals are as follows: household size, annual income,  weekly income:

1$12,442-17,705$241-341

2$16,680-23,736$322-457

3$20,918-29,767$404-573

4$25,156-35,798$485-689

5$29,394-41,829$567-805

6$33,632-47,860$648-921

7$37,870-53,891     $730-1,037

8$42,108-59,922    $811-1153

For each additional family member, add $6,031 annually or $116 weekly.

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.

For school officials to determine eligibility, the household must provide a food stamp or TANF case number certifying the household is currently eligible for either of the assistance programs and an adult household signature or  names of all household members, the name and social security number of the adult household member signing the application form, monthly income by source for each household member and a signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct.

Foster children may also be eligible for these benefits regardless of household income. If a household has foster children living with them and wish to apply for such meals for them, they may do so by completing a separate application form.

Under the provisions of the policy Deborah JJoye, Director of Student Nutrition Services, will review applications and determine eligibility.

Parents or guardians who are dissatisfied with the ruling of a reviewing official may discuss the decision with the reviewer on an informal basis.

School District One parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to Anderson District One Superintendent, Dr. Wayne Fowler, P. O. Box 99, Williamston S. C. 29697, for a hearing to appeal the decision. The hearing procedures are outlined in the policy.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes, the household should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for free or reduced price meals if the income falls at or below levels.

A complete copy of the policy is on file in each school and in the office of the District Superintendent where it is available for review.

 

Celebrate Lance Armstrong Day - Rep. Dan Cooper presents a check for $550,000 to Glenn Holiday, District One Fire Commissioner. The money will buy a new 75 foot ladder truck for the district which includes 7 fire stations. The HP75 SideStacker™ quint offers the features of both a full-sized pumper and a 75-foot rear-mounted aerial ladder. It features the aluminum cab with 3/16" thick outer walls, roof, and floor for maximum occupant protection and superior corrosion resistance; aluminum body for light weight and corrosion resistance; 45° front wheel cut, left and right, for excellent maneuverability. Also the SideStacker™ hosebed has capacity for up to 1,000 feet of 5" hose. The hose can be laid and repacked without raising the aerial.  Other features are a single set of low-mounted jacks with a 16-foot spread and other options including hydraulic-driven electrical generators, aerial controls located at the pump panel for one-person operation and roll-up doorsNew ladder truckLucia Mahaffey (left) of Williamston, a cancer survivor for the past 2.5 years, joined Cancer Association of Anderson board members Peggy McDougald (in yellow) Lila Albergotti and Bob Williams and others for a Lance Armstrong celebration Monday. The event celebrated Armstrong’s 7th Le Tour De France victory, an unprecedented task. Before competing, Armstrong announced the famous bicycle race will be his last as a professional, intending to retire at the top of his game. Armstrong is a cancer survivor who returned to become the top cyclist in the world, with seven straight victories in the Tour.  The bike pictured is a Trek Madone, similar to the bike rode by Lance Armstrong and is made in the USA. Armstrong’s victory was accomplished with help by team member George Hincapie, a Greenville S. C. resident who rode with Armstrong in each of his 7 wins.  The Cancer Association has “LiveStrong” wristbands for sale for a $2 donation, $1 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and $1 for the Cancer Association. For information, call 222-3500. The Cancer Association of Anderson is located at 215 E. Calhoun Street.

New ladder truck - Rep. Dan Cooper presents a check for $550,000 to Glenn Holiday, District One Fire Commissioner. The money will buy a new 75 foot ladder truck for the district which includes 7 fire stations. The HP75 SideStacker™ quint offers the features of both a full-sized pumper and a 75-foot rear-mounted aerial ladder. It features the aluminum cab with 3/16" thick outer walls, roof, and floor for maximum occupant protection and superior corrosion resistance; aluminum body for light weight and corrosion resistance; 45° front wheel cut, left and right, for excellent maneuverability. Also the SideStacker™ hosebed has capacity for up to 1,000 feet of 5" hose. The hose can be laid and repacked without raising the aerial.  Other features are a single set of low-mounted jacks with a 16-foot spread and other options including hydraulic-driven electrical generators, aerial controls located at the pump panel for one-person operation and roll-up doors.

Young children must be  immunized

With schools opening soon, parents are encouraged to have their children immunized now to meet the state’s immunization requirements, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

“State law requires immunizations to be current before a child can enter five year old kindergarten or grade school,” said Jesse Greene, director of DHEC’s Immunization Division. “The law means no shots, no school, and is necessary for the protection of each student, each class, the school and the community.”

Greene said the new immunization requirements for the 2005-2006 school year includes the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine for all children entering schools up through the fifth grade. However, if the child’s medical record indicates a positive history of chickenpox, the immunization is not required but that history must be included on the S.C. Certificate of Immunization. Another requirement for the new school year is for students entering five year old kindergarten or the first grade, the Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) vaccine requirement is increased from three to four doses, with at least one dose received after the child’s fourth birthday. South Carolina Certificates of Immunization are available from local physicians who administer immunizations as well as DHEC’s local public health departments.

“Physicians, schools and DHEC have partnered to ensure that immunization information and special clinics are available and that the required immunization certificates are issued,” Greene said. “Only parents can ensure that the process is completed. To get the immunizations with minimal delay and in time for registration, I urge parents to make those appointments today through their local physicians or DHEC’s local health departments.”

For more information on school immunization requirements and local health departments’ immunization contacts go to www.scdhec.net/health/disease/immunization/docs/school.pdf or call DHEC’s toll-free immunization line at 1-800-27-SHOTS.

Landowners ask for meeting on Phase 2 Sewer project

By Stan Welch

   Landowners along the proposed route for the next phase of the Beaverdam sewer project are seeking a joint meeting with county officials and the project’s contractors. In an apparent effort to avoid the kind of legal and administrative wrangling that marked the construction of the first two phases, 1-A and 1-B, Councilwoman Cindy Wilson has requested  a meeting to be held on August 1st.

In a letter dated July 11, Wilson asked County Administrator Joey Preston to schedule the meeting, and to include County officials, contractors and consultants involved with the Phase II construction. Wilson stresses that many of the landowners who contacted her are more concerned with environmental issues and potential harm to their property than they are with the financial compensation they will receive for their land.

Wilson goes on to say that once the important issues are addressed right of way acquisition “should become less tedious, especially if we are successful in drafting some sort of an agreement that is satisfactory with all parties.”

Preston quickly responded in a letter dated July 13, thanking Wilson for her suggestion, but declining the invitation to meet. “While I appreciate your suggestion, there is already substantial information available to the public about Phase II. As you know, two public hearings have been held on Phase II.” The letter goes on to cite administrative hearings which have been held on the various permits and approvals which are required.

Preston states that county officials will be available to meet with or answer questions for any individual property owners who ask for such information or meetings, but he declined to hold the joint meeting.

Wilson and other landowners along the first two phases have been involved in a lengthy fight to prevent the project, or at least insure its proper installation. Wilson has consistently pursued that goal, and has involved several federal agencies in the fight.

Earlier this year, an inspection by a USFWS representative resulted in significant modifications and repairs being made to the completed phases. County officials insist that no fines have been levied against the County; nor will any be. The County and its contractors did, however, spend several weeks in meeting federally mandated standards which had not been met during the original construction. The Corps of Engineers (COE) routinely allows such repairs and modifications to be made in lieu of fines.

County officials had denied that there were any violations attached to the projects, even after receiving a cease and desist letter from the COE which cited more than twenty separate violations.

 

 

 

 

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