News Archive

(3205) Week of Aug. 10, 2005

Greenville County plans back to school celebrations
The Rai$ing Race is coming Friday
Several schools see administrative changes
West Pelzer approves budget; town events being planned
DeMint speaks on issues of local interest
Police investigate thefts
Deputies investigate burning vehicles
Duke to upgrade turbines at Lee Steam plant
Pelzer books open

Greenville County plans back to school celebrations

Students in Greenville County will return to the classroom on Monday August 22. Most Greenville County schools are hosting First Day of School Celebrations on Friday, August 19 to help their students and parents get ready for the first official day of school on Monday.

Ellen Woodside Elementary will host a community event on Friday, August 19 which will include games with prizes, a clown, large inflatable toys, and door prizes.

Representatives from organizations will also be present including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Urban League, YMCA and various sports leagues. There will be display promoting Health Awareness and First Safety and a blood drive. Students and parents will have the opportunity to get to know the teachers and there will be a gift bag of school supplies for students.  For more information call the school at (864) 243-5670.

Fork Shoals Elementary School will have special activities on Friday, August 19 from 1-3 p.m. and 5 -7 p.m.

Parents and students are invited to “Pop In For Popcorn.”

Popcorn and refreshments will be offered and parents and students will have the opportunity to meet the teachers and see their classrooms before coming to school on August 22. It is an opportunity to meet the new principal, Christopher Ross.  For more information call the school at (864) 355-5000.

Sue Cleveland Elementary will sponsor a Community Festival this Saturday, August 13 beginning at 12 noon. Parents and students can meet members of the PTA, enjoy rides, food, and fun.

Parents and students are also invited to meet teachers at the Safari Jamboree on Friday, August 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information call the school at (864) 355-4200

Woodmont Middle School will hold a Back to School Information Day for sixth graders and their parents on  Thursday, August 18 from 1-4 p.m. This will include student picture day, obtaining class schedules, and receiving other information.

Back to School Information Day for seventh and eighth graders and their parents will be Friday, August 19 from 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.. This will include student picture day, receiving class schedules and other information. For more information call the school at (864) 299-8406

Students and teachers will be returning to a brand new Woodmont High School this year.

A special celebration will be held on Friday, August 19 from 2–7 p.m.

The celebration will include refreshments, a scavenger hunt with prizes, community booths, displays of school organizations, volunteer center and parent survival guide. For more information call the school at (864) 299-8300.

The Riley Child Development Center will offer special activities on August 19 from 4-6 p.m. Activities will include refreshments, an outdoor event with bubbles, and a make-and-take craft decorating sun visors. Students will also receive a gift, a new book. George Getty will entertain on guitar.

Students should enroll in Greenville County School District by Friday, August 19. Persons who have moved to Greenville County, recently moved within Greenville County, or have a  child who is changing from private to public school must enroll in Greenville County Schools before school starts on August 22. To enroll, parents should visit the school their child will attend. For information about where a child will attend school, call the INFOLine at (864) 241-3100.

Students who are new to the Greenville County schools or starting a new grade level or school should inform the school they will be attending if bus transportation is needed.

School bus transportation is available to students who live 1.5 miles or farther from their assigned school. As a rule, students are generally assigned to a school close to home, officials said.  For more information on school bus transportation or school assignment, call 355-3100.

The Rai$ing Race is coming FridayAt Anderson Civic Center

Forty-eight two person teams will be competing this Friday and Saturday in the Rai$ing Race in Anderson’s Amazing Space, according to organizer Kelly McCorkle.

McCorkle, who was a contestant on the Amazing Race Season 7 reality show race is the sole person responsible for the activities awaiting contestants in the event which will be held this Friday and Saturday.

The event will bring contestants to the Williamston and Belton area, though McCorkle is not giving out any clues as to the course or description of particular events she has planned for the participants.

She has said that Rai$ing Race participants will experience what it’s like to be a contestant firsthand in an event similar to the one she participated in on TV.

Teams will start the race at 10 a.m. on Friday morning at the Anderson Civic Center and will compete in activities that will take them to many locations across Anderson County during the two day race.

Along the way there will be various tasks for participants as they obtain clues and negotiate obstacles that could include detours, roadblocks and pit stops.

After finishing Friday’s activities, contestants are required to stay overnight in a location where they are under the direct supervision of the race organizers, McCorkle said.

They will begin the race activities on Saturday as they compete for prizes including a free trip for two with spending money.

The event will end with a Finale Celebration at the Anderson Civic Center on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

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

The Shooting Star Classics, which features Amazing Race Season 7 cast member Ray Housteau, will headline the finale which will include a local rapper and DJ.

Other cast members who participated on the Amazing Race with Kelly McCorkle, are expected to attend the event along with newly crowned Miss S. C.  Erika Grace Powell, Mrs. South Carolina, Angela Singleton Hughes, “Radio” James Kennedy, Coach Jones, members of the Greenville Grrrowl Hockey organization and their mascot and others.

Tickets for the finale celebration  are $15 and are available in advance through noon Thursday in Williamston at The Williamston Municipal Center and  The Journal; in West Pelzer at Cuttin’ Loose Hair Salon and in Belton at Curves.

In Anderson tickets are available at Grady’s Great Outdoors, Ecoscape Adventures, Inc., Rags to Riches thrift store and both locations of Modern Cleaners. Tickets are also in Greenville at WSSL 100.5, 7 North. Laurens St.

Persons who would like to order over the internet using PayPal can purchase tickets online at

Proceeds from the event will go toward the Leslie Mazzara Cottage, which will be the third in the Calvary Home for Children center, according to Calvary Director Sam Henderson,

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

Mazzara was crowned Miss Williamston in 2002 and went on to compete in the the Miss South Carolina Pageant along with friend Kelly McCorkle.

She was an advocate for abused and neglected children, speaking at church and school events to raise awareness, promoting legislation and conducting fundraisers for Stephanie’s Cottage at Calvary Home for Children.

48 Hours: Mystery will be filming the event for a segment to be aired in September. The show has been following the Mazzara case, which remains unsolved.

Organizers are looking for 10 to 15 more volunteers to help with the event as observers, who will ride with a team, but cannot participate or help them as they complete their tasks, according to McCorkle.

Persons with a video camera who would like to ride with a team and film the event are also needed.

An information session for volunteers will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening (Aug. 11) at the Ramada Inn, North Main St. in Anderson and Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Civic Center for volunteers. For more information or to volunteer, call 864-354-5032.

For more information on the event, check the website at

Several District One schools see administrative changes

Several Anderson District One schools have new faces on their administrative staff this year.

Four of these are Mark McCall, principal at Wren Elementary; Chris Ferguson, Assistant Principal at Wren High; Amy Bagwell, Assistant Principal at Wren Elementary; Sherry Padgett, Assistant Principal at Palmetto Elementary and Benny Bridges, District One Bus Supervisor.

Mark McCall  is the new principal at Wren Elementary. He formerly served as Assistant Principal at Wren High

He has a master’s degree in education leadership and supervision from Clemson University.

“His strength of leadership will provide continued excellence at Wren Elementary,” District One Superintendent Dr. Wayne Folwer said. “We are excited to have Mr. Mark McCall as the new principal at Wren Elementary.”

“He brings forth his experience as an assistant principal that will be an asset to his school. His strength of leadership will provide continued excellence at Wren Elementary,” Fowler said.

“Working with such an energetic and enthusiastic staff is definitely a plus for me,”  McCall said about Wren, where he stated working in the 2004-2005 school year.

Also new at Wren Elementary is Assistant Principal Amy Bagwell.

Bagwell was a teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary since 1992 where she taught first grade for six years and kindergarten for seven. She was named teacher of the year in 1997-98.

She has a master of arts in school leadership and supervision from Furman University, a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Science in Education , Early Childhood from the University of Grorgia.

She has served on several District committees including interview of teacher candidates, update kindergarten report card, curriculum and writing standard committees. She is an EIA grant recipient.

Palmetto Elementary also has a new Assistant Principal, Sherry Padgett. She is a familiar face at the school where she has been a second grade teacher since 1996.

Padgett has been involved in setting several district wide goals and objectives and state curriculum standards including site coordinator for the 21st Century Learning Center 2001-2005; School Improvement Council 1996-2004 and chairperson for five of those.

She has served on numerous school and district committees.

She has a Masters in Education School Leadership from Furman University, 2001; Early Childhood Certification from Clemson University and a B. S. in Business Administration from Appalachian State University.

She also has certificates in Early Childhood, Elementary Principal and Elementary Supervisor.

Former Wren Elementary Principal Becky Brady was recently named the Director of Testing and Personnel Services for Anderson District One.

She has been a teacher and principal during a 20 year career in the District. She was named Wren Elementary principal in 1998 and served as assistant principal for one year. Her new responsibilities include working with the District’s administration of state tests as well as recruitment and training of new teachers.

“The District Office is fortunate to have Mrs. Brady assume the position of Director of Testing and Personnel Services,” said David Havird, Associate Superintendent. “Mrs. Brady has done an excellent job as a teacher and principal during her 20 year career in Anderson One. She has much expertise in the area of Testing and Personnel Services and we’re pleased she’s joined the staff at the district office.”

Brady has a Master of Arts in Education, Elementary Administration from Furman University, a Master of Arts in Education in Reading Education from Furman University and a bachelor ofArts in /Elementary Education from  Furman University.

She has served on numerous school and District committees.

Chris J. Ferguson is the new assistant principal at Wren High School.

Ferguson was the assistant principal at White Knoll Middle School in Lexington School District One from 2003 to 2005.

He taught social studies and was an Administrative Assistant in Laurens School District 55, taught social studies at Greenville Tech Charter High School and Carolina High/Southside High where he was also a coach. He has a Doctor of Education from the University of South Carolina.

Benny Bridges, Jr. has been named the District One Bus Supervisor.

He previously was the director of Transportation and the Motor Pool for the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind.

He also has experience in Spartanburg County School District no 7 as the assistant Director of Transportation. He attended Greenville Technical College and has certificates from the Sate Dept. of Education for Behind the wheel trainer, driver classroom trainer and CDL with passenger endorsement and School Bus Certification.

Bridges has seven years experience in transportation supervision and an additional ten years in management.

“We are pleased to have Benny Bridges as the new District Bus Supervisor for Anderson One,” states David Havird, assistant superintendent. 

West Pelzer approves budget; town events being planned

By Stan Welch

West Pelzer Town Council gave first reading approval to both the town’s audit and the 2005 budget during their regular monthly meeting Monday. Second reading is required for both.

The budget, which Mayor Peggy Paxton described as “basically the same as last year”, projects general fund revenues of approximately $339,000. Included in that figure are property tax revenues of just over $96,000. Other significant revenue sources include auto taxes ($26,000+), business licenses ($25,000+) court fines ($57,500) and franchise fees ($53,000).

Administrative payroll expenses, including workman’s compensation and insurance, total $54,420.97. Payroll is $36,640. Normal administrative expenses, including a proposed new accounting software system, come to just under $62,000. General insurance in the amount of $15,000 makes up a large part of that number.

The police department payroll expenses are expected to total more than $154,000, with various retirement and insurance costs eating up more than $33,000 of that amount. Other administrative expenses for the department should be slightly more than $68,000.

The water and sewer revenues are projected at $289,500; with actual billings accounting for the $240,000 lion’s share of that amount. Payroll expenses for the department total $74,418.68, while expenses for the water/maintenance department reach $163,000+, with more than half of that going to pay for the water supply from Greenville Water.

Sewer Department expenses top out at $51,323.16, including $16,800 for sanitation, or garbage pickup. Payroll costs are included in the water department expenses.

In other business, the mayor reported that $21,000 which had been requested from the County to complete payment of the matching funds needed for the town’s $500,000 water lines upgrade will not be forthcoming.

 “The County has passed a budget ordinance with an amendment that says paving funds can only be used for paving. Councilwoman Wilson had hoped to access paving funds in the new fiscal year’s budget to use for the match; but now, she won’t be able to,” said Mayor Paxton.

Paxton pointed out that the town is exploring other sources of the funding, such as the Budget Control Board.

“I feel comfortable that we will resolve this soon. Under no circumstances will we lose the grant funds. In fact, DHEC has approved the plans drawn by Dunn and Dunn , and the project will go out for bids within the next month,” Paxton said.

Wilson’s difficulty in accessing funds from other county sources often resulted in her use of paving funds for other purposes, such as roof repair at fire departments. Other Council members use their recreational  discretionary funds more frequently than they did their paving funds.

County Councilman Larry Greer offered that amendment as part of his budget compromise which resulted in a tax increase of 3 mills instead of the six that had loomed as a result of pressing needs in the sheriff’s department.

Mayor Paxton has also asked Councilwoman Wilson to appropriate $5000 from recreational funds for several planned activities in West Pelzer. Those activities will begin with a crafts class to be held at the West Pelzer Fire department on Saturday, August 20.

Other activities will include a Safe Community Open House on Sept. 10 at the fire department. Police officials will fingerprint children and fire officials will distribute free smoke alarms to those who need them.

The next day, on September 11, the Town Hall will host a “Sundaes on Sunday” affair.

“It’s sort of like an old timey ice cream social. I just think it’s important for us to get together with our neighbors and get to know them. That’s one of the real values of a small town,” the Mayor said.

Other events planned include the fourth Annual Fall Festival, on October 29.  A week later, a Senior Prom for citizens 55 years old or older will be held, including a spaghetti supper and music. Saturday December 3 will see the annual Christmas Parade. The final event of the fiscal year will be the Pre-Fourth of July Celebration next summer.

The Mayor also asked the Council members to consider nominations for the town’s currently vacant planning committee.

Said Mayor Paxton, “By 2007, the state will mandate that towns and cities have planning committees which have received a minimum of 6 hours training. We need to get our people in place so that the training can begin. It’s free and we can get it in Anderson, but it will be required sooner than we think.”

Council is also considering the purchase of a software system, complete with technical support, from a company called Green Tree. The system, which Paxton calls “the most efficient she has seen” for its purpose, is being used by several municipalities in the area, and is being considered by others.

Cost of the system is $13,520, and according to Paxton, “It will resolve so many of our billing and accounting conflicts. It is really the next step we need to take in streamlining our billing and our record keeping systems.”

West Pelzer, along with Pelzer and Williamston, are exploring a program called Stronger Communities. The program, which is operated in conjunction with the Duke Endowment and Clemson  University helps smaller communities access resources that they might not be able to use otherwise.

“For example, if someone in town were to need some emergency help in obtaining housing in the winter time, this program will help us address that need then, not two weeks later,” said the Mayor. “The program is designed to help us help our neighbors, which is really helping ourselves.”

A joint meeting to learn more about the program is scheduled for September 15 at 6 p.m. That meeting will be open to the public.

DeMint speaks on issues of local interest

By Stan Welch 

United States Senator Jim DeMint was in town last week to promote the  Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), which continues to carry some baggage with it in an area of the state that has lost so many textile jobs to foreign markets.

Speaking to the Greater Anderson Chamber of Commerce, DeMint expressed his full confidence that the recently passed trade agreement offers “every assurance we could possibly have.”

He added that the huge wave of underpriced imports that accompanied the opening of American markets to the Chinese would not accompany the CAFTA agreement.

“For one thing, clothing made in Central America will contain U.S. cotton, not like China. For another, we sell a great many goods to Central America that they don’t have.”

 Sen. DeMint addressed other issues as well, including the recent transportation bill which should return $19 million to the Upstate for road projects, almost all of which it appears will be spent in Spartanburg and Greenville counties.

DeMint also spoke of his concerns about immigration policies and border security. 

“Some politicians want total amnesty for immigrants, but Americans won’t stand for that. And they shouldn’t. It’s time to realize that illegal immigrants also hurt those who want to come here and do things right,” DeMint said.

As to the idea of a national ID card, DeMint is uncertain. “I don’t know about that idea. We need some sort of better documentation, but a national ID card seems a bit much.”

The Senator was upbeat about Iraq. “Most people don’t realize that there is more construction going on in Iraq than there is fighting. Another positive thing is that agriculture is being reestablished. During the UN’s food for oil program, they had allowed their agriculture to almost collapse. Now, it’s coming back.”

Later, in a media session, DeMint talked about the possibilities of small communities getting federal dollars for infrastructure projects, such as water and sewer.  “You really need to have a local consensus. The states tend to set these priorities, but they won’t provide all the money. The Feds won’t define and initiate these projects. It’s difficult for smaller municipalities and rural areas. They almost have to tie in with the County. A disagreement on goals can really kill a project.”

For example, Anderson County Council recently failed twice to even second a request by District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson seeking $10,000 for a feasibility study related to the running of sewer lines from Williamston to Belton.

Police investigate thefts

Williamston police officers investigated several thefts and other incidents during recent weeks. Among incidents investigated:

July 31 - Latima Nicole Wells, 20, 713 McAlister Rd., Williamston was arrested for public disorderly conduct after officers found her on the side of the road on West First St., T. A. Call investigated.

Aug. 2 - Annie Clardy reported an attempted break-in at PC’s on Main, 109 E. Main St., Williamston. Reports state someone attempted to pry the door open causing $250 in damage to the door. No access was gained.

Aug. 5 - Christopher W. Rice, 48, 104 Tripp St., Williamston, was arrested for driving under suspension and no tail lights after a pickup was observed on Greenville Dr with no taillights. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory, D. W. Alexander investigated.

August 7 - Hickory Point Amoco, 103 Greenville Dr., reported a large F-150 four door truck drove off without paying for $49 in gas. Sgt. A. B. Singleton investigated.

Aug. 7 - Kimberly Denise Miller, 25, 227 Looper Rd., Pelzer, reported a tag valued at $35 stolen from her 1995 Ford Mustang. G. R. Heydrich investigated.

Aug. 3 - Phillip Clardy, PC’s on Main, 109 East Main St., Williamston, reported damage to glass on the front door which appeared to have been hit with a blunt object causing $450 in damage. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory investigated. D. W.  Alexander investigated.

Aug. 4 - Laura Revis Roberts, 37, 131 Allendale Circle, Anderson, was arrested for public disorderly conduct after being observed at Main St. and Gossett Drive attempting to solicit a ride. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

Aug. 3 - Brian Christopher Brown, 13 Bryon Dr., Williamston, reported a Harley Davidson motorcycle valued at $15,000, a Smith and Wesson 40 cal. handgun valued at $300 and a Cobra lock valued at $200 stolen from his driveway. T. A. Call investigated.

Aug. 3 - Clarence Renia Hunt, 40, 3 Woodmere Ct., Williamston, reported a 14 foot fiberglass boat and trailer valued at $600 taken from the residence. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

A 13-year-old juvenile was taken to the hospital after being chased and bitten on the back by a Rottweiler on Green St, Willliamston.  Reports state the owner of the dog stated that the victim and others were in his yard taunting the dog. The incident remains under investigation. Sgt. A. B. Singleton, G. R. Heydrich investigated.

July 29 - Sam Dennis Alewine, 25, 500 Woodcock Rd., Pelzer, was arrested for public disorderly conduct after officers were dispatched to Parkview Apts. in reference to a man going door to door and hollering at people. After being arrested and placed in a police vehicle, he was tazed after being warned to stop striking a window with his head. D. W. Alexander investigated.

July 31 - Joanne Walker, 1692 Hwy. 252, Belton, reported a green Ford Aerostar van with an older white female driver struck her 1999 Honda Civic in the front right fender causing approximately $500 in damage. The incident occurred at Little Ceasars Pizza, 310 Main St. Williamston. D. W. Alexander investigated.

July 30 - Juan R. Funes, 44, 121 Kirsh Dr., Williamston, was arrested for unsafe vehicle and no drivers license after a 1998 Accura RS was observed on West Main St. with brake lights working improperly. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

July 29 - Jacob Potter, 1048 Dean Springs Rd., Williamston, reported a tire on his Ford F-150 cut with a knife causing $150 in damage while the vehicle was at Town Square Center, Williamston. D. W. Alexander investigated.

July 24 - Darvier Ordonez Irias, 19, 10 East Fourth St., Williamston, was arrested for failure to stop, no tail light, disregarding a stop sign, no drivers license and no proof of insurance after a 1989 GMC van was observed on First St., with a taillight out. and a tag improperly displayed. G. R. Heydrich, Sgt. A. B. Singleton investigated.

July 24 - Pizza and Then Some, 908 Anderson Dr., Williamston, reported a male juvenile called in two orders for pizza valued at $92 and had them sent to other addresses. A phone number was provided from caller ID. Sgt. A. B. Singleton investigated. The incident remains under investigation.

July 22 - Jennifer Gosnell, 29, 19 Parker St., Williamston reported a red X-games bicycle valued at $100 taken  from a neighbors yard. C. J. Sanders investigated.

July 21 - Eckerd, 201 East Main St, Williamston, reported a hit and run incident in which a blue Buick LeSabre jumped a curb in front of the business and struck one of the front building supports causing approximately $5,000 in damage. According to reports, the driver of the vehicle appeared to be a black male wearing a white shirt. The driver got out of the vehicle and looked at damage he had caused. He then got back into the vehicle, backed over the curb and left the parking lot. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

July 18 - Shelinna S. Blanding, 323 East Carolina St., Williamston, reported a Next bicycle valued at $50 taken from the front porch of the apartment. The bike was located at The Trading Post and voluntarily returned to the owner, reports state. Sgt. J. H. Kirby investigated.

July 21 - Shaun Patrick Vanderson, 19, 1068 Dean Springs Rd., Belton, was arrested for speeding and no drivers license after a 1998 Ford Contour was observed on Mill St. He had a Texas license that was revoked. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

July 20 - Chivez Maurice Washington, 18, 52 Jehue St., Williamston, was arrested for disregarding a stop sign and no driver’s license after a 1995 Toyota Camry was observed disregarding a stop sign on Brown St. at Greenville Dr. Sgt  J. T. Motes investigated.

July 21 - P&M Store, 620 Greenville Dr., Williamston, reported a tan Ford Explorer left the business without paying for $22 in gas after the driver came into the store and paid for $1 in gas. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

July 20 - David H. Morlaous, 41, 3240 HI Taylor Rd., Williamston was arrested for no drivers license, operating an uninsured vehicle, no vehicle license and operating an unsafe vehicle after a 1992 Dodge Caravan was observed on Main St. with no tag light. D. W. Alexander investigated.

July 19 - Angela C. Carter, 31, reported she was struck in the chest by a door when a person entered an office at 703 N. Hamilton St., Williamston. She reported that she was also hit in the chest with papers being served at the location. C. J. Sanders investigated.

July 19 - Miquel Angel Alvarenga, 45, 206 Elain Dr., Piedmont was arrested for driving under suspension and speeding after a Ford pickup was observed on Greenville Dr., Sgt. J. H. Kirby investigated.

Deputies investigate burning vehicles

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated several incidents believed to be arson in which vehicles were set on fire. Among incidents investigated:


August 5 – J.L. Bergholm received a report of auto break-in from William Coleman, of 104 Yorkshire Dr., Easley. Coleman stated that his car had been gone through during the night. The vehicle had been unlocked. Nothing appeared to be missing, but Coleman said he wanted to report it because several cars in the neighborhood had been ransacked in recent weeks.

August 5 – J.L. Bergholm responded to a complaint of burglary at 1111 Briarwood Dr. where Robert A. Watson Jr. reported a break-in at his house. A number of firearms were taken, as well as some rolled coins and electronic items, such as a digital camera, and a telephoto lens.

August 7 – J.J. Jacobs assisted the County Arson Investigator, Ray Clinkscales,  in connection with a car fire at 342 Shenandoah Dr. A 1997 Dodge Intrepid with SC tag # 577CNN was completely burned at that address, which is a vacant home. The car had been reported stolen from Greenville and was towed in and removed from the NCIC system.


August 1 – T.B. Dugan responded to a complaint at 3010 Hwy. 153 at the Race Trac  gas station. A suspect had driven off without paying for $31.22 worth of gas. The clerk reported the suspect was driving a red 1995 Mustang with SC tag # 592 SGA.

August 1 – A. Digirolamo responded to 127 Wren Rd. to a complaint of burglary. Ashley Epps reported that someone had broken into her apartment and stolen several items, including a Sony Play Station and a white gold and diamond necklace with a cross, valued at $3000. The intruder also ransacked the apartment, scattering clothing and food from the cabinets.

August 1 – C.S. Lyle responded to a complaint of a violation of a restraining order at 617 Old Williamston Road. The responding officer was going to seek a warrant for the violation.

August 2 – A. Dirigolamo responded to a call from Odell Anderson of 238 Asbury Ave.  Upon arriving, he found the fire department on the scene, extinguishing a truck fire. The truck was destroyed. It was found to belong to a company called Silt Fence Installation, located a couple hundred yards away. The owner was located and reported that someone had stolen the vehicle and driven it through his gate. The truck was valued at $28,000. It was towed,  to be processed by arson investigators at a later time.

August 2 – A. Dirigolamo received a complaint of counterfeiting from the clerk at the Pilot Gas Station at 110 Frontage Rd. The bogus $20 bill was found while she was counting money. The bill was seized and placed into evidence.

 August 3 – P.D. Marter received a complaint of theft from an auto at 109B Plymouth Drive. Lawrence Anthony reported that someone had broken into his vehicle and removed the stereo from the dash. They also badly damaged the ignition bezel on the steering column, while apparently trying to steal the car. Loss and damage amounted to $700.

August 6 – C.M. Beeco responded to the Executive Inn at 546 McNeely Road in reference to a petty larceny. According to the motel clerk, Narendra Patel, a white female approximately, 5’2", 17-28 years old, with black hair and weighing 160 pounds, had put the motel’s vacuum in her car and refused to return it. She drove off in a blue 2 dr sedan with SC tag # 853RYW. According to the report, efforts to contact the registered owner of the vehicle were unsuccessful.


August 2 – W.M. Patterson investigated a report of a stolen checkbook. Cheryl Dyal was in the waiting room of her doctor’s office at 115 Beattie Park Rd. when someone stole her checkbook while she was tending to her child.

August 2 – W.M. Patterson investigated a complaint of identity theft made by Michael Barrett of 10 River Dr. Barrett reported that he had received an overdue notice on a credit card, which he does not own. The notice said he owed $723, but added he has no credit cards at all. He was seeking a report so that the fraud division of the bank involved could proceed with their investigation.

Duke to upgrade turbines at Lee Steam plant

Duke Energy Corporation (Duke Energy) has applied to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) for a construction permit to install and operate new equipment at the Lee Steam Station. 

Duke Energy operates turbines and boilers at the Lee Steam Station to produce and distribute electricity. 

The company is proposing to install and operate two new 41 megawatt simple cycle combustion turbines that will provide a nominal 82 MW of power if approved. 

The new units will be allowed to serve as peaking units supplying power to the grid for no more than 10.3% of their annual capacity factor.

 They will also operate a maximum of 1480 hours per year at low load operation while functioning as a back-up source for Oconee Nuclear Plant. 

The new turbine units will be fired on pipeline-quality natural gas or low sulfur fuel oil and are being proposed to replace the three existing 35 MW turbine units currently in operation at the facility. 

Emissions that will be increased as a result of this proposed project will include Particulate Matter less than 10 Microns in Diameter, Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxides, and Carbon Monoxide. 

Duke Energy has agreed to limit these emissions to below significant levels for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) applicability. 

If approved, stringent monitoring, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements established by DHEC and set forth in the draft permit must be followed by the facility. 

Air dispersion modeling has demonstrated that operation of the new turbine units as proposed will not interfere with the attainment or maintenance of any State or Federal Standard.

A Draft New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) / Synthetic Minor Construction Permit and Engineering Calculation (Green) Sheets have been prepared by the BAQ outlining the facility’s proposed project and applicable regulations under which the draft permit is subject to review. 

If approved, the draft permit will enable the facility to comply with applicable State and Federal Air Quality Regulations.

Pollutant limitations and other permit conditions set forth in the draft permit are tentative and open to comment from the public, affected states, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

DHEC previously issued a Title V Operating (TVO) Permit to the facility after proper public notice and completion of a thirty day comment period.  This permit has expired. 

A TVO Renewal Permit Application has been received from the facility and is currently under review. 

If approved, the proposed draft construction permit will be incorporated into the facility’s TVO Renewal Permit when drafted. 

The Draft TVO Renewal Permit will be subject to all procedural requirements in accordance with SC DHEC Regulation 61-62.70 “Title V Operating Permit Program,” including those for public participation and EPA review. 

All emissions limitations and conditions contained in the draft construction permit have been written to ensure that this facility continues to operate in accordance with the requirements of the Title V Operating Permit Program for the State of South Carolina.

Interested persons may review the draft permit, green sheets, and other materials maintained and used by DHEC in preparing this permit, and submit written comments (including the permit number and facility name), by September 1, to the attention of Joe Eller at DHEC.

All comments received by September 1, will be considered when making a final decision regarding the draft permit. 

Where there is a significant amount of public interest, DHEC may hold a public hearing to receive additional comments. 

If a public hearing is requested and held, notice will be given in The Journal thirty days in advance, officials said. 

Any request for a public hearing should be made in writing to the attention of Donna Moye at DHEC or by e-mail at: 

Requests for contested case hearings may be filed after a final decision has been made.  Information regarding contested case hearings is available from the Office of General Counsel at DHEC or by calling (803) 898-3350.

Information relative to the draft permit will be made available for public review through September 1, 2005 at the DHEC Columbia Office and at SCDHEC, Region 1 Anderson EQC Office, 2404 North Main Street, Anderson, SC  29621. For information call (864) 260-5569.

The BAQ maintains a mailing list of persons who have chosen counties in which they are interested in receiving notification of any future public notice and/or public hearing actions by the BAQ. 

Persons who would like to be added to this mailing list may submit a written request with name, address, and counties of interest to the attention of Donna Moye at DHEC or by e-mail. 

Additional information on permit decisions and hearing procedures is available by contacting DHEC.  Copies of a draft permit or other related documents must be requested in writing. 

There is a $.25 per page charge for copies, officials said.  

Pelzer books open

Pelzer citizens interested in running for mayor or council can sign up beginning this week.

Books officially opened at noon on August 10 and will remain open during regular business hours at Town Hall until noon, August 25.

The Town of Pelzer will hold a general election on Tuesday November 8.

There is no filing fee for the offices and it is a nonpartisan election.

Polls will be at the Pelzer Community Building in the Pelzer Park. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on election day. Should a runoff be necessary, it will be held two weeks after the election on Tuesday, November 22.





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