News Archive

Week of Aug. 18, 2004

Williamston officials decide to pursue loan
Citizen input challenges Williamston officials
Officials continue looking at downtown safety issues
Officers begin using laptops
Spring Water Festival brings town to life Aug. 28
Pelzer officials restructure billing on delinquent accounts
Piedmont Commissioners support Christmas light project
Dist. One seniors No. 3 in state on ACT
Greenville County schools start next week
Outreach activities planned for Labor Day

PC’s on Main opens for business

Williamston officials decide to pursue loan

A reluctant Williamston Town Council approved the first reading of a motion to borrow money to “get revenues to operate” at a meeting Tuesday.

Mayor Phillip Clardy made a motion for town officials to pursue a $565,000 general obligation bond, and Councilman David Harvell seconded the motion. A 4-1 council vote approved the first reading of the proposal with Councilman Wade Pepper casting the only opposing vote.

The vote came after a two-hour discussion about strategies and options for dealing with the town’s current financial condition.

“We’ve got to have action to be able to continue,” Clardy emphasized. 

Clardy presented the council with two options – a TAN (tax anticipation note) or a GO (general obligation) bond. Clardy recommended the GO bond since the funds could be paid back on a more affordable schedule whereas the TAN would have to be paid back in 90 days in full.

“I didn’t know we have a problem like we’ve got,” said Councilman Cecil Cothran and referred to reports given to him which showed the town had taken in $1,597,666 from January through July. According to Cothran, the projected budget for that period was $1,336,826 - $260,840 less than the revenues received.

“If we stay within the budget, we’d be O.K.,” Cothran contended and referred to another report in his possession which he said showed “30 items over budget.”

In an interview after the meeting, Cothran said that primary items over budget included administrative supplies and the police department. Town spending for January through June exceeded the budget by $146,334 according to reports, Cothran added.

“The town operates by daily activity not by the budget,” Clardy responded. 

“Why can’t we hold them (department heads and town employees) responsible to stay within the budget? Borrowing money is a quick fix,” Cothran countered.

Cothran further recommended that the town credit card be put in a trust and used by the mayor with council approval. The municipal association does not recommend that a credit card be furnished to municipalities, Cothran added.

Clardy responded that he was “tired of being accused of using the card for personal use.” He explained that since many businesses will not accept purchase orders, the credit card becomes a means of payment or a way to reserve accommodations.

Since the accounting firm of Greene, Finney, and Horton recommended that the town pursue a loan, Councilman Greg Cole asked that Larry Finney of the firm meet with the council to explain everything. “I would feel better if I saw the comparisons and options on paper,” Cole said.

Harvey Mathias, Director of Risk Management Services for the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC), was present at the meeting to explain the current insurance situation with the town. MASC provides the town’s property/liability, workers compensation, and health insurance coverage.

According to Mathias, the town currently owes $78,000 to the MASC which would catch up insurance premiums. “In order to be fair to other municipalities, the town would have to meet those obligations,” Mathias said.

Mathias who worked formerly as a city manager explained to the council that the town “needs working capital.”

At the request of Clardy, town attorney Richard Thompson offered comments and advice on the situation of the town.

“The easiest thing to do is to raise taxes,” Thompson offered. 

At the same time, Thompson reminded the council that the town has “20 acres of partially-developed property as well as 40 parcels of real estate which could be sold.”

Clardy made a motion that all properties possessed by the town be sold and the proceeds applied to paying off debt. Harvell seconded the motion, and the council unanimously approved the proposal.

Thompson said that the town would “have to borrow a substantial amount of money,” but he recommended that the town not pursue a TAN since the money would have to be paid back within the fiscal year it was borrowed.

He recommended that the council hold first reading on borrowing $565,000 with the understanding that the figure could be reduced if necessary on second reading.

Thompson added that “past spending will have to be addressed” since the town is “borrowing money to pay for what’s already been spent.”

Clardy emphasized that the council needed to give “serious consideration” to moving quickly and explained that the paperwork for the $565,000 bond was already drawn up and approved by a bond attorney.

Clardy then made a motion to pursue the $565,000 GO bond which would be used for operating capital and to retire debt. He advised the council that the “payment for the bond is already accounted for” in the budget.

Citizen input challenges Williamston officials

Several citizens offered suggestions to Williamston officials about ways to improve the town’s financial condition during a time for public comment at a special meeting of the town council Tuesday.

Robert Vaughn suggested that the police department be cut back to 15 officers. Vaughn also suggested that the town “cut back the police department budget to when this administration took office and stay within the budget.”

Vaughn suggested that the town do away with the victim’s advocate position, eliminate a special telephone operator to answer incoming calls, and have street department employees do custodial work for the city hall.

Additional suggestions offered included eliminating the town car furnished to the mayor and discontinuing all town credit cards.

Jane Chastain suggested that the town determine where money has been overspent and correct the situation. She questioned “20 employees” added during the current administration and suggested that the town cut out consulting fees of $75 an hour to Boyd Greene.

“I’m not willing to accept the tax liability (for this situation),” Chastain emphasized. 

Gary Bannister suggested that the town generate revenue by selling real estate not needed by the town and “cut out Rusty Burns’ $2,000 a month retainer for securing grants.”

Bannister further suggested that the town “contract garbage pickup to a private contractor if money can be saved.”

“We need to have restrictions on spending before any money is borrowed. Massive amounts of money have already been wasted this year. Therefore, council must authorize any and all expenditures with a vote at council meetings,” Bannister contended.

Mayor Phillip Clardy responded by explaining that the town auditors cited six conditions conducive to fraud and suggested that the town segregate accounting job duties. According to Clardy, members of town council received a letter explaining the need for new employees to correct the situation.

The victim’s advocate position is mandated by the state and has no bearing on the general fund, Clardy explained. According to Clardy, victim’s advocate funds were used to supplement the general fund until 1998.

Clardy further explained that one of the job duties of the phone operator for the town is to follow up on incoming calls and complaints. “Come up here and sit for one eight-hour day and then see,” he challenged.

“Cutting help equals less service,” Clardy explained referring to suggestions to reduce town employees. According to Clardy, the cost to the town would be more if the services provided by the street department were contracted from an outside source.

Clardy then explained that the town has one credit card which is issued to the mayor and kept by the mayor.

“Cancel the card – it makes no difference to me,” Clardy said but also explained that some businesses will no longer accept purchase orders. Often the credit card is used as a means of payment, he added.

The town car is “not a personal car,” Clardy emphasized. “I can park it,” he added.

Clardy also challenged the citizens to “deal with the truth and not fiction.”

“Is it any worse than before?” Clardy asked referring to the previous administration and stated that the town borrowed “$2 million over the last 20 years without question.”

“We don’t have the convenience of driving around in trucks and cars and making decisions,” Clardy said. “We’re trying to correct the problem legally,” he added.

Referring to the town’s previous administration Clardy concluded, “This town hasn’t heard the whole story. If they did, they would be outraged.”

Officials continue looking at downtown safety issues

A new pedestrian crossing signal was recently installed by South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) at the intersection of Mill St. and Main St. in Williamston.

“The signal was installed to encourage people to cross at the traffic light, instead of in front of the stores,” town spokesman Joel Vagen said.

The equipment has a push button allowing pedestrians wishing to cross Main St. to change the light, according to Vagen.

The pedestrian crossing light is the latest step taken by SCDOT officials who have been meeting with Town officials recently to discuss safety improvements on East Main St.

Vagen said the town is also looking into purchasing a sign that could be placed in the middle of Main St. warning people to slow down as they approach the crossing.

The flexible sign would collapse if hit by a car and would be placed in the center of Main Street probably between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., according to Vagen. The sign will have to meet all current safety standards, he said.

The sign was suggested by a SCDOT official at the most recently meeting with town officials.

The town is also considering placing planters on each side of the crosswalk to bring more attention to the crossing and more visibility for pedestrians. The planters will allow pedestrians to step out from the sidewalk before actually crossing the street.

SCDOT workers recently installed brighter pedestrian crossing signs at the cross walk on East Main and on Main St. in front of the Municipal Center, however a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle after the signage upgrade, prompting town officials and DOT officials to take another look at the problem.

A Greater Williamston Business Association committee recently met with an architect to begin drafting plans for a downtown renovation project. Committee members hope to come up with a plan that will include improvements for the pedestrian crosswalk problem.

Mayor Phillip Clardy also met with Main Street business owners in May to discuss options to improve safety in the downtown area.

Suggestions they came up with included a reduction in the speed limit, providing a grid or paver crossing, and additional signage, possibly a flashing light.

Business owners also suggested reducing the speed limit from the park area through the downtown area  may also slow traffic.

Eliminating all parking spaces on the business side would be detrimental to their businesses, the owners said.

Mayor Clardy said the town may also look at designating handicapped parking in the area and limiting parking to one hour.

Officers begin using laptops

The Williamston Police Department will be able to electronically enter incident information for reports while at the incident location or while sitting in their vehicles.

The local department recently began installing new laptop computers in patrol vehicles. Five new Dell laptops are being  installed in patrol units used by Williamston Police sergeants, according to Williamston Police Chief Troy Martin.

“Once the laptops are installed, reports can be done on the road, which means less office time, more patrol time,” he said.

The department received grant funding for the program through the Drug Control and system improvement program and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

The new laptops allow the department to be compliant with SLED requirements for an incident based reporting system. Electronic reporting is a  SLED requirment, according to Martin.

According to Martin, the laptops allow officers to enter information for  incident reports while on site. They can plug into the network, download from the network and transmit to SLED by email, he said.

The department has recently upgraded the main computer server and software to meet electronic filing requirements of SLED.

 A state grant provided $20,000 for the new software which was specifically written for South Carolina Law Enforcement agencies by a Florence company, according to Martin.

The software replaces an old DOS based program purchased in 1992.

The new software includes modules for ticketing, booking reports, court information, victim’s advocate, certification documentation, personnel, jury, incident reports, evidence reports and dispatch logs.

The Williamston Police Department applied for and received $47,854 in state and federal grant money according to Chief Martin.

Grant money has also been used to upgrade communications with the addition of several radios and a base station.

Martin said the department has recently applied for other law enforcement grants which he said the department is hopeful of getting.


Spring Water Festival brings town to life Aug. 28

The Town of Williamston is getting ready for the 23rd annual Spring Water Festival which will be held in Mineral Spring Park next Saturday, Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival will feature more than 40 craft exhibitors, food, an antique auto show, children’s rides and live musical entertainment.

Craft applications are still being accepted, however there are only a few spaces left, according to organizer Bennie Hyder.

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

Local artist Thomas Addison, who has contributed artwork for the festival throughout its history, has again contributed his talents. Artwork featuring the founder of Williamston, West Allen Williams, at the spring around which the town grew are featured on the 2004 festival T-shirt. T-shirts are available in advance at the Williamston Municipal Center and ERS Video Radio Shack.All sizes will are priced at $10.

The Greater Williamston Business Association is sponsoring a prize drawing give-away that features six grand prize packages.

Winners can choose from prize packages including a golf package, a vehicle package, a clothes package, a food/entertainment package, ahome package and a pamper package.

Tickets for the drawings can be purchased in advance at GWBA member locations or all day during the festival. You do not have to be present to win. The organization is asking for a $1 donation per ticket.

The Williamston Fire Department is giving away a scooter at the Spring Water Festival.  Tickets are $1 each and are available at Cityscooterz, ERS Video, or from any Williamston fireman. The customized scooter has been provided by Cityscooterz, Williamston’s oldest and only authorized dealer in the area. It can be seen at ERS/Radio Shack, 514 Greenville Dr. in Williamston. The scooter will be given away at 3 p.m. at Williamston Fire Dept. during the festival, according to Fire Chief Steve Ellison.

Eudora Farms of Salley, S. C. will offer an interactive, hands on exotic animal petting zoo featuring 20 to 25 rare and exotic animals from around the world.

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.

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

Caitlin Tierce will organize a gospel stage and various entertainment will be offered on the amphitheater stage, according to Hyder including a performance by Trilogy.

Jack Ellenburg is coordinating bluegrass pickin’ at the historic depot.

The Williamston Fire Department is also 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.

McDonalds of Williamston, Foothills Ford, ????? and The Journal are als co-sponsoring the auto show.

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.

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

A special 23rd anniversary Spring Water Festival program tabloid will be in The Journal next week.

The Spring Water Festival began as a fundraising event for the Christmas Park in 1981. Bennie Hyder is coordinating the 2004 festival. This is the third year the Town of Williamston has taken responsiblilty for organizing the annual event.


Pelzer officials restructure billing on delinquent accounts

The Town of Pelzer is restructuring its system for managing past due bills following a unanimous council vote supporting a resolution passed at the regular meeting Monday.

The resolution allows the town to declare a one-time moratorium and stop assessing a late fee on certain past dues balances for utility bills as of August 16.

The resolution instructs the town clerk for one-time-only to record and post all past due balances in excess of $100 into a worksheet due for payment without further assessment for late fees. These balances will be removed from the next bills to be mailed, town officials stated.

The town will inform persons having delinquent accounts of a payment schedule stating that they must pay their regular utility bill as required by regulations. In addition, these citizens must pay $100 per month on the past due balances by the 20th of each month until the past due balance is paid in full.

According to the resolution, accounts which do not meet these requirements will be disconnected until all fees and balances are paid in full.

The problem with past due accounts in the town surfaced during the current audit of the town’s books being performed by Elliott Davis. Auditors discovered that approximately 16 percent of billings were past due which they said was excessive.

Mayor Page Henderson emphasized that this policy is “not intended to embarrass anybody since only two people in the town know which citizens have delinquent accounts.”

“This will allow us to treat everybody equally,” said Skip Watkins, municipal clerk.

Watkins also reported that auditors requested that the town have appraisals and confirm fair market value on property owned by the town according to accounting regulations with the GASB-34. Watkins estimated that appraisals would cost $3,500, and the council unanimously approved the expenditure.

Town consultant Rusty Burns was present at the meeting to discuss funds that may be available to the town through various sources.

According to Burns, the town is working with the Heritage Corridor to get funds to assist with the gym renovation. Burns also mentioned money which could be available through County Council member Cindy Wilson and Sen. Billy O’Dell.

“We hope to put together almost $100,000 for the town,” Burns stated. 

Council member Tony Riddle mentioned a problem with cars being parked along the tennis courts and practice field. Henderson explained that “No Parking” signs need to be added to the areas before the town begins to enforce parking restrictions.

Town officials also discussed a problem with vehicles parked at Scott’s Lube & Muffler restricting the view at the corner of Lebby Street and Smythe Street, but no action was taken on the issue.

Henderson reported that improvements amounting to $4,716 to the Pelzer Park and the park on Wardlaw Street were being planned. Improvements include swings, a teeter-totter, grills and trash receptacles, Henderson said.

The council also approved a bid for $6,620 to sand and refinish the floors in the Pelzer Community Building.

The council also unanimously approved a lease of property on Adger Street for $1 per year to Donna Shirley. According to town officials, this is a routine practice to allow residents in the area to use the area near the Saluda River owned by the town.

Town officials also approved an ordinance increasing the telecommunications tax from .75 percent to 1 percent.

Piedmont Commissioners support Christmas light project

The Board of Commissioners for the Piedmont Public Service District voted to assist in a fund raiser to buy new Christmas lights at their meeting August 16. The Bonnes Amies had contacted the district about assisting with the local project.

After a motion by Commissioner Al McAbee the board voted unanimously to draft a letter the local group stating that the district would be responsible for putting up, taking down, and storing the lights as well as paying the power bill.

Since it usually takes six months to receive lights after an order is placed, Rogers emphasized that this is “not going to happen this year.” Plans are to have everything in place for the Christmas season in 2005, she said.

McAbee showed the commissioners a Husqvarna K-12 saw the district had purchased for $1,300 after receiving bids. McAbee explained that the saw would assist firemen in “cutting holes in roofs and cutting through steel doors and block walls.”

McAbee also reported a total of 34 calls to the fire department in July which included: 6 structure fires, 1 grass fire, 1 vehicle fire, 4 vehicle accidents, 18 medical calls, 1 mutual aid call, and 3 sewer calls. The structures fires involved “nothing major,” McAbee said.

Rogers reported that there have been no more problems with break-ins at Thomas C. Pack Memorial Park after the district added an alarm to the concession stand.

At the request of Councilman Bill Dees, Anderson County personnel removed a tree near the park which was discovered to be decayed after a large limb fell during a ball tournament, Rogers reported.

Rogers also reported that the summer programs at the Piedmont Community Building were very successful. Greenville County Recreation sponsored a program for elementary children, and the YMCA sponsored a program for middle school children. An average of 25 to 40 students participated in the programs each week, Rogers said.

The board scheduled the next meeting for September 20 and then voted to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter.


Dist. One seniors No. 3 in state on ACT

Anderson School District One seniors ranked number three of the 85 districts in South Carolina and exceeded state and national averages on the American College Test (ACT). Anderson School District One students scored an average composite score of 21.0 which exceeded the state average by 1.7 points and the nation by .1.

“Our students are ranked among the top three districts in the state and exceed the national average. The teachers maintain high standards in the classroom, an d employ the necessary strategies that result in student achievement and overall success,” said Dr. Wayne Fowler, Anderson School District One Superintendent.

Dr. John Pruitt, Director of Secondary Education said, “Anderson One students continue to excel in the classroom and on standarized tests as a result of a concerted effort on the part of teachers and administrators and through the support of parents and community members who want and expect the very best in education for their children. High expectations combined with increased rigor of coursework lead to higher scores and greater all round achievement.”

The ACT is a widely accepted college entrance exam taken by graduating seniors, designed to measure curriculum-based and classroom-based student achievement and overall educational development. Tests cover the four skill areas: English, math, reading and science. Results are reported for all four tests as a composite score using a scale of 1 to 36.

Greenville County schools start next week

School begins for all Greenville County students except 4K students Monday August 23 with a full day of classes. Greenville County teachers reported to work this week for a week of preparation prior to the opening of school.

The first days for students in 4K are planned for September 2 and 3 with staggered schedules, and the first full day for all 4K students will be September 7.

The district will observe the Labor Day holiday on September 6. Election Day on November 2 will also be a holiday, and Christmas holidays will begin December 22 for all personnel and students.

Schools will operate on a staggered schedule to minimize bus delays. Elementary schools will begin the school day at 8 a.m. and end the day at 2:30 p.m. Middle Schools will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. High schools will start the school day at 8:30 a.m. and end the day at 3:30 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be served at all schools. Elementary school students may buy lunch for $1.45 daily or purchase weekly tickets for $7.25. The cost for middle and high school students will be $1.50 daily or $7.50 weekly. Students may pay 75 cents daily for breakfast or purchase weekly tickets for $3.75.

Ellen Woodside Elementary will hold a Back to School Celebration August 20 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. The theme for the event will be a country fair with food and games as well as opportunities to meet teachers.

Fork Shoals Elementary will also have a Meet the Teachers opportunity on August 20 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Meet Your Teacher Night at Sue Cleveland Elementary will be held August 20 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Woodmont Middle School will hold an Open House on August 19 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Students may pick up schedules and meet teachers during this time.

Rising ninth graders and students new to Woodmont High School may drop in August 19 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students may pick up schedules, tour the school, and meet teachers during this orientation time.

Children who will be four years old on or before September I are eligible for the 4K child development program which is offered at the Riley Child Development and Family Learning Center located at 9122 Augusta Road in Pelzer. Interested parents should contact the center at 243-5662 for more information.

GWBA offering chance to win prizes

The Greater Williamston Business Association (GWBA) is selling $1 tickets for the opportunity to win one of six grand prize packages in a drawing being held at the Spring Water Festival August 28.

The organization will also have  variety of smaller prizes that will be given away every half hour during the festival. The grand prize drawings will be held at 3 p.m.

Grand prize winners can choose from prize packages including a golf package, a vehicle package, a clothing package, a food/entertainment package, home improvement package and personal pamper package.

The golf package will include rounds of golf at local courses including Saluda Valley, Southern Oaks, Brookstone Meadows and Cobb’s Glen.

The vehicle package will include items from Doug’s Speed Shop, Bill’s Tires, Mustang's Detail shop, and Roger’s Car Stereo.

The clothes package includes items from Goody’s, Moore’s, Target and Old Navy.

The food/entertainment package includes meals at O’Charley’s, Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Trio Brick Oven, MVPizza and Fiesta Mexican Restaurant. The package will also include movie passes.

The home package includes services from Holtzclaw pressure washing and Bunton Exterminating.

The personal pamper package includes services from Silhouettes including cuts, nails, massage, manicure, and pedicure. It also includes gift certificates at Debra’s Designs and Barnes & Noble.

All packages will include a one year subscription to the area’s hometown newspaper, The Journal.

Festival visitors can purchase tickets for the drawings in advance at GWBA member locations or during the festival. You do not have to be present to win.

Area business offering GWBA prize drawing tickets include MVPizza, V&V Equipment, The Journal, Foothills Gun and Pawn, and Ace Hardware.

Outreach activities planned for Labor Day

A 3-day community outreach program offering something for all ages will be held at Sue Cleveland school campus in Piedmont during the Labor Day weekend.

The event will feature a youth basketball tournament on Sept. 3, a car and motorcycle cruise-in and county-wide gospel fest on Sept. 4, and outdoor services under the tent on Sept. 5, according to organizer Pastor Rich Stoddard.

The event is being sponsored by the New Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Piedmont.

Stoddard said he is hoping other churches in the area will volunteer to be involved in the ministry activities.

“We are trying to meet the needs of the community,” he said. Stoddard said the activities are part of a community outreach program to meet the needs of the community and at the same time working to correct problems with individuals in the world by raising up a new generation of caring people.

Stoddard said he hopes to draw interested persons from the Williamston, Pelzer and Piedmont areas.

The 3-day event will begin with a basketball tournament for ages 16 and up beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 3. at Woodmont High School.

Deadline for team registration is August 30. There is no registration fee and no set number of players for a team, Stoddard said. Donations will be accepted for referees.

The community is then invited to a county wide gospel fest on Saturday, Sept. 4 from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. at Sue Cleveland School. The “Celebration Fest” will feature entertainment from a variety of gospel music groups along with games, prizes and free food.

Information booths from organization such as Health Services, the Urban League, Habitat for Humanity, financial institutions and others will also be set up at the site.

A motorcycle and car cruise-in will also be held on Saturday beginning at 12 noon.  All area bike riders and car enthusiasts are invited to participate.

 Church services and gospel entertainment will be held at Sue Clevelend under a huge tent beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Lunch will be served following the services, organizers said.

If your church or organization is interested in participating or for more information or registration for any of the activities, call the New Mt. Bethel Baptist Church office at (864) 947-9966.

 PC’s on Main opens for business

PC’s on Main coffee house and restaurant held their grand opening Monday.

The latest addition to Williamston’s business community is the combined creation of Phillip Clardy and family and according to Clardy, he hopes it will be an example of a new trend he envisions for the town.

Clardy said he wanted to provide a different atmosphere for Williamston by opening what he described as “marrying a coffee shop atmosphere with a restaurant.”

The ideas for the unique cafe style layout came after visiting several businesses in Greenville and Anderson.

“I wanted it to be different and trendy,” Clardy said.

The bright gold color on the outside combines with a colorful and almost eclectic inside to provide a coffee shop and cafe type atmosphere.

The business can seat up to 50 customers with the main dining area seating up to 35.

A deck patio located in the back of the building provides an outdoor dining area for 10 and sidewalk tables are also available for additional seating in the front.

PC’s on Main offers a breakfast, lunch and specialty dessert menu  daily and what Clardy described as fine dining in the evenings.

For breakfast, patrons can choose from thye traditional breakfast of bacon and eggs, pancakes or french toast. The menu also includes homemade biscuits and gravy, raisin toast, bagels and muffins.

The lunch menu includes chicken and tuna salad sandwiches, club, BLT and turkey and ham subs. They also offer soups and salads.

An evening menu will be offered featuring a special nightly entree such as shrimp or chicken fettucini, baked spaghetti or seared pork chop.

They will also offer specialty coffee such as mochas, lattes, espresso, cappuccino and cold specialty drinks such as smoothies and frappuccino.

The interior atmosphere offers a comfortable place to hang out as much as a dining experience.

The interior was designed by Clardy after visiting other similar businesses and combining what he liked about them.

He said the interior color scheme and decor fit a coffee shop atmosphere.  The theme was based on a coffee mug holder placed over an interior doorway. Window designs and some interior artwork was designed by Clardy and brother Steve, who also serves as a cook.

Inside visitors can watch cable TV  news or entertainment, read The Journal or the Wall Street Journal and even connect to the internet via DSL wireless connector, according to the owner.

A book shelf features books and other reading materials.

The front and rear patio outside dining will be enhanced with surround sound which will play jazz.

“We want to appeal to all different interests,” Clardy said on opening day.

Clardy said the atmosphere lends itself to a variety of clientel.

The teenagers who have visited are “very excited” Clardy said, as well as the older customers.

“Both gaps are pleased by what they see, hear, and taste,” Clardy said.

Clardy said he wanted to be a part of a new growth trend in the town.

“I wanted to have the experience of starting a business and be a part of Williamston’s growth,” he said.

“I also wanted to be a part of bringing a vitality to the town and to be an example,” he said. “I wanted to bring another element of interest to our town.”

PC’s on Main is located at 109 East Main St. In Williamston. Hours are Mon.-Thurs. 6 a.m. to midnight. 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. They will be closed Sunday.

For more information on PC’s On Main, call 847-5002.






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