News Archive

(3505) Week of Aug. 31, 2005

SAT scores show improvement
District sees record enrollment
Meeting more than planned, councilman Scott says
Spring Water Festival draws large crowd
Footbridge Festival planning underway
Restaurant shooting causes local concern
West Pelzer voters choose Pete Davis
Community forum set for Sept. 15
Deputies investigate vehicle thefts

SAT scores show improvement

SAT scores among Anderson School District One seniors showed an increase, rising 17 points in mathematics and 19 points on the verbal test for an overall increase of 36 points. District one seniors scored 522 on the SAT Math test and 515 on the SAT Verbal test, according to results released  Tuesday by The College Board, the organization which administers the tests. The combined score of 1037 places District One students 9 points above the national score and 44 points above South Carolina’s student average.

The state’s overall SAT scores increased by 7 points over last year’s and has shown steady progress in recent times.  State scores have shown an overall increase of 19 points over the past five years compared to an 8 point national improvement.  In that same time frame, Anderson School District One’s achievement level has risen by 48 points.

Additionally, Anderson One’s participation has continued to rise with 52% of seniors taking the test. The steady rise in the participation not only reflects the growth of the district but that an increasingly larger number of Anderson One students intend to continue their education in college, school officials said. 

According to The College Board, “scores tend to decline with a rise in the percentage of test-takers.” 

That has not been the case in Anderson One. “I’m always pleased to see that so many of our high school seniors take the SAT and ACT.  This is a clear indication of their aspiration for college and their eagerness to learn,” said Wayne Fowler, Superintendent of Anderson School District One. “Though the state scores have not met those of the nation again this year, it’s encouraging that South Carolina students as a group and our students in particular have made such impressive progress.”

 “Credit for the dramatic improvement in Anderson One’s scores should be shared by the students with the hard working, concerted efforts of our schools’ teachers and administrative teams,” Fowler continued.  “We have placed great emphasis on students taking higher level courses with increased academic rigor which has been shown to have a direct impact on improving scores on tests such as the SAT and ACT.”

“We caution against using SAT and ACT scores to rank schools and districts,” stated John Pruitt, Director of Secondary Education for Anderson One, “however, we are very pleased and proud of the work being done by our students and staff in this area.”  “Though improvement of these scores is a genuine push in and of itself, the scores truly improve as a result of many initiatives within each school and individual classroom,” Pruitt concluded.

The results place District One in the top 10 school districts in the state on SAT scores and third in the state on ACT scores, according to Dr. Fowler.

SAT scores continue to rise for students attending Greenville County Schools, increasing 10 points from 1,005 to 1,015.

“Our students’ improvement on the SAT of 22 points over six years provides a clear indicator to our community that academic rigor and student achievement continue to improve in Greenville County Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher. “Even with a much higher percentage of our students - 64% in Greenville County Schools versus 49% across the nation - taking the college entrance exam, our students continue to outpace SAT improvement of students across the nation. We must continue to increase both the number of students taking rigorous courses to prepare for higher education and the number of students taking the SAT.”

“I congratulate our students, parents and teachers for their continued hard work and commitment to academic excellence,” added Dr. Fisher. “We will continue to work as a team to further improve student performance on the SAT and other achievement measures.”

A six-year trend shows that the average SAT score for Greenville County students increased 22 points, 10 points more than the national increase of 12 points for the same six years.

A high percentage of Greenville County seniors continue to take the SAT. Almost two-thirds of Greenville County seniors (64%) took the SAT in 2005, while nationally, only 49% took the SAT. The College Board reports that an increase in students taking the test often results in lower scores.

Four schools scored at or above the 2005 national average SAT composite score of 1,028. They are Riverside High – 1,107, Eastside High – 1,061, Greenville Technical Charter – 1,032, and Greenville High – 1,028. Riverside High School had the highest SC SAT Composite scores (1,107) for any traditional high school (non-magnet), and ranks fourth highest of 196 public high schools in South Carolina.

Greenville County schools with the largest one-year gains are: Woodmont High (68 points), Eastside High (44 points), Greenville Technical Charter High (37 points), Blue Ridge High and Travelers Rest High (31 points), Greenville High (23 points).

Greenville South Carolina Nation 

Average Verbal Score for Greenville County was 509, compared to 494 for the state and 508  for the nation.

Average Math Score for Greenville County was 506, 499 for the state and 520 for the nation.

SAT scores improve, District sees record enrollment

District sees record enrollment

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard a report on improved SAT scores and a record school enrollment during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, August 31.

Superintendent Dr. Wayne Fowler told the board that District One saw a 36 point increase in SAT scores and that the District is significantly above the national average.

According to Fowler, results showed test scores across the US improved two points and the state improved 7 points.

Fowler said District One has a 36 point increase which he said, “Put us back where we want to be. These scores mean our kids can get into colleges and get scholarships. This is commendable.”

Fowler said the District SAT scores are 9 points above the national average and 44 points above the South Carolina average.

Fowler also told the board that the results were even more impressive because a larger percentage of students, 52% of seniors, were tested this year.

He said the District is in the top 10 school districts in the state on SAT scores and third in the state on ACT scores.

“This is something for us to be proud of, for our students and teachers,” he said. “Our principals have worked really hard.”

Dr. Fowler also reported a record school enrollment at 10 days into the school year of 8,648 students, a gain of approximately 100. He said the district will likely see additional students enrolled after Labor Day.

Both District One high schools showed growth, according to Dr. Fowler, with Wren showing the most, at 1628 total students enrolled. Palmetto High School has 869 students enrolled.

The district also has a large first grade enrollment at Wren Elementary with 699, which Dr. Folwer said “is the large kindergarten group from last year which stayed with us.”

Dr. Fowler said that the District will continue to look at growth in the District. “We are growing a school every three years,” he said.

Early in the meeting, board members went into executive session to discuss personnel and contractural matters. The session lasted approximately 45 minutes.

Upon returning to regular session, the board unanimously agreed to sell the potato house property located on Hwy. 8. Acting on a motion by David Merritt, and seconded by board member Nancy Upton, the board agreed to sell the property by open auction.

A minimum bid will be set at the appraised value of the property and the board will retain the right to reject any and all bids.

In his financial report, District Finance Director Steve Uldrick reported that the district has several CDs invested at 3 to 3.25 percent interest and an investment account is currently earning 2.97 percent interest.

Uldrick reported that revenues are currently at $2,984,174 for August. Year to date revenues are $5,288,312 of $59,120,421 budgeted.

Expenses, budgeted at $58,442,211, currently stand at $4,222,523 for August and $5.4 million for year to date.

Assistant superintendent David Havird reported that the student nutritional services finished the year with a $248,313 profit.

The profits were used to help purchase new uniforms, $75,000 in new equipment, and $192,000 in renovations at Palmetto Middle School, which Havird said was “very much needed.”

Havird also reported to the board  that Palmetto Middle will host a pilot program providing students with breakfast.

Starting after Labor Day, the special program features breakfast being  served in the classroom each morning, Havird said, citing research that shows students improve performance during the day when they eat breakfast.

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Fowler, the board approved the following personnel:

Leave of absence - Keisha Witherspoon, Spearman Elementary, Kindergarten.

Transfers - Lisa Stokes, Palmetto Elementary from .8 ESOL teacher to 1.0 ESOL teacher. Lisa Davis, from Concrete .5 Academic Assistance to 1.0 FTE .5 Academic Assistance at Concrete and .5 LD Resource at Wren High.

Retirement - Linda Bridges, Powdersville Middle 6th grade math.

Resignations - Katie Bailes, Cedar Grove Elementary, First Grade.

Recommendations - Abbie Smiley, Cedar Grove Elementary, First Grade.

Meeting more than planned, councilman Scott says

A town meeting hosted by Councilman Otis Scott to express concerns residents may have turned out to be more than the coucilman bargained for.

Approximately 35 people showed up for the meeting Monday night which was announced as an opportunity to meet with the councilman and to express concerns.

What Scott expected to be a fairly light exchange of information, turned out to be more than expected. Most of those attending were looking for answers to questions about the operations and finances of the town and were looking for more indepth information than Scott expected.

At the invitation of Councilman Scott, the first questions asked were about the delay in the sale of the Cherokee Rd. property and the audit.

Scott, who made a campaign promise to hold meetings for town residents to voice concerns, said “We are not here to discuss the audit.”

Scott said he basically wanted to meet people and to hear their concerns about things like sidewalks and potholes.

Once it was known that the hard questions that many of those in attendance had were not to be discussed, the topics changed.

Following questions were about the  water  tower (onVirginia Dr. ) and sidewalks.

Scott deferred many of the questions to Mayor Phillip Clardy who was also in attendance.

Clardy responded that the water tank, which is to be painted, is the only water source for the town and according to Clardy, will have to be taken out of commission and refurbished inside before doing the outside.

Clardy said a bypass valve also had to be installed to allow water to bypass certain lines which he said will blow because of pressure.

Clardy also said that paperwork on the sidewalk project was to be signed this week.

Diane Looper, said there were water line problems on Spring St. and said she was disappointed in the mayor and council because they had promised to lower expenses and clean up the town.

There were questions of radio reception which comes in on a computer.

There was also a voice of disapproval for council allowing a recent executive session which turned out to be very long, to go on for more than one hour without letting residents know it would take so long.

Angela Whitmore said she was insulted by the exective session which lasted for over an hour and said that the town should be involved and asked how it is fair to the town.

Clardy replied that state law allows for governments to enter into executive session but did not respond as to why discussions under his “open government” are often held behind closed doors in executive session.

When asked why the executive session is not held at the end of the meeting, Clardy said, “there may be issues we may have to vote on.”

When asked about how concerns should be reported, both Councilman Scott and Clardy said that concerns should be expressed to the Councilmembers first.

Jean Davis expressed concerns about skateboarders on town property and the possible liablity.

Clardy responded, “That is why the town is trying to get some place for them to go.” He said the only time they have permission to be on town property is on Tuesday night when they attend a skateboard committee meeting being held at the Municipal Center.

Clardy said he sees the liablility posed by the skateboarders as the same as injury to a foot to someone using the park.

“I defend them because those kids want somewhere to go,” he said.  “See how much the community of young people want something to do.”

Jerry Davis said he had problems with a registered letter sent to him about high grass on a lot he owns  and the possibility of a $1,080 fine.

He expressed concerns about elderly people who didn’t have enough money to pay the fine and that there are 20 other locations inside the city limits that have leaves and trees growing up.

“If my lots have to be kept clean, everybody’s lots need to be kept clean,” he said.

Joshua Barnes, the town’s compliance officer, responded.

He said he has two titles, compliance officer and Mayor Clardy’s executive assistant.

Barnes said he has been working with the Mayor on compliance problems facing the town and how to deal with them.

He said there has never been a formal way to serve complaints in the town and that he and Clardy discussed ways.

They decided to send a certified letter giving the recipient 10 days to respond. Letters on  approximately 143 properties were sent out. According to Barnes, 9 out of 10 didn’t pick up the letters.

He said they then went back to the old way, going door to door, and found that many of the owners were out of town.

He said they then formulated a way to assign a case number, implementing a three part form in which the police department, the property owner and he received a copy.

He said once assigned a case file, there will be a  round-up with the owner facing a $1080 fine or 30 days in jail for each day not in compliance. He said he intends to enforce notices this fall.

“We are waiting on proper documentation to come back from my printing company,” he said.

Clardy said that he sees the high grass just as much a violation as speeding through town.

“I have to address it. I am obligated to enforce the ordinances,” he said.

Responding to a suggestion that the town could cut the lots, Clardy said “the town was not going to cut lots like we did.”

He said the town was considerate of elderly residents or people with a handicap situation.

He and Barnes both said that kids, (skate boarders) have been asked to could help cut grass for residents of the town.

Barnes also explained that to help make the payment on a vehicle being used for code enforcement, he is doing shifts as a patrolman for the town without pay.

“I am doing full shifts for free,” Barnes said. He said that recent arrests and subsequent fines from three criminal charges have been enough to make 3 payments on the vehicle.

Barnes said the vehicle is being paid for with criminals’ money, not taxpayers’.

The vehicle, a Dodge Durango was purchased by Clardy for “code enforcement” and is also being used as the primary method of transportation for the mayor, with Barnes as driver.

Robert Vaughn, of South Hamilton St., said he is supportive of the town’s efforts to address some of the concerns he has voiced in the past.

Vaughn, who volunteered more than a year ago, is looking  over town ordinances and will offer suggestions. He said that he rode with Barnes to look at problem properties within the town.

“We have got to come together in this town,” Vaughn said. “There are good people in this place.”

Clardy said he has had to make decisions “for the best of our town and I made them.” He also stated that he will not make decisions “based on the fear that people won’t like me.”

After the meeting, Councilman Scott, said, “It was more than I planned.”

He said he only wanted to get together with people to discuss needs. He said he originally was going to limit the meeting to residents of his ward, but he felt that he should involve the entire town.

“We got off track tonight,” he said, “with the audit and the other stuff.” 

Scott said there were some legitimate complaints voiced and that he hoped to have another meeting in about three months.

Mayor Clardy told The Journal after the meeting that he is still in the process of meeting with department heads and will receive input from them before meeting with the auditor and council to discuss the 2004 audit. He said a meeting will be scheduled sometime after the Sept. 12 Council meeting.

Many of the town’s residents have been anticipating a response from the town on the audit report which was finalized in June.

According to the audit the town experienced a deficit of $329,468.

Larry Finney of  Greene, Finney and Horton, LLP told The Journal that the audit shows there is an ongoing concern with the Town’s financial situation and that the financial condition of the municipality was “not very good.”

The audit showed that the Town experienced over spending of $222,635 with revenues of $3,618,751 exceeded by expenses of $3,841,386.

To date, the mayor and council have not publicly discussed the audit results.

The next meeting of Williamston Town Council will be at 6 p.m. Monday, September 12. An unannounced work session is usually held at 5 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.

Spring Water Festival draws large crowd

Bennie Hyder, organizer of the 2005 Spring Water Festival, said she was pleased with the festival. “I think it went very well. People were pleased.”

Hyder said there were many people in the park all day and that the vendors reported that they were pleased.

“Most of the food vendors sold out,” she said. T-shirt sales were “great” she said with less than 1/2 box left. Many were sold in advance and were available in two locations, at the souvenir booth and the depot. The design by Thomas Addison featured the Southern Grass Review bluegrass band. “We ordered four dozen more for the festival,” Hyder said.

Estimates from Hyder, Police Chief David Baker and The Journal showed more than 7,000 people attended the one day festival.

Hyder said that many crafters and the amusement ride people said the Spring Water Festival was one of their favorites and they definitely wanted to return. “Most did really well and want to come back,” she said.

The pony rides stayed pretty busy and the weather, though hot, was better than other times.

“It was still hot, being at the end of August,” she said, “but pretty fair all day.”

Co-organizer, Joel Vagen, agreed, saying the weather, especially early in the day, was nice. “It was cool and not yet humid,” he said. 

Hyder said the presentation of the key to the city to local artist Thomas Addison was a highlight of the festival

“I think it was well deserved. He has contributed artwork for twenty-four years. He is a part of what makes the festival a success,” she said.

Addison was presented the key to the city by Mayor Phillip Clardy, with Councilman David Harvell, County Council Member Cindy Wilson, and Addison’s parents on stage during the presentation which was at the historic depot.

Before the presentation, Clardy joined Southern Grass Review onstage in a rendition of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and following the presentation, even joined the group on piano.

Addison and fellow Saluda River Catfish bandmate, Marshall Whitten also performed a song on stage with Southern Grass Review.

Hyder said the entertainment on the bluegrass stage, gospel stage and amphitheater stage were all impressive.

Ancient Grease, playing 50’s music at the amphitheater was a crowd favorite and had really good response, according to the organizer.

She said there were a lot of phone calls leading up to the festival from people asking for directions, an indication that a number of out of town people attended.

Other attractions also seemed well accepted this year including the expansion of the car show up West Main Street in front of the park.

 A total of 122 registered vehicles were entered in the Spring Water Festival car show, along with additional entries by local firemen. The show was sponsored by the Williamston Fire Department.

Photos of the auto show can be seen at the Williamston Fire Department website at www.williamstonfire.com.

Also, blocking off West Main and the detour of traffic, which has never been done before, seemed to help keep traffic flowing throughout the day, officials said.

Police Chief David Baker said traffic appeared to flow easily around town. He said there were only two complaints and one 18-wheel truck that had to be redirected because the driver didn’t see the detour signs.

He said blocking Main St. from Minor to Gossett was safer for pedestrians crossing from the car show to the park and allowed additional vehicles to be displayed along the street.

Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison agreed. “It worked tremendously well for us.” Ellison said it was safer, especially loading and unloading for the antique fire truck ride. Ellison said 750 riders took the opportunity to be driven around town with the siren blaring.

Ken Beasley of Easley was the winner of the ATV drawing.

ID kits presented by the Williamston Police Department were also well received by the public, organizers said.

Hyder said the skatepark demonstration also drew a lot of attention. “There seemed to be a large crowd of young people watching them,” she said.

All in all, organizers said the 24th annual festival was again a success.

“I appreciated everyone that came out and who worked so hard to make our festival a success,” Hyder said. “I think people look forward around here to it. It is really a big event.”

Footbridge Festival planning underway

Planning is underway for The Piedmont Footbridge Festival which will be held October 15. The festival which has traditionally been a two day event, will be packed into an all day event running from 10 a.m to 10 p.m.

Organizers with the Bonnes Amies Club said they hope to make the festival more entertaining by scheduling it as a one day festival, with longer hours, and the addition of several new activities, including a concert on Saturday evening.

“We look forward to having folks from all over the Upstate come join us for a great day and evening of good times, great food, and fabulous entertainment,” Bonnes Amies spokesperson Maxie Freeman said.

“Shaggin’ By The River” will return for the festival with a shag contest with prizes. A well known beach music band will provide music for the event.

Organizers are looking for churches, civic organizations, schools and others who may be interested in participating in the festival as a food concession vendor.

In addition to adding to the festival, it offers organizations a fund raising opportunity.

 For information on being a food vendor, call Maxie Freeman at 845-6372 or Paige Crawford at 845-9815 or evenings at 244-3435.

For other festival information, call Katie Gillespie at (864) 845-5385 or Lynn Helms at (864) 277-7264.

Restaurant shooting causes local concern

By Stan Welch

Despite the random and unprovoked shooting that led to dozens of rounds being fired into and at a popular Anderson restaurant last Friday night, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Busha says there is no significant proliferation of gang activity in the county.

“Let me be clear,” said Busha in a recent interview. “I am in no way minimizing the incident at Applebee’s the other night. It was a very serious situation, and everyone was incredibly lucky to avoid fatalities or more injuries. But this is not the Bloods and Crips. These aren’t criminal gangs engaged in some criminal enterprise. We just don’t see any evidence of organized, stratified gangs in this area.”

Busha says that local “gangs” are much more likely to be groups that share common interests and forge a common identity. Given that defining dynamic, Busha says the growth of gangs in the area just doesn’t seem to be on any real climb. “I can remember when Burger King and Hardee’s were across from each other out on Hwy. 28. You’d have Anderson on one side and Greenville on the other. I can remember one night we had 100 people in an all out brawl out there. We almost never got it under control. My point is that this kind of behavior has been around a long time.”

Busha, while condemning the shooting, says that weapons and firepower have always been around too. “When I first joined the Sheriff’s Department one of the first cases I remember was one where we seized a fully automatic AK-47 assault rifle. So those kind of things have been around too.”

Busha insisted that he did not want to discuss what is in reality the City of Anderson Police Department’s case. “They have their job to do, and they have good people to do it. Their situation is clearly different, especially after Friday night.”

The incident occurred Friday night after the area’s high school football games, at the crowded restaurant. There have been reports that trouble was predicted at T.L. Hanna High School, including the possibility of guns being brought to school. Additional law enforcement personnel were at the school throughout the class day, and through the ball game as well. There were no incidents reported. Later, according to Anderson Police Investigator Jim Stewart, one group was waiting to get into the restaurant, and another group approached. Shortly after, the shooting started. Miraculously, Lydia Mays, 22, of Anderson suffered the only wound, when a bullet penetrated her arm. She was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where the bullet was later removed from her arm.

According to witnesses and forensic evidence, at least 30 rounds were fired, including 7.62X39 rounds from an SKS rifle. That rifle, which is both cheap and abundant on the gun market, whether legitimate or underground, fires a .30 caliber bullet at speeds around 2000 feet per second. It fires semi-automatically in its legal configuration, and can hold a magazine of up to 40 rounds. Much of the commonly available ammunition for that gun is jacketed, meaning that it tends to penetrate deeper into whatever it strikes.

City Police investigators also determined that two handguns were fired as well. Police have given no indication of the caliber of those weapons. At this time, no arrests have been made.

Busha says that such behavior, whether gang related or not, is uncommon but not unheard of. “We see it, but not that much. Will it happen again? Given the world we live in, yes, it almost certainly will. But we are trying to reduce street crime across the board, and this is a category of that effort. I really don’t mean to make light of what happened because it was deadly serious, but one incident doesn’t automatically indicate the proliferation of gang violence.”

Anderson Mayor Richard Shirley has called for a crack down on such violence, calling Friday night’s events “unacceptable.”

West Pelzer voters choose Pete Davis

By Stan Welch

In late June, just before town council elections, West Pelzer Town Councilman Terry Davis passed away unexpectedly. Tuesday, Pete Davis won the special election to fill Davis’s seat. Davis joins an existing conservative majority in an election result that will almost certainly have an impact on Mayor Peggy Paxton’s administration.

Davis defeated local pharmacist Rey McClain by a count of 61-41 votes, as just barely one fifth of the town’s registered voters turned out. Afterwards, McClain was gracious in congratulating Davis, saying that he was confident that Davis would do a great job for the town.

Davis, who has worked for the Greer Public Works Department for more than twenty years, says the first order of business is to get out from under the DHEC consent order that restricts the town from adding more than occasional sewer customers to its overburdened lines. “We have got to address and correct the town’s water and waste water problems. Until that happens, very little is going to happen to improve West Pelzer’s future. In the last five years, Greer has added almost 120 subdivisions. That’s a growing tax base, and that’s what West Pelzer has to have,” said Davis, shortly after learning of his victory.

The town’s property tax generated less than $100,000 in revenues last year, a circumstance that makes the pursuit of federal grants vital to the town’s ability to improve and upgrade services. The town is currently preparing for construction and improvement of its water lines. Ninety per cent of the funds are provided by a grant, with the town providing the additional 10%. There are many such grants and programs designed to help small towns leverage their funds into much larger amounts than they could generate alone.

Davis, with his experience in public works is certainly aware of those programs. That knowledge, as well as his technical experience with the actual distribution systems promise to be a great asset, said Mayor Paxton. “First of all, I’d like to thank both gentlemen for their willingness to participate, to be a part of their government and town. It is a tough and sometimes thankless job, but we were lucky enough to have two good men run. I am sure Mr. Pete Davis will do a good job for the town, as we all work together to make things better for the people of West Pelzer.”

McClain agreed, telling Davis after the count, “I know you’ll do a great job. I really appreciate you running such a fair and decent campaign, and I wish you all the luck in the world.” Davis responded by telling McClain that he had voted for him the last time McClain ran for Council.  “Rey, I would have been happy if it turned out the other way, because I know you’d have done a good job.”

McClain told The Journal much the same thing, adding, “I would have enjoyed being able to contribute, but perhaps we’ll have that opportunity down the road. “

Community forum set for Sept. 15

A community forum will be held September 15 at 6 p.m.  at the Williamston Municipal Center to discuss ways to help make the communities of Pelzer, Williamston and West Pelzer safe for children.

The forum is being sponsored by Strong Communities and organizers hope to identify problems in the communities such as drugs, crime, lack of services for new parents, health care, emergency child care, lack of communication, lack of jobs and even safe activities for teens and seniors.

“By working together with our government, our faith community, our education system, our community organizations and our businesses we can address these problems and make our communities strong for children and ourselves,” outreach worker Doris Cole said.

There will be free hotdogs and free child care during the meeting and prospective volunteers are invited to attend.

For more information contact Cole at dcole@clemson.edu.

Deputies investigate vehicle thefts

Anderson Count Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a number of auto thefts recently. Among incidents investigated:

PELZER

August 18 – J.L. Begholm assisted in the recovery of a stolen 1991 Jaguar which was found at the scene of another theft of an auto at Mamma’s Country Kitchen. The owner was called and came to get his vehicle.

August 19 – P.D. Marter received a complaint concerning the theft of a pressure washer, worth approximately $400. The Craftsman washer, red, silver and black, with a 6hP engine was stolen from Timothy Garrett at 119 Page Road.

August 25 – E.S. Russell investigated the reported theft of an auto from 236 Old Hundred Road. Jackie Anthony reported the theft of a 2000 black Ford Focus. Anthony admitted leaving the keys in the car when he went into the Fast Point Convenience store at the listed location. Ten minutes later, he came out and his car was gone. The vehicle carried SC tag #370OBJ.

August 25 – M.D. Creamer spoke with Thomas Austin of 108 Bellview Circle concrning the theft of a 4X8 flat bed trailer.

August 26 –R.S. Turner responded to a report of grand larceny at Pondstone Drive, Lot 35. Thomas Nations, of Nations Construction, reported the theft of his carpentry tools from an enclosed trailer left at the job site mentioned above. The tools were valued at $2400.

August 27 – J.A. Frazier received a report from Lorinda Morgan, of 308 Warrington Dr. that the tag from her husband’s truck was stolen while it was parked at a friend of Morgan’s.

August 28 – R.S. Turner responded to 105 Country Glen Road, where Richard Sims reported that someone had broken the back window out of his Dodge SUV.

August 28 – J.J. Jacobs responded to a complaint of burglary at 7321 Midway Road. Harvey Taylor reported that someone broke into the camper trailer where he resides and stole rings and checkbooks causing a loss of $325. The front door was broken in half.

 August 28 – M.A. Whitfield was called to 105 Whitten Road in Pelzer in response to a complaint of malicious damage to property. William Alexander, II reported that someone had broken the rear window out of his 1994 Yukon. He saw and heard nothing, but a witness said he saw a small red truck with a white bed cover drive by slowly twice. He described the vehicle as suspicious, and said the two white males appeared to be teenagers.

PIEDMONT

August 18 – T.B. Dugan investigated a complaint of petit larceny at 1910 Easley Highway at White Plains Trailer Sales. Mike Wilson reported that someone cut  the fence and drove off with a 5X13 black flatbed trailer valued at $850.

August 18 – J.J. Jacobs responded to 117 Santee Drive, where Harold Hart, Jr. reported that someone had broken into his 1993 Honda Accord. The suspect stole a Pioneer CD player, 25 CDs and some cologne. Total damage and loss was $705. Jacobs reported that two other car break-ins took place at the Heritage Trace Apartments on that same day.

August 26 – J.D. Shelton investigated the theft of a Honda 2004 TRX450 four wheeler at 2620 River Road. Brad Worley, of Worley Concrete, reported the theft of the red, white and black vehicle, which was stolen by cutting the fence. The 4 wheeler was valued at $6300.

August 26 – C. Whitfield responded to 306 High Pointe Road where David Chapman reported that twice during the previous night someone went through his truck, leaving the door open and the dome light on the second time. Nothing appeared to be taken.

August 27 – J.D. Shelton investigated a burglary at 3 Powdersville Main Street. Susan Isenhower and her nephew David Neeley reported that a house Isenhower had begun restoring had been robbed. Among the items taken were six hand carved mantle pieces, stained glass from around the doors, fifteen doors and door jambs, as well as an antique claw foot tub that was more than 100 years old. The items were estimated at $2500 value.

August 28 – R.W. Miller received a report of malicious damage to property at 100 Forest Glenn Drive. Norma Blanton and a neighbor, Guy Thurmond, both had their mailboxes damaged. Blanton said that around 2 a.m. she heard noise and went out to find several subjects throwing dirt clods at her house. They fled in two pickup trucks. Several other mailboxes were damaged at the same time.

August 28 – J.D. Shelton investigated a complaint of auto breaking and entry from Larry Hammond, 107 Plymouth Dr. Hammond reported that he had found a vehicle that had been broken into and he did not know whose it was. The tag was checked and traced to another resident of the apartments. The vehicle had been damaged and several parts removed.

August 29 – W.T. Cunningham, while checking the property at Modular Homes on Hwy. 153 noticed a white S10 pickup with its external lights on. Further investigation revealed Richard Hoskins of Simpsonville was intoxicated and asleep on the truck seat. He was finally awakened and admitted to having 7 or 8 beers. He is described as intoxicated and uncooperative. He was arrested and transported to the ACDC.

WILLIAMSTON

August 25 – David Munger observed a black S10 pickup being driven west on Willingham Road. When he attempted to catch the vehicle, it fled, and pulled into Blackstone’s Garage, where Munger found Michael Todd Jeckel hiding in some weeds behind the building. He was arrested for improper vehicle license and driving under suspension. He was transported to ACDC.

August 26 – R. S. Turner received a report of a burglary at 707 Welcome Road from William Lawless, Jr. He reported that someone broke into his home and stole 8 firearms.

August 28 – R.S. Turner responded to 300 Country Glen Road where Crystal Bray reported that the back window of her vehicle had been broken out. It appears that marbles were used in several similar incidents in the area that night.

August 28 – M.A. Whitfield also received a report of malicious damage from Bobby Lollis, owner of the Car Care Center at 120 Breazeale St. Two vehicles parked at the shop suffered broken glass. Again, Whitfield’s report reflects the suspected use of marbles as the missiles used.

August 28 – M.A. Whitfield got the chance to reinforce his marble theory when he responded to 104 West Park Dr. in Williamston. Carolyn Griffith reported that her car’s rear window was broken. She reported finding a clear glass marble in her drive. While they were talking, they located a second, identical marble. There were two identical holes in the window, very close together. Whitfield reported that they may have been fired from a paintball gun or something similar.

August 28 – R.S. Turner discovered that car windows  aren’t the only glass being targeted by the marbles. Anthony Garrett, of 2502 Anderson Hwy.,  reported hearing something at around 1 a.m. He found 6 windows broken out the next morning. He said that windows had been broken out more than once since April. He also found a clear glass marble after one of the April incidents.

August 28 – R.S. Turner received still another report of malicious damage to a car. This time, Charlotte Todd, of 8 Dacus Drive, reported that her window was broken and her door dented. Again, a marble was found at the scene.

EASLEY

August 18 – W.T. Cunningham investigated a motor vehicle theft at 517 Three Bridges Road. Mark Hayes reported the theft of a 2002 Yamaha 50cc minibike, blue and white with an American flag sticker on the rear fender.

August 18 – J.L. Bergholm responded to a complaint of auto theft at Mamma’s Country Kitchen, where Terry Tinsley reported the theft of his 2002 Chevy Impala. The vehicle was later recovered in Greenville County, where it had been burned. A 1991 Jaguar found in the space next to Tinsley’s car was checked and found to be stolen from Travelers Rest.

August 20  - T.B. Dugan investigated a case of burglary and breaking into an auto. Danny Motes, of 108 Caradale Way reported that someone broke into three vehicles and a storage building and stole tools and electronics worth almost $4000. Several fingerprints were found on the vehicles and entered for processing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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