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(3605) Week of Sept. 7, 2005

Week of Sept. 7, 2005

Area citizens, businesses send supplies to Mississippi
Piedmont to honor decorated veteran
Neighborhood Day celebrates community
Footbridge Festival planning underway
West Pelzer reaching out to area teens
Perceived gas shortage causes lines at stations
Mayor responds to news article
Talya Henrickson to return to LA
County Council discusses zoning, drainage problem
Williamston police report
Night golf at SVCC to benefit Hospice

Area citizens, businesses send supplies to Mississippi

By Stan Welch

When hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast last week, few people realized how many lives would be touched, nor how far from the scene some of those lives would be.

 Now, more than a week later, a number of area residents and businesses have banded together to collect, deliver and distribute more than 22 tons of supplies; supplies whose presence literally spells the difference between survival and death for the hundreds they have reached.

Jeff Martin, of Martin & Martin Auctioneers, as well as other family members and employees of the company, have delivered two 48 foot trailer loads of vital supplies to ground zero, the place where Katrina roared ashore. They are gathering more supplies.

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, was a sleepy coastal town before Katrina came ashore, and leveled almost everything she touched.

The town was about the size of Pelzer, West Pelzer and Williamston combined, guesses Jeff Martin, who says that he has no doubt that anyone within a quarter mile of the Gulf beaches who did not flee perished.

“The destruction was total. We drove 40 miles of Gulf beaches, and we saw four houses that could even be identified, as to style or size. I can only compare the sights to pictures I have seen of Hiroshima, Japan, after it was bombed.”

Jennifer Martin, Brandon McGee, and Jeff Upton also went along. Jennifer and Brandon were both obviously affected by their experience; an experience far from their ordered lives back home.

 “We were a little worried once we got as far as Meridian, because it was hard to find gas, and the lines were backed up for miles. We had three pickup trucks, two pulling large trailers, and one eighteen wheeler. Luckily, we took a reserve tank of gasoline, but we had to use 15 gallons of that before we got where we were going,” said Jennifer.

Where they were going was a place most people were trying to escape from. Bay St. Louis and nearby Waverly were ground zero for Katrina’s fury.

According to the Martins and McGee, the residents had been battered and beaten and, to an extent, abandoned.

“You see all the coverage of New Orleans, and it’s horrible. But these people have nothing, and they are being overlooked,” said McGee. Added Jennifer, “They are literally camping on mounds of rubble.”

All three of them said that it was almost miraculous that they found an old train depot to use as a distribution center.

“There wasn’t even a window broken. It’s like we were meant to have that place to use,” said Jennifer. Once they got settled in, it took 6 or 7 hours for people to find them.

“When the word got out that we were there, people kept coming non-stop until we had to stop because of darkness. It just wasn’t safe for us or them to keep going without light,” said McGee. All three said they had never seen such total darkness.

They also said that whatever lawlessness and chaos was plaguing New Orleans was absent in Bay St. Louis.

“We never for a moment felt we were in danger. The people were so very appreciative. They would cry, and return some of the things we gave them, to make sure other people got some. They helped us unload the trailer. It was just so emotional to see their situation,” said Jennifer. She estimated that they probably supplied 500-600 people, but added, “A lot of them explained that they were taking supplies back to little pockets of people, 10 here and 15 there, who couldn’t come themselves.”

All three credit Tare Kennedy, of Kennedy Owen Transportation in Pelzer with getting them access to such a hard hit area.

“Tare and some of the volunteer firemen got in touch with the firemen down there and they got us cleared into the area,” said Jeff Martin. “Tare and one of his drivers drove the big rig down there, and Todd Campbell, of Campbell Crane, bought a bunch of food and went with us. He cooked hot meals for the rescue workers and firemen. People sometimes forget, those guys have very little to work with either, and their homes and families suffered too.”

Joe Martin, of Martin & Martin Cattle Company, worked with the USDA and the Cattleman’s Association to collect and deliver a truck load of supplies to the Jackson MS fairgrounds, a staging area for relief efforts.

Jeff, a private pilot for thirteen years, flew the company’s small plane down. While he was there, he flew a doctor and a fireman into locations that larger planes could not reach. Martin was clearly impressed with the efforts of the Salvation Army on the ground.

“They are out there with these people, working to reach them and give them help. If you want to make a donation, that group seems to have less red tape and more get up and go than anyone else I saw,” he said.

The Martins plan to continue their efforts. Donations of supplies are being collected at the South Greenville Fire Department, Sam’s Club in Anderson, The Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, and at Martin & Martin Auctioneers at Highway 8 and I-85.

They caution that water is no longer a desperate need. “The National Guard has that pretty well taken care of,” said Jeff. “GatorAde is badly needed, and any kind of cleaning supplies. Gloves of any kind, old or new, to help protect those removing debris. Bleach. Lysol, non-perishable food items, diapers, paper products, you name it. Things that we all take for granted. There is very little that they don’t need.”

That includes money. The Martins have established the Martin & Martin Katrina Relief Fund at First Citizen’s Bank. They point out that no expenses are being deducted from the contributions. “Those folks need every cent we can raise. We’re footing the bill for the operating costs and transportation,” said Jeff. McGee said he couldn’t even bring himself to eat while he was there. “We ended up giving most of our food away too. It just felt like we were taking it out of their mouths, and they need it so much more.”

The group also distributed chain saws and generators that local businesses had provided. “The mess those people have to clean up is beyond belief,” said McGee. “They are all just living day to day, grateful for a bite to eat and some water to drink. It sure changes your perspective on things to see something like that.”

Jennifer Martin agreed, saying, “It was so hard to leave those people, knowing what they were faced with. You just want to stay and help.”

Other businesses and churches who have donated include Haynesworth,Sinkler Boyd, Upstate Cardiology, Bargain Foods, Sam’s Club, Phillips Recoveries, Panagakos Asphalt, R & R Equipment, Besco,V & V Equipment, Palmetto Farm  Supply, SGFD, Shiloh UMC, Pelzer Wesleyan Church, Guthrie Grove Church of God, Glendale Baptist Church, and as Jennifer says, “hundreds of friends, family colleagues and neighbors who have contributed to this important cause.”

For more information call (864) 947-7888.

 

Piedmont to honor decorated veteran

Piedmont will honor Vietnam Veteran Staff Sergeant Joe R. Hooper, one of the most decorated veterans, for his service in Vietnam, for which he received eight purple hearts, six bronze stars, three silver stars and the Congressional Medal of Honor,

A special celebration and dedication program honoring the Piedmont native, Vietnam Veterans and naming a road for Sgt. Hooper will be held this Sunday, September 11 at 11 a.m. at Beattie Hall Commuity Building in Downtown Piedmont.

Speakers will include General Hoyt Thompson, speaking on Patriotism, and retired Lt. Col. Tom Devenny, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Piedmont.

A barbecue lunch will follow the worship service in the Rowell Club Room of the Beattie Hall Community Building.

A special dedication and naming of the road honoring S/Sgt. Hooper will be led by Francis Curry, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient during World War II. Curry, the last living WWII veteran from N. Y. state, now resides in South Carolina.

A stone marker erected in S/Sgt. Hooper’s honor will be unveiled in front of Beattie Hall.

The event is being sponsored by the Piedmont Community Improvement Association.

Publicity Chairman M. J. “Dolly” Cooper of Piedmont, who is retired from the South Carolina House of Representatives and also a retired Technical Corporal during World War II said that the general public is invited to attend. Cooper urges all veterans to come and participate, stating that everything is free. Donations will be accepted, he said.

Hooper was a Staff Sergeant in the U. S. Army, Company D, 2nd Battaliion (Airborne), 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.

He was cited for conspicuous gallantry in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.

While serving as a squad leader with Company D, assaulted a heavily defended enemy position along a riverbank when it encountered a withering hail of fire from rockets, machineguns and automatic weapons.

S/Sgt. Hooper rallied several men and stormed across the river, overrunning several bunkers on the opposite shore. Thus inspired, the rest of the compnay moved to the attack.

With disregard for his own safety, he moved out under the intense fire and pulled back the wounded.

Hooper was seriously wounded, but refused medical aid and returned to his men.

S/Sgt. Hooper then singlehandedly stormed 3 enemy bunkers, destroying them with hand grenade and rifle fire, and shot 2 enemy soldiers who had attacked and wounded the Chaplain.

Leading his men in a sweep of the area, S/Sgt. Hooper destroyed 3 buildings  housing enemy riflemen. At this point he was attacked by a North Vietnamese officer whom he fatally wounded with his bayonet. Finding his men under heavy fire from a house to the front, he proceeded alone to the building, killing its occupants with rifle fire and grenades.

By now his initial body wound had been compounded by grenade fragments, yet dispite the multiple wounds and loss of blood, he continued to lead his men against the intense enemy fire.

As his squad reached the final line of enemy resistance, it received devastating fire from 4 bunkers in line of its left flank. Sgt. Hooper gathered several hand grenades and raced down a small trench which ran the length of the bunker line, tossing grenades into each bunker as he passed by, killing all but 2 of the occupants.

With these positions destroyed, he concentrated on the last bunkers facing his men, destroying the first with an incendiary grenade and  neutralizing 2 more by rifle fire. He then raced across an open field, still under enemy fire, to rescue a wounded man who was trapped in a trench.

Upon reaching the man, he was faced by an armed enemy soldier whom he killed with a pistol. Moving his comrade to safety and returning to his men, he neutralized the final picket of enemy resistance by fatally wounding 3 North Vietnamese officers with rifle fire. He then extablished a final line and reorganized his men, not accepting treatment until this was accomplished and not consenting to evacuation until the following morning. His valor, leadership. and self sacrifice were directly responsible for the company’s success and provided a lasting example in personal courage for every man in the field.

Neighborhood Day celebrates community

Strong Communities for Children is encouraging the celebration of National Neighborhood Day on September 11 as a way to strengthen neighborhoods, support families and protect children. Observed annually on the second Sunday in September, National Neighborhood Day is a day to recognize and reinforce relationships with our neighbors that are the fabric of our communities.

September 11 also marks the fourth anniversary of the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Communities, neighborhoods and churches in the Strong Communities service area of southern Greenville County and adjoining communities in Anderson County are planning events designed to get people out of their homes to get to know or become reacquainted with the people who live nearby.

In West Pelzer, activities are planned for September 10-11. West Pelzer families are invited to the West Pelzer Fire Dept. on Hwy 8 on September 10 for a Safe Community Open House.  The event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will feature fingerprinting of kids, smoke alarms for those who need them and light refreshments.

On September 11, West Pelzer residents are invited to come out to “Sundaes on Sunday.” The free old fashioned ice cream social will be held at West Pelzer Fire Dept. 1 – 4 p.m.

Continuing the community theme, residents of Pelzer, West Pelzer and Williamston will join for a Community Forum on September 15 at Williamston Town Hall on Main St. to discuss ways to improve the lives of children and families in the area. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a free hot dog supper and will include a door prize drawing.

Augusta Acres/Belmont community plans a National Neighborhood/Community Day on September 10 adjacent to Belmont Fire Dept., Fork Shoals Rd., Greenville. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. and will feature free food, kids’ activities and door prizes.

Kids ages 12 and under are invited to participate in a Bike Rodeo in Fountain Inn on September 11 from 2-4 p.m. Participants should bring bikes and helmets to the lot behind the Fountain Inn Civic Center.

Three-wheeled vehicles are acceptable for younger riders. Prizes, safety manuals and refreshments will be offered at no cost. Since September 11 will also be Grandparents’ Day, riders who bring their grandparents along will get an extra prize.

Scores of churches in southern Greenville County and Anderson County will distribute Strong Communities bulletin inserts with information on the value of strengthening neighborhoods and practical ways to accomplish that during worship services on September 11.

A celebration of National Neighborhood Day challenges us to take purposeful action to protect a valuable feature of our society that we risk losing, not by outside attack, but through internal neglect – meaningful, mutually supportive relationships with our neighbors, officials said.

National Neighborhood Day offers an opportunity to turn a day of tearing down into a day of building up – the individual hearts and spirits of our neighbors and the collective hearts and spirits of the communities we live in.

“The building and sustaining of neighborhood relationships provide the foundation for stronger, more caring communities,” said Dr. Gary Melton, director of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University and director of Strong Communities. “It is in such communities that our families can successfully meet the challenges they face and that our children can thrive.”

Some churches plan services that focus on neighborhoods as a support for families of young children.

For more information, visit the National Neighborhood Day website at www.neighborhoodday.org.

Strong Communities for Children in the Golden Strip (Strong Communities) is a comprehensive, community-wide initiative to prevent child abuse and neglect in southern Greenville County and adjoining communities in Anderson and Laurens counties.

Strong Communities seeks to build systems of care for families of young children including through the development of centers of community in all of the participating communities. Strong Communities is a public service activity of the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University, based at The Golden Strip Center and supported by a multi-year grant from The Duke Endowment. For more information, visit www.clemson.edu/strongcommunities or call 864-688-2214.

Footbridge Festival planning underway

With just over a month to go, planning is underway for The Piedmont Footbridge Festival which will be held October 15 in downtown Piedmont. The festival, which has traditionally been a two day event, will be an all day event this year, with activites 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 to top off the local event.

“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.

Special events planned for the 2005 festival include a shagging contest, car show, market place, crafts, food, and a chili cookoff.

“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. To sign up in advance to be a dance contestant, call Carolyn Reeves at 864-845-6693. Pre-registration is not required, organizers said.

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.

Craft vendors and others interested in offering interesting and unusual items at the Market Place should contact Jane Carpenter at 864-845-6803 for information and entry forms.

Persons interested in participating in the chili cookoff can present their special chili recipes for judging with others. For more information, contact Sandie Garrison at (864)-845-3404. Prizes will be awarded.

A highlight of the festival is the vintage auto show. The BAC Street Auto Show will return for the eighth year and promises to be interesting. Top awards will be presented along with great giveaways and door prizes. For more information or registration, contact Larry or Lynn Helms at (8640 277-7264.

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

West Pelzer reaching out to area teens

By Stan Welch

West Pelzer Mayor Peggy Paxton, as part of the Strong Communities program, is looking for input from area high school students.

The Mayor is announcing the formation of a teenage committee at Palmetto High School, seeking greater community involvement from the teens, while offering more relevant activities to the teens. The students will be informed of the committee’s existence during Friday’s morning announcements.

The decision to seek such involvement had an unusual source. The Mayor happened to be in court the other day, when a student came before the judge. The mayor later spoke to the student, and asked what would keep teenagers out of trouble in town.

The answer was more and relevant activities; in other words, something to do. Mayor Paxton decided to try and assemble a committee of interested teens and meet with them to see what could be done. “We’ll get them together in a big room, and we’ll listen to what they have to say. We want to provide them with support, but they will have to do the work, raise the funds for their activities. Mayor Page Henderson of Pelzer agrees with me that we have facilities we can make available, but if they want to have a dance, they can do car washes or whatever to raise the money.”

Those facilities would include the park, and the community building and gym.” Williamston took off with the skate park, and this is a similar idea. It’s not just for West Pelzer. It’s for all three towns, and kids who live in the outlying areas,” said Mayor Paxton.

The mayor stressed that no tax dollars will be used for this program. “It’s part of our participation in the Clemson University Strong communities program, which is funded by the Duke Endowment. We plan on it being self-sufficient. If they say they’re looking for something to do, raising funds is something to do, right? At least until they have enough to pay for a dance.”

Aside from the physical activities, the Mayor sees another benefit. “This will give these kids a sense that they have a voice in their community. Maybe it will make them think about staying near home when they get out in the world. I mean, these are our future leaders, it’s important for them to be involved in their communities.”

Perceived gas shortage causes lines at stations

While local residents were filling up their gas tanks and extra containers last Wednesday, gas prices jumped an additional 10 cents, surpassing the $3 per gallon point by Wednesday evening and up to $3.29 at many locations Thursday morning. Later in the week the price settled to around $3.03 per gallon

Fears of a gas shortage due to hurricane Katrina caused many area residents to purchase extra gas.

Colonial Pipeline, a major supplier, which has distribution tanks in Belton, announced that it was safely restarting its pipeline August 31 after being shut down due to power outages associated with hurricane Katrina.

According to the companys website, initial service restored provided between 25% and 35% of Colonial’s normal operating capacity by mid week. Both gasoline and distillate service was included in this system restart.

Following the baseline restoration of partial service, Colonial continued with the installation of distributed generation equipment along its system in Louisiana and Mississippi to provide electric power. This power allowed Colonial to gradually increase the rate of throughput on the system throughout the weekend.

Colonial Pipeline announced it had safely returned to full, normal operating conditions late Monday for all of its main lines and stub lines. Full commercial electrical power has been restored to serve the pipeline, and Colonial is now delivering into all locations along its system.

“We have received outstanding support and cooperation from local, state and federal agencies, from emergency response organizations, and from law enforcement across our system,” said David Lemmon, Colonial President and CEO. “We can’t say thank you enough to the utility crews and our employees who have worked so tirelessly. We are all very pleased that Colonial is once again safely delivering both gasoline and distillates all along our system.”

Colonial Pipeline, headquartered in Alpharetta, Ga., delivers a daily average of 100 million gallons of gasoline, home heating oil, aviation fuel and other refined petroleum products to communities and businesses throughout the South and the Eastern United States. Colonial consists of more than 5,500 miles of pipeline, originating at Houston, Texas, and terminating at the New York harbor.

Mayor responds to news article

Williamston Mayor Phillip Clardy responded this week to an item mentioned in a story in last week’s Journal which stated that a recently purchased Dodge Durango is the preferred mode of transportation for the mayor with assistant Joshua Barnes as driver.

Clardy disputed the statement that the vehicle is his preferred method of transportation.

The statement was based on observations by The Journal over the last two months, in which the mayor is often seen, along with Barnes, in the Durango and the fact that the Town-owned Mayor’s vehicle, a Ford Crown Victoria, which has been the subject of criticism by citizens in the past, has remained parked at Town Hall during most of the period.

Clardy said that the Durango was purchased for code enforcement and other police matters and is primarily used for that purpose. He said the vehicle is a town vehicle and is used for town purposes.

According to Clardy, he and Barnes do travel together in the vehicle to meetings in which both need to attend but disputed the statement that it is his perferred transportation.

“It would be foolish to drive two vehicles,” Clardy said. “It saves the town money.”

Clardy said there are numerous meetings in which Barnes is required to attend because of his duties as the Mayor’s administrative assistant.

According to Clardy, Barnes attends any meeting that he should be a part of as a staff member or that fall under his duties as Administrative Assistant to the Mayor.

Clardy defended the purchase of the vehicle, which has been the subject of some controversy in recent weeks.

He said the payments were appropriated in the town’s budget which was approved in December, 2004.

Clardy contended that the purchase was approved by members of council who he said were all aware that he was considering the purchase of a vehicle.

Clardy said that council didn’t have to vote on the purchase because it was already in the budget. His explanation was that it was a line item purchase and needed no vote of approval by Council.

He also stated that because it was being financed, he did not need council approval, though normal governmental procedures for municipalities to borrow money require a borrowing resolution approved by the council.

No public vote was taken by Council on the purchase, nor was there any public discussion of purchasing a vehicle.

According to state law, no vote or consensus can be taken among councilmembers in an executive session.

Two councilmembers stated that the purchase of a vehicle was discussed in an executive session, though they said that they only thought it was being considered and both were surprised that the mayor purchased a vehicle and financed it.

Both councilmembers also stated that the amount discussed was less than half of the $16,000 purchase price of the vehicle.

Talya Henrickson to return to LA

Talya Henrickson is returning to Los Angeles this week for the opportunity to audition for a TV pilot show that will showcase finalists from across the nation in the FAMEUS  talent competition sponsored by Debbie Allen.

The 14-year-old and her family made a cross country trip to LA in early August where she participated as a finalist in the talent search and placed 3rd in the nation in the country music vocal category.

Henrickson received a personal invitation from Debbie Allen, who has been impressed with the local singers talents since she participated in the Greenville competition, where she took first place.

Allen personally called to invite Henrickson to come to the Disney tryout on September 8.

She and father Mike were to fly out today, Wednesday, audition for the TV pilot Thursday, and return home Friday.

Talya said her first trip to LA was great, though she said she wouldn’t want to live there.

“I really enjoyed it. It was a new experience,” she said. “I’ve never done something that big before.”

She performed the same song she did in Greenville, “Love Gets Me Every Time” by Shania Twain, in front of about 600 people.

Out of a possible 300 points, she scored 272 in the competition, good enough for a third place finish in her category.

Only first place winners were to go on the final night performance in front of record producers, music industry professionals and others. However, Talya and others chosen by Allen, were allowed to perform in front of the industry professionals along with  the first place winners.

Talya said she was not as nervous performing in LA as she was during the Greenville competition which she said was good enough to allow her to go there. “It was a good experience for me,” she said.

“It is all about having fun. I knew if I was nervous, it would show and if I enjoyed it, they would,” she said.

After leaving the Hollywood scene, she said she thought she would never go back, yet just three weeks later she received the personal invitation from Allen and she is going back. “I didn’t expect that,” she said. “Hopefully something good will come out of it. If not, that’s ok too,” she said.

Talya is the daughter of Mike and Cindy Henrickson of Williamston. She is a freshman at Palmetto High School.

County Council discusses zoning, drainage problem

By Stan Welch

If anyone had any questions about Anderson County Councilman Larry Greer’s feelings about the separation of church and state, they were answered during a 10 minute presentation at the September 6 meeting.

Following the completion of the first few housekeeping details on the agenda, Greer made a presentation on the presence of several terms in various historic American documents which he says indicate clearly that our forefathers intended to involve religion and Providence in the conducting of the nation’s business.

He ended his scheduled presentation by informing Council Chair Gracie Floyd that he wanted to be left on the list of council members asked to start the meetings with an invocation.

Moving on to the Council’s business, the Council quickly voted to give second reading approval to three requests for rezoning. Second reading approval was also given to a fee in lieu of taxes arrangement with TECHFAB, LLC. No one spoke at the scheduled public hearing. An ordinance to establish a home detention program for eligible prisoners also received second reading approval.

A zoning request to rezone 77 acres from R-20 to R-15 passed despite the opposition of Councilwoman Cindy Wilson. The property is located at Shackleburg Road and Thompson Road. Wilson said that the utilities at that end of the road were insufficient for the rezoning. County Planning Director Jeff Ricketson explained that failure by the developer to provide water and sewer would result in the zoning change being denied.

Another zoning request was tabled, due to a lack of information. That request sought to rezone 4106 Liberty Highway from C-3 to MF.

Maurice Lopez spoke against the request, saying that the residences along the lake would be negatively impacted by the construction of condominiums, and the attendant increase in traffic.

Developer Richard Bennett, who sought the change, said that residential development, even if it were multi-family, would be preferable to commercial development. Upon a motion by Councilman Fred Tolly, the request was tabled until more information could be made available.

Council approved a resolution congratulating the Town of Belton on its upcoming Sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary as a town. Council also declared the fourth Monday in September as Family Day –A Day to Eat Dinner with your Children – based on evidence that such activity reduces the likelihood that your child will do drugs.

Christy and James McDaniel, of Alicia Road, appeared before Council to ask for help with a development whose construction has resulted in flooding on their property. The 130 acres is being developed by Lenarr homes. The McDaniel’s property lies just below the 130 clear cut acres, and is suffering significant impacts from runoff, as well as the developer’s efforts to address the runoff.

A 50-60 foot retaining wall has been built which literally looms above their property, and water has been run across their property to a nearby drainage. The couple had photos and offered to present video tape evidence of their claims.

Council listened intently, but stated that they had little or no jurisdiction, since the property had been annexed into the city.

The McDaniels’ property, however, remains  in the County; therein lies the problem. Ricketson opined that there were serious engineering problems at the site, which he had recently visited. “I’ve looked at the plans as they were originally drawn, and at the revised plans their offering now. It seems that the project wasn’t built as drawn, and now they’re trying to fix it.”

Part of that solution appears to be the rerouting and upsizing of a drain line, one which McDaniels says will still flood his property. Ricketson agreed, saying, “It really just moves the problem. It doesn’t solve it. Sooner or later, the issue has to be addressed.”

The McDaniels’ main problem, however, according to both Councilwoman Wilson and County Attorney Tom Martin, is the multi-jurisdictional nature of the situation. The McDaniels live in the county, but the city has issued the permits and is responsible for enforcing the regulations involved. DHEC and DOT have both been passing the buck, according to McDaniels.

He acknowledged Chairperson Floyd’s regrets that the County can do little to help, aside from protecting their interests concerning Alicia Road, which appears to have been damaged by the construction. “I know this isn’t the county’s fault,” said McDaniels. “But we’re crying out for help.”

Floyd and Council instructed Ricketson to meet with the McDaniels and make sure they understand the issues involved before going to the City to seek relief there.

Williamston police report

Williamston police officers investigated  the following incidents during August:

Aug. 24 - Officers responding to an alarm at 620 Greenville Dr., found a front glass door broken causing approximately $500 in damage. R. D. Brownlee, D. W. Alexander investigated.

Aug. 25 - Rodney Lamar King, 33, 645 Cherokee Rd., Pelzer, was arrested for panhandling after officers were dispatched to Tripp St., and

Whilden St., after receiving several calls from nervous citizens. K. P. Evatt, D. W. Alexander investigated.

Aug. 31 - Harold Maurice Dean, 48, 9 Washington St., Williamston was arrested for trespassing after being observed exiting the parking lot of Sav-Way, 309 E. Main St. Sgt. A. B. Singleton investigated.

Sept. 1 - Michael Timothy Fisher, 17, was arrested and a 16-year-old juvenile referred to DJJ after they were observed wandering in the hallway of Palmetto High School. When confronted by assistant principal Mike Kelly, they ran from the building, only to be seen later by a teacher at Palmetto Middle School. Neither were students at either school. Fisher was charged with disturbing schools. Lt. J. T. Motes and J. T. Bauer investigated.

Sept. 2 - William Eric McGinnis, 22, 119 W. 21st St., Williamston, was arrested for providing false information to officers, no drivers license in possession and no proof of insurance after Sgt. Steve Clardy reported a suspicious vehicle parked in front of the Haven of Rest Thrift Store on West Main St. Sgt. J. H. Kirby investigated.

Aug. 11 - Matthew Sterling Sandefor, 19, 15 Black St., Williamston, was arrested for disturbing the peace after police were dispatched to Hamilton St. and Stone St in reference to a white male throwing items at passing vehicles. Sgt. A. B. Singleton, Sgt. J. H. Kirby investigated.

Aug. 19 - Clyde Alton Bishop, 58, 14 Dacus Dr., was arrested for public disorderly conduct after officers were called to the residence. R. D. Brownlee, D. W. Alexander investigated.

Aug. 13 - Stewart W. Burkhart, 58, 208 Pelzer Ave., Williamston, reported a 28 inch deck Craftsman lawn mower valued at $100 and a $10 limb trimmer were missing from a storage building behind the residence. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

Aug. 21 - A 13-year-old and a 14 year old juvenile were suspended from Palmetto Middle school after being found with a knife in their possession. Parents were contacted and they were picked up. J. T. Motes investigated.

Aug. 8 - Stanley Stewart, 139 Randall Road, Easley, reported a back glass of his 2001 Dodge Ram truck was shot with a BB gun causing $600 in damage.

Aug. 24 - Alberto Paredes Machuca, 38, 203 Garland Dr., Williamston, was arrested for unsafe equipment and no drivers license after a red Toyota was observed on Belton Dr. with a brake light out. He presented a Mexican drivers license. K. P. Evatt investigated.

Aug. 20 - Lonnie D. Dean, Jr., 40, was arrested for outstanding bench warrant. Sgt. A. B. Singleton investigated.

Aug. 21 - Hazel M. Bryant, 101 Parker St., Williamston, was arrested for open container, no proof of insurance and no vehicle registration after officers stopped the vehicle she was driving because officers recognized a passenger in the vehicle she was driving as a person with an active warrant. The passenger, Charles Michael Martin, 48, 101 Parker St., was tazered after not obeying officers commands and then was arrested for outstanding warrant for using a vehicle without the owners consent. Sgt. J. H. Kirby investigated.

Aug. 19 - Kawana Tonette Royal, 33, 206 North Hamilton St., reported an air condition unit valued at $75 stolen from a utility building. G. R. Heydrich investigated.

Aug. 20 - Michael Seven Reddick, 29, 18 River St., Pelzer, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after officers were dispatched to 1520 Anderson Dr. (Hardees) parking lot in reference to a suspicious person there after hours. According to reports, a container with 1.2 grams of a crystal type substance and a blue cylinder with .1 grams of a crystal substance were found in his possession. Sgt. A. B. Singleton, G. R. Heydrich investigated.

Aug. 16 - Hazel M. Bryant, 101 Parker St., Williamston, reported a 1996 Dodge pickup valued at $4,000 taken without her consent. Sgt. J. H. Kirby investigated.

Aug. 11 - Deborah Kelley Thompson, 47, 260 Holland Ford Rd., Pelzer, reported a rear wing spoiler from a 1986 Ford Mustang, valued at $3000 stolen from a vehicle at Main St. Motors. C. J. Sanders investigated.

Aug. 13 - Jonathan Leroy Smith, 30, 112 Calhoun Rd., Apt. C-3, Belton, was arrested for speeding and no drivers license after a 1994 Jeep Cherokee was observed on Belton Dr., travelling at a high speed. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

Aug. 14 - James Anthony Jerman Simmons, 31, 1202 Southwood St., Anderson, was arrested for no proof of insurance and speeding after a 1998 Ford  TLS was observed on Anderson Dr. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

Aug. 13 - Jeffery Scott Dalton, 19, 108 Mahaffey Rd., Williamston, was arrested for open container after a Chevrolet truck was observed on Anderson St. with a headlight and tag light not working. R. D. Brownlee, J. L. Barnes investigated.

Night golf at SVCC to benefit Hospice

Hospice of the Upstate is sponsoring a Night Golf Tournament on Friday evening, Sept. 30, at Saluda Valley Country Club on Beaverdam Rd. in Williamston. The tournament will be a Nine hole, Four-man Captain’s Choice without carts. Registration and a BBQ dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a shotgun start about 8 p.m.

The fee is $50.00 per person which includes the BBQ, refreshments and lighted balls for each player. Greens will and parts of the fairways will be marked with lights, but bring flashlights. Come enjoy a unique experience!

All proceeds will benefit Hospice and be used to help support  monthly Children’s Grief Workshops held at the Anderson County Arts Center. Please contact Jeannie Duke at 800 261-8636 ext. 125 to register a team or for additional information.

Also the First Caring Hands Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Hospice of the Upstate will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 at Brookstone Meadows Golf Club, 100 River Club Dr., Anderson. Registration will begin at 11 A.M. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The format will be 4 man Captain’s Choice. Entry fee is $300 per team, with checks to be made payable to Hospice of the Upstate.

Mulligans and red tees will be available. There will be prizes including longest drives and closest to the pins.

All proceeds will be used to help Hospice provide for indigent patients. Please call Glenn Hardy 864 375-0050, Roger Pedrick, 864 225 4884, or Jeannie Duke at 800 261-8636 or 864 224-3358 ext. 125, for reservations or additional information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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