residents like community as is
Approximately 30 citizens, primarily from the Cedar Grove precinct, told Anderson County planning officials they are satisfied with the current zoning and land use in the area and they see no reason for it to be any different in the future.
The citizens attended a community based planning meeting Tuesday to view future land use maps drawn up by Anderson County planners and to present feedback on their vision for the community.
The basic consensus among those in attendance was that the current land use map reflected their vision for the future and a future land use map drawn up by the county did not.
The current land use map reflects an area that is zoned primarily residential/agricultural (RA) which is low density requiring a one acre lot.
Jeff Ricketson, of The Anderson County Planning Division, presented a future land use map which showed a different view for the future, allowing smaller lots.
During discussions on the future development of the area, several residents raised questions involving mobile homes.
Ricketson said that the mobile home explosion the county experienced in recent years is no longer happening.
I think the market has corrected itself, Ricketson said.
At one time, he said, the county permitted as many as 1000 mobile homes per year. The amount is now closer to 300, he said.
The market that was buying mobile homes appears to be buying site built homes, he said.
Ricketson said if the comprehensive planning map is changed to reflect the current map, it could have implications for landowners who decided to sell property.
It could take away options for a land owner, he said. It is a double edged sword.
The new map doesnt reflect small mom and pop businesses located throughout the area.
Ricketson said most are non-conforming and are grandfathered in.
They are not on the map because you dont want them to be replaced when they do go out of business, he said.
A show of hands showed a consensus of the group wanted the area to remain residential and agricultural land use as it is on the current land use map.
The meeting was the first in the county held to allow residents in the Toney Creek, Cedar Grove, Williamston Mill and Bowling Green precincts to offer input on the Anderson County Comprehensive Map and Plan.
The comprehensive plan is required by the State to be updated every 5 years.
County officials will hold meetings over the next two years in each of the 23 communities where they were originally held in 1988.
The next meeting is for residents of Williamston, Pelzer and West Pelzer scheduled for October 28 at Williamston Town Hall.
County Council District 7 representative Cindy Wilson said the meetings are important because they are the foundation document for zoning and planning in Anderson County.
The map is also used for planning for infrastructure needs in the county, she said.
Wilson said the meetings allow residents to see how the county is viewing the area and to tell county planners how they think the area should be now and in the future.
The community based planning meetings are designed to allow residents of each community to have input into their present and future planning, she said.
Firefighters with the Williamston Fire Department recently completed an 8-hour burn training class at the Anderson County Fire Training Facility.
Sixteen firefighters participated in the live burn which included a search and rescue of all four floors, extinguishing the fire and exiting the facility.
The search and rescue of all four floors included finding and bringing out a dummy.
Classroom training was held at the Williamston Fire Dept. prior to the exercise, Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison said.
Williamston Fire Department has two certified S. C. Fire Academy instructors, Harold Nichols and Robbie Owens, who conduct the training, according to Ellison.
The 4-story fire training facility is used by Anderson County Fire and Williamston, Belton, and Honea Path Fire Departments.
The facility includes several rooms on each floor and a burn room where an intense fire is set for the training. The fire is usually set by igniting hay and pallets, Ellison said.
The facility was constructed in 1994 and allows local training as an alternative to driving to Columbia, Ellison said.
Ellison said the training exercise includes going in with three teams. One team will attack the fire, one will be the search and rescue team and the third is a RIT or Rapid Intervention Team.
The RIT team goes in when a firefighter is down or trapped inside a burning building.
Two Williamston pumper trucks were used during the training exercise.
The Williamston Fire Department was formed in 1935 and has had five chiefs. They are Steve Ellison, Tommy Walker, Mike Simpson, Chubby Norris.
The department has 25 firemen, all certified through the S. C. Fire Academy, according to Ellison.
The department has new NOMEX firefighting gear which protects firefighters from temperatures as hot as 1,400 degrees.
Firefighting equipment at Williamston includes 3 pumper trucks and 1 service truck.
The department has 2 KME 1250 gallon Class A pumpers and 1 E-1 Custom rescue pumper which also carries rescue tools and serves as a pumper.
The all volunteer department has run 130 calls this year, Chief Ellison said.
The department currently has an ISO rating of 4, one of the lowest in the state, according to Ellison.
The department is dispatched through the Anderson County 911 system.
The Williamston Fire Department and the Town of Williamston is currently in the process of upgrading radio equipment in the town, moving the antenna tower to the Virginia Drive water tank.
The move has been approved by the Town and the County and will be in service soon.
Ellison said the upgrade will improve communications tremendously.
For more information on the Williamston Fire Department check their web page at http:firedepartments.firehouse.com/dept/ WilliamstonSC.
Anderson County Sheriffs Deputies investigated the following incidents:
Sept. 15 - Canes Corner, 1120 Wren School Road, Piedmont, reported lottery tickets valued at $2,912 and tobacco items valued at $48 taken from the store. Forced entry was gained by breaking the front glass door. D. W. Parker, W. Cunningham investigated.
Sept. 14 - Robert L. Jackson, 23, 606 Holden Lane, Greenville was arrested for shoplifting and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident at Bi-Lo, 3518 Hwy. 153 Easley. Also arrested in connection with the incident were Kevin B. Mayes,41, 17 Dempsey St., Greenville, for shoplifting and public disorderly conduct and Marion Lee Bolden, 29, 58 Kingston Court, Greenville, charged with shoplifting, giving false information and public disorderly conduct. A. R. Hyslop, T. A. Caron investigated.
Sept. 13 - Marshal Edward Hanvey, 65, 5045 Hwy. 29 N. Williasmton, reported a generator valued at $1,200 taken from his carport. W. Mills investigated.
Sept. 13 - Ricky Eugene Boyce, 43, 427 A Depot Rd., Pelzer, reported hand tools valued at $600 and a generator valued at $1,500 taken from the residence. M. D. Campbell investigated.
Sept. 13 - Justine Celeste Seewald, 24, 425 Tripp St., Williamston, reported a two speaker box valued at $300 removed from the trunk of her vehicle. W. Mills investigated.
Sept. 13 - Eric Williams, 25, 7 Kingswood Dr., Greenville, reported household goods, a scooter and outdoor equipment valued at $925 taken from the residence. L. B. Culbertson investigated.
Sept. 13 - John David Kellett, 48, 300 Woodfied Dr., Piedmont reported handtools and power tools valued at $1,430 taken from a 2002 Dodge pickup. D. M. Patton investigated.
Sept. 13 - Gary Wayne Brooks, 43, 106 Sherman Court Ext., Piedmont, reported handtools valued at $470 taken from a toolbox on his vehicle. J. A. Burdette investigated.
Sept. 13 - B. James Huckaby, 21, 125 Sherman Court, Piedmont, reported tools valued a $1,470 taken from a toolbox on a trailer. J. R. Jones investigated.
Sept. 8 - Stan Scott Bryant, 47, 421 Duncan Chappel Rd., Greenville, reported items valued at $1,365 taken from a rental building at 101 Moore Rd. Piedmont. W. Mills investigated.
Sept. 12 - Charles Anthony Emming, 35, 2126 Cheddar Rd., Belton, reported items valued at $1,900 including assorted tools, nail gun and Skil saw, taken from a single wide trailer being remodeled on Browning Rd. Forced entry was gained by prying out the glass of the back door. T. A. Caron investigated.
Sept. 11 - William Joseph Partain, 28, 1 Durham Dr., Williamston, reported items valued at $595 taken from a 1991 Ford Van including a shop vac, mitre box, two Dewalt drills and a sleeping bag. Items were also taken from a mobile home which was also ransacked on Garren Rd. Reported missing were a planer, Craftsman handsaw, Ryobi router and two nailguns totaling $1,800. R. Scoggins investigated.
Sept. 12 - Luther Albert Lucas, 23, Als Auto Sales, 6738 Hwy. 81 N. Piedmont, reported a 1991 Honda Accord valued at $4,000 taken from the lot. According to the report, a 1993 Honda Accord, which appeared to be stolen, was left in its place. J. R. Jones investigated.
Sept. 11 - Piedmont Petro, 11201 Anderson Rd., Powdersville, reported a $5 gas drive off. F. Wooten investigated.
Sept. 11 - Lloyd Knight, 6 New Thorne Ct., Williamston, reported items valued at $812, including assorted power and hand tools, taken from under the home. D. Rodgers investigated.
The West Pelzer Police Department recently arrested a 15-year-old juvenile in connection with the theft of 3 vehicles in the area.
The arrest was made Sept. 10 by West Pelzer Police Chief A. W. Smith.
West Pelzer Police incident reports stated: August 28 - Lea W. McCarson, 28 Dendy St., reported A 1987 Chevrolet Blazer valued at $500 was taken from the residence. The vehicle was recovered locally. A. W. Smith investigated.
Sept. 4 - John Daniel Fowler, 2 James St., Apt. 4, West Pelzer, reported a Honda ATV 2000 valued at $4,600 taken from the residence. There was no sign of forced entry. G. R. Heydrich investigated.
A 1997 Toyota pickup valued at $9,700 and tools valued at $400 were recovered in Easley. The vehicle was reported stolen by Terry Ray Blackston, 5 Melanie Dr., Williamston.
Two of the vehicles have been recovered, Smith said.
Warrants were issued for three area 17-year-olds after an incident on September 2 in which a 14-year-old female was taken to a local hospital and treated for alcohol poisoning.
Williamston police reports state the 14-year-old was taken to St. Francis Hospital after being given alcoholic liquor then allegedly forced to consume alcohol by having it poured down her throat.
Warrants state John R. Brooks, 17, 165 New Hope Road Pelzer, was charged with assault and battery high and aggravated nature in connection with the incident.
Jeffery Scot Dalton, 17, 108 Mahaffey Rd., Williamston, and Kyle Timmons, 17, 42 Square St., Pelzer, were charged with furnishing liquor.
Reports state the incident occured at Daltons home at 108 Mahaffey Rd.
The victims father stated in the report that when she was brought home by Dalton and another individual, she was vomiting and passing out.
EMS was called and transported her to St. Francis Hospital where she was diagnosed with alcohol poisoning, having a .15% blood alcohol level after four hours. J. L. Barnes, Z. E. Gregory investigated.
Among other incidents investigated: Sept. 19 - Keith Saylors, Moores, 17 Pelzer Avenue, reported a shoplifting incident in which one pair of Tommy Hilfiger shoes valued at $49.99 and one pair of Reebok shoes valued at $49.99 were taken from the store. B. L. Wilson II investigated.
Sept. 19 - Larry Jason Maines, 24, 115 Pinecrest Dr., Greenville, was arrested for driving under suspension after a vehicle was observed on South Hamilton St., D. W. Alexander, P. D. Marter investigated.
Sept. 19 - Nicks Express Lube, 211 West Main St., Williamston, reported two payroll checks and another check taken from a cash drawer. Forced entry was gained by breaking out a glass section of a roll up door. Z. E. Gregory investigated.
Sept. 18 - William Reeves, 19 - 201 Duckworth Dr., Williamston, reported a Jenson CD player valued at $260 stolen from his car. D. W. Alexxander investigated.
Sept. 18 - Steven Kashon Anderson, 22, 614 Old Pearman Dairy Rd., was charged with malicious damage after a sprinkler was damaged in cell # 2 while he was in it on an unrelated charge. P. D. Marter investigated.
Sept. 18 - Hilda Tollison, 60, Palmetto Middle School, reported $50 in cash taken from a locked storage box. C. A. Cauthen investigated.
Sept. 12 - James William Jones, 42, 212 Charles Burton Rd., Honea Path, reported 2 railroad ties taken from the curb and thrown at the back of his 1997 Ford truck causing $300 in damage. The incident happened at Palmetto Middle, 803 North Hamilton St.. C. A. Cauthen investigated.
Sept. 17 - Dona H. Atkins, 24, 102 Jester Court, Williamston, reported $1,800 charged on a credit card which was stolen. D. W. Alexander investigated.
Sept. 16 - Palmetto Middle School, 803 North Hamilton St., reported an incident in which $300 in damage was done to a freezer and cooler in the cafeteria. C. A. Cauthen investigated.
Sept. 8 - Lelley M. Thomason, 36, 302 Trail Court, Williamston, was arrested for no vehicle license and operating an uninsured motor vehicle after a 1998 Ford Ranger was observed on Greenville Dr. Sgt. D. Munger investigated.
Sept. 15 - Maxine S. Williford, 40, 213 Mauldin St., Williamston, reported a TV and stereo valued at $400 taken from the residence. Forced entry was gained by breaking glass on the front door. P. D. Marter investigated.
Sept. 13 - James Christopher Coleman, 27, 19 Austin St., Williamston, was arrested for driving under the influence and simple possession of marijuana after a Ford Ranger was observed at the entrance of Heritage Estates. A small clear plastic bag containing a green leafy susbstance believed to be marijuana was found. B. L. Wilson II investigated.
W. A. Page, 40, 11 Thomas Dr., Williamston, was arrested for driving left of center, possession of methamphetamine, improper vehicle license, concealed weapon, no proof of ownership and operating an uninsured vehicle after a Ford Bronco was observed driving left of center on River Dr. Ext. Sgt. D. Munger investigated.
Sept. 9 - Ron Wesley Hammond, 23, 2 Libby Lane, Williamston, was arrested for improper headlight, driving under suspension, open container and simple possession of marijuana. A second person, Deena Laine Cox, 19, 4 Elrod Dr., Williamston was issued a summons for simple possession and open container. Michael Brent Pierce, 19, 118 Singletree Lane Belton was arrested for public disorderly conduct. Sgt. D. Munger, K. P. Evatt investigated.
Sept. 1 - Wanda Lynn Robinson, 34, 133 Tabitha Court Apt. B Anderson, reported a 1997 Dodge Stratus valued at $3,900 stolen. B. L. Wilson investigated.
Sept. 4 - Stanley Wooten, 34 Gray Dr. Williamston, reported items including a VCR, Sony TV, Sony Lap Top, 40 CDs, and one gold rope chain stolen. J. L. Barnes investigated.
Sept. 3 - Joey Edward Brown, 21, 803 E. Hampton Ave., Honea Path, was arrested for unsafe tires, improper vehicle license, driving under suspension and operating an uninsured vehicle after a vehicle was observed on Greenville Dr. with unsafe tires.
Richard Loyd Long, 24, 208 Ables Dr., Honea Path was arrested for public disorderly conduct. Sgt. D. Munger, K. P. Evatt investigated.
Sept. 2 - Christopher Martin Scroggs, 30, 319 Oak Hill Rd., Belton, was arrested for improper headlights, driving under suspension (more than first), open container, improper vehicle license and operating an uninsured vehicle after a 1991 Chevrolet was observed on Main St. with one headlight. Sgt. D. Munger investigated.
Sept. 1 - Jason Durrell Sims, 17, 125 Compton Rd., Belton was arrested for unreasonable noise, disregarding a stop sign, simple possession of marijuana, driving under suspension after a vehicle was observed on Gossett Dr. 5 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana was found in a small plastic bag. J. L. Wilson II investigated.
A local resident was injured in an apparent robbery attempt in the parking lot of a local grocery store Sunday. A male suspect approached Susan Emily Goforth, 20, 128 White Oak Drive, Easley, as she was getting out of her car at Ingles in Powdersville on Sunday night around 8:30 p.m.
Give me the money, he told her. When she told him that she had none, he tried to grab her pocketbook. As she pulled away, the suspect lunged toward her. Goforth reported that she felt a sharp pain in her stomach and noticed that she had been cut.
Goforth went to her mothers residence and then contacted the Anderson County Sheriffs Department. According to reports, EMS workers bandaged a laceration on her right side and transported her to Greenville Memorial Hospital.
In separate incidents, Teams Texaco reported that an individual left without paying for merchandise on two separate occasions Sunday. A customer left without paying for four cases of Budweiser valued at $90 around 2:30 p.m. The same individual returned about two hours later and carried out four cases of Bud Light valued at $60. Deputy J. R. Jones investigated both incidents.
Sept. 22 Marsh Bell Construction, 4741 Earle E. Morris, Jr. Highway, Easley, reported that someone stole a 1999 Bobcat front end loader valued at $25,000 which was chained at a job site. J. W. Lindsey investigated.
Sept. 22 Henry Owens, 30, 946 Campbell Rd., Pelzer, reported that someone entered a storage trailer and removed two Stanton turntables and an audio mixer valued at $397. D. Hodges investigated.
Sept. 22 Bobby Othel Davis, 69, 101 Johnson Court, Easley, reported that someone took a wood splitter and other materials valued at $2,352. S. Weymouth investigated.
Sept. 22 Richard D. Patterson, 36, 101 Huddersfield Dr., Piedmont, reported that someone carried away a Ryobi tool set valued at $200 from the back of his truck. N. Mitchell investigated.
Sept. 22 Simon Lamar, 29, 831 Zion Church Rd., Easley, reported that someone removed saws and trimmers valued at $719 from his carport. F. Wooten investigated.
Sept. 22 Carl Turner, 60, 409 Dewsberry Lane, Piedmont, reported that someone took a toolbox and tools valued at $555 from his truck. M. Gregory investigated.
Sept. 20 William Sank Fancher, Jr., 53, 215 Trotter Drive, Piedmont, reported that someone removed tools and a toolbox valued at $300 from his truck. M. D. Campbell investigated.
Sept. 20 Ingles, 10903 Anderson Rd., Piedmont, reported that a customer attempted to leave without paying for $181.22 in merchandise. W. Mills investigated.
Sept. 20 Shell, 2501 River Rd., Piedmont, reported that someone took two 12-packs of Busch beer valued at $12. K. L. Brown investigated.
Sept. 20 Grandma Peaches Café, 11028 Anderson Rd., Piedmont, reported that someone broke the front door glass and removed $200 from the register. T. Digirolamo investigated.
Sept. 20 Mike Young, 43, 311 Huddersfield Dr., Piedmont, reported that someone bent the locking mechanism on a storage building and took tools and water skis valued at $835. J. A. Burdette investigated.
Sept. 20 Logel Irrigation, 727 Cooper Rd., Piedmont, reported that someone cut the locks off three construction trailers and two vehicles and took a ground tamper, a concrete saw, and tools valued at $4,300. T. A. Caron investigated.
Sept. 18 John Bennett Reeves, 67, 106 South Circle, Piedmont, reported that someone cut chains and took a red Suzuki 250 valued at $2,500. J. Durham investigated.
Sept. 18 Trisha Rodriguez, 20, 820 Joe Black Rd. Lot #19, Williamston, reported that a refrigerator and household items valued at $600 were missing. D. Hodges investigated.