News Archive

(3907) Week of Sept. 26, 2007

Textile Heritage being celebrated
West Pelzer approves budget
Attorney General issues opinion on time capsule
Enrollment figures show District One running out of classroom space
Local serviceman killed in Iraq
Benefit planned to help with medical bills
Mayors proclaim Constitution Week
County water projects on five year list
Deputies arrest resident in mobile home arson
Stormwater manager named
Public invited to help manage area growth
Household trash should be bagged, separated for pickup
Seems to Me . . . Whistling Dixie

Textile Heritage being celebrated

Textile Heritage will be celebrated throughout the area during the first week of October as part of the South-wide Textile Celebration.

The event will kick off with grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Up Country History Museum this Saturday, September 29, at 10 a.m. Activities will include an oral history program featuring Textile Baseball, hosted by a panel of former Textile heroes.

Speakers will include Joe Anders of Brandon/Easley, the foremost expert on “Shoeless Joe” Jackson as well as a source of many textile league stories. Milford “Punchy” Howard, of Piedmont Ranger fame, will share his experiences on a varied career. Norman “Spud” Chandler, another Piedmont Ranger, will share his stories as a star pitcher with the High School, Erskine College, (member of their Hall of Fame), and the Atlanta Crackers before finishing out his career with the final Ranger teams. Serving as moderator of the panel will be Don Roper, (Saluda Sam) who grew up and attended many events during the glory days of Textile Sports.

Other programs and tours of the new exhibits will be ongoing during the day, officials said. Exhibits will cover all areas of history of the upstate.

The Up Country History Museum is located on College Street in Greenville and will be open for tours all day Saturday. Regular operating hours will begin Tuesday October 2. Hours are  9 to 5 weekdays and 1 to 5 on Sundays.

Textile Heritage celebration will kick off locally with the first annual Textile Heritage Golf Tournament to be held Oct. 2 beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Saluda Valley Country Club in Williamston. For information or registration, contact Bob Duke at 864-230-6596.

An all day festival type celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 in Greenville at Dunean Baptist Church at the Dunean Mills complex.

 Beginning at 10 a.m., entertainment will feature the Back Proch Gang, and debut of the Textile Heritage Society Band. In addition to music, there will be antique cars, story telling, food, vendors, historic displays, Veteran recognition and Textile Sports displays. For information contact Don Harkings at 864-0201-5875.

The celebrtation will continue on Sunday at Emmanuel Baptist Church at Mills Mill, where an old time singing and fried chicken dinner will be held. Gospel singing will begin at 10:30 a.m. followed by dinner on the grounds at 12:30 p.m. For information, contact Marshall Williams at 864-235-1106.

Many area mills will have historical displays set up on Saturday including Pelzer and Piedmont. The newly organized Greenville Textile Heritage Society is coordinating the event. Call 201-5875 for more information.

West Pelzer approves budget

By Stan Welch

The West Pelzer Town Council gave final approval to the town budget Thursday at a special called meeting. The budget underwent some minor changes, but the totals remained unchanged.

Projected general fund revenues for the Town total approximately $347,000, while projected expenditures are estimated at approximately $301,000. That leaves a projected amount of approximately $46,000 for capital projects.

Water and sewer revenues are projected at $414,000. The Town expects to spend $95,000 just purchasing water from its supplier.

Following a public hearing at which no one spoke, the question of the number of hours to be worked by the court assistant was discussed. Councilman Joe Turner said he thought it was supposed to be twenty five hours a month, not a week. Councilman Marshall King asked if the Town couldn’t designate hours when court payments would be accepted. “We shouldn’t have to be responsible for having someone be here all the time. “

Mayor Paxton reminded the Council that the budget called for a salary of $13,000 annually. “We either have to have someone here or Judge Scott has to do it.”

The new court administration system, designed to bring all court systems into compliance with a state standard of accountability, will require that either the assistant or the judge in any given court handle all monies. Town attorney Carey Murphy reminded the Council that the court assistant, whom the town has hired, will have to learn the new system. “There will be considerable time spent in training. Once that is achieved, you can review the number of hours needed. Still, many of the hours spent will be court room hours. There will be days when ten or twelve hours will not be out of the question.”

Murphy said he and Judge Scott had discussed the matter and planned to split the Town’s court sessions into at least two days each month.

Councilman Jimmy Jeanes raised the issue of contingency funds. “I looked up contingency to see what it means and it looks to me like it means it’s there so we can spend it. It just puts a different light on the budget for me.”

Mayor Paxton explained that other towns put contingency funds in place to allow for unexpected expenses. “They do it so that a special meeting doesn’t have to be called to authorize spending two hundred dollars on something. This way, the funds are there and they can be used for whatever comes up.”

She added that some of the recently elected Council members would have to undergo certain classes, as well as the new Town Clerk having to attend state mandated training as well. “These are expenses that can go over budget from time to time and the contingency allows us to adjust to those things.”

Attorney General issues opinion on time capsule

By Stan Welch

 A recent opinion issued by the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office confirms that Town Councilman Marion Middleton, Jr. acted improperly by commandeering a crew of municipal workers, along with town equipment, to exhume and relocate the time capsule which was buried more than thirty years ago.

The opinion, which was sought by Mayor Phillip Clardy as a result of Middleton’s actions during August, cites several legal opinions and rulings which clearly state that a single member of a council, unless specifically authorized by law to perform a function, cannot act alone, but must have the authority of a majority vote.

The opinion, dated September 13, concludes, that “assuming no statute or ordinance provided councilman Middleton with authority to exhume the time capsule, it appears that such action may only be taken by town council as a whole. Without a vote or action of a majority of the members of council, councilman Middleton would be without the authority to instruct Town employees to exhume the time capsule.”

The issue arose when a deadline for the capsule’s removal, set as a condition of the sale of the old Town Hall, passed without the capsule being relocated. Mayor Clardy has said that there was no urgency since there would have been plenty of time to act, should a sale of the property be initiated.

Both the old time capsule and a new one were scheduled to be buried at the current town hall during the Fourth of July ceremonies this year. That ceremony was postponed. The capsule was finally buried during a ceremony at the Spring Water Festival in late August.

In the time between the Fourth of July and the Spring Water Festival, Councilman Middleton, Jr. gathered several municipal workers and a backhoe and removed the capsule, relocating it to an undisclosed location. Mayor Clardy first learned of the relocation at a Council meeting when Middleton, Jr. informed the council that the capsule had been moved. Clardy expressed his displeasure at that time, saying that the people of the Town deserved to have been informed of the relocation, so they could attend if they wanted.

Middleton later said he knew his action would cause controversy but he added, “The Mayor just takes too long doing things. We had a deadline in the land sale contract and it had passed. I just decided that it needed to be moved.”

Enrollment figures show District running out of classroom space

Anderson School District One Board members looked at enrollment figures for the District’s 14 schools Tuesday in preparation for consideration of a building program  to meet the needs of the growing area.

District One Superintendent Dr. Wayne Fowler presented current and projected enrollment figures based on what he said was a conservative 3.5 percent growth rate trend for District One.

According to Fowler the District’s nine elementary and primary schools, with the exception of Pelzer Primary, are expected to see a 3 or 3.5 percent increase in enrollment each year over the next four years.

Cedar Grove, Concrete, Palmetto, and Spearman are currently at or exceeding capacity and there are portables in use at three of the four elementary schools.

Wren Elementary is projected to be at or over building capacity by 2009-2010. Wren currently has two portables in use.

Enrollment for Pelzer and West Pelzer is expected to remain under their building capacity of 160 and 500.

Powdersville Elementary and Hunt Meadows are also expected to remain under their capacity of 650 students.

Dr. Fowler said that the shifting of attendance lines, which affected Concrete, Hunt Meadows, Powdersville and Wren, allowed the District to use available classroom space.

By 2011, the District will have 617 more elementary students than current facilities are designed to house, Dr. Fowler said.

Palmetto Middle and Wren Middle, both in 50 year old buildings, are already exceeding their capacity of 750 students. 

Palmetto Middle has 769 and Wren 788. Dr. Fowler said Palmetto Middle is projected to see a 2 percent increase yearly over the next four years and Wren is projected to see a 3 percent increase each year, resulting in projected enrollment in 2011-12 of 832 for Palmetto and 887 for Wren.

Powdersville Middle, a fairly new school, is designed for 550 students. There are currently 544 enrolled and  the school is projected to see a 3 percent increase by 2011 to 612 students.

Dr. Fowler said that Middle School enrollment is expected to increase by 230 students by 2011-12. Palmetto Middle has one portable and Wren has two portables in use.

According to Dr. Fowler, a major consideration for District One is what to do about the two high schools.

Wren High is already 96 students over the building capacity of 1600 and though Palmetto High is 49 under, enrollment at the school is projected to be above the 950 capacity by the 2009-10 school year.

Dr. Fowler told the board that without any growth, just based on the current enrollment in the feeder schools, the District will have 1713 students at Wren  High by 2011.

Palmetto High is expected to see a 3.3 percent increase and Wren is expected to see a 3.5 percent increase each year over the next four. Again Dr. Fowler said the numbers are very conservative.

Over the next four years, the District is expected to see an increase of 1251 students, the Superintendent said.

Assistant Superintendent David Havird then presented the board with options that the administration feels will be needed at each school to meet the growth needs.

According to Havird, Cedar Grove will need 6 to 8 classrooms; Palmetto Elementary will need a building addition with 6 to 8 classrooms; Spearman will need an addition and/or a new school; Wren will need 6 to 8 classroom, possibly 10.

Concrete Primary has the most urgent need and will need 8 to 10 room addition.

Powdersville Elementary and Hunt Meadows are in good shape for several years, he said.

Wren and Palmetto Middle schools will need remodeling and some additions, he said.

Powdersville Middle will need 8 to 10 rooms, Havird said.

Havird said both high schools will need additional space or the District could consider a new high school for the Powdersville area.

According to Dr. Fowler, the next step for the District will be to recruit focus groups from the community to answer key questions and to decide on two or three options facing the District.

Options according to Dr. Fowler are consideration of a new high school for Powdersville which would be designed for approximately 725 students. This is the most expensive option. Less costly would be the option of building a freshman academy near Wren High.

The least costly option is to  build a two story addition at Wren High to gain enough space to get through the next three to five years, according to Dr. Fowler.

Board member Tom Merritt said that growth in the district was a blessing and that people wanted to locate in the area and that growth was a blessing.

“We’ve been very conservative financially and we’ve got to address this idea,” he said.

Board member Joe Pack commented, “The longer you wait, the more it will cost.”

Dr. Fowler said that District officials will begin recruiting persons for the focus groups within the next week.

Representatives will include parents, PTA members, business people and area residents. Each of the focus groups will have 10 to 12 members each. Meetings will be scheduled on each end of the District, Dr. Fowler said.

Local serviceman killed in Iraq

U. S. Staff Sgt. Terry Daniel Wagoner, 28,  of Pelzer was killed Sept. 14 while serving on his second tour of duty in Iraq.

He leaves behind a wife, daughter and host of relatives.

Wagoner’s military awards and decorations were numerous and included the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Serice Medal and Combat Action Badge.

He attended Woodmont High School, where he was a member of the track team.

Services were conducted Sept. 22 at Washington Baptist Church, Interment was in Cannon Memorial, Fountain Inn with full mililtary honors.

Benefit planned to help with medical bills

A benefit day is being planned Saturday, October  6, to help a local woman who has extensive medical bills associated with a rare disease that affects the arteries.

Proceeds from the Miss Sunshine Pageant and a Beach Music benefit will go to a fund for Kisha Hyde, a 28 year old single mom who was diagnosed in Sept. 2006 with Takayasus Arteritis. The disease is a rare auto-immune disease that affects one in 10 million white women.

She was diagnosed after having a stroke and being in St. Francis Hospital for two weeks where she had extensive testing.

Because of the disease, she has no blood pressure or pulse in her left arm. Her neck arteries are 60 to 65 percent blocked and the diseased arteries cannot be stinted, her mom, Emily McCall said.

Her main aorta is stenosed and she has light stenosis in her kidney artery.

Kisha is taking 22 different medicines. Hopefully the medicine will help stop the progression, buyt will not reverse damage already done. She also has Fibromyalgia.

Early symptoms of the disease include fever, fatique, weight loss, arthritis and non-specific aches and pains. There may be tenderness overlying affected arteries.

Later symptoms include pain in the limbs, dizziness upon standing, headaches and visual problems. Blood vessels may be narrowed to such an extent that the normal pulse in the neck, elbow, wrist or lower extemeities cannot be felt.

Kisha filed for Social Security disability in 2006, but has yet to be approved. Kisha has Cobra Health Insurance, which pays for medicine, doctor co-pays and trips to Johns Hopkins. These bills alone are approximately $2,000 per month.

Kisha is a 1997 graduate of Hillcrest High School and is a licensed practical nurse.

She was attending Greenville Tec working toward a Bachelor of Science in nursing when she became ill. She worked for three years at St. Francis and Rolling Green Nursing Home. She was working with NHC of Mauldin and Pediatric Services of America before her illness.

She said her deepest love of nursing was in caring for the elderly and for special needs children.

The Miss Sunshine Pageant will be held October 6 at 11 a.m. at the Williamston Municipal Center. Registration will be held at 10 a.m. on the day of the pageant.

Pageant categories are Baby Miss and Mr. (0-11 months), Wee Miss and Mr. (1-2 years), Tiny Miss and Mr. (3-4 years), Petite Miss and Mr. (5-6 years).

Also Junior Miss (7-9 years), Preteen Miss (10-12 years), Teen (13-16 years), and Miss (17-19 years).

Fees for the beauty pageant are $40 with optional categories including photogenic, $10; natural photogenic, $10; prettiest hair $5; prettiest smile $5; prettiest eyes $5; best dressed $5; and fun wear $10. Pageant and all 6 are $80.

Hot dog plates including chips and drinks will be available for $3.

Later that same day a benefit beach music and shag dance will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Municipal Center Auditorium. The musical benefit will include The Royal Scotsmen Band, Kenny Brazeal and singing sisters Celeste Davenport and Larissa Whiteside.

There will be door prizes every half hour with a $1 donation to enter.  Door prizes include dinners, DVD player and a one night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn in Anderson.

Auction items include a set of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Jr. knives, a one night stay at the Westin Poinsett Hotel and $50 gift certificate to California Dreaming and a 26 inch HD color TV.

A silent auction will be held at 8 p.m. Barbecue and hot dogs will be available.

Donations may be made to a non-profit checking account for the Sharmala Kisha Hyde fund which has been set up at Wachovia Bank.

Mayors proclaim Constitution Week

Two hundred and ten years ago, one of the world’s most remarkable political documents was signed in this country, establishing a form of government which continues to be the model that other nations strive for.

Last Thursday, the Mayors of Williamston, Pelzer and West Pelzer, signed a joint resolution declaring the week of September 17-23 as Constitution Week. Mayors Clardy, Davis and Paxton joined Lena V. Horton, of the Snow Campaign Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, in commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution.

In a written statement, Ms. Horton reminded us of the tripartite form of government the Founding Fathers established, thereby establishing a system of checks and balances that keep one branch of the government from gaining supremacy.

“We need to thank our forefathers, who in order to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterity, did ordain and establish a Constitution for the United States of America”, which gave us the freedoms we enjoy today.

Mayor Clardy thanked Horton, who has worked to ensure the commemoration annually for many years. “Ms. Horton, you are as dependable as the seasons. Your dedication to this cause is well known and greatly appreciated.”

County water projects on five year list

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council heard a report at the last meeting concerning the county’s comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS), as formulated by a variety of state, county and municipal authorities. Appalachian Council of Government (ACOG) representative Chip Bentley presented an update to the Council.

According to federal standards, the CEDS document is designed to promote economic development and opportunity, foster effective transportation access, enhance and protect the environment and balance resources. The CEDS document is a compilation of various economic development projects underway or planned in the area. The ninety six projects listed in the document include water, sewer and transportation projects, as well as others designed to enhance tourism.

Among those projects are a number planned over the next five years in the Williamston – Belton-Honea Path area. Three projects are slated for the Big Creek Water District, including construction of an elevated 750,000 gallon tank. Projected cost for that project is $1,150,000. Also planned is the installation of 7000 linear feet of six inch water main from Crawford to Youth Center Road, and an additional 7000 linear feet of six inch main on Stone Road from Welcome Road to Beaverdam Road. The total estimated cost for those two projects is $332,500.

The Hammond Water Company service area is slated to see construction of the Evergreen Road Loop, which will comprise 10,500 linear feet of six inch water main in a loop from Highway 81 back to Highway 81, at a cost of $250,000. A project to replace 29,000 linear feet of eight inch main due to road widening from the Jockey Lot to Snow Road is expected to cost $800,000. In addition, 5700 feet of six inch main is slated for installation from Hopewell Road to Long Road at an expense of $136,000.

The Powdersville Water District has two projects on the list. One is a four mile extension of an existing 12 inch water main from Highway 81 to Shackleburg Road to create what is described as “a much needed loop to support heavy residential and industrial growth.” The projected cost for that project is $1.5 million, while the conversion of paper maps to the new GIS format to show aerial views of the area is expected to cost $165,000. Construction of a new regional convenience center is projected at a cost of $300,000. Construction has begun on that project, which is located at the Dolly Cooper Park on the banks of the Saluda River.

Belton is slated for a water tank at a cost of $500,000, in order to expand services to the East Calhoun Rd. and Blake Dairy Rd. areas.

Several major road projects are also on the list. Two of those are major projects in the Belton –Honea Path area. Both were included on last year’s failed sales tax option project list. Projected costs for widening US 76 from Honea Path to US 25 are $53,500,000, while widening SC Highway 247 to four lanes from Belton to Ware Place is priced at $80,000,000.

Midway Road is slated for a million and a half dollars worth of paving and spot improvements, while a natural corridor that spans the county, including Concord, Hopewell, Breazeale and Cheddar Roads, all remain to be determined, both as to cost and as to a date of construction.

All projects on the list show a time range from 2007-2012. In order to be eligible for any available federal funding, the projects have to be on the list.

Deputies arrest resident in mobile home arson

Anderson County Sheriffs Deputies investigated the arson of a mobile home and other incidents recently. Among incidents investigated were:

BELTON

 On September 23, Deputy C. Whitfield was summoned to 207 Genevieve Drive, where firefighters were at the scene of a burning single wide trailer. The firefighters advised that the suspect, Sherry Powers, WF, 49, 5’4", 200 pounds, blonde/blue, of the same address, would not let them put out the fire. Another deputy, Deputy Neuburn arrived and the firefighters were able to proceed. According to the incident report, Powers told Deputy Neuburn that she burned the trailer. Arson investigator Jimmy Sutherland arrived and soon advised the deputies to place Powers under arrest.  According to reports, Whitfield had arrested  Powers in the past and knew that she had attacked law officers. After three commands to Powers to comply, she was tasered and arrested. She was transported to ACDC on charges of Arson.

Sept. 21 – T.B. Dugan was dispatched to the AnMed emergency room where Michelle Walls, WF, 27, of Belton, reported that she had been assaulted.

Sept. 23 – T.B. Dugan responded to a convenience store on Highway 29, where Marie Blend, a clerk at the store, said that a person had paid for some items with two counterfeit five dollar bills. Dugan examined the bills and found that both had the same serial number. A surveillance tape was to be made available on Monday, Sept. 24.

PELZER

Sept. 21 – J.F. Parker responded to 330 Lebby Dr. to the BiLo supermarket, where Bruce Davenport, of Piedmont, reported that while he was in the store, someone stole his Big Bear 350 four wheeler off his trailer. Witnesses in a nearby part of town said they saw a white male between 18-25 years of age ride by their house on a four wheeler shortly before Davenport came by looking for it. The ATV is beige with a gray metal basket on the rear rack and a big winch on the front. It is valued at $3000.

Sept. 23 – J.D. Hill responded to 150 White’s Dr. where Robin White reported the theft of her 1989 blue Dodge Caravan. The van has a temporary tag on it.

PIEDMONT

Sept. 21 – D.W. Davis and B.C. Kelley responded to 3000 Earle E. Morris Hwy. where Jose Solorazo reported that his 1993 white Honda Prelude had been stolen from the Burger King parking lot where he had left it. The car was valued at $2500

Sept. 21 – D.W. Davis and B.C. Kelley responded to 2100 Highway 86 where Peter King reported that the driver of a Swift Truck struck him from behind with the vehicle. King stated he had told the driver to get the truck out of the parking lot, and then turned to walk off. According to King, that’s when the driver let the truck roll forward and strike him. A mark of the grill was visible on the back of King’s shirt. King had called Swift and received a reference number. Deputies planned to follow up on the case.

Sept.21 – K.D. Pigman responded to 3204 Hwy. 153 to the Carolina Home Showcase where Randal Walker reported the theft of several tires from a mobile home frame on the lot.

Sept. 22 – D.W. Davis and B.C. Kelley were dispatched to 110 Ross where William Chambers reported that someone had tried to break into his shed, damaging the door but not getting in.

Sept. 22 – D.W. Davis and B.C. Kelley responded to 105 Barbara Dr. where Joe Hood reported that someone had broken into his shed and several items being stolen including two chainsaws, a du\isc sander and a Craftsman toolbox. The items were valued at $1025.

WILLIAMSTON

Sept. 21 – K.D. Pigman responded to 213 Wood Trail Dr. where Charlotte Kidd reported she had been hit in the head during an argument. No physical injuries were visible and no arrests were made. Pigman planned to present the case to a magistrate.

Stormwater manager named

Anderson County Environmental Services announces the hiring of Jonathan A. Batson as Stormwater Manager. Batson will assume his duties on October 8. The Dept. of Environmental Services will continue stormwater responsibilities until that time.

“The United States enacted legislation known as The Clean Water Act which makes county government responsible for implementing regulations and programs that address water quality initiatives,” said Anderson County Administrator Joey R. Preston. “The new stormwater department is our response to these unfunded mandates. We had 27 applicants for this position. Jonathan was by far the best fit. His credentials and experience will be an asset as we progress towards compliance with these new federal and state mandates for stormwater management.”

“The Environmental Services Division is proud to welcome Jon Batson as the new Anderson County Stormwater Manager,” said Anderson County Environmental Services Director Greg Smith. “Mr. Batson brings 6 years of experience with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in the field of Environmental Quality Control to Anderson County . I am excited that Anderson County has been fortunate to find someone so experienced in such a specialized field.”

Batson was previously employed as Environmental Health Manager with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) in Anderson . Batson attended Clemson University , earning both Bachelor and Master degrees in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Wildlife Biology. He is a certified EPA NPDES Inspector (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) and has certifications in Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, Chemistry of Hazardous Materials, Basic Incident Command System and National Incident Management System.

As Stormwater Manager, Batson will oversee the activities of the Stormwater Management office; assure compliance with state and federal regulations and permits, including the Clean Water Act and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit; develop and maintain the stormwater management plan and ordinances required for implementation; and coordinate all field sampling & other activities related to watershed water quality

Batson’s education and experience were evaluated with the requirements for the position resulting in a starting salary of $55,000, County officials said.

On September 18, Anderson County Council voted to approve Ordinance No. 2007-029. This ordinance amended the Stormwater Management and Sedimentation Control Ordinance (Chapter 38, Article V) in order to comply with unfunded mandates handed down to the County by the United States and the SC DHEC, Ordinance No. 2007-029 provides for: protection of the general health, safety and welfare of the people of the county; enhancement of the quality of water in the county and protection of the natural assets and resources of the county for posterity.

Public invited to help manage area growth

Anderson County Planning officials have scheduled meetings to discuss future development and the implementation of the County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan during October and November.  The purpose of the meetings will be to receive input from citizens on the management of future growth and development in Anderson County. Specific topics to be discussed will include, but are not limited to, tree preservation, protection of open space, traffic management, storm water management,  zoning and land use, and community appearance.

Representatives from the County Council Committee on Zoning and Land Use Policy will be present, as well as members of the Anderson County Planning Commission. County staff will be on hand to facilitate the discussion and receive input.  The input received will be used to formulate and enact policies to implement the recommendations of the recently adopted Anderson County Comprehensive Plan 2026 and the Imagine Anderson Community Vision.

Six community planning meetings will be conducted throughout the county. The meetings will begin at 7 p.m., and will last approximately one hour, officials said. The meeting schedule is October 4, Belton-Honea Path High School.; October 11, Pendleton Branch Library, 650 S. Mechanic St.; October 23, Crescent High School; November 1; Wren High School; November 8, Palmetto High School; November 15, Anderson Main Library.

The meetings are open to the public and constructive comments are welcome. All residents are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact the Anderson County Planning Division at 260-4043.

Household trash should be bagged, separated for pickup

Williamston residents are reminded that garbage, limbs and other items to be picked up by the town should be separated and meet certain guidelines.

Williamston Street Department Head John Owen also asks that trash be out for pickup by 7 a.m. on the day of pickup.

Weekly trash pickup is normally  scheduled for Ward 1, on Monday; Ward 2, Tuesday; Ward 3, Wednesday; Ward 4 on Thursday and limb and other items on Friday.

 To be eligible for pickup by the town, the town’s ordinance states that garbage should be placed in plastic bags, should be in garbage containers not larger than 32 gallons and that containers should have a drain hole in the bottom.

Garbage and trash containers should be placed on the side of the street at the edge of the property on the morning of the day of pickup which begins at 7 a.m.

Items such as paint cans, cardboard boxes, flower pots and large plastic toys that will not fit into plastic bags can be place beside other bagged garbage.

Leaves and grass clippings should be in enclosed disposable containers such as plastic bags, securely tied and placed in a location near the street and in a separate pile from other trash or debris. No other foreign materials, such as paper, cans, flower pots, metal, string or glass, can be mixed with grass clippings or leaves.

Normal seasonal yard trimmings and pruning such as tree limbs, shrubs, small stumps, vegetative materials, silts, rootmats, gravel, rock, topsoil and clay in reasonable quantities will be picked up by the town.

Yard trimmings should be placed at the edge of the property on the weekend before the week of normal pickup and should be separate from all other trash and debris.

The use of larger containers and carts, which are often used in larger cities, became the topic of discussion last week for Williamston Town Council.

Many town residents are using the 96 gallon carts for their garbage, according to Owen.

The town’s primary garbage truck is not equipped to handle the carts, however a new truck the town is considering purchasing later this year will include equipment to handle the carts.

Funds from the town’s garbage $10 per month collection fee is being placed into an account which should have enough in it to purchase the truck by the end of the year, officials said.

Town councilmembers indicated they will look at allowing the 96 gallon carts in the future, but still must decide how the carts will be paid for.

Councilman Carthel Crout said it may be two years down the road.

The Town’s Holiday trash pickup schedule for the rest of 2007 and 2008 is as follows:

Normal pickup - Ward 1,  Monday; Ward 2, Tuesday; Ward 3, Wednesday; Ward 4, Thursday and limb and other items on Friday.

Thanksgiving week - Ward 1, Monday; Ward 2, Monday; Ward 3, Tuesday; Ward 4, Wednesday.

December 24-25 - Ward 1, Wednesday, Ward 2, Wednesday; Ward 3, Thursday; Ward 4, Friday.

New Years, January 1, 2008 - Ward 1, Monday; Ward 2, Wednesday; Ward 3, Thursday; Ward 4, Friday.

MLK birthday, Jan. 21 - Ward 1, Tuesday; Ward 2, Wednesday; Ward 3, Thursday, Ward 4, Friday.

Good Friday, Mar. 21 - Ward 1,  Monday; Ward 2, Tuesday; Ward 3, Wednesday; Ward 4, Thursday.

Memorial Day, May 26 - Ward 1,  Tuesday; Ward 2, Wednesday; Ward 3, Thursday; Ward 4, Friday.

Independence Day, July 4 - Ward 1,  Monday; Ward 2, Tuesday; Ward 3, Wednesday; Ward 4, Thursday.

Seems to Me . . .
Whistling Dixie

By Stan Welch

Well, Councilman Ron Wilson has certainly thrown the gauntlet down! HE has decided that Councilwoman Cindy Wilson is disruptive; and you have to take that as an expert opinion coming from Mr. Wilson, who certainly knows a thing or two about being disruptive.

Mr. Wilson has publicly berated Ms. Wilson twice in recent weeks. The first time was at a joint meeting of the County Council planning committee and the Planning Commission. He took her to task for asking questions about the past performance of county inspectors in requiring developers to comply with county and state permit conditions. He berated her for “harping on” such matters, despite the fact that he wasn’t even on the Council when the issues at hand first arose.

He is apparently of the opinion that she takes too many “digs” at members of the administration, and to be sure, she does sometimes hurt her own effectiveness by her tendency to make little throw away accusations. Why that’s any of his business remains a mystery, except that he’s decided to make it his business. But he has no problem with the questions she asks; he said so himself at the last Council meeting, just before he attacked her and promised not only to second no more of her motions, but to challenge her own personal approach to meeting her responsibilities to her constituents. He just doesn’t like the way in which she conducts herself. That’s rather intriguing, considering the fact that Ms. Wilson is unfailingly courteous, even to those who do not deserve courtesy. Until recently, she and Mr. Wilson shared that trait.

Mr. Wilson’s statements raise several questions. The first would be, Mr. Wilson, do you know where District Six ends and  District Seven begins? The second question would be, do you really think that anyone except Messrs. Greer, McAbee, and Thompson, along with Ms. Floyd and the official Preston posse, give a flying squirrel whether you second the motions made by Ms. Wilson or not? Do you think they care whether Ms. Wilson’s efforts to leverage some form of accountability, efforts which you lauded in your own election campaign a year ago, fail by a vote of 5-2 instead of 4-3? The fix is in; it has been in for several years, and your jumping on the bandwagon means nothing.

However, you using promises of support for Cindy Wilson’s efforts to establish accountability as a campaign platform plank, as well as your promise to seek a full and thorough audit, does mean something. It means that a great many people now consider you just another politician who will say whatever it takes to get elected. The results of that remain to be seen, but not for too long. We’re a short nine months from the June 2008 primaries.

Your unwavering support of pursuing a full audit consisted of making a motion ONCE to amend the agenda to allow for a discussion of the issue. That was almost eight months ago. That motion was predictably defeated, and instead of putting your formidable political skills to work in building a consensus, you poutingly declared any further such efforts useless. No sense in harping on it, I guess.

You say that when you joined the Council, you had a viewpoint concerning the county administration similar to Cindy Wilson’s because that was the only viewpoint you had heard. Wow! Really? Because most people don’t have any trouble hearing a variety of viewpoints in Anderson County, even over near the county line.

Certainly Mr. Preston’s high priced, high powered apparatus spares no effort in getting his side of the story into the public view. So your claims of a road to Damascus type experience that convinced you of the efficiency and efficacy of the Preston regime ring just a little hollow. In fact, given Mr. Preston’s efforts to secure the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ national convention for Anderson, the echo of your claims sounds a bit like ‘Dixie’!

Mr. Wilson if your remarks to and about Ms. Wilson in recent weeks were some sort of quid pro quo for favors accepted, we can mark it up to Anderson County politics as usual. But if you or anyone else on Council thinks that your declaration of war will move her one millimeter from her position of demanding accountability from the administration, and engaged participation by the Council, seems to me you really are whistling Dixie!

 

 

 

 

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