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Week of Oct. 8

Council to send letter of support for textile industry
Confederate graves to be marked in ceremony Sunday
Wren High’s Homecoming festivities in full swing
Tax increase to fund more teachers
Footbridge Festival organizers ready for October 17-18 event in Piedmont
County Council decides county to operate QRV

Council to send letter of support for textile industry

Williamston Town council will draft a letter of support for the local textile industry which will be sent to political representatives and the president, officials decided Monday.

Mayor Phillip Clardy and Councilmembers Greg Cole, Cecil Cothran, David Harvell and Wade Pepper hope to raise awareness of the effects of foreign made textiles on the textile industry, both nationally and locally.

Textile employee Barbara Vaughn, of Mount Vernon Mill, asked the town and community for support in regards to the textile trade situation. “I hope you all work with us and help save our jobs,” Vaughn said.

Mayor Clardy suggested a document of resolution to be adopted by the mayor and council to be sent to congressmen and the president.

The resolution will address the impact on the nation regarding lack of restrictions in the textile trade situation, Clardy said.

Clardy also suggested area citizens send a similar letter on the situation to bombard representatives and the president.

Clardy said he had recently met with Congressman Gresham Barrett and others to discuss the situation.

Following a 15 minute agenda work session prior to the regular meeting, Council began their meeting with a 15 minute executive session to discuss personnel matters.

Upon returning to regular session, Council then approved second reading on a towing ordinance setting a cap on fees that can be charged by towing services that are on the town’s rotation list.

Clardy said that it became evident that in addition to regulating towing agencies, the town was looking at regulating the conduct of those businesses on the list.

Town Attorney Richard Thompson said that new wording in the ordinance sets caps and regulates towing practices.

Thompson said the revised ordinance states that businesses on the wrecker rotation list must have insurance, workers comp and property insurance and must provide written documentation to the Town.

Upon recommendation of Police Chief Troy Martin, Council decided to require towing businesses to update proof of insurance every six months.

The ordinance sets fee limits that can be charged by wrecker services on the rotation list at  $75 max for towing small vehicles; $40 per hour recovery fee; and storage limit of $10 per day.

On larger vehicles, max fee for towing is $200; $50 per hour max on recovery; and $20 per day for storage.

 Council approved second reading with the changes 5-0.

Council also approved use of the Municipal Center facilities for a community wide costume ball on October 31.

Mayor Clardy asked council to approve the event as an alternative for families and said some refreshments such as hot dogs will be served this year. Council approved the request 5-0.

Carolyn Duncan of the Williamston Area Historic Commission asked Council for permission to allow the Butler Guard to fire a cannon three time this Sunday, Oct. 12 in connection with a ceremony at the Williamston cemetery.

The 3 p.m. program will recognize 58 confederate soldier grave sites in the cemetery. It will also include replacing iron crosses permanently marking the soldiers grave sites, Mayor Clardy said.

Clardy also said he was told by organizers that the event will make history by being the largest number of  graves sites being recognized in the state.

Council also tentatively approved a lantern tour at the cemetery in March which will be sponsored by the Butler Guard.

Connie Barnwell, representing descendants of West Allen Williams, presented the town with a check for $600 to help with placing a black iron fence around the Williams family gravesites located in Mineral Spring Park.

Barnwell read a letter of thanks from family members stating the reinterment has brought the scattered family together and she believes the site will be a point of historic value in the future.

Barnwell asked that a fence gate which was once on the Williams property that is now in possession of the Town be used at the site.

Barnwell also presented the Town flag which draped Williams’ coffin to be displayed in the town’s museum.

Council approved a budget worksession to be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 23. The mayor will meet with supervisors Oct. 16 and again with Council on the 23rd.

Council also unanimously approved a request by the Palmetto High School ROTC  to allow the Palmetto High School ROTC to march down Hamilton, Main and Minor St.  to the veterans monument for a program on veterans day.

Council also approved a request by Topeka Grayden for use of the municipal center facilities Nov. 15 for a pie contest. The fundraising event will have professional judges and help underprivileged youth in the Anderson and Williamston area according to Grayden.

Police Chief Martin told Council the police department has received a grant for $3,614 for communications equipment. The funds will be used to purchase five Motorola radios, he said.

He also said the department is applying for drug enforcement grants money.

Clardy announced that AnMed will offer flu and pneumonia shots at the Williamston Municipal Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m in Oct. 30. Cost will be $10 and $21.25 with payment by cash or check only. Insurance will not be accepted he said.

Councilman David Harvell brought up several concerns including an old car and tires at a residence in his ward, school cut through traffic on McClellion St. and the possibility of placing a guardrail at Mauldin and McClellion St.

Mayor Clardy said the county had looked into the situation and determined that an easement would be necessary and would require cutting off the drive thru at a business.

Confederate graves to be marked in ceremony Sunday

Fifty-eight graves of Confederate veterans will be marked in a ceremony at the Williamston Cemetery on Sunday October 12 at 3 p.m.

Members of several re-enactment and living historian groups including the Butler Guard 2nd SC Infantry, Hampton Legion and the John Thomas Ashley Camp 43 will be present in uniform and will participate in the ceremony. Col. John Vaughn, director of the Battle of Anderson, will speak at the event.

Permanent markers will be placed on the graves prior to the ceremony, and a Confederate flag will be draped over each grave. As members of the Williamston Area Historic Commission (WAHC) read the names of each soldier, the flag will be removed and placed beside the grave and one red rose placed on each grave.

WAHC members participating in the ceremony will be Julia Mize, Lia Clardy, Carolyn Duncan, and Johnnie Bell who chaired the committee which spearheaded the project to locate the graves of the veterans. Williamston Mayor Phillip Clardy along with other officials will also be on hand for the event.

Proceeds from the Battle of Anderson are designated for marking all of the Confederate graves in Anderson County. The Butler Guard recently participated in marking 20 graves at Ebenezer Methodist Church in Belton. According to organizer Allen Ashley, Sunday’s event will feature the largest number of graves to be marked in the state at one time.

The Butler Guard donated 20 markers for the Williamston project. The remainder of the markers will be paid for by the Town of Williamston.

The graves of the following veterans will be recognized in the ceremony: Cpl. Joseph M. Acker, 4th Infantry; Richard Acker, SC Infantry, Hampton Legion, Co. D; Maj. G. W. Anderson, Lt. Artillery, 3rd Palmetto Battalion, Co. E; John A. Attaway, 2nd Artillery, Co. K; William H. Austin, 1st Regiment, Orr Rifles, Co. G;

H. R. Barmore, 6th Cavalry, Co. G; Thomas J. Bladon, 2nd Artillery, Co. K; Dr. Benjamin Frank Brown, 2nd Rifle, Co. L, Surgeon;

J. F. Campbell, SC Infantry, Hampton Legion, Co. D; A. W. Clement, Hampton Legion, Co. B; Andrew A. Cobb, 2nd SC Rifles, Co. C; Thomas Cox, SC Infantry, Hampton Legion, Co. D; Sgt. Thomas W. Crymes, Infantry, Hampton Legion, Co. D;

B. F. Dacus, 2nd SC Rifles, Co. F; John Arving Dacus, 20th Infantry, Co. A; Lt. Col. D. L. Donnald, SC 2nd Rifles, Co. F; 1st Lt. Dr. H. I. Epting, 3rd Infantry, Co. H; Chaplain John Finger, 2nd SC Rifles, Co. C;

James. E. Gaines, 1st Regiment, Orr Rifles, Co. K; J. C. Gambrell, Infantry, Hampton Legion, Co. I; 1st Sgt. R. S. Goodgion, 14th Infantry, Co. C; Sgt. John F. Greer, 2nd SC Rifles, Co. A;

A. J. Hall, 2nd Infantry, Co. F; William Hand, 3rd Btn. Infantry, Co. B; Capt. B. C. Hard, 5th Regiment, Co. D; William Holder, SC Infantry, Hampton Legion, Co. D; 1st Lt. Charles Horton, 2nd Rifles, Co. G; 2nd Lt. James W. Huff, Infantry, Hampton Legion, Co. E; W. C. Hutto, Infantry, Hampton Legion, Co. H;

Van Irby, 22nd Infantry, Co. G; Joseph Jackson, 57th Infantry, Co. G; J. B. Jennings, 2nd SC Rifles, Co. K; J. D. Johnson, 1st Infantry, Butler’s Infantry, Co. F; W. A. Johnson, 1st Infantry, Butler’s Infantry, Co. A;

M. M. Manly, 1st Artillery, Co. K; Capt. B. C. Martin, 8th, Co. D; Thomas McClellion, Infantry, Hampton Legion, Co. D; Joseph McCullough, 5th St. Troops, Co. C;

Abner H. McGee, 1st Regiment, Orr Rifles; T. A. Meares, 2nd SC Cavalry, Co. F; W. T. Meares, 14th Infantry, Co. E; Richard A. Owings, 25th Infantry, Co. E; H. M. Prince, 4th Battalion, Res, Co. B; 2nd Lt. W. L. Prince, 1st Infantry, Co. C;

John Ranson, 1st Regiment, Orr Rifles, Co. C; H. Roberson, Palmetto SS, Co. E; Sgt. L. B. Roberts, 17th Infantry, Co. B; J. B. Rogers, 1st Regiment, Orr Rifles, Co. H; Jacob Rogers, Lt. Artillery, 3rd Palmetto Battalion, Co. G;

Sgt. John Sadler, 1st Regiment, Orr Rifles, Co. D; J. M. Scott, 1st Infantry, Co. A; W. M. Spearman, 24th Infantry, Co. F; William Stephens, 6th Infantry, Co. D; Robert Stewart, 2nd SC Rifles, Co. B; J. F. Stone, 6th Infantry, 2nd, Co. I; George Sullivan, 1st Infantry, Co. I, 2nd Infantry Co. I; A. J. Surrattq, 5th SC Infantry, Co. D, Palmetto Sharpshooters; Thomas Sweat, 5th Infantry, 2nd, Co. B.

Wren High’s Homecoming festivities in full swing

Wren High School will crown its 2003 Homecoming Queen this Friday during halftime – this after a week of festivities that included everything from zany dress-up days to a parade.

Spirit Week for Wren began with Pajama Day on Monday, followed by College Day (Tuesday), Wacky Wednesday, Generation Day (Thursday) and Blue and Gold Day (Friday)¡. 

Students also participated in Penny Wars – a fund-raising competition between classes – and “Jail and Bail” – where students and faculty could “imprison” people for $5 or more. Proceeds from the fund-raisers will benefit efforts to purchase a new computer for the Student Council and Christmas presents for the underprivileged.

A Homecoming parade is set for Friday at 1:15 p.m., which will file past Wren Elementary, Wren Middle and  Wren High and include the Homecoming candidates, Little Mr. and Miss Wren, and Wren cheerleaders and football players.

Those vying for Homecoming Queen include: Brittney Martin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Martin of Easley and sponsor of Christopher Bolding; Samantha Harrison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Harrison of Easley and sponsor of Lenell Dean; Lauren Kindley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Kindley of Pelzer, sponsor of Blake Holder and junior class representative for the Queen’s Court; Candace Evans, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Evans of Liberty and sponsor of Daniel Ivie; Brittany Porter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Porter of Easley and sponsor of Brent Martin; Dana Schupbach, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Schupbach of Easley and sponsor of Blake Mathis; Dusti Pottberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Law of Piedmont and sponsor of Seth Limbaugh; Jessica Miller, daughter of Mrs. Becki Miller of Piedmont and sponsor of Justin O’Shields; and Kari Anne Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Edwards of Easley and sponsor of Wes Padgett.

Also, Courtney Tallyen, daughter of Russ and Kathy Tallyen of Piedmont and sponsor of Derek Pressley; Hillary Cox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Cox of Williamston and sponsor of Matthew Rivenbark; Erica Caldwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Caldwell of Easley and sponsor of Clark Tookstool; Hillary Finlen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Finlen of Easley and sponsor of Andrew Shipman; Megan Bobo, daughter of Tommy and Janet Bobo of Easley and sponsor of Tyler Stone;  and Tiffany Ann Honea, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Honea of Piedmont and sponsor of Corey Zupansic.

Those also making up the Queen’s Court include Brittany Dean, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Dean of Easley and senior class representative; Amy Boggs, daughter of Richard and Judy Boggs of Pelzer and sophomore class representative; and Lauren Gabrielle Flynn, daughter of Terry and Valerie Flynn of Williamston and freshman class representative.

The Wren High 2003 Homecoming Queen will be crowned during halftime festivities at the Wren vs. Pickens game Friday at 7:30 p.m.

District One tax increase to fund more teachers

Citing the need for more teachers, Anderson One Superintendent Dr. Reggie Christopher recently announced that taxes will increase for property owners in the school district.

Taxes will rise by 4.5 mills, equating to about $8 more in taxes for a $100,000 home.

“Everything is going up – our teacher/pupil ratio, energy costs, you name it,” Christopher says. “We are a growing district. But we still have the lowest millage rate in Anderson County.”

The Journal reported in May that Anderson School District One originally asked the Anderson County School Board for a 3.59 mills increase. By the end of the budget process, Christopher says, that number had to inflate.

“Late in the budget process, we decided to add 11.5 new teaching positions. That caused us to increase to 4 mills,” he says. “The County Board added .5 mills to help our fund balance.”

He says that without that help, a shrinking fund balance would have put the district in a precarious position in this budget year.

“At the beginning of the year, we had $1.4 million in our fund balance,” Christopher says. “Our payroll is $2.1 million each month. They say you should have at least two to three months of funds in reserve.”

Anderson One hopes to collect at least $800,000 in additional revenue this year.

Footbridge Festival organizers ready for October 17-18 event in Piedmont

Members of the Piedmont Bonnes Amies Club are making final preparations for the 14th Annual Footbridge Festival which will be held  next week, October 17 and 18, in downtown Piedmont.

The variety band “Encore” will perform at the Friday night kickoff at 7 p.m. and the Magic Dance Academy will perform hip-hop, tap and dance routines beginning at 6 p.m.

Encore is a seven piece band with a male and a female lead singer. They feature a variety of music including classic rock, beach, soul, disco, dance, pop and some country.

On Saturday, the event will include food, entertainment, car show, crafts and antique show, fire truck rides and more.

Piedmont’s Main Street will be filled with street rods, classics, customs, antique cars and trucks at the 6th annual BAC Street Car Show.

Top 20 awards will be given as well as specialty awards and other prizes. To preregister call Larry Helms at 277-7264 or 845-5458 or register day of show from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Preregistration is $10, day of show $15.

An antique show and appraisal fair will be held in conjunction with the festival on October 18 and 19 in the gymnasium of the Piedmont Community Building. Several dealers will display and sell pieces during the event. Also persons with family heirlooms or other possessions can have them appraised by the experts.

For more information on the antique fair or the festival, contact Jane McClain at (864) 845-6605. 

A chili cookoff will also be held during the festival with three well known personalities from the Upstate judging the  event.

First prize is $50 and the distinction of being crowned the Footbridge Festival Chili King. The competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with judging at 1 p.m.

Samples will be available to the public with chips and a small drink for $1. 

Persons interested in participating in the chili cookoff can contact Sandi Garrison at 845-3404. Deadline for applications is October 15.

Other food items include hotdogs, hamburgers, barbecue sandwiches, barbecue ribs, Frito pies, chicken strips, french fries, home-made baked goods, doughnuts, fried apple pies and sausage dogs.

 The Little Princess/Prince Piedmont Contest will also be held during the festival. The child collecting the most money (a penny a vote) will be crowned in two different age groups.

Age birth to 2 years old will be crowned Tiny Princess and Tiny Prince Piedmont and ages 3 to 6  years old will be crowned Little Princess and Little Prince Piedmont. Proceeds from the contest will go to improvements in the community of Piedmont.

All winners will receive a crown, trophy and carnival bracelet that entitles them to free carnival rides all day at the festival. 

For more information contact Kay Stover at 845-5449 or 430-4621.

For more information on the 14th annual Footbridge Festival contact Maxie Freeman at either 864-845-6372 or 864-244-3435.

County Council decides county to operate QRV

In an unexpected unanimous vote, Anderson County Council supported a resolution proposed by Council member Larry Greer to support the recommendation by the Anderson County EMS Commission that the county operate the QRV (Quick Response Vehicle) service at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

According to authorities, a light-duty QRV containing basic equipment for initial trauma care would provide emergency coverage to “dead areas” in the county where an ambulance is neither economically feasible nor readily available. A QRV would provide stabilization until an ambulance could arrive to transport patients since a QRV is not designed for that purpose.

Medshore Ambulance Service, Honea Path EMS and the county all submitted QRV proposals for consideration. According to authorities, the county bid for one unit amounted to $932, 681 over a 5-year period. Honea Path’s 1-unit bid totaled $900,000 while Medshore’s 2-unit bid totaled $919,000 over the same period.

Council member Fred Tolly took the lead in opposing Greer’s resolution and opened the discussion by proposing an amendment that the Honea Path EMS provide staff for the QRV instead of the county. Bill Brock of the Honea Path EMS said that his bid included equipment and not staff and that he would have to discuss the matter with his board.

Greer countered that the “net effect” of Tolly’s amendment “totally changed the resolution” making the QRV squad-operated versus county-operated. Council member Cindy Wilson added that the QRV was budgeted and discussed over a year ago and that the council should “give a county QRV a chance.”

“What we have in place works,” Council member Gracie Floyd responded. 

A split vote defeated Tolly’s amendment. Chairman Bill Dees, Greer, and Wright opposed the amendment. Tolly and Council member Mike Holden supported the amendment. Wilson and Floyd abstained from voting.

Holden then presented a motion to table the issue. The motion to table was defeated by a 4-3 vote. Dees, Greer, Wilson, and Wright opposed the motion to table while Floyd, Holden, and Tolly supported the motion.

Tolly then proposed a second amendment to accept Medshore’s proposal to fund one QRV at approximately half the price of the other bids emphasizing that the county should go with a private provider. Wilson reminded the council that Medshore receives “$659,000 per year in funding from the county.”

“What will the county have in five years?” Greer asked. With a county-operated service, “all capital, assets, and equipment would be the property of the county,” Greer added.

“No one knows what will happen in five years. Why should we spend twice the money?” Holden asked.

A split vote defeated the second amendment proposed by Tolly. Dees, Greer, Wilson, and Wright opposed the amendment. Floyd, Holden, and Tolly supported the amendment.

Tolly proposed a third amendment that the Honea Path Rescue Squad with approval from its board staff the vehicle in any area of the county. Dees, Greer, Wilson, and Wright voted against and defeated the amendment. Floyd, Holden, and Tolly voted in favor of the amendment.

Intrigued by the possibility of squads staffing the vehicle and in an effort to leave the staffing issue open, Wright eventually proposed an amendment that any reference to staffing be omitted from the resolution. “Let’s see if the rescue squads are interested in staffing the vehicle. The county can be prepared to fill the gap if there is no interest,” Wright proposed.

A split vote supported Wright’s amendment to the resolution. Floyd, Holden, Wright, and Tolly supported the amendment and Greer opposed. Dees and Wilson abstained.

The council then voted unanimously to support the resolution with Wright’s amendment to omit any references to staffing the QRV. Decisions on staffing and location of the vehicle still remain to be made by the council.

In other business, a resolution authorizing a $1.8 million loan to finance a portion of the cost of the Starr-Iva/Highway 81 wastewater improvement project generated much council discussion.

A county spokesperson stated that the Town of Iva would be the primary beneficiary of the project which would take two lagoons out of service and defer water treatment to Rocky River.

“Why are we doing all of this for Iva? There is no growth going that way,” Holden asked.

Iva “deserves the same services and considerations as any area of the county,” Greer responded and added that citizens in his district had experienced a 70 mill tax increase over the last five years.

Holden supported “putting the money where it needs to go” and proposed an amendment that the funds be divided equally among all the districts. A 4-3 vote supported Holden’s amendment even though information presented had indicated that the loan was “project specific.” Floyd, Holden, Tolly and Wilson supported the amendment. Dees, Greer, and Wright opposed.

Realizing that the funds could not be divided, Floyd moved to reconsider Holden’s amendment. A subsequent 6-1 vote defeated the amendment with Holden casting the only supporting vote. Council then voted unanimously in favor of the original resolution.

In another issue, a split vote supported the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the issue of almost a million dollars in special source revenue bonds for commercial developer Linwa, L.L.C. Wilson questioned whether commercial developers actually create jobs in the county. Greer said he was not ready to support extending inducement agreements to commercial developers while Wright expressed strong support for working with developers. Greer opposed the ordinance, Wilson abstained from voting, and remaining council members supported the agreement.

The third reading of an ordinance rezoning approximately 3.5 acres on Evergreen Road in the Hopewell Precinct from I-2 (Industrial Park) to O-D (Office District) received unanimous approval.

The second reading of an ordinance extending a FILOT agreement between Milliken & Company and the county received unanimous council approval.

The first reading of an ordinance authorizing the extension of a lease agreement between the county and BMW Manufacturing Corporation for a project at Plastic Omniun received unanimous council approval.

A council vote supported a request from Wilson for $25,000 from her paving account for grading for the Williamston Soccer Complex to be relocated near the old water treatment plant. Tolly abstained from voting on the request.

A split vote supported Wilson’s request for $7,500 for special equipment for the Honea Path Fire Department. Greer opposed the request, Tolly abstained, and remaining council members supported the expenditure.




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