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Week of Oct. 4104, 2004

Week of Oct. 13, 2004

Neel declines Clardy offer of public forum in Mayor’s race
West Pelzer officials focus on police issues
Area residents line up to receive flu shots
New voting machines to be displayed locally
Stump meeting Oct. 19
$3,791,245 in welfare bonuses paid to state
S. C. Textiles back Tenenbaum for Senate
O’Dell hopes to bring experience back to Senate
Catlin Tierce receives “Star of Tomorrow” award
All Things Pretty Boutique opens
Officers make drug arrests
Thieves strike area homes
Miss Woodmont
First Wren coaches and captains
Mustangs finish first at Hillcrest cheer competition

Neel declines Clardy offer of public forum in Mayor’s race

Incumbent Phillip Clardy has asked his opponent, John C. Neel, III to participate in a public forum allowing both candidates to present issues and intentions concerning their bid for mayor of Williamston.

Neel told The Journal Tuesday that he will not accept the invitation to the forum Clardy has scheduled for next Tuesday.

“My committee and I decided together when we entered this campaign that it would be a positive venture based upon facts derived from Freedom of Information material requested from the town. I feel that I have no need to debate issues which have been presented in plain view to the citizens of Williamston who are more than capable of interpreting these facts.”

Neel also cited short notice on the forum.

Clardy states in the letter that on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. he will make his personal campaign available to the general public in a public forum at the Williamston Municipal Center.

Clardy also states that during the forum, he will address appropriate questions from the citizens about his candidacy and personal campaign  for mayor.

In the letter to Neel, Clardy stated: “As we are both candidates in this year’s election for the office of Mayor of the Town of Williamston, I am sure you will agree to the importance for the general public of Williamston’s citizenry to know their candidates and the issues and intentions they represent.”

“I will personally look forward to the opportunity to address the voters with the facts, minus the rumors,” Clardy states in the letter.

West Pelzer officials focus on police issues

Police Department changes and issues consumed a major portion of the regular meeting of the West Pelzer Town Council Monday.

The council unanimously approved the second and final reading of an ordinance for a preliminary agreement to provide police protection to the Town of Pelzer. The agreement assures $1,500 per month in revenue to the town for the service with a six-month trial period for evaluation by both towns.

The Town of Pelzer still needs to provide final approval before the agreement goes into effect.

Mayor Peggy Paxton announced that Bernard Wilson is the new police chief as of October 1 after the resignation of Mark Patterson.

Wilson introduced Norman Blakeslee as a new full-time employee of the Police Department and explained that the town will soon return to full 24-hour police coverage.

Wilson also described the local area as the “meth capital of South Carolina.” Approximately 75 percent of recent arrests have involved out-of-town residents and narcotics, Wilson said.

Wilson added that emergency calls will soon be going through the 911 central dispatch to speed up service to citizens. He encouraged citizens to contact him directly on any town issue at 947-8247, the new phone number for the police department.

Paxton added that some citizens had expressed concerns about the number of police officers in the town. She explained that half of the police force is reserve officers who are not paid for their services.

A citizen present at the meeting expressed his appreciation for the “presence on Main Street” of the police force and “the good reputation as far as speeders” that the department has.

Paxton also announced that the town will begin a stronger enforcement of the ordinance involving cats and dogs. The ordinance states that “all dogs and cats shall be kept within a sufficient enclosure or restrained by a leash when off the premises of the owner or custodian” or fines will be imposed.

Brad West of the Water and Sewer Department explained that there may be a need for part-time help in the department since the town is “behind on a lot of things.”

Paxton explained that the current situation with meter readings may require “20 meters to be changed out” to ensure accurate readings.

Members of the council requested that West prepare an estimate of the cost and use of part-time help for their evaluation.

Paxton announced that the Fall Festival will be held October 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the ball park. Volunteers are needed to help with the project, Paxton said. The council unanimously approved a $1,000 spending limit on items needed for the festival.

Paxton also announced that limbs and leaves will be picked up every Saturday in November as part of a fall cleanup. Limbs to be picked up should be no longer than four feet, Paxton said.

The council unanimously held the first reading of an ordinance annexing property located at 23 Hindman Street into the town at the request of the homeowner James Riddle.

The council also unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance to establish a discretionary fund of $200 for each council member to be used for various projects or needs within the town with council approval.

The council unanimously approved amendments to the employee handbook which included: recognizing Good Friday as a paid holiday, allowing sick days to accumulate each year not to exceed 24 days, and allowing employees to use comp time during Christmas week and the first week in January.

The council also unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance levying a business license fee on retail telecommunications services.

Area residents line up to receive flu shots

Reports of a shortage of flu vaccine this year led many area residents to converge at Williamston First Baptist Church Friday to receive flu shots.

Arriving at 7:45 a.m. to set up for the event which was scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, Anderson County Health Department personnel found 60 to 70 people already waiting to receive the shots.

At the height of activity, a large population of primarily senior citizens sat lining the walls of the church gymnasium while others were diverted to an overflow room with additional seating.

Outside the waiting line curved down the street to the Williamston Post Office, and cars lined the streets surrounding the church.

County input personnel stationed at several tables screened applicants and completed necessary paperwork while six nurses administered injections.

Amy Anderson, a registered nurse in charge of the operation, said 1,000 of the county’s current 5,000 doses were administered Friday to individuals who met the established high-risk criteria.

New voting machines to be displayed locally

The SC Votes Tour Bus will be at the Williamston Municipal Center, on Thursday, October 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the Ingles Grocery Store, 10903 Anderson Rd., in Powdersville from  3 p.m. to 6 p.m. the same day.

As part of the state’s Help America Vote Act (HAVA) plan, the South Carolina Election Commission and local county election commission offices have launched the SC Votes Tour - a traveling bus that will take demonstration machines to festivals, events and other public venues between now and November 2.

The display will allow local residents a hands-on opportunity to try out the new electronic touch screen voting machines to be used in the November general election.

HAVA was enacted to upgrade election systems nationwide, protect the integrity of elections and promote public awareness and participation in the electoral process.

As part of the state’s HAVA plan, South Carolina is leading the nation as one of the first states to replace the remainder of its punch-card, optical scan and older electronic systems with state-of-the-art electronic touch screen voting machines.

The SC Votes Tour Bus will travel throughout the 15 counties in South Carolina that will use the new touch screen electronic voting system during the 2004 election.

Participating counties include Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Calhoun, Cherokee, Florence, Greenville, Greenwood, Kershaw, Lexington, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union and York.

The demonstration machines on the tour bus include a S.C. Fun Ballot, where voters can vote for their favorite vacation spot, barbecue sauce, iced tea, state college football team, NASCAR driver and “fair food.”

Those votes will be tallied and reported throughout the fall. For more information, visit or call your county election commission.

Stump meeting Oct. 19

The Honea Path Merchants Association will host a stump meeting with local and state candidates on Tuesday, October 19.

The stump meeting will be held at The Black Cow Coffee House on Main St. in Honea Path at 5:30 p.m.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Candidates invited include: S. C. Senate candidates, Senator Billy O’Dell, Jay West; Anderson County Auditor candidates Jacky Hunter, Anna Marie Brock; Anderson County Sheriff candidates David Crenshaw, Bob Appell; Anderson County Clerk of Court, Kathy Lusk, Cathy M. Phillips; Rep. Ronnie Townsend and candidates for Honea Path Town Council.

For more information contact Nan Shubert at (864) 369-2250 or Rosemary Moore at (864) 369-6516.

$3,791,245 in welfare bonuses paid to state

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently announced that $3,791,245 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) High Performance Bonuses have been awarded to South Carolina.

The award is part of $200 million in TANF High Performance Bonuses paid out to 37 states and the District of Columbia for moving more welfare recipients from welfare to work, job retention, increased earnings or meeting other goals of TANF.

“President Bush is dedicated to helping more families transition from welfare dependency to work, and I am pleased to award this bonus to South Carolina for doing just that,” said Secretary Thompson.

“We have more work to do across our nation. Reauthorization of welfare reform needs to be completed in Congress so more states can build even stronger programs to help more children and families.”

The welfare reform legislation of 1996 authorized funding for annual performance achievement bonuses within the TANF program.

Award amounts for each state depend upon their performance and the size of each state’s TANF block grant.

The 1996 TANF law expired on Oct. 1, 2002, and is operating under an extension. President Bush’s proposal to reauthorize TANF takes the next step in welfare reform by strengthening work requirements, providing the assistance families need to advance in their careers and granting states more flexibility to run successful programs.

“I congratulate South Carolina for earning this bonus,” said Dr. Wade F. Horn, HHS assistant secretary for children and families. “The Bush Administration looks forward to working with South Carolina and other states even more as we work to strengthen families and improve the lives of children.”

For a complete list of high performance bonuses, go to:

S. C. Textiles back Tenenbaum for Senate

Textile leaders met in Greenville recently to launch a grassroots campaign to elect democratic candidate Inez Tenenbaum to the U. S. Senate.

A support luncheon, organized by Roger W. Chastain, President, Mount Vernon Mills, attracted 75 executives from textile mills, fiber producers, cotton merchants, textile machinery manufacturers and supply vendors.

“When it comes to trade, America comes in last,” Chastain said. “We need Inez Tenenbaum in Washington.”

Chastain said Tenenbaum’s opponent is a “free trader”, and is no friend of textile workers.

“His office released an insulting statement that said,  “We don’t want to go back to having textile mills in the South. There are good paying, high tech jobs we would rather have. With that attitude the textile complex cannot expect to be properly represented in Washington.”

“Trade agreements, that are supposed to be “fair” and benefit both exporter and importer, have been flagrantly disregarded by foreign countries, especially China,” Chastain said. “The “free traders” always like to claim the benefit of “lower prices for consumers.”

“We would change that to say, “The High Cost of Low Prices.” The war against thieves and unfair traders has decimated many textile towns in our State,” Chastain said.

“Markets in our own Country, for our own American made products, have literally been given away at the enormous cost of tens of thousands of textile and apparel jobs. We have lost our right to choose when buying clothing, shoes, toys, tools, electronics and much more,” said Chastain. 

“Textiles, South Carolina’s goldmine for decades, is the reason for our State’s prosperity,” according to Chastain.

“To allow our goldmine to be robbed is nothing short of a crime. It must be stopped. We have watched, for  years, the crooks who transship, counterfeit trademarks, dump merchandise and undervalue their currency and have the equivalent of slave labor. It will take enforcement of the laws to stop the robbers,” Chastain said.

“This is why we believe in Inez Tenenbaum. If there is one word that describes her action, it’s, “Enforcer”. Throughout her 9 Point “Action Plan to Stop Unfair Trade” she stresses enforcement of the law. “

“Compel, by force, if necessary, trading partners to abide by the rules. If they don’t, there’s no deal.   She says, “before we sign an agreement, show me the economic benefits for America.”

“Her position is a breath of fresh air”, said  Chastain. “We need Inez Tenenbaum in Washington to represent the best interests of South Carolina and America.”

O’Dell hopes to bring  experience back to Senate

Incumbent Billy O’Dell seeks to continue to represent local citizens in the state senate for District 4, a job he has held for the last 15 years.

Due to his seniority in the legislative body, the Ware Shoals native has won a seat on the prestigious Senate Finance Committee as well as serving on several other committees. O’Dell feels that his position ensures that the taxpayers of Anderson, Abbeville, and Greenwood Counties get their fair share of state funding.

According to O’Dell, voters can be sure that he “sits at the table fighting for the money needed to improve education, create jobs, establish nursing home beds, build roads, and provide other vital public services.”

O’Dell considers himself to be a proven leader and points to his role in bringing state, local, and federal officials together on projects in the district. The Honea Path Industrial Park is an example where he also  helped to get funding for the infrastructure needs and cut through red tape. The 600-acre project has brought new industry to the area along with jobs for workers in Anderson and Abbeville counties, O’Dell says.

O’Dell also reports that he has helped secure $9.6 million in state and federal funds for water and sewer projects in Belton and Honea Path.

He was also instrumental in obtaining a $250,000 SCDOT enhancement grant for sidewalk replacement in Williamston.

O’Dell has worked with the elected officials of the Piedmont Public Service District and the municipalities of West Pelzer, Pelzer and Williamston on the needs of the area.

If reelected, tort reform will be a priority for the Senator during the next session, according to O’Dell. “We have to find a way to end frivolous lawsuits which are expensive and take a lot of court time,” the Senator said. “It also affects the cost of medical care in the state,” he said.

According to O’Dell, statistics show medical care is cheaper in states with settlement caps.

He said he is also pushing for the restructuring of state government and a zero based budgeting which he said he has advocated. “We should start at the beginning and find out where the money is going,” he said.

Education is also an area O’Dell said needs improving. “We need a more viable solution for the funding of education than just property tax,” the Senator said. “Teachers are having to do much more than teach, and it is not fair to them to be blamed for failures.”

He also said he advocated legislation allowing a larger percentage of lottery money to be used for K-12 and for school buses. He said that the lottery has brought in more money than anticipated and this has allowed more scholarships.

He said he thinks the lottery money going to the technical schools is important because the schools are on the “cutting edge of what is happening today.” “They are probably underfunded for the job they do,” the Senator said.

He also said he wants to maintain good nursing facilities for the elderly and be able to provide funding for healthcare and medicaid system, making sure the state provides the  necessary funding to get a 3-1 Federal grant.

O’Dell was named Small Business Legislator of the Year in 1998. A successful businessman himself, he has built O’Dell Corporation, the business his father started in 1945, into a nationally known manufacturing operation.

O’Dell is a past director of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Southern Broom Mop Association.

A graduate of The Citadel, O’Dell received an honorary Doctor of Business from The Citadel in 1997 as well as the institution’s Palmetto Award in 1994. O’Dell served as a member of The Citadel Board of Visitors from 1981 through 1988.

O’Dell and his wife Gayle have two children, Chip and Michelle, and three grandchildren, Hannah, Will and Lara Beth.

Catlin Tierce receives “Star of Tomorrow” award

Local gospel singer and songwriter Catlin Tierce was recently recognized at the King Eagle Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee, where he received the “Star of Tomorrow” Male Christian Artist award.

Tierce said the award recognizes the new talent of the year and is presented during a  four day music and awards show.

Tierce, who has been a regular performer and coordinator for the Spring Water Festival gospel stage, performed five different shows during the four day event.

He sang a different song each night including , “Dancing and Singing,” a song from the “Heaven Won’t Be The Same” recording he released three years ago.

Tierce said when he performed a new song, “Bud Ain’t Wiser”, on  Saturday night, he saw several men in the audience set their drinks down and walk away.

The song reflects the words of a young child who constantly sees his father drinking and eventually responds, “Bud ain’t wiser than God.”

The song will be the first single by Tierce to be released internationally and will debut on Airplay International Christian Country Airwaves satellite radio on October 15.

It is already being played on local radio stations and can be requested at WRIX, WSSL 100 “Sunday in the South” program and on The Walk Radio.

Tierce said he performed at the Nashville music festival in May of this year, which is where the nominations for the recent awards show were made.

“We made a pretty big splash when in Nashville before,” he said.

There were also several record labels there and after prayerful consideration, the local performer said he signed in June with Caprice Records, a record company located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia.

The owner of Caprice Records, Joey Welz, performed with Bill Haley and the Comets.

The recording company will mint CDs and ship them for distribution in America and Canada, according to Tierce.

The original recording was done locally with Art Bain Studio in Williamston, as have all four of his gospel CD recordings.

Tierce said he is already working on another CD which will be called “Mama’s Prayers” which he said he expects to be released by the first of 2005. It will be his 5th CD release.

During the awards program, Tierce said he was excited, because he knew he had been nominated, but by Saturday, “It was getting late,” he said. “They had just about given out all awards and I had already sang,” he said. “I was getting nervous and excited.”

Then, his name was announced.

Tierce said when he accepted the award, he told everybody, “This is God’s award. Without him I wouldn’t be able to do this.”

He said he also told the audience, “If nobody remembers my name, you can say that you saw Jesus here tonight.”

The awards show was hosted by Don “Dew” Watson, who is Gene Watson’s brother and Karen Wheeler, better known as the singer who does the “train whistle.”

Catlin Tierce will perform at the Anderson County Fair at October 17 at 6 p.m.

All Things Pretty Boutique opens

The All Things Pretty Boutique held a grand opening and ribbon cutting Saturday. Pictured at the ribbon cutting are co-owner Tonya Hammond, Williamston Mayor Phillip Clardy and co-owner Tricia Brandt. The new business features jewelry, pocketbooks, hairbows, belts and accessories. They will also offer a large variety of seasonal items. The business is owned by Michael and Tricia Brandt and Joel and Tonya Hammonds. It is located at 503 West Main shopping center next to Erlene’s Flowers. The business is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Officers make drug arrests

Williamston police officers made several drug arrests recently involving marijuana and methamphetamines. They also investigated several thefts. Among incidents investigated:

Oct. 10 - Jeff Dayton Sherman, 41, 110 West Fourth St., Williamston, was arrested for assault and battery in connection with an incident occurring at the residence in which Dawn Michell Smith, 41, 51 Main St., West Pelzer, was allegedly struck in the face. J. H. Kirby, J. T. Motes investigated.

Oct. 10 - McDonald’s, 4 West Main St.., Williamston, reported $40 in cash taken from a cash register at the business. J. T. Motes, J. H Kirby investigated.

Oct. 8 - Robert Vaughn, 55, 204 S. Hamilton, St., Williamston, reported letters valued at $75 taken from a political sign in his yard. According to reports, the letters were held onto the sign by screws and were removed by force. J. T. Motes investigated.

Oct. 10 - Steven King, 4 Jehue St., Williamston, was arrested for trespassing after notice and public disorderly conduct in connection with an incident at 21 West Carolina St., J. L. Barnes investigated.

Oct. 10 - Walter H. Smith, Jr., 101 Mattison Dr., Apt. 7, Williamston, reported brakes lines disconnected on a 1974 Chevrolet truck. J. T. Motes investigated.

Oct. 7 - Steve Holliday, 41, 129 Middleton Blvd., Williamston, reported a watch valued at $20 and $30 in change removed from the residence. Forced entry was gained through the front door. J. H. Kirby, J. T. Motes investigated.

Oct. 6 - Steven Eric Owens, 30, 1081 Big Creek Rd., Belton, was arrested for speeding, driving under suspension, open container and possession of a controlled substance after a green Mazda 626 was observed on radar at Cherokee Rd. and Ida Tucker St., D. W. Alexander investigated.

Oct. 2 - Susan Hunter, 201 E. Main St. Williamston, reported two boxes of Sudafed cold medicine valued at $7 taken from the store by an unknown person who left in a green Ford Taurus.  D. W. Alexander investigated.

Oct. 4 - Officers issued a warrant for unlawful use of telephone for Clyde Bishop, 57, 200 Barton St., Easley, in connection with three messages left on a cell phone belonging to Walter H. Smith, Jr., 43, 101 Mattison Dr., Apt. 7, Williamston. J. T. Motes investigated.

Oct. 4 - Marcus David Wood, 32, Thorn Hill Rd., Pelzer, was arrested for simple possession of marijuana and furnishing false information to police officers after being observed walking and pushing a lawnmower on Mattison St. A marijuana roach with .01 grams of marijuana was allegedly found in his pocket. B. L. Lewis investigate.

Oct. 4 - Marcus David Wood, 32, 104 Thorn Hill Rd., Pelzer, was charged with petit larceny in connection with a lawnmower valued at $100 which was removed from 304 N. Hamilton St,. Sgt. J. T. Motes, Cpt. D. A. Baker investigated.

Sept. 30 - First Citizens Bank, 113 West Main St., Williamston, reported forged checks passed at the location. Cpt. D. A. Baker investigated.

Sept. 22 - Rita Gale Wilkerson, 24, 440 Davis Rd., Lot 17, Piedmont, was issued a citation for improper vehicle license and improper equipment on tag light after a red Oldsmobile was observed on West Main St. Wilkerson was also arrested for an outstanding bench warrant. A passenger in the vehicle, Benji Dale Bowen, 28, 9 Bonner Way, Belton, was arrested on an outsanding drug warrant and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine after a search of the vehicle. Officers allegedly found a clear baggie containing 6.8 grams of a white powder substance.

 Reports state a .380 semi automatic handgun was also found by officers under the front passenger seat.

Another passenger in the vehicle, Wilson T- Bird Starling, 36,  22 Lakewood Dr., Berea, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and simple possession of marijuana. B. L. Lewis, Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

Sept. 22 - Tim Hood, Town of Williamston Water Dept. reported $60 in damage to a water meter at 214 Edgewood Dr. in which a lock was broken to gain entry into the line area. The guage on the meter was also broken. T. A. Striss investigated.

Sept. 19 - Karen Ellison Brooks, 40, 8 Lee St., Williamston, was arrested for driving under suspension, operating an uninsured vehicle and improper display of vehicle license after a white Corvette was observed on Pelzer Ave and Greenville St. T. A. Striss, T. L. Chapman investigated.

Sept. 18 - Marcus David Reed, 32, 104 Thorn Hill Rd., Pelzer, was arrested for simple possession of marijuana after being observed on a red moped on Greenville Dr. Reports state a clear plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana was allegedly found in his pocket. T. A. Striss investigated.

Sept. 14 - First Citizens Bank, Williamston, reported a forgery in which the name on a check was altered. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

Sept. 29 - Steven Douglas Davis, 40, 380 Owens Rd., Piedmont, was arrested for driving under suspension and stolen license plate after a red 1989 Mazda MX-6 was observed in a parking lot on East Main St. and on Hamilton  St. B. L. Lewis investigated.

Sept. 25 - Jan David Jordan, 47, 2501 Anderson Highway, Williamston, was arrested for disorderly conduct after officers were dispatched to Dollar General Store on West Main St. J. L. Barnes, J. H. Kirby investigated.

Thieves strike area homes

Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a number of thefts from area homes and businesses. Among incidents investigated recently were:

Oct. 10 – Silt Fence Installation, 614 Hurricane Creek Road, Piedmont, reported that someone took bolts from a fence and removed a 2000 Ford F-650 truck with a New Holland skid steer loader, a trenching arm, an air compressor and assorted hand tools valued at $65,000. D. Hodges, Jr. investigated.

Oct. 10 – Cathryne M. Blackstone, 54, 403 Anderson St., Piedmont, reported that someone took Halloween decorations valued at $11 from her home. D. M. Patten investigated.

Oct. 10 – Robert H. Chambers, 65, 1105 Lakeview Rd., Greenville, reported that someone took a set of lawn furniture valued at $300 from his back porch. D. M. Patten investigated.

Oct. 10 – Lisa Susan Davis, 29, 2 Fuller St., Pelzer, reported that she witnessed a suspect steal a bicycle valued at $40 out of her yard and go into a residence on Langley Street. Denise Renee Staples, 2 Langley Street, Pelzer was arrested and transported to the Anderson County Detention Center. R. S. Turner investigated.

Oct. 10 – William Dale Guthrie, 37, 402 East 1st St. Ext., Williamston, reported that someone stole a 15’ black metal deer stand valued at $100 from a field off Wild Fox Trail in Belton. S. C. Weymouth investigated.

Oct. 10 – David Leonard, 68, 760 Cannon Bottom Road, Belton, reported that someone broke into a residence he was moving into and removed a Kenmore washer, a 27” Panasonic flat screen TV, and other electronics valued at $3,450. F. Wooten investigated.

Oct. 9 – Spirit Development, 111 Loftis Drive, Pelzer, reported that someone carried away an exterior house door with leaded glass and a yellow tandem axle trailer valued at $1,000 from a residence under construction at 103 High Point Trace in Belton. K. Fowler investigated.

Oct. 9 – Robert Jones, 52, 136 Riley Road, Easley, reported that someone entered his garage and removed a Husky pressure washer valued at $180. J. A. Burdette investigated.

Oct. 9 – Hickory Point, 3600 Earle E. Morris, Jr. Hwy., Greenville, reported that someone broke out the glass in the front door and took nine cartons of Marlboro cigarettes valued at $200. J. C. Wright investigated.

Oct. 9 – Sheree Holcombe, 48, 1024 Kensington Lake Dr., Easley, reported that someone took without permission a 1978 Fleetwood Prowler camper valued at $2,000 and parked at a rental trailer. J. M. Durham investigated.

Oct. 8 – Tracy Carol Smith, 35, 100 Arthur Davis Circle, West Pelzer, reported that someone kicked open the door to her residence and stole jewelry, a DVD, and a VCR valued at $880. R. S. Turner investigated.

Oct. 8 – Reid Wiggington, 44, 3517 River Road, Piedmont, reported that someone emptied the contents of a gasoline can onto a red 1992 Thunderbird. J. A Burdette investigated.

Oct. 6 – Linda Lewis, 47, 316 Arrowhead Trail, Easley, reported that someone stole a black trailer valued at $250 from her residence. G. M. Hayden investigated.

Oct. 4 – Laura Wright, 41, 312 Partridge Rd., Williamston, reported that someone picked a lock and took a riding lawn mower and four 16” chrome rims valued at $8,800 from a storage building. K. J. Burns investigated.

Oct. 4 – Jill Biggs, 41, 613 Foster Rd., Williamston, reported that someone removed a Swiss army knife and World War II medals valued at $600 from a cabinet. F. Wooten investigated.

Oct. 3 – Judy Elaine Pearson, 59, 100 Woods Lane, Piedmont, reported that someone took a 1995 gold Ford Escort valued at $5,000. J. M. Durham investigated.

Oct. 3 – Joshua Donald Scarborough, 27, 130 Oreo Rd., Easley, reported that someone took a cell phone valued at $60 from a vehicle. J. M. Durham investigated.

Oct. 3 – John Outlaw, 31, 542 Willingham Rd., Williamston, reported that someone took a cell phone valued at $60 from a work truck. T. A. Caron investigated.

Sept. 30 – Saluda Valley Enterprises, 104 West Chester Way, Easley, reported that someone stole wood valued at $1,269 from a home under construction. K. J. Burns investigated.

Sept. 30 – Icee, 141 Freeman Drive, Piedmont, reported that someone broke into a company vehicle. Reported missing were a recovery unit, gauges, and tanks valued at $1,100. K. J. Burns investigated.

Sept. 30 – Linda Miller, 44, 1291 Breazeale Rd., Belton, reported that someone broke a window and took cameras, a painting, and a DVD player valued at $564. J. A Burdette investigated.

Sept. 30 – Breakers #3, 2900 Earle E. Morris, Jr. Hwy., Piedmont, reported that a black male pumped $25.08 worth of gas and left without paying. J. A Burdette investigated.

Sept. 30 – Larry’s Body Shop, 1808 Hwy. 86, Piedmont, reported that someone removed tow chains, a light bar, a wheel lift and other equipment valued at $1,135 from a flat bed rollback wrecker. J. A. Burdette investigated.

Miss Woodmont

Crystal Davis  was named Miss Woodmont and Grand Talent winner in the Miss Woodmont 2005 Pageant Saturday, October 9. Also Alicia Mathis, 3rd runner-up; Kristin Parker, 1st runner up; Davis; Lindsey Chambers, 2nd runner up and Miss Congeniality.

First Wren coaches, captains and football team

The first Wren coaches, captains and football team are in this week's Journal.

Coaches for the 1957-58 Wren football team, Wren’s first, were Harold Drennan and Frank Shackelford.  Drennon was a native of Pelzer.Team captains for the 1957 team Larry Gaillard (#37) and Jack Cooper (#25). Gaillard, who now resides in Clearwater S. C., submitted the 1957 team and captains photo to The Journal. He asks that any former Wren football players and or graduates from the 1957-1958 school year interested in having a reunion contact him. He can be reached at P. O. Box 893, Clearwater, S. C. 29822 or by phone at (803)593-4282. His fax number is (803)593-2608. 

Mustangs finish first at Hillcrest cheer competition

The Palmetto High School varsity competition cheer squad placed first in competition at Hillcrest High School Saturday.  In other recent competitions, the squad finished second at Liberty and third at Easley. The Mustangs are coached by Sherry Alexander.







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