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(4105) Week of Oct. 12, 2005

Week of Oct. 12, 2005

Footbridge Festival celebrates mill town
Bring food items to festival
Super Seniors building bears for elderly
Caroline Center to get shed
Senior Expo set for October 20
Kidnapping, stabbing victim crawls from area woods
West Pelzer approves budget
Local runners pace Eagles Cross Country
Ford runs for Clemson
Palmetto girls run Furman CC
Vehicle goes off Brown Road bridge
Cyclists promote cancer awareness
Deputies investigate area thefts


Footbridge Festival celebrates mill town

The 16th annual Footbridge Festival this Saturday, Oct. 15, in downtown Piedmont, will be an all day event, with activities running from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. Organizers said this year’s festival will be more entertaining as a one day festival, with longer hours and the addition of several new activities. A concert by ENCORE on Saturday evening will top off the event.

“We look forward to having folks from all over the Upstate come join us for a great day and evening of good times, great food, and fabulous entertainment,” Bonnes Amies spokesperson Maxie Freeman said.

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

“Shaggin’ By The River” will be held at the festival and will include a shag contest with prizes. A great beach music band will provide music for the event. Pre-registration is not required, organizers said.

The South Carolina Lions Health Screening Unit will be at the festival.  The Piedmont Lions Club has arranged for screening for the following: Blood Pressure Testing, Visual Acuity Testing, Hearing Testing, and Glaucoma Testing  All testing is free and everyone is invited to take advantage of this screening opportunity.

Whether you are beginning your Christmas shopping early or looking for something special for yourself, a variety of items will be offered by vendors with numerous unique and interesting items at the Market Place.

The chili cookoff will have local cooks preparing their special chili recipes for judging with others. A variety of exhibits will also be offered for festival goers.

There will be amusement rides, games and other activities for children. A special children’s area will be located at the parking lot on the curve on Piedmont’s Main St. Festival visitors will also have the opportunity to take a fire truck ride through the Piedmont area with the Piedmont Fire Department.

The BAC Street Auto Show will return for the eighth year and promises to be interesting to car enthusiasts with entries from across the area. Top awards will be presented along with great giveaways and door prizes. Show organizers welcome all entries. Pre-registration is $10. Registration on the day of the show is $15 and will be from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. For more information or registration, contact Larry or Lynn Helms at (864) 277-7264.

If you are considering coming to the Footbridge Festival, bring a canned food donation for the Piedmont Emergency Relief Center (PERC).  Volunteers will be accepting donated food items and will be available to explain operations of the local relief organization. PERC is also looking for interested volunteers to help with efforts.

The Piedmont Emergency Relief Center is located in the Piedmont Community Building.  Operating hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 4 – 7 pm and Saturday from 9am to noon.

The Footbridge Festival is sponsored by the Bonnes Amies Club, which originated in 1954 as a community service club. In 1990, they sponsored the first Footbridge Festival in Piedmont. To date, the festival has raised more than $65,000 which has been used to beautify and maintain the community through various projects. For festival information, call Katie Gillespie at (864) 845-5385 or Lynn Helms at (864) 277-7264. A special Footbridge Festival souvenir section is in this issue of The Journal.

Bring food items to festival

The Bonnes Amies encourage everyone coming to the Footbridge Festival to bring a food donation to the Piedmont Emergency Relief Center (PERC). 

The PERC office, located in the Piedmont Community Building, will be open during the festival to accept donated food items. Volunteers will also be available to explain operations of the local relief organization.

PERC volunteers will also accept applications for interested volunteers who are needed for many different areas.

Current needs to fill the food shelves are: canned meats such as chicken, beef, corned beef, tuna, salmon; and canned fruits, grits and oatmeal, canned tomatoes, canned soups, dry beans, and pork-n-beans.

Also needed are toiletries (especially toothbrushes and toilet paper).

PERC has some limited refrigerator space and can accept breads and produce.  PERC encourages gardeners to donate some overstock from their harvest.

The Piedmont Emergency Relief Center is located in the Piedmont Community Building.  Operating hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 4 – 7 pm and Saturday from 9am to noon.

Super Seniors building bears for elderly

The Williamston Super Seniors have been hard at work creating lovable stuffed bears which will be taken to nursing homes and retirement centers across the Upstate.

The Piedmont Nursing Home in Greer was one of the first to receive 15 of the handmade creations from the local seniors. 

Some of them are hand stitched, others are sewn together on two machines at the SENIOR Solutions Center based at the Caroline Center in Williamston.

“There is a lot of love in these,” Mae Grier said about the two tables in the center which have about 50 of the one of a kind creations sitting and waiting to go to a new home.

“A lot are lonely and love getting something like this that they can cuddle,” Grier said.

“We love to share. This is something we could share when visiting with them. It makes you feel good when you see them,” she said.

In addition to bringing the lovable stuffed creations with them when they visit, the Super Seniors also include dance, comedy and song when they fellowship with the residential clients, site director Rachel Grate said.

About 20 of their fellow members usually travel to the various sites where they visit and perform for about an hour.

Some really enjoy providing comedy. “We enjoy doing it,” Shirley Mitchell said.

Also known as the Rockers, Mitchell said the group of 12 to 15 women enjoy working on their creations.

The stuffed animals each have their own character instilled by their creator. “Some have more details than others,” Grier said.

They begin with a pattern which is cut out and two pieces of cloth or other material are pinned together.

They are then hand stitched or machine sewn. An opening is left to allow for stuffing the filler material inside.

Eyes and a mouth are placed on the stuffed animal and this is where the uniqueness often can be seen. 

Sometimes the eyes are buttons, sometimes ribbon is used. Felt noses are also common. Some are one piece and some are two piece designs. A finishing touch, a matching bow or other clothing is placed on the bear.

So far, 61 Super Senior bears have been created, they said.

So far this fall, the local group has visited Morningside Assisted Living, Legacy Retirement Living, Country Heritage Assistance, Iva Retirement Living, Country Heriutage, Due West Retirement Living and Greer Retirement Living.

Upcoming visits will include, The Civic Center on October 20 and Pendleton First Baptist Church in December.

A supply of Super Senior bears and abundance of fun will accompany them on their next trips. 

For more information on joining the fun and activities at the SENIOR Solutions Williamston Activity Site, see Grate or call (864) 225-3370.

Caroline Center to get shed

Groundbreaking was held Monday for a shed at the Caroline Community Center in Williamston.

The project is being sponsored by The Williamston Action Community Club and the Men United along with donations from individuals and companies.

The 24x36 ft. shed will include bathrooms facilities and will be used to provide a covered area for the After School Summer Program and for the SENIOR Solutions organization when involved in outside activities on the grounds.

The covered shed is being constructed by all volunteer help, project chair Walt Smith said.

Smith said The Williamston Action Community Club, a non-profit organization, is accepting donations from anyone who wishes to help.

A cornerstone will be placed on the shed including the names of all persons who donated to the project.

Smith said he will be glad to come by and pick up any donation. For more information or to make a donation, call Smith at (864) 847-7929.

Senior Expo set for October 20

Seniors, soon-to-be seniors, and caregivers of seniors are invited to the 2nd Annual Upstate SENIOR Expo. Sponsored by AnMed Health and InStil Health Insurance Company and SENIOR Solutions, the expo is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, at the Civic Center of Anderson.

Senior Expo was started in 2004 by SENIOR Solutions as a way to connect seniors with businesses and organizations in the community who provide products or services that may meet the needs of area seniors. With over seventy exhibit booths filled, event planners are pleased with vendor participation and hope attendance will reflect the enthusiasm they have encountered as they have promoted Expo throughout the community.

Exhibitors from companies representing the fields of health, insurance, financial planning, travel, leisure and more will be present to share information regarding their products and services. Admission is free and participants will enjoy free seminars, screenings, giveaways, door prizes, and entertainment throughout the day. The event begins at 9 a.m. and doors will close at 7 p.m. The drawing for the grand prize will be held at 5 p.m. and participants must be present to win.

SENIOR  Solutions Community Outreach Coordinator Trish Land said, “Our goal with this event is to help seniors gain access to information that will be helpful to them. With the health screenings, free seminars, and information provided by our exhibitors, seniors who attend are certain to benefit from being there. And in the end, we want everyone who participates to be glad they did.”

SENIOR Solutions is a not-for-profit organization currently serving senior citizens in Anderson, Oconee, and Greenville counties. For more information about SENIOR Solutions services call (864) 225-3370 or visit

Kidnapping, stabbing victim crawls from area woods

A Walhalla man was assaulted and left in a wooded area of S. C. Hwy. 247 Monday when he went to meet someone he met on the Internet.

According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne Mathew Lee, 36, of 125 Lecroy Road, Walhalla, corresponded with Paris Terrac Crosby, 17, on the internet where Crosby was posing as a female.  Lee was told to come to a house at 204 H St. in Anderson.

According to authorities, when Lee arrived at the house early Tuesday morning, he was struck over the head with a crowbar and his hands were bound.

 Reports state he was then wrapped in a blanket and forced  into his vehicle, where Crosby and Jasmin Maria Sanchez, 19, took him to a wooded area off Hwy. 247.

 There he was allegedly stabbed in the neck. Lee was able to crawl to the side of the road and flag down a motorist, authorities said.

An Anderson County Sheriffs Deputy located and stopped the vehicle on U. S. Hwy. 76, with Crosby and Sanchez both in it.

Both were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, assault and battery with intent to kill, grand larceny, armed robbery and kidnapping. Crosby was also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

Lee was airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

West Pelzer approves budget

By Stan Welch

The West Pelzer Town Council gave second and final approval to the town’s 2005-06 budget Tuesday night, after amending it to allow for a $12,000 capital improvement fund for renovations to the Town Hall.

Mayor Peggy Paxton told The Journal after the meeting that the Town’s good financial position should make that goal easily attainable. 

“We usually bring in a good bit more in revenues than we budget. I would be surprised if the additional money isn’t available when we need it. It will require an amendment to the budget when the time comes, but it won’t be a problem,” Paxton said.

The council also voted  to approve a one time fee of $50 for a business license for mechanics coming into town for a single job, such as pressure washing or painting a house. The full fee for a business license would be imposed if the mechanic were to return at a later time to perform a job for someone else.

The issue of unmarked police cars came up again, and the Council agreed to allow the maroon unmarked car, a spare which has been pressed into service recently, to remain unmarked. The Chief’s unmarked car, however, is to be lined and equipped with the proper decals.

Councilman Marshall King asked that the Town seek estimates on equipment for locating waterlines. He stated that a leak during the weekend on Holiday Street took longer to locate than to repair.

Local runners pace Eagles Cross Country

The Winthrop Eagles men’s cross country team placed 6th at the Furman Invitational held Saturday in Greenville. The team, which includes two former Anderson District One standout runners, finished sixth out of 23 teams.

Sophomore Trevor Beesley (of Greenwood) led the way for the squad, finishing 8th overall for his third top 10 finish in three meets this season. Beesley finished with a time of 26:31.58 in the 8k, which was about a minute and 43 seconds off the lead.

Former Wren High School standout Brad Orr finished 31st. He was followed by teammates Brandon Hudgins, 40th; Gaines Bailey, 47th; and Derrick Zinnerman 58th. Former Palmetto High School standout Justin Meade finished 85th.

Eastern Kentucky captured the meet with a score of 56. Virginia Intermont was second followed by Furman, Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State and Winthrop.

The Eagle’s cross country  team started the 2005 season on a strong note, taking first place in the Campbell University Early Bird Invitational Sept. 3.

The Eagles dominated the five-school race with six runners finishing in the top 10.

Orr, a sophomore, won the individual championship with a time of 15:45 over the 5,000-meter distance. Beesley, also a sophomore and freshman Brandon Hudgins finished third and fourth with times of 15:53 and 16:00, respectively. Bailey, a sophomore, freshman Marcus Coleman and Meade, a sophomore, took the seventh through ninth spots.

As a team, The Eagles finished with 23 points to outdistance the host Campbell Camels who were second with 51 points. Gardner-Webb finished third (94) followed by Mercer (104) and UNC Wilmington (110).

The Eagles took second place at the 2005 Winthrop/Asics  Cross Country Invitational held Sept. 17 at the Winthrop University Farm. Beesley finished third over all and first for the Eagles with a time of 26:11. He was followed by Orr, who finished 4th with a time of 26:36; Hudgens, 9 (27:04); Meade, 20 (27:56); Bailey 22 (28:00); Zinnerman, 23 (28:14); Henderson, 26th (28:48), and Seth Guthrie, 30th (29:02). High Point University finished first.

The Eagles had one of their best outings at the Paul Short Invitational held Oct. 1 in Lehigh Pa. where they finished 31st out of 44 teams.

Beesley finished 67th overall with a time of 24:58.3. Following for Winthrop were Orr, 115 (25:25.8); Hudgins, 170 (25:55.1); Bailey, 221 (26:18.5); Meade, 243 (26:32.8); Zinnerman, 265 (27:01.3) 5:27 274 Marcus Coleman, 274 (27:08.8).

The Eagles will host the Winthrop Fall Classic this Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Winthrop Farm. The men’s race will be a 6k and the women’s will be a 4k. The Winthrop CC team is coached by Ben Paxton.

Ford runs for Clemson

Former Wren girls cross country standout Sunday Ford competed in the Furman Invitational Cross Country meet Saturday. Ford, a freshman at Clemson University, finished 5th for the Tigers and 41st overall with a time of 20:43.67. The Tigers finished 3rd out of 24 teams.

Palmetto girls run Furman CC

Palmetto’s Jillana Darby on the course at the Furman Invitational Cross Country meet Saturday. The Palmetto High School girls cross country team finished 37 out of 51 teams. Junior Ashley McClellion led the way for the Mustangs, finishing 75th overall with a time of 21:44.72 on the 5k course. Darby, a freshman, finished second for the Mustangs, 103rd overall at 22:11.21. She was followed by Marlee Rhodes, 221 (24:35.30); Carmen Scales 238 (25:03.43); Amber Boiter 221 (33:47.00) and Bianca Vazquez 338 (39:16.00).

Vehicle goes off Brown Road bridge

Darrell Wesley Lovinggood, 47, of 506 Ashley Downs, Anderson, died from head injuries suffered when his 2004 Toyota pickup went off the Brown Road bridge over Hartwell Lake around 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning, authorities said. Lovinggood struck a guardrail on the left side of the road as he traveled eastbound, crossed the road and struck a concrete post, causing the vehicle to go airborne into the lake, Deputy Coroner Don McCown said. Though authorities said an accident on the bridge was reported early Saturday morning, a repair crew sent out, and the man reported missing, the vehicle was not discovered until Monday. ACSO spokesperson Susann Griffin said that when SCHP personnel responded to a call reporting the accident, they saw only the damaged guard rail, and not any debris that would indicate the car left the bridge. Lovinggood was reported as missing later Saturday by a friend, who continued to insist that something must have happened to Lovinggood.A lieutenant with the sheriff’s Department went to the missing man’s home,and numerous attempts were made to call his cell phone. “We were looking for him throughout the weekend,” said Griffin.  After the weekend passed without any word from Lovinggood, the ACSO contacted the County’s dive team, who quickly found the vehicle. Lovinggood died of massive head injuries, according to Griffin.

Cyclists promote cancer awareness

Greenville resident George Hincapie is the only member of the Discovery Channel cycling team who has ridden with seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong in each of his victories in the historic race.

They were teammates on the USPS team, riding to six straight Tour de France victories and this year on the Discovery Team, which led Armstrong to an unprecedented seventh victory.

Hincapie also won the toughest stage, stage 15, of the 2005 Tour de France. He a four time Olympian and has competed in the Tour de France 10 times.

He has also competed locally in the Greenville Cycling Classic race which is in its 21st year and is usually held during the Fall for Greenville festival in downtown. The race is directed by his brother, Rich Hincapie.

The event has grown into one of the most popular on the U. S. National Racing Series schedule, with a $10,000 purse for the pro winner, which last year was Hincapie.

Cycling fans can see the famous cyclist race in the 50 lap St. Francis Hospital Greenville Cycling Classic this Saturday at 5 p.m. in downtown Greenville.

He was honored with a George Hincapie Day parade and celebration held in Greenville recently in which Armstrong also made an appearance.

Armstrong joined Hincapie in his adopted home town again last week to promote the Brystol-Myers Squibb Tour of Hope, a cross-country relay of 24 cyclists on a nine-day trek to raise awareness about clinical trials in the fight against cancer.

The ride, which began in San Diego finished Sunday in Washington, D. C.

Riders were scheduled to turn the relay over to a fresh team in Greenville, home of the Greenville Hospital System Cancer Research Unit, one of the best in the nation.

During the rally, several cancer survivors told their stories, including Hincapie who talked about his sister-in-law who was diagnosed with cancer last year.

Armstrong, also a cancer survivor,  brought his message of hope and survival to the rally which was attended by several thousand people.

Greenville native and rock star Edwin McCain, sang at the downtown rally and talked about his mother’s battle with cancer.

The rally encouraged people to sign the “Cancer Promise,” which pledges support for cancer screenings, support for friends and family diagnosed with cancer and efforts to make cancer a national health priority.

It also encouraged those diagnosed with cancer, to participate in clinical trials and research.

Deputies investigate area thefts


Oct. 5 – R.S. Turner responded to a complaint of auto breaking at Bracken Auto, 101 Murray St. Marlin Bracken reported that a car belonging to Andrew Fries had been left at the business for repairs and was subsequently robbed of a Pioneer 6500 MP3 CD player valued at $150.

Oct. 7 – M.D. Creamer investigated the theft of a vehicle belonging to John G. Bryant. Bryant said he was driving down the road when he noticed a truck that belonged to him sitting on a tow trailer on Osteen Hill Road. Deputy Creamer was going to present the case to a magistrate for action.


Oct.3 – J. D. Shelton responded to 109 Moore Rd. where Jane Merritt reported someone had broken into the home and possibly stolen some firearms. She could not confirm that since her father was on a hunting trip in Georgia.

Oct. 8 – N. J. Peluso investigated a complaint of petit larceny at the Century Farms BP at 2100 Hwy. 86. An unknown suspect had managed to punch one of the car wash selection buttons out of the electronic console and manipulate the refund switch in order to obtain $140 in loose quarters

Oct. 8 – J. A. Frazier investigated a complaint of burglary and assault & battery reported by Jeremy Kubanek.


Oct. 8 – R. J. Murphy received a report from Bob Owens, owner of B&W Sales on Main Street. Owens said that a subject had taken two guitars from the store, supposedly to get his grandfather’s approval to buy one of them. Three days later, he still had not returned the guitars or paid for them. The subject  is a WM, 17-20 years old, 5’11", 150 pounds.








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