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Week of Oct. 15

Festival organizers ready for October 17-18 event
Student suspended for threat
West Pelzer receives $15,000 in grant money
Pelzer discusses joint projects with West Pelzer
Two armed robberies reported this week

Festival organizers ready for October 17-18 event

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

The Friday night kickoff will begin at 6 p.m. with the Magic Dance Academy performing hip-hop, tap and other dance routines. The variety band “Encore” will perform at 7 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 begin at 10 a.m. and will include food, entertainment, car show, crafts, antique show and appraisal, amusement rides, fire truck rides and more.

Dwayne Strickland will perform on the main stage beginning at 10 a.m. followed by One Eyed Jack, the house band at the Blind Horse Saloon in Greenville. They will perform a variety of music from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Piedmont’s Donna Lynch Porter will perform Christian music at 3 p.m.

Marsha Rogers will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. 

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.

Crafters and other vendors will be offering a variety of items at the Market Place.  

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. 

Other food items available at the festival 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 on Saturday.

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.

A special souvenir tabloid is included in this edition of The Journal. The section includes information and schedules for this year’s festival along with advertising from local businesses.

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

Student suspended for threat

Williamston police officers investigated a threat made against a school official at Palmetto High School last Tuesday which resulted in a student being suspended from school. 

The 15-year-old was arrested Oct. 7 at Palmetto High School, 804 N. Hamilton St. after he made threats of shooting the assistant principal Mike Kelly with a handgun.

Reports state the juvenile admitted making the threats and was suspended from school. No weapons were found. The juvenile was released to his mother and the case was referred to family court. Reports state the student was angry at Kelly for taking an improper article of jewelry on the previous day. D. W. Bryant, C. A. Cauthen investigated.

Among other incidents investigated:

Oct. 11 - Carol Annette Watkins, 38, 11 South Pack Rd., Pelzer, was arrested for furnishing false information to a police officer in connection with a bench warrant issued on Sept. 18, 2000. J. L. Barnes investigated.

Oct. 11 - Joshua David Wood, 17, 431 Old River Rd., Pelzer, was arrested for simple possession of marijuana after a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. Officers allegedly found one cigarette wrapper containing 10 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the vehicle. B. L. Wilson investigated.

Oct. 10 - James Randolf Robinson, Jr., 41, 3 Brookdale Dr., Williamston, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (refused) after a 1988 Buick was observed travelling at a high rate of speed on Tripp St. Sgt. D. Munger investigated.

Oct. 9 - Jimmie H. Johnson, 43, 44 McAlister Circle, Williamston, was arrested for unsafe tires, improper vehicle license, no proof of ownership and operating an uninsured vehicle after a 1991 Honda was observed on Hwy. 20 with slick tires. A passenger in the vehicle, Walter Glenn Nabors, 42, 41 McAlister Circle, Williamston, was charged with public disorderly conduct. Sgt. D. Munger investigated.

Oct. 9 - True Value Hardware, 19 Pelzer Avenue, Williamston, reported  a Yardman mower valued at $999 stolen. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

Oct. 8 - Ricky Neil Horne, 43, 826 Joe Black Road, Tr.4, Williamston, was arrested for taking items valued at $150 from a 2001 Chrysler van belonging to Dean Horne, 1209 Dickens Ave., Williamston. D. A. Baker investigated.

Oct. 10 - Michael Preston Matheny, 29, 107 Brock Rd., Belton, was arrested for driving under the influence, open container and no seat belt after a van was observed driving left of center on Greenville Dr. A passenger, Chad Alexander Casey, 30, 524 B Joe Black Rd., Pelzer, was charged with open container. P. D. Marter investigated.

Oct. 5 - Kenton Andrew Monroe, 202 McCarrell Road, Travelers Rest, reported a tag valued at $25 taken from a company truck parked at 803 N. Hamilton St., Williamston. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

Oct. 7 - Dennis Lee Wortham, 20, 30 Stone St., Williamston was arrested for use of a vehicle without the owners consent after taking a 2002 Ford Taurus valued at $18,000. The vehicle belongs to Phyllis Wortham, 30 Stone St., Williamston. J. L. Barnes, K. P. Evatt investigated.

Oct. 6 - Shannon Dwaine Ashworth, 33, 3103 Abbeville Hwy. Anderson and Elizabeth Mitchell, 25, 237 Thomason Circle Anderson were arrested for public disorderly conduct and open container in a vehicle after officers were dispatched to 101 Mattison Dr., Williamston in reference to a suspicious vehicle. Reports state several open containers of beer were found in the vehicle, a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup which was parked at the apartment with the two individuals apparently asleep. Sgt. J. T. Motes, C. Sanders investigated.

Oct. 6 - Advance Pay Corp. 310 E. Main St., Unit D, Williamston reported a business sign valued at $140 taken from the parking lot. K. P. Evatt investigated.

Oct. 5 - Mildred Ramsey, 56, 209 Pamela Dr., Williamston, reported a bedroom suite and hutch valued at $2,000 taken from a house at 29 McAlister St. Williamston. D. W. Alexander investigated.

Oct. 5 - Melveno Leanrard Jones, 32, 67 Goose Way , Gray Court, was arrested for driving under suspension (more than 4th)  after a 1984 Lincoln Town Car was observed on East Main St., with no S. C. registration. Syrita Marie Shell, 554 Lakeview Dr., Gray Court was arrested for public disorderly conduct. P. D. Marter, Sgt. D. P. Munger investigated.

Oct. 5 - Mario Raphael Porter, 29, 16 School St., Williamston, was arrested for open container and public disorderly conduct after he was observed passed out in a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse at Mitchells Car Wash, Williamston. B. L. Wilson II investigated.

Oct. 3 - Bobby Todd Rogers, 22, 150 Stewart Lake Road, Pelzer, was arrested for unsafe equipment, open container in vehicle, driving under suspension more than first, borrowing a drivers license, outstanding bench warrant after a 1991 Plymouth was observed on Greenville Dr. with a brake light out and a cracked windshield. A passenger, Joshua T. Lusk, 18, 4916 Shady Grove Rd., Honea Path, was arrested for lending of driver license and minor in possession of beer. Sgt. D. Munger investigated.

Oct. 1 - Mary E. Blackwell, 101 Bigby St., Williamston, reported $100 in food items removed from a freezer. Forced entry was gained by breaking a window causing $50 in damage. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

Oct. 1 - Laurie Bud Walling, 43, 111 Ballard Rd., Pelzer, was arrested for no vehicle license, operating an uninsured vehicle, unsafe equipment and no proof of ownership after a 1994 Chevy truck was observed on Academy Dr. and Parker St. with no tag. B. L. Wilson investigated.

Oct. 1 - Paul Marshall, C. B. Mart, Inc. 103 Gr. Dr., Williamston, reported a robbery in which a man in his 20’s came into the store and picked up a couple of pieces of candy, then reached over the counter and grabbed $100 in $20 bills out of the register. He then ran from the store leaving  in a beige color Cadillac. C. Sanders investigated.

West Pelzer receives $15,000 in grant money

West Pelzer Town Council and a large group of citizens welcomed Senator Billy O’Dell and Council member Cindy Wilson to their meeting Tuesday night at a newly painted and refurbished Town Hall. Wilson and O’Dell presented the town with national and state flags which had flown over the state capital.

Mayor Peggy Paxton presented certificates to members of Boy Scout Troop #992 who were present to conduct a flag raising ceremony after the meeting.

O’Dell also presented the town with a $10,000 recreation grant at a ceremony held at the Pelzer Community Building prior to the meeting. The tentative plan for the funds is to purchase two signs that will greet visitors as they enter the town as well as a new sign for the Town Hall.

Paxton asked Police Chief Anthony Smith to conduct the second reading of a prowling and loitering for drug purposes ordinance. The council unanimously approved the ordinance after the second reading.

Smith also advised the group of a $5,000 Law Enforcement Block Grant the town received for records management software and digital cameras to aid in the documentation and prosecution of criminal domestic violence cases. Paxton added that she will be attending a seminar in Columbia on October 28 to seek additional funding for the Police Department.

Paxton encouraged everyone to attend the joint Fall Festival with the town of Pelzer to be held on Halloween at the ball field from 5 to 9 p.m. No admission will be charged, and the event will include rides, games, a costume contest and food according to Paxton.

Registration for the West Pelzer Christmas Parade begins October 20 and continues through November 25 at Town Hall and local businesses. The parade is planned for December 6 at 11 a.m. according to Paxton.

Council member Maida Kelly reminded citizens to check on senior citizens in the town. She encouraged citizens to advise the town of anyone who has no one to check on them so that the town can check on them as needed.

During citizen comments, a citizen expressed concern about speeding on Stephanie Drive and asked the council to consider lowering the 20 MPH speed limit in the area. Paxton said she felt a reduction in the speed limit would not solve the problem and mentioned the possibility of adding manual speed bumps and “Children at Play” signs. Since the state maintains the road, O’Dell offered his assistance in finding a solution to the speeding problem.

Paxton also advised in a recent newsletter to citizens that several houses in the town that are uninhabitable will be condemned by the end of November. The Anderson County Building Inspector has given the West Pelzer Fire Department permission to destroy the houses once they are condemned according to Paxton.

Officials adjourned the meeting to observe the flag raising ceremony conducted by Boy Scout Troop #992. A reception followed the ceremony.

Pelzer discusses joint projects with West Pelzer

Pelzer Town Council heard updates on several town projects as well as a presentation from West Pelzer Mayor Peggy Paxton on joint projects between the two municipalities at their regular meeting Monday night.

Paxton expressed appreciation to Mayor Page Henderson for his assistance on several projects that will lead to improvements for both towns. “I won’t have this area of the county put on the back burner,” Paxton stated.

Paxton discussed the possibility of an agreement between the two towns for West Pelzer to provide police protection to the Town of Pelzer. The service would help with vandalism in the park as well as provide protection to town citizens according to Paxton.

Henderson described the possibility of an agreement with West Pelzer for police protection as “attractive.” Mayors and councils of both towns would need to meet jointly with attorneys to work out the details according to Henderson.

Paxton announced a joint Fall Festival that will be held at the ball field on Halloween night from 5 to 9 p.m. She also discussed the possibility of the Christmas parade being routed through Pelzer with approval from the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Henderson advised the council of a meeting he and Paxton had with County Administrator Joey Preston on September 12 regarding services to the two towns that have been lacking from the county. Henderson indicated a stronger awareness on the part of the county to assist both municipalities.

The “urbanization of transportation” effort by Greenville County to include Pelzer in its planning was discussed. Feeling that the town would get “more bang for its buck” with the county, the council adopted a Transportation Resolution to stay with Anderson County for planning purposes.

Henderson also reported on a municipal meeting which took place in Pendleton on September 24. County municipalities developed a list of several areas where help is needed from the county.

Henderson stated that he had met on October 3 with county engineering consultants Jim Longshore and Dewey Pearson to discuss sewer issues. Spreadsheets from Dunn & Associates show an increased cost of $340,000 on the sewer project due to Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) issues.

Henderson reported that the town owes $80,000 for services rendered and has been making payments monthly. An assessment from Rural Development is still in process to determine what portion of money that has already been paid to Dunn & Associates is reimbursable to the town.

Henderson added that he will be meeting with Joe Newton of Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG) to discuss a “boiler plate” on an annexation process for Pelzer.

Henderson reported that he had met with a contractor to discuss park improvements. Water is not draining properly in the park due to a blockage on the property now leased by Bi-Lo from Hughes Realty according to Henderson. Traffic control which would allow entrance to the park only from Highway 20 was also discussed.

A representative from American Tower addressed the council on moving a fence surrounding a communications tower approximately 10 feet to the west while still adhering to Anderson County codes. Henderson instructed the company to “drive the stakes where the fence will be” and then let the council decide on the issue.

Municipal Clerk Skip Watkins reported that Lara Payne of Rural Development has advised that documents on the sewer project are in the process of being prepared for closing and for signature by the mayors.

An agenda item listed time for Kenneth Davis to address council but Davis declined to do so. Henderson outlined that a registered letter sent to Davis on September 30 requested his assistance in reading meters. According to Henderson, Davis signed for the letter on October 6 but had offered no response to the town. Davis referred to an advertisement in the local paper for a town employee.

Henderson advised Davis of a town initiative which began October 1 to control and reduce costs to the town which includes plans to hire a part-time person who would be an employee of the town. Henderson emphasized that he has “no personal vendetta” against Davis.

Henderson and Davis will face off for the mayor’s job in the November 4 general election.

Two armed robberies reported this week

Two men robbed a Pelzer store at gunpoint just before midnight last Wednesday. Store clerk Cathy Jane Davis reported that two men entered the Li’l Cricket Store at 7001 Highway 29 North, spent time deciding on a cigarette purchase and left. They returned a few minutes later and one of them approached the counter, pointed a long-handled handgun at her and demanded money.

According to Davis, she handed over an undetermined amount of money out of the register to him. The two men left on foot and were traced to an area near the Ritz Restaurant where authorities assume they had a vehicle waiting for them.

In a separate incident, a Piedmont resident reported that two men entered her home and demanded money Monday afternoon. Charlotte Elizabeth Wigington was in the rear of her home at 3021 Highway 86 when she heard noises in the front of the house. She assumed it was her husband returning from work.

Reportedly, a male suspect with hosiery covering his head presented a small black handgun and demanded her money. She responded that she had no money. He called to a second suspect who appeared in a similar disguise.

The second suspect held Wigington in her bathroom while the first suspect went through the house. When the house became quiet, Wigington attempted to call authorities but discovered that two cell phones and the handset for her home phone had been taken. She left to get her husband who was working nearby and then called authorities.

Anderson County deputies also investigated the following incidents this week:

Oct. 14 – S & S Marine Services, 600 Spearman Rd., Pelzer, reported that someone cut a lock on a gate and took a utility trailer containing a refrigerator and hand trucks valued at $5,400. J. R. Jones investigated.

Oct. 13 – Danny Davis, 127 Elizabeth Dr., Piedmont, reported that someone took a black Remington rifle model 7400 valued at $250. K. Fowler investigated.

Oct. 13 – Hardee’s, 119 Hwy. 20, Pelzer, reported $345.71 missing from the store safe. G. Diaz investigated.

Oct. 12 – Anthony Price, 324 Shenandoah Dr., Easley, reported that someone forced entry into his residence and vehicle and took a printer and tools valued at $550, J. A. Burdette investigated.

Oct. 11 – Bi-Lo, 3518 Earle E. Morris, Jr. Hwy., Greenville, reported that a customer took two dog cables valued at $22 and placed them in his pocket. Store personnel contacted authorities who handcuffed the suspect and placed him against the patrol car. The suspect began running across the parking lot but was stopped by an unknown citizen. Jason Lawrence Darby, 21, 119 Booker T. Circle, Easley, was arrested and charged with shoplifting and resisting arrest. D. Hodges investigated.

Oct. 11 – Sylvia Jean Tinsley, 63, 101 Hollywood Dr., Piedmont, reported that someone stole a golf cart valued at $1,100 from her yard. G. Diaz investigated.

Oct. 10 – Dollar General, 3516 Earle E. Morris, Jr. Hwy., Easley, reported that a customer took seven boxes of Sudafed valued at $9 and placed them in her pants. Robin Lee White, 34, 150 Whites Dr., Pelzer was placed under arrest. F. Wooten investigated.

Oct. 9 – Lindsey Wilson Stevens, 26, 103 Shadowmoss Dr., Piedmont, reported that two bikes valued at $900 were stolen. S. C. Weymouth investigated.

Oct. 9 – William Jason Nelms, 25, 148 Pine Cr., Pelzer, reported that someone pushed open the back door and stole $60 from his residence. D. B. Anderson investigated.

Oct. 8 – Frank Smith, 69, 527 Willingham Rd., Williamston, reported that someone broke a window in his residence and carried away a lockbox containing $1,000 in collectibles. N. Mitchell investigated.

Oct. 7 – Sherry Ann Holcombe, 121 Pinewood Dr., Williamston, reported that someone entered an outbuilding and took a lawn mower and trimmer valued at $230. M. B. Sloan investigated.

Oct. 7 – Sarah J. Lane, 43, 109 Harrogate Lane, Easley, reported that someone carried away a purse and its contents valued at $220 from a vehicle parked at her residence. N. Mitchell investigated.

Oct. 7 – Tommy Dan Aye, 60, 16 Tripp St., Williamston, reported a Motorola cell phone and cash valued at $120 missing from his residence. G. Diaz investigated.





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