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(4206) Week of Oct. 18, 2006

More Election -
Williamston Council Ward 1
Two announce as write-in candidates 
Crout to run as write-in candidate
Walker running as write-in
School Board
Dale Martin offers education experience
Sherard write-in for County Board
Piedmont Public Service
McAbee wants to continue on board
Rhodes happy to serve on PPSD board
County/State
Despite obstacles Wilson represents area
Voters to decide 7 statewide Constitutional Amendments

News

Be a part of the Christmas Park
Boo in the park
Pelzer plans Holiday Fair
Candy corn walk at Cheddar FD
Piedmont history to be on display
Pelzer rescue squad to relocate facilities
Bridge to honor senator O’Dell
West Pelzer water improvements
Peebles opening brings shoppers
Tierce on Channel 16 this Friday
County plans Veterans parade
Health Department readies for expansion
Sheriff seeking information
Flu Vaccines being offered
Reward offered in hit and run
Deputies investigate vehicle, mail thefts

Two announce as write-in candidates 

With the announcement last week by Williamston Councilman Greg Cole that he will not seek reelection, two write-in candidates have added their names as candidates for the Ward 1 seat which was to be contested by only one candidate, Willie Wright.

Wright, of 23 School St., Williamston, will be the only candidate with his name printed on the ballot. Write-in candidates Tommy Walker, of Austin St. Williamston, and Carthel Crout of 104 Shorebrook Dr., Williamston announced their plans to run this week.

Cole announced last week that he will not be seeking reelection to the Town Council seat he has held for four years.

Cole said that he is not going to run for the office because of a medical condition of one of his employees which will result in Cole being required to devote more time to physically running the day-to-day operations of his business.

This will be the first time running for political office for both write-in candidates. time running for a political office, Walker said that he wants to work with other council members and citizens to solve the problems the town is facing.

A lifetime Williamston resident, he said he is conservative and wants the town’s money to be spent in the right places.

He said he would like to reduce the cost of services to citizens and hopefully increase the service being provided.

Walker is retired from the trucking industry and served as Fire Chief of the Williamston Fire Department for approximately 40 years.

Crout, a 25 year resident of Williamston, said he decided to run for the seat because he wants to “give residents of Williamston other options.”

“I have educated myself on issues facing the town and I am confident that I can make a difference on Williamston Town Council as the town continues to work to get its financial house in order and to make necessary plans for the future,” he said.

“I want to bring integrity back to the town of Williamston,” he said.

He is a retired school teacher and coach, and was head football coach at Palmetto High School for 10 years.

Crout to run as write-in candidate

Carthel Crout of 104 Shorebrook Dr., Williamston announced this week as a write-in candidate for the Ward 1 council seat being vacated by Greg Cole.

Crout, a 25 year resident of Williamston, said he decided to run for the seat because he wants to “give residents of Williamston other options.”

“I have educated myself on issues facing the town and I am confident that I can make a difference on Williamston Town Council as the town continues to work to get its financial house in order and to make necessary plans for the future,” he said.

He said he is concerned about other issues facing the town including the sewer situation, and especially the fee for trash pickup.

He wants to keep the street department intact and said he would like to modernize and update equipment and make sure the town has the personnel to better serve the citizens.

“I want to work diligently to get a grocery store in here,” he said.

He also wants to help guide the town through the financial crisis.

Crout said he will see that proper procedures are followed and will implement a requisition and purchase order system as well as a new check writing policy.

“I want to bring integrity back to the town of Williamston,” he said.

“A write-in campaign is always a challenge and with only a few weeks left before the November 7 election, I realize I have little time to make voters aware that I am an option. However, once the experienced incumbent in the Ward 1 seat announced that he will not serve another term, I felt a responsibility to the town that has been my home for almost 25 years to give this my best effort.”

Crout and his wife Sharon have two daughters Ashley and Leslie. They are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Williamston.

He is a retired school teacher and coach, and was head football coach at Palmetto High School for 10 years.

Crout is a retired Sgt. Major of the U. S. Army Reserve. He has a Bachelors degree in Physical Educaton and Biology from Mars Hill College and a Masters degree in Administration from Clemson University.

“I look forward to doing all I can to help move the town of Williamston out of the crisis it has been experiencing and into the future that I know we are capable of having,” Crout said.

Walker running as write-in

Tommy Walker, of Austin St. Williamston, announced this week that he will run as a write-in candidate for the Ward 1 seat on Williamston Town Council.

His first time running for a political office, Walker said that he wants to work with other council members and citizens to solve the problems the town is facing.

A lifetime Williamston resident, he said he is conservative and wants the town’s money to be spent in the right places.

Though he said he believes the town’s finances are getting better, the town still “needs to do some things to try to get the debt straightened out.”

“You don’t spend more than you take in,” Walker said,  though he understands that businesses and towns sometimes have to borrow money.

Walker said he also wants to help  businesses and industry that are already here.

Walker said that DHEC requirements are one of the biggest issues facing the town. “They come up with the requirements but don’t provide money to implement them,” he said.

One example, according to Walker, is the sewer treatment issues facing the town which he said he will “explore possibilities about that.”

He said he would like to reduce the cost of services to citizens and hopefully increase the service being provided.

Walker is retired from the trucking industry. He and his wife Argil have one daughter, Debbie.

Walker served as Fire Chief of the Williamston Fire Department for approximately 40 years. He is a member of Williamston First Baptist Church.

Dale Martin offers education experience

School Board Area 5C. Dale Martin is running for re-election to the Area 5 seat he currentlyy holds on the Anderson School District One Board of Trustees.

In the 28 years Martin has served on the District One Board of Trustees, he has pushed for quality educational programs and school resources.

“Keeping up with the growth has been a priority of the board for many years. It is critical that we have good, safe schools that work tirelessly for academic excellence. If we do this, then we have equipped our young people with the skills to compete and succeed.”

Martin points to the success of the 9th grade academies at both high schools as an example of a progressive board policy for District One.

He and other board members have continually supported training for teachers and encouraged national board certification.

Martin said that upgrades of existing facilities and planning for the future are issues the board has to continually look at. “Growth in this district has been phenomenal,” he said, “with 200 to 300 students each year.”

Martin said when he began his teaching career in District One there were about 4000 students. Now there are 9200.

Martin stated that academics are the number one priority for him along with providing the buildings in which education takes place.

He said he does not support county-wide consolidation of school districts, perferring to keep administration on the local level.

After a strong athletic career at Liberty High School, Martin pursued his teaching degree, serving 34 years as a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal before retiring in 1996.

With his career start in District One in 1961 as a teacher and coach at Palmetto High, Martin soon developed a strong football program as evidenced by the Mustangs AAA state championship win in the fall of 1970.

With interest in administration, Martin assumed the assistant principalship at Wren Middle School, later leaving in 1974 for a position at Greenville Technical College.

In 1979, Martin accepted a principalship in Abbeville County where he retired after 16 years serving the Antreville Elementary and Calhoun Falls Elementary schools.

Sherard write-in for County Board

Local businessman John Sherard announced this week a write-in campaign seeking election as the Area 3 representative to the Anderson County Board of Education. Sherard has owned and operated Sherard Dental Lab in Williamston for more that 25 years. He is a lifelong resident of Williamston and is a graduate of area schools. He is running to fill the spot recently vacated by Keith Cole.

McAbee wants to continue on PPSD board

By Stan Welch

Piedmont Fire Commission member Al McAbee has been involved with the fire department and the public service district for more than twenty years. But his involvement in public service goes back even further, to when he was a teenager and Piedmont was establishing its first library.

“My dad made me scrape paint off the walls and help build book shelves. I guess I’ve been involved in one way or the other ever since,” says McAbee, who is seeking reelection in November.

He has been a fire fighter for eighteen years, and a member of the Commission for almost as long. “I was first elected in 1986, and served two terms. But I never felt that a person should just stay on and on, so after that, I took a couple of years off from it. Later I served again, and then, I was appointed to finish the term of Tom Pack, who passed away in office. Then I ran and won another term just before the one I’m serving now, so I think this is my fifth term I’m seeking.”

McAbee has also served as a Scoutmaster, a Cubmaster, a National Guardsman, and is a deacon at Piedmont First Baptist Church. He is also a Gideon.

“I have always stressed training and equipping our firefighters as well as we possibly can. That is my first priority,” says McAbee. “I’ve been involved in buying the last five fire trucks we have bought over the last twenty years. It’s just important that we be the very best department we can. Our citizens expect and deserve that.”

He has seen the department’s budget grow to a million dollars. “Still, we are on limited funds and we need to use them as wisely as possible. That becomes more challenging each year.”

McAbee, who has two grown children and a granddaughter, says he has always been a person who wanted to serve his community. “I have always tried to be of service to Piedmont. If anyone has questions, call me. I’m always available.

Rhodes happy to serve on PPSD board

By Stan Welch

Don’t let Rudy Rhodes’ apparent reluctance to grant interviews fool you. He really does want to be reelected to the Piedmont Public Service District Board of Commissioners (PPSD). At least two of his fellow commissioners want to see him returned to office as well.

Vice Chair Al McAbee, who is also facing opposition in his bid for reelection, as well as Commission Chair Marsha Rogers, both say Rhodes has done a good job. “Rudy really believes in finding a way to work with people, and to use our District’s limited resources carefully,” said McAbee. Rogers agreed, saying, “Rudy has done a very good job for the people of Piedmont.”

“I got involved over one issue a few years ago, and the more I talked to people about it, the more they asked me to run for the Commission,” said Rhodes, who is finishing up his first term. “I do think you accomplish more by working with people than arguing with them.”

Rhodes, who grew up in the area, graduating from Woodmont High School, has been in business in Piedmont for twenty-seven years. He says that he is happy to serve the people, and that those who approve of his work should vote for him again. “More people asked me to run this time than last time, so I guess that means something,” said Rhodes, in a brief interview this week.

Despite obstacles Wilson represents area

By Stan Welch

District Seven County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson has heard all the reports and claims by her opponent that her prickly relationship with county administrator Joey Preston has hurt her district when it comes to receiving its share of services and resources. She places little faith in such talk, she says.

“The one thing I have learned from having to work around the administrator as well as the Council is that there is more than one way to skin a cat, and sometimes, the easy way isn’t the best way,” said Wilson during a recent interview. “But even if the reports are true, shouldn’t we be asking why a district should be denied its fair share of the County’s resources and efforts, just because a hired administrator has a problem with an elected representative?”

Wilson concedes that both Preston, and in her opinion, the rest of the Council as well, have tried to deny her constituents equal access to the county’s resources. “You have to realize that District Seven is comprised of all the areas that the other members didn’t want. No other district has so many municipalities in it. And when I was first elected, they all came to me and said they were tired of being neglected by the County Council and administrator.”

Soon after her first election, she and Preston began to clash, as they had over the Beaverdam sewer project even before Wilson ran for office. Their relationship soon became adversarial, based in large part on both Preston and the Council’s refusal to release legal vendor files to Wilson. That battle for access to information has broadened to include financial records of the county, and has resulted in legal action that is slated to be argued before the S.C. Supreme Court.

As recently as the last Council meeting, Preston flatly refused to provide Wilson with a copy of a draft contract for the purchase of a vacant Kroger store slated for renovation as offices, saying he would provide it to Council when it was completed.

Still, Wilson points to a variety of infrastructure advances which have begun or taken place, according to her, with little or no help from the county itself. “There is a great cooperative spirit among myself, the people of the district, and our County Delegation, including Rep. Dan Cooper, Rep. Michael Thompson and Sen. Billy O’Dell. Congressman Gresham Barrett and both our U.S. Senators Graham and DeMint are always willing to lend a hand. Our excellent grant writer and consultant Rusty Burns has been invaluable as well in accessing various sources of funds.”

She speaks proudly of seventy miles of water line that has been installed in her District since she was elected in 2000. “We had to literally shame members of the Council into letting us begin those projects, even though people were faced with dry or contaminated wells. But the nice thing about our form of government is that there’s always another way to skin a cat. Sometimes, it’s a better way. You just have to think outside the box.”

Wilson points to the recently begun construction of water lines in the West Pelzer town limits, saying that it took a great deal of cooperation to get the projects underway. But now we see things happening,” said Wilson. She also adds that Burns, with the assistance of the County Delegation, helped to obtain grant monies for those improvements.

“We also got thousands for the renovation of Spring Water Park over the last several years, to fix up the bathrooms and other facilities. I also think we have been very good stewards of what we have had to work with, and that has helped us to stretch our resources.”

Said Wilson, “Considering the treatment I have encountered at the hands of the administrator and the Council, I think survival carries its own merit to some extent. It is really our responsibility to become informed and involved in our government. I’d just like to add that despite all that has gone on, we have remained positive.”

She added, “Those who say my relationship with the administrator is hurting my district will have to prove it to me, and to those in my district. I have never taken their confidence or their votes for granted. To me, this is a sacred responsibility. Any time people have requested help from their district, we have done all we can to help, although the administrator and some of his department heads have not.”

Voters to decide 7 statewide Constitutional Amendments

S.C. Election Commission encourages voters to become familiar with questions in order to help reduce long lines at the polls on Nov. 7.

To help reduce long lines and the amount of time voters must spend at polling locations on Election Day, the South Carolina Election Commission is encouraging voters to familiarize themselves with the subject matter and language used in the constitutional amendment questions that will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot.

South Carolina voters will face seven statewide constitutional amendment questions, with questions covering five topics that range from the definition of marriage to property tax reassessments.

“South Carolina voters will be asked to decide a number of questions on Election Day and we want to encourage them to be prepared,” said Marci Andino, executive director of the S.C. Election Commission. “By simply reading over the questions and determining their answers in advance, voters will be able to more readily respond to the questions on Election Day and help significantly reduce the wait time at polling locations for all voters,” she continued.

To prepare, voters can read or print a copy of the constitutional amendment questions and explanations as they appear on the ballot from the S.C. Election Commission’s Web site at www.scvotes.org.

Voters have the option of bringing their own personal notes or copies of the ballot questions with them to the polls on Election Day. Poll managers at each polling location will also have handouts available for voters so that they may read over the questions before casting their ballot.

The statewide constitutional amendment questions are:

1. Definition of marriage

2 a. General Assembly session - 30 days

2 b. General Assembly session - 3 days

3 a. Retirement systems - investing

3 b. Retirement systems investment panel

4. Property tax

5. Eminent domain

In addition to the statewide ballot questions, many residents across the state will also face local questions.

For information regarding local questions, voters may contact their county voter registration office. Information regarding each county voter registration office is available at www.scvotes.org/howtoregister.

Wording and explanantion of the amendments will be published in the Nov. 1 Election Issue of The Journal.

Be a part of the Christmas Park

Organizers are making plans for the annual Williamston Christmas Park, a month long celebration of lights and unique displays erected in Mineral Spring Park during the hollidays.

In the past, individuals, businesses, churches, and civic groups, in cooperation with The Town of Williamston, have contributed to making the Christmas Park a special event by building original lighted exhibits and placing 1000s of lights in Mineral Spring Park.

This year the event will return to being a a joint effort by local citizens as the town has been forced to scale back involvement in special activities.

Members of the Springwater Committee which coordinated the 2006 Spring Water Festival, will be coordinating special events for the 2006 Christmas Park.

Committee members are asking for support from area businesses, churches and other organizations to again make it a community effort to “Celebrate the Season.”

Anyone interested can participate by placing a lighted display in the park or by volunteering to help set up displays and lights prior to opening night, which will be Saturday, November 25.

During December, individuals, choral groups or other entertainers can participate by providing holiday related entertainment for the amphitheater stage and/or providing free hot chocolate and/or coffee, cider, etc., organizers said.

“We hope to offer a schedule of events each Saturday evening during December and at other times during the week if a group or organization would like to be involved,” coordinator Dianne Lollis said.

“The Christmas Park committee will organize and schedule entertainment, with the participants being responsible for any necessary sound or other equipment,” Lollis said.

If your organization would like to participate -  

To reserve a display space - call Dianne Lollis at 864-847-5743

To sign up a choral group, choir or other entertainment - call Catlin Tierce at 864-608-0257 or Dianne Lollis at 864-847-5743.

Boo in the park Oct. 28

Boo in the park, a fun filled fall festival event, is being planned for Saturday, October 28 in Mineral Spring Park.

There will be treats, entertainment, and other special activities for kids 12 and under including a Halloween costume contest, coordinator Dianne Lollis said.

Lollis is coordinating several groups and organizations that will participate in the event which will begin at 6 p.m. and last until about 8:30.

Students from Palmetto High School are expected  to participate by decorating and dressing for Halloween.

Area businesses and churches will have displays and be giving out candy.

Strong Communities will also be participating with fun games and activities for smaller children and parents.

Entertainment for children is being planned for the amphitheater stage, including a dance group, a professional clown and a costume contest, Lollis said.

Dancer’s Edge will perform at 6 p.m followed by Buttons the Clown at 7 p.m. and the costume contest at 8 p.m.

The Williamston Fire Department is planning to offer “spook rides” on the 1936 antique fire truck which will leave the park, and take riders on a spooky tour by the nearby Williamston Cemetery and back.

Other special attractions are being planned for the evening, Lollis said. Any business, church or other organization that would like to participate is asked to contact Lollis at 864-847-5743.

The entire community is invited.

Pelzer plans Holiday Fair

The Town of Pelzer will host its 2nd annual Holiday Fair on Friday, December 1 from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Pelzer Gym.

“There will be lots of vendors and something for everyone,” said Mayor Kenneth Davis.

Door prizes will be given throughout the evening and refreshments will be served. Persons attending are being asked to  bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the local food pantry. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pelzer Youth Recreation.

For more information or vendor registration, contact Kenneth Davis at 947-1485 or Heather Holcombe at 947-2814.

Candy corn walk at Cheddar FD

The Cheddar Fire Department  will sponsor a Candy Corn Walk from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday October 21 at the walking track.

Several businesses and churches will have booths where candy will be given out, organizers said.

The event is being sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Cheddar Fire Department, Hwy, 20 Belton.

Piedmont history to be on display

There will be a Piedmont History Exhibit at the Community Building on Saturday, October 21st , from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

On exhibit will be several articles from Saluda Sam’s collection of Piedmont history including a varied assortment of artifacts, articles, and pictures from Piedmont’s past.

A special exhibit will be Roger Durham’s photography of present day Piedmont which concentrates on many local landmarks. Two of his best are shots of the old mill smokestacks and a spectacular view from behind the dam which capture a view of the footbridge not seen by many Piedmont folks. His photos will be available for purchase, framed or unframed.

Featured in Saluda Sam’s display will be several pictures from the Estes Plant archives. Photos will include from the groundbreaking through its 40 years of operation until the plant closed in 2004. Included are several snapshots of Christmas, with the kids on Santa’s lap, as well as many casual shots of safety and other employee celebrations.

It is sad to see the festival come to an end, as many of Piedmont natives used the occasion to have a “Homecoming”, Roper said. “Lots of visitors came by the Rowell Club Room to view past exhibits and hopefully some will still observe this tradition.” As Mr. Rowell stated, “Cross The Bridge and Help Each Other.”

Pelzer rescue squad to relocate facilities

By Stan Welch

The Pelzer Town Council and the Pelzer Rescue Squad have reached an agreement that will give the squad a central location and allow them to build better facilities than they currently occupy.

The deal received first reading approval at the last Council meeting, and is expected to receive final approval at the November meeting. Under the terms of the agreement, the Rescue Squad, which has been in Pelzer for more than forty years, will vacate the facilities it currently occupies, which the Town owns, and construct a new building on approximately an acre adjacent to the Odd Fellows Club on Highway 20.

Dan Durham, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Rescue Squad, said that the precise location of the building hasn’t been determined. “Once the Town Council gives final approval, we’ll get in there and survey the site. We intend to work with the Town to minimize the impact on the parking at the ball field, so we’ll locate as close to the rail line as we can and still have the function we need.”

Skip Watkins, town administrator, says that the town wanted the squad to remain in town, and the Council worked together to make that as attractive as possible. “Could the Town have gotten more than five thousand dollars for that site? Certainly. But the Council felt that it would be very beneficial to all the people in the area to have the squad remain here, instead of perhaps moving out to Highway 29 or somewhere further away.”

Durham agreed, saying that the squad never wanted to leave Pelzer. “We are the Pelzer rescue squad, and we have a long history with the town. The Council worked very hard to help us meet our needs. We explored a number of ideas to improve the current facility, but none of them were feasible. The Town created an opportunity that we couldn’t afford not to take.We’re very happy to be remaining in town.”

Plans for the new building call for approximately 5500 square feet of space, with a two story section to house the administrative and storage areas, as well as the kitchen and sleeping area. The front of the metal building will have an attractive façade, said Durham. The ambulance bays will comprise five bays, that allow two vehicles to be parked, back to back, in each bay.

Bridge to honor senator O’Dell

By Stan Welch

More than two decades of public service will be recognized on Sunday, October 22, when the bridge on Highway 25 Business and Saluda Avenue in Ware Shoals is dedicated as the William H. O’Dell Bridge.

The Honorable Elizabeth S. Mabry, executive director of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, will be on hand for the dedication, along with many other dignitaries.

Sen. O’Dell, who has represented the Fourth District in the South Carolina Senate for fourteen years, began his public service as a member of the Ware Shoals School Board. The Fourth District includes parts of Anderson, Greenwood and Abbeville counties. He has also served on the Abbeville Development Board and the Citadel’s Board of Visitors.

His company, O’Dell Mop and Broom, located just outside Ware Shoals, recently announced the addition of fifty jobs.

Senator O’Dell recently became co-chair for Arizona Senator John McCain’s Straight talk America political action committee in South Carolina. In making the announcement, McCain called Sen. O’Dell “ an experienced Republican leader who has served his people well and who shares their values”

Following the bridge dedication, there will be a reception at Burton Center Homes on Highway 25 Business. The public is welcome.

West Pelzer water improvements

West Pelzer’s water system improvement project is underway. Sixteen thousand feet of mostly six inch water line will be installed. Most of the Main street portion is already installed. Several lateral lines will be run, including to the following streets: Stewart, Stephanie, Hoyt, Dunlop, Sasha, Bellview, Marguerite, James, and Welborn Streets, as well as to the upper end of Denby Street. The project, funded by a Rural Development Grant, costs more than a half million dollars. The project, which is being constructed by West Utility, will replace leaky and unsafe water lines, and should increase water pressure in the town.

Peebles opening  brings shoppers

Grand Opening of the Peebles store at 17 Pelzer Avenue, Williamston,  was held Thursday, October 12.

According to manager Keith Saylors, the opening and ribbon cutting was spectacular.

“From the enthusiasm of the early crowd, support by the Peebles staff, coverage by The Journal, many local dignitaries, and representatives of the Anderson Chamber and Greater Williamston Business Association and many more. All were magnificent,” he said.

Russ Lundy, vice president of Peebles operations flew from Virginia to Greenville/Spartanburg International and commuted with four staff members to Williamston for the grand opening.

“Lundy was amazed at the superb turnout, the renovation, the customer oriented staff and the warmth of the Williamston community,” Saylors said.

The first 150 customers, received either a canvas tote bag or a coordinating, compact umbrella.

All shoppers who visited the new store during the four-day grand opening registered to win one of three $100 Peebles shopping spree gift cards, plus a 7 inch portable DVD player, and other items.

Winners will be announced next week, according to Saylors.

Peebles has a reputation for bringing style, selection and value to neighborhoods and small communities across the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern and Midwestern states.

Shoppers can find brand names including Reebok, Haggar, Izod, Sag Harbor, Chaps, Levi’s, Dockers, Liz Claibourne, Carter’s, Nike and many more.

In addition to great prices on these brand names, Peebles customers will have access to a store branded credit card and a V.I.P. Rewards Program.

Peebles credit card customers earn V.I.P. rewards such as invitations to exclusive savings events, free gift wrapping and more, based on annual purchases. Cardholders also receive bonus savings coupons via mail. Additionally, Peebles offers a special discount program for its customers age 50 and over.

Stage Stores, Inc., (NYSE:SSI) the parent company of Peebles, operates more than 600 stores in 31 states under the Peebles name throughout the New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern and Midwestern states, and under the Stage, Bealls and Palais Royal names throughout the Southern Central states. For more information about Stage Stores, visit their corporate Web site at www.stagestores.com.

Tierce on Channel 16 this Friday

Local country/gospel singer and songwriter, Catlin Tierce, will be performing live this Friday night, October 20, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Channel 16 studio. Also appearing will be Amanda Dressendorfer and others.

Anyone interested in being in the audience for the special event is invited to come early and are welcome to be a part of the show, Tierce said. Gwen Hall will host the show, which will rebroadcast on Monday at 8 p.m.

The Channel 16 studio is located off Rutherford Rd., in Greenville.

County plans Veterans parade

On Sunday, November 12th at 3 PM, Anderson County will host the annual Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Anderson. Military vehicles, marching bands, and floats will honor the service to our natin of thousands of Anderson County residents. The parade will be followed by a celebration and commemoration on the Anderson County Courthouse Square. The parade will highlight the sacrifices of soldiers who were either killed in action or spent time as a prisoner of war. Servicepersons who were POWs will ride in a place of honor, exemplified by the Parade Grand Marshalls, James Bailey and Robert Fant. Immediate family members of those killed in action will also be recognized by riding in the procession. Anyone who is a POW or a parent, spouse, or sibling of someone who was KIA, is asked to contact a parade organizer to participate in this ceremony.

Anderson County has a strong reputation for supporting the military, both active soldiers and veterans alike. Anderson County Administrator Joey Preston said it is “&ldots;not only important to thank people for the sacrifices and efforts they have made, but it is equally essential to emphasize those actions so others may be inspired to do the same.”

For more information, contact Michelle Strange (Anderson County Community Relations Division Director) at (864) 260-1004 or Elizabeth Peace at (864) 225-2205. Information for groups who are interested in joining the procession may be obtained by calling Bud Putnam at (864) 226-9425.

Health Department readies for expansion

Anderson County broke ground Monday on a $2 million expansion of the Health Department. Matrix Construction is the contractor and expects the work to be completed in October 2007. County Officials revealed the securing of funds and projected work included in phase two of the $3.2 million dollar project.

“The first two decades of the Health Department went by with no upgrades,” said Joey Preston, Anderson County Administrator.  “We are proud to see these new improvements come to fruition.” 

Phase two, funded with a $2 million state appropriation included: expansion of the existing facility that includes a 10,000-square-foot, two-story facility for patient care, public meetings and demonstration kitchen space; installation of a handicapped accessible elevator; Installation of handicapped accessible door hardware on all interior doors; installation of stairwell safety railings; connecting walkway between existing facility and the expansion and removal of existing portable classroom and office space.

Phase one was completed in 2005 at a cost of approximately $1.2 million. It was paid for with $400,000 in state grant funds and  $800,000 funded by Anderson County 2005 series general obligation bond, officials said.

Improvements made during 2003 included asbestos roof removed; new 4-ply rubber membrane, tar and gravel roof installed; dehumidification units installed to improve fresh air in the building.

In 2004 the building asbestos survey was completed. During 2005, building renovations were completed which improved the functional flow in several departments and greatly improved the aesthetic appearance of the overall interior, officials said.

Specific improvements were creation of two handicapped restrooms to meet ADA code, renovation of an area to create additional conference room space; renovated space to create offices for health promotion department and employee health nurse as well as other staff offices; relocated lab space to the first floor to improve workflow and access for staff and patients; relocated WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), Child Health and Adult Health to improve access and interior traffic flow of patients and repaired and sealed exterior wall to eliminate leaks and  mildew problems

Sheriff seeking information

David Allen Hughes is wanted by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office for burglary 1st , assault and battery high and aggravated nature, and grand larceny.  He is described as 5’9", 180 lbs., with blonde hair and brown eyes. He is 44.

He currently has no fixed address; however, he is expected to be in the N. Major Rd. area of Belton.  Hughes could be driving a red Lincoln Town Car, tag 494USW., officials said. He could also possibly be dangerous, officials said. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 332-5453 or CrimeStoppers at 231-STOP.

Flu Vaccines being offered

As influenza season approaches, anyone who wants to be protected against influenza, especially South Carolinians with a higher risk for flu-related complications and those who live with or care for people at high risk, are encouraged to get their flu vaccinations, according to representatives of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

“The best way to reduce the effects of the flu virus is to take the flu vaccine,” said Dr. Jerry Gibson, director of DHEC’s Bureau of Disease Control. “The vaccine provides immunity not only to the person who receives it, but also to the community at large when more people are protected. We particularly want to urge people who are at the greatest risk from flu, or who care for those people, to make vaccination a priority.”

Dr. Gibson said influenza usually doesn’t peak until January or later and many people recommended to get the vaccine have not done so by the end of November. While getting vaccinated in October and November is best, vaccination in December and January will also protect against the flu.

“Another good way to reduce your risk of getting or transmitting the influenza virus is to wash your hands thoroughly and often,” Dr. Gibson said. “Others should stay away from those who show signs of illness such as coughing. To cover your own cough, use fresh tissues instead of handkerchiefs when you have a runny nose and dispose of used tissues right away. Staying home from work when illness strikes can keep colds and flu from spreading.”

Dr. Gibson said flu vaccine manufacturers are expected to produce more than 100 million doses of flu vaccine this year. This is at least 17 million more doses of flu vaccine than ever before.

DHEC’s eight public health regions will be offering clinics across the state and a current list of those clinics will be posted to the Web and updated as changes are made.

Local flu shot clinic information is at The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence’s “Flu Clinic Finder” at www.thecarolinascenter.org/fcf or the American Lung Association Web site at www.lungusa.org.

There is a $25 charge for the vaccination, which Medicare and Medicaid will cover for those who are eligible. Medicare Advantage enrollees should contact their plans to learn whether a certain provider needs to provide the flu shot. Free flu vaccine is also provided to children and adolescents who are eligible through the DHEC Vaccine Assurance For All Children (VAFAC) Immunization Partnership in many doctors’ offices, community health centers and DHEC’s county public health departments around the state.

Based on information provided to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a significant amount of influenza vaccine should be available in physician’s offices and communities during October to allow vaccinations to begin. Early in the season, some providers may appear to have more influenza vaccine than others because there are many manufacturers, distributors and distribution channels with different distribution plans and schedules. Some providers may not have all of their vaccine until November or later, depending upon the manufacturer or distributor and when the vaccine was ordered.

“The majority of the flu vaccine available in our state will be through private providers such as doctor’s offices and other locations,” Dr. Gibson said. “DHEC has ordered about 275,000 doses for our clinics and partner providers. While this represents an approximate 10 percent increase from last season, we make up only a small part of the total flu vaccinations given around the state.”

Dr. Gibson said the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended annual flu vaccinations for anyone with a higher risk for severe complications from influenza including: Children aged 6-59 months; Children and adolescents aged 6 months to 18 years who receive long-term aspirin therapy and, therefore, might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection; Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season.

Also adults and children who have chronic disorders of the pulmonary or cardiovascular systems, including asthma (hypertension is not considered a high-risk condition); adults and children who have required regular medical follow-up or hospitalization during the preceding year because of chronic metabolic diseases including diabetes mellitus, renal dysfunction, hemoglobinopathies or immunodeficiency including immunodeficiency caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); adults and children who have conditions such as cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders or other neuromuscular disorders that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions or could increase the risk for aspiration; residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities housing anyone who have chronic medical conditions; and anyone age 65 or older.

Vaccination with inactivated influenza vaccine also is recommended for those with a higher risk for influenza-associated clinic, emergency department or hospital visits, particularly if they have a high-risk medical condition and for people 50-64 years of age.

Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all health-care workers, employees of assisted living and other residences for persons at high risk, anyone who provides home care to people in groups at high risk along with household contacts, including children, of persons in groups at high risk.

Anyone interested in flu vaccination should contact their family doctor or any of DHEC’s 46 county public health departments for flu vaccination clinic times and locations.

Visit http://www.scdhec.gov/health/disease/immunization/links.htm, or call DHEC’s Immunization Division at (803) 898-0460 (toll free 1-800-277-4687).

Vaccinations will be held at the following Region 1 DHEC Public Health Flu Clinic locations:

In Anderson County

Friday, 10/20 Anderson Civic Center, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Civic Center Blvd., Anderson

Monday, 10/23 Anderson Recreation Department, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Murray Avenue, Anderson

Thursday, 10/26 Iva Civic Center, Noon – 4 p.m. Iva

Monday, 10/30 Anderson Recreation Department, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Murray Avenue, Anderson

Wednesday, 11/1 Pendleton “Dog Pound,” Noon -4 p.m. East Queen Street, Pendleton

Thursday, 11/2 Williamston First Baptist, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Main Street, Williamston

 Monday, 11/6 Anderson Recreation Department, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Murray Avenue, Anderson

Thursday, 11/9 Chiquola Baptist Church, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 405 East Greer Street, Honea Path

In Abbeville County - Tuesday October 12 National Guard, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, November 1 National Guard 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In DHEC’s Region 2 of Cherokee, Greenville, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union counties, drive-through and walk-in flu clinics are planned to begin late October through early November.

   “This year we’ve scheduled flu clinics on Saturdays and at convenient drive-through locations with the goal of making flu vaccine available to the most people.” said Barbara McGeachie, Immunization Program Nurse Manager, DHEC’s Public Health Region 2.

 McGeachie said that flu shots will not be available to the general public at local health departments until late November. People who are interested in getting their flu shots earlier this season should plan to attend one of the Saturday clinics.

The locations and dates for DHEC’s flu clinics Greenville County-Berea High School, 201 Burdine Drive, Greenville on Saturday, October 21, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and  at Mauldin High School, 701 East Butler Road, Mauldin on Saturday, October 28 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  For information call 282-3795

Reward offered in hit and run

Authorities are looking for the driver of a red truck which was involved in a hit and run incident on Oct. 11 at approximately 9 to 9:30 p.m. the Palmetto Middle School walking track parking area.

A $500 reward is being offered for information related to the incident in which a mother of two small children was struck as she was running to her car when it began raining. The victim was taken to the emergency room and suffered several bruises and a broken arm. She stated that she believes the driver knew he struck her because he stopped for a moment and then drove off.

The victim said she had seen the truck at the track on several occasions before the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Williamston Police Department at (864) 847-7425.

Deputies investigate vehicle, mail thefts

In unrelated incidents, Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated thefts of four wheelers, a backhoe, a vehicle and even mail recently. Among incidents investigated were:

BELTON  

Oct. 10 – E. S. Russell responded to 429 Cheddar Road, where Wayne Burdette reported the theft of his Manco 4 wheeler. It is olive green and has a 260 cc engine. The value is estimated at $3200.

Oct. 10 – K. Taylor investigated a complaint of theft. Ada Sessoms reported that she had driven away from her house with her purse on the hood of the car. When she realized it was missing, she called her cell phone, and a male voice answered. He said he had found her purse at the intersection of Hwy. 29 N and  Whitten Road. She met him and he returned the purse. He was driving a white truck, but she did not get his name. She later discovered her brother’s wallet to be missing from the purse. The wallet reportedly contained $350.

Oct. 11 – E. S. Russell assisted Lt. Garrett with a traffic stop, and found Perry Ringlein, WM, 47, 6’1", 190 pounds, of Taylors, SC, to be driving under the influence. While the field test was being conducted, an open bottle of beer was found in the truck, and he was charged with both offenses. A passenger, Chadwick Dill, of Lyman, SC, was also charged with an open container.

 Oct. 14 – R. M. Cooper received a complaint of grand larceny from Rodney Webb, of 299 Lollis Road. Webb reported the theft of his TRX250 four wheeler. The yellow four wheeler was valued at $4000.

Oct. 14 – J.C. Moore investigated a complaint of forgery. Michelle Crawford, of Ware Shoals, reported that someone had forged a check on her account for $275, and had cashed it at the Craytonville Seed Store.

EASLEY

Oct. 11 – G. J. Turner responded to a call from the Easley Police Department concerning a stolen Caterpillar backhoe,which had been stolen a few days earlier. The backhoe was found just inside Anderson County on Brushy Creek Road. The recovered equipment was valued at $30,000.

 PIEDMONT

Oct. 10 – W.T. Cunningham responded to Pete’s restaurant at 2100 Hwy. 86, where James Allen reported that his 1987 Might Max Mitsubishi truck had been stolen while he was at work. He had left the keys in the unlocked truck.

Oct. 13 – T.B. Dugan received a complaint of theft from a motor vehicle at 125 LaCannon Rd. Someone stole the rims and tires, valued at $800, from the vehicle. During the theft the vehicle apparently slipped off the jack, doing five hundred dollars in damage to the fender.

Oct. 13 – D.W. Davis was dispatched to 123 Pleasantwood Rd., where he was told that someone had destroyed the mailbox belonging to Karen McGahay. The mailbox had been hit with a pumpkin. Another mailbox at 134 Pleasantwood Rd., belonging to Gwen Rice, was also hit by a pumpkin.

Oct. 14 – M.A. Whitfield responded to 605 Wren Road where Robert Tripp reported that someone had shot his house with paintballs. The damage was estimated at $200. Tripp reported hearing the paintballs hit his house. Looking out, he saw a blue Dodge Dakota  pickup drive off. Tripp followed in his car and got the license plate of the truck, which he gave to police.

WILLIAMSTON

Oct. 10 – J.J. Jacobs responded to a home at 4208 Six and Twenty Road, where the owner reported finding a large amount of opened mail in her driveway. The mail was to various people, and was determined to have contained checks to pay various bills. The incident report lists 11 different addressees.

 Oct. 13 – R. S. Turner was dispatched to 107 Twenty Nine Stanco Court to Stanco Metals, where he investigated a complaint of assault and battery. According to reports, Bernetta Crayton and Terilla Holloway got into an argument at break time, and Holloway struck Crayton in the head with a metal part made at the company. Crayton then grabbed a hammer in self defense. Holloway, who claimed that Crayton also hit her, was arrested and transported to ACDC.

 

 

 

 

 

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