News Archive

Week of 4604, 2004 

Week of Nov. 17, 2004

Sue Cleveland Elementary anticipates new location
Piedmont commissioners decide to clean sewer lines
Sheriff-elect Crenshaw announces command staff
Attempted kidnapping thwarted by local woman
Missing hiker found
Scott to serve on Council
Former substitute faces charges
Solid waste controversy consumes county council
Mustangs crowned State AA runner-up
Sponsor a tree for Deck the Halls
Whitefield to offer Thanksgiving Meal
Winter Fest to feature lots of holiday activities
Piedmont Parade December 11
Register now for Williamston parade

Sue Cleveland Elementary anticipates new location

Construction is well underway for the new Sue Cleveland Elementary School which will be located at Woodmont Park near Woodmont Middle School off Woodmont School Road and Bessie Road.

Greenville County school officials made the decision to relocate the school after the acreage at the school’s present site on Church Street in Piedmont was determined to be less than what is needed to support a new or renovated school according to School Trustee Roger Meek.

Factors affecting the decision included the anticipated growth in the area, the physical location of the students, and the availability of land for a new site, according to Meek.

The new school will be a model design which is being used for several other schools in the district and should be completed by December 2004 according to a spokesperson.

The new 82,700 square-foot school will be two stories high with elevators with a disability key access. Fire-rated corridors will provide additional safety should an elevator malfunction.

With a contract cost of $8,435,000, the exterior of the building is constructed of large pre-cast panels of insulated concrete. The sandwich-fashioned panels were poured in place at the factory, given an exterior architectural treatment and then delivered directly to the construction site.

With 22 standard-size classrooms and a science/laboratory classroom, the school is planned to accommodate 600 students compared to the school’s current enrollment of 424 students.

An 1800 square-foot curved media center reading room will include an office and work room space.

A 2400 square-foot dining/assembly space with a supporting food service facility and a stage for assembly purposes is included in the plan.

A 3450 square-foot indoor multi-purpose room for physical education will include two adjustable basketball goals and markings for basketball and volleyball as well as other physical education activities. Outdoor physical education facilities will include a multi-purpose softball field and play area.

Four kindergarten classrooms will be provided with a fenced play yard. Special Education facilities will include four self-contained classrooms and two resource rooms.

All heating and air conditioning will be computer-monitored continuously and controlled centrally at the district offices.

School security will be maintained through cameras to monitor hallways, entrances and the exterior of the school. Using the “capture concept”, all exterior entrances will be locked once school begins except for the central reception and administrative area.

All classrooms will have an interior door lock, a telephone, five computers with Internet access, a printer and a television with a satellite connection.

The school is one of 68 projects in the Facilities Plan for the school district at a total cost of $784 million with $800 million in bonds sold to provide funding and reserve.

The Facilities Plan for the school district began over 10 years ago after three years of research involving over 1,800 people from across Greenville County identifying and evaluating the physical and educational needs of school facilities.

The findings were used to compile the Superintendent’s Recommended Plan which provided the basis for discussion and a school-by-school review by the board and a prioritizing of school projects.

In April 2002, the school district began implementing an agreement with Institutional Resources to oversee the construction and renovation of schools. The agreement provides funding through BEST (Building Equity Sooner for Tomorrow), a non-profit foundation established by the school board.

The agreement provides for the completion of the Facilities Plan in four years versus a minimum of 23 years through traditional funding. The plan also involves no planned tax increases with millage for school construction remaining at 42.5 mills.

According to authorities, the plan allows the district to save money by avoiding increasing construction costs through inflation, standardization of school design, elimination of changes that increase costs, bulk purchasing of building materials, and cost effective designs that reduce maintenance costs.

School officials explain that financing this plan works somewhat like a mortgage or an installment purchase. Schools are built, and the cost is paid off over time similar to a house payment.

The school district continues to own title to all property and existing school buildings. Buildings are leased to BEST for a term that ends when all payments are made or for 50 years.

The district provides BEST with a maximum 50-year lease of the land and existing school buildings and agrees to make payments for the next 25 years in return for BEST providing renovated and new schools. BEST uses its right to payment and its lease to sell bonds to pay for the school construction and renovation.

Piedmont commissioners decide to clean sewer lines

The Board of Commissioners for the Piedmont Public Service District voted at their meeting Monday to begin a cleanup of sewer lines in order to comply with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandate on the district’s sewer system.

According to Chief Administrator Butch Nichols, the district received a compliance letter September 15 which required a formal response by November 15.

Nichols said that he worked with the district sewer consultant John Pruitt to get estimates on cleaning and videoing 20 per cent of the sewer lines for each of the next five years in order to comply with EPA regulations.

“Our backs are against the wall. We have to do this or be fined heavily by the EPA,” Nichols said.

Nichols reported that $47,000 is in the sewer fund and that the estimated cost for the cleaning and videoing would be between $17,000 and $20,000 depending on what problems were discovered in the lines.

Nichols also reminded the board that a vote had already been taken to comply with the mandate. The only decision to be made by the board would be which bid to accept.

Nichols presented bids that he and Pruitt had received from several companies to provide the service and emphasized that the service will need to be done every year. Nichols also mentioned that the work would take about one week to 10 days to complete.

“It will take 20 per cent of our budget to do this every year,” Nichols reported. 

After reviewing the bids submitted, Commissioner Al McAbee made a motion that board members accept the bid from 3R, Inc. in Spartanburg. The board unanimously supported McAbee’s motion.

Chairperson Marsha Rogers reported that painting needs to be done on the boxing and trim on the Community Building, the water tank on Hotel Hill, and some areas of the fire station and presented an estimate for that work to be done.

Commissioner Rudy Rhodes suggested that the district consider covering the boxing on the Community Building with vinyl to reduce maintenance. Nichols said that he would get some estimates on doing that before the next meeting so that the board could make a decision.

Rogers reported that FGS had donated $1,013 from the barbecue Saturday to the Needy Family Fund.

Nichols said that he expected this to be a “bad year” for needy families with the closing of the Estes Plant and other things going on in the area.

Nichols added that students from Sue Cleveland Elementary will deliver their canned goods in a wagon parade to the fire department on November 23. He also reminded the board that firemen will be collecting at traffic lights on December 9, 10, 16, and 17.

Commissioner McAbee reported a total of 44 calls to the fire department in October which included: 3 structure fires, 4 grass fires, 1 vehicle fire, 6 vehicle accidents, 23 medical calls, 1 electrical call, 1 gas leak, and 5 sewer calls.

“We had a good turnout on calls last month,” McAbee added. He went on to remind the board that three or four years ago, the board was faced with “two in and two out at all times.”

By stressing the importance of responding to calls to paid and volunteer personnel, McAbee said this had been avoided.

Nichols added that volunteers currently equal “about one-and-one-half to two men per year.”

Al McAbee also reminded everyone that the firemen will ride Santa Claus around Piedmont around the first of December and that the Christmas Parade would be December 11 at 11 a.m.

Rogers introduced Frankie Garrett as the newly-elected board member who will take office in January. She mentioned that he and former board member the late J. C. Turner were very close friends.

Rogers announced that the next board meeting will be January 17 and reminded the board that a chairperson and co-chairperson will be elected after the new board takes office.

 

Sheriff-elect Crenshaw announces command staff

Anderson County Sheriff-elect David L. Crenshaw announced members of his command staff who will over-see the operations of the sheriff’s office when Crenshaw’s administration takes over at 12:01 a.m. on January 4.

According to a press release, Tim Busha will be named Chief Deputy and will serve as the command official immediately under the sheriff.

Busha is currently the Criminal Justice Department Head at Tri-County Technical College.

He holds a B. A. degree in Sociology from Southern Wesleyan University, a Master of Criminal Justice degree from the University of South Carolina and is scheduled to complete a Doctor of Education Degree in Vocational/Technical Education at Clemson in 2005.

He has seved as a Director of Juvenile Services, Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s office, Training Program Director, and is a South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy graduate. He served as a narcotics investigator with the Anderson County Sheriff’s office and as a Deputy sheriff in Pickens County.

Three department captains will direct the Uniform Patrol Division, the Investigations division and the Special Oeprations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

Tim Jones will head the Uniform Patrol Division. Jones holds a B. S. Degree from Clemson University and is currently an investigator with the Tenth Circuit Solicitor’s office.

He previously was a deputy sheriff investigator with the Anderson County Sheriff’s office.

Tommy Williams will head the Investigations Division. Williams holds an A.P.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Tri County Technical College. He is currently a Summary Court judge.

 He previously held the position of Lieutenant of Investigations, deputy sheriff and investigator.

Jeff Black will lead Special Operations. Black holds a B. S. Degree from the University of South Carolina.

He is currently a Security Response Team member with the Oconee Nuclear Station. His previous law enforcement experience includes serving as a deputy sheriff, criminal investigator and narcotics investigator, with the Anderson County Sherifff’s office. He was a police officer in Monroe La.

Bill Graham, as Inspector, will head the Office of Professional Responsibility and Standards.

He is currently self employed as a Business and Insurance Fraud Investigator. 

Graham holds a B. S. degree in Police Science from North Carolina Wesleyan College, a B. A. degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina, an A. S. degree in Education from Chowan College and an A. A. S. degree in Law Enforcement Technology from Williamston Technical College.

He has also served as a police officer with the Newport News Police Dept., the Pendleton Police Dept. and the Clemson Police Dept.

Attempted kidnapping thwarted by local woman

The Williamston Police Department recently investigated an attempted kidnapping and an armed robbery of a customer at a local store.

Oct. 19 - An attempted kidnapping was reported on River Dr. in Williamston. Reports state a 20-year-old female reported she was walking on River Dr. Ext. when a gray work van turned out the lights and pulled beside her. A man then opened the driver side door and attempted to pull her inside the van. She was able to break free and ran to her residence. The man was described as 55-years-old with glasses and a bald top head. The van had one tail light not working. Sgt. K. P. Evatt investigated.

Oct. 26 - James Michael Mosteller, 49, 206 Mauldin Street, T-4, Williamston, was arrested for attempted strong armed robbery after he attempted to take money from a customer at Cothran’s P&N Store, 620 Greenville Dr., Williamston. Reports state Mosteller placed his arm around the neck of Tony Dale Bruce, 55, 15 Finley St, Pelzer, and held a box cutter to his side. He  then stated, “I want your money. I am robbing you.” Bruce was able to get free and the suspect got in a Chevrolet Lumina van and drove away. Mosteller was charged with stong armed robbery and assault and battery with a deadly weapon and several traffic offenses. The driver of the vehicle, James Michael Mosteller, Jr. 30, 538 McLerath Rd., Starr, was charged with attempted armed robbery. T. L. Chapman, D. W. Alexander investigated.

Nov. 13 - Lisa Woodham, 47 Huntress, Dr., Greer, reported items missing from a storage building at Brown St. and Gr. Dr. in Williamston.  Reports state the storage building door was found open by the property owners and a new lock was put on it. A list of missing items will be provided. B. L. Lewis investigated.

Nov. 10 - Abhijit Indranarayan Karmokar, 24, 813 College St., Clemson, was arrested for speeding, improper vehicle license and operating an uninsured vehicle after a 1985 Ford Taurus was observed on Cherokee Rd., Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

Oct. 13 - Daniel Keith White, 47, 161 Campbell Rd., Pelzer, reported a check forgery occurring at Community First Bank, 208 E. Main St., Williamston. A $43.68 check taken from his mailbox was cashed by a person who changed the check payable name. J. H. Kirby investigated.

Nov. 11 - Thomas Leo Price, 34, 6 Crescent Dr., Williamston, was arrested for trespassing after notice at Sav-Way, 309 East Main St., Williamston. K. P. Evatt investigated.

Nov. 7 - Teresa Lynn Steadings, 41, 124 Freeman Dr., Piedmont, was arrested for speeding and operating an uninsured vehicle after a 1985 Oldsmobile station wagon was observed on Minor St. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

Oct. 27 - Movie Gallery, 11 Pelzer Ave., Williamston, reported a shoplifting incident in which 3 video games valued at $80 and 32 DVDs valued at $752.68 were taken from the store by three men.

Oct. 28 - Officers were dispatched to Mineral Spring Park to investigate vandalism of park restrooms. Reports state toilet paper dispensers were removed from the walls and mirrors in both restrooms were broken causing $100 in damage. Sgt. J. T. Motes investigated.

Oct. 20 - Tana R. Berry, 112 River Ridge Dr., Piedmont, reported a check forgery in the amount of $128.63 ocurring at Dollar General, West Main St., Williamston. Sgt. T. L. Chapman investigated.

Oct. 17 - Joya Joelle Nuneemaker, 102 Bolt Dr., Laurens, reported items valued at $850 missing from a storage building at Brown St., Williamston. Forced entry was gained by cutting a lock. Tools, 10 DVDs, 4 fishing rods and 1 stereo was reported missing. D. W. Alexander investigated.

Oct. 19 - Patricia Ann Jones, 70, 11 South Academy St., Williamston, reported a tag valued at $24 missing fom a 1999 Buick. Sgt. T. Motes investigated.

Oct. 15 - Michael Sammons, 110 Davis St., Williamston, reported a storm door window valued at $200 broken by a rock. Sgt. T. L. Chapman, D. W. Alexander investigated.

Oct. 16 - Sav-Way, 309 E. Main St., Williamston, reported a gas drive off in which a vehicle left without paying for $5 in gas. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

Oct. 12 - Marty Evans, Williamston EMS, 902 Anderson Drive, Williamston, reported vandalism to an ambulance in which brake fluid was placed in the washer fluid reservoir. The ambulance was parked outside under a carport. The incident caused $6,000 in damage to a light bar, exterior paint and windshield wipers. T. L. Chapman ivnestigated.

Oct. 11 - Cheryl Wikerson, 41, 1024 Welcome Rd, Williamston, was issued a summons for driving under suspension after being stopped for a taillight violation. Sgt. Z. E. Gregory investigated.

Oct. 12 - Mary Anderson , 41, 104 Tripp St., Williamston, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an incident on Tripp St. D. W. Alexander, T. L. Chapman investigated.

Missing hiker found

A former Wren High School football coach and Pendleton High Principal who disappeared after he left a group of hikers in Jones Gap State Park Saturday was found dead Tuesday, just 200 feet from the trail he had been hiking on.

More than 100 emergency workers and volunteers had searched for approximately 72 hours for the missing man until rescuers spotted the dark blue jacket he was wearing. Mancino’s body was found about 100 feet away, officials said.

Mancino, 75, was with a group hiking on the Ishi trail when he told the group he was tired and going back to tha parking lot at around 10 a.m. Saturday. When the group returned later that day, Mancino was nowhere to be found, officials said.

He was found about 1.5 miles from the trail head  according to Joe Hambright, a state park official who organized volunteer search parties.

Mancino was born in New York and came to South Carolina in 1961 to teach and coach football at Wren High School. He later served as assistant principal at Wren before moving to Pendleton High as principal in the early 1970s.

Scott to serve on Council

Otis Scott was the winner of a run-off election Tuesday and will represent citizens of Ward 4 on Williamston Town Coucil.

Unofficial results showed Scott received 397 votes to Owens’ 117. 

Scott was to face incumbent Wade Pepper in a run-off for the seat, however Pepper, who had held the seat for 30 years, announced that he did not intend to participate in the runoff.

With Pepper’s announcement, Scott thought he would step into the seat.

 But under state law, when a candidate pulls out of a runoff situation, and there is no majority, the candidate with the next highest votes is allowed to run, according to  Gary Baum of the State Election Commission.

The town’s election ordinance also specified that if there is no majority vote getter, a run-off election will be held for the contested office.

The next highest vote getter, Pamela Owens decided to participate in the runoff after supporters encouraged her.

Scott said if elected, his priorities are working with the mayor and council to stay within budget without raising taxes, working to reduce spending and still have a quality town.  He said he would also like to see improvements on town streets and job growth in the area.

Scott said he would like to see more done for the senior citizens and young people and especially would like to see programs for the youth in the area.

Scott also said he would like to see more cooperation on council.

During the Nov. 2 election, Scott received 45.3 percent of the vote with 636 votes to Wade Pepper’s 397 votes. Pamela Owens received 371 votes.

Former substitute faces charges

A former Anderson School District One substitute teacher and assistant coach  was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with an incident involving alcohol on Nov. 13.

According to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, Thomas Colt Emerson, 20, 302 Forest Ln. Belton, was charged after the father of a 15-year-old female went to a residence at 2 Dacus Dr., Williamston, looking for his daughter.

Reports state two 15-year-old juveniles, one male and one female, had been drinking alcohol in the presence of and with the knowledge of Emerson.

There were also other juveniles present at the residence according to reports.

Emerson was employed as a substitute teacher with District One and was an assistant football coach at Palmetto.

Emerson is no longer accociated with the school district, Assistant Superintendent David Havird, said.

Solid waste controversy consumes county council

Controversy surrounding the Anderson County Solid Waste Management Plan consumed a large portion of the regular county council meeting Tuesday.

A fear that the plan was designed to eliminate small, independent trash haulers in favor of a large single hauler had reportedly been fueled by information on a local radio station and critics of the plan.

Described by county personnel as a routine update of an existing document to comply with state regulations in accordance with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the second reading on the plan generated what one council member described as a “dog fight.”

Leading the opposition to the proposal and to the county’s solid waste management strategy, Council member Cindy Wilson presented information before the vote and encouraged any trash haulers present at the meeting to speak out on the issue. Wilson encouraged the council to table the issue until suggested revisions could be incorporated into the document but received no support from fellow council members.

Council member Gracie Floyd who held a meeting with independent trash haulers on Monday reported that the meeting left the “majority of the haulers satisfied” after they were able to air issues with county personnel.

With reported strong objections to repeated use of the word “franchise” in the document by the trash haulers, Floyd made a motion to delete all references to franchising in the document. The council unanimously supported Floyd’s motion.

In a response to concerns and the controversy over the plan, Environmental Services Director Victor Carpenter countered what he said were “lies going on.”

Carpenter explained that haulers now have permits which use some of the very same language contained in the document.

He explained that “franchise” is a standard industry term which refers to a “non-exclusive open collection system” which ensures that people doing business meet some standards or requirements.

Carpenter emphasized that the county has “no interest in franchising or putting anyone out of business.”

Referring to a specific section of the document described as “bad for business” by critics, Carpenter said that the county’s intent is to protect the citizens of Anderson County.

The county currently receives $10 a year per truck which generates $710 in revenue from independent haulers, Carpenter reported.

He also explained that the county monitors and uses reports from independent haulers to verify the bill presented by the landfill to the county.

Carpenter closed by saying that “casual statements have hurt some very honest people.”

A 6-1 council vote supported the plan with the revisions incorporated with Wilson casting the only opposing vote.

In remarks at the end of the meeting, frustrated Council member Fred Tolly said the opposition had taken a “benign document and created hay with a lot of time, money, and energy spent in the wrong direction.”

Chairman Clint Wright concluded that the “people of Anderson County deserve better than some of what I saw tonight.”

In a separate presentation to the council entitled “Fiction vs. Facts,” county personnel presented information countering a recent campaign advertisement by Wilson stating that the county has $100 million in debt.

County financial analyst Gina Humphries reported that the debt actually amounted to $60.1 million with less than half of that debt connected to taxpayer revenue. New debt incurred by the county since the time of the advertisement amounts to $18.8 million giving a current debt total of $78.9 million, Humphries said.

Countering several claims at the last council meeting that the county actually has an annual financial review and not an audit, Humphries also presented a letter written by Gray Suggs of the accounting firm of Elliott Davis in which he addressed the issue.

According to the letter from Suggs, “We did conduct an audit of the financial statements of the governmental activities; the business-type activities, the aggregate discreetly-presented component unit, each major fund, and the aggregate remaining fund information of Anderson County as of and for the year ended June 30, 2003.”

 

Mustangs crowned State AA runner-up

The Palmetto High School Varsity Competition Cheer Squad was named the State AA runner-up in competition held at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia Saturday.

 A large contingent of Mustang students, parents and fans made the trip to offer support for the squad who brought home silver medals and a trophy for their second place finish.

The Palmetto fans displayed poster size pictures of their favorite cheerleaders and specially decorated bottle noise makers to the event to show support for their squad.

After the Mustangs turned in an energetic and exciting performance, sticking all of their stunts, fans and squad members watched the remaining squads perform and could only wait for the judges to tally the scores for the 12 squads competing from across the state.

The Mustangs and their supporters were excited when Palmetto was announced as the AA State Runner-up.

Coach Sheri Alexander and Principal Mason Gary presented squad members their silver medals, followed by presentation of the State AA runner-up trophy.

“I was very pleased with the result,” Coach Alexander said. “I was happy to be in the top two.”

Alexander said the performance was probaly one of the best of the year. “I was very pleased with this performance.”

The Mustangs have had a very successful season, with six first place finishes, one second place and one third place. The third place came at the state qualifying competition at White Knoll, where the Mustangs had an off day, yet still placed in the top three.

Though the Mustangs turned in what was probably their best performance of the season at the state competition, fans and squad members were visibly disappointed when it was announced that Pendleton, a squad they competed against, and beat several times in competitions this season, were taking home the first place trophy.

Pendleton cheerleaders and fans  also seemed surprised that they were named the State AA champions.

In other competitions, Eastside High School finished first in the AAA competition, followed by Chapin, who moved into AAA competition this year, finishing second.

Mauldin took the AAAA title, with Irmo taking second place and defending champion Dutch Fork taking third.

Competing on the 2004 Mustang Competition Cheer Squad are:

Jill Bagwell, 10th grade; Crystal Bray, 12th grade; Erica Bromeling, 12th grade; Nicole Bush, 11th grade; Kristen Clark, 11th grade; Brittany Davenport, 10th grade; Chaunessy Dickerson, 9th grade; Whitney Franks, 12th grade; Nikki Green, 10th grade; Hannah Johnson, 10th grade; Jessica Jordan, 12th grade; Lauren Mauldin, 11th grade; Hayley Meade, 11th grade; Kayla Phillips, 12th grade; Hannah Rogers, 10th grade; Danielle Smith, 11th grade; Haley Tribble, 9th grade; Jessica Vinson, 11th grade; Jena Whitten, 10th grade; Kadie Zahnd, 10th grade.

The Mustangs are coached by Sheri Alexander.

Sponsor a tree for Deck the Halls

The Town of Williamston will again host “Deck the Halls” at the Williamston Municipal Center.

Businesses, churches, organizations or individuals interested in displaying a themed decorated Christmas tree in the halls of the Muncipal Center are invited to participate.

Trees may be decorated between Nov. 22 and 6 p.m. Nov. 27. Deadline for applications is Nov. 24.

The event is part of a holiday  Open House at the Municipal Center during the month of December.

Williamston will also host the Christmas Park during the month of December.

Any business, church, individual or other organization interested in participating in the annual Williamston Christmas Park Celebration should have a display application completed by November 24. All displays should be set up by 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27.

An opening night Christmas Spectacular is also planned to kick off the holiday events at 6 p.m. November 27.

The event will be held in front of the Muncipal Center and will feature holiday entertainment as well as officially kicking off the opening of the Christmas Park and Deck the Halls events.

For more information on any of the Williamston events call (864) 847-7473.

Whitefield to offer Thanksgiving Meal

The 13th Annual Community Outreach Thanksgiving Meal will be held at Whitefield Baptist Church on Thanksgiving Day, November 25.

The day will begin with a prayer circle at 7 a.m. and plate preparation will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The menu will include a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham, macaroni and cheese pies, green beans, corn, dressing and gravy, cranberry sauce and desserts.

 Last year, more than 30 churches, garden clubs, and organizations contributed to prepare over 1,000 meals for area residents. About 200 volunteers, including students from area high schools and Meals on Wheels drivers, managed and served food, set tables, and delivered meals.

Meals are delivered in Belton, Williamston, Pelzer, and West Pelzer.

About 300 persons also come to Whitefield Baptist Church to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal in person, organizers said.

Volunteers are needed to help serve food, set the tables, and deliver meals. Contributions of food or money are also accepted.

Churches and organizations usually volunteer to provide one item for the meal such as rolls, macaroni and cheese, green beans, corn, dressing, gravy, or desserts.

The meal is served and coordinated at Whitefield Baptist Church. However, the event remains nondenominational since persons of all faiths and walks of life pitch in to help.

Area students donated about 1,600 cans of food last year to be distributed along with the meal.

Persons interested in contributing financially to the effort may mail contributions to “God Provides & God Feeds,” Whitefield Baptist Church, 207 Mitchell Road, Belton, 29627.

Anyone who would like to help or knows of someone who would appreciate a meal but does not have transportation may call the church office at 226-6384.

Winter Fest to feature lots of holiday activities

Winter Fest 2004 will be held in downtown Piedmont, Saturday December 11 following the Piedmont Christmas parade.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. kicking off Winter Fest activities from 12 noon to 7 p.m., which will include food, crafts and a full day of family fun

More than 40 crafters are expected to participate in the Winter Fest event, offering Christmas shoppers a large selection of handmade and craft items.

Crafters from North Carolina and Georgia as well as local crafters will offer hand painted items, Christmas decorations, crocheted items, unusual gourd art, wood and leather crafts and much more, organizers said.

The event will also include holiday entertainment from Sue Cleveland Elementary Chorus, Wren Middle School Drama, Powdersville Middle School Strings and Wren Elementary Chorus.

Life Church outreach will be doing skits and Life Next Generation Youth will perform.

Horse-drawn carriage rides through the Piedmont “village” will be offered during Winter Fest. Rides will be $5 per person.

There will be a craft workshop for children and Santa Claus will be present, organizers said.

Parents can leave their children at the children’s corner while they shop at the craft fair.

Children can make their own holiday craft choosing from a different activity each hour.

Scheduled crafts for the day include: 1 p.m. - tree ornaments; 2 p.m. - photo frames; 3 p.m. - Christmas decorations; and 4 p.m. - Christmas door hanger.  Space will be limited to 12 children each hour so organizers urge parents to sign their children up  when they enter the craft fair.

Teal Photography will also offer professional portraits with Santa. 

Activities will be centered in the historic Piedmont Community Building, downtown Piedmont.

The holiday event is sponsored by the Pride in Piedmont organization.

Piedmont Parade December 11

The annual Piedmont Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 11 at 11 a.m.

This year’s theme is “Christmas Treasures” and the grand marshals will be Piedmont’s own “national treaures,” the veterans of any war.

Organizers of the parade, the Bonnes Amies Club, have made it a custom to pay tribute to the veterans by honoring them on a float and a reception at the conclusion of the parade. They invite veterans of any war to be a part of these Christmas festivities.

Organizers are hoping for a record number of participants this year. Businesses are urged to decorate a float and advertise their business.

Churches, choirs, youth groups, clubs, dance groups, bands, beauty queens and any organization or family are also invited to participate.

Organizers are in need of flat bed trucks to be used for floats and volunteers to drive them. Also needed are convertibles and drivers.

To volunteer or for more information call Betty White at 845-5543 or Maxie Freeman at 244-3435.

Entry fee is $10 per float. Deadline for entry is December 4. Trophies will be given to bands, cars, commercial floats, religious theme floats, and best over all theme float.

The Bonnes Amies Club invites the community to either participate in the parade or come out and help make this the best Piedmont Christmas Parade ever.

Register now for Williamston parade

The Williamston Christmas Parade is scheduled for 3 p.m. December 11.

The theme will be “Keep Christ in Christmas.” Organizer Walter Smith said there is no fee to enter the parade. “Just bring plenty of candy,” Smith said.

The parade route will begin at the traffic light at Hamilton St. and end at the traffic light at Academy St. in front of Calvary Baptist Church.

Registration forms for the Williamston Christmas parade are available at the Williamston Municipal Center.

Interested participants can call Town Hall at 847-7473 and give a name and type of entry for judging. Deadline for entries to be judged will be Thursday, Dec. 9.

On the day of the parade, parade entrants can pick up numbers at Fort Hill Gas Co. on Hamilton St. starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 2:50 p.m. Those who do not want their entries judged can register the day of the parade at Fort Hill.

Judges will be located in front of the Municipal Center. Entries to be judged should show their numbers there organizers said.

Line-up for the parade will include double lines formed on Hamilton St. For dance groups, performances should be no longer than three minutes. All horses will stay in the rear. Rules and other information will be given when registering at the Municipal Center.

Trophies will be given out at immediately following the parade.

Smith states, “We continue to look for all participants this year and let’s have a good parade.”

Anyone interested in helping with this year’s parade can call Smith at 847-7929. For more information, call (864) 847-7473.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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