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  • 2003

    December 2003

    Looking back at 2003
    Officials to answer questions at January town meeting
    Christmas gifts assist local military families
    Officers busy during holidays

    Dec. 24, 2003

    Local teen polishes leadership skills in national conference
    Christmas wish comes true for former resident
    County task force to develop legislative recommendations
    Mad cow causes concern

    Dec. 17, 2003

    2004 Williamston budget based on actual 2003 revenues, expenditures
    Florida volleyball standout  has Williamston connection
    Palmetto’s Davis heads South Carolina Shrine team 2003 Shrine Bowl
    Coach Abrams honored by Woodmont Wildcats
    Pelzer Light People brighten the holidays
    Thieves hit area homes and businesses
    Lengthy meetings remain an issue for County Council
    Officials to answer questions at January town meeting

    Dec. 10 

    Public left out of tax windfall process in Williamston
    Williamston budget shows $150,000 increase for 2004
    Pelzer completes legal agreement on sewer project
    West Pelzer council approves 30-day trial on new sewer product
    Teacher Leona Parker honored on 80th birthday

    Dec. 3 

    Williamston taxpayers to pay more on 2003 tax bill
    Council approves budget, restates position on sewer
    Tierce releases third country gospel CD“Faith of a Child”
    Williamston to get new Main St. sidewalks
    Pride in Piedmont sponsors Winter Fest, Craft Fair Dec. 6
    Preston reviews county budget, proposes cuts
    West Pelzer Christmas parade this Saturday
    Heritage Players 'Nunsense’ to take the stage


    November 2003

    Nov. 26

    Christmas spectacular to kick off holiday events
    Community reaches out with Thanksgiving meals
    Proposed budget shows no deficit for Williamston
    School District One students outperform state on PACT
    (in science and social studies)
    Operation Holiday Cheer remembers local guard unit
    ‘Nunsense’ to take the stage in December
    ‘Cinderella’ auditions in Pelzer
    Piedmont Christmas Parade
    Piedmont Christmas decorating contest December 20

    Nov. 19

    Officials to apply for grant for Saluda River Valley Trail
    Piedmont officials consider  recreation program options
    Sue Cleveland to move to new site
    County Council extends reassessment appeal process
    Planning meeting at Spearman Nov. 25
    Disagreement with referee results in coach’s arrest
    Disputed Pelzer election to be decided in ’04
    Thieves strike homes, businesses

    Nov. 12
    Pelzer election protests to result in new election
    County tax notices require analysis for understanding
    West Pelzer officials name new police chief
    Christopher won’t ‘sit idly at home’ in his retirement
    Sunday Ford gets state title, Wren boys finish second
    Mustangs finish third at state AA/A Cross Country meet
    Alcohol, drug arrests top list for officers

    Nov. 5

    Williamston soccer fields back on the drawing board
    Town receives recreation funding from delegation
    Williamston officials to consider budget options
    Veterans Day programs planned
    Reassessment, millage boost to increase local tax bills
    Pelzer election not final

    October 2003

    How should surrounding areas develop in the future?
    Department heads present needs list to town council
    Pelzer voters to choose mayor, council members
    Thieves activate alarm during store robbery

    Group makes a difference in Piedmont
    Piedmont PSD Board, YMCA partner to offer community programs
    Halloween events planned
    Taxpayers address county council on tax increases

    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

    Council to send letter of support for textile industry
    Confederate graves to be marked in ceremony Sunday
    Wren High’s Homecoming festivities in full swing
    Tax increase to fund more teachers
    Footbridge Festival organizers ready for October 17-18 event in Piedmont
    County Council decides county to operate QRV

    Anderson One Academies report continued success at Palmetto, Wren
    Anderson One is number one in PACT
    West Pelzer Council rescinds change of government ordinance
    Footbridge Festival Oct. 18
    Lions proclaim sight conservation week
    Officers busy during Sept.
    Profilers help with homicide investigation
    Lottery winners announced
    Pelzer’s Kenneth Davis confused by recent events
    Cedar Grove breaks ground for new facility
    Powdersville station robbed at gunpoint

    September 2003

    Cedar Grove residents like community as is
    Williamston Fire Department holds fire training exercise
    Tools top thieves’ list
    West Pelzer juvenile arrested in car thefts
    Charges filed in alcohol incident
    Local resident injured in attempted robbery

    Woodmen present flag, pole in honor of 911 victims at Beech Springs Tabernacle
    Public participation needed for planning Cedar Grove area
    Wilson continues questions on county expenditures
    Piedmont Service District board remembers Turner
    Firefighter funds benefit Wren Fire Department
    State Senator Billy O’Dell switches to Republican party
    West Pelzer Council approves stalking, loitering ordinance
    Davis presented Shrine Jacket


    Council places fee restrictions on towing services
    No arrest made in homicide case
    Town receives $192,000 funding for sidewalk project
    West Pelzer citizens updated on town issues
    Truck thief drives a bad bargain
    Anderson County Council to decide on QRV proposal
    Military families continue to face deployment issues

    Tape sent to authorities; content not made public
    Area residents present concerns to county council
    EMS issues dominate county council meeting
    ‘Run for the One’ race set for Sept. 20
    Meals on Wheels in need of volunteers 
    Police investigate incidents

    August 2003

    Organizers pleased with Spring Water Festival
    Details of Middleton pardon hearing released
    Anderson District One SAT scores above average
    Citizens report being harrassed prior to Williamston election
    Festival parking costly
    Tip leads to motorcycle recovery
    Candidates file in Pelzer election
    District leads in exit exam scores, sees SAT scores dip
    Beautification project completed
    Uniforms give department new look

    Voters decide to leave form of government as is
    Spring Water Festival offers special attractions
    Christopher receives Order of the Palmetto
    School starts next week in Greenville County
    Piedmont Board decides against property purchase
    Tougher DUI law now in effect
    County hears EMS concerns


    Referendum vote Tuesday, August 19
    Citizens hear presentation on forms of government 
    Councilmen comment on change of government
    Williams family holds first reunion
    West Pelzer Council hears citizen concerns
    Authorities following leads in investigating homicide
    Anderson One ranks first in upstate for Exit Exam
    The Furniture Store plans grand opening
    Tolly Furniture closes store after 53 years serving area
    Historic Commission names new officers
    Crout leaving Meals on Wheels
    Pelzer bridge being replaced
    Christopher receives Order of the Palmetto


    Information to be  presented at public forum August 12
    Authorities investigating possible homicide
    Council names assistant judge, hears from citizens
    Spring Water Festival to offer new activities
    Wren’s Sara Lynn Brown named Teacher of the Year in Anderson District One
    Vandals spray paint Palmetto High School, stadium 

    July 2003


    July 30

    Balloon competition flying high in Anderson County
    Law Firm will not try Turner case
    County offers Community Emergency Response Training
    District One teachers are back Monday
    Anderson School District One racks up $112K in EIA grant funding

    July 23

    West Pelzer officials reduce budget expenditures as part of budget analysis
    School District One registration, orientation next week
    Lunch, breakfast program policy announced by District
    Stolen motorcycle recovered
    Taxpayers to receive advance Child Tax Credit
    Historic Commission to meet next Thursday


    July 16

    Parole and Pardon Board denies Middleton pardon
    Town responding to numerous FOI requests 
    Decision to leave was personal for Lt. Brent Brooks
    Water line break causes concern
    West Pelzer officials begin budget analysis
    County meeting features major announcements


    July 9

    Williamston voters to decide on change of government August 19
    Council members hear comments from citizens
    Release of evidence causes friction between town, sheriff
    Officers resign from police dept.
    Piedmont Lions honor “Citizen of the Year”
    Salkehatchie project helps local residents

    July 2

    Turner arrested in shoving incident
    West Pelzer Council tables budget hearing
    High School ring returned to owner 
    Spring Water Festival preparations underway
    District One announces registration, orientation plans
    Piedmont’s Lisa Crisp performs magical role

    June 2003

    June 25

    District One proposed budget anticipates no tax increase
    Freedom Celebration to include fireworks, cookout
    Sgt. Turner fired from police department
    Warrant issued on former chief
    State Constables to help with events
    Thieves strike area homes, businesses
    Local musician to offer music workshop
    Avery leaving District One


    June 18

    Mayor, Council at odds over letter sent to agencies
    SLED completes inventory of police evidence room
    Fired officer expected to request grievance hearing
    Williamston officers recover stolen vehicle
    Local store robbed at gunpoint
    Piedmont Commissioners finalize proposed budget
    Wilson continues opposition to county sewer projects


    June 11
    Paxton looking forward to challenges as town’s MayorWest Pelzer
    Petition remains unchallenged
    Hart terminated from department
    Town planning for Freedom Celebration
    Police make arrests
    Thieves hit homes, businesses
    Woodmont students graduate
    Election process requires day-to-day attention
    West Pelzer postpones second budget reading


    June 4

    Council accepts petition, delays setting election date
    West Pelzer voters select Paxton as mayor
    Mineral Spring Bluegrass Festival Saturday at depot
    Town planning pre July 4th Freedom Celebration
    Williamston looking at sewer system upgrades costing $2.5 million
    County Council commits to major sewer improvements


    May, 2003

    May 28

    Another tough budget year ahead for school district
    Changes underway in police department (Martin officially named police chief)
    Certified petitions to be presented to election board
    Grievance committee statement released by town
    West Pelzer voters to decide new mayor, two council seats
    County Council approves water funds for West Pelzer
    Thieves target local business
    Piedmont approves new budget

    May 21

    Ellis sentenced to 90 days in jail for embezzlement
    Town employees testify on first day of Ellis trial
    Credit card statement reflects meals on the town
    Grievance committee releases statement on hearing
    Belton man facing multiple charges
    Anderson County officials address reassessment issues
    County Council gives final approval to $88 million budget
    West Pelzer Council vote supports special town election
    Piedmont Commissioners hold second reading on budget

    May 14

    Mayor addresses personnel issues
    Interim police chief begins restructuring
    Former clerk’s trial begins Wednesday
    Middleton pardon hearing rescheduled July 16
    West Pelzer candidates offer distinct choices
    Petitions turned in for certification 
    Diplomas awarded Friday to Palmetto, Wren Class of 2003

    Wren, Palmetto runners capture state track honors

    May 7

    Council hears final audit
    Williamston approves amended 2003 budget
    Williamston Council updated on projects
    Palmetto, Wren graduates hold baccalaureate services
    Piedmont Commissioners approve proposed budget

    April, 2003

    Apr. 2
    Williamston audit shows $402,760 deficit for 2002
    Fire, police chiefs explain vehicle purchases
    Town updating software
    WACC Founder’s Day features Holloway
    WACC  Founders’ Day event planned for April 5
    Palmetto High School plans alumni directory
    GWBA plans egg hunt
    Museum plans move forward
    County Council deletes gun range regulations

    Apr. 9

    Account, police suspensions separate issues mayor says
    Chief of police forced to leave
    Town approves property transfer For Habitat House
    Saluda Valley’s Martin a golfer for all seasons
    West Pelzer Council handles vehicle bids, discusses cleanup

    Apr. 16

    Cover letter for 2003 budget mentions drug money account From Nov. 2002
    Town was $320,845 over budget during 2002
    Revised 2003 budget more accurate mayor says
    Resignations follow firing of chief
    Chief’s firing causes controversy
    County approves standards, reviews proposed budget
    Water tower enters last construction phase
    Town approves property transfer For Habitat House

    Week of Apr. 23, 2003

    Petitions being circulated to change form of government in Williamston
    Williamston governed under  ‘Mayor-Council’ structure
    Turner asks for grievance hearing
    Water tower enters last construction phase
    Local man thwarts robbery attempt
    Williamston officers make arrests
    Pelzer infant dies in tragic accident


    Week of Apr. 30, 2003

    2002 Audit to be presented Monday
    Petition drive continues to change form of government in Williamston
    Four candidates seek West Pelzer council seats
    Piedmont Board discusses vandalism, sewer problem, new budget
    Freedom March to honor soldiers
    Anderson District One students face weeks of standardized testing


    March, 2003

    Mar. 5
    New projects add residential options
    Town considers lot options
    County Council welcomes industry, questions equipment costs

    Mar. 12
    Mar. 19
    Mar. 26

    Feb. 5
    Feb. 12
    Feb. 19
    Feb 26

    Feb. 26, 2003

    Cuts could force School District One to borrow money this fall
    Recommendation made to Pardon and Parole board on Middleton parole
    Mission, ministry drive new church
    Ordinance committee determines process
    Piedmont resident named SCTEA Educator of the Year
    Grand opening Friday for new Fred’s store

    Week of Feb. 19, 2003

    Former Pelzer resident may have been world’s oldest person
    Sullens announces retirement from town

    Week of Feb. 12, 2003
    Williamston wards, town services defined
    Piedmont Public Service Board looks at personnel, purchases, community Greenville Water increases rates, West Pelzer citizens escape increase
    Three men arrested in construction theft

    Week of Feb. 5, 2003

    Cleanup, compensation top list for Williamston Mayor says
    Town of Williamston makes statement on pardon request, approves judges
    District One to add four school nurses
    Anderson County Council votes to relieve community water problem

    January, 2003

    Jan. 1
    Jan. 8
    Jan. 15
    Jan. 22
    Jan. 29

    Week of Jan. 29, 2003

    New councilmen tour Williamston facilities
    Man wanted in abduction Powdersville
    Town to collect commercial solid waste/recycling fee
    Town officials reviewing file records
    Seven district schools awarded Palmetto grantsAnderson One 

    Week of Jan. 22, 2003

    Museum committee moving forward on project
    GWBA continues looking at downtown project ideas
    County Council reviews annual financial report
    Eleven vie for Miss Palmetto 2003
    Plan to add school nurses
    Pet exposes 14 to rabies

    Jan. 15, 2003

    Anderson County Council begins year with new chairman, old issues
    Restitution payment opens door for Middleton pardon
    West Pelzer approves zoning change

    January 8, 2003
    Williamston wards, town services defined
    Piedmont Public Service Board looks at personnel, purchases, community Greenville Water increases rates, West Pelzer citizens escape increase
    Three men arrested in construction theft

    New questions surface regarding book purchases
    New councilmembers looking forward to working for town
    Transplant anniversary celebration honors Williamston teenager
    West Pelzer Council approves police vehicle purchase program
    Anderson District One kindergarten summer school axed under latest budget cuts
    Anderson County Council elects Dees chairman

    Week of Jan. 1, 2003 

    Looking back at 2002






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