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  • 2004

    Week of Dec. 29, 2004

    Looking back at 2004
    Williamston approves 2005 “tax rollback” budget
    Williamston Council approves budget revisions
    Bond Anticipation Note to be finalized Thursday
    December arrests minimal
    Suspicious fire investigated
    Breazeale Road fatality

    (5104) Week of Dec. 22, 2004

    Former police chief files $1 million lawsuit 
    No charges to be made in SLED investigations of Williamston mayor
    Williamston Town Council expected to approve budget
    Target zero holiday campaign will focus on deadly January
    Duke to upgrade Lee Steam plant
    Vehicles reported stolen
    Officials reexamining costs of joint sewer project

    (5004) Week of Dec. 15, 2004

    West Pelzer grant to replace water lines, sewer project is questionable
    West Pelzer receives $500,000 grant
    Williamston experiencing ongoing financial shortfall
    Senior Solutions coming to Williamston
    District One students among best in State math exam
    Officials break ground on airport expansion
    Bi-Lo donation helps fund Operation Care

    (4904) Week of Dec. 8, 2004

    Plane crashes near West Pelzer
    Civil Air Patrol Searches finds Emergency Transmitter
    Photos of crash scene
    Change in water billing could save town money
    Thieves strike town, EMS
    Delinquent payments threaten insurance coverage, again
    Winter Fest offers holiday activities, craft items, parade
    New organization to help meet local needs
    Area residents plead quilty to counterfeiting
    District One schools receive “Excellent” grades
    Middleton applies for pardon

    (4804) Week of Dec. 1, 2004

    Council to look at credit card, vehicle policy
    Capital expenditures needed to keep county water flowing
    School District One in good financial shape auditor says
    Williamston parade to follow new route
    Middleton applies for pardon
    Local man victim of armed robbery

    (4704) Nov. 24, 2004

    Whitefield to offer Thanksgiving Meal
    Christmas spectacular kicks off holiday season
    Winter Fest offers holiday activities, craft items, parade in Piedmont

    SCHCA honors Cooper as Volunteer of the Year
    South Greenville son takes flight in experimental craft
    Mock exercise offers valuable experience to firefighters
    Mancino died from fall injuries
    Citizen input wanted on Saluda Valley Trail

    (4604) 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


    (4504) Week of Nov. 10, 2004 

    Police continue looking for clues in double homicide
    Residents mourn death of Leslie Ann Mazzara
    West Pelzer continues policing initiatives
    Scott, Owens to face off for Council Ward 4 seat
    Council meets with department heads in budget worksession
    Barbecue fundraiser to help needy families
    Wilson initiates lawsuit to obtain information
    County Council hears debt information report


    (4404) Week of Nov. 3, 2004 

    Williamston police fines raise questions
    Payments prevent town’s insurance cancellation
    Clardy survives Neel challenge for mayor
    Former Miss Williamston killed in double homicide in California
    West Pelzer Fire Department fined by Secretary of State
    Garrett, Rogers elected Piedmont commissioners
    County voters elect new auditor, sheriff
    Williamston Fire Department awarded grant

    (4304) Week of Oct. 27, 2004

    Master’s cohort program benefits School District One
    District One students score among top in state on HSAP

    Williamston elections

    Williamston voters to decide on mayor
    David Harvell seeking re-election to Council
    Pepper seeking re-election to Williamston Ward 4
    Gary Bannister challenging Harvell for Council 3 seat
    Pamela Owens running for Ward 4
    Otis Scott seeking seat on town council

    County auditor
    Brock looking for second term as County auditor
    Jackie Hunter seeking auditor’s position

    Senate District 4

    Jay West seeking Senate Dist. 4 Senate seat
    O’Dell hopes to bring experience back to Senate

    House District 9

    Michael Thompson seeking re-election to House District 9
    Sue Cheney challenging for House District
    Douglas Taylor running for State House District 9

    Piedmont Commissioners race

    Dan Rawls seeking commissioner’s seat
    William Dickson seeking Board seat
    Marsha Rogers hopes to continue service
    Michelle Anderson wants to be involved
    Frankie Garrett wants to see growth
    Robert Higgins running for board

    Two constitutional questions on ballot

    Week of Oct. 20, 2004

    Delta Woodside to close Piedmont Estes Plant
    Town of Pelzer to have police coverage, Christmas lighting
    Summer day camps to return to Piedmont Community Center
    Voters to use electronic touch screen this election
    Clardy to focus on town challenges if reelected
    Appell, Crenshaw face off in Anderson County Sheriff's race
    Do area towns have too many employees?
    Honea Path Sugarfoot festival Oct. 22, 23
    Congressman, senator campaign through area
    Wilson opposes county debt, lack of financial information
    Woodmont High principal arrested on assault charge

    Week of Oct. 13, 2004

    Neel declines Clardy offer of public forum in Mayor’s race
    West Pelzer officials focus on police issues
    Area residents line up to receive flu shots
    New voting machines to be displayed locally
    Stump meeting Oct. 19
    $3,791,245 in welfare bonuses paid to state
    S. C. Textiles back Tenenbaum for Senate
    O’Dell hopes to bring experience back to Senate
    Catlin Tierce receives “Star of Tomorrow” award
    All Things Pretty Boutique opens
    Officers make drug arrests
    Thieves strike area homes
    Miss Woodmont
    First Wren coaches and captains
    Mustangs finish first at Hillcrest cheer competition


    Week of Oct. 6, 2004

    Williamston Council sets 2005 budget worksessions
    Council hears citizen comments
    Lt. Governor Bauer, Senator O’Dell in area
    Piedmont gearing up for Footbridge Festival October 15 & 16
    Neel announces platform for Williamston mayor
    County could get new outdoor shopping mall

    Week of Sept. 29, 2004

    Council vote allows town to pursue $350,000 loan
    Piedmont collecting supplies for victims of recent hurricanes
    New voting machines to be displayed locally
    Hurricane season challenges county emergency services
    Athletic Directors address District One School Board
    Palmetto High to crown  homecoming queen Friday
    Greenville Schools show improvement on Adequate Yearly Progress
    AYP reflects well on District One schools
    Thieves hit area homes, businesses
    Local murder case moves to grand jury
    Saturday last day to register to vote
    Piedmont First Baptist plans Oct. homecoming

    Week of Sept. 22, 2004

    Williamston officials say town needs $280,000 to get caught up
    Town of Williamston named in lawsuit by Administrator
    Mayor responds to comments, provides no answers
    Dedication held Sunday for Habitat for Humanity house

    County Council continues to support Cox Road rezoning
    West Pelzer hearing starts grant process
    Vandals damage three commercial buildings
    New events planned for Footbridge Festival
    Holliday Atlas Chiropractic opens in West Pelzer

    Week of Sept. 15

    Town Council postpones borrowing decision again
    West Pelzer officials to pursue $200,000 grant for Main Street
    Pelzer officials consent to police agreement
    Domestic dispute leads to two deaths
    Authorities recover stolen vehicles
    Piedmont Footbridge Festival Oct. 15, 16
    Crafters needed for holiday event in Piedmont

    Week of Sept. 8

    County approves Cox Rd. property rezoning request
    Cedar Grove celebrates new sanctuary this weekend
    Turner’s civil rights not violated
    Suspect charged in murder of local woman
    Stolen vehicles recovered
    District One among top five on PACT test
    Concrete Primary welcomes guidance counselor to staff

    Dance to follow Wren ball game

    Week of Sept. 1

    Turner case dismissed on warrant technicality
    Outreach activities planned for Labor Day
    District One addresses state, federal mandates
    Woodmont principal Dr. Randy Reagan plans school improvements
    23rd annual Spring Water festival a hit
    District One SAT average above state, below national

    August 2004

    Week of August 25

    Turner case set for trial Thursday
    Pelzer picker Ansel Guthrie is a gospel, bluegrass music pioneer
    Spring Water Festival this Saturday, Aug. 28
    Candidates sign up for political offices
    Shady Grove serious about area ministry

    Week of August 18, 2004

    Williamston officials decide to pursue loan
    Citizen input challenges Williamston officials
    Officials continue looking at downtown safety issues
    Officers begin using laptops
    Spring Water Festival brings town to life Aug. 28
    Pelzer officials restructure billing on delinquent accounts
    Piedmont Commissioners support Christmas light project
    Dist. One seniors No. 3 in state on ACT
    Greenville County schools start next week
    Outreach activities planned for Labor Day

    PC’s on Main opens for business

    Week of August 11, 2004

    Williamston officials looking at town’s finances
    District One’s Fowler committed to education
    West Pelzer reviews water bills after citizen complaints
    Williamston behind on insurance payments
    District One enrollment increases by 200 students
    Ragsdale elected to Pelzer Council
    Wren students offered sports pass
    Reserved tickets availableWren football
    Farm Expo excites visitors about local agriculture

    Week of August 4, 2004

    Turner case set for trial August 26
    Committee to make plan recommendations for downtown project
    Few citizens accept invite to inspect town records
    Town approves new trash, nuisance property ordinance
    Williamston officials to reconsider borrowing
    Upstate team advances
    Demolition, salvaging of Pelzer Mill well underway
    Farm Expo features family entertainment


    Week of July 28, 2004

    Board members updated on construction projects
    Town records to be on display Monday, Tuesday
    Lunch, breakfast program policy announced by District
    Town making plans for Spring Water Festival August 28
    Bannister announces for Council
    Candidates begin filing August 2
    The Jolly Turnip opens in Piedmont
    Abused animals being abandoned on East First St.
    Pride in Piedmont sees progress in local effort
    Greenville County schools start August 23

    Week of July 21, 2004

    West Pelzer completes $500,000 grant request
    John C. Neel, III announces candidacy for Williamston mayor
    District One announces registration, orientation
    Local residents recover two stolen vehicles
    County Council tables Joe Black Road rezoning
    Accused kidnapper out on bond
    PHS Athletic Boosters to meet July 27
    Lance Armstrong day July 26
    Piedmont Commissioners approve budget
    Dr. Ryan Cook assumes ownership of practice

    July 14, 2004

    Williamston officials deal with future, past, present
    Public records display, presentation Clardy’s answer to recent questions
    Williamston officials consider options for Cherokee Rd. property
    West Pelzer to pay $6,400 DHEC penalty
    District One to add twelve new teachers
    Grant provides fence, plaque for founder’s grave
    July 4th event a success for Piedmont
    Robbery suspect caught after chase by local officer
    Deputies investigate thefts
    Williamston officers make arrests
    Local man arrested in robberies


    July 7, 2004

    Clardy asks council to allow borrowing $565,000
    BONUS STORY - Budget problems, deficits continue under Clardy
    A look at Williamston’s latest borrowing request
    United Methodist volunteers provide home improvements
    Williamston officers make arrests
    District One terminates accused teacher, coach
    West Pelzer officials plan rate, fee increases
    Piedmont Commissioners revise consulting agreement

    BONUS STORY - Credit card statement reflects meals on the town

    June 30, 2004

    Friday fireworks celebrate nation’s Independence Day
    Piedmont residents plan July 3 street dance
    Thieves strike area homes
    West Pelzer officials approve $600,000 budget
    Miss South Carolina pageant begins July 6


    June 23, 2004

    Pelzer officials approve $435,000 budget for 2004-05
    County Education Board approves District One budget
    Fireworks celebrate Independence Day
    West Pelzer officials revise schedule of rates and fees
    Crenshaw continues in sheriff’s race
    Russell named principal at Concrete

    June 16, 2004

    Change in trash services may lower West Pelzer rates
    West Pelzer faceing DHEC penalty
    Richard Turner case to be tried in Saluda
    Celebrity status continues for local cable guys
    Runoff election June 22 to determine sheriff candidate
    Salkehatchie volunteers spruce up local homes
    Planning Commission hears local zoning requests
    Three sentenced in counterfeit case
    Thieves take equipment from local church

    June 9, 2004

    Spartanburg Solicitor’s office reviewing SLED reportWilliamston related
    Williamston Council hears questions from citizens group
    ACE Hardware store has long history in area
    Swindler takes money from area home
    Cooper, Wilson capture nominations in primary
    Brady selected to North South All Star
    Woodmont ceremony honors Class of 2004
    Gray Drive Bridge closed for 13 years


    June 2, 2004

    Republican primary to decide House District 10 seat
    A look at the Anderson County Sheriff’s race
    Williamston business robbed
    Ace Hardware has Grand Re-opening
    West Pelzer meeting begins grant process
    Wilson, Austin face off for County Council  District 7 seat

    May 26, 2004

    Hot air balloons, entertainment starts Friday at Freedom Weekend Aloft 
    District One Board holds work session on new budget
    Pelzer officials plan closing sewer contract
    New Oliver North book features Sammy Horne, Jr.
    Area church supports “Hands for Soldiers”
    Officers involved in out-of-town car chases
    Service station robbed


    May 19, 2004

    Commencement services Saturday for area grads
    Community concerns aired at Piedmont Town Meeting 
    Piedmont Public Service District approves second reading on budget
    Hwy. 77 named for Chastain
    Public input critical for grantWest Pelzer
    West Pelzer officials looking at sewer problems
    Split County Council supports second reading of budget

    Week of May 12, 2004

    Officers stop Jeep after dangerous drive through town
    Officials meet to improve Main Street safety
    Strong Communities recognizes community service in Piedmont area
    King to hold  forum
    Owens announces for Ward 4
    Compete in state track meet

    Week of May 5, 2004

    Piedmont budget reflects rising insurance costs
    Williamston adopts county land use standards
    Additional charges may be forthcoming in pipe assault
    Palmetto athletes going to AA State
    Split Council supports first reading of County budget
    Local landmark vandalized

    Week of Apr. 29, 2004

    Local unit returns to homecoming celebration
    It was a long year for the 151st
    Fifties celebration, reunion to honor Palmetto High 50th
    Board approves construction bid awards for Freshman Academy addition
    Construction underway for Sue Cleveland Elementary

    Police investigate incidents
    Pelzer woman stops robbery
    Piedmont forum May 13
    Register now to vote in June primary
    3 charged in fatal shooting 
    Peterson to seek Ward 4 seat
    Williamston EMS offers reflective signs

    Week of Apr. 21, 2004

    Piedmont Community Center to host summer day camps
    Public meetings set for rail trail project
    West Pelzer to raise funds for police dog
    Austin to sponsor spring clean-up
    Sheriff's deputies investigate incidents
    Concrete’s Jane Harrison to head new district position
    Williamston to welcome soldiers home Saturday
    Wilson schedules review of county expense files
    Kelly to compete in Bench America

    Week of Apr. 14, 2004

    West Pelzer Town officials address sewer funds, trash contract 
    Proposed renovations to Pelzer Gym to cost $250,000
    Plans underway for return of local Guard
    Thieves strike homes, businesses

    April 7, 2004 

    Williamston audit shows weak financial condition
    County Council discusses professional baseball team
    Williamston Police Dept. approved for training
    County presents life-saving equipment
    Powdersville bank robbed 
    Cedar Grove expansion begins

    March 31, 2004

    Moss named Wren football coach, AD
    Board approves Wren coach, district personnel for 2004-05
    WACC  Founders’ Day event planned for April 3
    Thieves hit area homes, businesses
    Hunter Thompson kidnapping case remains under investigation
    Local 911 operator takes call from missing boy

    March 24, 2004

    West Pelzer’s Turner to continue on council
    Austin announces run for council seat
    Local resident 911 operator takes call from missing boy
    GWBA plans egg hunt
    Battle of Anderson County highlights historical skirmish
    Pelzer leadership remains unchanged

    March 17, 2004

    Piedmont to develop community food bank
    Luncheon recognizes Piedmont’s founding131st birthday
    Wilson hopes to continue serving Council District 7
    Pelzer election March 23
    Piedmont woman arrested in shooting of Pelzer man
    Thieves caught in the act
    West Pelzer Mayor asks for resignation from Councilman Turner
    Heritage Weekend to bring past alive
    Book reflects on area history


    March 10, 2004

    Barry Knight named Principal of the Year
    Pelzer officials to limit access to Monkey Park

    West Pelzer businesses protest parking restrictions
    Palmetto Middle receives Palmetto’s Finest award
    Officers investigate incidents

    March 3, 2004

    Town sets election date for mayor, council seats
    Town, County may take legal action CSX on Gray Drive bridge
    Otis Scott seeking Ward 4 seat
    Pelzer election March 23
    Winter storm brings snow to area
    County Council approves air quality control proposals
    Authorities investigate Pelzer shooting
    Stolen vehicle recovered
    Clemson University breaks ground for automotive research campus

    Feb. 25, 2004

    Bonds awarded for additions; Board approves principals 
    Military families, officers honor Foster McLane
    West Pelzer now has 24 hour police protection
    Powdersville, Wren residents raise tough issues for county
    Three plead guilty to counterfeiting

    Feb. 18, 2004

    Laurens attorney hired, non-local jury to hear case Turner assault case
    Saluda Valley golfers honor Brandi Jackson
    Police recover stolen vehicle
    Wilson continues effort to receive financial information
    2004 increases activity for Piedmont personnel
    Heritage Players present “Cinderella”


    Feb. 11, 2004

    Spartanburg Solicitor reviewing SLED report
    Behind the scenes preparing for  “Cinderella” production
    Venue change hearing set, town to decide on attorney for pending Turner case
    West Pelzer annexation draws citizen response
    Pelzer officials approve funds for gym repairs
    Man arrested on multiple violations

    Feb. 4, 2004

    Town receives drug control, system improvement grant
    District One School Board approves 2004-2005 calendar
    County Council receives financial report card
    Taylor will not seek re-election
    Crenshaw announces candidacy for sheriff
    Officers recover stolen vehicle
    Area stores report armed robberies

    January 29,2004

    Winter weather brings ice
    Sylvia Brown retires from Piedmont Fire Department
    Ongoing topics remain focus for revitalization“Night on the Town”
    Two vehicles reported stolen

    January 21, 2004

    “Night on the Town” opportunity for input January 22
    Williamston police officers make numerous drug arrests
    West Pelzer officials to pursue annexation
    County Council resumes debate on QRV staffing
    Easley man stabbed in Piedmont parking lot
    Easley man pleads guilty to felony DUI
    New softball team looking for sponsors
    Williamson announces candidacy for sheriff
    Reward being offered in Ricin poison letter incident
    Saluda Valley Rail Trail committee plans public meeting in Honea Path
    State grand jury indicts Earle Morris for fraud

    January 14, 2004

    Woodmont Town Meeting focuses on district initiatives
    Night on the Town forum invites revitalization input
    Pelzer proceeds with police protection plan
    King to run for state house seat
    Board shepherds District One through tough budget year
    West Pelzer officials hear audit recommendations
    Pelzer’s Timmerman receives honorary degree from Clemson
    SHARE accepting energy assistance applications
    Alcohol, drugs top list of arrests
    Turner grievance hearing held

    Week of Jan. 7, 2004

    Looking Back at 2003 continued (July - Dec.) . .
    Windfall may go toward declining fund balance
    Board approves $2 million bond issue for additions
    County Council approves incentives for Walgreens
    Walgreens distribution center coming to Anderson County
    Thieves target businesses








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