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Williamston news 2008

News

Election Day just days away
Debate offers forum for mayor
Harvell, Smith face off for Ward 3 seat
Seems to Me . . .Let them eat cake

Week of Oct 29

Street relocation may pave way for grocery
Forest Hills sewer rate increases before hook on to WWTP
More background on Forest Hills sewer
Boo in the Park planned for Oct. 25
Local projects on referendum

(4108) Week of Oct. 8, 2008

Council, administrator address personnel issues, sewer recreation
Landmarks demolished
Seems to Me . . . Remembering Jerry Lee

(4008) Week of Oct. 1, 2008

How does the credit crisis affect us locally?
Bridge project moved further down the list
$10 million GO Bond includes eleven projects
Deadline nearing for voter registration
DHEC urges shot to protect against flu
Gas availability should improve
Price gouging statute remains in effect

Seems to Me  . . . Golden parachutes

Week of September 24, 2008

AnMed Wellspring leaving Williamston
Seems to Me . . . Sinking ships

Week of September 17, 2008

Tragedy highlighted on Inside Edition
Arson suspected in barn fires
Seems to Me . . .The big story

Week of September 10, 2008

Water, sewer and other infrastructure getting closer look
Gossett family offers cemetery assistance
Hurricanes can affect local gasoline supply
Mill warehouse burns
Downtown grant awarded toWest Pelzer
WP Planning Commission official; fund balance increases
News from Historic Pelzer, SC
Waldrep reports on GOP national convention
Two arrested in Palmetto concession stand break-in
Jockey Lot fight turns up guns
Seems to Me . . . When it comes down to it  . . .

Week of September 3, 2008

Looper announces for Ward 4 seat
Contracts nearing on land for application
New chipper returns mulch to residents
Seems to Me . . . Blowing smoke

Week of August 27, 2008
Festival may have been biggest yet
Out of gas moped stolen from road
Police officers make alcohol, drug arrests
New studio offers more than karate instruction
Upstate Federal Credit Union breaks ground on Williamston location
Athletic programs to see facility upgrades
Seems to Me . . .When the alarm goes off

Public meeting planned about ethanol facility
DHEC lagging on ethanol guidelines
Watermelon queen in Belton Labor Day
Don’t get caught in  fraudulent Internet Scam

(3408) Week of August 20, 2008

Water, sewer line upgrades first step toward repaving W. Main
Streetscape project nearing completion
Filing ends Thursday
Marijuana bust nets four pounds
Local author’s book featured in Emmys gift bag
Seems to Me . . .The latest lawsuit

(3308) Week of August 13, 2008

Academy St. paving takes precedence over Pelzer Avenue relocation
Lollis selected as town administrator
Correspondence shows town advised of consulting ties
Southern Crescent returns to Spring Water Festival
Seems to Me . . . Thinking small

(3208) Week of August 6, 2008

Spring Water Festival features Julie Roberts
Runners preparing for Spring Water run
Council names Scott to represent town on projects
Smith announces for council seat
Forest Hills residents facing higher water/sewer rates
PERC to sponsor school supply drive
Ethanol operation not in violation, DHEC says
New Council to handle internal audit, conditions
Deputies investigate thefts
Deputies investigate assaults, vandalism to vehicles
Traffic stops lead to arrests
Seems to Me . . . A hot summer

(3108) Week of July 30, 2008

Handling of tax situation draws attention from center developer
Council divided on funding requests for paving, street relocation projects
Interview process narrowed to three
Town to smoke sewer lines
Filing opens for county offices, boards
Vietnam veteran starts local chapter

Seems to Me . . . Traffic signs

(3008) Week of July 23, 2008

Ethanol operation raises concerns; no permit issued yet
Downtown Streetscape project underway

Seems to Me . . .What's ahead for council

(2908) Week of July 16, 2008

Spring Water Festival features live entertainment
$10 million GO Bond issue to fund projects throughout the County
Seems to Me . . .The sheriff’s office

(2808) Week of July 9, 2008

2008 Miss South Carolina crowned
Council approves funding for lights, wood chipper
Town approves $4.5 million budget; hospitality tax funding purchases
Grants help equip emergency responders
Thieves miss shot at basketball goal
Seems to Me . . .Hiring policy

(2708) Week of July 2, 2008

Williamston represented in Miss SC pageant
Pet is semi-finalist in national contest
Planning underway for annual festival
Trouble follows Smith to Malibu Sports bar

Seems to Me . . .It’s time to remember

Week of June 25, 2008

Freedom Celebration this Saturday
One charged after vehicle run off road
Salkehatchie volunteers making home improvements
Seems to Me - The audit

(2508) Week of June 18, 2008

Williamston debates how high grass, weeds can grow before violators fined
Freedom Celebration features cannon firing
Libertarians plan picnic, celebrate Carolina Day
Seems to Me . . .Challenges and enemies


(2408) Week of June 11, 2008
Opportunity of a lifetime comes with flight in supersonic Russian jet 
Town seeks funding for street relocation
Williamston approves first reading on $3,614,390  budget
Park, town shaping up with improvement projects
Picnic in the Park with Miss Williamston
Piercetown residents go without power
Three facing charges in barroom brawl
Shooting incident may have been racial

(2308) Week of June 4, 2008

Budget amendment requires receipts for credit card transactions
New zoning ordinance approved, does not address some sign issues
Picnic in the Park with Miss Williamston
Allen fourth to announce for mayor

(2208) Week of May 28, 2008
$2 million grant to fund radios, new tower for area
Seems to Me . . .“The only person who can embarrass you is . . .”

(2108) Week of May 21, 2008
Quick response nets robbery suspects
Cannon concerns remain issue for Williamston council
Crout to run for mayor
Seems to Me . . . “I’m tired of the negativity too”

(2008) Week of May 14, 2008
Spontaneous combustion causes ACE fire
Clardy to seek third term as Williamston Mayor
Seems to Me . . .Kissing babies

(1908) Week of May 7, 2008

Block party celebrates Brookdale park renovation
Community participates in National Day of Prayer
Scott to run for mayor
Council considering improvement projects for town, cannon protection
Seems to Me . . . Brer Cindy’s briar patch

(1808) Week of Apr. 30, 2008

Historic cannon ready for action
Cannon was sabotaged
Board names Powdersville High; approves construction timelines
Community invited to pray in park
Celebrate improved Brookdale Park
Area celebrates Earth Day in park

Seems to Me . . .Shared responsibility (in an election year)

(1708) Week of Apr. 23, 2008

Community invited to pray in park
Williamston to celebrate Earth Day
Town’s finances rebounding - Audit shows $1.1 million fund balance
Pageant to benefit Shrine Club
Seems to Me . . . Let’s review

(1608) Week of Apr. 16, 2008

Strong Communities project getting national attention
Municpal Association meets in Williamston
County Council clears way for CPST to be on referendum
Hooper to run for District 7 seat
Seems to Me . . .Political tidal waves

(1508) Week of Apr. 9, 2008

Software, cell phone and termites top town council discussions
Sales Tax Commission sets capital projects list
Police investigate incidents

Seems to Me . . . Fair officiating

(1408) Week of Apr. 2, 2008

Introducing Miss Williamston . . .
Local event planned to Celebrate Earth Day
County approves incentive package for Cheddar project
Children’s Hospitals Benefit Saturday
Pelzer Pool getting upgrades
Home school group offers support

Welcome or not? Owners paint different picture of landfill location
2008 Candidates complete filing
Swiped bank card used illegally
Seems to Me . . .Election Year politics - It could get ugly!

(1208) Week of Mar. 19, 2008

Local organization teams up with former NBA player
Failing pump station to be replaced early
Retired firefighter announces for Senate
GWBA Easter egg hunt this Saturday

(1108) Week of Mar. 12, 2008

More games to be played on lighted softball fields
Seems to Me . . . The balance sheet

(1008) Week of Mar. 5, 2008

Civil War cannon to stay local; mayor, council fire shots
Local Capital projects list

(0908) Week of Feb. 27, 2008

Contracted management keeping waste water treatment compliant
Former resident has award winning dog

Seems to Me . . . The biggest surprise

(0808) Week of Feb. 20, 2008

Check signing policy called into question
Road, sidewalk projects to be placed on capital improvement list
WFD installs repeater
Seems to Me . . . The Good Old Boys

(0708) Week of Feb. 13, 2008

New owners bring life to renovated Gossett School
Capital project tax to fund projects
Fire - Fire ...  Everywhere there was Fire!
Police arrest fugitive wanted by Immigration Department
County Credit Card review session turns into battle of wills for two Council members, press
Seems to Me . . . Authority

Town to put software company on notice
Volunteer Fire Departments receive grants
Middleton tells pardon board - “I am not a threat to society”
Seems to Me . . . Lead On!
Brookdale Park sees improvements
Middleton denied pardon
Seems to Me . . . It will take more than a writ of mandamus to get these answers

Teen's death saddens community
Middleton going before pardon board
Area precincts combined
Family Connection asking for assistance
Seems to Me . . .A bad feeling

Streetscape project moving forward
Arrest made in store robbery
Towns awarded beautification grants
Williamston to advertise positions for administrator, codes enforcement
Holiday period quiet in Willliamston
Seems to Me . . .Words to the wise (for what it’s worth)
Accountability remains priority for Cindy Wilson
Councilman awaits information requested under FOIA
Angel Food Ministries now accepting orders
Driver facing multiple charges
Seems to Me . . .Building public trust

Williamston News 2007

Week of Dec. 26, 2007

Looking Back 2007
Williamston Council discusses fees, personnel and policies
Seems to Me  . . .Playdoh
Residents asked to conserve water

Week of Dec. 19, 2007
Williamston Council holds last meeting of 2007
Williamston officers investigate incidents
Seems to Me . . .The big question(s)

(5007) Week of Dec. 12, 2007
Santa Express draws crowds
County Transportation Committee funds projects
Cooper, O’Dell honored  for economic development
Seems to Me  . . .How prepared are we?

(4907) Week of Dec. 5, 2007

Santa Express coming to town
Area parades scheduled Saturday
Yard sale permits, building removal top discussions
Congressman Barrett meets with textile employees
Shopping Center under renovation
Leaves should be bagged
County Delegation announces funding for local projects
Former POW recounts WWII
Early deadlines for holidays
Seems to Me . . .Who shall steer the ship?

(4807) Week of Nov. 28, 2007

Former operator turns in license - DHEC report shows 21 violations
Sign up now for Williamston parade
Seems to Me . . . My Christmas wish

(4707) Week of Nov. 21, 2007

Opening Night Ceremony Sat. for Christmas park 
Town employees get pay raise
Seems to Me . . . Zoned Out

(4607) Week of Nov. 14, 2007

Park decorating now underway
GWBA ornaments are now available
Williamston parade set for December 8
Area residents no shows for planning input meeting
Reserve your display space now
Trees to be on display at Town Hall
Williamston officers investigate incidents

Seems to Me . . . Business as Usual

(4507) Week of Oct. 31, 2007

Local Fire District had problems with Palmetto 800 Motorola system
Water bill to be paid, plans being redrawn for streetscape
Doors opening for ballad singer
Is County zoning coming to your area?
Seems to Me . .  The Class of ’67

(4407) Week of Oct. 31, 2007
Residential boom continues for area
Public invited to offer input on growth
Officer no longer employed by town
Seems to Me . . . Doing it right

(4307) Week of Oct. 24, 2007

Boo in the Park set for Saturday
Town’s water bill remains in dispute
Williamston police investigate incidents
Seems to Me . . . Just for thought . . .

(4207) Week of Oct. 17. 2007

Job description finalized; policy and procedures next on agenda 
Boo in the Park set for October 27
Woman robbed at gunpoint
DHEC to offer flu vaccines
Piercetown to clean up litter
Seems to Me . . .Paranoia as politics doesn’t work

(4107) Week of Oct. 10, 2007

No charges filed in discipline incident involving police officer
Deputies tazed during arrest
Seems to Me . . .Jerry Lee

(4007) Week of Oct. 3, 2007

Textile heritage being celebrated
Town approves packer purchase
Safety concerns close Gray Drive bridge
Pageant, music benefit Saturday
Williamston Police investigate incidents
Seems to Me . . .What does a terrorist look like?

(3907) Week of Sept. 26, 2007

Textile Heritage being celebrated
Attorney General issues opinion on time capsule
Benefit planned to help with medical bills
Mayors proclaim Constitution Week
County water projects on five year list
Public invited to help manage area growth
Household trash should be bagged, separated for pickup
Seems to Me . . . Whistling Dixie

(3807) Week of Sept. 19, 2007

Palmetto Middle project to improve cemeteries
Library fines waived for food
Benefit pageant planned
Seems to Me . . .Just leave a message

(3707) Week of Sept. 12, 2007
Palmetto Soccer club dedicates new fields
Williamston Council updated on projects
Grant to fund pump station improvement
Davenport recognized by Shriners
Students to help in cemetery project
Seems to Me . . . Not much has changed

(3607) Week of Sept. 5, 2007
Area continues to show growth
Time capusule back in ground until 2076
Williamston police report
King to present waterfalls
Seems to Me . . .Too little, too late?

(3507) Week of August 29, 2007

SLED reports no criminal activity; no charges filed
Festival ride, run, draw record attendance
Limited edition paper weights offered
Williamston police report
Seems to Me . . .The past vs. the future

(3407) Week of August 22, 2007

Accident results in worker’s death
Expanded hours, activities and food to highlight festival
Questionable meeting lacks quorum to convene
Attorney General asked to look into time capsule incident

Seems to Me  . . .It must be the heat

(3307) Week of August 15, 2007

Williamston awarded ATCT funding for streetscape project
Limited edition paper weights offered   
Festival has new, expanded items
Firefighters battle blaze, high temps
Recycle Center Fire
Seems to Me  . . .The Good Old Boys
Vandals hit area school, church

(3207) Week of August 8, 2007

Mayors repond; Council meeting turns ugly as attacks continue
Council approves budget, police vehicles; considering proposed raise
Clardy responds to councilman’s concerns
Mayor, councilman spar over computer incident
Seems to Me . . .The surreal life

(3107) Week of August 1, 2007

Williamston EMS serves community for 40 years
Public hearing August 6 on $4.487 million budget
Planning Commission approves street relocation
Williamston police report busy July
Police catch robber
Supreme Court case has local implications
Seems to Me . . .Open government

(3007) Week of July 25, 2007

Spring Water Festival set for August 25
Trust, communication key for administrator position
Seems to Me . . .Citizens deserve better

(2907) Week of July 18, 2007

Planning underway for annual festival
Williamston council creates position for administrator
Town reaches agreement with County on sewer capacity
Council members deny violating FOI guidelines
Councilman responds to mayor’s statements
Council District 7 residents denied requests

Seems to Me . . .Who has the ball?

(2807) Week of July 11, 2007


Rescued pony now has new life providing therapy
Time capsule dug up without notice
Grant requests are underway
Park improvements continue courtesy of local mission group
Competitive grants  being awarded locally
Seems to Me . . . “The Fourth File”

(2707) Week of July 4, 2007
Businesses late on paying license fee
After a year without - council, mayor pay reinstated in new budget
Postal Carrier helps injured woman

Budget work session - Notes from June 27
Seems to Me . . . Good Cop, Bad Cop

(2607) Week of June 27, 2007


Freedom Celebration offers fun, fireworks
Celebrate Independence Day
Severe weather causes damage across area
Williamston officials working daily on budget
Honor Firefighters
Seems to Me . . .Let the truth come out

(2507) Week of June 20, 2007

Authorities looking for information on unsolved homicide
Council postpones approval of recycled budget
Williamston to accept Forest Hills sewer
Williamston crime report
Town to implement hospitality tax July 1
Walgreens Distribution Center breaking new ground in hiring
Mayors consider road fee proposal
Officials not saying if local guard units will be closing

Seems to Me . . . Stalking case delays justice

(2407) Week of June 13, 2007

Salkehatchie volunteers perform extreme makeover times five
Williamston changing fiscal year with first approval on 2008 budget
WP clerk  - Elgin now in Williamston
Freedom Celebration to offer fun, fireworks
Walgreens to show dist. center
District 6 Councilman drumming up support for road fee
Break ground for new water tank

Seems to Me . . . Political ponderings

(2307) Week of June 6, 2007

Police manueuver averts dangerous situation
Town shows $892,000 fund balance at end of year

(2207) Week of May 30, 2007

Waste water plan treading water

Seems to Me . . . Seeing Navy Blue

(2107) Week of May 23, 2007

Replacement of mobile homes,truck restrictions being discussed
Town awarded paving C funds

Beach party in park a success 
Special event to recognize local bluegrass musicians


Seems to Me . . .“When you call 911, you expect help”

(2007) Week of May 16, 2007

Old City Hall building gone, but memories remain
“Willkommen Bruder” - “Welcome Brother.”
Town awarded paving C funds
Saluda River Catfish band to honor early musicians 
Seems to Me . . . The winds are blowing

(1907) Week of May 9, 2007
Town’s Fund Balance reaches $1 million
Money in the bank, but no surplus
Grant money coming; town to hire police officer

Seems to Me . . .Believe it or not

(1807) Week of May 2, 2007
Park repairs to help town put on a new face
Beach party planned
Town gets new tractor

Seems to Me . . .From the inside

(1707) Week of April 25, 2007

Fireworks event to be expanded
Spring Water Run set for August 25
GWBA to host golf tournament
WFMC plans two fundraisers
Seems to Me . . . Shedding some light

(1607) Week of April 18, 2007

Town moving forward on commercial trash pickup
Williamston officials working on accountability for fine payments
Tri-city officials looking at alternative sewer treatment
Some reimbursements not elilgible on Pelzer gym renovation
Motorcycle ride to raise funds Sat.
Historic Pelzer gym and textile sports on special program
Textile Historical Society to meet in Piedmont
Campaign disclosures show regular contributors
Transportation Department looking for more funding
Budget proposal submitted earlier; County residents to pay more
Thieves strike homes, businesses
Seems to Me . . .Virginia Tech tragedy

(1507) Week of April 11, 2007

New proposal brings up past problems in handling traffic fines
Local photographer, Anderson Museum featured in Sandlapper
Shopping, football highlights for German exchange student
Seems to Me . . . Campaign interests

(1407) Week of April 4, 2007

Newer mobile homes may be allowed if ordinance is revised
Water, sewer, infrastructure top discussions for Williamston
Town to reinstate commercial trash pickup
Downtown plan being revived
Community Son-Up Service Sunday in Spring Park
Seems to Me . . . Old Tricks (The cost of free information)

(1307) Week of March 28, 2007

GWBA Easter egg hunt this Saturday
Benefit show April 7
Seems to Me . . . The old neighborhood

(1207) Week of March 21, 2007

Financial inaccuracies, providing sewer services top discussions
Williamston officials consider allowing sewer systems to hook on
Park committee members appointed
Few residents show for forum
Seems to Me . . . The (solid waste) game

(1107) Week of March 14, 2007

Officials to address sewer concerns
Williamston man involved in shootout in Pickens County
Williamston man reported missing
Police investigate paintball incident
Golf course vandalized
Seems to Me . . . “The rabbit hole”

(1007) Week of March 7, 2007

Officer to remain on police force
Town rehires grant writer, auditor
Williamston EMS opens satellite office
Public hearing set for sewer concern
Williamston drug bust results in arrests
Spearman, Palmetto to see facility upgrades
Williamston man arrested in cab driver murder

Seems to Me . . . Pointing the way

(0907) Week of February 28, 2007
No decision yet on officer’s future
District One growth leads to tough decisions
Manse Jolly subject of independent filmmaker
Ware Shoals sewer line still being considered
George Clooney
Medlin has career day
Seems to Me . . .War wounds

(0807) Week of February 21, 2007
School requests SRO officer be replaced
Gray Drive Bridge reopens
Hospitality tax passes with spending concerns

Seems to Me . . .“Nice Job”

(0707) Week of February 14, 2007

Council determines priorities at retreat
Committees volunteering for town improvements
Committee looking at Williams grave site
Cemetery committee asking for community for help
Towns explore possibilities for funds
Gray Drive bridge to reopen Monday

Seems to Me  . . .Where is the gravy?

(0607) Week of February 7, 2007

Town considers proposals that could pave the way for economic development


Seems to Me . . . A new presence

Week of January 31, 2007
Middleton denied pardon
Local dentist arrested for providing alcohol to minors
Meade named Lions Citizen of the Year
Stewart recognized for valor

Seems to Me . . . On Membership and Recognition

(0407) Week of January 24, 2007

Middleton pardon denied

Williamston Council passes resolution in support of pardon
Williamton Town Council plans goal setting retreat
Benefit music show at Municipal Center
GWBA elects officers, reviewing bylaws
Residential development strong in this part of County

Vandals target mailboxes
Emergency call delay results in changes
Upstate center of emerging Megapolitan area
State perspectives

(0307) Week of January 17, 2007

Live entertainment at Municipal Center January 27
Rogers named Miss Palmetto
Officers make arrests during holiday period
Seems to Me . . . Dr. King’s dream

(0207) Week of January 10, 2007

Council decides not to relocate old city hall
Citizens, council question mayor about closing, other issues
Seems to Me . . .Thoughts for the New Year

Week of Jan. 3, 2007

Williamston Council decides issues Monday
Belton woman one of first to try new cancer treatment
Former clerk hopes to see city hall building preserved

Williamston News 2006

Week of Dec. 20, 2006

Public hearing held on budget, meeting moved to Tuesday
Williamston Council approves 2007 budget
Stem cell treatment appears positive for local cancer patient
Seems to Me . . . Be a man

(5006) Week of Dec. 13, 2006

Cannon incident remains under investigation
Public hearings set for 2007 budget, moving old city hall
2005 audit reflects towns financial woes

Seems to Me . . .A white Christmas
Journal holiday deadlines

(4906) Week of Dec. 6, 2006

Entertainment, special events highlight holiday season
Civil war cannon returned defaced
Budget amendment to allow town bonus
Local rail line service to continue under new ownership
FILOT discussions draw comments
GWBA ornaments make great present

Seems to Me . . . A southern tradition (Hunt clubs)

(4806) Week of Nov. 29, 2006

County taking FILOT funding from schools to cover solid waste
Schools to feel effects of  FILOTs
Landfill reduction process shows promise
District One Board informed on FILOT, state report cards
School District One hears audit report
Subway celebrity Jared Fogle makes local appearance
Teacher recovering from crash
Register now for Williamston parade

Seems to Me . . . Landfill deal still stinks

(4706) Week of Nov. 22, 2006

 
PARD grants awarded
Special events highlight the holidays
Christmas Park opening Saturday
GWBA ornaments are now available

Hospitality fee could bring funding for tourism

Palmetto Cheerleaders are State Runner-Up

Seems to Me . . .Hospitality fees

(4606) Week of Nov. 15, 2006

 
Runoff to decide Williamston Town Council Ward 1 seat
Council discussions returning to normal
Christmas Park work day Saturday
Marcy sentenced

Palmetto High hosts AA State qualifier
Seems to Me . . .Firemen and fish frys

(4506) Week of Nov. 8, 2006

Revenues less than expected
Park decorating, development issues addressed to Council
Williamston Council gets down to business
Work underway on decorating park
Police officers make arrests
Wright, Crout in runoff

(4406) Week of Nov. 1, 2006
2006 Election preview

Journal again topic of political campaign
Jerome Hudson named National Distinguished Principal
Boo in the Park a success

(4306) Week of Oct. 25, 2006

2006 Election preview
Wright running for Ward One seat
SCDOT explains recent sign pickup
Schools locked down as deputies chase burglar
Bridge honors Senator O’Dell
Forum has little input from area
Boo in the Park offers fall festivities
Seems to Me . . .Senator “Billy”

(4206) Week of Oct. 18, 2006

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
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

(4106) Week of Oct. 4, 2006

Journal articles topic of mid-state election campaign
Land application process may be trend of the future
Cole will not seek reelection
New Peebles store now open
Fall Festival being planned
Number of leachate shipments decline
Despite obstacles, Wilson continues to represent area
Bosch celebrates 100 years
Voters to have many choices

Seems to Me . . .The last card

(4006) Week of Oct. 4, 2006

Sewer treatment upgrades planned
Contract approval allows sewer upgrades to proceed
New Peebles store opening
Community asked for input on future
Sheriff names new Chief Deputy
Building purchase, clerk hiring topics of discussion

Lions ready for Candy day


Seems to Me . . .The Shriners

(3906) Week of Sept. 27, 2006
Infrastructure projects planned
Spring Water Doctor column returns
Collects for Shriners

Voters urged to update information
Williamston police report incidents
Seems to Me . . .Joey Preston’s anniversary (and other related matters)

(3806) Week of Sept. 20, 2006

Palmetto readies for homecoming
Audit will alleviate concerns Middleton says
Commercial dumpster was provided by town
Seems to Me . . .The Perfect Storm

(3706) Week of Sept. 13, 2006
Town to consider forensic audit
Road to recovery bumpy
Citizens continue comments
Citizens comment on tax increase
Moore’s closing Saturday



Seems to Me . . .Has it been 5 years?
Editorial . . . A shortsighted decision

Community invited to participate in Spirit Week

Spring Water Run results

Middleton statement

(3606) Week of Sept. 6, 2006

Williamston Council goes against advice to raise taxes
Citizens continue with comments
Restrictions proposed before any tax increase
Host fees reflect more out of county garbage
Seems to Me . . . It’s time to quit

(3506) Week of Sept 6, 2006

Options for towns finances laid on the table
Resignation not an option, mayor says
Tax increase on hold
Museum committee disbands
CSX abandonment of rail line denied
Rai$ing Race results
Seems to Me . . .Common sense

(3406) Week of Aug 23, 2006

Candidates file for political offices
Handmade crafts, unique skills to highlight festival
Tempers rise over town spending, tax increase
Candidates file for political offices

Pelzer residents concerned with crime
West Pelzer has personnel issues
ACT results rank District One sixth
District One students bring in scholarships
County wide initiative to help plan for future
Project funding comes from elected officials, lobbyists
Jean committed as District 7 candidate
Low clearance causes loss of load
Seems to Me . . .Until the next election . . .
Bonus story
Top pro riders coming to Greenville

 

(3306) Week of Aug 16, 2006

Community readies for 25th Spring Water Festival
Rai$ing Race looking for teams, volunteers
Council begins looking at tax rate, budget
Children’s Activity Center becoming a reality
Williamston Fire receives DHS grant
Two charged in CSC with minor
Belton man arrested in shooting
Citizens remain concerned with town’s actions, response
Heavy rain fall
Seems to Me . . .Getting personal
Earl Wooten Tribute

(3206) Week of Aug 9, 2006

Town proposing  20% tax increase
Town considering hiring administrator, more help
Reduced staff straining to meet work requirements
Sewer treatment facility remains issue for residents, town
Dominos victim of attempted robbery

Seems to Me . . . Supporting state athletes

(3106) Week of Aug. 2, 2006

Options being considered for treatment plant upgrade
Town taking steps to address concerns with treatment plant
Extreme temps result in energy sharing measures
Williamston Council holds worksession

Spring Water Run returns
Seems to Me . . .Who’s accountable?

(3006) Week of July 26, 2006

District One registration, orientation begins this week
Adult Ed program gives workers a second chance
Candidates to file

Gatewood residents express concerns with treatment plant
Council hears public comments
Police investigate local incidents
Williamston police report June 27-July 7
Sheriff’s Deputies investigate calls
Seems to Me . . .It will take some work
Candidates to file

(2906) Week of July 19, 2006

Spring Water Festival to celebrate 25th Anniversary
Williamston Council begins 2007 budget discussions
2007 draft budget reflects major cuts
Accused man pleads not guilty in Mazzara double murder

(2806) Week of July 12

Area roads were deadly during first week of July
Williamston to leave police dispatch in house for now
Gray Drive Bridge agreement reached
Legion Post to honor local Guard with cookout|
Portion of Hwy. 20 named for SCHP Trooper Hester

(2706) Week of July 5, 2006

Miss South Carolina to be crowned Saturday
Bloom stores open
Investigation to determine if citizen concerns legitimate
Piedmont budget receives final approval

 

(2606) Week of June 27, 2006

Fireworks, fun this Saturday in Williamston
Council approves 2006 budget, will consider hiring administrator
Budget hearing draws two comments
District One approves budget with no millage increase
Five from area are in Miss SC pageant
NewSpring Band, fireworks to highlight AIM benefit
Blue Star Mothers of America offer support
Bloom stores open
Seems to Me . . .Hunting RINOs

(2506) Week of June 21, 2006

Fireworks spectacular to be held in Williamston July 1
More revenues, less costs, cash flow remains critical
Q&A session held with new councilman
After 24 drafts, first reading held on 2006 budget
Local man charged in pawn shop slaying
Private ceremony celebrates life of Dr. Dwight H. Smith
The Spring Water Dr.
Tribute to Dr. Smith
Landfill runoff treatment  agreement could benefit town

Williamston officers busy over three week period

(2406) Week of June 14, 2006

Wilson survives, Dees doesn’t
Salkehatchie Camp improving lives
Spring Water Festival expected to be bigger and better for 25th year
Study shows area is ripe for opportunity
Williamston officers busy over three week period
Williamston Council announces meetings
Seems to Me . . . How’s Jerry Lee?

(2306) Week of June 7, 2006

Robbery suspect in custody in Alabama
Mayor to request SLED look at audit
Budget nearing completion
Town debt still substantial
Downtown project receives grant funding
Economic study shows area's needs
Salkehatchie Camp returns to area

Seems to Me . . .Journalism ethics

(2206) Week of May 31, 2006

Local influences contribute to brothers’ writing, performing
NeedToBreathe
Most candidate contributions not available before election
Clardy teaching at Forest College
Barnes comments on pre-election process

(2106) Week of May 24, 2006

Budget discussions center on borrowing, council salary
Resolution allows for treatment of hauled waste at town plant
Wilson platform remains the same
Wilson to appeal judges decision
Council Candidates state positions in forum

(1906) Week of May 10, 2006

Middleton wins Council seat
Williamston officials working on 2006 budget
Council hears good, bad news
Letter previews steps to recovery for Williamston

(1806) Week of May 3, 2006

Festival gets go ahead from town
Candidate forum Thursday
Voters should note poll changes
Town makes payment to IRS, votes to hire auditing firm
Town officials wrestling with police dispatch options

Letter on town’s status is now available
The Letter

(1706) Week of Apr 26, 2006

Festival committee officially organized
Council looks at letter issue, tax increase mentioned

(1606) Week of Apr 19, 2006

Kickoff event Saturday for young family activity center
Scout Hut getting much needed repairs
Spring Water Festival meeting
Town, industry facing additional sewer expenses

Convenience center planned for Slabtown

Little Miss/Mr. Freedom Weekend Aloft Pageant planned

(1506) Week of Apr 12, 2006

Outreach programs, volunteers recognized By Clemson, Duke

Family Activity Center kickoff at Caroline Center
Property purchased with hopes of bringing new tenant
Festival, tourism meeting set

Charges dropped
Police looking for bank robbery suspect
Community wide service

(1406) Week of Apr 5, 2006

Property sale nets $474,000
Proceeds to pay IRS, BAN note payment, fines
Grand Isle still recovering
GWBA Easter egg hunt Apr. 8
Katrina relief questions draw response from mayor

SLED investigating Williamston again
State projects may affect road wish list

Seems to Me . . .Business as usual?

(1306) Week of Mar 29, 2006

Final property list determined for auction
Citizens express concerns about properties being sold
State Retirement forgoes interest
GWBA making plans for events
GWBA Easter egg hunt Apr. 8

Seems to Me . . .Upcoming elections

(1206) Week of Mar 22, 2006

Road projects to be funded by new county sales tax
Public hearing Thursday on property auction
Kickoff planned for family activities
Seems to Me . . . Upcoming elections

Barnes to run for County Council District 7 seat
Harvell announces for House District 7
Greer to seek reelection to Council
Rep. Townsend not seeking reelection

(1106) Week of Mar 15, 2006

Town’s past, future being sold to satisfy IRS debt
Town officials unresponsive to renters on donated lots
2006 budget work continues at Williamston work session
Free baby baskets now available to new moms
Seems to Me . . Where is the compassion?

(1006) Week of Mar. 8, 2006

Council working on 2006 budget

Public comments heard on fees, town government
Fire, police departments present revised budgets
New garbage collection fee now in effect
Town to sell property March 31
B. C. Mooores in transition to Peebles brand

County working to avoid CSX rail line abandonment

Future soccer fields

Vandalism results in $30,000 damage

Seems to Me . . .Time is running short

(0906) Week of Mar 1, 2006

Williamston wrap - developments concerning the Town of Williamston financial crisis since January 2006

Town to auction properties to satisfy IRS

Public hearing Monday on garbage collection fee

Renters, residents to begin paying new municipal waste fee

Seems to Me . . . I thought I’d seen ’bout everything

(0806) Week of Feb. 22, 2006

Deficit higher than reported - over $629,000!
Town to discuss auctioning town properties to pay IRS
Fee increases approved, budget work begins
Special election date set
Moore's stores bought out|
FEMA announces ice storm disaster aid
Suspects receive sentences
Walgreens holds open house
Area officials looking into forming special sewer district
Seems to Me . . . Banks and politics

(0706) Week of Feb. 15, 2006

Council finds details, changes not as easy as expected
Fee increases to take effect immediately
Council seat election to be held on May 9
Middleton, Jr. to run for council seat
Tim Williams announces for Ward 2 council seat
Trash schedule changes

Counterfeiters plead guilty
Seems to Me .  . . A time for everything

(0606) Week of Feb. 8, 2006

Council approves increases for businesses, residents
Councilman Cothran resigns
Thursday work session sets stage for Monday’s meeting
Business pickup trashed
Resignation will lead to May election
Petition being circulated
Forum to discuss Medicare
CSX to abandon local railroad line
Grant payments made on sidewalk

New grocery stores coming to area
District One Kindergarten registration March 1

Mandolin workshop offered by Herschel Sizemore
Whitefield Baptist concert to benefit Haven of Rest

(0506) Feb. 1, 2006

Town might not make payroll by March
Citizens call for resignation, mayor declines
Council to make recommendations at Thursday worksession
Three area projects receive SCDOT grant funding
Recall currently not an option
Clarification

(0406) Week of Jan. 25, 2006

Town taking steps to deal with serious financial crisis
Rogers receives Kentucky award
Girl run over in local parking lot

(0306) Week of Jan. 18, 2006

Letter to detail financial status
“The town will come through this” ACOG official says
Former mayor speaks out
Business community offers suggestions
(0206) Week of Jan. 11, 2006

Williamston finances worse than expected
Withholding payments could result in tax lien
Williamston residents express concerns at Council meeting
Council approves fire contract, hears report on sewer
Senior Solutions celebrates first year
School Board begins new year with facilities report
West Pelzer Council revists cell phone decision
Area road projects receive funding
Miss Palmetto Pageant Saturday at PHS

(0106) Week of Jan 4, 2006

Williamston continues operations at 2005 budget
Williamston’s 2006 budget shows $350,000 increase
Enterprise fund budget is $1.4 million
FOI information request leads to surprise meeting
County accepts land in Clemson Research Park

Williamston news 2005

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(5205) Week of Dec. 28, 2005

Town served in FOI delay
Beaverdam Sewer project remains an issue for some
Looking Back at 2005

(5105) Week of Dec. 21, 2005

Williamston residents to pay more for services
Waste treatment problems add to town’s woes
Municipal Center opened as Red Cross relief shelter
Ice storm hits area hard
Regions Bank closing Friday
Four arrested in local shooting

(5005) Week of Dec. 14, 2005

Williamston over budget by $253,000
Deficits may continue November figures show
Williamston Department heads present needs

Police investigate vandalism of Christmas Park displays
Cable contractor arrested
Deputies investigate area incidents
Sheriff's office looking for suspects

(4905) Week of Dec. 7, 2005

Piedmont, Williamston Christmas parades Saturday
Williamston auditor resigns
BAN extension approved; questioned by Councilmen
Town working on audit recommendations
Police Chief addresses audit recommendations
Clardy justifies services, staff; will look at options
Mayor addresses ban note, audit
Town accepts offer from landowner
Town appears to be recovering from financial problems

Free books will be offered at parade

(4805) Week of Nov. 30, 2005

Local businesses find staying open not easy
Christmas parades, holiday events usher in the season

Court hearings open to public

Review of ledger reports cited as reason for delays
Wilson speaks out on recent Preston deposition

Survey shows officials not conducting business openly

(4705) Week of Nov. 23, 2005

Local businesses find staying open not easy
Christmas parades, holiday events usher in the season
Court hearings open to public
Survey shows officials not conducting business openly

Williamston plans Christmas Spectacular
GWBA ornament features Dr. Smith
GWBA vehicle giveaway promotion canceled
Whitefield to offer Thanksgiving Meal
Mistrial declared in murder trial
Counterfeit bills circulated locally

(4605) Week of Nov. 16, 2005

Mustangs win State 2A cheer title
Loan must be repaid judge says
Everyone invited to Keep Christmas alive

(4505) Week of Nov. 9, 2005

Williamston approves BAN extension, rezoning for Spinx property
BAN note extended, property to be sold at auction
Government trips benefit towns, county mayor says
Sponsor a tree for Deck the Halls
Pelzer voters choose Davis


Ragsdale’s Home & Garden opens in Williamston

(4405) Week of Nov. 2, 2005

No delinquent tax sale for property in Williamston

Grant awarded for new turnout gear
Watch sale to benefit victims
Officers investigate thefts
Thieves target Jockey Lot vendors
Museum to host Mistletoe Market

(4305) Week of Oct. 26, 2005

Town delaying information requested under FOI
Harassment case gets second look
POW Knox tells story in book

(4205) Week of Oct. 19, 2005

Aspiring doctor finds out what it’s like in the trenches

(4105) Week of Oct. 12, 2005

Super Seniors building bears for elderly
Caroline Center to get shed
Senior Expo set for October 20
Kidnapping, stabbing victim crawls from area woods
West Pelzer approves budget
Local runners pace Eagles Cross Country
Ford runs for Clemson
Palmetto girls run Furman CC
Vehicle goes off Brown Road bridge
Cyclists promote cancer awareness
Deputies investigate area thefts

(4005) Week of Oct. 5, 2005

Arrest made in Napa murder
Town Council hears FOI requests, project updates
Residents submit 21 FOI requests
Council holds work session

(3905) Week of Sept. 28, 2005

Local relief team makes a difference
Fire Chief describes relief effort
Locals help out with hurricne relief
Vet helping with hurricane relief
CSX to repair Gray Drive bridge
Pack awarded Order of Silver Crescent
Williamston officers investigate gas drive-offs

(3805) Week of Sept. 21, 2005

Palmetto to crown homecoming queen
Sidewalk restoration project work begins
Firing raises town policy questions
Residents turn out for Strong Community forum
Lions ready for Candy Day

(3705) Week of Sept. 14, 2005

Big Creek Landfill - From county dump to corporate asset
Strong Community forum Thursday
Clemson celebrates Strong Communities
Williamston reaches out to small Louisiana town
Council updated on various projects

(3605) Week of Sept 7, 2005

Area citizens, businesses send supplies to Mississippi
Neighborhood Day celebrates community
Perceived gas shortage causes lines at stations
Mayor responds to news article
Talya Henrickson to return to LA
Williamston police report
Night golf at SVCC to benefit Hospice

(3505) Week of Aug 31, 2005

Spring Water Festival photos
Spring Water Festival Auto show photos www.williamstonfire.com

Meeting more than planned, councilman Scott says
Spring Water Festival draws large crowd
Community forum set for Sept. 15


(3405) Week of Aug 24, 2005

Spring Water Festival promises fun

Greivance hearing raises questions
Thieves strike homes businesses
Boy Scout Hut in need of repairs
Town officials discuss alternative sewer plan

(3305) Week of Aug. 17, 2005

Rai$ing Race raises $50,000 for Calvary Home
Town readies for Spring Water Festival

Week of August 10, 2005

The Rai$ing Race is coming Friday
Police investigate thefts

Week of August 3, 2005

Rai$ing Race finale to benefit Calvary Home for Children
Council approves cemetery committee; to discuss audit
McKenzie named Teacher of the Year
Father charged in son’s shooting
Local Police Departments conduct joint drug bust

Week of July 27, 2005

Town making plans Spring Water Festival
Tickets now available for the Rai$ing Race finale
Suspected shoplifter involved in high speed chase
Fired employee waiting on grievance hearing
Cherokee Rd.,US 29 bridge to be replaced
Lunch, breakfast program policy announced by Districts
Young children must be  immunized
Landowners ask for meeting on Phase 2 Sewer project

Week of July 20, 2005

Auditors suggest areas that need addressing
The Rai$ing Race features celebrities
Meeting to discuss Cherokee Rd. bridge replacement
Four arrested in set-up armed robbery incident

Week of July 13, 2005

Audit report not available to public
Deficit continues for TownWilliamston audit shows
Council hears report on skate park interest
Auditors suggest areas that need addressing

Week of July 6, 2005

The Rai$ing Race signing volunteers
Vehicle purchased for code enforcement

June 2005

Week of June 29, 2005

Fireworks, special events kick off July 4th weekend
You can participate in the Rai$ing Race

Week of June 22, 2005

Salkehatchie volunteers working on local homes

Winn Dixie to close local store locations

Williamston planning freedom celebration

Parents out on bond following meth charge
Sign up now for Rai$ing Race

Pro Wrestling show to benefit Crimestoppers

Week of June 15, 2005

Friends join in great race; memorial for Leslie Mazzara
Beaverdam Sewer Phase 2 receives streamlined permit

Pro Wrestling show to benefit Crimestoppers
Officers investigate local thefts
Concert, dinner to feature local singer

Council says ok to apply for enhancement grant
Sidewalk project expected to begin soon

Vehicles damaged by thrown objects

Concert, dinner to feature local singer
Carolina Rebels run towards field makeover

Alexander Named State Cheerleading Coach of the Year
Downtown project plan to go before Council Monday
Remembering Leslie Mazzara

May 2005

Chief Baker to discuss 911 options with County officials
Local singer takes first place in FAMEUS competition
Buckle Up SC campaign begins

Rolling meth lab discovered in primary school parking lot
Palmetto, Wren graduation ceremonies this Saturday
Local ministry a success for Calvary Baptist volunteers“Mission Jerusalem”
Health and Wellness Festival Tuesday in Mineral Spring Park


Brothers arrested in year-old Gusto armed robbery
Thieves hit homes, businesses

Baccalaureate services Sunday for graduates

Freedom Weekend Aloft brings balloons, concerts Memorial weekend
Sewer, other projects discussed in workshop
Williamston Council updated on projects
Williamston police report
Local NHRA motorsports team competes close to home
Health and Wellness Festival set for May 24Mineral Spring Park
National film crew visits

April 2005

Officers recover two stolen vehicles

Watson getting second chance at NFL
Intruder chased from home with hammer

Palmetto Booster Club plans events
Teens invited to meth discussion
Police investigate incidents

Area towns encourage residents to clean up
Child safety event planned April 17 in Mineral Spring Park
Don’t be the victim of a spring scam
Road project underway

Downtown project plan ready to submit for grant
Cochran relieved of duties as Clerk

Clardy not in violation of state ethics laws
Williamston officials looking at recreation, sewer projects

March 2005

Williamston police report for March
Martin asked to resign, Baker named police chief
Baker named Chief of Police
Columbia trip being planned
NASTAR racing results in top 10 ranking for area skier
Senior Solutions computer classes introduce the basics
GWBA Easter egg hunt Saturday
You are invited to the Southern Ball
Home damaged

February 2005


Inmate labor program continues despite earlier problems

Williamston Fire Department on scene within six minutes or less

Drivers license lawsuit settled
Williamston police report few incidents

Survivors Gym opens in new location
Teens injured

Reserve program reinstated, new officers introduced
Council approves proceeding with auction sale of property
Local roller skaters in regional competitions
Planning Commission tables development on Midway Road
Outdoor Expo in Piedmont Feb. 19
Sheriff’s dispatch to return to 911 Center

Vandals strike Veterans Park
Armed floral robber caught

January 2005

Reserve program request prompted by suspensions
State Constables suspended for SLED policy violations
Armed robber strikes Williamston business

Pelzer man wanted in connection with Friday chase

Officers busy during first of year
Miss Palmetto

Auction to benefit Tracy Earnest Parker
Williamston to reinstate reserve officer program
Questions continue on Cherokee Road property
Miss Palmetto pageant Saturday

Board members extend Superintendants contract
Town secures loan for outstanding debt
Oath, reception preceed first meeting of council
Senior Solutions now in Williamston

2004

January  February  March  April  May  June  July  August  September  October  November  December

December 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

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
Vehicles reported stolen

Plane crashes near Big Creek reservoir
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

Middleton applies for pardon

Council to look at credit card, vehicle policy
Capital expenditures needed to keep county water flowing

Williamston parade to follow new route
Middleton applies for pardon
Local man victim of armed robbery

November 2004

Christmas spectacular kicks off holiday season
Mancino died from fall injuries
Citizen input wanted on Saluda Valley Trail
Whitefield to offer Thanksgiving Meal

Attempted kidnapping thwarted by local woman
Missing hiker found
Scott to serve on Council
Former substitute faces charges

Mustangs crowned State AA runner-up
Sponsor a tree for Deck the Halls
Register now for Williamston parade

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

Williamston Fire Department awarded grant

October 2004

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

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?
Congressman, senator campaign through area

Neel declines Clardy offer of public forum in Mayor’s race

Area residents line up to receive flu shots
New voting machines to be displayed locally

$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

Mustangs finish first at Hillcrest cheer competition

Williamston Council sets 2005 budget worksessions
Council hears citizen comments
Neel announces platform for Williamston mayor
Lt. Governor Bauer, Senator O’Dell in area

Council vote allows town to pursue $350,000 loan

New voting machines to be displayed locally

Athletic Directors address District One School Board
Palmetto High to crown  homecoming queen Friday

Local murder case moves to grand jury
Saturday last day to register to vote

September 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

Town Council postpones borrowing decision again
Domestic dispute leads to two deaths

Cedar Grove celebrates new sanctuary this weekend
Turner’s civil rights not violated
Suspect charged in murder of local woman
Stolen vehicles recovered

Turner case dismissed on warrant technicality
District One addresses state, federal mandates
23rd annual Spring Water festival a hit
District One SAT average above state, below national

August 2004

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

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

PC’s on Main opens for business

Williamston officials looking at town’s finances
Williamston behind on insurance payments

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

July 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
Abused animals being abandoned on East First St.

 
John C. Neel, III announces candidacy for Williamston mayor
District One announces registration, orientation
Local residents recover two stolen vehicles

Accused kidnapper out on bond
PHS Athletic Boosters to meet July 27
Lance Armstrong day July 26

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
Grant provides fence, plaque for founder’s grave
Williamston officers make arrests

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

June 2004

Friday fireworks celebrate nation’s Independence Day
Thieves strike area homes

County Education Board approves District One budget
Fireworks celebrate Independence Day
Crenshaw continues in sheriff’s race

Spartanburg Solicitor’s office reviewing Williamston related SLED report

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

Gray Drive Bridge closed for 13 years

Republican primary to decide 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 2004

Officers involved in out-of-town car chases

New Oliver North book features Sammy Horne, Jr.

Hwy. 77 named for Chastain
Officers stop Jeep after dangerous drive through town
Officials meet to improve Main Street safety
Owens announces for Ward 4

Williamston adopts county land use standards
Additional charges may be forthcoming in pipe assault
Palmetto athletes going to AA State
Local landmark vandalized

April 2004

Local unit returns to homecoming celebration
It was a long year for the 151st
Fifties celebration, reunion to honor Palmetto High 50th

Police investigate incidents
Register now to vote in June primary
3 charged in fatal shooting 
Peterson to seek Ward 4 seat
Williamston EMS offers reflective signs

Williamston to welcome soldiers home Saturday
Public meetings set for rail trail project
Austin to sponsor spring clean-up
Williamston audit shows weak financial condition
County Council discusses professional baseball team
County presents life-saving equipment
Powdersville bank robbed 
Cedar Grove expansion begins

Plans underway for return of local Guard
Williamston audit shows weak financial condition
Williamston Police Dept. approved for training

March 2004

WACC  Founders’ Day event planned for April 3

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

Wilson hopes to continue serving Council District 7
Heritage Weekend to bring past alive
Book reflects on area history
Thieves caught in the act

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
Winter storm brings snow to area
Stolen vehicle recovered
Clemson University breaks ground for automotive research campus

February 2004

Military families, officers honor Foster McLane 
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
Heritage Players present “Cinderella”

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
Man arrested on multiple violations

Town receives drug control, system improvement grant
Officers recover stolen vehicle

January 2004

Winter weather brings ice
Ongoing topics remain focus for revitalization“Night on the Town”
Two vehicles reported stolen

“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

 
Night on the Town forum invites revitalization input
SHARE accepting energy assistance applications
Alcohol, drugs top list of arrests
Turner grievance hearing held

Looking Back at 2003 continued (July - Dec.) . .
Windfall may go toward declining fund balance

Thieves target businesses

 


Williamston, S. C. celebrates 150th anniversary during 2002

Williamston, S. C. celebrated their sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) during 2002. Special events were planned throughout the year. For more information about Williamston, call Town Hall at (864) 847-7473.

Here is the legend of how Williamston (or Mineral Springs at the time) was founded:

The Dream Becomes A Reality . . .

The founding of Williamston was really a dream come true. West Allen Williams, a wealthy planter who lived on what is now the Greenville County side of the Saluda River, was riding through his property on the west side of the river when he stopped to rest in the shade of the trees and fell asleep.

He dreamed of a crystal clear spring with healing qualities that would benefit all the sick and ailing who drank from it. When Mr. Williams awakened, he was thirsty and went in search of water. Seeing the ground was damp, he pushed back the leaves and vines and discovered clear water trickling through the debris.

Having the water analyzed, Mr. Williams found it to contain minerals of medicinal qualities. As news of the value of the water spread, people came from miles around to try the water. Tents were pitched in the forest surrounding the spring, and later huts and cabins, as well as larger cottages, were built.

In 1851 the Greenville and Columbia Railroad came, bringing with it a crowd of people. To accommodate them, the "Mammoth Hotel" was built. at the time the largest building in the state. It burned in November 1860.

With the influx of visitors, Mr. Williams realized a town was in the making, and set aside part of his property for churches and schools. The town, known for a while as Mineral Springs, was chartered Williamston by an act of the state legislature on December 16, 1852.

Special Events -

The Spring Water Festival is scheduled for August 23, 2003

We will be updating this site with schedule of events and other information as soon as available.


Town of Williamston

Population: 3,791

County: Anderson

Incorporated: December 16, 1852.

City Offices:
P.O. Box 70
12 West Main Street
Williamston,  SC 29697
Phone: (864) 847-7473
Fax: (864) 847-5910

City Government / Elected Officials:
Williamston operates on a mayor/council government with four-year terms expiring on a rotating basis every two years. Williamston Town Council meets on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. Work sessions (unannounced) are usually scheduled at 5:00 p.m. and are open to the public.

Mayor:
Phillip E. Clardy
Telephone:  (864) 847-7473

Town Council:
Carthel Crout, {Ward 1}, (864) 933-2844
Marion Middleton, Jr., (Ward 2), (864) 
David Harvell, {Ward 3}(864) 847-9920
Otis Scott, {Ward 4}, (864) 847-7187 

Appointed Officials:

Clerk/Treasurer - Michelle G. Starnes 
Attorney -Richard E. Thompson, Robert B. King -  Thompson & King Law Firm
David A. Baker, Police Chief, (864) 847-7425
Steve Ellison, Fire Chief, (864) 847-7473
Tim Hood, Public Works, (864) 847-7473
John Owen - Street Department, (864) 847-7473

State officials:

SC Senator: William H. O'Dell
SC Representative: Michael D. Thompson, Daniel T. Cooper

Contact information:

Town of Williamston
P. O. Box  70, Williamston, S. C. 29697
(864) 847-7473

Greater Williamston Business Association 
P. O. Box 503, Williamston, S. C. 29697

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Williamston Female College

The Williamston Female College once stood on the site now occupied by the Williamston Municipal Center. The college was founded in 1872, offering educational opportunities to girls. It was moved to Greenwood in 1904, becoming Lander College, now Lander University, in honor of its founder, Dr. Samuel Lander.

The following is an exerpt from 1872 catalogue of Williamston Female College:

“Our pupils have the advantage of a summer residence in a region noted for its healthful climate, with free access to the justly celebrated WILLIAMSTON MINERAL SPRING.

“The medicinal qualitites of the Fourtain of Health will be cordially avouched for by hundreds of former invalids who have received great benefit from using its water. In order that parents having delicate daughters to educate may ascertain whether the water would probably benefit them, an analysis of it is given below. The intelligent physician, after examining this, will be able to give reliable advice in any case.

“ANALYSIS - Each pint of the water contains 13 1/2 grains of Carbonate of Iron, held in solution in an excess of Carbonic Acid; three and a half grains of Sulphate of Potash; two and a half grains of Sulphate of Magnesia, a trace of Iodine, and a trace of Sulphur.

“The Spring is about two hundred yards from the College building, and our boarding pupils have the provilege of visiting it twice every day. Very decided benefit has been already derived from the use of the water by pupils who were sent to us on account of their delicate health.”

Mineral Spring Park

 

Williamston’s mineral spring located in Mineral Spring Park is the focus of the Spring Water Festival. In the fall of 1842, West Allen Williams, a prominent landowner, discovered a mineral spring on his property. As news of the spring’s medicinal value spread, a town grew, and Williamston became a major resort. The spring still bubbles on the land West Allen Williams deeded to the town. The people of Williamston are reminded of the town’s legacy through two events each year - the Spring Water Festival in August and the Christmas Park in December.

Christmas Park

 

The Christmas Park has been a holiday attraction in the upstate since 1958. It is a joint effort by local citizens to convey the Christmas spirit through a unique collection of holiday displays.

Each year, local businesses, churches, civic groups, The Town of Williamston, and the Williamston Police Department contribute by building original exhibits and placing 1000’s of lights in Mineral Spring Park.

By night with the sparkling lights on the park buildings and trees, visitors come from all over the upstate and surrounding states to circle slowly along the drive or walk the paths viewing animated displays. A visit with Santa in the Boy Scout Hut is a treat for the children, and parents!

The Pelzer-Williamston Jaycees are credited with originating the Christmas Park idea 41 years ago. They saw it as a “Christmas parade that stands still.” The idea soon became the local tradition that area residents look forward to during each Christmas season.

Over the years various groups and individuals have contributed time and energy to erect the Christmas Park. But as enthusiasm declined, fewer people were helping. Finally, after the park went dark one Christmas season, Mertie Kelly vowed not to let it happen again. Through her efforts, the Spring Water Festival was born, providing funds for the Christmas Park.

With funds provided by the Spring Water Festival and The Town of Williamston, and many hours of work by local volunteers, the tradition of lighting the park for the Christmas season continues.

The Christmas Park is open during the month of December, and the public is invited to visit with no admission charged. (Photo approximately 1970)

Check out historical markers

 

Three historical markers are located in the park area.

A sign marking the site of the Williamston Female College is located in front of the Williamston Municipal Building.

The sign states the college was founded Feb. 12, 1872, by the Reverend Samuel Lander, D. D., Methodist Minister.

 The school was moved to Greenwood, S. C. Sept. 27, 1904, becoming Lander College in honor of the founder, who died July 14, 1904.

The original college building stood on the site until 1939.

Located at the park exit near McDonalds is a Confederate Skirmish marker, stating on May 1, 1865, cadets from the Arsenal Academy at Columbia, under Capt. John Peyre Thomas, who were en route from Greenville to Newberry to be disbanded, met a band of Stoneman’s raiders near here in one of the last engagements of the war, which had begun in Charleston harbor with shots fired from a post manned by cadets from the Citadel Academy. The actual engagement occurred near Shiloh Methodist Church in Piedmont, located in the Williamston Township of Anderson County.

A granite marker located in the park is dedicated to the sacred memory of the confederate dead,  Gist Rifles Company D Hampton Legion, Gary’s Brigade Infantry South Carolina Volunteers, A.N.V., C.S.A., 1861-1865, Organized in Williamston Spring Park.

Next to the marker is a stone platform on which a civil war cannon was mounted for display until the early 1970’s. The cannon was removed, placed in storage and eventually refurbished. It can be seen at the National Guard Armory located on Gossett St.

All three markers have been recently refurbished by the Town of Williamston.

How did West Allen Williams discover the mineral spring?

 

Source - “A Town Springs Forth” by Gene Welborn

In the late 1700’s, Samuel Williams moved from the upper part of Union County, South Carolina to Greenville County just across the Saluda River from the Big Creek Baptist Church. He married his cousin, Mary Williams.

Samuel became a sizeable landowner in Greenville and Pendleton Districts. They had five children, Richard, Austin, Jane, Samuel Jr., and West Allen.

West Allen Williams was born in 1804. He settled in the White Plains area of Anderson County and was the first postmaster at the White Plains Post Office in 1839.

In the 1840’s, he acquired land from his father on Big Creek in the area that is now Williamston and moved to the village.

West Allen’s daughter, Sara Ann, married a young doctor, William Brewster Millwee, from the Hopewell Community in1848. They build one of the first houses in what became the town of Williamston. It is the house long known as the “Dr. W. W. Wilson Place.”

It was in the 1840’s that Williams found the mineral spring. There are several legends as to the finding of the spring. One is that Williams was following a deer path in looking over his land and he became very tired. He stopped to rest in the shade of the trees and was soon asleep. He dreamed of a crystal clear spring whose healing qualities were of benefit to all the sick and ailing who drank from it. He even envisioned hundreds of pale and feeble people improving miraculously from drinking the spring water. When he awakened, he was thirsty and went in search of water. Seeing the ground was damp, he pushed back the leaves and vines until he discovered clear water trickling through the debris.

Other legends of how West Allen Williams discovered the spring can be found in the book “A Town Springs Forth” , the story of Williamston, by local author Gene Welborn.

The 446 page hardback book  contains many items of interest, from the founding of the town through the Williamston Centennial in 1952 and is an excellent source on the history of the Williamston area.

Welborn will have copies of the book available at the 2001 Spring Water Festival.

During the 1850’s Williamston was the place to stay

 

Source -  “A Town Spring Forth” by Gene Welborn.

Did you know that Williamston was once considered the Saratoga of the South?

After the town was chartered in December, 1852, several grand hotels could be found in Williamston including the Williamston Hotel in the mid 1850’s, and the Williamston Springs Hotel, which made Williamston one of the largest resort centers in the South during the few years prior to the War Between the States.

In 1860, after several very prosperous years, the looming war resulted in a disappointing year for the hotel, and the owners were forced to offer it for sale.

Offered by auction, no buyer was found and the next morning the building burned to the ground.

It was never determined what started the fire.

Another hotel was built and was eventually purchased in 1872 by Samuel Lander and became Williamston Female College. After the school was moved to Greenwood in 1904 and became Lander College, the building was reopened as the Park View Hotel until about 1911.

In 1905,  the Williamston hotel was located across from the Presbyterian Church on Mills Street,. The building was destroyed by fire in November 1965.

Another hotel, the Williamston Hotel opened in the late 1860’s or early 1870’s.

The Hotel Bon Air opened in the late 1800’ and by 1900 had changed its name to the Wallace House. In 1910 it changed names back to Bon Air Hotel.

The three small hotels in the town during 1900 were not enough to accommodate the demand for rooms and in September 1900, The Williamston News ran an editorial expressing a need for more hotels in Williamston. It read:

The fact has been fully demonstrated within the past few weeks that we are sadly in need of more hotels in Williamston. A large number of people from different parts of the state applied here for board and rooms recently, but our hotels and boarding houses have for some time been crowded to their capacity and not more could be taken.

This state of affairs should no longer exist in the face of the fact that Williamston is growing more popular every year and is known far and near as one of the most delightful summer resorts in the Piedmont country, with it’s fine medicinal springs, the curative properties of which have relieved many cases of suffering after all other remedies had failed. Besides, our climate is just what the people of the low country want. Then let us go to work now with a view to entertaining royally all who may desire to visit us next season.

The casual observer may look around and see that our town is no longer a “broad place in the road,” that it appeared fifteen years ago. But with the addition of the oil mill, ginnery, roller mills, bank, planing mills and big cotton mills now in course of construction, it would seem that we are an enterprising people and mean to keep abreast of this progressive age in which we live. In order that we may do this we must have another hotel, so that visitors coming here for the summer will no longer have to engage rooms a month or so before coming, or be turned away entirely for lack of these accomodations.

 

More on West Allen Williams

Founder to be reinterred in Williamston's Mineral Spring Park . . .

West Allen Williams/recent history - from Jan.1957 article in The Journal and Jan. 2001 article in The Journal

West Allen Williams/history

Antique Fire Engine

The Williamston Fire Department has restored Williamston’s antique fire truck.

Engine #1 was put into service in the town in 1936 and remained in service until 1962.

Department firefighters have worked numerous hours to restore the appearance of the Chevrolet, Fire Chief Steve Ellison said.

The restoration effort on the truck so far has amounted tomore than $8000, the chief said. The local firefighters have done most of the work themselves, he said.

Volunteers rebuilt the truck’s motor, making the majority of the parts themselves. “Chevrolet has obsolete parts available back to 1929, but for a fire truck, we pretty much had to just make everything,” Ellison said.

Workers went by a pattern, then cut out metal and wood for the seats, Ellison said. Ellison said he fashioned the running boards for the truck at Jimmy Jeanes’ sign shop in Pelzer.

David Spruell at David Harvell’s Old Time Body Shop painted the truck. Firefighters refinished ladders and shined up original brass fire extinguishers and hose fittings.

A major expense, which had to be done by professionals, was rechroming the grill, rails, and other parts. The process cost the department about $3600. A chrome bell has been mounted on the vehicle.

The firemen have a chrome spotlight which will be added when  a new pump is put in place. The spotlight mounts on the tank for the pump, Ellison said.

The fire truck restoration project  also preserves a part of the town’s history.

The vehicle replaced a wooden wheeled hose carrier which was pulled behind a car, Tommy Walker, former fire chief, said. That antique contraption is still stored at the department.

The 1936 truck was used to fight several memorable fires. The truck was used in 1956 at the largest fire the town ever had, which burned Mark’s Dept. Store, a shirt manufacturing operation, and an old theater building used as a warehouse on Main St., according to Walker.

The truck was also used earlier to fight a fire at the White Swan Laundry and Dry Cleaners and in 1950 when the auditorium of the Williamston First Baptist Church was destroyed by a blaze.

After the old truck was taken out of fire service, it was used for parades, festival rides, and to transport Santa Claus to the opening of the Christmas Park.

It is also used at the Spring Water Festival to offer rides to the public, with proceeds going to continue restoration and upkeep on the vehicle.

The fire truck was featured on the 1999 festival t-shirt. 

Due to the skill and dedication of Williamston’s firemen, the old truck is now in mint condition.

 

Boy Scout Hut in need of repairs

Boy Scout Hut in need of repairs
August 24, 2005

It has served as a place for generations of local residents to meet Santa face to face, a place for the local boy scouts to meet and is a local landmark. Now it is in need of repair and members of the Williamston Area Historic Commission have taken on restoration of the Boy Scout Hut in the Mineral Spring Park as a project.

When preparing to set up in the Historic Scout Hut for the 2005 SpringWater Festival, Dianne Lollis and other members of the Williamston Area Historic Commission discovered the hut in a dire state of repair as well as the home for termites and other insects.

Lollis immediately went to work trying to see what could be done to save the Hut. She talked with a local contractor, Gary Cothran, who said the floor needs replacing. The building is a safety hazard. He offered to tear up the floor if she could get volunteers to help. She said Lance Gray is checking to see if flooring can be obtained from the old Pelzer mills, and Joe Sullens is checking on logs for the hut.

“I feel business people and others in the town will be willing to donate materials, money and time to restore the Hut,” Lollis said. Donnie Bunton has offered to donate the exterminating work, she said. And Larry’s Used Cars has already agreed to make a donation to the project.

“I also have David Johnson to volunteer any electrical work needed,” she added.

The log cabin was built for the Boy Scouts with funds raised by the Williamston Lions Club. The club was organized in February, 1940 and this was one of the first projects of the local Lions. The cabin was dedicated in 1941 and used as a meeting place for the Boy Scouts.

Through the years, the Lions Club sponsored a Boy Scout troop, providing money for dues, transportation, camporees, etc.

In more recent years, the Boy Scouts were sponsored by a local church.

For a number of years, the cabin has continued to be used for children. Santa Claus sets up headquarters there for visits with children during the evenings when the Christmas Park is open.

Any business, club or individual who is willing to help save the Scout cabin may call Lollis at 847-5743 or email pelzerfur@aol.com or Johnnie Bell, WAHC vice-chairman, 847-9157 or Pamela Owens, secretary, 847-8767.

Anyone interested in preserving history of the area is invited to attend meetings of WAHC which are held the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Williamston Municipal Center. Johnnie Bell is vice chairman of the WAHC and Pamela Owens is secretary. Lia Clardy-Ragsdale is treasurer.

WAHC is a non-profit membership organization which meets once a month at the Williamston Municipal Center. The Commission is dedicated to the promotion of preservation, restoration, education, and appreciation of historic Williamston and surrounding areas.

 

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