Crawford hosts Pancake breakfast to benefit Children’s Miracle Network

Sydney Crawford, Miss Greenville County Teen 2017, hosted a pancake breakfast April 29 at Sweet P’s in Piedmont to benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Crawford is a resident of Piedmont and a freshman Read More »

Piedmont Fire Department ladder truck in service

By Stan Welch The Piedmont Fire Department is proud owner of a seventy foot ladder truck. The 1998 Sutphen Quint unit was obtained from the City of Greenville Fire Department, which removed Read More »

Crawford hosts Pancake breakfast to benefit Children’s Miracle Network

Sydney Crawford, Miss Greenville County Teen 2017, hosted a pancake breakfast April 29 at Sweet P’s in Piedmont to benefit Children’s Miracle Network.
Crawford is a resident of Piedmont and a freshman at Wren High School where she is in all honors classes, on the yearbook staff, a member of the JV Sideline Cheer team and Varsity Competition cheer team.

Roads, recreation facilities top list for Powdersville

Northeast Anderson County Area PlanBy Stan Welch
It’s official. The preliminary results of a study of the northeast part of Anderson County confirms that the people in Powdersville and surrounding areas want better roads, more recreational facilities, and more autonomy over the area’s future development, as long as getting those things doesn’t raise their taxes.
Aside from quite a bit of interesting data, those conclusions form the core of the Northeast County Area Plan (NECAP), a study conducted by the Anderson County Planning Department over the last several months. The area described by the acronym is defined by the Greenville and Pickens county lines to the north and east, and by Highway 8 (loosely) to the west and south. While portions of County Council Districts Four and Seven are included, the great bulk of the area is comprised of District Six, which is represented by Councilman Ken Waters.

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported teh follwoing projects around Anderson County:
Building and Codes
1. No information at time of report
Development Standards
The Land Use Board of Zoning Appeals met on Thursday April 13, 2017 and approved 15 variances and tabled one variance for 30 days for additional information.

Anderson School District One Calendar for 2017-18

The Anderson Districts One, Two, Three, Four and Five 2017-2018 School Calendar is as follows:
August 15, 16, 17, 18, 21 – Professional Development Day
August 22 – First Student Day
September 4 – Labor Day Holiday
October 24 – End of 1st 45 day grading period
October 30 – Professional Development Day
November 22, 23, 24 – Thanksgiving Holidays
December 15 – Last Student Day before Holidays
December 18-January 1 – Christmas Holidays
January 2 – Students return from holidays
January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 16 – Professional Development Day
January 18 – End of 2nd 45-Day Grading Period
February 16 – 1st Snow Make-up Day; February 19, Professional Development Day
March 16 – Professional Development Day
March 27 – End of 3rd 45-Day Grading Period
March 30 – 2nd Snow Make-Up Day
April 2-6 – Spring Break
May 28 – Memorial Day Holiday
June 7 – End of 4th 45-Day Grading Period
June 8 – Professional Development Day, 3rd Snow Make-Up Day
Anderson District One
2017-2018 School Calendar.

Floyd addresses County Council about treatment during meetings

By Stan Welch
Every circus has a star, and Tuesday night, at the Anderson County council meeting, the star was District Two Councilwoman Gracie Floyd.
Feeling offended and oppressed by the actions of the Council Chair at the last meeting, Floyd sought and received fifteen minutes on the agenda to redress her grievances. It was simply Floyd’s latest in a series of numerous complaints about her treatment as a black woman on a largely white male council.
She made the most of her opportunity, during a segment of the agenda listed simply as Protocol. She began by reminding the Council and a sparse audience of perhaps a dozen people that she was elected in 1999 to fill the seat vacated by the sudden death of her husband, William Floyd.

School Board approves personnel recommendations for 2017-18

The Anderson School District One Board approved a large number of teachers and administrator recommendations for the 2017-18 school year during their meeting Tuesday.
Several district employees will be in new administrative principal positions. Palmetto High Assistant Princiapl/Freshman Academy Director Jason McCauley has been named Principal at Palmetto Middle School.
Wren Assistant Principal/Director of Freshman Academy Seth Young has been named Principal at Wren Middle.
No replacement has been named for either the Palmetto or Wren Assistant Principal/Freshman Director position.

Anderson District One School Board hears preliminary budget information

By David Meade
During their meeting TuesdayMar. 28, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard preliminary budget information and approved a large number of teachers and administrators for the 2017-18 school year.
Superintendent David Havird presented information on expected funding from the state and national level and the effect for District One.
Havird said the SC State House budget will increase funding for the Education Finance Act (EFA) by $38 million which will raise the base student cost by $50, from $2,350 to $2,400. He said the Senate may increase it to $100.

Board hears reports on building program and reading programs

By David Meade
During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees heard from Palmetto High drama teacher Will Ragland, received an update on the building program and heard from reading coaches in the district about how they are encouraging reading in the elementary schools.
Palmetto High Teacher Will Ragland presented information to the Board on the Palmetto Stage Company program and on his local theater company, the Mill Town Players.

US Highway 29 improvements scheduled over next two years

By Stan Welch
The future of Highway 29 North was made clear to the Anderson County Council Tuesday night, as several SCDOT representatives provided an update on various aspects of the plans for the highway.
Chris Jordan explained that there are four sites of interest along the highway, which skirts the Williamston area. The most recent in a continuing series of collisions with the SC Highway 20 overpass made that site ground zero for emergency repairs that have also provided some temporary relief for the low overpass which led to so many accidents.

Absentee voting open for Senate District 3 primary

In-person absentee voting is now underway in Anderson County for the Senate District 3 Republican Primary.
Registered voters, who qualify, and need to cast an absentee ballot can weekdays during the hours of 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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