Powdersville firefighters along with Pelzer EMS personnel work at the scene of an accident on Saturday afternoon. A pickup truck ran off I-85 south, knocked down a large highway sign before crashing through a fence. The truck then crossed Affordable Homes Avenue before hitting the guardrail and sliding along the guardrail. The driver was rushed to Greenville Memorial Hospital by Pelzer EMS. (Photo by David Rogers)
A Wren firefighter collects information at an accident on Friday afternoon. Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Highway 8 and the southbound entrance ramp to I-85. Pelzer EMS also responded but neither driver was injured. Traffic was backed up both east and west on Highway 8 for about a quarter mile each way. (Photo by David Rogers)
By Stan Welch
The Anderson County Council rejected a proposed two cents hospitality tax for the unincorporated areas of the county by a 4-2 vote Tuesday night. The vote, which came on second reading, means that no third reading will be needed. The tax is defeated. The vote followed a lengthy public hearing which saw numerous citizens and elected officials speak, both for and against the tax. The tax would have imposed a two cent tax per dollar on all prepared foods sold in the county.
By Stan Welch
The Anderson County Transportation Committee (ACTC) held its quarterly meeting Tuesday, but delayed any action on the requests it has received. The committee heard a status report from Transco, the consulting firm that essentially implements the projects approved by the Committee. They were informed that they currently have a bit more than eleven million dollars in the bank for future use; the lion’s share of that money is earmarked for use in paving county roads only. The bill that allocated those funds, House bill 4230, limits the use of those funds.
Editors Note – Due to the way the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is making reports available to The Courier, only the following incidents reported between Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 were available for publication this week. However it is more than we have received over the last three weeks.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office reported investigating the following incidents in September:
Sept. 17 – C.P. Huff responded to 307 Camperdown Court where Jeremy Hudson reported a burglary at his home, resulting in the loss of a shotgun valued at $250.
Sept. 17 – C.L. Wilkinson was dispatched to 209 Seigler Rd. where Timothy Gillespie reported the theft of a number of tools and other items from his garage, valued at approximately $2300. Gillespie said he had gone to his neighbor at 210 Seigler Rd. across the street to see if she had seen anyone; and while he was there, he spotted what he believed to be his wheelbarrow in the back yard of 208 Seigler Road. HE asked Deputy Wilkinson to approach the site and ask about the items. The property owner, identity withheld by the ACSO, stated that the wheelbarrow was his but that the items in it were unfamiliar. He told the deputy that his brother was also at home, and they went inside. Subsequently, Gregory Sarra, WM, 55, 5’11″, 160 pounds, gray/brn, was arrested on charges of burglary and the majority of the stolen items were recovered.
Sept. 17 – D. McQueen responded to a reported assault at 19 Haynes Street. Upon arriving, he contacted Stacie Culbertson,WF, 40, who said that while at a backyard birthday party a 45 year old white woman, identity and description withheld by the ACSO, had pushed her down and started punching her in the face.
Sept. 18 – E.K. Rochester received a telephone report from Daniel Gedif, of Rowlett, TX. Gedif said he left his wallet, containing $400, on the counter at the Pilot Station at 110 Frontage Road, and when he returned to get it, the clerk returned it to him, the money was gone.
Sept. 16 – C.L. Wilkinson responded to a reported larceny at 103 Kirsch Dr. Miguel Calderon reported that he returned home to find a white male, in his late 30s, with long hair and a beard stealing a gas can from his shed. The thief rode off on a black moped with VIP on the side. Calderon also stated that four tire rims were missing from his front yard.
Sept.18 – C.E. Doherty was dispatched to 10 Little Beaver Creek Lane where he arrested Jonathan Laurence for assaulting his girl friend. While in the back seat of the cruiser, Laurence kicked the door, springing it o the hinge and damaging the cruiser. That charge was added and he was transported to ACDC.
Sept. 18 – J.A. Clark responded to the Dollar General Store at the intersection of Six and Twenty Road and Highway 81 N. A man reported that he had tried to enter the store about a half hour before it would have ordinarily closed, but the clerk refused him entry. She then locked the doors, but informed him that the store was being robbed and asked him to call 911. He did, and Clark responded. The store personnel described the robber as a black male in all black clothes with a black hose over his face, and carrying a small pistol.
Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway:
Building and Codes
Applicable staff met with Duke Energy representatives to discuss permitting and inspection requirements for their House Power Panel Replacement Project. This project consists of replacing approximately 6,607 original Combination Meter Enclosure and Breaker Boxes that were installed by Duke Energy in the 1960’s. Duke will be up-grading the necessary equipment which will require inspections by our Inspection Staff. Phase I of this project will begin in October 2016 and go through February 2018.
By David Meade
A leak in one of the largest gasoline supply pipelines in the country has caused some supply concerns locally but no real problems. The spill on the Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Texas to New Jersey, was discovered two weeks ago in Alabama. The pipeline runs through South Carolina with distribution facilities located in Cheddar that supply gasoline to the area.
The Colonial pipeline carries 1.3 million barrels per day of gasoline from the refining hub on the Gulf Coast to the East Coast. According to reports, Colonial has built a 500- to 700-foot bypass line to resume full operations of the line which is expected to operate at reduced pressure around the damaged section. Colonial officials said the pipeline could still maintain normal flow rates.
Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt took First Runer-Up honors in the Miss America 2017 Pageant held in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept. 11. She earned a $25,000 scholarship with her dance talent andher personal platform of Autism Speaks. Wyatt, 21, of Piedmont, is a graduate of Wren High School and attends Clemson University. Wyatt was also Miss SC Teen and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2013.
On Hospitality Tax
The Anderson County Republican Party will host a Town Hall Forum on the proposed two percent tax on prepared food for unincorporated areas of Anderson County. The forum will be held at Concord Comunity church, 610 Concord Road in Anderson at 6:30 p.m. on Mnday Sept. 19. All members of Anderson County Council have been invited to attend the forum for explanation and interaction concerning the proposed hospitality tax, said Dan Harvell, ACRP Chairman. The public is invited to attend.
Anderson County Public Works Department reported working on the following projects across Anderson County:
Building and Codes
PERMITS SUBMITTED: 6 New Single-Family Dwellings and 3 Addition-Renovation; 4 Detached Garage/Accessory Buildings; 3 Pool; 2 Demolition; 8 Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 4 Commercial, Including: Burger King on Liberty Hwy, Piedmont Grill Interior Up-Fit, HVAC Replacement at Anderson Station, Verizon Electrical Upgrade; 7 Mobile Homes including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.