Driver escapes injury – I85

Pelzer EMS personnel along with Piercetown firefighters work at the scene of a single vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on I-85 south of Highway 8. The driver was not injured after the vehicle Read More »

Storm damage in Wren area

A strong thunderstorm with strong winds and heavy rain passed through the Wren schools area Tuesday evening. About a dozen trees were toppled along with power poles leaning and localized flooding occurred. Read More »

Local teens compete in Miss SC Teen Pageant

By David Meade Two local teens will be among contestants in the Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant next week in Columbia. Sydney Crawford, a freshman at Wren High and Brooklyn Brewster a Read More »

County approves 60 day extension on EMS contracts

By Stan Welch
The Anderson County Council convened a special called meeting last Thursday to approve a sixty day extension of the contracts the county currently has with the various emergency medical services providers. The county also distributed draft copies of the proposed full contract for the coming year so the squads and their officers can review it.
The contract addresses a number of issues, including more transparency and verification in reporting such data as response times; the various units will be required to operate surveillance software that will allow the transparent reporting of data to the Medical Director of the EMS system, the QI coordinator and the county EMS operations manager. In addition, each squad or provider will be required to submit thorough monthly reports, as well as an annual report.

Summer food program available through July 28

Anderson School District One Summer Food Service Program is currenty available free of charge to any child age 4 to 18 in the school district. The program will run through July 28. Children may receive lunch and a snack at no charge on Monday through Friday of each week. Meals will be provided on-site at Palmetto Middle, Spearman Elementary and Wren High Schools.
Children/youth/teenagers unable to participate at an on-site school may be able to attend a delivery site. Delivery sites for the Williamston, Pelzer and West Pelzer areas are Mineral Spring Park (Williamston), Restoration Chapel (Williamston), and Church of God (Pelzer).
Additional delivery sites are Heritage Trace Apartments and the Powdersville YMCA.
For additional information contact Deborah Joye, Director of Student Nutrition Services for Anderson School District One at 864-847-7344 or joyed@apps.anderson1.org. Summer Food Program
available through July 28At 3 schools or 5 delivery sites

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects:
Building and Codes
• Due to the condition of the existing road and run-off issues, a Stop-Work-Order has been placed on a portion of the Avendell Subdivision until further notice. DHEC has also been contacted to address the overall stormwater compliance. The builder is in correspondence with the Developer to help address these issues

Anderson/Pickens County Line dispute may displace some District One students

By Stan Welch
A sudden interest in an issue that has long lain dormant between Anderson and Pickens counties could result in the relocation, at least politically, of twenty nine families from Anderson County to Pickens County, and from Anderson School Districts One and Four to Easley schools.
At issue is a one hundred foot wide strip of land along the shared county lines. In 2002, the improvements in GIS, or the Geographic Information System, resulted in a more precise location of the county lines, and revealed the existence of the one hundred foot discrepancy along the disputed border.
According to Mike Freeman, Anderson County Assessor, there are approximately 95 parcels that are shared to some extent by the counties. Since the areas along the shared county lines weren’t well developed at that time, the two counties worked together on designating them.

Anderson School District One Board hears construction report

By David Meade
The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved second reading on a Policy ADF-Wellness Policy, heard a financial update and heard an update on construction projects during their meeting Tuesday.
In his financial report, Finance Director Travis Thomas said that the District One 2017-18 budget had been presented to the County Board and that the presentation “went very smoothly.”
He said he expects the County Board to approve the budget when they meet in mid July.
Thomas also presented a 70 page Efficiency Study which is a mandated financial audit that includes recommendations and comparisons with other school districts in the state.
Based on the comparisons, Thomas said the study shows Anderson School District One is efficient in a number of categories. “We are very efficient,” Thomas said.

School board hears from local pastor

By David Meade
During their meeting Tuesday, the Anderson School District One Board and Superintendent heard concerns from a local pastor and more than twenty members of his congregation, about the recent Palmetto High graduation program.
Pastor Robbie Robertson of Trinity Baptist Church in Williamston said he wanted to go on record that he was disappointed and offended that the benediction and invocation were removed from the program “to adhere to the law and our constitution.”
Robertson quoted the Constitution stating “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” and said that nowhere does it state anything about “separation of church and state.”

Hooker named Principal at Wren Middle

Dr. Andrew Hooker has been named Principal at Wren Middle School and Nathan Croston named Assistant Principal at Palmetto Middle School.
Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved those to adminstrative recommendation along with the following during their meeting Tuesday:
Administrative – Dr. Tiffany Estes, Director of Planning and Development, Administration Office; Dr. Andrew Hooker, Principal, Wren Middle School; Nathan Croston, Assistant Principal, Palmetto Middle School.
Recommendations – Catherine Chapman, Science, Powdersville High School; Michael Dorontich, Social Studies, Powdersville High School; Trey Ferrell, Band Director, Powdersville High School; Constans Gordon, Grade Eight Math, Powdersville Middle School; Shay Hardin, Social Studies, Palmetto High School; Brittany Harkins, Grade Two, West Pelzer Elementary School.

Anderson School District One offers summer food program

Anderson School District One is participating in the Summer Food Service Program.  Meals will be  provided on-site at Wren High, Spearman Elementary and Palmetto Middle Schools.  Meals to  children/youth/teenagers ages 4 – 18 are FREE of charge. The program will run through July 28.
Children/youth/teenagers unable to participate at an on-site school may be able to attend a delivery site.  Delivery sites in the Powdersville area are Heritage Trace Apartments and the Powdersville YMCA.
Delivery sites for the Williamston, Pelzer and West Pelzer areas are Mineral Spring Park (Williamston), Restoration Chapel (Williamston), and Church of God (Pelzer).
Children may receive lunch and a snack at no charge on Monday through Friday of each week.  There will be no service the week of July 4th.   Meal service will resume July 10th.
For additional information contact Deborah Joye, Director of Student Nutrition Services for Anderson School District One at 864-847-7344 or joyed@apps.anderson1.org.
 

Driver escapes injury – I85

Pelzer EMS personnel along with Piercetown firefighters work at the scene of a single vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on I-85 south of Highway 8. The driver was not injured after the vehicle he was driving left the southbound lane and ran off the roadway. (Photo by David Rogers)

Area represented at Miss SC Pageant

Four teen and one Miss will represent the area this week as contestants in the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant in Columbia.
Brooklyn Brewster is competing as Miss Greater Greer Teen, Sydney Crawford is competing as Miss Greenville County Teen, Morgan Norris is competing as Miss Powdersville Teen and Delanie Burnett is competing as Miss Piedmont Teen. Johanna Davis is representing the area in the Miss SC pageant as Miss Powdersville.
Contestants are competing in the preliminaries Tuesday through Thursday, June 22. The final night of the Miss SC Teen competition will be held on Friday, June 23 and the final night of the Miss SC competition will be held on Saturday, June 24. All competitions are being held at the Township Auditorium in Columbia.

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