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 »

Celebrate Anderson to feature Sara Evans

Anderson County’s annual Labor Day celebration, Celebrate Anderson will take place on Sunday, September 3rd.
This year residents and visitors attending the 19th annual Celebrate Anderson will enjoy a free outdoor concert featuring Sara Evans and a patriotic fireworks finale!
For a second year, Celebrate Anderson offers a family fun area filled with activities for children and the young at heart. Celebrate Anderson’s Family Fun area will be free and open to the public on the front lawn of the Civic Center from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
“The best place to be this Labor Day weekend is your hometown,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn.

Around the County . . .

Animal Shelter
PAWS took in 173 animals this week (23 owner surrender, 4 return adoptions, 78 from animal control, 68 strays).
Had 78 animals get adopted, 49 were returned to their owner and 21 were sent to rescue groups.  We had 3 animals die, 11 were euthanized due to illness or aggression and 5 animals were owner requested euthanasia.
Met with staff from Tri County Tech’s Veterinary Technician program to see how we can better work together to help the animals and students of Anderson County.  We look forward to saving even more lives together.
Sent kittens on a daytrip to NHC Healthcare.  The residents loved being able to spend time with the kittens.  We hope to continue this on a regular basis and reach out to more facilities in the county.
The clinic performed 162 spay/neuter surgeries.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Report

After more than six months of not receiving incident reports from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, The Journal made an official FOI request to the department to make them availalble on a weekly basis. Though we have received no official response from the sheriff’s office, they did make the following incidents available to us this week:
July 22 – A.G. Banister received a telephone complaint from Zack Cely, of 207 Cely Rd. that his 5X10 black utility trailer, valued at $600, had been stolen.
July 29 – D.L. Ross and A.J. Frederick responded to 115 Ballentine Rd. where Gordon McDonald Jr. reported the theft of his Cub Cadet wood splitter.
July 31 – C.A. Rager was dispatched to 503 Hamlin Rd. where Robert McCollum reported the theft of his 2000 Nissan Sentra. The vehicle was unlocked and the keys in the floorboard.
July 20 – S.M. Earwood responded to a burglary report at 12 Drake St., Lot 11. Summer Lee reported that she returned home from taking her grandmother, whose home it is, to the hospital and they found the house broken into and ransacked. Nothing appeared to be stolen.
July 21 – A.N. Brown was dispatched to 7014 Hwy. 29 N where James Cogdill reported the theft of his 4X8 black utility trailer.
July 23 – M.H. Richardson responded to A burglary report at 360 Capell Dr. Titus Schuch reported that he received a call while at a friend’s house stating that his home was possibly being burglarized. He returned home immediately to find several firearms and other items missing.
July 24 – A.N. Killingsworth was dispatched to 15 Front St. in response to a burglary report. Heather Jeckel reported that upon arriving at her mother’s house, she found the back door broken open and two large screen televisions and various tools missing. The loss was estimated at $990.
July 26 – R.B. Ables responded to a burglary report at 31 Square St., where Kelly Giddens reported that someone had entered her grandmother’s vacant home and stolen a Toshiba television, valued at $100.
July 20 – A.J. Frederick and J.D. Stewart were dispatched to 208 Picketts Mill Rd. in response to a vandalism report. Kris Duncan, a supervisor for Ryan Homes, reported that someone had shot several BBs through the front window of a building under construction at that location. He reported the same occurrence at 211 Picketts Mill Road as well.
July 21 – A.N. Brown responded to 427 McNeely Rd. in response to the theft of a toolbox from the site, at a loss of several thousand dollars.
July 21 – D.P. Stipe was on patrol near Hwy. 86 when he observed a white Lincoln Town Car. He fell in behind it and checked the tag number. The car came back as stolen from Oconee county. When he attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle fled into Greenville county with Stipe in pursuit. The pursuit reached speeds of 95 mph and eventually re-entered Anderson county. The chase finally terminated on Murphy Rd. when the suspect vehicle ran out of gas. The driver, James Nabors, Jr., WM, 6’2″, 305 pounds, red/green, of 3 River St. in Pelzer was placed under arrest for failure to stop for blue lights, and possession of a stolen automobile.
July 28 – C.H. McCarley responded to a burglary complaint at Tony’s Carwash at 3017 Hwy. 153. Jonathan Turner reported that someone had broken in and stolen a flat screen television and some coins.
July 29 – A. H. Mills received a telephone report from Curt Lollis, of 410 Bonanza Circle that someone had stolen several Husqvarna and Ryobi power tools from him. The loss was estimated at $1250.

July 24 – M.L. Galli received a telephone report of a stolen trailer from 120 Jericho Circle. The loss was estimated at $1000
July 31 – Lt. J. Bowland responded to TNT Car Concepts at 6917 Midway Rd. where Terrence Brown reported the theft of a set of rims and tires from a Corvette in the fenced yard. The loss was estimated at $1000.

Sheriff’s office makes
incident reports availableAfter FOI request

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 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.

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