Powdersville’s Alexis Albright (8) gets a kill during the Patriots victory over region rival Palmetto last Thursday. The Patriots won the region championship by defeating the Mustangs 3 games to 2. (Photo by Mike Gowan)
By Stan Welch
First responders, of all sorts and kinds, share one mantra. Communications – Communications – Communications. It doesn’t matter how many police cruisers, fire trucks or ambulances you have if you can’t get them to the right place at the right time.
In 2015, the Williamston EMS Squad collapsed due to financial problems and mismanagement. That event spurred a study by Fitch & Associates to review the emergency medical services system in Anderson County. The results of that study were delivered to the Anderson County Council and the first responder community last week.
This is the first in a series of reports on that study and its findings. To no one’s surprise, inadequate communications, both its causes and effects, were a key element in the report and its findings.
By Stan Welch
Black activism made an appearance at Tuesday night’s Anderson County Council meeting, as members of the family of Charles Mackey and their supporters came before the Council seeking assistance in the matter of his death.
Wearing Black Lives Matter apparel, approximately twenty friends and relatives of Mackey, a fifty seven year old black man who they say was murdered in Iva earlier this summer, came before the Council to ask their assistance in getting answers to their questions.
The US Navy F/A-18 Rhino Super Hornets will arrive overhead Thursday afternoon for the Anderson Regional Airshow being held on Saturday, Oct. 22. The US Navy F/A-18 Rhino Super Hornets will be participating in the Jo and Bill Trent Celebration Anderson Regional Airshow, Saturday at the Anderson Regional Airport. www.andairshow.com.
The Rhino’s superior maneuverability and handling will be on full display. There will also be a jet truck, Veterans Walk, Special Forces Parachute Team and “Huey” and “Cobra” helicopters and other activities and displays.
By David Meade
The Greenville Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS) is currently in the process of conducting meetings and gathering input for a long range transportation plan that will affect future planning for the area. Six sub-regional meetings have already been held throughout the upstate.
For those interested in seeing the long range transportatin plan for the area or offering input, there is one final meeting scheduled in Greenville or there is an online survey available on the GPATS website.
Several area projects are currently in the 2035 funding schedule which includes 21 road projects that are likely to be funded when the funds become available.
Powdersville and surrounding areas are included in the planning Metropolitan Planning Organization for the upstate that also includes significant portions of Greenviile County, Pickens County and smaller portions of Anderson, Laurens and Spartanburg Counties.
Included are: SC 153 from US 123 to I-85; SC 153 from Three Bridges Road to I-85; US 29 from I-85 to Cheddar/Breazeale Rd. Additional information on GPATS and the list of projects are available on the GPATS website at www.gpats.org.
Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway:
Animal Shelter – For two weeks, the shelter is running a fee waived adoption. There is no cost to adopt through October 20. Decreased the stray hold from 7 days to 5 days; Painted the lobby and office hallways; Buildings and Grounds re-landscaped the property; Hiring for full-time and part-time positions; Have had 120 animals adopted/foster to adopt; with 23 to rescue
Building and Codes
? PERMITS SUBMITTED: 3 New Single-Family Dwelling and 5 Addition-Renovation; 10 Detached Garage/Accessory Buildings; 2 Replacement; 1 Demolition; 21 Electrical and HVAC Upgrades; 4 Commercial Including: AT&T Mechanical Permit for HVAC Replacement, 400 SF Open Pavilion @ Cobbs Glenn, Panera Bread Interior Re-Model,
In-person absentee voting has begun in Anderson County. Registered voters, who qualify, and need to cast an absentee ballot for the General Election can do so weekdays during the hours of 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
“In-person absentee voting is opening 30 days prior to this election. By giving voters 30 days to vote absentee rather than two weeks before the election, we are hoping to avoid the issue of really long lines here at our office,” said Katy Smith, Director. “However, we anticipate lines will be long first thing in the morning, and lunch time. Voters need to understand that the issues of long lines and wait times are inevitable with the growing interest in this Election.”
The Anderson County Republican Party will hold a Fall Event with Congressman Jeff Duncan as the Featured Speaker at Oxford Farm on Monday, Oct. 17 at 6 pm. Oxford Farm is located at 312 Five Road, Anderson and is the Farm of Denise and Cobb Oxford. The Fall Event will feature barbecue by Creekside Barbeque and Music by the Crystal River BlueGrass Gospel Band.
All Anderson County Officials are invited to this Republican Party Event. The doors open at 5:30 pm. The price is $20 per person at the door. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 14 at Eventbrite at Jeff Duncan at Oxford Farm. For questions or information call 864-933-6141 or 221-1221.
By Stan Welch
There is an official structure in place for the support and protection of abused children in South Carolina, and in every state across the nation.
Social workers, legal advocates, law enforcement and court officials all share a bias towards the protection of children. Millions of dollars are spent each year maintaining this support system; and yet, there are roles that those in officialdom cannot fill, functions they cannot perform.