Category Archives: Anderson County

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.

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.

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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 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

Around the County . . .

Anderson County Public Works Department reported the following projects underway during the week of June 7:
Building and Codes
1. Met with Development Standards to review plans submitted for new Single-Family Dwellings located within a PD (Planned Development). Plans were approved and permits to be issued accordingly
2. PERMITS SUBMITTED: 36 New Single-Family Dwelling and 9 Addition-Renovation;8 Detached Garage/Accessory Building; 6 Poultry Houses; 4 Demolition; 7 Swimming Pools; 136 Permits issued for Electrical and HVAC Upgrades which includes 18 Solar Panel Installations; 15 Solar Panel Installation; 10 Commercial Including: Comfort Inn Restaurant Shell, McCullough Mini Warehouse, Beltline Storage Building 1 Addition, Beltline Storage Building 2, Beltline Storage Building 3, Beltline Storage Building 5, Electrical for Entrance Lights to Tree Farm, HVAC Change-out at St. Lukes Catholic Church, Electrical Meter Repair to Flat Rock Presbyterian Church, Commercial Kitchen Hood Installation; 22 Mobile Home including: New Homes, Change of Ownership, moves from other counties, change of location, etc.

Anderson County Museum celebrates Youth Council

The Anderson County Museum (ACM) celebrated the achievements of the ACM Youth Council on recently with an end-of-school-year Gatsby Party. The Youth Council was organized in 2013 with a mission to plan, organize and volunteer at events their peers would be interested in attending. Allanah York from TL Hanna High School was announced at the party as the Youth Volunteer of the Year for the 2016 – 2017 school year. Pictured are this year’s Anderson County Museum Youth Council graduating seniors. Top row: Kaitlyn Hamilton (TL Hanna),  Jackson Merritt (Wren), and Devon Smith (TL Hanna). Bottom row: Morgan Kelly (TL Hanna), Kendra Hamilton (TL Hanna) and Raven Duckett (Westside) Seniors not pictured: Mackenzie Jones (Westside), Grayson Horton (TL Hanna), Bailey Crow (TL Hanna), Aylin Gomez (TL Hanna), Elizabeth Martin (TL Hanna) Jaylan Luvene (TL Hanna) and Nikole Taylor (TL Hanna).

Anderson County attorney instructed to preserve legal arguments

By Stan Welch
Anderson County Council spent more than an  hour in executive session Tuesday night, receiving legal advice on several issues. Key among them was the recent ruling by the South Carolina Court of Appeals in the County’s favor in the matter of former administrator Joey Preston’s severance agreement. The court declared that agreement null and void.
The action taken by the Council following  the extended session was to instruct the county attorney to “preserve all legal arguments in  the Preston case.” The move is essentially a pre-emptive one, in anticipation of a further appeal by Preston’s attorneys.

Appeals court rules Preston contract “null and void”

By Stan Welch
On Tuesday night, November 18, 2008 the Anderson County Council, by a vote of 5-2, awarded then county administrator Joey Preston a severance package worth $1.2 million, despite the fact that his employment contract would run out six weeks later.
The severance package was also awarded against the advice of the employment attorney hired by the Council to advise them. Tom Bright told the council that Preston’s claim of anticipatory breach of contract had no standing. He also offered the Council three other options aside from paying Preston his groundless demands.
Finally, on May 31 of this year, after a grueling eight year legal battle, the South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled the severance contract null and void, and instructed the circuit judge who originally ruled in Preston’s favor to revisit the question of how to redirect Preston’s monthly retirement benefit of $8,000 into a constructive trust from whence it would be directed back to the county.

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