Category Archives: Piercetown – Hopewell

One injured – Firetower Road

A Piercetown firefighter works at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon. One person suffered minor injuries after the car they were driving ran off Firetower Road and overturned before striking an embankment. (Photo by David Rogers)


Highway Patrol chase ends in Piercetown

A two county chase ended just off Highway 81 early Thursday morning in Piercetown. South Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers said three people were arrested after leading them on a chase through Pickens County and into Anderson County. Troopers said they attempted to stop a Dodge sedan on Highway 93 around 1 a.m. on suspicion of DUI. The driver didn’t stop and led the pursuing trooper on a chase, which ended when the Dodge ran off the road into a ditch along Martin Road near Ryobi Road.

According to reports, three people were in the car, along with drugs and a gun. No one was hurt. The driver, Richard Edgar Thompson, 28, was charged with driving under the influence, driving under suspension, failure to stop for blue lights, possession of meth with intent to distribute, simple possession of marijuana, and illegal possession of a firearm.

Two passengers, Misty Cole, 25, and Wade Watkins, 37, were also arrested and charged with simple possession of marijuana, troopers said. All three suspects were booked into the Pickens County Detention Center. (Photo by David Rogers)

Five injured I85

Hopewell firefighters and Medshore Ambulance Service personnel work at the scene of an accident on Friday night. Two vehicles collided on I-85 south of Highway 81 causing both vehicles to overturn. Five people were taken to an area hospital. Their injuries were not life threatening. (Photo by David Rogers)

Driver injured – Five Forks Road Hopewell Community

One person was injured after the SUV they were driving struck a tree on Five Forks Road Saturday night. Hopewell firefighters and EMS responded to the call. The driver was transported to AnMed Health by EMS. (Photo by David Rogers)

Hwy. 81 – Hopewell

Hopewell firefighters work at the scene of a two vehicle wreck on Highway 81 Friday. Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Vandiver Road and Highway 81. One of the vehicles overturned upon impact. Medshore Ambulance Service also responded. (Photo by David Rogers)

Work underway for Techtronic expansion

Information meeting Feb. 11 on closure of Martin Road

Construction has begun on the road projects associated with the expansion and relocation of Techtronic Industries Power Equipment facilities near the I-85/SC 81 Interchange in the Piercetown community. Anderson County will host a public informational meeting on Thursday, February 11, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Piercetown Fire Department, 5150 Highway 81 N, Williamston. The purpose for the meeting is to inform local residents and affected persons of the upcoming temporary closure of Martin Road for road improvement construction work.

Truck strikes vehicle, leaves scene – Piercetown

Piercetown firefighters put down absorbent after a pickup truck struck another vehicle. The truck struck a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 88 and Wilderness Trail. The truck then left the scene and the driver drove to a business on Highway 81 in Piercetown and parked. State troopers and county deputies are investigating. (Photo by David Rogers)

Two fatally injured in Piercetown head-on collision

A rising senior at Palmetto High School and the driver of a minivan with four passengers were fatally injured in a two vehicle accident that occurred on Welcome Road near Reidville Road in the Piercetown area Tuesday morning. Austin Blake Campbell, 17 and Jeronima Aguilar-Cortez, 38, were both killed in the accident.

 Austin Blake Campbell, 17, who was driving a 2010 Honda, and Jeronima Aguilar-Cortez, 38, who was driving a 2000 Honda minivan, were both killed in the accident. According to Lance Cpl. Tony Keller of the S.C. Highway Patrol, neither driver was wearing a seat belt.

Piercetown Fire Department, West Pelzer Fire Department, Medshoe and Pelzer EMS responded.

The Piercetown Fire Department Chief Brad Hart said the scene was pretty chaotic when they arrived. “Both vehicles were badly damaged, and there were multiple victims of injury. One patient was airlifted to Anderson and six other patients were transported by ambulance to various hospitals in the area.”

Techtronic Industries breaks ground for new facility – Piercetown

By Stan Welch

A crowd of well over a hundred people were on hand last Thursday, for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Techtronic Industries facility near the intersection of Highway 81 and I-85.

Also on hand were representatives from the offices of the state’s two U.S. Senators, Congressman Jeff Duncan, and Governor Nikki Haley. All of them sent messages of encouragement and appreciation for TTI’s decision to locate their new logistics and distribution center at the Betsy Tucker industrial site, instead of in one of the several states and foreign countries that tried to woo them.

County and state officials were also on hand, with District Four County Council representative Tom Allen serving as the master of ceremonies. Also on hand were Council Chairman Tommy Dunn, District Six Councilman Ken Waters, Councilwoman Cindy Wilson, and Councilmen Frances Crowder. State Senators Billy O’Dell and Kevin Bryant both spoke briefly, as did Anderson County Transportation Committee Chairman Ronnie Townsend. Chairman of the state House Ways and Means Committee Brian White thanked all the various state, federal and local officials who worked together to make the project possible.

TTI, which manufactures a variety of product lines, including Milwaukee, Homelite and Ryobi power tools, and Oreck, Hoover and Dirt Devil vacuum cleaners, employs more than twenty thousand people worldwide, and does more than five billion dollars in annual sales.

Barn destroyed – Red Barn Road

A barn was destroyed by fire on Red Barn Road on Wednesday evening. Firefighters from Three and Twenty, Walker – McElmoyle, and Piercetown fought the fire. The barn and contents were a total loss. (Photo by David Rogers)


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