Category Archives: White Plains – Spearman

McBride outlines plan to improve law enforcement

At White Plains Crime Watch
By Stan Welch – Sheriff Chad McBride met with several dozen citizens and members of the White Plains Crime Watch last Thursday and outlined his plan to improve law enforcement, not only in that area, but across the county.
Much of the discussion focused on the issue of the overcrowded jail, and McBride’s proposal to address the problem. The sheriff explained that the county was first informed that the state and federal authorities were concerned with the problem back in 2006. “Fortunately, or unfortunately, as the national economy got worse, the pressure on Anderson County to address the problem lessened somewhat. But now, the South Carolina Department of Corrections is on our backs about it once again. So are the feds.”

Three injured – Hwy. 8

Pelzer EMS along with Medshore Ambulance Service personnel work at the scene of a Saturday morning wreck. A car and truck collided at the intersection of Highway 8 and Robinwood Circle. Two occupants of the truck and a passenger in the car were taken to the hospital. West Pelzer firefighters assisted with patient care and traffic control. (Photo by David Rogers)

Crowd turns out to sheriff candidate forum

Approximately a hundred citizens and law enforcement officers gathered at the White Plains Community Building Thursday night to watch and listen as Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper made his case for reelection, while two challengers made their case for a change in leadership. The debate was organized and sponsored by the White Plains Crime Watch group.

Since there is no Democratic opposition in the general election, the Republican primary will determine who the next sheriff will be.

Sheriff’s forum Thursday at White Plains

The White Plains Neighborhood Crime Watch will host a forum for all three candidates for Anderson County Sheriff on Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. The forum will be held at the White Plains Community Building at the intersection of Midway Road and Highway 8 near the junction of I-85. Sheriff John Skipper, and challengers Chad McBride and Jeremy Pickens will be on hand.


Weather causes tree to fall – Midway Road

A large pine tree fell across Midway Road south of Welcome Road Tuesday evening. The tree blocked the entire roadway. State troopers warned motorists of the hazard until SCDOT could arrive and cut the tree. Rain and wind swept through the upstate as the area was under a tornado watch. (Photo by David Rogers)

Walk with the Cops fundraiser Oct. 18

By Stan Welch

The White Plains Crime Watch group had visitors at their meeting last week. Three members of the Anderson Area Crime Stoppers were on hand to share information; and to encourage the White Plains group, as well as the general public, to join in the Walk With The Cops fundraiser to be held later this month.

The fundraiser is to generate money to be used in offering rewards for tips on various crimes committed in the area. On October 18, registration will take place at 8 .a.m at the Chris Taylor Memorial Park, across from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office headquarters on Camson Road.

What’s up with the water?

The question of the week is why does the water taste funny?

It has been described as earthy, musty or tasting like wood and though the smell and taste isn’t pleasant, officials of the Anderson Regional Joint Water System say the water is safe to drink.

According to a spokesperson with ARJWS, the problem is blue-green algae in Lake Hartwell, where the water system pulls water that supplies 15 water systems in Anderson and Pickens Counties.

The algae are caused by a long drought the area experienced followed by a period of heavy rainfall. In 2013, Anderson County had the second-highest rainfall on record. As a result, the lake is “nutrient rich,” with vegetation and treees along the banks and other exposed areas when the lake level is low, which are now underwater.

Crime Watch groups to hold special meetings with Sheriff’s Office

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Improvements being made on Campbell Road

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Hurricane Mud FLUD run event June 1

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