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 »

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. (Photo by David Rogers)

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 17 year old Senior at Palmetto High and will represent the area.
Brewster is Feature Twirler for the Palmetto Marching Band. She is currently ranked number 10 in her Senior class with GPA of 4.8. She placed in top 10 last year as Miss Anderson County Teen and this year is competing as Miss Greater Greer Teen.

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.

Richard Cash elected to Senate 3 seat

By Stan Welch
Despite a last minute write in effort which garnered eighteen per cent of the votes cast, Powdersville businessman Richard Cash was elected to fill Lt. Governor Kevin Bryant’s District Three seat in the state Senate. The result ended an unlikely run for the seat which saw Cash finish second to moderate candidate Carol Burdette in the April 11 Republican primary; a result from which he rebounded to win the runoff two weeks later.

Young named Principal at Wren High

The Anderson School District One Board of Trustees announced recently that Seth Young will be the new principal at Wren High School. Young was recently named principal at Wren Middle, however with the departure of Wren Pricicpal Nicole Boseman, he applied for the principal position at the high school with Board approval, got the job. Boseman is taking a position in School District 4 as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation.

Anderson District One School Board approves 2017-18 budget

By David Meade
The Anderson School District One Board also approved final reading on the 2017-18 General Fund Budget of $71,145,357. Highlights of the budget include hiring an additional eight new teachers to meet expected growth of 200 new students and adding three resource officers for elementary schools. The budget also addresses a required step increase in salaries for employees and retirement funding requirements.

Saluda River Rally at Dolly Cooper Park

Launching from M. J. “Dolly” Cooper Park in Powdersville and ending at Piedmont Dam or the Timmerman Jr. Kayak Launch Facility in Pelzer, participants enjoyed one of the area’s most underutilized natural resources during the Salua River Rally June 3. The 9 or 15 mile paddle trip included shuttle service from the landing sites back to Dolly Cooper Park. The event also offered camping at Dolly Cooper Park.

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