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 »

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 joyed@apps.anderson1.org.
 

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 he was driving left the southbound lane and ran off the roadway. (Photo by David Rogers)

Area represented at Miss SC Pageant

Four teen and one Miss will represent the area this week as contestants in the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant in Columbia.
Brooklyn Brewster is competing as Miss Greater Greer Teen, Sydney Crawford is competing as Miss Greenville County Teen, Morgan Norris is competing as Miss Powdersville Teen and Delanie Burnett is competing as Miss Piedmont Teen. Johanna Davis is representing the area in the Miss SC pageant as Miss Powdersville.
Contestants are competing in the preliminaries Tuesday through Thursday, June 22. The final night of the Miss SC Teen competition will be held on Friday, June 23 and the final night of the Miss SC competition will be held on Saturday, June 24. All competitions are being held at the Township Auditorium in Columbia.

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.

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