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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Powdersville, SC. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Powdersville.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Powdersville, SC? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Powdersville. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Powdersville, SC, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Powdersville. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Powdersville, SC

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Powdersville to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Powdersville.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Powdersville, SC, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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DELIVERING QUALITY ELECTRICAL SERVICE TO 5,000+ HOMES PER YEAR

he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.

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Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Redistricting: Powdersville area to shrink, majority minority district maintained

Since this story was published, the Anderson County Council has passed three readings to vote on the final district lines. Minor changes have taken place, different from the map in this story. These changes affect District One, Two and Five. Those changes took place to bring District Two to a 50.03% majority minority as opposed to 49.59%. That will restore around 700 people to their current council district.The Anderson County Council seat boundaries are being redrawn as population shifts toward Powdersville an...

Since this story was published, the Anderson County Council has passed three readings to vote on the final district lines. Minor changes have taken place, different from the map in this story. These changes affect District One, Two and Five. Those changes took place to bring District Two to a 50.03% majority minority as opposed to 49.59%. That will restore around 700 people to their current council district.

The Anderson County Council seat boundaries are being redrawn as population shifts toward Powdersville and some lines near Anderson city get tweaked to keep a majority minority seat.

Once a decade, the lines change.

The District Six area will shrink by the White Plains area and the Three & Twenty area, since there are more people.Other changes were to keep a majority minority district in the city of Anderson.

Tweaking district lines is never a perfect process, said attorney Joey Oppermann, who has worked on redistricting issues and has been involved in state and local Democratic Party efforts.

He said the plans for Anderson do not dilute the areas.

"They did a pretty good job trying to respect communities and maintain boundaries," he said. "It's never a perfect process but the changes appear to be clean lines overall."

Redistricting in Greenville:County Councilman is determined to keep the minority a majority in his district

This year is Steve Newton's fourth time drawing up the new district borders in Anderson, a process heavily driven by math, he said.

"It's difficult. It's time consuming," said Newton, the county's governmental affairs director, he said. "I try to be as sensitive to the community as I can."

As Anderson grows, some districts are filling up quicker than others, and that's what is causing some shifting in boundaries.

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District Six was the only district over its population capacity so only that district would be losing significant area, Newton said. The district currently has 33,125 people but the proposed lines would bring their population down by 7.87%.

Jimmy Davis, District Six's council member, has seen extraordinary growth numbers in the northern part of the county. He anticipates the new district lines will help clean up some of the overlap in voting precincts and council members.

Besides Powdersville, District Six includes the Three & Twenty area, all of the Anderson County side of Piedmont, Wren, Mt. Airy and Hunt Meadows. Davis has seen growth across the district especially in Piedmont and Hunt Meadows, so he knew changes would be coming to the densely populated district, he said.

"We're proud of our heritage and we want to continue to grow," Davis said.

Tommy Dunn, the council's chairman, said he has seen so much growth in Anderson in the last decade. He said while he hates losing some of the people he's had in District Five, it is a necessary change.

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Dunn currently represents the Lakeside and Varennes precincts but under the new lines, they would move over to council member Glenn Davis in District Two.

When Davis heard redistricting is coming, one thought came to mind first. "I thought the African American vote would be diluted," he said.

But he was pleased the proposal plans to to keep District Two at almost 50% minority, he said.

He was surprised that his district reached farther down to Lakeside but he's happy to add that precinct along with Varennes, a precinct that already felt like part of his district, he said.

The goal of the majority minority district is to give the Black community a voice, Davis said.

South Carolina is still under Section Two of the Voting Rights Act which prohibits vote dilution, Oppermann said. This section aims to protect the majority minority district so they can elect a candidate of their choice.

For Davis, his priority is to get people to the polls and voting in local elections.

"Local elections are pushed to the side but they are more important than our national elections," he said. "These are the things that affect us the most."

District One will be losing and gaining, but for John Wright's first time going through redistricting he felt the process was simple.

"The heart of my district didn't change a whole lot," Wright said. He has been on the council for two years and said it is about maintaining balance.

Though the lines stretch farther up State 81, he said the changes make sense as he's seen the county grow, he said.

Sarah Sheridan is the community reporter in Anderson. She'd appreciate your help telling important stories; reach her at ssheridan@gannett.com or on twitter @saralinasher.

High school football scores and more: Third round playoff games across Upstate SC

Stay with us all night to follow high school football scores for third round playoff games across the Upstate. Once the games end, check back for photo galleries, videos and statistics....

Stay with us all night to follow high school football scores for third round playoff games across the Upstate. Once the games end, check back for photo galleries, videos and statistics.

More:Dorman High School football coach Dave Gutshall to retire after 29 years leading Cavaliers

Statistics

Chester 35, Powdersville 18

Powdersville: 12 | 6 | 0 | 0 | 18

Chester: 14 | 14 | 0 | 7 | 35

First Quarter

C – Zan Dunham 3 run (Henry Glenn kick)

PV – Tank Slade 50 pass from Eli Hudgins (conversion failed)

PV – Slade 50 interception (kick failed)

C – Andre Evans 4 pass from Dunham (Glenn kick)

Second Quarter

C – Evans 25 pass from Dunham (Glenn kick)

C – Shydem McCullough 7 run ( Glenn kick)

PV – Sloan 46 pass from Hudgins (conversion failed)

Fourth Quarter

C – Dunham 22 run (Glenn kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING – C: Zan Dunham 33-180-2, Shydem McCullough 23-110-1, Sherard Feaster 5-53, Antonio Hopkins 3-6, Andre Evans 2-32, Darius Head 1-(-1). P: Xavier Fowler 7-11, Eli Hudgins 4-(-15).

PASSING – C: Zan Dunham 11-15-1-105-2, Henry Glenn 0-1-0-0-0. P: Eli Hudgins 15-27-4-223-2.

RECEIVING – C: Andre Evans 5-36-2, Ju’Quan Carter 3-44, Reggie Heath 2-21, Sherard Feaster 1-4. P: Drake Sloan 6-91-1, Tank Slade 5-105-1, Kyle Rice 1-2, Jalen Rambert 1-2.

Records: Chester 9-3, Powdersville 12-1.

Up Next: Chester (9-3) vs. Daniel (12-0).

Greenville 42, Irmo 23

Irmo: 7 | 16 | 0 | 0 | 23

Greenville: 14 | 7 | 14 | 7 | 42

First Quarter

G – Mazeo Bennett 62 pass from Prometheus Franklin (Lang Steck kick)

I – Larontae Scroggins 23 run (Jose Villanueva kick)

G – Josh Sapp 2 run (Steck kick)

Second Quarter

I – Villanueva 27 FG

G – Sapp 3 run (Steck kick)

I – DeAree Rodgers 29 pass from Izayah Whiteside (kick failed)

I – Rodgers 45 pass from Whiteside (Villanueva kick)

Third Quarter

G – Tyler Brown 60 pass from Franklin (Steck kick)

G – Sapp 2 run (Steck kick)

Fourth Quarter

G – Sapp 2 run (Steck kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING – I: Larontae Scroggins 8-17-1, Izayah Whiteside 15-38, Erick Tucker 8-24, DeAree Rodgers 2-6. G: Josh Sapp 7-11-4, Khalique Holland 13-125, Jayden Peper 6-13, Prometheus Franklin 6-9, Ramon Whitner 1-0.

PASSING – I: Izayah Whiteside 16-23-0-234-2. G: Prometheus Franklin 10-15-0-286-2.

RECEIVING – I: DeAree Rodgers 6-110-2, AJ Brand 4-75, Telvin Smith 4-31, Larontae Scroggins 2-8. G: Tyler rown 2-111-1, Mazeo Bennett 2-66-1, Aalijah Kelly 3-61, Josh Sapp 2-36, Jayden Peper 1-12.

Records: Irmo 7-4, Greenville 10-2.

Up Next: Greenville (10-2) vs. South Pointe (10-1).

Gaffney 16, Northwestern 13, OT

Gaffney: 0 | 0 | 3 | 7 | 6 | 16

Northwestern: 3 | 7 | 0 | 0 | 3 | 13

First Quarter

N – Kanoah Vinesett 25 FG

Second Quarter

N – Elijah Caldwell 19 pass from Will Mattison (Vinesett kick)

Third Quarter

G – A.J. Hames 21 FG

Fourth Quarter

G – Tyler Smith 6 run (Hames kick)

Overtime

N – Vinesett 26 FG

G – Tyler Smith 1 run (no kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING – G: Ken Littlejohn 12-45, Tyler Smith 12-25-2, Grayson Loftis 4-(-3). N: Turbo Richard 29-156, Will Mattison 9-59, Greer Hopkins 1-(-19).

PASSING – G: Grayson Loftis 19-36-1-130-1. N: Will Mattison 18-30-1-168-1.

RECEIVING – G: Edward Jefferies 9-66, Deshun Corry 5-50, Tyler Smith 3-9, Jada Littlejohn 1-6, Ken Littlejohn 1-(-1). N: Elijah Caldwell 7-59-1, Christi Watkins 5-52, William Brooks 3-8, Turbo Richard 2-23, Drennon Faile 1-26.

Records: Gaffney 13-0, Northwestern 11-2.

Up Next: Gaffney (13-0) at Spartanburg (9-3).

See the South Carolina Football Coaches Association All-State selections from the Upstate

These are the All-State selections from the South Carolina Football Coaches Association (SCFCA) announced on Monday from The Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson areas. Players had to be nominated by their coaches and were voted on by the SCFCA:Class AAAAAQuarterbacks:? Bennett Judy, Hillcrest; Gabe Rogers, ByrnesRunning Backs: ? Tyler Smith, GaffneyTight Ends: ? Chapman Pendergras...

These are the All-State selections from the South Carolina Football Coaches Association (SCFCA) announced on Monday from The Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson areas. Players had to be nominated by their coaches and were voted on by the SCFCA:

Class AAAAA

Quarterbacks:

? Bennett Judy, Hillcrest; Gabe Rogers, Byrnes

Running Backs:

? Tyler Smith, Gaffney

Tight Ends:

? Chapman Pendergrass, TL Hanna

Wide Receivers:

? Collin Imhoff, Byrnes; Avery McFadden, Hillcrest

Offensive Lineman:

? Charles Couch, T.L. Hanna; Houston Curry, Hillcrest; Sawyer Whitman, Gaffney; Markee Anderson, Dorman

Defensive Lineman:

? Dakota Quinonez, Byrnes;

Linebackers:

? Randy Caldwell, Mauldin

Defensive backs:

? Jeadyn Lukus, Mauldin; JD Lawson, Spartanburg

Special teamers:

? John Love, Spartanburg

Athletes:

? Kendall Norman, Dorman

Honorable Mention:

? Jacob Mattison, Spartanburg; Miguel Dingle, Byrnes; Landon Bullock, Gaffney; Judah McJimpsey, Spartanburg; Ryan Brown, Riverside; Wes Stringer, TL Hanna; Hudson Lee, Dorman; Kabrail Morrison, TL Hanna; Fletcher Cothran, TL Hanna; Walt Smith, TL Hanna; Kamren Johnson, TL Hanna; Jevaris Rice, Spartanburg; Raheim Jeter, Spartanburg; Noah McKinney-Byrnes; Deverious Abercrombie, Wade Hampton; DJ Geth, Dorman; Dallas Shirley, Hillcrest; Thomas Gregory, Byrnes; Dominic Cardone, Riverside; Andrew Dantin, Spartanburg; Cameron Jackson, Spartanburg

Class AAAA

Quarterbacks:

? Prometheus Franklin, Greenville

Wide Receivers:

? Aalijah Kelly, Greenville

Tight Ends:

? Josh Sapp, Greenville

Offensive Lineman:

? Colin Sadler, Greenville; Brady Bendig, Westside;

Linebackers:

? KT Perry, Westside;

Special teamers:

? Devery Cagle, Eastside

Honorable Mention:

? Blake Shirley, Eastside; Talan Scott, Easley; Noah Pierce, Easley; Jacari Hellams, Travelers Rest; AJ Brown, Easley Cayden Erwin, Eastside; Alex Ward, Travelers Rest; Israel Rhodes, Greer; Roy Price, Eastside; Alex Gomez, Greer; Amir Dendy, Westside; Malaki Fuller, Greer;

Class AAA

Quarterbacks:

? Trent Pearman, Daniel; Zan Dunham, Chester; Drew Settle, Chapman

Running Backs:

? Thomas Williams, Powdersville; Jamir Dewberry, Broome

Wide Receivers:

? DJ Black, Chapman; Mathias Dial, Woodruff; Eli Merck, Daniel

Offensive Lineman:

? Angus Fisher, Powdersville; Caleb Carter, Wren; Jackson Hall, Belton-Honea Path

Defensive Lineman:

? Jaheim Lawson, Daniel

Linebackers:

? Nick Morgan, Wren, Logan Lasher, Daniel; Gabe Harvey, Palmetto

Defensive backs:

? Travon West, Wren; Misun Kelly, Daniel; Chance Gamble, Southside; Drake Sloan, Powdersville

Special teamers:

? Brodey Conn, Daniel

Athletes:

? Xzorion Brown, Palmetto; Jaheim Dodd, Berea; Braxtin Turner, Broome; Braeden Enloe, Blue Ridge

Honorable Mention:

? Gabriel Smith, Daniel; Drake Sloan, Powdersville; Tank Slade, Powdersville; Noah Quinn, Broome; Peyton Little, Powdersville; Luke Hiller, Powdersville; Shane Forrester, Daniel; Bryce Smith, Daniel; Sam Maloa, Chapman; Nick Cox, Chapman; Andrew Melton, Chapman; Trez Fowler, Powdersville; Demarian Elmore, Woodruff; Abijah Webb, Pendleton; Eli Hudgins, Powdersville; Dylan Ramirez, Broome; Carson Tucker, Woodruff; JaBryson Hunter, Union County;

Class AA

Quarterbacks:

? Kaydon Sauers, Crescent

Running Backs:

? K.D. Boyd, St. Josephs

Wide Receivers:

? BJ Atkins, Christ Church; Cody Drummond, Crescent

Offensive Lineman:

? Ethan Dugat, Landrum

Defensive Lineman:

? Carson Shaw, Christ Church

Linebackers:

? Chandler McMaster, Christ Church; Caleb Emory, Landrum; Harrison Scott, St. Josephs

Honorable Mention:

? Grayson Klue, Christ Church; CJ Sahlman, St. Josephs; Reece Benninger, Crescent; Gabe Waldrop, Crescent; Elijah Richey, Crescent

Class A

Defensive Lineman:

? Michael Kennedy, Southside Christian

Joe Dandron covers high school sports for The Greenville News and 864Huddle. Contact him at jdandron@gannett.com or on Twitter: @JoeMDandron.

Powdersville High School girls basketball celebrates a historic first

On Thursday night, the Powdersville High girls basketball team accomplished a feat the program had never seen since the school opened in 2011: The Patriots earned their first-ever playoff win.In the first round of the Class AAA playoffs, Powdersville defeated Woodruff on the road 49-37.“I feel like they were kind of in shock,” coach Deidra Langston said of the team after the win. “I don’t know if it really hit them yet. Because I told them, 'You know, this is history and just realize that ...

On Thursday night, the Powdersville High girls basketball team accomplished a feat the program had never seen since the school opened in 2011: The Patriots earned their first-ever playoff win.

In the first round of the Class AAA playoffs, Powdersville defeated Woodruff on the road 49-37.

“I feel like they were kind of in shock,” coach Deidra Langston said of the team after the win. “I don’t know if it really hit them yet. Because I told them, 'You know, this is history and just realize that you can (win) if you just work hard, play hard and put everything into it.'

"They were excited. They were just like, 'Whoa, we really did just do this.' I think they were all just trying to put their thoughts together, to be honest with you.”

While the players needed to soak it all in, Langston was probably the most ecstatic one immediately following the win.

“I felt amazing,” she said. “I’m not the type of person that just jumps up for joy no matter what, but I think it’s amazing. Like, I always thought they had the potential to do it. Even the girls in the past, and I’m very excited.”

The game was the third matchup between Powdersville and Woodruff this season. Powdersville took both prior games 35-33 and 50-38 in December.

Even with those two wins, Langston wasn’t complacent heading into the third game and wanted to throw off Woodruff. She switched some things around by adding a new defensive set to their game plan.

It takes only one player being unaware of their responsibilities to throw off an entire set, but the girls adapted to the new scheme, and it paid off. Through the game, Powdersville ran three different defensive sets and a few new plays offensively.

The win gives Powdersville a confidence boost heading into the next round where the competition only gets tougher. Powdersville (18-10) will be on the road Saturday against the AAA defending champions, Keenan, and one of the top players in the state, Milaysia Fulwiley.

Joshua Miller covers high school sports for The Anderson Independent-Mail. You can contact him at joshua.miller@independentmail.com and follow him on Twitter: @NameIsJoshua.

Easley opens up development on new State 153 corridor with 450 homes, townhomes planned

The first major developments, and 450 homes or townhomes, could break ground soon in what had been a largely-untouched area along a new section of State 153 in Easley.The newly-approved developments include several of the largest available pieces in or around Easley and US 123 near Greenville.An expansion of State 153, adding four miles of road that opened around a year ago, was ...

The first major developments, and 450 homes or townhomes, could break ground soon in what had been a largely-untouched area along a new section of State 153 in Easley.

The newly-approved developments include several of the largest available pieces in or around Easley and US 123 near Greenville.

An expansion of State 153, adding four miles of road that opened around a year ago, was designed in part to open up land for development. City and county planners in 2018 and 2019 had intended the land to be used for light industrial, high-tech or residential/commercial hybrid growth.

Several plots totaling around 175 acres were given initial approval Monday to come into the city's borders. The annexations were requested by a single development company, BlackStream Development.

It's a moment of growth for Easley that has been years in the making and it comes at a time when the city is getting a new city manager, a new city council member who is skeptical of the growth and an impact fee that begins in January and will eventually increase the price of new homes by $3,340.

The annexations mean higher tax collections for Easley along with the impact fees. It would increase the burden on fire service and other utilities but city officials said Monday there is capacity to handle the extra demand as long as it comes with the extra revenues.

The land annexed into Easley

Most of the land that was annexed is set to be developed as a flexible review district, a city zoning term that calls for plans to be tightly reviewed by the city but allowing for deviations from lot sizes and other typical regulations.

The presented plans do not yet have the price range or square footage of the proposed homes.

The plots are:

The Easley council also gave initial approval for a 66.5 acres development with about 160 lots. That development is away from the 153-123 corridor, at Meadow Lane.

Easley impact fee starts in January

Easley's impact fee, the first of its kind in the Upstate, kicks in starting January.

New homes will eventually cost $3,340 more, after a three-year phase-in process that starts in January with 50%.

It will be one of the costliest impact fees in the state, although several communities have signficantly higher fees.

The city projects that it will be raising $8 million a year, which is the equivalent of 2,400 homes, although that would also include fees from apartments and from new commercial buildings, which are based on square footage.

More:Easley approves first impact fee in the Upstate, new home fee for parks, police, more

Easley expects to hire new manager

Shannon Baldwin, currently the city manager of Lake Lure, North Carolina, is expected to be the new Easley city manager.

City Council members approved the hiring with a memorandum of understanding, with a compensation package of $123,000 a year, in a Monday meeting. Baldwin will be offered the contract this week, council members said.

Interim administrator Dennis Harmon, stepped down from his role after the meeting and said he would be available to help Baldwin during the transition.

Harmon had led the city since this summer, when administrator Stephen Steese left for a similar job in Bluffton.

A new City Council member in Easley

The newest council member, Denise Davidson, won election last week over incumbent Kent Dykes.

Davidson said she would like the city to take a pause on new developments until she can get up to speed and while the city's overdue long-term planning process can be finished.

She said the city has existing rules about developments, some of which were voiced by residents at a Monday meeting when they objected to traffic in a neighborhood off Brushy Creek Road, where construction vehicles are using existing subdivision roads to access the new land.

Davidson said she wants the city to look smarter at growth and how to handle new people and new businesses.

Easley is one of the fastest growing cities in the Upstate, at least in terms of construction with thousands of new homes being built or planned for the next few years.

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