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Sheriff Offers Safety Tips for Holidays

Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride is encouraging citizens to take extra steps to protect themselves and deter criminal activity during the holidays, offering the following tips to help make this Season safe: 

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • When shopping after dark, park in a well-lit area.
  • Whenever possible, avoid walking/shopping alone.
  • Remember to lock your vehicle! Never leave your car unattended with the motor running or with children inside.
  • Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car.  This creates a temptation for thieves.
  • Never leave your purse or wallet unattended and use caution when carrying large amounts of money and or credit cards.
  • Be aware of online shopping scams.
  • Recognize that the holiday season can cause stress; keep emotions under control while driving.  Give other drivers plenty of space and always leave yourself a route to avoid an accident.
  • Never drink and drive!
  • Don’t display your gifts where they can be seen from a window or doorway.
  • Lock doors and windows when you leave the house.
  • Always report suspicious activity.

Anderson's WWII "Code Girl" Event Set for Nov. 28

Anderson’s own "Code Girl" Jeuel Esmacher, will be in conversation with Anderson author Kathryn Smith at the Anderson County Museum's Director’s Tea and Coffee on Nov. 28 at 10 a.m.

Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and colleges, Esmacher was one of more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. During World War II when their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, many women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts are credited with shortening the war and savimg countless lives. Code-breaking also gave them access to careers previously denied to women.

A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history, but today thanks to research and interviews with surviving Code Girls, bestselling author Liza Mudy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service, and scientific accomplishment in her book “Code Girls.” 

Smith, author of “A Necessary War: Anderson County Residents Remember World War II” and “The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR and the Untold Story of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency” will talk with Esmacher about being a Code Girl and her service to America during WWII. Smith’s two books and Lisa Mudy’s “Code Girl” are available in the museum store.


Big Brothers/Big Sisters Gingerbread Houses at ACM

The Big Brothers | Big Sisters (BBBS) of Anderson will have their gingerbread houses on display at the Anderson County Museum beginning Dec. 1. Vistors can view the displays and vote for favorites until Dec. 20. The winning gingerbread house will be announced on Dec. 27.

While visiting the museum, another holiday exhibit will display the history of Christmas trees. Anderson County's Adrienne Cole and Teresa Bannister decorated four trees in the museum gallery. Each tree is decorated with a different theme.

Admission is free at the Anderson County Museum, but donations are accepted to continue the free programs and events. The Anderson County Museum open Tuesdays 10 a.m-7 p.m. and Wednesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Roper Research Room is open 1-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and by appointment. ACM is handicap accessible.

For more information, contact the Anderson County Museum at (864) 260-4737.


$650 in Federal Funds to Allow Green Pond Expansion

Anderson County has been awarded $650,000 in Sports Fish Restoration Act Funding from the United States. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service.  The money will be used to expand and enhance the existing dock facilities at Green Pond Landing and Event Center on Lake Hartwell.  This is the second major Sport Fish Restoration Fund grant awarded to Green Pond by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

“In my mind, Green Pond Landing has met or exceeded our expectations on practically every level," said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “We are attracting visitors and making new friends many weekends each year, and our local merchants are seeing a tremendous benefit from all the increased tourism.  And our residents have access to a great boat launch facility free of charge!  Everyone’s a winner here.”

Green Pond Landing is quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier tournament fishing venues.  The improvements will allow Anderson County to consistently attract the world’s biggest and best competitive fishing events, as well as local and regional tournaments for anglers of all skill levels, county officials said. 

These improvements will provide an additional amenity for local boaters, allowing access to a world-class, free-to-the-public lake access facility.

The improvements to Green Pond Landing will include construction and installation of a new 10’ x 250’ aluminum courtesy dock as well as the addition of a 10’ x 100’ “L” section.  The improvements are expected to cost a total of approximately $866,666 with $650,000 coming from the Sport Fish Restoration Fund and the remaining $216,667 being funded by Anderson County through local Accommodations Tax (ATAX) funds, which are generated by a fee on hotel room stays.

In 2015, Green Pond Landing, in conjunction with the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, hosted the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.  This multi-day event generated an estimated $23 million in regional economic impact.  Green Pond and Bon Secours Arena will be hosting the GEICO Bassmaster Classic again in March of 2018, and the regional economic impact is expected to exceed the amount for 2015.

Since that time, Green Pond Landing has alos hosted 14 other fishing events that have brought more than 1,700 competing boats, 12,800 attendees, and almost $5 million in local economic activity.

Besides the return of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic, six other major events are scheduled so far at Green Pond in 2018.  These events are expected to attract over 1,000 competing boats and 7,800 attendees, generating almost $2 million in local economic activity.


S.C. Ends Suit on Providing More Funds for Poor Schools

A lawyer representing nearly three dozen poor and rural school districts in South Carolina that sued to get more money and support from lawmakers says they are disappointed the 24-year court fight is over.

Attorney Carl Epps said Monday the 33 districts wish the state Supreme Court had set a deadline like other states to provide enough resources to schools.

Instead, the justices voted 3-2 to end the lawsuit, saying progress has been made.

State Rep. Russell Ott said the ruling sends the wrong message that the state has narrowed the funding gap between urban and rural schools. The Democrat from St. Matthews says children in the poor districts are going to schools that were in embarrassing condition 20 years ago and remain that way today.

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ended a 24-year-old lawsuit over whether the Legislature provides enough money and support for poor and rural schools.

Associate Justice John Kittredge wrote in Friday's ruling that to continue the court's oversight would be a "gross oversight of judicial power."

Two other justices who joined the court after it ruled in 2014 to continue oversight sided with Kittredge to end the case that brought the phrase "minimally adequate education" to the forefront and led to a documentary called "Corridor of Shame."

Chief Justice Don Beatty dissented, saying the Legislature at least needed to finish a study of South Carolina's school funding formula.

House Speaker Jay Lucas says lawmakers can now concentrate on real reforms instead of arbitrary standards from the court.


New Solar Lights Being Installed Along East-West Parkway

New additional solar-powered pedestrian lights are being installed this week along the East-West Parkway.  Anderson County crews are scheduled to begin installations today and be finished within two weeks.

The Anderson County Council has stated this lighting project will help enhance functionality and safety for the hundreds of walkers, joggers, and bicyclists that use the East-West Parkway each week.  Funding for the lighting project was provided from Anderson County Council District Recreation funds and through a grant provided by the Anderson County Legislative Delegation and the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 


It Takes Planning for Safe Holiday Meal

Thanksgiving is approaching, this is a wonderful holiday that usually includes a delicious meal.

Don’t let dinner turn celebration into a bout with sickness.

The University of Tennessee Extension Family and Consumer Sciences experts are offering the following tips regarding food safety and Thanksgiving — especially in cooking food and storing leftovers.


Is your frozen turkey 20-24 pounds? If you are defrosting it in the refrigerator, it should be there now.

If your turkey weighs 16-20 pounds, allow four to five days of thawing. Allow three to four days for 12-16 pound turkeys and three to four days for 4-12 pound birds.

• Monday: You can start making side dishes today. Stored in the refrigerator, they still will be good Thanksgiving Day.

• Tuesday: Today is the day to purchase that fresh turkey. When you are purchasing your turkey, plan for 1 pound per person to ensure there is enough turkey to go around.

• Wednesday: If you haven’t started to defrost your turkey, use the cold running water method to ensure it’s thawed for Thanksgiving. Wrap your turkey securely and submerge in cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes. Allow 10 to 12 hours thawing for a 20-24 pound turkey, eight to 10 hours for 16-20 pounds, six to eight hours for 12-16 pounds, and two to six hours for 4-12 pounds.

• Thanksgiving Day: Don’t forget the two-hour rule. Be sure to place all perishable food in a shallow container and put it in the refrigerator within two hours of cooking to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying.

• Monday, Nov. 27: Today is the last day to eat those leftovers or put them in the freezer.


You cannot tell if a turkey is done just by the color. Your bird is not safe until it reaches 165° F. Check the temperature in three places: the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the wing and the innermost part of the thigh.

Don’t forget to check the temperature of the stuffing, too! This can be crucial to a food-safe holiday.

Take the turkey out of the oven and let it stand for 20 minutes before carving to allow the juices to settle.


Christmas Parades Just Around the Corner

With Christmas just over a month away, Anderson County is getting ready for the holiday, as usual, with a series of parades.

The following Christmas events have been announced in Anderson County: 

Dec. 2, Honea Path, 11 a.m.

Dec. 2, Belton, 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 3, Anderson City, 3 p.m.

Dec. 9, Piedmont, 11 a.m.

Dec. 9, Iva, 2 p.m.

Dec. 9, Williamston, 3 p.m.

Dec. 10, Pendleton, 2 p.m

Dec. 10, Anderson County, 3 p.m.


Know of other Anderson County Parades/Christmas events? Email Us


Study: ACA Medicaid Expansion Helped Poor Quit Smoking

States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw a greater increase in low-income adults who quit smoking than did states that did not expand Medicaid, a new study found.

Under the health care act, states that expanded Medicaid had to offer services to help people quit smoking. About 30 percent of low-income adults in the United States smoke cigarettes, which is double the national average. 

For the study, University of Pittsburgh researchers analyzed the responses of more than 36,000 low-income adults, ages 18 to 64, who took part in a federal government survey on health behaviors.

In the 31 states that expanded Medicaid, 8.1 percent of newly covered low-income adults said they'd quit smoking in the past year, compared with 6 percent of low-income adults in states that did not expand Medicaid.

The findings show that government policies meant to reduce high smoking rates among low-income adults must include services to help people quit, according to the researchers.

"Smoking cessation is notoriously difficult to achieve," said study senior author Marian Jarlenski. She's an assistant professor in the department of health policy and management in the university's School of Public Health.

"The sizable increase we found in smoking cessation might lead to significant reductions in death and diseases caused by smoking, and the taxpayer-funded health care expenditures that come with treating them," Jarlenski said in a university news release.

The study appears in the December issue of the journal Medical Care.


Honda Recalling 900,000 Odyssey Minivans

Honda is recalling 900,000 Odyssey minivans after receiving injury reports related to a problem that causes second-row seats to tip forward.

The recall, announced Saturday, includes vehicle models from 2011 to 2017. Of the affected minivans, 800,000 were sold in the U.S.

Honda said it had received 46 reports of injuries linked to the vehicle issue, in which the second-row seats fall forward if they are not properly latched. The company has offered instructions on its website on how to correctly latch the seats after adjusting them.

“If a second row seat is not properly latched after adjusting it side-to-side or reinstalling a removed seat, the seat may tip forward during moderate to heavy braking, increasing the risk of injury to an occupant,” Honda said in a statement. “This issue will not occur if a seat is properly latched.”

Honda recommends customers affected by the recall take immediate action to have their vehicles repaired for free.


Council to Clarify Traffic Study as Part of Tuesday's Meeting

Anderson County Council will move ahead with votes on economic incentives for new industry, the Northeast County Area Plan and clarification of plans for a traffic study as part of Tuesday night's meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown.

Full agenda here. 


Trump Adds Five to Potential Supreme Court Nominees

Two of them are appellate judges who were nominated by Trump earlier this year and confirmed by the Senate: Amy Coney Barrett and Kevin Newsom. Another, Brett Kavanaugh, sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, long viewed as a stepping-stone to the high court. 

The others were Britt Grant, a Georgia Supreme Court justice, and Patrick Wyrick, a Oklahoma Supreme Court justice. 

There is no current vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court but three justices are 79 or older. 

During his presidential campaign last year, Trump identified 20 conservative candidates for the Supreme Court. Upon taking office, he named Neil Gorsuch to the court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, restoring the Supreme Court’s conservative majority. Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate in April and has established himself as one of the Supreme Court’s most conservative justices. 

Speaking at a Federalist Society conference of conservative legal advocates, White House Counsel Donald McGahn said Trump is “very committed” to appointing judges who are “committed originalists and textualists,” referring to a legal philosophy that relies on the actual wording of laws and the original meaning of the U.S. Constitution. 

“They all have paper trails. They all are sitting judges. There is nothing unknown about them. What you see is what you get,” McGahn said. 

The five jurists, all with strong conservative credentials, were added to the list with input from conservative leaders, and should another seat on the court open up, Trump will nominate a candidate from the updated list of 25, the White House said. 

Leonard Leo, an advisor to the president on Supreme Court nominations, said Trump thought it was time to refresh the original list. “When you’re committed to picking from a list you want to make sure it’s as complete as possible,” Leo said in an interview. 

Kavanaugh, who was appointed to the federal bench in 2006 by Republican former President George W. Bush, served as a White House counsel under Bush and worked as an assistant to Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Democratic former President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. 

Grant and Wyrick both joined state challenges to the Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, and Obama regulations aimed at reducing emissions from coal-burning power plants, said Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative legal advocacy group.


AnMed Recognized for Work with S.C. Vocational Rehab

AnMed Health has been recognized by the Sout Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Association for their status as valued business partner of Vocational Rehab’s Anderson office and for their work as a host site for the internationally recognized Project SEARCH school-to-work transition program. Project SEARCH is a business-led model that includes a collaborative effort between school districts, VR and other partners. AnMed provides real-life work experience to help youth with significant disabilities successfully transition from school to adult life.

The partnership between AnMed Health and VR has resulted in ten VR clients being hired into career opportunities since the beginning of 2017.