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Monday
Sep162019

Road Maintenance Fee Not on Council's Tuesday Agenda

Observer Reports

Anderson County Council will meet in executive session to discuss a new Sheriff's Department substation in Watson Village Shopping Center as part of Tuesday's regular meeting in at 6:30 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown.

The road maintenance fee, which passed on first reading Sept. 3, is not on Tuesday's agenda. Council has countywide townhall meeting tonight in the historic courthouse at 6:30 p.m. to extend discussions on the issue. Council members have already held 15 meeting across the county to educate and allow public comment on the proposed fee which would be used exclusively for road maintenance/paving. 

The county's 1,534 miles of roads have been underfunded for years, creating a crisis in funding for upkeep an maintenance. An estimated $8 million annually is needed to protect/repair the current road system.

Monday
Sep162019

Disney Movie to Alter Clemson Traffic, Parking this Week

If you are going to Clemson University this week, be prepared for some traffic and parking changes as part of the production of a Walt Disney Pictures movie titled “Safety.” Shooting on the main campus will continue through Sept. 23, including at halftime of the football team’s game against Charlotte on Saturday. The movie was inspired by the story of former Clemson student-athlete Ray Ray McElrathbey, who adopted his younger brother Fahmarr while a member of the football program in 2006.

Through next week, production is scheduled to take place at various campus locations, which may result in periodic parking or building unavailability. Scenes are scheduled for Carillon Gardens, inside the Cooper Library and near the reflection pond. Temporary closures within these areas are expected, and detailed dates for impacted areas are listed below. Additionally, parking Services has set up this page to detail parking impacts.

On Saturday, fans are encouraged to keep the stadium filled at halftime, as the production runs a few plays for scenes that will appear in the movie. Filming will commence as soon as halftime begins. 

FILMING AND PREP AREA LOCATIONS

Today

Memorial Stadium

Cooper Library, 3rd Floor

Carillon Garden

Tuesday

Cooper Library, 3rd Floor

Carillon Garden

Wednesday

Cooper Library, 3rd Floor

Carillon Garden

Thursday

Athletics Facilities 

Friday

Athletics Facilities

Saturday

Athletics Facilities

Memorial Stadium 

Sunday

Memorial Stadium

September 23

Memorial Stadium

PARKING IMPACTS

Any permit holder who may be affected by these closures should explore additional parking and transportation options that may include:

The E-27 employee gravel lot off of Daniel Drive behind Douthit Hills

The new E-31 employee lot located at the Tennis Center off of Walter T. Cox Blvd (Hwy 93)

Park-N-Ride West and East lots (Monday - Thursday only)

Today

Parking in the following areas will be or remain blocked the evening of Sept. 15 in preparation for closure on Sept. 16.

C-03 Lot - a portion of this lot is reserved

West Library Lot - ADA (handicap) spaces will remain available

E-15 (Mell Hall Lot) - ADA (handicap) spaces will remain available

Calhoun Drive (between Parkway Drive and Fort Hill Street)

Gantt Circle - ADA (handicap) spaces will remain available

E-06 (Sikes Lot) - a portion of this lot is reserved

Tuesday

Parking in the following areas will be or remain blocked the evening of Sept. 16 in preparation for closure on Sept. 17.

C-03 Lot - a portion of this lot is reserved

West Library Lot - ADA (handicap) spaces will remain available

E-15 (Mell Hall Lot) - ADA (handicap) spaces will remain available

Calhoun Drive (between Parkway Drive and Fort Hill Street)

Gantt Circle - ADA (handicap) spaces will remain available until 3 PM

Calhoun Drive (between Fort Hill Street and Riggs Hall

E-06 (Sikes Lot) - a portion of this lot is reserved

Wednesday

Parking in the following areas will be or remain blocked the evening of Sept. 17 in preparation for closure on Sept. 18. 

West Library Lot - ADA (handicap) spaces will remain available

E-15 (Mell Hall Lot) - ADA (handicap) spaces will remain available

Calhoun Drive (between Parkway Drive and Fort Hill Street)

Gantt Circle - ADA (handicap) spaces will become available at 12 PM

E-06 (Sikes Lot) - a portion of this lot is reserved

Thursday

There are no parking impacts on this day.  

Friday

Parking in the following areas will be blocked the evening of Sept. 19 in preparation for closure on Sept. 20. 

P-04 Lot - a portion of this lot is reserved

Sunday

Parking in the following areas will be blocked the evening of Sept. 21 in preparation for closure on Sept. 22. 

C-15 Lot - a portion of this lot is reserved

C-03 Lot - a portion of this lot is reserved

September 23

Parking in the following areas will be blocked the evening of Sept. 22 in preparation for closure on Sept. 23. 

C-15 Lot - a portion of this lot is reserved

C-03 Lot - a portion of this lot is reserved

Monday
Sep162019

AP: Some CBD Stores Selling Dangerous Substitutes

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — An Associated Press investigation shows a dark side to booming sales of the cannabis extract CBD. Some people are substituting cheap and dangerous street drugs for the real thing.

For the investigation, a reporter purchased five vape products that were described as delivering CBD at a store near Columbia. Lab testing showed three contained synthetic marijuana.

The practice of spiking CBD vapes with synthetic marijuana has sent dozens of people nationwide to emergency rooms. Unlike real CBD, the street drug gives an intense high.

In all, lab testing shows spiked vapes or edible products marketed as CBD in at least 13 states. Some of the brands are available online.

Industry representatives acknowledge spiking is an issue, but say many companies are reputable.

Thursday
Sep122019

Anderson Exhibit Features Work by Artists Who Survived Cancer 

Thursday
Sep122019

AnMed's Annual Cancer Fighters & Survivors Day Sept. 22

AnMed Health Cancer Center is hosting its annual Cancer Fighters & Survivors Day  Sept. 22, from 2-4 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center. 

Cancer survivors and fighters will have the opportunity to publically celebrate their cancer journeys and achievements at this annual event. Current and former cancer patients to come and commemorate the fight, surviving the journey and simply enjoy an afternoon of festivities. 

The event will include recognition of survivors and fighters, a health and wellness expo, entertainment, a photo station to capture the occasion and cake.

“We get to celebrate the patients and their caregivers," said Samantha Carter, assistant vice president of oncology services at AnMed Health. "When patients are diagnosed with cancer, they see us sometimes as much as they see their family because they come in for treatment as often as 2 - 3 times a week. We get to hold their hands through the journey. They are family to us, just like we’re family to them.”

The event is free, but the AnMed Health is asking that all fighters, survivors and families register by calling 864-512-2255 to receive your cancer fighters or survivors gift.

Thursday
Sep122019

Tomato, Pepper Prices Could Rise from New Import Tariffs

EVANSVILLE, Ind., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week imposed major import restrictions on tomato and pepper seeds after discovering that many of those seeds have been silently carrying a serious plant disease into the country.

The restrictions are intended to protect U.S. agriculture from an outbreak, the agency says. But industry groups fear they also will drastically reduce the number of seeds growers can obtain in the coming year.

"It has the ability to significantly impact the availability of tomato seeds," said John Mizicko, the business development manager for Eurofins BioDiagnostics Inc., which performs plant and seed health testing and treatments.

"There will be less seed. So, when you go buy tomatoes at the grocery store, they're not going to be $1.99 a pound. They're going to be a lot more expensive."

Nearly all of the tomato and pepper seeds used in the United States -- and around the world -- are produced in Asian countries, namely China, as well as Mexico and South America.

Seed companies save a lot of money by producing the seeds overseas, said Mizicko, who is a certified crop adviser with a degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University. But that means those seeds are exposed to plant diseases that are not present in the U.S.

Thursday
Sep122019

Harvest Moon on Friday the 13th Fuels Superstition

Superstition will fill the air on Friday the 13th, a day commonly known as one of the unluckiest days of the year. As the sun sets, one of the most well-known full moons will fill the night sky and possibly bring a little extra bad luck with it.

Friday night's full moon is the Harvest Moon, considered one of the most popular moons of the year. The origin behind this moniker dates back hundreds of years.

"The Harvest Moon provides the most light at the time of year when it was traditionally needed most: during the harvest," the Old Farmer's Almanac explained on its website.The full moon closest to the September equinox is given the name of the Harvest Moon. Under the bright light of the full moon, farmers could work well into the cool September night to harvest their summer crops before electricity was around to power lights.

The Harvest Moon rising over central Pennsylvania on Sept. 16, 2016. (AccuWeather Photo/Brian Lada) 

"Unlike other full Moon names, which are specific to their respective months, the Harvest Moon is not tied to September. Instead, it depends on an astronomical event: the autumnal equinox," the Old Farmer's Almanac said.

The Harvest Moon typically falls in September, but on occasion, it may rise in early October. This year, the September equinox falls on Sept. 23, 2019 at 3:50 a.m. EDT.

Other names for September's full moon include the Full Corn Moon and the Barley Moon in the Northern Equinox and the Crow Moon and the Sugar Moon in the Southern Equinox.

For centuries, some people have considered Friday the 13th to be a day of bad luck, although the precise origins of the day are up for debate.

With a full moon set to rise on Friday the 13th, some may think that this could bring some extra bad luck or misfortune for those that are superstitious. For some, a full moon is considered bad luck similar to walking under a ladder or breaking a mirror.

However, in some instances, it is also thought to bring a bit of good luck, according to lunar lore.

Regardless of your superstitions, this will be the last time that there will be a full moon on the same day as Friday the 13th for nearly 30 years.

While the fortune (or misfortune) that a full moon brings may be up for debate, research conducted in recent years has shown that it may still have an effect on people.

According to researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland, people typically do not sleep as soundly during a full moon as they do during the rest of the month. A full moon may also bring an increased risk of injuries.

In 2007, Dr. Raegan Wells co-authored a retrospective study at Colorado State University that examined whether the volume of animal emergency room visits increased on the days of the full moon. The data indicated that the "risk of emergencies on fuller moon days was 23 percent greater in cats and 28 percent greater in dogs when compared with other days."

After the full Harvest Moon on Friday night, the next major astronomy event will be the September equinox, marking the astronomical start to autumn across the Northern Hemisphere and the start of spring for the Southern Hemisphere.

Wednesday
Sep112019

Council to Host Road Maintenance Fee Meeting Monday

Andersob County Council has scheduled a town hall meeting concerning the proposed road maintenance fee Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown. 

County officials will begin the meeting with an informational presentation followed by open discussion.

Tuesday
Sep102019

FLW Tournament Set for Green Pond This Weekend

Observer Reports

Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers are expected as the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Savannah River Division wraps up their tournament season for anglers with a two-day BFL Super Tournament at Green Pond Landing on Lake Hartwell, Saturday and Sunday. Anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $11,000 and $4,500 respectively in the two-day event, hosted by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Launch is set for 7 a.m. Saturday, with weigh-in at 3 p.m. The full field will compete on the first day of competition, with the top 20-percent advancing to the second and final day of competition.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Tuesday
Sep102019

Fred's to Close Honea Path Store as Part of Bankruptcy

It's official, Fred's in Honea Path is closing.

The Tennessee-based discount retail chain will soon disappear, and the Honea Path store will join other closings in Greenwood, Bamberg, Chesnee, Johnsonville, Kingstree, Saluda and Varnville.

Fred’s filed for bankruptcy Monday and announced it will shutter all of its remaining stores, including the last eight in South Carolina, all in small towns.

Tuesday
Sep102019

City Moves Ahead on Downtown Smoking, E-Cigarette Ban 

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

Anderson City Council voted Monday night, on second reading, to ban all tobacco and e-cigarette usage within all City Parks and facilities, and within 25 feet of the sidewalks on Main Street between Greenville Sreett on the north, and Franklin Street on the south.

The ordinance requires outdoor seating on or within 25 feet of Main Street to be smoke free, whether the business prohibits or allows smoking.
The new restrictions require one more vote from city council to go into effect.

 

Monday
Sep092019

Ex-Wofford Coach to Speak at TD Club

This Friday's Anderson Area Touchdown Club will feature former Wofford Head Football Coach Mike Ayers.  Ayers retired from college coaching after the 2017 season, after 30 seasons at Wofford. He is the longest servicing coach in Wofford history and has the most wins in the program’s history.  

The TC Club meets at the Anderson County Library, and the meal line opens at 11:30 a.m..  The cost of your meal, catered by Mama Penn’s is $11 for members and $15 for non-members.  The program begins at 12:10 p.m. and concludes at 1 p.m.  

Membership fees are $50 for a single membership or $200 for a corporate membership, which includes five (5) memberships to use for employees or guests.

For more information call 864-934-2423 or 864-616-6417.

Monday
Sep092019

New Salvation Army Director Expanding Ministry