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Wednesday
Nov142018

Anderson County Administrator, State of the County Nov. 2018

Wednesday
Nov142018

News Notes: November 13, 2018

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer
Here's some of what is in the news this week, mostly new places to eat, for Anderson County.
A new bakery is coming to downtown Anderson. The Boulware family is planning to open the new bakery shop at 134 N. Main St., a site which was most recently occupied by Las Brraza's Mexican restaurant which closed in Frebruary. Good news for downtown, and good news for the community to have a new bakery.
Popeye's chicken, which is spicy and tasty (editorial opinion, not a paid advertisement), in opening a new locaton on Highway 153 near River Road next to the Advanced Auto. Anderson cannot have too many good fried chicken houses.

A new Starbucks is also coming th the area, at Three Bridges Road & Highway 153.

You've probaby scene the sign for the new Quick Trip opening at Exit 35 of Interstate 85, and it is scheduled to open any day now.

A pair of new hotels are also being added to the Interstate coridor, one off Exit 19 and another off Highway 153. There are also unconfirmed rumors of another new hotel (and potentially a new Quick Trip) off Exit 14, near where the new sewer project is under way.

Developing...

Tuesday
Nov132018

AJC: New Ga. Sec. of State Pushing for Accurate Vote Count

By Mark Niesse, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden is preparing to certify election results soon after each county submits its final count to the state.

Crittenden, who took office last week when Brian Kemp resigned as secretary of state, said in an interview Tuesday with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News that she’s committed to finishing the election with integrity.

“The Secretary of State’s Office is very important, and it has a tremendous amount of responsibility here in our state,” Crittenden said from her office in the Georgia Capitol. “It is even more in the spotlight given what’s going on now with the election.”

Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor running against Democrat Stacey Abrams, stepped down two days after the election, saying he’s preparing to take over leadership of the state. Incomplete election results show Kemp leads Abrams, but votes are still being counted.

Now that Kemp won’t be signing off on his own candidacy, the responsibility for certifying the election falls on Crittenden.

After each of Georgia’s 159 counties certifies its vote totals, Crittenden will tabulate and verify the numbers of votes cast by Nov. 20. 

The deadline for counties to complete their tallies was Tuesday, but Gwinnett County needed two more days to comply with an order from a federal judge Tuesday that absentee ballots must be counted even if they lack a voter’s birthdate, as long as the voter’s identity can be verified.

Tuesday
Nov132018

Graham Says He Supports Bill to Protect Mueller

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said on Tuesday he supported a bill that would protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any politically motivated firings and would urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on it. 

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee meet to vote on the nomination of judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a U.S. Supreme Court associate justice on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File Photo

“I would certainly vote for it,” Graham told reporters of the bill, which he supported when it passed the Senate Judiciary in April. 

“I don’t see any movement to get rid of Mueller. But it probably would be good to have this legislation in place just for the future,” he said. 

McConnell told reporters in Kentucky last week he did not think legislation was necessary because he did not think Mueller was in danger. 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he also supported the bill but would not lobby McConnell to allow the measure to move forward.     

“Every bill that comes out of my committee, I’d like to see a vote. But whether it comes up will be up to the leader and I’m not going to lobby the leader,” Grassley told reporters on Tuesday. “If it comes up, I’ll vote on it. And I think it ought to pass.” 

Trump last week forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replaced him with Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general in charge of overseeing Mueller and his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign.

Tuesday
Nov132018

AnMed Gets C Grade on Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scorecard

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

Editor's Note: AnMed has promised to respond to the story on Wednesday. Look for update at that time.

AnMed Health has recieved a C score in the most evaluation  by a group with the stated goal of transparency in the U.S. Health System.

The Leapfrog Group, which publishes safety scores biannually, one in the spring and one in the fall, which rates hospitals based on “errors, accidents, injuries and infections.” 

In the Upstate, five hosptials received an A grade - Oconee Memorial, St Francis Eastside, St. Francis Downtown, Hillcrest Memorial and Greer Memorial.

Greenville Memorial and Laurens Memorial received B grades, while AnMed, Pelham Medical Center and Self Regional Healthcare received C grades. Baptist Hospital in Easley received a D grade in the evaluation.

AnMed's grade was based largely on low scores in the "Practices to Prevent Errors" and "Safety Problems" categories. The hospital scored above average in the areas related to "Infections" and "Problems with Surgeries."

Statewide, of the 46 hospitals that were ranked, 14 received a letter A. One received a D (Baptist Hospital), and the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties was graded a F.

Nationally, South Carolina ranked 26th among all states, with 30.43 percent of its hospitals scoring an A rating. New Jersey, with a 56.72 percent score was the top-rated, while there was a three-way tie for lowest grade between Delaware, North Dakota and Washington D.C., where none had a hospital with an A grade.

More than 2,600 hospitals nationwide, and 32 percent earned an A, 24 percent earned a B, 37 percent a C, 6 percent a D and less than 1 percent scored an F.The grades are based on safety data and represent “a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors,” according to Leapfrog, which reported that more than 500 people died on a daily basis because of these issues.

A complete list of scores can be found at hospiitalsafetygrades.org

Tuesday
Nov132018

For Rep. Liz Patterson Funeral Set for Sunday

Funeral services Upstate native Rep. Liz Patterson, who became the first woman to represent South Carolina in the U.S. House, are set fpr 3 p.m. Sunday at Central United Methodist Church in Spartanburg. Floyd Mortuary in Spartanburg will host a visitation from 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

Patterson died Saturday at age 78. She served as congresswoman for South Carolina’s 4th District for three terms, before losing a reelection bid in 1993. 

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson talked about her death on Twitter, saying South Carolina was a better place because she chose to serve.

After returning to the Upstate, she served as head of the Spartanburg County Democratic Party for several years.

Patterson styled herself as fiscally conservative, but remained moderate on a host of social issues. She sat on three different House committees during her time in D.C.

Patterson was the daughter of one of the most powerful and successful politicians in South Carolina history, the late Olin D. Johnston, who served as the 98th Governor of South Carolina, 1935–1939 and 1943–1945, and later represented the state in the United States Senate from 1945 until his death from pneumonia in Columbia, South Carolina in 1965. He was the state's only politician to defeat former Sen. Strom Thurmond, who could not win his challenge to Johnston's seat in the 1950 Democratic Primary.

OBITUARY

Floyd Mortuary released this obituary Tuesday chronicling Patterson's life and career:

Elizabeth Johnston Patterson, 78, of Spartanburg, SC, died Saturday, November 10, 2018 at her home. Born November 18, 1939, in Spartanburg, she was the daughter of the late SC Governor and U. S. Senator Olin DeWitt Johnston and Gladys Atkinson Johnston.

Elizabeth attended public schools in suburban Maryland and was a 1957 graduate of Spartanburg High School. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia College in 1961, studied Political Science at the University of South Carolina in 1962, and received a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Converse College in August 1999.

Serving as a Public Affairs Officer with the United States Peace Corps from 1962–1964 and VISTA from 1965-1966, Elizabeth also served as administrator with Head Start in Columbia from 1966-1968. Her selfless service to our City, State and Nation includes working as a staff assistant for Congressman James Mann 1969-1970; election to Spartanburg County Council from 1975–1976 to fill an unexpired term; elected to SC State Senate in 1979 serving until 1986 where she worked on the Governor’s Task Force on Hunger and Nutrition; elected in 1986 to U. S. Congress (4th District) serving from 1987-1993 and appointed to serve on the Veterans Affairs and Banking Finance & Urban Affairs Committees; as well as running for Lt. Governor in 1994 she won the Democratic nomination but lost the general election.

Mrs. Patterson also worked at Converse College as Director of Continuing Education Converse II Program from 1993-2003; Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Spartanburg Methodist College from 1993-2001; chaired the multi-million dollar fundraising for a new Spartanburg County Library Headquarters on South Church Street, which opened on April 27, 1997; elected President of the Rotary Club of Spartanburg serving as the first and only female president; and she was the honored recipient of the 2000 Kiwanis Club Citizen of the Year.

She was awarded the 2013 Lee Poole Advocacy Service Award from Charles Lea Center; 1989 Converse College – Honorary Doctorate of Public Service; 1987 Columbia College – Honorary Doctorate of Laws; 2009 Lander University – Honorary Doctorate of Laws; and 1999 Wofford College – Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Mrs. Patterson served on the Boards of the Charles Lea Center – Life Member; Bethlehem Center; SC Independent Colleges and Universities; Spartanburg Methodist College; Wofford College; Spartanburg Boys Home; and Columbia College.

She was a member of Central United Methodist Church of Spartanburg where she served as a Sunday School teacher, UMYF (Youth) Leader, a member of various committees of CUMC over the years, a delegate to Annual Conference, and elected as a delegate to General Conference 2008 and 2012.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Dwight F. Patterson, Jr., whom she married on April 15, 1967; sons, Dwight Fleming “Pat” Patterson, III of Columbia, SC, and Olin DeWitt Johnston Patterson (Stacey) of Campobello, SC; daughter, Catherine Patterson Gramling (Will) of Gramling, SC; four grandchildren, Clara Elizabeth Gramling, William Parker Gramling, Olin Dwight Johnston Patterson, and Ian Nicholas Patterson; and sister, Sallie Johnston Scott of Charleston, SC. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Olin DeWitt “Bubba” Johnston, Jr.

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 PM Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel, 2075 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29307. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Central United Methodist Church, by The Rev. Tom Norrell, The Rev. Luther Rickenbaker, The Rev. Robert L. Brown, and Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 233 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306; or Charles Lea Center Foundation, 195 Burdette Street, Spartanburg, SC 29307.

An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com

- Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel

Tuesday
Nov132018

AU Launches Global Center for Youth Ministry

Anderson University is launching the Global Center for Youth Ministry as a resource for churches and ministries in the U.S. and internationally.

The Center will be housed within the Clamp Divinity School at Anderson University and will provide training materials and other resources to help equip church leaders who work with young people. In addition to resources for U.S. churches, the goal will be to also provide youth ministry resources which will assist church leaders in other nations and cultures.

“I am excited about the creation of the Global Center for Youth Ministry and its mission to equip and encourage youth ministers and youth workers in the United States and around the world,” said Dr. Tim McKnight, who teaches youth ministry at AU and will serve as the Center’s director.

“The Center will provide online resources to help youth ministers advance the Gospel among youth in their areas of service.  It will also help youth workers unable to pursue formal theological education to receive training in youth ministry and certificates that celebrate their completion of such training.”

Anderson University currently offers an undergraduate concentration in youth ministry along with courses at the graduate level. AU already hosts the Youth Ministry Roundtable as a place for youth leaders to interact and share ideas and resources. The creation of the Center will bring the additional launch of Youth Ministry 101, an online center for training in the field.

“Anderson University has a major commitment to assisting churches in their mission of sharing the gospel,” said AU President Evans Whitaker. “The Global Center for Youth Ministry is a further effort to help churches share the gospel with a new generation and to give them tools to mobilize young people for effective Kingdom service.”

Additional information about the center is available at www.globalcym.com.

Tuesday
Nov132018

Survey: Clemson Architects Among Most Hired

CLEMSON – The Clemson University architecture and landscape architecture programs have been recognized as two of the country’s “Most Hired From” by DesignIntelligence

“As educators, we strive to provide our students with opportunities that will help them succeed beyond the classroom,” said Kate Schwennsen, professor and director of the Clemson University School of Architecture. “We are honored that our design programs are recognized by the country’s design firms and that they continue to look to Clemson for students who bring excellence in architecture and landscape architecture to the workplace.”

This new accolade is based on information from DesignIntelligence’s annual survey for their “America’s Top Ranked Architecture & Design Schools” rankings, which is sent to more than 6,000 hiring professionals from companies and organizations around the country. Respondents were asked, “From which schools have you hired the greatest number of undergraduate and/or graduate students in the last five years?”

Schools were then grouped into size categories based on the average number of combined graduates in their undergraduate and masters programs. The architecture program placed sixth in the category for schools with 70-99 graduates, ahead of such schools as Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania. Landscape architecture placed fifth in the category for those with 20-34 graduates ahead of schools including Arizona State and Virginia Tech. universities.

This is the second recognition the Clemson University School of Architecture has received from DesignIntelligence this year. In September, the Master of Architecture (22) and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (18) were recognized as two of the “Most Admired” programs in the country among all professionally accredited programs.

Monday
Nov122018

Nutrisca, Nature Life Pet Foods Recalled

Two dog food companies are recalling their products after several dogs became sick.

Nutrisca and Nature Life Pets Products issued the recall after at least three pet owners reported their dogs getting sick after eating the food.

It turns out, the food has too much vitamin D. The Food and Drug Administration saidthe elevated vitamin D levels arose because of a formula error.

All sizes of Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Dry Dog Food (with UPC 8-84244-12495-7, 8-84244-12795-8, 8-84244-12895-5) should be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Also included in the recall is the 17.5 pound bags of Natural Life Chicken and Potato Dry Dog Food (UPC 0-12344-08175-1).

The affected Nutrisca dog food was sold nationwide. The affected Natural Life dog food was sold in eight states, including North Carolina.

Dogs that ingest too much vitamin D may vomit, lose their appetite, drink and urinate more than normal, drool excessively, and lose weight.
Monday
Nov122018

AnMed Begins Final Salute Program to Honor Veterans

AnMed Health has begun a Final Salute program to honor veterans who spend their last days of life at the hospital. In a news release, a spokesperson said it's AnMed Health's way of saying thank you to the men and women for their service.

With the family’s consent, the spiritual care teammates on duty will conduct a recognition ceremony. It involves an announcement over the PA system and an appropriately folded U.S. flag presented to the family as well as words of appreciation for their loved one's service. 

"As citizens of our nation, it is essential that we always recognize and honor the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, even at the time of death," said Juana Slade, CDM, CCF, chief diversity officer and director of diversity and language services.”  

One of AnMed Health's nurse managers brought the idea to AnMed Health after her father received a Final Salute at a Texas hospital where he passed away. The honor given her father meant so much to her family. She believed the Final Salute would mean so much to the families whose love-ones live out their final days at AnMed Health. 

Monday
Nov122018

Holiday Ice at Carolina Wren Park Kicks Off Friday

Carolina Wren Park's annual Holiday Ice Skating is scheduled to open Friday, with a curling demonstration and a performance by professional ice skaters. Last year nearly 5,000 skaters from 30 states and 70 cities visited the facility during the holidays.

This year, the facility will remain open through Jan. 8, with the following schedule:

Nov. 16-Dec. 19:

Monday-Thursday 5-8 p.m., Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 2-9 p.m.,and Sunday 2-6 p.m.

Dec. 20-Jan.2

Monday-Thursday 2-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 2-9 p.m., and Sunday 2-6 p.m.

Visit with Santa Dec. 7, Dec. 20, 6-8 p.m.

The cost for skating is $5 for ages 7 and up, and $3 for the Kiddie Rink. 

The city offered special thanks to their primary sponsor, Countybank for this year's ice skating season downtown. For more information or to book groups or parties, call the Anderson Recreation Center 231-2232.

Monday
Nov122018

Government Offices, Others Closed Today

Monday is the officially observed Veterans Day, which yesterday marked teh 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. It is a time to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

Originally called Armistice Day, the holiday began as away to celebrate the lives of those who died. Armistice Day was celebrated on November 11, the day the Armistice that ended World War I was signed. Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 to honor all veterans.

While Veterans Day 2018 falls on Sunday, Nov. 11, the holiday is observed on Monday, Nov. 12, meaning many institutions will be closed. Here is everything that is open and closed on Veterans Day 2018:

The Stock Market

The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq are still open on Veterans Day. The bond market will close on Monday to observe the holiday.

Banks

Veterans Day is a bank holiday, so most banks are closed. Banks like TD Bank that have Sunday hours will remain open on Sunday, but will close on Monday.

Businesses and Offices

Many workplaces—but not all—do close for the day, but individual companies vary.

Restaurants

Many restaurants offer free meals and deals to veterans. Here is a list of participating restaurants for Veterans Day 2018.

Schools

Most schools are closed for Veterans Day, but they do have the option of remaining open.

Mail and Post Offices

Since it is a federal holiday, there is no mail on Veterans Day and post offices are closed on Monday. However, UPS and Fedex stores will remain open for delivery and pickup.

Courts

Courts are closed on Veterans Day.

Libraries

Most libraries will remain open on Sunday, Nov. 11, but will shut down on Monday, Nov. 12.

National Parks

Not only are America’s national parks open on Veterans Day, but Veterans Day is one of four days each year that they offer free admission.

State, Federal, and County Offices

Government offices are closed for the federal holiday.

Sunday
Nov112018

A Day to Thank Our Veterans

The history of our nation can’t be measured by our wars, but it can be measured by those who fought them. Great conflicts during the first hundred years or left out soil drenched with the blood or our own soldiers, not to mention those who lost their lives in our wars at sea. 

And for the last hundred and forty years, we have sent our soldiers to foreign lands to fight. In World War ! it was to answer the call of our allies in Europe. We sent more than 16 million service men and women to defeat Hitler.

We attempted to stem the rising tide of Communism in Korea and later Vietnam. And in the years that have followed we still have boots on the ground in the Mideast, attempting to salvage some democracy in the region while helping the citizens of those lands fight extremism and terrorism.

Some of these wars were just. Others were not. Some we won. Some we lost. But today is not a day for political rhetoric. Today we stop and thank the men and women who answered the call of their county. Whether Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, many of these folks gave up a large part of their life in service to their country. 

I know directly that members of my own family have been fighting in America since at least the time of the revolution. Sometimes they even joined the armed forces. They were the Scottish immigrants here in the Upcountry who opposed the loyalists in the American Revolution and punished the British who threatened their way of live became soldiers. My grandmother’s grandfather, a Confederate soldier, rode home on a horse to his family homestead after more than four years at war. He had been gone so long, and presumed dead, that no one even recognized him. I had great uncles who fought in the Great War. My dad’s oldest brother fought in the European theater, and was captured by the Germans three times (but always escaped). My father just missed Korea during his service in the Army and might have been sent as an advisor to Vietnam if hearing problems from his infantry duty had not kept him home.

I just missed Vietnam myself, although many of my close friends did not. 

And in the almost interrupted cycle of wars in the Mideast, many of my friends’ sons have been sent into harm’s way over the past almost 25 years.  

Today I want to say thank you to them, those who went before them, and to those who served stateside who made the overseas campaigns possible.  

Those of us who never wore a uniform, salute you today for protecting our freedoms. 

So Happy Veterans Day, soldiers. I hope others thank you for your service as well, and that you have time to reflect on why what you did was important.  

And, while I know I am mixing in a bit of Memorial Day sentiment here, the following is a reminder of the 40 million Americans who served their country in uniform. 

American Revolution (1775-1783) 

U.S. servicemembers: 184,000-250,000 (estimated) 

Deaths: 4,435 

Wounded: 6,188 

Last veteran: Daniel F. Bakeman, died in 1869 at age 109

 

War of 1812 (1812-1815) 

U.S. servicemembers: 286,730 

Deaths: 2,260 

Wounded: 4,505 

Last veteran: Hiram Cronk, died in 1905 at age 105

 

Indian Wars (approximately 1817-1898) 

U.S. servicemembers: 106,000 (estimated) 

Deaths: 1,000 (estimated) 

Last veteran: Fredrak Fraske, died in 1973 at age 101

 

Mexican War (1846-1848) 

U.S. servicemembers: 78,718 

Deaths: 13,283 

Wounded: 4,152 

Last veteran: Owen Thomas Edgar, died in 1929 at age 98

 

Civil War (1861-1865) 

Union servicemembers: 2,213,363 

Confederate servicemembers: 600,000-1,500,000 (estimated) 

Union deaths: 364,511 

Confederate deaths: 133,821 (estimated) 

Union wounded: 281,881 

Confederate wounded: Unknown 

Last veteran: John Salling, died in 1958 at age 112

 

Spanish-American War (1898-1902) 

U.S. servicemembers: 306,760 

Deaths: 2,446 (385 in battle) 

Wounded: 1,662 

Last veteran: Nathan E. Cook, died in 1992 at age 106

 

World War I (1917-1918) 

U.S. servicemembers: 4,734,991 

Deaths: 116,516 (53,402 in battle) 

Wounded: 204,002 

Last veteran: Frank Buckles, died in 2011 at age 110

 

World War II (1941-1945) 

U.S. servicemembers: 16,112,566 

Deaths: 405,399 (291,557 in battle) 

Wounded: 670,846 

Estimated living veterans: 1,711,000

 

Korean War (1950-1953) 

U.S. servicemembers: 5,720,000 

Deaths: 54,246 (36,574 in theater) 

Wounded: 103,284 

Estimated living veterans: 2,275,000

 

Vietnam War (1964-1975) 

U.S. servicemembers: 8,744,000 (estimated 3,403,000 deployed) 

Deaths: 90,220 (58,220 in theater) 

Wounded: 153,303 

Estimated living veterans: 7,391,000


Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991) 

U.S. servicemembers: 2,322,000 (694,550 deployed) 

Deaths: 1,948 (383 in theater) 

Wounded: 467 

Estimated living veterans: 2,244,583 (2009 estimate, may include veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan)