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Powdersville, Big Creek, Honea Path Awarded Sewer Funds

Three Anderson County water/sewer projects will benefit from a $1.2 million South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority. 

Powdersville Water Company will receive $500,000 for water line infrastructure upgrades along the Highway 153 corridor, Big Creek Water and Sewer District will get $500,000 for water line ugrades on Big Creek Road, and the Town of Honea Path will receive $247,610 for sewer system improvements.

“These projects will encourage economic development projects in these three communities and also promote the health, safety, and welfare of the residents in the project areas,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn.  “We are very appreciative of the efforts by Senator Mike Gambrell and the rest of our local Legislative Delegation to advocate on behalf of these projects.  Their support and encouragement has been invaluable.” 

In its latest funding round, the S.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority approved grant assistance for 27 communities, totaling more than $12 million, to strengthen water, sewer and storm water infrastructure and open doors for economic opportunities across the state. Such investments in infrastructure promote future success for South Carolina communities.With two-thirds of projects in more rural and less developed counties, these grant-funded projects will help to ensure that residents and businesses have access to reliable distribution, collection and treatment of water and sewer. 

“It has been my honor to serve on the Rural Infrastructure Authority’s Board of Directors for the past several years, and I am very pleased that we are able to offer assistance for infrastructure projects throughout the state,” said State Senator Mike Gambrell.  “The projects funded by RIA serve to encourage the continued viability of rural a underserved areas of South Carolina. RIA also helps us meet the infrastructure needs of transitional communities like Powdersville.  I am proud to work with RIA to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for communities all across the Palmetto State.”

RIA grants are awarded twice a year through a competitive process that considers the need for improved public health, environmental protection, community sustainability and economic development. Applications are selected by the RIA board based on criteria, including: severity of the problem, expected impact and project feasibility.  More information about RIA can be found at


Clemson Student Veterans Get New Center in Vickery Hall

CLEMSON — A new, expanded space dedicated to Clemson University’s student veteran population officially has a new home in Vickery Hall. A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday in room 108 and will feature remarks from President James P. Clements along with Student Affairs staff. Previously, the Student Veteran Center was a much smaller space located in Tillman Hall.

“We could not be more proud of the services we have for student veterans here at Clemson,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Almeda Jacks. “Clemson is a military-rich institution, and this wonderful new space is available to the over 350 verified student veterans we have on our campus, along with their families.”

The Student Veteran Center was designed as a convenient and accessible place for veterans on campus to connect with other veterans and to resources to assist them through their transition into and throughout the Clemson experience. It is located in what was formerly an area for learning specialists with Athletic Academic Services.

The new Student Veteran Center, located on campus at Vickery Hall. Image Credit: Clemson University Relations

The new center includes a lounge complete with a full kitchen area, couches, lockers and a multimedia setup featuring a 65-inch Roku TV and PlayStation 4 video game console. Adjacent to it is a quiet space featuring seven work stations and three desktop computers.

Brennan Beck, assistant director for military and veteran engagement in Student Affairs, has already seen the positive effects of the center in its first few months of operation.

“Even with Clemson’s rich military history and growing veteran support programs, the first and often loudest statement of our friendliness to incoming and prospective veterans has been the physical space of the Student Veteran Center,” Beck said. “Before, veterans felt they weren’t a priority at Clemson due to the small, cluttered center. Now, we can proudly show our veterans that they are important to Clemson University with our larger, improved center.”


Salvation Army of Anderson Needs Your Help This Christmas


Haven Still Needs Turkeys, Fixings for Thanksgiving

The Haven of Rest of Anderson still needs donations of Turkeys and cakes for their annual Thanksgiving Day community meal.

Green beans, cheese and cranberry sauce (large, institutional sizes if possible) are also needed. Cash donations also help take care of those and other areas of need. Volunteers are also welcome to serve, deliver meals and set up/clean up.

The Haven expects to serve more than 2,500 for Thanksgiving lunch this year. Workers at the Haven will be cooking for several days to prepare the made-from-scratch meals of homemade dressing, roasted turkey, slow-cooked green beans, and all the fixings. Any person in the area looking for a place to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast is invited to particiapte in the free meal.

For more information or to volunteer call 226-6193 visit their website, or drop off donations at the Haven at 214 West Orr Street, Anderson. Volunteers for washing dishes and clean up after the event are also still needed.

For more than 50 years, the Haven of Rest has helped those in need of assistance. In addition to the large holiday meals, the Haven serves between 80-90 meals, three times a day to those in need.


Study: Social Media Increases Loneliness

For the billions of young people who seek community and connection on social media, new research warns their search may be in vain.

Instead, spending too much time on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram may actually increase the risk of depression and loneliness.

So concludes a small analysis that tracked the impact such sites had on the mental health of 143 users between the ages of 18 and 22.

Over the course of a week, some participants were told to use the sites as often as they normally would, which typically came to about an hour a day. Others were asked to limit their usage to just 10 minutes a day per site, amounting to a total of about 25 minutes per day.

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The result? "Ours is the first study to establish that reducing social media use actually causes reductions in depression," said study author Melissa Hunt. She is the associate director of clinical training in the department of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

"The main finding of the paper is that limiting your use of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram to 30 minutes total or less per day results in reductions in depression and loneliness, especially for people who were moderately depressed to start with," Hunt said.

"Our study cannot speak directly to why this happens," she stressed. "But prior research strongly suggests that negative social comparison -- my life is worse than other people's lives -- and feeling left out of activities and experiences shared by others probably explains a lot of it."

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The study team noted that 78 percent of Americans aged 18 to 24 use Snapchat, while more than seven in 10 young adults use Instagram.

Meanwhile, nearly as many American adults have a Facebook account (68 percent), and three-quarters of those say they use it every day.

All of the participants were UPenn undergraduates (108 women and 35 men) enrolled in psychology courses. All had an iPhone already loaded with all three site apps.

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Participants first completed a pre-experiment survey to assess their feelings of anxiety, depression, loneliness, fear of missing out (FOMO), sense of social support, sense of self-esteem, and perceptions regarding self-acceptance and autonomy.

After tracking each participant's normal use of all three sites for a week, the team observed that, for the most part, those struggling with greater mental "distress" did not typically spend more time on social media.

However, those who struggled with FOMO were the exception; they did tend to spend more time using social media.

The study participants were then randomly assigned to unlimited or restricted access for a second week, after which mental health was re-assessed.

The results suggested that restricting social media use had a "significant" and beneficial impact by reducing depressive symptoms, especially among those who had been moderately or highly depressed. Time restrictions also reduced feelings of loneliness.

But the restrictions had no impact on feelings of social support, self-esteem or one's overall sense of well-being. Whether the findings would also apply to older users remains an open question, the study authors noted.


Anderson County Administrator, State of the County Nov. 2018


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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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

- Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel


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


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.