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Clemson Student Work to Accelerate Bible Translation Worldwide

Bethany Rodgers/Orlando Sentinel

Computer-science major Luke Wilson might have needed to gulp down a mug of tea or gnaw on a toothpick to stay focused on the cramped lines of code displayed across his monitor.

Anderson native and Clemson University junior Luke Wilson, center, is part of a team changing the way the bible is translated around the world with Wycliffe Associates.But for the most part, the Clemson University student had no trouble paying attention. Wilson said he and his 11 teammates in the "8 Weeks of Code" program at Wycliffe Associates, a nonprofit mission organization that explores the overlap between new technology and ancient text, felt a sense of mission.

Rather than doing intern tasks such as fetching coffee, the 20-year-old junior from Anderson, S.C., said recently, "I'm actually getting to go in and make something that thousands of people are going to use, and it's going to impact people's lives."

Inside Wycliffe's Orlando headquarters, college students who hailed from Washington state to New Jersey spent their summer creating a software that could improve speed and accuracy of Bible translation efforts worldwide.

The software — called translationCore — will guide translators through the painstaking process of checking their scriptural drafts and will fit into a suite of applications developed by Wycliffe.

With Bible translation still needed for an estimated 1,800 languages, digital tools are opening up new ways of taking on the task, said Mark Stedman, Wycliffe's vice president of information technology. In the past, converting the scriptures into a new language might take decades, since a translator would need schooling in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic before the real work even began.

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$595K Grant Helps Clemson Train Future Farmers

Clemson University has received a $595,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to nurture the next generation of farmers in South Carolina.

The three-year grant will support the university’s S.C. New and Beginning Farmer Program led by Dave Lamie, associate professor and Extension agribusiness specialist at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia.

The program is in its fifth year and already boasts more than 200 graduates. Forty-five participants from across the state completed the program in May.

The grant will help fund activities to support this growing alumni base, nurture new participants and reach a broader audience through regional training efforts.

“The average age of a South Carolina farmer continues to increase, so investing in the next generation of ‘agripreneurs’ is absolutely vital to the ongoing success of our state’s No. 1 industry. We appreciate the continued support from the USDA,” Lamie said. “Our goal is to grow sound business managers, exemplary environmental stewards and innovative marketers who will capitalize on the tremendous demand for local, high-quality, nutritious farm products.”

This is the second USDA grant awarded to the New and Beginning Farmer Program at Clemson. The first covered the program’s first three years.

“We see new and beginning farmers and ranchers as a critical force in sustaining food security, food safety and many other aspects of agriculture that will become even more challenging as our global population grows,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in announcing the Clemson grant and $17.8 million in grants to similar projects across the country. “The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, and the forums that we are planning, will be important steps in helping young people, returning veterans and others access the tremendous opportunities in the agriculture sector.”

The Clemson program provides instruction on farm business management, business concept/plan development; financial and risk management; legal and regulatory issues; marketing strategies; personal assessment; and an introduction to federal, state and local agriculture resources. Participants attend regional workshops throughout the state that offer important opportunities for local peer and resource networking, as well as provide additional instruction on production topics tailored for each region. Regional workshops are open to the public and will be listed at in September.

Regional workshops are a collaborative effort between Clemson Agribusiness, Clemson Cooperative Extension, the Clemson Sustainable Agriculture Program, the S.C. Coastal Conservation League, the Catawba Farm & Food Coalition and the Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Many collaborators have provided material and program support, including ArborOne Farm Credit, AgSouth Farm Credit, the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, USDA-Rural Development, USDA-Farm Service Agency, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, South Carolina State University and the S.C. Department of Agriculture.

The program, which runs from October to May, is offered in two levels: one for farmers with less than three years of experience; and one for those who have been farming three to nine years. The application for this year’s New and Beginning Farmer Program is closed, but interested participants can sign up on the waiting list here.

This year’s class, like those before it, is diverse. Some have farmed before. Others have not. Some are retired. Some hope to switch careers and become business owners. Some have no agricultural background at all. The New and Beginning Farmer program is available to any resident of South Carolina who is beginning to farm or who has actively farmed for less than 10 consecutive years.

“The New and Beginning Farmer program is an important part of our Extension Agribusiness program being developed at Sandhill,” said Kathy Coleman, director of the Sandhill REC. “Our goal is to provide programs that will support and expand the agriculture industry in South Carolina at all levels.”

Said Nathan Smith, Clemson Extension Agribusiness program team leader: “The grant brings much needed support and resources together that will allow the program to continue and expand with the growing interest in farming in South Carolina, particularly related to local foods. Building a strong foundation in agribusiness management principles is essential to successfully transition and develop farmers of the future.”

The USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which invests in research, education and extension programs that combat childhood obesity, promote rural economic growth, address water availability issues, increase food production, identify new sources of energy, mitigate climate variability and ensure food safety.


Anderson TD Club Kicks Off New Season Friday

The Anderson Area Touchdown Club will kick off its thirtyfifth season of honoring area football players and coaches Friday at the Anderson County Library.  The meal line opens at 11:30 with the meeting beginning at 12 Noon.   

The speakers for the first meeting will be the coaches from the eight Anderson County schools sharing their thoughts on their season and their players.

New members are welcome, with dues for an individual membership of $50 and a Corporate membership for $200, which provides five memberships that can be used by different people each week.

The meal cost per week for members is $10, and for visitors $15. 

Call Bill Brissey or Nancy Smith at 864-226-7380 for information.


Poll Finds Trump Lead in S.C. Razor Thin

A newly released poll by the Feldman Group shows Hillary Clinton within striking distance of Donald Trump in the reliably Republican state of South Carolina.

In the poll, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are both tied at 39 percent when the non-major parties are included with Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein. Without the two third-party candidates, Trump's lead goes up two points, leading Hillary Clinton 45 to 43 with 12 percent of voters still undecided.

The group notes that "Clinton could win South Carolina this year if her campaign chooses to contest the state."

South Carolina has not voted Democrat since 1976, when it voted for President Jimmy Carter, from neighboring Georgia.

This polling firm has a B- rating from 538's pollster ratings.


Study: Twins Live Longer

Twins live longer than other people, and their close social connection may be a major reason why, a new study says.

Researchers reviewed data from more than 2,900 same-sex twins. They were born in Denmark between 1870 and 1900. The study only included data from twins who lived past age 10. The researchers compared the twins to the general Danish population.

At every age, identical twins had higher survival rates than fraternal twins. And, fraternal twins had higher survival rates than people in the general population.


Meals on Wheels in Serious Need of Drivers

Meals on Wheels-Anderson needs drivers immediately to help deliver hot, nutritious meals to our elderly neighbors. 

As teachers, parents and other individuals who had more free time to give during the summer months have returned to the school routines, the organization is experiencing a shortage of food delivery drivers. 

Meals on Wheels-Anderson serves individuals in the entire county and drivers are needed in all areas. 

Meals are prepared and packaged at the Meals on Wheels center at 105 S. Fant Street, and volunteer drivers pick up the meals from either the center or a specified location closer to the delivery area. The drivers are given a route to follow which guides them to each home in a certain area. Delivery of meals usually takes one to two hours of time. The program is currently serving about 475 people each weekday.

Volunteer drivers not only provide one-third of the daily nutrition required for the program’s recipients, but they are also a source of human contact and compassion that many of them may not otherwise receive each day.

Please consider helping the hungry senior citizens of Anderson County. To volunteer, please call 864-225-6800 or email


Livestock Show at Crescent High School Sept. 23-25

The 2016 Anderson County Livestock Show to be held September 23-25 at the Crescent High School Livestock Arena, 9104 South Carolina 81, IvaEntry deadline for the event is September 16. All shows are open to the public.


September 23

5 pm  Jr. Sheep Show

6 pm  Jr. Meat Goat Show

Saturday. September 24

8:30 am  Poultry Show & Sale  (Poultry Sale at conclusion of Poultry Show)

9 am  Jr. Market Hog Show

1 pm  Jr. Beef Show

September 25

I pm  Dairy Show

1:30 pm  Rabbit Show

The Clemson University Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages regardless,

of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital

or family status and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information please contact the Anderson County Extension Office at 864-226-1581.


United Way Funding Meeting Set for Sept. 15

The United Way will be hosting a funding eligibility meeting on September 15 from 9:30 – 10:30am at the United Way of Anderson County office at 604 North Murray Avenue.

At this meeting information will be provided regarding:

  1.  The United Way of Anderson County’s funding priorities
  2. Eligibility requirements and the process for submitting eligibility information
  3. The application process and timeline for the next Community Impact Funding cycle

If your organization is interested in possibly for applying for United Way program funding this coming year, please send at least one representative to this meeting. Please RSVP by emailing Shannon Owen at and letting her know your organization name and who will be attending.


Belton Issues Boil Water Advisory

The City of Belton Combined Utilities advises its customers located inside and outside the city limit areas to boil water until further notice. Customers are advised to vigorously boil their water for at least one minute prior to drinking or cooking. In addition, any ice made from water that has not been boiled should not be used for drinking purposes.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. today, a large loss of pressure and service to some customers resulted following a motor vehicle accident. There has been no confirmed contamination of the water system; however, because of the loss of pressure, the potential for contamination exists. Residents with questions or concerns about this advisory may contact the City of Belton Combined Utilities at (864) 338-0058, extension 402.


Clemson vs. Auburn, the Comic Book

ESPN and Marvel Comics have teamed up to highlight some of the season's biggest college football games.

The six season-opening games on Labor Day Weekend were transformed into exciting "Road to the College Football Playoffs" comic book covers. The series includes an edition depicting the matchup between the Clemson Tigers and the Auburn Tigers in Jordan-Hare Stadium at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3.

The other games that made covers are Alabama-USC, Florida State-Ole Miss, LSU-Wisconsin, Texas-ND and Oklahoma-Houston.


Census Workers Wanted in S.C.

The Atlanta Regional Census Office is hiring Field Representatives and Field Supervisors in areas of Atlanta, Georgia; Greenville, South Carolina, Tampa and Miami, Florida.

To see more information on the local jobs, visit the S.C. site.

Any questions can be directed to the Atlanta Regional Office Recruiting at, or via phone at 1-800-424-6974 ext. 53959.


Poll: Most Americans Favor Early Voting, Photo IDs at Polls

Four out of five Americans approve of laws allowing voters to cast ballots early and mandating photo identification at the polls, a new survey from Gallup research shows.

According to the new poll, 80 percent of those questioned said they favor the ability to vote early and laws that require voters to prove their identity before they head into the booth.

On the issue of voter identification, 95 percent of Republicans polled favored the law -- compared with just 63 percent of Democrats. The GOP has traditionally been more supportive of voter ID laws, claiming they prevent voter fraud. Some Democrats, though, oppose them and argue that they discourage some minority voters from participating.

On early voting, 85 percent of Democrats said they support it, in contrast to just 74 percent of GOP respondents. Analysts believe that's the case because, among other reasons, early voting is most popular among minority and lower income citizens.

According to the survey, 80 percent of Democrats favor automatic voter registration, compared with only a slight majority -- 51 percent -- of Republicans.

Automatic voter registration has been implemented in five states -- California, Connecticut, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia -- and is a part of the Democratic Party's official 2016 presidential campaign platform.

For the poll, Gallup surveyed about 1,000 adults in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., between Aug. 15-16. The margin of error is plus-or-minus 4 percentage points.


Council Chairman Schedules Two Town Hall Meetings

Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn will hold a Town Hall meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Centerville fire station on Sullivan Road in Anderson. Dunn will hold a second meeting at 6:30 p.m.on  Aug. 30. at the Center Rock fire station on New Hope Road in Anderson.

The purpose of the meetings is to seek consituent comments on the proposed countywide hospitality tax and other matters.