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Monday
Jul152019

Council to Discuss Phase II of Green Pond Construction

Anderson County Council will discuss planned improvements to Green Pond Landing as part of Tuesday's meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the historic courthouse downtown.

Council will also honor Honea Path First Baptist Church for 150 years service to the community at the 6 p.m. recognition meeting.

Full agenda here.

Sunday
Jul142019

West Pelzer Names New Police Chief

The Town of West Pelzer recently named Alexis Eliopoulos as their new police chief.

Mayor Blake Sanders selected Alexis Eliopoulos to serve as West Pelzer’s Police Chief after Chief Chris Brewer announced his retirement earlier this year. Eliopoulos emerged as the top candidate for the position after discussing with Chief Brewer and casting a renewed vision for a strengthened department.

Eliopoulos began her public safety career in the City of Anderson where she served as a Corporal on the DUI Task Force and Street Crimes Units. She then served in local municipal departments before electing to serve as a Sergeant for the Clemson University Police Department, working with a diverse population responding to calls for service, crime investigation, and protection of people and property.

Since joining the West Pelzer Police Department in 2017, Eliopoulos has focused on answering calls for service, crime investigating, traffic enforcement, and well as leading the training for all full and part-time officers. Chief Eliopoulos desires to continue to be an active Chief in patrol and  investigations but is passionate about building trust between the community and the surrounding public safety agencies through an enriched community engagement.

Eliopoulos earned Police Officer of the Year for the City of Anderson in 2008 and was the 2009-2011 DUI Enforcement Hero Award recipient from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

Saturday
Jul132019

S.C. Lottery Posts Record Year

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina lottery has posted a record year for revenue.

The South Carolina Education Lottery said in a Thursday news release that the lottery set records in the last fiscal year for proceeds raised for education, prizes paid to players and commissions earned by retailers.

The lottery raised $487.6 million for education programs during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Players won more than $1.3 billion in prize money during the fiscal year.

The lottery organization said the selling of a $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot ticket in October and a sustained interest in instant scratch-off games contributed to the record year.

Friday
Jul122019

Pendleton Shopping Center Expected to Break Ground Soon

Groundbreaking is planned for a new shopping center in Pendleton within the next few weeks.

The property, developed by John Wright, Jr., is located on the property next to the Waffle House on Highway 76 in Pendleton. Three of the spaces in the new development have already been leased, leaving three remaining openings in the strip shopping center.

The Peoples Bank, Little Caesars and a Nail Salon have committed to the new development.

 

Thursday
Jul112019

School Districts 1,2,3 Join eLearning Make-Up Day Program

Anderson County School Districts One, Two and Three will use eLearning days for school make-up days this school year. A total of 15 districts in the state will participate in the program, including Anderson County School District Five, one of the original five districts, Year One Districts, who participated in school year 2018-19. 

“We are very excited to be chosen as one of the year-two pilot schools," said Robbie Binnicker, Superintendent of Anderson School District One. "This will provide Anderson One some much needed options when inclement weather is in the forecast.  We have the technology to provide e-Learning opportunities to our students at home when the weather may prevent us from going to school.” 

In June there were a total of 23 districts that submitted applications to participate in the eLearning pilot program. District officials from Year One Districts reviewed and scored the applications, which did not contain the names of the applicants. 

The EOC will also work with SC ETV, the State Library, and the South Carolina Department of Education to provide resources and support to these districts.

"The goal of the project is to expand eLearning to more districts throughout the state," said Melanie Barton, Executive Director of the EOC. "Clearly, there is strong interest in our state for the initiative. Ensuring that districts have the technology, infrastructure and personnel is important; however, the critical factor is making online learning a central part of students' daily learning."

Barton noted that "what makes this program so special is that the idea for using online learning for school make-up days came from district leaders and is being sustained and expanded due to their work and initiative."   

The eLearning Day will be announced through local media and the district's website on such days, and students will be required to use their Chromebooks to access their electronic assignments through Google Classroom. Google allows teachers to provide lessons, resources and support for students remotely, while students are able to submit assignments through the program. Internet connectivity is not required, since the lessons are preloaded for this program as part of the regular lesson schedule.

Thursday
Jul112019

Electric City Playhouse Hosting Sleuth Costume Contest

The Electric City Playhouse is hosting a costume contest at performances of "You Have the Right to Remain Dead" Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. 

Theater goers are invited to come dressed as their favorite sleuth (i.e. Columbo, Sherlock Holmes, Nancy Drew, Miss Marple, etc.) Tickets are $18. For more information, visit ECPlayhouse.com

Thursday
Jul112019

TTC Nursing Students Scores Exceed, State, National Levels

Tri-County Technical College’s recent associate degree nursing graduates earned a 92.59 first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX), surpassing both state and national pass rates.  

According to the National Council State Board of Nursing, the state pass rate is 92.42 and the national average is 89.27.

Following May graduation, 54 first-time candidates took the computerized licensure exam which tests a graduate's basic nursing knowledge and decision-making ability on commonly encountered health-care situations. Graduates of Tri-County’s RN program must pass the exam to work as registered nurses in the state.

"We are so proud of our graduates’ success on this exam," said Nursing Department Head Jackie Rutledge. “I’m also proud of our faculty and their determination to put our plan for success in action.  It really paid off.”

Rutledge said in the final class, Nursing 221, students must take a comprehensive predictor test which encompasses material from the past two years.  “It’s our comprehensive look at how prepared they are to pass the NCLEX on their first attempt.  It also indicates areas students need to work on to be successful,” she said.   

Clinical partners also play a role in students’ success by providing a setting for students to apply this knowledge, she said.   

Tri-County's nursing department is fully accredited by the State Board of Nursing in South Carolina and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Thursday
Jul112019

Bret Michaels to Perform at Denver Downs Concert

Bret Michaels, former lead singer of the band Poison, will perform in Anderson Aug. 30-31 at Operation Music Fest at Denver Downs Farm. The concert will also include Sebastian Bach, Saving Abel, Lee Brice and others.

Poison’s success includes selling over 40 million records worldwide and numerous hit singles including “Talk Dirty to Me”“Something to Believe In”, and the iconic rock ballad, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”

Through his Life Rocks Foundation, Bret has helped raise millions of dollars for charity and makes donations to diabetes awareness and research as well to childhood cancer research, veterans, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PetSmart charities.

Thursday
Jul112019

Cross Country Raises Funds for March of Dimes

Cross Country Home Services (CCHS) raised money and participated in the Annual March of Dimes, ‘March for Babies’ walks in both South Florida and Anderson. More than 60 employees took part in the walks with their families, raising $5,400.more than 25 Cross Country Home Services (CCHS) employees and their families took part in the annual March for Babies on behalf of March of Dimes in Anderson.

“Giving back to our neighboring communities is a key point in the CCHS corporate culture and a great source of pride for the entire team,” said Steve Upshaw, CEO of CCHS. “I couldn’t be prouder of all our employees and their families for going the extra mile to support this year’s March of Dimes initiative and look forward to seeing the continued success of more local events to come.”

In addition to a corporate match program, associates took a deep interest in the fundraiser, even arranging a bake sale and a “spin the wheel” type raffle, where employees donated money to the cause for a chance to win a prize.

 

Wednesday
Jul102019

UofSC to Hold Special Meeting on Presidential Hiring Friday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina has announced trustees will hold a special meeting Friday to discuss hiring a new president.

Trustee Charles Williams said Gov. Henry McMaster pushed for the quickly called meeting to hire retired Army three star general and West Point Superintendent Robert Caslen to be president.

Caslen was one of four finalists in April, but trustees postponed a vote after students and others protested his lack of qualifications and a comment that binge drinking was a big factor in sexual assaults.

Groups of students, faculty and Democratic state senators say the meeting is unfair because trustees agreed to reopen the presidential search and it is being held when many students aren't on campus.

McMaster has not publicly spoken about his role in Friday's meeting.

Wednesday
Jul102019

Clemson Research to Have Big Impact on World's Cereal Crops

A team of Clemson University scientists has achieved a breakthrough in the genetics of senescence in cereal crops with the potential to dramatically impact the future of food security in the era of climate change.

The collaborative research, which explores the genetic architecture of the little understood process of senescence in maize (a.k.a. corn) and other cereal crops, was published in The Plant Cell, one of the top peer-reviewed scientific journals of plant sciences. Rajan Sekhon, a plant geneticist and an assistant professor in the College of Science’s department of genetics and biochemistry, is the lead and corresponding author of the paper titled “Integrated Genome-Scale Analysis Identifies Novel Genes and Networks Underlying Senescence in Maize.”

“Senescence means ‘death of a cell or an organ in the hands of the very organisms it is a part of,’ ” Sekhon said. “It happens pretty much everywhere, even in animals. We kill the cells we don’t need. When the weather changes in fall, we have those nice fall colors in trees. At the onset of fall, when the plants realize that they cannot sustain the leaves, they kill their leaves. It is all about the economy of energy.”

As a result, the leaves die off after their show of color. The energy scavenged from the leaves is stored in the trunk or roots of the plant and used to quickly reproduce leaves next spring. This makes perfect sense for trees. But the story is quite different for some other edible plants, specifically cereal crops like maize, rice and wheat.

“These crops are tended very carefully and supplied excess nutrients in the form of fertilizers by the farmers,” Sekhon said. “Instead of dying prematurely, the leaves can keep on making food via photosynthesis. Understanding the triggers for senescence in crops like maize means scientists can alter the plant in a way that can benefit a hungry world.”

Sekhon, whose research career spans molecular genetics, genomics, epigenetics and plant breeding, established his lab in 2014 as an assistant professor. He has played a key role in the development of a “gene atlas” widely used by the maize research community. He has published several papers in top peer-reviewed journals investigating the regulation of complex plant traits.

“If we can slow senescence down, this can allow the plant to stay green – or not senesce – for a longer period of time,” Sekhon said. “Plant breeders have been selecting for plants that senesce late without fully understanding how senescence works at the molecular level.”

Wednesday
Jul102019

Tech Offers Tuition Cuts for Fields of Critical Need

Full- and part-time Tri-County Technical College students can receive a significant savings on tuition this fall - up to 81 percent - if they are enrolled in classes in a critical workforce field like engineering technology, health care and information technology.

The South Carolina Workforce and Industry Needs Scholarship (SCWINS) is a statewide technical college scholarship program designed to address workforce shortages in the state while giving students in these critical needs majors a tuition discount, opening the door for more Anderson, Oconee and Pickens county residents to attend college.  

The SCWINS scholarship, paired with lottery tuition assistance, covers any tuition and mandatory fees remaining after all other scholarships and grants are applied.

Students taking six hours or more in these three workforce fields will pay $210 out of pocket plus the cost of fees, per semester.  For full-time students (12 credit hours), the cost is $420 plus fees per semester.

“These major discounts can reduce tuition for service area residents from $185 per credit hour to $35 per credit hour,” said Adam Ghiloni, director of financial aid at Tri-County.

“This opportunity gives residents a path to economic mobility by enabling them to get the education needed for in-demand careers – not just a job,” said Ghiloni.  “College can be affordable and manageable for both full- and part-time students pursuing degrees, diplomas and certificates at all of our campuses.  You really can attend college this year.” 

Ghiloni urges those considering these three career paths to reach out to staff in Tri-County’s admission and/or financial aid offices to talk about the first steps to get started for fall semester.  “As soon as possible, come in, call or e-mail us about specifics about the SCWINS scholarship,” he said. 

“This is a great opportunity - you really can do it, and we’re here to help,” he said.

Recipients must be enrolled in six credit hours with one at least three hours being in one of the critical needs areas.  Engineering Technology majors include auto mechanics and CNC (also available at the Oconee Campus) while health care includes programs such as nursing, surgical technology and medical assisting, as well as veterinary technology.  Tri-County has a new EMT program beginning this fall which also qualifies for the scholarship.

The SCWINS scholarship will be awarded on a continual basis provided the recipient maintains a 2.0 GPA until completion of the degree, diploma or certificate program.

For details and a complete list of majors leading to careers in critical workforce areas, go to www.tctc.edu/SCWINS.

Tuesday
Jul092019

Electrolux Donates AC Units for Neighbors in Need

Electrolux 800 air-conditioning units worth more than $230,000 to AIM for distribution to Anderson County neighbors in need.