City to Swear in Police Officers, Discuss Zoning

The City of Anderson Council will swear in five new police officers and discuss zoning issues as part of Monday night's meeting at 6 p.m. in city hall downtown.

New Pope Expected to be Named This Week

With the Vatican's announcement that the Roman Catholic Church will begin voting for the new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics Tuesday, it is expected that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's successor will be elected by Friday.

There's "no reason to believe it will take long" to elect the new pope, Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Fredrico Lombardi, told reporters Saturday, the day after the Vatican said in a release the Conclave will begin on Tuesday, March 12.

The last six popes were all elected within four days, and the election of Benedict in 2005 took less than 24 hours.

The Vatican said 153 cardinals are in Rome for the meetings, and 115 of them – all aged under 80 – are expected to vote for the next pope. Two have said they will not vote, Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien and Indonesia's Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja of Jakarta.

O'Brien resigned last week after allegations of sexual advances toward young men studying to be priests, and Darmaatmadja has cited health reasons.

Tuesday morning, the cardinals will hold a formal Mass for the election of a new pope in St. Peter's Basilica, before entering the Sistine Chapel in the afternoon for the first round of voting.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/new-pope-expected-by-friday-with-conclave-beginning-tuesday-91567/#X9hmgbD2HrqQX2Fj.99 


United Way Non-Profit Event Set for April 30

United Way of Anderson County Center for Nonprofit Excellence will be hosting a training opportunity for local nonprofit professionals and their Board members focused on sustainability April 30 from noon-4 p.m. The event will be held at the Anderson Area YMCA and the cost is $20, which includes lunch. 

The event will focus on sustainability, which is more than generating money to maintain activities, programs, and services. Nonprofits often spend much of their time reacting to circumstances and chasing money, instead of preparing for and anticipating change in an uncertain environment. With limited budgets and ever-increasing demand for services, maintaining a healthy organization can be a real challenge. Sustainable nonprofits implement principles and practices that contribute to the long-term financial and programmatic health of the organization. This session will focus on building leadership and organizational capacity to strengthen your financial and programmatic stability.  Topics Covered Include:

• Understanding key components of nonprofit sustainability

• Principles of program, planning, and budgeting alignment

• Sustainability identification and prioritization

• Fostering a culture of sustainability

To register contact Shannon Owen at 864-226-3438 ext 506 or shannon.owen@uwandersoncty.com


Irish Music Band Danu at Clemson March 16

Get a jump-start on your St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Danú’s virtuosi players sharing traditional music of Ireland at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Clemson’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

Featuring the sounds of the flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouk and Irish and English vocals, the ensemble was founded in 1994 and is one of the most important traditional Irish ensembles of recent years. Numerous festival appearances, the addition of members and several awards later, the group has released six successful albums and performed on more than 1,000 stages.

Danú’s program includes such pieces as “Clancy’s Farewell to Whiskey” by the band’s guitarist Donal Clancy; “The County Down” by Tommy Sands, which was voted Best Song at the 2004 BBC Folk Awards; and a collection of different dance tunes.

Tickets for Danú are $20 for adults and $10 for students and are available for purchase online at www.clemson.edu/Brooks and through the box office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Monday Council Meeting to Finish Last Week's Agenda

Anderson Council Council will meet in at a special time Monday night at 6:30 to complete agenda items left unattended after last week's council meeting. The meeting will include reports from various committees.

Full Agenda Here


Some State Workers' Raises Outside Budget Process

The budget proposal heading for debate on the South Carolina House floor provides pay raises only to maximum-security prison officers - something advocates of state employees call unfair and shortsighted.

But while the pay raises for 1,350 corrections officers totaling $1.7 million represent the only raises in the budget, other state workers are sure to receive increases outside the budget process.

Nearly 3,800 employees in the state's 14 largest agencies received a pay boost between Aug. 1 and Feb. 5, according to information from the Budget and Control Board.

State law allows agency directors to give raises at their discretion, provided their budgets allow and salaries fall within a set range.

Promotions, added responsibilities and agency reshuffling amid declining employee numbers account for the bulk of the 3,785 salary boosts.


AU Named to Community Service Honor Roll

Anderson University was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.  The distinction was first created in 2006 and AU has been on each annual list since that time. 

“Anderson University has a long history of service-learning and believes strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in an ever changing world,” said Barry Ray, University spokesman. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award – and owe much of it to the students themselves. They’re the energy driving our commitment and they’re the ones who make it all happen.”

Anderson University students engage in a wide variety of community service activities throughout the academic year, totaling an average of 15,000 hours of service annually. 

Project USERVE best illustrates the University's commitment to service. One Saturday of the fall semester each year, 350-450 freshmen students, as well as faculty and staff work together in their surrounding community. This year activities were set up with over 30 different community agencies, including Anderson City Parks and Recreation, Anderson Interfaith Ministries Food Closet,

Salvation Army boys and Girls Club, Crisis Pregnancy Center, Anderson Animal Shelter, as well as local public schools. This project grew out of the Anderson University mission to aid in the development of students as "servant leaders." By engaging the entire freshman class in a group event that has as its focus helping others, the University strongly communicates from the beginning of students' college experience that it highly values community service. 

From that foundation, the students later participate in a variety of campus service organizations and organize service projects within their academic disciplines throughout their college experience.

 “Congratulations to Anderson University, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS.  “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new generation of leaders by challenging students to go beyond the traditional college experience and solve local challenges.”

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.  

More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found at nationalservice.gov.   


State Could Remove Vending Machines From Schools

Junk food would be eliminated from all South Carolina school vending machines and lunch rooms under a bill now in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Junk food would be eliminated from all South Carolina school vending machines and lunch rooms under a bill now in the state House of Representatives.
Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Denmark, introduced the bill, saying it will help children learn early the importance of good nutrition, and that more healthful foods served in schools will cut down on preventable health problems later in life.

"I come from a district where many times the only time a child eats is when he gets to school, so being able to just tell him that meal is going to be healthy, it's no longer sloppy joes and french fries, can create better health outcomes throughout the future." he says.

The only beverages that could be sold in vending machines would be water, 100% fruit juices, and fat-free or low-fat milk. The bill also limits the daily total number of calories in school lunches.

There is opposition to the bill. Scott Price, general counsel for the South Carolina School Boards Association, says one of the biggest questions is about school fundraisers.

"We don't know how this will impact on what fundraisers might be going on at a particular school. We don't know how it's going to impact on the cost of schools and school districts in having to comply," he says.

The bill says it excludes fundraisers, but Sellers says he’s not sure yet where he stands on how to handle that issue.

The bill is now in the House Education Committee.

Full Story Here


Bill Would Nix Unemployment for Failed Drug Test

A bill that would yank unemployment benefits from someone who fails an employer's drug test advanced Thursday in the House, despite a split vote against it.

The measure failed on a 2-2 vote in a House Judiciary panel, stunning Republicans who are unaccustomed to being on the losing end of a subcommittee vote. After some discussion over what that meant, Republicans said the measure will go to full committee anyway — albeit without a favorable report.

The measure represents a back-door way of denying unemployment benefits for failed drug tests. If the employer reports to the state's unemployment agency that a potential hire refused to take or failed a test, benefits cease.

The denial involves only drug tests that businesses require as a condition of employment. An effort last year to require every applicant to pass a drug test before receiving benefits failed to get traction after unemployment officials said such a mandate conflicts with federal law.

Rep. Eddie Tallon said people receiving jobless benefits are supposed to be ready and able to work, and if they lose a job offer because of drugs, they shouldn't continue to collect.

"It's not right," said Tallon, R-Spartanburg, the bill's main sponsor.

The House approved the bill 70-24 last year, over Democrats' objections. But it died in the Senate.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/SC-bill-would-yank-benefits-for-failed-drug-tests-4336269.php#ixzz2MulUCtqT


March 16 Walk with the Docs to Aid Free Clinic

The Anderson Free Clinic will present its annual Walk with the Docs March 16 at AnMed Health’s North Campus and in Honea Path at Honea Path Middle School. The Anderson Walkwill be preceded by registration, a competition between teams and a “Run with the Nurses” at 9:00am leading up to the 10:00am walk around the  popular one mile track at the North Campus. In HoneaPath, registration begins at 10:15am with the Walk getting underway at 11:00am. 

The first Walk with the Docs was held in 1989 and was a two mile walk led by Dr. Dan Fleming, President of Anderson County Medical   Society. Over 400 people walked, and the inaugural event raised $16,000. The tradition

has grown stronger each year. The goal for the 2013 Walk is to raise $100,000 for the Free Clinic operating budget that will support both the Anderson Free Clinic and the Honea Path Free Clinic satellite.

Please make plans to support us as a participant and/ or a sponsor. T-shirts are now available. Make sure to reserve yours early. More information on the 2013 Walk with the Docs can be found in the enclosed insert. Make plans to join us!

For more information on Walk with the Docs sponsorships, registration, and team competition please CLICK HERE


Graham Bill Tightens Gun Rules for the Mentally Ill

A Republican senator introduced bipartisan gun background check legislation on Wednesday that would make it harder for mentally ill people who are considered to be dangerous to buy a firearm.

The legislation proposed by Lindsey Graham would require reporting of certain mental illness treatments and legal proceedings to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the clearinghouse for all new gun purchases.

Those cases would include anyone found not guilty of a crime by reason of insanity or anyone who received involuntary outpatient treatment from a psychiatric hospital.

Graham cited a recent case in his state of South Carolina as a key example of the failures of the current background check system and the need for reform.

Last month, a woman who had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity after being indicted in 2005 for threatening to kill President George W. Bush tried to fire a gun at faculty members at a private girls school in Charleston.


AU Race for the Gold to Benefit Cancer Research

Anderson University, in partnership with the city of Anderson and Anderson County, will host the third annual Race for Gold 5K race on March 23 in downtown Anderson. 

Race organizers hope to raise awareness about cancer and preventative steps to fight the disease. Proceeds from Race for Gold will support the Anderson University Center for Cancer Research, which trains undergraduate students to conduct cancer research. 

Runners will convene at 9 a.m. at the Anderson County Courthouse Plaza. There will be a special presentation after the race that honors people who have battled cancer or lost loved ones to the disease.

Anderson University is looking for runners to participate in Race for Gold. If you would like to register for the race, visit the AU Center for Cancer Research web page for more information. The registration fee for adults is $15 before March 4, 2013 and $20 after March 4. 


McConnell Hall March 21 Open House Plans BBQ and Bluegrass

There will be a Bluegrass and Barbecue open house at the McConnell Hall Plantation March 21 from 4-8 p.m. Visit up close and personal while enjoying some of the best local bbq and bluegrass. Families are welcome. Admission is free but there is a $5 parking fee.  McConnell Hall is located at 4040 Midway Road in Anderson. For more information, contact Adina Estes at 864-933-6620