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S.C. Senate Still Stuck on Funding Road Repairs

The South Carolina Senate is starting its week in a familiar place - debating getting more money to the state's roads.

Sen. Lee Bright will be on the floor Tuesday. He took over a nearly two-week filibuster by Sen. Tom Davis. Bright says South Carolina can find enough money to repair bridges and fix potholes without raising the gas tax.

The debate has paralyzed the Senate, which can't debate any other bills with opposition until it handles the roads issue.

Senators could vote to sit Bright down, but that would limit the time they have to debate the roads proposal and more than 200 amendments.

Business leaders are angry at the delay. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce plans a Tuesday news conference to demand senators end the filibuster.



City Recreation Plan Expansion Meeting Wednesday

The City of Anderson is seeking feedback on the next phase of the city's recreation master plan Wednesday frmo 6-7 p.m. at the Anderson Recreation Center. 
The recreation plan includes expanding facilities and programming. The public is invited. For more information call 864-231-2232.



Candidates Prepare for Super Tuesday Showdown

Super Tuesday is likely to live up to its billing for Donald Trump.

The first day of multiple-state voting looms large in a wild presidential race after early states trimmed the field and the brash billionaire and his army of outsider voters are positioned to send panic through the Republican establishment by tightening his grip on the party's nomination.

Hillary Clinton -- boosted by her huge win in South Carolina on Saturday -- is meanwhile hoping to start locking out her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, who is giving her a tougher-than-expected challenge, by showing the strength of the Southern foundation of minority voters on which her campaign is built.

Both Trump and Clinton head into the most important day yet in the 2016 election dominating their respective races. A CNN/ORC national poll out Monday shows Trump getting 49% of the Republican primary vote -- 30 percentage points ahead of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. On the Democratic side, Clinton tops Sanders 55% to 38%.

The billionaire is, however, struggling to shake off a controversy after he failed to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. Trump blamed a bad earpiece for the oversight, and he has at other times disavowed Duke, but his rivals were quick to seize on the incident to suggest that he is unfit to be the Republican nominee.

Rubio said the remarks prove that the former reality show star is "unelectable."

"I don't care how bad the earpiece is, Ku Klux Klan comes through pretty clearly," Rubio said during a rally in Tennessee Monday.

Fellow GOP opponent John Kasick also disavowed White supremacists on CNN Monday when asked about Trump's response. 

"I don't know what's in his head," the Ohio governor told New Day's Alisyn Camerota. "All I know is that white supremacist groups have no place in our society and clearly not in the Republican Party." 

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney also chimed in on Monday.

"A disqualifying & disgusting response by @realDonaldTrump to the KKK. His coddling of repugnant bigotry is not in the character of America," tweeted Romney, who has been actively hitting Trump for days. 

The contests on Tuesday, across 12 states, herald several weeks of nationwide skirmishes that will be decisive in determining who gets to face off for the White House in the fall.

The sheer scale of the battlefield favors Trump, whose ubiquitous media profile means he is known everywhere, and Clinton, whose decades in public life give her an advantage over the lesser-known Sanders. 

Republicans are competing for delegates to be awarded Tuesday in Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.

Democrats will award delegates in the same states as Republicans, apart from Alaska, and they are also competing in Colorado and in American Samoa.


Upstate Drill Championships Saturday at Civic Center

Pendleton High School and Anderson Lights of Hope will be hosting the second annual Upstate Regional Drill Championships on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Anderson County Civic Center. The Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps has units in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. These branches will be represented by students who have spent hundreds of hours training for this type of event. 

The Upstate Regional Drill Competition will feature up to 20 JROTC units, an estimated 600 cadets. The cadets are from High Schools located in Southeast United States. Drill competition is designed to showcase military drill precision and foster an atmosphere of team and individual competition, while promoting true sportsmanship.   

Cadets will compete in inspection, regulation, color guard and exhibition events, both armed and unarmed. Schools can partake in all four events. Some of the best JROTC schools and individuals from around the Southeast have been invited to compete in this event.  

Trophies, medals and scholarships are presented to the First, Second and Third place winners in each category. The “Knock Out” event will have one single winner and is an individual competition to see who is best at the event. 

The goal of JROTC is to provide students with a quality character, citizenship, and leadership development program. 

ALL Veterans and active military are encouraged to attend this event.  Members of the National Guard Unit in Anderson, area Recruiters, Clemson ROTC Officers, and other active military soldiers will serve as judges. Council, Senators, Congressmen, Representatives, Governors, and other elected offices have been invited to attend.  

Schools participating include: Wren High School; Southside High School; Berea High School; York High School; Clover High School; East Henderson High School; Belton-Honea Path High School; Irmo High School; Easley High School; Byrnes High School; R-S Central High School; Dorman High School; Greenwood High School; Boiling Springs High School; Westside High School; Chapman High School; and Union County High School. 

The doors will open at 8:00 am and the first event begins at 9:00 am. Awards will be given out around 4:00 pm.  Admission is free, but donations will be taken at the event.

For more information, please contact Jordan LeNeve, Event Coordinator at Anderson Lights of Hope at 803.807.3000 or


S.C. to Get $157 Million in Federal Funds for Flood Recovery

South Carolina is receiving nearly $157 million in federal aid to help pay for recovery from floods last fall.

Nearly 62 percent of the funds will go to state agencies. The rest is divvied up among Richland County, Lexington County and the city of Columbia.

“The funds will help to meet remaining unmet housing, economic development, and infrastructure needs that resulted from thousands of homes and small businesses being damaged or destroyed” during the historic Oct. 4 storm, a HUD news release said. 

HUD officials also called for development of plans that better prepare the Midlands area for future storms. 

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin called the funds “a big win for the citizens of our city.” The city has three months to respond to HUD with an action plan that details how it will use its share, about $20 million, he said.

HUD with review those plans by late spring, spokeswoman Heather Fluit said.

Full Story Here


Meals on Wheels Spaghetti Fundraiser March 10

Meals on Wheels of Anderson will hold its annual Spaghetti Fundraiser March 10, with lunch available from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, and  dinner from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under.) Meals include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and tea. 

Tickets are available in advance at the office or pay at the door on the day of the fundraiser. Lunch and dinner will be served in Meals on Wheels dining room or meals can be boxed for take-out at 105 S. Fant Street. For more information, visit our website at or call the office at 225-6800.

During the lunch-time service, Meals on Wheels is again offering delivery to local businesses ordering 10 or more plates. To place a delivery lunch order, please email or call 225-6800 no later than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8. 

All proceeds from the Spaghetti Fundraiser will be used to provide hot, nutritious meals for approximately 600 homebound elderly and disabled of Anderson County. Meals on Wheels-Anderson receives no federal or state funds. It operates solely on donations from individuals, churches and businesses in the community. Please join us for this fundraiser and support our mission of delivering meals to individuals in need in the Anderson community.


Council to Hear Committee Reports Tuesday

Anderson County Council will hear reports from the Finance Committee and the Planning and Public Works Commitee as part of Tuesday's 6:30 p.m. meeting in the historic courthouse downtown.

Full Agenda Here


Report: S.C. Second Worst Women-Friendly State

With March being Women’s History Month and women outnumbering men in all but nine states today, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst States for Women.

To identify the most women-friendly states, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics. The data set ranges from “median earnings for female workers” to “women’s preventive health care” to “female uninsured rate.”
Women’s Quality of Life in South Carolina (1=Best, 25=Avg.): 

  • 37th – Median Earnings for Females (Cost of Living-Adjusted)
  • 41st – Unemployment Rate for Women
  • 44th – % of Women Living in Poverty
  • 22nd – Share of Women-Owned Businesses
  • 21st – High School Dropout Rate for Women
  • 37th – Female Uninsured Rate
  • 42nd – Women’s Life Expectancy at Birth
  • 32nd – Women’s Preventive Health Care

Spotlight Takes Best Picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Director Tom McCarthy's Spotlight was declared the Best Picture of 2015, marking the second year in a row the top award went to a movie starring beloved actor Michael Keaton.

Last year's prize was presented to Birdman, which was helmed by Alejandro G. Inarritu.

Inarritu won the Best Director Oscar for Birdman, then repeated the accomplishment Sunday for The Revenant, the film that also netted Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar. The Revenant was recognized for Best Cinematography, as well.

Brie Larson took home the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Room and Mark Rylance scored the Best Supporting Actor trophy for his work in Bridge of Spies, beating out Sylvester Stallone, who was favored to win the honor for his turn in Creed.

Alicia Vikander picked up the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Danish Girl.

Another big winner Sunday was Mad Max: Fury Road, which swept the technical categories and garnered the Oscars for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Hair and Makeup.

The award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to The Big Short, while Spotlightreceived the Best Original Screenplay title.

The prize for Best Visual Effects was given to Ex Machina, another film that co-starred Vikander.

Inside Out was deemed Best Animated Feature Film, Amy Best Documentary and Son of Saul Best Foreign-Language Film. Ennio Morricone won the Oscar for Best Score for The Hateful Eight.

Chris Rock hosted the ceremony, which aired on ABC.


Clean Start Soup Lunch Set for Thursday

Clean Start, a hygiene and resource center for those in need in Anderson, is hosting their nineth annual “Scoop Some Soup Day” Thursday at the organizatiion's location at 219 Townsend Street.  This event is dine-in or carry-out and will run from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.  Chili or Vegetable soup will be available along with cornbread or crackers, dessert and tea.  Price for this event will be $7 per meal.  All proceeds go to benefit Clean Start.  Please call 716-0766 for details and/or tickets.

Clean Start serves between 95 and 120 people each week, offering showers, laundry service, and referrals to other service in the Anderson community for their clients.  This is the only fundraiser held each year. 

For more information, visit their Facebook page.


Clinton Wins Big in S.C.

With more than 70 percent of the vote, Hillary Clinton scored a resounding victory over Sen. Bernie Sanders in Saturday's South Carolina Democratic primary, a rout expected to create a glide path for her through a number of southern states that vote on Tuesday.

Her overwhelming triumph in the Palmetto State, where African-Americans made up a larger percentage of the electorate than they did in 2008, gives Clinton a significant boost heading into March 1, when a number of states with large black populations cast their votes. Clinton's win over Sanders in South Carolina was dominant, with her margin of victory approaching 50 points.

Clinton's win is her third of the campaign. A week ago, she captured the Nevada caucuses and won the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses by a razor-thin margin.

"Today you sent a message," Clinton said during a victory speech in Columbia. "When you stand together there is no barrier too big to break," she said. "Tomorrow, this campaign goes national."

South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, who introduced her, called it a significant victory that "starts Hillary Clinton on her way" to the presidency.

In a statement after Clinton's win was announced, Sanders said, "This campaign is just beginning. We won a decisive victory in New Hampshire. She won a decisive victory in South Carolina. Now it’s on to Super Tuesday."

Bracing for the loss, Sanders has been hitting Clinton on issues important to African Americans. With merely days before larger, delegate-rich states like Texas and Georgia vote on March 1, the Vermont senator needs to expand his support among minorities.


S.C. Democratic Primary Today, Some Polls Combined in Anderson

South Carolina Democrats now get their say. If you are voting in Anderson, remember some polling places will be combined. 

Voters go to the polls today to choose a Democratic presidential nominee just a week after the state's GOP presidential primary. The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Most polls indicate Hillary Clinton has a sizeable lead heading into the primary, but she wasn't taking any chances.

She has appeared frequently around the state in recent days, including a number of appearances before audiences of predominantly black voters among whom she is expected to do better than rival Bernie Sanders. Former President Bill Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, also campaigned in South Carolina.

Sanders has spent some time in recent days campaigning in the Midwest where several states hold primaries next month.



GOP Congress Fears Trump Victory

Fear and loathing is striking congressional Republicans faced with the distinct possibility of Donald Trump as their presidential nominee.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says his party has lost it and calls Trump a "nut job." Graham maintains that the billionaire businessman would inflict as much damage to the GOP as the iceberg did to the Titanic.

Republicans share a palpable fear that Trump would alienate Hispanics, minorities, independents and women, driving them to vote Democratic in November. That would cost the GOP the presidency, its Senate majority and suddenly competitive House seats. With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the ideological balance of the Supreme Court for decades also is at stake.

GOP incumbents clearly understand that the only option is to run a flawless campaign.