Council to Review Finances, Honor Red Cross

Anderson County Council will present a brief snapshot of the county's financial situation and honor the Red Cross as part of Tuesday night's regular council meeting at 6 p.m.in the courthouse downtown.


Assemblies of God Launch Prayer Initiative for Election

Leaders at Assemblies of God USA, one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in the nation, say the country is facing a time of crisis like no other and are asking Christians to join them in a "7:14 Prayer Initiative" (based on 2 Chronicles 7:14) beginning today (Sept. 30) and continuing through the presidential election.

"Our nation faces unprecedented crises," said Superintendent George O. Wood in a video message posted on the AG website. "Let's not misuse our freedom by failing to vote on Election Day. Jesus called the Church to be salt and light in the world, and one of the ways to do this is by voting."

Wood encourages Christians to "prayerfully and carefully" consider the candidates and issues in the November elections. He urges Christians to "bring biblical and moral values to bear on the pressing concerns of our day, including abortion, unemployment, gay marriage, education, religious freedom, war and other issues," AG leaders stated.

Christians are also encouraged to set aside a few minutes each day to pray for the nation and its leaders. As part of the 7:14 Prayer Initiative (based on 2 Chronicles 7:14), Wood asks people to join him in praying every day at 7:14 a.m. and p.m., as well as to fast and pray over the noon hour on Fridays.


Expansion of Transit System Meeting Oct. 11

There will be a public meeting on October 11 at 6:30 PM to discuss the potential expansion of the Electric City Transit Gold Route. The meeting will be held at the Homeland Park Fire Department 3299 S. Main Street Ext. Anderson.

For more information contact Rhonda Sloan 864-260-6993.


Anderson Heritage Sponsors Student Writing Contest

Anderson Heritage, Inc. is sponsoring a creative writing contest to commemorate the completion of Ms. Frierson’s one-room school house, which is a permanent exhibit at the Anderson County Museum. Three CASH AWARDS will be presented on Oct. 15, at the Anderson County Museum during the Annual Meeting of Anderson Heritage,Inc. Winning entries will be notified prior to the meeting. Family members are welcome to attend.

3rd  Grade - $100
4th  Grade - $100
5th Grade - $100

Children in Grades 3 thru 5 are eligible to enter. The entry can be an essay, creative story or poem about the one-room schoolhouse.  Entries should be 100 words or less. Students should print their name, grade, age, address and phone number on the BACK of their entry. 
(Failure to print information on the back of entry will result in a disqualified entry).
Deadline for entries is Oct.1, 2012 - (postmark date).

Mail to Anderson Heritage,
P.O. Box 58,
Anderson, S.C. 29622

Ms. Frierson School House:
Miss Sarah Jane (Janie) Frierson opened the one-room schoolhouse in 1886 at the corner of West Whitner and I Street. In 1983, the school house was donated to Anderson Heritage, Inc. by Professor Henry Von Hasseln.  In 1983-84 it was restored and furnished by Anderson Heritage members and stood on North Main St. until the City moved it to the fairgrounds Anderson County Fairgrounds, where it remained until 2009. After the Fairgrounds were purchased by Anderson University in 2009, Anderson Heritage provided funds for the  transportation, renovation and relocation of the structure to its permanent home at the Anderson County Museum.  Fourth graders at Concord Elementary School also helped toward continuous preservation of the School House by collecting change in birdhouse replicas.


Oyster Roast To Benefit Meals on Wheels-Anderson

The 9th annual Oyster Roast and Low Country Boil to benefit Meals on Wheels-Anderson will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Anderson County Recycling and Education Center.

This fall tradition offers all-you-can-eat oysters, roasted to perfection on site, a Low Country boil featuring boiled shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn, as well as homemade barbecue will be offered. The event will be held rain or shine.

OmniSource Southeast is title sponsor for the event, which usually draws 400 participants to the outdoor venue located at the corner of MLK Jr. Boulevard and Woodcrest Road, directly across from the Anderson County Civic Center.

Tickets for this event are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance and include food and beverages. Tickets can be purchased online at www.acmow.org; at the Meals on Wheels Center at 105 S. Fant St.; or by calling 864-225-6800.

All proceeds from the Oyster Roast will support the mission of delivering meals to individuals in need in Anderson County. Funds raised will be used to provide hot, nutritious meals each weekday for approximately 600 homebound elderly and disabled of Anderson County who are participating in the home delivery program. Meals on Wheels-Anderson receives no federal or state funds. It operates solely on donations from individuals, churches and businesses, and through community grants and fundraising.


Baptists Event for Military Wives/Female Soldiers Oct. 6

A Military Wives/Female Soldiers Fall Fling, sponsored by the Saluda Baptist Association will be held Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Anderson University. The event is free and will host areas featuring massages, health, prayer table, hair and nails and door prizes.

The ladies of area churches and the students of Anderson University would like to show their appreciation to the wives of soldiers and to the female soldiers that give so much in order to keep our nation free. Spread the word of this free event. There will be snacks & a lunch will be provided at 12:00 p.m.

To register, visit www.saludabaptist.org by September 27 or e-mail bhmit1962@charter.net for more info.


Dist. 5 SAT Scores Post Gains

Average SAT scores for Anderson School District Five seniors were 1,479, the seventh highest among the state’s 83 school districts and 12 points above last year’s District average.

The District Five average is 48 points above the state average and 19 points behind the national average of 1,498.

Seniors at T.L. Hanna High School posted an average composite score for critical reading, math and writing of 1,522, besting both the state and national average. The T.L. Hanna average is 32 points higher than last year. Westside High School seniors posted an average composite score of 1,393.

A total of 324 district seniors, or 44 percent, took the SAT.

 All South Carolina colleges and universities accept either SAT or ACT scores for admission.


CP: Obama, Romney Short on Specifics

By Napp Nazworth , Christian Post Reporter

With a national debt surpassing $16 trillion and a pending "fiscal cliff" that threatens to send the economy into recession, both presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, agree on the need for entitlement reform and tax reform, but both candidates lack some specific details about which reforms they would support.

"Let me ask you, in a second term, what is the president proposing to do to reform Social Security, save if for future generations, and will it involve lower benefits for anyone or higher taxes for anyone?" Time magazine journalist Mark Halperin asked David Axelrod, chief strategist for the Obama campaign, Monday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

After Axelrod said Obama would reform Social Security in a "balanced way," but offered nothing specific, Halperin repeated the question: "What's his proposal?"

Axelrod answered that the specifics would be up to Congress.


"Best Christmas Pageant Ever"Auditions Set October 8,9

The Herdmans are back!  Barbara Robinson's classic Christmas story is coming back to the Project Challenge Playhouse. Come join Imogene and the rest of the Herdman children as they turn the annual church Christmas Pageant into one that will never be forgotten. The angels will have their wings, the shepherds will have their robes, and the firemen will be on standby just in case. Because with the Herdmans around you can never be sure what is going to happen.
Directed by Keri Small, the Project Challenge Playhouse production of "Best Christmas Pageant Ever" will be presented on four dates in December.
Auditions open to all elementary, middle and high school students in Anderson School District Five  will be held October 8 and 9 from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. each day. Students are asked to select one audition day, and to please plan to stay during the entire audition time.
"Best Christmas Pageant Ever" will hit the Project Challenge Playhouse stage December 13, 14, 15, and 16.
Those interested in auditioning do not need anything prepared; auditions will be cold readings and improvisations.
Project Challenge Playhouse is located at the Adult Education facility on North Main Street across from Bojangles.


Clemson Presents 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'

Polish up those spelling skills in preparation for the fun-filled musical journey of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" presented in October by the Clemson Players and the university performing arts department.
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WP: Closing Aruguments Monday in S.C. Voter ID Case

Closing arguments Monday over South Carolina’s voter-identification law will cap an extraordinary case that has seen charges of racism directed at the law’s author and federal judges’ open frustration over state officials’ changing stances on implementing it.

Opponents of the embattled law, which U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. blocked last year under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, will challenge the credibility of its chief author, state Rep. Alan D. Clemmons (R) of Myrtle Beach.

Attorneys for the voter-ID law’s foes, including civil rights groups, will say Clemmons took false credit for its “reasonable impediment” clause, which allows voters to cast ballots if they have “reasonable” reasons for not having photo identification. Attorneys also will say Clemmons misrepresented his relationship with a man who sent him an e-mail about the law that the lawmaker acknowledged under oath last month was racist.

And the lawyers trying to kill the law will argue that Alan Wilson, South Carolina attorney general, and Marci Andino, executive director of the State Election Commission, lack the legal authority to implement the voter-ID law in ways that contradict the law’s text or other relevant state laws.

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Tennessee Vols To Continue Pre-Game Prayers

The University of Tennessee has decided to continue its tradition of opening home football games and other events with prayer despite complaints from a national atheist group, which claims it violates the separation of church and state.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation had written to UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek, insisting the offering of prayers violated a 1997 U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision – Chaudhuri vs. State of Tennessee – that struck down sectarian prayers at public universities. However, Cheek announced that "the university will continue to allow prayers before university events."

"Public universities should respect, not squelch, the religious traditions of students. We applaud the University of Tennessee for continuing prayers at events, including football games," Alliance Defending Freedom Litigation Staff Travis Barham said in a statement on Friday.


CP: Chick-Fil-A says Position Unchanged

Chick-fil-A has cleared up rumors that it has revised its charitable donation policy to exclude "anti-gay" groups. The fast-food chain's president told Fox News host Mike Huckabee that it has not made any "concessions" and remains committed to strengthening families.

"There continues to be erroneous implications in the media that Chick-fil-A changed our practices and priorities in order to obtain permission for a new restaurant in Chicago," Cathy told Huckabee. "That is incorrect. Chick-fil-A made no such concessions, and we remain true to who we are and who we have been."

On Wednesday, Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno – along with a gay rights group known as The Civil Rights Agenda – publicly declared victory that he had gotten Chick-fil-A to change its corporate giving policy. Moreno then announced he would "allow" the chain to build a restaurant in Chicago after a period of negotiations. The Chicago alderman had earlier threatened to block the chain from coming to his ward in protest of Cathy's "homophobic" comments.