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Tuesday
Nov062018

Council Approves $1.73 Million Road Improve Plan

Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

Anderson County Council approved a $1.73 million road improvement plan for fiscal year 2018-2019. The plan will be funded, based on a priority system, using the combined paving accounts fo the seven council members.

The following shows the current road priorities in Anderson County:

County to Provide Some Services to Pelzer

Council also moved ahead with a plan to provide services within the town of Pelzer. Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns said that growth in Pelzer led the town request the county provide services, such as building inspections, much like is done in other towns in the county.

Sale of Land to Clemson Could Boost Tourism

The county also agreed to sell 20 acres to Clemson University to expand the Experimental Forest trails aimed at providing increased educational experiences and boosting tourism.

Burns saie woudl connect greenways and provide a huge boost to tourism and recreational activies in the Pendleton area. 

Tax Incentives Approved for Senior Housing in Pendleton

 Meanwhile council approved tax incentives for a new senior housing project in Pendleton which will provide 100 jobs with an average salary of $18.26 per hour. Anderson County Economic Development Director Burriss Nelson said the $20 million capital investment will produce a 10-year economic impact of $10 million.

Council Adjusts Anderson County Administrator to Reflect State Averages

County Council approved a raise for Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns to $172,000, an adjustment made to bring his salary in line with others in his position, said Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen.

“His service to Anderson County has been invaluable,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “He didn’t ask for it, but for what he’s done, he’s well worth it, and I am proud he is leading Anderson County.” Dunn also noted that unlike many other administrators, Burns did not take advantage of job perks such as a vehicle or county phone.


Limiting Some Vehicles on Ballard Road Closer to Reality

Council also moved ahead with a plan to restrict the kinds of vehicles which can travel on Ballard Road.  

“Since the county finished improvements on the bridge, 18-wheelers have been using the road as a cut through between U.S. 29 North and S.C. 8,” Burns said. “It’s not appropriate traffic for that road.” 

Tuesday
Nov062018

Missing Anderson Man Located in Georgia

Anderson County Sheriff's Office is pleased to report that missing, endangered 70 year old, Donald Ray Sherman, has been located in Coweta County, GA.

Deputies with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office located a vehicle on the side of Interstate 85 that matched the one Sherman was last driving. When deputies got out to investigate, they discovered the vehicle was unoccupied, but found to be listed in the National Criminal Information Center database and belonging to Sherman. 

After a search of the area near the vehicle, Sherman was located in the woods approximately 500 yards from the road. He was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Tuesday
Nov062018

Duncan Hines Recalls 2.4 Million Boxes of Cake Mix

Food giant Conagra Brands is recalling 2.4 million boxes of its Duncan Hines cake mix, with federal health officials warning that one variety of the popular product tested positive for salmonella.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of five illnesses linked to Duncan Hines, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Reports of additional illnesses are expected due to time lags between when an illness occurs and when the CDC receives confirmed lab results.

"The FDA is investigating the manufacturing facility that made recalled Duncan Hines cake mixes," an announcement posted late Monday by the agency stated. "FDA and the CDC informed Conagra Brands that a sample of Duncan Hines Classic White Cake Mix that contained Salmonella Agbeni matched the Salmonella collected from ill persons reported to the CDC. This was determined through Whole Genome Sequencing, a type of DNA analysis."

The recall involves approximately 2.4 million boxes of the cake mixes, a Conagra spokesperson emailed CBS MoneyWatch.

The CDC is interviewing people sickened by the salmonella bacteria to determine if they'd eaten Duncan Hines cake mixes before getting sick. "Several of the individuals reported consuming a cake mix at some point prior to becoming ill, and some may have also consumed these products raw and not baked," the recall notice stated.

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 CONAGRA BRANDS

Consumers were cautioned not to bake with or consume the recalled mixes, distributed to retailers nationwide and to some international export markets. The recalled mixes include: 15.25-ounce Duncan Hines Classic White Cake, 15.25-ounce Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake, 15.25-ounce Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake and 15.25-ounce Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake. All have expiration dates of March 7, 2019, through March 13, 2019.

"While it has not been definitively concluded that this product is linked to the outbreak and the investigation is still ongoing, Conagra has decided to voluntarily recall the specific Duncan Hines variety identified, Classic White, and three other varieties — Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow — made during the same time period out of an abundance of caution," the recall noticesaid.

Consumers with questions can call Conagra at 888-299-7646 or visit www.duncanhines.com.

Tuesday
Nov062018

What to Do If You Are Turned Away from the Polls

Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Tuesday is Election Day in the United States, where many states have reported problems at the polls in the early voting period.

If you arrive to cast your vote and are turned away, there is action you can take to contest the decision.

Laws vary by state, but many require voters to show government-issued identification and addresses and signatures that match what's on file with the elections office. The laws are aimed at preventing voter fraud.

In South Carolina, a non-photo identification such as a bank statement with name and address or other document that does not necessarily have a photo, is accepted. Using this categorization for laws that are in effect in 2018, 17 states ask for a photo ID and 17 states also accept non-photo IDs.

If you believe you are turned away unfairly, one of the things you can do is ask for a provisional ballot.

"People should never be turned away," Julie Ebenstein, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union's Voting Rights Project, told UPI. "They're entitled to a provisional ballot. Insist on it. It's a good stop-gap and backup tool if it can't be settled at the polls."

A provisional ballot is a real ballot, but polling places will simply hold onto it until you prove you're registered and eligible to vote. Provisional ballots are factored into the total when the final vote is canvassed.

The nonpartisan Election Protection coalition has established a hotline voters can call to report problems (1-866-OUR-VOTE). 

Experts also recommend finding your polling place in advance. At the Vote.org website, you can find your polling place and check your registration status.

The number of voters turned away has increased dramatically since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder in 2013. Before that, states had to get the Justice Department's approval before changing election requirements. Now, nearly half of all states have new laws without the need for federal review.

Monday
Nov052018

S.C. Sets Early Voting Mark with More than 230,000 Ballots Cast

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has shattered the record for absentee ballots cast in a midterm election.

The South Carolina Election Commission said more than 230,000 votes were cast as of Friday evening. That is 46 percent more absentee votes this year than the previous midterm record of 157,000 early votes in 2014.

The numbers are sure to rise. Election officials promised updated numbers Monday evening.

The record for most early voters in any South Carolina election was in November 2016 when more than 500,000 absentee votes were cast.

Election Commission numbers show South Carolina has 3.1 million registered voters. That's about 10,000 fewer than in 2016, but 275,000 more than 2014.

Monday
Nov052018

Free Rides to the Polls Available Tomorrow

Anderson County residents who need a ride to vote tomorrow have a few free and discount options available. 

The Anderson County Democratic Party is offering free rides to all voters. People wanting a ride should call a Dispatcher at (404) 550-8975 between 8 a.m.-Noon and (864) 933-7048 between Noon- 4 p.m. The dispatcher will ask you to provide your address and the polling place where you will be voting.

Meanwhile Uber and Lyft are offering discount rides to the polls. 

Uber will offer $10 off a single ride via its most inexpensive options, usually the Pool shared ride option, as well as a poll locator button in the app that will help route users to their polling place. 

Lyft is providing half-off rides nationwide through a partnership with nonprofits working to encourage civic engagement, and will offer codes for free rides, via partner groups, to underserved communities. 

Both require the installation of an app to use their services.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Find out more about your ballot at here. 

Monday
Nov052018

McMaster, Smith Make Final Pitch before Election

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Henry McMaster has entered his final day of campaigning to win outright a full term in the office he's held for nearly two years.

On Monday, McMaster planned to fly around the state, holding news conferences in Columbia, North Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Greenville with his running mate, businesswoman Pamela Evette.

The Republican faces off Tuesday with Democrat James Smith, a state representative who's spent the campaign's final days crisscrossing the state in an RV. On Monday, he and running mate Mandy Powers Norrell planned to campaign in the conservative Upstate before holding a final rally in Columbia.

McMaster has been in office for nearly two years following Nikki Haley's departure to serve as U.N. Ambassador.

Monday
Nov052018

Anderson Clemson Club to Collect Canned Goods, Honor Military

The Anderosn Area Clemson Club will host a Boston College viewing party Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Raines on Main. 

The public is invited. The event will also feature a time to honor and writer thank you notes to members of the military, and will collect canned goods for the Good Neighber Cupboard for Thanksgiving.

For more information, call aaclemsonclub@gmail.com

Monday
Nov052018

High School Fishing World Finals Coming to Anderson in 2021

Building off a record 2018 High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship where nearly 400 teams from across the globe competed, The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation (SAF) and our partners in fishing at FLW announced today a new strategically aligned three-year schedule, which includes a visit to Green Pond Landinf. 

In June 2021,the championships will take place on the massive boarder waters between South Carolina and Georgia at Green Pond Landing on Hartwell Lake. 

“We are very proud to be working with the TBF\SAF and hosting the High School World Finals and National Championship in 2021," said Neil Paul, Executive Director of Visit Anderson. "The future in bass fishing is our high school anglers and we look forward to the opportunity to host them all in our community. Our team at Anderson County has worked very hard to ensure that we’re a destination for bass fishing with Green Pond Landing, one of the top facilities in America and our fishery, Lake Hartwell, has been named a Top 100 Bass Lake in America for 4 consecutive years! We could not be more excited about hosting the future of our sport right here in Anderson." 

In the competitive fishing arena it is difficult to travel for the anglers, industry staff and partners it is expected fishing is no different than baseball, softball, cheer or dance team championships. Couple that with the fact that few places can accommodate 400-plus teams on the water for a week limits the options. It’s a large event but designed so that as many young anglers as possible can have a chance at the more than $150,000 in scholarships offered each year and to experience the comradery of an event this size where lifetime friendships are made. 

“Feedback from the students and families is they understand that travel is a part of it, it is not their favorite part nor is it ours, but they wanted more time to plan, save and raise funds and possibly schedule a vacation a year in advance to prefish someplace new, so we are announcing 3 years in advance," said.TBF President\CEO Robert Cartlidge. If you can picture a “triangle” of locations paired with a four-year High School career it means that at least 2 out of the 3 years the pinnacle events in all of High School Fishing will be “closer” to everyone no matter what side of the “triangle” you live on. 

The four-day High School Fishing World Finals and National championship combined event format is a very unique structure where all anglers compete for three days in a format with a second chance round designed to keep everyone in the game until the final day cut. The dual event format saves families money by not having to make two trips to different premier events. For full details, check out HighSchoolFishing.org. You can get your club affiliated with SAF and compete!  All TBF, SAF and FLW High School Fishing events are no entry fee events. To register, anglers only need to be a member of the Student Angler Federation (SAF) which is a mere $25 per year and includes competitor SAF and FLW memberships. It is as easy as completing the online registration at HighSchoolFishing.org.   

Monday
Nov052018

Detention Center, EMS to Conduct Drill This Afternoon

Today at 2:00 p.m., the Anderson County Detention Center will conduct a Fire Drill. Fire trucks, EMS and patrol vehicles will be responding as part of the exercise. This is only a drill.

 

Sunday
Nov042018

What You Need to Know about Tuesday Elections

Anderson Observer

Election day is Tuesday, and the weather may be as stormy as the mid-term elections. Voting registration is up 25 percent in South Carolina neaded into the election.

On Tuesday, voters around the state and nation will go to the polls. Voter registration is up in South Carolina, and while local, state and national elections can create confusion on issues and candidates, two websites offer a preivew of exactly how your ballot will look next week.

SCVotes.org offers a sample ballot, as well as providing information on where you are allowed to vote based on your address.

Ballotready.org walks you through everything on the ballot with links directly to the candidates own sites and links providing explanations of the other issues. 

A third site, Vote411.org, also includes much of the same information.

Sunday
Nov042018

Churches Worldwide Join in Day of Prayer for the Persecuted

As many as 100,000 congregations worldwide and millions of Christians are participating in a day of prayer for the persecuted church Sunday.

Known as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, the annual event was launched over 20 years ago by the World Evangelical Alliance, with other Christian human rights groups adding their support.

Godfrey Yogarajah, executive director of the WEA's Religious Liberty Commission, told The Christian Post that the observance was meant to "bring together concentrated prayer during a specific period for persecuted believers worldwide."

"Our hope is that the IDOP will serve in bringing awareness to the global church on the persecution of Christians worldwide and inspire them to respond to the needs of suffering believers," said Yogarajah.

"At the same time, our hope is also that the IDOP would be a source of encouragement to the persecuted and a reminder that they are part of a global family of believers who are standing in solidarity with them."

Saturday
Nov032018

Museum's Mistletoe Market Set for Nov. 9, 10

The Fifteen Annual Mistletoe Market hosted by the Friends of the Anderson County Museum will be held Nov. 9, 10, at the museum.  The Mistletoe Market, a juried show, marks the start of the holiday shopping season in the upstate and features artisans and crafters from all over Upstate South Carolina and Georgia. This year, more than 35 artistrs will participate in the event.

The hours for Nov. 9 are 4 p.m.-8 p.m., and Nov. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information, call the Museum at 864-260-4737 or visit https://andersoncountymuseum.org