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Magazine Editor Named New Director of Anderson Arts Center

April Cameron, editor and publisher of Anderson Magazine, has been chosen as the new executive director of the Anderson Arts Center. Cameron replaces Leslie Lee who took over the position in May of this year.

Lee is leaving for a similar position in Camden. She replaced Kimberly Spears, who left the job after 25 years to lead the Economic Development Division for the City of Anderson. 

She said her new job will not have any impact on the continuation of "Anderson Magazine."

“I have always worked full-time the entire time I managed the magazine anyway, so nothing will change," said Cameron, who officially moves into the new role Sept. 20.  "Busy people get most done."

Cameron, who already served on the Arts Center board, said she is took the position because she wanted to get more involved with arts in Anderson.

"This is a great opportunity and I am excited," Cameron said. 

Among her goals is diversifying fundraising and both keeping people interested in ther arts in Anderson. 

While she has not plans for major changes, she said spreading the word about the center will be a top priority.

Cameron's background in marketing, public relations and journalism should be assests to her new role, according to Emily Holland, president of the executive board of the Arts Center.


Hanna, Westside Move Games to Thursday Ahead of Storm

T.L. Hanna and Westside have rescheduled this week's football in anticipation of the coming storm.

Hanna will play their varisity football game against J.L. Mann Thursday at 7 p.m. Westside will play at home against Easley Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Yesterday, Anderson County School District 1 moved the Seneca at Palmetton fooball game to 7 p.m. Thursday.

School Distrct 3 has also moved the Pendleton at BHP football game to 7 p.m. Thursday.


Former Clemson Defensive Coach to Speak Friday at TD Club

Coach Dan Brooks, retired Clemson defensive tackles coach, will be the guest speaker at the Anderson Area Touchdown Club on Friday at noon at the Anderson County Library.  Coach Brooks announced his retirement after Clemson beat Alabama in the National Championship game February 2017.  He was with Clemson for 8 seasons, coached 43 years and 412 games. Players of the week and the coach of the week will be also honored from the previous Friday night games.

Memberships are still available to the touchdown club.  An individual membership fee is $50 and a Corporate membership (which includes 5) is $200. 

A meal is served and members are charged $10 and visitors $15.  The food line opens at 11:30, the program begins about 12:10, and the program concludes at 1:00 pm. 

For further information about the cub or to join, call Bill Brissey at 864-226-7380 or Nancy at 864-616-6471.


E+I Engineering to Expand in Ireland

The Ireland-based E+I Engineering, which brought 250 jobs to Anderson when opening their first United States facility in 2014, has announced an $11 million expansion, with 90 new jobs, at the facility in Donegal, Ireland. 

The international electrical engineering company with over 1,700 staff globally has also invested in manufacturing bases in the USA and United Arab Emirates and works in over 40 countries around the world.

The Anderson facility, located on Harris Bridge Road near I-85, has brought an investment of nearly $17 million since it opened.


War of 1812 Hero to be Added to County Museum Hall of Fame

A hero from the War of 1812 is the latest inductee in the Anderson County Museum's Hall of Fame.

Col. John Martin will be honored during an Oct. 16 ceremony, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the museum.

“This year’s ceremony will also feature the previous 35 Hall of Fame inductees as we celebrate 15 years of the Hall of Fame,” said Anderson Country Museum Director Beverly Childs. “The ceremony and reception is free and open to the public. We hope many past recipient’s families will attend.”

Martin was chosen from the 20 applications for the honor by the Anderson County Museum Advisory Hall of Fame Committee. Nominees must be deceased at least 10 years before they are eligible to be nominated. Martin was nominated by committee member Dr. Julia Barnes.

“Anderson County gave a significant contribution to South Carolina’s effort in the war of 1812," said Barns. "Unfortunately in 2018, our county’s participation is nearly forgotten. Colonel John Martin was a continuation of the tradition of Anderson County citizens making a significant personal sacrifice to preserve and protect our freedom.”


NWS: Florence Could be "Storm of a Lifetime"

Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Projections for Hurricane Florence are becoming more serious as the Category 4 storm approaches the East Coast, with forecasters saying it could be the "storm of a lifetime" when it arrives. Upstate South Carolina remains in the area expected to see high winds and heavy rainfall by late weekend as the storm moves inland.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory Florence will move west-northwestward between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Wednesday. It will then slow considerably while strengthening off the U.S. coast, and produce extremely dangerous conditions in its path. The storm will most likely make strike the coast of North Carolina or South Carolina by late Thursday.

The eye of the storm was about 575 miles miles southeast of Cape Fear, N.C., and moving west-northwest at 17 mph with recorded maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, the NHC said.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., said the hurricane is looking like a major event.

"This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast," it said early Wednesday. "And that`s saying a lot given the impacts we`ve seen from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd, and Matthew."

"I can`t emphasize enough the potential for unbelievable damage from wind, storm surge, and inland flooding with this storm," one NWS forecaster said.


Florence Expected to Bring Heavy Rains to Upstate

Hurricane Florence is expected to pound the Carolinas and Virginia late Thursday and into Friday as an intense hurricane with life-threatening storm surge, destructive winds and potentially catastrophic inland rainfall flooding as one of the strongest strikes on record for this part of the U.S. East Coast. Heavy rains are now being forecast for the Upstate.

A hurricane warning is now in effect from the South Santee River, South Carolina, northward to Duck, North Carolina. This includes Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina, and most of the Outer Banks.

Hurricane watches remain posted north of Duck to the border between North Carolina and Virginia, as well as from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, northward to the South Santee River. This includes Charleston, South Carolina.

Hurricane watches also extend to some extent inland in the Carolinas, including such cities as Goldsboro, Kinston and Lumberton, North Carolina.

Tropical storm watches have been issued farther north from the border between North Carolina and Virginia to Cape Charles Lighthouse, Virginia, as well as for the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort, Virginia.


AnMed Begins Taking Storm Evacuees

AnMed Health is preparing to accept 11 patients from Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach who are being evacuated from the coast ahead of Hurricane Florence. The evacuees are expected to arrive after 7:30 p.m. today depending on the traffic. They will be accommodated on a non-critical care unit. Their length of stay is dependent on the weather conditions of hurricane Florence. 
Other evacuees, finding refuge in the area, who have non-emergency medical needs, may contact the Department Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to find out about a special medical needs shelter. The DHEC care line number is 1-855-472-3432. 
Evacuees, who need dialysis treatment and have not made previous arrangements, should also call the DHEC care line number at 1-855-472-3432 to get directed to an area dialysis clinic. 

Clemson Extension Offers Tips on Preparing for Flooding

CLEMSON — With flooding possible in the path of Hurricane Florence, Clemson Extension is advising residents who rely on drinking well water to take action to better prepare their wells, even as they are making plans to evacuate.

Clemson Extension is advising South Carolina residents who rely on well water to take action to better prepare their wells for possible flooding in advance of Hurricane Florence, even as they are making plans to evacuate.

Clemson Extension is offering a fact sheet titled “How to prepare your well for the next flood: evacuation preparations and return home” that includes information on steps residents can take to prepare wells during potential evacuation preparations and upon return.

“With some simple preparation methods ahead of a potential evacuation, residents who rely on wells for their drinking water can save valuable time and lower the risk of illness due to flood-related water-borne pathogens,” said Cal Sawyer, water resources specialist. “This fact sheet contains some easy steps you can take before a potential flood that will protect you in the event that your well is submerged.”

Among the most important steps is to store adequate bottled water for drinking and cooking because if a well is submerged even temporarily during a flood, the well water won’t be usable to drink, brush teeth or cook with until it is tested and found suitable.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) can test private drinking well water for bacterial contamination. Residents should locate the nearest regional DHEC Environmental Affairs office to obtain sample collection bottles and instructions before the flooding occurs, if possible. County Extension agents can help with locating the nearest office. Contact information for each county office is available here.

If available, locate the log/well report completed when your well was installed and store a copy of it in a safe place that will be accessible if you evacuate. Also, locate contact information for licensed well drillers in the area. If possible, contact a driller before evacuating if you think your well will need service immediately after the flood.

Residents should also fill up their well’s pressure tank as much as possible and turn off electricity to the well. Residents with an aerobic septic system should also turn off electricity for that system. No special preparations are recommended for conventional septic systems.

That information and more, including recommendations for restoring your well upon return from an evacuation and how to shock chlorinate a water well are included in the fact sheet.


County to Consider Options for Employee Health Insurance

by Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

Anderson County will consider moving ahead with plans to find more affordable and comprehensive health care for employees at a special called council meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown.

"The county is looking for innovative and affordable health care for all of our employees," said Anderson County Adminstrator Rusty Burns. "We are looking at a variety of options to find better health care that works."

Burns said that currently, even though the county provides health care through the state system at no cost to each employee, many employees can still not afford to go to the doctor because of co-pays, deductibles and other fees. The cost of the state insurance plan has been among the most rapdily rising budget items for the county, while the quality and availabliity of actual health care has decline.

Council will discuss a potential plan with Direct Access, MD, of Anderson, a group which provides affordable primary care to individuals and families. Dr. Amy Cianciolo and Dr. Shane Purcell, partners in the group, will be on hand for the meeting. 

A representative of Palmetto Insurance of Anderson will also be at the meeting to discuss medical issues which require hospitalization or other urget care not covered by primary care. Palmetto was chosen earlier this year after Anderson County Council put out a request for proposals on alternative health insurance options. 

"If council approves a plan, we'll move ahead quickly," Burns said. "The right plan could be put into place in three to four months."


Anderson Greek Festival Plus Set for This Weekend

The Annual Anderson Greek Festival Plus is scheduled for Sept. 14-16 at the Civic Center of Anderson. Proceeds to support causes in the Holy Land and charities in the Anderson area, and The Shepherd's Guild outreach fund.
Julie RobertsThis year will feature Nashville recording artist Julie Roberts, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m., which is free, though a donation to help the charity is suggested.

The festival was honored as “Best Annual Community Event" 2015 and 2017, and this year added "Plus" to the name to promote our other non-Greek entertainment. The festival offers the new activities while keeping the traditional Greek culinary base and mission.

A wide variety of traditional Greek food, music and dancing are the key elements of the festival each year.

The festival entertainment kicks of Sept. 14 with hours from 4:30-9:30 pm. featuring live music by Slighshot Mickey & Machine Funk and will continue on Sept. 15 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and  Sept. 16 and from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19.
Admission is free and the public is invited.
The proceeds of the 2018 Festival will support causes in the Holy Land and charities in the Anderson area, and The Shepherd's Guild outreach fund.

The Festival is a project of The Shepherd's Guild, a 501c3 nonprofit service organization.

The Annual Anderson Greek Festival Plus is scheduled for Sept. 14-16 at the Civic Center of Anderson. Proceeds to support causes in the Holy Land and charities in the Anderson area, and The Shepherd's Guild outreach fund.The festival entertainment kicks of Sept. 14 with hours from 4:30-9:30 pm. featuring live music by Slighshot Mickey & Machine Funk and will continue on Sept. 15 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and  Sept. 16 and from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

Admission is free and the public is invited.

The proceeds of the 2018 Festival will support causes in the Holy Land and charities in the Anderson area, and The Shepherd's Guild outreach fund.


Kathryn and Leo Smith United Way Communitarians of the Year

Longtime Anderson residents Kathryn and Leo Smith have been chosen the United Way of Anderson County's Communitarians of the Year. 
The couple was chosen by the past recipients of the award for their commitment to the betterment of the community through their leadership and community service in Anderson County. A banquet honoring the Smiths is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Tucker’s Restaurant.
Throughout its history, Anderson County has been blessed with outstanding leaders who have pioneered thoughts, ideas and initiatives that have resulted in our community being a better, brighter, and healthier community in which to live, work and raise families. Many of these are remembered for or are associated with one particular cause or initiative in Anderson County.
Other leaders have distinguished themselves by their work, guidance and philanthropy in multiple areas. These leaders possess one common trait- they understand that they must work and support initiatives that benefit all of the community- every neighborhood, every faith, every organization, and every individual. These are identified by the United Way as the Communitarians, who set an example for others.
Reservations are $50 per person. Donations are also accepted in honor of the Smiths. Proceeds from this event will go to the Cancer Association of Anderson. To make a reservation or make a donation, send checks to: United Way of Anderson County; c/o Communitarian; P.O. Box 2067; Anderson, SC 29622, or visit