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Accident Causes Delays on I-85 in Anderson

Troopers said I-85 North was closed near mile marker 22 in Anderson County Saturday morning due to a jackknifed semi.

The crash happened just before 10 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

FOX Carolina reported one lane was moving as of 11:40 a.m.

Drivers can take Clemson Boulevard (Exit 19) east to Highway 81 and turn left to return to I-85.


S.C. Cotton Farmers Expect Record Crop in 2018

CLEMSON – Coming off a record year for cotton, South Carolina cotton farmers can expect an even greater year in 2018.

Nathan Smith, Clemson Extension economist and professor at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center, said estimates for South Carolina cotton planted stand at 260,000 acres.

“This is 10,000 more acres than in 2017,” Smith said. “An increase of 900,000 acres is reported for the entire United States. A total of 12.6 million acres for the United States was reported in 2017 and 13.5 million acres have been reported for 2018.Pee

Smith said he believes the actual number of cotton acres planted in South Carolina will be more than 260,000 acres.

“I believe acreage is closer to the March intentions of 285,000 acres,” Smith said. “We had a lot of rain during planting and it’s possible that grower surveys reflected fewer acres planted than expected by the first week of June for South Carolina.”

The South Carolina cotton acreage keeps increasing. Mike Jones, Clemson cotton specialist housed at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center, said a total of 250,000 acres of cotton were planted in South Carolina in 2017, up from 190,000 acres of cotton planted in South Carolina in 2016. Better prices for cotton is the main reason cotton acreage in South Carolina is increasing.


County Planning to Expand Starr-Iva Landfill

Anderson County is considering plans to expand the Starr-Iva Landfill which is nearing capacity. The expansion will be paid by new debt service payment of $289,000. The current debt service payment of $358.000 wil be complete this year, so the new funds for expansion could represent some savings. A mulcher/grinder machine for the site is also being considered. The machine would cost approximately $550,000, with an estimated $75,000 per year additional cost to run the new equipment.

Anderson County Solid Waste Director Greg Smith explains:


CDC Warns: Do Not Eat Honey Smacks Cereal

ATLANTA (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg's cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states.

The CDC announced Thursday that customers should avoid Honey Smacks, tweeting, "Do not eat this cereal." The agency says it found salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks, which has been subject to a voluntary recall by Kellogg since mid-June.

It says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund.

The CDC says at least 30 of the people infected in the outbreak have been hospitalized. It says most people infected with salmonella develop a fever, cramps or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.


Study: Obesity Alone Does not Contribute to Early Death

July 12 (UPI) -- People who are obese but otherwise healthy do not have an increased rate of mortality, according to a study in Toronto -- conflicting with results of a major study in Europe.

Researchers at York University's Faculty of Health followed 54,089 men and women from five cohort studies through 2017. Participants who were otherwise healthy were compared with those with elevated glucose, blood pressure or lipids alone or another metabolic factor, including smoking status, ethnicity, age and lifestyle. Their findings were published Thursday in the journal Clinical Obesity. 

"This is in contrast with most of the literature and we think this is because most studies have defined metabolic healthy obesity as having up to one metabolic risk factor," said study leader Dr. Jennifer Kuk, associate professor at the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. "This is clearly problematic, as hypertension alone increases your mortality risk and past literature would have called these patients with obesity and hypertension, 'healthy.' This is likely why most studies have reported that 'healthy' obesity is still related with higher mortality risk."

In March, a study was published of 296,535 adults of white European descent between 2006 and 2010. It showed the risk of heart attacks, strokes and high blood pressure increase as body mass index increases beyond 22-23 kg/m.

The study in Canada showed that dyslipidemia, hypertension or diabetes are related with a high mortality risk, but obesity alone doesn't fit into this situation.

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Samsung Brings 200 Jobs to Greenville

GREENVILLE, SC (AP) -Samsung Electronics America is expanding its presence in South Carolina, with 200 new jobs. The company announced Thursday the opening of a new customer care center in Greenville. Officials say the facility includes training centers, a showcase of the latest Samsung products and a lab for testing real-life consumer experiences. Officials say it will help Samsung identify ways consumers can keep their devices connected to one another and make sure they get the most out of them.

Samsung says the facility will bring 200 new jobs this year and a total of 400 jobs to the region by 2020.


Clemson Offers Chance to Make Signature Ice Cream Flavor

CLEMSON – Clemson ice cream has been around for 100 years and on July 28 the public will have an opportunity to become a part of this deliciously sweet tradition.

The first-ever Clemson Ice Cream Makers Day is slated for July 28 in the only place where Clemson ice cream is made — the Ice Cream Innovation Laboratory in Newman Hall and the Class of ’55 Exchange on campus. Groups of family, friends, or both are invited to come and make their very own signature flavor of Clemson ice cream during one of three timeslots – 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Cost is $40 per group, limit 10 people per group. Registration must be done in person at the Class of ’55 Exchange ice cream shop during normal store hours. No phone-in or online registration allowed. Store hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Class of ’55 Exchange is located in the Clemson University Hendrix Student Center, 720 McMillan Road, Clemson, S.C. 29631.

Participants in the July 28 event will be led by Clemson food science students Marianna Painter, a master’s student from Myrtle Beach, Kelly Polte, a junior from Elmhurst, Illinois, and Jonathan Dillard, a senior from Conway.

“We are very excited to be holding this event,” Polte said. “It will be so cool to show people how we make Clemson ice cream. We want to give people a chance to have a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to make original Clemson ice cream.”

This event will be the first time customers will be allowed to make their own signature Clemson ice cream, Painter said.

“Everyone who participates will learn the entire process of how Clemson ice cream is made right here on campus,” Painter said. “We will begin at the Class of ’55 Exchange for a brief lesson on Clemson’s historic ice cream and then move to the Ice Cream Innovation Lab where participants will learn some of the science behind creating the perfect ice cream. Then, we will show them where and how we make the ice cream sold in the Class of ‘55 Exchange and give them a chance to design, formulate and make their very own signature Clemson ice cream.”

Each group will create its own ice cream from start to finish with help from food science students who work for the Class of ‘55 Exchange. The groups will receive a list of all of bases, flavorings, mix-ins and variegates. Ice cream variegates are used to add extra texture or dimension to any ice cream. From the list they are given, each group will create a recipe for their new flavor of ice cream.

“Group members will be involved in every step of the process,” Dillard said. “They will measure the ingredients and add them, along with our ice cream mix made from a 100-year-old recipe, into the ice cream freezing machine. Once it is finished, they will be able to package the ice cream into pint containers and take home their new creation.”

Food science students will be available to give suggestions and demonstrations but the majority of the work will be done by participants.


Tuition Rising at University of South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The University of South Carolina is raising undergraduate tuition costs for the coming year nearly 3 percent.

The school's board of trustees approved the increase Wednesday. The school said in a news release that in addition to the 2.9 percent tuition increase, there will also be a 3.5 percent increase in food service and about a 4 percent increase in housing costs, depending on the dorm.

The combined impact will be about $784 per year for in-state, undergraduate residents.

Tuition is also going up at USC branch campuses and for graduate students.

The tuition increase will bring in $11 million in additional revenue. The money will be spent upgrading information technology infrastructure, improving the in-demand programs such as health sciences and data design, and increasing money for USC's police department.


County Has High Hopes for Property Behind Courthouse

Observer Reports

The vacant lot behind the historic Anderson County Courthouse may not be empty much longer. 

After failing to find the right fit for the property, Anderson County is now exploring a partnership with Peach Properties of Columbia to help find the perfect fit for this valuable real estate which formerly served as home to the Bailes/Woolworth businesses.

The goal has long been to build a public/private partnership facility on the site, one which will bring more people downtown and provide both retail, office and potentially residential space.

Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns would even like to see an observation deck on top of the new structure, offering a panoramic view of Anderson from downtown.

Burns said he would like whatever is constructed to be the most significant building downtown.

The property is part of the original charter property of the City of Anderson. Demolition was completed on the property in 2016, 


Lawsuit Claims S.C. Voting Process Not Secure

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina election officials are accused in a new lawsuit of failing to keep the state's voting processes secure.

The State newspaper reports the suit filed Tuesday says the South Carolina Election Commission has deprived voters of their constitutional right to vote by failing to provide a reliable voting system.

The suit filed by a businessman and a former state lawmaker says the state's thousands of digital voting machines are antiquated, leave no paper trail and have "deep security flaws" making them vulnerable to hacking.

Commission executive director Marci Andino told the newspaper she hadn't seen the lawsuit and had no comment. Andino says the commission knows its voting machines are near the end of their 15-year life cycle and wants to replace them before the 2020 presidential election.


S.C. Sales Tax Holiday Set for Aug. 3-5

South Carolina's annual Sales Tax Holiday – the state’s popular three-day sales and use tax break on traditional back-to-school purchases - is set for Aug. 3-5 this year.
The annual sales tax Holiday, which was implemented in 2000, provides taxpayers with an exemption on the 6% statewide sales tax as well as any applicable local taxes, the tax-free weekend also benefits in-state businesses by urging taxpayers to do their back-to-school shopping in South Carolina.
During this time, taxes will not be imposed on clothing, shoes, school supplies, book bags, computers, printers, bedspreads and linens, and more. Nonexempt items during the weekend include the sales of jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, or items placed on layaway. Portable devices whose function is primarily used for telephone calls, listening or downloading music, watching videos, or reading books, are not exempt during the tax-free weekend. However, with the growing popularity of computer tablets, portable devices that have computing functions and allow users to access multiple software applications are considered computers and are therefore tax-exempt, provided they do not allow users to make telephone calls.

The popularity of the tax-free weekend has made it the third busiest shopping period of the year, surpassed only by the weekends after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, as South Carolina shoppers save an average $3 million on taxes during the tax-free weekend.
For more information about this year’s Sales Tax Holiday, including an example list of exempt and nonexempt items as well as a listing of frequently asked questions, visit the S.C. Department of Revenue website,, under the “What’s New” section.


McMaster Campaign Raises $1.28M Between May 23-June 6

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster raised more than a million dollars in the most recent filing period as he seeks his first full term in office.

Online records show the Republican raised $1.28 million from May 23 to June 30. He finished the period with about $221,000 cash on hand.

Democratic nominee James Smith raised about $316,000 during the period. The state representative from Columbia had around $128,000 cash on hand.

Smith won his June 12 primary outright, defeating Florence attorney Marguerite Willis and Charleston consultant Phil Noble. McMaster was forced into a runoff with Greenville businessman John Warren, ultimately winning that contest on June 26 with about 54 percent of votes cast.


Ozone Advisory for Upstate; Some Urged to Stay Indoors

It's not just the heat, it's the ozone.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has issued an air quality advisory for Anderson and other Upstate counties until Thursday morning.

The Air Quality Index is expected to be between 101 and 150, creating conditions unhealthy for sensitive groups and it will be declared an "ozone action day."

People with lung disease including asthma, children, older adults and people who are active outdoors should limit prolonged outdoor exertion on Wednesday.