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Tuesday
Sep122017

Almost 40,000 Still Without Power in Anderson County; School Districts 1,2,3 to Reopen Tomorrow

Nearly 40,000 Andersonians remained without power as of 6 p.m., according a a spokesman for Duke Energy.

Anderson County School Districts One, Two and Three will be open Wednesday on regular schedule with the exception of Anderson District One's Concrete Primary. Due to a power outage at Concrete Primary they will be closed unless power is restored.

Anderson School District Four will be closed due to power outages at schools.
Anderson School District Five has yet to announce, but as of 4 p.m. power was still out at three elementary schools: Concord, New Prospect and South Fant. The district will make a determination by 7 p.m. 

 

 

Tuesday
Sep122017

Former UGA QB, SMU Head Coach to Speak at TD Club

Former University of Georgia Quarterback Mike Cavan is the schedule guest speaker for Friday's Anderson Area Touchdown Club. The weekly begining at 11:30 a.m. at the main branch of the Anderson County Library.

Cavan's career includes serving as head coach of Southern Methodist University, and coaching stints at Valdosta State and East Tennessee State.

Visitors are welcome. Call 226-7380 for additional information.

Tuesday
Sep122017

Report: Clemson Ranked Among Top 25 Public Universities

Clemson University once again is ranked among the top universities in the country by U.S.News & World Report. In the 2018 edition of Best Colleges Rankings, Clemson is ranked 23rd among the top public universities, the 10th year it has been ranked among the top 25 public schools.

“Clemson was founded on the principle that the university should be a high seminary of learning,” said Clemson President James P. Clements. “That vision remains as clear today as ever, and is reflected by Clemson’s inclusion among the top 25 public universities every year for the past decade. I am extremely proud of the great work done every day by our faculty, staff and students who make this sustained excellence possible.”

The U.S. News rankings measure institutions’ performance on up to 15 measures of academic quality, as well as on how they are perceived by their peers. The rankings emphasize outcomes, with graduation and retention rates accounting for 30 percent of the score. The top schools all have high six-year graduation rates and strong freshman retention rates. Clemson’s overall score is its highest ever.

U.S. News also noted Clemson is:

  • The 12th most innovative school among all national public universities, based on nominations from top college officials of schools that are making the most innovative improvements in curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities;
  • the 16th best college for veterans among all national public universities; and
  • one of only 11 public universities recognized for excellence in undergraduate research and creative projects.
  • ACT and SAT scores and the number of Clemson freshmen who were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes rank among the top 15 public universities.

Overall, Clemson was ranked 67h among all national universities, including private schools, Clemson also was recognized for its undergraduate engineering and business schools— ranking No. 56 and No. 78, respectively.

Tuesday
Sep122017

More than 80,000 in Area Still Without Power

Nearly 80,000 customers in Anderson County are still with electrcial service as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Duke Energy crews are working to restore power in most areas. An online map of the outages is here. 

Where to report power power outages:

Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (800-769-3766)
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative...
Call Outage Express to report outages at 1-888-BLUERIDGE (258-3743)
Little River Electric Cooperative...
864-366-2141 (Abbeville)
864-391-3480 (McCormick)
800-459-2141 (Anderson)

Where to report power power outages:Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (800-769-3766)Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative...Call Outage Express to report outages at 1-888-BLUERIDGE (258-3743)Little River Electric Cooperative...864-366-2141 (Abbeville)864-391-3480 (McCormick)800-459-2141 (Anderson)

Tuesday
Sep122017

Tim Scott to Meet with Trump on Charlottesville Response

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The only black Republican in the U.S. Senate is sitting down with Donald Trump to discuss the president's response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia last month.

A source tells The Associated Press that Tim Scott and Trump are meeting Wednesday. The source had knowledge of the meeting but wasn't allowed to discuss it publicly.

The South Carolina Republican has spoken out on race issues from the Senate floor, speaking about his own brushes with racial profiling, even while wearing his senator lapel pin.

Scott offered some of the bluntest criticism of the president's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying Trump's moral authority had become comprised after his comments that appeared to equate neo-Nazis and white supremacists with those who came out to oppose them.

Monday
Sep112017

Almost 70,000 without Power in Anderson County

Nearly 70,000 customers in Anderson County are still with electrcial service as of 11 p.m. Monday night.

Duke Energy crews are working to restore power in most areas

Where to report power power outages:

Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (800-769-3766)
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative...
Call Outage Express to report outages at 1-888-BLUERIDGE (258-3743)
Little River Electric Cooperative...
864-366-2141 (Abbeville)
864-391-3480 (McCormick)
800-459-2141 (Anderson)

Where to report power power outages:Duke Power 1-800-POWERON (800-769-3766)Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative...Call Outage Express to report outages at 1-888-BLUERIDGE (258-3743)Little River Electric Cooperative...864-366-2141 (Abbeville)864-391-3480 (McCormick)800-459-2141 (Anderson)

 

Monday
Sep112017

Anderson County Schools Closed Tuesday

Due to safety concerns and power outages at some schools, Anderson County School District Five will remained closed Tuesday.

At 7:15 p.m., the other four districts also announced all schools will be closed Tuesday. 

Anderson University has also cancelled Tuesday classes.

Anderson County offices will be open on a two-hour delay Tuesday as well.

Posted 8:04 p.m. Sept. 11: Clemson University main campus classes and operations will return to normal schedule at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Monday
Sep112017

Big Creek Asks to Customers to Conserve Water

Big Creek Water District and Hammond Water District are asking customers to conserve as much water as possible.

Water district manager Chuck Cortez said due to power outages affecting pump stations, conservation is needed.

The need to conserve water will be in place until power is restored, which Cortez hopes will be by mid-morning on Tuesday.

Monday
Sep112017

September is Library Card Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time the Anderson County Library System (ACLS) reminds parents that a library card can be the most important school supply of all. Anyone who does not have a card is encouraged to get one this month.

ACLS library cards are free to people who live, work, or own property in Anderson County.  Residents of Abbeville, Greenville, Oconee, or Pickens Counties can also apply for a limited reciprocal card.  All that is needed is a picture ID and proof of current address.   Children of all ages may have a card of their own but a parent must sign for a child’s card, presenting proper identification. Those over 16 may register on their own. Those under 18 must have parent approval for internet access.  Students in local schools and colleges who are not county residents may receive free cards for the school term.

Libraries play an key role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. Library Story Times expose young children to the joy of reading, while the Gambrell Teen Center provides educational support and a safe space for older children after school.

Society is changing in the way it consumes information. Libraries are America’s great information equalizers – the only place people of all ages and backgrounds can find and freely use such a diversity of resources, along with the expert guidance of librarians. The Anderson County Library system is evolving with these changes to serve the public and to continue to fulfill our role in leveling the playing field for all who seek information and access to technologies.  Thousands rely on ACLS for Internet access and digital content. In addition to books, magazines, DVDs, computers, games, software and other multimedia materials, Anderson Libraries provide access to e-books and databases. 

Often the library is the first point of contact in helping community members find education, culture, and support. From providing assistance to small business owners to assisting with genealogy searches, ACLS is changing lives.

The Anderson County Library System serves more than 190,000 county residents of all ages and includes the main library in the city of Anderson, eight branches located throughout the county, and a bookmobile. The System’s staff and board are committed to freedom of access for all, offering a forum for ideas. For more information, visit www.AndersonLibrary.org.

Monday
Sep112017

Delta Cancels 800 Flights Monday Due to Storm

(Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc said it would cancel about 800 flights on Monday as it braces for Tropical Storm Irma at its Atlanta hub. 

"Hurricane Irma is expected to bring to the Atlanta hub strong crosswinds that exceed operating limits on select mainline and regional aircraft," Delta said on Monday. (bit.ly/2gXW5Cu

The No. 2 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, whose business is heavily dependent on operations at the Atlanta airport, said it was planning to resume service to airports in Florida. 

Irma, ranked as one of the most powerful hurricanes recorded in the Atlantic, hit a wide swath of Florida over the past day. It is now a tropical storm with sustained winds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km per hour). 

Bigger rival American Airlines Group Inc said on Sunday it would not resume commercial flights at its Miami International Airport hub on Monday, but may operate flights to bring in staff and supplies.

Monday
Sep112017

Anderson Readies for Storm, 19 at Shelter So Far

Anderson County Emergency Operations Center moved to a partial activation and upgraded its operational status to OPCON 3, indicating a disaster or emergency situation is likely. The move begins the implementation of the appropriate all-hazard emergency plan. A partial activation brings together the various FEMA designated Emergency Support Functions (ESF-1 through 15) to coordinate emergency response and recovery actions across the County. 

Additionally, the County has established a direct phone line for debris removal in anticipation of downed trees caused by high winds. Residents are asked to use this number to call in downed trees on public property and roadways with the desire of minimizing the call volume at the 911 dispatch center.

The phone line will open at 11:00 a.m. and operate for 24 hours a day for the duration of the storm. The number to call is (864) 760-1465.

Residents are reminded to only call 911 for emergency situations. For power outages please call:

DUKE POWER (800) 769-3766 or 

BLUE RIDGE ELECTRIC (888) 258-3743.

The emergency shelter at the Anderson Civic Center remains open for anyone who may be concerned about their safety as high winds are expected to impact the area today into tomorrow. There are currently 19 individuals being housed at the shelter.

Monday
Sep112017

5.6M Without Power in Florida; Storms Shifts West

The number of people left without power in Florida increased to 5.6 million overnight as Tropical Storm Irma downed trees and flooded streets throughout the entirety of the peninsula, state officials said Monday.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm from a hurricane to tropical storm Monday morning as it reached the northern parts of the state. Its center hit portions of the Keys on Sunday but missed Miami and Naples, then skirted Tampa as the storm slowed. Nonetheless, barrier islands like Marco Island, near Naples, reported rising flood water and a loss of electricity and drinking water, authorities said. 

Coastal communities reported rising flood waters in streets, three Miami construction cranes fell and a sewage pump in Hialeah failed. Daylight will afford an opportunity for municipalities to better calculate their losses.

The hurricane made U.S. landfall twice on Sunday, in the Florida Keys and at Marco Island.

"We don't have a comprehensive insight into what the damage is," Bryan Koon, Florida director of Emergency Management said late Sunday. "We will work on those at first light. I don't have any numbers on fatalities at this point."

At least five deaths were reported from the storm. Cities flooded, power lines were downed and trees were uprooted across the state. Gov. Rick Scott's office reported Monday that 5,777,263 people were without electrical power.

Some 166,000 people in Georgia lost power as the outer bands of the storm lashed the state.

Monday
Sep112017