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Friday
Jul272018

Missing Anderson Teenager Found Safe

Update: Aliston found safe Friday morning.

Anderson County Sheriff's Deputies are currently searching the area of Pearman Dairy Road and Charlie Road near Carpenter's Church for 15-year-old Mi-son Yasear Allston, who reportedly has autism but is high-functionting.

The active search was called off for the day around 1:45 a.m. this morning. Deputies said K-9s were used, but they were not able to pick up a trail. 

Mi-son was last seen at approximately 7:15 p.m. Thursday on Perman Dairy Rd. He was wearing a pink Nike hoodie, black jeans, and blue and white Jordan sneakers. He is an African-American male with short black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 175 pounds.

If you see this young man, please immediately call 911 and report his location.

Thursday
Jul262018

Crescent Football Using Smart Helmets to Monitor Impact

Crescent High School's football program has started using the new Riddell’s InSite smart helmet technology, that now includes InSite Training Tool (ITT). ITT is Riddell’s latest innovation in head impact monitoring technology and will now offer the Tigers the unique opportunity to use a sabermetric approach to athlete protection.

Riddell’s ITT technology is a web-based data center that builds player impact profiles, rich with information, that a coach may use to identify opportunities. These then can be used to proactively influence player behavior and reduce exposure to impacts through improved training techniques and practice plans. 

“Now, more than ever, it’s our responsibility as football coaches, trainers and administrators, that we embrace new technological advances that enable us to proactively protect our athletes, making sure they can continue to enjoy the game of football,” said Jeff Craft, Crescent High School Athletic Director.

“Having the support of our Board of Education and Superintendent was monumental in our purchase of Riddell’s InSite Training Tool, and with that we are following through on our commitment, offering our staff and players real and useful data that we believe will continue to make the game smarter.”

ITT is backed by millions of on-field impacts dating back to 2003. It uses InSite-equipped smart helmets to not only monitor and alert the sideline to significant impacts, but also to collect, consolidate and analyze nearly every head impact to learn and track specific behaviors by player, unit or team. The technology provides intelligence that can assist coaches and staffs in improving the game, keeping Crescent High School athletes’ protection their number one priority. 

The Tigers began using the new helmets during  Spring practice period and will wear them in the upcoming Fall season.

Thursday
Jul262018

Blood Test Could Replace CT Scan in Some Head Injuries

July 26 (UPI) -- Researchers have developed a blood test than allows some patients suspected of a heady injury to avoid a costly CT scan and exposure to radiation.

A diagnostic blood test developed by Banyan Biomarkers Inc. successfully ruled out the need for a head CT scan in a study of patients 18 years and older with suspected traumatic brain injuries. Findings from a study conducted at the Wayne State University School of Medicine were published Tuesday in The Lancet Neurology. 

Each year, about 2.5 million people go to the emergency department with suspected TBI and 282,000 are hospitalized with an injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of them are concussions, including many among athletes -- though the agency notes that falls are the greatest cause for TBIs, and they make up nearly half of TBI injuries.

"This study is exciting for a few reasons," Dr. Robert Welch, a professor of emergency medicine at Wayne State, said in a press release. "Our results were the basis for the first FDA approved blood biomarker panel that will aid in the diagnosis and care of patients with mild TBI."

Soon after a brain injury, two biomarkers -- Ubiquitin Carboxy-terminal Hydrolase-L1 and Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein -- are detected in the blood.

The blood test correctly identified 99.6 percent of patients who did not have a TBI on head CT scans in 1,959 adults presenting emergency departments in the United States and Europe between December 2012 and March 2014. For just three patients, the CT scan was positive after a negative result on the blood test.

Thursday
Jul262018

Study: Wofford Grads Get Top Pay for Small S.C. Colleges

Graduates of Wofford College make more money, on average, than those from any other small college in South Carolina, a new study found

The average wage of Wofford alumni is $58,100 per year, according to the study published by careers website Zippia. Compared to other states, Wofford was in the upper-middle part of the pack, but still far behind the highest-earning school, University of Maryland-Baltimore, where graduates earn an average of $102,900 per year, according to the study.

Last year, Zippia released a similar study that included larger universities and found Clemson alumni had the highest average wages in the state, earning an average of $48,950 per year. 

Zippia conducted the study by comparing data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard that showed the average wage of each college’s graduates 10 years after graduation. The study included only four-year institutions and did not factor in community colleges.

Though the study says Wofford alumni are the highest paid, they’re not the most likely to get jobs. That distinction goes to graduates of The Citadel, according to another recent report from Zippia.

But the high earnings don’t come for free. Before scholarships or other financial aid, the sticker price for an education at Wofford — a private school located in Spartanburg — is $56,530 per year, according to the website.

Thursday
Jul262018

S.C. Prisons to Test Jamming Cell Phone Equipment

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina prison officials say they will test equipment that can jam cellphone signals for inmates using contraband phones next month.

But state Corrections Director Bryan Stirling on Thursday told a committee of lawmakers reviewing spending on permanent projects that technology isn't the only thing he needs.

Stirling is installing 50-foot (15-meter) high netting to prevent drugs, phones and other contraband from being thrown over fences and hopes it is high enough to stop T-shirt guns too.

Stirling says he needs money to install systems that can detect radio signals used by drones because people outside can now fly them right over the fence to an individual prisoner.

The jamming equipment will be tested at Lee Correctional Institution, where seven inmates died in a riot in April.

Wednesday
Jul252018

S.C. Awaits Test Results on Uranium Leak Near Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Federal regulators say radioactive uranium has leaked through the floor of a nuclear fuel plant in South Carolina but state health officials say they don't think the material has threatened water supplies.

The State newspaper reported the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the material leaked through a 3-inch (8-centimeter) hole in the concrete floor where acid is used at the Westinghouse plant south of Columbia. The NRC learned of the leak July 12 and says the hole is 6 feet (2 meters) deep.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says there's no reason to think the uranium has moved away from the plant or threatens water supplies. But the agency is awaiting groundwater tests on the Westinghouse property.

Wednesday
Jul252018

School District Five Program Melts Snow Day Problems

Thanks to to a pilot program, Anderson School District 5 students may not be quite as excited about snow days this year.

The school district has been chosen as the first eLearning program site in South Carolina, a program aimed at continuing classroom instruction on days when inclimate weather, power outages or other factors prevent the district from holding a traditional school day. 

The eLearning Day will be announced through local media and the district's website on such days, and students will be required to use their Chromebooks to access their electronic assignments through Google Classroom. Google allows teachers to provide lessons, resources and support for students remotely, while students are able to submit assignments through the program. Internet connectivity is not required, since the lessons are preloaded for this program as part of the regular lesson schedule.

"We have made a significant investment into not only our technology here in Anderson 5, but also our people," said Anderson County School District 5 Superintendent Tom Wilson. "I think we are well suited to carry out this program next school year.”

Wilson said the program will allow the district to avoid the scheduling challenges traditionally posed by finding suitable time for makeup days.

The district has investedmore than $11 million in Chromebooks over the past five years, and has expanded staffto include digital integration specialists in all schools.  

“At the end of the day, it makes common sense and financial sense to implement this program,” Wilson said. "No longer will we need to run buses in mid-June for a makeup day that only a quarter of our students attend. We have the resources in Anderson 5, and doing this allows us to utilize those resources to their fullest extent.” 

Wednesday
Jul252018

41st Annual Midnight Flight Set for Aug. 24

The 41st Annual Peoples Bank Midnight Flight, Anderson's most famous race, is set for Aug. 24, beginning at 8:15 p.m. 

Among the largest night races on the East Coast, the even offers a one-mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K race. The race courses all start on Greenville Street  which is on a decline with different turn-around points for each race, heading back up an incline to Reed Road finishing at the Anderson Area YMCA.  Thes races are for all ages and all different levels of fitness.  The 5K and 10k races are registered with Run & See Georgia Grand Prix and The Running Journal Grand Prix and with the top three in each overall categories winning cash prizes.

Registration is available at the YMCA Membership Services Desk www.andersonareaymca.org, and online at www.active.com. Pre-registration ends Aug. 19 at 11:59 p.m. Late registration starts Aug. 20. FREE Tech shirts will be given to the first 1,500 entries.

Packet pick up will begin at noon on race day in the Anderson Area YMCA Community Room and will end 30 minutes prior to each race.  Runners are encouraged to arrive early to allow enough time to make it to the starting line on Greenville Street.  Participants are asked to park in the AnMed Health Campus parking area across East Reed Road from the YMCA.  Animals, strollers or headphones will not be permitted on the YMCA property or on the race courses.

Wednesday
Jul252018

Mars Makes Closest Orbit to Earth Tuesday

Now's the time to catch Mars in the night sky.

Next week, the red planet is making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years.

The two planets will be just 35.8 million miles (57.6 million kilometers) apart next Tuesday. And on Friday, Mars will be in opposition. That means Mars and the sun will be on exact opposite sides of Earth. That same day, parts of the world will see a total lunar eclipse.

Mars is already brighter than usual and will shine even more— and appear bigger—as Tuesday nears. Astronomers expect good viewing through early August.

A massive dust storm presently engulfing Mars, however, is obscuring surface details normally visible through telescopes. The Martian atmosphere is so full of dust that NASA's Opportunity rover can't recharge—not enough sunlight can reach its solar panels—and so it's been silent since June 10. Flight controllers don't expect to hear from 14-year-old Opportunity until the storm subsides, and maybe not even then.

The good news about all the Martian dust is that it reflects sunlight, which makes for an even brighter red planet, said Widener University astronomer Harry Augensen.

"It's magnificent. It's as bright as an airplane landing light," Augensen said. "Not quite as bright as Venus, but still because of the reddish, orange-ish-red color, you really can't miss it in the sky."

In 2003, Mars and Earth were the closest in nearly 60,000 years—34.6 million miles (55.7 million kilometers). NASA said that won't happen again until 2287. The next close approach, meanwhile, in 2020, will be 38.6 million miles (62 million kilometers), according to NASA.

Wednesday
Jul252018

Hart Count Theater Needs Volunteers to Assist with New Seating

Hart County Community Theater nees your help.
The Peace Center in Greenville has donated more than 150 seats, literal seats-not tickets, to help the HCCT replace their aging seating. 
The group is looking for volunteers with trucks, trailers and drivers, loaders, unloaders, installers to ease the transition. They are also considering renting a large truck to carry the bulk of the seating but need someone skilled at driving/backing up a large U-Haul type vehicle. Volunteers with their own pickup trucks, trailers or box trucks are also needed  to transport additional seating. We would like to meet at the theatre around 9 AM to discuss our plans for the trip. 

HCCT is also seeking volunteers to unload all these new seats and more volunteers over the next few weekends to get the old seats out and the new seats installed! 

If you can help, call 706-376-5599 and leave us a message, or email hcct@hartcom.net
Tuesday
Jul242018

School Dist. 5 to Demolish Buildings Behind Old McCants

Anderson County School District 5 is planning to demolish several buildings behind the old McCants Junior High School before the year ahead.

"We are in the process of demolishing these buildings, and they are in great need of being torn down," said Kyle Newton, assistant superintendent for the district. "As they exist, they are a safety hazard and an eyesore. Tearing them down is long overdue, and I think will help clean up that section of Whitner Street."  

Anderson County owns the main section of the old McCants building, on the right of the image. The building currently houses Meals on Wheels of Anderson.

School Dist. 5 owns the rest of the buildings in the image, and the city uses the old McCants playing field. The buildings on the far left nex to the outlined area slated for destruction, are used by thel district to store Campus Enhancement and Culinary Services equipment and supplies.

When the new Anderson Institute of Technology opens up, these items will likely be moved to where the current Career Center is located on McDuffie Street, allowing the demolition of these buildings as well.

Tuesday
Jul242018

McMaster/Senate Showdown Over State-Owned Utility

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's governor and leaders of the state Senate appear to be heading over a showdown on who runs the state-owned utility.

Gov. Henry McMaster sent a letter Monday to senators saying he was installing former state Attorney General Charles Condon as Santee Cooper board chairman.

That appointment requires approval of the Senate, but senators ended the session without voting on Condon, a decision some said was an intentional snub.

McMaster says he can now use a state law granting him the power to fill vacancies when the Senate is not in session.

Three Senate leaders signed a letter written by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin, saying the chairman position came open in December so McMaster's power to appoint without Senate approval ended when lawmakers came back in January.

Tuesday
Jul242018

CDC Blames Backyard Chickens for Salmonella Outbreak

At least 212 people from 44 states, including South Carolina, have been infected with salmonella since July 13. The infections are linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks.

Of those sick, 72 percent of people told the CDC that they had contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illnesses started. 

If you’re really loving your backyard chickens and all those fresh eggs, avoid those chicken snuggles and kisses, warns the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

You might be putting yourself at risk for a salmonella infection, the department said, and you wouldn’t be alone. 

There is currently a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections linked to people touching backyard poultry, the CDC said on Monday. s

As of July 13, 212 people in 44 states had been infected with the outbreak strains of salmonella, the department said in an outbreak advisory. The illnesses all began between Feb. 15 and June 21 of this year.

Of those infected, 34 people have been hospitalized and 26 percent are children younger than 5 years old. No deaths have been reported, the CDC said. 

North Carolina, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Florida, Minnesota and Michigan have all had at least 10 people who were infected. Many of the other states with multiple people affected are in the Midwest and Southern regions, including Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Iowa. 

At least 212 people from 44 states have been infected with salmonella since July 13. The infections are linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks.

Of those sick, 72 percent of people told the CDC that they had contact with chicks or ducklings in the week before their illnesses started. 

The CDC saw a record-high number of illnesses linked to backyard poultry in 2017 — 1,120 people in 48 states were infected as of Oct. 19, 2017. One person died. 

“As raising backyard flocks becomes more popular, more people are having contact with chickens and ducks – and may not know about the risk of Salmonella infection,” the CDC said in last year’s outbreak summary. 

The investigation of the 2018 outbreak is ongoing, but the CDC issued the following advice: 

  • “Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water” after handling or being near poultry and their equipment — even if you didn’t touch the birds. 
  • Do not let children under 5 years old handle or touch chicks, ducklings and other live poultry without supervision. “Children younger than 5 years of age are more likely to get sick from exposure to germs like salmonella.”
  • Do not let live poultry in the house or where you keep food and drinks.
  • Change your shoes after taking care of your backyard flock
  • “Don’t snuggle, kiss, or touch your mouth to live baby poultry.”