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Saturday
May042019

Tyson Recalling 11.8M Pounds of Chicken Strips

Tyson Foods is massively expanding a previous recall for its brand of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips due to consumers finding pieces of metal in them.

The company issued a recall for 69,093 pounds of chicken strips on March 21, but it is now expanding that to 11,829,517 million pounds, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The recall was announced on Saturday.

The FSIS had initially received two complaints of "extraneous material" in the chicken, but it has now received six complaints. There have been three oral injuries due to people biting into the chicken strips contaminated with metal pieces.

The strips were produced between Oct. 1, 2018 and March 8, and have “Use By Dates” of Oct. 1 through March 7, 2020. Establishment number P-7221 appears on the back of the packaging.AP 

The packages should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were bought.

The recall includes crispy chicken strips, buffalo-style chicken strips and honey BBQ-flavored chicken strips.

In addition to Tyson-labeled chicken, the product is also sold under several store brands, including Associated Wholesale Grocers' Best Choice brand, Walmart's Great Value brand, Food Lion, Meijer, Publix, Hannaford, Aldi's Kirkwood brand and Tyson's Spare Time brand.

The recall is classified as Class I, meaning there is a "high" health risk.

Questions can be directed to Tyson's customer service line at 1-866-886-8456.

Friday
May032019

Reeves Honored with Tri-County Tech Adjunct Teaching Award

Richard Reeves, who has taught biology classes and laboratories at Tri-County Technical College since 2011, the College’s 2019 Adjunct Faculty Presidential Award recipient.

This award is given annually at the spring faculty/staff convocation to the adjunct faculty member who is recognized for excellence in teaching, who has consistently high student evaluations and who supports the philosophy and goals of the College.

In their written nominations, colleagues and students praised Reeves’ service to students, his style of teaching and his depth of knowledge.

Science instructor Heather Irwin wrote, “I have seen firsthand the long hours he invests in preparing for lecture and the time he spends with his students helping them to understand the material.  Richard brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the science department.”     

A student in his Biology 101 class wrote, “Mr. Reeves was by far one of the best teachers that I have ever had.  He was passionate about what he taught. He too the time to explain concepts to me in a way which I could easily comprehend.   He answered questions and educated us beyond what was taught in the class.  He really intrigued my interests and made me want to ask questions that surpassed how, for example, the breeding cycles of flowers or angiosperms occurred.  Eventually, I wanted to know why.  Mr. Reeves is an excellent teacher who has both a kind soul and a great technique in his work.  “That is a rare find.”

Since joining the science department in the fall of 2001, Reeves had taught an array of biology classes (lecture, lab or both) every fall, spring and summer. 

Reeves served on adjunct-focused committees and currently serves on the Faculty Senate.  “Richard works closely with faculty and lab prep staff to provide valuable feedback for improving lectures and labs.  Richard has proven to be an invaluable member of our department,” science department members wrote in their collective nomination letter.  “He is committed to both department and college services.”

Reeves who lives in Pendleton, holds a B.S. in biology from the College of Charleston and an M.S. in entomology from Clemson University.  Become a Patron!

Thursday
May022019

S.C. Senate Oks Seeking Offers for Santee Cooper

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate has decided to allow a state agency to seek offers to sell state-owned utility Santee Cooper.

Lawmakers voted 42-1 Thursday for the bill's passage after several days of debate.

The proposal would require the Department of Administration to establish a competitive bidding process of the utility's sale and solicit bids with the assistance of experts. It also will solicit management proposals from companies that will not include the sale of Santee Cooper but to "improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness" of its electric operations.

Santee Cooper will also have the opportunity to submit future operational plans in case lawmakers decide not to approve the sale under the proposed legislation.

A final recommendation would be given to members of the General Assembly after the department evaluates all offers.

Thursday
May022019

Anderson Weightlifter Still Winning Championships at 81

Anderson County has one of the top weightlifters you'll find anywhere, and after more than 70 years is still competing and winning championships. 

Thursday
May022019

S.C. Ag Museum Offers Backyard Gardening Classes. May 24, 25

The Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum of South Carolina will offer a basic backyard gardening classes May 23 and May 25. Each class (same class being offered on two days for convenince) is for ages 16 and up and will run from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and cost of $10. Class size is limited. Contact ellen@crownofthecarolinas.org to register. 

Subjects covered will include raised beds, butterfly gardens, companion plants, row gardening, and straw bale gardening. This is a hands on activity class so participants should dress accordingly and bring garden gloves. Participants will also receive printed lecture material and a few plants to take home.

The Agricultural Museum is located at 120 History Lane, Pendleton, off HWY. 76, directly across from Tri-County Technical College. The museum is open to the public Wednesday through Friday, and Sunday, noon-5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The museum also offers birthday parties and group and school tours for a small fee and with advanced reservations. 

Thursday
May022019

Kid Fishing Rodeo Scheduled Saturday at Civic Center

A Kids' Fishing Rodeo is scheduled Saturday at Chris Tayor Memorial Park at the Anderson County Civic Center.

Sponsored by Crappie U.S.A., signups begin at 8 a.m. and the tournament is scheduled from 9-11 a.m.

The event is free for youth 12 and under, but participants will need to bring their own fishing gear.

Wednesday
May012019

Clemson to Award More than 3,000 Degrees Next Week

Clemson University will confer more than 3,000 degrees during Commencement ceremonies Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, in Littlejohn Coliseum.

The spring 2019 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be at 7 p.m. May 9 in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

Visitors should note a clear bag policy (details below) has been implemented for the Littlejohn Coliseum graduation ceremonies and should allow extra time for travel and parking. In addition to the bag policy, glass vases and wrapped gifts will not be permitted in Littlejohn Coliseum.

Undergraduate, master’s and doctoral graduates from each college will cross the stage during one of four ceremonies:

Thursday, May 9

9:30 a.m.

  • College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

2:30 p.m.

  • College of Business
  • College of Education

Friday, May 10

9:30 a.m.

  • College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
  • College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

2:30 p.m.

  • College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
  • College of Science

For those unable to attend, all ceremonies will be streamed live online. To view, click here or visit tv.clemson.edu/.

CLEAR BAG POLICY

Clemson University’s clear bag policy will be in place for all graduation ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum. The policy, consistent with the one put in place for basketball games, prohibits backpacks, artificial noisemakers, bags larger than 12 by 6 by 12 inches and non-clear bags. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are encouraged not to bring bags, but outlined below is what is permissible to carry in the coliseum:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12 by 6 by 12 inches (Official Clemson Tigers logo clear plastic tote bags are available at local retail stores) or one-gallon clear plastic storage bags, such as Ziploc brand.
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand (no larger than 4.5 by 6.5 inches), with or without a handle or strap, can be taken into the coliseum but will be subject to inspection.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after inspection.
  • Guests will be able to carry cameras and smart phones, but carrying cases will NOT be allowed.
  • Strollers will need to be checked upon entry.
  • Working media will be able to bring in items needed to perform their job duties, however they will be subject to screening and bag inspections.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: artificial noisemakers, backpacks, non-clear bags or purses, banners/flags/flag poles, coolers, outside food or beverages and weapons of any kind.

Attendees should also not bring glass vases or wrapped gifts.

In addition to security teams searching bags at Littlejohn entrances, metal detectors will be stationed at every entrance. University venues across campus are implementing this policy to ensure the safety and security for all faculty, staff, students and visitors.

ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR ARRIVAL 

Drivers should use Perimeter Road, which can be accessed from U.S. 76 (Clemson Boulevard) or the recently opened Newman Road extension, and follow that around the south side of campus to get to Littlejohn Coliseum. A small portion of Centennial Boulevard near the Avenue of the Champions will be closed for construction preventing visitors coming from Highway 93 to access parking lots C-3 and R-3 across from Memorial Stadium. To access those lots, visitors should take Perimeter Road instead. The parking lot to the north of Littlejohn is reserved for vehicles with handicap placards.

Police officers will be directing traffic to help visitors get to the coliseum for the ceremonies.

More information about graduation is available online.

Wednesday
May012019

More than 10,000 March for S.C. Education Reform

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 10,000 teachers and supporters rallied Wednesday at the South Carolina Statehouse, demanding more funds to reduce classroom sizes, solve a teacher shortage, hire school counselors and raise educators' pay.

A similar rally was held in North Carolina.

The rally — called #ALLOutMay1 — prompted at least seven school districts to close because so many teachers asked for the day off. Some district officials said they couldn't muster enough substitutes and administrators to guarantee student safety.

The rally organized by the online teacher group SC for Ed brought over 10,000 supporters to the Statehouse grounds, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. The grassroots group that started on Facebook has put pressure on lawmakers to change a massive bill that would overhaul the state's education system.

"I know this decision to leave your students today was difficult, but I know the decision you made is because of the love you have for your students," said Lisa Ellis, a teacher and founder of SC for Ed.

Organizers said the rally was aimed at reminding the legislature of what's important to educators. They said their mission goes beyond just teacher raises and includes funding equity across the state. The group has put pressure on lawmakers to change the education overhaul bill that likely won't pass this year.

"There's ... another year for them to step up and do what's right for the state of South Carolina," Ellis said. "This is just the beginning. Either join us or move out of our way."

The House passed its version of the 84-page bill in March. It would create a student 'bill of rights' and a new Zero to Twenty Committee that would oversee education from pre-kindergarten to universities. Those provisions were taken out by members of the Senate education committee.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Greg Hembree has said while there is not enough time to fully debate the bill before the legislative session ends May 9, lawmakers will continue discussing education in the coming months.

"This decision to work over the offseason was a bipartisan decision," said the Little River Republican, who was substitute teaching at a Myrtle Beach middle school Wednesday. "We've been working at this a long time in South Carolina. It's a very dynamic thing."

Wednesday
May012019

Anderson County Administrator State of the County May 1, 2019

Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns offers insights and updates on what's going on in Anderson County as of the beginning of May 2019.

Wednesday
May012019

Kelly Engineering to Showcase Expansion at Friday Event

Observer Reports

Kelley Engineering wil open house Friday at 10:30 a.m. at its facility located at current location, 709 Highway 17 in Piedmont. Plans of the comapany's phase one expansion will be presented, and tours of the facility will be provided.  The additional 2,400 square feet of space will increase Kelley Engineering’s current 11,500 square footage capacity to better serve its customers.

Founded by Matt Kelley in his garage in 2015, the company, which moved to its current location in 2017, specializes in designing automation equipment as well as CNC machining and metal fabrication servicing a variety of industries in the Upstate including: aerospace, automotive, injection molding, packaging, tires, and general manufacturing.

Kelley is currently seeking its AS9100 Certification, with a projected completion in fourth quarter of 2019, and will be completing phase one expansion by third quarter 2019.  Over the next three years, a phase two expansion will include the addition of a 25,000 square-foot building and provide an estimated 30 more jobs as growth continues. 

Wednesday
May012019

GAMAC "Anderson on Tap" Scheduled May 16

The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) will present the ninth annual "Anderson On Tap" beer tasting on May 16 at 7 p.m. at The Bleckley Inn in downtown Anderson.

The event will feature more than 20 craft beers from Benford Brewing, Carolina Bauernhaus, Cooper River Brewing, Crook & Marker, RJ Rockers, Sweetwater Brewing, Thomas Creek, Upcountry Brewing along with food and music.

Food vendors include Creekside BBQ, Doolittle’s,The Pompous Pig, Fig’s, Fatz, Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill, McGee’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Raines On Main, Shucks Oyster Bar, The Sweetery, and CocoBon Chocolatier.  Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for designated drivers and non-beer drinkers.  

Tickets are available through the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147 or online at www.gamac.org . Prices are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $15 for designated drivers.  All attendees must present valid identification at the door.

Wednesday
May012019

Teachers to Rally Today in Columbia for Education Reform

May 1 (UPI) -- Teachers in South Carolina are planning a widespread rally on Wednesday for public protests to call for what they say are sorely needed reforms to the state school system.

Activist group SC for Ed organized the coordinated event, called "All Out May 1: A Day of Reflection." For the demonstration, thousands of teachers are taking personal leave day to rally in Columbia, to call for better pay, smaller class sizes and more counseling for students.

"This is not a walkout. It is a day of reflection and an opportunity for teachers, parents, students and community members to express their concern about the state of education in S.C.," the group said in a statement.

Organizers expect as many as 5,000 people -- including teachers and supporters -- to rally at the Department of Education in the state's capital, which will include speeches by educators, activists and state legislators.

Seven South Carolina school districts said they're closing on Wednesday because there aren't enough substitute teachers to fill the void. Most schools in the state, however, were expected to open.

South Carolina Supt. Molly Spearman criticized the teachers this week -- and pledged to help make up for the shortage by filling in as a substitute teacher herself.

"I support teachers using their voice to advocate for needed change and share in their commitment to ensuring reforms become reality," she said. "However, I cannot support teachers walking out on their obligations to South Carolina students, families and the thousands of hardworking bus drivers, cafeteria workers, counselors, aides and custodial staff whose livelihoods depend on our schools being operational."

SC for Ed answered by saying the needed reforms would make a positive impact on students, and the cost of the event Wednesday is small.

"Days of instruction are lost due to PTO parties, field days, assemblies, benchmark testing, standardized testing, discipline issues, to name a few," the group said. "One day to advocate for our current students and the students we will teach in the future is a small price to pay."

The group also said achieving full funding for education would be a focus of the rally Wednesday.

Despite increases to teacher salaries in recent years, advocates say increases in funding was more than $500 short, per-student, of what's considered the full-funding amount. Fully funding the education system, they say, would allow the state to make good on increased teacher salaries, reduce class sizes, hire more counselors and persuade teachers to stay in their jobs.

At Wednesday's event, teachers will also call for changes to a sweeping education bill proposed by South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas that would raise teacher pay by $3,000 per year, improve training and dissolve under-performing school districts. The legislation stalled in the state Senate last week. The teachers want a pledge from legislators to introduce a new bill, aided by a committee of educators.

Wednesday
May012019

May Day Celebrations Mostly Thing of the Past in U.S.

Remember when local schools celebrated May Day?

The day marks one of the world's oldest holidays, and has its origins in ancient, pagan festivals, as early as 500 B.C.

The ancient Celts regarded May Day as the single most important day of the whole year, a cross-quarter holiday, marking the midpoint between spring and summer. Other cross-quarter holidays are Groundhog Day, Lammas (celebrated mainly in England) and Halloween.

May Day festivals were mostly agricultural in nature, but celebrated the return of life, light and fertility after winter. By the time of the Roman Empire, these festivals had morphed into celebrations of debauchery, filled with dancing, drunkenness and even orgies.

One holdover from that tradition? Dancing around a Maypole - the "pole" being a sign of virility - which was practiced in most American public schools until well into the 1960s..

In more recent history, May Day has become the equivalent of our Labor Day internationally, a celebration of workers and labor rights. In fact, May Day, or International Workers' Day, as it is known, is often a turbulent day around the world, marked by strikes, protests and labor marches.

International Workers' Day actually has its roots in the United States, despite not being celebrated here. If you're working an eight-hour day today, that began on this day in 1886, as decreed by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions (later AFL-CIO). Previous to that date, it was common for American laborers to work 16 hour days, or even longer.

After the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland officially moved the U.S. celebration of Labor Day to the first Monday in September, intentionally severing ties with the international worker’s celebration for fear that it would built support for communism and other radical causes. 

Dwight D. Eisenhower tried to reinvent May Day in 1958, further distancing the memories of the Haymarket Riot, by declaring May 1 to be “Law Day,” celebrating the place of law in the creation of the United States.