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AU, Greenville Tech Make New Partnership Formal

GREEVILLE, SC – Anderson University today formalized a partnership with Greenville Technical College that will allow GTC students to more easily transfer and complete their studies at AU.
Officials from both schools signed an agreement that puts in place the Anderson University Bridge Program, which is intended for Greenville Technical College students who complete an associate degree and who wish to transfer to Anderson to complete a bachelor’s program.
“This agreement represents an incredible opportunity for college students in our region,” said Dr. Evans P. Whitaker, President of Anderson University. “We are so appreciative of our friends at Greenville Technical College, and we look forward to welcoming their students into the AU family.”
Under the agreement, Bridge students enrolled in Greenville Technical College’s Associate of Art, Associate of Science and designated Applied Science degrees will sign an intent to transfer to AU. If they meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.50 and earn an associate degree, they will be accepted for transfer to AU and will receive advising and academic support that will ensure a successful transition from the two-year college to the four-year university. Merit and transfer scholarships will be available for those who qualify.
Articulation agreements have also been signed for the Supply Chain Management, Marketing, and Management programs. The agreements allow graduates of these Greenville Technical College programs earning a 2.50 GPA to transfer 60 -62 credit hours, depending upon the program, of GTC credit to Anderson University in order to complete a Bachelor of Business Administration.

AU to Offer New Degree Path for Greenville Tech Graduates

Anderson University and Greenville Technical College will sign an agreement tomorrow to allow GTC students a new path to receive a four-year degree from AU.
The pact will be signed during a 3:30 p.m. ceremony at the Greenville Technical College Executive Board Room, 506 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville. 

Clemson Helping Farmers Needing Hay in Wake of Storm

CLEMSON — With widespread flooding in eastern South Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Clemson University Cooperative Extension is offering resources to help meet hay needs of the state’s livestock producers, both in the short term and throughout the winter.

An online hay request form allows producers in immediate need of hay to enter their location and description of livestock for Clemson Extension to better assist them. The form is also available online at Extension’s Livestock and Forages home page.

“We’re trying to make sure we have a place for people who have immediate needs for hay to fill out a short online form to let us know that they have that need, where they are located and how many animals they need to feed,” said Matthew Burns, Extension beef specialist.

Significant amounts of hay in the Pee Dee region and parts of the Lowcountry have been sitting under water. Clemson Extension is working to be responsive to the needs of producers who have animals that may be trapped by flood waters and cannot reach other food sources.

“We’re really looking for people who are in need and just need enough hay to get them through the next week,” Burns said. “It’s an emergency situation where they have nothing to feed their animals, and we’re trying to make sure that they get that taken care of.”

Clemson Extension is also compiling a 2018 Hurricane/Flood Relief Hay Listthat will provide contact information of anyone who has undamaged hay for donation or sale. Once compiled, the results of the list will be posted online at Extension’s Livestock and Forages home page.


AIM Wants You to Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat

What if, instead of just eating candy on Halloween, you helped make it possible for hundreds of families to have food to eat?  You can this holiday by Trick or Treating for canned goods rather than candy.

This year you can help stock the food pantry at Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) who needs your help now more than ever. Each month AIM assists more than 900 families with their food needs.  The monthly average continues to rise as unemployment and a poor economy leave more and more families needing to ask for help to make ends meet.
During this unique annual food collection effort, canned goods and non-perishable items are collected to stock AIM's Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry.  This eventwill jump-start the busy holiday season and AIM is asking the entire community to join in the fun.

Any class/group/club or individual is welcome to join AIM in fighting hunger by participating in "Trick Or Treat So Others May Eat!"  There are many ways to become involved.  You can form a team and collect in neighborhoods; or you can collect within your church, school, or organization.  AIM can help provide any materials you might need along with lots of support, while you provide the volunteer power and enthusiasm during the last two weeks of October.

Any non-perishable food is welcome. Avoid glass items. Please do not include items which will crush, such as bread. Soups, canned vegetables, canned meats, rice, beans, peanut butter, pasta are among the most requested items.

Perisable items need to be brought directly to the AIM offices.
Here are some “Trick Or Treat So Others May Eat” details:
1. Recruit your group team members to participate in this event.
2. Pick up bags and bag attachments at AIM.
3. Drop off bags to your neighborhoods/class prior to Halloween this week.
4. Pick up the filled bags & deliver them to the Fishes & pantry at AIM. Arrangements can also be made to pick up bags from groups.

For your convenience, we are opening our food pantry so you can drop-off your collection on Oct 30 from 2-6 p.mFor more information, please call 965-9077 or email to discuss other ways you can fight hunger.


Council Expected to Ok Midway Road Subdivision at Tuesday Meeting

Anderson County Council is expected to give final approval to a new subdivision at the corner of Midway and Crestview roads as part of Tuesday night's meeting in the historic courthouse downtown. 

The new 74.6-acre subdivision would bring between 170-180 single-family houses to the property.

The project, which would be built by Falcon Real Estate Development, would also set aside 25 acres of the property as green space, which would include a trail, a dog run and playground area. Two entrances to the tentatively titled “Spencer Trails” subdivision, one on Crestview, one on Midway would also be included. Details on the project here

Full County Council Agenda Here


FreshTaste 2018 Set for Tuesday Downtown

A retooled FreshTaste returns to downtown Anderson Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. in Carolina Wren Park. The event is a showcase for local food, products, music and emerging artists, and also includes wine and craft beer tastings.

How it works:

This year, FreshTaste passes will be sold to purchase food at the event.

Advance purchases: A General Admission Pass costs $15, and provies pass with 8 punches for food items. A Half Admission Pass is $8, and provides four punches for food items. Advance passes available here.

At the door: General Admission $20, Half Admission $10

Music for the evening will include bluegrass by "My Girl, My Whiskey, and Me!"


Voter Registration Deadline for November Elections Oct. 7

With the November elections less thansix weeks away, there's still time to register to vote in South Carolina. State law requires a citizen must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election, which means registration is open until Oct. 7.

Eligible voters must:

  • Be a United States citizen -be at least eighteen years old on or before the next electio
  • Be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct
  • Not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
  • Not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • Have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction. 

There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote.

Registered voters can check their registration information at When checking your voter registration information, you must provide your name, county and date of birth as it appears on your voter registration card in order to view your information.


Belk Parking Lot Downtown Closed Until Wednesday Morning

The Belk parking lot adjacent to Carolina Wren Park will be closed today through Tuesday as preparations begin for the FreshTaste 2018 festival downtown Tuesday. The closing will be posted, and cars parked in the lot after 5:30 p.m. today will be towed.
The event, hosted by Downtown Anderson, is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. and will feature food, music and other activites in Carolina Wren Park.



High School Football Scores

TL Hanna 29, Greenwood 3

Westside 66, Laurens 20

Pendleton 48, Westmister 0

Crescent 26, Powdersville 8

Danile 65, Palmetto 9



U.S. House Passes $3.1 Trillion Tax Cut

With attention fixed on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new $3.1 trillion tax cut on Friday. The vote was 220 to 191, including three Democrats.

The down-to-the-wire 2017 tax act passed in late December contained a mix of permanent and temporary changes that had to result in a net increased cost that fell within a structural limit of $1.5 trillion that allowed the Senate to approve the bill with a simple majority.

The House’s new bill takes effect starting in 2025, and would add $600 billion to the national debt within the next decade, and then $3.2 trillion in the 10 years after that, according to Howard Gleckman of the Tax Policy Center.

Despite the House vote, it is unlikely the Senate will take up the legislation. The first round of tax cuts landed with a thud, with even a leaked Republican National Committee poll—reported on by Bloomberg News—showing American voters thought it benefited “large corporations and rich Americans” by an overall 2-to-1 margin and the same margin among independent voters.

Without special rules in place, the Senate would vote under normal procedures, which can require 60 senators’ votes to pass a bill that is heavily opposed.


Honda Recalls 1.4 Million Cars for Airbag Replacement

NEW YORK (AP) — Honda says it will recall 1.4 million U.S. cars to replace Takata front passenger airbag inflators.

The company says the recall, which covers Honda and Acura vehicles, is part of an attempt to get ahead of a government mandated schedule of recalls on the Japanese-made air bags.

Honda says owners of the vehicles should schedule the free repair at authorized dealerships as soon as possible.

The Honda recalls are the fourth part of a five-phase plan announced by the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration in May of 2016. Honda says it is ahead of schedule with more than 77 percent of existing recalls repaired.

The inflators have resulted in the largest series of auto recalls in U.S. history, covering 37 million vehicles and about 50 million inflators.


Clemson to Host Hispanic/Latinx Academic Conference

CLEMSON — Clemson University will highlight academic achievements and contributions during the first Hispanic/Latinx Voices in Academia Saturday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. at the Watt Family Innovation Center.

Conference participants will examine the work of Hispanic and Latinx researchers and scholars from around the country while recognizing and celebrating their many successes and talents throughout the day.

“We are excited to host the conference,” said Derek Wilmott, chair of Clemson University’s Commission on Latino Affairs. “South Carolina has experienced the fastest Hispanic population growth among the Southeastern states. It is the 3rd fastest growth in the nation.”

Wilmott said the conference serves as a platform for new and stronger institutional partnerships between Clemson and other universities across the Southeast.

Complete list of speakers here


Tornado Reported Near Sandy Springs

More than 2,000 lost electrical power as a result of the storm that blew through the area early this evening. Power was restored by 9 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, a tornado touched down near Sandy Springs around 7:20 p.m.

Sign up for emergency notification of weather and other critical situations here. 

Photo: Ioanenes Lagios