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Holiday Re-Gift Bazaar Offers Extra Chance to Shop!

The Anderson County Democratic Women will be opening headquarters on October 29 from 10 am - 1 pm, on Main Street, for a bonus hollday re-gift bazaar. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Anderson Sunshine House, serving local families in need. 


Percussion Extravaganza to Feature 3 Clemson Groups  

Experience Clemson University’s three strongest percussion groups at the Percussion Extravaganza presented by the performing arts department at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. 

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AU Moves to Sixth in Nation in Latest NSCAA Soccer Poll  

On the heels of clinching the South Atlantic Conference regular-season championship, the Anderson University men’s soccer team leaped four spots to No. six in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Regional Rankings released on Tuesday. 

Anderson (13-2, 8-0) earned a pair of conference wins last week, defeating Newberry, 4-1, at home and blanking Lincoln Memorial to extend its school-record win streak to 11 matches and has won 13 of its last 14 outings.

The Trojans were ranked ninth two weeks ago and 10th a week ago, with the No. six ranking marking the highest in school history, as AU pursues its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  

The Trojan offense ranks seventh in the country nationally, averaging 2.67 goals per contest and is ninth in the nation in total goals, with 40 on the season.

The AU defense has recorded seven shutouts and ranks 23rd nationally in shutout percentage, while the Trojan goalkeepers have combined to post a save percentage of 0.812 to rank 29th in the country.

Reigning SAC Player of the Week, Lasse Sohrweide, ranks in the top 10 in the nation in six offensive categories, including assists, points and goals. Net-minder Lukas Hesse is 31st nationally with a 0.871 goals-against average and 40th with his .797 save percentage. Senior Mark Smith is 35th in the nation with his six assists on the season. 

The Trojans remain the lone South Atlantic Conference team in the national rankings, while fellow SAC member Mars Hill was fourth in Tuesday’s regional poll.

The NCAA regional rankings, which are used to determine tournament invitations, are scheduled to be released on Wednesday. 

Anderson travels to Erskine on Wednesday before wrapping up the regular season on Saturday against Wingate. Kick-off versus the Flying Fleet is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Due West.


Cyrus Chestnut Jazz at Brooks Center Thursday  

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut brings his swinging, soulful sounds to Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. A staple in the jazz community, he joins Dezron Douglas on bass and Neal Smith on drums for a high-powered performance. 

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Project Challenge Plans Auditions for "Spelling Bee"

The Project Challenge Playhouse will conduct auditions this week for this winter's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee."

Auditions will be open to Anderson County School District Five high school students, and will be held at the playhouse on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. each day. 

Students are asked to be prepared with a song that can be sung a cappella or with a CD accompaniment.

The performances, directed by Jamie Hawkins, will be held Jan. 12-14 and Jan. 19-21.

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" was nominated for six Tony Awards and won two in 2005.


Child's Play Literacy Event Nov. 4

There will be a "Child's Play Literacy" event Nov. 4 at 7 pm at the Electric City Playhouse. It's an evening of fun for adults, with a wine and cheese reception followed by a cast of Anderson "celebrities" reading favorite children's books to an adult audience.  Proceeds go towards enrolling needy Anderson County preschoolers in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library where they receive one book at home each month and parents commit to reading the books. It is a program supported by the Anderson Area United Way. There will also be an Usborne book sale at the event, with a percentage of sales going to local preschools. For more information call 864-222-2720


153 Corridor Study Meeting Oct. 27

On October 27, Anderson County will host the third public informational meeting of the Powdersville Transportation Study from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Powdersville Library.  The meeting will focus on the traffic and access improvement concept for the SC 153 corridor developed by the citizen working group, county staff and SCDOT staff.  


Meetings Set for Input on School Zoning Map  

Three community meetings in November will give District Five residents the opportunity to discuss and make suggestions about a proposed zoning map for our ten existing elementary schools and our new elementary, North Pointe, scheduled to open in August 2012. 

New attendance lines are needed to accommodate the addition of North Pointe to our district. Currently under construction off of S.C. Highway 81, the new school is being built as part of District Five’s $140 million bond issuance, which was approved by more than 60 percent of our voters in an April 2007 referendum.  

The first meeting will be held Monday, November 7 at Westside High School in the Commons Area. The second meeting will occur Wednesday, November 9, in the T.L. Hanna High School Mall Area and the third meeting will occur Thursday, November 10, in the Anderson V Career Campus Culinary Arts Area.

All three meetings will begin at 6 p.m.


District Five Plans Middle School Dedications Nov. 6

Anderson School District Five will dedicate its two new middle schools, Glenview and Robert Anderson, in ceremonies on Sunday, November 6. 

The Glenview Middle School dedication will be held at 2 p.m. at the school, which is located at 2575 Old Williamston Road. The Robert Anderson Middle School dedication will be held at 4 p.m. at the school, which is located at 2302 Dobbins Bridge Road. The entire community is invited to attend both ceremonies. 

The two new middle schools opened in August at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. They were built as part of District Five’s $140 million bond issuance, which was approved by more than 60 percent of voters in an April 2007 referendum.   

Glenview relieved overcrowding at McCants Middle School. Robert Anderson replaced the former Southwood Middle School and also serves some students who previously attended Lakeside Middle School. The former Southwood Middle reopened this year as Southwood Academy of the Arts, a 6-12 grade arts magnet school.


District 5 Exceeds State Average on Exit Exam  

A total of 85.2 percent of all 10th graders in Anderson School District Five passed the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) exit exam on their first attempt in spring 2011, a total of 5.8 points above this year’s state average of 79.4.

That showing ranks District Five tenth highest among the state’s 86 school districts.

At T.L. Hanna High School, 86.7 percent of 10th grade students passed both sections of the HSAP test on their first attempt. A total of 83.5 percent of 10th grade students passed on their first attempt at Westside High School. 

A total of 91.9 percent of District Five students met or exceeded state standards in English Language Arts (ELA), 3.3 points above the statewide percentage of 88.6 percent. 

On the Mathematics portion of the test, 86.0 percent of District Five students met or exceeded state standards 4.8 points above the statewide percentage of 81.2 percent.  

“While we’re proud of those students who passed the exam on their first attempt, our goal is to help more students succeed on their first try, and to provide extra help to those who need more than one attempt to pass both portions of the test,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley.

It’s important to note that, by graduation, more than 95 percent of District Five students will have passed the exit exam.


Spay/Neuter Program Targets Low-Income Pet Owners

The Anderson County Humane Society (ACHS) has recently announced a partnership with Anderson County to offer an enhanced Spay/Neuter program targeted at very low income pet owners.   This program is an extension of the existing low cost program currently offered to the general public.  

Traditionally, ACHS has focused on spay/neuter, but used a voucher system.  In May of last year, ACHS began operating a low cost spay/neuter clinic located at 407 Pearman Dairy Rd. in Anderson.  To date the clinic has performed more than 3,500 operations surgeries and the numbers continue to increase.

In addition to the spay/neuter initiatives, ACHS facilitates the adoption of displaced animals and provides assistance for pets in emergency medical situations.   During the past three years, ACHS has spent in excess of $300K to accomplish these three goals.

“During the past three years and due to the diligence of ACHS, more than 4,000 animals have been spayed/neutered and more than 800 animals have been placed with loving families,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “This is quite an accomplishment, but we are by no means where we need to be. This new program is a definite step in the right direction.”

“Partnerships like this help us accomplish our goals for the betterment of Anderson County’s pet population, while also saving taxpayer dollars,” said County Council member Ken Waters.  “Spaying and neutering of dogs and cats is THE solution to eliminating the costly and tragic problem of pet overpopulation, thereby reducing the number of homeless pets in our County.” 


Clemson Singers to Perform Oct. 25  

Voices will fill the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts when the Clemson University Singers perform their first concert of the 2011-2012 season at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. 

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AU Tops Newberry in Men's Soccer

The tenth-ranked Anderson men’s soccer team wrapped up its brief two-match homestand by taking advantage of a second-half scoring outburst and a stout defense to outpace South Atlantic Conference opponent Newberry, 4-1, Wednesday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.  

With the temperatures in the 50s and a gusting wind that significantly altered passes and long-range shot attempts, Anderson (12-2, 7-0 SAC) ran its school-record win streak to 10  and is 14-1 at home since opening play at Trojan Stadium last season.

Newberry fell to 5-10 overall and 1-6 in the league, while suffering its fifth consecutive setback.

Anderson opens a two-match road swing at second-place Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, with kick-off slated for 4 p.m. in Harrogate, Tenn.