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Doc Hellams to be Honored at Pendleton's Tree Lighting

Anderson County Council wishes to join Mayor Randy Hayes in honoring Dr. James Williams Hellams, Sr. for 50 years of service to the Town of Pendleton. Dr. Hellams will be honored during Pendleton’s Annual Lighting of the Tree, which will take place at 6 pm on Friday, November 26th on the Village Green in Downtown Pendleton. 

“Doc Hellams and his fine family are pillars of the Pendleton Community,” said Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen, District 4. “We are so blessed to have residents who are passionate about our community and strive to make a difference in the lives of others. I’m proud to represent the Town of Pendleton and am thankful for Doc Hellam’s contributions that have helped make Pendleton into the thriving community.”

“The history and legacy of Pendleton and the Hellams family are intertwined,” said County Administrator Rusty Burns. “It is an honor and a privilege to call Doc Hellams my friend.”

** For more information about Dr. Hellams and his service to Pendleton, visit the following website:


Celtic Fiddler Brings Christmas to Clemson Dec. 13

Natalie MacMaster, an award-winning Celtic fiddler, will share the warmth and charm of a Celtic Christmas when she presents "Christmas in Cape Breton" at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University. MacMaster, along with other Celtic musicians and dancers will perform at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13.

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Bi-Lo Helps School District Five

Two schools and the Homeless Program in District Five have received grants from Bi-Lo Charities. 

The District Five Homeless Program received $4,046. The money will be used for emergency food, clothes and supplies, according to Lisa Hall, the district's McKinney Homeless Liaison.

Concord Elementary School, An International Baccalaureate World School, received $976.

"We hope to use the money to add to our technology in the classrooms with products such as Elmos and Dukanes," said Principal Beryl Barclay. An Elmo is a type of digital visual presenter and a Dukane is a type of LCD projector.

Whitehall Elementary also received $976, which will be used to supplement its leveled text library, so that teachers and students will have more books from which to choose. Students will also be able to take leveled texts home and read to their parents. 

"It's another way we can involve parents in their child's education," said Principal Kevin Snow.

In total, Bi-Lo Charities donated $80,300 to 22 Anderson-area organizations addressing children's needs, education and hunger relief in the local community. All funds donated came from the 27th Annual Bi-Lo Charity Classic held last June in Greenville.


Anderson Jameson Inn Offers Holiday Hospitality Rate

Anderson, SC - In keeping with the spirit of this season of counting blessings and giving, Jameson Inn Anderson is proud to offer a generous measure of holiday cheer by kicking off their annual Holiday Hospitality Program. This program provides support to families in need of accommodations as they visit loved ones in the area over the holiday season.

“This is our way of giving back to our community,” said April Leopard, general manager of the Jameson Inn in Anderson. “It’s an opportunity to share the thing we do best – provide award winning hospitality and customer service to the people who need it most.”   Leopard went on to say “this year we want to make home for the holidays affordable to all”.

Beginning November 29, 2010, through December 30, 2010, the Jameson Inn is pleased to offer families visiting loved ones who may be in the hospital, family members of hospital staff, police, fire protection, rescue personnel, volunteer organizations and many others, the company’s employee rate of $30 per night. Those who have guests who may wish to take advantage of this offer should contact the Jameson Inn in Anderson.

The Jameson Inn in Anderson is located at 128 Interstate Blvd, Anderson, SC 29621. April Leopard can be reached at 864-375-9800.


Competition Winners Perform with CU Orchestra  

Winners of the annual Clemson University Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Concerto/Aria Competition are the featured guest musicians at the next Clemson UniversitySymphony Orchestra concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Cellist Maria Parrini and mezzo-soprano Emma Ritter are the winners of the 2010 competition and will perform works by Henry Purcell andDavid Popper. “Both young women possess extraordinary talent,” said conductor Andrew Levin. “It will be a pleasure sharing the concert stage with both of them.”

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Cancer Association Holiday Yarn Bazaar Under Way

Stop by the Cancer Association of Anderson office at 215 East Calhoun Street during regular hours to shop from their collection of hand-knitted and crocheted scarves, hats, baby clothes, dish towels and kitchen items, hand-beaded Christmas ornaments and 100 percent cashmere sweaters "rescued" from local thrift stores and restored to like-new condition. All proceeds benefit cancer patients in Anderson County.

For more information, or to support the Cancer Association of Anderson, visit or call 864-222-3500


Lights of Hope Opens Thursday

Christmas is getting close, and one of the area's most popular event opens Thursday to usher in the season.

Anderson's Lights of Hope , a holiday drive through nearly a mile of animated Christmas lights display at Darwin Wright Park, is scheduled for November 25 - 9:00 PM until Saturday, December 25

The annual light show has over a million multi-colored lights and over 65 different displays.  The displays are both animated and stationary, and it takes about 20 minutes to drive through them. 

Proceeds from the Front Gate admission specifically goes to benefit local charities in Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. 

Admission to park: $5.00 per car, $25 per 15 passenger van, $35 per bus. We take donations of special items and they are: 5 or more canned goods, new toys, new blankets, hearing aids, walkers, canes, wheelchairs, and other in-home medical equipment, 2 or more pairs of eyeglasses, new small suitcases.

Nov222010 Gives Books To LaFrance Elementary

The largest Book Club in America,, recently donated 1,000 books to LaFrance Elementary School.  The gift included 1,000 brand new books which will be placed into the teachers’ classroom libraries so that students will have direct access to them or given to the students so that they have books to call their own.   Overall, the November 2010 program will provide 30,000 books to 30 schools all over the United States. The books will be delivered to the school right after Thanksgiving this year.

“We are very pleased with our club members' amazingly generous and quick response to this program - they obviously feel strongly about the education of children in America.  Access to books is crucial to foster a child's love of reading, so the books our members have donated will have a big impact on these kids' lives.  We hope to be able to continue this program and help more needy schools all over the country,” said Richard Pickering, Founder of (PBS), is based in Atlanta GA.  It is a free online book club where members swap books just for the cost of postage. People join PBS by posting on the website good condition books from their bookshelf that they are willing to share.  Two startup credits are given by PBS to start the member’s swapping. Credits are earned by sending out books to other members. Any available paperback or hardcover book may be ordered for one credit, and audio books may be ordered for two credits.  Complete information about the online book club is available at

PBS began the School Book Donation Program last year to provide books for students because of the company’s belief in both the power of reading and the power of giving. The schools selected to participate in the Books for Schools Program are based on needs of the students.  PBS club members who wanted to support the program selected a school and donated their extra credits to purchase books for the students. For each credit donated by a member of PBS, PaperBackSwap and supporting organizations provided books for the school. For more information about the program or to nominate a school, go to


Museum to Honor War Dead Dec. 7

On December 7 at 6 pm, the Anderson County Museum (ACM) and the ACM Advisory Committee will remember and honor all Anderson County men and women who lost their life in war time service to our country.

Lest We Forget…In Remembrance will be a powerful visual of each life lost from Anderson County through present day conflicts. The illumination tribute will graphically depict the number of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. It will also illustrate the volume of local lives that perished. Research indicates that Anderson County lost about 1,000 people during war time service. We will never know what further contributions these men and women may have made to our community. 

The illumination will circle through both the lower and upper parking lots of ACM with one luminaria representing each life lost. In the event of poor weather, the illumination will be rescheduled for December 14. 

This event will be a powerful remembrance of Anderson County’s war time history and the lives sacrificed. The public is invited to sponsor luminaria (one for $5 or three for $10). Send or deliver donations to the AMC, 202 E. Greenville Street, Anderson, SC 29621. 

The Anderson County Museum is at 202 East Greenville Street, in downtown Anderson. The Fred Whitten Gallery and Museum store hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Reading and Research Room is open 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and by appointment. ACM is handicap accessible and admission is free. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact the Anderson County Museum at (864) 260-4737. 


Women’s Cross Country Fifth at NCAA Region Championship  

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Anderson women’s cross country team closed out its 2010 campaign with a fifth-place finish at the 2010 Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships hosted by Queens University of Charlotte Friday at McAlpine Creek Park.

The host Royals claimed their first-ever regional title, with King College, Columbus State and Augusta State posting second, third and fourth-place finishes, respectively. The young Trojans, who claimed the South Atlantic Conference title two weeks ago at Wingate, finished ahead of Lenoir-Rhyne and the Peach Belt’s Clayton State.

Junior All-American Whitney Bishoff (22:19.1) posted a ninth-place finish in the 6K event to lead the Trojan effort, while freshman Lydia Davis (23:51.3) finished 26th

Fellow freshman Madeline Fitts (24:18.4) claimed 42nd and sophomore Emily Eckroth (25:01.9) crossed the finish line in 68th. 

Sophomore Amanda Johnson (25:19.3), freshman Hannah Robles (25:24.9) and sophomore Isabel Berry (26:45.5) finished 77th, 83rd and 130th, respectively.





Baker Earns State Communications Award  

Bill Baker, a coordinator for Anderson School District Five, has received a statewide Rewards for Excellence Writing Award from the South Carolina Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (SC/NSPRA). 

Baker’s award is for the editorial he authored titled “Anderson District Five Residents Say No to Dissolving District.” The editorial argued against the district consolidation plan proposed last year by the Anderson County Board of Education.

This is the 11th award from SC/NSPRA that Baker has won or shared in the past five years.


State's First Health Co-Op to Help Small Businesses

The South Carolina Health Cooperative (SCHC) today announced it is the state’s first licensed health insurance cooperative. The private nonprofit organization will begin accepting applications for membership immediately in order to offer health insurance rate relief and a longterm health insurance solution for many South Carolina small businesses.

The first of its kind in South Carolina and one of only a few in the nation, the Cooperative successfully completed a year‐long licensing process with the South Carolina Department of Insurance to create the organization that will be wholly owned and operated by its small business members.

The SCHC was created as a result of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2008. Senator David Thomas of Greenville, chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, praised the Cooperative. “The ability for small business to group together to be able to purchase insurance at lower prices is a real breakthrough in cost containment. I'm hopeful South Carolina small business owners will see this as a very positive step toward helping their employees as well as their bottom lines,” Thomas said.

Insurance rates are primarily driven by the number of people insured in a group, making insurance for small businesses more costly than for their larger counterparts. Through membership in the Cooperative, qualifying businesses will form one large insurance pool that benefits from the strength‐in‐numbers lower, more stable premium rates previously available only to large corporations.

“We are thrilled to offer this option to South Carolina’s small businesses,” said Cooper Littlejohn, SCHC president and CEO. “As I travel across the state meeting business owners and learning about the challenges they face dealing with health insurance, it is clear that the co‐op structure will be of great value to business owners and their employees by cutting insurance costs and creating long‐term rate stability. Our organization will help small businesses lower insurance costs and make those costs more predictable, thus giving them more money to reinvest in growing their businesses.”

The co‐op will also offer health education programs and incentives to its members, he said.

Littlejohn, 20, is one of the youngest healthcare executives in the United States. He took on the challenge of creating a cooperative to serve small businesses in the summer of 2009, while working as a summer intern for the Seneca, SC‐based Nuttall Insurance Agency.

“My mentors felt the cooperative structure would be of great value to small business clients, but they understandably could not take time from their existing clients to pursue the application process. The combination of their experience and knowledge of the insurance industry and my ability to do the legwork has allowed us to create a unique private-sector solution to health insurance issues that truly is a new approach to healthcare,” Littlejohn said.

More information is available at or 1‐888‐721‐2667.


Burgess Foothills Distinguished Teacher of Reader

Distinguished Teacher of Reader Award

The Distinguished Teacher of Reading Award Program is SCIRA’s initiative to recognize educators who promote a love for reading in their students.  The recipient of this award receives recognition at the SCIRA reading conference, a certificate and gift from SCIRA, and the opportunity to share best teacher practices in literacy with other educators in the state of South Carolina.  Teachers and administrators can nominate qualified colleagues for this prestigious award.  Nominators must explain evidence of the positive impact on student reading and application of innovative reading techniques that the nominee demonstrates.  A reading panel reviews the nominations and scores them. The award recipient was announced at the Foothills Reading Council Meeting at Ravenal Elementary School on November 9, 2010.  Kim Brock, 4th grade teacher at Wren Elementary and 2008 Distinguished ReadingTeacher of the Year, nominated Mrs. Wendy Burgess for this year’s award.  Brock states, “It is with great honor that I recommend Wendy Burgess for SCIRA’s Distinguished Reading Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Burgess’ dedication and service to students make her the perfect candidate for this honor. “ 

"What a privilege to be named Distinguished Reading Teacher for the Foothills Reading Council.  I know that there were many deserving candidates nominated for this prestigious award. There is no greater award than the smile on a child’s face when they begin to read. A Chinese proverb says that a book is like a garden carried in the pocket.  The thrill of watching students grow their ‘reading garden’ is a wonderful experience.   Teaching students to read and to love reading prepares them to face the world with confidence and to be successful.  I am thankful that I have the daily opportunity to plant strong readers and future leaders. 

Mrs. Burgess will represent Anderson School District 1 and the Foothills Reading Council at the South Carolina International Reading Association’s Conference 2011 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Mrs. Burgess will share some of her innovative reading ideas through a visual display.

Photo (left to right):  Mrs. Martha Butts, Foothills Reading Council President, presents the Distinguished Teacher of Reading Award to Mrs. Wendy Burgess, Wren Elementary School teacher.