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Sunday
Aug152010

County Council Looks at Meetins at Civic Center; Shelter Policy

Anderson County Council will look at resolutions on the Anderson County Sports and Entertainment Center, the Anderson County Animal Shelter as well as a number of other issues facing the county in the new budget year.

The meeting will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown.  Full agenda here.

Friday
Aug132010

Becky Ross Anderson School District One Teacher of the Year

1st row: Chrissy Bamberg, Wren Elem.; Rachel Brookman, Palmetto Elem.; Kathy Cord, Powdersville Middle; Betsy Ross (District Winner) Hunt Meadows Elem.; Meagan Long, Palmetto Mid.; Shay Barksdale, West Pelzer Elem.; Addie McConomy, Palmetto High
2nd row: Blakely Callaham, Cedar Grove Elem.; Jill Hendricks, Powdersville Elem.; Ashley Crocker, Concrete Primary; Wes Ballard, Spearman; Lori Randall, Wren Middle; Larry Clark, Jr., Wren High  
  Anderson County School District One is proud to announce Becky Ross as the 2010-2011 district Teacher of the Year winner. She was selected from thirteen representatives from each school in the district. The winner was announced on August 13, 2010 at the back to school opening assembly for the district.
     Her post graduate work was done at Clemson University and undergraduate was from Winthrop College. She taught Kindergarten through second grade before changing her career focus to Counseling and Guidance.      She is presently serving as Guidance Counselor at Hunt Meadows Elementary. 
Teacher of the Year, Becky Ross, said “I am surprised by this awesome recognition. It is such an honor coming from the teachers I work with each day at Hunt Meadows. I have loved working in Anderson One and never doubted my calling to be a teacher and a counselor. I have always felt that caring and making connections with my students must be the primary focus to help all students be successful. It is most rewarding when a former student comes back to say, “You were the reason they became a teacher.”
     Dr. Wayne Fowler, Superintendent for Anderson District One, said, “Becky Ross is an excellent choice for Anderson One’s Teacher of the Year. She has done an outstanding job as a teacher and as a guidance counselor for our district for the past 19 years. It is evident that she cares about what she does. She is certainly a role model for teachers across the district and state.”
     Mrs. Ross is married to Scott Ross and they have two sons. She is actively involved at Easley Presbyterian Church and the Easley Junior Women’s Club. 
     Three finalists were named: Larry Clark, Jr., Wren High School,  Kathy Cord, Powdersville Middle School and Addie McConomy, Palmetto High. The thirteen Teachers of the Year serve on the Superintendent’s Forum representing each individual school. 
     Anderson District One is proud to announce its school nominees for the district Teacher of the Year competition.  Each of these 13 teachers was selected by their peers as the best example of teaching excellence for this year.  Anderson One Teachers of the Year are recognized at the district back to school opening assembly followed by a luncheon in their honor.  The teacher of the year is selected through an application process and will go on to represent the district at the state level.  
Blakely Callaham, Cedar Grove Elementary  
Ashley Crocker, Concrete Primary
Becky Ross, Hunt Meadows Elementary    
Rachel Brookman, Palmetto Elementary
Jill Hendricks, Powdersville Elementary
Wes Ballard, Spearman Elementary
Taquilla Barksdale West Pelzer Elementary
Chrissy Bamberg, Wren Elementary
Meagan Long, Palmetto Middle School
Kathy Cord, Powdersville Middle School
Lori Randall, Wren Middle School
Addie McConomy, Palmetto High School
Larry Clark, Jr., Wren High School
Friday
Aug132010

Construction Delays Move Centerville Elementary’s Start Date

     Classes at Centerville Elementary School will begin on Thursday, August 19th because of delays with Anderson-based Lazer Construction Company’s project to improve car access and stacking areas and enhance safety for parents dropping off and picking up their children at the school. Orientation meetings have also been rescheduled.
 
     Centerville students will not have to attend extra school days this year as a result of the two-day delay, according to District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. Instead, the school may make up the time during the school year by using half-day professional development days and other time already built into the school calendar. The start of classes for other District Five schools remains Tuesday, August 17th.
 
      “We regret that this delay will force us to move the start of classes until Thursday, but we feel it is the appropriate course of action to ensure our students and parents the safety and accessibility they need,” Mrs. Bagley said. “It is also important to give our Centerville parents the opportunity to attend orientation meetings in which they can become acquainted with their children’s teachers before classes begin.”
 
      Centerville Principal Kory Roberts said that, despite the delay of school, his teachers and support staff members are looking forward to the improvements being constructed and appreciate the cooperation of district leaders in modifying the schedule to meet the needs of the school. “I encourage parents with questions or concerns to contact me at 260-5100 or at KoryRoberts@Anderson5.net.”
 
      Orientation meetings at Centerville were originally scheduled for Sunday, August 15th at 3 p.m. for Kindergarteners and Monday, August 16th at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. for grades first through fifth. Those meetings have been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 18th at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Parents are invited to attend either meeting regardless of the grade their child will be entering.
Friday
Aug132010

Mount Lebanon’s Morrell named District Teacher of the Year 

Pendleton – Mount Lebanon Elementary School's Summer Morrell has been named Anderson School Four's 2010-11 District Teacher of the Year.  Announcement of Mrs. Morrell’s selection was made during Anderson Four's opening day festivities at Pendleton High School on Friday, August 13, 2010.   
As the district winner, Morrell will compete for 2011-12 state honors to be announced in April 2011.  This year's state winner will receive $25,000 and the use of a BMW Roadster for one year, as well as three state finalists will be awarded $10,000 each with all district winners receiving a $1,000 award. 
"Ms. Morrell has an outstanding vitae,” said Dr. Lee D’Andrea, Superintendent.   “She has been the teacher of the year for her school in another district, earned National Board certification, supervised student teachers, actively engaged in professional organizations and continued her own professional learning through graduate course and workshops. I think what sets her apart is the passion and commitment she has for her student's achievement and success. On June 2nd of this year, she returned to Colombia, SC to a high school graduation to see her first class of 4th graders (nine years ago) graduate from high school. She remembered their faces and their names and they excitedly shared their next steps with her: one student entering the Air Force, another going to Clemson this fall, another finishing after 13 years of school and so on. She is truly Educating the Future!  For her students, the future is very bright.”
Mrs. Morrell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education in December 2000 from Clemson University.  She began her career in 2001 at Sandhills Elementary School in Lexington Four where she taught for six years in grade third and fourth.  In 2007, she accepted a third grade position at Mount Lebanon Elementary School.  
“As a child, teachers were the professional adults,” said Ms. Morrell.  “They were the people in my life that ignited a spark for learning and achievement beyond what I might otherwise have aspired to do or be.  In a thousand small ways, they made me feel important and special.  Later in life, when I thought back on whom mattered in my life, teachers were the people who mattered.  Why would I want to be anyone else?  Why would anyone?”
Ms. Morrell’s honors include receiving her National Board Certification in 2007, being named Sandhill Elementary School‘s Teacher of the Year in 2007, earning the PASS Excellence Award in 2009, and receiving the 3rd Grade Team Award in 2010.   In addition to serving as a supervisor for student teachers for several universities, she has presented at district in-services, as well as co- presented at the South Carolina State Council of International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English annual conferences.
Teachers selected as their school's Teacher of the Year for 2010-11 include: Jeff Terry, physical education teacher at La France Elementary, Summer Morrell, 3rd grade teacher at Mount Lebanon Elementary, Carol Menzel, special education teacher at Pendleton Elementary; Russ Laven, physical education teacher at Townville Elementary; Maggie Walters, band teacher at Riverside Middle; and Joanna Covar, Spanish teacher at Pendleton High. 
Friday
Aug132010

Art Helps Animals at Saturday FurFest

     The Anderson Arts Center will host 2nd Annual Pet Project Exhibition Fur Fest Saturday, August 14, from 10am to 2 p.m.
     The FurFest is a festival to share the special relationship between us and our pets. We will have vendors on site as well as a many other great activities. Participating Vendors: 4PetSake Rescue • animal rescue Anderson County Humane Society • county adoption & pet rescue Anderson Dog Works, Inc. • pet training Anderson Voices for Animals • donation based spay & neuter program Bow-Wow Wheels Mobile • mobile pet grooming Buster's Buddies Pet Orphanage & Rescue • cats, dogs & endangered animals Carolina Poodle Rescue • non-profit poodle rescue Electric City Animal Clinic • Vet Ellen Spainhour • pet portrait artist J & K Grooming Service • grooming salon & boutique shop; all natural dog foods The Puppy Nanny • dog training & animal communicator Tree Parlor • large dog breed outfits, winter coats & martingale collars Waggin' Train • all natural dog treats Anderson Arts Center 110 Federal Street Anderson, SC 29625 864.222.2787 www.andersonarts.org staceym@andersonarts.org
Friday
Aug132010

Still Time to Register for Tour De La France

Friday
Aug132010

Burglary Ring Busted

     Anderson County Sheriff’s investigators took down a burglary ring responsible for at least nine burglaries in the Appleton Mill area over the span of four months.
 
     Late Wednesday (August 11, 2010) afternoon CATCH (Criminal Apprehension Through Community Help) team officers and investigators arrested the last of five suspects involved in the burglary ring.  The ring is responsible for nine burglaries to residences that occurred in the Appleton Mill area between March 2, 2010 through July 18, 2010. 
 
    Investigators have arrested and charged Jamie Brandon Mullinax, 32 YOA, of 51 R. Street, Anderson with 7 counts of burglary first degree, 2 counts of receiving stolen goods and 1 count of auto breaking.       Christopher Sullivan, 30, of 290 Strickland Ave., Anderson was charged with 1 count burglary first degree and 1 count burglary second degree.  Anthony Geer, 42, of 108 Farmers St., Anderson was charged with 1 count of burglary first degree.  Tammy Melissa Allen, 40, of 233 Foster St., Anderson was charged with 1 count burglary first degree and Randall Simpson, 26, of 23 Q Street with 1 count of burglary second degree. 
 
     All five suspects are currently housed at the Anderson County Detention Center and awaiting bond hearings on their burglary related charges.
Friday
Aug132010

Arts Center Pet Project Opening Reception Tonight

The public is invited to 2nd Annual Pet Project Exhibition Opening Reception Friday, August 13, 2010 at 7p.m.They break your heart. They cover you with fur. They love you unconditionally.

Our pets teach us to live in the moment, and fill us with joy! The Anderson Arts Center presents an exhibition unlike any other! "Pet Project" is an art exhibit that will feature the special relationship between people and pets. The exhibition will feature the Wag 'n Brag Pet Photography Contest, sponsored by the Anderson Independent-Mail, and the work of artists that specialize in pet portraiture using drawing, painting, collage, ceramics or photography. **Awards will be given out during the Opening Reception for the photography contest! Anderson Arts Center 110 Federal Street Anderson, SC 29625 864.222.2787 www.andersonarts.org staceym@andersonarts.org

Thursday
Aug122010

Meals on Wheels Needs Summer Drivers

Meals on Wheels needs a little extra help on Friday.  We have two routes that need someone to step up and offer to deliver because regular drivers are on vacation!!  Can YOU help?  Call Cindy at 225-6800.
Thursday
Aug122010

Labor Day Weekend Trike Race Back On

     Put your pedal to the metal for your favorite charity by procuring a child’s pedal vehicle, decorating it and riding it in the Tour de LaFrance Charity Pedal Race. The vehicle can be a tricycle, child’s bicycle no bigger than a 16” model, Big Wheel, pedal car, etc.  The vehicle must be child-sized and pedal-powered. 
All Pedal Race riders MUST wear a bicycle safety helmet....NO EXCEPTIONS.  A limited number of helmets will be available for use, but you are encouraged to bring your own helmet. 
Charity Pedal Race Competitions:
     “Pimp My Trike” Champion presented by the Cancer Association of Anderson: Best decorated vehicle (and rider) will be judged at 10:15 a.m. in front of the Courthouse.  **ARRIVE BY 10:00 a.m. to “stage” your vehicle for judging.**
      Fastest Racer Champion presented by Safe Kids Anderson County:  The pedal race begins at 10:30 a.m. 
     “Show Me the Money” Champion presented by Safe Kids Anderson County: Show us the money! The biggest prize goes to the racer who collects the most money for their charity. 
Registration deadline Aug. 30. For more information, email snicometo@andersoncountysc.org
     Collect money for your charity by having people make donations in cash, check or through the charity’s website in your honor. Any checks you collect should be made payable to your charity. 
     On the day of the race, bring a letter signed by an official of your charity on their letterhead stating the total “pre-race donations” you have collected and submitted to your charity as of Friday, September 3. 
    You can bring more donations with you to the race and also raise donations at the race from people in the crowd. At the completion of the race, your collected donations will be tallied and added to your “pre-race” total.
Thursday
Aug122010

Brooks Center Jon Faddis Jazz Concert Sept. 14

Legendary jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis will present his Dizzy Gillespie-influenced jazz at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature Faddis and pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Kyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Dion Parson.

Thursday
Aug122010

Anderson District 5 to Host Back-to-School Celebration

     Anderson School District Five parents and residents are invited to the district’s 2010-2011 Back-to-School Celebration at Westside High School on Monday, August 16th.
     The event brings together our teachers and support staff and marks the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. It will include a celebration of the achievements and awards won by our schools and district over the past year. Students return to classes on Tuesday, August 17th.
     The celebration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the William M. Roberts Gymnasium on the Westside campus.
     The celebration will also include recognition for numerous school awards including: Improving Student Academic Achievement, Closing the Achievement Gap, and achieving AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress.) In the 2009-2010 school year, all ten elementary schools in District Five achieved AYP. District Five was the only school district among the state’s 15 largest to have all of its elementary schools accomplish this.
Our district also celebrated many individual achievements this year. Among them, Dr. Jeff Wilson, our assistant superintendent for instructional services, earned the 2010 District Level Administrator of the Year award from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA).
Layne Putnam, assistant principal of New Prospect Elementary School, was named the 2010 Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year by SCASA.  
     Also, Lakeside Middle School math teacher Christi Fricks was one of just 87 science and math teachers in the nation named as a winner of the prestigious 2008 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The annual award is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. 
     In addition, Kelly Sutton of Centerville Elementary School has just been named one of three South Carolina finalists in the current competition for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 
Wednesday
Aug112010

Duct Tape Doctor Competition to Fund School Health Education

    Four well-known doctors will be wrapped in duct tape in an effort to raise money for Doclink, a physician-driven nonprofit that provides health education in Anderson County schools. 
    Duct Tape a Doc is a one-on-one competition to see which doctor can raise the most money and be duct taped to a wall the fastest. On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Dr. David de Holl is up against Dr. Marshall Meadors at the AnMed Health North Campus. On Thursday, Aug. 26, Dr. Mike Tillirson will face off with Dr. Harold Morse at AnMed Health Medical Center. Both competitions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Duct tape will be sold for $1 a foot or $3 for 5 feet. By purchasing a piece of tape, residents can bring these doctors one sticky step closer to victory. All proceeds from the competition will go to Doclink.
Doclink was established in 1999 with the goal of educating and empowering young people to make healthy lifelong decisions. Last year, Doclink provided 336 in-school presentations, educating more than 9,600 students in all five Anderson County school districts. 
     In elementary schools, Doclink teaches “Tar Wars,” a tobacco prevention program for fifth graders and “Nutrition Detectives,” a healthy eating curriculum for fourth graders.  At middle and high schools, Doclink offers presentations on trauma, nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco, alcohol and drug prevention. Doclink also partners with Safe Harbor to bring The Megan Project to Anderson County students. The Megan Project is a proactive relationship violence prevention curriculum. 
     “Doclink provides an important service in the absence of school-based funding for health promotion and health education. This is a great example of a public-private partnership where a nonprofit is providing education at no cost to taxpayers,” said Lacey Councill, Doclink coordinator. 
This is Doclink’s inaugural Duct Tape a Doc fundraiser, but Councill said she hopes the event will continue for years to come. 

     Four well-known doctors will be wrapped in duct tape in an effort to raise money for Doclink, a physician-driven nonprofit that provides health education in Anderson County schools. 
Duct Tape a Doc is a one-on-one competition to see which doctor can raise the most money and be duct taped to a wall the fastest. On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Dr. David de Holl is up against Dr. Marshall Meadors at the AnMed Health North Campus. On Thursday, Aug. 26, Dr. Mike Tillirson will face off with Dr. Harold Morse at AnMed Health Medical Center. Both competitions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Duct tape will be sold for $1 a foot or $3 for 5 feet. By purchasing a piece of tape, residents can bring these doctors one sticky step closer to victory. All proceeds from the competition will go to Doclink.
    Doclink was established in 1999 with the goal of educating and empowering young people to make healthy lifelong decisions. Last year, Doclink provided 336 in-school presentations, educating more than 9,600 students in all five Anderson County school districts. 
    In elementary schools, Doclink teaches “Tar Wars,” a tobacco prevention program for fifth graders and “Nutrition Detectives,” a healthy eating curriculum for fourth graders.  At middle and high schools, Doclink offers presentations on trauma, nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco, alcohol and drug prevention. Doclink also partners with Safe Harbor to bring The Megan Project to Anderson County students. The Megan Project is a proactive relationship violence prevention curriculum.