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5k “Race for Gold” to Benefit AU Center for Cancer Research  

Anderson University’s second annual “Race for Gold” 5k event will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 9:0 am. The race will begin at the Anderson County Courthouse Plaza.

The event will begin promptly at 9:00 am with a cancer survivors’ recognition program in front of the Courthouse. Following the ceremony, participants will run/walk a 5K course beginning in downtown Anderson at the Anderson County Courthouse and proceed up North Main Street where they will loop around and make their way back to the Courthouse. 

All proceeds from the race will benefit the Anderson University Center for Cancer Research. The center offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in various scientific research programs focused on cancer. Through collaborations with health care institutions, students can gain first-hand scientific research experience and witness how their research positively impacts the lives of patients both in the community and abroad. Dr. Diana Ivankovic currently serves as the Dr. James A Henderson director alongside her co-director, Dr. Frank A. Norris. 

The fee for early registration (before February 21) is $20 for the general public; late registration (after February 21) for the general public is $25. Registration for students is $12 (early registration) or $15 (late registration). To register visit Prizes will be awarded for top runners and all participants will receive a free “Race for Gold” t-shirt on the day of the race.


Hanna Band Members Win All-State and Region Honors 

T.L. Hanna High School Band members Reid Stayanoff  and Jerry Wiles have been selected for the S.C. All-State Band. In addition, Reid and Jerry, along with Gabe Bertolini, were selected for the All-State Jazz Band. 

In the Jazz Band competition, Gabriel was named the lead tenor saxophone, Reid was named one of two lead trumpets and Jerry Wiles was named on Bass Trombone and finished first overall in auditions on that instrument. 

The following Hanna Band students were selected for the Region Honors Band: Kathleen Langbehn, Avery Ducharme, McKenna Defino, Jordan Logue, Matthew Storie, Gabe Bertolini, Abby McComb, Timothy Moss, Kendall Stayanoff and Dylan Dukes.

Richard C. Baskin is the Director of Bands at T.L. Hanna and Shon Brown serves as the Assistant Director.


Abney Center Hardwood Honors Annie Tribble  

ANDERSON, S.C. – Prior to Saturday afternoon’s basketball doubleheader with Brevard, Anderson’s Abney Athletic Center basketball court was named “Annie Tribble Court” in honor of the longtime head women’s basketball coach.   

With several of her former players on hand, Tribble was honored by friends as well as current and past colleagues and administrators at courtside.     

In addition, a portrait was unveiled that will be displayed in the lobby of the Abney Center of the coach who revived the Anderson women’s basketball program in 1967. In her first six seasons, Anderson posted an impressive 66-19 record and recorded one national runner-up finish and she went on to guide the Lady Trojans to three national championships. 

Coach Tribble, a native of Anderson and a graduate of Girls High School and Anderson College, led the Trojans to the first of three AIAW junior college national championships in 1974. The Lady Trojans also won national titles in 1975 and 1976 with Tribble amassing a stellar 155-33 record at the helm of the Anderson College program.

Following the 1975-76 campaign, she was named the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson University and went on to guide the Lady Tigers to seven seasons of 20 wins or more and seven postseason tournament appearances.

She coached five All-Americans and eight all-conference players during her time as a head coach and was honored as the South Carolina Coach of the Year in 1977 and also served as the South Team coach for the National Sports Festival games in 1981. Tribble played a major role on the U.S. Olympic Committee that was instrumental in selecting the 1976 U.S. Silver Medal team.

She and her husband, Glenn, currently reside in Pendleton, S.C., and are proud grandparents of 11 and have five great-grandchildren. She was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and is a member of the Anderson University and Clemson University Athletic Halls of Fame. In 2011, she was honored as an Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Legend. 


AU Track and Field Strong on Final Day of Clemson Invitational  

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Anderson University track and field teams recorded 13 top-15 performances, including seven outings in the top ten on the final day of competition at the Clemson Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Tigers’ Indoor Track and Field Complex.

Sophomore Deniz Hay paced three Trojans in the men’s one mile run, finishing seventh in a time of 4:30.71. Junior Alex Pena earned 10th with a time of 4:36.31 and junior Ryne Welch posted a 13th-place finish, crossing the line in 4:45.55.

A trio of AU runners finished in the top 10 in the 3000 meter run, with sophomore Parks Edwards (9:10.79) notching second. Sophomores Kyle Koby (9:29.17) and Matt Imes (9:45.04) garnered fifth and seventh, respectively. 

The Trojans are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the JDL Fastrack Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C. 


Anderson Democrats Precinct Reorganization March 3

The Anderson County Democratic Party Announces County Democratic Precinct Reorganization at 10:00 a.m., March 3, 2012, at the Westside Community Center. All precincts will reorganize.  Delegates will be selected to the county convention.  Preparations for the state and national convention will be announced.


AU Opens Track and Field at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. –  The Anderson University track and field teams recorded 13 top-15 performances, including seven outings in the top ten on the first day of competition at the Clemson Invitational Friday afternoon on the at the Tigers’ Indoor Track and Field Complex.

For the Trojan women in the track events, senior Sarah Solesbee recorded an 18th-place finish in the preliminaries of the 60 meter dash, while freshman Sydney Hazel (2:32.73) posted a 13th-place finish in the 800 meter run, with sophomore Rachel Westberry (2:35.74) and junior Kathryn Purinton (2:37.77) recording 15th and 18th place, respectively.

The Anderson women throwers also posted a strong outing, with senior Lauren Sloan earning fourth place in the shot put, with a distance of 12.34 meters. A pair of freshmen, Brooklyn Watt and Savanna Keese, finished 10th and 11th, with tosses of 10.26 meters and 9.72 meters, respectively.

Another newcomer, Jill Baxter, notched third in the high jump with a height of 1.55 meters.

On the men’s side, junior Josh Butler earned eighth place in the 60 meter dash, crossing the line in a time of 7.11, with teammate Jonathan Chapman taking 15th in a time of 7.45.

The men’s 800 meter run saw junior Matt Shaffer claim third in a time of 1:56.45, while teammates Drew Mahaffey (2:04.90) and junior Ryne Welch (2:08.51) cross the line in 17th and 23rd.

The men’s throwers also notched stellar performances, as junior Will Byars took fourth with a toss of 13.51 meters and sophomore Brant Bullister earning seventh at 10.83 meters. Freshman Nathan Plank posted a ninth-place finish, at 10.42 meters.

Freshman Jonathan Chapman brought home ninth place with a distance of 6.19 meters in the long jump. 

The Trojans are back in action on Saturday, starting with field events at noon, followed by track action at 1 p.m.


United Way to Offer Free Tax Preparation

The Developing Self-Sufficiency vision council of United Way of Anderson County is partnering with local leaders and churches to expand the availability of free tax preparation services in Anderson County. 

VITA , Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, is sponsored by the IRS, and run by local communities wishing to provide the service to local residents.  VITA volunteers can help prepare IRS forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ. Preparation of other schedules will not be available at the VITA sites.


  1. All documentation of deductible expenses such as higher education expenses, property taxes paid, daycare expenses (include provider’s name/address/tax ID #).
  2. Your 2010 tax returns (Federal and State).

If you are filing a joint return, both spouses must be present to sign required forms. If you have an appointment, please arrive 15 minutes early to complete required paperwork.

The schedule for the VITA sites are as follows: 

Anderson County Library - 300 N. McDuffie Street, Anderson [AARP]

2/4/2012 – 4/7/2012

Days and times to be determined.

The site is hoping to be open on Saturday’s 9:00am – 2:00pm for walk-ins only.

For more information, contact Lora Kline at (864) 226-3438. 

Iva Town Hall – 204 E Jackson St., Iva

1/31/2012 – 4/11/2012

Tuesday’s - 10:00am – 5:00pm

(more dates may be added dependent on demand)

For appointments call Town Hall at 348-6193.

Belton Town Hall – 306 Anderson St., Belton

1/27/2012 – 4/13/2012

Friday’s - 12:00pm – 5:00pm (may be open until 6:00)

For appointments call 2-1-1.

Pendleton Town Hall – 310 Greenville St., Pendleton

2/7/2012 – 4/3/2012

Tuesday’s - 9:00am – 5:00pm on 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 & 4/3

Monday’s – 9:00am – 5:00pm on 2/27 & 3/26

(more dates may be added dependent on demand)

 Call 646-9409 to make an appointment. 

For more information please contact Lora Kline at United Way of Anderson County at (864) 226-3438 or email


Limestone Pins AU Wrestlers

ANDERSON, S.C. – The Anderson University wrestling team claimed three bouts, but dropped a 29-12 decision to No. 10 Limestone Thursday night at the Abney Athletic Center.  

The Trojans dropped the first three bouts, falling behind, 13-0, before sophomore 149-pounder Dan Telhada pinned the Saints’ Theron Goodale with 38 seconds remaining in the second period. 

Three bouts later, junior Bryan Glace rallied from an early deficit to post a 6-3 win at 174 pounds and senior Jordan Denmark also trailed early before notching a 4-2 decision in the 197-pound bout.

Anderson will get back on mat Friday, Feb. 3 when the Trojans play host to UNC Pembroke in a match scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Abney Center.


GAMAC "French Celebration" Friday at AU

The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium will present "Joie de Vivre- A French Celebration" on Friday, \at 7:30pm in the Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson University. Featuring the GAMAC Chamber Orchestra with internationally acclaimed pianists Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers, the performance will be the headline concert of the 2012 Anderson International Festival’s celebration of French culture.

The GAMAC Chamber Orchestra will begin the evening with Claude Debussy’s well-known prelude to Afternoon of a Faun along with works by Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Faure and Jacques Ibert followed by George Bizet’s Jeux d’Enfants featuring two pianos with Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers. The evening will culminate in a beautiful and entertaining performance of Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals featuring Lomazov and Rackers along with guest narrator, Paul Hyde.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students. To purchase tickets, please call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147.

A special “cupcake battle” reception titled “Let Them Eat Cake!” will immediately follow the performance. An additional charge of $10 per person applies for this event. This event is made possible with generous support from Mr. & Mrs. Harold Gilbert and The Bleckley Inn. GAMAC is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For information about other Anderson International Festival events, please visit


Feb. 24 Black History Luncheon to Feature Book Signing

The 5th Annual Black History Luncheon, presented by the African American Leadership Council of United Way of Anderson County and the African American Leadership Council will be held Feb. 24 at Tucker's Restaurant in Anderson.

The event will feature a book signing by Dr. Rhondda Robinson Thomas, editor of the autobiography of Jane Edna, “A Nickel and a Prayer.” The event is free, but reservations are required.  Call 226-3438 for more information.  

Jane Edna Hunter, the daughter of Edward and Harriet Harris, was born on December 13, 1882, on the Woodburn Plantation near Pendleton, South Carolina. In 1905, armed with the self-help philosophy of Booker T. Washington, Mrs. Hunter moved to Cleveland, Ohio, with "a nickel and a prayer." For six years, via deep religious convictions and hard work, she planned the Phillis Wheatley Association.

In 1911, the organization opened its doors with a home to provide housing, employment, and social development for African-American women. It became a prototype of any similar organizations established by the National Association for Colored Women as well as the Jane Addams School, an industrial training school for young white women in Cleveland.

Jane Edna Hunter's work was so successful she received support from leading philanthropists like John D. Rockefeller, Jr. She maintained that the association's purpose was "to afford Black women an opportunity for fuller development; to promote growth in Christian character and services through physical, social, mental and spiritual training." She firmly believed that youth must be trained with a purpose. They must have skills to accommodate the needs of the modern world. She studied law and received her LL.B. from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1925. She passed the Ohio Bar Examination that year. This great leader of 20th century women died at the age 89.hilosophy of Booker T. Washington, Mrs. Hunter moved to Cleveland, Ohio, with "a nickel and a prayer." For six years, via deep religious convictions and hard work, she planned the Phillis Wheatley Association. 

“The council has decided to bring in a more educational component to the luncheon. We’ve heard from politicians, public school administrators, and HBCU presidents. This year, we would like to expound a little on our history and the achievements of one of South Carolina’s greatest daughters”, stated Datrick Jefferson, president of the African American Leadership Council. “We are asking people to come and learn about this great woman and the strides that she made back during a time when African American’s weren’t even considered citizens. Her efforts continue all across the United State to this day”.

Sponsored by D Jefferson & Associates and Timothy Drummond Insurance Agency/State Farm InsuranceTimothy Drummond Insurance Agency/State Farm Insurance, the event is open and free to the public; however, pre-registration is required due to limited seating availability. To reserve a seat or for more information on the African American Leadership Council , contact United Way of Anderson County at 864-226-3438 or


Cantus to Perform at Brooks Center  

Cantus, one of America’s premier male vocal ensembles, visits the Brooks Center at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, to present the program “On the Shoulders of Giants,” a tribute to artists who have inspired them. 

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County Transportation Workshop Set for Powdersville 

Anderson County will host a workshop meeting to discuss and select transportation enhancement project concepts on February 2, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Powdersville Library.  The meeting will focus on identifying possible federal Transportation Enhancement Funding eligible projects that the county can pursue through the Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS) for the Powdersville community. 


Dist. 5 Charter School Offers New Option for Juniors, Seniors  

Rising juniors and seniors have the opportunity to apply for the new District Five Charter School, slated to begin in August 2012.

The new charter school will be located within the Anderson V Career Campus. It will focus on students for whom the traditional school schedule or environment is not a good fit. 

The school will implement the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) philosophy, which makes attending college a central goal for all students.  In addition, it will provide academic support for those students who are struggling in the classroom.

“Establishing a charter school frees us from a number of state regulations such as seat-time requirements that make it difficult to for students to earn credits through computer courses or special academic projects outside of the classroom,” said Superintendent Betty Bagley. “This will give us a greater opportunity to tailor our curriculum to the unique needs of our students.”


Parents and students interested in learning more about the new Charter School or other magnet school opportunities may attend the District Five Magnet School Fair on Monday, February 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Westside High School. Information is also available at your school’s Guidance Office.