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Black Named Interim Principal at Pendleton

Kevin Black, Director of Accountability and Testing for Anderson School District Four, has been named interim principal of Pendleton Elementary School.  Dr. Black will succeed Gwen Massey who served in this role for the past three years.

The Anderson School District Four Board of Trustees approved the administration’s recommendation at a special called board meeting on June 1.  Originally, the position was posted with the intent of naming a new experienced principal in early June.  The district received 24 applications for the position from a diverse pool of candidates and fell short in finding the right fit.  

“Mrs. Massey has done an excellent job in strengthening the instructional program at Pendleton,” said Dr. Lee D’Andrea, Superintendent for Anderson Four.  “Her strengths in data analysis, organization, and leadership are better matched in other ways.” 

Dr. Black received his undergraduate degree from Newberry College in mathematics in 1989, his masters of sports science from the United States Sports Academy in 1993, his education specialist degree in 2000 from Clemson University, and his Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in 2004.


County to Hold Community Meeting on First Quality Tissue Plant

Citizens and businesses wanting to learn more about First Quality Tissue’s new Anderson County plant are invited to a community meeting on Thursday, June 3rd.  The meeting will be held from 10 am – Noon at the former Anderson County Fairgrounds on Williamston Rd.  Anderson County thanks Anderson University for making the complex available to us.

Representatives of First Quality, Anderson Regional Joint Water System and Anderson County will provide a concise description of the project including plans for the existing site and future growth.  Information will be given about construction of facilities, utilities, transportation access/egress, environmental concerns and opportunities for service providers and contractors.

This will not be a job fair; one will be announced in the future.  It is also not a time for supplier/contractor interviews. 


Anderson Named Tree City, USA, Community

For the seventh consecutive year, Anderson County, S.C. has earned the designation of Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to community forestry. 

“Nationwide, more than 3,000 cities participated in the Tree City USA program,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Annual observances, community forestry education programs and other initiatives that promote environmental sustainability are ongoing in Anderson County. This achievement demonstrates that Anderson County is a community that really cares about our environment.”

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Anderson County has met the following four standards in order to become a Tree City USA community:

  • Having a tree board or department
  • Having a tree care ordinance
  • Having a comprehensive community forestry program
  • Having an Arbor Day observance and proclamation passed by County Council

In addition to meeting these four standards, communities that receive the Tree City USA designation also recognize that:

* Trees promote healthier communities
    (Leaves filter the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles)
* Trees moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife
* Trees in urban areas reduce the ‘heat island effect’ caused by pavement and buildings
* Trees, placed properly, can increase property values and buildings in wooded areas rent more quickly and tenants stay longer 

“We commend Anderson County’s elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority.”

The Tree City USA program provides direction, assistance, attention and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of town and cities.
More information about Tree City USA is available by calling 402.474.5655 or visit the web site:


AU Students Win Business Award

Anderson University’s Students In Free Enterprise, or SIFE team, has won the Sam’s Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge for a second straight year. 

The retail giant established the competition to challenge top business programs from around the country to develop cutting edge programs to assist Sam’s Club business partners in becoming more efficient and environmentally sound.  

The Anderson team selected two local businesses, one a non-profit agency (Anderson Interfaith Ministries) and the other a restaurant (The Pompous Pig) and conducted an environmental audit. Then, using materials provided by Sam’s, the team recommended changes related to electricity, water and paper usage, and the savings just over the first three months were statistically significant.  

“To win it last year was a huge surprise to all of us, since it was the first time we competed with this type of SIFE project. We knew we had a very good project and presentation, but the competition, just like this year was very strong,” said Dr. Miren Ivankovic, AU business professor.   “Then to be invited yet again to the Sam’s Club headquarters and be placed among top 6 schools in the nation, then top three and finally, win the whole thing at the Nationals in Minneapolis, speaks volumes about our students and their effort. This was very special and I am very proud to be a part of this team.”  

To learn more about AU’s SIFE team, contact Miren Ivankovic or Bill Laing at Anderson University, 864-231-2000. To learn more about the Sam’s Club competition, visit

The AU SIFE team received $1,000 from Sam’s for making the finals of the competition and a $5,0000 prize for winning the national title.


AU Clears First Hurdle for Nursing Program

With the recent approval by the South Carolina Board of Nursing, of its nursing program feasibility study, Anderson University is now engaged in the process of obtaining approval by the Board to begin an undergraduate nursing program. The target date for initiation of this program is 2012.

Anderson University will now conduct an evaluation phase to develop more specific details of a potential program for review by the Board of Nursing. Those processes must be satisfactorily completed before students can be recruited or any possible time frame for the application process can be considered. 


County Council to Look at ADA; Public Hearing on Landfill Sale

Anderson County Council will hear a resolution affirming the county's commitment to the Americans with Disabilities Act as part of the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown.

Council will also hold a public hearing on the sale and transfer of Anderson's portion of the Tri-County Landfill before a second reading of the ordinance.

Agenda here.


Farmers' Market Senior Partners Program Starts Thursday

On June 3-4, Anderson County Seniors may apply for produce vouchers as part of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. The Anderson County Senior Citizens Program and the Anderson County Farmers’ Market, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services and other state agencies, will issue vouchers to eligible senior citizens. Vouchers can be used to purchase produce at participating farmer’s markets from May through October 15, 2010. Each eligible person will receive $25 worth of coupons. Vouchers are issued on a first come basis until the supply is exhausted. 

Individuals aged 60 or older, with a low monthly income, or who receive SSI or Food Stamp benefits are eligible for these free coupons. Individuals must apply in person; provide proof of their identity, age and their Anderson County residency. Applicants must also meet household income eligibility limits. Information regarding the income of all household members is required to determine eligibility. Verification of Social Security numbers is also required. 

Individuals wishing to apply for homebound seniors must provide a statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on their behalf. Proof of identity and proof of income for the homebound senior must be presented at time of application.

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program’s goal is to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce while supporting South Carolina’s small farmers. South Carolina is one of several states that receive funds from the USDA to operate this program.

Application vouchers will be at the following locations & available first come, first served:

June 3 at 8am: Belton Farmer’s Market

June 4 at 8am: Anderson County Farmer’s Market

For detailed information on The Effects of Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs on Nutrition and Health see

For more information, contact:

Kelly Jo Barnwell, Anderson County Senior Citizens Program, The Jo Brown Senior Center, 101 S. Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29622, 231-2237


Triple Crown Watercross Aug. 13-15 at Hartwell Lake

The Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance is pleased to announce the Triple Crown Watercross, a personal watercraft racing tour, will roar onto Lake Hartwell August 13-15, 2010.  The Big Oaks Recreation Area in Georgia will host the Toyota Upstate Watercraft Promotions-International Jet Sport Boating Association (UWP-IJSBA) Tour, one of the nation’s leading personal watercraft racing circuits. All events on the Tour include Closed Course and Freestyle competitions. Each event is set up to not only attract experienced circuit racers, but to also give competitors who have little or no racing experience, an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and compete in a safe environment.

“Anderson County is thrilled to have the Triple Crown Watercross visit our beautiful Lake Hartwell,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “We are grateful to everyone who worked together to capture this event. Hartwell Lake is one of our most under-utilized assets. It is exciting to see it get the attention it deserves. This event and the Bass Masters event are putting our Lake on the map and making Anderson County a well-known destination for tourists.”

“The event will feature top U.S. and international racers doing battle against one another while negotiating buoys, obstacles and pounding waves at speeds up to 80 MPH on the ½ - ¾ mile course,” said A.J. Handler, Director of Upstate Watercraft Promotions. “This is like motocross on water; closed course racing is handle bar-to-handle bar.  The course is designed to keep competition tight and fans close to the action.

The Toyota UWP-IJSBA Tour consists of six racing weekends.  Races are scheduled in Florida, New York (two weekends), Wisconsin, and West Virginia.  Racers accumulate points to qualify for the International Jet Sports Boating Association’s World Finals in Lake Havasu, Arizona.

The Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance is comprised of 150 tourism professionals and businesses with an interest in the lake.  All live or work in the six counties surrounding Lake Hartwell:  Anderson, Oconee & Pickens in South Carolina and Hart, Franklin and Stephens in Georgia.  “The alliance’s goal is to market the lake and its surrounding region as one destination, disregarding county and state boundaries,” said Bill Griggs of Docks South, Co-Chair of the planning committee for the event.

The Big Oaks Recreation Area is just 13 miles south of I-85 on U.S. Hwy. 29.  For more information, visit You may also contact:  Bill Griggs (706) 377-3625

                                            Kathy Benson (864) 716-3660

For up close and personal action views,


AnMed Minor Care to Change Hours Today

Starting June 1, Minor Care – Medical Center Campus will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The urgent care practice was previously open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Minor Care – Medical Center Campus is located at 600 North Fant Street, directly behind the Emergency Department. The hours at Minor Care – North Campus will remain the same. That location continues to operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Changing the hours at the Medical Center Campus means that both Minor Cares will close at the same time,” said Wanda Perry, interim director of emergency services. “We hope that this will make it easier for residents in our community to know where to seek care throughout the day.”

Typical conditions that can be treated at Minor Care include:

  •  Colds, sore throats, upper respiratory infections, bronchitis and the flu
  •  Minor injuries, such as bruises, joint sprains, muscle strains and simple broken bones 
  •  Mild asthma attacks, allergies and rashes 
  • Wounds and lacerations needing simple repair, including sutures 

To learn more about Minor Care or to make an appointment, please call (864) 512-8611.


Cancer Association of Anderson Receives Grant

The Mountains to Midlands Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded a $30,660 grant to the Cancer Association of Anderson to assist women in treatment for breast cancer with some of their expenses. The grant also pays for a session of “Survivor School,” an educational program for women who have recently completed treatment.

“This grant will enable us to help up to 80 women with expenses such as prescriptions and co-pays, gas to get to the doctor and oncology rehabilitation,” said Kathryn Smith, executive director of the Cancer Association of Anderson. “In addition, a dozen survivors will learn about reclaiming their bodies and minds from cancer in the Survivor School taught by Dr. Chasse Bailey-Dorton.” 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Mountains to Midlands Affiliate is one of 125 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.

“To meet needs we have discovered right here in our community, this year’s grant slate specifically addresses access to care and screening services and provides tangible support services for breast cancer survivors,” said Liza Owens-West, Affiliate Grant Chair. 

Mrs. Smith said the most pressing need for all the cancer patients helped by CAA is simply travel money, most of it spent going back and forth to treatments. She noted that CAA is the only organization in Anderson County receiving a grant from the Komen Affiliate this year. “We feel extremely fortunate,” Mrs. Smith added. 


Foothills Playhouse Looking for Actors

Foothills Playhouse welcomes everyone to audition for their upcoming plays. No experience is necessary, just a desire to be part of a fun cast with a nice organization.  Bring a non-returnable photo to help the director remember who you are. 
The best ones are snapshots that actually look like you rather than a slick professional headshot 
that makes you look really pretty but isn't really what you look like.
This next audition is as follows:
Rodgers and Hammerstein


Directed by Sherri Dunlap

Production Dates August 13 through 29

Auditions are June 20, 21, 22

2:00 on Sunday, 6:30 on Monday and Tuesday

Have a short song prepared and be ready to read from the script

Ages 7 to adult


AnMed to Celebrate Cancer Survivor Day

On June 13, hundreds of Upstate cancer survivors will join family, friends and AnMed Health staff to celebrate Cancer Survivors Day.  

Cancer Survivors Day is an annual celebration of life and a chance for survivors to connect with other men and women who have shared the same experience. The event includes light refreshments, entertainment and survivor recognition. The party starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. at the Civic Center of Anderson. 

“Cancer Survivors Day is a special event where clinicians and survivors can forget their worries and have a great time together,” said Lauren Barnett, community relations coordinator. “For two hours, everyone comes together to laugh, socialize and enjoy life.”

This free event is open to all cancer survivors and their families. Anyone interested in attending should pre-register by June 4 by calling (864) 512-2255. 


Museum Features Southern Clocks, Clockmakers of 18th,19th Century  

Clock restorer Tom Benko to present program Saturday, June 12 at 2 p.m., and the Anderson County Museum.

As the prosperity and population of the south increased at the end of the 18th Century, so did the desire for more “civilized” goods. The demand for reliable clocks moved from the wealthy families in Charleston to the rural settlers throughout the South. Clocks from the Connecticut clock factories made their way to the South via the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road, shipping routes along the coast, up the Mississippi, and then by new railroad lines from Hamburg and Savannah. Many of these Yankee clocks became Southern when they were re-labeled to avoid being taxed as “imports.” This program will trace this migration from the north, and offer some insight into business and trade in the early South. The presentation will include many photographs of rare Southern clocks and historical maps and documents. Several original examples of these early clocks will be on display and will highlight the discussion.

Tom Benko has been an avid collector of antique clocks for nearly forty years. In 2001 he started his own business, “The Village Timepiece,” where he provided restoration and repair service, as well as offering fine antique clocks for sale to the public. Tom has since returned to a career in engineering, enjoying antique clocks again as a hobby. This program combines his knowledge of antique clocks with his interest in local history. Like these clocks, Tom and his family have migrated from the north, and have lived in the Carolinas for 23 years.

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.