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S.C. Businesses Lag in Health Care Offerings

South Carolina businesses are attacking rising health care costs by expanding consumer-driven healthcare programs, adopting high deductible plans, and initiating wellness programs according to the 2010 South Carolina Employer Benefits Survey released by Rosenfeld Einstein.

As medical costs rise nationally, PPO plan premiums average less in South Carolina at $389 for single coverage versus $410 nationally. High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs), now 46% of surveyed plans across the state, average $319 single compared to $332 nationally.

And while South Carolina employees contribute an average of $71 towards premiums versus $67 nationally for PPO single coverage, those utilizing HDHP single coverage in South Carolina average lower contributions at $39, versus $45 contributed on average nationally.

Average PPO deductibles run significantly higher in South Carolina, averaging $1,159 for single coverage and $2,964 for family, versus national averages of $634 and $1,488 respectively. Out-of-pocket maximums average $2,511 for single coverage in-state and $2,228 nationally. HDHP single deductibles in South Carolina average $2,327 versus $1,838 nationally, while family deductibles average $4,667 in-state and $3,626 nationally.

The 2010 South Carolina Employer Benefits Survey is conducted bi-annually by Rosenfeld Einstein to help South Carolina businesses benchmark benefit programs against peers to evaluate their competitive position, and determine if their organizations are providing competitive packages.


First Presbyterian Joins United Way for Habitat Home

The month of September will be an exciting time for the Brownlee family.  Alberta and Roger and their three sons Nathan, 17, and twins Braylan and Jaylan, 7, will have a prayer answered when they move into a home of their own.  September 1st will be the first day of this build.  All four walls should be up by the end of the day.  The fast paced action will be exciting to watch as completion and dedication is scheduled for September 26.

First Presbyterian Church and United Way of Anderson County are partnering to build the Brownlee’s home in one month.  They will be providing funding, volunteer labor and meals at the job site.  This will be First Presbyterian’s fourth build in the last seven years.  This is the United Way’s first co-sponsorship and they are already planning for the next one.

The home will be the 38th house built in Anderson County and the second home in the new Habitat subdivision, River Trace.  Habitat purchased 23 lots off of White Street Extension.  This is the first Habitat for Humanity neighborhood in Anderson County. 

These simple, decent homes are sold to selected partner families at no profit and no interest.  The Brownlee’s have been working on their sweat equity hours by working on other Habitat homes, attending homeownership classes and helping at the ReStore.

For more information, please call: Libby Winkler at Habitat for Humanity, 375-1177; Caroline Berardi at First Presbyterian Church, 225-2551; or Jamie Nimmo at United Way, 226-3438


Flu Shot Clinic at Meals on Wheels Sept. 14

Meals on Wheels of Anderson will partner again this year with Interim Healthcare to provide influenza vaccinations.  Medicare will gladly be accepted.  Those using Medicare are asked to please bring their Medicare card or Medicare Advantage card.  All other shots will be $25 payable by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.  Vaccines will be offered on Tuesday, September 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Meals on Wheels – Anderson located at 105 S. Fant St., Anderson.  This clinic is open to the public.


ECP Holding Open Auditions for "Rehearsal for Murder"

Electric City Playhouse will be holding open auditions September 5th and 6th at 6PM for Rehearsal for Murder.

The cast calls for seven to nine adult men and six adult women. Part play-within-a-play, "Rehearsal for a Murder" details the story of the female lead's murder on opening night, and her playwright fiancé’s quest to find her killer. With a wink and a nod to Hamlet, the playwright gathers actors, technicians and other stagehands from the night of her death to read his latest play, which eerily connects the dots of his fiancé’s murder. There are surprising revelations and humorous twists all along the way to solving this clever mystery.

Rehearsals start September 13, with shows running Thursday through Sunday, October 21-31. Please call (864) 224-4248 or email for more information.


Hurricane Earle Not Tracking Toward S.C.


Matrix Awarded Contracting for Dist. 5 Grading Work

Matrix Construction Co. has been awarded a contract to perform grading and paving work on the S.C. Highway 81 site of the future North Pointe Elementary School. 
The Board of Trustees of Anderson School District Five approved Matrix’s low bid of $2,539,135 for the project. A total of 10 companies submitted bids.
Most of the grading and paving work in the contract will be completed by the end of 2010. A contract for the actual construction of the school has not yet been awarded. District officials said the work was separated into two bids to allow most of the grading and paving work to be done before winter, when bad weather would make this work more difficult. 
The school is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. It will be the 11th elementary school in the district. 

Animal Shelter Announces New Hours

Effective Sunday, September 12, 2010 the new Anderson County Animal Shelter hours will be:

Sunday 1pm – 4pm

Monday 12pm – 6pm

Tuesday 12pm – 6pm

Wednesday  CLOSED

Thursday 12pm – 6pm

Friday 12pm – 6pm

Saturday 11am – 4pm


Drug Arrest in Hooters Parking Lot

Anderson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents, CATCH team Deputies and DEA Agents made arrests of five Georgia men and seized three kilos of cocaine in a drug trafficking bust.
Monday night (August 23, 2010) ACSO deputies, narcotics agents and DEA agents intercepted an attempted drug transaction where three kilo sized packages of Cocaine were seized.  Law enforcement officers confiscated the packages from one of the suspect’s vehicle which was in the parking lot of Hooters located at 112 Interstate Boulevard in Anderson.
As a result of the investigation the following suspects were arrested for trafficking cocaine: Carl Dominique Johnson 27, of 835 White Street Atlanta, GA, Montavies Antonio Kendall 31, of 2996 Keville Ln. Decatur, GA, Clayton Lee Roland II 39, of 276 Upper Riverdale Rd. Jonesboro, GA, David Dewayne Richardson Jr. 30, of 174 Oak Dr. Atlanta, GA, and Anthony Paul Watson 32, 751 N. Indian Creek Clarkston, GA.
Johnson, Kendall, Roland, Richardson, and Watson were arrested and transported to the Anderson County Detention Center where they awaited a bond hearing.  

Anderson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents, CATCH team Deputies and DEA Agents made arrests of five Georgia men and seized three kilos of cocaine in a drug trafficking bust.


Miss Anderson County Pageant to Return

Anderson County is proud to sponsor the Miss Anderson and Miss Teen Anderson County Pageants to be held at Anderson University’s Rainey Fine Art Center. This year’s pageant will be under the direction of Ms. Bonita Young, former Ms. South Carolina International.
On Saturday and Sunday, March 12th and 13th , 2011 some of Anderson’s finest young ladies will come together to compete in interview, swimwear, talent, and evening gown categories. We are confident that audiences can expect a Broadway like production. The winners of the Miss Anderson and Miss Teen Anderson County pageants will go on to compete for the titles, Miss South Carolina, Miss Outstanding Teen South Carolina…….and possibly, Miss America and Miss Outstanding Teen America.
As a local affiliate of the Miss America Organization, the Miss Anderson County Pageant will provide an exciting opportunity for our young ladies in Anderson County.  The pageant presents itself as a "scholarship pageant," and the primary prizes for the winner and her runners-up are scholarships to the institution of her choice. The Miss America Scholarship program, along with its local and state affiliates, is the largest provider of scholarship money to young women in the world, and in 2006 made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.
Tickets for this event will go on sale in January. Prices will be $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Additional details, including where tickets can be purchased will be available soon.
To enter the Miss Anderson or Miss Teen Anderson County Pageant please visit Email questions to or call Bonita Young, Pageant Director at 864-844-3155.

Child's Play - Anderson Rotary Club Fundraiser November 13 

Join the Anderson Rotary Club on November 13 at the Electric City Playhouse as local celebrities, characters and entertainers read or perform their favorite children’s books and songs to an all adult audience. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be on hand to help loosen any reserved adult sensibilities that still remain.


The evening is sure to allow your mischievous side to enjoy some of the most playful literature ever conceived without the judging eyes of children. Guaranteed to be entertaining and different, this fundraiser will help to support the club’s youth literacy efforts and help promote awareness of the importance of childhood literacy in our community.

Tickets are only $25 and are either available through the Electric City Playhouse’s Box Office at (864) 224-4228 or by contacting your local Rotarian. Participants are still needed for this event. If you would like to participate or need additional information, please email


Cooper & Friends Blues & Mo’ Sept 10-11 at ECP 

The Electric City Playhouse will be rocking during the third installment of Cooper and Friends Sing the Blues: Blues & Mo’. A full live blues band and some favorite local performers and musicians will take to the ECP stage to perform blues and blues-inspired songs. Both previous installments of Cooper and Friends were been very well attended and tickets to this year’s shows are expected to sell out early.

General seating tickets to this special performance are not part of the regular ECP season, but are only $10. To reserve tickets, please call the Box Office at (864) 224-4248.


Hootie and The Blowfish Song to Help Working Poor

Grammy award winning artists Hootie and The Blowfish are taking their charity work to a new level by donating the rights to their best-selling song "Hold My Hand" to aid the working poor. Leading the effort for the band is songwriter and drummer Jim "Soni" Sonefeld who teamed with the nationally-ranked Benedict College Gospel Choir to produce a new recording of the song that is now available for download on music sites including iTunes.

All artist proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit The Cooperative Ministry, a non-profit organization that serves the working poor in the band's hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.

Taking its cue from the song's lyrics, organizers are calling the project, With A Little Love. The idea came about last year as non-profits across South Carolina and the country struggled to raise money during the recession. The Cooperative Ministry was determined to meet the growing demand for its services and needed a powerful way to inspire its community. They teamed with Hootie and The Blowfish, already well-known for its commitment to local charities. The message behind "Hold My Hand", first recorded in 1994, was a perfect fit for the current day struggles of many working poor.
To download the song and watch the video documentary about the Gospel-style recording, please visit

ECP to Hold Auditions for "Professional Skepticism"

The Electric City Playhouse is in need of three men ages 25-35, one preferably African-American, and one woman ages 25-30, for the upcoming play of Professional Skepticism. Rehearsals start November 1, with shows running Thursday thru Sunday, December 3-12. This comedy, both written and directed by the Electric City Playhouse Resident Playwright, Jim Rasheed, centers around four auditors at a CPA firm.


An audit scandal threatens to change these characters into headline-makers. This tale of office intrigue is funny, intense, and timely. It includes a variety of office personalities, including a sultry party girl. The dialogue is sharp, witty and funny. It won the 2000-2001 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Prize for Best Original Play. It was published in “New Playwrights: The Best Plays Of 2002” and won critical acclaim for its run at Center Stage in Greenville. Cold reading auditions are open to the public and start at 6PM both Sunday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 31.
For more information please email or call (864) 224-4248.