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Thursday
Apr292010

Electric City Playhouse to Hold Open Call Auditions

Have you ever wanted to be on stage, but couldn’t find a production that fit? Are you a seasoned performer that wants to expand their roles? Wearing one stage thin, but not sure when you’re going to have the opportunity to get your foot in somewhere else? 

Tuesday and Wednesday, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Electric City Playhouse will be hosting an Open Call Audition for all actors, singers or performers. Individuals representing several theatres, choral groups and acting troops will be on hand with directors and producers from all over the Upstate. All are invited and all will be given equal billing. 

Know someone who should be on stage? Tell them about this open call audition. Are you a theatre operator, director, manager, choral director or producer that wasn't invited? Well, you are now. Call to reserve your seat. 

Open call auditions will be help May 4th and 5th at 6:30PM. Registration is requested and can be made at (864) 224-4248 or by emailing info@ecplayhouse.com.

Thursday
Apr292010

AIM Needs Volunteers to "Stamp Out Hunger"

The Anderson Interfaith Ministries food pantry needs between 12-15 people to assist with the Postal Carrier’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive on Saturday, May 8from 3pm – 6pm.  Half of those volunteers will be stationed at the Main Post office on North Main Street and the others will be at the AIM food pantry. 

If you are available to help, please contact Angie Shaw at 965-9077 or email:  angie.shaw@aimcharity.org to sign up. 

Wednesday
Apr282010

County Council to Hold Special Called Meeting Tuesday

Anderson County Council will hold a special called meeting Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the council chambers at the historic courthouse.

The meeting will revisit a resolution to authorizing the transfer of authority of the Anderson County Emergency Services Department and 911 Call Center to the Anderson County Sheriff's Department. As part of the agreement, the Sheriff would transfer $1 million to the county's general budget for 2011.

The resolution was tabled during last week's council meeting after two council members suggested more information and discussion was needed before voting to approve the move.

 

Wednesday
Apr282010

Duke Extends Free Light Bulb Offer

Due to the overwhelming response to its compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) promotion, Duke Energy today announced it is extending the expiration date of coupons offering a free six-pack of GE Energy Smart® 13-watt CFL bulbs after customers reported difficulty finding the product in stock.

Duke Energy mailed the coupons, redeemable only at Walmart stores, to 1.3 million customers in Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina. The promotion is part of the utility's effort to help customers save power and money through energy efficiency products and services.

Wednesday
Apr282010

Senior Leadership Luncheon Scheduled for Friday

Anderson County’s Senior Citizens Program invites everyone to the 4th Annual Anderson County Senior Citizens Program Leadership Lunch. The luncheon is scheduled for noon on Friday, April 30th at the Jo Brown Senior Center, 101 S. Fant Street, Suite A (the historic McCant’s Building). The public is invited, but need to RSVP to Kelly Jo Barnwell at 231.2237.

After the program, a ribbon cutting ceremony will officially open the new Tolly Arts & Crafts room and the Exercise & Dance Studio. These two rooms expand the Anderson County Senior Citizens Program space by approximately 1,200 square feet.  Additional space in the newly renovated facilities in the historic McCants Building is allocated to the Anderson County Special Populations Program and the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs. Anderson County Seniors are the first group to move into the renovated facility.

For more information, contact Kelly Jo Barnwell at the Anderson County Senior Citizens Program, The Jo Brown Senior Center, at 231-2237.

Wednesday
Apr282010

WorkLink Services Fair Slated for May 22

WorkLink Workforce Investment Board will host a Services Fair on Saturday, May 22, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Tri-County Technical College’s Student Center on the Pendleton Campus. The event is free and open to the public without charge.

The Services Fair will offer a one-stop for public services. Attendees can connect with community resources that help them find a job, housing, medical care, or food for their families.

Tuesday
Apr272010

United Way Sponsors Summer Camps

 Each year, the Youth Volunteer Corps of United Way of Anderson County sponsors six week long summer camps.  Below you will find a tentative list each week long camp and their dates. The program runs from Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm, and Fridays from 9am – 12:00 pm, and is free. 

June 7th - June 11th / Meals on Wheels

June 21st – June 25th / Habitat for Humanity

June 28th – July 2nd / Sunrise Outreach 

July 12th – July 16th / East Anderson Community of Shalom

July 26th – July 30th / Meals on Wheels 

August 2nd – August 6th / Habitat for Humanity 

You must be a member of the Youth Volunteer Corps to participate.  It is free to join and you just need to complete an application.  More details about each camp week will be coming, and you can stay informed by:

-Visiting the website www.yvcanderson.org

-Becoming a fan of Youth Volunteer Corps of Anderson County on Facebook 

-Contacting carol.loyd@unitedway.org

Tuesday
Apr272010

S.C. Home Health Care Costs Among Lowest, Survey Finds

According to Genworth's 2010 Cost of Care Survey, home care costs, as well as costs of other long term care services, are lower in South Carolina than they are nationally. The median annual rate for home care costs in South Carolina is $38,965 statewide, 10 percent lower than the median annual rate of $43,472. South Carolina is the 10th most affordable state for home care services.

This is important to note given that a majority of Americans prefer to receive care in the home. According to another Genworth survey conducted earlier this year, when asked to identify the setting most preferred to receive long term care, 78 percent chose the home; 18 percent chose assisted living, and only 2 percent selected a nursing home.

Tuesday
Apr272010

Floyd to Announce Grant Details on Mill Clean Ups

Anderson County Councilwoman Gracie S. Floyd is inviting the public to a celebratory community meeting at the Alternative School, Tuesday at 6 p.m.  Floyd will announce details of the $400,000 in grants to clean up Toxaway and Riverside Mill sites at the meeting.

Monday
Apr262010

Three Anmed Nurses Get Top State Honor

IrbySimmonsStoddardThree AnMed Health nurses will be recognized among the state’s best. Kim Irby and Cindy Simmons, RNs at AnMed Health Medical Center, and Becky Stoddard, an RN at AnMed Health LifeChoice, are recipients of the 2010 Palmetto Gold award. 

The Palmetto Gold Nurse Recognition and Scholarship Program is South Carolina’s only statewide recognition program for nurses from all practice settings. Palmetto Gold selects the top 100 nurses from those who have been nominated to honor during a formal awards ceremony. With more than 45,000 licensed nurses in South Carolina, it is an honor to be selected as a Palmetto Gold recipient. These nurses have demonstrated excellence in practice and commitment to the profession and have earned the respect of their colleagues and peers.

AnMed Health’s past Palmetto Gold winners include Sandra H. Lewis, diabetes coordinator at the Medical Center, and Peggy Gardner Deane, former chief nursing officer and vice-president for patient care services.

Monday
Apr262010

Dist. 5 Special Board Meeting to Look at Magnet Schools

The Anderson District Five School Board will hold a special meeting Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the district office board room. At the meeting, the board will receive information regarding magnet and theme schools.  The Policy Committee will review new and/or revised policies.  The purpose of the Special Board Meeting on April 29 is to consider bids for the New Prospect and Whitehall Renovation Projects.  The Board will meet on May 3 to receive updated information with regard to the 2010-2011 Budget.

Monday
Apr262010

AU Students Win State Awards Take SIFE Awards

Continuing with the successes earned at last year’s regional and national competitions, the Anderson University SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team was recently named one of five regional champions for this year’s Sam’s Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge. AU’s SIFE team was in competition with 48 other entries, including 12 in their region. The recognition at the regional level secures a place for AU’s team in the 2010 national competition, being held in Bentonville, Arkansas on April 23. Last year, the first year of the Sam’s Club challenge, Anderson University was the national winner, developing a green initiative that was used by businesses throughout the nation and prompting Sam’s to promote Anderson students as a key component in its corporate environmental sustainability program.

The goal of the challenge, sponsored by Sam’s Club, was to inspire environmentally sustainable practices in the lives of Sam’s Club small business customers and their businesses as well as within their customers and communities.

In addition, the AU SIFE team was also selected as regional champions in the team area, advancing t

Monday
Apr262010

Graham Ties Climate Bill to Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON -- Long-awaited climate change legislation was put on hold by its authors Saturday when a dispute over immigration politics and Senate priorities threatened to unravel a bipartisan effort that took months of work.

Voicing regrets, Sen. John Kerry said Saturday he is postponing the much anticipated unveiling of comprehensive energy and climate change legislation scheduled for Monday. The Massachusetts Democrat made his announcement after a key partner in drafting the bill, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, threatened to withhold support if Senate Democratic leaders push ahead first with an immigration bill. Full Story Here