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Forestry Commission Event Demonstrates Safe Burn

The State Forestry Commission is holding a press event at Centerville Station 9 at 10:30am. This is a part of their annual fire prevention efforts. They are actually going to do a burn to show how to do so properly, safely and legally. The station is located at 196 Sullivan Road.


Council Moves Building Security to Sheriff

On Tuesday night Anderson County Council approved in a contentious vote, an ordinance consolidating 17 public safety positions and five positions from animal control from the Anderson County Public Safety Division under the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.
The ordinance, which had been tabled in January before a third reading, passed despite Anderson County Councilman Moore's assertion that "to vote for this tonight would be a slap in teh face of the citizens of anderson couunty and county council." Moore and Anderson County Council Member Cindy Wilson opposed moving ahead with the ordinance at Tuesday's meeting.
"I will vote against this tonight, not because I think a major part of this shouldn't go through, but because of the these other questions that need to be answered before we vote," Wilson said.
County Councilman Tom Allen said keeping the current 17 public safety positions and transferring them to the sheriff's office would cost the county $2,200 per year per position more than the lowest bid the county received to outsource the public safety function. Allen said the experience of the current public safety employees would more than make up for the difference in the money. The total annual county budget for those 17 positions $711,790.
County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn said that public safety belongs under the sheriff's office and about giving the Park Police the authority to provide public safety.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said the change would take effect Wednesday morning. 
"As of tomorrow, they report to me," Skipper said. "I would hope we have the transition in the flow and structure in the next couple or days or a week. We have been preparing for this a long time."
County Council was told Tuesday that Anderson County's financial audit for the June 2008-June 2009 budget year found the county in "overall good financial condition" (as of June 30, 2009), but warned that "could change if fund balance continues to decrease." The audit also said the county should be "prepared for the continuing tough economy and difficult decisions needing to be made."
Larry Finney, speaking for the auditing firm Greene, Finney and Horton presented the audit which recommended the county adopt a formal fraud risk management program, and update a "very outdated" county accounting policies and procedures manual.

County Honors T. Ed Garrison and Family

Council kicked off the first meeting February by honoring for South Carolina Sen. T. Ed Garrison and his family for their contributions to agriculture, forestry and natural resources. Garrison, who served more than 30 years in the South Carolina Legislature, is credited for bringing the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena to Anderson County.
"If it wasn't for Sen. Garrison that arena would not have been in Anderson County," said County Councilman Bob Waldrep, who followed Garrison as chair of the agriculture commitee while serving in Columbia. 
Council also honored the memory of the late Brantley Jordan with a resolution recognizing him as Anderson County's Economic Ambassador for 2009. 
A resolution honoring the Anderson and Honea Path free clinics and their volunteers was also approved at Tuesday night's meeting.

Anderson Hall of Fame Inductees to be Announced February 8

ANDERSON — The Advisory Committee of the Anderson County Museum invites you to the announcement of the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 8 at the Museum. 

Each year the museum recognizes and inducts into the ACM Hall of Fame up to two people who have made outstanding contributions in shaping Anderson County, State, national or world history. The HOF committee made their selection from more than 40 applications. Nominees must be deceased at least 10 years before they are eligible for induction. The 2010 class will be the eighth class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and will be inducted on May 1. Applications are now available for the 2011 Hall of Fame.

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.


Council to Address Budget, Moving Personnel; Honor Garrisons, Brantley Jordan

Anderson County Council will look at the budget, take the move of public safety personnel off the table for third reading and honor the Sen. T. Ed Garrison family and the late Branley Jordan at Tuesday's meeting at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse. Full agenda can be found here.


United Way to Administer New Emergency Food and Shelter Funds


Anderson, SC –  Anderson County has been chosen to receive $151,643 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Carol Burdette, United Way of Anderson County, PO Box 2067, Anderson, SC  29622 or call 864-226-3438 to request an application.  The deadline for applications to be received is 4:00 pm on February 15, 2010.


Electric City Playhouse Presents "The Stanley Brothers" Play

Join the Electric City Playhouse as they start their 26th year with the award winning Man of Constant Sorrow, a Stanley Brothers Musical by Douglas Pote and directed by Jimmy O. Burdette. This funny and touching story delves into the backstage and personal life of two brothers, Ralph and Carter Stanley. It contains some of the great songs made famous by The Stanley Brothers - songs that will have you singin’ along and flat-footin’ in the aisles. It reveals their struggle to find an audience for their music and their triumphant journey along the way.
Expect to hear folk, traditional gospel, and bluegrass, the music of their home in the hills of Virginia, along with hits like the 2002 Grammy Award-winning songs from the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Starring Upstate Bluegrass Musicians: Mitch and Perry Keown along with a full cast overflowing with musical and acting talents.
Tickets are on sale now for Feb 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Showtimes at 8PM and Sundays at 3PM. Ticket prices are $17 for Adults, $15 for Seniors, $10 for Students and group discounts are available. Make sure that you come early to hear the Jimmy O Trio pre-show band!

S.C. Unemployed/Underemployed Rate Tops 19 Percent

AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- While President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union Wednesday that "one in 10 Americans still cannot find work,” in nine states, including South Carolina, the figure is much worse - closer to one in five, according to Labor Department data released Friday.
The figures are a stark illustration of how tough it is to find a full-time job, even as the economy has grown for two straight quarters. The official unemployment rate of 10 percent doesn't include people who are working part-time but would prefer full-time work, or the unemployed who have given up looking for work.
When those groups are included, the devastation in many parts of the country is clear: Michigan's so-called "underemployment" rate was 21.5 percent in 2009, the highest in the nation. California's was 21.1 percent, while Oregon's was 20.7 percent.
In another three states - South Carolina, Nevada, and Rhode Island - the underemployment rate is above 19 percent. And in three more - Arizona, Florida and Tennessee - it's above 18 percent.
The figures also illustrate how much higher the official unemployment rate could go in these states. Many of the discouraged workers are likely to start looking again as the economy improves. That would have the effect of raising the unemployment rate.
But in many states, people are still dropping out of the labor force, which might keep a lid on official unemployment but still adds to the underemployed population.
South Carolina, for example, saw more than 6,700 people leave its labor force in December, as its unemployment rate rose to 12.6 percent. That is a "very disturbing trend," said Don Schunk, an economist at Coastal Carolina University. "We haven't even reached the point yet ... when people get encouraged and come back in. That suggests ... we still have quite a ways to go with rising unemployment." Schunk estimates South Carolina's official rate will peak at 13 percent to 14 percent by late spring.

Legal Pad: Guns and Domestic Violence a Loaded Issue

I spend a good bit of time in the Anderson County Family Court.  I see a lot of interesting things there.  Most are sad.  However, a recent Order of Protection Hearing, though somewhat routine on the surface, was thought provoking.

I have been a prosecutor, in one form or another, for almost two decades now.  I’ve also been involved in my fair share of nasty divorce cases.  As such, I am vehemently opposed to domestic violence in all its forms.  I am also, however, an ardent supporter of Second Amendment rights.  The Second Amendment states that “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  Our Courts have interpreted this provision to apply to a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms...  See Full Column Here.


AnMed Manager Authors Children's Book

Michael Gibson, manager of the LifeChoice Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, recently published a children's book inspired by his Maltese puppy's love of lima beans. A book signing will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Meet Lulie, a lovable Maltese with a spunky personality. "Lulie Loves Lima Beans," a light-hearted picture book by Michael P. Gibson, follows Lulie on a taste testing adventure around her neighborhood. While memorizing the rhyming poem, children will learn about various fruits and vegetables featured in this delightful tale. With colorful illustrations and photos of the real Lulie, Lulie Loves Lima Beans is sure to entertain the young and young at heart.

Gibson lives in Greenville, S.C., with his wife Tesha, and their Maltese puppy, Lulie Anna. He manages the LifeChoice Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at AnMed Health but also has a passion for writing. Though his main love is writing poetry, he also enjoys writing humorous short stories and Christian devotions. Gibson is currently working on a second childrens book.

Something Special, the AnMed Health Medical Center gift shop, will host a book signing for Lulie Loves Lima Beans on Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. The book is available online and at locations across the Upstate. To learn more, go to ( ).


16th annual Camellia Ball Saturday, Feb. 6 

The AnMed Health Foundation is presenting the 16th annual Camellia Ball on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. at the Civic Center of Anderson, featuring entertainment from the popular Swinging Medallions band.  This black-tie gala benefits the patients of AnMed Health Pediatric Therapy Works, a rehabilitation program for children and young adults with developmental disorders and delays.  

Tickets for the Camellia Ball are available for $250 per couple, $125 per person or $75 per person for those 35 or younger. Tickets can be purchased by calling the AnMed Health Foundation at (864) 512-6800 or visiting and clicking on the Camellia Ball icon on the home page.

Each year, Pediatric Therapy Works provides specialized physical, speech and occupational therapy to about 600 children who have developmental disorders and delays, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down’s syndrome, autism and other genetic neurological conditions. Through specialized therapy, these children can learn skills to optimize their independence – such as talking, feeding and dressing themselves, and expressing their feelings – and reach their full potential.


Clemson Lineup Features Lewis Black, Daughtry, NeedtoBreathe

Clemson University’s Littlejohn Coliseum has announced its spring concert
lineup, which features comedian Lewis Black in March, alternative/rock band
NEEDTOBREATHE in April and chart-topping rockers Daughtry in June.

Read the entire news release at:


Human Relations Council Organizes Awareness Fair

The Anderson County Human Relations Council organized the community awareness fair before the Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony at the Civic Center. About 20 local agencies displayed their mission as well as the services that they provide. Some of the organizers included: (front row, from left) Doris Reed, Elise Hind, Janie Turmon, and Delores Green; (back row, from left) Michelle Ricketson, Gilbert Green, Clifton Holloway and Johnny Mattison.