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CDC Warns ofr H1N1 Email Scam

The Center for Disease Control has received reports of fraudulent emails (phishing) referencing a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program.
The messages request that users must create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the website. The message then states that anyone that has reached the age of 18 has to have his/her personal Vaccination Profile on the site.
The CDC has NOT implemented a state vaccination program requiring registration on Users that click on the email are at risk of having malicious code installed on their system. CDC reminds users to take the following steps to reduce the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack:
Do not follow unsolicited links and do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.
Use caution when visiting un-trusted websites.
Use caution when entering personal information online


Well-known Area Pastor Ray McDowell Dies at 83

Well-known area pastor the Rev. Ray McDowell died Friday at the Rainey Hospice House.

Obituary is here.

The Funeral Service will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at Varennes Heights Baptist Church officiated by Reverend Mark Dickson and Reverend Dr. Kirt Mitchell. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30pm-3:00pm on Sunday.


Anderson Ushers in the Christmas Season

Anderson officially kicked off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the downtown Christmas tree Friday night.


Trees for Troups Sale this Weekend

Pelzer - The holiday spirit is being delivered in the form of six foot Christmas trees to military families across the country all thanks to tree growers like May-Lan Tree Plantation, who is hosting a “Trees for Troops” weekend Friday through Sunday, December 4th through the 6th.

Anyone willing to contribute can go to a participating tree farm like May-Lan on the “Trees for Troops” weekend and donate $35, which provides a family with a 6-7’ fir that normally sells for $50. Each tree will then be delivered free of charge by FedEx to military families, some of which are celebrating the holidays while their loved ones are deployed. For more information on May-Lan Plantation and a complete holiday events calendar visit or call (864) 243-3092. For more information on the “Trees for Troops” program and other participating farms visit or


Broadway Lake Gets 125,000 Bluegills

On December 3, the SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released 125,000 bluegill fingerlings into their new home at Broadway Lake in Anderson County. The bluegill, which averaged about 1-inch in length, were in excellent condition when released into the lake. The fish were produced at SC DNR’s Jack D. Bayless Fish Hatchery at the Dennis Wildlife Center in Bonneau, SC.
“We are also checking into the possibility of obtaining some redear sunfish (also called shell-cracker) fingerlings for Broadway Lake,” said Dan Rankin, Region 1 Fisheries Coordinator for SC DNR. “Additionally, we will target the production of approximately 15,000 largemouth bass fingerlings for stocking in spring 2010. SC DNR is happy to partner with Anderson County in the management of this important resource.”
“Seeing this project, which has been planned for more than a year, come to fruition is rewarding,” said Anderson County Councilwoman Gracie Floyd.  “To finally see it come to pass through the grants we received is a great success. As we work through our list of projects, we are getting closer and closer to our goal of making Broadway Lake one of the finest recreational facilities in Anderson County.”

“This couldn’t have happened without the hard work put forth by Anderson County staff, said Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns. “Steve Newton did a wonderful job in securing the resources to make this a reality.”


Christmas Cards Sought for Recovering Soldiers

When addressing your Christmas cards this year, consider adding to your list and send a couple with notes of encouraging to this address: A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue NW. Washington D.C. 20307


City Tree Lighting, Holiday Walk Tonight

The Anderson tree lighting and holiday walk will be tonight at 6 p.m., on the square. Downtown is decked out in holiday lights and the tree lighting kicks off the weekend welcoming the holiday season. The weekend events also include the Anderson Christmas Parade at 3 p.m. Sunday.


WYFF: Rain Cuts "Lights of Hope" Visitors



ANDERSON COUNTY –  In order to encourage adoption, the Shelter is temporarily offering a special “A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” promotional adoption rate of $35.00. The normal rate is $65.00 for a dog and $55.00 for a cat. This promotional rate will begin on Monday, December 7, 2009 and be in effect through December 23, 2009.


Handel’s Messiah to Feature Six Anderson Churches

More than 200 voices representing at least six areas churches will perform Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. at Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson.

More than 200 voices representing at least six areas churches will participate this year. Anderson First Baptist, Boulevard, Central Presbyterian, First Presbyterian of Anderson, Grace Episcopal, St. John’s United Methodist, Trinity United Methodist and Young Memorial Associated Reformed Presbyterian are among those performing along with a 17-piece orchestra. Admission is free, but seats are limited.


Record Rainfall Leads to Accidents

The driver of an SUV lost control and was left with the front end under water in front of Concord Baptist Church Wednesday. No one was injured in the accident. Record rainfall for the date was blamed for numerous accidents in the area. Flash flooding was reported across the area and as much as four inches of rain was reported in some parts of the county as of 4:30 p.m. The rain is expected to end before early evening. Thursday and Friday forecasts call for sunny and seasonably cool weather, with highs in the mid-50s.



Council Revises Litter, Travel Policies; Pushes Home Rule Change

Sheriff Closer to Getting Animal Control, Security Employees (click here for story)

     Anderson County Council unanimously approved the revision of the travel policy for all county employees and passed a proposal revising the legal definition of securely transported loads of litter as part of Tuesday night's three hour meeting. 

     The new travel policy was drafted in an attempt to provide greater accountability and tighter restrictions for all employees traveling on county business. Despite reservations expressed by a number of citizens during the public hearing, and questions by at least three council members, the redefined litter ordinance passed 5-2.

     Council also approved a proposal to request that the Anderson County Legislative Delegation to seek amendments to the Home Rule Act. The proposal, put forth and amended by council member Cindy Wilson, encourages the delegation to ask the state to change Home Rule guidelines to allow county councils to appoint both county attorneys and internal auditors. Under current law the county administrator makes these appointments. The proposal also would give county councils nearly complete access to county financial transactions.
      "This is extremely important," said Councilman Bob Waldrep. "I'm not sure how many of you have tried to do the job you were elected to do and were impeded by the administrator or council, but I have. All the way from here to the Supreme Court I think we have experienced a great deal of useless litigation which we could have avoided if we had had this kind of policy."

On Tuesday night, council also:
    Unanimously adopted the continuance of a fee of agreement which provides a tax break for BMW, via tax breaks for two of the company's suppliers in Anderson County.
     Approved on second reading on enlarging the Anderson/Greenville industrial park.
Voted on second reading to extend AFCO deadline for investment in Anderson County.
      Approved on first reading a request to amend the Planned Development District to allow for a new church, Meadowbrook Baptist Church, pastored by the Rev. Bob Marcaurelle. The proposed site is near Newspring Church.
      Tabled an ordinance proposing a traffic study be required for all new developments (at least 90 lots in a subdivision or 100 traffic counts at peak hours for others).
       Approved an ordinance amending county code to allow creation of an Anderson County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee. Seven members, who will serve two-year terms, will be appointed by each council member.
       Voted to take the roads of Wild Deer subdivision roads off Stringer Road into county road system.
       Announced booking of the Broadway Lake Community Center will be through the Parks, Recreation and Tourism beginning Dec. 2.
       In a split vote, canceled of Dec. 15 County Council meeting. The second December meeting is traditionally cancelled for the holidays.


Plan to Move Public Safety To Sheriff Amended

Anderson County Council took one more step toward moving parts of the Anderson County Public Safety Division to the auspices of the sheriff's department, approving a proposal on second reading during Tuesday night's meeting.
The plan would make 23 public safety employees, including animal control, the animal shelter and the park police a part of the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.
The original plan, which also called for moving litter compliance, was amended before the vote on the second reading of the proposal. Litter compliance will continue to report to the administrator.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said he was fine with the slight revision.
"I will have no heartburn if the council leaves litter control where it is," Skipper said, "and we can take care of animal control and security."
Six animal control employees and 17 security positions are effected by the change.
A public hearing is scheduled before the third reading of this proposal.