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District Five Breaks Ground for New Elementary School  

Parents and community members joined District Five students, teachers and trustees Sunday to formally break ground at the site of the planned North Pointe Elementary School.

The school site is located on S.C. Highway 81 near the Sullivan-King Mortuary.Members of the District Five Board of Trustees, joined by Dr. Charles E. Rogers, pastor of the nearby Salem Missionary Baptist Church, break ground for the new North Pointe Elementary School at a ceremony held Sunday, November 7. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Paul Talmadge, Al Norris, David Alewine, Margaret Mack, Charles Anderson, Dr. Rogers, Dr. William Mack Burriss, Ann Huitt, Superintendent Betty Bagley, and a young helper. 

Guests were welcomed by Dr. William Mack Burriss, chairman of the Board of Trustees. The invocation was given by Dr. Charles E. Rogers, pastor of Salem Missionary Baptist Church. 

Remarks were also made by Board Vice Chairman Al Norris, Building Committee Chair Ann W. Huitt and Superintendent Betty Bagley.

The T.L. Hanna High School NJROTC did the Presentation of Colors and the T.L. Hanna Band performed at the event.

Site development for North Pointe Elementary is currently underway. The new 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. 


Candlelight Vigil for Crime Victims Nov. 15

The 11th Annual Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Crime will be held at the New Life Christian Center, 603 Pearman dairy Road in Anderson, on Monday, November 15 at 6:30 pm.

This event which began in 1999 is sponsored by the Greater Anderson Area Victim Advocate Association (GAAVA) to remember victims of crime and their families.

Mrs. Becky Oliver of Pendleton, SC will be the guest speaker.  Mrs. Oliver’s son was brutally murdered in Florida.  Since that time, she has worked tirelessly in facilitating support groups at local churches, mortuaries, and for law enforcement, on behalf of survivors of violent crime. 

Memory Tables will be available for pictures and memorials to crime victims.  All victims, as well as the families of the victims, are encouraged to attend. 

For further information, contact Marlene McClain of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 222-3952, or Denise Hagy of the 10th Circuit Solicitor at (864) 260-4288.


NCAA Soccer at Wingate to be Videostreamed  

ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson and Wingate have teamed together to provide a live videostream of Wednesday’s NCAA first-round soccer match between the Trojans and Bulldogs, beginning at 1:45 p.m.

Visit the link on the men’s soccer schedule page on to watch all the action live from the Wingate Soccer Complex. 

The fifth-seeded Trojans and fourth-seeded Bulldogs will square off at 2 p.m., with the winner advancing to face top-seeded Montevallo on Friday at 7 p.m. 

Anderson, which is riding a three-match win-streak and has claimed wins in 10 of its last 11 outings, will be looking to avenge a 2-1 setback to the Bulldogs in their final regular-season contest.


Two T.L. Hanna Students Named to Service-Learning Board  

Two T.L. Hanna High School students have been selected to serve on the 2010-11 Youth Advisory Board for the Office of Youth Services. The Office is a part of the South Carolina Department of Education.

Christian Cook and Jordan Haynes are among 29 students from 23 middle and high schools chosen statewide for the honor.

Members of the panel, which is sponsored in part by State Farm Insurance, serve as advocates of high quality service-learning programs and help create service-learning projects in their local communities. They’ll also assist in restructuring the annual State Farm Service-Learning Award.   

Service-learning combines meaningful community service with instruction to enhance the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.  

The youth board had a two-week leadership camp this summer.  That training is continuing with quarterly meetings in Columbia on such topics as components of high quality service-learning, selection of service-learning award winners, designing and implementing service-learning projects, and becoming community advocates. 

Instructors for these sessions include State Department of Education staff, seasoned service-learning coordinators and local or state policymakers.  

Youth Advisory Board members were chosen based on their potential leadership ability and ethic of service.  The group also includes:    

Summer Binnicker, Latisha Chalmers, Emmonie Crumblin and Timothy

Robinson - Newberry High School

Adam Bott - Holly Springs-Motlow Middle School

Hazel Bridges - Marlboro County High School

Brittany Cannon - Dreher High School

Shelbi Cooper - Ridge View High School

Kira Elson - Broome High School

Jessica Forbes - Eastside High School

Sydney Ford - Gaffney Senior High School

Mackenzie Jackson - Riverside High School

Dakota Jones - Greer High School

Josh Kleman - Carolina Forest High School

Mallory Macgargle and Erin Westerkam - Irmo High School

Ben McCarter and Mary Moore - White Knoll High School

Daniel Middleton - Saluda High School

Zachery Millan - Pleasant Hill Middle School

Michael Nader - Lancaster High School

Emily Nicholson - Hillcrest Senior High School

Judith Parshall - Gilbert High School

Chelsea Powers - Sumter High School

Hanna Snapp - Middle School of Pacolet

Myles Taste - Hand Middle School

A. Williams, III - South Pointe High School


Heritage Propane Bringing 24 Jobs to Anderson

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Anderson County today announced that Heritage Propane Express, full service provider of propane grill cylinders, will establish its new production facility in Anderson County. The acquired land and facility investment is expected to generate 24 new jobs once up to full production. 

“Our company continues to extend its reach into new markets and this new facility will help us service more customers along the East Coast. Anderson County provides us an excellent environment in which to do business and has a workforce to suit our needs. We look forward to opening our new operations in South Carolina and appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials,” said Marty Baker Jr., vice president of Heritage Propane Express.

Heritage Propane Express will open a new propane grill cylinder exchange processing and delivery facility in Anderson County. The company expects to have the new facility constructed by June 2011, and will be located in the Hurricane Creek Industrial Park. 

“Heritage Propane Express is a nationally-recognized full-service provider of propane grill cylinders for both retailers and distributors. The company’s decision to locate its new facility in South Carolina is another sign that our state’s exceptional market access and business-friendly environment are working to attract new investment and job opportunities.  On behalf of the Department of Commerce, we welcome Heritage Propane Express to South Carolina and wish the company much success in its new Anderson location,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

“We are excited to welcome Heritage Propane Express to the Anderson County family,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Site selection is a very competitive market and it speaks volumes that our county can attract industry even during an economic downturn.”

“I am so proud to have the pleasure of making a second economic development announcement in two weeks,” said Anderson County Councilman Ron Wilson.  “Again, I certainly applaud our Economic Development Office and their efforts to attract industry. This is yet another success and we are proud to welcome Heritage Propane Express to District 6.” 

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in May 2011. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Steve Magill at in the spring of 2011.

Heritage Propane Express (HPX) is a full service provider of propane grill cylinders for exchange for retailers and distributors. HPX has production facilities, districts and depots in its marketing areas that refurbish, deliver and distribute to retailers. In addition to propane cylinders, HPX provides services such as quality storage cabinets, safety protection, safety and marketing training and unique marketing branding enabling the retailer to provide point-of-purchase sales of both exchange and new propane grill cylinders. Currently, HPX services 37 states. For more information, please visit


Anderson Joins National Animal Shelter Week

Anderson County Council has approved joining the national effort to proclaim Nov. 7-13 National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.

Whereas, The Anderson County Council wishes to join the Humane Society of the United States during this first full week of November in honoring animal shelters and the dedicated people who work to protect animals across our country; and,


Whereas, While there are more than 73 million cats and 68 million dogs living in 63 million households across the United States, there are between six to eight million homeless dogs and cats entering our nation’s animal shelters every year; and,


Whereas, Animal Shelters act as safe havens for homeless and abused animals, providing them with comfort, care and a chance to find a FOREVER FAMILY; and,


Whereas, Animal Shelters help both animals and people in many ways; by returning lost pets to their owners, providing medical and emergency treatment to injured animals, educating the public about proper pet care and the importance of spay/neuter services and matching up FOREVER FAMILIES with new animal companions ; and,


Whereas, The Anderson County Animal Shelter depends on the community’s help to reach animals in need; and,


Whereas, The community can help by taking every opportunity to spread a shelter-friendly message on our emails or correspondence, by stopping by the Shelter to visit an lonely abandoned pet and help out the busy animal shelter employees, by donating a soft pet bed or blanket to the Shelter to save a homeless pet from sleeping on a cold concrete floor, by encouraging neighbors and friends to protect their pets with a collar, ID tag or microchip or by choosing to give a loving home to a homeless pet by becoming a FOREVER FAMILY; and,


Whereas, The work of Animal Shelters, compassionate employees and the services they provide often go unnoticed and under appreciated by residents; and,


Now, Therefore, it is hereby resolved by the Anderson County Council:


On behalf of the residents, the Anderson County Council members, do recognize and honor the Anderson County Animal Shelter and its staff for providing lifesaving services to the animals of our County and do hereby proclaim the week of November 7 - 13, 2010 as Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. 


Foothills Heritage Brings Back Old-Fashioned Fair

By MJ Goodwin

A kissing horse, a lawyer, a two legged dog, fried twinkies, an organic dairy farmer, lumberjacks, a John Deere combine and a 2100 pound black angus bull all got together this past weekend, along with several hundred of their friends, and had a blast.  Where?  The Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair.  This event was held in Fair Play, South Carolina, and was billed as “what an old fashioned country fair should be.”  Our experience was that it was all that and more.

My farm, Blackberry Ridge Horse Farm, is the largest upstate South Carolina breeder of the critically endangered State Heritage Horse, the Carolina Marsh Tacky.  We were invited to set up for the weekend at the Fair.   This was our first event as Marsh Tacky breeders.  So I took off my lawyer hat, put on my cowgirl jeans and boots and packed up two of  our fine registered Marsh Tackies, Liberty and Jack Friday, and took off for Fair Play, South Carolina in Oconee County.  We were delighted when our trailer pulled up to the barn and we were greeted with cheers of “the Marsh Tackies are here!”  

Our neighbors for the weekend included a 2100 pound black angus bull, from Tokeena Angus, owned by the McPhail family, who were critical in getting this fair together; and an organic dairy farmer, from the Harmony Dairy, and her cow, Tinkerbelle.  The samples of cheese and milk were free and wonderfully delicious.   Kids and adults enjoyed milking Tinkerbelle.  

Our four year old filly, Liberty, served as a marvelous ambassador for her critically endangered breed and delighted hundreds of people with her “kisses” and engaging personality.  Jack Friday showed off his gorgeous double mane and let all the children (ages 1 to 100) pet him.   

Carolina Marsh Tacky Association secretary, Jackie McFadden, drove from Rock Hill, and joined us for Saturday and passed out brochures and free coloring books.  We were amazed by the number of folks who said that they came to the fair solely to see the Marsh Tackies.  We were thrilled that there is so much interest in this critically endangered breed.  We answered questions about the history of our horses’ breed and the journey to become the SC State Heritage Horse and made a lot of new acquaintances.  

While our experience was focused on the horses, there was so much more to do at this fair.  I had neverseen a lumberjack competition.  It was exciting to watch these men climb “trees” and chop them with axes in a timed competition.  There were clowns, balloon animals, fair food (including fried twinkies) and lot of farm machinery.  And of course there were rides:  a carousel, ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl and bungee jumping.  There were also pony rides, wagon rides and even camel rides! Everything was reasonably priced and there were many free samples.  The exhibitors were friendly people.  All seemed to enjoy their particular niche at the fair.  I bought a lovely wood carving made with a chain saw!  There was chow-chow, jelly, jewelry, blankets and clothing for sale.  There were goats, pigs, cows, lamas, a camel and other breeds of horses on display.  One man had a two legged dog.  This dog was born this way and was rescued from euthanasia by the man.  I found the dog to be a fine example of the innate ability to overcome whatever life throws at us! Like the Marsh Tacky, that dog has survived and has made all who see him better for it.   With the success of the Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair, the old fashioned fair is also alive and well in South Carolina. 

As I write this, we are exhausted from our weekend as “carnies”.  But we are  better for the experience and are looking forward to the first weekend in November, 2011.  We hope that all of you will join the kissing Marsh Tacky, Liberty, and all of her new found fair friends next year.


Sohrweide Notches Hat Trick as Trojans Win Tournament Title  

ROCK HILL, S.C. – A hat trick from Lasse Sohrweide, the SAC Player of the Year, lifted the third-seeded Anderson men’s soccer team to a 3-2 win past No. 5 seed Mars Hill in the 2010 Food Lion SAC Championship match Sunday afternoon at the Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex.   

Anderson (14-5-1) made its inaugural season in the South Atlantic Conference a memorable one, as the Trojans won their third straight match, and 10 of its last 11 outings en route to setting a new school record for wins in a season for the second consecutive season. 

The Trojans defeated Mars Hill (14-5-1) for the second time this season, while snapping the Lions’ three-match win streak. 

There are no automatic qualifiers in Division II men’s soccer, so despite winning the conference tournament crown, the Trojans will have to wait until Monday to find out if they will receive an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. Championship selections will take place Monday evening at 7 p.m. via a webcast selection show on

Sohrweide scored the first goal of the contest in the 23rd minute when teammate Mark Smith found the 6-foot midfielder in the box and Sohrweide placed his header in the back of the net for his team-leading 13th goal of the season. 

Sohrweide gave the Trojans a two-goal cushion at the 29:34 mark off an assist from junior midfielder Scott Clapperton by blasting home a shot from eight yards out. Sohrweide recorded a match-high seven shots, while a quintet of Trojans each posted a shot on the night. Lukas Hesse went the full 90 minutes between the pipes for the Trojans, facing 16 shots and collecting two saves while getting the win.

 The NCAA’s Southeast Regional will be comprised of the top six ranked teams in the region, with the final regular-season poll as follows:

1. Flagler

2. Clayton State

3. Wingate

4. Montevallo

5. Lees-McRae

6. Carson-Newman

7. North Georgia

8. Anderson   


AU Lose Volleyball Season Finale

ANDERSON, S.C. – A balanced offensive attack lifted league-leading Wingate to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-16) win past Anderson in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center.   

The Bulldogs, who had already clinched the top seed in next week’s league tournament, improved to 25-1 and went undefeated in the league at 18-0, while Anderson (18-14, 8-10 SAC) earned the sixth seed in their inaugural season in the SAC and will face third-seeded Lincoln Memorial in Friday’s quarterfinals.

The final regular-season contest for both teams saw the Bulldogs break open an evenly-played first set midway through the frame and held off the Trojans with senior outside hitter Lauren Billo serving for four of the final four Wingate points. 

The SAC Tournament runs Friday through Sunday and will be hosted by Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. AU and LMU will square off at 7:30 p.m. The Trojans will be looking to reverse their regular-season fortunes, as Lincoln Memorial swept the season series with AU by counts of 3-0 and 3-1.     


ECP Auditions For "Sister Amnesia" Nov. 14

The Electric City Playhouse will hold open auditions for an all male cast of Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree on November 14 at 2PM. The musical presented as a promotional tour for Sister Mary Amnesia’s newly released album “I Could Have Gone to Nashville”. After regaining her memory, Sr. Amnesia realizes she is Sister Mary Paul, a former country singer. Reverend Mother, feeling that one should not waste God-given talent, gets Sister Mary Paul a recording contract and now she is on a national tour. Cheered by audiences and critics alike as funny and fast-paced, this hilarious hoe-down is Nunsense fun with a Laugh-In-Hee-Haw-Grand-Ole-Op’ry slant. You say you’re not a country music fan? Don’t worry! This country music is “Nunsense Theatrical Style”! This outrageously funny show is filled with hysterical one-liners and infectious comic tunes that will have you stomping your foot and clapping along!

Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree written by Dan Goggin and produced by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., will take the stage February 3-26, 2011 and will mark the first production of the 27th year of the Electric City Playhouse. No roles are precast, no prior experience is necessary and everyone is encouraged to attend. For more information please contact the ECP Box Office at (864) 224-4248 or email


Tour De La France Listed as Elite Event

USA Cycling has unveiled the National Racing Calendar listing the 2011 Labor Day Omnium as one of 30 elite racing events across the nation next year. City of Anderson and Anderson County officials joined Tour de La France committee members and local news media on the Courthouse Plaza on Friday, November 5th to share this exciting news with the public.  

“Look no further than Anderson County for your 2011 Labor Day Destination,” said Anderson County Councilman Tommy Dunn. “The County Council is truly excited about this quality event. In 2010 cyclists representing more than 10 nations raced through the streets of Anderson. They experienced a professional event put on by our staff with the support of Swagger. We also showered them with southern hospitality that enticed them back in 2011. I couldn’t be more excited to see the rise in recreational activities in our fine County.” 

“Support from the Anderson County staff and the Anderson County community enabled us to acquire a position on the USA Cycling National Racing calendar,” said Swagger owner Gene Dixon. “The partnership with the folks at US 100K in Marietta made it possible for us to create a great weekend of racing that will appeal to cyclists of all ages and categories. With the quality we bring to the table, I’m certain our event will be a Labor Day tradition for years to come.” 

Safe Kids Anderson County supports our community’s efforts toward creating improved conditions for bicycling and walking,” said Dwayne Smith, AnMed Health’s Safe Kids Coordinator. “Take a look at any elementary school in the county and you’ll see few children that ride a bike or walk to school. Improved accommodation, in the form of shared-use paths, sidewalks and on-street facilities will enhance the safety, comfort and convenience of all travelers. Events such as this raise awareness of these issu


County Finance Committee to Meet Friday

ANDERSON COUNTY FINANCE COMMITTEE will meet Friday, November 5, at 2 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse – Second Floor – Conference Room.

Here is the agenda:

Call to Order                               Chairman Francis M. Crowder, Sr.

 Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance                                   Mr. Eddie Moore

 Approval of Minutes       September 3, 2010 Meeting

 Need for Standard Reporting for EMS       Mr. Scot Stoller, EMS Director and

  •  Financial Data       Mr. Francis M. Crowder, Sr.
  •  Activity Data EMS Visits, Non-EMS Visits

 Discussion of Effectiveness of Upstate Alliance       Mr. Rusty Burns/Mr. Burriss Nelson

 Update on Innovate Anderson       Mr. Burns/Mr. Nelson

 Possible need to reorganize structure of County Government

 Budget for Communication Equipment

 Recommendation for additional budget reductions and goal

 Initial Committee Review of Cell Phone Policy

 Review budget transfers

 Citizens Comments




Francis M. Crowder, Sr., Chairman

M. Cindy Wilson

Eddie Moore


Dist. 5 Middle School Zones Meeting Begin Tonight

Please join us tonight at 6:30 at Westside High School for the  first of three community meetings concerning the revision of our middle school attendance zones.

Additional meetings will be held on Tuesday, November 9, in the T.L. Hanna High School Mall Area and  on Tuesday, November 23, in the Anderson V Career Campus Culinary Arts Area. All meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and are scheduled to run for 90 minutes. For more info, please go to