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Mosaic Theatre Cancels Christmas Show  

The Mosaic Theatre’s Christmas Show, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 11th, has been cancelled. Scheduling conflicts necessitated the cancellation, according to Rick Mascaro, organizer of the event.


Concord Elementary Holiday Performances Set

The Kids on Key Chorus of Concord Elementary School will perform “Celebrations in Song” on Thursday, December 9th at 7 p.m. at the school.

On Thursday, December 16th, the Kids on Key Chorus will take a Service Learning Field Trip and perform at NHC, Palmetto Bank, Medshore, Brookside Nursing Center and the AnMed Health North Campus.

The Kids on Key Chorus will lead the annual school-wide sing-a-long on Friday, December 17th at 9 a.m. with a second performance of "Celebrations in Song" and several surprises.


AU Women’s Tennis Lands Lindsay Gregory  

Anderson University head women’s tennis coach Joey Eskridge has announced the addition of Lindsay Gregory out of J.L. Mann High School to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Trojans, starting in the fall of 2011.

Gregory, from Simpsonville, S.C., is currently ranked 13th in South Carolina in “Girls 18 and Under Singles.” She has claimed three Upper State Championships while playing for the Patriots and has earned all-region honors the past five years.

“We welcome Lindsay to our program and look forward to the impact she will have on the program,” said Eskridge.


Finance Committee Report Part of Council Meeting

A report by the finance committee, a look at web economic development and rezoning are on the agenda for Tuesday's Anderson County Council meeting.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown. The full agenda is here.


Shelter Pet Adoptions $35 During Holidays

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 7-23. For more information call 260-4151.


McLees Elementary Christmas Shows Scheduled

The McLees Elementary Learning Labs will perform at West Market Early Childhood and Education Center on Friday, December 10th at 9 a.m.

Also, the McLees Mustang Stampede Choir will have a Winter Tour on Saturday, December 11th. The Choir will perform at O'Charley’s at 9 a.m., Brookside Nursing Home at 10 a.m. and the Mosaic Theatre at the Anderson V Career Campus at 7 p.m. 

The McLees second graders will perform “A Martian Christmas” twice on Thursday, December 16th at the school. The first performance at 9 a.m. will be for students and the second performance at 7 p.m. will be for parents.


Late Basket Thwarts Trojans’ Comeback Bid  

Brevard’s Travis Jackson dropped in a basket with 3.5 seconds left in the game to lift the visiting Tornados past Anderson, 85-84, in men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center.  

The South Atlantic Conference opener for both teams featured 10 ties on the night and eight lead changes in the final 4:02 as Anderson (5-4, 0-1 SAC) dropped its first home contest of the 2010-11 campaign and saw its three-game win streak halted. With the win,

Brevard improved to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.

Anderson will take a week off for final exams before visiting Mars Hill on Dec. 11.


Cunnigham Promoted at AnMed

AnMed Health is pleased to announce that Michael Cunningham has been promoted to vice president for advancement. Cunningham was hired in July 2009 as director of communications.

During the past year, Cunningham has served as a media spokesperson for the executive office; developed relationships with local, state and federal leaders; coordinated community sponsorships; assisted in fundraising activities and provided staff assistance to the Board of Trustees. Cunningham will retain these responsibilities in his new role. He will also oversee the AnMed Health Foundation, Volunteer Services and the Marketing department. 

“It has been an honor to be associated with AnMed Health,” Cunningham said. “I’m humbled and excited about this new opportunity. I feel truly blessed to have a chance to continue to serve the community through this great organization.”

AnMed Health CEO John Miller said Cunningham’s new role will better equip the health system to meet the challenges ahead. Philanthropy has always been an integral part of health care, but it will become an even more significant way of funding services in the years to come.

“Michael has clearly demonstrated that he has the ability to handle more responsibility than he was initially given,” Miller said. “He has quickly become a valuable member of our executive team.” 

Cunningham is a 1995 graduate of Clemson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in English. In 1997, he completed a Masters in Public Administration in a joint degree program from Clemson University and the University of South Carolina.

Cunningham came to AnMed Health with more than 10 years of public sector experience. Outside of work, he has been a tireless servant to the Anderson community. He’s a mentor for Anderson School District 5 and serves on a number of boards including:

  • Anderson Federal Credit Union Board of Directors
  • First Steps of Anderson County Board of Directors
  • Salvation Army Advisory Board
  • Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Advisory Council
  • African-American Leadership Council
  • Community Housing Resource Board of Anderson
  • Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

AIM Pancake Breakfast Saturday at Concord Baptist

The 8th Annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit the programs of Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) is scheduled for Saturday, from 7:30am to 10:30am in the Concord Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Power up with a good breakfast before your busy day of shopping and errands!

Tickets $5 donation each and are available at AIM (226-2273) or at the door.


YMCA Reindeer Run Set for Saturday

Nothing to get you filled with the holiday spirit more than the 10th Annual YMCA Reindeer Ramble, which is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. for the 1-Mile Race and 8:30 a.m. for the 5K race. Breakfast will be provided by Chic-fil-a.

More details here:


AnMed's Lights Before Christmas Friday

AnMed Health's Lights Before Christmas, a free community Christmas celebration, will be held Friday beginning from  6-8 p.m. at the Women's and Children's Hosptial. The event features performances from local musicians, children’s crafts, photos with Santa and holiday refreshments. A tree lighting ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Photos with Santa will end at 7:30 p.m.

Support families in need by bringing the following items for AnMed Health Integrative Medicine’s Super Food Drive: dried beans, brown rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned fish and salmon, nuts and peanut butter. All donations benefit the Good Neighbor Cupboard.

Lights Before Christmas is made possible in part by a sponsorship from Coca-Cola. 


Editorial: Advent Offers Hope and a Local Challenge

          Today is the first day of a new season, the season of Advent. It is a season of expectation, the hope for the arrival of something new, something better. It started 2,000 years ago with the birth of Jesus, with a quiet and inconspicuous arrival that, to paraphrase one of the great English reformers, "lit a fire that could never be put out." 

It is easy to forget the night of the first advent of hope went largely unnoticed in most of that ancient world. Nobody even took a Christmas holiday to celebrate the incarnation of their creator. Most of the world just knew nothing of it, and even in the years that followed large parts of the planet were oblivious to the hope of nations that was growing up a carpenter's son in a small country whose citizens were living under the boot of Roman occupation. Thieves still took things that did not belong to them, killers killed, liars lied, armies waged war and folks pretty much went on much as they had before. 


Even though we now know how that first Advent played out - and have the witness of history as to how it fundamentally changed the planet - things really aren't that much different today. And perhaps saddest of all, from Anderson to Amsterdam to Afghanistan we have come to expect little else in or from each other or the world we live in. 


Then advent season arrives, opening up at least the idea that there is something more going on than the sabre-rattling madness of the nations constantly inviting us to circle our wagons in a state of anxious panic. It brings the arrival of a different invitation, one which can only come from inside of each of us. An invitation to a place of peace.


I was talking to former S.C. Gov. David Beasley Thursday afternoon about his diplomatic work all over the world, and was interested to hear his conclusion: "I've both learned and come to see politics can't change the world," Beasley said. "It's people; it's us as individuals working together who have to be the ones to change things." 


He's right. It is unlikely anyone reading this editorial can do anything which will cause or prevent North Korea from starting a war. Or Muslim extremists from blowing up another group or tourists or mosque. We can't even get TSA agents to be polite when they pat us down at the airport.


But we can volunteer to cover routes for Meals on Wheels when they need a substitute driver. We can help clean up after lunch at the Anderson Soup Kitchen. We can help the Haven of Rest get enough hams for Christmas, and then serve them to those who need a hot meal for the holiday. If none of these appeal to you, write a check to Shalom Recovery Center in Belton to help women and their families break the brutal cycle of addiction. Or just call your church or call Anderson Interfaith Ministries and I can say with confidence they will help direct your desire to do something to change things in this community for the better.


Throughout history, Advent has been  marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing for a better world. Here are some numbers to help you share in that experience of hope during the season:


Anderson Interfaith Ministries   226-2273

Anderson Soup Kitchen              224-4763

Haven of Rest                              226-6193

Meals on Wheels                         225-6800

Shalom Recover Center              238-9875

Salvation Army                            225-7381


Trojans Sweep Fleet Behind Balanced Effort  

DUE WEST, S.C. – Using a late scoring outburst, the Anderson men’s basketball team had four players reach double figures and ended a six-day layoff by outpacing Erskine, 67-52, en route to winning its second straight contest Tuesday night at Belk Arena.  

Anderson (4-3) used a 21-3 run over the final six minutes to earn a sweep of the season series and claim its seventh straight win past the Flying Fleet and eighth of the last 11 meetings between the rivals. Erskine dropped to 0-5 on the season and will be looking for its first win of the season on the road this Saturday at St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

Anderson has a day off before getting back on the hardwood to host Southern Wesleyan on Thursday. Tip-off versus the Warriors is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Abney Center.