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District 5 Softball Tourney Will Benefit Homeless

The 2nd Annual Anderson School District Five Softball Tournament will be held Saturday, May 7, at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center.

The tourney will begin at 8 a.m. at the new baseball fields below the tennis courts at the Center.

Admission is $1 per person. Donations of toiletries for homeless students and their families will also be accepted.
Concessions sponsored by Bi-Lo will be available. Spectators should bring their own lawn chairs, as there are no bleachers at these fields.

All proceeds will go to the District Five Homeless Program. The homeless program has served 236 students so far this school year, compared to 210 last year, according to Lisa Hall, our Homeless Program Liaison.


Bishoff; Sohrweide Named Top Student-Athletes at AU

Anderson University junior standouts Whitney Bishoff and Lasse Sohrweide were named the Female and Male Athletes of the Year, respectively, at the annual Athletics Honors Night, Monday evening at Henderson Auditorium.
Bishoff, a native of Winder, Ga., posted several stellar outings in both cross country and track and field over the past academic year, including earning the prestigious NCAA Elite 88 Award at the 2011 Indoor Track & Field Championships in March. The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 88 championships.
She set a new school record in the 10,000 meter and the mile run this season and her cross country accomplishments included South Atlantic Conference Runner of the Year as well as first team all-conference following her first-place finish at the SAC Championships last November. Bishoff earned SAC Cross Country Runner of the Week accolades twice last season and paced the Trojan cross country squad on 14 consecutive occasions over the past two-plus seasons, posting 11 of the top 15 times in school history in the 5k.
She earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team accolades in 2009 and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester.
Sohrweide, a 6-foot, 175-pound midfielder on the team that claimed the South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament Championship, was named to the Daktronics All-America First Team and Southeast Region Player of the Year after leading the Trojans to their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell just shy of a berth in the Elite Eight after upsetting the Southeast Region’s top-seed and ninth-ranked Montevallo on the Falcon’s home pitch to reach the Sweet 16. AU won five of its last six matches and 12 of its final 14 outings to set a new school record for wins in a season, while posting an impressive 9-1 record in its inaugural season at Trojan Stadium.
The Flensburg, Germany, native was named South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and SAC Conference Tournament MVP after notching a hat trick to lead the team to the conference tournament title. Sohrweide led the SAC in points, points per game, goals, goals per game, assists and tied for first in the league with seven game-winners on the season. He ranked third nationally in total points, fourth in both goals and assists and 13th in points per game.
In addition to the SAC Players of the Week, All-Tournament and All-Conference honorees, the women’s cross country, men’s soccer and men’s tennis teams were recognized for earning league championship titles.
The Trojan men’s basketball team took home the “Trojan Pride” award for its’ Cinderella run through the NCAA Tournament to the Elite Eight, while junior guard Nick Trull was recognized for both his Elite 88 award as well as being named the South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete for men’s hoops.
Former volleyball standout Jamie Lancaster, who graduated last December, was honored for being named the SAC Scholar Athlete for volleyball and for earning the first NCAA post-graduate scholarship in school history. The Fountain Inn, S.C., native will begin pursuing a Physical Therapy degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in May.


S.C. Honored for Economic Development

Area Development magazine, a national, leading economic development publication, has awarded South Carolina with its 2011 Gold Shovel award for the state’s economic development efforts last year. In addition, South Carolina also received the magazine’s “Project of the Year” award. South Carolina was the recipient of both awards for the first time.

“We couldn’t be more excited to see South Carolina recognized for the work we’re doing to make our state the best in the country for business development, but what’s even more exciting is that this is only the beginning of what we're going to see for our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Each year, Area Development magazine recognizes states in three population categories that have recruited the highest quality and most jobs per capita, which have broken ground in the previous year. This year marks the sixth year of the awards. South Carolina was the Gold Shovel winner this year in the 4 – 9 million population category. The state has previously been awarded a silver shovel in both 2009 and 2010.

“South Carolina has built a reputation for having a business-friendly climate and a talented workforce, and these and other factors have certainly played a role in landing the large deals we’ve seen over the past few years. These accomplishments would not be possible without the strong team effort of state and local leaders, economic development professionals and business leaders who have and will continue to contribute to our state’s recruitment success. This award recognizes our collective accomplishments, and we will strive to build on that work going forward,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

Some of the projects cited by Area Development in its decision to award South Carolina the Gold Shovel included First Quality Tissue in Anderson County, ZF Group in Laurens County, Caterpillar in Newberry County, Robert Bosch in Dorchester County, South Carolina Tissue in Barnwell County, Boeing Fabrication Interiors in Charleston County, Dixie Narco (Crane Co.) in Barnwell County, Johnson Controls in Florence County.

South Carolina also received Area Development’s “Project of the Year” award for work on the First Quality Tissue project. Last May, First Quality Tissue selected Anderson County, S.C., for the company’s new manufacturing operations. The $1 billion investment is expected to create 1,000 new jobs. The company chose Anderson County after an extensive site selection process and credited the state’s proximity to the growing Southeastern market, quality infrastructure and low energy costs among other factors in helping make the choice.

“It is quite an honor for Anderson County to be named in a very prestigious list of projects that brought Area Development’s Gold Shovel award to South Carolina,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Anderson County Council is motivated by a unified vision to create high-paying jobs for our residents by attracting quality industry to our county. We have a firm foundation of infrastructure to support industry, many and diverse site locations, a well-equipped workforce and competitive incentives. Anderson County’s team scored a ‘home run’ with First Quality Tissue. First Quality’s decision to bring an $1 billion investment and 1,000 jobs to Anderson County represents the successful collaboration of our legislative delegation, county council and administration, economic development professionals and the S.C. Department of Commerce to bring prospective industry home to South Carolina.”

“It is truly exciting to see Area Development recognize South Carolina with its Gold Shovel award and the Project of the Year award for First Quality Tissue in Anderson County. This award is a testament to all the hard work done by state and local leaders and economic development professionals from across South Carolina,” said state Rep. Dan Cooper, chairman of the S.C. House Ways and Means Committee.

For more information on the award and to see a full listing of all the awards, please visit and


Council Calls Meeting for Connector, Budget

Anderson County Council will meet in a special called meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse to consider East-West Connector issues and to look at the budget. The meeiting is open to the public.


"Music Man" Coming to Wren High School

Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" comes to the stage at Wren High School in Piedmont!  Performances will be in the auditorium Thursday, April 28th, Friday, April 29th, and Saturday, April 30th at 7:00 pm.  There will also be a Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm on April 30th.

Directed and conducted by Mr. Leroy Kennedy, the production features Wren High seniors John Lipsey as Harold Hill and Kelsey Whitson as Marian Paroo, Noelle Cady, Alec Courtright, Katie Daniska, Logan Epps, Tim Gravely, James Holland, Austin Lanz, Sela Morrison, and Dalton Ribble.  Also in the cast are several students from Wren Middle and Elementary Schools.   

Seating is first come, first served.  The doors open one hour before each performance.  Set donations of $6 for each adult and $3 for each child under 12 will be collected at the door.  Wren Elementary School students will be admitted to the Saturday matinee at NO CHARGE. 


Bi-Lo Event Will Help Dist. 5 Homeless Program  

The Anderson School District Five Homeless Program will be among the charitable organizations benefitting from this year’s Anderson Bi-Lo Charity Golf Classic.

Through this event, Anderson District Bi-Lo stores are teaming up to raise money for a number of charities in our community. Bi-Lo will be holding it for the first time in Anderson at Brookstone Meadows Golf Course. All proceeds will benefit local charities.

The tourney will take place on Wednesday, May 11. Registration starts at 8 a.m. There will be a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.

The tournament format will be a four-person team “Captain’s Choice” Mulligans will be available the day of the tournament for $5 each. All players will receive a welcome package at sign-in. There is an opportunity to win one or more of the following prizes for a hole-in-one:

  •  Grand Prize $15,000
  •  Set of Callaway Diablo Irons
  •  Sharp LCD Flat Screen Television
  •  Round-trip domestic airfare for two

Bi-Lo will hold a raffle at the end of the tournament for a variety of prizes. Tickets will be available for $5 each or 3 for $10. You must be present to win. 

Tournament prizes include:

  • First, second and third place team awards
  • Two longest drive holes
  • Four closest to the pins
  • Hole in one prizes

Lunch will be provided during the tournament. There will also be snacks and beverages provided throughout the day.  

Registration forms may be obtained from the Bi-Lo Superstore on Hwy. 24. For more information, please call the Bi-Lo Superstore at 226-7746.


Officers Working for Peanuts

For the past 16 years the officers have held the “Cops Working for Peanuts” fundraiser for Area 14 Special Olympics.

Police officers and deputies, along with officials from Anderson Area Crimestoppers, assist the servers at Logan’s Roadhouse in Anderson. The officials wait tables and also ask you to help with a donation of any amount to Special Olympics. 

There will also be T-shirts on sale for only $10 with all proceeds going to the cause. 

The officials will be at Logan’s Roadhouse of Anderson at the following times:

  • Wednesday April 20, 2011 from 5 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday April 21, 2011 from 11 am – 2 pm for lunch and 5 pm – 7:30 pm for dinner
  • Friday April 22, 2011 from 11 am – 2 pm for lunch

AU Women’s Tennis Falls in Tournament Semifinals  

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Top seed Wingate University remained undefeated in South Atlantic Conference play as they topped no. 5 Anderson University at the Rock Hill Tennis Center on Thursday afternoon, 5-3.

Anderson held the 2-1 advantage after doubles action as Avery Owens and Lauren Trumbull teamed up to defeat Ali Evers and Samantha Alschlager 8-6 on court no. 2 and Camie Beaulieu-Brunet and Emily Weiland topped Kara Stasikelis and Kelli Ferguson on court no. 1, 8-6, to give the Trojans the first two points of the match.

 Wingate rallied back on court no. 3 as Morgan Winston and Olivia Poole defeated Shelby Anderson and Julie Halbert, 8-6, to put the Bulldogs on the board.

Beaulieu-Brunet jumped ahead in the first set on court no. 1, topping Stasikelis 6-2, but Stasikelis rallied back, taking the next two sets 6-1, 6-1 to even the match at two apiece. Poole put the Bulldogs ahead with her three set 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory over Trumbull on court no. 4 and Morgan Winston put the Bulldogs within one match of clinching the win with her 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win on court no. 3.

Avery Owens kept Anderson within reach, topping Evers on court no. 2 in a hard-fought 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win, setting the table for the final two matches of the evening. 

Ferguson and Anderson put on a clinic on court no. 5 in one of the longest matches of the day, with Ferguson taking the first set 6-3. The duo battled throughout the second set as the sunset over the horizon and the lights turned on the courts at the Rock Hill Tennis Center, heading into the tiebreaker before Ferguson clinched the victory with the 7-5 (9-7) set win.


United Way Wants You for Photo Shoot  

Do you live united? Do you like posing for the camera? Then here is your opportunity to do both at the same time. United Way of Anderson County will hold a photo shoot for its upcoming 2011-12 campaign. “We want to get photos of ordinary people having fun in LIVE UNITED t-shirts”, stated Lynn Scott, Director of Marketing for United Way. “Individuals as well as families are welcome to come by and have their picture taken” she said. 

LIVE UNITED t-shirts will be provided for the photos. 

The photo shoot will be held on Friday, April 29th at the United Way office located at 907 N. Main St. Suite 202 in the SunTrust Bank building from 9 am to 3 pm. Reservations are not required. Anyone can come by between the specified hours. 

For more information, contact United Way at (864) 226-3438.


New Schools Earn EPA Honor for Energy Efficiency  

The building designs of Robert Anderson Middle School, Glenview Middle School and North Pointe Elementary School have received the “Designed to Earn the Energy Star” label from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. 

The designation recognizes the designs as achieving significant design-related energy savings and projected operational cost savings. The schools were designed by Columbia-based LS3P Associates Ltd. The project manager was David Anderson. 

“We appreciate the hard work of Mr. Anderson and LS3P in ensuring our new schools are energy efficient,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “This is both good for the environment and an important way for us to save money in the operation of our schools.” 

The EPA will display these projects in a gallery exhibit at the 2011 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects. The convention will take place in New Orleans from May 12-14. 


New Middle Schools Schedule Parent Meetings  

District Five’s two new middle schools have scheduled informational meetings for parents whose children will be attending the schools at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. 

The Parents’ Meeting for Robert Anderson Middle School will be held on Tuesday, April 26th at 6 p.m. in the Westside High School Commons Area.

Glenview Middle School will hold its Parents’ Meeting for rising Seventh and Eighth Grade on Monday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in the new Auditorium at Calhoun Academy of the Arts. Parents of rising sixth graders will meet on Thursday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Calhoun Auditorium. 

The two new middle schools will begin operations at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Classes will begin on Tuesday, August 16th.

Evelyn Murphy has been named Principal of Robert Anderson Middle School, which is located on Dobbins Bridge Road. Walter Mayfield has been named Principal of Glenview Middle School, which is located on Old Williamston Road.

The two new middle schools are nearing completion. Their construction is part of District Five’s $140 million bond issuance, which was approved by more than 60 percent of voters in an April 2007 referendum.  

Glenview will relieve overcrowding at the current McCants Middle School.  Robert Anderson will replace the current Southwood Middle School and will draw students from both Southwood and Lakeside middle schools.  The current Southwood school will become Southwood Academy of the Arts for the 2011-2012 school year as it transitions into a 6-12 grade arts magnet school.


Dist. 5 Teacher Finalist for National Teacher Award

Sarah Jordan, has been named one of three national finalists for the National Teacher of the Year Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Ms. Jordan, who teaches Fashion Design and Interior Design at the Anderson V Career Campus, has already been named the South Carolina Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year. 

A teacher of Family and Consumer courses for 18 years, Ms. Jordan submitted a project titled “Extreme Makeover Student Edition.” The project began with an idea to renovate an existing underutilized home adjacent to the Career Campus.  Patterned after a Southern Living Showcase home, it was transformed into the Anderson V Conference Center.  With the help of many departments in the school, the students were provided a real-life, hands-on, creative and innovative project that is a showcase for the school, community, and the state. 

Ms. Jordan will be recognized at the AAFCS National Conference this summer in Phoenix, Arizona.

The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) National Teacher of the Year Award and Affiliate Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exemplary family and consumer science teachers who exhibit a deep commitment to the profession and to the Association. These teachers have outstanding educational programs that utilize cutting-edge methods, techniques, and activities to provide the stimulus for and give visibility to family and consumer sciences elementary and secondary education. 


AU's Saxon Earns All-Conference Honors

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Anderson senior second baseman Ryan Saxon and junior third baseman Blake May each earned 2011 South Atlantic Baseball All-Conference honors, as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon. 

Saxon ended his career at Anderson in the top five in two major offensive categories. The Landrum, S.C., native, ranks second on the career home run list and fourth on the career doubles list. He is also in the top ten on the career list at Anderson in hits and RBI. Saxon led the team last season with a .316 batting average and scored a team-high 35 runs, while ranking second on the squad in both slugging percentage (.492) and on-base percentage (.383).   

“I was really glad to see Ryan get recognized for a good season,” said Anderson head coach Joe Miller. “He has been a very solid player for four years and he’s very deserving.” 

May posted a stellar .967 fielding percentage last season, committing just five errors while starting all 50 games for the Trojans. On the offensive side, he was fifth on the squad with a .274 batting average.

“Blake was also very deserving of the Gold Glove,’ added Miller. “I don’t think there’s any question that he’s the best defensive third baseman in the league.”

The awards will be presented Wednesday after the second game of the 2011 Food Lion SAC Baseball Tournament, which will be played at McNair Field in Forest City, N.C. 

The South Atlantic Conference All-Conference and Gold Glove teams are selected by the league’s head coaches. 

Regular season statistical champions and senior awards were also announced.