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Monday
Jul122010

153 Corridor Visioning Meeting Tonight

There will be a 153 Corridor Visioning Meeting Monday, July 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm in the Wren High School Auditorium. The public is invited to come discuss future plans for the Hwy 153 Corridor from I85 to Hwy 123. The meeting will begin in auditorium, followed by breakout sessions. The Powdersville Planning Group, Business Leaders from Anderson County, Anderson County and Pickens County, are hosts for the meeting. For more information, contact Kevin Laird at 864.908.1772

Sunday
Jul112010

County Schedules Budget Workshop for Tuesday

Anderson County Council has decided to hold two more budget workshops before the Third Reading of the Proposed 2010-2011 Fiscal Year County Budget.
These workshops will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 and Friday, July 16, 2010, both at 10:00 A.M.  The workshops will take place in the Conference Room on the Second Floor of the Anderson County Historic Courthouse.
The purpose of these workshops is for Council members, with the assistance of Interim County Administrator Rusty Burns and staff of the Anderson County Finance Department, to review possible revisions and to express their goals and desires for the proposed budget.  
County Council invites all citizens to attend these workshops.  If you have any questions, you may contact Linda Eddleman, Clerk to Council by phone, (864) 260.1048, or by email, leddleman@andersoncountysc.org.  
Sunday
Jul112010

Dist. 4 Announces Back To School Schedules 

Students will return for the 2010-11 school year on August 17, 2010 in Anderson School District Four.  New students to the district prior to August 10 in grades kindergarten through sixth should contact the District Office to register.  Students in grades seven and eighth should contact Riverside Middle students in grades nine through twelve should contact Pendleton High.  Starting August 10th, students in grades kindergarten through twelve should contact the individual schools to register.  

District Office: 403-2000
La France Elementary:  403-2300
Mount Lebanon Elementary: 403-2400
Pendleton Elementary: 403-2500
Townville Elementary: 403-2600
Riverside Middle School: 403-2200 
Pendleton High School: 403-2100
Elementary Schools: La France, Mount Lebanon, Pendleton, and Townville
August 10: Registration, 8:00 am - 6:00 PM
August 17: Welcome Back Night
La France Elementary, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, 
Mount Lebanon, 4:30-6:30 PM, Welcome Back & Meet the Teacher Night
Note: September 3: Classroom Orientation 
(Session #1 - 6:00; Session #2 - 6:30, Pizza Dinner by PTO 5:30-6:30)
Pendleton Elementary, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Townville Elementary, 4:15 -7:00 PM, Welcome Back Night, Parents need to 
            attend one of the classroom orientation sessions (5:00-5:30 or 5:45-6:15)    
August 18: Students Return to School (School Day: 7:45 AM -2:30 PM)
 
Representatives from A Place to Grow, Peeps, YMCA will be present to provide information and register interested families.
Riverside Middle School
August 10 – Registration, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
August 24 – Open House, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Pendleton High School
July 29 and August 2 – Registration, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
August 16 - Freshmen Academy Orientation, 6:00 PM in the auditorium for all 
 freshmen and their parents
August 30 - Open House, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the Auditorium
Materials Registration Fee for all grades: $20
Sunday
Jul112010

Brooks Center Announces 25th Anniversary Season

CLEMSON—This season, the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the 25th anniversary of Clemson University’s award-winning Utsey Chamber Music Series.  Started in 1986 with the goal of offering quality classical music performances free of charge to the Clemson community, the series is now nationally recognized for showcasing both nationally and internationally renowned musicians. Complete list here.
  
In addition to presenting top musicians in the genre, Utsey Series performances have been heard throughout the United States on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” In 2007, the series received one of South Carolina’s highest arts awards, an Elizabeth O’Neill Verner/Governor’s Award for the Arts.
Utsey Chamber Music Series
As part of the 2010-2011 Brook Center season, the Utsey Series showcases free performances by the Imani Winds (Sept. 23), the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (Oct. 21), pianist Alon Goldstein (Feb. 17), and the vocal ensemble Calmus (Mar. 29).
“It seems like yesterday when we launched,” said series founder and Brooks Center director Lillian Harder.  “We are extremely grateful to our loyal donors and patrons for making this milestone possible.”
Boni Belle Brooks Series
The center’s Boni Belle Brooks Series features a preeminent line-up of guest artists and special attractions.  The 2010-2011 series season boasts more Broadway performances than ever, starting with the triumphant saga The Color Purple (Sept 7) and continuing with Forever Plaid (Nov. 16), The Wizard of Oz (Mar. 14) and A Chorus Line (April 11).
The Boni Belle Brooks Series also presents legendary jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis (Sept. 14), the all-male vocal ensemble Chanticleer (Nov. 8), and the over-the-top strings sensation Bowfire (Mar. 1).  Performances by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (Feb. 21), Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (Oct. 19), the wildly popular Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster (Dec. 13) and other concerts offer a wide range of music choices.  For lovers of dance, Pilobolus Dance Theatre (Feb. 8) performs progressive and innovative choreography, while the Houston Ballet II (Jan. 23) features many up-and-coming stars of American ballet.
“As always, we strive to present a balanced season,” Harder said, “with selections for everyone to enjoy.  “The Boni Belle Brooks Series is our platform for giving the community a variety of outstanding entertainment selections.” 
Family Series
Families, too, have much to choose from, as the Brooks Center’s Family Series contains affordable and wholesome entertainment.  Michael Cooper’s Masked Marvels and Wondertales (Sept. 21) returns with oversized masks and whimsical stories. Bixby’s Rainforest Rescue (Oct. 28) is an action packed sing-a-long show about nature conservation and preservation.  Nearly 50 dogs, cats, and birds perform eye-popping circus feats in Popovich Comedy Pet Theater (Feb. 28). And Dorothy, Toto, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion discover there’s no place like home in The Wizard of Oz (Mar. 14).
“These are shows for families to enjoy together.  They are reasonably priced.  In most cases, cheaper than a night at the movies,” said Harder.
Department of Performing Arts
Musical Showcase
Music performances abound throughout the 2010-2011 season with concerts by Clemson’s best student musicians and singers.  Under the direction of Clemson University music faculty, student choral ensembles, instrumental music ensembles, and the symphony orchestra perform both traditional and contemporary selections from October through April.  
Among the season’s highlights is a joint performance by the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra and the mega-hits rock group Kansas (Oct. 13).  The 1970s era band stops in Tiger Town to play some of their most memorable hits with the orchestra.  Hear them perform “Dust in the Wind, “Carry On Wayward Son,” and others.
Clemson Players
The Clemson Players present four diverse stage productions—“These Shining Lives” (Oct. 6-10), “The Way of the World” (Nov.15-21), “Eleemosynary” (Feb. 28-Mar. 6), and Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” (Apr. 18-24). The Clemson Players offer intense drama and laugh out loud comedy all year long.
We look forward to an exciting year of entertaining and inspiring performances,” Harder said.  “We invite you to join us.”
Single event tickets and online ticket sales begin Friday, August 13, at 1 p.m.  Show information and tickets are available online at www.clemson.edu/Brooks or call the box office Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. at (864) 656-7787.
Thursday
Jul082010

Arrest Made in Car Dealership Thefts

Anderson County Sheriff’s Investigators arrest two men involved with vandalizing spree that left twenty-eight vehicles damaged between two automobile dealerships on Clemson Boulevard.
    18 year old, Christopher Quinton Johnson of Anderson, and 25 year old, Timothy Blake Capell of Anderson were charged with breaking into motor vehicles, larceny and malicious damage to property.
    Ten dealer-owned automobiles from Upstate Ford along with fourteen dealer-owned automobiles located at Piedmont Automotive were reported to have been vandalized.  An additional four privately owned vehicles awaiting service at Piedmont Automotive were also reported to have been vandalized.  Two of those vehicles were also broken into with personal property reported stolen.  Damage estimated at approximately $20,000 between both locations.   The destructive spree started in the early morning hours of June 29, 2010 and lasted for nearly two hours.  Investigators were able to identify Capell and Johnson, after collecting evidence at both incident locations.
Wednesday
Jul072010

Youth Summit Scheduled Aug. 7

The African American Leadership Council of United Way of Anderson County will present its 3rd Annual Youth Summit on the campus of Anderson University in the Sullivan Hall building. 
Open to all youth ages 10-18, the summit provides youth with information on various timely topics to help them make good decisions in life.  “In the past, the summit has presented such topics as sexual health, substance abuse, gangs and the effects of the media vs. reality”, stated Lynn Scott of United Way. “However, this year, at the requests of the youth, topics are community service, college prep and guidance, and financial stability.” “All of our youth aren’t lost”, states Quenton Tompkins of United Way. “They want the correct information to help them make wise choices and succeed in life. We are here to help provide them with that information in a manner that they can relate to and understand.” 
Also featured during the summit will be Markeisha Nesbitt aka One Love, a 17 year old student from Spartanburg High School. Markeisha is the first place winner of the SC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign's 2010 Teen Expressions contest! “The piece I submitted was called "She Lost It"....It is a true story about one of my close friends and an unfortunate situation she encountered” states Markeisha. “I am very thankful that I was given the opportunity to spread the message out to people because so many people think situations like this don't occur but they do....and this poem expresses that!”
The summit will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. It is free and includes lunch. However, registration is required due to the limited number of seats.  All students in attendance will also receive school supplies. Youth groups are welcome.
To register for the summit, call United Way of Anderson County at (864) 226-3438 or visit the United Way of Anderson County Facebook page and register there.
Tuesday
Jul062010

Apple Store Opens Saturday in Greenville

Will Serve Anderson-Greenville-Spartanburg Area

The Apple Store Haywood Mall will open to the public on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 10am EDT.

PR Newswire PhotoThe Apple Store Haywood Mall is the best place to learn about all the latest products from Apple, including the new iPhone 4 featuring FaceTime, which makes the dream of video calling a reality, and Apple's stunning new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone. Customers can experience Apple's entire product line hands-on including the magical new iPad that lets users browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more. Visitors to the store can also try the updated MacBook and MacBook Pro with the NVIDIA processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics, and the incredibly popular iPod touch with access to more than 225,000 apps offered on the revolutionary App Store.

Every Apple Retail Store offers a range of free services designed to help customers get the most out of their Apple products, including face-to-face support and advice at the Genius Bar, hands-on workshops and special programs for kids. Customers who buy a Mac at the Apple Retail Store or Apple's Online Store can also join the popular One to One program. For US$99, owners of a new Mac get Personal Setup to customize their computer and transfer files from their old Mac or PC, plus a year of Personal Training sessions and Personal Project support on a wide range of topics, from getting started on a Mac to advancing their digital photography or moviemaking skills.

Additional information about Apple's retail stores is available at www.apple.com/retail.

Tuesday
Jul062010

Column: Absent Parents and College Education

Tuesday
Jul062010

Anderson Airport Gets $710,000 Grant

Anderson County Council wishes to thank Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham for their assistance in securing a $710,353 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for the Anderson Regional Airport. Funds from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program will be used to install new taxi-way and run-way lighting. Total cost of the project is $747,740, with a 2.5% local match ($18,693) coming from the Airport Fund and 2.5% coming from the State of SC.
Also included in the project is new airfield signage to designate runways. The existing signage has endured several lightening strikes and is in dire need of repair. 
“Anderson County has so much to offer new industry,” said Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen. “This is evidenced by First Quality’s decision to choose Anderson County over other sites. Although, we succeeded in attracting First Quality, we can’t rest on our laurels. If we want to consistently compete for the larger companies- industry bringing the most jobs for our residents - we have to provide adequate facilities and sufficient infrastructure to attract those companies. Improving our Airport will go a long way to helping us sell Anderson as the viable hub of industry we are capable of becoming.” 
“Anderson Regional Airport is the gateway for industry into our County,” said Airport Manager Steve Vibbard. “Having better lighting and improved taxi-way and runway lighting will send a consistent message to those visiting us that we are a growing, thriving County with much to offer. We need to enhance industries’ first impression so that it becomes a lasting impression!”
The County previously received a grant to construct a concrete ramp that is capable of handling larger jets. That project is expected to begin around July 19th. 
Additional improvements to the Airport include the installation of perimeter fencing.  

ANDERSON COUNTY, SC—Anderson County Council wishes to thank Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham for their assistance in securing a $710,353 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for the Anderson Regional Airport. Funds from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program will be used to install new taxi-way and run-way lighting. Total cost of the project is $747,740, with a 2.5% local match ($18,693) coming from the Airport Fund and 2.5% coming from the State of SC.
Also included in the project is new airfield signage to designate runways. The existing signage has endured several lightening strikes and is in dire need of repair. 
“Anderson County has so much to offer new industry,” said Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen. “This is evidenced by First Quality’s decision to choose Anderson County over other sites. Although, we succeeded in attracting First Quality, we can’t rest on our laurels. If we want to consistently compete for the larger companies- industry bringing the most jobs for our residents - we have to provide adequate facilities and sufficient infrastructure to attract those companies. Improving our Airport will go a long way to helping us sell Anderson as the viable hub of industry we are capable of becoming.” 
“Anderson Regional Airport is the gateway for industry into our County,” said Airport Manager Steve Vibbard. “Having better lighting and improved taxi-way and runway lighting will send a consistent message to those visiting us that we are a growing, thriving County with much to offer. We need to enhance industries’ first impression so that it becomes a lasting impression!”
The County previously received a grant to construct a concrete ramp that is capable of handling larger jets. That project is expected to begin around July 19th. 
Additional improvements to the Airport include the installation of perimeter fencing.  

Monday
Jul052010

Carson's Steakhouse Damaged by Fire

Anderson fighters fought a lunchtime blaze at Carson's Steakhouse on Beltline Boulevard for several hours on Monday. Hamid Mohsseni, owner of the restaurant said the blaze was likely caused by a gas leak in one of the cookers. 

Though the restaurant's structure was not damaged, there was enough smoke and water damage to keep the local establishment closed for the next two or three months. Mohsseni said workers at Carson's would remain employed at one of his other area restaurants. 

Details and video here.

Sunday
Jul042010

Church Fireworks Draw Thousands

Several thousand were on hand to close out the July 4 weekend at Newspring Church for a community fireworks display. The fireworks presentation was the only large-scale public fireworks event in Anderson County this year.

Friday
Jul022010

County to Sell Boat Permits July 3-4 at McFall's Landing

On July 3-4 from 9 am until noon, Anderson County Parks Department staff will be onsite at McFall’s Landing to sell boat permits. Boat decals will be distributed to those who purchase the annual permits.

The cost for an annual permit, effective January 1 through December 31 is $30. However, permits purchased from July through December 2010 will be pro-rated to $15. Permit fees will go to the upkeep and improvement of Broadway Lake. 

“This idea comes about from recommendations and suggestions from the residents of Broadway Lake, particularly Mr & Mrs. Roy Ivey,” said Anderson County Councilwoman Gracie Floyd. “The Ivey’s brought this idea to me last year and the three of us went to the Parks department to discuss how we could make this happen. Great things can happen when people in the community get involved. We encourage everyone to come forward and share their ideas for the betterment of our County.” 

For information about Anderson County Parks or how to purchase a boat permit, contact:

Anderson County Parks 

101 S. Main St., Room 13

P.O. Box 8002

Anderson, SC  29622

864.231.PARK

E-mail mschell@andersoncountysc.org 

www.andersoncountysc.org/parks

Thursday
Jul012010

AP Reports New Auto Plant in Upstate to Hire 400

A Korean company said Wednesday it would spend $21 million to begin assembling electric cars in South Carolina.

Gov. Mark Sanford called the announcement a celebration of "the unleashing of the green technology revolution" in the state - one that will produce needed jobs.

"This notion of about 400 jobs in the Upstate is a big deal," he said. Sanford added that as the Gulf oil spill demonstrates the need for private-sector energy alternatives, this kind of development is "incredibly important."

Seoul-based CT&T Ltd. will use a subsidiary and Spartanburg-based 2AM Group to make the low-speed electric vehicles at its first North American production line in Duncan in Spartanburg County. It can assemble up to 30,000 of the small cars, but initial plans call for up to 10,000 cars produced with a single shift and 370 workers, said Joseph White, CT&T USA Inc.'s chief operating officer.