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Thursday
Sep032009

S.C. Budget Board Poor Leaders

Thursday
Sep032009

Sullivan's to Close Sept. 12

Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill, downtown Anderson's most celebrated restaurant will close it's doors Sept. 12 after two years mounting losses due the down economy. We will miss the grouper, the lamb and if not the finest desserts in town (at least tied for first), and owner Bill Nikas and his staff. (See goodbye "From Where I Sit").

Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill opened in February of 1995 in the historic Sullivan Hardware building in the heart of downtown Anderson. Chef Bill Nikas’ cuisine is defined as Bold American Cuisine with a Touch of the Mediterranean with emphasis on fresh seafood and aged Beef. Greek and Southern influences make an eclectic combination. Featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in July, 2001, the restaurant has received the wine spectator award of excellence four years in a row. The restaurant is triple diamond rated; annually listed in Foders restaurant guide and voted Best Restaurant in Anderson for the past three years.

Thursday
Sep032009

Well-known Minister Overcash Dies at 79

Thursday
Sep032009

Writing Contest Deadline Sept. 15

The Upstate S.C. American Christian Writers Chapter is sponsoring a writing contest in conjunction with their Carolina Christian Writers' Workshop which will feature a faculty of 14 and be held Oct. 23-24, 2009, at North Anderson Baptist Church. The deadline to enter the contest by email is September 15. You must be registered for the workshop to enter. Entries will receive a detailed critique of their work as well as be entered in the contest for that category.

Contest categories include:

Articles - critiqued by Larry Leech, author of over 2,000 articles; Novella/Novel - critiqued by Yvonne Lehman, author of 46 romance novels; Non-Fiction Book proposal - critiqued by Linda Gilden, author of the popular Love Notes series;  Poetry -Critiqued by Dr. Bonnie Harvey, author of 22 books and professor at Kennesaw State University; Children's books - critiqued by Dr. Bonnie Harvey.
 
Anyone interested in writing is invited to register for the workshop and enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded on October 24.  For a detailed workshop and contest brochure, email Elva Martin, Workshop Director at elvamartinministries@charter.net or check the web site
www.upstatescchristianwriters.com or call Elva at 864/226-7024. Students and early bird registrations will receive a discounted tuition.

Wednesday
Sep022009

Preteen Girls Self Esteem Course Offered

Girls between the ages of 9 and 12 now have available a special course designed to address their specific self esteem needs. Especially Me is offered by The Junior League of Anderson County at the Jennie Gilmer Pavilion at AnMed Health Campus. "Especially Me" is a series of three classes that address issues such as self esteem, changing bodies, nutrition, eating disorders, making good decisions, being assertive and expressing feelings.

The preteen years are critical for a young woman to establish a sense of self. The first course focuses on the definition of self-esteem and how society has a major influence on a young woman’s self-esteem. Girls will walk away with a clear understanding about what makes them unique. The second class focuses on health, nutrition and exercise as well as the physical and emotional changes of puberty. The girls will learn that living a healthy lifestyle helps contribute to their self-esteem.

The third and final class focuses on teaching girls to make good decisions and be assertive when they are challenged by peer pressure. They are given the tools necessary to help them succeed as a young woman in today’s society. The next course available at the AnMed Health Campus meets October 6, and it is open to all girls ages 9 –12. The course is also available to clubs or organizations and can be scheduled to fit their needs at their own facilities. School, church and civic organizations are encouraged to contact JLAC to schedule a private session at their location.

To register your child or schedule a class for a club or youth group, please email Arden Stelly at ardenstelly@yahoo.com or call the Junior League office at (864) 231-0470.

Tuesday
Sep012009

Anderson Leader, Ex-Councilman Prevost Dies at 87

Tuesday
Sep012009

Homeland Park Bus Route Now Rollling

The City of Anderson, in conjunction with Anderson County is pleased to announce the expansion of the City’s Electric City Transit system with the Gold Route set to serve south Anderson and Homeland Park beginning today.

The bus, which cost $297,500 was paid for out of federal stimulus funds, was given the number "39" in honor of the year Anderson City Councilman Buck Roberts was born.

This service will provide transportation to employment centers, shopping areas, medical services, educational centers, recreational facilities and more. This service will also provide the opportunity for an alternative way to travel, helping people save money on fuel costs and maintenance on their own vehicles.

Electric City Transit is a public transportation system that now operates four routes Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. Fares are fifty cents for adults and 25 cents for seniors, and students. For more information on how to use the public transit system, contact the transit office at is 864-231-7625. Funding for this system is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, SCDOT, the City of Anderson, and now Anderson County. The City purchased this new bus with Stimulus funds at 100% funding. It is estimated that the cost of the Homeland park route is $185,000 per year with the entire cost being paid for by Federal funds and County funds at a 50/50 match.

The county will explore countywide mass transit at the scheduled Sept. 15 Transportation Summit.

“This is a dream come true,” said Anderson County Council woman Gracie S. Floyd. “It gives great me satisfaction to know that we saw this vision through to reality. The residents of the Homeland Park Community are getting the services they deserve and I’m happy that we could have a part in making it happen.”

“So much can be accomplished when the City and County work together,” said Anderson County Councilman Tommy Dunn. “This is a great example of government partnering to provide services for their residents. District 5 will benefit from the addition of this new route, as well as all of Anderson County.”

Monday
Aug312009

Cobb Oxford's Fearless Football Forecast

Sunday
Aug302009

Hanna's Ben Alexander Making Mark at Texas

Saturday
Aug292009

Knocking on Doors Dropout Program Today

     The United Way of Anderson and Anderson School District Five are joining forces to help keep teenagers in school through a program called Graduate Anderson. Today, teams of school and community volunteers will go knocking on the doors of potential dropouts and invite them to return to school. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at T.L. Hanna High School for training and information before making their way to local neighborhoods to visit both T.L. Hanna and Westside High School students.

     The program will target students who have not attended high school classes during the first one and a half weeks of school, said Tripp Dukes, District Five’s Assistant Superintendent for Planning & Analysis. It is patterned after the successful Graduate Greenville program operated by the Greenville County School District.

 
Friday
Aug282009

WSPA Posts Honea Path Police Video

Friday
Aug282009

Television Stolen in Sears Break In

A 46" Sony LCD television was stolen from Sears early Thursday morning when someone threw a concret block through the glass door near the department store's electronics department. The incident is under investigation by the Anderson City Police.

Thursday
Aug272009

Clunker or Clumsy Idea?

Some of the cars traded in at Anderson dealerships in the "Cash for Clunkers" program, do not look quite so clunky. See editorial on the topic.

Here are a few examples of the better local "clunkers."