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Iva to Celebrate Opening of Bowie Athletic Complex Saturday

Saturday marks the opening day and official ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Parker Bowie Athletic Complex in Iva

The new facility will officially open at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at 1488 Parker Bowie Road.

For more information contact the Iva Recreation Association at


McCants, Midway Win State Honors in Odyssey Competition

Teams from Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering and McCants Middle School finished first in their divisions in the Odyssey of the Mind state competition held recently in Columbia. A second Midway team won second place in its division.

All three teams are invited to the World Competition at Michigan State University scheduled for May 26-30.

The teams and their members are as follows: 

Midway Team 1 was coached by Veronica Davidson and won First Place for Problem 5 (Food Court) Division I. Team members are Delaney Wallace, Nathan Barnes, Sam Gill, Adrianne Thackery, Grace Tuttle and Audrey Myers.

Midway Team 2 was coached by Courtney Brunetti and won Second Place for Problem 3 (Discovered Treasures) Division I. Team members are Cristen Grant, Kaytlyn Woofter, Caroline Tolly, Camryn Ethington, Leah Tucker and Anna Anspach.

The McCants Hornets were coached by Elaine Park with assistance from K.C. Park and won First Place for Problem 5 (Food Court) in Division II. Team members are Chase Cleveland, Mohini Patel, Henry Cao, Stephanie Harkness, Ryan Rowitz, Abby Mash and Rebecca Stempniak.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.


Utsey Chamber Series to Spotlight Soloists

The season’s final Utsey Chamber Music Series concert at the Brooks Center
for the Performing Arts will feature three highly acclaimed soloists.

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Clemson Singers Spring Concert to Feature Brahms

The Clemson University Singers will perform Johannes Brahms’ lesser-known
work, “Nänie,” as part of a spring concert showcasing the talents of the
singers and four other Clemson vocal ensembles. The performance will be at 8
p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

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Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled at Calvary Home for Children

Concord Baptist Church's Annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Calvary Home for Children on Saturday Apri 3, 10am-Noon There will be two hunts. The first one will be for children in preschool through kindergarden. The second will be for grades first though fifth.

Snacks, inflatable rides, face painting and other events are scheduled. Calvary Home staff will be on hand for tours of the ministry. 

The even is free and open to the public.


Abortion Waiting Period Gives S.C. Mothers Time To Reflect  

Columbia, SC – March 25, 2010 – The South Carolina Senate today passed a bill that extends the waiting period for abortions from just one hour to twenty-four hours.

South Carolina is currently the only nation in the country to have a one-hour waiting period for abortions - the shortest waiting period of all states with a waiting period. The new law would require a 24-hour waiting period upon the completion of an ultrasound or the giving of materials about abortion to the patient.

The extended period would give women a full day of reflection before making one of the biggest decisions of their lives. It is the hope of bill sponsors that the additional time to reflect on the risks of and alternatives to abortion will lower the number of abortions in South Carolina, help protect more unborn children and give mothers more time to consider the health risks. An amendment by Senator Kevin Bryant gave mothers more options as to where she can optain required information and optional ultrasounds.

The bill was ushered through the Senate by Senators Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson) and Mike Fair (R-Greenville) after being pushed out of committee by Majority Leader Harvey Peeler (R-Cherokee).

“Today the South Carolina Senate found common ground to protect our state’s unborn children,” said Senator Bryant. “Each child is a gift from God and a person should truly reflect on their decision before terminating its life. A lot of abortions are made during crisis situations and this new law would simply require mothers to stop and think for twenty-four hours before making such a life altering decision. With the exansion of options, hopefully, many mothers will choose to visit one of 14 crisis pregnancy centers in the state that offer free ultrasounds, Scripturally based couseling, and assistance in carrying her child to term."


Banquet to Benefit Cancer Association, Hospice

A banquet honoring loved ones with cancer will be held Friday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at Welfare Baptist Church. Proceeds from the sale of tickets and a silent auction will go to two local charities, the Cancer Association ofAnderson and Hospice of the Upstate, according to Shirley Davis, who is organizing the event in memory of her sister Linda Geer.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. They may be purchased from the Cancer Association, 215 E. Calhoun Street, and Welfare Baptist Church, 2106 Bolt Drive, Belton. They are also available from Mrs. Davis by calling 353-3186 or Charlie Wiley by calling 314-0414. Checks should be made payable to the Linda Geer Charity Fund.

Linda Geer, who died of ovarian cancer in 2009, was the matriarch of a large family of siblings, nieces and nephews, though she never married or had children herself. Her mother died when Miss Geer’s youngest sibling was eight, and she stepped in to help her father raise the younger children. Later in life, she worked with mentally handicapped adults, continuing to care for others.

“We want to honor all community members stricken with cancer, both those who have survived and those who have not,” said Mrs. Davis. A visual presentation of pictures of loved ones who have had cancer is being prepared to show at the banquet, and pictures may be submitted by e-mailing them to

The menu at the banquet includes roasted chicken breast, rice pilaf, tossed salad, green beans and rolls, with cake for dessert. The program will include singer Elizabeth Anderson, dance presentations and testimonials by cancer survivors. 

One of the big draws of the evening will be a silent auction. Items donated include an overnight stay at the famed Grove Park Inn in Asheville, gift certificates at area restaurants, jewelry, and a queen size mattress set. Payment may be made in cash for pick-up that night, or by check or credit card (with a small surcharge) for pick-up the following week. Auction items are listed on the Cancer Association of Anderson’s website,

For more information, please contact Mrs. Davis at 353-3186.


County to Welcome Loch Hartwell Games Festival

Anderson County is pleased to welcome the Loch Hartwell Highland Games and Festival to Anderson County. A press conference is scheduled for 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 24 at the Balloon Launch Field across the street from the Civic Center of Anderson. Mr. Mike Gordon, the Lock Hartwell Convener of the Highland Games, will be in attendance to share information about the October 2nd event. The public is invited to attend.

“We are excited that Anderson County is continuing to gain a strong reputation as a tourist destination,” said Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Tourism IS economic development. It brings money into our County’s economy and positively impacts our businesses bottom lines. The Highland Games is yet another event that will showcase all that Anderson County has to offer.”

“With our county’s rich Scots/Irish heritage, this event will have a natural, built-in audience,” said Anderson County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Glenn Brill.  “Additionally, I expect it will attract tourists from throughout the Southeast who will spend money in our hotels, retail stores, restaurants and gas stations.  It will be an economic shot in the arm for Anderson County’s economy.”


Community Asked to Help Find Missing Dog

Duke, a large breed Great Dane / Boxer / Lab mix was lost near Brown Road and Reed Road sometime Monday.  If found, contact Bruce at, or call 864-933-1665.


United Way Still Needs $193,000 to Meet Goal

With ninety-three percent of the goal met and $123,000 left to raise, United Way is asking everyone to dig deep. “We’re really down to the wire,” said campaign chairman Ben Hagood. “We encourage folks to help United Way of Anderson County “close the gap” by making a pledge today. If people have already given, we’re asking them to please consider giving again. And if they haven’t given, now is the time.”

Since the inception of United Way of Anderson County in 1946, over $51 million dollars have been raised and distributed in our community. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network.

United Way serves a range of needs in our community such as Building Strong Individuals, Children and Families; Developing Self-sufficient Individuals; Strengthening Neighborhoods and of course providing basic needs of families and individuals in time of crisis. 

United Way works with diverse agencies in the community to ensure all residents have nurturing, safe home environments and access to supportive services that lead to healthy, productive quality lives. It is their goal that all people in Anderson County, young and old are self-sufficient, productive members of the community, supported by appropriate education and skills training. Through United Way, residents and neighborhood partners have come together to provide safe neighborhoods, affordable housing and a sense of connection that is vital to improving quality of life in the community.

United Way of Anderson County will close its 2009-10 community campaign on Wednesday, March 31st.  Give to the campaign by visiting the United Way website at and clicking on GIVE then click DONATE. Or, you may call United Way at (864) 226-3438 and make your pledge by phone. Or, you can simply mail your check or pledge to United Way of Anderson County; PO Box 2067; Anderson SC 29622. Pledges do not have to be paid in full until December 31, 2010. 

For more information on giving to United Way of Anderson County, call (864) 226-3438.


Crop for the Cure Scheduled at Jo Brown Senior Center

On Saturday, April 10th between 9am to 5 pm, residents can “Crop for the Cure” at the Jo Brown Senior Center. Local Creative Memories consultants will host the event, with all proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 

“Join us for the 9th Annual Crop for the Cure, a scrapbooking marathon event to benefit a good cause,” said Anderson County Senior Citizens Director Kelly Jo Barnwell. “There's no better way to touch the ones we love than by creating memories together & preserving them in albums that last for life! During the past five years, Anderson Crop for the Cure events have raised more than $9,000. We invite everyone to come out and help us make this the best year yet!”

Whether you are a seasoned cropper or a beginner looking to organize your photos, Crop for the Cure is a great event that will fit all skill levels! No prior scrapbooking experience is necessary. You will have the opportunity to meet fellow croppers, learn new techniques, and come together for a day of friends, fun, and cropping! 

Just bring photos and other memorabilia you wish to preserve in your scrapbook. Local Creative Memories © consultants will be hosting the event and will have albums, supplies, mounting paper, and stickers available for purchase as well as hosting scrapbooking classes to give helpful tips on how to personalize your album! 

Crop fur the Cure will also be holding a silent auction and door prize giveaways provided by local donations.  

A "pot-luck" covered dish lunch will be provided by the Tolly Arts & Crafts Seniors and The Owens Corning Retirement Club seniors for a $5.00 donation to the Crop For The Cure. 

Register for Crop in advance and take advantage of the discounted registration fee! Registration is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Online registration for the event will be available beginning March 4th. Whether you stay for a couple of hours or the full day, you are sure to have a rewarding day scrapbooking for a cause! Funds raised will be used to fund breast cancer awareness programs, free mammograms and treatment support in South Carolina and to fund breast cancer research. 

For more information about the Jo Brown Senior Citizens, contact Kelly Jo Barnwell at 864.231.2237.   

For more information about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit:


Museum to Open Artisan Market

The Anderson County Museum announces “spring has sprung” with a new and exciting indoor-outdoor artisan market. Enjoy a one-stop-shopping experience just in time for Easter and Mothers Day shopping on Friday evening March 26 and Saturday March 27.

Shoppers can delight loved ones with fabulous keepsakes in all price ranges. Select gifts from unique and beautifully crafted mix of potters, wood carvers, jewelry makers, handmade baskets and more! Grandchildren will be best dressed at Easter with original smocked designs just for the younger set. You can surprise your graduate with an exquisite handmade journal using handmade paper. Does your special hound need a new leash or dog blanket? Chocolates and cheeses round out the mix and are perfect for your Easter and Mothers Day gift giving. 

Friday shopping begins at 4 p.m. with our traditional “Sip and Shop”. Saturday is an exciting and fun spring shopping experience for all ages with doors opening early at 9 a.m. Elementary age children can paint Easter themed sun catchers on Saturday from 2 to 3 pm. You must pre-register children for this craft program. Bring your family and friends for this fun event with plenty of beautiful springtime goods.


Anderson Man Gets Purple Heart 56 Years Later

On Sunday, March 21, 2010, fifty-six years after he earned the Purple Heart, PFC Calvin Quarles, (Company B, 13th Engineer Combat Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, U.S. Army) received his Purple Heart Medal. Anderson County Veteran Affairs Officer Sammy Lewis, SC Senator Kevin Bryant and SC House Member Don Bowen made presentations at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 2901 Dobbins Bridge Road, Anderson, SC.