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AU Women Lose Close One

ANDERSON, S.C. – Cold shooting and turnovers proved costly as the Anderson women’s basketball team dropped a 54-46 decision to visiting Winston-Salem State in non-conference basketball action Monday night at the Abney Athletic Center.  

Despite committing 19 turnovers and connecting on just 3-of-18 from beyond the arc, Anderson (0-2) was in the contest until the final moments. With the win, Winston-Salem State improved to 2-0 on the young season.

Both teams began slowly on the offensive end, with the Trojans opening the contest by scoring the first seven points, with sophomore Tilde Ahlin scoring four on the inside.

Anderson will look to get into the win column on Thursday when the Trojans welcome rival Erskine to the Abney Center to close their season-opening three-game homestand. Tip-off versus the Flying Fleet is scheduled for 7 p.m.  


Boys and Girls Club Burglarized Prior to Fire

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred early this morning to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Anderson. 

Monday (November 15, 2010) Anderson County Fire responded to the Boys and Girls club located on Evergreen Street at approximately 4:30 am in reference to a fire inside the structure.  After extinguishing the fire, authorities believe that the club had been burglarized prior to the fire incident.  The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the burglary incident in conjunction with Anderson County Fire and Sled investigating the fire incident.

If anyone has any information regarding the burglary or the fire at the Boys and Girls club they are ask to contact the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 864-260-4400 or Anderson Crime Stoppers at 864-231-STOP (7867).


AU Soccer Sets Record with 15 Wins

MONTEVALLO, Ala. – Clayton State junior Leighton Fredericks’ first-half score lifted third-seeded Clayton State to a 1-0 win past fifth-seeded Anderson in the NCAA’s Division II Men’s Soccer Southeast Regional Championship Sunday afternoon at Montevallo’s Falcon Field.   

Fredericks scored the lone goal of the match in the 39th minute when he took a long pass from defender Sam Bevan and worked past AU keeper Benjamin Pepion for his third game-winning score of the season.

After advancing to the NCAA’s “Sweet 16” for the first time in school history by getting past the region’s No. 1 seed Montevallo on penalty kicks last Friday, Anderson (15-6-2) was unable to find the back of the net despite posting 17 shots, including seven on goal.  

The 19th-ranked Lakers (19-3) have now won nine of their last 10 contests and moves on to face the winner of the Rollins/Barry match in the Elite Eight on November 20th or 21st.

The Trojans notched three corner kicks to CLSU’s one, with the Lakers recording six shots, including five on goal. Pepion came away with four saves on the afternoon, while Lakers’ keeper Brian Garcia garnered seven saves in the effort.


Foothills Songwriters Fall Tour at ECP Nov 20  

The Electric City Playhouse will host skilled musicians from all over the foothills as they perform original pieces written as part of the Foothills Songwriters Group along with some other well-known local favorites. The Foothills Songwriters Group believes that if music truly does wash away from the dust of everyday life, new music adds depth and expands who we are. This first stop performance will showcase not only the songwriting capabilities of the foothills area, but has the intent of inspiring others to write and perform music of their own. Some of the local performing members include Christopher Branch and Tracy and Trevor Furlong. Tickets for the November 20th 8PM performance are only $10 and can be purchased through the Electric City Playhouse Box Office at (864) 224-4248. For more information please email


Clemson Symphonic to perform Australia-Inspired Music

The Clemson University Symphonic Band will perform works inspired by Australia's landscape and its famous opera house at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov.
22, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

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Clemson Men's and Women's Glees to Perform Together 

Clemson University's Men's and Women's Glees will present a joint concert at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30.

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Meals on Wheels Closed for Thanksgiving

Anderson, SC—If your church or community service group is planning to provide meals for homebound citizens this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Meals on Wheels—Anderson would be interested in knowing more about your project.

Volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels are not asked to deliver on Thanksgiving or the day after, and staff is now working to ensure all clients receive meals for those two days.

Meals on Wheels seeks groups who could prepare and deliver meals to those neighbors in our county who cannot leave their homes. 

Meals on Wheels will resume its regular delivery schedule on Monday, November 29. 

For more information, contact Cindy Culbertson at 864-225-6800.


Final Draft of East-West Connector Meeting Nov. 17

The East-West Connector Corridor Land Use and Zoning Study Public Meeting Number Two will be held Nov. 17, from 6-8 p.m., at the Anderson County Main Library. The purpose of the meeting is to present final draft of proposed East-West Connector Corridor Land Use and Zoning Study and to solicit public input. The presentation can be found here:

For more information call the Anderson County Planning Division, 260-4720.


District Five Breaks Ground for New Elementary School  

Parents and community members joined District Five students, teachers and trustees Sunday to formally break ground at the site of the planned North Pointe Elementary School.

The school site is located on S.C. Highway 81 near the Sullivan-King Mortuary.Members of the District Five Board of Trustees, joined by Dr. Charles E. Rogers, pastor of the nearby Salem Missionary Baptist Church, break ground for the new North Pointe Elementary School at a ceremony held Sunday, November 7. Pictured are, from left, Dr. Paul Talmadge, Al Norris, David Alewine, Margaret Mack, Charles Anderson, Dr. Rogers, Dr. William Mack Burriss, Ann Huitt, Superintendent Betty Bagley, and a young helper. 

Guests were welcomed by Dr. William Mack Burriss, chairman of the Board of Trustees. The invocation was given by Dr. Charles E. Rogers, pastor of Salem Missionary Baptist Church. 

Remarks were also made by Board Vice Chairman Al Norris, Building Committee Chair Ann W. Huitt and Superintendent Betty Bagley.

The T.L. Hanna High School NJROTC did the Presentation of Colors and the T.L. Hanna Band performed at the event.

Site development for North Pointe Elementary is currently underway. The new school is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. It will be the 11th elementary school in the district. 


Candlelight Vigil for Crime Victims Nov. 15

The 11th Annual Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Crime will be held at the New Life Christian Center, 603 Pearman dairy Road in Anderson, on Monday, November 15 at 6:30 pm.

This event which began in 1999 is sponsored by the Greater Anderson Area Victim Advocate Association (GAAVA) to remember victims of crime and their families.

Mrs. Becky Oliver of Pendleton, SC will be the guest speaker.  Mrs. Oliver’s son was brutally murdered in Florida.  Since that time, she has worked tirelessly in facilitating support groups at local churches, mortuaries, and for law enforcement, on behalf of survivors of violent crime. 

Memory Tables will be available for pictures and memorials to crime victims.  All victims, as well as the families of the victims, are encouraged to attend. 

For further information, contact Marlene McClain of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 222-3952, or Denise Hagy of the 10th Circuit Solicitor at (864) 260-4288.


NCAA Soccer at Wingate to be Videostreamed  

ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson and Wingate have teamed together to provide a live videostream of Wednesday’s NCAA first-round soccer match between the Trojans and Bulldogs, beginning at 1:45 p.m.

Visit the link on the men’s soccer schedule page on to watch all the action live from the Wingate Soccer Complex. 

The fifth-seeded Trojans and fourth-seeded Bulldogs will square off at 2 p.m., with the winner advancing to face top-seeded Montevallo on Friday at 7 p.m. 

Anderson, which is riding a three-match win-streak and has claimed wins in 10 of its last 11 outings, will be looking to avenge a 2-1 setback to the Bulldogs in their final regular-season contest.


Two T.L. Hanna Students Named to Service-Learning Board  

Two T.L. Hanna High School students have been selected to serve on the 2010-11 Youth Advisory Board for the Office of Youth Services. The Office is a part of the South Carolina Department of Education.

Christian Cook and Jordan Haynes are among 29 students from 23 middle and high schools chosen statewide for the honor.

Members of the panel, which is sponsored in part by State Farm Insurance, serve as advocates of high quality service-learning programs and help create service-learning projects in their local communities. They’ll also assist in restructuring the annual State Farm Service-Learning Award.   

Service-learning combines meaningful community service with instruction to enhance the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.  

The youth board had a two-week leadership camp this summer.  That training is continuing with quarterly meetings in Columbia on such topics as components of high quality service-learning, selection of service-learning award winners, designing and implementing service-learning projects, and becoming community advocates. 

Instructors for these sessions include State Department of Education staff, seasoned service-learning coordinators and local or state policymakers.  

Youth Advisory Board members were chosen based on their potential leadership ability and ethic of service.  The group also includes:    

Summer Binnicker, Latisha Chalmers, Emmonie Crumblin and Timothy

Robinson - Newberry High School

Adam Bott - Holly Springs-Motlow Middle School

Hazel Bridges - Marlboro County High School

Brittany Cannon - Dreher High School

Shelbi Cooper - Ridge View High School

Kira Elson - Broome High School

Jessica Forbes - Eastside High School

Sydney Ford - Gaffney Senior High School

Mackenzie Jackson - Riverside High School

Dakota Jones - Greer High School

Josh Kleman - Carolina Forest High School

Mallory Macgargle and Erin Westerkam - Irmo High School

Ben McCarter and Mary Moore - White Knoll High School

Daniel Middleton - Saluda High School

Zachery Millan - Pleasant Hill Middle School

Michael Nader - Lancaster High School

Emily Nicholson - Hillcrest Senior High School

Judith Parshall - Gilbert High School

Chelsea Powers - Sumter High School

Hanna Snapp - Middle School of Pacolet

Myles Taste - Hand Middle School

A. Williams, III - South Pointe High School


Heritage Propane Bringing 24 Jobs to Anderson

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and Anderson County today announced that Heritage Propane Express, full service provider of propane grill cylinders, will establish its new production facility in Anderson County. The acquired land and facility investment is expected to generate 24 new jobs once up to full production. 

“Our company continues to extend its reach into new markets and this new facility will help us service more customers along the East Coast. Anderson County provides us an excellent environment in which to do business and has a workforce to suit our needs. We look forward to opening our new operations in South Carolina and appreciate all the support we have received from state and local officials,” said Marty Baker Jr., vice president of Heritage Propane Express.

Heritage Propane Express will open a new propane grill cylinder exchange processing and delivery facility in Anderson County. The company expects to have the new facility constructed by June 2011, and will be located in the Hurricane Creek Industrial Park. 

“Heritage Propane Express is a nationally-recognized full-service provider of propane grill cylinders for both retailers and distributors. The company’s decision to locate its new facility in South Carolina is another sign that our state’s exceptional market access and business-friendly environment are working to attract new investment and job opportunities.  On behalf of the Department of Commerce, we welcome Heritage Propane Express to South Carolina and wish the company much success in its new Anderson location,” said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

“We are excited to welcome Heritage Propane Express to the Anderson County family,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Site selection is a very competitive market and it speaks volumes that our county can attract industry even during an economic downturn.”

“I am so proud to have the pleasure of making a second economic development announcement in two weeks,” said Anderson County Councilman Ron Wilson.  “Again, I certainly applaud our Economic Development Office and their efforts to attract industry. This is yet another success and we are proud to welcome Heritage Propane Express to District 6.” 

The company will begin hiring for the new positions in May 2011. Anyone interested in job opportunities with the company should contact Steve Magill at in the spring of 2011.

Heritage Propane Express (HPX) is a full service provider of propane grill cylinders for exchange for retailers and distributors. HPX has production facilities, districts and depots in its marketing areas that refurbish, deliver and distribute to retailers. In addition to propane cylinders, HPX provides services such as quality storage cabinets, safety protection, safety and marketing training and unique marketing branding enabling the retailer to provide point-of-purchase sales of both exchange and new propane grill cylinders. Currently, HPX services 37 states. For more information, please visit