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Dist. 1 Among Top in PASS Scores

Anderson District One students receive high marks on new Palmetto Achievement of State Standards (PASS) assessment. Scores show that student achievement continues to be a major focus in Anderson One and students are performing among the best in the state

Students in grades 3-8 take the PASS test and Anderson One students performed at a high level. Students scored very well on the new PASS Science test with all grades finishing second, third or fourth in the state. Fourth graders were first in the state in ELA with fifth and eighth grades coming in second. Grades three and seventh scored fourth in the state. In Math, eighth graders had the second best scores in the state, while grade six ranked fourth. 

This is the first year of the new state Palmetto Achievement of State Standards (PASS) assessment for all students in grades 3-8. The test consists of Writing, Reading and Research, Math, Science and Social Studies.


Clemson University Theater Program Presents 'RENT' 

The Clemson Players and the performing arts department at Clemson University will present one of the nation’s first college productions of the multi-award winning Broadway musical "RENT." The performances will be Thursday to Sunday, Feb. 25-28, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

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Museum Hosts Sweet Valentine Program

ANDERSON — Miriam Boyce of The Lollipop Shop will host a children’s Valentine’s program on Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m. at the Anderson County Museum. Ms. Boyce is the owner of The Lollipop Shop in Greenville, South Carolina. She has hosted numerous birthday parties and fun events for children. Mrs. Boyce will discuss with children how candy has evolved to what it is today and will show them examples of “old-timey” candy. She will also bring a sweet surprise for each child in attendance!

The Anderson County Museum is at 202 East Greenville Street, in downtown Anderson. The Fred Whitten Gallery and Museum Store hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Reading and Research Room is open 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and by appointment. ACM is handicap accessible and admission is free. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact the Anderson County Museum at (864) 260-4737.  


REVIEW: "Lively "Stanley Brothers" a Cut Above at ECP

“I'm thankful that I have lived long enough to become a legend, and I hope I deserve it.

- Ralph Stanley

There is nothing complicated about Ralph Stanley and his music. It simply resonates across the room like light from a fireplace, warm and smoky and homey. 

That’s precisely why “Man of Constant Sorrow: The Stanley Brothers Musical,” which opened at the Electric City Playhouse last night worked so well. Nothing fancy, just the car-horn mountain harmonies, loud from years of trying to be heard over the instruments, energetic musicians who had fun and did not always stay in the safe territory of rehearsed notes, and performers who allowed the story to tell itself. (FULL REVIEW HERE)


County Transportation Committee to Meet Monday

Please be advised that the members of the Anderson County Transportation Committee have scheduled their next meeting on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 4:00 P.M.  It will be held in the Conference Room of the Transportation Division Building at 735 Michelin Boulevard, Anderson, South Carolina.


Jake "All In" at Clemson

We are officially "ALL IN!"  Jake is now part of an incredible team being a part of the Clemson University Football Team - and for that we are forever grateful for their steadfast commitment to Jake and our family.

Clemson has not only stood by Jake but they have gone over and above to do whatever they could to make Jake feel wanted, special, and a part of the Clemson family.  They did not have to go that extra mile as Jake was not "going" any where else but they did because that is the type of people they are.  It was not all about what can Jake do for them as a football player but instead what they could do to help fill a huge void in our son's life.  Going that extra mile (like they did for our son) demonstrates a winning attitude which will take this program to further greatness. (complete update here).


Forestry Commission Event Demonstrates Safe Burn

The State Forestry Commission is holding a press event at Centerville Station 9 at 10:30am. This is a part of their annual fire prevention efforts. They are actually going to do a burn to show how to do so properly, safely and legally. The station is located at 196 Sullivan Road.


Council Moves Building Security to Sheriff

On Tuesday night Anderson County Council approved in a contentious vote, an ordinance consolidating 17 public safety positions and five positions from animal control from the Anderson County Public Safety Division under the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.
The ordinance, which had been tabled in January before a third reading, passed despite Anderson County Councilman Moore's assertion that "to vote for this tonight would be a slap in teh face of the citizens of anderson couunty and county council." Moore and Anderson County Council Member Cindy Wilson opposed moving ahead with the ordinance at Tuesday's meeting.
"I will vote against this tonight, not because I think a major part of this shouldn't go through, but because of the these other questions that need to be answered before we vote," Wilson said.
County Councilman Tom Allen said keeping the current 17 public safety positions and transferring them to the sheriff's office would cost the county $2,200 per year per position more than the lowest bid the county received to outsource the public safety function. Allen said the experience of the current public safety employees would more than make up for the difference in the money. The total annual county budget for those 17 positions $711,790.
County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn said that public safety belongs under the sheriff's office and about giving the Park Police the authority to provide public safety.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said the change would take effect Wednesday morning. 
"As of tomorrow, they report to me," Skipper said. "I would hope we have the transition in the flow and structure in the next couple or days or a week. We have been preparing for this a long time."
County Council was told Tuesday that Anderson County's financial audit for the June 2008-June 2009 budget year found the county in "overall good financial condition" (as of June 30, 2009), but warned that "could change if fund balance continues to decrease." The audit also said the county should be "prepared for the continuing tough economy and difficult decisions needing to be made."
Larry Finney, speaking for the auditing firm Greene, Finney and Horton presented the audit which recommended the county adopt a formal fraud risk management program, and update a "very outdated" county accounting policies and procedures manual.

County Honors T. Ed Garrison and Family

Council kicked off the first meeting February by honoring for South Carolina Sen. T. Ed Garrison and his family for their contributions to agriculture, forestry and natural resources. Garrison, who served more than 30 years in the South Carolina Legislature, is credited for bringing the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena to Anderson County.
"If it wasn't for Sen. Garrison that arena would not have been in Anderson County," said County Councilman Bob Waldrep, who followed Garrison as chair of the agriculture commitee while serving in Columbia. 
Council also honored the memory of the late Brantley Jordan with a resolution recognizing him as Anderson County's Economic Ambassador for 2009. 
A resolution honoring the Anderson and Honea Path free clinics and their volunteers was also approved at Tuesday night's meeting.

Anderson Hall of Fame Inductees to be Announced February 8

ANDERSON — The Advisory Committee of the Anderson County Museum invites you to the announcement of the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 8 at the Museum. 

Each year the museum recognizes and inducts into the ACM Hall of Fame up to two people who have made outstanding contributions in shaping Anderson County, State, national or world history. The HOF committee made their selection from more than 40 applications. Nominees must be deceased at least 10 years before they are eligible for induction. The 2010 class will be the eighth class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and will be inducted on May 1. Applications are now available for the 2011 Hall of Fame.

The Anderson County Museum is at 202 East Greenville Street, in downtown Anderson. The Fred Whitten Gallery and Museum store hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Reading and Research Room is open 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and by appointment. ACM is handicap accessible and admission is free. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact the Anderson County Museum at (864) 260-4737.


Council to Address Budget, Moving Personnel; Honor Garrisons, Brantley Jordan

Anderson County Council will look at the budget, take the move of public safety personnel off the table for third reading and honor the Sen. T. Ed Garrison family and the late Branley Jordan at Tuesday's meeting at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse. Full agenda can be found here.


United Way to Administer New Emergency Food and Shelter Funds


Anderson, SC –  Anderson County has been chosen to receive $151,643 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Carol Burdette, United Way of Anderson County, PO Box 2067, Anderson, SC  29622 or call 864-226-3438 to request an application.  The deadline for applications to be received is 4:00 pm on February 15, 2010.


Electric City Playhouse Presents "The Stanley Brothers" Play

Join the Electric City Playhouse as they start their 26th year with the award winning Man of Constant Sorrow, a Stanley Brothers Musical by Douglas Pote and directed by Jimmy O. Burdette. This funny and touching story delves into the backstage and personal life of two brothers, Ralph and Carter Stanley. It contains some of the great songs made famous by The Stanley Brothers - songs that will have you singin’ along and flat-footin’ in the aisles. It reveals their struggle to find an audience for their music and their triumphant journey along the way.
Expect to hear folk, traditional gospel, and bluegrass, the music of their home in the hills of Virginia, along with hits like the 2002 Grammy Award-winning songs from the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Starring Upstate Bluegrass Musicians: Mitch and Perry Keown along with a full cast overflowing with musical and acting talents.
Tickets are on sale now for Feb 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 with Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Showtimes at 8PM and Sundays at 3PM. Ticket prices are $17 for Adults, $15 for Seniors, $10 for Students and group discounts are available. Make sure that you come early to hear the Jimmy O Trio pre-show band!