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Family Concert by 'Re-percussionist' at Brooks Center March 26

Billy Jonas will bring his family-oriented “re-percussion” concert to the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26.

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City of Anderson Accepting Applications for Citizens' Academy

The 2010 Citizens’ Academy is an interactive program focused on informing citizens about the City’s governmental process. Elected officials, City administration and divisions heads, along with other City staff, will host unique and informative sessions on City government operations.

The primary goal of 2010 Citizens’ Academy is to provide:

  • insight on how City government works
  • open lines of communication between citizens and City staff
  • provide information on how citizens can easily utilize the services offered by City government
  • encouragement for citizens to become involved, and
  • provide a realistic understanding of City Government operations.

The City of Anderson’s 2010 Citizens’ Academy is an eight (8) week course developed to inform residents about the City government process and the public services it provides. Sessions are once a week from 5:30 pm – 8 pm.

Applicants to the program must be City of Anderson residents or property owners, age 18 or older, and make a personal commitment to the 8 week series of information sessions. Class size is limited to eighteen (18) participants.

Curriculum is currently being developed for sessions to begin in April, 2010.

For more information, please contact Erin Fann, Business Development and Neighborhood Manager at (864) 231-2229 or


DeMint to Speak at Anderson GOP Dinner

The Anderson County Republican Party will feature U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint at the Bronze Elephant Dinner March 29

The dinner will be open to all ACRP members as well as any one in the community who would like to come.  This would give us all a great opportunity to invite others and let them see what the ACRP and the SCGOP are all about.  The details of the banquet will soon follow. For more information


Publix Recalls Seasoning Mixes in S.C., Four Other States

Publix Super Markets, which has more than 1,000 stores in five Southern states, has voluntarily recalled four kinds of seasoning mixes that may possibly be contaminated with salmonella.

Publix said it has taken the mixes off of its shelves and says shoppers can return them to the stores for a full refund. The privately held grocery store operator said late Monday that the mixes were made with hydrolyzed vegetable protein supplied by Basic Food Flavors, which is based in Las Vegas.

Consumers who eat products tainted with salmonella could suffer serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly young children, frail or elderly persons and others with weakened immune systems.

Spokeswoman Maria Brous said in a statement there have been no reported cases of illness with these products.

The recalled products include all lot codes for 0.75 ounce packs of Publix Mushroom Gravy Mix with the UPC 41415-03308; 1 ounce packages of Publix Meatloaf Seasoning, UPC 41415-03408; 1.45 ounce packets of Publix Beef Flavored Stew Mix, UPC 41415-03608, and 1 ounce packs of Publix Au Jus Gravy Mix with UPC 41415-04208.

Publix has 1,012 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.


S.C. Unemployment Rises to 12.6 Percent

WASHINGTON -- Unemployment rose in 30 states in January, the Labor Department said Wednesday, evidence that jobs remain scarce in most regions of the country.

Five states reported record-high joblessness in January: California, at 12.5 percent; South Carolina, 12.6 percent; Florida, 11.9 percent; North Carolina, 11.1 percent; and Georgia, 10.4 percent.

Michigan's unemployment rate is still the nation's highest, at 14.3 percent, followed by Nevada, with 13 percent and Rhode Island at 12.7 percent. South Carolina and California round out the top five.

The state's jobless rate was well above the national rate, which dipped to 9.7 percent in January. Nationally, South Carolina's unemployment rate ranked fourth behind Michigan, Nevada and Rhode Island.

The number of South Carolina's unemployed rose about 4,600 to more than 273,000 people, also setting a state record high. As temporary workers were released after the holiday shopping season, the retail sector cut 7,700 positions in January.


AU Hosts Open House for Adult Program

Anderson University will host an Open House information meeting on March 30 in which students can learn about Graduate and Evening degree program offerings. This event will take place on AU’s main campus in Anderson.
With added campus locations and online programs now offered at AU, students throughout the Upstate and beyond can find an affordable and flexible program that suits their interests. The Open House event provides students with information about Admissions, Financial Aid, and more. If students apply to the undergraduate program that night, the $25 application fee will be waived.
For more information or to register for the March 30 Open House, students can call 864-231-2020 or visit


Ralph Hayes Toyota, Carolina Beer Sponsor Main Street Program

Anderson's Main Street Program has announced the Title and Presenting Sponsors for the upcoming 2010 Block Party Series. Ralph Hayes Toyota and Carolina Beer Company have signed on respectively for what will now be referred to as the Ralph Hayes Toyota Block Party presented by Carolina Beer Company.  Ralph Hayes Toyota is a family owned business that has supported worthwhile community events for many years.

 “We are pleased to be associated with the Main Street Program and their efforts to promote downtown,” said Robert Hayes.  Larry Lyles, lll with Carolina Beer states, “The Main Street Program is a valuable asset not just for the downtown businesses but for our community as a whole.  We are pleased to be involved and happy that we could help make this happen.”

Main Street Board member, Jeff Waters commented, “This has been months in the making and we couldn’t be more excited about partnering with these two businesses.  I’m looking forward to enjoying many great nights in downtown Anderson with some wonderful outdoor music.”

The Thursday night Block Party Series will begin on April 1st and run through October 28th.  There will be two extended Block Parties this year covering Thursday through Saturday.


County Marks Sunshine Week with Civic Center Event

Anderson County will mark Sunshine Week with a Kick Off Event at 6 pm, Friday, March 12. The event will take place at the Civic Center of Anderson in the main ballroom. The Civic Center is located at 3027 MLK, Jr. Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29625.
In early 2009, Anderson County’s website was promoted to an A+ grade by the Sunshine Review for our efforts in making the County’s financial and other pertinent public information available online. Our desire is to continue on the journey to become more open and transparent and to restore our resident’s trust in local government.
Below is the link to the Sunshine Review’s analysis of Anderson County:,_South_Carolina
The topic of the Evening:  Transparency in Government – where we are versus where we need to be.

Panel Members include:
Lee Brown, WYFF
Don Cates: WSPA
John Huff: Independent Mail
Stan Welch: The Williamston Journal
Greg Wilson: The Anderson Observer
Kristin: Samuel Adams Alliance (Sunshine Review)– confirmed (Kristin will participate via Skype)
Rusty Burns, Anderson County Administrator
Additionally, the County has scheduled an open session at 2 pm on Wednesday, March 17th for municipalities, counties, school districts, etc., to demonstrate the steps taken to make our data available online and to offer our assistance to any government/school entity. The County will also offer to host web sites for local municipalities in order for them to post their financial and other pertinent information. This session will take place at the Anderson County Historic Courthouse, 101 South Main Street in Anderson.
For more information contact Angela C. Stringer, Public Information Officer/Web Manager for Anderson County at 864.934.6451


Harder Named American Legion Teacher of the Year  

Anne Harder, an AP English/Teacher Cadet Teacher at T.L. Hanna High School, has been named Teacher of the Year by the W.A. Hudgens American Legion Post 14 in Anderson.

Each American Legion post is eligible to select one representative as its Teacher of the Year and forward that nomination to the state competition. A committee at the state level will review the nominations and choose a statewide winner later this year.

Mrs. Harder was previously named Teacher of the Year for Anderson School District Five for the 2008-2009 school year. She will be honored for her American Legion award at the Tuesday, March 16 meeting of the Anderson School District Five Board of Trustees. The meeting will be held at 6:30 in the District Administrative Office on Pearman Dairy Road.


Anmed Adds eICU

Patients in AnMed Health’s intensive care unit now have access to an extra layer of care with the addition of an eICU. 

Using the power of telemedicine, intensive care patients can be monitored remotely by board-certified intensivists and critical care nurses at Advanced ICU Care in St. Louis. An eICU does not replace the need for highly-skilled, onsite clinicians, and patients’ care is still directed by their local doctor. What the service can provide is a set of expert eyes to follow patients’ progress around the clock. 

Clinical decisions in the ICU are often based on a continuous stream of data, from physiologic data and laboratory results to vital signs and medications. With an eICU, this data is communicated electronically in real time to both bedside caregivers and the eICU Monitoring Center. Cameras and videoconferencing equipment allow the eICU staff to see and communicate directly with patients, families and onsite clinicians. The system also provides automated alerts, which identify potential patient problems earlier and allow physicians to intervene sooner.

In studies, eICUs have been shown to improve outcomes and reduce patients’ lengths of stay. One 10-bed ICU in an academic-affiliated community hospital saw on average a 30 percent decrease in severity adjusted hospital mortality and a 47 percent decrease in ICU complications. Patients’ lengths of stay also decreased by 32 percent.

“The eICU is a great way to supplement the already outstanding care provided in our intensive care unit,” said Dr. Mike Tillirson, AnMed Health’s chief medical officer. “Doctors and nurses in the eICU Monitoring Center are specially trained in critical care and have decades of experience. Adding their expertise to our compassionate and award-winning team is a great example of what it means to ‘blend the art of caring with the science of medicine to optimize the health of our patients.’”

The communication system – which includes a camera, microphone and speaker – is only active when requested by the bedside nurse or during prescribed “virtual rounds.” When activated, the camera moves from pointing at the wall to pointing at the patient’s bed and an audio signal alerts any nurses who may be in the patient’s room. There is no video or audio recording capability, and patient privacy is respected during virtual rounds.

To learn more about Advanced ICU Care, go online to


Anderson University to Hold Songwriter Workshop

Anderson University will host the 21st Annual Foothills Writers Guild Workshop on March 26th and 27th.  On Saturday morning, March 27, the guild will offer sessions on each of these key aspects of songwriting:

Session 1 (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) :  "Turning Life Into Song Lyrics"

Session 2 (11: a.m. - noon):  "Matching Lyrics to Melody"

These powerful sessions will be conducted by the successful upstate recording artist, Christopher Branch.  Mr. Branch will perform at the Electric City Playhouse on March 12, to launch his third CD, "And If All These Things Are True."  

This singer / songwriter / musician is currently President of the Foothills Songwriters.  He was raised in the Foothills of South Carolina and has been a successful solo artist and frontman for the extremely talented band, Cedars Of Lebanon.  Known for an honest writing style, his work shows his blue-collar, bible-belt upbringing.  His knack for mixing introspective and playful lyrics with a percussive guitar style, and a sometimes bluesy/sometimes angelic voice, has gained him many fans around the Southeast. He has been featured at various events and festivals and has shared the stage with many respected artists such as Need To Breathe, Jars Of Clay and Tom Conlon. Christopher’s songwriting repertoire is wide-ranging for a young man and his songs have been covered by many regional artists. 

Admission covers both sessions and is only $50 for adults and $15 for students.  Students under 18 will need a student ID and must be accompanied by an adult.  Seating is limited and expected to fill up quickly - advance enrollment is strongly encouraged.  For enrollment information please call 864-231-6666 or visit


Poll: Most African Americans in S.C. Likely to Vote in November

WASHINGTON -- Democrats facing strong headwinds this election season have at least one reason for optimism, according to polling that found the party's large African-American voting bloc eager to stay involved even without Barack Obama on the ballot.

About two-thirds of black adults in four states say they are closely following news about the upcoming midterm elections, and between 74 percent and 80 percent say they are very likely to vote, according to the poll, conducted by the nonpartisan Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The organization surveyed 500 African-Americans in each state - Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas and South Carolina - all of which have Senate races in November.

How many of those voters follow through with their intentions will help determine if Democrats hold control of Congress. In many competitive congressional districts, blacks make up a quarter of the electorate, and they vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. Their surge during Obama's 2008 victory is widely credited with helping sweep many down-ballot Democrats into office who might have otherwise lost. (Complete Article Here)


Civil War Scholar to Visit Anderson University

One of the nation’s top historians will be on the Anderson University campus to discuss Civil War history. Vernon Burton, author of numerous books on religious, social, and political history, will address Anderson University students at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 22.

Burton’s widely popular first book was entitled, In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions and his most recent work, The Age of Lincoln, was a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize in History for the past year. 

Burton is the incoming President of the Southern Historical Association, which is one of the largest historical associations in the country.