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No. 17 Erskine Holds Off Trojans

DUE WEST, S.C. – Four Erskine pitchers combined to scatter five hits as the 17th-ranked Flying Fleet shut out Anderson, 6-0, in non-conference baseball action Tuesday afternoon at Grier Field. 
Anderson (5-5) suffered its’ second consecutive setback after winning four straight, while Erskine (5-0) stayed undefeated on the early season.

Anderson returns to the diamond on Wednesday as the Trojans visit North Greenville. First-pitch is slated for 2 p.m. 


Clemson Pet Theater Feb. 28

Starring 15 cats, 10 dogs, eight white doves, four geese and two parrots, the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater promises to wow children of all ages when it comes to Clemson University’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, Feb. 28.
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Clemson Players to Present "Eleemosynary"

The Clemson Players student theater group will present "Eleemosynary," the story of a girl's attempts to heal the strained relationship between her mother and grandmother, from Monday, Feb. 28, through Sunday, March 6, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.
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Anderson Dist. One Receives Tobacco-Free Grant

The South Carolina School Boards Association, in collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control, recently announced that Anderson School District One is among four school districts in South Carolina that have been awarded grants to fund initiatives to support the 100% comprehensive tobacco-free policy in the districts. These initiatives are in the areas of signage, communication, teacher training and curricula for implementing evidence-based tobacco prevention education, promotional materials, and student and community involvement activities.

Grants range from $1,500 to $5,000, based on student enrollment, and are open to districts that have adopted the 100% comprehensive tobacco-free model policy and are working to be in compliance through ongoing activities or are planning to adopt the policy and are interested in supporting efforts toward this goal. Based on the enrollment of the district, Anderson One received a check for $3,000.   The district will be able to renew the award annually for the duration of the program.  Dr. Wayne Fowler, Superintendent of the district stated, “Our board members were the driving force behind the application for this grant and the development of the policy.  We are all very happy to receive a financial award that can support the tobacco-free programs in Anderson One.”


Lake Hartwell Crappie Tournament March 5

The 2nd Annual Lake Hartwell Crappie Tournament, sponsored by
the $5.00 Car Wash, Double "D" Farm, Waldrop's Restaurant & Motel and the Bait Shop & Sportsman Liquidators, has been scheduled for March 5 at Waldrop's Landing in Townville. The event will begin at 7 a.m. and the entry fee is $50 per boat.

There will be 100% Payback, a 10 Fish Weigh-In Limit and a $50 biggest fish prize. A drawing will be held for door prizes after weigh-in. For more information, contact Don Burns at 864-617-9293.


Dist. 5 Magnet School Fair Feb. 24

Principals and teachers from 11 magnet school programs will be present on Thursday, February 24th at the District Five Magnet School Fair to explain and discuss their areas of emphasis and application process. The Fair will take place at T.L. Hanna High School and will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

All of these programs will be accepting student magnet applications for the 2011-2012 school year, depending on space.

Student applications for the schools will be available at the Fair. The applications will be available online beginning Friday, February 25th. Deadlines for filing applications will extend until April 1, or in a few cases, later in the spring. Admission requirements differ by school, but will be explained at the Magnet School Fair and on school applications.

The schools and their areas of emphasis are as follows:

Calhoun Academy of the Arts – Uses the creative arts as a vehicle through which the core curriculum is delivered. Calhoun was District Five’s first magnet school.

Concord Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate School – In March 2010, Concord was accepted into the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, a curriculum that prepares students to be educationally competitive from a global perspective. The program was founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland, where it maintains its headquarters.

McLees Academy of Leadership – McLees will focus on leadership skills, using teaching materials based on work by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” McLees’ full magnet status is pending Board approval in March.

Nevitt Forest School of Innovation – Connects with its community through such efforts as extended day programs for students and single gender classes.

Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology – Integrates technology and communications skills into the curriculum to help prepare students for the future. The program utilizes different types of technology to ensure an appropriate fit with each grade level. Varennes students create and produce their own live, daily TV news show and work with the latest in technology including interactive white boards and smart phones.

Lakeside Middle School of Inquiry and Innovation – Lakeside adopted a STEM model (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at the start of the 2011-2012 school year.

McCants Middle School – McCants is an IB candidate school, and expects to be accepted during the 2011-2012 school year. Many of the qualities of an IB school are already in place.

Southwood Academy of the Arts: A Creative and Performing Arts School – Southwood will be a magnet school for students in grades six through twelve, with an emphasis in grades six through eight on academics within an arts-based curriculum. The secondary grades will receive performance-based instruction, beginning the 2011-2012 school year with selected secondary courses, including accelerated classes in visual arts, drama music and dance. The school will open at the start of the 2011-2012 school year with a sixth grade and plans to add a seventh grade level in the second year of operation and an eighth grade level in the third year. The number of secondary arts courses and other related courses will also expand over time

Anderson V Career Campus – Formerly named the Hanna-Westside Extension Campus, the school offers a variety of career and technology courses including Business Management and Administration, Health Science, Engineering and Cosmetology.

T.L. Hanna High School, an International Baccalaureate World School – T.L. Hanna became our second IB school in April 2010. Its IB Programme operates as a “school within a school.”

Westside High Early College Academy - The Early College Model is a school within a school program that encourages students to set college as a goal and prepare for it in concrete ways. The program will also give students the opportunity to take dual credit courses that will earn them high school and college credit at the same time. That will make the transition to college easier and allow families to save money on college tuition. Westside’s full magnet status is pending Board approval in March.


Touch the Future Grand Opening Feb. 16

We are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of our new office located at the historic McCants School located at 101 S. Fant Street, Rm 020-B, Anderson, SC 29622.  You are invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on February 16, 2011 from 2-4pm.  Refreshments will be served.  We are excited to be in our new location and appreciate the support Anderson County and many individuals, businesses and organizations have provided to help us serve the community better.

We hope you will take the opportunity to visit our new location, learn more about our programs and services and become a link to independence by volunteering, donating money or donating your computers, cellular phones, laptops, durable medical equipment and other assistive technology that can touch the future of lives each day. 

Touch the Future, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes independent living through the use of computers, assistive technology and our services to individuals who are disabled, seniors, Veterans or from disadvantaged communities.  Touch the Future also supports educational programs and other qualifying non-profit organizations.  Touch the Future is a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher and maintains an evergreen policy whereas any equipment that cannot be reused is recycled and kept out of landfills.  Touch the Future is home of ReBoot™, a nationally benchmarked computer and assistive technology reutilization program.


Nunsense Jamboree Begins Thursday at ECP

"Nunsense Jamboree" begins Thursday at the Electric City Playhouse. General admission tickets for the Thursday through Sunday, February 17 until March 6 run of performances are $17 for Adults, $15 for Seniors and $10 for Students with group discounts available for parties of ten or more. For tickets, please call the Electric City Playhouse Box Office at (864) 224-4248 or for information email

Nunsense Jamboree, written by Dan Goggin and directed by Richard Cowan with musical direction by Jeff Brannon, is the third musical in wildly successful Nunsense series. In Nunsense I, when a nun known as Sister Mary Amnesia regained her memory she recalled that she always wanted to be a country singer. In Nunsense II her dream became one step closer to reality when Reverend Mother landed a recording contract for her. In this third installment Sister Mary Amnesia's dream has been realized as she headlines a brand new show promoting her debut album "I Could've Gone to Nashville." Cheered by audiences and critics alike as funny and fast-paced, this hilarious hoe-down is Nunsense fun with a Laugh-In-Hee-Haw-Grand-Ole-Op'ry slant. Outrageously funny musical numbers include I Could've Gone To Nashville, Everyday of the Week Is a Saturday, Do Unto Others, The Delta Queen, We Miss You, Patsy Cline, A Technicolor Woman and Growing Up in Brooklyn.


AU Names Dean of Nursing

Dr. Pamela Binns-Turner, currently the Program Director for the Anesthesia Track in the School of Nursing at Union University in Jackson, TN, has been named the new Dean of the School of Nursing at Anderson University. Pending approvals from the SC Board of Nursing and the University’s regional accrediting body, current plans indicate that the AU School of Nursing will likely begin classes in the fall of 2012 in a state-of-the art instructional space, complete with the latest in simulation technology, to be built within the university’s Vandiver building over the next year.

Dr. Binns-Turner was selected after a national search by Anderson University not only because of her excellent reputation in the field of nursing education, but also her experience in directing a highly respected program at a Christian university. She has recently published a new textbook on Nurse Anesthesia, and has written a number of presentations and peer-reviewed articles.

“Through the vision of Anderson University and the upstate community an outstanding partnership has formed to establish our School of Nursing focused on educating future nurses with clinical and academic excellence, and preparing them for a lifetime of professional service with a Christian worldview,” she said.

When she arrives at the Anderson University campus late this spring, Dr. Binns-Turner will begin preparations for various studies required by the State Board of Nursing, the national nursing program accrediting body, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as participating in the development of facilities, curricula, and hiring faculty for the highly anticipated School of Nursing.

Dr. Binns-Turner cites her two biggest passions in life as nursing, and fulfilling God’s plans for her life, passions she says are evident in her professional, academic and personal journey. That journey, she says, has now led her to the exciting challenge in Anderson.

“I am both honored and excited to be selected as the Founding Dean of the School of Nursing and eagerly anticipate its development through building relationships with the community, university, faculty, staff, and students.”

In making the announcement to the campus, Dr. Evans Whitaker, president of the University, said, “We are thrilled to announce the addition of Dr. Binns-Turner to our campus.  She has the right combination of personal attributes, scholarly credentials, teaching and administrative experience, and leadership skills to initiate and lead what we intend to be a superb School of Nursing.  We welcome her to Anderson and look forward to working with her as she leads this exciting new school.”

Prior to her directing the Nurse Anesthesia Track at Union, Binns-Turner had a distinguished career in nursing in hospitals in Alabama and Tennessee. She received her BSN, MNA, and PhD at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 21) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of 68 “Up and Coming” schools to watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report. It is the #1 “Up and Coming” school in The South according to that publication.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.


Margaret Herron, Founder of Good Neighbor Cupboard, Funeral Today

Margaret Herron, Founder of the Good Neighbor Cupboard in Anderson, died Sunday in Chesnee. Herron's funeral is scheduled at noon today at the McDougal chapel. Family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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Council to Consider Installment Payments for Taxes

Anderson County Council will consider an ordinance to allow installment payments on real property taxes and hear reports from the finance committee - including a proposal to raise salaries for registration and election officials - as part of Tuesday night's meeting at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse.

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Trojans Sweep Doubleheader from Cobras

ANDERSON, S.C. – An explosive offense and timely pitching lifted Anderson to a sweep of visiting Coker College, 11-6 and 13-3 in non-conference baseball doubleheader action Saturday afternoon at Anderson Memorial Stadium. 
Anderson (5-3) has won four in a row and remained undefeated at home on the season, while the Trojans’ former league opponent Coker (1-4) suffered its third consecutive setback with the sweep.

Anderson and Coker will wrap up their three-game series on Sunday, with first-pitch at Anderson Memorial Stadium slated for 1 p.m.


Dist. One Superintedent Named Administrator of Year by Counselors

Dr. Wayne Fowler, Superintendent for Anderson School District One, was named Administrator of the Year by the South Carolina Counseling Association on February 4, 2011. The award is designed to recognize an outstanding administrator for the profound and lasting impact on the counseling and helping profession.  He was recognized during the annual conference at the awards luncheon for his contribution to education.

Jane Harrison, Anderson One, said, “During his tenure in Anderson One he has served as teacher, guidance counselor, school and district level administrator as well as superintendent of Anderson One. He has a counselor’s heart and he exhibits that as our Superintendent. His door is always open and he is accessible to the community members, parents, students and teachers. Seeing him in action everyday is evidence of his sincere passion for people. He has earned the respect and admiration of the people in Anderson One and is very deserving of this award.”

“Dr. Fowler is to be commended for his visionary and accessible leadership that that expects and supports instructional excellence. Additionally, Dr. Fowler has worked diligently to create a school culture that nurtures, supports and shows responsibility for the success of each student in the district,” said David Havird, Associate Superintendent for Anderson One.

In attendance at the conference was Doris Nelson, former guidance counselor from Anderson One, Barbara Dansby and Jan Whitson, guidance counselors from Anderson One, Jane Harrison and David Havird from Anderson One district office. Family and friends attending were Dr. Fowler’s wife, Judy Fowler, his son, Jonathan Fowler and David Havird’s wife, Carol Havird.

The South Carolina Counseling Association is an educational and charitable organization which has established itself as a leader in serving the diversity of helping professions that exists in South Carolina.