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Monday
Jun142010

Anderson County Council May Ask for Immigration Laws

Anderson County Council may ask the South Carolina Legislative delegation for stricter immigration legislation as part of Tuesday's meeting.

Complete agenda here.

Wednesday
Jun092010

County Mourns Loss of Ike Brissey

Anderson County bids a sorrowful farewell to county employee and long-time community servant, Ike Brissey, who passed on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Captain Ike Brissey was assistant coordinator of emergency services for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department. Obituary here.

Ike was known and loved throughout the Anderson Community and the State. He joined the Hopewell Fire Department as a volunteer fireman in 1982 and dedicated an enormous amount of time and effort in protecting the lives and property of Anderson County residents. He served as Hopewell’s Fire Chief for six years. His selfless dedication and service earned Ike the distinction of being chosen Anderson County Fireman of the Year in 1989.

He served as president of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce from 1980 to 1986 and has actively represented Anderson County throughout the State of SC in many capacities including emergency planning and communication roles.

“Ike was an adoring father, an adoring husband and one of the most dedicated individuals I have ever known,” said Anderson County Interim Administrator Rusty Burns. “Ike was a servant leader. He led by example and because of his kind, gentle spirit, many followed in his footsteps. He will be sorely missed. His position with the County will be filled, but make no mistake, Ike Brissey could never be replaced.” 

“My sympathies go out to the Brissey family and friends,” said County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Ike was a good man. We shared a commitment to protecting our community from the hazards of fire and we had the opportunity to work together at the County. But most of all, I had the honor of calling him my friend. We will miss him, but his impact on this community will last forever.”

“Anderson County has lost a true public servant,” said Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper. “Ike Brissey has meant so much to so many. His life left a lasting imprint on the future of Anderson County.  My sincerest sympathies go out to his family and to all those who called him friend.”

Ike leaves behind his loving wife, Diane and two daughters and one son.

Ike also leaves a legacy of community service, which includes:

  • He was voted Anderson County Fireman of the Year in 1989
  • He was past Chief and Chairman of the Board of Hopewell Fire Department
  • He was included in the Top Ten Leaders of Anderson County in 1985, 1986 and 1987
  • He co-founded Anderson Area CrimeStoppers n 1985
  • He founded Leadership Anderson, a leadership development program of the Chamber of Commerce
  • He implemented the Anderson division of Positive Management Leadership, a program for top management to learn win/win type management skills
  • He was co-founder and a past chairman for the Anderson Summer Soiree
  • He was founder of the Golden Goose Society, a community pride organization
  • He was co-founder of the Anderson Area Touchdown Club
  • He was a past president of the Anderson City Rotary Club
  • He provided a lifetime of service to his church, serving in various capacities
Wednesday
Jun092010

Clemson Playwriting Workshop this Month

During Clemson University's annual playwriting workshop this month, Clemson
theater students will have the opportunity to help Russian playwright Maksym
Kurochkin adapt one of his plays for American audiences.

Read the entire news release at:
http://www.clemson.edu/media-relations/article.php?article_id=2903

Wednesday
Jun092010

WYFF: Two County Council Seats in June 22 Runoff

Wednesday
Jun092010

Asthma Camp Registration Deadline Friday

For many kids, summer camp is an adventure. But for a child with asthma, outdoor activities hold a hidden danger. 

Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness in children, affecting as many as 10 to 12 percent of kids in the United States. Pollen, mold spores and certain extreme climate conditions can set off asthma symptoms in sensitive children. Camp Asthmania gives children with asthma the chance to experience summer camp in a safe environment and provides an opportunity to them to recognize and control their asthma symptoms. 

Now in its 11th year, Camp Asthmania will be held July 13 through 16 at the Anderson Area YMCA. During camp, children ages 6 to 12 will participate in educational games, such as peak flow limbo. They’ll also have a chance to go kayaking and canoeing, run a ropes course and take an archery class. In inclement weather, camp activities will be moved inside the YMCA. 

The registration deadline is June 11. Camp Asthmania is free, but a registration application is required. This year’s camp will have space for 70 children. For more information or to register, please call (864) 512-2155 or go to http://www.anmed.com/body.cfm?id=1100.

Tuesday
Jun082010

Dist. 5 to Offer Summer Programs

Thursday was the last day of classes for District Five students, but their teachers, administrators and school support staff are already back in the classroom. 

Anderson School District Five’s Summer Institute is running a total of 123 professional development workshops on five days this summer – June 7, 8 and 9, July 13 and August 10.  

Over 800 teachers and other employees have registered for one or more courses during the Summer Institute. The Institute is free, because most of the work in done in-house by District staff members, supplemented by professors from local universities, according to Connley Skeen, Director of Professional Development for the District. 

In addition to District Five employees, teachers and others from the four other Anderson County school districts are invited to participate, he said. And, any resident who would like to sit in on one or more workshops can contact Mr. Skeen and will be welcome to attend.

Although some summer professional development has been done for years, this is the third year of the Summer Institute, which offers training on a much larger scale than was previously available. Skeen has directed the Institute since its inception.

“We feel strongly that professional development is an ongoing process,” Skeen said. 

While professional development also goes on during the school year, the busy schedules of teachers can make it difficult to get the exact training they need. “Giving the opportunity for professional development during the summer allows teachers to choose the training that is most relevant to their classroom needs,” Skeen said.

“Our goal is continuous improvement for our students, teachers and staff,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “We never stop learning.”

For more information, or to register for the July 13 or August 10 sessions, please visit the District Five Website at www.Anderson5.net or contact Connley Skeen at 260-5000 or ConnleySkeen@Anderson5.net.

Tuesday
Jun082010

Wayfarer Campers In Anderson to Keep America Beautiful

On June 8-9 and June 22-23, Wayfarer Campers from Anderson University join efforts with Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County and the Town of Pelzer to spruce up homes in the former mill village of Pelzer. Organizers plan to assist the residents, many of whom are elderly or disabled with painting, cleaning up debris and general beautification projects.

“We are pleased to partner with the Town of Pelzer and Camp Wayfarer to spruce up Pelzer,” said Dana Owens, Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County Coordinator.” “Approximately 600 campers from Camp Wayfarer will be participating in this event, with the goal of boosting curb appeal at homes on the four streets surrounding the mill site.” 

“It is our hope that this will help revitalize the community and encourage others to cleanup and maintain their property,” says David Reichley, one of the camp’s organizers. “Through the two sessions of Wayfarer Camp, we hope to help clean up more than 50 homes, and as we do, leave a tangible sign of the presence and power of God in Pelzer.”

Projects include:

 

  • foundation cleaning/painting
  • foundation plantings
  • porch staining/painting
  • shrub pruning/thinning
  • mowing


ABOUT CAMP WAYFARER

Wayfarer camp, created by Spartanburg-based Wayfarer Ministries, moved to Anderson University in 2009. Campers engage in a variety of activities, both spiritual and physical in nature, designed to help them discover God in fresh new ways. The camp project last year, since the camp week fell during Father’s Day, was to show love by washing hundreds of cars free of charge for Anderson area dads.

This year, the camp has expanded to two weeks and campers will visit the former mill village of Pelzer to assist residents, many of whom are elderly or disabled, by painting, cleaning up blighted areas, and beautifying properties in cooperation with Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County and the Town of Pelzer.

The camp workdays will be June 8th and 9th and June 22nd and 23rd. For more information about Wayfarer, visit www.wayfarer.tv.

For more information, contact:
Dana Owens
KAB Program Coordinator
PO Box 8002
Anderson, SC 29622
864-260-1003

Tuesday
Jun082010

Cothran to Head AnMed Emergency Services

David Cothran, RN, MSN, has been named director of emergency services at AnMed Health. Cothran, who has worked for AnMed Health for 19 years, will start his new role on June 7.  

Cothran started his career as a registered nurse and a charge nurse in the Emergency Department. He also worked in the cardiovascular, critical care and telemetry units. 

In 1997, Cothran earned a Master’s of Science in nursing from Clemson University. He worked in various nurse manager roles at AnMed Health, most recently serving as manager of Cardiovascular Services, the Cardiac Care Unit and the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. Outside of his duties as a nurse manager, Cothran has held leadership positions within AnMed Health’s shared governance model and chairs the Nursing Professional Development Council. 

He has remained active in the community throughout his professional career. Cothran serves as vice-chairman of the Appalachian Development Corporation Board, District 5 commissioner for the Anderson County Planning Commission and secretary of the Board for Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Mu. 

He has served as a volunteer fireman for more than 20 years. Cothran also is a Leadership Anderson graduate and an active member of his church.  

“David has been a leader in our organization for many years,” said Tina Jury, AnMed Health’s chief nursing officer. “I am glad he has chosen to continue his career at AnMed Health and work with us as director of emergency services. He will bring a breadth of knowledge and experience to this role, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to grow Emergency Services.”

Tuesday
Jun082010

Farmers' Market Features Music, Food Tonight

Anderson County Farmer’s Market tonight from 5 to 8 pm will feature live music, courtesy of the Cider Brothers Band.  Bring your kids so they can see what things were like  “WAY BACK WHEN” with  “Combine simulator” Free face painting, amazing food for dinner.
And as always…Great local produce and products for sale.

Tuesday
Jun082010

Special Populations Open House Planned

Anderson County Special Populations cordially invites you to an Open House 1 pm, Friday, June 11. Join us as we celebrate our new facilities in the historic McCants Building South Fant Street, Anderson.

The public is invited.A tour of the facilities and light refreshments will be provided.

Monday
Jun072010

RODGERS ROAD BRIDGE CLOSED FOR REPAIR 

ANDERSON COUNTY – On Friday, Anderson County Roads and Bridges closed Rodgers Road due to the unstable condition of its bridge abutments.  Rodgers Road is located between SC 252 and Fire Tower Road in the Crayton Fire Station District. The road will remain closed to through traffic until further notice. A detour route has been marked along SC 252, SC 20 and Fire Tower Road.
During a recent, regular inspection, staff found that an old abutment crack had widened since it was last measured. An additional inspection today indicated the crack had narrowed and both abutments have tipped slightly toward the creek. Recent trucking activity and rainy weather have contributed to the abutment movement. Since the bridge is unstable any use of it could be hazardous for the traveling public.
For more information, contact Judy Shelato, Anderson County Principal Engineer at 864.260.4190 or email jshelato@andersoncountysc.org.  
Sunday
Jun062010

AU To Offer Purtle Brass Camp

The first ever Purtle.com Brass Camp slated for July 16-17 at Anderson University will feature several of the nation’s most acclaimed brass aficionados in a two-day event designed to help brass musicians from high school through professional hone their craft and navigate their way through the music business. 
The camp will also include two concerts featuring camp attendees as well as the guest artists. Those events, on Friday and Saturday evening are open to the public.
Up to 200 brass musicians from the Carolinas and Georgia are expected to attend the camp, which offers expert training on practice methods, performance and the “ins” and “outs” of making it in the professional music business. 
Camp organizer and noted brass educator Jeff Purtle has enlisted the services of Harry Kim, lead trumpet for American Idol and founder of The Vine Street Horns, Susan Slaughter, Principal Trumpet, St. Louis Orchestra and member of The Monarch Brass Quintet (also performing at the camp). Other guest lecturers will lead sessions on a variety of aspects of brass instruments and performance.
Harry Kim will share experiences in playing with the likes of Phil Collins, Quincy Jones and others. Susan Slaughter will share her experience as the only woman in the world to serve as principal trumpet in a major orchestra, while Jeff Purtle will show how to apply the innovative Claude Gordon brass teaching method that contributed to the successful careers of both featured musicians. 
The cost for the camp is $200. Online registration is available at www.purtle.com/brasscamp.html. Attendees may register in person beginning at 5:00pm Thursday, July 15th. The website also features details about the sessions as well as full biographies on the presenters. 
Harry Kim will be featured in a 7:30pm concert on Friday, while Susan Slaughter and the Monarch Brass Quintet will be the featured performers in a 6:30pm concert Saturday night at the Daniel Recital Hall of the Rainey Fine Arts Center on the Anderson University campus. The cost for the concerts is $15 for the general public. Tickets can be ordered on the purtle.com website or by contacting the Anderson University box office at (864) 231-2080.
For more information, visit the website or contact Jeff Purtle (864) 292-3532.

RSON, SC – The first ever Purtle.com Brass Camp slated for July 16-17 at Anderson University will feature several of the nation’s most acclaimed brass aficionados in a two-day event designed to help brass musicians from high school through professional hone their craft and navigate their way through the music business. 
The camp will also include two concerts featuring camp attendees as well as the guest artists. Those events, on Friday and Saturday evening are open to the public.
Up to 200 brass musicians from the Carolinas and Georgia are expected to attend the camp, which offers expert training on practice methods, performance and the “ins” and “outs” of making it in the professional music business. 
Camp organizer and noted brass educator Jeff Purtle has enlisted the services of Harry Kim, lead trumpet for American Idol and founder of The Vine Street Horns, Susan Slaughter, Principal Trumpet, St. Louis Orchestra and member of The Monarch Brass Quintet (also performing at the camp). Other guest lecturers will lead sessions on a variety of aspects of brass instruments and performance.
Harry Kim will share experiences in playing with the likes of Phil Collins, Quincy Jones and others. Susan Slaughter will share her experience as the only woman in the world to serve as principal trumpet in a major orchestra, while Jeff Purtle will show how to apply the innovative Claude Gordon brass teaching method that contributed to the successful careers of both featured musicians. 
The cost for the camp is $200. Online registration is available at www.purtle.com/brasscamp.html. Attendees may register in person beginning at 5:00pm Thursday, July 15th. The website also features details about the sessions as well as full biographies on the presenters. 
Harry Kim will be featured in a 7:30pm concert on Friday, while Susan Slaughter and the Monarch Brass Quintet will be the featured performers in a 6:30pm concert Saturday night at the Daniel Recital Hall of the Rainey Fine Arts Center on the Anderson University campus. The cost for the concerts is $15 for the general public. Tickets can be ordered on the purtle.com website or by contacting the Anderson University box office at (864) 231-2080.
For more information, visit the website or contact Jeff Purtle (864) 292-3532.

Sunday
Jun062010

United Way Helps Revitalize West Side

Through a partnership with the City of Anderson, the United Way of Anderson County will present $5,000 grants to two organizations within the city to improve areas on the Westside of Anderson and in the Alphabet Streets area.  Men at Work, a local organization focused on building character in young men, will work with youth and adults at the Westview Heights Housing complex to beautify the entrance and plant a community garden.  The Community Fair Housing Board of Anderson will utilize their project grant to assist the Alphabets Street Community Task Force in efforts to increase safety in the neighborhood through the installation of security lighting and cameras.   
Check presentations will be made Tuesday, June 8, 4:00 PM at the Westview Heights Housing Complex entrance and 6:30 PM at the Alphabet Streets Community Task Force meeting at Taylor Memorial Pentecostal Church, 711 Glenn St.
The UWAC will also present a $5,000 project grant to the Pendleton Community Center, Monday, June 7, 7:00 PM at the Pendleton Town Council meeting at Town Hall.  The grant will help fund a grassroots effort to eliminate blight and improve safety on the west side of Pendleton. 
The Zion Street Community Center in Belton recently received a grant for phase two of a neighborhood revitalization project they initiated in 2009 when they brought improvements to 25 houses in and around Zion Street in Belton. With their more recent funding they plan to make improvements to their community center building.
Imagine a Neighborhood is an initiative of the United Way of Anderson County to provide training to grassroots leaders and support to grassroots designed and driven projects.

Through a partnership with the City of Anderson, the United Way of Anderson County will present $5,000 grants to two organizations within the city to improve areas on the Westside of Anderson and in the Alphabet Streets area.  Men at Work, a local organization focused on building character in young men, will work with youth and adults at the Westview Heights Housing complex to beautify the entrance and plant a community garden.  The Community Fair Housing Board of Anderson will utilize their project grant to assist the Alphabets Street Community Task Force in efforts to increase safety in the neighborhood through the installation of security lighting and cameras.   
Check presentations will be made Tuesday, June 8, 4:00 PM at the Westview Heights Housing Complex entrance and 6:30 PM at the Alphabet Streets Community Task Force meeting at Taylor Memorial Pentecostal Church, 711 Glenn St.
The UWAC will also present a $5,000 project grant to the Pendleton Community Center, Monday, June 7, 7:00 PM at the Pendleton Town Council meeting at Town Hall.  The grant will help fund a grassroots effort to eliminate blight and improve safety on the west side of Pendleton. 
The Zion Street Community Center in Belton recently received a grant for phase two of a neighborhood revitalization project they initiated in 2009 when they brought improvements to 25 houses in and around Zion Street in Belton. With their more recent funding they plan to make improvements to their community center building.
Imagine a Neighborhood is an initiative of the United Way of Anderson County to provide training to grassroots leaders and support to grassroots designed and driven projects.