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Foothills Guild and Electric City Playhouse Form Writers' Group

Foothills Writers Guild and Electric City Playhouse Collaborate on New Playwrights Group 

In the downstairs banquet room at Victoria Tea Room at noon on Friday, October 22nd, the Foothills Playwrights Group will formally launch as a new group for play and skit writers. The event will be hosted by the FWG President Jim Rasheed, with remarks by ECP Executive Director Brian Hamilton, ECP Board President Beth Cribbe, Former FWG President and current ECP Vice President Jay Wright and will feature the award-winning playwright Kelley Kingston-Strayer, whose play “A Southern Exposure" won the Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative “New Voice Series.” Kingston-Strayer placed third in the 2009 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, her short fiction has won several awards and she has appeared in publications ranging from major newspapers to literary reviews. Her novel, “Venus Moose and the Rhinestone Miracle” was a finalist in the 2008 Ohio Arts Council “Governors Award for Individual Excellence.” Her presentation will be “Playwriting Overview - Concept to Production" and her play, “A Southern Exposure,” will be performed at ECP in August of 2011. 

The future meetings of the Foothills Playwrights Group will take place at the Electric City Playhouse, who will stage a selection produced by the new group each year to help encourage and foster the playwriting community in Anderson. The new group is to be headed by the Electric City Playhouse’s Resident Playwright, Jim Rasheed. Rasheed has won Brandeis University's Herbert and Beigel New Play Premiere and the 2000-2001 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Prize for Best Original Play. His play, Professional Skepticism was published in "New Playwrights: The Best Plays Of 2002" and will be performed in December of 2010 at ECP. Anyone interested in attending the launch of the Foothills Playwrights Group can reserve their seat by calling the Victoria Tea Room at (864) 222-8832. Seating is limited and food and drinks are responsibility of the attendees. For further information on the Foothills Playwrights Group, please contact the Electric City Playhouse at (864) 224-4248 or email


County Approves $782,000 for Road Projects

During their October 11 meeting, the Anderson County Transportation Committee approved $782,000 in C-Funds for Road Projects across Anderson County. 


Road Name

Road Number


Wildwood Drive (Town of Honea Path)



City of Belton Sidewalk Repairs 



Sitton Hill Road



Roe Road



Old Webb Road



Lee Dobbins Road



Stringer Road



Dunlap Road



Jule Martin



Tillotson Road



Clinkscales Road





“The Anderson County Council wants to express our gratitude to the Anderson County Transportation Committee and our Legislative Delegation for allocating these funds to our road projects,” said Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Improving our infrastructure not only assists economic development efforts, but it assures safe travel for our residents and visitors. Without the assistance of the ACTC, many of these projects would remain on the drawing table.” 

“I’m so proud to be a part of the Anderson County Transportation committee,” said ACTC Chairman J.R. McClure. “Each and every committee member worked together to reach our goal – trying to cover the deficits brought about by the economic crunch. I’m pleased that we able to accomplish what we did during our meeting.”  

The C-fund program is a long-established partnership between SCDOT and the forty six counties of SC to fund the improvement of state roads, county roads, city streets and other transportation projects. Local leaders and citizens serve on committees, to collaborate with the SCDOT and to administer funds that are collected from a 2.66-cent per gallon user fee on gasoline sales and are designated for the furtherance of county-wide transportation plans, adopted by individual county transportation committees. Committee members are appointed by the county legislative delegation. For more information about the C-Fund Program, you may contact the Program Administrator at 803.737.0230 or visit


Mellow Mushroom Coming to Downtown

The Mellow Mushroom is coming to downtown Anderson.

The pizzaria will be located in the 300 block of South Main Street in the buildings which currently house the Kitchen Emporium and Main Street Deli. Both of these businesses will relocate into larger facilities downtown.

A spokesman for the Atlanta-based chain said the opening date for the new restaurant has not yet been set.

For more information on the Mellow Mushroom, visit their website.


Shalom Center BBQ Fundraiser Saturday in Belton

A BBQ benefit for Shalom Center ministries will be held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the pastoral center located at 353 Blake Dairy Road, Belton. Award-winning BBQ, slow cooked especially for the event will be available for eating on site or to go. Plates are $7 and all proceeds will support the work of Shalom Center, which provides long-term recovery treatment for women struggling with drugs, alcohol or other life-debilitating issues.

If you cannot make the BBQ, you can still support the ministry by donating online. 


Belk Salon Cut-a-thon to Benefit Cancer Association of Anderson

Belk Salon and Spa at Anderson Mall will hold a Cut-a-thon to benefit CAA in the mall area outside the main entrance from 4-8 p.m. Proceeds from cuts  ($20 for adults, $10 for ids under 12) and polish changes ($10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12) will all go to CAA. No appointments needed. For information, call Angela at 964-8284.


Denver Downs Corn Maze Opens Saturday

The Denver Downs Farm's Annual Giant Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch opens Saturday. The fall family festival will be open every Saturday and Sunday (and some Fridays) through Oct. 31, and includes activities for all ages including hay rides, farm football, a hay barn with giant hay bale climbing.

The Corn Maze & Giant Pumpkin Patch is held at Denver Downs Farm, a Century Farm on Hwy. 76 one mile north of Interstate 85 in Anderson. The Garrison family has owned and operated the 900-acre farm since 1872.

After finding their way through the 12-acre corn labyrinth, visitors can explore a variety of games and activities that include a cow train, duck races, corn ball volley, corn cannon, goat walk, a giant slide, children's zip-line, and a giant pick your own pumpkin patch.

Admission to the annual Corn Maze & Giant Pumpkin Patch is $10 per person. Children 24 months and under get in free. The festival is open Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 23 until Oct. 31, and the last three Fridays in October. Hours are: Saturdays 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.; and 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Oct. 15, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29.

For more information and a complete list of activities, visit Denver Downs Farm Website


Lady Trojans Spike Newberry

ANDERSON, S.C. – Paced by its trio of seniors, the Anderson volleyball team blanked visiting Newberry, 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 26-24) in South Atlantic Conference action Tuesday night at the Abney Athletic Center. 

In a thrilling match that was just as close as the scores indicated, Anderson (12-8, 6-4 SAC) began the second half of its conference slate by claiming the season series with the Wolves and extending NC’s losing skid to five matches. The Trojans also knocked off Newberry (10-10, 3-7 SAC), 3-1, in early September. 

The opening set featured seven ties, with AU falling behind 8-4 early before rallying to knot the score at eight apiece. Freshman Tori Calhoon notched a kill and senior Adria Mullaney ripped an ace to give the Trojans a slim two-point edge. Newberry answered with two consecutive points of its own before AU reeled off three straight, including two kills from Calhoon.

Anderson opens a three-match road swing at league-opponent Brevard on Friday, with first-serve slated for 6:30 p.m. at Boshamer Gymnasium.



AnMed Honored with BEST Award

AnMed Health is proud to announce that it ranked 15th in the American Society for Training & Development’s 2010 BEST Awards program. AnMed Health is among 31 organizations from India, Singapore, Turkey and the United States to receive an ASTD BEST Award. All winners are recognized in a special section of the October 2010 issue of Training + Development (T+D), the society’s monthly magazine.


AnMed Health Training and Organizational Development received the BEST Award during a reception held in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 30. The following day, many of the winning organizations gave presentations about their learning and development practices during the “Learn from the BEST” professional development event. 

“We were very proud and excited to be among the BEST companies recognized during the event in Washington, D.C.,” said Tammy Gillespie, director of Training and Organizational Development. “Training and Organizational Development and Nursing Staff Development collaborated on the rigorous application process to show how AnMed Health’s learning functions align with the strategic needs of the organization. It’s an honor to work for an organization that supports the training and development of its employees.”

The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success through employee learning and development. 


Sullivan Event to Raise Funds for Cancer Association of Anderson

Corks for Cancer. Enjoy a first-class, five-course dinner paired with fine wines from Blackstone Winery at Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill. $100 per person, $25 of which goes to the Cancer Association of Anderson. Call Sullivan's at 226-8945 to make your reservation for this limited seating dining experience.


Disability Fair Saturday at Farmer's Market

The Anderson Mayor's Committee on Disability is hosting the Disability Fair, "Access Anderson" on October 16th at the Anderson County Farmer's Market from 9 am-3pm. 

Here a a few of the organizations that have confirmed:
Anderson Mayor's Committee on Disability
Anderson OneStop Workforce Center
Bryant Pharmacy & Supply
Disability Action Center
Easter Seals of SC
Family Connections of SC
Free Spirit & Mobility Home Medical
Kool Smiles
Morningside Assisted Living
SC Commission for the Blind
SC Physically Handicapped Society, Anderson Chapter 5996
Social Security Administration
Special O;lympics of SC-Area 14

Verbally confirmed but agreement not received:
AnMed Health Lifeline
AnMed Homecare
SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department
Senior Solutions
Walton Options & HUBSCRUB
Computer Engraving
Walgreen Distribution Center HR

Providing Literature:
SC Assistive Technology Program
Anderson Services Association

This event is free to all vendors and participants.  We will have live entertainment, concessions and other events.  Door prizes and table give-aways are encouraged.  We will have information not only for people with disabilities but also service providers and employers.  Again please join us and spread the word.  Thank you.

Please contact the Anderson Mayor's Committee on Disability, Chair at (864) 221-4011 if you have any other questions.


Montevallo Edges Trojans in Non-Conference Contest  

WINGATE, N.C. – Just minutes after suffering a disappointing setback at the hands of league-leading Wingate, the Anderson volleyball team bounced back to battle Peach Belt leaders Montevallo before falling, 3-2 (25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 11-15) in a five-set thriller.     

AU snapped a 10-10 tie in the opening set with a 6-2 run and didn’t look back as the Trojans earned the win. AU trailed, 11-9, in the second frame before freshman Chelsea Olson sandwiched a pair of aces around a kill by Jamie Lancaster to give Anderson a lead it would not relinquish.    

Anderson will get back on the court Tuesday, when the Trojans host Newberry at the Abney Athletic Center with first-serve slated for 7 p.m.  


AU Women’s Soccer Blanks Mars Hill  

Freshman Danielle Boltin’s first-half goal and a stout defensive effort lifted Anderson past Mars Hill, 1-0, in South Atlantic Conference women’s soccer play Saturday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.  

Anderson (5-7-1, 1-4 SAC) snapped the Lions’ (6-3-2, 2-2-2 SAC) two-match win streak while breaking its own two-game skid and earning its first league win.

“I thought we put a more complete game together today,” said Anderson head coach Jason Dowiak. “Britta (Widenhouse) controlled the midfield and her possession helped us maintain control overall.”

Anderson wraps up its five-match homestand by playing host to Brevard College in a 4 p.m. kick-off at Trojan Stadium.   


Trojans Upset No. 13 Mars Hill  

ANDERSON, S.C. – Using a three-goal scoring outburst early in the second half, the Anderson men’s soccer team topped league-leading and 13th-ranked Mars Hill, 4-2, in South Atlantic Conference play Saturday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.  

“This was a good test because they are a great team,” said Anderson head coach Rob Miller. “I thought we played with confidence and played as a team.” 

Anderson (7-4-1, 2-2 SAC) handed Mars Hill (9-1-1, 4-1-1 SAC) its first setback of the season en route to winning its third consecutive match and fourth in their last five outings.

Anderson closes out its four-match homestand when Brevard invades Trojan Stadium on Tuesday for a SAC contest with kick-off scheduled for 2 p.m.