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Veterans Meet to Plan November Parade

Anderson County Veterans Association will have a meeting Thursday t 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 14, to discuss preparations for the Veterans Day Parade to be held on Sunday, November 14. Any organization planning to be in the parade should attend the meeting. If you have any questions, please call Jimmy Manley 221-3916 or Ken Lewallen 224-6872.


Tusculum Women Defeats AU Golfers

With clear skies and temperatures in the low 90s across the Upstate, the Tusculum Pioneers slipped four shots  from their opening round, but held off Pfeiffer to  win the Anderson Invitational Women’s Golf Tournament by a comfortable seven strokes Tuesday afternoon at the par 72, 5,812 yard Anderson Country Club in Anderson.

Freshman Katie Eskew (80-83=163) led the overall AU effort, finishing in a tie for seventh, while Laura Buyers (82-83=165) earned a share of 10th and Hayley Parks closed in a tie for 30th at 177.


Tusculum Men Win AU Invitational

The Tusculum Pioneers erased a three stroke deficit following the opening day of action to win the  Anderson Invitational Men’s Golf Tournament in a one-hole playoff with Pfeiffer Tuesday afternoon at the par 71, 6,402 yard Anderson Country Club in Anderson.

Anderson sliced 10 strokes off its opening round, but was unable to gain ground on the other teams in the tourney, with freshman Austin Carney (77-74=151) shaving three shots from day one and Sean Shelton (82-75=157) moving from a share of 38th to a tie for 35th. Freshman Aaron Setro (80-83=163) slipped to 44th , with sophomore Chase Epting carding his second consecutive 82 and newcomer Michael Marcagi posting an 86 to close in 49th with a total 171.


Saluda River Cleanup Set for Saturday

Bring your kayak or canoe! Help Clean Up the Saluda River Saturday, September 18th

10 am to 2 pm at the Dolly Cooper Sports Complex 170 Spearman Circle

Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day on the beautiful Saluda River!

We will meet at Dolly Cooper Sports Complex to focus on litter/trash clean up along the Saluda River on the Anderson County “kayak corridor.” Our event will take place simultaneously with the SAVE OUR SALUDA Clean Up north of the County’s Kayak Corridor. 

Lunch will be provided for all who pre-register.

Call to sign up Today! Parks Department 864.231.7275


Anderson One Students Boast Top SAT Scores

With a combined score of 1530, a 14 point improvement over last year’s score, Anderson One students ranked sixth overall among South Carolina districts on the 2010 version of the College Board’s Scholastic Aptitude Test, the SAT.  Both Palmetto and Wren High School demonstrated improvement over the 2009 scores.  

278 or 47% of district seniors took the test this year, a significant increase. “Usually when a higher percentage of students take a standardized test, scores go down,” offered Dr. Wayne Fowler, Superintendent of Anderson One.  “Even with our high percentage tested, our students’ scores improved.  This demonstrates our schools’ push to establish a true ‘college going culture’ for more students.  The high expectations established in elementary and middle school and continued through high school are affirmed when one sees the sort of success our students had on both this year’s SAT.  Our students and district staff are to be congratulated.”

Dr. Mason Gary, Palmetto High School Principal, stated “I believe we have experienced another year of improvement due to the hard work of our faculty and due to the earnestness our students have to be competitive for entrance to college. I am proud of their academic achievement and our collective efforts in that regard.” 

Robbie Binnicker, principal of Wren High School said, “We are very pleased with our SAT scores.  This is the result of hard work by all involved including teachers, students, and parents.  An emphasis on critical reading, rigorous coursework, and other SAT skills have helped to increase our scores well above the state and national average.”

Anderson One students ranked third in Reading (513), sixth in Math (526), and fourth (491) in the Writing section of the test designed to assess a student’s “college preparedness.”  The scores placed the district twenty- one points above the national average and eighty-three points above that of the South Carolina average.  

“It is very pleasing to see an increase in our scores in a year when many of those districts similar to ours have had decreases,” said John Pruitt, Director of Secondary Education for Anderson One.  “The entire system celebrates as a team when it comes to improved SAT scores as these are often viewed as a culminating examination of students.  Though the test is not meant to be that sort of exam, great value is placed on it as it affects college acceptance and scholarship dollars.  We view it as an indicator of improvement.”


Dist. Five SAT Scores Above State Average

Average SAT scores for Anderson School District Five seniors remained above the state average in 2010; however, both the state and district averages were lower than last year. 

At the same time, state seniors continued their dramatic improvement on college Advanced Placement exams.  

Seniors at T.L. Hanna High School posted an average composite score for critical reading, math and writing of 1,481. Westside High School seniors posted an average composite score of 1,416.

The District’s average composite score was 1,460. District critical reading was 488, math was 505, and writing was 467. All three numbers are also above the state average.

South Carolina public school seniors’ average composite score for critical reading, math and writing was 1,443. The national average was 1,497. State critical reading was 482, math was 496 and writing was 465, compared to national averages for public schools of 498, 511 and 488.

“While our students’ scores remain above the state average, we are disappointed that we did not continue a positive trend,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “We are analyzing the data and will continue to refine our teaching and curriculum to help students succeed on the SAT and other measures of academic success.”

Mrs. Bagley added, “While the District average was lower in 2010 overall, we are encouraged that students who took the SAT after taking the prerequisite college preparatory courses did perform well - in most cases, above the national average.”


S.C. SAT Scores Down Slightly

Average SAT scores for South Carolina public high school seniors in the Class of 2010 fell two points from the previous year, the College Board said today.  Seniors continued their dramatic improvement on college Advanced Placement exams.

South Carolina public school seniors’ average composite score for critical reading, math and writing was 1,443, down two points.  The national average rose three points to 1,497.  Critical reading was 482, math was 496 and writing was 465, compared to national averages for public schools of 498, 511 and 488. 

When all scores are included – public, private and home-schooled students –   South Carolina’s average declined five points (1,447) compared to no change nationally (1,509). 

Considerably more South Carolina public school students took the test (a 5.3 percent increase compared to a 2.1 increase nationally).  Leading the increase in Palmetto State participation were Hispanic seniors, up 24.5 percent compared to 7.7 percent nationally.  South Carolina’s Hispanic students also significantly outperformed their counterparts nationally on all three parts of the test. 

In addition, 36.5 percent of the state’s SAT takers said they were the first in their families to aim for college.


Opinion: Haley Will Fight Pro Life Battle as Governor

By Senator Kevin Bryant

My constituents send me to Columbia to fight for lower taxes, less spending and to make government more transparent and accountable to the people. That’s what I’ve done.

Just as important as my fight for limited, accountable government has been my fight to protect innocent human life. It’s been my passion. And I hope, in this election year, that the issue of life will bear upon the decision of the electorate in November.

Only one candidate for governor has stood with me fighting to protect life: Nikki Haley. And that’s why I’m proud to support her for governor.

A mother of two, Nikki believes every life is precious. As a leader in her community and legislator, she has fought to create a culture that respects the sanctity of life.  But don’t take my word for it. Look at Nikki’s pro-life record.

Nikki voted in 2005 for the “Right to Life Act” which would have given the unborn child full constitutional rights from the moment of conception.

In 2006, Nikki voted for legislation to require that an abortion doctor perform an ultrasound prior to the abortion for the mother to view. She also voted for “The Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” which further vested rights of children by declaring an unborn child a separate victim of attack on the mother if her child is harmed. 

Her Democrat opponent made no indication of his position on either of these bills.

Nikki stepped up her advocacy for the unborn child in 2007 when she authored legislation to add “unborn” to the definition of the child in current law that covers harm done to children by parents on drugs. Later that year, she cast her vote in favor of adding “unborn child” to the definition of “person” in the existing statute covering who may bring a civil lawsuit.

Unfortunately, the Democrat nominee for governor has never sponsored any pro-life legislation in his service in the Senate.

In 2009, Nikki Haley co-sponsored legislation that requires a twenty-four hour waiting period between an ultrasound and an abortion. This bill became law in 2010, and I am proud to have led the effort for its passage in the Senate.

Also in 2009, Nikki voted for the “Born Alive Act” which would mandate that medical personnel take all steps necessary to preserve the life of a child who manages by the grace of God to survive an attempted abortion.

Earlier this year, Nikki Haley took a bold step for innocent life when she voted to prohibit all taxpayer-funded abortions. This initiative consumed hours of debate during the middle of the night, but Nikki stood firm and cast her vote in favor of life. When the roll was called in the Senate, I was proud to vote in favor of the prohibition. Sadly, the Democrat nominee left the room.

It’s not surprising to hear Nikki’s Democrat opponent claim he “supports life.” I cannot know his heart, and I see no evidence that he actively supports abortion. However, I have seen no evidence that he actively fights for unborn children. The Democrat nominee, moreover, presumably voted for Barack Obama, a pro-abortion president who nominates pro-abortion judges to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In November, voters will have zeal for reform. I hope they will not leave behind their concerns for unborn children. Voters can trust Nikki Haley to stand up for life, and that is one of the important  reasons that I will vote for her on November 2. 

Sen. Kevin Bryant represents Anderson County in the South Carolina Senate. He may be reached at 


AU Soccer Battles to Tie

Using two first-half scores, the Anderson women’s soccer team battled Harding University to a 2-2 decision Sunday afternoon in the Bobcat Shootout hosted by Georgia College and State University at Bobcat Field.

Looking to get back in the win column following Friday night’s setback, Anderson (3-1-1) got on the scoreboard first on sophomore Carrie Settle’s fourth goal of the season off an assist from freshman Alexandra Induni’s assist in the 17th minute of action.

The Trojans took a two-goal advantage at the 43:24 mark when freshman Krystal Goss one-touched a feed from Melissa Fishbein with a left-footed rip that found the back of the net. The score marked the Newry, S.C., native’s third goal of the season, while the assist was Fishbein’s first of her career as a Trojan.   

The Trojans continue their six-match road swing with a contest at Lander on Tuesday in Greenwood. Kick-off versus the Bearcats is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Dist. 4 Board Member Recognized by SCSBA

COLUMBIA – Ken Lindsey, board member from Anderson School District Four has earned recognition by the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) for achievement in the association’s 2009 -2010 Boardmanship Institute.

SCSBA Boardmanship Institute, established in 1982, offers a year-round training curriculum to help board members develop skills and stay abreast of state and national educational issues. Workshops focus on school law, advocacy and legislation, improving board operations, finance, leadership for improving student achievement, and other timely topics.

Board members can achieve up to six levels of recognition by earning points that are accrued annually from July through June for participation in statewide conferences and training provided onsite in their district. 

Ken Lindsey reached Level Two, the 2nd level of recognition in the boardmanship institute. To qualify, level two recipients must earn at least 40 points for participation in training sessions for the past year.  Level Two recipients receive a certificate and silver pin.

Statewide, SCSBA recognized 132 school board members for reaching one of six levels for the 2009-2010 year with certificates of achievement and a lapel pin designated their level of accomplishment in the institute.


Clemson Carillon to Play During 500th Anniversary Celebration  

To mark the worldwide 500th anniversary of the carillon, Clemson University carillonneur Linda Dzuris will present a free concert on the Clemson University Memorial Carillon located atop Tillman Hall at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19.

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Powdersville Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School

Five South Carolina schools, including Powdersville Elementary, are winners of 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today. 

The Palmetto State’s public school winners are Powdersville Elementary in Anderson School District One; Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School in Berkeley County; Greenville County’s Greenville Technical Charter High School; Ballentine Elementary School in Lexington/Richland District Five; and Charles Pinckney Elementary School in Charleston County. 

The U.S. Department of Education says that schools chosen as National Blue Ribbon recipients are models of excellence that other schools can emulate.  Winners are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.

“Congratulations to these five wonderful schools,” said State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex.  “This award signifies their success in making it possible for each and every student to succeed, and it shows that they have outstanding administrators, creative teachers and dedicated staff members.”

Official award ceremonies will take place in November in Washington, where about 300 national winners will receive Blue Ribbon School flags and engraved plaques as symbols of their success. 


Mystery Writing Workshop Slated for Oct. 9

A one-day Mystery Writing Workshop will be held Saturday, October 9, 2010, from 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM at the Anderson County Library, 300 N. McDuffie St., Anderson, S.C. 29621.

Mystery writer and Florida Homicide detective Mark Mynheir will lead the workshop which will cover all aspects of writing a publishable mystery or suspense novel including plotting, characterization, dialog, and theme.  Mynheir is the author of several mysteries includingThe Night Watchmen which has been nominated for the Christy Award. The registration fee at the door is $25. The workshop is sponsored by Upstate South Carolina American Christian Writers.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. To pre-register or for more information contact Director Elva Martin at, or 864/226-7024. To learn more about this author visit Mynheir at