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Museum Offers Children Environmental Event Saturday

On Saturday at 11 a.m. the Anderson County Museum (ACM) will offer children the opportunity to construct and decorate bio-degradable flower pots. Dr. Larry Kowalski, a 42 year veteran in the science education field, will host this exciting program. Children will be taught the technique behind making a flower pot out of bio-degradable material and then construct a pot and plant either a flower or a vegetable. They will also be able to sponge paint their pots and adorn them with decorative foam flowers. This program is designed to teach children environmentally friendly techniques as well as educate them about plants that are common to the Upstate. 

Dr. Larry Kowalski has taught science for over four decades. Some of the institutions he has taught at include Project Challenge of Anderson, Montessori of Anderson, Midway Elementary, Anderson University, and Roper Mountain Science Center.  

This program is free and open to the public. All materials will be provided. Children should wear a t-shirt that is suitable for planting flowers and painting. Please call ahead to let staff know your child will be in attendance. 

The Anderson County Museum is at 202 East Greenville Street, in downtown Anderson. The Fred Whitten Gallery and Museum Store hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Reading and Research Room is open 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and by appointment. ACM is handicap accessible and admission is free. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact the Anderson County Museum at (864) 260-4737. 


Dist. 5's Wilson Named State Administrator of the Year  

Dr. Jeff Wilson is the recipient of the 2010 District Level Administrator of the Year award from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA).

Dr. Wilson serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services for Anderson School District Five. He was presented his award on Monday at a District Leadership Team meeting by Molly Spearman, executive director of SCASA.

This statewide award is presented to an associate or assistant superintendent, a director, coordinator or other professional personnel at the district level. The award recognizes involvement with regional or statewide SCASA educational issues, and the nominee's impact on improvement in his or her school district.

The current past president of the SCASA Instructional Roundtable, Dr. Wilson also serves on the SCASA Executive Board. He was selected this year to serve as the state instructional leaders’ representative on the Education Oversight Committee’s High School Accountability Work Group, and last year was asked to serve on the EOC’s committee on the new Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) test, the statewide assessment program for grades 3-8 that has replaced PACT testing.

Dr. Wilson’s District Five responsibilities include the supervision of instructional programs and directing the development of the District Five Approved Curriculum, which has been purchased by the State of South Carolina for use by all 85 of the state’s school districts. He also currently teaches a graduate level course in curriculum planning and development at Clemson University.

“Jeff is deeply deserving of this award, both for his instructional leadership in our district over the past seven years, and for the impact his hard work has had on issues central to public education throughout our state,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley.

The mission of SCASA, a united alliance of diverse school leaders and the leading force for public education in our state, is to advocate for a superior education for the citizens of South Carolina by influencing education legislation and policy, stimulating and fostering support, building successful coalitions, ensuring a cadre of effective leaders, and providing programs and services for members.


Community Comprehensive Planning Meeting May 25

The Anderson County Planning Division has scheduled a Community Comprehensive Planning Meeting at 6 p.m. on TuesdayMay 25th for School District #2 at the Friendship Fire Department. The purpose of these meetings is to define the Comprehensive Plan and explain the development process and most importantly, gather input from residents regarding their vision for their community.

The meeting will offer a brief PowerPoint Presentation, followed by a question-answer period. Remaining time will be allotted to hear residents’ “wish lists” for their community.

Surveys will be distributed at the meetings; and are also available on-line at or call 260-4043.


WSPA: Sanford Vetoes Cigarette Tax


Downtown Concert Series Presents Russ O'Brien

The City of Anderson will present, Russ O'Brien and the Mercenary Poets May 13 from 6-9 p.m The concert is part of the Thursday night Ralph Hayes Toyota Block Party series.


Council to Hold Special Meeting on Budget. Check Unit

Anderson County Council will meet Tuesday at 11 a.m. to review the current budget and look for ways to make cuts to balance the 2010-2011 proposed budget. The public is invited.

Also, at 10 a.m. the Anderson County Finance Committee will meet to discuss a resolution authorizing the establishment of the 10th Circuit Solicitor's Office Worthless Check Unit. The resolution was tabled at the last Anderson County Council meeting for further discussion.


Orville Baptist Joins AIM for Food Distribution Day

Orrville Baptist Church and Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) will be joining hands to distribute more than 5,000 pounds of free food to families in need on Saturday, May 15, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The distribution will take place atOrrville Baptist Church, located at 2620 S. Main Street inAnderson.  Anyone who needs food assistance automatically qualifies to receive a food package with no ID or documentation required.  Each participant will simply be asked three questions about their household size and age ranges.  Food items are given on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as they last and participants are asked to bring a large box, basket or bag with them to make it easier to carry their package.  This monthly opportunity is made available through the Manna Trucks Program of Golden Harvest Food Bank.  Grace Episcopal Church, 711 S. McDuffie Street, is scheduled to be the sponsor and location of June’s distribution on Saturday, June 12 at 9:00 a.m.  Mark your calendars now for that event. 

To learn more about AIM and future events like this one to help local families in need, please visit our website at or follow us on FaceBook (search for “Anderson Interfaith Ministries”).  To learn even more, call 226-2273 to sign-up for the AIM orientation session scheduled for Tuesday, May 18th at 9:30 a.m.


Primary Care Aesthetics to Raise Money for Cancer Association  

Primary Care Aesthetics, an Anderson medical spa, is devoting the month of June to fund-raising events for the Cancer Association of Anderson. The events include the second annual Walk to Make a Difference, planting of flowers in honor and remembrance of patients in the healing garden outside the AnMed Health Cancer Center and a silent auction and raffle at the Primary Care Aesthetics office.

Primary Care Aesthetics, located at the Oglesby Center at the AnMed Health North Campus, hopes to raise $10,000 for the Cancer Association of Anderson by the end of June. All the money raised will help cancer patients in Anderson County with their treatment-related expenses, such as local and long-distance travel, prescriptions and medical equipment and supplies.

Here are some details:

 The Walk to Make a Difference will be held on Thursday, June 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the AnMed Health North Campus walking track. Registration, which includes a tee shirt, is $20. Registration can be completed at the Primary Care Aesthetics office, Suite 1500 of the D.K. Oglesby Center at the North Campus. Tee shirts may be purchased separate from the walk for $20. (The message on the tee shirt is the shown at the top of this page.)

 Sponsorships are available for the Walk at levels ranging from $100 to $300. For information, visit the website, or call or email Tonya Burriss at 512-6227 or Sponsorships must be received by May 14th  to be listed on the tee shirt.


Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament May 19

The Meals on Wheels Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, May 19, 2010 beginning at 9 a.m. at Pine Lake Golf Course in Anderson. The entry Fee $65 (includes cart, lunch, and beverages). Prizes will be given for Hole in One, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. The event is sponsored by the Pine Lake Dirty Old Men’s Club. For more info contact:      Vic Vickery:  202-1563 or Dave Schonauer:  231-9317


Anderson GOP to Hold Stump Meeting

The Anderson County Republican Party will hold a Stump Meeting, Thursday, May 13 at 6 p.m. Off Highway 153 across from Keller-Williams Real Estate Co., Powdersville (the meeting will be clearly marked). The event will feature many of the candidates, plus BBQ and music.


School Districts 2,3,4 to Look at Budget

In a series of meetings scheduled for tonight, Anderson County School Districts 2. 3 and 4 will hold meetings Monday night to discuss budget cuts. The public is invited at these meetings.


Concord Newest Dist. 5 Magnet School

Concord Elementary School, a newly named International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, has been approved as District Five’s newest magnet school, and will accept a limited number of out-of-zone students beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

Applications for out-of-zone students wishing to attend Concord are now available at the school, at the District Office located at 400 Pearman Dairy Road and on the District Five Website Applications must be completed and submitted to Concord by 3 p.m. on Friday, May 21.

Concord received IB authorization last month. At a special meeting on Wednesday, April 28, the District Five Board of Trustees voted to designate Concord as a magnet school.

Approximately 58 seats will be available to out-of-zone students next year. Applicants will be selected based on parent and teacher recommendations and interviews by Concord administrators.

District Five’s other magnet schools are Calhoun Academy of the Arts, Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation and Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology.

Additional information on the Concord IB application and selection process may be found on the District Five website at The information will also be posted next week on the Concord website at


Former Administrator Stopped for Suspicion of DUI

Former Anderson County Administrator Joey Preston was stopped Thursday night by an Anderson County Sheriff's Deputy on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Preston's black GMC Yukon was stopped on S.C. 24 near Oneal Ferry Road Thursday just before 11 p.m. when the officer observed the vehicle's "failure to maintain lane of travel." The officer said there was "a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the defendant's breath," and that Preston said he had "only had three glasses of red wine." 

Here is the incident report of the event: