Search Amazon Here

News Links




AU to Offer Doctor of Ministry Degree

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC), the regional accrediting body for colleges and universities in The South, has granted Anderson University status as a “Level V” institution, opening the door to doctoral programs at AU. The vote came during the Commission’s Board of Trustees meeting Thursday in Charlotte. 

Anderson was previously approved as a Level III master’s degree granting institution. 

Anderson will initiate its first doctoral program this fall with a new Doctor of Ministry degree.  The University will consider other programs as a part of its annual update to its strategic plan called Vision 2014. 

Today’s announcement comes during a period of rapid program and enrollment expansion at Anderson, which announced its first graduate degree program in 2005 and now has substantial graduate programs in Business, Education, Ministry, Criminal Justice and a recently announced program in Music Education.  Since 2002, the University’s enrollment has grown 56%, from 1,600 to over 2,500 in eight years, of which approximately 200 are graduate students.

“We are delighted that the Commission on Colleges has approved our application for Level V status.  The Commission rightly has rigorous standards and I am pleased to be able to say that we have met them,” said Dr. Evans P. Whitaker, Anderson University president.  

“Our initial program will give us the opportunity to establish a solid foundation for doctoral level work.  The University’s motivation for level change is to serve our students and the region by adding doctoral studies to our degree offerings.  It is probable that we will seek to develop additional doctoral programs that make sense for a comprehensive university.  As a faith-based institution, ministry is a symbolic place for us to begin, but in time and in response to needs, we are open to considering doctoral programs in other professional disciplines,” Whitaker added. 


Golf Tournament Nets $10,000 for Meal on Wheels

The 29th annual Meals on Wheels Benefit Golf Tournament raised more than $10,000 to help feed hungry seniors in Anderson County. Sponsored by the Dirty Old Men’s Club, the 2011 event attracted 82 golfers who enjoyed lunch and a round of golf at Pine Lake Golf Course, all while helping contribute funds to provide daily meals for homebound elderly and disabled recipients served by Meals on Wheels-Anderson.

“The Dirty Old Men’s Club continues to be a great fundraising group for us,” said Laurie Ashley, executive director of Meals on Wheels. “This group of men is extremely dedicated to hosting a successful event year after year. We really rely on them to kick off our summer fundraising and they never disappoint.” Ashley said through the efforts of the DOM Club, this year’s event received sponsorships and in-kind support from more than 25 local businesses.

The team of Brandon Craft, Carl Whitefield, Jonathon Whitfield, and Wayne Whitfield took first place honors in the tourney, followed by second-place finishers Ron Engram, Gary Stephens, Vic Vickery, and J.R. Wiles. The third place trophy went to the team of Burton Embler, Jason Embler, Josh Olsen and Annie Tribble.

To find out how to get involved with Meals on Wheels-Anderson or play in next year’s tournament, please call 864.225.6800 or visit the Meals on Wheels website at Meals on Wheels-Anderson is celebrating its 35th year of service to the citizens of Anderson County in 2011. Its mission is to deliver nutritious meals to individuals in need and to build community awareness and support to meet that need. 


County Community Awareness Day Saturday

Anderson County will be hosting a community awareness day at the Anderson campus of Tri-County Technical College (511 Michelin Blvd). The Event will be held on June 25, 2011 form 9:00 am until 6:00pm

The Anderson Area Community Awareness Day will be an interactive day learning how emergency responders of Anderson County protect you daily, and in extreme emergencies. Emergency Responders will be on hand to equip those who would like knowledge to protect their family and property. Those who attend will leave empowered with information necessary for survival of natural disasters, man-made disasters, criminal and terrorist threats.

Interactive activities will include a squad car driving course, Haz-Mat, Fatal Vision simulation, Inflatable Smokehouse, Crime Scene Investigation, Fire Hose Operation for children and Red Cross.
Live demonstrations will include Jaws of Life Extrication, EMS/Life-Flight Demo, Haz-Mat Decontamination, Bomb Squad Robot, Taser Demo and K-9 Officers.
There will be presentations on gun safety, child safety, firearms simulation, fire safety, preparing for a disaster, Citizens Academy, Crime Scene Investigation, Alive at 25 and CPR Certification.  There will also be a drop off point available for unwanted or expired prescription drugs near the information table.

There will be many interactive activities, live demonstrations, and presentations. This event will be fun for all ages, for both the public and for the emergency personnel who protect them.


School Dist. 1 Dropout Rate Down

Williamston – Anderson District One’s high school dropout rate shrank from 2.2 in 2008-2009 to 1.3 in 2009-2010. Male dropouts were cut in half from 3.1 in 08-09 to 1.5 in 09-10. 

Dr. Wayne Fowler, Superintendent of Anderson One, said, “We are pleased with the decrease in our dropout rate scores. All employees at both high schools and especially the Graduation Coaches are working diligently to ensure that all students graduate from high school. Their efforts are paying off.”


School Dist. 5's Buck Honorer for Work with Homeless 

Carol Buck, receptionist at the Anderson School District Five Administrative Office, has been honored by the State Department of Education (SDE) for her outstanding service to the homeless.

Mrs. Buck was recently honored with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Award given by the SDE. The award is given in recognition of individuals or groups who have made positive contributions to the education of homeless children and youth in South Carolina. 

Lisa Hall, the District Five Homeless Program liaison, nominated Mrs. Buck for the award.

“Carol alerts me when a family comes in to enroll for school if she feels that they would possibly qualify for the homeless program,” Ms. Hall said. She added that most of the families forced by economic circumstances to move in with relatives wouldn’t be identified if Mrs. Buck didn’t refer them.  

Ms. Hall describes Mrs. Buck as compassionate and professional. “She knows what questions to ask and how to ask them without making the families feel uncomfortable. She answers their questions and assures them that we are all here to help.”


District Five Wins "What Parents Want" Award  

For the eleventh consecutive year, Anderson School District Five has earned the SchoolMatch "What Parents Want" award for meeting family needs.

Only 16 percent of the nation's school systems qualified this year for this prestigious honor. In South Carolina, only 17 of the state's 86 school districts qualified.

The nation's largest school selection consulting firm, SchoolMatch of Columbus, Ohio, announced the 2011 awards in a recent letter to State School Leadership Associations and State Department of Education Superintendents.              

SchoolMatch, an independent, nationwide service, helps corporate employee families find schools that match the needs of their children. The firm also has conducted more than 1,000 Educational Effectiveness Audits of school systems throughout the country and assists corporations with site selection studies. Its service is offered as an employee benefit by about 600 companies, including Office Depot, Ernst & Young, Hewlett Packard, KPMG Peat Marwick, Nationwide Insurance, and Cinergy Corporation.

Criteria used for award selection include: 

1. Competitive in academic test scores and academically solid;

2. Accredited;

3. Recognized for excellence by a national foundation or by the U.S. Department of Education; 

4. Competitive in teacher salaries; 

5. Above average in instructional expenditures on a national percentile basis;

6. Above average in expenditures for library/media services on a national percentile basis; 

7. Known for small class size.


10 Hurt as Car Crashes in to AnMed Williamston Clinic

Ten people were injured Wednesday when a car drove into the lobby of the AnMed Health Williamston Family Medicine. Six patients are coming by ambulance to AnMed Health Medical Center with varying injuries. More critical patients were being transported to Greenville Hospital System. Physicians and staff at Williamston Family Medicine responded to the injuries while first responders were en route. Williamston Police and Anderson County Emergency Services are on the scene.

Of the six patients transported to AnMed Health Medical Center, two were minors and four were adults. Their injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening.

The car was driven by a 91-year-old man who mistaken hit the gas pedal when attempting to break. No charges have been filed in the incident.

The damage to the practice was extensive, particularly to the front of the office. The fire chief has deemed the building structurally sound. Until the office can reopen, the physicians are planning to continue seeing their patients at other AnMed Health facilities. The phone number at Williamston Family Medicine is working. The staff began contacting patients today, and our hope is to reopen the practice before next week. 

AnMed Health Williamston Family Medicine sees roughly 18,000 patients a year. The practice has nine staff members including Drs. Peter J. Dorton, Matthew P. Roehrs and J. Christian Williams, and Lisa T. Bryant, APRN-bc. The practice provides general health care for the entire family as well as laboratory services, occupational medicine and some office procedures, such as EKG, colposcopy and minor office surgery.


County to Vote on Budget

Anderson County Council will vote on the operating budget Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown. The public is invited. Full agenda here.


S.C. Closes Loophole on Suing Contractors

Carolinas AGC, in conjunction with the SC Civil Justice Coalition, has helped pass H. 3375, the tort reform legislation in South Carolina. Prior to passage, building contractors were at risk for being on the hook for 13 years for any construction defects that were found, since the trial lawyers found a loophole in the changes to the Statute of Repose that were passed three years ago.

The enacted legislation, which was signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley on June 14, 2011, clarifies a loophole in the original 2008 law that changed the statute of repose. The law now states that a building code violation cannot kick the statute of repose back to 13 years from the 8 years that was adopted three years ago. The legislation also includes a cap on punitive damages modeled after the state of Florida's cap, establishes an appeal bond cap, requires the attorney general to approve civil actions by circuit solicitors and requires disclosure of insurance policy limits for personal auto policies in accident cases.  The legislation takes effect January 1, 2012 and applies to all actions that accrue on or after that date. "Carolinas AGC fought for this legislation because it increases our state's ability to be economically competitive and helps protect our members from frivolous lawsuits," said Leslie Hope, Dir., SC Government Relations & Divisions for Carolinas AGC.


County Finance Committee to Meet Tonight

The Anderson County Council Finance Committee will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room of the historic courthouse downtown. The public is invited.


Cancer Assocation Auction June 26 at Sullivan's

An auction to benefit the Cancer Association of Anderson will be held June 26 from 6-9 p.m. at Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill downtown. Bidding will run until 8:30 p.m.

The event will feature food and beverages. Tickets are $40 for one, 2 for $70 and available at Primary Care Aesthetics or from the Cancer Association for Anderson. Show up hungry and ready to shop! Auction items include one-of-a-kind signed pictures and guitar picks from Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, original art, meals at local restaurants, hand-made items, cosmetic services and fine jewelry. All proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Anderson for LOCAL cancer patients!

For more information contact or


Get to Know Law Enforcement Day June 25

Anderson County will be hosting a community awareness day at the Anderson campus of Tri-County Technical College (511 Michelin Blvd).  The Event will be held on June 25, 2011 form 9:00 am until 6:00pm

The Anderson Area Community Awareness Day will be an interactive day learning how emergency responders of Anderson County protect you daily, and in extreme emergencies.  Emergency Service personnel will be on hand to equip those who would like knowledge to protect their family and property.  Those who attend will leave empowered with information necessary for survival of natural disasters, man-made disasters, criminal and terrorist threats.

There will be many interactive activities, live demonstrations, and presentations.  This event will be fun for all ages, for both the public and for the emergency personnel who protect them. For more information call (864) 222-6602.


Cancer Association "Walk a Mile" Events Planned

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes is a month of events planned by Primary Care Associates and Primary Care Aesthetics benefiting CAA. There are four separate categories:

  • Saturday, June 18th, 10 a.m., AnMed Health North Campus. Walk to Make a Difference, a one-mile charity walk benefiting Cancer Association of Anderson,will be held.   Registration, which comes with a cool tee shirt, is $25. (Your team can create its own tee shirt to wear and the registration is just $20.) Family-friendly activities are planned. Info: Tonya Burriss,
  • Thursday, June 23rd, 5:45 p.m. Plant a Hope Flower at the AnMed Health Campus Healing Garden. Flowers are $25 each and will be planted following a brief prayer ceremony. Contact Tonya at
  • All month, raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each at Primary Care Aesthetics for services such as Botox, Juvederm and Latisse donated by the practice, located on the ground floor of the Oglesby Center at the AnMed Health North Campus.

For more information, visit: