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A Chorus Line' Comes to Clemson's Brooks Center

"A Chorus Line," the story of dancers hoping for their big breaks on Broadway, comes to Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11.
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AU Golf Finishes Third at Hargett Invitational

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Led by junior John Moore and freshman Arran Setro’s one-over par 73s, the Anderson University’s men’s golf team finished third at the 11th annual J. Ralph Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by Wingate at the Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.
The Trojans have a week off before heading to the South Atlantic Conference Championship, hosted by Wingate at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.


Student Leaders Participate in STAR

Members of the Anderson V Career Campus FCCLA, recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) while attending Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2011 State Leadership Conference at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Columbia, SC March 24th-26th. More than 200 members from across the state attended the meeting.  Members receiving a gold medal will represent our state in STAR Events at the national meeting to be held in July, in Anaheim, California. 

Catherine Payne, a junior at TL Hanna and current President of the local chapter, received a Gold medal in Clothing Construction, one of 22 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. Catherine also competed for state office and was elected Vice-President. 

“Catherine is the first Anderson V student elected as a state FCCLA officer during the past 20 years,” said FCCLA Advisor Sarah Jordan. “We are very excited that Catherine will be representing Anderson V at the national convention this summer.”

Brittany Dixon, and Ciara Jones, both juniors from TL Hanna High School, earned a Gold medal in the STAR Event, Promote and Publicize FCCLA.  In order to place in this event, students had to compile a notebook that successfully demonstrated their work to promote FCCLA to the general public and attract new members. Anderson County Public Information Officer Angela Stringer was a tremendous support to the students in their endeavor. She provided volunteer opportunities that allowed the girls to share information about FCCLA within the community. The girls also created a web page for the local chapter and contributed news items regarding their projects for the County’s web page and Facebook page with Ms. Stringer’s guidance. The will both be attending the National FCCLA Conference this summer to compete with their project.

“It was truly a pleasure to work with the FCCLA students and their advisors,” said Stringer. “They provided a valuable service to the County by helping with projects such as the 263d AAMDC Job Fair, the Veteran’s Day Parade, the Animal Shelter “Doggie Diva” and the Soldier Care Boxes projects. These students are energetic and enthusiastic about community involvement, which is refreshing. I look forward to a continuing relationship with Anderson V’s FCCLA students. ”
The Interior Design STAR Event team was made up of Aurelia Mance, a senior, and Kirsten Parent, a junior, both from Westside High School.  Using the skills acquired in their Interior Design class, they earned a silver medal by completing a floor plan, elevation drawing, budget, and display board of furniture, while following a design scenario for a garage renovation and garden living space.  They were given a great amount of support and information from Hampton Furniture Store, who donated time, money, and furniture to the school in the past and is a great supporter of our program.

FCCLA advisors for the Anderson V Career Campus are Ms. Sarah Jordan, Fashion and Interior Design Instructor, and Mrs. Jenny O’Brien, Culinary Arts Instructor.  Ms. Jordan will accompany Catherine Payne, Ciara Jones, and Brittany Dixon to the National Conference in July.

FCCLA’s STAR Events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation, and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants.

Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.


AmMed Welcomes Vascular Surgeon

AnMed Health Vascular Medicine is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jennifer L. McDougal, a vascular surgeon from Toccoa, Ga. She joins Drs. Louis Knoepp III and Matthew George in the practice.

Dr. McDougal is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. She completed residency training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and did a vascular surgery fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Dr. McDougal is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

“I’m excited to be moving closer to home,” McDougal said. “I look forward to serving residents in the Upstate and northeast Georgia.”

AnMed Health Vascular Medicine specializes in vascular surgery, endo-vascular surgery, general surgery and vascular medicine. Located at 700 N. Fant St. in Anderson, the office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The practice can be reached at (864) 225-8671.


Clemson University to Present Bach's "The Magnificat"

The Clemson University Symphony Orchestra and the Clemson University Singers will perform Bach's "The Maginificat" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature another well-known masterwork, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.
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Street Corner Symphony to Perform at AU Friday Night

Street Corner Symphony, runners Up of Season 2 of NBC’s “The Sing-off,” will perform Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Henderson Auditorium on the campus of Anderson University. The band features Anderson's own Richie and Jeremy Lister and their Nashvile-based a capella group.

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Anderson Tea Party Opposes S.C. Health Care Bill

Tuesday the members of the South Carolina Ways and Means committee will consider a bill that will establish “The Healthcare Benefit Exchange Act” (HB 3738). This bill if passed is the first step to implement Obamacare in South Carolina. Upon the bill’s introduction in the legislature, several Republican co-sponsors withdrew their names after pressure from local tea party groups.

Local activist leader Jonathon Hill made a statement today asking Representative Dan Cooper and Representative Brian White to “stand with South Carolinians and stand against Obamacare” and to reject any legislation that seeks to implement the government takeover of health care.

Hill stated “We have to stop Obamacare on the state level. Our Senators and Congressmen have heard us, every Republican member of our federal delegation voted in favor of the repeal and now our state delegation must do the same. South Carolina has joined with 27 other states in challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, and we are winning--we cannot give in now. HB 3738 is NOT a plan B, there cannot be a plan B. We need to devote our full energy to defeating Obamacare. Now is the time when we must stand firm and continue our fight.”

Jonathon Hill is the organizer of the Anderson TEA Party ( as well as the Chairman for the Upcountry Coalition of Conservative Organizations which represents Anderson, Greenville, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg Counties.


USA TODAY: Final Four an Improbable Bunch

The most improbable Final Four since NCAA tournament seeding began in 1979 took shape Sunday as a double-digit seed and a once-proud champion played their way to Houston next weekend.

By Eileen Blass, USA TODAY

For the first time, neither a No. 1 nor a No. 2 seed will be there. Virginia Commonwealth of the Colonial Athletic Association and Butler of the Horizon League advanced, marking the first time two teams from outside the six power conferences are in the same Final Four since the bracket expanded in 1985.

All four have back stories:

  • No. 3 Connecticut finished ninth in the Big East, then won nine games in 19 days. It also weathered an NCAA investigation that led to a three-game suspension for coach Jim Calhoun next season to reach the Final Four.
  • No. 4 Kentucky is in its first Final Four since 1998. Coach John Calipari is taking his third team, though trips by Massachusetts and Memphis were later vacated because of NCAA rules violations.
  • No. 8 Butler, which started the season 4-4, is the first school from outside the six major conferences to make back-to-back Final Fours since UNLV in 1990 and '91.
  • No. 11 VCU won an unprecedented five games to reach the Final Four after playing in an opening-round game.

Trojans Win Beville Cup for Second Straight Year

In the passionate rivalry between Anderson University and Erskine College, the Trojans have claimed the coveted Beville Cup for the second straight year and the fourth time in the last five.
The prestigious Beville Cup, originally known as the Anderson/Erskine Cup, is a competition between Erskine and Anderson’s athletics programs that was established in the fall of 2003 and is sponsored by ARAMARK in order to promote and enhance the rivalry between the Trojans and Flying Fleet, whose campuses are separated only by 20 miles.
The winner of the Beville Cup each year has the award presented each spring to its student-athletes and coaches by the losing athletics director, traditionally at their postseason banquet/awards night.
Anderson raced out to a commanding 7.5-2.5 point lead this season on the strength of sweeps by the men’s and women’s soccer squads and the men’s and women’s basketball teams, while volleyball split their home and away matches. A late surge by Erskine gave the Flying Fleet a brief one-point edge going into the final week of competition, but it was too little, too late, as the Trojan golf teams swept the Fleet late last week to once again provide the winning margin.
Anderson University won the inaugural Cup in 2004 by a comfortable margin before Erskine captured the Cup back-to-back years in 2005 and 2006. The Cup returned to Anderson in 2007 and 2008, but Erskine returned it to Due West in 2009 with a narrow 16.5-15.5 win. Last year’s competition also went down to the wire, with Anderson claiming a 20-18 victory after the AU women’s golf team posted a fourth-place finish at the Conference Carolinas’ Championship, two spots ahead of Erskine to provide the winning margin.
The Anderson-Erskine Cup was changed to the ‘Beville Cup” in the spring of 2007 in honor of Bobby and Susie Beville. Susie Beville was a graduate of Anderson College and Erskine College, where she played softball. Susie Beville passed away in the summer of 2004. Her husband Bobby played baseball both at AU and Erskine and went on to serve as baseball coach at Anderson before becoming the athletics director for 10 years. He left AU in 2007 to work for the Anderson City Parks and Recreation Department.


AIM to Raffle 42-inch Television

AIM will hold a drawing for 42” Sanyo Flat Screen TV in conjunction with the 5th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament.  Raffle tickets are available at AIM and at Suntrust Bank’s main street location.  The tv is on display in the lobby at Suntrust.


Anderson County EMS Supports "Strides for Autism"

Anderson County Emergency Medical Services personnel will participate and support the Upstate Strides for Autism event at 9 am, April 9th at Simpsonville’s Heritage Park. Activities include a 5k Fun Walk, Resources Fair and Family-Fun Activities. Strides for Autism is an annual fundraising event which serves to increase awareness of autism in our state, honor those who have been touched by autism and promote citizens to become a part of the solution. Honorary Chairs for the event are Phil & Amy Parham of NBC’s The Biggest Loser and parents of a child with autism.
Anderson County EMS is meant to include all County employees, partnering EMS & law enforcement agencies, fire service partners, as well as co-workers, vendors, family and friends. The team has already reached $275 of their $500 goal.
“This is a worth-while event to raise funds and awareness for autism and the South Carolina Autism Society,” said Scott Stoller, Anderson County Emergency Medical Services Director and Team Anderson County EMS Captain. “As some of you are probably aware, my daughter Kathleen is autistic. That is my reason for championing this event. I would personally like to encourage everyone to come out for a day of fun and fellowship while support those touched by autism.”
All funds raised in SC will go directly to helping the SC Autism Society fulfill its mission within our State. To register or donate, please visit:

Chartered in 1972 by the State of SC, the SC Autism Society’s purpose is to enable all individuals with autism spectrum disorders to reach their maximum potential.

Autism is a developmental disability that strikes about 1 in 150 children, usually effecting speech, socialization, and behavior.  It generally appears during the first three years of life. The cause is still unknown.


Anderson Company Films TV Pilot

For some of the first responders in Greenville, the next call they hear could be one to be on television.
Anderson film company, Dead Horse Productions, will be filming several local fire departments, as part of a televisions series pilot for “Firedogs,” a reality show based on the lives and adventures of firefighters.
The series, created by local entrepreneur James Hayes, will chronicle the personal and professional lives of firefighters from Boiling Springs Fire Station, and other fire departments in the Upstate.
Hayes said his deep respect and admiration for fire fighters led to his belief that the public should know what they do.
“It’s been 10 years since Sept. 11, and our first responders are facing huge budget cuts because of the economic downturn,” Hayes said. “I have tremendous respect for these guys and want to show the public what they face on a day-to-day basis.”
Using state of the art technology, the film crews will travel with the fire departments to videotape the action as it happens. The series will follow firefighters, much like reality series “Deadliest Catch” follows Alaskan crab fishermen.
Vic Aviles, creative director for Dead Horse Productions, said his crew would be embedded with firefighters for the rest of the month.
“Our goal is to give viewers a taste of what it’s really like to be a firefighter,” Aviles said. “By using special helmet mounted high def cameras, viewers will see what firefighters see. We’ll take the audience into the fire, not only of the buildings and situations the firefighters find themselves in at any call, but in their personal relationships and daily lives.”
Production will wrap up toward the end of the month, Aviles said.
“It is our goal to have the pilot ready for cable television stations by the end of April,” Aviles said. “The stories of these men and women, what they go through on a daily basis, what they do for a living, what they deal with at home, is as compelling television as you’ll ever see.”


FCCLA Students Promote Family, Consumer Sciences Month

Two current members of FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) at the Anderson V Career Campus, Brittany Dixon and Ciara Jones, both Juniors at TL Hanna High School, have decided to help promote March as signed by South Carolina Governor Haley, as Family and Consumer Sciences Month.  During the month of March, these members plan to carry out activities to promote the Family and Consumer Sciences programs at the Career Campus and show how Family and Consumer Sciences education can help students plan for future careers in Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism, Fashion Design and Clothing Construction, and Interior Design.
In an effort to promote and publicize FCCLA and the March proclamation, they plan on leading a campaign to inform students of the benefits of the courses taught at the Anderson V Career Campus in the Family and Consumer Sciences program.  The girls plan to give out brochures at both TL Hanna High School and Westside High School encouraging students to consider enrolling in a Family and Consumer Sciences course and then having the opportunity to become a member of FCCLA.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. FCCLA has more than 219,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by student members.  It is the only Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus.  Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.