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AnMed Rehab Wins President's Award

AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital received the National Presidents’ Circle Award during HealthSouth’s Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet Sept. 30 in Washington, D.C.

AnMed Health is one of only 13 facilities in HealthSouth’s nationwide network of 97 hospitals to receive the prestigious award. This distinction recognizes the hospital’s outstanding performance in developing clinical programs, providing quality patient care, retaining employees and showing overall operational excellence. 

“Being honored with the Presidents’ Circle Award is recognition for our commitment to high-quality, cost-effective health care,” said Michele Skripps, CEO of AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital. “Our success depends on the quality of care provided to each and every patient, and I applaud our staff’s efforts to provide an exceptional patient experience. I take great pride accepting this award on behalf of our physicians, nursing staff, therapists and all other hospital staff.”

AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital won two other regional awards during this event, the Patient Satisfaction Award as well as Marketing Team of the Year. 


ECP to Feature Randall Bramblett Oct. 23

The Electric City Playhouse will present Randall Bramblett, who Rolling Stone magazine called "One of the South's most lyrical and literate songwriters," October 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. During his long career, Bramblett has performed with such artists as the Allman Brothers, Stevie Winwood, Levon Helm and Bonnie Raitt. For more information visit 


Museum to Host Halloween Storytelling Oct. 22

Whooooooooo likes ghost stories? Whoooooooooo likes crafts? On Saturday, October 22, local storyteller, Frankie Adkins will join us at the Anderson County Museum (ACM) for silly to spooky and everything in between. Gaging her stories according to the age of the audience, Frankie enjoys telling about the black bubblegum that calls to her from childhood Trick or Treat adventures. Other stories are about the brave dog, Barny McCabe, that rescued his children from a wicked witch, about the werecat that still wanders the Appalachian mountainsides, and about personal encounters she has had with real ghosts. 

Do you know the legend of the Jack O’ Lantern? Or how the Harvest Moon came to be? Can you make a beautiful, spooky luminaria to decorate your porch or dinner table?  How about a ghostly lollipop? Don’t miss this gloriously spooky event at the Anderson Museum. 

Frankie Adkins, of Honea Path, a National Board Certified Teacher, is the President of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild and Upstate Representative of the South Carolina Storytelling Network. 

The ACM is also in need of volunteers and docents. We need volunteers to greet visitors at the front desk and work in the ACM Friends Store. The store is a fun way to volunteer if you have retail experience. Anderson County and South Carolina history buffs may want to consider being a docent to help with ACM tours. If you have experience doing historic research then our Reading and Research Room may be a place for your service. Some training is involved in these volunteer positions. Call 260-4737 for more information.

The Anderson County Museum (ACM) is located 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.  


AIM Needs Volunteers to Help DSS

AIM is venturing in a partnership that is the first of its kind! As you may have heard on the news recently, the Department of Social Services is severely behind when it comes to getting benefits to clients who truly have the need. This is due to a shortage of clerical staff and a hiring freeze. We are seeing this affect our clients in many different ways. Therefore, we approached DSS to see if we can help, and the result is the first public service agency/non-profit agency partnership in the state of South Carolina. AIM is thrilled to have this opportunity, and we know that we have the volunteer base to be able to help DSS. How can you help? There are two ways:

1)      AIM needs looking for 10 dedicated volunteers who would be willing to go one day a week, either in the morning or in the afternoon, to help them scan documents into their system. DSS will train these volunteers, and these volunteers will actually be given a DSS login/password so that they can enter these into the system. Our goal is to have an AIM volunteer there at all times to help them catch up on the clerical work by the 3rd week in October.

2)     AIM is offering Benefit Bank counselors to sit in the lobby and help new clients fill out information. If you are already a trained counselor, this would be a great opportunity to effectively use your training! If you want to be a counselor, we will be more than willing to train you. This is an immediate need, and counselors can begin as soon as they are available.

AIM needs to begin this venture as soon as possible so that we can help the greater need of Anderson County! Please contact (864) 226-2273 ext. 103, if you are interested in beginning soon. 


Midway Teach Wins Golden Apple Award

Jenni Dunagan, a third-grade teacher at Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering, was featured recently on WYFF-TV newscasts as a Golden Apple Award winner. The Golden Apple Award recognizes the excellent work taking place in classrooms throughout the Upstate.

See the video of the story here.


Men’s Soccer Moves Up to 21st in the Nation in NSCAA Poll  

ANDERSON, S.C. – As the Anderson University men’s soccer team continues to earn wins, the Trojans continue to earn recognition for their achievements on the field, as AU move up four spots from a week ago and are ranked 21st in the nation in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Regional Rankings released on Tuesday. 

Anderson (7-2, 3-0 SAC) was No. 25 last week and remained No. 3 in the Southeast Region on Tuesday.

The Trojans have won five consecutive matches and seven of their last eight and will be trying to extend its win streak at Peach Belt-foe Lander on Wednesday.

AU’s potent offense ranks fourth nationally, averaging more than three goals per contest and is seventh in the nation in total goals, with 28 on the season.

Individually, senior forward Lasse Sohrweide is tied for second in the nation in total assists and assists per game, is tied for third in total points and fourth in points per game. He is tied for ninth nationally in goals per contest and total goals.

The Trojans remain the lone South Atlantic Conference team in the national rankings, while fellow SAC member Mars Hill checked in at No. 4 in Tuesday’s regional poll.


Gang Task Force Arrest Three in Arson/Shooting

Anderson County Sheriff Gang Task Force Officers made three arrest in an Arson and Shooting into a dwelling incident that occurred back on May, 17 2011.

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office responded to Sussex Way in Stonehaven Subdivision located in Anderson after two vehicles were set on fire and a firearm discharged into them.  No one was injured in the incident.  Gang Task Force Officers and SLED Arson investigators have arrested and charged three suspects for the incident.  

Antonio Romalotti Pelichet, 18, of 1209 W. Whitner St. Anderson, SC, Kimani Mandella Gadsden, 18, and Lavance Shaka Gadsden, both of 106 S. Prevost St. Anderson, SC were arrested.  All three were charged with two counts of Arson 3rd degree, discharging firearms into a dwelling, and conspiracy to commit crime.  All three subjects are being housed at the Anderson County Detention Center to await bond hearings.


AU Basketball Player Dies After Workout

Lamar Jack, an Anderson University basketball player, passed away shortly before 11am today at AnMed Hospital in Anderson. The 19-year old from Piedmont, South Carolina was a redshirt freshman forward on the AU basketball team. He collapsed during routine pre-season workouts on the Anderson campus Friday morning and had been hospitalized since that time. He was the son of Karen and Patrick Jack of Piedmont. The following is the statement released by President Evans P. Whitaker to the Anderson campus this morning.

Dear Campus Family:

It is with great sadness that I share with you that our beloved student, Lamar Jack, passed away just a short time ago.

Our hearts ache for Lamar’s parents and sister, and his larger family and circle of close friends.  

He was a fine young man, appreciated and loved by many in our campus family, especially his teammates on the Men’s Basketball Team.  His death is a great and deeply hurtful loss to our campus.

Lamar knew our Lord and Savior and we are encouraged by the confidence that we will one day see him again.

I want to thank all of you who have wept and prayed for Lamar over the last few days.  His family has been aware of your concern and they are very grateful.  Your kindness and compassion have made a meaningful difference. 

Please continue to lift the family and the basketball team members up to our Lord, asking for His tender mercies upon them in this difficult hour and their challenging journey ahead.

When we know more about plans, we will share that information with you.  At the appropriate time, we will call the campus together to honor Lamar’s life and his contributions to our campus.


Evans P. Whitaker, Ph.D.



Clemson Students Get Back-stage Broadway Experience

Performing arts students at Clemson University are getting real-world experience helping back stage with a nationally touring Broadway production.

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Council to Vote on Worklink, Examines Travel

Anderson County Council will look at county employee travel policies, vote on third reading on a Worklink site and hear a report on the Anderson County Animal Shelter as part of Tuesday night's meeting. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse dowtown.


AIM, First Baptist to Distribuite Food Oct. 8

Anderson Interfaith Ministries and First Baptist Church of Anderson will offer free food distribution to those in need Oct. 8 beginnng at 9 a.m. at the church, which is located on the corner of South Manning and East Market Street. The event will take place, rain or shine, and the food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until supplies are exhausted. Those needing food are asked to bring a laundry basket, box or bags for their food.


School District 5 Receives $45,000 Arts Grant  

Anderson School District Five has received a $45,000 Distinguished Arts Program grant from the S.C. Department of Education that will fund visual and performing arts instruction and teacher training throughout the District.  

This is the third consecutive year the District has earned the arts grant. The grant will fund artists-in-residence to visit schools, supplies for visual and performing arts classrooms that support lesson plans, and professional development for teachers based on the new Visual and Performing Arts standards. The grant was written by Sarah Burns, Coordinator of Grants and Special Projects for District Five. 

“The artists-in-residence program provides our students the opportunity to see working artists create and perform, and to engage in artistic projects with them. These experiences broaden both their awareness and their appreciation of the arts,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “Our experience with our arts magnet schools and years of educational research show that using the arts as a vehicle for learning increases student achievement.”


Standpipe Festival Marks 25th Year Saturday in Belton

This Saturday, the Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival celebrates its silver anniversary, with new events, updated vendors, and fun for the whole family.  Celebrating the City of Belton and the Belton community, this festival attracts over 8000 visitors annually.

The event is scheduled from 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM, where the city square in Belton will host the music of popular upstate groups while an art show and market, heritage artisans, sporting events, historical tours, fire truck rides, a classic car show, great food, children's activities, over 30 quality craft vendors, and community outreach booths entertain the crowds.

After a street dance featuring the versatile music of the City Street Band, the evening ends with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9:15 PM.

This festival is sponsored in part by the Belton Area Partnership, the City of Belton Hospitality Fund, Anderson County ATAX, and Superior Engineering.