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County Finance Meeting Moved to Friday

Anderson County Council's finance committee meeting has bee rescheduled for Friday. Time or details to be announced.


AIM Tour & Orientation June 21

Anderson Interfaith Ministries next tour & orientation will be Tuesday June 21 at 9:30 a.m.  The tour lasts about an hour and a half.  If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering or learning more about the programs of AIM, please call or email to reserve your space.  This is a great opportunity to get a “behind the scenes” look at the many ways AIM assists the needy in our community.

For more information call (864) 965-9074 or visit


Council Public Works Committee to Introduce Plan

The Anderson County Council Planning and Public Works Committee will introduce a capital improvement plan as part of the meeting Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Roads & Bridges Conference Room, 735 Michelin Boulevard. The public is invited.


United Way to Mark Tenth Anniversary of 9/11  

United Way of Anderson County along with the City of Anderson, Anderson County Schools, and other community organizations are organizing community events around the 10th Anniversary of September 11th. The purpose of the events is to honor our local Fire, Police, First Responders, Military, Veterans, etc. who put their lives on the line everyday. 

As part of the anniversary, United Way is collecting memorabilia representing local First Responders, and the military that will become part of a permanent memorial display.  “We are asking all EMS, Firefighters, Police, First Responders, etc. to send in artifacts of their job (ie. Badges, medals, pictures, articles of clothing, etc.) to be a part of the display” states Carol Loyd, United Way staff person and organizer of the event.  The display will be revealed at the 9/11 celebration and will then be housed at the Anderson Arts Center. “The items should be small enough to fit on a 6” x 6” block that will be made into a “quilt of memories” art piece.  All items sent in must include your name, telephone number, and mailing address.  Any items that cannot be used for the display WILL be returned to the owner.  All items that are used CANNOT be returned.         

Two community wide events will be held on Sunday, September 11th beginning with a community-wide service at the William Floyd Amphitheatre beginning at 8:00 am and a Parade beginning at 3:00 pm in downtown Anderson.   

The parade will consist of Fire, Police, EMS, Veterans, Medical personnel, the Military and other individuals who protect us each and every day along with local High School Bands and JROTC units.  If your group or organization would like to participate in the parade, please contact United Way at (864) 226-3438 or to receive an entry form. All forms must be returned no later than August 12.


Wastewater Conference Thursday at Civic Center

The 2011 Water/Wastewater Conference will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. 

To register for this event, please call the Customer Resource Center at 864-646-1700 or register online at 2011 Water / Wastewater Conference.


Council to Consider Employee Computer Policy

Anderson County Council will consider a resolution on computer use guidelines for county employees Tuesday night as part of Tuesday night's meeting at 6 p.m. at the historic courthouse downtown. Council will also hear a report from the Finance Committee and information from the Solicitor's Office on the establishment of a Worthless Check Unit.


Lakeside Hosts USDA Food Distribution

A U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Distribution will be held Saturday, June 4 in the parking lot of Lakeside Middle School at 115 Pearman Dairy Road. The distribution will occur between 10 a.m. and noon.
The New Prospect Elementary School Community Center and the Golden Harvest Food Bank are sponsoring the distribution truck that will provide free food to members of the community. Applications must be completed in order to qualify to receive food. Please bring a laundry basket or large box to the distribution.
A U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Distribution will be held Saturday, June 4 in the parking lot of Lakeside Middle School at 115 Pearman Dairy Road. The distribution will occur between 10 a.m. and noon.
The New Prospect Elementary School Community Center and the Golden Harvest Food Bank are sponsoring the distribution truck that will provide free food to members of the community. Applications must be completed in order to qualify to receive food. Please bring a laundry basket or large box to the distribution.


Mike Mahaffey Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award 

Mike Mahaffey, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services for Anderson School District Five, is one of three school leaders statewide who have been named recipients of the 2011 William B. Harley Lifetime Achievement Award.  

The S.C. Association of School Administrators (SCASA) and the R. L. Bryan Company present the awards each year to three education leaders as exemplars of education leadership.

“Mike’s leadership style, his servant attitude and dedication to children garner respect from all who know him,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “He has been an exemplary educational leader for more than four decades and an integral part of the success of our District.”

Also winning this year’s award are Dr. Cheryl Washington, Deputy Superintendent, Richland School District Two; and John Tindal, Superintendent, Clarendon School District Two.

Mr. Mahaffey has served South Carolina for 41 years in Anderson and Pickens Counties.  In his current role as Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services, he works tirelessly to recruit high quality educators, ensure that all personnel receive professional development opportunities, and that each employee works in a safe and supportive environment.  He is a longtime member of SCASA and currently serves on the SCASA Board.  He is a servant leader and has been a Cub Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, and Vacation Bible School Director.

Dr. Washington began her career as a teacher in 1980 and has served in many different capacities before becoming deputy superintendent in Richland School District Two.  Dedicated to serving the children, parents, teachers, and support personnel of her district, she is truly an educator who cares about the education of all children.  She has been instrumental in increasing the number of magnet and choice programs and centers and schools in Richland School District Two.  She is a longtime member of SCASA and a dedicated Rotarian.

Tindal, an educator since 1974, has served the districts of Lee County Schools, Orangeburg School District One, Orangeburg School District Four, Allendale County Schools and Clarendon School District Two. Highly respected by his peers and community leaders, he has served as both President of the Superintendents’ Division, President of SCASA, and Chairman of the State Board of Education.  He recently received the NAACP’s Billie S. Fleming, Sr. Academic Excellence Award for Continuous Education Commitment and Service. Tindal is very active in the Manning Rotary Club and Santee Lunches Workforce Development Board.


AU's May Named to 2011 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team

CARY, N.C. – Anderson third baseman Blake May has been named to the 2011 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team, as announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association Thursday afternoon.
Recently earning all-district recognition for his outstanding defensive effort on the diamond last season, the rising senior from Largo, Fla., led the South Atlantic Conference at the hot corner by recording a league-best .967 fielding percentage during the 2011 campaign.

May committed just five errors while helping turn four double plays and starting all 50 games for the Trojans. On the offensive side, he was fifth on the squad with a .274 batting average. May was also named to the 2011 South Atlantic Conference Gold Glove Team.

Joining May on the prestigious squads were Wingate’s Dodson McPherson (All America first team) and Brian Yeung (All America second team).


Graduation Roundup

2011 High School Graduation Rehearsal & Ceremony Schedule
Civic Center of Anderson
June 2-4, 2011
Thursday, June 2:
10 a.m.: T.L. Hanna REHEARSAL (closed to the public)
12 p.m.: Westside REHEARSAL (closed to the public)
2 p.m.: B-HP REHEARSAL (closed to the public)
Friday, June 3:
8:30 a.m.: Crescent REHEARSAL (closed to the public)
2 p.m.: T.L. Hanna GRADUTION (ticket required)
6 p.m.: Westside GRADUATION (ticket required)
Saturday, June 4:
10 a.m.: Crescent GRADUATION
For more information on the graduations and rehearsals, please contact the individual schools. The Civic Center staff will be away from the offices to assist with graduation related activities June 2-4, and will be unable to take phone calls, return messages, or deliver messages to school officials during this three-day time period. If there is an emergency contact needed during the rehearsals or graduations, calls should be made to 9-1-1.
Admission policies for the graduations are set by the individual schools and not the Civic Center of Anderson.
Each school has its own policies regarding cheering from spectators at the graduation rehearsals. The Civic Center of Anderson does not set such policies.
The Civic Center of Anderson is a smoke-free facility. Also, designated smoking areas outside the building will not be available June 2-4.
Due to heavy traffic, visitors are encouraged to arrive early in order to gain admission into the graduation ceremonies. Certain schools may deny entry into the ceremonies after the specified start times. Such policies are set by the respective schools, and not the Civic Center of Anderson.
Free parking is provided in the main Civic Center parking lot, with spill-over parking located in grass lots in areas near the Civic Center (shuttles from those spill-over parking areas are not provided). Designated handicap parking spots are available in the paved Civic Center parking lot, but once handicap spots are full, handicap parking spots are not guaranteed for all vehicles with handicap tags or plaques.
Handicap drop-off is available at the front rotunda area of the Civic Center. Parking in the front rotunda area is prohibited.
Any vehicles parked illegally are subject to towing at owners' expense. Unlawful vehicle operation on Civic Center grounds or roads leading into the Civic Center is subject to citations. Anyone engaging in unlawful or dangerous activities June 2-4 is subject to arrest. Speed limits in and around the Civic Center grounds will be strictly enforced.


Wakeboard Championship June 3-6

On June 3-5, Lake Hartwell will be the site for hundreds of wakeboarding athletes to ‘catch air’ during “Wake Hartwell” – the US Championship Series Tour Stop presented by the INT League and the World Wakeboarding Association.

Participants from across South Carolina will compete on a course that will challenge every amateur wakeboard enthusiast.  Lake Hartwell is a prime location for the high-speed, extremely acrobatic event. All events will take place at Singing Pines Recreation Area in Anderson County and the action is free for spectators, who can view the exciting competition from the shore or water. 

Trials, clinics and course practice will begin Friday June 3, with the championship competition beginning Saturday June 4 and continuing through Sunday June 5. 

“We are excited to see Lake Hartwell getting the attention it deserves,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “For too long, Hartwell has been a hidden jewel. During the past two years, the tide is literally turning as we have had the opportunity to host events such as the 2010 Triple Crown Watercross, 2010 American Bass Angler’s BBQ CookOff & Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Tournament and the 2011 Lady Bass Angler’s Association’s Professional Bass Fishing Tournament. Now we are pleased to welcome “Wake Hartwell” Wakeboarding Championship to our County.”

“Wakeboarding is one of the most exciting sporting events on the water,” said Mark Miller, director of the INT League.  “We are ecstatic about bringing this championship series tour stop to Lake Hartwell where so many spectators can enjoy the competitive spirit and athletic ability of our participants of all ages.” 

INT League is the marketing organization that hosts events and promotes water sports for all ages to challenge their abilities and increase their skills, and is in partnership with the World Wakeboarding Association.  Competitors will use the “Wake Hartwell” South Carolina tour stop to accumulate points for the US Regional Championships and the US Championships. 

Larry Torrence, executive director of the Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance, said that this first time event for Lake Hartwell is just the right fit for the lake.

“This event should capture the excitement for water sport enthusiast from across the Lake Hartwell area and beyond,” Torrence said.  “Although there are so many recreational opportunities available on Lake Hartwell, we believe that this wakeboarding championship series will be a fan favorite for some time to come.  And the economic impact will be a positive benefit for all of us.”

“The Singing Pines Recreation Area, in Anderson County, will be a perfect venue for participants and spectators,” said Kathy Benson, executive director of the Anderson Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We share the excitement with the many visitors that will be attending. Anderson is proud to host the upcoming wakeboard tour stop – ‘Wake Hartwell’ – on Lake Hartwell at Singing Pines. We are privileged to have lake events that are family-friendly and free of charge.  With so many athletes coming to our County from all across South Carolina for this weekend event, we anticipate a very nice economic impact for Anderson County.” 

The event is being coordinated by the Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance, which is composed of over 150 tourism and business professionals, and is the marketing arm for Lake Hartwell’s visitor destination efforts.  The Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance represents the six counties surrounding Lake Hartwell:  Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens in South Carolina and Hart, Franklin and Stephens counties in Georgia.

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Asthma Camp Registration Deadline June 10

For many kids, summer camp is an adventure. But for a child with asthma, outdoor activities hold a hidden danger.

Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness in children, affecting as many as 10 to 12 percent of kids in the United States. Pollen, mold spores and certain extreme climate conditions can set off asthma symptoms in sensitive children. Camp Asthmania gives children with asthma the chance to experience summer camp in a safe environment and provides an opportunity to them to recognize and control their asthma symptoms.

Now in its 12th year, Camp Asthmania will be held July 12 through 15 at the Anderson Area YMCA. During camp, children ages 6 to 12 will participate in educational games, such as peak flow limbo. They’ll also have a chance to go kayaking and canoeing, run a ropes course and take an archery class. In inclement weather, camp activities will be moved inside the YMCA.

The registration deadline is June 10. Camp Asthmania is free, but a registration application is required. This year’s camp will have space for 70 children. For more information or to register, please call (864) 512-2155 or go to


Nevitt Forest and Varennes Win “Farm-to-School” Grants

Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation and Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology are among just 52 schools statewide that have earned $3,000 grants today to help plant on-site gardens aimed at getting more fresh fruits and vegetables onto lunchroom tables. The schools also are committing to purchase fresh produce from local farmers twice each month.

Students at the winning schools 52 schools will take lead roles in developing the gardens, and grant funds will be used to purchase everything from seeds and planting soil to gardening tools.  Student gardeners will be coached by representatives from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University, and food grown in the gardens will be used for students to sample in school cafeterias and classrooms.

Today’s “Farm-to-School” grant winners were announced at Walter P. Rawl & Sons farm in Pelion. The pilot project is a joint effort of the state departments of Education, Agriculture and Health and Environmental Control, along with Clemson University’s Youth Learning Institute.  

Core components include increasing the number of farmers certified to provide locally grown products into schools; providing education to school food service staff and teachers on farm-to-school practices; and providing hands-on learning activities to promote healthy eating among school children.

The federal 2008 Farm Bill provided that schools be allowed to use local preferences in buying agricultural products, both locally grown and locally raised, according to Todd A. Bedenbaugh, the South Carolina Department of Education’s Director of Health and Nutrition.  He commended the winning schools for their efforts to provide locally grown fruits and vegetables to their students.

Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers said that in addition to encouraging students to make healthier food choices by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, the pilot program also educates students about how agriculture is connected to food and nutrition.

“While some advocates talk about getting certain foods out of schools, we’re working toward getting healthier foods into schools,” Weathers said.  “Starting with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables in season, we can build stronger bodies and, at the same time, build stronger local economies. When a school food service operation buys local produce directly from a grower through a local distributor, the entire community wins.”

DHEC Commissioner Earl Hunter called the Farm-to-School Program “a great opportunity to showcase how South Carolina is committed to working across multiple state agencies.”