Shakespeare in the Park


Farmers Market


1 Million Cups


Farmers Market

Downtown Block Party


County Council


Farmers Market

Search Amazon Here

News Links




S.C. Chili Championship Looking for Contestants

BELTON -- Got a favorite chili or salsa recipe?
Want to try it out on some real chili lovers?
Then enter the recipe in the 2011 S.C. Chili Cook-off Championships presented by MSW Security Solutions on April 16 in downtown Belton.
Amateur cooks are welcome to enter the “People’s Choice” division, open to all amateurs who just want to test out their recipes, said Jim Bright, one of the organizers of the event.
“If you think you make the world’s best chili, best chili verde (green chili), or best salsa, we encourage you to compete in the 2011 Upstate Chili Cook-off as either an official ICS competitor or a People’s Choice competitor,” said Bright.
The second annual event will benefit three nonprofit organizations - Belton Area Museum Association, Belton Center for the Arts and the Belton Interfaith Ministerial Association.
“We look forward to helping them even more in 2011,” said Bright about the nonprofits.
The People’s Choice division allows amateur cooks to try their hands at a cooking competition.
On the professional side, the event will determine the International Chili Society’s state champions in chili and salsa, who qualify to compete on a world level.
Allen Querbin of Marion, who won last year’s state championship in Belton and went to the world’s cook-off, has signed up to come back this year.
Locals Matt Lusk, last year’s People’s Choice winner, and Chris Galloway - both area residents - will be back for another shot at the professional title.
More sponsors are still needed for the event, with a number of sponsors having already signed up, said Bright, who extends thanks to all of the sponsors.
Interested businesses have until April 1 to buy an ad in the program.
Admission for this year’s event will be $5 and the donation of one canned good item, which will go directly to the Belton Interfaith Ministerial Association for its food pantry.

About the event: The second annual Upstate Chili Cook-off is the only chili cook-off in the state endorsed by the International Chili Society. The winning professional entries will qualify to compete on a world level. Prizes will be awarded to the top pros and amateurs, as well as the best vendor booth and best showmanship. This year’s event will feature both chili and salsa competitions on the historic square in downtown Belton. All proceeds benefit local charities. Belton is located in Anderson County.


Shrine Circus at Civic Center March 25-27

The Hejaz Shrine Circus is returning to the Civic Center of Anderson Friday, March 25-Sunday, March 27, with four big shows!  Show times are at 7 p.m. on Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 2 p.m. on Sunday 

Doors open one hour prior to each show. According to Civic Center management, several Hejaz Shrine Circus performances in the past have sold out. General Admission tickets are on sale at the Civic Center Box Office and all TicketMaster locations.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling (800) 745-3000, or on-line at

Advance tickets are $9.00 each for children under-12, and $11.00 each for adults. 

Day of show ticket prices will increase by $2.00 per ticket.   Children 2-under are admitted free with a paying adult. The Anderson shows are a fund-raising event for the Upstate Hejaz Temple. The Shrine Circus is tentatively scheduled to feature clowns, trapeze artists, horses, an array of animal acts, gymnastic feats, elephants, and much more. Call (864) 260-4800 for more information.


AnMed Chosen for Vista Award

AnMed Health Medical Center was one of three hospitals to receive a 2011 Vista Award from The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association (AHA). 

The awards were presented during the 2011 International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction™ (PDC) in Tampa. Established in 1993, the Vista Awards are a national mark of distinction and recognize the importance of teamwork in health care design and construction. Awards are given in three categories: new construction, renovation and infrastructure.

The following organizations are the 2011 recipients of the award for their respective category:

New Construction — SSM St. Clare Medical Center in St. Louis

This award is presented to an organization that has constructed a new facility essentially from the ground up. The new facility may be connected to an existing facility, but the building must have its own identity and be a new space.

Renovation — Aspirus Wausau Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Wausau, Wis.

This award is presented to an organization that has altered existing conditions or added new space to existing structures. The original building envelope remains essentially intact. 

Infrastructure AnMed Health Medical Center electrical system upgrades in Anderson, S.C. 

This award is presented to an organization that has modified or replaced major portions of the utility generation, distribution or control systems involving significant project planning.

“The Vista Award is unique in that it recognizes a team working together with an ultimate goal of designing and developing a healing environment,” said Dana Swenson, chair of the 2011 Vista Awards Task Force. “By sharing a common vision and stated goals, each of these teams worked together and overcame challenges presented along the way. The teams recognized this year supported one another, but those who will benefit most from the team’s hard work are the people who will use and work at the facilities.”

For more details on the 2011 Vista Award recipients and information on the 2012 Vista Award program, visit


Public Notice of Anderson County Council Planning and Public Works Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Roads & Bridges Conference Room

735 Michelin Boulevard, Anderson

Chairman Gracie S. Floyd, Presiding 

Planning/Public Works Committee

Consisting of three members of Council, functions as a review, oversight, and advisory body on subdivision regulations, building and other regulatory codes, the zoning ordinance, transportation, rights-of-way, building and grounds, licenses and business regulations, community development, and housing authority programs, public works department, and matters related thereto.              

1. Call to Order     Chairman Gracie S. Floyd

2. Redistricting      Mr. Geoff Cannada/Mr. Bill West

3. Proposal to Dredge Broadway Lake     Mr. Holt Hopkins

4. Broadway Lake     Mr. Roy Ivy

5. Update Broadway Lake Land Swap     Mr. Holt Hopkins

6. Infrastructure Fund: Stevenson Road/Laroache Drive      Ms. Judy Shelato


  1. Project Updates:     Mr. Holt Hopkins
  •  Byrum Creek Flood Mitigation Project


  1. Adjournment



Gracie S. Floyd, Chair

Ken Waters

Tommy Dunn


Clemson Players "Monologues" for Charity

The Clemson Players will present Eve Ensler’s critically acclaimed “The Vagina Monologues” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University, as a benefit for the local women's shelter.

Read the entire news release at:


Calhoun Violinists Will Perform with GAMAC Orchestra  

The beginning violin students at Calhoun Academy of the Arts will perform with the GAMAC Orchestra in the Celebration of Youth Concert on March 25th at 8 p.m.

The Calhoun violinists will be performing Twinkle Little Star Variations with a full professional orchestra. There will be about 40 students from Calhoun grades two through four that will be participating.  They will be performing with students from the Montessori School of Anderson.

The concert will take place in the Henderson Auditorium at Anderson University.


United Way Honors Dr. John Martin

Dr. John Martin received a Presidential Citation from Carol Burdette, President of United Way of Anderson County. The citation was presented during a breakfast held at Cox Hall in Pendleton to give an update on the Women's Leadership Council of United Way teen pregnancy prevention program in Anderson School District 4. The citation presented to Dr. Martin read “In recognition of your dedicated care and concern as a physician, commitment to creating and sustaining a better quality of life for all, generous contributions to health and human service organizations and in your investment in the prevention of teen pregnancies in Anderson County.” Dr. Martin donated $5000 to United Way to support the teen pregnancy prevention program in School District 4. 

Approximately 50 people were on hand to hear about the benefits of having the program in the district.  Yolanda Lowe, the program coordinator for the district, read letters from students who participate in the program and how the program has benefited them.  “IMPACT! is a program that has really helped me lately. The first time I came into IMPACT! we talked about drawing the line was a way to respect ourselves. I started making boundaries”, one student wrote who was being bullied in school. Another wrote, “IMPACT! has really changed my perspective on sex and learning to say  ‘NO’. In middle school there is a lot of peer pressure and this class helps us avoid it. I look forward to coming to this class every Monday.” 

Delores Wardlaw, Asst Principal at Riverside Middle School stated, “IMPACT! is a resource for these kids to separate fact from fiction. This is not just about sex, “Draw the line, Respect the line.”

Currently only four kids have opted not to participate in the program in School District 4. This is the first year the program has run there. “We must teach our children today to make good choices and understand those choices” stated Dr. Lee D’Andrea, Superintendent of Anderson County School District 4.

To learn more about IMPACT! or the Women's Leadership Council of United Way call (864) 226-3438.


Newspring Church Raises $40,000 for Japan Relief

Newspring Church raised more than $40,000 to aid the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The money will be sent to Churches Helping Churches. Click here to read more about that ministry.


Unitex to Celebrate Grand Opening, Showcase Jobs

Anderson County is proud to join Unitex Group USA in celebrating their grand opening on Tuesday, March 22 at 11 am. Local and state officials will join Unitex Management for a ribbon cutting ceremony at their facility, located at 104 Hurricane Creek Road in Piedmont.
In October 2010, Unitex Group USA announced its intention to locate its synthetic products operation in an existing building near I-85 in Anderson County, where the company will manufacture and distribute its synthetic lifting slings and tie-down products. The company, having already exceeded its proposed $4 million investment, plans to hire 40 positions during the first 5 years. As anticipated, Unitex will be fully operational during the first quarter of 2011.


Sheriff, Other ‘Celebrities’ Dancing for Our Heroes on April 8

ANDERSON – Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper is one of six local celebrities participating in the Fifth Annual Dancing for Our Heroes event, to be held Friday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center of Anderson.
Presented by The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, the event is modeled after the popular ABC TV show, Dancing With the Stars. It is being held to raise money for six charities: the Anderson Free Clinic, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, the Cancer Association of Anderson, Foothills Alliance, Hospice of the Upstate, and the South Carolina Military Family Care Association as well as the PolioPlus initiative of the Rotary Foundation.
.     Sheriff Skipper will be dancing the rhumba with Yvonne Conover for the Foothills Alliance. Other participants are dentist Dr. Bob Austin, dancing with Mary Ann McBride for the Anderson Free Clinic; Kristi King-Brock, executive director of Anderson Interfaith Ministries, dancing with Wayne Conover; Dr. Veena Mathur, a partner with Diagnostic Radiology, PA, dancing with Scott Drake for the Cancer Association of Anderson; Army Col. Glenn Skawski dancing with Lisa Burns for the S.C. Military Family Care Association; and Taylor Thompson dancing with Dennis Adams for Hospice of the Upstate.
The theme this year is “Some Enchanted Evening,” and a South Pacific décor is planned, including palm trees and a tiki bar. A full dinner will be provided by Cromer Food Services and the admission price covers soft drinks, tea, wine and beer. In addition, there will be opportunities for attendees to dance to deejay Ben Phillips’ music after the competition ends.    An array of items and services will be auctioned off during the evening.
A ticket costs $40 and a table for eight may be purchased for $300. Tickets are available from the participating charities, club members and at the Main Street and Greenville Street offices of Capital Bank.
Dancers will compete before judges Randy Spearman, a two-time winner of Dancing for Our Heroes; Rotary District Governor Becky Faulkner; and ballroom dancer Dave Thomas. Judy Booker is the mistress of ceremonies.
In addition to the Judge’s Choice award, dancers are selling votes for a dollar apiece to win a People’s Choice Award. All the money they raise will go to their charities and the profit from the evening will be divided among the charities.
Check out Dancing for Our Heroes on Facebook for photos of the couples rehearsing and for photos from previous compeitions.


Class to Offer Help for Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients 

A free class to help individuals who care for persons who exhibit signs and symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias will be offered next month at First Presbyterian Church of Anderson. “Dementia Dialogues” is a five-week course taught by Jan Merling of the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. It is open to the public. The first session will be held Wednesday, April 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at 302 West Whitner Street. The class will continue each Wednesday night for five sessions, concluding May 11.

“This class is designed to help spouses, family members, caregivers, concerned church members, church professionals---anyone who is facing the tough and consuming job of caring for a loved one with dementia,” said Dennis Tedder, senior pastor of First Presbyterian. “We are honored to host this class as a way to serve those folks in our community who are seeking more information as they deal with the day-to-day challenges of being a caregiver for someone with dementia.”

Class sessions will include basic information on dementia, communication skills, environment and safety tips, addressing challenging behaviors, and creative problem solving. Participants who complete all five sessions will receive certification as a “Dementia Specialist.”

Advanced registration is required due to limited seating space. Detailed brochures are available at the church. Please call the church office at 864-225-2551 by Wednesday, April 6 if you would like to attend this class.


Anderson County Receives Second Sunshine Award

On March 16, Anderson County received a letter from the Sunshine Review announcing the County’s second consecutive Sunny Award. The Sunny Award is presented by the editors of Sunshine Review to honor the most transparent government websites in America.
“Congratulations, the Anderson County website is a Sunny Award winner,” said Sunshine Review President Mike Barnhart. “This year, only 100 of the more than 6,000 government websites ranked by Sunshine Review earned a Sunny Award. We hope Anderson County website will continue to serve as an example of transparency in the future.”
“It is truly an honor to be recognized for excellence in transparency,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Having this honor bestowed upon our county for the second consecutive year speaks volumes about our hardworking staff and their desire to be open and honest about the work we do on behalf of the residents of Anderson County.”
“I’m proud of our staff for making Anderson County shine,” said County Administrator Rusty Burns. “I especially want to thank the Public Information, Finance and Information Services staff for their long hours and continued vigilance to maintain the accuracy and continuously look for new ways to interact with the residents of Anderson County. It is quite an honor to be held up as a role model for all counties.”
Anderson County was one of only 8 counties receiving an A+ award in 2010. Additionally, in March 2010, the County unveiled its new online FOI request form during a Sunshine Week Kick-Off Forum, which featured a panel of county staff, local media, Sunshine Review Managing Editor Kristin McMurray and South Carolina Press Association attorney Jay Bender.
Sunshine Review is about state and local government transparency, engaged citizens, and holding government officials accountable. The Sunshine Review wiki collects and shares information about state and local transparency using a 10-point Transparency Checklist to evaluate 6,000 state and local websites. Sunshine Review is a 501 c-3 non-profit that collaborates with individuals and organizations across America to promote state and local transparency.
For more information, visit


AU May Caravan to Springfield Basketball Game

In response to inquiries from fans, Anderson University has announced that if there is enough interest the University will provide motor coach transportation to Springfield, Mass., so fans can cheer on the Southeast Regional Champion Trojans in the Elite Eight tournament.    
The tentative schedule is as follows:
·         Leave campus Tuesday, the 22nd, around 4 p.m.
·         Stop for the night at a hotel about halfway to Springfield.
·         Leave Wednesday morning, March 23rd in time to arrive for the 6 p.m. game.
·         Head back to Anderson immediately after the Trojans win the national championship (or bow out of the tournament).
·         The travel home would be spread over two days.  Depending upon the team’s success, arrive in Anderson either late Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon or midday Sunday.  (Travel time is approximately 15 hours.)
The charge for transportation will only be $25 per fan.  Fans, however, will be responsible for all food, lodging and tickets.
We need to have sufficient participation to justify taking the motor coach, so please email John Kunst at to reserve a seat.  The final determination will be made Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.