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Thursday
Sep242009

Anderson’s Livestrong Weekend Oct. 2-4

ANDERSON – What do a 40-foot dragon boat, a campground on Hartwell Lake and Lance Armstrong have in common? All will be part of Anderson’s Livestrong Day the weekend of Oct. 2-4.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation’s annual advocacy day for cancer survivorship on Oct. 2 is celebrated world-wide. This is a milestone year, as Livestrong Day marks the tenth anniversary of the day professional cyclist Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The Upstate S.C. Army of the Livestrong Foundation will use that day as the starting point for a weekend of activities at Tiger Cove Campground on Hartwell Lake. The highlight will come Saturday afternoon, when the Army’s new dragon boat will be paddled into the cove by a team of breast cancer survivors. Tiger Cove Campground is located off Asbury Road, across the lake from Portman Marina.

The Camp for the Cure weekend was the dream of Becky Lash, who bought Tiger Cove Campground with her husband Jamie in 2005. Mr. Lash was diagnosed with cancer shortly after that, but he worked through most of his illness to get the campground into shape after years of neglect. He died this past March and Mrs. Lash is hosting the Livestrong Day and Camp for the Cure in his memory.

Half of all registrations for tent and RV sites and the campground’s cabins will benefit the Cancer Association of Anderson that weekend. Activities begin at sundown Friday, when singer/guitarist Butch Hicks will lead an old-fashioned sing-around-the-campfire. It is open to the public as well as campers.

On Saturday, the campground will be alive with activities on water and land, including kayak rentals by Grady’s Great Outdoors; arts and crafts for children; a variety of artisan and craft booths; live music by the Smooth Too of Atlanta; Chinese and American food specialties; an outdoor yoga demonstration and class by Senior Solutions; and cornhole tournaments for kids and adults.

At 1:30, Huo Li, the dragon boat owned by the Upstate SC Army and the Cancer Association of Anderson, will be paddled into the cove, followed by a Chinese swimming dragon dance by local performance artist Naimah Abdullah. Novice paddlers can join the team for a short ride on the water in the dragon boat for a nominal fee.

A complete schedule of activities can be found on the Cancer Association’s website, www.cancerassociationanderson.org/campforthecure.asp

Campsites are still available, and artists and crafters are still being sought for the weekend. For information, contact Becky Lash at 225-5993.

Wednesday
Sep232009

Denver Downs Corn Maze Opens Saturday

Wednesday
Sep232009

Double Springs Park Dedicated

On Tuesday, residents from the Double Springs Community gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate improvements to Double Springs Community Park. Recent improvements include a tree house, spring riders and a protective net to contain the ball field and prevent foul balls from entering the children’s play area. 

These improvements were made possible by a PARD (Parks and Recreation Development Fund) Grant, secured due to the efforts of SC Representative Don Bowen, District 8, with matching funds provided by Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen from District 4.

“I am proud to have been a part of this project,” said Representative Bowen. “Double Springs Community Park is in my district and it is good to see these improvements for the good of this community. The Double Springs Community Association is to be commended for their efforts to make this park what it is today – one of the best kept parks in Anderson County.”

“It is always exciting to see county and state government work together with local communities on projects that benefit residents,” said Councilman Tom Allen. “This community does an excellent job of maintaining this park and keeping it clean and available to be used by everyone. The wonderful turnout of residents this evening is evidence that we made an excellent investment in this community by partnering to make these improvements a reality. I want to especially thank Steve Hartsell, president of the Double Springs Community Association, for his hard work and dedication to this community.”

For more information about the Double Springs Community Park, the Double Springs Community Association or to reserve the park, call 864.287.2938.
 

Tuesday
Sep222009

Trick Or Treat So Others May Eat

Because it’s scary to be hungry!
 
What if, instead of just eating candy on Halloween, you helped make it possible for hundreds of families to have food to eat?  Trick or Treat for canned goods rather than candy!
This year you can help stock the food pantry at Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM)….and we need your help now more than ever!  In July, we assisted 776 families with their food needs and another 751 families in August.  Our monthly average continues to rise as unemployment and a poor economy leave more and more families needing to ask for help to make ends meet.
 
During this unique annual food collection effort, canned goods and non-perishable items are collected to stock our Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry.  This event has successfully jump-started our busy holiday season for more than 11 years now, and we hope that you will want to be a part of the fun, fellowship and service this year!
 
We encourage your class/group to join AIM in fighting hunger by participating in Trick Or Treat So Others May Eat!  There are many ways to become involved.  You can form a team and collect in neighborhoods; or you can collect within your church, school, or organization.  AIM can help provide any materials you might need along with lots of support, while you provide the volunteer power and enthusiasm during the last two weeks of October.
 
We plan to kick-off this year’s event at a drop-in at our food pantry, located at 1206 S. Murray Avenue, on Monday, September 28, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Please mark your calendar and drop by to have some refreshments, tour our pantry, learn more about the agency and our event and sign up to participate.  Please call 965-9077 to RSVP.
 
Here are some “Trick Or Treat So Others May Eat” details:
 
1.     Recruit your group team members to participate in this event.
2.     Pick up bags and bag attachments at AIM (mid-October date TBA).
3.     Drop off bags to your neighborhoods/class prior to Halloween (between Sun., 10/18 & Wed., 10/21)
4.     Pick up the filled bags on Sunday, the 25th of October & deliver them to the Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry at AIM.  We’ll have refreshments on hand for the volunteers!
 
We hope you can attend.  Any questions about our agency or this amazing event will be answered and you will have an opportunity to select the neighborhoods in which your group would like to collect.  If you would like to participate but can’t come, please call 965-9077 or email angie.shaw@aimcharity.org and let’s discuss other ways you can fight hunger.
 
Please help us reach our goal of 30 participating teams.  A successful event will provide thousands of pounds of food for the Anderson Community for the upcoming fall and winter months.
 
Thank you for your support of AIM and for your care and concern for Anderson County families struggling with food insecurity!

Visit AIM on Facebook … click to become a fan of AIM…
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Tuesday
Sep222009

State Trooper Funeral Set for Wednesday

FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FELLOW TROOPERS TO HONOR LIFE OF JONATHAN S. NASH DURING FUNERAL SERVICE AT CIVIC CENTER

ANDERSON COUNTY –A funeral service honoring SC Trooper Jonathan S. Nash has been scheduled for 11 am on Wednesday, September 23 at the Civic Center of Anderson. Trooper Nash, a native Andersonian was killed during a memorial motorcycle ride for fellow, fallen officer, Trooper Hardy M. Godbold, who was killed in the line of duty in 1992.

Trooper Nash’s was part of a Highway Patrol escort for the charity ride when his motorcycle was struck by a car. Nash, a resident of Union County, joined the Highway Patrol in 1994. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1986-93.

He is survived by his parents, Dan and George-Ann Nash, both of Anderson, and a 14-year-old daughter.

 
Monday
Sep212009

Board Shuns Support of Alternative School Plan

Anderson County School District 5 was invited to present an overview of their proposed Pilot Project for the Alternative School to the Anderson County Board of Education Monday night at their regular meeting. The presentation detailed a plan to help find a new entry point for students who might benefit from the Alternative School.

The proposal would allow students to be admitted to the Alternative School without first being expelled from their current school. The new program would, in special circumstances, allow a student to be transferred to the alternative school without the stigma of having an expulsion on their record. Officials said that other similar schools in the state already had a similar policy to allow students to transfer into alternative schools without being expelled.

Dist. 5 asked the County Board for a letter of support for the pilot program to be given to the Alternative School Board at its next meeting. The County Board rejected the request by a vote of 5-3.

The proposal will be considered by the Alternative School Board later this month.

Monday
Sep212009

Museum Secures Grant for New Exhibit

Belton- The Anderson County Museum was recently awarded $30,000 in grant money from the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. The money is for development of a permanent exhibit showcasing the early history of commerce in Anderson County.

A grant for $20,000 was awarded in August from the federally designated heritage area. The Mountain Lakes Regional Advisory Committee, a committee of the SCNHC representing Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties, gave a $10,000 grant from funds that are raised through appropriations from the region's counties.

Visitors to the "Trade Street" exhibit will be immersed into the business history of Anderson County through the eras of growth, which laid the back-bone for modern day business.  The exhibit will showcase artifacts, pictures and display cases from an existing collection.  The grant funds will hire a design firm to design the facade, design and fabricate interpretive panels, and design, construct and install display systems for the exhibit.

Michelle McCollum, president and CEO of the SCNHC, said both the State Partnership Board and the local committee recognized the potential impact of this project. "There is no doubt this type of project builds community pride and stimulates economic growth through tourism." McCollum said, "Through the development of quality interpretation, our communities' diverse history and heritage can be shared with both residents and visitors alike. The Heritage Corridor is proud to partner with the Anderson County Museum on what will be a terrific addition to the site."

The SC National Heritage Corridor federal grants program has awarded over $3.5 million to South Carolina communities since 1999. Grant awards are limited to projects within the Heritage Corridor and require a 50/50 reimbursable cash match. For more information about the SCNHC, please visit www.sc-heritagecorridor.org.
 

Monday
Sep212009

County Board of Education Meets Tonight

The Anderson County Board of Education will meet tonight at 6 at the offices at 402 Bleckley Street. No agenda for the meeting has been released.

The Alternative School Pilot Program is on the agenda for this meeting.

Saturday
Sep192009

Anderson Youth Stand Up for Homeless

A homeless man recently died here in Anderson.  A friend of a friend.  It hurt to hear that this had happened.  It hurt even more to learn that he likely would be alive had he only been “rescued” hours earlier instead of “discovered” too late.  Unfortunately, homelessness lives in our own back yards.  Whether you see it or not in the course of your daily routes around town, it exists.  You might not recognize it if it doesn’t look like a tattered and tired “street” person sitting in a cardboard box under the viaduct.  Sometimes it takes another form.  Maybe it looks like a young Mother and her child who travels from family member to family member because she has no place to call her own.  Perhaps it’s the guy who sneaks back into work after everyone else leaves, so he will have a place to sleep.  Perhaps it’s someone you’ve passed on the street.  And you never knew.

Anderson University’s Baptist Campus Ministries teamed up with Family Promise to coordinate Homeless For The Homeless, an event to raise awareness and funds for homelessness in Anderson. ...Read Full Story Here

Thursday
Sep172009

Carnival To Offer Year-Round From Charleston 


 
MIAMI, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise operator, will introduce the first year-round cruise schedule from Charleston, S.C., with the deployment of the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy in May 2010.

Carnival Fantasy will operate five-, six- and seven-day voyages to The Bahamas and Key West, Fla., from the Passenger Terminal in historic downtown Charleston beginning May 18, 2010.

On Carnival Fantasy's new Charleston-based cruises, Carnival is expected to carry more than 140,000 passengers annually from the port. Including Charleston, Carnival Cruise Lines will operate from 20 North American homeports in 2010, with 12 year-round departure points - the most in cruising.

 

Thursday
Sep172009

Lawmaker Group: No Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17  -- The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the nation's largest nonpartisan, individual membership association of state legislators, recently passed a Resolution Opposing Federal Mandates on Unemployment Insurance. The resolution opposes the required federal changes which would expand eligibility of unemployment insurance and move the system toward a federally controlled social welfare program.

Governors of several states, including Alaska, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and South Carolina, have already indicated they will reject federal stimulus funds because the American Recovery Reinvestment Act, ARRA, required changes to state laws which will increase spending, result in increased taxes, and create future budget liabilities. ALEC legislators strongly oppose forcing states, as a condition of federal funding, to change state unemployment insurance laws.

The federal government's meddling in state unemployment insurance eligibility is a misuse of stimulus funds, and a violation of the powers explicitly reserved for the states in the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

 

Thursday
Sep172009

Oldham, Volunteers Honored for Air Show

Anderson County Council passed a resolution honoring Hugh Oldham, the volunteers and businesses who helped make the 2nd Annual Snowbirds Over Anderson Air Show a success.

Thursday
Sep172009

Friday Energy Summit Agenda

AGENDA for the Energy Summit, Friday at the Anderson County Civic Center.

8:00                                    Registration
8:30 to 10 am                Opening Session

Ronnie Booth, Tri-County Technical College President
Trish Jerman, S.C. Energy Office
Duke Energy – Mike Wilson
Blue Ridge Electric Coop – Terry Ballenger
Piedmont Natural Gas – Hank McCullough
Fort Hill Natural Gas – Joey Hawkins
Recognition of Elected Officials / Special Announcement

10:00                                 Coffee Break
10:15 - 11                        Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session I
10:15 to 11 am
Session II
11 am to 11:30
Session III
11:30 to 12
Session IV
12 to 12:30 pm

Ballroom A
William Livoti
Baldor Electric Company
ENERGY EFFICIENCY, SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION & IMPACT ON YOUR BOTTOM LINE – PART I

William Livoti
Baldor Electric Company
ENERGY EFFICIENCY, SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION & IMPACT ON YOUR BOTTOM LINE – PART II

William Livoti
Baldor Electric Company
ENERGY EFFICIENCY, SYSTEM OPTIMIZATION & IMPACT ON YOUR BOTTOM LINE – PART III

Steve Whaley
Blossman Propane
“The Police Interceptor”

Ballroom B


Charles Rampey
SC MEP
CREATING YOUR ENERGY STRATEGY TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY & BOOST YOUR BOTTOM LINE PROFIT

Charles Rampey
SC MEP
CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVES & CARBON FOOTPRINTING

Benjamin Leigh
Sustainability Institute
BLOWER DOOR & DUCT BLASTER DEMONSTRATION

Alan Wyatt
Eaton Corporation
LEEDS PRODUCTS

Ballroom C

Gina Humphreys
Anderson County
SHOW ME THE MONEY

Trish Jerman
S.C. Energy Office
S.C. POLICY & LEGISLATION

Gina Humphreys
Anderson Count
SHOW ME THE MONEY

Tim Mays
Blue Ridge Electric Coop
UTILITY BILLING ELEMENTS

Ballroom D

Benjamin Leigh
Sustainability Institute
ENERGY CONSERVATION 101

Perry Stephens
Duke Energy
‘Smart$aver’ INCENTIVES

Joey Hawkins
Fort Hill Natural Gas
BACK TO BASICS
TANKLESS WATER HEATER

Hank McCullough
Piedmont Natural Gas
2009 ENERGY PRIORITIES & REBATE PROGRAMS


12:30                                 Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Leigh – Key - Sustainability Institute of Charleston
Energy Audits and Practical Energy Efficiency Strategies

1:15 to 2:15                    “Best Practices” Session

Oconee County – Time of day usage
Pickens County – Biodiesel - Chap Hurst
LEEDS   - SYS Constructors & Tri-County Facility Project
Eaton Corporation - Alan Wyatt  – ROI: Outside Lighting w/sensors
Clemson University Sustainability -  Tony Putnam

2:15                                    Forum Questions & Answers