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West Market to Host Flu Vaccination Clinic

DHEC nurses will provide flu vaccinations free of charge on Wednesday, February 16th at the West Market Early Childhood and Education Center.
The vaccination clinic will be held from 2-4 p.m.


AU Tops SWU in Baseball

Four Trojan pitchers combined to limit Southern Wesleyan to six hits as the Anderson University baseball team opened a four-game homestand with a 3-1 win past Southern Wesleyan Wednesday afternoon at Anderson Memorial Stadium. 
Anderson (3-3) claimed its second win in as many days and improved to 2-0 at home, while Southern Wesleyan fell to 1-3 on the season.
Senior right-hander Kaleb Davis got the start on the mound for the Trojans, hurling four full innings for the win, while Elliott Tolley, Riley McDermott and Jacob Saxon combined to toss five innings of scoreless, two-hit baseball.
Senior second baseman Ryan Saxon, junior Ryan Kirkland and sophomore Tripp Ross led the way offensively for Anderson, as each posted two hits on the afternoon. Saxon reached base four times, including two doubles and was hit by an errant pitch in the seventh inning. 
Anderson opens a three-game weekend series by playing host to Coker College on Saturday with a doubleheader slated to begin at 1 p.m. at Anderson Memorial Stadium.


Lady Trojans Rally to Defeat Newberry

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Using a late first-half rally and long-range shooting accuracy, Anderson overcame an eight-point first half deficit to defeat Newberry, 61-56, in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball Wednesday night at Eleazer Arena. 
Anderson (9-12, 5-8 SAC) connected on a season-high 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) from beyond the arc to win its second straight contest, while sweeping the season series with Newberry (12-9, 7-6 SAC), which lost its second straight and has dropped three of its last four decisions.

The Trojans wrap up the two-game SAC road swing at Catawba on Saturday with tip-off versus the Indians scheduled for 2 p.m. at Goodman Gym.


Dist. 5 Trustees OK Magnet School Programs

The criteria of the District Five magnet programs were unanimously approved Monday night by the Board of Trustees. All schools with magnet status will accept magnet students, depending on space, in the 2011-2012 school year.

The schools will showcase their programs at a Magnet School Fair scheduled for Thursday, February 24th at T.L. Hanna High School. The Fair will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Student applications for the schools will be available at the Fair. The applications will be available online beginning Friday, February 25th. Deadlines for filing applications will extend until April 1, or in a few cases, later in the spring. Admission requirements differ by school, but will be explained at the Magnet School Fair and on school applications.

School leaders presented their programs to the Board and answered questions Tuesday evening. The schools and their areas of emphasis are as follows:

Calhoun Academy of the Arts – Uses the creative arts as a vehicle through which the core curriculum is delivered. Calhoun was District Five’s first magnet school.

Concord Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate School – In March 2010, Concord was accepted into the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, a curriculum that prepares students to be educationally competitive from a global perspective. The program was founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland, where it maintains its headquarters.

McLees Academy of Leadership – McLees will focus on leadership skills, using teaching materials based on work by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” McLees’ full magnet status is pending Board approval in March.

Nevitt Forest School of Innovation – Connects with its community through such efforts as extended day programs for students and single gender classes.

Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology – Integrates technology and communications skills into the curriculum to help prepare students for the future. The program utilizes different types of technology to ensure an appropriate fit with each grade level. Varennes students create and produce their own live, daily TV news show and work with the latest in technology including interactive white boards and smart phones.

Lakeside Middle School of Inquiry and Innovation – Lakeside adopted a STEM model (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at the start of the 2011-2012 school year.

McCants Middle School – McCants is an IB candidate school, and expects to be accepted during the 2011-2012 school year. Many of the qualities of an IB school are already in place.

Southwood Academy of the Arts – Southwood will be a magnet school for students in grades six through twelve, with an emphasis in grades six through eight on academics within an arts-based curriculum. The secondary grades will receive performance-based instruction, beginning the 2011-2012 school year with selected secondary courses, including accelerated classes in visual arts, drama music and dance. The school will open at the start of the 2011-2012 school year with a sixth grade and plans to add a seventh grade level in the second year of operation and an eighth grade level in the third year. The number of secondary arts courses and other related courses will also expand over time

Anderson V Career Campus – Formerly named the Hanna-Westside Extension Campus, the school offers a variety of career and technology courses including Business Management and Administration, Health Science, Engineering and Cosmetology.

T.L. Hanna High School, an International Baccalaureate World School – T.L. Hanna became our second IB school in April 2010. Its IB Programme operates as a “school within a school.”

Westside High Early College Academy - The Early College Model is a school within a school program that encourages students to set college as a goal and prepare for it in concrete ways. The program will also give students the opportunity to take dual credit courses that will earn them high school and college credit at the same time. That will make the transition to college easier and allow families to save money on college tuition. Westside’s full magnet status is pending Board approval in March.


Carl Anderson Center Dedication Feb. 15

Anderson County Council and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office will hold a dedication ceremony for the Carl Anderson Law Enforcement Center, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. at 305 Camson Road.


ECP to Feature "Walking with Patsy" March 11-12

At a festival celebrating the 78th birthday of the late Patsy Cline, held on the singer's front steps in Winchester, VA and judged by her surviving family and friends, Carol Glass thrilled the crowd with her amazing ability to sing like the country music star. Glass, who lives in Seneca and has performed Patsy Cline songs in area festivals and programs for the last seven years, brought back the title and the knowledge that her voice was the closest thing to those who knew Patsy best.

Carol's music is often featured on 96.3 WGOG and she will be performing two shows at the Electric City Playhouse on March 11th and 12th at 8PM. The show will tell the story of Patsy's life through her songs and will be accompanied The Legacy Band. Tickets are expected to sell quickly and seating is limited. All general seating tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Electric City Playhouse Box Office at (864) 224-4248. 


Lady Trojans Lose Season Opener

AMERICUS, Ga. – The Anderson softball team rallied for a pair of runs in the final two innings, but fell 7-2 to Brewton-Parker Sunday afternoon at Georgia Southwestern’s Lady 'Canes Field. 
The Trojans (0-1) kept the contest close through the fourth inning until the Barons’ bats heated up. With one out in the fifth and runners at the corners, Heather Snyder came through with an RBI single that gave Brewton-Parker (2-0) the 1-0 advantage. One out later, with runners on second and third, Crystal Chesser hit a single to plate both base runners and increase the B-P lead to 3-0.
The Baron squad posted four hits by the Baron squad in the top of the sixth and with runners on second and third, Snyder again came through with a one-out single to bring two base runners across the plate to increase the Barons lead to 5-0.
Anderson’s Brooke Lucas started off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double to deep right field. One out later, with Lucas on third, Danielle Swygert came to the plate and grounded out, earning her first RBI of the season as Lucas scored to make the score 5-1.
The Barons struck again in the top of the seventh with precise hitting and a costly Trojans error, which saw Anderson go into the bottom-half of the seventh down 7-1.
The Trojans attempted a comeback in the seventh as Amber Duncan walked with one out. The next batter, Charlotte Sieber hit a clutch single to advance Duncan to third. That would send up Kinsley Durham next who reached on an error by the Barons infield, allowing Duncan to score.
Senior Casey Deer (0-1) pitched the complete game for Anderson, giving up six earned runs off of 16 hits. The Barons pitching squad yielded just one earned run over four hits.
The Trojans take the field again on Friday when they face Shaw in a doubleheader in Raleigh. The first game is set to start at noon.


ECP to Host Photography Show Feb. 14-March 31

Anderson Artist Guild Member Craig Johnson will be the featured photography artist at the Electric City Playhouse in a show where he hopes to prove that the greatest beauty in life is usually found at home. He believes that one does not need to go to exotic destinations ten times zones away for inspiration, but it doesn't hurt. The ever-changing show, which starts February 14th and will run through March 31st, will include images taken in fifty countries. It's his goal with his images to teach people to see the abundant beauty in their own worlds. When he takes an image he attempts to compose it as if he was laying out a painting or drawing. As he does not even have a photo-editor on his computer, he tries to capture the essence of real life within his camera.

Over the past forty years Johnson has traversed the Panama Canal eight times, written 29 books and wants to leave this world tidier than he found it. His pictures represent an eye and skill level only earned through decades of experience and extensive experimentation. The show is free to the public and the Electric City Playhouse is open from 9AM until 2PM Monday through Friday. All of his pieces are for sale with a portion of the proceeds going towards construction of the new Electric City Playhouse. For more information please call (864) 224-4248 or email


African 0rchestra to Perform at Brooks Center

As part of its debut tour of the United States, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.
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Legal Pad: Mediation: what is it? Why am I here?

By M. J. Goodwin

         Anderson County Family Court has a mandatory mediation requirement.  This was implemented in 2002.  Mediation is required before a party can even request a final contested hearing.  I completed my mediation training in 2002 and do a fair number of mediations each year. 

         Mediation is an informal process that allows opposing parties of litigation to meet with a neutral (the mediator) in an atmosphere that facilitates communication, with a view to resolving differences outside of court.  Mediation gives the parties a chance to make the decisions, with compromises that are implicit in settlements, rather than having a stranger (the Judge) make the decisions for them.  Studies have shown that resolutions reached by agreement are generally more satisfying for the litigants than Court determinations.  After all, who doesn’t want to have some control in the most personal parts of his or her life?  So what should one do to have a successful mediation?

         There are as many opinions on mediation as there are attorneys and litigants.  Like most things in life, you will get out of it what you put in it.  This point was driven home for me recently at a seminar.  A speaker who does a mostly mediation practice stated that an attorney would never dream of going to trial unprepared; with mandatory mediation, more cases are now mediated than tried.  So why do attorneys and litigants come to mediation unprepared? 

         That begs the question:  what preparation should be done in anticipation of mediation?  Again, the answers are as varied as the responder.  I like to see each party make a full financial discloser prior to mediation.  This includes a financial declaration on the court approved form, of course, but also goes further.  As a mediator and as a litigant’s attorney, I want to see the statements of the retirement accounts from both prior to the separation and at the time of the mediation.  If there is a lot of credit card debt, I want to see the bills.  Tax returns from the last five years of the marriage are useful.   Statements of net worth are useful.  Child support guidelines should be run in advance.   If alimony is a consideration, the alimony calculator should be consulted. Read Entire Column Here


Packers Win Super Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aaron Rodgers at long last casts his own shadow.

All it took was a Super Bowl victory for the Green Bay Packers.Capping one of the greatest postseasons for any quarterback, Rodgers led the Pack to their first NFL championship in 14 years Sunday, 31-25 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. They reclaimed the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for their legendary coach who won the first two Super Bowls and is making his own star turn in New York in the play named after him.

Rodgers, the game's MVP, thrilled his legion of Cheesehead fans with a spectacular six-game string that should finally erase the bitterness of the Brett Favre separation in Green Bay. After sitting for three long years before Favre left in 2008, Rodgers is now equal with Favre in Super Bowl wins, and he extended the Packers' record of NFL titles to 13, nine before the Super Bowl era.


AU Women's Golf 12th in Kiawah

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – As a team the Anderson women’s golf team sliced 18 strokes off Saturday’s opening round to finish 12th at the ninth annual Tusculum/Kiawah Island Intercollegiate, hosted by Tusculum College at the par 72, 5,800-yard Cougar Point Golf Club.
Sophomore Lindsay Parks (86-79) carded a final-round seven-over par 79 to move up eight spots to finish 47th, while rookie Katie Eskew (85-81) improved by four strokes to tie for 48th.
Junior Laura Buyers (89-81) led the charge for AU, trimming eight shots off her first-round 89 to claim a share of 54th. Fellow junior Kalyn Johnson (90-84) cut six strokes from Saturday’s round and finished 61st, while senior Hayley Parks (83-97) shared the 69th spot.
Florida Southern rallied from nine strokes back to win the event. The Mocs, the second-ranked team in NCAA Division II posted the lowest team score in the final round with 300 to finish with a two-day total of 605, edging runner-up Rollins (No. 17 in NCAA II) by a stroke (296-310=606).
The 17-team field included five colleges and universities that are currently nationally ranked in the National Golf Coaches Association’s Division II Top 25.
The Trojans have a break of three weeks before competing at the Ann Rhoads/Birmingham Southern Shootout.


Equine March Madness March 12-13


*EQUINE DENTISTRY by Regionally known Dick Landmesser - Does your horse dislike its bit? Does your horse have a hard time digesting its food? Learn the basics of when your horse might need a dentist. Dick is well known and respected in all breeds for his development of equine dentistry over the last several decades. He and his son will be giving presentations multiple times this weekend as well as being available in between for one on one conversations. Come see actual teeth and jawbones. This clinic is free to everyone. That's right no charge to attend. We encourage you to pass this information on to your fellow equine enthusiasts.

OPEN ALL BREED SHOW - two days of classes for the young and young at heart. Note that we have adult walk-trot/jog classes as well as many other opportunities for all to enjoy. Sunday is dedicated to the hunter over fences and jumpers. We are offering every level of abilities that you can imagine so whether you are just starting out or have experience, we have a class for you and your horse.

*TACK FLEA MARKET Time for some early Spring Cleaning!  Bring your extra tack, horse or show clothes to the WCAHA Tack Flea Market on March 12 from 8 am - 2 pm on the mezzanine of the main arena.  All you have to do is call ahead and let us know you are coming!    Sarah Hendricks 828-230-7538

For more information, to pre-register, or to reserve stalls call

Jason Obermiller at (828) 674-9057 ,

Leona Parks at or

Robert Obermiller at (828) 674-1758