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Council Shoots Down Gun Ordinance

     Anderson County Council shot down an ordinance Tuesday night which would have prohibited shooting a firearm within 300 yards of a dwelling or business in unincorporated areas of the county.

     By a vote of 5-2, council members rejected the ordinance proposed by County Councilmen Tom Allen after complains from several of his constituents. Allen and Councilmember Gracie Floyd voted for the ordinance.

     County Councilman Bob Waldrep applauded Allen, saying proposing an ordinance that takes on the National Rifle Association and a gun-toting public took courage, but said he would like to explore other avenues to address the issue.

     There were 982 "shots fired" calls to county law enforcement in the past 12 months, according to Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper, who displayed a map of where each of those calls was made. Of those, no action was taken in 276 and there was no way to investigate 432 others. Skipper, who said he is a concealed weapons instructor, suggested that studying the density of some areas of the county might be one step in the right direction. Skipper added that adjacent counties, such as the more metropolitan Greenville County has no such ordinance.

     County Councilman Ron Wilson maintained the ordinance was an affront to the Second Amendment.

     "The Second Amendment t is not about shooting or hunting, it is about freedom," Wilson said. "A well armed society is a polite society. A well armed society is always free."

     Allen said that while the amendment did not pass, he will continue to explore a way to protect the safety of his constituents who are concerned about guns being fired in their neighborhoods.




Hall of Fame Nominations Due Sep. 30

     Each year, the Anderson County Museum inducts two new members into its Hall of Fame. The ACM Advisory Committee will accept nominations for this honor through September 30, 2009. Judging is done using a point system and documentation of the candidate’s accomplishments in shaping Anderson County, state, national or world history. The nominees must be deceased for 10 years.

     Nomination forms are available at the Museum, or you may contact the Museum to have a form mailed or e-mailed to you. Nominations must be received no later than September 30th to be considered for the May 1, 2010 induction.

     The Anderson County Museum is 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.  



ANDERSON COUNTY, SC--Anderson County is proud to announce Glenn Brill as the Director of the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Division. Brill accepted the position, which will have an annual salary of $82,000. The new division will encompass the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center and Civic Center, Special Populations, Senior Citizens, Museum, Parks & Recreation and the Farmers Market.

“I am excited to join the Anderson County team,” said Brill. “I feel the new Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will pay big dividends to Anderson County residents.”

“This is an exciting day for Anderson County,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Eddie Moore. “Our County has much to brag about including events, parks and beautiful Hartwell Lake. Having a department in place that is dedicated to enhancing our parks and capturing the convention and tourism industry will reap great rewards for our County and the entire Upstate.”

“Focusing our parks, recreation and tourism efforts has been one of my goals on the Council,” said Anderson County Councilman Tommy Dunn. “Reorganizing departments that directly and indirectly contribute to this goal is a great start toward seeing that vision come into focus.”

Glenn Brill has served as Director of the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) since December 2004. After graduating the University of Wisconsin Platteville in 1982 with a Bachelor’s in Radio/Television Management and minor in Business Administration, Brill spent 14 years working for two Convention and Visitors Bureaus in Wisconsin. He was the Director of Sales for the Fox Cities CVB and Executive Director of the Fond du Lac CVB. He is a member of the Hall of Fame for the Wisconsin Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. Brill is a frequent speaker and author on the tourism and convention industries. He currently serves as the president of the SC Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus and as secretary of the SC Travel and Tourism Coalition.


DJJ Youth Service Day Makes Difference

By Samantha Harris
Senior Writer
     There was a time when Essence let her temper get the best of her.
     But Saturday afternoon, as she was helping to supply the homeless with free clothes and providing a bench where the weary can wait on the city bus, that life seemed ages away.
Essence, who is 13 years old, has gotten into trouble before. That trouble landed her in a South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice program which requires her to complete community service.
The program has helped her to get her life back on track, she said.
     During Saturday’s "Restoring Carolina Through Youth Service" day, Essence, other students in the Anderson County DJJ program and a handful of volunteers did service projects to give back to their community.
     The day started with installing benches at the Anderson City bus stops at the Emergency Soup Kitchen on Franklin Street and the Goodwill store on Clemson Boulevard.
     The Anderson County DJJ staff, grateful for the S.C. General Assembly’s assistance during tough budget cuts this year, wanted to help others in return, county director Amy Bradshaw, said.
     “We thought about what we could do, and very few of the bus stops in Anderson have a place for people waiting on the bus to sit,” Amy said. “So we decided to make some benches.”
The project quickly became a community effort, as McCoy Lumber of Honea Path donated the wood, United Way of Anderson donated the paint, a local builder made the benches and the students at the Anderson County Alternative School helped to paint them.
Bradshaw was impressed with the students’ efforts.
     “This shows others that these kids aren’t all bad,” she said.
Essence was smiling as she helped to install a placard on the new bench outside of Goodwill.
     “I enjoy being involved with helping other people,” she said. “I was on the wrong path because I had a lot of anger. But I started going to church, and I realized someone loved me. If I had someone who always loved me, then I had someone to work for and be good for.”
Brittany had a similar story.
     She was a student at Pendleton High School before she got into fights and was sent to the alternative school.
     “A lot of students fuss and cuss because they don’t want to be there, but it saved my life,” she said. “If you let it, the alternative school can turn your life around.”
Brittany started paying attention in school and working to improve her behavior. Administrators who cared and DJJ staff members supported her and gave her confidence, she said.
     When the students visited the soup kitchen to place the new bench, they saw dozens of people lined up outside waiting to eat. They invited the people back to the DJJ office, where they were giving away free clothes, another part of the service project.
     Brittany, who is expecting a baby in November, was moved by the crowd’s needs.
     “I see these people, and I don’t know, my heart feels for them,” she said. “Since I am carrying a child, it seems like my heart grows bigger and bigger. I know I am too young to be pregnant, but it has helped my life, in a way. I am doing so many things differently now because I want to be a good mother for him.”
     Saturday’s project came at the end of Brittany’s community service, but she plans to come back and help with future projects, she said.
     “My family has been through some rough things,” she said. “There were times when I didn’t know if we would make it to the next day. People helped us then, and now I want to help others because I know what it’s like.”


Grits & Groceries & Chicken

Heidi and Joe Trul, their son and their dog and their new chicken. Click Photo to visit Grits & Groceries. PHOTO PAUL BROWN


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Meals on Wheels Annual Oyster Roast Set

     Tickets are now available for Meals on Wheels' Annual Oyster Roast.  This event will take place on Saturday, October 3, at the Anderson Education and Recycling Center located at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Woodcrest Road across from the Anderson Civic Center. Serving begins at 5 p.m. and will run until 8 p.m.         

     Tickets are $25 for adults and $11 for children under 12.  Advance ticket purchase is required. Menu includes oysters, low country boil (shrimp, potatoes, corn and polska kielbasa sausage), beer, soda, and bottled water.  Tickets can be purchased at Anderson County Meals on Wheels, 105 S. Fant St., by calling 225-6800, or online at All proceeds will benefit the elderly and disabled recipients of Anderson County Meals on Wheels.


Council Agenda Includes Gun Ordinance, Consolidation

Anderson County Council will hear on first reading ordances concerning the potential cosolidation of some public safety departments under the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

The regular meeting is scheduled for tonight 6 p.m. in the council chambers.

PDF of entire agenda here.


Shalom Recovery Center Graduates 9

Shalom Recover Center, a Christian-based drug and alcohol treatment center for women, graduated nine women from there long-term program Saturday night. The center recently marked its one-year anniversary and has provided services to more than 100 women during that time.

The 104-acre facility, located in rural Belton, S.C., offers individualized treatment programs of three, six and nine months. Shalom Recovery Center offers women who struggle with drugs and alcohol a safe place for treatment and recovery, a place to find healing and restoration. Shalom offers structured, spiritual, nurturing programs where the women can find hope and freedom in Jesus Christ to break the cycle of chemical dependence in their lives. Upon completing treatment, Shalom House in Anderson, S.C.,  offers supervised independent living where women find a job while attending life-skill classes, with the goal of total economic independence.

Shalom is entirely faith-based and operates on the generous donations of those who share our vision, and receives no government money of any kind. For more information, or to make a donation, visit their website here.


Newspring Church Baptizes 902 Sunday

Anderson's Newspring Church help impromptu baptism after each of its four services Sunday, resulting in 659 outdoor baptisms by the end of the day in Anderson and another 243 at the other campuses.

 Newspring Church began nearly 10 years ago as a small bible study meeting on the campus of Anderson University.  Today, the church’s four weekly services average more than 8,000 people each Sunday. NewSpring is also opening live-via-video campuses in Greenville, Florence and starting Sept. 27, Columbia .  For more information on the concert event or NewSpring church, please visit or call 846-226-6585.



Rosey Dow to Address Writers' Group

Award-winning author and internet specialist Rosey Dow will speak at the Upstate SC American Christian Writers meeting, Saturday, September 19, 2009, at 2:30 PM at the Anderson County Library, 300 N. McDuffie St., Anderson, S.C. 29621. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Rosey Dow has a lot to say—writing, speaking, and teaching. Winner of the coveted Christy Award for Reaping the Whirlwind, she is a best-selling author with more than half a million books in print. A popular conference speaker and writing workshop presenter, Rosey has been a guest on dozens of radio programs and TV’s Encounter with the Unexplained. She currently is CEO of Experts in Focus, an online promotion company, taking authors online for more influence and sales. Dow will give key tips for getting the contents of your books and articles online to establish you as an expert  and give a preview of her workshop classes she will teach at the Carolina Christian Writers' Workshop to be held in Anderson October 23-24.  For more information on the September 19  meeting or the coming workshop, contact President Elva Martin at or 864/226-7024.


Anderson Fire Training Facility Dedicated

Residents will be safer; firefighters will receive improved training due to City/County Vision and Partnership
On Friday, September 11th, officials, first responders and residents gathered to dedicate the new Anderson Fire Services Training Facility. The ceremony began with a moment of silence to remember those who fell on September 11th and all fire fighters, emergency responders and soldiers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Anderson County Fire Chief Billy Gibson and City of Anderson Fire Chief Jack Abraham lead the ceremony, which ended with a ceremonial “valve coupling” and a “first burn.” The new training facility is located at 845 Hillhouse Road in Anderson.
“This is a great partnership between the City of Anderson, our local fire departments, the Legislative Delegation and Anderson County,” said Anderson County Fire Chief Billy Gibson. “Our 800 volunteer firefighters deserve the best equipment and training that we can provide. Having this facility will help us train in a safer environment so that we will be prepared and ready for emergencies when they arise.”
“I am thrilled to see this facility completed,” said Anderson County Councilman Tommy Dunn. “September 11th is a day that each of us pause to reflect on our country, our patriotism and those who protect our freedom and our safety. 9-11 changed the face of firefighting; it made us more determined to train harder and be ready for any emergency situation that threatens the safety of our citizens. This new facility will help us meet that goal. I want to thank our firefighters and all our emergency responders for their dedication and sacrifices. I especially want to mention Bo Gilreath and his vision for this training facility. This is another great example of what can happen when we work together to accomplish a common goal.”
“This new addition to the Anderson County Fire Service Training Facility exemplifies government working together for the citizens of Anderson County. The City of Anderson owns the property; Anderson County provided financial support through their General Obligation bond; other agencies such as law enforcement, emergency preparedness, public works, private industry, and surrounding county fire departments are allowed to use the facility. When it comes time for all of these agencies to work together during an emergency, we can do it because we have worked and trained together on projects such as this new burn building.”


Tom Dunaway's Plan to Save Sullivan's