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Trojan Baseball Drops Decision at UNC Pembroke

TPEMBROKE, N.C. – The Anderson baseball team opened a three-game non-conference series by pounding out 11 hits but stranded 12 runners on base as the Trojans fell, 9-3, Saturday evening at Sammy Cox Field. 
UNCP had four different players notch multiple hits, including senior Keith Whitman, who doubled, singled twice and scored a run to earmark a 3-for-4 night at the plate. Josh Haley walked, homered and scored twice on a 2-for-3 hitting line, with newcomers Brad Bridgeman and J.J. Williams each turning in 2-for-4 tallies. Williams also scored a pair of runs.

Anderson (0-1) got 2-for-5 tallies from Thomas Padro, Ryan Saxon and Erick Sanderson who provided a leadoff home run to spark a three-run sixth inning for the Trojans.

UNCP starter Tyler Wood (1-0) surrendered nine hits over five innings of work, but picked up the win after striking out nine and allowing just three runs - two earned. Reliever Brantley Hattrich picked up the hold for the Braves after giving up just one hit and striking out four in three innings of relief work, with Brian Willis striking out one and allowing a single in working the ninth frame.

T.J. Estes (0-1) recorded six strikeouts but allowed six runs, three earned, on seven hits in six innings of work to absorb the loss for the Trojans. Kaleb Davis and Riley McDermott both saw an inning of work for Anderson as well.

Haley's leadoff homer in the first gave the hosts a quick lead, with UNCP tacking on solo runs in the third and fourth innings as well, before adding two in the fifth to extend the advantage to 5-0.
Anderson trimmed the deficit by putting up three runs in the top of the sixth to get to within a pair of runs, 5-3, as Sanderson blasted the Trojans’ first round-tripper of the season. Ryan Kirkland followed with a single to center, moved to third on Trip Ross’ double down the right field line and scored on an error by the Braves second baseman.
UNCP hurler Brantley Hattrich came on in relief and recorded three consecutive outs to squelch the AU rally. The Braves plated Keith Whitman on an error in the bottom of the frame and then put the game away with a three-run eighth inning.
The two teams return to the diamond Sunday afternoon to wrap up the series in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.   


Pre-K Registration Set for February 17th

Registration for Anderson School District Five’s 3 & 4 year old programs will take place Thursday, February 17th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at South Fant and West Market Early Childhood and Education Centers.

Children registering for the 3-year-old program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1.                          Child must be three years old on or before September 1, 2011.

2.                          Parents must be working or in school.

Children registering for the 4-year-old program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1.                          Half-day 4 year olds – child must be four years old on or before September 1, 2011.

2.                          Full-day 4 year olds – child must be four years old on or before September 1, 2011 and the parents must be working or in school.

When parents come to register, they must bring the child’s legal Birth Certificate, proof of residence and food stamp case number and /or Medicaid number (if applicable). We request you bring your child’s social security card.  However, if you do not wish to give us the social security number, a student identification number will be assigned for your child. 

You will need to register your child at the school they are zoned to attend.  If they are zoned for T.L. Hanna High School, you will register at South Fant Early Childhood and Education Center.  If they are zoned for Westside High School, you will register at West Market Early Childhood and Education Center. Please direct any questions to South Fant Early Childhood and Education Center at 260-5225 or West Market Early Childhood and Education Center at 260-5200.

Completing the registration process does not guarantee a child a spot in the program. Eligibility for South Fant or West Market is based on the academic, financial, and developmental needs of the child.  Screenings will be held in the spring and notification of acceptance will be mailed by July 1, 2011. There are not enough slots for every student who qualifies, so priority is given to students who can benefit the most.


Weekend AU Softball Schedule Changes Announced

ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson University head softball coach Tommy Hewitt has announced that the season-opening weekend “Early Bird” Tournament, hosted by Georgia Southwestern College has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
However, the Trojans will travel to Milledgeville, Ga., on Sunday for a doubleheader versus Georgia College scheduled for 2 p.m., then visit Georgia Southwestern for a twinbill slated to start at 1 p.m. in Albany. 


Dist. 5 Kindergarten Registration Feb. 9

Registration for Anderson School District Five kindergarten classes will be held in the elementary schools on Wednesday, February 9th beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m. Kindergarten pupils are to register in the attendance area where they legally reside.

Full-day kindergarten will be available for all students in the district’s ten elementary schools. Bus transportation will be provided for pupils who live at least one and one-half miles from school.

To be enrolled, a pupil must be five years old on or before September 1, 2011, and have a legal/original birth certificate, and South Carolina Certificate of Immunization. (The original/legal birth certificate is not the one issued by the hospital.) The required South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, Form 1148, must be issued and signed by a private physician, personnel of the County Health Department, or a military clinic.

PLEASE NOTE:  Students entering kindergarten or first grade require either proof of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine or verification that the child has had the illness.  The requirement of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DPT) vaccines for your child has increased from three (3) to four (4) doses, with at least one (1) dose received after the fourth birthday. Two valid proofs of residency are also required.  These may be a current power, water, or phone bill, a lease agreement, or a contract on your house. A driver’s license is not accepted as proof of residency. 

A physical examination is encouraged but not required. If you wish to seek assistance in securing a physical examination and/or other health care for your child, contact the County Health Department.

If you have questions about kindergarten registration procedures, please contact the principal of the school in the zone of your legal residence.


Trojans Rally to Top Limestone in Baseball Season-Opener

The Anderson University baseball team rallied with two runs in the bottom of the 12th inning to claim a dramatic 4-3 come-from-behind season-opening win past Limestone Thursday afternoon at Anderson Memorial Stadium.  
Junior centerfielder Jonathan Romano ignited the two-out rally by beating out an infield single to shortstop, his second hit of the afternoon. Fellow junior Thomas Padro followed by blasting a double to right field, scoring Romano and advanced to third on the throw to the plate. Third baseman Blake May stepped to the plate looking for his first hit of the contest and cooly ripped a single through the right side of the infield to plate Padro with the game-winning run as the Trojan dugout erupted to celebrate on the infield.
Anderson (1-0) jumped out to an early two-run lead after just one inning of play on the 42-degree afternoon, as Romano led off with a double to left field. Two outs later, Ryan Saxon singled to left to plate Romano and following Erick Sanderson’s walk, right-fielder Ryan Kirkland singled to left to give AU a 2-0 advantage after one inning.
Limestone (1-0) answered with a solo run in the top of the second inning, as Jake Rierson and David Christy combined for one-out back-to-back doubles, but Anderson starter Brett Campbell worked out of the jam by getting a strikeout and inducing designated hitter Chad Balderman to bounce out to third.   
After threatening again in the fifth, the Saints broke through to even the score in the sixth frame when Zach Howard led off the inning with a walk and took advantage of an AU error one out later to cross the plate with the tying run.
The Trojans nearly ended the contest in the 10th inning as Romano was hit by a pitch with two outs, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but AU was unable to capitalize.   
The Saints took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 12th inning after lead-off hitter Al Benson doubled over the head of the AU centerfielder and moved to third on a sacrifice fly to right field. He crossed the plate with the go-ahead run when a balk was called with two outs, setting up the Trojan comeback heroics in the bottom of the inning, just beating the freezing rain that moved into the Upstate at the conclusion of the game.
Five Trojan pitchers combined to give up seven hits on the afternoon, with Campbell working five complete innings and scattering five hits, while surrendering just two runs. Marsh Kowalski, Jacob Saxon and Justin Rogers each worked two innings of hitless relief, with senior hurler Elliott Tolley earning the win by tossing the top of the 12th inning.
Romano and first baseman Erick Sanderson each notched two hits, while Padro was 1-for-4 with two walks.
The Trojans worked 10 Mars Hill pitchers for nine hits in six innings, saddling sophomore Tyler Weaver with the loss after allowing two runs off three hits in the final frame.
Anderson will get back on the diamond this weekend, visiting Peach Belt-foe UNC Pembroke for a three-game series, starting with a twinbill on Saturday. First-pitch is slated for 2 p.m.


AU's Trull Named Second-Team Academic All-District

Anderson University men’s basketball junior guard Nick Trull has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District III men’s basketball second-team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Thursday afternoon.
The native of Charlotte, N.C., sports a 3.94 grade point average, while majoring in kinesiology and has been named to the Dean’s List five times.
“Nick is an extremely well-rounded student-athlete,” said Anderson head coach Jason Taylor. “I have never coached a harder worker on the court and that work ethic carries over into the classroom as well. We are extremely proud of Nick.”
The 6-foot-2 junior has played in all 21 games this season and 53 contests over the past two seasons, averaging 9.3 points per game coming off the bench. He is fifth in scoring on a team with four players averaging double-figures and leads the team with his 89.4% free throw accuracy.
Trull, the lone representative from the South Atlantic Conference, is second on the team in 3-pointers on the season and has led the team in scoring on four occasions, while reached double-figures nine times.
In order to earn recognition, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution and are voted upon by CoSIDA members. CoSIDA District III includes Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Anderson returns home for a brief one-game homestand on Saturday when the Trojans entertain Mars Hill in the second game of a women’s/men’s doubleheader. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. at the Abney Athletic Center.


WSPA: Bill Would Forgive Snow Days for Upstate Students

The South Carolina House is moving quickly to forgive some or all of the snow days that students missed in January. It has passed bills that would forgive snow days in Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Darlington, Dillon, Greenwood school districts 50, 51 and 52, Kershaw, Laurens 55, Oconee and Pickens counties. A Senate bill that has not passed yet would forgive the school days for every county in the state.

But even if the bills become law, that doesn't necessarily mean students don't have to make up those snow days. Full story at WSPA.


BBQ to Benefit Haven of Rest, Humane Society

The "Have a Heart BBQ Lunch Plate" event, scheduled for Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Young Memorial ARP Church, 508 Boulevard, in Anderson. The community is encouraged to purchase plates and donate the meals to the Haven of Rest in Anderson.

The meal includes BBQ, buns, baked beans, slaw and dessert and costs $7.

To pre-order meals, or for more information, call 864-933-5347. Delivery available for orders of three or more meals.


Goldstein Recital Slated for Clemson Brooks Center

Pianist Alon Goldstein will present a free solo recital of works by Chopin, Beethoven, Ligeti and Janacek at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.
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Dist. 5 Wins 14 Palmetto Awards

Ten schools in Anderson School District Five have earned a total of 14 Palmetto Gold or Silver awards, according to the State Department of Education.

The awards recognize schools for academic achievement and closing achievement gaps in 2010.

“We are proud of the hard work of our students, parents, teachers and administrators in earning this recognition,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “We are committed to building on these achievements and continuing to improve our academic performance.”

McCants Middle School; Centerville Elementary School; Concord Elementary School, An IB World School; Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering and Whitehall Elementary School all earned Palmetto Gold awards for General Performance.

Southwood Middle School, Calhoun Academy of the Arts, McLees Elementary School, Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation and New Prospect Elementary School earned Palmetto Silver awards for General Performance.

Schools receive General Performance awards for overall performance based on both their absolute and growth ratings and the growth index found on school report cards. These ratings are determined by PASS scores for elementary and middle schools, whose awards were announced today. Awards for high schools will be announced at a later date.

Southwood Middle School, Centerville Elementary School, New Prospect Elementary School and Whitehall Elementary School also received Palmetto Silver awards for Closing the Achievement Gap.

Schools received Closing the Achievement Gap awards based on academic gains made by students in four groups – African American students, Hispanic students, students participating in federal free- or reduced-price lunch programs and students with non-speech disabilities.

In its 10th year, the Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver awards program was created by the South Carolina General Assembly to recognize schools that attained high levels of absolute performance, high rates of growth and substantial progress in closing achievement gaps between groups of students.      

The state’s Education Oversight Committee establishes criteria for the awards, and the Department of Education applies those criteria to determine which schools are honored. More than half the schools being recognized this year have a poverty index of 60 percent or higher.

Schools honored for general performance receive a certificate and award flag, while those recognized for closing achievement gaps receive a certificate.


McGee's Pub Offers Valentine Dinner Theater

Looking for something different for Valentine’s weekend? How about a little murder?
Local theater troupe Show Offs! will present “Murder by Magic” at McGee’s Irish Pub for you and your Valentine’s sweetie.
For just $35 per person, you can enjoy a full meal, alcoholic beverages and a night of spooky chills and ghostly apparitions.
In 1929, “Morgo the Magnificent” was performing with his beautiful wife, Clarisse, when something went terribly wrong. Instead of a little slight of hand, Morgo slightly sawed his wife in half! In a fit of grief and remorse, Morgo hanged himself. Ever since, the couple have haunted McGee’s.
Now, Merchant Entertainment’s Lois Merchant has hired noted seer “Simone the Psychic” to lead the audience in contacting the ghosts of Morgo and Clarisse… if she weren’t a “few crystals short of a ball” that is. When things go awry, it’s up to the audience to figure out “whodunit” and how.
Presented by special arrangement with Mysteries by Moushey, it’s a night of murder, mystery and mirth to help you and your mate celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The five-course dinner consists of artisan breads & cheese, clams Casino, Hearst salad, an entree of roast beef & lobster sauce, and chocolate raspberry torte. Paired with beer and/or wine, it’s a meal made for lovers. Cost is $35 per person (does not include tax or gratuity). A non-refundable deposit of $10 per person is required when making reservations.
For reservations, contact McGee’s at (864) 261-6401


Legal Pad: The Best Interest of the Child

By M. J. Goodwin

I spend about 85% of my professional life in the Family Court of South Carolina.  Most of that time is spent on cases involving child custody or child abuse and neglect.  The standard for determining which parent gets custody of a child is “what is in the best interest of the child?”  Our Supreme Court has repeatedly stated that “in a custody dispute, the paramount and controlling factor is the welfare and best interest of the child“.  What a slippery slope that can be. 

Goodwin But it is better than the standards that we used to have.  Way back, a long time ago, children were regarded as property and therefore, were usually awarded to the father.  Of course, divorce was less prevalent then.  But if it happened, the children went with the father.  Sometimes that was good, sometimes it wasn’t.  Later, as the “new” wisdom of the 1950s-70s came into vogue, the “Tender Years” doctrine was adopted, which stated that very young children were better off in the care of their mother.  Well, that is not always the case either.   So the law ultimately involved into where it is today, the best interest standard.

So how does one determine what is in the best interest of a child?  I would submit that you cannot know what is in the best interest of a child until the child has grown up.  In retrospect, you may be able to say that what was done with regard to child rearing resulted in a well-rounded, self-sufficient grown up.  But you might also say that some areas could be better.  Or that another approach would have produced a similar result.  But that is of little help to a family court litigant, family court attorneys and family court judges. (READ COMPLETE COLUMN HERE)


Council to Look at Financial Report, Census Findings

Anderson County Council will explore details of the county financial report and examine local findings of the 2010 census as part of Tuesday night's meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown.

Full agenda here: