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County Finance Committee Meeting Friday

Anderson County Council Finance Committee will meet Friday at 2 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown. The public is invivited.


Lawn Mower Exchange Saturday

On Saturday, April 16th Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties are once again partnering in a program to exchange gasoline-powered lawn mowers for environmentally friendly mowers. The event will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. on the Tri-County Technical College’s Pendleton Campus.

“This popular program will give residents the opportunity to recycle their gasoline-powered mower in exchange for a discount towards the purchase of a new environmentally-friendly mower,” said Jon Batson, Anderson County Air Quality/Stormwater Manager. “By offering this lawn mower exchange, we invite residents in all three counties to do their share to help reduce air pollution in SC.”

Batson continued, “Lawn mowers, string trimmers and other gasoline-powered lawn care equipment are the nation’s leading source of off-road air pollution. Gasoline-powered lawn mowers contribute to ground-level ozone and particulate matter pollution in much the same way as cars and trucks.”

“The lawnmower exchange is a great way for people to get involved in improving air quality by switching to an environmentally-friendly mower,” Anderson County Environmental Services Director Greg Smith said. “Clean air is important for healthy communities and these exchanges give our citizens an opportunity to make a difference where they live and play.”

Batson said that despite efficiency improvements in the engines, today’s gasoline mowers still contribute emissions, including to those forming ground-level ozone, which can cause shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. Gasoline mowers also cause more greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere. Using an environmentally friendly mower reduces emissions and potential health effects.

The exchange operates under a partnership including Tri-County Technical College, Clemson University, Duke Energy, DHEC, CatBus and Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties and vendors such as Neuton, for the program.

For more information on lawn mower exchanges or what you can do to protect our air quality, contact Anderson County Environmental Services at 864.260.1001.


ECP Drama Camp June 13-24

The Electric City Playhouse Drama Summer Camp and Theatre Technical Camp will run from June 13-24, Monday through Friday, from 9AM until 12:30PM (with a snack provided).

The cost is $150.00 per participant with a $25.00 discount for each sibling.  Age ranges are 8 through 14 years old for the Drama Camp and up to 17 years old for the Technical Camp with the registration deadline of May 31. This year's Drama Camp Teacher will be the Kay Morrissey, Ben Phillips will be the Technical Camp Teacher. They will be teaching the campers the musical No Strings Attached, and updated, over the top musical comedy remaking of the classic Pinocchio story. Space is limited to 30 students in the Drama Camp and 10 in the Technical Camp. Campers will learn everything from joyful songs, group dance steps, elements of classic musical theater, set construction, lighting, voice inflection and projection, theater etiquette and camaraderie. 

The Electric City Playhouse's 2011 Camp Goal is to help children find their voice, whether it is on stage or off, and to help them develop the leadership and social skills best taught through a fun and encouraging educational setting. For more information or to reserve a spot, please call (864) 224-4248 or email


AnMed Earns Stroke Center Certification

After undergoing an onsite evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, AnMed Health has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. AnMed Health first earned this designation in 2006. The health system has maintained its status as a Primary Stroke Center ever since.

“In stroke care, time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification as a Primary Stroke Center, AnMed Health has proven that it has the ability to provide effective, timely care to stroke victims and can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation’s third leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

“We’re proud to achieve this distinction from The Joint Commission,” said Tina Jury, AnMed Health’s chief nursing officer and vice president for patient care services. “It’s a great recognition of our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community.”


United Way Reaches Goal

Despite a still-struggling economy and high local unemployment, the United Way of Anderson County has met its annual fundraising campaign goal for the first time since 2007 raising $1,750,492 to date. With a couple of community campaigns still yet to report, the amount is expected to increase.
“Since we didn’t meet our goal in the last few years, making our goal this year was not an option, stated Pat Patrick, chair of the 2010-11 Campaign. “The staff and campaign cabinet met the challenge and laid the foundation for continued success in future campaigns.”

In addition to the amount raised during the campaign, the organization has diversified its fundraising efforts by seeking out and securing other dollars that directly impact the community and agencies.

The United Way of Anderson County was selected as the recipient of the United Way Association of South Carolina/South Carolina Department of Social Services Matching Grants program, distributing funds totaling $78,187.50 to five organizations within the United Way of Anderson County structure. The following organizations were recipients of the funding - Anderson Area YMCA Westside, preschool of quality childcare of children birth to 5; Developmental Center for Exceptional Children, quality childcare activities for special needs children birth to 5; Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, afterschool and summer programs; We Stand for Kids, afterschool and summer programs for children of incarcerated parents, and Iva Recreational Center, afterschool and summer programs.

The AmeriCorps Graduate Anderson grant was awarded to United Way in the amount of $248,408. This grant put 10 individuals in the following organizations who would otherwise not be able to afford additional manpower: Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Alston Wilkes Society, Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Adult Education Success Center, IMPACT!, Youth Volunteer Corps, United Way of Anderson County and We Stand for Kids.

Other grants allowed for the completion of city and county neighborhood projects, free training for non profit agency personnel, and books for children ages 0-5 through the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

These grants combined with dollars raised through the campaign puts the organization at an income exceeding $2 million dollars.

Distribution of funds to nonprofits will be announced at a later date after approval by the United Way Board of Directors.

For information, call 864-226-3438 or go to


County Public Safety Commitee Meets Today

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 – 6 p.m.
Anderson County Historic Courthouse-2nd Floor Conference Room
Chairman Ken Waters, Presiding

1.    Call to Order

Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance                                Mr. Tom Allen

Discussion of Emergency Services Budget (wants and needs)  Mr. Taylor Jones

Citizens Comments


Ken Waters, Chairman
Tom Allen
Tommy Dunn


Mayberry Comes to Westminster Friday, Saturday

    Look for Andy, Barney, Opie, Floyd, Ernest T. Bass to be wandering the streets of Westminster Thursday and Friday for “Mayberry Comes to Westminster” Days.

    The event features Look-a-like contests, Mayberry Parades, a Car and Tractor Show, Arts & Crafts, Mayberry Merchandise, and a series of musical performances across both days. All events both days are free expect for the special Saturday night performance by the VW Boys, who combe music, magic and comedy.

    For a more information on Mayberry Comes to Westminster, visit here.

    For a complete schedule of the two days of events, click here.


Belton Hosts State Chili Cookoff Saturday

     Dozens of cooks from across the country are tuning their forks and getting ready for Saturday’s S.C. Chili Cook-off Championships presented by MSW Security in downtown Belton.
     Professional chili and salsa winners will head on to world-level competition sanctioned by the International Chili Society. Amateur cooks can also submit their best chili and salsa recipes for a shot at the People’s Choice Award.  
     The professional competition is bringing cooks from as far as Seymour, Ind., where Julie and Jim Nester, both award-winning cooks, live. Mrs. Nester has 27 state or regional wins. Her husband has 26. Also planning to compete are Domino Ireland of Raleigh, N.C.; Lynn Ellis of Acworth, Ga.; Ken Copeland of Greer; Don Stuewe and Matt Stuewe, both of Tampa, Fla., John Blackwell of Kennesaw, Ga.; Keith Mayfield of Childersburg, Ala.; Mike Singleton of Havelock, N.C.; Sue Eutermoser and Gary Williams, both of Fayetteville Ga.; and Eric Noble of Kennesaw; Debbie Turner of Waxachachie, Texas; Georgia and Jim Weller of Rockton, Ill.; Mark Ponder of Charlotte, N.C.
      They will all be trying to oust last year’s S.C. state champ Allen Querbin of Marion.
Mike Freedman is coming from “up north” to act as chief judge for the event. He will join a full fleet of area judges.
       “We are looking for great spring weather and a lot of really good cooking, as well as fun, live music and what will be a great Saturday outing for families,” said Jim Bright, one of the event organizers.
      In addition to chili and salsa, the event will feature live music from Jack Roper and the Weatherman, Another BS Session Band and the Sidekick band, along with children’s rides with an all-day pass from SpaceWalk of Anderson for $10, drink sales benefiting the Boys Home of the South, arts, crafts and much more. Food will include everything from chili and salsa to baked goods and southern staples like boiled peanuts. In addition, Belton woodworker Gene Jameson will be on hand with his souvenir cook-off knives for sale, along with event T-shirts.
      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 non-profit.
     Admission for this year’s event will be $5 and the donation of one canned good item that will go directly to the Belton Interfaith Ministerial Association for its food pantry.
For more information, check out the event website at www.
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.


Museum Hall of Fame Family Day April 30

The Anderson County Museum Hall of Fame and Family Fun Day will be held April 30 at 1 pm. The even will feature the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony of Richard Wright Simpson, Sr., and the unveiling of the Simpson exhibit. The even is free and open to the public.
The schedule:

1:15 PM: Unveiling of the updated Turbines and Textiles Exhibit. Free and open to the public.
Family Fun Fest
4 PM: Ticketed event in ACM upper parking lot.
ACM Members: $8 adults/$3 children
Non-members: $10 adults/$5 children
Ticket price includes: Hot Dog with all the fixings, Bounce Castle, Face Painting, Corn Hole, Shag music with dance floor and more. Join us for this family fun event. If raining, the event will be held inside the ACM.

202 East Greenville Street
Downtown Anderson,
South Carolina 29621


Council Committee Meetings Tuesday

Anderson County Council will be conducting Meetings/Agenda Review for the Ad Hoc Committee Meeting
Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the historic courthouse – Second Floor Conference Room.


Guardian ad Litem Training Scheduled May 2

A free training course to teach volunteers how to advocate for children taken from homes of abuse and neglect will begin Monday, May 2 through the Anderson County Guardian ad Litem program. The first class is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Foothills Alliance, 216 E. Calhoun Street, in Anderson.

Interested volunteers must be at least 21 years old and pass a Central Registry and background check before being cleared to take the class.  Cases takes a commitment of  approximately four to six hours per month and, according to organizers, volunteers are often the  sole  source of stability for children who are regularly transferred between different foster homes, to new schools, and  change case workers,  often losing contact with friends and extended family.

The Anderson County Guardian ad Litem Program is a division of the S.C. Governor’s Office of Executive Policy and Programs.  For information, visit or call Cindy Sauer at 864-225-2348.


AU Softball Sweeps Doubleheader from Newberry

NEWBERRY, S.C. – Timely hitting and clutch pitching lifted the Anderson softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Newberry, 4-1 and 5-4, in South Atlantic Conference action Sunday afternoon at the Newberry Softball Field.
Freshman centerfielder Charlotte Sieber was a combined 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI on the afternoon, while rookie catcher Laura Jansky added two hits in six at-bats, including her third homer of the season. Senior hurler Casey Deer recorded her 23rd complete game of the season and improved to 14-12.   
With the sweep Anderson (21-18, 3-11 SAC) snapped an 11-game winless streak, while handing Newberry (15-26, 2-12 SAC) its’ fifth consecutive setback.


Clemson Players to present Shakespeare's comedy 'As You Like It'

The Clemson Players, Clemson University’s student drama company, will present Shakespeare’s romantic comedy "As You Like It" from April 18 through 24 at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.
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