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Gamecock Club to Hold Football Preview Party

Anderson County Gamecock Club – 2011 Football Preview Party:  The Anderson County Gamecock Club will host an event on August 31at the Burgundy Blues Club located in downtown Anderson.  The event will be from 6pm-8pm.  The scheduled speakers are Patrick McFarland with the Gamecock Club and special guest, Tony Morrell with  This event is open to members and non-members of the Gamecock Club.  The cost to attend is $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  Cost to attend includes dinner (cash bar also available).  Please contact Jason Craddock at 864-202-8419 to RSVP and for additional information. 


Duke Power to Seek Rate Increase

Duke Power has filed to ask for rate increases of as much as 17 percent for customers in South Carolina on the heels of reporting a seven percent profit for the last fiscal quarter. No hearings have been announced. The increase would cost the average customer between $15 and $19 per month. Developing....


New Date Announced for Concord Orientation  

Kindergarten and First Grade students who will attend Concord Elementary School are invited to meet their teacher on Monday, August 15, between 9 and 10 a.m. 

Parents of all students, Grades K-5, are invited to attend an orientation session Monday evening, August 15th.  The first session begins at 6 p.m. and the second session begins at 7 p.m.  Please attend one of the two sessions to receive important information about the upcoming year from your child’s teacher.

Orientation will NOT take place on Thursday, August 11 as your child’s teacher assignment letter indicates. We have had to reschedule this event to accommodate construction and renovation at the school. 


Gov. Haley to Sign Education Bill Wednesday in Easley

On Wednesday, August 3rd at 3:00pm Governor Haley will sign S. 172 (Higher Education Efficiency & Administrative Policies Act) We would like to extend an invitation to you to stand with us during the bill signing ceremony. This bill contains flexibility for our higher education institutions' funding and it contains requirements for online posting of their spending. Taxpayers, students, parents, and teachers deserve the right to be able to see exactly where our money is going. This is a great victory for the taxpayers of South Carolina! The signing will be in the Multi Purpose Room at the Easley Campus of Tri County Technical College, 1774 Powdersville Road.


Azem Named AU Head Women’s Soccer Coach

Samar Azem, former assistant women’s soccer coach at Presbyterian College, has been named the Trojans’ head women’s soccer coach as announced by Anderson University Director of Athletics Nancy Simpson. Azem is expected to begin her duties Monday, Aug. 8. 

“I am thrilled that Samar will be taking charge of our women’s soccer program.” said Simpson. “She comes with a tremendous level of ability, Division I coaching experience, and a passion for the game that is unsurpassed. She will fit well with the Anderson University family and mission, and I look forward to continued team success under her leadership.”

Azem has worked with every facet of the women’s soccer programs at Presbyterian, Mercer University and Brevard College, while focusing on working with the goalkeepers. During her stint with the Blue Hose, Azem helped guide the Blue Hose to their most successful season during their transition to NCAA Division I, as Presbyterian claimed five wins in 2010, with the PC net-minders earning five shutouts on the season and producing the strongest goals-against-average (1.99 GAA) by a PC team during the transition.    

“I want to thank Nancy Simpson for this wonderful opportunity to be a part of Anderson University and lead the women’s soccer program,” said Azem. “Anderson is a great place with a unique and enriching environment. There is a great deal of energy and progress within the institution and athletic department for our program to continue developing within. Jason Dowiak established a resilient group of student-athletes and I look forward to meeting them and getting to know each of them. We have a lot of work ahead of us as we begin cultivating an exceptional program, and I’m certainly excited to get started!”

While at Presbyterian, Azem took the lead in designing, creating and implementing PC’s first-ever winter camp and worked with supporters and community groups to raise funds for facility upgrades and to boost awareness in the community. 

Prior to arriving at Presbyterian, Azem served as the top assistant coach for two seasons at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. The Bears earned the program's first-ever regular- season Atlantic Sun Conference championship and posted their first regional ranking in school history during her first season on the bench, during which Azem guided the goalkeepers and was also heavily engaged with every area of the program. She coached and trained goalkeeper Jean Worts, whose goals-against-average ranked 11th in the nation among Division I goalkeepers, while the overall defense ranked sixth nationally. 

During Azem’s tenure, Mercer players garnered league Defensive Player of the Year accolades, as well as Freshman of the Year honors and also earned a total of 11 all-conference awards.

Prior to joining the staff at Mercer, Azem served as an assistant coach at Brevard College, working with recruiting, team travel arrangements, scouting and game-day preparations. She also developed strength and conditioning programs for the Tornado players in addition to assisting in the compliance department.   

Azem brings extensive club and camp coaching experience to Anderson. While at Mercer, she trained goalkeepers at the Central Georgia Soccer Association and the Macon Soccer Club, two of Central Georgia’s largest soccer clubs. Axem has trained and evaluated young players at Carolina Elite Soccer Association and has also organized and overseen camp and clinic sessions with a number of top Georgia clubs in the Atlanta region.

During her collegiate playing career at Campbell University, Azem helped lead the Fighting Camels to the A-Sun conference regular-season and tournament championships in 2004 and the following season she was named to the All-Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Team for her performance in goal as she helped the Camels return to the conference tournament title match. Azem also garnered A-Sun all-academic recognition and earned the squad’s Coaches Award twice (2005-06).

The Jos, Nigeria, native competed at the Hillcrest School where she was a three-sport standout. During her final three years at Hillcrest, Azem was the team captain for the soccer, basketball and volleyball squads. She also earned the soccer team's MVP award in 2001 and was voted as the Senior Class President in 2003.

She has also been involved in community endeavors as she was part of the Mashiah Foundation. This foundation volunteered with the National Honor Society to create an HIV/AIDS awareness program for high schools across Northern Nigeria. Twelve high schools implemented the plan and over 1,000 guests attended the seminar.

Azem graduated with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and a minor in psychology from Campbell in 2007 and earned her master’s degree in education from Mercer in 2010.


Keenan Joins AnMed

On Aug. 1, Dr. Daniel A. Keenan Jr. joined the AnMed Health Physician Network. Located near AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson, AnMed Health Daniel A. Keenan Jr., M.D. specializes in the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. When caring for patients, Dr. Keenan incorporates an understanding of disease prevention, wellness, and the treatment of common ailments.

Dr. Keenan is a graduate of Wright State University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at Greenville Hospital System. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. 

AnMed Health Daniel A. Keenan Jr., M.D. is the network’s second internal medicine office and its third new practice since the beginning of the year. In April, AnMed Health welcomed Carolina Kids, the office of Dr. James Feiste. In July, AnMed Health welcomed Carolina Cardiology, the office of Drs. Jerry Champ, Paul Jones, Rhonda Duncan Maudlin, Scott Phillips, Brett Stoll, Satish Surabhi and John Wendt. 

The AnMed Health Physician Network includes 35 offices across the Upstate with specialists in family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics, vascular medicine, bariatric surgery, plastic surgery and general surgery. For more information or to find a doctor near you, go to .


91 Percent of Dist. 5 Students Meet or Exceed ELA Standards  

A total of 91.1 percent of District Five students scored at or above grade level in English Language Arts (ELA), under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), according to data released today by the South Carolina Department of Education.

That number is slightly higher than last year, and marks three consecutive years in which the percent of ELA success is 91 percent or above.

In Math, 87.6 percent of District Five students scored at or above grade level. That is up from 87.1 percent last year.

District Five met 31 of 33 district AYP goals, or 93.9 percent, the same percentage as last year.

Three of our elementary schools made AYP this year: Centerville Elementary School, Concord Elementary School, an IB World School, and Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation. In addition, Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology and Whitehall Elementary School missed only one goal each, falling just short of making AYP.

 “These numbers reflect the hard work of our students, parents and teachers. We congratulate them on their success,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “We will use this information to refine our curriculum and teaching methods as we work toward bringing academic success to every student.”


Westside Cadets Compete in National Academic Event  

The Westside High School U.S. Army Junior ROTC participated in the 2011 Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship at George Mason University in Washington, D.C., from June 24 to June 28.  

The team consisted of Cadet Captain Trista Adams, Cadet Second Lieutenants Callie Alcott,  Naomi Plummer, and Calvin Ruinard.  In two online rounds, 1,316 teams were tested on standard high school curriculum math, science, and English.  The Westside team finished in the top 24 of the Academic Bowl teams to make it to the final round.  Despite some heavy competition in Washington, Westside made it to the quarter finals and finished 7th out of the nation’s top Army JROTC units. 

After the competition, the cadets were taken on a tour of Washington where they visited some of the capitol’s monuments and memorials.  On the last night of the event, at an awards ceremony and banquet, the team members received the George C. Marshall Foundation Leadership and Academic Award.


Concord Parents Should Pick Up Assignment Letter at McCants  

Due to construction and continued renovation, parents of Concord Elementary School students will need to come to McCants Middle School to pick up their child’s teacher assignment letter and pay material fees. 

Parents should come to the cafeteria at McCants.  They may park in the side parking lot, come down the ramp, and enter the cafeteria on the left. 

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, August 5 

9:00-Noon Last names beginning with A-L

Noon-3:00 Last names beginning with M-Z  

Monday, August 8 

9:00-Noon Last names beginning with M-Z

Noon-3:00 Last names beginning with A-L

Fees Include: 

Material fee: $15.00

$3.60 if your child is on reduced lunch 

Parents of students in Grades 2-5 will need to purchase a student assignment book which costs $4.00.   

Parents of students in kindergarten will be able to pay a snack fee as well.  Here are several options for this fee:

  •  One payment of $60.00 for the year
  •  Two payments of $30.00 (August/December)
  •  Six monthly payments of $10.00 (August, September, October, January, February, March) 

Needed for New Student Registration:


  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Two Current Proofs of Residence (lease or any two utility bills)
  • Certificate of Immunization 

AIM Needs Back to School Clothing Help

As we are quickly approaching the school year, there are several children of the WACS participants that need gym shoes & help with sports uniforms.  Listed below are the needs.  If you can contribute to any of these, please contact Judy Swanson at 965-9079 or email:

Tennis Shoes/Gym Shoes (specific sizes):

Boys - Mens sizes 9 and 12

boy - youth size 1.5

boy - kids size 12

boy - kids size 7.5

(If you would like to provide shoes as other needs/sizes are determined, please let us know)

** We also have a youth that is playing football that needs his uniform paid for.  The school has ordered new uniforms/equipment & the kids are required to pay for them.  The cost of this childs uniform & gear is $174.90, if you would like to contribute toward sponsoring this young man, please let us know.


West Pelzer Gets $447,500 Grant for Water Line Upgrades

West Pelzer has been chosen to receive a $447,500 Community Infrastructure Grant from the Federal Community Development Block Grant Program to upgrade water lines.



Farmers' Market in Full Swing

The Anderson County Farmers’ Market is in full swing with local farmers will be on-site with fresh local produce from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

“The success of our Farmers’ Market is dependent on residents,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Agriculture is foundational to our county’s heritage and future growth. Every purchase at the Farmers’ Market pumps money into our local economy, supports our food community and enhances our county’s sustainability initiatives. I encourage everyone to come out for the Grand Opening Day and become a ‘Localvore’.”

“Imagine biting into a juicy tomato, freshly picked from your neighbor’s garden,” said Louis Keasler, Anderson County Farmers’ Market Board member. “The Anderson County Farmers’ Market makes it possible to enjoy fresh local produce grown by our local farmers. When you purchase produce from the Farmers’ Market, you not only give your family the most nutritious meals, but you also boost our local economy.  After all, Anderson County farmers are outstanding in their field!”

Farmers’ Market Hours

Tuesdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursdays & Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


County Awarded Federal Funds for Food, Shelter Programs

Anderson County has been chosen to receive $88,618 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. 

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Carol Burdette or Kathy Masters, United Way of Anderson County, PO Box 2067, Anderson, SC  29622 or call 864-226-3438 to request an application.  The deadline for applications to be received at the United Way office (907 N Main Street, Suite 202) is 4:00 pm on Friday, August 5, 2011.