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Friday
Aug132010

Arts Center Pet Project Opening Reception Tonight

The public is invited to 2nd Annual Pet Project Exhibition Opening Reception Friday, August 13, 2010 at 7p.m.They break your heart. They cover you with fur. They love you unconditionally.

Our pets teach us to live in the moment, and fill us with joy! The Anderson Arts Center presents an exhibition unlike any other! "Pet Project" is an art exhibit that will feature the special relationship between people and pets. The exhibition will feature the Wag 'n Brag Pet Photography Contest, sponsored by the Anderson Independent-Mail, and the work of artists that specialize in pet portraiture using drawing, painting, collage, ceramics or photography. **Awards will be given out during the Opening Reception for the photography contest! Anderson Arts Center 110 Federal Street Anderson, SC 29625 864.222.2787 www.andersonarts.org staceym@andersonarts.org

Thursday
Aug122010

Meals on Wheels Needs Summer Drivers

Meals on Wheels needs a little extra help on Friday.  We have two routes that need someone to step up and offer to deliver because regular drivers are on vacation!!  Can YOU help?  Call Cindy at 225-6800.
Thursday
Aug122010

Labor Day Weekend Trike Race Back On

     Put your pedal to the metal for your favorite charity by procuring a child’s pedal vehicle, decorating it and riding it in the Tour de LaFrance Charity Pedal Race. The vehicle can be a tricycle, child’s bicycle no bigger than a 16” model, Big Wheel, pedal car, etc.  The vehicle must be child-sized and pedal-powered. 
All Pedal Race riders MUST wear a bicycle safety helmet....NO EXCEPTIONS.  A limited number of helmets will be available for use, but you are encouraged to bring your own helmet. 
Charity Pedal Race Competitions:
     “Pimp My Trike” Champion presented by the Cancer Association of Anderson: Best decorated vehicle (and rider) will be judged at 10:15 a.m. in front of the Courthouse.  **ARRIVE BY 10:00 a.m. to “stage” your vehicle for judging.**
      Fastest Racer Champion presented by Safe Kids Anderson County:  The pedal race begins at 10:30 a.m. 
     “Show Me the Money” Champion presented by Safe Kids Anderson County: Show us the money! The biggest prize goes to the racer who collects the most money for their charity. 
Registration deadline Aug. 30. For more information, email snicometo@andersoncountysc.org
     Collect money for your charity by having people make donations in cash, check or through the charity’s website in your honor. Any checks you collect should be made payable to your charity. 
     On the day of the race, bring a letter signed by an official of your charity on their letterhead stating the total “pre-race donations” you have collected and submitted to your charity as of Friday, September 3. 
    You can bring more donations with you to the race and also raise donations at the race from people in the crowd. At the completion of the race, your collected donations will be tallied and added to your “pre-race” total.
Thursday
Aug122010

Brooks Center Jon Faddis Jazz Concert Sept. 14

Legendary jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis will present his Dizzy Gillespie-influenced jazz at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature Faddis and pianist David Hazeltine, bassist Kyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Dion Parson.

Thursday
Aug122010

Anderson District 5 to Host Back-to-School Celebration

     Anderson School District Five parents and residents are invited to the district’s 2010-2011 Back-to-School Celebration at Westside High School on Monday, August 16th.
     The event brings together our teachers and support staff and marks the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. It will include a celebration of the achievements and awards won by our schools and district over the past year. Students return to classes on Tuesday, August 17th.
     The celebration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the William M. Roberts Gymnasium on the Westside campus.
     The celebration will also include recognition for numerous school awards including: Improving Student Academic Achievement, Closing the Achievement Gap, and achieving AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress.) In the 2009-2010 school year, all ten elementary schools in District Five achieved AYP. District Five was the only school district among the state’s 15 largest to have all of its elementary schools accomplish this.
Our district also celebrated many individual achievements this year. Among them, Dr. Jeff Wilson, our assistant superintendent for instructional services, earned the 2010 District Level Administrator of the Year award from the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA).
Layne Putnam, assistant principal of New Prospect Elementary School, was named the 2010 Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year by SCASA.  
     Also, Lakeside Middle School math teacher Christi Fricks was one of just 87 science and math teachers in the nation named as a winner of the prestigious 2008 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The annual award is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. 
     In addition, Kelly Sutton of Centerville Elementary School has just been named one of three South Carolina finalists in the current competition for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. 
Wednesday
Aug112010

Duct Tape Doctor Competition to Fund School Health Education

    Four well-known doctors will be wrapped in duct tape in an effort to raise money for Doclink, a physician-driven nonprofit that provides health education in Anderson County schools. 
    Duct Tape a Doc is a one-on-one competition to see which doctor can raise the most money and be duct taped to a wall the fastest. On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Dr. David de Holl is up against Dr. Marshall Meadors at the AnMed Health North Campus. On Thursday, Aug. 26, Dr. Mike Tillirson will face off with Dr. Harold Morse at AnMed Health Medical Center. Both competitions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Duct tape will be sold for $1 a foot or $3 for 5 feet. By purchasing a piece of tape, residents can bring these doctors one sticky step closer to victory. All proceeds from the competition will go to Doclink.
Doclink was established in 1999 with the goal of educating and empowering young people to make healthy lifelong decisions. Last year, Doclink provided 336 in-school presentations, educating more than 9,600 students in all five Anderson County school districts. 
     In elementary schools, Doclink teaches “Tar Wars,” a tobacco prevention program for fifth graders and “Nutrition Detectives,” a healthy eating curriculum for fourth graders.  At middle and high schools, Doclink offers presentations on trauma, nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco, alcohol and drug prevention. Doclink also partners with Safe Harbor to bring The Megan Project to Anderson County students. The Megan Project is a proactive relationship violence prevention curriculum. 
     “Doclink provides an important service in the absence of school-based funding for health promotion and health education. This is a great example of a public-private partnership where a nonprofit is providing education at no cost to taxpayers,” said Lacey Councill, Doclink coordinator. 
This is Doclink’s inaugural Duct Tape a Doc fundraiser, but Councill said she hopes the event will continue for years to come. 

     Four well-known doctors will be wrapped in duct tape in an effort to raise money for Doclink, a physician-driven nonprofit that provides health education in Anderson County schools. 
Duct Tape a Doc is a one-on-one competition to see which doctor can raise the most money and be duct taped to a wall the fastest. On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Dr. David de Holl is up against Dr. Marshall Meadors at the AnMed Health North Campus. On Thursday, Aug. 26, Dr. Mike Tillirson will face off with Dr. Harold Morse at AnMed Health Medical Center. Both competitions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Duct tape will be sold for $1 a foot or $3 for 5 feet. By purchasing a piece of tape, residents can bring these doctors one sticky step closer to victory. All proceeds from the competition will go to Doclink.
    Doclink was established in 1999 with the goal of educating and empowering young people to make healthy lifelong decisions. Last year, Doclink provided 336 in-school presentations, educating more than 9,600 students in all five Anderson County school districts. 
    In elementary schools, Doclink teaches “Tar Wars,” a tobacco prevention program for fifth graders and “Nutrition Detectives,” a healthy eating curriculum for fourth graders.  At middle and high schools, Doclink offers presentations on trauma, nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco, alcohol and drug prevention. Doclink also partners with Safe Harbor to bring The Megan Project to Anderson County students. The Megan Project is a proactive relationship violence prevention curriculum.

Wednesday
Aug112010

County Music's Jeff Bates Coming to Civic Center

Known for his mega-hit single “Long Slow Kisses,” country music star Jeff Bates will be live in concert at the Civic Center of Anderson on Thursday, Sept. 30.
 
Tickets go on sale Thursday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m., at the Civic Center box office, and all TicketMaster locations.
 
Popular South Carolina-based band “Outshyne” will be the opening act.
 
Bates is also known for such hits as “The Love Song,” “I Wanna Make You Cry,” “Rainbow Man,” and “One Second Chance.”
 
Advance general admission tickets to the Sept. 30 concert are only $10 each. A limited number of Gold Circle reserved seats are $25 each. Facility fees and service charges will also apply.
 
Tickets will be available at the Civic Center Box Office Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tickets will also be available through TicketMaster at www.TicketMaster.com, or by calling TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000. The Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard, and cash.
 
A country band with a rockin’ edge, Outshyne is now performing up and down the East Coast at some of the hottest nightspots and biggest venues around.
 
On the heels of capturing the Carolina Music Award as the 2009 “Country Band of the Year,” Outshyne was just named “Country Band of the Year” for Carolina Nightlife. The group won that same honor at the Queen City Music Awards in Charlotte, N.C.
 
Based out of Laurens, Outshyne just completed its first studio CD, and the debut single and title track, “Country Boy In Me,” is starting to receive air-play across the region.
 
For more information, call the Civic Center of Anderson at (864) 260-4800.
Tuesday
Aug102010

Kansas Concert in Clemson Cancelled

The concert by Kansas and Clemson Symphony Orchestra, scheduled for Oct. 13 has been cancelled.
Published: August 9, 2010
Read the entire news release at:
Monday
Aug092010

Airport Ramp/Taxiway Construction Under Way

On Monday, August 9, the Anderson Regional Airport will welcome community leaders to a groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction on the “Airfield Pavement Rehabilitation/Strengthening Program and Airfield Lighting Rehabilitation.” This project will improve safety of airport consumers, rehabilitate existing county-owned assets, increase load carrying ability of pavement in an effort to cater to additional corporate users and promote additional air traffic, which serves as an economic engine to Anderson County.
 
This phase of airport enhancements includes:
·         Reconstruction of 19,400 square yards of aircraft parking apron pavement
·          Reconstruction of 16,000 square yards of taxiway pavement with a reclaimed base and asphalt surface
·         Pavement demolition and milling
·         3,750 square yards of bituminous overlays for grade tie-ins
·         Construction of aggregate base course, cement treated base course, reclaimed base course
·         Pavement marking
·         Shoulder grading
·         Grassing
·         Adjustment of taxiway edge lights
·         7,500 square yards of pavement rejuvenation
·         Limited erosion control measures
·         Removal of existing system and installation of a new medium intensity LED taxiway edge lighting
·         Replacement of guidance signs
·         Construction of a precast lighting vault & new vault equipment
·         Removal of existing runway edge lighting system and installation of new high intensity runway edge light with stake and base mount lights
·         Replacement of runway mandatory signage and distance remaining signs
·         Replacement of 2 wind cones
·         Construction of new precision approach path indicator system for Runway 23
·         And all related/associated work
 
Total construction cost is                                             $3,699,185
Federal Aviation Administration’s Share:               $3,514,226
SC Aeronautics Commission’s Share:       $     92,480
Anderson County’s Share:                           $     92,480
 
Project engineers - LPA Group
Construction Contractors – APAC
Construction Subcontractors –   Ashmore Brothers (asphalt work)
                                                                Walker & Whiteside (electrical work)
                                                                Hi-Lite Marking (pavement marking work)
                                                                Evergreen Landscaping (erosion control)
 
“This project would not be possible without support from Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham in securing a $710,353 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for the Anderson Regional Airport,” said Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns. “Funds from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program are being used to install the new taxi-way and run-way lighting. This phase, in addition to other enhancements which have already been completed will aid in our economic development endeavors.”
 
Also included in the project is new airfield signage to designate runways. The existing signage has endured several lightening strikes and is in dire need of repair.
 
“Anderson County has so much to offer new industry,” said Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen. “This is evidenced by First Quality’s decision to choose Anderson County over other sites. Although, we succeeded in attracting First Quality, we can’t rest on our laurels. If we want to consistently compete for the larger companies- industry bringing the most jobs for our residents - we have to provide adequate facilities and sufficient infrastructure to attract those companies. Improving our Airport will go a long way to helping us sell Anderson as the viable hub of industry we are capable of becoming.”
 
“Anderson Regional Airport is the gateway for industry into our County,” said Airport Manager Steve Vibbard. “Having better lighting and improved taxi-way and runway lighting will send a consistent message to those visiting us that we are a growing, thriving County with much to offer. We need to enhance industries’ first impression so that it becomes a lasting impression!”
 
Additional improvements to the Airport include the installation of perimeter fencing. 
 
For more information, contact Steve Vibbard, Anderson Regional Airport Manager at 864.260.4163
Monday
Aug092010

Hartwell Lake Poker Paddle Aug. 14 to Benefit Alzheimer's

The Hartwell Lake Alzheimer's Memory Poker Paddle will be held Aug. 14 at Friends at the Cove, 1500 Providence Church Road in Anderson. Beginners and experienced paddlers are welcomed. Participants can bring their own canoe or kayak or may rent a canoe from Grady's Great Outdoors. Prizes will be awarded, including a grand prize of a new kayak.

For more information contact Wendy at 864-356-2451 or Alzpaddle@yahoo.com

 

 

Monday
Aug092010

Color Purple Comes to Clemson

The unforgettable story of a woman named Celie, who triumphs over adversity
and discovers her own unique voice in the world, comes to life on the Brooks
Center stage in the Broadway hit "The Color Purple" at 8 p.m. Sept.
7.
Read the entire news release at:
Monday
Aug092010

Applications Being Taken for ATAX Grants

     Applications for the 2010-2011 Anderson County Accommodation (ATAX) Grant funds are now available. Eligible organizations may pick up the application at the Anderson County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Office located in room 11 of the historic courthouse, 101 South Main Street. Deadline for submission is 4 pm on August 27, 2010.
     ATAX Grants are provided through revenue received by the County for its share of the 2% lodging tax levied by the State of South Carolina. An Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee, mandated by the State and composed of seven representatives of the hospitality industry, reviews applications for funding and makes recommendations to Anderson County Council for the awarding of these funds. By law these monies may only be used for activities related to travel and tourism.
     Eligible organizations are any government agency; board; commission; or pubic subdivision not specifically designated as a state agency and any non-profit or organization exempt from federal taxes. All applications must provide a federal identification number.
Monday
Aug092010

Lake Hartwell Triple Crown Set for Aug. 13-15

     More than 150 athletes will take to the waters of Lake Hartwell Aug. 13-15 for the Lake Hartwell Triple Crown Water Cross, part of the Toyota Upstate Watercraft Promotions-International Jet Sport Boating Association (UWP-IJSBA) national tour.
     The events will take place at the Big Oaks Recreation Area in Hartwell, Ga., and the action is free for spectators, who can view the races from land or water. Races will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14-15. 
     For more information, visit http://www.mylakehartwell.org or http://www.uwpinc.com. 
Racers from around the world will race personal watercraft through a closed course at speeds up to 80 miles per hour. A.J. Handler, director of Upstate Watercraft Promotions in Penfield, N.Y., describes the event as “NASCAR on the water.”
     “You’re going to get to see some of the fastest professionals in the country, from as far away as Washington state, Nevada and Ontario, Canada,” Handler said. “Some of the best athletes in the country are competing in this event. If you love NASCAR, you’re going to love the racing here.”
Handler said Lake Hartwell is the perfect location for the event.
     “It’s a beautiful lake,” he said. “And we’re being welcomed by the community, which is great.”
In addition to racing, the tournament will feature a freestyle segment, which Handler says is always a crowd favorite. Athletes will take to the air, performing choreographed, acrobatic routines for a panel of judges.          The freestyle competition will be held at noon Saturday and Sunday.
Local amateur riders will get their chance to compete on the course in a corporate challenge on Friday, Aug. 13, at 11:30 a.m. Local companies will organize teams to race on the professional course.
     The weekend also includes a beach volleyball tournament and local vendors.
     The Lake Hartwell Triple Crown event is one of six events on the Toyota UWP-IJSBA Tour. Other races are schedules in Florida, New York Wisconsin and West Virginia. Racers accumulate points to qualify for the International Jet Sports Boating Association World Finals in Lake Havasu, Ariz. 
     “The Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce is excited and encouraged by the collective interest in marketing Lake Hartwell’s businesses, attractions and assets,” said Wendi Bailey, president of the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce. “We applaud and support the entrepreneurial spirit and the passion to make our Lake Hartwell region better than it is today.”
      Kathy Benson, executive director of the Anderson Convention and Visitors Bureau, said she is expecting 7,500 spectators to come out to the event, something that will help boost the economy on both sides of the state line.