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Monday
Aug092010

Rescheduled Council Meeting Tonight

Anderson County Council will meet tonight at the historic courthouse at 6 p.m. This meeting was rescheduled from Aug.5.

A presentation of the regional economic strategies for 2010 is among the agenda items. Full Agenda here.

Sunday
Aug082010

School Dist. 3 Board Meeting Tonight

     The Anderson County School Dist. 3 Board of Trustees will meet Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the district administration in Iva. The agenda includes a end of year financial report review.

Saturday
Aug072010

Sheriff's Department Seeks Missing Anderson Man

     The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating James McBee.  On Friday, August 6, 2010 Mr. McBee walked away from the Village Community Care Center Home located at 1250 Salem Church Road in Anderson, SC. 
 
     Mr. McBee is described as a 56 yoa black male, approximately 5-10/210, with balding/short hair.  Mr. McBee was last seen wearing a green shirt, dark green pants and blue shoes.
 
     Mr. McBee suffers from mental illness and does not have his medications. Mr. McBee has family in Greenville SC and may possibly be trying to return to Greenville, where he has frequented area shelters in the past.  As you may recall, Mr. McBee walked away from Village Community Care on July 30, 2010 and was later located on Rutherford Road in Greenville on August 3, 2010.  McBee has been entered into the NCIC network.
 
     Anyone with information concerning Mr. McBee’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Anderson County Sheriffs’ Office at 864-260-4400.
Saturday
Aug072010

Dist. 5 Outpaces State Average on PASS

     Anderson School District Five outpaced the state average in all five subjects and all six grades tested on the 2010 administration of the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS).
     The test was administered to students in grades 3 through 8 in five subjects: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Writing. A higher percentage of District Five students passed their tests in every grade and every category compared to state averages. 
     “These scores, along with other testing done through the course of the year, allow us to chart our progress and give us the opportunity to find areas where we need to focus extra attention,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “We want to use this information to refine our curriculum and teaching strategies in ways that will make our students more successful in all five subjects.”
      Last year the PASS test replaced the ten-year-old Palmetto Achievement Challenge Tests (PACT) as the state’s accountability measurement of student achievement. South Carolina and federal laws require end-of-the-year accountability tests for grades 3-8 that are based on state academic standards. 

       Anderson School District Five outpaced the state average in all five subjects and all six grades tested on the 2010 administration of the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS).
The test was administered to students in grades 3 through 8 in five subjects: English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Writing. A higher percentage of District Five students passed their tests in every grade and every category compared to state averages. 
      “These scores, along with other testing done through the course of the year, allow us to chart our progress and give us the opportunity to find areas where we need to focus extra attention,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “We want to use this information to refine our curriculum and teaching strategies in ways that will make our students more successful in all five subjects.”
      Last year the PASS test replaced the ten-year-old Palmetto Achievement Challenge Tests (PACT) as the state’s accountability measurement of student achievement. South Carolina and federal laws require end-of-the-year accountability tests for grades 3-8 that are based on state academic standards. 

Thursday
Aug052010

Town Hall Meeting for Veterans Scheduled Aug. 18

The Anderson Community Base Outpatient clinic will hold a public Town Hall Meeting on August 18, 2010. The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Anderson County Civic Center, 3027 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Anderson, SC.  This meeting is designed for Veteran patients and their family members who are enrolled for care at the Anderson VA Outpatient Clinic.  Veterans in the community with questions or concerns are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday
Aug042010

Author to Speak to Christian Writers' Group

Debut author Jennifer Hudson Taylor, will give a workshop on The Art of Research for Today & Yesterday at SC Upstate American Christian Writers' Chapter. She’ll also sign copies of her novel, Highland Blessings, a Scottish Medieval Romance in Christian Fiction. The workshop is free and visitors are welcome to attend.
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2010
When: 2:30 PM
Where: Anderson County Library, 300 N. McDuffie St., Anderson, SC 29621
Who: Author Jennifer Hudson Taylor
What: Author will give a workshop on The Art of Research for Today & Yesterday, sign books, discuss her road to publication, and offer a Q&A session
Jennifer Hudson Taylor is the author of historical and contemporary Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas. Her fiction has won awards in the American Christian Fiction Writers' Genesis Contest. Her debut novel, Highland Blessings, was released May 2010. Other works have appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, Everton’s Genealogical Publishers, and The Military Trader. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Journalism. When she isn't writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, genealogy, and reading. She resides with her husband and daughter in the Charlotte area of NC. 

Jennifer's fiction is represented by Literary Agent, Terry Burns with Hartline Literary Agency.
Highland warrior Bryce MacPhearson kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day to honor a promise he made to his dying father. When he forces Akira to wed him, hoping to end a half-century feud between their clans, she struggles to overcome her anger and resentment. . .Yet her strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce. But there is a traitor in their midst . . . and murder is the ultimate weapon.
Email: jt4novels@yahoo.com 
Wednesday
Aug042010

East-West Connector Meeting Tonight

An EAST-WEST CONNECTOR INFORMATIONAL MEETING will be held tonight at 6:30 at the Civic Center of Anderson. The public is invited.
Wednesday
Aug042010

First Quality Begins Construction, Hiring

     Last week, First Quality Enterprises took ownership of the former Shaw Industries property and began construction of its new facility in Anderson.  In May, First Quality Tissue announced it would establish a manufacturing facility utilizing a state-of-the-art Thru-Air-Dried (TAD) technology and a complete line of converting equipment, significantly expanding its capacity and commitment to the tissue and towel industry.            The company plans to invest $1 billion and create 1,000 new jobs to support its new production facility in Anderson County, South Carolina.
In addition to First Quality's plans to create 1,000 new direct jobs over time, construction of the new facilities will generate an immediate impact with an additional 550 construction jobs.
     First Quality Tissue expects the initial operations to commence in 2011 and will begin the hiring process in the third quarter of 2010.  The company anticipates hiring 200 positions at that time.  readySC™ will assist with hiring and training of new employees for the new Anderson County facility.  Individuals interested in applying for positions should visit the S.C. Tech Jobs Web site at www.sctechjobs.com in the months ahead.

Last week, First Quality Enterprises took ownership of the former Shaw Industries property and began construction of its new facility in Anderson.  In May, First Quality Tissue announced it would establish a manufacturing facility utilizing a state-of-the-art Thru-Air-Dried (TAD) technology and a complete line of converting equipment, significantly expanding its capacity and commitment to the tissue and towel industry.        The company plans to invest $1 billion and create 1,000 new jobs to support its new production facility in Anderson County, South Carolina.
In addition to First Quality's plans to create 1,000 new direct jobs over time, construction of the new facilities will generate an immediate impact with an additional 550 construction jobs.
     First Quality Tissue expects the initial operations to commence in 2011 and will begin the hiring process in the third quarter of 2010.  The company anticipates hiring 200 positions at that time.  readySC™ will assist with hiring and training of new employees for the new Anderson County facility.  Individuals interested in applying for positions should visit the S.C. Tech Jobs Web site at www.sctechjobs.com in the months ahead.

Tuesday
Aug032010

Missing Anderson Man Found In Greenville

The Greenville City Police Department located Missing Anderson Man James McBee on Rutherford Road in their jurisdiction around 4:30am this morning. McBee was in good health and transported back to Village Community Care in Anderson. The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the members of the media community for disseminating the information regarding this incident.

Tuesday
Aug032010

Dist. 5 Pleased with AYP Results

     Anderson School District Five met 31 of 33 goals under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), according to data released today by the South Carolina Department of Education.
     All 10 District Five elementary schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the federal rules.
A total of 91 percent of District Five students scored at or above grade level in English Language Arts (ELA), and 75 percent of students scored Proficient or Advanced, the highest levels possible.
     In Math, 87.1 percent of District Five students score at or above grade level and 72 percent scored Proficient or Advanced.
    “We are very pleased that so many of our students are academically successful,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “These numbers reflect the hard work our students, parents and teachers do year after year. At the same time, we continue to refine our teaching and curriculum strategies in an effort to ensure all of our students succeed in the classroom to their highest potential.”
Tuesday
Aug032010

AU Announces Homecoming Family Day

As part of its centennial year celebration, Anderson University will hold a special Homecoming and Family Day on Saturday, October 23, 2010. The day’s festivities will include two new events, the 1st Annual Trojan BBQ Cook-off and an Arts and Crafts Show.
Participants in the Cook-off will set up on Friday, October 22 and the South Carolina BBQ Association will hold judging on Saturday, October 23. The Arts and Crafts Show will take place from 11:00-3:00 on Saturday, October 23. Both events will be held at the Anderson University Athletic Campus. 
Registration and fees are required for participation in both events. To register, please visit www.cookoff.goandersonu.com. Additionally, if a team registers for the Cook-off before August 15th, the registration fee is only $200 (instead of $250). For additional information, please contact Bradley Orr at 231-5784 or borr@andersonuniversity.edu. 
Monday
Aug022010

James Gregory Returns to Civic Center

Comedian James Gregory returns to the Civic Center of Anderson on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at 8 p.m., and tickets are on sale now.

Tickets are available at the Civic Center offices Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  The Civic Center accepts cash, Visa and MasterCard.  Checks are not accepted.  All sales are final. Advance tickets are $27.50 each, plus service charges.

Tickets are also available through TicketMaster, at www.TicketMaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Reserve a table of eight and save $20!

Orders in increments of eight to the show will have a table reserved in the name of the ticket buyer. A table of eight can be reserved for $200, plus service charges. Reserved tables must be purchased at the box office, and are not available through TicketMaster. 

All ticket orders for less than eight will be general admission.  The earliest table orders will be located closer to the stage.  The general admission seats will be located behind the reserved tables. 

The opening act for the show will be announced soon.

All of Gregory’s performances at the Civic Center of Anderson over the past 6 years have been sold out in advance. 

The performance on Aug. 13 will again be set-up to resemble a comedy club with table seating.

Gregory, known as the “Funniest Man In America,” has been a stand-up comedian for over 25 years.  He has regular guest spots on radio stations across the country, including the nationally syndicated “John Boy & Billy Show.”  

For more information on upcoming events at the Civic Center of Anderson, visit www.AndersonEvents.com, or call (864) 260-4800.

Monday
Aug022010

Electric City Playhouse Announces Upcoming Events

Anderson's Electric City Playhouse has a very busy schedule coming up. Highlights include:
 
"The Taffetas" Season Member reservations start July 26, with General Ticket Sales beginning August 9. The show dates are Aug 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, Sept 2, 3, 4, 5. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights performances begin at 8pm and Sunday Matinees are at 3pm.
 
Auditions for "Rehearsal for Murder" are September 5-6 at 6PM.
 
ELP Annual Meeting is on September 7 at 6PM.
 
"Destination Alaska," a special event play, runs from September 17-19, with the Friday and Saturday show at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $10 and the show contains adult themes and language.
 
"Blues & Mo’: Cooper & Friends Sing the Blues" will be held on September 10-11 at 8PM. Tickets for this special performance are $10.
 
For information or tickets please call (864) 224-4248 or email info@ecplayhouse.com