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Dist. 5 Trustees Approve Snow Make-up Days

Monday, April 25 and June 8, 9 and 10 will be snow make-up days in Anderson School District Five, according to a revised plan approved Thursday night by the District’s Board of Trustees.

Also, Wednesday, February 2 and Wednesday, March 2 will be full days for students. Previously, these two dates were half-days for students so that teachers could attend professional development activities.

Friday, February 18, and Friday, March 25, which had been proposed as snow make-up days, will remain furlough days for teachers and other employees. In addition, Monday, June 13 will be a professional development day for teachers.


Lakeside Named Magnet School

Lakeside Middle School will soon be Lakeside Middle School of Inquiry and Innovation.

The District Five Board of Trustees unanimously approved this week the proposal to make Lakeside a magnet school focusing on STEM studies, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The change will take place at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.

What does the change mean for Lakeside students?

“Becoming a STEM school will allow us to offer our students additional classes in Gateway to Technology and will redesign our technology and related arts classes,” said Lakeside Principal Martha Hanwell.

“Students will be able to choose electives which include video production, game design, graphic design, digital photography as well as band, chorus and strings,” she said. “Our core academic classes will include more technology, inquiry activities, and projects that are real world and relevant to students.”

Lakeside will continue to offer accelerated classes in math and ELA, and will add Gifted and Talented Math. Beginning next year in sixth grade, gifted and talented science classes will have an accelerated curriculum that will allow students to take Honors Physical Science in eighth grade for high school credit.

Lakeside students will also develop an electronic portfolio of their achievements in all grades. During their eighth grade year students will present this portfolio to their parents and teachers as a demonstration of what they have accomplished in middle school.

The school will also accept magnet students from other school zones as space permits. Admissions criteria and applications for Lakeside will be available at the District Five Magnet School Fair, scheduled for Thursday, February 24th from 6-8 p.m. at T.L. Hanna High School. Applications will be available online on February 25th.


AU Men’s Tennis Ranked First South Atlantic Conference

Men’s Tennis Tabbed as Team to Beat in South Atlantic Conference
ROCK HILL, S.C. – After making its 11th NCAA Tournament appearance at the conclusion of the 2010 campaign, the Anderson University men’s tennis team has earned respect from its new conference prior to its first season in the SAC, as the Trojans are predicted to finish first in the conference by the league’s coaches as released by the conference office Thursday afternoon.
“We are excited about being part of the South Atlantic Conference and are honored to be picked number one,” said Anderson head coach Joey Eskridge. “I hope our guys can represent Anderson University and the South Atlantic Conference in a positive manner as well as live up to the preseason ranking. There are some really good teams in our conference and we are going to have to be prepared to do battle every week of this season.”
AU tallied a 13-8 overall record last season, including a stellar 8-1 Conference Carolinas’ mark and will be paced by paced by Stan Atema, a preseason All-Conference second team selection. Anderson received five first place votes and 90 total points.
The Trojans open the 2011 season with a match at conference-foe Newberry on Feb. 12.  


Camelia Charity Ball Set for Feb. 5

Tickets are going fast for the 17 annual Camellia Ball. This premier black-tie event will be held Saturday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Civic Center of Anderson. Hosted by the AnMed Health Foundation, the Camellia Ball is a fundraising gala supporting the hundreds of patients served by AnMed Health Pediatric Therapy Works, a rehabilitation program for children and young adults with development disorders and delays. 

“Not only is this a fun event for our community, but it is the largest fundraiser for AnMed Health Pediatric Therapy Works,” said Moyer Albergotti, chair of the 2011 Camellia Ball Committee. “It’s an excellent opportunity for people to learn about the amazing work they do, the precious children and families they help, and to ensure that families on this journey continue to have access to the services at Pediatric Therapy Works,” she added.

Each year Pediatric Therapy Works provides specialized physical, speech and occupational therapy to about 600 children who have developmental disorders and delays, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down’s syndrome, autism and other genetic neurological conditions. Through specialized therapy, these children can learn skills to optimize their independence and reach their full potential.

This year’s event will feature a buffet of gourmet hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, dancing and entertainment from the Band of Oz.

Tickets for the Camellia Ball are available for $250 per couple, $125 per person or $75 per person for those 35 years old or younger. Sponsorships are also available and range from $500 to $2,500. Contact the AnMed Health Foundation at (864) 512-6800 or go to to purchase tickets and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


AU Celebrates 100 Years with Pictoral History

In conjunction with the celebration of Anderson University’s centennial, historian Joyce Wood, a member of the Anderson faculty has compiled a new pictorial history of Anderson University. The book is published by Arcadia Publishing as a part of its campus history series. While the book will be available at most bookstores and online retail outlets, it can be easily ordered from the Anderson University bookstore at or by calling the AU Alumni Office at 864-231-2102.

The book traces the entire history of Anderson University with photographs from throughout the 100 years ranging from prominent figures and events to overall student life and changing styles in the ten decades the university has been in existence.

Dr. Wood will present the book to Anderson University president Dr. Evans P. Whitaker during the university’s Centennial Founders Day Convocation on February 9th. After which, she will hold a book signing for those wishing to purchase an autographed copy. Orders received before February 9th will be shipped soon after the book is officially unveiled on the 9th.


K-Ci & JoJo to Headline Civic Center Concert

One of the area’s biggest R&B concerts in recent memory will converge on the Civic Center of Anderson on Saturday, Feb. 19, as the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center venue welcomes the “Down at the Juke Joint” tour.

The 8 p.m. concert will be headlined by K-Ci & JoJo, along with special guests Howard Hewett, Urban Mystic, Charrelle, and Glenn Jones. Doors are set to open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale this Friday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. at the Civic Center box office and all TicketMaster outlets.

Advance general admission tickets are $28.50 each. A very limited number of VIP reserved seats in front of the stage are available for $34.50 each. Tickets will increase $5 each day of show.

The Civic Center box office is open Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Tickets will also be available through TicketMaster at, or by calling TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000. The Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard, and cash. Processing fees will be added for credit card purchases at the Box Office.

K-Ci & JoJo, formerly of the group Jodeci, recently signed a new recording deal with Soda Pop Records, which is owned and operated by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. The duo is known for such hit songs as “Crazy,” “All My Life,” “You Bring Me Up,” “Tell Me It’s Real,” and others. “All My Life,” a number-one hit, is considered one of the greatest jazz pop melodies of all time.

Howard, the former lead singer of the group Shalamar, is known as both an R&B and gospel singer. His hits include “Stay,” “I’m For Real,” “Show Me,” and the gospel song “Say Amen.”

Charrelle’s hits include “I Don’t Mean To Turn You On,” “Where Do I Turn To,” and the duets “Saturday Love,” and “Never Knew Love Like This” with Alexander O’Neal.

Glenn Jones is known for such chart singles as “Show Me,” “Bring Back Your Love,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Here I Go Again,” and “From Now Own.”

The youngest performer on the upcoming tour is 27-year-old Urban Mystic, known for such hits as “Where Were You,” “It’s You,” “In The Morning,” “Your Portrait,” and “I Refuse.”


Midway Principal to Head to Southwood; Kelley will Lead Midway

Four new appointments aimed at organizing the new Southwood Academy of the Arts were approved Tuesday night by the District Five Board of Trustees.

BruhjellGary Bruhjell was named Principal of Southwood Academy of the Arts, and Rick Mascaro was named Director of Secondary Visual and Performing Arts for the new magnet school, which will open in August 2011.

Mr. Bruhjell has served as Principal of Midway Elementary since it opened in August 2003. He formerly served as Principal of La France Elementary School in Anderson School District Four.

Mr. Mascaro has served as director of the Anderson V Career Campus (formerly the MascaroHanna-Westside Extension Campus) since 2000. During that time he participated in arts activities in the district and created the Mosaic Theatre at the Career Campus. Mr. Mascaro’s duties will include teaching, recruiting, and directing theater productions at Southwood Academy, as well as overseeing the entire visual and performing arts program in District Five.

KelleySucceeding Mr. Bruhjell as Principal of Midway is Brenda Kelley.  Mrs. Kelley began teaching at Midway when it opened in August 2003 and has served as Assistant Principal since August 2007.

Succeeding Mr. Mascaro as Director of the Career Campus is Cathy Shaw. Mrs. Shaw has served as Assistant Director at the Career Campus since 2000.

Transition to these new positions will begin immediately. Mr. Bruhjell and Mr. Mascaro will provide mentoring and other assistance to their successors as they begin planning the opening of Southwood Academy for the 2011-2012 school year.

Southwood Academy of the Arts will be a magnet school for students in grades six through twelve with an Shawemphasis in grades six through eight on academics within an arts-based curriculum, extending the model begun by Calhoun Academy of the Arts. The secondary grades will receive performance-based instruction, beginning next year with selected secondary courses, including accelerated classes in visual arts, drama music and dance.

The district plans to add a seventh grade level in the second year of operation and an eighth grade level in the third year. The number of secondary arts courses and other related courses will also expand over time.

District Five will hold a Magnet School Fair on Thursday, February 24th in the mall area of T.L. Hanna High School. Admissions criteria and applications for Southwood will be available at the Fair, and online beginning February 25th.

Here is the announcemen note from Bruhjell.

January 27, 2011 

Dear Parents,

At the first sermon of the New Year, my pastor, Dr. Dennis Tedder, told a story about the great scientist, Dr. Albert Einstein.  Excited about taking a trip, Dr. Einstein boarded a train, chose a seat, and went straight to work opening his briefcase and spreading his papers, books and journals all around him.  When the conductor arrived at his car, Dr. Einstein frantically rummaged through his papers and paraphernalia to locate his ticket.  It was nowhere to be found.  The conductor quickly, and almost apologetically, said, “Don’t worry about it Dr. Einstein, everyone knows who you are – don’t worry.”  The conductor continued through the boxcar punching tickets only to notice Dr. Einstein now on his hands and knees looking under his seat and in the greasy nooks and crannies that bolted the metal bench to the floorboards.  Once again, the conductor reiterated, “Dr. Einstein, please don’t concern yourself with finding the ticket; we know who you are.”  Dr. Einstein looked up from his precarious position with a worried wrinkle to his brow and replied, “It’s not that I don’t know who I am; I need my ticket to remember where I’m going!”  

Dr. Tedder used this account to illustrate the importance of taking risks, setting out on new journeys, and having faith that what God’s hand has set in motion will most certainly be done to glorify His name.  I say all this to let you know that I find myself at a crossroads in my career and ready to take on a new challenge.  I have been blessed to be asked by our school board and superintendent to open Southwood Academy of the Arts in the 2011-2012 school year.  Southwood Academy of the Arts will serve our community as a pure magnet school, emphasizing advanced academics using the arts as a vehicle for achieving educational excellence.  By creating a small, nurturing, student and family-centered middle school experience, Anderson School District Five will be fulfilling a need for many children who will thrive in this unique environment.  It is thrilling to be a part of this movement of choice and change in such a progressive school system.

I will continue to serve as principal here through the remainder of this year with all of my heart, passion, and love for the children of Midway.  However, our assistant principal, Mrs. Brenda Kelley, will become the new principal of Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.  Mrs. Kelley is one of the finest and most competent, caring administrators I have ever worked with and I am thrilled that she will continue to build upon the tradition of excellence here at Midway.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”  Right now, that is exactly how I’m feeling.  But ... just think how exciting it will be to actually have a hand in building the staircase!


Gary Bruhjell


Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering      


ECP to Break Ground for New Theater

Be part of history as the Electric City Playhouse breaks ground on their new theatre this Saturday at 10 a.m. The new theatre location is on South Main Street next to the Fox Pub and diagonally across from City Hall.

After the ground breaking we need volunteers to help clear the site so we can prepare for construction to begin. The Fox of Anderson has been gracious enough to provide lunch and entertainment. Please make plans to come out and give a hand; we'll just be clearing debris and foliage from the site, so we can have a clean canvas to create our new theatre. For information please call (864) 224-4248 or email


AU Softball Ranked Tenth in Preseason Poll

 The Anderson University softball team was selected to finish 10th in its first season in the South Atlantic Conference by the league’s coaches as released by the conference office Wednesday afternoon.
The Trojans notched a stellar 27-18 record last season, while reaching the semifinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament as the fourth seed. AU took three wins in the three-day event, but was eliminated after dropping a pair of close decisions to top-seeded Limestone.
The Trojans will be led offensively by a pair of seniors and a junior, as Emily Monteith, Lyndsey Huitt and Amber Duncan each posted batting averages above .300, with Monteith earning all-conference recognition after leading the league in RBI, was second in the conference in home runs, fourth in total bases and sixth in the league in runs scored. The Clover, S.C., native earned conference Player of the Week honors in February.
Huitt posted a .338 batting average and saw action in 42 games while starting 16 contests. The Anderson native recorded two triples on the season. Duncan, a junior from Matthews, N.C., hit .314 while starting 41 of 42 games. She was fourth on the team with 32 runs scored, while notching seven doubles.
Another senior, Casey Deer, led last year’s squad with nine wins, posting a 3.08 ERA and recorded 10 complete games on the season. The 5-foot-7 hurler was named to last year’s conference all-tourney team after starting two games and making two relief appearances in the circle, tossing 19 innings and striking out 19 while issuing just five walks.
Anderson begins the 2011 campaign at the Georgia Southwestern Tournament in Americus, Georgia, February 4-5. AU will face Armstrong Atlantic and the host Lady Hurricanes on the opening day of action, then squares off against Valdosta State and Georgia College on Saturday.


'The Luck O' The Brooks' Gala to Raise Funds for Performing Arts

The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts is hosting an Irish-themed party to support arts programming at the university’s performing arts center. "The Luck O’ the Brooks” gala will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Madren Center from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 5. The party will feature a silentauction, live music and food.
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AnMed Awarded Silver Medal for Organ Transplants

Six South Carolina hospitals received awards from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in November of 2010, for their success in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation. Our state’s six winners were among 307 of the nation’s hospitals that received the department’s Medal of Honor for Organ Donation during a ceremony at the 6th Annual National Learning Congress held in Grapevine, Texas.

Hospital executives, along with their respective partners in all 58 federally designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs), were honored for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at their facilities. (Three out of every four medically eligible donors became donors.)

One South Carolina hospital, AnMed Health in Anderson, was awarded a Silver 1 Medal for, not only achieving a 75 percent conversion rate, but also 3.75 organs transplanted per donor. Only 219 hospitals in the U.S. had this distinction. 

Five other South Carolina hospitals received Bronze Medals for achieving a 75 percent or greater conversion rate:

Grand Strand Regional Medical Center – Myrtle Beach

Lexington Medical Center – West Columbia

Providence Hospital – Columbia

Self Regional Healthcare – Greenwood

Trident Medical Center-Charleston

South Carolina’s winning hospitals collaborate closely with the state’s OPO, LifePoint, Inc., to implement best practices for honoring the final wishes of organ and tissue donors.   

Nancy A. Kay, LifePoint President and CEO, said, “We would like to congratulate the six South Carolina hospitals that received these prestigious awards. This national recognition is really a credit to their hard work. It shows their commitment to saving lives through donation and ultimately transplantation by honoring the wishes of donors and their families.”

The wishes of individual’s desiring donation, along with their legal consent, can now be indicated by potential donors on a South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, Established in December 2008, the registry is providing LifePoint, South Carolina hospitals, and families with increased clarity about a potential donor’s end-of-life wishes.

HRSA’s Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice brings together donation and transplantation professionals and hospital leaders to identify and share best practices to integrate organ donation into hospitals’ end-of-life care.

For more information about the Medal of Honor or the S.C. Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, contact:  Mark Johnson, Media Relations Coordinator - LifePoint, at 1-800-462-0755 or 843-763-7755.


Trojan Baseball Tabbed Eighth in Preseason Poll

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Anderson University baseball team has been picked to finish eighth in its inaugural season in the South Atlantic Conference by the league’s coaches as released by the conference office Tuesday afternoon.
Senior second baseman Ryan Saxon and sophomore Erick Sanderson earned preseason second-team All-SAC recognition following stellar 2010 campaigns.
“With it being our first year in the conference we are picked about where I expected,” said Anderson head coach Joe Miller. “But it’s more about where you finish than where you start.”
Saxon is back following an outstanding junior campaign that saw the Landrum, S.C., native rank second on the team in hitting (.357), first in runs scored (52), RBI (50), doubles (23) and slugging percentage (.629). Sanderson saw playing time at first base as well as on the mound for Miller’s squad, as the native of Hanahan, S.C., hit .306 during his rookie season and recorded 33 hits, including seven doubles. The 6-foot-4 right-hander was second the team in total appearances on the hill (15), tied for second on the team in total wins (3) and was fourth on the squad in innings pitched (36.1).
“The league made good choices with Ryan (Saxon) and Erick (Sanderson),” added Miller. “Erick had a great freshman year and contributed both offensively and defensively. Ryan has shown his ability to hit the long ball during his career and we expect another good year from him as well.”     
The Trojans wrapped up the 2010 campaign with an overall mark of 20-35 after winning a pair of games in last season’s Conference Carolinas’ tournament, shocking nationally-ranked and No. 1 seed Mount Olive, 10-7, in the opening round then pulling off its second upset in as many days by eliminating the 24th-ranked Erskine Flying Fleet from the tournament.
Anderson opens the season Thursday, Feb. 3, when the Trojans play host to former conference-foe Limestone. First-pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Anderson Memorial Stadium


Mosaic Theater Hosts Bluegrass Night

The Mosaic Theatre will host its first Monthly Bluegrass Night on Friday, January 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.

All shows are free admission and open mic. Bring your bluegrass instrument and come pick with us. (Acoustic instruments only.) The house band will be the Breazeale’s Grocery Bluegrass Band.

Dinner plates will be available featuring barbecue, hamburger and hot dog plates and drinks from $5 to $8. Proceeds will go to the Mosaic Theatre.

The Mosaic Theatre is located at the rear of the Anderson V Career Campus at 1225 McDuffie Street. Follow the Mosaic Theatre signs from the corner of Hampton and McDuffie streets.