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"Moon Over Buffalo" Begins April 7 at ECP

Moon Over Buffalo, written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Steve Schultz, is a Broadway Comedy focused on zany life of theatre people. A once famous theatrical couple, George and Charlotte Hay, have begun to fray at the edges. George is fond of cheap women and cheaper liquor, Charlotte is prone to temperaments and their shows aren't bringing in the customers like they used to. When Charlotte suspects George of yet another affair, she stomps out and George goes on yet another bender - and is dead drunk by the time Hollywood calls in the form of celebrated director Frank Capra, who is considering the Hays as the stars of his newest project. Can they find George, sober him up, and patch up the family before Capra arrives?
The play is told with twists, turns, collisions, mistaken identities, ridiculous miscommunications, slapstick antics, some terrifying swordplay and a stage set with far too many doors. Add to all that a hostile, near-deaf mother-in-law, a couple of love triangles, an overly square weatherman, a chance at stardom and it has just as many face-paced moments of genuine affection between the characters as it does absurdly hilarious moments. Well known as the play that brought Carol Burnett back to Broadway, it opens at the Electric City Playhouse on April 7 and runs Thursday through Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 3PM until April 17. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for Seniors and $8 for Students, with group discounts available. To purchase tickets please call (864) 224-4248 or email for information.
Pictured back left to right are Clay Fisher, Nikki Ballew, Stu Adamo, Steve Schultz, Allyson Cauble, Bethany Davy, Hunter Davy, Erin Schultz, Michael Friedman and Shannon Faulkner.


Fourth Annual Clemson Literary Festival Begins April 5


"Honoring Our Loved Ones" 2nd Annual Banquet April 29

The second annual Honoring Our Loved Ones  banquet recognizing people who are living with cancer as well as the deceased will be held Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at Welfare Baptist Church. Proceeds from the sale of tickets and silent and live auctions will go to two local charities, the Cancer Association of Anderson and Hospice of the Upstate, according to Shirley Davis, who is organizing the event sponsored by the Linda Geer Charity Fund.

Tickets cost $15 for adults. They may be purchased from the Cancer Association, 215 E. Calhoun Street, and Welfare Baptist Church, 2106 Bolt Drive, Belton. They are also available from Mrs. Davis by calling 353-3186 or Charlie Wiley by calling 314-0414. Checks should be made payable to the Linda Geer Charity Fund.

Linda Geer, who died of ovarian cancer in 2009, was the matriarch of a large family of siblings, nieces and nephews, though she never married or had children herself. Her mother died when Miss Geer’s youngest sibling was eight, and she stepped in to help her father raise the younger children. Later in life, she worked with mentally handicapped adults, continuing to care for others.

“We want to honor all community members stricken with cancer, both those who have survived and those who have not,” said Mrs. Davis. A visual presentation of pictures of loved ones who have had cancer is being prepared to show at the banquet, and pictures may be submitted by e-mailing them to

The menu at the banquet includes roasted chicken breast, rice pilaf, tossed salad, green beans and rolls, with cake for dessert. The program will include singer Elizabeth Anderson and a demonstration by students of Enoch’s Karate School.

One of the big draws of the evening will be the auctions. Items donated include a refrigerator with brushed metal door given by Electrolux, a queen size mattress set from C and S Furniture Outlet in Belton, gift certificates at area restaurants and jewelry. Payment may be made in cash for pick-up that night, or by check or credit card (with a small surcharge) for pick-up the following week.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Davis at 353-3186.


A Chorus Line' Comes to Clemson's Brooks Center

"A Chorus Line," the story of dancers hoping for their big breaks on Broadway, comes to Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11.
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AU Golf Finishes Third at Hargett Invitational

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Led by junior John Moore and freshman Arran Setro’s one-over par 73s, the Anderson University’s men’s golf team finished third at the 11th annual J. Ralph Hargett Memorial Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by Wingate at the Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation.
The Trojans have a week off before heading to the South Atlantic Conference Championship, hosted by Wingate at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.


Student Leaders Participate in STAR

Members of the Anderson V Career Campus FCCLA, recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) while attending Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2011 State Leadership Conference at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Columbia, SC March 24th-26th. More than 200 members from across the state attended the meeting.  Members receiving a gold medal will represent our state in STAR Events at the national meeting to be held in July, in Anaheim, California. 

Catherine Payne, a junior at TL Hanna and current President of the local chapter, received a Gold medal in Clothing Construction, one of 22 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. Catherine also competed for state office and was elected Vice-President. 

“Catherine is the first Anderson V student elected as a state FCCLA officer during the past 20 years,” said FCCLA Advisor Sarah Jordan. “We are very excited that Catherine will be representing Anderson V at the national convention this summer.”

Brittany Dixon, and Ciara Jones, both juniors from TL Hanna High School, earned a Gold medal in the STAR Event, Promote and Publicize FCCLA.  In order to place in this event, students had to compile a notebook that successfully demonstrated their work to promote FCCLA to the general public and attract new members. Anderson County Public Information Officer Angela Stringer was a tremendous support to the students in their endeavor. She provided volunteer opportunities that allowed the girls to share information about FCCLA within the community. The girls also created a web page for the local chapter and contributed news items regarding their projects for the County’s web page and Facebook page with Ms. Stringer’s guidance. The will both be attending the National FCCLA Conference this summer to compete with their project.

“It was truly a pleasure to work with the FCCLA students and their advisors,” said Stringer. “They provided a valuable service to the County by helping with projects such as the 263d AAMDC Job Fair, the Veteran’s Day Parade, the Animal Shelter “Doggie Diva” and the Soldier Care Boxes projects. These students are energetic and enthusiastic about community involvement, which is refreshing. I look forward to a continuing relationship with Anderson V’s FCCLA students. ”
The Interior Design STAR Event team was made up of Aurelia Mance, a senior, and Kirsten Parent, a junior, both from Westside High School.  Using the skills acquired in their Interior Design class, they earned a silver medal by completing a floor plan, elevation drawing, budget, and display board of furniture, while following a design scenario for a garage renovation and garden living space.  They were given a great amount of support and information from Hampton Furniture Store, who donated time, money, and furniture to the school in the past and is a great supporter of our program.

FCCLA advisors for the Anderson V Career Campus are Ms. Sarah Jordan, Fashion and Interior Design Instructor, and Mrs. Jenny O’Brien, Culinary Arts Instructor.  Ms. Jordan will accompany Catherine Payne, Ciara Jones, and Brittany Dixon to the National Conference in July.

FCCLA’s STAR Events are based on the belief that every student is a winner. Competition, evaluation, and recognition all stress cooperation as the basis of success. Both youth and adults work together to manage the events and serve as evaluators of the participants.

Throughout the year, FCCLA members tackle issues such as teen violence prevention, traffic safety, family issues, career exploration, and much more. FCCLA programs and competitions enrich student learning, improve self-esteem, and serve students with a range of ability levels, economic situations, and cultural influences.


AmMed Welcomes Vascular Surgeon

AnMed Health Vascular Medicine is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jennifer L. McDougal, a vascular surgeon from Toccoa, Ga. She joins Drs. Louis Knoepp III and Matthew George in the practice.

Dr. McDougal is a graduate of Emory University School of Medicine. She completed residency training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and did a vascular surgery fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Dr. McDougal is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

“I’m excited to be moving closer to home,” McDougal said. “I look forward to serving residents in the Upstate and northeast Georgia.”

AnMed Health Vascular Medicine specializes in vascular surgery, endo-vascular surgery, general surgery and vascular medicine. Located at 700 N. Fant St. in Anderson, the office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The practice can be reached at (864) 225-8671.


Clemson University to Present Bach's "The Magnificat"

The Clemson University Symphony Orchestra and the Clemson University Singers will perform Bach's "The Maginificat" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature another well-known masterwork, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.
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Street Corner Symphony to Perform at AU Friday Night

Street Corner Symphony, runners Up of Season 2 of NBC’s “The Sing-off,” will perform Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Henderson Auditorium on the campus of Anderson University. The band features Anderson's own Richie and Jeremy Lister and their Nashvile-based a capella group.

Tickets range from $15-$32 and are available at


Anderson Tea Party Opposes S.C. Health Care Bill

Tuesday the members of the South Carolina Ways and Means committee will consider a bill that will establish “The Healthcare Benefit Exchange Act” (HB 3738). This bill if passed is the first step to implement Obamacare in South Carolina. Upon the bill’s introduction in the legislature, several Republican co-sponsors withdrew their names after pressure from local tea party groups.

Local activist leader Jonathon Hill made a statement today asking Representative Dan Cooper and Representative Brian White to “stand with South Carolinians and stand against Obamacare” and to reject any legislation that seeks to implement the government takeover of health care.

Hill stated “We have to stop Obamacare on the state level. Our Senators and Congressmen have heard us, every Republican member of our federal delegation voted in favor of the repeal and now our state delegation must do the same. South Carolina has joined with 27 other states in challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, and we are winning--we cannot give in now. HB 3738 is NOT a plan B, there cannot be a plan B. We need to devote our full energy to defeating Obamacare. Now is the time when we must stand firm and continue our fight.”

Jonathon Hill is the organizer of the Anderson TEA Party ( as well as the Chairman for the Upcountry Coalition of Conservative Organizations which represents Anderson, Greenville, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg Counties.


USA TODAY: Final Four an Improbable Bunch

The most improbable Final Four since NCAA tournament seeding began in 1979 took shape Sunday as a double-digit seed and a once-proud champion played their way to Houston next weekend.

By Eileen Blass, USA TODAY

For the first time, neither a No. 1 nor a No. 2 seed will be there. Virginia Commonwealth of the Colonial Athletic Association and Butler of the Horizon League advanced, marking the first time two teams from outside the six power conferences are in the same Final Four since the bracket expanded in 1985.

All four have back stories:

  • No. 3 Connecticut finished ninth in the Big East, then won nine games in 19 days. It also weathered an NCAA investigation that led to a three-game suspension for coach Jim Calhoun next season to reach the Final Four.
  • No. 4 Kentucky is in its first Final Four since 1998. Coach John Calipari is taking his third team, though trips by Massachusetts and Memphis were later vacated because of NCAA rules violations.
  • No. 8 Butler, which started the season 4-4, is the first school from outside the six major conferences to make back-to-back Final Fours since UNLV in 1990 and '91.
  • No. 11 VCU won an unprecedented five games to reach the Final Four after playing in an opening-round game.

Trojans Win Beville Cup for Second Straight Year

In the passionate rivalry between Anderson University and Erskine College, the Trojans have claimed the coveted Beville Cup for the second straight year and the fourth time in the last five.
The prestigious Beville Cup, originally known as the Anderson/Erskine Cup, is a competition between Erskine and Anderson’s athletics programs that was established in the fall of 2003 and is sponsored by ARAMARK in order to promote and enhance the rivalry between the Trojans and Flying Fleet, whose campuses are separated only by 20 miles.
The winner of the Beville Cup each year has the award presented each spring to its student-athletes and coaches by the losing athletics director, traditionally at their postseason banquet/awards night.
Anderson raced out to a commanding 7.5-2.5 point lead this season on the strength of sweeps by the men’s and women’s soccer squads and the men’s and women’s basketball teams, while volleyball split their home and away matches. A late surge by Erskine gave the Flying Fleet a brief one-point edge going into the final week of competition, but it was too little, too late, as the Trojan golf teams swept the Fleet late last week to once again provide the winning margin.
Anderson University won the inaugural Cup in 2004 by a comfortable margin before Erskine captured the Cup back-to-back years in 2005 and 2006. The Cup returned to Anderson in 2007 and 2008, but Erskine returned it to Due West in 2009 with a narrow 16.5-15.5 win. Last year’s competition also went down to the wire, with Anderson claiming a 20-18 victory after the AU women’s golf team posted a fourth-place finish at the Conference Carolinas’ Championship, two spots ahead of Erskine to provide the winning margin.
The Anderson-Erskine Cup was changed to the ‘Beville Cup” in the spring of 2007 in honor of Bobby and Susie Beville. Susie Beville was a graduate of Anderson College and Erskine College, where she played softball. Susie Beville passed away in the summer of 2004. Her husband Bobby played baseball both at AU and Erskine and went on to serve as baseball coach at Anderson before becoming the athletics director for 10 years. He left AU in 2007 to work for the Anderson City Parks and Recreation Department.


AIM to Raffle 42-inch Television

AIM will hold a drawing for 42” Sanyo Flat Screen TV in conjunction with the 5th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament.  Raffle tickets are available at AIM and at Suntrust Bank’s main street location.  The tv is on display in the lobby at Suntrust.