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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, July 30, 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 year old black male, approximately 5-10/210, with balding/short hair.  Mr. McBee was last seen wearing a blue shirt, blue pants and black 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.  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.

Dist. 4 Proud of AYP Scores

Superintendent Lee D’Andrea announced the release of 2010 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports for Anderson School District Four, maintaining 90.5% AYP compliance with five of the six schools making AYP. “We are very proud of all of our schools and celebrate the gains each of them have demonstrated,” said Dr. Lee D’Andrea, Superintendent. 
“Pendleton Elementary truly turned it around,” said D’Andrea.  “The hard work of teachers, staff, students and parents are evident in the results.”  Chief Academic Officer Charlotte McDavid stated that Pendleton Elementary is no longer in Title I School Improvement, “which means that the district will not have to transfer students under the school choice option nor provide supplemental educational services from outside agencies” she said.  
While the district met 19 of its 21 objectives just missing making AYP, all Anderson School District Four elementary schools and Pendleton High School met AYP. “the board and me appreciate and value the diligence and the work of everyone in the district,” said D’Andrea.
Townville Elementary met AYP for the 8th consecutive year since the inception of NCLB and Mount Lebanon Elementary made AYP for the third year since its opening 2007. LaFrance Elementary made AYP for the second year in a row as well as Pendleton Elementary met AYP moving them out of School Improvement.
Riverside Middle School just missed making AYP (19 out 21). Areas targeted from improvement include English language arts and math for students with disabilities. 
Our middle school met 19 out of 21 goals and yet, in this all or nothing accountability, they did not make AYP,” said D’Andrea. 
The 2010 AYP Report for the district is based on the aggregated 2010 PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) results (grades 3-8) and the SC-Alt results (grades 2-7) for districts with elementary/middle grades; and the May HSAP results and the HSAP-Alt results (grade 10) for Pendleton High School. 
“The MAP (Measured Academic Progress) test data was key to our success in identifying areas of deficiency in the 9th and 10th grades,” said Heather Gordon, principal. “Implementation of math and reading courses, A+ credit recovery program, Read 180 for building their reading comprehension skills as well as technology resources such as USA Testprep for HSAP and EOC tests preparation proved successful.” 
“Instructionally, all the pieces came together,” said Dr. Charlotte McDavid, Chief Academic Officer. “The data clearly shows that we have the right personnel, programs, and strategies in place to support student growth.”
Last year, Anderson School District Four had four of its six schools to meet AYP. 

Sept. 4 Tour de LaFrance to Benefit Cancer Association of Anderson

Lance Armstrong completed his last Tour de France in July -- but the Anderson County Tour de LaFrance is still ahead on Sept. 4. Be part of the 15- and 40-mile bicycle rides, criterium race for amateur and professional riders, kids' bicycle safety rodeo and other events, including a charity pedal race for adults raising money for local nonprofits around the  Historic Courthouse.  Or just come and watch! On-line registration information is available at

Cancer Association of Anderson benefits from registrations for the short and long rides for this event. For more information call 222-3500


Anderson County Announce Bond Financing for Innovation Center

The South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority (JEDA), Anderson County and SCRA announce this week that bond financing for SCRA’s portion of the Clemson-SCRA Innovation Center in Anderson has been closed and completed. JEDA issued the tax-exempt bonds and facilitated the financing to assist SCRA in carrying out its public mission to deploy the Center, in compliance with the South Carolina Innovation Centers Act of 2005. Slated to open in the spring of 2011, this unique new facility is now under construction in the Clemson University Advanced Materials Center next to the Clemson University Advanced Materials Research Lab.
The Clemson-SCRA Innovation Center will provide one of the world’s top research and commercialization locations for advanced materials and metals. The SCRA wing of the Center will offer limited access rooms, office space, and wet and dry labs to incoming tenants. The Center will also contain a Clemson-owned and managed wing for start-up companies. Together, SCRA and Clemson University are investing a combination of financing and net assets of $10.5 million into developing the Center. 
SCRA is 100% responsible for the principal and interest on the $3.8 million tax-exempt bonds, which JEDA issued in order to provide a more favorable financing rate and cost of capital for the project than SCRA could provide on its own. The new Innovation Center will provide an asset base and magnet to attract both federal and corporate investment in Upstate-based advanced materials companies and regional programs. 
The financing permits Anderson County to maintain its standing in Appalachian regional economic development programs. “This facility will enhance Anderson County ability to attract and retain advanced technology companies,” said Rusty Burns, Anderson County Interim Administrator. “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with SCRA and to be furthering economic development in Anderson County.” 

National Night Out Observed at Mr. Vernon Apartments

There will be an observance of National Night Out from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, August 3, Mt. Vernon Apartments in Anderson.
The City of Anderson Police Department will provide anti-drug and crime prevention material as well as showcase K9s and autos during National Night Out, which will be hosted at Mt. Vernon Apartments. COPS (community oriented policing services) officers, along with Target personnel, will walk thru various neighborhoods in the City, speaking with residents and providing educational material and handouts.


Museum Advisory Committee to Meet Tuesday

The Anderson County Museum Advisory Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 PM at the Anderson County Museum on East Greenville Street.
Interim Contact Mrs. Michelle Strange Ricketson – 864.260.1004


Clemson, Anderson Library Plan "Color Purple" Events

     In conjunction with the upcoming presentation of "The Color Purple," Clemson's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts and the Anderson County Library System are hosting a series of community events, among   them a panel discussion, film screening and book discussions
     The live performance of the Tony Award-winning musical will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Brooks Center.
     “This is a perfect opportunity to extend the performance beyond the Brooks Center,” said Lillian Harder, Brooks Center director. “These events will provide insight into the much-beloved musical, novel and film.”
     There will be a panel discussion about the novel, film and musical at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at the Anderson County Library main branch. The panel will feature Clemson University faculty members from various departments, including English, history and performing arts. The Friends of the Anderson County Library System are sponsoring the event. Refreshments will be served.
     The film "The Color Purple" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the main library.
     Glenn Hare, marketing director of the Brooks Center, will discuss aspects of the Broadway production at the Iva Book Club (Iva branch) at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16; the Brown Bag Book Club (main library) at noon Wednesday, Aug. 25; and the Pendleton Book Club (Pendleton branch) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26.
All events are free and open to the public. A limited number of free copies of "The Color Purple" are available to library patrons on a first-come first-served basis beginning Monday, Aug. 2. Additional information about the panel discussion, film screening and book club discussions are available by calling the Anderson County Library main branch 864-260-4500 or at  
     Tickets for the Brooks Center performance of the show are $40 for adults and $30 for students. Tickets and show information are available at or from the box office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

County Council Reschedules Aug. 5 Meeting

The August 5 meeting of Anderson County has been rescheduled for Monday, August 9 at 6 p.m.


County Council Calls Special Meeting Thursday

Anderson County Council has scheduled a special called meeting Thursday to authorize a lease agreement between Anderson and Shaw Industries.
Here is the Agenda:
Called Meeting – Thursday, July 30, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.
Historic Courthouse – Council Chambers – Second Floor
Chairman Tommy Dunn, Presiding
CALL TO ORDER:                                                                            Chairman Tommy Dunn
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:                                     Council Member M. Cindy Wilson
RESOLUTIONS:   #R2010-049 – a resolution authorizing the termination of a lease agreement between Anderson County, South Carolina and Shaw Industries Group, Inc. under Title 4, Chapter 29 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, as amended, termination of an industrial bond and special source revenue bond issued in connection therewith, approval of an assignment and assumption agreement, and other matters related thereto. – Mr. Mike Pitts/Mr. Rusty Burns (allotted 10 minutes)

Parking Lot Fire Destroys Five Cars at NewSpring Church

A fire in the parking lot of NewSpring Church in Anderson destroyed five cars during Sunday morning services.

NewSpring Pastor Perry Noble wrote this about the incident:

"At the 11:15 service at our Anderson campus the engine to a Ford F-150 caught on fire…and, because it was windy this afternoon, the fire spread to other cars.  Long story short…five cars were pretty much destroyed and six others were damaged. 

Several things to note…

#1 – No one was injured!  The fire took place in the back section of one of our parking lots while the service was going on.

#2 – The local fire department was AWESOME…these guys responded in a matter of minutes and were able to quickly get the situation under control.

#3 – Our staff and volunteers were awesome as well and made sure everyone whose car had been destroyed and damaged were informed and taken care of.

#4 – Everyone I spoke to after the service whose car had been messed up had an amazing attitude!  One lady literally told me, “Well, I have been asking God for a new car…He sure does answer in unique ways!”

#5 – It was one guys FIRST visit to NewSpring Church…wow…I hope he comes back!

Seriously…I am SO GLAD no one was hurt!!!


Electric City Playhouse Goes Old School with "The Taffetas"

The Taffetas, written by Rick Lewis and directed by Pat Shull and Beverly Henderson, is a voyage back into a time when hula hoops were hot, angora sweaters were fashionable and poodle skirts were the talk of the town. The story centers around a quartet of sisters from Muncie, Indiana, who are determined to sing their way onto national television and to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. Their journey aims to knock the Bobbysocks off of anyone in the audience with their swell music review of the 1950’s, including the hits “Johnny Angel”, “Mr. Sandman”, “You Belong to Me”, “Sincerely” and many more. This Off-Broadway hit starts Elizabeth Thomason as Cheryl, Cara Brown as Donna, Kelly Seto as Kaye and Kristi Valentine as Peggy. It is scheduled to appear at the Electric City Playhouse Aug 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 and Sept 2, 3, 4, 5 with Thursday, Friday, Saturday performances at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Ticket prices are Adults $17, Senior $15 and Students $10, with both group and enlisted military discounts available. Season Members can reserve their tickets now and General Ticket sales start August 9th. For information and tickets call (864) 224-4248 or email


AP: ACC Gets Ready for Football

So much for a lazy summer at Atlantic Coast Conference headquarters.

Realignment rumors. An NCAA investigation into agent involvement with players at one of its marquee institutions.

No wonder the ACC is ready for the offseason to end and the football games to begin.

"I guess this is our year to experience those problems and all that," Wake Forest running back Josh Adams said Sunday during the league's preseason media day.

There surely hasn't been any shortage of news around the ACC over the past few months. And not all of it was bad: the league recently announced a new broadcast package for football and men's basketball that will be worth $1.86 billion from ESPN over 12 years, doubling the conference's TV revenue.

But most of the attention lately has focused on the NCAA investigation at North Carolina into whether two players received improper benefits from agents. With similar probes popping up at several Southeastern Conference schools, the issue of athletes' involvement with agents quickly turned into the hot-button topic du jour in college sports.

"It is kind of a distraction, but we kind of look at it as we've already taken our adversity for the season," Tar Heels quarterback T.J. Yates said. "So once we get over this little speed bump, we'll be able to put it behind us and go forward through the season."

ACC commissioner John Swofford — the former athletic director at North Carolina — dedicated nearly one-quarter of his hour-long question-and-answer session to the issue, voicing his support for the North Carolina Secretary of State's investigation about potential misconduct involving agents and saying "we probably need to look at strengthening the law in this area."

The state requires sports agents to register in North Carolina and prohibits them from offering gifts before a contract is signed, with violators possibly facing criminal or civil penalties.

"I suspect (the problem) has (worsened) some because of the dollars at the next level, in the NFL and the NBA," Swofford said. "I think it's also being paid more attention at this given point in time. While uncomfortable, I think that's good. Having been an AD for 17 years ... the problem's been there, and believe me, as an AD, you feel, or as a coach, you feel vulnerable ... because it's not an easy situation to control from an institutional standpoint.

"You have to educate, educate, educate the athletes that are on campus," he added. "And I think our schools do that."

A month earlier, all the talk in college circles centered around the possibility of another round of conference realignment, with concerns that uncertainty in the Big 12 and expansion by the Pac-10 and Big Ten would set off a chain reaction that would reshape the Football Championship Subdivision.

There were lingering questions about whether another conference would make a play for one or more ACC schools before the league ultimately stood pat.

"There were a lot of conferences that certainly were more active in terms of what was done or potentially being done than we were," Swofford said. "But rest assured, we were quietly evaluating that landscape and our internal discussions to determine what's in our best interests moving forward, and what ramifications on the (ACC), if any, might come from expansion by other conferences.

"Without question, at the presidential level of this league, there continues to be a strong commitment to each other, a strong commitment to the ACC, the belief that 12 is the right number for us, but a willingness, if the world changes around us, to take a look at what those changes mean. ... We're very comfortable with, not only 12, but the 12 that we have."

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Charity Tricycle Race Set for Sept. 4

Want a fun way to raise some money? On Saturday, September 4 there will be a Charity Tricycle Race in front of the Historic Courthouse as part of the Tour de La France. Your charity can field a rider who can raise pledges and donations for your organization. The only stipulation is that the rider be an adult who is on a child’s vehicle – tricycle, Big Wheel, pedal car, little bicycle, etc. The rider can be a staff member, board member, supporter or volunteer at your charity.

There will be awards for the best decorated bike, fastest rider and most money raised, and of course your charity keeps all the dough raised by your rider. Last year a bunch of local “celebrities” did this and had a blast!

For details, please contact Cindy Hopkins at the Chamber of Commerce. Her email is