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Anderson County EMS Supports "Strides for Autism"

Anderson County Emergency Medical Services personnel will participate and support the Upstate Strides for Autism event at 9 am, April 9th at Simpsonville’s Heritage Park. Activities include a 5k Fun Walk, Resources Fair and Family-Fun Activities. Strides for Autism is an annual fundraising event which serves to increase awareness of autism in our state, honor those who have been touched by autism and promote citizens to become a part of the solution. Honorary Chairs for the event are Phil & Amy Parham of NBC’s The Biggest Loser and parents of a child with autism.
Anderson County EMS is meant to include all County employees, partnering EMS & law enforcement agencies, fire service partners, as well as co-workers, vendors, family and friends. The team has already reached $275 of their $500 goal.
“This is a worth-while event to raise funds and awareness for autism and the South Carolina Autism Society,” said Scott Stoller, Anderson County Emergency Medical Services Director and Team Anderson County EMS Captain. “As some of you are probably aware, my daughter Kathleen is autistic. That is my reason for championing this event. I would personally like to encourage everyone to come out for a day of fun and fellowship while support those touched by autism.”
All funds raised in SC will go directly to helping the SC Autism Society fulfill its mission within our State. To register or donate, please visit:

Chartered in 1972 by the State of SC, the SC Autism Society’s purpose is to enable all individuals with autism spectrum disorders to reach their maximum potential.

Autism is a developmental disability that strikes about 1 in 150 children, usually effecting speech, socialization, and behavior.  It generally appears during the first three years of life. The cause is still unknown.


Anderson Company Films TV Pilot

For some of the first responders in Greenville, the next call they hear could be one to be on television.
Anderson film company, Dead Horse Productions, will be filming several local fire departments, as part of a televisions series pilot for “Firedogs,” a reality show based on the lives and adventures of firefighters.
The series, created by local entrepreneur James Hayes, will chronicle the personal and professional lives of firefighters from Boiling Springs Fire Station, and other fire departments in the Upstate.
Hayes said his deep respect and admiration for fire fighters led to his belief that the public should know what they do.
“It’s been 10 years since Sept. 11, and our first responders are facing huge budget cuts because of the economic downturn,” Hayes said. “I have tremendous respect for these guys and want to show the public what they face on a day-to-day basis.”
Using state of the art technology, the film crews will travel with the fire departments to videotape the action as it happens. The series will follow firefighters, much like reality series “Deadliest Catch” follows Alaskan crab fishermen.
Vic Aviles, creative director for Dead Horse Productions, said his crew would be embedded with firefighters for the rest of the month.
“Our goal is to give viewers a taste of what it’s really like to be a firefighter,” Aviles said. “By using special helmet mounted high def cameras, viewers will see what firefighters see. We’ll take the audience into the fire, not only of the buildings and situations the firefighters find themselves in at any call, but in their personal relationships and daily lives.”
Production will wrap up toward the end of the month, Aviles said.
“It is our goal to have the pilot ready for cable television stations by the end of April,” Aviles said. “The stories of these men and women, what they go through on a daily basis, what they do for a living, what they deal with at home, is as compelling television as you’ll ever see.”


FCCLA Students Promote Family, Consumer Sciences Month

Two current members of FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) at the Anderson V Career Campus, Brittany Dixon and Ciara Jones, both Juniors at TL Hanna High School, have decided to help promote March as signed by South Carolina Governor Haley, as Family and Consumer Sciences Month.  During the month of March, these members plan to carry out activities to promote the Family and Consumer Sciences programs at the Career Campus and show how Family and Consumer Sciences education can help students plan for future careers in Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism, Fashion Design and Clothing Construction, and Interior Design.
In an effort to promote and publicize FCCLA and the March proclamation, they plan on leading a campaign to inform students of the benefits of the courses taught at the Anderson V Career Campus in the Family and Consumer Sciences program.  The girls plan to give out brochures at both TL Hanna High School and Westside High School encouraging students to consider enrolling in a Family and Consumer Sciences course and then having the opportunity to become a member of FCCLA.
FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. FCCLA has more than 219,000 members and nearly 7,000 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by student members.  It is the only Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus.  Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers, and communities.


S.C. Chili Championship Looking for Contestants

BELTON -- Got a favorite chili or salsa recipe?
Want to try it out on some real chili lovers?
Then enter the recipe in the 2011 S.C. Chili Cook-off Championships presented by MSW Security Solutions on April 16 in downtown Belton.
Amateur cooks are welcome to enter the “People’s Choice” division, open to all amateurs who just want to test out their recipes, said Jim Bright, one of the organizers of the event.
“If you think you make the world’s best chili, best chili verde (green chili), or best salsa, we encourage you to compete in the 2011 Upstate Chili Cook-off as either an official ICS competitor or a People’s Choice competitor,” said Bright.
The second annual event will benefit three nonprofit organizations - Belton Area Museum Association, Belton Center for the Arts and the Belton Interfaith Ministerial Association.
“We look forward to helping them even more in 2011,” said Bright about the nonprofits.
The People’s Choice division allows amateur cooks to try their hands at a cooking competition.
On the professional side, the event will determine the International Chili Society’s state champions in chili and salsa, who qualify to compete on a world level.
Allen Querbin of Marion, who won last year’s state championship in Belton and went to the world’s cook-off, has signed up to come back this year.
Locals Matt Lusk, last year’s People’s Choice winner, and Chris Galloway - both area residents - will be back for another shot at the professional title.
More sponsors are still needed for the event, with a number of sponsors having already signed up, said Bright, who extends thanks to all of the sponsors.
Interested businesses have until April 1 to buy an ad in the program.
Admission for this year’s event will be $5 and the donation of one canned good item, which will go directly to the Belton Interfaith Ministerial Association for its food pantry.

About the event: The second annual Upstate Chili Cook-off is the only chili cook-off in the state endorsed by the International Chili Society. The winning professional entries will qualify to compete on a world level. Prizes will be awarded to the top pros and amateurs, as well as the best vendor booth and best showmanship. This year’s event will feature both chili and salsa competitions on the historic square in downtown Belton. All proceeds benefit local charities. Belton is located in Anderson County.


Shrine Circus at Civic Center March 25-27

The Hejaz Shrine Circus is returning to the Civic Center of Anderson Friday, March 25-Sunday, March 27, with four big shows!  Show times are at 7 p.m. on Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 2 p.m. on Sunday 

Doors open one hour prior to each show. According to Civic Center management, several Hejaz Shrine Circus performances in the past have sold out. General Admission tickets are on sale at the Civic Center Box Office and all TicketMaster locations.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling (800) 745-3000, or on-line at

Advance tickets are $9.00 each for children under-12, and $11.00 each for adults. 

Day of show ticket prices will increase by $2.00 per ticket.   Children 2-under are admitted free with a paying adult. The Anderson shows are a fund-raising event for the Upstate Hejaz Temple. The Shrine Circus is tentatively scheduled to feature clowns, trapeze artists, horses, an array of animal acts, gymnastic feats, elephants, and much more. Call (864) 260-4800 for more information.


AnMed Chosen for Vista Award

AnMed Health Medical Center was one of three hospitals to receive a 2011 Vista Award from The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association (AHA). 

The awards were presented during the 2011 International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction™ (PDC) in Tampa. Established in 1993, the Vista Awards are a national mark of distinction and recognize the importance of teamwork in health care design and construction. Awards are given in three categories: new construction, renovation and infrastructure.

The following organizations are the 2011 recipients of the award for their respective category:

New Construction — SSM St. Clare Medical Center in St. Louis

This award is presented to an organization that has constructed a new facility essentially from the ground up. The new facility may be connected to an existing facility, but the building must have its own identity and be a new space.

Renovation — Aspirus Wausau Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Wausau, Wis.

This award is presented to an organization that has altered existing conditions or added new space to existing structures. The original building envelope remains essentially intact. 

Infrastructure AnMed Health Medical Center electrical system upgrades in Anderson, S.C. 

This award is presented to an organization that has modified or replaced major portions of the utility generation, distribution or control systems involving significant project planning.

“The Vista Award is unique in that it recognizes a team working together with an ultimate goal of designing and developing a healing environment,” said Dana Swenson, chair of the 2011 Vista Awards Task Force. “By sharing a common vision and stated goals, each of these teams worked together and overcame challenges presented along the way. The teams recognized this year supported one another, but those who will benefit most from the team’s hard work are the people who will use and work at the facilities.”

For more details on the 2011 Vista Award recipients and information on the 2012 Vista Award program, visit


Public Notice of Anderson County Council Planning and Public Works Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Roads & Bridges Conference Room

735 Michelin Boulevard, Anderson

Chairman Gracie S. Floyd, Presiding 

Planning/Public Works Committee

Consisting of three members of Council, functions as a review, oversight, and advisory body on subdivision regulations, building and other regulatory codes, the zoning ordinance, transportation, rights-of-way, building and grounds, licenses and business regulations, community development, and housing authority programs, public works department, and matters related thereto.              

1. Call to Order     Chairman Gracie S. Floyd

2. Redistricting      Mr. Geoff Cannada/Mr. Bill West

3. Proposal to Dredge Broadway Lake     Mr. Holt Hopkins

4. Broadway Lake     Mr. Roy Ivy

5. Update Broadway Lake Land Swap     Mr. Holt Hopkins

6. Infrastructure Fund: Stevenson Road/Laroache Drive      Ms. Judy Shelato


  1. Project Updates:     Mr. Holt Hopkins
  •  Byrum Creek Flood Mitigation Project


  1. Adjournment



Gracie S. Floyd, Chair

Ken Waters

Tommy Dunn


Clemson Players "Monologues" for Charity

The Clemson Players will present Eve Ensler’s critically acclaimed “The Vagina Monologues” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University, as a benefit for the local women's shelter.

Read the entire news release at:


Calhoun Violinists Will Perform with GAMAC Orchestra  

The beginning violin students at Calhoun Academy of the Arts will perform with the GAMAC Orchestra in the Celebration of Youth Concert on March 25th at 8 p.m.

The Calhoun violinists will be performing Twinkle Little Star Variations with a full professional orchestra. There will be about 40 students from Calhoun grades two through four that will be participating.  They will be performing with students from the Montessori School of Anderson.

The concert will take place in the Henderson Auditorium at Anderson University.


United Way Honors Dr. John Martin

Dr. John Martin received a Presidential Citation from Carol Burdette, President of United Way of Anderson County. The citation was presented during a breakfast held at Cox Hall in Pendleton to give an update on the Women's Leadership Council of United Way teen pregnancy prevention program in Anderson School District 4. The citation presented to Dr. Martin read “In recognition of your dedicated care and concern as a physician, commitment to creating and sustaining a better quality of life for all, generous contributions to health and human service organizations and in your investment in the prevention of teen pregnancies in Anderson County.” Dr. Martin donated $5000 to United Way to support the teen pregnancy prevention program in School District 4. 

Approximately 50 people were on hand to hear about the benefits of having the program in the district.  Yolanda Lowe, the program coordinator for the district, read letters from students who participate in the program and how the program has benefited them.  “IMPACT! is a program that has really helped me lately. The first time I came into IMPACT! we talked about drawing the line was a way to respect ourselves. I started making boundaries”, one student wrote who was being bullied in school. Another wrote, “IMPACT! has really changed my perspective on sex and learning to say  ‘NO’. In middle school there is a lot of peer pressure and this class helps us avoid it. I look forward to coming to this class every Monday.” 

Delores Wardlaw, Asst Principal at Riverside Middle School stated, “IMPACT! is a resource for these kids to separate fact from fiction. This is not just about sex, “Draw the line, Respect the line.”

Currently only four kids have opted not to participate in the program in School District 4. This is the first year the program has run there. “We must teach our children today to make good choices and understand those choices” stated Dr. Lee D’Andrea, Superintendent of Anderson County School District 4.

To learn more about IMPACT! or the Women's Leadership Council of United Way call (864) 226-3438.


Newspring Church Raises $40,000 for Japan Relief

Newspring Church raised more than $40,000 to aid the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The money will be sent to Churches Helping Churches. Click here to read more about that ministry.


Unitex to Celebrate Grand Opening, Showcase Jobs

Anderson County is proud to join Unitex Group USA in celebrating their grand opening on Tuesday, March 22 at 11 am. Local and state officials will join Unitex Management for a ribbon cutting ceremony at their facility, located at 104 Hurricane Creek Road in Piedmont.
In October 2010, Unitex Group USA announced its intention to locate its synthetic products operation in an existing building near I-85 in Anderson County, where the company will manufacture and distribute its synthetic lifting slings and tie-down products. The company, having already exceeded its proposed $4 million investment, plans to hire 40 positions during the first 5 years. As anticipated, Unitex will be fully operational during the first quarter of 2011.


Sheriff, Other ‘Celebrities’ Dancing for Our Heroes on April 8

ANDERSON – Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper is one of six local celebrities participating in the Fifth Annual Dancing for Our Heroes event, to be held Friday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the Civic Center of Anderson.
Presented by The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, the event is modeled after the popular ABC TV show, Dancing With the Stars. It is being held to raise money for six charities: the Anderson Free Clinic, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, the Cancer Association of Anderson, Foothills Alliance, Hospice of the Upstate, and the South Carolina Military Family Care Association as well as the PolioPlus initiative of the Rotary Foundation.
.     Sheriff Skipper will be dancing the rhumba with Yvonne Conover for the Foothills Alliance. Other participants are dentist Dr. Bob Austin, dancing with Mary Ann McBride for the Anderson Free Clinic; Kristi King-Brock, executive director of Anderson Interfaith Ministries, dancing with Wayne Conover; Dr. Veena Mathur, a partner with Diagnostic Radiology, PA, dancing with Scott Drake for the Cancer Association of Anderson; Army Col. Glenn Skawski dancing with Lisa Burns for the S.C. Military Family Care Association; and Taylor Thompson dancing with Dennis Adams for Hospice of the Upstate.
The theme this year is “Some Enchanted Evening,” and a South Pacific décor is planned, including palm trees and a tiki bar. A full dinner will be provided by Cromer Food Services and the admission price covers soft drinks, tea, wine and beer. In addition, there will be opportunities for attendees to dance to deejay Ben Phillips’ music after the competition ends.    An array of items and services will be auctioned off during the evening.
A ticket costs $40 and a table for eight may be purchased for $300. Tickets are available from the participating charities, club members and at the Main Street and Greenville Street offices of Capital Bank.
Dancers will compete before judges Randy Spearman, a two-time winner of Dancing for Our Heroes; Rotary District Governor Becky Faulkner; and ballroom dancer Dave Thomas. Judy Booker is the mistress of ceremonies.
In addition to the Judge’s Choice award, dancers are selling votes for a dollar apiece to win a People’s Choice Award. All the money they raise will go to their charities and the profit from the evening will be divided among the charities.
Check out Dancing for Our Heroes on Facebook for photos of the couples rehearsing and for photos from previous compeitions.