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AU SIFE Team Gets Lowe's Grant

The Anderson University Students in Free Enterprise, or SIFE, team has been named one of fifty organizations nationwide to receive the prestigious Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) Community Improvement Challenge grant. 

The grant was offered for the first time this year by the LCEF to nonprofit organizations and public agencies in communities where Lowe’s operates stores and distribution centers. The SIFE teams that receive the funding are awarded $1,200 grants for the structural improvement of community, educational, municipal, or residential facilities or operations.

Founded in 1957, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) has a long and proud history of contributing to grassroots community projects. LCEF awards millions annually to diverse organizations across the United States. The mission of the LCEF is to improving the communities they serve through support of public education, community improvement projects and home safety initiatives.

Dr. Bill Laing, one of the AU SIFE team’s faculty advisors and associate professor of business at AU, stated, “It is very gratifying that the Anderson University SIFE team continues to gain national recognition. It is even more gratifying that in this case, our team will be able to apply this generous grant toward creating a real solution for our business community in Anderson and beyond.” 


School District 5 Proposes Snow Makeup Days  

The District Five Board of Trustees will be asked to approve four snow makeup days for district students at the January 25 Board Meeting.

The four dates proposed by Superintendent Betty Bagley are:

* Friday, February 18

* Monday, April 25

*Wednesday, June 8

* Thursday, June 9

Also under the proposal, Friday, June 10, will become a professional development day and Monday, June 13, will be designated a furlough day for teachers and other employees. The June 13 furlough day replaces the February 18 furlough day designated on the original school calendar.

The proposed calendar changes must be approved by the Board of Trustees before they go into effect.


36 Earn Palmetto Fellows Scholarships

A total of 36 District Five seniors have earned Palmetto Fellows Early Awards Scholarships for the Class of 2011.    

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is the highest scholarship awarded by the state of South Carolina. It totals $6,700 annually for the freshman year.  The amount increases to $7,500 annually for the sophomore, junior and senior years.  A monetary enhancement of up to $2,500 per year will be issued to students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year who major in science, mathematics, computer science, information technology, engineering, science education, math education, or health care and related disciplines (including nursing, pre-medicine and pre-dentistry).    

Scholarship winners include the following Westside High School students: 

Rebecca Bowen, Leonard Bruenning,  Dylan Click, Damian Dominguez, Hailey Gundrum, Victoria Johnson, Rebecca Martin, Lauren McCorkle, Keith Ng, Milap Patel, Tyler Phillips, Stephanie Siegfried, Morgan Smith, Brian Stewart, Sena Tamaklo, Alex Villa and Andrew Watts.

Scholarship winners also include the following T.L. Hanna High School students:

Caleb Addis, Kasey Catalfomo, Christopher Chaudhary, Ashley Davis, Sarah Farmer, William Finn, Levan Khulordava, Kaitlyn Kowalski, Amber Leahey, Rachel Masek, Taylor Matthews, Sarah Miller, Samuel Park, Avni Patel, Dena Rhinehart, Ashley Swavely, Mark Thayer, Elizabeth Wagner and William Wright.   


ECP to Present Nunsense Jamboree Feb. 17-March 8

Nunsense Jamboree, written by Dan Goggin and directed by Richard Cowan with musical direction by Jeff Brannon, is the third hilarious romp in the Nunsense series. In Nunsense I, when a wacky nun known as Sister Mary Amnesia regained her memory she recalled that she always wanted to be a country singer. In Nunsense II her dream became one step closer to reality when Reverend Mother landed a recording contract for her. In this show, Nunsense Jamboree, her dream has been realized as she headlines a brand new show promoting her debut album "I Could've Gone to Nashville." Cheered by audiences and critics alike as funny and fast-paced, this hilarious hoe-down is Nunsense fun with a Laugh-In-Hee-Haw-Grand-Ole-Op'ry slant. Outrageously funny musical numbers include I Could've Gone To Nashville, Everyday of the Week Is a Saturday, Do Unto Others, The Delta Queen, We Miss You, Patsy Cline, A Technicolor Woman and Growing Up in Brooklyn. You say you're not a country music fan? Don't worry-this country music is "Nunsense Theatrical Style" guaranteed to please any musical or theatre fan!

Feb 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, March 3, 4, 5 and 6

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8PM and Sunday at 3PM

Season Members can reserve their tickets January 17 and General Ticket Sales start January 24. Tickets are $17 for Adults, $15 for Seniors and $10 for Students.

Please call the Box Office at (864) 224-4248 for tickets.

For a limited time, all new 2011 Season Memberships or 2011 Season Membership Renewals will receive a Free Gift Certificate to the Victoria Tea Room, located on the square in Downtown Anderson. Season Memebership prices are just $85 for an Adult, $75 for Seniors 62 years and older and $55 for Students. That's Six Season Shows, an entire year of entertainment, for just one low priceplus a Free Gift Certificate to the Victoria Tea Room. To reserve yours, please call the Box Office at (864) 224-4248. Click here for our incredible 2011 Season Schedule.


Upstate Writer Group Sponsoring Contest

The Upstate SC American Christian Writers Chapter is sponsoring a writing contest in conjunction with their annual Carolina Christian Writers' Workshop which will feature classes by editors, agents, and award-winning authors to be held Friday and Saturday, March 18-19, 2011, at North Anderson Baptist Church, Anderson, South Carolina. The workshop begins at 1:00 PM Friday and ends Saturday at 4:30 PM.

The deadline to enter the contest by email is February 10. Entrants must be registered for the workshop to enter. Entries will receive a detailed critique of their work as well as be entered into the contest for that category.

Contest categories include: Articles - critiqued by Sandy Brooks, former editor, publisher, and now consultant; Novella/Novel - critiqued by Ramona Richards, Fiction Acquisitions Editor at Abingdon Press; Non-Fiction Book Proposals - critiqued by Dr. Edna Ellison, award-winning Bible study author and international speaker; Children's Books - critiqued by Pam Zollman, award-winning author of 40 children's''s books and founder of AnAuthor World.

Anyone interested in writing is invited to register for the March 18-19 workshop and enter the contest. Monetary prizes and certificates will be awarded on March 19.  For a detailed brochure on the workshop, contest and registration information, including special discounts for early registration, ministers and students. go to or contact Elva Martin, Director, at or call her at 864/226-7024.


Bill Could Allow School Consolidation Without Referendum

A bill pre-filed in early December by S.C. Rep Don Bowen, R-Anderson, could open the door for the Anderson County Board of Education to consolidate Anderson County’s five school districts without a voter referendum. The bill, H. 3019, calls for amending Section 6-11-410 of the South Carolina code of laws, to revise the definition of special purpose districts, which could, if amended, include school districts. Bowen’s bill does not include, but may or may not eventually include 6-11-420 and 6-11-430 of the S.C. code of laws, which completes the definition of powers related to special purpose districts.

The bill was sent to the House Committee on Judiciary Jan. 11. Both the bill and the code of law it seeks to amend are at the bottom of this article.

The bill was was originally introduced Dec. 7, shortly before the Anderson County Board of Education’s “One Plus One = You” campaign aimed at consolidating the five school districts in Anderson County.  The website,, is also gathering information from a survey, and now requires registration to assure no one votes multiple times.

Last year, the County Board of Education presented the findings of the $58,000 study by the Strom Thurmond Institute looking at options for consolidating Anderson County’s five school districts.

The study,  "Options for Multi-district Counties, The View from Anderson County, South Carolina," first reported in the Anderson Observer in August of 2009, and presented at a public forum at the Anderson County Library later that month, did not find significant financial incentives for merging Anderson County’s school districts.

At that forum, Holley Ulbrich, lead researcher for the report, opened the presentation by saying the study was commissioned "to identify ways to ensure equal access to a quality 21st-century education for all of Anderson County's children at a reasonable cost." (download summary of the report here). Outlining changes to the county since the current school district lines were drawn in 1952, the report outlined five options for meeting the stated goal of recommending one of  five options: Consolidation/Redistricting; Centralization and Decentralization; Tax Base Sharing; Service Sharing; and the Do Nothing, or status quo option.

The study examined the potential for one, two and three school districts for Anderson County, with the three district model, "tweaked every 10 years or so."

The report concludes redistricting into three school districts would "most efficiently meet" the stated goals of the study. But it also notes other options, which involve sharing of services, authority, tax base, and/or resources, while being "the most challenging to implement, “ have the greatest potential for creating schools and districts that are truly both local and equal.

Ulbrich and others who worked on the study said that the study did not find significant financial savings in any of the consolidation options.


The text of the bill and of the code of law which Bowen seeks to amend.



S.C. Code

South Carolina Code 6-11-410. Definitions

For the purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

(a) "Special purpose district" shall mean any district created by act of the General Assembly prior to March 7, 1973, and to which has been committed prior to March 7, 1973, any local governmental function.

(b) "County board" shall mean the governing bodies of the several counties of the State as now or hereafter constituted.

(c) "Commission" shall mean the governing body of any special purpose district as now or hereafter constituted.

South Carolina Code 6-11-420. Special purpose districts may be enlarged, diminished or consolidated; general obligation bonds authorized

The county boards of the several counties of the State are authorized to enlarge, diminish or consolidate any existing special purpose districts located within such county and authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds by such special purpose district by the procedure prescribed by this article.

South Carolina Code 6-11-430. Exercise of powers by county board; public hearing

Each county board may, on its own motion, and shall, upon the petition of the commissions of the special purpose districts to be affected, take the action authorized by this article to enlarge, diminish or consolidate any special purpose districts lying within such county. In each such instance, by resolution duly adopted, the county board shall order a public hearing to be held for the purpose of making a determination as to whether and to what extent a special purpose district shall be enlarged, diminished or consolidated.


"I Have a Dream"


County Collecting Items for Soldier Care Packages

ANDERSON COUNTY, SC— Anderson County residents have an opportunity to send a special Valentine ‘thank you’ to local Soldiers deployed overseas. Collection boxes are currently located in all Anderson County Library branches and will remain until January 24, when items will be collected and prepared for shipment.

Items may also be dropped off at the Public Information Office, located in the historic Courthouse, 101 South Main Street, Downtown Anderson.

Suggested items include:

Deodorant (not gel), shaving cream (yes, gel), disposable razors (twin or triple blades), shampoo (not with conditioner), tooth paste, body soap, hand wipes (pocket size), body powder (sample size – for feet), hand sanitizer, hand lotion, sun block 

Pre-paid phone cards, Batteries (AA & AAA), playing cards, word puzzle books, yo-yos, Frisbees, paperback books (westerns, mysteries, suspense – in good condition), dominoes, checkers, Yahtzee, other board games, footballs, hand-held games, air fresheners, Ziploc bags (gallon- to protect socks on field missions), Nerf balls

Kool-Aid singles/sugar free (for bottled water), beef jerky, Pop Tarts, Rice Krispie treats, sunflower seeds, peanuts, chewing gum, cereal bars/granola bars, energy bars, hard candy, Skittles and/orWhoppers candy, instant soup in a cup, instant oatmeal, fruit cups, Pringles or any canned chips, store bought cookies (Oreos, Moon Pies), hot chocolate, coffee singles, individual blue sugar packets.

“I think this is a great project,” said Anderson County Councilmember Ken Waters. “During my deployment, I was always glad to get wheat thin snack crackers from my wife since they were impossible to find overseas. It took three long weeks for those packages to arrive, but they meant so much. Sometimes it's just little things that make the days go by faster for the troops. Let’s make sure that Anderson County Soldiers get a Valentine’s Day reminder of our gratitude for their sacrifice.”

During these trying times, our deployed Soldiers need to know that we are thinking of them and are appreciative of their sacrifice to protect our freedom,” said County Councilmember Tom Allen. “Anderson County is blessed to have the 263d AAMDC right here in our own backyard where many of our neighbors and family members serve. It is important that we maintain a strong connection with our local men and women who are on serving on foreign soil. What better way than to send them a big Valentine Thank-You for a job well done!”

 “This is a wonderful way to thank our troops for their service, while making their deployment away from home a little more bearable,” said Anderson County Public Information Officer Angela Stringer. “Anderson County Soldiers have been an integral part of the largest deployment of troops since WWII, with many of our local soldiers serving multiple deployments. Many spent were the holidays away from their families. We are asking residents to donate items in support of this campaign and help us send a giant thank you to our overseas Soldiers for their sacrifice.”  


Council Looks at Sidewalks Near Cobb's Glenn; Honors AU

Anderson County Council will honor Anderson University for 100 years of contributions to the community as part of Tuesday's regular meeting at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse.

Council will also hold a public hearing and hear on third reading on sidewalks for the planned develop are on Old Williamston Road near Cobb's Glenn.

Full agenda here:


Trojan Wrestling Rallies Late for Win Past St. Andrews  

LAURINBURG, N.C. – The Anderson University wrestling team won five of the final six bouts to rally past St. Andrews Presbyterian, 27-16, at Harris Court Saturday afternoon.   

With the win Anderson improved to 4-12 in dual action on the season, while St. Andrews fell to 1-6.

The Trojans’ Andrew Rankin started the action with a narrow 12-11 decision past SAPC’s Erik Brown at 125 pounds to give AU an early 3-0 edge, but the Knights claimed three consecutive bouts to gain a 12-3 advantage nearly halfway through the match.

AU’s Nick Giuletti  (157 pounds) began the rally by pinning the Knight’s Troy Baranik at the 2:18 mark to pull the Trojans within three, but St. Andrews’ Richard Manwarren earned an 11-4 major decision AU’s Brian Onofrio at 165 pounds to  boost SAPC’s lead back to 16-9 with four bouts remaining. 

Trevor Sanford began the final surge for the Trojans by pinning Caleb Mitcler just 1:40 into their 174-pound match as AU climbed within a single point and Sean O’Connell collected a 7-4 decision past Greg Pattis to give AU a lead it would not surrender, at 18-16.

In his first action of the 2010-11 campaign, AU’s Jordan Denmark earned the Trojans’ second swift pin in three bouts by taking down Joshua Price at the 2:09 mark to seal the win. Chase Duke earned a 6-4 decision past SAPC’s Justin Hoover to set the final margin.

Anderson will get back on the mats on Thursday and Friday at the East Region Duals, hosted by UNC Pembroke.  


AIM Orientation Tuesday; Current Needs Updated

Anderson Interfaith Ministries’ next tour & orientation will be held on Tuesday, January 18 at 9:30 am.  The tour lasts about an hour and provides a first-hand look at each of the program areas.  If you know someone interested in volunteering or simply learning more about how AIM serves the Anderson community, call 226-2273 to reserve your space.

For a list of AIM's current needs, visit:


AU Women’s Cross Country Earns Academic Honor  

ANDERSON, S.C. – For the second consecutive semester and the fourth time in the past three years, the Anderson women’s cross country team has been named the recipient of the Dr. Shirley Jacks Academic Excellence Award, which is presented to the team that possesses the highest grade point average for each semester. 

The squad claimed the honor after wrapping up the fall semester of 2010 with an impressive team grade point average of 3.482, capping off a stellar season for the harriers.

Individually, Head coach Randy Greer was named South Atlantic Conference Co-Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the race, while the AU runners were recognized as a result of their impressive efforts.

Junior Whitney Bishoff was named Conference Runner of the Year as well as first team all-conference following her first-place finish and Lydia Davis was named Freshman of the Year and first team all-conference after bringing home third place. Fellow freshman Madeline Fitts was named to the All-Freshman team and earned second-team all-conference honors along with sophomore Emily Eckroth

 The award – a silver Trojan helmet – is given in honor of Dr. Jacks, a long time supporter of AU athletics.


Murphy Road to Close Feb. 1 Through April 10, 2013

Beginning on February 1, Anderson County Roads and Bridges will close Murphy Road (C-11-34), between SC 187 and Mountain View Road to through traffic. Only adjacent residents and delivery vehicles will be permitted within the road closure area. The closure will be in place for a year to allow ample time for replacement of both Murphy Road bridges. The anticipated opening date is April 10, 2012.

Built in 1957, the existing timber bridges are decaying and are structurally deficient. The west bridge over Reedy Creek will be replaced first with a 12-foot by 8-foot pre-cast concrete box culvert. The east bridge over Devils Fork Creek will be replaced afterwards with a sixty-foot long pre-cast concrete hollow core slab bridge. Both bridges will be replaced by county Roads & Bridges crews using county funds. Once completed, the new structures will have no weight limit restrictions, allowing full access to school buses and emergency vehicles.

The three mile detour (beginning on the west end of Murphy Road) follows SC 187 south, turns east onto Roberts Church Road (S-4-238) for 1.7 miles, and turns north onto Mountain View Road (C-11-29) for 1.2 miles.