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"Music Man" Coming to Wren High School

Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" comes to the stage at Wren High School in Piedmont!  Performances will be in the auditorium Thursday, April 28th, Friday, April 29th, and Saturday, April 30th at 7:00 pm.  There will also be a Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm on April 30th.

Directed and conducted by Mr. Leroy Kennedy, the production features Wren High seniors John Lipsey as Harold Hill and Kelsey Whitson as Marian Paroo, Noelle Cady, Alec Courtright, Katie Daniska, Logan Epps, Tim Gravely, James Holland, Austin Lanz, Sela Morrison, and Dalton Ribble.  Also in the cast are several students from Wren Middle and Elementary Schools.   

Seating is first come, first served.  The doors open one hour before each performance.  Set donations of $6 for each adult and $3 for each child under 12 will be collected at the door.  Wren Elementary School students will be admitted to the Saturday matinee at NO CHARGE. 


Bi-Lo Event Will Help Dist. 5 Homeless Program  

The Anderson School District Five Homeless Program will be among the charitable organizations benefitting from this year’s Anderson Bi-Lo Charity Golf Classic.

Through this event, Anderson District Bi-Lo stores are teaming up to raise money for a number of charities in our community. Bi-Lo will be holding it for the first time in Anderson at Brookstone Meadows Golf Course. All proceeds will benefit local charities.

The tourney will take place on Wednesday, May 11. Registration starts at 8 a.m. There will be a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.

The tournament format will be a four-person team “Captain’s Choice” Mulligans will be available the day of the tournament for $5 each. All players will receive a welcome package at sign-in. There is an opportunity to win one or more of the following prizes for a hole-in-one:

  •  Grand Prize $15,000
  •  Set of Callaway Diablo Irons
  •  Sharp LCD Flat Screen Television
  •  Round-trip domestic airfare for two

Bi-Lo will hold a raffle at the end of the tournament for a variety of prizes. Tickets will be available for $5 each or 3 for $10. You must be present to win. 

Tournament prizes include:

  • First, second and third place team awards
  • Two longest drive holes
  • Four closest to the pins
  • Hole in one prizes

Lunch will be provided during the tournament. There will also be snacks and beverages provided throughout the day.  

Registration forms may be obtained from the Bi-Lo Superstore on Hwy. 24. For more information, please call the Bi-Lo Superstore at 226-7746.


Officers Working for Peanuts

For the past 16 years the officers have held the “Cops Working for Peanuts” fundraiser for Area 14 Special Olympics.

Police officers and deputies, along with officials from Anderson Area Crimestoppers, assist the servers at Logan’s Roadhouse in Anderson. The officials wait tables and also ask you to help with a donation of any amount to Special Olympics. 

There will also be T-shirts on sale for only $10 with all proceeds going to the cause. 

The officials will be at Logan’s Roadhouse of Anderson at the following times:

  • Wednesday April 20, 2011 from 5 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Thursday April 21, 2011 from 11 am – 2 pm for lunch and 5 pm – 7:30 pm for dinner
  • Friday April 22, 2011 from 11 am – 2 pm for lunch

AU Women’s Tennis Falls in Tournament Semifinals  

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Top seed Wingate University remained undefeated in South Atlantic Conference play as they topped no. 5 Anderson University at the Rock Hill Tennis Center on Thursday afternoon, 5-3.

Anderson held the 2-1 advantage after doubles action as Avery Owens and Lauren Trumbull teamed up to defeat Ali Evers and Samantha Alschlager 8-6 on court no. 2 and Camie Beaulieu-Brunet and Emily Weiland topped Kara Stasikelis and Kelli Ferguson on court no. 1, 8-6, to give the Trojans the first two points of the match.

 Wingate rallied back on court no. 3 as Morgan Winston and Olivia Poole defeated Shelby Anderson and Julie Halbert, 8-6, to put the Bulldogs on the board.

Beaulieu-Brunet jumped ahead in the first set on court no. 1, topping Stasikelis 6-2, but Stasikelis rallied back, taking the next two sets 6-1, 6-1 to even the match at two apiece. Poole put the Bulldogs ahead with her three set 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory over Trumbull on court no. 4 and Morgan Winston put the Bulldogs within one match of clinching the win with her 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win on court no. 3.

Avery Owens kept Anderson within reach, topping Evers on court no. 2 in a hard-fought 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 win, setting the table for the final two matches of the evening. 

Ferguson and Anderson put on a clinic on court no. 5 in one of the longest matches of the day, with Ferguson taking the first set 6-3. The duo battled throughout the second set as the sunset over the horizon and the lights turned on the courts at the Rock Hill Tennis Center, heading into the tiebreaker before Ferguson clinched the victory with the 7-5 (9-7) set win.


United Way Wants You for Photo Shoot  

Do you live united? Do you like posing for the camera? Then here is your opportunity to do both at the same time. United Way of Anderson County will hold a photo shoot for its upcoming 2011-12 campaign. “We want to get photos of ordinary people having fun in LIVE UNITED t-shirts”, stated Lynn Scott, Director of Marketing for United Way. “Individuals as well as families are welcome to come by and have their picture taken” she said. 

LIVE UNITED t-shirts will be provided for the photos. 

The photo shoot will be held on Friday, April 29th at the United Way office located at 907 N. Main St. Suite 202 in the SunTrust Bank building from 9 am to 3 pm. Reservations are not required. Anyone can come by between the specified hours. 

For more information, contact United Way at (864) 226-3438.


New Schools Earn EPA Honor for Energy Efficiency  

The building designs of Robert Anderson Middle School, Glenview Middle School and North Pointe Elementary School have received the “Designed to Earn the Energy Star” label from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. 

The designation recognizes the designs as achieving significant design-related energy savings and projected operational cost savings. The schools were designed by Columbia-based LS3P Associates Ltd. The project manager was David Anderson. 

“We appreciate the hard work of Mr. Anderson and LS3P in ensuring our new schools are energy efficient,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “This is both good for the environment and an important way for us to save money in the operation of our schools.” 

The EPA will display these projects in a gallery exhibit at the 2011 National Convention of the American Institute of Architects. The convention will take place in New Orleans from May 12-14. 


New Middle Schools Schedule Parent Meetings  

District Five’s two new middle schools have scheduled informational meetings for parents whose children will be attending the schools at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. 

The Parents’ Meeting for Robert Anderson Middle School will be held on Tuesday, April 26th at 6 p.m. in the Westside High School Commons Area.

Glenview Middle School will hold its Parents’ Meeting for rising Seventh and Eighth Grade on Monday, May 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in the new Auditorium at Calhoun Academy of the Arts. Parents of rising sixth graders will meet on Thursday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the Calhoun Auditorium. 

The two new middle schools will begin operations at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Classes will begin on Tuesday, August 16th.

Evelyn Murphy has been named Principal of Robert Anderson Middle School, which is located on Dobbins Bridge Road. Walter Mayfield has been named Principal of Glenview Middle School, which is located on Old Williamston Road.

The two new middle schools are nearing completion. Their construction is part of District Five’s $140 million bond issuance, which was approved by more than 60 percent of voters in an April 2007 referendum.  

Glenview will relieve overcrowding at the current McCants Middle School.  Robert Anderson will replace the current Southwood Middle School and will draw students from both Southwood and Lakeside middle schools.  The current Southwood school will become Southwood Academy of the Arts for the 2011-2012 school year as it transitions into a 6-12 grade arts magnet school.


Dist. 5 Teacher Finalist for National Teacher Award

Sarah Jordan, has been named one of three national finalists for the National Teacher of the Year Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Ms. Jordan, who teaches Fashion Design and Interior Design at the Anderson V Career Campus, has already been named the South Carolina Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year. 

A teacher of Family and Consumer courses for 18 years, Ms. Jordan submitted a project titled “Extreme Makeover Student Edition.” The project began with an idea to renovate an existing underutilized home adjacent to the Career Campus.  Patterned after a Southern Living Showcase home, it was transformed into the Anderson V Conference Center.  With the help of many departments in the school, the students were provided a real-life, hands-on, creative and innovative project that is a showcase for the school, community, and the state. 

Ms. Jordan will be recognized at the AAFCS National Conference this summer in Phoenix, Arizona.

The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) National Teacher of the Year Award and Affiliate Teacher of the Year Awards recognize exemplary family and consumer science teachers who exhibit a deep commitment to the profession and to the Association. These teachers have outstanding educational programs that utilize cutting-edge methods, techniques, and activities to provide the stimulus for and give visibility to family and consumer sciences elementary and secondary education. 


AU's Saxon Earns All-Conference Honors

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Anderson senior second baseman Ryan Saxon and junior third baseman Blake May each earned 2011 South Atlantic Baseball All-Conference honors, as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon. 

Saxon ended his career at Anderson in the top five in two major offensive categories. The Landrum, S.C., native, ranks second on the career home run list and fourth on the career doubles list. He is also in the top ten on the career list at Anderson in hits and RBI. Saxon led the team last season with a .316 batting average and scored a team-high 35 runs, while ranking second on the squad in both slugging percentage (.492) and on-base percentage (.383).   

“I was really glad to see Ryan get recognized for a good season,” said Anderson head coach Joe Miller. “He has been a very solid player for four years and he’s very deserving.” 

May posted a stellar .967 fielding percentage last season, committing just five errors while starting all 50 games for the Trojans. On the offensive side, he was fifth on the squad with a .274 batting average.

“Blake was also very deserving of the Gold Glove,’ added Miller. “I don’t think there’s any question that he’s the best defensive third baseman in the league.”

The awards will be presented Wednesday after the second game of the 2011 Food Lion SAC Baseball Tournament, which will be played at McNair Field in Forest City, N.C. 

The South Atlantic Conference All-Conference and Gold Glove teams are selected by the league’s head coaches. 

Regular season statistical champions and senior awards were also announced.


Council to Look at Background Checks, Finances

Anderson County Council will hold a public hearing on if/how to perform background checks on those chosen to serve on county boards and agencies as part of Tuesday night's meeting.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown. Full agenda for the meeting here.


Golf Tournament to Benefit Meals on Wheels-Anderson

The 29th annual Meals on Wheels Benefit Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2011. This year’s event is again sponsored by the Dirty Old Men’s Club and hosted by Pine Lake Golf Course. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $65 per person and includes a round of golf, golf cart, lunch, and beverages.  Golfers who wish to participate should register by May 10. Contact Vic Vickery at 864.202.1563, Dave Schonauer at 864.231.9317 or visit the Meals on Wheels website at for an entry form and more information.

The event will begin with a putting contest at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tournament scoring will be Captain’s Choice and prizes will be awarded for hole-in-one, closest to the pin and longest drive. Other activities include a silent auction and door prizes donated by various local businesses. Pine Lake Golf Course is located at 410 Carpenter Road in Anderson.

All proceeds from this event will help feed the homebound elderly and disabled of Anderson County.

To find out how you can get involved with Meals on Wheels-Anderson, please contact us at 864.225.6800 or visit our website at the address listed above.


Egg Hunt/BBQ Benefit Rescheduled for April 23

An Easter Egg Hun/BBQ fundraiser supporting Calvary Home for Children has been rescheduled for April 23 · 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, at the Calvary Home on Simpson Road. Adult plates will be $8. Child plates $4. 100% of cost of each plate goes to Calvary Home. For more information, visit here.


Deadline for Southwood Arts School Application May 20

Student applications for the new Southwood Academy of the Arts are due by Friday, May 20th. Rising sixth graders (current fifth graders who will be moving to the sixth grade) are invited to apply to this new magnet school.

The applications are available on the District Five Website at Applications should be printed, filled out and returned to any District Five school.

If you do not have access to a printer and need a paper copy of an application, please contact the school.  Likewise, school leaders can help you with any questions or concerns about the application process.

Beginning in August 2011, the current Southwood Middle School will become Southwood Academy of the Arts: A Creative and Performing Arts School. Current Midway Principal Gary Bruhjell has been named Principal of the new school. Rick Mascaro, Director of the Anderson V Career Campus, will be the Director of Secondary Visual and Performing Arts for Southwood.

The school will open at the start of the 2011-2012 school year with a sixth grade only and 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
Southwood will eventually become a magnet school for students in grades six through twelve, with an emphasis in grades six through eight on academics within an arts-based curriculum. The secondary grades will receive performance-based instruction, beginning in the 2011-2012 school year with selected secondary courses, including accelerated classes in visual arts, drama music and dance.

Most students at the current Southwood Middle School will move to the new Robert Anderson Middle School at the start of the 2011-2012 school year.