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AU's Bishop Headed for NCAA Track Championships

Bishoff Qualifies for NCAA National Championships
Anderson University rising senior Whitney Bishoff has qualified for the 2011 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, to be hosted by California State University – Stanislaus, May 26-28, at the Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium.
Bishoff, who holds the school record in the 10,000 meter run, will compete in the event on Thursday night, May 26, with the race tentatively scheduled to start at 8:40 p.m. (PST).
The Winder, Ga., native set a new school record in the 10,000 meter (35:37.97) earlier this season, as well as posting new record marks in the 1500, 5000 and one mile run in 2011. She posted several stellar outings in both cross country and track and field over the past academic year, including earning the prestigious NCAA Elite 88 Award at the 2011 Indoor Track & Field Championships in March. The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 88 championships.


Council to Vote on Budget

Anderson County Council will vote on the budget for the coming year at Tuesday night's meeting at 6 p.m. at the historic courthouse downtown. Council will also vote on third reading the agreement on zoning on the East-West Connector.


Boxing Event to Benefit Troops Saturday

A "Tribute to the Troops" boxing exhibition benefit for the trroops  will be held Saturday at the National Guard Armory in Clemson. In addition to the matches, there will be entertainment, food and games. Doors open at 11 am, with weigh-ins schedueld between 2-4 p.m.

Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, contact Coach William Peppers at 864.985.8368.


New Schools Program to Promote Safe Driving

“Alive at 25,” an early intervention program which helps prevent traffic violations, collisions, and fatalities, will be offered to District Five students beginning June 4th. The 4½-hour defensive driving course addresses the dangers of unsafe driver behaviors such as speeding, using a cell phone while driving, and using drugs or alcohol before taking the wheel.

District Five is joining the other Anderson County school districts in requiring students to complete this training before they are allowed to drive on high school campuses. Students wishing to drive a car on the campus of T.L. Hanna or Westside high schools must earn a certificate of completion for the “Alive at 25” course before purchasing a $12 parking sticker for either school.

There are several courses being offered this summer at T.L. Hanna and Westside.  The first course on June 4th will be free to the first 250 registrants – 125 for each high school.  After the first course, all other courses will cost $35. Any student who cannot afford the $35 course registration fee should contact the South Carolina chapter of the National Safety Council at 803-732-6778 and ask about financial assistance.

“The cost to our students was a concern as we discussed this new program with our Trustees,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “However, it is clear that this training saves lives, and we feel that far outweighs the monetary cost, which is less than a tank of gas.”

Registration for the free June 4th course will only be allowed using the Registration Form being sent home by students today. All other courses will be registered online at or by calling (803) 732-6778.  

The “Alive at 25” course, which is offered by the South Carolina chapter of the nonprofit National Safety Council, is taught by off-duty Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers. The course is delivered in a single 4 ½-hour program that focuses on the behaviors and decision-making necessary to avoid traffic violations, collisions and fatalities. It differs from typical Drivers Ed courses in that, instead of teaching driving mechanics, it focuses on the behaviors of driving.

Automobile accidents are the number one cause of death for young people between the ages of 16 and 24. Each year, nearly 6,000 teens are killed in vehicle crashes.

The District Five Board of Trustees recently approved the training. Additional sessions at both T.L. Hanna and Westside will be held on June 22 and 29, July 16, 20, 27 and 30, and August 1, 3 and 6.


Boat Poker Run to Benefit Meals on Wheels

Boaters can enjoy a day on beautiful Hartwell Lake while collecting poker cards to win cash prizes in the Hartwell Lake Meals on Wheels Benefit Poker Run. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 10-11. All activities will take place on the shoreline of Portman Marina and poker cards will be distributed at several scenic stops around the lake. A cash prize of $1500 will be awarded to the best hand, with second and third place hands winning prizes of $750 and $500.

Boaters may register their vessel for $50 prior to the event. Registration increases to $60 on Friday, June 10 and is limited to 200 boats. Visit the Meals on Wheels website at for an entry form or call 864.225.6800 for more information.

Registered boaters are invited to the Friday VIP Party with live music from 6 to 9 p.m. at the marina. Saturday’s events begin with registration at 9 a.m. and conclude with awards, boat judging in several categories, and a party featuring the Eric Scott Band.

All proceeds from this fundraising event will help feed the homebound elderly and disabled of Anderson County through the Meals on Wheels home delivery meal program. Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers about 650 meals each weekday and nearly 400 volunteers give their time to assist in this mission.

Meals on Wheels-Anderson is recruiting volunteer drivers for routes in the city and county. To find out how you can get involved, please contact us at the phone number or website listed above or visit us on Facebook.


Crimestoppers Walk Saturday

Anderson Area Crimestoppers is hosting the seventh annual “Walk With The Cops” Saturday morning May 14th at the Chris Taylor memorial park in Anderson.
The seventh Annual “Walk with the Cops” is scheduled for May 14 at Chris Taylor Park at the Anderson Civic Center.  This year's event is in memory of Richard Martin, who was found lying in the middle of Welcome Road in Anderson County near Highway 81 North.    He later died of  blunt force trauma to the head.  He was last seen at Nancy's Lounge  on Highway 81 North.  This occurred in September of 1995.  More information about this case can be found on the Crimestoppers website.
Sign up will be in the gazebo outside playground. Sign up will begin at 8:30 AM with the walk starting at 9:00 AM. $10.00 is the walking fee and includes a first quality T-shirt commemorating the event.
Proceeds from this event are used to benefit the work of Anderson Area Crimes Stoppers.  Anderson Area Crimes Stoppers is an all-volunteer agency, with no paid staff. 


Southside Christian Fellowship Festival May 14

Southside Christian Fellowship is a collaboration of churches within the Southside area of Anderson, churches in the outlining areas in Anderson, and concerned citizens of Anderson County. The goal of Southside Christian Fellowship is to improve the quality of life where drug use and the ramifications of drug use exist. Local law enforcement and several social service agencies are lending their support on behalf of our objective.
This year we are hosting a festival for children, teens, and young single parents.  The purpose of this festival is to not only provide some fun but to provide entertainment which hopefully will plant positive seeds in their minds, provide sources of information for young parents to help them in raising their children, and supply career and college information to help provide stepping-stones for our teens, single parents, and young adults.  The date of the event is May 14, 2011 with a rain date of May 21, 2011 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The location will be at the Anderson Memorial Ball field at 1921 White Street Extension, Anderson SC 29624.


Cancer Association Candidate for Livestrong Project

The Cancer Association of Anderson has been selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project, which was created to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the United States. Finalists will be determined through an online voting campaign that begins on May 11 at 10:00 a.m. CST.  Applicants with the top votes per region will receive a financial award of support to replicate and implement a sustainable program dedicated to supporting families fighting cancer.  Finalists will also receive tools and resources from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the organization established in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action against the world’s leading cause of death.  The foundation is now known publicly by its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today.

Hundreds of qualified hospitals, cancer centers, universities and non-profits from across the United States applied to be part of four different programs. The Cancer Association of Anderson wants to be one of 35 new sites for Cancer Transitions, a life-after-cancer program that helps survivors address post-treatment issues and concerns.

In addition, the Anderson YMCA and Anderson University are in the balloting for two other community impact programs. They are LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a holistic approach to survival  and the LIVESTRONG Promotores Training Program, an outreach to the Hispanic community.

“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as a candidate for the Community Impact Project,” said Kathryn Smith, executive director of CAA.  “I hope everyone will vote for our local projects and bring these excellent new programs to our community. This is one election where you really should vote early and often!”

The 2011 Community Impact Project will offer more than $700,000 in implementation awards to 90 finalists.  This represents the largest number of financial awards LIVESTRONG has granted in a single year in the history of the foundation.  LIVESTRONG is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested nearly $70 million in community-centered organizations.   

Voting ends on May 31, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. CST.  For more information about the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project and to vote, visit  For more information about the Cancer Association of Anderson visit


United Way Groovefest Fundraiser May 21

It’s time to pull out your afros, bell bottoms, tie dye shirts, leisure suits and platform shoes. GROOVEFEST is back! United Way of Anderson County along with The Anderson Arts Center will host the 70’s party this year with a full day of activities. The event will be held at the Anderson County Arts Center on Saturday, May 21st

This year, children have an opportunity to join in the fun. From 10am – 2 pm, The High Five Family Art Fest will be held at the Arts Center. Kids and their families can do hands on activities including making a tie dye t-shirt. Children can bring a t-shirt from home to dye or buy one from the Arts Center for $5 each. Children are encouraged to dress in 70’s attire as there will be a 70’s Costume contest with a $100 first prize. There will also be a bake sale, hot dog stand and hit 70’s music with Party Express DJ’s.

For more information on the day activities, contact The Arts Center at (864) 222-2787.

The adult party begins at 7:00 at the Arts Center with the usual kaleidoscope of colors as the costumes roll in. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $25 the day of the event.  Food concessions will be available with tickets costing $1 per ticket. Food will be provided by Mellow Mushroom, Panera Bread Co., Corbett McGee’s, Creekside BBQ, and Main Street Deli.  Beverage tickets will also be available for $1 per ticket. Hob Nob Events is the sponsor for the sponsors’ area providing food for the event sponsors.  

T-shirts are available for purchase at $20 each for sizes S-XL and $22 for 2XL – 3XL

The event began in 2002 as a fundraiser for Partners for a Healthy Community. When Partners merged with United Way, the organization took on the event as a fundraiser for the annual campaign. This year, the event is being co-hosted by United Way and The Anderson Arts Center. All proceeds will be divided between the two organizations. Anderson Heart, PC is the presenting sponsor for Groovefest.

For more information or to purchase tickets or t-shirts for Groovefest, contact Kathryn Fedele at (864) 226-3438.


SCUEC to Host "Horse Play" May 21 

The South Carolina Upstate Equine Council invites you to attend the first annual Horse Play in May Equine Expo at the T. Ed Garrison Arena on Saturday, May 21st.  Gates open at 9:30 AM.

The day’s presentations and demonstrations include an ‘Ask the Vet’ Roundtable, Parade of Breeds, Show Jumping, Reining, Dressage, a training session by highly regarded trainer Dave Seay and more.  The Expo will also present our area’s first introduction to the exciting sport of Arena Polo. 

A silent auction and other equine management seminars will also be held throughout the day.  Concessions will be available at the Blue Ribbon Grill in the Garrison Complex. 

The cost of the event will be $5.00 per car and programs will be sold for $2.00 each.  All those who make a donation of $25.00 or more to the SCUEC will receive a gift bag containing a program, sample products and other hand out materials. 

We invite you to join us in the support of the equine industry in Upstate, SC.  For more information, visit the SCUEC website,


Arts Center Sponsors Wedding Contest for Military Couples

The Anderson Arts Center, in collaboration with Your Wedding Lady, Cynthia Phillips, and Sugar Snap Photography, is pleased to offer  our “Heroes Down the Aisle” wedding day give-away to a local Anderson area military couple with one or both currently serving with one of our military branches.  

What is a Hero?  A hero is generally defined as “a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his/her brave deeds and noble qualities”.  In movies and television, we watch as a hero saves the day and rescues people in distress.  In news reports, we listen as reporters tell viewers about heroic deeds performed by normal, every-day citizens.  We all know someone we consider a hero. 

America was given a reason to recognize special heroes on September 11th, 2001.  We each remember this day for different reasons.  Some remember it as the day terrorists stepped onto our soil and attacked our country.  Some remember it as a day a loved one was lost or knew someone who was personally touched by this tragedy.

For the one million+ military personnel serving this country, September 11th is remembered as the day that prompted them to stand up and fight for our citizens and our country’s continued freedom.  We have special heroes among us, and we, at the Anderson Arts Center, along with a host of other patriotic vendors, would like to do something unique for one of our local heroes.  

As we approach the 10-year anniversary of the date that changed America, yes, we would like to give back to a deserving military “bride and groom to be” in memory of our military personnel who have served to protect us since that fateful September 11 day.  

The Anderson Arts Center, in collaboration with Your Wedding Lady, Cynthia Phillips, and Sugar Snap Photography, is pleased to offer  our “Heroes Down the Aisle” wedding day give-away to a local Anderson SC area military couple with one or both currently serving with one of our military branches.   

This wedding package includes the wedding venue for ceremony and reception, table setups, flowers, photography, catering, wedding cake, invitations, ceremony music and reception entertainment and a wedding planner to make your special day run smoothly.  .

Please submit your story (i.e. military branch, how you met, the proposal, etc.) and a picture to  Your story will then be posted on our Facebook page at   Invite your family and friends to place a “like” vote for your story to win a special day with us at the Anderson Arts Center on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The story with the most votes will win.  The winner will be announced on Monday, July 4, 2011.


5th Annual Upstate Farm Tour: Tickets Now Available  

Celebrate the Agricultural Wealth of the Upstate!  The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) announces its fifth annual Upstate Farm Tour to take place the weekend of June 4-5, 2011.  The tour is a great opportunity for families to connect with our thriving agricultural community.  Children learn to appreciate where their food comes from and are delighted to interact with local cows, pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits, and even worms, buffalo, and alpacas.  Adults have an opportunity to learn about organic and sustainable production methods that can be used in their own backyard gardens.   

The Upstate Farm Tour takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. both days and highlights 20 sustainable farms— those using organic or environmentally responsible growing practices.  With the idea of choosing local and organic food products becoming a priority for many families, the tour provides the opportunity to make those important farm-to-fork connections and discover sources for fresh, healthy food in our Upstate community.  

The 2011 tour features a diversity of local farms, including fruit and vegetable growers, livestock producers, two dairies, a worm farm, a hydroponics producer, and even a buffalo farm   Two farms, Live Oak Farm in Woodruff, and the Student Organic Farm at Clemson University will be meal-stops on the tour, offering farm fresh food, cooked onsite by acclaimed local chefs for guests looking for a special on-farm lunch or supper.    Many farms will be offering fun activities unique to the tour. 

The Upstate Farm Tour is self-guided, and farms are located all around the Upstate, including Anderson, Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Laurens, and Spartanburg counties.  To take the tour, get a map and purchase entrance buttons online at or at Whole Foods Market in Greenville.  Load up your vehicle with friends and family, pack a cooler in the trunk for all the farm-fresh goodies you’ll want to take home, and then use the map to plot your course!  Buttons and maps are also available at these Upstate locations:  Hub City Farmer’s Market (Spartanburg); Happy Cow Creamery (Pelzer); Live Oak Farm Store (Woodruff); Split Creek Farm (Anderson); Hurricane Creek Farm (Pelzer); Davis Downtown Market (Anderson).  The tour costs $25 in advance per vehicle or cycle group.  Entrance buttons may also be purchased on tour days at Whole Foods and at every farm for $30.  Individual farms may be toured for $10. The event is co-sponsored by the CFSA and Whole Foods Market, and proceeds support the work of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.


Sheriff’s Department to Compete in Meals on Wheels Golf Event  

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department has fielded a team to compete in the 29th annual Meals on Wheels Benefit Golf Tournament. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, May 20 at Pine Lake Golf Course and is sponsored by the Dirty Old Men’s Club. 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 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 day 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