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AIM Sponsor's Party and Auction Draws Crowd at Sullivan's

Anderson Interfaith Ministries Fourth Annual Sponsors Party and Auction attracted more than 200 supporters downtown to Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill Sunday night to raise funds and honor the efforts of those who have given time and money to the organization.

Sullivan's supplied the space and the food for the event, which featured live music and dozens of auction items ranging from vacations to a wild boar hunt for two.

AIM is an organization of people and churches of various faiths providing assistance to the needy while encouraging and guiding them to function independently within their own resources. Over the years AIM has assisted families in the Anderson County area through an Emergency Assistance program, through Women and Children Succeeding programs, in building ramps and making minor repairs for elderly and handicapped clients, in providing non-perishable foods items to the less fortunate, and through seasonal programs such as Back to School Backpacks and Christmas gifts. For more information, go here. To support AIM by clicking here.




West Market School Competing for $250,000 Pepsi Grant

West Market Early Childhood and Education Center is competing with other worthy causes nationwide for a $250,000 grant from the “Pepsi Refresh Project,” a grant program currently underway.

During the month of April, supporters can vote for West Market online at: You can vote once a day through the end of the competition on April 30th.

The West Market proposal, called “Big Change for Young Children,” would provide support for the center in a time of economic recession and deep state budget cuts. The money would be used for such things as technology and hands-on material used to teach young children and for the salaries of early childhood educators. 

This year the Pepsi Refresh Project, sponsored by PepsiCo Beverages Americas, will give away more than $20 million to worthy causes. Each month, Pepsi will award up to $1.3 million in grants to the ideas with the most votes. Pepsi will accept up to 1,000 new ideas every month and the public decides who wins.

To support the project, Pepsi is partnering with three organizations dedicated to making a positive difference in the world: GOOD, a leading platform for thought and action revolving around pushing the world forward; Global Giving, an online marketplace that connects people who have community and world-changing ideas with people who can support them; and Do Something, the largest non-profit teen charity.


Legal Pad: Don't Forget the Will

Legal Pad by MJ Goodwin

Everyone has heard the adage “old age ain’t for sissies.”  That is true on a legal level as well as a physical one.  Most everyone with any assets worth noting makes a Last Will and Testament.  They want to be sure that their favorite niece gets that ruby broach.  Lots of people have a Power of Attorney or a Living Will, too.  They want to know that they won’t be kept on a machine.  But few prepare for the horror story I’ve recently been witness to as part of my practice.  Read entire column here.


Benefit to Raise Funds for AIM; Limited Tickets Still Available

It’s almost here!!  The 4th Annual AIM Sponsor’s Party & Auction is this Sunday, April 18 at Sullivan’s from 6-10 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple and can be purchased online at

Limited number of tickets still available.


CU Concert to Benefit Haiti

A joint concert featuring the Clemson University Percussion Ensemble and the Clemson University Steel Band will raise money for Haitian relief. Donations at the concert will go to the American Red Cross, which is spearheading an international aid effort for the Caribbean nation.

The performance is at 8 p.m. Friday, April 23, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. It will include music inspired by Haitian, Spanish, African and American cultures.

Read the entire news release at:


S.C. Census Director: Mail Forms by April 16

Census Bureau Director to South Carolina: There are Only Three Days Left to Mail Back Your Census Form
With three days left to mail back 2010 Census forms, U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves today sent an urgent message to the people of South Carolina:
"The census form on your kitchen table is a vital investment in your community. It's time for all of us to do our part. Fill it out and mail it back today. Get it in the mail by Friday and you can avoid a visit from a census worker in May.
"Remember that the U.S. Constitution requires that we count everyone. That means we must visit every household that doesn't mail back a form. It's much easier for all of us - and much less expensive for taxpayers - if we get your census responses by mail. After Friday we have only two weeks to determine which of more than 134 million addresses we must visit in person starting May 1. Join your neighbors who have already performed this important civic duty and take the 10 minutes or less that are required to fill out the census."
As of Tuesday, April 13, 68 percent of households in South Carolina have mailed back their form. Nationally, 67 percent have. In the 2000 Census, 72 percent of the public mailed back their forms.


Farmer's Market Master Gardner Plant Sale April 24

On Saturday, April 24th, to Market you should go! Beginning at 8 a.m., the Anderson County Farmer’s Market will host the 10th annual Master Gardener’s Plant Sale. The event, which is the organization’s largest fundraiser, will give market-goers the opportunity to shop for bulbs, shrubs, perennials and seeds, in addition to the regular fresh produce available from local farmers. As an added bonus, this year’s shoppers can also browse hand-made crafts provided by Anderson County Seniors.

“April 24 will be a fantastic day at the Anderson County Farmer’s Market,” said Manager Tandy Wickiser. “Market-goers will browse prize plants, courtesy of our Master Gardeners, amazing crafts from our Seniors and, of course, the freshest spring crops from our local farmers. We encourage everyone to come out and join us. There is no better way to spend a wonderful spring day in Downtown Anderson.”

“Anderson County is fortunate to have such an active and talented group of Seniors,” said Senior Citizens Program Manager Kelly Jo Barnwell. “We are proud to join the Master Gardeners Sale this year! This is an exciting opportunity for our Seniors to display their beautiful hand-crafted items along-side the beautiful plants provided by Anderson County’s fine Master Gardeners. All the proceeds from the Tolly Arts & Crafts Table will benefit the Anderson County Senior Citizens Program, so we urge everyone to come support our wonderful Seniors!”

The Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program is administered by CU Cooperative Extension Service. Participants receive 40+ hours of intensive, practical horticultural training and donate 40+ hours of educational service before completing the program and receiving the title of Clemson Extension Master Gardener. For more information about becoming a Master Gardener, visit For information about the local Master Gardener Club, contact Sherie Jackson, president at 369-1167 or by email

For more information about the Farmer’s Market and Pavilion, visit us or become a FRIEND of the Market on Facebook.


Upstate Christian Writers to Host Critique Session April 24

The Upstate SC American Christian Writers chapter will host a free Writers' Critique and Editing  Workshop on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at 1:30 - 3:30 PM at the Anderson County Library at 300 N. McDuffie St., Anderson, SC 29621.  Writers are invited to bring five copies of a poem, an article, a devotion, a short story, an essay, a children's story or a fiction or non-fiction book proposal, or a chapter of their book and receive critiques by other attendees. Tables will be divided up by genre groups. Visitors are always welcome to participate. For more information on the Upstate SC American Christian Writers chapter, or the "Guidelines for Editing Group", please go You may also contact Elva Martin, President, at 864/226-7024 or email her


Sheriff's Office Needs Seeks Help Identifying Assault Suspect

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators are asking for community assistance in identifying a male accused of committing a sexual assault. The assault occurred at an abandoned residence between 7:00 P.M. and 9:30 P.M. around the outskirts of Honea Path on April 7.

The male, who used the name “Jon,” is described as being black, between 25 and 35 years old with black hair and brown eyes.  He stands around 6ft tall and is average in build.  The male has a tribal tattoo on the inside of his left forearm and a small brown speck visible on the sclera (white part) of his left eye.  The victim also noticed that small vertical rows were trimmed out in his right eyebrow.  Diamond stud earrings were present in both ears. The suspect is believed to be from, or visiting, the Honea Path area.

Anyone with information should call the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 864-260-4400 or Crime Stoppers at 231-7867(STOP).


HoneyBaked Ham donates to United Way  

Anderson, SC --  The HoneyBaked Ham Company located at 3188 North Main Street recently held its grand opening under new ownership. During the ceremony, CEO Carl Weyandt and VP of Marketing and Sales Giorgio Azzopardi, presented a check to United Way of Anderson County for $500. 


Pictured in Photo: Carol Burdette, United Way President; Giorgio Azzopardi, Carl Weyandt and Lynn Scott, United Way Director of Marketing.


Judge Blocks Dismissal of Erskine Trustees

The conservative Presbyterian denomination that founded Erskine College in South Carolina is being enjoined from dismissing members of the school’s Board of Trustees after it had attempted to remove nearly half of them from the board last month.

Circuit Court Judge Eugene Griffith ordered that a preliminary injunction be granted in the case brought against the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church’s highest court, the General Synod, by three members of the Erskine Board of Trustees and the Erskine Alumni Association.

In his order, Griffith said the plaintiffs "have met the burden required of them for entry of a preliminary injunction” and “have demonstrated an imminent prospect of irreparable harm if an injunction is not granted, a likelihood of success on the merits and the inadequacy of any legal remedy.”

That said, the judge concluded that it is “appropriate to enter a preliminary injunction to maintain the status quo as it existed prior to the General Synod’s March 3, 2010 actions."

On March 3, the ARP Church’s General Synod approved measures to dismiss 14 members of Erskine’s 30-member board and appoint 14 more to form a new, interim board that would be tasked to revise the school's bylaws.

The synod had stepped in to make the change after a specially formed committee presented a report on what it found as it investigated claims of doctrinal drift among the faculty both in the liberal arts college and in the denomination's seminary.

Shortly after the report was made public, the General Synod voted 2-1 to replace the existing board of the college and seminary with a board more likely to reflect the denomination's more conservative stance.

While the school was established by the Associate Reformed Synod of the South as an academy for men in 1839, it has since grown to become its own institution and today reportedly receives only about two percent of its income through the denomination.

Still, the denomination took up the task of intervening in the direction of the 170-year-old school, leading to a lawsuit from board chairman Scott Mitchell – who later withdrew the suit at the request of the school’s executive committee – and the present lawsuit from the Erskine College Alumni Association and the board members that were removed.

Under Friday’s court order, the denomination’s General Synod and its representatives are enjoined from removing, or attempting or purporting to remove the Board of Trustees of Erskine; appointing any new Trustee of Erskine, except for annual appointment of five trustees to fill expiring terms; convening or encouraging the convening of any group other than the existing board that claims to be the Board of Erskine; declaring any group other than the existing board to be the Board of Erskine; and/or engaging in any transaction or activity in which it purports to control or act for or on behalf of Erskine, or purports to control or dispose of the property, funds, or other assets of Erskine.

Griffith said Friday that the injunction would remain in effect until modified by the court.

“The plaintiffs are entitled to maintenance of the status quo pending resolution of this matter,” he added.

Located in Due West, S.C., Erskine College presently has 40 full-time faculty and nearly 600 students.

The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, which consists of some 30,000 members in over 200 congregations, is a small theologically and socially conservative denomination considered to be one of the oldest denominations in the United States.

According to the denomination’s website, Erskine College is considered to be an ARP ministry, one of several established "to enable it to carry on the mission of God in Christ's Church by word and deed in the General Synod, the congregation, the presbytery, and the whole world."

Representatives for the church body were not immediately available for comment.


United Way Annual Meeting April 29

During the event, United Way of Anderson County will celebrate its successes in the community and also recognize and thank those who have supported the organization during the year. They will also recognize their volunteers and companies who have given to United Way with their talents, time and treasures. 

United Way will also recognize and introduce the 2010 leadershipNEXT fellows during the program. The Annual Meeting will begin at 6:30 pm with cash bar and reception. The program will begin following the reception.  The cost to attend is $25 per person. To purchase tickets or for additional information, please contact United Way of Anderson County at (864) 226-3438.


"Dancing for Our Heroes" This Weekend

The fourth annual Dancing for Our Heroes is coming up April 16th at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center of Anderson. The theme is An Evening in Paris, and we’ll be recreating the City of Lights, down to a scaled-down Eiffel Tower! This is fun event is presented by the Greater Anderson Rotary Club, and the beneficiaries include Hospice of the Upstate, Habitat for Humanity, Foothills Alliance, the SC Military Family Care Association and, of course, the Cancer Association of Anderson. Tickets are $35 for one, $60 for two for general admission, $75 and $125 for two for patron reserved and all tickets include a meal and drinks. There is a silent auction and a great floor show in addition to the dance competition. Please buy some tickets from me!