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Rosey Dow to Address Writers' Group

Award-winning author and internet specialist Rosey Dow will speak at the Upstate SC American Christian Writers meeting, Saturday, September 19, 2009, at 2:30 PM at the Anderson County Library, 300 N. McDuffie St., Anderson, S.C. 29621. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Rosey Dow has a lot to say—writing, speaking, and teaching. Winner of the coveted Christy Award for Reaping the Whirlwind, she is a best-selling author with more than half a million books in print. A popular conference speaker and writing workshop presenter, Rosey has been a guest on dozens of radio programs and TV’s Encounter with the Unexplained. She currently is CEO of Experts in Focus, an online promotion company, taking authors online for more influence and sales. Dow will give key tips for getting the contents of your books and articles online to establish you as an expert  and give a preview of her workshop classes she will teach at the Carolina Christian Writers' Workshop to be held in Anderson October 23-24.  For more information on the September 19  meeting or the coming workshop, contact President Elva Martin at or 864/226-7024.


Anderson Fire Training Facility Dedicated

Residents will be safer; firefighters will receive improved training due to City/County Vision and Partnership
On Friday, September 11th, officials, first responders and residents gathered to dedicate the new Anderson Fire Services Training Facility. The ceremony began with a moment of silence to remember those who fell on September 11th and all fire fighters, emergency responders and soldiers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Anderson County Fire Chief Billy Gibson and City of Anderson Fire Chief Jack Abraham lead the ceremony, which ended with a ceremonial “valve coupling” and a “first burn.” The new training facility is located at 845 Hillhouse Road in Anderson.
“This is a great partnership between the City of Anderson, our local fire departments, the Legislative Delegation and Anderson County,” said Anderson County Fire Chief Billy Gibson. “Our 800 volunteer firefighters deserve the best equipment and training that we can provide. Having this facility will help us train in a safer environment so that we will be prepared and ready for emergencies when they arise.”
“I am thrilled to see this facility completed,” said Anderson County Councilman Tommy Dunn. “September 11th is a day that each of us pause to reflect on our country, our patriotism and those who protect our freedom and our safety. 9-11 changed the face of firefighting; it made us more determined to train harder and be ready for any emergency situation that threatens the safety of our citizens. This new facility will help us meet that goal. I want to thank our firefighters and all our emergency responders for their dedication and sacrifices. I especially want to mention Bo Gilreath and his vision for this training facility. This is another great example of what can happen when we work together to accomplish a common goal.”
“This new addition to the Anderson County Fire Service Training Facility exemplifies government working together for the citizens of Anderson County. The City of Anderson owns the property; Anderson County provided financial support through their General Obligation bond; other agencies such as law enforcement, emergency preparedness, public works, private industry, and surrounding county fire departments are allowed to use the facility. When it comes time for all of these agencies to work together during an emergency, we can do it because we have worked and trained together on projects such as this new burn building.”


Tom Dunaway's Plan to Save Sullivan's


Meals on Wheels Needs Drivers

Meals on Wheels of Anderson needs route drivers. If you can help, call 225-6800.


Rudy's Autumn Bluegrass Festival Starts Tonight

Rudy's Bluegrass in the Woods on 29N tunes up for the annual Autumn festival, which starts tonight. Details here


Anderson Interfaith Ministries Current Needs 

General Needs:

New Self-propelled Lawn mower

First Class Stamps

Colored and White paper

Postage scale

Sodas and Water for volunteers

Scrapbooking Supplies

WACS needs:

Pull-ups and Diapers

Disposable Cameras

Childcare Scholarships

Hosts for Life Skills Sessions

Family Sponsors

Pantry Needs: Top Ten for May

1.      Canned Vegetables

2.      Paper Products (esp. bathroom tissue)

3.      Canned Soups

4.      Canned Fruits

5.      Sugar

6.      Flour

7.      Dried Beans

8.      Rice

9.      Canned Meats

10.     Peanut Butter & Jelly

Technology Needs:

Computers with Windows XP

New Laser Color Printer

Adobe Contribute 4.0 or higher



Ink Cartridges (Lexmark 16 and 26) (HP 21 and 22)

Adobe Acrobat program

Flash drives

Wish List:
Pick-up Truck with cover (to be used to pick up food)

Picnic Tables


If you have any items to donate other than what it listed or any questions, please contact Laura Capell, Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator at 226-2273 Ext. 101


You can mail a check to:
P.O. BOX 1136

or donate online here



Labor Day 2009

Profile America -- Monday, September 7th. This is Labor Day -- set aside to honor the nation's working men and women and traditionally the end of the summer season. The first Labor Day was celebrated in September 1882 in New York City, organized by union official Peter McGuire. By 1893, more than half the states were observing the occasion, and celebrating the first Monday in September as a national holiday became law in 1894.

In the U.S., more than 155 million men and women are in the labor force. About 10.5 million are self-employed, and about 5 percent have more than one job. Eight percent work 60 or more hours a week, while nearly 6 percent work at home. Profile America is a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau, now preparing for the 2010 Census.


Celebrate Anderson (in case you missed it)

All photos © 2009 Anderson Observer, Col. "Slim" Anderson


Midnight Flight 2009 results


Meeting of the Strings Ushers in Labor Day

The annual Cadillac Cromer Meeting of the Strings joined other community events in kicking off labor day with bbq and bluegrass.


S.C. Budget Board Poor Leaders


Sullivan's to Close Sept. 12

Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill, downtown Anderson's most celebrated restaurant will close it's doors Sept. 12 after two years mounting losses due the down economy. We will miss the grouper, the lamb and if not the finest desserts in town (at least tied for first), and owner Bill Nikas and his staff. (See goodbye "From Where I Sit").

Sullivan's Metropolitan Grill opened in February of 1995 in the historic Sullivan Hardware building in the heart of downtown Anderson. Chef Bill Nikas’ cuisine is defined as Bold American Cuisine with a Touch of the Mediterranean with emphasis on fresh seafood and aged Beef. Greek and Southern influences make an eclectic combination. Featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in July, 2001, the restaurant has received the wine spectator award of excellence four years in a row. The restaurant is triple diamond rated; annually listed in Foders restaurant guide and voted Best Restaurant in Anderson for the past three years.


Well-known Minister Overcash Dies at 79