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Cogdill Withdraws from Lt. Gov. Race

Here is the statement just released to media:

"I have withdrawn from the race for the office of Lieutenant Governor. I am not cut out for this game. I really just want to make a difference and I think I can accomplish more in my own community. 
Please visit my website for an explanation of my withdrawal.
Warm Regards,
Krista Cogdill"


Students Win Addy Awards

Anderson University graphic design students swept the Upstate 2010 ADDY Awards, continuing their dominance of the Greenville Ad Club “Student ADDY” competition. Since the introduction of the student division of the “ADDYs,” AU students have consistently won the majority of the awards given, however, this marks the first time AU has accomplished a complete sweep. 

At the local competition, AU’s winners were as follows: AU Sophomore Jivan Dave - Best In Show, Gold Award; AU Senior Leigh Hill - Gold Award, Silver Award; AU Senior Kat Carter – Gold Award, Silver Award; AU Senior Chris Waldrop – Silver Award; AU Junior David Bishop – Silver Award.

In addition, two AU graphic design students received top awards at the regional Addy competition. The winners were selected from applicants from hundreds of colleges and universities in a region ranging from Texas to Virginia. Jivan Dave and Chris Waldrop both won Gold ADDYs and Kat Carter and Leigh Hill won Silver ADDYs. Following his win at the regional level, Jivan Dave’s entry will now advance to the national competition.

At the regionals, AU’s winners were as follows: Jivan Dave - Gold Award; Chris Waldrop – Gold Award; Kat Carter – Silver Award; Leigh Hill – Two Silver Awards.


Museum Family Fun Day Saturday

The Anderson County Museum Family Fun Day begins Saturday at 10 a.m. and will feature a sports world inflatable, food, music and games. There will also be a discussion of Textile League Baseball and an exhibit featuring Hall of Famers (and Anderson natives) Jim Ed Rice and Den Taylor. The event is free and open to the public.


AU Students Win State Awards

Continuing a strong legacy of excellence in vocal music performance, several Anderson University students were recently recognized at the South Carolina awards competition for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The competition was held the second week of March.

Anderson sophomore Octavia Hall was the top winner among her classification in the state, while Maggie Hill won the top award among juniors. In addition, the following AU students were qualifiers for regional competition in their respective disciplines:

Regional Qualifiers:  Classical Categories:  Anna Sheehan, Sophomore College Women; Christopher Hulsey, College Junior Men, Kalon Moon, College Junior Men, and Kenneth Washington, College Senior Men (student of Dr. Tommy Watson).

Musical Theater Categories:  Elyse LeRoy and Brittany Roether, and Crystal Stewart, Freshman\Sophomore College Women; Maggie Hill and Lizzie Porcari, Junior\Senior College Women.

AU music professor Deedy Francis, who teaches the top two winners plus many of the regional qualifiers, says that while AU typically wins in the highest levels of competition, this is a banner year for recognition of the program.


Golf Tournament to Benefit AIM

The Dirty Old Men’s Club will host a golf tournament to benefit Meals on Wheels-Anderson.  The Meals on Wheels Golf tournament will take place on May 19, 2010 at the Pine Lake Golf Course.  There will be a 9 am putting contest followed by a 10 am shotgun start, scoring is captain’s choice.  Lunch and auction will follow the tournament.  Entry fee is $65 per person and includes cart, lunch, and beverages.  Sign up by May 10th by contacting Vic Vickery at 864-202-1563.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please visit us online for details,

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

To find out how you can help Meals on Wheels-Anderson, please contact us at 864.225.6800.  Or, visit our website


Electric City Playhouse Festival Spotlights Local Musicians

Carroll Brown, Sam Anderson, Clarence Young and Daniel Craft will perform live on the Electric City Playhouse stage for one night only. Known individually as highly regarded musicians, songwriters and artists, this powerful group of talent will be performing a festival night with select cover tunes and some originals from each of the members. Each will do a short solo set and then come together to play as one group after a short intermission.

Carroll Brown, an upstate legend and regular on the tour circuit is no stranger to the stage. He has been performing popular and original acoustic music since 1974 and along with numerous albums of his own has produced over sixty albums for both regional and national acts. Sam Anderson currently resident in Nashville, TN and is signed to the Barker's Creek Records label. Sam recently won three awards at the Hank Williams Songwriting Contest held at the Flatrock Music Festival, including Best Overall Song. He was also a finalist at the 1996 Newfolk Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Clarence Young has been performing in bands since a young age. Known for his live performances and songwriting abilities, Clarence is especially well-known throughout Athens and North Georgia. Daniel Craft is another local musical hero who resides in Anderson and rounds out the group with musical skills rarely seen on a small stage. Together they should provide a variety of well-rounded music, with an incredible live sound unmatched in the Upstate.

General seating tickets are $10 and available now by calling the Electric City Playhouse Box Office at (864) 224-4248.


City Election Goes to Runoff

Two candidates for Anderson City Council's open at-large Seat 7 will go head-to-head in two weeks to determine who will fill that seat.

Jeff Waters, who received 566 votes, will face Matt Harbin, who came in second with 525 votes. Mike Buckner, who garnered 515 votes and was eliminated, if Tuesday's official returns are verified Thursday.


Chili Cookoff in Belton Looking for Cooks

Chili lovers, tune up those tastebuds and get ready to rumble: the first, fabulous Upstate Chili Cook-Off will be here before you know it!

The Upstate Chili Cook-off, the only event in South Carolina endorsed by the International Chili Society,* will be held Saturday, April 17, 2010, on Main Street in downtown Belton, SC. It is our hope that Belton, Anderson County, and all of Upstate South Carolina will benefit from the economic impact of this family-friendly event as people come together to celebrate all that is good about small-town life, spring in the South, civic pride, and really great chili!

Details here.


Council Oks County Vehicle Amendment

Anderson County Council on Tuesday night approved on first reading a motion to amend the Anderson County Vehicle Policy further restricting the number of county employee can take any county vehicle home at the end of the workday. Law enforcement and litter control are employees are exempt from this amendment. Councilwoman Cindy Wilson called the amendment “weak” but joined the majority of council in the 6-1 vote to approve the motion.

Council also received an update from Councilman Tom Allen on the finance committee’s report. Allen said that the committee was looking into everything from furloughs and examining the current employees in the TERI program, to finding reductions in property and health insurance and looking at the county use of Blackberry cell phones in an effort to “get as lean as possible going into the next budget year.” 

Councilwoman Gracie Floyd said the committee should go further and that each council person should voluntarily agree not to take part in the county’s insurance program. “It would save the county almost $20,000 if council members would do this. We could also voluntarily agree to give up our salaries if we are really serious about saving money,” Floyd said.

"We do know that there are a lot of areas we can work on, but I would say I've been very impressed by most people on this council and you can look forward to us doing a good job under extraordinary circumstances," said Councilman Bob Waldrep.

Moving election authority of off-year elections to the Anderson County Election Commission for West Pelzer and Honea Path, The towns passed ordinance and requested that and this would be accepting that authority.

Council also approved the rezoning of land on Liberty Highway to build an assisted living facility which would feature 108 beds 96 total units. The property is located on the old Busby Nursery property.

A bid was also unanimously approved for lawn care and landscaping, although no amount was given at the meeting as to the amount of the bid.

Earlier, Anderson County Council passed a resolution honoring Mrs. Ruby M. Johnston on her 100th birthday, honoring her life as a good neighbor and friend.

Council also approved:

$1,500 for Townville ball field.

$4,500 for improvement of Townsend Street

$500 for Crescent High School Band for travel

$500 to Leda Poore Ball field in Belton for dugout 

$2,000 to Young Marines for Washington D.C. trip

$700 T.L. Hanna High School Band


Jake on Fox 21 Tonight


3rd Congressional District Seat Debate Tonight at AU

A debate between candidates for the Third Congressional District seat will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the Henderson Auditorium at Anderson University. Admission is free and the public is invited. Moderated by Katon Dawson, former Chairman of the SC Republican Party. The debate is currently scheduled to be broadcast live here:


Purnell leaves Clemson for DePaul

INDIANAPOLIS -- DePaul agreed with Clemson men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell late Monday on a seven-year contract that will pay Purnell well beyond the $1.6 million salary he was making with the Tigers. (full story here)