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Tuesday
Apr062010

Lawn Mower Exchange April 17

ANDERSON COUNTY—On Saturday, April 17 from 10 am to 2 pm, Anderson County Environmental Services, partnering with Pickens and Oconee Counties, Clemson University, DHEC, Duke Energy and Neuton Mowers, will host the 3rd Annual Lawn Mower Exchange Event. The event will take place at Clemson University’s Kite Hill Recycling Center, off Perimeter Road. Residents are encouraged to trade in their gas-powered mowers for a battery operated mower.

 “We are excited about the Third Annual Lawn Mower Exchange,” said Jonathan Batson, Anderson County Air Quality and Stormwater Manager. “Ground level ozone is a problem in the upstate, especially during lawn mowing season. Replacing your gas-powered lawn mower with a battery-powered mower is a huge step forward in the pursuit of clean air. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to improve Anderson County’s Air Quality. And we want to give a hearty thank you to our generous partners; Duke Energy, Clemson Area Transit, Carolina Recycling Association and Solid Green.”

The 2009 event resulted in more than 80 gas-powered mowers being exchanged for new battery-powered mowers. Additionally, many concerned residents, without trade-in mowers, purchased the battery-operated Neuton mower in order to help reduce emissions and improve air quality in the Upstate. Due to the tough economy, 2010 trade-ins quantities are limited, so residents are encouraged to come early!

Statistics demonstrate that vehicles pollute our air, but most people don’t think about the environmental impact from lawn and garden equipment. According to the EPA, a traditional gas-powered lawn mower will produce as much air pollution as 43 new cars, each being driven 12,000 miles.

EPA also estimates 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled each year while filling garden equipment gas tanks. This is a larger amount than the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in the Gulf of Alaska. Fuel spills pollute groundwater and surface water, and they release volatile organic compounds into the air, which in turn, lead to ground level ozone.

For information on improving Air Quality, call Anderson County Environmental Services 260-1001

For more information about Neuton Mowers, visit:
http://www.neutonpower.com/

Tuesday
Apr062010

Anderson I-85 Lighting Project Set for Summer Completion

ANDERSON COUNTY—August 31, 2010 is the target date for Anderson County’s three main entrances from I-85 to be illuminated. The bid was awarded to Brooks, Berry, Haynie & Associates of Mapleton, Georgia for the low bid of $1,239,040. Six bids were received for the project.

“We are so pleased to see this project underway,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “This project will make Anderson County’s portion of I-85 a much safer and pleasant roadway for tourists coming to visit, as well as residents traveling across the County.”

The project includes installation of 22 high mast lights (cluster) and 34 standard mast-arm lights.

The SC Department of Transportation (SDOT) designed and will administer the lighting project. Once the project is completed, ownership and maintenance of the system will be turned over to the County. Electricity and maintenance costs are estimated at approximately $35,000-40,000 annually.

Tuesday
Apr062010

Slade Co-Chairs National United Way Group

Mrs. Juana Slade, past chair of United Way of Anderson County Board of Directors has been selected as Volunteer Co-Chair of the 2010 United Way Mobile for Impact Community Leaders Conference Advisory Committee.  The conference which is taking place March 15-20 in Washington, DC will feature a variety of learning sessions, a session on Mobilizing for Impact presented by Brian A. Gallagher, President and CEO United Way Worldwide and Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill where participants meet with their state legislators to discuss issues in their various communities. 

The 25-member Advisory Committee consisting of professional staff and community leaders from across the country has been working together for over a year providing advice to United Way Worldwide for development and implementation of the agenda for the conference. 

Mrs. Slade has been a very active and vital part of United Way of Anderson County. She was the Chair of the Board of Directors for 2007-2009; she was chair of the Women's Leadership Council of United Way of Anderson County and Vice President of the National Women's Leadership Council of the United Way of America. Juana is the Director, Diversity and Language Services, AnMed Health.

“It is exciting to have a United Way volunteer from Anderson, SC in such a prominent role for United Way Worldwide” stated Carol Burdette, President and Chief Professional Officer for United Way of Anderson County. “Juana represents our community well”

To learn more about United Way of Anderson County, visit the website at www.unitedwayofanderson.org.

Tuesday
Apr062010

Speed Limits Change on Some Roads

Speed limits have changed on a few roads in Anderson County in recent months. Most recently, the limit on Midway Road was reduced from 45 mph to 40 mph almost all the way to S.C. 8. Old Williamston Road C-02-0051 changed from 35 MPH to 45 mph  with 40 mph section near Timms Road  and Travelier Trail C-02-0072 changed from 35 mph  to 25 mph

Tuesday
Apr062010

WW II Veteran to Speak at Museum

On Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. the Anderson County Museum is honored to have James. B. Summers speak on his experience serving as a gunnery officer aboard the USS Hogan in World War II. The USS Hogan was originally a destroyer ship that was converted to a minesweeping ship. The Hogan was involved in five World War II invasions and never had a man killed or injured. Mr. Summers and some of the other shipmates credit this to the fact that the USS Hogan was one of the few small ships to have prayer services held regularly on the deck of the ship.

The shipmates of the USS Hogan have held reunions almost every year since 1976. Presently, only 22 shipmates remain living. Mr. Summers is 88 years old and acknowledges that these reunions are probably entering their final stages. The “Hoganites” as the ship mates call themselves, and Mr. Summers in particular, believe relaying their experiences to those who didn’t live it is incredibly valuable. Mr. Summers has shared his experience in venues across the country.

Please join us Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. to learn about this amazing part of our country’s history from someone who lived it and survived it. 

The Anderson County Museum is at 202 East Greenville Street, in downtown Anderson. The Fred Whitten Gallery and Museum Store hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Reading and Research Room is open 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and by appointment. ACM is handicap accessible and admission is free. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact the Anderson County Museum at (864) 260-4737.  

Tuesday
Apr062010

AU Wind Symphony to Present Concert in the Park

Anderson University Wind Symphony will present a “Concert in the Park” on Thursday, April 8 at 4 p.m. in front of the Thrift Library on the Anderson University campus.  Audience members are encouraged to bring a chair, umbrella, or blanket and enjoy the concert at no charge.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in Daniel Recital Hall in the Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson University.  For additional information, please call 864-231-2127.

AUWS is comprised of 40 students performing with woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.  Any Anderson University student with instrumental experience is welcome to audition for the AUWS.

Tuesday
Apr062010

Anderson City Elections Today

City of Anderson, SC The City of Anderson municipal election is Tuesday, April 6. All polling locations are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Monday
Apr052010

Annemarie Eaton Dies at 102

Sunday
Apr042010

Council to Vote on Election Transfer, Vehicle Use

Anderson County Council will take a final vote on transferring authority for odd-numbered year elections to the county Registration and Elections Commission at Tuesday night’s meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the historic courthouse.  Council will also remove from the table a proposal to limit the number of vehicles available for full-time use of county employees. The complete agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Sunday
Apr042010

AU To Offer 12-Month Education Master's Degree

The Anderson University College of Education is now offering two Master of Education degrees with an aggressive course schedule that allows students to earn their graduate degree in record time. Utilizing summer courses, students can earn a Master of Education or a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision without extensive months of course work. The Master of Education degree can be earned in 12 months, while the Master of Education in Supervision and Administration degree can be earned in 18 months. 

All courses will be taught by College of Education faculty who have years of classroom and administrative experience in public schools. As a result, students will receive expert instruction based on real experience and practical knowledge. 

As a part of its new accelerated master’s degree programs, the College of Education will be offering four, two-week courses this summer for the first time. The first course begins June 14th and is enrolling now. For a complete list of courses and to learn more about earning a Master of Education degree in 12 months or a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision degree in 18 months, call (864) 231-2020 or visit www.andersonuniversity.edu.

Saturday
Apr032010

Electric City Playhouse Slates Drama Camps for June

The Electric City Playhouse’s 2010 Drama Camp will be held Jun 14-18, 21-25 from 9:00am-12:30pm for young actors aged 8 through 15. Throughout the two weeks, young actors will learn elements of classical musical theatre, group dance steps, joyful songs, voice inflection and projection and theatre etiquette and camaraderie. Young actors will grow as they learn self-esteem, cultivating artistry, and fostering teamwork in an atmosphere of encouragement and respect.

As a performance also lends a sense of energy and excitement to the camp, at the end of their two weeks the young actors will perform on our stage to show off their newly expanded skills. There is no experience necessary, the registration deadline is May 31 and the cost is $150 with an additional $25 for each sibling. Please contact (864) 224-4248 or ecplayhouse@bellsouth.net for more information.

Saturday
Apr032010

2010 Iron Horse Run for Horses April 10

On Saturday, April 10th, the Palmetto Equine Awareness & Rescue League (PEARL) will sponsor the 2010 IRON HORSES RUN FOR HORSES bike rally to benefit the organization’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts for abused, neglected and abandoned animals in the Upstate. Registration begins at 11 am at Timms Harley Davidson, 4110 Clemson Boulevard, Anderson.

The Rally route begins at Timms, with last bike out at 1 pm. Other stops are Hogtails in Pendleton, Neighbors in Townville, The Last Chance in Walhalla, The Dugout in Anderson and the final stop, Bullfeathers in Anderson, where riders can enjoy live entertainment and plenty of great door prizes. Cars are welcome to participate.

Bikers will compete for the $500 Grand Prize and $100 Biggest Loser prize. The top door prize is a new set of Michelin motorcycle tires, which includes mounting. Other prizes are pet health care packages, gift basket with cut & color from Jared Lloyd Studio on Main St.,  free concealed weapons permit class with Lt. Michael Mitchell of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, a mandolin from Lord Hevy's, an 80-minute massage from Primary Care Aesthetics, and various gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses.

PEARL is a 501 C 3 organization. All proceeds from the 2010 Iron Horses Run for Horses Rally will fund PEARL’s future training projects for law enforcement and first responders, as well as funding the rescue and rehabilitation of abused, neglected, and abandoned large animals. 

For more information, contact Nicole Walukewicz at 864.940.0954.
You may also visit PEARL’s web site: www.pearlsc.org.

Saturday
Apr032010

Animal Shelter Offers Special Adoption Prices

The Anderson County Animal Shelter is offering an Easter Special with $35 Adoptions of all puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats, March 29-April 10, 2010. For more information call 864-260-4151 or Email: mshead@andersoncountysc.org