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Sept. 4 Tour de LaFrance to Benefit Cancer Association of Anderson

Lance Armstrong completed his last Tour de France in July -- but the Anderson County Tour de LaFrance is still ahead on Sept. 4. Be part of the 15- and 40-mile bicycle rides, criterium race for amateur and professional riders, kids' bicycle safety rodeo and other events, including a charity pedal race for adults raising money for local nonprofits around the  Historic Courthouse.  Or just come and watch! On-line registration information is available at

Cancer Association of Anderson benefits from registrations for the short and long rides for this event. For more information call 222-3500


Anderson County Announce Bond Financing for Innovation Center

The South Carolina Jobs-Economic Development Authority (JEDA), Anderson County and SCRA announce this week that bond financing for SCRA’s portion of the Clemson-SCRA Innovation Center in Anderson has been closed and completed. JEDA issued the tax-exempt bonds and facilitated the financing to assist SCRA in carrying out its public mission to deploy the Center, in compliance with the South Carolina Innovation Centers Act of 2005. Slated to open in the spring of 2011, this unique new facility is now under construction in the Clemson University Advanced Materials Center next to the Clemson University Advanced Materials Research Lab.
The Clemson-SCRA Innovation Center will provide one of the world’s top research and commercialization locations for advanced materials and metals. The SCRA wing of the Center will offer limited access rooms, office space, and wet and dry labs to incoming tenants. The Center will also contain a Clemson-owned and managed wing for start-up companies. Together, SCRA and Clemson University are investing a combination of financing and net assets of $10.5 million into developing the Center. 
SCRA is 100% responsible for the principal and interest on the $3.8 million tax-exempt bonds, which JEDA issued in order to provide a more favorable financing rate and cost of capital for the project than SCRA could provide on its own. The new Innovation Center will provide an asset base and magnet to attract both federal and corporate investment in Upstate-based advanced materials companies and regional programs. 
The financing permits Anderson County to maintain its standing in Appalachian regional economic development programs. “This facility will enhance Anderson County ability to attract and retain advanced technology companies,” said Rusty Burns, Anderson County Interim Administrator. “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with SCRA and to be furthering economic development in Anderson County.” 

National Night Out Observed at Mr. Vernon Apartments

There will be an observance of National Night Out from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, August 3, Mt. Vernon Apartments in Anderson.
The City of Anderson Police Department will provide anti-drug and crime prevention material as well as showcase K9s and autos during National Night Out, which will be hosted at Mt. Vernon Apartments. COPS (community oriented policing services) officers, along with Target personnel, will walk thru various neighborhoods in the City, speaking with residents and providing educational material and handouts.


Museum Advisory Committee to Meet Tuesday

The Anderson County Museum Advisory Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 PM at the Anderson County Museum on East Greenville Street.
Interim Contact Mrs. Michelle Strange Ricketson – 864.260.1004


Clemson, Anderson Library Plan "Color Purple" Events

     In conjunction with the upcoming presentation of "The Color Purple," Clemson's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts and the Anderson County Library System are hosting a series of community events, among   them a panel discussion, film screening and book discussions
     The live performance of the Tony Award-winning musical will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Brooks Center.
     “This is a perfect opportunity to extend the performance beyond the Brooks Center,” said Lillian Harder, Brooks Center director. “These events will provide insight into the much-beloved musical, novel and film.”
     There will be a panel discussion about the novel, film and musical at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at the Anderson County Library main branch. The panel will feature Clemson University faculty members from various departments, including English, history and performing arts. The Friends of the Anderson County Library System are sponsoring the event. Refreshments will be served.
     The film "The Color Purple" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at the main library.
     Glenn Hare, marketing director of the Brooks Center, will discuss aspects of the Broadway production at the Iva Book Club (Iva branch) at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16; the Brown Bag Book Club (main library) at noon Wednesday, Aug. 25; and the Pendleton Book Club (Pendleton branch) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26.
All events are free and open to the public. A limited number of free copies of "The Color Purple" are available to library patrons on a first-come first-served basis beginning Monday, Aug. 2. Additional information about the panel discussion, film screening and book club discussions are available by calling the Anderson County Library main branch 864-260-4500 or at  
     Tickets for the Brooks Center performance of the show are $40 for adults and $30 for students. Tickets and show information are available at or from the box office at 864-656-7787 from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

County Council Reschedules Aug. 5 Meeting

The August 5 meeting of Anderson County has been rescheduled for Monday, August 9 at 6 p.m.


County Council Calls Special Meeting Thursday

Anderson County Council has scheduled a special called meeting Thursday to authorize a lease agreement between Anderson and Shaw Industries.
Here is the Agenda:
Called Meeting – Thursday, July 30, 2010 – 10:00 a.m.
Historic Courthouse – Council Chambers – Second Floor
Chairman Tommy Dunn, Presiding
CALL TO ORDER:                                                                            Chairman Tommy Dunn
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:                                     Council Member M. Cindy Wilson
RESOLUTIONS:   #R2010-049 – a resolution authorizing the termination of a lease agreement between Anderson County, South Carolina and Shaw Industries Group, Inc. under Title 4, Chapter 29 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, as amended, termination of an industrial bond and special source revenue bond issued in connection therewith, approval of an assignment and assumption agreement, and other matters related thereto. – Mr. Mike Pitts/Mr. Rusty Burns (allotted 10 minutes)

Parking Lot Fire Destroys Five Cars at NewSpring Church

A fire in the parking lot of NewSpring Church in Anderson destroyed five cars during Sunday morning services.

NewSpring Pastor Perry Noble wrote this about the incident:

"At the 11:15 service at our Anderson campus the engine to a Ford F-150 caught on fire…and, because it was windy this afternoon, the fire spread to other cars.  Long story short…five cars were pretty much destroyed and six others were damaged. 

Several things to note…

#1 – No one was injured!  The fire took place in the back section of one of our parking lots while the service was going on.

#2 – The local fire department was AWESOME…these guys responded in a matter of minutes and were able to quickly get the situation under control.

#3 – Our staff and volunteers were awesome as well and made sure everyone whose car had been destroyed and damaged were informed and taken care of.

#4 – Everyone I spoke to after the service whose car had been messed up had an amazing attitude!  One lady literally told me, “Well, I have been asking God for a new car…He sure does answer in unique ways!”

#5 – It was one guys FIRST visit to NewSpring Church…wow…I hope he comes back!

Seriously…I am SO GLAD no one was hurt!!!


Electric City Playhouse Goes Old School with "The Taffetas"

The Taffetas, written by Rick Lewis and directed by Pat Shull and Beverly Henderson, is a voyage back into a time when hula hoops were hot, angora sweaters were fashionable and poodle skirts were the talk of the town. The story centers around a quartet of sisters from Muncie, Indiana, who are determined to sing their way onto national television and to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. Their journey aims to knock the Bobbysocks off of anyone in the audience with their swell music review of the 1950’s, including the hits “Johnny Angel”, “Mr. Sandman”, “You Belong to Me”, “Sincerely” and many more. This Off-Broadway hit starts Elizabeth Thomason as Cheryl, Cara Brown as Donna, Kelly Seto as Kaye and Kristi Valentine as Peggy. It is scheduled to appear at the Electric City Playhouse Aug 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 and Sept 2, 3, 4, 5 with Thursday, Friday, Saturday performances at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Ticket prices are Adults $17, Senior $15 and Students $10, with both group and enlisted military discounts available. Season Members can reserve their tickets now and General Ticket sales start August 9th. For information and tickets call (864) 224-4248 or email


AP: ACC Gets Ready for Football

So much for a lazy summer at Atlantic Coast Conference headquarters.

Realignment rumors. An NCAA investigation into agent involvement with players at one of its marquee institutions.

No wonder the ACC is ready for the offseason to end and the football games to begin.

"I guess this is our year to experience those problems and all that," Wake Forest running back Josh Adams said Sunday during the league's preseason media day.

There surely hasn't been any shortage of news around the ACC over the past few months. And not all of it was bad: the league recently announced a new broadcast package for football and men's basketball that will be worth $1.86 billion from ESPN over 12 years, doubling the conference's TV revenue.

But most of the attention lately has focused on the NCAA investigation at North Carolina into whether two players received improper benefits from agents. With similar probes popping up at several Southeastern Conference schools, the issue of athletes' involvement with agents quickly turned into the hot-button topic du jour in college sports.

"It is kind of a distraction, but we kind of look at it as we've already taken our adversity for the season," Tar Heels quarterback T.J. Yates said. "So once we get over this little speed bump, we'll be able to put it behind us and go forward through the season."

ACC commissioner John Swofford — the former athletic director at North Carolina — dedicated nearly one-quarter of his hour-long question-and-answer session to the issue, voicing his support for the North Carolina Secretary of State's investigation about potential misconduct involving agents and saying "we probably need to look at strengthening the law in this area."

The state requires sports agents to register in North Carolina and prohibits them from offering gifts before a contract is signed, with violators possibly facing criminal or civil penalties.

"I suspect (the problem) has (worsened) some because of the dollars at the next level, in the NFL and the NBA," Swofford said. "I think it's also being paid more attention at this given point in time. While uncomfortable, I think that's good. Having been an AD for 17 years ... the problem's been there, and believe me, as an AD, you feel, or as a coach, you feel vulnerable ... because it's not an easy situation to control from an institutional standpoint.

"You have to educate, educate, educate the athletes that are on campus," he added. "And I think our schools do that."

A month earlier, all the talk in college circles centered around the possibility of another round of conference realignment, with concerns that uncertainty in the Big 12 and expansion by the Pac-10 and Big Ten would set off a chain reaction that would reshape the Football Championship Subdivision.

There were lingering questions about whether another conference would make a play for one or more ACC schools before the league ultimately stood pat.

"There were a lot of conferences that certainly were more active in terms of what was done or potentially being done than we were," Swofford said. "But rest assured, we were quietly evaluating that landscape and our internal discussions to determine what's in our best interests moving forward, and what ramifications on the (ACC), if any, might come from expansion by other conferences.

"Without question, at the presidential level of this league, there continues to be a strong commitment to each other, a strong commitment to the ACC, the belief that 12 is the right number for us, but a willingness, if the world changes around us, to take a look at what those changes mean. ... We're very comfortable with, not only 12, but the 12 that we have."

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Charity Tricycle Race Set for Sept. 4

Want a fun way to raise some money? On Saturday, September 4 there will be a Charity Tricycle Race in front of the Historic Courthouse as part of the Tour de La France. Your charity can field a rider who can raise pledges and donations for your organization. The only stipulation is that the rider be an adult who is on a child’s vehicle – tricycle, Big Wheel, pedal car, little bicycle, etc. The rider can be a staff member, board member, supporter or volunteer at your charity.

There will be awards for the best decorated bike, fastest rider and most money raised, and of course your charity keeps all the dough raised by your rider. Last year a bunch of local “celebrities” did this and had a blast!

For details, please contact Cindy Hopkins at the Chamber of Commerce. Her email is


AIM Slates Food Distribution for Aug. 14

The next Anderson Interfaith Ministries Manna Food Distribution has been scheduled.  This months event, sponsored by The Covenant Sunday School Class of First Presbyterian Church, and facilitated by Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM), is set for Saturday, August 14 and will be held in the parking lot across from First Presbyterian Church located at 302 W. Whitner StreetMany volunteers will gather hands on this day to package and distribute a minimum of 5,000 pounds of fresh food items to those who need it.  Food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis as long as it lasts.  Anyone who needs food assistance qualifies for a package with no ID or documentation required.  Each participant will simply be asked three questions about the number and ages of household members.  As a reminder, participants should bring a large box or basket with them for ease in carrying their food packages.


Meth Lab Busted in Anderson County

Anderson, SC (Thursday, July 22, 2010) Anderson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents made three arrests, and took down a meth lab that was being operated out of a residence on Hwy 29 North. 

Late Wednesday (July 21, 2010) afternoon narcotics agents responded to 3605 Highway 29 north, after investigating complaints and tips about drug activity at the residence.  Narcotics confirmed the scene as an active meth lab after locating and identifying numerous materials that would be consistent with manufacturing methamphetamines. 

At the residence agents identified Julius Andrew Simpson (53 YOA) of 705 H.I. Taylor Rd. Williamston, and both Marvin Eugene Wright (41YOA) and Mary Annette Simmons of 3605 Hwy 29 north.  

Simpson, Wright, and Simmons are currently housed at the Anderson County Detention Center and awaiting bond hearings on charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamines.