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Writing Contest Deadline Sept. 15

The Upstate S.C. American Christian Writers Chapter is sponsoring a writing contest in conjunction with their Carolina Christian Writers' Workshop which will feature a faculty of 14 and be held Oct. 23-24, 2009, at North Anderson Baptist Church. The deadline to enter the contest by email is September 15. You must be registered for the workshop to enter. Entries will receive a detailed critique of their work as well as be entered in the contest for that category.

Contest categories include:

Articles - critiqued by Larry Leech, author of over 2,000 articles; Novella/Novel - critiqued by Yvonne Lehman, author of 46 romance novels; Non-Fiction Book proposal - critiqued by Linda Gilden, author of the popular Love Notes series;  Poetry -Critiqued by Dr. Bonnie Harvey, author of 22 books and professor at Kennesaw State University; Children's books - critiqued by Dr. Bonnie Harvey.
Anyone interested in writing is invited to register for the workshop and enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded on October 24.  For a detailed workshop and contest brochure, email Elva Martin, Workshop Director at or check the web site or call Elva at 864/226-7024. Students and early bird registrations will receive a discounted tuition.


Preteen Girls Self Esteem Course Offered

Girls between the ages of 9 and 12 now have available a special course designed to address their specific self esteem needs. Especially Me is offered by The Junior League of Anderson County at the Jennie Gilmer Pavilion at AnMed Health Campus. "Especially Me" is a series of three classes that address issues such as self esteem, changing bodies, nutrition, eating disorders, making good decisions, being assertive and expressing feelings.

The preteen years are critical for a young woman to establish a sense of self. The first course focuses on the definition of self-esteem and how society has a major influence on a young woman’s self-esteem. Girls will walk away with a clear understanding about what makes them unique. The second class focuses on health, nutrition and exercise as well as the physical and emotional changes of puberty. The girls will learn that living a healthy lifestyle helps contribute to their self-esteem.

The third and final class focuses on teaching girls to make good decisions and be assertive when they are challenged by peer pressure. They are given the tools necessary to help them succeed as a young woman in today’s society. The next course available at the AnMed Health Campus meets October 6, and it is open to all girls ages 9 –12. The course is also available to clubs or organizations and can be scheduled to fit their needs at their own facilities. School, church and civic organizations are encouraged to contact JLAC to schedule a private session at their location.

To register your child or schedule a class for a club or youth group, please email Arden Stelly at or call the Junior League office at (864) 231-0470.


Anderson Leader, Ex-Councilman Prevost Dies at 87


Homeland Park Bus Route Now Rollling

The City of Anderson, in conjunction with Anderson County is pleased to announce the expansion of the City’s Electric City Transit system with the Gold Route set to serve south Anderson and Homeland Park beginning today.

The bus, which cost $297,500 was paid for out of federal stimulus funds, was given the number "39" in honor of the year Anderson City Councilman Buck Roberts was born.

This service will provide transportation to employment centers, shopping areas, medical services, educational centers, recreational facilities and more. This service will also provide the opportunity for an alternative way to travel, helping people save money on fuel costs and maintenance on their own vehicles.

Electric City Transit is a public transportation system that now operates four routes Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. Fares are fifty cents for adults and 25 cents for seniors, and students. For more information on how to use the public transit system, contact the transit office at is 864-231-7625. Funding for this system is provided by the Federal Transit Administration, SCDOT, the City of Anderson, and now Anderson County. The City purchased this new bus with Stimulus funds at 100% funding. It is estimated that the cost of the Homeland park route is $185,000 per year with the entire cost being paid for by Federal funds and County funds at a 50/50 match.

The county will explore countywide mass transit at the scheduled Sept. 15 Transportation Summit.

“This is a dream come true,” said Anderson County Council woman Gracie S. Floyd. “It gives great me satisfaction to know that we saw this vision through to reality. The residents of the Homeland Park Community are getting the services they deserve and I’m happy that we could have a part in making it happen.”

“So much can be accomplished when the City and County work together,” said Anderson County Councilman Tommy Dunn. “This is a great example of government partnering to provide services for their residents. District 5 will benefit from the addition of this new route, as well as all of Anderson County.”


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Knocking on Doors Dropout Program Today

     The United Way of Anderson and Anderson School District Five are joining forces to help keep teenagers in school through a program called Graduate Anderson. Today, teams of school and community volunteers will go knocking on the doors of potential dropouts and invite them to return to school. The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at T.L. Hanna High School for training and information before making their way to local neighborhoods to visit both T.L. Hanna and Westside High School students.

     The program will target students who have not attended high school classes during the first one and a half weeks of school, said Tripp Dukes, District Five’s Assistant Superintendent for Planning & Analysis. It is patterned after the successful Graduate Greenville program operated by the Greenville County School District.


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Television Stolen in Sears Break In

A 46" Sony LCD television was stolen from Sears early Thursday morning when someone threw a concret block through the glass door near the department store's electronics department. The incident is under investigation by the Anderson City Police.


Clunker or Clumsy Idea?

Some of the cars traded in at Anderson dealerships in the "Cash for Clunkers" program, do not look quite so clunky. See editorial on the topic.

Here are a few examples of the better local "clunkers."



Anderson Leaders Prepare for Flu

Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), AnMed Health and County engage local mayors in preparation efforts

On Wednesday, local officials met to discuss the pending flu season. DHEC is taking the lead to bring community leaders and healthcare partners together with the goal of reaching out to the local communities and providing assistance with establishing continuity of operations plans for government, businesses and homes.

“A tremendous amount of planning and preparation brought us to today,” said Don Peace, DHEC Region I Director of Public Health Preparedness. “We began pandemic tabletop drills more than 5 years ago when the CDC began sounding the alarm about newer, tougher strains of the flu on the horizon. This gathering today represents our desire to reach out to the local leaders and strengthen our network to mitigate the consequences of H1N1. After all, we are in this together and it will take local planning by local leaders to respond to and plan for the threats, while taking a proactive stance to community related concerns.”

AnMed Health’s preparations for this flu season started in April when H1N1 first appeared in South Carolina. During the months that followed, the health system, along with the county, DHEC and other health related agencies, was able to test its pandemic flu plan. Changes are already being made as a result of that experience. For example, it became obvious that the plan did not account for situations where flu is widespread but not necessarily severe.

“Flu season is never business as usual, but the combination of a novel flu and seasonal flu is something we’ve never faced,” said Todd O’Quinn, AnMed Health’s director of safety. “Like many other hospitals across the state, we’re preparing as best we can. We’re assessing supplies and staffing levels, educating our workforce and reviewing patient care protocols. By taking these steps we should be prepared for whatever the flu season brings.”

“Anderson County is proud to partner with DHEC, AnMed Health and other health agencies to make our County a healthier place,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Eddie Moore. “This is another great example of what we can accomplish when we work together. It is imperative that we educate the public about the upcoming flu season, symptoms to watch for and ways that residents can keep their families safe and healthy. Although we can hope for the best, we must work together to be prepared for the worst.”

Upstate residents can take a number of steps to help prevent the spread of disease. The best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Every year, AnMed Health Healthy Business provides approximately 2,500 flu shots to workers at local businesses. For more information on scheduling a flu shot clinic at your business, call (864) 512-2365.

Other ways to stay healthy this flu season are as follows:
Avoid close contact with those who are sick. A good rule of thumb is to try to stay at least three feet away.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t readily available.
Cough into your elbow, not your hands.

If you do get sick, stay home and minimize your contact with others. This means avoiding travel and not going to work or school for seven days after your symptoms begin or until you’ve been symptom-free for 24 hours. If you leave the house to seek medical care, wear a face mask and cover your coughs and sneezes.

Visit or for information about how to prevent the flu. For up-to-date information and flu clinic schedules, you may contact the Anderson County Health Department’s Flu line at 864.260.5674.


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SAT Scores Top State, National Average

Anderson School District Five posted an average composite SAT score of 1,503 for 2009, above both the state and national average, according to figures released today by the State Department of Education.

District Five’s average composite score, which includes the critical reading, math and writing portions of the test, is the 12th highest among the state’s 85 school districts. District Five is one of only 15 districts in the state to post an SAT score above the national average.

T.L. Hanna High School posted an average composite score of 1,522, one of only 35 traditional public high schools across the state to exceed the national average. Out of 200 traditional public high schools in South Carolina, T.L. Hanna finished tied for 18th in average composite SAT score. A total of 194 T.L. Hanna students took the SAT in 2009. Westside High School posted an average composite score of 1,461, above the state average. A total of 94 Westside students took the SAT in 2009.

The national average for 2009 dropped two points to 1,493. The state average was 1,445, down six points.