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Council Chair Dunn Schedules Community Meeting

Council Chairman Tommy Dunn has scheduled a Community Meeting at 7 pm, Monday, April 5 at the Williford Fire Station. 

"This meeting is open to everyone," said Dunn. "I encourage residents to come out and share their comments, concerns and suggestions. We understand that if we truly want transparency, we must take advantage of all opportunities to talk with and understand what matters to the residents of Anderson County. Please take this opportunity to let us hear from you."



Shakespeare to Offer Fishing License Rebates

Shakespeare and Take Me Fishing(TM) are partnering to promote fishing among youth, adults and families. Potential anglers that purchase $30 or more of Shakespeare kits* or combos* and also purchase a 2010 fishing license can submit their claim form and receive $10 dollars back.

"This promotion is a great way to strengthen the excitement of fishing," said Mike Phillips, Shakespeare Brand Manager. "We want families to learn more about fishing, enjoy the outdoors together, and save some money in the process. Take Me Fishing and Shakespeare encourage parents to plan family outings to have fun fishing this summer."

The promotion will kickoff just in time for the spring fishing season beginning April 1, 2010 and expires August 31, 2010.


Electric City Playhouse Looking for Actors for Medical Project

Electric City Playhouse is looking for six actors - three males and three females, ages late 50s, to participate in an end-of-life training project offered through Winthrop University, in partnership with AnMed Health and The Duke Endowment. This unique experience is part of a training program for health care professionals, provides good practice for actors and helps to better prepare the medical community for an extremely difficult situations.

Male actors will play the role of Patient and female actors will play the role of Patient's Wife. Interested actors should attend a training session on Monday, April 12th at 7:00 - 9:00pm at the Electric City Playhouse on 514 N Murray Ave. Actors will be needed to play these roles on Sunday, April 18th and Sunday, July 11th from 1:00 - 5:30pm at Anderson University. If you are interested, please contact Amanda Werts at or (803) 323-4974.


Clemson Symphony to perform Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Dvorak 

The Clemson University Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert showcasing
the orchestral repertoire of Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Dvorak. The
performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the Brooks Center for the
Performing Arts will feature a variety of music for full orchestra, chamber
orchestra, chamber ensemble and with chorus.

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Shooting Suspect Arrested

Walter Lee Mattison, Jr., 21, of 801 South Manning Street, Anderson, was arrested yesterday and charged with Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill in connection with the March 28 shooting of Cedrick Deon Patterson at706 Perry Street.

Mattison is currently in the Anderson County Detention Center.  The bond set on the assault charge is $50,000. The investigation into the shooting is continuing.

The report lists a second victim, Larry Darnell Robinson, 56, a resident of the Perry Street home.  He is the victim of an aggravated physical assault that occurred prior to the shooting.  That case is still being pursued and no warrants have been issued and no arrests have been made. The wounds suffered by Patterson and Robinson are not life-threatening and both remain in the hospital.


Meals On Wheels Gets Walmart Grant

Meals on Wheels-Anderson has been awarded $13,500 through a Walmart Foundation grant to the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA).  The money will provide Meals on Wheels-Anderson with a much-needed client database upgrade which is critical to continue serving seniors in our neighborhoods.

This financial support is desperately needed as many Meals On Wheels programs across the country are struggling to survive during this economic downturn. The “Walmart Foundation Impact Grant” is intended to help Meals on Wheels-Anderson continue to meet the long term equipment needs of providing meals to our seniors in Anderson.

Last year, many Meals On Wheels programs were forced to change or reduce their services, but the Walmart Foundation stepped in to help restore those meals.  This year, the Walmart Foundation is spending more than $2 million nationwide to make sure Meals On Wheels programs have the equipment they need to maintain their operations into the future.

“Thanks to the Walmart Foundation Impact Grant, we now have better tools to keep feeding seniors for years to come,” said Laurie Ashley, executive director, Meals on Wheels-Anderson. ”This grant will help us provide the next meal to many of our clients in need and will truly make a difference for the seniors of Anderson.


S.C. Jobless Rate Flat in February

South Carolina's jobless rate remained relatively flat in February, and an expert who tracks the numbers said he sees the news as the beginning of a slow recovery for the state suffering from chronic high unemployment.

"Overall, this month's report is the best we've seen since the recession began," said Don Schunk, a research economist at Coastal Carolina University. "A recovery is forming, but I expect it to remain fragile for an extended period."

South Carolina's jobless count held steady at 12.5 percent, according to data released Friday by the Employment Security Commission. The agency also revised the January unemployment rate down to 12.5 percent from a record-high 12.6 percent.

National unemployment held steady in February, at 9.7 percent.

Officials say all sectors but construction and manufacturing saw growth, with non-farm jobs adding 13,000 positions. South Carolina's labor force rose nearly 1,400 in February, to about 2.2 million. The number of unemployed people fell by about 1,000, to 271,000.

The government jobs sector showed 2,500 in job gains, but Schunk said the state's slow economic recovery could be even more fragile for that sector.

"An economic recovery is under way, but significant challenges remain," Schunk said. "State and local governments in South Carolina have yet to feel the full brunt of the budget crisis, and a significant portion of households continue to directly feel the pain of the recession."


Wynée D. Eubanks to be Sworn in as Magistrate

Wynée D. Eubanks will be sworn in as Anderson County Magistrate by The Honorable Lawton McIntosh next Monday, March 29, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. on the third floor of the new courthouse in Anderson. Wynée was recommended by Senator Kevin Bryant and voted by the South Carolina State Senate to be the first African-American female magistrate in the history of Anderson County. She will be accompanied by her husband, Tony and their two sons at the swearing in ceremony.

Wynée previously held the position of Executive Director of a non-profit organization called Spiritual 2-A-Days, a mentoring program which promotes education, personal development, accountability, and biblical spirituality for young people, in which she played a leading role in shaping and building the organization from the ground up. She earned her Master’s of Business Administration degree (MBA) in Business Management from Florida Metropolitan University, and her Bachelor of Science degree (BS) in Business Merchandising from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


GAMAC Concert to Honor Memory of Myrtle Gillespie

GAMAC will present Celebration of the Soul on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 8:00p.m. at First Baptist Church (307 S. Manning Street) in downtown Anderson. Featuring the GAMAC Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, the evening will showcase the beautiful music of the Easter season in memory of friend and community leader Myrtle Eddins Gillespie.

Performances by the GAMAC Chorale will include Brahms’ How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place and Worthy Is the Lamb from Handel’s Messiah. The Chorale will also perform popular hymns and spirituals such asAin’t That Good NewsPrecious LordAbide With Me and many more. The GAMAC Chamber Orchestra will perform Dvorak’s Serenade under the direction of Artistic Director, Alex Spainhour.

Tickets to Celebration of the Soul are priced at $25 for adults and $12 for students. To purchase tickets, please call the GAMAC office at (864) 231-6147. This performance is made possible with generous support from The Friends of Myrtle Eddins Gillespie and First Baptist Church- Anderson.

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Covenant Baptist to Hold Free Community Egg Hunt Saturday

Covenant Baptist Church in Anderson will host a free Community Easter Egg Hunt Saturday for children birth to grade 5, March 27, (Rain Date: April 3rd) 10 am - 12 pm. Over 25,000 Easter Eggs will be hidden. The event will also feature inflatable toys and refreshments. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit


Iva to Celebrate Opening of Bowie Athletic Complex Saturday

Saturday marks the opening day and official ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Parker Bowie Athletic Complex in Iva

The new facility will officially open at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at 1488 Parker Bowie Road.

For more information contact the Iva Recreation Association at


McCants, Midway Win State Honors in Odyssey Competition

Teams from Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering and McCants Middle School finished first in their divisions in the Odyssey of the Mind state competition held recently in Columbia. A second Midway team won second place in its division.

All three teams are invited to the World Competition at Michigan State University scheduled for May 26-30.

The teams and their members are as follows: 

Midway Team 1 was coached by Veronica Davidson and won First Place for Problem 5 (Food Court) Division I. Team members are Delaney Wallace, Nathan Barnes, Sam Gill, Adrianne Thackery, Grace Tuttle and Audrey Myers.

Midway Team 2 was coached by Courtney Brunetti and won Second Place for Problem 3 (Discovered Treasures) Division I. Team members are Cristen Grant, Kaytlyn Woofter, Caroline Tolly, Camryn Ethington, Leah Tucker and Anna Anspach.

The McCants Hornets were coached by Elaine Park with assistance from K.C. Park and won First Place for Problem 5 (Food Court) in Division II. Team members are Chase Cleveland, Mohini Patel, Henry Cao, Stephanie Harkness, Ryan Rowitz, Abby Mash and Rebecca Stempniak.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.


Utsey Chamber Series to Spotlight Soloists

The season’s final Utsey Chamber Music Series concert at the Brooks Center
for the Performing Arts will feature three highly acclaimed soloists.

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