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Wednesday
Jul212010

Names Approved for Two New Schools

One school about to be built and one longtime campus received new names at Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson School District Five Board of Trustees.

The new elementary school planned for a location on S.C. Highway 81 near the Sullivan-King Mortuary will be named North Pointe Elementary. The name was chosen from more than 30 names suggested by District Five residents. Trustees said they preferred a name that helps define the location of the school.

The Hanna-Westside Extension Campus also received a new name Tuesday night. Trustees voted to rename the school the Anderson V Career Campus. More than 40 suggested names were received from District Five residents as the board sought to find a name that did a better job of explaining the purpose of the school. 

Site development for North Pointe Elementary is continuing. The new school is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. It will be the 11th elementary school in the district. 

Wednesday
Jul212010

Mayfield Named Principal of Glenview Middle School  

Walter Mayfield, currently an assistant principal at Southwood Middle School, has been named principal of  Glenview Middle School.

Mr. Mayfield, who is about to begin his seventh year at assistant principal at Southwood, will continue his duties there as he oversees plans for the opening of the new Glenview school, which is currently under construction.

A graduate of Clemson University, Mr. Mayfield has spent his entire 23-year education career in Anderson School District Five. He came to the district in 1987 as a math teacher at Lakeside Middle School. After serving in that position for eight years, he moved to T.L. Hanna High School, where he taught math for nine years. 

“Walter has been deeply involved in advancing our district’s curriculum and instructional practices, and shares the credit for Southwood’s exemplary academic performance with the rest of the school’s administrative team,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “I am confident that he will bring the same enthusiasm and focus on academic achievement to Glenview.” 

Last year, Southwood was named a national AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Demonstration School, one of only two schools in South Carolina and only 118 nationwide to earn this prestigious honor. Also, Southwood was one of two schools in the state to be named a “School to Watch” by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. This national honor recognizes a school’s academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. 

“Walter’s focus on curriculum and achievement has been an integral part of our success,” said Southwood Principal Evelyn Murphy. “His commitment to the success of every student will make him a wonderful principal.”

Two new middle schools are currently under construction as part of District Five’s $140 million bond issuance, which was approved by more than 60 percent of voters in an April 2007 referendum.  Glenview Middle School is under construction at a site on Old Williamston Road and Robert Anderson Middle School is being built at a site on Dobbins Bridge Road. 

Glenview will relieve overcrowding at the current McCants Middle School. Robert Anderson will replace the current Southwood Middle School and will draw students from both Southwood and Lakeside middle schools. The current Southwood school will retain its name, however, as it transitions to a 6-12 grade arts magnet school.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Hanna Grad Earns Byrd Scholarship  

Larissa Brdar, valedictorian of T.L. Hanna High School’s Class of 2010, is one of 102 recipients statewide of the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships, a program that promotes academic excellence using federal funds. 

The scholarships in the amount of $1,500 yearly are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate studies at in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. In addition to 2010’s new recipients, the program is funding 304 continuing scholarship students.

The program is administered by the State Department of Education, using an annual allocation from the U.S. Department of Education.  Federal funds amounted to $594,000 including both new and continuing stipends. 

There were more than 360 Byrd scholarship applications in South Carolina.  Eligibility requirements include: 

Students must be enrolled in the 12th grade (senior class) in a public, private or home school in South Carolina and become a high school graduate during the 2009-10 academic year (by June 2010). 

Students must have a minimum of 1300 on the SAT (combined verbal and math score only) or a minimum of 29 on the ACT. 

Students must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPR computed on the Uniform Grading Scale. 

A school or home-school association screens and selects applicants.

The scholarship program is named for the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia and is designed to recognize exceptionally able high school seniors who show promise of continued excellence in postsecondary education. Federal officials estimate that over 7,300 new scholarships will be awarded this year, with total new scholarship funding amounting to $11,022,000.

Tuesday
Jul202010

Anmed LifeFlight receives bigger, more powerful helicopter  

AnMed Health LifeFlight has received a new helicopter that will allow the crew to reach patients even faster.  

On Monday, LifeFlight’s 206-L4 helicopter was replaced by a Bell 407. The new helicopter is faster than the 206-L4 and has a more powerful engine, giving the crew more flexibility when transporting patients long distances.  With the new helicopter, LifeFlight can carry 750 pounds of fuel, a full crew and up to 600 additional pounds of weight.

“The 206-L4 served us well, but we knew when we started that this day would come,” said Paul Hubbard, special projects coordinator and director of the LifeFlight program. “We now have the same flight capabilities as our sister programs in Greenville and Spartanburg, and we’re excited to be able to provide even faster service to residents in our area.” 

LifeFlight is operated through an agreement with Med-Trans Corp. LifeFlight aims to improve the timeliness of care for heart attack, stroke and trauma patients in the Upstate and northeast Georgia. Since beginning service in January 2010, LifeFlight has received 243 requests for service. 

Med-Trans operates two other Upstate helicopters – Med-Trans One in Greenville and Regional One in Spartanburg.  To learn more about LifeFlight, go online to www.AnMedHealth.org.

Monday
Jul192010

County Council to Honor Waldrep, Finalize Budget

Anderson County Council will honor former Councilman Bob Waldrep for his years of service and vote on third reading on the county's 2010-2011 budget.

Agenda here.

Monday
Jul192010

Author to Speak at Upstate Christian Writers' Meeting

Debut Author, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, will give a workshop on The Art of Research for Today & Yesterday at SC Upstate American Christian Writers' Chapter. She’ll also sign copies of her novel, Highland Blessings, a Scottish Medieval Romance in Christian Fiction. The workshop is free and visitors are welcome to attend.
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2010
When: 2:30 PM
Where: Anderson County Library, 300 N. McDuffie St., Anderson, SC 29621
Who: Author Jennifer Hudson Taylor
What: Author will give a workshop on The Art of Research for Today & Yesterday, sign books, discuss her road to publication, and offer a Q&A session
Bio: Jennifer Hudson Taylor is the author of historical and contemporary Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas. Her fiction has won awards in the American Christian Fiction Writers' Genesis Contest. Her debut novel, Highland Blessings, was released May 2010. Other works have appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, Everton’s Genealogical Publishers, and The Military Trader. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Journalism. When she isn't writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, genealogy, and reading. She resides with her husband and daughter in the Charlotte area of N.C.

 

Thursday
Jul152010

Anmed Among Nation's Most Wired Hospitals

AnMed Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired hospitals and health care systems, according to the results of the 2010 Most Wired Survey in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. 

The survey gathered data on the use of information technology in 1,280 hospitals. That information is then used to create a list of the 100 Most Wired as well as the 25 Most Wireless, 25 Most Improved and 25 Most Wired – Small & Rural. AnMed Health was one of five South Carolina hospitals and health systems recognized in the study and one of only three named to the 100 Most Wired. 

At AnMed Health, information technology is an integral part of providing care. Less than 10 percent of hospitals nationwide have implemented computerized physician order entry systems. In 2009, AnMed Health reached about 80 percent physician compliance with its computerized physician order entry system, EOS. Horizon Enterprise Visibility allows caregivers to know what’s happening with every patient on their unit by glancing at a flat screen TV. Patient medical records have been electronic since 2000, and AnMed Health was the first in the state to implement PACS, a picture archiving and communication system that gives physicians and staff instant and remote access to radiology images. Physicians routinely use a computer-based “portal” to review monitor data, nursing documentation and diagnostic test results on both inpatients and outpatients. Information technology is even improving medication safety. Nurses use barcode scanning technology in more than 98 percent of medication dispensing to ensure each person receives the right medicine in the right dose at the right time. 

“AnMed Health’s leadership understands the difference information technology can make in improving safety and quality,” said Kathy Hammond, director of Information Services. “At every level, technology is improving the way our health system runs. We’re better able to track resources, communicate with staff and manage the data needed to make patient care decisions. These systems are an investment that pays off each time a doctor or clinician can respond to a patient quickly and with confidence.”

This year’s survey reveals that information technology is playing an increasingly important role in patient safety initiatives:

  •  Fifty-one percent of medication orders were done electronically by physicians at Most Wired hospitals, up from 49 percent last year.  
  •  More than half (55 percent) of Most Wired hospitals match medication orders at the bedside through bar coding or radio-frequency identification, up from 49 percent in 2009 and from 23 percent five years ago.  
  •  Additionally, Most Wired hospitals have made improvements when it comes to sharing information during care transitions. For example, new medication lists are electronically delivered to caregivers and patients 94 percent of the time when a patient is transferred within the hospital, 98 percent at discharge and 86 percent when transferred to another care setting.

“The survey results highlight that continued progress is being made but the full potential of health IT has not been meet,” says Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Hospitals embrace health IT and recognize the many benefits it can provide to patients, but even Most Wired hospitals face barriers to adoption. We have asked that the federal government stimulate greater adoption by making Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments more widely available to hospitals and physicians so more hospitals can move in this direction.” 

The Most Wired Survey was redesigned this year to reflect two years of work with an advisory group. The 2010 Most Wired Survey represents a new structure and methodology with an increased use of analytics and reporting. The advisory group was comprised of leaders from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), chief information officers, Most Wired staff and vendors. Additionally, the new methodology was made available to the entire CHIME membership for review and comment.  

Wednesday
Jul142010

County Museum Taking Nominations for Hall of Fame

The Anderson County Museum (ACM) is accepting nominations for the 2011 Hall of Fame through September 30. The ACM Advisory Committee inducts up to two new members each year. Judging is done using a point system and documentation of the candidate’s accomplishments in shaping Anderson County, state, national or world history. The nominees must be deceased for 10 years.  

Nomination forms are available on the ACM Web site www.andersoncountymuseum.org or you may contact the ACM to have a form mailed or E-mailed to you. Your  

Nomination(s) must be received no later than September 30th to be considered for the 2011 induction. 

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. 

Wednesday
Jul142010

Saluda Drive to be Closed Until March 2011

On Tuesday, July 20th, Anderson County Roads and Bridges will close a portion of Saluda Drive near Piedmont, SC to begin rehabilitation work on the existing bridge that crosses Big Brushy Creek. The closure will extend through the winter months, with an anticipated opening date of March 10, 2011. 

During construction, only adjacent residents and delivery vehicles will be permitted within the road closure area between River Road and Davis Drive. The half-mile detour from the north end of Saluda Drive follows River Road south to Kenneth Street, then west to Saluda Drive. 

The County’s in-house Roads and Bridges crew will perform all the work on the Saluda Drive Bridge. Damage to the existing bridge includes several severe cracks in the old pony truss’s foundations. The truss steelwork will be reinforced to allow the bridge to carry school buses. Additionally, the existing wood deck will be replaced with steel decking, concrete overlay and an asphalt surface. 

For more information, contact Judy Shelato, Principal Engineer at 864.260.4190 or emailjshelato@andersoncountysc.org

Wednesday
Jul142010

Suspect Arrested in Kidnapping

Anderson County Sheriff’s investigators made a quick arrest in the kidnapping and brutal assault of a Huntington Apartments resident that took place early yesterday morning.
 
Around 4:00 pm on July 13, deputies responded to 150 Continental Street, Anderson, in response to a 911 call stating a female had been assaulted in one of the apartments.  Upon arrival, deputies found Rochelle Williams, 34, of Huntington Apartments, in a bedroom with head injuries.  Williams was immediately transported to AnMed Health for treatment.
 
Investigators then identified Demetrius Antonio Hawkins, 21, who lived with Williams, as the suspect.   Within an hour, uniformed officers located Williams after setting up a perimeter and canvassing the area.
 
Hawkins is currently housed at the Anderson County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder and Kidnapping and is awaiting a Bond Hearing.
 
It was determined that Williams was strangled with a telephone cord and received blunt force trauma to the head.  Williams continues to be treated at Anmed Health for those injuries.

Anderson County Sheriff’s investigators made a quick arrest in the kidnapping and brutal assault of a Huntington Apartments resident that took place early yesterday morning. Around 4:00 pm on July 13, deputies responded to 150 Continental Street, Anderson, in response to a 911 call stating a female had been assaulted in one of the apartments.  Upon arrival, deputies found Rochelle Williams, 34, of Huntington Apartments, in a bedroom with head injuries.  Williams was immediately transported to AnMed Health for treatment. Investigators then identified Demetrius Antonio Hawkins, 21, who lived with Williams, as the suspect.   Within an hour, uniformed officers located Williams after setting up a perimeter and canvassing the area. Hawkins is currently housed at the Anderson County Detention Center on charges of Attempted Murder and Kidnapping and is awaiting a Bond Hearing. It was determined that Williams was strangled with a telephone cord and received blunt force trauma to the head.  Williams continues to be treated at Anmed Health for those injuries.

Wednesday
Jul142010

Seniors Citizen of Year Program Saturday

On Sunday, July 18th, the Anderson County Senior Citizens Program will announce the 14th Annual Jo Brown Senior Citizen of the Year during the 4th Annual Open House. The ceremony will begin at 3 pm in the historic McCants facility, located at 101 South Fant Street, Anderson.

Tuesday
Jul132010

County Council to Hold Special Called Meeting Today

AGENDA

ANDERSON COUNTY COUNCIL

Called Meeting – Tuesday, July 13, 2010 – 2:00 p.m.

Historic Courthouse – Council Chambers – Second Floor

Chairman Tommy Dunn, Presiding

  

  1.  CALL TO ORDER:                                                       Chairman Tommy Dunn

 

  1.  INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:                                           Council Member Eddie Moore

 

  1.  PRESENTATION BY UPSTATE ALLIANCE:  (allotted 30 minutes)

 

  1. CITIZENS REMARKS

  1. ADJOURNMENT
Monday
Jul122010

153 Corridor Visioning Meeting Tonight

There will be a 153 Corridor Visioning Meeting Monday, July 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm in the Wren High School Auditorium. The public is invited to come discuss future plans for the Hwy 153 Corridor from I85 to Hwy 123. The meeting will begin in auditorium, followed by breakout sessions. The Powdersville Planning Group, Business Leaders from Anderson County, Anderson County and Pickens County, are hosts for the meeting. For more information, contact Kevin Laird at 864.908.1772