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Thursday
Jul082010

Arrest Made in Car Dealership Thefts

Anderson County Sheriff’s Investigators arrest two men involved with vandalizing spree that left twenty-eight vehicles damaged between two automobile dealerships on Clemson Boulevard.
    18 year old, Christopher Quinton Johnson of Anderson, and 25 year old, Timothy Blake Capell of Anderson were charged with breaking into motor vehicles, larceny and malicious damage to property.
    Ten dealer-owned automobiles from Upstate Ford along with fourteen dealer-owned automobiles located at Piedmont Automotive were reported to have been vandalized.  An additional four privately owned vehicles awaiting service at Piedmont Automotive were also reported to have been vandalized.  Two of those vehicles were also broken into with personal property reported stolen.  Damage estimated at approximately $20,000 between both locations.   The destructive spree started in the early morning hours of June 29, 2010 and lasted for nearly two hours.  Investigators were able to identify Capell and Johnson, after collecting evidence at both incident locations.
Wednesday
Jul072010

Youth Summit Scheduled Aug. 7

The African American Leadership Council of United Way of Anderson County will present its 3rd Annual Youth Summit on the campus of Anderson University in the Sullivan Hall building. 
Open to all youth ages 10-18, the summit provides youth with information on various timely topics to help them make good decisions in life.  “In the past, the summit has presented such topics as sexual health, substance abuse, gangs and the effects of the media vs. reality”, stated Lynn Scott of United Way. “However, this year, at the requests of the youth, topics are community service, college prep and guidance, and financial stability.” “All of our youth aren’t lost”, states Quenton Tompkins of United Way. “They want the correct information to help them make wise choices and succeed in life. We are here to help provide them with that information in a manner that they can relate to and understand.” 
Also featured during the summit will be Markeisha Nesbitt aka One Love, a 17 year old student from Spartanburg High School. Markeisha is the first place winner of the SC Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign's 2010 Teen Expressions contest! “The piece I submitted was called "She Lost It"....It is a true story about one of my close friends and an unfortunate situation she encountered” states Markeisha. “I am very thankful that I was given the opportunity to spread the message out to people because so many people think situations like this don't occur but they do....and this poem expresses that!”
The summit will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2010 from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. It is free and includes lunch. However, registration is required due to the limited number of seats.  All students in attendance will also receive school supplies. Youth groups are welcome.
To register for the summit, call United Way of Anderson County at (864) 226-3438 or visit the United Way of Anderson County Facebook page and register there.
Tuesday
Jul062010

Apple Store Opens Saturday in Greenville

Will Serve Anderson-Greenville-Spartanburg Area

The Apple Store Haywood Mall will open to the public on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 10am EDT.

PR Newswire PhotoThe Apple Store Haywood Mall is the best place to learn about all the latest products from Apple, including the new iPhone 4 featuring FaceTime, which makes the dream of video calling a reality, and Apple's stunning new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone. Customers can experience Apple's entire product line hands-on including the magical new iPad that lets users browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more. Visitors to the store can also try the updated MacBook and MacBook Pro with the NVIDIA processor for up to 80 percent faster graphics, and the incredibly popular iPod touch with access to more than 225,000 apps offered on the revolutionary App Store.

Every Apple Retail Store offers a range of free services designed to help customers get the most out of their Apple products, including face-to-face support and advice at the Genius Bar, hands-on workshops and special programs for kids. Customers who buy a Mac at the Apple Retail Store or Apple's Online Store can also join the popular One to One program. For US$99, owners of a new Mac get Personal Setup to customize their computer and transfer files from their old Mac or PC, plus a year of Personal Training sessions and Personal Project support on a wide range of topics, from getting started on a Mac to advancing their digital photography or moviemaking skills.

Additional information about Apple's retail stores is available at www.apple.com/retail.

Tuesday
Jul062010

Column: Absent Parents and College Education

Tuesday
Jul062010

Anderson Airport Gets $710,000 Grant

Anderson County Council wishes to thank Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham for their assistance in securing a $710,353 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for the Anderson Regional Airport. Funds from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program will be used to install new taxi-way and run-way lighting. Total cost of the project is $747,740, with a 2.5% local match ($18,693) coming from the Airport Fund and 2.5% coming from the State of SC.
Also included in the project is new airfield signage to designate runways. The existing signage has endured several lightening strikes and is in dire need of repair. 
“Anderson County has so much to offer new industry,” said Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen. “This is evidenced by First Quality’s decision to choose Anderson County over other sites. Although, we succeeded in attracting First Quality, we can’t rest on our laurels. If we want to consistently compete for the larger companies- industry bringing the most jobs for our residents - we have to provide adequate facilities and sufficient infrastructure to attract those companies. Improving our Airport will go a long way to helping us sell Anderson as the viable hub of industry we are capable of becoming.” 
“Anderson Regional Airport is the gateway for industry into our County,” said Airport Manager Steve Vibbard. “Having better lighting and improved taxi-way and runway lighting will send a consistent message to those visiting us that we are a growing, thriving County with much to offer. We need to enhance industries’ first impression so that it becomes a lasting impression!”
The County previously received a grant to construct a concrete ramp that is capable of handling larger jets. That project is expected to begin around July 19th. 
Additional improvements to the Airport include the installation of perimeter fencing.  

ANDERSON COUNTY, SC—Anderson County Council wishes to thank Senators Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham for their assistance in securing a $710,353 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant for the Anderson Regional Airport. Funds from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program will be used to install new taxi-way and run-way lighting. Total cost of the project is $747,740, with a 2.5% local match ($18,693) coming from the Airport Fund and 2.5% coming from the State of SC.
Also included in the project is new airfield signage to designate runways. The existing signage has endured several lightening strikes and is in dire need of repair. 
“Anderson County has so much to offer new industry,” said Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen. “This is evidenced by First Quality’s decision to choose Anderson County over other sites. Although, we succeeded in attracting First Quality, we can’t rest on our laurels. If we want to consistently compete for the larger companies- industry bringing the most jobs for our residents - we have to provide adequate facilities and sufficient infrastructure to attract those companies. Improving our Airport will go a long way to helping us sell Anderson as the viable hub of industry we are capable of becoming.” 
“Anderson Regional Airport is the gateway for industry into our County,” said Airport Manager Steve Vibbard. “Having better lighting and improved taxi-way and runway lighting will send a consistent message to those visiting us that we are a growing, thriving County with much to offer. We need to enhance industries’ first impression so that it becomes a lasting impression!”
The County previously received a grant to construct a concrete ramp that is capable of handling larger jets. That project is expected to begin around July 19th. 
Additional improvements to the Airport include the installation of perimeter fencing.  

Monday
Jul052010

Carson's Steakhouse Damaged by Fire

Anderson fighters fought a lunchtime blaze at Carson's Steakhouse on Beltline Boulevard for several hours on Monday. Hamid Mohsseni, owner of the restaurant said the blaze was likely caused by a gas leak in one of the cookers. 

Though the restaurant's structure was not damaged, there was enough smoke and water damage to keep the local establishment closed for the next two or three months. Mohsseni said workers at Carson's would remain employed at one of his other area restaurants. 

Details and video here.

Sunday
Jul042010

Church Fireworks Draw Thousands

Several thousand were on hand to close out the July 4 weekend at Newspring Church for a community fireworks display. The fireworks presentation was the only large-scale public fireworks event in Anderson County this year.

Friday
Jul022010

County to Sell Boat Permits July 3-4 at McFall's Landing

On July 3-4 from 9 am until noon, Anderson County Parks Department staff will be onsite at McFall’s Landing to sell boat permits. Boat decals will be distributed to those who purchase the annual permits.

The cost for an annual permit, effective January 1 through December 31 is $30. However, permits purchased from July through December 2010 will be pro-rated to $15. Permit fees will go to the upkeep and improvement of Broadway Lake. 

“This idea comes about from recommendations and suggestions from the residents of Broadway Lake, particularly Mr & Mrs. Roy Ivey,” said Anderson County Councilwoman Gracie Floyd. “The Ivey’s brought this idea to me last year and the three of us went to the Parks department to discuss how we could make this happen. Great things can happen when people in the community get involved. We encourage everyone to come forward and share their ideas for the betterment of our County.” 

For information about Anderson County Parks or how to purchase a boat permit, contact:

Anderson County Parks 

101 S. Main St., Room 13

P.O. Box 8002

Anderson, SC  29622

864.231.PARK

E-mail mschell@andersoncountysc.org 

www.andersoncountysc.org/parks

Thursday
Jul012010

AP Reports New Auto Plant in Upstate to Hire 400

A Korean company said Wednesday it would spend $21 million to begin assembling electric cars in South Carolina.

Gov. Mark Sanford called the announcement a celebration of "the unleashing of the green technology revolution" in the state - one that will produce needed jobs.

"This notion of about 400 jobs in the Upstate is a big deal," he said. Sanford added that as the Gulf oil spill demonstrates the need for private-sector energy alternatives, this kind of development is "incredibly important."

Seoul-based CT&T Ltd. will use a subsidiary and Spartanburg-based 2AM Group to make the low-speed electric vehicles at its first North American production line in Duncan in Spartanburg County. It can assemble up to 30,000 of the small cars, but initial plans call for up to 10,000 cars produced with a single shift and 370 workers, said Joseph White, CT&T USA Inc.'s chief operating officer.

Tuesday
Jun292010

County Staff Earns T3S Certification

More than 200 Anderson County staff and several municipality officers from the Town of Pendleton earned certificates in T3S (Transportation Technology Transfer Service) training sessions. Anderson County, in partnership with the Transportation Technology Transfer Service, (T3S) offered two courses: supervisor and customer service training. The Customer Services course had 122 attendees; 81 attended the Supervisor Training. The four one-day training sessions were held at the Civic Center of Anderson for June 14 to 17. 
“We are grateful to T3S Program Manager Sandi Priddy and our courses’ facilitator Michael A. King,” said Anderson County Deputy Administrator and Transportation Director Holt Hopkins. “These training sessions will enhance staff’s ability to function efficiently and effectively, which translates into higher quality service for our residents. Partnering with the Transportation Technology Transfer Service to offer these courses is a win-win situation for the County and we hope to utilize this partnership more in the near future. Anderson County has a track record of looking for innovative ways to save money while accomplishing our goals and this is one more example.”
Training Sessions Offered:
Supervisor Training
This one–day training included sessions on goal setting, decision making, the situational leadership model, teambuilding, problem solving, as well as motivating and managing a diverse workforce. 
(Supervisor training was offered on June 14 and repeated on June 15.) 
Customer Service Training
This one-day training included sessions on how to work through issues with an upset customer, the importance of phone manners, cooperating with fellow employees, understanding your chain of command and creating a pleasant environment for customers. 
(Customer Service training was offered on June 16 and repeated on June 17.)
T3S worked through Anderson County Human Resources and the Public Information Officer to inform staff and municipalities of the training opportunities. 
ABOUT T3S 
T3S serves as the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) for South Carolina. LTAP serves as the technology transfer effort of the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Technology Applications. The T3S mission is to bridge the gap between research and practice by conducting training sessions and demonstrations and by serving as a clearinghouse for information related to state-of-the-art technology in the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges. Through these efforts, T3S assists state, county, and municipal agencies in implementing new transportation technologies to benefit the citizens of South Carolina. 
For more information about T3S, visit their web site at:  http://www.clemson.edu/t3s/ 
Monday
Jun282010

County to Vote on Budget at Special Meeting June 29

  1. Anderson County Council an ordinance to adopt the operating and capital budgets of Anderson County for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010, and ending June 30, 2011, and to make appropriations for such Anderson County Budgets for County ordinary purposes and for other county purposes for which the County may levy a tax other than for Tri-County Technical College purposes; to provide for the levy of taxes on all taxable personal and real estate properties in Anderson County for such county ordinary purposes, including sufficient tax to pay the principal and interest on outstanding indebtedness of Anderson County maturing during said fiscal year; to adopt the operating and capital budgets of Anderson County for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010, and such Anderson County Budgets, for Tri-County Technical College; to provide for the levy of taxes on all personal and real properties in Anderson County on which school taxes may be levied for such Tri-County Technical College purposes; to provide for the levy, assessment and collection of certain other taxes and fees; to provide for the expenditure of said taxes and other revenues coming to the County during said fiscal year; and to provide for other matters relating to Anderson County.
Monday
Jun282010

County Phone System Knocked Out by Storm

During the Friday, June 25th storm, heavy winds and lighting knocked out power to the historic Anderson County Courthouse and damaged the phone system.   Officials apologized for the inconvenience and stated that every effort is being made to get the system back in operation. 

“All of the phones at the Courthouse are out,” said Anderson County Central Services Director Robert Carroll. “The storm completely took down the system. However, the 911 Communication Center is operating normally. We hope to have repairs completed and the system 100% operational before tomorrow. In the meantime, residents who need to contact the courthouse should first try the switchboard at 864.260.4000. If they get no answer or a busy signal, they can call our temporary information line, 864.617.8949

Monday
Jun282010

Local Students Attend Women in Science At Clemson

CLEMSON - Eighth-graders Savannah Jennings and Mickayla Cromley of Piedmont, Courtney Acker of Williamston and Imani Barret of Anderson were among 31 students attending Project WISE — short for "Women in Science and Engineering" — at Clemson University June 20-25. The week-long residential program, sponsored in part by the Duke Energy Foundation, gives young teen girls hands-on experience in science with projects like building a solar-powered, robotic crab and performing bypass surgery on the cow's heart.

Read the entire news release at:
http://www.clemson.edu/media-relations/article.php?article_id=2936