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Haven of Rest Prepares for Christmas Lunch

The Haven of Rest, located at 219 West Whitner Street, Anderson, will be serving the organization's annual Christmas lunch Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal is free to anyone looking for a traditional Christmas meal.

The Haven staff has been preparing for more than a week to serve the meal, and are expecting to serve more than 2,500 meals Christmas Day.

For more information, call 226-6193.


Christmas Fiction Contest Deadline Thursday

Today we launch the Anderson Observer's First Fast Fiction Christmas Story Contest.

We are looking for orginal, unpublished fiction based on a Christmas theme, and the winner receives an Apple iPod shuffle! Deadline for all entries is Dec. 24.

A $10 fee per entry will allow others to have a brighter holiday. Proceeds from the contest will benefit Anderson Interfaith Ministries and Shalom Recovery Center.

The rules are simple. The story:

1. Must be orginal,

2. Must be 4,000 words or less

3. Must have something to do with Christmastime

Multiple entries are allowed. The winning story will be published here Dec. 25. Authors retain all rights to their story other than the initial publication of the story in the Anderson Observer.

Stories should be emailed to

Payment is by credit card or paypal only and can be paid online here.


Last Minute Shopping? Don't Forget Those in Need

Christmas is less than a week away, and it is a great time to add one the organizations that make a difference in our community to your gift list. Here is a list of a few who help those in need 365 days a year. There are many others deserving of community support as well. (click for more information)

Anderson Interfaith Ministries

Haven of Rest

Salvation Army

Shalom Recovery Center

Foothills Aliance

Cancer Association of Anderson

The Lot Project



National Health Care Bill has Votes


County Council to Meet in Special Session

After cancelling the second scheduled council meeting of Decemeber, a long-stading tradition, Anderson County Council has called a special meeting 3 p.m. Monday to discuss a number of bid projects. No agenda has been posted for the meeting. Call 260-4062 for more information.



On Thursday, Anderson County officials witnessed the deed transfer of 12.26 acres on Highway 29 South from owners Mike and Carol Glenn to Anderson County. The acreage will be the site of the new 22,000 sq. ft. Animal Shelter. The bidding process for facility construction is complete. Since the bid exceeds $10,000, County Council will vote on whether to accept the bid during their next scheduled meeting. Once approved, the construction process is anticipated to take between 12-18 months.
“We are grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn for their generous donation,” said Anderson County Councilman Tommy Dunn. “It is refreshing to see residents care enough to get involved. The Glenn’s have made a lasting impact on the future of Anderson County’s animals. I hope their example will lead others to do the same.”
“Many of the positive things that have taken place at the Animal Shelter can be directly attributed to Mr. and Mrs. Glenn,” said Anderson County Environmental Services Director Greg Smith. “Many pets have found homes because we were able to transport them to various locations with the adoption trailer, which was donated by the Glenn’s. Their constant assistance has come in the form of pet food, money and time. The property on Hwy 29 S will help us better meet the needs of the County’s animals, while providing quality and consistent services to the residents of the Anderson County.”


Fusion Warehouse Could Close

Fusion Warehouse, a Christian youth center near the Anderson Mall, could be closing its doors for good before the end of the year.

The center, whose stated aim is "fund with a purpose," provides resources, education, training & other development efforts for youth as well as afterschool care and other special events. The facility is run primarily through the efforts of volunteers, donations and grant money.

From the website: "Fusion, Inc. was founded in 1999 by Randall and Joy Brown. Fusion opened it's doors in October, 2006 and to date has registered 8,200+ students. Fusion is staffed primarily by volunteers. Our volunteer base of 250+ continues to be a vital key to our success in reaching many youth."

Randall Brown did not return calls Wednesday or Thursday, but the electrical power and phone at the facility had both been at least temporarily disconnected as of Thursday morning.

One church, Electric City Fellowship, which meets Sundays at the Fusion facility and shares in some of the mission efforts there, is also effected by the potential closing.

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Snow in Forecast for Friday

Snow with a chance of rain is expected Friday morning, followed then rain and sleet in the afternoon. Snow and sleet accumulation of around an inch is expected. Breezy and cooler in the afternoon, with near steady temperatures in the mid-30s. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent.


S.C. To Begin Payments for Extended Unemployment Soon

The South Carolina Employment Security Commission sent out letters this week to those eligible for extended unemployment benefits and should begin sending out checks before Christmas. President Obama approved the federal extension Nov. 6, but antiquated computer software created headaches for some states, including South Carolina, which made it difficult to reprogram to allow such extended payments.

Most of those eligible received notification by mail yesterday, and Anderson's Employment Security Commission was crowded with potential recipients.  Payments to unemployed South Carolinians will be retroactive to the legislation’s signing date. Those who think they might be eligible should visit the local office at 309 W Whitner St, Anderson.


AIM to Distribute Food Saturday

Due to the Golden Harvest truck having had an accident last week, the Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) Manna Food Distribution has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 19.  We will begin distributing a minimum of 5,000 pounds of free food at 9:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis to those who attend.  This event has been sponsored by The Potters House Ministries and will be located at their facility, 1921 S. McDuffie Street in Anderson.


Three-Legged Dog Finds Home with County Administrator

Interim Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns decided to take home a new three-legged friend TuesdayInterim Anderson County Administrator adopted a new three-legged friend as part of the Home for the Holidays program. to kick off "Home for the Holidays," a special season of finding homes for dogs and cats at the Anderson County animal shelter.

Burns, whose own three-legged dog Petey died no so long ago, adopted a new three-legged canine, Spanky. Burns said Spanky will keep his three-legged cat Black Kitty company.

"There are more than 5,000 unwanted animals in Anderson County every year," Burns said. "The only way to really deal with this problem is an effective spay and neuter program." Burns said tentative plans are to turn the old Anderson County Animal Shelter into a clinic to provide such services once the county's new animal shelter is open. 

The Anderson County Animal Shelter is facing a real challenge since taking in more than 170 ill-treated animals earlier this fall which were seized from a home in Liberty by Sheriff's Deputies. The county must now house all of these animals until all legal situations surrounding them are cleared up, which could take up to a year. 

This leaves the shelter in a situation of having to find homes for animals already in their care quickly.

The Home for the Holidays promotion offers half-price adoptions, or $35, of animals from the shelter through Dec. 23. A number of pets found new homes Tuesday as part of a record week of adoptions.  


Update: Jake Nicolopulos Progress Good

Jake Nicolopulos, a senior football player at T.L. Hanna, who suffered a stroke last week is reportedly doing photo courtesy of Rivalsexceptionally well given the circumstances, according to those who have visited him this morning. Nicopolus is progressing in his battle to recover from the effects of the stroke, while his friends continue to offer support and prayer. 

The family and friends have offered thanks for this support and are asking for continued prayers in the days ahead.

A Facebook page, Pray for Jake Nicolopulos has been set up for those wanting to send best wishes.


“A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” Offers Special $35 Pet Adoption Downtown

ANDERSON COUNTY – Imagine being alone, without loved ones during the holiday season. Hundreds of homeless animals will know that fate unless YOU help them find a forever-home. In order to remedy this situation, the Anderson County Animal Shelter will host “A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” on Tuesday, December 15th from 4 to 6 pm outside the historic Courthouse.
Just in time for the holidays, this event will provide the community an opportunity to make a homeless animal’s Christmas wish come true. Additionally, during the event, shelter staff will also accept donations of puppy food, blankets and money.  If you can’t make it to “A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” event, you may drop your donations by the Animal Shelter during regular business hours.
Animal Shelter Hours of Operation
Monday- Friday 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
The Anderson County Animal Shelter is located at 615 Hwy 28 Bypass. If you have any questions, please contact the Shelter at 260-4151.

What can you donate to the Animal Shelter?
In order to properly care for its “four legged friends” ACAS is in need of the following donations:

• Pedigree Dog/Puppy Food (canned & dry)
• Blankets
• Towels
• Newspapers/Shredded paper
• Bleach
• Dish Detergent
• Laundry Detergent
• Cat Litter
• Whiskas Cat/Kitten Food (canned & dry)
Many items will help care for animals housed at the shelter. ACAS also accepts monetary donations to help purchase products to care and provide clean quarters for the animals housed at the shelter.