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Sanford Marks First Quality's Anderson Announcement

Gov. Mark Sanford, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Anderson County today announced that First Quality Tissue SE LLC will locate its manufacturing operations in Anderson County. First Quality Tissue will establish a manufacturing facility utilizing a state-of-the-art Thru-Air-Dried (TAD) technology and a complete line of converting equipment, significantly expanding its capacity and commitment to the tissue and towel industry. The company plans to invest $1 billion and create 1,000 new jobs to support its new production facility in Anderson County, South Carolina. 

“First Quality is very pleased to become part of Anderson County, South Carolina, and we look forward to working together to create real opportunities with all our partners, both in government and the private sector, that will benefit the entire community,” said Frank Ludovina, company representative for First Quality. “Among the factors that attracted First Quality to Anderson are the pool of skilled labor, positive work ethic and the availability of the infrastructure necessary to sustain our facility. As important, however, is the pro-business environment that has been created there. First Quality’s decision to locate in South Carolina would not have been possible without the abundant support from Governor Sanford, the team at the Department of Commerce and officials from Anderson County. We appreciate South Carolina’s commitment to First Quality and look forward to a prosperous partnership in the years ahead.” 

“Fist Quality’s decision to put down roots in South Carolina and make a substantial investment of capital and new job creation is further indication that our efforts to establish a business-friendly climate are proving to be successful in today’s global competition for economic growth. Over the past several months, I had the opportunity to get to know the leadership at First Quality and I am confident that their decision to locate here will pay dividends for the company, our state’s business community and the local workforce in Anderson County, and we look forward to growing our relationship with First Quality in the coming years. Because announcements like this take a large degree of work at a variety of levels, I’d thank and applaud Secretary Taylor and the team at Commerce, as well as the local economic development community for the team efforts presented to make this announcement possible,” said Gov. Sanford. 

“With today’s announcement, South Carolina has again demonstrated that we have the resources to compete and attract the finest companies in the world. First Quality’s decision to locate in Anderson County is a strong reflection on our state’s skilled workforce, unmatched market access and most importantly our state’s understanding that businesses locate where they can be successful and that means low regulatory burdens and low tax rates. Our business-friendly climate and talented team of economic development professionals, with an incredible salesman in the Governor’s office, were the winning combination needed to make this announcement of $1 billion in new investment and 1,000 new jobs for Anderson County a reality,” said Sec. Joe Taylor. 

After an extensive site selection process in which the company considered multiple locations in the United States, Anderson County was selected due to its proximity to the growing Southeastern market, quality infrastructure and low energy costs among other factors. First Quality Tissue will acquire the former Shaw Industries facility on Masters Boulevard where it will construct its new manufacturing facilities. In addition to First Quality’s plans to create 1,000 new direct jobs over time, construction of the new facilities will generate an immediate impact with an additional 550 construction jobs. 

“The First Quality announcement is great news for Anderson County and could not come at a better time. This investment will create hundreds of jobs in the area. I am very proud of the coordination between our local and state governments and was glad to be helpful in bringing this first rate company to South Carolina. The Department of Commerce and the Anderson community deserve a lot of credit for putting together a business plan to attract First Quality. I appreciate their hard work. I am very proud First Quality has decided to do business in Anderson, and I look forward to a long and productive relationship,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham. 

“I want to congratulate the Anderson community for the hard work and optimism that is helping to attract new business to the area,” said Sen. Jim DeMint. 


AIM Collecting School Supplies

Anderson Interfaith Ministries is collecting school supplies for our Annual Back-to-School Backpack Program.  AIM provides backpacks and school supplies to children in Anderson County who are less fortunate.  Won’t you please support AIM in this project by purchasing supplies from the list below.  Once you have purchased the supplies just drop them off at AIM.   Our office is located at 1202 South Murray Avenue.

Our hours are Monday – Thursday from 8 to 4 and Friday 8 to 2.

Thank you for being a part of this worthwhile and fulfilling project.

Supplies needed:

#2 Pencils                              Washable Markers             Ink Pens (blue & black)

Binder Pouch for Pencils    Scissors                                                Notebook Paper

Crayons (24 count)              3-Ring Binders 1” & 3”      Subject Dividers

3 Prong Pocket Folders       Colored Pencils                   Rulers

Glue Sticks                            Index Cards                          Erasers

Composition Books 

*Please no glue bottles and no spiral notebooks


Teddy Bear Clinic Helps Ease Children’s Medical Fears

Teddy bears and other stuffed animals will receive a free check-up at the 4th annual AnMed Health Teddy Bear Clinic. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 15 outside AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital at 2000 E. Greenville St. in Anderson.  

Teddy Bear Clinic familiarizes children with hospital processes and medical equipment by treating stuffed animals for injuries and ailments. Upon arrival, each stuffed animal is registered and receives a hospital identification band. Kids then take their stuffed animals through a series of screenings and procedures. AnMed Health clinical staff checks the stuffed animals’ weight, height and blood pressure. They even get an X-ray.During this event, children can also sit in the LifeFlight helicopter, meet MedShore’s Andy the Ambulance, visit with police and firemen, and enjoy free PET® ice cream.

Teddy Bear Clinic is a free event designed for children between 4 and 10 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult and should bring their own teddy bear or stuffed animal.

The event will be held rain or shine. In the case of rain, the clinic will be moved inside.


Anderson Rotary Awards Grants to Local Nonprofits

The Anderson Rotary Club awarded $8,000 in grants to 15 non-profit agencies. Those receiving grants included:

  •  Salvation Army ($700) 
  • United Way ($700) 
  • Anderson Interfaith Ministries ($700) 
  • Anderson County First Steps ($700) 
  • Junior Leadership Anderson ($700) 
  • Anderson Free Clinic ($700) 
  • GAMAC ($500) 
  • Anderson Area YMCA ($500) 
  • AnMed Health Foundation ($500) 
  • Habitat for Humanity-Anderson County ($500) 
  • Safe Harbor ($500) 
  • Foothills Alliance ($500) 
  • Anderson County Museum ($300) 
  • Cancer Assn. of Anderson ($275) 
  • Westside Community Center ($225) 

To learn more about The Anderson Rotary Club, visit the website at


Senate Overrides Veto, Raises Cigarette Tax

South Carolina no longer has the nation's lowest cigarette tax after lawmakers voted to override a veto and raise the cost by 50 cents a pack.

Thursday's vote increases the levy from 7 cents to 57 cents a pack on July 1 and leaves Missouri with the nation's lowest tax at 17 cents. Full Story Here


Relay for Life Begins Tonight

Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society fundraiser, begins tonight at 7 at Westside High School. It will continue until 7 a.m. on Saturday.

The fundraiser will be held at the Westside practice field that fronts Highway 28. In case of rain, Relay will still go on, with the option of holding parts of the event indoors at Westside.

Please come out and support our cancer survivors and continuing cancer research.


Palin Endorses Haley for S.C. Governor

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is endorsing the only female candidate in South Carolina's gubernatorial race who is also popular with tea party activists.

Palin spokesman Jason Recher (RECK'-er) said Palin is visiting the state on Friday to campaign for Republican state Rep. Nikki Haley. Palin is also popular with tea party activists, which are central to Haley's campaign.

Her endorsement also bypasses Attorney General Henry McMaster who is also running. He spearheaded Arizona Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential primary campaign in the state. Palin was McCain's running mate.


Old Mill Road Reopens Today


ANDERSON COUNTY – On Friday, May 14th, Anderson County Roads and Bridges will re-open Old Mill Road, between SC 86 and Brushy Creek Road.  Repairs and widening of the existing bridge over Brushy Creek were completed on schedule by the county’s Roads & Bridges crews. 

The road was closed in November, allowing the bridge crew to work during the winter months. Project construction included widening the abutments, adding center piers and steel girders and replacing the bridge deck. 

The old 18-foot wide, concrete bridge deck was deteriorated along the curb line, had undergone numerous repairs through the years, was too hazardous for two-way traffic and was no longer maintainable. The new bridge deck is 28-feet wide and is capable of carrying all highway vehicle loads. 

The $114,000 of state gas tax C-Funds for the project was secured by the county at the February 2009 meeting of the Anderson County Transportation Committee (ACTC).  


Mental Health Conference Set in Greenville

Mental Health America of Greenville County’s A Call for Compassion conference seeks to bridge the gap in understanding and responding to the needs of those dealing with mental health problems.  By shattering the stigma surrounding mental illness and opening the doors to those in need faith communities can be both a rock and a bridge to hope.

This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by Pastor Steve Vance of Fourth Presbyterian Church and a special segment entitled The Doctor is In: The Truth about Mental Illness by Dr. Kenneth M. Rogers, GHS Behavioral Medicine Chair.  Trauma expert, Dr. Chrys Harris will shed light on the prevalence of PTSD with an emphasis on the impact it has on military personnel.  Becky Kay, MHAGC board president says, this year’s conference not only pulls on the expertise of some of the most talented individuals in the field, but seeks to find solutions to tough topics that many of us are dealing with both in and out of the church. 

The 4th annual A Call for Compassion:  Shattering Secrets and Stigmas conference will be held on May 20th from 9:00am-3:30pm at St. Michael Lutheran Church, located at 2619 Augusta Street in Greenville SC.  Registration will begin at 8:30am. The conference is open to the public.  Cost of attendance is 25.00 dollars and includes lunch and continuing education credit. 

To register or for more information please call Michelle Morton at 864-467-3598, e-mail or visit


Interstate Blvd to Get Sidewalks from Stimulus Funds

Before the end of June 2010, businesses along Interstate Boulevard will be more pedestrian-friendly. Thanks to funds provided by the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), the $100,000 Sidewalk Enhancement Program will install sidewalk on both sides of Interstate Boulevard, providing safe pedestrian access for visitors and restaurant patrons.   

This project was requested by Anderson County and was selected by SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT) District 2 officials as one of seven district roads to receive stimulus funds for new sidewalk. Funds were allocated to the project in August 2009. The bid was awarded to Medina Hauling, Inc., located in Gray Court, SC.  

“We received numerous requests for this funding,” said SCDOT district engineering administrator. “Interstate Boulevard was selected because it best met the criteria designated by the ARRA Stimulus Grant. The location already had foot traffic and it required no disruption to utilities and no further right-of-way acquisitions. It truly was shovel-ready and assured us the project could be completed within the time frame set forth in the criteria for funding.” 

“District 4 is grateful to be the recipient of these funds,” said County Council member Tom Allen. “This couldn’t have happened without the cooperation of SCDOT, my fellow Council members and administration, county transportation and staff, and federal support. Interstate Boulevard is a great location for Sidewalk Enhancement Funds. The eight restaurants, six hotels and the Starlight Cinema movie theatre will definitely benefit from the ability to provide their patrons with a pleasant and safe walkway. This project, in addition to the Interstate Lighting Project, which is currently underway on exits 19, 21 and 27 will enhance the safety our citizens enjoy and serve as a beacon to I85 travelers, lighting their way into Anderson and Pendleton.” 

“Over the years, the county has received several requests from the hotel owners for the sidewalk,” said Anderson County’s principle engineer Judy Shelato. “They wanted their patrons to have safe access to walk to the restaurants or exercise along the road during their stay.”

In addition to the sidewalk project, interchange lighting at Exits 19, 21 and 27 will be installed this summer.  August 31, 2010 is the target date for Anderson County’s three main entrances from I85 to be illuminated.

The contractor for the lighting project is completing the electrical system design and is scheduled to begin pole installation in June. The bid was awarded to Brooks, Berry, Haynie & Associates of Mapleton, Georgia for the low bid of $1,239,040. Six bids were received for the project. The lighting project is being funded with federal highway funds through the Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG). 


Lakeside Student Needs Bone Marrow Transplant  

Potential bone marrow donors are asked to come to the Anderson Mall on Saturday, May 15th at 10 a.m. for a preliminary screening to help Lakeside Middle School student Alex Carver.

The event will be held at the mall between the Hallmark store and Belk’s.

Alex, an eighth grade student at Lakeside, was diagnosed last July with leukemia. She has been through chemotherapy, but the cancer has returned. Her doctors have recommended a bone marrow transplant, but there are no suitable donors now registered in the southeast.  Friends and family have organized the effort to search for a compatible donor. 


Farmer's Market Showcases Home Grown at Benefit

Taste what happens when farm-fresh ingredients meet Anderson’s top chefs May 18 from 6-9 p.m.
Take fresh ingredients from local farmers; match them with the top restaurants and chefs in the area, and hold on to your taste-buds for this mouth-watering competition. You’ll see how top chefs take it from the farm to the fork at this unique event. 
Enjoy samples from categories including appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert/cocktail. Then, cast your vote for the best representation of farm to fork in each category. 
Get your tickets today and enjoy a fun, food-filled evening. It’s a fork full of fresh. 
Sponsored by: 
For tickets or more information: 934-2737 
Proceeds to benefit the Anderson County Farmer's Market and to increase the market share for local food in the Anderson food economy. 

Bike Riders Encouraged to Pedal to Block Parties

Ride Anderson is encouraging residents to ride their bikes to the Thursday evening Block Parties. The Complete the Streets Committee is giving raffle tickets to those who ride. Each evening, we will give away a basket of goodies to one lucky rider. Also, riders can save their raffle tickets for a BIG drawing at the Closing Event on May 27th. This is a wonderful way to celebrate National Bike Month and good practice for the FOLLOW YOUR LEADERS RIDE on May 21st

Riders can check their bikes with Complete the Street Committee Members in the Bike Valet in the Courthouse Plaza and they will be safe until they get ready to leave for the evening.