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County Offers Session on Making Information Public

Anderson County is holding an open public session at 2 p.m. Wednesday for municipalities, counties, school districts, etc., to demonstrate the steps taken to make county date available online and to offer assistance to any government/school entity.  The county is also offering to host web sites for local municipalities wishing to post their financial  or other information. The session will be held at the historic courthouse.

The county was recently named one of 39 counties in the nation to receive a perfect score for transparency in government from the American Society of News Editors. (see editorial)


Council to Hear Finance Committee Report

Anderson County Council will hear a report from the finance committee and a review of the Appalachian Council of Governments Services to Anderson County as part of Tuesday night's meeting. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse.

A full agenda can be found here.


Census Forms in Mail This Week

WASHINGTON -- Let the count begin.

More than 120 million U.S. census forms begin arriving Monday in mailboxes around the country, in the government's once-a-decade population count that will be used to divvy up congressional seats and more than $400 billion in federal aid. Fast-growing states in the South and the West could stand to lose the most because of lower-than-average mail participation rates in 2000 and higher shares of Hispanics and young adults, who are among the least likely to mail in their forms.

Did those $2.5 million Super Bowl ads work? Stay tuned.

South Carolina ranked 49th in the nation in returning census forms in 2000, potentially costing the state a great deal of money. This year both money and the possibility of an extra on congressional seat are on the light. Read full story here.


County Applauded for Transparency at FOI Forum

Around 50 citizens gathered Friday night at the Anderson County Civic Center for meeting marking the beginning of "Sunshine Week," which aims at reminding government of its obligation to keep the doors open on how they do business.

Anderson County was recently awarded a "Sunny Award" and a perfect score as one of the best state and local government websites in America for transparency by the Sunshine Review. Anderson was one of 39 sites to receive the perfect grade. Read more about it and see the county's initiatives here:

Friday night's meeting featured a presentation by the county on their efforts and a discussion time with Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns and representatives of local media organizations including the Anderson Observer, the Anderson Independent-Mail, the Williamston Journal, WYFF and WSPA. The organizations were quick to praise the county's openess, but expressed concerns that the county remain vigilant in such matters as keeping costs down for Freedom of Information Act requests and reminding elected officials of the narrow guidelines for going into executive session.

State Senator Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, also praised the county's efforts at transparency and told those at the event that he is pushing for state agencies to follow a similar path to open government.


Starr Man Reported Missing by Sheriff's Department

Deputies and Investigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office have been searching for a Missing Person William Randall Smith Reported Missingby the name of William Randall Smith of 2115 Gentry Road in Starr, S.C. (Anderson County). A missing persons report was filed with our office on Thursday March 11, 2010 by his wife,Missing Man's Van Donna Smtih.  Mrs. Smith last saw William and his 1986 Ford E-150 work van at the residence on Wednesday night around 7pm.  He has not been since that time. According to Mrs. Williams, other family members and friends William has been dealing with a multitude of issues that lead investigators to believe he may be in a depressed state of mind and could have led to his leaving the residence with little to no apparent planning this week.
It the belief of Investigators that Williams did take his 1986 Ford E-150 work van South Carolina license plate number DUC-196 with him when he left the residence and is most likely still in control of aforementioned van.

If any member of the public knows of Mr. Williams’ whereabouts and or has information about his status they are encouraged to contact the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 864-332-5453.


Randall Bramblett to Perform at Electric City Playhouse

Randall Bramblett, musician and singer-songwriter, who has worked with such notable performers as Robbie Robertson, Steve Winwood,Widespread Panic, Hydra, Sea Level, Gregg Allman and Roger Glover, will perform May 7 at 8 p.m. at Anderson's Electric City Playhouse. For more information on Bramblett visit or for more information on the playhouse.


AIM Golf Tournament Set for April 18

Anderson Interfaith Ministries announces the 4th Annual AIM Benefit Golf Tournament, to be held on Monday, April 12th at the Thornblade Course in Greenville, SC.  Registrations will begin at 10am with a shotgun start at 12 noon.  Thornblade is one of the upstate’s most exclusive courses and provides a fantastic golf experience.  The tournament is followed by a Sponsor’s Party & Auction on Sunday evening, April 18th at Sullivan’s Grill.  “The Annual Golf Benefit and Auction is one of AIM’s most successful fundraisers and every year we get rave reviews on this tournament”, Executive Director, Kristi King-Brock says.  Team slots and some sponsorships are still available and you can reserve a space by contacting AIM at 226-2273 ext.101. 

To find out more about the tournament, the auction or Anderson Interfaith Ministries visit

Please contact Laura Capell at 864-965-9074 or email: for more information.


Bach's Passion of St. John Performance March 28

The Anderson University College of Visual and Performing Arts will present Choral Masterworks: Bach’s Passion According to St. John, a dramatic musical setting of the crucifixion story. The performance will be held in Henderson Auditorium on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 4:00 in the afternoon.

This upcoming installment of the Choral Masterworks Series tells the powerful story of Christ’s suffering and death through music.  In this work, soloists and chorus represent the characters in the drama and comment on the action. This performance will give the audience an opportunity to reflect on the love and sacrifice of Christ as the Easter season approaches.

The presentation will be much more interactive than the usual concert.  At several points, conductor Richard Williamson will offer brief observations on the music to draw the audience more deeply into the experience. The audience will also be invited to participate in two familiar seasonal hymns at key points in the story.

Bach’s powerful composition will be performed by the Anderson University Choir and Chamber Singers, accompanied by a professional orchestra including many Anderson University graduates and faculty.

The community is invited to enjoy this opportunity to experience “the crucifixion story through the eyes and ears of one of the deepest thinkers and most sensitive artists of all time,” says Dr. Williamson. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students. Call (864) 231-2080 for more information.


AnMed Gets Grant for Teen Mothers

AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital recently received a $30,332 grant from the March of Dimes to continue 9 Matters!, a program that aims to reduce the number of premature deliveries and infant deaths among teen mothers. 

9 Matters! provides health and prenatal education for pregnant teenagers in Anderson County. Studies show that higher rates of prematurity typically occur among the youngest and oldest mothers.

In 2008, 16 percent of deliveries at AnMed Health were from young women between 13 and 19 years old. Nine percent of those women delivered prematurely.  That same year, four Anderson County babies died as a result of unsafe sleep practices.  Region 1 of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, the area that includes Anderson County, is tied for the worst infant mortality rate in the state.

Premature birth can cause a number of lasting disabilities such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation and learning problems, chronic lung disease, and vision and hearing problems. According to March of Dimes, half of all neurological disabilities in children are related to premature birth. 

9 Matters! consists of six, one-hour classes taught by registered nurses and health educators. To make the program easily accessible, 9 Matters! is offered in all five Anderson County school districts and at AnMed Health Family Medicine. The program is held three times a year at each location, and up to 10 young women can enroll in each session. In 2009, the program’s inaugural year, 9 Matters! held 19 sessions across seven sites in Anderson County.  

Expectant teens who are interested in enrolling in 9 Matters! should call AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital at (864) 512-4800.


Family Concert by 'Re-percussionist' at Brooks Center March 26

Billy Jonas will bring his family-oriented “re-percussion” concert to the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at Clemson University at 7 p.m. Friday, March 26.

Read the entire news release at:


City of Anderson Accepting Applications for Citizens' Academy

The 2010 Citizens’ Academy is an interactive program focused on informing citizens about the City’s governmental process. Elected officials, City administration and divisions heads, along with other City staff, will host unique and informative sessions on City government operations.

The primary goal of 2010 Citizens’ Academy is to provide:

  • insight on how City government works
  • open lines of communication between citizens and City staff
  • provide information on how citizens can easily utilize the services offered by City government
  • encouragement for citizens to become involved, and
  • provide a realistic understanding of City Government operations.

The City of Anderson’s 2010 Citizens’ Academy is an eight (8) week course developed to inform residents about the City government process and the public services it provides. Sessions are once a week from 5:30 pm – 8 pm.

Applicants to the program must be City of Anderson residents or property owners, age 18 or older, and make a personal commitment to the 8 week series of information sessions. Class size is limited to eighteen (18) participants.

Curriculum is currently being developed for sessions to begin in April, 2010.

For more information, please contact Erin Fann, Business Development and Neighborhood Manager at (864) 231-2229 or


DeMint to Speak at Anderson GOP Dinner

The Anderson County Republican Party will feature U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint at the Bronze Elephant Dinner March 29

The dinner will be open to all ACRP members as well as any one in the community who would like to come.  This would give us all a great opportunity to invite others and let them see what the ACRP and the SCGOP are all about.  The details of the banquet will soon follow. For more information


Publix Recalls Seasoning Mixes in S.C., Four Other States

Publix Super Markets, which has more than 1,000 stores in five Southern states, has voluntarily recalled four kinds of seasoning mixes that may possibly be contaminated with salmonella.

Publix said it has taken the mixes off of its shelves and says shoppers can return them to the stores for a full refund. The privately held grocery store operator said late Monday that the mixes were made with hydrolyzed vegetable protein supplied by Basic Food Flavors, which is based in Las Vegas.

Consumers who eat products tainted with salmonella could suffer serious and sometimes fatal infections, particularly young children, frail or elderly persons and others with weakened immune systems.

Spokeswoman Maria Brous said in a statement there have been no reported cases of illness with these products.

The recalled products include all lot codes for 0.75 ounce packs of Publix Mushroom Gravy Mix with the UPC 41415-03308; 1 ounce packages of Publix Meatloaf Seasoning, UPC 41415-03408; 1.45 ounce packets of Publix Beef Flavored Stew Mix, UPC 41415-03608, and 1 ounce packs of Publix Au Jus Gravy Mix with UPC 41415-04208.

Publix has 1,012 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.