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AU Women Top Coker in Soccer

Freshman forward Danielle Boltin notched a hat trick in just her second collegiate outing to help lead the Anderson women’s soccer team to a 9-1 win past visiting Coker in non-conference action Sunday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.

The Trojans stayed perfect on the young season, improving to 2-0, while the Cobras fell to 0-2. 

Anderson concludes its season-opening three-game homestand by playing host to King College in the opening match of a doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday at Trojan Stadium. Kick-off for the twinbill is slated for 2 p.m. 


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Dist. 5 Students Honored at Chicago Leadership Conference

Students from the Anderson V Career Campus recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2010 National Leadership Conference in Chicago.
McKenzie Brooks, a 2010 graduate of T.L. Hanna High School, received a Gold medal in the Job Interview Star Event, one of 25 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. McKenzie is the daughter of Denise Hamby and Brad Brooks.
Leah Deutsch, Jessica Thomas, and Katelyn Webb also received a Gold medal in the Interior Design Star Event.
Leah, a 2010 graduate of T.L. Hanna, is the daughter of Mark and Deborah Deutsch. She is currently attending The Art Institute in Charleston in the Interior Design program. Jessica, also a 2010 graduate of T.L. Hanna, is the daughter of Anthony and Cathlene Thomas. Katelyn, currently a senior at T.L. Hanna, is the daughter of Don and Jayme Webb.  
Brianna Vaughn, a senior at Westside High School, competed in the Fashion Construction STAR Event and received a silver medal.  Brianna is the daughter of Chris and Donna Vaughn.
Christine Jackson, a recent graduate of T.L. Hanna, received a Silver medal in the Culinary Arts STAR Event. She is the daughter of George and Michele Patchias. She is currently employed at Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill and will be attending Johnson & Wales on a Culinary Scholarship.
Brandon Lowe, junior at Westside High School competed in the STAR Event Hospitality & Tourism and received a silver medal. Brandon is the son of Lisa Bloom. 
In the Fashion Construction STAR Event, Tory Estes received a silver medal. Tory is a recent graduate of T.L. Hanna and is the daughter of Tim and Adina Estes.

Lady Trojans Shut Out Converse

Using a three-goal scoring outburst in the second half, the Anderson women’s soccer team posted a successful debut at Trojan Stadium on Friday afternoon by shutting out Converse, 3-0.
The season-opener for both teams saw the Trojans control the tempo from the outset as AU notched eight shots in the opening 18 minutes of action, while the stellar defense limited the Valkyries to just three attempts on goal in the first half.
Anderson will get back on the pitch Sunday afternoon, as AU plays host to Coker College in the middle contest of its season-opening three-game homestand. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Trojan Stadium.  

AU Volleyball Tops North Greenville

Paced by a balanced attack, the Anderson volleyball team earned wins past North Greenville (25-16, 24-26, 25-21, 25-19) and Southern Wesleyan (25-20, 20-25, 25-13, 25-20) by identical 3-1 margins on the opening day of the AU Invitational Friday at the Abney Athletic Center.
The Trojans host Peach Belt-foe Augusta State Saturday at 9 a.m., then face Virginia State at 1 p.m. Both matches are available via video stream.

Clemson Kidz Club Offers Up Close Look at Band

If your kids dream of being in the Clemson University Tiger Band — "The Band That Shakes the Southland" — they can get a closer look in the Tiger Band Kidz Klub. Membership is free and meetings are held each Friday before a Clemson home football game, starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, on the band practice field.

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I-85 Lighting Ceremony Tonight

On Thursday, September 2 at 9 pm, Anderson County and the Electric City will hold a ceremony to officially “turn the lights on” for tourism and economic development. The three main entrances from I85 will be illuminated for the first time during the ceremony. The project was officially completed the last week of August.

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. 

“We are so pleased to see this project has been completed,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “This project will make Anderson County’s portion of I85 a much safer and pleasant roadway for tourists coming to visit, as well as residents traveling across the County.”

The project includes installation of 22 high mast lights (cluster) and 34 standard mast-arm lights.

The SC Department of Transportation (SDOT) designed and administered the lighting project. Now that the project is completed, ownership and maintenance of the system has been turned over to the County. Electricity and maintenance costs are estimated at approximately $35,000-40,000 annually.


Toy Soldiers Collection Coming to Anderson Museum

The presentation History on a Small Scale, Collecting and Painting Toy Soldiers will be presented by Max Middleton Saturday, September 11 at 2 p.m. at the Anderson County Museum. His interest in many periods of military history has translated into his collection of toy soldiers. Like many baby-boomers, he grew up playing with plastic toy soldiers that were so widely available in sets like Fort Apache and Davey Crockett’s Alamo. Approximately 30 years ago his interest was rekindled and extended to the hand painted metal figures. He casts figures and paints them with the uniform appropriate for the figure. His collection includes over 4,000 pieces but the story goes beyond the collecting of things, rather it is the collecting of knowledge. Whether that is the history of a period, battle or war or the details of the uniforms the soldiers were wearing. 

His presentation will include figures from his collection covering a number of military periods from the U.S. and around the world. One diorama presents the famous Civil War photograph, “Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter,” and how it was made by the two photographers following the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. The story may surprise you!

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.  


Suspects in Custody in Powdersville Shooting Death

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a homicide that occurred on Hood Rd. in Powdersville. 

Wednesday night Anderson County Deputies responded to shooting incident that occurred at a residence located at a 245 Hood Rd.  Joshua Maness who resides at the Hood Rd. address died from gunshot related injuries after he was transported to the Greenville Hospital last night.  

After further investigation, two suspects were taken into custody within several hours of the incident.  The homicide is still currently under investigation.


Greek Festival Offers Celebration with a Cause Sept. 18-19

The Anderson Greek Festival is scheduled for Sept. 18-19 at the Civic Center of Anderson. Proceeds to benefit the Building Fund of the Paracletos Monastery in Antreville. New this year, Greek-Style Pork Ribs, Pastitsio & Moussaka. 
The festival hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 18 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 19.  Admission is free and the public is invited.
A shuttle will be available for those wishing to tour the monastery both days, departing at 3 p.m.
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Those attending this year’s festival are also being asked to help send vitamins to Uganda, which will be sent to the St. Nicholas Uganda Children Fund.

Cancer Association's 9th Concert of Hope Sept. 25

The ninth annual Concert of Hope and Remembrance benefiting the Cancer Association of Anderson will be performed Saturday, September 25 at 7 p.m. at Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson. The concert is conducted by Dr. Robert Heritage and presented by Am-Can Transport Service, Inc.  and   Primary Care Aesthetics.

This year’s repertoire has as its theme “Songs of America, Songs of the Nations” and is composed of American and international patriotic songs. The repertoire includes such crowd-pleasers as “America the Beautiful” and  “This is My Country,” a rarely performed choral version of “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the Canadian national anthem “O Canada” and Spanish, Irish, British and African numbers.

The Choir of Hope has 130 adult members, and there is a 31-member children’s choir, sponsored by Robert Bosch, LLC,  as well. They will be accompanied by a professional orchestra and pianist Jane Dill. Several survivors will share their personal stories during the concert.

The concert is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Heritage’s son, Randy Heritage, a talented musician who died in a motorcycle accident this spring. 

Tickets to the concert are $25 for general admission and $100 for reserved patron seating and a reception following the concert in the AnMed Health Cancer Center atrium sponsored by the doctors of Anderson Area Cancer Center. 

During the concert, Boulevard Baptist Church will be decorated with votives that honor people who have fought cancer. Votives in honor of or in memory of an individual may be purchased for $10 by contacting the Cancer Association office at 222-3500. Credit card orders for tickets and votives will be accepted over the phone, or may be placed on the website,

Proceeds from the concert will assist Anderson County cancer patients and survivors and their families. The Cancer Association, formed in March 2003, helps more than 175 patients each month with financial aid, information and referral and emotional support, according to Executive Director Kathryn Smith.


S.C. Businesses Lag in Health Care Offerings

South Carolina businesses are attacking rising health care costs by expanding consumer-driven healthcare programs, adopting high deductible plans, and initiating wellness programs according to the 2010 South Carolina Employer Benefits Survey released by Rosenfeld Einstein.

As medical costs rise nationally, PPO plan premiums average less in South Carolina at $389 for single coverage versus $410 nationally. High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs), now 46% of surveyed plans across the state, average $319 single compared to $332 nationally.

And while South Carolina employees contribute an average of $71 towards premiums versus $67 nationally for PPO single coverage, those utilizing HDHP single coverage in South Carolina average lower contributions at $39, versus $45 contributed on average nationally.

Average PPO deductibles run significantly higher in South Carolina, averaging $1,159 for single coverage and $2,964 for family, versus national averages of $634 and $1,488 respectively. Out-of-pocket maximums average $2,511 for single coverage in-state and $2,228 nationally. HDHP single deductibles in South Carolina average $2,327 versus $1,838 nationally, while family deductibles average $4,667 in-state and $3,626 nationally.

The 2010 South Carolina Employer Benefits Survey is conducted bi-annually by Rosenfeld Einstein to help South Carolina businesses benchmark benefit programs against peers to evaluate their competitive position, and determine if their organizations are providing competitive packages.


First Presbyterian Joins United Way for Habitat Home

The month of September will be an exciting time for the Brownlee family.  Alberta and Roger and their three sons Nathan, 17, and twins Braylan and Jaylan, 7, will have a prayer answered when they move into a home of their own.  September 1st will be the first day of this build.  All four walls should be up by the end of the day.  The fast paced action will be exciting to watch as completion and dedication is scheduled for September 26.

First Presbyterian Church and United Way of Anderson County are partnering to build the Brownlee’s home in one month.  They will be providing funding, volunteer labor and meals at the job site.  This will be First Presbyterian’s fourth build in the last seven years.  This is the United Way’s first co-sponsorship and they are already planning for the next one.

The home will be the 38th house built in Anderson County and the second home in the new Habitat subdivision, River Trace.  Habitat purchased 23 lots off of White Street Extension.  This is the first Habitat for Humanity neighborhood in Anderson County. 

These simple, decent homes are sold to selected partner families at no profit and no interest.  The Brownlee’s have been working on their sweat equity hours by working on other Habitat homes, attending homeownership classes and helping at the ReStore.

For more information, please call: Libby Winkler at Habitat for Humanity, 375-1177; Caroline Berardi at First Presbyterian Church, 225-2551; or Jamie Nimmo at United Way, 226-3438