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Ligon, Watkins Added to Hall of Fame

Each year, two notable people are inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Anderson County Museum’s Advisory Committee. The ACM Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions in shaping Anderson County, South Carolina, United States or world history. Nominees must be deceased for at least 10 years before they are eligible for induction. 

Today, Museum Director Beverly Childs announced that Robert Emmett Ligon and William Law Watkins would join other notables on May 1, as the Hall of Fame Class of 2010. These two gentlemen were chosen out of over 40 applicants and both are remembered for their remarkable character, vision and generosity of spirit for Anderson County.

Anderson County native Robert Emmett Ligon was is best remembered for his contributions to the textile industry, but he was also deeply involved in the civic and religious life of the area. Born on September 11, 1868, to William Jackson Ligon and Louise Seibels Ligon, he received his education from his father who operated a private school in Anderson. He married Mamie Benson and had six children, four of whom survived to adulthood. 

His work with the local mills began in Spartanburg and included the mill in Liberty, South Carolina. In Anderson, he took over as superintendent of the Anderson Cotton Mill where he later rose to president and general manager. In 1904, he was named vice-president and general manager of Gluck Mill. With J. A. Brock, he organized and built Brogon (later Appleton) Mill in 1908. The name “Brogon” was derived from the first three letters of “Brock” and the last three of “Ligon“. In 1914 Ligon also served as president of Cox Manufacturing Company, the forerunner of  Equinox Mill. 

Among Ligon’s many contributions to Anderson County outside the textile industry was the work he did during World War I as Anderson County Food Administrator and chairing the Anderson War Price and Ration Board during World War II. A primary organizer and president of Perpetual Building and Loan Association, Ligon guided it successfully through the Depression. 

An active member of St. John’s Methodist Church, he also organized and served as superintendent of the first Sunday School at Gluck Mill. During his 14 years as Ward Five Alderman, he played a major part in establishing the city’s Silver Brook Cemetery. He was an organizer of the Anderson Country Club, a charter member of the Anderson Rotary Club, president of the first telephone company in Anderson, a director of both the Blue Ridge Railroad and the Piedmont and Northern Railway, a director of the State Warehouse System, and a member of the State Highway Commission.


Black Methodist Denominations Gather in Columbia

On Tuesday, February 9th, the nation's three largest Black Methodist Church denominations (combined memberships of more than 5 million) will pay tribute to Black History Month by announcing the formation of a historic coalition and plans to hold a major strategy summit in Columbia, S.C., March 1-3, 2010.

Titled the "Great Gathering," the strategy session will seek to alter the troubling history of African American males by identifying and seeking unified solutions for the key issues that are devastating the African American community. These debilitating factors include: incarceration; drug abuse; escalating unemployment; and high school dropout rates. The coalition believes a solid plan of action and the unified power of their faith, beliefs and commitment can bring significant change to the Black Community.


Dist. 1 Among Top in PASS Scores

Anderson District One students receive high marks on new Palmetto Achievement of State Standards (PASS) assessment. Scores show that student achievement continues to be a major focus in Anderson One and students are performing among the best in the state

Students in grades 3-8 take the PASS test and Anderson One students performed at a high level. Students scored very well on the new PASS Science test with all grades finishing second, third or fourth in the state. Fourth graders were first in the state in ELA with fifth and eighth grades coming in second. Grades three and seventh scored fourth in the state. In Math, eighth graders had the second best scores in the state, while grade six ranked fourth. 

This is the first year of the new state Palmetto Achievement of State Standards (PASS) assessment for all students in grades 3-8. The test consists of Writing, Reading and Research, Math, Science and Social Studies.


Clemson University Theater Program Presents 'RENT' 

The Clemson Players and the performing arts department at Clemson University will present one of the nation’s first college productions of the multi-award winning Broadway musical "RENT." The performances will be Thursday to Sunday, Feb. 25-28, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

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Museum Hosts Sweet Valentine Program

ANDERSON — Miriam Boyce of The Lollipop Shop will host a children’s Valentine’s program on Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m. at the Anderson County Museum. Ms. Boyce is the owner of The Lollipop Shop in Greenville, South Carolina. She has hosted numerous birthday parties and fun events for children. Mrs. Boyce will discuss with children how candy has evolved to what it is today and will show them examples of “old-timey” candy. She will also bring a sweet surprise for each child in attendance!

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.  


REVIEW: "Lively "Stanley Brothers" a Cut Above at ECP

“I'm thankful that I have lived long enough to become a legend, and I hope I deserve it.

- Ralph Stanley

There is nothing complicated about Ralph Stanley and his music. It simply resonates across the room like light from a fireplace, warm and smoky and homey. 

That’s precisely why “Man of Constant Sorrow: The Stanley Brothers Musical,” which opened at the Electric City Playhouse last night worked so well. Nothing fancy, just the car-horn mountain harmonies, loud from years of trying to be heard over the instruments, energetic musicians who had fun and did not always stay in the safe territory of rehearsed notes, and performers who allowed the story to tell itself. (FULL REVIEW HERE)


County Transportation Committee to Meet Monday

Please be advised that the members of the Anderson County Transportation Committee have scheduled their next meeting on Monday, February 8, 2010 at 4:00 P.M.  It will be held in the Conference Room of the Transportation Division Building at 735 Michelin Boulevard, Anderson, South Carolina.


Jake "All In" at Clemson

We are officially "ALL IN!"  Jake is now part of an incredible team being a part of the Clemson University Football Team - and for that we are forever grateful for their steadfast commitment to Jake and our family.

Clemson has not only stood by Jake but they have gone over and above to do whatever they could to make Jake feel wanted, special, and a part of the Clemson family.  They did not have to go that extra mile as Jake was not "going" any where else but they did because that is the type of people they are.  It was not all about what can Jake do for them as a football player but instead what they could do to help fill a huge void in our son's life.  Going that extra mile (like they did for our son) demonstrates a winning attitude which will take this program to further greatness. (complete update here).


Forestry Commission Event Demonstrates Safe Burn

The State Forestry Commission is holding a press event at Centerville Station 9 at 10:30am. This is a part of their annual fire prevention efforts. They are actually going to do a burn to show how to do so properly, safely and legally. The station is located at 196 Sullivan Road.


Council Moves Building Security to Sheriff

On Tuesday night Anderson County Council approved in a contentious vote, an ordinance consolidating 17 public safety positions and five positions from animal control from the Anderson County Public Safety Division under the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.
The ordinance, which had been tabled in January before a third reading, passed despite Anderson County Councilman Moore's assertion that "to vote for this tonight would be a slap in teh face of the citizens of anderson couunty and county council." Moore and Anderson County Council Member Cindy Wilson opposed moving ahead with the ordinance at Tuesday's meeting.
"I will vote against this tonight, not because I think a major part of this shouldn't go through, but because of the these other questions that need to be answered before we vote," Wilson said.
County Councilman Tom Allen said keeping the current 17 public safety positions and transferring them to the sheriff's office would cost the county $2,200 per year per position more than the lowest bid the county received to outsource the public safety function. Allen said the experience of the current public safety employees would more than make up for the difference in the money. The total annual county budget for those 17 positions $711,790.
County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn said that public safety belongs under the sheriff's office and about giving the Park Police the authority to provide public safety.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said the change would take effect Wednesday morning. 
"As of tomorrow, they report to me," Skipper said. "I would hope we have the transition in the flow and structure in the next couple or days or a week. We have been preparing for this a long time."
County Council was told Tuesday that Anderson County's financial audit for the June 2008-June 2009 budget year found the county in "overall good financial condition" (as of June 30, 2009), but warned that "could change if fund balance continues to decrease." The audit also said the county should be "prepared for the continuing tough economy and difficult decisions needing to be made."
Larry Finney, speaking for the auditing firm Greene, Finney and Horton presented the audit which recommended the county adopt a formal fraud risk management program, and update a "very outdated" county accounting policies and procedures manual.

County Honors T. Ed Garrison and Family

Council kicked off the first meeting February by honoring for South Carolina Sen. T. Ed Garrison and his family for their contributions to agriculture, forestry and natural resources. Garrison, who served more than 30 years in the South Carolina Legislature, is credited for bringing the T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena to Anderson County.
"If it wasn't for Sen. Garrison that arena would not have been in Anderson County," said County Councilman Bob Waldrep, who followed Garrison as chair of the agriculture commitee while serving in Columbia. 
Council also honored the memory of the late Brantley Jordan with a resolution recognizing him as Anderson County's Economic Ambassador for 2009. 
A resolution honoring the Anderson and Honea Path free clinics and their volunteers was also approved at Tuesday night's meeting.

Anderson Hall of Fame Inductees to be Announced February 8

ANDERSON — The Advisory Committee of the Anderson County Museum invites you to the announcement of the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 8 at the Museum. 

Each year the museum recognizes and inducts into the ACM Hall of Fame up to two people who have made outstanding contributions in shaping Anderson County, State, national or world history. The HOF committee made their selection from more than 40 applications. Nominees must be deceased at least 10 years before they are eligible for induction. The 2010 class will be the eighth class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and will be inducted on May 1. Applications are now available for the 2011 Hall of Fame.

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.


Council to Address Budget, Moving Personnel; Honor Garrisons, Brantley Jordan

Anderson County Council will look at the budget, take the move of public safety personnel off the table for third reading and honor the Sen. T. Ed Garrison family and the late Branley Jordan at Tuesday's meeting at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse. Full agenda can be found here.