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Hurricane Earle Not Tracking Toward S.C.


Matrix Awarded Contracting for Dist. 5 Grading Work

Matrix Construction Co. has been awarded a contract to perform grading and paving work on the S.C. Highway 81 site of the future North Pointe Elementary School. 
The Board of Trustees of Anderson School District Five approved Matrix’s low bid of $2,539,135 for the project. A total of 10 companies submitted bids.
Most of the grading and paving work in the contract will be completed by the end of 2010. A contract for the actual construction of the school has not yet been awarded. District officials said the work was separated into two bids to allow most of the grading and paving work to be done before winter, when bad weather would make this work more difficult. 
The school is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. It will be the 11th elementary school in the district. 

Animal Shelter Announces New Hours

Effective Sunday, September 12, 2010 the new Anderson County Animal Shelter hours will be:

Sunday 1pm – 4pm

Monday 12pm – 6pm

Tuesday 12pm – 6pm

Wednesday  CLOSED

Thursday 12pm – 6pm

Friday 12pm – 6pm

Saturday 11am – 4pm


Drug Arrest in Hooters Parking Lot

Anderson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents, CATCH team Deputies and DEA Agents made arrests of five Georgia men and seized three kilos of cocaine in a drug trafficking bust.
Monday night (August 23, 2010) ACSO deputies, narcotics agents and DEA agents intercepted an attempted drug transaction where three kilo sized packages of Cocaine were seized.  Law enforcement officers confiscated the packages from one of the suspect’s vehicle which was in the parking lot of Hooters located at 112 Interstate Boulevard in Anderson.
As a result of the investigation the following suspects were arrested for trafficking cocaine: Carl Dominique Johnson 27, of 835 White Street Atlanta, GA, Montavies Antonio Kendall 31, of 2996 Keville Ln. Decatur, GA, Clayton Lee Roland II 39, of 276 Upper Riverdale Rd. Jonesboro, GA, David Dewayne Richardson Jr. 30, of 174 Oak Dr. Atlanta, GA, and Anthony Paul Watson 32, 751 N. Indian Creek Clarkston, GA.
Johnson, Kendall, Roland, Richardson, and Watson were arrested and transported to the Anderson County Detention Center where they awaited a bond hearing.  

Anderson County Sheriff’s Narcotics Agents, CATCH team Deputies and DEA Agents made arrests of five Georgia men and seized three kilos of cocaine in a drug trafficking bust.


Miss Anderson County Pageant to Return

Anderson County is proud to sponsor the Miss Anderson and Miss Teen Anderson County Pageants to be held at Anderson University’s Rainey Fine Art Center. This year’s pageant will be under the direction of Ms. Bonita Young, former Ms. South Carolina International.
On Saturday and Sunday, March 12th and 13th , 2011 some of Anderson’s finest young ladies will come together to compete in interview, swimwear, talent, and evening gown categories. We are confident that audiences can expect a Broadway like production. The winners of the Miss Anderson and Miss Teen Anderson County pageants will go on to compete for the titles, Miss South Carolina, Miss Outstanding Teen South Carolina…….and possibly, Miss America and Miss Outstanding Teen America.
As a local affiliate of the Miss America Organization, the Miss Anderson County Pageant will provide an exciting opportunity for our young ladies in Anderson County.  The pageant presents itself as a "scholarship pageant," and the primary prizes for the winner and her runners-up are scholarships to the institution of her choice. The Miss America Scholarship program, along with its local and state affiliates, is the largest provider of scholarship money to young women in the world, and in 2006 made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.
Tickets for this event will go on sale in January. Prices will be $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Additional details, including where tickets can be purchased will be available soon.
To enter the Miss Anderson or Miss Teen Anderson County Pageant please visit Email questions to or call Bonita Young, Pageant Director at 864-844-3155.

Child's Play - Anderson Rotary Club Fundraiser November 13 

Join the Anderson Rotary Club on November 13 at the Electric City Playhouse as local celebrities, characters and entertainers read or perform their favorite children’s books and songs to an all adult audience. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be on hand to help loosen any reserved adult sensibilities that still remain.


The evening is sure to allow your mischievous side to enjoy some of the most playful literature ever conceived without the judging eyes of children. Guaranteed to be entertaining and different, this fundraiser will help to support the club’s youth literacy efforts and help promote awareness of the importance of childhood literacy in our community.

Tickets are only $25 and are either available through the Electric City Playhouse’s Box Office at (864) 224-4228 or by contacting your local Rotarian. Participants are still needed for this event. If you would like to participate or need additional information, please email


Cooper & Friends Blues & Mo’ Sept 10-11 at ECP 

The Electric City Playhouse will be rocking during the third installment of Cooper and Friends Sing the Blues: Blues & Mo’. A full live blues band and some favorite local performers and musicians will take to the ECP stage to perform blues and blues-inspired songs. Both previous installments of Cooper and Friends were been very well attended and tickets to this year’s shows are expected to sell out early.

General seating tickets to this special performance are not part of the regular ECP season, but are only $10. To reserve tickets, please call the Box Office at (864) 224-4248.


Hootie and The Blowfish Song to Help Working Poor

Grammy award winning artists Hootie and The Blowfish are taking their charity work to a new level by donating the rights to their best-selling song "Hold My Hand" to aid the working poor. Leading the effort for the band is songwriter and drummer Jim "Soni" Sonefeld who teamed with the nationally-ranked Benedict College Gospel Choir to produce a new recording of the song that is now available for download on music sites including iTunes.

All artist proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit The Cooperative Ministry, a non-profit organization that serves the working poor in the band's hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.

Taking its cue from the song's lyrics, organizers are calling the project, With A Little Love. The idea came about last year as non-profits across South Carolina and the country struggled to raise money during the recession. The Cooperative Ministry was determined to meet the growing demand for its services and needed a powerful way to inspire its community. They teamed with Hootie and The Blowfish, already well-known for its commitment to local charities. The message behind "Hold My Hand", first recorded in 1994, was a perfect fit for the current day struggles of many working poor.
To download the song and watch the video documentary about the Gospel-style recording, please visit

ECP to Hold Auditions for "Professional Skepticism"

The Electric City Playhouse is in need of three men ages 25-35, one preferably African-American, and one woman ages 25-30, for the upcoming play of Professional Skepticism. Rehearsals start November 1, with shows running Thursday thru Sunday, December 3-12. This comedy, both written and directed by the Electric City Playhouse Resident Playwright, Jim Rasheed, centers around four auditors at a CPA firm.


An audit scandal threatens to change these characters into headline-makers. This tale of office intrigue is funny, intense, and timely. It includes a variety of office personalities, including a sultry party girl. The dialogue is sharp, witty and funny. It won the 2000-2001 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Prize for Best Original Play. It was published in “New Playwrights: The Best Plays Of 2002” and won critical acclaim for its run at Center Stage in Greenville. Cold reading auditions are open to the public and start at 6PM both Sunday, August 29 and Tuesday, August 31.
For more information please email or call (864) 224-4248.

Council to Meet with Civic Center Board Thrusday

The Anderson County Council will meet with the Civic Center Advisory Board at 7 pm, Thursday, August 26 at the Civic Center.


AnMed Stroke Program Receives National Attention

AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital’s stroke rehabilitation program has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital its Disease-Specific Care Certification for its stroke rehabilitation program.


“We voluntarily pursued The Joint Commission to evaluate our stroke rehabilitation program because we wanted to demonstrate our commitment to excellence,” said Dr. William Vogenitz, medical director at AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital. “We strive to be the provider of choice for patients and their families and referring physicians looking for high-quality stroke rehabilitative services.”

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. For more information on The Joint Commission and its certification programs, visit


Celebrate Hope Walk Spotlights Mental Illness

The Anderson.Oconee.Pickens Mental Health Center will have its’ annual “Celebration of Hope” mental health awareness event with walk, on September 3rd, 2010, at the Civic Center of Anderson.  The event is sponsored by the Anderson County Human Relations Council, in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Mental Health America.  This day will include activities to promote recovery and hope for a disease that is often misunderstood and viewed in a negative manner with stigma attached.  It is our hope through our efforts; we can combat the misconceptions of the general public and promote the recovery of those diagnosed with these illnesses. 
Delores Green, a spokeswoman for the Anderson County Human Relations Council related, “It is the intention of the Human Relations Council to support and promote events that contribute to the overall health and wellbeing of the citizens of Anderson County.  It is our responsibility as public officials to advocate for those whose lives are impacted with mental illness.  We know that mental illness is treatable. We hope to lessen the negative aspects of stigma with events such as these.” 
The event is free and open to the public with activities starting at 10 a.m., and concluding with a walk ending at Noon. 
For more information please contact Judy Hassam, at the Anderson Mental Health Center:  (864) 260 2220.

Free Food for Those in Need Sept. 11

The next Manna Food Distribution, sponsored anonymously and facilitated by Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM), is set for Saturday, September 11 at 9:00 a.m. and will be held in the parking lot across from West Anderson Church of God located at 101 Rogers Street in Anderson.
Many volunteers will gather hands on this day to package and distribute a minimum of 5,000 pounds of fresh food items to those who need it.  Food will be given on a first-come, first-served basis as long as it lasts.
Anyone who needs food assistance qualifies for a package with no ID or documentation required.  Each participant will simply be asked three questions about the number and ages of household members.  As a reminder, participants should bring a large box or basket with them for ease in carrying their food packages.
If you do not need food assistance yourself, and you enjoy helping others, please consider volunteering at this event.  Volunteers will begin work at 8:00 a.m. for about three hours until food is packaged, distributed and clean-up is completed.  Those interested in helping should call 965-9077 to register for this volunteer opportunity.