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Sunday
Nov152009

Bi-Lo Donates to Dist. 5 Homeless Program

Bi-Lo Charities presented District Five's McKinney Homeless Education Program with a check for $2,542.10 on Wednesday. Pictured are, from left, Bi-Lo District Director Alvin Farrow, Lisa Hall, McKinney Homeless Grant Liaison for District Five; Fred Shropshier Bi-Lo Regional Vice President; and Wayne Pierce, Manager of Bi-Lo Store No. 709.

Saturday
Nov142009

AU Music Department Presents Fall Choral Concert

Anderson University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts is proud to present an evening of collaboration joining several talented musical groups on campus. The Fall Choral Excursions Concert will feature the Anderson University Choir, Chamber Singers, and West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, blended together to offer audience members of all ages something to enjoy. The performance will be held in Henderson Auditorium on November 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm.

The Choral Excursions Concert will contain two very different themes. The beginning and end will spotlight the music of Africa, brought to the Anderson University campus by the efforts of Dr. David Perry. His landmark group, the West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, will perform on its own and accompany the Choir. During the second part of the concert, the Chamber Singers will present P.D.Q. Bach’s Oedipus Tex, a comedic parody of classical choral music and Greek tragedy. The community is invited to come and enjoy a night of variety and laughter. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for students. Call (864) 231-2080 for more information.

Thursday
Nov122009

Students Found Near Cobb's Glenn

Anderson County law enforcement has captured the two missing middle schoolers without incident. Details here

Thursday
Nov122009

Missing Students Who Prompted Lockdown

James Hansen, Cameron Thompson

Click Photo for story from WYFF.Hansen is described as white, 5 feet tall, 115 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Thompson is described as black, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 105 pounds with light brown hair and green eyes. They are thought to have handguns. Call 911 if you see either of these students.

Thursday
Nov122009

Hanna, McCants, Calhoun, Midway Locked Down

Four Anderson schools have been placed on a precautionary lockdown after law enforcement notified District Five that two youths left home this morning with camping equipment and three handguns. Neither youth has trespassed on any of the school sites and the day has proceeded without incident. The four schools are: McCants Middle School, Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering, Calhoun Academy of the Arts and T.L. Hanna High School.  These four schools were placed on precautionary lockdown because of their proximity to the residence of the youths. A law enforcement helicopter flew over the area around the schools most of the day as part of the stepped up security.

Here is the official email from McCants Pricipal Jacky Stamps: "It was reported to the school this morning by the parents of two of our students that their two sons were missing from home this morning when the mom went to wake them up for school.  Unknown to the parents, the two students were not at school yesterday as well.  The father has reported that some hand guns are also missing from the home as well as camping equipment.  The police were notified and are presently searching for the two students in the area near the parents’ home.  We have no reason to think these students are anywhere near McCants, but we are taking this matter very seriously."

Wednesday
Nov112009

Westside Honors Veterans

World War II veterans salute the flag during Westside High School's honoring of the veterans Tuesday. Each year the school offers a special program to show appreciation for the area's veterans of foreign wars.

See other veterans facts here.

Wednesday
Nov112009

Flu Vaccine Offered to Students at Four Schools

H1N1 flu vaccinations will be offered this week for students at four District Five school by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, November 11

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Whitehall Elementary

Thursday, November 12

 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology

 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Homeland Park Elementary

The vaccination is voluntary and the decision is left to the parent. Parents were asked to sign a consent form in order for their child to receive a vaccination. Parents are welcome to accompany their children when they receive the vaccination, but are not required to be present. Other District Five schools will serve as DHEC vaccination sites in the future. We will inform parents when additional schools are scheduled by DHEC.

Tuesday
Nov102009

Daniel Report on Inquiry of Anderson County Released

Notebook is nearly six inches thick and contains inquiry and copies of financial records and spending under former Anderson County Administrator Joey Preston. The report lists legal fees from 2003-2009 at more than $5 million, not including real estate legal fees. A copy of the full report should be online Wednesday.

Tuesday
Nov102009

State Dept. of Education to Offer Access to Anderson Dist. 5 Cirriculum

COLUMBIA – Teachers and school administrators across South Carolina now have access to an innovative curriculum resource that connects teaching and learning to the state standards, thanks to a new partnership between Anderson School District Five and the S.C. Department of Education. The curriculum developed by the Upstate school district incorporates a variety of instructional resources including pacing guides, indicator pages, activities, resources, unit plans, web sites and sample test items, all aligned to the South Carolina academic standards.   It will work to enhance the South Carolina Standards Support System (S3), the Department’s initiative launched earlier this year.  S3 brings together in one place three key elements: standards and supporting documents, curriculum and professional development services in the core academic areas – English/language arts, math, science and social studies.

“The key to improving student achievement lies in changing and improving teacher practices within the classroom,” said State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex.  “Since the Anderson curriculum was begun nine years ago, 33 Palmetto State school districts have bought access to it.  It’s a valuable, comprehensive resource for our ongoing state default curriculum development efforts – enabling us to maximize our support for quality teaching and learning across South Carolina.“

This fall, the Department of Education purchased curriculum rights from Anderson District Five at a one-time cost of $673,000. The SDE-Anderson Five agreement gives the agency rights to use and duplicate its contents. In addition, the contract gives the remaining 52 school districts, many of which do not have the personnel or financial means to develop or update curriculum materials, access to the curriculum contents at no cost.

Mrs. Bagley added that the money earned from selling the curriculum to individual districts has helped defray much of the cost of creating and constantly revising the curriculum for District Five. The sale of the curriculum to the state will continue to help fund revisions, she said.

Department officials say that all of the curriculum materials are intended to be “live documents” that can be revised and improved continually based on feedback from teachers, district curriculum and instruction leaders and the newly acquired Anderson Five Curriculum resource.

Tuesday
Nov102009

America Recycles Day Nov. 14, 9am-2pm

ANDERSON COUNTY — In recognition of America Recycles Day Anderson County is pleased to offer free paper shredding to county residents. This will be the sixth shred day coordinated by Anderson County. The total collected from the previous four dates was 185,000 pounds.

Shredding of paper, computer central processing units, hard drives and laptops will be offered as a free service to Anderson County residents. Shred A Way will accept computer monitors for a $10 disposal fee.

Shredding locations are:   
Mineral Springs Park, Williamston
City Hall, Honea Path
Town Square, Iva

America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products. Celebrating its 12th year, it has grown to include millions of Americans pledging to increase their recycling habits at home and work and to buy products made with recycled materials. The purpose of America Recycles Day is to continue to promote the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling and encourage more people to join the movement toward creating a better natural environment.

The event is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County, Anderson County Environmental Services, Upstate Federal Credit Union, the Town of Williamston, the Town of Honea Path and Iva.
The next planned shredding date will be Feb. 22, 2010.

For more information, visit www.andersoncountysc.org/shred or call the KAB office at (864) 260-1003.

Tuesday
Nov102009

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON POTENTIAL PROJECTS FOR LAKE HARTWELL PCB SETTLEMENT

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, United States Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service want your feedback about how to spend the remaining Lake Hartwell PCB settlement funds from the Schlumberger Technology Corporation.

You can provide input by taking an online survey or attending a public meeting on November 17 from 6-9 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center. Videos and a detailed report about the different settlement project options can be found online at www.dnr.sc.gov/news/fishingcomp.

The remaining settlement funds must be spent on projects that compensate the public for losses of recreational fishing services that occurred as a result of the contamination. Funds must be used to create opportunities for the public to harvest fish that are not subject to fish consumption advisories, enhance the recreational fishery of Lake Hartwell, 12-Mile Creek and the surrounding area and implement projects designed to improve the habitat and natural resources.
       The potential Lake Hartwell projects include:

* Fish Habitat Enhancement       
This includes the use of larger wood debris such as stumps to create fish habitat. Installation of gravel to provide spawning subtrate for a variety of species and aquatic vegetation installed to provide and enhance cover in nursery areas. The $2.8 million plan would take fully 10 years to implement.

* Hartwell Fishing Access and Shoreline Improvements       
Six to eight recreation areas are under consideration for improvements which would include fishing piers, restrooms and improved parking areas. The plan would cost $1.1 million.

* Tailrace Fishing Pier       
Additional funds would be utilized to enhance the facility. The pier, currently under construction, will provide 500 feet of shoreline access along the Hartwell Tailrace. The project will also provide access to areas of the Tailrace off-limits since the 9-11 terror attacks. The current request to support the project is $300,000.

* Green Pond Event Center       
Anderson County has proposed to construct a large fishing events facility. If funded the current design would include approximately 150 car/trailer spaces, 50 car only spaces, tournament weigh-in area, courtesy dock and restroom. The facility would be designed for large fishing events on the South Carolina side of Lake Hartwell. The plan calls for $1.5 million for design and construction.

* Off-site Recreational Fishing
This project would provide access and enhancements up to nine impoundments in the Lake Hartwell area. These improvements would include fishing piers, fish stocking and pond fertilization. The project would operate approximately 20 years at $2.3 million.

* Unfunded Projects
Easley Central Dam removal - The Lake Hartwell Natural Resource Trustees have not yet received a proposal from any entity willing to remove this dam.

Water Education and Environmental Center - The $7 million Center would tell the story of water and the fishery. While the Trustees feel this is a worthwhile concept it does not appear to fit within the scope of the settlement and does not qualify for use of the recreational fishery injury funds. As the project moves forward there may be amenities associated with the Center that could provide some appropriate compensation for the recreational fishing injury.

Public input and survey results will be used to help guide the allocation of funds to the recreational fishery projects.

Monday
Nov092009

COUNTY MOURNS LOSS OF BRANTLEY JORDAN

ANDERSON COUNTY —Late this afternoon, Anderson County Council was alerted to the passing of Honorary Councilman Brantley E. Jordan, Jr. Mr. Jordan served as honorary councilman since 1999.
 
“We are truly saddened by the passing of Mr. Jordan,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Eddie Moore. “He faithfully attended council meetings during the past 32 years. The County was enriched by his loyalty and faithful dedication to the governance of Anderson County. He will be missed.”
 
“Mr. Jordan was an institution in the County and its conscience,” said Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns. “He was the model of a concerned citizen and he was not afraid to tell you what he thought. He only wanted the best for Anderson County. There are tears in the Courthouse today.”
 
Services for Mr. Jordan will take place at Sullivan King Mortuary at 11 am on Thursday, November 12.

Saturday
Nov072009

Planning Division Meeting Scheduled Nov. 12

The Anderson County Planning Division will hold its first of six Community Comprehensive Planning Meetings on Thursday, November 12th for School District #3 at Crescent High School beginning at 6:00 PM. These meetings are to explain what the Comprehensive Plan is, the process to create this Plan and most importantly, gather input from residents on what they want our community to look like. The meeting will offer a brief PowerPoint Presentation, followed by a question-answer period. The remaining time will be allotted to hear what the residents’ “wish list” would be for their community. Surveys will be distributed at the meetings; and are also available on-line at www.andersoncountysc.org. If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Division at 864.260.4043.