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Council Oks County Vehicle Amendment

Anderson County Council on Tuesday night approved on first reading a motion to amend the Anderson County Vehicle Policy further restricting the number of county employee can take any county vehicle home at the end of the workday. Law enforcement and litter control are employees are exempt from this amendment. Councilwoman Cindy Wilson called the amendment “weak” but joined the majority of council in the 6-1 vote to approve the motion.

Council also received an update from Councilman Tom Allen on the finance committee’s report. Allen said that the committee was looking into everything from furloughs and examining the current employees in the TERI program, to finding reductions in property and health insurance and looking at the county use of Blackberry cell phones in an effort to “get as lean as possible going into the next budget year.” 

Councilwoman Gracie Floyd said the committee should go further and that each council person should voluntarily agree not to take part in the county’s insurance program. “It would save the county almost $20,000 if council members would do this. We could also voluntarily agree to give up our salaries if we are really serious about saving money,” Floyd said.

"We do know that there are a lot of areas we can work on, but I would say I've been very impressed by most people on this council and you can look forward to us doing a good job under extraordinary circumstances," said Councilman Bob Waldrep.

Moving election authority of off-year elections to the Anderson County Election Commission for West Pelzer and Honea Path, The towns passed ordinance and requested that and this would be accepting that authority.

Council also approved the rezoning of land on Liberty Highway to build an assisted living facility which would feature 108 beds 96 total units. The property is located on the old Busby Nursery property.

A bid was also unanimously approved for lawn care and landscaping, although no amount was given at the meeting as to the amount of the bid.

Earlier, Anderson County Council passed a resolution honoring Mrs. Ruby M. Johnston on her 100th birthday, honoring her life as a good neighbor and friend.

Council also approved:

$1,500 for Townville ball field.

$4,500 for improvement of Townsend Street

$500 for Crescent High School Band for travel

$500 to Leda Poore Ball field in Belton for dugout 

$2,000 to Young Marines for Washington D.C. trip

$700 T.L. Hanna High School Band


Jake on Fox 21 Tonight


3rd Congressional District Seat Debate Tonight at AU

A debate between candidates for the Third Congressional District seat will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the Henderson Auditorium at Anderson University. Admission is free and the public is invited. Moderated by Katon Dawson, former Chairman of the SC Republican Party. The debate is currently scheduled to be broadcast live here:


Purnell leaves Clemson for DePaul

INDIANAPOLIS -- DePaul agreed with Clemson men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell late Monday on a seven-year contract that will pay Purnell well beyond the $1.6 million salary he was making with the Tigers. (full story here)


Lawn Mower Exchange April 17

ANDERSON COUNTY—On Saturday, April 17 from 10 am to 2 pm, Anderson County Environmental Services, partnering with Pickens and Oconee Counties, Clemson University, DHEC, Duke Energy and Neuton Mowers, will host the 3rd Annual Lawn Mower Exchange Event. The event will take place at Clemson University’s Kite Hill Recycling Center, off Perimeter Road. Residents are encouraged to trade in their gas-powered mowers for a battery operated mower.

 “We are excited about the Third Annual Lawn Mower Exchange,” said Jonathan Batson, Anderson County Air Quality and Stormwater Manager. “Ground level ozone is a problem in the upstate, especially during lawn mowing season. Replacing your gas-powered lawn mower with a battery-powered mower is a huge step forward in the pursuit of clean air. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to improve Anderson County’s Air Quality. And we want to give a hearty thank you to our generous partners; Duke Energy, Clemson Area Transit, Carolina Recycling Association and Solid Green.”

The 2009 event resulted in more than 80 gas-powered mowers being exchanged for new battery-powered mowers. Additionally, many concerned residents, without trade-in mowers, purchased the battery-operated Neuton mower in order to help reduce emissions and improve air quality in the Upstate. Due to the tough economy, 2010 trade-ins quantities are limited, so residents are encouraged to come early!

Statistics demonstrate that vehicles pollute our air, but most people don’t think about the environmental impact from lawn and garden equipment. According to the EPA, a traditional gas-powered lawn mower will produce as much air pollution as 43 new cars, each being driven 12,000 miles.

EPA also estimates 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled each year while filling garden equipment gas tanks. This is a larger amount than the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez in the Gulf of Alaska. Fuel spills pollute groundwater and surface water, and they release volatile organic compounds into the air, which in turn, lead to ground level ozone.

For information on improving Air Quality, call Anderson County Environmental Services 260-1001

For more information about Neuton Mowers, visit:


Anderson I-85 Lighting Project Set for Summer Completion

ANDERSON COUNTY—August 31, 2010 is the target date for Anderson County’s three main entrances from I-85 to be illuminated. 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 underway,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “This project will make Anderson County’s portion of I-85 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 will administer the lighting project. Once the project is completed, ownership and maintenance of the system will be turned over to the County. Electricity and maintenance costs are estimated at approximately $35,000-40,000 annually.


Slade Co-Chairs National United Way Group

Mrs. Juana Slade, past chair of United Way of Anderson County Board of Directors has been selected as Volunteer Co-Chair of the 2010 United Way Mobile for Impact Community Leaders Conference Advisory Committee.  The conference which is taking place March 15-20 in Washington, DC will feature a variety of learning sessions, a session on Mobilizing for Impact presented by Brian A. Gallagher, President and CEO United Way Worldwide and Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill where participants meet with their state legislators to discuss issues in their various communities. 

The 25-member Advisory Committee consisting of professional staff and community leaders from across the country has been working together for over a year providing advice to United Way Worldwide for development and implementation of the agenda for the conference. 

Mrs. Slade has been a very active and vital part of United Way of Anderson County. She was the Chair of the Board of Directors for 2007-2009; she was chair of the Women's Leadership Council of United Way of Anderson County and Vice President of the National Women's Leadership Council of the United Way of America. Juana is the Director, Diversity and Language Services, AnMed Health.

“It is exciting to have a United Way volunteer from Anderson, SC in such a prominent role for United Way Worldwide” stated Carol Burdette, President and Chief Professional Officer for United Way of Anderson County. “Juana represents our community well”

To learn more about United Way of Anderson County, visit the website at


Speed Limits Change on Some Roads

Speed limits have changed on a few roads in Anderson County in recent months. Most recently, the limit on Midway Road was reduced from 45 mph to 40 mph almost all the way to S.C. 8. Old Williamston Road C-02-0051 changed from 35 MPH to 45 mph  with 40 mph section near Timms Road  and Travelier Trail C-02-0072 changed from 35 mph  to 25 mph


WW II Veteran to Speak at Museum

On Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. the Anderson County Museum is honored to have James. B. Summers speak on his experience serving as a gunnery officer aboard the USS Hogan in World War II. The USS Hogan was originally a destroyer ship that was converted to a minesweeping ship. The Hogan was involved in five World War II invasions and never had a man killed or injured. Mr. Summers and some of the other shipmates credit this to the fact that the USS Hogan was one of the few small ships to have prayer services held regularly on the deck of the ship.

The shipmates of the USS Hogan have held reunions almost every year since 1976. Presently, only 22 shipmates remain living. Mr. Summers is 88 years old and acknowledges that these reunions are probably entering their final stages. The “Hoganites” as the ship mates call themselves, and Mr. Summers in particular, believe relaying their experiences to those who didn’t live it is incredibly valuable. Mr. Summers has shared his experience in venues across the country.

Please join us Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. to learn about this amazing part of our country’s history from someone who lived it and survived it. 

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.  


AU Wind Symphony to Present Concert in the Park

Anderson University Wind Symphony will present a “Concert in the Park” on Thursday, April 8 at 4 p.m. in front of the Thrift Library on the Anderson University campus.  Audience members are encouraged to bring a chair, umbrella, or blanket and enjoy the concert at no charge.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in Daniel Recital Hall in the Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson University.  For additional information, please call 864-231-2127.

AUWS is comprised of 40 students performing with woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments.  Any Anderson University student with instrumental experience is welcome to audition for the AUWS.


Anderson City Elections Today

City of Anderson, SC The City of Anderson municipal election is Tuesday, April 6. All polling locations are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Annemarie Eaton Dies at 102


Council to Vote on Election Transfer, Vehicle Use

Anderson County Council will take a final vote on transferring authority for odd-numbered year elections to the county Registration and Elections Commission at Tuesday night’s meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the historic courthouse.  Council will also remove from the table a proposal to limit the number of vehicles available for full-time use of county employees. The complete agenda for the meeting can be found here.