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Wednesday
Nov252009

Clemson and District Five Collaborate on Science Curriculum

Science educators from T.L. Hanna and Westside high schools are working together with Clemson University faculty to provide high school biology students the opportunity to learn more about advanced scientific research and its effects.

“EMRGE,” which stands for Ethics in Medical Research and Genetic Engineering, is a project supported by Clemson's SC LIFE Project and involving Clemson University faculty from The Rutland Institute for Ethics, the Center for Academic Integrity, and the SC DNA Learning Center collaborating with science educators from the two District Five high schools.

Last week over 210 District Five biology students traveled to Clemson to participate in activities such as faculty-led discussions about the impacts of advanced research, an investigation of stem cell differentiation at the South Carolina DNA Learning Center, a Bioengineering Department presentation on how tissue engineering works, as well as discussions about the Clemson experience from students in the FIRST program (first generation in their family to be in a four-year degree conferring university) and career opportunities related to the field trip.

The visit included opportunities for Clemson students to meet with the biology students. At lunchtime, the biology students had the opportunity to speak with Clemson student volunteers in various degree programs about their experiences and ask questions. Some Clemson students in the School of Education’s high school biology track volunteered in the learning center, at the information sessions, and during lunch. Later in the school year the students will conduct a genetic engineering investigation on their home campuses with their teachers. 

Tuesday
Nov242009

Lot Project/Sullivan's Cafe Feeds More than 400

O'del McClendon stikes a Heisman pose as he volunteers his cooking skills during Tuesday's Thanksgiving meal for those in need.More than 400 neighbors in need found a complete Thanksgiving meal Tuesday afternoon at Sullivan's Cafe as a result of the work of The Lot Project and nearly 300 volunteers.

Families sat at tables and were served by the volunteers, while others took food to go to provide for their holiday meal.

The turkeys, donated by local churches, businesses and individuals, were smoked by the Pompous Pig and Sadlers' Creek.

Tuesday
Nov242009

Concert To Benefit AIM

Shawn Bigby and Yielded Vessels will present a benefit concert for Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m., at Cornerstone Assembly of God, 213 Brown Road,  in Anderson. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken to support AIM. 

Tuesday
Nov242009

AU Presents Annual First Night Celebration

ANDERSON, SC – The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Anderson University invites the community to celebrate the advent season at the annual Christmas First Night celebration. The concert will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 7:00 pm in Henderson Auditorium. This year’s Christmas First Night will feature musical selections performed by the major choral and instrumental ensembles of Anderson University. The concert will also highlight soloists and small ensembles.

A yearly celebration, Christmas First Night offers a broad range of musical pieces, including secular seasonal favorites along with traditional sacred songs. The concert will also include presentations by theater majors from the Anderson University Playhouse and choreographed dance selections.

Monday
Nov232009

LOT Project Serves Thanksgiving Meal Downtown Tuesday

The LOT Project and Sullivan’s Café have collaborated to hold the first annual Harvest of Hope, an event to provide the homeless and needy with a Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday, November 24th. Volunteers will serve a turkey dinner with all the trimmings to all who attend. Doors will open at 4:30pm, and food will be served until it is gone.

Every Tuesday, The LOT Project serves free food and distributes free clothing to the needy of downtown Anderson from its permanent location at 302 West Market St. The leadership of the ministry wanted to do something extra during the holiday season to make the community feel special and loved.

The staff at the recently re-opened Sullivan’s Café have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and decided to give back by opening up their beloved restaurant to the people of the community who need it most.

Volunteers are needed for the event. Anyone interested in serving, donating food, or financial support can contact Kat Laun at (864) 202-1904 or Kat.Laun@thelotproject.com. The LOT Project will not be giving out clothing at The Harvest of Hope but will have clothing available again the following Tuesday from 4pm-6pm at The LOT Project building. For more information on the Lot Project, visit their website.

Monday
Nov232009

Haven of Rest Expects More than 2,100 for Thanksgiving Meal

The Haven of Rest in Anderson is already preparing more than 140 Turkeys and all the fixings to feed those needing a Thanksgiving meal this year.

The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Family Life Center across the road from the Haven of Rest on West Whitner Street. The Haven expects to server more than 2,100 meals, according to Alan Bolick, Food Service Director and Supply Manager for the ministry. This year marks the 22nd year the Haven has served holiday meals to those in need.

This year the ministry’s kitchen will be busy preparing:
140 turkeys
50 gallons of green beans
75 pans of dressing
2,000 dinner rolls
2,000 desserts

The Haven also provides 600 meals to be served during the same time at Abbeville United Methodist Church and 175 meals to be served at First Wesleyan Church of Iva. Several hundred other meals will be distributed throughout the area as well.

“We are preparing for more than last year,” Bolick said.

Bolick said he expected plenty of volunteers, but that those will to do what needed to be done we welcomed to show up and help out. He also said the Haven could use a few more cakes for Thursday’s meal. Bolick is already anticipating the Christmas meal, which last year served more than 2,400 area residents.

“We still need turkeys for Christmas,” Bolick said. For information on making donations,  call the Haven at 226-6193. 

Monday
Nov232009

County Planning Meeting Dec. 10 in Pendleton

The Anderson County Planning Division will hold its third Community Comprehensive Planning Meeting on Thursday, December 10th for School District #4 at Pendleton 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.

Monday
Nov232009

Anderson Toy Parade Rides Sunday

The 29th annual Jack Hurley Anderson Toy Parade is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 29, and will begin at 2 p.m. in the parking lot near White Jones Hardware on South Main Street and will once again conclude the event at the Civic Center of Anderson parking lot. The event will help underprivileged children wake up to find a toy from Santa on Christmas morning. Spectators are also encouraged to donate a toy! The parade will travel down Main Street, then turn onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., and then Camson Road before entering the Civic Center parking lot.

The toys will be collected in the parking lot of the Civic Center and donated to the Department of Social Services. To enter, bring at least one toy for a child age 10-and-under. Only licensed motorcycle riders and vehicles are permitted (age 16-up). The motorcycles will ride two abreast, and no passing is allowed. The event, dedicated to the memory of Charles and Diane Bolt, is being sponsored by the Confederates Motorcycle Club & Friends, and the Independent-Mail. For more information, call Donna Cole at Stoney’s Mufflers at 225-7856.

Monday
Nov232009

MURPHY ROAD CLOSED FOR BRIDGE PILE REPAIR

ANDERSON COUNTY – Anderson County Roads and Bridges has temporarily closed Murphy Road, between Mountain View Road and SC 187, to begin repairing the decayed wooden piles for the east bridge over the Devils Fork Creek.  Anticipated reopening date is December 4, 2009.  Only adjacent residents and delivery vehicles will be permitted within the road closure area.  The temporary 2.9 miles detour will follow Mountain View Road south to Roberts Church Road, north on Roberts Church Road, then north on SC 187. The 31-foot long wooden bridge over Devils Fork Creek was found to be defective by South Carolina Department of Transportation during its annual inspection and reported as unsafe to travel until the repair work is completed.

Monday
Nov232009

Fast Fiction Christmas Story Competition to Benefit AIM, Shalom

Today we launch the Anderson Observer's First Fast Fiction Christmas Story Contest.

We are looking for orginal, unpublished fiction based on a Christmas theme, and the winner receives an Apple iPod shuffle! Deadline for all entries is Dec. 20 and the winner will be announced Dec. 23.

A $10 fee per entry will allow others to have a brighter holiday. Proceeds from the contest will benefit Anderson Interfaith Ministries and Shalom Recovery Center.

The rules are simple. The story:

1. Must be orginal,

2. Must be 4,000 words or less

3. Must have something to do with Christmastime

Multiple entries are allowed. The top five stories will be published here Dec. 23. Authors retain all rights to their story other than the initial publication of the story in the Anderson Observer.

Stories should be emailed to gwilson@andersonobserver.com

Payment is by credit card or paypal only and can be paid online here.

Saturday
Nov212009

AIM Distributes Turkeys

On Saturday morning, 192 Turkeys were distributed to 192 unique families, ensuring that no matter how needy, they too will be able to cook and enjoy a traditional Thansgiving dinner. The line was massive, with folks lined up around the parking lot and down the sidewalk.

Friday
Nov202009

Liberty Couple Face 92 Counts of Ill-Treatment of Animals

LIBERTY, S.C. – Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Liberty man and warrants have been issued for his wife in connection the ill-treatment of 92 dogs.

Investigators were contacted by Anderson County Department of Public Safety officials on November 17 and asked to check into a complaint involving the estranged spouse of one of their employees.  The next day investigators responded to 131 Bagwell Road and executed a search warrant to inspect the grounds.  Upon arrival, they discovered several dog carcasses on the property, along with numerous malnourished dogs and dogs living in inhumane conditions.
 
After an inspection by investigators and an assessment by a veterinarian, 177 dogs were seized and transported to the Anderson County Animal Shelter.
 
Through their investigation, investigators determined that Faith L. Patterson, 36, and her husband, Wade Everette Patterson, 40, were responsible for the boarding and feeding of the dogs.  They operated Bird Dog Rescue, an organization geared to the adoption of canines, at that location.
 
It was further determined that 92 of the dogs suffered from a variety of maltreatment ranging from deprivation of necessary sustenance, shelter and medical treatment to the infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering.
 
Warrants were issued charging each of the Patterson’s with Ill-Treatment of Animals for the 92 abused dogs.
 
Wade Patterson turned himself in to deputies this afternoon and was served with the warrants.  He is currently in the Anderson County Detention Center awaiting a Bond Hearing.
 
Faith Patterson is currently in a medical facility and will be served with the warrants on her discharge.
 
No further charges are expected in this case.

 

Thursday
Nov192009

Townville Students Raise Money for Haitii

Second Grade teacher, Sherry Edmondson, and a 2nd grade student, Isabella Cussins, particpating in the Walk. Townville Elementary School just completed the Walk For Water fundraiser, raising $2,100 to buy water filters for school children in Haiti, and exceeding the goal of $2000.  Top fundraisers were Blake Kendrick, Madison Ferstl, and Wyatt McAdams.  On November 10, we had a celebratory Walk for Water, where we walked 272 miles as a school.  All students and teachers participated in the Walk; there was a plethora of events, including dancing, walking, running, and games stations.

2nd Grade teacher, Sherry Edmondson, and a 2nd grade student, Isabella Cussins, particpating in the Walk.