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Three-Legged Dog Finds Home with County Administrator

Interim Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns decided to take home a new three-legged friend TuesdayInterim Anderson County Administrator adopted a new three-legged friend as part of the Home for the Holidays program. to kick off "Home for the Holidays," a special season of finding homes for dogs and cats at the Anderson County animal shelter.

Burns, whose own three-legged dog Petey died no so long ago, adopted a new three-legged canine, Spanky. Burns said Spanky will keep his three-legged cat Black Kitty company.

"There are more than 5,000 unwanted animals in Anderson County every year," Burns said. "The only way to really deal with this problem is an effective spay and neuter program." Burns said tentative plans are to turn the old Anderson County Animal Shelter into a clinic to provide such services once the county's new animal shelter is open. 

The Anderson County Animal Shelter is facing a real challenge since taking in more than 170 ill-treated animals earlier this fall which were seized from a home in Liberty by Sheriff's Deputies. The county must now house all of these animals until all legal situations surrounding them are cleared up, which could take up to a year. 

This leaves the shelter in a situation of having to find homes for animals already in their care quickly.

The Home for the Holidays promotion offers half-price adoptions, or $35, of animals from the shelter through Dec. 23. A number of pets found new homes Tuesday as part of a record week of adoptions.  


Update: Jake Nicolopulos Progress Good

Jake Nicolopulos, a senior football player at T.L. Hanna, who suffered a stroke last week is reportedly doing photo courtesy of Rivalsexceptionally well given the circumstances, according to those who have visited him this morning. Nicopolus is progressing in his battle to recover from the effects of the stroke, while his friends continue to offer support and prayer. 

The family and friends have offered thanks for this support and are asking for continued prayers in the days ahead.

A Facebook page, Pray for Jake Nicolopulos has been set up for those wanting to send best wishes.


“A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” Offers Special $35 Pet Adoption Downtown

ANDERSON COUNTY – Imagine being alone, without loved ones during the holiday season. Hundreds of homeless animals will know that fate unless YOU help them find a forever-home. In order to remedy this situation, the Anderson County Animal Shelter will host “A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” on Tuesday, December 15th from 4 to 6 pm outside the historic Courthouse.
Just in time for the holidays, this event will provide the community an opportunity to make a homeless animal’s Christmas wish come true. Additionally, during the event, shelter staff will also accept donations of puppy food, blankets and money.  If you can’t make it to “A HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” event, you may drop your donations by the Animal Shelter during regular business hours.
Animal Shelter Hours of Operation
Monday- Friday 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
The Anderson County Animal Shelter is located at 615 Hwy 28 Bypass. If you have any questions, please contact the Shelter at 260-4151.

What can you donate to the Animal Shelter?
In order to properly care for its “four legged friends” ACAS is in need of the following donations:

• Pedigree Dog/Puppy Food (canned & dry)
• Blankets
• Towels
• Newspapers/Shredded paper
• Bleach
• Dish Detergent
• Laundry Detergent
• Cat Litter
• Whiskas Cat/Kitten Food (canned & dry)
Many items will help care for animals housed at the shelter. ACAS also accepts monetary donations to help purchase products to care and provide clean quarters for the animals housed at the shelter.


John Benca Announces County Council Bid

McGee's Irish Pub & Restaurant John Benca became the first challenger to formally announce his candidacy for Anderson County Council at a Monday morning press conference in front of the courthouse.
Benca will run for the District 1 seat currently held by Bob Waldrep.
A self-described life-long Republican, Benca said he wants to bring “practical fiscal responsibility and respectful dialog to this office.” He also pledged his support for local business owners.
He also promised a series of town hall meetings during the months ahead to outline his plans.


Haven in Urgent Need of Toy Donations

The Haven of Rest, located at 219 W. Whitner St. in Anderson is in urgent need of toy donations before Christmas. The Haven, which has served Anderson for more than 50 years said the difficult economy has led to fewer donations and far more requests for toys this year. As many as 200 families are currently on a waiting list for toys. Call 226-6193 or drop any toy donations by the Haven.


WYFF: T.L. Hanna Student Killed in Wreck

Cassie Lee Hunter, 15, was killed Saturday morning just before 7:30 a.m. in a wreck. 

Matthew Shane Massey, 29, of Anderson was driving the car and Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said alcohol is suspected as one of the causes of the accident.

WYFF quoted Shore as saying: "We had alcohol, we had speed, we had a driver driving the vehicle that was under suspension for another DUI. So, there are just so many things going on."

Visit WYFF for the full story.


Truck Accident Cancels AIM Manna Food Distribution

Anderson Interfaith Ministries was forced to cancel a scheduled food distribution after the Manna Food truck had an accident on the way to Anderson. No one was hurt in the accident and the Manna Food distribution will be rescheduled soon.


WYFF: S.C. First Lady Files for Divorce


Sheriff's Office Updates Shooting Information, Toddler Stable

Anderson - Deputies responded to a  shots fired call at 461 Foster Road. Upon entry to the residence Deputies found Ashley Dawn Tinsley (22yoa) and her (4yoa) son Zachary Daniel Tinsley to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Also found was Brad Callie Tinsley (24yoa) who had suffered a single gunshot wound and was deceased. Ashley and Zachary were conscious when transported to Greenville Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Ashley was able to speak with Investigators concerning the incident at the hospital.  

Investigators are currently following up additional leads and interviewing friends and family members of the shooting victims. Brad and Ashley were married but not living together at the time of this incident.  

Zachary has undergone one surgery and is in stable but critical condition with additional surgeries possible. Ashley is scheduled for surgery sometime today and in stable condition.

An autopsy performed this morning revealed that Brad Tinsley’s death was caused by a single gunshot wound which is consistent with evidence found at the scene. The Coroner’s office has ruled the death consistent with a self-inflicted wound.

All evidence obtained from the residence, hospital and autopsy will be processed by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Forensics Unit and the State Law Enforcement Division before any official decision on this incident is made.


AIM Christmas Auction Friday

On Friday, WRIX will team with Anderson Interfaith Ministries and raise money for local children in our area.  Donations still being received for auction.  You do not have to become or be a current sponsor of WRIX 103.1FM to donate an item.

WRIX will host the auction on The Morning Show on Dec. 11, beginning at 7 a.m.

Check out the link below for the auction items.


Anderson County Museum Pedaling into Christmas Past

Toy collector Mike Cannon will display and discuss some of his antique pedal cars December 12 at the Museum

ANDERSON — Local Andersonian, Mike Cannon, will be at the Anderson County Museum on Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m. to present some of the most impressive pedal cars in his expansive pedal car collection. Mr. Cannon has been working on his collection of pedal cars for over fifteen years, and has quite an amazing collection to show for it. Among the pedal cars that will be at the Museum on December 12 is a 1957 Fairlane Ford—Mr. Cannon’s most treasured car. Mr. Cannon will also bring an unrestored and a fully restored pedal car. He will teach visitors and potential collectors how to distinguish between a replica pedal car and the real thing.

Young children and the young at heart will both enjoy this presentation. Children will get a chance to explore the hot item toy of their grandparents’ generation—before video games and electric toy cars. And, adults will have a chance to walk down memory lane to the Christmas morning when they discovered that much desired pedal car waiting for them under the tree.

The Anderson County Museum is located 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.


Flu Vaccine Restrictions End Thursday

The nasal spray version of the Novel H1N1 vaccine will be made available to all healthy, non-pregnant South Carolinians ages 2 to 49 beginning Dec. 10.

This expanded availability only applies to the nasal mist vaccine and not the injectable vaccine.  The supply of the nasal spray or mist has become more plentiful in recent weeks, so we want to make it more widely available.  Please, pass this information on to those who qualify for the H1N1 nasal mist.

Contact your local health department for information about H1N1 vaccine or check the SCDHEC website at<> for up-to-date information on flu and flu clinics .


T.L. Hanna Football Player Suffers Stroke

Jake Nicolopulos, a senior football player at T.L. Hanna, suffered a stroke Thursday morning at home and wasphoto courtesy of Rivals scheduled to be flown to the Medical University of South Carolina tonight in Charleston.

Nicolopulos, a linebacker at Hanna, had verbally committed to play football at Clemson University and was expended to sign a letter of intent to join the Tigers before signing day.

A prayer vigil was held Thursday night at Newspring Church where Nicolopulos attended with his family.

The family and friends are asking for continued prayers.