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AP: Stanford would Cut Pay, Health Care in Next Budget


NYT: NBC to Move Leno to 11:30 


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United Way Collecting Items for MLK Service Day

The African American Leadership Council of United Way of Anderson County is gearing up for its 4th Annual MLK Day On Day of Service January 16. On that day, the African American Leadership Council will collect items for Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Clean Start, Nurse Family Partnership, Salvation Army, Safe Harbor II. Items needed are: soap, diapers, paper towels, toilet paper, baby wipes, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks and laundry detergent. Items can be dropped off at United Way of Anderson County at 907 N. Main St. (using the Murray Ave. entrance) on that date from 10am – 2pm. For more information, please contact Quenton Tompkins at (864) 226-3438. 


Hanna Standout Chosen for Army All-American Bowl

Wide receiver Martavis Bryant of T.L Hanna High School has been selected to play in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of student-athletes.

Those selected will play in the 10th Anniversary game on Saturday, January 9, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The annual classic East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.

For 10 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has served as the launching pad for many of America’s future college and NFL stars. Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, and Terrelle Pryor all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. Last spring, eight alumni of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.


Lakeside Teacher to be Honored in D.C.

Lakeside Middle School teacher Christi Fricks has joined 86 of her colleagues from across the nation in Washington, D.C. for four days of events that will include a visit to the White House and an awards ceremony at the National Academy of Sciences. In July, Ms. Fricks, a sixth grade math teacher at Lakeside, was one of 87 science and math teachers named as winners of the prestigious 2008 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

The annual award is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th grade math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Enacted by Congress in 1983, the program is administered by the National Science Foundation on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


McCants’ Braylen Crosby Named to All-American Bowl

Braylen Crosby, an eighth-grader at McCants Middle School, has been selected to play in the Football University Youth All-American Bowl, which will take place on Sunday, January 10, in San Antonio, Texas. Braylen is the sole representative from the state of South Carolina named to this prestigious honor and was selected over thousands of very talented players.

 The Youth All-American Bowl will be played in the Alamodome the day after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The Youth All-American selection process starts with 60 FBU (Football University) regional directors and scouts located throughout the United States identifying the top youth talent in America. After reviewing thousands of nominations, the FBU player development directors will select 44 athletes (22 east 22 west) per game to be named FBU All-Americans.


West African Clothing at Anderson Museum

ANDERSON — Dr. Tommy L. Watson, associate professor of music at Anderson University, will present a lecture on January 23 at 2 p.m. at the Anderson County Museum. The lecture, entitled, West African Clothing: The Process, Product, and Beauty will include a sizeable display of West African clothing, and will focus on the manufacture, significance, and finery of West African apparel. Dr. Watson will also show footage of his 2008 trip to West Africa, discuss some of the common faux pas associated with wearing traditional African garb, and show the proper way to wear a head wrap.

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. For more information call (864) 260-4737.  


Council Appoints New Chair; Tables Public Safety Move

Anderson County Council on Tuesday night unanimously tabled an ordinance consolidating certain departments of the Anderson County Public Safety Division under the Sheriff's Department. Duties proposed to be transfered include security for public buildings and spaces and animal control.

Questions about the cost of providing security for Anderson County's public buildings dominated county council's meeting Tuesday night with some questioning the cost of using private security versus using transferred public safety personnel in the sheriff's department.

While expressing support for the sheriff, members of council also indicated that a lack of full understanding of procedures and opportunity for vendors to submit meaningful, informed bids. Three vendors, including one run by a former Anderson County deputy, charged that they were unable to offer a realistic bid for the proposal because of confusing specifications and the lack of response from the county on question submittedAnderson law enforcement icon Carl Anderson was honored with the naming of a road and the new Anderson County Law Enforcement Center Tuesday night. concerning the project.

Meanwhile, Mike Loftis, president of the Anderson County Fraternal Order of the Police, voiced support for allowing the sheriff's department to be in charge of all county security.
"We should never reduce the security of the citizens and employees to reduce the budget," Loftis said.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said that council asked him a year ago on to explore the situation, including the issue of the boundaries of the authority of the park police. Skipper said he has been seriously evaluating the issue since February and was ready and willing to provide information or answer questions concerning the proposal.

Also on Tuesday night, a resolution to rename Fred Foster Way to honor longtime Anderson County Chief Deputy Carl Anderson led to another resolution and a amendment extended the county's honor of Anderson. Council Member Gracie Floyd proposed a resolution to name the new Anderson County Law Enforcement Center after Mr. Anderson, and Council Member Bob Waldrep proposed an amendment to that resolution to name both the law enforcement center and the road after Mr. Anderson.

Council voted 4-3 to approve Waldrep's amendment/motion, naming both the road and the Anderson County Law Enforcement Center.

"I want to thank the people of Anderson County," Anderson said of the honors. "I have been serving here for nearly 40 years and am still going. I still always try to make sure everyone is treated equally, no matter who you are or where you came from or how much money you have."

New Council Chairman Dunn said the honors given to Anderson were well deserved.
"All my life I have been around Mr. Anderson." Dunn said, "and never heard an unkind word about him. That says a lot about him."

Council was also asked by S.C. Rep. Don Bowen to move the lines of of the special purpose district in the West Anderson Water District to coincide with the Anderson city limits. Bowen said after extensive investigation, it was made clear to him that county council held the authority approve the change. Bowen said people in that area in question, notably in the Loblolly Pines subdivision, were paying water rates significantly higher than those of their neighbors in the water district not living in the special purpose district. (Bowen said one elderly woman living alone recently received a $130 water bill for a single month). Bowen offered to prepare a petition, a requirement under law, and submit a letter to the administrator to follow up on the proposal.

"This is something I have been working on since I have been in office, and it has not been a solution we came to easily," Bowen said. "We have a group of people who are not being represented in this, and I want to make sure we take care of them."
Bowen also said that if there were other areas facing similar issues to those in the West Anderson District, he would work to see that they also received the opportunity to receive fair representation.

Earlier, Anderson County Council elected Tommy Dunn as new chairman to kick off Tuesday night's meeting.  Dunn was elected by a 4-3 vote over Council Member Tom Allen. Current Chairman Eddie Moore was elected vice chairman, defeating Cindy Wilson - who was nominated by Council Member Gracie Floyd - in  4-3 vote.

"Although not unanimous in the vote, I expect there will be unanimous support for our new chairman," said Council Member Bob Waldrep.

Tabled on first reading, an ordinance by Council Member Cindy Wilson amending the Anderson County Code of Ordinance pertaining to the positions of County Attorney and Internal Auditor.

Council Member Gracie Floyd ask County Attorney Pitts if the proposed ordinance was legal. Pitts said he could only offer such legal advice in executive session. Council voted 4-3 to go into executive session on the matter. Following the executive session, Cindy Wilson's motion to table the ordinance was approved unanimously.

Following a second executive session, council approved 5-2 a resolution authorizing limited waiver of Attorney-Priveledge as to communications taking place on April 19, 2001, between the County Attorney at that time and the County Administrator at that time regarding the alleged misuse of phone records from the Anderson Regional Airport; and matters related thereto.

Council also:
Approved a resolution "authorizing limited waiver of Attorney-Priveledge as to communications taking place on April 19, 2001, between the County Attorney at that time and the County Administrator at that time regarding the alleged misuse of phone records from the Anderson Regional Airport; and matters related thereto." Council Member Cindy Wilson said she hoped to release those documents Wednesday morning.
Unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the resurfacing the tennis courts at the Anderson County Sports and Entertainment Center.
Approved a resolution reimbursing legal fees to Michael Glenn, who donated the property for the new Anderson County Animal Shelter.
Approved on second reading a zoning ordinance amendment for Meadowbrook Baptist Church at the corner of McGee Road and Hub Road.
Approved the creation of and Anderson County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee.
Approved a contract with the Tri-County Soccer Club for Hurricane Spring Park

In closing the four-hour meeting, Gracie Floyd nominated for Anderson County Assistant Administrator and Interim Administrator Michael Cunningham to the Census Committee.


Clemson to Host Jazz Singer Tony DeSare

Jazz singer and pianist Tony DeSare will bring his romantic, swinging and
sensual blend of jazz standards and original material to Clemson University
Thursday, Jan. 14. The Brooks Center performance is at 8 p.m.

For more information click here.


County Council to Hold First Meeting of 2010

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of the historic courthouse beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Agenda here.


Update on Jake Nicolopulos

Saturday, January 2, 2010 5:29 PM, CST, from Jake's Journal, written by his mother:

This is very early in the evening for me to be updating the journal but something is wrong with our internet access in our room so I went to another location to get internet.

Today Jake had about 30 minutes of occupational therapy - this was not his regular therapist since this is a weekend/holiday.  I told her about his arm movement the previous day and she said that she would concentrate on that .  I saw her briefly afterwards and she said that she did get the arm to move but not the fingers.  If my new knowledge of therapy serves me right, function comes back in large areas first and the smaller areas (like fingers and toes) comes later.  In my non-medical mind, that does make sense.

Jake has been glued to the television watching football today.  He seemed quite interested in the Under Armour High School All American game that was being televised.  This is Jake's 2010 class and he has been around a number of these kids through recruiting visits.  I was searching to see if there was any sadness in his face or just how he responded to watching it.  The only look he had on his face was a kid who was enjoying a game on television.  I was a bit aggravated with myself that I was purposely looking for something that was not even an issue.  Did I forget that God has already told me that He is taking care of Jake's heart and mind ??!!  Shame on me!!

Jake's good friends, Austin Petratos  and Dameon Hill came to visit him today.  They were so excited to see him and were quite relieved that the Jake they have known for years is the same Jake that is at Shepherd rehabing.  It is interesting to get their perspective on Jake since we are around him daily and we are his parents.  Both agreed that he seems quite content and that he does not seem down or depressed.  I thought later what a wonderful gift that God has given us by protecting his mind - how difficult it would be for us as his mom and dad if we were having to deal with an angry, depressed kid.  For parents, this situation can be emotionally draining - I believe that it would be 10 fold if we were dealing with emotional issues.  Pray that God will continue to protect Jake's heart and his mind.
Jake can be very frustrated at times thus causing him to be uncooperative with us but we can handle that.

The Anderson family from Anderson also visited with us today.  Jake slept thru much of their visit but they were able to see him briefly and we enjoyed spending time with good friends.

Tomorrow is Sunday and there will be no therapy. Pray that Jake will allow us to work with him - Debbie gave us some good exercises to help encourage his right arm but he is mostly resistant when we try to do exercises with him.  I do and I don't understand why he responds to us that way - 18 y/o teen boy.

Prayer request:  continued movement in his leg and arm and would love to see toes and fingers move.  Pray that Jake will say a new word tomorrow that he has not said yet, maybe even two!  As the swelling goes down we pray that healthy brain tissue will reveal many new functions!

I enjoyed reading everyone's comments and it was amazing to me the connection that so many of you had with the moon symbol and how you are already relating it to Jake's journey.  That is great!

God Bless you all and keep praying hard and praying aggressively for Jake.  Remember we are shooting for the moon!