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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!


10 Ways to Create a More Hopeful 2010 (and Most of Them are Free)

PHOENIX /PRNewswire/ -- 2009 was not an easy year. Here are a few ideas to help make 2010 a better year for you, your friends and family, and perhaps even the world.

1 . Let Someone Know You Care

E-mails and text messages are no match for a heartfelt, handwritten message. Mail a REAL card or note to someone, right now. And if you don't know someone who needs a lift, then simply write the word HOPE on the back of anything you mail.   

2. Shop Local

Pick three local businesses. Spend $50 with these neighborhood enterprises instead of a national chain. You don't add anything to your budget, and you help keep small businesses going. And look for shop local Anderson this spring for more details    

3. Read To A Child

You feel great, the child feels great, you promote learning and education and it's just plain fun to do.   

4. Play With A Puppy (or a kitten)

A visit to your local animal shelter or pet store is all it takes. If you know your zip code, go online and find a fuzzy friend nearby. The Anderson Animal Shelter especially needs your help as the new year begins.

5. Get Inspired

Loren Gelberg-Goff's internet radio show, Loving The Life You're In, serves up a weekly dose of positive, upbeat tips and conversations with some of the world's most interesting guests and experts.   

6. Thank A Soldier

These people put their lives out there to serve our country. Let them know you'll be happy when they're home again.   

7. Give Something Back

Ditch TV for one hour and serve a meal at a shelter. Drive someone to an appointment. Paint over some graffiti. That hour will be treasured far longer than any sitcom. Our community has plenty of opportunities, from your local church to any of these:   

8. Turn Everything Off For 5 Minutes

TVs, stereos, iPods, computers, lights, clocks, the heat....everything. The quiet, the thoughtfulness, the lack of does wonders.

9. Go Outside

There is something inspiring outside -- even if it's just a weed in a crack on the sidewalk. Think about it -- with nothing but rain and sunshine and the ickiest bits of dust and dirt, that weed broke through concrete! If a little plant can do it, so can you.

10. Spin

In your office chair. In the elevator when no one else is in there. Outside. Nothing so easy can make you feel so 8 years old again. And when you were 8, anything was possible.


First Baptist Serves Up Hope for 2010

They began lining up before 7:30 a.m. outside Anderson First Baptist Church's Family Life Center. Some came for a warm coat, hat, gloves, socks, and a hot meal. More than a few also took advantage of free H1N1 flu Volunteer Ralph Little served as personal shopper for one little girl who picked out a coat for her mother.shots offered as part of the event.

The annual Threads for Hope New Year's Day event attracted more than 1,700 people Friday. More than 3,000 coats had been donated by the community for the event, many were purchased by local benefactors just for the event.

More than 250 First Baptist volunteers served meals, and served as "personal shoppers," walking through the long lines and offering smiles and conversation for those waiting patiently to choose a coat.

"It's an opportunity to give back," said one of the volunteers who asked not to be identified. "We feel more blessed to be able to help our neighbors than they are to receive."


Longtime Concord Teacher Dies

Elizabeth Murphy Moseley, 88, formerly of Shackleburg Dr., widow of J.Z. Moseley, Jr., died Wednesday, December 30, 2009 after a long illness. Mrs. Moseley taught at Concord Elementary School from 1958-1987. Her involvement in education in Anderson County included summer work with Project Head Star, as well as with summer reading programs for underprivileged children. Her obituary is here.


U.S. News Posts Top Jobs for 2010

With 15.4 million Americans out of work, and no industry or occupation was spared the misery of layoffs, hiring freezes, benefit cuts, and general anxiety, U.S. News and World Report has posted a list of the most promising jobs for 2010.

U.S. News examined the Labor Department's new job growth projections for 2008 to 2018, looking for occupations that will add jobs at an above-average rate over the next decade or so and those that provide an above-average median income. The study posted a list of 50 jobs that present some of the best opportunities for workers in five categories. In the science and technology field, jobs range from network architect to meteorologist. This category includes the fastest-growing occupation—with a 72 percent growth rate that far outstrips the 10 percent average across careers—of biomedical engineer. Biomedical engineers help develop the equipment and devices that improve or enable the preservation of health. Computer software engineers, on the other hand, are working to develop tomorrow's hottest video game—or missile system.

he study found the healthcare industry will continue to offer some of the best opportunities for employment. Aside from better known—but still promising—careers such as registered nurse or veterinarian, there are slightly more under-the-radar careers that require less schooling, such as X-ray technician, lab technician, or physical therapist assistant. There are also promising occupations at the intersection of healthcare and education: school psychologist and medical and public-health social worker. Those drawn to teaching or to civic service might want to take a look at urban planning, firefighting, or special education.

A complete list can be found here:


New Year 2010 Population Up 12 Million

On the eve of the 2010 Census, as the Census Bureau prepares to conduct an actual count of the nation's population, the bureau projects that on Jan. 1, 2010 -- three months out from Census Day -- the total U.S. population will be 308,400,408. This would represent an increase of 2,606,181, or 0.9 percent, from New Year's Day 2009.

South Carolina is expected to post a gain of almost 75.000, for a total of 4,522,000.

In January 2010, one birth is expected to occur every eight seconds in the United States and one death every 12 seconds.

Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person every 37 seconds to the U.S. population in January 2010, resulting in an increase in the total U.S. population of one person every 14 seconds.


Community Leader Myrtle E. Gillespie Dies

Mrs. Myrtle Gillespie, an active member of the Anderson Community for four decades.

Her community involvement included serving on the boards of the Anderson County Medical Alliance, Foothills United Way, Anderson Junior Assembly and Anderson County Arts Council. One of her personal passions was supporting arts and music in the schools and the community.  She was a founding member of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) and served on the board for 18 years.

She taught the Gillespie Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, Anderson, SC for 30 years and served two terms as Deacon.  She was recently honored as a Life Deacon by First Baptist Church.

Complete obituary here.


Updates on Jake Nicolopulos at Caringbridge


Threads of Hope Offers Coats, Hats, Meal on New Year's Day at First Baptist Anderson

Anderson First Baptist Church will be providing food & fellowship for those in need beginning at 11 a.m. New Year's Day at the church fellowship hall on Fant Street.  Free coats, scarves, hats, gloves and socks will be provided to anyone who shows up, along with a hot New Year's Day meal.

The church is still accepting donations of Coats, Scarves, Hats, Gloves and Winter Socks of all sizes. They ask that all donations are clean and in good condition. Donations can be dropped off at the church office on weekdays. Cash donations are also appreciated to help buy these items.  

Duke Energy Presents Check to Community Center

Mike Wilson, District Manager of Duke Energy presented a check for $500 to The Zion Community Center. The purpose of the Zion Street Community Center is to enhance the quality of life and provide community services,Shown in picture left to right: Lynn Scott, Mike Wilson, Quenton Tompkins recreation, and social development services to members of the Belton Community.  The goals of the center are to promote self awareness in low income individuals through informative workshops; provide challenging recreational activities to youth in the community; provide economic assistance for utilities, rent, and/or food to low-income individuals in the community; provide recreational activities to Senior Citizens in the community; provide substance abuse prevention and/or treatment services to individuals in the community; provide educational mentoring, tutoring, and after-school programs; provide emotional support and health awareness; and provide support for single parents. The Zion Community Center is located at 303 Zion Street in Belton, SC.