Search Amazon Here

News Links




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.


Putnam Named S.C. Assistant Principal of the Year

Anderson School District Five’s Layne Putnam, assistant principal of New Prospect Elementary School, has been named the 2010 Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). 

Mrs. Putnam was selected from an outstanding field of elementary school administrator candidates by a veteran panel of judges. The criteria used in the selection of this coveted award are set by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and sponsored by VIRCO.  “We are very pleased that Layne Putman has been named as the SCASA Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year,” said Molly Spearman, executive director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. She is an outstanding ambassador for education in our state.” 

Jerome Hudson, principal of New Prospect, stated, “Mrs. Putnam is an exceptionally gifted school administrator with great interpersonal skills. She has the unique ability to motivate others to coalesce around a vision, which fosters the school’s mission of academic excellence. She constantly sets higher expectations for herself and others around her.” 

District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley said, “Layne is most deserving of this prestigious award. She is an outstanding administrator and part of an excellent leadership team, faculty and staff at New Prospect.”


CDC Warns ofr H1N1 Email Scam

The Center for Disease Control has received reports of fraudulent emails (phishing) referencing a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program.
The messages request that users must create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the website. The message then states that anyone that has reached the age of 18 has to have his/her personal Vaccination Profile on the site.
The CDC has NOT implemented a state vaccination program requiring registration on Users that click on the email are at risk of having malicious code installed on their system. CDC reminds users to take the following steps to reduce the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack:
Do not follow unsolicited links and do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.
Use caution when visiting un-trusted websites.
Use caution when entering personal information online


Well-known Area Pastor Ray McDowell Dies at 83

Well-known area pastor the Rev. Ray McDowell died Friday at the Rainey Hospice House.

Obituary is here.

The Funeral Service will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at Varennes Heights Baptist Church officiated by Reverend Mark Dickson and Reverend Dr. Kirt Mitchell. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30pm-3:00pm on Sunday.


Anderson Ushers in the Christmas Season

Anderson officially kicked off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the downtown Christmas tree Friday night.


Trees for Troups Sale this Weekend

Pelzer - The holiday spirit is being delivered in the form of six foot Christmas trees to military families across the country all thanks to tree growers like May-Lan Tree Plantation, who is hosting a “Trees for Troops” weekend Friday through Sunday, December 4th through the 6th.

Anyone willing to contribute can go to a participating tree farm like May-Lan on the “Trees for Troops” weekend and donate $35, which provides a family with a 6-7’ fir that normally sells for $50. Each tree will then be delivered free of charge by FedEx to military families, some of which are celebrating the holidays while their loved ones are deployed. For more information on May-Lan Plantation and a complete holiday events calendar visit or call (864) 243-3092. For more information on the “Trees for Troops” program and other participating farms visit or


Broadway Lake Gets 125,000 Bluegills

On December 3, the SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released 125,000 bluegill fingerlings into their new home at Broadway Lake in Anderson County. The bluegill, which averaged about 1-inch in length, were in excellent condition when released into the lake. The fish were produced at SC DNR’s Jack D. Bayless Fish Hatchery at the Dennis Wildlife Center in Bonneau, SC.
“We are also checking into the possibility of obtaining some redear sunfish (also called shell-cracker) fingerlings for Broadway Lake,” said Dan Rankin, Region 1 Fisheries Coordinator for SC DNR. “Additionally, we will target the production of approximately 15,000 largemouth bass fingerlings for stocking in spring 2010. SC DNR is happy to partner with Anderson County in the management of this important resource.”
“Seeing this project, which has been planned for more than a year, come to fruition is rewarding,” said Anderson County Councilwoman Gracie Floyd.  “To finally see it come to pass through the grants we received is a great success. As we work through our list of projects, we are getting closer and closer to our goal of making Broadway Lake one of the finest recreational facilities in Anderson County.”

“This couldn’t have happened without the hard work put forth by Anderson County staff, said Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns. “Steve Newton did a wonderful job in securing the resources to make this a reality.”