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Handel’s Messiah to Feature Six Anderson Churches

More than 200 voices representing at least six areas churches will perform Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. at Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson.

More than 200 voices representing at least six areas churches will participate this year. Anderson First Baptist, Boulevard, Central Presbyterian, First Presbyterian of Anderson, Grace Episcopal, St. John’s United Methodist, Trinity United Methodist and Young Memorial Associated Reformed Presbyterian are among those performing along with a 17-piece orchestra. Admission is free, but seats are limited.


Record Rainfall Leads to Accidents

The driver of an SUV lost control and was left with the front end under water in front of Concord Baptist Church Wednesday. No one was injured in the accident. Record rainfall for the date was blamed for numerous accidents in the area. Flash flooding was reported across the area and as much as four inches of rain was reported in some parts of the county as of 4:30 p.m. The rain is expected to end before early evening. Thursday and Friday forecasts call for sunny and seasonably cool weather, with highs in the mid-50s.



Council Revises Litter, Travel Policies; Pushes Home Rule Change

Sheriff Closer to Getting Animal Control, Security Employees (click here for story)

     Anderson County Council unanimously approved the revision of the travel policy for all county employees and passed a proposal revising the legal definition of securely transported loads of litter as part of Tuesday night's three hour meeting. 

     The new travel policy was drafted in an attempt to provide greater accountability and tighter restrictions for all employees traveling on county business. Despite reservations expressed by a number of citizens during the public hearing, and questions by at least three council members, the redefined litter ordinance passed 5-2.

     Council also approved a proposal to request that the Anderson County Legislative Delegation to seek amendments to the Home Rule Act. The proposal, put forth and amended by council member Cindy Wilson, encourages the delegation to ask the state to change Home Rule guidelines to allow county councils to appoint both county attorneys and internal auditors. Under current law the county administrator makes these appointments. The proposal also would give county councils nearly complete access to county financial transactions.
      "This is extremely important," said Councilman Bob Waldrep. "I'm not sure how many of you have tried to do the job you were elected to do and were impeded by the administrator or council, but I have. All the way from here to the Supreme Court I think we have experienced a great deal of useless litigation which we could have avoided if we had had this kind of policy."

On Tuesday night, council also:
    Unanimously adopted the continuance of a fee of agreement which provides a tax break for BMW, via tax breaks for two of the company's suppliers in Anderson County.
     Approved on second reading on enlarging the Anderson/Greenville industrial park.
Voted on second reading to extend AFCO deadline for investment in Anderson County.
      Approved on first reading a request to amend the Planned Development District to allow for a new church, Meadowbrook Baptist Church, pastored by the Rev. Bob Marcaurelle. The proposed site is near Newspring Church.
      Tabled an ordinance proposing a traffic study be required for all new developments (at least 90 lots in a subdivision or 100 traffic counts at peak hours for others).
       Approved an ordinance amending county code to allow creation of an Anderson County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee. Seven members, who will serve two-year terms, will be appointed by each council member.
       Voted to take the roads of Wild Deer subdivision roads off Stringer Road into county road system.
       Announced booking of the Broadway Lake Community Center will be through the Parks, Recreation and Tourism beginning Dec. 2.
       In a split vote, canceled of Dec. 15 County Council meeting. The second December meeting is traditionally cancelled for the holidays.


Plan to Move Public Safety To Sheriff Amended

Anderson County Council took one more step toward moving parts of the Anderson County Public Safety Division to the auspices of the sheriff's department, approving a proposal on second reading during Tuesday night's meeting.
The plan would make 23 public safety employees, including animal control, the animal shelter and the park police a part of the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.
The original plan, which also called for moving litter compliance, was amended before the vote on the second reading of the proposal. Litter compliance will continue to report to the administrator.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said he was fine with the slight revision.
"I will have no heartburn if the council leaves litter control where it is," Skipper said, "and we can take care of animal control and security."
Six animal control employees and 17 security positions are effected by the change.
A public hearing is scheduled before the third reading of this proposal.


Book Exchange Owner Dies

Preston “Pebby” B. Holtzendorff, IV, known to many as the owner of the Book Exchange in Anderson, located off of Clemson Highway, lost his courageous battle with cancer on the morning of November 29, 2009, at the Rainey Hospice House.

See Obit Here.


County Council To Decide on Travel Policy, Litter Transportation

On the Agenda

Anderson County Council will vote on final reading ordinances concerning a revised travel policy for county employees and a redefinition of what it means to secure transported litter during Tuesday night's meeting.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of the historic courthouse.



The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, United States Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service want your feedback about how to spend the remaining Lake Hartwell PCB settlement funds from the Schlumberger Technology Corporation.

You can provide input by taking an online survey. Videos and a detailed report about the different settlement project options can be found online at

The remaining settlement funds must be spent on projects that compensate the public for losses of recreational fishing services that occurred as a result of the contamination. Funds must be used to create opportunities for the public to harvest fish that are not subject to fish consumption advisories, enhance the recreational fishery of Lake Hartwell, 12-Mile Creek and the surrounding area and implement projects designed to improve the habitat and natural resources.

The potential Lake Hartwell projects include:

*Fish Habitat Enhancement
This includes the use of larger wood debris such as stumps to create fish habitat. Installation of gravel to provide spawning subtrate for a variety of species and aquatic vegetation installed to provide and enhance cover in nursery areas. The$2.8 million plan would take fully 10 years to implement.

* Hartwell Fishing Access and Shoreline Improvements
Six to eight recreation areas are under consideration for improvements which would include fishing piers, restrooms and improved parking areas. The plan would cost $1.1 million.

*Tailrace Fishing Pier
Additional funds would be utilized to enhance the facility. The pier, currently under construction, will provide 500 feet ofshoreline access along the Hartwell Tailrace. The project will also provide access to areas of the Tailrace off-limits since the 9-11 terror attacks. The current request to support the project is $300,000.

* Green Pond Event Center
Anderson County has proposed to construct a large fishing events facility. If funded the current design would include approximately 150car/trailer spaces, 50 car only spaces, tournament weigh-in area, courtesy dock and restroom. The facility would be designed for large fishing events on the South Carolina side of Lake Hartwell. The plan calls for $1.5 million for design and construction.

* Off-site Recreational Fishing
This project would provide access and enhancements up to nine impoundments in the Lake Hartwell area. These improvements would include fishing piers, fish stocking and pond fertilization. The project would operate approximately 20 years at $2.3 million.

*Unfunded Projects
Easley Central Dam removal - The Lake Hartwell Natural Resource Trustees have not yet received a proposal from any entity willing to remove this dam.

Water Education and Environmental Center- The $7 million Center would tell the story of water and the fishery. While the Trustees feel this is a worthwhile concept it does not appear to fit within the scope of the settlement and does not qualify for use of the recreational fishery injury funds. As the project moves forward there may be amenities associated with the Center that could provide some appropriate compensation for the recreational fishing injury.

Public input and survey results will be used to help guide the allocation of funds to the recreational fishery projects.

South Carolina's natural resources are essential for economic development and contribute nearly $30 billion and 230,000 jobs to the state's economy overall. Find out why "Life’s Better Outdoors"

The Public is encouraged to participate in the survey. The link to informational videos and the survey is:


Outreach Entertainers Raise Funds for AIM

ANDERSON COUNTY – In the spirit of the season, the Anderson County Outreach Entertainers enjoyed giving back during the Thanksgiving holidays. In addition to performing their regular monthly show for AnMed Health Rehab Hospital, performers donated $100 to Anderson Interfaith Ministries. (see attached photo of Dick Williams presenting check to AIM)
The Outreach Entertainers perform all year long for a variety of organizations. Performances are free of charge, but the group will gladly accept gratuities to support their energetic efforts. AIM was selected to receive a "pay it forward" from our very talented senior variety show.
The Outreach Entertainers also performed for Iva Sunrise Seniors, where 94 year old Ms. Marie Bowie, loved tapping her toes alongside the HiLiners line dancers. (see attached photo of Ms. Bowie)
To book the Anderson County Outreach Entertainers for the 2010 season, contact Dick Williams at 964-9375 or Kelly Jo Barnwell a 231-2237. For schedule and information about the Senior’s various activities and events, visit

Anderson County Senior Outreach Centers
Williamston Seniors meet every Wednesday at 9 am at the Williamston Senior Center, located on Hospital Ave. in the historic library. Join more than 25 friends for bingo, pot luck lunch, door prizes, and lots of laughs. Lead by JoAnn Todd. Williamston Bingo plays every Tuesday at McDonald's in Williamston beginning at 8:30 am - led by Sybil Philyaw and Bob Benbrook.
Iva Sunrise Seniors meet every other Thursday at 10 am  at Fellowship Wesleyan Church. Meet more than 30 Sunrise Seniors meet every week for pot luck lunches, local entertainment, and educational programs. Lead by Johnnie Metz.
Belton Seniors meet every Thursday at 10 am at the Belton Senior Action Center, located beside the Farmer's Market of Belton. On average, 15 ladies meet every week for lunch, arts and crafts, and occasional outside programming. This group also has a flower garden that they are nurturing. Lead by Betty Stallings.
JBECO Seniors meet on Mondays (except during summer) for 9 am breakfast, cooked by the men at the JBECO community center. This lively bunch of 15 or more seniors enjoys life to the fullest and lots of laughter. Some outside entertainment is scheduled periodically. Lead by Steward McAlister.

Twinkle City Seniors meet the 4th Wednesday of every month at noon at Starr Baptist Church for fellowship, food and fun. These seniors also enjoy field trips throughout the year. 25 seniors are lead by Jackie Sorensen.

Caleb's Kin Seniors of Iva meet the 4th Tuesday of every month at 11 am at the Good Hope Coffee House in Iva. Approximately 20 seniors meet for pot luck lunch, friendships and some outside entertainment. Lead by Betty Gray.

Pelzer Seniors meet the last Saturday of every month at 5 pm at the Pelzer Community Building for a covered dish supper and socializing. This group of 20 seniors is lead by Edna Burton.
The Senior Citizen and Retired Club of Pendleton meets at 4 pm the Tuesday after the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Pendleton Community Center. Approximately 25 seniors enjoy a covered dish meal, outside programs, and officer's reports. Lead by Frances Esaw.


Christmas Tree Sale Benefits Shalom Center

Shalom Recovery Center is selling fresh-cut Fraser Firs until Christmas as a fundraiser for the ministry. When you purchase a tree from Shalom Center locations, 100 percent of every dollar raised will go to the work of helping women recovering from drugs and alcohol.

The trees, from four feet to ten feet tall, are available at two locations: Hampton Furniture, at 809 Whitehall Rd, Anderson; and McCoy’s Crossroads Intersection of Hwy 252 & 413 Belton. Houra: Sunday - Friday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm; Saturdays, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Shalom Recovery Center offers hope for women seeking recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs new hope through three-. six- and nine-month programs. For more information, visit their site here.

To donate to Shalom Recovery Center, visit here.



Haven Serves 2,500

Volunteers were out in force as the Haven of Rest served more than 2,500 Thanksgiving meals today at the First Presbyterian Family Life Center in Anderson and other locations. Story developing...


Mike Gray, Community Activist, School Board Member, Dies

Mike Gray, a member of the Anderson County School Board and a long time community activist, particularly in relation to Hartwell Lake, died Wednesday after battling Pulmonary Fibrosis.

The Funeral Service for Gray, 62, will be held on Friday, November 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Iva officiated by the Reverend Paul Pinson and the Reverend Jerry Gray.  His grandsons and nephew will serve as pallbearers.  Interment will follow in Iva City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday, from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm. The family will be at the residence.

Flowers are optional.  Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of the First Baptist Church of Iva, P.O. Box 475, Iva, SC 29655 or the Building Fund of Good Hope Baptist Church, 221 Good Hope Church Road, Iva, SC 29655. A message of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting Read the full obituary here.


Help Somebody This Week

Thanksgiving is a time for giving, so whether it's Anderson Interfaith Ministries, the Haven of Rest, the Salvation Army, Shalom Recovery Center, the Lot Project or some other area group reaching out to those in need, find some way to help.

Some of you can volunteer, some of you can write a check, but everybody can do something.


Heritage Homes Holiday Tour Announced

The Anderson Heritage 2009 Homes for the Holidays Tour will be Saturday, December 5, 10AM to 4PM.  Nine private residences in the Historic District (Linley Park) will be open.   A walking tour guide is available on the Anderson Heritage website.

Serving the Anderson, SC community for more than 35 years, Anderson Heritage is committed to preserving the historical and architectural interest in our community.  For the effort to be successful, we must incorporate the help of others who are willing to commit their time and financial resources.  Anderson Heritage wants to restore the charm of yesteryear and make our history a viable and integral part of our community by:

  • Providing funding in the form of grants to homeowners for the restoration of historic properties
  • Erecting permanent gateways to Anderson Historic District avenues and thoroughfares
  • Identifying and recognizing downtown historic sites through a plaque program
  • Establishing Linley Park Historic District

For more information, visit