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Study Ranks AnMed Health Quality in Nation’s Top 5%

 AnMed Health is one of only 269 hospitals ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for patient outcomes in a study issued today by HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings organization. The comprehensive study analyzed 40 million hospitalization records from 5,000 hospitals from 2006 to 2008.

As a result of its top 5 percent ranking, AnMed Health has received the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award. AnMed Health is the only hospital in South Carolina to receive this distinction.

“Our physicians and clinical staff have much to be proud of,” said Dr. Mike Tillirson, AnMed Health’s chief medical officer. “AnMed Health has maintained this ranking for three consecutive years. That’s an accomplishment few hospitals have achieved, and it shows that we’re fulfilling our vision of being celebrated as the gold standard for health care quality.”

According to the 8th annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, hospitals ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation had, as a group, better patient outcomes and were improving their outcomes at a faster rate than all other nonfederal hospitals.

A full copy of the study is available online at


Pendleton High School Recognized for ACT/SAT Scores

Pendleton, SC - Pendleton High School was recognized today for their performance on SAT (Scholastic aptitude Test) in the state’s new ACT/SAT Performance Improvement Awards (ASPI) program.  The 2A school was one of only fifty-three high schools in the state acknowledged for their continuous improvement and high performance on SAT.

New this year, the State Department’s ACT/SAT Performance Improvement Awards (ASPI) were created to showcase schools that showed high performance on the ACT or SAT and those that have had rapid or continuous improvement in their scores. Complete Story Here.


SC Agriculture Commission to Speak in Anderson

Hugh Weathers, South Carolina’s Agriculture Commissioner, will be the keynote speaker during a luncheon to be held at the Civic Center on Thursday, January 28th.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the County’s Equine Initiatives and ascertain how the County can advance these goals by partnering with the SC Agriculture Department.
Those planning to attend this event should RSVP to Glenn Brill at 260.1092 or


Ballet Folklórico de México to perform in Clemson

The internationally renowned Ballet Folklórico de México will celebrate two
historical milestones during its Clemson University performance. The show at
8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts
will pay tribute to the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence and the
100th anniversary of the 1910 Mexican Revolution.

Read the entire news release at:


NewSpring Church Names Andy Green Charleston Pastor


Newspring Church Draws More than 15,000 to BiLo Center

Charleston Newspring Announced at Service

Newspring Church celebrated its tenth birthday by renting out the BiLo Center in Greenville Sunday so all of the church's campuses could meet together for a single celebration service.

Snarling traffic delayed the 10:30 a.m service by a few minutes as more than 15,000 packed into the arena for the church service. Buses carrying memebers of Newspring's Florence and Columbia campuses arrived early joining those from the Anderson and Greenville sites.

As part of the service, Newspring Pastor Perry Noble announce adding a fifth campus in Charleston in the months ahead.



Galyean Sites Health in Withdrawing from 3rd District Race

James Galyean, a Republican candidate for the South Carolina 3rd Congressional District House Seat, has announced he is withdrawing from the race. Here is his statement"

"Beginning in mid-December, I experienced a number of episodes of chest pain, with the severity increasing over the holidays.  My family has a history of heart related deaths at early ages, so I finally went to the doctor after a couple of very alarming bouts of severe pain earlier this month.  The initial examination and tests were very concerning to my family and I because they indicated possible problems with the proper electrical functioning of my heart.  After a more intensive round of tests last week, obstructive heart disease has been ruled out, but the reason for the chest pain, which is continuing, has not been determined.  Last Friday, I met with my doctor who advised that, after discussing the myriad demands on my time as a father of three with a full-time legal practice and a congressional race, I should view this as a "wake up call."  Based on that discussion, and after much thought and prayer, I determined that it would be in my best interests to reduce my commitments.  I do not want to ignore this advice and end up in a very serious condition in a few years.  Moreover, as a husband and a father, it would not be responsible for me to not safeguard my family's future as much as possible.
So, today, I regrettably announce that I am withdrawing from the race for the 3rd Congressional District. 
This has been a very difficult decision.  While campaigning for office is extremely challenging, I have greatly enjoyed traveling the district and meeting new friends in every county.  I was very much looking forward to the rest of the campaign and the chance to serve.  I am appalled at what is being done to our country by the current leadership in Washington.  I am committed to fighting the radical agenda and irresponsible spending of President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, and Senator Reid however possible.  I just cannot continue to do so as a candidate for Congress.  I deeply appreciate those of you who volunteered their time and efforts over the last several months.  To those of you who contributed to my campaign in these difficult economic times, words cannot convey how humbly grateful I am. I have spoken to many of you, but will be continuing to make calls in the coming days.
It is my hope that the reckless and irresponsible spending of the Obama administration and Congressional Democrats has finally settled the debate over how we need to govern our country.  For decades, the Democrats have argued that we just weren't taxing enough or in the right way.  Well, now, almost no level of taxation can support what we are spending.  Spending is clearly the problem.  We must demand from our elected representatives more discipline, more humility, and more honesty about the challenges facing us in the coming years.  That is what I will be looking for when I cast my vote for the next Congressman from the 3rd District.  I would encourage everyone else to do the same. 
Thank you,
James Galyean"


Dist. 4 Posts Progress in AYP Report

Superintendent Lee D’Andrea has announced the release of 2009 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports for Anderson School District Four, demonstrating a jump of 10 points to 91%  AYP compliance up from 81% last year.

While the district met 19 of its 21 objectives just missing making AYP, all Anderson School District Four elementary schools met AYP. Specific highlights included Pendleton Elementary making progress towards moving out of Continuing School Improvement status; La France Elementary meeting AYP and avoiding becoming a School of Choice; Townville Elementary meeting AYP for the 7th consecutive year since the inception of NCLB; and Mount Lebanon Elementary making AYP for the second year since its opening 2007.  Full Story Here.


Community Disc Golf Course Needs Sponsors

The Foothills Community Foundation, in connection with "Go Play Outside," is in the process of building an 18-hole disc golf course here in Anderson. It will be located in the trails at the Civic Center.
There is a Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) that sponsors tournaments, these tournaments draw competitors from all 50 states. Several of our local schools already participate in Disc Golf. The current outdated 9 hole course at Darwin Wright Park will undergo massive renovations once the new course is complete. Sponsors are needed. A tee hole sign costs $500 for 3 years. For more information, contact Timothy Clardy 864-276-6238.


Dist. 1 Schools Show Progress in AYP

Anderson School District One’s 2010 Adequate Yearly Progress results under the No Child Left Behind testing program for schools show improvement. Two schools were added to the list of schools making AYP, Palmetto Middle School and Cedar Grove Elementary. The results for these schools were based on 2009 spring testing for all students in grades 3-8. No district in the state made AYP for the second year but Anderson One did show improvement in meeting 31 of 33 objectives for 2009 over 2008 when they met 28 of 33.

Palmetto Middle School was one of only three middle schools in the upstate to meet AYP based on grade-level performance and outstanding PASS test results. Cedar Grove Elementary, a Title I school, made AYP also based on student achievement and improvement. With targets becoming more difficult to achieve Palmetto High School did not make three of their thirteen targets set by state for them and did not make AYP. Full Story Here.


Dist. 5 Schools Progress in Federal Guidelines

Six schools in Anderson School District Five met all of their Adequate Yearly Progress goals under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, double the number who met all their AYP goals last year, according to State Department of Education information released today.

Centerville Elementary, Concord Elementary, Homeland Park Elementary, Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering, Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation and Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology all met 100 percent of their goals. In addition, seven schools missed making AYP by only one or two goals.

Schools were required to meet between 13 and 21 goals, depending up the makeup of their populations. To make AYP, a school must meet 100 percent of its federal goals. Complete Story Here


Census 2010 Road Tour Comes to Anderson

The Census 2010 Road Tour will be visiting the gymnasium at the Westside Community Center on Monday, January 25th from 9-11 am. The Road Tour is designed to promote participation in the 2010 Census. The tour explains the details of the census process and its importance to the community.

According to the US Census Bureau, the Portrait of America Road Tour objectives are:
 Emphasize how safe and easy it is to complete the questionnaire;
 Communicate when the form will arrive in households;
 Show an example of the form and envelope;
 Educate the public about the uses of census data;
 Communicate that personal information completed on the form is secure by law;
 Emphasize that immigration status is not asked on the form

Come join the City of Anderson Complete Count Committee for this educational opportunity.


Jeff Waters to Run for City Council At-Large Seat

Jeff Waters announced today that he will be seeking election to the At Large seat being vacated by Councilman Blake Williamson.  Waters is a long time resident of Anderson and for the last several years has made downtown Anderson his home.  Waters, along with family members purchased and renovated 121 North Main Street, the building that houses not only residential space but Matty’s Downtown restaurant.  Waters commitment to downtown Anderson and his leadership with the Main Street Program were instrumental in creating the Downtown Block Party.  The weekly block party’s success in drawing large crowds to the downtown area served multiple purposes, most important of which have been positive economic benefits for downtown retailers.

 “I love this city and couldn’t be more excited about the potential to serve the constituents of Anderson in this new capacity. My involvement with various downtown and city programs has proven to me that we are a city of limitless possibilities.  I feel a passion to serve and I am committed to working hard towards ensuring that we not only reach but exceed the potential to be a city we are all proud to call home.” 

In addition to his involvement with the Main Street Program he is also a member of the Kiwanis Club and recently headed up a fundraising drive for one of Anderson’s charitable organizations, Anderson Interfaith Ministries.

Waters is a graduate of Gupton-Jones College in Atlanta, Ga. For the past 11 has worked as a funeral director and embalmer with Sullivan King Mortuary. He is married to DeeDee Sizemore Waters and they are members of NewSpring Church. Jeff may be contacted at (864) 934-2524, or on his FB candidate page: Jeff-Waters-for-City-Council.