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Anderson University Presents Antigone

The Anderson University Playhouse will continue its 2009-2010 season with Antigone, the final chronicle in the Theban plays of Sophocles. The Belk Theatre in the Rainey Fine Arts Center will house the production January 27-30 at 7:30 pm, with an additional matinee showing on the 30th at 2:00 pm. The Anderson community is welcome to enjoy this classic piece of theatre history.
Directed by Anderson University Alumnus Phyllis Jackson, Antigone will present the traditional story in a fresh way using multi-media technology and a modern-language translation. Antigone will include film interpretations of the back stories told in previous plays, shown on a 30-foot screen and produced by Joshua Jackson, also an AU alumnus.
The public is invited, though some scenes of intensity may not be suitable for small children. General admission is $10, student tickets are $5. For more information, contact (864) 231-2125.


AU to Launch Programs in Youth and Pastoral Ministry

ANDERSON, SC – Anderson University’s College of Christian Studies will begin undergraduate programs in Youth Ministry and Pastoral Ministry beginning this fall.

The new programs will allow current and future AU students to gain specialized training in important areas of ministry service, according to Michael Duduit, Dean of the College of Christian Studies. Students studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry will be take advantage of new concentrations in Youth Ministry or in Pastoral Ministry. The College of Christian Studies at AU already offers undergraduate programs in Christian ministry and theology. The two new concentrations in youth ministry and pastoral ministry are in addition to an available concentration in biblical studies.


Anderson Church Raises Funds for Haiti

Newspring Church, with campuses in Anderson, Greenville, Columbia and Florence, raised $73,377.86 Sunday in a special offering for the earthquake victims in Haiti. The entire amount will be sent toward relief efforts through Samaritan's Purse.


WYFF: AnMed Launches Helicopter Service


Duke Power Gets OK to Raise Rates 5.1 Percent

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- The Public Service Commission of South Carolina today approved Duke Energy Carolinas' first general rate increase since 1991.

Regulators accepted a settlement agreement that was reached by Duke Energy Carolinas, the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) and the South Carolina Energy Users Committee (SCEUC) regarding the company's request to raise rates. In addition, the Southern Environmental Law Center, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League agreed to the appropriate financial incentive for the company's energy efficiency efforts.

"We believe the decision by the Public Service Commission strikes an appropriate balance between the utility's need to adjust rates with the economic challenges facing customers today," said Jim Turner, Duke Energy's group executive, president and chief operating officer of U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas. "Today's ruling allows our company to maintain its strong financial position as we continue to invest in the system to deliver clean, reliable and affordable energy to our customers."

Consistent with the settlement agreement filed with the commission, a general rate increase of $74.1 million (or 5.2 percent) will be effective on Feb. 1, 2010. However, additional steps outlined in the settlement help lower the total impact of this increase to customer bills to approximately 3.1 percent in 2010. Currently, most Duke Energy residential customers in South Carolina pay between $80 and $87 a month on average. With the approval of this settlement, those customers would pay between $90 and $93 a month.


Mike Buckner To Run for City Council At-Large

Mike Buckner, a real estate appraiser, will seek the Anderson City Council At-Large seat vacated by Blake Williamson, who will not run again.

Filing for the city council’s elections begins tomorrow and ends Feb. 4. The election is scheduled for April 6.

Bucker released the following statement about his candidacy:

"Today I would like to announce my intention to run for Anderson City Council At-Large.  After many hours of consideration by my family and me, we made the decision the best way for me to serve our city is to run for office.

I believe I have much to offer as a city councilman.  I have had the unique opportunity to meet thousands of great Andersonians in my work as a real estate appraiser during the last twenty-five years.  I have found we all share many of the same hopes and concerns for the city of Anderson.  Being an Anderson native and businessman, I understand the challenges and problems experienced by businesses in our city. As a father, I know how important it is to meet the needs of our next generation.

I am currently on the board at Habitat for Humanity, and also serve on the Anderson County Board of Assessment Appeals.  My wife Susan and I are members of First Presbyterian Church where I have held the office of deacon.  My daughter Meg is a graduate of TL Hanna and currently attends the College of Charleston.

Please feel free to contact me at 934-2075 or email to"


Bob Waldrep Says Meals on Wheels Needs Support

Anderson County Councilman Bob Waldrep contributed $1,500 from his budget to help Anderson Meals on Wheels at Tuesday night's meeting. Waldrep said he understood the agency, which delivers a hot meal to many of Anderson County's senior citizens every day, was in "dire straights" and encouraged other council members to support the non-profit group. Council Eddie Moore added $500 to the contribution.

For more information about helping Meals on Wheels of Anderson, visit their site.


Anderson Soldier Helping in Haiti

PFC Andrew (Drew) Fred Stringer III, 1-325 Infantry Btn, 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne - the RED DRAGONS, was recently deployed to Haiti to aid that nation in the wake of last week's earthquake.

Stringer can be seen in the background of this report:

His division also has a facebook page:


County Council: Coles Honored; Incentives Program Considered; Boy Scout Week

In an uncharacteristically quick meeting which lasted just under 80 minutes, Anderson County Council extended a county resolution passed last year regarding privileged and otherwise protected communications concerning the ongoing county investigations of former Anderson County Administrator Joey Preston, honored Williamston residents Keith and Doris Cole, looked at a potential county employee incentive program, revisited the way the county reviews requests for proposals and set aside a week in February to honor the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

Following the renewal of the resolution on privileged information, Anderson County Council Member Gracie Floyd expressed concern about the ongoing investigation.

"Is this investigation about over with?" Floyd asked regarding the continuation of the resolution.

"We're going to find out very shortly", said County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn.

As the meeting began, however, council set aside time to honor former Anderson County Board of Education Chairman Keith Cole and his wife Doris (a former teacher and principal), for making Anderson County a better place to live and work. Owners of the Cole Family Pharmacy, the Coles and their guests listened as Anderson County Council Member read an exhaustive list of the couple's "amazing civic contributions and their vital roll transforming Williamston into a vital community."

Council then approved the first reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article V of the Anderson County Code of Ordinances allowing county council to review all proposals and proposed specifications for projects before they are put out for bids. Tom Allen said currently the county puts out about six requests for proposals a year.
But after a lack of consensus on the particulars, council tabled a resolution by County Councilman Bob Waldrep to offer incentives for county employees who have ideas which save the county money or make other significant contributions. The plan, available to non-supervisory employees, would offer cash rewards to employees based on the savings realized by the county based on such ideas.
"I had this idea some time back, there are many city governments that do this, but (I) don't know that any county governments do," Waldrep said. "In  my 45 years of public service, I  have found that so many times employees at the service level had great ideas about ways to save money and do things better."
Waldrep also said that on Tuesday he received an exact count on the county's total employees..
"I am kind of excited about having this information," Waldrep said. " We have 550 county employees and 263 in Sheriff's employees, for a  grand total of 813 employees."

Also on Tuesday night, Anderson County Council:

Unanimously designated Feb. 7-14 "Boy Scouts of America 100 Years of Scouting Week," to honor the 100th anniversary of the scouts and  to express gratitude to the 500 volunteers in Anderson County who make the program possible. The proclamation was introduced by Eagle Scout and Anderson County Council Vice Chairman Eddie Moore.

Approved the final acceptance of the Windham Ridge Phase II Subdivision into the county road system.

Approved on first reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article V of the Anderson County Code of Ordinances pertaining to county purchasing procedures, which would allow the council to review all proposals and proposed specifications for projects before they are put out for bids. 

Approved on third reading an ordinance amending Chapter 2, Article IV of the Anderson County Code in order to create the Anderson County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee

Approved on third reading plan amending county zoning ordinances for 10.04 acres for Meadowbrook Baptist Church at the corner of McGee Road and Hub Road.

Unanimously approved a new resolution designating Anderson County to develop and implement a Coordinated Rural Public Transportation Service in Anderson County. The resolution was amended to include other potential partners in addition to Senior Solutions. 



ANDERSON COUNTY, SC--Anderson County Council is proud to unveil the Anderson County Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan. Highlighting county-owned and county-leased facilities, the plan provides the framework for Anderson County’s Parks and Recreation efforts during the next five years. Development of the plan, a seven month in-house process undertaken by Matt Schell, involved looking at current residential populations, demographics, community needs, available facilities and current conditions of those facilities. The plan was submitted to Council in early 2009. Utilizing five-year projections to determine future community profiles, the council and staff will align and prioritize efforts with regard to the need for revitalization and enhancement of parks and facilities across the county.

“Anderson County has a goldmine in outdoor recreational opportunities,” said Anderson County Councilman Chairman Tommy Dunn. “It was important for us to review existing parks, their conditions and compare that information with the needs of the varying areas of the County before we could even begin to tackle planning for future enhancement to our facilities. The Parks and Recreation Department was created to further our efforts toward a sensible, phased approach to improve recreational opportunities across the county. Ultimately, this master plan is about setting a new direction for the character of the parks, facilities and programs that will continue to support the high quality of life that makes Anderson County attractive for both residents and visitors.

 “Our Master Plan is a five-year plan, developed to assess current facilities and explore avenues to enhance recreational opportunities county-wide,” said Parks and Recreation Department Manager Matt Schell. “Anderson County decided not to outsource the project, after learning that similar plans have cost surrounding municipalities and counties in excess of $240,000. Now that we have the framework in place, we can continue to engage individual communities to guide us in identifying trends and measuring current satisfaction, priorities, usage and need for new or enhanced services and facilities. To date, we have hosted community meetings at Susan Street and at Wellington Street. Both were met with positive feedback and helped align our vision with the true stakeholders – the residents of Anderson County.”

Councilman Dunn continued, “Public engagement will be a critical component in the success of the Master Plan as we move forward. We plan to proceed, armed with the knowledge that this must remain a ‘living document’ to accommodate changing demographics, population trends, revenue sources and economic conditions. We also plan to work with county staff to explore potential for enhancement of revenues through the creation of public/private partnerships and alternative funding sources. Combined with community involvement, this master plan will reinforce our efforts for the effective delivery of recreational opportunities to visitors, residents and all users of Anderson County’s parks, programs and facilities.”


School Dist. 5 Buys Land for New Elementary School

Anderson School District Five has completed the purchase of 36.69 acres on S.C. Highway 81 for the purpose of constructing a new elementary school.

On June 24, 2009, District Five entered into a purchase-option agreement for 33.5 acres of land located off of Highway 81 near the Sullivan-King Mortuary. That option was renewed on September 10, 2009. In October 2009, three smaller frontage parcels adjoining this land were also optioned by the district.

The purchase of all four parcels was completed in December 2009. The purchase was funded through the district’s $140 million bond issuance, which was approved in an April 2007 referendum by more than 60 percent of district voters.

Planning and design work is now underway for the new elementary school, which will be the 11th elementary school in the district.


Council to Look at Protected Information, Rural Transportation

Anderson County Council will consider a resolution to designate Senior Solutions and/or Anderson County to develop and implement a coordinated Rural Public Transportation Service in Anderson County. County Attorney Mike Pitts will also introduce a resolution regarding privileged and otherwise protected communications, files and information and matters related to such documentation.
Council meets at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse.


County Democratic Party to Meet Tuesday

The ACDP Executive Committee will meet Tuesday, January 19, at our headquarters at 115 North Main St. from 5:00 to around 6:00 pm.  At the meeting we will be refining our party platform for Anderson County.