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Tuesday
Nov032009

Anderson Veterans Day Festivities to Feature Parade

Anderson County, the Office of Veteran Affairs, and parade organizers invite the public to come out and salute America's Veterans at the 2009 Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Anderson, on Sunday, November 15th. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the City of Anderson Recreation Center and will feature Veterans, dignitaries, elected officials, local school marching bands, military units, color guards, boy and girl scouts, motorcycles, horses, fire, police, emergency personnel and equipment, and more! Immediately following the parade, spectators are encouraged to remain in the Courthouse Plaza for a Ceremony with special guest, Larry Gilreath, a veteran of the Vietnam War who fought in the battle of Drang Valley, the basis of the book and movie “We Were Soldiers Once, And Young.” Parade festivities will begin at 2 pm with a Patriotic Processional, open to participants including walkers, cyclists, motorcycles, classic and vintage cars, floats, etc. Everyone is encouraged to enter and show your patriotism. The Electric City News will choose the “MOST PATRIOTIC” in each category and present the winners with a gift certificate during the Ceremony after the Parade. A minimal entry fee will be collected - All proceeds from the Patriotic Processional will be divided between the SC Military Scholarship &Family Care Association, Inc. and the Veterans Project to construct a Carillon Bell Tower in the Veterans Cemetery. Additionally, residents will have the opportunity to show their support of Soldiers currently serving our country by bringing items for Soldier Care Boxes. Volunteers will be stationed at the Courthouse Plaza to collect the donated items, which will be shipped to Soldiers currently serving overseas. A list of desired items is attached with the Parade Information Packet. Patriotic Processional Participants are requested to check in between 1 and 1:30 pm. Parade participants are requested to arrive between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Upon arrival, all participants should check in with parade coordinators outside the Recreation Center for their line-up assignment. Spectators, as well as participants, are encouraged to park in the new Anderson Parking Garage to view the parade and ceremony. Main Street into downtown Anderson will be closed to incoming traffic from 1 pm until 6 pm. To enter the downtown area, use Murray Avenue. Officers from the City of Anderson and the Sheriff's Department will provide traffic control, and Parade Volunteers will assist with parking and street detours.
The 2009 Veterans Day Parade is possible only by the support of Anderson County Council, Anderson County administration and staff, the Anderson County Office of Veteran Affairs, City of Anderson Administration and Downtown Manager, City of Anderson Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and local volunteers. To volunteer or request more information, call 934.6451 or email astringer@andersoncountysc.org.

Tuesday
Nov032009

Wren Middle School to Honor Veterans

Wren Middle School will be honoring veterans on Veterans Day from 11:00-12:35. A group of ROTC students will start the program off with a salute for our Veterans' visit on November 9th during 7th grade activities.  The American Legion Post in Greenville will have 4 veterans on hand to speak with the students and show their collection of artifacts.  Students will also write papers to honor our veterans and will have them displayed in the halls.

Friday
Oct302009

Shalom Recover Center BBQ/Bluegrass Benefit Saturday

Shalom Recovery Center in Belton will host a BBQ/Bluegrass benefit Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the ministry's 104-acre facitly located at 353 Blake Dairy Road in Belton.

Games, Hay Rides, a Petting Zoo, Greased Pig Chase, Blugrass Music and a Comedian will be on hand for the event. BBQ plates will also be for sale on site and to go.

Shalom Recovery Center is one of the very few facilities in the state providing long-term recovery programs for women struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.

Click here for more information about Shalom Recovery Center

Friday
Oct302009

Rock the Rooftop for a Good Cause

Burgundy Blues and Lilia Day Spa will be hosting an event Sunday November 1st called “Rockin the Roof Top," to benefit Anderson Interfaith Ministries as the holidays approach. The Mac Arnold Band will donate their time to perform. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds benefit AIM. Craig Cahaly is donating a suit and Lilia is donating his/her massage, dinner, and a night in the Roof Top Apartment. Tickets are one chance for $10 or 3 for $25 (you do not have to be present to win). This is the perfect even to meet with friends, family, and business associates. Tickets can be purchased at Lilia, AIM or on the AIM website www.aimcharity.org

Thursday
Oct292009

Chili Cookout Block Party Draws Big Crowd

It took just over an hour for Sullivan's Cafe to serve 30 gallons of chili, turning away a long line still waiting for a taste of their white chicken chili. City Lights Under the Bridge and Chief Wings & Firewater also ran out of chili as folks packed downtown Anderson for the event, moved from earlier in the week due to rain.

Sharing the night with the city's final Block Party Concert on a near perfect mild autumn night attracted well over a thousand people for Thursday night's festivities.

The winners of this year's event were: First Place, UpTown Lounge's McDuffie Street Chili; Second Place, Matty's Downtown; Third Place, Chief's Wings & Firewater. The People's Choice Award went to Matty's Funky Chunky Chili.

 

Photos: Luke Wilson Staff Photographer

 

Thursday
Oct292009

Chili Cookoff/Block Party Downtown Tonight

Anderson Downtown Chili Cook Off
Thursday, October 29, 2009 5:30-8:00PM
Courthouse Plaza, Main St.

Downtown Anderson, Main St.
This annual event in Downtown Anderson is a tradition for the entire family. Local and regional restaurants and independent Chili cookers come together to show off their favorite recipes and - oh yeah - win some prize money! Whether you are a brave soul looking for a spicy treat, or the rest of you that can only handle the mildest of tastes, this is the place to be. Expect to taste the best Chili masters - enjoy some entertainment and spend some quality time with the family!

There will be 13 local restaurants competing for Chili Cook Off awards, two live bands, and Block Party specials. For $4, you will receive a chili ballot and will have the opportunity to receive samples from each of the 13 participating restaurants. The event will be in Downtown on Main Street.

The Block Party will be between Earle and Whitner Streets from 6:00-9:30PM and feature the band, Blue Tuesday.

Thursday
Oct292009

Belton Man Charged in Staton Murders

The Anderson County Sheriff's Department has arrested Matthew Fulbright, 29, of Belton, in connection with the murders of Skip and Jo An Staton. Fulbright has been charged with murder and armed robbery in the case. Fulbright apparently knew the Statons through their jewelry business.

Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said in a press conference Thursday morning that the arrest came after a phone tip on the case and that Fulbright apparently set up a meeting with the Statons under the ruse to taking them to the home of a person who had a large quantity of jewelry for sale. Fulbright then allegedly took them to an isolated area, now believed to be the Waterside Road location, where the crime took place.

Skipper said that Fulbright has no criminal record beyond minor traffic violations. Skipper also said the investigation remained ongoing and is reluctant to say if there were other suspects in the crime.

Skipper also said Fulbright led law enforcement to the body of Jo An Skipper, which was found last night off S.C. 413 near Iva.

Thursday
Oct292009

Second Body Found, Arrest Made

ANDERSON, S.C. (Thursday, October 29, 2009, 8:40 AM) – Anderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators have located the body of Jo Ann Staton late Wednesday night.
 
One person has been arrested.
 
The sheriff, John Skipper, will be holding a press conference at 9:15 a.m. today to provide details on the investigation.
 

Wednesday
Oct282009

Investigation Goes On for Missing Taylors Woman

ANDERSON, S.C. (Tuesday, October 28, 2009, 2:00 PM) – The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the discovery of missing Taylors man’s body and vehicle.
 
At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, Anderson sheriff’s deputies responded to a deceased man in a wooded area off of Asaville School Road.  The man was identified as Homer Staton, 72, of 1 Graystone Way, Taylors.  He and his wife, Jo Ann, 69, were reported missing from Greenville County.  They were last seen there at a local restaurant Friday afternoon. An autopsy revealed that Staton died of blunt force trauma and his death was ruled a homicide.
 
Their vehicle, a black 2007 Toyota Corolla, was found off of the roadway at a pasture gate on Horton Road, Belton, on Saturday.  It was unoccupied and blood was found on the interior.
 
Searches of the areas were conducted by on foot and by air in an effort to locate evidence and Mrs. Staton.  The Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was utilized in a body of water near the location where the vehicle was located.  A cadaver dog was also used in the searches.
 
Searches of the areas were conducted by on foot and by air in an effort to locate evidence and Mrs. Staton.  The Sheriff’s Office Dive Team was utilized in a body of water near the location where the vehicle was located.  A cadaver dog was used in the searches.
 
Leads from the Staton Family, their friends and the community continue to come in and investigators are following up on all of them. There has been no further information as to the whereabouts of Mrs. Staton.No searches are presently in progress and no Arrest Warrants have been issued.

Wednesday
Oct282009

Pride of Pendleton Band Takes Upper State Top Honors

To Compete Saturday for State Title

Pendleton – Pendleton High’s Pride of Pendleton band won their 9th consecutive SCBDA AA Upper State Championship. Pendleton's marching show entitled "The Faces of a Clown", defeated thirteen upper state bands. Under the direction of Rob Smith, Pendleton’s winning streak of nine upper state championships is currently the longest in the state. The Pendleton band will compete for the AA State marching band championship this Saturday, October 31 at Batesburg-Leesville High School. The band will march at 8:45pm with awards at 10:00pm.

Wednesday
Oct282009

Pet of the Week

This dog is a Basset mix and is approximately 3 years old.  He was turned over to Animal Control who brought him here to us.  He gets along great with other dogs and is very sweet!  He could sure use a wonderful and loving forever home!!  If you are wanting to adopt this small fellow, please call the shelter between 11:00 am. And 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday at 864-260-4151.  We are located at 615 Highway 28 By-Pass, Anderson, SC 29624

Wednesday
Oct282009

"Rock the Rooftop" and Help Others

Burgundy Blues and Lilia Day Spa will be hosting an event Sunday November 1st called “Rockin the Roof Top”. The Mac Arnold Band, who are donating their performance, to benefit Anderson Interfaith Ministries. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds benefit AIM. Craig Cahaly is donating a suit and Lilia is donating his/her massage, dinner, and a night in the Roof Top Apartment. Tickets are one chance for $10 or 3 for $25 (you do not have to be present to win). Tickets can be purchased at Lilia, AIM or on the AIM website.

Tuesday
Oct272009

Flash Flood Warning Through Late Tonight

A flash flood warning has been issued for the Upstate, including Anderson County, and runs through late tonight.

Several hours of moderate to heavy rain across the watch area may result in areas of excessive runoff. Flooding of small creeks, streams, and low lying areas will be possible this afternoon through early Wednesday. Urban areas will likely see flooding within areas of poor drainage.