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Monday
Oct122009

South Fant, West Market Receive Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Grant

Students at South Fant and West Market Early Childhood and Education Centers will be encouraged to boost their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to a federal grant making healthier eating easier during the upcoming school year.

The schools are among 51 schools statewide taking part in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. They will be sharing a $1,172,650 grant from the USDA in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education and South Carolina Department of Agriculture. South Fant and West Market will receive a total of $18,400 for the 2009-10 school year.

The funds will go to purchase and serve a wide variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables, providing fruit baskets inside classrooms, kiosks in hallways and other innovative approaches to give youngsters a chance to grab a healthy snack throughout the school day. The aim is to create a healthier school environment.

Schools also will make nutrition education a priority, emphasizing the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. The program engages all of the students’ senses – sound, sight, touch, smell and, most important, taste.

“There are actually two goals here,” said State Superintendent of Education Jim Rex.  “First, we want kids to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Second – and perhaps even more important in the long run – we want to give them a head start on developing healthier eating habits that can last their whole lives.”
The grant was written by West Market Teacher Hedrick Lewis. The SDE’s Office of School Food Services and Nutrition is partnering with the state Department of Agriculture to work with local farmers to purchase home-grown fruits and produce for the program.  

Monday
Oct122009

Carolina Christian Writers to Gather in Anderson

Fourteen prize-winning authors, editors and agents will converge on Anderson, South Carolina, for the  Carolina Christian Writers' Workshop October 23-24, 2009. The registration fee for the two-day event is $95 which includes a Saturday sack lunch for registrants. Students, pastors and spouses can attend for $30.Walk ins will be accepted as long as space is available. The event, beginning Friday night at six o'clock through Saturday at four-thirty, will be held at North Anderson Baptist Church, 2308 N. Main Street, Anderson, S.C. 29621. Any one interested is welcome to attend.

The following is a list of speakers and classes:
 
Candy Arrington – prolific author and on staff of The Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service:  Non-fiction Markets Worth Pursuing;  Tackling Tough Topics; Query Letter Boot Camp
Linda Canup – Asst. Editor, In Touch Magazine: From Good to Great-Practical Tips
            To Improve Your Writing; Marks of a Professional Writer;
            Writing the Christian Article
Captain Randy Creamer- Special Operations, Anderson County Sheriff's Office:
            Profile of a Law Officer; How to Put Firearms in Your Book Without Shooting
   Yourself in the Foot; How to be a Cop and a Christian
Rosey Dow – Winner of the coveted Christy award; CEO of Experts in Focus
                      1. How to Create an Online Platform
                      2. Social Networking to Boost Book Sales
                      3. The Online Article--A Whole New Breed
Lynette Eason –  Steeple Hill and Revel Christian Romantic Suspense novelist
                         1) Writing Suspense, 2) Using Excel to Plot Novels,
                         3) Selling a Series
Dr. Edna Ellison – author of 12 books, humorist, international speaker
             Non-fiction books, Writing Basics, Writing a Bible Study Series
Linda Gilden – author of Love Notes series, Dir. Of CLASS Christian Writers’  Conf.:   
  Speaking with CLASS;  A Non-Fiction Overview;  The Writers'  Glossary
Dr. Bonnie Harvey – author of 22 books, book consultant and literary agent
            Writing for Children, Writing Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction
Larry Leech – Journalist, Ghostwriter. Has more than 2300 articles published:
             Interviewing; Ghostwriting; Time Management                                             
Yvonne Lehman -  Author of 48 Christian novels: Writing Christian Novels, Novellas;
    The Spiritual Element;  Raising the Stakes
Dr. Robert Lesslie - author of bestseller Angels in the ER:
               From Idea to Bookshelf,  One Writer's Journey
Lynda Moldrem – author, speaker and Vice-President of Upstate SC ACW
            Overview of Different Kinds of Publishing (print-on-demand, subsidy, royalty)
             One class,  repeated, Saturday only.
Les Stobbe - Literary Agent: Earning the Right to be Published,
                    Enlisting Your Reader for Life Change
Ann Tatlock –  Novelist and former Asst. Editor, Decision
            Writing for a Post-Modern World - Part 1 and 2; 
            Writing Articles and  Devotions
             Senses and Setting in Fiction  

Monday
Oct122009

Mayor's Disability Fair Friday

The Anderson Mayor's Committee on Disability is hosting the Disability Fair, "Access Anderson" on Friday, October 16th at the Anderson County Farmer's Market from 9 am-3pm.  I have attached some fliers and a vendor agreement form.  We still have space for additional vendors and would love to have you join us.  If you cannot make this event, please send us information about your organization and programs. We are happy to display them and handout materials to participants.  We must receive all vendor agreements by October 4th.  Also, please spread the word to your clients and members.  Last year we had over 300 participants and hope this year will be even better.

Here a a few of the organizations that have confirmed:
Anderson Mayor's Committee on Disability
Anderson OneStop Workforce Center
Bryant Pharmacy & Supply
Disability Action Center
Easter Seals of SC
Family Connections of SC
Free Spirit & Mobility Home Medical
Kool Smiles
Morningside Assisted Living
SC Commission for the Blind
SC Physically Handicapped Society, Anderson Chapter 5996
Social Security Administration
Special O;lympics of SC-Area 14

Verbally confirmed but agreement not received:
AnMed Health Lifeline
AnMed Homecare
SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department
Senior Solutions
Walton Options & HUBSCRUB
Computer Engraving
Walgreen Distribution Center HR

Providing Literature:
SC Assistive Technology Program
Anderson Services Association

This event is free to all vendors and participants.  We will have live entertainment, concessions and other events.  Door prizes and table give-aways are encouraged.  We will have information not only for people with disabilities but also service providers and employers.  Again please join us and spread the word.  Thank you.

Please contact the Anderson Mayor's Committee on Disability, Chair at (864) 221-4011 if you have any other questions.

Thursday
Oct082009

Supporting AIM Easy this Weekend

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 9th & 10th at Toadily Fun.  $5 per child entry fee (no charge for parents) from 5p – 9pm.  Carnival to benefit AIM!  Jumping on inflatables included.  Additional attractions available for tickets (25 cents each).  Visit their website for more information: www.toadilyfun.com

Saturday, October 10th at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church – 1821 White Street, Anderson.  BBQ dinner plates - $10.  Please purchase tickets at AIM or call the church prior to give them a count (226-8621).  BBQ donated by The Pompous Pig.

AUCTION THIS WEEKEND with percentage of the proceeds benefitting AIM!  Beginning at 12 noon on Saturday, October 10th.  Storage Multi-Unit Auction Under One Roof Sat. 10/10 12 pm Hundreds of items have accumulated over several months & have been moved to our facility. Portion of net proceeds to be donated to Anderson Interfaith Ministries.  View listing & terms at auctionzip.com ID #5504 Bob Stutler's Auction SCAL #3553  235 Polaris St.  Anderson, 933-2965

 

Wednesday
Oct072009

WYFF: Vandals Damage Corn Maze

Click here for WYFF Story and Video at their site.

The Denver Downs corn maze and farm activities, site here, have become a major fall tradition in Anderson and a means of helping keep the generations-old Garrison family farm running. Show your support by making an extra effort by taking your family and friends to visit the farm this year.

Also, do your part to help find those responsible for the vandalism.

CrimeStoppers (864-231-STOP) is offering a reward for information on these criminals.

Wednesday
Oct072009

Arrest Made in Anderson Shooting

ANDERSON (Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 10:55 AM) – Sheriff’s investigators have arrested Brandon Corey Williams, 24, of Anderson for shooting and wounding a man yesterday afternoon. Edgar L. Harkness, Jr., 21, of 221 Stringer Road, Anderson, was sitting in his vehicle around 3:30 pm at 414 Lance Road when he was shot twice in the leg and thigh.  He was transported to AnMed Health for treatment.  The injuries were non-life threatening.
 
Investigators identified Williams as the suspect and obtained arrest warrants charging him with Assault and Battery with Intent to Kill and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime early this morning.  Williams turned himself in to investigators and is currently being held at the Anderson County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. The reason for the shooting is unknown at this time.  No other arrests are expected.

Tuesday
Oct062009

County Could Face Furloughs in January

A financial reporting error by the State of South Carolina, one which effects all 46 counties, means Anderson County will have to cut $255,000 from an already tight budget. Interim County Administrator Rusty Burns said that while there is still hope, Anderson County will have to "rachet down" to make it in the months ahead.

"We think we will be ok until January," Burns said. "But we may have to furlough in January, we won't know for sure until Jan. 15."

Tuesday
Oct062009

Propsal Limits Work of Former Council Members

Former Anderson County Council members can no longer accept a job or serve as a consultant for the county for one year after leaving their elected position. The final passage of the ordinance Tuesday night, was approved by a 5-1 vote . An amendment by Anderson County Council Member Gracie Floyd, which would have extended the measure, was voted down, but could be reconsidered later.

Council also approved on first reading a proposal by Councilwoman Cindy Wilson which would attempt to redefine what constitutes the secure transportation of garbage. The proposal will move to second reading and a public hearing at the next council meeting.

In other business, council gave the ok Tuesday to begin taking bids for construction of the new Anderson County Animal Shelter on U.S. 29, after rejecting bids earlier this year.

Tuesday
Oct062009

Shooting Investigated

ANDERSON (Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 7:55 PM) – Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a shooting that occurred in the roadway at 414 Lance Road, Anderson, in which a local man received non-life threatening injuries.
 
The victim, Edgar L. Harkness, Jr., 21, of 221 Stringer Road, Anderson, was sitting in his vehicle when he was shot twice in the leg and thigh by an unknown black male.  The male fled the scene in a grey-colored car after the shooting. Harkness was transported to AnMed Health for treatment.
 
The reason for the shooting is unknown at this time.  The incident is being actively pursued by sheriff’s investigators. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Office at 864-260-4400 or CrimeStoppers at 864-231-7867.

Monday
Oct052009

Writers Workshop Offers Early Registration

Anderson - The early bird registration ($85) for the Carolina Christian Writers Workshop should be postmarked by OCTOBER 10. Please note that MINISTERS/MISSIONARIES may come for the student and/or spouse rate of $30. Scholarships: We also still have some scholarships available for those who may have lost jobs or have family sickness, crises, etc.  Email me (Elva Martin) if you would like to have a scholarship. Note: I will be out of town Oct. 4-8 at Yvonne Lehman's Novel Retreat and may not be able to get back to you until the following week. You will still need to fill in and mail a registration form, once
approved.
 
See the quick list below of our 14 faculty members and almost 40 classes being offered.
 
2009 CCWW Faculty/Classes Quick list
Candy Arrington – prolific author and on staff of The Christian Communicator         Mss  Critique Service:  Non-fiction Markets Worth Pursuing,
                    Tackling Tough Topics, Query Letter Boot Camp
Linda Canup – Asst. Editor, In Touch magazine: From Good to Great-Practical Tips
            To Improve Your Writing; Marks of a Professional Writer;
            Writing the Christian  Article
Capt. Randy Creamer - Special Operations, Anderson County Sheriff's Office
            Profile of a Law Officer, How to Put Firearms in Your Book Without Shooting
   Yourself in the Foot, How to be a Cop and a Christian
Rosey Dow – Winner of coveted Christy award; CEO of Experts in Focus
                      1. How to Create an Online Platform
                      2. Social Networking to Boost Book Sales
                      3. The Online Article--A Whole New Breed
Lynette Eason –  Steeple Hill and Revel Christian Romantic Suspense novelist
                         1) Writing Suspense, 2) Using Excel to Plot Novels,
                         3) Selling a Series
Dr. Edna Ellison – author of 12 books, humorist, international speaker
             Non-fiction books, Writing Basics, Writing a Bible Study Series
Linda Gilden – author of Love Notes series, Dir. Of CLASS Christian Writers’                 Conf.:  Speaking with CLASS;  A Non-Fiction Overview;
            The Writers'  Glossary
Dr. Bonnie Harvey – author of 22 books, book consultant and literary agent
            Writing for Children, Writing Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction
Larry Leech – Journalist, Ghostwriter. Has more than 2300 articles published
             Interviewing; Ghostwriting; Time Management                                             
Yvonne Lehman -  Author of 48 Christian novels: Writing Christian Novels,                         Novellas; The Spiritual Element;  Raising the Stakes
Dr. Robert Lesslie - author of bestseller Angels in the ER
               From Idea to Bookshelf,  One Writer's Journey
Lynda Moldrem – author, speaker and Vice-President of Upstate SC ACW
            Overview of Different Kinds of Publishing (print-on-demand, subsidy, royalty)               One class,  repeated, Saturday only.
Les Stobbe, Literary Agent:   Earning the Right to be Published,
                    Enlisting Your Reader for Life Change
Ann Tatlock –  Novelist and former Asst. Editor, Decision
            Writing for a Post-Modern World - Part 1 and 2; 
            Writing Articles and  Devotions
             Senses and Setting in Fiction

Monday
Oct052009

Students Turn Trash into Scarecrows

Scarecrows made from recyclable materials line the halls of the Anderson Arts Center. More than 500 students from Anderson County schools participated in the 11th Annual Recycled Scarecrow Contest. Based on specific criteria, the following classes were chosen by volunteer judges.

    1st place – Nadine De Papa, St. Joseph Catholic School, 3rd grade

    2nd place – Joye Clardy, Midway Elementary School, 5th grade and Sarah Malmezian, Midway Elementary, 5th grade

    3rd place – Robin Echols, Midway Elementary School, 5th grade

 
 

 

Sponge Bob Scarecrow, Midway Elementary School.

 

 

 

Scarecrows will be displayed at the Anderson Arts Center (Oct. 5-16). The Recycled Scarecrow Contest is a team building effort sponsored by Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County and the Anderson Arts Center. 3-8 grade students and Special Education classes are invited to create a scarecrow constructed from recycled materials. This program promotes and instills positive, green habits in Anderson County youth.

 

Upcoming KAB Education Programs & Events

ü  Tree Identification – Tree Identification will kick-off Arbor Day on December 5th. This program teaches students tree parts and highlights five trees that grow in the South Carolina area.

ü  Tree Legacy – Tree Legacy is a program that involves the Senior Class from each high school in Districts 1-5. 

ü  In observance of Arbor Day, senior classes plant a tree in remembrance of their graduation class.

ü  America Recycles Day – November 15th

 

For more information about Keep America Beautiful Programs contact the KAB Environmental Educator at 864-260-1003.

 
Monday
Oct052009

Anderson Rotary Dedicates Bus Shelter

(Shown in the photograph from left to right are: Rotarian Quenton Tompkins, Rotarian Lynn Scott, Mayor Terence Roberts, Rotarian Carol Burdette, Rotarian Mike Panasko, Rotarian Pam Melbourne, Rotarian Laurie Ashley and Rotarian Lee Luff.)

Anderson, SC – Anderson Rotary Club dedicated the first of six bus shelters around the city of Anderson on Tuesday, September 15th on County Home Road in front of the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Center off Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Anderson Rotary Club has committed to funding 6 shelters total around the city. The timeframe for completion is ongoing and will continue as funds are raised. One shelter cost $5600. The cost to the Club is $1200 per shelter. Anderson Rotary is funding the project as part of a matching Federal grant that pays 80% of the total cost for a single shelter.  The original idea of the project came from Anderson City Councilman, Rick Laughridge who passed the idea on the Anderson Rotary Club.

Monday
Oct052009

Varennes Teacher Wins Statewide Award

Chris Holt, physical education teacher at Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology, has been named the winner of a statewide honor. Mr. Holt is this year’s recipient of the SCAPES Founder’s Award for Teaching Excellence – Elementary Level. The award is presented by the South Carolina Association for Physical Education and Sport. Now in his sixth year of teaching at Varennes, Mr. Holt has taught in District Five for the past ten years.

“Mr. Holt was selected for this prestigious award for his outstanding contributions to Physical Education in South Carolina,” said Todd Seagle, chairman of the SCAPES Honors and Awards Committee. “South Carolina is fortunate to have a professional of his caliber serving the children of our state.” The award criterion requires that the recipient be a physical education teacher who:

  • Conducts a quality physical education program as reflected in NASPE standards and guidelines for K-12 Physical Education programs;
  • Utilizes various teaching methodologies and plans innovative learning experiences to meet the needs of all students;
  • Serves as a positive role model epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportsmanship, and sensitivity to the needs of students;
  • Participates in professional development opportunities; and
  • Provides service to the profession through leadership, presentations, and/or writing.

The 2009 South Carolina Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (SCAHPERD) Annual Convention will not be held in November this year due to South Carolina Hosting the Southern District Conference in February 2010.  The SCAPES Founder’s Award for Teaching Excellence will be presented to Mr. Holt at the SCAHPERD Awards Luncheon on Saturday, February 13, 2010.  The Awards Luncheon will be held at noon.