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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.


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.


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.



*Training is free due to the generosity of Darby Electric and Baldor Electric

On October 14th from 8:30 to 5 at the Civic Center of Anderson there will be a free full-day training session lead by William Livoti, Senior Principal Engineer at Baldor Electric Company. Livoti has more than 30 years experience in the pump industry designing, field testing, repairing and troubleshooting mechanical seals, compressors and pumping systems.  Additionally, Livoti has worked for several pump and mechanical seal OEM’s as well as Corporate Principal Engineer for Balance of Plant equipment at a large power utility company, where among other responsibilities he was accountable for asset management, life cycle performance, system assessment, failure analysis, O&M and capital budget.

He is an active member of ASME, Vibration Institute,  IEEE, PCIC, Power Engineering Society, Hydraulic Institute and HI working groups and is the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of Pump Systems Matter.  Livoti has recently completed a book on System Optimization Guide Lines with the Hydraulic Institute and is currently preparing a book on Power Plant Process Guidelines for Pumping Systems.  His primary responsibility at Baldor includes industry specific applications / solutions, failure analysis and R&D for motors, drives, closed gearing and bearings as they apply to Power Generation and Fluid Handling with a focus on energy efficiency, life cycle performance and asset optimization.  Livoti has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and holds several patents in motor and gearing design for pumps and power industry.
Why should I attend?
Demand for electricity is expected to double by 2030  the US will need to build 15 gigawatts of new power generation by that time. In addition, power utilities are being pressure to provide cleaner more efficient plants, primarily due to the expectation due to the expectation that carbon will be regulated. The overall picture is that the electric power industry faces a situation in which significant investments are needed and rate increases will be necessary to finance them.
According to studies by the US Department of Energy:
•        Nearly 25% of industrial electricity demand comes from industrial motor systems
•        Over 50% of pump life cycle costs result from energy and maintenance expense
•        Less than 15% of pump life cycle costs are initial purchase costs
•        Energy savings of 20% or more are possible with systems optimization
Inefficient pumping systems can lead to higher maintenance costs, higher energy costs, more system failures and so much more. The Finnish Technical Research Center analyzed 1,690 pumps at 20 process plants. They reported that the average efficiency of these pump systems was below 40% and that more than 10% of pump systems in the study were operating below 10% efficiency.
South Carolina is facing an energy challenge like never before.  Sustainability will play a key role in the future of our economic stability and energy conservation will be a critical component.
This informative one day workshop will show you how to:
• Reduce energy costs
• Improve system reliability
• Reduce fugitive emissions
• Increase staff productivity
• Improve product quality
• Increase profitability
•   Increase mean time between repairs

Who should attend?
This workshop is intended for design engineers, facility managers as well as engineering, operations and maintenance personnel that are involved with the design, selection, installation, maintenance, operation and optimization of pumping systems.

•        Why Efficient Pumping Systems are Important
•        Pump Basics (Centrifugal)
•        How to Read a Pump Curve
•        Pumping System Interaction
•        Energy Savings Opportunity
•        Impact of Energy Efficiency
•        Steps to improve Efficiency
•        Developing an Action Plan
•        Case Study

As a result of this workshop, participants will learn / gain understanding:
The benefits of improving the performance of pumping systems
Understand how pumps operate and the basics of pump/system interaction
Know how to screen pumping systems to find good candidate systems for improving system performance
Understand how to identify basic performance improvement opportunities
Understand how to implement basic performance improvement measures
Understand life-cycle cost analysis
Understand how to position the Action Plan to plant management
Lunch will be provided for all registered guests.
Please RSVP to
For more information, contact Angela Stringer at 864.934.6451


Wickiser Hired to Head Farmer's Market

Anderson County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Division Director Glenn Brill announced that Tandy Wickiser has been hired as the new Anderson County Farmer’s Market Manager, effective October 5th. “Tandy will bring a great deal of passion to the position and will work hard to enhance our county’s agricultural economy,” Brill said.

“Anderson County is in a pivotal position where a relatively small investment in locally sustainable agriculture will net an economic, social and environmental windfall,” said Wickiser.  “We will be implementing a campaign to urge all Anderson County residents to become ‘Loyal Andersonians’- to think local, be local and buy local.”

Wickiser’s duties will include managing the Farmer’s Market on market days, marketing the Market and Farmer’s Market Pavilion for special events and continuing to implement the Anderson County Farm & Food Plan.

Wickiser and her husband Kurt own the Creekside Bar-be-que Restaurant in Anderson. She is a lifelong Andersonian and is the former president of the Junior League of Anderson County. She also serves on the board of the Outdoor Dream Foundation. Her extensive project management experience includes chairing the League’s Holiday Market and planning events for the Foundation.  Wickiser is also a licensed chiropractor. She is a graduate of Clemson University, where she earned a degree in political science. She also earned a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Life College of Chiropractic in Marietta, GA.

To learn more information about the Farmer’s Market, Farmer’s Market Pavilion or the Anderson County Farm & Food Plan, visit the web site at:  For other information, contact Glenn Brill, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 760-5928.


Belton Standpipe Festival

Thousands showed up for the Belton Standpipe Festival Saturday for activities ranging from and classic car show to rides and a number of arts, crafts and food offerings.


Sheriff’s Office Program Tracks Sex Offenders

ANDERSON (Friday, October 2, 2009, 2:47 PM) - Citizens can easily keep track of registered sex offenders living in Anderson County through Offender Watch, a notification tool accessible on the Sheriff’s Office web site that provides offenders’ names, addresses and photographs.

Offender Watch allows searches for area offenders within a two-mile radius of any location and provides notification when one moves into the vicinity.  Information is updated instantaneously throughout the day as offender data is revised.

The address for the Sheriff’s Office is  The link to the program is “Anderson County Sheriff’s Sex Offender Watch.”

Pursuant to Section 23-3-430 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, a registered sex offender is required to register twice a year, once during their birth month and again six months later. Offenders classified as sexual predators are required to register every three months. An offender is deemed a sexual predator by a State Review Board upon release from incarceration or upon conviction. Being deemed a predator means the board determined that the offender is likely to re-offend. Two predators reside in Anderson County.

During each bi-annual registration, an offender is required to provide personal information to include their current address, phone numbers, employment information, vehicle registration and other viable information deemed necessary.  Offenders are also required by SC Law to pay a registration fee of $150.00 per year unless determined to be below the US poverty guideline based on yearly income and number of person(s) in the family.

An offender is considered “Failed to Register” if he/she does not complete the required bi-annual registration or if he/she does not reside at the address indicated on the registration form.  An initial failure to register conviction carries a penalty of 30 days imprisonment and or a fine. The second failure to register conviction carries a penalty of one year mandatory imprisonment and a third or subsequent conviction for failure to register carries a five year imprisonment; three of the five years shall not be suspended nor probation granted.

A paper copy of current offenders and their addresses may be obtained from the Sheriff’s Office by calling (864) 332-5487.


District 5 Hosts Partnership Luncheon

Anderson School District Five welcomed 80 guests to its annual Business and Education Partnerships’ Service Learning Luncheon on Wednesday, September 30th. Mayor Terence Roberts spoke to the group concerning Service Learning in our community and encouraged all to be “lifters” rather than “leaners.”

Pamela Evans, Workforce Development Facilitator, commended the District’s Service Learning Representatives and the Business and Education Partners for over 33,000 hours of service learning that included the participation of 14,627 students last year.

Partners have donated time, shared resources, and supported the personal academic growth of our students, said Lesia Patterson, Coordinator of the District’s Business and Education Partnership. In addition, the business partners have donated over $12,000 that has funded 12 scholarships for students at Westside and T.L. Hanna High Schools.

“We currently have 94 businesses that participate in 205 Business and Education Partnerships in Anderson Five,” said Mrs. Patterson, who also serves as Coordinator of Project Challenge, the District’s gifted and talented program. “We are fortunate to have partners who show that the greatest achievements are those that benefit others, and we encourage our community to support the businesses that extend helping hands to our students.”

Wednesday’s luncheon sponsors were the Bi-Lo Superstore on Highway 24, Sam’s Club, O’Charley’s Restaurant, State Farm Insurance Company (Terence Hassan), Toadily Fun, Inc. and Palmetto Bank.

The luncheon was organized by Mrs. Patterson and Mrs. Evans.


School District 4 Awarded Accreditation

Pendleton - Anderson School District Four Superintendent announced today, September 30, 2009, that Anderson School District Four was granted District Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation seal. Receiving this accreditation status means that the district and all of its 6 schools are accredited, and that Anderson Four is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.
The accreditation process involved three ongoing components: 1) meeting high quality standards; 2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and 3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. The district’s accreditation is for a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the 5-year term.
“"We, in Anderson Four, are delighted with the positive findings of the QAR Team,” said Dr. Lee D’Andrea, Superintendent. “This is a good school district committed to being a great school district. The accreditation process and recommendations will help make that possible. I want to thank Dr. Joanne Avery and all the Standards Review Committee Chairs, our teachers, our staff and our stakeholders for their work, their honesty and their commitment to excellence. It is a very good day in Anderson School District Four! I look forward to getting the final report."
Accreditation has historically focused on individual schools. Only recently, has the district been perceived as a key leverage point for school improvement. Building on this research, AdvancED developed an accreditation process specifically designed for school districts. “The process invites school districts and their stakeholders to collaboratively review the quality of the district’s systems and the success of each school,” said Dr. Joanne Avery, Deputy Superintendent. “AdvancED accreditation is the mark of quality for our district and all of its schools. It demonstrates to our community that we are committed to providing the very best learning opportunities for all learners.”
Anderson Four has been accredited through SACS since 1979. In March of 2008, the district made a formal application to SACS CASI to pursue accreditation through AdvancED and was officially approved to participate in the accreditation process in October 2008.
Parents and interested community members can learn more about the District Accreditation Process at


Easley Woman Charged in Shooting

Christine Lynn Anderson, 56, of Easley has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, in the shooting of her husband Thomas Steven Anderson, 64, who was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital after sustaining a single gunshot wound to the chest. Mrs. Anderson was taken into custody and is in the Anderson County Detention Center. A bond hearing is pending.


District 5 Wins $50,000 Arts Grant

District Five has earned a $50,000 competitive grant that will fund arts-related activities. The South Carolina Department of Education grant will benefit all district schools. The uses include:

  • Support of the Artists in Residence programs in our schools.
  • Funding of a Visual and Performing Arts Resource Center at Calhoun Academy of the Arts. The center will house resources for all VPA teachers in the district to use to support instruction in all district schools. 
  • Support for our teachers to attend professional development including the Arts in the Basic Curriculum Summer Institutes in all areas of the visual and performing arts.
  • Funding for continued development of the District Five Strategic Plan for the Visual and Performing Arts.

Sarah Burns, Coordinator of Grants and Special Projects, coordinated the writing of the grant.



Small Business Seminar Free to Public

A free small business seminar, sponsored by Anderson County and the City of Anderson, is scheduled September 30, 2009 at 2 to 5 p.m., in the City Council Chambers in City Hall.

Featured guest speakers will discuss funding opportunities for expanding and/or sustaining existing small business and how to acquire funding for startups. The exciting lineup of speakers include Gregg White with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Business and Cooperative Programs, George Long and Dave Mueller with the Appalachian Council of Governments’ Business Development Program, Theresa Singleton with the Small Business Administration and Ben Smith with Clemson University Small Business Development.


T.L. Hanna Band Wins Grand Championship

The T.L. Hanna Marching Band received another Grand Championship on Saturday at the Midland Valley Tournament of Bands with a high score of 93.15. 

The T.L. Hanna Band placed first in Music, Music Effect and Visual Effect. The Band also received the Gold Division Award, and the Class IV first place award in addition to the Grand Championship. Wade Murray received the first place overall Drum Major award with a score of 95.

The T.L. Hanna Band’s competition show includes Rhapsody in Blue, Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini and Bohemian Rhapsody. Featured Soloists are Sam Park on clarinet, Reid Staynoff on trumpet and Marquis Johnson on baritone.

The T.L. Hanna Guard Captains are Amber Pettigrew and Amanda Bensen, Guard Co-Captains are Amanda Reed and Brandi Freeman. The Drum Major is Wade Murray. The T.L. Hanna Band President is Adam Chabek. Band Vice Presidents are Brandon Baker, Emily Rossin and Anna Stastny. Band Secretaries are Cesar Diaz, Zaari Quadri and Brittany Simpson.

Richard C. Baskin and Roger Whitt are the Directors of the T.L. Hanna Bands. Victor Mooney, Amy Heintz and Jamie Bailey are the Flag Corps Instructors. Doug Wertz and Christina Sherman are the assistants. Shon Brown and Matt Grubb are the Percussion Instructors and Robert Pettigrew is the Band Booster President.