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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.


Belton Homicide Suspect Captured 

Today, investigators with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Harley Edwards, 29, of Johns Avenue, Belton, with Murder and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime in the stabbing death of James Eric Campbell.  Deputies found Campbell lying in the floor of his home at 243 Sherwood Drive, Belton, while answering an assault call at that address.  He was transported to AnMed Health and succumbed to his injury there.  Investigators believe an argument between the two led to the homicide.
Edwards is currently housed at the Anderson County Detention Center awaiting a Bond Hearing.  No further arrests are expected.


Why Clemson Football Game is not on TV


From CollegeFanz Sports Reports

The Clemson/TCU football game will not be covered by a television network this weekend. Instead, the Tigers contest against the 15th ranked Horned Frogs will only be available through ESPN360. This will be the first time that a Clemson football game featuring a ranked opponent is not televised. ABC decided to show the Miami vs. Virginia Tech game at 3:30 and Raycom picked up the UNC vs. Georgia Tech game, leaving the Clemson vs. TCU match up not televised. ESPNU had the option to pick up the game, but had already committed to show Pittsburgh vs. NC State during the 3:30 time slot.  The ACC’s associate commissioner for football, Michael Kelly, stated that the recent contract that ESPN made with the SEC had no bearing on whether the game would have been televised or not. Kelly stated that, “The only thing we really lose, based on the SEC contract this year, is the nighttime ESPNU window. It was rare that we had three ACC games on ESPNU last year."


The Clemson fan base does not seem to be happy about this snub from television, but are mostly taking it as a challenge. Players and fans seem to be thinking this is their chance to prove to the nation that Clemson should be televised. The game was originally slated for a noon kickoff, but was actually pushed back to a 3:30 kickoff because of a compromise for fans. Many fans think the noon kickoff is too early and leaves less time to engage in tailgating festivities, so they prefer a night game. Others think noon is the ideal time for a game so traffic can be coordinated and the tailgating can be done afterwards. The compromise looks like it pushed the Clemson/TCU game out of a television spot. Hopefully this weekend Clemson can prove to the nation that they deserve a television spot, especially if they are competing against a ranked opponent.




Greek 2-Day Festival To Benefit Monastery

  On October 3-4, local Orthodox and friends will come together at the Anderson County Farmers Market to put on the Anderson Greek Festival to benefit the building fund of our local monastery.  The Festival Committee is compose of members from St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Greenville, South Carolina. The Festival is open to the public

For information call Bill Stathakis  864-221-0170     email:

Festival Menu (click here to view)

The Greek Festival Blog (click here to watch Greek music & dance videos)


Sheriff's Dept. Seeks Suspect in Belton Murder

Wanted Person
Harley Edwards
White male
Date of Birth: 11/15/1979
5’08” 180lbs.
Brown hair / hazel eyes


The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warrant for Harley Edwards, 29, 1312 Johns Ave, Belton, in connection with a homicide, which occurred late Wednesday night in Belton.
    At 10 p.m., deputies responded to a call at 243 Sherwood Dr., Belton where they found James Eric Campbell, 31, of 108 Church Street, Belton, had been stabbed in the torso. Campbell was transported to AnMed Health where he died as a result of this injury.
    Sheriff’s Office investigators have identified Edwards as the suspect.  Arrest warrants have been issued for Edwards charging him with Murder and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime.
    Anyone with information about this crime or the whereabouts of Edwards, should call the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department at (864) 260-4400.


Anderson’s Livestrong Weekend Oct. 2-4

ANDERSON – What do a 40-foot dragon boat, a campground on Hartwell Lake and Lance Armstrong have in common? All will be part of Anderson’s Livestrong Day the weekend of Oct. 2-4.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation’s annual advocacy day for cancer survivorship on Oct. 2 is celebrated world-wide. This is a milestone year, as Livestrong Day marks the tenth anniversary of the day professional cyclist Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The Upstate S.C. Army of the Livestrong Foundation will use that day as the starting point for a weekend of activities at Tiger Cove Campground on Hartwell Lake. The highlight will come Saturday afternoon, when the Army’s new dragon boat will be paddled into the cove by a team of breast cancer survivors. Tiger Cove Campground is located off Asbury Road, across the lake from Portman Marina.

The Camp for the Cure weekend was the dream of Becky Lash, who bought Tiger Cove Campground with her husband Jamie in 2005. Mr. Lash was diagnosed with cancer shortly after that, but he worked through most of his illness to get the campground into shape after years of neglect. He died this past March and Mrs. Lash is hosting the Livestrong Day and Camp for the Cure in his memory.

Half of all registrations for tent and RV sites and the campground’s cabins will benefit the Cancer Association of Anderson that weekend. Activities begin at sundown Friday, when singer/guitarist Butch Hicks will lead an old-fashioned sing-around-the-campfire. It is open to the public as well as campers.

On Saturday, the campground will be alive with activities on water and land, including kayak rentals by Grady’s Great Outdoors; arts and crafts for children; a variety of artisan and craft booths; live music by the Smooth Too of Atlanta; Chinese and American food specialties; an outdoor yoga demonstration and class by Senior Solutions; and cornhole tournaments for kids and adults.

At 1:30, Huo Li, the dragon boat owned by the Upstate SC Army and the Cancer Association of Anderson, will be paddled into the cove, followed by a Chinese swimming dragon dance by local performance artist Naimah Abdullah. Novice paddlers can join the team for a short ride on the water in the dragon boat for a nominal fee.

A complete schedule of activities can be found on the Cancer Association’s website,

Campsites are still available, and artists and crafters are still being sought for the weekend. For information, contact Becky Lash at 225-5993.


Denver Downs Corn Maze Opens Saturday


Double Springs Park Dedicated

On Tuesday, residents from the Double Springs Community gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate improvements to Double Springs Community Park. Recent improvements include a tree house, spring riders and a protective net to contain the ball field and prevent foul balls from entering the children’s play area. 

These improvements were made possible by a PARD (Parks and Recreation Development Fund) Grant, secured due to the efforts of SC Representative Don Bowen, District 8, with matching funds provided by Anderson County Councilman Tom Allen from District 4.

“I am proud to have been a part of this project,” said Representative Bowen. “Double Springs Community Park is in my district and it is good to see these improvements for the good of this community. The Double Springs Community Association is to be commended for their efforts to make this park what it is today – one of the best kept parks in Anderson County.”

“It is always exciting to see county and state government work together with local communities on projects that benefit residents,” said Councilman Tom Allen. “This community does an excellent job of maintaining this park and keeping it clean and available to be used by everyone. The wonderful turnout of residents this evening is evidence that we made an excellent investment in this community by partnering to make these improvements a reality. I want to especially thank Steve Hartsell, president of the Double Springs Community Association, for his hard work and dedication to this community.”

For more information about the Double Springs Community Park, the Double Springs Community Association or to reserve the park, call 864.287.2938.