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AU Welcomes Another Record Class for 2017

Anderson University, now the second largest private university in the state, will welcom more than 780 new students, including roughly 90 transfer students who are expected to move onto AU’s campus on Saturday. 

The 695 freshmen and 88 transfer students are expected to push AU’s fall enrollment to 3,500, another record. Final official enrollment figures won’t be complete until mid-September.

Move-in at AU will feature local volunteers swoop helping each newly arriving car to help students and their families. 

The new year for freshmen begins in earnest on Sunday with a matriculation service and the traditional march through the archway at the front of campus. Parents line the walkways in a gauntlet of support as their students officially say goodbye and begin their college careers. Those students will march through the archway one more time – in four years as they graduate and say goodbye to AU.


Researchers to Study Eclipse Impact on GPS

Researchers will be at Clemson University Monday to find out how the solar eclipse might interfere with GPS capabilities.

GPS, or the Global Positioning System, is a United States-owned technology that uses 24 outer space satellites to transmit signals for positioning and navigation information here on earth. Americans use it primarily to get from point A to B, but few know that GPS controls banking systems, power grids and even stock markets.

The researchers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) include Principal investigator Kshitija Deshpande and undergraduate student Nicolas Gachancipa. They will use a GPS antenna on top of Kinard Hall to monitor the ionosphere, the layer of Earth’s atmosphere that is charged by solar and cosmic radiation.

The project stems from Deshpande’s connection with John Meriwether and Gerald Lehmacher, two Clemson University professors who study atmospheric and space physics in the department of physics and astronomy.

“The main goal of our project is to see how the ionosphere behaves with different natural phenomena, like thunderstorms and hurricanes,” Gachancipa said. “Embry-Riddle is in Daytona Beach, Florida, where thunderstorms and hurricanes happen often, so those were the two main interests we had. Then, we saw that the eclipse was coming and realized it was a big opportunity for our study. Solar eclipses don’t happen in the same place very often; usually you’d have to travel to places other than the mainland U.S. to see them. So this is very fortunate for us.”

Gachancipa will track scintillation, or the amount of deflection that occurs when GPS signals try to pass through the ionosphere.

As they are transmitted to receivers on Earth, GPS signals interact with free-floating electrons that were once attached to atoms such as helium. When the sun is shining, its energetic ultraviolet radiation ionizes the helium atoms, forcing electrons to break off and become free, increasing the number the GPS signals have to bypass to reach Earth.

At nighttime  the levels of radiation in the ionosphere weaken, causing the free electrons to reattach to the atoms. The number of free electrons decreases and allows GPS signals to pass more easily.

“What we’re studying here is how the atmosphere behaves during an eclipse. Do those scintillation values go up or down depending on the position of the moon and the sun?” Gachancipa said.

The expectation of ionospheric scientists like Gachancipa and Lehmacher is that 60 percent of free electrons in the ionosphere will disappear in the shadow of the moon during the eclipse.

“Normally, free electrons disappear because the Earth is rotating, causing nighttime. But this time it will happen because something – the moon – is in between the Earth and the sun, blocking the radiation that would usually heat up the ionosphere,” Gachancipa said. “It’s basically like a small nighttime during the day, except there will be very rapid and dramatic changes.”

Lehmacher and Gachancipa installed a GPS antenna on the roof of Kinard Hall that connects to a receiver inside the building. The receiver’s job is to measure every satellite in the three main constellations of outer space: GPS, from the United States; GLONASS, from Russia; and Galileo, from the European Union. Not only will it track scintillation values, but the receiver will also collect measurements of electrons in the ionosphere.

“This specific receiver measures frequently to get a much more detailed look at the ionosphere – every satellite, at 50 times per second,” Lehmacher said.

He went on to note the importance of accounting for changes to the ionosphere when calculating GPS coordinates.

“I always find it interesting that, if one did not include the signal delay caused by the ionosphere in the calculation for GPS positions, then every position would be about 40 meters wrong. That means every car, every truck, every destination would be 40 meters off,” Lehmacher said.

“It’s not only a location bias, but also a time bias,” Gachancipa added. “For example, banking systems depend on the exact timing that GPS systems provide to them. If there’s a big change in the ionosphere that could block the signals and send wrong information to banks, that would have huge consequences for them. It won’t provide the exact time of day. So our study wants to see how natural behaviors, like this eclipse, can affect the proper functioning of satellite systems and navigation systems, specifically.”


Trump Removes Bannon from White House Post

President Donald Trump on Friday ousted Steve Bannon, his chief White House political strategist and architect of his populist campaign, sources told The New York Times and NBC News.

The departure is another major staff shakeup in three weeks for Trump, who during that time fired former chief of staff Reince Priebus and replaced him with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Other departures of late include former press secretary Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci, who served a little more than a week as White House communications director.

Sources also told NBC News about Bannon's departure Friday.

Bannon, who had been rumored to be on the outs in Trump's inner circle for weeks, was for a time one of the president's closest aides who spent hours each day in the Oval Office. It had been reported recently that Trump and Bannon hadn't seen each other in person in more than a week, though Bannon advised the president on his response to the violence in Virginia last week.

Trump's response to the situation, in which one person was killed and several injured, was heavily criticized. He initially said the violence was the work of people "on many sides." Two days later, as pressure mounted from Democrats and Republicans alike to disavow racist violence, Trump forcefully condemned some Charlottesville protesters he said were specifically to blame for what happened, but returned to the "both sides" argument a day later.

The Times reported that Bannon's departure was a mutual understanding with Trump, and that he'd submitted his resignation on Aug. 7 as they contemplated the best way to handle the public announcement. The decision for him to leave, the newspaper said, was delayed by the violence in Charlottesville.

Prior to signing on with the Trump campaign, Bannon was a leader of the conservative online news outlet Breitbart -- which made a name for itself by railing against mainstream Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan, his predecessor John Boehner and the Republican National Committee.



County Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in July

Anderson County's unemployment rate rose to 4.2 percent in July, up from 4 percent in June and up from 3.3 percent in April. Of the county's workforce of 90,277, 86,482 were employed in the month, with 3,795 jobless.

South Carolina's statewide jobless rate remained unchanged for July, holding at 3.9 percent, even though no county posted a drop in unemployment, with the rate rising in most.

Anderson, along with Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens, and several other counties in South Carolina, saw slight declines in labor force participation, number of persons employed, and number of persons unemployed.

“Anderson’s labor force activity mirrors the same trend we see throughout most of the rest of the state, so I think we are in a good, competitive position”, said Steve Newton, Anderson County’s Governmental Affairs Director.  “Charleston, Horry, and other coastal counties saw increases in labor force and employment numbers due to the expected impacts of seasonal activity in those tourism destinations.  The rest of the state seems to be following a typical summer pattern.”

The number of unemployed people edged lower by 141 to 91,486 statewide. The number of individuals working across the state fell by 2,217 to 2,228,354 people in July, resulting in the labor force decrease by 2,358 to 2,319,840 people.

Since July 2016, employment gains totaled 40,958, and the labor force has grown by 22,848 people. The level of unemployed people decreased by 18,110.

Nationally, the unemployment rate decreased from 4.4 percent in June to 4.3 percent in July.

Watch for update later today.


University of S.C. Wants Confederate Flag Event Canceled

Faculty members at a college in South Carolina want their president to repudiate a Confederate flag event planned at the school in October.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the history department at the College of Charleston has asked school president Glenn McConnell to ban events planned by the South Carolina Secessionist Party on campus.

McConnell is a former state Senate leader and lieutenant governor who formerly owned a Confederate memorabilia shop.

The South Carolina Secessionist Party plans to display Confederate battle flags on campus Oct. 28.

McConnell has mostly avoided discussing the Civil War since becoming college president in 2014. A college spokesman said McConnell had no comment.

The faculty said the event is designed to intimidate students, staff and faculty. Secessionist Party founder James Bessenger denies that.


Information from: The Post and Courier,


Anderson Sertoma Golf Tournament Set for Sept. 15

The Anderson Sertoma Club will host its annual golf tournament Sept. 15 at Cobbs Glen Country Club in Anderson.  The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. 

The tournament is held in memory of Marshall Willingham, a long time Sertoma leader locally, regionally and nationally.  Willingham started the tournament many years ago to help support the club’s mission of sending children who are speech or hearing impaired or are disadvantaged to Camp Sertoma at no cost to their families.  The fundraiser also allows the Sertoma Club to help with other needs in our community.

The tournament will feature door prizes as well as prizes for the top 3 teams.    

Team/individual slots available are $300 per team or $75 per golfer.

For additional information, contact Joan Stinson at 864-353-3553.

The Anderson Sertoma Club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday at noon at Mama Penns Restaurant.  The purpose of the club is to meet needs in the community through volunteer service.  Visit


Judge Oks $250,000 Settlement in Clemson Hipps Case

(AP) - A judge has approved a $250,000 settlement between Clemson University and the family of a student who died during a fraternity pledge run nearly three years ago.

Court records filed Thursday show Judge Robin Stilwell approved the deal reached earlier this month.

Clemson promises to create a $50,000 endowment in Tucker Hipps' name for a Boys State camper to attend the university. Clemson also agrees to put Hipps' name on a pew in a planned student chapel and pursue the possibility of a Hipps memorial golf tournament.

Attorneys will receive $212,000 of the settlement.

Hipps was a 19-year-old sophomore when he went on a run as a pledge with the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity in September 2014. Hipps' body was found beneath the state Highway 93 bridge over Lake Hartwell.


Anderson Residents, Local Clemson Fans Safe in Barcelona

Observer/Wire Reports

Anderson residents Cobb and Denise Oxford and more than 20 other local Clemson fans, along with the Clemson University men's basketball team is safe after an attack in Barcelona.

Oxford, said the group was safe in the hotel after the attack. 

"Just witnessed what looks like a terrorist attack in Barcelona," Oxford, an Anderson businessman and former sports reporter, posted on his Facebook account. "Car jumped curve and ran through the crowd. Cop carrying a bloody child just ran past our window. Happened right in front of us. We are okay. Scheduled to come home tomorrow."

The incident occurred just outside their hotel, the team said.

Police said the incident is being treated as a terror attack and were reporting up to 13 people killed.


Here's a List Safety Tips for Viewing Monday's Eclipse

Observer/NASA Reports

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality ( is external)).

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” (example shown at left) or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers(link is external) page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.

Anderson County Director of Emergency Services Lt. David Baker also reminded viewers to put the glasses on before looking towards the eclipse and not remove them until completely looking away from it.

  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
  • If you are within the path of totality ( is external)), remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.

  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.

  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

Note: If your eclipse glasses or viewers are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, you may look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through them for as long as you wish. Furthermore, if the filters aren't scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely. Some glasses/viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn't look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old. Such warnings are outdated and do not apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard adopted in 2015. To make sure you get (or got) your eclipse glasses/viewers from a supplier of ISO-compliant products, see the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers(link is external) page.

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection(link is external). For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern. With your back to the sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. Or just look at the shadow of a leafy tree during the partial eclipse; you'll see the ground dappled with crescent Suns projected by the tiny spaces between the leaves.

A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime. More information:


Anderson Confederate Monument Erected in Jan. 1902

From Under The Kudzu History

“It matters not, though they sleep ‘neath the solemn Southern pines or the stately hemlocks of the North, on the sloping hills of fair Arlington, beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless of storm or sunshine, we have but one sentiment for these sleeping soldiers – ‘tis that we honor and remember them.” Elizabeth Bleckley

Anderson County Confederate Monument (Author’s collection)

The statue atop the Anderson County Confederate Monument is of a soldier standing at parade rest. The soldier’s likeness is of William Wirt Humphreys, although he was not alive to see it unveiled. The story of his life was told in a previous post. This is how the monument came to be.

By most accounts, the movement to dedicate a Confederate monument for the veterans of Anderson County began on Decoration Day in 1886. However, a search of the Anderson Intelligencer for that period had turned up no mention of this. This is not to suggest that such a meeting did not take place, but there was a movement spearheaded by Leonora Conners “Nora” Hubbard, a local school teacher and head of the Anderson Home School, to raise funds for a monument.

For over fifty years, Miss Hubbard taught in Anderson schools and she was a well known and respected educator both in the community and across the state. If the project was to succeed, it would be Nora Hubbard who would see it happen. She began planning the monument in 1891. In June, the Home School gave a public commencement which raised $135 from ticket sales. This was the first major contribution to a monument.

In 1893, James A. Hoyt delivered a eulogy at the service of his longtime friend and co-editor, William W. Humphreys calling for a monument to be dedicated to Confederate veterans. Hoyt wanted the monument to be erected in the city cemetery at Old Silver Brook, but this location was not to be. Five years later, in April 1895, Miss Hubbard organized the Ladies’ Memorial Association of Anderson County and was elected its first president.

The first task of the association was to raise money. Over the next few years, they hosted a series of events including bake sales, cake walks, suppers, silver teas, and baby showers, just to name a few. These raised $2500.00 for the monument, enough to secure a contract. The next step was to design one, and this task was given to the design committee was named, consisting of representatives of the steak holders:

  • Miss Nora Hubbard, Mrs. Elizabeth Bleckley, and Miss Ditma Gilmer, representing the Ladies’ Memorial Association
  • Charles S. Sullivan, representing the Robert E. Lee Chapter, U.D.C.
  • J.M. Patrick, representing the Dixie Chapter, U.D.C.
  • Milledge L. Bonham and J.F. Clinkscales, representing the county’s Confederate veterans

Bonham was the son of General Milledge Bonham. Clinkscales was a sergeant in Company C, 4th South Carolina Volunteer Regiment, which next became Company E, 13th South Carolina Battalion, and, finally, Companies I and K of The Hampton Legion.

Oscar Hammond, a sculptor from Greenville, was commissioned to create the monument. He designed a four-part monument made of Tennessee gray marble. The first part is a triple base with levels that decrease in size. The second part consists of two four-sided dies separated by rough stone. Each side of the die bears inscriptions by William A. Todd. The inscriptions on the monument not only memorialize the veterans of Anderson, but each branch of the Confederate military. Two versions of the Confederate flags are also inscribed on the die.


Anderson County Confederate Monument (Author’s collection)

  • North Side Inscription (Author’s collection)

    North Side: On the upper die is inscribed a Palmetto tree over crossed swords overtop a laurel wreath, representing the Confederate Cavalry. On the lower die is a depiction of the Battle Flag and the following from Father Ryan’s poem “The Conquered Banner:”

“Though conquered, we adore it!

Love the Cold, dead hands that bore it!”

  • West Side Inscription

    West Side: On the upper die is inscribed “CSA” and an unfurled Stainless Banner over cannon wheel, cannon balls, and cannon swabs, representing the Confederate Artillery. On the lower die is inscribed a list of the great battles of the war: 1st Manassas, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Gaines’ Mill, Frazier’s Farm, 2nd Manassas, Boonsborough, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chickamauga, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania (misspelled on the monument), Chancellorsville, Malvern Hill, Petersburg, Gettysburg, Franklin, Atlanta, and Appomattox.

  • South Side Inscription

    South Side: On the upper die is a wreath and an unfurled Stainless Banner, over D.C. 61-65, over an anchor and a ship’s wheel, representing the Confederate Navy. On the lower die is more from “The Conquered Banner:”

“The World shall yet decide, in Truth’s clear, far-off light,

That the soldiers who wore the gray, and died with Lee, were in the right.”

  • South Side Inscription (Author’s collection)

    East Side: On the upper die is inscribed “CSA” over three stacked bayoneted rifles, a canteen, and a cartridge pouch over top a laurel wreath, representing the Confederate Infantry. On the plinth between the upper and lower dies, “Our Confederate Dead” is inscribed in raised letters. On the lower die us the following inscription:

"The spirit of chivalry was not dead in 1861, when the soldiers of the Confederacy went forth to battle for the love of home and country, and for the preservation of Constitutional liberty. How well they acted their part in the gigantic drama of war which for four years convulsed the American continent and held the attention of the world, let the truthful and impartial historian tell. Let him record how they wrestled victory from foes who far surpassed them in numbers, in excellence of arms and equipment, and in all the provisions and munitions of war, and who were supported by the material, moral and political power of almost the entire civilized world; let him record with what courage they met death and danger, with what fortitude they endured sickness and imprisonment, with what unflagging cheerfulness they sustained privations and sufferings; and above all let him record with what endurance they met defeat, and how in poverty and want, broken in health, but not in spirit, they have re-created the greatness of the South, and made it again the sweetest land in earth. In grateful acknowledgement of their prowess in war, and their achievements in peace, this monument is erected, that it may teach the generations of the future the story of the matchless, unfading and undying honor which the Confederate soldier won."

The third section is a column consisting of fourteen blocks, alternating smooth and rough.

Standing on top of the column is the fourth section, a seven foot, six inch tall statue of a soldier standing at parade rest. When Hammond proposed a statue, the design committee could have easily chosen one of several common designs but they elected to use the likeness of a local man. The decision of whose likeness to use was easy. One man had represented the best among the Confederate veterans in Anderson County; one man had stood with them and helped organize the annual reunions; he had served as intendent and as the Grand Master of the state’s Freemasons. He was William Wirt Humphreys.

Anderson County Confederate Monument (Author’s collection)

The Anderson County Confederate Monument was dedicated during the chilly afternoon of Saturday, January 18, 1902. Thousands turned out for the unveiling ceremonies, and one hundred and fifty Confederate veterans were in attendance. People began to assemble at the courthouse at a very early hour and continued to arrive until noon. The courtroom was the location of the speeches, and it was filled to capacity. Most were waiting outside for the unveiling. The courtroom was tastefully and appropriately decorated. A large painting of General Robert E. Lee, especially hung for the occasion, overlooked the gathering. The program order was as follows:

  • “Maryland, My Maryland,” played by the Clemson Band
  • Welcome by General Milledge L. Bonham of the United Confederate Veterans and Master of Ceremonies
  • Invocation delivered by the Reverend J.D. Chapman, pastor of First Baptist Church
  • “Dixie,” sung by a children’s choir directed by Zula Brock
  • Mayor George F. Tolly (Jake Phillips, Hiram Lodge)

    Speech delivered by Mayor George F. Tolly, Confederate veterans and member of the Palmetto Riflemen

  • Reading on the history of the monument by Mrs. Elizabeth Bleckley
  • Speech delivered by Thomas W. Carwile, a decorated Confederate soldier from Edgefield
  • Instrumental music played by the Clemson Band
  • Recitation of “Music on the Rappahannock,” by Mrs. A.P. Johnson
  • Speech by James Armstrong, Jr., the famed “Irish Orator” of Charleston, introduced by General Bonham
  • “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” sung by ladies of the Robert E. Lee and Dixie Chapters, U.D.C.
  • Speech delivered by Colonel Samuel W. Wilkes of Atlanta, a native of Anderson, and whose father had been a member of the 4th South Carolina Volunteers and died in the war; introduced by General Bonham
  • Resolution introduced by the Confederate Veterans, read by Adjutant L.P. Smith of Camp Stephen D. Lee, and unanimously passed, expressing profound gratitude to the Ladies’ Memorial Association for their work in erecting the monument
  • “The Conquered Banner,” sung by Mrs. Cora Ligon (known as “Aunt Cora”) with music written by Mrs. Emily Reed Miller, and a tattered Confederate flag held by Miss Nellie Humphreys, General Humphreys’ daughter
Anderson County Confederate Monument (Author’s collection)

Anderson’s first street light being raised with the Confederate Monument in background

The veterans then led a march out of the courthouse and formed a circle around the base of the veiled monument. Nora Hubbard made her way through the crowd, carrying a folded Confederate flag in her arms, and stood at the monument’s base. James Hoyt delivered a few words and then, after holding Hoyt her flag and with great pride, Miss Hubbard pulled the string to unveil the monument. The string, however, broke. A young boy from the crowd seized his opportunity, and climbed the monument and lowered the veil. The crowd erupted in applause and cheers as the Anderson Rifles fired three salutes. The Clemson Band played “Taps,” and the ceremony ended.

Unlike other Confederate monuments in South Carolina, the Anderson County monument is in its original location, situated between the historic and “new” courthouse. It was once the centerpiece of a downtown park, crisscrossed with walkways and dotted with shade trees.

Leonora Hubbard died November 2, 1933. She was laid to rest in Old Silver Brook Cemetery. On her tombstone is inscribed the following: “For more than fifty years she was a teacher in the schools of the City of Anderson. Others wrought in brick and stone; she sought to shape the lives of men.”


NASA Asks Citizens to Help Document Eclipse

An estimated 220 million people will watch Monday's eclipse. For a small percentage, the phenomenon will be more than a spectacle. It will be a chance to observe and record -- for science's sake.

Researchers at NASA are counting on the participation of thousands of citizen scientists to document next week's solar eclipse and to gather usable data for additional research.

Scientists want to find out how the brief disappearance of the sun will alter clouds, weather, plants, animals and more. The event -- and the data gathered before, during and after -- is expected to inspire studies by biologists, astrophysicists, sociologists, meteorologists and scientists from many other fields.

Those who download the GLOBE Observer Eclipse app, register, and procure a thermometer will be able to log geolocated air temperature readings during the eclipse. The app will also help participants document cloud type and cover before, during and after the event.

"One of the special features of the GLOBE Observer app is the ability to match cloud observations from the ground with satellite observations, which also provides interesting and valuable comparisons," Kristen Weaver, deputy coordinator for the GLOBE Observer program, told UPI.

Cloud and air temperature data collected using the app will be publicly available for students and researchers to use as they wish, but several NASA scientists will use the observations to better understand Earth's energy budget, the balance between the solar energy absorbed and reflected by Earth.

Some observations are likely to end up on YouTube before they find their way into prestigious science journals.

More than 1,000 DSLR camera users have volunteered to share their eclipse photographs with scientists working on the Eclipse Megamovie project. Organizers are still looking for more citizen photographers to sign up.

Megamovie scientists will stitch together images to form a high-definition movie -- a moving collage showcasing the eclipse as it was seen across the country.


Anderson County Now Taking Applications for ATAX Funds

The 2017-2018 Anderson County Accommodations Tax (ATAX) Grant Application is now available. Click HERE to access PDF of the application. This PDF also includes detailed guidelines to determine whether expenditures qualify for ATAX funding consideration.

All applications must be completed in full and submitted before the application deadline, Sept. 8, at 4 p.mApplications must include a complete operating budget for the project or event. Failure to provide a complete application may result in the applicant being ineligible to receive funding.

Please mail completed ATAX forms to:

Anderson County Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Division
Attn: Glenn Brill, Director
PO Box 8002
Anderson SC 29622

Forms may also be emailed to

ATAX General Information

Accommodations Tax Grants (ATAX) are provided through revenue received by the County for its share of 2% lodging tax levied by the State of South Carolina. An Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee reviews applications for funding and makes recommendations to County Council for the awarding of these funds.

Accommodations tax funds must be used to attract and provide for tourists and must be spent on tourism-related expenditures. If an expenditure isn't directly related to tourism, accommodations tax revenue can NOT be used to fund the expenditure.