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Finance Committee Faces Full Agenda Today

The Anderson County Council Finance Committee will meet at 1 p.m today in the second floor conference room of the historic courthouse downtown.

Among items on the full agenda: capital requests from the Sheriff's Office; a partnership between the county and Anderson University; and the Crestview Road sewer project.



The Best Things to Buy in February  

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January is the biggest discount month of the year, but a lot of the winter sales carry over into February—not to mention a few new sales thanks to lots of annual trade shows. Here are the best things to buy this month.

Every month, we look back at the best times to buy anything during the year, and pull out items each month to remind you what's coming. Obviously, none of this is to say you should go on a shopping spree—but if you've been holding off for a lower price on something, these are the things that get the sale treatment in February.

All Winter

  • Gas Grills & Air Conditioners: If you live in a colder area, February is a trying month. Luckily, summer-centric products like grills and air conditioners are quite a bit cheaper, since no one else is really looking to get one. If you're in the market, now's a good time to grab.
  • Wedding Supplies: Like grills, everyone is waiting for the Spring to plan their wedding—which means it's much easier to find a venue and negotiate prices this month, before the nice weather hits. Maybe an indoor wedding is right for you instead.


  • Boats: It may be winter, but February is boat show season, which means there are all sorts of deals to be had, according to's Powerboating section. If you have some place to stash it until the ice melts, head on over to your local boat show, meet some manufacturers, and see what you can find..
  • Broadway Tickets: It's the off season, so prices are down for Broadway and off-Broadway shows this time of year. In fact, this year, you can grab some great 2-for-1 deals from now until February 12, for popular shows like Avenue Q, Rent, the Blue Man Group, and more. Head over to to see more details.
  • Digital CamerasAs PC World notes (and as any internet junkie surely knows), it's the time of year where manufacturers announce all their new products at trade shows like CES. That means everyone's gearing up for the new stuff, and you can get great deals on last year's models. President's Day is usually where discounts hit their peaks, so if you can wait until then, we recommend it.
  • HDTVs & Home Theaters: Even if you aren't a sports fan, the Super Bowl sales are definitely worth checking out—that is, if you didn't get a new TV during the Black Friday rush. New models are coming out next month, which means unless you're gunning for new technolgies—like 3D, says CNET—there's no shame in getting last year's model while prices are low.
  • Video Games: Tons of video games come out in early Winter in time for the holidays, so the majority of video game nuts have already gotten their copies. You might be able to find some good deals, though you'll have the most success by monitoring stores like Steam, which regularly have sales on a number of games. Watch it throughout the month, and you might be able to make the wait for Skyrim worth it.

Massey Road to Closure Delayed

The Massey Road Closure, previously scheduled to begin on February 1, has been postponed until further notice.

An announcement will be made when the revised the closure dates are confirmed. For more information, contact

Judy Shelato, Principal Engineer, Anderson County Transportation, at 864.260.4190


AU Guard Leads Trojans Past Lenoir-Rhyne

ANDERSON, S.C. – Paced by junior guard Denzail Jones’ career-high 31 point effort, the Anderson men’s basketball team got back in the win column by outlasting South Atlantic Conference-foe Lenoir-Rhyne, 79-66, Wednesday night at the Abney Athletic Center.   

Anderson (15-4, 10-1 SAC) improved to 7-1 at home and maintained at least a one-game lead in the league standings, while claiming its 12th win in the last 14 games. Lenoir-Rhyne fell to 10-10 overall and 6-5 in the conference, while seeing its win streak halted at two.

Up next for the Trojans is a visit to Mars Hill on Saturday, with tip-off slated for 4 p.m. versus the Lions. Anderson defeated the Lions, 96-78 earlier this season at the Abney Center.


Lenoir-Rhyne Tops Lady Trojans

ANDERSON, S.C. – The Anderson women’s basketball team nearly erased all of a 16-point second-half deficit, but fell, 72-60, to visiting Lenoir-Rhyne in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball play Wednesday night at the Abney Athletic Center.   

Anderson slipped to 7-12 overall and 4-7 in the league, while Lenoir-Rhyne (15-5, 7-4 SAC) earned a split of the season series with the Trojans and has won three of its last four games.

The Trojans visit Mars Hill on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest versus the Lions. Anderson defeated MHC, 73-68, in early December at the Abney Center.


Town Hall Meeting Set for Feb. 9

Anderson County Councilman Francis Crowder has scheduled a town hall meeting for Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers in the historic courthouse downtown. Crowder, who represents Anderson County District 1, said the meeting is open to citizens wishing to ask questions or express concerns about the county.


AnMed Best Regional Hospital Says U.S. News & World Report

AnMed Health is among the nation’s Best Regional Hospitals 2011-12, according to U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals. U.S. News annually publishes the Best Hospitals rankings in July. At the midpoint of the 2011-12 year, its editors have now recognized 247 hospitals outside major metropolitan areas, including AnMed Health, as Best Regional Hospitals. The list of those hospitals is available online at

Hospitals like AnMed Health offer a high level of medical care to communities that otherwise might have limited options, says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor.

“All Best Regional Hospitals are what we call ‘high performers’ in at least one medical specialty,” Comarow said. “They are fully capable of providing first-rate care, even to most patients who have serious conditions or need demanding procedures.”

U.S. News annually evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 different medical specialties. Hard numbers stand behind its analysis in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Physicians’ responses to a national survey, in which specialists are asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also are factored in.

“We’re pleased to be recognized among the nation’s best regional hospitals,” said John Miller, CEO of AnMed Health. “Running throughout our organization is this belief that every community deserves expert care, regardless of its size. That’s why AnMed Health is consistently investing in new technology and quality improvement measures, because we’re passionate about bringing advanced care close to home.” 


Camellia Ball Fundraiser Set for Saturday

The AnMed Health Foundation's annual Camellia Ball is the major fundraising event of the year to benefit the young patients and their families served by AnMed Health Pediatric Therapy Works. Over the years, the gala has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support this unique program dedicated to providing specialized therapy to children with developmental disorders, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down's syndrome, autism and other genetic neurological conditions.

The Camellia Ball is planned and coordinated by a committee of dedicated volunteers and supported through businesses and individuals who sponsor and attend the event. Sponsorships for the annual event range from $500 to $2,500 and include tickets to the gala and reserved seating, along with other sponsor benefits. Click here for more sponsorship information or contact Lynn Stoddard, annual giving coordinator, at 864-512-3477.


Dist. 1 Board Meeting to Discuss Countywide Calendar

There will be a meeting of the Board of Trustees of Anderson School District One tonight at 7 p.m. in the George Seaborn Boardroom at the District Office. Items on the agenda include: a financial report, a look at student nutrition and a look at a unified countywide 2012-2013 academic calendar.


5k “Race for Gold” to Benefit AU Center for Cancer Research  

Anderson University’s second annual “Race for Gold” 5k event will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 9:0 am. The race will begin at the Anderson County Courthouse Plaza.

The event will begin promptly at 9:00 am with a cancer survivors’ recognition program in front of the Courthouse. Following the ceremony, participants will run/walk a 5K course beginning in downtown Anderson at the Anderson County Courthouse and proceed up North Main Street where they will loop around and make their way back to the Courthouse. 

All proceeds from the race will benefit the Anderson University Center for Cancer Research. The center offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in various scientific research programs focused on cancer. Through collaborations with health care institutions, students can gain first-hand scientific research experience and witness how their research positively impacts the lives of patients both in the community and abroad. Dr. Diana Ivankovic currently serves as the Dr. James A Henderson director alongside her co-director, Dr. Frank A. Norris. 

The fee for early registration (before February 21) is $20 for the general public; late registration (after February 21) for the general public is $25. Registration for students is $12 (early registration) or $15 (late registration). To register visit Prizes will be awarded for top runners and all participants will receive a free “Race for Gold” t-shirt on the day of the race.


Hanna Band Members Win All-State and Region Honors 

T.L. Hanna High School Band members Reid Stayanoff  and Jerry Wiles have been selected for the S.C. All-State Band. In addition, Reid and Jerry, along with Gabe Bertolini, were selected for the All-State Jazz Band. 

In the Jazz Band competition, Gabriel was named the lead tenor saxophone, Reid was named one of two lead trumpets and Jerry Wiles was named on Bass Trombone and finished first overall in auditions on that instrument. 

The following Hanna Band students were selected for the Region Honors Band: Kathleen Langbehn, Avery Ducharme, McKenna Defino, Jordan Logue, Matthew Storie, Gabe Bertolini, Abby McComb, Timothy Moss, Kendall Stayanoff and Dylan Dukes.

Richard C. Baskin is the Director of Bands at T.L. Hanna and Shon Brown serves as the Assistant Director.


Abney Center Hardwood Honors Annie Tribble  

ANDERSON, S.C. – Prior to Saturday afternoon’s basketball doubleheader with Brevard, Anderson’s Abney Athletic Center basketball court was named “Annie Tribble Court” in honor of the longtime head women’s basketball coach.   

With several of her former players on hand, Tribble was honored by friends as well as current and past colleagues and administrators at courtside.     

In addition, a portrait was unveiled that will be displayed in the lobby of the Abney Center of the coach who revived the Anderson women’s basketball program in 1967. In her first six seasons, Anderson posted an impressive 66-19 record and recorded one national runner-up finish and she went on to guide the Lady Trojans to three national championships. 

Coach Tribble, a native of Anderson and a graduate of Girls High School and Anderson College, led the Trojans to the first of three AIAW junior college national championships in 1974. The Lady Trojans also won national titles in 1975 and 1976 with Tribble amassing a stellar 155-33 record at the helm of the Anderson College program.

Following the 1975-76 campaign, she was named the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson University and went on to guide the Lady Tigers to seven seasons of 20 wins or more and seven postseason tournament appearances.

She coached five All-Americans and eight all-conference players during her time as a head coach and was honored as the South Carolina Coach of the Year in 1977 and also served as the South Team coach for the National Sports Festival games in 1981. Tribble played a major role on the U.S. Olympic Committee that was instrumental in selecting the 1976 U.S. Silver Medal team.

She and her husband, Glenn, currently reside in Pendleton, S.C., and are proud grandparents of 11 and have five great-grandchildren. She was inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994 and is a member of the Anderson University and Clemson University Athletic Halls of Fame. In 2011, she was honored as an Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Legend. 


AU Track and Field Strong on Final Day of Clemson Invitational  

CLEMSON, S.C. – The Anderson University track and field teams recorded 13 top-15 performances, including seven outings in the top ten on the final day of competition at the Clemson Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Tigers’ Indoor Track and Field Complex.

Sophomore Deniz Hay paced three Trojans in the men’s one mile run, finishing seventh in a time of 4:30.71. Junior Alex Pena earned 10th with a time of 4:36.31 and junior Ryne Welch posted a 13th-place finish, crossing the line in 4:45.55.

A trio of AU runners finished in the top 10 in the 3000 meter run, with sophomore Parks Edwards (9:10.79) notching second. Sophomores Kyle Koby (9:29.17) and Matt Imes (9:45.04) garnered fifth and seventh, respectively. 

The Trojans are back in action on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the JDL Fastrack Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.