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Clemson Singers to Perform Oct. 25  

Voices will fill the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts when the Clemson University Singers perform their first concert of the 2011-2012 season at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25. 

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AU Tops Newberry in Men's Soccer

The tenth-ranked Anderson men’s soccer team wrapped up its brief two-match homestand by taking advantage of a second-half scoring outburst and a stout defense to outpace South Atlantic Conference opponent Newberry, 4-1, Wednesday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.  

With the temperatures in the 50s and a gusting wind that significantly altered passes and long-range shot attempts, Anderson (12-2, 7-0 SAC) ran its school-record win streak to 10  and is 14-1 at home since opening play at Trojan Stadium last season.

Newberry fell to 5-10 overall and 1-6 in the league, while suffering its fifth consecutive setback.

Anderson opens a two-match road swing at second-place Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, with kick-off slated for 4 p.m. in Harrogate, Tenn.  


Anderson County Museum Hosts Toddler Event Oct. 27

Join educator Karen Manley Oct. 27, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., as she teaches tots all that the Anderson County Museum has to offer. Designed for preschool age children two to five years old and their mom/dad/caregiver. The Museum’s history and exhibits provide a fun and exciting starting point for educational activities that will enhance early learning, build socializaton skills, and increase confidence and independence.

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AU Men’s Soccer Ranked 10th in the Nation in NSCAA Poll

Despite sweeping two wins last week, the Anderson University men’s soccer team slipped one notch in both the National and Southeast Regional rankings in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Regional Rankings released on Tuesday.

Anderson (11-2, 6-0), which is in first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings, shut out Brevard and defeated Tusculum last week to stretch its school-record win streak to nine matches and has won 11 of its last 12 contests. 

With the overtime win past TC, the Trojans posted their 13th home win in 14 matches since beginning play at Trojan Stadium.

Last week’s poll saw AU move up 12 spots to gain its highest ranking in school history, at ninth.   

The Trojans possess an explosive offense that ranks fifth in the country nationally, averaging 2.69 goals per contest and is 10th in the nation in total goals, with 35 on the season.

The stellar AU defense has recorded six shutouts and ranks 25th nationally in shutout percentage, while the Trojan goalkeepers have combined to post a save percentage of 0.813 to rank 30th in the country. 

Individually, senior forward Lasse Sohrweide ranks in the top 20 in the nation in six offensive categories, including assists, points and goals. Goalkeeper Lukas Hesse is 39th with a 0.928 goals-against average and 41st with his .797 save percentage. Senior Mark Smith moved into the top 100 in assists by notching a pair last Saturday. 

The Trojans are the lone South Atlantic Conference team in the national rankings, while fellow SAC member Mars Hill jumped to fourth in Tuesday’s regional poll. 


Meals on Wheels Preparing for Winter; Volunteers Needed

As winter approaches in the South, unpredictable snowstorms and icy weather are always a concern. But for the 650 homebound residents of Anderson County who count on a hot mid-day meal from Meals on Wheels each day, extreme winter weather can be very scary. “These homebound folks cannot race to the grocery store to stock their pantries like most of us do,” said Laurie Ashley, executive director of Meals on Wheels-Anderson. “They depend on a daily meal from us and if we can’t deliver, they may very well go hungry.”

Meals on Wheels sends out about 60 volunteer drivers each weekday to cover 42 different delivery routes in Anderson County. “We will not put our drivers in danger,“ said Ashley,
”and when we can’t put them on the road due to winter weather conditions, we still want to provide a meal for our recipients.”

“Shelf Stable Meals” is the Meals on Wheels solution to the problem of icy roads. These meals contain nutrition-packed, ready-to-eat items and are sent out well before bad weather arrives. “Each meal contains items that can be used with little or no preparation,” said Cindy Culbertson, service coordinator. “We send these items out to each recipient in the fall to ensure they are in the homes before winter weather strikes.”

Packaged meals contain ready-to-eat soup (no water needed), crackers, nutrition bars, raisins, individual fruit cups, and single serve cans or boxes of juice and are packaged in a gallon-sized zippered plastic bag. Meals on Wheels is seeking individuals, church groups, schools, clubs or service organizations who would like to collect and package these items for distribution. Ideally, shelf stable meals should be received in the Meals on Wheels office, 105 S. Fant Street, by December 1. 

Meals on Wheels relies solely on donations received from the community for its day-to-day operations and receives no federal or state funding. For more information about how to package shelf stable meals or other volunteer opportunities, please contact Cindy Culbertson at 864-225-6800.


Humane Society Second Annual "Furball" Oct. 27  

It’s time to “cough it up for the animals” again at the Furball.

The Anderson County Humane Society will host the second Annual Furball, this year held at the Bleckley Inn, on Oct. 27. The dinner, dance and auction will run from 7:30 until 11:00 p.m. in the inn’s ballroom and Benson room. 

The event is the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, last year raising more than $3,000 for the group’s low cost spay and neuter clinic.  

This year, the group hopes to more than double that amount in order to keep the spay and neuter clinic going. 

The evening will include dinner, dancing and drama as local auctioneer extraordinaire Chris Pracht, performs a live auction of some items for the organization in the Benson Room of the Bleckley. Among the items to be auctioned off a balloon ride, wine baskets, a new Electrolux refrigerator, a grill, a weekend stay with grooming for an animal at StaFra Pet Resort, autographed football merchandise and much more. 

Prior to the event, attendees can purchase raffle tickets good for one night’s stay at the Bleckley Inn in one of their deluxe rooms overlooking Anderson the night of the event. These tickets are only $5 and include two tickets to the Furball, a stay in one of the luxurious Bleckley Inn suites the night of the event and breakfast the next morning ( $250 value) You can purchase these tickets every Thursday night downtown at the weekly Block Party or call Stephanie at 933-5347 ( winner to be announced Oct 21st via phone call) 

Dinner will be a grazing menu provided by area restaurants. Live entertainment, as well as a dj, will round out the evening. 

During the evening, the Humane Society’s “Humane” itarian of the Year award will be presented to the Anderson County resident who has most helped animals in Anderson County along with a Dr Doolittle Award!

Tickets for the event are $25 per person, or $40 per couple, and are available on the organization’s web site at, or during Block Party downtown. 

For more information, contact Stephanie Garrett at (864) 933-5347, or like us on Facebook at ACHS and look for the event “Furball.”


Stiles Heating & Cooling, Inc., Promotes Jackson, Leviton

Stiles Heating & Cooling, Inc. has been part of the Anderson community since 1979.  We are pleased to announce the promotion of John Jackson to commercial & industrial sales and installation.  John Jackson has been with the Stiles team sine 1999.  He fills a niche Stiles has always felt was an area much needed in their Anderson office.  John will be handling renovations and installation of commercial & industrial equipment.

We would also like to welcome Tony Leviton.  Tony has joined the Stiles team as the residential sales and service manager.  He brings over 20 years of sales and operation experience ion construction and property management.

John & Tony invite you to discuss any commercial, industrial or residential heating and cooling needs with them at: or or by phone at 226-6256.


Westside Band Earns Top Rating; Hanna Band Second

The Westside High School Marching Band earned a Superior Rating at the Loy E Wagner Invitational marching band competition held Saturday at Palmetto High School in Williamston.

The Westside Band also earned the second place trophy in Class III and Best Drumline in Class III. 

The T.L. Hanna High School Marching Band placed second overall out of 14 bands with a high score of 91.57 at the Pendleton High School Marching Band Festival this past weekend. 

The T.L. Hanna Band will make a return trip to the South Carolina Upper State Championships on Saturday, October 22nd at Boiling Springs High School.  The performance will begin at 6:15 p.m.


Council to Vote on Redistricting Tuesday

Anderson County Council will vote on redistricting of lines before the next general election as part of the regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown.
The council will also consider proposals to abolish the Anderson County Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, and a reordering of county travel poilcy.

AU Volleyball Sweeps Weekend Matches

Using a balanced offensive attack, the Anderson University volleyball team swept a pair of matches Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center, blanking league-foe Brevard 3-0 (25-23, 25-10, 25-15) then closing the afternoon with a 3-1, (25-22, 25-13, 20-25, 25-19) win past Francis Marion. 

Anderson (7-16, 3-7 SAC) snapped an eight-match skid with the pair of wins, while Brevard (4-17, 0-12 SAC) suffered its eighth consecutive setback with the losses to AU and Francis Marion. FMU (7-12) split its two contests, downing the Tornados and falling to Anderson.

Freshman Meghan Cautero dished out 70 assists and recorded 18 digs on the afternoon, while senior Marlie Bryant added 18 digs and 14 kills. Freshman Shannon Gillespie knocked down a team-high 24 kills and came up with 24 digs on the defensive side. Junior Tiffany Rowe recorded 11 kills and 10 total blocks. Freshman Kalie Endres notched 46 digs and Alix Hooker added 25.recorded six digs. 

Anderson has a five-day layoff before going on the road to face Carson-Newman on Friday. First-serve is slated for 7 p.m. versus the Eagles in Jefferson City, Tenn.   


Charity Re-Gift Bazaar Saturday at Farmers' Market

A Holiday Charity Re-Gift Bazaar will be held Oct. 22 from 9-11 a.m. at the Anderson County Farmers' Market. Sponsored by the Anderson County Democratic Women, the proceeds of the event will benefit the Anderson Sunshine House.  The bazaar will feature unique, like-new and vintage items perfect for everyone on your holiday gift list. Recycled Gifts are  fun, eco-friendly, and proceeds benefit Anderson families in need.


All County Orchestra to Perform October 15

The Anderson All County Orchestra, which includes strings students from Anderson School Districts One and Five, will perform October 15th in Daniel Recital Hall on the campus of Anderson University.

The middle school concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the high school concert will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Over 250 strings students auditioned for the All County Orchestra, and only about half that number were chosen. 

The following Westside High School students were selected: Kimberly McKee, Maly Taylor and Anthony Osbey, violin;  Alexis Mattison and Dionna Gray, viola;  Kandra Godwin and Jeremiah Dantz, cello; and Drew Deaton and Justin Brown, bass.

The following T.L. Hanna High School students were selected: Jordaan Parales, Preston Griffith, Julie Hutcheson and Tatiana Guarin, violin; Brent Hooper, viola; Alden Cobb, Jameson Smith, Kenan Hunter and Jacob Turner, cello; Jordan Hanner, Nathan Little and Valicia Stewart, bass.

The following Southwood Academy of the Arts students auditioned and were selected to participate: Devin Dickerson (6th grade, cello) and Garrett Graettinger (6th grade, bass).

The following Glenview Middle School students were selected: Chris Geer and Kendra Hamilton, violin; and Mary Beth Reno, viola.

Anslie Vickery, violin, was selected from Robert Anderson Middle School.

The following McCants Middle School Orchestra students were selected: Mabel Kitchens, violin; Elizabeth Walker, viola; Sam Eaves, Katie Hammond, and Frances Hardaway, cello; and Houston Kelley and Leon Tate, bass.

District Five Orchestra Directors are as follows: Erica Wells at Southwood Academy of the Arts and Westside High School; Matthew Speer at T.L. Hanna High School; Anne Routh at Robert Anderson Middle School and Lakeside Middle School of Inquiry and Innovation; and Patrick Murch at McCants Middle School and Glenview Middle School.


Westside Band Earns First Place  

Westside High School Ram Marching Band won first place in Class AAAA competition at the Green Machine Invitational held recently at Berea High School.

In addition to the first place trophy the Westside Band won the following awards: Best Horn Line, Best Drum Line and Superior Rating, the first such rating of the season for Westside. In addition, Devon Sherrell was named Best Drum Major. 

The Westside Band will compete in class AAA in the Loy E. Wagner Invitational competition at Palmetto High School on October 15.