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Haven in Urgent Need of Toy Donations

The Haven of Rest, located at 219 W. Whitner St. in Anderson is in urgent need of toy donations before Christmas. The Haven, which has served Anderson for more than 50 years said the difficult economy has led to fewer donations and far more requests for toys this year. As many as 200 families are currently on a waiting list for toys. Call 226-6193 or drop any toy donations by the Haven.


WYFF: T.L. Hanna Student Killed in Wreck

Cassie Lee Hunter, 15, was killed Saturday morning just before 7:30 a.m. in a wreck. 

Matthew Shane Massey, 29, of Anderson was driving the car and Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said alcohol is suspected as one of the causes of the accident.

WYFF quoted Shore as saying: "We had alcohol, we had speed, we had a driver driving the vehicle that was under suspension for another DUI. So, there are just so many things going on."

Visit WYFF for the full story.


Truck Accident Cancels AIM Manna Food Distribution

Anderson Interfaith Ministries was forced to cancel a scheduled food distribution after the Manna Food truck had an accident on the way to Anderson. No one was hurt in the accident and the Manna Food distribution will be rescheduled soon.


WYFF: S.C. First Lady Files for Divorce


Sheriff's Office Updates Shooting Information, Toddler Stable

Anderson - Deputies responded to a  shots fired call at 461 Foster Road. Upon entry to the residence Deputies found Ashley Dawn Tinsley (22yoa) and her (4yoa) son Zachary Daniel Tinsley to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Also found was Brad Callie Tinsley (24yoa) who had suffered a single gunshot wound and was deceased. Ashley and Zachary were conscious when transported to Greenville Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Ashley was able to speak with Investigators concerning the incident at the hospital.  

Investigators are currently following up additional leads and interviewing friends and family members of the shooting victims. Brad and Ashley were married but not living together at the time of this incident.  

Zachary has undergone one surgery and is in stable but critical condition with additional surgeries possible. Ashley is scheduled for surgery sometime today and in stable condition.

An autopsy performed this morning revealed that Brad Tinsley’s death was caused by a single gunshot wound which is consistent with evidence found at the scene. The Coroner’s office has ruled the death consistent with a self-inflicted wound.

All evidence obtained from the residence, hospital and autopsy will be processed by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Forensics Unit and the State Law Enforcement Division before any official decision on this incident is made.


AIM Christmas Auction Friday

On Friday, WRIX will team with Anderson Interfaith Ministries and raise money for local children in our area.  Donations still being received for auction.  You do not have to become or be a current sponsor of WRIX 103.1FM to donate an item.

WRIX will host the auction on The Morning Show on Dec. 11, beginning at 7 a.m.

Check out the link below for the auction items.


Anderson County Museum Pedaling into Christmas Past

Toy collector Mike Cannon will display and discuss some of his antique pedal cars December 12 at the Museum

ANDERSON — Local Andersonian, Mike Cannon, will be at the Anderson County Museum on Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m. to present some of the most impressive pedal cars in his expansive pedal car collection. Mr. Cannon has been working on his collection of pedal cars for over fifteen years, and has quite an amazing collection to show for it. Among the pedal cars that will be at the Museum on December 12 is a 1957 Fairlane Ford—Mr. Cannon’s most treasured car. Mr. Cannon will also bring an unrestored and a fully restored pedal car. He will teach visitors and potential collectors how to distinguish between a replica pedal car and the real thing.

Young children and the young at heart will both enjoy this presentation. Children will get a chance to explore the hot item toy of their grandparents’ generation—before video games and electric toy cars. And, adults will have a chance to walk down memory lane to the Christmas morning when they discovered that much desired pedal car waiting for them under the tree.

The Anderson County Museum is located at 202 East Greenville Street, in downtown Anderson. The Fred Whitten Gallery and Museum Store hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Reading and Research Room is open 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and by appointment. ACM is handicap accessible and admission is free. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact the Anderson County Museum at (864) 260-4737.


Flu Vaccine Restrictions End Thursday

The nasal spray version of the Novel H1N1 vaccine will be made available to all healthy, non-pregnant South Carolinians ages 2 to 49 beginning Dec. 10.

This expanded availability only applies to the nasal mist vaccine and not the injectable vaccine.  The supply of the nasal spray or mist has become more plentiful in recent weeks, so we want to make it more widely available.  Please, pass this information on to those who qualify for the H1N1 nasal mist.

Contact your local health department for information about H1N1 vaccine or check the SCDHEC website at<> for up-to-date information on flu and flu clinics .


T.L. Hanna Football Player Suffers Stroke

Jake Nicolopulos, a senior football player at T.L. Hanna, suffered a stroke Thursday morning at home and wasphoto courtesy of Rivals scheduled to be flown to the Medical University of South Carolina tonight in Charleston.

Nicolopulos, a linebacker at Hanna, had verbally committed to play football at Clemson University and was expended to sign a letter of intent to join the Tigers before signing day.

A prayer vigil was held Thursday night at Newspring Church where Nicolopulos attended with his family.

The family and friends are asking for continued prayers.


Putnam Named S.C. Assistant Principal of the Year

Anderson School District Five’s Layne Putnam, assistant principal of New Prospect Elementary School, has been named the 2010 Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA). 

Mrs. Putnam was selected from an outstanding field of elementary school administrator candidates by a veteran panel of judges. The criteria used in the selection of this coveted award are set by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and sponsored by VIRCO.  “We are very pleased that Layne Putman has been named as the SCASA Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year,” said Molly Spearman, executive director of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators. She is an outstanding ambassador for education in our state.” 

Jerome Hudson, principal of New Prospect, stated, “Mrs. Putnam is an exceptionally gifted school administrator with great interpersonal skills. She has the unique ability to motivate others to coalesce around a vision, which fosters the school’s mission of academic excellence. She constantly sets higher expectations for herself and others around her.” 

District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley said, “Layne is most deserving of this prestigious award. She is an outstanding administrator and part of an excellent leadership team, faculty and staff at New Prospect.”


CDC Warns ofr H1N1 Email Scam

The Center for Disease Control has received reports of fraudulent emails (phishing) referencing a CDC sponsored State Vaccination Program.
The messages request that users must create a personal H1N1 (swine flu) Vaccination Profile on the website. The message then states that anyone that has reached the age of 18 has to have his/her personal Vaccination Profile on the site.
The CDC has NOT implemented a state vaccination program requiring registration on Users that click on the email are at risk of having malicious code installed on their system. CDC reminds users to take the following steps to reduce the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack:
Do not follow unsolicited links and do not open or respond to unsolicited email messages.
Use caution when visiting un-trusted websites.
Use caution when entering personal information online


Well-known Area Pastor Ray McDowell Dies at 83

Well-known area pastor the Rev. Ray McDowell died Friday at the Rainey Hospice House.

Obituary is here.

The Funeral Service will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at Varennes Heights Baptist Church officiated by Reverend Mark Dickson and Reverend Dr. Kirt Mitchell. Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:30pm-3:00pm on Sunday.


Anderson Ushers in the Christmas Season

Anderson officially kicked off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the downtown Christmas tree Friday night.