Anderson School District Five posted an average composite SAT score of 1,503 for 2009, above both the state and national average, according to figures released today by the State Department of Education.
District Five’s average composite score, which includes the critical reading, math and writing portions of the test, is the 12th highest among the state’s 85 school districts. District Five is one of only 15 districts in the state to post an SAT score above the national average.
T.L. Hanna High School posted an average composite score of 1,522, one of only 35 traditional public high schools across the state to exceed the national average. Out of 200 traditional public high schools in South Carolina, T.L. Hanna finished tied for 18th in average composite SAT score. A total of 194 T.L. Hanna students took the SAT in 2009. Westside High School posted an average composite score of 1,461, above the state average. A total of 94 Westside students took the SAT in 2009.
The national average for 2009 dropped two points to 1,493. The state average was 1,445, down six points.
Christian speaker and writer Vonda Skelton will be the featured speaker at the Upstate Christian Writers meeting Saturday, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Anderson County Libarary. Admission is free and the public is invited. Mrs. Skelton will discuss "The Writer's Brain" as part of the meeting.
The author of fiction, non-fiction, and plays, Mrs. Skelton has two new books out this year - "Seeing Through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe," and her third children's mystery, "Bitsy and the Mystery at Hilton Head." Ms. Skelton's articles have appeared in Home Life, Clubhouse, Focus on Your Child, Christian Single, New Man Magazine, Family Doctor Magazine and many others. A frequent instructor at writers' conferences, she is an award-winning playwright and lyricist, and enjoys performing in church and community theater. For more information visit her website www.vondaskelton.com.
City/County Partnership will benefit animals and save tax dollars
Anderson public safety canines will soon have the opportunity to receive veterinarian care courtesy of new County veterinarian Dr. Kyle Powell. Dr. Powell has agreed to provide medical care and treatment to Anderson County proud canine partners, in addition to her duties as full-time veterinarian at the Animal County Animal Shelter.
“This is a great partnership,” said Anderson County Environmental Services Director Greg Smith. “Having a full-time veterinarian on staff at the Animal Shelter gives us the opportunity to provide free preventative medical care and treatment to assist our public safety agencies, in addition to caring for the shelter’s population. Medicines and vaccines will be provided to the owners at cost.”
“We are grateful for this assistance,” said Carla King, Technical Rescue Team’s Canine Coordinator. “Providing veterinary care for our dogs will help offset individual team member’s expenses. Our team is comprised of volunteers, who personally assume all the expenses of caring for and training our animals. Healthy dogs perform at the top of their game, making our team more efficient and able to respond when the County needs our services, whether it is searching for a missing person or hunting a fugitive that is evading capture. This demonstrates that Anderson County truly values the services we provide and is committed to equipping us with the tools we need to be successful in our jobs.”
Dr. Powell will care for approximately 10 canines. The newest of which is Belle, Anderson’s City/County Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) dog. Belle was purchased through a federal grant secured to acquire bomb team equipment and support. The City of Anderson owns Belle, who is cared for and handled by County EMS and Special Operations Director Scott Stoller. Scott is also a commissioned law enforcement officer and is a member of Anderson’s EOD Team.
“This is another great example of the city and county working together to protect and serve its citizens,” said Anderson County Councilman Tommy Dunn. “The safety of Anderson County residents is paramount to our mission as county Council members. Anything we can do to enhance the readiness and performance of public safety needs to be a priority. These animals are a vital component of our team and we are happy that we can help support their care, while actively demonstrating our appreciation for our volunteer team members and the sacrifices they make.”
By Samantha Harris
The Rev. James Bennett fulfilled a a desire he has had for more than 10 years as his church, New Beginnings International held a black-tie gala Friday night to honor leaders in the Anderson community.
Held at the Anderson County Arts Center, the event featured live music, dancing and an awards ceremony.
Community leaders, including judges, teachers and church workers were honored in three catgories: Trendsetters, Eagles and Humanitarians. Their contributions to the community ranged from mentoring students to counseling troubled adults to philanthropy.
"This is something that has been on my heart to do for a long time," Bennett said.
The community is surviving because of the efforts of the leaders honored Friday, he said.
Dr. Winston Floyd, honored for philanthropy and volunteerism, said he was pleased to win his award.
"Serving the community is so important," he said. "I try to teach my children to do the same."
Other honorees included Anderson County Council member Gracie Floyd, Judge Hugh Welborn, Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts and the Rev. J.O. Rich.
Here is a complete list of those honored at Friday night's event:
Mr. Andrea & Lisa Wilson
Mr. Glenn & Shirley Davis
Ms. Treca DeShield
Ms. Carol Rice
Ms. Elizabeth Strong
Mr. David Johnson
Mr. Christopher Lee
Ms. Denise Jackson
Ms. Adrian Bennett
Ms. Brenda Sloan
Mr. James & Mallie Wheeler
Ms. Annetta Hunter
Mr. Doris & John Geer
Mrs. Shujwana McCoppin
Ms. Alice Martin
Mr. Jamew Walker
Dr. Beatrice Thompson
Council Gracie Floyd
Mr. William Roberts
Mayor Terrance Roberts
Mr. Albert Norris
Faithfulness in Community Outreach
Dr. Winston Floyd
Judge Cordell Maddox
Judge Hugh Welborn
Mentoring an Example of Manhood
Mr. Johnny Devore
Mr. James Gregory
Dr. J.O Rich
Judge Frank Mauldin
By Greg Wilson
While existing home sales nationwide rose 7.2 percent in July, exisiting home sales in the Anderson area were up 9.1 percent according to Western Upstate Multiple Listing Service records.
The National Association of Realtors said 5.24 million homes sold last month. That’s more than the 4.89 million sold in June and the 4.99 million sold in July 2008. The Anderson area sold 227 residental properties in July vs 208 June.
“The housing market has decisively turned for the better,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “A combination of first-time buyers taking advantage of the housing stimulus tax credit and greatly improved affordability conditions are contributing to higher sales.”
Fish Finale Silent Auction
- Looking Fintastic by Wyn Foland
- Oh Golden Pond by Ruth Hopkins
- Bass Buddies by Fran Humphries
- Bass #12 by Breann Lollis
- Go Fish! by Stacey McAdams
- Something Smells Phishy by Johnny Nutt
- Sushi by Bonnie West
- All American Bass by Cody Snider
- Maestro Basshour by Ellen Spainhour
- Pirate’s Treasure by Ian Looney
- Ru Fish Porter by Pat Bell
- Holy Mackerel by Amy Hopkins
- Fish in the Sunset by Nancy Perry
- Electric City Roll by Ellen & Erin Spainhour
- Nile Perch by Myrl Garment
- Fish in Moonlight by John Acorn
- Japanese Gyotaku Fish by Troy Ayers
- Electric City Roll by Erin Spainhour
- Anchored in Art by Fran Humphries
- Pirate’s Treasure by Ian Looney
- Maestro Basshour by Ellen & Erin Spainhour
- Wide Angled Bass by Kristy Williamson
- Ru Fish Porter by Pat Bell
- Country Fish/City Fish by Mark Edlien
- Going to Art School by Lynda Slattery
- Maid to Fish by Ann Heard & Kimberly Spears
- Fruit Bassket by Pat Bell
The "Cash for Clunkers" program ends at 8 p.m. Monday, but a new program funded by the automotive industry will offer up to $4,500 on new and used vehicles. For details on this program visit their site.
Newspring Church has announced it has rented the BiLo Center in Greenville to celebrate the church's tenth anniversary on Jan. 24, 2010. More than 15,000 are expected to attend the celebration.
Newspring currently has campuses in Anderson, Greenville and Florence. A Columbia campus will open in September. Buses will bring in members from the Florence and Columbia campuses for the event.
Saturday’s Williamston Spring Water Festival will mark the 28th year with live entertainment including Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues, children's activities, auto show, crafts fair, exhibits and food booths. A 1/2 mile fun run and a 4-mile Spring Water Run on a certified course. For more information visit http://www.springwaterfestival.com/
For other weekend events, click here.
By Greg Wilson
Anderson County Council approved the payment of legal fees and reimbursement of legal bills Tuesday night in spite of a maneuver by a pair of council members aimed at preventing the vote.
A pair of votes, both of which eventually passed by a 3-2 vote,
were marked by delays and confusion after two council members recused themselves and two others walked out of the council chambers in opposition to the issues going to a vote.
The first resolution asked the county to pay fees for previous work by the Tallon Group, Inc., and Palmetto Investigating and Consulting. The second requested the payment of legal expenses incurred by Bob Waldrep stemming from early legal battles with former Anderson County Administrator Joey Preston.
After council members Bob Waldrep and Eddie Moore recused themselves from both votes, questions were raised by council members Gracie Floyd and Ron Wilson over the resolutions. After a series of questions, Wilson announced he would simply leave the room to deny the body a quorum because "what you're doing here is just wrong." Floyd followed Wilson from the chambers, leaving the remaining three council members to seek the a ruling from Anderson County Attorney Mike Pitts as to how to proceed.
Following a brief recess, Pitts said a quorum could be established if the the councilmen who recused themselves were in the room, even if they did not vote. Both resolutions were then passed 3-2.
In other business council unanimously:
- Passed a resolution endorsing the Upstate's Roundtable long-range infrastructure planning for a five-county area.
- Approved a resolution to honor Anderson native Jim Ed Rice by renaming the Civic Center road "Balloonfest Blvd" to "Jim Ed Rice Parkway."
- Endorsed the county abandonment of Goldmine Road.
- Accepted Spring Brook Subdivision Phase II into the county road system.
- Approved, on second reading, the tax-break agreement between Anderson County and Orian Rugs.
The following requests were also submitted and approved by the council.
Ron Wilson: $5,000 for the Tri-County Soccer Club in the Wren area.
Tom Allen: $4,500 for the Townville Recreation Department; $3,000 to the Anderson Veterans Association for their carillon project; $2,000 to the New Light Community Center; $485 for a bike rack system for Pendleton.
Gracie Floyd: $10,000 to the Broadway Lake Fire Department Fund.
Bob Waldrep: $900 for bike rack system for Civic Center.
Cindy Wilson: $3,000 to the Honea Path Fire Department; $1,000 to the Anderson County Veterans Association carillon fund; $2,000 to the Honea Path free clinic; $5,000 to the Honea Path Recreation Program; $485 for bike rack for Honea Path; $500 for a sign for the Broadway Fire Department on Old Williamston Road.
Eddie Moore: $485 for back rack system for the Starr walking track.
Tommy Dunn: $485 for bike rack system for Wellington Ball Park.