News Links

Search Amazon Here



Meetings, Agenda Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – 5:00 p.m.

Council Chambers – 2nd Floor Historic Courthouse

Chairman Ken Waters, Presiding


Council to Consider Travel Expenses, Background Checks

Anderson County Concil will vote on third reading ordinances concerning county travel reinbursements and background checks for those wishing to serve on county boards and committees as part of Tuesday night's meeting at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown. The meeting is open to the public.


Allegro to Bring 45 New Jobs to Anderson

Anderson County Council and Economic Development are very pleased to announce that Allegro Industries will locate its new 50,000 square-ft manufacturing facility in Anderson County. The initial capital investment for Project Allegro will be $1.65 million with the generation of 45 new jobs.

“This new location will allow us to increase our production capacity as well as give us a presence in the Southeastern United States. In spite of the economy, Allegro has grown and is excited to expand its operations. Anderson County provides an excellent business environment for Allegro Industries, with a strong workforce and exceptional market access. With this move we will be able to be more responsive to our East Coast customers. We look forward to expanding our operations in South Carolina’s Upstate,” said Thomas Johnston, president of Allegro Industries.

Allegro Industries will construct its new manufacturing facility in the Anderson County Upstate Industrial Park located on Exit 35 at I-85. The facility will produce a variety of industrial safety products, including respirators, respirator accessories and ventilator products. Allegro Industries expects to complete construction by October 1, 2011 with the facility operational by the first quarter of 2012. 

“Great things are happening in Anderson County,” said Anderson County Councilman Ken Waters. “District 6 is pleased to welcome Allegro to our County’s diversified family of industries. We are excited about the prospects of 45 new jobs and greatly appreciate Allegro’s initial capital investment of $1.65 million. I especially want to thank our Economic Development staff for their diligence in making this project a reality. During these difficult economic times, it is comforting to know that Anderson County continues to be an attractive place for industry to call home.” 

“Allegro Industries Inc. is a welcomed addition to Anderson County’s industrial base,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn.  We are most grateful to Allegro’s owners, Tom Johnston and Tony Ferroni, for selecting the Anderson County Upstate Industrial Park as Allegro’s new home. I also want to thank Councilman Ken Waters for his active role in this successful endeavor. We look forward to future opportunities to partner with Allegro as they prosper along with Anderson County.”

The company will begin hiring for the positions in the fourth quarter of 2011, which will include assemblers, packagers, technicians and office staff. Allegro Industries will work with the Workforce One-Stop in Anderson County when the hiring process starts. 

Founded in 1987 and based in Garden Grove, Calif., Allegro Industries offers a full line of safety equipment and ergonomic products for the workplace. For more information about the company, please visit


Finance Committee to Look at Audit, Laptops, Furniture

The Anderson County Council Finance Committee will look at the county audit, laptops for the Sheriff's Department and furniture for the Solicitor's office as part of Friday's meeting at 2 p.m. at the historic courthouse downtown.


Farmer's Market Senior Program Begins June 3  

On June 3-4, Anderson County Seniors may apply for produce vouchers as part of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. The Anderson County Senior Citizens Program and the Anderson County Farmers’ Market, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services and other state agencies, will issue vouchers to eligible senior citizens. Vouchers can be used to purchase produce at participating farmer’s markets from May through October 15, 2011. Each eligible person will receive $25 worth of coupons. Vouchers are issued on a first come basis until the supply is exhausted. 

“Community farmers’ markets are a vital part of Anderson County’s agricultural heritage,” said Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Purchasing locally grown produce is by far, the healthier food choice and it also boosts our local economy by supporting our community’s farmers. Anderson County is happy to participate in this very worthwhile program.”

Individuals aged 60 or older, with a low monthly income, or who receive SSI or Food Stamp benefits are eligible for these free coupons. Individuals must apply in person; provide proof of their identity, age and their Anderson County residency. Applicants must also meet household income eligibility limits. Information regarding the income of all household members is required to determine eligibility. Verification of Social Security numbers is also required. 

Individuals wishing to apply for homebound seniors must provide a statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on their behalf. Proof of identity and proof of income for the homebound senior must be presented at time of application.

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program’s goal is to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce while supporting South Carolina’s small farmers. South Carolina is one of several states that receive funds from the USDA to operate this program.

Application vouchers will be at the following locations & available first come, first served:

June 3 at 8am: Belton Farmer’s Market

June 4 at 8am: Anderson County Farmer’s Market

For detailed information on The Effects of Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs on Nutrition and Health see

For more information about the Senior Voucher program, please contact Anderson County Seniors Program Manager, Kelly Jo Barnwell at 231.2237. 


Greater Anderson Rotary Club Raises $70,000 at ‘Dancing’ Event  

ANDERSON – The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson will distribute funds raised by the 5th Annual Dancing for Our Heroes event at its meeting this Thursday, April 28. Over $70,000 was raised for six nonprofits and the PolioPlus initiative of Rotary International.

The event, which was held at the Civic Center of Anderson on April 8, is modeled after the popular ABC TV show, Dancing With the Stars. Benefiting charities this year are the Anderson Free Clinic, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, the Cancer Association of Anderson, Foothills Alliance, Hospice of the Upstate, and the South Carolina Military Family Care Association.

 Each charity fielded a “celebrity” dancer who paired up with an experienced ballroom partner in a competition dance. Dancers were judged by a panel for the Judges’ Choice trophy. The dancers who raised the most money for their charity won the Peoples’ Choice trophy.

Kristi King-Brock, executive director of Anderson Interfaith Ministries, won the Judges’ Choice trophy by doing a cha-cha with her partner Wayne Conover. The Peoples’ Choice winner was Dr. Veena Mathur, a radiologist, who also danced a cha-cha, partnered with Scott Drake. Dr. Mathur raised over $20,000 for the Cancer Association of Anderson.

 Other participants were dentist Dr. Bob Austin, dancing the quick-step with Mary Ann McBride for the Anderson Free Clinic; Sheriff John Skipper dancing the rumba with Yvonne Conover for the Foothills Alliance; Taylor Thompson, who danced a cha-cha with Dennis Adams for Hospice of the Upstate; and Glenn Skawski, who performed a waltz with Lisa Burns for the S.C. Military Family Care Association. 

All told, the dancers raised over $54,000 for their charities. The remaining funds to be distributed Thursday came from ticket sales and proceeds of live and silent auctions at the event. 

Greater Anderson Rotary President Kathryn Smith noted that the cost of the event was kept low by donations of dinner for 300 guests by Cromer Food Services as well as donations of beverages by area stores and Carolina Beer Company. The Civic Center of Anderson discounted its rental cost, and the Independent-Mail donated advertising. Many other individuals donated products and services to the event.

Mrs. Smith said this year’s gross far outdistanced the $49,000 raised in 2010 by Dancing for Our Heroes, which had more than doubled what was raised in 2009. “We love giving a new platform for so many charities to raise money, rather than having them put so much time and energy into planning and executing competing fund-raising events,” she said.

Plans are already underway for the 6th Dancing for Our Heroes in 2012.


Meals on Wheels Honors Top Volunteers

Shirley and Larry Pace of Anderson, who delivered routes for Meals on Wheels nearly 100 times during the past year, were named Volunteers of the Year at the agency’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. The couple received the 2011 Lila Albergotti Volunteer of the Year Award, named for one of the founders of Meals on Wheels-Anderson and presented by service coordinator Cindy Culbertson.

“Shirley and Larry have run delivery routes up to five times a week and at times even two routes in one day, “ Ms. Culbertson said. “They have packed meals, worked at every fundraising event that we have held, and have trained new volunteers for us.”

The Paces received their award at the annual luncheon at Anderson Civic Center, in front of staff, board members and a crowd of about 300 volunteers who donate their time, energy and automobile fuel costs to ensure that hungry seniors in Anderson County receive hot, nutritious meals each weekday from Meals on Wheels. “There are so many wonderful volunteers at Meals on Wheels that choosing an award-winner is no easy task.” said Culbertson. “But this year we are honoring the Paces for the outstanding volunteer leadership they have exhibited over the past 12 months.”

“We could not exist without our loyal volunteers,” said Harold Gilbert, Meals on Wheels Board Treasurer.  Executive Director Laurie Ashley agrees. “Our faithful, hardworking volunteers like Larry and Shirley enable us to deliver hot meals each day to nearly 650 people throughout Anderson County. We appreciate all our volunteers and thank them for their commitment to ending senior hunger in our county.”

Currently, Meals on Wheels is seeking additional regular route drivers for all areas of Anderson County. They also need substitute drivers who could fill in for regular drivers taking time off for vacation during the summer months.


BBQ to Benefit ECP

The Electric City Playhouse will hold a fundraiser at the Anderson County Farmer's Market, Saturday, May 7th from 5PM - 10PM. Great food, live music, silent auction and all for a good cause. Music will be provided by the Foothills Songwriters Guild, Christopher Branch & Friends. Food includes hamburgers, hotdogs, coleslaw, chips and drinks. Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased at the Electric City Playhouse, by calling (864) 224-4248 or at the event.


District 5 Softball Tourney Will Benefit Homeless

The 2nd Annual Anderson School District Five Softball Tournament will be held Saturday, May 7, at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center.

The tourney will begin at 8 a.m. at the new baseball fields below the tennis courts at the Center.

Admission is $1 per person. Donations of toiletries for homeless students and their families will also be accepted.
Concessions sponsored by Bi-Lo will be available. Spectators should bring their own lawn chairs, as there are no bleachers at these fields.

All proceeds will go to the District Five Homeless Program. The homeless program has served 236 students so far this school year, compared to 210 last year, according to Lisa Hall, our Homeless Program Liaison.


Bishoff; Sohrweide Named Top Student-Athletes at AU

Anderson University junior standouts Whitney Bishoff and Lasse Sohrweide were named the Female and Male Athletes of the Year, respectively, at the annual Athletics Honors Night, Monday evening at Henderson Auditorium.
Bishoff, a native of Winder, Ga., posted several stellar outings in both cross country and track and field over the past academic year, including earning the prestigious NCAA Elite 88 Award at the 2011 Indoor Track & Field Championships in March. The Elite 88 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 88 championships.
She set a new school record in the 10,000 meter and the mile run this season and her cross country accomplishments included South Atlantic Conference Runner of the Year as well as first team all-conference following her first-place finish at the SAC Championships last November. Bishoff earned SAC Cross Country Runner of the Week accolades twice last season and paced the Trojan cross country squad on 14 consecutive occasions over the past two-plus seasons, posting 11 of the top 15 times in school history in the 5k.
She earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first-team accolades in 2009 and has been named to the Dean’s List every semester.
Sohrweide, a 6-foot, 175-pound midfielder on the team that claimed the South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament Championship, was named to the Daktronics All-America First Team and Southeast Region Player of the Year after leading the Trojans to their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell just shy of a berth in the Elite Eight after upsetting the Southeast Region’s top-seed and ninth-ranked Montevallo on the Falcon’s home pitch to reach the Sweet 16. AU won five of its last six matches and 12 of its final 14 outings to set a new school record for wins in a season, while posting an impressive 9-1 record in its inaugural season at Trojan Stadium.
The Flensburg, Germany, native was named South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and SAC Conference Tournament MVP after notching a hat trick to lead the team to the conference tournament title. Sohrweide led the SAC in points, points per game, goals, goals per game, assists and tied for first in the league with seven game-winners on the season. He ranked third nationally in total points, fourth in both goals and assists and 13th in points per game.
In addition to the SAC Players of the Week, All-Tournament and All-Conference honorees, the women’s cross country, men’s soccer and men’s tennis teams were recognized for earning league championship titles.
The Trojan men’s basketball team took home the “Trojan Pride” award for its’ Cinderella run through the NCAA Tournament to the Elite Eight, while junior guard Nick Trull was recognized for both his Elite 88 award as well as being named the South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete for men’s hoops.
Former volleyball standout Jamie Lancaster, who graduated last December, was honored for being named the SAC Scholar Athlete for volleyball and for earning the first NCAA post-graduate scholarship in school history. The Fountain Inn, S.C., native will begin pursuing a Physical Therapy degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in May.


S.C. Honored for Economic Development

Area Development magazine, a national, leading economic development publication, has awarded South Carolina with its 2011 Gold Shovel award for the state’s economic development efforts last year. In addition, South Carolina also received the magazine’s “Project of the Year” award. South Carolina was the recipient of both awards for the first time.

“We couldn’t be more excited to see South Carolina recognized for the work we’re doing to make our state the best in the country for business development, but what’s even more exciting is that this is only the beginning of what we're going to see for our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley.

Each year, Area Development magazine recognizes states in three population categories that have recruited the highest quality and most jobs per capita, which have broken ground in the previous year. This year marks the sixth year of the awards. South Carolina was the Gold Shovel winner this year in the 4 – 9 million population category. The state has previously been awarded a silver shovel in both 2009 and 2010.

“South Carolina has built a reputation for having a business-friendly climate and a talented workforce, and these and other factors have certainly played a role in landing the large deals we’ve seen over the past few years. These accomplishments would not be possible without the strong team effort of state and local leaders, economic development professionals and business leaders who have and will continue to contribute to our state’s recruitment success. This award recognizes our collective accomplishments, and we will strive to build on that work going forward,” said Bobby Hitt, Secretary of Commerce.

Some of the projects cited by Area Development in its decision to award South Carolina the Gold Shovel included First Quality Tissue in Anderson County, ZF Group in Laurens County, Caterpillar in Newberry County, Robert Bosch in Dorchester County, South Carolina Tissue in Barnwell County, Boeing Fabrication Interiors in Charleston County, Dixie Narco (Crane Co.) in Barnwell County, Johnson Controls in Florence County.

South Carolina also received Area Development’s “Project of the Year” award for work on the First Quality Tissue project. Last May, First Quality Tissue selected Anderson County, S.C., for the company’s new manufacturing operations. The $1 billion investment is expected to create 1,000 new jobs. The company chose Anderson County after an extensive site selection process and credited the state’s proximity to the growing Southeastern market, quality infrastructure and low energy costs among other factors in helping make the choice.

“It is quite an honor for Anderson County to be named in a very prestigious list of projects that brought Area Development’s Gold Shovel award to South Carolina,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Anderson County Council is motivated by a unified vision to create high-paying jobs for our residents by attracting quality industry to our county. We have a firm foundation of infrastructure to support industry, many and diverse site locations, a well-equipped workforce and competitive incentives. Anderson County’s team scored a ‘home run’ with First Quality Tissue. First Quality’s decision to bring an $1 billion investment and 1,000 jobs to Anderson County represents the successful collaboration of our legislative delegation, county council and administration, economic development professionals and the S.C. Department of Commerce to bring prospective industry home to South Carolina.”

“It is truly exciting to see Area Development recognize South Carolina with its Gold Shovel award and the Project of the Year award for First Quality Tissue in Anderson County. This award is a testament to all the hard work done by state and local leaders and economic development professionals from across South Carolina,” said state Rep. Dan Cooper, chairman of the S.C. House Ways and Means Committee.

For more information on the award and to see a full listing of all the awards, please visit and


Council Calls Meeting for Connector, Budget

Anderson County Council will meet in a special called meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse to consider East-West Connector issues and to look at the budget. The meeiting is open to the public.


"Music Man" Coming to Wren High School

Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" comes to the stage at Wren High School in Piedmont!  Performances will be in the auditorium Thursday, April 28th, Friday, April 29th, and Saturday, April 30th at 7:00 pm.  There will also be a Saturday matinee at 2:00 pm on April 30th.

Directed and conducted by Mr. Leroy Kennedy, the production features Wren High seniors John Lipsey as Harold Hill and Kelsey Whitson as Marian Paroo, Noelle Cady, Alec Courtright, Katie Daniska, Logan Epps, Tim Gravely, James Holland, Austin Lanz, Sela Morrison, and Dalton Ribble.  Also in the cast are several students from Wren Middle and Elementary Schools.   

Seating is first come, first served.  The doors open one hour before each performance.  Set donations of $6 for each adult and $3 for each child under 12 will be collected at the door.  Wren Elementary School students will be admitted to the Saturday matinee at NO CHARGE.