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ECP Hosts Rotary Child's Play Event Tonight

Tonight at 7 p.m., the Anderson Rotary Club will present the 2nd Annual CHILD's PLAY, a reader's theatre of children's books to promote youth literacy.

Community Leaders and local celebrities will light up the stage with lively and playful readings of selected books for an adult audience. This fundraiser is for a great cause.

A wine and cheese reception precedes the readings in the lobby, so come early.  The event is $25.oo per person. For more information you may call 864-276-5560.


Veterans Day Parade Nov. 13

The annual Anderson Verterans Day Parade will be held Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. in downtown Anderson. The event is now hosted by the Anderson County Veterans Association. The weekend of events begins Friday. A schedule is listed below.

Friday, November 11th – Veterans Day

11 a.m.  ‘Spirit of the Doughboy’ Ceremony  at the American Legion Post 14, East Greenville Street. This ceremony will include the unveiling of the new Doughboy Statue, which replaces the vandalized statue. Foothills Community Foundation spearheaded the replacement project. 

11 a.m.   Ringing of the Orr Lyons Mill Community Shift Bell eleven times to mark a special recognition of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

12 noon. Lest We Forget…In Remembrance

Anderson Ccounty Museum opens at noon on Veteran’s Day.

1 p.m.  Curator Alison Hinman will give a presentation on Corporal Freddie Stowers, the first African American awarded the Medal of Honor for World War I. The presentation will include discussions about the 92nd Division and the act of ultimate courage by Corporal Stowers and his delayed honor. 

6 - 8 p.m. An illuminating tribute honoring all Anderson County men and women who lost their lives in World War I service to our country. Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, November 13th

2 p.m. Anderson County Veterans Association presents the Veterans Day Parade, Downtown Anderson


AU Hoops Teams Ranked in Preseason Poll

The Anderson University men's and women's basketball teams have been ranked in preseason polls.

Following last season’s second consecutive trip to the NCAA and an Elite Eight appearance, the Anderson men’s basketball team has been picked to finish third in the South Atlantic Conference by the league’s coaches.

The 2010-11 season saw Anderson become just the second team in South Atlantic Conference history to claim an NCAA Regional Championship, and the first team from the state of South Carolina to win a regional championship since Lander in 1999. 

The Trojans entered the 2011 NCAA Regional as the seventh seed last year, upsetting No. 2 Lincoln Memorial, No. 6 Montevallo and No. 1 seed Augusta en route to their first-ever regional title.

The 2012 Food Lion SAC Basketball Championship will take place March 3-4 in Hickory, N.C.

Meanwhile, the women's team has been selected to finish ninth in its second season in the South Atlantic Conference by the league’s coaches as released by the conference office Wednesday afternoon.    

“We don’t really pay much attention to preseason rankings because they mostly are speculation,” said Anderson head coach Jim Brunelli. “We know what we lost as far as player personnel, however I feel that we have a good core group back that has a lot of experience and when you mix in a solid recruiting class, I believe we can compete.”

With three returning starters, Brunelli is looking for the 2011-12 version of Anderson women’s basketball to make a run at the South Atlantic Conference championship this season. Brunelli, who guided the Trojans to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament from 2008-2010, will have a talented but youthful collection on this year’s squad and has many reasons to be optimistic, with an exciting nucleus of returners and four true freshmen.

Anderson visits Furman for an exhibition contest on Monday and opens the regular season with a four-game road swing, beginning with Georgia College on Friday, Nov. 11.   


County Finance Committee to Meet Friday

The Anderson County Council Finance Committee will meet Friday at 1 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown. The public is invited.


Baritone Mischa Bouvier at Brooks Center Nov. 8

A versatile singer who is equally at home performing opera, musical theater and art song, Mischa Bouvier will perform at Clemson University’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. The concert is part of the Utsey Chamber Music Series, so admission is free. 

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AU's Jones Named SAC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year  

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Anderson University junior Ben Jones has been named the 2011 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced Wednesday afternoon. 

Brevard senior Caitlin Hubbard earned the honor for women’s soccer.

“I am very proud of Ben and Caitlin for their hard work and accomplishments, both on the field and in the classroom,” said SAC Commissioner Patrick Britz. “They are each outstanding leaders on campus and define what it means to be well-rounded Division II student-athletes.”  

Jones, a midfielder on Anderson’s regular-season SAC champion men’s soccer team, has appeared in 16 of the Trojans’ 18 matches this season, helping AU rise to No. 11 in the latest NSCAA national rankings.

A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Jones holds a 3.90 cumulative GPA majoring in kinesiology.  His academic success has garnered numerous recognitions, including Anderson’s Dean’s List and SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll distinctions.  

Jones has been a member of AU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a volunteer soccer coach at his hometown YMCA during the summer months.  He served on a mission trip to Haiti last summer, and will take part in another mission to India over the upcoming holiday break. 

Jones’ charity involvement has included taking part in the “Help Build Hope” program that constructs homes for underprivileged families.

“I am extremely proud of Ben, his accomplishments, and his representation of Anderson University and the South Atlantic Conference,” said Anderson Director of Athletics Nancy Simpson. “This is a tremendous honor and we are all quite grateful for this recognition.” 

“Ben is a tremendous student-athlete and has a great team attitude,” added Anderson head coach Rob Miller. “He’s a player who impacts the game.”

The awards are voted on by the league’s Faculty Athletic Representatives.


Palmetto JV Volleyball Finishes Season Undefeated

Palmetto High School’s JV Volleyball team finished the season undefeated with a 16-0 record.

Front Row:  Kailen Finley, Samantha Ellison, Lauren Timms, Brooke Ellison, Lauren Brandt

Back Row:  Kenzy Davis, Elizabeth Lecroy, Lauren Dutterer, Emma Ogburn, Hannah Whitten


Tiger Band will be 'Marching for ALS' at Wake Forest game  

Halftime at the Nov. 12 Wake Forest football game at Death Valley will have extra significance as the Tiger Band will be "Marching for ALS."

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Chick-fil-a Offers Big Food Reward for Info on Cow Theft

Free Chick-fil-a for a year is being offered,  for information on the theft of the Chick-fil-a topiary cow sometime Monday night.

The cow, which was installed three months ago, was dismantled from the place it was cemented in the ground.

If you have any information on the theft, please contact Karen Sullivan at 864-356-9937.


Krispy Kreme Sale to Benefit Team Bryce

A Krispy Kreme doughnut sale will be held Friday, Nov. 18 to benefit the Cancer Association of Anderson by Team Bryce. Bryce Caison, son of Will and Julie Caison, died after a valiant struggle with lymphoma on Nov. 18, 2009. He was three years old. Team Bryce engages in fund-raising activities for cancer charities in Bryce’s memory, and to help other people fighting this dread disease. 

A box of 12 original glazed doughnuts costs $6. Orders and payment must be received by Friday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. Checks should be made payable to Tammy Jennings. Orders of up to five boxes of doughnuts can be picked up at the Cancer Association office, 215 E. Calhoun Street, from 8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 18. Delivery can be arranged for six or more boxes to one location at the time of order.

To place an order, contact Tammy Jennings at 940-2774 (email:; Tonya Crawford at 940-7998 or Julie Caison at


Trojans Down Limestone in Volleyball

GAFFNEY, S.C. – Paced by season-high kill totals from junior Tiffany Rowe and freshman Shannon Gillespie, the Anderson volleyball team wrapped up its non-conference slate with a 3-1 (25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 25-18) win past Limestone Tuesday night at the Timken Center.   

Anderson (8-20) snapped a four-match skid with the win, while Limestone slipped to 15-16 overall with its second consecutive setback.

Anderson closes out its regular season with a two-match South Atlantic Conference road swing, beginning on Friday at league-leading and 14th-ranked Wingate. First-serve versus the Bulldogs is scheduled for 7 p.m. 


Top-Seeded Trojans Hold off No. 8 Seed Wingate 

Sophomore midfielder Ryan Messick scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute as 11th-ranked and top-seeded Anderson Trojans held off eighth-seeded Wingate, 2-1, in quarterfinal action of the 2011 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Championship Tuesday afternoon at Trojan Stadium. 

Anderson (15-3) moves on to meet No. 4 seed Lincoln Memorial Friday afternoon at the Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex in Rock Hill, S.C. The Railsplitters downed fifth-seeded Carson-Newman 4-1 Tuesday afternoon. Wingate’s season ended at 4-13.

Anderson has won 16 consecutive home contests and 17-of-18 since beginning play at Trojan Stadium last season. 

The Trojans’ semifinal match versus LMU is scheduled for 3 p.m. AU defeated Lincoln Memorial, 1-0, in the teams’ regular-season matchup 10 days ago in Harrogate, Tenn. 


Michael Hughes to perform at Clemson Monday  

Sharing his keyboard-based country-rock sound and his lifelong passion for music, Michael Hughes will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. The 1996 Clemson graduate will shareselections from his current independent release "Start Again." 

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