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Writing Contest Winner Honored

Mackenzie Roberts, who was named the District Writing Contest winner for Fifth Grade, for Anderson School District One, has recently been named the winner of the State Superintendent’s  Writing Contest. She is the state level winner over all fifth grade. She is shown here with Dr. Wayne Fowler, Anderson District One Superintendent, and her parents Melanie and Mark Roberts. She is a student in Mrs. Shay Barksdale’s class at West Pelzer Elementary School.


Cancer Survivors Day June 12 at Civic Center

On June 12, hundreds of Upstate cancer survivors will join family, friends and AnMed Health’s staff for a beach party celebrating Cancer Survivors Day.

Cancer Survivors Day is an annual celebration of life and a chance for survivors to connect with other men and women who have shared the same experience. The event includes beach music, a fashion show and recognition of survivors. The party starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. at the Civic Center of Anderson.

“Cancer Survivors Day is a special event where clinicians and survivors can forget their worries and have a great time together,” said Lauren Barnett, community relations coordinator. “For two hours, everyone comes together to laugh, socialize and enjoy life.”

This free event is open to all cancer survivors and their families. Survivors who are planning to attend are asked to pre-register by June 3 by calling (864) 512-6255.


4 Westside Students among 72 Statewide with Perfect Attendance

Four seniors at Westside High School are among 72 students in South Carolina who are on track to complete 12 years of school without missing a single day.

The four students are Chelsy Hunter, Kelsey Mattison,  LaChrista Williams and Tori Major.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment, one that required dedication from both student and family to be in school every day for 12 years,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “I speak for the district when I say well done and congratulations on a significant accomplishment.”

“It’s an extraordinary accomplishment to attend school for more than 2,000 consecutive days and never miss one,” said State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais. “These students should be proud, and the families and schools that supported them should be proud, too.”

Since 1979, seniors with 12 years of perfect school attendance have been recognized by the South Carolina Department of Education. They receive certificates and congratulatory letters from Zais.

This year’s 72 “perfect” students are from districts and high schools both large and small.  Greenville County had seven seniors graduating with perfect attendance.  Spartanburg District 6 had six “perfect” seniors; Aiken, Cherokee and Oconee each had five; and Anderson School District Five and Pickens had four.  For the second consecutive year, Dorman High (Spartanburg District 6) had the most of any single school with six students.  Gaffney High (Cherokee County) had five students, while Westside High (Anderson School District Five) had four.  Boiling Springs High (Spartanburg District 2), Woodruff High (Spartanburg District 4) and Sumter High (Sumter District 17) each had three students who never missed a day.


Spay/Neuter Fly-In Saturday

SPRING into ACTION! Spay/Neuter Fly-In
Saturday, May 28th  1:00 pm- Until
Anderson Regional Airport,  Anderson SC

FREE 20 MINUTE SCENIC PLANE RIDE when you show proof that you have EITHER had your pet spay/neutered OR have paid and scheduled an appointment between now and May 28.For those who do not have a pet to spay/neuter, plane rides may be purchased for $40 per passenger, and ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO SPAY/NEUTERING OF ANDERSON COUNTY ANIMALS!!
For more info, contact Rhonda Sims  864-934-8496
Please spread the word, and let’s get these Anderson County animals fixed.


Amanda Thomas Honored as Top Youth Volunteer

Amanda Thomas Honored as Top Volunteer

Amanda Thomas, a senior at T.L. Hanna High School who volunteers for Safe Harbor, a women’s shelter, is one of only two students in the state to win the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

The award is given to the state’s top youth volunteers. As part of her award, Amanda was presented with an engraved Prudential Spirit of Community silver medallion. Also, from April 30 to May 3, she traveled to Washington, D.C. along with the other 101 state honorees for several days of special recognition events. There, Amanda and the other honorees received $1,000.

Based on the number of volunteer hours Amanda has accumulated, she also qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. Amanda received the President’s Award and a letter from President Obama for earning this honor.


New Program at AnMed Makes Moving Patients Safer

Lifting, repositioning and transferring patients are daily events at a hospital. Each of these activities can put health care workers and patients at risk. To prevent patient handling injuries, AnMed Health has developed a comprehensive program that uses assistive equipment and devices to make moving patients safer than ever before.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing and personal care facilities rank highest in the incidence of non-fatal occupational injuries and illness, reporting 12.6 injuries per 100 full-time employees in 2002. The agency also reported that one-third of these injuries resulted in absence from work, and nursing aides and orderlies had the highest number of absentee days due to musculoskeletal disorders.

A major cause of occupational injuries involves lifting patients. Trends show nurses are getting older and patients are getting heavier. The average age of a nurse in the United States is 48. The average patient weighs 250 pounds.

“With an aging work force, the chance for repetitive injury is increasing constantly,” said Suzi Welch, director of nursing. “It was essential that we implement a safe patient handling program to protect our staff now.”

AnMed Health partnered with Arjo-Huntleigh Inc. in developing its safe patient handling program. Ceiling lifts were installed in AnMed Health Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit as well as the seventh floor Neuroscience Center. Portable lift equipment is available throughout the hospital. Arjo-Huntleigh, which manufactures lifts and other patient-transferring equipment, is the parent company of Diligent, the consultative team that provides staff education and assists with implementation and ongoing support.

“The Diligent clinical support consultants are helping us create a cultural change in how we lift and move patients,” said Todd O’Quinn, safety director at AnMed Health. “This is being accomplished by establishing customized policies and procedures; formal training on assistive equipment for lifting, repositioning and transferring patients; and ongoing clinical support.”

Training on the equipment started in February. Those receiving training include nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, radiologic technologists, nurses’ aides, patient transport staff and any other employee responsible for lifting, moving or transferring patients. By the end of March, more than 700 AnMed Health employees had been trained on the new equipment.


"Glorious" Auditions June 6, 7 at ECP

Written by Peter Quilter directed by Daniel Pasker, is the story of the joyful Florence Foster Jenkins, who had a passion for singing, but a voice of disastrous proportions which left audiences crying with laughter. Spinning from her bizarre recording sessions, unbelievable recitals and an ultimate triumph at New York's Carnegie Hall - this is a true, heart-warming story about a group of eccentric friends who lived their dreams. The triumphant West End production starred Maureen Lipman and was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award as Best New Comedy.

Available Roles Include:

Florence Foster Jenkins - Eccentric American Lady 40s - 60s, accomplished singer.

Cosme McMoon - Early 30s, excellent pianist.

St. Clair - Florence's English boyfriend 40s - 60s, frazzled and overweight and bursting at the seams with loud theatricality.

Dorothy - Florence's friend 40s - 60s, ditsy.

Maria - Florence and St. Clair's Mexican cook and housemaid, speaks Spanish, sarcastic.

Mrs. Verrinder-Gedge - American late middle age, bullish and feisty.

Please bring your theatre resume and a non-returnable photo (photocopy is OK) of yourself along with a list of any dates that would conflict with summer rehearsals. The first read through will be held on Thursday, June 9th at 7pm. A summer rehearsal schedule will be worked out that evening.

Play production dates are August 18-21 and August 25-28. For further information, please call (864) 224-4248 or email


County Announces Roadwork Initiative

Fifteen Anderson County Roads are slated to receive a new light-weight aggregate treatment as part of the single treatment contract awarded by the Anderson County Transportation Committee (ACTC). This new treatment is expected to extend the life of the pavement by 3-5 years. Work is anticipated to begin on May 31 and should take 10 – 14 days to complete.
High traffic roadways with an excess of 1,000 trips per day were included in the project list. The majority of these roads have previously had full-depth patching and include:
Circle Road
Clinkscales Road
Dunlap Road
Firetower Road
Hurricane Creek Road
Jule Martin Road
Lee Dobbins Road
Mt. Airy Church Road
New Hope Road
Roe Road
Sitton Hill Road
Smoak Road
Stringer Road
Tillotson Road
Work is anticipated to begin on May 31 and should take 10 – 14 days to complete.  Sealed bids for the project were opened at 2 pm on April 8 in the Historic Courthouse. The project was awarded to the low bidder, Carnes, Inc. for a total cost of $389,677.25.
Bids were also received from F & R Asphalt, Inc. ($486,061.00) and Pickens Construction, Inc. ($557,519.02).
Funding is provided by C-Funds, approved by the Anderson County Transportation Committee.


School District Five Announces Meetings Schedule

A Building Committee Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office Board Room to discuss renovations at T.L. Hanna and Westside.
A Special Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office Board Room to consider bids for the Southwood renovation project and to discuss the 2011-2012 budget.
A Special Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office Board Room to discuss the 2011-2012 budget.
A Policy Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office Board Room to consider proposed new and revised policies.
The next regular Board of Trustees Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office Board Room.


Keep America Beautiful Volunteers Honored

Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County recognized local residents for their environmental service at the annual Keep America Beautiful Volunteer Luncheon. Each year, KAB spot lights individuals who make a difference in litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification.

These individuals dedicate their time by educating students about the environment, picking up litter and beautifying their neighborhoods and communities. Volunteers help KAB to accomplish its many programs and goals throughout the year.

In addition, Captain Chris Cowan Captain was invited to speak about “The Broken Window” Theory, which highlighted the importance of communities working together to create a clean, safe environment for its residents. Currently, Captain Cowan is the Community Services Division Commander for the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

More than 175 people attended the event that was sponsored by Waste Connections of the Carolinas. Pictures of Pride Award winners are attached. For more information, please contact the Keep America Beautiful office at (864) 260-1003.

Pride Award Winners:

Pride Award Winners:  Alejandro (Alex) Gehrmann, Volunteer Pride Award
Lake Hartwell Association Covekeepers, Litter Pride Award
Davie Kirkly, Beautification Pride Award                                                


United Way Youth Corps Camps Announced

Every summer, the Youth Volunteer Corps of Anderson County sponsors six week long summer camps for youth ages 11-18. The program runs from Monday-Thursday, 9 am – 3 pm (unless otherwise specified), and Fridays from 9 am – 12 pm. On Fridays, service projects end at 12 noon and Youth Volunteer Corps provides lunch for the youth. Participants must bring their lunch Monday-Thursday unless otherwise specified.

Participation is free and you do not have to be a member of the Youth Volunteer Corps to participate. Youth may participate in as many weeks as he/she would like.

The schedule is as follows:
Week 1: June 20th – June 24th / Full Potential – Youth Summer Program) begins at 8:15 am. Lunch will be provided
Week 2: June 27th – July 1st / Meals on Wheels (begins at 8am)
Week 3: July 11th – July 15th / Full Potential – Youth Summer Program (begins at 8:15 am. Lunch will be provided.
Week 4: July 18th – July 22nd / Toxaway Summer Enrichment Program
Week 5: July 25th – July 20th / Toxaway Summer Enrichment Program
Week 6: August 1st – August 5th / Meals on Wheels (begins at 8am)

The deadline to submit your application to participate is June 3rd.  Space is limited.

For more information, contact Jeannie Smith or Graham Whitley at United Way of Anderson County at (864) 226-3438 or at or


Nevitt Forest Named Exemplary Writing School

Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation is one of seven South Carolina public schools announced today as winners of prestigious Exemplary Writing Program Awards.

The winners were announced by State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais after a comprehensive five-month evaluation that included site visits. The State Superintendent said the winning schools will serve as resources for other schools across the state.

“The ability to communicate effectively is fundamental to a child’s education,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “We are proud of the students, parents, teachers and staff at Nevitt Forest for their hard work in achieving this honor.”

The other winning schools announced today are: Pate Elementary (Darlington County); Doby's Mill Elementary (Kershaw County); Heath Springs Elementary (Lancaster County); Irmo Elementary (Richland/Lexington District 5); Woodruff Primary (Spartanburg District 4); and Monarch Elementary (Union County).

The Exemplary Writing Program is sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Education and governed by the Writing Improvement Coordinating Council.  The award is based on an extensive evaluation of the schools’ instructional programs, with a particular emphasis on the teaching of writing.

Last fall 25 schools submitted written applications responding to 10 criteria of excellence that comprise the Exemplary Writing Program. The applications detailed how each school implements its writing program with reference to leadership, faculty knowledge of research and theory, curriculum, assessment and community partnership. From this group, 12 schools were chosen for site visits. Three separate reviewers scored applications, and site visits were conducted by at least two reviewers. The schools that met the rigorous criteria of the program were designated as Exemplary Writing Program Schools.

Caroline Savage, from the Education Department’s Unit of Literacy and Early Learning, said the Exemplary Writing Program provides tools for schools to self-assess their writing programs as well as a series of professional development sessions based on criteria for effective school writing programs. Savage said schools that have gone through the three- to five-year process of developing an exemplary program credit EWP as the key to their success.