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Friday
Apr232010

President's Gala Tonight at AU

President and Mrs. Evans Whitaker cordially invite the Anderson community to the third annual President’s Gala. A host of talented singers, dancers and instrumentalists will present the free concert on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm. In its third year, the President’s Gala has become a beloved event for the arts in the Anderson area and throughout The Upstate. The program features a variety of top performers from the AU College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Singers from the music and theatre departments along with the AU orchestra, brass quintet and string quintet will take on a variety of musical genres designed to give any audience member something memorable to take home with them. Performances will highlight classic American composer George Gershwin, including music from American in Paris. The evening will include familiar favorites “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Come Fly with Me,” along with the timeless piece “Gabriel’s Oboe.” The concert will conclude with a moving presentation of “Non Nobis, Domine” (Not to Us, Oh Lord) from Kenneth Branagh’s film version of Henry V.

All are welcome to come and enjoy this free night of culture and entertainment, but tickets are required. Preconcert music will be presented outside the Rainey Center, in the lobby and onstage beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The President’s Gala will be held in the Henderson Auditorium of The Rainey Fine Arts Center. Call 864-231-2080 for tickets. Admission is free. 


Thursday
Apr222010

Homeland Park Clean Up Day April 24

Anderson County and the Homeland Park Community Taskforce are once again teaming up to clean up the area on April 24! This third annual pride day is sponsored by the Community Taskforce, Homeland Park Fire Department (HPFD) and KAB of Anderson County. Anderson. Volunteers are invited to meet at 8:30 am at the Homeland Park Fire Department (HPFD) located at 3299 South Main Street. Dumpsters will be available to accept any trash, even recyclables. 

Organizers anticipate the Clean Up will conclude at 11 am. From 11 am to 2 pm, volunteers and residents are encouraged to take advantage of “Community Services Day.”  Various community organizations will be on-site in the lot across the street from the HPFD sharing information/performing services for attendees.

Dumpsters available to accept ANY trash!

Participating Community Service Organizations include: AnMed Health; Keep America Beautiful of Anderson County; Anderson County Environmental Enforcement; Fresh Start; Free Living Wills by local attorneys; Senior Solutions; Anderson County Animal Shelter; Sheriff – Kid’s Safety Kits; Anderson County Voter Registration; Young Marines; Foothills Alliance; Coupon Swap; DHEC; AC Special Needs; Building & Codes

All Volunteers will receive a Raffle ticket and free lunch (courtesy of HPFD firemen)

Non-volunteers may purchase a hotdog plate. All proceeds will go to HPFD’s new building fund.

Organizers will be on-hand to sign off on Community Service hours for those seeking service opportunities.

For more information, call Doreen 261-7009 or visit  www.homelandpark.org 

Thursday
Apr222010

Anderson Hosts 30-team Electric City Shoot Out

During the weekend of April 23-25, the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center, (ASEC) Ball fields will be in full swing with 30 youth baseball teams (ages 8 to 14). Players from across South Carolina and Georgia have signed up to compete in the Electric City Shoot Out, a tournament sponsored by the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). 

“Once again, Anderson County Council and staff are encouraging residents to treat players and their families to a taste of Anderson County hospitality,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “When we welcome tournaments to the Sports & Entertainment Center, we welcome dollars into our local economy. In these tough economic times, we really want to sell our County as a recreational destination. We can achieve this by making our visitors know we want them here. We are asking businesses to use their digital signs to welcome teams to Anderson, talk to the ASEC staff about sponsoring tournaments, or providing discount coupons to the players. Also, as a Council, we recognize that quality recreational facilities attract tournaments. The Electric City Shoot Out is bringing 30 teams and that is close to the current capacity of our facility, BUT once we finish our new ball fields, we can attract even larger tournaments of 70-80 teams. Imagine what that will do to boost our local economy! We build it and they will come.”

 “The Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center brings a lot to Anderson County’s economy,” said Anderson County Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Kathy Benson. “In the 2008-09 fiscal year, events at the Civic Center of Anderson generated $9.71 million dollars in economic impact.  The 23 weekend sports tournaments at the Anderson Sports Center added another $5.4 million to our economy in ’08-’09.  Put the two together and you have $15.11 million dollars in our county’s economy which wouldn’t be there without these facilities.”

“The Southern Classic, which took place on March 6-7, generated approximately $120,000 in direct economic impact to Anderson County,” said Anderson County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Glenn Brill. “According to the Smith Travel Research report, the Southern Classic gave Anderson and 86.1% occupancy rate on March 5th, which was the highest rate of any other city in South Carolina on that date. During tournaments and sporting events, athletes and their families spend money in our hotels, restaurants, retail stores and gas stations.”

Thursday
Apr222010

Project Challenge Offers Retelling of “The Ugly Duckling”  

The Project Challenge Playhouse production of “HONK!” opens tonight at 7 p.m. 

The musical retelling of “The Ugly Duckling” stars over 30 students from Anderson School District Five from kindergarten through 12th grade. It is directed by Mary Rogers. The musical director is Jamie Hawkins and the technical director is Joshua Powell.

Shows are scheduled for April 22, 23, 24 at 7 p.m, April 25 at 3p.m., April 29 and 30 at 7p.m. and May 1 and 2 at 3 p.m.  All tickets are $7 and will be available a half hour before the show. The Project Challenge Playhouse is located on Main Street next to the Adult Education Center.

Wednesday
Apr212010

Law Enforcement Serves Red Lobster for Special Olympics

Anderson RED LOBSTER presents 2010 Cops & Lobsters for Special Olympics Area 14. All proceeds go to benefit Special Olympics Area 14.

Officers will serve lunch Thursday from 11 am-2 pm, and dinner from 5 pm-8 pm. On Friday they will serve lunch again from 11 am-2 pm.

All table donations for this even will benefit Special Olympics South Carolina Area 14.

Wednesday
Apr212010

Dr. Kent Memorial Service Thursday in Clemson

A Memorial Service for Dr. Louis Max Kent will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, at Clemson United Methodist Church, 300 Frontage Road, conducted by The Reverend Paul Hutchison.  A private family committal service will precede the service in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Obituary here.

Wednesday
Apr212010

Andersonian Leads Clemson to Air Rifle National Championship

CLEMSON — Chase Dixon of Anderson, a senior majoring in biological sciences at Clemson University, helped lead Clemson’s air rifle club team to win the Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championship April 9-11 at Purdue University.

The team won first place in the air rifle competition and third place in the small-bore competition. It was the team’s first time competing in the small-bore category. Air rifles use compressed air to shoot a small pellet. Rifles in the small-bore competition are traditional .22-caliber rifles using gunpowder and lead bullets.

Three members of the team were named to the NRA’s All-American Air Rifle Team. (See team article:http://www.clemson.edu/media-relations/article.php?article_id=2736)

The event marked the first-ever national championship tournament for collegiate air rifle teams.

“All shooters were proud of their accomplishment, as was I, and it was an even greater victory by having all the schools present to compete shoulder-to-shoulder,” said team coach John Cummings, an instructor in biological sciences. “The first name to ever be listed as the Collegiate Shooting Championship winner is Clemson. It will always be on the top of the list of the most-successful shooting teams, and I hope to see the Clemson name repeated on that list many times in the future.”

Wednesday
Apr212010

City, County Declare May Bike Month in Anderson

Tuesday night Anderson County Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring May 2010 as Bike Month for the county. Early in the day, more than  30 residents joined the City of Anderson, Anderson County and the Complete the Streets committee on the Courthouse Plaza to proclaim May 2010 as Bike Month. Mayor Terence Roberts and Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn signed City and County Bike Month proclamations that encourage residents to SHARE THE ROAD, observe bicycle safety and enjoy the recreation and health benefits derived from cycling.

The Complete the Streets Committee has scheduled events that will raise awareness for bicycle safety while reminding residents that bicycles are viable as alternative transportation. Partnering organizations include the City of Anderson, Anderson County, AnMed Health’s SafeKids, the Chamber of Commerce, Imagine Anderson, the YMCA, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, The Great Escape, the Tour de La France executive committee and Complete the Streets committee.

 “Anderson County Council is very supportive of the efforts put forth by the Complete the Streets Committee,” said Chairman Dunn. “One of our goals on Council is to increase recreation and tourism opportunities within Anderson County. This is a great example of what can be achieved when we, as a Council seek to align our efforts with the City of Anderson and other agencies in the County to achieve a common goal. We are happy to join with the City of Anderson and all the other partners in proclaiming May as BIKE MONTH and the County encourages residents to take advantage of the cycling opportunities planned by the Complete the Streets committee.”

Wednesday
Apr212010

Kuebler Family Meals on Wheels Volunteers of Year

Jane Kuebler and family were named Meals on Wheels – Anderson Volunteers of the Year at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held recently at the Anderson Civic Center.  

"Jane and her children work tirelessly to help Meals on Wheels feed the elderly and disabled citizens of Anderson County," said Meals on Wheels Executive Assistant Crystal B. Phillps. "They pack meals, pack desserts, deliver one, two or more routes each week and even pitch in for fundraising events."

Wednesday
Apr212010

Pelzer Marks Earth Day with Tree Planting

In celebration of Earth Day, officials from USDA Rural Development, the Town of Pelzer and the Town of West Pelzer will join students at West Pelzer Elementary in planting a tree at the school on Thursday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday
Apr212010

Council Delays Approval of Moving 911 to Sheriff

Following heated discussions, Anderson County Council first split, then postponed voting, on a resolution to transfer the Anderson County Emergency Services Department and the Communications Department (911 Call Center) under the authority of the Anderson County’s Sheriff’s Office.

After nearly an hour of discussion on the topic, Councilman Bob Waldrep proposed putting off Tuesday night’s vote until the next council meeting.

“It seems like there are a lot of questions, and I am basically in favor of this transfer, but as long as we have some members of county council who are unhappy with the information they are receiving, I think it would be a good idea to postpone it for two weeks,” Waldrep said. His motion passed unanimously.

Following the vote Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said he was eager to schedule a workshop for the entire council to move ahead with the transfer of the departments. Skipper said he was not sure why there seemed to be some confusion about the resolution. (See video)

Earlier, County Councilwoman Gracie Floyd proposed a motion, which passed unanimously, to split the resolution to look at the transfer of each department separately.  But before votes were taken, questions arose about details of the resolution(s) in regard to the sheriff transferring $1 million to the county’s 2011 budget as part of the proposal.

“Why are we in such a hurry to do this?” Floyd said. “We are not ready to vote on this right now.”

Anderson County Finance Manager Rita Davis agreed with Skinner that the move would benefit the county. “All of those departments are in the general fund and they will stay that way,” Davis said. “It ends up helping the general fund tremendously if you will let him do this.”

Skipper said the urgency of planning for next year’s budget made it critical to move ahead with the resolution. “My understanding is the county is working on a budget based on the million dollars I am giving back to you.”

Skipper offered to host a workshop for council to make sure their questions are answered.

Tuesday
Apr202010

County Council Oks Bid on New Cars for Law Enforcement

Anderson County Council unanimously approved the purchase of 35 vehicles for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday night. The 25 marked cars and 10 unmarked cars will cost $772,060. Council also ok'd bids for a new $21,000 data network to archive all of the county's ingoing and outgoing email and a change order on construction project, allowing $43,000 for construction of a new shelter at the new ball fields at the Anderson County Sports & Entertainment Complex.

Meanwhile, plans to buy a $126,600 Track hoe were tabled for council to examine details of the bid, which included a five-year buy back clause and the trading of 13 pieces of equipment the county no longer uses. 

Tuesday's meeting also saw approval of:

Second reading of an ordinance amending the Anderson County Vehicle Use policy, was approved 6-1 and sent to third reading. Anderson County Councilwoman Gracie Floyd, said the Administrator should decide who is going to drive county vehicles and when. 

Second Reading Council also approved the rezoning of land on Liberty Highway to build an assisted living facility which would feature 108 beds 96 total units. The property is located on the old Busby Nursery property.

Tuesday
Apr202010

Council to Consider Moving All of EMS, 911 to Sheriff

Anderson County Council will vote Tuesday night on a resolution to transfer Anderson County Emergency Services Department and the Communications Center Department, a.k.a. Anderson County 911 Call Center, under the Office of the Sheriff. The move would also transfer $5 million of budget under the control of the Sheriff, who said it would, in kind, lead to savings to the county of as much as $1 million. 

Council will also hear second reading of the revision of policies concerning county-owned vehicles and will consider a resolution to approve Anderson County's Anti-Fraud Policy.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown. For a complete agenda, go here.