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Monday
May102010

Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament May 19

The Meals on Wheels Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, May 19, 2010 beginning at 9 a.m. at Pine Lake Golf Course in Anderson. The entry Fee $65 (includes cart, lunch, and beverages). Prizes will be given for Hole in One, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams. The event is sponsored by the Pine Lake Dirty Old Men’s Club. For more info contact:      Vic Vickery:  202-1563 or Dave Schonauer:  231-9317

Monday
May102010

Anderson GOP to Hold Stump Meeting

The Anderson County Republican Party will hold a Stump Meeting, Thursday, May 13 at 6 p.m. Off Highway 153 across from Keller-Williams Real Estate Co., Powdersville (the meeting will be clearly marked). The event will feature many of the candidates, plus BBQ and music.

Sunday
May092010

School Districts 2,3,4 to Look at Budget

In a series of meetings scheduled for tonight, Anderson County School Districts 2. 3 and 4 will hold meetings Monday night to discuss budget cuts. The public is invited at these meetings.

Saturday
May082010

Concord Newest Dist. 5 Magnet School

Concord Elementary School, a newly named International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, has been approved as District Five’s newest magnet school, and will accept a limited number of out-of-zone students beginning in the 2010-2011 school year.

Applications for out-of-zone students wishing to attend Concord are now available at the school, at the District Office located at 400 Pearman Dairy Road and on the District Five Website atwww.Anderson5.net. Applications must be completed and submitted to Concord by 3 p.m. on Friday, May 21.

Concord received IB authorization last month. At a special meeting on Wednesday, April 28, the District Five Board of Trustees voted to designate Concord as a magnet school.

Approximately 58 seats will be available to out-of-zone students next year. Applicants will be selected based on parent and teacher recommendations and interviews by Concord administrators.

District Five’s other magnet schools are Calhoun Academy of the Arts, Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation and Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology.

Additional information on the Concord IB application and selection process may be found on the District Five website at www.Anderson5.net. The information will also be posted next week on the Concord website at Concord.Anderson5.net.

Friday
May072010

Former Administrator Stopped for Suspicion of DUI

Former Anderson County Administrator Joey Preston was stopped Thursday night by an Anderson County Sheriff's Deputy on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Preston's black GMC Yukon was stopped on S.C. 24 near Oneal Ferry Road Thursday just before 11 p.m. when the officer observed the vehicle's "failure to maintain lane of travel." The officer said there was "a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the defendant's breath," and that Preston said he had "only had three glasses of red wine." 

Here is the incident report of the event:

Thursday
May062010

Moore Named to ACOG Board

Anderson County Council vice-chair Eddie Moore was recently appointed to the Appalachian Council of Governments (ACOG) Board. ACOG, a voluntary organization of local governments in Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens and Spartanburg Counties in Upstate South Carolina, was created in 1965 to serve as a resource in the areas of public administration, planning, information systems and technology, grants, workforce development and services to the elderly population.

A 44-Member Board of Directors sets policy for the ACOG. Two-thirds of these members are local elected officials, including state legislators, county council members, and mayors or city council members. County councils appoint the remaining citizen and minority members, some of whom may also be elected officials.

“We certainly appreciate the support of Anderson County and the strong working relationship we have had over the years,” said ACOG President Steve Pelissier. “SC’s COGs, specifically ACOG, remains first and foremost a partnership of local governments and the people we serve. While we realize that it is an extensive time commitment for those who have so much on their plate, especially elected officials, their participation and service are vital to making sure we are doing our best to efficiently and effectively serve Anderson County and our entire region.”

 “It is truly an honor to serve Anderson County in this capacity,” said Anderson County Council Vice-Chair Eddie Moore. “I look forward to working with such a distinguished group of individuals with an unswerving commitment to improve the overall health and vibrancy of our region.”

Anderson County residents & elected officials serving on ACOG Board

  • Sen. Wm. "Billy" O'Dell (Anderson County Legislative Delegation)– board member
  • Eddie Moore (County Council) - executive, regional transportation & finance committees
  • Rick Laughridge (Anderson City Council) – economic development committee
  • Carthel Crout  (Mayor of Williamston) - board member
  • Dennis Claramunt (Danaher Corp.) – personnel committee
  • Ted Mattison  (Williamston Action Community Club president) - board member
  • Terence Roberts (Mayor of City of Anderson) – executive committee
  • Bob Waldrep (County Council) – alternate on executive committee

For more information about the Appalachian Council of Governments, visit www.scacog.org.

Wednesday
May052010

County to Hold Budget Workshop Thursday

The Anderson County Council will hold a budget workshop on Thursday, May 6, 2010 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Anderson County Historic Courthouse – Second Floor Conference Room.  The public is invited to attend.

Wednesday
May052010

Sheriff's Office Seeks Help in Homicide Investigation

Sheriff’s Office investigators need help in identifying two males known to frequent the area where a homicide victim’s body was found. On April 30, the body of Mark Napier Kirby, 45, was found in a wooded area at
the intersection of S.C. 28 Bypass andNew Pond Road in Anderson.  Kirby was homeless and lived in the woods.

The death was ruled a homicide with the cause being blunt force trauma.

Sheriff’s investigators have learned that two white males have frequented the area where the body was discovered.  Both men are about 5’8” and slim.  The older male is in his fifties and has salt and pepper hair.  The younger one, in his thirties, has sandy blonde hair.

Investigators want to identify and talk to these two individuals.  No charges have been filed against them. Composite sketches of the males are attached.

Anyone having information is encouraged to call the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 864-260-4400 or Crime Stoppers at 231-7867(STOP).

Wednesday
May052010

AIM Still Needs Volunteers to "Stamp Out Hunger"

Anderson Interfaith Ministries is still in need of a few volunteers for this Saturday for the Postal Carrier’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive this Saturday, May 8, from 3 pm – 6 pm.  Half of those volunteers will be stationed at the Main Post office & the others will be at the AIM food pantry. 

AIM also needs some volunteers to assist with the Manna truck on Saturday, May 15 at Orrville Baptist Church.  Volunteers should arrive around 8:00 – 8:30 & we’ll begin food distribution at 9am. These are both great ways to get in community service hours for students!

If you are available to help, please contact Angie Shaw at 965-9077 or email:  angie.shaw@aimcharity.org to sign up. 

Wednesday
May052010

Citgo Robbery Suspect Charged

On Wednesday, Anderson County sheriff’s deputies arrested an Anderson man suspected of committing two armed robberies in less than a week. Investigators charged Jamie Lee Smith, 35, of 400 Cason Drive, Anderson, with Armed Robbery and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime in connection with the robbery of the Citgo, 3207 South Murray Avenue, in Anderson on April 30.

He is currently in the Anderson County Detention Center where he is awaiting a Bond Hearing.  The Anderson City Police Department has placed a hold on him for the robbery of another Citgo, this one on Shockley Ferry Road, which occurred Tuesday morning.

When asked how the suspect was apprehended, Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said, “One of our astute deputies, Dustin Williams, spotted a man fitting the description of the robber, along with his vehicle, in the parking lot of a store at the intersection of Shockley Ferry Road and South McDuffie Street.  He got out with the man, identified him and notified our investigators.  Within minutes of the investigators’ arrival, the man was taken in to custody.”

Sheriff Skipper also commended those who called in tips to his office and to Crime Stoppers.  Three of the tips received when the robber’s image was made public by the media provided investigators with Smith’s name.  Skipper acknowledged that help from the community was an “invaluable resource.”

Wednesday
May052010

Students Honored for Diversity Efforts

In 2005, the Anderson County Human Relations Council (HRC) launched the search for a new logo by sponsoring an art contest open to all students attending high schools in Anderson County.  Cory Scott White, a student from Belton Honea Path High School, submitted the winning design that the HRC continues to use.

Unfortunately, Cory was in a fatal automobile accident before receiving recognition for his efforts.  The Anderson County Human Relations Council established the Cory White Diversity Award in his memory to honor individuals who exemplify the same qualities of inclusion and acceptance exemplified by this fine young man.  This year, the HRC decided to expand the award to recognize an outstanding student from each middle and high school in Anderson County. Faculty at 15 local schools each selected one student to receive the award for that campus.  The nominees are Anderson County residents who have positively affected peers, teachers, and/or school staff in the areas of human rights, special needs and disabilities, and/or cultural inclusion and acceptance. 

About 120 educators, the winning students and their families attended a recognition program April 3 at the Civic Center of Anderson. The Campbell Patriots presented the colors, while the White family led the participants in the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem. Motivational messages were shared by Roy L. Mack, Clemson University professor Curtis White, and the winning students. Welcoming remarks were made by Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns, and closing remarks were made by HRC chairwoman Delores Green. 

Local students recognized for their character in 2010: Shaq Anthony of Wren High, Syxx Cowan of Lakeside Middle, JD Davis of Riverside Middle, Corey Dawson of Anderson County Alternative School, Joe Dorn of Belton Middle, Elizabeth Garber of B-HP High, Kensleigh Lee of Honea Path Middle, Victor Morales of Palmetto High, Aarti Patel of TL Hanna High, Naimik Patel of Powdersville Middle, Matthew Peck of Wren Middle, Greg Phillips of Pendleton High, Shaleesha Smith of Crescent High, Jada Walker of Westside High, and Reagen Welch of Starr-Iva Middle.

Wednesday
May052010

S.C. Legislature Oks Cigarette Tax Increase

South Carolina legislators have approved raising what is now the nation's lowest cigarette tax, but Gov. Mark Sanford promises he will veto it.

The state Senate voted 41-1 on Wednesday to approve the 50-cent increase previously passed by the House.

Supporters say the more important vote will come later, when they need a two-thirds vote in each chamber to override the veto. See full story here.

Tuesday
May042010

Council Oks Moving 911 Center, Emergency Management to Sheriff 

Anderson County Council unanimously approved the the Communications Department (911 Call Center) and its Technical Services wing, under the authority of the Anderson County’s Sheriff’s Office. 

"There is something wrong with 911 and I think the sheriff can fix it," said Councilwoman Gracie Floyd before the vote. "That’s why we need to move 911 under the sheriff."

In a split vote, council also approved the second part of the proposal which transfers Anderson County Emergency Management Department to the Sheriff’s Office. Despite strong objections from three council members, the resolution pased with the understanding that the Emergency Services Director would still report to the county administrator.

“There are only three other counties in the state that do this,” said Councilman Eddie More who opposed the move. “It’s about separation of power.”

Meanwhile, a resolution to temporarily suspend reimbursement for all out-of-state travel was approved, but an amendment to the motion by Councilman Tom Allen allowing council members to receive reimbursements for out-of-state travel for economic development and other situations, such as grants, was also approved, allowing such travel to continue within those parameters.

Earlier, council approved the final reading of a resolution revising of the policy to limit the number of county-owned vehicles which can be driven home at after work hours by county employees. 

Council was also asked by S.C. Rep. Don Bowen to move on changing the boundaries of of the special purpose district in the West Anderson Water District to coincide with the Anderson City limits. Bowen said after extensive investigation, it was made clear to him that county council held the authority approve the change. Bowen said people in that area in question, notably in the Loblolly Pines subdivision, were paying water rates significantly higher than those of their neighbors in the water district not living in the special purpose district. (As much as double the rates in some cases). Bowen said even though the city had asked for some time to review the information, he asked council to move ahead Tuesday night to go ahead and set the wheels in motion to move the the special district lines for water to reflect the city limits lines.

Bowen’s resolution was defeated, but council did agree unanimously to meet with city, citizens and other interested parties to pursue options for addressing the issue.

Only Tuesday night, council also:

Approved a bid of $297,996 from  Pickens Construction as a change order to increase the county paving contract to include City of  Belton and City of Anderson streets.

Approved the acceptance of Wakefield and Wren Tree Subdivisions into the county road system.

Agreed to form an ad hoc committee to look into recycling and solid waste issues in the county.