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Today's News

  • County receives $55K grant for animal shelter

    Dogs and cats at the county’s animal shelter received an early Christmas present this year — one that will keep them warm this winter and cool next summer.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway announced last Tuesday that the county has received a $55,000 grant from the state’s department of agriculture to make improvements to its animal shelter, including providing heat and air conditioning for animals housed there.

  • News seeks Halloween community photos

    The Anderson News will be accepting community photos of readers’ Halloween activities, costumes and festivities for its Nov. 2 edition of the newspaper.
    Readers can upload high-resolution photos to the News’ community forum page, “Anderson NewsHound” on Facebook.
    Please include the names of the individuals in the pictures, who they are supposed to be dressed up as, and any other relevant information.

  • Get rid of unwanted prescription drugs

    Residents can get rid of unwanted prescription medications during a “Take Back Drug Day” organized by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
    Participants can bring expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to the sheriff’s office and dispose of them anonymously with no questions asked, according to a news release. The event is free.

  • Fall’s racing toward finish line in a hurry

    Haven’t the sunsets been magnificent?
    As the sun gets lower in the sky and the wind blows particles into the air, the colors of Earth’s spin out take on a rosy glow. At least it’s a great climax to our ever shorter days.
    By next week we’ll have just over 10 hours of daylight each day. Those precious hours begin to dwindle quickly as we move closer to the winter solstice. All the more reason to hurry up and get those outside chores done.

  • A chance to meet living history

    Ella Belle Overstreet Baxter graciously welcomed me into her home.
    But what she didn’t know what was that I wanted her secret to long life.
    Saving that, her portal to the past.
    Ella has watched Anderson County evolve for about 100 years.
    She’s been alive for both World Wars, minor and major military conflicts abroad.
    She watched distilleries flourish, then wilt; lacking liquid courage they needed during the years of Prohibition.
    The clicks of Morse Code transformed into the pings of incoming text messages.

  • Censorship a slippery slope for health board

    Column as I see ’em …
    Shut up.
    Those two words together can be rather offensive, can’t they? They become even more so when those in authority decide not only if we’re allowed to speak, but limit what we’re allowed to even say.

  • Historical Society to discuss unified government Oct. 27

    The Anderson County Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Anderson Public Library.
    This month’s speaker, local attorney and community leader Walter Patrick, will discuss the concept and advantages of combined city and county government.
    The meeting is free and open to the public.

  • City, county get together to talk trash

    The word “mandatory” upsets people, said Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway.
    He doesn’t like it himself.
    “I hate that word mandatory,” Conway said. “I can’t stand it, I wish there was a more favorable word than mandatory.”
    Mandatory trash pickup, however, could lead to Anderson County being designated as a Certified Clean County, a title that would reap grant funds for the county.
    It’s good for the county, Conway said. But he said he’s not sure how to implement it.

  • Chamber members talk Turkey
  • Hurley keeps job, for now

    Embattled health director Brandon Hurley still has his job, but his fate is far from decided.
    The Anderson County Board of Health took no action following an hour-long closed session last Wednesday night and will no seek “legal advice” on how to proceed.
    Following the meeting, the board announced it will meet Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “personnel.”