Today's News

  • Fumes mistaken for gas leak in state office

    Employees at the Cabinet for Families and Children, located at 117 1/2 Hilltop Drive, were evacuated from their office on Thursday morning to investigate a potential gas leak.
    Major Sue Johnson with Anderson County Emergency Management said employees had recently been complaining of scratchy throats and headaches.
    “According to the firefighters, it smelled like electrical wires burning,” Johnson said.  

  • Clark becomes member of Financial Services Institute

    Local financial advisor Ken Clark, of K E Clark & Associates Financial Services, recently announced he has become a member of the Financial Services Institute (FSI) in Washington, D.C., according to a news release.
    FSI advocates for Main Street Americans’ access to unbiased, affordable financial advice, delivered by a growing network of over 35,000 independent financial advisor members.

  • Two graduate from Marine Corps training

    Pvt. First Class Zachary M. Edwards and Pvt. Austin L. Hart, both graduates of Anderson County High School, recently graduated from the Marine Corps Recruiting Training on May 4 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.
    Edwards is a son of Tony and Sharon Edwards. He was meritoriously promoted to rank of Private First Class ahead of his peers for performance in recruit training, according to a submitted press release.
    Hart is a son of Chris and Rachel Ford and Lee and Jessica Hart.

  • Anderson students honored during 2012 Youth Salute

    Anderson County students were recently honored and awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships at the 2012 Youth Salute held May 6 at Georgetown College, according to a news release.
    The following students awarded scholarships and other awards were:
    Ashley Couch of Anderson County High School, awarded $4,000 provided by Asbury University and Anna-Marie Hyatt of Anderson County High School was named Top High School Leader.

  • Military kids and pizza ingredients a good mix

    Last weekend I volunteered at the Operation Military Kids Family Camp.
    All of the families had the common bond of recent deployment.
    The families were able to relax and enjoy being a family. Lodging and meals were provided and fun activities were planned to help families celebrate togetherness.
    There were a lot of young children and about 10 teens along with the parents.
    The Department of Defense sponsors grants for these camps because evidence shows that strong families support service personnel.

  • Keep tomatoes off ground for bigger harvest

    I love this time of year. Though the mornings have been a little chilly, the days and nights have been super.
    At the end of the day, I love to watch the sun go down. It’s my “ah” moment of the day. The combination of the beautiful sky colors and the comfortable lawn chair just makes me sigh out loud, happy that the day has come to an end and sleep is not far behind.

  • Know signs of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

    Editor’s note: The following was provided by the Anderson County Health Department following the newspaper being told that two people in Anderson County have contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever this spring. State officials said they have no reports of anyone contracting the disease so far this year.

    Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii.
    RMSF is a potentially fatal human illness that by the bite of infected tick species.

  • Resisting the Nanny State

    I don’t like when someone tries to hold my hand.
    Particularly, the government.
    Or really, anyone that makes it his or her business that I mind my own.
    Recent news stories wormed their way into my head the last few weeks, stories that continue to irritate me like bug bites that just won’t stop itching.
    For example, New York.  My birthplace. The land of sea salt air and sand and the most delicious pizza you’ve ever tasted.

  • An eye-opening look at your county tax bill

    It comes in your mailbox every fall, an envelope from the sheriff’s office that contains a yellow slip of paper replete with a dizzying array of numbers.
    If you’re like most people you glance at the bottom line, mumble an expletive or two and shove it into a folder for use when filing an income tax return.
    In these days of 30-year mortgages that include an escrow account for property taxes, an alarming number of people don’t really take a moment to digest that slip of paper, which tells us much more than a grand total.

  • Wild Turkey partners with Operation Once in a Lifetime

    Wild Turkey Bourbon and non-profit organization Operation Once in a Lifetime are announcing a long-term partnership that will bring together America’s boldest bourbon whiskey and America’s toughest heroes, according to a news release.