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Today's News

  • Briscoe retires after 26 years in Navy

    It was Feb. 26, 1985 when Bradley A. Briscoe enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve. He was a teenager at the time.
    Twenty-six years later, Commander Bradley A. Briscoe, member of the Nurse Corps of the United States Army, has retired from the service. He was honored with a dinner at Beaufort, S.C., on May 11, according to the retirement program brought to the News office by his grandfather, Curt Briscoe. Bradley Briscoe was raised by his grandparents Curt and Lorena Briscoe and lived with them when he joined the Navy, according to his grandmother.

  • A Night on the Green
  • Fiscal Court Notebook

    New roof OK’d for
     fiscal court annex
    Just three years after spending $35,000 to fix a leaking roof, the fiscal court last Tuesday agreed to spend $62,000 to fix it again, this time in hopes that it won’t continue to leak.
    The roof covers the fiscal court annex on Main Street, including the property value administrator’s office.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said it has gotten so bad that when PVA employees leave for the weekend, they are forced to cover all of their equipment with plastic in case it rains.

  • City, county tag-team fire

    It’s rare for the city fire district to call in Anderson County fire district backup, but in the case of the June 9 kitchen fire in a residence on North Main Street, it was necessary.
    “When we’re shorthanded, especially with this extreme heat, we knew they would be pretty exhausted when they came out,” Robert Hume, city fire chief, said.

  • Summons issued for Hammond Road property owner

    A criminal summons has been issued to the owner of a dilapidated house at 1140 Hammond Road, County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis announced during last week’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    The house’s owner, Steve Gay, has apparently ignored an order issued in April by Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes to tear down the house, which was filled with trash and debris and posed a fire hazard.

  • Fiscal court names new parks, rec director

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court approved a new director for its parks and recreation department, but it wasn’t unanimous.
    Nick Satterly, 21, who has worked as the department’s interim director since the death earlier this year of former director Chip Bishop, was approved at a salary of $34,000 a year.
    Only Magistrate Kenny Barnett voted against hiring Satterly.
    “I do have doubts about this boy,” Barnett said during last Tuesday’s meeting of the fiscal court.

  • When the heat’s on, look for water

    Living in Arizona for 23 years gave me a lot of insight into heat. As a park ranger I saw a lot of its effects. Visitors would always, always say, “but it’s a dry heat.” My reply, “so is an oven.”
    High heat takes a toll on all living things.
    If you work outside in this heat, my advice is to drink lots of water and eat ketchup and/or bananas. The potassium helps. If you have plants in the ground, then mulch and water is the best reviver.

  • Capitalize on tourism to invest in future

    We need to capitalize on tourism
    “The tourists are coming, the tourists are coming!”
    With all due apologies to Paul Revere, William Dawes and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, let the rallying cry ring out; for indeed the tourist are coming.

  • Absorbing accents

    Accents cling to me.
    I don’t invite them in. It just happens, every time I move and anytime I constantly hear a specific regional dialect.
    Chameleons change color. Tigers stalk prey in striped fur to match their dark jungle habitat.
    Speech becomes my camouflage.
    As I adjust to living here, I’ve caught myself falling into a Southern dialect when I’m talking. Don’t get me wrong; I wouldn’t mind having a Kentucky accent.
    I’m just never consistent.

  • Want to knock me off my pedestal?

    Column as I see ’em …
    “Am I that detestable?” I asked a friend. “Do you really think people would pay money to throw baseballs at me and knock me into a tank of water?”
    “Yes,” he said. “Given the things you write, there are people who will empty their bank accounts to buy chances to throw balls at you, just on the odd chance that one will bust through the screen and hit you in your big mouth.”