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Pickup truck hits power pole

A trooper examines a pickup truck after it struck a power pole and crashed through a fence Wednesday night on Bryant Road. The driver had left the scene before Pelzer EMS and Read More »

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Single vehicle accident

South Greenville firefighters work at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Old Grove Road Wednesday night. A vehicle was traveling west on Matrix Parkway when it came to Old Grove Read More »

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Organizers of the 33rd Annual Spring Water Festival said the event may have broken two records this year. With a high temperature of 96 degrees and a heat index of 105, the Read More »

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Republican Heavyweights address immigration, economy, military

By Stan Welch The fourth annual Faith and Freedom BBQ, hosted by District 3 Congressman Jeff Duncan, took place at the Anderson Civic Center Monday evening. Joining Congressman Duncan were GOP political Read More »

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Mill Town Players to present Patsy Cline

First production for new theater group There’s an almost unbelievable rumor stirring in the streets of Pelzer that says superstar Patsy Cline will be taking the stage of the Pelzer Auditorium next Read More »

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Powdersville home heavily damaged

Powdersville and Wren firefighters work to extinguish a house fire early Monday morning on Wilson Place Court off Highway 81 north. When firefighters arrived shortly before 4 a.m. flames were coming through Read More »

Pickup truck hits power pole

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A trooper examines a pickup truck after it struck a power pole and crashed through a fence Wednesday night on Bryant Road. The driver had left the scene before Pelzer EMS and West Pelzer firefighters arrived. (Photo by David Rogers)

Single vehicle accident

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South Greenville firefighters work at the scene of a single vehicle accident on Old Grove Road Wednesday night. A vehicle was traveling west on Matrix Parkway when it came to Old Grove Road. The vehicle slide across Old Grove and went up an embankments before stopping. It took firefighters and Greenville EMS personnel about 20 minutes to extricate the driver before taking him to Greenville Memorial Hospital. (Photo by David Rogers)

Student enrollment tops 9600

By David Meade

During their regular Monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board members were updated on the start of school and the new Digital Initiative and technology rollout. Superintendent David Havird said the District had 9588 students enrolled as of last Friday and more than 9600 by Tuesday. Havird said the District had 156 new students enroll last year and expects 160 to 200 this year.

He said a steady improving economy is allowing people to relocate to the area and the District’s new Digital Initiative are factors of the increasing enrollment. “We offer access to good teachers, good schools and new technology,” he said.

Technology Rollout underway

By David Meade

Anderson School District One is in the process of introducing its Digital Innovation – Transform, Discover, Excel initiative which includes a technology rollout of more than 7000 iPads.

The rollout has teachers and students excited about receiving school supplied iPads which will be used in the classroom and at home. The rollout began at Powdersville High School at the start of classes last Wednesday and at Palmetto High on Thursday.

Principals and teachers have already had training on use of the new technology and parents are being required to come for instruction session prior to iPads being issued to students, Assistant Superintendent Jane Harrison said.

Bertram named District One Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Bertram, an English teacher at Wren High School is the Anderson District One Teacher of the Year, and will represent the district for the 2014-2015 school year. As the district’s Teacher of the Year, Bertram will represent District One in the competition for South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

She will serve on a state-wide advisory panel to the State Department of Education and will receive $1,000 in recognition of her outstanding achievements.

One of the hottest . . .

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Organizers of the 33rd Annual Spring Water Festival said the event may have broken two records this year. With a high temperature of 96 degrees and a heat index of 105, the festival was one of the hottest in recent memory. That heat in turn affected attendance, which was off considerably. Springwater Committee Chairman David Meade said he estimated that attendance for the festival, which normally ranges from 6000 to 10,000 over two days, was off by about 50 percent.

“The above average temperature and high heat index definitely affected our crowd,” Meade said. “It was extremely hot on Saturday. People were just staying home and staying cool.” Those who did brave the heat and came to the festival enjoyed great entertainment, displays and a variety of items in the craft area, he said. “Most of our crowd came early and there was a steady crowd of visitors throughout the day in the shaded area around the Spring House, food area and the craft area,” Meade said.

Republican Heavyweights address immigration, economy, military

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By Stan Welch

The fourth annual Faith and Freedom BBQ, hosted by District 3 Congressman Jeff Duncan, took place at the Anderson Civic Center Monday evening. Joining Congressman Duncan were GOP political heavyweights Governor Nikki Haley; United States Senators Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio, from Florida; as well as assorted state and local luminaries. Approximately two dozen protestors, who obviously disapproved of Senator Rubio’s position on immigration and amnesty, were also present.

Mill Town Players to present Patsy Cline

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First production for new theater group

There’s an almost unbelievable rumor stirring in the streets of Pelzer that says superstar Patsy Cline will be taking the stage of the Pelzer Auditorium next month. And, thanks to Mill Town Players, the rumor is true. Mill Town Players, a new community theater located in downtown Pelzer, is dedicated to entertaining, inspiring and enriching the community by providing quality and affordable live theater.

The first production slated for their inaugural season is Always Patsy Cline. This musical tribute to the legendary country singer comes complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even a little audience participation.

Celebrate Anderson features cycling races, concert, more

2014 Celebrate Anderson Weekend will take place on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31at the Civic Center of Anderson.

Saturday’s events include the 6th annual Tour de La France, US Handcycling and USA Cycling sanctioned races and the brand new Tour de La Cure, a ride created to raise funds for the Cancer Association of Anderson.

Greenville Schools above average on ACT scores

Greenville County Schools’ seniors have outperformed the state and national averages for the sixth year in a row on the American College Test (ACT), one of two major college entrance tests.

The GCS Class of 2014 posted an average score of 22.0 out of a possible 36 points, two-tenths of percentage point higher than last year’s average score of 21.8. The state average of 20.4 for all students remained steady, while the national average climbed from 20.9 to 21.0.

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