County Council recognizes Miss SC, Miss Teen SC

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By Stan Welch

Two young women with strong ties to the Powdersville area were honored by the Anderson County council Tuesday night.

Lanie Hudson was chosen as Miss South Carolina on June 28th. She is a cum laude Clemson University graduate a member of both the President’s and Dean’s Lists, and a member of the Blue Key scholastic society.

She is also a two time national clogging champion and a long time advocate for organ donation. She began a project to encourage organ donation in 2007 and currently serves as a spokesperson for DonateLifeSC. The County Council approved a resolution recognizing her achievements.

An Anderson County teenager also won the Miss SC Teen competition this year. Hope Harvard is a rising junior at Powdersville High school. She was also recognized for her academic and service achievements.

She is a Powdersville Patriot Scholar and is the past president of both her freshman and sophomore classes. She is a four time recipient of the Presidential Volunteer service award, having performed more than 1300 hours of public service, and raising more than $3000 for the Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

She will compete in the America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, Florida next month.

In other business, Council gave first reading approval to a request for rezoning of the property at the corner of Reed Avenue and Greenville Street (Hwy. 81). If ultimately approved, the zoning change will allow construction of a forty one thousand square foot facility currently described as a neighborhood grocery store.

The Council also took steps to counter the effects of a recent ruling by the state Supreme Court which essentially gutted the Freedom of Information Act requirements concerning the amending of agendas for public bodies.

The policy given first reading approval by the council Tuesday night would restore the requirement for twenty four hour notice of the agenda, and would require a super majority of five of the seven Council members in order to amend the agenda.