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Anderson County plans new airport terminal

By Stan Welch
During the Anderson County Council meeting Tuesday, councilmembers discussed the Kinder Morgan fuel spill, spending of recreation funds, EMS and a new terminal for the county airport.
District Seven Councilwoman Cindy Wilson gave the Anderson County Council an update Tuesday night on the cleanup of a 2014 fuel spill from the Plantation Pipeline in Cheddar. Wilson referred to a study recently received by the County which indicates that more than one leak might have occurred over a period of several years. She reported that DHEC had postponed a split sampling event so that they could have personnel actually on the scene when the samples were drawn.

Nurse Family Partnership helping first time mothers

By Stan Welch

At Tuesday night’s Anderson County Council meeting, an organization known as the Nurse-Family Partnership of Anderson County made a presentation on their efforts to significantly change and improve the lives of the first time mothers in Anderson County. The program, in various applications, is both national and international. The various practitioners follow a basic model, which allows for some modifications to suit local conditions.

Since its founding in 2009, the Duke Endowment has borne much of the cost for the program, but a combination of both public and private funding sources have taken up the challenge as the program has proved its worth.

Anderson County Council to address animal issues

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council did not meet on the first Tuesday of July, since Monday is the Fourth of July. But at the first July meeting, on July 12, Council will consider revisions to the county’s animal ordinance that are stirring good bit of public interest. A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held at that meeting.

Proposed by District Four Councilman Tom Allen, the amended ordinances cleans up several administrative issues, such as confirming that the animal control operations are under the Sheriff’s jurisdiction, and not environmental services. Also, the jurisdiction of the county administrator’s office over PAWS, or the animal shelter operations, is clarified and confirmed.

County sales tax, road fees being discussed

By Stan Welch

Anderson County Council gave second reading approval to the 2016-2017 budget as proposed, despite several recommendations from the District Two Council member.

In a segment of the agenda set aside for Councilwoman Gracie Floyd’s thoughts on the budget, she raised the issue of a one cent sales tax to help defray the costs of roads and bridges. She quickly muddled the issue, however, by repeatedly confusing the one cent tax, which would be a local option sales tax, with the revenues dedicated to roads and bridges, with the two cent hospitality tax.

Anderson County Council approves first reading on budget

By Stan Welch

There seemed to be little, if any, thawing Tuesday night of the frosty atmosphere that prevailed at the last meeting of Anderson County Council. While the Council addressed several material issues throughout the meeting, it was during the discussion of the budget that the tension between District two Councilwoman Gracie Floyd and Council chairman Tommy Dunn resurfaced. At the last meeting, Floyd presented a lengthy condemnation of what she claimed was rude and disrespectful behavior towards her by Dunn at an earlier Council meeting.

Floyd accuses council chairman of bullying

By Stan Welch

Apr. 19 – What began two weeks ago as a spat between District Two Councilwoman Gracie Floyd and several members of the Anderson County Council accelerated Tuesday night, as Floyd presented a prepared audio visual rebuttal to the Council and audience.

County recognizes teen, events

By Stan Welch

The Anderson County Council adopted a policy a couple of years ago to split the Council meetings into two segments. They convene at 6 p.m. to adopt resolutions, issue proclamations, and acknowledge accomplishments of various citizens or groups. Then they reconvene at 6:30 p.m. to conduct their routine business.

Tuesday night, much more got accomplished at the early session than it did during the regular meeting. Three resolutions were adopted and a proclamation was passed. First on the list of resolutions adopted was one acknowledging Palmetto High School student Brooklyn Elaine Brewster for her selection as the 2016 Miss Anderson County Teen. Councilwoman Cindy Wilson presented the resolution to the Council.

Ms. Brewster, daughter of Lisa and LaVaugn Brewster, and granddaughter of Larry and Joyce Coker, will advance to the Miss S.C. Teen contest this spring. She was recognized for her membership in the Beta Club and for her 4.66 GPA. She is in the top four per cent of her class, and is the organizer of a “Backyard Bible Study.” She is also a featured twirler with the school’s team.

A resolution was passed recognizing the Fishing League Worldwide professional fishing tour upon the sponsoring of their one hundred and fiftieth tournament. An additional resolution honoring Mr. Jimmy Houston, America’s Favorite Fisherman, for his fifty year career as a professional angler. A proclamation was also read and approved in support of End Racism Day in Anderson County.

During the regular portion of the meeting, an ordinance establishing a policy of non-discrimination towards disabled individuals,and provision of equal access to facilities and activities was given final approval. In the only other business of the evening, a zoning request was given second reading approval.

It was also announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will hold the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Outpatient Clinic at 3030 North Highway 81 this Friday, March 18.  The event will be held from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. The public is invited.  

County debuts cable channel, to host SC Horse Expo this Saturday

By Stan Welch

Anderson County is on the air! At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Council, the Anderson County Network cable channel debuted. The channel, which will both broadcast on Charter and stream live, will provide information and content provided by the County, various school districts, civic organizations, charities, Clemson Extension Service, and other sources. County Administrator Rusty Burns said that the service is designed to pull the far flung corners of the county together,at least electronically. “This is a very large and very diverse county. We feel like this will help pull us all a little bit closer together, and give us all a better understanding of our fellow Andersonians,” Burns said.

In other business, the Council announced that for the first time in twenty three years, the 2016 S.C. Horse Expo will be held somewhere besides the Camden area. The T. Ed Garrison Equine facility on the Clemson campus will host the Expo this weekend.

County Administrator reports on projects, plans for 2016

By Stan Welch

During the Anderson County Council meeting Tuesday, Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns reported on the goals and plans for the county in the coming year.

He began by referring to the TTI (Ryobi) distribution center being constructed at the intersection of Highways 81 and i-85. He also mentioned the Coca Cola distribution center being built at Hwy. 86 and I-85 in Piedmont.

Legal efforts to reclaim administrators job ends

By Stan Welch

The seemingly endless battle by former Anderson County administrator Michael Cunningham to reclaim that job came to an end, as the South Carolina Supreme Court declined to review its own decision earlier this year to deny Cunningham’s original appeal. The decision leaves Cunningham with no further avenues of recourse.

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