Dr. Mick Zais Monday, January 9th, 2012

1st Monday Club of Anderson Welcomes State  Superintendent of Education, Dr. Mick Zais
Monday, January 9th, 2012

Let’s talk about education! Start your New Year off right by attending our 1st meeting of 2012 with special guest speaker Dr. Mick Zais.  He will discuss the state of our public schools and the impact of federal money on the state budget process.

Dr. Mitchell M. “Mick” Zais took the oath of office as State Superintendent of Education on January 12, 2011. Dr. Zais grew up in a military family, attending ten public schools in twelve years. Before winning public election as the seventeenth State Superintendent of Education, he served as President of Newberry College for ten years. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he served thirty-one years on active duty in the United States Army, retiring as a Brigadier General.

Our meeting will be held at Master’s Wok, 2921 N Main St, AndersonSC29621 .  Buffet line opens at 11:45 and the business meeting begins promptly at 12:15.  Cost of lunch is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.  We expect to have a full house for this meeting so your RSVP is very important.  Once we have every seat filled, we will stop taking reservations.  If you see you cannot come after you RSVP, please notify us promptly.  You may call 934-3588 or email .

“Spirit of the American Doughboy” unveiling 11.11.11

77 years ago, Anderson got its first wwi memorial, the spirit of the doughboy. After the third vandalism in 2008, here’s a brand new replacement. Many thanks to the Rainey family for leading the fundraising efforts to accomplish this project.

Spirit of the American Doughboy (WWI) dedication Friday 11.11.11


From Anderson Independent Mail

Buck Roberts, left, of A.B. Roberts Construction, and Weston Rainey, right, set a new casting of the Spirit of the American Doughboy statue at the American Legion hut grounds on East Greenville Street in Anderson. An official ceremony is being held at the American Legion hut , 11 a.m. Friday at 1301 East Greenville St. in Anderson.

fundraiser for Rep. Joshua Putnam

Senators Ryberg, Grooms, Verdin, Bright & I are hosting a fundraiser for newly elected Rep. Josua Putnam. It will be at the Captal City Club in Columbia on Friday 11.18.11 at noon.

Joshua won his special election Anderson County this summer and will start his first session in Columbia in January. He is a young talent and former staff member in the office of Congressman Jeff Duncan. He brings great knowledge and enthusiasm to his office. Rep. Putnam & I serve the same constituents, and I’ve been impressed with his work ethic and commitment to the people of Anderson.

We would love to have your support. If you have any questions for Rep. Putnam, please contact him at


Congressman Jeff Duncan to be Keynote Speaker at TCTC

PENDLETON — Congressman Jeff Duncan will deliver the keynote address at Tri-County Technical College’s Annual Report Luncheon set for Thursday, October 20.

The luncheon, held at the College’s Pendleton Campus beginning at 11:30 a.m., annually attracts approximately 250 community, business, industrial, government and political leaders from Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.

Duncan, who serves the residents of the 3rd Congressional District of South Carolina, was elected to Congress in November 2010, and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Homeland Security.

He was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2002, and was named Chairman of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee in 2007.

Congressman Duncan is a 1988 graduate of Clemson University where he played football for Coach Danny Ford. Before being elected to Congress, he served as President and CEO of J. Duncan Associates, a South Carolina based, family owned real estate marketing firm which specialized in statewide real estate auctions.

He has been married to his wife, Melody, for 22 years and they have three sons: Graham, John Philip and Parker. They are members of First Baptist Church of Clinton.


This release prepared by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Rebecca Eidson, Director
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate

Lowe’s Anderson South “board cutting”


Congratulations on the new Lowe’s Anderson South! Lowe’s now employs 117 associates. I was honored to take part in their “board cutting” (alternative to ribbon cutting) ceremony on Thursday 10.20.11. Rep. Don Bowen (R-Anderson) operated the saw, while I held the board (still have 10 fingers!).

We wish manager Scot Pfeffer and his team well!

Duke Energy Public Hearing

There will be a public hearing with the
South Carolina Public Services Commission in Anderson on
November 10, 2011, at the Anderson Civic Center at 6pm.

public hearing on Duke Energy’s rate hike 11.10.11

As you know, Duke Energy is seeking approval from the Public Service Commission to increase rates.

Public Hearing
Thursday, November 10th, at 6pm
Anderson County Civic Center

Lowe’s “board cutting” October 22 at 10am 28 by pass

Lowe’s of South Anderson, SC #3050, Anderson, SC 29626

Dear Senator Bryant:

Lowe’s of South Anderson is proud to invite you to be a special guest at our grand opening celebration. We would be honored if you could attend our “board-cutting ceremony,” which is our version of a ribbon-cutting ceremony and has been a grand opening tradition at Lowe’s for more than 60 years.

The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 20th at the new Lowe’s located at 408 Highway 28 By-pass here in Anderson, SC. We hope you that can join us for refreshments after the ceremony.

Thank you in advance for your possible attendance. Please telephone me with your confirmation so we can have a special VIP name tag ready for you on grand opening day.

Thank you for your consideration and support. We look forward to serving the Anderson community!

Sincerely, Scot Pfeffer, Store Manager

911 Cry Out America

“Cry Out America” is a time for the people of America to come together as one to pray for our country. We are coming together on 9/11, a significant date in our nation’s past, because we find ourselves at a defining moment for our nation’s future.

For the Anderson County “Cry Out America” on Sunday 9/11/11, the people will gather together in front of the Anderson County Courthouse from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.

Pastors and elected officials will lead the gathered in prayer.

Below is a tentative schedule for the event:

Welcome and opening prayer: Kevin Jones, Anderson County “Cry Out America” coordinator and Pastor, River of Life Church of God

Pledge of Allegiance

9/11 Commemoration and prayer: Anderson Fire Department Chaplain Bill Rigsby, Pastor of North Anderson Baptist Church

Song: ”My Country ‘Tis of Thee”: led by Bryan and Theresa Hicks, Music Ministers, River of Life Church

Scripture II Chronicles 7:14 and prayer: Lesley White, Assistant to Anderson County “Cry Out America” coordinator

Prayer for the churches and pastors: John Dill, Director of the Saluda Baptist Association

Prayer for elected officials: Rev. J.L. Robinson, President Anderson County Ministerial Association

Prayer for Anderson: Cindy Wilson, Anderson County Council member

Prayer for South Carolina: State Senator Kevin Bryant

America’s heritage and prayer for America: Rev. Alexander Campbell, Pastor Christ Reformed Church of the Carolinas. Included will be quotes from President George Washington, President Thomas Jefferson, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and President Reagan all showing our godly heritage.

Song: “America the Beautiful”

Prayer for the military: United States Navy Captain Beryl Rosenberger

Prayer for Israel: JoAnne Bailey

Prayer for the spiritually lost: Sam Duncan, Pastor Gethsemane Baptist Church in Starr, SC

Song: “God Bless America”

Concluding remarks and benediction

Following the “Cry Out America” event, there will be a 9/11 parade, sponsored by the Anderson United Way, starting at 3:00 PM. It will come down Main Street starting at Greenville Street and ending at River Street.

There will be free parking in the parking garage beside the Anderson County Courthouse. Since the roads will be closed off for the parade, here are the directions for entering the parking garage. Come down Murray, turn onto Benson Street (which borders the south side of the Courthouse), turn left into the Courthouse parking lot and drive through it, turn left onto Whitner Street and then right into the parking garage.