News Archive

(0905) Week of Mar. 2, 2005

Kindergarten, first grade students ready to register
Greenville County Schools anticipate upcoming moves
Questions persist on sewer project permitting
Anderson County Council recognizes Taxpayers Association
Piedmont Relief Center seeking donations
Students, faculty move into new Freshman Academy
Cafe opens in corner of Augusta Place center
Home damaged
Two from area graduate State Fire Academy training
Anderson Sheriff’s report


Kindergarten, first grade students ready to register

Registration for first grade in Anderson School District One will be held on Wednesday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

First grade programs are available at Cedar Grove Elementary, Concrete Primary, Hunt Meadows Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, Pelzer Elementary, Spearman Elementary, West Pelzer Elementary, and Wren Elementary schools.  

The minimum age requirement for first grade requires that the child must be six on or before September 1.

Kindergarten registration for Anderson School District One will be held March 2, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

All-day 5-year-old kindergarten programs will be offered at Cedar Grove Elementary, Concrete Primary, Hunt Meadows Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, Pelzer Elementary, Spearman Elementary, West Pelzer Elementary, and Wren Elementary.

Half-day four-year-old programs will be offered at Concrete Primary, Hunt Meadows Elementary, Spearman Elementary, Wren Elementary, and West Pelzer Elementary.  Full-day programs for students demonstrating the greatest need will be offered at Pelzer Elementary and Palmetto Elementary Schools with Palmetto also offering a half-day four-year-old program.

Students must be 4 or 5 years old (or 3 years old for the pre-K program at Palmetto Elementary) by September 1st  in order to enroll in the respective programs.  Students who register for the 3 or 4 year old program must first be screened and tested to determine eligibility.

Parents should register their children at one of the above named schools and will be given a number to insure that those who arrive first will be registered first.

After receiving a number, parents should not leave the school until the registration of his or her child is completed. Parents who leave after getting their number, but before registering, will lose their place.  Note:  Because of attendance area issues, it may be necessary for a school to ask for proof of residency.

Parents are asked to bring their child’s birth certificate, a completed South Carolina Immunization Certificate, and social security number at the time of registration.

These forms must be furnished before a child enters school. Children may be taken to the Health Department in Anderson for immunizations. 

If a social security number has not been obtained, application forms will be available at the schools. 

If you have questions, you may call the school or the District One Administration Office.   

Registration for 3 and 4 year olds with disabilities will be held only at Palmetto Elementary School.

To make a referral or obtain a screening appointment, call Tanya Richbourg at 847-3632 or Amy Bell at 847-3531.Anderson District One

Greenville County Schools anticipate upcoming moves

By Stan Welch

Moving is always a chore, but imagine having to move an entire elementary school. In a week!

That’s the challenge facing the faculty and staff at Sue Cleveland Elementary School in Piedmont.

This year, they will spend their spring break working to move all the books and equipment necessary to educate more than 400 students.

Principal Karen Chambers, however, says her teachers and staff are equal to the task.

“It’s going to be a big job, but we are so excited about being in the new school that we’re ready to go,” she said.

The week of March 21 is moving time. The school, which currently holds 411 students, will have room for 600 in the new facility.

Bigger than the old school by approximately 20,000 square feet, the new school will also include a basketball court, a small gym, a courtyard and picnic area, and a brand new science lab.

The classrooms will hold state of the art computers and parents will be able to leave telephone messages that will be translated to e-mails and delivered to the appropriate teacher’s computer.

“That will make it possible for any parent, whether they have access to a computer or not, to communicate quickly with the teachers,” said Chambers.

Another plus is the fact that the school will have lots of parking. 

“We hate to leave the wonderful community we have been such a part of, but there was no parking there. That’s one of the great things about the new location. But we will really miss our neighbors. The community has been so helpful and supportive, especially the business people,” Chambers said.

The new school is located on Bessie Road, two miles from the old one.

Woodmont High School Principal Randy Reagan has some moving scheduled for this year as well.

Woodmont faculty and students will be in their new school building for the start of the 2005-2006 school year in the fall and in a realignment of school district lines, they will be joined by a number of new students.

Depending on the recommendations of the Realignment Committee, which are due on March 8th, the consequent recommendation of Superintendent Fisher, and the final decision by Board of Education, the number of those students may vary.

The new facility will accommodate 1,600 students and will offer several technologies unavailable at most existing schools.

For starters, increased security will be possible, based on technologies that will be in place.

Classrooms will also have computers and the capability to scan, fax and copy documents right in the classroom. Students may be less thrilled by the automated attendance call back system which will contact each parent whose child is absent by calling an emergency number to report the absence that same day.

“That closes a loophole the kids sometimes use,” said Reagan.

Woodmont Middle School faculty and students will also be in a new location, though only temporarily.

The current high school building will be occupied for one year by the middle school, while the middle school is renovated. The following year, the middle school population will move back to the renovated facility and the vacated high school will be put up for sale.

The proposed transfer of students from the Hillcrest and Simpsonville areas has caused some public outcry, but Reagan senses a softening of the opposition.

“I think once the shock of the proposal wore off, people began to consider the possibilities. I’ve had quite a bit of positive comment lately. I believe we may have turned the corner. We really do have a lot to offer to the children and their parents,” he said.

Chambers, whose two children either attended or are attending Woodmont High School, weighed in on the issue of the pending reassignment of students from the Hillcrest schools to Woodmont.

“We welcome all those children. I say to them and their parents, don’t criticize us. Come walk with us in our schools and see our vision for the children. Both Woodmont High and Woodmont Middle Schools have recently established International Baccalaureate programs, programs which provide for much more in depth preparation for the next level of education. Rural schools are a good place to be these days. They are a very well kept secret,” Chambers said.

Questions persist on sewer project permitting

By Stan Welch

As Anderson County officials continue preparations for Phase II of the Beaverdam Sewer Project, questions continue to arise about the permitting and construction of Phases 1A and 1B.

County Council District 7 Representative Cindy Wilson, recently delivered a request to U.S. Senator Jim DeMint,  seeking an investigation into the first two phases of the project.

The memo to the Senator, dated February 22, 2005, alleges that documents were falsified in order for the project to qualify for a special streamlined permitting process known as a Nationwide 12 permit.

The memo further claims that the alleged deception was conducted in order to allow the project to be permitted under the less stringent requirements of the Nationwide12 process.

In reference to the falsified documents alleged in the memo, Wilson cites a storm water permit application, for Phase 1B as stating that no flood problems exist in surrounding areas. The memo states that Phase II lies completely within a major FEMA flood zone.   

She also refers to “key documents related to the SC Enabling Act which required a community based land use mapping and planning meeting for the area.”

The documents were allegedly altered to remove several public comments in opposition to the project.

The memo alleges that the altered record of the meeting, which was held on April 1,1999, was never corrected, even though participants at the meeting asked that corrections be made.

The memo also claims that  population projections for the project’s service area were “dramatically increased in order to justify need.”

Wilson’s memo also takes DHEC to task for that agency’s perceived failure to enforce its own restrictions on the project.

Among those restrictions was the establishment of a  25 foot construction right of way (ROW).

The memo alleges that the ROW was not enforced, resulting in damage to crops and the destruction of fences, and further states that in some places, the ROW was exceeded by up to 75 feet.

Wilson and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist recently inspected several stretches of the Beaverdam project.

According to USFWS biologist Mark Caldwell, significant violations of the permit exist.

“The conditions I’ve seen today clearly go beyond the limits of a nationwide permit. This project, in my opinion, should have been permitted under the more demanding individual permitting process,” Caldwell said.

 He cited diversions of the stream’s original course, as well as major silting problems at various locations along the project’s course.

“There has been an obvious abuse of the national permitting process,” said Caldwell.

He expressed his intention of forwarding his report to the EPA, as well as to the Corps of Engineers.

“I will recommend to Les Parker (COE project manager) that all conditions of the nationwide permit be enforced and all damage be restored. The best thing that could happen all around is to impose the restrictions of the individual permit and restore all damage done,” Caldwell said.

Wilson, who is a party to legal action brought to force the pertinent agencies to address the issues involved, said that what is needed is a correction of the existing violations, and an assurance that future phases of the project be conducted according to the proper regulations.

To that end, her memo asks that  “all violations on the newly constructed Phases 1A and 1B be corrected before Phase II  is allowed to proceed either by postponing the issuance of the US Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands permit, or by halting further engineering or right of way acquisitions prior to construction commencement.”

Former County Wastewater Manager, Dewey Pearson, Jr., who is a current wastewater consultant to the county, says that he is unaware of any problems with the project.

“We have received no documents, and have all the permits necessary for phase II,” he said.

According to Pearson, phase II runs from Long Road down to the Rocky River treatment plant.

COE spokesperson Alisha Gregory confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into the Beaverdam project.

When informed of this Pearson reiterated that he had no knowledge of such an investigation, and said that his contacts at DHEC appeared to be unaware of it as well.

“They haven’t said a thing, and those agencies usually stay in pretty close touch,” Dewey said.

 Gregory indicated that the project manager or consultant on such a project would normally be informed of any such inquiry.

A letter dated February 2 by Jerry Singleton, Anderson County Wastewater Manager, indicated that the county has secured all the permits necessary for Phase II and has completed all engineering and design work for the project. The letter states that each affected  landowner will be contacted by John T. Gaffney  of Utility Land Service, LLC to discuss the project and begin acquiring ROWs and easements.

A recent update sent by the Beaverdam Community Association, the group which  has opposed the project for the last several years, urges reluctant cooperation with county officials, at best.

The update, dated Feb. 21, urges property owners to require that copies of all permits be provided, including DHEC construction and storm water permits, as well as DHEC and COE permits under Nationwide 12, as well as COE wetlands permits.

Owners are also encouraged to seek to review the engineering drawings, identifying the size, height and location of manholes to be located on their property. The update challenges the use of the Nationwide 12  permit process for the first two phases, and challenges its use on Phase II.

Anderson County Council recognizes Taxpayers Association

By Stan Welch

   District 7 Councilwoman Cindy Wilson had a busy night at the March 1 Anderson County Council meeting.

She proposed the reestablishment of an in-house county attorney; barely managed to gain approval for a resolution recognizing the Anderson County Taxpayers’ association’s recent state award and presented examples from county ledger reports which she claims indicate excessive spending.

She also managed to obtain funding for two of the fire departments in her district by transferring funds from her paving account, while once again expressing her belief that she  is prevented from accessing county resources in a more conventional manner.

Council also held a public hearing concerning the modification of the agenda to place public comment on non-agenda items to the later portion of the agenda.

Several people spoke, with those opposing the measure defending their freedom of speech; while those in favor stressed their belief that such freedom remained unaffected, with only the timing of the citizens’ input being affected.

Michael Deanhart, a self  described secular humanist known for his views on religion and government, rose to thank council for their treatment of him in the past.

“I know that I’m probably the most controversial man in Anderson County, but this Council has always allowed me to have my say, and have treated me with respect and dignity. I just wanted to brag on you,” he said.

Several speakers referred to comments by  County Attorney Tom Martin, reported in a recent issue of The Journal, which referred to the public input portion of the agenda as a “gift from County Council, not a Constitutional right”. Those speakers took serious offense at that viewpoint.

Dan Harvell offered a slightly different perspective, pointing out the manner in which Anderson City council meetings are conducted.

“They have a more loose format. They also seem to get some pretty mad people in those meetings, but those meetings seem to go pretty smoothly. The citizens don’t always get what they want, but they leave feeling they’ve gotten the respect that citizens deserve.”

He added that while the proposed change wouldn’t deny citizens the right to speak, “you do a grave disservice to the public by this measure. I urge you to reconsider this on third reading.” Council gave second reading approval to the measure by a vote of 5-2.

Wilson’s effort to return the county attorney’s position to Council oversight was unsuccessful, as several Council members pointed out that the administrator/council form of government automatically places that, or any other,  position under the administrator’s authority.

Wilson’s main argument centered around  what she deems as exorbitant legal expenses. She cited financial records that showed the county had paid just McNair Law Firm $2.1 million during a certain  19 month period.

She argued that while county council could not usurp the administrator’s authority over the attorney’s position, “we can prescribe the job description for that position.”

After some brief discussion, she moved to table the issue, but asked Council to bear it in mind as they begin budget preparations. Council refused to table the motion, however, and went on to defeat the proposal by a vote of 6-1. Neither County Administrator Joey Preston nor County Attorney Tom Martin were present at the meeting

Wilson presented a resolution recognizing the Anderson County Taxpayers Association. The Association recently was recognized  by the South Carolina Association of Taxpayers as the recipients of the first annual Outstanding Local Taxpayers Association award. Wilson attempted to read the resolution into the record prior to the Council’s vote, but was thwarted by Chairperson Floyd, who reminded her that the proper sequence was to make a motion to adopt the resolution first.

Traditionally, government councils, whether city or county, present such resolutions as a matter of course and award them in the same way. For example, at this same meeting, resolutions were approved unanimously honoring Mr. McNeil Grier on his 100th birthday, as well as another  honoring the late Margaret Snider Coker as the first woman graduate of Clemson University.

The problem with Wilson’s proposed resolution, however, appeared to be the fact that the Taxpayers Association and especially its director, Dan Harvell, are in disfavor with several of the council members.

Harvell, also a member of the Anderson County Republican Party Executive Committee, took several of the Council’s Republican members to task earlier this year for their support of Chairperson Gracie Floyd’s election to that chair. Council members Dees and Greer, in particular, took offense.

Tuesday night, they, along with Floyd and Fred Tolly, abstained from voting on the resolution, allowing it to pass by a 3-0-4 vote (Wilson, Thompson and McAbee voting.)

Harvell thanked the Council for the recognition, adding that in the spirit of   the organization, the frame would be returned to the county so it could be used again.

Speaking to The Journal afterwards, Harvell said that the recognition by the state association was appreciated and  “reflective of the thousands of hours our members have devoted to the future of Anderson county. Our efforts are a labor of love as we strive to educate the public on the government that serves them locally so that through knowledge of the facts and issue, that government will serve them and not the other way around.”

 Wilson also gave a special presentation to the Council, during which she raised several issues reflected in the LR110 financial records of the county.

She recently received a portion of those records, which she had sought for some time.

Wilson is involved in a legal struggle with Administrator Joey Preston over access to public records. A hearing is scheduled for March 9 to hear arguments on her supplemental complaint, which she filed in an attempt to get more of the same records she referred to Tuesday night.

According to Wilson, those records indicate substantial expenses in the areas of credit card use ($18,000 in one), consulting and engineering fees, and in legal fees. She asked that council begin receiving weekly reports (LR110s), a chart of the county accounts, and the bi-annual LR153 reports “so that we can bring this information and a better understanding of it to the budget process.”

Council also heard a report from Economic Development Director John Lummus on his department’s efforts. He reported that Anderson County saw $384 million in new capital development resulting in 1600 new jobs last year. A total of $700 million in new investment, creating 2300 new jobs has occurred since 2002.

Wilson once again requested the transfer of funds from her paving account to be used in assisting two fire departments in her district. She sought $6865 for the Friendship FD to purchase a utility body for a truck to be used for rescue equipment.

Councilman Larry Greer, whose district includes a portion of the Friendship FD’s coverage area, asked FFD Chief Mike Gimbrel what percentage of   Greer’s District was involved. He was told 10%. He then offered to provide $500 from his recreation fund towards the total request, but added, “This is a tough call for me. It’s a matter of principle. We have got to stop spending paving funds on other uses,” he said.

Wilson responded by pointing out that her district includes four towns, and all or part of 7 fire departments’ coverage areas.

“I would be glad to amend my request to take the funds from a more appropriate source, but my district isn’t allowed access to those other sources. Using my paving fund is the only legal way I can get these funds,” Wilson said.

 She also transferred $8000 for roof repairs on the West Pelzer FD station. “They’re asking for $15,000 but I don’t have that much available.” 

Both requests were approved by a vote of 4-2, with Councilman Tolly following his policy of abstaining on such votes. A $9000 request for matching funds for a paving project in Honea Path was approved.

 During Council members comments Greer took offense at remarks made earlier by Dan Harvell. He read several excerpts from both the local and state Republican party’s creeds, dealing with integrity and political independence. He went on to say that the “the courage exhibited by the three members of this council who refused to cower before a small group should be commended and not ridiculed.”

Those three members were Greer, Tolly and Dees, who voted in support of Chairperson Floyd’s quest for that seat.

Piedmont Relief Center seeking donations

By Stan Welch

Efforts by volunteers to establish an emergency relief agency in the Piedmont area continue, with hopes of opening a food pantry in the near future, according to Jed Daughtry, one of the organizers of the Piedmont Emergency Relief  Center. The Center is located in the lower level of the Piedmont Community center.

Daughtry acknowledges that things are in a fairly early stage, but stresses it is nothing that an injection of volunteers and money wouldn’t solve.

“We are still getting organized, but what we really need is some volunteers to work the center and donations to begin stocking the food pantry.”

He explained that a food pantry and a food bank are two different levels of the same food chain.

“Food banks sell supplies at a greatly reduced price to food pantries, who actually distribute it to those who need it,” he said.

He stresses that no donations of food will be refused, but added that financial contributions are actually better.

“That way, we can go to a food bank and purchase the items we know people need. Sometimes, with food donations, you may get some items that aren’t as useful as others.” He added that any financial contributions will be strictly applied to meeting local needs.

 “Volunteers refurbished our storage and distribution space and we are well stocked on office supplies already, so the money that comes in will be used where it is most needed, helping those in emergency situations,” said Daughtry.

He pointed out that the first purpose of the center is to provide immediate emergency relief, while also helping to connect people with other, already existing long term assistance programs.

“There are a lot of  programs available, but many of them are designed for more long term relief. A lot of  folks get caught up in the crunch and don’t know where to go.”

Still, Daughtry foresees the day when the Piedmont Emergency Relief Center might expand their services to helping with utility bills, and perhaps even prescription drugs. “That’s a good ways down the road, but we are considering it,” he said.

Students, faculty move into new Freshman Academy

With construction recently completed on the new Palmetto High School Freshman Academy addition, 9th grade students and their teachers are enjoying the new facility.

The new addition expands the freshman academy concept adopted by the District six years ago and allows room for additional growth Palmetto High School Principal Dr. Mason Gary said during a recent tour of the facility.

Gary said the freshman academy allows  9th graders to transition to the High School environment by having them in a building separate from upperclassmen during most of the school day.

The idea of a separate area for freshmen was brought to the board by Gary and his staff, and approved, leading to the first freshman academy to be constructed at Palmetto High School.

The success it enjoyed led to a similar facility at Wren High, which opened last year.

The new addition at Palmetto High School includes administrative offices, a conference room, 8 classrooms, a commons area and a gym.

The design includes dual science lab classrooms which share a common lab prep room. The science lab also includes teacher demonstration tables and for safety, the latest equipment for eye wash stations.

Classrooms include two each for math, science, social studies and English.

The gym and locker room facilities which were to be completed this week, will be used by the school’s volleyball and wrestling teams, as well as freshmen, Gary said. The gym is used for agility skills for PE according to state standards, he said.

Locker room facilities include tile showers and handicap accessibility.

Seating includes five row bleachers and the facility has special painted lines on the wooden floor designating a full size basketball court, volleyball boudaries and wrestling.

The design includes a lift storage for the heavy wrestling mats which are hoisted to the gym wall when not in use. There is also a film stand located along the gym wall.

Gary said the design also includes handicapped accessibility at the rear entrance, which was made available with the addition of one lane.

Additional landscaping is also planned.

Gary said with the new addition, the freshman academy wing is now a horseshoe, which includes the old 400 wing which served as the original academy beginning in 2001. It included 8 classrooms and a band room.

The new addition also freed up an old office, which is centrally located, for use by the resource officer, Gary said.

The Freshman Academy includes two teams with approximately 100 students in each team. There is also room for growth, with the possibility of adding one more team, for a total of 300 students.

Gary said the extra space will be needed as the district is projecting an additional 75 incoming freshman students, a total of approximately 260 to 275, at Palmetto High next year.

Not only is the new facility impressive, but the success statistics on the Freshman Academy show the concept has worked very well.

Gary reported that 92 percent of the academy’s first class which started the academy four years ago are on track to graduate from high school this spring. That figure is up from 64 percent before the academy concept was adopted.

Gary said that the stats alone show how well the concept is working for incoming freshmen at the school.

Gary praised the School District One Board of Trustees for allowing the school the opportunity to branch out when he and his staff asked to do things differently.

He also praised his staff for their efforts in making the Freshman Academy concept a success.

The Freshman Academy is a smaller learning community within a school and offers flexible schedules, core courses, academic enhancement courses, extensive tutoring opportunities and features a team of teachers working with a common group of students.

Freshmen also have their own lunch period  and elective courses such as physical education, AFJROTC, art, industrial arts, chorus, band, consumer homemaking, foreign language and drama.

Cafe opens in corner of Augusta Place center

A new cafe has opened in the growing Moonville area.

The Little Cafe in the Corner features menu items including sandwiches served with chips, grilled chicken, Thai Chicken salad, chicken or tuna salad, chef’s salad, grilled chicken salad and soups.

The owner, 19-year-old Kendall Burns, said she looked for an opportunity to open her own business after working as a waitress at two other restaurants.

“It is something I always wanted to do,” she said. “I love it.”

The young entrepreneur said it was very “empowering” and when the opportunity presented itself, she jumped at the chance.

“I didn’t want to be stuck waiting tables all my life,” she said.

The idea of opening a cafe came after her father, Robert Burns, who lives in the south Greenville area, saw a location available in the fast growing area, and the family agreed that it was a really good opportunity for Kendall, who had worked in restaurants since she was 14.

The Little Cafe in the Corner offers an alternative to the fast food that is available in the area, offering heathy alternatives and good salads. Since the business is located next to the gym in the shopping center, it is also good for business.

They also offer subs, sandwiches, soups and salads.

The two most popular items are the Cafe club and Thai chicken salad, acording to Burns.

The club sandwich includes two meats, two cheeses and bacon with lettuce and mayonnaise.

The Thai chicken salad includes grilled chicken, with seasame ginger dressing and crispy noodles.

“We offer quality and reasonable prices,” the young owner said.

The business also offers homemade desserts including cakes and cookies and may eventually get into catering.

There are two part time employees in addition to the owner.

Burns said it took a lot of work to get the cafe ready, and a lot of family support.

The cafe offers seating for up to 30 customers.

She said the first week has “been good” with an ecletic group of people coming in.

Customers have included construction workers, business people and people from the surrounding community.

“We have also had great support from the people at the shopping center,” she said.

Burns said she has been focused on getting open and hasn’t really had time to think about running a business at a young age.

“It is something I have always wanted to do,” she said. Even when she was small, she often “played cafe” according to her mother.

The Little Cafe in the Corner is located at 7740 Augusta Rd, (Hwy. 25) in the Augusta Place Shopping Center.

Hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call 277-3141.

Home damaged

Members of the Williamston Fire Department RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) check equipment after extinguishing a structure fire last Wednesday, Feb. 23 at a home on Mattison Dr., in Williamston. Firefighters from the Williamston Fire Department and Belton Fire Department RIT responded to the house fire. The Rapid Intervention Team  (RIT) was formed to rescue downed firemen. The team includes firefighters from Williamston, Belton and Honea Path. Teammembers respond from one town when a neighboring town has a major fire, providing backup and taking care of a 2-in-2-out OSHA requirement, according to Williamston Fire Chief Steve Ellison. The home of Ursula Dean was heavily damaged, with the front room completely gutted, according to Ellison. The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical strip with too many items plugged into it, officials said. No one was home at the time of the blaze.

Two from area graduate State Fire Academy training

Two area firefighters recently graduated from seven weeks of firefighter training at the State Fire Academy in Columbia.

Barry Bell, with the Cheddar Fire Department and Scott Nicholson, with the South Greenville Fire Department, were among 22 students to graduate Feb. 25 from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s South Carolina Fire Academy.

Chief John Bowers of the Camden Fire Department and Chris Nunnery of the Lancaster Fire Department gave the keynote address at the graduation ceremony. 

Firefighters from 15 fire departments across the state underwent a 280-hour training program of classroom and hands-on firefighting skills development.

The in-depth training, offered quarterly at the Fire Academy, includes emergency responder first aid training, hazardous materials operations training, auto extrication, flammable liquids and gas firefighting, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Firefighter I and Firefighter II levels, rescue training, fire prevention and basic fire inspection training.

“This is a very challenging program that requires team work, in-depth study, extensive hands-on training with live fires, six practical skills evaluations and six written tests to meet the National Fire Protection Association standards,” Fire Academy Superintendent Ed Roper said.

In addition to the 17 South Carolina graduates, three students from out of state and four students from outside the U. S. graduated from the program.

The Fire Academy provides emergency services training to the municipal fire service - both paid and volunteer - airport crash rescue departments, industrial fire brigades and emergency teams and service organizations including EMS, law enforcement and military from around the state and the world.

The Fire Academy is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress for several NFPA firefighter levels.

The Fire Academy and the State Fire Marshal’s Office make up the Division of Fire and Life Safety, which is a division of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Anderson Sheriff’s report

Anderson County Sheriff’s Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the following incidents last week:


Feb. 23 - Deputy W. C. Cunningham arrested Annie May Cantrell, a 28 year old white female, for striking her husband, Marin Escalante in the head. She was charged with simple assault.

 Feb. 21 - Deputy D.B. Anderson responded to a complaint at ES Wagner Company at 427 Oak Road. He found that two vehicles had been stolen. Reported missing were a red 1998 Kenworth Mechanic Truck and a 1999 black Mack semi with a red Fontaine lowboy trailer. The vehicles were apparently driven through the gate. The Kenworth was later recovered in Greenville County. The Mack, SC tag  P760206, and   the lowboy trailer, SC tag PT71298, are still missing.

Feb. 22 - Deputy C.H. Beusse investigated a shoplifting incident at Fred’s store. Two suspects, a white female, 5’2”, 115 pounds, 20 years old with black hair, and a white male, 20, 6’0”, 180 pounds with blonde hair took a cordless phone valued at $20. They left in a white 1990 Nissan.

Feb. 17 - R.S. Turner investigated a theft from a motor vehicle at 1501 Durham Road. Dewey Campbell reported the theft of two jackets and some medicine from his truck.







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