(3105) Week of Aug. 3, 2005
Week of Aug 3, 2005
Race finale to benefit Calvary Home for Children
The Finale Celebration for the Rai$ing Race in Andersons Amazing Space will culminate two days of fun activities and will be the primary fundraiser for the Leslie Ann Mazzara memorial.
Proceeds from the event will go to a new cottage for Calvary Home for Children to be named for Mazzara, a former Miss Williamston, who was fatally stabbed along with her roommate last October in Napa California. The case remains unsolved.
Advance tickets for the family oriented celebration event, which will be held at the Anderson Civic Center on Saturday, August 13 at 5:30 p.m., are now on sale for $15.
Admission includes a barbecue plate and drink from Ole Country Smokehouse, the opportunity to meet and have photos taken with celebrities and lots of fun.
The Shooting Star Classics will headline the Finale Celebration which will include a local rapper and DJ.
The Shooting Star Classics features Amazing Race Season 7 cast member Ray Housteau. Other cast members who participated on the reality TV show along with organizer Kelly McCorkle, are expected to attend the event.
Newly crowned Miss S. C. Erika Grace Powell and Mrs. South Carolina, Angela Singleton Hughes are expected.
Radio James Kennedy and Coach Jones will also be attending, McCorkle said, as well as members of the Greenville Grrrowl Hockey organization and their mascot.
Tickets for the finale celebration are now available at these locations:
In Williamston, tickets are available at The Williamston Municipal Center, 12 W. Main St. and The Journal, 106 W. Main St.
In West Pelzer at Cuttin Loose Hair Salon, Hwy 8. and in Belton at Curves, 216 City Square.
In Anderson at Gradys Great Outdoors, 3440 Clemson Blvd.; Ecoscape Adventures, Inc.,1502 E. Greenville St.; Rags to Riches, 511 W. Whitner St. and both locations of Modern Cleaners, 3307 Cinema Ave. and 113 Whitehall Rd.
Tickets are also in Greenville at WSSL 100.5, 7 North. Laurens St.
Persons who would like to order over the internet using PayPal can purchase tickets online at www.lesliemazzarafund.com.
Rai$ing Race participants and winners will also be recognized during the finale celebration evening which begins immediately following the end of the Rai$ing Race activities.
Organizers are looking for volunteers to help with the event including observers for each of the teams. Observers will ride with a team, but cannot participate or help them as they complete their tasks, according to McCorkle.
An information session for volunteers will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening (Aug. 11) at the Ramada Inn, North Main St. in Anderson and Friday morning at 8 a.m. at the Civic Center for volunteers.
Proceeds from the event, which organizers hope will be more than $25,000, will go toward a third cottage for Calvary Home for Children.
The Leslie Mazzara Cottage will be the third in the center and will cost approximately $250,000 to construct, according to Director Sam Henderson,
Calvary Home for Children is located on 25 acres of land on Simpson Road, Anderson. There are plans for 6 homes and a multipurpose building.
Each of the cottages are 6,000 sq. ft. brick homes which are built to special set of safety codes which include walls, doors, fire codes and other standards.
They have eight bedrooms and other special amenities including two stoves, 2 washers and 2 dryers for the residents.
Children placed with Calvary Home for Children can stay from a few months to 2 years if neccessary, according to Henderson. They also attempt to keep siblings together.
The homes are sponsored by churches, businesses, and fundraisers, according to Henderson and receive no federal support.
The organization is a 501C3 non profit which was incorporated in 1998.
Calvary Home for Children also operates a Rags to Riches Thrift Store located at 511 West Whitner St. in Anderson.
Mazzara was a graduate of Belton Honea Path High School, a member of the Greenville Ballet Company and attended the S. C. Governors School for the Arts. She graduated in 2003 from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors degree in philosophy.
She was crowned Miss Williamston in 2002 and went on to compete in the the Miss South Carolina Pageant.
She became an advocate for abused and neglected children, speaking at church and school events to raise awareness, promoting legislation and conducting fundraisers for Stephanies Cottage at Calvary Home for Children.
Stephanies Cottage, was named after Stephanie Carter, a four-year-old Anderson girl who died on October 17, 2000 after a year of torture at the hands of her father and stepmother.
With Mazzaras help, the cottage was completed and the first children moved in in 2002.
She moved to California and was working for a winery when she and a roommate were brutally stabbed on October 31, 2004. No arrests have been made.
McCorkle has taken up the cause of her best friend and the efforts of the family and friends of Mazzara who have begun a memorial fund to raise money for a third cottage.
Calvary Home for Children is a long term residential care facility that provides a home for abused, neglected and orphaned children from all over the Southeastern U. S.
Children from the upstate of South Carolina and surrounding areas receive special consideration, according to Henderson.
Anyone interested in making a donation toward the Leslie Mazzara Cottage or helping with the great race event being organized by McCorkle can contact Sam Henderson at Calvary Home for Children at (864) 296-5437.
For more information on the event, check the website at www.lesliemazzarafund.com.
Though an audit presentation was on the agenda for the Williamston Town Council meeting Monday, only a brief update was provided by Mayor Phillip Clardy.
Clardy said he will be meeting with department heads this week to discuss the audit and then with Council and the auditor in a work session to be announced soon.
Clardys only comments were that there were areas that show the need for improvement and there were accomplishments reflected in the audit which he thought needed to be made known. He did not elaborate on either.
Obviously irritated that The Journal reported that the audit was not made available to the press or public after being given to Councilmembers prior to the July 11 Council meeting, Clardy stated that not one member of the public had asked for the audit. Only one member of the press requested it, he said.
Clardy did not comment on why he refused to honor the request that evening. Two phone calls made to the Mayor on Tuesday July 12 for comments on the audit were not returned.
Following the July 11 Council meeting, Clardy told The Journal a copy of the audit would be available on Friday of that week, though a phone call to the mayors office to see if it was available was not returned until Monday.
A copy of the audit was made available to The Journal on July 18, though the management letters which include the auditors recommendations were not provided until a second request was made for them.
Prior to the regular meeting, Monday, Williamston Town Council met at 5 p.m. in an unannounced work session in which Mayor Clardy previewed agenda items for Council. Several Department heads were present for the meeting. No minutes were taken.
Council has been meeting in the work sessions, which are held prior to the regular meeting, since last fall when they were suggested by the mayor to discuss budget issues.
To date, Council has met in the unannounced work sessions each month prior to the regular meeting, however there has been no discussion of spending, budget or other financial related topics.
Usually the Mayor mentions each agenda item, sometimes with discussion among Council.
During the August 1 session, which lasted approximately 20 minutes, Mayor Clardy told Council that he intends to meet with Council and department heads to discuss the audit.
Clardy said that work sessions will be scheduled and asked Councilmembers to put any questions they may have in writing so they could be given to the auditor, Larry Finney, in advance. He also said they should use the audit results and learn from it.
During the regular meeting, Ken Marshall was the only speaker to offer public comments.
He suggested the town let people know the status of projects during each meeting. Mayor Clardy responded that he had talked with staff members about providing status reports and they (the town) are considering it.
Council approved May, June and July minutes with one change.
Mayor Clardy said the minutes should reflect that Michelle Starnes was appointed interim clerk. Council approved the minutes 5-0.
Council then went into executive session to discuss two secret topics which Mayor Clardy said involved a contract and a legal matter. The closed door session lasted approximately 1 hour and 32 minutes.
Upon returning to regular session, Mayor Clardy said that a controlled substance policy for the town is still under review and will be brought back before Council.
Mayor Clardy said there was renewed interest in reforming the cemetery committee. Clardy presented a list of people he said were interested in being on the committee.
Committe nominees included Johnnie Bell, Carolyn Duncan, Elizabeth Ford, Martha Jo Harvell, Julia Mize, Olive Wilson and Willie Wright.
Councilmembers Cecil Cothran and Otis Scott were appointed to serve ex officio. Mayor Clardy will also serve as an advisor.
Council approved the committee members 4-0 with Councilman David Harvell abstaining.
The members will serve five year terms, with Bell and Duncan serving 7 year terms.
Clardy also announced that he plans to establish a local Council on Aging to help provide information to elderly residents.
Clardy said the program will meet seasoned persons needs. Examples are bringing back to Williamston the commodities distribution program and AIM program. He said it will also provide useful information.
Council members will nominate committee members from each ward. The proposal was approved 5-0.
Palmetto High School Music and Choral Instructor Susan McKenzie has been selected the Anderson School District One Teacher of the Year.
As the districts Teacher of the Year for 2005-2006, McKenzie will represent Anderson District One in the competition for South Carolina Teacher of the Year, will serve on a state-wide advisory panel to the State Department of Education, and will receive $1,000 in recognition for her outstanding achievements.
In the brief time that McKenzie has been leading the choral program at Palmetto High, she has developed an outstanding program, said Dr. Wayne Fowler, Superintendent of Anderson District One. She has used her knowledge and passion of music to instill in her students a desire to reach their full potential.
McKenzie has 19 years of teaching experience. Last year was her first year in District One and in just one year, made a huge contribution to the choral program at Palmetto High.
For her to be nominated and then voted as our Teacher of the Year her first year with us illustrates the remarkable difference she has made at our school, said Mason Gary, Principal of Palmetto High School.
McKenzie earned her Master in Music Education degree at University of North Carolina and her Bachelor of Science in Music Education at the University of Evansville in Indiana. She is currently working through the rigorous National Board Certification evaluation process.
When asked about her teaching, McKenzie replied, I make it a priority in my teaching to build an atmosphere where every student experiences acceptance, respect, and an opportunity to show others their uniqueness.
McKenzie was honored as Teacher of the Year at a district-wide meeting at Wren High School on August 2..
The Teacher of the Year finalists, Angela Phillips, a special education teacher at Wren Middle School, and Iris Aschenbrand, a fourth grade social studies and math teacher at Hunt Meadows Elementary, were also honored.
By Stan Welch
In yet another apparent father/son shooting incident in the Williamston area, Hunter D. Rhodes, 15, was shot at approximately 5:27 p.m. Sunday evening, July 31. His father, Douglas R. Rhodes, 41, of 105 Hampton Road, was arrested at the scene in connection with the shooting.
Several hours later, just after midnight, Hunter Rhodes died at the emergency room. His father was subsequently charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. Coroner Greg Shore reported that Rhodes was treated for a single gunshot wound to the head. He said the time of death was 12:08 a.m. on Monday morning, August 1. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
According to Deputy Chief Tim Busha, of the Anderson County Sheriffs office, the incident apparently resulted from some sort of domestic dispute. Hunter and his mother, Annette Dena Rhodes, were reportedly visiting at the Hampton Road address where the incident took place. It was the mother who placed the call to the police.
Deputy R. S. Turner was the responding officer. Also responding to the scene were Sgt. McCarley, Capt. Williams and crime scene investigator Carpenter.
Rhodes remains in custody at Anderson County Detention center. Bond was denied due to the seriousness of the charges, officials said. The solicitors office reports that no hearings have been scheduled at this time.
The shooting is the latest in a series of such incidents in the area in recent months.
During their (July) monthly meeting held August 2, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees recognized a national teacher of the year, heard a report on pre-school programs and an update on maintenance programs in the district.
Iris Aschenbrand, who was recently selected the National Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year, was recognized by the Board for the accomplishment.
District One Superintendent Dr. Wayne Fowler presented her with a plaque in the shape of the state of South Carolina.
Aschenbrand is a teacher at Hunt Meadows where, according to Dr. Fowler , her programs are absolutely impressive. She will be recognized during the National Council for Social Studies to be held Nov. 18-20 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Board members approved the June 28 minutes and approved a request by the District to ask the County Board of Education to consider allowing the sale of the potato house property on Hwy. 8. The property is comprised of 1.5 acres which is divided by Midway Road, and a building which is currently being leased by a business.
Dr. Fowler reported that the district currently has some fairly good investments at 3.5 percent interest.
Director of Finance Steve Uldrick reported that District One schools are doing a good job with the materials, fees and finances they have.
Uldrick reported that the District One budget was approved by the County Board on July 18 and the figures will be forwarded to the County Auditors office for the millage rate to be set.
Uldrick reported that the District financial statements reflected 10 state restricted funds which were moved to EIA funds due to funding backpacking done by the State.
The changes on the financial statements also reflect two funds, school innovation and school resource officers, being deleted, he said.
Total revenue for the year for the district is $54,071,398. Expenditures are $54,204,297.
July revenues show $2,172,664 with expenditures of $1,088,075.49.
There was some discussion about the TERRY retirement plan which resulted in 6.25 percent deduction from the July pay period for teachers and other employees falling under the plan.
Dr. Fowler said that the deduction was mandatory by State Law beginning July 1, and unfortunately, the district payroll which included many teachers last check, fell after the date, resulting in the deduction.
Dr. Fowler also reported on the Districts efforts for funding preschool programs.
Fowler said Cedar Grove has been added to 4K funding this year and the district is now offering all day or double sessions in all elementary schools. He said Powdersville Elementary is the only exception, which he said offers a 3K program.
The programs are serving 280 4K students or about 50 percent of all eligible students in the district.
We have tried to focus on the ones that need it the most. Dr. Fowler said. Including the 3K and special needs.
Fowler said the students being helped by the programs will be able to function better at 5K and be able to better move through the system. The district has other pre-school initiatives in place also.
Fowler reported that District One had another banner year for EIA teacher grants. The district receivee $86,487 for 2005-2006.
We are still 3rd in the state, Fowler said. We were first.
Over a five year period, the district was awarded grants totaling $572,483, which he said went directly to classrooms.
Dr. Fowler also reported that test scores for students are in the hands of teachers and will be available for use on the first day of school.
Teachers can start the year with the test scores of children they are teaching, Fowler told the board.
He also reported that a $250 State supply reimbursement for teachers is in their hands, just in time for the tax free holiday where it can be stretched a little more, Fowler said.
David Havird reported that profits from the district nutritional program were used to upgrade equipment at Palmetto Middle School with new equipment and a renovated lunch room which he said has resulted in an unbelievable improvement.
He said approximately $150,000 to $160,000 of $240,000 in profits were used for the upgrade project which includes new freezers and coolers.
Dr. Fowler reported that the Palmetto Middle project was one of the largest programs undertaken during the summer.
It is incredible what a difference that upgrade is going to make for their environment, he said.
At Palmetto High School, radiators in the hallways, which have not been used in years, have been removed and replaced with a heating and cooling system for the hallways.
Fowler also reported that carpet in some schools was being replaced with tile, because it is easier to keep clean.
Fowler reported that bus supervisor Benny Bridges is doing an excellent job of organization for the district bus system. Buses are being parked for service and gas in two locations, at Palmetto and Wren middle schools, he said.
Board members unanimously approved personnel recommendations madje by Superintendent Fowler.
Leave of absence - Kelly Golden, Powdersville Elementary, Grade 5 Language Arts; Debra Harris, Cedar Grove Elementary, Grade 4; Miranda Leopard, Concrete Primary School, Grade 1.
Resignations - Joyce Joy, Greenville County Teacher Specialist; Lee Morgan, McCormick County Teacher Specialist; Susan Ridgeway, Hunt Meadows Elementary, Grade 2; Deborah Thomas, Palmetto High, English.
Recommendations - Katie Bailes, Cedar Grove Elementary, Grade 1; Carol Fillet, Hunt Meadows Elementary, Grade 2; Neda Kantrowitz, Palmetto High, English; Brooke Ko, Pelzer Elementary, 5K Kindergarten; MaryAnn Pool, Palmetto Elementary, Grade 1; Sandra Campbell, Wren Middle School, English Language Arts; Mary Rowell, Palmetto High, Chemistry; Margaret Pruitt, Palmetto Elementary, Grade 1 and 2 Science.
Administrative Recommendations - Amy Bagwell, Wren Elementary Assistant Principal.
West Pelzer and Williamston Police officers cooperated in a drug raid on Friday, July 29, which resulted in a number of charges.
West Pelzer Police Chief Bernard Wilson requested assistance from the Williamston police Department to serve a search warrant at 12 Drake St., Lot #5, West Pelzer, after receiving information that the residents were growing marijuana outside the residence.
According to West Pelzer Police Chief Bernard Wilson, Laura Elizabeth Brown, 41 and Fred Randall Brown, 41, of 12 Drake Street, Lot 5, were arrested and charged with a variety of drug offenses including cultivating marijuana, which was found growing behind their house. They were also charged with possession of methamphetamine, the schedule II narcotic oxycontin, as well as with other Schedule 3 and Schedule 4 controlled substances. Both are currently in Anderson County Detention Center. Each has bond set at $40,000.
Wilson stated that his department and was assisted in the raid by Capt. Kevin Evette and Training officer Randy Creamer. Wilson said the two departments are working well together. Sometimes, we are able to combine resources to achieve more than we might achieve alone, said Wilson.
Anderson County Deputies investigated the following incidents:
July 28 T.B. Dugan and D.E. Tench responded to a complaint of a disturbance at a motel at 3104 Earle Morris Hwy. The deputies went to room 112 and knocked. The door was opened by Joshua Lee Hooper, 17. Reports state while Hooper was getting his ID out, a large amount of cash was in the wallet, making the officers suspicious. When they asked for consent to search the room, Hooper said okay. When asked where the drugs were Hooper produced a cigar box with a vial of a rock like crystal substance and two bags of a white powder.
Subsequently two more suspects were arrested: Brandon Silvers, of Hiawassee, GA and Douglas Blane Fleming, 28, of 600 Hunts Bridge Road in Greenville. Approximately 11 grams of the powder substance was seized and the men arrested and transported.
July 30 J.L. Bergholm investigated a complaint of assault and battery reported by Keith Wykle, of Easley. The incident reportedly took place at 3015 Pelzer Hwy. where Wykle works as a maintenance man for the owner of Edgewood Trailer Park. He was replacing a refrigerator at one of the mobile homes when the suspect came up and punched him in the face. He then beat on Wykles vehicle several times as he drove away. Wykle said the man was upset about a hole in his homes floor that had not been repaired.
July 26 K.J. Winn investigated a stolen bike from 49 Square St. Randall Scott reported that his sons bike was stolen while he was at a friends house. The bike, a Horro shredder, chrome with red and yellow stickers, was valued at $400.
July 28 R.G. Alexander investigated the theft of a brush guard from the home of Ronald Thompson at 1 Wardlaw St. Thompson said after finding the guard missing, he saw the brush guard in a friends truck. The friend, Toby Roberts denied knowing anything about it but offered to return it. The victim went home and called the Sheriffs Dept. Alexander accompanied him to Roberts apartment in West Pelzer, where they found him and the brush guard. Roberts took the brush guard back to Thompsons house, where he was advised of his rights. He said he had loaned the truck to Chris Wood at about 11 p.m. the night before and noticed the brush guard in the truck the next morning. Wood claimed he bought it from a friend.
July 28 R.G. Alexander was sent to Smythe and Foster Streets to investigate a report of someone lying on the sidewalk. EMS responded also and determined that the suspect was not injured. While patting him down for weapons, Alexander found a crack pipe and several tablets thought to be Xantax. The suspect, Joseph Brandon Godfrey, 22, 44 Square Street, had no prescription and was arrested and transported for possession of a controlled substance.
July 29 R.S. Turner investigated a complaint of theft of two warp beams weighing 200 pounds each from Lopez Enterprise at 101 Chippewa Drive. The beams were approximately 200 pounds each and are used in textile mills.
July 25 R.D. Gray responded to 24 Prospect St. where June Trammell reported that someone had broken into her house during the night. Nothing was taken except two packs of diet sodas.
July 26 - D. Crawford investigated a complaint of theft at 11061 Hwy. 81 North. Walter Scott reported the theft of a Rubbermaid storage closet. Another business enclosed within the same fenced area also reported an attempted burglary that same morning.
July28 M. J. Giovanni was called to 2908 Hwy. 86 for an alarm indicating a broken front glass in the business. A large rock was found inside but there was no evidence of entry or theft.
July 28 J. D. Crawford and R.D. Cray were at the scene of a domestic dispute at 101 Trotter road. The incident involved Mark Keys and his brother Bryant Keys. Bryant walks slowly and has trouble maintaining his balance as the result of a car wreck, according to the report. Reports state Mark Keys apparently punched his brother in the face. Mark Keys was arrested. So was witness Meaghan Eldridge who continued to curse an elderly woman across the street despite being told repeatedly to stop by Deputy Crawford. She was arrested for disorderly conduct.
July 28 J.D. Crawford met with Charles Kelley, of K& K Truck Sales at 310 Frontage Road. Kelley reported the theft of a red and silver 1986 Toyota FourRunner.
August 1 W.T. Cunningham was sent to investigate a complaint that counterfeit money had been passed at the Pilot gas station located at 110 Frontage Road. The $20 bill passed was identified as counterfeit by a marker pen used to check currency.
July 25 M.D. Creamer responded to a call from Mary Fields of 1430 Firetower Road who reported the theft of mail from her mailbox. She confirmed with the USPS that she had mail delivered that day.
July 26 R.G. Alexander received a complaint of theft from Stanley Wentzky of 2605 Anderson Hwy. Wentzky had a Troy Bilt weedeater and a Troy Bilt pressure washer stolen.
July 28 R.S. Turner investigated a complaint from Barry Pilgrim of 234 Ellison Lake Road. Pilgrim reported the breaking into of his home and the loss of guns, money and jewelry.
July 26 N.M. Mitchell investigated the theft of a four wheeler from Boyce Stroud of 1044 Browning Road. The 4 wheeler was apparently pushed away from the open air shed where it was stored and up the road, where it was loaded up and hauled away. It was a 1993 Yamaha Timberwolf, gray with a camo paint job.
July 28 D.L. Barton investigated a complain of theft from the mini-warehouses at 980 Beaverdam Road. Mary Jane Pressley reported the theft of a TV and vacuum from her unit the day after she rented it and stored the items.
Representative Brian White, R-Anderson, has been named to one of the most powerful committees in the House of Representatives.
Rep. White was appointed to the Ways and Means Committee by House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston.
Im honored for the confidence the Speaker has placed in me, Rep. White said. This appointment assures the people of District 6 a seat at the table for some of the most important issues the House considers. I look forward to serving the people of South Carolina in this new role.
The Ways and Means Committee writes the states budget and considers any bill that will impact the states finances, such as the upcoming debate on property tax relief.
Piedmont Republican Dan Cooper took over as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee following the election of Speaker Harrell at the end of May.
Brian has proved himself to be a leader in the House and has earned this appointment, Speaker Harrell said. His reputation for hard work and integrity will be valuable assets on the Ways and Means Committee, where he will make important contributions on behalf of his constituents and the people of South Carolina.
White, 38, was elected to the House in 2000. He lives in Anderson with his wife of 13 years and the couples two children. Rep. White will step down from the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee, but will remain on the Rules Committee.
Anderson School District One has had another banner year for EIA Teacher Grants received by individual schools for the 2005-2006 school year. The EIA Teacher Grant program allows teachers to design and implement academic initiatives in their classrooms or schools that meet the specific needs of their students.
Cedar Grove Elementary received EIA grants of $19,878 and Palmetto Elementary received $13,555.
Pelzer Elementary, and Wren Middle had a majority of their faculty participate in their initiative.
Wren Elementary received $15,983 and Palmetto High School received $9,980.
Both schools set new highs for participation and receipt of grants.
Overall, School District One received $86,487, or almost 8% of the total funds distributed across the state.
Anderson One has approximately 1% of the students in the state and even less percentage of eligible grant recipients, Superintendent Dr. Wayne Fowler said.
We are very proud of the effort put forth by the teachers and the administrations of all participating schools, he said. These dollars go directly to the classrooms or teacher designed programs for direct instruction or enhancement of instruction for students.
Over the past six years, Anderson School District One teachers have been the recipients of $572,483.