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Possible Bed and Breakfast Issue in Williamston Going to Court - 07/31/09 11:21 AM
I found this interesting and was wondering how I would feel about it if it was the house beside me. It seems a family in Williamston wants to get zoning changed to allow them to run a B & B. Laurie Sundberg has petitioned the town to allow a stately home at 101 Pelzer Avenue to be used for a Bed and Breakfast. The house was built by James Pleasant Gossett in 1898 and was referred to by the family as “The Oaks.” The house is in a residential area one block off Main Street and a zoning variance would have (2 comments)
Broadway Lake SC Spill Gate is Repaired - 07/28/09 02:11 PM
You may remember way back in March when heavy rains took a toll on the spillgate at Broadway Lake. Well I am glad to say it has finally been repaired and is back in service. The gates were sealed Monday and the lake is now slowly going back to its more normal level. It may take about 2 days of rain to get the lake back to its normal level. The gate project cost $74,000 and was completed five days ahead of schedule which I am sure made the residents of Broadway Lake very happy. (2 comments)
Clemson Makes Princeton Review's Top 20 - 07/28/09 11:51 AM
If your blood runs orange you will be glad to know that Clemson University is the nation's top “jock school” and has the best relations with its college town, according to top 20 lists in the Princeton Review's new “Best 371 Colleges” book hitting newsstands on Tuesday. In addition to Clemson's two first place rankings, the university ranked second for happiest students and its Michelin Career Center ranked third nationally among career services. Clemson ranked fifth in intramural sports participation and 10th in quality of life. I would have thought the quality of life would have been even higher considering the (0 comments)
Liberty Idol Winner - 07/27/09 12:55 PM
Congratulations to the 2009 Liberty Idol Winner Amanda Cowan.
After 13 long weeks, the competition came to an end. There were 65 contestants and over 200 people auditioned. And in a close battle it was Amanda Cowan! Cowan is the director of activities for the Pickens County Disabilities and Special Needs Board. (1 comments)
6 Free Health Screenings in Seneca SC - 07/25/09 11:35 AM
With the current debate over health care I thought it is a great time to pass on some news about some FREE help for staying healthy. The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour will be making a stop in Seneca on Aug. 13 at the Walgreens at 1601 Sandifer Blvd. It is scheduled to be there between noon and 6 p.m. The Wellness Tour offers all adults 18 and over six free health screenings: bone density, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, waist circumference and body mass analysis. No appointment is necessary, results are immediate and from start to finish all six screenings take around 20-25 (1 comments)
Evergreen Church Rd, Starr SC - 07/20/09 12:34 PM
In real estate, time is of the essence. Sadly you are too late for this wonderful property for sale in Starr South Carolina. To prevent this from happening in the future, you can get FREE email alerts of the hottest real estate deals sent directly to you at Hot Property Alert (0 comments)
Anderson SC Fundraising Event for Meals on Wheels - 07/15/09 11:18 AM
Magnolias Assisted Living, next to McCants Middle School, is having a “Food Drive” for Meals on Wheels from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $4 for Skin’s Hog Dog Plates. Tickets will also be placed in a drawing for door prizes. All proceeds go to Meals on Wheels. The drive is sponsored by Skins, Fuddruckers Bakery, Coffee News, The Sweetery, Bi-Lo on SC 81, Medline Industries, Independent Mail and US Foods. For more information, call (864) 965-9003. Mark Brian REALTOR Silver Star Real Estate 864-353-1253 Email (2 comments)
Blue Grass at Table Rock State Park - 07/14/09 04:39 PM
One of the prettiest spots in Pickens County SC is Table Rock State Park. And it will be even better this Saturday when the bluegrass concert called "Different Strokes" begins at 7 p.m. It runs until 9:30 p.m. at Table Rock Pinnacle Pavilion. For more information on the concert, contact the Table Rock State Park Manager at 878-9813 (2 comments)
Thursday August 6, 2009 5-8PM Watermarke Condominimiums Located in Anderson, just behind Charlie T's On The Lake. From Clemson Blvd, turn onto Wartermarke Lane next to Hardee's Restaurant. Tickets $25 to RPAC Includes: One Free Margarita Chance to win $500 Gas Card Live Music by Double Take Games of Chance for Prizes Low Country Boil Dinner by Carolina Catering Leis (Sold at Event) $20 to RPAC Chance to win 3 day/ 2 night stay at Isle of Palms and $100 gift card donated by REALTOR Jane Jones Event Hosted by Western Upstate Association of Realtors. For tickets or information about (2 comments)
2009 Dixie Softball State Tournament in Seneca SC - 07/10/09 08:56 AM
Seneca is getting ready to host the 2009 Dixie Softball State Tournament and is expecting it to boost business. The tournament is expected to bring an estimated 1,000 visitors for the week. Local businesses are also helping with the tournament. Chick-fil-A of Seneca and Bountyland Quick Stops have donated items to the city’s recreation department. The restaurant will be giving players meal coupons and the gas station is donating gas gift cards. 24 teams are coming in from across the state. There will be teams of girls from three age groups, 11-12, 13-15, and 16-18, competint for a chance to play (1 comments)
Whooo! The Nature Boy in Anderson SC - 07/10/09 08:43 AM
A fundraising event for the Anderson City Police Department’s Explorer program called Summer Bash 2009 is taking place at McCants Middle School Auditorium in Anderson on Saturday night. And The Nature Boy Ric Flair will be there! Buff Bagwell, Midnight Express, and several other wrestlers from the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling organization will join Flair. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the event, or between now and Saturday at one of several Anderson locations, including George’s Drive-In on Murray Avenue, The Clock Restaurant on the S.C. 28 Bypass, and the Fusion Warehouse office on Martin Luther King, Jr. (0 comments)
Funds Approved for New High School in Powdersville - 07/09/09 10:25 AM
Anderson School District One Board of Trustees unanimously approved a $27,444,292 building package for Powdersville High School during a special called meeting Thursday. The last time District One built a high school was in 1972 when Palmetto and Wren High were built. I just wonder how much it cost to build 2 high schools in 1972 compared to one high school today? And an article in the Independent I read talked about how the bids came in lower than expected for this project due to the slow economy. And since the economy is hurting in South Carolina, this is a great (0 comments)
Meals on Wheels Plans Fundraisers in Pickens County SC - 07/09/09 10:17 AM
I might be a big guy, but that means I have a big heart. I love animals, kids and have a deep respect for those that have a few more years experience than me. Sometime when a person gets older it gets harder to do some of the every day tasks such as cooking. My very own grandmother had this problem and Meals on Wheels was able to help her by dropping off nutritious meals several days a week. My grandmother was one of the toughest people I ever met, but she even needed a helping hand in her later years. (0 comments)
Upstate SC Small Business Loans - 07/09/09 09:46 AM
in this day and age of large corporations getting a bad rep for not caring about anything but their bottom line, a shining example has stepped forward in Upstate SC. Michelin North America will lend money to small Upstate businesses that are unable to obtain financing in the current market. Low-interest loans of $10,000 and up will be available to "disadvantaged" businesses as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration. That includes firms owned by blacks, Hispanics, Native Americans and other minorities. Michelin will provide $1 million to the program, which will launch Sept. 1 and also include business expertise for loan (0 comments)
The World of Energy in Oconee County SC - 07/08/09 11:54 AM
The World of Energy in Oconee County SC is clebrating it's 40th Birthday! The celebration includes Energy Education with Heritage, Art and Music! The world of Energy is run by Duke Energy and is located off Hwy 130 about 5 miles north of Seneca, next to the Oconee Nuclear Plant. Thursday, July 9, 5-8 p.m. In partnership with The Blue Ridge Arts Council, the center is holding the annual Heritage, Art and Music festival during July. This year’s art portion will be a photography exhibit, World of Images, highlighting the heritage and culture of the area. The opening for the show (0 comments)
Mortgage Applications Increase - 07/08/09 11:05 AM
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today released its Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending July 3, 2009, which was a shortened week due to the Independence Day holiday. This week’s results include an adjustment to account for the holiday. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, was 493.1, an increase of 10.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from 444.8 one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 0.5 percent compared with the previous week and increased 7.2 percent compared with the same week one year earlier. The average contract interest rate (0 comments)
The Battle of Oconee in Westminster SC - 07/08/09 10:40 AM
The Battle Of Oconee "The Fight For Toxaway Valley" July 17-19 , 2009 Sponsored By The Battle Of Oconee Committee & hosted By The 2nd South Carolina Rifles & The Southern Guard. Located Just Outside The City Of Westminster, SC. Take Hwy 76 Towards Clayton, GA. Go 1.3 Miles On Hwy 76. Then Turn Left Onto Horseshoe Bridge Rd. Go 3.6 Miles On Horseshoe Bridge Rd. Follow The Signs To The Event. Demonstration & Display Day Is July 17th From 9am To 1pm. All General Public & Groups Are Welcome To Attend. Admission Fee - $1.00 Per Person For More Information (0 comments)
So I really enjoy fireworks. And I hate the crowds at most of the public displays. There is no doubt that there are many great memories from the years I have been getting together with friends and family to celebrate the 4th. And owning my home means every year we can celebrate in style with no headaches from the traffic. Of course we have to play it safe, remember that fireworks are dangerous! But our home grown displays rival anything you could see elsewhere. Cooking burgers on the grill, potato salad, all the fixings. Friends, fireworks and celebrating (3 comments)
A Different Kind of July 4th Party - 07/01/09 03:25 PM
While there may not be a cookout, there may be fireworks at a 4th of July TEA party! The Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party protest of Pickens County will be held at noon on July 4 on the lawn of Pickens City Hall for citizens who want to protest Government spending. For more information, call Kathy Murphy at 419-5218 (0 comments)
Can I Use My Fingers? - 07/01/09 02:34 PM
Dale Cochran's Exploring Watercolor Workshop at the Pickens County Museum Two Day Workshop on Thursday, July 16 and Saturday, July 18
Expand your repertoire and unleash your creativity by experimenting with watercolor but do not be surprised if you are not allowed to use your fingers! During "Exploring Watercolor" on July 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and July 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., artist Dale Cochran will share a collection of best techniques he uses when painting. On Thursday evening Dale will discuss the supplies & tools he uses and then lead you through an exercise that (0 comments)
Pickens County SC Museum Offers Kids Something Great to Do! - 07/01/09 02:28 PM
Kid's Art Camps offered at Pickens County Museum and Hagood Mill Be sure to register for two creative experiences for children that will be offered at the Pickens County Museum of Art and the Hagood Mill. Participants can choose either "The Artifacts Inspire Art at the Museum" or "Folklife Art at the Mill". Thye are happening July 20th through July 24th. The "Artifacts Inspire Art at the Museum", will offer the student an opportunity to interact with the museum artifacts which will become their subjects to learn shapes, shadows, and perspectives. Each student will complete four works of art in different (0 comments)
South Carolina Moves Up! - 07/01/09 02:18 PM
According to the annual study released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) South Carolina is moving up! The 2008 State New Economy Index reveals that between 2007 and 2008, South Carolina has increased its overall national rank from 39th to 34th place. Not only that but SC also ranked high in many categories that reflect positively on the state's knowledge-based economic development. This Index ranks how well states' economies are developing to compete in the "New Economy." According to the report, the "New Economy" is a "global, entrepreneurial and knowledge-based economy in which the (0 comments)
Pending Home Sales Rise Again! - 07/01/09 01:57 PM
With the recent news about pending home sales showed a gain according to the Pending Home Sales Index, maybe it is time to look at buying a home again. This Index is a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed. And in May, it increased 0.1 percent to 90.7 from 90.6 in April, and is 6.7 percent higher than May 2008 when it was 85.0. The last time there were four consecutive monthly gains was in October 2004. But what does all this mean to you? Well, if you are selling, remain calm. If you are thinking about buying, get to it! Good deals are (0 comments)
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