Anderson County, S.C. – Anderson County will host an event to explain how seniors may apply for farmers market nutrition vouchers. The Senior Citizens Program will announce the process in which seniors may apply for a farmers market voucher on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at the Anderson County Farmers Market, 402 N. Murray Avenue, Anderson.   

Rev. Emmanuel Donaldson, Pastor of Jacob Chapel will share details on how churches can assist in voucher sign-up for their seniors.

Anderson County seniors age 60 and older with low incomes will apply online during the month of May.  Approved seniors will pick up their SFMNP vouchers at The Anderson County Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, June 16 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Media Contact:     Kelly Jo Barnwell, Senior Citizens Program Coordinator

                                 864.231.2237 |

The Anderson County Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Annie Sutton as the new director of the Anderson County Library System, beginning May 1. Annie has worked as the assistant director since January 2020.

“I’m very pleased that Ms. Sutton has been named director of the Anderson County Library,” says Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns. “I know of her commitment to our community, to all the people in our community. She is following a legend, but I feel she may become one in her own right.”

Annie Sutton began her career with the Anderson County Library System in 2006. She established the Gambrell Teen Room and became the first teen librarian for ACLS. Annie then worked as the branch manager for the Powdersville Library, one of the largest and fastest growing libraries in Anderson County, before becoming the head of access services for the library system. Over her 15-year career with ACLS, she has led the library system to new initiatives and improvements, overseeing major branch library renovations and a reworking of the Anderson Main Library for improved access and accessibility. 

“She will do a great job,” says Library Board of Trustees member Chris Huff. “I got to know Annie when she managed the Powdersville Library, and she was always great to talk with, when she had the time. Plus she’s a dog lover!”  

In 2019, Annie received the Outstanding Librarian award from the South Carolina Library Association for her work and contributions to ACLS and librarianship. While Annie is instrumental in leading large initiatives and events like Community Reads and How-To Fairs, she is also comfortable kicking back and listening to discussions at Brews and Books, a book club sponsored jointly by ACLS and Carolina Bauernhaus Ales. 

“I love looking at creative and innovative ways the can Library serve our patrons, whether that’s partnerships with local businesses, circulating unconventional items, like seeds and fishing poles, or simply providing high-quality literacy programs like storytime,” Annie says. “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead a great team and to find new ways to reach our community.”   

The Anderson County Library System serves residents of all ages in Anderson County at the Main Library in the city of Anderson, eight library branches, a bookmobile, and the digital library. The System’s staff and board are committed to freedom of access for all, offering a forum for ideas. For more information, visit

ANDERSON, S.C. — When the B.A.S.S. Nation state team qualifiers arrive for the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional at Lake Hartwell April 28-30, they can expect a lake that will provide several different ways to catch fish, according to Bassmaster Elite Series pro and South Carolina native Jason Williamson

“Everybody will catch fish,” he said. “It’s a great lake. The potential is there for a 20-pound bag, but it’s really hard to duplicate. You’ll see a pretty big bag or two weighed in and see some consistency around the 12-pound mark. Someone who can stay consistently around a 15- to 16-pound average will have a great shot to win the event.”

Located on the border of Georgia and South Carolina, Lake Hartwell has been the site of many historic Bassmaster events, including three Bassmaster Classics, and was recently named the host fishery for the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. Most recently, in March 2021, Carson-Newman University anglers Ben Cully and Hayden Gaddis won the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series at Lake Hartwell presented by Bass Pro Shops with a two-day total of 35 pounds, 10 ounces. In two days, a giant field of 261 teams caught just over 4,536 pounds of bass.

Lake Hartwell is made up of two rivers, the Seneca and the Tugaloo, which meet 7 miles above the Hartwell dam. The lake offers both quality largemouth and spotted bass fishing, and for most of the year, the bass chase blueback herring. 

But in April, Williamson said you can expect fish in a couple of different places on Lake Hartwell. 

“Normally towards the end of April, you’ll have a few spawners that get around the bank,” he said. “You’ll have some postspawners that are going to sit under docks. You’ll also have some fish that are going to start chasing blueback herring on hard-bottom points. There will be three things going on there.”

Wacky rigs will be a key to catching spawning fish and postspawn fish around the numerous docks on Lake Hartwell, as well as a shaky head and a jig. While they are up around the docks, the bass will feed on bluegill.

For the blueback herring eaters, walking topwater baits and flukes have historically been productive lures, as well as a Carolina rig and a drop shot.

“In April, your flatter points that are in pockets and creeks will start to see some blueback spawning activity and schooling activity,” Williamson said. “Those will be the red-clay points and hard-bottom points.”

The tournament is one of five regional championship events the B.A.S.S. Nation has scheduled around the country this year. Anglers will be competing for cash prizes and a spot in the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.

The event is being hosted by Visit Anderson.“We are very excited for the opportunity to host the B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional Championship at Lake Hartwell, Green Pond Landing and Anderson County,” said Neil Paul, Executive Director of Visit Anderson. “Our local leadership has invested significantly in our lake and facilities and our community has seen, firsthand, the significant economic impact that comes with hosting B.A.S.S. events of all levels in Anderson County. We look forward to hosting the anglers, families and spectators in our community as well as the staff from B.A.S.S. for what will be another first-class event. ”

Daily takeoffs for the 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional Championship will be at 6:30 a.m. ET from Green Pond Landing & Event Center and weigh-ins each day at the same facility at 2:30 p.m. Coverage of the event will be available at

2021 B.A.S.S. Nation Title Sponsor: TNT Fireworks

2021 B.A.S.S. Nation Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2021 B.A.S.S. Nation Premier Sponsors: Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Ranger Boats, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha

2021 B.A.S.S. Nation Supporting Sponsors: AFTCO, Garmin, Huk Performance Fishing, Marathon, Rapala

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (, TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.


Media Contact: Emily Harley, B.A.S.S. Communications Manager, 205-313-0945,

$13 million investment will create 200 new jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. – E+I Engineering USA Corporation (E+I Engineering), a leading provider of electrical switchgear and power distribution systems, today announced plans to expand operations in Anderson County. The $13 million investment will create 200 new jobs. 

Founded in 1986, E+I Engineering designs, manufactures and sells electrical distribution products. The company’s switchgear power products service large infrastructure projects such as data centers, banks, airports, arenas and hospitals.

Located at 400 Supreme Industrial Drive in Anderson, E+I Engineering’s expansion will increase the company’s capacity to meet growing demand. This expansion also includes the addition of modular power solutions to E+I Engineering’s offerings, providing a complete data center power distribution system in an increasingly efficient manner.

The expansion is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2021. Individuals interested in joining the E+I Engineering team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved a $350,000 Set-Aside grant to Anderson County to assist with the cost of site preparation and building construction. The Council has also approved job development credits related to the project.


“The E+I Engineering team is delighted to be able to announce the creation of 200 new jobs at our U.S. plant in Anderson, South Carolina. This investment marks an acceleration in our investment in North America, which is testament to the skilled workforce in the area. Since setting up operations in the U.S. in 2014, we’ve attracted some of the industry’s best talent to help develop our innovative products and services. We see continued strength in our North America business, and our hiring plans reflect our commitment to meeting our customers’ demands in the region. This is a competitive industry, and we strive to be ahead of the game by creating high-quality, skilled jobs and providing the most professional leadership.” -E+I Engineering Managing Director Philip O’Doherty

“E+I Engineering choosing to expand in South Carolina and continue to invest in our people is something we can truly be proud of. Their growth in Anderson County is a testament to our competitive business environment and our world-class workforce.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“E+I Engineering’s $13 million investment in our state, which will create 200 new jobs in Anderson County, is reason for celebration. We would like to thank this great company for the partnership we have been able to build with them, and we look forward to watching them succeed here for many years to come.” -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt

“These new jobs mean rewarding career opportunities and promising futures for many Anderson County residents and their families. We are proud to have E+I Engineering right here in Anderson and are excited to see them continue to grow and prosper.” -Anderson County Council Vice Chairman Brett Sanders


  • E+I Engineering USA Corporation (E+I Engineering) is expanding operations in Anderson County.
  • The $13 million investment will create 200 new jobs.
  • E+I Engineering is a leading provider of electrical switchgear and power distribution systems.
  • Located at 400 Supreme Industrial Drive in Anderson, S.C.
  • Individuals interested in joining the E&I Engineering team should visit the company’s careers webpage.

About S.C. Department of Commerce

As South Carolina’s leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, the Palmetto State has consistently been among the top in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign direct investment on a per capita basis. Additionally, the state has won the Gold or Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine every year since 2011. For more information, visit


Alex Clark, CMP

Director of Marketing & Communications

South Carolina Department of Commerce 

(803) 737-1998



Rusty Burns, County Administrator

864.844.5700 |

Anderson County SC (April 15, 2021) – Anderson County today announced that employees of Anderson County Public Works Division will begin its annual sign blitz clean-up for removal of illegal signage that encroaches upon any right of way of a street, road, or highway within the unincorporated areas of Anderson County on Earth Day- Thursday April 22, 2021. The removal of signage will also include signs painted on or attached to trees, rocks, natural features, telephone or utility poles, street signs or poles for stoplights.  Anderson County Public Works Division will put together manpower from eight (8) different departments with the task to clean our right or ways using the county’s major grid map.

The purpose of the sign blitz is to:

  1. To protect public safety and welfare to ensure the maintenance of an attractive community.
  2. To minimize the distractions and obstructions of traffic hazards that endanger public safety.
  3. To prevent signs from visual cluttering at intersections.
  4. To protect Economic Development which is a vital part of industrial recruitment for Anderson County.
  5. To protect existing businesses and developments.
  6. To complement the character of the county, while attempting to meet the needs of sign users for adequate identification, communication, and advertising. 

Temporary signs require a permit and must be placed on private property along with a letter of approval from the property owner. Anderson County Code of Ordinance Section 38-255: “A security deposit shall be required for each permit for temporary signs. Deposit shall be returned to the permit holder provided the sign has been removed after the expiration of the thirty-day period or the deposit will be forfeit.”

Minimum setback required: Five (5) feet from any defined right-of-way or property line or fifteen (15) feet from edge of pavement if there is not a defined right-of-way. Applicant is responsible for contacting SCDOT (864) 260-2215 for right-of-way information on all state roads, or the County Roads Department (864) 260-4190 for right-of-way information on all county roads.

A decal will be issued after fees are collected and the application has been approved. Temporary signs duration period is 30 daysIt is the responsibility of the applicant to remove signage within the 30 days’ time span.

Signs painted on or attached to trees, rocks or other natural features, or telephone or utility poles, street signs, or poles for stoplights.

For all other prohibited signage, please use the following link: Sec. 38-254.


Anderson County Code of Ordinance, Chapter 38 can be found on our website at

Permit Application and accompanying information are available for downloading:

*If an illegal sign is removed from the road right-of-way, the sign will be held for five (5) days at 1428 Pearman Dairy Road, Anderson, SC 29625.  Contact: Solid Waste Director Greg Smith | 864.260.1001

Media Contact:         Alesia Hunter, Planning & Development Director 

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