The marina’s annual July 4th celebration is set to highlight our nation’s heroes and the birth of
our nation with the largest display of fireworks on Lake Hartwell.

Starr, SC: On Saturday, July 2nd, 2022, Big Water Marina and Campground will host their
annual July 4th celebration with special appearances from Upstate vendors and local artists,
along with their infamous fireworks show to finish off the night. Big Water Marina invites
members of the community to join their team as they ‘ignite the night’ in salute to our nation.

The event will start off at 11:00 a.m. with live music from local bands and artists, and food and
beverage offerings from a wide range of vendors, including: Choc’s BBQ, Landshark Cajun
Cooking and Catering, Mexibilly’s, The Cone Truck, Crazy Good Kettle Corn, BLVD
Concessions, and Palmetto Distillery. J.R. Cash’s Grill and Bar, Big Water Marina’s on-site
restaurant, will also be serving food and cocktails from their main dining area as well as their
own to-go truck.

Entertainment Schedule:
11:00 a.m. – Live Music from Brett Stafford Smith
2:00 p.m. – Live Music from Jorge Valenzuela
6:00 p.m. – Live Music from Grayson
9:00 p.m. – Big Water Marina’s Grand Fireworks Display

Visitors will have two paid parking areas (General Event: $5 or VIP: $15) to choose from – both
with convenient access to a transient shuttle that will transport guests between parking areas
and entertainment grounds. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to
comfortably enjoy the show with a stunning lakeside view. The event is welcome to all ages and
pets, but please bring proper restraints, ear protection, sun protection and footwear, as needed.

Please note:
● Handicap parking areas are available with free access to the transient shuttle
● Outside fireworks are strictly prohibited
● Boat ramp access will be closed to the public and tenants between the hours of 9:00
a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on the day of the event (7/2)

For questions or more information, please call 864-226-3339.

Visit the Facebook event page for details:

About Big Water Marina and Campground: Big Water Marina is a self-service facility that is
located on the largest expanse of open water on Lake Hartwell. The marina supports 150+ wet
slips for both long and short-term boat parking. The full-service campground includes RV sites,
primitive tent sites, and a seasonal bar & grill. Boat, kayak, paddleboard, and hydrobike rentals
are available for visitors looking to explore the lake, while the marina’s Ship Store is stocked
with essential items for purchase. New attractions have recently been added to their list of
services and amenities including cabin rentals and a family-friendly inflatable obstacle course.
Future plans in the works include covered docks, recreational activities, and continued
expansion of the marina grounds. To stay up to date with all announcements, follow Big Water
Marina and Campground on social media.

For media inquiries, contact

San Antonio, TX (June 22, 2022) – With a new college bass fishing season now underway, focus shifts to the 2022-23 season on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and the year-end National Championship.  The 2023 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops is set to take place at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC with championship activities starting on May 22nd and wrapping up on  May 26, 2023.

“We are looking forward to hosting the ACA Championship at Lake Hartwell, Green Pond Landing and Anderson County next year,” said Neil Paul, Executive Director – Visit Anderson.  “Hosting the ACA Championship has been a goal of ours here in Anderson County for several years now. The opportunity to share our Green Pond Landing, a nationally recognized facility, with the anglers and staff of the ACA is very exciting for our community which has been tremendously supportive of fishing here in Anderson County.”

Lake Hartwell is a fishery that has become nationally known for hosting top-level events every year.  This includes the Bassmaster Classic, TBF High School World Finals, and many more major professional tournaments.  The 2023 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops will mark the first time the Association of Collegiate Anglers has contested an event at Lake Hartwell.

“The college angler represents a demographic that includes the tournament angler of tomorrow, both professionally and recreationally, and we are looking forward to welcoming those anglers to our community for what promises to be a memorable week,” added Paul.

Championship Week is one of the most anticipated events of the year in all of collegiate bass fishing.  From the Yamaha Angler Appreciation event on Tuesday, to the Angler & Sponsor Banquet Wednesday, and both days of tournament competition on Thursday and Friday, anglers are treated to a week full of festivities and a top-notch Championship experience.

“We’re excited to be visiting Lake Hartwell for the first time, but this certainly isn’t the first time this famed fishery has been in the national spotlight.   What’s been created in that area to support bass fishing is a testament to the hard work of a community and staff that understands the value of bass fishing events.   We can’t wait to be there, and the college anglers will be treated to a first class experience,” noted Wade Middleton, Director of Association of Collegiate Anglers

Click here to view the 2023 Championship qualification criteria.

Along with the events and activities surrounding the week, national media and the fishing industry alike will all be focused on the event.  Camera crews will be on-site all week to document the 2023 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops.  Live weigh-ins and coverage of the event will be seen on the Outdoor Action TV digital streaming platform, and three 30-minute television episodes will be produced and edited to be shown across national television networks.

The 2023 ACA Championship at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC will be the final event of the season in the race for 2022-23 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.  Final point totals will be tallied following the conclusion of weigh-in on Day 2, with the number one team being announced shortly thereafter.

Stakes will be raised significantly in 2023, as the event is set to award a record 2,500 points to the winners, and schools will be able to earn points for their three highest finishing teams inside of the Top 150.

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Lake Hartwell is recognized after the Hartwell Lake Charity Run – Meals on Wheels.


Excerpt from article:

Thanks to his hosts Scott (left) and Monica James and the charm of the event itself, Tony Chiaramonte (right) of DCB Performance Boats is putting the Hartwell Lake Charity Run on his annual event rotation.

And yet after his first experience last weekend at the Hartwell Lake Charity Run—formerly the Hartwell Lake Poker Run—benefitting Meals On Wheels-Anderson, he’s ready to make the South Carolina event part of his annual rotation.

“It was 10 out of 10,” said Chiaramonte, who rode with Scott and Monica James of South Carolina in their DCB M33R catamaran called Coast To Coast. “It will be a yearly thing for me and DCB.”


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Media Contact: Rusty Burns, County Administrator
  (864) 260-4031|


Anderson County, S.C.  (June 8, 2022) — Anderson County will host an Indigent Burial Service at 10 a.m. Friday morning, June 10, 2022 at the Civic Center Recycling Center, 590 Woodcrest Drive, Anderson. The public is invited to attend the service.

Indigent burials are those bodies that have gone unclaimed or funds were not available for their funeral arrangements, and are laid to rest. The County’s current indigent cemetery is at capacity. County Council and the Coroner have taken the responsibility of providing a dignified and respectful service to the underprivileged in our community.

“It’s important to have a place to be laid to rest with dignity and respect,” said Rusty Burns, County Administrator. “It is equally important to have a place to visit and to know that your loved one was provided a final resting place.”

The Anderson County Coroner’s Office has made every effort to contact the families and/or extended family members for the opportunity to receive their loved ones remains.


Media Contact: Rusty Burns, County Administrator
  (864) 260-4031|



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Media Contacts:Tony Borchers | Hunt Midwest816-455-2500 | tborchers@huntmidwest.comChris Meier | Hunt Midwest 816-459-4213 |


Hunt Midwest breaks ground on Evergreen Logistics Park in South Carolina market

State-of-the-art, 200-acre logistics park to offer I-85 access with options for up to 1 million SF for users 


Anderson, South Carolina — June 7, 2022 — Kansas City-based commercial real estate development company Hunt Midwest has continued to rapidly expand its footprint in South Carolina with the groundbreaking of its first building in the new 2 million-square-foot Evergreen Logistics Park. The initial 258,801-square-foot industrial facility is scheduled for completion in fourth quarter 2022. The overall logistics park will provide users space from 75,000 to 1 million square feet in multiple configurations to meet market demands.


Located in the Anderson County industrial corridor, Evergreen Logistics Park will offer tenants immediate access to I-85, which connects to major Southeastern population centers including Charlotte, NC;  Atlanta, GA; and Richmond, VA. With I-85’s proximity, Evergreen Logistics Park’s distribution capabilities provide one-day shipping to more than 94 million people and two-day shipping to more than 245 million people. The park’s location is also adjacent to a thriving manufacturing base as well as a major FedEx terminal.


“Anderson County offers immediate access to one of the biggest supply chain and distribution corridors in the U.S.,” said Michael Bell, Hunt Midwest’s Senior Vice President of Commercial Real Estate. “Across all markets, our team has been strategic in placing developments in locations where logistics and distribution companies can lower costs while maximizing efficiency within their distribution and supply chain operations.”


“Forthcoming industrial developments like Evergreen Logistics Park are evidence of the continuing growth of logistics in Anderson County — and the demand for our productive citizens who possess a strong work ethic,” said Anderson County Councilman Brett Sanders. “We’re looking forward to the additional economic development Evergreen Logistics Park will offer and continuing to create opportunities for our great citizens.”


“The pro-business environment, skilled labor force, interstate accessibility, population growth, and supply chain demand drivers have propelled Hunt Midwest to expand its footprint into the Anderson County,” said Hunt Midwest’s President & CEO Ora Reynolds. “Anderson County’s central location on the I-85 corridor with a high concentration of manufacturers makes it ideal for development of new Class A manufacturing and logistics buildings.”


Evergreen Logistics Park will occupy a 200-acre site at 1105 Scotts Bridge Road in Anderson. Starting at 258,801 square feet of leasable space, the park will offer a range of build-to-suit configurations of up to 1 million square feet. The first facility, currently under construction, will provide 26 dock doors (expandable to 57), 60-foot speed bays at docks, four drive-in doors, more than 200 parking stalls, up to 77 tractor-trailer parking spots, and a 185-foot-deep truck court. Additional building features will include cross-dock configuration with 36-foot clear height, an ESFR sprinkler system, and motion-sensor LED lighting.


Following the recent announcement of construction commencement at Fort Prince Logistics Center, Evergreen Logistics Park represents the second development by Hunt Midwest in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson market with other developments to follow. Hunt Midwest brings its extensive development expertise in the Midwest to the Southeast with nearly 7 million square feet of logistics and manufacturing space under construction or in the development pipeline within the region.


Hunt Midwest has selected Seamon Whiteside for civil engineering, LS3P for building design, and Evans General Contractors as the general contractor overseeing construction of the Evergreen Logistics Park. Leasing opportunities remain available within the development in coordination with CBRE.


About Hunt MidwestHunt Midwest is a Kansas City-based, privately held real estate development company with six decades of expertise in industrial, self-storage, residential, multifamily, and senior living communities, with more than $2 billion of developed projects in multiple geographic markets. Hunt Midwest leverages its reputation, resources, and relationships to create successful real estate solutions.

Hunt Midwest is one of the pillars of the Lamar Hunt Family’s holdings, which include interests in real estate, sports/entertainment, energy/natural resources, and private equity. Other marquee brands include the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bulls, FC Dallas, Hunt Southwest, and Trinity Hunt. Learn more at


For leasing inquires, contact:Trey Pennington, SIOR  |  CBRE  |  (864) 527-6095  | Jeff Benedict  |  CBRE  |  (864) 235-1961 |


Saturday, June 4th | 8am-6pm | Dolly Cooper Park


ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (June 2, 2022) The Saluda River Rally facilitates up to 15 miles of paddling. All kayakers will exit the river in Piedmont, 9-miles south of Powdersville, and return to Dolly Cooper or portage around the Piedmont dam for an additional 6-miles to the Timmerman Jr. boat ramp. With the additional kayak launch at Dolly Cooper, families can paddle and tube without leaving the park. Councilman Jimmy Davis said the Saluda River Rally is a family-centered event that brings people of all ages and abilities to three towns and down 15-miles of the river. Come join me on the river!”

Day of the rally registration is available at Dolly Cooper Park (170 Spearman Circle, Greenville, SC 29611). Registration is $35 and includes BBQ lunch, t-shirt, and transportation back to Dolly Cooper Park. Register before the event: Participants can launch at 8 am and must be out of the river by 5 pm.

Kathy Schofield, “The Saluda River Rally provides funding for over 700 athletes. Area 14- Anderson County Special Olympics hosts 11 year-round sports, state swim competitions, local Spring Games, and attends four out-of-town State competitions. This year, we can send three athletes and a coach to the USA Games in Orlando, FL, June 5th-12th. The SRR demonstrates the passion this community and Anderson County has for their local Special Olympics athletes.”

The Parks Department ensures that the availability of inclusive water recreation opportunities effectively serves the diverse interests of area residents and its visitors.

All three hydropower facilities on the 48-mile Saluda River Blueway continue to support the rally since its inception in 2010.

  • North Brook Carolina: Saluda Lake Hydro Site increases the water release for this event, making the river flow a little faster for a more enjoyable ride.
  • Central Rivers Power: Piedmont Hydro Site allows exclusive access around the dam during the rally, which is otherwise a prohibited area at this time.
  • Duke Energy has been our key sponsor and partner throughout the 48-mile corridor development with funding for three ADA access points.

“As recreation grows in Powdersville and along the Saluda River corridor, we are excited to see the largest turnout for the 12th Saluda River Rally,” said Matt Schell, Anderson County Parks Manager. Dolly Cooper Park featured the first ADA kayak launch almost ten years and paved the way for the three additional ADA kayak launches downstream.”



ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (June 1, 2022) – FedEx, a multinational conglomerate holding company focused on transportation, e-commerce and services, today announced plans to begin operating in Anderson County. The company’s $45 million-dollar investment will create 12 new jobs.


Founded in 1971 in Little Rock, Arkansas, FedEx Corporation is an American multinational conglomerate holding company focused on transportation, e-commerce and services based in Memphis, Tennessee. FedEx today is best known for its air delivery service, FedEx Express, which was one of the first major shipping companies to offer overnight delivery as a flagship service. Since then, FedEx also started FedEx Ground, FedEx Office (originally known as Kinko’s), FedEx Supply Chain, FedEx Freight, and various other services across multiple subsidiaries. FedEx is also one of the top contractors of the US government and assists in the transport of some United States Postal Service packages through their Air Cargo Network contract.


When complete, Pelzer Point Building One will be Anderson County’s first speculative, Class A industrial development with I-85 frontage. The facility will be less than a two-minute drive from I-85 Exit 32 in a location adjacent to Jeff Martin Auctioneers. Pelzer Point is highly visible to more than ±68,500 passers-by daily on I-85, the main transportation artery connecting Anderson to Greenville, SC, Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC.

Rooker and Colliers believe that Anderson County’s strong labor pool will be a major factor in attracting new manufacturing, logistics and distribution companies to Pelzer Point. In recent years, Anderson County has successfully recruited major investments from companies like Arthrex, a Florida-based medical device manufacturer. The area has also seen significant expansions from companies like TTI, which recently took occupancy of its new 375,000-square-foot Innovation Center on Ryobi Drive and Electrolux, which is currently undergoing a $200-million expansion on Masters Boulevard.

“This is yet further evidence of the continuing growth of Anderson County,” said Councilman Brett Sanders. “We know that these numbers will continue to grow as our citizens are productive and have a strong work ethic.”

Increased demand for distribution and warehousing space along the I-85 corridor is a driver for speculative development in this area, which already has a strong industrial base anchored by users such as Walgreens, Bosch, Plastic Omnium and Michelin. Pelzer Point Commerce Center is located within a 15-minute drive of major industrial users in Greenville at SCTAC (formerly the Donaldson Center).

“We have been working for years to find the right site for this kind of investment in Anderson County, and we are excited to be starting construction on our first speculative Class A project,” said John Rooker, CEO of Rooker. “Rusty Burns, Burriss Nelson and their Anderson County colleagues have been great to work with so far. We look forward to working as a team with Anderson County and Colliers to bring new employers and high-quality jobs to Pelzer Point.”

The facility will feature 212,500 square feet of Class A industrial space with 32’ ceiling heights, rear-load orientation, 50 dock doors and office space to suit. In addition to Building One, Pelzer Point Commerce Center includes a second building pad which can accommodate up to 187,000 square feet for either build-to-suit or speculative development.

“Anderson County is a great location for industrial development,” said Brockton Hall, SIOR, Senior Brokerage Associate with Colliers International. “The market benefits from a fantastic manufacturing base and a pro-business mindset which has created a lot of demand for industrial space over the last couple of years. We’ve seen new users come into the market as well as continued investment and expansions from existing industries. This has resulted in declining vacancy which puts Pelzer Point in a great position to take advantage of growing demand. Continued demand for logistics and distribution space along I-85 will also be a driver for activity. We’re excited about the Pelzer Point opportunity and continuing to work with Rooker and Anderson County to bring new investment to the local community.”

Rooker is a full-service real estate development, design and construction management firm specializing in industrial manufacturing, warehousing, distribution and government office projects. The company has developed more than 500 sites and has more than 50 million square feet of construction and development to its credit. Since its original development project in 1968, Rooker has evolved into a trusted turn-key real estate development firm by carefully understanding the goals of the client and consistently exceeding client expectations.

The firm has developed multiple facilities in the Upstate of South Carolina including Spartan Ridge Logistics Center, a 559,000-square-foot industrial development in Spartanburg, and the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearing Operations (OHO) in Greenville which completed in 2018.