Hello again neighbor! The information in this Special Edition of FFTK&T was prepared at the request of Dr. Ri’Cha ri Sancho of the Anderson County Human Relations Council (https://www.andersoncountysc.org/anderson-county-human-relations-council). We thought it would be of interest to all.  Enjoy!




There are 321 Anderson County residents who are solely of American Indian/Alaskan Native[1] tribal ancestry, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates[2].  Of these, there are an estimated:



  • 131 Cherokee
  • 41 Iroquois
  • 23 Lumbee
  • 16 Blackfeet
  • 9 Aleut
  • 8 Navajo
  • 4 Chippewa
  • 58 with dual tribal heritage
  • 31 with non-specified or other tribal heritage



More than 1,700 Anderson County residents are of either full or partial American Indian/Alaskan Native heritage[3].  Of those, there are an estimated:



  • 716 Cherokee
  • 89 Iroquois
  • 73 Chippewa
  • 69 Lumbee
  • 66 Blackfeet
  • 35 Central American Indian
  • 27 Seminole
  • 9 Aleut
  • 8 Navajo
  • 6 Cree
  • 3 Canadian and French Indian
  • 638 reported being of a non-specified or other tribal heritage



United States law requires local governments to consult with applicable Tribal Nations when using federal funds for certain construction projects.  The purpose of this requirement is to safeguard against the loss of Tribal artifacts or architectural remnants during land disturbance activities.  As such, Anderson County routinely makes notification to the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) representing the Cherokee, Catawba, and Muscogee (Creek) Nations, as these Tribes have expressed historic and cultural interest in this geographic area. Anderson County’s construction contracts for qualifying projects expressly require a contractor stop work should possible artifacts be discovered, so that the relevant THPOs can be advised.


Media Contact:

Steve Newton, Governmental Affairs Director

Anderson County Administrator’s Office

(864) 260-1010




[1] The terms “American Indian” and “Alaskan Native”, along with the given spelling of Tribal Nations as used in this document, are the terms used by the U.S. Bureau of the Census in that agency’s official reports. These terms are used here to ensure consistency with the data source and are not meant to imply an endorsement of these terms as opposed to “Native American” or other descriptive nomenclature.

[2] https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=indian&g=0500000US45007&tid=ACSDT5Y2020.B02014

[3] https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=indian&g=0500000US45007&tid=ACSDT5Y2020.B02017

ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (August 19, 2022) – Anderson Regional Airport (KAND) will experience an increase in traffic during the coming months due to scheduled temporary closures of Oconee Regional Airport and Pickens County Airport for improvements at those facilities.

The increase in air traffic at Anderson Regional is expected to be especially significant during Clemson University’s home football game weekends.

Anderson Regional will be providing a temporary control tower in order to safely accommodate the increase in traffic on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of each home game weekend. Those weekends are:

  • September 16, 17 & 18
  • September 30, October 1 & 2
  • October 21, 22 & 23
  • November 11, 12, & 13
  • November 18, 19, & 20
  • November 25, 26 & 27

“We are taking every step necessary to ensure orderly operations as well as the safety of pilots and passengers during these periods of increased activity”, said Anderson Regional Airport Manager Brett Garrison. “We have gotten some very constructive advice on game-day operations from our colleagues at the Oconee and Pickens airports, and Anderson County’s Transportation and Facilities divisions will be providing various support services during home game weekends. A lot like football, this truly is a team effort!”

Pilots must check NOTAMS for temporary control tower times of operation and any other restricted airport activity.

Officials at KAND ask all interested parties to exercise heightened vigilance during operations and check the NOTAMS for KAND operations as well as specific runway closure dates at Oconee Regional Airport and Pickens County Airport.

The FAA notice regarding operations at KAND can be viewed at https://www.faasafety.gov/spans/noticeView.aspx?nid=12549


For additional information please contact:

Mr. Brett Garrison, Anderson Regional Airport Manager

(864) 260-4163 (w)

(864) 934-5772 (c)



Sixth year in a row Denver Downs makes the list

ANDERSON, SC (August 15, 2022) – For the sixth year in a row, the massive corn maze at Denver Downs Farms in Anderson, SC has been nominated for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. The family-owned and operated farms was selected from an expert panel as a Top 20 Corn Maze in the nation, beating out 500 other mazes in the country.

Voting takes place to narrow the top 20 list to 10 corn mazes beginiing today until September 12th: https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-corn-maze-2022/

“We are only one of four mazes featured in the Southeast and are just thrilled to be in the running once again for one of the top corn mazes in the country,” said Catherine Garrison, Co-Owner of Denver Downs. “Our corn maze is one of our most popular attractions at Denver Downs, which says a lot given that we have more than three dozen activities for families to enjoy during our big fall festival.”

The 10-acre maze has a design theme every year and this season the design will be a giant pumpkin. Visitors will have fun finding their way through this labyrinth, while learning facts about pumpkins with information posted throughout the maze.

Denver Downs Farms has made the Top 10 Best Corn Mazes in the country list four times, 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2021. Once voting has narrowed down from the top 20 list to the top 10, USAToday will announce to readers the top 10 corn mazes in the country.

“We are hoping to make that top 10 list again in 2022 and have been so honored to be a part of this competition for the past six years,” said Garrison.

Readers’ Digest Magazine and Southern Living Magazine both have Denver Downs’ Pumpkin Patch ranked as the best in SC. In addition to the 10-acre corn maze to navigate, there are 36 fun barnyard activities and Denver Downs will have over 25 tons of pumpkins this season. New activities to Denver Downs this Fall are the Double Jumping Pillow Park, New Jumbo Cow Train, New Kiddie Corral, and the NEW Giant Mountain Slide.

The 2022 Fall Festival at Denver Downs will run September 24 – November 13, 2022 and be open Wednesdays – Sundays. For more information go to www.denverdownsfarm.com

For interviews or photos please contact Catherine at 843-297-0140 or Catherine@denverdownsfarm.com.

ANDERSON, SC – The new Anderson County Firefighters Memorial will be unveiled at a ceremony to be held Sunday, August 14 at the County Courthouse Plaza, 100 South Main Street in Anderson. The official proceedings will begin at 3:00 PM.


Anderson County and City of Anderson officials, the Anderson County Fire Commission, and the local community of county and municipal firefighters have collaborated with artist Scott Foster to design a sculpture in honor of our fallen firefighters. The memorial also incorporates the names of twelve firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty over the course of the 110-year history of organized fire protection service in Anderson County.


“The monument will grace the Anderson County Courthouse Square in perpetuity as a lasting tribute in honor of our fallen heroes. It is incumbent upon us as a community to remember those who have given so much on our behalf, and to offer a dignified remembrance for the families of these fallen heroes.”—Tommy Dunn; Chairman, Anderson County Council


“The City of Anderson is privileged to partner with the County and artist Scott Foster to bring this meaningful sculpture to downtown,” Mayor Terence Roberts said. “Honoring our fallen firefighters also brings honor to all of the first responders who have served us since 1885. We are grateful to each one of them for keeping us safe, every day.”


“For more than a century, Anderson County’s firefighters have contributed their time and talents to the goal of preserving the life and property of our neighbors. For us, the Firefighters Memorial serves as a respectful tribute to our brethren lost in service and an enduring reminder of our shared commitment to the community.”—Tommy Keaton; Anderson County Fire Commission


Media Contact: Rusty Burns, County Administrator
  (864) 260-4031| rburns@andersoncountysc.org




ANDERSON, SC – On Friday, August 5, 2022, Anderson County will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of eight new pickleball courts at Hurricane Springs Park.

Pickleball is a racket sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Players use paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball, similar to a wiffleball, over a net. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in our community and in addition to meeting resident demands, these new courts are part of the county’s efforts to provide quality amenities for its residents and visitors.


“Pickleball is popular sport in our county, and we are pleased to add these courts to the County’s Parks and Recreation program,” said Councilman Jimmy Davis. “The great thing about pickleball is that it’s easy to learn and people of all ages can play.”


Following the ribbon cutting, residents are invited to come out and play on the new courts.

Friday, August 5, 2022 @ 11 a.m.

Hurricane Springs Park

395 Roper Road

Piedmont, SC 29673


Media Contact: Rusty Burns, County Administrator
  (864) 260-4031| rburns@andersoncountysc.org