(December 21, 2022) – The Anderson County Library System will host the Law Talk series sponsored by the South Carolina Bar.  The Law Talks series is a legal education program designed to educate the public on their rights and responsibilities under SC law.

On Thursday, January 12 at 4pm, a Law Talk on Wills, Estate, and Probate will be at the Iva Library, and End of Life Issues will be at 5pm at the Lander Memorial Library in Williamston. On Thursday, January 19 at 4pm, a Law Talk on Social Security will be at the Iva Library. On Thursday, January 26 at 4pm, a Law Talk on End of Life Issues will also be at the Iva Library.  The Law Talk series is free and open to the public. Registration for each Law Talk is requested. To register or find additional Law Talk sessions, contact your local library or go online to calendar.andersonlibrary.org.

Each Law Talk Each session is led by a volunteer licensed attorney or judge and will have a Q&A session following the discussion. The Law Talk series has been in existence for 40+ years and is primarily funded through an IOLTA grant.


About the Anderson County Library System

The Anderson County Library System serves residents of all ages in Anderson County across nine library locations, a bookmobile, and the digital library. For more information, news, and events, visit www.andersonlibrary.org


About the SC Bar

The SC Bar was established by the Supreme Court of SC (SC Appellate Court Rule 410) and serves more than 17,000 members and the public.  Its mission is to uphold integrity and honor of the legal profession, advance the science of jurisprudence, promote high quality legal education and services to its members, and continually improve the administration of justice throughout the Palmetto State.




Brianna Jones


Marketing & Communications Manager

Anderson County Library System

300 N. McDuffie St.

Anderson, SC 29621

(864) 260-4500 ext. 107



Anderson County, in partnership with the Town of Iva and the Anderson County Library System, has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The grant will be used to develop a new Iva branch library location.


“This new facility will be a welcome addition to this wonderful community, and we expect that it will serve to encourage further redevelopment and renewal in the Town of Iva”, said Anderson County Councilmember Ray Graham. “We’d all like to thank SC Commerce and the CDBG program for their invaluable assistance in support of this effort.”


CDBG funds will be used to renovate an existing storefront location in the Iva town square on East Front Street, directly across from the gazebo.  The space the library will occupy was once the home of the Iva Fire Department. The building has extant architectural features in place from that time, and these elements will be incorporated into the design of the new library where feasible. Their presence will help provide the type of unique environment and historical reference that makes for a very unique and special public space.


“The development of the new library branch in the facility will ensure that the old fire station continues to serve as a community benefit” said Iva Mayor Bobby Gentry. “The project enhances our ongoing efforts to revitalize our town square and offer a wide array of services and activities to area residents.”


In addition to enhancing the Iva downtown, the project will serve to promote efforts by the Anderson County Library System to offer upgraded facilities which better serve the current needs of its clientele.


“In the digital age, the public library is called upon to serve as much more than a repository for books”, said Julie Hart, Chair of the Anderson County Library Board. “The new Iva branch library will serve as a ‘community commons’ and provide a variety of multimedia tools for people who want to explore alternative modes of accessing information.  We believe our local libraries can, and should, function as vibrant hubs of activity and be prominent social centers in the communities they serve.”


Concepts for the new facility emphasize a design and facility strategy tailored to meet users’ increasingly social approach to accessing information. The facility will offer large public tables and couches to create comfortable, collaborative spaces, and it will meet the most rigorous of ADA-accessibility standards.


Renovation work is scheduled to begin by early summer 2023.



Governmental Affairs Director

Anderson County Administrator’s Office

(864) 260-1010




For Immediate Release


Media Contacts:

High School – Marty Walker (864-561-2026) at martyw@palmettoboatcenter.com

College – Chris Kanute (704-572-6446) at chris@burfordsco.com

Palmetto Boat Center Tournament Trails College and High School tournaments on December 2-3, 2022 Anderson, SC


Palmetto Boat Center Tournament Trails, LLC, will be hosting two tournaments at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC.  The Palmetto Boat Center College Tournament Trail will be fishing on Friday. December 2, 2022, and Saturday December 3, 2022.  The full field will compete on Friday, and the top 15 will compete on Saturday.  Additionally, the Palmetto Boat Center High School Tournament Trail will compete on Saturday, December 3, 2022.  Blast off will be approximately 7:00 am each day.  Friday’s Weigh In for the College Event will start at 3:00pm.  Saturday’s weigh infor middle school teams will begin at 1:30 pm.  High School teams will start at 3:00 pm, and the College finale will be approximately 5:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Green Pond Landing & Event Center, which is located at 470 Old Green Pond Road, Anderson, SC 29625.  The event is free to the public.

“We are expecting over 225 boats for this weekend’s high school tournament, which equates to 450 students and 225 volunteer adult captains.  Of those teams, we are expecting over 60 middle school teams to compete” said Marty Walker, Tournament Director, and owner of title sponsor Palmetto Boat Center.  “High School fishing in the Upstate remains one of the fastest growing activities in school.  Fishing is a competitive activity that is open and challenging for everyone.  This High School event is a super tournament, where all four divisions compete together to see who the best for the day on Lake Hartwell is.

“The 2-Day College Tournament will feature over 50 teams from colleges across the Carolina’s.  This event concludes the fall regular season for the students, many who fished our high school trail” said Chris Kanute, Tournament Director for the College Division.  “They will have to catch a good bag to advance to day 2.”

The high school anglers will be competing for the heaviest five bass limit, and for a $2,000 scholarship to the winning team.  The College anglers will be finalizing the Angler’s of the year and School of the year on Saturday.

The event is sponsored by Palmetto Boat Center, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Shimano Fishing, Nitro Performance Bass Boats, Phoenix Bass Boats, Tracker Off Road, Mercury Marine, Visit Anderson, and the Anderson County Parks & Recreation Department.

“These student anglers are the future of our sport,” said Walker.  “It’s amazing how this trail continues to grow.  We see new students participating each year.  We have teams from all over the upstate.”  Participants from the trail have advanced to college competition with schools such as Lander, Clemson, Erskine, USC, and Emmanuel just to name a few.

The Palmetto Boat Center High School Tournament Trail was established in the fall of 2015 to create a large-scale competitive environment for the high school fishing teams and clubs in South Carolina.  The trail filled the need for central coordination and operation of high school tournaments.  Too many times, teams were scheduling tournaments at the same time as another school, which reduced participation.  In our first full season we held seven tournaments, averaging 125 boats from over 25 high schools in South Carolina.

Now in our seventh full season, the trail consists of eight regular season tournaments, with four groups to manage field size.  A middle school division exists to encourage participation from younger competitors.  The teams compete for points in each tournament to determine the Anglers of the Year and the School of the Year.  The top teams from each division qualify for the end of season three day “Classic” tournament which is an invitational event.

Our regular season events are all sanctioned tournaments by BASS, as qualifying points events towards the BASS Nation High School National Championship.  In the summer of 2022, the trail sent four teams to participate in the National Championship that was held on Lake Hartwell.

For more information on the tournament trail, contact Marty Walker at 864-561-2026, martyw@palmettoboatcenter.com.