For Immediate Release


Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail Arrives in Anderson to Crown 2023 Silver Anniversary National Champions.

Anderson, SC— 3/28/2023This week, nearly 350 anglers will converge on Lake Hartwell for the prestigious Berkley Classic Series National Championship.  Championship qualifiers have traveled from 44 Divisions around the country, spanning from Texas to Maine and over 20 states in between.  They will be competing for cash and prizes to include two Bass Cat Bass Boats powered by Mercury Pro XS Outboard Motors.

The Berkley Classic Series is the original Fishers of Men (FOM) team tournament series, and with the ministry itself, is celebrating its 25th Year Silver Anniversary.  Teams compete in 5 or more localized tournaments each season, accumulating points for each, and the top 80% from each division qualify to fish in their area’s Berkley Classic Series District Championship, presented by Realtree Fishing.  From there, the top 20% from each Berkley Classic Series District Championship, presented by Realtree Fishing, qualify to compete in the National Championship.

A few ‘Special Category’ competitors also qualify, like the Bass Cat Boats, and Mercury Marines, Top Finishers programs.  The top finishing Bass Cat owners and Mercury Marine owners that finished below the top 20%, secure some of those special slots.  Bass Cat Boats and Mercury Marine are Primary Sponsors, and the exclusive boat and motor brands of FOM.

What began in 1998 as a small four-division tournament trail with a total of 21 events through the first season has now grown into one of the largest fishing tournament organizations in the country. Now, in each season, there are close to 350 individual events across the Eastern US.

Localized divisional tournament events consist of a professionally run fishing tournament on Saturday preceded by a meeting on Friday evening. At the Friday meeting, anglers are treated to a meal, tournament details, and door prizes. But most importantly, FOM is a Faith-Focused tournament trail, so the story of Christ is shared, and anglers are encouraged to keep God first in their lives, even ahead of fishing.

Special thanks to  Visit Anderson – South Carolina’s Bright Spot, for hosting this year’s event.  Angler’s practice period started on March 25th and runs through the 29th.  The tournament competition starts on Thursday, March 30th with ‘Championship Day’ falling on Saturday, April 1st, more commonly known as April Fool’s Day.  That could certainly open the door for lots of pranks, jokes and stunts.  Come on out to Green Pond Landing in Anderson, SC and be part of the fun!

For more information, press only:

Danny East

Director of Sales & marketing

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Also, find Fishers of Men on all major social sites as FOM, FOMNTT, FOM Nation, and Fishers of Men.

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2023

For More Information:  April Cameron: 864-221-8445


Dancing for Our Heroes 2023 To be Held April 20


The 16th annual Dancing for Our Heroes fundraiser, hosted by the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, will be held Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center. Over the past 16 years, this event has raised more than $1 million for the community’s non-profit organizations.


This event has become one of the largest charitable fundraisers in Anderson County and will support 13 different local organizations this year as well as Rotary International’s Polio Plus, which strives to eradicate polio.


The event is formatted similarly to the Dancing with the Stars television show. Each charity competes in two ways: to raise the most amount of dollars for their organization before the event itself and during the night of the event, and to perform the best dance of the evening and win the judges’ votes.


During the evening of the competition, each organization performs a two-minute dance based on the yearly theme. This year’s theme is Sweet 16, and dancers must have selected the music that was popular when they were 16 (in high school).


In addition to the performances, the event includes dinner and drinks, as well as a live and silent auction. Tickets can be purchased by emailing


Local Anglers Represent on Bass Fishing’s Grandest Stage

Follow Collin Smith and Brandon Cobb’s Quest for a Bassmaster Classic Title

Anderson County, SC — March 21, 2023After more than 4.3 million fans tuned in to FOX and FS1 for the dramatic live coverage of the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic at Lake Hartwell, which saw a tie heading into the final day, the network and B.A.S.S. recently announced that Championship Sunday action from the upcoming Bassmaster Classic on the Tennessee River will be broadcast on FOX (12pm-3pm) March 26, 2023. Later that evening, a Super Six recap show with weigh-in highlights will air on FS1 at 10pm.


Anderson County will be well represented in the 2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Toyota, March 24-26, with two anglers carrying the local baton. Collin Smith, Bassmaster Team Champion, hails from nearby Honea Path and works for Anderson County. Smith will be carrying the colors for Green Pond Landing and Anderson County for the upcoming Classic. Brandon Cobb, Bassmaster Elite Series Professional, grew up in Greenwood but has long referred to Lake Hartwell as his home lake. Cobb, fishing his fourth Classic, carries the colors of Visit Anderson and Green Pond Landing.


How to Watch the 2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Toyota:

Takeoffs: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 7:15am ET all days

Weigh-ins 3:30pm ET all days: live streamed on

Bassmaster LIVE Preview Show: Wednesday: 9:00am – 10:00am ET on

Bassmaster LIVE

Friday: 8:00am to 3:00pm ET on

Saturday: 8:00am to 11:00am ET on FOX Sports 1 – 11:00am to 3:00pm on

Sunday: 8:00am to 11:00am ET on – 11:00am to 12:00pm on FOX Sports 1 – 12:00pm to 3:00pm on FOX

How to Follow the 2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Toyota:

Instagram: @bass_nation
Twitter: @Bassmaster
Facebook: @Bassmaster


Visit Anderson serves as the Destination Marketing Organization of Anderson County. Anderson County is located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Upstate of South Carolina. Anderson is a mixture of agriculture and industry that mix well with the rolling hills and blue skies. Anderson County serves as the home to Lake Hartwell, named a Top 100 Bass Lake in America.


For Immediate Release


Media Contacts:

Marty Walker (864-561-2026) at

Palmetto Boat Center High School Tournament Trail on March 18, 2023 Anderson, SC


Palmetto Boat Center Tournament Trails, LLC, will be hosting a tournament at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC, on Saturday December 3, 2022.  Blast off will be approximately 7:00 am each day.  Weigh in for middle school teams will begin at 1:30 pm.  High School teams will start at 3:00 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 175 boats for this weekend’s high school tournament, which equates to 350 students and 175 volunteer adult captains.  Of those teams, we are expecting 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.”

The high school anglers will be competing for the heaviest five bass limit, and for a $2,000 scholarship to the winning team.

The event is sponsored by Palmetto Boat Center, 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,

ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (February 13, 2023) – Anderson County is pleased to announce the completion of improvements at the Gracie S. Floyd Event Center at McFall’s Landing. The project included access improvements to the courtesy docks and patio extension with a decorative concrete finish. As part of the effort, a wooden fence was removed and replaced by decorative boulders, complementing the building’s rock façade. Two eight-foot matching benches were installed on the event center’s patio.


In addition, a very special park bench has been donated to the facility by Anderson School District 5. This bench was custom-crafted by Anderson Institute of Technology’s Machine Tool and Welding Department and presented in memory of the Honorable Gracie S. Floyd, former Anderson County Educator and Councilwoman


The bench has been installed on the center dock between the two boat ramps, creating the setting for a truly magnificent vista. All site furnishings at McFall’s Landing are now oriented towards the lake, an arrangement that lets visitors enjoy the beauty of Broadway Lake from the very facility that Councilwoman Floyd worked tirelessly to make available as a unique and memorable venue for the community.


Since opening in November 2009, the Gracie S. Floyd Event Center at McFall’s Landing has been rented almost every weekend for birthdays, graduation, anniversary parties, baby showers, family reunions, celebrations of life and weddings.



For Immediate Release

From:  Alison Darby, 864-958-5264

Date:  March 7, 2023

Subject:  BAMA hosts 9th Annual Community-Wide Rummage and Craft Sale


Join us Saturday, March 25, on the grounds of the historic Belton Train Depot from 9 am – 2 pm for the ninth annual Community-wide Rummage and Craft Sale.

“There are 50 booths providing one-of-a-kind items, handcrafted treasures, and rummage sale take-aways at this year’s event,” said organizer.Alison Darby, of the Belton Area Museum Association (BAMA).

On the rummage side of things, there are people selling costume jewelry, clothing and accessories, tools, books, gently used furniture, sporting goods, kitchen goods, electronics and games, and household décor.

Crafters include those selling woodcrafts and signs, hand painted furniture, unique paintings, ceramics, jewelry, wreaths, vinyl products, handbags and market bags, crocheted items, handmade knives, bird feeders, wood carvings, handsewn baby clothing and accessories, decorative bottles, and holiday décor including Easter baskets.

Sour dough bread, cupcakes and cakes, jams and jellies, boiled peanuts, cake pops and other snacks will be available for purchase as well.  There is even a booth selling dog treats for your furry friends.

Bath Fitter and Scentsy will also be on site.

“If past events are any indication, we expect a huge crowd that day,” stated organizer Alison Darby.

The event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather. The decision will be made the morning of the event, so look for updates on social media.

Ample parking is free and located on the square, in the Belton First Baptist parking lot on Brown Avenue, and in the field behind the Belton Library.

For more information, please call Abigail Burden, BAMA Executive Director, at 864-338-7400 or email Alison Darby at

“We look forward to having you at this community event!” said Mrs. Burden.