The 2023 Striped Bass Challenge (“SBC”) fishing tournament kicked off at the Captains’ Meeting at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center on Friday, 1/6.  Anglers lined up to donate money and food to Second Harvest Food Bank.

$18,150.00 was donated which the food bank can utilize to provide 126,000 meals in the local community.  All combined, food and monetary donations since the inaugural 2016 event have added up to over 886,000 meals. Our Goal is to reach over 1,000,000 meals this year.

The SBC is excited to announce tournament trail schedule.  The Striped Bass Challenge Trophy Series will host events in four communities and continue the tradition of raising donations for the area food banks.

The 2023 schedule:

  • Lake Hartwell SC Winter Classic                 1/6 – 1/7
  • Lake Murray SC Murray Flurry                 2/10 – 2/11
  • West Point Lake GA Battle at the Border 3/31 – 4/1
  • Lake Cherokee TN Cherokee Chase 4/28 – 4/29

The 2023 Striped Bass Challenge Championship will be held on December 2, Lake TBD.

  • 2023 Winter Classic January 7, 2023 Recap
    • 102 teams entered
    • 81 teams weighed fish
    • 145 total fish weighed only 3 fished died
    • Winning Team:  Hiz Witness total weight  26.6 pounds
    • Big Fish: Hiz Witness 18.4 pounds
    • Lady Angler: Crescent Financial Group 18.2 Pounds
    • Youth Anger: The Reel Bass Chasers 19.9 pounds


Contact Tournament Director Tommy Richardson:  803-221-6752

ANDERSON SC, 1/5/2023 – After many very successful events, The Striped Bass Challenge (SBC) brings the 2023 Winter Classic, one of the four Open/Qualifier tournaments of the Trophy Series Championship Trail, to Green Pond Landing on Jan. 7, 2023.  Tournament organizers Thomas and David Richardson say the folks at Visit Anderson, Anderson County, Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center, and Second Harvest Food Bank make putting on the event a pleasure.   “The SBC wants to put on a premier fishing tournament and the folks we work with here make that possible,” Thomas says. “Since our first event over 7 years ago the anglers have provided over 760,000 meals for the local communities. These folks have a great chance to win big prizes at the captain’s dinner and at the boat ramp.  We’re excited to be able to do this again and to work with all these great people including the folks from the SC DNR.”  He notes that this tournament trail is possible due to the generosity of sponsors. “We couldn’t do it without Bass Pro Shops, Hunts Brothers Pizza, American Ethanol, Cometic, Johnson Outdoors, Hurricane Express Wash, Mad Katz Outdoors, Midlands Outdoors, Klotz, Home Place, Xtreme Bait Tanks, Double X Tackle, Drift Masters Rod Holders, Southern Fusion BBQ Sauce, Abu Garcia, Ugly Stik, Grizzly Coolers, Costa, Betts Tackle, Crescent Financial, RMP Drywall and Richardson Brothers Roofing for sure.” The SBC’s goal is to support the community near Anderson by raising enough food and cash donations so that Second Harvest Food Bank can provide 100,000 meals. “We are really counting on the anglers to bring in a lot of food and money to buy tickets,” Thomas states.


Anglers vie not only for the cash prizes which include first place $15,000, $2,500 Big Fish, gifts cards for youth, and another $2000 for the lady angler whose team places the highest in the tournament. During the Captains’ Dinner, prizes are drawn for great products provided by event sponsors. Winners take away bait tanks, coolers, sunglasses, casting nets, fish finders, and more. Participants earn tickets by donating food and money to Second Harvest Food Bank, which ensures wins for both tournament teams and the local community.


Longtime event sponsors include: Bass Pro Shops, Humminbird, American Ethanol, Minn Kota, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Costa, Betts Nets, Grizzly Coolers, Klotz, Driftmaster, and Cometic Gaskets.


For additional information: Thomas Richardson (803) 221-6752

(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

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

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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

College – Chris Kanute (704-572-6446) at

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,

Anderson, SC (November 9, 2022) – Denver Downs pays tribute to the significance of Grandparents on their finale weekend for the 2022 Fall Festival Season.

Grandparent gets in free with paid grandchild on Saturday and Sunday. “We are so grateful to have had wonderful grandparents in our lives and want to honor other grandparents this weekend. We know many grandparents are on fixed incomes – so this can really help them to share a special time with their grandchildren and make memories that will last forever,” said Catherine Garrison, Co-Owner of Denver Downs.


While at the farm’s fall festival, families will enjoy the giant Mega Super Slide Mountain- a 250 foot double slide where you sit on an inner tube and slide down the mountain, a new addition for 2022. Denver Downs has also added another jumping pillow and set the two pillows into a large enclosed space with shaded seatings for parents. The smaller kids will enjoy a new play area with a climbing wall and slide plus covered sandbox. The zip line, 10-acre corn maze, ropes course, tube slide, farm animals, pig races, barnyard games, hay barn with swinging ropes, human foosball, racing tricycles, and endless cow train are also activities that are included for all day with admission.

Once again, Denver Downs Farm’s 10 acre corn maze is among the Top 10 corn mazes in the country in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice .


There are several concessions stands to get favorites such as BBQ sandwiches, hamburgers, chicken fingers, funnel cakes, kettle corn, shaved ice, lemonade, and kits to make s’mores by the bonfires. There will be live entertainment all weekend.


Weekend Schedule:

Friday, November 11,  Closed do to forecasted weather

Saturday, November 12, Open 10am-9pm

Pig Races 1pm, 3pm, & 5pm

Candy Cannon to follow Pig Races

2pm Easton Gowan on Stage

6pm Bonfires

6pm-8pm  Saturday Morning Cartoons on stage


Sunday, November 13, Open 10am – 6pm

2pm Trey Stephens performing on Main Stage

2pm & 4pm Pig Races and Candy Cannon

3pm Tiger Mascot Appearance


Clemson Day at the Maze on Sunday:


Denver Downs and the Anderson Area Clemson Club are hosting the annual Clemson Day at the Maze- Sunday, Nov 13 (rescheduled from October) from 10am-6pm. $2 of each Clemson student or alumni admission will be donated on their behalf to the Clemson Fund.

The Tiger Mascot will be at the farm at 3pm for photos with all guests to the farm.   Artist Steven Jordan, will be selling and signing his new Clemson Prints.
Catherine Garrison Davis and Elizabeth Garrison Rasor will be signing copies of “Night Night Little Tiger.”

Media Inquiries: Please contact Catherine Davis 843-297-0140,

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Catherine Garrison Davis

Special Events/ Owner

Denver Downs Farm


WHAT: Denver Downs Farm in Anderson, SC will be open for all their farm fun on Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th as most schools are closed for Election Day. All barnyard activities, including the new Mega Slide, two jumping pillows, and enclosed area for small kids plus the double cow train, award-winning corn maze, low ropes course, and all the other attractions. Limited concessions are available and Denver Denver encourages families to bring picnics and spend the day enjoying the farm. Fall Festival at Denver Downs runs through Nov. 13, 2022.


Visuals available for media use are at


WHEN: Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th, 2022


WHERE: Denver Downs Farm, 1515 Denver Road, Anderson


TIME: 11 am – 5 pm Monday and Tuesday


CONTACT: Catherine Garrison 843-297-0140,

Catherine Garrison Davis

Special Events/ Owner

Denver Downs Farm


Belton-Try your skill at bagging a turkey just in time for Thanksgiving at the eighth annual BAMA Turkey Shoot event to be held Nov. 19, from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm at the beautiful upland game preserve Toney Creek Plantation.

Hosted by the Belton Area Museum Association, the event is free to attend and family-friendly, with activities for all ages.  Registration begins at 8:30 AM.  The last shoot will be around 1 pm.

“This old-fashioned event has been updated with a modern twist,” said Abigail Burden, BAMA Executive Director.  “This event is accessible to everyone because we use shotguns and targets.  No live turkeys will be harmed in this contest.”

In the adult division (over 12), participants can purchase turkey targets for $5 and $10, depending on the value of the prize being shot for during the round.   There will be at least 10 shooting rounds throughout the day, some for adults and some for children.  Shotguns and ammunition will be provided for all participants or you can use your own gun after inspection.

In the children’s division, those 8 – 12 can purchase a turkey target too.  The target will be set up at a shorter distance for their rounds.

Winners for great prizes will compete in each round, so you can come and go throughout the day’s event.  There is no limit to the number of targets participants can purchase and a running board of top scorers will be posted continuously throughout the afternoon for a grand prize winner to be named.

Several great prizes are being offered per round, and winners will take home meat prizes such as turkeys, sausage, and hams and other hunting related and outdoor themed prizes like CWP class passes, decoys and calls, ammo, shooting range passes,  camping equipment,  promotional items, and dining gift certificates. 

“Instruction in shooting is available from linesmen Jody Ivester,  Philip Darby, and Jarod Haggard, so even novice shooters are encouraged to participate,” stated Burden.

The event will start off with a farmhouse breakfast.  A full course meal consisting of biscuits, sausage, eggs, grits, and coffee/juice is available for purchase of $10.  Toney Creek Plantation will begin serving at 8:30 AM.


At 12 Noon, the Mercantile will be offering barbecue plates that will also include slaw, beans, chips, slice of pie, and drinks, all for $15 per plate.  Advanced reservations for plates are being sold now by calling 864-338-7400.

The eighth annual BAMA Turkey Shoot event is being sponsored by Waste Connections, Vulcan, SouthState Bank, National Wild Turkey Federation, Jarod Haggard/Concealed Weapons Class, Upstate Gun and  Pawn, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Anderson County, B and B Pawn, Ace Hardware of Williamston and Honea Path, Ingles Market, Food Lion, and McCall’s Produce.  All proceeds benefit the Belton Area Museum Association in support of their educational and cultural programming.

“Like” the Belton Area Museum Association on Facebook and check out the newest events and information.  You can also find us at

Please call Abigail Burden, BAMA Executive Director, at 338-7400 for more information.

Toney Creek Plantation is located at 155 Toney Creek Road, just off Hwy 247, in Belton.  Follow the signs to the clubhouse.

See you at the Turkey Shoot!







Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Fishing National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Honored as a 2022 Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism
in Sports Destination Management

Anderson, SC Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, has announced the 2022 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. This year’s winners are responsible for contributing a more-than-welcome boost of over $2.42 billion to the national economy over the past year.

Among the winners was the Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Fishing National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors produced in cooperation with Bassmaster and Visit Anderson.

The Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Fishing National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors accounted for more than 6,100 room nights in Anderson County and marked the first time this Championship event had taken place outside of the state of Tennessee.

All winners of awards have been recognized in a special feature published in the November/December 2022 issue of Sports Destination Management. The entire article with full details on the winners listed below can also be found online.

Read Now: Article on Champions of Economic Impact

About Visit Anderson:  Visit Anderson is the official destination marketing organization for Anderson, South Carolina. The mission of Visit Anderson is to grow the economy of Anderson County by fostering sustainable tourism economic development and effectively marketing Anderson County and Lake Hartwell to increase visitation and improve the quality of life for the residents of Anderson County. For more information go to

About Sports Destination Management: Sports Destination Management is written for the largest audience of sports event managers and tournament directors in the sports tourism market and maintains a focus on the important issues surrounding event location decisions and event management. With content from experts and thought leaders, SDM provides in-depth coverage of sports event planning and execution through incisive and relevant articles as well as insightful, real-world case studies showcasing best practices and successful event production.

In addition to the publication, SDM offers extensive digital resources through and the e-newsletter SDM Blitz, both providing decision support tools for organizers to ensure successful events at all levels of play.

About Due North Media:  A market leader for more than two decades, Due North Media, a division of Due North Consulting, Inc., is a niche business-to-business publisher providing media services to executives within specialized vertical markets impacting economic development including corporate site selection, business development, market-to-market events and sports tourism via publications, digital media, qualified list marketing and custom publishing.

Founded in 2001, Due North Consulting, Inc. has helped niche marketers obtain their goals for a decade and a half. The principals of the company have over 40 years of business-to-business advertising and marketing experience. It has been their mission to serve readers, clients and employees with integrity, humility and a continuing quest for the achievement of excellence.



Media Contact: Neil Paul, Executive Director

Visit Anderson

Phone: 864.716.3660