Nicely dressed, huh? On the left is Cindy Sauer and the right is Susan Johnson. In the middle is an Anderson County Bailiff — and I predicatablly forgot his name! <smacking head against monitor> In this picture, Cindy and Amy have just stepped outside a court room into the lobby of the Anderson County Courthouse.
Cindy and Amy, along with a volunteer advocate from Anderson County, are the posse who speak in the best interest of Anderson children, children who the state of South Carolina has removed from their families, because of allegations of abuse or neglect. If you are like me, I had no idea such a group existed. Every time a child in Anderson County is removed by the Court from his or her home, a child advocate — a guardian ad litem — is appointed by the court to speak in the child’s best interest. Cindy coordinates such Anderson County volunteers. And Amy serves as the guardian ad litem’s court attorney.
More Anderson County volunteers are needed! If you want to give your time to a child in need — usually only a few hours a month — then consider volunteering. You can literally stand in the gap for a hurting child. See the Anderson County Volunteer Guardian ad litem Office for more information.
One of the neat (or alarming) things about Anderson is its close proximity to the “country.” Within 10-15 minutes, you can easily find yourself in a pastural setting. Unfortunately, the land is quickly being consumed by growth.
Electric fences — bad, bad, bad. Sorry for the gruesome pic. Something in me just had to post. Anderson County.
I was shocked and hurt, as many were, to learn that Mountain Creek Baptist Church, organized in 1789, burned Monday night, February 9, 2009. The Anderson Independent’s article found here identifies the church building as 165 years old. 1844. Quite a legacy. (I wonder if this lady, her tombstone found in the church’s cemetery, assisted in the church’s building efforts.) The newspaper’s article also links to photos taken by photographer Sefton Ipock. They are really moving. Check ’em out. This article explains how to help the church rebuild.
I took the above photo March 16, 2008 — a Sunday morning, as you can tell from all the cars in the church parking lot. I could KICK myself hard for this horrible photo. As I often do, I took the snap, thinking the cars made the pic impossible, and I would go back later and take a better one. Did I? Unfortunately, no. *KICK* *KICK* *KICK* The church is found on Hwy 29, a “fur piece” into Anderson County. I remember my grandmother taking us to family reunions held at this little church.
I couldn’t figure out how to take this picture. I wanted to be close enough to read the words on the sign…but I also wanted to get the lines of the building, oh, and the beautiful trees on either side, and the wide space of property around the building. Needless to say, I couldn’t get it all. Situated on Hammond School Road, just off Old Williamston Highway, this building screams one-room schoolhouse to me. The sign reads Hammond Community Center, but I wonder if it used to be a local school. How long ago? And Hammond? How big is that community? Never heard of it until driving past this building. Interesting.
Another “pull over pull over!” shot. Love this barn. Glad it was close enough to the road for me to get a pic. Old Williamston Road, “on the way to the Jockey Lot.”
I hardly EVER ride in the passenger seat. A product of being single, I imagine. However, this Thanksgiving week I had the opportunity to ride with a friend around Anderson. And it was cool. I saw the same roads I travel frequently with new appreciation. I love that much of Anderson is still rural, though that is changing rapidly. When I saw the above scene, I asked my friend to pull over so I could get out, walk closer to the fence, and take this shot. Something I probably wouldn’t have done if I had been driving. Old Williamston Road.
Saturday morning done good. Jay, Kelly, and Elizabeth. They participated in a Capstone Church project to help winterize a fellow Andersonian’s home. Another shot is here.
I recently visited Hartwell Dam, which creates Hartwell Lake and hydroelectric power. The dam isn’t in the city of Anderson — but on the edge of Anderson County. As far as I know it’s not in another municipality, so I hope it’s not too far out of the rules to include it on this “Anderson Daily” blog. This picture shows the creek streaming behind the dam and the bridge crossing it. The creek forms the boundary between South Carolina and Georgia, and Anderson and Hartwell Counties respectively. Other pics are here.
I love this glimpse of the past. Notice the electric lights. The owner tends this old barn well. Believe it or not, this isn’t far in the country. It’s on the figurative edge of Anderson. Centreville, most likely.