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Media & Communications
Staying Informed…. Anderson has two newspapers with daily delivery – the Anderson Independent-Mail and the Greenville News. Both of these carry national syndicated material
Newspapers Anderson Independent-Mail (864) 224-4321 The Greenville News (800) 800-5116 Belton Honea Path News/Chronicle (864) 338-6124 The Williamston Journal (864) 847-7361 GSA Business (864) 235-5677 The Electric City News (864) 221-9269
Radio Stations WAIM-AM 1230 AM – Talk/News WAN -AM 1280 AM – Gospel WCCP-FM 104.9 FM – Sports/Talk WESC-FM 92.5 FM – Country WFBC- FM 93.7 FM – Contemporary hits/Top 40 WHAT-AM 1560 AM – Black Gospel WHPB-AM 1390 AM – Inspirational Radio WLFJ FM 89.3 FM – Contemporary Christian WOLI-Star 109.9 FM – 80’s & More WORD-AM 1330 AM – News/Radio/Talk WANS-AM 1280 AM – Carolina Beach Music WRQQ-FM 101.0 FM – Classic Rock WSPA-FM 98.9 FM – Light Rock WSPA-AM 9850 AM – News Talk WSSL-AM 1440 AM – Spanish WSSL-FM 100.5 FM – Country WMYI-FM 100.5 Adult Contemporary WJMZ-FM 107.3 FM – Urban Contemporary
Recreation Art Galleries Anderson Arts Center (864) 224-8811 Gallery 313 (864) 314-8281
Museums Anderson County Museum (864) 260-4737
Music and Dance Greater Anderson Musical Art Center (GAMAC) (864) 231-6147
Live Theatre Christian Youth Theatre of Anderson (864) 222-6737 Electric City Playhouse (864) 224-4248
Art on the Town Downtown Anderson (864) 231-2601
Spring Jubilee Pendleton (864) 646-3782
Lucky Me Color Fun Run Downtown Anderson (864) 231-2601
Old Farm Days Pendleton (864) 646-9512
Day B-4 Father’s Day Car Show Downtown Anderson (864) 940-3800
Springwater Festival Williamston Spring Park (864) 847-1818
Fall Standpipe Festival Belton (864) 847-1818
Celebrate Anderson Anderson Civic Center (864) 260-4000
Midnight Flight Anderson YMCA (864) 716-6260
FreshTaste Downtown (864) 231-2601
Iva Depot Day Iva (864) 248-6712
Honea Path Fall Festival Honea Path (864) 369-2302
Balloons Over Anderson Anderson Civic Center (864) 221-0552
Starr Fall Festival Starr Walking Track (864) 376-2085
Tour de LaFrance Anderson County (864) 260-4000
Starburst Story Tellers Festival Anderson County Library (864) 260-4500
Upstate Holiday Show Anderson Civic Center (864) 467-8311
Christmas Crafts Events Pendleton (864) 646-3782
City of Anderson Christmas Parade Downtown Anderson (864) 646-3782
Holidays In The Village Pendleton (864) 646-3782
Holiday Walk & Tree Lighting Downtown Anderson (864) 940-3800
International Festival Various Anderson Locations (864) 231-6147
Lights of Hope Anderson Civic Center (864) 437-8311
Upstate Headquarters Anderson is a part of a headquarters-rich region boasting over 130 world-wide, corporate, regional, and divisional headquarters facilities including the following:
Alpha Technology, Inc. Basic Concepts, Inc. Consolidate Southern Industries Cromer Food Service, Inc. Electric City Signs & Neon Electolux FQTSE, LLC IPC Supply, Inc. Little General Food Stores Martin, Inc. Mergon International Metco, Inc. Orian Rugs, Inc. Parts, Inc. Pendleton Oil Mill & SOS Erosion Control Peoples Bank Redi-Craft Inc. Sekido Technology Corporation Third Generation Inc. Tile Council of America Westwind, Inc.
Source: SC Department of Commerce, Upstate Alliance and Local Economic Development Agencies.
718 square miles 3000 miles of fresh water shoreline
Annual temperature: 62⁰F Annual rainfall: 47 inches Sunny days per year: 248
764 feet above sea level
Number of churches: 260 Number of school districts: 5 Year city was founded: 1826 Year named All-American County: 2000
Anderson County: 192,810 (2014) City of Anderson: 27,181 (2014)
Anderson County recycles. Numerous recycling centers throughout the county take in newspapers, plastic, glass, metals, motor oil and batteries. The City of Anderson and some other municipalities provide trash pick-up. Elsewhere, private haulers serve customers.
Driving Requirements For complete information regarding Drivers’ License, Vehicle Registration and South Carolina’s Seat Belt Law call South Carolina Dept. of Highway & Public Transportation, 331 Highway 29 By-Pass North, Anderson, SC at (864) 260-2205, Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.
Capital Investment Anderson County has generated over $2.78 billion in announced capital investment from 2010-2015, with a creation of 3,768 jobs.. A diverse group of companies contribute to these new site locations and expansion. Some of the new industries include First Quality Tissue with almost $1 billion in capital investments, Michelin with over $700 million in capital investments, McLaughlin Group, SMF, CEL Chemicals, Lollis Metals, Watson Engineering, and many more.
Cost of Living
Above/below National average Cost of Living Averages: Anderson, SC -12% Charleston, SC +1% Hilton Head, SC +39% Prescott, AZ -4% Ft. Lauderdale, FL +15% Philadelphia, PA +21% Charlotte, NC -4%
For complete and current economic or tax information visit: www.carolinaliving.com. For the letter of the law, visit: www.dor.state.sc.us or contact the South Carolina Department of Revenue at (803) 898-5560.
Anderson County, 2006-2015 Year Capital Investment Jobs Created 2015 100,000,000 2014 336 2010-2014 2,634,445,000 2013 37,404,400 502 2012 720,700,000 788 2011 70,250,000 59 2010 1,011,350,000 1,114 2009 10,650,000 18 2008** 86,500,000 477 2007 46,000,000 150 2006 95,000,000 1,352
Helpful Phone Numbers
Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce (864) 226-3454 Anderson County Library (864) 260-4500 Anderson County Civic Center (864) 260-6335 Phone Book (Anderson) (800) 422-1955 SC Small Business Development Center (864) 710-4717 Weather Report (864) 225-3639 Where to Call for Service Complaints Better Business Bureau (800) 948-5791 Dept. of Consumer Affairs (800) 922-1594 Secretary of State (888) 242-7484 Charity Fraud (888) 242-7489 Suspect Fraud Secretary of State (800) 242-7484
Taxes South Carolina has one of the lowest per capita tax rates in the country, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The following state and local taxes generally affect our residents:
South Carolina’s income tax structure follows federal income tax laws, allowing many of the same adjustments, exemptions and deductions with only a few modifications. In fact, the starting point for calculating your state tax liability is your federal taxable income.
For the current tax year, South Carolina does not tax the first $2,880 of federal taxable income. For amounts over $2,880, South Carolina’s graduated tax rate is 3-7 percent of taxable income. The individual income tax brackets are adjusted annually for inflation.
In addition, the state allows the following deductions and exemptions:
• There is no intangibles tax in South Carolina. • A credit of up to $300 annually is allowed for nursing care in-home or in a licensed institution. • Parents may claim an additional deduction equal to the amount of the federal personal exemption ($3,950 for 2014, but adjusted annually) for each child under the age of six. • Parents, guardians or students may qualify for a partial credit on tuition fees paid to a South Carolina college or university. The credit cannot exceed $850. (Contact a local Department of Revenue office for details.) • South Carolina offers an owner of a pass-through business the option of having active trade or business income taxed at a flat rate rather than the normal tax rate for state individual income. The flate rate is 5 percent.
South Carolina counties, cities and school districts impose ad valorem (property) taxes on real and personal property. Local governments assess and collect most property taxes. The market value of a legal residence and up to five acres of surrounding land is assessed at 4 percent. The tax liability on the property is determined when a local government applies its millage rate to the assessed value. Millage rates vary from county to county, but the state average is 318 mills (.318). South Carolina also allows a $50,000 homestead exemption on the fair market value of a home for residents who are age 65 or older, totally and permanently disabled, or legally blind.
South Carolina’s “property tax relief” law means homeowners are exempt from all property taxes levied for school operating purposes on a legal residence.
Personal property tax is collected annually on cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, boats and airplanes. Personal cars, light trucks and motorcycles are assessed at 6 percent of market value. If you own a $10,000 car today, for example, based on an average millage rate, your annual property tax would be about $190.80. Other personal property is assessed at 10.5 percent.
The registration fee for passenger cars is $24 every two years ($20 for residents age 65 or older; $22 for 64-year-olds) and can be paid when you pay your county property tax. Many states, rather than collect personal property taxes on cars, boats, etc., impose a higher registration fee that is comparable to South Carolina’s property tax.
Sales & Use, Motor Fuels Taxes:
South Carolina’s state sales and use tax rate is 6 percent. Five percent of the statewide rate is used for education initiatives, while one percent is used to offset reductions in local property taxes. Some counties may also have voter-approved local sales and use taxes as well. Local sales and use taxes may be used for property tax relief, construction or repair of roads, bridges and schools, or other specific projects.
Prescription drugs sold to individuals and insulin sold to diabetics. Dental prosthetics and hearing aids are exempt from sales tax. Purchases of unprepared food are exempt from the state sales and use tax, but are subject to many local sales taxes.
A 6 percent state use tax is applied to purchases made out of state where no tax equal to South Carolina’s sale tax has been paid. All counties that impose a local sales tax also impose a local use tax.
For more information, contact the Department of Revenue Publications Line at 803.898.5405 (Source)
Major Employers by Facility (250+) Company Employees Product/Service AnMed Health 3462 Healthcare Electrolux 1863 Refrigerators Anderson County School District 5 1759 Public Education State of South Carolina 1631 State Government Robert Bosch Corporation 1200 Automotive components Anderson County Government 1000 County Government Anderson County School District 1 981 Public Education Michelin North America, Inc. 900 Rubber tire products Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, LLC 650 Outdoor performance fabrics Tri-County Technical College 626 Higher educations First Quality Tissue 610 Ultra-premium towel/bath tissue Anderson University 545 Higher education JPS Composite Materials Corp. 500 Woven fiberglass substrates The Timken Company 500 Automotive parts Walgreens Distribution Center 500 Distribution center City of Anderson 4500 Government TTI NA, Inc. 4500 Corporate headquarters, power-tools Milliken-Cushman Facility (Williamston) 400 Yarn Anderson County School District 2 388 Public education Anderson County School District 4 380 Public education Orian Rugs Inc. 350 Area rugs and yarn US Government 336 Federal government Associated Fuel Pump Systems (AFCO) 330 Automotive fuel pumps Anderson County School District 3 329 Public education NHC Healthcare 304 Long-term care Agy Huntingdon, LLC 300 Fiberglass chopped strands Nutra Manufacturing USA 299 Tablets, softgels, hard-shell capsules Plastic Omnium, Auto Exteriors, LLC 295 Plastic automotive bumpers & fenders Cross Country Home Services, Inc. 290 Home warranties Carolina Auto Auction 269 Automobile auction service
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