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Anderson January/February 2016

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Letter from the Editor Happy New Year! Isn’t this just a magical time of year when we try to start fresh? We have big plans! We’re all bright eyed and bushy-tailed about the future! Yeah. Whatever. Same resolutions every year. Same ones that I don’t achieve. Like saving money, losing weight, blah, blah, blah. But, I’m really not a bitter person about resolutions. I think I just need to rearrange my resolutions and try to make them about others instead of myself. For example, sure, I still want to lose that 10 (o.k., maybe 15) pounds from last year. But instead of making it all about me, why don’t I make it about building or strengthening a friendship and invite someone to go to the gym with me? No, I haven’t really saved all that money I wanted to, but maybe I can invite a group of girls to join in with me, and we each put in a certain amount each week and then use the savings to book a trip together? Maybe I’ll get some insight about that from the financial planning story in this issue. Maybe, the problem with my resolutions year after year is that the focus is too much on myself and not others. If you’d like to join my “not all about me” resolution movement, you’ll really enjoy our feature story regarding homelessness here in Anderson. More and more people are finding themselves in a homeless situation, but there is hope here in our community. Read about some of the organizations that are helping people get back on their feet and how you can help. Another “not about me” story that you will enjoy is a feature on the K9 unit of the Anderson County Sheriff ’s Department. Many in our community were heartbroken when K9 officer Hyco was killed during an investigation. We’ve taken a look inside the K9 unit and how man’s best friend plays a role in those sworn to protect and serve. And, I really think you’ll like the story about today’s youth and their journey visiting collegiate campuses as they embark on the next phase of their lives. This time of year, many high school juniors and seniors are touring campuses in hopes of catching a glimpse at what life at a particular school might be like. Oh, if I had known all the things then that I know now…but, let’s remember, it’s “not about me.” Thanks for picking up this issue! I hope you’ll make reading Anderson Magazine regularly part of your resolution list – and share it with a friend, so it’s not just about you!



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Back in the good ol’ days of my own college experience at Georgia Southern University.


Imagine Anderson We’re Halfway There By Joe Drennon, Chair, Imagine Anderson Leadership Board Some of you may remember that in 2006 the Anderson community created the Imagine Anderson plan to serve as a catalyst for improving Anderson County over the following 20 years. The plan was created through a community-wide visioning process with input from people all across Anderson County. The initial plan identified goals to accomplish by 2026. It offers five overarching priority areas and fourteen inter-connected goals for Anderson County. The priority areas include: • Education • Economic Development • Growth Management • Leisure and Recreation • Health and Human Services

Past Board Leaders Tom Allen Nicole Boseman Jim Broyles Tim Drummond Malette Gambrell Jake Grove Carey Jones Hamid Mohsseni Kynan Robinson Ronny Townsend George West

Continuing Board Leaders

So, here we are at our halfway point. Much has been accomplished in 10 years. New trails, footpaths and parks; more jobs and businesses in the area as well as business incubators; more support for school funding and healthy initiatives in schools; three communities now smoke-free; and an increase in downtown and community events. There’s much to be celebrated but much more work to be done. And yes…it requires a lot of work, a lot of vision, a lot of dedication and a lot of patience. So with that, I would like to thank those who: 1) have served on the Imagine Anderson Leadership Board and were part of the initial team that had the foresight and vision to create such a plan for our community; 2) are still serving on the board; and 3) have recently agreed to take up the gauntlet and join the Imagine Anderson Board. n

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Feeding Kids, Fueling Minds

By Tammie Collins, United Way of Anderson County For the last several months I have been packing. Yes, packing. Boxes and boxes. I have been packing alongside other volunteers in the community, morning, noon and night, and some Saturdays too! Boxes and boxes. It’s been a great way to meet new people, a good excuse to get out of the office and a fun way to work together with hundreds of volunteers as a team. But what is this really all about? What do boxes have to do with volunteerism? What do boxes have to do with the community? What is the importance of the box? The “box” is meeting a very important need in our community. It is feeding kids and fueling minds! We know that there are many children in this community who are fed at school through the free breakfast and lunch program. We know that, for some children, these are the only meals they get that day. We know that, for some of these children, they will go home over the weekend with very little to no food to feed them on Saturday and Sunday. This is a heart-wrenching issue and not just from a basic needs perspective on hunger. The effects go far beyond just hunger. Hunger impacts a child’s ability to be successful in school. For those children without food over the weekend, it generally takes until Tuesday (after a school breakfast and lunch cycle) until they are actually back on track, able to concentrate and ready to learn. What a double whammy for a child – hungry and having a hard time concentrating in school. No child should have to go hungry over the weekend! So, I am proud to say, through a unique partnership of the United Way of Anderson County, the Golden Harvest Food Bank and all five Anderson school districts, we are stepping up. Together, through the Backpack Snackpack program, we are ensuring that 1,000 children identified as “in need” are receiving bags of food that go home with them each and every weekend during the school year. Every weekend! This requires collaboration, volunteers and dollars. But together, our community is making it happen! It is a program that continues on and thus continually needs hands and dollars. I want to thank all who have given to this awesome effort, and I would like to encourage others to help us fill the gap! Feeding kids, fueling minds, finding success for tomorrow. That’s what all this packing is about! n


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BOLD DREAMS Led to Anderson By Jay Wright

In 2000, Florida native Leesa Townsend was working in Hiawassee, Georgia. Luis Montes, who grew up in Guanajuato, Mexico, was working at her favorite restaurant in Hiawassee. “From the moment I saw him, I was attracted to the energy and personality of that cute waiter,” said Leesa. She beams as she tells of boldly giving him her phone number and the courtship that followed – a courtship that soon included plans for marriage plus sharing a dream of becoming entrepreneurs, of owning a business, a nice house, and horses in a place that felt like home. A dream of such a successful business that it could provide work and opportunity to family and friends. A family business that would grow. They married in 2002 and their plan was underway. Leesa’s strengths were in planning and organizing. And since her mother and grandmother had extensive restaurant experience, Leesa understood the restaurant business. Luis’ strengths were his understanding of Hispanic culture and how restaurant wait staff could learn and deliver great service. His passion was people. Their dream crystalized into a family restaurant that served authentic Mexican cuisine at a bar, in booths, and in rooms where a family or group could enjoy a private celebration. A place with large television screens so customers could keep an eye on games in progress or breaking news. A restaurant that would become known for its food, atmosphere, and exceptional service – at very competitive prices. The most critical part of the dream was where to locate such a restaurant, as that would also determine where they would live. Luis drove to a number of areas and did first-hand research. He investigated area growth plans, schools, housing, and horse-boarding facilities. He personally spoke with locals, including restaurant owners. His search led to Anderson, which met their needs and also had easy access to an interstate highway for managing future restaurants in other towns. Ten years into their dream, how are things going? Their restaurant, El Arriero Mexican Restaurant and Bar, opened on Highway 24 in October of 2005. The facility had housed restaurants before; however, none had lasted. El Arriero, on the other hand, has re-written the history of that property. Relatively soon after opening, there were afternoons that its parking lot was filled with vehicles until closing time.

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When Losing is Winning By April Cameron

Now in its sixth year, Anderson’s Largest Loser continues to help the local community hit its weight loss goals. The 2016 challenge gets underway in early January and lasts through March 29. Each week, participants will have a weigh in, and the person who has the highest percentage of weight loss that week will be awarded a prize. Prizes include things like massage gift certificates, discounts at salons and more. At the end of the 12 weeks, a grand prize winner will be announced based on their percentage of weight lost over the time period. Past winners have lost over 60 pounds during the challenge. All weigh-ins will be at the GetRight gym, but you do not have to be a GetRight member/client to participate. Anyone who is looking for motivation, accountability and guidance can sign up to join Anderson’s Largest Loser. The fee to join the challenge is only $35, and you can join in person or by phone. Make sure to sign up as soon as possible in January to ensure you have every advantage offered to be the largest loser! Look for updates in the next two issues of Anderson Magazine to report on the progress and winner of Anderson’s Largest Loser. n

If you’ve made the same resolution to lose weight again this year, what’s going to be different? How are you going to make sure you aren’t making this same resolution next year at this time? Maybe you need a little help. A little accountability. A little guidance. A little friendly competition to keep you motivated. You’re in luck! Make plans to join the Anderson’s Largest Loser competition hosted by GetRight Fitness. Mikki Campbell, owner of GetRight Fitness, started a career in personal training in 1994. In 2007, he suffered an injury and was unable to keep the momentum of his own fitness plan. He suffered depression and excessive weight gain. Campbell’s weight topped out at 328 pounds before he recommitted himself to achieving his own personal healthy weight and fitness goals. In 2009, he put his life back in the right direction and started offering personal training to clients. Within six months, Campbell had lost 100 pounds, opened his own weight training facility and started moving himself and others in a positive direction. In 2010, on the heels of the popular television show “The Biggest Loser,” Campbell began a community weight loss challenge called Anderson’s Largest Loser. The 12week program consisted of a friendly competition challenging participants to lose weight, eat healthy and gain strength. The first year the program was completed, the group lost a combined total of 633 pounds.


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Local Political Races Heating Up By Liz Carey

Chad McBride

Sen. Kevin Bryant

With the filing deadline for local offices rapidly approaching, two local races are also heating up, and getting attention. Filing for state and county offices begins March 16. At that time, local candidates will have until March 30 to file. The primaries for those races will be held on June 14, with a run-off election on June 28, if necessary. But campaigns for Anderson County sheriff and for the District 3 state senate seat are already underway. In the Anderson County sheriff ’s race, three Republican challengers have announced plans to face off against incumbent John Skipper, also a Republican, who has been in office since 2008. Chad McBride, former Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office public information officer and current safety officer for NewSpring Church; Jeremy Pickens, former South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper; and Stan Ashley, former Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office investigator; have all announced publically that they will run against Skipper. There are hints that others may announce as well. According to Michael Kay, head of the Anderson County Democratic Party, no Democratic candidates have come forward yet. The race for the District 3 senate seat has been going strong since October 6, when Carol Burdette, president and chief professional officer for the United Way of Anderson County, announced that she would challenge incumbent Sen. Kevin Bryant for the seat. Bryant, a pharmacist who owns and manages Bryant Pharmacy in Anderson with his family, won the senate seat in 2004 and has served ever since. A fiscal conservative, Bryant has pushed for limited government, lower taxes and traditional family values. Burdette said that she has been thinking about running for senate for a long time, but realized it was time to “put up or shut up.” The United Way Director and former Mayor of Pendleton will run on her record of servant leadership. An advocate for children, families and seniors, Burdette said if elected she will be accessible and approachable and fight for Anderson County’s best interests in Columbia. Burdette and Bryant have already met in a candidates’ forum presented by Progressive Women of Anderson in October. About a hundred people attended the forum held at the Anderson County Library’s main branch. No Democratic candidate has yet come forward in the Senate race either, Kay said. Once the primaries have been decided, the general election will be held on November 8, at the same time as the congressional and presidential elections. n

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Candidates Court the Upstate By Liz Carey


Harvell said his group works directly with campaigns to get them to come to Anderson. “Well, we have people involved within our political leadership that work with the campaigns to get them here,” Harvell said. “When we’ve contacted these campaigns, one of the selling points is that we’re the seventh largest Republican voting county in the state. That makes us a little more attractive than other counties. We want to make sure that one way or another we bring as many candidates as possible here in person.” According to Democracy in Action, a website created in 1998 to educate citizens on the political process, in just 2015 alone the 15 Republican candidates have cumulatively made more than 300 campaign stops in South Carolina – nearly half of them (145) in the Upstate. “For the Republicans, the Upstate has the biggest concentration of GOP voters. South Carolina is an early primary state, and the Upstate has a huge bloc of votes for the Republicans,” said Jason Zacker with Upstate Chamber Coalition, a non-partisan group representing 12 Upstate chambers, including the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. It has brought in several presidential candidates for its Presidential Candidate Forums series and its Young Professionals group. “This is has been the case for decades – particularly since we became the First in the South. For Republicans, South Carolina is a key test for evangelicals, fiscal conservatives, and retired military. Republicans spend time courting TEA Party and evangelical groups here.” Zacker said response to the Upstate Coalition’s programs had been good so far. “The Upstate Chamber Coalition’s events have all been very well attended. The 1,600 we had for Mr. Trump [in August] was the largest event ever held by the Coalition. I haven’t been surprised at all,” Zacker said. “South Carolina is a very politically active state, and our folks

t isn’t hard to see that some Presidential candidates are courting Upstate voters, but many would be surprised to find out how important their vote is and why.

Since the beginning of 2015, Republican candidates for president have made frequent stops in the Upstate and several have wowed crowds in Anderson. In November, a visit by front-runner Donald Trump broke an attendance record at the Civic Center of Anderson when more than 6,000 people showed up to see the real estate mogul discuss what he felt needed to be fixed in America. Trump had been scheduled to speak at T. L. Hanna High School. When the number of people requesting tickets exceeded 2,000, campaign planners opted for the change in location, said Dan Harvell, head of the Anderson County Republican Party. Since August 1, other GOP candidate visitors have included former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina on November 30, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee on October 22, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, Senator Ted Cruz and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on August 24, former Texas Governor Rick Perry on August 13 and South Carolina’s own Senator Lindsey Graham on August 10. Some, like Huckabee, Carson and Walker—who has since dropped out of the race—made multiple stops in Anderson. With the presidential primaries starting in January, South Carolina’s primary is touted as “First in the South,” and represents the first testing ground for presidential candidates here, officials say. More than that, the Upstate’s conservative majority makes this corner of South Carolina very attractive to Republican candidates looking to connect with their base.


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take their position as the First in the South very seriously. Campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire tends to be more hand-to-hand combat in small towns and individual precincts. Here, you start to see the bigger campaigns, bigger crowds, and broader messages. It’s just the difference between the three ‘first’ states.” On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb—who has dropped out—have made only 52 campaign stops in South Carolina, nine of which have been in the Upstate. Democratic presidential candidates, however, tend to target areas heavier in African-American voters, said Zacker. “The Democrats spend less time here than in Columbia or Charleston – which have the same concentration of voters for their party,” he said. “For the Democrats, South Carolina is a key test of their popularity amongst African-American voters. That’s why you see Democrats repeatedly speaking at the historically black colleges and universities. For both parties, they can test messages with those key constituencies and use it as a springboard for later primaries.” Michael Kay, head of the Democratic Party in Anderson, said that he doesn’t see any of the Democratic candidates coming to Anderson prior to the primaries. “The Upstate is such a solidly Republican area that there’s not a lot reason for them to come here,” Kay said. “In 2014, the turnout for midterms was not good for Democrats, so I would not expect them to focus on this area. Aside from the Bernie Sanders event in Greenville, there’s been no contact from the national campaigns to us.” Kay said his party will be emphasizing getting people registered and to get out and vote.

Whatever South Carolina voters decide will be key for the candidates in both parties, Zacker said. “South Carolina plays an outsized role in presidential selection. Like Iowa and New Hampshire, it is critical to get a boost here to perform in the next primaries. We’re the last stop for some of the candidates,” he said. “If they haven’t done well in Iowa or New Hampshire, this is their firewall. If they lose here, the campaign is over. In the Upstate, part of that is whether you’re speaking to Christian conservatives. In the Lowcountry, part of that is whether you’re speaking to the retirees and retired military. For Democrats, if you can’t get support from African-American voters, you’re at a distinct disadvantage as you move to the later primary states. Demographically, we have a little bit of everything for both parties.” Zacker and Harvell said that they expect the Upstate will see more candidates visiting before the February 8 primary. “The Coalition has worked very hard, and extended formal invitations to every major candidate on both sides of the aisle,” Zacker said. “Again, the Upstate is a very Republican area, and at a national level most business groups like Chambers of Commerce are considered Republican-leaning organizations. We are non-partisan, and have had several GOP candidates not take us up on our invitations. I can’t speak to why we haven’t heard back from Secretary Clinton, Governor O’Malley, or Senator Sanders yet -- other than to say when you have nearly two dozen GOP candidates, it’s not hard to get on one of their schedules.” Harvell said he expected one or two of the top five candidates would make their way through Anderson before the primary. “The success of both the Trump event and the Carson event have given us an even greater chance of getting one of the candidates because those events were so successful,” Harvell said. n


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For those of you who swear by the weather predications in the Farmer’s Almanac, get ready to bundle up! According to this guide, which was originally published in 1792, January is going to be cold and wet, with temperatures dipping below normal across the South. While it doesn’t happen often, here in Anderson there is a possibility of cold weather, snow and ice storms, the Almanac says. And the best way to not let the cold weather impact your pocketbook is to be prepared, experts say. According to Robert Kesler, president of McGee Heating and Air, the best thing you can do right now to save money on your heating bill is to have your HVAC unit serviced by a licensed professional. “I’d say that 95 out of 100 units are not working at their full potential,” Kesler said. “Just making sure that unit is up-to-date and working well can save you money over the course of the season.” Kesler also suggests making sure that your air filters are cleaned and maintained regularly. And, he said, make sure your air vents are open and unobstructed. “The air needs to circulate through the rooms,” he said. “On top of that, when whole rooms are closed off, those cold rooms can suck heat out of the warmer rooms.” Another cost-saving measure, Kesler said, is to leave your thermostat at one temperature, instead of moving it up and down. “People want to run their temps up and down all the time,” he said. “But you really want to keep it at a constant temperature. On an electric unit, warming that space up after it has cooled down can get really expensive.” Experts say that setting your house at 68 degrees and bundling up can save you money too. According to Duke Energy, for every degree below 70 that you set your thermostat, you


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A New Year, A New Interior PEOPLE can save as much as 3 percent off your electric bill. Duke also recommends sealing and insulating around doors and windows to prevent drafts. Insulating pipes can also protect them against freezing, according to Duke, but maintaining a constant temperature and opening cabinets under sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms during extremely cold temperatures may help keep pipes from freezing as well. Although some say a fireplace doesn’t do anything but suck cold air into a room, others say it is a great source of heat on a cold day. David Taylor, of David Taylor Heating and Air in Anderson, said it’s important to watch what you do when using a fireplace. “When you’re using wood, that’s the most efficient heat source you can use,” he said. “But when you’re not using it, you need to keep that damper closed to prevent cold air from coming in through it.” If someone uses a gas fireplace, though, he said, they need to be safe and make sure to open a window just a crack to ensure fresh air flows through the room. Taylor also recommended not using space heaters. “Space heaters use electricity by slowing it down and creating the friction and heat. It’s one of the least efficient ways to heat a room,” he said. “If someone has natural gas, they need to use it. [The price of] natural gas is at a 20year low. I’d run the gas heat before I’d run the electric space heater.” n

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Health & Happiness

Have a Ball

for a Great Cause By Caroline Anneaux


he 22nd annual Pediatric Therapy Works Camellia Ball will “let the good times roll” in historic downtown Anderson at the Bleckley Inn on Saturday, February 6. This event is presented by the AnMed Health Foundation. AnMed Health Pediatric Therapy Works provides services to children with mild to severe developmental disorders and physical disabilities. These services include occupational, physical and speech therapy. Parents and caregivers bring children to the North Fant Street center, which has a very welcoming and child-friendly environment. Therapists at the center also see patients at the AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital, schools and at the homes of medically fragile children who are not able to travel back and forth for therapy. “The theme for the party is ‘Laissez les bon temps rouler, or Let the good times roll,’ and live music will be provided by Finesse,” said Amy Kimbell, who is sharing hosting duties with her husband, Jimmy, Kym and Kelly Cleveland, Jess and Greer McDougald, Bucky and Ashleigh Cole, Craig and Ala Chappelear and Dr. J.P. and Meredith Stokes. “The Bleckley Inn is the perfect setting for a classy New Orleans-style event with food, including heavy hors d’oeuvres and breakfast, and beverages to complement the evening.” Roger and Heather Dalton are parents of a child who has received therapy at Pediatrics Therapy Works for four years. At age two, Connor had developmental


Connor Dalton receives services from AnMed Health Pediatric Therapy Works January/February 2016

Health & Happiness delays, overstimulation issues, no social interaction with peers and only said two words, “Mom” and “Dad.” His parents feared that he might never be in a regular classroom setting or without an aide at school. Four years later, he is in a regular class at school, minus an aide, and is thriving in that environment. “At age two, when Connor was diagnosed, Heather and I were relieved to finally have some answers to our concerns,” said Dalton. “Our pediatrician steered us towards Easter Seals and Pediatric Therapy Works for help. Easter Seals’ help ended within a year, but PTW took over and provided our family hope and inspiration for the long haul--hope for us as parents and inspiration for Connor. Never in a million years did we think Connor would be where he is now. When he crawls into my lap and tells me he loves me, I cannot help but think how far he has come in such a short period.”

Last year’s Camellia Ball was a huge success with the theme “Down the Rabbit Hole” from Alice in Wonderland.

The Camellia Ball is instrumental in raising money for Pediatric Therapy Works as well as educating others in the community about children with special needs. “It is amazing that so many community members come together and pool their resources to fund this awesome program,” said Dalton. “As Connor’s parents, we are thankful for every opportunity to show a small slice of our life with him and bring awareness to what it is like to raise a child who requires extra assistance. With the continued support of PTW, Connor’s future will be so much more than we ever expected it to be just four years ago. We want other parents to know about the tremendous resource we have here in Anderson.” To purchase tickets, please contact the AnMed Health Foundation at 864-512-3477 or go to the website www.anmedhealthfoundation. org. Ticket prices are $300 per couple and include food, drinks and entertainment. n 8:00 p.m. to midnight Saturday, February 6 The Bleckley Inn • Anderson, SC “Big Shot” Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. 19

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Making a decision about how to spend the next two to four (or sometimes six) years of your life is a big decision for anyone, especially a teenager. How do you begin to decide among the many college opportunities? By Nancye McClure


Education igh school seniors are busily finalizing their choices as the reality of graduation looms in their immediate future. Some adventurous souls plan to venture far from home, but others want the comfort of being close to friends and family. The wonderful news is that there is likely a college experience to suit almost any personality. Football, fraternity and sorority fun and generations-old traditions make up some of the collegiate experiences. On the other end of the spectrum is a high technology online education. A quick computer search can give details on location, costs and admission requirements, and even rate the schools’ partying atmosphere and attractiveness of the students. There is even information on the tolerance of the administration and severity of professors. However, even though there is so much information available online, the final decision usually comes down to a campus visit. Many times, the college visitation process starts with a school guidance counselor. Tracy Austin, guidance counselor at Crescent High School, said the state of South Carolina mandates that every year each student, beginning in the eighth grade, is individually advised on careers, preparation, college options, and other factors that determine what lies ahead in the education field. The students are also visited by college recruiters who give information and answer questions. However, seeing the college in person makes a significant impact on their idea of what a school might be like. “Ultimately,” said Austin, “the decision hinges upon the physical visit.” That is why groups of students are taken to visit campuses, often with others interested in the same major field of study. So while students have been learning about college options from early on, it is usually the junior and senior years of high school when applications will be sent and decisions made. Taking an individual visit to a school can help finalize the choice for most students. T.L. Hanna High School senior Whitney Hawkins has applied to both Clemson University and Anderson University. Although she grew up with both schools just a hop, skip and a jump away, she wanted to see what a “day in the life” was like as a student, so she scheduled visitations. “I knew I didn’t want to be too far from home,” said Hawkins, “and after visiting both campuses, I think I prefer Anderson University’s campus size.” In addition to these nearby schools, Hawkins also plans to visit Lander University in Greenwood. Luckily, through her high school’s Teacher Corps program for future educators, she has also had the opportunity to visit additional college campuses as well.




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Sanders Campbell, also a senior at T.L. Hanna, has his sights set on Clemson, but is keeping his options open. Campbell’s parents are both Clemson alumni, and his sister is currently attending. He hopes to someday join their ranks, and the family loyalty outweighs even the career benefits possibly obtained by attending a school with a higher-ranking program in his chosen field. He has visited the campus several times. Campbell is interested in the Bridge to Clemson program that partners Tri-County Technical College with the fouryear university. And his plans don’t necessarily stop there. Campbell is already thinking about graduate school and has not ruled out attending graduate school at a rival university after he obtains his bachelor’s degree as a Tiger. According to, “There are many colleges and universities in the Upstate producing more than 15,000 graduates per year. Out of these college graduates, the region boasts one of the highest concentrations of MBAs in the nation.” Students who plan on entering fields that require advanced degrees, such as law or medicine, often choose to remain at home with their parents in order to conserve resources needed for graduate schools. Graduate students go through much the same admissions ritual as high school students. David Thompson, a senior at Anderson University, is visiting campuses for graduate programs. After taking the LSAT, the law school counterpart of the SAT for undergraduate admission, he began visiting campuses and filling out applications—especially those that waived the fees. He, like the high school seniors, will spend several months wondering which schools will offer the best opportunities for him. n

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ften the very idea of seeking out financial advice seems intimidating. What type of advisor do I need? When is the right time to seek out advice? Sometimes the milestones in our lives propel us to seek out financial advice. Perhaps it’s a birth, a death or we’re nearing retirement or maybe we’ve started or grown a business. Suddenly, we realize we don’t have the time or the right expertise to go it alone. Perhaps we have a financial goal in mind but lack the time or skill to make a plan that will get us there. First, let’s talk about the different types of advisors, each of whom has unique expertise and a vital role to play. A few professional designations you may encounter along the way include the Certified Financial Planner (CFP), the Financial Advisor, and the Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Financial planners who hold CFP® certification provide advice ranging from setting up budgets to helping you manage your debt to figuring out how to pay for your child’s college education. Many are also licensed to sell insurance and securities products such as mutual funds or stocks and thus can also help you with investment advice. The CFP may charge an hourly fee or a flat fee, and/or charge a commission on insurance or investment products you purchase. Financial Advisors are individuals that provide investment management advice for compensation (generally a commission on the investments you purchase). A wide variety of licenses are available for the services a financial advisor can provide. CPAs (and sometimes Enrolled Agents who are not CPAs but have passed an exam and registered with the IRS) provide you with advice on tax and other financial matters and help you prepare and submit your tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service. A CPA often works with both the CFP and the financial advisor to prevent unintended tax consequences. All have met certain education, experience and ethics requirements and update their skills through continuous education. Understanding the unique capabilities (and limitations) of each designation helps us to select the right skill set for our needs and that may involve engaging more than one type of professional. So when is the right time to seek advice? According to Laura Blanton, Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, “We work with many different types

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of clients, and each client has a personalized plan and investment strategy that we’ve built for them to help meet their needs. We often get younger career professionals who have some discretionary income and are planning ahead, middle-aged couples who are getting serious about college expenses or retirement goals, or maybe are recently single and need some help sorting through their finances, and older folks who are looking to prepare for retirement or, sometimes, are already in retirement and have immediate income needs. There’s no one-size-fits-all answer in investing, and we take the needs, goals, and objectives of each person we sit down with into account when building a plan for them. Our favorite clients are those who are serious about being financially successful and value our advice.” Investing is a key aspect of a sound financial plan, but it’s not just about which stocks to pick, said Scott Patterson, CFP and Enrolled Agent (EA) with Core Financial Resources. “It’s about taxes, insurance, goals, managing debt and making a financial plan. Certified Financial Planners look at the totality. How can we achieve what you want,” said Patterson. As you start the New Year, get your financial house in order. Consider talking with a financial advisor to help you develop a plan that will help you reach your financial goals.


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Nine years ago, while at the South Carolina Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention, Coach Jeff Terry, physical education teacher at LaFrance Elementary School, was introduced to the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) and saw this as an opportunity to expand his students’ education. The program is a joint venture between state Departments of Education and Wildlife. The program promotes student education, physical education and participation in the life long sport of archery. The program’s focus is to provide International Style Target Archery in physical education classes in grades 4 – 12. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources held a training session at LaFrance Elementary in the fall of 2007 to train physical education teachers in Anderson School District Four. After teaching the NASP program in the PE classes for a couple of years, several of the PE teachers started archery teams and holding district tournaments at Pendleton High School. These scores from the tournaments were reported to SCDNR as a qualifying score for the SC Archery in the Schools State Tournament. The state tournament is now held in Sumter in which all of the ASD4 schools have participated and won multiple tournaments. The programs have grown so much throughout the area that the ASD4 archery teams now host a regional tournament along with SCDNR at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center (ASEC) where almost 500 archers from across the upstate will come to compete with their school teams. The numbers across the state include 330 schools and over 55,000 students participating in the program. As the archery season starts, the ASD4 teams are in place and are ready to compete for district, regional, state, national and world titles. Below is the archery schedule for the archery teams. All tournaments are open to the public. n

LaFrance Elementary School Archery Team

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UPCOMING ARCHERY TOURNAMENTS January 23 ASD4 District Tournament at Pendleton High School February 17 SC Archery in the Schools Region 1 Tournament in Anderson, SC at ASEC hosted by ASD4 Archery Teams March 22-24 SC Archery in the Schools State Tournament in Sumter, SC at Sumter Civic Center May 12-14 NASP National Tournament in Louisville, KY at Kentucky Expo Center June 22-24 NASP World Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC at Myrtle Beach Sports Center

Laney Smith practices with the Mt. Lebanon Archery Team.

Students in Anderson District 4 competing in a local Archery Tournament.

Collin Greene wins 2nd place elementary male in his first tournament. His LaFrance Archery team won 2nd place at the tournament.

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Anderson County’s Inaugural Boograss Bash Attracts from Across the Globe By Angela Stringer Anderson County Director of Communications

In October 2015, Anderson County ‘brewed up a unique blend of Bluegrass and Halloween with the Inaugural Halloween BooGrass Bash. With headliners Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Marty Rabon & Full Circle, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Flatt Lonesome, Balsam Range, The Lonesome River Band, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Boxcars as well as Adkins & Loudermilk, the Civic Center of Anderson rocked with scary-good bluegrass! The band competition attracted several upcoming and extremely talented bands such as The Hinson Girls, The Band Kelly, and La Terza Classe, the Italian bluegrass band from Italy. Some came to listen, others to ‘pick-n-grin’ during all-day jam sessions spread throughout the Civic Center. Bluegrass aficionados made the pilgrimage from Buffalo, New York, Knoxville, Tennessee and even as far away as Naples, Italy to savor the smorgasbord of harmonies clear evidence that bluegrass truly has a dedicated, diverse and even international following willing to travel hundreds, even thousands of miles for a well-planned event. Mark your calendar now for the 2nd Annual BooGrass Bash scheduled for Halloween weekend 2016 at the Civic Center of Anderson. Breazeale’s Grocery Bluegrass on Liberty Highway Organizers are already working on the schedule and talent. Visit the website: www.BooGrassBreazeale’s Grocery for more information and updates. However, if you need a bluegrass-fix before next Halloween, you can visit Bluegrass Breazeale’s Grocery Bluegrass, 5109 Liberty Highway in Anderson every Satevery Saturday night from urday night from 6:30 until 11 pm. Proprietor Don Acevedo invites you to 6:30 until 11 pm. bring your bluegrass instrument and join the bluegrass jam or just come out to enjoy the music and family-friendly fellowship. All skill levels are welcome (beginner – professional). n

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Giving Back:

By Cecilia Lewis

the Charitable Mentality

Avery & Cooper Cameron delivering Meals On Wheels with their mom.

Stuart Marshburn preparing boxes for Operation Christmas Child.

During the fall of 2008, my husband and I visited Anderson looking for a place to retire. The landscape was amazing, Lake Hartwell was my husband’s dream, and we made the decision to move. Our choice was confirmed when leaving a local restaurant. The young cashier looked up, smiled, and said, “Y’all have a blessed day.” We still remember her sincerity and wonder if she knew how much she gave back to us that day. The traditional season of giving back comes with the cold weather. Sometimes, the self-satisfaction of these charitable acts leads individuals to make New Year’s resolutions in a pledge to help others all year long. Why do so many people take time from their own lives to help a stranger? When sixteen-year-old Stuart Marshburn was asked how long he’d been doing volunteer work, he laughed, “Forever.” He remembers involvement with Operation Christmas Child and Potter’s House N.C. Here in Anderson, Stu, who splits his school day between New Covenant and home school assignments as well as playing basketball, continues that participation in Operation Christmas Child, the Lot Project, and Calvary Home for Children. When asked why he chooses to give to others, he replied, “I am so blessed. . . I have a great family, a wonderful home, good friends. I get to go share with other people about Christ. It is so humbling. So many people don’t even have homes, so yes, I am blessed.” In a different way of giving back, members of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail meet to work on the latest wooden quilt block plaque to be posted on homes, businesses and public buildings. One member, Diane Schonauer, says she began volunteering about 25 years ago in Illinois and with a good friend “churned” out huge numbers of philanthropy quilts. Although she is involved in multiple volunteer efforts, when asked about her favorite, she smiled and said, “Quilts of Valor. There is a need to honor our veterans and when I see the joy on someone’s face and know that my quilt has made their day, it is so worthwhile.” She concluded, “It’s just a good thing to do.” Some people support worthy causes financially. A couple (requesting anonymity) created a substantial endowment to their university. When I asked why the school instead of family, the wife replied, “Every person has the ability to impact other lives in a positive way. By leaving an endowment, our personal successes become more than who we are – they become a way for society to grow and change.” Curious, I asked how her children reacted. She smiled. “Each individual needs to develop a work ethic, no matter what their financial status. No one should just drift through life because they have financial independence.” When asked why people do volunteer work, local psychologist Rebecca Sorrow replied, “Part of the basis to be happy, to feel good, is we have to be grateful for our own lives. Some of what we have was given without doing anything and when we see others who need so much,


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we become grateful for what we have. Folks who volunteer have a stronger sense of equality – a sense of ‘I’m not better than other people.’ The question is, why don’t more people do it!?” Finally, I sat down with a bridge group, many of them native Andersonians and most well past retirement age. One friend, Cam Caldwell, volunteers at the Anderson Arts Center. I asked, “Why do you do it?” She looked me in the eye and declared, “To get my lazy behind out of bed in the morning and be an adult.” Then she laughed and said, “I know you probably want all the ‘so I can make the world a better place,’ but really, just getting out of the house – that was my initial reason. Now, I go because I like it – and I learn something new all the time.” So many reasons, so many different kinds of folks: Anderson truly is blessed. n

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Anderson School District One By Liz Carey

Some assessments of Williamston-based Anderson School District One have placed it squarely at the top, as either the fourth or fifth best school district in the state. This year has seen some pretty impressive test scores and graduation rates coming from the 14-school district. And the district continues to win awards for excellence. Anderson One’s students have outperformed the state on several standardized tests. And the district’s graduation rate of 92 percent is at an all-time high. “Our theme this year has been ‘Strive for perfection, settle for excellence,’” said Jane Harrison, assistant superintendent for instruction. “And we have. While there has been a pause in releasing school report cards at the state level, Anderson One still maintains a rating of ‘excellent’ for the fifth year in a row.” This year the Education Oversight Committee decided to eliminate releasing report cards on schools and districts until a standard could be developed that applied to all schools and school districts equally. The committee anticipates that the report cards will be released again in 2017. Students in Anderson One beat the state average on all four End of Course tests, which are tests given in Algebra 1, English 2, U.S. History and Biology at the end of the semester to test their comprehension on these four “Benchmark” subjects. According to results released from the South Carolina Department of Education, 84.7 percent of Anderson One students passed the Algebra 1 test, where the state average was 82.6. In biology, Anderson One scored 84.3 percent, better than the state average of 82.3 percent.

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Education In English, Anderson One scored 82.9 percent, above the state’s 79.4 percent average. Scores on the English 1 test were high enough to rank the district as fourth in the state. And on the most challenging test, U.S. History and the Constitution, Anderson One was fifth in the state. Its score of 79.3 percent was above the state average of 6.1 percent. “The teachers do an outstanding job of teaching the specific content while making it relevant for the students,” said Harrison. “The assessment is an important measure of whether the students know the material, but it is equally important that students know how to apply their learning in other coursework at high school, later in college or in their chosen career.” The district also ranked fifth in the state for ACT scores. Last year, all of the juniors in all three of the district’s high schools took the ACT test, which looks at readiness for college. Anderson One students beat the state and national average in all four subject areas, which placed them among the top 5 percent of all the school districts in the state. Anderson One also has a graduation rate higher than the state average. In a report released by the S.C. Department of Education, Anderson One’s graduation rate rose from 90.8 percent to 92 percent in 2015, far surpassing the state average of 80.3. “High school graduation is one of the greatest accomplishments for our students and our parents, as well as every school in Anderson District One,” Harrison said. “It is a most necessary tool for any young person to achieve


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Education success in the world today. Starting in kindergarten, we focus on helping each student reach his or her full potential and obtain a high school diploma. We are so appreciative for all of our teachers, K-12, that impact student learning and encourage students to persevere and graduate.” The class of 2015 was also the first class to complete all four years at Powdersville High School (it was built in 2011). Of the students, 96.2 percent graduated on time, the highest graduation rate in the state for non-charter, non-magnet public schools with over 300 students. “It is wonderful and exciting to see that our high school graduation rate continues to go up in Anderson One,” said David Havird, Anderson One’s superintendent. “The graduation rate is a comprehensive and collaborative effort for all of our staff and schools. I am proud of the results and commend our students, parents, teachers and school communities for their progress.” Lastly, the district was recognized at the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology conference in October for its “Discover Transform Excel” program. SCAET recognizes “outstanding programs that showcase uses of technology in education.”

“The teachers do an outstanding job of teaching the specific content while making it relevant for the students.” The Anderson One program helped a technology team to create professional development and provide instructional support for teachers focusing on the words “discover,” “transform” and “excel” and used a 1 to 1 iPad environment which allowed teachers and students to use technology at its fullest potential. “We have a wonderful team of instructional technologists working under the direction of the coordinator of digital learning, Kristen Hearne,” Harrison said. “They have led a successful technology implementation.” But the results in Anderson One aren’t just due to technology, Harrison said. “I would say that we have to give credit not only to our administration and staff, but also to our parents and students,” Harrison said. “Achieving these results really has been a collaborative effort between all the stakeholders in the district.” n


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The sixth biennial Anderson International Festival (AIF) gets underway January 8 and when it finishes February 20 Anderson County will have celebrated all things Italian under the banner “Ciao, Italia!” The festival will feature programs presented by many area organizations that highlight the arts, history, and culture of the nation while celebrating its ties to Anderson County. Opening the festival’s calendar with a reception the evening of Friday, January 8 is an exhibit at the Anderson Arts Center. The next night features the screening of the film “Roman Holiday,” starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, at a wine and cheese reception at the Electric City Playhouse. The first weekend closes on Sunday, January 10 at 2 p.m. with the opening of “Museo de Italia” at the Belton Area Museum, an exhibit featuring Roman artifacts, and Italian art and jewelry. Between January 8 and February 20, there will be a full schedule of film screenings, book discussions and lectures, music concerts, programs for children, and more in Anderson and around the county. In Pendleton, restaurants 1826 Bistro, The Village Baker & Café, The Islander Pub & Grill, and Rick’s Pizza Pub will feature Italian specials each weekend. Since its beginning in 2006, a highlight of the festival has been the Anderson County Museum’s Winter Night Gala. This year the January 22 event will open the museum’s exhibit, “Preaching to God’s Creatures: The Franciscans of Anderson County.” The Belton Arts Center opens its “Celebrate L’Italia” exhibit on January 16. The Belton Area Museum will conduct two road trips to Bob Jones University to view its Masters Art Collection. The Anderson County Library System will hold lectures on Italian culture and history as well as present coffee and wine tastings. Films will be presented during the festival’s two months, including “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Cinema Paradiso,” and “Life is Beautiful.” Story times at the Main Library and participating branch libraries will feature Tomi DePaulo’s popular book “Strega Nona,” and

AIF board members: (l to r) Marybeth Evans (board secretary and representing Anderson County Library), Jean Niles (representing Anderson County Museum), Dana Gencarelli (executive director of GAMAC, Brena Walker (representing the Anderson University LifeLong Learning Insitutute’s Travel Club), Kimberly Spears (executive director of the Anderson Arts Center, and Beverly Childs (executive director at Anderson County Museum) at the January 21 Family Night @ Your Library, visitors will board a plane and travel to Italy with Buttons the Clown. The Belton Area Museum will also offer children’s programming, including Little Italian Theatre and Learn to Speak Italian. You’ll also be able to enjoy dinner and a movie at “Spaghetti Western” nights, featuring spaghetti and Clint Eastwood in “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and “A Fistful of Dollars.” Staged readings focusing on the life of Galileo, fashion shows, opera performances, and music concerts will all take place before the festival closes on Feb. 20 with the Italian Invasion Road Rally making a stop in Pendleton from 1 to 3 p.m., presented by Alpha Romeo of Greer and the Town of Pendleton. There’s something for everyone and nothing to be missed! Visit the AIF website at for a schedule of events and contact information. n 39

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DIRECT CARE: A New Approach to Your Health By Caroline Anneaux

“I want to take care of people and not spend so much of my time documenting for insurance companies.” Direct Access MD is a new direct primary care practice in Anderson offering a new approach to health care. Two offices in Anderson, owned by Dr. Amy Cianciolo and Dr. Shane Purcell, make it convenient for patients desiring same or next-day office visits, extended time for appointments and a more personal relationship with their doctor. Dr. Cianciolo and Dr. Purcell offer everything a primary care doctor’s office has, but they run their practice differently. Insurance is not accepted. Patients pay a flat, monthly price, giving them unlimited access to the doctor, acute and non-acute office visits, annual physicals and wholesale prices for medication, lab work and medical equipment. “I want to take care of people and not spend so much of my time documenting for insurance companies,” said Dr. Cianciolo. “The concept of direct care makes sense to me on every level: medical, ethical, and economic. Folks should have access to affordable quality health care – with


or without insurance – and our practice offers that to the local community.” Direct Access MD contracts with providers in the area to offer much lower rates on labs, CT scans, X-rays and more. The cash price a patient will pay for these services is nowhere near the amount normally billed through insurance. Dr. Cianciolo and Dr. Purcell recommend that patients take out a catastrophic insurance policy to cover any hospitalization or other major medical expense that may occur during the year. All other primary care visits such as annual physical, sports physical, sick visits, diabetic and blood pressure monitoring, EKG, rapid strep test, simple skin lesion removal, pap smears and urinalysis are covered under the monthly fee. Patients who have insurance are still able to use it for anything above and beyond the care Dr. Cianciolo and Dr. January/February 2016

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Purcell provide. If patients need to see a specialist, have surgery, or are admitted to the hospital for treatment, they would use their private insurance to cover those expenses. Direct Access MD also has an internal pharmacy which carries many basic non-controlled generic prescriptions at a very low cost. Some blood pressure and cholesterol medications cost about a dollar or two per month. If other medications are needed, the doctors are able to write prescriptions for those as well. “My oath is to patients, NOT to insurance companies,” said Dr. Purcell. “I want to stress the fact that direct primary care is about eliminating the middle man and restoring the patient-physician relationship. That relationship has been fractured and damaged by third-party payers like Medicare, Medicaid and health insurers.” “Direct Primary Care is more affordable and offers us a better way of taking care of our patients,” said Dr. Cianciolo. “Starting Direct Access MD has been very rewarding and the response from our patients has been overwhelmingly positive.” Direct Access MD offers high-quality, very affordable primary care for a monthly fee. Established patients will be seen right away. Appointments do not have to be set weeks or months in advance. Sick visits can be provided the same or next day. Dr. Cianciolo and Dr. Purcell are available to their patients via phone, email and text. They are able to spend as much time as needed with every patient and not rush in and out of the exam room in less than 10 minutes. Individual, family and small business/corporate pricing are available. Individuals age 20-44 pay $50/month, and those between the ages of 45-64 pay $75/ month. Patients age 65 and up pay $100/month. Children age 0-19 cost $10/ month when a parent is on the plan. Small business and corporate rates are a standard rate of $50/month for any age adult and $10/month for kids. Dr. Cianciolo’s office is at 803 N. Fant Street, Suite 2A. Dr. Purcell’s office is at 823 Pearman Dairy Road. For more information about this new concept for primary doctor care, visit

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Rainy winter weather can get anyone down “It is so dark and rainy outside, I feel like crawling back in my bed.” Most of us have felt that sometimes when waking up to a cold, rainy morning. Certainly, we had a lot of those days recently and the forecast calls for more during this wet winter. But is it true that people have lower mood as a reaction to rainy days? Psychiatrists for years have studied seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. For most people with SAD, symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, but for some, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer. Most recently, the updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders gave the criteria for diagnosing depression with a seasonal pattern as having symptoms of depression for at least the last two years with the depression beginning during a specific season every year and ending during a specific season every year. What symptoms do people with SAD have? Symptoms vary significantly depending on the time, the person and the baseline mood symptoms and may include: irritability, fatigue, hypersensitivity to rejection, oversleeping or trouble sleeping (insomnia), overeating (especially carbohydrates) or weight loss. What are the reasons for SAD? The specific cause of SAD remains unknown. The internal clock (what scientists call circadian rhythm) may have an effect on our mood. Other scientists believe that changes in the levels of our hormones such as serotonin, melatonin or cortisol may be the reasons. Simply, we do not know. So how do I treat SAD? Treatment of SAD, or for that matter, any mental illness, depends on the “BioPsychoSocial” model.

PSYCHOTHERAPY Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, can help patients with SAD identify triggers, live healthy lifestyles, and react to and manage stress better. Some other therapy that may help relieve depression symptoms include acupuncture, yoga, meditation or massage therapy. LIFESTYLE CHANGES Live brighter days: Open blinds at your home or office, sit close to bright windows, get outside more, walk at the mall, the rec center or the YMCA if you are not able to walk outside. Exercise and other types of physical activity help relieve stress and anxiety. Some people like to turn on their light therapy while walking on a treadmill in the morning. One of the interesting lifestyle changes may include taking a trip to the sunny Bahamas (I love this treatment and I wish my doctor could prescribe it and my insurance was willing to pay for it!). Certain herbal remedies may help SAD, although the beneficial effects of herbs are not proven. But wait, are we talking about rainy days and depression, or SAD? Is there a relationship between just weather (not seasonal) changes and a depressed mood? Three separate studies were conducted over the past 15 years on the effect of daily weather changes on people’s mood (Jaap J.A. Denissen in 2008, Keller et al. in 2005 and Watson in 2000). They found no significant effects of weather on overall mood changes. Accordingly, the idea that pleasant weather increases people’s positive mood in general is not supported by the findings of these studies. It is important to mention that these studies found that individual subjects may vary significantly in their response to weather and some of them showed some correlation. So by finding no significant scientific relationship between rainy days and a more depressed mood, I cannot say, “It is so dark and rainy outside, I feel like crawling back in my bed.” I can just hope that by the time this is printed, I will be soaking in the sun on the seat outside of my office during a lovely, sunny afternoon. n

BIOLOGY Light therapy to mimic natural outdoor light: It works quickly for most of the fall SAD cases. The light therapy should have a specific intensity and wave. Medications are indicated for some people, especially if they’re not responding to other measures including talk therapy or light therapy. Some providers may suggest a preventive way of using the medications such as starting treatment with an antidepressant before symptoms typically begin each year.

Dr. Fahd Zarrouf is a psychiatrist and internist who also specializes in sleep medicine. He works with AnMed Health TMS Center of the Upstate and the AnMed Health Lung and Sleep Center. He employs Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to treat depression in patients who have failed to find relief from therapy or medication. 43

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A Different


of Officers By Lisa Marie Carter


In late October, a police tragedy struck the Anderson community when a K9 officer, Hyco, was shot as he was trying to assist in the apprehension of a suspect in an alleged car-jacking. The death of this much-loved police canine brought about a new interest in the K9 unit and how these animals are an important part of the Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office (ACSO). As Lieutenant Josh Payne, head of the K9 unit, expressed it, “On October 21, one of my employees did not go home. After losing Hyco, we were all bleeding.” Since the death of Hyco, the ACSO K9 unit consists of seven K9 handlers and their K9s. The canines typically assist in three areas: apprehension, tracking and the bomb squad. The patrol canines are most often used for apprehension of suspects and/or locating drugs. The canines in this specialty—the one in which Hyco served—are mainly purebred German shepherds, Dutch shepherds and/or Belgian Malinois. On active duty are Deputy Brian Picard and his 21-month-old German shepherd, Bono, and Corporal Eric Scott and his 21-month-old German shepherd, Sandro. The shepherds are born and bred in Europe. This is January/February 2016

top-quality, healthy partner that officers can count on for years to come. Their testing and training areas include buildings, fields, wooded areas and vehicles on and off site, allowing officers the opportunity to take as much time as necessary to test for their specific needs. The owners and several K9 handlers are available to help with the selection and/or perform the required testing. The bomb squad K9 team consists of Craig Mize and his K9 partner, Tim, who is a black Labrador retriever. Tim’s expertise is locating explosives. The tracking K9s are pure-bred bloodhounds. This area is four teams strong with Corporal Kevin Evatt and his bloodhound, Duke, Deputy Jonathan Williams and his 3-year-old bloodhound, Dixie, Deputy Marty Brooks and his 7-month-old bloodhound, Maverick, and Deputy John Martin with his bloodhound, Emma.

where most German shepherd K9 officers come from due to the strong blood lines originating there. They are then brought to the U.S. into any of a number of many training and boarding facilities. The two shepherds on the ACSO K9 division were trained at Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania. Payne said this particular kennel was chosen after much research, and the ACSO has continued to use them for the consistently superior K9s they have procured in the past from the kennel. At Shallow Creek, the K9s are hand-selected and tested to ensure each dog possesses the proper genetic makeup to become a police service dog. Each dog is checked by a veterinarian in Europe before shipping, and again by a veterinarian at the kennel within days of arrival, to further ensure the purchase of a

The bloodhounds are normally purchased locally through independent breeders known for dogs with strong blood lines. When the pups are procured by the ACSO, they are trained locally with their K9 handlers. Bloodhounds, once they pick up a scent, will track and track (and track and track) until they locate their person or target. It is for this reason they are mainly used for finding missing persons, including children and elderly people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. 45

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Corporal Evatt recalls a missing person incident in which Duke tracked the scent down a hill onto a dock and into the lake. The dogs’ sense of smell is so keen they can track even into water, which Evatt explains they do by “lapping” the water. What appears to be the K9 drinking water is actually its way of keeping/detecting the scent. When the ACSO loses a K9, whether through retirement, illness or death, it is a costly and time-consuming loss for the department. Initial costs for adding a new patrol K9 to the unit range from $13,500 to $15,000. This fee is just for the purchase of an approved dog. In addition to this, the handler for the dog is sent to the kennel facility for an intense six-week course. During this course, in addition to being short an officer, the department also incurs the travel and lodging expenses. Lt. Payne explained that the training for the K9 unit is continual. “Training for all the K9s is an ongoing process. The handlers and K9s set aside a day dedicated to training each week and do an average of 44 hours each month for maintenance training,” he said. “In addition to weekly/monthly training, each patrol dog gets certified every year.” This is a three-day process, which in turn means the department is short a K9 and the handler for those days. The Sheriff ’s Office also covers the vet, grooming and food costs for the K9s. K9s are fed fairly strict diets such as Purina Pro Plan and Blue Buffalo, so the monthly costs add up quickly. Additionally, certain healthcare necessities are quite costly, like dental visits, which can be in the area of $2,000 per dog. The K9 unit, which is often on the front line of many confrontations, currently does not have any bullet proof vests for the K9s. Each vest costs approximately $1,000, and unfortunately there are no additional funds for this. To add two K9s to the unit (which is needed), plus a total of nine bullet proof vests to protect all K9s would run the department around $40,000. Since Hyco’s death, there has been a movement in the community to help raise funds for the vests. Donations are being accepted at the ACSO and any funds should be designated to the K9 unit. The address is 305 Camson Road, Anderson, SC 29625. For more information, call the Sheriff ’s Office at 864-260-4400. n


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Hero, Family Member and much more We wanted to learn more about Hyco, the heroic dog who piqued the interest of many of us and brought our community together to support a cause. We spoke with the family of Brandon Surratt, Hyco’s handler, to get some insight into this local hero and beloved family member. Anderson Magazine (AM) – Tell us about Hyco in your own words. Surratt Family (SF)- Hyco was one in a million, the best. He LOVED to work and was always “on patrol” even at home. He was constantly pacing our house, always knew where everyone was in the house. He would “make a friend” with everyone he met; however, he knew when to work and when to play. Anytime Brandon would leave without him, he would literally “pout” the entire time Brandon was gone. AM - What was a typical day off like for Hyco? SF - Hyco was so laid back. Our kids could play all over Hyco, and he would just lay there and take it. He loved everyone really and never met a stranger. Well, unless you were running, of course! AM - What was Hyco’s typical work day like with Brandon? SF - There is no such thing as a typical day for law enforcement! When Hyco saw Brandon putting on his uniform, there was absolutely no stopping him. He would run back and forth from Brandon to the door and would be in complete work mode. Brandon would open the door to leave, and Hyco would go and sit at the patrol car until Brandon put him in. Hyco loved going to schools and doing demonstrations with all of the kids. He also loved a good track, a good chase and a good apprehension.


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AM – What are your thoughts on the community support you have received? SF - The community has been amazing. We really can’t say “thank you” enough for all of the support our family has received. We have been shown support not just from the Upstate but from almost every state. AM - So that Hyco’s death is not in vain, what would you like to see happen? SF - We want people to remember Hyco. We want the laws changed making penalties much stricter for killing police K9s. Police K9s are definitely not just “tools.” They are partners and family. We would like to continue raising money for the Hyco K9 Fund to continue to help our K9s in our community. AM – Do you care to share anything else you want the readers to know about Hyco? SF - Hyco was such a special part of our family. We will be forever grateful for Hyco...he allowed a husband and father to come home. n


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It’s a common sight in downtown Anderson – a man pushing a grocery cart down Main Street. Many assume he might be lazy, or crazy, or that he’s there because he chooses a life on the streets. He fits the stereotype most people have of who is homeless in our county. But the majority of homeless people in Anderson County, aren’t just single unemployed men wandering the streets. For some organizations that deal with the homeless in Anderson, homelessness impacts men, women and children in Anderson County, and experts say, their numbers are growing. According to state statistics, there were 114 homeless people in Anderson County in 2014. But experts say that number is deceiving because it doesn’t count people meals served living in others’ homes, or living in hotels. Some who deal with each day at the soup kitchen the homeless say the real number is much higher – nearing 900 to 1,000. Yolanda Archuletta, the executive director of Family Promise of Anderson, an organization that provides housing for families trying to get back on their feet after becoming homeless, said that the homeless these days are more likely to be families. Most of her clients, she said, consist of a woman with two children. The mom is usually between 22 and 35, with a high school education, and was recently in a relationship with a person who isn’t there anymore. “They’ve come here with a man because there’s a promise of a job,” she said. “Or the man has a job and they are staying with his family. When he leaves, their whole support system is gone.” The women and their children then turn to friends, or hotels, for shelter. In more and more cases, she said, it’s the whole family, fathers included, who come for help. “Sometimes, it’s the children in one house, and the parents in another,” she said. “Most of the people we talk to were working when something went wrong – one of them lost their job; health issues came up or unexpected expenses came up that derailed them. Usually it’s a situation that snowballs out of control.” After a while, she said, they find themselves out of a place to live. “They may be able to pay the bills, but not be able to pay the rent,” she said. “Or something may happen to the car. Or they may not have childcare. Think about it – our public transportation system is limited and quits at five. A taxi to Electrolux is $25 – one way. That’s $50 a day. If they



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Community work second or third shift, there’s no childcare to care for them. What are they supposed to do?” Jonell, who asked that we not use her last name, was one of those people. Jonell was raising her son in her own apartment with the help of a stepfather who occasionally helped her make ends. “He didn’t help all the time, but he did what he could,” she said. “When he died, everything just spiraled out of control.” After his death, she was just trying to get by. “When it started, it just kept going,” she said. “I couldn’t keep everything going. I wasn’t going out and buying everything. I just couldn’t make it work.” For a while, Jonell and her son lived with a friend who had a place in Section 8 housing. “Nothing was our own,” she said. “When we cleaned up after dinner, we sat in her living room and watched what she wanted to watch on TV. When my son and her son got into arguments over toys, her son could say ‘That’s mine.’ Mine couldn’t.” At Family Promise, she learned budgeting, and planning. Now out of the program for three years, she’s been living on her own and taking care of her son. “We struggle, but we make it through,” Jonelle said. “I’ve got to be concerned about my child’s future.” That insecurity of homelessness is especially hard for kids, said Lisa Butler, the homeless liaison for Anderson-based Anderson School District Five. “These kids didn’t do anything to be put in this situation,” she said. “They have no control over it. But they have to live with it.” Butler said she has 197 students in Anderson School District Five who are homeless. That number will increase as the year progresses, she said. At the end of last year, she Homeless was helping 367 homeless children. Students in It is estimated that there are more District 5 than 800 students in Anderson County who are homeless. “The state measurement is what is call a ‘Point in Time’ measurement and it only looks at the people who are living on the streets on one day in January,” Butler said. “But it doesn’t count the children who are in my program, or the people who are living with a friend or family members. It’s not an adequate number at all.” Many of the homeless adults are trying to get back to a normal life, said Noreen Smith, director for Clean Start. Clean Start is a program in downtown Anderson started in 2006 where the homeless can come to wash their clothes and take a shower. Many of them come through the program for just a few years before working out of it.

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Community “We serve probably about 120 people a week,” she said. “But that’s with only being open for nine hours. We provide them with a shower and help wash their clothes.” Several of them have jobs, she said. For those who are looking for jobs, Clean Start provides them with clothes and shoes for interviews. “We have some people who have been here since the doors opened,” homeless shower at Clean Start she said. “But others have moved each week on. The people who want to progress will progress. The people who don’t want to progress will stay here.” It’s at Clean Start where they get phone messages and call about jobs, or get in touch with family members. “How are you going to get a job if you have no address? How are you going to get a job if you are dirty and in dirty clothes?” Smith said. “When they are out there on the street, they don’t have that. We give that to them. Any


one of us is not far from being homeless ourselves.” Duncan Karg is one of Clean Start’s clients. A divorce put him on the street. For a while, he worked helping a newspaper deliveryman and lived in a tent to catch up on bills. But when that job fell through, he found himself in a job making $150 a week living in a shed behind his employer’s house. The shed has no water or electricity. But Duncan said he doesn’t mind. For him, it’s a way to support himself, even if he needs help from places like Clean Start. “Not everyone out here who is homeless wants to be homeless,” he said. “Not everyone out here abuses the system. I make about $4 an hour. It may not be much, but at least I have a job.” Candy Ramey, 33, is homeless as well. She lives in a room a friend lets her stay in. Ramey, originally from Spartanburg, found herself homeless after she left her job. “I lived in my car for a three months,” she said. “Then


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Community I was lucky enough to find a house with power and water that I could stay in. That lasted for three months.” Prior to being homeless, Ramey had a series of jobs – managing a retail store, doing accounting and finance, cleaning people’s houses even. “It’s a very hard process to go through, being homeless,” she said. “I didn’t really realize how hard it is to be homeless until it happened to me.” Ramey splits her days between soup kitchens and aid organizations. Her week revolves around finding food. Most days start at Clean Start, where she may get coffee and snacks. Depending on the day, Ramey may find herself at the Mercy Center on South Main, at the LOT Project or at a soup kitchen. Later, she heads to the library to communicate with family members and look for work. It’s there, on the computers, where she applies for jobs. Faith Line, director of the Anderof emergency son County Library, said the library shelter visits are is a resource for the homeless to refrom children turn to work. “We offer computer access, job application help and they can check out paperbacks using the shelter they are staying at as their address,” Line said. Line said that the library helps homeless patrons with other services as well. “We don’t have a social worker on site as some of the larger libraries around the country, including Richland Library, do. But we do direct them to services such as Clean Start, the soup kitchen and any program that might help them.” Ramey said she doesn’t expect to spend much more time homeless. She’s looking for work, and thinking about opening up her own ministry for the homeless in Anderson. “There’s a need here,” she said. “There are homeless here, and there’s a need to provide them with a safe place to sleep.” n



WHERE TO GET HELP ANDERSON COUNTY SHELTERS Family Promise of Anderson County 864-760-0908 Providing shelter, food and tools for families in need

Haven of Rest Mission 219 West Whitner Street – 864-226-6193 Food, shelter, counseling Salvation Army Stringer Emergency Shelter 864-226-9340 106 Tolly St., Anderson ANDERSON COUNTY FOOD BANKS & PANTRIES Anderson Emergency Soup Kitchen 306 West Franklin Street – 864-224-4763 Serving hot lunches Anderson Interfaith Ministries 1206 South Murray Avenue Food bank, emergency assistance Golden Harvest Food Bank Food pantry serving 11 SC counties Piedmont Emergency Relief Center 3 Main Street – Piedmont – 864-845-5355 Emergency food assistance ANDERSON COUNTY AFFORDABLE HOUSING RESOURCES Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County 210 S. Murray Ave. – 864-375-1177 Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources – SHARE 1074 East Greenville Street – 864-224-7028 Upstate Homeless Coalition of SC 4200 Liberty Highway – 864-964-8250


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Great American Milk Drive Delivers 1,500 Gallons to Golden Harvest By Angela Stringer, Anderson County Director of Communications Nathan Krupa, Golden Harvest Food Bank Senior Grant Writer On December 8, Anderson County joined Golden Harvest Food Bank at a press conference announcing the results of the Great American Food Drive and providing media and local non-profits an up close and personal view of the warehouse and operations at Golden Harvest Food Bank’s new facility located at 311 Alliance Parkway, Williamston, near I85 and Highway 81. Ingles, MilkCo and Southeast United Dairy Industry Association partnered with Feeding America’s Great American Milk Drive to make it easy for shoppers to provide milk, including its high-quality protein, to families in need. From August 19 to September 15, Ingles Markets invited customers to join Captain Protein Power in the fight against hunger by making a small donation at checkout to help deliver gallons of nutrient-rich milk to a family in need in their community. This partnership raised more than 18,000 gallons of milk for families in need across Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina. As a result, 1,500 gallons have been donated to Golden Harvest Food Bank right here in Anderson County, South Carolina. According to Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, milk is one of the items most requested by food bank clients, yet there is a nationwide shortage because it is rarely donated. Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, but milk is much harder to donate because it’s perishable. Feeding America® clients receive the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year. The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most, is working to change that in Anderson County and across the country. More than 46 million Americans, including 12 million children, rely on Feeding America member food banks. Hunger has no boundaries and is a problem that exists in urban, suburban and rural communities. In fact, over 814,000 people struggle with food insecurity throughout South Carolina. Golden Harvest Food Bank launched in 1982 in Augusta, GA as a community response to an overwhelming number of people who struggled with hunger due to the

crippling national recession. During the past 33 years, Golden Harvest has grown to serve 30 counties in Georgia and South Carolina, providing a cumulative total of more than 240 million pounds of food to people in need. It expanded to serve Anderson, Abbeville, Greenwood, Oconee, and Pickens Counties in 2007, and in November, 2014 moved into a 15,000 square foot warehouse in Anderson to enhance its ability to serve. Last year, the Food Bank partnered with 56 local agencies like Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Clemson Community Cares, Meals on Wheels, and The Salvation Army to provide more than 5.6 million pounds of food to the hungry in the five Upstate Counties. The United Way of Anderson County partners with Golden Harvest to serve more than 800 children weekly through the BackPack Program, and worked instrumentally in securing a grant from the Timken Foundation to build the massive freezer needed at the new warehouse. The Food Bank’s upstate staff includes Golden Harvest Food Bank Executive Director Travis McNeal, Warehouse Manager Jennifer Ulmer, Outreach Coordinator Tammy Bobo, and Development Officer Nirmala Bruce. n


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Make it a DIY kind of Day By LeeAnne Hooper

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is just around the bend. Maybe you’ve already purchased your hand-crafted, gold-leafed chocolates. Or maybe you’re planning your annual drug store run on the way home from work. In either case, here are four do-it-yourself ideas to make the lovers’ holiday a little more memorable. SWEET TREATS You can’t go wrong with something tasty, but why not show a little extra love this year and make them yourself? The Internet is chock full of delightful ideas-just look for a recipe to suit your skill level. One particularly enticing example is Cookie Dough Truffles. Whip up some egg-free cookie dough, roll it into bites, and dip the bites in melted chocolate. Refrigerate to cure, then drizzle with more chocolate or icing in a contrasting color (pink, perhaps). Arrange them in a small gift box lined with wax paper, and voila. Your Valentine will be quite impressed at the effort and your culinary prowess. A GIFT FROM THE ART If you haven’t been to the Cabernet Canvas in downtown Anderson, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to try this interactive, artsy experience. Schedule your visit on the website (, and show up with your sweetheart and your favorite bottle of wine. Gifted instructors will guide you and your date through the steps of creating your own painting--yours to keep at the end of the evening. Treasure the masterpiece and the memories for years to come. DIGITAL LOVE In this digital age, glue-and-stick photo albums are as outdated as wearing pants over leggings. However, there are still some great options if you want to use some sweet shots as a Valentine’s tribute. Shutterfly ( is a website that allows you to turn your favorite pics into personalized memorabilia. Pick out your favorite images and turn them into a full-color photo book featuring you and your significant other. Photo books are fun to create, fun to thumb through, and they make for a deeply personal gift. You can really knock this idea out of the park if you collect all your best digital files just before your big date. Then you and your honey can make the book together. Or… Go completely digital and create a new joint Instagram account ( or download the app). This photo-sharing social media platform lets you share your favorite moments with each other, and with other online socialites. Once you’ve downloaded the Instagram app and signed up with a cute/clever name (think “Brangelina”), take a few love-themed snaps to get the collection started. Then, on your special day, share the account info with your sweetie and the two of you can spend the rest of the year adding romantic, funny, and touching images. The most important question to consider when planning a great Valentine’s Day is this: what would make her/him feel most loved? Whether it’s going all out or enjoying a quiet evening in, make it a day to remind each other why you belong together.n


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By Caroline Anneaux

What’s the Right Diet for Me?

Diet. It is what your body needs to survive. Some

people make healthier dietary choices than others, but no matter what you use to fuel your body, there are a lot of options out there for you. From healthy fruits and vegetables to processed junk food, you make choices every day about what goes into your body. Christine Buttrey, registered dietician and licensed nutritionist, says when someone comes to her for nutritional advice, she looks at the whole person and their lifestyle before making recommendations on how the client can make better choices to reach a personal goal of being healthier and more physically fit. “It is important to identify the problems a client has and find reasonable ways to fix them,” says Buttrey. “Increasing exercise, drinking more water and eating earlier in the evenings are simple ways to improve your diet.” Buttrey also says people should make healthy choices


80 percent of the time and leave the other 20 percent for eating whatever they want—within reason.

“Increasing exercise, drinking more water and eating earlier in the evenings are simple ways to improve your diet.” “No one should deny themselves a craving 100 percent of the time,” says Buttrey. “If you want a hamburger and fries, eat them once a week and not every day. Four of your meals each week should be what you crave and the other nineteen should be healthy and well-balanced if you want to stay in shape.” For those who need more help with diet choices in 2016, there are many more options available. Some of the more popular ones are as follows: January/February 2016


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While very healthy, this is a time-consuming diet for followers. Nothing you eat should be cooked, processed, microwaved or nonorganic. Buying books on the diet, going to seminars and looking on-line will help you learn more about this program. It is very inconvenient if you eat a lot of meals away from home. Advocates say you will most likely eat half of what you would if you were not following the diet, so weight loss will probably occur.

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This is one plan that may be new to some dieters and it takes some research via books, on-line seminars and websites to figure out what you can and cannot eat. Sticking to seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and grain-fed meats while eliminating salt, processed foods, dairy, refined sugar and cereal grains are all part of this diet. It is a little difficult to eat out, but not impossible. Pre-planning meals for the week makes it easier to stick to this particular food plan.

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the smokin’ pig By Lisa Marie Carter

The holidays are over and we’ve all had our share of cooking, baking, holiday parties and fare. After all the decorations are boxed up and holiday goodies put away, the last thing I want to do is get in the kitchen and cook. Now is the time to recover from the holidays and settle in for some down time as we wait for winter to pass. Treat yourself and head on out to the The Smokin’ Pig and let them do the cooking for you. This little barbecue joint is on the top of many “Best of ” lists in the Upstate area. Just one stop and you’ll understand why. There are two locations, 6630 Highway 76 near Pendleton and 720 Anderson Drive in Williamston. On any Thursday, Friday or Saturday you’d just have to follow your nose to find them. Or if it’s a Clemson home game day, just follow the crowd to find the Pendleton one. (I think it’s a requirement to have some barbecue when tailgating). Like any barbecue place that is worth its weight in sauce, The Smokin’ Pig offers your choice of pork, chicken, and chopped and sliced brisket. There are also ribs in your choice of dry or glazed, and honestly, either way you can’t go wrong - it’s just a matter of how messy you want to be. If those choices aren’t enough, you have the option of several sauces as well. In addition to the smoked meats, the menu includes your staple Brunswick Stew and some extras like hot dogs and chicken fingers.

But the meat is just the beginning. You’ll find some of the best side items that would give your grandmother’s dishes a run for their money. The loaded potato casserole is beyond words, just really a dish of creamy, buttery cheesy comfort food that there never seems to be enough of. Take my advice when getting this, grab an extra side or two because if anyone “samples” yours, you may not have any left. That’s not the only noteworthy potato side, however. The sweet potato crunch is like having dessert for dinner. This dish is such a treat you would think you were cheating and having your dessert first! Again, order extra. Not that all the sides aren’t delicious, but those two are the standout selections I always get and always recommend. Before you head home, be sure to grab a bag of pork skins, available in regular and a spicy version. It’s a great low-carb snack for those of you cutting carbs as part of your New Year’s resolution to lose weight (though if you’re eating there and taking my advice on the sides you might as well consider it a cheat day). Whether you dine in or take an order home to enjoy, you can’t go wrong at The Smokin’ Pig. Personally, I grabbed my to-go order, headed home (after sneaking a spoon full of the loaded potato casserole in the car) and poured a glass of wine, started a fire and enjoyed every bite with no fuss or mess in my own kitchen. Till next time – cheers! n

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SC AgriBiz & Farm Expo Jan. 13 & 14 • Florence Home & Lifestyle Show Jan. 14-16 • Columbia Run Downtown Jan. 16 • Greenville 5K Road Race

Lost in the Mail?

By Lisa Marie Carter Was that thank you note lost in the mail? When I say “lost in the mail,” I don’t mean floating somewhere in cyberspace or languishing in your spam folder. I am referring to that metal or plastic box-like thing in the front of your driveway or next to your door. I’m referring to the mailbox that holds actual physical paper mail which a real person delivers to you. In this time of high-tech, electronic everything, have we lost the ability or desire to send hand-written notes and cards? I’m not sure exactly when this happened or how, but I am sure I’m not the only person to notice this. Soon the only place many people will see “real mail” is on the endangered species list. Personally, I want to start a campaign to use real mail to send out things. In my mind there are certain invites which must be mailed. Evites are not acceptable for everything! Every major occasion I can think of – birthday, graduation, wedding, holiday, thinking of you, get well, condolences, thank you, congratulation, etc. – is not only appropriate for a paper card, but it calls for one. Not a text or an e-card saying “Hey – took two seconds to look on-line and put in your phone number/email address and hit send to say congratulations on your wedding.” Texting, Facebook, Instagram and all the other social media programs have stripped us of the old-fashioned effort of properly writing letters and notes to those we care about. When I was younger, everything was done via the postal service. We even had pen pals. This is a person you may or may not have met that you correspond with via writing and mailing a letter. At that time, the mailbox was very important. Nothing was better than checking it daily (especially when it was close to your birthday or other special event) to see if you got a card in the mail. It was definitely my mother who instilled in me the importance of the hand-written letter. My mother required a thank you to be sent for pretty much everything I ever received or did. Got a birthday present? Send a thank you. Went to Grandma’s house for a long weekend? Send a thank you. Went to Susie’s for dinner? Send a thank you. It didn’t have to be an expensive card or even a card at all. Many times it was just a piece of paper on which I had to express my gratitude or offer congratulations or well wishes to someone. This year, why not add another resolution to your list and make the hand-written note a regular part of your routine. Get into the habit with a thank you note for that Christmas gift or holiday party invitation or maybe just a note to let someone know you are thinking of them. Don’t let this endangered species become extinct – keep paper mail alive!n

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TANK AWAY getaway TANK AWAY getaway By Lisa Marie Carter

Youngsville/Wake Forest, NC

About four-and-a-half hours away, just north of Raleigh, are two adjoining towns I love to frequent, Youngsville and Wake Forest, North Carolina. When going to Youngsville, don’t blink or you may just pass right through it. It’s a small but quaint town, just outside of Wake Forest. The main street is only a few blocks long, and the shops that are set there have a personality and friendliness you would expect in a town this size. You’ll find craft stores with locally made items - the perfect place to pick up a unique gift or a little something special for yourself. Vintage shops offer that must-have, new-old item, and Barbara’s Cottage is a great gift shop where they have everything from garden items, baby gifts and jewelry to Christmas things, food items and more. After you’ve stuffed your shopping bags, then stuff your tummy at the locally owned deli, Charron’s, or the home-cooking style eatery, Griffin’s. If you happen to be around later in the day, the Youngsville Wine and Beer wine bar and shop has a nice selection of wines and craft beers to purchase, with several available to enjoy at the bar. Certain nights they have live music and wine tastings too. On the outskirts of town, you’ll find a great destination called Hill Ridge Farms. This place has something for everyone in the family. There is a huge jumping pillow, moon bounce, maze, slides, train rides and more that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Each season they have special activities such as their Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Festival. You can take a hayride around the farm, and get a free pumpkin. In winter, they hold a Festival of Lights where you can take a train ride or hay ride around the farm to view the light displays. Santa visits as well. It’s good old-fashioned family fun! About ten miles from Youngsville is Wake Forest. Although mostly known for the university that bears the same name, this little town is a delightful shopping destination as well. You can park at one end of Main Street and spend the afternoon browsing the great shops. The Cotton Company is a favorite stop, and it feels like a huge, highend craft fair. As you walk through the shop, there are individual cubbies each rented by different vendors offering specialty items such as clothing, candles, dog items, wines, coffees, paintings, cards, foods, hand crafted jewelry and much more. The North Carolina Specialty Shop is another great place to visit. This shop is sure to please barbecue enthusiasts. There are shelves and shelves of sauces, rubs, spices and more. They carry many locally made sauces and rubs that you won’t find in a grocery store.


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For me, no trip would be complete without a sugar fix, and Sweeties Candy Shop will cure your ailments. Like its own little Candy Land, you’ll find a selection of hard-to-find candies, fresh fudge, truffles and more. You may want to schedule a dentist visit for when you get home! Wake Forest goes far beyond the Main Street area and just about 15 minutes from downtown is the Farm Table Kitchen and Bar. The name says it all. It’s a farm-to-table bistro that has an everchanging menu. During the nice weather they have a great outdoor patio section off to the side where you can sit and enjoy a drink from their eclectic selection of wines and craft beers. Both towns have so much more to offer than what I have room to write about. It may seem a bit of a drive, but it is well worth a tank of gas to head up to these little-known towns in North Carolina. Fill up your tank and head out on your own getaway soon. n

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Travel & Leisure Toast n’ Topics Sponsored by: Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Jan. 7 • 7:30-9 a.m. $12 pre-registered member; $15 at door member; $20 non-member. Great networking and educational event. For more information, Location: Tucker’s Restaurant, 3501 Clemson Blvd, Anderson. Mayor’s Martin Luther King Breakfast Jan. 15 • 8:15 a.m. Featuring the music of world renowned Claflin University Choir under the direction of Anderson native Dr. Isaiah R. McGee. Location: Anderson Civic Center, 3027 MLK Boulevard, Anderson. Discover Your Financial Capability Jan. 20 • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Join this class on budgeting and money management. Learn how to set goals and stick to them so you can be in control of your personal finances. Presented by CommunityWorks. For more information, call 864.235.6331 or visit Location: Anderson County Library, 3000 N. McDuffie Street, Anderson. Economic Development Breakfast Jan. 22 • 7:30-9 a.m. Hosted by the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce and Anderson County. Location: Anderson Civic Center, 3027 MLK Boulevard, Anderson. Grace Episcopal Soup Lunch Jan. 28 • 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy this annual tradition that started in the 1950s with a delicious bowl of homemade soup and cornbread. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels-Anderson. Location: Grace Episcopal Church, 711 McDuffie Street, Anderson. Little Miss and Teen Miss Anderson County Pageant Feb. 6 • 6-9 p.m. This is an official Little Miss South Carolina Preliminary for ages 3-19. The deadline to enter is Thursday, Jan. 28. Applications can be found on the Anderson Area YMCA website at Location: Calhoun Academy of the Arts Elementary School at 1520 E. Calhoun Street, Anderson. 110 Federal Street • Anderson, SC

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Give Yourself Credit Feb. 6 • 10 a.m.-noon Join this class on credit and how to use it. You’ll learn about how credit works, ways to improve your credit and understanding your credit report. Presented by CommunityWorks. For more information, call 864.235.6331 or visit Location: Anderson County Library, 3000 N. McDuffie Street, Anderson. Mardi Gras in the Electric City Feb. 19 • 7-11 p.m. Dance party with live band, delicious food from area restaurants, live and silent auction benefiting Meals on Wheels-Anderson. 864-225-6800;; Location: Anderson Civic Center, 3027 MLK Boulevard, Anderson. Business After Five Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Feb. 26 • 5-7 p.m. Network with fellow business people and make connections at this monthly event. $5 for members and non-members. Location: Palmetto Physical Medicine, 10 Financial Blvd., Anderson. State Wrestling Championships Feb. 26-27 Location: Anderson Civic Center, 3027 MLK Boulevard, Anderson. Anderson Area YMCA Polar Plunge Feb. 27 (weather permitting) 10 a.m. Take a dip in the chilly water at the Water Works water park to help raise funds for the Anderson Area YMCA. For more information, visit www. Location: Anderson Area YMCA, 201 East Reed Road, Anderson. Anderson Free Clinic Walk with the Docs March 19 Info: Barb Baptista at 864-512-7809 or Teresa Lott at 864-512-7810 Location: AnMed Health North Campus Walking Track Storybook Breakfast March 5 - 8:30-10:30sm Have breakfast with your favorite story characters. $10 per person. 864.226.3438 or tammie.willmore@

If a Tree Falls in the Woods and It’s not on Facebook, does it Really Happen? By April Cameron So, Facebook has been a staple in our lives for several years now. Recently, it has even been popping up info on my newsfeed to tell me about my past memories, my first post, my first photo and things like that. The way people use Facebook ranges from a personal diary to a therapy session to a cookbook to a “brag board” for their family or personal life. You can buy things, sell things, promote a business, find homes for pets, find a significant other…well, just about anything. Along with Facebook, we have Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and a plethora of other social media options. There are reports that too much time on social media (Facebook, specifically) can actually cause depression. When we look at how fabulous other people’s lives are, we feel inferior if we don’t believe our lives match up. I’ll be the first to admit I’m a Facebook “bragger.” I like to tell when my kids do something great. I like to share photos of me having the “time of my life” with my friends. And, of course, I like to share my witty sense of humor through Facebook. But, you know what? I was just as proud of my kids and had just as much fun with my friends long before I was able to share those feelings with the world. Back in the day before Facebook ruled the world… When I got a great haircut, did I send everyone an email of my picture (pre-selfie)? Heck no! I told my hairdresser thank you and waited until I saw someone who would tell me how nice my hair looked. (And for the record, I still don’t do selfies.) If I was having a bad day, did I send a picture of a frownie face in the mail? Gracious, no. Who wants to tell everyone you’re in a horrible mood. A friend’s birthday? Did I wish them any less of a happy day before I could post it to their page and let everyone else know I remembered there special day? If we don’t share it on Facebook, does it make the moment any less special or any less memorable? Don’t get me wrong. I love Facebook (to an ex-


Artwork by Jeanie Campbell tent). I have reconnected with friends from high school and college that I haven’t seen in years. And it’s great to be able to catch up with them like we’ve never missed a beat. But, I also have realized that Facebook is a highlight. It’s a glimpse into someone’s life. I’d be lying if I said I’m not on “like watch” when I post something that I think is awesome. But, how sad is that? Who cares how many people like it as long as I liked it! It’s a great thing that we have such easy access to photos. It’s great that we can keep in touch with friends half way around the world. It’s great that grandparents who live far away can see what the kids are doing daily, hourly, minute by minute if we are aggressive post-ers. But it’s also great to just enjoy the moment. Enjoy the people you are with. Enjoy what is right in front of you. If you don’t get the perfect photo or forget to “check in” or don’t post about it, it’s still just as enjoyable and memorable.

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