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Thank you to the many people who contributed photos to this issue, especially for the football outlook, dance and private school stories.
6 Home Makeovers: Inside and Out 17 Anderson County’s High School Athletic Directors 28
34 The Club That Cares 42 5...6...7...8 Let’s Dance 51 Newcomer’s Guide to Anderson County ON THE COVER It was a special treat to shoot the cover of this issue of Anderson Magazine! All eight public high schools were invited to participate by sending a representative from their school. We realized not all schools may have had a costumed mascot, so we invited schools to send a cheerleader, football player or marching band member to represent their school. Anderson County, the principals and parents of these kids should be proud! They were a delight to work with during the photo shoot! andersonmagazine.com
(While some of these students are the schools’ “regular” mascots, not all are, but they were good sports to play the role for the day for a great photo.) Westside - Rowdy the Ram Pendleton - Darius Seibles Belton-Honea Path - Evan Vaughn TL Hanna - Christian Warhola Crescent - Reid Hawkins Palmetto - Jessica Miles Cover Story - page 23
Letter from the Editor I, too, was a high school athlete. Here I am in my senior year as the point guard for the Metter Tigers. Metter, GA
Somewhere in the Middle The July/August issue is always a little difficult for me, personally. On one hand, we’re right in the middle of summer with July. But on the other hand, we’re in back-to-school season with August. It’s a little bit like life! Sometimes, we find it hard to enjoy the moment, because we have to be preparing for what’s ahead. Or, instead of looking like it as a negative, maybe it should be a positive. While we are in the present, we still have to prepare for the future…much like the students and coaches featured in our stories on athletics in our public high schools in Anderson County. For the athletic directors and especially the coaches and student athletes of fall sports, summer is serious preparation time. You’ll meet each of the Athletic Directors from each public high school and learn about their successes over the past year. And please check out the story on our Inspiring Athletes. We received many nominations of student athletes who have made a positive impact in their school and community, and we were happy to be able to share some of their stories with you. We’ll also take a look at a Friday night tradition that unites the South – high school football. Get the outlook on the upcoming season from all the public schools in the county, and see what might be in store for them when the season begins in August. If athletic training isn’t included in your “preparing for the future” part of the summer, maybe redecorating is. The Home Makeover story has beautiful ideas for interior and exterior redesigns, and you can find help from local architects and designers right here in Anderson County. Additionally, we’ve got a great year-in-review from some of the county’s very successful private schools, and their futures continue to look bright with high test scores, added programs and a growth in sports opportunities. Also, this is your last chance to vote for The A List winners! You’ll find a printed ballot in this issue, and there is an online version at www.andersonmagazine.com as well. Please make sure to vote for your Anderson County favorites before July 20, and we’ll reveal the results in the September/October issue! Always preparing…
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Home Makeovers I n side a n d O u t
Whether it’s an exterior facelift, a kitchen redo or a fireplace focal point in a room, these great home makeovers from local experts will surely spark an idea for your next renovation project.
before Sometimes going even farther back in history can make something look more modern. Such is the case with the renovation of the exterior of this home. By making changes that actually took the style of home into the past, it created a much needed update. Chapman Design Group, a firm that specializes in the architecture, renovation and interiors of homes, handled this project and began by enclosing the main level porch to create interior space for the home. All windows were replaced, the exterior vinyl siding was replaced with fiber cement siding and a new front stoop was created with winding brick stairs and wrought iron railings. “Simple things such as adding enhanced trim details at windows, doors and corners give a more traditional, custom look,” said Don Chapman, architect and founder of Chapman Design Group. The bright red door is an eye-catching detail as well. There are many suggestions as to what a red door means, but one is that a red door was an early American tradition to signal to travelers that the home was a welcoming place to rest. andersonmagazine.com
Farmhouse charm was stuck in a 1980s time warp
Update front facade to colonial style beauty
Weekend retreat needed on lake lot until owner is ready to build main home
Renovate a small, temporary open porch into a studio-type apartment Lake lovers Amy and Don Chapman, of Chapman Design Group, owned a great lake lot but werenâ€™t ready to build their dream home on the property. However, they did want to create a beautiful and functional weekend retreat. A main concern of the 660-square-foot space was the existing stone fireplace. The living room space was built with this as the focal point of the room. Additionally, the Chapmans incorporated a kitchenette sink and clawfoot tub into the design. Both of these pieces had been in the home of Amyâ€™s great-grandmother. While the kitchenette in the space does not have any cooking appliances, there is a gas grill, charcoal grill and smoker outside, making the retreat a perfect getaway for a weekend on the lake.
High ceilings and neutral paint colors of new construction result in lack of focal point in living room.
Bold colored and large patterned wallpaper make great use of large wall space. New home construction is fresh, clean and often plain. But Sarah O’Dell of Dwell Chic sees that as a blank canvas waiting for its color. For this new home, the owner was fond of antiques, but liked a modern touch. In her formal living room, she wanted to build the design around a set of antique sofas. O’Dell found a citron-colored fabric that worked for the window treatments, and everything followed that. The sofas were recovered to match, but that still left a 22-foot wall above the fireplace that just seemed empty. She found a wallpaper in the right citron color with a giant pattern that was an even match for the enormous wall. Paired with a mirror that had an antique look, the focal point for the room came together.
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When a little girl moves from her nursery to her “big girl bedroom,” it better be a place she likes if you expect her to stay there. Boring beige certainly won’t cut it. A family in Belton called on Sarah O’Dell, interior designer and owner of Dwell Chic, to help create a room that would hold the attention of their busy child. “The nursery had been gender neutral, so we went a little overboard on purpose,” said O’Dell. “I picked a pink and orange color scheme that was fun, bright and exciting.” She included lots of patterns in the room with trellis wallpaper, a very subtle leopard pattern in the curtains and a striped fabric that covered chests at the end of each full bed. “And I always want there to be something on the ceiling,” said O’Dell. For this room, a bright pink ceiling is just what was needed.
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Let’s Have a House Party
The summer months are often a popular time to move into a new home, so why not introduce yourself to the new neighbors and throw a housewarming party? With the epic heat we endure here, there’s no reason to worry about a big meal - people are too hot to eat anyway! Try some easy appetizers and this fun, summer cocktail and let others see your new home!
Vodka Strawberry Lemonade
1 lb strawberries, tops removed and hulled 3/4 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar 1 cup vodka 3 cups water
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Big Impact of small business By Caroline Anneaux
With more than 13,000 small businesses in Anderson County, there is no doubt this sector of the business community plays a vital role in our local economy. Nationwide, about 50 percent of the population works in a small business. Many of these small businesses are independently owned and founded by members of our local community. Pendleton Tire Company is a small business that was opened in 1943 as Welborn Tire Service by the current owner’s grandfather. Joey Welborn said his father then took over the family business in 1954. Along the way, the business changed hands to Grady and Nancy Seawright, but in 2008, the third-generation Welborn bought the business back. After graduating from Anderson College in 1994, Welborn moved to Rock Hill to work for a major tire distributor and built a great list of contacts all over the upstate of South Carolina, Georgia and parts of North Carolina. When he and his wife were ready to return to the area to raise a family, he moved back and continued to cover the Anderson territory while working for the same company. His knowledge of tires and tire products, along with his connections, gave him the encouragement to buy Pendleton Tire Company. “People like to buy from people,” says Welborn. “We make people as comfortable as possible. They come in expecting it to be worse than a visit to a dentist, and end up finding out it is a very easy thing to buy tires from us. We know our products and know how to help our customers. We take care of everyone – local, life-long residents of the area, newcomers and college students. Long-term, repeat business is what keeps us in business.” Fourteen years ago, Tracey Wood decided she was ready to join the world of small business as well and opened the hair salon Kutz on the Square in Belton. “We are like family here,” says Wood. “We have a very friendly, home-like atmosphere here at the salon. It is nothing like the stark retail atmosphere of commercial hair salons. We take care of multi-generations here, and a wedding party can take all day because they are all clients and want us to do their hair that day.” Wood enjoys hiring young stylists and mentoring them as they learn the business. She takes them to training seminars at least once a year to learn the latest about techniques, styles and products. andersonmagazine.com
“We have a passion for what we do and want to be the best in the Southeast.” - Tim Hayden Sargent Metal
According to Wood, a benefit of being a business owner in a small town like Belton is the fact that there is no need for any type of social media to promote her business. Word of mouth keeps customers coming in day after day. You won’t find Kutz on Facebook, Instagram or a website, but the customers know how to find the shop on the square in Belton. But a small business can also mean big business for its owner and for Anderson County. Tim Hayden is the president and CEO of Sargent Metal in Anderson, where he has worked in some capacity since he was 14 years old. His stepfather, Donnie Sargent, and grandfather, J.D. Sargent, owned the original facility in a small building that still stands across the road from the Anderson University’s athletic campus in Anderson. Currently, Sargent Metal employs 150 workers, which is a big difference from the father-and-son duo who were the first employees back in 1975. In the multi-million dollar facility beside the Anderson County Airport, workers use the latest cutting-edge technology to weld, cut, punch and assemble metal products every day. “We have a passion for what we do and want to be the best in the Southeast,” says Hayden. “It is so incredible to be a part of such a successful business and know that we provide so many Anderson County residents a job in the local area.” The business continues to grow year after year, and Hayden compares the success to a simple piece of furniture: a stool.
“I always say Sargent Metal is like a three-legged stool. The customer, employee and vendors all make up a leg equally,” says Hayden. “In order for it to stand and function, all three legs must work well together or it will fall apart. As long as all three legs of the company are standing, our company will be successful.” Small businesses may vary in size, services offered and scope of work, but they all have a common thread – contributing to the local economy by bringing growth and innovation to the community. n
Meet David Galloway David Galloway has worked at Pendleton Tire Company since 1973, when it was still located on the town square. He started at age 17 and this is the only job he has ever known. Retreading tires until 1981, he currently helps mount, balance and repair car, truck and lawn mower tires every day.
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Chamber Announces Small Business Awards
The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Small Business Awards luncheon in June to celebrate the success of area businesses and individuals in the community. The Small Business of the Year award was presented to The Bleckley Inn and owner Steve Kay. The Chamber presents this award to a business that has a special entrepreneurial spirit, a unique marketing approach, or a special focus on the customer that results in a successful business. Mandy Beal, Sherry Pittinger, Steve Kay, The Pillar of Anderson was Wayne Harbin, Mike Thrasher and Matt Thrasher. awarded to Skin’s Hotdogs. The Pillar of Anderson award is presented to a business who has izes in certification, military transition coaching, and straserved the community for more than 25 years showing a tegic planning. dedication and commitment to Anderson County. Skin’s Mandy Beal, Executive Director of the Legacy of Anhas served the area for more than 40 years. derson, was presented the ATHENA® Young Professional The ATHENA® Leadership Award celebrates the poaward. This award honors emerging leaders who strive totential of all women as valued members and leaders of the ward the highest levels of personal and professional accomcommunity. The award was presented to Sherry Pittinger plishment, who devote time and energy to their community who owns A Focused Approach, a business that specialand serve as a role model for young women.
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Changing Needs of the Community Prompt YMCA Wellness Expansion Anderson Area YMCA on Reed Road opened in July 2001 and has served the Anderson community with cutting edge programs, equipment and facilities for 15 years in its current location. The YMCA has seen membership grow from 3,460 members when the new building opened to an all-time high of 11,074 in summer 2015. Using focus areas of Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility as a guide, Y staff is always monitoring changing needs in the community and responding with varied and creative programs and services to meet these needs. To keep abreast of changing needs and expectations of the community it serves, Anderson Y tracks current trends in wellness. A national survey shows the 2016 top trends in wellness are: body weight training, high intensity interval training, personal training, functional fitness, fitness for older adults and yoga. This knowledge has led staff at our own Y to adapt or add programs in some of the fastest growing areas: functional training and body weight training (CrossFit, TRX), mind/body classes (yoga/pilates) and personal training to meet specific fit-
ness goals. At the same time, the Y’s 2001 building plan does not provide properly configured space for these particular trends and huge increases in membership are causing overflow to areas not designed for workouts. To better serve members, meet the community’s changing needs and keep its facility, equipment and programs cutting-edge, the Anderson Area YMCA Board of Directors and staff are happy to announce an 11,800-square–foot building expansion. This increase in space will provide dedicated and properly outfitted spaces for CrossFit, TRX, and yoga/pilates, and includes a new, state-of-the-art spin room. It will provide additional floor space for cardio and circuit equipment, private space for stretching and enough area to accommodate multiple personal training coaches and their clients. This project, expected to be completed by third quarter of 2017, will enable the Y to offer more programming in its goal to encourage all members of the community to make wellness a priority in their lives and serve as many of these people as possible. n
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Anderson Magazine sales director Hannah McCullough recently graduated from the 32nd Leadership Anderson class, a program of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. Leadership Anderson is a 10-month leadership development program devoted to strengthening and dedicating community leaders. Applications are now being accepted for the 33rd class which will begin in August. To apply for the program, visit www.andersonscchamber.com or call the Chamber at 864-226-3454. n
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Leading the Spirit of Athletics
Entering the 2016-17 academic year, considerable focus will be placed on athletic competition between high schools. Work has already begun behind the scenes to make sure each schoolâ€™s student-athletes are successful, both on the field and in the classroom, as the athletic directors at the eight Anderson County high schools prepare for the coming year. By Chris Stiles Photography by Nathan Gray
At the county’s two biggest high schools in Anderson, this work is done by John Cann at T.L. Hanna and Rayvan Teague at Westside. After South Carolina High School League realignment for the 2016-17 year, both schools will be playing in the new 5A classification. Cann came to T.L. Hanna in 2014, teaming up with head football coach Bruce Ollis, who was football teammates with Cann at Presbyterian College. Cann previously served at Landrum High School as head football coach for seven years and athletic director for 12, as well as serving as a graduate assistant on Dick Sheridan’s football staff at Furman University in 1985, when the team reached the Division 1-AA national championship game. As T.L. Hanna has undergone facilities upgrades and greatly improved its strength and conditioning program, eight sports won region titles in the last year, with eight coaches winning region Coach of the Year. As a result, Cann was named region Athletic Director of the Year. “My goals are to continue to improve each day to give our athletes and coaches more chances to be successful,” Cann said. “My job is to keep everyone pointed in the same direction and working together. We promote being a multi-sport athlete and our coaches work well together to make that work.”
“My goals are to continue to improve each day to give our athletes and coaches more chances to be successful.”
T.L. Hanna “Our sports programs have a system in place where student-athletes can grow mentally as students, physically as athletes and spiritually as individuals.”
Across town, Teague is entering his third full year at Westside, after 30 years as an educator in Georgia, including 24 years as head football coach and athletic director at Carrolton High School. Anderson School District Five Superintendent Tom Wilson had previously hired Teague at Carrolton, where he served as superintendent of the city school district, before coming to Anderson. He recruited Teague to head the Westside program. Under Teague, the Rams have collectively improved their performance. This includes turning football (110 before Teague took over) and basketball (4-17) into region champions this past year, as well as winning a region title in softball. Teague has overseen a facilities upgrade at Westside, including synthetic turf, a new track, and a fieldhouse and video board at Westside Stadium, and state-of-theart weight rooms. “(Our) sports programs have a system in place where student-athletes can grow mentally as students, physically as athletes and spiritually as individuals,” Teague said. “Our desire is to maximize each individual athlete’s abilities, while developing a strong team concept.” Realignment will result in a smaller region and more non-region games, and Teague says that will allow the renewal and/or development of local rivalries.
Just below the Yellow Jackets and Rams in 5A, Belton-Honea Path and Wren high schools are preparing to begin play in Region 1-4A. Russell Blackston, a Westside alumnus, became Belton-Honea Path athletic director in 2012, after taking over as head football coach in 2010. Blackston came to BHP as an assistant in 2000, after four years in a similar role at Crescent. Under Blackston, BHP has continued its excellent athletic tradition, winning back-toback state championships in baseball under 500game winner Steve Williams, and the first region title in school history in boys basketball in 201415. Blackston’s football team is 56-17 under his tenure, including a runner-up region finish in 2015, and a run to the third round of the state playoffs in 2014. “(Our goal is) to move forward, to simply get better, (and) take the next step in all our sports teams,” Blackston said. With realignment, Blackston does not like the small size of the Bears’ region (five schools), but did point out that, while BHP is moving to Class 4A, nearly all of the teams the Bears have played in recent years in region play and in playoff competition have also moved up.
“Our goal is to move forward, to simply get better, and take the next step in all our sports teams.”
Belton-Honea Path Jeff Tate at Wren also serves as both athletic director and head football coach. Tate played football, basketball and baseball, and ran track at Wren before playing quarterback at Newberry College. He was an assistant football coach for 16 years at Wren before stints at Spartanburg and Byrnes high schools and returned to Wren in 2008 in his current role. Tate says his program’s success can be seen on the field, as 11 sports reached the state playoffs in the 2015-16 school year. Girls basketball reached the upper state title game, while girls coach Lynn Hicks and boys basketball coach Fran Campbell were inducted into the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. “Our goals are to continue to improve facilities, equipment, and meet the needs of all our programs,” Tate said. “Some of those are not in our control but I feel there is a collaborative effort from all involved in the decision making.”
“Our goals are to continue to improve facilities, equipment, and meet the needs of all our programs.”
Of the remaining four high schools, Palmetto remains at the 3A level, while Crescent, Pendleton, and Powdersville move up to that classification for 2016-17. Doug Shaw came to Palmetto in 2013, accepting the role of head football coach and athletic director, after stints as head football coach at Carolina and Mauldin. Shaw had always wanted the challenge of being both a coach and an administrator, after growing up watching his father work in both roles at Myrtle Beach. Palmetto moved to Class 3A four years ago, after a successful run in 2A athletics. Although the Mustangs have had their share of struggles over their first few seasons in 3A, Shaw believes his program is on the rise. “I truly believe that it may be as much mental as physical when it comes to changing classifications,” Shaw said. “It is our job to help our kids understand that they can compete with those teams on the schedule and not give in or lay down. It is time for progress and to move forward.” Palmetto athletics have improved under Shaw, a trend that should continue over the next few years with young rosters in football, baseball, and softball, and a returning state champion in senior swimmer Tal Davis. Cross country, track, and wrestling are all coming off of successful seasons in the 2015-16 school year.
“I truly believe that it may be as much mental as physical when it comes to changing classifications.”
Palmetto Ann Cioffi, the 2014 South Carolina 2A Athletic Director of the Year, leads Crescent, where she has served as assistant softball coach for 28 years, including leading 15 state championship teams, and taught physical education. She became athletic director in 2009. Cioffi played basketball, volleyball, and softball at Irmo High School, and played the latter two collegiately at Erskine College. She helped launch Crescent’s volleyball program in 1986, and has won multiple awards as both a coach and an administrator. “I feel that our athletic program is growing each year,” Cioffi said. “Our coaches work very hard at making sure our athletes improve each day and they are dedicated to the success of our programs from our middle school teams up to our varsity teams.” Crescent is currently in the process of improving its facilities, as the district builds a baseball stadium on campus, and upgrades the football/soccer stadium, wrestling facility, and weight room. Cioffi said realignment makes the school feel like it is coming home, as the Tigers move into a region with many of its established rivals, including Pendleton, where Paul Sutherland is the man in charge.
“Our coaches work very hard at making sure our athletes improve each day.”
Sutherland came to Pendleton in 2001 after a ten-year run as the offensive coordinator at Westside. Sutherland’s wife is from Pendleton, and his children were already enrolled in Anderson School District Four, so joining the Bulldogs as athletic director and head football coach was a natural fit for the Palmetto High School alumnus. Sutherland says the results speak for themselves, including a winning record in football each of the last fourteen seasons (with an 8-3 mark in 2015), and three straight region titles in girls basketball (including an upper state title in 2014-15). Sutherland’s top priority is getting a track built on campus, as the Bulldogs reclassify to 3A this year. “Immediate goals are facility-driven, to use our money wisely, and give our athletes the best opportunities,” Sutherland said. “We’re very excited about moving up to 3A because of travel reasons, with much closer games for our players and our fans.”
“Our goals will be to always put our athletes in the best possible position to be successful on and off the field.”
“We’re very excited about moving up to 3A because of travel reasons, with much closer games for our players and our fans.”
In the far northern part of Anderson County at Powdersville High, Robert Mustar leads the way. Mustar grew up in the Powdersville community, but attended Wren, since Powdersville High School did not yet exist. He graduated from The Citadel and worked as an assistant football coach at A.C. Flora and Wren high schools before becoming head football coach and athletic director when Powdersville High School opened in 2011. Mustar says he wanted the challenge of building an athletic program at a new school, and says it has been a rewarding experience. In four years of athletic competition, the school has won five region championships, including girls golf in 2013-15, and baseball and track and field in 2016, while Mustar’s football team has made the playoffs with a winning record each of the last three years. “Our athletic department has been very fortunate to have had so much success for a school that is as young as we are. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication that our athletes and coaches have invested in their teams,” Mustar said. As Powdersville reclassifies to 3A, Mustar wants the program to continue striving for success. “Our goals will be to always put our athletes in the best possible position to be successful on and off the field. We also want to display class and great character when doing so,” Mustar said. n 21
According to members of the Anderson Area Touchdown Club, there are four seasons in the south: winter, spring, summer and football. Since the 1980s, community members have come together as this club to enthusiastically support high school football players and coaches. The group meets weekly during football season to hear various speakers and recognize athletes and their coaches from the eight public high schools in the county. “We give out five awards each week,” said Nancy Smith, longtime club member. They recognize a defensive player, offensive player, defensive lineman, offensive lineman and a coach. The club has a committee that selects the winners each week, and the awards are based on statistics from games played the Fridays before the meetings. Besides the focus on high school athletes at the meetings, the club prides itself on its spectacular speakers. “While our goal is to recognize local kids, we talk about college football quite a bit and have a wide variety of speakers in different areas,” said Smith. Past speakers have included Clemson heroes like Danny Ford and Dabo Swinney, but the club has also hosted college
Bill Ducworth (Touchdown Club member), Gamecock Athletic Director Ray Tanner (former baseball coach – national champions 2011,2012), Touchdown Club member Bill Brissey coaches from all over the state including USC, Wofford and Furman. Television personality Jane Robelot of CBS has spoken with the group as well as Geoff Hart from WYFF-4 in Greenville. Former Atlanta Braves pitching Nancy Smith (Touchdown Club coach Leo Mazzone member) and Daniel Rodriguez has also been a guest. – former Clemson WR, served The first meeting of the 2016 season in Iraq & Afghanistan, will be August 26 at Purple heart war veteran the Anderson County Library on McDuffie Street at noon. Lunch will be catered by Mama Penn’s. Membership is $50 per year, or corporate memberships are $200 and include five members. Smith said that the club has many women members as well. n
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If baseball, hot dogs and apple pie represent America, then there is no doubt that barbecue, sweet tea and football represent the South – and definitely Anderson County. There is a buzz of excitement on Friday nights that starts in August each year as high school football season gets underway, and we’ve got your outlook from the public high schools for 2016. A big overall storyline entering the 2016 season is the realignment of the South Carolina High School League from four classifications to five. As a result, every school in the county except Palmetto is moving up one classification. T.L. Hanna and Westside will play in Region 1-5A, with Easley, J.L. Mann, and Woodmont. Last year, Westside won an overtime thriller over T.L. Hanna to claim its first region title since 2006, before losing to Nation Ford in the second round of the playoffs. They finished the season 11-2 just two years after a 1-10 mark the year before Coach Scott Early’s arrival. The Rams have lost 18 seniors, including seven that will play collegiately, but also return 24 seniors for 2016, including quarterback Jackson Williamson and defensive back Lummie Young, both of whom have multiple scholarship offers.
T.L. Hanna has also seen a large turnaround in two years with head Coach Bruce Ollis, who turned a 1-10 campaign in 2014 into an 8-5 record in 2015. The Yellow Jackets nearly upset Spartanburg in the second round of the playoffs, and meet the Vikings again on August 26. Hanna lost 18 seniors, but among those returning are senior running back Davijuan Dean and junior defensive end Stephon Wynn Jr., both of whom have multiple college offers, as well as sophomore quarterback Alex Meredith, who set school records for passing yards and touchdowns last year. While both teams are currently focused on tough August 19 openers (Westside at Greer, T.L. Hanna at Gaffney), fans are already looking ahead to their annual showdown on October 28, which could once again be for a region title. In 4A, Belton-Honea Path and Wren will play in Region 1-4A alongside D.W. Daniel, Greenville, and Pickens. The two teams meet in Honea Path on October 21. Belton-Honea Path finished second in region play last year with an 8-3 overall record, but was upset in the first round of the playoffs by Union County. Russell Blackston’s team has its work cut out for it, with six new opponents on the schedule, and only two returning starters on defense and six on offense, including quarterback Kameron Burton, running back O’ryan Warren, and wide receiver Xavier Nance. Wren finished 2015 at 7-5, but that included an upset of Lancaster in the playoffs, before losing to Chapin in the second round. The Hurricanes have made the playoffs seven straight years under Jeff Tate, and look to continue that trend with a fairly experienced team, including senior quarterback Jay Urich, who signed with the University of South Carolina in May. The Hurricanes face a long trip for their opener, August 27 at James Island. While there will be four Anderson County schools in Class 3A, the quartet is divided between two regions. Crescent and Pendleton will call Region 1-3A home, competing against Seneca, Walhalla, and West-Oak, while Palmetto and Powdersville will compete in Region 2-3A, with Berea, Carolina, Emerald, and Southside. Pendleton and Crescent will play in Iva on October 14, while Palmetto will play at Powdersville October 28. Last year, Crescent started 3-0, but finished 3-7 as the schedule got tougher, including 0-5 in region play. The Tigers have fought injury issues over the last two seasons, and can be more competitive this season if they remain healthy. Senior running back/defensive back D.D. Hull returns after rushing for over 1,000
yards last season, as part of a senior class that one rival coach called the most talented in Class 1-3A. Pendleton has not had a losing season since Coach Paul Sutherland’s first season at the school in 2001, and is coming off an 8-3 season in which it lost in the first round to eventual upper state champion Newberry. Nearly everyone plays both ways for the Bulldogs, including seniors Braden Kelly (OL/ DL), Colin Bunch (QB/DB), and Brad Johnson (RB/DL), who has 15 Division I college offers. When the Bulldogs face Seneca on October 28, a region title may be on the line. Palmetto has slowly improved under Coach Doug Shaw (3-7 in 2013, 4-6 in 2014, 5-5 in 2015), and the Mustangs are seeking their first playoff berth since 2011. The Mustang defense has only three returning starters, but the team returns 24
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It was the spring of 2015 when Evan Vaughn first made a lasting impact on the Morrison family. Vaughn was watching a Belton recreation department soccer game when he noticed Sam Morrison. Sam has cerebral palsy, but soccer is one sport in which he can still participate despite his disabilities. According to Sam’s mother, Allison, Vaughn made it a point to tell Sam how inspired he was by his determination and heart for the game. Vaughn was also selected to play in the 2015 Shrine Bowl, and as a part of this opportunity, he and other team members visited the Shriners Hospital. The Morrison family attended the bowl game, and Allison said that Vaughn interacted and spoke to every child (patient) he came into contact with. She saw him encouraging his other teammates during the game. He has made future plans to spend time with Sam and has made an inspiring impression on the Morrison family and in his community.
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Aspire. Inspire. Perspire: three words that describe Devon Robinson’s perspective on life as a student and an athlete, according to his teachers at Westside High School. Robinson’s public speaking teacher, Bess Wurst, said he often volunteered to be the first one to present his speech – and the other students listened. “He would set the standard for the other students, and it was high,” she said. He inspires his fellow classmates to improve their work, and he continues to aspire to new heights academically as well by taking dual-enrollment classes at Tri-County Technical College. “He will be ahead of the game when he graduates, and he will be ready when he enrolls in college in 2017,” said Wurst. Not only does Robinson put in the work in the classroom, but also in his athletic aspirations. He plays football and is on the track team. To help prepare for these sports, he puts in the perspiration work by spending extra time in the weight room to the extent of competing in strength competitions. “His passion for the game and the classroom show in everything he does,” said Wurst.
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While his performance on the football field garnered him much attention, it was his determination, leadership and strength of character that led Darien Rencher to be nominated for the Inspiring Athlete Award. After undergoing reconstructive knee surgery on both knees, he worked hard conditioning and training to return to the field healthy. He played an instrumental role in the eight wins from the past season, and his dedication to the team and tenacity for recovery earned him the Tommy Magnum Valor Award, a state-wide award given by the High School Sports Report. Rencher was also recently selected to be a part of the Call Me Mister program, a collaboration between Clemson University, private, historically black colleges and twoyear technical colleges to recruit, train, certify and secure employment for minority males as elementary teachers in the public schools of South Carolina. Rencher will attend Clemson in the fall. “Darien is one of the finest young men I have had the pleasure to coach,” said Bruce Ollis, head football coach at T.L. Hanna. “He effects positive change in all he comes in contact with.” TL Hanna - Football - 2016 Graduate
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Lummie Young has been referred to as “quiet” by more than one adult involved in his education, but it is often his quiet leadership skills that make him an inspiring athlete. Young balances his time between his school work and three varsity sports – football, basketball and baseball. He also is involved as a mentor to younger children by helping with community Little League teams, speaking to youth football teams, reading to elementary school classes, and talking with middle school students about preparing for standardized tests. One of the important topics that Young stresses to the children he works with is that practicing for sports is important, but you have to make time for school and homework as well. Xiomara Jones, instructor of Spanish at Westside High School, said that “other teens should look to Lummie as a positive role model because he is not only a great athlete, but also a brilliant student.”
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Points on the scoreboard are certainly important to an athlete, but so are the ones on the report card. Maggee Bolt, a rising senior on the T.L. Hanna varsity basketball team, has a GPA of 4.479 (at press time) and ranks inside the top 50 out of 350 students in her class. She has made her classroom success a priority and has participated in activities that inspire young minds as well. This past spring, Bolt took part in the Anderson District Five March to a Million Reading Challenge and read to students in elementary school classrooms to help them read one million pages. Bolt is also extremely dedicated to her sport and team. She will begin her fourth season on the varsity team in the fall, and her coach, Glenn Elrod, says Bolt played a major role in the team’s success last year, helping to compile a 9-5 region record with an advance to the second round of the state playoffs.
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What does it mean to be a good man? That is a question that I have been seeking to answer since 2011 when I started working with Safe Harbor, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence here in the upstate of South Carolina. That same year, I became a father to a beautiful daughter. These two moments in 2011 propelled me to better understand what it truly means to be a “good man.” In 2014, Safe Harbor joined a coalition of organizations, including Julie Valentine Center, Compass of Carolina, Greenville County First Steps, Upstate Fatherhood Coalition, Phoenix Center and Foothills Alliance, to launch the ManUPstate campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to begin a discussion of how men can play a role in working to prevent and end violence against women, why men should care about this issue and encouraging men to sign a simple pledge supporting ending violence against women in the Upstate. Gray Digital Group was asked to help Safe Harbor create a video to bring a face and a voice to the ManUPstate pledge: “I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and children. I pledge to learn about how I can help to end violence and discrimination against women and children and to work towards creating a community where all people are valued and safe.” This video was well received in the community and became the centerpiece for the ManUPstate movement. Safe Harbor decided to partner with Gray Digital Group to share this video along with many other short videos with a broader community through a pilot campaign. During the fall of 2015, a digital video campaign was launched on Facebook to see if we could reach men and encourage them to sign the pledge. During the Fall of 2015 we reached more than 50,000 men and captured close to 400 online pledges. We learned that men are willing to watch and listen to other men they know and recognize, share their story and encouraged them to sign the pledge. We learned that Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney’s personal testimony, growing up witnessing domestic violence, resonated with men here in the upstate. This campaign allowed us to start connecting with men, good men, online and that they wanted to join the initiative. ManUpstate continues to be an upstate initiative that urges men to engage in addressing the issue of violence against women. It takes time, energy, and effort to create change. It takes good men right here in Anderson to create a movement. andersonmagazine.com
“If women are the only ones speaking out about issues of domestic violence, rape and other forms interpersonal violence against women, then how can we expect anything to change?,” said Julie Meredith, program director at Safe Harbor. “We need good men to join us in these efforts, to end this cultural acceptance of violence that silently allows these issues to continue in our communities,” she said. I have to agree. We must find and engage the good men right here in Anderson to turn this movement into cultural change. Join us by going to ManUPstate.org and signing the pledge. n
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By Caroline Anneaux Photography by Christy Tripp After a full day of school, young minds and bodies need some time to relax. But you won’t find that in the form of being plopped in front of a television at this place. At this place, you may get a visit from a Clemson football player... you may get a Bible study lesson on Joseph...you may play soccer with a college player from Anderson University...you may create a vision board to help you plan your future… You may get all that and more at the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Anderson. Two campuses serve the Anderson county area. One is located at 1030 Salem Church Road (the Northwest Campus) and the other is downtown at 105 Fant Street in what is often referred to as the “old McCants school building.” The campus on Fant Street (old McCants Campus) is only open during the school year for an after school program, and the Northwest Campus is open year round. “Every day after school, 50 to 60 boys and girls are picked up by our drivers and arrive ready for a snack, homework help and activities,” said Radice Banks, executive director. “We have a ratio of 1:10 program aides available to talk to them and play games with them while they are here.” Banks said that statistics show that just 52 days in the Boys & Girls Clubs make a huge impact on a child’s future. Graduating on time, good school attendance and lower dropout rates are all positive effects on kids involved in this program. “If we can be that light for two hours when they are here, we feel like we have done our job,” said Samantha Ford, program director for the last five years. “The Lord has called me to do this and see what a positive impact I can have on a child’s life.” Despite having an enthusiastic and caring staff of paid employees, there is always a need for volunteers. Currently, about one-third of the regular “staff members” are unpaid volunteers who come in on a daily or weekly basis to provide entertainment, homework help or just a much needed hug and willingness to listen to problems. Nate Thomas is a volunteer who helps out on a regular basis. “I am a ventriloquist, magician and speaker who loves andersonmagazine.com
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Anthony Pinckney is another volunteer that Ford and Banks were thrilled to see come through the door asking if he could help out at least 25 hours every week. “I am retired from the prison system here in South Carolina,” said Pinckney. “I was involved with the Extra Mile Club (a youth mentoring program in Beaufort, S.C.) before moving here and know how much of a difference it makes for these children to have good role models. I am so glad I have the time to come in and help here on the old McCants campus every day.” When the school year ended in June, the McCants campus after-school program also closed, and many children signed up for the Boys & Girls summer camp at the Northwest Campus. Just like any other summer camp, this one is filled with games, arts and crafts, sports and field trips. Last year the children visited the Greenville Zoo, saw a Greenville Drive baseball game, went to the movies and rode rides and played in the water park at Carowinds. Kids can join the camp at any time during the summer and it is a very affordable option for summer care. “I have a son and daughter who have been in the after school program and summer program for 4 years,” said Janna McCoppin. “I chose this program over all of the other ones in Anderson, because I loved the staff and it is a Christcentered environment.” n
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There’s no doubt that Anderson County believes strong schools make strong communities, and that’s no exception when it comes to the private school options as well. Students in these schools are scoring high on standardized tests, entering respected colleges upon graduation and enjoying activities that make for a wellrounded person in general. With a typical student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1, many of the private schools in Anderson County also pride themselves on having a small, family-like atmosphere. We’ve hit the highlights of three of the local private schools to show you how they’ve spent this past year making a difference in the lives of the students they serve.
St. Joseph’s eighth grade class visited Disney World.
St. Joseph Catholic School Five years ago, after hearing from parents, St. Joseph Catholic School decided to expand its curriculum to include 6th, 7th and 8th grades. This year St. Joseph held its fourth graduation ceremony celebrating those eighth graders. Many of the eighth grade students already have high school credits through the school dual credit program in Algebra I Honors, English I Honors and Latin I Honors. According to Maryann Wheeler, St. Joseph principal, the school is filled with students who are achievers. And earlier this year, the eighth grade class went to Orlando, Florida to study at Walt Disney World. “During the morning, they hold several classes – like physics at Space Mountain, or the science of animation,” Wheeler said. “But in the afternoon, the students are given the opportunity to explore the park and enjoy themselves.” And after graduation, they will go on to several different high schools in the area – T. L. Hanna High School in Anderson School District 5, Daniel High School in Pickens County School District, New Covenant School or Oakwood Christian School in Anderson, among others. “We have had reports back on these children who have moved on,” Wheeler said. “They are doing very well. We have a retention committee that reaches out to them to find out how they are doing.” It’s that kind of family environment that makes the school different, Wheeler said. “One of the greatest things about St. Joseph is that it’s like a family,” she said. “Teachers know the students, students know other students. It’s a close community. And I think because of that, students sometimes will come back – our high schoolers will come back to play in the band with our other students, or will come back to help out.” The impact of that close community shows in the success of the students. This year, the school had two robotics teams compete in the FIRST Lego League competitions that made it all the way to state for the fourth year in a row. Another student went to the state level competition for the National Geography Bee. “Forty percent of our students are in the 95th percentile of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills,” Wheeler said. “And many of our students are Duke TIP Scholars.” Wheeler said that the school has 25 middle school students and a total of 80 students in all. 36
Montessori School of Anderson Since the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, students from the Montessori School of Anderson have been on one big adventure. Last fall, high school students were given the opportunity to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform the play “Walk Two Moons” at the Fringe Festival there. And middle school students once again traveled to Crow Canyon in Colorado to participate in an archaeological dig. It’s these opportunities to learn for the sake of learning that make the Montessori School and its students different, said Susan Johnson, head of the school’s high school program. “Our system caters to people who are curious,” Johnson said. “I have been blown away by how much they love to learn. As a teacher, you can throw something at them and they just run with it. It’s amazingly fulfilling to watch.” Students also participate in what the school calls a “Fed Ex Day.” On that day, students have one day to come up with a project that they want to do and a plan to implement it and make it happen. “We call it Fed Ex Day because they have to deliver,” Johnson said. One student, Zayna Sheikh, used her day to begin a project that may soon be used in Montessori schools all over the world. Zayna has completed a set of watercolor pieces illustrating the Spanish alphabet. Working with the school, the pictures will be compiled and published in a way that other schools can use them in their elementary school Spanish language programs. Zayna, a junior at the school, said she likes the way the school allows students in the upper grades to work with students in the lower grades to learn. That sense of andersonmagazine.com
Walk Two Moons performance. Zayna Sheikh’s watercolor pieces.
Student participating in Fed Ex Day. community helps students feel part of something more than just a school Zayna said. “It’s a little different for me because I grew up in the system,” she said. “But I think Montessori gives students a different perspective about education. Getting to grow up in this school gives me a sense of community and a feeling that I can rely on the people in this school and that these are people who genuinely care about me.” That feeling continues past graduation, Johnson said. Some students will return to Montessori this summer or in the coming year to help current students live through their adventures. Zayna’s older sister Sofia, a student at University of California at Berkley studying physics, will present a summer camp on astronomy and physics to Montessori students this summer. “Several of our graduates come back to teach or do summer camps or tutoring during the summer,” Johnson said. “Because the community is so tight knit, you’ll see students who want to come back and share this new part of their life with the people who got them there.” 37
New Covenant School
Prom was held at The Anderson County Farmer’s Market.
Every year for the past four years, New Covenant School has grown. In 2012, when Head Master Joe Canney took over, the student population numbered 125. By 2015, it was 145. This year, enrollment reached 182 students, the largest it has ever been. Next year, the school looks to having more than 200 students. As the school grows, it is also celebrating its 10th graduation this year. Founded in 1999, the school will be celebrating its 17th anniversary by not only looking to the future, but also looking at its past. This year was a great year for the school’s new sports programs, Canney said. This was the first year for the school’s basketball program, which offered varsity boys and varsity girls teams, as well as a middle school boys and a junior varsity boys team. The school is also part of the Anderson Cavaliers football program, an independent athletic program that provides athletic opportunities to students that don’t have it available to them in their current educational setting. And next year, the school hopes to offer a cross-country team for students as well. The sports program is only part of the school’s offerings, though. Canney said the school also has a terrific drama program. Other electives offered have included archery and culinary arts. “Because we’re such a small school, our kids are all able to be involved in a lot of things,” he said. “The kids get a lot of diversity in the things they can do.” Canney said the small-family atmosphere of the school is something that sets the school apart. “It’s what our families and faculty love,” he said. “It’s what our students love. They love being able to interact with our preschoolers. They love being part of this extended family.” n
K5-5th grades enjoyed field day.
This year was the inaugural basketball season.
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elevision shows like “Dance Moms” have given most dance studios a very bad rap. Thankfully, Anderson County and its dance studios have maintained their Southern graces and continue to offer exceptional dance instruction along with caring teachers who have a passion and genuine love of dance. Anderson School of Dance (ASD) has been operating on Benson Street in Anderson since 1972. Originally opened by Brenda Oehmig, the dance school has been owned by Kathryn Yon and Anna Giles since Oehmig’s retirement in 2012. As a child, Giles was a student of Mrs. Brenda’s, as she is affectionately called by all of her former students – and nearly everyone who knows her. Giles and Yon met when Yon’s daughter began taking classes from Mrs. Brenda, and Giles was a teacher at the school. Both Giles and Yon are classically trained and certified by the Dance Masters of America. Together, along with teaching assistant Catherine Zocchi, they offer ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, pointe and hip hop to more than 300 students. This May, the school held its 44th spring recital. “The recital is a big deal,” said Yon. andersonmagazine.com
The two-day recital is actually about a week-long event, including practices and dress rehearsals. “We move into the theater at Henderson Auditorium at Anderson University and put down a special floor and bring in props,” said Yon. ASD holds a stage rehearsal on Monday and Tuesday of “recital week” to set lighting cues, sound cues and curtain cues. On Wednesday, there is a dress rehearsal. “We want them to feel comfortable on stage,” said Yon. “Being in the auditorium with the lights in front of all those people is very different than being in the dance studio. We want them to be as comfortable as they can be.” The actual recital shows are held on Thursday and Friday. The shows are identical to allow “parents with younger children to trade off nights if needed,” said Yon. Another student of the Anderson School of Dance who went from student to teacher is Amy Coleman. She opened Steppin’ Out Dance Studio 23 years ago. Coleman’s first studio was in an old auto shop garage where she had to put down appropriate dance floors, mirrors and dance bars. She is now in her third and “final” location on Commerce Boulevard in Anderson and has about 400 students who take lessons at the studio.
Take my hand, I’ll teach you to dance... Coleman said that several students expressed interest in participating in more performances than just the end-ofyear recital, so Steppin’ Out formed a competition dance team about four years ago. The PAT Pack, or Performing Arts Team–also named for Coleman’s mother, Patricia, who passed away in 2008–has 42 members and is divided into three performing groups, Dynamite, Ice and Fire. The team travels to weekend competitions, typically within a two-hour radius of the Anderson area, and performs a series of dances for judges over a two-day event. “There’s not the cattiness between parents and teachers you see on TV,” said Coleman. “Not at Steppin’ Out. There aren’t the tears and the breakdowns.” At Steppin’ Out, Coleman puts a focus on community with her competition team. “Along with dancing, one of our top priorities is giving back to the community,” she said. “We raised about $12,000 last year for the Make a Wish Foundation through events like a fashion show, a yard sale and a coin drive.” And Coleman practices what she preaches. She has donated her personal time to dance and choreograph for the Dancing for Our Heroes event hosted by the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, which raised more than $100,000 for local charities in April. She also works with the Senior Follies to teach and choreograph dance routines for their performances each year. Her students also perform as entertainment at events such as festivals, basketball games, parades and more. Students who don’t live in Anderson “proper” have options that are geographically convenient to them as well. Upstate Dance offers classes in Anderson but also in Honea Path and Pendleton. Honea Path mother Donelle Millwood said the local location was a welcome surprise for her when she moved to the area. “We had lived in Anderson for several years and recently moved to Honea Path,” said Millwood. “I wanted to get my two daughters involved in dance, but with their two younger brothers in tow, the drive and class time in Anderson was difficult to manage with the smaller children.” Upstate Dance, owned by Lindsay Rhodes and Hazel Cartee, had a studio right on Main Street in Honea Path and offered a baton class that worked perfectly for the Millwood children. Along with baton, Upstate Dance offers tap and ballet, tumbling, dance team and more. From tiny tots all the way to adult classes, the dance studios in Anderson County offer a variety of classes, teachers and locations to suit your tapping toes. Whether you are finding a home for your little ballerina or keeping andersonmagazine.com
yourself in shape with something you love to do, take the time to visit with the studios and see which one fits your style. Registrations take place over the summer in almost all studios! n 43
Golden Years Jamboree By Caroline Anneaux
by Kelly Jo (Brown) Barnwell, Anderson County Senior Citizens Program Coordinator
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enry Ford once said, “If you take all the experience and judgement of men over 50 out of the world, there wouldn’t be enough left to run it.” Those in our community age 50 and older continue to make a huge impact on Anderson County. We, who work with seniors on a regular basis, know that it’s not how old you are, but how you are old. Our senior population possesses a wealth of experience, education, talent, and wisdom. On July 20, the local senior care industry is joining together to sponsor a grand party that made its first debut nearly 38 years ago. You’re invited to join the community and members of the “silver tsunami” at the Golden Years Jamboree at the Civic Center of Anderson. The first jamboree was held on October 3, 1978. The Anderson Recreation Center, the Adult & Community Education Department, Anderson School District 5, City andersonmagazine.com
of Anderson Recreation Department, and the Anderson/ Oconee Council on Aging joined forces to sponsor a day for senior citizens to come together to sing songs, enjoy entertaining performances, and receive great door prizes – the very first Golden Years Jamboree. Attendees were informed that the Honorable Patrick B. “Pat” Harris, a member of the Anderson County Legislative Delegation and vice chair of the South Carolina Study Committee on Aging, had led the Legislature in passage of the Community Education Act of 1976, which expanded adult education activities to benefit older South Carolinians. By 1982, Congressman Butler Derrick was a regular guest attending the Annual Golden Years Jamboree which was now officially sponsored by the Senior Citizens Program of Anderson School District 5 and coordinated by Jo Brown. Congressman Derrick stated in a note, “It was a 44
delightful occasion. I thank you for your kindness to me and for your hard work in putting together such a nice event for such deserving people.” In 1984, 1,500 tickets had been distributed for the 6th annual event. At the piano, courtesy of Pressley Music House, was 88 year old Flora Bryant, who played her own written composition. In 1989, the Master of Ceremonies for the 11th annual event was Anderson City Council member and City Executive of Southern National Bank, Richard Shirley. The senior citizens of Anderson County enjoyed the annual Golden Years Jamboree until 1993. At that time, a family illness became the primary responsibility of Jo Brown, the event’s primary organizer, and the jamboree went on an extended hiatus. However, this year, 23 years later, Friends of Senior Citizens proudly unite together to once again present an event, a party, a day to celebrate our aging population – The Golden Years Jamboree.
Led by Master of Ceremonies, Anderson County Clerk of Court Richard Shirley, the relaunch of The Golden Years Jamboree will feature the GYJ Performers, the collaborative talents of Anderson County Outreach Entertainers and Senior Follies To Go, door prizes galore, and last, but not least…the 10th Sunflower Dessert Fundraiser. This dessert event will raise money for the Cancer Association of Anderson. The recipient of the 20th Annual Jo Brown Senior Citizen of the Year Award will be announced and honored during the festivities. Jamboree-goers will have the opportunity to participate in the largest line dance ever held in Anderson County to the song made famous by George Burns, “Old Bones.” On behalf of those who love and serve our senior citizens, we invite everyone to come out and join us for the Golden Years Jamboree as we celebrate Anderson County – truly a great place to live, work, play, retire and enjoy our Golden Years! n
2016 Golden Years Jamboree Sponsors The Legacy of Anderson • Partners In Primary Care • Brookdale Anderson Anderson Area YMCA • Alzheimer’s Association • Marchbanks Assisted Living Morningside Assisted Living • Patriot Hospice • The Garden House Assisted Living Medshore Ambulance • The Carolina Center for Behavioral Health • ResCare Homecare AARP • Anderson County Council District 7 – M. Cindy Wilson • Kiwanis Club Anderson County Senior Citizens Program benefiting the Cancer Association of Anderson Everyone invited to come out and join us for the Golden Years Jamboree as we celebrate Anderson County – truly a great place to live, work, play, retire and enjoy our Golden Years! andersonmagazine.com
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Dropping Bad Health While Dropping Weight
By April Cameron
Summertime is certainly the season of less clothing, and you may be kicking yourself right about now if you didn’t get your body quite how you wanted it before swimsuit season hit. But what if those extra pounds weren’t just about your vanity? What if they were having a significant effect on your health? Dr. Adam Beall is the medical director of AnMed Health’s weight loss surgery program. According to Dr. Beall, when many people are considering weightloss surgery, the discussion often begins because of a significant health problem that may be associated with extra weight. “Before any type of surgery occurs, anyone considering it meets with a registered dietician,” said Dr. Beall. “If the patient is a diabetic, they will have diabetic dietary counseling.” According to Beall, the counseling isn’t a one-sizefits-all approach, either. “We want to know what’s a problem for you,” he said. “Are you a snacker? Is it portions? Do you love restaurant food that has added fat and sugar? We have to determine what the triggers are for the individual.” And Beall said the pounds can sneak up a lot more easily than you imagine. “It only takes 100 extra calories per day to gain weight,” he said. To put that in perspective, one slice of pepperoni pizza contains about 298 calories. A six-ounce glass of wine is about 150 calories. A chicken finger is about 140. Gerald Jones, at 70 years old, knew he was heavier than he needed to be, but he would visit the Anderson Area YMCA a day or two each week to work out. After a doctor visit where he had a A1C test (a glucose test to check for diabetes and prediabetes), he learned his A1C level was at 6.3, which classified him as prediabetic, and he was headed towards Type 2 diabetes. “I saw a brochure in the Y with information about a diabetes prevention program, and I signed up,” said Jones. The class began in April of this year and is a year-long program. According to Jones, he began meeting with a group once a week for a month or two, then every other week, then it moves to once a month and so on. Under the direction of Wally Weathers, wellness director of the YMCA, the current class has seven participants. andersonmagazine.com
Ryan Wesley dropped nearly 200 pounds over four years by changing his eating habits and working out. 46
was going to be a walking heart attack like my dad.” He started going to the YMCA to work out and talked with a friend’s mother who was a dietician. He also had three friends who were kinesiology majors at Anderson University who helped him with workout plans. “Even though I didn’t have major health issues, I’m sleeping so much better now, my hair and my complexion have significantly improved and even things like bruises seem to heal faster,” said Wesley. “My entire body is just better.” Wesley said he had let his weight interfere with things he had enjoyed doing in the past. “I had been a Boy Scout, and achieved Eagle Scout, and I used to love the outdoors. But I had gotten lazy and just played video games. Now I go hiking, try to find waterfalls and like to rock climb,” he said. And along with finding his old self, Wesley also found something new – the friendly face at the front desk of the YMCA who would greet him when he came to work out is now his fiancé. While good looks and vanity can be motivation for weight loss, the truth is that what’s happening on the inside of our bodies can (and perhaps should) tell us when we need to make some lifestyle changes. n
“The class isn’t just some diet. It really is a lifestyle change you have to make,” said Jones. “They teach you how to eat – low fat, lower calories – teach you how much to exercise. If you start eating healthy, you’re automatically going to reduce your weight. But you’re not gonna just exercise the pounds away.”
“It only takes 100 extra calories per day to gain weight”
Jones had lost 15 pounds at the time of this interview, but perhaps more importantly, his A1C percentage had already dropped to 5.8, with many more months to go on the program. Ryan Wesley saw weight issues contribute to the death of his father, and when he realized he was on the same path, he decided to do something about it. Over the course of about four years, Wesley dropped nearly 200 pounds by changing his eating habits and working out regularly. “I was in my early 20s so I didn’t have any major health issues, but I knew heart disease issues ran in my family,” said Wesley. “My family would say that they worried I
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The local would say... Anderson resident Angela McKnight thinks Anderson has plenty to offer for all age groups. One of her favorite shops is Snicklefritz, a gift shop located in the Anderson Pavilion shopping center on Highway 81 and her favorite restaurant is Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill, located downtown. She is a fan of Anderson’s commitment to the arts as well. “There are many wonderful musical performances in Anderson too,” said McKnight, “including the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium and the S.C. School of the Arts at Anderson University.” When you include the Anderson Arts Center and its many exhibits, Anderson is the town to visit for a dose of culture and art.
The newcomer would say...
Anyone who drives through Anderson would be struck by the aesthetic beauty of the city, the variety of local shops and restaurants, and the impressive campus of Anderson University. Downtown has an appeal that is difficult to match. Some of my favorite casual spots to hit are Figs Beanery and Creamery Cafe, Ecity Java, and Corner Bagel Bakery and Deli. However, the city is large enough to not only encompass the downtown charm, but also provide conveniences for some of life’s necessities. Larger stores like Target, Lowe’s and the local shopping mall all are located on Clemson Boulevard. Anderson really is the perfect mixture of nostalgia and practicality, a city that provides for all generations to have a pleasant visit or permanent stay. 52
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Belton is the second largest city in Anderson County, and the historic Town Square is undergoing a $1 million facelift. Just outside of the town is Grits & Groceries, a local restaurant that boasts homecooking, locally-grown organic produce and dairy, and even a backyard garden for seasonal vegetables served straight to your plate. Belton is home to the annual Standpipe Festival, which features music, sports, art, and heritage events. It boasts both a wonderful museum and an arts center, and hosts the South Carolina State Chili Cook-off each year.
The local would say... English teacher Sam Youngs believes Belton has a great combination of athletics, thanks to BeltonHonea Path High School, and fine arts. Youngs visits The Listening Room, a live music and entertainment venue, and the Belton Center for the Arts to get a taste of art and culture in the area. For a tasty meal, Youngs recommends Arnold’s of Belton. “It’s a favorite among many of my students and co-workers at the high school,” said Youngs. “It’s a relatively new location that acts as part burger joint and part sit-down restaurant.”
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Belton appears to be a sleepy town bisected by a railroad upon which trains still travel. It’s not bursting at the seams with shops and restaurants, but the town is a loyal supporter of the local schools and has a strong church community. The special events offered by the museum and arts center are worthy options for “nights on the town” and the festivals are family friendly and a fun way to spend a day close to home.
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Honea Path The brochure might say...
Honea Path is a town rich in history, with a controversial past. The Obediah Shirley Home, circa 1826, is just one of the historical landmarks open to the public to tour. The Sugarfoot Castle is another great find, being an impressive 19th century brick Victorian home that is positioned on South Main Street. For a more provocative pastime, visit the abandoned Chiquola Mill located downtown. The 1934 deaths of seven striking textile mill employees who were shot down by non-union workers and “special deputies” sworn in by the mill manager - who was also the mayor - still affects the town today, some 82 years later. Visit Honea Path for an afternoon of immersive history lessons of a South Carolina gem.
The local would say... Tracy Lowie lives in Honea Path with her husband and four children. She is a nurse at AnMed Health in the intensive care unit, so when she gets home from work, being able to remain in Honea Path is important to her. To her, one of the best additions to the area is The Melt Pizzeria. “It’s really good, wholesome food,” she said. With pizza, calzones and salads, it offers something that makes the kids and the adults happy. “It’s very young and hip,” said Lowie, “and they use local vegetables.” Lowie also said a “must visit” is McCall’s Produce Market. It carries fresh produce as well as homemade canned goods, jams, jellies and more. Lowie likes the ferns and flowers and ornaments for your garden sold there as well.
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Honea Path may not have much in terms of big city glamour, but the small farmers’ stands and marvelous historical houses that dot the area certainly have their own appeal. Visit Chadwick’s Antiques to find a steal or Southern Smoke for some local barbecue. Honea Path is another beautiful small town that South Carolina can be proud to show off. andersonmagazine.com
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Starr and Iva The brochure might say...
Iva is the larger of the two towns and is populated by friendly folks who are proud of their rural heritage and progressive city. Come over and enjoy the many lakes and rivers and see why Iva is known as the “Gateway to the Fresh Water Coast.” Grab a cup of coffee at Smiley’s Café to hold you over before heading to Starr for a quality meal at The Gray House, located off Stone’s Throw Avenue. Starr’s population of fewer than 200 people will quickly make you appreciate the Mayberry quality of its quiet way of life and rich community.
The local would say... While Hartwell Lake gets lots of praise in Anderson County, Iva resident Ernie Simpson considers Lake Russell to be a hidden gem in his area of the county. “It’s quite possibly the prettiest of the Corps Lakes because it is undeveloped,” said Simpson. “It’s a peaceful and enjoyable getaway…and it’s an especially good foliage tour (by boat) in the fall.” Simpson also recommends a stop by Thomas & Son Hardware in Iva. “It’s a real and current part of Americana that deserves a visit,” he said. The family-owned business provides everything from livestock feed to plumbing supplies to hardware. “Miss Helen, Mike, and Randy Thomas will make you step back in time and realize how customer service used to be,” said Simpson.
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The newcomer would say... You won’t be visiting here for any major shopping adventures, but the countryside surrounding these areas is spectacular. I saw pastoral scenes that I thought only existed in paintings from the Romantic Era. You will find rolling hills with neatly rowed crops, cows and horses patiently grazing the golden grasses, and grand sweeping trees that line the highway. Come to Starr and Iva for a bite at Cam’s Café and visit the American Legion Post ’44 war memorial before enjoying a Sunday afternoon drive through the Upstate.
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Pelzer and West Pelzer The brochure might say...
Pelzer is located along the Saluda River and straddles the border between Anderson and Greenville Counties. While it is on the Greenville side, The Happy Cow Dairy is a great place. It is a working dairy farm with delicious cheeses and ice cream for sale in the gift shop. For the outdoor adventurer, the Saluda River runs through the area and offers fishing, kayaking, and tubing.
The local would say... West Cox said one of the best things happening in Pelzer right now is the entertainment presented by the Mill Town Players. This community theater will present Oklahoma from July 15 – August 7 and will offer show times to fit any schedule. “They have done a great job of mixing in popular, Broadway type shows with things not so mainstream,” said Cox. “You get high quality entertainment for only $10 per person.” Cox recommends making a full night of it in the area and dining at Mama Mia’s Pizzeria before the show. “They have the best personal pizzas,” he said.
I agree that the Happy Cow Dairy is a stand-out place to visit. The shop not only offers locally produced raw milk, which tastes fabulous, but there are cheeses, ice cream and even local meats. I also learned about the The Pelzer Heritage Commission, a non-profit organization working to restore and revitalize Pelzer, beginning with the historic Pelzer Mill Property. I look forward to seeing the changes in this town through this group’s involvement.
The local would say... According to Chris Trotter, if you have children, Mineral Spring Park has one of the best playgrounds and play areas available for kids. And once you play hard and need refuel, Trotter recommends The Dog House. “It has great hot dogs with great local conversations, and Sweet Dreams Bakery that is also connected to it is great too,” he said. He also recommends the many festivals and events at the park like the Spring Water Festival planned for August 2627, 2016, and the Christmas lights display held each holiday season. Local John Boone agrees. The town has really made an impact with the park. “My favorite thing to do in Williamston is to go to Mineral Spring Park. Whether it’s to play with the kids, have a picnic, or attend a festival, it’s a nice play to just hang out and relax,” said Boone.
The brochure might say... Williamston can be a great place for an afternoon of pleasant family fun as well as business. The town is working on a downtown revitalization project and a bicycle and pedestrian master plan. Guests to the area will enjoy Mineral Spring Park on any given day, but especially during the many festivals held there. And after some shopping, stop by Rassasy Café on North Hamilton Street for tea and sandwiches or grab a cup of coffee at The JAVA Mug…you won’t be disappointed you came.
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Pendleton has a population of over 3,000 friendly people who would love to show you their charming town. It boasts a darling town square surrounded by restaurants and shops selling antiques and arts. Be sure to tour the Ashtabula historic home on the Old Greenville Highway, a civil war plantation on ten acres with the original well house and tavern. The Veterans Park on Lebanon Road is a soothing spot for reflection for those who have served, while the park nearby provides a welcome energy-release for the kids. Pendleton definitely has a distinctive flavor of maturity and class, perfect for all generations to spend a day.
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When you first arrive in Pendleton, it seems as though time has slowed down to take a break from the chaos of the busy world outside. The first structure that will capture the eye when driving in from Highway 76 is the Clemson Little Theater on South Mechanic Street. Its vintage look is appealing for old souls and movie buffs, while the restaurant 1826 On the Green at Farmers Hall on the square is a beautiful setting for a meal. If you are looking for a subdued setting for business, a date, or even a stroll around the square, Pendleton is your town.
Ceci Pierce loves her town for its unique character and the specific residents it attracts. She frequently visits The Village Boutique on East Main Street for its variety of jewelry and clothing and her favorite local restaurant is The Smokin’ Pig off Clemson Boulevard. “It’s the best BBQ I have had in my entire life,” she said. Many people agree with Pierce. Its popularity has led the restaurant to open locations in Williamston and Easley as well.
The newcomer would say... Williamston is a beautiful town full of life. It is probably busiest on Saturdays when school is out and the parks have a chance to fill up. From a pee-wee soccer game on one side of the street, to couples strolling in the Mineral Spring Park on the other, the town is literally bursting from its seams in small town bliss. Yard sales are often sprinkled throughout the neighborhoods and the “Pig in the Park BBQ Festival” is a must-do in my book (typically held in May of each year). andersonmagazine.com
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Siri Doesn’t Speak Southern By April Cameron
The good Lord knows I try to set the right examples for my children (most of the time). Yes, it is very possible I have coached them on some amazing comebacks should a smart-mouthed little kid try to insult them, but that’s just good parenting if you ask me. So, back to my good examples. I’ve taught my son to remove his hat when he sits down to eat. “Yes ma’am” and “no sir” roll off their tongues when speaking to adults. And I have really, really, really tried to stay off of my phone when I am driving. Enter Siri. That girl can be my best friend and my worst enemy. Instead of texting and driving, I’ll try that talk to text thing and tell Siri what message I want to send. “Siri, text Lindsay,” I tell her. “What do you want to say to Lindsay,” Siri replies to me. “What is the name of that restaurant in Honea Path,” I tell Siri to type to Lindsay. Siri pops up a preview of what she is about to send to my friend. The message is: “What is the name of that restaurant in honey a path.” “No! Don’t send,” I yell at Siri. And that’s the story of our relationship. She treats me just as poorly when giving me directions. I don’t always plan ahead when I’m going somewhere, or I make a wrong turn, and sometimes I need directions “on the fly.” So, I just ask my friend Siri things like, “How do I get to the PetSmart on Pleasantburg Drive?” Last time I asked her something that, she told me she couldn’t find the orangutans and clearly didn’t understand a word I said. Even if she does slightly understand me, she tells me nonsense like, “Go East for 1.2 miles.” Or she’ll say, “Head North on State Road 57,” or whatever the case may be. Siri, you’re not helping me. I am not a compass. East? West? Unless I’m on the interstate and it says I’m exiting to the north or south, I’m at a loss. Let me show you how you could be helpful to someone like me. “Siri, how do you get to (insert location here),” I might say.
Then, Siri would say, “Keep going straight for a little stretch, and when you see the Shell station on the left, then take a right.” Now, THAT would be helpful. Perhaps something like this, as well… “You’re gonna veer to the left at the caution light, but if you get to the McDonald’s, you’ve gone too far.” And instead of telling me to turn in 500 feet, Siri could speak my language and say something like… “You’re real close now. You might want to slow down some. Maybe more. Hit the breaks! Don’t hit that chicken! Turn, turn, turn!” Those Apple people are such geniuses that they’ll let you make your Siri a woman, an Australian man, and who knows what else, but I can’t get that gal to understand a thick Southern accent for love nor money. And a smart phone? I’m gonna have to dumb her down a little if I’m ever gonna get to my final destination using her directions. n rections ce: asking for di en ri pe ex ri Si e Real lif s sports complex to JB Red Owen
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