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Letter from the Editor My, oh my! How is it already July? I don’t know about you, but for me, the past several months have been flying by! Maybe it’s because things have been busy in my world. My oldest child, Avery, graduated TL Hanna in June. She’ll be attending Clemson University, so we had a very busy spring and early summer preparing for graduation, enjoying graduation parties with her friends, planning her dorm room décor and more. She has reached a milestone in her life, and we are so excited to see where the future takes her. Speaking of milestones, you’ll enjoy our article on local businesses celebrating milestone anniversaries! After such a tumultuous year, it’s wonderful to see that many of our businesses are celebrating 50 years or more of serving the community! Our cover article is on The Peoples Bank, which is celebrating 70 years of banking in Anderson County. The cover man is my friend and fellow Rotarian, Shawn McGee, president of the bank. The bank started out in downtown Iva and has now grown to seven locations in the county. I’ve enjoyed hearing sweet stories from their customers about how the bank helped them reach their own milestones like first home purchases, business expansions and more. Read for yourself about the ways this hometown bank keeps that local feel while meeting today’s fast-moving needs. Meeting the needs of the community is a top priority for our friend, Kevin Norris. He has developed a mentoring program to provide positive role models and resources to at-risk youth in Anderson. He also works with young adults through the Red Velvet Café, a venue with a minimum age of 21 to provide a safe space to explore their performing talents in areas like comedy, singing and poetry. Read about how his childhood influenced the man he is today. Haven of Rest is an organization that influences men (and women) every day. More than just a shelter for those in need, the Haven of Rest offers support in many different ways for those experiencing life-dominating issues. This non-profit organization creates a stable environment for those seeking assistance. Read about their program offerings and learn how you can help. As I mentioned before, it is July – which means school is out! Time to think about having some fun. We’ve got a great story on day trips that can be good for families, a get-away with friends or a couple’s day. Have a little adventure with just a tank of gas and an attitude for exploring! For the car ride, arm yourself with entertainment in the form of a coloring book. Daniel Middleton has created a series of coloring and activity books focusing on historical black figures. Although some of the books are geared more toward adults, youth will also enjoy the crossword puzzles, word searches and trivia that makes learning fun. Learn more about his journey in the publishing world. While the heat is brutal right now, summer is still one of my favorite seasons. I love the freedom, flexibility, and slower pace of things. I hope you’ll spend some time reading and relaxing this summer! And make sure to support our advertisers!
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Leading The Peoples Bank: Shawn McGee By Caroline Anneaux
Shawn McGee, President/CEO of The Peoples Bank since 1996, began his 41-year career after graduating from Furman University in 1980. “I knew in college that I would get a job in business,” said McGee. “At the time I graduated, the economy wasn’t that great, and many of the job opportunities were in Atlanta or Charlotte. I wasn’t interested in moving to either city, so I moved back to my hometown of Iva and got a job as a bank teller.” McGee has seen a lot of changes over the years as he worked his way up in the company. He moved on to assistant vice president and branch manager in the early 1980s before getting promoted to vice president in the late 1980s. He remembers filing all of the checks by hand. Everything was handwritten, and everything sent out by mail was done by individuals working at the bank. Now, everything is so much easier, and the technology gets better and better every year. “We keep up with the latest technology to keep all of our customers happy and connected 24/7,” said McGee. “Even though most of our services are completely available online, we still enjoy face-to-face relationships with our customers. Our seven branches are open and available for people to come in and discuss any of their banking needs with us. It is important for us to continue to keep a personal rapport with our customers.” McGee’s favorite part of his job is working with the
small businesses and churches in the Anderson area. “I really enjoy helping a small business or church get a loan,” said McGee. “It is great to see them start or expand their business or church in the Anderson County community. Seeing them create jobs and hire local people is one of the best rewards of my job.” The Anderson Chamber of Commerce awarded The Peoples Bank the Small Business of the Year award in 2019. McGee believes the award is good testimony to the way they take care of small businesses in the Anderson community. He is humbled to know that the Chamber members--who are also fellow business owners and leaders--thought highly enough of The Peoples Bank to honor them in this way. And what does the future hold for The Peoples Bank? They believe there will always be a market for community banking, and they will be there to meet that need. “Embracing technology and keeping up with constant change is an essential part of our bank,” said McGee. “For 70 years we have been there for generations of customers, and we plan to be in the Anderson County community for years to come. We are here for the long haul.”
Shawn McGee grew up in Iva, where he has lived his entire life with the exception of the four years he attended Furman and several years he spent in Anderson after graduating. He loves living on his 30-acre mini farm in the same small town where The Peoples Bank first planted roots, and that is where he intends to stay. McGee and his wife, Beth, enjoy spending time with their three children and their families who all live nearby.
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Platinum Anniversary The Peoples Bank opened 70 years ago thanks to a group of dedicated local businessmen, who were told they would have to raise funds all on their own if they wanted to establish a new bank in the little town of Iva. These men and other locals were eager to have access to a bank in their own town without having to travel into downtown Anderson to do their banking. In 1950, they began to collect the money by selling stock to people who believed Iva might be a small town, yet it was large enough to open and maintain a bank in the local downtown area. This took a year, but it was worth it. The Iva location opened the first branch 70 years ago in 1951, and the seventh location opened in Pendleton in late 2020. Sheryl McCollum is the Community Outreach & Customer Appreciation Coordinator for The Peoples Bank. “I grew up in Iva and have worked at the bank since August 1983,” said McCollum. “We pride ourselves on customer service and want our customers to feel appreciated. Our new customers almost always come
from referrals. Our customers tell their friends and family about us, and that is how one bank location has now branched out into seven areas of Anderson County.” The Peoples Bank offers many popular ways for customers to do their banking. IRAs, mobile banking, CDs, personal and business credit cards/loans and ATMs at every bank location are just a sampling of all that they provide. Outreach is key. “Cash the Curious Bear is a fun program for children,” said McCollum. “It is a great way to inspire the youngest members of the family to get involved at the bank. Cash moves around and shows up in local branches and businesses in the community. Children may ask to take a bear home, and they receive information about starting their very own savings account with only a $50 investment.” Whatever banking services you require, The Peoples Bank has 70 years of experience in meeting their customers’ needs, and they are continuing to grow.
Hattie Adams Hattie Adams is 100 years old and has been a member of The Peoples Bank for as long as the bank has been in existence. She remembers the bank opening and Wallace Alewine and J.R. McGee encouraging her to open an account and keep her money there. She did, and she has never banked anywhere else for 70 years. “I used to do all of my banking in person until I was not able to drive anymore,” said Adams. “Now I call and do everything over the phone. My daughter, Gennie Belton, takes me there if I need to sign something in person. Everyone is so nice to me. I love them and cannot imagine banking anywhere else.”
Jimmy & Sue Cook Jimmy Cook’s mother was one of the very first employees 70 years ago, and she was one of the local folks who purchased stock during 1950. Jimmy still holds stock in the bank today and does all of his personal and business banking there. He and his wife, Sue, made sure their three children opened their first accounts at The Peoples Bank, and they opened savings accounts for all of their grandchildren, too. When a local bank keeps business for four generations, you know they are doing everything right. Families keep going back to what they know and love, and The Peoples Bank has clearly been the number one choice for the Cook family. “I never would have imagined that our little bank in Iva would expand into seven locations,” said Jimmy Cook. “My grandfather owned a bus company before the bank opened in Iva. He took checks from the mill workers to Anderson to cash them because they could not get to a bank and do it themselves. Knowing that The Peoples Bank is all over the county and easily accessible to so many people now is a wonderful feeling.”
Tommy & Vicki Drennon Tommy and Vicki Drennon own Drennon’s IGA grocery store in Iva, where Tommy has worked for 46 years. His very first loan was while he was still in high school and driving a school bus. He needed $700 to buy a car, and J.R. McGee helped him apply and establish credit. Later, when he decided to open a new store location 17 years ago, Shawn McGee happened to stop in to buy milk, and Tommy Drennon mentioned he needed a loan. He called McGee that week to set up his loan over the phone. From a very small automobile loan as a teenager to a substantial loan to open his new store, Tommy Drennon is one of the many locals who has seen the benefit of being a neighbor and friend to bank employees. “I realize that the loan process might not be like it was so many years ago,” said Drennon. “But everyone I have worked with for all of my business and personal accounts has been fantastic. I could not be happier with the experiences I have had with my bank over the past 50 years.”
Mike & Lisa Thomas J.B. Thomas and Son is a hardware store in Iva named for Mike Thomas’s grandfather and his father, Walter. His mother, Helen, inherited the store in 2013, and Mike and his brother Randy help her run it. Mike and Lisa have banked with The Peoples Bank their whole lives, and they opened checking and savings accounts for all three of their girls. This is another family with three generations who have chosen to do all of their banking here. The Thomas family certainly understands the importance of belonging to a bank that cares about the customers and the community they serve. “I have used Peoples for all of my personal and home loans and we do all of our banking there,” said Mike Thomas. “I love the convenience and the friendly, hometown feel. Times change and the bank adapts, and they always go above and beyond to keep customers informed and happy.”
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Jesus had a special place in His heart for children. In Luke 18:16, He said, “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not.” In other words – “Let the children come to me.” As church attendance in America has consistently declined over the past 60 years, many children no longer have the opportunity to hear and learn about Jesus. An after-school ministry is helping to bridge the gap. The Good News Club, a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship® (CEF®), meets in elementary schools one day per week after school. CEF was established in 1937 and has a worldwide reach. A Supreme Court ruling in 2001 provides for Good News Club to meet in public school buildings that allow any other outside clubs to meet after school.
meet in places like homes, apartment complexes, and community centers. Volunteers come from all demographic groups and walks of life--such as retirees, parents of children (public school and homeschool), college students, and pastors. Some volunteers have regular jobs and take time off to serve. Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who have a heart for children and a willingness to serve are the common threads of those who volunteer. Most volunteers serve in a role called “Grade Shepherd.” This involves working with a small group of children--taking attendance, taking prayer requests, helping with memory verse work, supervising during club time, and praying for them. Homeschool mother Jennifer Thomas volunteers as a Grade Shepherd. “God has used Good News Club to give me a deeper compassion for these precious young souls who need Christ,” she said. Retiree and Grade Shepherd volunteer Mary Mattress said, “To think that we’re reaching many children who may not hear the Gospel any other way is a wonderful thing. Then actually seeing God work in their lives is so rewarding.” Other roles are available, and volunteers are always needed. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Anderson Area Ministry Coordinator Donna Rogers at 864-367-2515 or email@example.com. To enroll your child in Good News Club, look for a paper or online registration form to be provided at the beginning of the school year. Christian leader Josh McDowell said, “CEF has become one of the most critical organizations in America and around the world... If we don’t reach them as kids–five, six, seven, eight years old—we will lose an entire generation.” Good News Club is determined to see that doesn’t happen.
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A Haven of Hope
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“Our community is better today because of lives changed at the Haven of Rest. Those who have gone before us have passed our generation the torch. We want to give others that same opportunity to change and continue to make their lives, this community, and this state a better place to live.” -Eddie Capps, Executive Director, Haven of Rest
The Haven of Rest Ministries, located on West Whitner Street in Anderson, is not only a place of rest. It is a place of hope. It is a place, as C.S. Lewis would say, of changed endings. The Haven of Rest is celebrating 60 years in Anderson and has been a key player in this area, explains Sid Stewart, Community Relations Director. The Haven reaches out to the less fortunate, the addicted, and those with other life-dominating problems. The goal for men and women when they leave the Haven is the same. It’s to have a job, be enrolled in school, have a church home, and enter society as a productive citizen. As Sid tells the story, it all began in the ’50s, when Hugh Parsons, a rough rodeo rider with an alcohol problem, checked into the Haven of Rest in Akron, Ohio. There, he was saved and turned his life around. A few years later, Hugh met up with some businessmen in Anderson who wanted to set up a local place for those who needed help. In August of 1960, the Haven of Rest Ministry, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established. andersonmagazine.com
The Haven began as a men’s rescue mission. In the late ’70s or early ’80s, a ministry for battered women was added that later opened up to any women with a life-dominating problem. In August 1998, the ministry began more of a discipleship focus, teaching Christian principles for those who would commit to a 90day program. According to Sid, they started seeing immediate results. It is this 90-day training program that sets the Haven of Rest apart from other ministries. For the men, they set up a nearby local Men’s Training Center, known as “The Farm.” The journey for men begins at the downtown mission. There, the men, referred to as clients, get food, clothes, and a place to stay at no cost. This is also where they learn about the full Haven program and decide if it is right for them. After two to three months, clients can continue advancement and move to the Farm, where they complete a 12-month Christ-centered, Bible-based, discipleship experience. The first six months at the Farm involve formal 20
classroom time with Bible-based instruction. After six months, the Haven assists the clients in moving back into society and pursuing career or educational opportunities. If the clients’ families are still intact, they can reunite. Sid says that 75-80% of the clients who go to the Farm successfully complete the program
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A major key to successful reintegration into society is meaningful employment. Sid described how some of his best clients came into the Haven with a “mean streak” and a felony record as long as your arm-not the kind of people employers normally look to hire. This is where the program makes a difference. The Haven works closely with local employers and educational institutions, who find that graduates of the program make outstanding employees and students. Some of the organizations that work with the Haven are Sargent Metal Company, TTI, the Rogers Group asphalt companies, Grainger Nissan, and Tri-County Tech. “Because we get support from some educational institutions and companies in the area, the chance of our residents getting gainful employment is very good,” explains Sid. “Being with us during the initial part of the ‘work phase’ gives the individuals a better chance of a ‘fresh start.’” Here is what employers have to say in their own words: “We are blessed to have the Haven of Rest in our community that truly rescues, restores, and releases men and women. Sargent Metal is all about second chances in life and we are thankful to be able partner with them for many years.” – Tim Hayden, President and CEO, Sargent Metal Company “I find that most of the men and women that we have hired from the Haven are hard workers, dedicated, and anxious to prove themselves! Almost all have no disciplinary issues due to their walk with the Lord and are eager to learn and do anything asked of them!” – Gary Roland, Assistant Housekeeping Manager / Facilities, TTI Operating a program like the Haven of Rest is not cheap. The cost of supporting one person in the program runs $30 a day, or $10,920 for a year. However, the Haven notes that keeping one person in prison runs $82 a day, or $29,930 for a year. That makes the Haven a bargain for society. 64% of the Haven’s support comes from individual and business donations. Another 32% comes from thrift store operations and miscellaneous revenue. The Haven of Rest operates seven thrift stores, located in andersonmagazine.com
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2021, a Mileston Anderson County is the home to many great local businesses, and each year more make our area their home. Several of these businesses have been around longer than many of us! Let’s applaud these milestone businesses! Here are just a few of the local businesses celebrating milestone years here in Anderson County. If you get a chance, stop by, support and congratulate these local businesses. Hampton Furniture celebrating 90 years Hampton Furniture is located at 809 Whitehall Road Anderson and since 1931, they have been one of Anderson’s top choices for high-quality home furnishings. As a local, family-owned store, Hampton Furniture takes pride in helping people throughout the Anderson area find the perfect piece of furniture to accent their home. They offer many of the same leading brands as some of the big box stores, without all the fuss. Hampton can help you find the perfect piece of furniture at the right price. You can find more information about them on their Facebook page or website, hamptonfurniture.com.
Hampton Furniture celebrating 90 years A. B. Roberts Construction celebrating 80 years A. B. Roberts Construction Co. Inc. is located at 1234 Railroad Street in Anderson. Some of their specialty areas include commercial and custom residential construction, new construction, renovations, and upfits and historic restorations. Al Roberts states, “I would like for our company to be diverse but to always be a general contractor no matter what other areas we specialize in.” A. B. Roberts, Sr., moved to Anderson from Clarksville, Georgia, in the 1930s, and in 1940 he founded A. B. Roberts Construction Company. This is a true family business, in every sense. In the 1960s Roberts was joined by his son, A. B. “Buck” Roberts, who continued to build the business. Buck’s son Jeff Roberts (grandson of A. B.) joined the business in 1985. Tim Roberts, another son Buck, joined the business in 1988. And the most recent addition is Jeff ’s son and the great-grandson of A. B., 1st Lt. Albert (A. B.) Roberts, who joined the business this year. Though they’ve grown and changed over the years, Jeff Roberts says, “The two things that should never change about our company are the commitment to providing excellence in workmanship while conducting business with ethical professionalism.” Some recent projects completed by A. B. Roberts include the McDougald Funeral Home Pendleton Center and the St. John’s United Methodist Church bell tower renovation. You can find out more about A B Roberts Construction by calling 864-226-2531.
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Mama Penn’s celebrating 51 years Mama Penn’s is located at 2802 North Main Street, Anderson. Mama Penn’s got its name from the original owners, Jimmy and Mildred Penn, when they started it in 1970 in a small building in the Pruitt Shopping Center. In 1973, Rudy Davis, who was involved in insurance and didn’t know anything about the restaurant business, purchased Mama Penn’s. Davis decided to keep the name. In 1976, Mama Penn’s moved to the old Eldorado Steak House building in the Pruitt Shopping Center. Jimmy “J.” Davis bought it from his father in 1988. J. Davis is the head chef and runs the kitchen while his wife, Sunny, helps with the management side. They currently have 70 employees. With all the changes, one thing has remained the same: the Southern cooking style. J. Davis says, “We changed a lot of menu items, but we must always have the Southern basics such as green beans (with fatback, of course), mac and cheese, slaw, fried chicken and chicken fingers to keep everyone happy.” After 28 years in the same location, Mama Penn’s had become an Anderson tradition. But to better serve Anderson’s growing demand for real Southern cooking, Mama Penn’s moved to its current location at 2802 North Main Street. They are so customer service oriented that if, for whatever reason, they ever fail to meet your expectations, they want you to ask to speak to “the owner”, who’s in the kitchen. You can find out more about Mama Penn’s on their Facebook page or website, mamapenns.com.
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Sargent Metal celebrating 46 years Sargent Metal is located at 5500 Airport Road, Anderson. In June of 1975, Donnie Sargent started Sargent Metal Fabricators. Donnie’s dad, JD Sargent, joined shortly after that. They equipped their shop with select machines and a desire to become a qualitydriven metal fabrication shop. Many of their initial jobs were in the textile industry. Sargent continued to grow over the years and made many products that included armored trucks and fire trucks. It was in the early 1990’s when Donnie realized that Sargent needed to invest in CNC equipment to stay competitive and to grow in other markets. Sargent bought its first CNC laser punch machine in the early 1990s. Today, Sargent continues to invest by buying machines with the latest technology available to better serve their customers. In 2003, Sargent moved from its Standridge Road location to its present location at Airport Road. It is an 80,000-square-foot facility located on a 21-acre campus. Today, the Standridge Road facility serves as The Sargent Innovation Center. You can find out more about Sargent Metal on their website, sargentmetal.com.
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The Local Uptown celebrating 50 years The Local Uptown, located at 301 North Mcduffie Street in Anderson, was originally built in 1970 by Larry Stanley and opened as The Uptown in 1971. Sarah Dowler, one of the current owners, says, “Larry was known as the type of guy who would give the shirt off his back to help people out.” The restaurant originally served only alcohol. But after being informed they needed to serve food, they changed a closet into a kitchen from which they served sandwiches and their famous Larry burger. Shane and Sarah Dowler took over The Uptown in 2008 and bought the property in 2019. The name had to be changed due to the purchase and so the Dowlers tied it in with their other restaurant, The Local Pub and Eatery. They still cook out of that same closet to this day. Besides the name, the Dowlers have changed a lot of things since they purchased the place including some of the food options. Sarah Dowler points out, “Our menu now pays homage to times gone by and to our heritage of England and Ireland. Our authentic fish and chips is one of our most popular dishes.” During COVID, the Local Uptown was totally remodeled and made the turn to non-smoking. Despite all the changes, some things remain the same. For instance, they still have some of the same customers who were friends with Larry, and regulars who remember sitting on the bar as children are now bringing in their own children and grandchildren. Plus, they still cook in the same “closet kitchen,” and they kept the same famous hand-pattied hamburger, which now goes by The Local Uptown Burger. You can find out about The Local Uptown on their Facebook page or website, thelocaluptown.com.
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Here are just a few of the many other local businesses celebrating special years in our area: Arnold’s Hamburgers is celebrating 43 years in the Anderson area. Find out more about them on their Facebook page.
Brad Richardson Law is celebrating 15 years in the Anderson area. Find out more about them on their website, bradrichardsonlaw.com.
Mosteller Construction is celebrating 28 years in the Anderson area. Find out more about them on their website, mostellerconstruction.com.
Preparing for Care is celebrating 15 years in the Anderson area. Find out more about them on their website, www.preparingforcare.com.
Tucker’s is celebrating 26 years in the Anderson area. Find out more about them on their website, tuckersrestaurant.net.
Blake & Brady is celebrating 14 years in the Anderson area. Find out more about them on their website,blakeandbrady.com.
Vannoy Construction is celebrating 24 years in the Anderson area. Find out more about them on their website, jrvannoy.com.
LMC Marketing is celebrating 10 years in the Anderson area. Find out more about them on their Facebook page.
Kitchen Emporium is celebrating 15 years in the Anderson area. Find out more about them on Facebook.
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School at church and babysat for family members. He loved kids and knew he wanted to work with them; he just was not sure where a career would lead him. He started off college thinking he would major in physical education like his Uncle Ronnie, but he decided to major in elementary education and childhood development. There was a turning point in Norris’s life where he may not have made the choice to stick to a path leading him to college and a professional career as he observed some of his peers. Norris gives credit to a former and recently deceased classmate for helping him see that selling drugs was not the way to become successful in life.
Kevin Norris spent his youth getting teased for being so small, but that turned out to be the very thing that made him into the man he is today. With a stature of 5’4”, Norris said, “Even though I may be a small man, I have very big dreams. I know all of the teasing I took growing up made me a stronger and more compassionate adult.” Norris grew up on the southeast side of Anderson with his mom, Sheila, and his two sisters. He also has two half brothers on his father’s side. He graduated from Westside High School and moved to Orangeburg to get a degree from Claflin University. His grandfather was always around as a supportive role model for Norris in his early years; however he passed away when Norris was in the 5th grade. “My Uncle Ronnie was another influential male while I was growing up,” said Norris. “He was known as ‘Coach Moore’ at Westside High School. He and my Aunt Peggy had college degrees and always surrounded themselves with friends who were college educated, too. I spent a lot of time with them and their friends and knew I would follow in their footsteps and go to college one day as well.” Norris spent a lot of time with younger children when he was a teenager. He helped with Vacation Bible andersonmagazine.com
“Even though I may be a small man, I have very big dreams.” “In high school there was a guy named Dan Gibert,” said Norris. “I saw how guys on TV and in my neighborhood who sold drugs managed to have money, cars and girls. I talked to him one day about this. His 26
reply was ‘This is not you, man. This is not you.’ From that point on, I made choices in my life that kept me on the straight and narrow and made me into the man I am today. I was incredibly fortunate to be able to visit him before he passed and let him know how he made a
huge difference in my life by saying those nine powerful words to me.” Norris has been an educator for more than 17 years, and his current job is as a lead teacher at the Franklin County Head Start/Pre K program in Lavonia, Georgia. He loves working with the younger children, and he joked that he knows he will always be bigger than his students in this setting. “The director, Angel Ayers, took a chance on me four years ago,” said Norris. “I was the first male teacher they had ever hired. I work with the four-year-old class and have 20 children on my roster. To say it is challenging is an understatement. In the classroom I am a teacher, nurse, counselor, parent and more. The hat changes constantly throughout the day, and no school day is ever the same as the day before.” Norris knows how important it is to be a role model for children and especially at this particular age. He said they are like little sponges soaking up everything around them, and he feels responsible to teach them as much as he possibly can during the year he has them in his classroom. “We work on manners, taking turns and being respectful to others,” said Norris. “They may not learn these things at home, so I feel obligated to make sure I work on them in the classroom. Of course the children work on a regular curriculum as well, but teaching them good behaviors is just as important. My job is to set good examples and encourage them to be well behaved. I also want them excited about going into kindergarten and ready to start their future in education.” In his spare time, Norris takes care of the community in so many ways. His M.I.R.A.C.L.E.S. program was established in 2004 to use events and activities to provide positive role models and resources to at-risk youth in Anderson. Family skate nights, camping trips, sporting andersonmagazine.com
events, and poetry readings are just some of the activities he uses to get families involved with their children and help guide them towards making better choices in life. He passes out Christmas cards in December in Anderson, starting on one side of Anderson and ending on Christmas Eve in his old neighborhood on the south side. His hope is to spread cheer and encouragement to those who need it. “I went through a very depressed time in my life in 2015,” said Norris. “That really motivated me to be a glimmer of love and hope to them and put a smile on their faces by passing out the cards every year.” Norris started the Red Velvet Cafe in 2008 for adults ages 21 and older to give them a safe space to show off their talents (comedy, singing, poetry, etc.). DJ Tuc keeps the music going to entertain everyone. The proceeds from the cafe pay the bills of single moms who are struggling. Names are passed to Norris, and he takes care of the bills without them ever knowing who paid them. He says he has 999 ideas to help out in the Anderson community. If you would like to donate money or your time to help Norris with one or more of them, please contact him at 864-934-9782.
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Kevin Norris is continuously coming up with ways to help build people up. He has written four books about the real life struggles of single moms, specialneeds children, consequences of poor choices and growing up small in a big world. He also dresses to impress and wears a bow tie every day-which motivated one of his adorable 4k students to do the same all year! Don’t let his size fool you. He is a man with a very large, generous and loving heart. 27
Major Darrell Hill Receives Distinguished Alumni Award
Major Darrell Hill Major Darrell Hill’s work ethic and his character have served him well over the last 32 years in law enforcement. He is among the first members of the command staff to report for work at the Anderson County Sheriff ’s Department and usually the last to leave for the day. “My job is extremely rewarding; it always has been,” said Major Hill, who joined the force on July 25, 1988. “I enjoy coming to work so much so that I come in when I should be off. I’ve wanted to be a police officer since I was 15 years old. I love helping people.” Major Hill received Tri-County Technical College’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award at the College’s spring convocation May 6. The award, which highlights his dedication to his alma mater, was presented to him by TCTC President Galen DeHay. The recipient of this award must have been awarded a degree, diploma or certificate from Tri-County; must have graduated at least one year ago; and must have andersonmagazine.com
made significant contributions to the College, the Alumni Association or the community. “I’m grateful for this award. It means a lot because I’m so proud of my degree. It provided me with the skills to be a successful officer,” said Major Hill, who in 1998 graduated with a degree in criminal justice. He was hired at age 21 as a patrolman working rotating shifts and attending classes at Tri-County. He often spent his lunch hour in class. “It was worth it. I knew I needed the degree. My instructors were wonderful. They were former law enforcement officers who gave us valuable insight that only comes from those who have traveled that road.” He says his Tri-County degree has made him a better officer, and today he applies the skills he learned in every class “Education opened doors for me. The degree played a major role in my promotions. It takes hard work and dedication, but it’s worth it.” 28
“My job is extremely rewarding; it always has been,” said Major Hill, who joined the force on July 25, 1988. “I enjoy coming to work so much so that I come in when I should be off. I’ve wanted to be a police officer since I was 15 years old. I love helping people.”
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Daniel Middleton has passions for publishing and history. He’s combined the two into his latest publications, The Black History Activity Book and 21st Century Black Changemakers. The works are categorized in the Adult Coloring segment, but the books offer much more. A happenstance meeting with a publisher in a bookstore led to Daniel’s first job in publishing as a proofreader. Handed a copy of one of the publisher’s works, Daniel immediately identified multiple typos and was offered a position on the spot. Later, he started his own venture, designing books for micro-press and self-publishing authors. His first venture into writing was a children’s book, Naomi Redflower: Imagine with Me. The central character is a young girl, based on his daughter, who experiences nature through a vivid imagination, even shrinking herself down to the size of a ladybug and flying on the back of a hawk. Later, a 2019 trip to Belize and exposure to the poverty there compelled him to think about the forgotten figures from history in the U.S. Daniel found that available historical materials on black Americans were few compared to the number of stories that needed to be told. He identified individuals that, in his words, were “people who struggled and overcame, but their stories were lost in history.” He felt compelled to tell these stories. He says, “I want readers to get a proper introduction to figures they probably never heard of.” The first release, The Black History Activity Book, includes profiles of twelve obscure but significant historical figures. While each subject has a biography and a detailed grayscale line art picture for coloring, fun is added to the learning experience with crossword puzzles, word searches, and trivia. In addition to some fantastic individuals, you will also read about events, like MLK and the Newark riots, Juneteenth, and the story of the unique town of Allensworth, California, a city founded and financed by blacks and named for the highest-ranking black officer in the Union Army, Colonel Allen Allensworth. andersonmagazine.com
The latest release, 21st Century Black Changemakers, covers individuals that have made a significant imprint in current times. You’ll see familiar names like Derek Jeter and Lester Holt, plus find some lesser-known folks who have still made quite a mark in the world. For instance, you’ll meet Marian R. Croak, the lead developer of Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP), the technology behind Skype and Zoom. Daniel describes the objective of his books as “fun learning experiences with readers coming away with something powerful.” The hope is that the books will appeal across the age spectrum with adults sharing with children and vice versa. In addition to the complete books, individual subjects are available for purchase and download. Daniel also created a YouTube channel that features videos from some of these stories and a website where readers will view stories of an incredible roster of people who did extraordinary things. For example, viewers will enjoy the story Bridget “Biddy” Mason, who was born into slavery but became the wealthiest woman in Los Angeles. Daniel is transitioning the design company to his daughter as he focuses on his new ventures. He has another new book scheduled for release this fall, entitled 45 People, Places, and Events in Black History You Should Know. His books are available through all major sellers. 30
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After harvesting, you will venture just a short jaunt away to Capers Island, where you will have time to explore its Boneyard Beach while the captain gets the grill going for the oysters, steam pot going for your low country boil (with local shrimp), and a campfire for you to enjoy s’mores later (and if it’s chilly to get a bit of warmth). He supplies everything you’ll need, but you are welcome to bring any additional food and drink to enjoy. On the ride back to the marina, you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the evening sunset, a perfect ending to an adventure-packed day. To make your reservations or learn more about Barrier Island Eco Tours, check out their website, nature-tours.com. Head on up to Helen, Georgia, for another adventure. Helen is only about an hour-and-a-half drive away from Anderson. On the way, you will enjoy some beautiful scenery and several different wineries to check out, such as Currahee Vineyard & Winery, Flyhawk Farm & Tasting Room, and Serenity Cellars, just to name a few. Once in Helen, you can continue your wine tasting; Habersham Winery, Creekstone Winery and Fox Vineyards and Winery are just three of many in the area. Walking through town, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a portal to a Bavarian village. Make time to visit the numerous quaint and unique shops along the main street. You can browse through stores such as the Christmas shop, one of the craft and artisan studios like the glassblowing shop, or one of the many sweet shops. Since Helen is up in the mountains, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of cooler temperatures in the summer, a nice break from the heat. If you prefer to spend your day being active and exploring nature, then include some waterfalls such as Raven Cliffs and Horse Trough, two of the four wellknown falls in the area. To read more about Helen, Georgia, visit its website, helenga.org. Feel like getting away from it all and experiencing some upscale shopping and dining? Then head north to Highlands, North Carolina. Highlands, only 10 miles from Cashiers, is a hidden gem in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While this quaint resort town along scenic drive Highway 64 typically has a population of around 3,000 during the summer months, it grows to nearly 20,000 in the summer. It’s also one of the highest towns east of the Mississippi River with an elevation at 4,118 feet. For the outdoor enthusiasts, there is an abundance of hiking and scenic views to enjoy. Start with the closest waterfall to town, Dry Falls. To view this waterfall, it’s only a half-mile walk to where the Cullasaja River gushes over a cliff. The main path allows you to walk under the waterfall without getting wet (hence the name Dry Falls). Nantahala National Forest is a favorite of many, offering trails that both beginner and expert hikers can walk to enjoy gushing waterfalls and panoramic peaks on any given day. Bridal Veil Falls is an easily accessible fall as the drop is roadside, so you
can take in the view from the comfort of your own car. It’s the only waterfall in the state that a vehicle can drive under. After a morning of hiking, leave time to stroll down Main Street to do a little shopping and indulge in some of the culinary offerings you’ll find. Locally owned stores strike the perfect balance between upscale boutiques and fun mountain finds. Some of the many unique shops include Bear Mountain Outfitters, Colonel Mustard, Christmas Tree on the Hill, and Highland Mountain Paws. Be sure to leave time to grab a bite before heading out. There are so many options, from casual joints like Mountain Fresh Grocery, Blue Bike Cafe, and Ugly Dog Pub to some of the nicer spots like Wild Thyme Gourmet, On the Verandah and Madison’s. To read more about what to do in Highlands, visit its website, highlandsnc.org. Looking for a fun yet educational day trip? The South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro, South Carolina, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is just over two hours from Anderson. The Museum has accumulated many unique pieces of history such as various types of freight and passenger cars as well as steam locomotive #44, which once belonged to the Hampton and Branchville Railroad. In addition to visiting the museum, there are excursions available on the Rockton & Rion. This train ride is a 10mile round trip between the two communities. During this adventure, which lasts about an hour and a half, the train travels through pine forests and farm fields, passing the remains of once active sharecropper cabins and the last steam-era water tank standing track side in South Carolina. You’ll also get to view historic freight cars and the railroad’s maintenance-of-way equipment. You can find out more about the South Carolina Railroad Museum by visiting its website, www.scrm.org.
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Events Saturday, July 3, 8:30 AM America’s 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, 100 South Main Street, Anderson. As with all First Flight Alliance events, proceeds go to scholarship kids in the community to be active through our Operation Active Kids, OAK program. To read more about the event or to register go to www.runsignup.com. Saturday, July 10, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Sunset Yoga, Wren Park in Downtown Anderson taught by Megan Schlobohm, Yoga Instructor and owner of Anderson Yoga Center. Free to all. For more information check out their website www.andersonyogacenter.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org Monday, July 12, 6:30 PM Rain Barrel Program, Anderson County Library, hosted by Anderson County Soil and Water Conservation District. Learn more about rain barrels & water conservation. Learn how to set up your own rain barrel, what it’s used for, and how to conserve water. This is a FREE event; you do NOT need a rain barrel to attend this program BUT are available to purchase! To purchase a barrel, please visit www.rainwatersolutions.com. Friday, August 13, 8:30 PM Movie Night in Carolina Wren Park, The Lion King, Free event. Check out Downtown Anderson’s Facebook page for more information. Wednesday, August 25, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM Girls Night Out, Crush3, 121 North Main Street, Anderson. Get ready for what promoters call “the best girls’ night ever”. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, bachelorette party, divorce, dirty thirty or your sheer awesome self; You will meet your party match with “GIRLS NIGHT OUT THE SHOW”. Purchase your tickets online at EventBrite. For more information check out their Facebook page. Due to potential COVID changes please remember to check with the events as the date gets closer to confirm the details of the events are still correct.
The Poet’s Nook
By Jay Wright
Gus Wentz served as Foothills Writers Guild’s president from 1994 – 96. He had joined in 1986 after retiring from the English faculty of Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment was winning forty of our poetry and prose writing contests. No member has ever come close to matching that. Gus self-published 4 books of poems, a book of his monthly columns for a magazine, and a chronicle from the Korean Conflict era. Here is one of his award-winning poems.
By Gus Wentz Oh, blue, You hue of skies and eyes and Monday moods, Of Leroy’s “Tango” and Gainsborough’s “Boy,” Of sheriff’s lights, and solemn Sabbath law, Of some big varsities, and the shield/slash cross, Of birds of happiness, Ridged Mountains, sweet Kentucky grass, Of flowery bells and bonnets, Of berries topped with dew, Of coated sailor, gilled fish, and down-low jazz. But – especially – of me, whenever you’re away.
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