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Anderson May/June 2019

High School Graduates:

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Letter from the Editor The May/June issue of the magazine is always one of my favorites, because when it’s time for this issue, that means warm weather is here, and school is almost out for the summer! It’s no secret that some of my least favorite things include getting the kids ready for school in the morning (they LOVE their sleep) and making lunches! So, this issue means I’ll be free from those duties for a while! But many parents in Anderson County will be free from those daily duties forever as their students are graduating high school and moving on to college or a career or military service. We’re telling you about the future of our high school graduates in this issue, and what bright choices they are making in their next phase of life. That’s my daughter in the picture with me and our cover man, her friend, Jay Lagroon. She’s a sophomore right now, so I’ve only got a couple more years of school mornings and lunch making for her. Right now, I seem to think I’ll like having one less to-do on my daily list of tasks…but I bet I’ll really miss it.

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Health care is more than just medicine and procedures. When you’re facing cancer, treatment requires an all-encompassing approach like integrative medicine at AnMed Health. Integrative medicine improves quality of life. Strategies include proper nutrition, relaxation techniques and herbal therapy combined with the most effective medical treatments. At AnMed Health, a charter member of Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute, treatment is provided by local experts – from within the community – who are connected to more than 200 specialists in every cancer type. Plus, easy access is available to the newest and most promising treatments – all right here at home in a state-of-the-art facility. On top of that, there are a multitude of integrative medicine programs, such as tai chi, dietetics and yoga, which complement and support the medical treatments for patients and their caregivers. This approach to health and wellness respects the body’s natural ability to heal itself and offers treatment for the patient – mind, body and spirit. “Integrative medicine stresses well-being and balance in a relationship-centered approach to medical care. It incorporates both conventional and evidence based complementary therapies in caring for patients,”said Dr. Jeffrey DeLo, who is in practice with Dr. Jay Nayak at AnMed Health Oncology and Hematology Specialists. AnMed Health Oncology and Hematology Specialists connects patients to a comprehensive cancer program that includes specialized nurse navigators, highly trained and certified infusion nurses, the latest research trials, powerful technology, radiation oncology and supportive care. “Every service we offer is backed by research on safety and effectiveness for cancer patients and survivors,” Dr. DeLo said. Physicians specially trained in integrative oncology along with support staff work with the primary oncology team to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their family members throughout treatment and survivorship. Integrative medicine has been shown to promote wellness during medical treatment. In addition to the comprehensive cancer program, giving attention to the whole body through diet and exercise can have a powerful impact on the healing process. Additional programs are being considered as well. “The integrative approach can complement standard

chemotherapy treatments by utilizing a variety of therapies designed to uplift a patient’s mood, well-being and overall health,” Dr. DeLo said. Working with an expert team of registered nurses, dietitians and exercise specialists, you’ll receive the tools you need to embrace a healthier lifestyle and hopefully reduce the likelihood of cancer recurrence. Nurse navigators, for example, assist patients, families and caregivers with understanding the many resources and options that come with cancer care. Dr. Nayak said it was that comprehensive nature that attracted him to Anderson. The partnership “brings cutting edge cancer care right to our door step and, when needed, an easier and faster access to the resources at Levine Cancer Institute for second opinions, treatment recommendations and clinical trials” he said. “Our hope is to decrease recurrence, improve health, facilitate recovery and nurture well-being.” For more information about integrative medicine, please contact AnMed Health Cancer Care at 864-5124636 or visit n AnMed Health Oncology and Hematology Specialists AnMed Health Cancer Center Jeffrey S. DeLo, M.D. 5

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DIVE IN By Josh Overstreet

The Upstate of South Carolina is richly blessed with beautiful lakes ideal for spending a Saturday on the boat or camping near the picturesque waterfronts. But that’s just on the surface. Scuba diving is another pastime enjoyed in the lakes. However, for many, it’s not simply a fun activity, but a way to make a living, to learn and to serve their fellow man. “I began scuba diving for fun and also for the fire department as a rescue diver,” said Robbie Bogan, owner of Upstate Scuba in Clemson. Bogan, who began diving in 1992, also serves as master instructor for Upstate Scuba and as a rescue diver and firefighter. He opened Upstate Scuba in 2002 as a one-stop dive shop and utilizes Lake Keowee and Lake Jocassee to instruct students on the fundamentals of scuba diving. “We teach through Scuba Schools International (SSI),” said Bogan. “SSI uses the SSI Diver Diamond, basically building comfort through repetition.” This system requires four academic classes, three training sessions in a pool and then two open water dives in a non-confined body of water, such as a lake or ocean. Beyond that, the diver must complete five additional dives to become a certified open water diver. “We have a lot of students who now work using scuba diving,” said Bogan. Out of his staff of 22 instructors, four are students from area schools who got certified as part of their education and have stayed on to teach it as well. “Clemson University, Southern Wesleyan University and Anderson University are some of the schools we help,” said Bogan. While learning to scuba dive can be a fun and educational experience, learning safety is paramount

when going into the water, according to Bill Routh, owner and main instructor at Lake Jocassee Dive Shop. “I get my divers to that skill set so they can help each other out,” said Routh. “We don’t want our divers being the next victims.” Routh has been a certified diver since 1985 and has been teaching scuba divers for over 20 years. In addition to being a local expert on South Carolina’s waterways, Routh has also shot underwater footage for the Discovery Channel and CNN. Lake Jocassee Dive Shop begins all its students with a recreational open water class, followed by advanced open water and then a rescue diver class. Beyond that are more advanced classes for those looking to be first responders and recovery experts such as deep diving and dry suit classes designed to teach skills necessary for exploring depths greater than 60 feet and utilizing a dry suit in case of hazardous chemicals and fuel spills, respectively. During one such lesson, Routh recalls a person dove


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from a 120-foot cliff into the water below, breaking his ribs. Already in full dive gear, Routh and his student managed to save the man. “The only reason we saved him is we were present in full dive gear,” said Routh. “That would be a rescue.” However, most aren’t that lucky, as 98 percent of the calls responding divers get are for recoveries. “After four to six minutes underwater, you are picking up a deceased person,” said Routh. “That’s the difference between a rescue and recovery.” If scuba is something that is piquing your curiosity, what should your next steps be? Do you need to buy equipment?

Upstate Scuba and Lake Jocassee Dive Shop both sell and rent the equipment necessary, in addition to providing classes for beginners who want to dip their toes in to see how they might like diving. “Most dive classes last four weeks and we do offer private classes for faster completion times,” said Bogan. “Students are required to have personal equipment such as a snorkel, mask and fins.” For more information about diving and classes, reach out to Upstate Scuba at 864-653-3483 or email For the Lake Jocassee Dive Shop, call 864-944-9255 or email Tripp@ n

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National Mental Health Awareness Month By Lillian Humphries

“I need a mental health day!” There may be more truth in that saying than just needing a day off from work to catch up on things. Our minds need rest to encourage creative thinking. “Every day the average person produces six newspapers worth of information compared with just two and half pages 24 years ago – nearly a 200fold increase,” according to author Debbie Hampton. She writes about mental health at her website www. Does this day sound familiar? Wake up, get your spouse and kids out the door to work or school, while the radio, TV and smart-phone jockey for your attention. Go to work, hustle all day, dealing with phones, meetings, and deadlines while interacting with various personalities. Pick up the kids, followed by after-school and church activities, sports, doctors’ appointments and other commitments. Go home, fix dinner (or is it fast food again?), go to the gym (maybe if you had time), help with homework, or head to a part-time job. Then sleep! If only we could get enough of that beloved sleep. We need sleep so our body can recover. How about our minds? When do we let our minds rest - not just when we are asleep and are checked out mentally - but when we are conscious and our minds can indulge in some relaxation and wandering? No wonder Americans feel so stressed! If this is sounding familiar to you, you may need a mental health check-up. Since 1949 the United States has observed May as Mental Health Awareness Month. With the help of media, many people can be reached and educated about the importance of mental health, and individuals having problems can be encouraged to receive the help they need. First, some terminology. According to the Centers for Disease Control, mental health and mental illness are different, but the terms are often used interchangeably. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. A person can experience poor mental health and not be diagnosed with a mental illness. Likewise, a person diagnosed with a mental illness can experience periods of physical, mental, and social well-being. You may be experiencing mental health issues, or if not you, a family member or close friend may be. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, at least one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness in any given year.

Mental health issues aren’t always easy to see as people invent many ways to cover up their emotional problems. Having a bad day is different from having a real mental health problem. A feeling of seeing no end in sight for your problems may be a sign of needing help. However, it doesn’t mean you’re crazy. Unfortunately, society still looks at mental health illness as something taboo. Going to a medical doctor or specialist for a medical condition makes sense. Why not get help when your mind isn’t working correctly? It could be as simple as learning a new tool to help you cope with an emotion. If you have high cholesterol the doctor advises you to go on a special diet – that is a tool to help with your condition. A psychologist or therapist can do the same thing by teaching you ways to handle your emotional distress. What if you think you are suffering from a mental disorder? Talk to your family doctor and ask for a referral to a reputable licensed therapist. If you don’t have a doctor, you may be able to find a recommendation from a friend, minister or through a careful internet search. In most cases you just need a person who is trained and licensed to walk you through your confusion and help you sort through issues that are in your life right now. Sometimes the problem can be resolved in a short period of time. Depression and anxiety disorders are among the top health issues in the United States. They affect 40 million adults. Rest assured, you are not alone. Don’t hesitate to get help! n

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Sunflowers Are Good for the Sol By Caroline Anneaux

Anderson County residents and owners of A.B. Roberts Construction Company, Danielle and Jeff Roberts, considered themselves backyard gardeners for years. “Our oldest daughter, Catherine, wanted to raise some spending money for college, and we came up with the idea of growing and selling sunflowers at the local farmer’s market,” said Danielle Roberts. “We grew them in our backyard, cut and bundled them and took them to the market every week that July. She loved it, and so did our customers. They enjoyed buying fresh sunflowers from us that summer.” After Catherine went to college, her younger sister, Caroline, wanted her turn to grow sunflowers and make some money for her first year at Clemson University. They continued to grow the sunflowers in their backyard and sell them at the farmer’s market. She also left for college, and Danielle took a break from growing and selling the sunflowers, but not for long! Firm believers in giving back to the community they live in, the Robertses had always donated money to various charities throughout the years. When people kept asking them about growing the sunflowers to sell again, Danielle decided to try expanding outside of their own backyard to find a way to combine her gardening with giving back to the community in a very unique way. Local farmer, John Tucker, told them he had a small piece of property - about seven acres - out on Hwy 81

North, where he would let them plant sunflower seeds. He also had a local farming friend, Billy Martin, who agreed to use his huge farming equipment to plow and plant the field for them. “Both John and Billy were so good to help us four years ago when I approached them about this new endeavor,” said Danielle Roberts. “I found out later, that on the first day of harvest, Billy leaned over to John and told him that I sure was sweet and enthusiastic but he didn’t think we were going to have enough people to show up and buy all of those flowers.” They all laugh about that now. It may have seemed like a crazy idea to plant seven acres of sunflowers and expect the public to show up to buy them without any advertising except for posting on social media. But, they certainly did! That first harvest raked in $9,000 12

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which they donated to their charity of choice - Foothills Community Foundation. “Deciding who to donate the money to was so easy,” said Danielle Roberts. “We love that the Foothills Community Foundation puts money into a fund and disperses it to groups all over the Tri-County area. Meals on Wheels, AIM (Anderson Interfaith Ministries) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America are just a few I can recall off-hand who have benefitted from our donations of more than $30,000 to date.” It is important to mention that Danielle Roberts received the 2018 Robert M. Rainey Philanthropy Award for all of the philanthropic work she has done for the community through various board appointments, personal contributions and countless hours of volunteering in the local community. She accepted the award on behalf of her family and the more than 45 volunteers who come together every year to make Sol Flowers of Anderson’s fundraiser a huge success. “I could not do this without all of our family members and friends behind me every step of the way,” said Danielle Roberts. “From the very start they were there and ready to help me, even if they thought it might not be successful. From planting the seeds, greeting customers, ringing up sales, promoting the events on social media to lugging incredibly heavy buckets of

freshly cut sunflowers out of the fields and up to the tents, it is truly a group effort.” Danielle and Jeff Roberts’ children, Al, Catherine and Caroline, have all been an integral part of keeping Sol Flowers of Anderson going for four years. They encourage their parents and show up to help as often as they can, despite their very busy lives. Forty-five volunteers work a minimum of two-hour shifts during the hot, humid month of July, and various local farmers lend a helping hand by plowing the fields and planting three stages of crops during the summer months to keep sunflowers blooming until early Fall. We are members of the SC Agriculture Association, and there is a really big movement to get people onto farms,” said Danielle Roberts. “We are excited to be a part of that. Other than the sale of our $10 bundles of sunflowers, the event is free. We want people to come to the farm and experience the beauty of what God has created for us. Take pictures, walk through the fields and just sit for a while and enjoy being outside on the land.” Find the Sol Flowers of Anderson Facebook page to follow current posts about the harvest in 2019. Planting begins the end of April, and it takes about 60 days until the sea of giant, yellow flowers appears, and the Roberts family will be there to welcome you to the farm around the first week of July. n

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Looking to get involved in the community? What better way than to volunteer your time? There are so many benefits of volunteering: It makes you feel better, you build relationships and friendships, you get to help people in need, and you have an enriching experience while gaining perspective and learning about the beautiful diversity of our area. According to a survey, 96% of volunteers believe that volunteering makes people happier. Adults who began volunteering as youth are twice as likely to volunteer as those who did not volunteer when they were younger. Save the date! June 22, 2019 is United Way of Anderson County’s Day of Action - a day to serve Anderson County through a variety of service projects. Groups of volunteers come together on one morning to tackle projects from all over our community and help where hands are needed. Teams will be building a wheelchair ramp, serving meals to the homeless, packing food for hungry children, cleaning up parks, and getting work done in Anderson! There will be projects of all kinds and we need YOUR help! Get involved by signing up to volunteer on a Day of Action project. You can sign up as an individual or you can get a group of friends, family, coworkers, or church members together to volunteer as a team. To get more information about projects and to sign up, email Liz Brock at We also offer volunteer engagement for students. Our Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) has service and leadership opportunities for youth ages 11-18 year olds. YVC projects happen year round – weekends and Spring Break during the school year as well as our week-long Summer of Service projects once school is out. To sign up for projects please visit n

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May/June 2019

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May/June 2019

You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile By Lisa Marie Carter

There’s a song with the lyrics, “Your clothes may be Chanel, Gucci, your shoes crocodile, but baby you’re never fully dressed without a smile.” As corny as it may sound, it’s so true. A smile is the perfect accessory to any outfit! But, if you have a smile that’s not quite perfect, you may not be confident to use that accessory. That’s where cosmetic dentistry can play a huge part in completing your “look” and give you back some selfconfidence. First, we wanted to find out which cosmetic procedures are most popular right here in our area. To get some firsthand information we contacted local dentist Dr. Patrick Carter, a doctor of dental medicine, of Hopewell Family Dentistry. “One trend that I see is that people are seeking cosmetic and functional solutions that are more affordable than traditional crowns or porcelain veneers,” said Dr. Carter. “With the current materials of composite bonding we can improve peoples’ smiles in one visit at a third or a quarter of the cost compared to porcelain crowns or veneers. The materials we have available are very natural and durable and we don’t have to remove additional tooth structure in order to place them. Patients enjoy that the process is a quick turnaround and is a very conservative treatment.” Here are some of the other cosmetic dentistry trends that people are “sinking their teeth into.” Let’s start with a basic cosmetic improvement, teeth whitening. There are various reasons the teeth become stained. Often it is due to drinking beverages that discolor teeth such as tea, coffee or wine and/ or smoking. Tooth whitening includes bleaching the teeth, and this can be performed by a dentist or by purchasing an in-store kit with bleaching trays. By whitening the teeth, the teeth are weakened for several days. Make sure to avoid foods and drinks that stain the teeth after teeth whitening.

Some people have very sensitive teeth and the options mentioned above can be a bit uncomfortable for those people. This is where dental veneers may be a better option. Veneers are an excellent method of adjusting some discolored or chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers are attached to the teeth to repair them. They can also hide gaps in the teeth. Veneers can correct the appearance of crooked teeth to give new life and meaning to a person’s smile. Invisible or convenient orthodontics such as Invisalign are extremely popular for those with crooked teeth alignment. Say goodbye to the days of metal braces, uncomfortable tightening appointments, the rubber bands and head gear. Invisalign is a series of clear plates that are used to straighten your smile in less time than traditional braces, with less pain and fewer appointments. Though they aren’t completely invisible, most people won’t realize you’re wearing your tray. Invisalign is popular because it’s not only a great option for teens, but it’s also perfect for adults who want to invest in their smile without feeling self-conscious. Lastly is Gum Contouring/Reshaping. One of the main goals of this type of procedure is to make teeth seem longer and shapelier. This procedure is perfect for people with gummier than usual smiles. Aside from cosmetic benefits it also helps improve the health of your teeth and gums. n Whether or not you chose to have a cosmetic procedure to enhance your smile, just remember to smile, “A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.” --Dalai Lama




May/June 2019

The Legacy of Anderson is an Independent Senior Living Community

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Linda has worked at The Legacy of Anderson for 9 years as the Administrative Assistant. On any given day you will see Linda throughout the building helping residents with various tasks. She has incredible relationships with the residents built on trust and consistency. Linda frequently assists with outings and enjoys seeing residents experience new things and places. While helping others, Linda often thinks of her own Mother and other loving family members, and how she

would want them to be treated. Although working with seniors can have emotional highs and lows, Linda finds many aspects very rewarding. Linda has been married to Irving for 40 years this September. They are originally from Miami but have lived in Anderson for 26 years. During her free time she enjoys spending time outside and weekend outings with her husband.

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May/June 2019

Leadership Anderson Class 35 Announces Public Campaign to Build City of Anderson’s First Tiny Home Aims to Inspire Movement for “Adequate, Affordable Housing” and “Revitalization Without Gentrification.” by Seth Riddley

Members of the Leadership Anderson Class 35 contractor has been secured, and a Memorandum of Understanding with The LOT Project to take over the home has been signed. Leadership Anderson is now reaching out to the local community to raise the funds, materials, & labor needed to complete the project. The class has created a website where interested individuals, organizations, and corporations can learn more and donate online at Checks (made payable to Foothills Community Foundation with “LA35 Tiny Home” in the memo) may also be mailed to Leadership Anderson Tiny Home Fund, c/o Foothills Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1228, Anderson, SC 29622. The class will be facilitating opportunities for permanent recognition for significant contributions. Leadership Anderson, founded in 1984, is a 10-month leadership development program devoted to strengthening and dedicating our community leaders. Over 800 local leaders have graduated from the program and continue their commitment to the growth, development and prosperity to Anderson County. The LOT Project, based on Market Street in downtown Anderson, opens its doors multiple times per week to give away a meal and bag of clothing to those who need it. They strive to “provide a platform for the body of Christ to love, pursue, and provide for the least of these.” n

Anderson, South Carolina - The 29 members of Leadership Anderson Class 35 have announced a public campaign to build the first “tiny home” in the City of Anderson. The tiny home will be constructed on a quarter-acre vacant lot at 308 E Street, Anderson, SC purchased by Leadership class members using architectural plans commissioned by the class members and recently approved by the City of Anderson. This new construction will be notable, as it will be the first new construction in the “alphabet streets,” as they are colloquially known, in many decades. Anderson County officials confirmed there has been no new construction in the area since its Building & Codes department was founded in 1985. City officials also confirmed there has been no new construction in recent memory in the area. Class members said the project is one of the most ambitious annual “class projects” Leadership Anderson has taken on since the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce established the leadership development program in 1984. Class members said they hoped tiny home would serve as a model to inspire a communitywide movement towards the adequate, affordable housing desperately needed for the revitalization without gentrification of former mill neighborhoods across Anderson County. City of Anderson building officials have signed off on the architectural plans, a general


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High School Graduates: Dreams for the Future by Bob Hanley


he month of May brings smiles to school children of all ages. Summer vacation is so close they almost smell the salty air of Myrtle Beach, feel the tingle in their toes from a cool mountain stream, or float in a cloud of silence as they lie back in freshly mown grass, with eyes closed, pulse slowed, and a mind free of homework worries. For the seniors in this group, however, May conjures up instead a whirling cauldron of sights, sounds, and feelings, some colored with excitement and others with a touch of anxiety. That much-anticipated event, high school graduation, becomes a reality, a journey of 12 years completed, and now it is time for those next steps into a future shaped by their own dreams, hopes, and passions. This year’s Anderson area seniors share mixed emotions about graduation. Ben van Buren of Westside High School noted, “I have had four great years, but now I am ready to start on my career.” Said Clay Martin of Pendleton High School, “I want to make the most of every day before I move on to the next part that life offers.” They echo sentiments voiced by many seniors across the county. As a whole, Anderson School Districts 1-5 will graduate over 2,200 students, with private schools adding 30 more to this number. Graduates have applied to over 70 colleges and universities, with instate schools ranking as top choices. A talented group, these graduates will follow many career paths. Some are choosing a four-year college/ university path while others will enter a technical college to prepare for a profession. The most popular college majors include the health sciences as students seek to become occupational therapists, physician assistants, nurses, or doctors. Zhamorra Martin of Crescent High School plans a career in pediatric nursing to work with children. For Julia Hollingsworth of Pendleton High, the field of psychology and counseling is her calling. She believes that “understanding how the mind works” will enable her to help people more effectively. McKenzi


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Ben Van Buren of Westside High School is looking forward to graduation and starting a career.

Julia Hollingsworth of Pendleton High Schol is interested in a career in counseling.

Mann (Anderson Christian) plans a career as an autism specialist. Still others will study engineering or computer science. Reid Ragsdale of Palmetto High School plans to major in computer programming with an emphasis in video game design. As a goal, he wants to “create a video game that enables people to connect to their childhoods.” Reid said, “It would be great to see my own ideas develop into a product that brings joy to others.” To combine interests in science and math, Haley Hilliard of T.L. Hanna High School has decided to become a nanotechnologist, an engineer who works at the scale of atoms and molecules. She wants to use such research to help people suffering from illness. While participating in track, Kerrington Johnson of Westside High became interested in how the mental and physical work together. As a result, she seeks a degree in sports psychology. For Nicholas Campbell of Oakwood Christian School, his personal experiences dealing with concussions influenced him to major in kinesiology with an eye toward a career in sports medicine. Positions in business - managers, accountants, and financial advisors - attract graduates as well. For others, like Shekendra Allen of Westside High, it was her experiences in sixth grade that awakened a desire to be a teacher. She believes “teaching gives you the opportunity to impact future generations.” Sam Gilmer of Belton-Honea Path High School discovered his career path early too. During high school, he covered local events as an intern with the BeltonHonea Path News Chronicle. There he developed a passion for photography. He observed, “Photos catch moments that can never be redone in life.” He plans to use a technical college degree to prepare for a career in photography and communication. For Phillip Reece of T.L. Hanna High, playing in his high school band and orchestra awakened in him a love for music. For now, he is considering a music track that could lead to a position in music production. Some graduates have a desire to work in public service in the role of police officer, firefighter, or emergency

medical technician. For others, career choices span an even wider range, including landscaper, missionary, social worker, and soldier. For example, Sid Locke of Crescent High plans to serve in the Air Force after completing an engineering degree. Some graduates will enter the workforce immediately. Positions here range widely as well, with staff needed in manufacturing and various service fields. Through the districts’ technology centers, such graduates will apply skills learned in high school to fill valuable roles in the community. Local high school graduates have set challenging goals. Most importantly, they have the determination to reach them. Jill McClain, guidance counselor at Westside High, predicts their future success, for “they are a hardworking group, highly motivated and mature.” Weston Scroggs, guidance counselor at Palmetto High, echoes many teachers and administrators around the county when he says, “I hate to see them go but am excited to see where they are going!” n When you ask Jay Lagroon, TL Hanna senior and soon-tobe Citadel student attending the school to play football on a full scholarship, what his plans are, he answers with no hesitation, “I’m going into the Marines for 20 years and then retire and start my own construction business.” With a man-size stature that easily allows you to picture him as a Marine, he can just as easily flash a boyish grin that reminds you he is still a kid at heart excited to continue to play a game that he loves – football. As a linebacker for TL Hanna, Lagroon received offers from several different colleges to play football, but he knew The Citadel is where he wanted to be. “My dad was a military guy in the Army,” said Lagroon, “and I got offers from several different schools to play football, but I would have picked the Citadel even if I hadn’t of gotten a football scholarship.” While he sees military service in his future, he will graduate with a degree – and plans for that to be in construction engineering. He is the oldest sibling in his family, and said his mother is very excited for the next chapter in his life, but she’s a little concerned about not being in contact with him at the beginning of his college career. “During boot camp, we aren’t allowed to have phones, so my mom is worried about not being able to talk to me. And I’m a little nervous. They say freshman year is the hardest,” said Lagroon. He’ll head off to The Citadel in mid-June to start summer school and football workouts. But, I’m betting with his tenacity, drive and long-term vision for the future, he’ll do just fine his freshman year. by April Cameron 21

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Even when she was working as a as a teacher of gifted and talented students in Anderson’s public schools, Helen Sablan wanted to see more of the world. Ever since her college days, she said, she liked traveling. And when the opportunity arose in 2002 to return to Italy, she decided to take it. That trip would be one that changed how she traveled, as well as impacting travel opportunities for many of her friends in Anderson. Sablan, one of the founders of Viva! Il Vino – now Viva Wine bar in Anderson and Pendleton - regularly takes groups of travelers from the Anderson area and beyond to Italy, Cuba and the American northwest. “I’m more about showing people the real Italy or behind-the-scenes of the music culture in Cuba,” she said. “I enjoy the planning of it. And I enjoy trying to get a good deal. And I like doing the research on finding new places to go and see.” After living in the northwest for a while and then in Italy with her then-husband in the military, she wanted to go back to visit old friends. “I’d lived there in the ’70s and I would go back every five years or so to see the friends I’d made there,” she said. “So I decided that I would go back for two weekends and a week. A few friends of mine wanted to go with me, so I made the plans and we went.” Since then, Sablan has traveled many times, taking groups with her as she goes. This year, she’ll take three groups to Italy in the spring and another two groups in the fall. In the past, she’s gone to Thailand, the northwest and, most recently, Cuba.


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“I started going to Cuba in December of 2016, when the restrictions were lifted and we could fly from the U.S.,” she said. “Tom Gibson, the writer, had been down there and when he told me about it, I said I wanted to go. The next thing I know, we were going.” Since then, she’s been to Cuba nine times. “I like showing people the real Cuba,” she said. “It was once the playground for the rich and famous. And it’s still a rich and beautiful culture.” For all the trips, she does all the planning and makes all the arrangements. Those who go on the trip pay her and she takes care of all of the details. “I do it all on my own,” she said. “Sometimes it pays for my trip and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s not a business. I don’t make any money at it.” But because she’s able to make the plans, she’s able to save money for herself and the travelers. “You might go to a tour company and an 11-day trip like the one I take people on, you’d probably spend about $3,000 to $3,500,” she said. “But it’ll be about $1,200 for me. I like being able to include a lot of things in the trip so everyone isn’t paying out money every time they turn around. They pay for their meals, and any shopping they do.” For about four and a half months each year, she’s traveling, she said. And even when she is home, she takes trips to the coast, to the mountains and other places. In the future, she said she’d like to go to Switzerland, and possibly Antarctica or Alaska. “I’m not opposed to finding out about someplace new,” she said. But taking people to places she knows is her passion. On trips to Italy, travelers in her group typically spend time in small towns, visit wineries and castles, learn to cook Italian and see sights not on a typical Italian tour. “When people see behind the scenes, they want to go back,” she said. “They may have visited Italy, but they’ll say they’ve never seen the real Italy. For me, it’s like taking someone to see my home to meet my friends.” n


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The Poet’s Nook Life Beats a Rhythm By Patricia Jones Wood

Sometimes you think you’re sailing along, things working smoothly, all snugly and sweet. You don’t know a thing. The scene flips anew. A new rhythm begins. This meter’s tricky. No longer a virtuoso. New balance required. Horizon has shifted. Light rays askew. New steps to the footwork. The fingering’s different. You’re getting it now. New music begins.

About 50 ago Gayle Edwards, Jean Brabham McKinney, Dr. Frances Mims, and Eunice Pracht By Lee Lyons began meeting in their Anderson homes and sharing poems and The last snow tugs the heart their love of poetry. They called like a haunting melody themselves “The Pegasus Poets.” In slowing the succulent time of spring March, 1974, they and several others flurrying across the mountains met at the Anderson County Library and formed what would become Petaled blossoms clinch the prickly vine Foothills Writers Guild. Today, that while the last fire with dying embers guild holds monthly meetings yearwaits for her to pack away the old sweater round in the Anderson Arts Center. of a last love wrapped ‘round her shoulders Current guild members – from novice to published – have interests in most genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In addition to speakers, there are spring and fall writing contests. A number of members are involved in an ongoing program of poetry writing at the Lifelong Learning Institute at Anderson University. For more information on Lifelong Learning Institute programs, see For more information about Foothills Writers Guild see

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Wedding and engagement season is here, and many couples are visiting jewelry stores to choose engagement rings. There’s a lot to consider when purchasing an engagement ring, and everyone’s taste is different. Whether you’re proposing, being proposed to or just interested in diamond jewelry, this article is for you.

Diamond Cut & Quality

Not all diamonds are created equal. Quality is an important thing to look for when selecting your center stone. Diamonds come with quality scores determined by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The diamonds you find in most jewelry stores range from I (included) to SI (slightly included) and VS (very slightly included). Inclusions are the dark spots in a diamond, so the less included your stone is, the higher the quality. As far as shape is concerned, it’s all a matter of taste. Marquise cuts can give your set a great vintage look, round brilliant cuts are popular because of their classic look and light-catching capabilities, and princess (or square) cuts have gained in prominence in recent years because of their distinctive yet understated look.

Types of Metal

Most engagement ring settings are gold, but it doesn’t stop there. It’s a good idea to consider the karat of the gold and whether you’d prefer yellow or white gold. Gold is a very soft metal, and the more of it is in a piece of jewelry, the softer the item is. Karat is the measurement of the ratio of gold to other metals or alloys. As a result, higher-karat gold is easier to scratch and wear out compared to lower-karat pieces. Additionally, some women choose other metals for their rings, like silver or platinum. Ultimately, it all depends on personal taste.

the sparkle of a halo set or a set with several integrated diamonds, you can invest in a smaller or lower-quality center stone.


Setting & Style

Maintaining jewelry can be time-consuming, but engagement rings demand extra attention because of their value and how often they’re worn. Try to bring your ring in to your local jeweler on a regular basis so they can be examined and given a solid cleaning. You’ll also want to keep it away from chlorine pools and cleaners with bleach. When your ring comes into contact with these chemicals, the metal can turn brittle.

When choosing a setting, it’s important to consider your career and lifestyle. If you work with your hands constantly or plan to wear your ring often, consider a low mount and strong prongs. Jewelers typically recommend getting a setting with six prongs for round and oval diamonds. If your diamond has corners, like a marquise, tear drop or princess cut, make sure that those corners are held in place by strong prongs or prongs that encompass the corners, giving the stone generous support. There are also several different types of settings that can give your set a more vibrant look or a classic look. If you want to emphasize your center stone, you may want to consider a solitaire set. However, if you like

Remember, if you’re about to buy an engagement ring, there’s no need to worry! Stick with a wellestablished local jewelry store and let them know what you’re looking for. You’ll know you’ve found the right ring when you put it on your finger. n 26

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owntown Pendleton is in the final phase of getting a make-over to make shopping and visiting the town more appealing. Steve Miller, Pendleton town administrator, said all of these changes are for the better. Recent projects in Pendleton include streetscaping on Mechanic Street and Exchange Street to make them more pedestrian-friendly. The streets will include areas for people to walk as well as areas for outdoor dining. The changes also mean the streets and sidewalks are Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant, he said. The landscaping and beautification will make the area more appealing as other changes take hold. As the Pendleton Historic Commission has moved into the guard house on the village green, the Lake Hartwell Visitors Association, formerly known as the Pendleton District Commission, will remain in its home in Hunter’s Store, providing residents and visitors with information about the town, the area, the history of the district and things to do in and around Lake Hartwell. While the town was once known for its antiques, the

make-up of businesses in the Pendleton downtown is changing as well, Miller said. In addition to town staples like Viva Wine Bar, 1836 on the Green, the Islander and the Village Bakery, many new businesses are opening around the town square town. The town has only one vacant building available for rent, Miller said. Pendleton is now home to a personal trainer and gym, a yoga studio, a children’s store, a chiropractor and a distillery, all on its main drag. “We have a rum distillery – Swamp Fox Distillery – that gave open house tours during Spring Jubilee,” Miller said. “There are a lot of places with distilleries in them, but I don’t think there’s another town [in the state] with a rum distillery, and I’m sure there’s not one with a rum distillery on Main Street.” Among the new businesses is Art Gallery on Pendleton Square. The gallery is a co-op of 25 local artists which offers a wide range of art and fine crafts, including pottery, jewelry, fiber art, paintings, photography and sculpture. 30

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“Pendleton is such a beautiful little town with its square,” said Debbie Bzdyl, marketing coordinator for the gallery. “And the changes to Pendleton, not the least of which is finishing up the paving projects downtown, have really made Pendleton quite beautiful.” Each month the gallery, along with other businesses, participate in Second Friday, where the businesses stay open longer to give residents and visitors an opportunity to shop, wander the streets and relax. “We started second Friday as a way to entice more customers to come in,” she says. “It was so successful that several other businesses started to stay open as well. Hopefully, with the revitalized downtown that excitement and energy in Pendleton will continue.” The town will continue to put on its many events, Miller said. From the Spring Jubilee in April to a summer music festival, Pendleton is committed to providing things to do for visitors and residents alike. “As the town grows a bit, and the town becomes more and more of a destination, I think you’ll see that we’ll continue to provide those activities,” Miller said. Pendleton is definitely growing. The town council recently annexed property near Pendleton High School where developers hope to build not only single-family homes, but also an assisted living facility with a memory care unit, something residents have asked for, Miller said. More housing units are planned throughout the town and surrounding areas, he said.

And more jobs are expected as the town recently announced Orthec, a chemical company located off Westinghouse Road, will be doing a $40 million expansion and anticipates adding 76 jobs as a result. Other recent announcements, including Arthrex, an orthopedic medical device company building manufacturing operations in nearby Sandy Springs as well as innovation from nearby Clemson University, will add to the town’s economic development and industrial base, he said. But adding new businesses, new events and new housing doesn’t mean that the town government will lose sight of its focus – providing services to its residents. “I think our job is a mixture of both focusing on residents and on tourists,” Miller said. “There’s a danger in becoming too much of one or the other. We want to draw people in, but we also want to service our citizens. As a city, we need to first service our citizens, because they’re going to be the ones who shop in town first. When you service your citizens, it starts to show, and people start to come to see what’s so great about your city, I think.” Pendleton’s make-over certainly has the town looking great, but the thoughtfulness in its design and purpose keeps a nice balance of the town’s motto: History, Hospitality, Happenings & Home! n

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Committed Volunteers Bring Lasting Happiness By Jennifer Oladipo It’s often the simple gestures that make a difference in someone’s day – or in someone’s life. For Laurie King, a cancer survivor, the kindness she received from AnMed Health volunteers helped define her experience of undergoing six weeks of radiation therapy to treat breast cancer. The volunteers played an important part in creating a positive experience for King while she faced an incredible challenge. Whether they played the relaxing piano music that helped calm her mind or gave details that helped demystify her treatment, King appreciated their efforts. She has especially fond memories of volunteer Richard Voegele. “He would come out and sit and talk with me. We just formed a bond,” she says. “It was good to see a familiar face.I’m introverted, so I don’t like large crowds or being around a bunch of people. But if I know you, I’ll talk your ear off.” Voegele, also a cancer survivor, says, “My interest in doing the volunteering is to hopefully minimize the stress people are feeling and give them hope.” According to King, he did just that. Some friends and family offered unsolicited advice that wasn’t always helpful. By contrast, she appreciated Voegele’s willingness to simply be present and accepting. “Most people just want an ear,” says King. “Just pat them on the back and tell them you’ll listen to them. I’d never thought in a million years I’d be in this situation. If they want to sit there and cry, let them cry. If they want to talk, listen.” Voegele and his wife attended the bell-ringing ceremony that marked King’s final day of treatment. King found that gesture especially moving. In fact,

the entire experience spurred King to become an AnMed Health volunteer herself. She recently finished preliminary screenings and paperwork and was excited to begin the training process before volunteering four hours per week. “As a volunteer, you become a member of the team,” says Voegele. “You figure out the needs of the staff and the patients, and you spend time with the patients to make that happen.” King says four hours a week isn’t much. Yet, she knows it’s enough time to make a difference. “If you were in my situation – getting radiation, having surgery – wouldn’t you want somebody there to pat your back, hold your hand, or just be there for you?” says King. Most people would. Four hours a week is enough time for a courtesy shuttle driver to be the first friendly face patients see, to help determine their needs, to offer a steady hand, and to ensure patients’ safe arrival at the correct entrance. Four hours a week is also enough time for a guest relations volunteer to help people with way-finding or information, or to offer a sociable chat while pushing a patient in a wheelchair to their destination. If you are interested in helping create positive experiences, check out these and other volunteer opportunities at or contact AnMed Health Volunteer Services by phone at 864-512-1263.

Meet Countybank’s Anderson Market Executive

Michael Wooles

Earlier this year Michael Wooles was promoted to Anderson Market Executive in Anderson. Wooles previously held a Senior Commercial Relationship Manager position with Countybank and has served in a bank leadership capacity in Anderson for the past 17 years. Wooles’ prior banking experience includes work with community, regional, and national financial institutions. He continues to hold the position of Vice Chairman of Innovate Anderson. Previously, Wooles served as Market Executive for First Citizens Bank in Anderson. Wooles is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Management. As Anderson Market Executive, Wooles is responsible for leading Countybank’s efforts in Anderson and helping the organization grow and prosper in its newest market. “We are pleased to have Mike in this position of leadership at Countybank,” says Ken Harper, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Countybank. “He is well-positioned to help us grow in the Anderson market and build relationships around Countybank’s full-service, community-focused financial services model.”


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Dr. Ronnie L. Booth: A Visionary Leader


ast fall Tri-County Technical College President Ronnie L. Booth announced his plans for retirement effective June 30, 2019.

Dr. Booth was named the third President of the College in 2003. “Deciding to retire was and is not an easy decision, but I strongly believe that the timing is right for me and for the College,” said Dr. Booth. During his 16 years at TriCounty, Dr. Booth opened community campuses in Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties, three Workforce Training Centers, an Economic Development Center, and a state-of-the-art Industrial Technology Center. In 2018, he, along with faculty, staff and community partners, dedicated a 75,000-square-foot Student Success Center on the Pendleton Campus and a new campus in Oconee County. Other accomplishments include several trailblazing student-focused initiatives, including the nationallyrecognized Bridge to Clemson program with Clemson University, which has grown from 220 students in 2006 to 848 in 2018, and the Connect to College (now I-BEST) program for high school dropouts. • 864.646.TCTC (8282)

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the College has experienced over the years. “I can outline in detail many programs and successes at the College that have come about because we have such a strong and engaged team.”

address the future shortage of nurses in the workplace and nursing faculty within Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. His vision, from the beginning, was for TriCounty Technical College to become a role model for community college education through dedication to high standards, a nurturing environment, community alliances, and innovative leadership. “Our work has not just been about buildings. We are totally focused on creating pathways to help our students succeed in reaching their goals,” said Dr. Booth. “Dr. Booth has been a great leader and president for Tri-County Technical College,” said John Powell, chair of the Tri-County Technical College Commission. “His passion for students is the central driving force behind his work. Every recommendation he makes to the Commission, every goal we set, and every dollar we spend is focused on the best interest of students. And it makes a difference. You can see it in the numbers.”

“Countless times over the last several years I have been stopped by someone in Lowe’s, Ingle’s, QT, or elsewhere who asks what I do at Tri-County. They do this because I am almost always wearing a shirt with a TCTC logo. Those have been fun times, and I have made new friends and recruited several students along the way,” Dr. Booth said. “I will now and always will be an ambassador for the College.” During retirement, Dr. Booth plans to volunteer for his favorite non-profits, undertake building and renovation projects, write his memoirs, and spend more time with family. “I have two granddaughters who have their grandpa on a very short string. Most important, I want to do all of these things jointly with Sara, my best friend and bride of 38+ years.”

During the 2017-18 academic year, Tri-County Technical College earned the top rankings in student success, transfer, and graduation among the sixteen colleges in the S.C. Technical College System. The College also ranks in the top five percent nationally for successful transfers to fouryear colleges and universities. During Dr. Booth’s tenure, the College saw other notable achievements, including the Technical Career Pathways program, a dual credit program for high school students designed to increase the pipeline of skilled technicians. Other initiatives include the first Michelin Manufacturing Scholars program, now a model program being replicated across the State, and the State’s first I-BEST Manufacturing Pathway Program for under-resourced adults who want to gain marketable skills. “I think about all of those graduates whose hands I have shaken over the last fifteen-plus years. I cannot begin to count the lives that have been changed, careers launched, families supported and communities made better because of the work of everyone here at the College,” said Dr. Booth. “Making a tangible and measureable difference in so many lives is certainly what I will miss the most.” Dr. Booth credits the outstanding faculty and staff with the accomplishments

Since becoming the College’s third president on July 1, 2003, Dr. Ronnie L. Booth has distinguished himself in his longstanding commitment to making Tri-County Technical College the role model in community college education. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of faculty, staff, students, and the communities you serve. The faculty and staff of Tri-County Technical College honor your 16 years of service and wish you and Sara the very best in retirement.

Music To Their Ears By Caroline Anneaux Students take classes in piano, strings (violin, viola and cello), voice, guitar and even ukulele. One recent afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting the Mae family from Belton while the children were taking their weekly lessons at Sounds of Carolina. Christy and Peter Mae have all three children enrolled in piano lessons with Wilson Hatcher and one child, 10-year-old Jenna, also takes violin lessons with Whitehouse. Two of the Mae children, Neil and Erin, were born profoundly deaf due to an autosomal recessive genetic disorder. Diagnosed as newborns, both children have cochlear implants (they call them their “helpers”) which allow them to hear, albeit differently and at different levels. “I teach at Glenview Middle School and work with some children who have physical differences which make learning to play an instrument a little more challenging,” said Hatcher. “I use various techniques in both classrooms to help the children feel the music, which helps them really be able to play music. Tapping on the shoulder or hand to help them learn to keep a beat and teaching them to sway to the beat of the music are both really helpful.” Christy Mae pointed out that there are several reasons she and Peter decided to enroll the children at Sounds of Carolina as soon as they heard it was opening three years ago. “We live in Belton, so downtown Anderson is very convenient for us,” she said. “And, we just love the Anderson Arts Center building. The recitals are held right upstairs, and it is such a beautiful venue to invite our family and friends to attend events with us. We fell in love with Caitlin the moment we met her, and she has been so great to our family. Open communication and the ability to be flexible by trying out new techniques with the children until it works are why we enjoy our experience here each week.”


everal years ago, Caitlin Whitehouse was enjoying life as a freelance violinist and musician in Dallas. She had recently graduated with a degree in violin performance from the University of North Texas, where she studied violin under Julia Bushkova. Her parents and aunt were living in Iva and running a farm they had purchased about seven years earlier. Whitehouse had no idea how much her life was about to change. “My dad had been trying for a few years to get me to move to Anderson, but I didn’t want any part of it,” said Whitehouse. “I could not imagine that I would be able to find enough students in a small town to support my vision of owning my own music academy one day.” Whitehouse left Dallas in 2015, and she toured internationally with a crossover string ensemble called Barrage 8. After the year-long tour ended, she moved to Anderson to help take care of her grandmother before she passed and accepted a position as a fifth grade strings teacher with Anderson School District Five while simultaneously opening Sounds of Carolina. Three years and 65 students later, Whitehouse is the full-time owner of Sounds of Carolina where she teaches lessons alongside six other incredibly talented music teachers she has hired along the way. “My dad was convinced that Anderson was the place for my music academy,” said Whitehouse. “The day he finally convinced me to move here, he was with Kimberly Spears. She was the executive director of the Anderson Arts Center at that time and told him that the basement of the building would be a perfect location. They were both right.” Classes are taught every day throughout the week. Whitehouse schedules mostly homeschoolers during the day and other students in the late afternoons and evenings. Currently, the students range in age from 3 to 74. Some of the instructors teach in local Anderson County schools, one is in a band and another is a student at Anderson University.


May/June 2019

Meet The Mae’s

Neil Mae is 14 and an eighth grader at Belton Middle School where he is a S.C. All-State Band alternate, Region One chair and All-County Band first chair on the clarinet. He also plays piano in his high school’s jazz band. He plans to be in the marching band next year at Belton-Honea Path High School. When he isn’t playing an instrument, he loves reading and traveling. His honors classes and music lessons keep him really busy, but he finds time to play basketball with his younger sisters. Jenna Mae is 10 years old and plays the piano and violin. She says she cannot say which instrument she likes better, because she loves playing both. She is excited about playing in the string band when she is in the fifth grade next year at Belton Elementary. If she isn’t playing one of her instruments, she is probably collecting bugs or playing basketball for UPWARD Sports. Erin Mae is 8 and a third grader at Belton Elementary. She really enjoys playing the piano, but is quick to say that she loves art, math, unicorns, her family and nature, among other things. She says she sleeps really well, because she can turn her “helper” off when she goes to bed at night. Beyond the regular weekly sessions and the summer programs, Whitehouse’s music academy also hosts fall, winter and spring recitals and offers other performing opportunities throughout the year. Her goal and vision is to see the students learn to collaborate with other musicians and bring more to the world of music through the “mother tongue” they use to speak to one another through their instruments rather than words. This is an idea developed by the late Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, whose Suzuki method Whitehouse studied and uses with her students. “I also feel so fortunate to have Alex Spainhour as my mentor and friend,” said Whitehouse. “So many people in the Anderson community know him from his many years of teaching strings to children in Anderson School District Five, playing the violin in the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and Anderson String Quartet as well as his more than 25 years of dedication to the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium’s Chamber Orchestra. I am honored to continue what he started for musicians here in the 1970s.” Whitehouse is also thankful that the Anderson community really supports the arts and that the people in this city are hungry for the music and education she and other talented musicians plan to continue to share with the community for many, many more years. She wants to invite readers to the Chamber Music Concert on June 27 at 8 p.m. at the Anderson Arts Center. All proceeds will benefit the Anderson Arts Center and Sounds of Carolina. Check out the website www. for more information. n


May/June 2019

Conor Dowler soccer superstar

By Lisa Marie Carter Conor Dowler has been playing soccer since before he could walk, literally. His father, Shane Dowler, would hold him while he kicked the ball. Technically, though, his soccer career began at the young age of 4 with the YMCA soccer program. He is currently a junior at T.L. Hanna and is midfielder for his high school team, but his soccer accomplishments extend beyond his high school career. He has played for Carolina Elite Soccer Academy (CESA), who he helped to win a conference championship and qualify for Nationals by scoring 12 goals and having four assists. He was an All-Region player his sophomore year scoring nine goals and having five assists. He participated in the Super Cup Northern Ireland in the summer of 2018 with First Choice Soccer, and Dowler was also chosen to be in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) for two years straight. Being one of three high school students accepted on the Greenville Football Club (GVL FC) team is yet another achievement Dowler has accomplished. Dowler is also currently being considered for the Allstate all American. Of 800,000 high school players, 125 boys and 125 girls are named, and 80 of them are chosen to play in the televised tournament in Florida this summer. To read more about Conor Dowler and his soccer accomplishments go to the complete article online at n


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The Debutante Club of Anderson Hosts Annual Mother-Daughter Tea

The spring tea honoring the mothers and daughters of the 2019 class of the Debutante Club of Anderson took place Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the home of Mr. & Mrs. John Glenn. The event was coordinated by Mrs. Samuel Lee Merritt and Mrs. Ronald Coleman Sconyers and hosted by members of the board. The honorees were: • Manning Kathryn Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Major Anderson. • Anderson Elizabeth Chambers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Troy Chambers. • Annalisa Elaine Hosea, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Russell Hosea. • Marianna Faith Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Loftis Johnson • Sarah Grace McDougald, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Fretwell McDougald. • Morgan Taylor Merriman, daughter of Mr. Brian Dudley Merriman and Mrs. Susanna Thomas Merriman. • Christina Lynn Quarterman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Johnson Quarterman. • Rachel Winn Yon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert West Yon.

Pictured left to right: Marianna Johnson, Anderson Chambers, Sarah Grace McDougald, Morgan Merriman, Christina Quartermann, Manning Anderson, Annalisa Hosea Board members hosting the event were Mrs. Jonathan Russell Hosea, Mrs. Robert Carter Knobel, Mrs. Robert Blakely Smith, Mrs. Daniel Patrick Coughenour, Mrs. James Anthony Loparo, Mrs. Brian Loftis Johnson, Mrs. Joshua Watson Harbert, Mrs. Lawton Harris Salley, Mrs. Marty Shawn Robinson, Ms. April Williford Cameron, Mrs. Brian Troy Chambers, Mrs. Jesse Fretwell McDougald, Mrs. Jonathan Clark Anderson, Mrs. Bradford Emerson Tarbert and Mrs. William Wesley Jones.

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Chili Mania Hits Belton Superstar chili competitors from around the United States and Canada arrived in Belton for the 10th Annual SC Chili Cook-off Championship held April 13-14. Fifty-three professional cooks and 11 amateur competitors vied for prize money and the coveted title belts, reminiscent of those worn by WWE wrestling champs. Reigning International Chili Society (ICS) Red Chili World Champion Tana Harter from Leesburg, VA, said, “When Matt Lusk posted the photos on the website showing this year’s prize-winning belts, I told my grown sons, ‘I’m gonna bring one of those back!’” And she did, winning first place in the Chili Verde competition against 33 other entries. Overseen by Jim Bright on Saturday and Henry Stephens on Sunday, over 120 judges had to taste, smell, view, compare, and contrast to weed out from among the several entries to come up with 1st through 3rd place winners in multiple categories including Red Chili, Chili Verde, Homestyle Chili and Veggie Chili. In addition to chili tasting and cook watching, the crowd, some 4,000 strong, descended on Belton for the event which included live music by The Combo Kings. The Belton Area Museum Association hosted visitors in the SC Tennis Hall of Fame, the Ruth Drake Museum, and the North End Gallery where the exhibit “A Little

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Bit Country” is on display. The Belton Center for the Arts showcased local artists with an outdoor art market in addition to showing off their new exhibit “Abstract This.” There was also a vintage car show and the Chili Pepper Pageant was held at BHP High School. Following the Saturday public competition, 37 cooks met at the Belton Recreation Department for round two of chili competition at the annual Kegs and Eggs Competition, another qualifying event for the ICS World Championship. Ginny and Wes Carlson of Rockford, IL, have participated in chili cook offs in all 50 states. As the reigning world champion in the Verde category, Wes stated, “We come back year after year to Belton and feel it is one of the premiere events we participate in across the country. The venues are unique, Matt’s organizational skills are extraordinary, and the people are so fantastic. Getting to compete two days makes the drive worthwhile and the whole community turns out to make us feel welcome.” “As long as the event is supported and genuine hospitality continues to be shown by our community to these people from all over the United States, Belton will be the magnet for the superstars of chili competition!” exclaimed Matt Lusk, Chili Cook-off Chairman.

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