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From Farm to Fork Local Farmers’ Markets & Produce Stands


Behind the Scenes of Real Estate



Advertising Inquiries: 864-906-1783 ON THE COVER: Marla Cline

T.L. Hanna senior and member of Anderson Scholastic Cycling team

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Grits N Gravy Opens at Cobb’s Glen


It Takes A Village Parent Resource Guide

Family Promise Offers Path to New Life

Cycling Toward Success

plus... News & 27 What’s 29 Anderson’s Social Page 48 Publisher’s Letter 50


Letter from the Editor

It’s Spring! What a beautiful spring we have had! Just kidding! What spring, right? I guess that the month of May is officially part of spring according to the calendar since the first day of summer isn’t until June 21, but you and I both know that the entire country, including Anderson County, skipped a full season. However, thanks to the experience and wisdom of those who actually know how to plant things and make them grow, this crazy weather has not ruined the potential of the many Farmers’ Markets and produce stands around the county. Not only can you find fresh, locally grown food at these markets, but many times you also find unique hand-made products from local resources as well, like soaps or lotions. Check out the story that gives an inside look at a couple of local markets and provides you with a list so you can make a county-wide tour over the next couple of months. And while we’re speaking of produce stands, that makes me think of fresh collard greens. I really do love collard greens. Do you know who makes some delicious collards? Grits n Gravy does! Grits n Gravy is the “somewhat” new restaurant operating out of the clubhouse at Cobb’s Glen. If you haven’t been, you need to go. You don’t have to be a member of the golf club. You don’t have to live in the neighborhood. But you do need to disregard any diet, calorie counter or restrictive eating plan you are on and just go and enjoy. It’s worth every bite. Learn about how the restaurant came to be in the story we’re sharing with you in this issue. While you are checking out the food in Cobb’s Glen, you might want to cruise the ’hood and see if there are any houses for sale, if you’re in the market. Homes are selling fast, I hear. Real estate agents are busy, busy, busy. But they aren’t the only ones in the industry that have to stay on their toes when things are selling quickly. There are many players in the real estate game when it comes to the process of buying or selling a home, and we’ve got a behind-the-scenes look at who some of those players are, what their role is and how things wouldn’t get done without them. Maybe you’re looking for that new home because you’ve recently expanded your family or you are expecting a child soon. That’s an amazing time in a family’s life, but it can be overwhelming as well. You’re in luck with this

issue! We’ve provided a parent resource guide offering new moms some information on some of the support services in the area available to them. From health-related services to just friendship making with other moms, this might be just the info you (or a friend) needed to help them realize that something their baby does that seems totally abnormal is actually normal. And while there are many other interesting stories and tidbits in this issue, I certainly hope you’ll pay attention to our cover story on the Anderson Scholastic Cycling mountain biking team. Made up of middle and high school students in Anderson School District Five, this program is part of a national association. And, it’s more than just a hobby for many of these kids. Our cover model, Marla Cline, a senior at T.L. Hanna, earned a scholarship to ride at the collegiate level. Things like learning about a mountain biking collegiate team are just of the reasons why I love doing this magazine. I sometimes just think to myself, “Who knew?” And I hope that you will learn something new when you read one of the great stories in this issue as well. Oh, sweet summer, we are waiting on you patiently and looking forward to your arrival…until then…



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AnMed Health

Ask the Doc:

Surviving Spring Allergies 101 Spring is in the air, and while the warmer weather and longer days are a welcome change for most, allergy sufferers everywhere dread the irritating symptoms that come along with the season. For many, these symptoms can last well into the year, making it difficult to enjoy favorite activities like going out on the lake, working in the garden, or watching a baseball game. However, according to AnMed Health allergy experts, these symptoms can be effectively managed for most people. So if your eyes water and your nose gets a tickle just thinking about springtime, read on to learn what you need to know to survive this year’s allergy season.

What causes seasonal allergies?

Noting the time of year when your symptoms are at their worst can be an important clue in determining what causes them. Dr. Justin Way, a board-certified otolaryngologist with AnMed Health Medicus ENT, explains that tree pollen is most often the culprit of springtime allergies. In summer months, grass becomes the most common cause of symptoms, while ragweed is prominent in the fall. When tiny particles of these allergens are inhaled, it sometimes triggers a histamine response – essentially, a warning to your immune system that a foreign, and potentially harmful, substance has entered the body. Typical symptoms include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and post-nasal drip.

What will happen if I just ignore my allergies?

How can I manage my allergies?

How early do allergies develop?

According to Dr. Way, there are three main ways to manage allergy symptoms. First, whenever possible, avoid the substance that triggers them. It sounds simple – and for people affected by some allergens (like pet dander) – it is. However, the effectiveness of this method depends on both your willingness and ability to alter your lifestyle and on having a pretty good idea of what’s triggering your allergy. For those who cannot avoid the allergens affecting them, medications and nasal sprays can often bring relief. However, if medications fail, Dr. Way suggests allergy testing to pinpoint the allergens most likely responsible for symptoms. Once identified, small doses of these allergens are actually given to patients in the form of allergy shots or drops taken underneath the tongue. “By exposing patients to small doses of the allergen that’s triggering symptoms, we help condition their immune systems to that allergen, which makes them less reactive over time,” says Way.

Besides diminishing quality of life, untreated allergies can have other unwanted effects such as chronic fatigue, lost work hours, recurring sinus infections, and chronic bronchitis. For asthma sufferers, it is especially important to manage allergies since they can exacerbate the condition.

Children often start having problems early in life with recurring ear and sinus infections. When symptoms become severe and unresponsive to medications, Dr. Way recommends allergy testing as early as age six. n Justin Way, M.D. is a native of Holly Hill, South Carolina and a graduate of Clemson University. Inspired by his father’s career as a family physician, Way studied medicine at MUSC and went on to complete his residency training at the University of Kentucky. He pursued otolaryngology because it offers a balance of both medicine and surgery, and allows him to work with a wide range of patients. As one of three specialists at AnMed Health Medicus ENT,Way offers comprehensive allergy testing, nasal and sinus surgery, and treatment for other complex conditions involving the head and neck such as thyroid disorders and neck masses.


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Farm to Fork

Local markets bring area farms’ best offerings straight to the consumer By Charmaine Smith-Miles It has been almost 20 years since Kevin and Daleine Wade took a chance and bought a produce stand on Concord Road, two blocks off Anderson’s busy North Main Street. There, in that stand, they taught their four children, Caleb, Danae, Jenna and Stephanie, about math, customer service and an honest work ethic. Now, they are teaching the same skills to a whole new generation. On March 28, the Concord Produce Market opened up for the 2018 season, and don’t be surprised if you see the Wades’ 10-year-old granddaughter Jordan, stocking some of the shelves or running the register. The Wades’ market is one of dozens that can be found dotting the Anderson County map this time of year. “We’ve been blessed to be able to bring a third generation in here,” Daleine Wade said. “A lot of young people come through here to work. Here, we are the Concord team. We all do the same thing. And we’ve

enjoyed every bit of it. This market has been such a big part of our lives.” When it opens, you know spring has arrived in Anderson. The day after Easter, Daleine said, they began offering the first local strawberries of the season. And this year, they have expanded to offering more meats and cheese, including grass-fed beef, chicken and pork from Anderson County’s Walker Century Farm, as well as locally produced churned ice cream, roasted coffees, Southern teas, and beer and ale breads. They also have their usual fare, such as raw milk from Milky Way Farms, locally raised fruits and vegetables, outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic, and plants, Daleine said. The Wades bought the Concord Produce Market in April 2000, after Kevin Wade stepped away from his work as a pastor at a church in Elberton, Georgia. At the open-air market, Mr. Wade put to work the skills he

When Concord Produce opens, you know spring has arrived.


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learned as a kid on a farm in the Midwest, and began passing on those skills to his and Daleine’s four children. Now, two of those children – Caleb and Jenna – can still be found working there, Daleine said. Their other two children, Stephanie and Danae, moved out of state. Some day, their youngest child, 29-year-old Caleb, plans on taking over the business, Daleine said. “We are still here every day,” she said. “But Caleb is taking over more. It is nice to know it will stay in the family.” Across Anderson County, just off Dobbins Bridge Road, is another farm market that is also a family business. That is the Forx Farm, which boasts an indoor farmer’s market in the winter months – November through April – but also keeps a smaller store open throughout the year where customers can buy cheese, honey and farm-fresh eggs. It is operated by the Lubsen family: Tammy and Ron and their son, Don. The Forx Farm is a different kind of farm. Here, there is no tilled ground, no plants poking out of neatly lined rows. Instead, this is a cheese farm. The Lubsens grew up in the Netherlands and decided about five years ago to start selling the Gouda cheese that they were making on their farm. Now, they make nine varieties of Gouda cheese and a variety of Colby cheese at the farm. The eggs and honey they sell are products of side hobbies, Ron Lubsen said. An engineer by trade, Ron Lubsen said that making cheese was a way of bringing a little bit of the Netherlands to Anderson County, where they have lived since 1989.

Don and Ron Lubsen make Gouda cheese at Forx Farm.

Making cheese was a way of bringing a little bit of the Netherlands to Anderson County.


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“I’ve been working in glass-bending for years,” Ron said. “We thought, maybe we can do something else. So, we started making cheese. We enjoy it, so we keep doing it. And it is just getting bigger.” Now, they’ve just finished up their second winter season of operating the indoor market in a warehouse on their farm, Ron said. Like the Concord Produce Market, they offer a variety of meats, vegetables and other fare. About a dozen local farmers, like Friends Farm and Catering and Split Creek Farms, also come to peddle their produce directly to the customer, Ron said. “The indoor market has been very successful,” Ron said. “But we have no reason to compete with other markets. We just wanted to supplement the other markets since the local farmers didn’t have any place to sell their produce in the winter.” n

Whitehall Produce is open year round.

Local Farm Markets ANDERSON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET WHERE: Murray Avenue and Tribble Street, Anderson CALL: 864-231-7275 WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. until about noon, Saturdays, 8 a.m. until about noon

SPLIT CREEK FARM WHERE: 3806 Centerville Road, Anderson CALL: 864-287-3921 WHEN: Year-round, Monday through Saturday, 9 am until 6 pm and Sunday, 2 pm until 5 pm Website:

BELTON FARMERS MARKET Where: N. Main St. & Blake St., Belton Call: 864-338-7773 WHEN: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 6 a.m. until sold out WEBSITE:

HOLLIDAY’S VEGGIE PATCH WHERE: 1402 Mattison Road, Belton WHEN: Mid April – October, Monday through Saturday 9 am until 7 pm CALL: 864-940-6302 WEBSITE:

Iva Farmers Market WHERE: S.C. 81 South in Iva CALL: 864-348-6193 WHEN: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8 am until 12 pm

DENVER DOWNS FARM MARKET WHERE: 4919 Clemson Boulevard, Anderson WHEN: June through August, Monday through Saturday, 9 am until 5 pm CALL: 864-940-0357 WEBSITE:

Palmetto Areas Farmers Market WHERE: 12 West Main Street, Williamston CALL: 864-414-5337 WHEN: May through September from 4 pm until 7 pm on Thursdays

HURRICANE CREEK FARMS WHERE: 220 Moores Mill Road, Pelzer WHEN: Year-round, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday, 12 pm until 6 pm CALL: 864-933-1343 WEBSITE:

Whitehall Produce Where: 2606 Whitehall Road, Anderson Call: 864-716-2147 WHEN: Year-round, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am until 5 am, and Saturday, 9 am until 4 pm

FORX FARM INDOOR FARM MARKET WHERE: 5575 Dobbins Bridge Road, Anderson WHEN: November to April, held on Saturday every two weeks, 9 am until 1pm, and cheeses and honey available at the farm year-round CALL: 864-328-1475 WEBSITE:

Walker Century Farms Market WHERE: 110 Walker Road, Anderson CALL: 864-328-7157 or 864-226-2668 WHEN: Year-round, Thursday through Saturday, 2 pm until 5 pm WEBSITE:

CONCORD PRODUCE MARKET WHERE: 208 Concord Road, Anderson WHEN: March until Dec. 23, 9 am until 7 pm, Monday through Saturday CALL: 864-245-3910

Berry Farms WHERE: 230 Strawberry Road, Anderson CALL: 864-224-5441 WHEN: April through November, Monday through Friday, 8 am until 6 pm, and Saturday, 8 am until 5 pm


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AU Plays Role in National Economy A study was recently released that finds a consortium of Christian colleges and universities in the United States generates more than $60 billion in economic impact each year – equivalent to $166 million generated per day for the U.S. economy. Anderson University President Dr. Evans P. Whitaker and others at the university celebrated the release of the study. The study, completed by Philadelphia-based consulting firm Econsult Solutions and Dr. Evans P. Whitaker commissioned by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), calculates the impact on the national economy of its 142 Christian colleges and universities across the country. AU is a member of CCCU, and Dr. Whitaker serves on its Board of Directors.


Key Findings from Report:

• CCCU institutions are responsible for more than $60 billion in economic impact each year. • For every $1 in federal grant money a student receives, CCCU institutions provide $5 in aid to that student through grants and scholarships. • The student loan default rate for graduates from CCCU institutions (6.3%) is nearly half the national average (11.5%). • Even though they are tax exempt, CCCU institutions still generate $9.7 billion in federal tax revenue each year. For every $1 in federal grant money a student receives, CCCU institutions generate more than $20 in federal tax revenue. • 1 in 3 CCCU students are first-generation college students. • 50% of CCCU students come from families that make less than $50,000 per year. • While approximately one in four college students across the country volunteer, more than one in three CCCU students participate in community service while enrolled. CCCU students perform an estimated 5.4 million community service hours per year. For additional information and to access the full report, visit


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Anderson County Leads State in Industry Recruitment, Economic Development

A 3-year (2015-17) total of 16 announcements with a capital investment of $674,000,000 & 2,021 jobs. Anderson County was the only county in South Carolina to announce three top-10 economic development projects in capital investment and job creation during 2017, topping Berkeley, Spartanburg, Newberry, and Richland counties, which announced two each. Announced expansions in 2017 to existing Anderson County operations by global appliance manufacturer Electrolux ($200 million investment) and global technology and services supplier Robert Bosch ($152 million investment) ranked fifth and seventh statewide, respectively, in capital investment announcements. Global orthopedic medical device company Arthrex’s ($74 million investment) announcement that it is launching new surgical device manufacturing operations in Anderson County expected to create 1,000 new jobs ranked second statewide in job creation announcements. Anderson County’s industry recruitment in 2017 continues a nine-year period of economic development activities that have brought more than $3.3 billion in capital investment and 5,300 new jobs to Anderson County since January 2009. In late March 2018, Techtronic Industries Power Equipment (TTI), a global leader in the design,

manufacturing and marketing of quality consumer, professional, and industrial products, officially opened its new state-of-the-art Outdoor Product Test Center ($5 million investment) in Anderson County. The TTI product test center performs research and development testing related to its expansive lawn and garden product offerings including battery and gas outdoor equipment. In addition, product safety, durability, and functionality testing also takes place at the Outdoor Product Test Center ensuring that products meet design criteria as well as supporting research in new technologies in the outdoor products category. Manufacturing employs just over 14,000 people in Anderson County. • The average weekly manufacturing wage in our county is $1,055. Anderson County manufacturing wage rate increased 3.9% in the last 12-month period. • By comparison, Greenville’s manufacturing wage grew by 3%, and Spartanburg’s declined by 2.5%. n


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Why Senior Living? When people ask me “Why senior living?” I start with this question: ‘What career allows you to not only impact the future but also give back to those who gave you today?” From there, I usually get a long pause and consideration. Senior living is woven into my life story. I started in senior living as a volunteer, at the age of five. I grew up around seniors, both my grandmother and mother worked in senior living as a nurse’s aide and nurse. When I visited my grandmother, I spent my time roaming the long halls searching for someone who needed me. Sometimes I would stop and pick up an item they could not reach, ask if they were thirsty, or just sit beside them and listen to their stories. I can honestly say that some of my life’s happiest moments were spent with the elderly. As I grew up, I tried to go a different career path, for a brief moment. I was very interested in film, photography, and writing, but I quickly realized my love for those things stemmed from my love for capturing life. As soon as I turned 18, I became a caregiver and enrolled in nursing school. For ten years I held a nursing role in senior care until one day I developed the call to be an operator. After having my boots on the ground and working side-by-side with my team, I realized something was missing. I felt fulfilled but called by God to do more. I not only wanted to be side-by-side with my team, but I wanted to provide the best work environment and for my seniors to have a voice in their care. In reality, when you are in a senior care community you become family. It is a human-level impact. Each day you have an opportunity to make someone’s life better. Since that decision, I did not jump right into being an operator but instead made sure I experienced the whole process. I was a caregiver, a nurse, a memory care director, a community relations director, an executive director, and finally a regional director of operations. I truly want to be an expert in the whole business from start to finish and make senior living better. Today, I feel that God has shown me my true gift. While I climbed the ladder, I came to the realization that the ladder was not for me and it only took me further away from my gift. My place was with the people every day, in the building, providing love and support. 1 Peter 4:10 speaks to me and my journey, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (NIV) When you ask me “Why senior living?”, it is you. My gift is service to others, and I am blessed and honored to work in an industry that I can impact not only seniors but people of all ages while feeling the love and positive impact of what I accomplish. ~Lindsey Daugherty

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Behind the Scenes of Real Estate By Liz Carey

There’s so much more to buying or selling a house than just getting a great realtor. Behind the scenes of any real estate transaction, there’s a whole cast of characters involved in the process of ensuring that you really are buying your dream home. From assessing the home’s true value, to guaranteeing your home is bug and rodent free to making sure you know where your property line ends, several different professionals play a role in protecting you when purchasing a home. First and foremost, there’s the appraiser. Brought in to assess the home’s true value, an appraiser compares the home you’re buying or selling with similar homes in the area to figure out what the home should be worth. Ken Walker, with Ken Walker and Associates, said it’s important to find an appraiser with experience. “Our role is to look at the property and measure it,” Walker said. “We’re not surveyors; we’re not title search people. Our job is to be value people and determine what the value of the property is.” To do this, he said, appraisers measure the outside of the house, as well as the inside, and uses that information to come up with a price point. “We try to find as close to a perfect match for the house as possible to compare

it to,” he said. “We’re looking at the size, appeal, condition, location, bedrooms, bathroom, and functionality of the house. It’s more of an art form than it is a science. And the more experienced of an appraiser, the closer you’ll get to the house’s real value.” Walker said you should always look for someone who will give you the price, quality and service you want. And that experience is always a plus. For recommendations on good appraisers, he said, talk to your real estate professional or your mortgage broker. Once you know what the house is worth, you need to make sure the house won’t have any problems down the road.


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Larry Sumler, with Advance Home Inspection, said he’ll come in to make sure there aren’t any major problems with the house that could haunt the buyer in years to come. “This is not about scratches and dents or other cosmetic items,” he said. “We want to insure that there’s nothing wrong with the house that could cost the new home owner money down the road.” Sumler said that he also looks at things like gutters, and whether or not there were repairs made to the inside of the house. “A lot of times now people don’t have the ability to make repairs for the house, so they may think they will put off fixing the home, or they may not be able to do anything about it and so push it off until someone else comes along to buy the house two or three years down the road,” he said. Sometimes, he said, he will even find problems in new construction. But those issues, he said, can almost always be fixed easily and quickly by the builder. Sumler suggests that when getting a home inspector, you should get one who is a board certified, master inspector, and one that has experience. Also, he said, make sure the person you hire has the appropriate insurance, as well as being bonded. But one thing home inspectors can’t do, however, is look for bugs and other pests. For that, you will need a professional termite inspector. Billy Black, with W. E. Black Termite and Pest Control, said buyers should absolutely request a CL-100 form. The CL-100 form, or Official South Carolina Wood Infestation Report, assesses whether or not the house has any wood destroying conditions, like water damage, or any wood destroying bugs, like termites, wood beetles or carpenter bees. “The CL 100 form is not required by state law before a house purchase, but my feeling is that anyone who doesn’t get one is playing Russian roulette,” Black said. “You want a licensed pest control inspector doing that inspection and filling out that form for you.” Black said the form outlines the condition of the main floor and below, but only in terms of the potential for wood damage. A separate inspection of the house would need to be done in order to assess whether or not the house had any pests such as cockroaches or bed bugs. “Either the buyer or the seller can request a CL-100, but it’s not required by South Carolina law,” he said. “But I’ll tell you this, there’s not a mortgage lender that I know of that will lend you one nickel to buy a house without one of those forms.” One of the other behind the scenes characters you may want to get in touch with is a mortgage broker. Mortgage brokers can help you find the best mortgage for your situation, said Lowell Macher, owner and president of Dominion Mortgage and Financial Services.


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Macher recommends that buyers go to a mortgage broker before they even pick a realtor. “They need to know where their finances are, so they can get a better understanding of what they can afford,” he said. “There’s no point in going out and finding your dream home, only to find out you can’t afford it, or no one will finance you.” Mortgage brokers can also help you look at your credit score and help you improve it, and even give you tips on how, and why, to save up more money for a down payment. Other behind the scenes actors in the biggest play of your life, include surveyors, who will help you find your real property lines; real estate attorneys, to help with the legal aspect of closings; and sometimes even stagers, who will help you present your house in the best possible way for selling. Your real estate professional likely has recommendations on whom to call in those instances. Buying a house is likely the biggest single drama of your life. And when it comes to getting to the closing, the cast of behind the scenes players can help you turn keep buying your dream home from turning into a nightmare. n

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Where the Jobs Are By Mike McMillan

Manufacturing job seekers in Anderson County will soon have a virtual buffet of choices, judging from the number of expansion announcements by industrial employers. The number of companies elbowing their way into the fray join the more than $3.3 billion in capital investment since 2009, according to information from Anderson County’s Economic Development office. “There are all kinds of job opportunities everywhere,” said Anderson County Economic Development Director Burriss Nelson. While the city of Anderson is affected by the growing development, Nelson said the lion’s share of the projects are happening out in the county. Nelson said the county is on track to add about 700 jobs a year for the next 10 years. As it stands, the county’s unemployment rate is 4.3 percent — a far cry from the depths of the Great Recession 10 years ago. French tire manufacturer Michelin, already one of the county’s largest employers, has a number of jobs opening up soon. Nelson said a good number of the company’s labor force will be retiring soon, and there will be a need to replace 1,000 jobs over the next year. Among other major companies that have announced expansions to take place over the next year are Electrolux, with a $200 million investment; and Bosch, with a $152 million investment.

One of the most exciting bits of news comes as medical manufacturer Arthrex announced plans to open a $30 million surgical device manufacturing center, with 1,000 more jobs coming to the county. According to the company’s website, the facility should open early in 2019. TTI North America is adding more jobs as it plans to open its corporate offices close to its distribution center near exit 27 off Interstate 85 in Anderson County. Positions will include tech and engineering jobs. First Quality will also be adding 150-200 jobs at its massive Anderson County facility over the coming year. Many companies, of course, require new hires go through temporary services or through company websites, but there are also great programs to help those needing to transition to a new career. One of the most experienced is readySC, a service started in 1961 by South Carolina’s technical college system. It’s a state program that can provide preliminary job training in as little as five to 10 weeks at no cost to the job seeker, according to Nelson. There are also resources at the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce website, The SC Works online services on that website is a good repository of open positions in both Anderson County and around the state. n

The county is on track to add about 700 jobs a year for the next 10 years.


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mother has her beloved senior dog, Princess. I have heard her tell Q. My my siblings she knows I will take care of Princess. I don’t know how to

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to be honest with her and do not wait till the end of the journey. Many senior pets are taken to the shelter which is inhumane and unsettling to both the senior and dog. Sit down with your mother and explain that you think it is in the best interest, depending on the age of the pet, to rehome with a senior or euthanasia. Either decision can be put in writing with a Pet Power of Attorney. This document should then be given to her veterinarian and stored with your mother’s other legal documents. Preparing for Care can assist with this conversation as well as preparing the legal document. Pets are our parent’s legacy and they need to be treated with dignity and respect. The photo is Beatrice, my father’s dog. My father asked me to care for Beatrice until she passed away. Beatrice passed away this March at 18 years old. It was an honor to care for her.

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By Liz Carey

Steve Compton, Executive Director of Family Promise

Family Promise

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For Kimberly, the mother of a pre-school child, losing her job was the just beginning of an avalanche of troubles. “My life kind of fell apart,” she said. “I was laid off from my job that I had had for over ten years, and then I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.” Then she lost her home. Kimberly turned to a local organization, Family Promise, for help. “The main focus of Family Promise is to provide a place for homeless families with children to stay and put the pieces in place to get them back on their feet,” said Steve Compton, executive director for Family Promise in Anderson. “We want for them, when they leave our program, to be in a place where they are stable and won’t be likely to be coming back.” Through host churches, counseling, transitional housing and financial education, Family Promise teaches families with children how to manage their housing situation, while giving them a safe place to stay. “As a parent, I worried about my daughter and what I was going to tell her,” Kimberly said. “She’s four years old. It was difficult not having our belongings, and her not having her things in her room. I explained that we were just going on an adventure for a little while.” The “adventure” for most Family Promise families starts in host churches. Several churches across the county house Family Promise families. “The churches fix dinner for them and then eat with them,” Compton said. “And then the families will stay in

the church overnight. During the day, if they have jobs, they will go directly to jobs and school. But if they don’t have jobs, they will come to our day center to look for work.” From there, the families move to transitional housing. These houses, called Sunshine Houses, operated in partnership with Grace Episcopal Church, give families the opportunity to pay off debt, learn financial fundamentals and have a little bit of independence, without having to owe rent. Family Promise also partners with Woodforest Bank to provide clients with the financial tools they need in order to survive. The financial planning either helps them identify needs, or identify how much money they need to make if they are job hunting. Through one-on-one sessions with a banker, the families learn to differentiate between needs and wants, and how to budget to account for necessities, as well as emergencies. Family Promise clients fit the now-typical mold of the modern homeless: families that are hit with a major loss and are unable to adapt quickly enough to recover. One recent resident faced overwhelming medical bills. Another was in stable housing when the bank foreclosed on the property because the landlord failed to pay the mortgage. The goal, Compton said, is to have the families back on their feet and stable in three to six months. 22

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“Some may need more time than that,” he said. “Some may need less. We just want to make sure that when they leave our program, they’re stable and have a good fighting chance for success.” Kimberly seems to have found that stability. She has graduated from the program and is currently in permanent, unsubsidized housing. To help sustain its ability to help the community, Family Promise has two major annual fundraisers – a Bowl-a-thon on May 6th from 1 to 6 p.m., where teams of four can bowl for Family Promise; and Homeless for the Homeless, which is typically held in September, where families and individuals can live in a cardboard box for one night to experience what it is like to be homeless. n

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Dalton Fleming Graduates from B-HP, Three Months Later Earns Tri-County Degree

Dalton Fleming is pictured in an HVAC lab with instructor Justin Herndon.


n many people’s minds, including his own, Dalton Fleming has achieved the impossible. The Belton-Honea Path (B-HP) senior will receive his high school diploma in May and just one term later, he will graduate from Tri-County Technical College in August with an associate degree in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). At age 18, with a college degree in hand, he will go straight into full-time employment as a technician at McGaha Heating and Cooling in Honea Path. It’s all possible through the Technical Career Pathways Program, which he learned about as a high school sophomore. The Technical Career Pathways (TCP) program allows participants to graduate with a college certificate as high school seniors and transition directly into an associate degree program at the College or enter the workforce. Dalton didn’t set out to complete his degree at this

accelerated and unparalleled pace; as he progressed he began to see it was possible. He will be the first high school student to complete an associate degree at TriCounty in one term after graduating from high school. Another perk is his education didn’t cost Dalton or his parents a dime, thanks to the SC General Assembly, who approved funding to cover tuition and related expenses for high school students taking college courses in Technical Career Pathways. “In the beginning I thought it can’t be possible, it’s too good to be true. I never thought I would attend college for free. We paid nothing -- no debt,” Dalton emphasized. He learned about the pathways program during a tour of Tri-County when he was a sophomore. After hearing a presentation about the demand for skilled employees, Dalton says it was clear “if you went to TriCounty and earned a degree, you could secure a job.” During his junior year, in addition to taking classes at 24

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B-HP from 8 – 11:30 every day, he enrolled in four classes at Tri-County from 12:30 – 3 p.m. He took online classes last summer to gain general education classes to apply toward meeting high school requirements, enabling him to come to Tri-County full time in the fall and spring semesters. This semester he is currently taking five classes at Tri-County’s Pendleton Campus. He also works at McGaha and at a local feed store. “I study at night after I get off work at

“Thanks to a strong work ethic, supportive parents, and dedicated instructors at Tri-County and B-HP, I’ve been successful.”

Dalton Fleming

10 p.m.,” says Dalton, who maintains a 3.5 GPA. He will complete a mandatory paid co-op this summer with McGaha working 8am–4pm and will head to TriCounty for two evening classes to complete the requirements for his HVAC degree. “It has been a tough schedule,” he said, initially thinking it would take a year after high school to earn the degree. “But I wanted to get it done, and I pushed myself. You have to be motivated and prepared.” He says it will really pay off when at age 18 he begins a career of his choice. “There is a full-time job waiting for me at McGaha when I graduate from Tri-County,” he said. “Thanks to a strong work ethic, supportive parents, and dedicated instructors at Tri-County and B-HP, I’ve been successful,” said Dalton, who has worked seven days a week while managing a full academic load. “My parents are proud, and I am proud of myself,” he said.

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Since 2013, the College has been designing and implementing programs and pathways to help students to be successful in reaching their academic and career goals. With this in mind, Tri-County offers a variety of seamless career pathways that integrate academic and skills training to build tomorrow’s workforce. In just five years, Tri-County’s Technical Career Pathways (TCP) program has grown from seven students in one district to 125 students from all seven school districts. The program gives students a head start on college, allowing them to complete an associate degree in a technical program within one year of full-time study after high school. Each program is unique to each district and includes pathways for Automotive Technology, CNC Programming and Operations, General Engineering Technology, HVAC, Industrial Electronics, Mechatronics, and Welding. For more information, contact Amanda Blanton, director of High School Engagement and Outreach, at or 864-646-1501.


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events & news around Anderson County Day B4 Father’s Day Car Show

Again this year, the Day B4 Father’s Day Car Show promises to bring in hundreds of vintage and remodeled cars for your Daddio’s viewing pleasure. Last year more than 300 cars came stretching from River Street to well past Federal Street. From cozy campers, to souped up sports cars, to military automobiles, the show has something for everyone. Got a car to show off? It’s $15 if you pre-register, $20 if you register on site. Just want to be a gearhead for the day and check out a few good mods? It’s free. For more information, contact Main Street Programs at 864-790-3800.



Pomp and Traffic Jams – So, just in case you didn’t know, May and June are graduation times and you can expect traffic to be even MORE of a nightmare than usual on graduation weekends. Clemson University graduates its seniors and graduate school students on May 10 and 11. Expect Clemson Boulevard to be a parking lot most of the day. Anderson University will hold graduation ceremonies on May 12. Since this event happens on Alumni Lawn, expect some back-ups on Boulevard. And most of the area high schools graduate the weekend of May 26. Yeah, they’ll be at Bon Secours Arena in Greenville, but you just KNOW everyone is headed back to Anderson for parties, dinners out and all sorts of other celebrations. Be safe and throw that cap HIGH in the air.

The Anderson County Farmers’ Market opens in May! Anderson County Farmers’ Market Spring Market will open Saturdays in May from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sharon Nicometo with Anderson County Parks Department said last year’s market was full, so expect all sorts of goodies there from spring produce, to farm-fresh eggs, to homemade baked goods and a variety of handcrafted jewelry, soaps and crafts. We even hear there’ll be a local book on sale there. For more information, check out the Facebook page at


Baby Got Beats – Got a toddler with lots of energy this summer? We feel ya, sister. This year, the Anderson Mall presents Kid-X, a weekly fun and fitness event that allows kids to expand their listening and language skills, through guided activities and exploring stations. Part of the mall’s launch of their new toddler space, Kid-X will run every Tuesday and give kids 1-4 a place to play inside. From a silly dance corner, to bowling for tiny tots, to stomping the colors, kids under 4 will find lots of fun things to do besides run around the house pulling everything off the highest places they can reach. For more information, contact the mall at (864) 226.7088.


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events & news around Anderson County Taco Loco

Summer Means Reading!

Every Day is Taco Tuesday - A new taco place has opened in the space that used to house Murph’s and most recently, Paradise Dogs. Taco Loco is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Serving tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, empanadas, burritos and other Mexican specialties filled with your choice of 15 different meat fillings, the restaurant serves up a lot of food for relatively low prices. Add to that a selection of sauces to go on top of your choice and you’ve got a reason to head out for Taco Tuesday… and Taco Wednesday… and Taco Thursday… and Taco Friday… yeah, you get the idea.

Got your summer reading list mapped out already? Or are you just taking War and Peace to the beach with the thought you’ll actually crack it open? How about getting into the Summer Reading Program at the Anderson County Library instead? The library is offering summer reading programs for kids and adults this summer so you can “Rock Out To Reading!” The goal is for kids, teens and adults to read 10 books over the summer to be entered into a drawing for various prizes. Activities for kids start on June 11 with performances by Bill Packard and his Magical Musical Mystery Tour at all eight branches of the library, and will continue weekly ending throughout the summer, ending with dance parties to celebrate completing the Summer Reading program during the week of July 23. Summer reading for adults kicks off with a talk by Mary Alice Monroe, author of Lowcountry Summer and the Beach House series, on Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m.

Who’s Up for Some Steakburgers?

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers is now on Greenville Street and it’s oh, so good. The fast-casual restaurant was slated to open in the spring when we went to press… is it open yet? Are you taking me for ice cream? You know you want to… Okay, so technically, it’s not ice cream, says Jason Ingermanson, the franchise operator. “Our frozen custard is richer, denser and creamier than traditional ice cream due to a churning process that eliminates excess air and ice crystals, producing a smoother product,” Ingermanson said. “You have a choice of over 30 mix-ins, including traditional toppings, candy bites and several different nut and fruit options. The custard combinations are endless.” Can you get one for us to go? We’ll take a PBC&C Concrete, please!

Summer Also Means Golf

The Anderson Area Chamber Annual Golf Outing tees off May 4 at Cobbs’ Glen Golf Course with registration at 10 a.m., and a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Four person teams compete with one another for the title of champion, and beverages, lunch and an after party are provided. The tournament goes on, rain or shine, so let’s pray for no May showers that day!


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May & June Events May 4 - Art on the Town 5-9 p.m. Participate in the Art Crawl to see artwork on display at various downtown Anderson locations and the unveiling of six new public art sculptures. Also, enjoy a party at the Farmers Market Pavilion with music by Sons of Suess, shop local artist vendors, see art demonstrations and enjoy refreshments. Info: 864-822-2787 or May 1-5 - Hospice of the Upstate Five Days in May May 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sadler Center, enjoy a brief introduction to the Hospice labyrinth. Over the next 4 days, come anytime each day to walk the garden labyrinth to develop your own spiritual practice. Free and open to the public. For more info: 864-224-3358 May 5 - Honea Path Bluegrass Festival Noon-5 p.m. Enjoy great bluegrass music from the bands Cane Creek and Round Up as well as food and drinks in Dogwood Park. Free admission. May 5 - World Labyrinth Day 1 p.m. Join others at the North Anderson Church outdoor rock labyrinth “Walking as One at 1” to effect a rolling wave of labyrinth walking as the earth turns. 4200 Liberty Hwy, Anderson. May 11 - Art Gallery on Pendleton Square 6-8 p.m. Featuring artist Talin Hohn, who creates beautiful cloisonné jewelry. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments as Talin speaks to us about how she creates her designs and about the materials she uses for her one-of-a-kind pieces. 6-8 p.m. at 150 Exchange Street, Pendleton. Info: 864-221-0129 or May 18 - Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge & Auction 7-9 p.m. This is a unique event that offers an opportunity to showcase local creativity, promote creative reuse of old or unwanted items, raise awareness of the Habitat ReStore and raise funds for our mission of making affordable homeownership possible for everyone! All of the artwork will be auctioned at a special event on the patio at Earle Street Kitchen & Bar from 7-9 p.m. The event will include live music, hors d’oeuvres and, of course, the auction. Purchase tickets at Habitatanderson. org May 19 - Proverbs Mentoring Organization Mentor Mile 8 a.m. Fun run/walk & 5K at Anderson Civic Center. Fun run at 8 a.m.; 5K at 8:30 a.m. All adults: $25 entry fee and T-shirt. High school & middle school students: $15 entry and T-shirt. Kids 10 & under free, no T-shirt included. Pre-register at Live music by DJ Nic of 95.3. Find more info on their Facebook profile – Proverbs Mentoring Organization.

May 22 - Author Ashley Poston at Anderson Main Library 7 p.m. See Ashley Poston, the Young Adult author of Geekerella and Heart of Iron at the Anderson Main Library. A native of South Carolina, Ashley is a self-described geek girl.This event is free and open to the public, and copies of Heart of Iron will be available for purchase and signing. June 3 - Author Mary Alice Monroe 2 p.m Mary Alice Monroe, author of the Lowcountry Summer and Beach House series, will be discussing her newest book, Beach House Reunion, as well as the Hallmark Channel adaptation of her novel The Beach House, premiering in late April and starring Andie MacDowell. This event is free and open to the public; copies of select books will be available for purchase and signing. June 8 - Art Gallery on Pendleton Square 6-8 p.m. Featuring artist Lori Solymosi. An award winning Pendleton artist and signature member of The South Carolina Watermedia Society. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments as Lori speaks with us about her process and shows examples from her current series, “Painting Beyond The Ropes.” Located at 150 Exchange Street, Pendleton. Info: 864-221-0129 or June 11-15 • June 18-22 • June 25-19 New York – New Art Summer Arts Camp 8 a.m.-5 p.m./8 a.m.-noon Take an artistic trip to the Big Apple for summer camp at the Anderson Arts Center this summer. Full day camp for ages 6-12 or half day camp for ages 4-12. For info: 864-222-2787 or tracyw@ June 12-14 – Finding Dory June 19-21 – Coco June 26-28 – Peter Rabbit Belton Center for the Arts Art Camp 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This year’s art camp theme is Lights, Camera, Art! Each week of camp, we will feature a popular children’s movie, watch selected scenes, and create projects inspired by themes and imagery from the films. The projects will use a variety of media techniques to give children an entertaining, multi-faceted art-making experience. For ages 7-12. Cost: $40 Members / $45 Non-Members. Info: (864) 338-8556 or June 23 - Uncle Si and the Sicotics 7:30 p.m. TRZ Management proudly announces “Uncle Si and the Sicotics” will perform in concert at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center. The wholesome reality star from Duck Dynasty and his talented musical duo will hit the stage with an unforgettable performance. Tickets at Doors will open at 6:30pm, and the concert starts at 7:30pm.

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The Great Anderson County Fair will run Thursday, May 3 through Sunday, May 13 at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-Midnight; and Sundays, 12:30-11 p.m. The Great Anderson County Fair is a fun and exciting event for the entire family, filled with games, thrilling rides, entertainment, animals and great food. This year’s FREE entertainment shows include: • Lady Houdini – This masterful escape artist defies death multiple times each day! • Rosaire’s Royal Racers – These racing pigs are a fair favorite every time they perform! • Eudora Farms Exotic Petting Zoo – Get face-to-face with the world’s most exciting animals! • The Human Cannonball – See the highestflying Human Cannonball in the world! • Olympic Dream High Diving Show – Daring acrobatics, Olympic-style diving and flaming jumps! • K9’s in Flight – Super dogs will amaze you with their jaw-dropping athletic agility! • Paw Patrol Meet & Greet – Adventure Bay pups are racing to the ruff ruff rescue! (Limited Engagement May 5) General admission- $7. Children 6 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available at the Fair, or at www.TheGreatAndersonCountyFair. com. Ride tickets are $1.25 each, and discounts are available for multiple ticket purchases. All rides require more than one ticket.

Daily Specials and Promotions at The Great Anderson County Fair: Thursday, May 3 FREE admission with non-perishable food item. Pay One Price - $15 unlimited rides. Friday, May 4 Ride Tickets $1.25 each, $20 for 21 Tickets Saturday, May 5 11AM-Noon FREE Admission and FREE rides for all! $25 Unlimited Rides! Noon3PM Pay One Price Rides – $25 Unlimited Rides Sunday, May 6 School Special - 12:30-2PM FREE Admission/ Rides for students with school-issued tickets! Monday, May 7 Student Day - 18 & Under Admitted FREE, Pay One Price Rides –$15 Unlimited Rides! Tuesday, May 8 $2 Tuesday - $2 Admission, $2 Rides, $2 Food, $2 Games! Wednesday, May 9 Free Ride Wednesday – One Free Ride per paid admission, Pay One Price Rides - $20 Unlimited Rides All Day! Thursday, May 10 Heroes Day- Military, Police, First Responders FREE Admission w/valid ID! Pay One Price Rides – $20 Unlimited Rides! Friday, May 11 Ride Tickets $1.25 each, $20 for 21 Tickets, $50 for 55 tickets, etc. Saturday, May 12 11 AM-Noon FREE Admission and FREE rides for all! $25 Unlimited Rides! Noon-3PM – Pay One Price Rides – $25 Unlimited Rides Sunday, May 13 Last Blast! Pay One Price Rides - $20 Unlimited Rides All Day!


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ACTC Student Radio Wins Top National Honor WPPB The Pulse, the student-run online radio station of Anderson Districts 1 & 2 Career and Technology Center, won 2018 Best High School Radio Station in the Nation March 2 at the 78th Intercollegiate Broadcast System Student Media Conference and Awards in New York City. In its fourth year in the competition, South Carolina’s only high school student-run station won first-place awards in a school-record 12 different categories and was a finalist in 15 more. It is the first time WPPB has won the Station of the Year award. In all, 17 schools from across the country won awards at the conference and many more participated. Leading the way for WPPB was Wren High School senior and station manager Josh Miller, who won Best Logo and Best Show Poster (both designed by ACTC Digital Art & Design senior Graysen Walsh) and Best Comedy Program for his radio show Beenied Weenies, which he cohosts with Wren seniors Ben Hidde and Daniel Saxon. Miller also won Best Artist Interview, produced with Saxon, featuring Easley musician Seth Stillwell. Palmetto High School senior Casey Boone won Best Program Director, Best Event Promo, and Best Use of Video in the Radio Studio for That Show With Those Guys, with fellow Palmetto seniors Rhett Herin and Jacob Wood. Belton-Honea Path senior Makayla Evans, the station’s news director, took Best Interview and Best News Promotion, and teamed with seniors Cole Bryant of Wren and Rylee Ellison of BHP

to win Best Radio Drama for Disastrous: Levels of Hell. And Bryant joined with Wren senior Trevor Alexander to win Best Political News Coverage. WPPB was founded in October, 2012 by the students of ACTC’s Media Broadcasting program, representing Wren, Palmetto, Powdersville and Belton-Honea Path High Schools. It can be heard at, with the TuneIn app, or with the free WPPB The Pulse app in app stores. Further listening options are in the works. The station’s format consists of a variety of popular music, current to decades old, sandwiched around an equally diverse selection of student productions and live programs, news, live sports, and community events. The station is part of the Media Broadcasting program at ACTC, which, along with its radio/audio production department, also boasts an award-winning Film department. n

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It Takes A Village Parents share where they’ve gone for help when they need another hand at being mom or dad By Charmaine Smith-Miles When Faith Nesbitt, her husband and their daughter moved to Anderson, Faith knew no one. Faith was a new mom. Her daughter, Rebekah, was not yet a year old. And Faith had no aunts, or in-laws or parents of her own in town that she could lean on. So, she went to the internet, searched for local parent support groups, and clicked on the first thing she saw: Anderson Mothers of Preschoolers, or MOPS. That was more than a year ago. Now, as a mother to two children, that group – Anderson MOPS – has become her village. “It is really hard to move somewhere new,” Faith said. “This group really has helped me. It is helpful to know that there is someone else out there. We lean on each other. We are all kind of each other’s family.” The Anderson MOPS chapter meets once a month, plus they schedule group outings for themselves and their children, in addition to their regular monthly meetings. They share stories of parenting – the good and the bad stories – and help each other when they need to go to doctor’s appointments, Nesbitt said. And they are not the only option for parents who

need support. In Anderson, there are a variety of ways that parents can find the help they need to get through the “terrible twos,” the daunting teenage years and everything in between. AnMed Health offers parenting classes for those who are brand-new at being called mom or dad. Family Connections, located on Ella Street in Anderson, offers help to parents who have children who have special needs or have received a challenging medical diagnosis, like asthma or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. And the Developmental Center for Exceptional Children provides daycare and therapy to children with special needs – and their parents with the much-needed support. Family Connections of South Carolina spokeswoman Padgett S. Mozingo said the charity, which has a chapter on Ella Street in Anderson, was founded by mothers who had children with Down Syndrome. It was the place where she and her husband, Mark, turned when they learned that their daughter, Lila, was going to be born with Down Syndrome. 32

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For years, Family Connections was a group to help parents who had children with special needs. But in recent years, the group has expanded its mission. “We have a long history of families,” Mozingo said. “We used to focus on healthcare and connecting parents to other parents. Now, we can also help parents navigate the school system and how children receive the support they need. Now, there are so many transitions. It can be a lot. We stay with families through young adulthood. We are that point of contact throughout a child’s journey.” At the Developmental Center for Exceptional Children, mothers like Jennifer Manley find themselves thankful to have support for ordinary “mama” questions – like how to potty-train her daughter, Sadie. Sadie, who is four years old, was diagnosed with autism in December 2016. In April 2017, she was enrolled at the school, housed at the Westside Community Center in Anderson. The DCEC provides daycare for children with special needs, and their parents with the support that any parent needs. There, at the DCEC, the therapists that Sadie needs come to her,and Jennifer has a ready-made network of mothers she can go to for advice. “I had worries about putting her in daycare, like any mama,” Jennifer said. “Having her there at the DCEC has been helpful for both of us. If I have questions on how to deal with things, they help me. In just a few months, she went from speaking five words to being able to sing. That has been one of the most impressive things to me. It is such a blessing to know that she is being taken care of.” n

“It is really hard to move somewhere new, this group really has helped me. It is helpful to know that there is someone else out there. We lean on each other. We are all kind of each other’s family.”


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Parent Resources

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The following is a list of some of the groups, non-profits and agencies that are available to help parents be parents in Anderson County:

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Anderson Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS): A local support group and ministry designed to help mothers of young children. For more information: Go online to or to their Facebook page, www. BabyNet: Provides easy access to early childhood education intervention for children and support to their parents. For more information: 864-225-6465. Developmental Center for Exceptional Children: Provides year-round care for children with special needs from birth to 5 years old. For more information: 864260-4546 or go online to www. AnMed Health Parenting Classes: AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital offers classes for parents on what to expect during a pregnancy, how to breastfeed and how to care for your newborn. The classes are free, but attendees are asked to call and register. For more information: 864-512-6255 Family Connections: Provides support to parents who have children with disabilities or special healthcare needs. Services focus on five key areas: Parent Support, Healthcare, Education, Training and Advocacy. For more information: 1-800-578-8750 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. or go online to Nurse Family Partnership: Through Nurse-Family Partnership, women pregnant with their first child are paired with a registered nurse trained to educate, encourage and support them through the first two years of motherhood. For more information: 864-716-3865 or

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Anderson Arts Center Announces New Executive Director The Anderson Arts Center has welcomed Leslie Lee as the new Executive Director. A search committee appointed by the Arts Center Board of Directors selected Lee from a broad slate of qualified candidates following a national search that began in late 2017. “I am honored to join the leadership team,” said Lee. “I look forward to continuing the exemplary level of programming and events the Arts Center is known for, and helping to guide the organization to explore new and exciting opportunities.” Lee, a Boston native, holds a degree in Voice Performance from the University of Connecticut, certificates in Non-Profit Management and Diversity and Intercultural Competency from Wake Forest University, and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Winthrop University. She has extensive experience in performing (both as a child and an adult) as a musician and an actress. Lee served as Executive Director of the Gaston School of the Arts, in Gastonia, NC and has held leadership positions with the Greater Hartford Arts Council, Connecticut Public Broadcasting and Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas. She has served on a variety of non-profit boards in the greater Charlotte, NC area. n

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Anderson County has again taken a step in the right direction to provide the youth of our community with services they need to have a successful future. The Point, a teen-friendly health center located at the Anderson County Health Department, opened in May of last year and is hosting an open house/block party on Saturday, May 5 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m to celebrate its one year anniversary and to continue spreading the word about its services The Point offers teens a safe space where the staff and providers have been trained in teen-friendly behaviors to ensure young patients are as comfortable as possible when addressing health-related concerns. According to Lummie Young III, the program manager and site supervisor at the Anderson County Health Department, the need for a teen specific health clinic arose from some shocking numbers regarding the teen birth rate in the county. “In 2013, Anderson County had a higher birth rate than the state average and national average,” said Young. “Eyes began to open.” By 2016, the Anderson County Health Department, operated by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), partnered with the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and the United Way of Anderson County, and shortly after, the concept for The Point @ Anderson Teen Clinic was developed. As one can imagine, many teens are uncomfortable discussing some health issues in front of their parents, especially reproductive health concerns; and, unfortunately, some teens don’t have parents to assist them with some health-related issues. The Point offers a tremendous opportunity for our young people to be able to access services they need.

Staff are trained in teen specific behaviors.

“We feel that having a comfortable and inviting space for teens will allow them to be less reluctant to come and receive services,” said Young. “The teens don’t have to worry about being in the same waiting room as their teacher, someone from church, or a friend of the family. We want the teens to be able to openly talk to a nurse about their reproductive health and ask questions about any concerns they may have.” In The Point’s waiting room, teens have an entertainment system and two viewing rooms that allow the clients to watch the video “17 Days” which presents the teen with different relationship scenarios and offers interactive choices to see what outcomes that choice may have. Young said one of the main goals of the teen clinic is to educate the teen clients and give them the knowledge they need to make good choices regarding reproductive health. “Male and female teens are able to receive education on the different contraceptive methods, obtain contraception, receive STD/STI testing and treatment, obtain emergency contraception, and pregnancy testing services,” said Young. The Point is just one very important strategy in a multi-component system to help reduce teen pregnancy in Anderson County. Along with access to teen-friendly health services, implementing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs to youth and assisting with parent/child communications are two other strategies that help reduce teen pregnancies, and these are also taking place in Anderson County.

The trendy and comfortable waiting room at The Point.


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Currently, all five Anderson County public school districts, along with the Anderson County Alternative School and New Foundations Home for Children, are implementing the same teen pregnancy prevention education curriculum in the middle schools. Districts 2 and 3, the Alternative School and New Foundations also offer programs in the high school, and District 1 will offer a high school program next year as well. And, the United Way of Anderson County serves as the local coordinating agency for the teen pregnancy prevention program supporting these services as well as providing parent/child communication resources like Let’s Talk events. Let’s Talk is an opportunity for “trusted adults” of teens or pre-teens to get together and discuss how to have open, honest and informative conversations with young people about love and relationships. Let’s Talk includes a discussion of questions children/ teens may ask...a review of answer options to these difficult questions…“what would you do” situations... and more. These events can be held for small groups in the privacy of one’s home or in large settings for parents, teachers or anyone who works with youth. A trained United Way staff member can serve as a facilitator for your Let’s Talk event or you can host on your own with a prepared kit. By taking a community-wide approach to the issue of teen pregnancy prevention, Anderson County is helping to ensure the teen birth rate continues to decrease in our community. Driving this number down means more teens stay in school and graduate leading to better jobs and a brighter future. For more information on The Point @ Anderson, call 855-472-3432 or visit For information on other teen pregnancy prevention programs, call the United Way of Anderson County at 864-226-3438 or visit n

Wykenia Hemingway, Prevenative Health Administrative Supervisor and Lummie Young III, program manager and site supervisor at the Anderson County Health Department.

Building a foundation for teen pregnancy prevention

New Foundations Home for Children was accepted into a 5-year federal grant in 2015 which provided funding for the implementation of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention curriculum to the students who were living at the group home. Since that time, trained facilitators have provided programming to 92 male and female students. In 2017, New Foundations, along with 83 other federally funded teen pregnancy prevention programs across the U.S. (including the programs provided in all five Anderson County public school districts), learned that the grant funding was being terminated by the Office of Adolescent Health in June of 2018 – which would be at the end of three years, and not five years as the original grant stated. “We were shocked and disappointed,” said Katrina Upton, who is a registered nurse, clinical therapist and also teaches the teen pregnancy prevention program at New Foundations. “These kids desperately need this program. I have seen eyes opened and changes in attitude during classes I’ve taught.” The grant ensured there were funds to pay the facilitators, pay for the training, course materials and more. Upton said New Foundations has been working hard to implement sustainability strategies so that the program can continue even with the loss of federal funding, but that the change in the middle of the grant cycle has been difficult. “We had looked toward the future and long-term plans, but losing two years of time is hard to make up so quickly,” she said. However, New Foundations recently received good news and was a recipient of a grant from the Lipscomb Family Foundation. “While it won’t fully fund the 2018-19 school year, it is definitely encouraging to know that others see the value in this work and in our young people,” said Upton.

Travis Dove, Pam Belluck (New York Times), Beth DeHart (South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy), Jo McClain and Katrina Upton (New Foundations) in August of 2017 when the New York Times visited to write a story on Anderson County’s teen pregnancy prevention efforts. 37

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Hidden History in Anderson County

Unsolved Mystery Haunts Upstate Man

By Liz Carey

Numerous murders have taken place in Anderson County over the years, some gruesome, some sensational. And some have never been solved. From Richard Martin, who was found beaten to death in 1995, to the disappearance and murder of Tina Milford in 1983, there are quite a few deaths that no one has been brought to justice for. This year marks the 50th anniversary of what was, at the time, one of Anderson County’s most gruesome murders: the murder of T. C. Campbell. On New Year’s Day, 1968, Townes C. “Tiny” Campbell was found dead just outside the gates of the Anderson Country Club. While the details of what happened to him are known, no one has ever been arrested for his murder. Campbell, 73, had worked as a security guard for the Country Club for five years. Prior to that he had been a mechanic, a profession he started after serving with the 42nd Army Infantry Division, known as the Rainbow Division, during World War II. Campbell had been patrolling the club after a New Year’s Eve party, club manager Milton Galloway told investigators, when Galloway last spoke to him. Galloway left the Club at 4 a.m. and, according to club records, Campbell made his last time punch, which he did every hour to show he had patrolled the grounds, at 6 a.m. Around 9 a.m., caddies for the club came to work and discovered Campbell’s body, covered in blood, partially hidden under the hedges next to the driveway. According to stories reported in the Anderson Independent newspaper following the event, investigators said it appeared that Campbell had come upon burglars as they were attempting to break into the club safe. There, someone jumped Campbell and beat him badly. Blood at that scene and along the railing of the club’s grand staircase, indicated that he had been badly injured and had been disarmed. At some point though, investigators said, Campbell ran from the building – whether to get help or to pursue the suspects is not clear – and ended up across from the club’s driveway on Whitner Street. “Near the curb of the North side of the street he was again assaulted, a puddle of blood being found at this location,” a story in the Anderson Independent newspaper said. “He was struck with such force his dentures were shattered. Some pieces were also found there.”

Investigators said they believed that afterward the assailants grabbed Campbell and dragged him across the four-lane road to the hedges, where they hid his body and “relieved him of his wallet.” Campbell had been shot in the head on the left side of the jaw, received a heavy blow that had fractured his skull, and had bruise marks around his throat and face. The safe was unharmed. Campbell was the second security guard to be attacked at the Anderson County Club in that era. On October 1, 1953, J. D. “Bevo” Ellison was beaten unconscious and robbed when two men broke into the club and tried to break into the safe. While two men were arrested in that case, no one was ever identified as a suspect in Campbell’s death. For his great-great-nephew, Patrick Campbell, it’s a mystery he’d like to see solved. “They had some suspects, but they never could prove it…. Back then, that was in the country, but it’s still hard to believe that he ran across a four-lane road toward some houses there, and was dragged back across the road without anyone seeing it,” Patrick Campbell said. “It’s a mystery what happened that night. It’s unlikely that anyone involved is still living, but I would like to know what happened and to have the men brought to justice.” n 38

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The Hartwell Lake Poker Run benefiting Meals on Wheels will bring more than 200 boats to Hartwell Lake and Big Water Marina the weekend of June 8-9. Entering its 9th year, the Hartwell Lake Poker Run kicks off the summer boating season in the area. Boaters from all over the Southeast will converge at Big Water Marina, then visit five different scenic locations on the lake to collect poker cards. At the end of the day, boaters gather back at the marina to see who has been dealt the best hand. A cash prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the best hand, with second and third place hands winning prizes of $750 and $500. In addition to the action of the poker run itself, a morning boat “fun run” to Clemson and a night time kick-off party featuring a live auction and local favorite, The Eric Scott Band, will be held on Friday, June 8. Saturday, June 9, poker run day, will feature Radio Rebellion and Tailgate Homeboys with music from 11:00 am until…, including an after event party on Saturday night. Both Friday and Saturday will offer great music, great food and a great time! Even if not participating in the actual boat poker run, the community is invited to join in the festivities, all being held at Big Water Marina. Join in the fun and help support a worthy cause! Online registration for boaters is available through Monday, June 4th for $75. After the 4th, onsite registration is required and increases to $85. Visit the Hartwell Lake Poker Run website at www. or call 864.225.6800 for event and registration information. All proceeds from this event will help feed the homebound elderly and disabled of Anderson County through the Meals on Wheels home delivery meal program. Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers over 400 meals each weekday and approximately 500 volunteers give their time to assist in this mission. n

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Let’s Go! SC Initiative Shows Positive Results Over the past three years, six South Carolina communities including Anderson County participated in the Let’s Go! Eat Smart Move More (ESMM) South Carolina initiative, increasing access to healthy foods and physical activity. Community coaches gathered recently in Columbia, SC to celebrate a job well done. Together, these six communities had quite an impressive impact: • $1.3 million leveraged through grants, donations, and matched funds • 36,327 students have access to healthier school environments due to partnerships with Alliance for a Healthier Generation • 24,736 SNAP recipients in three counties now have access to fresh produce at farmers’ markets • 43,985 people live within a mile of a park or path enhanced by a coalition • 17 parks, playgrounds, and trails were improved • 75+ youth were trained through the Healthy Young People Empowerment project

organizations, and private sector companies, has a role to play in making sure our county maintains a healthy lifestyle. Become an advocate for creating a community where the Healthy Choice is the Easy Choice! Did you know downtown Anderson has a SelfGuided Historic Walking Tour, and three walking or jogging routes marked in the sidewalks? Have you searched and found the 20 Carolina Wren statues located on and around Main Street? Did you know Anderson City has 12 parks to enjoy? For a list of local city parks and their amenities visit Did you know Anderson County has 37 designated smoke-free parks offering activities for all ages? For a list of county parks visit parkslist. And don’t forget about AnMed Health’s North Campus walking track where you will see friendly faces, and the Society Street Dog Park where twolegged and four-legged friends come together for a game of fetch! And remember to check out your neighborhood schools and churches for a safe playground and walking path to visit regularly. Spring is here! So, get outside and explore our beautiful county the Healthy Way! n

The Let’s Go! SC initiative was funded by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation. ESMM Anderson County focused on Park improvements, Community Gardens, Born Learning Trails, Farmer’s Markets, School Nutrition trainings, Tobacco Cessation efforts, and supporting community events that promote healthy eating and active living. These accomplishments were achieved through the hard work of our ESMM partners including AnMed Health, Anderson schools, DHEC, City & County government, local Universities, Primary Care clinics, Non-Profits, the Faith Community, and lay citizens. Join the Movement: Everyone, including parents and caregivers, elected government officials, schools, health care professionals, faith- and community-based

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different venue, that’s all.” And that same food comes from his dad, Melvin. Melvin Mattison learned to cook from his mother, Stormy said, then perfected his skills in the army before moving on to other food establishments, including Earle Street Kitchen and Bar and the SmokeShak. The father-and-son duo serve up lunch Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and lunch and dinner on Thursday and Friday from 11


or those who were fans of the SmokeShak, you can now get the same great food after playing a game of golf. Located off the East-West Parkway at Cinema Center, the SmokeShak was one of the great places to grab barbecue in Anderson. But when a new opportunity came along to do more than just barbecue, the SmokeShak owners jumped at the chance. Stormy Mattison and his dad, Melvin Mattison, opened up a new restaurant, Grits n Gravy, at the Cobb’s Glen Golf Course a little over two months ago. Already, area residents are saying it’s a hole-in-one. The Mattisons hope to bring their style of cooking to the golf course members, neighborhood residents and visitors. “We do Southern Progressive cooking – shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, chicken fried chicken, and, of course, barbecue,” Stormy Mattison said. “Since June of 2016, we’ve been making barbecue and wings – that’s what everyone is always talking about.” The restaurant will feature many of the same classic dishes from the SmokeShak, but in a new location, Stormy said. Located above the clubhouse in Cobb’s Glen, the restaurant features indoor dining, beautiful views of the golf course, and an outdoor deck for when the weather gets nice. “We had this opportunity for a new location and we just had to take it,” he said. “It’s the same great staff, the same food, the same love in the smoke, it’s just a

a.m. until 8 p.m. On Thursday nights, kids eat free with a spaghetti meal. But on Fridays, things get really kicking. Stormy said they will have live entertainment and will be trying a few things throughout the summer to see what people like. He’s even thinking about having some teenagefocused specials during the summer break months.


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Sunday brunch features a live soloist for the afterchurch crowd, along with a brunch buffet. From the omelet bar to the ham station to the unlimited Mimosa option, there’s something to please everyone, he said. Brunch starts at $21 per adult, $11 for kids age four to 12, and kids under four eat free. The restaurant also does events at the club’s venue, as well as catering for offsite events. While the Mattisons are working to figure out what best suits their new clientele, they’ll be doing some of the crowd favorites from the SmokeShak – pulled pork, brisket and barbecue chicken. Imagine smelling that on the 9th hole… “That’s what people tell us all the time,” Stormy said. “They say they’ll be playing and smell that barbecue and their mouths will start watering.” Grits n Gravy is located in Cobb’s Glen Country Club at 2201 Cobbs Way in Anderson. For more information, contact the restaurant at (864) 226-0458, or check out their Facebook page at gravy. n

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Cycling Toward

Success By Caroline Anneaux Photos by Erin Hughes

Anderson Scholastic Cycling is a mountain biking team made up of middle and high school students in Anderson School District Five. This team is part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), which encourages kids to build a strong body, mind and character through mountain biking. “I went to a local meeting four years ago as a representative of Speedshop Cycles,” said Mark Wisniewski, middle school head coach. “By the end of the meeting, I was the founding organizer and coach for the future Anderson Scholastic Cycling team. We partnered with the closest NICA league (Georgia Interscholastic Cycling League) and began looking for students in sixth through twelfth grade who were interested in learning to ride cross-country trails in the local area.”

“Being out in the open air and enjoying the community of cycling friends I have made are two of the reasons I love this sport.”


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In 2015, the team had five members. By 2017, the number was up to 17. Next year, as Anderson Scholastic Cycling partners with T.L. Hanna High School as an extracurricular club sport, the team expects to become even bigger as more students hear about them and want to be a part of the team. Two years ago, Britney Fransen’s son came home with a flier encouraging him to come to a demo meeting to find out more about the mountain biking team. “I had biked as a young adult, so when Carter came home with the flier about a mountain bike team in Anderson, I was excited about looking into it,” said Fransen. “I will be a second-year coach next season. I really like the fact that kids are able to join to race or just to be with a group who gets out on local trails and enjoys beautiful scenery and the companionship of other fellow cyclists.” Marla Cline has raced for NICA since she was a sophomore in high school in California. Her younger sister, Lillie, will be an eigth grader at McCants Middle School next year and will be on the mountain biking team again this fall. Marla’s dad, Doug, enjoys riding with both of his daughters and will be a second-year coach for the upcoming season. “My dad is a cyclist and always wanted me to ride with him,” said the elder Cline daughter. “As a high school freshman in California, I finally agreed to take a ride with him one day and was hooked. The next year was the first time I competed in a NICA race, and I came in fourth in the state in California.” Cline moved to Anderson two years ago and is finishing her senior year at T.L. Hanna. She just won the NICA Georgia State Championship title in late 2017, competing with over 850 athletes. This fall, she will attend Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. with a scholarship she earned to ride for the Bobcat cycling program. “Racing is a year-round sport for me,” said Cline. “Being out in the open air and enjoying the community of cycling friends I have made are two of the reasons I love this sport. There is just something about riding that I really love. I know it will be a lifelong sport for me.” For those interested in joining Anderson Scholastic Cycling for the fall of 2018, there will be demo days in early spring where the coaches and team members get together to answer questions and show off some of their equipment and skills. During the season, the team meets on a field at the Civic Center of Anderson to learn bike safety and the skills necessary to go out trail riding. Kids are not required to compete in races, although encouragement and training is there for them when they are ready for a competition. The team practices two times a week after school and takes group trail rides on Sunday afternoons from July through November. Five races are scheduled for the 2018 fall league. While the team is currently part of the NICA league in Georgia, plans are in place to form a league in Anderson by 2020.

“I raced in high school and college and am still an avid cyclist,” said Cary Hughes, team director and father of middle school racer Annie. “I really enjoy watching kids go from just learning how to stand up on the bike to eventually coming across the finish line at a race. Mountain biking is an excellent confidence booster and a great lifetime sport.”

Please contact Cary Hughes at cary@andersonmtb. org if you have a child who attends middle or high school in Anderson School District Five and would like more information about the Anderson Scholastic Cycling team. Homeschoolers in this district are also welcome. n

Speedshop Cycles of Anderson

is the drop-off location for any gently used mountain bikes or parts. The bikes are refurbished and then donated to children who are unable to purchase a new one but would like to join the team.


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Anderson Makos swim team takes 3rd place

Mount Lebanon Elementary held its annual Family STEM/Engineering Night.

Chance Poore- Special Teams Player of the Year 2017

Homeland Park Elementary Morning STEAM with first graders.

Young men from Men at Work attending the 2nd Annual Black History Black Tie Ball presented by the African American Leadership Society of United Way of Anderson County.

LaTisha Willis, Dr. Ankoma Anderson (Emerging Leader Community Award Recipient), Chaka Smith (African American Leadership Society Chair) attend the 2nd Annual Black History Black Tie Ball.

Pastor John Dingle, Mayor Terence Roberts, and Evan Isaac, student at Anderson University attend the 2nd Annual Black History Black Tie Ball.


May/June 2018

Charles & Daphne Rose Celebrate 65th Wedding Anniversary Charles G. and Daphne L. Rose (n. Barry) of Anderson celebrated 65 years of marriage with friends and family at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Seneca on April 14. The event was hosted by their children. Charles and Daphne were married on April 21, 1953 by the Rev. T. McBride at Young Memorial ARP Church in Anderson. Charles, a native of upstate New York, and Daphne, a native of northeast Tennessee, met fortuitously while both were living in New Jersey. Daphne’s date to a church youth activity had car trouble. Charles, a friend of the date, was asked to drive them to the activity. After the activity, her date was dropped at his home. But while dropping Daphne off, she invited Charles in to meet her parents. As the saying goes, the rest is history. The couple resided in Trenton, NJ for almost 50 years where they raised four children: Jim, Sandy, Mike and Rob. Sadly, Mike was called home in 2016. Jim (Parrish) Rose and Sandy Rose reside in Anderson, and Mike’s family, Paula Rose and two daughters, Carlee and Chelsea, and Rob (Becky) Rose and two daughters, Holly and Christine,

Avery Cameron at TL Hanna Powder Puff Football

Charles and Daphne celebrate 65 years together

reside in Richmond, VA. Charles and Daphne relocated to Richmond, VA in 2002 and then later relocated to Anderson in 2013. Charles and Daphne have been longtime active members of the Church Of Christ. They wish that everyone’s lives be as rich and blessed as theirs during the past 65 years. We seldom see families get the opportunity to celebrate such a joyous occasion.

Brandy Singleton, United Way staff member at Power of the Purse

Steppin’ Out Dance Studio dancers volunteering at Power of the Purse

Remember to send all your pictures and events to April or Ashleigh! or

Jimmy Johnson, Ring Master, at Power of the Purse Cooper Cameron & Owen Alexander on Spring Break


May/June 2018

How to Win Friends and Influence People… With Easy Cheese

By April Cameron Artwork by Jeanie Campbell

There is hardly any event, gathering or situation in the South where food is not involved. Someone has a baby? Take a meal over so the mom doesn’t have to cook! Someone in the family died? Definitely take a casserole. There’s a football game on Saturday. Why, by all means, we must have a pre-party with all kinds of grilled meats available. The classiest golf tournament with the most beautiful azaleas you’ve ever seen? Calls for pimento ‘n cheese sandwiches, of course. (Don’t judge me calling it pimento AND cheese. I’ve told you all before that’s what I say and I know it’s wrong, but I’ve been doing it that way for this long, so it’s just gonna be called that in my world.) There is no doubt we love our food. On one hand, I would consider myself a food snob. If I am traveling, I never want to eat at a restaurant that I have access to in my local community. I always want to go somewhere that I’ve never been before. Also, when choosing a restaurant, if I see a sign (local or not) that says, “All You Can Eat,” I’m probably not whipping into the parking lot on two wheels. And when I hear my sweet friend order her filet “well done,” I cringe and want to hide from the waiter because I don’t want to be judged by how we are ruining a lovely piece of steak. But on the other hand, when I am traveling, road trip food always consists of a bag of hot pork rinds. I would be lying if I said there weren’t about eight packs of Ramen noodles in my pantry right now. And I do believe that there was divine intervention the day that Easy Cheese hit the grocery market shelves. On a recent road trip with my daughter’s volleyball team, I was able to indulge both my food snob side and my “other” side. I’ll have to admit I’ve created little mini me food snobs as well, but in a good way, I think. Both of my children have a healthy sense of food adventure and like to try new restaurants, and both tend to shy away from chains when traveling in order to try something they can’t typically experience on a regular basis. So, we found a great place called City Smoke that was an upscale barbecue restaurant. We also visited Hazelnuts Creperie for a different brunch experience. But, we needed to have some snacks on hand for inbetween volleyball matches and for the hotel room, so I packed some things that would travel well and would be good snacks, like granola bars, almonds and…Easy Cheese and Chicken in a Biskit crackers. After a full day of games, a couple of moms and I

were enjoying a beverage in the hotel bar and I was telling them how I had intended to invite them over to my room for happy hour with cheese and crackers, albeit Easy Cheese. A young patron sitting beside us overheard me and interrupts our conversation with a giggle. “Did you just say ‘Easy Cheese,’” he asked? “Do they really make that? Where do you even buy that?” Oh, you poor child. Clearly, you are too young to have knowledge of this delicacy on your own, and you must have been neglected since your parents didn’t introduce you to it. “Well, of course they actually make it, and you can get it at any regular grocery store,” we told him. This opened up the door to a 30-minute conversation about Easy Cheese and then we all chatted for a bit like people tend to do. Later, his girlfriend met up with him, and I overhear him say something about “Easy Cheese” to her. (I sorta have sonic hearing…My roommates called me Radar in college). So, I ask him, “Did you just tell her about the Easy Cheese?” He tells us yes, and that leads to further conversation with him and his girlfriend. We learn about where he is from, where she is from, how they met, how long they’ve been dating and on and on. The next day, we run into him in the lobby again on our way back from the volleyball match. Coincidentally, I have the Easy Cheese in my backpack because I had taken it into the gym for snacks over the course of the day. Guess whose lucky day it is? I whip out the Easy Cheese and a cracker and give him a taste! He looks at the can and reads the nutrition info. He is shocked by the calories and tells me how salty it is. Well, no, Mr. Millennial. Easy Cheese is not a health food. But I think about how great this is. Less than 48 hours ago, this person in front of us was a complete stranger. There was no reason we should have crossed paths, no real benefit from this chance meeting. But now, we’ve made a friend. And we all may never see each other again, but every time we see Easy Cheese, and I guarantee you that every time he sees Easy Cheese, we’ll all smile. n 50

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TheLegacy Legacyof ofAnderson Anderson The an Independent SeniorLiving LivingCommunity Community isisan Independent Senior

What does that mean?

We are a community for independent seniors age 55+ -we do not have any clinical staff on site -we do not manage medications -we do not have memory care -we are not assisted living -we do provide 3 meals per day -we do provide housekeeping -we do provide transportation -we do provide social and wellness programs -we do provide emergency call pendants -we do provide security -we do provide services under one roof -we do allow small pets -we do love our residents

Call Christy Tripp today to schedule a visit, and be sure to ask about their all day dining menu!


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