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Letter from the Editor Can we please stop this rollercoaster ride of a life we’ve been having lately? The highs and lows are too extreme, and I’m getting a little seasick! Does anyone else feel like that? I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t think we would still be talking about Covid-19 in September, yet here we are! I continue to applaud our businesses who are holding it together during these difficult times, as well as our community who is trying to go with the flow while keeping safe. As if the coronavirus wasn’t enough, I have a child who will be a senior in high school this year. You see that girl on the cover? Yes, that’s my child. It is truly hard to believe that this is her last year of high school, her last year living with me full-time, and the last year she can drive her little brother around for me! As most parents would agree, the senior year is an emotional time for both the child and the parents. There are so many “last times” to consider. But, the class of 2020 didn’t even know that the last time they did such-and-such was the last time – until we all realized school would not return in the spring. The kids entering as seniors this year are starting with much uncertainty as well. As I’m writing this, it’s only the middle of August, so much may change by the time this is read. But as of right now, there are still uncertainties concerning sports, social events and even what a typical day of school might look like. In this issue, I wanted to salute our students, and especially our seniors as they embark on their last year of high school while facing such changes. Read Avery’s perspective on the subject on page 16. And because I like to spread the GOOD news in our community, we have several other stories that will momentarily take your mind off the rollercoaster of life, and you can just enjoy some happy news. We’re excited to share about Anderson University opening the College of Engineering. What an impact this can make on the school and the future of students! You can get an inside look at how this came to be on page 6. On page 20, we feature Randall Smith, a native of Anderson, who has earned an Emmy nomination. He was a graduate of T.L. Hanna and realized from a young age that making films was his passion. Find out how he went from Anderson to the set of X-Men to HBO Max and his nomination. You also can learn about some of the civic organizations and networking opportunities right here in Anderson County. These groups not only work toward their business goals and connections, but they also do good work in the community and make lasting friendships. If you want to grow both professionally and personally, check out some of the opportunities on page 12. We have certainly had some ups and downs over the past few months, and I am not really sure when this wild ride will come to a halt, but I hope that you can find the good news in something every day, just like the stories we are sharing with you in this issue! n Stay healthy!
The first two things you notice about Dr. Jay Shah are his energy and his focus. He walks quickly – trekking miles every day – as he makes his rounds in the hospital and in the orthopedic clinic. And he’s passionate. Ask him a question about current sports and he’ll enthusiastically tell you his opinion. And he always has a well-thought-out rationale to back it up. Add to that his talented surgeon’s hands and his keen scientific mind and it’s little wonder that sports fans, athletes and weekend warriors have been drawn to him throughout his medical career. “I enjoy keeping up with sports. My favorites are soccer, basketball and football but I will take an interest in just about any sport at its highest competitive level,” said Dr. Shah who played soccer throughout his childhood and in college.
“Keeping people active and doing what they love is my life’s work.” “Athletics is the ultimate leveler. Preconceived notions have to be put aside. Talent and drive determine the outcome. Sport is also a universal language that connects so many people across the world. That’s why I chose to have a career in sports medicine and become an orthopedic surgeon. Keeping people active and doing what they love is my life’s work.” All orthopedic surgeons have drive and commitment. How else would they survive four years of medical school followed by a minimum of five years of grueling residency? On top of that Dr. Shah completed a year of fellowship training in sports medicine at Emory University where he was a member of the medical staff for the Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Tech’s football and men’s basketball teams. “Fellowship training is optional, but I think it’s really important. It’s an extra year that you spend subspecializing within an area of orthopedic surgery,” said Dr. Shah. “During my fellowship year, I got to learn how to take care of some very complicated sports medicine cases and learn some innovative techniques from some of the best surgeons in the field.” One of those innovative techniques Dr. Shah mastered is minimally invasive quad tendon harvesting ACL reconstruction. Although there are a variety of ways to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament, using a small section of a patient’s own quadricep tendon has several advantages. But the downside of this technique is post-operative pain and a one- to two-inch scar on the thigh. “I learned during my fellowship a way to remove the section of quad tendon through a much smaller incision, which means a lot less pain while you’re healing, a smaller scar and you’ll rehab better, too,” said Dr. Shah. andersonmagazine.com
Athlete Jackson Pusey can do a one-legged squat courtesy of Dr. Shah’s technique. Jackson Pusey knows firsthand the advantages of Dr. Shah’s minimally invasive technique. Pusey loved to play football and basketball at T.L. Hanna High School. When the senior tore his ACL and required surgery this past year, Dr. Shah recommended the minimally invasive quad tendon technique, which made a lot of sense to Pusey. “He said there’d be less pain and the scar would be smaller. I barely notice it,” said Pusey. “The surgery was a complete success. The first few days were pretty hard, but I feel very secure on my knee now.” When asked how secure he felt on his newly repaired leg, Pusey, who will be a freshman at Anderson University this fall, said, “Secure enough that I can do one-legged squats on that knee.” n Dr. Jay Shah AnMed Health Community Orthopaedics AnMed Health Oglesby Center 2000 East Greenville Street, Suite 3950 Anderson, SC 29621 864.716.6140 5
ixteen years ago, Dr. Anthony Guiseppi-Elie and his wife, Dr. Annette Guiseppi-Elie, moved to the Electric City and quickly made the acquaintance of Anderson University’s president, Dr. Evans P. Whitaker, through mutual friends. It was through this acquaintance that the idea for Anderson University’s newest academic addition, the College of Engineering, was born. “We discovered that we shared a worldview that was rooted in faith and we both saw education as a transformative force in the lives of individuals and also in our community,” said Dr. Guiseppi-Elie, who is now dean of the new College of Engineering and Vice President of Industry Relations. “As our friendship grew, so did our conversations about opportunities to establish an engineering program at AU.” Additionally, Dr. Annette Guiseppi-Elie, an environmental civil engineer, became involved with the Rocky River Conservancy, a collaboration between the city of Anderson, Anderson County, Anderson University and other partners that seeks to preserve the Rocky River and the surrounding area. In 2014 Dr. Whitaker appointed Dr. Anthony
Guiseppi-Elie to head a task force of engineers and industry representatives and leaders to explore the feasibility of a College of Engineering at AU. Members of the task force included Lee Hancock, an executive with Duke Energy; Dr. Christian E.G. Przirembel, a principal and innovation strategist with SK Strategies, LLC; and the late Dr. Ronald Yeske, who was president emeritus of the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement. Dr. Guiseppi-Elie joins Anderson University from Texas A&M, where he headed the Department of Biomedical Engineering and served as the associate dean of engineering innovation. He holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in England and the University of the West Indies. “The launch of the Anderson University College of Engineering has been in the works for the past few years. It represents a strategic focus of the university on innovation as we seek to meet the needs of the state’s workforce,” said Andrew Beckner, executive director of public relations at AU.
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“We discovered that we shared a worldview that was rooted in faith and we both saw education as a transformative force in the lives of individuals and also in our community,” said Dr. Guiseppi-Elie
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Starting in the fall of 2021, the College of Engineering will begin offering classes toward a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering. Recruiting has already started for the initial class of 15-20 students. “We are actively and aggressively identifying top students from around the region,” said Beckner. “Students will be proactively recruited and holistically reviewed, and we’re looking for those who are outgoing and curious. Engineering is a quantitative discipline, so math performance on standardized tests will be relevant.” According to Dr. Guiseppi-Elie, these students will be recruited for the program from local area high schools and Governor’s Schools and given full and partial scholarships. These initial students will also act as ambassadors and peer recruiters for the new program, which aims to prepare its graduates for the workforce. “What students need to learn in order to be effective engineers in today’s workplace are strong engineering fundamentals, a capacity for creative problem solving and innovation, demonstrated abilities to work in teams, clear and effective communication, ethics, civility, and a commitment to online and continuous learning,” he said. The curriculum in the College of Engineering will be focused on entrepreneurism, hands-on experience in the classroom, independent and group learning and will also require an internship with industry partners, he said. “Internship placements are expected to emphasize and impart skills training and not just a long company interview,” said Dr. Guiseppi-Elie. “Industry partners must therefore have an approved skills training plan for each intern.” The College of Engineering will also strongly emphasize the core values of Anderson University’s liberal arts tradition and Christian values. “We seek engineer-thinkers, persons of might and mind,” said Dr. Guiseppi-Elie. “Our commitment to educating the whole engineer on effective communication, evidence-based reasoning, quantitative problem solving, Christian literacy, and personal and ecological wellness is reinforced by the liberal arts core.” Andrew Beckner said the program has the potential to grow beyond its initial footprint. “Our focus at the moment is providing the best mechanical and electrical programs possible, one that will attract the best and brightest STEM students from around the region,” said Beckner. “Once those programs are established and successful, which is our expectation and goal, we’ll explore other options as needed.” With the 2020 enrollment poised to be the largest in the 109-year history of the school, a recent announcement of a football program and now with the College of Engineering starting in fall 2021, the future is bright for Anderson University. n andersonmagazine.com
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Andria Carpenter Says Tri-County Degree Opened Doors As an alumna and longtime staff member at Anderson University (AU), Andria Carpenter is a diehard Trojan, both professionally and personally. She has a bachelor’s degree from her alma mater and has worked there for 14 years in several capacities -- currently as director of professional and lifelong learning in AU’s Center for Innovation and Digital Learning (CIDL) where on a typical day, she engages in the development of curriculum and course delivery in both formal and informal learning communities. With the onset of COVID-19 this spring, the CIDL staff moved quickly to implement new and effective learning models through technology training and faculty support. “We have worked with our colleagues to develop and move curricula from seated classes to online delivery throughout the summer. CIDL is an awesome team of educators who provide instructional design, cutting-edge pedagogy, and technology training that is utilized by faculty and recognized by colleagues throughout the higher education community,” she said. Other facets of her job include developing on-demand courses for organizations who want to offer professional development opportunities leading to professional development hours, CEUs and industry-recognized certifications for their associates. Carpenter says a bachelor’s degree from AU and a master’s degree from Kansas State University have advanced her career and enhanced her life, but her first college degree from Tri-County Technical College is the most important one because of the new pathway it opened up for her. She and her husband, Bill, an engineer, moved to Anderson from Indiana in 1988. College was always a goal for Carpenter; the desire was there, but the timing was always off. Not long
Andria Carpenter after they relocated to Anderson, the couple agreed the time was right for her to go back to school. She was accepted into Clemson University. “But I attended orientation and realized all my priorities had changed. We had a baby and block education was not going to work with my new family. My dream was dashed,” she remembers. Until she discovered Tri-County, where evening classes were offered for working adults and stay-at-home mothers like herself, who were ready to resume their education. She enrolled in the office systems technology program. “It was interesting and the classes taught you how to apply what you learned. And you were ready to step into the job market when you graduated. TriCounty was the best choice for me,” she said. She was in her mid-30s when she stepped into the classroom where most of her classmates were younger than she. During this time she says
“It was interesting and the classes taught you how to apply what you learned. And you were ready to step into the job market when you graduated. Tri-County was the best choice for me.” ~Andria Carpenter she made several discoveries that affected her future. “An instructor pulled me aside and said, ‘you are a great presenter and a lot of it has to do with your life experience. The girls love to listen to you. You are who they will be 10 years from now. You truly are a teacher.’ When that instructor approached me and said those words, she instilled in me a level of confidence you can’t buy,” said Carpenter. “It was so affirming. She saw in me what I thought was there. But I wasn’t sure. As a first-generation graduate, this was not the kind of motivational conversation to which I was accustomed.” After graduating in 1997 she started her career as a systems analyst at Ogletree Law Firm. In 1999 she went to work at AU where she was systems database administrator in information technology from 1999 –2007. In 2003 she received her bachelor’s degree in human services and resources through AU’s ACCEL adult education program by working during the day and taking classes in the evening. In 2007 she accepted a position as registrar at Erskine Theological Seminary. After five years, she went to Southern Wesleyan University where she was learning management systems administrator in the Center for Teaching Excellence. In August of 2015 she returned to AU as coordinator of assessment and user experience for the Center for Innovation and Digital Learning until July 2018 when she was promoted to her current position. “I came back because I love AU and because it’s located in my community; it’s where I live. I’ve always been very involved with AU, as an alumna, a parent and a friend,” she said. In May of 2017 she graduated with honors with an M.S. degree in adult, occupational and continuing education from Kansas State University. Looking back she says her Tri-County degree opened doors of opportunity for her and her family. “Big changes happened after I received my two-year degree,” she said. “The benefits are exponential. I never would have been considered for my first job without my two-year degree and my job at AU allowed me to pursue a bachelor’s degree through the tuition reimbursement program. Because of that, and because our daughters received both academic and sports scholarships, we were able to provide them with an education we might not have been able to, otherwise. We have financed four degrees in a way that we would never have dreamed possible,” she added. “My Tri-County degree has continued to serve me well,” she said.
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There’s no doubt that when you are a working professional, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. While working hard at your own job, who could even consider adding to the ever growing to-do list by joining a civic club or professional organization? The simple answer is that everyone should consider this. Networking groups, civic clubs and professional organizations can enhance your personal development and your career. Not only can you expand your network of business connections, but you also can continue to develop leadership skills. Many organizations offer programs that assist members in the area of leadership, advocacy and communications. You also will likely have the opportunity to make an impact on your community. Most organizations combine socially conscious initiatives with their professional development. Food drives, hands-on volunteer opportunities and charitable donations are often part of networking and civic organizations. And, as an added bonus, you’ll make new friends meeting other like-minded people in a social and supportive setting. Several local organizations submitted their information to Anderson Magazine so you can learn more about these opportunities:
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Anderson Rising is Anderson County’s premier young professionals group, which primarily focuses on networking, professional development and serving Anderson County. Through the Anderson Rising program, facilitated by the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, we will help you connect with businesses and organizations, and provide opportunities to further your leadership in our community. Whether you are wanting to become more active in the business community, give back and get involved in our non-profit and charitable organizations, or have the opportunity to serve on boards of directors and focus on your future, we have what you are seeking. We offer a multitude of events at different times so that we can meet the interests and needs of each member’s schedule. In addition to the monthly Networking Lunches that we hold on the second Wednesday, we also host quarterly Donuts & Development, After Hours and community service events. Come be part of helping move and guide the future of Anderson County.
The Networking Professionals of Anderson (NPA) is a unique, industry-exclusive business networking organization that has been meeting for approximately 11 years. Our goal is to generate leads and contribute to the growth of our members. Our meetings are casual, we have fun, and at each meeting, members talk about the positive experiences they have had with other members. Referrals happen organically because of the relationships and the trust our members have with each other, and it is a testament to the value that NPA brings that several of NPA’s founding members are still members andersonmagazine.com
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“serving as you live.” We encourage our members to be on the lookout for ways we can serve and be a blessing. The Anderson club sponsors children every summer to attend Camp Sertoma, located at the Clemson Outdoor Lab, for a week free of charge. These children are affected with speech or hearing loss or are disadvantaged in some way. This week at camp is life-changing for these children. We raise money for this through one annual fundraiser, the Marshall Willingham Memorial Golf Tournament. The club meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at noon at Mama Penn’s restaurant. No reservation is needed. Find out how to get involved by visiting andersonsertoma.org
The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson has been a huge benefit to me, personally and professionally. I first joined the club as a newcomer to Anderson hoping to meet local business leaders and make some local connections. This club turned out to be so much more! I have made friends, learned about my community, and enjoyed hours of fun at Rotary events and socials. The greatest benefit of Rotary is that our local club is part of a global service organization that does so much for people in need. While we enjoy the local activities here in Anderson, we are also supporting global causes like the elimination of polio and providing access to safe drinking water in developing countries. Rotary’s motto is “Service above Self.” Our club embodies this motto best with our signature annual event, Dancing for Our Heroes. This is one of the most fun fundraisers in Anderson. Our club has generated over a million dollars for local charitable organizations in the past 13 years through this event, and we’re still going! If you enjoy service and want to meet new people in a fun and engaging setting, we would love to have you visit our next meeting. Find us on Facebook under Rotary Club of Greater Anderson. - David Moore, Pres.
Are you a young, proactive community-minded individual who is seeking professional development opportunities? The Young Philanthropists of the United Way of Anderson County is the place for you! The Young Philanthropists group was created to encourage individuals ages 21-40 to become involved in the community through philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy. Pledge $120 a year to United Way and become a Young Philanthropist. YPs participate in fun and engaging volunteer and social events throughout the year. The main program for the YPs is the YP Academy. The Academy offers them an opportunity to visit several charitable organizations in Anderson County, do some “hands-on” work, and see first-hand how working collaboratively can positively impact our community. YP Academy is an eight-month-long program consisting of one morning meeting a month. Each month focuses on a different element of the altruistic mindset and will open the eyes of our young leaders to some of the challenges and solutions facing our community. Tuition for YP Academy is $250 and will also give you the opportunity to be a YP member for the year. Contact Mary Pat Smith at marypat.smith@ uwandersoncty.com for more information on how to get involved. n
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An Archway to Opportunity By Caroline Anneaux
Tosha McConville is a proud 2020 high school graduate with a very interesting story to tell. Born in New York, McConville moved to Honea Path when she was in the fourth grade. “I dropped out of high school in the ninth grade,” said McConville. “That was 20 years ago. I always thought I would go back and finish, I just didn’t know how or when.” In 2018, McConville was a wife and mother to three children, and worked full time in retail. Life was incredibly busy. “I applied for a job at the McDonald’s in Belton and was hired on the spot,” said McConville. “During orientation, they mentioned the McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program, and I knew right then that I was finally going to be able to get my high school diploma. Two weeks later I had a new job and was enrolled in high school.” The McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program is available to all McDonald’s employees. It consists of three different areas of education: obtaining a high school diploma, ESL (English as a Second Language) and up to $10,000 in tuition scholarships for college. “I have over 600 employees,” said Terry Shugart, owner/operator of six McDonald franchises in Anderson County and McConville’s employer. “My goal for 2020 is to have 50 of my employees enrolled in one of the three programs the Archways to Opportunity provides. Next year, I plan to have 60 involved in the program.” Shugart and his wife, Donna, met while working at McDonald’s 40 years ago. They purchased their first franchise 25 years ago, and now own ten in South Carolina and Georgia. While he acknowledges that not everyone will make a lifetime career working at McDonald’s, Terry Shugart wants everyone to know the importance of the McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program. “The program is one of our best-kept secrets in the business, but it definitely shouldn’t be,” he said. “This program makes them better employees and gives them the best leg up that we can. Our goal is to keep our employees with us and give them the opportunity to set higher goals for themselves within our company.” McConville has worked incredibly hard over the past two years to get her high school diploma and is looking forward to continuing her career in both her education and at McDonald’s. “This is a high school diploma, not a GED,” said McConville. “I had to start the online program as a freshman and go all the way through 12th grade. My sons, Wyatt and Christian, were in high school too and thought it was cool that they could talk to me and help me with my classes.” andersonmagazine.com
Tosha McConville, Archways to Opportunity graduate. Her husband and her oldest daughter have also encouraged her from the beginning. She could not raise three children, work a 40-plus hour a week job and go to school full-time without the support of her husband. He always came in from work and asked her if she had done all of her class work that day! She also understands what an impression her hard work has made on her family.
“When people say watching their children open Christmas presents is better than opening their own — that is exactly what it felt like. I believe I was just as excited as she was to see her reach her goal of graduating from high school.” –Terry Shugart “My daughter, Kelsey, is 20,” said McConville. “She started taking classes at Tri-County Technical College before the pandemic. Now that I have finished high school, I am going to use the $10,000 scholarship September/October 2020
money to start taking classes there myself. We will be able to go to college together.” In July, a small graduation ceremony was held for McConville at the North Main Street McDonald’s in Anderson. “We would have loved to have a huge celebration for Tosha,” said Terry Shugart. “With the virus situation, we had to keep the numbers down. I wish everyone could have been there to meet her and congratulate her on all of her hard work. When people say watching their children open Christmas presents is better than opening their own — that is exactly what it felt like. I believe I was just as excited as she was to see her reach her goal of graduating from high school.” McConville plans on getting her college degree in business management. “I have already moved up from a crew position to a crew trainer and now I am a manager,” said McConville. “My next goal is a people manager.” If McConville sets her goal to open her own franchise one day, the opportunity will be there. “We are known as ‘America’s best first job,’” said Terry Shugart. “We also encourage employees to climb the ranks and open their own McDonald’s restaurant one day. It does take a serious financial commitment, so they must save their pennies. But it certainly is obtainable if they set their minds to it and work really, really hard. Current owners are also available to mentor
up-and-coming franchise owners.” McConville had no idea how much her life would change when she walked into her local McDonald’s restaurant to ask for a job application two years ago. That decision gave her the opportunity to further her education and help support her family financially in ways she never imagined. All of us at Anderson Magazine want to congratulate her on her recent graduation and wish her the best in the future as she takes full advantage of everything McDonald’s has to offer! n
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What Will Senior Year Look Like? By Avery Cameron
Senior year is something that the vast majority of students have looked forward to since kindergarten. It’s supposed to be a time of celebrations, reminiscing, and soaking everything in before the big move to college. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the class of 2020 definitely got the short end of the stick by missing their prom, graduation parties, and the graduation ceremony. No one really thinks about the impact of walking across the stage in front of your closest 500 friends and family members has on you, until you can’t have it. As a member of the class of 2021, I’ll admit I am guilty of saying “I feel bad for them, but at least we get our senior year.” But now that summer is coming to a close and the school year is still up for discussion, reality is hitting. Going into this school year as a senior at T. L. Hanna, I personally don’t have many classes on campus. Many of my classes consist of dual enrollment at Anderson University. However, I made it a priority of mine to still
have at least one class at Hanna. I felt like having at least one class on campus would help me stay in the know about things going on in the school. I felt like this one class would help me have part of the senior year I had always wished for. Although I am not super concerned about the mask wearing and the social distancing, there are a few other concerns I have for this school year. andersonmagazine.com
One of my biggest concerns is sporting events. As a die-hard Jackets fan, football season is something I look forward to every year. I love dressing up for the themes, riding in the car with my best friends to away games, and going to Waffle House after a big win. With Covid-19 being so unpredictable, there’s no way to know if football season will still happen — much less if fans will be allowed to be in the stands. Looking at it from an athlete’s perspective, this senior season might be the season that athletes need to get their final scholarship offers in. This season could help some of the athletes make a decision that could affect their future in many ways. Another concern of mine is the assemblies that make school so special. Looking back on my three years at T.L. Hanna, some of the funniest moments have happened at pep rallies. Pep rallies are a time when students get to set aside the class work and focus on what makes school the most fun. Whether it be the fall or the spring pep rally, students take pride in their teams and are represented in front of the student body. Classrooms may look different, sporting events may change, but with our strong friendships and love for T. L. Hanna, I know that no matter what happens with this unpredictable virus, the class of 2021 will be able to make our senior year very memorable. n September/October 2020
Countybank Approves More Than $61 Million in Paycheck Protection Program Loans
Countybank has taken a significant leadership role in helping Upstate businesses deal with the financial implications of the COVID-19 crisis by approving more than $61 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for a total of more than 600 loans processed, supporting businesses in more than 25 industries. The bank has uniquely supported businesses of all sizes, even with loans as small as $750. Countybank’s goal has been to process loans as quickly as possible so local businesses and franchises can continue conducting business during the financial turns of COVID-19. “As a community bank, we were able to efficiently serve and support our business customers and get them the funding they need through the PPP during COVID-19,” said R. Thornwell Dunlap III, President and CEO of Countybank. “By being proactive and committing more than 20 percent of our workforce to this effort, we are fulfilling our mission to meet the needs of our customers and communities.” Countybank began reaching out to customers before the PPP applications opened and worked with small businesses directly to submit applications on their behalf, resulting in a smooth and highly successful process during times of economic uncertainty. “We are proud to be part of a loan funding opportunity that helps our local business customers receive the financial support they need, and we recognize the importance of the PPP in regard to keeping businesses
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The COVID-19 Effect on Local Animal Shelters By Lisa Marie Carter You may have heard that many animal shelters across the United States were out of adoptable animals. According to an article on wire.com, all over the country, from New York to Wisconsin and North Carolina to Colorado and New Mexico, animal shelters are reporting massive upswings in the numbers of animals they have been able to adopt out or place in foster homes. The article said the reason is that as people began practicing social distancing and staying home to curb the spread of Covid-19, many concluded it is the perfect time to bring a pet into their homes. At the same time, many shelters, like several of our Upstate shelters, have put out calls for adopters and foster parents as the ongoing coronavirus outbreak strains their resources. According to Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the rates of fostering have increased by 90 percent in some cities. “Folks who don’t have animals for one reason or another, because of their work schedule or their travel schedule, that’s all changed right now,” Block said. Anderson County PAWS animal shelter has certainly felt the effects of this pandemic. PAWS, like many animal shelters across the country, has had to take drastic measures to keep animals, staff and the public safe during the pandemic. PAWS has reached out to animal control services and asked them to only bring in emergency cases or potentially dangerous animals. PAWS has also asked the public to help with finding homes for any stray animals that they have picked up. This allows PAWS to operate with only half of its staff working to create more social distance. Unlike many other shelters, the adoptions at PAWS have decreased as adoptions are only being done during set hours and only allowing a certain number of people in the facility at a time. In addition to the limited hours and limited people allowed in the facility at same time, potential adopters can bring only one other person with them, and masks are required for all. Dr. Kim Sanders, director and veterinarian at PAWS, said, “One of the biggest challenges that we have faced has been making sure that we are still able to meet the needs of all the animals of Anderson County during this time. We are continuing to do community cat [neutering] surgeries, but we are only operating two days a week instead of four days. Many people in our community have been struggling with unemployment so we want to be sure that we are here as a resource for their pets as well. People have struggled financially with an injured pet or they just have not been able to afford food. We can assist in many of those situations.” If you are looking into helping PAWS during this time by adopting a shelter pet, Sanders shared a few tips to keep in mind. “It is important to remember when bringing a new pet home to give them time to andersonmagazine.com
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Randall Smith grew up in Anderson, attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and McCants Middle School and graduated from T.L. Hanna High School in 2006. This local boy grew up to be an Emmy-nominated writer and producer in California. “Growing up in Anderson, I had no idea I would end up in Los Angeles,” said Smith. “I was in middle school and watched a movie called Wild America, and my fascination with making movies was born.” Smith said that when he watched that movie, he realized that he could pick up a video camera and make a film of his own. He borrowed his parents’ video camera — the kind that recorded on the full-size VHS tapes. “My friends were so supportive,” said Smith, laughing. “I coerced several of them to be in The Randy Smith Show that year. I created scripts and then directed them. They were troopers to go along with everything I asked them to do.” When he asked for his own video camera the following Christmas, his parents knew this was more than just a passing fad. “Mom talked to me about making this my career,” said Smith. “She is the one who told me I could actually go to college and get a degree for what I loved doing.” Before he could go to college, he had to finish high school, of course. During those years, he joined the Drama Club and was active in the Project Challenge Playhouse on North Main Street. andersonmagazine.com
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That job led to other jobs, and I eventually ended up in California.” While working in Los Angeles he heard about a job for a production company, Litton Entertainment, based out of Charleston, South Carolina, and he applied.
“It was incredibly cool to see so many creative people working on their area of expertise and then watching it all come together for a final production.” “I’ll never forget walking into what looked like an abandoned grocery store and finding an array of sets built for the show they were starting called The Inspectors,” said Smith. “Everything was in there — the classroom, a full laboratory, rooms in the house and more. I was really excited that I could write and eventually produce a show in my own home state.” Litton Entertainment produces quality shows for children that entertain and educate them on a wide variety of subjects. The Inspectors, which aired for four seasons, was about criminal investigations of U.S. postal inspectors, The series starred Jessica Lundy as a postal inspector. “I have seven nieces and nephews all under the age of eight,” said Smith. “It is so nice to be able to sit down and watch a family-friendly show that we all enjoy. Saturday morning television slots are the perfect time to capture a young audience and teach them about something new.” Smith was nominated for the Outstanding Young Adult Program Emmy in 2020 for the work he did on The Inspectors. He started as an assistant to the director and was a main producer and writer by the third season. The show debuted in 2015 and ran for 104 episodes. “By the final season, I was writing and crafting episodes of The Inspectors,” said Smith. “I was able to go to Maryland and meet real postal inspectors and watch them in action. They were so helpful when I had questions about the scripts, and it was obvious that they really loved their jobs.” So, what is this local boy-turned Emmy-nominated writer and producer doing now? “I am currently working on HBO Max as a director’s assistant while I quarantine in my mom and dad’s house in Anderson,” said Smith. “As our world is changing, so is the film industry. We are learning to work remotely and film on smaller sets with a limited number of actors and staff members. I also feel as though animation will be a large part of the future as more and more people are working from home.” Smith’s dream is to write and produce a movie of his very own. Dream big, Randall Smith, Dream big. Anderson is watching you! n Take a look at Randall B. Smith on the Internet Movie Database website (www.imdb.com) to see other productions Smith has worked on.
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Four Months is an Eternity Most of us are still looking in disbelief at the world as it is today. Where have the normal daily activities that gave our lives meaning gone? Before the coronavirus pandemic, I spent several hours of most days with my beloved husband, Al. He is in a local nursing facility and being treated for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other underlying conditions. He is happy and well cared for, and we loved sitting on a bench in the garden, snuggling in his room, or walking hand in hand down the halls. Being married for 56 years this August, we share so many precious memories. Now, that has all changed and a quarantine at the facility since early March has prevented us from hugging, kissing and being together. The disease that takes my loved one away a little each day and destroys cherished times is even more painful when denied touches and hugs that keep us close. My few visits to see him through a window became very stressful and he was hurt that he could not get to me. Smiling through the window and aching to touch each other was a poor substitute for a true visit. For now, we talk on the phone each week with assistance and even do some fun Facetime visits. He loves that! “It is magic,” he says, “I can see you!” He was even happier to know I could see him, too. The many prayers and the support I have received and my strong faith allow me to take one day at a time. I hope and pray each day that Al remains protected from the COVID 19 virus. If you have loved ones or know people in quarantine, support those families that are anxiously waiting to see their loved ones. One way you can be an encouragement to families like mine is to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this October 10th. This year instead of meeting at Wren Park in downtown Anderson, participants may choose to walk wherever is most convenient to them. You may join a team (mine is Al’s Army) and may choose to walk in andersonmagazine.com
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In early March the White House Response Team began daily briefings regarding the worldwide pandemic affecting over 180 countries. Federal guidelines were published, followed by a statewide shutdown issued by Governor McMasters. In compliance, we all sheltered in place from March 16th through April 30th. On March 16th twenty members of the Foothills Writers Guild began writing poems of their quarantine experience and sharing them online. There were 150 poems and ten essays written that will be published in an anthology, On Pause: Sheltered-In During a Pandemic. The book will be available at McDowell’s Emporium in July. Anderson’s Pat Shull is a familiar name in the Upstate arts community as an artist, an actor, a director, a fledgling ukulele player, and a poet. She wrote daily during the shutdown. Here is the poem she penned on her first day in quarantine.
No Time to Mourn by Pat Shull – March 16th I’m dreaming of Castiglione in evenings by the sea. Its silver sand and aqua waters make me long for home. Music streaming on waves of air sent like sweets to me. I tremble to be in heaven’s place, nevermore to roam.
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AFTER SCHOOL ART STUDIO AGES 4-18
After School Art Studio is a fun and collaborative art adventure for kids of all ability and experience levels that want to learn and make art. We’re offering studio time for small groups that meet throughout the school year. Professional artists will help your student develop skills in a variety of mediums. These classes do not require any prior art training, and all sessions will be offered with appropriate safety protocols in place!
After School Art Studio Ages 4-18
Meets once or twice per week 2 D and 3 D classes Ages 4-18 (grouped appropriately) Follows school calendar End-of-year exhibit planned
Full Schedule Online at www.AndersonArts.org
Call 864.222.2787 or visit AndersonArts.org
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Weekly Classes for Students of All Ages!
The Legacy of Anderson is anÂ IndependentÂ Senior Living Community
Retire Well & Enjoy Senior Living at its Best! Here at The Legacy of Anderson, we have over 40 years combined experience in the senior industry. At any given time you will be able to find conversation, socialization, and friends here at The Legacy. We have been in business for over 15 years and plan for another 15 strong. Please stop by if you are in the Anderson area or please give Dee Golden a call at 864-276-3501 for a complimentary meal from our culinary chef. You will be pleased to see you will be able to enjoy retirement living at its best here at The Legacy of Anderson. We look forward to seeing you!
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It’s not just a shoulder...
It’s an opportunity to go to college. Whether you’re chasing your dreams on the field, building your career, or making memories with family and friends, bone and joint pain shouldn’t come between you and what you love. That’s why AnMed Health is proud to introduce a new team of highly trained and specialized orthopaedic physicians. AnMed Health Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine brings the latest, most cutting edge treatment right here to your neighborhood – so you don’t have to choose between the expertise and results you need and the comfort and convenience of complete care at home. It’s all right here. Because when you win, we win. We’re in this together.
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