May/June Issue 2015

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Anderson magazine May/June 2015

The Eric Scott Band

Business Basics

I Got The Music In Me

Perfect Play Dates

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Trending on the Home Front

What’s new in home design


The e-Merging of New Business

Entrepreneurial incubator helps start-ups


The Basics of Business

Stepping stones to get you started


It’s Who You Know

Networking in the county


I Got the Music in Me

Local venues for live music


Career Campuses

Offering students education for the real word


This Smile Means Business

The man behind Williford’s Car Wash


Fitness Trends

Find your workout niche


The A List


Saving History


Hit the Lake for a good cause

The only list you want to be on

Not your average hunter


Going to the Dogs

Wine & Dine The Grill Man dishes it up



New dog parks coming to Anderson County

Perfect Play Dates


May/June 2015

Letter from the Editor

Here Comes Summer!

Ladies and gentlemen, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! The school year is almost over and summer is on the horizon. I don’t know who is more excited…me or the children?! One of my very favorite things to do at this time of year is sit on my back deck, sip on a glass of wine and listen to music. If it were a perfect world, I would have a live band serenading me every night on my deck. I absolutely love live music. When I was a child, my parents always had the radio on. When I woke up in the morning, the local Top 40 station was piping through the house. I can still remember my daddy singing “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown” to me, and my parents still have a recording of my sister and me singing “Delta Dawn” together. (Not that we were good singers. It’s just that we were so little, it still sounded cute.) But I think the radio that was always on in my house instilled a love of music in me. So, I couldn’t be more excited about our cover story this issue that highlights the live music scene in Anderson County. We probably could have filled many more pages talking about the different bands and venues available to us, but there are only so many pages in the magazine… We had the best time shooting the cover with The Eric Scott Band. I had the pleasure of interviewing these guys for a story about four or five years ago when I was freelance writing. I loved to watch them play before I actually met them, but then I learned that their personalities are as great as their music, so I became a huge fan. (But not in a creepy Kathy Bates “Misery” way). Make sure you check out the story on music and support our local talent and the venues that help feature them! I’m also very excited to share with you an update on the dog parks coming to the area. Did you know that we have not one, but three, underway? This story also gives great tips on getting your pet ready to play with others at the park. And if you have a great idea for a business, but haven’t quite been ready to take the plunge going out on your own – you definitely need to dive in to this issue. We take a look at the e-Merge @ the Garage, a business incubator, that may be just what you need to get your idea up and running. You’ll also like the information about banking, accounting and IT assistance. Hope you’ll enjoy reading this issue just as much as we enjoyed putting it together. We would love to hear your feedback, so email me at april@ n


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Publisher/Editor April Cameron Advertising Sales Hannah McCullough Caroline Miller Graphic Design Jennifer Walker Contributing Writers Caroline Anneaux Lisa Marie Carter Samantha Harris Scott Junkins Pauline Medford Brian Stearns Contributing Photographers Black Truffle Photography Glenn Brill Lisa Marie Carter Craig Johnson Michael Mance Norma Hughes Smith Van Sullivan, Jr. Visit Anderson Anderson Magazine is published six times a year. PO Box 3848 Anderson, SC 29622

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The laser surgery with the multifocal lens has changed my life.

“Laser surgery

It’s made my with the multifocal lens work so much easier. has changed my life. Carol Bridges, Dental Hygienist and Clemson Cataractmy Patient It’s Eye made work so much easier.”

Living Longer and Seeing Better

Carol Bridges, Dental Hygienist and Clemson Eye Cataract Patient

So, the longer you live, the more likely Life expectancy in the United States has you are to have a cataract. Left untreated, been increasing steadily over the past cataracts can lead to blindness. They are century. In the early 1900s, there were the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. 3 million Americans older than 65. Today, there are approximately 35 million Cataracts by the Numbers or 13% of the population. By 2030, it’s estimated there will in be the 70 million Life expectancy United longerIncidence you live, the more Age of cataracts in likely the U.S.3 Americans So basically, Statesover has65. been increasing steadily you are to have a cataract. Left 65 is the untreated, cataracts overnew the55. past century. In the 52-64 42%can lead to This increase in longevity attributed to blindness. They are the leading early 1900s, there is were 3 million advances in medicine and, obesity cause of vision loss in 60% the U.S. Americans older than 65. aside, Today, 65-74 generally healthier lifestyles. there are approximately 35 million The average expected age for an 75-85 or 13% of the population. Cataracts by the Numbers91% American born in 2009 is now 78.5 years.1 Americans who reached 65 in 2011 are 1 Surgery is the only known treatment for Good News, Bad21News projected to live another years to age cataracts, and two things happen during the 86. For those who reach 86, their life 2 expectancy extends to 93. So if the good news is we are liv- surgery. Your clouded lens is removed and artificial intraocular lens is implanted. longer, the bad news is many an Good ing News, Bad News The lens requires no care and simply Americans working longer So if the good newsare is we are living longer, becomes a permanent part of your eye. than too. There You don’t see or feel the new lens implant. the bad newsexpected, is many Americans are are many reasons for this:too. working longer than expected, Surgery is the only known Cataract surgery, a 15-minute out-patient There•are many reasons for this: Fear they’ll outlive their retire- procedure, is onefor of cataracts, the safest and most treatment and commonly performed surgeries in the • Fearment they’llsavings. outlive their retirement two things happen during theU.S.4 savings. • Many people enjoy their careers Carol BridgesYour is a young-at-heart surgery. clouded lensAmerican is has chosenand to forgo retirementintraocand and prefer remain in them, whoremoved • Financial fallout to from the an artificial continue working part-time. She is a dental ‘great particularly orrecession’, start a new one. ular lens is implanted. The lens in Pickens, South Carolina, and if •they were counting on equity Some prefer remaining at work hygienist requires no care and simply very much depends on good vision tobein their homes to pay for retirement. to the possibility of being bored perform comes permanent part of your herawork. • Many at people home.enjoy their careers and eye. Youstarted don’ttosee or feel thediming new When Carol notice colors simply prefer to remain in them, Visual health is important to lens implant. and driving becoming more difficult, or start a new one. being able to work at any age. she booked an eye exam at aClemson Eye. Cataract surgery, 15-minute • Some prefer remaining at work to the But as we age, vision becomes out-patient procedure, is one of After her exam, her eye doctor, possibility of being bored at home. more of a challenge for a greater Dr. the Joe Parisi, confirmed she had cataracts. safest and most commonly Visual health is important to being able discussing all the options withU.S. him,2 number of us. are often After performed surgeries in the to work at any age. ButCataracts as we age, vision Bridges chose laser assisted cataract themore culprit. Carol Bridges is a young-atbecomes of a challenge for a greater surgery with an advanced multifocal lens Cataracts, theare clouding number of us. Cataracts often of the implant: heart“IAmerican who hasallchosen work at close range day the culprit. natural eye lens, affect about 22 long.toThe forgo continlaserretirement surgery withand the multifocal ® million Americans age 40. lens,uetheworking Cataracts, the clouding of theover natural lens, has changed ReSTORpart-time. She is my a eye lens, about 22 90% million It’s made my workin so Pickens, much easier. By affect age 80, over ofAmericans Ameri- hygienist SC, 1 over age 40.will By age 80,aover 90% of bother with glasses cans have cataract. So, the I don’t andhave veryto much depends on good anymore. It’s wonderful,” says Bridges. Americans will have a cataract.3

“With traditional cataract surgery, where a basic monofocal lens is implanted, it clears the vision at a single focal point, but it can’t correct astigmatism, presbyopia and other vision problems. This means if you wore corrective eye wear before your cataract surgery, you’ll still need it vision to perform her work. afterward,” Dr.started Donald to Glaser, When says Carol no- the eye surgeon at Clemson Eye’s Anderson clinic. tice colors diming and driving Experience shows that better vision becoming more difficult, she improves quality of life, optimism, safety booked an eye exam at Clemson from falls and driving accidents, and Eye. independence. According to a overall After her exam, by hertheeye doctor, recent study published American Academy Ophthalmology, who Dr. Joe of Parisi, confirmedpeople she had undergo cataract surgery actually all livethe cataracts. After discussing 5 longer than those who don’t. This is options with him, Bridges chose likely an outcome of all the associated laser assisted cataract surgery benefits of better vision.

Eye Exams for All Seniors Whether you think you have a cataract or not, an annual eye exam is recommended for all seniors to help ensure your visual health, quality of life, and ability to continue working, should you so desire. Innovations in Cataract A dilated eye exam is the onlySurgery way to confirm you have a cataract. “Recent advances cat-by most Basic cataract surgeryinislaser covered aract surgery and the types of insurance plans. Laser assisted cataract advanced implants available surgery andlens advanced lens implants require an additional you’re have taken cataractpayment. surgeryIfto a a Clemson Eyelevel, patient, you Dr. haveGlaser. the option whole new ” says of 24-month, 0% payment plans. “Through these innovations, Clemson Eyeto have servedexcellent patients in the we are able deliver Upstate for more than 40 years through visual outcomes for our cataits full-service clinics in Greenville, ract patients andClemson, eliminate Anderson, Easley, and- aor drastically reduce - their need LASIK center, Spectrum Lasik, in for 3 surgeons at Clemson Eye Greenville. ”The eyeglasses. firstbasic in the cataract country to were Eyeamong examstheand perform Laser Assisted by Cataract surgery are covered mostSurgery with advanced lens implants. We use insurance plans. suite Laserofassisted the most advanced laser-guided cataract surgery and advanced surgery systems available today.

Living Longer and Seeing Better

with an advanced multifocal lens

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House & Home


on the home front By Lisa Marie Carter


rom building styles to interiors, homes have trends just like a clothing wardrobe. And just like a wardrobe, not every trend suits every taste. However, it’s always fun to know what’s the new “it” style and to see if it might be right for you. Anderson County is lucky to have some great resources in home trends. From builders to designers to realtors and more, there is a wealth of knowledge on what’s happening in home styles.

building design

According to local real estate expert Ala Chappelear, of Keller Williams Real Estate, the Anderson area is seeing more of the larger tract style homes in developed neighborhoods. Along with the large tract of land, homeowners want large closets too. Chappelear said she is seeing people take out bedrooms and changing those to dressing rooms/closets. And thanks to SUVs, Gators and other toys, people also are looking for three- and four-car garages. But aside from the “bigger is better concept,” downsizing is another trend, she said. “I think the recession was a wake-up call to many homeowners who realized they didn’t need that much house,” she said. “Plus, more affordable payments help with stress reduction and allow for more quality time for their family.” In new home building trends, Alan Drummond, owner of Drummond Builders, notices people seem to be leaning toward LED lighting to be more energy efficient, and they are looking at building materials with less upkeep. “More people are going for laminate flooring instead of hardwood, and marble showers instead of tile,” Drummond said. Laminate flooring is more scratch resistant than hardwood, he said, while marble has fewer grout joints than tile, both of which require less maintenance. For exterior trends, composite decking instead of wood decking and vinyl rails instead of wood rails are popular. “People are killing me with Pinterest ideas and projects,” he said. continued on page 8


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furniture fix

It’s a little easier to keep up with the trends regarding interior design and furniture styles. A quick trip to a local paint store or furniture store can help you get on the same page with what’s popular. Ashley Jewell of Hampton Furniture said furniture designers are concentrating on designs that appeal to women, but are built for men. “Women want sleek furniture that is still comfy for him, but doesn’t look like a man cave for their living room,” Jewell said. “Reclining sofas are now available that look stationary. Skirts on furniture are coming back in style, as well as slip-covered looks. More and more consumers are also purchasing two ‘his and her’ chairs instead of loveseats.” And what’s happening in the bedroom? (We mean furniture, people). Jewell said everyone is looking for more storage. “The most popular things are storage beds, and upholstered beds are popular too,” she said. “Less ‘matchy-matchy,’ mixing pieces is a go.”

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Mocha, slate or sandstone? Who knew there were actually more than 50 shades of grey – or brown, for that matter? Chappelear said she has noticed that the color schemes on walls and in furniture styles have changed in the last few years. The shift, she said, is to much cleaner, cooler colors such as grey. Jewell agrees that grey is the most trendy color right now. She does point out, however, that browns always sell above everything else because it is a neutral color. Lighter beiges are coming back in also, but customers may find that is not always a realistic choice for the family with kids.

keepin’ up with the trends

If you are looking to update your home to the latest and greatest, Jewell suggests shopping for furniture during the summer, as it is a slower time for retailers. She also said to watch for the big sales around the holidays. Some projects, such as painting your walls, may be a doit-yourself project, but it is wise to get price quotes on anything you think may be beyond your own personal scope of work. Lastly, remember to shop local! n

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House & Home

Everything’s Coming Up….Daylilies The Upstate Daylily Society has been a formal organization since the 1960s. It is part of The American Hemerocallis Society which was started in 1946. Its purpose is to promote and encourage the improvement of the daylily. There are more than 65,000 registered cultivars (daylilies). They range in heights from 8 inches tall to more than 3 feet tall, and they range in colors from almost black to almost white. There are many which have multiple colors with bright eyes to wide gold edges. The local club has more than 50 members who meet in at the main library in Anderson. At these meetings, there are guest speakers who discuss topics related to daylilies, such as soil preparation or how to hybridize the plants. Topics also include general gardening interests like bee keeping or how to build and maintain a koi pond. This year, the Upstate Society is hosting the Region 15 Summer Meeting. Region 15 consists of all daylily clubs in North and South Carolina. As part of this meeting, the group will hold a Daylily Auction on June 19 that will include many of the finest and latest daylilies available. June 20 offers a garden tour of four different daylily gardens in the area. This guided bus tour is from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and a speaker. Guests are invited to participate in the regional meeting, daylily auction and garden tour. The cost is $99 for both days or $45 for just the bus tour. The bus tour includes lunch, snacks and drinks at each garden. The two-day cost includes heavy hor d’oeuvres at Tucker’s Restaurant and the daylily auction on Friday, June 19 as well as bus tour activities on Saturday. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Mary Gambrell at 864-855-8511 before June10. n

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Shopping & Services

counting every penny To say that we live a frugal lifestyle in my house would be a most elegant way of saying that we are cheap. We have to be. My husband and I both work, but we have five hungry, active, busy and needy children. Ending the week or the month with extra spending money in our house is a challenge. Despite all of the needs and wants and must haves, it all seems to work out in the end, because I have learned over the years so follow some seemingly simple steps to minimize our spending and maximize our savings. The first step to living a bit more frugally is to reconsider how much emphasis is placed on clothes in your home. This idea can be a challenge with teenagers; however it is not impossible. There are many second hand clothing stores that are all the rage now with teens, and my daughter and oldest son both enjoy shopping at these places. They feel like they have accomplished something when they find a deal on a particular name brand or item they were wanting. Plato’s Closet is a chain of higher-end, used clothing

geared more towards the teenage and college age crowds. Another great source for higherend, gently used clothing and items is Fickle Resale at Shoppers here are by invitation only so that the site remains secure and a certain level of comfort is maintained, as well as their standard of selling only higher-end items. The company has “curators” that check each item for quality. Fickle Resale charges a small yearly membership fee, and members can shop and sell new or like-new items for their families or for their homes. Anyone who is interested in shopping or selling with Fickle Resale should contact The second step we take to save money in our house is to minimize eating out unless we have planned ahead with coupons or on the nights that “kids eat free.” Taking five children and two adults out to dinner does not have to break the bank if a few simple steps are followed.


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Always order water. Soft drinks or tea are usually anywhere from $1.50 to $3, and that can easily add $15 to a meal. Order appetizers as your meal. Normally, appetizers are slightly less expensive and are plenty large enough in quantity to fill you up.


Use coupons when you can. Nearly every grocery store in and around Anderson has a rack in the front of the store with coupon books for local establishments. Use them. These coupons will often save 10-15% or more off of meals.

A third piece of advice to live a bit more frugally is to rethink your family’s cable bill and company. If you are like my husband, and simply must have 1000 or more channels to scroll through daily, but never watch, be sure to contact your cable company yearly to make sure they are giving you the best deal. Just last year I discovered my neighbor had the exact same cable and internet company as I, and they had the package above mine but they were paying $75 a month less than my house. It took some arguing with the company, but in the end, they dropped my bill over $100 a month. n


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e-merging � the



of a New Trend in Business


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a new trend of developing entrepreneurial businesses in downtowns has been hitting cities across the United States and is now “emerging” in Anderson County. A new entrepreneur center, e-Merge @ the Garage, is a public/ private collaboration that will engage South Carolina industry partners in health care, information technology, culinary arts and education with entrepreneurs wanting to start new businesses. Located in the bottom of the city’s parking garage at 130 W. Whitner Street, the project was originated by Craig Kinley of Anderson, a technology executive who founded WiProwess, LLC and the Anderson-based Growler Haus. Kinley said the program has received a $250,000 grant from the S.C. Department of Commerce and a $150,000 gift from its first corporate partner AT&T. Kinley, who is chairman of e-Merge @ the Garage, said a panel, organized by the public-private economic development group Innovate Anderson, will select entrepreneurs who need flexible work space for businesses in the areas of health care, information technology, culinary arts and education to be part of e-Merge’s business incubator program. The physical building of e-Merge will offer these entrepreneurs shared office space, conference rooms, A/V Craig Kinley of e-Merge equipment for presentations and with Mary Haley Thompson, more. A start-up business can enjoy Economic Development the benefits of having their own work Coordinator space without the added expense of commercial property rent. Applications are also being accepted for e-Spark, a 12-week program that helps entrepreneurs get up and running. Business starters who are chosen for the program will go through a business “boot camp” offering assistance such as idea creation and funding. During the 12week program they will be provided with work space, mentors and funding opportunities. “The e-Spark program within e-Merge @ the Garage is a business start-up boot camp that targets scalable and sustainable companies,” said Kinley. “We introduce the companies to a rigorous 12-week program and team them up with domain experts, advisors (and) mentors, and access to capital that delivers a higher probability of success.” Kinley said the “secret sauce” to this entire format is their mentors. Mentors will support the start-up companies with information and help for avoiding the snags many start-ups come across by simply going through the actions of starting a business and showing them how to take their own plan and propel it toward a thriving business. “The initiatives at e-Merge @ the Garage will help encourage our youth and new entrepreneurs to harness ideas that will generate


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new businesses, new job opportunities and new reasons to choose the City of Anderson,” said Linda Pruitt McConnell, assistant city manager for the city of Anderson. “Innovative talent, given the right environment and support, will spark Anderson’s economy now and in the future. We are proud that our partners, including a visionary City Council, have invested in the success of this program.” In addition to helping entrepreneurs get their businesses started, e-Merge also offers an educational component for area youth. e-Merge has collaborated with IT-oLogy, a Carolinas-based non-profit organization focused on growing the pipeline of qualified IT talent in the region. The group will bring its Cyber Saturday event to e-Merge throughout the summer, which works to introduce IT programs to students at an early age. “Cyber Saturday allows us to introduce STEM/STEAM learning modules to gain interest in future work skill building blocks,” said Kinley. STEM and STEAM stand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and Science Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, respectively. Several Anderson schools have partnered with e-Merge for this event geared toward students in grades 3 through 12, he said. E-Merge will also offer LemonADE Stand, a collaborative program with Clemson’s Bioengineering staff. High-school age students with interest in areas like leadership, problem solving, critical thinking, working in teams and the design process, can apply online to be a part of the program that brings principals and career center instructors to the program in order to guide the students in those areas. The program is expected to be online in May. More great projects, and great leaders, are expected to “emerge” from the entrepreneurial center in the future.n


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Business Basics for beginners By Lisa Marie Carter

Everyone knows that successful businesses don’t just happen overnight. But not everyone knows that part of starting a successful business begins before the doors to that business ever open. If you’re thinking of starting your own business, experts suggest you ask yourself a few basic questions. • Are you ready for the changes a startup will bring? If you are employed at this time, starting your own business is a lifestyle change. • Are there clients who will pay? Just because you love an idea and think you would pay for it doesn’t mean others will. • Is the market for your idea growing? Don’t rely solely on your personal feelings. Find data and market research from a credible unbiased third party. • Is there an abundance of your type of business in the marketplace? Use search engines to explore what kinds of similar businesses are already out there. • Are there hidden costs? Many ideas fail because of hidden costs. Make sure you understand all the costs, sales channels, marketing requirements, and cultural issues surrounding your business idea. • Do you have the ability to defend against competitors? Maybe this idea hasn’t been seen yet, but someone else may have a patent pending about your idea that could put your new business in jeopardy. • Can you develop a reliable and qualified employee base? It’s hard to successfully build and grow your own business without a knowledgeable and sustainable workforce. • Have you looked logically at the costs? When you have a passion for something, sometimes you tend to look at things unrealistically, over-estimating early sales and underestimating costs. Be realistic and ask for help from experts. • Do you have staying power? As a new business owner, the buck always stops with you. Many new businesses fail not because of lack of time or money, but because the owner just gives up. • Once you have made that decision to move forward with your new business, where do you start? Here are some of the basic stepping-stones to help get you started.


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Peggy Chamblee (l) of First Citizens Bank.

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One major decision to make is which bank to use. You will want an efficient, business-friendly bank with a variety of available loans as well as support and helpful advice. The Small Business Administration (SBA) suggests when looking for a bank for your business needs and loans, be prepared, be thorough and be truthful. Larger banks tend to shy away from small business loans, as they are less profitable. This doesn’t mean large banks will not make small business loans; it can just be a bit more difficult. Another suggestion is to approach banks or lending institutions you have worked with or are a customer of, and explore community banks and credit unions. How does the bank decide which businesses to fund? Each bank has different requirements for business loans. They will look at your credit score, your business purpose, personal and previous credit history and more. According to Peggy Chamblee, relationship manager and vice president of First Citizens Bank of South Carolina, there are three major areas that help First Citizens determine if a loan is viable. “We look for credit history, cash flow, and collateral value,” Chamblee said. “First Citizens is a relationship based bank, and as such we also take into account the overall financial picture and plan.” Shawn McGee, president of The Peoples Bank, said it is of great importance to have a business plan. It’s also wise to go ahead and incorporate your business with a tax ID number. John Summers, the assistant vice president/chief credit officer at The Peoples Bank said the business owner should have funds on hand to provide income until the business becomes self-supporting. “Be prepared to forgo a salary while you build your business,” said Summers. “Most income, at least in the first few years, needs to be put back into the business to sustain growth.”

With a tradition of financial strength going back nearly 100 years, there’s never been a better time to talk with First Citizens. Contact your local banker 102 N. Main St. 102 3115 MLK Jr, Blvd 1508 E. Greenville St. N. Main Street 864.231.6062Anderson, 864.226.1117 SC 29621864.231.8671

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Technology It’s a high-tech world we live in, and a business has to have a technology plan that not only looks at the present, but the future. Working with a good technology consultant company, like Cyber Solutions, ensures new business owners can be assured they are using the right technology to its fullest. “Most people don’t budget for additional equipment, services or software that maybe needed,” said John Gurley, web solutions manager at Cyber Solutions. “They never take into consideration of the cost of software, support agreements, re-occurring monthly costs, etc. It takes a lot more than a PC and printer to operate a business.” A good technology plan can cut cost in the long run by providing efficiency and automation. Eric Gurley, the founder of Cyber Solutions, said most businesses underestimate the role that technology plays from not just a productivity and efficiency perspective, but a marketing perspective as well. “Technology is key to the successful launch of a new business venture,” he said. “Leveraging your web presence to market your business is critical. More and more companies are making the shift from the traditional yellow page advertising to web marketing and search engine optimization. Clever Technology Solutions, formerly known as Computer Troubleshooters, also offers a comprehensive maintenance and service plan for businesses. Businesses need IT companies to protect their data and to insure they are using the most productive technology available. And with the all the new IT devices at our fingertips, updating and main-

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Nancy Jo Thomason and Christopher Pracht can offer experienced legal advice.

Why would one need a lawyer for their own business? If you wanted to form an LLC or business partnership, it can often be done without legal help; however, forming a corporation with shareholders and a board is a more complex process. There are specific rules and regulations that businesses have to adhere to, and navigating those waters can be tough without an expert to guide you. “Navigating regulations, tax issues and laws regarding workers’ compensation liability can all be very complex,” said Nancy Jo Thomason of Thomason and Pracht, LLP. “An attorney can advise a business owner regarding the laws that pertain to their specific type of business.” Also, business owners sometimes have to deal with unfortunate circumstances like lawsuits by current or former employees or customers, discrimination or harassment lawsuits, environmental lawsuits, government investigations for legal violations, etc. “One of the things small business owners do not think of is the fact that if they have employees, they need to have workers’ compensation insurance,” said Thomason. “Paying sales taxes is also another issue that can get people into trouble.” Lawyers can also assist with filing patents, negotiating sales or lease agreements and more. A mistake in any of these areas can cost you – and your business partners – serious money. In any of these situations, paying for the help of an experienced lawyer will more than offset the potential harm you might cause your business if you don’t deal with these issues properly.


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Accounting Believe it or not, small business accounting can quickly become complex, if you attempt to do it on your own. The SBA suggests choosing an accountant you can trust and rely on for solid financial advice throughout the year. An accountant can not only save you time, but also can clear up much of the confusion regarding finances and taxes. More than just a tax preparer, an accountant can become a trusted advisor to your small business helping you manage cash flow, plan for growth, assess risk, and keep your books in order. Many small business owners discover their business and personal finances end up being linked in one way or another and a highly qualified accountant can help you make decisions that are beneficial to both. Suggs Johnson is an Anderson accounting firm with a long history in the community. To this group of financial wizards, they believe numbers aren’t the only thing to look at when choosing an accounting firm. “We believe that the best working relationships begin with communication. It’s how we get to know you, your needs and your goals. And it’s how we can become a true and trusted advisor of your family and your business interests,” states the company website. Through open communication, they can help you reach your personal and business financial goals. You may also want to discuss with your accountant some key business basics, such as the ratio of salaries and other employee payments to total revenue. An accountant can help by managing your payroll and generating graphs so you can see how this percentage changes over time. While starting your own business seems like you’re going it alone in the business world, the fact is new business owners need qualified professionals and verifiable research behind them in order to give their business the best chance of success in an increasingly competitive and complex business world. n

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Cole Law Firm Fighting for you!


onnie Cole opened his law practice in January, 1977. Since that time, his practice has grown from a small, one-room office to a firm with offices in both Anderson and Greenville. Despite this growth, the Cole Law Firm remains as dedicated to its clients and as eager to help people as the day that Ronnie first walked into that small office. Today, the Cole Law Firm only handles criminal cases, including DUIs, traffic offenses, and drug charges. Rather than assigning your case to a specific attorney, we use a “team approach”: all three attorneys and all three le-

gal assistants are involved in the vast majority of cases. Additionally, we emphasize the need for client cooperation and communication. We work as a team because we believe that successful results are accomplished more often when everyone works together, strengthening your defense with different perspectives, insights, and opinions. At the Cole Law Firm, we consider it an honor and a privilege to represent you. We will work tirelessly on your behalf and will keep you informed every step of the way. Please feel free to call to schedule a free consultation. We also encourage you to visit our Anderson or Greenville office to pick up our two new recent publications, which offer some insight into DUI and general criminal law. We look forward to hearing from you and to fighting for you.

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It’s Who You Know By Caroline Anneaux

Networking groups in Anderson County are perfect for making connections with other professionals around town. You might have a business you would like to promote, a new job you are seeking or you are new to town and want to make some work and or social contacts. These groups will help guide you to other people around you that you may need: accountants, realtors, qualified job candidates, IT specialists and more. The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce will go a step farther and help your business flourish by promoting the entire Anderson community as a great place to live, so more people are attracted to the area. More people equals a bigger city, more jobs, and booming businesses. To find a networking group that is right for your needs, you might want to start with the Chamber. Director of Communications and Marketing, Michael Mance, said, “The Chamber is the only business that is actually in business for business. We stand up for small business owners. We help support legislation and advocate for things that will help your company do business. Promoting the area as a prime place to live, work and play as well as assisting with economic development all help ensure that businesses succeed in our area.” The Chamber offers different levels of membership based on the number of employees in your company. This group is run by committees, and you must be a member in order to participate. Meetings are held every month and there are events and programs throughout the year to help advertise, sponsor and support local businesses which are part of the Chamber. Owner of The Alliances-Virtual Business Solutions, Sylvia Mesaros is a member of Networking Professionals of Anderson. Mesaros said, “It is easy to give out referrals because we know each other so well. In my business, referrals are paramount. I have gotten most of my clients through the Networking Professionals of Anderson group.” Mesaros has met with other Anderson professionals almost every Thursday morning for the last five or six years, and believes their “relationship-oriented group is extremely important for networking.” She is also a member of the


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The Belton Alliance meets monthly

Anderson Area Chamber members enjoy Business After Hours

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Anderson Chamber of Commerce, as are a lot of members in the business community. Betsy Chapman is a member of the Belton Alliance. They meet once a month on Thursday evenings and encourage any business owner to join them. “It is important to have a networking group like ours to work with the public to promote quality of life in Belton,” said Chapman. BNI (Business Networking International) Anderson is a newly formed chapter of local business people. Laurie Ashley is president of the local BNI group and executive director for Meals on Wheels-Anderson. “Our networking group is unique in the fact that we only allow one person to represent each business category,” said Ashley. “For example, we have one person for residential real estate and one for commercial, and that is all we will accept into membership for those particular areas.” They meet Thursday mornings in downtown Anderson. We have all heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Better to be safe than sorry and get involved in the many networking opportunities available. n

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Imagine Anderson

Celebrate Anderson

By Carol Burdette, United Way of Anderson County, Imagine Anderson Leadership Team

Imagine Anderson and its leadership Board continues to strive to make Anderson County and its communities a wonderful place for people to reside and to visit, a place that supports economic growth and development, and a place that offers many recreation and leisure activities for all. As we gear up for the summer, I get so excited about all the Anderson City and County summer events and festivals we get to enjoy. It’s like being a kid counting down the days until summer vacation begins! These events and festivals that I so look forward to are a time for us to come together as a community, a time to see our friends and make new friends, and a time to celebrate all that Anderson

and its communities have to offer and have accomplished. These events are a time to soak in the vibrancy of the community and the liveliness of those who reside here. These events are an opportunity to draw visitors and possibly future residents to our communities to showcase all we have to offer. Join me as I plan to enjoy these offerings and celebrate Anderson. •W e ARE a wonderful place for people to reside and visit; •W e ARE a place that supports economic growth; •W e ARE a place that offers many recreation and leisure activities for all.

Let’s embrace what Anderson has to offer, celebrate where we are and even more of the possibilities! Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center

Downtown Anderson’s Carolina Wren Park

3027 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Anderson, SC

111 E. Whitner Street, Anderson, SC

May 25th

September 5th and 6th

Sounds in the Park with beach music 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Labor Day Omnium/Tour de La France & Celebrate Anderson

June 9th

Sounds in the Park with bluegrass 6:00pm – 8:30pm

June 20th

Saturday B4 Father’s Day Car Show 10:00 am – 4:00

June 19th-22nd

Shakespeare in the Park an Anderson Theater Festival event Midsummer’s Night Dream


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Dolly Cooper Park, Powdersville

Saturday, June 6th

9 am to 5 pm

Revolving paddle trips from: - SC Kayak Fishing Club - 2.6 miles - approximately 1 hour by kayak or 2 hours by tube. - Saluda River Yacht Club - 5 miles - approximately 2 hours Kayaks only—no tubes

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Sunday, June 7th

1 pm

A single-launch paddle trip from Dolly Cooper Sports Complex to 117 Piedmont Hwy. (SC-20) in the town of Piedmont (future site of Greenville County access) - 9 miles, approx. 3 hours.

Bring your own craft; limited kayaks available for rent by Anderson County, Sunrift Adventures and Saluda River Yacht Club. Tubes will not be allowed.

Don’t have a boat or tube? - Grady’s Great Outdoors, Sunrift Adventure’s and Saluda River Yacht Club will have kayaks available for use during the event Saturday. - Saluda River Rafting and Saluda River Yacht Club will provide tubes for free use during the event Saturday.

Free shuttles will be available to take you to the Rally Wrap Up and/ or back to your vehicle.

All participants are required to sign in at Dolly Cooper Park.


Free shuttles will be available to take you to the launch sites. Enjoy Blue Grass Music, and visit food vendors and outdoor exhibitors while at the park. Although a fee is not required to participate in the paddle trips, Area 14 Special Olympics athletes will join us on the river and accept any donations at their booth.

Sunday-Rally Wrap Up

4 pm to 7 pm

Free BBQ and Bluegrass provided by Saluda River Grill, Piedmont

Friday & Saturday

A limited number of campsites will be available at the park Friday and Saturday night of the Rally for those who want to enjoy the whole weekend. Campsites will be available on a first come/first served basis. Contact Anderson County Parks at 864-231-7275 or email for more information.

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For more information contact Anderson County Parks 864-231-7275 or (The GPS address for Dolly Cooper is 170 Spearman Cir., Greenville)



If you’re up for some travel, here are a few great events happening around our great state!

May 8-10 Artisphere Greenville May 8 Blue Ridge Fest Clemson May 14-16 BMW Charity Pro-Am Greenville May 16 Blue Crab Festival Charleston May 16 Clemson Festival of Arts Clemson May 22-24 Original Gullah Festival Beaufort May 22-June 8 Spoleto Festival USA Charleston June 13 Southern Music Festival Greenwood June 17-20 Cowpens Mighty Moo Festival June 20 Ridge Peach Festival Edgefield June 27 Miss SC Pageant Columbia

local ANDERSON events MAY

Anderson County Farmers Market Spring Market & Crafts May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 402 North Murray Ave., Anderson Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party Nathan Angelo May 7; 6pm – 9pm Carolina Wren Park 111 E. Whitner St., Anderson Eat Smart Move More Healthy Kids Expo Vendors and speakers will be at the expo to present opportunities for parents, teachers, schools and the community to support healthy eating and active living for our children May 11; 3:30 p.m. Anderson County Civic Center For info: Brian Witrick 864-226-3438 or brian.witrick@uwandersoncty. com Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party Those Guys May 14; 6pm – 9pm Carolina Wren Park, 111 E. Whitner St., Anderson Pendleton Historic Foundation Annual Meeting May 14; 6 p.m. Pendleton Historic Foundation annual meeting at Cox Hall, featuring guest speaker Roger Stroup, former director of South Carolina Archives and History Horse Play in May 5th Annual Open Horse Show sponsored by SC Upstate Equine Council May 16 -17; - 9am T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena, Pendleton, SC 29670 For info: Family Promise 2nd Annual Bowl-A-Thon May 17 2:00-5:00 p.m. Boulevard Lanes, Anderson, SC Cost: $60 per team before May 1; $80 per team thereafter For More Info:, email info@ or call 864-760-0908

Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party Wanda Johnson May 21; 6pm – 9pm Carolina Wren Park 111 E. Whitner St., Anderson

Saluda River Rally June 7 & 8 Dolly Cooper Sports Complex 170 Spearman Circle Powdersville For info: 864-231-7275

Come Dream With Me Prom A Prom for young adults with special needs May 17; 6:00 pm Anderson Civic Center Free For info: Sherry Fields at 864-231-8100 or Sherryfields@

Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party Whitney Walters June 11; 6pm – 9pm

Anderson Community Night at Greenville Drive May 19; 7 p.m. Special recognition and seating for Anderson Chamber of Commerce members Tickets available at Anderson Chamber Office or at Drive Box Office (864) 240-4528 2015 Palmetto Tennis Championships Belton May 22 - 26 For info: or 864-314-9451 Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party Mac Hobbs & The Social Contracts May 28; 6pm – 9pm Dirty Old Men’s Golf Tournament for Meals on Wheels May 29 11:30 lunch; 1 p.m. shotgun start Celebrity golfer, Leo Mazzone, former Atlanta Braves pitching coach www.acmow.or or 864-225-6800

Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Movers & Shakers Free Networking Event June 12; 7:30 – 9 p.m. The Bleckley Inn Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party Randall Bramblett June 18; 6pm – 9pm Women On Wine Kitchen Emporium June 11 6:30pm – 7:30pm The second Thursday each month For info: 864-225-2021 Meals on Wheels Hartwell Lake Poker Run Portman Marina June 19 & 20 or 864-225-6800 Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party The Wobblers performing June 25; 6pm – 9pm

JUNE Belton Farmer’s Market opens June 2 - 6 p.m. (and every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday through the summer) Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party Flash Backs June 4; 6pm-9pm Pendleton’s Official Birthday Party June 6; 6 - 8 p.m. Pendleton’s official birthday party with music, cake and ice cream on The Village Green


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Upstate Daylily Society Garden Tour June 20 Call 864-855-8511 for tickets


I Got The MUSIC In Me By Brian J. Stearns @brianjstearns


armer days in Anderson County mean more opportunities for outdoor entertainment like live music and dancing in fun atmospheres with cold beers. Anderson County is known for summertime fun on Lake Hartwell as well as nighttime excitement at many local bars, restaurants and music venues. From Johnny Angells to Earle Street Kitchen and Bar, to Thursday night’s Block Party in Carolina Wren Park and Wendells Dippin Branch in south Anderson, we’re going to highlight some of the top venues for live music and good times.

Let’s dust our boots off and check out Wendells Dippin Branch for starters. This local hot spot is located off Highway 29 on your way toward the SC/GA line and is known as the number one stop in the south for kickin’ it country style! If you’re a fan of fried chicken, sweet tea, barbecue stains on white t-shirts, Jack Daniels, country music…well, you get the point, this is just the place for you. Wendells has been serving up great live music, line dancing and all sorts of other entertainment from the beginning, keeping true to its country-fried character. Wendells features all types of live entertainment including continued on page 30


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several well-known country music recording artists and the notorious house band, “Whiskey Branch.” One of the largest music venues in the county is the William A. Floyd Amphitheater at the Anderson Sports & Recreation Complex. This outdoor, terraced grass-seating concert facility can accommodate 15,000-plus spectators. Some top-name performers have taken the stage at this amphitheater including Hank Williams, Jr., Rob Thomas, Trace Adkins and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Another live music favorite is the Thursday night Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party held downtown at Carolina Wren Park. This series of outdoor live music kicked off in April and runs through October. If you haven’t been before, put it on your play list. Aside from the great live music, a variety of local downtown vendors pull a cart to the park and serve up their food and drink specialties. Restaurants like Club 134 and Earle Street Kitchen and Bar set up large tents with grills, chefs and beverages on site. You have to try Earle Street’s Shrimp and Grits if you’re out there. You really have to.

Attendance has grown year over year and Block Party organizer Jeff Waters said he has live music lined up every Thursday night for the next seven months. “We have our best line up yet, this year,” he said. “Come out and see bands like The Eric Scott Band, Anna Leigh, Mac Arnold, Randall Bramlett and many more.” The Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party is family and pet friendly, so load up the mini-van and enjoy the outdoor sounds, community socializing and LED waterfall for the kids. One local band that has had the privilege of playing many of these venues is the Anna Leigh Band. An energetic individual who cares a lot about Anderson and those who love her music, Anna Leigh got started at The Dugout a few years ago and has been playing all over the upstate ever since. You can find the Anna Leigh Band at many local venues and may have seen them last year at the county fair. “We love playing in Anderson because the people, bar patrons, owners and fans are so genuinely nice,” she said. “It’s a great area full of talented musicians and fun local spots to play.”


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Her southern rock voice is both unique and real. If you haven’t had a chance to see her live, check her band page out on Facebook for all the latest. A big fan of Anna Leigh happens to be another local and well-known talented group of guys, The Eric Scott Band. This band is live music at its finest. These musical rebels can rock Waylon and bring a modern flavor to their country/ rock sound. They have the ability to mix it up on stage and on the fly during a live performance and always bring the house down. “My band and I are coming up on seven years together this July,” said Scott. “It’s great to play with such a talented group of guys. We enjoy what we do, and it keeps us pretty busy.” Along with Eric Scott as lead vocals and guitar, the band also consists of Andy Fleming on fiddle and guitar, Brian Speight on lead guitar, Orion Irby on drums and Danny Guffey, bass guitar. The Eric Scott Band is a regular at Block Party, and also plays locally at Johnny Angells, Club 134, Wild Wing Café and other hot spots in the Upstate. Visit their Facebook page as well or download some of their original music off iTunes to learn more. Another venue that supports live music on a weekly basis is Johnny Angells. If you don’t find a groovy DJ in there, you’re going to hear some of the best local rock, country and funk bands around. The long narrow bar and authentic brick walls keep the beat loud and the environment fun. If you haven’t been to one of these spots or heard one of these bands, please check them out this summer. Have fun, dance the night away, take care of your bartenders, support local music and get a safe ride home! For more on entertainment/action in the area or to share your favorite bands/venues with us, follow @ AndersonCityFun on Twitter or check out Anderson Magazine on Facebook. Until next time…turn up the music and have fun! n

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wine & dine on Lake Hartwell By Lisa Marie Carter

The Grill Man’s specialty - cheesecake and burgers

Make The Grill Man part of your weekend

Out in West Anderson, tucked away from the main business areas, may lie one of your new favorite places to grab a great burger or a slice of some of the best cheesecake around. This little known place is called The Grill Man, owned and operated by Jason and Tricia Parrish. You can enjoy dining on the patio or up top on the deck with beautiful views of Lake Hartwell. Or head inside to the main dining area or downstairs at the bar. No matter where you sit you’ll enjoy the cozy feeling of The Grill Man. With starting choices such as Sop it, Spread it or Dunk it - warm sliced baguettes with your choice of several dipping oils and/or homemade pimento cheese - Tilapia Bites and Nachos of the Day, you really have to be careful not to overdo it on the apps. You must leave room for one of his amazing burgers. Each delicious choice comes with the “loading dock” which features jalapeño pickled onions, candied jalapenos, lettuce, tomato and some of The Grill Man’s homemade mayonnaise. If burgers aren’t your thing, have no fear. An abundance of choices awaits you. Some of these delights include salads and tacos, or you might try one of their daily specials, such as black-eyed pea and Jasmine rice balls finished with a sriracha and honey drizzle, or deep fried corn on the cob covered with a parmesan sour cream. You can wash down any of these delicacies with your choice of beverages. The Grill Man has a full bar with Happy Hour nightly but keep in mind they are not in the city limits, so there is no bar service on Sundays. Whether you load up on appetizers or savor the special of the day, a must-try is their homemade cheesecake. This cheesecake is like no other I have had. I must admit I’m not a fan of cheesecake at all, but one bite of The Grill Man’s cheesecake-of-the-day and I was converted. The cheesecake flavors change so you can sample different ones almost every time you go. Indulge in flavors like Pink Lemonade, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Bananas Foster, Organic Sugar Cane Sugar and Local Honey Cheesecake, White Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with an Oreo Crust and even a Bacon Cheesecake! If you ate too much and have no room, you can always get it to go, or you can order an entire cheesecake (with ample notice) to savor on special events or even for no reason at all. n

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June 19-20 • Portman Marina Boating • Poker • Cash & Prizes • Food & Drinks • Live Bands

Friday, June 19

11 a.m. Boat Fun Run 5-9 p.m. Street Party

Saturday, June 20

9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Poker Run & After Party Register at or call 864-225-6800


Hit the Lake for a Good Cause

It’s become a summer tradition to see a flurry of boats take off from Portman Marina creating a pretty amazing site on the lake each June. The more than 170 boats all powering off at the same time are participants in the Hartwell Lake Boat Poker Run that benefits Meals on Wheels. The Hartwell Lake Poker Run, entering its 6th year, kicks off the summer boating season in the area. Held on June 19 and 20 this year, boaters from all over the Southeast converge at Portman 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 the best hand. A cash prize of $1500 is awarded to the best hand, with second and third place hands winning prizes of $750 and $500. Million dollar boats have participated in this event drawing crowds just to view the amazing machines that take up residence on our lake for two days. However, the event also welcomes the “every man boater” with a family pontoon. “We have two routes for the Poker Run; one for the faster boats, and one for the slower boats,” said Todd Campbell, Chairman of the Poker Run event committee and chairelect of the board for Meals on Wheels-Anderson. “The event is not a race at all, but we have different card pickup locations for these two categories so that everyone who enjoys boating can participate without having to worry about getting to an obscure location on the lake just to pick up a card.”

In addition to the action of the poker run itself, there is a boat “fun run” on Friday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. This event is sponsored by Clemson Marina, and invites the boaters and their friends and family to enjoy a casual day on the lake. Additionally, there is great entertainment over the weekend. A giant “street party” with local bands, food and beverages is held, and on Saturday afternoon, after the boats finish up on the lake, there is another street party for the post-event activities. The community is invited to attend the street parties even if they do not participate in the actual boat poker run. Boaters may register their vessel for $65 prior to the event. Registration increases to $75 on Wednesday, June 17. Visit the Meals on Wheels website at for an entry form or call 864.225.6800 for more 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 about 600 meals each weekday and nearly 400 volunteers give their time to assist in this mission. The event welcomes boaters and land-lubbers alike. For more information, visit ; call 864.225.6800; or email n


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Education Students in Anderson County have a unique opportunity to try out and advance in a career before they even graduate high school, thanks to the career centers in our area school districts. Students in Williamston-based Anderson School Districts 1, Honea Path-based Anderson School District 2, and Anderson-based Anderson School District 5 attend these centers. The Anderson Five Career Campus in Anderson offers programs including Academy of Finance, Accounting, Automotive Technology, Business Information Management, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, General Management, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Law Enforcement, Machine Technology, Marketing, Mechatronics, Plant, Animal, and Wildlife Science, and Webpage Design and Development. Students from the district first determine their intended career and develop an Individual Graduation Plan, which then drives their admission to the career center, Principal Cecil Bonner said. “We are currently serving 1,400 students,” he said. “We have 2,100 students signed up to attend class at Anderson Five Career Campus for the next school year.” Bonner feels participation at the campus prepares students for future career paths. “As a future employee, a student in high school faces unique challenges,” he said. “Like other students, you need to find a way to meet the specific qualifications of the desired job.

“These are some of the skills that cross jobs, careers, and industries. You also need to demonstrate that you have transferable skills - in other words, skills you’ve acquired through education and previous work experiences.” Transferable skills include communication, troubleshooting, decisionmaking, leadership, and problem solving, Bonner said. “These are some of the skills that cross jobs, careers, and industries,” he said. “Students here at the Anderson Five Career Campus are provided opportunities to acquire these skills that are in high demand for high skill/high paying jobs.” Senior Shabreek Winn is a good example of the campus’ success. She has excelled in the Culinary Arts program. The experience


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Education has helped Shabreek to develop skills in several areas of her life, said her mother Wanda Winn. “She has become more confident and more outgoing, and she decided through attending this program to focus on her school work and not get distracted by her social life,” Wanda said. “It has really helped her to blossom into a mature young lady, and discovering her talents has really paid off for her.” Shabreek has received recognition several times for her rapid advancement in the program. The best part is enjoying her home-cooked meals, her mother joked. Outstanding performance like Shabreek’s is rewarded at the Anderson Five Campus. Students can take a national certification exam in their career program. After completing a program, the students will receive a program completer certificate from the Office of Career and Technology Education. This certificate indicates that a student has had a minimum of 540 hours of training in a specific career path. They also can receive national recognition and college scholarships for competing in student organizations. The Anderson Districts 1 and 2 Career and Technology Center in Williamston offers similar programs, including Automotive Collision Technology, Digital Art Design, Firefighting, Graphic Communication, Media Broadcasting, Skin Care and Nail Technology, Welding, and Construction. This center serves about 1,800 students from Belton-Honea Path, Palmetto, Powdersville, and Wren High Schools. Like the Anderson Five Career Campus,


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“I feel like going to the center is a good way to check out a career and learn about the field you are interested in.”

this center also aims “to prepare students for successful careers and post-secondary education through quality instruction,” which is outlined in its mission statement. Belton resident Chandler Dowdy, 18, participated in the Law Enforcement Program at the center from 10th to 12th grade. Inspired by his grandfather’s years as a law enforcement officer, Chandler chose that major at the center to see if he wanted to pursue the same career. “I feel like going to the center is a good way to check out a career and learn about the field you are interested in, and if you want to pursue it further, you can get a head start on what you will be doing in that career,” Chandler said. In his classes at the career center, Chandler and his classmates took written tests and participated in exercises such as learning how to handcuff suspects, how to fill out incident reports, and how to handle other situations officers face. During his senior year, he chose to shadow his cousin Gregg Hayden on his job as a law enforcement officer for Anderson County, which he says was a highlight of his time at the center. When he graduates in May, Chandler will attend Charleston Southern University, where he will pursue a degree in Christian Music and later go into the ministry. He credits his time at the career center for helping him make his career choice. The passage of the recent one cent sales tax ballot initiative means that all students in Anderson County will have access to career centers. A new career campus is being designed to serve students from Anderson School Districts Three, Four and Five.


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Read Everything – Reading is more than bedtime stories. Read street signs and grocery store labels to your child.

When we think of learning, many think about what happens starting with elementary school and during the school year. However, let’s not limit children to that school calendar. Learning starts early, as early as birth. Research tells us that the early years, age 0 – 5, are some of the most critical for brain development and setting a positive path for future learning. The minds of babies and young children are like sponges, soaking up as much as possible. At United Way, we are dedicated to supporting the education and success of our young children and youth. This is why we have joined seven other United Ways in the Upstate in the Born Learning Campaign. The campaign aims to help parents, caregivers and communities provide young children with quality learning opportunities. The campaign is built around research that shows children are “born learning,” and it’s up to all of us to make sure we take every opportunity to turn everyday moments into learning moments. Check out the Born Learning Upstate SC website to get tools and tips for how you can integrate learning into everyday activities. Another fun way to get the mind and body moving on a nice day is to get outside and visit one or more of the 24 Born Learning Trails across the Upstate, two of which are in Anderson County, with more to come.

Narrate Your Life – Explain what you’re doing. Even making a quesadilla explains sequencing and nutrition. Think of yourself as a “play-by-play” announcer, helping your child understand the world. Fun Thinking – Count spoons while setting the table. Put groceries away together – making up games about colors and shapes and numbers as you go. Tips and tools for parents: Find a Born Learning Trail near You: born-learning-trails-map.php  Additional Resources:


On in the later years when children are in school, learning continues during those summer months that they are on “vacation” from school. Vacation from school doesn’t and shouldn’t mean a vacation from learning. Those “off ” months offer ample opportunity to learn and expand the mind through all summer has to offer. Here are a few great ways to extend learning throughout those summer months: Change it up: Start collecting change in a jar on the first day of summer. On the last day, estimate your change, count it, and plan a special purchase. Water writer: Using a pail of water and a brush, have kids write words on the blacktop or sidewalk. Museum gallery: Collect pinecones, rocks, shells, or other natural objects to organize, categorize, and label. Present your own natural history museum. n


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Level up! Kids love video games - they’re exciting, fun and engrossing. While games can promote learning and growth, too much video gaming - or playing inappropriate games - can lead to negative consequences. What should parents know to make good game choices for their children? “The video game rating system works well and is pretty accurate,” says Richard Fiore, an instructor in game art and design/visual effects and motion graphics at The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) provides ratings from “Early Childhood” to “Adult Only.” Fiore says that while these ratings are accurate, it is up to the parent to pay attention to them. For young children, Fiore says tablets are the way to go, because they are very tactile. He adds that it is important to get your child acclimated to technology, and tablets are great for children’s hand-eye coordination. “Leapfrog makes tablets that are tough enough for kids to play with,” he says. These tablets make age-appropriate games and provide children with technology that resembles what their parents have. Ken Kavanagh, visual and game programming instructor at The Art Institute of Vancouver, says education software and software that makes a child think is better than twitch games, where children are simply moving a character around. “You can start a child on software earlier as long as you are adamant on it being educational,” he says. As children grow, you can continue this with games that encourage creativity and imagination. He says a lot of online education games and storybook software are prominent for young children, where they have some interaction with the story. Fiore recommends Disney online gaming for young children. All safety features are turned on so there is no chatting with strangers. He likes Club Penguin, because it is somewhat educational and fun. It allows children to play with other children around the world, with preloaded things they can say to each other. “It’s enough for kids to feel like they are playing real video games and being part of a community,” says Fiore. For online games, Kavanagh likes Hooda Math, which offers fun flash games that have an educational spin on them.


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Children 6 and older can start to appreciate sandbox-type games such as Minecraft. Games such as this, with very few limits, “really fosters the kids’ imaginations,” says Fiore. “There’s a whole process that kids need to learn to build and create. I think those games are way better, because you aren’t simply racing a car or collecting coins or fighting.” He warns that the most important thing to remember is to turn off the chat function because it is the most dangerous part for children. While educational games are great for children, Fiore says playing a game for fun every now and then is totally fine. Limiting a child’s screen time is also a way to ensure your child is experiencing other things outside the gaming world. Fiore allows his son to have one hour of screen time a day, but he can earn another hour by reading for an hour. When looking at consoles, Fiore recommends Nintendo. “It seems like Nintendo has more appropriate games for kids,” he says. For instance, the violence in a game like the Mario games isn’t real violence, but cartoon violence. He also says a lot of children enjoy the Nintendo 3DS. It’s tough and doesn’t scratch. Fiore says if a group of children are sitting together with 3DSs, they are all probably playing the same game. This way children aren’t playing alone. Fiore sees virtual reality as the future of gaming, but not necessarily a good idea for children. “I see that being a problem for kids, and I say keep them out of it.” He says children’s eyes are still growing and the virtual reality glasses can cause a lot of eye strain. Once children start buying their own software, it is important for them to have been taught what they should buy, Kavanagh says. “You have to care what your children are interacting with.” (Brandpoint Content) n 43

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Nursing students at Anderson University Summertime is great for taking classes at a local college or on-line. Whether you are working on continuing education credits to keep updated on your job skills, have a desire to get a kick start on your college credits or are considering a new career path, there are courses for you to sign up and take this season. Anderson University (AU) has just about everything you need to get college credit this summer. If you are a high school student who wants to take a summer class before you go off to college in the fall or you are a current college student who will be home for the summer and want to earn a credit or two, AU will help you. Continuing education classes also are held over the summer and will help you meet all of your yearly certification points. Forrest College offers plenty of classes from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. every day during the summer months. They offer some Friday and Saturday classes too. One big advantage to taking your class at Forrest College this summer is the free child care they provide while you are in class. Tri County Technical College has a wide array of courses and prices to fit your budget. They offer classes for culinary

arts, real estate, construction, business and more. Check out their AARP Back To Work 50 Program if you are over 50. You can sign up for a free class to help get you back into the work force after a job loss or if you are seeking a second career in life. On-line classes are another way to get some college credits out of the way or to try out a class without it interrupting your busy work and home schedule. University of Phoenix, Kaplan University, Strayer University and Capella University all offer a wide variety of associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Log in and work on your classwork or homework at a convenient time for you. In an age where you can connect to the internet from almost anywhere, taking an on-line course is a breeze. Before beginning an online program, make sure it is accredited. If you are transferring it into a brick and mortar college you want to be sure that college or university accepts credits from the on-line school you choose. Most of the larger, online universities also have main campuses where you can visit and talk to a staff member if you have concerns or questions about their programs. Anderson Adult Education Center is ready to help you finish your high school career if you need to. They have classes to prepare you for your GED and staff members who are eager to see you succeed. Also, Work Keys is a career readiness certificate many industries in the area require before hiring, and they offer this test to community members every week. The knowledgeable and friendly staff can answer any questions you have or tell you more about their program. Make some time this summer to do something great for your education or career! n

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The smile on his face By Samantha Harris Frequent customers at Williford’s Car Wash get a yellow loyalty card that offers them a free service after seven car washes. These days, those cards fill up pretty fast, and owner Daron Williford couldn’t be happier about it. The business has two locations, one at 1503 North Main Street in Anderson, and one at 224 South Main Street in Belton. Customers have grown accustomed to the personalized service of the hand wash their cars receive and to seeing the shy smile spread across Daron’s face. That smile turns to a laugh as he describes the ironic way his business started. “The credit really goes to my wife,” he said. “I am not going to lie. When I met her, I didn’t really ever wash my car. She didn’t like that, so we started cleaning up my car together. I really liked it, and cleaning cars became a hobby.” At the time, Daron was working swing shifts in the textile industry at Milliken in Williamston. His wife Brenda gave him the go ahead to leave his job and go into business full-time, so, in 1992, he started his car washing business on Main Street in Anderson across from Little Pigs Barbecue. Business grew quickly at that location, so Williford’s moved to its current spot in Anderson three years later. “We were excited to have a location where we could move people inside during the rain,” he said. In 2006, Daron opened the Belton location. A 1988 graduate of Westside High School, Daron says he is pleased that his business has been a part of the growth and success of Anderson. Williford, 45, has seen the ups and downs of small business ownership. “The good thing is you get to set your own hours, so you have more room to get things done, and that has helped me be able to watch my kids grow up,” he said. His son is 15, and his daughter recently turned 21. Competition has come in many forms, but Williford still feels optimistic. “I love what I do, and if you love your job, you’ll take pride in it,” he said. “If you do honest work and do the best you can, you will always have loyal customers. They have been good to us for 20 years.” Brenda Williford agrees. “The community has supported us so well, and they have become like family,” she said. “I love seeing the customers and talking to them and catching up on what’s going on in their lives. Many of us have watched our families grow up together.” The connection between the Williford family and the community was evident on a recent sunny afternoon, as crews washed and shined car after car, wiping down the tires to the humming of vacuum cleaners that were cleaning the carpets. Customers laughed and talked with Daron and his workers. Anderson resident Brandy Bell is a fan of Williford’s Car Wash. “I have been taking my cars to them for years, and they always do a great job,” she said. “They take pride in their work, and it shows. You can go to the drivethrough car wash for a cheaper price, but sometimes you just want your car to have that extra little TLC.” continued on page 48


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One advantage to his Anderson location is being across from some popular eating spots, so customers can grab a bite while waiting for the customized service Williford’s offers, Daron said. “Krispy Kreme and Besto are right across the street,” he said, flashing his well-known smile. “I don’t need to go, but I do. I’ve got a box of doughnuts sitting on my desk right now.” Williford’s often gives back to the community by sponsoring initiatives to feed the hungry and provide scholarships for area students. Williford’s Car Wash sends its mobile unit to any business where three or more customers want their car serviced. The company’s motto is “if you like our services, tell a friend, and if you don’t, tell us,” he said. “We know we do a great job, but no one is perfect. If you give us a chance, we’ll make it right.” And that attitude, Williford says, is what makes those yellow cards fill up so quickly. n

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Summer Activities Spring is the time when upstate residents shake off the cold shackles of winter to enjoy the annual sweet spot in April and May before the dead heat of summer arrives in June. People take early vacations. They engage in sports, boating and gardening, but most think more about what they want to accomplish this time of year and less about how to do these things safely. There are many health hazards that people should be aware of in spring and summer, and few are more familiar with these issues than Dr. J. Mark Baker, medical director of AnMed Health CareConnect. He has nearly three decades of experience treating patients in the Upstate, so he knows the dangers and common health issues associated with this time of year. “It’s all about prevention when it comes to most seasonal health issues in the spring and summer,” Dr. Baker said. “We’ll treat everything from sunburns to heat exhaustion this time of year, and it’s all preventable.” As many in the area know, a South Carolina spring can easily trump another state’s summer as far as temperatures and humidity go, so it’s no surprise that heat is the primary culprit of health issues this time of year. It can also be deadly. The CDC reports that between 2006 and 2010, heat was linked to 3,332 deaths in the United States. Dr. Baker recommends hydration and sunscreen when engaging in any physical activity, whether it’s outdoor sports or gardening. When it comes to exercise, Dr. Baker recommends spreading activity out over the course of a week instead of trying to cram it in to a single day or exercise session. He said preparing the body before activity is just as important as protecting it during activity.

“Protective helmets and pads are important when cycling or skateboarding,” Dr. Baker said, “but stretching extensively before an activity — especially extending the back — can go far in preventing injury.”

Dr. J. Mark Baker As for gardening and yard work, Dr. Baker once again encourages hydration and being mindful of the back, but he stressed being cautious around lawnmowers and other yard work tools. According to Dr. Baker, lawnmower safety is a huge issue across the country simply because people underestimate the level of danger these machines present. He recalls truly horrific accidents not only involving lacerations or burns from mufflers, but of adults and children losing limbs to lawnmowers, especially riding lawnmowers. According to the Consumer Product Safety

“It’s all about prevention when it comes to most seasonal health issues in the spring and summer,” Commission, 72,000 injuries and 90 deaths occurred due to lawnmowers between 2010 and 2012. “People really should respect and fear those machines,” Dr. Baker said. “Parents should also take the time to educate their older children on how to use them safely.” Spring and summer have become synonymous with allergies as well, and like most issues this time of year, Dr. Baker stresses prevention. Wearing a mask during yard work can reduce allergic reactions, while over-the-counter antihistamines used before allergies flare up can make noses less stuffy and life more pleasant. Those with severe allergy issues also have options. Nasal spray products can bring the problem under control, but sometimes over-the-counter remedies won’t do the trick. Dr. Baker said that surgery for such issues has fallen by the wayside, but he often resorts to injections and medications for patients that go into CareConnect with severe allergy symptoms. “From the time Bradford pears start blooming in February until well into summer months, allergy season seems never ending,” Dr. Baker said. “Limiting exposure and using the right medicine before problems start can make a big difference.” n 49

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Living in Anderson, we are all used to the complexity of deciding where to eat from our multitude of choices on Clemson Boulevard alone. Who would’ve thought gyms across our county would one day rival our restaurant choices? Exercise is in and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. The question is, “Are you in?” If not, are you ready to be, and how do you decide where to go? One of the fastest growing gyms across the country is CrossFit, founded in Santa Cruz, California by Greg Glassman in 1996. Nick Meeks, owner of CrossFit Electric City in Anderson, says he decided on CrossFit because it incorporates the best aspects of many fitness programs including strength, Olympic lifting, endurance, plyometric, and gymnastics training. According to Meeks, CrossFit offers a more structured program than most gyms.

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“We program for all members so every time they walk in, they have a preplanned warm up, workout, and recovery. All of the workouts are scalable or modified to fit the individual’s fitness level and fitness goals. Members receive coaching from a certified trainer every time they step foot in the door. We offer nutrition counseling, a supportive community, and member social events,” he said. Meeks feels the biggest misconception with CrossFit is that some individuals feel they have to be in shape before beginning CrossFit. “We offer something for everyone at any age and are always excited to see new faces. We have many stories of people that began their exercise journey at CrossFit Electric City, and there’s nothing better than witnessing their transformation.” Chad Alewine, the Wellness Director at the Anderson 50

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Saving History Anderson’s Greg Toney is an avid hunter, but not necessarily the first one that might come to mind in this part of the South. Known as “SC Digger” in the relic community, Toney picked up his first arrowhead near the Tallapoosa River in central Alabama when he was only 8 years old, and he was hooked. He started off with a cheap metal detector, yet a strong curiosity for what was on and under the ground. Fifteen years ago he received a good quality metal detector from his wife, and thus began his incredible journey of uncovering pieces of American history from the coast of Florida all the way to New Hampshire. This addictive hobby has led to quite an extensive collection; including bottles from the 18th and 19th centuries, buttons, buckles, coins from the 1700s and 1800s, and Native American projectile points. Some of his favorite finds include SC military buttons from the Civil War and earlier, a King’s Mountain Military School button and a young girl’s ruby ring from the early 1900s. Toney’s most historically significant find of all is an 1847 Charleston Porter Slave Tag he found in May 2014. He says a gold coin and a Civil War South Carolina buckle would be amazing items to add to his ever-growing assortment of historical items. After seeing his enthusiasm for relic hunting on some of his Saving History videos, you may be interested in trying it out yourself. “Decent machines to get you started will cost anywhere from $200 - $300 and can be purchased at local stores such as Grady’s Sporting Goods. Also, you will need a digging tool, gloves and a pin pointer to try the hobby out to see if it is something you really want to do,” says Toney. As with any hobby, the equipment gets better and more expensive the longer you stick with it. He purchases his more expensive equipment from on-line dealers he knows and has confidence in their products. Instead of hunting in groups, Toney prefers to hunt with only a few people he trusts and is comfortable with.

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“Russ Hebert is a high school buddy of mine. We dig together on a regular basis here in South Carolina, as well as other states,” he says. It is important to know the laws of the states you are hunting in. For instance, it is a felony to have a metal detector within certain National park boundaries. Georgia requires written permission to hunt on private land, but South Carolina does not. “Getting permission to hunt is the #1 guideline to follow when it comes to this hobby. Know the law. No artifact or relic is worth a fine or going to jail over,” he explains. On a final note, he is quick to point out that this is not a hobby to make money. “I don’t sell items I find,” explains Toney, “I preserve them. I put them on display for others to see and enjoy….It’s a love of history and saving history for the future before the items are lost to time, development and the elements.” n For Sean McClure, his relic hunting is focused on his Indian Ancestors. “My great-great grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee, so I really enjoy finding things that may have a connection to her.” McClure began hunting arrowheads at a very young age with his father on their property in North Carolina. As an adult, he has continued with this hobby and has found a “sweet spot” on some private property in South Georgia. “It’s right beside a river so you know that the Indians spent time there. I find lots of pieces of pottery with distinct patterns that can help date the pieces. There are some great arrowheads that are fully intact also.” With technology at the fingertips of everyone and most people always looking towards the future for bigger and brighter things, it’s nice to know there are people who have a respect and passion for discovering things from the past. n

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he Carolina Marsh Tacky Horse is likely the best kept secret in South Carolina’s equestrian world. What is a Marsh Tacky? After 500 years of living and surviving in relative obscurity, the Carolina Marsh Tacky was named the South Carolina State Heritage Horse on June 11, 2010. Surviving and thriving, there is a herd of 19 Marsh Tackies in Anderson County at Blackberry Ridge Horse Farm. The Marsh Tacky evolved from the horses brought to the coast of South Carolina by the Spanish explorers more than 500 years ago, long before the American Revolution. These little horses were tough. They (or their ancestors) survived a grueling Atlantic voyage. When they got to the Americas, life was hard. Often horses would escape the Spanish or were simply abandoned to the wild. They formed wild herds and roamed the coast and the outer banks of North and South Carolina for years. Gullah used the wild horses that they rounded up and tamed for work on Hilton Head Island. The herds survived the harsh conditions, requiring very little and being extremely tough. They became their own breed. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has found the

The Carolina Marsh Tacky Horse

By M. J. Goodwin


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Marsh Tacky to be a unique, gaited horse. The gait has been named “the Swamp Fox Trot” by the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association. This horse is unlike any other horse anywhere in the world. It is truly South Carolinian. It is living, breathing history. Their role in the Revolutionary War history is one of the Tacky’s most intriguing contributions to history and legend. General Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox, was able to attack the British suddenly, with no warning and then vanish into the swamps. The British were unable to follow him. Bewildered and frustrated, the British horses bogged down in the marsh and were forced back to drier land. Marion had a camp at Snow’s Island, deep in the swamp. From that dark, dank, secret marshy place, he planned his attacks. He shaped the future of the war and ultimately of our country. His secret advantage: the Carolina Marsh Tacky horse. Marion’s band was not a well-equipped unit. The Continental Army was new and was all volunteer. Each man brought his own weapon and his own horse. At the time, the Marsh Tacky horse was the most common horse in the low country of South Carolina. These horses were well suited to get in and out of swamp land, something that the larger horses brought over by the British could not do. Not only were the British out-foxed by Marion, they were out-horsed by him, too. Ultimately, the Marsh Tacky, in relative isolation on the islands, evolved to the sturdy, well balanced 14.2 hand horse that lives today. For many years, these horses were wild on Hilton Head Island. The bridge and subsequent development ended that. Thought by some already to be extinct, this little horse is still alive. There are 324 Marsh Tacky horses left in the world. The Tackies have come to represent more than just horses. They represent a connection to the past. They are a prime example of the South’s ability to adapt and thrive, no matter what the obstacles. Long after the Revolution, Tackies were used in the Civil War and as recently as World War II. They represent freedom, both in the fights that they participated in long ago and in their fight to survive now. The Marsh Tacky’s level head, even temper and sure footedness is well known to those who love the breed. The Goodwin family has devoted their energy seeing this equine treasure avoid extinction. Their herd of 19 horses has grown from humble beginnings in 2010 and has made terrific strides. The Goodwin’s stallion, Friday, won the last Marsh Tacky Beach Race, which was held on Daufuskie Island in 2013. Another race is in the planning stages for 2016. The Goodwin’s herd is the largest in Upstate South Carolina. The largest herd is located in Ridgeland, SC, at the farm of DP Lowther, who has over 100 Marsh Tackies. n

DP Lowther, left, awards Thomas Goodwin, Paige Cooley and horse Friday for winning the beach race.

Three of herd from Blackberry Ridge

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Perfect Play Dates By Caroline Anneaux

summer is almost here...

...and it is time to have some fun with the kids! Anderson MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) coordinator, Abbey Gropp, has a lot of great ideas to share. As a mom to four boys and girls ages 10, 8, 6 and 4, she knows how important it is to stay busy and cool while making fun memories with her family.


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Where Lifetime Learning Begins The mission of Anderson Prep Preschool is to provide a stimulating environment for preschool children and to help each child develop his or her own skills according to their individual capabilities. We believe that children learn and grow best in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust and when they are actively engaged in their environment. Therefore, we strive to provide a wide range of hands on activities throughout the day that will contribute to all areas of their growth and development.

Mornings and late afternoons are the coolest part of the day, so find a fun activity like feeding the ducks at Cater’s Lake, picnicking and sliding at City Park in Belton or playing on a community-built park like Barrett’s Place in Pendleton. Meet some other moms and dads to take a walk around the walking track encircling a great playground at the Elsie Ivan’s Memorial Park in Iva. Check out a local farmer’s market on a Tuesday in Anderson or a Thursday in Williamston. And are you aware that there are over 20 bronze wrens to find in downtown Anderson? What a fun way to get some exercise, enjoy wandering the streets in the historic district and have an excuse to stop for lunch and ice cream at Figs afterwards!

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certain Tuesday nights. Pack some comfortable chairs or a big blanket and enjoy spending quality time with your family without breaking the bank. If you are looking for things to do during the hottest time of the day, Gropp suggests going to Waterworks, a toddler-friendly water park, at the Anderson YMCA or dropping by Electric City Gymnastics for some tumble and somersault time. Anderson has a county museum with plenty of kidfriendly events, and there is a Fire Department Museum on S. McDuffie Street too. Check out the local library for story time, special events and summer reading programs. The Regal theater in Anderson shows $1 movies for kids every week during the summer. Don’t forget the spray plaza at Wren Park. It is free and cool! These are all perfect ideas for keeping cool when you are ready to escape the rising temperature outside. Pre-teens and teens really enjoy spending a full day at a large water park with activities to entertain them all day. If you have time for a day trip and don’t mind a short drive, Greenville County Rec has three waterparks to choose from, and Shipwreck Park is another water park located in Duncan, South Carolina. Carowinds is two hours away and offers both a water and amusement park. All of these parks are wonderful places to spend a day with children of all ages. n

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Saddle Up for a Special Summer From a distance, it looks like a typical horseback riding lesson. A helmeted girl rides around the arena. Her instructor walks along nearby making sure she is safe, balanced and holding her hands in the right position. If you look closer, it seems a little less “typical.” The student is a girl with autism who is unable to carry on a regular conversation with her parents or friends, but she is skillfully maneuvering the horse at the trainer’s commands. Horses take good care of their riders at a program called Mane Solutions located at Oxford Farm in Anderson. These powerful animals seem to understand that they have special responsibilities as they are used in the business of providing riding lessons for unique individuals. The program offers therapeutic as well as traditional riding lessons for students of all ages, abilities and challenges. Denise and Cobb Oxford started Mane Solutions in 1998. Denise had a passion for horses and knew riding would be beneficial for her autistic daughter. Ten years later, the Oxfords were able to purchase their own farm and moved the program to its current location at 312 Five Forks Road in Anderson. “We use natural horsemanship techniques (equinebased psychology and non-verbal communication) to train our horses here at our farm. This helps the riding instructors to create a willing partnership between the horse and student, both on the ground and when mounted,” said Denise. That partnership promotes safety, relaxation, sensitivity, teamwork and mutual satisfaction for rider and horse. “Our horses are perhaps the most important members of this team dedicated to serving children and adults who might not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in equestrian activities,” she said. For the physically challenged, riding a horse can play a significant role in strengthening the spine and pelvic muscles, and it provides all the criteria of low-level aerobics. For students with mental, emotional or developmental challenges, the discipline needed to master riding improves mental concentration, communication and emotional control. Frequently a strong bond develops between horses and riders. Additionally, the relationships formed between

dents, instructors and volunteer assistants can provide lifelong friendships and rich rewards for everyone involved in this endeavor. Kayla and Matthew DeWitt, siblings, both with cognitive challenges, have been taking therapeutic riding lessons for the past eight years. “Self confidence is such a tricky social skill in itself; even more so when you struggle with a disability,” said their mother, Kelly DeWitt. “Equine therapy has provided a vehicle for them to be able to take personal responsibility in the preparation and control of a potentially unpredictable animal. It has honed their listening skills and their ability to focus.” As one can imagine, employing qualified instructors and providing well trained horses requires significant resources. Mane Solutions is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, May 28 at Oxford Farm. The “Saddle Up for Summer” party will feature a Low Country Boil, beverages and music by Tailgate Home Boys. Guests are invited to see the facilities, meet the horses and program staff and enjoy an evening “out in the country” while helping this program raise scholarship funds for summer camp and year round riding lessons. For more information on tickets to the fundraising party, call or text Amy Kimbell at 864-933-1203. n Mane Solutions is a 50lc3 public charity and donations are tax deductible. 61

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Anderson is

Going to the Dogs


By Lisa Marie Carter

og lovers have some great things to look forward to in the coming months! Anderson County will be welcoming three separate dog parks so our furry friends, and their not-sofurry owners, can socialize together. The Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center is planning to open its dog park in June. Anderson County is building this 15,000-square-foot park that will have separate areas for small and large dogs. A downtown Anderson dog park is still in the planning phases and is to be built between E. Benson St. and E. Whitner St. by the nonprofit organization To Benefit Anderson (TBA). West Anderson will also have a park for our four-legged friends as part of Robert’s Community Trail which is being developed by Robert’s Presbyterian Church and funded by Jane Fink (center) offers dog training courses. donations. Glenn Brill of Anderson County Parks, understand this, but other Recreation and Tourism Division said, “Many breeds interpret it as fighting,” county residents have visited dog parks in said Fink. other communities and have told us this is a If a play style isn’t to a facility they’d like Anderson County to have.” dog’s liking or understanding, The good news is that the county will have they will usually find someone multiple options for pets and their people. else to pal around with. Fink However, before you bring Fido out to visit also advises against taking with friends, there is some dog park etiquette treats to the dog park. “Taking you should know. Jennifer Drummond, the Jennifer Drummond socializing dogs. treats and toys to a dog park owner of It’s A Dogs Life, said socializing is can create food guarding and important for your dog. “Start them young, and do it often competitive issues,” she said. And note if your dog keeps his with a variety of pets. When meeting a new dog, it’s best to tail tucked, his ears back or appears frightened. Your puppy be on neutral ground with both animals leashed preferably may just need a more serene activity. in an open area,” said Drummond. Dr. Julie Mefford from The Animal Hospital at Liberty You might want to get familiar with some behavior traits Highway said it is very important that Fido be up-to-date of other dogs so you can tell if your pet is entering friendly on their Rabies Vaccine, the Distemper/Parvo polyvalent territory at the dog park. vaccine (Canine Distemper Virus, Adenovirus, Type Jane Fink, who is in her 24th year as a dog training 2 Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus), and the Bordetella instructor and owner of Anderson Dog Works, said play Bronchiseptica vaccine. Additionally, there is a vaccine styles vary from breed to breed. Labs tend to body slam, available for canine influenza - which is a very good idea Boxers “box” with their front feet, and while these actions due to the recent out breaks in South Carolina. As always are understood by the same and similar breeds, others may be sure to protect against flea and ticks as these can spread take exception to it. “Terriers growl when they play. Terriers from one dog to another. As well as being a nuisance to


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everyone in the household, fleas can carry tapeworm larvae, and if ingested, will cause adult tapeworm infection. “If there is free-standing water or creek water in the play area, it is also recommended that the animal be vaccinated against leptospirosis,” said Mefford. Leptospirosis may be transmitted by infected mammals (such as opossums, mice, skunks, etc) through their urine and can be transmitted to humans as well. Whichever park you choose to enjoy with your fourlegged child, go prepared. And just like a human child, always keep your full attention on your pup. n



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TANK AWAY getaway With Anderson County being located relatively close to Charleston and the Low Country, many of us have ventured there before. My family and I recently planned a reunion there and found a new world of adventures besides the tried-and-true tourist attractions. Our trip centered around the Charleston Food and Wine Festival. The first stop was one of the Tasting Tent events. At these events, festival goers pay one price, get a keepsake wine glass and have more than two hours to walk around in tents offering wine, beer, liquor and food vendors with free samples. Later, a visit to the Tattooed Moose, gave us an interesting culinary experienced. Featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” the Tattooed Moose is a small, inconspicuous pub located outside of the main area of down town. A oneroom bar and eatery with limited seating, it’s best to arrive early or

New Adventures in the Low Country


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By Lisa Marie Carter

plan to grab a drink and sit on the patio for a bit. A few must-tries are the French Fries cooked in duck fat and homemade sweet and spicy pickled green tomatoes. Whatever you choose, be sure to save room for their Chocolate and Bacon Pie. No words can do this justice. Another fun way to spend a day is a trip to Wadmalaw Island. Make your first stop at the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only working tea plantation in North America. Take a tour, visit the factory or visit a shop. Then, head to the Irvin House Vineyards and Firefly Distillery for some samplings of adult beverages. Here, two small wooden structures sit back off the road. Between the two buildings is a patio sitting area. On one side of the patio is Irvin House wine tasting room. For a $5 fee, you get a keepsake glass where you can learn about the vineyard and the wines, as well as enjoy tastings. On the other side of the patio, you can visit Firefly Distillery for another “educational seminar” on their products, such as moonshine, bourbons, rums and flavored vodkas. Purchase a $6 ticket for this tasting, and you’ll receive a Firefly keepsake shot glass in which you will get to taste six of the more than 20 spirits currently distilled. Be prepared for some “whoopin’ and hollerin’” and tons of fun for this tasting. After all the walking, touring, eating and shopping, take some time to spend a day enjoying one of the beaches, soaking up the sun and relaxing. Even if you have visited the area numerous times, fill up your tank and drive on over for some different adventures in the Low Country. n

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When Haste Makes Waste By April Cameron My sister has pointed out to me numerous times that I am an impatient person. I prefer to call it a “get it done” attitude. If I have a goal or a plan or something to do, I really don’t understand not just “getting it done.” (Except laundry. I never get that done. Ever.) When I decided I wanted to start a magazine, I was probably the most patient I have ever been before “getting it done.” I thought about the concept, how it would work – but then finally, I just did it. A couple of months ago, I had decided that my living room couch had to go. My cat had turned one side into her own personal scratching post, and my dog thought he was supposed to sit up there right beside his humans. I couldn’t take it anymore. I knew that I had allowed it to get in its shabby condition, but I had hit my limit. It was time to go. Conveniently, I had scheduled the Haven of Rest furniture truck to pick up some other items that hadn’t sold at a past garage sale. I decided they could take that old piece of junk couch with them when they got there. Clearly, I had no idea how bad off that couch must have looked to other people. The gentlemen from Haven of Rest said they weren’t sure they would take it. What??? Perhaps because I looked so pitiful, or maybe because I asked what in the world do you do with a couch the Haven of Rest won’t take, or maybe because they decided it would make nice scrap wood for a bonfire, they took it.

We set out that very day to find a new couch. I had looked some in Anderson, then I decided to try Greenville. Then I decided that I better get back to the county that I called home and shop local! So after about six different stores, I decided on the couch. “Ok, this is the one. When can you deliver it?” I asked my salesperson. “We just have to order it, and it will be there in about three weeks,” she said. Ummm. Excuse me, three weeks??? I just got rid of the only couch I have to sit on! Order got placed, and I got home exhausted from all the running around. I couldn’t wait to just kick my shoes off and flop on the couch. Oh yeah. There was no couch. I threw that baby out with the bath water just hours earlier. Patience is a virtue, my friends. One that I will continuously work on. n

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Saddlefor Summerp A benefit for Mane Solutions

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