Anderson andersonmagazine.com July/August 2017
Family Businesses Survive & Thrive in Anderson
Thereâ€™s No Place Like HOME for SCHOOL
Inspiring Athletes More than just winning a game
I am a teacher. As Leroy Jethro Gibbs and my last principal Mike Sams often repeated, there is no such thing as an ex-Marine, there is also no such thing as a former teacher, especially if that job is your calling. I came to T.L. Hanna right out of Limestone College with the confidence that I could conquer any curriculum and any adolescent. My second year I knew better, but I wanted young people to love literature and language as much as I did and to behave themselves. I know they behaved themselves and I now believe that they became sophisticated readers and writers and appreciated both disciplines. I met my husband at T.L. (Actually we met by design of the Pattersons, for which I am eternally grateful.) I followed his coaching career in football and through 427 wins in baseball and his hall of fame honors. Forty-five years and 2 children and 5 grandchildren later, we moved into the Legacy. This was his design to prepare me for life without him. He died in April 2016, and I have missed old friends while making new ones. Nowadays I still teach the Faithful Workers Sunday School class at Concord Baptist Church (Their name says it all.), and teach and support Christian Learning Center Released Time Bible Study. (They need volunteers.) My professional career included an opportunity to evaluate AP English and NTE essays at Princeton University, to start a partnership exchange with King Edward VII High School in Sheffield, England, where I later spent a month as a Brit teaching American Literature. Another exchange with St. Petersburg, Russia provided an opportunity to spend time meeting Russian teachers and families and absorb their history while being grateful for American freedoms. My work ethic from my parents prepared me for life. My mother quit school in the eighth grade, went to work in a mill, turned her weekly pay envelope over to her father who then handed her the change. Being the first in my family to earn a college degree, I feel blessed to know that Coach Emery and I passed that ethic down to our children – a son with a valued Clemson degree traveling and doing web development for Bank of America in Charlotte, and a daughter with two master’s degrees and two jobs starting children off with a K-4 experience that guarantees them a brighter future. My life at The Legacy has spoiled me with three meals a day (and an all-day deli menu), housekeeping, organized and chaperoned trips anywhere (thanks to Jerri), and intelligent and civil debates that begin over long conversations around the dining room table. They even let me act (in a manner of speaking) in our drama club presentations and write a monthly article for The Legacy newsletter. What’s not to like? I am blessed, and life is good. I hope to hear, as my husband surely did, “Well done.” Once someone discouraged a teaching career by saying teachers don’t make anything. Sure we do. We make a difference.
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Inspiring Athletes 6 Student athletes make a positive impact A Century of Business in Anderson 11 Family owned businesses survive & thrive The Golden Years Jamboree The box with all the essentials
Comicon Returns Anderson County Library hosts huge event
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Staying Ahead of Home Maintenance 20 Prepare today to keep problems away Quilting: The Resurgence of Tradition 26 Bringing together friends and community
DCEC 38 A special place for special children Cars and ’Cue 38 Adger’s Variety Cleaning serves up barbecue Tour of Anderson 44 Historical landmark tour of the county
Home School Spotlight Families find success with home school options
Letter from the Editor We are smack in the middle of summer and enjoying every minute of it. But whoever came up with the phrase “the lazy days of summer” sure didn’t have my kind of life! Summer is anything but lazy for my household! With two children who play sports, we continue to have practices and tournaments even over summer break. Kids who play sports are very dedicated to their teams, as you’ll see in our Inspiring Athletes story. I love to showcase these athletes that were nominated by their coaches and other community members for their hard work on and off the field/court. Another very inspiring story in this issue is a feature on the Developmental Center for Exceptional Children, or DCEC as it is commonly known. DCEC provides year-round day care and educational services to children with special needs from birth to five years. The staff at DCEC works closely with parents, therapists, doctors and teachers to form a holistic, individualized plan for each child based on their needs. This sweet story will remind you just how special every child is. And while the teachers at DCEC continue to work hard yearround, so do our local business owners. We have a great story on some businesses that have been in operation for nearly 100 years in this community. Learn about how they began and passed hands through the generations and who is in charge today. Taking charge of how their children are educated is a growing number of parents in the area who are choosing to home school. We spoke with several families who have made this choice, and our story will tell you more about the curriculum options, sports involvement and more. And for any readers who are new to the area or for locals who want to discover some hidden history treasures, check out our guide to some of the historic landmarks throughout the county. We take you on a driving tour of Anderson County to see some of the unique historic sites with some fun stops for refreshments as you tour. Even if your summer isn’t lazy, I do hope it’s enjoyable and at least a change of pace in some way. Here’s to making the most out of the summer – no matter your schedule!
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inspiring athletes Being a student athlete means you are willing to put in hours of hard work towards your sport. You have a determination to improve your skills and strive for success. But to be an inspiring athlete takes more than just talent and dedication. Anderson Magazine salutes those athletes who are an inspiration to their teammates by being a leader on and off the court, by maintaining a positive attitude when times are tough, by playing for the team and not for self and for setting an example for the younger children in our community.
By Susan Martin
Don’t let her small size fool you. Khloe has a huge heart and determination; which has allowed her to excel in sports and in the classroom at TL Hanna. As a senior, Khloe was a captain of the basketball team and was first in the region in assists and free throw percentage. She led her team to 21 wins and the first region championship for Hanna Girls Basketball since 1990. Khloe then decided to play softball after basketball season ended. She batted .514 and had a .584 on-base percentage. Her decision to play softball her senior year ended up paying dividends. Khloe earned a scholarship to Anderson University where she will enroll this fall. In May, Khloe was named Outstanding Female Athlete for the senior class at TL Hanna.
TL Hanna - Senior - Varsity Basketball, Varsity Softball - Nominated by: Glenn Elrod
Ethan is the first male cheerleader for Westside High School and has been a cheerleader for three years. He was selected as an All American Cheerleader by the Universal Cheerleaders Association in 2015 and 2016. He is always smiling and encouraging his teammates to push harder in workouts and conditioning. He is a leader on the team through instruction of cheers and a great choreographer of team dance routines. He works hard and always has a positive attitude. He also attends the JV games to encourage the JV cheerleaders and helps with spotting in team stunts and instruction of cheers. It has been a privilege to coach him. Ethan has opened the door for other male athletes to become a cheerleader and has been an inspiration to me and all of his teammates. I know he will be a great leader wherever his future takes him.
Westside High School - Senior - Cheerleader - Nominated by: Dawn McCorkle andersonmagazine.com
Maggie Black I have had the privilege of coaching Maggie for three years now and have watched not only her athletic ability develop tremendously, but her leadership abilities as well. Maggie has always been a driven person. She has always excelled academically as well as athletically. She pushes herself to do well in school and takes it upon herself to work hard in the weight room. However, the most inspiring part of Maggie is that she is able to motivate her teammates in many different ways. Primarily, her dedication alone inspires her teammates to work harder and improve themselves. Maggie also encourage her teammates with words of wisdom. I have never had another athlete that cared so deeply for her teammates and wanted to do whatever she could to help us succeed as a group. She leads by example and will always help a teammate in need. Pendleton High School - 11th Grade - Varsity Girls Soccer - Nominated by: Heather Conn
Gracie Williams I have been in education for over 23 years, and Gracie is the kind of student we all love to teach and coach. She excelled in our Strength and Conditioning class and is an All Region Softball player, but more importantly, Gracie is a genuine southern lady. Gracie maintained the highest grade point average in all my classes and was selected to represent her class as a Junior Marshall at graduation. Her devotion to excellence and her ability to work with others is a strong attribute. Gracie is a person that others look to when help is needed, and she always makes herself available. She is hard working and her smile is contagious and outgoing. She has plans to further her education and softball skills by committing to play softball at Anderson University. She has a heart of gold and a willingness to succeed.
Palmetto High School - Senior - Softball, Volleyball, Basketball - Nominated by: Bryan Davis
Maddie trains tirelessly to improve her skill set and encourages others to do the same. On the court, Maddie is a team player, embodying the balance of focused skills with team encouragement and support. She knows what it takes to be a champion, working tirelessly on the court in high school, club volleyball and in the weight room. Maddieâ€™s passion for the sport of volleyball as well as tenacity in reaching her goals have guided her in earning many accolades, including All-Region, All-Tournament teams, program awards and national AVCA honors. As a student athlete, she knows that student comes first, as she maintains an impressive 4.7 GPA. She is also involved in Beta Club, National Honor Society and Student Government, and encourages others to give back to her peers and the community. Maddie will continue to be successful in her life, as she leads, inspires and makes a difference in the lives of others. TL Hanna - Senior - Volleyball - Nominated by: Becky Easton andersonmagazine.com
Bridget Barnes Bridget always has a positive attitude. No matter the situation on the field, she stays up and is encouraging to her teammates. Bridget also has a tremendous amount of athletic ability for her young age. Even as one of the youngest and smallest members of the varsity softball team, she lead the team with the highest batting average in the 2017 season and was named to the Region1AAA All-Region softball team. She proved that size and age do not matter when it comes to competition and athletics. Bridget treats others with respect and leads by example on the field. Her constant hustle in games and practices and her drive to always get better is inspiring.
Pendleton High School - 9th grade - Softball, Volleyball - Nominated by: Valerie Ayers
Austin Spencer Austin Spencer is one of the most dedicated athletes at T.L. Hanna High School. He is always willing to put in the work and effort to perform at a high level for his team. He always puts the team’s achievements and goals ahead of his own. He’s a great athlete to be around and is willing to do anything the coaches ask him to do. His leadership skills are uncommon for a ninth grader. To play tennis and run track, he had to participate in both sports during the same season. Competing in two sports at the same time is a grueling challenge and Austin was able to compete at the highest level in both. He did an unbelievable job of giving both sports the equal attention his coaches and teammates deserved. He’s everything you want in an athlete which is especially hard to find in a 15 year old.
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TL Hanna - 9th Grade - Cross Country, Tennis, Track - Nominated by: Brent Jackson & Andrew King
As the girls’ soccer coach at Pendleton High School, I have never coached Andrew. However, I have seen him play during his entire high school career. His talent is outstanding. He has always been a leader on the team both on and off the field. He has lead his team to region championships and has taken them deep into the playoffs. There were high hopes this final season for Andrew to repeat his previous success. However, this year was very different for Andrew. At the very beginning of the season, Andrew suffered a season-ending knee injury in a pre-season tournament. It would have been devastating for many high school athletes. However, I never saw that devastation on Andrew’s face. He continued to smile through the pain and adversity. He continued to show up to practice and help his teammates. To be faced with such disappointment, Andrew never faltered and remained the same leader he had always been. To me, that is the definition of inspirational. Pendleton High School - 12th Grade - Varsity Boys Soccer - Nominated by: Heather Conn andersonmagazine.com
Anna Ree Darby Anna Ree excels on the court and on the field, all while maintaining a 5.078 GPA and being involved in her community. As a freshman, she lettered in two varsity sports. She helped lead the basketball team to its first region championship in 25 years. In soccer, she started every game for the Jackets and helped the team advance to the second round of the playoffs. Anna Ree is heavily involved in her church youth group and recently helped with volunteer projects at Anderson Interfaith Ministries and United Way. Despite her busy schedule, she is committed to putting academics first. She is currently ranked 6th academically in her class at Hanna. Anna Ree gives 110% in all that she does. Her work ethic and determination make her one of a kind. TL Hanna - 9th Grade - Varsity Girls Basketball, Varsity Girls Soccer - Nominated by: Glenn Elrod & Ansley Pendegrass
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Sutton
I have coached Lizzie for three years. She’s made all-state three times, all-region three times, and has had numerous other accolades. Outside of practice, she trains on her own as well. She plays at the highest club level at CESA in Greenville - all of this while being one of the top students at Wren. Over the years, she has suffered several set-backs—an ACL tear as a freshman, and a meniscus tear the very first week of practice this season. Neither has stopped her. Throughout the years, she has always encouraged her teammates—the top players as well as the ones that were not as talented. She’s always been optimistic. She pushes her team, whether we are winning or losing, with the belief that we can win the game. This year, in particular, she put the team above any personal scoring goals, and it made a huge impact. There is a quote by an unknown author that states, “I searched for glory, and glory I did not see. I searched for victory, and victory eluded me. I searched for TEAMWORK, and found all three.” Yes, Lizzie dedicated herself as a team player, and it paid off for her entire team. Wren High School - Junior - Soccer - Nominated by: Michael Burriss
Destini Brianna Brown Destini began playing volleyball at 8 years old for the Anderson Recreation Center and continued throughout middle school (Glenview) and high school (TL Hanna and Westside). Destini transferred to Westside High School her senior year and was named the All Region 5A Player and Most Valuable Defensive Player, and received the Hustler Award.
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A century of business in Anderson By Liz Carey
For small businesses, lasting just five years can be an accomplishment. But lasting for more than a century? That’s a major feat. According to the U.S. Census, in 2012 Anderson County boasted more than 15,000 businesses. Of those, only a handful can say they have more than 100 years of service. Some have been passed down from generation to generation, and others have welcomed new owners who have carried on established traditions. These businesses are the foundation of our community.
Fant’s Office Supply 2508 N. Main Street, Anderson Owner: Frank Holcombe Business started in: 1879 Fant’s Office Supply was started in downtown Anderson by the Fant family as Fant’s Book Store. Since then, the company has moved several times and taken on several incarnations. From moving to the Harper Brothers Building to selling bicycles and greeting cards, the company adapted with the times. Now located on North Main Street, the company is owned by Frank Holcombe and sells primarily used office furniture. It’s a tough business to be in, he said, given competition from so many larger retailers with big box stores and even larger advertising budgets. “What it boils down to is that those companies can’t give people the customer service that we can offer,” he said. andersonmagazine.com
“They could never beat our prices. And they’ll never order an item to get it in for a customer. I will.” Holcombe previously worked for Arthur Brothers here in Anderson from 1962 to 1992. When their business growth shifted to Greenville, Holcombe took the opportunity to buy Fant’s Office Supply. Since then, two of his daughters have worked for the store and the store continues to be a draw to residents. For Holcombe, shopping local is not only good for the customer, it’s good for the county. “It’s important to support local businesses,” he said. “When you support local businesses, you’re supporting your local economy and your neighbors. You’re supporting your community.” 11
In 1920, Jesse McDougald started serving the Anderson County community as a member of the G. F. Tolly and Sons Funeral Home in Anderson. It wasn’t long before Jesse McDougald opened his own funeral home, In 1924, McDougald-Bleckley Funeral Home, opened and McDougald operated it with his wife. But, by 1930, he had died. Wanting to keep the business going, his widow asked McDougald’s brother, Douglas McDougald to come down from North Carolina and help her run the family business. But Jesse McDougald’s business partners wouldn’t hear of it. Instead, Douglas McDougald opened McDougald-Johnston Funeral Home in 1934. Jesse McDougald’s widow eventually sold the business to the Sullivans, and the funeral home became the Sullivan King Funeral Home.
Douglas went on to buy out the Johnston family and create the McDougald Funeral Home that, along with Sullivan King, has been a long lasting business in the Anderson community. Douglas McDougald, III, said the community is what has made the business as longstanding as it is, and that longstanding commitment to the community is a part of the business. “I wouldn’t know what it would be like to be in a company that doesn’t have that heritage,” he said. “We’ve been involved with families for many generations, and as a family, we’ve been involved in the community. In turn, the community has been very supportive of us, coming to us in their darkest times. We wouldn’t be here to support them, if they hadn’t been here to support us.”
McDougald Funeral Home 2211 North Main Street, Anderson President: Douglas McDougald, Jr. Vice Presidents: Jess McDougald & Douglas McDougald, III Started in Business: 1920 andersonmagazine.com
City Seed 214 Tribble Street, Anderson Owner: Kay McCoy Business started in: 1914 Kay McCoy has been working at City Seed Store since she was in high school. Now retired, she hopes that whoever takes over her store will continue to offer her customers the same care and service that she and her family did. City Seed Store closed in June after more than 100 years of providing farming supplies, plants and unique seeds to its customers. It was started as a feed and flour mill across the street by her great-grandfather, McCoy said. When a tanker exploded next to the mill in 1962, City Seed was all that was left of the business. But the store continued its tradition of selling bulk seeds out of glass jars and buckets on the floor. From emerald green or red okra seeds, to Cherokee purple tomato seeds, the store was one of the few in the area that sells seed by the pound instead of in pre-packaged packets. McCoy worked at the store on and off with her grandfather beginning in 1976. For six days a week, she’s been andersonmagazine.com
helping people with their gardens. When she took over the business in 2000, her grandfather continued to work there until his passing in 2013 at the age of 89. For McCoy, leaving the business means leaving customers who have been coming to the store for as long as she has. “I think (our success) has mainly been based on providing customers with bulk seeds and our ability and willingness to help people,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot working here over the years – some of it from the customers too.” McCoy said she had hoped that someone in her family would continue running the store, but that no one in the family wanted the hours and responsibility. “It’s a lot of work,” she said. “Closing is bittersweet. But it’s time to enjoy my grandchildren.” A new owner is negotiating with McCoy to take over the building and hopes to re-open it in the fall.
Free’s Radiator & Auto Repair 712 S. Main Street Anderson Owner: Scotty King Business started in: 1911 When J. W. Free started Free’s Radiator it was in a Quonset hut near Tribble Street on Murray Avenue. “My great-grandfather started the place,” said owner Scotty King. “He was parking horses and buggies on one end of the shop and working on Model Ts on the other.” King took over the business from his grandfather, Willy Charles Free, in 2002. Since then, he’s moved the store to its South Main Street location and begun working on more than radiators. His grandfather still works with him, though. “All I did was radiator work,” Free said. “When I got ready to retire, I told him ‘If you want this place, you’d better come here and learn how to run it.’ And he did. He’d come up here and work before and after his shifts at Michelin.” Free taught King everything he knew about radiators, but he still comes in at age 85 to help on some of the older cars. At one time, there were four Free’s Radiator shops, all owned by different members of the family, throughout the andersonmagazine.com
Upstate. Now, King runs the one in Anderson, while Willy Charles’s son, Brad Free, runs one in Walhalla. All of them can trace their automobile knowledge back to J. W. Free. But how he learned it, the family doesn’t know. J. W. Free came to Anderson from Georgia, and from what they can tell, he just picked up on fixing radiators on his own. “It blows my mind how a man with no education ended up doing this,” King said. But his work, and the work of his children and grandchildren, has lived on. Both King and Free credit honesty and quality work for their continued success. The company still sees customers they’ve had for generations coming in. One customer, King said, has his cars towed to the shop from Atlanta when they need service. The store, King said, has become a part of who he is. “I’ll be walking somewhere and someone will say “Hey, Mr. Free!’” King said. “I don’t mind it at all.” n 14
Cory White Diversity Awards Award Recipients
The Cory White Diversity Awards spotlight a student from each Anderson County middle and high school who has been a role model in advocating for diversity and acceptance within the school community. These students have demonstrated to peers, teachers, and school staff the ability to affect their community positively in the areas of human rights, special needs and disabilities, and/or cultural inclusion and acceptance. In 2005, the Anderson County Human Relations Council (HRC) launched the search for a new logo by sponsoring an Art Contest open to all students attending high schools in Anderson County. Cory White, a young student from Belton-Honea Path High School, submitted the winning design and modified it into the logo that the HRC continues to use. Unfortunately, Cory Scott White passed away in an automobile accident before receiving recognition for his efforts. The Anderson County Human Relations Council established this award in his memory to honor individuals who exhibit the same qualities of inclusion and acceptance exemplified by this fine young man. n
Jarvis Ballentine– Palmetto High Haley Beak– Riverside Middle Quenton Brown– Powdersville High Jackson Christensen– Anderson Alternative School Payton Claudson– Lakeside Middle Ezekiel Dotson– Belton Middle Kaitlyn “Brianna” Green– Belton-Honea Path High Talon Hawthorne– T.L. Hanna High Brian Hensey– Wren High Azianna Jones– Southwood Middle Jamya Jones– Robert Anderson Middle McKenna Latham– Glenview Middle Megan Marett– Pendleton High Meredith McCullough– Crescent High Nyah Mendoza– Powdersville Middle Ayush Patel– McCants Middle Mycia Stroman– Honea Path Middle Thomas Vinson– Palmetto Middle Emily Wilson– Starr-Iva Middle Lee Yang– Westside High
Golden Years Jamboree returns for encore “This was not a first time event,” said Glenn Brill, Anderson County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director. He was absolutely correct. On July 20, 2016, the senior citizens industry took a risk in joining the Anderson County Senior Citizen’s Program to re-launch a signature event, Jo Brown’s Golden Years Jamboree (GYJ) (1978-1993). What took place made history again! More than 500 fabulous seniors filled the Civic Center of Anderson. Over 50 seniors entertained the audience by “cutting a rug” to the line dance “Old Bones,” and 22 sponsors raised a total of $13,101 with $7,426 donated to the Cancer Association of Anderson. Rewind to the 6th Annual Golden Years Jamboree in 1984, when Jo was quoted as saying “1500 tickets…we finally just had to stop counting the number of calls. I have no more tickets to issue. I can’t believe the response.” History repeated itself in 2016 – GYJ organizers and partners could not believe the overwhelming response from the community. During the festivities, more than 20 sunflower desserts lovingly prepared by the most talented senior bakers
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were displayed for all to see before being presented to and enjoyed by our GYJ sponsors. A highlight of the event was the announcement of the 20th Annual Jo Brown Senior Citizen of the Year recipient - Janice Woodell. Shortly after being chosen senior of the year, Janice once again demonstrated the tenacity and strength that made her a perfect choice for Senior of the Year, as she has battled and beat cancer for a second time and immediately returned to her passion of teaching line dancing. Support from the senior community was overwhelming. GYJ-goers submitted more than 75 comment cards at the close of the event. Below is a sampling of the feedback: Bernedene wrote, “The complete program - from the sponsors to the entertaining was excellent.” Martie wrote, “Joyful time! Please never stop this celebration!” Carolyn wrote, “Very entertaining and helpful information.” Bernice wrote, “Seeing everybody having fun. Getting lots of information about your health.”
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Amos wrote, “Truly outstanding event that represents the BEST of Anderson County. Excellent.”
20 years of Jo Brown Senior Citizen of the Year Award Winners with The JBC Advisory Council (photo cred to: Paul Brown)
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Jannie wrote, “The beautiful sunflowers and the beautiful welcome from the ladies in the front entrance.” Joyce wrote, “Thank you for the great entertainment!! Can’t wait until next year. Also thanks for all the informing sponsors.” Jonell wrote, “I think it is wonderful that you all take time out for senior citizens. It was a great program.” Jeanie wrote, “Quite interesting. The snacks and water were nice and the door prize gifts were very nice.” And last but not least, Betsy wrote about her impressions of the first GYJ, “I really enjoyed it. I am 86 years young. Thanks!” Did you catch that? Betsy wrote 86 years young. That is the goal of GYJ - to consistently demonstrate to the senior citizens of Anderson County that they are appreciated, and encourage them to enjoy their lives to the fullest. The best way we know to do this is to set aside a special day to celebrate our seniors, to give them a stage and an audience to showcase their talents; and most of all, to help them feel young again. As GYJ Planning Team member Dale says, “Engaged, energized seniors warm the heart of all generations privileged to witness.” Yes, Dale, our seniors certainly do! Mark your calendar to join with Anderson County Seniors and the entire senior community as we celebrate the 2017 Golden Years Jamboree from 9 a.m. until noon on July 19, 2017 at the Civic Center of Anderson. Come enjoy the 11th Annual Sunflower Dessert fundraiser, once again featuring the most amazing creations by our senior citizen bakers. Richard Shirley will return as emcee. The GYJ performers, consisting of Senior Follies and The Anderson County Outreach Entertainers will rock the stage. The 21st Annual Senior of the Year will be recognized. Sponsors will have the best booth displays and door prizes ever. The featured line dance of the year will be “Ballin the Jack.” You will also want to deck out in your GYJ t-shirt, which will be sold before, as well as during the event. n andersonmagazine.com
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By Pauline Medford
There are few things more overwhelming to a parent than sending a child off to college, but deciding what to take-or what not to take-to a very (very) small dorm room or apartment can feel almost as daunting. There are the obvious items: bed linens (normally extra-long single sheets), pillows, comforters, towels, lap desk, lamp, shower caddy, trash can, microwave and small refrigerator, laptop or the like, and a television. If all a student took to a dorm room is this list, he or she would survive their dorm life just fine. Then there is what we call in my house “The Box of Jen.” We call it this because one of my dearest friends made a box for each of my college-bound students that had every item in it that I had not thought to pack, and these are the items that make the most difference when your child is home-sick, physically sick, broke until the next Friday, lacking certain handyman/woman skills, or just generally in need. Everyone needs a Box of Jen, and it is such a simple list. Generic Rubbermaid container that will fit on a closet shelf, pack the following items:
A few other items that were helpful to have in tight quarters: • Bulletin boards • Folding chairs with the table/desk on the side • 2 plates, 2 coffee cups, 2 of each eating utensil
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For those students who share bathroom • clean-up, several pair of rubber gloves are a MUST. • Coat hangers • Collapsible storage boxes for the closet area • Cheap plastic shower curtain (several)
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If you’re hoping the rain stays outside your living room, keeping up with your roof is important. Like anything else, it requires plenty of care to keep things dry inside. “You could have a leak for years before you see it on your sheet rock,” said Leah Winton of Turn Key Roofing in Anderson. Winton said one of the biggest things homeowners can do is ensure gutters and valleys are clean, especially if you have a yard with many trees. This is a job many homeowners can tackle themselves, but she recommended getting the job done by professionals if the home is more than one story. Experts can also inspect pipe boots, caulking and shingles to make sure everything is OK, especially if there’s been inclement weather. Areas around chimneys can also hide problems. andersonmagazine.com
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According to Houselogic.com, you’ll want to keep your air conditioning units and heat pumps free of debris, and avoid shooting grass trimmings into the units when you mow the lawn. Keep at least two feet clear around these units. To stave off plugged drains, pour a cup of bleach into the air-conditioner condensate drain about once a year.
Maintenance issues around the home can go unnoticed for years, and by the time they’re found out it’s often too late. Cromer said problems around the home can be addressed much more quickly if homeowners invest in regular inspections. Mold and mildew are two of the biggest problems around the home, and your insurance company may not even cover repairs from those problems. Moreover, years of water leaks can destroy floors and walls around kitchens and bathrooms, and that would necessitate extremely expensive repairs. “(Homeowners) don’t inspect on and under the home enough,” Cromer said. “It’s often too late when they call us. Most homeowners aren’t comfortable crawling under their home.”
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Most homeowners know how to push a lawnmower over a patch of yard, but there’s much more of a science to it. Getting the perfect lawn starts in the spring, according to Houselogic.com. The site advises a regimen of fertilization just before the grass really starts to grow. Mower maintenance is key, too, as you want to make sure your mower is tuned up and maintained, the blades are sharpened and the mower deck is set to about three inches. You’ll want to break up any large clumps of grass that may be left behind. Also, be sure to clean underneath your lawn mower to keep it functioning properly and avoid spreading disease that could hurt the grass. Lawns will need about one inch of water per week, but more could be needed if the weather is particularly hot and dry. When the fall rolls around, that’s the best time to take care of any patchy areas. The bottom line for any home maintenance is calling the experts if there are any doubts as to what needs to be done. An inspection — and some companies will do it for free — can bring hidden issues to light before there are any huge problems. n
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able to be deployed in the event of a disaster such as a flood or a missing person situation, should volunteer assistance be needed. Singleton said if her program receives a grant she has applied for, there is a proposal on the table to partner with local Emergency Operation Centers and United Ways in Abbeville, Cherokee, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick, Oconee and Pickens Counties. The AmeriCorp program is taking applications for members. In addition to the living stipend and college tuition assistance, the program offers great networking opportunities and immeasurable hands-on experience. The program also offers medical benefits. For more information, email brandy.singleton@ uwandersoncty.com or call 864-226-3438. n
Many people have heard of the Peace Corps. You may not know exactly what it is, but you may have heard of it. In short, it is it is an organization started by President Kennedy in 1961 as an outlet for Americans to help with international development…now, it’s the best known volunteer abroad program open to American citizens. In Anderson County, we are lucky to have the AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is often described as the “domestic Peace Corps.” AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages thousands of individuals in community service across the county. Most AmeriCorps members dedicate a year to AmeriCorps service, and in return, they receive a living allowance, college tuition assistance and the satisfaction of knowing they have improved lives in their community. Nine years ago, an AmeriCorps program began in Anderson County with the United Way of Anderson County as the administrative agent of the program. Brandy Singleton is the director of the program. “When the program started, we assessed the needs of the community to determine what actions needed to be taken,” said Singleton. “It was decided that we wanted to focus on increasing graduation rates in the county. To do that, research showed that students reading at grade level by third grade had a better chance of graduating on time, so we decided to make that one of our priorities.” AmeriCorps members were recruited to serve as mentors, reading “buddies,” and led after-school programs for children who needed reading assistance to get on grade level. “From kindergarten to third grade, children are learning to read,” said Singleton. “From fourth grade on, they are reading to learn. It’s critical that they can read and comprehend what they are reading by the time enter fourth grade.” As the reading initiative has now been fully developed, the AmeriCorps focus is taking a shift in the county. “We will be working with the Anderson County Emergency Management team to enhance the community’s ability to sustain itself in the event of a disaster,” said Singleton. From weather-related events to fires, the AmeriCorps staff will work to educate and inform individuals about preparations should a disaster of this type occur. Additionally, the team will help to train community disaster volunteer leaders who would be trained and andersonmagazine.com
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Quilting: the Resurgence of Tradition & Community By Cece Lewis
All across America, a movement started in the 1970s. Quilting, once dismissed as Grandma’s blankets made from discarded clothing, evolved into an art form that inspires the creative spirit, promotes the connection to community, and fosters lasting friendships. There are many quilters in Anderson County, as well as several organizations that bring them together. One of Anderson’s quilters, Effie Grace Hershberger, is a member of two local quilt guilds, Electric City Quilters and the Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild. Raised in the Mennonite faith, Hershberger makes all her own clothing. Inspired by the 2015 Anderson Area Quilt Show, she is now part of an international quilt block exchange called Around the World, and shares quilt blocks with others from Australia, Canada, the US and Scotland. When asked how sewing makes her feel, she replied, “So relaxed, it’s calming.” She also cites the pleasure of watching a pattern come together with the knowledge that it is a very personal gift for someone, whether it be a family member or intended as a philanthropy item. She is also encouraged by the return of quilt displays at the spring Anderson County Fair. That not only shares the fun of quilting, but shows children the traditions of the past, she says. Hershberger explains her own connection to the community in making bright, cheerful pillowcases for children in need. It’s a part of her belief system in helping others: she and her husband raised 32 foster children when they lived in Greenwood. Another inspirational quilter is Lynn Brill, who found her passion in 1976, which she calls the Renaissance of Quilting. She remembers a Good Housekeeping magazine contest for a bicentennial quilt – before rotary cutters were around. After a stroke in January, 2010, Brill lost the use of her right arm, but says, “I’ll give up my arm for my analytical mind and my speech any day.” With the aid of an extension for her sewing machine table and an indomitable spirit, Brill has taught herself how to quilt again. She is well known for a technique called Quilt as You Go and has taught several workshops. One quilt won Best of Show – Viewers’ Choice in the 2008 Lake and Mountain Quilt Show. Brill says she’s learned, “Hard is not impossible,” and credits her quilting “family” for its constant support during her recovery. This spirit of helpfulness among area quilters contributes to the sense of family in the guild members and beyond. Her attitude now is evident in these words: “These are bonus years. I could have died. I have a good husband who loves to cook, and I start every day with gratitude.” Finally, an unusual technique, selvage quilting, is the hallmark for Dorothy Zak. Using what most quilters throw away – the white edge of the material with andersonmagazine.com
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printing on it – Zak sews these narrow strips together to make creative patterns and fashions them into quilts, purses, clothing and a sewing bench. When asked what her greatest challenge was, she laughed and said, “To finish a quilt for the quilt show!” Zak says anyone can learn to quilt. Start with small squares and iron every seam. Use your ruler and check as you go. She credits her friend and neighbor, Sandy Vickstrum, for getting her involved in this pastime. She enjoys making philanthropy Christmas stockings for children, but her favorite quilting activity is Quilts of Valor. “I’ve made 12 quilts of valor – six of them were selvage quilts. We can honor the service men and women who gave us the opportunity to live the way we do.” Zak also believes the love of quilting is growing. “Back home, in Hamburg, New York, there are quilt shops now where before there weren’t any,” she says. Although she is known for selvage quilts, her favorite quilt is a hand applique that took two years to make. It has a puffy, 3-D design with birds, flowers and outdoor scenes. The biennial Anderson Area Quilt Show, sponsored by the Electric City Quilt Guild and the Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild, will be held Friday, August 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Anderson Civic Center. Find more on Facebook at Anderson Area Quilt Show. A new twist on quilt “shows” is the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail Tour. These large wooden quilt blocks are fastened to many Anderson County buildings and each tells a story. Guided tours will be offered twice daily during the Anderson Area Quilt Show. The tour leaders explain the stories behind the wooden blocks and provide time out for lunch and exploration of downtown Anderson, as well as other county sites such as the Boxwood Manor. To register, go to www.uhqt.org or email info@ uhqt.org. n
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Kerri Wentzky NMLS# 888923 1921 E Greenville St 864-622- 0443 Kerri has served over 13 years in the upstate banking community and has held various positions in retail and investment banking. She was promoted to AVP of the bank in 2015. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration focusing in Finance and Economics. Kerri is married to Joshua Wentzky, a native of Anderson County, and they have a son, James Hunter. Charlie Jackson NMLS#586736 605 North Main Street D 864-622- 0423 Charlie has been in the banking industry for 24 years. He is a native of Anderson and has lived in the community his entire life. Charlie went to Anderson College for two years and finished his undergraduate at Lander University. He is married to Lisa who is a nurse at Calhoun Elementary. He has two children, Ross and Brooke, and a daughter-in-law, Marybeth. He has one grandchild and another one on the way. Charlie enjoys spending time with his family and fishing during his free time.
Annette Penley NMLS#613471 3901 Clemson Blvd D 864-622-0429 / C 864-933- 1665 Annette opened Penley Mortgage Services in 1993, and ran the business for 8 years before she merged the company with The Peoples Bank creating The Peoples Bank Mortgage Services in 2001. She is now an AVP of The Peoples Bank, and is responsible for originating mortgage loans. Annette enjoys spending time with her daughter Allye, and boating on Lake Hartwell.
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Lois Philyaw NMLS#613486 605 North Main Street D 864-622- 0439 / C 864-940- 8041 Lois was a loan officer at Penley Mortgage Services and came on board as the company merged with The Peoples Bank 16 years ago. She has been promoted to VP of the bank. Before starting at Penley Mortgage Services, Lois had 11 years of experience in banking. Lois is a native of Anderson and is married to her husband Jimmy. They have 3 children Jessica, Justin, and Johanna. andersonmagazine.com
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Mobile mammography hits the street
Mobile mammography debuted for Anderson this summer when the AnMed Health Mobile Mammography bus rolled up to the annual Cancer Survivors Day celebration at the AnMed Health Cancer Center on June 25. The vehicle is the result of a fund-raising campaign that showed wide support for finding and defeating breast cancer in Anderson area women. One of the crucial elements in beating cancer is finding it early. Mobile mammography will expand the number of women who find breast cancer early by taking radiology services to people who were underserved previously. The bus is operated by AnMed Health’s Radiology Department and will connect women who need a doctor to the comprehensive services at AnMed Health Cancer Center, where treatments include surgery, medical oncology and radiation, as well as supportive and integrative services ranging from bra and wig fitting to yoga, herbal therapy, counseling, a resource library and more. Too many women simply are not getting the mammograms that can detect breast cancer early, says Judy Wilson, director of radiology at AnMed Health. “For many reasons, such as transportation issues or lack of insurance, some women just don’t get screened for breast cancer,” she said. “We hope many more of them will be screened if it is offered at their neighborhood, church or business through our mobile diagnostic bus. Our mission is to save lives by bringing mobile mammography to the patient.” The goal is to achieve approximately 10,000 new breast cancer screenings each year, to save or prolong an estimated 100 lives due to early detection and treatment of breast cancer, to educate more than 10,000 women on how to perform breast self-examinations between screenings, and to provide underserved patients access to cancer specialists. andersonmagazine.com
“We are very excited about the opportunity to take our mobile unit out to the communities,” said Wilson, who manages the mobile mammography program. “We will go to businesses, community centers, senior centers and other locations to reach the underserved in Anderson, Abbeville, Pickens and Oconee counties.” In addition to its central purpose of providing breast cancer screening and education, the mobile diagnostic unit also will serve as an entry point for health care, providing opportunities to connect women to primary care. In 2015, the AnMed Health Cancer Center saw 202 breast cancer patients – 196 women and six men. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. Approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease. n
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Ervin and Tuorila on display at Anderson Arts Center Nocturnal Point of View with artists Barbara Mickelsen Ervin and Armi Tuorila is on display at the Anderson Arts Center until July 21. Barbara’s work for this show is the result of six months of concentrated work. Although primarily a printmaker, she also uses pencil, watercolor, handmade paper and marbleized paper to create a variety of art pieces. Barbara’s work draws strongly on nature and mirrors its beauty, harmony and rhythms. Armi has won acclaim for her watercolors, acrylics and collages. She is also a muralist having completed many projects in and around the area with a concentration in school settings. The collection she is presenting in the show includes a travel log of adventures in collage. n
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Tri-County Names Deanne Williams Distinguished Alumna of the Year
eanne Williams never knew her parents. Both died when she was an infant - their deaths just five months apart. When she was two months old, her father was killed by a drunk driver while on his way to visit her mother, who was in the hospital in Georgia suffering from brain cancer and a stroke. When Williams was about seven months old, her mother succumbed to the disease and she was left in the care of her beloved maternal grandmother, who raised her in Okinawa, Japan. Not a day goes by that she doesn’t think of her parents, whose memory she honors in her work as a Family Nurse Practitioner at AnMed Health. Her mission is to give back to the community. “Life is what you make of it and you only live once. So live it well and contribute all you can to society,” said Williams, who was recognized by Tri-County Technical College’s Alumni Association and presented its Distinguished Alumni of the Year award at the College’s spring graduation May 9. Williams holds three degrees from Tri-County – Medical Assisting (2002) and Practical Nursing (2003),
followed by an associate degree in Nursing in 2005. “Deanne personifies the concept that a technical college education can be a springboard to becoming successful and productive,” said Sandra Jordan, MSN, RD, LDN, and Tri-County adjunct instructor who nominated Williams for the award. Over the years, Williams conquered hurdles, such as the language barrier (she began learning English at age 14), and academics (she didn’t graduate from high school in Japan and earned her GED in the U.S. in 1995). She lived in several foster homes in her teens. She says she battled self-esteem issues that formed during childhood and filtered into adulthood. Williams acknowledges that these fears and insecurities initially stood in the way of her success. Growing up, there were tough years, she said. “It would have been easy to give up and give in to self-pity but that doesn’t produce anything. As a child my selfworth was low because I was told by family members that I could never be anything. No one gave me hope except my late maternal grandmother and my faith in Christ,” said Williams.
Deanne Williams, of Anderson, was recognized by Tri-County Technical College’s Alumni Association and presented its Distinguished Alumni of the Year award at the College’s spring graduation. Pictured with her is Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president of Tri-County. Williams is a nurse practitioner for AnMed Health’s oncology and hematology specialists. The recipient of this award must have been awarded a degree, diploma, or certificate from Tri-County; must have graduated at least one year ago; and must have made significant contributions to the College, the Alumni Association or the community andersonmagazine.com
She married her husband, Chris, a former Marine she met in Japan, and in 1993 they moved to the United States, where she continues to care for his ailing father. She earned her GED and realized nursing was her calling. “I wanted to become a nurse but I was still learning the language and having three small children made things uncertain,” she said. Before enrolling in TriCounty, she worked as an Administrative Assistant for a Japanese vice president in the Upstate. She enrolled in the Medical Assisting program in 2001. She says this experience gave her a desire to challenge herself to provide better patient care by learning additional skills. She went straight into the Practical Nursing program and worked as a Patient Care Technician in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at AnMed Health. When she graduated, she worked as an LPN in the General Surgical Unit. “The Tri-County instructors were phenomenal - so many mentors who encouraged me to pursue my dream and who contributed to my self-confidence and courage,” she said. “Very early after admission to the Practical Nursing program, Deanne became known for her compassion and ability to get along with people,” said Julie Vernon, program director for Practical Nursing. “Later in the year, I was surprised when I learned of her life’s hardships, because her cheer and joy with life was infectious. She had truly learned to count blessings rather than trials. Her success in health care, with her pile of credentials, shows her strength of character and determination to do well in a career known for service to others. Deanne set her goals high and prevailed,” said Vernon. Williams transitioned into the RN program and graduated in 2005. She accepted a job as an RN on the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit at AnMed Health. Her three children were young at the time so she chose to complete her BSN online through Kaplan University, graduating summa cum laude in 2008. She enrolled in Walden University’s online MSN program with a specialty in Leadership and Management and graduated with a 4.0 in 2011. She completed her MSN with a specialty in Family Nurse Practitioner online in August 2014, graduating again with a 4.0 through Walden. She moved to a Case Manager role and for seven years was an RN/Care Coordinator for AnMed. Since late January of this year, Williams has been in her current role as Nurse Practitioner for AnMed’s Oncology and Hematology Specialists. When Williams was an adjunct clinical instructor for Tri-County’s associate degree Nursing program, she told students they may be the first smile a patient sees, urging them to be respectful, professional, and compassionate at all times. Recognizing that some of her students were struggling with some of the same doubts and insecurities she had when younger, she says, “I told them if I can do it, so can you.”
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Deanne Williams, center, with her daughter, Anne, and husband, Chris.
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Comicon returns F
By Liz Carey
or the third year in a row, lovers of all things super hero, manga, anime and cosplay will have a place to gather this summer. On August 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the main branch of the Anderson County Library will host Electric City Comicon. Dedicated to bringing the lovers of graphic novels, young adult books, the Marvel and DC universes, science fiction and nerd culture together, EC3, as it is known, will bring out the geek in everyone. Since its start in 2015, EC3 has attracted more than a thousand people to the library for one Saturday in August. This year is expected to be no different, said Brianna McDonell, digital services coordinator for the library. “The first year, we had 1,500 people. The second year, it was 1,800 visitors,” she said. “We expect that we will continue to see that trend this year.” This year’s theme is space, to coincide with the total solar eclipse in late August. Like previous years, the event will feature speakers from both the graphic novel and young adult novel genres. Sanford Green, an illustrator born in South Carolina whose work appears in the Power Man and Iron Fist series, will join Charlotte, N.C.-based colorist Rico Renzi, whose work is seen in Marvel’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Spider-Gwen, as well as in Vertigo’s Federal Bureau of Physics, for talks about the art of graphic novels. Young adult authors Beth Revis, Meagan Spooner and Alexandra Duncan will be on hand to discuss young adult novels. Revis, author of the Across the Universe series, will talk about her new novel for teens. Spooner is the author of the Starbound trilogy. Duncan, an author and librarian, will bring a librarian’s perspective on young adult literature, McDonell said. All three women are from North Carolina. Again this year, the event will feature vendors, artists, and food trucks. McDonell said the library also will offer its cosplay and art competitions. In cosplay, participants dress up in the costumes of their favorite super hero or science fiction/fantasy/cartoon character. Last year, some of the stand-out cosplay participants were Star Wars characters Boba Fett ac-
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companied by Jabba the Hut, Harry Potter wizards, and Black Night from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Comicon will again feature competitions for best costume in various age ranges. The library accepted artwork over the summer for display in an art competition grouped by age. Attendees to the event will be able to cast their ballots for the best pieces. Winners will be announced at the event, and displayed at the Anderson Arts Center afterward. The prize for winners of the art contest is a workshop with a local artist at the Arts Center, McDonell said. “Electric City Comicon has developed a strong following over the past two years, and we’re optimistic that we’ll have a great turnout again this year,” McDonell said. “It’s a free and family-friendly event that you don’t have to be a comic book fan to enjoy.” n
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DCEC helping children thrive By Liz Carey The first thing you notice about Lyriq Patterson is her tiny pink glasses and her beautiful smile. The last thing you notice is her disability. Lyriq, age three, has been with the Developmental Center for Exceptional Children (DCEC) since she was an infant. Born with Down syndrome, Lyriq didn’t walk until she was two, and was almost completely nonverbal. Now, she walks, and, with the help of therapy, is getting better at it everyday. She speaks through sign language and some words and is learning how to feed herself. Her mother, Tiffany Patterson, credits her progress to her time at DCEC. Located in the Westside Community Center, DCEC provides pre-school and after- school care for children with a wide array of special needs. From children with autism, to children with Down syndrome, to children whose issues aren’t completely identified, DCEC helps the children, and their parents, to thrive. For more than 30 years, DCEC has provided care for special needs children in the Anderson County area. Founded in 1974 by Kristina Radcliff, DCEC was created to provide services to children with special needs and disabilities in the time before public schools provided those services. andersonmagazine.com
Laura Capell (right) of DCEC with a student.
Now narrower in scope, the facility offers care to special needs children from birth to school age, including after-school care to those in public school whose parents work. The center works closely with Anderson School District Five to identify special needs children and make sure they have the services they need. “We offer so much more than just day care,” said DCEC director Liz Baysden. “We don’t consider our 38
Liz Baysden with a student
self a day care. We consider our self a school. We do therapy with the children. We do pediatric therapy, speech therapy, occupational, and physical therapy. Everything is entwined together to help the child build confidence and self-esteem.” The goal of the center, Baysden said, is to prepare the child for entering school and to give them the education and confidence they need to succeed. That could include stretches to relax tense muscles, speech therapy to help them learn to communicate, standing with the assistance of chairs to build their leg muscles, or feeding them through gastric tubes. In Lyriq’s case, it meant working to develop her leg muscles and teaching her how to communicate, said Pam Little, early interventionist at the center. “We work on goals,” Little said. “When she came to us, she wasn’t crawling yet. But we got her there. Verbally, she’s come a long way. I sign with her a lot. Eventually, she’ll get a speech device. Right now we’re working on teaching her to feed herself.” Little works with parents, therapists, and the center to make sure that the children have the care they need. That’s another part of the center’s job, Baysden said: helping the parents live as normal a life as possible. “It’s not only a help for the child, but also for the parents,” she said. “We’re here to help them with care, but also to help them connect with resources they may not have known about and to teach them how to best help their child.” For Tiffany Patterson, DCEC made a significant difference in her life. Now, she said, she is able to work full-time knowing that her child is not only being well cared for, but is getting the help that she needs. “I can’t imagine trying to fit all those therapy appointments and doctor appointments into the two days off I have from work,” she said. “And I can go to work. I was sure that I was going to stay home with her and take care of her myself, because I wouldn’t trust anyone else to take care of her like I could. But now, I can work and make the money I need to make in order to give her a better life, and I can trust the caregivers at andersonmagazine.com
DCEC to take care of her like I would.” The center is growing, Baysden said. Currently, the center uses seven rooms in the Westside Community Center for classrooms. As need grows, the center does too, and the need has almost surpassed the space available to it. Because of that, the center is looking for new facilities and to expand its program from birth to second grade, hopefully opening as a charter school for the early elementary education the children need. Right now, though, the center needs donations of time, money, and materials. Baysden said the center can always use volunteer help, and donors can always drop off paper goods to help the center out. Monetary donations would help in going toward finding a new building, she said. “Our biggest need right now is the new building,” she said. “But we continue to need community support for our parents. We have so many children who need scholarship support. It’s so hard on the parents. We would love to provide them with help caring for their child.” n
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Adger’s teases his way into barbecue By Liz Carey
Millford Adger didn’t start off cooking barbecue. He just sort of teased his way into it. But now Adger’s Variety Cleaning and Barbecue sits on the corner of Fant and Whitner streets, a family-run business serving up great barbecue in what used to be an auto detail shop. Adger says he’s been in this location for more than 20 years. Back in the beginning, he was cleaning cars and just trying his hand at barbecue every now and then. “It started out in my backyard,” he said. “You know how it is, I started playing with it and teasing with it. Mostly I was just cooking for my family and friends, then I started cooking for parties and for friends.” With the grill cooking up a storm in the back of his detail shop, he thought he’d just build a shack over it to cook regularly on, but, he said, the city required a bit more for licensing and permitting purposes. “I told them, you tell me what to do, and I’ll do it,” Adger said of the changes he had to make to his store to sell the ribs and pulled pork. “It took me a couple of years, but I got to where I could do it. And as time went by, and I got a little older, I let that other [detailing shop] ease to the side, so I could do this.” Adger cooks his wares on a grill outside over charcoal and hardwood. Starting in the morning, he’ll make ribs, pulled pork and chicken wings. Along side him are his son, Horace, and his daughter, Whitney. Another daughter, Latanya, is in real estate, but helps out with buying ingredients for the store’s special lemonade, as well as other ingredients. It’s not unusual to see county employees, city police officers or a familiar face at Adger’s on one of the days he is open. But his biggest fan doesn’t even live here. Adger’s stepson is MeShaunda “Shaun” Ellis, former andersonmagazine.com
Millford Adger and his mouth-watering ribs.
defensive lineman for the New York Jets and New England Patriots. Ellis graduated from Westside High School before attending the University of Tennessee. He played in the NFL for more than 13 years before retiring. “It’s been a while since he’s been home, but I’ll mail him some barbecue every once in a while,” Adger said. “When he gets homesick, I’ll send him some ribs and chicken wings.” This year, though, Adger said he’s branching out. He’s looking forward to trying his hand at a competition or three, and possibly starting a few new ideas he’s had brewing for a few years. “I’ve been looking to start a restaurant, but it’s got to be in the right place,” he said. “I’ve been kinda looking 40
for a place – I’ve even had a few thoughts about a place in Greenville if I can’t find something here.” But for now, Adger says he’s here to stay, but he’s not sharing any of his big trade secrets, but he’s willing to give up a few cooking tips. “I start early in the morning, but I do put a bit of heat on them,” he said. “It takes about three or four hours for the ribs, but it’s a bit longer for the pulled pork. You gotta give it six to eight hours for a good butt.” Adger says his secret – the one he’ll give out, anyway – is to season them the meats and then let them sit for two or three days before putting them on the grill. “We don’t have anything that doesn’t sell well here,” he said. “People seem to like it all.” n
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Millford and some of his customers.
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Hidden History The Trial of the 19th Century By Liz Carey
President Andrew Johnson
Thousands signed petitions begging President Johnson to delay the execution and hand the men over to civil courts to be tried instead.
hortly after the Civil War, Anderson was in the national spotlight. In a trial that started over bales of cotton, four men from Anderson found themselves fighting for their lives, and in essence the lives of others, from military courts in Charleston all the way up to President Andrew Johnson’s desk in Washington, D. C. It was 1865 and Anderson, like much of the South, was under martial law. Treasury agents ordered that all goods leaving the area were to be seized. Anderson farmer Crawford Keys had just delivered a load of cotton to Brown’s Ferry to have it shipped by a Georgia farmer, Gaines Stowers. William Brown, the owner of Brown’s Ferry, told the men he’d have to seize the cotton. Neither Keys nor Stowers was pleased with the turn of events, and asked Brown to ship it anyway. Not only did Brown refuse to ship it, but he informed the Union unit commander what Keys suggested. In response, Union forces stationed three men -- Corporal andersonmagazine.com
William Corbett, 22, of Eastport, Maine, and Privates Emery Smith, 19, of Hallowell, Maine and Mason Brown, 20, of Lubec, Maine -- at the ferry to guard the outgoing goods. On the morning of Oct. 8, 1865, Corbett, Smith, and Mason Brown were found dead. Witnesses said they heard a group of men travel to the ferry, and that after a bit of “scuffling and voices,” shots were fired. The next morning, the three young soldiers’ bodies were found in the river. 42
Authorities immediately suspected Keys. Keys, his son Robert Keys, Stowers, and Elisha Byrum, one of Keys’s neighbors, were arrested and charged with murder. In November, Major General Daniel E. Sickles ordered the four men to face a military tribunal for their “heinous and vicious attack.” Their trials started in March. The men were each charged with attacking a guard, murder, and robbery. All of them pleaded not guilty. After several weeks of testimony, the two sides closed their cases. When the commission returned with the verdict, all four men were found guilty and sentenced to hang. The court then commuted the sentences of Robert Keys and Elisha Byrum because they were “young men operating under the influence of Crawford Keys.” Sickles set the execution date for April 27 at Castle Pinkney in Charleston. When the sentences reached the newspapers, citizens were stunned. Across South Carolina, and across the country, people reached out to leaders, imploring them to intervene on the men’s behalf. Thousands signed petitions begging President Johnson to delay the execution and hand the men over to civil courts to be tried instead. On April 23, Johnson ordered Sickles to suspend the execution and to give the cases over to others to review.
But a legal battle over the men’s case continued. At issue wasn’t just whether four men were guilty of murder, but whether or not the military had a right to try southern citizens in military tribunals instead of civil courts. Thousands of other cases depended upon the outcome of the Anderson case. In November, the prisoners were brought before Judge Willard Hall, United States District Court for Delaware. Attorneys for the military said finding the trying of the men by military tribunal illegal would require the court to find the entire war unconstitutional. Attorneys for the prisoners compared the military tribunals to “despotic power.” Hall ruled that when the men were charged, the state of South Carolina was operating as its own government and therefore the military did not have jurisdiction in the case. The men were released and returned home. Upon their arrival in Anderson, crowds turned out to greet them. They were received as heroes and honored at a banquet that night at Keys’s house. None of the four men were ever brought to civil court in Anderson County for the murders of the three guards. But no one else was ever charged with the murders either. n
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A Drive Though History in
By Lisa Marie Carter
ANDERSON 2. 1. Want to experience a taste of what things were like in Anderson County in earlier times? Come along this historic tour with me, and then head out on your own to experience them in person. Be sure to bring your cooler as we have some great foodie stops mixed in as well. We’ll start right here in downtown Anderson at the Anderson County Museum (1) at 202 East Greenville Street, so we can get an overall picture of history of our county. For more than 30 years, the museum staff has collected artifacts that document the past of our grand county. The museum holds over 25,000 artifacts displayed in the permanent exhibits as well as the specialty exhibits featured from time to time. As we finish our tour of the museum, let’s head on down a few blocks to Figs Beanery and Creamery Café (2) at 200 N. Main Street, and grab a Frozen Frapp white chocolate being my choice for todayand maybe a featured pastry too. Now, we will head up Main Street/ Clemson Boulevard and follow it all the way to Pendleton where we’ll make a stop at the Faith Cabin Library at Anderson County Training School (3) at 145 Town Street. This was one of the 26 Faith Cabin Libraries constructed in South Carolina to offer library services to rural African-Americans who were barred from using other library facilities during segregation. The one-room, free-standing log cabin with a fieldstone
chimney and foundation was built on the grounds of the Anderson County Training School and paid for by money and timber from the local community. It was open year-round to serve the community and school until its closure in 1954 when a new equalization school (schools built in the 1950s for African American children) was built nearby. It is currently owned by the Pendleton Community Center. By now, I’m ready to get a bite so we will swing on over to 1826 Bistro (4) located in Pendleton’s historic Farmers Society Hall at 105 Exchange Street. This historic site was built by the Farmers Society of South Carolina from 1826-1828, and has been the meeting place for the society since that time. It is the oldest Farmers Hall still in continuous use in the U.S. My suggestion, no matter what dish you choose, is to have a salad with the creamy maple dressing. This salad dressing is as unique as the bistro itself.
5. Now that we have refueled ourselves we can start heading back down Clemson Boulevard toward I-85. Before hopping on the interstate, we’ll make a stop at Denver Downs Farmstead (5), which is also known as Garrison Farm. The farm is historically and architecturally significant as a working farm going back to 1872. The farmstead consists of 464 acres with only 20 acres considered to be part of this Historic Register. In 1974, the farmstead was recognized as a “Century Farm,” having been owned and operated by the same family for 100 years. The main house is a large Colonial Revival farmhouse. Though the farmstead is bordered on one side by busy Clemson Boulevard, enjoy quieter views of this landmark by traveling on one of the public roads that runs through the farm. Depending on the time of year you visit here, the Garrison family has special events like a corn maze, concerts, drive-in movies and more. andersonmagazine.com
After our leisurely drive through the farm, we’ll hop on the interstate and head north toward Greenville, getting off at exit 32 Pelzer/Easley. Driving down Easley Highway, we head to Pelzer Presbyterian Church (6). This is a historic church located at 13 Lebby Street. It was built in 1896 and features gorgeous stained and leaded glass windows and a Gothic arch entrance. The two-story Sunday school classroom addition was built in 1905. Because you haven’t really had a glass of milk until you’ve experienced fresh on-the-farm local milk, a stop at Happy Cow Creamery (7) is a must. The farm is located at 332 McKelvey Road in Pelzer. Since they offer strawberry milk, we must give that a try, and maybe purchase a few to take home along with some of their fresh, creamy butter.
The next town on our stop is Honea Path to visit the Obediah Shirley House (8), sometimes referred to as the Obediah and Jennie Shirley Home, located on Bagwell Drive at the Wildwood Drive intersection. Obediah and Jennie Shirley, along with others from Barkers Creek, Broadmouth and Big Creek Baptist churches, organized the First Baptist Church of Honea Path during the year 1869 with 19 charter members. The house was actually completed in several phases in order to accommodate the Shirley family as it grew. The original one-story log cabin was built in 1826, with the second floor and two of the rooms added before 1850. After 1850, a third room was added to the house, which increased the width. The front porch and kitchen were added later in the 19th century.
HONEA PATH 9. The house was owned by descendants of Obediah Shirley until 1988, when the house and one acre of land were donated to the Obediah Shirley House Foundation. The house is currently open to tour by appointment. The Melt Pizzeria (9) in Honea Path is our next stop. We stop here by suggestion of so many who say one of the big selling points is their use of local toppings, grown right in Honea Path and the surrounding area. You could always get one to go if youâ€™re not quite hungry yet.
Next we head on down 76 West to the Belton Depot (10) at 50 N. Main Street. The depot was constructed by the Southern Railway Company around 1910. Historically known as the Southern Railway Combined Depot, it replaced several small buildings used by the company. After the loss of passenger service in the 1960s and a slowdown in freight shipping, the depot was abandoned by the rail company. It was restored in 1983 and a portion of the depot was used as a branch of the Anderson County Library until 2004. After that, a rehabilitation and renovation of the building was undertaken and the depot became home to the Ruth Drake Museum and the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame Museum. We finish taking a few pictures of the depot and head over to view the Belton Standpipe (11), historically known as the Belton Waterworks Tower, at McGee Way near Campbell Street. This is a 155-foot high concrete water tower constructed in 1908–1909 and is the tallest of three standpipe water towers in our state. The tank, located at the top of the tower, holds 165,000 gallons of water. The tower was completely renovated between 1989 and 1991. If pizza wasn’t your thing, certainly a famous homemade Arnold’s hamburger will satisfy your hunger. Stop by Arnold’s of Belton (12) located at 759 Anderson Street. Like the Anderson counterpart, though the restaurant is famous for its burgers, Arnold’s offers a variety of food items to choose from. Or if you aren’t quite ready to grab some more grub, head on over to Callaham Orchards (13) for some fresh produce of the season to take home. You can never go wrong with locally grown! Anderson County is full of history and interesting sites. Use this trip to inspire you to trek on out and explore our wonderful county. n
23rd Annual Death Valley Open Water Championships Hosted by the Clemson Aquatics Team (CAT) on June 10th on the sun drenched banks of Lake Hartwell. This year’s edition of the competition saw more than 430 athletes from all over South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Texas compete in races of 5 Kilometers, 3 Kilometers, 1 Kilometer and 500 meter distances. What a day for all!
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news briefs... Burlington Stores opening soon. Since April, renovations have been underway at the old Kmart on Clemson Boulevard to make way for a new Burlington Stores scheduled to open this fall. Known as an off-brand retailer, Burlington Stores, formerly called Burlington Coat Factory, said in a press release that it would hire between 50 and 100 employees to staff its 45,000-square-foot store. As part of a chain of nearly 600 stores across the country, the new store in Anderson will sell women’s wear, menswear, children’s clothing, furniture and other accessories.
This little piggy went to market. While the Anderson Area Farm and Food Association won’t be having its evening Farmers’ Markets this year at the Anderson Farmers’ Market on Murray Avenue, the Community Farmers’ Market will still be going strong. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., farmers and other vendors will be at the market to sell their wares. From fresh produce to handmade jellies, jams and breads to some of the best feta cheese in the country, you are sure to find something to please your palate – and all at reasonable prices too!
Living on a dream. On July 4, head on over to Grady’s Great Outdoors to take part in the Freedom Dream Walk/Run to raise money for the Outdoor Dream Foundation. This is a charity that raises money to help children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses live out their dreams of outdoor adventure. The walk/run starts at 7:30 and leaves out of Grady’s parking lot and up the East/West Connector. Registration is $25 and includes a t-shirt. For more information, contact Coach Harold Jones at (864) 226-8775 or Mike Cannon at (864) 314-2610, or shoot an email off to skip@ outdoordream.org.
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“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” --Pablo Picasso. The sun’ll come out, tomorrow!
Members of the Anderson Artists Guild will present their annual art show starting with a reception at 7 p.m., on July 29, at the Anderson Arts Center. The show features work by members of the guild that has been juried before being accepted into the show. We’re pretty sure you’ll judge them to be mighty fine too.
So, there’s this little astrological thing happening this year and Anderson is right smack dab in the middle of it. On August 21, the first total eclipse of the sun of this century will cross America and one of the best places to see it will be good ol’ Anderson, S.C. Down at Green Pond Landing you can join Anderson University astronomy professor Robert Fries during the Black Out at Green Pond: Anderson County Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. Starting around 1:30 p.m., the moon will travel in front of the sun, blocking all but the sun’s corona from view. In an Anderson County video, Fries said the eclipse should make it dark enough to see the stars and planets in the middle of the day. . Other area institutions will get in on the fun, too, with the Anderson County Library hosting a pre-eclipse party from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 17 at the Main Branch in downtown Anderson; the Anderson County Museum hosting Dr. Fries talking about the eclipse from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on August 15; and the Belton Center for the Arts hosting “The Great Eclipse,” an eclipse-themed art show, from August 17 to September 1. And if you miss it? Don’t worry – there hasn’t been anything like this for the last 49 years, but you might get lucky during the next one in 2024.
Yes, but does it float? After a year-long break, Family Day at Broadway Lake returns from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, August 19. A fun-filled day of music, kids’ games, water ski exhibitions and the ever-popular cardboard boat race, the event is free and open to the public. “Cardboard boat race?” you say? Glad you asked… during the annual Broadway Lake Cardboard Boat Race, seven charities will compete against each other in boats made of nothing but cardboard, duct tape and glue to see who can make it out to a buoy and back the quickest… that is if they don’t sink first. Oh, and there’s a “friendly” little rivalry between the Broadway Lake and Homeland Park Fire Departments as well. We’ll give two-to-one odds someone’s boat sinks within sight of the dock – any takers?
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July & August Events
July 3-4 Bluegrass Festival Anderson Civic Center Amphitheater Bluegrass music with over 20 bands. 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on both days. Tickets available at iTickets.com or call 1-800-965-9324. July 6-27 Block Party Carolina Wren Park Enjoy live music every Thursday in downtown Anderson. July 6: Groove Planet; July 13: Buck Shot; July 20: Flash Backs; July 27: Radio Rebellion. For more information, find them on Facebook or call 864-231-2232. July 9 Hotrods & Sparks Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show Anderson Civic Center See some great cars, trucks and motorcycles and enjoy kettle corn, lemonade, bounce houses, a giant slide and more. Proceeds benefit Anderson Lights of Hope, Cancer Association of Anderson and The Piedmont Natural Gas Block Party. For more information, call 864-933-2547. July 10-15 Youth Drama Camp Electric City Playhouse Children age 6-16 encouraged to participate. Camp offers acting, singing and dancing and culminates in a performance. Morning and afternoon sessions. Call 864-224-4248 or visit ecplayhouse.com. July 10-21 • July 24-Aug 4 • Aug 7-18 YMCA Summer Day Camp The YMCA Day Camp is located on Lake Hartwell. Your child will enjoy a wide range of activities like: Archery, Canoeing and kayaking on Lake Hartwell, Low ropes course, Arts and crafts, Nature hikes, Daily devotions, Usage of the pool facilities at the main YMCA. Breakfast and lunch is also served daily. Rising 1st graders through rising 6th graders are all accepted. Rising 7th and 8th graders may be accepted into our Counselor In Training (CIT) program, which is an application based, limited availability program. Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 6:00pm Call 864-716-6260 for costs and more details. July 10-21 • July 24-Aug. 4 • Aug. 7-18 Kid Zone Camp YMCA Kid Zone Camp is a half day camp that is designed for campers who want something fun to do in the mornings during the summer. Kid Zone operates Monday – Friday 8am – 1pm. The children at Kid Zone Camp will enjoy many of the same activities as our Summer Day Camp campers out at Lake Hartwell such as arts/crafts, devotions, sports and swimming. Breakfast and lunch served daily. Call 864-716-6260 for details on costs or more information.
July 10-Aug 11 The Anderson Arts Center Camp Kids love the half-day and full-day art camps offered by The Anderson Arts Center throughout the summer. Each week features a different theme, and campers will enjoy working with paints, chalks, fabrics, clay, paper and more. The July 10-14 camp is offered at a variety of off-site locations in the county. All other camps are offered at The Anderson Arts Center Warehouse. For details on locations, times and fees, visit www.andersonarts.org, or call 864-222-2787 or email Chris Beggs at chrisb@ andersonarts.org. July 20 Warehouse Wine Series Rocky River Plantation is the site of the Arts Center’s wine series. Sample summer-appropriate wines and see a display on Anderson’s Rocky River Conservancy. For more info, call 864-222-2787 or visit www.andersonarts.org. July 25-27 Weather Camp Belton Museum Weather Camp from 10am12pm. 100 North Main Street, Belton. Cost: $45 members/$55 non-members. For more information, 864-338-7400, beltonmuseum@ bellsouth.net, www.beltonmuseum.com Aug 1-3 Space Camp Belton Museum Space Camp from 10am12pm. 100 North Main Street, Belton. Cost: $45 members/$55 non-members. For more information, 864-338-7400, beltonmuseum@ bellsouth.net, www.beltonmuseum.com.
Aug 3-31 Block Party Carolina Wren Park Enjoy live music every Thursday in downtown Anderson. Aug 3: Encore; Aug 10: True Blues; Aug 17: Carolina Coast Band; Aug 24: Split Shot; Aug 31: The Eric Scott Band. For more information, find them on Facebook or call 864-231-2232. August 17 Warehouse Wine Series Diner En Blanc…Anderson. Imagine white tables and people dressed in white around sampling French cheese and wines under the fading summer light. And so begins the mysterious “Dinner in White” or Diner En Blanc (a French tradition). Location will be announced one week prior to the event. For more information, call 864-222-2787 or andersonarts.org. Aug 26-27 Spring Water Festival Mineral Springs Park The 2017 Spring Water Festival will again feature one of the upstate’s largest antique and classic auto shows hosted by the Williamston Fire Department and Sponsored by McDonalds, Clinkscales Chevrolet and Tri-City NAPA Auto Parts.
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here is no one better equipped to teach your children than you are,” said Rebekah Hodges, Anderson homeschooling mother of three. “No one but you knows your family, your children and your beliefs more than you.” Hodges is a member of the Classical Education Program in Anderson -- just one of the area’s organized homeschool groups. This world-wide, classical Christian homeschool program fits the needs of her children and over 100 more in the Anderson community. Students’ ages range from kindergarten through 12th grade and they are led through three levels/tiers by trained tutors. Tutors are usually trained parents who not only instruct the children on a weekly basis, but also show the students’ parents what to teach at home in between sessions. “We are a community of like-minded families committed to raising our children in the methods of classical Christian education,” said Hodges. No need to worry about how homeschooled children are socialized either. Parents in the Anderson community have plenty of options available to them. Children go on field trips, become team members of local Lego Robotics groups, participate in kindergarten and senior graduation ceremonies and enjoy other extracurricular activities. “I don’t feel like we miss out on anything by homeschooling our children,” said Sarah Ortiz, Anderson mom of four. “We do field trips, sports, camps and more. Even when we travel, we work our homeschooling in.” Jill Cothran, a homeschool parent of three, hosts camps throughout the year. Recent ones include a Shakespeare Camp and a Farm Camp. Up to 30 homeschool children attend 4.5-hour sessions three days a week during camp weeks. Cothran is able to follow the Classical Conversations homeschool curriculum so the children learn while having fun at the same time.
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“I am a former high school English teacher with a passion for teaching,” said Cothran. “I just love Shakespeare and had so much fun teaching the younger students. I incorporate art lessons, public speaking, descriptive writing and reading lessons during camp sessions. The kids have a blast, and I am really looking forward to the South Carolina History Camp I will host in the fall.” Michael Cousar, a dad whose proudest accomplishment is teaching every one of his four children to read, and his wife, Carrie, have homeschooled their four children for over 12 years. Their oldest son is in college at Furman University, and their youngest child is nine. While Michael is home with the children during the day and says he is a good “drill sergeant,” he says his wife is the better teacher. He runs the day-to-day schedules for the kids while his wife works full-time as an interventional radiologist, but every day they both work with the children on their lessons. “When our oldest child was ready for school, we had some family members with health issues, and my wife and I moved to Anderson to help take care of them,” said Michael Cousar. “I was able to run my business from home, keep an eye on our relatives and teach my son. I am not saying it was easy, but it was the best choice for our family.” The Cousars also played a large role in getting the Anderson Cavaliers sports program going. When their then-12-year-old son aged out of local recreation ball groups in Anderson, his dad had to figure out a way for him to keep playing sports like he wanted. Public schools at that time were not required by law to allow homeschooled children to participate in extracurricular activities like they do now. So Michael started a local flag football team with about 18 homeschooled children in 2009, which grew to over 120 participants who play football, basketball, and volleyball. The children learn 55
time management, enjoy social interaction and minister to others in the community. “We decided in the beginning to open our Anderson Cavaliers teams up to anyone, so our homeschooled children play right alongside public, private and charter school kids,” said Michael Cousar. “It wasn’t long before the high school coaches took notice of some of the good players we had and recruited them for the high school teams. It was a win-win situation for everyone involved. T.L Hanna has never made my children feel any different than the kids who attend school there. The coaches want good players, and they make our children feel like they belong.” Ella Cate is the Cousars’ youngest child. She is nine years old and loves the equestrian program that she and her older sister participate in. She has also recently become interested in soccer, but there isn’t a Cavaliers team in place right now. Even though Michael Cousar says he doesn’t know a thing about soccer, he says he will figure out how to get coaches and players together so his daughter will have a team to play on in a few years when she ages out of the local recreation soccer program. In order to homeschool, South Carolina state law requires families to join a legal accountability group. No matter what homeschool program a family uses, they must follow the law and be able to prove that they are keeping up with the educational requirements for their children. Families are free to choose whatever legal accountability group and use whatever homeschool program they wish. Many are Christian based, but there are plenty that are not. Families who choose to homeschool are able to tailor the needs of their children to the best educa-
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up into the red zone before the month was over. Yikes! And then, I saw a golden little opportunity. It was like I heard angels singing and a glowing light shining from the app (probably just the brightness setting on my phone). I could actually choose if I were the driver or passenger on every trip I took in the car! Is that a loophole I see? Can I stay in the green zone with just the click of a different button? It wasn’t about the cost savings on insurance. It was about staying in the green zone. It was about getting the “best grade.” Being ranked a “good driver.” Proving those children wrong! The temptation to just pick passenger over driver when I knew I had performed a “hard brake” during a trip was overwhelming. But, just like the cartoons with the little angel and devil sitting on each side of my shoulder, I knew I couldn’t do that. No matter how much I want to be a green zone driver, I’m just not. Not to mention, I only have insurance on myself as a driver, so I feel like that would have been an epic fail. After a couple months, I have learned I’m a solid yellow zone driver. I’m working on my hard brakes. I disagree with the app that I’m an aggressive driver, though. Just not a very good driver. I can admit it. But working toward the green zone with every trip. If these other cars on the road would just get out of my way… n
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When it was time to renew my car insurance this year, I talked with my agent about any changes I should make. He suggested I download this app on my phone that tracks my driving and it would save me a certain percentage each month. Stop right there. Downloading the app saves me money or tracking my driving saves me money? What if I’m a bad driver (I am)? I don’t want anyone tracking my driving skills. He said downloading the app alone begins the cost savings, and then, if my driving is deemed “safe,” further savings ensue. So, of course I had to ask…but what if my driving isn’t deemed “safe,” and I have a bad report? Will it be used against me and my insurance go up? He assured me this would not be the case. The app would only be used for good not evil. I took the plunge. I downloaded the app. I perused the areas it tracks. Hard brakes. (uh oh). Fast accelerations (uh oh). According to the app, “These could be a sign of aggressive driving.” So, you have your green zone (good), yellow zone (ok) and red zone (bad – you shouldn’t get behind the wheel). You are allowed so many mishaps (hard brakes, etc.) per month to fit into a green, yellow or red category. My first mistake was sharing this information with my kids. They already think I’m a bad driver, but they are a teenager and pre-teen who already know everything, so who can trust them? However, I had now given them ammunition to actually confirm their opinions. With every car trip to school, ball practice, Chick-fil-A, the kids were watching. “That was a hard brake, Mom!” “You pulled out in front of that car. I’m pretty sure that was a fast acceleration!” But to tell the truth, I was right there with them. I felt like I was 15 again and practicing driving with my parents in the car. I was hyper-aware of every turn, brake, stop and go. So, after a week, I looked up the details on my app to see how I had done. I was in the green zone! Yay me! However, I noticed that if I stayed on the same track I was on for the whole month, I would inch
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