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Letter from the Editor Wow! Summer weather is upon us, and the end of the school year is in sight! I’m excited for the time when my high schooler can sleep late, we can slow down, and I can schedule in some beach time! With the end of the school year comes graduation! My daughter graduated high school last year, so I know what an exciting time this is for both the students and parents. We have a great story about where our local graduates are going after high school. I learned so much from this article! Many graduates choose to attend college, some join the military, and others are taking advantage of some of the opportunities to go directly into the workforce with unique apprenticeship programs! Some of these apprenticeship opportunities are at the manufacturing firms in Anderson. Did you know that Anderson County has more than 230 manufacturing companies? (moveupstate.com) We’re giving you a glimpse into some of the things that are not only “made in the USA,” but made right here in our town! But, we certainly know that Anderson isn’t all work with no play! That’s why we’re giving you the lowdown on the South Carolina State Chili Cookoff hosted in Belton the weekend of May 14. I have personally attended this event several times, and it is fantastic! They even invited me to be a judge of the competition once! From local amateur cooks to world-traveling chili champions, you’ll have the opportunity to sample all the different styles and flavors! With this warmer weather, you may be inspired to plant a garden, freshen up your flower beds or consider other landscaping designs. Read about some things to do at this time of the year to take care of the trees in your yard with our Tree Tips article. But, if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, gather some inspiration from Mary Anna Vargo, a Tri County Technical College graduate who is now a consumer horticulture agent at the Greenville County Extension office. Read about how she became involved in this industry, and give her a call if you need to. Part of her job is to answer homeowners’ questions! The story in this issue that had the biggest impact on me is our coverage of AnMed Health’s Connect Conference. I was lucky enough to attend this event and join in a community-wide conversation on diversity. The presentation by Andrea Seemuller and Reverend Ankoma Anderson brought the room to silence. It was very moving! I invite you to read about this impactful initiative and keep your eyes open for the dates for next year’s conference. I hope you’ll find this issue informative as well as fun, and you’ll learn a little bit more about our great county! As always, support our advertisers with your purchasing power, and let’s get ready for a fantastic summer!
Speaking Clearly What happened? Your voice is a croak. Your kids are running rampant because they can’t understand you. Voice disorders can happen to young and old and can develop for many reasons. According to AnMed Health, ear, nose and throat specialists as well as speech pathologists are involved in diagnosing and treating voice disorders. Treatment depends on what’s causing your voice disorder, but may include voice therapy, medication, injections or surgery. AnMed Health has a medical team who are experts in diagnosing and treating voice disorders. Dr. Zachary Griggs is an otolaryngology specialist and with AnMed Health Medicus ENT. He earned his doctorate in osteopathic medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida and completed his residency at Henry Ford Health Systems in Michigan. He completed five years of ENT residency training and has been in practice almost two years, both of which have been with AnMed Health Medicus ENT. The larynx, or voice box, is an organ in the neck that contains the vocal folds, also known as the vocal cords. Vocal folds protect the trachea, which is also known as the airway or windpipe. Sometimes redness or bumps can be seen on the vocal folds during a diagnosis, which can be a sign of a problem with the patient’s voice and breathing abilities. When Dr. Griggs evaluates a patient, he performs a videostroboscopy examination. He evaluates the structure of the throat while the patient is asked to speak. He will perform the procedure using a flexible tube called an endoscope, which is an instrument that combines a camera and fiber-optic strobe light. The endoscope is connected to a video monitor and recorder. The light from the endoscope shines into the voice box so Dr. Griggs can see the motion of the vocal folds while the patient is speaking. This procedure is completely painless. “Hoarseness, or voice abnormalities, can be attributed to a number of causes,” explains Dr. Griggs. “As an ENT specialist, we have trained in the highly skilled field of laryngology which includes evaluating voice, airway, and swallowing disorders. ENT specialists are able to closely evaluate the vocal folds for a variety of disease and pathology.” Dr. Griggs advises patients to see an ENT specialist if you have: • hoarseness lasting more than four weeks, especially in smokers • severe pain or changes in voice lasting more than a few days • difficulty breathing or swallowing • coughing up blood • neck swelling • voice changes, including a raspy, weak, or shaky voice, voice fatigue or pitch changes andersonmagazine.com
Another red flag is if voice symptoms persist for more than two weeks after a cold or flu has gone away – especially if the patient is a smoker. If this is the case, an ENT physician should be consulted right away. Even if a patient’s voice has been hoarse since childhood, hoarseness should be evaluated by a specialist such as Dr. Griggs. “Once a voice disorder has been diagnosed, ENT specialists work closely with speech and language pathologists to create individualized treatment plans. Patients with reflux issues, laryngitis, or inflammation/ infection may be suitable for medical treatment. Smokers, or those with a significant history of smoking, should be evaluated promptly given their increased risk of cancer,” continues Dr. Griggs. AnMed Health recommends discussing with your primary care provider, ENT physician or vocal specialist about any vocal concerns. If you need help finding a primary care provider, please call Wellness Connect at 864.512.3748, or visit www.AnMedHealth.org/Doctors. Patients do not need a physician referral to be seen by AnMed Health Medicus ENT unless insurance requires it. n
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Let’s By Salina Jivani
In 2001, AnMed Health hired Slade not as a reactionary measure to a specific event or news incident, but because its leadership has long believed in the tenet of inclusivity and embracing every single individual as they are. Slade’s role: to promote diversity, health equity and inclusion in all its shapes and iterations, from hospital programs geared toward veterans to those for patients identified as having limited English proficiency. In 2017, the system’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts branched out to the community, inspiring the idea for CONNECT. “We typically think of diversity as simply race, ethnicity and gender,” said Slade. “And although those are some of the ways in which we could be diverse, in an environment as diverse as health care, you realize diversity goes beyond just color and origin to things like underserved groups such as women, veterans and those of another native tongue etcetera.” CONNECT aims to create greater awareness at the community level of how deeply uniqueness travels, affecting people in many ways. The purpose of the program: to “connect” AnMed Health with the broader community it serves. “CONNECT helps us have a community-wide conversation around diversity, health equity and inclusion,” said Slade. At the event, attended by hundreds every year, speakers address a range of topics from health inequities among diverse groups to larger diversity-related issues within society. On behalf of AnMed Health, Slade also invests time in the Anderson Area Remembrance & Reconciliation Initiative (AAR&RI), an organization that confronts the history of racial terror in Anderson County - specifically, incidents of lynching - and promotes awareness programs that address racial inequities. AAR&RI is one of only a handful of organizations focused on diversity in the state, and perhaps the youngest, having launched during the pandemic. Its focus, in conjunction with the nationally renowned Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) in Mobile, Alabama, is to memorialize the five documented victims of lynching in the Anderson community from 18941911.
Juana Spears Slade is chief diversity officer and director of language services with AnMed Health
Yellow lights cast a soft glow across the room. The tinkle of conversation is heard as guests amble about. All in all, G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Banquet Hall at Anderson University vibrates with energy—a blend of cordiality between both strangers and colleagues mixed with eager anticipation of the program: the sixth annual CONNECT event. And among the crowd is the woman behind the efforts of CONNECT: Juana Slade, chief diversity officer at AnMed Health. After the tragic deaths in 2020 of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, diversity and inclusion teams have cropped up everywhere, making roles like Slade’s commonplace at innumerable organizations across the nation. But that’s where AnMed Health, a not-for-profit health system serving the upstate of South Carolina and Northeastern Georgia, is different. “We aren’t new to the conversation of diversity,” said Slade. “If we’re a part of it, it’s because for decades diversity efforts have been baked into who we are.” andersonmagazine.com
CONNECT L to R: John Miller, retired President and Chief Executive Officer with AnMed Health; The Honorable Terence Roberts, the Mayor of the City of Anderson; Rev. Dr. Ankoma Anderson, senior pastor of Welfare Baptist Church in Anderson; Juana Spears Slade, chief diversity officer and director of language services with AnMed Health; Dr. Stuart Sprague, retired ethicist and Family Medicine Faculty member with AnMed Health and visionary leader of the AAR&RI Coalition The heart of the AAR&RI initiative is creating awareness, fostering dialogue and, most importantly, leading to peaceful reconciliation of these events so that the community is able to move forward together stronger and more resilient through our differences. “The point is not to be able to go to these horrific events and stay there,” said Slade. “Rather it’s to help reconcile us on many fronts. To create an understanding of why some people of color may be fearful of certain situations. Different bodies of research, such as newspapers, show these victims were terrorized and frightened even before they were killed. Those kinds of incidents and emotions are passed along as part of a culture’s DNA. Often, people may not even know that there’s scientific reasoning behind where these emotions stem from,” said Slade. But why make diversity a table conversation at a healthcare organization like AnMed Health? “We don’t do [medical] procedures the way we did thirty years ago. If we expect to serve patients the best way possible, we cannot expect to treat or interact with them the way we did thirty years ago, either. They are diverse and evolving, and they deserve services and programs that best understand and cater to that. Respecting diversity is not only the right thing to do, but from a business perspective, it’s essential.” Slade advocates that AnMed Health’s goal in the diversity space is to have a place everyone—team andersonmagazine.com
Dr. Evans Whitaker, President Anderson University; William Kenley, Chief Executive Officer, AnMed Health; Andrea Seemuller, Member of the AAR&RI Outreach and Education Committee; Rev. Ankoma Anderson, Member of the AAR&RI Steering and Outreach and Education committees members and patients alike—want to come and feel good being a part of, irrespective of any perceived differences. “The only way to create that environment for your customers and your team is if you create that space and opportunity to embrace differences and diversity in all its forms: race, gender, ethnicity, religion, beliefs and so on,” she said. “And if my being a part of AnMed Health and its initiatives helps us to achieve that, then I feel good about what I’m doing.” n 7
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A Clear View of City Glass Commercial Projects City Glass has produced an amazing variety of glass products for Anderson and the surrounding area for more than 70 years. While they do some residential glass work in house, their commercial business projects are much more visible across the Carolinas and Georgia. Their commercial services range from simple installation and replacement to complex designs that use the latest technology. “Many of the businesses we serve are owned by our friends and our neighbors,” said Shawn Holland, owner of City Glass. “We’re deeply involved in this community, and we value the trust our clients place in us. That motivates us to do our best on every commercial project, every single day.” City Glass has strong partnerships with multiple architecture and design firms in the area which afford the opportunity to present bids on commercial projects. Once those projects are secured, they collaborate seamlessly with general contractors such as Trehel, Matrix, J.Davis, Glenn Constructors and others to design, manufacture, and install specialized glass elements on the construction site. Here’s a look at just a few of the projects they’ve completed. When Skins’ Hotdogs rebuilt its Marketplace Shopping Center location following a fire in 2020, they chose City Glass to complete its storefront entrance and windows. They knew who to count on for solid performance and a consistent restaurant appearance. Other area businesses like Superior Cleaners and Stringer Oil have relied on City Glass for durable and dependable storefront installations. Preserving the past with a modern flair requires expertise, as seen in the window restoration for andersonmagazine.com
Historic Palmetto Building, located in Downtown Anderson, SC studio apartments at the historic Palmetto Building in Anderson. Downtown’s Bleckley Station features towering arched windows and interior doors overlooking a unique wedding venue. Many area churches rely on City Glass for beautiful, functional interior and exterior installations. First Presbyterian has a beautiful glass-front entryway, as well as glass panels lining a stairway and second floor. NewSpring in Clemson has glass surrounding its front door, and NewSpring’s Anderson church features aesthetic glasswork around the whole building, including the main entrance and veranda. And Anderson Mill Church in Moore, SC, has a gently arched, three-story glass façade that allows light into a spacious lobby. Clemson University has several buildings displaying City Glass artistry. The Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center allows nature to shine into a dazzling atrium. The indoor football practice complex has broad panels of glass across its front face. Clemson’s softball facility 8
also invites daylight through large glass panes above the entrance and at the press box. And the front face of the impressive Hoke Sloan Tennis Center has a curtain wall entrance of glass panels that reach toward the sky. Just three miles off Clemson’s campus is Patrick Square, a master-planned community with beautiful homes surrounding a town center with cafes and shops. City Glass provided windows and storefronts for many of the businesses in this charming walkable area, such as The Exchange—a collection of professional office suites. They also installed windows and doors for Kite Hill Brewing Company, which features Clemson-brewed craft beers. It speaks volumes when a general contracting company that serves three states selects you to design and install the glasswork for its office building. That’s exactly what Trehel Corporation did for its Pendleton Street Office Building in Greenville, SC. Arched glasswork reminiscent of classic mill architecture adorns the entire exterior. In Spartanburg, Wofford College selected City Glass to complete a beautiful entrance for the Michael S. Brown Village Center, which features loft residence apartments for its seniors above several college offices. The list of impressive City Glass commercial projects in the Upstate includes all the glasswork for The Cascades, a gorgeous restaurant center at The Club at Keowee Key. Merchney Greenhouses was a beautiful, extensive installation endeavor with numerous pinnacle structures across North Carolina and Georgia. AnMed Health chose City Glass to adorn the exterior of a sixstory hospital addition. And the Anderson Area YMCA is a breathtaking example of how mirrored glasswork is integrated into an impressive facility design. Just drive around, and you’re bound to see examples of their commercial project artistry. City Glass is a family-owned business that still believes in the power of personal relationships. Holland, VicePresident Richard Ballenger, and the entire staff proudly uphold the company’s long tradition of quality work and strong business ethics. Visit CityGlassSC.com and look through the impressive variety of commercial photos on the “Projects” page. Perhaps you’ll find inspiration for your company’s future construction or renovation. At City Glass, they help their clients see the world every day…while beautifying the community in which they proudly work and live. n
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It’s Getting CHILI in Belton By Lisa Marie Carter
On May 14, the 12th South Carolina State Chili Cookoff will be taking place on the Square in Belton. This is a premier event for chili cooks from across the U.S. who compete in an International Chili Society sanctioned event. Winning this event in any of the four categories (salsa, homestyle, chili verde and red chili) will qualify that participant for the World Championships which are scheduled to be hosted in Myrtle Beach later this year. There is also an amateur cookoff in the homestyle category. This is a competition event to get cooks
geared toward churches, groups, or organizations that want to be involved. This one will be of great interest to all chili lovers as the participants are asked to make enough chili to offer to the public to taste. Chili makers get the added benefit of having professional cooks judge the amateur chili and decide the winner. They’ll also get quality feedback from the judges to help them improve their recipes. Tasting begins at 11 a.m. Visitors purchase three tastings for $5 or unlimited tastings for $15. Chili isn’t the only hot thing about this event; it’s also a full festival to show off the city of Belton. During the festival, there is something for everyone. Some of the other great features are the craft and food vendors that help create a street festival type atmosphere. And there will be singing and dancing entertainment on the main stage throughout the day. The chili cook-off itself is organized by the South Carolina Chili Cook-off Committee, chaired by Gene Jameson and Eleanor Dorn. What is Jameson’s favorite thing about this entire event? “The spring street festival atmosphere is hard to beat,” he said. “Over the years we have developed strong relationships with the chili cooks, and they enjoy this event and look forward to coming each year. It is always good to see them again and catch up.” In addition to this being a “fun for all” event, it also has a charitable purpose as the net proceeds generated by the cook-off go to four different area non-profit organizations: Shalom House, Belton Center for the Arts, Belton Area Museum Association, and the Belton
interested in a lower pressure cookoff to see how they like it and to see how their chili stacks up against the competition. As if those chili competitions weren’t enough, there is also the people’s choice category. This category is andersonmagazine.com
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Interfaith Ministries Association. While May 14 is a day full of events there are also several other events leading up to the big day such as the Chili Pepper Pageant and the BAMA Chili Pepper Golf Tournament, as well as the Kegs N Eggs event held on May 15. If you’ve attended this event in years past you know what a fun, family-friendly experience it is. Jameson added, “It is a marquis event for our city and is a great way to see all we have to offer.” To learn more about the International Chili Society, check out the website chilicookoff.com. To learn more about the Belton Chili Cookoff Festival, visit beltonalliance.com
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have theirs in order, too. Have they named a General and Heath Care Power of Attorney so that you or other loved ones can make decisions on their behalf if they are unable to do so on their own? If so, are these documents up to date? It’s a good idea to have them updated every 7-10 years to be sure they adhere to updated provisions in the law. Are the beneficiaries listed on their accounts up to date? Spend time now getting everything in order so that they have plans in place for the future. • Look into adult health centers close to home or work that offer daytime programs for the elderly. These popular programs will allow you to go to work or meet other daily obligations knowing that your loved one is being cared for in a safe environment. • Cultivate your support network. Now, more than ever, it’s important to explore options in your community or near your parents’ home. Ask friends and neighbors for recommendations. Join a local caregiver support group – start by contacting your local Area Agency on Aging. You’ll meet people in similar situations who understand exactly what you’re going through. • Ask for help and delegate – you don’t have to do everything yourself. Enlist your kids help with ageappropriate tasks. • Take care of yourself: Eat right, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, and engage in regular physical activity like walking or yoga or your weekly softball game. Keep in contact with your friends, family members. No matter how hectic life gets, you need to take care of yourself—which includes making time for yourself—so you have the mental and physical energy to care for your parents and children. n
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If you’re a woman of the Sandwich Generation, ages 35-54, then you’re possibly facing the challenge of managing your family, career, and the needs of your aging parents. First coined in 1981, the label “Sandwich Generation” describes caregivers who are responsible for both children and elderly parents. About 60 percent of sandwich generation caregivers are women. This may be one reason why women of the sandwich generation exhibit the highest levels of stress among all demographics. If you’re in this situation, then you’re adjusting your goals, schedules, and finances to care for your kids and parents, and possibly, your spouse in the future. As Mother’s Day approaches, it’s a good time for moms and their families to recognize the importance of addressing stress and managing it in healthy ways. Katherine Nordal, PhD, executive director for professional practice, American Psychological Association, says, “It’s not surprising that so many people in that age group are experiencing stress. The worry of your parents’ health, and your children’s wellbeing as well as the financial concern of putting kids through college and saving for your own retirement is a lot to handle.” • Gather and organize financial documents. Just as it’s important to have to just your own documents in order, you also want to make sure your parents
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The AnMed Health Foundation and it’s Board of Trustees wish to thank our co-chairs, Butch & Cindy Hughes, our generous sponsors, our faithful volunteers and all our guests for making the 28th Annual Camellia Ball, presented by Hill Electric, a wonderful success! With your help, we raised over $400,000 in support of Behavioral Health Services. Sponsors PRESENTING
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Tree Tips for Spring By Deborah Tucker
The weather is warming up. Trees are budding out. It’s time to do some spring maintenance on your trees. Need advice? There is a wealth of information provided by the Clemson Cooperative Extension Home & Garden Information Center. It gives general advice as well as advice for specific trees. Tips on Pruning The Home & Garden Center says that, as a rule, trees that flower before June 1 should be pruned after they bloom. Plants that flower after June 1 are considered summer-flowering and can be pruned just prior to spring growth. Some annual maintenance is usually required. This includes: • Remove branches that have narrow crotch angles. • Remove branches that grow inward or threaten to rub against nearby branches. • Remove branches that grow downward from the main limbs, which may interfere with mowing or other maintenance practices. • Remove branches with insect, disease, ice, or wind damage. Prune pear or loquat damaged by fire blight disease several inches below the infection. • Remove vigorous shoots, suckers, upright succulent shoots along the main branches from ornamental pear, cherry, crabapple, plum, and other trees. Remove them while they are young. • Remove upright shoots, which compete with the main trunk for dominance.
If this all sounds a bit complicated, Clemson Cooperative Extension has an office in Anderson located at 313 South Towers Street. You can call the office at (864) 226-1581 or visit the website at hgic.clemson.edu. A Visit to Callaham Orchards Callaham Orchards is a family-owned fruit, berry, and vegetable farm located at 559 Crawford Road in Belton. It is best known for strawberries and peaches. Owner Andy Callaham gave me a tour of the farm and we talked about taking care of fruit trees.
Removing Large Tree Branches The Home & Garden Center explains the proper and safe method of removing large tree branches. Branches larger than 1 ½ inches in diameter require three separate cuts to prevent trunk bark stripping. Make the first cut on the underside of the branch approximately 15 inches away from the trunk. Cut until the branch starts to move in a downward direction and before the saw is bound in the branch. Make the second cut in a downward direction from the top of the branch approximately 17 inches from the main trunk. This will cause the limb to split cleanly between the two cuts without tearing the branch. The final cut should begin on the outside of the branch bark ridge and end just outside of the lower collar swelling on the lower side of the branch. andersonmagazine.com
How to Prune a Peach Tree “The best way to prune a peach tree is to think of an umbrella after the wind has turned it inside out,” suggested Callaham. “You want to have the trunk of the tree come up to about three feet off the ground, and then choose five to six limbs to come out of the trunk of the tree like spokes in a wheel but leaving the trunk at a 45-degree angle. You need to make sure that the six limbs you choose are equally separated like spokes in a wheel, if possible.” Callaham continued by saying you want to leave the center of the tree open, with NO big limbs in the center of the tree. The tree needs to be able to get sunlight and air movement through the center of the tree to help 20
fruit ripening and to cut down on fungus growth on the fruit of the tree. The “Secrets” of Planting Healthy Trees Keeping fruit trees, or any kind of tree, healthy can be a challenging business. Callaham’s first secret is to be sure the tree is right for the local climate. “Before you buy a tree, make sure the tree and variety you purchase is applicable to your USDA climate zone,” explained Callaham. “Florida or South Georgia peach trees will never produce fruit here in South Carolina because of low chill hours.” Chill hours on fruit trees, the number of hours below 45 degrees a tree receives between bud set in the fall and full boom out in the spring, must match your climate zone. Callaham likes to see 800 to 1200 chill hours on varieties he chooses. Callaham went on to say that after you’ve chosen your tree and variety, you need to get your soil perfect for the tree to live in. This means first taking a broad fork or tractor with sub-soiler and breaking up the hard pan down to 18 inches of more in all directions from where the tree will be planted. After that, go to the Clemson Cooperative Extension and get a soil sample box, take samples of the soil, and mail it to the extension service. It will send you a report in a couple of weeks telling you exactly what to add to your soil to make it perfect for your new tree.
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Latest “Secret” – Plant on Mounds Callaham told me how he learned this latest secret the hard way. The heavy rains we’ve had over the last couple of years essentially drowned half of his orchard. “We like to throw up mounds to plant our trees on,” said Callaham. “This keeps the tree from getting ‘wet foot’ and drowning during times of prolonged rain. Also, when you plant your trees, never put the crown of the tree under the soil. The crown of the tree is the portion of tree between where it is budded or grafted and the root ball.” If you follow these few tips, you should have success with all your tree planting endeavors. To learn more about Callaham Orchards, visit Facebook @Callaham-Orchards. n andersonmagazine.com
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Four-year college, two-year college, find a job, take more than maybe what would be required, so as I moved some time off, join the military, travel to a few places, through all four areas (of manufacturing experiences), I just hang out and sleep in … the options after high learned all I could.” The program required students like school lie before high school graduates like seashells Dacus and Drualan Cottrell of Palmetto High School, on a storm-washed beach. To them, it may seem each who also participated in a Michelin apprenticeship, to specimen might be better than the last, and the one balance school, homework, and up to a 30-hour work rolling in on the next tide could hold their pearl. Some week. Both Cottrell and Dacus found that balance by give it little thought at all, relieved at having made keeping their eye on the prize of full-time employment it to the end and choosing not to think much past with an international company when they had finished. graduation day. Others reach high anxiety if they don’t Cottrell noted, “Working swing shift while going to have their early acceptance letter by Christmas break of welding school at the career center was no joke, but their senior year. After an anxious two years of dealing I’m excited that it helped me build a life for after high with COVID, Anderson County graduates seem to be school.” And a life unencumbered by student loans to giving careful consideration to their next steps. boot. Anderson County’s five school districts graduate The trades seem to be a popular choice given the about 2,700 students a year who have dozens of choices many manufacturing opportunities in Anderson in their own backyards. Tri-County Technical College, County, and mechatronics is on the horizon for Anderson University, and other schools just a few miles Palmetto High graduate Michael Browning. His SAT outside county lines combined with a host of international companies with plenty of jobs to fill offer a lot of options for graduates. Frequently, they partner with each another to make an attractive package of school/work options. The ability to finish high school on an accelerated plan was a key factor for Bralin Dacus, who finished his T.L. Hanna High courses and is already working as a full-time manufacturing professional at Michelin’s US8 plant in what is still his senior year. He chose the Michelin Youth Apprenticeship program after hearing about it from his father, who has worked at Michelin close to seven years. In his own words, Dacus was a “student who came to school and did the work” but once joining Michelin’s Youth Apprenticeship program, he said he would, “Be at school, watching the clock, eager to get over to the plant and start work. I was really into it. I’m the type of person who likes to learn Bralin Dacus, part of the Michelin’s Youth Apprenticeship program. andersonmagazine.com
scores qualified him for a Palmetto Fellowship, which he plans to use to attend Tri-County Technical College. “I like the combination of electronics, mechanics, and hydraulics that make up mechatronics,” Browning said. “The engineering teachers at the Career Center made it interesting and I never got bored.” He will attend a hybrid program with BMW and Tri-County that he hopes will become a full-time job in BMW repair work. Anna Sutherland, another Palmetto High graduate, has her focus on following in her mom’s footsteps of being a teacher. She competed in a Scholars Weekend competition which netted her a full scholarship to North Greenville Technical College. There she plans to earn her elementary education and early childhood degrees to eventually, she hopes, teach upper elementary school. Pendleton High School seniors and twins Callie and Rhecia Majors said they had military and aerospace careers decided on many years ago. For Callie, her decision was made in fourth grade when she visited family at the U.S. Naval Academy and “really related to the lives of the cadets there.” She has an appointment at West Point Academy in her future with a career goal of environmental engineering. “I want to work outdoors while focusing on the environment and how technology can help the military prevent crises,” she said. Rhecia is awaiting news on her Air Force Academy appointment to study aerospace engineering but has an ROTC scholarship at University of Tennessee as her backup plan. “I’ve always liked rockets and aviation and was excited when the U.S. Space Force was created,” she said. Both acknowledge their grandfather, who served in Vietnam, was a big influence on wanting to serve their country.
T.L. Hanna senior Brayden Sherman has been an influencer in Anderson County development and business for several years now, hoping to parlay that experience and a college degree into a real estate career. He turned 18 in January, but with 14,000 followers on Facebook checking in for the latest news on businesses coming to Anderson County, he has a big head start on completing that goal. Sherman began researching Anderson County for his family when they were considering a move from Florida in 2018. He studied income potential, population growth, cost of living, and median household income data before advising them to check out the area. The knack for researching stuck. “I liked doing the research and wanted to continue to do it to a slightly different degree. Everyone thinks I get information because I work for the county, but I’m not affiliated with them,” Sherman said. “I find out what’s coming and going by researching construction bids or property records or the Anderson County Geographic Information System. I have helped connect landowners in Anderson with tenants like Love’s Truck Stop, Fazoli’s, and Budget Rental Cars so far.” His Facebook page, “Anderson County Business Development,” will likely be on hiatus while he serves in the National Guard for six months and earns his college tuition. With student loan debt pervading national news lately, these Anderson County graduates are making thoughtful choices for their futures and parlaying scholarships, service, work experience, and hybrid school/work opportunities into bright, debt-free futures with good pay, benefits, and more. Here’s to the class of 2022! n
Alumna Says Botany Instructor/Mentor Influenced Her Life and Career Last year Mary Anna Vargo was seated in her home office, reflecting on her educational journey that led to a recent job offer with Clemson University as a consumer horticulture agent in the Greenville County Extension office. “I thought about the beginning and I immediately thought of Beverly Thompson (her botany teacher at TriCounty Technical College). I reached out by e-mail and told her my news. I’m where I need to be because of her and I’m grateful for her,” said Vargo. She wrote in her e-mail: “I have come a long way in my educational journey and whenever I look back at the most influential people in my life, you are definitely one of them. So, thank you very much for being so kind and encouraging in class and for offering that botany course with only three students! It was such a huge deal to me, and it still is,” said Vargo, now 28. In 2015 19-year-old Vargo, who had just completed a year of studies at the College of Charleston, was seated in a Tri-County Technical College Botany 101 class, unaware at the time just how influential the course, and Thompson, would be on her life and her career. She was one of just three girls who were enrolled in the class taught by Thompson as part of a then-new articulation agreement TCTC has with Clemson University’s biological sciences department. A Piedmont native, Vargo spent her high school years homeschooled by her mother and took dual enrollment classes at TCTC in preparation for a four-year degree and a career in the sciences. She took marine biology classes at the College of Charleston but discovered “it wasn’t the science I wanted. I knew I was in the wrong major,” she recalls. She returned home to Piedmont, where she enrolled in TCTC and began pursuing an associate in science degree full time and at no cost, thanks to Lottery Tuition Assistance.
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“I had no clue about a career choice. I just wanted to learn more. I was enthralled by the world of plants once I took Biology 102 and I was hungry to learn more. After speaking to my biology professor, she mentioned Thompson sometimes taught a botany course. I contacted her about offering it … and I lucked out, and she taught it the next semester! I really do not know if I would be where I am today if it wasn’t for her offering that course,” she said. “The lecture and labs changed the course for me,” said Vargo. “It was the best class ever! She made it so fun. She became my role model. I didn’t even know there was a career in horticulture/botany. We had a lot of discussions about career options. She recommended I transfer to Clemson University. I am so lucky I found what I love,” said Vargo, who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in horticulture at Clemson.
“The lecture and labs changed the course for me. It was the best class ever! She made it so fun. She became my role model.
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A highlight of her time at Clemson was a “lifechanging” two-month undergraduate horticulture internship at Claude Monet’s Garden in France. “I had a hard time saying goodbye to the gardens,” she said. She also had wonderful opportunities as a graduate student where she performed greenhouse research on ornamental plants, taught two lab courses on woody plant ID, and another one on greenhouse production of annuals and perennials. She discovered she liked the combination of science and research and teaching. When she began interviewing for jobs after graduation, she knew she wanted a position where she could be creative. She interviewed for the extension agent job and was hired. “This is such a fun job. It feels very right,” she said. A typical day is filled with answering homeowners’ questions and troubleshooting their problems. She also is out in the field visiting sites, such as nurseries in Greenville County, that need support. “Every day is different,” she said. “Right now I’m learning a lot and having fun. I’m meeting a lot of cool people. I feel lucky that I get to contribute. I can’t imagine doing anything else. I hope to have the same effect on other people’s lives as Beverly had on mine.” Thompson said, “It absolutely made my day when I received Mary’s e-mail. It was affirmation that this is why I’m here. It’s why I do what I do-- to give students the knowledge they need to move forward. When you love what you teach it is very easy to be infectious. I just knew that Mary had the spark and love for plants like I do, and that a degree in horticulture or botany would be a perfect fit. Those girls in that class made teaching fun and exciting. I am so honored to be a part of the journey.” n andersonmagazine.com
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Many people look for products reading “Made in the USA” as they try to support businesses across the U.S., but how many local people look for items reading “Made in Anderson”? Our county is home to some major manufacturers and supporting them helps support our local economy. Teri Gilstrap with Anderson County Economic Development details some of the many ways having these major manufacturers in our community benefits us all. The most obvious benefit is the new job creation, but Gilstrap emphasizes it’s not just any job, it’s quality job creation. “Quality” means jobs with such things as great benefits and higher pay. With so many manufacturing companies looking to expand, what does Anderson County look for when considering pursuing a specific company? “We recruit industries to benefit our community. We want to ensure we continue to grow the area in the best way possible,” said Gilstrap. “It’s not just the assets these companies bring; it’s also the assets their employees bring to our entire community. Like our current manufacturers, they donate time and items and contribute to schools, and allow workers to do community service, and they bring diversity.” There are quite a few projects in the works now. They can take six months to three years, even more, to come to fruition, but Gilstrap assures they try to announce new manufacturers as soon as they legally can. What many may not realize is the new industry is very clean and automated, not like the textile mills of the past. In addition to the typical production operators, they tend to have a wide variety of needs for professional employees, such as nurses, accountants, etc. Let’s look at some of the current players in our local manufacturing field. We posed some basic questions to two of the companies to learn a little more about their relationship with Anderson County. First up: Roylco the manufacturer of accessible, practical, and cost-effective products for educators. Roylco has called Anderson home for 25 years now and currently employs 35 full-time employees in Anderson, and growing. Darby Smith, Roylco Director of Business Development answered our questions about Roylco. andersonmagazine.com
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Michelin’s Anderson County Plant Anderson Magazine (AM): What makes Anderson a great spot for Roylco? Roylco (R): It’s the people. We have a GREAT team made of people from the Upstate who get the job done and done right.
Next up is Michelin, the world’s leading manufacturer of fuel‑efficient tires that have called Anderson County home since 1975. It employs more than 1,300 people. Matt Cole, Facility Personnel Manager Michelin answered our questions about Michelin.
AM: How do you think Roylco benefits the Anderson area? R: We love to give back to our teammates and members of our community. In fact, we have done MANY teacher training sessions, giveaways, and learning demos for elementary schools and daycares in our area. It is a twoway street though—having a good relationship with teachers, parents, and caregivers in our community allow us to learn more about their needs and wants to create even better products.
AM: What makes Anderson a great spot for Michelin? Michelin (M): The community’s commitment to build, develop and grow the workforce of the future is aligned with Michelin’s purpose to give everyone a better life in motion through economic stability and workforce development. As manufacturing roles continue to evolve with advanced technology, Michelin works closely with several partners such as Tri-County Technical College
AM: What exactly is manufactured in the Anderson location? R: All kinds of fun stuff! We create fancy craft papers, fun teaching supplies, and learning toys to inspire the next generation. Our facility also supports Roylco Industrial, a custom die-cutter that serves multiple industries. AM: Are there plans to expand or manufacture new items here? R: All the time. We think of our Anderson production site as a design studio where we can rapidly dream up, produce, and go to market with new and interesting products. Smith concluded, “Our educational and early learning products are sold worldwide, and we proudly advertise that these products are made right here in Anderson, S.C. On top of that, our custom die-cutting service continues to develop and diversify which means that regional plants do not have to send their work away or even to foreign countries to be done. Roylco is doing big things right here!” andersonmagazine.com
and Anderson Institute of Technology to recruit interns and technical scholars for our highly skilled roles. We look forward to continued growth and partnerships with Anderson County. AM: How do you think Michelin benefits the Anderson area? M: Michelin has a passion for community outreach. We are proud to support various community efforts like the March of Dimes, United Way, the Michelin Technical Scholars program, among others. These programs contribute to the development and wellbeing of people of all ages in Anderson County. AM: What exactly is manufactured in the Anderson County locations? M: There are three manufacturing plants in the Anderson area. In Starr, US8 produces semi-finished rubber, and US10 produces mining tires. US2, the plant in Sandy Springs, also produces semi-finished rubber. AM: Are there plans to expand or manufacture new items here? M: We have nothing to announce at this time. Two other main players we want to mention: Carolina Mop was established by Mr. and Mrs. Teasley A. Moorehead in the Upstate of South Carolina in 1945. This family-owned business has been manufacturing floor cleaning products for over 70 years. They manufacture a variety of mops (dust mops, wet mops, deck mops, etc.), and sell other commercial floor cleaning tools such as brooms, handles, scrub brushes, janitor carts, etc. Visit www. carolinamop.com to read more about them. First Quality opened its Anderson facility in 2010 to better serve the needs of its partners in the household paper products market. Since then, the location has grown, expanding to an additional facility, and adding print and packaging solutions to its portfolio. First Quality employs over 800 people at the Anderson facilities. Some of the items they make include bath tissue, paper towels, shrink film, printed rolls, and compression bags. Visit firstquality.com n
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Foothills Writers Guild’s beloved senior member, Elsie Holcombe, celebrates her 100th birthday in June. She joined our guild almost thirty years ago and published her first novel, It Happened in a Parrish in late 2019. Elsie’s poems have won numerous state and local poetry contests. They appear in collections she has published. Here is one of her award-winning poems.
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May 5 - Kathryn Smith presentation on Baptists & Bootleggers May 13 - Chili Pepper Golf Tournament South Carolina Most Wanted Exhibit will be open through June 18.
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SculpTOUR: pARTnership for public art SculpTOUR is a public art partnership with the City of Anderson and is organized by the Anderson Arts Center. Each year, as part of the Anderson Arts Center’s Annual Juried Show, sculptors are invited to submit entries for the SculpTOUR competition. A committee selects the winners, and the artists are given a $1000 award, and their submission is on display in Anderson for at least one year. This process allows the City to have new and fresh public art each year, however, sometimes the sculptures are purchased and become a permanent part of the landscape. The latest sculptures were installed in April with the official unveiling on Friday, April 29 as part of the Soiree and the Arts Center’s Art on the Town event. Make sure to take a stroll through downtown to see the latest additions of public art!
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1. Aldo Muzzarelli “Freedom” Polychrome Iron Located in front of Indigo Custom Framing 2. Matt Amante “Large Watcher” Painted Steel Located in front of Home 2 Suites
3. Bob Doster “Flight of Man” Stainless Steel Located in front of Honey Hush Boutique 4. Kevin Vaneck “The Screws That We Lose are the Hardest to Replace” Aluminum & Bronze (Please note the Located at the Anderson County Courthouse photos do not reflect the current 5. Adam Walls location of the “Tree” sculptures) Painted Steel Located in front of The Bleckley Inn
United Way Garners New Support for Community Gardens
In partnership with the following organizations and the USDA-NRCS, United Way of Anderson County is happy to provide supplies and support to cultivate 12 community gardens, some new and some that have been benefiting residents for years, all around the Anderson community. These gardens will grow fresh fruits and vegetables for people to provide healthy and sustainable food sources. This initiative is an integral part of United Way's ongoing commitment to a healthier community. Community gardens are just the beginning of a vision of a healthier and more vibrant Anderson County!
Community Garden Partners The LOT Project Artisan Gardens AIM Anderson Free Clinic DCEC South Main Chapel & Mercy Center First Presbyterian Church Cancer Association of Anderson Renaissance Academy Foothills Alliance Safe Harbor To learn more email Bailey.Gottheiner@uwandersoncty.com
News & Upcoming Events at United Way Anderson County teens ages 15-19 can get a $25 gift card by participating in a short sexual health education program!
Does your teen want to get involved in volunteering? We have a Youth Volunteer Corps for youth-based service projects!
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