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7 Publisher/Editor April Cameron

Holding Court in the Wrestling Ring

14 Going once, Going Twice, SOLD! 22 Celebrate Anderson 28 A Night of Beautiful Music


30 Persevering –

Kathryn Smith Publishes “The Gatekeeper”

32 Hybrid Operating Room Opens 34 Walking to End Alzheimer’s 41 The A List Winners


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Letter from the Editor

Well, the season may be slightly wrong, but when we do the A List issue, I always think of the holiday song, “These are a Few of My Favorite Things.” I enjoy tallying the results to see which businesses make the list each year. Many times, the votes fall where I expect them to, and sometimes I am surprised! But I always enjoy seeing what our readership puts at the top of their list, and it’s fun to see which businesses worked hard to make sure their customers, clients, friends and family took the time to vote! In addition to our A List results, we’ve got some “A List” stories this issue, if I do say so myself! Anderson’s very own Kathryn Smith has seen her dream become a reality with the publishing of her book, “The Gatekeeper.” One of our writers shared a cup of coffee with Kathryn and talked about this amazing accomplishment. Make sure to get your copy and have her autograph it at the Anderson book launch on Sept. 13 at the Anderson County Museum. Check out the story for full details. Another Anderson A Lister that has moved way up to the very top of my list after spending a couple hours with him is Clemson Tiger Ben Boulware. The Boulwares are a local family with all four of their children having grown up attending school in District 5. While it sure would be easy for someone like Ben, who was recruited to play for his first choice college, is considered a leader on his team, gets plenty of TV time and is talked about among the most famous sports networks like ESPN to get an inflated ego, he is probably one of the most pleasant, well-balanced, kind-hearted and genuine 21 year olds I’ve ever had the pleasure to spend any amount of time with. I was always a Ben Boulware fan, especially because he was a local kid doing well, but now I am a super fan because I have seen another side of him off the field that would make any mother proud! And since we’re talking about people doing things to make their momma’s proud, Judy Swanson, Jimmy Johnson and Bob Heritage are three members of our community that are making a positive impact by using their talents to help some of our non-profit organizations raise funds and awareness about causes and issues that are near and dear to them. Their stories are sprinkled throughout this issue, and anyone who is working to help someone is need is definitely on my A List! As always, I hope you’ll enjoy this issue and learn new things about what’s going on in Anderson County! n



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ing Court in The Wrestling Ring


By Greg Wilson, Anderson Observer

For more than 15 years, Tommy Seigler has been in charge of security at the historic courthouse in Anderson. But before he was keeping things secure downtown, he was shaking things up in the wrestling ring. From the late 1960s through the late 1970s, Seigler made his living traveling the globe with the likes of Andre the Giant, Gene and Ollie Anderson and a litany of the world’s most famous, and infamous, professional wrestlers. Seigler’s skills were so impressive, a generation of wrestlers learned the sport by watching his technique. These days the six-foot-plus Seigler still moves like an athlete. Few would believe he will be 78 in September. His blues eyes are clear and sharp, as sharp as the smart wardrobe he sports at work each day. And he has forgotten little about his career in the squared circle, something that began on the playgrounds of Anderson County. “There was no wrestling in any of the schools around here,” Seigler said. “But I liked to get out in the yard and wrestle with anybody who was up for it.” He spent his early school years in Anderson before moving to Iva, where he attended high school. As part of the final class of Iva High School in 1956, Seigler played football, baseball and basketball. He also was part of a group of students who won the contest to name the new high school: Crescent. After graduation, Seigler moved to Flint, Michigan, to work for General Motors. After two years up north, he returned to South Carolina where he became a construction engineer for Daniel Construction Company. It was during his time working for Daniel that his wrestling career was born. While working on one of the company’s job sites in Pensacola, Florida, Seigler started working out and lifting

weights at the YMCA, where he met other wrestlers who noticed his speed and size and encouraged him to give the sport a try. In the decade that followed, Seigler wrestled more than 2,000 times all over the world, individually and as a tag-team partner from the who’s who of professional wrestling of the 1960s and 1970s. Andre the Giant, Haystacks Calhoun, Brute Bernard, the Anderson Brothers (Gene and Ollie), Argentina Apollo and the Hollywood Blondes are only a few of the wrestlers Seigler joined in the ring. His iconic match against Dick Steinborn in 1973 later became a training film for other wrestlers. “I have talked to so many wrestlers over the years who told me they were trained by that match,” Seigler said. “When they went to camps to train, the trainer would show them that match and say: ‘This is what you need to learn how to do.’” In those days, wresting was a blue-collar sport. Driving more than 2,000 miles a week in his own car, Seigler


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PEOPLE said he wrestled six nights a week for nearly nine years, with only Sundays off. “Wrestling was much different then,” Seigler said. “Most people used their real name. I wrestled using my own name all over the world. Back then most wrestlers didn’t use a name that sounded like a cartoon character.” And as for the question everyone always asks: Was wrestling scripted in your day? “You’d have to talk to someone else, because none of mine was,” Seigler said. “When I went into the ring, I didn’t know what was going to happen. Most of us back in those days did wrestle.” He made a name for himself, first winning titles in Florida and Georgia, then taking the British Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship and finally the 1977 International Wrestler of the Year honor in his final year, the year of his injury. Seigler’s wrestling career ended two weeks before Christmas in December of 1977, while wrestling in Singapore. “It was a tag match, and I looked around and my partner had left the ring,” Seigler said. “I don’t know where he went.”

The other team, neither of which spoke any English, double-teamed Seigler in an exhibit so brutal the crowd attempted to stop them before riot police showed up to break up the melee. When it was over, Seigler was left with multiple injuries to disks in his back. He spent the international flight home lying in the aisle of the jet. Once back in the states, surgeons for the Atlanta Falcons examined Seigler. “They did surgery to get pressure off the nerves, but Anderson Five ~ District Accredited it couldn’t be fixed and my wrestling career was over,” Seigler said. He returned to a desk job in construction, before taking a job in security in Atlanta. After two years, family matters brought him back to the Upstate, where he worked security in Greenville. 400 Pearman Road Dairy When that company closed, he took over security for Anderson,the SC Anderson 29625 County Civic Center. From there, Seigler moved to his position in security at the historic house downtown. “I am here five days a week, late at night when there are meetings,” Seigler said. The big man, who is up at 5:30 a.m. every day lifting weights among the 4,000 pounds of plates in his basement gym, Siegler said he has yet to need his wrestling skills in his security work downtown. “I’ve been prepared to a few times, and if that was what it was going to take, I was going to put a hold on them,” Seigler said smiling, “But it hasn’t gone that far yet.” n


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Here in the South, there are a few things we still believe you “get dressed” for. Easter Sunday church. A nice dinner. Oh, and college football games. Some people may find it silly to put on such nice clothes to just watch a football game. However, dressing nicely for something shows respect – and football fans, even female football fans, have the utmost respect for their teams of choice! The top two fan bases out of Anderson County are likely Clemson and the University of South Carolina. We certainly have a few other teams with well-dressed fans in the area, but local stores are mostly filled with orange and purple and garnet and black at this time of year. Check out these super cute fans and some of the trends spotted at Clemson and SC! n


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Your Dollars at Work

By Tom Wilson, Chair, United Way Campaign

This year, I have accepted the opportunity to serve as the Chair for the United Way annual campaign. Opportunity – Some may chuckle at calling the task of raising money an “opportunity.” However, the opportunity is not in the raising of funds, but in what can be done with those funds to improve our communities and help thousands of people across the county. Donors play a vital role in shaping our community. Through annual gifts and workplace giving, your gift combined with the gifts of others can make a profound difference to the countless programs and people who benefit from United Way funding. Together, we’re creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on EDUCATION, INCOME, HEALTH, and BASIC NEEDS — the building blocks for a good quality life. Through your support, children enter school better prepared to succeed, families build brighter and more financially-stable futures, people live healthier lives, and basic needs are being met.


This year our campaign goal is $2 million dollars. This is a tall order, but it CAN be done. By uniting and combining resources, engaging people who are willing to volunteer and lend a hand, and partnering with organizations that provide important services in the community, we CAN make a difference. This is what we call LIVING UNITED. n

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Randy Blackston Receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Tri-County Technical College


andy Blackston, vice president of operations at Glen Raven (Sunbrella®) in Anderson, received Tri-County Technical College’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2016 in recognition of his dedication to his alma mater. In 1988 Randy Blackston enrolled at Tri-County in the University Transfer track with the goal of studying Business Management at Clemson University when he met the College’s Industrial Technology instructors, toured the department, and realized that he was challenged by and excited about mechanical equipment, gear ratios, motion time and study, production control, and quality analysis. “I enjoyed the connection I had with faculty and the interest they had in me. When you engage like that with students, you expedite the learning process at a level much greater than can occur in the classroom lectures,” he said. Blackston never scored less than an A after transitioning to the Engineering and Industrial Technology Division and graduated in 1990 as an honor student with a 4.0 GPA. “Tri-County’s Industrial Technology Department was excellent. It provided the basic math and engineering background to go straight to work or to continue my education, which is the avenue I chose,” he said. “When I entered Clemson, I felt I was a semester ahead. The Industrial Technology classes gave me a good head start. It was an easy transition.” After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he began working at Glen Raven as a Management Trainee and Project Engineer. “I had a goal,” said Blackston, who, today is responsible for global manufacturing of the Sunbrella® Branded Products. Around the globe, Glen Raven’s Sunbrella® brand is recognized as the industry leader in performance fabrics for awning, marine, and decorative furniture. His strong work ethic put him on the fast track for the Anderson company—in 24 years rising from his first assignment to being directly responsible for the operations of four manufacturing plants with 1,200 associates. He also is responsible for global best practices and manages global capital projects.


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He says his biggest achievement was serving as Project Manager in 1992 for the one-million-square-foot facility on Liberty Highway. From May 1992 – June 1994, he was immersed in the new project, calculating every item needed for the facility based on growth calculations. “Tri-County’s hands-on approach gave me the foundation I needed to tackle complicated problems. Through the math and work measurement, I had the building blocks to do calculations and be a part of group discussions,” he said. In 2007 he was named Glen Raven’s Vice President of Operations. He is charged with directing the sustainability program for Glen Raven globally. He leads the corporate-wide sustainability initiative which achieved Landfill-Free Status in all operations in North America, France, and China. In 2012 Glen Raven received Duke Energy’s Power Partners Award for its efforts in energy efficiency, sustainability, and business growth. “Glen Raven has given me wonderful opportunities,” said Blackston. “Years ago, I joined an amazing company, and I’m thankful I could use my education to work for the greatest company in the world,” he said. He worked as an instructor for Tri-County, serving as an adjunct for the Engineering and Industrial Technology Division from 1995 – 2003. He also developed the first web-based quality classes for the College’s Quality Assurance program. “Teaching was a great source of relaxation. I taught real-world exercises by taking actual data and presenting it to the class. Students really appreciated this. Teaching made me a better manager. I would do it tomorrow if time allowed,” he said. Blackston also is active in his community, serving on the Board of Directors for Imagine Anderson, the American Heart Association, South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Board, Ambassadors Board for AnMed Health, the Board of Visitors at Anderson University and the Industrial Engineering Advisory Board at Clemson University.

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Business Profile It’s hard to believe a boy raised in deep South Georgia with a slow, Southern drawl would grow up to master the fast-talking, rhythmic bid-calling of a seasoned auctioneer, but that’s just what Jimmy Johnson has done since he came to Anderson from the Savannah area in the 1980s. After moving here, Johnson worked at the Anderson Area YMCA as operations manager for about 10 years. According to Johnson, he realized that to advance his career within the YMCA arena he would likely have to move to another city, and he didn’t want to. “I had visited quite a few estate auctions,” said Johnson. “I had practically furnished my house that way. Then, I started helping Allen Ashley, who was an auctioneer. I didn’t know anything about it. I hadn’t even been exposed to it, but I really liked it,” he said. In order to build a career where he could stay in Anderson long-term, Johnson decided to go into auctions full time. He went to “auction school” and began working with Coldwell Banker’s real estate auction operations. One of Johnson’s first big land auctions was what is now the McPhail Farms neighborhood. “It was property owned by the McPhail family, and when the husband died, the family sold the estate. I was the auctioneer for the property,” said Johnson. “I was able to use my skills and resources to let the land get to the full value.” He set up his own independent auction company called Auction Services, Ltd., and it has been in business for about 27 years now. Auction Services

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offers turnkey auction services on everything from estate sales to business liquidations, and 80 percent of its auctions are conducted online as well, said Johnson. “The market likes online auctions,” he said. “The auction industry has adapted to that. Technology allows simultaneous online and live auctions.” Estate auctions are very popular for his


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business. That often includes selling land, the home on the land and all the property in a home – everything from the furniture and housewares to jewelry. “I’m not an expert on jewelry, but I know a lot about jewelry,” said Johnson. “The Internet makes me a genius,” he laughed. “When I started, I needed to know a lot more. Today, I can look a

Business Profile lot of things up. But even if I don’t know something, I have friends who know things. I know somebody that knows something.” Johnson has used his unique talent to assist this town where he chose to make his home. He holds a certification as a Benefit Auction Specialist, meaning he has taken a class and passed an exam that will help non-profits maximize fundraising efforts at auctions through the guidance of their auctioneer. Over the past several years, Johnson and his wife, Caroline Patterson Johnson, have donated their time and the services of their company to charitable auction events such as the United Way’s Power of the Purse, the Anderson Area YMCA’s Taste of Anderson, the Cancer Association of Anderson’s Girlfriends’ Tea and a variety of church-related auctions. “Jimmy engages the crowd and knows how to encourage attendees to dig a little deeper in their pockets to benefit a great cause,” said Julie Usherwood, community relations director for the Anderson Area YMCA. “Additionally, his knowledge of what items should sell for helps set the stage for opening bids.” At the United Way’s Power of the Purse, Johnson’s services have helped the event raise as much as $14,000. “Jimmy offers great suggestions on the way to raise the most money,” said Jamie Nimmo, director of strategic markets for the United Way of Anderson County. “He guides us on the way to have the most effective live auction.” “I could donate money,” said Johnson, “but I could take my skills and Beth Batson, emcee at the 2016 Power of the help them raise so much more than I could personally donate. I like to do it, Purse, with Jimmy Johnson and I like to do it for other people.” n

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Let’s Rebuild Anderson Together

By Bobby Rettew

Rebuilding Communities, Rebuilding Lives There is a story happening in Anderson and you have to dig a little deeper to find the narrative that is unfolding right before our eyes. Take a little drive down to the Westside Community Center, there are a lot of great things happening. From AnMed Health, Anderson Police, DCEC and so much more, great groups of people are truly serving the community. But inside any great story, there is a deeper narrative. You just have to dig a little deeper. When Homes of Hope set out to rebuild communities “through developing energy-efficient affordable housing and rebuilds the lives of men overcoming addictions through job training and mentoring,” as a Anderson resident, I had a hard time visualizing what that meant to me. It was not until I ventured less than a hundred yards past the Westside Community Center to find a different type of digging was happening. They were digging in the soil with tractors and land movers, making way for new homes. This place is called 61 Hills, located at the intersection of Southwood and Dooley Street. “61 Hills will be our largest single-site project to-date. We are eagerly looking forward to redeveloping this area and bringing market-quality single family housing to a formerly blighted site. When completed, this will bring our total number of families housed to nearly 600 since our inception in 1998,” says President and CEO, Don Oglesby. If you remember, this 16 acre site used to be the location of a former apartment complex ridden with crime. Transforming the soil to hold 68 single family homes in a neighborhood located only one mile from downtown Anderson, 61 Hills will provide affordable and energy efficient options for a mixture of family incomes in Anderson, bringing more neighborhood stability and economic impact to the city. These are the stories that inspire us, stories of 68 new homeowners becoming the face of this rejuvenated community. Gray Digital Group has been working with Homes of Hope for close to two years, capturing and telling stories of hope, rebuilding, and a promise of a better


tomorrow. We have interviewed families who have experienced a difficult past, now finding themselves rebuilding their lives one brick at a time. Shelter is a basic need, and building a home for a family is more than providing shelter; it is a fundamental building block for a brighter community. There are so many stories happening inside the walls of the Homes of Hope homes, so many stories sown by the clearing of this land. As each brick is laid, each nail is hammered, each fixture put into place, another family is provided a space to become an integral part of Anderson’s knowledge economy. It is my hope you take a little drive to the Westside Community Center. Take a few minutes to learn about the amazing “rebuilding” that is happening right now in Anderson. Take a minute to walk down the new streets of the 61 Hills neighborhood. You might be surprised what you find! I would be willing to bet that you will see a transformation right before your very eyes. n

Bobby Rettew is the chief storyteller for Gray Digital Group, a digital communications agency with offices in San Antonio and Austin, Texas along with the South Carolina office here in Anderson. Bobby grew up in the upstate of South Carolina and currently lives with his wife Sarah and daughter Rose in Anderson.

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61 Hills will provide affordable and energy efficient options for a mixture of family incomes in Anderson, bringing more neighborhood stability and economic impact to the city.

Telling Great Stories

Spotlight on

Anderson School District Four By Liz Carey

Dr. Joanne Avery, Superintendent of Pendleton-based Anderson School District Four, looks forward to building up facilities and students in her district during the coming year. Avery, who is entering her second year as superintendent, said the 2015-2016 school year was spent evaluating facilities and programs to best move forward in the future. “One of the goals the board asked me to set was to develop a long-range facilities plan,” Avery said. “I worked very hard to assess within the district what we had and what we might need in the future. Over the course of 14 community meetings, what we found was that the citizens are really ready for the building of either a new high school or middle school.” As part of the community conversation, district residents returned more than 1,300 surveys on the facilities. Avery said that more than 75 percent of the district’s


dents supported new construction. “We have some very old schools,” Avery said. “And our district is not growing. The percentage of older, retired residents is there, but we don’t have a lot of families with children coming into the area.” Avery said she presented her information to the District Four board of education during a work session in July so that the board could begin the process of determining in which direction the district needs to go. The district will also be making decisions on how to spend $8.5 million from the county’s One Cent Sales Tax. The money will be spent on a new baseball field, new parking areas at the high school and new playground areas for the elementary schools among other things, she said. “Because we’ve been working toward that long-range plan, we’ll be able to use those moneys wisely, because we will have planned for the construction,” she said. September/October 2016

In addition to changes in the brick and mortar structures, the district will continue student programs to increase graduation rates and success after high school. District Four is working with officials from Anderson School Districts Three and Five to create the Anderson Institute of Technology – a joint career and technical college that will serve all three districts. The goal for the school is to provide courses that help students prepare for careers. “We want to make sure our districts are on board with fueling the pipeline with potential employees whose skills match the jobs of the future,” Avery said. “Curriculum in the Institute of Technology will include welding, HVAC, computer graphics and programming, automotive, cosmetology, health services, food services, mechatronics and others.” Through a number of additional programs, the school district has also been able to provide leadership and funding for student success in a number of areas. A new 501(c)3 called the For Kids Foundation, created by the district, allows for tax-free donations to fund grants for teachers and school clubs. Funded by the District Four Color Run, the foundation raised $12,500. The money was used for two $1,000 scholarships, as well as seven grants of up to $2,500 for teachers to use on

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Education room programs. The district’s next Color Run, which will continue to fund programs within the school system, is on Sept. 17. At Pendleton High School, Assistant Principal Mickie Morton joined a mentoring program between male African American students and Clemson students. “In talking to our faith-based community, there was a great deal of concern about the prospects for African American males after graduation,” Avery said. “Some of them never even imagined that going to Clemson was something they could dream of. The mentoring relationships not only changed their attitudes, but even changed the ways they dressed and acted. It was transformative.” Morton said the “Call me Mister” program had given some students a new perspective on school and their future. Focused on mentoring, shaping and molding young men, the program places young African American high school students with African American Clemson University students. The high school students tour the Clemson campus, as well as talk with the Clemson students about their futures and going to college. “To have another African American male for them to work with allowed them to have honest conversations about what these students needed to take care of right now to succeed in the future,” Morton said. “I had one student who didn’t want to do it, but I kept on him and kept on him. He thought he’d never ever go to college. Now he’s preparing to go to Furman University.” One student, in a letter of appreciation to Morton for her efforts, said the mentoring program and Morton made a difference in his life. “This year and a half journey has been both difficult and pleasant for me,” he wrote. “One of the most recent affects you had on me was the mentoring group. I admit that I didn’t like it at first, but after a while I saw it was really helping me. One quote from Damian (the student’s mentor) that I will always remember is ‘If they’re not signing your diploma or your pay check, then why do their opinions matter?’ One quote from you I’ll always remember is ‘Get up out of here. I want to see you graduate.’ Those two quotes made me think and focus on my goals to a brighter future.” For more information about the district, or to sign up for the Color Run, go to www.anderson4. org, or contact the district at (864) 403-2000. n


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Riding Back to School in Style With the 2016-2017 school year underway, students and teachers have settled back into their routines. However, one teacher’s morning ride to school has gotten just a little better this year thanks to her dedication to her profession, the support of her school district and the generosity of local car dealership Ralph Hayes Toyota. Danessa Barr, a 5th grade teacher at Nevitt Forest Elementary School, was named the 2016-2017 District 5 Teacher of the Year in August. In an effort to make it a truly special event and show her their appreciation for her devotion to her students and the school she serves, the Board of Trustees and Superintendent of the district partnered with Ralph Hayes Toyota to offer Barr a unique surprise. As part of her honor for being named District Teacher of the Year, Barr will get to drive a new car from Ralph Hayes Toyota for the year. Thank you to all the dedicated teachers and congratulations to all those selected as district winners of Teacher of the Year this year! n District 1 – Justin Wingard, Palmetto High School, 11th & 12th Math District 2 – Brooke Lance, Belton Elementary School, 4th Grade Math District 3 – Emily Grant, Flat Rock Elementary, School, K-5 Art District 4 – Beth Harrison, Mount Lebanon Elementary School District 5 – Danessa Barr, Nevitt Forest Elementary School, 5th Grade

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Let’s Celebrate Anderson! On Sunday September 4, Anderson County and sponsors of the 2016 Celebrate Anderson invite you to join them in a day filled with fun and entertainment for the entire family and community at the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center. The Celebrate-Fun-Zone will be on the front lawn of the Civic Center from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.; gates at the amphitheater open at 5 p.m. with Celebrate Anderson and concerts starting at 5:30 p.m. In the early phases of developing the 300-acre property known as the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center (ASEC), Anderson County leaders applied the ‘if you build it, they will come’ concept. ASEC now offers many acres of public parks – soccer, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, disc golf trails, playgrounds, and miles of walking trails. ASEC is home to one of the largest outdoor amphitheaters in South Carolina. Anderson’s amphitheater is named in honor of the late County Council Chairman William A. Floyd, who encouraged and strongly supported the revitalization of Anderson County. In May 1999, Anderson County held its inaugural concert at the ASEC amphitheater; thus, the birth of Celebrate Anderson. 2016 Celebrate Anderson is the 17th annual community reunion that unites the 11 cities and towns of Anderson County in a Labor Day celebration. This year’s Celebrate Anderson returns to its original focus of family, fun, and camaraderie. As a part of the Celebrate Anderson tradition, TL Hanna Jazz Band will kick off the evening; followed by southern Appalachian heritage band Sweet Potato Pie


Kids of Pickens, South Carolina; and, the legendary Charlie Daniels Band will bring the evening’s concerts to a patriotic fireworks finale honoring the United States military and veterans as well as our local first responders. “Anderson County is appreciative of its partners and sponsors for joining the county in giving back to our community by funding and hosting this free family event,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “There’s no need to look further for something

to do this Labor Day, its right here in Anderson County.” New to Celebrate Anderson 2016 is a Celebrate-Fun-Zone that will have large inflatables, rides and activities along with an area where food may be purchased. Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns said, “I am excited about the addition of the Celebrate-Fun-Zone for families and youth to enjoy prior to the concerts. Celebrate Anderson is a Labor Day tradition where we salute our veterans and those currently serving our country while enjoying an evening with family and friends.” Everyone is invited to attend! Grab your chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets for a day filled with fun activities that will conclude with a night of musical celebration and a grand fireworks display. n

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Faith. Family. Football. By John Boone

Ben Boulware

loves to relax. His eyes light up when he talks about being able to come home to Anderson to spend time with his family, relax on the couch, and play with his dogs. “I just like to come home and be lazy,” he said in a recent interview with Anderson Magazine. “It’s been so non-stop busy.” Not that he minds. The Clemson senior has been living out his football dream since Chad Morris, the previous offensive coordinator for Clemson, recruited him in the eleventh hour from T.L. Hanna High School in 2012. The 6-0, 240-lb. linebacker, following a breakout season in 2015, is now the poster boy for a Tiger defense that hopes to do enough to support a high-powered Deshaun Watson-led offense to get back to the National Championship game this season. As one of just a few returning starters on defense this season, he will be counted on more than ever to lead, a challenge he readily welcomes. “I’m grateful for the opportunity. We learned a lot last


year that is going to help us this year,” he said. He’s also earned the mantle as the team’s vocal leader. “Deshaun’s a more quiet individual. His play speaks for itself,” said Boulware. “So yeah, I guess I am more of the voice of the team. I am trying to bring some other guys along, though, because everybody gets tired of hearing the same voice every day. But hey, I’ll chew some guys out if I need to.” Boulware knows there will be doubters of his and his team’s abilities, but then again, there always are. He’s made a career out of proving them wrong. And while some players may tune them out, Boulware keeps track, and has happily responded – with evidence – to those who have said such things as he could never start for Clemson, he’s too short, or has some other sort of limited athletic ability for the position he plays. It fuels him. “I don’t start things,” he said. “But if someone is going to downgrade me or talk bad about my game and I have videos or proof to counteract it, why not? Proving people wrong does feel good.” September/October 2016

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Something no one has ever doubted Boulware on is his passion for the game. He makes sure no one works harder than he does. His coaches and teammates laud his energy and effort. His goals sound simple and lofty at the same time. He almost dares you to doubt him while persuading you to believe him. “I’d like to be a unanimous All-America selection,” he said. “I want to be the best, beat the best, and be the best linebacker in college football. I think every player strives to be the best at their position.” And, of course, above all, he wants his team to win a 2 0 1 5 National Championship. There are those expectations now as he, several of his teammates, and the team are on numerous preseason award lists and watch lists. With all the attention, Boulware is well-grounded and equipped to cope with the inevitable scrutiny and pressure. Boulware attributes his leadership qualities hisE R W I to NN father, Jamie, who, among other challenges, overcame losing both parents while in his teens to build his own concrete business, which he still runs today. “He had to grow up quick at a young age and lead his family. He’s taught me a lot of stuff about life, leadership and hard work,” he said. Ego-checking and encouragement responsibilities belong to his mother, Krystal. With older brother (and former Tiger) Garrett, a catcher with the Daytona Tortugas in the Cincinnati Reds organization, she has double duty. “My mom is a woman of faith,” he said. “She’s a very religious woman. She is always sending Garrett and me messages and articles and stuff to encourage us and keep our heads right. She knows how to keep us in line.” According to Boulware, his parents have laid the groundwork for his daily walk. “Personally, I continue to stay in the Word, read my Bible, do my quiet time on a daily basis, and just relax

whenever I can. I’m definitely living in the moment. If I look forward to [anything else], I won’t make the most out of my opportunity right now. I try to live day by day and make the most out of each day I’m given. I think if I do that, then the opportunities I’ll be blessed with - I can’t even count them. So I work my butt off on a daily basis and see what happens.” He’s supremely confident, yet doesn’t come across as cocky or arrogant. His words are as modest and respectful off the field as they are challenging and brash on the field or in the locker room. But he’s accountable to it all, and lets his actions speak the loudest. Ben won’t be able to relax for a while. He may get a quick visit or two in to the family, and the couch, and the dogs in Anderson, and you might catch him at a Hanna football game on a Clemson by-week, or even at JC’s Sandwich Shoppe educating some teammates on the culinary goodness that is the legendary bird dog. But the next time he really gets to relax–he hopes–will be after a successful trip to Tampa in early January. n

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What is The Chamber of Commerce, and What Do They Do?

Many of us have heard of the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, but do we actually know what they do? In fact, a common myth is that they are a part of government. Here’s the truth! A Chamber of Commerce is actually a non-profit, pro-business, economic support organization. It serves the business community, their professionals and the local community. So, let’s focus on the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce specifically. Your Chamber is the pro-business economic support organization for ALL of Anderson County. All of their programs, projects and initiatives serve the community as a whole, its businesses and their professionals. This includes Anderson, Belton, Honea Path, Iva, Pelzer, Pendleton, Powdersville, Starr, West Pelzer and Williamston. The Anderson Area Chamber works daily to build, facilitate and manage programs and events that help the business community succeed – especially their members. They remain active in areas including economic development, regional initiatives, membership benefits and services, quality of life, and business advocacy. So how do they do this? Chamber efforts can be described four ways, to include: Advocacy, Connections, Promotion and Information. Chamber President and CEO Pamela Christopher states that, “Your Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce is an inclusive organization and is focused on celebrating our diversity and providing services to all. We do this by advocating for all of our business community to strengthen our economic vitality. We convene, connect and grow our diverse leadership by providing resources and opportunities so we can collectively inform, connect and embrace our community. We reach out to our community to have more in-depth, connected conversations to ensure that everyone has a seat at the business table and that our community thrives. We also assist entrepreneur business development and growth in our county and region by facilitating needed connections and tracking our community impact.” Let’s break this down a little more… With potentially harmful legislation around every corner, the Anderson Area Chamber serves as the voice


of business - both large and small. Having a seat at the right table is important when doing business! The Chamber works to build, maintain, and cultivate relationships with local, state, and government officials. More often than not, the Chamber is one of the first calls made when important legislation is on the table. The Chamber looks to its business members when deciding to either support or fight legislation. They provide visibility and credibility, including exposure and quality networking, as it is vital to business growth. Connections and relationships grow business! For this reason, the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce works to provide quality events and programs that allow businesses and professionals to connect. This is done through specific and general networking events, committees and boards, community development programs, and more. Exposure is a vital part of business success! By promoting the area, and our business community, the Chamber assists with economic development. The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce works to promote the Anderson Area as ‘THE PLACE’ to live, work, play and operate a business. The Chamber is often referred to as “The front door to the Anderson Community.” Visitors, prospective companies, and relocating businesses and individuals either call, visit or browse the Chamber’s website for information about the area. The Chamber recognizes that a well-informed business is primed for growth and success. For this reason, the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce works to provide timely and relevant events, programs, forums and workshops. Keeping the business community and their professionals informed is something the Chamber values as an important key to economic sustainability. Lately, the Chamber has focused on the current and future sustainability of its workforces. This includes supporting and cultivating young and diverse talent. Overall, it’s about supporting and maintaining the local economy. If every business succeeds, every citizen has a job, every student has the proper education and training, then, the Chamber’s mission is complete. For more information about the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, contact (864) 226-3454 or visit n September/October 2016

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“Music is what feelings sound like.”

has rightly been called “the universal language” and inspired the quote, “Music is what feelings sound like.” Based on the 15 years of success of the Cancer Association of Anderson’s Concert of Hope and Remembrance, most people in our community would agree. On September 24, the Cancer Association of Anderson (CAA) will present its annual concert which celebrates the theme, “The Greatest of These.” All the selections will be connected to the theme of love: God’s love of us, our love of God, romantic love and love for our fellow man. There will even be an Irving Berlin piece titled “I Love a Piano.” It’s clear that the maestro for the concert, Bob Heritage, loves this concert and this organization also, as he is leading the choir for the 15th year as well. “I come back every year because they want me to. It feels like my specific contribution is needed – and it is very fulfilling,” said Heritage. Bob is assisted by his wife Carla, a breast cancer survivor. Together, they have organized, trained and lead a choir of about 140 talented voices and 34 professional musicians for this year’s concert. Over the course of the years, the Concert of Hope and Remembrance has raised more than $1 million for the CAA. These funds, along with monies received from donations, grants and proceeds from special events, are used to improve the quality of life of cancer patients, survivors and their families living in Anderson County. CAA provides information and referral, emotional support and financial assistance to these cancer patients, cancer survivors and their families. Based on statistics from 2015, the organization serves an average of 153 different patients per month and provides financial assistance to an average of 123 different patients per month. In addition to the financial support–up to $1,000 per patient per year–the organization also provides free wigs and hats to women losing their hair during treatment, hosts support groups and assists patients with participation in AnMed Health’s Survive and Thrive program of exercise and education for survivors. “[Guests] should come to support the many people in our community who have been diagnosed with this all-too-common dreaded disease who feel overwhelmed if they do not have adequate health insurance, a strong support system and knowledge of what to do/ where to go. The Cancer Association is uniquely structured to offer help in all these and other ways,” said Bob Heritage. “They should also come to have a great listening experience with a large choir, a large orchestra and a smaller group of children who sing like angels!” The concert will take place on September 24 at 7 p.m. at Boulevard Baptist Church, located at 700 Boulevard in Anderson. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $100 for patron reserve, which includes admission to the Afterglow Party. For more information on this event and the Cancer Association of Anderson, visit www.cancerassociationanderson. org or call 864-222-3500. n


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Persevering By Jay Wright

Anderson journalist and writer Kathryn Smith has successfully completed a three-year project that will place her name among some unique company. Her latest book, “The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR and the Untold Story of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency,” fills a literary void. It brings a historically accurate story before readers, historians and archivists, as well as producers of movies and documentaries. “The Gatekeeper” is a biography of Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand, who was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s private secretary for over 20 years. She was the first female personal secretary to a president in U.S. history – a forerunner to today’s White House Chief of Staff. She was FDR’s confidant whose voice constantly influenced policy and appointment decisions during his first two terms in office – terms that included the Great Depression and the years leading up to World War II. There’s nothing more refreshing than conversation with Kathryn over coffee at e-City Java. I recently caught up with her there just hours before another flight to New York to meet with key players associated with her new book and its upcoming launch. A fly on the wall would have heard the following: Why a book about Missy? “I’ve had a life-long interest in Franklin Delano Roosevelt, polio, and World War II. I’d only read brief mentions of Missy and wondered, ‘Who was she?’ It took three years of networking, reading, traveling, interviewing, and writing, but I have found my answer. She was one of the most important women of the 20th century. My book is a tribute to this woman who was truly ahead of her time. It is a book for every library.” I have all your books. Why should this one be in my library? “Because it’s a great story. It’s a biography of a very special woman; and it’s also a lively story with a consequential presidency as a backdrop. Besides, most of what little has been written of her before is incorrect.” So, what was so special about Missy? “She lived in the White House and was basically on duty 24/7. She was constantly by Roosevelt’s side. She became his closest advisor when he was governor of New York and during the longest presidency and the most tumultuous times in our nation’s history. Missy determined who would or would not be allowed to visit with President Roosevelt.


He referred to her as his ‘conscience.’ She served the president and the first lady alike, and she was cherished by both.” What words would you use to describe Missy? “It’s almost impossible to find anyone who ever criticized her. She is spoken of flatteringly in other memoirs. Words that come to mind are loyal, reserved, selfless, and fascinating.” Were there some surprises in your research? “There were several surprises. First, she was a heavy smoker – three packs a day. But, many men and women smoked back in her time. The biggest surprise was that she had heart damage from having rheumatic fever as a teen, which the smoking worsened. That caused a debilitating stroke when she was 44. She died three years later. And among things left to her heirs were missing details of her long romantic relationship with William Christian Bullitt, then our ambassador to France. Also, there was a home video of FDR at rehab in Warm Springs, Georgia. The still image used in the book becomes only the fifth known photo of him in a wheelchair.” What do Missy’s relatives think about all this? “First of all, they are warm, wonderful people. We’ve September/October 2016

become good friends. They appreciate that errors have been corrected and that the Missy LeHand in this book is a good portrait of the Missy their family knew and loved.” Have you ever felt that Missy was speaking through you? “Absolutely. I’ve come to feel like I knew her personally as a friend and how she would respond to situations. I believe she rests peacefully, assured that many more will now appreciate her contributions.” What would we be talking about if Missy were here right now? “She was reserved, but I’m sure we would be talking about politics; you know: Hillary Clinton, political cartoons, the race to the White House. She would enjoy all that.” Your book has been a three-year project. Now you’re at the fun part – seminars and book signings. Have you been changed in any way by writing it? “Yes. I now know exactly what I want to write about. I am even more interested in that period of history and in writing biographies of important women. I have two more projects in mind.”

I know you’re in a hurry, so . . . “Yeah. Will you give the Foothills Writers Guild members and Anderson Magazine readers my website,, and remind them about my book signing event at the Anderson County Museum on September 13 from 4 until 7 p.m.?” You bet I will. I must admit to a certain joy at the end of this meeting with this friend of the writing community. Watching her head to her car, wearing a pat-myself-on-the-back smile. Scurrying to tie up a few loose ends before leaving town. Radiating an energy that has been focused like a laser on this book for the last three years. Yes, I do believe she is about to take a well-deserved victory lap around both courthouses. n

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Hybrid OR brings new capabilities to AnMed Health Medical Center The hybrid OR under construction at the front of the Medical Center is changing the face of AnMed Health and bringing the latest in operating room innovation to Anderson. The three story structure recently completed at the AnMed Health Medical Center includes a much-improved access point for the Admitting Department, with a generous canopy area for dropping off patients and families. The second floor will include shell space for future growth, but the heart of the project is a large hybrid operating room on the third floor. The hybrid OR will put AnMed Health on the forefront of healthcare design and capabilities with extremely detailed imaging technology in the same room where surgeries are performed. Cardiovascular Operating Room clinical coordinator and chief perfusionist Nick Davis says the imaging equipment changes what surgeons see. The hybrid OR changes when they see it. “The old way was to look at the images and then go to the OR and do surgery,” he said. “With a hybrid operating room, surgeons see extremely detailed images as they work. Better imaging means more precision, less radiation. It


means a safer and less invasive procedure for our patients and a quicker recovery.” The hybrid operating room with advanced imaging is becoming standard for hospitals, Davis said, because patients want more precision and less invasive procedures. The hybrid OR means greater efficiency for staff and patients, says David Abramovitz, assistant vice president of Perioperative Services and chief CRNA for AnMed Health. “This puts us on the cutting edge of new technology and it means we can do more procedures while keeping the patient in one place,” he said. “We don’t have to move them around for different procedures.” Abramovitz said the new equipment also increases the number of procedures available at AnMed Health. “In the past, we had to send some patients out of the county or state for certain procedures but the hybrid OR expands our capabilities so we can keep patients close to home,” he said. The $8.2 million project has experienced some delays due to weather and unexpected construction challenges below ground, but construction was complete in August and the first procedures are expected to take place in September. n

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the first time. Make sure to double check that they only use parts and fixtures that are guaranteed by their manufacturer also. Obtain copies of the paperwork reflecting these guarantees and warranties. Experience - Ask about prior experience on a specific type of work or ask for references from prior customers. Price - Gather at least three estimates prior to deciding on whom to hire. Inquire about a financing plan to make payments if you don’t have all the cash up front. Some services even offer a ‘sweat equity’ discount, which means that if you offer yourself as the handyman’s assistant, you will get a reduced rate. Referrals - Ask friends and associates if they have used anyone for this type of work before. Many times, realtors can offer great referrals in a variety of home maintenance services! n

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Alzheimer’s Disease By Lisa Marie Carter

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive illness that destroys memory, mental functions and prevents victims from performing their acts of daily living. In the U.S., more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and over 82,000 live in our state of South Carolina. Though this disease currently has no cure, treatment consisting of medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms. Alzheimer’s is a chronic disease; it can last for years, and it becomes a lifelong battle for the victims, their family and others What exactly is Alzheimer’s disease? It occurs when brain cell connections and the cells themselves degenerate and die, eventually destroying memory and other important mental functions. The main symptoms of this disease are memory loss, confusion, difficulty in completing familiar tasks, misplacing things, poor judgment and others. The Alzheimer’s Association is a global organization working to advance care, support and research across the world. The South Carolina state chapter headquarters for the Alzheimer’s Association is located in Anderson.


It offers a 24-hour helpline, in-person care consultations, caregiver support groups, referral services and more. One of the biggest fundraisers that supports the Alzheimer’s Association is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. More than 600 communities nationwide participate, including the Anderson community. There may be no one who understands the importance of this walk and all it does for the Alzheimer’s Association more than Judy Swanson, the marketing volunteer for the local Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Swanson has first-hand experience on how this disease affects a family. Al, Judy’s husband of over 51 years, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than 10 years ago. Though Al now lives in NHC Healthcare Anderson, and Judy lives at home, she goes there every day to care for and be with Al. “The Alzheimer’s Association has helped in so many ways,” said Swanson. “There is a wealth of information on a variety of topics from behavior to therapy opportunities September/October 2016

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Want toned legs and arms, a strong core and firm buttocks? Want to recapture your youthful spirit and feel like you are flying? You can do it all, riding a mountain bike! (Side effects may include fine lines and wrinkles around the corners of your mouth. If the side effects become severe, try to quit smiling so much.) The Anderson County area is blessed with some fantastic mountain biking opportunities. No matter your skill level, you can escape the asphalt and traffic to enjoy nature on a bicycle. Go check out these areas for some dirt therapy.

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Sadlers Creek State Park, Anderson

The trails at Sadlers are a great place to try your first trail ride. There is very little climbing and no technical features to intimidate first-time users. The well-groomed singletrack twists through hardwood ridges and pine forest along the shore of Lake Hartwell. Keep an eye out for deer, turkeys, and the unusual fox squirrels while you ride. The ride is kid-friendly and the park offers other amenities for a fun family outing. To locate the trail, follow the main road all the way in and look for a wooden fence on the left near the primitive camping area. The trail begins behind the fence. The address for the entrance is 940 Sadlers Creek Road, Anderson.

Paynes Creek, Hartwell

Paynes Creek is becoming a very popular mountain bike location. While intermediate or advanced riders may find Sadlers Creek a bit boring, all skill levels have fun at Paynes. The trail is meticulously groomed and flows extremely well. Your speed determines the level of difficulty. You can comfortably cruise on a sightseeing ride, or you can rail the corners and jump the hills. No matter your speed, fun is guaranteed. Got a pontoon or large boat? Load your bikes on the boat and travel there by water. A ramp and sandy beach area near the trailhead provide a place to unload. It’s faster than the highway and a lot more fun. The trail is one way and alternates depending on day. You can’t get lost. The address for the trailhead is 518 Ramp Road. Hartwell.


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Issaqueena Trails, Clemson Forest, Central

The Experimental Forests of Clemson University contain some of the premier riding in the Southeast. Issaqueena is home to more than 45 miles of trails and gravel roads. Although several of the trails contain technical features, beginners can find something to ride as well. Dirt fire roads like Dalton Road, East Dam Road and Issaqueena Lake Road provide several miles of riding with challenging climbs and some great views of the lake and forest. The singletrack trails intersect the fire roads in several places. Although most of the trails are marked, navigation in the forest can be difficult for newcomers. Be sure to print out a map to take with you before exploring (visit Issaqueena is home to an Xterra off-road triathlon and Southeastern Regional Championship mountain bike race each year. The main trailhead is located at the intersection of Old Six Mile Road and East Dam Road in Central.

Fants Grove, Clemson Forest, Pendleton

Like Issaqueena, Fants contains several miles of gravel roads as well as singletrack trails. A favorite of horseback riders, Fants sees a lot of horse traffic, especially on weekends. Week days are generally better for bikes at Fants. (Always remember to yield to horses on the trail). During damp seasons, the horse traffic can keep the trails pretty churned up, so wait for a few days of dry weather before riding there. Being closest to Anderson, Fants provides a good opportunity for evening rides. Great views of the lake and countryside are available from several places on the trails. Although the trails are marked, the markings are confusing and navigation can be difficult. Print a map and take a friend if exploring Fants for the first time. The right loop from Seed Orchard Road is a good introductory trail for what Fants has to offer. There are several access points for the trails throughout the Fants Grove area. The Butch Kennedy trailhead in the grass field behind Garrison Arena is the most centrally located. Turn left on Woodburn Road across from Tri-County Tech and look for the sign behind the arena.

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Anderson has several great bike shops with knowledgeable employees to help get you started. Stop in any of the shops listed below. They can do a safety check and tune up of your current bike or help you choose a new ride to hit the trails. Each shop carries different brands of bikes and can provide all the accessories needed to make your ride successful. They can also suggest some routes to suit your style of riding. Grady’s Great Outdoors: 3440 Clemson Boulevard, Anderson. 864.226.5283 Speedshop Bicycles: 3501 Clemson Boulevard, #9, Anderson.864.642.2347 Trek Bicycle Store: 2714 N. Main Street, Anderson. 864.226.4579 SouthPaw Cycles: 103 Canoy Lane, Suite 113, Clemson. 864.653.4485 Hours spent mountain biking add hours to your life. But let’s keep that our dirty little secret. Now get out and ride!


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Sept. 1-24 Black Dress Challenge Sign Up This 8 week nutrition and workout program offered by Fortitudine. In the fitness studio or the comfort of your home. Sign ups start Sept 1. Limited space. Program begins Sept. 24. For more information, email or call 864-2094698. Visit or visit in person at 4128 Clemson Blvd, Anderson. Sept. 9 Art Gallery on Pendleton Square Celebrate the gallery’s birthday with chances to win original works from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. From 6 - 8 p.m., the birthday celebration begins with sparkling wine, soft drinks, light refreshments and a presentation by guest artist and sculptor Greg Shelnutt, Professor of Art and Chair of the Art Department at Clemson University. Free event.102-A East Main Street in Pendleton. For more information, visit artgalleryps. org, our Facebook page at agpendletonsquare, or call 221-0129. Sept. 9-10 Homeless for the Homeless Participants form box families and build a box city where they will sleep for one night to raise funds and awareness for the homeless. Gates open to participants at noon. The public may observe from 5 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 864-760- 0908. William A. Floyd Amphitheater, Anderson University. Funds benefit Family Promise of Anderson. Sept. 16 Anderson Free Clinic Las Vegas Gala Enjoy a Vegas-style casino night to benefit the Free Clinic with heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer & wine, and a visit from the “king” himself! Cash bar will also be available. Guests receive $20K in play money to use at the gaming tables with their ticket and can use their “winnings” in a special raffle.Silent auction also. Tickets: $60. For more info, Barb Baptista: 864-512-7811 or; Jennifer Norman: 864-512-7812 or Purchase tickets at the Free Clinic at 414 N. Fant Street in Anderson or online at

Sept. 24 Meals on Wheels Oyster Roast Enjoy all you can eat steamed oysters, Low County boil and BBQ to benefit Meals on Wheels-Anderson. Tickets $40 each and include food and beverages. Special VIP tickets are $60 and give guests access to the event one hour early with a limited number of people. Civic Center of Anderson. General admission is 5-8 p.m. VIP hour begins at 4 p.m. For info or tickets, visit or call 864225-6800. Oct. 8 Fall for All Festival Enjoy kids’ activities, hayrides, costumed characters, a flower & pumpkin patch, the Williford Fire Department fire truck, a quilt show, breakfast bar and more! Roberts Presbyterian Church at 2716 Highway 187 South, Anderson. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, 864-225-9950. Oct. 9 True Grit Oyster Roast Oysters, barbecue, live music and more to benefit Safe Harbor, a shelter and organization to help victims of domestic violence. Tickets: $50 per person; $60 at the door; children ages 12 and younger are free. Ticket price includes oysters, barbeque, beverages, live music, children’s activities and silent auction. Held at The Village of West Greenville. 4-7 p.m. Visit for tickets. October 14 Second Friday Featuring Debbie Bzdyl. Enjoy wine, soft drinks, and light refreshments as you learn more about Debbie’s work. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Free. 102-A East Main Street in Pendleton. For more information, visit, our Facebook page at facebook. com/agpendletonsquare, or call 221-0129.

Oct. 21 Family Promise Musical Extravaganza Family Promise of Anderson County is hosting its 4th Annual Musical Extravaganza! on Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Anderson featuring The Carolina Boy Quartet. No cover charge but a love offering will be collected during the event. For more information, 864-760- 0908 or familypromiseanderson@ Oct. 22 Hyco Memorial 5K Honor and remember the beloved canine police hero Hyco by participating in this 5K run at the Civic Center at 8:30 a.m. The funds raised will be used as needed to purchase items for the K9 team. Items purchased from the funds raised by this race include collars, leads, food, vet care and a custom fit ballistic vest. This fund also pays for specific needs of the K9 handler such as specific training classes. $25 per runner. For more information, call Lisa Marie Carter at 864.356.9857 or email You can also find information on Facebook. SEND US YOUR EVENTS AND WE WILL PUBLISH THEM IN THE NEXT ANDERSON MAGAZINE. EMAIL INFO, DATES AND TIMES TO

October 20 Hats Off to Women – AIM High Luncheon Enjoy what has become a ladies luncheon tradition at this event benefitting AIM from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sign up to sponsor a table and decorate it in your personal theme of choice! This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Katrina Spigner. Katrina says her heart’s desire is to “speak life” and her mantra for her life is “Life happens...Put on your Big Girl Panties and keep moving!” Be motivated by wonderful presentations from women who have achieved success by participating in AIM’s Women & Children Succeeding Program (WACS) and enjoy seeing the unique and beautifully decorated tables. For more information, call 864-224-9256 or visit

Sept 24-25 Elevate Upstate Listen to experts in traditional and alternative medicine, meditation, yoga, and healthy living. Participate in fitness classes and observe cooking demonstrations. Between sessions, browse and shop with health-conscious vendors, sample a free health screening, or get a complimentary massage. 114 Keowee School Road, Seneca. Sept. 24 from 10-7 and Sept. 25 from 12-6. Sept. 24 The Champions Run 5K Help raise funds and awareness for The Developmental Center for Exceptional Children (DCEC) by participating in a 5K run/walk on the East-West Connector. Start is at the Greenville Street entrance at 8:30 a.m. Superheroes will be outfitted and running, and participants are encouraged to dress in their best hero gear as well. Registration is $25 for 10 and up; $15 for 9 and under. Register at www.championsrun. org or For info, contact or 864260-4546.

Oct. 15 Sertoma Club Golf Tournament Enjoy a day of golf at Cobbs Glen. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Larry Stinson at


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In a community with more than 190,000 people living in 757 square miles, there are hundreds of businesses with loyal, active and enthusiastic fans. Whether you are seeking entertainment, a home repair, a great lawyer or just a slice of pizza, you definitely have your favorites. Join us in celebrating these businesses and the customers who support them! Thanks to those who cast their votes to show the community who is at the top of their A List! By Caroline Anneaux


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Home is where the heart is... HOME BUILDER Homes are popping up all over Anderson as our Electric City continues to expand. Readers chose Oral Tollison as the best home builder in town. Daniel Builders and NJ Satterfield Custom Homes made your list too. Give one of them a call to get those plans started to break ground on your new home!


Kecia Burkart, of Keller Williams Realty, was the most popular real estate agent with our voters. Readers trust her to sell their homes and find new ones too. Other favorites listed were Amy Hammond, Ala and Craig Chappelear of Chappelear & Associates and the team at Buy Hartwell Lake. These agents and agencies would love to talk to you about your future home needs.


Anna Cheek won this category for Anderson’s finest full-service interior design category. Her 18 years of design experience will help you create an environment you are excited about coming home to every day. If one room or your entire house needs updating, contact her at Cheek Interiors for a consultation.

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After you talk to your designer and are ready to purchase beautiful furniture and household items, Anderson Magazine voters said Hampton Furniture is the place to go. This fabulous furniture store is located on Whitehall Road and has furnished homes in Anderson for 85 years. Some other great honorable mentions are Ashley Furniture HomeStore, Rogers Furniture Galleries and Maynard’s Home Furnishings with showrooms in Piedmont and Belton.


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Lowe’s won this category as the place to go for home improvement service. A do-it-yourself homeowner is going to be able to find what they to take care of home maintenance themselves. Readers also recommended Family Roofing for home service in this category.


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If you are looking for an apartment in Anderson, Shadow Creek was the clear winner of this category. A pool, walking trails, pet-friendly rules, free wi-fi hotspots, fireplaces, personal garages and more are offered to residents in this beautiful complex off of North Highway 81. Ashford Park and Wexford also received reader votes and would be worth checking out.

Just like last year, readers voted The Legacy as the number one place for seniors to live and play. An on-site dining facility, social activities, movie theater, laundry and housekeeping services are all available to residents. Take a tour and find out if this is the place for you. Brookdale Senior Living and Summit Place got votes as well, so check them out when making your decision about where to move.



Wow! Collins Landscape must be doing something right for homeowners and businesses in Anderson. For the second year in a row, it received the most votes in this category. Give Collins Landscape a call to make your outdoor areas beautiful and enjoyable. Once your outdoor space is just like you want it, voters suggested calling First Impressions Lawn Service to maintain everything for you.

Huntington Hills won again this year for the best neighborhood in Anderson - congratulations! This family-friendly neighborhood in the T.L. Hanna High School attendance zone is located close to Greenville Street and offers residents easy access to restaurants, parks, shopping and more. Voters also suggested Clarendon, Brookstone Meadows and Cobb’s Glen as great places to live.



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Taking Care of Business... POWER LUNCH

Voters agreed again this year that Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill is the best place to go for a business lunch. Salads, burgers, sandwiches, pastas and more are offered daily. Another great place for lunch is Doolittle’s. They offer such items as soup, sandwiches and salads for those of you looking for a great place on your lunch hour.


McIntosh Insurance Services based out of Honea Path was the hands down winner for this category. Jason and Gina McIntosh would love to talk to you about your insurance needs. Other companies readers love are Debbie Whitworth for health insurance needs, Palmetto Insurance and Terrance Roberts at State Farm.

FINANCIAL PLANNER Trying to decide where to invest your money so you are ready for retirement when the time comes? Tom McDonald of McDonald Partners won the category this year. Wagner Wealth Management and Edward Jones received a lot of votes as well. That gives you several great places to make appointments and see what they can do with your future financial needs.

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LAW FIRM Just about everyone needs an attorney at some point. Anderson Magazine readers showed their support this year for personal injury attorney George Sink. MJ Goodwin & Pruette is a family and divorce law firm who received top votes as well, as did Thomason & Pracht, who handle personal injury, criminal, civil, domestic and probate cases.

Cyber Solutions moved into the number one spot this year! They have provided excellent IT support service to businesses in Anderson since 1998. Aaron Computers and Clever Technology Solutions received your votes too. IPads, desktop computers and laptops should be in great shape with all of these IT companies around town.





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It is very obvious from the votes that The Peoples Bank is where Anderson residents love to bank. Really close runners-up were Regions, GrandSouth and First Citizens.

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West Small Business Services pulled ahead and won this category by itself this year. Family ownership, set fees and personalized monthly services are all reasons they made it to the top of the list. Price Accounting and The Alliances were reader favorites too.

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Two categories but only one winner: The Bleckley Inn is the favorite. Like last year, readers named this the number one place to host a business meeting or spend the night. The Hilton Garden Inn came in second place in both categories as well. The voters are very happy with these two!


Excellent meeting and conference rooms Elegant, yet comfortable guest rooms

Pinson Pest Control and Priority Pest & Contracting tied in this category. If you have pests, these are the people to call to get rid of them. For some of your other maintenance needs, voters also liked AirOne Heating & Air, Whitten Electric and David Taylor Heating & Air.

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Our readers work at some amazing companies in the Anderson area, but the clear winners were Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce and Anderson School District Three. Keep an eye out for openings at these places if you are looking for a great place to work.


There are several staffing agencies to choose from in Anderson, but the voters chose Upstate Staffing for the winner this year. Located on Liberty Highway, they offer jobs and job placement for individuals and businesses. Staffmark and HTI made the list too.

COMMERCIAL REALTOR NAI Earle Furman is highly recommended by magazine readers, and Carithers Real Estate and McCoy Wright also received recognition. Great choices for all of your commercial real estate needs.

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Food Glorious Food... BARBECUE The Smokin’ Pig BBQ, with a location in Pendleton and another in Williamston, won again this year. Readers love the barbecue, ribs, brisket and homemade sides, and eat in or carry out is available. We know how southerners love a good barbecue place, and readers agree that Little Pigs Barbeque, The Pompous Pig and Creekside Bar-beque are all fantastic places in Anderson.


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Very tasty noodle and rice dishes along with plenty of chicken, beef and seafood choices might be why Thai Spice was the hands-down winner of this category. Lunch prices start around $7, and Thai Spice is conveniently located on E. Greenville Street across the street from the hospital.

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Where do readers go for trivia, bingo, Beer Club and delicious pizza? The Mellow Mushroom in downtown Anderson, according to the reader poll! Downtown’s Summa Joe’s is also well loved, and we have been told that they have some of the freshest pizza toppings in town!

SUSHI Nami, Nami, Nami...must be where the freshest and tastiest sushi is because the readers made it clear that is where they want to go eat it! Head out to the Nami Asian Bistro at the Portman Marina one evening for a delicious Japanese meal while you watch the sun set on Hartwell Lake. Sake Zen on Clemson Boulevard was another reader favorite and you can try them out for lunch or dinner and enjoy a meal on the lakeside patio.

CHINESE Master’s Wok on North Main Street was named best Chinese restaurant again this year. It is open for lunch and dinner and offers a nice variety of menu items. Take out is available too.

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Last year, readers voted El Jimador (with three locations in Anderson) their number one place to go for a Mexican meal and this year they did the same. Friendly servers, chunky guacamole and delicious food keep Anderson residents coming back for more. Papa’s & Beer on Beltline Blvd. came in second place. We could tell from the votes that both places are very popular in the area!

Anderson LOVES Publix! This grocery store, with two Anderson locations, won again this year. Courteous service, super clean stores, fresh produce, meat and seafood and even an on-line ordering service are all factors in making this the best grocery store in town. Don’t forget Ingles and Aldi. Readers were quick to vote for them in the poll too!


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Red Lobster takes the top honor for best seafood restaurant in town. This restaurant on Clemson Boulevard just celebrated 42 years of serving seafood to customers in Anderson! The Harbor Inn on Clemson Boulevard and The Galley at Portman Marina also got votes for places to get good seafood.

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BAKERY Where can you find wine sticks, cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies and cakes in Anderson? Readers said The Sweetery on North Highway 81 is their favorite bakery. For over 30 years they have satisfied your sweet tooth. Publix Grocery Store and the Sweet Dreams Bakery in Williamston in are also on your list for where to go for yummy desserts.

CUP OF COFFEE eCity Java edged out a competitor from last year’s A List poll in order to win the top spot this year! Readers love stopping in for a fresh cup of brewed coffee, beans to brew at home or even a smoothie. Visitors are encouraged to sit for a while and enjoy the free wi-fi and rustic atmosphere of this downtown coffee shop.

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Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill is the counties number one choice for a favorite restaurant. Steak, chicken and seafood are all on the menu in this fine-dining establishment in downtown Anderson. Stop by for lunch, supper or ask them about catering your special event. Downtown restaurants Earle Street Kitchen and Bar and Summa Joe’s were mentioned as favorites too.

Fig’s Beanery and Creamery downtown is THE place to go for ice cream. They may make a delicious sandwich or hot dog, but it is their ice cream that caught the attention in this category! Bruster’s, near the Anderson Mall, is another place readers enjoy going when they feel like ice cream or frozen yogurt.



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The Eric Scott Band has quite a following in Anderson! A great group of guys that plays a mixture of country and southern rock are fan favorites in the A List poll. Look for them all over the upstate-Anderson, Greenville, Liberty, Belton and more. Talbert Black is a solo guitarist and singer with a huge following around town too.

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Since 1976, Anderson residents have played golf on the 18-hole course at Cobb’s Glen Country Club. According to the voters, this championship course is the best place to play golf all year round. Stone Creek Cove and Boscobel tied for second in this category. Plenty of nice places to practice that swing!

HAPPY HOUR Anderson residents work hard and are ready for a break by the time happy hour rolls around each work day, and they like to go to Tucker’s Restaurant on Clemson Boulevard. With a 4 p.m. until close happy hour daily from Monday through Saturday and specials on drinks and appetizers, how can this place be beat? Two other places were high on the list too – Uptown Lounge downtown and Viva! il Vino, with both Anderson and Pendleton locations.

CONCERT VENUE & MUSIC You will find a good number of Anderson Magazine readers out enjoying local entertainment at Carolina Wren Park. This park in the heart of downtown topped the list last year too. Thank you, City of Anderson, for giving our town such an amazing venue for vendor fairs, art shows, movies, water play, concerts and more!


Uptown Lounge and Earle Street Kitchen and Bar tied for first place in the Best Bar Scene category. The Uptown Lounge has served residents drinks and burgers for over 40 years. Earle Street Kitchen and Bar catches the after work crowd with their classy and very friendly atmosphere. Both downtown places are perfect settings to unwind after a hard day at work.


The Carolina Brew HaHa craft beer festival is the winner of the Best Local Festival category. Beer, music, and free parking are all part of the fun annual event in Anderson. Readers also don’t want you to miss the Belton Chili Cook-off every year.


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Linda’s Flower Shop is who you call for your floral needs – birthdays, weddings, special events, prom, and the like. Call to order or go online and order quickly from there. Honey B florist, owned by Aimee Cromer, got your votes too. Find her on Facebook. Send flowers today to make someone smile!

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Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill wins this category for the second time in a row. Grab your sweetheart and go downtown for a fabulous meal in a beautiful atmosphere. The Red Tomato on Clemson Boulevard is another place to date your date, offering delicious Italian food served in a relaxed and casual setting.

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PHOTOGRAPHER When you need someone to capture those special moments for you, give Photography by Renee or Van Sullivan a call. These tied for first place! Anderson has more fabulous photographers: Life is a Tripp Photography and Black Truffle Photography captured your votes too.

PLACE FOR A WEDDING The Bleckley Inn is at the top of the list for the best place for saying those I dos. Perfectly situated in downtown Anderson and offering a gorgeous atmosphere, a boutique hotel and a spa next door, this is THE place for your upcoming wedding. Other top votes in this category were The Oaks, Evergreen Plantation and Walker Century Farms in country settings around Anderson - all lovely places for your special day.

JEWELER If you are in the market for a beautiful piece of jewelry from a jeweler where Anderson residents have shopped for years, Phil Jewelers downtown is the place to go, according to the votes we received. Score’s Jewelers in Anderson Station is another place to find necklaces, earrings, rings and other beautiful jewelry.

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Taking Care of Yourself... AESTHETICIAN


Wanda Dunn, RN, at Equilibrium Medi Spa in Anderson and Alicia Skin and Laser Clinic in Powdersville has taken care of readers’ skin needs for more than 20 years and you gave her the number one spot this year. Aesthetic specialists at Clemson Eye on North Highway 81, and Images on North Main Street were two other places you mentioned while voting.

Once again, Mac’s Dry Cleaners earned first place in this category. For almost 90 years Mac’s has taken care of dry cleaning needs in its downtown Anderson location. Readers also trust Riggins Garment Care on North Main Street to keep their clothes and other items clean and fresh.



When it is time to relax and rejuvenate with massages, facials, manicures and more, go to readers’ number one pick, Lilia Day Spa, in downtown Anderson. Evergreen Day spa on Fant Street is celebrating 15 years in Anderson and was also highly rated in the survey.

Blondie’s The Salon is making our readers look fabulous in their trendy salon on Miracle Mile Drive. Call them for all of your hairstyle needs and walk out of there feeling amazing. Votes that came in for other places around town taking care of your hair were Moxie Hair Studio, W.M. Hair Designs and Famous Hair.


With your hair looking so wonderful, your nails need to be manicured too! Readers choose Pretty Nails and Spa in the Anderson Pavilion again this year as the place to go for manicures and pedicures. Regal Nails Salon & Spa and Images Salon & Day Spa tied for second place.


You’re looking great, readers, and Coop’s Health & Fitness on Brown Road must be the place you go to stay in shape. Voters also mentioned Image Fitness One on One Personal Training, the Anderson Y and Workout Anytime.

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The Anderson Arts Center downtown is the most popular place to enjoy the artistic and cultural scene, according to the votes that came in. Art classes, camps, wine tastings and, of course, art shows are all fun things to do there. Readers also said the Belton Center for the Arts is a great place to go.

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Ten years and $600,000 to local charities has received a lot of attention. Anderson residents have voted the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson’s Dancing for Our Heroes held at the Civic Center as the number one charity event again this year. The Pennies 4 Preemies Polar Bear Plunge, The AnMed Health Foundation’s Camellia Ball and the Anderson County Humane Society’s Furball Gala are other well-attended events.

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Men are looking their best in clothing from the number one choice, Kohl’s on Clemson Boulevard, this season. Other popular places around town men like to shop are Charlie Nelson’s in Anderson Mall and Grady’s Great Outdoors on Clemson Boulevard.


Kohl’s is definitely popular with the women around Anderson, too. It tied with Dillard’s in Anderson Mall for first place this year. Blake & Brady downtown and Talbots on North Main Street were mentioned for their trendy clothing choices too.

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After readers shop for their new clothes, the majority say they go to Dillard’s in the Anderson Mall to get shoes to pull their outfit together. Belk at the mall, SAS on Clemson Boulevard and Shoe Carnival at Anderson Station got top honors too.

TO BUY A COMPUTER Don’t most of you rely on a computer every day for personal and/or work needs? When you need one, Best Buy on Clemson Boulevard, is where readers say you should go!

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Many of you know about the 14,000-square-foot Apple Dumplin’ Antique Mall on North Main Street, because the votes took them to the number one spot this year! If you are looking for places to find a special item for your home, readers also recommended Southern Roots Antiques, Gifts & Thrift Shop on Sullivan Road and Remnants Antiques, Gifts & Consignment in downtown Anderson.



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The Kitchen Emporium and Gifts won this category. Go downtown to shop for all of your kitchen, wine and bar gifts. Propp Drugs and Snicklefritz captured votes for fun places to shop for gifts too.

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Welborn Tire & Automotive off Clemson Boulevard easily rolled into the number one spot this year. For over 70 years, this family-owned business has taken care of tires and vehicle maintenance on your cars. CMS Garage & Body on North Main and Bouknight Auto Services in Starr were highly recommended by readers too.

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Hyundai of Anderson on Pearman Dairy Road and Ralph Hayes Toyota on Clemson Boulevard must put a lot of cars on the road in town, because they tied for the best place to buy a car this year! Piedmont Honda on Clemson Boulevard and Richard Kay Superstore on Pearman Dairy also made the list.



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When it is time to find a safe place to board your pets or leave them for a fun day of doggie daycare, try out the winner – It’s a Dog’s Life on Northwest Drive. Readers love the services they offer. StaFra Pet Resort and Spa on Asaville Road was the second favorite in this category. It’s A Dog’s Life


Readers love their pets and they are passionate about the vets they entrust their care to. Electric City Animal Clinic on Pearman Dairy Road took the number one spot for this category, but you also listed Hendricks Veterinary Hospital and Walker Animal Hospital, both on North Highway 81, as places you take your fur babies. Dr. Jackson Walker of Walker Animal Hospital


Just like the boarding category, It’s a Dog’s Life took top honors and StaFra was the runner up in the grooming balloting. Both places are doing a fantastic job of taking care of your pet’s grooming needs. K-9 Klipper on Cox Road and Puppy Toes on Pelham Lane were other write-ins you wanted us to mention. 53

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This category may have had the most variety of votes! Many of you wrote in and mentioned all of the fun places your children love to visit. It was a tight race, but Callaham Orchards squeaked into top place. Other favorites were Denver Downs Farm, Woodburn Plantation, Happy Cow Creamery and the Anderson County Museum.

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This was another category where votes were all over the place, but readers definitely enjoy bowling with their kids at Boulevard Lanes, taking the kids to the Anderson County Fair, spending days at the lake and playing baseball.


Readers voted to say that the Block Party on Thursday nights in Wren Park is the place to be if you want to hear a cool band, dance and enjoy an evening outside with your friends or family. The Mistletoe Marketplace, Denver Downs Pumpkin Patch and the Anderson Farmer’s Market were other highly recommended seasonal activities.

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Your children are incredibly important to you and they must be in great hands at Kid’s Stuff Academy on Midtown Square – our winner for the second year in a row! Plenty of you voted to let us know that First Presbyterian Day School downtown and Anderson Prep Preschool on Commonwealth Lane are doing a great job with the kiddos too.

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Parents know a deal when they see one and Mom’s Hand-Me-Downs at Camp Shopping Center is who readers picked this year for the number one place to buy clothes for their kids. Others you mentioned are Old Navy at Anderson Station, the annual Upstate Kids Consignment Sale held at the Anderson Civic Center each year and Belk at Anderson Mall.

The Anderson Y waterworks on Reed Road is the number one place to take the kids to play this year. With the temperatures as hot as they have been, this is an easy choice for a summer activity. You also like Yogurt Mountain on Clemson Boulevard for a yummy, cool snack!


New category and the all-around winner was Steppin’ Out Dance Studio on Commerce Boulevard, where students of all ages enjoy classes in jazz, ballet, hip hop, ballroom, tap and more. Anderson School of Dance downtown and Upstate Dance with studios in Anderson, Pendleton and Honea Path got your votes too.

YMCA Waterworks

PARK Carolina Wren Park won this category and we were not surprised. Set in the center of downtown and with plenty of family-friendly activities offered throughout the year – not to mention the water feature to cool off in during the summer – this is the place to be all year round. Readers say Barrett’s Place Playground in Pendleton and Linley Park in Anderson are other fun places to go.


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Palmetto Physical Medicine and Blue Ridge Orthopedics, both off North Highway 81, topped this category for those of you receiving physical therapy. If you need this service, our readers believe the caring professionals at both places will help take care of you.



Dr. Don Bryant on Buford Avenue and Lakeside Family Medicine on Highway 24 tied for first place in this category. Voters are happy to have great doctors to choose from all over the area. Some others you voted for were Dr. Audrey Jones in Pendleton and Iva Family Medicine.


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For decades, parents have trusted their children to the care of Dr. Keith Hart, and readers have voted him at the top of the list. He practices at AnMed Health Pediatric Associates at the AnMed Health North Campus. Other doctors who have made quite an impression on you are Dr. Patti Moseley, also at AnMed Health Pediatric Associates, and Dr. Mary Hobbs and Dr. Joseph Stone, both of AnMed Health Anderson Pediatrics.

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If you are out of alignment and need adjusting, the overwhelming winner is Dr. Clay Wickiser of Wickiser Family Chiropractic on Beltline Boulevard. This clinic also helps with asthma, bedwetting, ADHD, carpal tunnel and more. Klatt Chiropractic Wellness Center on North Greenville Street and Lakeside Chiropractic on Pearman Dairy Road received reader votes too.


The winner of this category has taken care of teeth in Anderson since 1978 and the winner is...Palmetto Family Dentistry! Call this North Main Street practice for all of your dental needs. Anderson General Dentistry on East Greenville Street came in second and readers voted for Dr. Brent Copeland on North Fant Street too. Plenty of great dentists to keep smiles beautiful all over Anderson.


A beautiful smile with straight teeth is what Dr. Howell Lewis at Lewis Orthodontics on North Main Street can help you achieve, according to the voters. Runner up was Dr. Beechard McConnell on North Fant Street. Now you know who to call if you need braces.

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Family Vision on E. North Avenue has your vision in check. It had the most votes as the place to go for eye care. Two other practices popular with our voters are Clemson Eye and Medicus Eye Group.

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Even with all of these A List options, there were some great businesses that didn’t fit into a specific category that you wanted to share! Here are some places that you want the community to know about that are A List options – with no specific category! The Anderson County Humane Society is a great place to pick out your next dog or cat. Stop by and find out more about adoptions, ask what you can donate for the shelter and see if they need you to volunteer. The Anderson Jockey Lot & Flea Market is where you have been shopping on Saturdays and Sundays for tools, clothes, accessories, produce, plants, books, dvds and more for over 32 years. It is a great place to look for or sell yard sale items too. The Painted Pony Tattoo & Piercing and tattoo artist, Keith Freelin, got your votes. Located on Whitehall Road, this business is available to take care of all of your tattoo and piercing needs. LMC Marketing is a locally owned marketing firm that voters wanted us to mention. If your business could use a marketing service, check them out and see what they can do to help you promote it. Chapman Design Group will help you when you need an award-winning architectural firm to help you design the perfect home or business. Their website offers stunning photos of projects they have completed (

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Saying It My Way By April Cameron

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You know how there are some songs you hear on the radio and you aren’t quite 100 percent sure what the words are, but you sing them anyway with pretty solid conviction? Many of you who are similar to my age can probably relate to the 1977 hit, “Blinded by The Light.” I was always sure the lyrics were, “Wrapped up like a dooshum in the middle of the night.” Now, granted “dooshum” isn’t a word, but doggone, that sure is what it sounded like. Then, along comes karaoke where words to songs scroll across the screen for God and everybody to see, and I learn the lyrics are “Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night.” Huh. Who knew? I still get lyrics wrong to songs. A LOT. The good news is I have my lovely 13-year-old daughter to ev-

er-so-gently correct me when I may say the wrong thing. Hell hath no fury like a 13 year old listening to her jam and her mother gets the lyrics wrong when singing out loud. But, it’s not just song lyrics that I have said wrong, and said them wrong for apparently my entire life. I have recently learned that I have called pimento cheese the wrong thing. I’ve always called it pimento AND cheese. You know, it’s got pimentos and cheese in it. How did I not know this? I’ve subscribed to Southern Living since I graduated college. Can you even begin to imagine how many recipes have been printed for pimento and cheese in Southern Living over the years? There’s no telling how many recipes I’ve read and clipped and saved about pimento and cheese. Did I never notice no one else used the “and” in the name? Now, this isn’t incorrect, but I’m not sure how popular it is, because I have been made fun of for saying it. When I need to go to the grocery store, I just say, “I need to go to the grocery.” I don’t say that I need to go to the store. I don’t say I need to go shopping. I just say that I need to go to the grocery. There’s a word my roommates and I made up in college that we have used for so long, we think it’s real and now use it in everyday vocabulary. My sister, my best friend and I lived together in college, and shared a washer and dryer. After doing laundry, especially blue jeans, there are often little collections of stuff in the pockets after the wash. I’m not sure what it is - just small particles of whatnot that gather up in the pockets. Well, we named this “manoochee.” It’s such a fitting word for just unexplained particles of stuff. So, I use the word manoochee in regular conversation and expect other people to know what it means. Old habits die hard. It’s difficult to stop calling it pimento and cheese after all these years! And I’ll probably never sing “Blinded by the Light” correctly if I ever hear it on the radio. But one habit I did break pretty quickly in “saying it my way” however, was ordering a chili dog from Skin’s when I moved here about 11 years ago. A lifetime of ordering a chili dog – which meant a hotdog with chili – got switched to one “all the way” pretty fast when I learned a chili dog didn’t actually come with a dog. Wonder if I can get a pimento and cheese dog (including the dog) added to a menu somewhere?

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