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Anderson January/February 2018


January/February 2018

contents table of Publisher/Editor April Cameron

6 Nine for the Ages and One for 100

Advertising Sales Ashleigh Cole Graphic Design Jennifer Walker

9 Lacrosse: Making A Play in Anderson

Contributing Writers Caroline Anneaux John Boone Liz Carey Lynn Donegan Mike McMillan Jay Wright

th r e o f A e g n es i and N One for 10034 Local Author Featured Photographer Black Truffle Photography

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Happy New Year, Anderson County! Did you wake up on January 1 with a list of amazing resolutions to incorporate into your life this year? It seems like most of us do, but the reality is that only about 41 percent of Americans say they “usually” make resolutions. Other statistics say that only about 8 percent of people actually keep their resolutions. Some of the information I’ve read says it is because we set unrealistic goals and when we don’t achieve them or have just one day when we don’t adhere to the resolution, we just throw our hands up and walk away from it. (That pretty much sums up my experience with resolutions!) So, I’m going to try to walk into this New Year making my resolutions in a different way. Research suggests setting incremental goals. It helps us to see progress and not one, big daunting goal. Whether it is for losing weight or saving money or hitting the gym, you can set weekly, monthly or quarterly goals that can help you see your achievements. Experts say to share your resolutions (goals) with family or friends. While some resolutions can be personal and not such an easy thing to share with others, it does help to hold you accountable when someone else knows about your plans. Who knows? Maybe they will join the challenge with you. And, one of the hardest tips to achieve is to be patient. Success doesn’t typically happen overnight. Habits don’t change overnight. Revel in your small successes along the way and just keep the end goal in sight. The A List story in this issue is perfect timing for you resolution makers. There are businesses and individuals who were named “top dawg” in their categories that could help you achieve some of your goals. Check out the winner for the best place to work out. Our A List financial planner could put you on the right track to saving those dollars. The favorite physician can help you get a handle on a health issue you’ve been avoiding. You’ll find the A List to be a valuable resource for nearly all of your needs in Anderson County! Our story on the winners of the 9 for Ages and One for 100 awards that the Rotary Club of Anderson awarded this year shows some individuals who must have made resolutions about helping their community along the way. These 10 amazing people are some of the cornerstones of philanthropy, business and positive advancement in Anderson County. And if your child is looking for a resolution for the New Year, have them read our story on Lacrosse. This is an up and coming sport in our area, and is a great source of exercise and a team experience. There are several other great stories that you can read as you prop up your feet by the fireplace during the throws of winter. As always, I hope you enjoy this issue and find informative and entertaining articles on our amazing county and the people in it! Happy 2018!


A few of my favorite memories from 2017… Sam Hunt concert!

Great friends and an amazing time at Dabo’s Ladies Clinic.

Having a proclamation signed by the Mayor for Teen Pregnancy Prevention month.

Cooper getting pitching lessons from the great Leo Mazzone.

The kids and friends enjoying a game at my alma mater, Georgia Southern University.

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Total Joint Replacement: 3 Questions Patients Should Ask If you fear making an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon because you worry a surgeon will automatically recommend surgery, push this fear aside. Not all surgeons want to send you to the operating room. With my patients, we try a wide variety of non-surgical treatment strategies; including heat, anti-inflammatory medicines, ointments, injections, to make sure we have done everything possible before recommending surgery. I take a holistic view with patents, it’s not just about fixing knees and hips but addressing the root cause of the pain. When I do recommend surgery, it is truly because it is the best option available. As an orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in total joint surgery, my goal is to serve my patients. If you have been considering total joint surgery, it’s important to feel comfortable with your surgeon. Part of this is seeing how they respond to questions you ask about surgery and recovery. This can be intimidating, so to help prepare for a hip or knee appointment, I’ve put together a list of key questions, that I as an orthopaedic surgeon, would ask a provider. What is your experience? What type of approach do you use? Experience and technique is important, but how a surgeon answers is equally important. Is the surgeon transparent and honest, are they confident when responding to you? With experience comes expertise in the operating room. A surgeon should be knowledgeable of all treatment approaches, including anterior, lateral or posterior. He or she should be confident discussing and reviewing all the options with you, ultimately providing a recommendation. How soon can I have surgery? What can I expect post-surgery? In general, these procedures don’t happen quickly. It can often take 6-8 weeks to get your procedure completed, so understanding timing is helpful. A surgeon should also be upfront with recovery expectations. The first few weeks after surgery you’re going to hurt and be in some pain. In a few months the pain will subside, and you should be back to many of the activities you love, such as walking longer distances, golfing or playing with grandchildren. Is there anything that disqualifies me from having a hip or knee replacement? This goes back to a surgeon’s approach to treating patients. Yes, some surgeons will do replacements on anyone. For me, it’s about treating the whole patient and

weight and age are two factors that play into hip and knee replacement evaluations. Ask the surgeon about these factors. If you are overweight, with a BMI over 35, we will work together on a plan to help you lose weight. If I see progress, I will do the replacement. I want you to have a good outcome. If you are 80 and not active, I might recommend rehab and non-surgical treatments, since the rigor of surgery and rehab may not outweigh the benefits. However, if you are 80 and active, I want to keep you doing the things you love, and we may consider surgery. Joint replacements last on average 15 years, so most often 6065 is a good age zone for a replacement. Total joint replacement can get you back to doing what you love, but not all patients need surgery right away or ever. Find an orthopaedic surgeon that you can build an open, honest and transparent relationship with. That way, when and if, surgery is recommended, you will have the confidence to know it’s the right step.

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If chronic joint pain makes a walk around the block seem like a marathon, and physical therapy or medications haven’t helped, it may be time to consider joint replacement surgery. The most common cause of chronic joint pain, stiffness and swelling is osteoarthritis, which causes cartilage to wear away and bones to grate against each other, usually in the hips or knees. When the wear and tear on these joints becomes severe, simple daily activities like dressing and walking can become painful and frustrating. During surgery, your surgeon replaces damaged bones and cartilage with an artificial joint, or prosthesis. This helps relieve pain and restore strength and motion in the joint. AnMed Health Community Orthopaedics performs joint replacement surgeries at the AnMed Health Total Joint Academy, where all aspects of care are delivered in one convenient location. Inpatient care, pre-surgical screening and education, and post-surgical rehabilitation and therapy are all offered at the AnMed Health North Campus. Darius Divina, D.O. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went on to complete his residency training at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, where he served as chief orthopaedic resident. Dr. Divina practices general orthopaedic surgery with an emphasis on osteoarthritis, total joint replacement and trauma. 5

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Imagine if you had the strength, enthusiasm and fortitude to do something for 100 years. What all could you accomplish? That’s just what the Rotary Club of Anderson is celebrating this year – 100 years of “service above self ” in the Anderson community. Rotary Club of Anderson was chartered on June 1, 1917, as the 301st Rotary club in the world and just the fourth Rotary club in South Carolina. Today, it is one of two clubs in Anderson. The world’s first service club was founded on February 23, 1905, when lawyer Paul Harris and three friends met in a small office in downtown Chicago. These men wanted to rekindle in the turn-of-thecentury city the spirit of friendliness they had known in their hometowns. Word of the club soon spread and others were invited to join. They named their new club “Rotary” to describe the practice of meeting in rotation at the members’ various places of business. Today, Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million individuals who come together to work locally in their home communities as well as abroad to make significant changes for the better. The club’s motto, “service above self,” epitomizes the dedication of club members who strive better the world from literacy and peace to water and health. In celebration of their 100 years, the Rotary Club

of Anderson held its anniversary meeting on June 1, 2017 at 1:15 p.m. at the Chiquola building in downtown Anderson – the exact same time and day and location (the Chiquola Hotel) of the first meeting 100 years ago. Guest speaker “William Whitner” (played by Richard Shirley), visited the club to tell of the many changes in Anderson over the past 100 years. Throughout the course of the year-long celebration, the club will plant 100 trees in conjunction with a grant from Palmetto Pride; members are participating in 100 days of service by performing 100 various service activities over the year; a special Rotary Foundation dinner was held in the fall; and a celebration lunch is planned for the spring. The club is also working towards the purchase of a clock to be located on Main Street in downtown Anderson to commemorate 100 years of Rotary in Anderson. Coincidentally, one of the local club members celebrated his 100th birthday this year as well. Jack Glenn has been a Rotarian of the Anderson club for 32 years. To honor his dedication to Rotary and celebrate his own 100-year mark, the club hosted a centennial celebration – Nine for the Ages and One for 100 – where not only was Glenn recognized, but also nine other individuals who have made an impactful mark on Anderson and exemplify “service above self ” in all dynamics of their life. n


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Jack Glenn Lila Alberg otti or the es Nine f and Ag One for 100 birthday Lila Albergotti graduated from Girls High in

Jack Glenn celebrated his 100th in December of 2017. He is the owner of Glenn Plumbing, a company that was started by his father in 1914. Glenn attended Clemson University and majored in mechanical engineering. He was in the Air Force for almost 22 years before retiring in 1962, and he is a veteran of World War II. When he returned to Anderson, he joined his brothers in the family business. In 1985, Jack joined the Rotary Club of Anderson and has been a dedicated member since. One of the original requirements for Rotarians included perfect attendance, either by attending one’s own club or by making up. Glenn has had perfect attendance for 32 years with the majority of attendance being at his own club, Rotary of Anderson.

Anderson in 1946 and attended Salem College in Winston Salem, NC, where she received her bachelor of arts in music. She was a Remax Realtor for 15 years and retired from the industry in 2001. The name Lila Albergotti is practically synonymous with philanthropy in Anderson County. She was a founder of Meals on Wheels, the Anderson Emergency Soup Kitchen, Hospice of the Upstate, Anderson Interfaith Ministries and the Cancer Association of Anderson. She has served on the board for nearly all of these organizations as well additional boards including the Council on Aging (now Senior Solutions) and the Children’s Bureau of South Carolina, which was an appointment by Governor Fritz Hollings. She has been honored with numerous awards including the Independent Mail’s Pointing the Way Award, the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award, the Jo Brown Award and the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian honor.


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Dr. Mack Burriss Francis Crowder or the es Nine f and Ag Dr. Burriss graduated in November 1943 from One Auburnfor 100 Francis Crowder

University being named “Most Outstanding Student.” In December, he joined the Army Veterinary Corps as a Captain. He was recalled for two years active duty in the Korean WR as the Commanding Officer of a Veterinary Food Inspection Detachment. Upon conclusion of his service to our country, he practiced Veterinary medicine until 1982. After his professional years, he operated a spay/neuter clinic and served as Veterinary Consultant for the County before his retirement in 2009. He performed surgery on 25-30,000 shelter animals. The animal shelter is named the Dr. William “Mack” Burriss facility in his honor. His service was not limited to his professional training. Dr. Burris served on the Board of Trustees in Anderson County School District Five for 35 years and as chair for 26. A believer in opportunity and leadership, Dr. Burris received the “Pointing the Way” Leadership Award from the Anderson Independent Mail in 2001.


left Anderson County Council in December 2016 after serving Anderson County District 1 for 7 years. Crowder was founder and CEO of Q.S., Inc., a custom software development company servicing Health Care, Government Financial Management, Vital Records and Electric Utility Industries. During his time on council, Crowder has served as chairman of finance committee and a member of the economic development board.  He also led efforts to keep land around the East-West Parkway largely undeveloped. His 2011 proposal to keep about 100 acres residential went against county planners’ recommendations to create a commercial office zone that would have allowed a research center or medical clinic on the land. In addition, Crowder served for the Appalachian Council of Government as chairman of the finance committee and member of the economic development committee. He also served as an executive committee member of Innovate Anderson and as an Upstate Alliance board member. He is a member of Concord Baptist Church, and has served as a member of the Board of Visitors and Emeritus and member of the board of Trustees at Anderson University.

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Peg g y Deane Carl Edwards or the es Nine f and Ag One for 100 Peggy G. Deane has filled her life with providing Carl T. Edwards, a native of Walhalla, SC, serves as

care to individuals and assisting others to do the same. With a nearly four decade career in the nursing and the health care profession, Deane retired from AnMed Health in 2006 where she served as the senior vice president for Patient Care Services. She began her career with AnMed in the early 1970s as coordinator of continuing education, became the director of nursing, then vice president for Nursing Services before she retired as a senior vice president. During her career, she worked closely with educators at Clemson University, Tri-County Technical College and Greenville Technical College to improve each school’s nursing program and has served on advisory boards for the colleges as well. She has been a longtime community volunteer and civic leader serving as the first female president of the Rotary Club of Anderson. She has served as a board member for many organizations in the community such as the United Way of Anderson County, the YMCA and the Anderson University Board of Trustees.

Executive Director Emeritus and Trustee of The Abney Foundation in Anderson. He graduated Walhalla High School in 1953, and then went on to attend Wofford College. Before joining The Abney Foundation in 1993, Carl worked for 27 years in the textile industry in various management and engineering capacities. He was president of Chem-Tex, Inc., a chemical and janitorial supply company from 1992 until it was sold in 1999. Carl is also a licensed real estate broker with over 40 years’ experience in real estate. Currently, he is managing partner and broker in charge of Allied Realty in Anderson. Carl has served on numerous boards and most recently served on the SC Real Estate Commission Board. He is also a Rotarian, active member of his church, member and past Master of Ruff Lodge #240, and is involved in several community projects.


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or the es Nine f and Ag OneHefor 100 Douglas C. McDougald, Jr., is a native of Anderson. Kirk Oglesby arrived in Anderson in 1967 to serve as

attended Boys’ High School, graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton and served his country in the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant. He joined the family’s funeral home business following a tour of service in the Army and has grown the business to include Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Oaklawn Memorial Gardens and The McDougald Family Center. The many boards and volunteer positions he holds are just a glimpse into his dedication to his career and community. He has served on the Board of Trust for Presbyterian College, as a board member for Anderson County Development Partnership and the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Anderson University Board of Visitors, a board member and capital campaign chair for the Anderson Area YMCA and has held the position of president for the South Carolina Funeral Directors and the Rotary Club of Anderson. He also was named a recipient of the Independent Mail’s Pointing the Way Award.


the chief executive officer of Anderson Memorial Hospital. He is the only individual to ever have achieved what’s called the “Triple Crown” of healthcare leadership which includes serving as chairman of the nation’s three most prominent healthcare organizations: the American College of Healthcare Executives in 1986; the American Hospital Association in 1992; and the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in 1993. He served as president of what is now known as AnMed Health for three decades. Oglesby supported the founding of the Anderson Free Clinic and Hospice of the Upstate, and he was a member of the Rotary Club of Anderson during his tenure at the hospital. After his retirement he continued to work for the good of Anderson County by serving as chair of the United Way Campaign and Board of Directors, as well as countless other boards and committees. “He was a great teacher who taught by example,” said John Miller, his successor at AnMed Health.

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Dr. Beatrice Thompson Caroline Tolbert or the es Nine f and Ag Onein for 100 Beatrice Thompson spent many of her years Caroline Tolbert grew up in Anderson attending

a teaching career and worked to receive her Ph. D. in 1978. During a near-40-year career with School District 5, she served as a guidance counselor and school psychologist. She made history in 1976 when she was the first African American elected to Anderson City Council where she has served for 41 years. In 1988, she served as the President of the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Anderson is a better place because of the work of Dr. Thompson, and to honor her dedication to the community, a public park was named for her. She worked tirelessly to lead the efforts to restore the old Westside High School into a thriving community center where she still serves as the Executive Director. Most recently she has been instrumental in starting the Dream Team and leading efforts for the Church Street project which has resulted in a new Heritage Park on Church Street in downtown Anderson.

Girls’ High (T. L. Hanna was her principal) and later she finished Winthrop University. She is the daughter of Boys’ High acclaimed principal, “Frog” Reames. Her mother, Catherine, was a teacher at Girls’ High and Mr. Hanna introduced her parents. She married Colonel James Robert Tolbert and was effective in charitable work overseas as “the officer’s wife.” During a visit to Taiwan, she met a woman who had rescued more than 100 Chinese orphans and was working to rescue those in Vietnam. Tolbert befriended her and found a home for the children. Later, Ingrid Bergman starred in the movie about this woman, entitled “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.” Currently, she serves on the Anderson School District Five Foundation Board, and the Board of Visitors of Anderson University. She is also an advocate for the South Main Mercy Center and supports the scholarship begun at Wofford and Anderson University by “Frog’s Boys.”


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Buy A Box and Make a Big Impact this Valentine’s Day! What do you typically buy on Valentine’s Day? Most of us splurge on a nice box of chocolates for that special someone in our lives. It’s amazing how that box of chocolate can bring a smile and warm a heart. This Valentine’s Day, how about buying a different box? This box will equally touch a special someone and bring a smile and warm heart. This box doesn’t contain chocolate, however, it contains eight Weekend Snackpacks, enough to feed a child in need for eight weekends straight! There are many children in this community who are at-risk for hunger, and fortunately, are fed at school through the free breakfast and lunch programs. However, for some of these children, those are the only meals they get that day. For some of these children, they will go home over the weekend with very little to no food on Saturday and Sunday. Through a unique partnership of the United Way of Anderson County, the Golden Harvest Food Bank and all five Anderson school districts, we are stepping up. Together we are ensuring that 1,000 children identified as “in need” are receiving bags of food that go home with them each and every weekend during the school year. Every weekend! This requires continuous collaboration, volunteers and dollars to make it happen. Therefore, on February 14 the United Way of Anderson County will be asking people to Buy A Box, which costs $40. So please, Buy A Box, for that someone special (a child in need) on Valentine’s Day and bring a smile and warm a heart! To Buy A Box go to on or before February 14, 2018. For more information or if you have a group that would like to assist with packing boxes, contact Liz Brock at 864-226-3438 or liz.brock@uwandersoncty. com. n

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I’VE FALLEN AND I CAN’T GET UP! You’re familiar with that infomercial, right? Me, too. The difference was I was heading full-steamed ahead towards making that infomercial my personal reality. I was beginning to wobble on my two feet as I stood still and started to do the “senior shuffle” when I walked. I knew I’d soon be pitching myself towards a broken bone somewhere in my body as I lost control and fell. So, what can an aging adult do? Just in time, I learned about the 12-week Moving for Better Balance class offered by our local YMCA in conjunction with YMCA/USA, and instructed by the dedicated and compassionate Kelly Jo Barnwell, Anderson County Senior Citizens Program Director. I had to be “assessed” for need, since the class is limited to 15 members, and I started the class that has changed my life. At first, I felt like an elephant learning how to ice skate. But, I stuck with it, did my home practice, and I am now equipped with exercises and modified Tai Chi forms that I will use for the rest of my life. I now breathe correctly and walk correctly. I do the eight Tai Chi forms and the mini-therapeutic exercises we learned in class every day. I will for the rest of my life, because I can now walk with confidence, and I own a body in balance. I’m not alone in feeling this way. Fellow classmate, Don Roddey, 83, says that the class has been hard for him but he made a commitment to finish it. Now, he says, “I walk better.” Debra Dundon, 66, came to class using a cane. She still does, but not during class. She says, “It’s been wonderful. I have more confidence and I have hope. It’s not just the exercises, but the friendships we develop.” We all agree that our senior years have been changed for the better, thanks to this class. By Joyce Beckett

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Lacrosse Making a Play in Anderson By John Boone Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and South Carolina is among the states leading the way, especially at the high school level. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone, especially if you live in Anderson County. Lacrosse features elements of many familiar American sports, making it fun to play and entertaining to watch. It has the structure of soccer, the speed, stick-work and play-making of hockey, the strategy of basketball, and even the physicality (in the men’s game) of football. The women’s game, played without the hits and protective gear, and with more positional freedom, presents a certain beauty in its finesse. Since the early 2000s, the sport has blossomed in South Carolina high schools, with nationally recognized programs developing in the low country, highly respectable squads in the midlands, and healthy hotbeds in our own backyard in Greenville and further up the interstate in Spartanburg. In all of those areas, common elements of success exist: a robust feeder system through recreation leagues, club teams, and strong parental commitment and support. “When I first started at T.L. Hanna High School, they spelled lacrosse wrong on my ID,” says Bill Williams, the founder of the only high school lacrosse program in Anderson County. “At that point, I knew I had my work cut out for me.” That was in 2013, when, after Williams’ pitches to the local recreation leagues and YMCAs dried up, it was T.L. Hanna High School that bought in and started a varsity lacrosse program for both boys and girls. Fast forward to today, and not much has changed in the area, although there is some cause for optimism. Hanna is starting a junior varsity program this year; Brett Bodell, parent of junior attacker Andy Bodell on Hanna’s team, has had some success with a clinic he started for fourth and fifth graders at Midway Elementary School; players and coaches have taken

time to educate others on the game, especially at the elementary school level; and Williams has had sporadic success with clinics at the Anderson Area YMCA. Seth Furr, the Athletic Director at the Y, thinks a lacrosse league is definitely in the not-too-distant future. “When you get a vast interest from folks, that gives the program director the notion that there is a need in the community. I believe that our YMCA will have a lacrosse league one day. That time might not be tomorrow, next week, or maybe even not next year, but I do foresee a lacrosse league in our future.” Williams, now in his 70s, is also looking for some “young blood” to help spread the word. Enter 29-year-old Jordy Kirr, an accomplished lacrosse player at Georgetown University (who still owns the all-time assists record there) and former coach at Marquette University, who relocated to the Anderson area from Maryland six months ago. Kirr quickly found the area lacking for opportunities in the sport she has played passionately since the age of 6. So she did something about it. By August, she had set up a website ( and started the Clemson Cubs, a girls’ lacrosse club that focuses on the young, educating and training them to be competitive players. 14

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“I’ll take them at any age, but I primarily focus on youth,” Kirr, who also privately trains some high school players states. “I am focusing on growing the game. I want to introduce them to the sport. I’m not looking to travel distances and compete, I just want them to fall in love with the game.” Despite taking their lumps during this growing phase of their program, T.L. Hanna’s players have done just that. Junior co-captains and best friends, Riley Manuel’s and Leah Truelove’s love of the game started with a little bit of curiosity. “The fact that it’s relatively new to our area and we have the opportunity to join the sport when it’s just booming - that spoke to me - and I love the challenge of the game, especially the stick work,” Manuel says. She had never played any type of

organized sport before joining the team her freshman year. Truelove had played eight years of soccer and just wanted another sport to throw herself into. “I love lacrosse more than I ever loved soccer,” she says. She had never picked up a stick until the summer before she joined. “They are so enthusiastic and motivated,” head coach Jason Stiles says of his captains. “Players like them are helping us make good progress.” Senior defender Ben Eaves is the captain of the boys’ team. “A couple of my friends played it, and I really wanted to play a sport, so it was kind of on a whim that I joined. I absolutely love it and am so happy I made that decision. I picked it up really well and enjoy learning the game.” Andy Bodell had three years of experience through

“They are so enthusiastic and motivated. Players like them are helping us make good progress” says head coach Jason Stiles.


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a recreation lacrosse program in Greenville by the time he was eligible to join the varsity. “You would think on a varsity team, a freshman wouldn’t have the most experience, but it showed me I had to step up and be a leader,” he says. Bodell traded his hockey stick for a lacrosse stick in sixth grade and hasn’t looked back. Kirr admits that it is new to her, as an ambassador of the game, to promote it on such a grassroots level, but that hasn’t stopped her from already visiting the elementary schools in Anderson District 5 and talking with physical education teachers on how to get equipment (US Lacrosse provides grants) and grow the sport. “It seems silly to have to drive your kid 45 minutes just for a practice,” Kirr says. “We can change that.” Hanna boys’ head coach Chris Stanzione, who took over for Williams last season, is inviting the public to come see the game played at a high level, when Clemson University’s men’s club lacrosse team takes on Ole Miss at T.L. Hanna High School on Sunday, February 4. “That’s going to be fun,” Stanzione says. “It’s a great opportunity for kids and parents to see this exciting, fantastic sport.” n

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The Anderson Area YMCA held its 17th annual Reindeer Run on December 2, 2017. The race offered a one-mile and 5K course for participants. Sponsored by Carson’s Steak Warehouse, the race encouraged youth participation and held a contest between the local elementary schools for a participation prize. Concord Elementary won for most participants as well as the largest percentage of student participation. The school received a total of $1,000 for winning in these categories. The elementary school competition was sponsored by Morgan Stanley.


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The Anderson International festival is one that explores the music, culture, and food from a different country every other year. Celebrating it’s seventh festival, this year’s exhibits and programs are all about Spain! The festival will run from early January to late February, and will feature programs run by many different local organizations. These programs will range from flamingo dancers, to special Spanish wine tastings, to beautiful art exhibits. This year’s festival has it’s opening exhibit, Spain Conexiones de Arte, at the Anderson Arts center where wines and bites from the region will be served. Following this, there will be a number of other events at the Anderson Arts center including Pintando Como Picasso, where participants will paint and take home art inspired by Pablo Picasso. People will enjoy Spain’s signature cocktail as well as Spanish wines. Later in January, there will be a children’s event where children get introduced to the works of Pablo Picasso and create their own Cubist paintings. The Anderson County Museum will also have exiting events to celebrate Spain. Beginning January 19, their opening night reception will feature artwork from David Locke’s collection from his Spain travels. The reception will also present famed flamenco dancer, Ania Bartelmus. Later in January, the Anderson County Library will house a number of events celebrating Spain. They will have programs like Faces of Anderson, Ferdinand Story Time, and much more! Also celebrating Spain will be the Belton Museum and the Belton Arts Center. Beginning January 13th, the Belton Arts Center will have their opening reception Los Dos Amigos: Dali and Picasso. This exhibit explores the imaginative works inspired by absurd and fantastical works of Spanish artist. The Belton Museum will also be exploring Spain with an exhibit that will feature both religious and secular pieces that celebrate foreign influence. They will also be having a Night for the Museum, which will have a live and silent auction, as well as Spanish tapas and wines. There is no shortage of exciting, cultural events planned for this year’s Anderson International festival. You won’t want to miss this! Visit www. for a full schedule of events. n


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January 19th Anderson Arts Center Artwork from David Lock’es collection


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“Pool Party” at The Legacy

If there’s a bored senior in Anderson, he or she isn’t looking around. At least that’s how Kelly Jo Barnwell of the Anderson County Senior Citizens Program sees it. There’s more to senior activities than just sewing and shuffleboard, and it’s all in where retirees choose to search. With several organizations in Anderson County either directly serving seniors or having several programs dedicated to them, there’s always something going on. Barnwell is the fourth director of the program, which is a legacy she’s carried on from her mother, Jo Brown, whom the Jo Brown Senior Center was named after. “My mom’s heart was this very subject,” she said. Barnwell leads a team of 18 senior leaders managing 18 different programs, and she’s adamant about getting seniors the best experience she can offer. Competitive and social bridge games are popular, but it’s a lot more than that. Brown and her team stay current on the latest dance crazes to add to their line dancing classes. If one is interested in music, they offer the Anderson County Outreach Entertainers, a group of senior performers that visits local nursing homes and other venues. For seniors wanting to get in better shape, the Jo Brown Center offers the OverEasy exercise program with routines designed for older folks.

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“We want to continue cheering them on as long as possible,” Barnwell said. If nothing on the calendar piques one’s interest, she said they’re always open to new ideas. And with a facility like the Jo Brown Center, it opens the doors to numerous possibilities in working with and hosting other senior groups. The Legacy of Anderson offers more than just a place to live — there really is community. Jerri McConnell, activities director, is always working on keeping the residents busy — or perhaps it’s the other way around.

“We strive to keep seniors as active and independent as possible.” “They’re very social,” she said. The Legacy offers activities you might not expect from a senior community — and there’s plenty of drama. For two years, The Legacy’s drama club has been working on skits for its 97 residents. Aside from drama, the community has taken trips to Atlanta, gone on a cruise to the Bahamas, baked a few things and, of course, played more than a few rounds of bingo. There are also plenty of opportunities for residents to get involved in a faith community, as there are always prayer meetings, devotionals and church services. Arts & Crafts at the Jo Brown Center

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But one of the most unique projects the community has worked on is what they called the Two Generation Music Class at North Pointe Elementary School’s kindergarten through fourth-grade classes. The residents assist with a monthly music class with the students, and at the end of the school year throw a big party. And when they want to unwind, The Legacy offers happy hour — a time for residents to sit back with a glass of wine, beer or soft drinks and socialize. For seniors looking for fitness programs, the Anderson Area YMCA is the place to check out. Wellness director Chad Alewine said the Y offers a wide array of programs, all designed to help seniors get back in shape or improve their balance. “We’ve seen a lot of great success with older adults,” he said. He also noted some folks in their 60s and 70s are active in the Crossfit and TRX classes. But for those looking for something less intense, there’s always the Silver Sneakers fitness classes. Its goal is to keep older adults active, using light dumbbells, resistance bands and some chair-based exercises. Moreover, there’s a yoga program that Alewine said has been very popular. It’s designed to be gentle and therapeutic, and there’s even a program that focuses on back care. “We’ve seen a jump in participation with the yoga classes,” he said. The Y even offers a water aerobics class that’s in a smaller, warmer pool, for those who don’t like the shock of a cold dip and getting run over by swimmers doing laps. One of the best success stories Alewine has seen came from the Better Balance program, which uses tai chi to strengthen the body and improve balance. One couple in the program, both in their 90s, were able to get rid of their canes by the end of the 12-week program, Alewine said. As with a lot of the programs around the county,

this one, Alewine said, helps build community. With the group setting, it’s hard not to see why. “It’s more of a holistic approach to wellness,” he said, noting that these programs involve building mental, as well as physical, health. For more fellowship, SENIOR Solutions offers plenty to do, including exercise programs, group dining, line dancing, monthly day trips and more. The nonprofit organization started as a dining and socialization group in 1968 but has expanded exponentially over the years to meet the needs of local seniors. So it has plenty of experience helping seniors navigate and have fun through their golden years. According to the group’s website, their goal is to help seniors stay active, healthy and independent throughout their retirement years. “We strive to keep seniors as active and independent as possible, and with the help of the community, we can continue to do that for another 45 years,” according to their website. Anderson’s AARP chapter is all about community, as president Genevieve Brown believes. “We try to carry out our motto of serving and not being served,” she said. Indeed, serving is a cornerstone of this group’s

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mission. They’re often working with the Meals on Wheels packing line, assisting with the local Special Olympics and visiting residents at the Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, among other things. “If you want something done, you ask seniors,” Brown said. The chapter even has a group that travels to Columbia to meet state legislators and lobby for issues that affect local seniors. They’re rank and file members of the group, so they may have no previous experience in walking the halls of the state Capitol. In addition, the local AARP chapter offers a senior driver’s safety program also taught by retirees, an exercise program and opportunities to see shows. They’re also known to meet for meals before or after events. “It becomes a family,” Brown said. One of the shows the AARP group will certainly get to see is the production of Senior Follies, a local theater troupe made up of adults 55 and older. The production is entering its 29th year with this year’s theme, “For the Record.” Director Annette Cantrell Martin has been with the program for the entire 29 years, and the group has been featured on morning shows like the Today Show and Good Morning America, as well as having performed at the Epcot Center at Disney World and performed on two Caribbean cruises. This year’s production will happen March 15-18, and Martin believes the tickets will be the hottest in town. Moreover, she said it’s an encouragement to the seniors in the audience, as well as the cast, with many catching the acting bug late in life. While the cast for this year’s production is locked in, the next auditions will be Oct. 1, 2018, for the group’s 30th year. “We will find talent they don’t think they have,” Martin said. n All Photos on this page: Senior Folly fun for all


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events & news around Anderson County Spanish Wine dinner pairing Spanish food with Spanish wines on January 29. Tickets are $60 per person and also require advanced reservations. And… pssst…wanna know a little insider information? For some of the best bites in town, follow local musician Talbert Black on Facebook and see what’s being whipped up at Doolittle’s on Wednesday nights. He and owner John Doolittle put together a tasting plate and a signature cocktail that are out of this world good. It’s worth the trip, and the follow.

Indoor Farmers’ Market Indoor Farmers’ Market – It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can get locally sourced food and other products. The Indoor Farmers’ Market at Forx Farm continues through April. From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every other Saturday, the doors open for shoppers to peruse the wares from local vendors, including Forx Farm, Hurricane Creek Farm, Southern Soap Shop, Growing Green Family Farms, Berry Acres, Friends at the Farm and Split Creek Farms. Located at 5575 Dobbins Bridge Road, the Indoor Farmers’ Market will be open on January 13 and 30, as well as February 10 and 24.

Tri-County Technical College will hold a ribbon cutting for its new Student Success Center on January 12 at 11 a.m. on the Pendleton Campus of the college. Started in September 2016, the 75,000-square-foot building is the first new building on the Pendleton Campus in 20 years. The new building includes a learning commons, library collections, meeting spaces, computer labs, study areas, tutoring spaces, the college bookstore, a café and other college essentials. Dr. Ronnie Booth, Ph. D., said the Student Success Center is a part of the school’s strategy to increase student success, reduce long-term maintenance costs and address recent double-digit enrollment growth.

Black History Month Black Tie Ball – On Feb. 2, the African American Leadership Society of the United Way of Anderson County will celebrate Black History Month with a dinner, awards ceremony and ball at the Hilton Garden Inn. Tickets for the event are $60 per person and include a sit-down dinner and the ball. The evening will be highlighted by an awards ceremony that will name the Emerging Leaders, Community Trailblazer and Community Legacy Award winners for 2017. Jacquie Hood Martin, Ph. D., will be the keynote speaker.

CHURCH SECURITY TRAINING In light of the recent church shooting in Texas, the Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office will provide Church Security Training and Active Assailant training on a number of Saturdays in January and February. On Jan. 13 at Concord Baptist Church in Anderson, Jan. 27 at Welfare Baptist Church in Belton, Feb. 3 at Marathon Community Church in Greenville and Feb. 10 at New Holly Light Baptist Church, the sheriff ’s office will provide a half-day training session to help churches that may be putting together their own church security teams. The instruction will cover what areas to focus on (like parking lots, children’s programs and offices), the characteristics of suspicious behavior, and developing plans for incidents such as an active shooter or a missing child. For more information, contact the Sheriff ’s Department at (864) 260-4368, or via email at

Mama Rae’s Scoops on the Square – It’s time for a little you scream, I scream, we all scream for Ice Cream up in Pendleton. Mama Rae’s Scoops on the Square opened late last year and will be open through winter with modified hours. Monday through Friday, they’ll be open from 2 until 8 p.m., Saturdays from 12 until 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 until 6 p.m. Serving up the traditional shakes, cones and sundaes, they’ll be supplementing their menu with coffee, herbal teas and hot cocoa through the winter. Good Eats – Throughout the month of January there will be plenty of opportunities for getting’ your grub on – like McGee’s Irish Pub’s monthly wine dinner. Hosted by John Benca, McGee’s owner and five time Wine Spectator magazine award winner, the January 22nd meal will feature Smoked Chicken Croquettes, French Onion Tartlets, Shrimp and Grits and a Lemon soufflé for $35 per person. Call for reservations by January 12. Up at Kitchen Emporium, Gay McLeskey will host a


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January & February Events Jan. 9 Community Yoga Anderson County Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Take some time to care for yourself with a recurring yoga class at the Anderson County Library. Every Tuesday at 300 N. McDuffie Street in Anderson. For more info: Jan. 12 Art Gallery on Pendleton Square, 6-8 p.m. Free. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments as Marty Bynum demonstrates and talks about how fabric is created on a loom and how yarn is spun on a wheel. The gallery is located at 150 Exchange Street, Pendleton, next to The Islander Restaurant. Phone 864-2210129. For more information, visit Jan. 15 Carolina Bauernhaus, 7-8 p.m. Open Mic Night every Monday. Enjoy local up and coming artists. 115 Federal Street in Anderson. For info:

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Jan. 20 Anderson Wedding Festivals Anderson Civic Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Find all the latest ideas and perfect vendors for your big day. 3027 Mall Road, Anderson. Feb. 2 Black History Black Tie Ball Hilton Garden Inn, 6:30 p.m. Join the United Way of Anderson County’s African American Leadership Society in recognizing Black History Month with the signature Black History Black Tie Ball. At this event, three awards are given out to community leaders, The Emerging Leader Community Award, The Community Trailblazer Award, and The Community Legacy Award.

Feb. 3 Cancer Association’s Girlfriend’s Tea, 2-4 p.m. Join the Cancer Association of Anderson for a fun afternoon with friends at the Civic Center of Anderson for the annual Girlfriend’s Tea. You host and decorate your table, lunch and tea provided. $200 per table or $25 donation per person. Silent auction begins at 1 p.m. Email carrie@ or 222-3500 for more info. Feb. 9 Art Gallery on Pendleton Square, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free. Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments as Kathy Smiley shares her process and speaks about her work with glass and other materials to make her unique and beautiful jewelry.

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Jan 21 Las Artes Decorativas

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Jan 31 Explore Spain -10-11am

Homeschool students are welcome to come learn about the history and culture of Spain through hands-on activities. $2 per child ages 7-12. Call museum to reserve a spot.

Feb 15 Night for the Museum Auction Fundraiser - 6:30-9pm

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1. Declutter.

The first step to staging your home to sell is to declutter. This includes clearing countertops, reducing excessive décor, and removing unnecessary furniture. “Most buyers have a hard time picturing the home without the furniture if it’s cluttered,” Chappelear points out. In addition to the main rooms of a home, prospective buyers are going to want to see behind closed doors, so make sure to clear out the closets! Go through old clothes and boxes, and remove anything that is taking up significant storage space; buyers should be able to see how much storage space is available. Don’t forget to organize. A great solution for unwanted or unused items is to donate them to a local thrift store. Dauchert suggests donating clothing and miscellaneous items to Haven of Rest, which also provides a pick-up service.


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It’s safe to say that your house can never be too clean as you prepare to sell. Make sure that bathrooms are spotless and tile is scrubbed. Chappelear recommends bleaching white baseboards and doors. If you own pets, you may have to go the extra mile to remove excess pet hair and to ensure that the house is odor-free. “Pay attention to smell,” Chappelear says, “Ask close friends if they smell an animal in your home. We often don’t notice it when it’s our home.” Chappelear also recommends taking out animal beds and blankets to eliminate odor, as well as getting the carpets and furniture professionally cleaned. “Clean, clean, and then clean more,” emphasizes Dauchert, “Your home should sparkle.”

2. 3. Inspect the Exterior.

While you want to make sure that the interior is looking its best, don’t neglect the exterior! The outside of the house and the yard should receive the same attention as the inside of the house. Dauchert suggests walking around the outside of the house and entering through the front door to observe any improvements that need to be made. Check to see if the front door needs a new coat of paint, and use a pressure washer to clean the siding, if needed. Make sure the lawn is trimmed, tidy, and free from any eyesores. Spruce up neglected shrubs and trees, weed and mulch overgrown flower beds, and spread seed on any bare spots in the grass.

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4. Scrutinize the Details.

Put yourself in the position of a potential buyer. Ask yourself what might be one of the first details an outsider might notice when visiting your home. Check the thermostat, and make sure that the temperature is comfortable for all. Check all the lights in the house – make sure they are in working order, and replace any burnt-out bulbs. Check for cobwebs, particularly in places that are often overlooked, such as windows or entrances that are used infrequently. Make sure that all windows have been washed, both on the inside and the outside. Check mirrors for smudges or cracks. Fix any squeaky doors. As you clean and declutter, keep an eye out for anything that may draw negative attention to an object or area.

5. Make Necessary Improvements


Consider features of the home that might need to be updated. Perhaps the walls need a fresh coat of paint. When it comes to choosing paint color, Chappelear advises eliminating “loud” colors and using neutral shades instead. Brighten up dark corners and make sure there is ample lighting. Try adding some tasteful accents, maybe even plants or flowers. If there are repairs to be made, the best route is to take care of them before selling. This eliminates the issue for the new owner. After all, “Most don’t want to deal with [repairs] first thing after buying a home,” says Chappelear, “Others don’t have the time or money.”

6. Choose a Reliable Realtor.

Finding an experienced, professional Realtor is a key component in staging your home to sell. Research thoroughly. Chappelear suggests asking family and friends for Realtor recommendations. “Today’s selling process has so many steps and negotiations that make it very difficult to navigate, especially for first-time sellers,” she says, “Look at online sources and see whose listings stand out...” When you find a Realtor, don’t hesitate to ask plenty of questions. “Hire a Realtor with a good marketing plan and one who uses a professional photographer,” says Dauchert. “You deserve the best professional services.” Whether you are selling your home for the first time or have been through the process before, a skillful Realtor will help alleviate the stress of selling. By keeping in mind these steps, you are well on your way for a successful showing of your home! n


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Student Success Center Opens


ri-County Technical College officially opens its Student Success Center January 2 when the college re-opens after the holiday break. The first day of spring semester classes is January 8, and the college will celebrate with a ribbon cutting/dedication ceremony on Jauary 12. The three-story, 75,000-square-foot building is designed intentionally to be open and accessible and dedicated to student support, engagement, and learning, said Linda Jameison, assistant vice president for student support and engagement. The Student Success Center is the first new building on the Pendleton Campus in two decades. The $42-million project includes a Learning Commons, flexible meeting spaces, computer labs, group study areas, tutoring spaces, the College Café, Campus Store, Printing Services, IT, Service Desk, and Student Development. The project also includes a complete renovation of Ruby Hicks Hall during 2018, and the installation of a central chiller plant and chilled water loop. The Student Success Center is a key component of Tri-County Technical College’s strategy to increase student success, reduce long-term maintenance costs,


and address double-digit enrollment growth, said Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president of Tri-County. “As we expect our students to develop 21st-Century workplace skills, like teamwork, collaboration, communication and social skills, we need to provide spaces where they can hone these skills outside the classroom,” said Dr. Booth. “It is essential for students today to learn how to work in groups and teams to problem solve in today’s workforce. The Student Success Center is important to achieve our mission and fundamental to delivering a transformative student experience and an investment in our students’ success.” “Every student will use this facility,” said Jameison. “There are more learning spaces for quiet and collaborative study and increased technology resources to support it,” she said. “The Learning Commons, formerly called the library, serves as a common gathering place where students can learn in an open and accessible environment that has a vast resource network to support their learning,” she said. “When I talk to people about the overall project, I tell them there are three levels. The ground level is Support, the plaza level is all about Engagement, and January/February 2018

the upper level is the Learning Commons. Support – Engaged – Learning! The ground level houses support resources, such as our IT Department and the IT Service Desk, the Print Shop, textbook ordering and pick up, and the student support suite for student health and wellness.” Jameison says the plaza level is for engagement and connecting with students, faculty, and staff. The engagement area has dedicated space for student government and student organizations. The plaza level features the Café, which has 75 percent more seating capacity than the former Café and the Campus Store, said Lou Moritz, director of administrative services. “In the Café we offer a la carte items, such as freshlymade salads, sandwiches, pizza by the slice, and Starbucks coffee. We’ll continue to serve hamburgers, chicken fingers, meat-and-two specials, along with a breakfast bar. We have a downstairs kitchen for cold prep and storage, along with refrigeration and dry storage,” he said. “It’s our hope that students won’t want to leave campus to go and get something to eat or go home right after classes,” said Jameison. “We want them to stay and have lunch and work on projects here instead of at home. We are telling students if they have an extra hour before work, don’t leave campus. Stay here and have lunch in the Café or work on an assignment with friends,” she said. The Student Success Center houses meeting rooms and dedicated spaces for student learning. “Students will see others engaged, and that promotes a real

“As we expect our students to develop 21st-Century workplace skills, like teamwork, collaboration, communication and social skills, we need to provide spaces where they can hone these skills outside the classroom.” Dr. Ronnie L. Booth

social connection with peers engaging in their environment and being present in their learning,” said Jameison. The top floor will house the Learning Commons with spaces for group and individual interaction and study. The environment promotes exploration, idea creation, and collaboration, said Jameison. “Research librarians bring their expertise to assist students in navigating the digital and print resources and tools they need to be successful. The Tutoring Center, now located within the Learning Commons, is an integral resource to help students improve their academic skills and build confidence in their abilities to achieve their educational goals,” she said. “We all are excited to be working in this fantastic new learning environment and look forward to having our students and colleagues share in making the Student Success Center a TCTC destination,” she added.


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Discover the connection between Anderson And ’interesting‘ can range from appalling to funny.” County and one of the largest scandals in history Liz comes from a family of storytellers who did that kept millions from winning huge prizes by just that at family gatherings. “I soon learned that to eating a Big Mac. Fun history facts are revealed in be heard, I had to have my facts straight, to be loud, the Hidden History of Anderson County. and to make it interesting. Otherwise, my story was just another story. I have carried that message with me libraries? along the way,”she said. Because it’s about history, people, places, and happenings. Some, we’ve heard about but aren’t sure Where are you on your journey? which parts are true or how things turned out. And it’s Anderson is now home. We love it here: my husband, about fascinating dimensions of our county’s history, my teenagers, my dog, and my two cats. 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Writing a New Chapter in Lake Hartwell’s History By: Glenn Brill, Director: Anderson County Parks, Recreation & Tourism Division Neil Paul, Executive Director: Visit Anderson Recreation is a vital part of Anderson County’s economic growth. When industry looks at our county, quality of life is always a top tier priority. They often ask: What makes Anderson County unique? What can we utilize to attract and retain a qualified workforce? Green Pond Landing & Event Center adds to Anderson County’s many assets and natural resources, especially Lake Hartwell, which has long been considered one of the Upstate’s greatest assets and a hidden treasure to locals. Since Green Pond’s inception, County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn has touted the investment in Lake Hartwell to further develop tourism and to create jobs in Anderson County. In 2015, Green Pond Landing & Event Center brought the 56,000-acre lake to the international stage hosting a world-class event, the Geico Bassmaster Classic. It’s a County Park providing diverse opportunities for water sports, competitive tournaments, and outdoor recreation. Green Pond is an ADA complainant facility allowing it to host Paralympic sports competition and training. Green Pond Landing & Event Center, which turned three on December 19th, 2017, is writing an exciting new chapter in Lake Hartwell’s 56 year history with every tournament it hosts. At the close of 2017, Anderson County had hosted tournaments with a combined economic impact of $28 million. By the end of 2018, the number is projected to be almost $53 million! Kicking-off 2018 is the 100+ boat Striped Bass Winter Classic, January 5-6. The TH Marine Bass Fishing League will host two tournaments: February 10th and May 12th. The Geico Bassmaster Classic will visit Green Pond for the second time and Lake Hartwell for the third, March 10-18. The 56 boat event, trade show, weigh-ins and international media coverage will generate $23 million in economic impact. Of all the places the Classic visits, Green Pond and Greenville give BASS the shortest distance between where they fish and weighin of any other venue in the nation. The short 30 mile commute from


Anderson to Greenville is hard to beat. In 2014, the commute between Lake Guntersville and Birmingham was 72 miles. In 2016, the commute between Grand Lake and Tulsa was 90 miles and this past March in Houston, it was a 55-60 mile drive each way. Hosting the Bassmaster Classic is more prestigious than any other fishing tournament. It provides Anderson County the opportunity to partner with our neighboring Greenville community to host the Super Bowl of bass fishing. The event brings visitors from all over the world, and shines the spotlight on the Upstate of. Selfishly, we love being able to show off Lake Hartwell, a Top 100 Bass Lake in America for three straight years! The on-the-water coverage by the local media, B.A.S.S. media, and the television coverage that follows on ESPN2 is tremendous for our fishery. None of this which would be possible without our partnership with the great folks from Greenville. What does it take beyond a championship level fishery like Lake Hartwell to host the Bassmaster Classic? An expo center, such as the TD Center with a minimum square footage requirement of 300,000 sq. ft. for the massive outdoor expo. A facility, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, which seats more than 15,000 people to meet the 12,000 seat

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Bassmaster High School Eastern Open April 14

American Bass Anglers Weekend Series April 21

TH Marine Bass Fishing League Tournament May 12

American Bass Anglers Couples Championship

requirement for hosting the Bassmaster Classic. Financial commitment from the Upstate to host a major event of this kind. When the 2018 Bassmaster Classic takes place on Lake Hartwell, only two other fisheries will have hosted more Classics than Lake Hartwell in the storied history of this great event. Hospitality is another big reason we continue to host exceptional events like the Classic. When the 2008 Bassmaster Classic, held on Lake Hartwell, the attendance records for the Classic were set. Again in 2015, despite it being the coldest Bassmaster Classic of all time, it was the third most attended in history providing the Upstate with an economic impact of $23 million. In addition to hosting fishing tournaments in 2018, Anderson County plans to complete three major projects at the facility: the addition of courtesy docks to the launch ramps; 30’ of the hill in front of the ramps will be removed to improve traffic flow; and, a building will be added to house restrooms for anglers and spectators. The future of Green Pond, Anderson County, and Lake Hartwell in our semi-biased humble opinion is brighter than the sun. n

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Safe Harbor Break Free From Toxic Relationships

By Liz Carey

For more than 14 years, April was married to an Ivy League educated CEO. And for every day of that 14 years, he let her know how much better he was than her. April says he tormented her, reminding her of her inadequacies. Telling became yelling, which became cursing and profanity laced name-calling. April says she curled up into herself at the abuse. “I don’t recall how quickly I went from being human to becoming a turtle. I formed a shell and pulled inside, isolating myself from the world,” April wrote to another domestic violence sufferer. “He would chase me from room to room as I tried to escape the verbal assaults, and the shell didn’t seem to block out the sound of hate. I decided to tell someone when the inevitable day came and I realized that I was slowly dying inside the shell. I was terrified that I was going to die at his hands, and no one would know I was gone.” April contacted Safe Harbor for help. With the help of her counselor, she was able to file for divorce and survive the escalating threats and daily stalking her

soon-to-be ex-husband peppered her with. And despite losing friends and family because of the divorce, she survived through the help and support of Safe Harbor. “In the beginning, every time I saw him or his car, I was terrified. ‘Is this the day he kills me?’ I learned to quiet the thought. I put my intellect to work and multiple layers of protection in place. In that golden weekly session at Safe Harbor, I released my anxiety and was girded for the week ahead. …With every word said, I let go of the pain,” she says. “Five months post-divorce finalization, I am preparing to move into the first home I have ever purchased without a husband. With my goal of moving a few states away from him fulfilled, I am overjoyed! I applied and have been accepted to a local college to complete the Bachelor degree I never finished. My beloved dog and I are finally living in peace.” April’s story was part of Safe Harbor’s #MeToo campaign to bring light to domestic violence. As sexual assault and sexual harassment have often been the news headlines this year, the organization took on 38

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the #MeToo campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence. Through personal stories, the program gives domestic violence survivors the opportunity to speak anonymously to those who might be trying to figure out how to break free from a toxic relationship. “We started this campaign in 2016 and are continuing the survivor letter writing portion throughout December. Anyone in the community is invited to share their story,” said Margaret Evans, outreach coordinator for Safe Harbor. “Coincidentally, the letter writing platform is under the title “Me Too” – demonstrating that when one person shares, it can oftentimes lend permission for others to seek support and remind them they’re not alone in what they’re experiencing.” Safe Harbor operates programs in Anderson, Oconee, Pickens and Greenville to help women who are suffering from domestic violence. Whether it’s providing shelter in emergency situations, providing housing assistance, educating teens on domestic violence in relationships or providing counseling or legal advocacy, Safe Harbor works toward a culture where all people are valued in their relationships. According to the organization’s 2016 Annual Report, the organization provided shelter to more than 650 people and answered 1,860 crisis calls. Additionally, the organization provided 26 families, including 45 children, with transitional housing, and helped 335 domestic violence survivors with counseling and -legal advocacy outside of the shelter. Additionally, the organization reaches out to teens to talk about healthy relationships. In a program called REP, or Relationship Education Project, Safe Harbor’s educators visit classrooms, and student assemblies in high school and middle school to talk about the warning signs of unhealthy relationships, the cycle of abuse and what healthy relationships are like. After one session, a student said to the educators that it was what helped them realize that they were in an abusive relationship. “I spent a few years in a toxic friendship. The most popular kid in my grade allowed me into her life, put me down constantly…and hit me. This class justifies me and helps me,” the student told Safe Harbor. The organization operates on grants and donations, as well as fund raising from events like the True Grit Oyster Roast held in the fall. For more information about Safe Harbor, contact the organization’s administrative offices at 864-467-1177. If you are in need of help, contact the 24-hour crisis line at (800) 291-2139. n

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What happens when an entrepreneur or small business owner has questions but doesn’t have an outlet for answers? Most traditional networking opportunities don’t offer the chance for much advice, much less for advice from an entire group. That’s where the group One Million Cups comes in. One Million Cups, started by the Kauffmann Foundation, is a nationwide group that provides a venue for entrepreneurs to connect with their communities and get advice on making their businesses work — presumably over one million cups of coffee. The group started in 2012 in Kansas City and has quickly spread to more than 100 communities throughout the country, including a chapter that started in Greenville recently. That chapter caught the attention of LeeAnn Sanders, who works in the office of Anderson Economic Development.. She had a feeling it would work well in Anderson. “It’s a great spin on the typical networking event,” Sanders said. In order to start a One Million Cups chapter in a new community, a potential leader has to attend a meeting in another chapter.

“It’s a great spin on the typical networking event.” The meeting is framed in a way that allows entrepreneurs who have issues or problems in their businesses — or those who want to start a business — to present in front of a group to ask questions and gather feedback. “The audience is really important,” Sanders said. “We’ve had a vast array of presenters.” So far, the group has had a handful of sessions, but it is making plans to continue the project well into 2018. The group meets weekly, with about 30 attendees per session, and the plan is to keep it weekly for the foreseeable future. In addition to getting advice, One Millions Cups is also a great venue for potential business owners to make connections with Realtors and bankers who can provide small-business loans.

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Lauren James was the first presenter at Anderson’s One Million Cups.. A graphic designer by trade, she started a business called The Olive Shoe. She designs invitations and paperie, and she does creative consulting and small business branding. “I wanted to get feedback from other entrepreneurs,” she said. She was able to get plenty of advice for her business, all without it costing her a dime. As a creative person, she was able to get a better perspective on the business side of her venture. Not only that, but it opened the door to another business opportunity. Opening doors seems to be the theme, as Sheri Moreland, owner of Ladies On Main Consignment Boutique, discovered. As she presented, a door opened with Electric City Playhouse to provide costumes in exchange for getting more exposure for her business. In addition, a seemingly small suggestion turned into a good boost for the business. Someone recommended a markerboard outside the business, and Moreland has already seen an increase in traffic to her shop. “I like it a lot because it’s all entrepreneurs,” she said. For those who want to attend, meetings are held every Wednesday at 8 a.m. at 102 N. Murray Avenue in the city’s economic development office. Anyone can

attend, but if someone wants to present, he or she will have to fill out an application. The presenter doesn’t have to own a business, and it can be a good way to test the waters to see if a venture has a solid plan. The group starts with a six-minute presentation, and the 20-minute question and answer session with the audience follows. The meeting is usually finished within an hour. There’s even free coffee and breakfast. “It’s pretty awesome,” James said. “And it’s free.” n

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Bamboo runs rampant in Anderson, but where did it come from? By Liz Carey

Drive down River Street, or up Calhoun, and you’ll likely see it… bamboo – everywhere. The leafy green tree grows all over Anderson, mostly because it’s hard to kill. Native to Japan, bamboo is actually a grass. The stems, or ”culms,” can grow as tall as 130 feet, and as wide across as 12 inches. Culms are jointed with regular nodes and are tough, yet hollow. The largest grass on the planet, bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, growing up to 36 inches within a 24-hour period… that’s about one inch every 40 minutes. In Southeast and East Asia, bamboo is used as building material, food, paper, weapons, and fuel. In fact, bamboo is so integral to the Asian economy, and the global economy, that economic players selling bamboo are known as the Bamboo Network. But, how, you might ask, did this exotic plant get all the way to Anderson? According to Inventory of Seeds and Plants Imported, Volume 54-55, a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued in 1922, they were brought here by Rufus Fant. Although best known for , Fant was also an amateur botanist Fant sent the periodical clippings of his bamboo in 1912. He told the magazine that he saw an advertisement for the plant “Giant Japanese Bamboo” in a florist magazine 20 years prior and had purchased a bare rhizome, the portion of the bamboo that allows for regrowth, to plant in the yard around his house on River Street. That plant died. So, Fant said, he sent away for it again – this time as a potted plant. Taking care to let it grow and gain strength, he kept it in the pot for five years until it had outgrown its home. That’s when he planted it in his yard. And later, he decided that it would make a nice addition to Silver Brook Cemetery. He took more than 200 rhizomes from his yard, most of them 30 feet tall and as much as 12 inches across, and


planted them along the stream in the cemetery. There they flourished. And at Fant’s house they flourished as well. As late as 1918, a frost hit the plants, forcing Fant to cut them down. The plants returned and grew to the top of his two-story house within months. Fant also grew the only edible grove of bamboo in the country at one time. And that’s just how bamboo is, said Mark Arena, Senior Extension Agent with the Anderson County Extension Service. It’s a large, fast-growing invasive species with no predators here and it’s just darned difficult to kill. “If you want to get rid of it, you really have to dig up all the rhizomes, and that’s the hard part,” Arena said. “The roots can reach out for hundreds of feet and start up new plants even if the existing plants are gone.” Bamboo remains in Old Silver Brook Cemetery, and workers for the city maintain the bamboo as part of the regular grounds upkeep. According to a City of Anderson employee, some of the local Chinese restaurants like the bamboo there as well and come in occasionally to harvest it. Members of the Southeast Chapter of the American Bamboo Society also come yearly to clean up and maintain the bamboo grove in the cemetery. Tracy Cato, president of the Southeast Chapter, said the club adopted the grove because of its historic value, and because it is one of the oldest groves in the South. Rufus Fant is buried in Old Silver Brook Cemetery, in a brick-bordered grave facing the bamboo. n January/February 2018

Rotary Club of Greater Anderson Donates Life Saving AEDs to Local Organizations The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson last month donated and delivered four Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to local organizations in Anderson County. Funding assistance for the devices was received through a Rotary District grant. An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Deliveries were made to Calvary Home for Children, the Anderson District 1 & 2 Career and Technology Center, New Foundations Home for Children and the Anderson Area YMCA. According to the American Red Cross, an AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. The Red Cross believes that all Americans should be within four minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it. “The Anderson Area YMCA is very appreciative to Rotary for their donation of an additional AED unit to our Y,” said Joe Drennon, Chief Executive Officer of the Y. “Our staff has seen firsthand, how invaluable these units can be in a life or death situation where response time is crucial to the person in crisis.” Sam Anderson, a member of the local YMCA knows all too well how important and AED can be. “When I experienced cardiac arrest in 2016 at the Anderson Area YMCA, the Y’s excellent staff saved my life with an AED,” he said. “Because of the number of members and participants that our organization serves on a daily basis, AEDs are an absolute necessity for our Y in meeting heart-related emergencies,” said Drennon. The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson works diligently to support the local community through a variety of measures. Membership in the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson provides the opportunity to become connected to your community; work with others in addressing local needs; interact with other professionals; and assist with Rotary International’s humanitarian service efforts. The club meets on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill. If you are interested in club membership, visit to contact Tammy Woodbury, membership chair. n

David Moore, Rotarian, presents an AED to Calvary Home for Children Director Greg Skipper.

Mike Darby, Rotarian, presents an AED to Anderson Career and Technology Center Director Hollie Harrell.

Left to right: Kathy Krob, NFHFC Senior Director, Julie Tovey, Rotarian, Mike Darby, Rotarian and Steve Dean, NFHFC CEO

Joe Drennon, YMCA Chief Executive Officer and Wally Weathers, YMCA Operations Director and Wellness Coordinator, display the AED donated by the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson.


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Anderson County private schools shine in their own accords By Liz Carey

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hile Anderson County’s public school districts provide stellar educational opportunities to Anderson County’s children, the county is also home to several outstanding private schools. Whether you are looking for alternative learning methods or religious based instruction, Anderson County private schools offer parents a choice when it comes to their children’s education. New Covenant School - Part of New Covenant Church, New Covenant School aims to teach children to be not only scholars, but also Christian citizens. The school says it teaches elements of biblical Christianity “unapologetically” throughout all grade levels. The school is home to 208 students from kindergarten to 12th grade. In May, four students will graduate from the school. Joe Canney, the school’s headmaster, said the senior class is the smallest class in the school. The junior class has 13 students and the graduating class of 2017 had eight students. Recently, the school implemented a “House System.” In this system, every student from sixth through twelfth grade is placed in a “house” where they will remain a part of forever. Houses accumulate points throughout the year through competitions and random acts of kindness. Named after the school’s founding pastor, Dr. David Roundtree, as well as previous headmasters Maurice Lopez, Dennis Bills and Joey Thames, the houses were introduced to the students during a fall retreat, and were implemented to improve the students’ school experience and to give them increased opportunities for fellowship, according to the school’s website.


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Canney said the school has adopted a 10-year plan to grow the school from its current 200 students to 350 students by 2026. The first step, he said was to offer fullday kindergarten for the first time in the 2018-2019 school year. The school also boasts some outstanding athletic programs, featuring basketball and cross country teams. Both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams saw post-season play last year, with the girl’s finishing second at state and the boy’s winning the state tournament after an undefeated season. The boys’ cross country team won second at the state finals, quite an accomplishment for only their second season. On the girls’ cross country team, sixth grader Layla Wickiser finished fourth in state. The school’s curriculum relies on classic Christian educational system and integrates all subjects with Christianity and teachings of the Scripture, providing students with a truly Christ-centered worldview, the school said. St. Joseph Catholic School - Founded in 1967, St. Josephs Catholic School is home to 80 students from prekindergarten through eighth grade. The goal of the school is to provide high quality teachers and small class sizes in order to prepare students for high school. The school is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with several activities and events. Starting with a community-wide gathering to watch the eclipse, the school has celebrated all things 50, like a ’50s-themed dress-up day and sock hop, and a celebration of the 50th day of school. The school plans to end the year with a “Cheers for 50 Years” gala that will focus on the schools’ alumni and their accomplishments. The school said it strives to bring unique experiences into the curriculum through things like visits to AnMed, tours of BMW’s facility, and dissecting a deer heart. Middle schoolers this year participated in Disney’s Youth Education Series in Orlando, visited Washington, D.C., and attended a science enrichment program on the barrier islands of South Carolina. Additionally, the school focuses on incorporating service as a part of their Catholic-based education. Students collect donations of cash, food and clothing to help the needy, as well as visit local nursing homes and host a Veteran’s Day celebration for members of the armed forces. Each year the students also do a service project during Lent. Students also participate in the arts through both music and drama. Fourth graders learn to play the recorder, and later, in fifth grade, chose an instrument to learn to play through the last four years of their education at the school, with performances at various school, church and civic functions. Additionally, the school boasts a drama club that meets after school every week, and puts on a performance prior to the end of the school year. Oakwood Christian School - Part of Oakwood Baptist Church, Oakwood Christian School was started 45 years ago as a desire by the church to provide Christian education to the children of church members, as well as the children of the community. The school currently has 161 student enrolled in Kindergarten through 12th grade. This year’s senior class has seven students, who will all graduate in late May. Students are taught using the Abeka and Bob Jones Press Christianbased curriculum, ensuring a quality education with a Christian focus. “One of the things that makes Oakwood different from a lot of Christian schools is that we are a local church ministry of Oakwood Baptist Church. The church is a tremendous asset to what we are trying to accomplish here.


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development toward “Christ-likeness.” “Our desire is to have our students progress in academics, in character, and in spirituality. At OCS, we do not simply want to have good students, but godly students. It is exciting to see our students put things they have learned from God’s Word (the Bible) into practice both inside and outside of the classroom,” Gross said. Anderson Christian School - Located on Liberty Highway, Anderson Christian School serves 206 students from K3 through 12th grade. This year’s graduating class of 15 is one of its largest, said principal Dr. Michelle Cutler, but that each year they continue to get bigger. The school’s curriculum focuses on not only Christian education, using the Abeka and Bob Jones Press curriculums, but also is the only Christian school in Anderson to offer honors classes and advanced placement classes, Cutler said. “We teach using a traditional public school curriculum in honors classes, but our teachers always ask ‘What is the Christian response to that?’ We want to give them a biblical worldview, while preparing them for college,” he said. Every quarter, students also do a mission day where they volunteer their time toward Christ-centered endeavors. This year has been a special year for them, as one of the missions they did was to raise money for a fellow student. In September, one of Anderson Christian’s student came to the office around lunch time complaining of a headache. By 1 p.m., he was on an operating table at AnMed having suffered a brain aneurysm. After being air-lifted to Charleston for treatment, and then transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, he has returned to the Anderson area and is now attending school two or three days a week. Students decided to have a car wash to raise money for their fellow student’s family. In just half a day, they were able to raise more than $8,000. In all, Cutler said, the school has raised $22,000 of its $50,000 goal for the family. “He has probably a year of therapy to go,” Cutler said. “We want to be able to ease that financial burden so that they can be with him as he recovers.” The experience has been an eye-opening one, she said, and a revelation in the power of prayer. The student was being air-lifted to Charleston at the same time Hurricane Irma was headed toward the coast. “All of the students were here praying. Everyone in Charleston was leaving to get away from the hurricane. But he was flying in,” Cutler said. “And then, the hurricane moved and hit the western side of Florida. We saw in real time the power of prayer that day.” Donations for the student’s family can be made to the church, she said. Checks can be made out to Anderson Christian School with the McCurry Fund in the memo line. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the school at (864) 224-7309. January/February 2018

country – from South Carolina colleges and universities like Anderson University, Clemson University, Furman University, the University of South Carolina and Coastal Carolina – as well as all over the country to schools like the University of California Berkley (School of Physics), Cornell University, The College of William and Mary, and the University of North Carolina School of Arts. Over the past four years, Montessori School of Anderson students have been awarded over $3 million in academic and merit scholarships. This year, the school is holding parent education programs to help the community see how Montessori programs can be applied in the home. The focus of the program is to build resilient and independent young adults, said Kim Thompson, marketing director for the school. Community service programs are also important at the school. Starting at age 3, students start working on community service projects as part of their curriculum. The school’s middle school students partner with Meals on Wheels each week to prepare meals for delivery to local shut-ins. The school is also working with Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) to help provide scholarships for women in the Women and Children Succeeding program through AIM. With the help of local businesses, industries and higher education institutions, the school hopes to expand the scholarships and provide more educational opportunities throughout the community.

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The Anderson Arts Center is celebrating Youth Art Month with an exhibition displaying the creativity of the students of Anderson County Feb. 25-March 23. Elementary, middle and high schools students of public, private and home schools will have their artwork on display at the Anderson Arts Center. Youth Art Month kicks off with an opening reception on Sunday, Feb. 25 and includes performing art as well as hands-on activities. This is open to the public and free of charge. A Wearable Art Exhibit will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. and is an unconventional fashion show of wearable art created by Kathy Moore’s T.L. Hanna art students. Every element of this exhibition is created and performed by the students, including wearable art itself, modeling, musicians and other performing artists, as well as all elements of promotion and show production. It is a collaboration of current and former T.L. Hanna students, art teachers and local artists. This is a ticketed event that is open to all and a fundraiser for the T.L. Hanna art program. Additionally, 24 pieces of student art have been selected for display at AnMed Health’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital for a full year. For more information on Youth Art Month or to purchase tickets to the Wearable Art Exhibit, contact Tracy Weiss, Education Coordinator, 864.222.2787 or n

A Wearable Art Exhibit

Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.

An unconventional fashion show of wearable art created by Kathy Moore’s T.L. Hanna art students.


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Way to go Anderson! Thank you for taking the time to vote for the annual A List. This is a great way to show local businesses how much you truly appreciate them by voting for the places where you spend your money. Keep this list handy throughout the year to use when you need the services of these amazing local companies and people!

By Caroline Anneaux


January/February 2018


is where the heart is...

Home Builder

NJ Satterfield Custom Homes is owned and operated by Nathaniel Satterfield. His clients are more than satisfied with his work, and not only builds home, but can also do renovations and remodels. According to one client, “Nathaniel is a very detailed contractor who does excellent work. He is a craftsman when it comes to the building trade.” *Meritage, Chapman Design Group and Daniel Builders

Real Estate Agent NJ Satterfield Custom Homes

Anderson Magazine readers named Kecia Burkart the winner in this category. Burkart is a full-time realtor and an expert on selling and buying homes in the upstate. She understands that working with a team who corners the real estate market in the area will help sell your home or help you buy a new one using the most up-todate internet tools available. *Rhonda Brown, Carola Dauchert and Chappelear & Associates

Interior Design Firm

Cheek Interior

Anna Cheek, owner of Cheek Interiors, wants to help you with your residential or commercial design needs. With almost 20 years of experience, she can help you choose window treatments, rugs, lighting, furniture and more for your home or office. Votes show that a bathroom or kitchen remodel would be so much easier with her advice and personal touch. *Ellen Martin and Wanda Morgan

Furniture Store

If you have been to Belton, you have probably visited or at least seen Maynard’s Home Furnishings. Three generations have kept this family furniture store flourishing, and that makes them number one on our A List this year. Excellent customer service and a tremendous selection help ensure a positive experience while shopping to find the precise piece of furniture or accessory for your home or office. *Hampton, Ashley Furniture and Kimbrell’s

Home Maintenance & Services

Jack Curtiss has become the go-to guy for the county’s handyman needs. His business, Curtiss Handyman Services, can handle the smallest of jobs like installing blinds to deck repairs and more. When your “honey do” list won’t get done, give Jack a call! *Palmetto Power Washing, Lovingood Heating Company and Caba Homes Curtiss Handyman Services


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Here are the winners for each category, with the runners-up listed underneath. Some of these made the A List in previous years, so we know they continue to do a great job helping Anderson residents enjoy where they live. New businesses are also on the winner’s list and are worth checking out when you need them in 2018!


Our voters said to look no further than Village of Marchbanks if you want a home in a great neighborhood located in a convenient area off of Hwy 81 in Anderson. Homes usually sell around the mid $100s, and this neighborhood is in the desirable T.L. Hanna school district. Call a realtor today to visit homes currently for sale that are family friendly and close to shopping & medical services. *Cobb’s Glen, Rivendell and Huntington Hills

Apartment Community

The Shadow Creek Apartments are newly renovated and have tons of amenities to keep residents happy. They are pet friendly and also have corporate apartments on site. The apartments offer gourmet kitchens, huge closets, personal garages, balconies/patios and more. A pool, fitness trails, clubhouse, fitness center and too many other extras to list are all included if you decide to make this your new home. *Wexford

Retirement Community

If you or a loved one is ready to move to an independent living facility, The Legacy should be first on your list to visit. One hundred apartments spread out over 12 acres offer seniors a beautiful and safe place to live. Spacious, fully equipped apartments with housekeeping, laundry services, transportation, dining and more are part of the monthly packages offered. No wonder this retirement community topped the A List for the 3rd year in a row! *Summit Place and Renaissance


The Legacy

Collins Landscape has the tools and experience to take care of your residential and commercial landscaping plans. They have been in business since 1991, and Anderson Magazine voters said that Collins Landscape is the company to call if you want your green space looking top notch! *Carolina’s Best Landscape, Haley’s Landscaping & Supplies and Ducworth Lawn & Landscape

Collins Mulch & Landscaping


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Taking Care of

BUSINESS Financial Planner

Financial advice needs an experienced planner and Rusty Rhodes (Edward Jones) and Dave and Scott Patterson (Core Financial Resources) tied in this area of expertise too. This category is for business, but just like insurance agents, financial advisors want to make sure you plan for everything in your life - business, retirement, college and more. If you want to make sure you have enough money to enjoy your retirement years (possibly at The Legacy!) go see Rhodes or one of the Pattersons to get your financial planning in order. *Paul Pitts, Edward Jones and Wagner Wealth Management Thomason & Pracht


Establishing and running a business requires the help of a good, solid bank and South State Bank is who our readers say they use the most. Conveniently located downtown across from the Anderson County Museum, they would love the opportunity to discuss your business and personal banking needs. Stop in for free coffee, and see what they have to offer. *SunTrust, The Peoples Bank and GrandSouth Bank


Law Firm

Power Lunch

Once again, Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill is the place to host your power lunches. The downtown location is perfect for meeting and eating! Enjoy a fabulous lunch in what used to be a hardware store and be sure to leave room for one of the homemade desserts. Private dining and catering is available for those extra special work events. *Summa Joe’s, Earle Street Kitchen & Bar and Raines on Main


If you own property, you must have it insured. Two companies tied in this category. Ron Haskell with State Farm is willing to help you decide what your insurance needs are to avoid losing everything due to a natural disaster, theft, accident, health crisis or fire. Take the time to meet with him and make sure your business and personal items are financially covered for 2018. Select Insurance on Main Street is another company to call for all of your insurance needs. Property, both business and personal, must be covered if you want to ensure that a hardship will not keep your company or household going. *Palmetto Insurance and Cathy Golson with Allstate


Businesses need a law firm with attorneys ready to work for them and the votes said that Thomason & Pracht is the pair to call. Specializing in area such as workers compensation and medical malpractice for businesses, they are also able to take on other more personal needs such as personal injury, family court, criminal defense and more. It helps that they were both raised here in Anderson and have spent their years in South Carolina courts. Give your local attorneys a chance to help you when you need it most. *Ronnie Treadwell, Bradley Richardson and Dunaway Law Office

IT Services

Cyber Solutions is the IT service to call when your business needs help with web design, data backup & recovery, IT security and more. Since 1998, they have helped business owners by taking care of the technical part and allowing the business owner to concentrate on running the business. Let them help you with all of your IT needs this year. *Clever Techs of Anderson January/February 2018

Anderson residents know how important business is according to the votes that came in for this category. You have your favorite places to work, meet and take power lunches. Where you invest your money and how you find new jobs is obvious by the votes too. Make notes if running a successful business is important to you this year!


Staffing Agency

Place to Meet/Retreat & Hotel

Commercial Realtor

Cox, Cauley & Richardson are the certified public accountants our readers gave the most votes to in this category. For almost 30 years, this group has helped clients with their business and personal accounting needs. A quick glance at their website lets you know that this team means business when it comes to helping you with all of your accounting and tax planning goals. *Greene Heeney & Associates, The Alliances and Patterson Bookkeeping & Tax The best place to meet or host a retreat and spend the night is The Bleckley Inn. Hands down, this is a reader favorite in both categories - for where they want to host business meetings or events and put their guests up for the evening. Located in downtown Anderson, this establishment has conference rooms, a rooftop venue, hotel rooms for your business travelers and event venues for intimate gatherings or large groups. *Holiday Inn Express and Hilton Garden Inn

Commercial & Maintenance Services

Stacey Juergens with The Mosquito Authority received the most votes in the Commercial Maintenance Services category. We live in an area where it seems as though the mosquitoes outnumber the people sometimes! This company guarantees that you will not have a mosquito problem when they are done. Wow! Take a look at their website to find out more about the four step solution they use to eliminate these pests from your property. *Hagan Heating & Air Conditioning, Mac’s Exterminating and Glenn Plumbing Co.

HTI Employment Solutions, a staffing agency on N. Hwy 81, is available to help business owners find employees and to help match up employees to local job openings. Start by going online to put your information in the system and make an appointment to go in and talk to a staff member about what you are looking for. Their specialty in this area is manufacturing, but clerical and hourly workers may also find a job through them. *Upstate Staffing Award winning commercial realtor, Hoke Powell, and his team at The Powell Group at Keller Williams are available and willing to help you find the right place for your business or get you top dollar for a business you want to sell. While he received top votes in the Commercial Realtor category, he and his team are also experts at helping you buy and sell houses too! *McCoy Wright Commercial Real Estate, Cromer & Company and The Clever People (Berkshire Hathaway)

Mortgage Lender

Last, but not least, in this category is Anderson Magazine readers’ favorite mortgage lender, and the winner is PrimeLending. This company works with homeowners to help them with mortgages, refinancing and home improvement loans. Kelly Mullikin, Brian Cartee and Jodi Poore are located in Anderson and ready to help you get your loan process started! *Sheryl Ross with South Bank and Wells Fargo


The number one rated employer according to readers is Michelin in Sandy Springs. Competitive salaries, flexible student hours, great benefits for full time employees and co-workers who feel like family are some of the great things people say about working there. Job opportunities are posted online and may be worth checking into if you are in the market for a job! *Anderson School District Three, Bosch and Tri County Technical College The Bleckley Inn


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’Till You Drop

There are plenty of places to shop in Anderson County, but our readers do have their favorites! We hope you will find this list handy when shopping for clothing, shoes, gifts and antiques this year.

Where to Buy A Computer

Best Buy is our winner again for the best place to buy a computer category. They always have a great selection and the employees are there to answer any questions you may have about this somewhat expensive, yet necessary item for your home or office. Easy parking, helpful staff and that amazing Geek Squad easily make this your number one choice every year. *Staples

Clothing Store for Men

Shoppers in Anderson go to Belk for their men’s clothing. This department store offers a really nice selection of clothing, shoes and accessories for men. Located in the Anderson Mall makes it convenient for parking and shopping. Sales associates will help you find exactly what you need for work or play. *Burlington, Cahaly’s Custom Clothing and Men’s Warehouse

Swaggin Wagon

Clothing Store for Women

Ladies, if you have not seen Smore Design’s Swaggin Wagon yet, you have missed some fabulous styles and deals. Clemson graduate, Stephanie, started this unique traveling Boutique store and offers clothing, accessories and shoes for women in Anderson. Check out her website for upcoming Swaggin Wagon locations! *Blake & Brady Boutique and Belk

Where to Buy Shoes

Shoes, shoes, can find just about any kind you need at Shoe Carnival in Anderson Station. Your votes told us that this is where you can find shoes for everyone - men, ladies, teens and childen. Great sales and nice selection make this your go to shoe store! *Newton’s, Payless and Payless

Antique Store

Remnants Antiques, Gifts & Consignment is a favorite Antique store for our readers. Located in downtown Anderson on Main Street, this locally owned and operated store sells items provided by dealers and donations. When you shop here, your money helps support Shalom House Ministries in Belton. Thank you for keeping your money local! *Apple Dumplin Antiques & Collectibles

Gift Shop

For those of you who want special and unique gifts for every occasion throughout the year, The Kitchen Emporium & Gifts shop on Main Street downtown is the A List winner again. They also have an amazing wine selection and wine tastings - sometimes paired with a cooking demonstration - which would be a terrific Girls Night Out! *Front Porch Fixins, Snicklefritz Stuff & Such and Propp Drugs

Remnants Antiques, Gifts & Consignment


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Where we

After reviewing the votes, we noticed that Anderson Magazine readers LOVE to spend time doing fun things in Anderson. Seems like Anderson County and local private businesses keep you and your family and friends busy when you have free time to play!

Local Entertainer

The Eric Scott Band was the easiest choice for your favorite local entertainer, and boy do you show up when they play in local clubs and at community events! Scott says his band plays “rockin’ country” and their fans love it. Follow their facebook page to see where you can see them playing next. What a great local band! *Tailgate Homeboys, L. C. Branch and Carolina Coast Band

Golf Course

Cobb’s Glen 18-hole golf course was designed in 1976, and it remained the number one course on our A List for Anderson County. Golfers love the semi-private 7002-yard championship course designed by George Cobb. After playing a round of golf, a pro shop and restaurant are on site for visitors to enjoy. *Brookstone Meadows & Cateechee Golf Course (Hartwell)

Eric Scott

Happy Hour

The votes were counted for your favorite place to go for Happy Hour, and Viva Wine Bar is the big winner! Locations in Anderson and Pendleton make it easy to meet up with friends and family after work. Check out the website to see when they offer trivia night, yoga and wine and live music. Do not forget to ask about the wine of the month club while Concert/Music Venue you are there. *Churchill’s Pub, Tucker’s Restaurant and Club Havana 134 The Block Party downtown at Carolina Wren Park is sponsored by Piedmont Natural Gas Company and runs April through August each year. Hundreds come out, set up Bar Scene And the bar you told us you want to hang out after happy chairs and dance to the music of The Eric Scott Band, Radio hour is at the Growler Haus, where they specialize in craft Rebellion, Wanda Barnes and more. No wonder this event beers on tap. The relaxing and comfortable atmosphere took top honors for this category. Local people, local bands, is what makes this bar extra special and worth the trip local food and drinks equals a fun night out! downtown. The staff wants to get to know you by name here *Iva Summer Nights and events at the Anderson Civic Center and welcome you back time and time again. *Shucks Oyster Bar, Raines on Main and Carolina Bauernhaus Local Festival The Greek Festival is held every September in Anderson. The Anderson Civic Center hosts the event and entertainment includes music, dancing, inflatables, and food...lots of food! Readers gave this event the biggest thumbs up in the local festival category. Watch for event information in late summer. *Meals on Wheels Oyster Roast, Holly Jolly Holiday Fair and Pendleton Jubilee


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Glorious Food


BBQ is usually considered a food staple for most of us in the South. The Pompous Pig is the clear winner this year. They have a delicious menu of BBQ, brisket, chicken, homemade sides and desserts. Try their brisket nachos, but be sure to share. It is a huge serving! *The Smokin’ Pig, Creekside Bar-be-que and Little Pigs


Thai Spice Restaurant on East Greenville Street offers a nice array of $6.95 lunch specials and they include a salad and appetizer! That is a hard special to beat, and votes show us that this is truly the favorite ethnic restaurant in Anderson County. Don’t be afraid of the spices. Dishes are offered in mild, medium and spicy - your choice! *Osaka, Davinci’s and Sakura Earle Street


The votes for best pizza are in and the winner is The Mellow Mushroom in downtown Anderson. Beautiful atmosphere, great pizza, sandwiches, salads and a nice selection of beer make this a favorite place for locals to eat. Join friends there after work on Tuesdays for comedy shows. Check their facebook page out for upcoming events. *Guys Pizza, Marco’s Pizza and Summa Joe’s


Anderson’s favorite sushi restaurant is Nami Asian Bistro located at the Portman Marina. Plenty of great rolls to choose from with a variety of other entrees to round out the meal or feed people who do not eat sushi. They are only open in the evenings Tuesday thru Saturday, so grab some friends and meet up at Nami for sushi after work! *Murasaki and Fuji The Mellow Mushroom


If you are looking for a delicious, order off of the menu Chinese restaurant, then Master’s Wok is the place to try according to the votes we tallied. You will not find a buffet here, but you will find good food and excellent service. They also offer smaller servings for those who want a lunch size meal at supper time. Private rooms available for special occasions too. *Wok N Roll, Grand China and Bamboo Gardens Nami Asian Bistro


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This is always the category with the most votes! Our readers love eating out in Anderson County, and we are happy to announce the winners in this group. If you have not tried all of these places yet, take time in 2018 to visit them. Our readers say you will not be dissapointed!


With a large lead in the votes, it is obvious where the locals are going for their Mexican food - el Jimador Viejo! Go for Happy Hour and get great drink specials and be sure to hang around for a great supper too. Normally there is not a long wait, so stop in for lunch or supper when you are in town. *Papas and Beer, El Patron and Taqueria Picante


We obviously do not live near the ocean, but Shucks Oyster Bar promises to “Bring the coast to the country!” Our readers said this is the best Seafood Restaurant in Anderson. Visit their Facebook page for specials and to see the fantastic selection of oysters on their menu. Sandwiches, salads and pasta are available as well. You will love their wine menu too! *The Galley, The Hook and Red Lobster

The Sweetery


If you want something sweet, look no further than The Sweetery on East Greenville Street in Anderson. Cakes, cookies and the new “wine and beer sticks” are just a few of the items you may want to try at this local favorite. For 30 years and counting, this special sweet spot has kept Anderson folks coming back for more. Try them for lunch too! *Holly’s Cakes, Sullivan’s and Publix

The Sweetery

Cup of Coffee

When you need a cup of coffee or hot tea to keep you energized, head downtown to the number one coffee shop in Anderson - eCity Java. They have served over one million cups of coffee since opening in 1999. Don’t forget that they have specialty drinks and desserts too. Comfortable seating where you can relax and enjoy what you decide to try! *Starbucks, QT and Dunkin’ Donuts


The votes told us we should make plans to try the Earle Street Kitchen and Bar for the best restaurant in town. The menu is extensive, and the food is delicious! Brunch, lunch and dinner are all served in this downtown establishment. Homemade and farm fresh ingredients will keep you coming back for more! *The District Restaurant & Bar, J Peters and Summa Joe’s


When you aren’t going out to eat and want to cook at home, Publix was voted the favorite grocery store by our readers. They have a nice selection of fresh meat and seafood and a great variety of everything else you need to fill your pantry. Readers love that they can get in and out fast with really friendly cashiers and baggers! *Aldi, Ingles and Walmart

Ice Cream

One last category, and this might just be the best. Ice Cream! Bruster’s Real Ice Cream has ice cream, sorbet, yogurt, cakes, milkshakes and more. Everyone in your group should be able to find something that they like here. Park and walk up to the serving window to order! *Fig’s, Besto and Chic-fil-a


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We’re In

It is never too early to start planning for a wedding. The best caterers, event centers, photographers and florists book well in advance. As soon as you set the date, take a look at the winners and runners up in this category before making your final decisions on which ones to use for your special day.

Where to Buy Flowers

Aimee Cromer owns the number one florist in town HoneyB! She may have received the majority of votes in this category, but she is available to take care of all of your floral needs - not just weddings. Do you know someone who would love a fresh flower arrangement today? She is the one to call! *Electric City Blooms, Chez Julie’s and Publix

Restaurant for Romance

The winner for the best restaurant for romance was definitely Sullivan’s Metropolitan Grill in downtown Anderson. Great place for a date night or for hosting an engagement party or rehearsal dinner. If you have not popped the question yet, it is also a fabulous setting for asking, “Will you marry me?” *Capri’s Italian, Tucker’s Restaurant and Nami Asian Bistro

Aimee Cromer


Phil Jewelers on Main Street in Anderson has an incredible selection of engagement and wedding rings for your special day. Custom creations, trunk show pieces and jewelry by favorite designers are worth the trip to this store. We have been told that they have wonderful customer service and will make sure you have an easy and satisfactory shopping experience with them! *Score’s Jewelers, Diamonds-n-Gold Direct and Best Jewelers

The Oaks

Wedding Location

The Oaks Wedding Venue was first on the list for our readers who are looking for the best place to host a wedding in Anderson. The grounds and the facility are breathtaking. You and your guests will not be disappointed if you choose this venue. From simple to extraordinary weddings and rehearsal parties, this is THE place to celebrate. *Bleckley Inn, Evergreen Plantation and Bent Creek Farm


Do not forget to book your photographer as soon as you set the big date. The votes are in, and Switchback Photography was first on the winner’s list. Troy and Keri Compton are a husband and wife photography team with over 300 weddings under their belt. If you want those precious memories captured on film, this is the couple to call! *Life is a Tripp Photography, Van Sullivan Photography and Erin Hughes


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Taking Care of Spa

Booking a a treatment or a day at Lilia Day Spa is your first step towards relaxation. Skin treatments, massages and waxing are a few of the ways their clinicians will help you look your best. A 24 hour fitness center is also on-site if you enjoy working out to relieve some stress. This awesome spa was rated number one on the A List for many reasons! *Oasis Day Spa and Wellness, Images Salon & Day Spa and Glam Beauty Bar & Spa

Life gets crazy sometimes, and it is always good to have a place to relax and unwind or somewhere to work the stress out. It is important to look your best while doing these things too! Use this list of winners to find some of the ways our readers are able to look and feel their best.

Hair Salon

For a hairstyle that gets you compliments for weeks and makes you feel amazing, Images Salon & Day Spa must be the place our readers make the most appointments! Their stylists keep up with the latest trends in hairstyles, colors and extensions to ensure their clients look fabulous every day. *Blondie’s Hair Salon, Bangz Hair Studio and Corner Hair Salon

Nail Salon

VIP Nails offers the best pedicures and manicures in town if you listen to what our readers had to say. Located in Anderson Station, this nail salon has plenty of chairs and stations. Whether you go alone or with a group, they can take care of you here! *Pretty Nails & Spa, My Nail Bar and Images Salon & Day Spa


The YMCA won for the number one place to work out in Anderson. Certified trainers teach fitness classes to all ages. There is a lap pool, swimming pool and water fitness classes to keep your body in shape. They offer cycling, weight training and Crossfit as part of the membership as well. This is the place to get fit in 2018! *Gold’s Gym, Image Fitness One on One Personal Training and Planet Fitness

Dry Cleaners

After all of the spa treatments and workouts, you want your clothes to look their best too. Mac’s Dry Cleaners is the best dry cleaners in town. Anderson residents have trusted them with their clothes since 1927! *Riggins Garment Care and Modern Cleaners



Rosanne Kinley, owner of Images Salon & Day Spa, received the most votes in the Aesthetician category. Clients credit her with giving their skin a healthy glow and making them look years younger! She is the one in Anderson to make an appointment with if you want to look your best this year. *Wanda Dunn at Equilibrium, Nicole Gentry at Equilibrium and Erin Edwards at Lavender Skin Studio 59

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Keep it

See or be


Keeping your car in tip top shape can be challenging. Thank goodness for great businesses in Anderson who are willing and able to help us out in that department!

Do you enjoy a night out on the town - especially if it benefits others in the community? What about running a race to benefit a special cause or volunteering to help out during an event? How about taking an art class to help support local arts?The following categories are just a couple of ways to help. Be sure to search for more about the runners up too! There are plenty of ways to help out in Anderson.

Artistic/Cultural Scene

The Anderson Arts Center was obviously your favorite Artistic/Cultural Scene choice. Art shows, art auctions, art classes, art camps and more are available throughout the year. Find out more on their website. It is full of information about their upcoming events for 2018! Be sure to attend an event or class to help support keeping this wonderful cultural center open for many more generations to enjoy. *Electric City Playhouse and Anderson Block Party

Ralph Hayes

Social or Charity Event

Auto Mechanic

Westar Tire & Alignment has helped keep your vehicles rolling smoothly since 1966, and the votes told us that you are happy to recommend their services. New tires, tire repairs and alignment are services their ASE-certified technicians are ready to help with! *Automotive Service Associates, Roland’s Automotive Specialist and CMS Garage & Body Shop

Auto Dealer

Voters said the Hyko Memorial 5k was their favorite in the social or charity event category this year. This charity event began as a memorial to fallen Anderson County Sheriff ’s Department K-9 hero, Hyko. Money raised now is given to other K-9 teams who need assistance all over South Carolina. If you are interested in participating as a runner or a volunteer, contact Lisa Carter at 356-9857. *Dancing for Our Heroes, Furball Gala and Mardi Gras in the Electric City

If it is time for a new car, Anderson Magazine’s A List voters said you should go to Ralph Hayes Toyota to get the best deals and customer service. This dealership is conveniently located on Anderson Boulevard and offers new and preowned vehicles. Don’t forget to ask about their military and new college graduate discounts. *Richard Kay Superstore, Autokratz Sports Truck Exchange and Anderson Ford

Car Wash

Cars and trucks need baths too! Snappy Express Wash now called Zips Car Wash - was voted Anderson’s number one car wash for many reasons. Courteous employees greet you and help you choose the right wash for your vehicle. After it comes out clean, you pull into a bay and vacuum it out yourself. Ask them about the unlimited wash club if you want to keep your vehicle sparkling all year! *Perx Car Wash and Cole’s Car Wash of Anderson


HYCO 5K January/February 2018


If you have a family with young children, Anderson County is a great place to raise them. Plenty of fun activities around town to keep everyone happy and busy. Our voters gave us some great ideas for things to do this year!

School Field Trip

If you are a teacher and looking for a local field trip destination, be sure to find out what Denver Downs Farm has to offer the kids. The Garrison family has owned and operated this farm since 1869, and the farm is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Seasonal events are held here year-round and field trips are encouraged and welcomed! *Berry Farms, Greenville Zoo and Callaham Orchards

Kids’ Clothing

Kids always need new clothes and parents are shopping at Old Navy in Anderson Station. This was voted the best place to find clothes for kids. Easy parking, great sales and friendly staff combine to make this your number one pick for shopping! *Belk and Target

Family Activity

What family activity does the Anderson Mall offer? KidX Events! Your votes said that the free activities for children and adults are easy and entertaining - crafts, safety fairs, choral performances and more. This is a great family activity for those really hot or cold days during the year. *Cater Lake Park and The Great Anderson County Fair


Kid Venture Playground and the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center is still your favorite park in Anderson. The park is open every day from 8 a.m until dusk, and children ages 12 and under are welcome to play there. Bring bread crumbs to feed the ducks as you take a walk around the pond or bring a ball to throw or kick around on one of the many open areas surrounding the playground. *Carolina Wren Park, The Dog Park and Roberts Presbyterian Church Community Trail


Great child care facilities are all over Anderson, but the one that made it to the top of the list was Anderson Prep Preschool of of Hwy 81! Families with children ages 6 weeks to five years old are welcome to apply. This Montessori, Christian-based preschool also offers after school child care for your elementary age kids. *Covenant Christian Academy, Cricket After School Care and Anderson Area YMCA

Anderson County Library

Place to Take the Kids

The Anderson County Library is a wonderful place to spend time with your children. Eight brick and mortar locations and the traveling bookmobile, ensure you and your family have easy access to checking out library books. But, do not forget to ask about daily and weekly programs for all of the age groups in your family. They offer classes, story time, gaming, movies and more! *Boulevard Lanes, Carolina Wren Park and Kid Venture

Seasonal Activity

Holiday Ice at Wren Park is a family friendly activity during November and December. Your votes put this seasonal activity in the number one spot this year. $3 - $5 (depending on age) is all it takes to get your family ice skating together. The website gives hours of operation and information about private rentals. *Block Party and events at Denver Downs

Dance Studio

We must have a lot of dancers in Anderson, and most of them prefer Amy Coleman’s Steppin’ Out Dance Studio! Voters loved the variety of classes she offers from preschoolers all the way up to senior adults. Steppin’ Out has classes in jazz, tap, ballet, ballroom and more. There is a class for every member of your family who wants to dance, dance dance! *Upstate Dance & Baton, Anderson School of Dance and Carolina Superstars


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Fur babies are part of the family and deserve to have the best treatment possible. Pets cannot speak for themselves, but the owners are willing to! The votes are in for your favorite pet places in Anderson.


The Electric City Animal Clinic is a full-service veterinary clinic that has taken care of pets in Anderson since 1972! Their loving and experienced staff members take care of cats, dogs and even some exotic pets. They even offer a mobile clinic to make house calls if you need that service. * Magnolia Veterinary Hospital, The Animal Hospital and Hendricks Veterinary Hospital

Pet Boarding

Our winner from last year took first place again this year. If you need to leave your furry friends in doggie daycare for the day or overnight, It’s a Dog’s Life is the place recommended the most by our readers. This upscale boarding facility offers indoor (heated & air conditioned) and outdoor play areas as well as live webcams for pet parents to check in on their pets! *Electric City Stay & Play, Snuggle Inn Doggie Resort and Scotland’s Mist Acres

Wildcard Winners Best Brunch - Earle Street Kitchen & Bar

Sunday brunch is served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and our readers love to go! Located on Earle Street - of course! - this fan favorite restaurant serves up chicken & waffles, pulled pork with home fries and eggs, shrimp & grits and some of the best Bloody Mary’s in town. Parking is ample and food & drinks are delicious.

Best Elder Advocate - Preparing for Care

Caroline Bell is the owner of this Townville company, and she wants to help elderly clients live out their Golden Years with pride and dignity. Bell and her staff stress the importance of planning for elder care before a crisis occurs. Years of personal experience have given Bell the tools she needs to help you and your loved ones make some of the most difficult, yet rewarding, decisions as your family goes through the aging process.


Electric City Animal Hospital

Pet Grooming

Molly & Me Dog Bakery and Grooming took first place this year for the best pet groomer in town. The list of treatments reads like something in a spa for humans scissor cuts, fluff drying, special coloring, nail color and more. Grooming supplies are available for purchase too. *Puppy Toes Grooming Shop, The K-9 Klipper of Anderson and Four Paws Bed & Breakfast These businesses/individuals received the top number of write in votes for the Wild Card category.

Best Resume Writer - Career Advantage

Readers wrote in Christina Curtiss’s name and this category, and we wanted to find out more about what she does. If you are searching for a job and do not have a professional resume, this is the company to contact. She will help you create a resume that will stand out, teach you skills for writing follow up letters after interviews and even help you with your LinkedIn profile.

Best Marketing Group - LMC Marketing

You voted and wanted us to share the news about this local marketing group and what they can do for you. If you have a product or small business, but no one knows about it, how will you sell it or get people to come to you? Marketing is the answer, and LMC knows how to do it best. Let them show you ways to market your business or product and help you boost sales! January/February 2018

HEALTHCARE Our final group of categories on the Anderson Magazine A List may be one of the most important of all - taking care of our health. It is a new year and time to make sure everyone is healthy. The winners of this category are people and places our readers trust and love to recommend.

Physical Therapist

Jason Embler received the votes as your favorite physical therapist this year. A Clemson and Medical University of SC graduate, Embler works for Upstate Advanced Therapy in Anderson and takes special care of athletes with sports injuries. The team he works with wants to get their patients healed and back to a healthy & active lifestyle. *Pediatric Therapy Works, Palmetto Physical Medicine and AnMed Health Evolve

Place to Workout

The YMCA of Anderson is a great place for setting and keeping your fitness goals for the 2018. You may purchase individual or family memberships. Personal trainers, massages and camps for kids are offered at an extra charge. *Image Fitness One on One Personal Training, 10 Star Fitness & Gold’s Gym


If you have children, you may have heard of Dr. Keith Hart of AnMed Health Pediatric Associates. This pediatrician had the most amount of votes again this year. He is definitely a favorite of parents and children in Anderson! *Dr. Bry Hobbs, Dr. Patti Moseley & Dr. Andrea Draisen


Drs. Amy Cianciolo, Shane Purcell and Clifton Straughn are the doctors at Direct Access in Anderson. Patients pay a monthly fee (no insurance is accepted here) to receive a more personalized relationship with their doctor, access to basic healthcare services, an annual physical and more. More information is on their website. *Dr. Glen Scott (Neurology), Sandy Springs Family Practice, AnMed Health Cornerstone Family Medicine


Dr. Cindi Pradhan at Lakeside Chiropractic is the chiropractor with top votes on the A List this year. Readers like the compassionate service provided by Dr. Cindi and her team. Headaches, joint pain and muscle spasms are just a few of the many ailments chiropractors can help relieve. You can find them on Pearman Dairy Road in Anderson. *Palmetto Physical Medicine, The Joint Chiropractic and Dr. Wright Paul


Dental Practice

The dental practice our readers chose as the best in Anderson this year was Cornerstone Dentistry. Dr. Dale Hardy and Dr. Andrew Wilson are the ones voted most likely to keep your smile beautiful. If you need restorative or cosmetic dentistry - they have that covered too! *J. Brent Copeland, DMD; Anderson Family Dental Care and Austin/Pray Family Dentistry


Lewis Orthodontics received all of the votes this year! The patients’ beautifully aligned teeth tell the real story. This is an orthodontist who continuously educates himself on the latest orthodontic procedures and wants to get to know his patients personally. Anderson Magazine readers love Dr. Howell Lewis and his team! *McConnell Orthodontics

Eye Care

Eye care is important no matter what your age. Medicus Eye Group was the winner this time with the majority of votes coming in for the doctors in this practice. The practice started in 1928 and continues to help people in Anderson County keep their eyes healthy. *Family Vision, Clemson Eye and Dr. Patrice Richardson 63

January/February 2018

Anderson’s Social Page

The YMCA’s Reindeer Run brought many students from Concord.

Concord Elementary students with Santa at The Reindeer Run.

The Central Presbyterian 11U basketball team. The Miller family supporting cousin Campsen Burley at his graduation from marine boot camp.

John Harris and Jeanie Campbell met Blake Shelton.

Academic awards for kids from McCant’s Middle School.

Samantha Walker, Macy Brock and Jesse Poston - 1st place winners Ladies Middle School Division of the SCDNR Skeet Open representing ASD4 Clay Dogs.

TL Hanna high school students inducted into the National Honor Society.

Students from McCant’s enjoying Wyldlife.


January/February 2018

Anderson’s Social Page

2017 Anderson Junior Cotillion Court

The 2017 Anderson Junior Cotillion was a magical evening for T. L. Hanna senior girls and their invited guests. Fifty-eight young ladies were formally presented with their escorts at the Cotillion Ball on Saturday, December 2 in the T. L. Hanna Mall. The theme of this year’s ball was “Winter Wonderland” with Brian Adkins as Master of Ceremonies.

Members of the Cotillion Court started the festivities with a waltz, with music performed by a string quartet featuring the talents of Jada Tate (violin I), Blakely Francis (violin II), Brent Hooper (viola), and Jacob Turner (cello). Dancing followed the presentation of the Court with music furnished by Kenyon Matthews, aka DJ Black Caesar.


January/February 2018

Where’d You Get That Attitude?

Oh, yeah. Me.

I took a short break from writing this back page story in the past couple of issues. I just wasn’t feeling it. But I have had a few people tell me they were disappointed and actually looked forward to my stories…or rants, as I like to think of them, so here I am again with a reflective view of recent events in my life. My daughter turned 15 in October. She couldn’t wait to go down to the DMV to get her driving permit. She had studied for the written test that is required and passed it with no problem. As we were walking to the car to leave, she heads straight to the driver’s seat and asks for the keys. She was ready to drive home. Now, this is perfectly legal. Just a written test is all it takes, and a 15-year-old kid can jump behind the steering wheel to cruise all over as long as there is an adult with them. Does that seem crazy to you? I had let my child practice driving quite a bit. We had been practicing in parking lots and in our neighborhood, so I felt fairly confident in her ability. But, what if I hadn’t? What if she got her permit from taking the written test and then just drove off without ever practicing? Crazy, yes! Legal? Also yes!


I’ve written before about how I’m not the best driver out there on the roads. I may “hard brake” a little, bump a curb on a turn every now and then, park outside the lines. So I knew that I would have to watch my critiques of Avery’s driving or she would be all too happy to remind me of my own personal driving challenges. Well, this child of mine does pretty darn well when driving. I’ll admit, her braking skills may be a bit above mine. However, it didn’t take many trips for me to start seeing some of my other habits reflected in my child’s driving.

“Move it, car!” “Go, lady, it’s your turn.” “O.M.G. You are killing me driving so slow!”

Well, hello there, teen-age Road Rage. She talked to every car that went by. So, of course I tell her, “You know they can’t hear you, right?” To which she responds, “Well, they can’t hear you either when you talk to them.” Huh. You’re absolutely right. n

January/February 2018

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Friday, March 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm Civic Center of Anderson FOOD • DRINKS • FUN LIVE BAND • DANCING SILENT & LIVE AUCTIONS

For Details & Tickets: or 864-225-6800 All proceeds from Mardi Gras in the Electric City will directly benefit Meals on Wheels - Anderson and its mission of delivering hot meals to the disabled or elderly 2018 County. homebound residents67ofJanuary/February Anderson





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