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Stuffin’ a Truck with School Supplies

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Cover model is Broadasia White, a 2nd grade student and supporter of the United Way and its programs that help other children. August was a quite a month for Anderson County! With The Great American Eclipse, school starting back and all of the local activities, the people – and the businesses – of our county have been busy, busy, busy! To help some of our children prepare for school, the community got involved in an event hosted by the United Way of Anderson County. Many of our readers know that in addition to the magazine, I have been involved in the non-profit organizations for many years. I am lucky enough to have seen some very giving and generous individuals in our community. For me, helping others is just what you do. When you read our Stuff-a-Truck story, you’ll see that many others in our county believe that helping others is the right thing to do as well. But, we’ve closed the book on August, and now September and October are getting underway. That means some of my favorite things are happening! College football, tailgating, and pumpkin-spice EVERYTHING! I think you’ll get a kick out of our Tailgating story. It’s got some fun ideas and some, “why didn’t I think of that” tips that you’ll find handy! If you have a great tip, trick or trade secret for tailgating, share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! And if you’re the kind of person that enjoys the thrills of the haunted houses this time of year, check out our Hauntrepreneurs story. Sure, you’ll get bloodcurdling screams when you visit, but you’re also stimulating the local economy. See? That just makes it fun for kids AND parents!


Speaking of fun for kids, while college football is my poison of choice this time of year, my daughter is now a freshman at T.L. Hanna, so we are also part of the Friday Night Lights fan club. As many of you know, high school football is HUGE – in the schools and in the community. In our Game Day story, we look at what it’s like inside a school on game day. It’s a fun perspective and reminder of what it was like to be a high school kid waiting for kickoff on Friday night. And while all this football talk makes us think of cooler weather, we’re not typically there in Anderson County until a little later in the fall. But, now is the time to prepare so you don’t get caught off guard when it does happen. We’ve got a great story on how to get your home ready. There are some simple things you can do yourself (or with the help of a professional) to keep the warm air in and the cold air out to keep you toasty and keep your energy bills in check. Make sure to check out our calendar of events. There are a lot of festivals and fundraisers coming up that you won’t want to miss, and remember to like us on Facebook for the most current event info! I hope your transition from summer to fall is a smooth one, your favorite football team wins (as long as it’s the same as mine), and that you catch the “giving” spirit, if you haven’t already! Happy Fall, Y’all!


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Primary care providers key to better health What are your health goals? Would you like to live longer, enjoy better health full of the activities you love, avoid unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and keep your health care costs low? The key to reaching these goals is no secret. A primary care provider – which includes physicians and others specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology – is often your first contact for health concerns. They are knowledgeable in diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide variety of conditions, and can coordinate care for people with more complex illness requiring the care of multiple specialists. Unfortunately, however, they are in short supply. The Association of Medical Colleges projects a shortfall of thousands of primary care physicians over the next eight years. Like the rest of the state and country, the Anderson County area is experiencing a growing number of health challenges as the population becomes more diverse, older and less fit – including an increased demand for primary care. As your trusted partner in health, AnMed Health is taking a multi-faceted approach to improve your access to primary care. Office managers are seeking more efficient ways to operate practices, including extended hours in some offices and more physician assistants and nurse practitioners throughout the system. AnMed Health’s CareConnect urgent care clinics, because of their connection to the primary care offices in our network, can offer a seamless experience for patients with minor after-hours or immediate needs. The MyChart patient portal enables patients to ask certain questions or provide information to primary care providers without going into the office, and it helps your primary care provider efficiently share important health information with other providers in the system. As an ongoing effort, AnMed Health is trying to grow the local roster of primary care physicians through education and recruitment. As a satellite campus for the Medical University of South Carolina, AnMed Health attracts 20 third- and fourth- year medical students to Anderson County each year. In addition, AnMed Health has operated a family medicine residency program for decades. Part of the motivation for these medical education programs is to expose future physicians to the benefits of living and working in the area. Since 1975, more than 300 graduates of our medical education programs have entered the field, a third of them in South Carolina.

A more direct route to increasing availability of primary care is active recruitment of physicians, attracting both new and experienced primary care providers so that more people in the communities we serve can have primary care as well as access to the entire AnMed Health system of care. AnMed Health is proud to announce recent additions to our team of primary care providers: • Robert “Robby” Bryant, MD, joined the staff of AnMed Health Wren Family Medicine. He is a family medicine doctor with a degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. • Caitlin E. Collier, MD, joined AnMed Health Hartwell Family Medicine. She earned her medical degree from the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. • Vipin Verma, MD, joined AnMed Health Internal Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital/Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. • Sarah Wheat, DO, in a new member of the AnMed Health OB-GYN medical staff. She earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. • Megan Witrick, MD, joined AnMed Health Pediatric Associates. She completed a residency in pediatric medicine after earning a medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine campus in Savannah, Georgia. • M. Francie Finney, MD, has joined the staff at AnMed Health Anderson Family Medicine. She is a family medicine physician who earned her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. • David W. Finney, MD, joined the staff at AnMed Health Clemson Family Medicine. A family medicine physician, he earned his degree at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. • Dorenda D. Truesdale, MD, has joined AnMed Health Williamston Family Medicine. She was awarded her Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. 5

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With school back in full swing, pencils, papers and crayons are flying around the classrooms in busy hands. Those composition notebooks, pocket folders and binders are all getting put to good use, and parents who have spent upwards of $100 on school supplies for each child are thankful their money isn’t going to waste. But for families who may not have an extra couple of hundred dollars at their dispense, various Anderson County organizations held school supply drives to offer these types of items to those in need. The United Way of Anderson County, in partnership with Wal-Mart and Ralph Hayes Toyota, hosted its Stuff A Truck school supply drive on August 5 in conjunction with the tax-free weekend. More than 25 volunteers spent their Saturday at the three Wal-Mart locations in Anderson County to ask customers to make a purchase of school supplies as they were shopping. Ralph Hayes Toyota supplied trucks at each location to contain the supplies as the day progressed. The supplies were brought to the United Way’s office and a “shopping day” was held for any agency in the county that serves children or families with children. These organizations were able to “shop” for school supplies giving them the opportunity to pick items specific to the needs of the children in their care. “The school supply donations that New Foundations Home for Children receives from the United Way each year is invaluable,” said Rhonda Gambrell-Richardson, Pathways Program Director at New Foundations Home for Children. “This donation allows our children to be prepared for their school day just like any other student in the community. It is amazing to see their faces light up when they stock their book bags with supplies. They feel confident and proud when they return to school and are ready to learn.” In addition to the Stuff a Truck activity, the United Way offered drop-off locations for supplies at various businesses in the area. Participating organizations included TTI, City of Anderson offices, Anderson County offices, South State Bank, County Bank, Entegra Bank, Palmetto Physical Medicine and UPS. n


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Local Non Profit Hits National Spotlight…Again Anderson has had its fair share of famous moments. The town still celebrates Radio as our local movie star thanks to Cuba Gooding Jr’s performance in the major motion picture. More recently, native Chad Boseman was on the big screen in his debut as Jackie Robinson in 42 as well in several other movie roles. We’ve had published authors, Broadway musical stars, musicians, athletes and more. But, did you know that one of Anderson’s local non-profit organizations has also gained national recognition – now twice – for the work it has done regarding teen pregnancy prevention in Anderson County? In 2009, Anderson County was featured in Time Magazine when Anderson School District 3 partnered with the United Way of Anderson County to first implement comprehensive reproductive health education curriculum for all three years of middle schools. The article featured, then-16-year-old, Jewels Morris-Davis who was the first person in her family to reach age 16 without getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant. She attributed this, in part, to the education and after-school support she received from her teen pregnancy prevention facilitator Kristen Jordan Fouts, whose job in District 3 was provided by a grant from the United Way. Since the Time magazine article was published, every school district in Anderson County has implemented comprehensive reproductive health education into all middle schools. New Foundations Home for Children and the Anderson Alternative School have also implemented a comprehensive sexual health and reproductive education program. And most notably, since this article was published, the teen birth rates in Anderson County have dropped by 56%. In 2009, there were 332 births in Anderson County among 15-19 year olds. In 2016, there were 186. What brought the United Way of Anderson County back into the national spotlight this time was a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter from the New York Times seeking information regarding massive federal budget cuts for a five-year grant that has been funding the teen

pregnancy prevention programs in the five Anderson school districts. The grant was to fund the programs until June 30, 2020. Due to the federal cuts, the funding is now slated to end June 30, 2018. Pam Belluck visited Anderson on July 24 to speak with Carol Burdette, Executive Director of the United Way which serves as the Local Coordinating Agency for the teen pregnancy prevention grant. In addition, Belluck was able to observe a teen pregnancy prevention class in progress, interview representatives from the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and speak with a local rising TL Hanna freshman who has taken the classes in our school system. Belluck is a health and science writer and was seeking a rural community that would be affected by the budget cuts. Anderson County was recommended due to its success rate with preventing teen pregnancies. The story ran in the Thursday, August 10 issue of the New York Times. 8

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According to Burdette, the United Way of Anderson County fights for the health, education and financial stability of all individuals in Anderson County, and as a part of that will continue to unite the community around investing time and dollars into the teen pregnancy prevention programs in the county; however, it needs the federal funding support to continue the comprehensive approach currently provided to the community. “I believe that teen pregnancy is one of the root causes of poverty,” said Burdette. “We’ve got to start with the root causes if we truly want to better live and create lasting change. “We have seen the difference these programs have made and we have heard directly from the mouths of teenagers that they made different and better choices because of the programs implemented in the schools. “When you consider that just one unplanned teen birth could cost an Anderson County taxpayer upwards of $135,000 per year until that child becomes an adult, you can’t argue that the return on investment into these programs and our youth is worth every penny. Reduc-

ing teen pregnancy rates is good for our young people, our future workforce and our community,” she said. To see the New York Times article, visit n


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New York Times Reporter Pam Belluck (end) with staff from the United Way and the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

Communities across America, Anderson communities included, are dealing with some pretty tough issues. Issues so tough and complicated, that it’s hard to know where to start. Successful action can only start by listening and learning. Community conversations are all about listening and learning. They are the starting point to later move ideas to action. Communities have to come together and listen to each other and learn from each other. At United Way of Anderson County, we fight for the HEALTH, EDUCATION and FINANCIAL STABILITY of every person in our community. We know that bringing people together to improve lives is an important thread in these conversations and local solutions. For successful community conversations, diversity of voices is critical. Community members, faith leaders, employers, business organizations, youth, elected officials, and a variety of community organizations should all be a part! Please join us. The Community Conversations will be led by Greg Shore, volunteer leader of the effort, and facilitated by Charles Weathers of The Weathers Group. All conversaions will be held at the Anderson County Main Library, 5:30 - 7:00pm

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By Lisa Marie Carter




Look around on any given weekend in the south, and you won’t have to look far to see tailgaters set up for their favorite football team. It’s as much a part of fall as the changing leaves and (somewhat) cooler temps. Tailgating is not what it used to be. No more pull up to the parking lot and pull out some sandwiches or throw some burgers and dogs on the grill, oh no…. it’s SO much more now. From the unique culinary samplings to the elaborate set ups, tailgating has evolved into an art.





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Pre-heat the oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, toss the brown sugar with the cayenne. Line two baking sheets with foil and arrange the bacon on them in a single layer. Lightly brush the tops of the bacon with the vinegar and sprinkle with all of the sugar mixture, rubbing it into an even layer on each strip. Bake for 10 minutes. Change the position of the baking sheets on the oven racks and turn them from back to front. Bake for another 5 minutes and start checking the bacon. You’ll want to pull it out when the strips are dark brown and nearly crisp but not blackened (a few black spots are okay). It should take between 16 and 20 minutes total. Watch carefully, as the bacon can go from perfect to blackened in a minute. Arrange a cooling rack (or two, if you have them) over a sheet of foil. Using tongs, transfer the bacon to the rack, dab off any fat from the bacon with paper towels, and let cool completely. The pig candy is best the day it’s made but will hold up for several hours at room temperature. After it’s cool and crisp, you can bring it with you, loosely wrapped in foil and serve standing up in cocktail cups.



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Dreaming of the Great Outdoors By Liz Carey


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t 13 years old, Christopher Browning is small for his size, but he’s got big dreams. The Williamston boy was born with half of a heart. Now, after four reconstructive surgeries at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Christopher has a protein deficiency that prevents him from growing. Although he turned 13 just last month, he looks like he’s eight or nine, his father, Chris Browning, says. While most kids would find joy in school and playing with other kids, Christopher finds himself the object of bullying. The medical condition works against him and makes him more irritable. But hunting and fishing help relax him, his father says. “Christopher is a very stressed-out kid,” Chris Browning says. “Nothing seems to make him happy except hunting and fishing. Being able to go outside and be in the open and hike out in the woods is just the little bit of sunshine he needs to get through this.” Enter the Outdoor Dream Foundation. Started by Brad Jones, son of retired T.L. Hanna High School Coach Harold Jones, the foundation provides fishing and hunting trips for children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses. Started in 2004, the foundation has taken 40 kids and their parents on one dream hunting trip, as well as all the local hunting and fishing they can handle. The goal, Jones said, is to be a Make-a-Wish-type foundation for kids who love the outdoors. “It’s all about making them smile,” Jones said. “All they see is needles and hospitals. We take them out of that for a while.” So far, the foundation has taken kids to Florida, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, New Mexico and other hunting spots across America, as well as Canada. The foundation takes care of everything. Kids get their own gun; new hunting outfits for them and the parent that accompanies them; airfare for both of them to the camp; all the licensing, guides, outfitting, lodging and transportation, and, last but not least, taxidermy for whatever they kill. Jones said the organization came from his own love of hunting, a skill he learned from an uncle. He wanted to make sure that kids had that opportunity to enjoy the thrill of hunting and fishing. To begin with, he contacted the Greenville Hospital System’s pediatric oncology unit to see if there were any kids that might be interested. Now, kids come to the organization from all over the state. The kids have not only varied illnesses, but also varied abilities. In some cases, Jones said, they have never even picked up a gun. In other cases, their illnesses may

prevent them from firing a gun. In those cases, modified weapons that use iPads or iPhones for aiming and a breath of air through a straw for firing help kids realize their dreams. This year the foundation got its own reality television show. Shown on Pursuit TV, the show follows two or three kids on their big hunt each episode. The show wrapped up its first season this year and filming for season two starts in January 2018. It’s not a money-maker by any stretch, Jones said, but the exposure for the foundation, and the thrill it gives the kids, is worth it. The outdoor activities do more than just provide kids with a break, said Chris Browning, Christopher Browning’s dad. Christopher is waiting for a heart transplant. While he’s waiting, he’s not growing, his father said. His size leads to bullying and other frustrations of childhood. “These hunts make him feel big. I mean, here’s little bitty Christopher taking down a 400-pound bear, It’s a big thing for him,” Browning said. “And I think it makes him a stronger person. When someone says something mean to him, he’ll tell me about it, but he’ll say, ‘He don’t know any better, he just wasn’t raised right.’”

“It’s all about making them smile,” Jones said. “All they see is needles and hospitals. We take them out of that for a while.”


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And the activities have helped his father too. “The hunts have definitely helped us to deal with the hardship of knowing he may not make it through this,” Browning said. “It makes it easier for me and him both, because we have these hunts that bring us closer together and give us something to share, and memories that’ll never go away.” Jones said that since Outdoor Dream Foundation runs completely on volunteer labor, any donations of money or time are always valuable.

“We’d love to have more people come to events, and help do events,” he said. “Maybe one day, we’ll grow big enough to have our own offices for warehousing supplies, and a place for families to sleep before big trips. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.” To donate to the Outdoor Dream Foundation, visit its website at, or mail checks to The Outdoor Dream Foundation, PO Box 802, Anderson SC 29622. n

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The Outdoor Dream Foundation does smaller trips too. During the summer, the group puts on “Fishing With the Tiger” fishing events that allow Dream kids to fish with Clemson basketball players. Every other week, on five or six different boats, one dream kid and their family members leave Portman Marina with Outdoor Dream Foundation volunteers and a few basketball players. Starting around 4 p.m., the group will leave out to go fishing, then come back later for dinner at The Galley restaurant. It’s outings like this that Chris Browning thinks helps kids more than anything. “There are too many kids out there without loving parents who will take them out like that, those kids need an organization like Outdoor Dream Foundation,” Browning said. “If I had the money, I’d give everything I could to Outdoor Dream Foundation. It’s not about the money, it’s about what you can do for these kids with it. I know what it has done for my family. I hope people can see what Outdoor Dream Foundation does and can contribute to the lives of these kids.”


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What an Adventure! By Caroline Anneaux

If no one in your family is watching the Pierce’s Scaly Adventures television series every Saturday afternoon, you are missing a fantastic show. This local, fun-loving, Upstate Christian family of three films, stars in, edits, produces and markets an exciting weekly program geared towards children, but loved by adults as well. “It all began when I found a snake in our yard when Pierce was about eight years old,” said Scaly Dad Rick Curren of Cleveland, SC. “He wanted to learn as much as he could about that snake, and we decided that other kids would too. Without any prior knowledge of how to create a TV show, our entire family jumped right in to figure out how to accomplish that. We were off and running, and the experience has been amazing.” Scaly Mom Tanya was recovering from an accident which put her in a coma and brought her incredibly close to death. Rick had recently been laid off from a $200K job in sales. Both were at home and ready to redefine life. “We have always had the attitude that instead of complaining, you find an answer,” said Tanya. “We also believe in defining ourselves by having a successful marriage and family. When we decided to take on the challenge of filming 14 episodes with only $5,000, we had no idea how much closer our family would become or how much fun we would have at the same time!” Even though the local celebrity family travels all over the world filming segments for the television show, they


chose the Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office and its K-9 unit to help kick off the show’s fifth season. In May, the Curren family filmed part of an episode in downtown Anderson. “We do our best to show people and animals in a positive light -- especially our law enforcement officers.” said Tanya. “Filming the episode with the K-9 dogs was a lot of fun. Putting on the safety gear and experiencing first-hand what these dogs are trained to do was so cool. The officers work so hard with the K-9 dogs, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to show our audience some up-close and personal footage during season five.” Snakes, bearded dragons, chinchillas, spiders, and iguanas are just a few of the animals you will learn more about as you watch episodes of Pierce’s Scaly Adventures. The Curren family has over 25 pets and feature them on the television series and on location during presentations at schools, birthday parties, corporate events, and more. “We use the animals to teach children and adults life lessons,” said Scaly Son Pierce. “When we do a presentation and bring some of our pets along with us, we are able to show our audience that animals that are often thought of as ‘scary’ aren’t really scary at all.” The family encourages the audience to touch and hold the pets. Naming them “friendly” names like Gumball, Fionna, Buddy, and Junior helps people see them in a different light. Tanya’s mother makes cute outfits for the scaly pets. Seeing Spike, the iguana, in a pair of green September/October 2017

Tanya and Rick Curren of Scaly Adventures discuss prodution arrangements and perform interviews with the Anderson County Sherriff ’s office for the shows fifth season. shorts with his name embroidered on them sure makes him more approachable for petting. A prime example of how the Currens use the animals to teach lessons on being kind, loving, and anti-bullying is this pet iguana. “Spike was an abused iguana when we got him,” said Rick. “He was in a cage that was way too small, and he was never handled. It took us months to get him to let us hold him. We gave him lots of love and attention, and he is Tanya’s favorite pet now. He watches TV with her, takes daily showers (no soap!), and suns himself on our windowsills.” Overcoming your fears is a huge message that resonates in the television shows and during personal presentations by the Curren family. “Just taking on the challenge of producing an adventure series when we had no idea what we were doing was a big step in learning how to take on something you may be afraid of,” said Rick. “Going skydiving, being ‘attacked’ by K-9s and holding animals considered dangerous in the wild all show that no matter what your fear may be, you can prove to yourself that you can overcome it successfully.” For all kinds of information about this super cool family, their pets and the Pierce’s Scaly Adventures series, check them out on or find them on Facebook. The show is on the cable channel Daystar every Saturday at noon. n

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Distinguished Young Women of America By Caroline Annaeux

Tara Moore, the first South Carolina representative to win the national title of Distinguished Young Women of America, has some advice for other local girls in Anderson: “This scholarship program awards medals, not crowns,” said Moore, who won her title in 2016. “My advice is to keep your grades high, take dual credit and AP classes, and strive for a high SAT score. During the competitions, you will be asked about current events, so it is very important to be aware of what is going on in the world around you. Staying mentally and physically fit is also a must. Take care of your mind and body.” Distinguished Young Women of America, formerly known as America’s Junior Miss, has given more than $100 million in scholarships since the beginning of the program. The main focus is to help young women achieve their educational goals in a timely manner by helping relieve some of the financial pressure a college education may create. Moore is the first South Carolina woman in the 59year history of the program to win this title. What an accomplishment for the lifelong resident of Anderson County, who graduated from Powdersville High School as valedictorian in 2016. She won at the local level and then the state level before going on to Mobile, Alabama for the final competition last June. “I had a very busy year,” said Moore. “I competed at all three levels of the program, which gave me the opportunity to travel throughout our state and Alabama. I graduated from high school and began my freshman year at Clemson University. The scholarship money I earned by winning the national title will completely cover my education at Clemson and possibly some of my graduate school expenses.” Currently, Moore is in her sophomore year at Clemson University and is on track to become a pediatric physical therapist. “I have been a dancer at Upstate Carolina Dance Center for 15 years,” said Moore. “I understand how important it is to stay physically fit and want the opportunity to keep children healthy too. My goal is to


ther my education after Clemson, and I should have additional scholarship opportunities available to me through this program at Alabama colleges and universities in the future, since the program is based out of Alabama. The scholarship program will allow me to attain the academic goals I want without graduating with educational debt like so many others do.” Moore keeps herself busy by dancing on the Rally Cats dance team at Clemson University, where she is also a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She helped out with dance camps over the summer and continues to instruct young girls at the Upstate Carolina Dance Center. “I love being a role model for the young girls I work with,” said Moore. “I encourage them to do well in school and teach them how important it is to stay healthy and active.” As an only child, Moore says her parents have been her largest supporters throughout the years. “My parents have always been really involved in whatever I have done growing up,” said Moore. “After seeing all of the opportunities the Distinguished September/October 2017

Young Women of America title has given me, this year my father has taken on a director position at the local level. He and my mother want to help encourage other local girls to follow in my footsteps and earn scholarships as well.” If you know of any high school girls interested in applying, they may contact Sharon Shingleton at 934-5686. She is the current chairman of Distinguished Young Women of America of Anderson County. For the class of 2016, over $2.2 million in scholarships was given away, and there are no fees to apply for this program. For more information, check out n

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Hyco – The Legacy Lives On By Lisa Marie Carter

It will be two years this October since the shooting of Anderson County Sheriff ’s Office’s K-9 Hyco, which resulted in his death. In the days and weeks following this tragic event, our entire community showed its love and support for the ACSO, Hyco’s partner, Deputy Brandon Surratt, and his family, and continues to do so to this day. Hyco is still being honored and remembered with the pending Hyco’s Law, which passed the state Senate in February and is awaiting the next step, as well as a 501c3 charity in Hyco’s honor, The Hyco K-9 Fund. This fund, started from sales of stickers and bracelets and followed by the First Annual Hyco Memorial 5K in 2016, has as its mission to help the ACSO K-9 unit procure items to keep the K-9s and their handlers safer. The fund’s volunteers also started the Hyco Komfort K-9, stuffed toy dogs, originally given to the students of Townville Elementary School after the playground shooting that killed a student last year. HKK-9s are now being purchased by people across the country. The Hyco K-9 Fund is planning the 2nd Annual Hyco Memorial 5K and Doggie Dash for October and is also preparing the first “K-9s of S.C. Calendar” for 2018, to debut this fall. A golf tournament is being planned for the spring. In addition to growing the calendar of events, the fund has expanded its mission to assist K-9 units across the state of South Carolina. To date, funds raised have assisted the ACSO K-9 Unit in buying new collars, leads, and harnesses. The multipurpose K-9 handlers were also given hidden sleeves, to be used to improve the training in apprehension. Most recently, the Hyco K-9 Fund assisted the Easley K-9 Unit. Officer José Medina and his new K-9 partner, Rex, were presented with a Modern Icon collar, tracking harness with a handle on the spine (making it possible for Medina to pick up Rex by the handle when needed), and a variety of nylon leads.


Brandon Surratt, who is now with the Greenville County Sheriff ’s Department, said, “As hard as losing Hyco was and still is, it’s amazing to see his legacy living on through the Hyco K-9 Fund. The fund allows K-9 units to receive equipment and training that is vital to their everyday work, equipment and training that they otherwise may not have received because of low budgets. My family and I look forward to seeing the fund continue to impact K-9 units, not just in the Upstate, but around the entire state.” To learn more about the Hyco K-9 Fund, volunteer, sponsor or help with any of the upcoming fund- raisers, visit, or email K9Hyco@gmail. com or call Lisa Marie Carter 864-356-9857. n

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or some businessmen in Anderson, October is time for more than pumpkin spice lattes and football games. October is the month they live for‌the month they get to scare people to death. Two Anderson County businesses scare people for a living. Known as “hauntâ€?repreneurs, they are among a growing number of professionals who make haunted houses their business. And unlike a group of teenagers who throw together a haunted house to make a few bucks with their friends, these businessmen not only invest serious money into creating an attraction that people will come back to again and again, but have a serious economic impact.


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ocated just off I-85 in Piedmont, Madworld has been one of Anderson County’s go-to scare spots for the past six years. Last year, the attraction was voted the scariest in South Carolina and one of the top haunted attractions in the country. Brothers Joe and Tim Thompson have poured their hearts and souls into Madworld. This year is no different. The half-mile trail starts in a haunted hotel and will center around phobias. Visitors can walk through their darkest fears – clowns and vampires and spiders, oh my! - one scene at a time. “We want to keep things exciting. We want to keep things fresh,” Tim Thompson said. “We keep it family-friendly, but we want people to be scared.” This year Madworld will feature two new twists to its attractions – a kids’ area during the day, and a “No Scare” medallion to help those who might not want more intense scares directed at them. “During the day time on Saturdays and Sundays, we’ll open up Madworld for a more family-fun event,” Joe Thompson said. “We’ll have a hay bale


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maze, a train ride, a pumpkin patch, face painting… all of the fun of a family event. But we’ll also have day-time tours of the haunted hotel, so still get a little bit of that haunt side in.” The “No Scare” medallion will give younger visitors, and older ones too, the ability to control how scared they want to be. The medallion will be worn around a visitor’s neck and glows in the dark. This signals creatures and monsters along the trail not to scare the visitor who wears it. “We don’t want to lose the ability to scare people, but we also want to be able to give some of our customers the power over those fears and those monsters. This is something a child can wear that gives him control,” Tim Thompson said. “More than anything, we want to entertain people. If you can leave here and say you’ve enjoyed your time here, we’ve done our job.” And it is a job. Every year, the brothers hire more than 150 actors to portray the monsters and creatures in the haunted trail. Others, such as ticket takers, gift shop workers, make-up artists and managers, make up the more than 200-person staff. Paid staff means workers’ compensation insurance, liability insurance, licensing, training, and other elements of any normal small business. And paid positions translate into money coming into the county through taxes, as well as more money in employees’ pockets to spend on goods and services in Anderson County. “This is our seventh season,” Joe Thompson said. “A lot is changing, so it’s very exciting for us. Each year, we try to keep things exciting and keep things changing so people will come back. In the end, we just want to produce a good product that’s a quality value for the money people will spend with us.” Madworld opens September 22 and runs through November 4. For more information, call 864-436-6307, visit the website at, or check out ther Facebook page, Madworld Haunted Attraction. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.


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ocky Elrod has been making haunted houses since he was a kid. In 1991, he made a haunted house for Whitefield Baptist Church. Later, he’d go on to do haunted houses in Pelzer, Sandy Springs, and Greenville. Now, he’s bringing his talents to Anderson. Elrod and partner Korey Tilley are building a haunted attraction in the woods behind the Civic Center at the Anderson County Sports and Entertainment Complex. “Ultimately, there will be a haunted hayride, a haunted house, and a haunted woods behind the Civic Center,” Elrod said. Horror movies are what Elrod does best now. He and Tilley run Dead Farm Productions and just recently debuted their 30-minute horror film Spread the Fear. It was another movie, Nightmare at the Fair that led to the haunted house coming about. For part of the movie, the men asked TRZ Entertainment, the company that runs the fair, if they could film a scene during the fair. Those conversations led to Dead Farm opening a haunted attraction at the fair. More than 1,500 people went through the haunted house during the fair’s 10-day event. The success of the haunted house at the fair led to talks about a structure on the Civic Center grounds that would serve as a haunted attraction for area residents. Starting in June, Elrod and Tilley began building a three-story house that will serve as the haunted manor. “We’ll have back stories and family legends tied to what happens inside the house,” Tilley said. “But the house itself will become a character in the attraction. It will move on its own. There will be monsters in the windows and chains across the doors; the doors will be moving. I don’t think anyone has done anything like this in Anderson.” While both of the men have day jobs – Elrod works in remodeling and Tilley works as a delivery driver – they both hope that their movie production and haunted house company will become a permanent full-time September/October 2017

scare people, but you also want it to be a place they’ll want to come back to again and again.” With this being the first year of the event, Tilley said they are hoping to prove themselves to the Anderson crowd. With more than 40 actors handling the scaring, and other employees handling the business end of things, the two men hope they will be able to draw in a crowd of between 10,000 and 15,000. At the same time, they will be working with Heritage Park in Simpsonville to create a haunted train ride, the Graveyard Express – a first for the Upstate. “We’re talking about letting the haunt open up during the fair next year,” Elrod said. “And we’re talking about expanding it next year to include other buildings. Right now, we’re working to get the manor finished and open. We’re working on putting in lighting effects and smoke effects. You’re going to feel like you’re in a movie.” 13 Acres opens on September 30 and runs through October. For more information, contact Tilley at 864437-1847 or Elrod at 864-245-5640 or check out their Facebook page at 13 Acres. n

job. Their background in movies and set decoration helps them to make the experience more real and more interesting. “Inside, there will be old wallpaper, cobwebs, old furniture,” Elrod said. “I think people will make repeat visits just to see the inside because there’s always something new to see. You can’t see it all. You want to



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“Research will show that students who have had a college experience during high school are more successful.”


When 18-year-old Bryce Cotton graduated high school in May, not only did he receive his diploma, but also almost a year’s worth of college credit. Cotton was one of about 500 Anderson County students who took college-level courses at Tri-County Technical College last fall while still in high school. The number of students taking these courses is growing and the classes are giving them a head start in their careers and college education. “When I graduated high school, I had an operator’s 1 and 2 certificate [which certify students’ ability to operate industrial machinery and other technical skills such as wiring],” the Powdersville High School graduate said. “It has a lot of upsides considering I will be graduating with a two-year degree after three semesters of college after high school.” “Research will show that students who have had a college experience during high school are more successful,” said Amanda Blanton, director of High School Engagement and Outreach for Tri-County. “They’re more likely to graduate high school. They’re more likely to be successful in college, and are more likely to graduate from college.” Tri-County partners with all five Anderson County school districts to provide general education classes for university transfer credits. These courses, taught by TriCounty faculty, can be taken at the university or at the high school, depending on its location. The college also offers the Technical Career Pathways Program, a type of dual enrollment, which outlines a path of courses for students so they can earn career certification and/or an associate’s degree of their choice. While courses for university transfer remain popular, the Pathways Program is gaining momentum. It was developed and then piloted in the 2013-14 school year with Anderson School District Three. There are seven pathways which include automotive technology,

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general engineering, heating, ventilation & air conditioning technology, industrial electronics, mechatronics, and welding. Anderson County educators say this collaboration and program helps students prepare for today’s job market, which is demanding more technical skills. “I think that the push toward the career pathways helps guide students to take jobs that are there and ready to be taken,” said Amy McCoy, Anderson School District Five director of Secondary Programs. “The other benefit is that it makes us more authentic. [The students] no longer have to ask the question, ‘Why am I having to learn this?’ It’s in preparation for your future career.” Getting the education to be prepared for the workforce can be expensive, but dual enrollment allows students to minimize costs as state funding pays for the technical pathway courses, and some school districts like Anderson Five help pay part of the students’ tuition for the general education courses. What drew Cotton into the program was the opportunity for college credit and a chance to explore career options. Cotton started the mechatronics pathway his sophomore year of high school. By senior year, he took all but one class at Tri-County and Districts I & IIz Career and Technology Center. The pathways technical courses are taught through Tri-County and the career center. The experience from his dual enrollment gave him skills, knowledge and a plan for his future. “What it taught me was that I didn’t want to do this for the rest of my life, but that I


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enjoyed the work. It definitely opened my eyes to what a technician does. It’s more than just turning wrenches,” Cotton said. “I’m going into computer engineering. It’s giving me basic information about how machines work, which will better help me when I’m designing these machines or designing computers for these machines.” This program gives him options, something his mother, Hollie Harrell, who is also the director of the Districts I & II Career and Technology Center, finds important. “When he moves on, he has the background,” Harrell said. “It [the pathways] provides options for the kids. It means, ‘I’m going to have a certification and I’m going to work,’ or ‘I have the option to continue on and get a two-year degree or I can go on and get a four-year degree.’” Since the Pathways Program started, it’s grown from seven students in District Three to about 100 throughout the county. “I’m really proud of what we started with this, because one vision I’ve had for a really long time, especially as a superintendent, is that every child graduate with some type industry credential, something saying what I can do from this point,” said District Three Superintendent Kathy Hipp. Local educators are hopeful that the program will continue to grow as this collaboration is an opportunity to help the community while fitting the needs of students and industry. “We are continuing to work to grow the career pathways because there are such great opportunities, and because we’ve seen lives change and have seen them [students] get great jobs,” Blanton said. n


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Tri-County Grad Ashley Clayton Makes Learning Fun


ri-County Technical College Early Childhood Development (ECD) graduate Ashley Clayton says she knew she had chosen the right career path while serving as a Student Teacher’s Assistant at Homeland Park Primary School last year. “I really connected with the students and their teacher, Mrs. Jamie Davis, who is a role model for me. I want to have fun teaching and to make a positive impact every day. I want the kids to learn and have fun at the same time. It takes creativity and planning, as well as getting to know the students as individuals,” said Ashley, who graduated with honors and now is employed as a Program Aide for the Boys and Girls Club in Anderson. She also is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Family Studies through Southern Wesleyan University’s online adult evening program. “All of my Tri-County credits transferred. Tri-County really prepared me for Southern Wesleyan,” said Ashley, who resides in Anderson. Tri-County is ranked first in the S.C. Technical College System and in the top 5% nationally for successful transfer. “We have a strong articulation agreement with Southern Wesleyan University, where many of our graduates transfer seamlessly to pursue a fouryear degree that allows them to become certified to teach in elementary schools through the third grade,” said Meredith McClure, ECD program director. “Ashley is the type of student who makes learning a priority. She is a deeply reflective learner who always puts forth her best work,” said McClure. “When Ashley is in the classroom, she is in her element. You would be hard pressed to pick out the ECD candidate from the classroom teacher. She is an

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energetic teacher who engages children and encourages discovery and inquiry.” Ashley began college at SC State after graduating from T.L. Hanna High School in 2010. “I was excited and ready to go. During my sophomore year while student teaching (elementary school), I began to question my career path. My mother told me to come home and figure it out. I took a semester off to reflect. My mother suggested I enroll in the Early Childhood Education program at Tri-County. It was affordable and had a curriculum focused on early childhood education.”

“She is an energetic teacher who engages children and encourages discovery and inquiry,” said Meredith. She also began working a full-time job as a Program Aide at the Boys and Girls Club in Anderson helping kids in grades kindergarten – second grade with homework and activities. What started out as a summer job evolved into fulltime work. “I love the kids and the job,” said Ashley. While at Tri-County, in addition to maintaining her status on the President’s List, Ashley was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and was chosen as the ECD Student of the Year for 2016. She attended college this year on a Foundation-sponsored scholarship (Jackie Oakley Endowed Scholarship). “I want kids to have fun learning – that’s what I did at Tri-County,” she said.

ECD Program Gets New Name This August, the Early Childhood Development program will get a new name: Early Care and Education (ECE). Students may pursue a two-year degree, as well as several certificates. New this fall, with the Associate Degree program, students will be able to use electives to specialize in one of four concentration areas: Director, Family Child Care, Infant Toddler, or Special Needs. Since 2007 Tri-County’s Early Childhood Development program has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The accreditation recently was extended through 2021. Graduates are employed as Head Start Lead Teachers, as well as in public and private pre-schools, and as Assistants in Kindergarten.

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Prepping Your Home for colder temps

By Christina Curtiss

The calendar is advancing into fall and we are getting a much-welcomed respite from the heat and humidity of summer. Before winter sets in, homeowners should get ready for much colder temperatures. According to Jack Curtiss of Curtiss Handyman Services, preventative maintenance now will improve your home’s comfort, increase energy-efficiency, and provide peace of mind.

Check your pipes

Uninsulated pipes in crawl spaces, basements, garages, or in outside walls are susceptible to freezing and expanding when temperatures fall below freezing, causing them to burst. Make sure your pipes are properly insulated with foam pipe insulation, which can be purchased at any home improvement store and is easy to install. Another tip is to leave your kitchen faucet on a slow drip during extremely cold nights, which keeps water flowing and prevents pipes from freezing. Don’t forget outside water spigots! Remove and store hoses and insert a foam cover over the spigot to prevent freezing.

Doors and windows are leakers

Cold air can find its way into any home, making it feel colder. Energy-efficient windows and doors go a long way to reduce the amount of cold air entering a home. If your windows and doors are older, caulking and weather stripping around the glass will help protect your home from the cold wind and installing storm windows and storm doors provides an extra barrier against the weather. Also, check your door’s threshold for leaks and replace, if necessary, or install a weatherresistant door sweep.

Clean your gutters

Unless your home has gutter covers that prevent debris from getting inside, you should clean your gutters before winter sets in. Gutters protect your home from water damage and if they are clogged, rain water can overflow and collect around your home’s foundation and cause moisture to build up on the fascia.


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Chimney maintenance

If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, the chimney is a big culprit for air leaks. This is where a professional should be called to winterize and clean the chimney to remove any build-up of ash or creosote. When the fireplace is not in use, the chimney’s flue and fireplace doors should remain firmly shut.

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Switching to an energy-efficient thermostat is an option to improve the functionality and efficiency of your heating system. Wi-fi and programmable thermostats adjust your home’s temperature to match your schedule and wi-fi thermostats can be controlled with your smart phone or tablet. Ceiling fans get a workout during summer months, but using them in the winter can improve the comfort of your home too. By switching the fan’s rotation to a counterclockwise motion, warm air is directed down into living spaces. Installing energy-efficient doors and windows pays for itself over time in terms of lower heating and cooling costs. Select windows with low U-factor and solar heat gain coefficient ratings for best results. According to the Energy Star website, replacing single-pane windows with energy-efficient double pane windows can reduce annual energy costs from 31% to 14%. According to Curtiss, many preventative measures can be performed easily by most homeowners with minimal costs. However, don’t hesitate to call professionals when necessary to avoid unnecessary surprises and ensure your home is ready for winter. n

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The Energy of Game Day

By John Boone


egendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.” Fortunately, in Anderson County high schools, no one knows what a medieval study hall is, other than from pictures they may have seen in a book somewhere. Football rules here and the excitement it brings builds to a frenzy on Friday game days. “When you wake up on a game day Friday, everything is instantly better,” Wren High School grad and student section stalwart Emily Ward told us. “The atmosphere, the energy -- even the math problems aren’t so bad.” “Fridays at Crescent High School are simply electric for our football team, students, teachers, and community,” Shavoyae Brown, a teacher and girls’ basketball coach at Crescent, says. “From the beginning of the school day until kickoff time, our student body creates a culture in our school that is extraordinary.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of electric that fits this piece is “charged with strong emotion.” Keep that in mind, because almost everyone interviewed about high school football game day at their school used that word in their description -- and if you have been to a game, you know why. T.L. Hanna High School Principal Shawn Tobin notes the entire school community gets involved on game day. “Our students tweet out the dress apparel and theme for the game, our band students practice the school fight songs during class (but appear to play


louder than normal), teachers wear school spirit wear, football players walk taller, cheerleaders get students excited about the game, alumni return to the school to purchase tickets, lunchroom discussion focuses upon the upcoming game, and the entire school is simply electrified,” Tobin says. Some schools have special traditions. According to Dr. Chris Ferguson, principal of Powdersville High School, players visit the elementary schools in their jerseys, getting the younger kids excited. And at Westside High School, it’s “Fresh Friday.” Kati Boring, who teaches history at Westside, calls it her favorite game day tradition. “Football players attend school dressed in their nice Westside suit jackets and khaki pants. ‘Fresh Friday’ is what students and teachers have started calling it since the players are dressed so nicely,” she says. September/October 2017

Keep in mind, many of the schools featured here play each other during the season, with, at the very least, community bragging rights on the line. For those games, as well as for homecoming games, school spirit reaches yet another level. From entire weeks devoted to themes, fund-raising, and fun, to pep rallies, pregame festivities, pageantry, and even body painting, the excitement, as Pendleton High School Assistant Principal Amy Jennings says, “is almost palpable.” Cheerleaders and band members enjoy being in the spotlight as well, and relish their roles in building the game day buzz to a passionate hysteria by game time. Palmetto High School cheerleader Nakeltee Goodine says her favorite part is “being able to stand in front of our whole student body, cheer on the team, and get people hyped up for our team -- win or lose.” Michelle Espinoza, who is in Palmetto’s color guard, said she loves it when the band plays a song and the student section, cheerleaders, and parents get hyped up and dance along. And Erin Ballard, a member of Powdersville’s marching band, brings an interesting perspective: “It’s fun because everyone there actually cares. They may not necessarily care about the game, but they care about the music or the people who are there. Everyone goes and it brings the school together.” The football coaches also have their favorite game day moments. For instance, Wren’s Jeff Tate says one

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of his favorite game day moments is when the band marches into the stadium playing the school fight song and the team is introduced. Powdersville’s Robert Mustar says he enjoys the hype videos students make and loves that “the student body really gets behind our team and helps create an atmosphere that inspires us.” And Russell Blackston of Belton Honea-Path High School appreciates when it all comes to a crescendo on the field before the game. “Welcome to the Bear’s Den,” he says. “Our stadium is [wait for it] electric!” And yes, after all this, there is a football game to be played. Players say their emotions range from being nervous and anxious to confident and excited to, most likely, some mixture of the two. But one thing is for sure: their school’s game day performance has them ready to prove what they can do on the field. “There’s nothing like the energy, excitement, and passion that comes with Friday night lights,” Wren graduate and fan Jamal Session says. “The best 48 minutes of the week!” On Friday nights this fall, follow the glow of the stadium lights and experience the magic of high school football for yourself. Unless, of course, you prefer medieval study halls. n


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Hidden History The Pelzer Riots


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In September of 1934, tensions between mill workers and mill bosses were at a fever pitch. Workers, frustrated by increasingly dangerous and exhausting working conditions, were striking all over the country. In Honea Path, the Chiquola Riots captured the nation’s attention and helped change the course of labor laws in America after seven men died during a confrontation between mill workers and mill bosses backed up by the National Guard. But down the road a bit, another riot was brewing, one that often goes without mention, but also resulted in fatalities. Before the Great Depression, manufacturing had taken off in southern states. The long growing season for cotton, and the cheap labor made the South the perfect spot for northern investors to build new textile mills. People left their farms in droves to work in the mills. But by the 1930s, mill workers were finding what they once saw as secure jobs transform into almost a form of slavery. In September 1934, strikes broke out at textile mills across the country. In Pelzer, about 90 percent of the workers at the Pelzer Manufacturing Company were part of a union at the plant. Union members voted not to strike. Regardless of the vote, striking union members from Spartanburg came to the Pelzer plant and shut it down. The Pelzer workers were incensed. Many felt that the union was working against their interests and quit the union. The resulting strike was a peaceful one. While gun fire erupted in Honea Path, Pelzer’s strikers were said to treat the walkout more like a vacation, “(drinking) Cokes and coffee out on the grass and (having) a grand time.” But it would be the beginning of a slowly burning fuse that would erupt in a powder keg nearly a year later. As time passed, the union became less popular. Union membership dropped to about 40 percent of the workers in the plant. The following spring union members started to talk about striking as a show of power. Under cover of darkness, in the woods behind the plant, the union voted to strike the next time a union man was fired. It didn’t take long. On Friday, July 12, “Unck” Smith got wind his hours were being cut. In response, he


Pelzer Cotton Mill circa 1934

Textile mill strikes happened across the county. This photo depicts an employee strike in September of 1934 in Rhode Island. It was met with armed resistance. The Pelzer Strike would take place nearly a year later.

But by Sunday night August 26, tensions had reached a fever pitch, and men on both sides were carrying guns. returned to work with a knife, drew it on his boss to ensure he could return to his place on “the line,” but was forcibly removed from the plant instead. The strikers were prepared. After a short meeting, they called for a strike to start on Monday, July 15. Just enough of the union men struck to slow work, but not to stop it. In general, reports said it was another quiet and peaceful action. But representatives from the company called Columbia asking for protection for the non-striking workers. Soon, the 118th Infantry of the National Guard arrived from Greenville and imposed martial law in Pelzer. September/October 2017

union workers ran in after them to collect the weapons and ammunition left behind. All night long, shots rang up and down the streets of Pelzer. When company officials called the governor for support, he refused, so the company superintendent closed the plant. But no one told the workers. As workers started to show up for work, picketers stood their ground. One of the plants’ superintendents drove through a line of picketers with his car. In response, reports say, someone threw a rock into the back of his car. From there, all hell broke loose. Bullets flew from both sides of the conflict. Picketers broke rank and fled for cover, eventually firing from behind barricades. As Paul Ross, the union president, tried to help a woman who had been injured in the shooting, a stick of dynamite exploded next to his car. The shooting and chaos lasted for an hour. Afterwards, the company and the union came together to settle the strike. In time, the union left the plant. The company that owned the plant sold it to another organization within a year, and the mill village homes that had been owned by the mill were sold to the mill workers. n

As union officials and company officials tried to negotiate, the strike remained quiet. After negotiations had gone on for a month, state officials decided to intervene. As it was, the state was paying $750 a day to protect non-strikers; that’s nearly $14,000 in today’s dollars. When the company refused to settle, Gov. Olin Johnson called National Guard troops back to Columbia saying he wouldn’t continue to protect the company, especially without as much as a fist fight breaking out. For another week, the strike continued, and all remained quiet. But by Sunday night August 26, tensions had reached a fever pitch, and men on both sides were carrying guns. It wasn’t long before tensions boiled over. When one of the strikers heard noises coming from the railroad tracks beside one of the four plant buildings on the property, rumors started that non-striking men were gathering outside of the building with plans to enter through the boiler room. In anticipation of an attack, a small group of strikers grabbed a stick of dynamite, ripped off its wrapper, and poured its powder into a small tin. They had created a small bomb, intending to use it to frighten non-striking men away. They lit it and flung it towards the direction of the noise. The bomb landed near where non-striking men were gathered. Men scattered after the explosion and

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Celebrate Anderson:

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An annual community event, Celebrate Anderson unites our County’s 11 cities and towns for a day of festivities that concludes with an evening of concerts and a patriotic fireworks celebration the Sunday before Labor Day. In 2016, Celebrate Anderson introduced the Celebrate-Fun-Zone which included large inflatables and activities bringing together families and youth for a fun filled afternoon. “Last year’s addition of the Celebrate-Fun-Zone made the day complete, giving our community and its visitors an afternoon of fun prior to the concerts, said Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns. Again this year, the Celebrate-Fun-Zone will open at 1 p.m. and close at 5 p.m. to allow everyone time to gather in the amphitheater for an evening of music under the stars. As in years past, TL Hanna Jazz Band will kick off the evening concerts setting the stage for Anderson County’s own aspiring artist Eli Rhodes (Starr, SC.) and country music’s female vocalist of the year, Sara Evans. The evening of celebration will conclude with a patriotic fireworks finale honoring our armed services and local first responders. “Each year, the Celebrate Anderson sponsors join Anderson County in giving back to the local community by funding and hosting this free family event. Making Anderson County the place to be this Labor Day Weekend,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. Invite everyone to grab their chairs, blankets, and picnic for an evening to remember on Sunday, September 3rd to ‘Celebrate Anderson’. n

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A Clemson story behind access to clean water in Haiti I was raised in a family where engineering was a discipline that surrounded me – my father is a Mechanical Engineer and his brothers are in similar disciplines. It was almost understood that I would become an engineer. This day, this moment, I felt like I was an engineer. Not because I grew up in the house of an engineer, but because I felt like I was right there inside this little moment working alongside Clemson engineers. This is one of the most wonderful Clemson moments I witnessed while traveling with Clemson engineering students to the little village of Cange in Haiti. Engineering student Ashley Martin was walking down to one of the flat

They are beneficiaries of strong partnerships, specifically Clemson engineers and the Haitian people working together bringing spring water over 1,100 feet up the mountain. As water begins to flow, so does the trust. areas in Cange. That is when many of the village children ran up to her and grabbed her hand to walk with her. This moment showcases the trust between Clemson engineers and the people of Cange. During the entire trip, all the children gravitated to Ashley as they used laughter and smiles to replace the language barrier. The purpose of this trip was to capture stories of Clemson engineers and students working alongside the Haitian people to solve a water problem. This picture is from the village of Cange, where the first keystone project of Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC)

is the Cange Municipal Water Project. This is a water treatment and distribution project for the village, a 1.2 million dollar project financed by the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina (EDUSC) as part of their “Partnership Cange” relationship and serves roughly 10,000 people with water. According to the World Health Organization, some 842,000 people are estimated to die each year from diarrhea as a result of unsafe drinking-water, sanitation, and hand hygiene. Yet diarrhea is largely preventable, and the deaths of 361,000 children aged under 5 years could be avoided each year if these risk factors were addressed. The water treatment and distribution project in Cange was created to provide clean water to the village, and now there are hardly any detectable cases of cholera in the village. The water facilities in Cange were constructed and installed with oversight from CEDC interns over the span of one-and-a-half years, including nine fountain/showers, four cisterns with a total capacity of 200,000 gallons and pumping system that can deliver 144,000 gallons of water per day up 1,100 feet through nearly two miles of four-inch galvanized pipe. The water is filtered, sterilized, and chlorinated, providing clean drinking water to the inhabitants of Cange. The children in this picture walking with Ashley now have clean water to drink. They are beneficiaries of strong partnerships, specifically Clemson engineers and the Haitian people working together bringing spring water over 1,100 feet up the mountain. As water begins to flow, so does the trust. There are so many moments that have happened in my travels to make me proud of my Clemson degrees. These are the moments reinforcing the broader reach of the Clemson spirit, solving world problems. This trip made me feel like a Clemson engineer. To learn more about this project, go to

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


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Avast! Look alive, ye mateys! It’s time to put on the ol’ eye patch, bandana and wooden leg -- it’s Dress Like a Pirate Day at the Anderson County Museum! On September 9 at 10 a.m., grab the kiddies (Get it? Captain Kidd? Kiddies??? I crack myself up) and head over to the museum for lots of pirate fun including a photo booth, scavenger hunt and costume contest! Entrance fee is merely a donation to the museum, but we’re pretty sure those donations can’t be in the form of rum… Yo ho, yo ho! A pirate’s life for me! Contact the museum for details, and be sure to say ARRRRRR: (864) 260-4737.

Vroom, vroom with attitude Ever wanted to know what it’s like to drive a Ferrari? Got a hankering to find out what 200 mph feels like in a Lamborghini Gallardo? Well… here’s your chance! The Italian SuperCar Experience returns to Anderson Mall on Sept. 16 and 17. For a fee, Motorsports Lab will let a few car enthusiasts actually get behind the wheel of some amazing sports cars (after some training) and letting them whip through an agility course with a trained instructor. It’s your chance to go from 0-60 in under five seconds without breaking the bank. And with a couple of Groupon deals, you’ll save even more. Contact the mall for more information: (864) 225-3195.

Steak house opens The latest restaurant to move into the old Bojangle’s location on Clemson Boulevard is a Tex Mex steak house, aptly named The Steakhouse, promising to deliver the best steaks in town. Featuring regular steak house standards like sirloins, rib-eyes and chopped steak, the restaurant also features Mexican items like fajitas, burritos and the La Caribena Salad – a green salad with fresh pineapple, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, red bell peppers, cilantro, sesame seed, chicken or shrimp and a honey lime dressing. Doors open Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. through 10 p.m. More info: (864) 622-8330.


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Carolina Brew HaHa is back and better than ever, organizers say. On October 21, from 2 until 6 p.m., the Upstate’s best beer fest will return to the Anderson County Education and Recycling Center with more beers, more local food and more live music. This year the beer festival will feature beers from new local breweries like Anderson County’s Golden Grove, New Groove from Spartanburg, Rail line Brew from Simpsonville and Fire Forge from Greenville. Tickets start at $40 per person, with an upgrade to VIP pricing (enter an hour early to get to your favorites first) for $55 and a $15 ticket for designated drivers. For more information, check out their website at

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September & October Events around Anderson

September 8 Art Gallery on Pendleton Square Celebrate the gallery’s third birthday with guest artist Pamela Wright (WYFF-4 meteorologist), an accomplished jewelry artist. Birthday cake, wine, soft drinks, and light refreshments. On the square in Pendleton. 6-8 p.m. Free. For more info, 864-2210129.

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September 8-10, 15-17 ‘Til Beth Do Us Part Presented at Clemson Little Theatre. Directed by Rebecca Evatt. Friday and Saturday performances at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm. Call 864.646.8100 for tickets.

October 20-22, 27-29, Annie, Jr. The Clemson Little Theatre presents the musical production of Annie, Jr. Presented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International. Directed by Latoya Young. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3:00 pm. Call 864.646.8100 for tickets.

September 16 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Carolina Wren Park. Help raise funds and awareness of this disease. Make a donation, form a walking team, or show up and walk with friends! 9 am check-in; 9:45 am Opening Ceremony. Two-mile walk with a one-mile option. For more info, www. or contact or 864699-0623.

October 8 Safe Harbor Oyster Roast Enjoy oysters and barbecue at Safe Harbor’s True Grit Oyster Roast in downtown Greenville benefiting all Safe Harbor operations in the Upstate (including Anderson). Event includes oysters, barbecue, beverages, live music and children’s activities. Tickets: $50 per person in advance; $60 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. The Village Green, downtown Greenville. 4-7 p.m. For info & tickets: or call 864-467-1177. October 13 Art Gallery on Pendleton Square Guest speaker and art historian Dana Howard. Enjoy wine, soft drinks, and light refreshments. On the square in Pendleton. 6-8 p.m. Free. For more info, 864-221-0129. October 14 Fall for All Festival Roberts Presbyterian Church. Fall festival to include free activities for children, the Bargain Barn, a silent auction, quilt show, pumpkins and fall flowers for sale, hay ride and foo at the Country Corner Outdoor Café. Proceeds support community charities and projects within the church. The festival will run 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., rain or shine. The church is located at 2716 Hwy 187 South, Anderson. For more info, call 864-225-9950.

October 26 Arts Center Hallowine Wine Series final event at Oxford Farm. 7-9 p.m. Celebrate the flavors of fall, enjoys music by Groove Planet with specialty beers and wine. For more info or tickets,

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September 30 The Champions Run Certified 5K benefiting The Developmental Center for Exceptional Children. 8:30 a.m. start at the Greenville Street entrance to the Connector. Pre-registration Fee: $25 ages 10 and up. $15 ages birth to 9. $30 day-of race registration. September 21 Anderson Free Clinic Las Vegas Gala You’ll enjoy casino style games, auctions, music, food beverages. Individual tickets: $65; Couples’ tickets: $100. Purchase at the Anderson Free Clinic or online at Event will be held at The Bleckley Inn, 151 E. Church Street. 6-10 p.m. For more info, visit or call 864-512-7809.

October 21 2nd Annual Hyco Memorial 5K and Doggie Dash Anderson Civic Center. In addition to the run, enjoy a huge after party with 35+ vendors, a silent auction, events for the kids, dog friendly photo booth, food and beverages. To register for the run, visit For more info on becoming a vendor, sponsor or donating to the silent auction, find Hycospage on Facebook or contact Lisa Marie Carter at 864-356-9857 or

Cough it up for the animals at Anderson County Humane Society A fund-raiser for the Anderson County Humane Society, the Furball is a night of fun, food and festivities. Photo Booth Fun available this year!

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news briefs... Jamming out, bluegrass style

For three days in October, the Anderson Civic Center will host some big names in bluegrass music as part of the Anderson Bluegrass Festival. From October 26-28, acts like The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys, and Gene Watson and the Farewell Party Band will perform throughout the day. And if just listening isn’t enough, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to jam bluegrass-style in classes taught by Gilbert Nelson. Tickets and class prices vary. Check out the festival’s website at http://www.adamsbluegrass. com/Anderson_Bluegrass_Festival.html.

A day to remember

Never forget. On Sunday, Sept. 10, the Third Annual Belton Area 9/11 Walk to Remember will honor the lives lost during the 9/11 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. To commemorate, those in attendance will walk from the Rock Springs Fire Department to the Belton Fire Department starting at 5:30 p.m. The city encourages all police officers, fire fighters, medical personnel, members of the military and community members to participate. For more information, contact the event organizers at 9.11Walk2Remember@

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