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Old Furniture, New Life
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owner of The Kitchen Emporium, shares her story of surviving cardiac arrest to assist in heart health awareness.
Camellia Ball Silver Anniversary
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Spring Into a Break
Anderson Institute of Technology readies for Students
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Letter from the Editor
Sweater season... I’m not gonna lie. I’ve got no use for this cold-weather nonsense. I used to like “sweater season” when I could wear cute, comfy sweaters with boots. Once I finally figured out how to tie a scarf, I liked how adding one could totally change an outfit. But now? I’m over it. I don’t like to be cold. I don’t like to NEED a coat. I don’t like to even need socks. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure I may even have that Seasonal Affective Disorder thing where you get depressed because there’s not enough daylight and it’s cold. (I’m not really sure it has to do with it being cold, but that would really make a lot of sense). Anyway, all this to say, it’s January, and that means we’re just a couple months away from warmer weather! So, if you’re already thinking of warmer things, you’ll really enjoy our article on planning for Spring Break! I know, I know. That’s still three months away or so, but planning ahead can be key to a seamless trip. We’ve got some great ideas that include driving-distance trips that can be relaxing and educational for you and the kiddos. And speaking of the kiddos, big things are on the horizon in our public school system, particularly with the development of the Anderson Institute of Technology – which some think of as the new career campus for Districts 3, 4 & 5. We’ve got the details on this amazing educational center that will help prepare so many students for the next phase in their lives. Perhaps these students will go on to work at one of Anderson’s most community-minded businesses, Glen Raven. This manufacturing business offers good wages in a good environment to take care of their employees, but also strives to take care of the community it calls home. Learn about its use of solar energy, its wildlife area and its charitable giving. And while many of our businesses keep the health of our community top of mind, it’s important to keep our personal health at the top of the list, too. February is Heart Health Month, and we’re taking a particular look at women’s heart health through the eyes of one of our beloved small business owners, Gay McLeskey of The Kitchen Emporium. As always, there’s a little something for everyone in this issue of Anderson Magazine, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading about the people, places and events of our county. And, I know that the next time I’m writing one of these letters, it’ll be that much closer to spring and warmer weather! n
What would you do if you had all eternity? Winnie Foster yearns for a life of adventure, and when she meets the Tuck Family she gets more than she could have imagined. When she learns of the magic behind the Tuck’s unending youth, she fights to protect their secret from those who would do anything for a chance at eternal life al while facing an extraordinary choice: return to her life, or continue with the Tucks on their infinite journey.
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Electrophysiology is a branch of cardiology which deals specifically with heart rhythm disorders and the electric system of the heart. This is a highly specialized field and heart rhythm specialist Dr. Rick Henderson of AnMed Health Arrhythmia Specialists in Anderson, South Carolina, is one of these electrophysiologists (EPs). His is also the twelfth EP practice in the nation (and the only one in South Carolina) offering a new and innovative way of mapping electrical impulses in the heart. CardioInsight is a 252-electrode vest that can map the heart’s electrical system. The device helps Dr. Henderson pinpoint the locations of electrical malfunctions in the heart that cause irregular heartbeats. Irregular heartbeats, or arrhythmias, are caused by electrical malfunctions of the heart. These include: • Atrial fibrillation (Afib) • Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) • Ventricular tachycardia (V-Tack) • Atrial tachycardia (AT) The malfunctions can bring on a range of problems, from the disconcerting sensation of a fast, irregular heartbeat, to a fatal cardiac arrest. “In order to treat an arrhythmia, doctors must pinpoint the location of the electrical malfunction,” said Dr. Henderson. “That typically involves inserting a catheter with an electrode tip into a blood vessel in the groin, and snaking it up to the heart. By touching the tip to different places on the heart doctors can create spatial and electrical maps.” But those maps are usually incomplete. The catheter can’t reach every part of the heart, leaving some areas of the map blank. The invasive procedure also comes with some risk. The CardioInsight vest Dr. Henderson is using aims to provide a more complete map without the snaking groin catheter. “The patient puts on the vest and gets into a computed tomography (CT) scanner. The system then creates a three-dimensional electro-anatomical map of the heart by marrying the vest’s electrocardiogram (ECG) signals and the anatomical image from the CT scan,” said Dr. Henderson. Arrhythmia problems arise when abnormal cells or connections form, knocking the system out of whack. When that happens the heart cannot beat in a coordinated way and it can stop. Doctors treat the problem by destroying the cells that are electrically andersonmagazine.com
malfunctioning. The procedure, called ablation, allows the heart to get back to its normal rhythm. “Once the patient has undergone the CardioInsight mapping procedure, the patient is then rolled into the EP lab with us already knowing where the problem’s coming from, so we don’t have to spend hours trying to find it. With the CardioInsight device, we’re looking at only a couple of hours,” said Dr. Henderson.
Dr. Rick Henderson AnMed Health Arrhythmia Specialists 100 Healthy Way Suite 1120, Anderson, SC 29621 864-512-4530
Old Furniture, New Life By Mike McMillan
piece might just depend on some lumber, screws and time. She said there are so many variables that go into upcycling, and it depends on where the customer’s heart is. “You have to have the right perspective on what you want to do,” she said. Morrison also teaches classes in interior decor and painting for those who want to work on their own projects. She said people want to know how to paint their furniture, as well as take care of the pieces later. “This is my hobby and my life,” Morrison said. “It’s a fun business.” Remnants Antiques, Gifts & Consignment offers a different take on the antique business. The central purpose of the shop is to support the women at Shalom House Ministries. Shalom House offers help to women recovering from addiction to alcohol and drugs. Many of the women who work at Remnants came through the program and are working to transition back into normal life. Remnants, which has been open for eight years, rents out dealer space to people looking to sell antiques, said the store’s manager, Randy Ellenburg. The store’s dealers sell a wide range of items, ranging in age from the 1800s to mid-century modern. He said the “shabby-chic” look accounts for about 75 percent of the store’s sales. He has noticed a wild swing in trends with antiques and upcycled items, with tastes switching from the different eras ranging from Victorian to the 1950s. Ellenburg said the integrity of the piece can often dictate whether it’s a good candidate for upcycling. Sometimes, just a restoration of the finish can cover scratches and give new life to an old piece. He cautioned, however, that repurposing an old item can take away from its value. Each layer of paint added could remove an untold amount of value. Danny Rogers of Reborn Relics Restoration & Repair
ntiques have long been a go-to for interior decor, but the trends in antiques can change much more quickly than the pieces themselves age. These days, a collectible piece will certainly still have value, but there are other ways to save damaged or run-of-the-mill items that might ordinarily be thrown away. Upcycling can take these throw-away items and combine them into something that might have nothing to do with the original piece, such as converting a broken floor-model television set into a pet bed. When considering whether to restore or upcycle, there are a number of things to consider — especially if you’re looking to preserve the value of the piece. Several experts in the Anderson area shared their thoughts with us. All Things Aged LLC owner Stephanie Doerr Morrison fell into the antique business soon after she retired from the Air Force. She tried the corporate world as a civilian, but she found that didn’t suit her. She asked God what he wanted her to do with her life, and All Things Aged was the result. When deciding whether to upcycle, she suggests it all depends on the functionality of the piece — if it’s totally broken and not functional, it’s probably a good candidate for an upcycling project. A couple of her upcycling projects involved taking an old armoire and making it into a coffee bar and turning a baby crib into wall art complete with Christmas vines. To her, upcycling can involve taking broken pieces from a number of objects and combining them to make art. But the question about upcycling vs. restoring can be as much about the wallet as the ideas. Morrison said that upcycling can be more expensive, as you may have to purchase new items to add to the first piece. “There are so many different working parts,” she said. “It’s totally different (from restoration).” On the other hand, reconditioning or restoring a
Left: All Things Aged owner Stephanie Doerr Morrison enjoys upcycling old furniture.
Right: Randy Ellenburg polishes a table at Remnants Antiques.
has been in the antique business for about 25 years, but his niche has narrowed to lighting in response to customer demand. He’s been able to repurpose different items, including some things that were never meant to be lighting in the first place. His store has about 6,000 pieces of lighting, and he’s barely able to keep up with demand. Rogers said it’s up to the customer when it comes to restoration or repurposing, but the Facebook pages for Reborn Relics and another business, Lighting from High Point, are filled with projects that have brought new life to old objects — such as a lighting fixture made from a beam that was used to yoke a mule team and a lamp that began life as a pepper mill. Rogers said he’s at his best when he’s repurposing pieces and turning them into something unique. “It lets the creative juices flow,” he said. n
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Inspiration and Ideas at the Home & Garden Expo The 2019 Upstate Home and Garden Expo, presented by the Home Builders Association of Anderson, will take place from Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10 at the Anderson Civic Center. The 2019 event will be the 43rd congregation of Upstate businesses in the home and garden industries exhibiting their products and services under one roof. “The Home Builders Association of Anderson is thrilled to present the 43rd Annual Home and Garden Expo this year,” said Joey Carter, Chair of the 2019 Home and Garden Expo. “This year’s attendees are guaranteed to gain inspiration for their home make-over, renovation or exterior face-lift from our incredible exhibitors. Last year’s 2018 Home and Garden Expo featured more than 80 exhibitors, but we are confident that this year’s Expo is going to offer a strong, quality event that will exceed expectations.” The non-profit organizations that the 2019 Home and Garden Expo will be supporting include A.I.M., Boy Scouts of Anderson, Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Safe Harbor. The 2019 Upstate Home and Garden Expo will be open during the following times: Fri., Feb. 8, 1 pm – 7 pm • Sat., Feb. 9, 10 am – 7 pm Sun., Feb. 10, 1 pm – 5 pm Companies interested in exhibiting their products or services at the 2019 Upstate Home and Garden Expo are invited to call 864-226-0347 or email email@example.com to register for the event. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors (55+) and free for children 12 and under. n
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The Deb Club Celebrates With Annual Ball Michael Metz and Mrs. Judy Dunn Metz of Anderson. Miss Dorsey is a sophomore at The University of Tampa majoring in International Business and Finance. She was escorted by her brother, Mr. Brolin Marshall Dorsey. Her marshal was her cousin, Mr. Garrison Joseph Metz. Catherine Stewart Dunbar was presented by her parents Mr. Stewart Gregory Dunbar and Mrs. Jonathan Julius Robinson. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Monroe Dunbar, Jr., of Chapin and Mrs. Vester Laniel Chapman and the late Mr. Vester Laniel Chapman, formally of Belton. Miss Dunbar is a sophomore at Midlands Technical College. She was escorted by her brother-in-law, Mr. Jordan Pressly Archer. Her marshal was her cousin, Mr. Jones Hampton Williams. Cristin Brook Grant was presented by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Floyd Grant. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Edward Wesley Grant and the late Mr. Edward Wesley Grant of Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Dwain Lee Brown of Townville. Miss Grant is a sophomore at The University of South Carolina majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Neuroscience. She was escorted by Mr. Sean Hunter Stape. Her marshal was her cousin, Mr. Evan Mckinley Grant. Caroline Heidt Calhoun Kerley was presented by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Gary Anthony Kerley. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jospeh Andrew Kerley of Thibodaux, Louisiana and Mrs. John Calhoun Edwards and the late Mr. John Calhoun Edwards of Anderson. Miss Kerley is a sophomore at Clemson University majoring in Business with a minor in Communications. She was escorted by Mr. Jonathan Williams Diaz. Her marshal was Mr. Jeffrey Kyle Baker. Mary Emerson Tarbert was presented by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Emerson Tarbert. She is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Foard Holden Tarbert, Jr., of Clinton and Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Hudson Cartledge, III of Anderson and Ormond Beach, Fl. Miss Tarbert is a sophomore at The College of Charleston majoring in Finance and minoring in Healthcare and Medical Services Management. She was escorted by Mr. Hall Whitacre Knobel. Her marshal was her brother, Mr. Thomas Holden Tarbert. n
After several months filled with parties held in their honor, the 2018 Debutante class of the Debutante Club of Anderson was presented at the annual ball held January 5, 2019, at The Bleckley Station. Lauren Elizabeth Anderson was presented by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Clark Anderson. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harrison Anderson, Sr., of Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. John Douglas McCormick and Ms. Marilyn Griffith McCormick of Myrtle Beach. Miss Anderson is a sophomore at Clemson University Calhoun Honors College majoring in Health Science. She was escorted by Mr. Tyler Gray Kirkland. Her marshal was Mr. Samuel Reid Brendle. Peyton Leigh Arnett was presented by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wells Blaine Arnett. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Blair Arnett of Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pardue Baker of Anderson. Miss Arnett is a sophomore at Clemson University majoring in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with a minor in Human Resources. She was escorted by Mr. Jack King Roberts. Her marshal was her brother, Mr Cooper Blaine Arnett. Corbin LeeAnn Dorsey was presented by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lee Dorsey, Jr. She is the granddaughter of Mr. Carl Lee Dorsey, Sr., and the late Mrs. Sandra King Dorsey of Anderson and Mr. Gary andersonmagazine.com
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Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:30 p.m. Anderson Arts Center 110 Federal Street • Anderson, SC Explore avenues of peace through David’s music and his insight as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Free event, but reservations required. Register on EventBrite at Peace Sings. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-844-2649
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Exhibit Dates: April 6 - May 17 Opening Reception: April 6 • 7 PM Accepting Entries: March 27-29 • 10AM - 5PM March 30 • 10AM - 2PM 306 City Square, Belton
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Feb. 7 Homeschool mechanics/physics class 10am - ages 7-12, $2 per student
Mechanics: How Things Work exhibit will be open through March 9. Contact the museum for more information about any of our events.
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January/February Events Jan. 4-5 MWX Gun Show Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center 9-5 p.m. andersonevents.com
Jan. 12 SCYWA Wrestling Tournament Anderson Sports &Entertainment Center 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Andersonevents.com
Jan. 6 SCYWA Wrestling Tournament Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center 7 a.m. â€“ 5 p.m. andersonevents.com
Jan. 13 Mayorâ€™s MLK Breakfast Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center 7:30-11 a.m. andersonevents.com
Jan. 11 & 25 Electric City Yoga 6 p.m. electriccityyoga.net
January 18 Wedding Festival Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center 9 a.m.-6 p.m. andersonevents.com
Jan. 11 & Feb. 8 Art Gallery on Pendleton Square 6-8 p.m. artgalleryps.org Jan. 11 Cuatros Caballeros Anderson Arts Center Show Opening 6:30-8:30 p.m. andersonarts.org
Jan. 29 Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. andersonscchamber.com Feb. 2 864 Fighting Championship Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center 5-11 p.m. andersonevents.com
Feb. 1 & 22 Electric City Yoga 6 p.m. electriccityyoga.net Feb. 13 Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce Biscuits to Business Networking Meeting. 8-9 am. andersonscchamber.com Feb. 21 Peace Sings! With David Lamotte Anderson Arts Center 7:30 p.m. eventbrite.com Feb. 26 Connecting Parents to Community Resources Anderson County Library 6:30 p.m. andersoncountylibrary.org/events
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Glen Raven works to give back to the community
By Liz Carey
Jack Woodson, COO for Glen Raven in Anderson
idden behind and around the Glen Raven factory on Liberty Highway is more than 3.8 miles of walking trails. It’s part of the company’s efforts to not only do right by its employees, but to do right by the community as well. Purchased from Equinox in 1986, the Glen Raven plant is the flagship facility for a multinational operation making fabrics for everything from automobiles and boats to indoor furnishings and awnings. Known for its Sunbrella line, the company creates fabrics for boating applications, outdoor furnishings, indoor furnishings and business needs. Glen Raven is also responsible for the majority of the automotive convertible tops in the world, says Jack Woodson, chief operating officer for the Anderson plant. For Glen Raven, though, what’s more important is what it does for the Anderson County community and its employees than what it creates for the world. andersonmagazine.com
“We want to be number one in what we do,” Woodson says. “Whether that’s in terms of our products, in terms of sustainability, or in terms of how we treat our associates, it’s our goal to be the best at whatever we do.” For its associates, the company provides onsite wellness programs, including onsite Weight Watchers meetings, a 3.4-mile walking track and a company gym. It also offers tuition reimbursement programs and other life-enhancing opportunities for the 750 people employed at the plant. The company also works hard to be a good corporate citizen to the area. “Our philosophy is that if we’re going to take from the community, we need to give back to the community,” Woodson says. “We consume resources here, so we want to make sure that we are doing our part to repay the community for what we consume.” Part of that repayment, Woodson says, is ensuring that the plant is sustainable. Since April of 2017, the plant 14
has operated a 1 mega-watt solar array (combination of solar panels) that provides enough energy to keep the lights on 24/7 at the million square-foot facility. When it was installed, he says, it was the largest array of its type in South Carolina. Glen Raven also has programs to keep materials out of the landfill. Whether that’s company materials that are recycled, or customer materials that can come back to the plant to be recycled, the goal is to be a good environmental partner. And the company works hard to positively impact Anderson County through donations to charities in the area. Woodson says Glen Raven has for many years supported not-for-profits including GAMAC, the Cancer Association of Anderson, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Hospice of the Upstate and the United Way. “Most of us are local. I went to Westside and Clemson. Our CEO graduated from Hanna and Clemson,” he says. “We’re a locally led organization and we have a heart for Anderson County, and a heart for the area. We support our schools and have partnerships with many of them. If the schools ask us for something, we try to give it to them.” That goes beyond just money and materials, he says. The company offers apprenticeships and other programs to help people find good jobs. “We want to reach into the schools and educate students and teachers about manufacturing and good manufacturing jobs,” he says. “These are good, clean jobs, not jobs where you’re stuck in a dark, greasy
room… You don’t walk out of here at the end of the day totally spent and can’t have a life. You walk out of here paid well and feeling like you work in a good environment.” Glen Raven focuses not only on the well-being of its employees, but their safety too. Dennis Jackson, human resources director for the plant, says it is one of the safest in South Carolina. The plant is Palmetto Star VPP Certified by the state’s OSHA, one of only about 50 plants in the South Carolina to receive such certifications. The Glen Raven plant sits on about 180 acres of land, only 40 of which it uses. The rest serves as not only a buffer for neighbors, and room for possible expansion, but also as a wildlife area for the community. Here, the company feeds animals and gives them a safe place to roam. It’s part of Glen Raven’s commitment to doing what is best for all its neighbors, something the company hopes Anderson County residents will take with them when they think about where they want to work in the future. “I would want someone in the Anderson area to think that Glen Raven has made a long-term commitment to Anderson County, and as a multinational company, we also have a strong commitment to the U.S. manufacturing industry,” Woodson says. “Our plant here is the biggest plant in the Glen Raven organization. We hope people will look at us and say ‘This is a place I’d like to work for.’” n
“Our philosophy is that if we’re going to take from the community, we need to give back to the community.”
The AnMed Health Foundation’s Camellia Ball marks its silver anniversary Gill Powell chaired the first AnMed Health Camellia Ball in 1994. She found herself at the reins as a member of a subcommittee of the AnMed Health Development Advisory Board. “I was asked to chair and didn’t have any better sense than to say yes,” Powell said. After making that unwavering commitment, Powell recruited about 20 of her friends to make the Camellia Ball a fun and festive winter event to raise money for health care in the community. The first Camellia Ball was held at the Civic Center of Anderson on New Year’s Eve in 1994, attended by about 250 people. Powell and her group came up with the name because camellias are beautiful and bloom in the winter. From hiring a live band to play beach music to borrowing flowers, plants and trees from Anderson area nurseries for decoration, Powell and her group of friends did it all. They sold the tickets and friends bought them. “It was a large party of friends. No corporate sponsors. What we had was what we made on ticket sales,” Powell stated. Russell Harris was the first director of the AnMed Health Development Advisory Board. He said the inaugural Camellia Ball netted $5,000 which was used to help purchase a large RV that traveled the community providing health screenings. Tickets for the first Camellia Ball were $125 per couple. “It almost immediately became something that was the thing to attend in Anderson. You did not miss the Camellia Ball,” Harris added. Ruth Hopkins, a local artist, was commissioned to paint a piece that featured a camellia theme. It was auctioned off at the Camellia Ball, and prints of the original painting were sold in the hospital gift shop. A collection of past Camellia Ball prints adorn the walls in the Camellia Café at the AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital. In 25 years, the Camellia Ball has blossomed into a significant fundraiser, raising more than $2.5 million to
Gill Powell, chair of the first Camellia Ball in 1994
meet some of the greatest needs in the community. Since 2002, the Camellia Ball has benefited Pediatric Therapy Works, a group dedicated to providing specialized therapy for children with developmental delays and disorders. The date of the event was eventually moved from late December to the first Saturday in February. The location has changed and the list of sponsors has grown, but the Camellia Ball has remained the premier philanthropic event of the Electric City. “I think the hospital has done a good job promoting it in the community and selling it to corporate sponsors,” Powell said. The theme changes every year. In recent years, it has taken guests on adventures to New Orleans, Paris, and Venice. The theme for the 2019 Camellia Ball is “An Elegant Evening in Winter’s Green.” It is a return to the early days of borrowing flowers and greenery from the area’s finest gardeners and nurseries. Glenn Constructors will present the 25th Camellia Ball at The Bleckley Station in Anderson, S.C., Saturday, February 2, 2019. Contact the AnMed Health Foundation at (864) 512-1098 or megan.richey@ anmedhealth.org or visit www.CamelliaBall.com for sponsorship opportunities and ticket information. n
Volunteer at AnMed Health What’s your New Year’s resolution? If it involves helping people and making great friends along the way, we’d love for you to consider the AnMed Health Auxiliary. In addition to shuttle drivers, we’re currently looking for volunteers to assist with the following: • Distribute snacks and magazines in waiting rooms via our Hospitality Cart • Greet patients and visitors and help them with wayfinding as they arrive at our Guest Ambassador Desks
Make a difference in 2019.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at AnMed Health, please visit www.anmedhealth.org/volunteer or call 864.512.1263.
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Anderson County Celebrates a Decade of Economic Development Success “Anderson County Council has prioritized a strong economic development program for a decade now, and I think the results speak for themselves,” said Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “It is not a coincidence that we are in the longest sustained period of economic development success in our history, and this could only be possible with a talented, dedicated team of staff professionals and the support of our entire community.” Totals for publicly-announced economic development projects in Anderson County over the past 10 years have totaled $3.432 billion in capital investment and 5,499 in job creation. Since January 2009, 23 manufacturing or related companies have announced new operations in Anderson County. Also within that timeframe, 40 announced expansions by existing local industries. “We have come a long way from the worst days of the Great Recession when our unemployment rate reached as high as 13.6%, and more than 11,500 of our friends and family members were out of work,” said County Administrator Rusty Burns. “Today we have a more diversified sectorial base that will help our community to withstand periods of economic slowdown better - we never want to see those bad days again.” Anderson County’s unemployment rate has remained at or below 5% since October of 2015 and reached a 20-year low of 2.6% in April of this year. “We are thankful County Council has emphasized the economic development program in recent years—their support has allowed us to reach levels of success we could only have dreamed of before,” said Anderson County Economic Development Director Burriss Nelson. “Be they great or small, all these investments by companies in our community help us to create a sustainable future where our children and grandchildren can enjoy good-paying, rewarding careers right here in Anderson, and I think that would be a good legacy to leave in place.” n andersonmagazine.com
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Michelin Manufacturing Scholars Program Changes Jake Jackson’s Life
ake Jackson had no idea his life could change so dramatically over the course of a year. Since completing the Michelin Manufacturing Scholars (MMS) program in December 2017, he has been hired as a full-time Manufacturing Professional at the Sandy Springs plant, he has paid off his car, and he and his wife, Suzanne, bought their first home. He has never had health and dental insurance – now he has both. “It was like winning the lottery,” said Jake, 27, who since graduating from Palmetto High School, worked jobs in forklift driving and furniture moving – jobs that paid no more than $11 an hour, had no benefits, and required long hours, at times six days a week. “I wanted a career,” said Jake, who was one of eight students accepted last year to the first-of-its-kind and first-in-the-State Michelin Manufacturing Scholars Program designed to build and grow the workforce of the future. andersonmagazine.com
MMS is a program that helps students to transition from low-wage jobs or unemployment into a manufacturing career with a company that cares for them and their future. It is designed for entry-level manufacturing professionals and is a pathway leading to manufacturing careers with Michelin. The one-semester program is customized to meet the needs Michelin has for qualified entry-level manufacturing professionals at US 2 in Sandy Springs and US 8 in Starr. MMS includes a thirteen-credit-hour Manufacturing Operator I certificate and paid work hours each week of extensive hands-on training at Michelin. Students earn a College certificate and two industry-recognized national certifications. Participants may receive an offer of full-time employment after successfully completing all program and employment requirements and have the opportunity to continue their education toward an associate degree. January/February 2019
There is no cost to the students, with tuition and books covered by Michelin. “It’s a great opportunity. That sold me,” said Jake, who attended ITT in Greenville after graduating from Palmetto, but college was cut short following the deaths of his father and sister. He began working full time after he and his mother assumed custody of his sister’s children. The jobs were paying the bills, Jake says, “but I was stuck in the same place as when I graduated from high school.” He only began to think of college again when his wife, a student at TriCounty, told him about the I-BEST pathways, one of which is MMS, that are designed to meet workforce needs. His wife, who works for Cross Country, will
“I-BEST instructor Melinda Hoover, a former plant manager, gave us real-world knowledge, in addition to textbooks. She has been there. She brought her experiences and stories to the class. She taught us the basics of how a plant operates.” ~ Jake Jackson soon graduate from Tri-County. “The College has helped both of us,” he said. I-BEST pathways focus on immediate employment and pathways to careers requiring an associate degree. They blend college credit, non-credit training, and industry-recognized skills certifications. They also build confidence and competence for jobs that pay family-sustaining wages and for continued college study. Jake talked with Julianne DiCicco-Wiles (I-BEST coordinator) and later watched a Michelin video. “Employees, some who had been at the plant for 40 years, talked about how much they love the company. There were generation of families working there, and I knew that’s where I wanted to be.” The first time he stepped foot in a manufacturing facility was at age 28 when he was accepted into the MMS program. He admits he was hesitant because of the myths about manufacturing. He quickly learned that working in advanced manufacturing is challenging and requires highly skilled individuals. “I-BEST instructor Melinda Hoover, a former plant manager, gave us realworld knowledge, in addition to textbooks. She has been there. She brought her experiences and stories to the class. She taught us the basics of how a plant operates,” he said. After four months of working 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the plant and attending class at 4 p.m., Jake was offered a job on one of Michelin’s rubber mixing lines. “Michelin provides a wonderful work environment that drew me in and made me want to stay. They want the best for us and for us to be the best employees we can be,” Jake added. “The MMS program wasn’t easy, but it was well worth it. I knew I would better myself. But I had no idea it would be this fast. I buckled down and it paid off. I still have debt from ITT, but with Tri-County I have zero debt and earned a net profit. I am so grateful for the opportunity so I try my best to be an ambassador for the program,” he said. “It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” said Jake. andersonmagazine.com
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The new 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans were recently released providing evidencebased guidance to help all Americans maintain or improve their health through physical activity. The new report reminds us that being physically active is one of the most important actions that people of all ages can take to improve their health. The evidence is clear – physical activity fosters normal growth and development, can make people feel better, sleep better, and reduce the risk of many chronic illnesses. Health benefits start immediately after exercise for just about everyone, even those living with a chronic health condition or disability. The new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans discusses the proven benefits of physical activity and outlines the amounts and types of activities recommended for different ages and populations.
Key Guidelines include: • Preschool-aged children should be physically active throughout the day to enhance normal growth and development. • School-aged children should be physically active for 60 minutes a day (1 hour). • Adults should move more and sit less throughout the day and be physically active at least 150 minutes a week doing moderate intensity exercising including muscle strengthening activities. • Older adults should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow and follow their doctor’s advice. • The Physical Activity Guidelines is issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and complements the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Together the two documents provide guidance for the public on the importance of being physically active and eating a healthy diet to promote good health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
For example: • Additional health benefits related to brain health, heart health, and cancer prevention. • Immediate benefits for how people feel, function, and sleep. • Further benefits among older adults and people with chronic health conditions. • Risks of sedentary behavior, and fall related injury and prevention. • Guidance for preschool children, school age children, adults, and older adults. • Strategies that can be used to help everyone become more active. andersonmagazine.com
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It Was a Special Day By Jay Wright
November 17, 2018. A perfect fall day: sunny, warm, and Clemson in hot pursuit of another national championship. But something unique and exciting also happened at McDowell’s Emporium, that little bookstore on Oak Drive. Seven Foothills Writers Guild members launched the first fiction anthology in their guild’s 45-year history. The Adventures of Lizzie is a book of 40 stories about the most popular cat in the Upstate, Lizzie, who is the resident feline mascot at McDowell’s. She’s also loving, community-minded, and boldly patriotic. “Well,” you ask, “didn’t guild members launch a book last year about Anderson County dogs, their owners, and the new TBA Dog Park?” Yes, but that book was about mere dogs. Sincerely loved pets, but animals hardly capable of the impact of this lone store cat on other animals, people, and world peace. Lizzie’s adventures are fueled by the imaginations of seasoned writers Beth Batson, Diana Carnes, Theresa Garrido, Lillian Humphries, Cindy O’Brien, Pat Wood, and myself. All seven were there for the launch event and book signing. McDowell’s Emporium opened 30 years ago as an antique store and has evolved into a unique book store. There is an entire section devoted to books by local authors. It also has a substantial online business and a host of rare books. It’s normal to have in-store shoppers from all over the Upstate – children, adults, and students from kindergarten to college. Lizzie’s there to greet them with her ritual of ankle rubs (if she’s on the floor) or nudgings for head rubs (if she’s on the counter). She never meets a stranger. The Adventures of Lizzie has stories for readers of all ages to enjoy. Stories about her search for her family and trips to South Carolina beaches; her trips to local yoga classes and coffee shops; her compassion
in protecting baby turtles on our coast and birds in Anderson; her role on the day felines took over the world; her behind-thescenes work obtaining huge financial donations for our arts community; her gift for creating love of books in resistant children; her ability to foster good relationships with natural enemies; her views on catnip; and her heroism during colonial times and the Civil War, plus the recent foiling of a terrorist plot. It’s all there. True, there are more cats than dogs in Anderson. So the outcry for a book about cats that began with the launch of I Love My Dog a year ago can now cease. Your demands have been heard and met. McDowell’s will carry this book in the Upstate, and plans are unfolding for stores in the midlands and on the coast to carry it also. November 17th was truly a special day in Anderson. It brought shirt-sleeve weather and a good turnout for the launch. Of course, the Fab Feline got an extraordinary amount of head rubs. And guild history was made. Best of all, the group of seven writers promised Lizzie that day they’d begin work on a sequel for launching next fall. n
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Anderson Institute of Technology readies for students
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hen three powerhouse school districts come together in the name of education, the preparation for life after high school grows by leaps and bounds. The Anderson Institute of Technology will open for the 2019-2020 school year at its location on Pearman Dairy Road, where Lakeside Middle School once sat. The school will serve students from Iva-based Anderson School District Three, Pendleton-based Anderson School District Four and Anderson-based Anderson School District Five. The career and technology school, or AIT, is the result of a penny sales tax referendum that was approved by Anderson County voters in 2014. Since the referendum passed, it has raised more than $63 million for capital projects for the five school districts. Districts Three, Four and Five are splitting the cost of the career and technology center and using the money raised through the penny sales tax to fund it. Its model is the Anderson Districts One and Two Career Technology Center in Williamston, which serves students in the districts based in Williamston and Honea Path. Dana Grant, assistant executive director for community partnerships for the Anderson Institute of andersonmagazine.com
Technology, says the school is getting ready for students to start submitting applications in March for classes that begin in the fall of 2019. The school, she says, will prepare students for life after high school. “We want our students to be career- and collegeready,” she says. “They will compete on a national level. They will conduct research here. They’ll create innovations. We’re already working with local attorneys to have them there for the students to help them file patents for the inventions they may create. We will have a focus on advanced manufacturing so that we can get them ready for a future of jobs that will be high-wage and high-tech.” Working with local manufacturers, colleges and other stakeholders, the new campus, she says, will provide students with the classes they need as well as provide local employers and colleges with the people and skills they need going into the future. The campus is definitely future-forward. It will include maker spaces and a virtual reality technology to provide students with state-of-the-art educational tools. Its amenities include a coffee bar. The school will offer courses in everything from 26
advanced manufacturing and machine tool technology to agricultural and animal sciences, to cosmetology to media technology and film development and veterinary science technology. Several of the programs, like cosmetology and automotive and diesel technology services, will provide students will the credentials they need to get a job right after graduation. Dr. Bob Couch, the principal of the school, says AIT will be a place where students will be able to not only learn career skills, but also further their education. Much has been done, he says, to work with area colleges to work out dual credit courses and to prepare students for continuing their education, as well as to work with area businesses. But that work continues to evolve, he says. “The partnership with Tri-County Technical College has been very positive and will create opportunities for AIT student to receive dual credit opportunities in several areas through shared faculty and facilities,” Couch says. “The process is moving forward to expand partnerships with Anderson and Clemson universities where there is commonality among programs. AIT staff will be working with business leadership groups to establish 20 business and industry advisory committees of around 18 members each for AIT faculty and staff to receive feedback on how to improve program offerings and create internship opportunities for students. An
overall AIT Business and Industry Advisory Council will be appointed to provide AIT guidance in how to effectively meet the needs and demands of business and industry within the greater Anderson community.” Couch says he thinks area parents and students will be surprised by the facility and the potential it will hold for students. “I think it will be the model facility and cutting-edge equipment designed to deliver 21st century education and training,” he says. “The incubator lab may be the biggest surprise where students will be able to design projects that will have potential patent capability. The environment will provide students the opportunity to experience the 21st century workplace and be trained on current workplace equipment, and be taught by highly-trained certified teachers. It will be a place where students experience education.” Students interested in taking classes at AIT should sit down with their guidance counselor and parents to develop an Individual graduation plan. Transportation from schools to the institute will be determined by each school district. For more information on the Anderson Institute of Technology, contact the Anderson School District Five offices at (864) 260-5000, or log on to the web site at www.andersoninstituteoftech.com. n
Spring Into a Break With These Fun Ideas
By Caroline Anneaux
It may be cold outside, but itâ€™s already time to think about what you are going to do over spring break in mid-April. The old standard vacations like Walt Disney World and Myrtle Beach are fun, but your family may want to try something different this year. Making memories with your family, keeping costs down and having lots of fun are all factors to consider when deciding on what to do. We came up with some great ideas we thought you might want to try. Staycations (vacations where you stay home instead of traveling) are obviously the least costly. You really can fit a staycation into just about any budget. We live in an area with plenty of fun things to do within a two-hour drive. Outdoor activities such as playing in a park, hiking to a local waterfall or even exploring a downtown area do not cost anything, but your family will make plenty of memories spending a day together outside on a nice, spring day. If you plan a staycation, take into consideration the ages of the children involved. Little ones may only make it through a few hours, but older kids can soldier on all day long. Coolers, swimsuits, towels and extra sets of clothes should always be packed when taking day trips. Make sure you are prepared for all sorts of fun things to do, and ask locals if there is anything they recommend to do around town. Sometimes you get lucky and find things to do that you did not have on your list of things to see and do. Those extra places might make the BEST kinds of memories! One cool place to visit on a day trip is Toccoa Falls, Georgia. If you want to see a beautiful 186-foot freefalling waterfall, this is the place to go. Located on the lovely Toccoa Falls College campus, this waterfall is just a short walk from the Gate Cottage Gift Shop on Forrest Drive and costs about $6 for a family. If you want the kids to learn some history lessons over spring break, visit the two museums located in the newlyrenovated train depot in downtown Toccoa. For those of you who have older children with lots of energy, the Colonel Robert F. Sink Trail is a five-mile trail located just outside of town. Be sure to bring trail snacks and water if your family takes this challenge on. Pack a picnic lunch to save some money or splurge and take the family out to one of the many local restaurants around town before heading home. If you want to get away for two or three nights, have you ever thought about visiting Bryson City and Cherokee? Located in North Carolina and less than a two-and-a-half hour drive away, these side-byside towns offer multitudes of activities for a family. Golfing, fishing, shopping and hiking are just some of andersonmagazine.com
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the options that will keep both kids and adults entertained. Did you know that a herd of elk was relocated to Cherokee in 2001, and visitors are usually lucky enough to spot them in the early mornings and at dusk in the field at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center? Be sure to have your camera and binoculars ready to view these magnificent creatures. In addition to elk sightings, Cherokee has the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, a gorgeous outdoor park where kids can tube or swim in the river, Harrahâ€™s Casino (for the adults in your group) and the Cherokee Village downtown. There is also plenty to keep everyone busy in Bryson City. You will find hotels, restaurants, a model train museum, lots of shopping and even a four-and-a-half-hour train ride operated by the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. If you are planning to take a real vacation and escape for the entire week, driving the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a fabulous spring break trip. Use this amazing website to find information on how to map out your trip, where to stay and sites to visit along the way. www.outerbanks.org The 100-mile trip is best if broken up into three full days, because each island along the drive has neat things to see. You will have plenty of museums, parks, historic sites, lighthouses and more to explore. There are also several ferry rides which slow your travel down but give you a chance to sit back and enjoy the ocean views and beautiful spring weather. At the end of the drive, if you have time, tack on a day at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, and plan to drive the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel near Norfolk if you can squeeze that in too. There are naval museums, zoos and even an amusement park in the area, Busch Gardens. It should be very easy to keep even the hard-to-please middle and high school students entertained on this trip. No matter what you decide to do on your vacation, have a great time making terrific memories with your family during spring break 2019! n
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Know the Signs By Caroline Anneaux Another important reason for teaching women about heart health is to make sure they recognize the signs of cardiovascular disease or a heart attack. Although the heart muscle is the same in men and women, the way that a heart attack presents itself is vastly different. Men may feel like they have a terrible case of indigestion, experience cold sweats or feel heavy pressure and/ or pain in their chests. Women tend to have different symptoms altogether. “I had a perfectly normal day,” said Gay McLeskey, owner of The Kitchen Emporium and Gifts on North Main Street in downtown Anderson. “It was early 2015, and I had had a busy, yet uneventful day. A friend stopped by the store and asked if I wanted to go to supper later after the Good Friday church service at our church. So, that’s what we did. After church and supper, I went home and took a phone call from one of my sons before my husband, Mac, and I sat down to watch a favorite television show.” That was when the uneventful day turned into one of the most frightening evenings of her life. “She just kept alternating between pacing and lying down while she was on the phone,” said Mac McLeskey. “I started to get concerned when she kept repeating that strange behavior. It wasn’t like her at all, but I certainly didn’t think she was having a heart attack.” What her son and husband didn’t realize was that she was experiencing an extreme tightness on both sides of
In 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed February as American Heart Month after he had suffered a heart attack himself in 1955. At that time, over five million Americans were diagnosed in their prime years with cardiovascular disease and were at high risk for having heart attacks. He and the American Heart Association committed themselves to educating Americans about the dangers of heart disease and ways to try and prevent it from occurring. Statistics show that in 2018, cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death in the United States. A heart attack or stroke occurs approximately every 40 seconds and about 2,300 Americans die every day from heart disease. This is why it is so important for the American Heart Association to share information about cardiovascular disease. The more aware people are of the risks, the more likely they are to change poor habits and watch for signs of heart attacks and strokes. During the month of February, Go Red for Women focuses on educating women about heart disease. In 2004, over 500,000 women succumbed to heart disease, yet most people still considered this to be an issue for men to be concerned with and not women. Go Red for Women asks all women to wear red on the first Friday of February (February 1 in 2019), to remind women to know their numbers -- blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and cholesterol -- and take a proactive stance to keep their hearts healthy.
her lower jaw. She also felt as though a rod was inside her mouth and vertically pushing down on her tongue and the roof of her mouth at the same time. “When I had the sensation of metal filling my mouth,” said Gay, “I told my son I thought I was having a heart attack and hung up! Then, I told Mac to drive me to the hospital immediately.” The important part is that she knew something was terribly wrong and needed to get help at the hospital. However, she knows now that anyone experiencing signs of a heart attack -- or any serious medical condition -- should call 911 for an ambulance. “Mac and I wasted precious minutes on our way to AnMed,” said Gay. “The EMTs can assess the situation quickly, begin to administer help or medicine and call ahead to the emergency room so the physician and staff are ready and waiting for the patient’s arrival.” After a quick, yet thorough examination, she was whisked off to surgery to place a stint in her artery and clean out most of the 99 percent blockage that caused the heart attack and, hopefully, prevent any future ones. “Listen to your body,” said Gay. “Know your body. Don’t be afraid to call and get an appointment with your doctor or call for an ambulance if it is an emergency. If you feel like something isn’t right, it needs to be checked out.” The American Heart Association website and your primary care provider have plenty of information to share with you about how to prevent heart disease and what to do if you think you might be having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular issues. n
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