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Tuesday
Jul122011

Camp Asthmania Begins Today at YMCA

For many kids, summer camp is an adventure. But for a child with asthma, outdoor activities hold a hidden danger. Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness in children, affecting as many as 10 to 12 percent of kids in the United States. Pollen, mold spores and certain extreme climate conditions can set off asthma symptoms in sensitive children. Staffed by experienced respiratory therapists, Camp Asthmania gives children with asthma the chance to experience summer camp in a safe environment and provides an opportunity to them to recognize and control their asthma symptoms.

During camp, children ages 6 to 12 participate in educational games, such as peak flow limbo. They also have a chance to go kayaking and canoeing, run a ropes course and take an archery class. The camp is sponsored by AnMed Health in partnership with the Anderson Area YMCA.

Monday
Jul112011

Better Breathers Club to Meet Aug. 8

On August 8, the Better Breathers Club of Anderson will hold its first meeting at the Anderson County Library which is located at 300 N. McDuffie St., from 2- 3 pm

Air-Care Home Health and the American Lung Association host these free meetings on a monthly basis. Better Breathers Clubs are monthly support group meetings for people diagnosed with chronic lung disease, as well as their family, friends, and caregivers.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with other people who share the same health concerns and ask questions to the guest speaker.  This month’s guest speaker is Mike Sullivan, a respiratory therapist at Air-Care.  Mike will be discussing living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  For more information please call Jennifer Luna at 850-6293 or 360-9766/ jenniferl@aircarehh.com.  Light refreshments will be served and wheelchair assistance is available.  Please call in advance to coordinate if wheelchair assistance is needed.

Sunday
Jul102011

Poker Run Raises $15,000 for Meals on Wheels

Boaters from as far away as Florida, Texas and Canada converged on Hartwell Lake for the Meals on Wheels Boat Poker Run and raised more than $15,000 to feed the homebound elderly and disabled of Anderson County. “Money is still coming in from this event,” said Laurie Ashley, executive director of Meals on Wheels, “and we are thrilled with the way this fundraiser has taken off.”

One hundred and twenty registered boaters motored from check point to check point obtaining tokens to draw a poker hand. Cards were drawn at Portman Marina and prizes were awarded for the best poker hands.   Dale Burroughs and Ginger Ellis of Anderson took home the $1,500 grand prize. The second place award of $750 went to Jimmy Moore of Greenville and the third place prize of $500 was captured by Sally Brewer of Starr.

“This event continues to grow, both in registrations and sponsorships,” said Ashley, “and we are pleased with the number of boaters it draws to our county. Since it is a two-day event and many people from out of town spend the night here, it supports our local economy as well as raising a significant amount of money for Meals on Wheels.”

All proceeds from this fundraising event will help feed the homebound elderly and disabled of Anderson County through the Meals on Wheels home delivery meal program. Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers about 650 meals each weekday and nearly 400 volunteers give their time to assist in this mission. If you or someone you know would benefit from this service, call the agency office to make a referral.

Meals on Wheels-Anderson is recruiting volunteer drivers for routes in the city and county. To find out how you can get involved, please contact us at 864-225-6800, visit www.acmow.org or find us on Facebook.

Thursday
Jul072011

AIM Needs Community Support, Volunteers

Anderson Interfaith Ministries currently has several immediate needs for volunteers in addition to ongoing needs.  Please take a look a the list below and the spreadsheet and forward to anyone you know might be interested.  Thank you for helping us serve the Anderson Community!!
 
**Immediate Needs:
 
Childcare assistance – THIS SATURDAY, July 9th, 9:30am to 1:00pm at First Presbyterian Church in Anderson (West Whitner St).  We need several people to assist with childcare while our WACS participants attend a counseling seminar.  Please contact Alex at 226-2273 ext. 117 or email:  Alexandra.whitley@aimcharity.org if you are available.  This is a great way for mature teens to get community service hours in.
WACS Mentors – We have several new participants in the Women & Children Succeeding program that we need to match with mentors.  The next mentor training will take place on July 14th.  Contact Alex Haymond at 226-2273 ext. 117 for details.
Volunteers to assist with a “Mommy pampering party” – we are partnering with the Nurse Family Partnership of Anderson to provide volunteers to help on Friday, August 5th from 1pm to 5pm at the Westside Community Center.  We need volunteers to help “give manicures”…nothing professional, just painting nails & providing a little conversation to the mothers in this program.  These are first time mothers below the poverty line who have very little material things, some live with little family support, little to no furnishings, and sometimes no transportation.
 
ITEMS NEEDED:
Laptops for WACS participants
Tools for our maintenance department:  set of screwdrivers, wrenches, socket set 3/8 & 1/8 drive, small palm sander and a power drill (all can be used)

For more information, visit www.aimcharity.org

Wednesday
Jul062011

AIM Needs Items for Auction

Anderson Interfaith Ministries is once again preparing for our annual event benefitting the Women & Children Succeeding program.  The Women AIM High luncheon – “Hats Off To Women” will take place on October 12 and for the 4th year, we will feature a children’s chair/furniture auction at the event.  We need children’s chairs, stools, desks, rockers, tables, etc donated that can be painted and decorated to be auctioned at the luncheon.  Please keep your eyes open for any of these items.  You can decorate it yourself or bring to us (we have volunteers interested in painting & decorating).

If you would like to purchase a chair (or other item) at a garage sale, craft store or outlet and decorate it, that would be fantastic. Please call (864) 226-2273, ext. 101, if you have chairs/items or are willing to decorate one.  We’ll need all the finished items in by September 15.

Tuesday
Jul052011

Carolina Cardiology Joins AnMed Health Physician Network

On July 1, Carolina Cardiology Consultants became AnMed Health Carolina Cardiology. Located in the AnMed Health Cardiac and Orthopaedic Center, Carolina Cardiology is the office of Drs. Jerry D. Champ, Rhonda Duncan Mauldin, Paul R. Jones, Scott A. Phillips, Brett C. Stoll, Satish K. Surabhi and John R. Wendt.

Carolina Cardiology cares for patients with a wide range of heart and vascular conditions. Each physician has areas of specialization outside of general cardiology. As a result, the office can provide comprehensive cardiology services, from in-office diagnostic testing to more invasive and interventional procedures, such as stents, pacemakers and heart catheterizations.

Carolina Cardiology is AnMed Health’s fifth new practice since the beginning of the year. In January, AnMed Health welcomed AnMed Health John D. Ware III, M.D., the office of cardiologist John Ware; AnMed Health Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, the office of Drs. Stephen H. Hand, Gowdhami Mohan, Charles A. Thompson and William W. Walker; and AnMed Health Lakeside Family Medicine, the office of Drs. Elizabeth Boyer and Melody Franks. A few months later, in April, the network welcomed AnMed Health Carolina Kids in Seneca, the pediatric practice of Dr. James E. Feiste.

Carolina Cardiology is the eighth specialists’ office in the AnMed Health Physician Network.  The network includes 34 doctor’s offices across the Upstate and northeast Georgia with specialists in family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology, orthopaedics, vascular medicine, bariatric surgery, plastic surgery and general surgery. For more information or to find a doctor near you, go to www.AnMedHealth.org

Tuesday
Jul052011

Tour de La France Provided Foundation for Labor Day Omnium

On October 27th, USA Cycling unveiled the National Racing Calendar listing the 2011 Labor Day Omnium as one of 30 elite racing events across the nation next year. City of Anderson and Anderson County officials joined Tour de La France committee members and local news media on the Courthouse Plaza on Friday, November 5th to share this exciting news with the public.

“Look no further than Anderson County for your 2011 Labor Day Destination,” said Anderson County Councilman Tommy Dunn. “The County Council is truly excited about this quality event. In 2010 cyclists representing more than 10 nations raced through the streets of Anderson. They experienced a professional event put on by our staff with the support of Swagger. We also showered them with southern hospitality that enticed them back in 2011. I couldn’t be more excited to see the rise in recreational activities in our fine County.”

“Support from the Anderson County staff and the Anderson County community enabled us to acquire a position on the USA Cycling National Racing calendar,” said Swagger owner Gene Dixon. “The partnership with the folks at US 100K in Marietta made it possible for us to create a great weekend of racing that will appeal to cyclists of all ages and categories. With the quality we bring to the table, I’m certain our event will be a Labor Day tradition for years to come.”

“Safe Kids Anderson County supports our community’s efforts toward creating improved conditions for bicycling and walking,” said Dwayne Smith, AnMed Health’s Safe Kids Coordinator. “Take a look at any elementary school in the county and you’ll see few children that ride a bike or walk to school. Improved accommodation, in the form of shared-use paths, sidewalks and on-street facilities will enhance the safety, comfort and convenience of all travelers. Events such as this raise awareness of these issues.”

2011 LABOR DAY OMNIUM EVENT SCHEDULE
Friday:
    10K Time Trial
    MIDNIGHT FLIGHT – YMCA Annual Event

Saturday:
    15-mile Family Fun Ride - Tour de La France
    40-mile Challenge Ride
    100-mile Ride

Sunday:
    Road Race through Anderson County’s scenic municipalities
    CELEBRATE ANDERSON –Annual Community Celebration

 Monday:
    Marietta 100K – Swagger continues the weekend’s events in Atlanta, Georgia

“The Labor Day Omnium will fill out an already well-established series of events in Anderson County, making us a true Labor Day Destination,” said Anderson County PIO and event director Angela Stringer. “Having a successful 2010 Tour de La France, which included US Handcycling and USA Cycling events and additional, adjacent community events such as MIDNIGHT FLIGHT and CELEBRATE ANDERSON helped us successfully bid for a spot on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. Sandy Hanebrink, Gary Knight, Matt Schell, Sharon Nicometo, Judy Shelato, Tim Cartee and Joey Sullivan were the spokes of the wheel - they did an unbelievable job, working together with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Complete the Streets Committee, the City of Anderson and Anderson County to lay the foundation for what we are announcing today. Of course, we owe a great deal to our 2010 sponsors! The 2011 Labor Day Omnium will solidify our place as a cycling-friendly community. Join our team and be a part of shaping the future of Anderson County!”

Also included in the Labor Day Omnium is the Charity Pedal Race, which will be hosted in 2011 by Sheriff John Skipper. During the past two years, Skipper’s vehicles have been an added attraction and helped the Charity Pedal Race become a tradition of friendly competition and mischievous fun.

2010 Event Committee
2010 Committee members are Rusty Burns, Angela Stringer, Sandy Hanebrink, Gary Knight, Matt Schell, Sharon Nicometo, Dwayne Smith, Judy Shelato, Tim Cartee, Joey Sullivan, Tony Norris, Blythe Smith, Coleman Tanner, Katherine Smith, Cindy Hopkins, Jim Simes, Allan Hammond, Keith Smith, Jim Stewart, Arlene Young, Kathy Benson, Blair LaMarshe, Bobby Beville and Julie Hart.

Sponsors for the 2010 Tour de La France
Sponsors for the 2010 event are Burgundy Blues (Title Sponsor), The Great Escape, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The Honorable Dan Cooper (SC House), Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, the LPA Group, Foothills Community Foundation, Anderson CVB, Anderson Family Dental Care, Tri County Technical College, Carolina Homecare, Duke Energy, Sterling Printing, Palmetto Screen printing & Embroidery, BP&S Rehab, Computer Engraving, Solaris Hospice, Sullivan Insurance, Touch the Future, Mayor’s Committee on Disability, Safe Kids Anderson County, the YMCA, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson County EMS, MedShore, City of Anderson Police Department and Complete the Streets.

Friday
Jul012011

PARTNERS FOR HEALTHIER HONEA PATH DONATES $50,000  

Partners for a Healthier Honea Path is dispersing its remaining funds after 10 years of successfully investing in health improvement programs in the Honea Path area.

The organization was established in 20001 with a seed grant from the AnMed Health Healthy Futures Trust. The grant challenged Honea Path residents to improve their community’s health with new programs and through support of existing ones.  

Over the past 10 years, the organization invested almost $329,000 in the community. Its projects included involvement in the renovation of the Watkins Community Center, purchase of playground equipment for Dogwood Park, sponsorship of softball teams for the Honea Path Recreation Department, and support of programs on parenting and children’s hygiene.

An early supporter of the establishment of a branch of the Anderson Free Clinic in Honea Path, Partners for a Healthier Honea Path was a sponsor of Walk with the Docs in Honea Path for the past eight years. The organization has also supported the Honea Path Food Pantry. 

Partners recently met to disperse the last $50,000 in its treasury and assign duties for continuation for some of its projects. Among the grants given was $1,500 to the Cancer Association of Anderson  for assistance to patients and publication of a Cancer Resource Guide for Anderson County residents.

Funds for a water aerobics program at the Chiquola pool with 18-20 participants a week, sponsorship of the recreation department’s girls’ softball team, book purchases for the Jennie Ervin Library and physical improvements of the Honea Path free clinic to make it more accessible to handicapped patients are among the other projects the last grants will support.

Thursday
Jun302011

Local Drag Racing Team Courts Reality TV

Slick Wicked, a local female drag racing team, will be filming July 14-18 with a Los Angeles film crew in hopes a landing a spot on reality TV.

The group features an all-female crew building, restoring and customizing cars motorcyles, and take part in drag racing.

The Slick Wicked girls - Ann Miller Arnett, Reah Smith, Beth Marie, Angie Young and  Donna Carman Blackwell, as well as spokesmodel Jennifer Marie McAbee – have already secured sponsorships with several area merchants including Timms Harley Davidson, EyeZinga, Burgundy Blues, Coe’s Roofing, the Twisted Spoke, Palmetto Shine and Anderson Motorsports, Truck Toyz Inc., the Greer Dragway, Boneyard Cycles and local private investor Tim Moyer. Anderson beadery Two Gather Beads even launched a special Slick Wicked line of jewelry for the girls.

“We’re excited to not only be able to show the world what we do, but to show the world our hometown,” said Young. “Women love cars too. We want to be an inspiration to the girls out there who love horsepower and the roar of a motor, as much as they love a good pair of jeans, comfortable cowboy boots and the perfect manicure. We are the total package. And we think people will love what they see, in a lot of different ways.”

Young said there was interest in the series from several national cable channels.

Thursday
Jun302011

Dist. 5 Building Committee to Meet July 7

The Anderson School District Five Building Committee will me July 7, at 6:30 p.m., at the district office in conference room A.

Tuesday
Jun282011

Murphy Road to Close July 11

Beginning on July 11, Anderson County Roads and Bridges will close Murphy Road (C-11-34), between SC 187 and Mountain View Road to through traffic. The west bridge was replaced earlier this spring, but due to funding restraints, construction on the east bridge was delayed. The re-closure will be in place for a year to allow ample time for replacement of both Murphy Road bridges. The anticipated opening date is June 14, 2012. Only adjacent residents and delivery vehicles will be permitted within the road closure area. 

Built in 1957, the existing timber bridge is decaying and is structurally deficient. The east bridge over Devils Fork Creek will be replaced with a sixty-foot long pre-cast concrete hollow core slab bridge. The east bridge will be replaced by county Roads & Bridges crews. Once completed, the new structure will have no weight limit restrictions, allowing full access to school buses and emergency vehicles.  

The three mile detour (beginning on the west end of Murphy Road) follows SC 187 south, turns east onto Roberts Church Road (S-4-238) for 1.7 miles, and turns north onto Mountain View Road (C-11-29) for 1.2 miles.  

Tuesday
Jun282011

AIM Needs Childcare Volunteers

Anderson Interfaith Ministires needs about three additional people to help with childcare this evening from 6pm to 8pm at St. John’s Methodist Church in Anderson, while the participants in the WACS program attend their lifeskills meeting.  The children will be eating with their moms from 6:00 to approx. 6:20pm. 

If you are available to help, please contact Judy Swanson or Alex Whitley at 226-2273.

Friday
Jun242011

AU to Offer Doctor of Ministry Degree

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC), the regional accrediting body for colleges and universities in The South, has granted Anderson University status as a “Level V” institution, opening the door to doctoral programs at AU. The vote came during the Commission’s Board of Trustees meeting Thursday in Charlotte. 

Anderson was previously approved as a Level III master’s degree granting institution. 

Anderson will initiate its first doctoral program this fall with a new Doctor of Ministry degree.  The University will consider other programs as a part of its annual update to its strategic plan called Vision 2014. 

Today’s announcement comes during a period of rapid program and enrollment expansion at Anderson, which announced its first graduate degree program in 2005 and now has substantial graduate programs in Business, Education, Ministry, Criminal Justice and a recently announced program in Music Education.  Since 2002, the University’s enrollment has grown 56%, from 1,600 to over 2,500 in eight years, of which approximately 200 are graduate students.

“We are delighted that the Commission on Colleges has approved our application for Level V status.  The Commission rightly has rigorous standards and I am pleased to be able to say that we have met them,” said Dr. Evans P. Whitaker, Anderson University president.  

“Our initial program will give us the opportunity to establish a solid foundation for doctoral level work.  The University’s motivation for level change is to serve our students and the region by adding doctoral studies to our degree offerings.  It is probable that we will seek to develop additional doctoral programs that make sense for a comprehensive university.  As a faith-based institution, ministry is a symbolic place for us to begin, but in time and in response to needs, we are open to considering doctoral programs in other professional disciplines,” Whitaker added.