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Anmed Offers Services for Travelers, Missionaries

AnMed Health Family Medicine Center is now offering special consultations for international travelers and missionaries. 

According to the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, 61.5 million Americans traveled abroad in 2009. American’s top five destinations included Mexico, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Italy. During the same year, U.S. travelers set records for trips to Africa and the Middle East, as well as Greece, the Dominican Republic, Israel and India.

Whether you’re a frequent international traveler or taking the trip of a lifetime, it’s important to take steps to plan for healthy and safe travel. The AnMed Health Family Medicine Center’s travel appointments are offered from 1:30 to 5 p.m. every other Tuesday. During these times, travelers can meet with a physician to discuss their health, vaccine history, travel destination and activities. Travelers will learn which vaccines they’ll need and precautions to take.

Both the AnMed Health Family Medicine Center and the AnMed Health Pharmacy at the Oglesby Center offer several vaccines, including:

  • Yellow Fever (state certified)
  • Typhoid
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

The cost for the doctor’s visit and vaccine may be reimbursed by some insurance companies. To make an appointment or for more information, call (864) 512-1475.


AIM Needs Volunteers, File Cabinet, Air Conditioner

Anderson Interfaith Ministries currently needs volunteers, a four-drawer file cabinet and and a window unit air conditioner.  To help, call 226-2273.


Clemson University Hosts Piano Day for Middle-, High-Schoolers  

The Clemson University performing arts department is hosting Piano Day Saturday, June 11, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. High school and middle school students (sixth-12th grades) who have taken at least two years of lessons will be able to participate in a variety of recitals and receive coaching and enrichment.

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McCants Places Second in Statewide Stock Competition  

For the second consecutive year, McCants Middle School has had one of its Stock Market Game teams place second in the state in the annual spring competition.

Congratulations to team members Nicole Pappas, Cope Brown, Derrick Wiley, Ben Lattimore and Jordan Combs. The students will receive trophies at an award ceremony in Columbia on May 20th.

Advisors for the McCants teams were David Hymson, a seventh grade social studies teacher, and Matthew Ball, a seventh grade math teacher.

The Stock Market Game is a statewide competition sponsored by the nonprofit group SC Economics, formerly named the South Carolina Council on Economic Education. There is a fall game and a spring game each year. The students are given an account with $100,000 of  imaginary money. The teams can buy and sell securities sold in the U.S. over a six-week period. The teams with the greatest rate of return are ranked 1 through 90.

Each year, more than 6,000 students in grades 4-12 play the Stock Market Game in South Carolina. Available to public, private and home schools, along with community organizations, the Game is SC Economics' signature program for students. For more information please log onto  


27 Dist. 5 Students Chosen for Girls and Boys State

A total of 27 District Five students have been selected to attend Palmetto Girls State and Palmetto Boys State.

Palmetto Boys State will be held this year at Anderson University from June 12-18. Palmetto Girls State will be held at Presbyterian College in Clinton, also from June 12-18.

Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion and Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Delegates to both groups spend a week participating in mock elections and governmental exercises as a way of learning more about how government works.

Delegates to Girls State are: Eandra Hall, Megan Hughes, Aurie Jones, Lauren McCall and Laura Wewers of Westside High School and Alexis Craft, Mary Frances Martin, Leigh Ramsey and Tara Scott of T.L. Hanna High School, an IB World School.

Delegates to Boys State are: David Buchanan, Corey Davis, Quinton Gilliard, Andrew Merriweather, Gunnar Page, Calvin Ruinard, Devon Sherrell, Grayson Smith, Ethan Taylor and Brett Wilson of Westside and Aaron Collins, Benjamin Crocker, Tanner Dawson, Jordan Foushee, Kyle Jones, Thomas McAllister, Zachary Posey and David Smith of T.L. Hanna. 

In addition, alternates chosen for Palmetto Girls State are: Ashley Dickson and Rebecca Fredericks of Westside and Glenn Elizabeth Suggs and Jennifer Nicole Hughes of T.L. Hanna.


Meetings, Agenda Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 – 5:00 p.m.

Council Chambers – 2nd Floor Historic Courthouse

Chairman Ken Waters, Presiding


Council to Consider Travel Expenses, Background Checks

Anderson County Concil will vote on third reading ordinances concerning county travel reinbursements and background checks for those wishing to serve on county boards and committees as part of Tuesday night's meeting at 6 p.m. in the historic courthouse downtown. The meeting is open to the public.


Allegro to Bring 45 New Jobs to Anderson

Anderson County Council and Economic Development are very pleased to announce that Allegro Industries will locate its new 50,000 square-ft manufacturing facility in Anderson County. The initial capital investment for Project Allegro will be $1.65 million with the generation of 45 new jobs.

“This new location will allow us to increase our production capacity as well as give us a presence in the Southeastern United States. In spite of the economy, Allegro has grown and is excited to expand its operations. Anderson County provides an excellent business environment for Allegro Industries, with a strong workforce and exceptional market access. With this move we will be able to be more responsive to our East Coast customers. We look forward to expanding our operations in South Carolina’s Upstate,” said Thomas Johnston, president of Allegro Industries.

Allegro Industries will construct its new manufacturing facility in the Anderson County Upstate Industrial Park located on Exit 35 at I-85. The facility will produce a variety of industrial safety products, including respirators, respirator accessories and ventilator products. Allegro Industries expects to complete construction by October 1, 2011 with the facility operational by the first quarter of 2012. 

“Great things are happening in Anderson County,” said Anderson County Councilman Ken Waters. “District 6 is pleased to welcome Allegro to our County’s diversified family of industries. We are excited about the prospects of 45 new jobs and greatly appreciate Allegro’s initial capital investment of $1.65 million. I especially want to thank our Economic Development staff for their diligence in making this project a reality. During these difficult economic times, it is comforting to know that Anderson County continues to be an attractive place for industry to call home.” 

“Allegro Industries Inc. is a welcomed addition to Anderson County’s industrial base,” said Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn.  We are most grateful to Allegro’s owners, Tom Johnston and Tony Ferroni, for selecting the Anderson County Upstate Industrial Park as Allegro’s new home. I also want to thank Councilman Ken Waters for his active role in this successful endeavor. We look forward to future opportunities to partner with Allegro as they prosper along with Anderson County.”

The company will begin hiring for the positions in the fourth quarter of 2011, which will include assemblers, packagers, technicians and office staff. Allegro Industries will work with the Workforce One-Stop in Anderson County when the hiring process starts. 

Founded in 1987 and based in Garden Grove, Calif., Allegro Industries offers a full line of safety equipment and ergonomic products for the workplace. For more information about the company, please visit


Finance Committee to Look at Audit, Laptops, Furniture

The Anderson County Council Finance Committee will look at the county audit, laptops for the Sheriff's Department and furniture for the Solicitor's office as part of Friday's meeting at 2 p.m. at the historic courthouse downtown.


Farmer's Market Senior Program Begins June 3  

On June 3-4, Anderson County Seniors may apply for produce vouchers as part of the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. The Anderson County Senior Citizens Program and the Anderson County Farmers’ Market, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services and other state agencies, will issue vouchers to eligible senior citizens. Vouchers can be used to purchase produce at participating farmer’s markets from May through October 15, 2011. Each eligible person will receive $25 worth of coupons. Vouchers are issued on a first come basis until the supply is exhausted. 

“Community farmers’ markets are a vital part of Anderson County’s agricultural heritage,” said Council Chairman Tommy Dunn. “Purchasing locally grown produce is by far, the healthier food choice and it also boosts our local economy by supporting our community’s farmers. Anderson County is happy to participate in this very worthwhile program.”

Individuals aged 60 or older, with a low monthly income, or who receive SSI or Food Stamp benefits are eligible for these free coupons. Individuals must apply in person; provide proof of their identity, age and their Anderson County residency. Applicants must also meet household income eligibility limits. Information regarding the income of all household members is required to determine eligibility. Verification of Social Security numbers is also required. 

Individuals wishing to apply for homebound seniors must provide a statement from the senior granting permission to submit an application on their behalf. Proof of identity and proof of income for the homebound senior must be presented at time of application.

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program’s goal is to supplement the diets of low-income seniors with fresh, nutritious produce while supporting South Carolina’s small farmers. South Carolina is one of several states that receive funds from the USDA to operate this program.

Application vouchers will be at the following locations & available first come, first served:

June 3 at 8am: Belton Farmer’s Market

June 4 at 8am: Anderson County Farmer’s Market

For detailed information on The Effects of Food Assistance and Nutrition Programs on Nutrition and Health see

For more information about the Senior Voucher program, please contact Anderson County Seniors Program Manager, Kelly Jo Barnwell at 231.2237. 


Greater Anderson Rotary Club Raises $70,000 at ‘Dancing’ Event  

ANDERSON – The Rotary Club of Greater Anderson will distribute funds raised by the 5th Annual Dancing for Our Heroes event at its meeting this Thursday, April 28. Over $70,000 was raised for six nonprofits and the PolioPlus initiative of Rotary International.

The event, which was held at the Civic Center of Anderson on April 8, is modeled after the popular ABC TV show, Dancing With the Stars. Benefiting charities this year are the Anderson Free Clinic, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, the Cancer Association of Anderson, Foothills Alliance, Hospice of the Upstate, and the South Carolina Military Family Care Association.

 Each charity fielded a “celebrity” dancer who paired up with an experienced ballroom partner in a competition dance. Dancers were judged by a panel for the Judges’ Choice trophy. The dancers who raised the most money for their charity won the Peoples’ Choice trophy.

Kristi King-Brock, executive director of Anderson Interfaith Ministries, won the Judges’ Choice trophy by doing a cha-cha with her partner Wayne Conover. The Peoples’ Choice winner was Dr. Veena Mathur, a radiologist, who also danced a cha-cha, partnered with Scott Drake. Dr. Mathur raised over $20,000 for the Cancer Association of Anderson.

 Other participants were dentist Dr. Bob Austin, dancing the quick-step with Mary Ann McBride for the Anderson Free Clinic; Sheriff John Skipper dancing the rumba with Yvonne Conover for the Foothills Alliance; Taylor Thompson, who danced a cha-cha with Dennis Adams for Hospice of the Upstate; and Glenn Skawski, who performed a waltz with Lisa Burns for the S.C. Military Family Care Association. 

All told, the dancers raised over $54,000 for their charities. The remaining funds to be distributed Thursday came from ticket sales and proceeds of live and silent auctions at the event. 

Greater Anderson Rotary President Kathryn Smith noted that the cost of the event was kept low by donations of dinner for 300 guests by Cromer Food Services as well as donations of beverages by area stores and Carolina Beer Company. The Civic Center of Anderson discounted its rental cost, and the Independent-Mail donated advertising. Many other individuals donated products and services to the event.

Mrs. Smith said this year’s gross far outdistanced the $49,000 raised in 2010 by Dancing for Our Heroes, which had more than doubled what was raised in 2009. “We love giving a new platform for so many charities to raise money, rather than having them put so much time and energy into planning and executing competing fund-raising events,” she said.

Plans are already underway for the 6th Dancing for Our Heroes in 2012.


Meals on Wheels Honors Top Volunteers

Shirley and Larry Pace of Anderson, who delivered routes for Meals on Wheels nearly 100 times during the past year, were named Volunteers of the Year at the agency’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. The couple received the 2011 Lila Albergotti Volunteer of the Year Award, named for one of the founders of Meals on Wheels-Anderson and presented by service coordinator Cindy Culbertson.

“Shirley and Larry have run delivery routes up to five times a week and at times even two routes in one day, “ Ms. Culbertson said. “They have packed meals, worked at every fundraising event that we have held, and have trained new volunteers for us.”

The Paces received their award at the annual luncheon at Anderson Civic Center, in front of staff, board members and a crowd of about 300 volunteers who donate their time, energy and automobile fuel costs to ensure that hungry seniors in Anderson County receive hot, nutritious meals each weekday from Meals on Wheels. “There are so many wonderful volunteers at Meals on Wheels that choosing an award-winner is no easy task.” said Culbertson. “But this year we are honoring the Paces for the outstanding volunteer leadership they have exhibited over the past 12 months.”

“We could not exist without our loyal volunteers,” said Harold Gilbert, Meals on Wheels Board Treasurer.  Executive Director Laurie Ashley agrees. “Our faithful, hardworking volunteers like Larry and Shirley enable us to deliver hot meals each day to nearly 650 people throughout Anderson County. We appreciate all our volunteers and thank them for their commitment to ending senior hunger in our county.”

Currently, Meals on Wheels is seeking additional regular route drivers for all areas of Anderson County. They also need substitute drivers who could fill in for regular drivers taking time off for vacation during the summer months.


BBQ to Benefit ECP

The Electric City Playhouse will hold a fundraiser at the Anderson County Farmer's Market, Saturday, May 7th from 5PM - 10PM. Great food, live music, silent auction and all for a good cause. Music will be provided by the Foothills Songwriters Guild, Christopher Branch & Friends. Food includes hamburgers, hotdogs, coleslaw, chips and drinks. Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased at the Electric City Playhouse, by calling (864) 224-4248 or at the event.