Search

Search Amazon Here

News Links
Local

 

 

 

Wednesday
Aug172011

AU Women Picked to Win Cross-Country Title

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Anderson University women’s cross country team has been selected as the team to beat in the South Atlantic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, as announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon. 

Anderson, the defending SAC champions, tallied six first-place votes. 

The Trojans, led by 2010 SAC Runner of the Year Whitney Bishoff, edged Lenoir-Rhyne for the top spot in the poll, with the Bears receiving the other four first-place votes from the coaches. L-R will once again be paced by 2010 NCAA Southeast Region champion Kate Griewisch.

Wingate is third in the poll, followed by Mars Hill at No. 4, Carson-Newman at No. 5 and Catawba at No. 6.

Brevard is next at No. 7, followed by Lincoln Memorial, Tusculum and Newberry. 

The preseason All-SAC team was also announced on Wednesday. Led by Bishoff, Anderson had two first-team and one second-team selection, while Brevard, Wingate and Mars Hill each placed one student-athlete on the first-team. Lenoir-Rhyne placed two student-athletes on the first team – including Griewisch - and two on the second team. 

Catawba landed two second-team preseason selections, and Carson-Newman and Lincoln Memorial each had one student-athlete earn second-team distinctions. 

Bishoff, Lydia Davis and Emily Eckroth posted three of the top eight times at last year’s SAC championship and their efforts were noted with selections to the preseason squad. Bishoff and Davis were named to the first team, while Eckroth earned second-team accolades. 

Davis claimed third at the SAC Championships, earning Freshman of the Year honors, while Eckroth was named to last season’s second-team all-conference squad after placing eighth at the 2010 conference championships.

South Atlantic Conference cross country officially gets underway on Sept. 1 when Lincoln Memorial competes in the Asbury-Jessamine Invitational. The 2011 Food Lion SAC Championship will be hosted by Carson-Newman on Oct. 22 in Morristown, Tenn.

Anderson opens the 2011 campaign on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Eye-Opener in Greenville, S.C.  

Tuesday
Aug162011

AU Volleyball Picked to Finish Eighth in Poll

ROCK HILL, S.C.  – As it was last year, the Anderson University volleyball team has been selected to finish eighth in its second season in the South Atlantic Conference in a vote by the league’s coaches as released Tuesday afternoon by the conference office.

The Trojans, who garnered 39 points in the poll, were picked to finish ahead of Lenoir-Rhyne and Brevard and were edged for the sixth spot by Newberry and Mars Hill, with each collecting 40 points. 

Last season the Trojans exceeded the preseason predictions, finishing sixth in the league and posted an overall 18-15 record.  

The 2011 edition of Trojan volleyball will be led by co-captains Tiffany Rowe and Marlie Bryant, the team’s lone senior. Rowe, one of just two juniors on the roster, led the team in blocks last season and already ranks 10th all-time in total blocks in the school’s record books, while Bryant was third on the team last season in both blocks and digs. Sophomore Chelsea Olson, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker is another returning starter who saw action in 32 matches and ranked third on the squad in kills.  

“With the loss of three outstanding seniors it is logical that we would be considered a team that would not do as well as we did last year,” said Anderson head coach Craig Mosqueda. “However, after our early preseason practices, I feel strongly that we will compete at a similar if not higher level in 2011. We have brought in some very talented freshmen and return several letterwinners.” 

Five-time defending South Atlantic Conference champion Wingate has been picked as the favorite to win the league title again in 2011. League coaches gave the Bulldogs six of the 10 first place votes in the preseason poll for a total of 93 points.

Wingate is coming off a dominant season, in which it went 31-2 overall, 18-0 in the SAC, and had a streak of 29 consecutive wins. The Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship quarterfinals and haven’t lost a conference match since 2006.

Just behind Wingate in the preseason coaches’ poll is Tusculum with 89 points, including one first-place vote. The Pioneers also had an impressive 2010, going 25-7 overall, 16-2 in the SAC. Tusculum was runner-up in last year’s SAC Championship and earned a selection into the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship. 

Coming in third in the preseason coaches’ poll was Carson-Newman with 71 points and one first-place vote. The Eagles advanced to the semifinals of last year’s NCAA Southeast Regional Championship and finished with an overall record 20-11 and 10-8 in league play.

Catawba is fourth in the poll with 68 points.  Coming off last season’s 14-13, 9-9 record, the Indians also received one first-place vote in the preseason poll.

Lincoln-Memorial, a 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional Championship selection is fifth in the poll, followed by Newberry - which also received a first-place vote -- and Mars Hill tied for the No. 6 slot.

Rounding out the coaches’ poll is Lenoir-Rhyne at No. 9 and Brevard at No. 10.

Anderson opens the season on the road at the Cal Poly Pomona Tournament, Sept. 2-3 and will face the host Broncos in the season-opening contest. The Trojans close out the two-day tournament versus Dixie State.

Monday
Aug152011

Duct-Tape-a-Doctor for Charity Aug. 24-25

Four well-known doctors will be wrapped in duct tape in an effort to raise money for Doclink, a physician-driven nonprofit that provides health education to Anderson County students. 

Duct Tape a Doc is a one-on-one competition to see which doctor can raise the most money and be duct taped to a wall the fastest. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, Dr. Darius Divina is up against Dr. Joseph McElwee at the AnMed Health North Campus. On Thursday, Aug. 25, Dr. Vidal Despradel will face off with Dr. Audrey Jones at AnMed Health Medical Center. Both competitions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Duct tape will be sold for $1 per foot or $3 for 5 feet. By purchasing a piece of tape, residents can bring these doctors one sticky step closer to victory. All proceeds from the competition go to Doclink.

Doclink was established in 1999 with the goal of educating and empowering young people to make healthy lifelong decisions. Last year, Doclink provided 296 in-school presentations, educating more than 9,600 students in all five Anderson County school districts.  

“Doclink provides an important service in the absence of school-based funding for health promotion and health education,” said Lacey Councill, Doclink coordinator. “This is a great example of a public-private partnership where a nonprofit is providing education at no cost to taxpayers.” 

In elementary schools, Doclink teaches “Tar Wars,” a tobacco prevention program for fifth graders and “Nutrition Detectives,” a healthy eating curriculum for fourth graders.  At middle and high schools, Doclink offers presentations on trauma, nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco, alcohol and drug prevention. In 2010, Doclink introduced “Arrive Alive,” a program that teaches safe driving practices to young drivers. Doclink also partners with Safe Harbor to bring The Megan Project to Anderson County students. The Megan Project is a proactive relationship violence prevention curriculum.  

Kim Hoskins, a guidance counselor at Whitehall Elementary, has seen the benefits of Doclink firsthand.  

“Doclink is a valuable resource in our community for educating young people about making healthy choices,” Hoskins said.  “Doclink is a vital part of our guidance curriculum. The presentations are very interactive and hands-on, using real-life models, puppets, experiments and technology to keep the students interested and involved.”

This is Doclink’s second Duct Tape a Doc fundraiser. In 2010, the event raised more than $24,000.

Saturday
Aug132011

Dist. 5 Administrator New Superintendent of Ga. School District

by Erin Garner

Jeff Wilson

 

Courtesy White County News

Jeff Wilson, an assistant superintendent in Anderson, S.C., is the White County Board of Education's only finalist for the job of school superintendent.

School board chair Kendyl Brock Hunter said the board felt Wilson has “great ideas” for school leadership.

“He has such vast knowledge, and a lot of depth. He's worked in curriculum, finance and special education,” she said.

Wilson has been the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Anderson School District Five since 2003.

In 2010, he was named “District Level Administrator of the Year” by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

He previously worked for the South Carolina Department of Education and several other schools and systems. He has also held several adjunct teaching positions at the college level.

In Georgia, he was principal of Schley County Elementary and Middle School and also oversaw the district's special education programs.

He earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Clemson University and also did post-doctoral studies at Columbus State University.

Several of Wilson's references stated in writing that Wilson is “ready to be a superintendent.”

In his application, Wilson said he considers White County a “strong and supportive community,” and thinks of the school system as a progressive system with potential to be a statewide leader in student achievement.

“White County has a history of achievement but still has areas to improve, and I feel I can assist in the improvement process,” he stated in the application.

Georgia requires a 14-day period for public comments after officially offering school district administrator contracts.

Wilson is expected to be officially named to the position at an Aug. 25 board meeting and will begin work Aug. 29.

Friday
Aug122011

Council Looks at East-West Connector; Checks Unit

Anderson County Council will discuss matters concerning zoning of the East-West Connector as part of Tuesday night's meeting at the historic courthouse downtown at 6 p.m. The public hearing will not be held Tuesday, but during the third reading of the ordinance on the connector at a later meeting. Council will also consider a resolution on a worthless check unit for the county. See full agenda here.

Thursday
Aug112011

Triple Crown Watercross at Hartwell Lake August 12-14  

Upstate Watercraft Promotions-International Jet Sport Boating Association (UWP-IJSBA) national tour event returns to Lake Hartwell Aug. 12 – 14.  More than 150 riders are expected to compete in this year’s “Triple Crown Watercross.”

The 2011 national tour event will take place at Saddlers Creek State Park in Anderson County, and spectators can view the race and acrobatic action from land or water.  Admission is free.  Race course trials begin Friday Aug. 12.  Races begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 -14.  For more information, visit http://www.mylakehartwell.org or http://www.uwpinc.com.

This national tour event combines traditional beach events with competitive motor sports.  Featuring the highly explosive and watercraft racing, all top USA riders and race teams will be in attendance.  Riders will utilize the most advanced equipment and technology to help their watercraft reach speeds of over 80 mph.  This thrilling competition, referred to as NASCAR on the water, includes handle bar-to- handle bar action that pits rider and machine in a personal watercraft battlefield and creates an “extreme sports” water venue for performing Olympic-style acrobatic and choreographed freestyle shows. 

“Returning to Lake Hartwell is a dream come true for these nationally recognized athletes,” said A. J. Handler, director of Upstate Watercraft Promotions in Penfield. N. Y.  “Last year’s competition could not have been more fun, and now were coming back. The spectators were terrific, the course is wide open, and the race teams fell in love with the area.  Lake Hartwell is where we need to be for our southern national tour stop.” 

Larry Torrence, executive director of Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance, said that the move to Saddlers Creek State Park is a positive for all.  Torrence likes the idea of this powerful event being in Anderson’s back yard giving thousands of visitors from all over the region an easy opportunity to enjoy this spectacular weekend. 

“We welcome the opportunity to stage this national on-water sports event here in Anderson County,” said Kathy Benson, executive director of the Anderson Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “Lake Hartwell is one of our great amenities and we expect visitors from Georgia the upstate and beyond to stay and enjoy our beautiful destination.  We can’t wait to showcase our outstanding hospitality and generate a positive economic impact.”

The Triple Crown event is being coordinated by the Lake Hartwell Marketing Alliance, which is the marketing arm for the destination of Lake Hartwell.  The alliance is comprised of approximately 200 tourism and business professionals with an interest in developing economic growth through tourism. All alliance members live or work in the six counties surrounding Lake Hartwell: Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties in South Carolina and Hart, Franklin and Stephens counties in Georgia

Thursday
Aug112011

S.C. Copper Theft Law Effective Aug. 17

On June 17, 2011, Governor Nikki Haley signed House Bill 3660, commonly known as the Copper Theft Bill into law.  This new law makes several important changes to current law regarding the sale and purchase of certain nonferrous metals, most particularly, copper.

Under the new law, which becomes effective August 17, 2011, any person wishing to transport and sell any non ferrous metal including copper and catalytic converters to a scrap metal dealer must first obtain a permit to transport and sell the metal from the county sheriff in the county where the seller resides. This permit to transport and sell is free to the public.  

There are two types of permits available to the public.  The first is a one-year permit for those persons who intend to transport and sell non ferrous metals including copper over a period of one year.  To obtain this one-year permit, a person must go to the sheriff's office in the county where they reside and complete the application provided by the sheriff.  The sheriff, upon approval of the application, will issue the applicant a permit which will allow the applicant to transport and sell non ferrous metals including copper to a recycler.

The second permit is a 48 hour permit that may be obtained by calling the sheriff in the county where they reside.  The person making the call will be given a permit number good for transporting and sale of non ferrous metals including copper and catalytic converters for 48 hours.  This permit is for those persons who intend to transport and sell these materials no more than twice a year.  This permit is free to the public.

Non residents of the State of South Carolina may obtain either permit from the Sheriff of the County where the Scrap Metal dealer is located.

Additionally, any person or business intending to purchase copper or catalytic converters mush obtain a permit to purchase from the sheriff's office where they do business.  There is a $200 fee for the "permit to purchase" and is renewable every 2 years.  Further, any person or business seeking the permit must be doing business from a fixed location.  A recycler may not purchase copper or catalytic converters from a person unless the person presents their "permit to transport and sell" or permit number if it is a 48 hour permit. 

Additionally, the law provides that this section does not apply to the purchase or sale of aluminum cans.

This new law does not apply to a holder of a retail business license, an authorized wholesaler, contractor licensed pursuant to law or a gas, electric, communications, water, plumbing, electrical or climate conditioning service provider.

Thursday
Aug112011

Dist. 5 Teacher of the Year; Other Awards

Curtis Smith, a social studies teacher beginning his third year in District Five, was named 2011-2012 District Teacher of the Year at today's Back-to-School Celebration held at T.L. Hanna High School. 

Mr. Smith was named Teacher of the Year at Southwood Middle School last spring. He will teach this year at the new Robert Anderson Middle School.

A graduate of Bob Jones University with a B.A. in political science, Mr. Smith earned his master's degree in Social Studies at Clemson University. 

The finalists for District Teacher of the Year, in addition to Mr. Smith, were Candice Stanzione of Homeland Park Elementary School and Jennifer Woody of New Prospect Elementary School. Both were named Teachers of the Year at their respective schools.

Particularly noteworthy this year is that our Teachers of the Year on the school level include two married couples: Candice and Chris Stanzione and Casey and Lee Cromer.

The complete list of Teachers of the Year at the District's individual schools is as follows:

Calhoun Academy of the Arts - Lee Cromer

Centerville Elementary School - Kevin Roper

Concord Elementary School, an International Baccalaureate World School - Michelle Swann

Homeland Park Elementary School - Candice Stanzione

McLees Academy of Leadership - Charlie Davis

Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering - Sarah Malemezian

Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation - Nicole Torbert

New Prospect Elementary School - Jennifer Woody

Varennes Academy of Communications and Technology - Cheryl Archie

Whitehall Elementary School - Casey Cromer

Lakeside Middle School of Inquiry and Innovation - Kim Wood

McCants Middle School, an International Baccalaureate Candidate School - Jan Mundy

Southwood Middle School - Curtis Smith

Anderson V Career Campus - Jenny O'Brien

T.L. Hanna High School, an International Baccalaureate World School - Camille Mitchell

Westside High School, an Early College Academy - Chris Stanzione

South Fant Early Childhood and Education Center - Judi Manning

West Market Early Childhood and Education Center - Denise King

The District also named its Employees of the Year in seven categories. They are:

Adult Education - Stephanie Strickland

Food Service - Joyce Parnell, Centerville

Maintenance - Marvin Crawley

Custodial - Reba Childress, Westside

Transportation - Peggye Robinson

Instructional Support Staff - Jane Jarrett, T.L. Hanna

Non-Instructional Support Staff - Curren Groves, McLees

Tuesday
Aug092011

Parade to Honor First Repsonders Sept. 11

In an effort to honor our local First Responders and in memory of the 10th Anniversary of September 11, the United Way of Anderson County is partnering with the City of Anderson and Anderson County to host a 9/11 Parade.  The parade is scheduled for Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 3 p.m. in downtown Anderson with staging for the parade beginning at 1 p.m.

The parade will consist of Fire, Police, EMS, Veterans, Medical personnel, the Military and other individuals who protect us each and every day along with local High School Bands. The United Way is extending an invitation for local groups to participate in the parade. For details and information, contact carol.loyd@uwandersoncty.com

Tuesday
Aug092011

AU Student-Athletes Named to SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll  

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll, which recognizes academic excellence by the league's student-athletes during the 2010-11 academic year, was released on Tuesday by the conference office. 

Spanning each of the league's 10 member institutions, a total of 799 student-athletes were named to the Honor Roll.  To be eligible for the distinction, student-athletes must have lettered in a varsity SAC-sponsored sport and maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher.  

“I am very proud of these young men and women." SAC Commissioner Patrick Britz said. "To achieve such an impressive GPA while competing at a high level of intercollegiate athletics is a wonderful accomplishment.”

"Each of these individuals is the true definition of a student-athlete.”

The Honor Roll showcases the SAC member institutions' commitment to achieving high levels of success both academically and athletically, as multiple sport-related award winners also garnered the distinction. 

2010-11 Honor Roll members include SAC Female Athlete of the Year and Volleyball Player of the Year Stormi Gale from Wingate, and SAC President's Award winners Simon Holzaphel (Tusculum cross country) and Kate Griewisch (Lenoir-Rhyne cross country).  Holzaphel was also named the men's cross country runner of the year.

In total, the Honor Roll includes three SAC Players of the Year in Holzaphel, Lenoir-Rhyne's women's soccer player Catherine Hauck and Anderson cross country student-athlete Whitney Bishoff. 

The Honor Roll also features six SAC Freshmen of the Year -- Tusculum's Ashley Sarmiento (volleyball), Wingate's Ali Evers (women's tennis), Anderson's Katie Eskew (women's golf), Catawba's Juliane Conte (women's soccer), Wingate's Steve Hammond (men's cross country) and Anderson's Lydia Davis (women's cross country). 

2010-11 South Atlantic Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll

Anderson

 Daniel K. Davis

Sr.

Baseball

Kinesiology

Anderson

 Jonathan Keown

Fr.

Baseball

Undeclared

Anderson

 Michael Zequira

Jr.

Baseball

Business Economics

Anderson 

Richard Duckett

Jr.

Baseball

Kinesiology

Anderson

TJ Estes

So.

Baseball

Undeclared

Anderson

Travis Cary

Fr.

Baseball

Undeclared

Anderson

William Walls

Fr.

Baseball

Undeclared

Anderson

Andrew Driver

Sr.

Men's Basketball

Business Accounting

Anderson

Nick Trull

Jr.

Men's Basketball

Kinesiology

Anderson

Deniz Hay

Fr.

Men's Cross Country

Undeclared

Anderson

Matt Imes

Fr.

Men's Cross Country

Undeclared

Anderson

Parks Edwards

Fr.

Men's Cross Country

Undeclared

Anderson

Austin Carney

Fr.

Men's Golf

Undeclared

Anderson

Jacob Yoon

So.

Men's Golf

Undeclared

Anderson

Michael Marcagi

Fr.

Men's Golf

Undeclared

Anderson

Sean Shelton

Fr.

Men's Golf

Undeclared

Anderson

Adrian Moufflet

Sr.

Men's Soccer

Kinesiology

Anderson

Ben Jones

So.

Men's Soccer

Undeclared

Anderson

Lukas Hesse

So.

Men's Soccer

Undeclared

Anderson

Scott Clapperton

Jr.

Men's Soccer

Business Management

Anderson

Shu Ogawa

So.

Men's Soccer

Undeclared

Anderson

Daniel Gonzalez

So.

Men's Tennis

Undeclared

Anderson

Loic Ambroise

So.

Men's Tennis

Undeclared

Anderson

Seth Edwards

Fr.

Men's Tennis

Undeclared

Anderson

Alex Waldroup

Sr.

Softball

Physical Education

Anderson

Amber Duncan

Jr.

Softball

Biology

Anderson

Cameron White

Sr.

Softball

Math Secondary Education

Anderson

Charlotte Sieber

Fr.

Softball

Undeclared

Anderson

Emily Monteith

Sr.

Softball

Kinesiology

Anderson

Kayla Hipp

So.

Softball

Undeclared

Anderson

Kinsley Durham

Sr.

Softball

Early Childhood Education

Anderson

Laura Jansky

Fr.

Softball

Undeclared

Anderson

Madison Carpenter

Sr.

Softball

Mathematics

Anderson

Jamie Lancaster

Sr.

Volleyball

Kinesiology

Anderson

Joy Hiller

Fr.

Volleyball

Undeclared

Anderson

Kristi Couchenour

Fr.

Volleyball

Undeclared

Anderson

Tiffany Rowe

So.

Volleyball

Undeclared

Anderson

Ashley Abed

Sr.

Women's Basketball

Psychology

Anderson

Emily Eckroth

So.

Women's Cross Country

Undeclared

Anderson

Hannah Robles

Fr.

Women's Cross Country

Undeclared

Anderson

Lydia Davis

Fr.

Women's Cross Country

Undeclared

Anderson

Rachel Westberry

Fr.

Women's Cross Country

Undeclared

Anderson

Whitney Bishoff

Jr.

Women's Cross Country

Early Childhood Education

Anderson

Kalyn Johnson

Jr.

Women's Golf

Business Management

Anderson

Katie Eskew

Fr.

Women's Golf

Undeclared

Anderson

Alexandra Induni

So.

Women's Soccer

Undeclared

Anderson

Britta Widenhouse

Jr.

Women's Soccer

Kinesiology

Anderson

Genevieve Hamilton

So.

Women's Soccer

Undeclared

Anderson

Hayden Uldrick

Fr.

Women's Soccer

Undeclared

Anderson

Joelle Purinton

So.

Women's Soccer

Undeclared

 

Tuesday
Aug092011

Westside Cadet Honored at Leadership Awards

Cadet Second Lieutenant Stacey Fenster of Westside High School was awarded the Distinguished Superior Cadet medal at the Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge awards and graduation ceremony on June 16.  Cadet Fenster was selected as the number one cadet out of the 306 who attended the camp. 

Cadet Fenster was selected after competing in two separate cadet boards. She was the Westside Drill Team Commander and a member of Echo Company in the last school year.  She will be returning as a senior cadet.  Colonel  Kevin Mangan, the Camp Commandant, presented the award at JCLC Camp Panther in Rutherfordton, N.C.

Monday
Aug082011

Breast Cancer Survivors Book Debut Reception Aug. 28

A group of breast cancer survivors from the Anderson area have collected their stories into a new book that will be launched at a reception at the Cancer Association of Anderson on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 3 p.m.

This is the fourth version of the breast cancer survivors’ story book to be published in association with the 1 in 8 Breast Cancer Support Group. Called simply “The Pink Book,” it contains 18 stories about diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, along with information about resources to help newly diagnosed breast cancer survivors in the community. 

The books will be given at no charge to new breast cancer patients by physicians’ offices, hospital staff and the Cancer Association. The printing was sponsored by Anderson Radiology, which is also sponsoring the reception. Copies of the book may be purchased by others for $1.50 each.

The women were diagnosed as recently as a year ago, though long-time survivors are also included in the book. Contributors include Kristin Palmer Williams, diagnosed at age 41, who is featured on the cover of the book in a touching photograph by Tracy Todd. In it, Mrs. Williams’ husband Butch is kissing her head, made bald by chemotherapy.

“We tried to present a range of stories from women diagnosed with different types of breast cancer, at different stages, at different ages and who received different treatment protocols,” said Kathryn Smith, executive director of the Cancer Association. “We want almost any woman who receives the book to find a story and a survivor she can identify with.” 

Also at the reception, the Carolina Lily quilt block on the Verandah of the Cancer Association will be unveiled. The block is the latest addition to the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, a collection of wooden panels painted to resemble quilts and quilt blocks displayed on buildings in Oconee, Pickens and Anderson counties. The Carolina Lily was painted by Kathryn Smith, Lisa Hyatt and Linda Harral, using a real quilt block made by Ms. Smith as its inspiration. 

The panels can be viewed on barns, buildings and residencies and are part of a national trail of such “quilts.” For information on the upstate locations, go to www.uhqt.org. 

The Pink Sunday reception is open to the public. For information, contact Kathryn Smith at 222-3500.

Monday
Aug082011

Upstate Food Co-Op to Screen "Chow Down"

Join the Upstate Food Co-op (http://www.upstatefoodcoop.com) for the screening of Chow Down, a documentary with lighthearted animation and piercing expert interviews. The movie exposes the three factors that fatally impact our country’s health: the medical community’s allegiance to the status quo, the government’s allegiance to the food industry, and Americans’ allegiance to cheap, convenient food. The movie is 73 minutes. http://chowdownmovie.com

One man’s struggle to reverse his severe heart disease .... with diet.

Charles, 45, devoted husband and father of two, is shocked to learn not only that he has cardiovascular disease but that the blockages in his heart are so severe that his surgeon refuses to operate. But Charles is a fighter and he’ll do whatever it takes to be around to see his kids grow up. 

Just like Charles, millions of Americans are sick and they’re tired of the pills and operations. What if you could avoid it all, but nobody’s willing to tell you how? 

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic is trampling the status quo to get the word out. He’s the director of one of the longest-running studies in the peer-reviewed scientific literature showing that a plant-based diet can reverse even late stage heart disease. If heart disease, the number one killer in America, can be stopped and often reversed with diet, why aren't people like Charles routinely given this information before being sent to the operating room? 

With lighthearted animation and piercing expert interviews, CHOW DOWN exposes the three factors that fatally impact our country’s health: the medical community’s allegiance to the status quo, the government’s allegiance to the food industry, and Americans’ allegiance to cheap, convenient food. 

Charles refuses to accept his doctor’s grim prognosis. With Dr. Esselstyn’s help, he resolves to not only treat his disease but to reverse it. We all know it’s easy to make resolutions, but sticking to them is the hard part. In Charles' case, it could be the difference between life and death. Root for Charles as he tries not only to save his life but also to end the cycle of cardiovascular disease in his family.