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10 Ways to Create a More Hopeful 2010 (and Most of Them are Free)

PHOENIX /PRNewswire/ -- 2009 was not an easy year. Here are a few ideas to help make 2010 a better year for you, your friends and family, and perhaps even the world.

1 . Let Someone Know You Care

E-mails and text messages are no match for a heartfelt, handwritten message. Mail a REAL card or note to someone, right now. And if you don't know someone who needs a lift, then simply write the word HOPE on the back of anything you mail.   

2. Shop Local

Pick three local businesses. Spend $50 with these neighborhood enterprises instead of a national chain. You don't add anything to your budget, and you help keep small businesses going. And look for shop local Anderson this spring for more details    

3. Read To A Child

You feel great, the child feels great, you promote learning and education and it's just plain fun to do.   

4. Play With A Puppy (or a kitten)

A visit to your local animal shelter or pet store is all it takes. If you know your zip code, go online and find a fuzzy friend nearby. The Anderson Animal Shelter especially needs your help as the new year begins.

5. Get Inspired

Loren Gelberg-Goff's internet radio show, Loving The Life You're In, serves up a weekly dose of positive, upbeat tips and conversations with some of the world's most interesting guests and experts.   

6. Thank A Soldier

These people put their lives out there to serve our country. Let them know you'll be happy when they're home again.   

7. Give Something Back

Ditch TV for one hour and serve a meal at a shelter. Drive someone to an appointment. Paint over some graffiti. That hour will be treasured far longer than any sitcom. Our community has plenty of opportunities, from your local church to any of these:   

8. Turn Everything Off For 5 Minutes

TVs, stereos, iPods, computers, lights, clocks, the heat....everything. The quiet, the thoughtfulness, the lack of does wonders.

9. Go Outside

There is something inspiring outside -- even if it's just a weed in a crack on the sidewalk. Think about it -- with nothing but rain and sunshine and the ickiest bits of dust and dirt, that weed broke through concrete! If a little plant can do it, so can you.

10. Spin

In your office chair. In the elevator when no one else is in there. Outside. Nothing so easy can make you feel so 8 years old again. And when you were 8, anything was possible.


First Baptist Serves Up Hope for 2010

They began lining up before 7:30 a.m. outside Anderson First Baptist Church's Family Life Center. Some came for a warm coat, hat, gloves, socks, and a hot meal. More than a few also took advantage of free H1N1 flu Volunteer Ralph Little served as personal shopper for one little girl who picked out a coat for her mother.shots offered as part of the event.

The annual Threads for Hope New Year's Day event attracted more than 1,700 people Friday. More than 3,000 coats had been donated by the community for the event, many were purchased by local benefactors just for the event.

More than 250 First Baptist volunteers served meals, and served as "personal shoppers," walking through the long lines and offering smiles and conversation for those waiting patiently to choose a coat.

"It's an opportunity to give back," said one of the volunteers who asked not to be identified. "We feel more blessed to be able to help our neighbors than they are to receive."


Longtime Concord Teacher Dies

Elizabeth Murphy Moseley, 88, formerly of Shackleburg Dr., widow of J.Z. Moseley, Jr., died Wednesday, December 30, 2009 after a long illness. Mrs. Moseley taught at Concord Elementary School from 1958-1987. Her involvement in education in Anderson County included summer work with Project Head Star, as well as with summer reading programs for underprivileged children. Her obituary is here.


U.S. News Posts Top Jobs for 2010

With 15.4 million Americans out of work, and no industry or occupation was spared the misery of layoffs, hiring freezes, benefit cuts, and general anxiety, U.S. News and World Report has posted a list of the most promising jobs for 2010.

U.S. News examined the Labor Department's new job growth projections for 2008 to 2018, looking for occupations that will add jobs at an above-average rate over the next decade or so and those that provide an above-average median income. The study posted a list of 50 jobs that present some of the best opportunities for workers in five categories. In the science and technology field, jobs range from network architect to meteorologist. This category includes the fastest-growing occupation—with a 72 percent growth rate that far outstrips the 10 percent average across careers—of biomedical engineer. Biomedical engineers help develop the equipment and devices that improve or enable the preservation of health. Computer software engineers, on the other hand, are working to develop tomorrow's hottest video game—or missile system.

he study found the healthcare industry will continue to offer some of the best opportunities for employment. Aside from better known—but still promising—careers such as registered nurse or veterinarian, there are slightly more under-the-radar careers that require less schooling, such as X-ray technician, lab technician, or physical therapist assistant. There are also promising occupations at the intersection of healthcare and education: school psychologist and medical and public-health social worker. Those drawn to teaching or to civic service might want to take a look at urban planning, firefighting, or special education.

A complete list can be found here:


New Year 2010 Population Up 12 Million

On the eve of the 2010 Census, as the Census Bureau prepares to conduct an actual count of the nation's population, the bureau projects that on Jan. 1, 2010 -- three months out from Census Day -- the total U.S. population will be 308,400,408. This would represent an increase of 2,606,181, or 0.9 percent, from New Year's Day 2009.

South Carolina is expected to post a gain of almost 75.000, for a total of 4,522,000.

In January 2010, one birth is expected to occur every eight seconds in the United States and one death every 12 seconds.

Meanwhile, net international migration is expected to add one person every 37 seconds to the U.S. population in January 2010, resulting in an increase in the total U.S. population of one person every 14 seconds.


Community Leader Myrtle E. Gillespie Dies

Mrs. Myrtle Gillespie, an active member of the Anderson Community for four decades.

Her community involvement included serving on the boards of the Anderson County Medical Alliance, Foothills United Way, Anderson Junior Assembly and Anderson County Arts Council. One of her personal passions was supporting arts and music in the schools and the community.  She was a founding member of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) and served on the board for 18 years.

She taught the Gillespie Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, Anderson, SC for 30 years and served two terms as Deacon.  She was recently honored as a Life Deacon by First Baptist Church.

Complete obituary here.


Updates on Jake Nicolopulos at Caringbridge


Threads of Hope Offers Coats, Hats, Meal on New Year's Day at First Baptist Anderson

Anderson First Baptist Church will be providing food & fellowship for those in need beginning at 11 a.m. New Year's Day at the church fellowship hall on Fant Street.  Free coats, scarves, hats, gloves and socks will be provided to anyone who shows up, along with a hot New Year's Day meal.

The church is still accepting donations of Coats, Scarves, Hats, Gloves and Winter Socks of all sizes. They ask that all donations are clean and in good condition. Donations can be dropped off at the church office on weekdays. Cash donations are also appreciated to help buy these items.  

Duke Energy Presents Check to Community Center

Mike Wilson, District Manager of Duke Energy presented a check for $500 to The Zion Community Center. The purpose of the Zion Street Community Center is to enhance the quality of life and provide community services,Shown in picture left to right: Lynn Scott, Mike Wilson, Quenton Tompkins recreation, and social development services to members of the Belton Community.  The goals of the center are to promote self awareness in low income individuals through informative workshops; provide challenging recreational activities to youth in the community; provide economic assistance for utilities, rent, and/or food to low-income individuals in the community; provide recreational activities to Senior Citizens in the community; provide substance abuse prevention and/or treatment services to individuals in the community; provide educational mentoring, tutoring, and after-school programs; provide emotional support and health awareness; and provide support for single parents. The Zion Community Center is located at 303 Zion Street in Belton, SC.


African American Leadership Council 4th Annual MLK Day of Service

The African American Leadership Council of United Way of Anderson County is gearing up for its 4th Annual MLK Day On Day of Service. In years past, the organization has recruited hundreds of volunteers to perform community service projects around the county. Past projects include, painting The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, landscaping at the Elsie Evans Park in Iva, painting and cleaning the Watkins Community Center in Honea Path and landscaping in Pendleton to name a few.

On Saturday, January 16, 2010, the African American Leadership Council will collect items for Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Clean Start, Nurse Family Partnership, Salvation Army, Safe Harbor II. Items needed are: soap, diapers, paper towels, toilet paper, baby wipes, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks and laundry detergent. Items can be dropped off at United Way of Anderson County at 907 N. Main St. (using the Murray Ave. entrance) on that date from 10am – 2pm.  The AnMed Health Mobile Blood Unit will also be present accepting blood donations on that day. For more information, please contact Quenton Tompkins at (864) 226-3438.


Report: 14,578 fatal terrorist attacks since 9/11


South Carolina Census Could Mean Extra Congressional Seat

Southern Political Report Says Exact Count Key

By Tom Baxter
Southern Political Report

December 24, 2009

The last US Census Bureau estimate of population changes before the actual count is taken next year contains some good news and bad news for the South – and a certain amount of suspense.

With the latest numbers, South Carolina joins Florida and Georgia as Southern states which are expected to gain a new congressional seat in the next round of reapportionment. That’s good news for the Palmetto State, not so good for Florida, which earlier in the decade – before the real estate bust, that is – had been expecting to gain two or three seats in the next decade. Another state with reason to be disappointed in the new data is North Carolina, which in previous population estimates appeared to be on track to gain a seat.

The big winner continues to be Texas, which is on track to gain three or four seats.

The data released this week by the Census Bureau estimate the U.S. population for July 1, 2009, nine months before Census Day next April 1. But according to Kimball Brace, president of Election Data Services, a political consulting firm which specializes in redistricting analysis, there are trends in the new data that “point toward more twists in population growth” in the remaining months, which could lead to a “variety of potential scenarios by the time apportionment happens in 2010.” The competition for congressional seats is “extremely close,” Brace says, with 16 states competing for the last six seats in the 435-seat House of Representatives.

Among the questions still in doubt:

--    Although South Carolina appears to have gained enough to pick up a new seat, Brace says it only has about 15,000 to 20,000 residents to spare in this extremely tight competition. State officials often make pronouncements about the importance of getting a full count, but this is especially true in South Carolina’s case. Problems around Census Day leading to an incomplete count “could be enough to take that seat away,” Brace said.


Haven Serves More than 2,000 Meals

Anderson's Haven of Rest served more than 2,000 full Christmas meals Friday as part of the ministry's annual holiday Christmas lunch tradition.

The Haven, in partnership with First Presbyterian Church and and dozens of volunteers from throughout the community served turkey and all the trimmings to anyone who showed up looking for something to eat.

Allen Bollick, food services manager for the Haven, offered special thanks Sandra Jordan, director of Food Servers for Anderson School District Five for lending warmers for the Christmas meal.