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Thursday
Nov182010

State's First Health Co-Op to Help Small Businesses

The South Carolina Health Cooperative (SCHC) today announced it is the state’s first licensed health insurance cooperative. The private nonprofit organization will begin accepting applications for membership immediately in order to offer health insurance rate relief and a longterm health insurance solution for many South Carolina small businesses.

The first of its kind in South Carolina and one of only a few in the nation, the Cooperative successfully completed a year‐long licensing process with the South Carolina Department of Insurance to create the organization that will be wholly owned and operated by its small business members.

The SCHC was created as a result of legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2008. Senator David Thomas of Greenville, chairman of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee, praised the Cooperative. “The ability for small business to group together to be able to purchase insurance at lower prices is a real breakthrough in cost containment. I'm hopeful South Carolina small business owners will see this as a very positive step toward helping their employees as well as their bottom lines,” Thomas said.

Insurance rates are primarily driven by the number of people insured in a group, making insurance for small businesses more costly than for their larger counterparts. Through membership in the Cooperative, qualifying businesses will form one large insurance pool that benefits from the strength‐in‐numbers lower, more stable premium rates previously available only to large corporations.

“We are thrilled to offer this option to South Carolina’s small businesses,” said Cooper Littlejohn, SCHC president and CEO. “As I travel across the state meeting business owners and learning about the challenges they face dealing with health insurance, it is clear that the co‐op structure will be of great value to business owners and their employees by cutting insurance costs and creating long‐term rate stability. Our organization will help small businesses lower insurance costs and make those costs more predictable, thus giving them more money to reinvest in growing their businesses.”

The co‐op will also offer health education programs and incentives to its members, he said.

Littlejohn, 20, is one of the youngest healthcare executives in the United States. He took on the challenge of creating a cooperative to serve small businesses in the summer of 2009, while working as a summer intern for the Seneca, SC‐based Nuttall Insurance Agency.

“My mentors felt the cooperative structure would be of great value to small business clients, but they understandably could not take time from their existing clients to pursue the application process. The combination of their experience and knowledge of the insurance industry and my ability to do the legwork has allowed us to create a unique private-sector solution to health insurance issues that truly is a new approach to healthcare,” Littlejohn said.

More information is available at schealthco-op.com or 1‐888‐721‐2667.

Thursday
Nov182010

Burgess Foothills Distinguished Teacher of Reader

Distinguished Teacher of Reader Award

The Distinguished Teacher of Reading Award Program is SCIRA’s initiative to recognize educators who promote a love for reading in their students.  The recipient of this award receives recognition at the SCIRA reading conference, a certificate and gift from SCIRA, and the opportunity to share best teacher practices in literacy with other educators in the state of South Carolina.  Teachers and administrators can nominate qualified colleagues for this prestigious award.  Nominators must explain evidence of the positive impact on student reading and application of innovative reading techniques that the nominee demonstrates.  A reading panel reviews the nominations and scores them. The award recipient was announced at the Foothills Reading Council Meeting at Ravenal Elementary School on November 9, 2010.  Kim Brock, 4th grade teacher at Wren Elementary and 2008 Distinguished ReadingTeacher of the Year, nominated Mrs. Wendy Burgess for this year’s award.  Brock states, “It is with great honor that I recommend Wendy Burgess for SCIRA’s Distinguished Reading Teacher of the Year.  Mrs. Burgess’ dedication and service to students make her the perfect candidate for this honor. “ 

"What a privilege to be named Distinguished Reading Teacher for the Foothills Reading Council.  I know that there were many deserving candidates nominated for this prestigious award. There is no greater award than the smile on a child’s face when they begin to read. A Chinese proverb says that a book is like a garden carried in the pocket.  The thrill of watching students grow their ‘reading garden’ is a wonderful experience.   Teaching students to read and to love reading prepares them to face the world with confidence and to be successful.  I am thankful that I have the daily opportunity to plant strong readers and future leaders. 

Mrs. Burgess will represent Anderson School District 1 and the Foothills Reading Council at the South Carolina International Reading Association’s Conference 2011 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  Mrs. Burgess will share some of her innovative reading ideas through a visual display.

Photo (left to right):  Mrs. Martha Butts, Foothills Reading Council President, presents the Distinguished Teacher of Reading Award to Mrs. Wendy Burgess, Wren Elementary School teacher.

Wednesday
Nov172010

AU Downs Erskine in Baskeball

Using an 18-7 run to open the second half,  the Anderson men’s basketball team erased a 10-point halftime deficit and went on to top rival Erskine, 79-69, in non-conference action Wednesday night at the Abney Athletic Center.  

Less than 24 hours after dropping a hard-fought decision at South Carolina State and playing their fourth game in six days, the Trojans snapped an early tie and bolted to a 20-11 lead in the first six minutes of action in their home-opener. Freshman Denzail Jones capped an early 8-2 outburst with a 3-pointer from the left corner, one of four treys by the Trojans in the opening minutes. 

With the near-capacity on its feet most of the night, Anderson (2-2) evened its record and continues to dominate the recent rivalry with the Flying Fleet, winning six of the last seven meetings and seven of the last 10 contests. Erskine dropped to 0-2 on the young season and will be looking to pick up its first win of the season on Saturday at Lander. 

Anderson senior guard Brandon Young shared game-high scoring honors with 19 points, while Kevis Cornwell added 13 points, collected a team-best seven rebounds and dished out a team-high five assists. Junior guard Nick Trull chipped in 10 points off the bench.

The Trojans will get back on the hardwood Saturday, when AU visits Peach Belt Conference-foe and 24th-ranked Montevallo, which has been idle since defeating carver Bible College last Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. (EST) at BankTrust Arena.  

Wednesday
Nov172010

Westside Chorus Christmas Concert Nov. 19

The Westside High School Chorus will present a Christmas Concert on Friday, November 19th.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the Mosaic Theatre located on the Anderson V Career Campus at 1225 South McDuffie Street. (Please follow the signs from the intersection of McDuffie and Hampton.) The chorus is directed by Stephanie Fredrickson.

Admission is $5. Chilidog and hotdog plates, drinks, candy and other treats will be available at the event.

Wednesday
Nov172010

AU's Sohrweide Named Daktronics Region Player of the Year

ANDERSON, S.C. – Anderson junior Lasse Sohrweide headlines the 2010 Daktronics NCAA Division II all-Southeast Region Men’s Soccer Team, garnering Region Player of the Year honors to lead a group of five repeat selections, announced region officials Tuesday. 

Sohrweide adds to his already impressive trophy case this season, supplementing South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year honors with his first career Southeast Region Player of the Year recognition. A native of Flensburg, Germany, Sohrweide garners Daktronics all-Southeast Region First Team honors for the second straight season after leading Anderson to the SAC Tournament title in the school’s first season in the league. Sohrweide currently ranks among the top 30 players in the nation in goals, assists, and points. 

Seniors Adrien Moufflet and Zach Denson joined Sohrweide on the all-region squad, garnering second-team recognition. Moufflet, a native of Bordeaux, Ferance, earned first team All-SAC honors and was also named to the league’s all-tournament team. The midfielder finished the regular season tied for fourth in the SAC and ranked 20th in the nation in total assists and was fifth on the team with three goals. A native of Lilburn, Ga., Denson was named to the SAC All-Tournament Team and earned second team all-conference accolades after helping lead the Trojan defense to eight shutouts on the season. As a defender, Denson recorded six assists to rank 10th in the league and 55th in the nation.

Lees-McRae College and Clayton State University led the way with five selections each, while Wingate University placed four on the all-Southeast Region teams. Sohrweide was joined by 2009 selections Duffy, Luke Mulholland (Preston, England) of Wingate, Robert Hill (Middlesborough, England) of Carson-Newman College and Matthew Findlay (Liverpool, England) of Carson-Newman. 

Wednesday
Nov172010

AnMed Asthmania Academy Gets Top Certification

AnMed Health’s Asthmania Academy is one of the first programs of its kind to receive ASME certification from the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

The Asthma Self-Management Education (ASME) Program was implemented by the American Association for Respiratory Care to recognize and certify asthma education programs that adhere to high standards of quality.

Asthmania Academy is the second program in the nation and the only one in the Southeast to receive this certification. The AH! Asthma Health Program in Portland, Maine assisted the AARC during beta testing and was the first to be designated as a certified program. 

“This certification sets the bar for asthma care,” said Mike Shoemaker, site coordinator for Asthmania Academy. “Asthma is different for every person; it’s not a one-size-fits-all disease. At Asthmania Academy, we offer diagnostic testing and asthma education that is focused on the individual. If asthma is interfering with your ability to live life to the fullest, we want to help. ” 

Dr. Allison Ranck, the program’s medical director, said, “We work closely with local physicians in helping them manage their patients with asthma. Any time we see a child at Asthmania Academy, we send a detailed report to the child’s primary care doctor with the results of any diagnostic studies as well as treatment recommendations based on the most recent nationally-recognized asthma guidelines.” 

Asthmania Academy opened in January 2009 and provides asthma education to children 18 and younger. A specialized staff of certified asthma educators, pediatric hospitalists and certified pulmonary function technologists assess asthma control, perform diagnostic studies and provide recommendations to help patients manage their condition. Asthmania Academy receives referrals from the hospital and local physicians. 

Since Asthmania Academy started, pediatric visits to the Emergency Department have declined, and benchmarking data indicates a downward trend in the hospitalization rate for pediatric asthma compared to all admissions.

ASME Certification is awarded for a three-year period, and is an important quality indicator for patients, referring health care providers and third party payers. Certification standards were developed by an experienced multi-disciplinary team of respiratory therapists, physicians, nurses and pharmacists based on evidence-based medicine. Certified programs have shown that they have:

  • Program leadership and instructional staff with documented competency in providing patient education,
  • Sufficient resources to support the personnel and operations,
  • Identified their target population of asthma patients, their specific needs, and outcomes achieved by the program participants,
  • Continuously monitored, evaluated and adjusted the various components of the program, based on the results of their continuous quality improvement program. 

Learn more about ASME certification at www.aarc.org/asme. To learn more about Asthmania Academy, go to www.anmedhealth.org/asthmaniaacademy.

Tuesday
Nov162010

Help Meals on Wheels Stock Shelves for Winter

For the 650 homebound residents of Anderson County who count on a hot mid-day meal from Meals on Wheels each day, extreme winter weather can be very scary. “Not only are they concerned with staying warm, they are also depending on us to provide their meals,” said Laurie Ashley, executive director of the Anderson agency. “And when we can’t put our delivery volunteers on the road due to icy conditions, we still want to provide a meal for our recipients.”

So the idea of “shelf stable meals” was born. These meals contain ready-to-eat items and are sent to Meals on Wheels recipients before bad weather arrives. “Each meal contains items that can be used with little or no preparation,” said Cindy Culbertson, service coordinator. “We will be sending these items out with our regular route drivers in the next few weeks to be sure they are in the homes before winter weather strikes.”

Meals contain ready-to-eat soup (no water needed), crackers, nutrition bars, raisins, individual fruit cups, and single serve cans or boxes of juice and are packaged in a gallon-sized zippered plastic bag. Meals on Wheels is seeking church groups, schools, clubs or service organizations who would like to collect and package these items for distribution this winter. Ideally, shelf stable meals should be received in the Meals on Wheels office, 105 S. Fant Street, by December 15. 

Meals on Wheels relies solely on donations received from the community for its day-to-day operations and receives no federal or state funding. For more information about how to package shelf stable meals or other volunteer opportunities, please contact Cindy Culbertson at 864-225-6800.

Tuesday
Nov162010

East-West Connector Meeting Wednesday

The East-West Connector Corridor Land Use and Zoning Study Public Meeting Number Two will be held Nov. 17, from 6-8 p.m., at the Anderson County Main Library. The purpose of the meeting is to present final draft of proposed East-West Connector Corridor Land Use and Zoning Study and to solicit public input. The presentation can be found here: 

http://www.andersoncountysc.org/presentations/East-WestConnector/East-WestConnector.pdf

For more information call the Anderson County Planning Division, 260-4720.

Monday
Nov152010

Christmas Shoebox Project Kicks Off Today

Nov. 15-22: Anderson Hopes to Gather more than 11,400 Gift-Filled Shoe Boxes  for Hurting Children Overseas

ANDERSON, S.C.—Christmas is arriving early in Anderson, as Concord Baptist Church prepares to serve as a collection point for Operation Christmas Child.  Soon, with the help of local volunteers, the site will be brimming with festively wrapped shoe boxes full of gifts.   

Through Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project, Anderson residents are helping send shoe box gifts this year to more than 8 million children in 100 countries suffering from natural disaster, war, terrorism, disease, famine and poverty.  From Anderson, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary—sea containers, trucks, trains, airplanes, boats, camels, even dog sleds—to reach suffering children around the world. 

Operation Christmas Child uses tracking technology that allows donors to “follow your box” to the destination country where it will be hand-delivered to a child in need.  To register shoe box gifts and find out what country they are delivered to, use the EZ Give donation form found at www.samaritanspurse.org

LOCAL COLLECTION SITES:

Concord Baptist Church

1012 Concord Road

Anderson, SC 29621

(864) 225-4621

Mon: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tues: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Wed: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Thurs: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Fri: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sat: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sun: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Mon: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Last year, Anderson residents contributed 10,945 to join the Operation Christmas Child effort.  This year, organizers hope to collect over 11,400 gift-filled shoe boxes from families, kids, churches, schools and civic organizations in the area. 

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, has delivered more than 77 million gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children in some 130 countries.  

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET INVOLVED: 

PREPARE—Enlist families, churches, scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts for needy children worldwide.

PACK—Fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, necessity items, hard candy and a letter of encouragement. Step-by-step shoe box packing instructions are available at www.samaritanspurse.org.

PROCESS—Sign up to join Operation Christmas Child volunteers at collection sites in Anderson as part of the effort to prepare millions of shoe box gifts for delivery to underprivileged kids on six continents.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 1-800-353-5949 or visit www.samaritanspurse.org

Monday
Nov152010

Anderson Heritage Announces 2010 Homes for Holidays Tour  

The Anderson Heritage 2010 Homes for the Holidays Tour will be Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 10AM to 4PM.  Private residences in the Westside Historic District (West Market and West Whitner Streets area) as well as the Anderson County Woman's Club will be open.   

Tickets will be $15 in advance, $20 the day of the event. Tickets are available at The Kitchen Emporium, Linda's Flower Shop and The Berry House.

Homes on the tour include:

809 W. Market St.:  Marshall Orr House / Anderson County Woman's Club

707 W. Market St.:  J.H. Von Hasseln House / Diane & David Schonauer

902 W. Market St.:  W.J. McClure House / Stephanie & Jacob Strickland

106 Webb St.:  R.J. Ginn House / Susan & Bill Johnson

104 Webb St.:  Stribling House / Lolly Wenzel

811 W. Whitner St.:  Still House / Dean Townsley

Monday
Nov152010

AU Women Lose Close One

ANDERSON, S.C. – Cold shooting and turnovers proved costly as the Anderson women’s basketball team dropped a 54-46 decision to visiting Winston-Salem State in non-conference basketball action Monday night at the Abney Athletic Center.  

Despite committing 19 turnovers and connecting on just 3-of-18 from beyond the arc, Anderson (0-2) was in the contest until the final moments. With the win, Winston-Salem State improved to 2-0 on the young season.

Both teams began slowly on the offensive end, with the Trojans opening the contest by scoring the first seven points, with sophomore Tilde Ahlin scoring four on the inside.

Anderson will look to get into the win column on Thursday when the Trojans welcome rival Erskine to the Abney Center to close their season-opening three-game homestand. Tip-off versus the Flying Fleet is scheduled for 7 p.m.  

Monday
Nov152010

Boys and Girls Club Burglarized Prior to Fire

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that occurred early this morning to the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club in Anderson. 

Monday (November 15, 2010) Anderson County Fire responded to the Boys and Girls club located on Evergreen Street at approximately 4:30 am in reference to a fire inside the structure.  After extinguishing the fire, authorities believe that the club had been burglarized prior to the fire incident.  The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the burglary incident in conjunction with Anderson County Fire and Sled investigating the fire incident.

If anyone has any information regarding the burglary or the fire at the Boys and Girls club they are ask to contact the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office at 864-260-4400 or Anderson Crime Stoppers at 864-231-STOP (7867).

Sunday
Nov142010

AU Soccer Sets Record with 15 Wins

MONTEVALLO, Ala. – Clayton State junior Leighton Fredericks’ first-half score lifted third-seeded Clayton State to a 1-0 win past fifth-seeded Anderson in the NCAA’s Division II Men’s Soccer Southeast Regional Championship Sunday afternoon at Montevallo’s Falcon Field.   

Fredericks scored the lone goal of the match in the 39th minute when he took a long pass from defender Sam Bevan and worked past AU keeper Benjamin Pepion for his third game-winning score of the season.

After advancing to the NCAA’s “Sweet 16” for the first time in school history by getting past the region’s No. 1 seed Montevallo on penalty kicks last Friday, Anderson (15-6-2) was unable to find the back of the net despite posting 17 shots, including seven on goal.  

The 19th-ranked Lakers (19-3) have now won nine of their last 10 contests and moves on to face the winner of the Rollins/Barry match in the Elite Eight on November 20th or 21st.

The Trojans notched three corner kicks to CLSU’s one, with the Lakers recording six shots, including five on goal. Pepion came away with four saves on the afternoon, while Lakers’ keeper Brian Garcia garnered seven saves in the effort.