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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 To learn more about Asthmania Academy, go to


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.


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:

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


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


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.  


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

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


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


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.  


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).


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.


Foothills Songwriters Fall Tour at ECP Nov 20  

The Electric City Playhouse will host skilled musicians from all over the foothills as they perform original pieces written as part of the Foothills Songwriters Group along with some other well-known local favorites. The Foothills Songwriters Group believes that if music truly does wash away from the dust of everyday life, new music adds depth and expands who we are. This first stop performance will showcase not only the songwriting capabilities of the foothills area, but has the intent of inspiring others to write and perform music of their own. Some of the local performing members include Christopher Branch and Tracy and Trevor Furlong. Tickets for the November 20th 8PM performance are only $10 and can be purchased through the Electric City Playhouse Box Office at (864) 224-4248. For more information please email


Clemson Symphonic to perform Australia-Inspired Music

The Clemson University Symphonic Band will perform works inspired by Australia's landscape and its famous opera house at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov.
22, at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.

Read the entire news release at:

Clemson Men's and Women's Glees to Perform Together 

Clemson University's Men's and Women's Glees will present a joint concert at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30.

Read the entire news release at:

Meals on Wheels Closed for Thanksgiving

Anderson, SC—If your church or community service group is planning to provide meals for homebound citizens this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Meals on Wheels—Anderson would be interested in knowing more about your project.

Volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels are not asked to deliver on Thanksgiving or the day after, and staff is now working to ensure all clients receive meals for those two days.

Meals on Wheels seeks groups who could prepare and deliver meals to those neighbors in our county who cannot leave their homes. 

Meals on Wheels will resume its regular delivery schedule on Monday, November 29. 

For more information, contact Cindy Culbertson at 864-225-6800.


Final Draft of East-West Connector Meeting Nov. 17

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:

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