2A Th e EasleyProgress Wednesday, September 14, 2011 The Fine Arts Center of Easley celebrated its Grand Opening last week, and a number of people turned out to check out Easley’s newest school, which specializes connecting its students with the arts. Pictured above, on the front row from the left: Mayor Larry Bagwell, owner Amanda Gunter, Larry Gunter, owner Anna DeVault, and Kent Dykes (President of Easley Chamber). Th e Fine Arts of Easley celebrates Grand Opening EASLEY - The Fine Arts Center of Easley (F.A.C.E.) is located at 201 South 5 th Street, Suites D & E in West End Hall. The center started as a dream that has taken ten years to become reality. Over the course of six years of teaching together and four years at separate schools, Anna DeVault and Amanda Gunter often spoke about the potential for an Arts Education Center in the Easley community. Finally, in May of 2011, changes in both their teaching careers encouraged them to revisit the idea once again. With the availability of newly-renovated space in West End Hall, and the support and encouragement of city leaders as well as Th e EasleyProgress Serving Easley and Pickens County for more than 100 years Name _____________________________________________ _ Street _____________________________________________ _ City _________________ State ______ Zip ____________ Phone ________________ Drop off: 205 Russell Street Call: 855-0355 Mail to: Th e EasleyProgress, P.O. Box 709, Easley, SC 29641 friends, they felt the time was right to launch the Fine Arts Center of Easley. Amanda Gunter and Anna DeVault are both residents of Easley and are already involved in the Arts in the community. DeVault serves on the Board of Directors at Foothills Playhouse and has directed numerous plays in the theatre. She has also coordinated the Foothills Playhouse summer theatre camp program. Gunter has recently joined the Foothills Board and has acted in several plays at the theatre. Both are degreed and certifi ed Arts educators with a combination of over 40 years of experience. F.A.C.E. offers classes, Pickens County New Subscription Renewal or Extension 12 months for $30 ($50.00 for out of county) workshops and private lessons in music, theatre, art and dance. The distinct advantage for students at F.A.C.E is that lessons and classes are taught by highly qualifi ed instructors. Several are on faculty at area universities and others have won numerous awards and honors. Registration is now open for Fall classes in theatre, kindermusik, art and dance, and private lessons in all band and orchestra instruments, voice, piano, guitar and drum set. Class list and instructor bios can be found on the center’s website at www. fi neartscenterofeasley.com. Call for more information at (864)442-6027. Encourages Planning During Emergency Preparedness Month PICKENS, SC – September 18, 2011 – During the month of September, Pickens County Emergency Management is observing National Preparedness Month (NPM). In cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Pickens County offi cials are encouraging citizens to be prepared in the event of an emergency. According to Pickens County Emergency Management Director Chuck Haynes, one of the key messages of NPM is to be prepared to be self-reliant for three days without food, electricity, water service, ac- cess to a supermarket, local services, police, fi re and rescue departments. “We want to encourage all of our citizens to be pro-active when thinking about preparing for emergencies,” Haynes stated. “Simple steps can be taken to prepare today in order to reduce the impact of future emergencies.” The NPM guidelines recommend that the following steps be taken in order to prepare for an emergency: 1. Compile an emergency supply kit with food, water, battery powered radios, cell phones and fi rst aid supplies 2. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency 3. Be informed about emergencies that could effect the community and identify sources of information that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency Haynes added “This year’s National Preparedness Month focuses on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and communities to make an emergency preparedness plan. It is vital that our citizens prepare for disasters - whatever they may be.” For additional information, contact Chuck Haynes – (864) 898-5943 or visit Ready.gov. $ FREE 850 Value! At no cost to you for parts and activation with only a $99 installation fee and the purchase of alarm monitoring services. Terms & Conditions below. 24/7 PROTECTION only $35.99/mo. Get up to a 20% DISCOUNT on home owner’s insurance! FREE wireless remote control with PANIC BUTTON! 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John Cutchin founded Palmetto Plating in 1964 and they have been providing plating and fi nishing needs of all kinds since then. Cutchin comments, “We are constantly looking for new ways to better serve our customers by improving effi ciency and investing in technology.” By having such a diverse customer base, the ability to meet the unique customer needs, and continually exploring new technology and processes, Palmetto Plating will surely remain an industry leader for years to come. Six Mile Library Book and Yard Sale set for Sept. 17 SIX MILE – Lots and lots of books and yard sale items will be for sale Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Community Library of Six Mile, located at the intersection of Hwy. 183 and Hwy. 137, Six Mile. The address is 2536 Walhalla Highway. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Everyone is invited to stop by for an opportunity to purchase some books real cheap, some great yard sale items and support the library. Proceeds from the books will benefit the library. The library is a 501 c (3) non- profit charity. The purpose of the organization is to support literacy, education, community development and enhancement for adults and children. For more information, contact Brenda Rippy at 864-506-0225. Thank you for reading TheEasleyProgress. Easley’s Palmetto Plating is the Chamber Member of The Month for the month of September. Pictured from left: Brandon Bandy, Barbara Robinson, Staci Bradley, Bobby Roper, Janice Perry (Powdersville Water), Kent Dykes (President of Easley Chamber), and John Cutchin (owner). Easley Business and Professional Women to Meet September 21 EASLEY - TheEasley Business and Professional Women’s Club will meet Wednesday, September 21, at the Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library at 12:30. Our speaker this month is Dr. Kevin Mobley who owns Community Chiropractic in Easley. He has nine years of experience as a chiropractor and is passionate about health and fi tness. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science, a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree and a Post-graduate Certifi cation in Pediatrics. He will be speaking on Managing Stress Naturally. This meeting will be a terrifi c networking opportunity for all working women to become acquainted with all the exceptional ladies that will be there, so don’t miss it. Come and bring a friend. Easley BPW meets every third Wednesday at the library. The cost of lunch is $10.00 and will be catered by Serendipity Café. Remember to bring business cards for drawing for free lunch. SAVE THE DATE: October 18, 6:30 PM is the date for Easley BPW Celebration of Pickens County Women to be held at DunBurks Conference Center. This is one of the County’s yearly signature events seeking to recognize the accomplishments of working women. Nominations are now being accepted for these prestigious awards and must be BURIED in CREDIT CARDDEBT? Over $10,000 in credit card bills? 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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Th e EasleyProgress Clemson named a top 25 public university CLEMSON — Clemson University ranks 25th among public institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report’s annual guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” The university also is cited for its commitment to student success, garnering recognition for learning communities and writing in the disciplines. Additionally, Clemson is among the top “up-andcoming schools” that have made “the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.” “Being ranked among the nation’s top 25 universities for the fourth consecutive year is a signifi cant accomplishment and a tribute to the hard work of Clemson faculty, staff, students and alumni,” said Clemson President James F. Barker. Last year Clemson was ranked 23rd. Recognition for writing in the disciplines highlights outstanding academic programs commonly linked to student success. Clemson consistently receives recog- SC Native Plant Society to hold Fall Plant Sale GREENVILLE - This year’s annual Fall Native Plant Sale, sponsored by the SC Native Plant Society, will have a host of new features, as well as the wide variety of native fl owering plants, ferns, grasses, vines, shrubs and trees Upstate gardeners have come to expect. The Fall Plant Sale will be Saturday, Sept 24, 9:00 am- 1:00 pm, in the University Center parking lot at Antrim and S. Pleasantburg Drives in Greenville. Wildlife lovers will want to visit the featured Bird Garden station. Upstate Chapter President and Clemson professor emeritus Bill Stringer will offer expertise and advice on developing landscapes that are especially attractive to birds. You will learn which plants produce fl owers/berries that birds consume and which plants host insects that birds eat. Planting appropriate native species is the most effective way to attract both birds and butterfl ies to your garden. Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc. will also have a table in the Bird Garden station. Store representatives will offer information and literature about attracting birds as well as some examples of items featured by the company. They will not have items for sale that day. Local landscape designer Felicity Henderson will offer free design consultation to help you create gardens that are beautiful for you and the birds! You can view photos of native gardens with a focus on color and proportion and ask for advice about your garden. The new Purists’ Corner will appeal to you if you prefer to grow plants that you know are indigenous to this area and were propagated using locally obtained seeds or cuttings. This year the Corner will feature Echinacea laevigata, known as Smooth-stem Cone Flower or Smooth Purple Cone Flower. Echinacea laevigata is a South Carolina endangered spe- MAU Workforce cies. In this section, you will also fi nd a good selection of ferns with local genotypes from Crow Dog Native Ferns and Gardens in Pickens. The Fall Sale will again include a number of independent vendors, some with unusual or hard-to-fi nd plants, as well as the Native Plant Society’s own wide variety of selections. Shopping will be easier than ever. The Fall Plant Sale will have a new credit card shopping option, some end-of-season discounts from suppliers, improved signage, and lots of folks to answer your questions and help you fi nd the right plants for your garden. Remember, fall is the perfect time to plant. Roots can become well-established during the cool months and be prepared to withstand summer’s heat. You can choose the perfect garden design and plants for the garden you want and be ready for a spring fi lled with fl owers, butterfl ies and other helpful insects, and birds. Solutions Earns Spot on Inc. 500/5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual Exclusive List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies— the Inc.500|5000 AUGUSTA - Inc. magazine has ranked MAU Workforce Solutions on its fi fth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Online retailer ideeli tops this year’s list. MAU Workforce Solutions joins Spirit Airlines, television maker Vizio, Honest Tea, Dunkin Donuts and Metrokane, makers of the Rabbit corkscrew, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list. In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2011 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 94 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created 350,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $366 billion, up 14 percent from last year. According to MAU President Randy Hatcher, “We are so proud to be a part of the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America. I hope for the continued success of MAU, as well as our fellow honorees.” Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profi les and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/5000. “Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. magazine Editor Jane Berentson. The 2011 Inc. 500 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2007 to 2010. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2007. Additionally, they had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profi t, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2010. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2007 is $100,000; the minimum for 2010 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc. com/500. About Inc. Magazine: Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www. inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 710,106, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, fi nances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at www.inc.com. About MAU Workforce Solutions: MAU Workforce Solutions provides business solutions that give our client partnerships a competitive edge through designed processes and our greatest asset – People – in the fi elds of Professional Recruiting, Commercial Staffi ng, Outsourcing Solutions, and Outplacement Services. MAU is based in Augusta, GA and has 10 locations throughout the U.S.: Augusta, GA, Lagrange, GA, Aiken, SC, Anderson, SC, Charleston, SC, Greenville, SC, Spartanburg, SC, Jacksonville, FL, Chattanooga, TN, and Chicago, IL. Birchwood nition for making writing a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum. Clemson was identifi ed as one of 17 colleges and universities in the nation that make writing a priority across all disciplines. Clemson was identifi ed as one of 18 colleges and universities nationally to offer strong learning communities. In learning communities, students typically take two or more courses as a group and get to know one another and their professors well. Clemson’s living-learning communities provide a holistic approach to student development and learning through academic partnerships, service-learn- ing opportunities and research initiatives. Each community is uniquely designed to facilitate meaningful connections between peers and among students, faculty and staff. Clemson has more than a dozen living-learning communities, including the Clemson Business Experience, RISE (Residents in Science and Engineering) and the Cultural Exchange Community http://www. clemson.edu/campus-life/ housing/living-learning. html. “Each year more prospective students and their families become aware of Clemson’s strong academic reputation and commitment 3A ECONOMY DENTURE ROLLBACK $380Economy Full Set $70 America’s Largest Denture Provider. Greenville Practice Owner. 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District transportation staff respond to bus offi ce fi re By Jason Evans to an electrical problem, Thompson said CENTRAL — District No buses were damaged staff responded quickly to in the fi re. make adjustments to bus Buses ran their normal service after a fi re Thurs- routes Friday morning. In day night One of the school spite of the fi re, student district’s bus offi ces. transportation ran smoothly According to Commu- Friday morning, said Transnications Director Julie portation Coordinator Aaron Thompson, the fi re at the Boyles. Daniel-Liberty bus offi ce, “In spite of the fi re, today located on Johnson Road was our smoothest day yet in Central, destroyed a por- on the fi rst week of school,” table at the offi ce. Boyles said Friday. “I’m The Central Fire Depart- very proud of our bus drivment responded to the blaze, ers and supervisors who Thompson said. went right to work, making No was injured in the fi re. sure this was just a normal The initial investigation in- school day as far as the dicates the fi re started due students were concerned. “Signing Their Rights Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the United States Constitution” by Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese (Quirk Books, $19.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox In their previous book, award-winning writers Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese documented the fate of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Their latest book fastforwards to the summer of 1787, as 39 cranky, mistrustful men meet -- once again in Philadelphia -- to ratify the United States Constitution. Agreeing on a new constitution was anything but a slam dunk. It was a turbulent time. The United States found itself on the verge of political collapse. American citizens faced runaway inflation and even the foreclosures of their homes and businesses. It was a turning point in the history of this country, and almost everyone realized that the only solution was a governing framework with enough power to truly work. To accomplish this, the delegates had to put aside their differences and compromise, but that was Center to hold Crafts Fair at Table Rock PICKENS - Birchwood Center, in conjunction with Table Rock State Park, presents its 6th Annual Arts and Crafts Show. Come out and enjoy Birchwood Center’s Sixth Annual Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., on the lawn of the Table Rock State Park Visitor Center beside beautiful Lake Oolenoy. Talented upcountry artisans will offer a variety of arts and crafts. Admission is “Andrew Gleason from the State Bus Maintenance shop came out overnight and provided us with new bus keys to replace those lost in the fi re,” he said. “District personnel from other divisions have dropped what they were doing to come get our offi ce back up and running. Offers of help from the schools have been pouring in as well. We consider Student Transportation Services to be a service and support function to the schools, but they have really stepped up to support us this time,” Boyles continued. BOOKS -- Recommended Reading free. Food and drink will be available for purchase. We will have LIVE MU- SIC this year! Co-sponsors for this event are Table Rock State Park and the Pickens County Museum of Art and History. In the event of rain, the Park has reserved the Pinnacle Pavilion. For more information about the show, contact Linda Bowie at (864) 878-7579 or LPB159@yahoo.com. easier said than done, especially considering how different many of them were. 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