Focus on The Palmetto State

November 2015 at 9:30 am

Segment one features Brittney Brackett, the CEO of the Outstanding Youth Awards.  This newly developed non-profit organization wants to support and recognize deserving students in our community who go above and beyond on a daily basis.  This event is open to all elementary, middle and high school students.  The categories include Scholar, Volunteer, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Athlete, Entertainer and Overall Outstanding Youth of the Year.  Their mission is to provide meaningful encouragement of youth and their endeavors in the community. 

Kristi King-Brock, the Executive Director of AIM says they meet the needs of struggling individuals and families in Anderson County. AIM was founded by churches to eliminate the duplication of assistance to those in need. For more than two decades, AIM has stabilized the community and continues to do so using its hand up, not hand out philosophy. AIM is known for doing a lot with a little and continues to significantly help its clients positively change their lives long-term. AIM is unique because of its numerous efficient programs and passionate, committed volunteers. AIM is well known in the Upstate for giving hope and changing lives and continues to do so with unparalleled levels of energy, efficiency and reliability. One unique program they offer called the “Women and Children Succeeding” program.  South Carolina ranks in the top 10 of women living in poverty.  This particular program was created to help combat that statistic.  AIM provides childcare for the women in the program so they can return to school and gain the education needed to obtain a successful career.  Their goal is that when they finish the program they are able to move from poverty, support their family and be productive members of our community.  Their success rate has been phenomenal.



Up next we meet Erin Jones, Director of the Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green.  This innovative, educational facility provides visitors an opportunity to learn about and experience fine art.  They rotate special exhibits of works from their world-renowned painting collection plus feature interactive, educational displays that bring the art and times of the Old Masters to life for all ages. Their newest exhibit is called The Art of Sleuthing and will deal with art mysteries, the science of conservation, art forgers and even touch on Nazi-looted art.


In our last segment we speak with Stanley Toole and Horace Alexander of the newest radio station in the market WLAS 95.3 which specializes in rhythm and blues and old school music and is home to the syndicated Steve Harvey morning show.