The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Community

August 22, 2013

Bicycle Rodeo teaches skills and safety

100 free helmets to be given away Saturday

ANDERSON — There won’t be any bucking broncos, but there will be plenty of kids getting the hang of having fun on their bikes the safe way at Community Hospital Anderson’s first ever Bike Rodeo. The rodeo takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Anderson Public Library.

The rodeo is an opportunity for kids to hone their bicycling skills and to learn how to ride safely. The first 100 kids age 12 and under will receive a free bike helmet courtesy of a man who knows firsthand what happens to kids who land on their heads.Dr. James Callahan, a neurosurgeon at Community Hospital Anderson, said that helmets can be very effective at preventing skull fractures, concussions and contusions (bruising to the brain) in the kind of low-speed accident kids often have on their bicycles. Sometimes, those injuries can be serious. “We had two children that had mild brain injuries,” said Callahan. One of the kids was riding a bicycle, and the other was on a skateboard. “Neither one of the kids had a helmet.” When Callahan spoke to the mother of one of the children about using a helmet, she said she couldn’t afford it.“I felt so bad about the fact she couldn’t afford to buy a helmet,” said Callahan. “For a $15 helmet, we can keep these kids out of the hospital."

Callahan approached Keith Trent at the Community Hospital Anderson Foundation to jump-start the initiative for Saturday’s event. Callahan and his wife, Betsy, donated funds to purchase 100 helmets to give away.

"I think there is a need in our community," agreed Trent. "I certainly appreciate Dr. Callahan presenting this opportunity and making us aware. ... It's been a great way to partner with some other organizations."

Text Only
Community
  • FEA HB0417 Ghost Hunters Paranormal investigators visit Paramount The Paranormal Answers Research Team, a group of investigators who travel to alleged haunting sites, recently visited the Paramount Theatre to see if the building filled with history is also filled with ghosts.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0417 - Ghost hunters-Kelly Dickey Kelly Dickey: Ghost hunting leads to more skepticism and a fun story The thought of spirits terrified me as a kid, intrigued me as a teen and added to the various questions I have about life as an adult. But mainly they’ve been entertaining.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Community Briefs: April 17

    A compilation of community news items as published in the Thursday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 16, 2014

  • FEA HB0416 Reno Sweeney Review: Classic Cole Porter tunes in 'Anything Goes' Light-hearted entertainment reigns at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre as the stage is filled with sparkling costumes, quick stepping and even a little slapstick thrown into the mix. “Anything Goes,” now playing through May 11, may be a musical celebrating its 80th anniversary, but the humor is not lost on modern audiences.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Community Briefs: April 16 A compilation of community news as published in the Wednesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 16, 2014

  • Community Briefs: April 15 A compilation of community news as published in the Tuesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 15, 2014

  • FEA - HB0414 - Multiplication Madness - JC 1 Multiplication tourney sparks interest in math Alexandria teacher creates multiplication tourney to make math fun.

    April 14, 2014 4 Photos

  • Community Briefs: April 14 A compilation of community news as published in the Monday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 14, 2014

  • FEA - HB0413 - volunteer Brian Morson - JC 39 A helping hand Brian Morson’s time as a volunteer at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital started as a patient when he had a hip injury. After he made a comment that hospitals in London have greeters, the director of Volunteer Services at the time told him he had the perfect voice and accent to do it at St. Vincent. Twelve years later, he’s volunteered more than 4,500 hours.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0413 - 0959 Starting over

    Ryan and Janae Ledbetter may not have moved far geographically, but the differences in their lifestyle and surroundings are huge. A new style of house has called for new décor and furnishings, which is suiting the family well.

    April 12, 2014 5 Photos

Reader Pet Photos


We're looking for your best pet photos! Share your photos of your favorite non-human companions in our new photo gallery. Click here to upload your photos

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin