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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:00 AM
Greenwood County Council today will take up the first of three readings that likely will lead to the establishment of a 1 percent hospitality tax in the county, mirroring a tax implemented by the City of Greenwood in 2006.
Given that thus far no one on council expressed opposition to the tax, it is likely to take effect in a matter of weeks.
  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Greenwood County Council today will take up the first of three readings that likely will lead to the establishment of a 1 percent hospitality tax in the county, mirroring a tax implemented by the City of Greenwood in 2006.
    Given that thus far no one on council expressed opposition to the tax, it is likely to take effect in a matter of weeks. 

  • Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you want teenagers to get a message, you’re probably going to have to grab a smartphone and send them a text. But this message is deliberately being delivered by way of newspapers throughout the state, and it’s a message we hope parents, teachers, mentors, grandparents and others will be sure to share with teens they love and care about. 

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014 6:06 PM
    Hard hits. Domination. Fierce competition to become the victor. Taunting. 

  • Tuesday, September 09, 2014 1:22 AM
    We have a suggestion for some people living near Uncle Jerry’s Kitchen: Quit complaining and pitch in.
    Jerry and Mamie Hall have been operating an outreach program between Donalds and Due West since 2010. Its mission is simple: Feed those who are hungry, with no concern for socio-economic standing. With the help of other volunteers, the Halls crank out good Southern-styled meals Tuesday nights. Naturally, as the years progressed and word has spread, the number of people being served increased. And that resulted in a number of neighbors complaining to county officials. 

  • Sunday, September 07, 2014 12:00 AM

    June and July play a tremendous role in the life of Greenwood County by pumping millions of dollars into the local economy.

     

  • Friday, September 05, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cambridge Academy in Greenwood gets a thumbs up this week for being worldly. Having earned a Student and Exchange Visitor Program certification through the Department of Homeland Security -- by the way, how many of us would have thought the world would have come to having to clear a student exchange program? -- the school is now poised to launch such a program. Non-immigrant international students with visas will be allowed to come to Cambridge to study. Lander University officials were driving forces behind the effort as well because the university could very well be the next stepping stone on the international students’ education path.
    This is not only a good opportunity for the international students, giving them the chance to get acclimated to life in the United States as well as the English language, but also for Cambridge and its extended family. Families here will be able to host the international students. What a great cultural exchange that can be as rewarding as a diploma itself. So thumbs up to Cambridge’s head of school, Jody Gable, for pursuing the program, and thumbs up to Lander president Dan Ball and Jae Park for helping make it all possible. 

  • Thursday, September 04, 2014 10:00 AM
    We already touched on this topic recently, but now with the filing deadline really and truly over for a number of upcoming local races, we cannot help but point out yet again the dearth of candidates seeking public office. 

  • Monday, September 01, 2014 1:16 AM
    There is a certain irony about today. The whole weekend, actually.
    Today is Labor Day, a day set aside to recognize the achievements -- economic and social -- of our country’s workers.
    A brief history of the holiday on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website tells us the day was created by the labor movement in America. Eventually, state governments picked up the banner, passing ordinances in the 1880s to recognize the day. That led to a more organized movement to get state legislation passed in recognition of laborers’ achievements, and in February 1887, Oregon was the first state to pass a law recognizing Labor Day. 

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    There is more afoot than an exchange of pleasantries and jovial back-patting between the leadership of Greenwood city and county. That was evident, but was made more clearly evident during last week’s State of the City and County address hosted by the Greenwood Chamber. And it is more than just encouraging. It is to be lauded, it is to be nurtured.
    We are not suggesting the city and county have been sworn enemies; there is no likening their relationship to that of Israel and Palestine, for example. But the truth is the city and county did, in years past, operate as though they shared no borders and no common purpose. The truth also is that there was a distinct and noticeable shift from that position. Truly, this is a good time for Greenwood as a whole. 

  • Friday, August 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Things are rough around here sometimes, but we like the fact things will soon be ruff. That is, a big thumbs up to the dog park that is set to open this fall at the Grace Street Park. The park itself has been a longtime dream that is finally coming to fruition.  

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    It will take some adjusting. As advances in technology and the like come along, including in the world of communications, it always does take adjustment. There is a learning curve involved. 

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Imagine an aspiring model who enrolls in a class that teaches her poise. She enlists the help of professional makeup artists and beauticians. Additionally, she works with a professional photographer who works with other models. 

  • Sunday, August 24, 2014 12:45 AM

    Greenwood County Council ought not spend too much time donning pith helmets and creeping through the jungle on an expedition. Council would, in fact, be wise to move forward on implementing a hospitality tax. Really, there is little need for a great degree of exploration on the matter.

     

  • Friday, August 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Thumbs up to McCormick County’s Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services for cracking down on offenders who owe money to victims and are delinquent in paying fines and court costs. While we certainly can and do sympathize particularly with the victims who are owed restitution, which does not typically result in a victim recouping all he has lost, we also see the need in collecting fines and other court fees because those missing funds simply drive up the costs for the non-offenders in the county. It is a vicious cycle. The criminal commits a crime and there is an associated cost. That cost multiplies when the criminal does not comply with the first court order. It is a shame it takes so much effort to collect, but it does. 

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Welcome back, students, teachers and administrators. Turn off the Alice Cooper because school is no longer out for the summer. And for the most part, it has been a fairly typical and uneventful start to the new school year around the Lakelands.