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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.
  • Friday, August 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Every time we drive by the pond on Bond Avenue it makes us sick because it looks so bad.
    People that worked at Mathews Mill would go the pond just to feed the fish and ducks. 

  • 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 12:08 AM
    Recently the Index-Journal published an article about same-sex marriage. The authors spoke of the seeming inevitability of the redefining of marriage to include gays and lesbians. The article spoke of the futility of defending our state constitution, which defines marriage as the union between a man and woman. 

  • 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. 

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:05 AM
    With no intention of casting aspersions on any elected officials, we take note of the fact that in several local elections, the incumbents are most likely handily returning to office.
    In Greenwood, the mayor and two members of council are thus far unopposed. Officially. We doubt at this point anyone will step up and file as a write-in candidate, but it could happen. Only one council seat, that of Ronnie Ables, is facing opposition this November as challenger Keith McCaslan announced early on his intention to run. 

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:19 AM
    While it is not a great cause for celebration, it is heartening to know Greenwood’s high-profile image in the crime statistics arena has dissipated a bit. Violent crime, murder and manslaughter stats are down dramatically in the county, as noted in a story published Sunday, but South Carolina still ranks as the nation’s fifth-most dangerous state. 

  • Sunday, August 17, 2014 12:30 AM
    Think of it as serendipity that two particular stories were published on the front page of Thursday’s newspaper.
    They were different, yet they shared a common bond: sexual abuse.
    One headline was about a lawsuit filed against Greenwood School District 50 and related the story of a Greenwood High 12th-grader who while on a school bus was reportedly sexually harassed, abused and forced to perform oral sex on another student while the act was recorded by another boy and posted to social media. 

  • Sunday, August 17, 2014 12:30 AM
    My mom was a pretty smart and philosophical woman. Most moms are.
    She paid attention and knew what was important to me and what made me tick. That’s not to say she didn’t go a little overboard at times, because she did.
    She would spend hours putting my baseball cards in numerical order and then would do it again for the doubles and triples of cards I had. She’d even separate some so I could trade with my friends. 

  • Sunday, August 17, 2014 12:28 AM
    By now, just about everyone has shared their thoughts on the death of comedian and actor Robin Williams.
    Well, now it’s my turn.
    As you are undoubtedly aware, Williams committed suicide Monday at his home in Northern California. He was 63.
    There is little I can say about the circumstances of the actor’s death that hasn’t been covered by writers who are much more graceful and talented than me. Simply put, Robin Williams had demons. 

  • Friday, August 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Break out the clay and mold for more people like Doris and Evan Clay. This pair deserve many accolades for their unselfish and caring spirit, exhibited by their exhaustive hours as volunteers in the Greenwood Soup Kitchen for some two decades.
    They might hail from New York, but the Clays have as much southern hospitality and congeniality in their bones as Paula Deen has butter in her cooking. The world needs more people like the Clays, but we join in wishing them well as they back away a little to devote more time to family. Hey, after an estimated 20,000 hours of volunteer service they have earned the right to do just that. 

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    A penny for their thoughts?
    Saluda County Council killed plans to put before residents a referendum that would levy a penny sales tax to pay for various capital projects carrying a price tag of more than $6 million. On the surface it would seem a bad idea as council was eyeing the referendum for good reason. 

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    It is very nearly here. It is likely greeted by some parents with much relief while teachers likely harbor mixed emotions.
    It, of course, is the opening of school. Summer is quickly coming to a close. Football teams are suiting up, marching bands are learning their steps and classrooms are getting freshened up. The return to school will not be the same for all. Some principals have been shifted to different schools, some will find themselves in an administrative office and not among the students at the school when the bell rings. 

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014 12:14 AM
    Congratulations are due Saluda County.
    Why? Because Saluda County became a Work Ready certified county, as designated the end of July by Gov. Nikki Haley. Even though the state’s overall unemployment figures have dramatically improved, no doubt every county considers itself “work ready” and open for business, but this designation carries a bit more meaning 

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014 12:11 AM
    Apparently the wheels fell off plans the City of Greenwood had for regulating skateboarders.
    In July, City Council heard from some Uptown business owners who were understandably upset that skateboarders were damaging private property. 

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014 12:09 AM
    Hello, Miss Chicken.
    I have been more than remiss in not getting back to you until now about something you asked after reading my column about the passing of a good friend, John Banks. I mentioned he was a fan of meatloaf and how much he liked mine when I made in for him during one of his visits to my house.