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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.
  • 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
    Carolina! Clemson!
    Clemson! Carolina!

    Some of you have probably already geared up, ready to make your attack and tell us just how biased we are. At no other time of year, not even the political season, do we hear claims the likes of which we hear during football season. In fact, the claims about our bias make me think the crew at MSNBC, CNN, CBS and FOX have it easy.
    Granted, there are quite a few folks in the office who have garnet and black running through their veins, but that stands to reason. Clemson is not known for spitting out too many journalists anymore than Carolina is known for spitting out agriculturists and engineers -- although, both probably have their fair share of students who have extensively studied one form of agriculture, cannabis. Still, the truth is the newspaper has a healthy crop of Clemson fans. 

  • 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. 

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    I knew Greenwood attorney Don Long was a music fan. I’ve seen him at different music events in and around Greenwood including Music on Maxwell and the Greenwood Blues Cruise portion of the annual South Carolina Festival of Discovery in Uptown Greenwood.
    What I didn’t know was that he was a fan of Barry Manilow. At least I think he is. He probably didn’t know that about me, either. That is until I wrote my column on Aug. 17 about a card and a note my mom included with a Christmas present once many years ago. It explained how she loved me because she was my mother, but liking me was something totally different, and she didn’t have to do that. The note let me know she did love me... and like me. 

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    As my senior year drew to a close, the graduating members of the Abbeville High School Class of 1997 gathered on the home bleachers at Hite Stadium for a class photo.
    We stood in our caps and gowns and smiled as a professional photographer snapped photos and captured images we would later be able to purchase. Soon, the photographer was done, but the graduates were not.
    There were still other photos to be taken, and Press and Banner reporter Henry E. Green would be the one to take them. I still remember our class gave Henry a “Bronx cheer” as he stepped up on a bench to take his photos for the paper. 

  • 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. 

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:35 AM
    It is only Wednesday, but we know full well many of you are gearing up for the weekend. A long weekend. A last hurrah weekend as summer basically comes to an official close 

  • 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.

     

  • Sunday, August 24, 2014 12:36 AM
    Coco was a good dog. He was our family dog for 12 years. He was Kyle’s dog. He was Adam’s dog.
    We lost Coco, a Peekapoo, Monday morning after a rough weekend that showed everyone in the house just how fragile life can be. He started showing signs of a rapid decline on Saturday. He lost control of his bodily functions on the couch without moving an inch while sitting next to my oldest son. His urine had blood in it.
    He couldn’t control himself three more times before my oldest and I took him to Dr. Teresa Willis at Emerald City Animal Hospital on an emergency call on Sunday. 

  • Sunday, August 24, 2014 12:35 AM
    We’ve waited, patiently.
    It’s been long enough. Thankfully, blissfully, mercifully, the best time of the year is finally upon us.
    It’s football season. Thank the Lord.
    High school games have begun and NFL squads are going through their exhibition season. But, more importantly to many in the South, college football is nearly at hand.
    For local college fans, it’s set to be one hell of a Labor Day weekend. Things kick off Thursday evening in Columbia, as No. 9 South Carolina takes on No. 21 Texas A&M. In South Carolina, we’re football crazy. But in Texas, well, they are football obsessed. 

  • 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.