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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
    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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:26 AM
    Let's talk about it. We need to, but too many people don't want to talk about it. They'd be more comfortable discuss politics and religion combined than broach this subject. Keep it hidden. Ignore it. And why not? It is so hard to identify. It is so elusive.  

  • 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.