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Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:25 AM
It’s one of those good news, bad news tales.
The City of Greenwood now has the ways and means of addressing some of the most hazardous situations, meth lab cleanup. Equipped with a trained crew and a $400,000 HAZMAT response truck, the city’s fire department is ready for a variety of emergency situations, from chemical spills to train derailments to gas leaks. Its response list includes meth lab duty, the hazardous task of cleaning up those places where the drug is manufactured once law enforcement has done its duty and broken up the meth manufacturing operation. And sadly, it seems, the meth cleanup muscle will get the most flexing.
  • Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:25 AM
    It’s one of those good news, bad news tales.
    The City of Greenwood now has the ways and means of addressing some of the most hazardous situations, meth lab cleanup. Equipped with a trained crew and a $400,000 HAZMAT response truck, the city’s fire department is ready for a variety of emergency situations, from chemical spills to train derailments to gas leaks. Its response list includes meth lab duty, the hazardous task of cleaning up those places where the drug is manufactured once law enforcement has done its duty and broken up the meth manufacturing operation. And sadly, it seems, the meth cleanup muscle will get the most flexing. 

  • Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:25 AM
    We like it when Greenwood’s county manager, Toby Chappell talks trash. After all, it’s led to some cleaner roadsides throughout the county.
    As detailed in a front-page story Monday, the county has seen more than 10 miles of roadside litter cleaned up and stowed in 169 13-gallon bags within the last three months -- all at minuscule cost to the county taxpayers. Chappell and Richard Williams, an agent with the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, developed and launched a plan that puts parolees and those given community service sentences to work cleaning our roadsides. 

  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Our federal government seems to have no shortage of examples that reflect its ineptitude and inefficiency. It stands as a gleaming example of how normal business should not operate. 

  • Sunday, July 27, 2014 12:00 AM
    While there are reasons to celebrate in our state -- the unemployment rate being so low, for example -- a report released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation certainly is not among those reasons.
    Unfortunately, while we have made great strides in building up our state’s business and industrial base, our position as a great place to retire and vacation, we remain a poor example to the rest of the nation when it comes to the welfare of our children. 

  • Friday, July 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Stephen Gilchrist, a Greenwoodian who now lives and works in Columbia, deserves a thumbs up for his story and the example he sets for others. Gilchrist had what might be labeled an uncertain start in life. Like many others, he had no real sense of direction before heading off to college. In fact, he had no intentions of entering college. But circumstances led him not only to go to college at South Carolina State University, but also back home to Greenwood, plus a stint in the political arena thanks to longtime state Sen. John Drummond. 

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:13 AM
    Gov. Nikki Haley had to see it coming. And Tom Ervin probably won’t be far behind in giving more details of his own plan.
    What about? Plans to fix our state’s roads and bridges, that’s what. 

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Presbyterians don’t believe in luck. Still, we do sincerely wish Paul Kooistra the best of luck as the 16th president of Erskine College and Theological Seminary.
    Kooistra was named president Friday, and also corresponding with the Presbyterian way one would have to think he was predestined for the post -- he was initially being considered to fill the void on an interim basis. But the committee conducting the search determined Kooistra could and would mean more for Erskine on a long-term basis. The board agreed, unanimously, and offered him the full-time position, which he accepted. 

  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    South Carolina is living up to its reputation as a state that can and will put its people to work, as evidenced by its continuing trend of besting the national unemployment rate, now for the third consecutive month. 

  • Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” -- Ronald Reagan
    Granted, the proposed demolition of the Greenwood County civic center does not come close as a historic parallel to President Reagan’s charge to his Russian counterpart that eventually led to the removal of the Berlin Wall, but the bittersweet moment is upon us. 

  • Friday, July 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Baffling. That is how we can best describe the state Supreme Court’s latest ruling to remove from the public eye that which should be public. 

  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Abbeville is a beautiful city steeped in a historic past. 

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Every so often, South Carolina politics rises to the level of public ridicule and becomes the topic of many a late night TV host’s jokes. 

  • Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Most likely on any given day, the media could report on and warn people about scams that, if successful, will rob them of their hard-earned money. 

  • Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Politics is an interesting animal. We love it, we hate it. We’ve even heard some people describe it as akin to marriage, but we’d like to think a marriage is far better. 

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:11 AM
    Skateboarders and longboarders around here do not seem to be menacing and wayward children. We’ve not noticed any hellions on wheels roaming the streets and zipping by people with criminal or ill-intent. No, they seem to be folks who simply enjoy the thrill of skateboarding or, especially among longboarders, prefer the board as a means of getting from Point A to Point B.
    But these youngsters who surf on wheels rather than waves also have an obligation to respect property, public and private. And as such, we find ourselves in the court with the City of Greenwood as it eyes amending its ordinance to ban skateboarding in the Uptown Special Tax District. At the same time, we are sympathetic and think something can be done to accommodate the skateboarders.