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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.
  • 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. 

  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    There are many things out of order in this great country.
    One more problem recently appeared in the Index-Journal about the national rate of gasoline tax being 31 cents a gallon. 

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kids they have to have private transportation from kindergarten to full adult. All my siblings and I had our legs to take us from home to the schoolhouse a mile away. After four years of country schooling, we took a bus to school in town. During World War II, we used rationing stamps to purchase food not grown on a farm. 

  • 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. 

  • Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    I volunteer at the Greenwood Country Library on Fridays and, according to the detour map on page 15 in the Festival of Discovery insert, traffic on Washington Street and entrances to the library were closed so I turned onto Marion Avenue and turned right turned onto Edgefield Street. 

  • Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    I know there are folks in the Greenwood area who have purchased CDs or downloaded music put out by the blues performers in town recently for the annual South Carolina Festival of Discovery and Greenwood Blues Cruise in Uptown Greenwood. 

  • 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. 

  • Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Unpacking boxes is an incredibly tedious task.
    My family and I recently moved, and the process of preparing for the move, moving and then unpacking all of our stuff has been interesting, to say the least. 

  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    The current council does not represent the majority of Greenwood taxpayers. 

  • Saturday, July 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    MOUNT PLEASANT -- Lydia McLean Wiggins MacLaughlin, 99, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, widow of Don Taylor MacLaughlin, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, July 16, 2014. 

  • 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.