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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.
  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Friday, August 08, 2014 1:30 AM
    Thumbs up to Prysmian, the Italian cable-making company in Abbeville, for its plans to expand and create another 16-20 jobs. Sure, that might not seem like many jobs to some, but this is more than just a jobs machine at work. This represents a commitment, an investment in Abbeville County on the part of one of its industrial residents. That’s good for some people out of work, in the short term, but it’s great for the overall economy of Abbeville County in the long term. 

  • Thursday, August 07, 2014 12:00 AM
    Public office is not always glamorous. Those who serve sometimes find themselves questioning why they bother. Those are the ones who truly serve, not self-serve, so to speak.
    Take Greenwood City Council, for example. Council has been on track with incredible improvements to the Uptown area. Those improvements come at a cost, of course, but some members of council are being all but badgered by their constituents who think their tax dollars are being poured (translation: wasted) into Uptown projects at the expense of making improvements to their neighborhoods. 

  • Wednesday, August 06, 2014 12:57 AM
    Another 17 heroes were honored Sunday, some posthumously, but recognized and honored just the same.
    Each year, local veterans of various wars are being inducted into the Greenwood County Hall of Heroes -- a fitting tribute to each of them and an appropriate public recognition of their service to this country. Yes, we all have jobs we sign on to perform, but the bulk of our service men and women are doing more than a job -- they are doing a service for this country and their fellow countrymen that is in many ways beyond comprehension. While many of us in the workforce can simply walk away and change jobs, while we can leave our work and find rest and distractions at home after we have left the office, the same is not so for so many of our war heroes. They live, breathe, eat and sleep their jobs, and all too often they are taken for granted, despite all they have done to defend this country, its people, its constitution. 

  • Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Huge step forward” was the dominant headline on the front page of Sunday’s Index-Journal.
    That was not an exaggeration, either. Work has begun at 332 Main St. in Greenwood to convert the high-profile corner building into a combination of living and retail space. 

  • Sunday, August 03, 2014 12:00 AM
    What might seem like a rather simple thing to many, and what many of us already take for granted, is really quite large in the lives of many Ware Shoals residents who have for too many years endured less-than-desirable water quality.
    In particular, residents along Smith Street have had clothing ruined while also subjected to cooking with and drinking badly discolored water. The reason? Long-outdated piping. And for a time, all residents seemed to be able to do was voice their displeasure, and as taxpayers they had plenty of reason to be upset.