Editorial: Congratulations are in order
It was an especially thankful Thanksgiving for some people in Clinton, beginning with everyone who was involved in the City of Clinton’s aspiration to join Main Street South Carolina. City officials learned Clinton will be one of two new Main Street SC cities – Camden is the other one – in 2017, when the city will enter the 3-year Main Street boot camp. This newspaper has chronicled what membership in Main Street should do for the entire city – particularly the small businesses in our downtown central business district. A number of city folks were involved in submitting Clinton’s Main Street application. The drive was spearheaded by Director of Community Development Jerre Threatt, who submitted a professional and thorough application. Main Street SC and the Municipal Association of South Carolina (which administers the program) obviously agreed (representatives from the two agencies visited Clinton on Oct. 20) and quickly selected Clinton to join the program next year. Making Main Street successful in Clinton is going to take a lot of work, money and dedication. It’s going to take volunteers who will be under the direction of the to-be-hired Main Street director. As with any such program finding the right person to head the program is going to be the key. The director must be a combination administrator-cheerleader-salesperson. Also on the list of especially thankful folks is Andrew Webb, Clinton’s High School’s new head football coach. Webb has directed the pigskin program at his alma mater for the past two years under an “interim” tag. His first-year squad went 3-7 and didn’t make the playoffs. This year’s team ended the season with a 5-6 mark, including a quick appearance in the AAA playoffs. Most observers thought five wins would be the magic number to getting the wearisome interim label removed. Webb and his entire family – going back at least to his grandparents – live and bleed Red Devil red and white. The new young coach is not without detractors, but the Webb Devils appear to have the support of the Clinton High and District 56 administrators and board of trustees. When Webb was hired in 2014, he and Superintendent Dr. David O’Shields listed some improvements sought in the CHS football program – both on and off the field. Although the list was not released publicly, it is our understanding that Webb has accomplished everything required of him – and more. Grades are better, more kids are signing college scholarships and the football team is more visible in the community. Congratulations Coach Webb and best of luck in 2017 and beyond. Just hours before the announcement about Webb, Coach Tommy Spangler was named head football coach at Presbyterian College last week for the second time. For the past four years, Spangler has been the defensive coordinator at PC under Head Coach Harold Nichols. Spangler was head coach at PC from 2001 until 2006 (after three years as an assistant coach). He left PC to become defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech for six years before returning to Clinton. Spangler played collegiate football at the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the 1980 national championship team. PC has not seen the success on the football field in Division I that previous Blue Hose teams did in the NAIA and Division II levels. The Blue Hose family hopes Coach Spangler is the man to return them to the success of years past. We think he’s the right man for the job.