EDITORIAL: Summer Kudos
After a vacation and some time away, it’s time for The Clinton Chronicle Editorial Board to reassemble, and hand out some Summertime Congrats. So, here goes:
Congratulations are in order for District 56 on a very successful renovation of Wilder Stadium. There will be an unveiling ribbon-cutting on Aug. 21st. It wasn’t long ago that we were debating how - and even if - Wilder Stadium should be renovated. The cost seemed so insurmountable. The district and its contractors have found a way, in an affordable fashion, to accomplish some much-needed changes.
Also of note is that Ford Elementary School, Laurens, will break-ground for its new playground on Aug. 15, and Thornwell Charter School will unveil its major campus renovations on Aug. 24.
The District 56 Office of Child Nutrition conducted a very successful Summer Feeding Program at Clinton High School. About 500 people per day - those under 18 ate free, others for a nominal fee - found nutritious meals there during June and July.
The City of Clinton has a design for its new Recreation Complex, and looking at it from an “aerial view” it could be dubbed “The Sand Dollar”. Following community members’ suggestions, baseball/softball fields are “clustered” into a workable, tournament-attractive venue. Ground should start moving next month.
Laurens County has seen its Credit Score restored, and this should make borrowing money for several, much-needed projects easier and more economical for taxpayers. While we’re at it, let’s congratulate Brown Patterson, the apparent winner of the vacant County Council seat (Stewart Jones elected to the SC House). He joins Kemp Younts, who assumed the late Ted Nash’s seat, and Jeffrey Carroll, who brings a wealth of EMS knowledge, as the newest members of the 7-member county governing body.
District 56 deserves substantial credit for, when possible, promoting from within for key Clinton High positions: Dr. Martha Brothers as principal; Louie Alexander as Athletics Director; and Sean McCarthy as head baseball coach. We stand ready to assist them in any way possible.
Congressman Jeff Duncan’s Office has responded well to an alert by a Clinton industry, Richloom, that U.S. tariffs might cause a disruption to the fabric company’s business. The U.S. Trade Representative was made aware of Richloom’s concerns, and we certainly hope the tariffs can be modified to assist this “Made in America” business with a long local history.
The City of Laurens has amended its Building Codes to help save historic buildings, and has established a way to review historical markers. We see these are fine first steps to our county seat encouraging historical-tourism.
Also, it was just announced that Laurens will be the first South Carolina city to implement the new Main Street Approach. To this end, Main Street Laurens will play host to a visit by national Main Street Center staff during the week of August 12th.
For the Laurens County Employees, county council and the county administration offered a major “Thank You” in the form of a cookout at The County Park. County Council members were grilling, the County Administrator was serving, and the State Senator was dipping ice cream. A fun, lunch-time event - and a great way to show off one of the county’s best assets -- The County Park between Clinton and Laurens, near the National Guard Armory and The Airport. Part of the reason for this celebration was a substantial decrease in the county workers’ compensation insurance costs.
Same for Clinton - employees worked on wellness and safety, earning so much savings for the city, and its taxpayers, that the city named its entire workforce, “Employee of the Year”.
These are just a few of the kudos we could extend for a so-far, pretty-active Summer of ’19. If you have an “atta boy” that you want to offer, send it/them to Letters to the Editor at email@example.com (don’t forget to sign your name and provide a daytime phone number). Meanwhile, just let us say, good-bye July.
Much more is coming up in August. Take a look on our Spotlight Page in today’s issue, and stay up on Clinton and Laurens County’s goings-on on our 3 platforms - Newspaper, Website & Facebook. ENJOY the rest of your summer!!