Editorial: We Are Thankful
In the transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas, we believe it remains appropriate for us to say, We Are Thankful For ...
First Responders, our state thankfully is not going through the horror of California. However, we have had more than our share of dangerous weather since 2015, and one group is always there to help out. We are very much thankful for our law enforcement officers, fire-fighters, EMTs, emergency managers and communication dispatchers, and public works responders for being there whenever, and whatever, need arises.
Fountain Inn area fire station, we had the pleasure last month of attending the official dedication of the Clyde James Saxon Fire Station #30 in rural Laurens County. This half million expenditure will enhance fire protection in our county’s fastest-growing area. Along with subdivisions “popping up everywhere,” the northern end is home to beautiful small farms and homesites on rolling hills and valleys leading into Fountain Inn. We realize no one “takes a drive” anymore, but anyone in the mood to simply wander would do well to visit Stewart Dairy Road and Thompson Road for some wonderful scenery. We are thankful, too, for Mr. Saxon’s family’s willingness to sell this tract to Laurens County for a key linchpin in the plan to make residential fire insurance affordable to all homeowners.
Teachers getting report cards, it’s stressful enough when you are handing out reports cards, much less “getting graded” yourself. For the first time in several years, the state has taken onto itself the task of grading all districts and schools in South Carolina. Those “below average” schools carry that stigma for at least a year, and those “excellent” schools are left to wonder “how can we improve” - since improvement governs the money they will receive to remain excellent. We are not thankful for these grades; we are thankful for the thousands of women and men willing to be on the front lines of helping our young people excel every single day.
Economic Development, sooner rather than later, Laurens County will be able to say to a prospective industry, “We have three buildings for you to look at, you can buy or lease and start moving in tomorrow.” Clinton will have a second spec building. Hunter Industrial Park, Laurens, will have a spec building. At some point, and there is no rush in looking for “the perfect fit,” the under-development Connexial Center in northern Laurens County will have a spec building. That puts six local agencies into partnerships with state officials and others to build infrastructure and market job-sites for our county. It’s just a matter of time - the I-385 corridor merging with I-26 east of Clinton is going to grow.
Small Business, between the Friday that big box stores find themselves “going into the black” and on-line stores field a flood of orders from people shopping at their work computers, there is Small Business Saturday, And, thank goodness there is - the mom-and-pop businesses of America fuel our nation’s economic engine. When you buy from a local small business, you contribute to your town’s tax base, make possible donations to recreation teams and high school booster clubs, and myriad other community enhancements, and send the sons and daughters of your neighbors to college. We encourage everyone to Think Laurens County.
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