EDITORIAL: Congratulations, Part 2
We have even more local folks to congratulate, starting with the 229 graduates of Presbyterian College.
Friday was hooding day for the fifth graduating class of the PC School of Pharmacy, one of the true shining jewels of Upstate South Carolina.
The Army ROTC Commissioning and Teachers Induction, along with Baccalaureate, dinner and a party kept everyone, especially the food service people, hopping on the PC campus. Then Saturday, Blue Hose Nation dialed up another great day for the College of Arts and Sciences Commencement.
Our own Clinton High Red Devil boys tennis team and girls track team were in state finals on Saturday. The girls 4 x 100 relay team is the new AAA State Champion in that event, and boys tennis finished second among AAA schools to powerhouse Bishop England in boys tennis. Congratulations to all the student-athletes and their coaches.
Thornwell Charter School’s 5K- 5th grades have been approved by the Erskine Institute to open in fall 2019.
Sponsored by the Charter Institute at Erskine, Thornwell plans to enroll students from throughout South Carolina. “I am extremely grateful to the entire Thornwell Charter School Committee made up of many wonderful and hardworking community members,” Norman Dover, Vice President for Education at Thornwell, said. “We are excited to begin work on the planning phase to include building renovation and hiring staff.”
Thornwell Charter School will be located on Thornwell’s 350-plus-acre campus and farm in Clinton with multiple buildings including a school building with 18 classrooms, a performing arts center, gymnasium, athletic center, athletic fields, dining hall and swimming pool. Extracurricular programs including the arts and athletics will be offered.
Two local industries are tops in their class for service and jobs creation.
Each year, S.C. Commerce joins local communities to thank businesses for their vital contributions to South Carolina’s economy with an Industry Appreciation event. Nominees for this year’s Industry Impact awards were judged based on several factors, including capital investment, job creation, community engagement and environmental stewardship.
Nominated by Laurens County Development Corporation (LCDC), CeramTec North America and Walmart Distribution Center were both recognized this year.
“CeramTec and Walmart Distribution are staples in the Laurens County Community. They have been successful here for many years,” LCDC Executive Director Jonathan Coleman said. “Not only do they provide employment to over 1,100 people, collectively, they are very involved in giving back to the community.”
Last Wednesday, communities came to Clinton to pick up big checks.
The EPA has selected Clinton as one of the 144 communities in the United States and one of the only seven in South Carolina for Brownfields Environmental Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup grants; and Clinton hosted the EPA Brownfields Grant Award Ceremony for the State of South Carolina on the front lawn of the M.S. Bailey Municipal Center.
Awarded were 221 grants totaling $54.3 million to provide communities with funding to assess, clean up and redevelop underutilized properties while protecting public health and the environment. A study analyzing 48 brownfields sites found that an estimated $29 million to $97 million in additional tax revenue was generated for local governments in a single year after cleanup. This is two to seven times more than the $12.4 million EPA contributed to the cleanup of these brownfield sites. Another study found that property values of homes located near brownfields sites that are cleaned up increased between 5 and 15 percent after cleanup. Clinton was chosen for two brownfields assessment grants totaling $300,000. In preparation for this application, personnel from the city met with members of the community to identify several potential brownfield sites impacting the community.
Also deserving of the community’s recognition, Jacqueline Williams of Clinton has been selected as the 2017 Employee of the Year for the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) Whitten Regional Center, Clinton.
A Human Services Assistant II-B at Whitten Center for 33 years, Williams was honored by the South Carolina Commission on Disabilities and Special Needs at their recent meeting for her outstanding commitment and dedication to people with disabilities. She was chosen from more than 700 employees at Whitten Center.
Whitten Center Facility Administrator Randy Davis told those attending the presentation that “Jackie is an asset to the residents at Unit 102, and an excellent leader to those working for and with her.”