Editorial - To You, Congratulations
First of all, congratulations to Hoyt Hanvey Jewelers for their 45th year in the Clinton business community. They remodeled recently, and on Thursday, the result was revealed to Chamber of Commerce and City of Clinton representatives, and friends of the uptown business.
This event can be considered a kick-off to a new Chamber initiative to have everyone “Think Local” when considering where to shop. Your locally-spend dollars recycle through the community in the form of team sponsorships, band fruit sales, artisans support, and local festivals and concerts. Dollars spent outside, stay there - outside.
Good job to Torrence Marable, a new Clintonian who plays football at Presbyterian College. We are likely to have him for three more seasons and, as a freshman running back, he is nominated on the prestigious STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award Watch List. This award is given annually to the freshman of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision level.
Remaining on football a minute, a player who will be going to Presbyterian College - Kody Varn - is one of the North-South Football Game participants in a event sponsored by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives. We Clinton Red Devil fans have known what a talented offensive lineman Kody is for several seasons; now, coaches from everywhere will know it, also.
While we’re on sports, a shout out to the Clinton High School girls tennis team is in order. They’re out of the AAA State Playoffs now, but the Red Devils made their presence felt, advancing to the third round and knocking off a No. 1 seed along the way. Great job to one of Clovis Simmons’ youngest teams - just one senior, Elizabeth Jones.
Clinton Middle School’s 8th grade football team and the Wildcat volleyball team wound up with championships. Football was undefeated on the season, and volleyball won the conference tournament title. They are setting a strong foundation for Red Devil sports.
Another football player that Clinton claims, NFL defensive standout Justin Bethel, was the recipient Saturday of Presbyterian College’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. A jazz drummer, Bethel is advancing his musical career as a fall-back when his playing days are over with the Arizona Cardinals.
He is the ninth player ever drafted out of Presbyterian College to the NFL and first to be selected to a Pro Bowl. Bethel has lived out the motto of PC by giving back to his alma mater, having been inducted in 2016 into the William Plumer Jacobs Society and advanced to the President’s Level, recognizing lifetime giving in excess of $250,000. The college dedicated the Bethel Hydrotherapy Room in the Kemper D. Lake Sports Medicine Facility last year.
In addition to supporting the Neville Renewed Campaign, Bethel also continues to support the CHAMPS program, the PC Fund, and the Scotsman Club at leadership levels.
Recipients of Honorary Alumna Awards are Flo Dowdle and Betty Strock, both of Clinton. The alumni awards were part of a successful Homecoming Thursday through Saturday on the South Broad Street campus.
Finally, we have congratulations to offer within our own North Broad Street building. Patricia M. Edwards has come to us from Newberry to fill the team-leading Publisher’s position. She replaces Wally Gallain, who has retired, and before that, our own Larry Franklin, who is filling some important roles on a semi-retired basis.
Edwards brings to us valuable experience in the “money-making” and editorial sides of the newspaper business.
She is the latest in a long line of top-notch publishers - notably, former state lawmaker Donny Wilder - who have advanced the news business in Clinton since our paper was founded in 1900. We are successful at our job with the support of partners like Hoyt Hanvey, and because we can write about people, like those above, who commit themselves to excellence.
We are sure we will have many more congratulations to offer in Clinton’s bright and promising future.