Local businesses support Armory
When businesses pull together to do something right for our Armed Forces, they deserve recognition and appreciation. I hope this letter will serve as that to three very generous companies who recently pulled together to make some facility upgrades to the Fort Mill National Guard Armory at their expense.
For Every Season Consignment has been renting our facilities for some time now. With the help of Donna at Stateline Lighting of Fort Mill and Seth at Hertz of South Charlotte, Lori and Lisa at For Every Season were able to provide upgrades to our facilities that our soldiers will benefit from for a long time.
On behalf of the 1222nd Engineer Company, we would like to thank each of them for their support and efforts in making us feel appreciated and supported in what we do!
SFC Tracey Colvin, SCARNG
Children come first in Fort Mill
In response to last week's editorial on the schools enrollment freezes, I have a few comments and concerns about what the author of the article wrote as a parent and teacher at Riverview Elementary School.
While it is true that enrollment numbers were down at Gold Hill Elementary School and Riverview was at capacity, I can assure every child in any class at Riverview Elementary was given the best quality education. No child was ever "mistreated" as stated in the article or at a disadvantage because they attended Riverview.
I can understand the concern of a district policy when it affects someone's child; however, without fully understanding the reasons the policy was implemented and the reasons for its length, it is unfair to state that any child was discriminated against. The Fort Mill School District's motto is "Children First" and that is exactly what every school in this district does. We put our students first. Wherever a child attends school he or she will receive a quality education no matter the class size or busing concerns.
In closing, it should be noted that Riverview Elementary staff has gone above and beyond, as does every Fort Mill School District employee daily, to insure that every child is treated with respect and treated as a member of the wonderful family that we are here in Fort Mill.
MorningStar is doing good
I moved here to the Fort Mill area five years ago from North Dakota and bought a condo in Dogwood Hills on the old Heritage USA property. Since living here, I've seen different ministries (which I know little to nothing about) move in across the tracks, but by all accounts are good, peaceable, law-abiding citizens who have made a lot of improvement to the property - and I have yet to see any of these citizens on the police blotter.
What baffles me is York County officials' obsession with this 21-story building that MorningStar Ministries is in the process of renovating for senior citizens.
In a country where drugs, child pornography, child neglect, gangs, home invasions, spousal abuse and murders are rampant and, yes, even in our sleepy little Southern town in York County, I think it's time for us as supposedly responsible citizens of York County to ask our county officials to pick their battles with more forethought and put their time and our tax money to better use.
As Bill Cosby would say, "Come on, people!"
Catawba story lacking
I was thrilled to see the picture of Catawba tribal member Ronnie Beck on the cover of the Sept. 17 Fort Mill Times. I was even more excited to see a second picture on the cover of the sports section.
The blessing ceremony to unite Indian Land High School with the Catawba tribe was significant and completely overlooked by the article. I was hoping that the paper would have taken an opportunity to explain the type of ceremony that was performed and its significance in relation to the union between the tribe and Indian Land High School.
I think the important ceremony deserved a little more attention considering the paper used an image of the ceremony to promote readership through a front-page photo.
Rose Tree Lane