Less than two months ago, we presented our annual wish list for Fort Mill Township and already we can scratch one item off the list.
The S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles announced it is opening a field office in Fort Mill, into what is now a vacant building on Hwy. 21 near Regent Park. Actually, the DMV is relocating the office now on Heckle Boulevard in Rock Hill, but we'll take what we can get.
According to DMV officials, the Heckle Boulevard facility - one of two in Rock Hill - was too small to handle the increased volume of customers. Any township resident who made the 20 to 30-minute trek to that office and stood in line for what seemed like eternity can attest to that. The Fort Mill office will feature 15 windows compared to six at the Heckle Boulevard facility and will offer expanded services.
Although DMV officials said the move wasn't prompted by local elected officials, they do credit York County with assisting in the property search. Any action that helped steer the DMV to Fort Mill should be applauded.
The bottom line, though, is that officials seem to have caught on to what we've known for the better part of a decade - that Fort Mill Township is the fastest growing part of the region and its residents deserve a convenient location for essential services.
Support for Connor outstanding
Some of the best news we've heard in quite a while came from a hospital in Augusta, Ga., where Connor McKemey of Tega Cay is recovering from severe burns over most of his body, including internal injuries. Connor, 13, was woken up from a medically induced coma and taken off a ventilator. Now able to breathe on his own, Connor spoke for the first time in more than a month and ate a little solid food.
He was also able to hear about all the support he has back at home. Almost immediately since the accident that caused his burns, residents sprang into action.
People continue to line up at blood drives - Connor requires countless transfusions - and attend an array of fundraisers that included all-day lacrosse marathon and a benefit comedy show. Local students and educators also continue to come up with ways to raise money for the family's expenses and show their support.
Not that anyone should be surprised by the outpouring; It's one of the things that makes this township a special place to live.