It's become tradition for the Fort Mill Times to make an annual New Year's wish list.
We made some wishes last year that came true in 2008, including voter approval of the Fort Mill School District's $95.9 million bond referendum, the comeback of the local peach crop and Sunday alcohol sales in all of York County. We also wished for progress on downtown revitalization in Fort Mill, including a theater on Main Street, and although there's much work ahead, progress was indeed made.
Among our unfulfilled wishes was the swift resolution to the court case holding up the construction of a Fort Mill hospital, a significant raise in the state cigarette tax and public disclosure of MorningStar Ministries' funding for a plan to turn the old PTL tower into a housing complex.
Here's what we would like to see in 2009:
• National economic recovery.
• Widening of Hwy. 160 at the points that continue to bottleneck at rush hour.
• A traffic signal on Doby's Bridge Road at Barberville Road.
• Repeal of the state law that shifted funding of public education from residential property tax to state sales tax.
• A plan to replace Fort Mill's aging underground water pipes.
• Federal funding for local infrastructure projects, including widening the Hwy. 21 bridge.
• Success for local prep sports teams - especially those that fell on hard times in 2008.
• More pet adoptions at the Humane Society of York County shelter.
• Donations to the fledgling Fort Mill Arts Guild so it can thrive and continue the work it started this year, including a plan for a downtown arts center.
• Sunday take-out alcohol sales across York County (currently, it's allowed only in Tega Cay).
• A contingency fund for the City of Tega Cay.
• That the nearly unprecedented voter participation in last fall's elections is a trend rather than an anomaly.
• Last, and by no means least, a full and swift recovery for Connor McKemey, 13, of Tega Cay, and his mom Karin. The two were burned in an accidental fire Dec. 21 and are recovering at a burn unit in Georgia.
To all of our readers, we wish a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.