Here are recent happenings in the area we think are good and not so good.
▪ York County voters saying yes to the $90 million bond referendum. It is vital for the county to provide adequate services for years to come. The five necessary projects are: building a new Family Court facility, expanding Moss Justice Center, expanding and renovating public works facilities and renovating the Clover and Fort Mill magistrate’s offices. These are core to the foundation of our county and vital for efficiency and safety in a county booming in population growth. A tax increase of about $2.30 a month for the owner of a $100,000 home will keep us strong and secure.
▪ Congratulations to Jennifer Roberts, mayor-elect of Charlotte. Lake Wylie can lay some claim to her through her parents Randy and Susan Watts of Lake Wylie. Sadly, Randy died Oct. 3, just short of his daughter’s election victory Nov. 3. Perhaps a role model for his daughter, he was civic minded and earned the Distinguished Service Award for 20 years of service to River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Club as a program director and seller of Christmas trees for the club’s charities.
▪ Good lessons on life, history and honoring the men and women who serve. This week, Veterans Day is being celebrated more than one day throughout the community. Events include a flag pole dedication ceremony Nov. 10 at Pine Grove Christian Academy honoring several World War II veterans from The Journey Church; Veterans Breakfast at Clover High School Nov. 10 with veterans invited by Interact Club and AFJROTC; and Palisades Episcopal School’s Veterans Day service Nov. 12 with special tributes from students and Olympic High School JROTC.
▪ Carolina Panthers give us cause for celebration as the hometown team for North and South Carolina. That’s the way Jerry Richardson intended it following his success as an NFL player for Baltimore and as a Spartanburg-based businessman. With Carolina Panthers based in Charlotte, the team keeps summer training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg. While the two states may compete for new business and industry, shared pride in the Panthers is heartwarming.
▪ However, thumbs down to Panthers stadium security after members of We Are Cove Point rappelled down Bank of America Stadium during the Monday night football game Nov. 2.