Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

  • Saturday, July 13, 2013

TO THE 16 YEAR SERVICE OF PASTOR JAMES GLANDER: The Rev. Glander served as a shepherd to his community at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. His impact went far beyond services, as he visited members of his congregation who were in the hospital on his own free time. His wife, Dee, was also a pillar within the community as a regular staple for the day-to-day events of the church.


Glander, along with the Rev. Nathaniel Irvin of Old Storm Branch Baptist Church, who retired earlier this year, are part of an increasingly rare breed. Fewer and fewer pastors stay for such extended periods, such as Glander for 16 and Irvin for 33.


THUMBS DOWN

TO THE SITUATION SURROUNDING FOX CREEK HIGH SCHOOL: This has dragged on for almost two months now, and the answers are increasingly limited.


Following an Aiken Standard Freedom of Information Act request, the reasons behind Murph’s placement on paid administrative leave are “allegations and concerns regarding school management and leadership.”


The vague nature of that statement leaves more questions than answers. The school will be fine in the long run, but the sooner this information is released to the public and can be settled and behind them, the better.


THUMBS UP

TO SERVING SENIOR CITIZENS: The Sterling House is an amazing establishment that serves a very real need.


Most senior citizens view assisted living as a negative. It’s as though they’re having to admit that they can no longer care for themselves and accepting their age. The Rock & Roll Night at the Sterling House, however, gives them something to break the mold of monotony. Once you reach a certain age, birthdays and most events tend to feel like you’re going through the motions. For one night, at least, things are different.


Plus, who wouldn’t want to meet and hang out with Elvis?


THUMBS UP

TO PEACH JAM WEEK: This time of the year is always special, and the Nike Peach Jam brings in some of the top talent from all around the country.


The highest-rated prospect in the 2014 class, Jahlil Okafor, will be in attendance. Also in attendance will be Tyrus Jones, Emmanuel Mudiay, Trey Lyles, Cliff Alexander and numerous other 5-star prospects. It’s an exciting time to be a sports fan, to say the least, but it is especially important for what it brings to North Augusta and the area financially.


Just be sure to remember that the coaches you may spot have a job to do.


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