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September 16, 2014

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Everyone has gut feelings about the community they call home. Kathleen Brady, head of planning, institutional research and metropolitan studies for the University of South Carolina Upstate, made a living turning feel- ings into numbers for communities. Brady presented the findings for the Greenwood Community Indi- cators Project on Monday to a vast array of representatives from non- profits, businesses and governments, including Greenwood Mayor Wel- born Adams, Greenwood County Manager Toby Chappell, County Councilman Steve Brown, District 50 and 51 superintendents Darrell John- son and Fay Sprouse. "It's definitely a fresh perspective," Brown said. "It's going to take a while to sit down and digest all of this." There were statistics that garnered applause. That Greenwood County's resurgence led to an influx of young professionals was undeniable: With holders of bachelor's degrees or high- er education, Greenwood County's 22.7 percent was significantly higher than its peer counties of Laurens or Darlington. There were numbers and trends that led to consternation: Despite higher incomes in almost ever y category compared with its peers, Greenwood County's median income VOL. 96, NO. 110 2 SECTIONS, 16 PAGES TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 DAILY 75ยข, SUNDAY $1.50 TODAY: Sun, clouds and warmer. High in the 80s. FORECAST, 8A Index-Journal is published with pride for the people of the Lake- lands. You are important to us. If you miss your paper, please call 223-1413 (before noon on weekends). Inside today's edition n ABBY 5A n BUSINESS 8A n CALENDAR 2A n CLASSIFIEDS 6B-8B n COMICS 5B n EDITORIALS 6A n ENTERTAINMENT 5A n LOTTERY 5A n MARKETS 4B n OBITUARIES 4A n SPORTS 1B-4B Index-Journal is committed to editorial excellence. To report an error, contact Executive Editor Richard Whiting at 943-2522 or GREGG HAMPTON | INDEX-JOURNAL Greenwood Christian cheerleader Lauren Cutter, left, and Lil' Hawks cheerleader Maddie Brown do a cheer at the Hawks' game Monday night against W.W. King at Victory Field. Greenwood Christian made up a game that was rained out Friday night. LEARNING THE ROPES For complete results from the game, see sports, page 1B The Good, the Bad and the Ugly By FRANK BUMB Community Indicators Project showcases strengths, weaknesses of county To view the report, visit See COUNTY, page 4A All but one Greenwood organiza- tion received all it asked for from the Greenwood City Council on Monday evening. Council voted 6-0 to approve the recommendation from the accom- m o d at i ons t a x c o m m i t t e e o n the allotment of $59,257.01 avail- able funds. Coun- ci lwoman Ni ki Hutto was absent. T h e S o u t h Carolina Festival of Flowers was the only group to receive less than its requested amount. It requested $33,000 from the committee and council but received $21,957.01. However, that By FRANK BUMB City doles out funds to local groups n ACCOMMODATIONS CHARLIE BARRINEAU See FUNDS, page 4A n DISTRICT 50 Three repres entatives f rom Eaton Corp. presented Greenwood School District 50 a check for $30,000 at the district's board meet- ing Monday. The check was one of Eaton's charitable contributions and was given to support the district's Sci- ence, Technology, Engineering and Math School (STEMS), according to Alex Merritt, one of the repre- sentatives and human resources manager at the Eaton electrical plant. R o dne y Br uner, af ter-mar- ket operating manager at Eaton, addressed the board and guests. By KATE HRUBY STEMS receives $30,000 Eaton official says company proud of district schools See STEMS, page 4A Second time's the charm for Garner Sports 1B

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