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Editorial: All-America City

Posted: March 29, 2018 4:15 p.m.
Updated: March 30, 2018 1:00 a.m.

We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks, warmest congratulations and continued cheering and support to the hard-working team led by PLAY Foundation Executive Director Laurey Carpenter.

This group started working on an extensive application, which was submitted to the National Civic League, to have Kershaw County named an All-America City. Last week, the group learned Kershaw County is, in fact, one of 20 finalists out of hundreds of applicants -- and the only county in the country to be considered a finalist.

Of these 20 finalists, 10 will actually be named an All-America City in June.

According to the National Civic League website, the All-America City Award is bestowed each year to 10 communities in the U.S. It recognizes those communities “whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results.” While the award is called “All-America City,” winners can actually be neighborhoods, towns, villages, cities, counties, or regions.

What does this mean, exactly? For one, it means Kershaw County is being recognized nationally for important community attributes, such as our high quality of life standards as well as our willingness and ability to collaborate on many issues.

But, ultimately, it means the rest of the country is going to know what we already know locally -- that Kershaw County is a great place to call home.

Again, congratulations and thanks!

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