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Feb. 23, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Steve ‘Doc’ Underwood

Plenty of people find new elements to life, and even new careers, after retirement from a long-time position.

Such is the case for Steve “Doc” Underwood, the former head of the Lee County High School history department who has written his first work of fiction. “C.W. Biggs, Country Detective,” is a compilation of two novellas and two short stories.

Underwood had a positive influence on many lives over the years as a teacher and mentor. Now, adults and older teens will get an opportunity to see another side of this popular teacher through his writings.

Those interested in getting an autographed copy of this book can do so from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday at Cafe 121 near downtown Sanford.

THUMBS UP: Temple show

The Temple Theatre continues to produce quality show one after another. The current production, “Smoke on the Mountain,” continues the tradition.

Our theater reviewer Vicki Hogan said the production has “a sizable number of friendly old gospel songs, interspersed with solos by the actors and a ‘witnessing’ to the congregation. The theater program was spot on when it read, ‘You will be laughing, singing, rooting for the family and clapping along.’ I surely did.”

It’s an easy drive to Durham or Raleigh to see Broadway-quality shows, but it’s a much easier (and less expensive) trip to the Temple to see similar first-rate performances.

We’re fortunate to have the Temple ... and the opportunity to see such shows as “Smoke on the Mountain” from our own hometown stage.

THUMBS UP: College basketball

While professional football may remain as the most popular spectator sport in the country, and even though the Carolina Hurricanes have won the hearts of area hockey fans, there’s no doubt that we’ve become spoiled by the success of our state’s collegiate basketball teams over the years.

Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State have won two or more national championships since the 1970s. Wake Forest has had very successful teams. Other state teams have done well at times, including tiny Davidson — remember that school’s successful run in the NCAA Tournament several years ago?

No matter if you’re a Duke or North Carolina fan, Thursday’s game between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels was a classic. The hype did not disappointment, except for those die-hard Duke fans. North Carolina won the game, but the contest kept fans on the edge of their seats until the end. 

The Carolina-State game this Wednesday will be highly anticipated. And Carolina and Duke will play again in a few weeks ... followed by the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

There may be other sports, but in North Carolina, there’s no doubt we love our college basketball.