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Sep. 15, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: SPD captain retires

Contemplating his impending retirement, and more than 30 years with the Sanford Police Department, Capt. David Smith said if he had it to do over, “I’d walk through those doors again.”

Smith’s tenure with the SPD ended Sept. 10, and his retirement is effective as of Oct. 1. The longtime lawman, who joined the department in 1982, said he is looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren, and perhaps teaching criminal justice.

The years Smith has spent protecting and serving this community speak to his dedication and devotion. We join with SPD Chief Ronnie Yarborough, Smith’s colleagues and others in congratulating Smith on his accomplishments — and wishing him well in his future endeavors.

THUMBS UP: Disaster planning

Hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, ice storms, fires and tornadoes — these are just some of the emergencies that can occur and which can adversely affect our lives.

Thus, we encourage people to take special notice during September, which is designated as National Preparedness Month.

It’s important that local citizens are prepared whehn such emergencies come our way, and, at some point, they will occur.

“We urge families to be able to be self-sustaining for the first 72 hours after an emergency,” Lee County Emergency Services Director Shane Seagroves told The Herald. “There are 60,000 residents in Lee County, and image how overwhelming that can be if we had a major storm.”

Seagroves noted that families need to be able to take care of themselves for the first few days after a disaster. “They need ample water and nonperishable food, flashlights and a radio.”

So, during this month, please make an emergency plan and put together an emergency kit so that when such an emergency takes place, you will be as prepared as possible.

THUMBS UP: Carvers Creek State Park

On Monday, a new state park opened that is a welcome addition to the Central Carolina area.

Carvers Creek State Park is located in Cumberland County near the Harnett County border, and was once the site of the former James Stillman Rockefeller farm. The interim development is of 500 acres, according to a Fayetteville newspaper report.

With all of the development in the Western Harnett area, this state park will be a welcome addition to open spaces that can be enjoyed and appreciated by area citizens.

We’re grateful this park is now part of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation system.