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Aug. 17, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Dr. Charles V. Sikes Jr.

Congratulations to local optometrist Dr. Charles V. Sikes Jr., who recently was installed as president of the North Carolina State Optometric Society.

Dr. Sikes owns and operates the local Family Eye Care, located at 1225 Carthage St. in Sanford, along with Dr. Robert B. Gotschalk.

Anytime one of our local folks is chosen to lead a statewide or nationwide organization, it not only is an honor and privilege – but also it’s a show of the respect and confidence.

We congratulate Dr. Sikes on this honor and wish him well in the year ahead in his service as president of this statewide organization.

THUMBS UP: Ken Armstrong

Ken Armstrong has been a tremendous asset to the Sanford community, especially in his role as executive director of the Sanford Housing Authority.

Armstrong has announced that he will be leaving his post to take a similar position with a housing authority in Florida.

He certainly receives high marks for his work. “I’m sad he’s leaving, because he’s done a really fantastic job,” says Sanford City Councilman Jimmy Haire.

“He’s just been really good at what he does. I mean really good,” says Sanford City Manager Hal Hegwer.

SHA Commissioner Lowell Hamel adds, “He’s been a great one to have here as executive director of our housing authority.”

Thank you, Mr. Armstrong, for your service to our community.

THUMBS UP: Lee Regional Fair

The excitement is building for one of Central Carolina’s most anticipated events of the year.

The Lee Regional Fair, which will be held Sept. 9-14, will feature well known carnival operator James E. Strates Shows that is sure to please fairgoers of all ages.

The local fair, operated by the Sanford Lions Club with much assistance from the Lee Center Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, is a showcase that provides good, clean entertainment at a most affordable price.

Make sure to plan this year’s edition of the fair. It’ll provide memories for a lifetime.