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Mar. 16, 2014 @ 05:01 AM

THUMBS UP: Piggly Wiggly

Lee County is fortunate to have many businesses which are thankful for their customers and find avenues to give back in special ways.

Such was the case this week with Piggly Wiggly of Sanford, which served meals this week during its semi-annual truckload meat sale. There meals were free, although diners were asked to make a contribution to the Stevens Center.

The Stevens Center provides support for people with developmental disabilities.

Greg Adams of Piggly Wiggly said of the fundraiser, “We believe in giving back constantly to the communities we are a part of.” His daughter, Michelle Adams, noted, “This is a great way to get the community together, and support a good causes.”

Businesses helping people. People helping businesses. People helping people.

We, as a community, can be grateful for our caring businesses and our people.


THUMBS DOWN: Yet another shooting

There’s been another senseless crime this week, with the shooting of 15-year-old Thomas Dolby Jr., a young man who ultimately died from his injuries. Pierre Alexander Amerson has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

Let’s face it: sometimes, there’s just no way to stop a shooting. If someone is hell-bent on killing another individual, then there is often little that can be done to stop such acts of violence.

But in the wake of yet another incidence of violence, this community needs to come together and help figure out solutions to what seems an ever-growing problem of gun-related deaths. And also helpful would be an answer to why anyone with a record of previous violence is “on the street.”

The list of those people who can play a role in helping to reduce the amount of shootings isn’t a short one: city and county officials, law enforcement, legislators, the judicial system. Even our everyday public, who can set positive examples for young people.

The time for action is now, before another act of violence ends another young life.


THUMBS UP: Music in the air

There’s lots of music that delights listeners each year at the Temple Theatre. There’s plenty of other music, as well.

This week, the Lee County Community Orchestra is in performance at Grace Chapel Church. This is the third installment of the LCCO music series. Admission is free for today’s concert, which begins at 3 p.m.

On Tuesday, the North Carolina Symphony will take to the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The Symphony will perform again on Saturday at the Robert E. Lee Auditorium in Southern Pines.

It’s nice to see the arts have such a prominent role in the life of our community, especially with such first-class performances.