Thumbs up and down

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Glenda Jones

Congratulations to Glenda Jones, Lee County’s Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. She’ll be leaving her current job at the end of February to take a similar position with Cabarrus County Schools near Charlotte.

Jones, who has been with the local school system for 18 years, received the supreme compliment from Supt. Andy Bryan, who noted, “Lee County’s loss is truly Cabarrus County’s gain. ... Glenda has given 100 percent in every role she has had in the district over the past 18 years.”

We’re grateful for Glenda Jones’ service to our school system and wish her the best in her new role.

THUMBS DOWN: McManus situation

Deb McManus, who served as state representative for Chatham County and parts of Lee County, resigned this week after turning herself in to be arrested on felony tax charges — specifically, three counts of embezzling state property.

The Democrat was charged in her role of bookkeeper at her husband’s Siler City medical practice for allegedly aiding and abetting the medical practice “to embezzle, misapply and convert to its own use $47,369.00 in North Carolina Individual Income Tax withheld ...,” according to the N.C. Department of Revenue.

Obviously, McManus is innocent until proven guilty.

McManus did the right thing in resigning from her elected legislative post in light of these charges, which are disheartening.

THUMBS UP: Christmas spirit

There have been many Christmas parades and other holiday happenings in the Central Carolina area.

In the hustle and bustle of Christmas, it’s nice to take time out to enjoy the spirit of the holiday season.

Many area churches have special Christmas cantata and programs scheduled in the upcoming days.

Take time to attend one of these programs. It’s sure to be a blessing to you this Christmas season!