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Mar. 17, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Quarterly meetings

Representatives from Lee County and the City of Sanford have been meeting to discuss their interlocal agreements. Earlier this week, those representatives tasked their respective attorneys with formalizing their various interlocal agreements. That’s certainly a good thing for our citizens.

Perhaps the best news from that meeting, however, was their agreement to continue meeting on a quarterly basis to discuss any new developments regarding interlocal agreements or other items that impact the city and county.

Six leaders are participating in the talks on behalf of their respective boards — Amy Dalrymple, Kirk Smith and Jim Womack representing the county commissioners, and Poly Cohen, Samuel Gaskins and Rebecca Wyhof representing the city council.

Misunderstandings can easily occur when there is a lack of communication. While these two boards may not always agree, citizens who live in Sanford and Broadway are residents of Lee County, and Lee County residents are part of Sanford and Broadway life as well.

It’s important that our government entities work together, and scheduling quarterly meetings is a great way to keep that line of communication open — as it should be.

THUMBS UP: Basketball tournaments

Today is the day when the ACC Tournament championship is decided — and it’s also the day when the NCAA will announce its brackets for its March Madness men’s basketball national championship tournament. The women’s tournament pairings will be announced on Monday.

Whether you’re a basketball fan of any of North Carolina’s Big Four — Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State or Wake Forest, or even other N.C. teams like Davidson (which has qualified for an NCAA berth with its Southern Conference championship) — there is something special about the selection of the teams for the NCAA Tournament and their quest for a national championship.

Yes, for college basketball fans, this is the most exciting time of the year.

THUMBS UP: Parker Homecoming Celebration

This weekend, the Dennis Wicker Civic Center was host to the Parker Homecoming Celebration — a Gospel musical celebration that was to feature Brian Free & Assurance, along with The Harvesters Quartet and Ivan Parker, as well as Arise Quartet, Karen Peck & New River, and the Parker Family.

It was to be a homecoming for several reasons, including the visit by Ivan Parker, who has gained Gospel music fame on his own and now lives in Nashville, Tenn.

But, it’s also a homecoming for the many visits that were expected.

“People might not be super well-related to us, but they come year after year and become like a part of the family,” according to Danny Parker, who organized the concert with his wife, Sue. “We grew up in church singing gospel music, and for that reason, it kind of became old hat — a tradition for us.”

Ivan Parker told The Herald, “...This place is very dear to me.”