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May. 04, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Primary election

The early voting period for this year’s primary election has ended. The primary itself comes down to Tuesday, when polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. across North Carolina.

Whether you’re casting a ballot as a Democrat or Republican or you’re among the growing number of unaffiliated voter, there are few races on which to vote because so few are contested. However, there are campaigns for various races that will be up for grabs. A low turnout — pretty standard in a primary — magnifies the importance of each vote.

So take time to vote. Your vote always, always matters, but particularly when deciding which candidates advance to the November ballot.

 

THUMBS UP: Relay for Life

We’re less than a week away from the annual Lee County Relay for Life celebration. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and continues through 7 a.m. Saturday at the Lions Club Fairgrounds.

The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It’s a time for fun and fellowship — but it’s also a time for reflection. It’s a time to celebrate, despite the awfulness of this dreaded disease — a time to recognize those who have survived cancer’s ravages and a time to remember with love those who succumbed and fell victim.

In recognition of the Relay, these are “Paint the Town Purple” days in Sanford, where homes and businesses can put out purple ribbons and other purple finery to recognize this event.

Relay for Life is a wonderful event for those who participate and for those who donate toward the effort of eradicating cancer.

 

THUMBS UP: Chatham Agriculture & Conference Center

Thursday is an important day in the life of Chatham County, with the groundbreaking for the new Agriculture and Conference Center. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the location — just to the west of the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College on U.S. 64.

The facility, which will include exhibit hall space and a large stage, will house the offices for Cooperative Extension, Soil & Water Conservation and other agriculture-related agencies.

Best of all, the Chatham Commissioners have found a way to build the facility without a tax increase required.

Those of us in Lee County realize just how beneficial the McSwain Center has been. Now, our neighbors in Chatham also will benefit from such a facility.