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Jul. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Endor Iron Furnace

The Endor Iron Furnace has stood as one of Central Carolina's most historic structures. This edifice, located in the Cumnock area, was a major production facility for pig iron in the 1800s.

Now, Mother Nature is having its way with the structure. The Railroad House Historical Association has worked to secure funds in an effort to restore this part of our area history.

At this time, the funds are not available to restore the structure, but work is still underway at the site. A private contractor, with the watchful eye of preservation experts from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, are taking down the structure and cataloging the items so that it might one day be rebuilt in a historically accurate manner.

It's good to see that this work is being done before the structure crumbles away. At least their is hope in the future that others may one day see this magnificent structure restored to its home along the banks of the Deep River.

THUMBS DOWN: Destructive weather

On Wednesday, a portion of the Jonesboro area saw some destructive weather from a summer storm that passed through Lee County. It wasn't destructive in the way a tornado may have been, but homes and businesses in the area were affected by the damage.

Fortunately, there were no reports of injuries.

We in Lee County have become accustomed to heeding to tornado warnings, after our 2011 tornado strike here. However, sometimes we tend to not be very wary of summer storms that can bring lightning and high winds.

If you hear of a storm heading our way this summer, make sure to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe. These storms can be small, but they also can pack a punch. There's no need to put yourself at risk when they come our way.

THUMBS UP: Summer reading

There are several agencies holding reading programs this summer, including the Lee County Library and the Coalition for Families in Lee County.

Delisa Williams, of the Lee County Library staff, says of the program: "We encourage reading. They go out and go on summer vacations and have fun, but we want reading to be a very big part of their summer. We also encourage them to use the library regularly."

The Coalition reading program focuses on pre-schoolers. "You want to have the child exposed to reading and have a love of reading before they enter school. That way it just becomes natural to them," said Heather Garrity of the Coalition for Famiies.

We're glad to see these reading programs, as they will go along way in helping these children during their years of education — plus, such literacy will benefit them when they become adults.