THUMBS UP: Farmers' Alliance
Congratulations are in order for the Farmers' Alliance Store in Chatham County, which on Saturday held its 125th anniversary celebration.
It all began back on Aug. 7, 1888, when a group of Chatham County farmers gathered to organize a sort of Reconstruction-era co-op to organize as a unified political voice and to facilitate the buying and selling of goods.
Store Manager Nancy Tysor said the business has stayed successful by sticking to its roots. "We still try to cater what it was founded on, the country people — overalls, seeds, our garden supplies in the spring, candies, things like that."
Businesses may come and go, but in Siler City, the Farmers' Alliance Store has been dependable in serving its citizens over these many years.
We salute the Farmers' Alliance Store and wish it much success in its continued service to Central Carolina.
THUMBS UP: Lee Brick and Tile
Lee Brick is another long-standing Central Carolina area business, having begun operation back many years ago thanks to Hugh Perry and 10 local businessmen.
It's unfortunate that the brick industry has faced some tough times as the housing market has suffered some down times and the need for brick has decreased.
Lee Brick eventually found itself in Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization — but recently emerged from that situation.
Company President Don Perry says he's proud to be continuing on with the company that has been in his family for three generations. "We're going to be here. We're not going anywhere."
We're glad to see Lee Brick emerging and looking toward what we hope will be a bright future.
THUMBS UP: Lights of Love
A tradition continues in Central Carolina with the Lights of Love Christmas Tree at Central Carolina Hospital.
The tree contains stars, doves and bells that signify a remembrance, an honor or a donation.
As June Gunter, president of the sponsoring Central Carolina Hospital Auxiliary, so aptly states, "People feel comfort and joy when they see those lights."
The Auxiliary has certainly offered great support to the hospital over the years — and the Lights of Love are a grand way of not only raising money, but of remembering and honoring.