Feb. 10, 2013 @ 11:23 AM

Thumbs Up: Dr. Torgerson

The Grace Christian community honored one of its own this week, as the school’s gymnasium was named Torgerson Gymnasium in memory of the late Dr. Brian Torgerson.

Torgerson was longtime chairman of the Grace Christian School Board, was founder of a yearly medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic and raised funds for Grace Christian athletic facilities.

Grace Christian School Headmaster Bill Carver said Torgerson is credited with helping place wood floors in the gym, expanding the concession stand, putting bleachers in and a score of other items.

Grace Chapel Pastor Rudy Holland said, “It is our small way of saying thank you to a man that touched so many lives”

Well said.

Thumbs Up: RIO

RIO has joined the surgical team at Central Carolina Hospital.

RIO, or Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, will allow surgeons to perform tricky procedures, like partial knee replacements and hip replacement surgeries.

It should be noted that CCH is one of only eight North Carolina hospitals to have this technology.

A representative from the manufacturer of the robotic arm, compared the technology to a GPS system because surgeons will abe able to map out a surgical plan and boundaries that, thanks to antennas and 3D-imaging, the robot will force the surgeon to stay inside.

No doubt, this technology will well serve Central Carolina area citizens and the surgeons who will use this equipment.

The public can be grateful that Central Carolina Hospital has brought this new equipment online.

Thumbs Up: Southside Plaza

The new Southside Plaza, like the nearby Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, are symbols of the recovery from the April 2011 tornado that stormed through Lee County.

Food Lion has remained open through the ordeal. Big Lots and Tractor Supply have returned in grand style — and Dunham’s Sports is a new major tenant.

Now, It’s Fashion Metro, Vivid Salon and VN Nails & Spa have opened within the last week. Sweet Frog has been open since mid-January. American HomePatient is another of the businesses located at the shopping center.

It’s taken a while for Southside Plaza to bounce back, but it has done so and our community can be grateful that these stores are in business to serve the Central Carolina area.

Our community has recovered nicely from the tornado — and Southside Plaza is a wonderful symbol of that recovery.