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Jul. 21, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Melissa Cardinali

It’s always rewarding to see someone who’s done well professionally have the chance to advance professionally.

Melissa Cardinali has done just that. She has been a portfolio administrator with the city of Durham, finance director with the town of Southern Pines and most recently as Sanford’s finance director. Now, the Chapel Hill native has the opportunity to expand her career after being named Cumberland County’s finance director.

Sanford City Manager Hal Hegwer noted it was Cardinali’s leadership that led to Sanford’s strong financial standing. “In the last 15 years, she’s provided excellent guidance through tough economic times,” Hegwer said.

Sanford should be grateful to have had the opportunity to have had Cardinali for the last 15 years — and wish her well as she moves to the next step in her professional life.

THUMBS UP: Linwood Mann

It is with deep sadness that our community says goodbye to Linwood Stanfield Mann Sr.

Mann died Thursday at age 85.

Many people will recall Mann from his many years (1963-1987) working at Mann’s Hardware, the family business. Others will remember Mann from his 25 years as a sales association for Lowe’s Home Improvement.

And, of course, he also served as a Sanford City Councilman from 1995 to 2011. He also served on the Sanford Housing Authority and the Sanford/Lee County Regional Airport Authority.

He loved Sanford and Jonesboro. He cared enough for this community to put himself in political office to serve his fellow citizens.

Linwood Mann will be missed — and his caring service should serve as an inspiration for those who aspire to serve in public office.

THUMBS UP: Young Commissioners

A group of 12 young people have taken part this summer in the Lee County Young Commissioners Youth Leadership Program.

The students have attended a meeting of the Lee County Board of Commissioners and the Sanford City Council. They have visited places including the Lee County Jail, a local radio station and The Herald.

Most importantly, during the two weeks they have had training and workshops focusing on government and leadership.

Bill Stone, the program facilitator, said the group has “surpassed all expectations.”

It’s great to see young people learning about leadership at an early age. After all, they are our future leaders.

Students taking part in this noteworthy program were Jose Armando Cortez Martinez, Austin Wayne Dowdy, Diana Garcia-Sanchez, Ashley Catalina Guerrero, Jamie Soquena Guillergan, Jarkayla Sierra Jackson, Eva Kathleen Perry, Taylor Nicole Quinones, Keven Anthony Ramirez, Tessa Marie Rosado, Sarah Lynn Womack and Mlynn Elisabeth Wooden.