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Originally published: 2014-05-30 09:58:35
Last modified: 2014-05-30 09:58:35

Our View: Honor deserved

Thumbs-up: to honoring one of our own. Retired U.S. Army Col. Sonny Sweet was deservedly saluted Monday by the High Country Chapter NC 21 of the Military Officers Association of America. Sweet was recognized for his lifetime of service, not only to his country, but to our community and, most recently, for his work with the American Red Cross.

Thumbs-up: to a community festival that spotlights our first responders and the service they offer to our High Country home. Saturday offers an opportunity to glean information from and interact not only with firemen, policemen and other responders, but the technology they use in the field, during the free 11th annual Emergency Fest at 2 p.m on the Appalachian State University campus.

Thumbs-down: to the highest average gas prices in the state -- in all of North Carolina -- found in Boone. Being No. 1 is typically something to which we aspire, but not in this situation.

Thumbs-up: to a late-June groundbreaking. Appalachian Regional Healthcare System's Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock project groundbreaking is set for June 24. Putting the wheels in motion on a project of this magnitude -- 112 bed post acute care center that will also house a pharmacy, clinic, kitchens, dining and living areas among other features -- requires coordination of mammoth proportions, and being this close to the groundbreaking phase is a significant place to be.

Thumbs-up: to another successful Operation Medicine Cabinet. Local law enforcement officers collected nearly 120,000 pills and 5,000 gallons of liquids -- medicine that will now not find its way into young hands or our waterways.