Derby reflects well on Troy

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 16, 2003

Before we look into the future for this week's challenges and opportunities, it is important to look back on the good that came to Troy over the weekend.

The annual Soapbox Derby was another outstanding success for Troy, and the work that went into it was a good reflection of what Troy and Pike County can be.

The rain clouds held off just long enough for Scott McLendon of Troy and Jamie Howard of Columbus, Ga., to earn trips to Akron, Ohio, for the national finals.

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Nancy Brooks, who directed the race for the final time, should be proud of the way it turned out.

Thanks must also go to the Troy Parks and Recreation Department for its help in the race. Once again, the TPRD showed its commitment to community involvement.

The Troy State football team also needs recognition. Twelve football players helped load soapbox vehicles onto trailers at the bottom of Elm Street's hill and unload them again at the top. Saturday morning's weather was hot, but the players held out.

But of course, the highest praise should go

to the drivers of the vehicles. Without you, the race would not have happened. And we all wish Scott McLendon good luck in Akron.