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Good morning, Pike County:

Be Proud

We have a lot in which we can take Pride, Pike County.

A reflection of just this past week is simple proof that good things are happening here, and good people are responsible for making those things happen.

Just one example of that was China Grove's Fourth of July parade. In a community with an official population of just 24, it's amazing to see such a large turnout for an event. Congratulations to Rita Dean and Diane LaFountaine, the parade's organizers, for their patriotic success.

Our thanks also goes to the Troy Parks and Recreation Department, and the City Council for the superior fireworks demonstration Friday night to herald our nation's birth.

In Banks, Wayne Wilson was sworn in as mayor. We wish him the best of luck in his endeavors there.

The Pike County chapter of the American Red Cross is working to end the blood shortage with several blood drives. We should all support them in helping save lives through giving blood. It doesn't hurt much, only takes a short time and they'll give you a cookie when their done.

We were also glad to see old friends reunite at the Academy Street reunion. It's nice to see home folks return for such an enjoyable visit.