Erin Zureick

Education, politics and observations from Sanford

Song of the week

For all the Gossip Girl fans out there, this week’s edition of song of the week features Cobra Starship’s new single, “Good Girls Go Bad,” which spotlights Leighton Meester (GG fans will know her better as the Park Avenue princess Blair Waldorf).

Note: The selection of this song does not mean I am advocating good girls going bad. It’s just a fun pop-dance tune!

July 31, 2009 Posted by | Sanford, Social media | , | Leave a comment

Pizza wars in Sanford?

There is a new restaurant chain in town scattered along the strip mall that is Horner Boulevard — Little Caesar’s pizza. The pizza joint, which has a pick-up window where you can get $5 cheese and pepperoni pizzas, has quickly become an office favorite at The Herald.

It’s also becoming more popular during tight economic times. Even hanging out this weekend by my apartment complex’s pool, I heard people talking about the restaurant — and the response it’s sparked from other area pizza joints. (We have a Papa John’s, Dominoes and Pizza Hut most noteably.)

Coupons and deals have started sprouting up for $5 pizzas and two-for-$10 bargains. And that’s a good thing for cash-strapped consumers in a county where unemployment hovers around 15 percent of the workforce. Pizza might not be the healthiest choice for your family, but you can find a bargain these days in Sanford. Once the dust settles, I expect most companies will still have most of their core customers. But Little Caesar’s might have an easier time stealing those customers who are penny-pinching or don’t have a set allegiance.

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Sanford | , , | Leave a comment

CCCC trustees to meet this week

The Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees will hold its summer meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Several matters are on the agenda, including the swearing in (and re-swearing in) of some trustees.

Some of the most notable agenda items are ones about construction. Several projects that had been put on hold last fall because of the economy are now back on the table. The Chatham Board of Commissioners approved last week bids to construct a new classroom building and community library (that building will serve the county and CCCC).Bids apparently were 13 percent lower than when the project was previously bid in August 2008, according to the Chatham Journal.

Plans also are in the works for a new Siler City center for the college.

CCCC’s marketing plan also will be presented, as well as a presentation from the CCCC Foundation’s director.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | | Leave a comment

Can the sales tax referendum pass?

The Herald’s Sunday spotlight this week was on the quarter-cent sales tax referendum that the Lee County Board of Commissioners decided to places before voters again in November. (It failed in May 2008 with 55 percent of people voting against it.)

Read the stories to get more of the details on lessons learned last time and if additional taxes might be passed regardless of the referendum’s outcome.

And weigh in for this poll:

July 26, 2009 Posted by | Education, politics, Sanford | , , | Leave a comment

Song of the week

My favorite song of the week is Eric Church’s country ballad “I Love Your Love the Most” from his CD “Carolina.” He is a native of Granite Falls, N.C. I like the song because he lists a lot of things he loves (cold beer, George Strait songs, Saturday football) that I also love. It’s a good All-American country tune. Enjoy!

July 24, 2009 Posted by | Sanford, Social media | , | 1 Comment

4-H treats commissioners to ice cream

Elissa Neal greets Lee County Commissioner Chairman Richard Hayes at the 4-H Centennial Reception before presenting the Centennial Proclamation at the meeting.

Elissa Neal greets Lee County Commissioner Chairman Richard Hayes at the 4-H Centennial Reception before presenting the Centennial Proclamation at the meeting.

Members of the Lee County Board of Commissioners and residents attending their Monday meeting got a tasty treat when the Lee County 4-H Club served ice cream beforehand  to commemorate the group’s 100th anniversary.

The ice cream was a “campfire” flavor with graham cracker ice cream mixed with marshmellow topping and chocolate chunks — meant to resemble s S’more made around campfires.

A 4-H member also read the proclamation out loud to commissioners during the meeting.

4-H members serve ice cream before the commissioners meeting.

4-H members serve ice cream before the commissioners meeting.

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Education, politics, Sanford | , | Leave a comment

Tramway plans parent nights

Year-round school Tramway Elementary School began a new year Monday. Parent information nights will be held on the following days (all will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.):

  • Kindergarten: Wednesday
  • First grade: July 28
  • Second grade: July 23
  • Third grade: July 21
  • Fourth grade: July 27
  • Fifth grade July 30

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , | Leave a comment

On the agenda

There are a couple of county government meetings early this week. First, the Lee County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Lee County Government Center. The Lee County Board of Education will meet the same time and place Tuesday.

Both meetings have some interesting items on the agenda. Here is a brief rundown of what to expect:

Board of Commissioners:

  • Residents on North Plank Road will petition commissioners to get a water extension line. They live out in the western, rural part of Lee County and rely on well water. (See a full story here.)
  • Tax Administrator Dwayne Brinson will give a presentation about tax collection rates (this year marked the best percentage in recent county history).
  • Commissioners will consider applying for federal bonds available from the stimulus package passed by Congress this year. The bonds would be zero-percent interest and help finance school construction such as renovations to Lee County High School.
  • County Manager John Crumpton will discuss his five priority issues for the county.

Board of Education:

  • The school board will consider adopting academic attire, or a stricter dress code at Deep River Elementary School. (See story)
  • School staff will make a presentation about preliminary standardized testing results.

July 19, 2009 Posted by | Education, politics, Sanford | , , , | Leave a comment

Song of the week

If you listen to country radio, you have probably heard this one since it just became trio Lady Antebellum’s first No. 1 hit. I give you, “I run to you.”

July 18, 2009 Posted by | Sanford, Social media | , | Leave a comment

Freshman orientation planned

Lee County Schools has announced its freshman orientation for the 2009-10 school year.

At the orientation, incoming freshmen can meet their teachers and classmates and start to get used to the new environment. The school district aims for it to help ensure a smooth transition for students.

Lee Early College Freshman Orientation will be held Thursday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 PM at the CCCC Fitness Center.

Lee County High and Southern Lee High will hold freshman orientation at each campus Thursday Aug. 20 from 8 a.m. through noon.

July 16, 2009 Posted by | Education, Sanford | , | Leave a comment