Thumbs up to the city of Florence for deciding unanimously Friday to leave an agreement with Florence County to jointly provide building inspections and permits for its citizens. We think it makes sense for the city to be in full control of building in the city. Contractors no longer will have to get approval from both the city and county. “We already have planning here, and bringing building inspections and permitting into that will create opportunity for developers and citizens to get the full process done right here,” Florence City Councilman George Jebaily said Friday after the special called meeting. But something troubles us. We are sensing an escalation of friction between city leaders and county leaders. Disagreements are bound to happen, but we are wondering if some actions (or inactions) are starting to lead to reactions. If these leaders have differences, let’s get them out in the open and work them out. We’re all on the same team. There’s friction over downtown parking decks. We understand that there’s friction over who should pay for a proposed statue. Is there going to be a fight over splitting an extra $1 million of funding that is needed for the expansion of the Florence Civic Center? Come on. Sit down and talk.

Thumbs up to the runners and walkers who are registered to participate this morning in the first Forget Me Not Color 5K Run/Walk to Beat Alzheimer’s. The event is cosponsored by the Rotary Club of Florence and the Morning News. If you are reading this early in the morning, it isn’t too late for you to participate. Registration starts at 6:45 a.m. and ends at 7:50 a.m. The run starts at 8 a.m. outside the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology on the Florence-Darlington Technical College campus. The entry fee is $30. Enter the FDTC grounds off Pisgah Road. The top overall male and female finishers will receive medals and $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place. First- through third-place finishers in age groups will receive medals. The age groups are 7 & under, 8-12, 13-16, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70-plus. The first 200 entrants will receive a T-shirt. How can anyone not support the cause?. If you read any or all of our recent six-part “Forget me Not” series about Alzheimer’s disease, you might know more than you did previously about this sad problem that is getting bigger as baby boomers age. It is a disease that affects people directly and indirectly. We have special sympathy for the plight of caregivers.

Thumbs up to drums majors of high school marching bands. This newspaper is guilty of writing a great deal about high school athletes and not enough about other students who shine. We tried to do something about that with a series on valedictorians that ran in our Pee Dee Weekly section throughout the summer. Next week we will start a new series that spotlights drum majors. They are the student leaders of their bands, and they deserve more recognition for the efforts they make. They are as dedicated and passionate about their bands as quarterbacks are about their football team. Drum majors take pride in their bands’ performances, and when it comes to band competitions, they are as competitive as athletes. The series will start with a feature on Wilson High School’s Kendall Taylor. Don’t miss it.

Thumbs up to everyone who made the National Night Out event on Aug. 2 at the Hugh K. Leatherman Senior Center a success. That shoutout comes from Sgt. Priscilla Zimmerman with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office. She should get her own shoutout for the role she played in organizing the event. “Thanks to all our friends for helping make the night a success, and special thanks to Sen. Hugh and Mrs. Jean Leatherman and all of our celebrity guests who showed that we still care and willing to give back to our community,” Zimmerman said. “And to our special guests, FCSO staff and distinguished leaders in the area for being such great supporters through the years. From Sheriff Kenney Boone who always takes a stand and cares for the county he represents, and to all volunteers, local business owners and friends who come together and made this possible. This has been the best year ever. With over 1,100 people in attendance, it opened up a new landmark for all of Florence County. We are hoping to see more next year and work harder toward making a difference and serving such great people. In addition, the local Florence Boys and Girls Club is still accepting donations, and your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks to all who showed an abundance of love during out National Night Out event.”

Thumbs up, thumbs down is a regular feature of the Morning News and appears each Saturday on our Opinion page. We seek nominations for both good and bad deeds from our readers. Send nominations to us by email at Be sure use the word “thumb” in the subject and include a contact number. Thumbs can also be mailed to us c/o The Morning News, 310 S. Dargan St., Florence, S.C., 29506.

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