Here’s our bite-size take on several local issues.

We applaud a successful year for Hickory Crawdads baseball.

The hometown Crawdads, the minor-league affiliate of the Texas Rangers, finished up a good year in Hickory.

The club brought in more than 120,000 fans, according to their attendance records, and the club posted 70 wins, which resulted in a winning season. At the minor-league level, the focus is on development more than wins and losses. But from a fan perspective, it’s always nice to watch Hickory notch a victory.

Those numbers are impressive considering this season marked 26 years of professional baseball in Hickory. Sustaining success is harder than achieving it.

We applaud the promise of 100 new jobs.

When Progressive Furniture announced plans to expand at the Claremont International Business Park and add jobs, it was a big win for the county.

That’s an investment of $6.5 million, possibly more, and more opportunities for our workforce. Sounds like a win-win to us.

And we applaud the stance of Yerby Ray, a member of the Soldiers Reunion committee.

Ray has longtime connections to the annual week of Soldiers Reunion activities, including a parade, in Newton. His mother, Sylvia, has long been a supporter of the event. So is Ray.

But in a guest column that appeared in the Hickory Daily Record and online at, Ray made it clear the Soldiers Reunion is for veterans and the use of the Confederate battle flag detracts from the event.

“I ask the SCV (Sons of Confederate Veterans) to tone down the use of the battle flag to save Soldiers Reunion and put as much emphasis in the recognition of all veterans as they do to their ancestors,” he wrote in the column.

Ray is right and we hope those involved with the Soldiers Reunion heed his words and follow his example.

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