Dearing Elementary School Principal Linda Grisham put it very succinctly last week: "Our heroes are the men and women at Georgia Power and Jefferson Electric."
We'll second that. And add to it.
The crews from Georgia Power (including those from Alabama Power and other companies) and those from Jefferson Electric (who also called on their counterparts from South Georgia) did an outstanding job, working in the cold and ice for hours on end until everyone got power. That goal was accomplished Thursday.
By then, other heroes had also established themselves.
Local law enforcement personnel spent Monday and Tuesday of last week out in the cold, directing traffic, pulling trees and limbs out of the road and checking on folks who did not have power.
City of Thomson and McDuffie County road crews also spent cold days out cruising around the community and picking up the debris that lined roadways.
Their combined efforts are representative of one of the best aspects about McDuffie County. In a state where city and county governments often butt heads, it is refreshing to see the cooperation that exists locally. Rarely do our leaders battle over turf. Instead, they focus on what's best for the community and cooperate to get it done.
And it doesn't take a crippling ice storm to bring them together the rest of the year.