To be sure, it didnt hurt Garner to have American Idol winner Scotty McCreery leading the campaign for All-America city status, which is awarded by the National Civic League in Denver. Indeed, city fathers were pleased to give their star country singer a doff of the hat in victory. (Dunn and Thomasville in North Carolina also got the honor. Durham and Raleigh are previous winners.)
But Garner did its part, make no mistake. A bond issue, the completion of several projects, and some ambitious visions of progressive infrastructure changes helped elevate a city once thought of as a Raleigh bedroom community to its rightful status.
One must credit the citys fathers and mothers and kids (thats you, Scotty) for helping the push just by being part of an up-and-coming place. They blocked an expressway proposal that would have gone smack through the city, and preserved a public library that was slated for closure.
Garner has been on the move for some time now, and folks from around the area who can remember that small place from years ago share in a new pride, justifiably won.