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Good press puts Garner on the map

Posted June 25, 2012

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— First it was "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, then Arlie Honeycutt took the crown at the Miss North Carolina Pageant, but the two young stars aren't the only good things coming from Garner these days.

In the past year, Garner Magnet High School became one of three schools in Wake County to receive national recognition for academic achievement, its football team made it to the state championship game and its principal, Drew Cook, was named Regional Principal of the Year.

Mayor Ronnie Williams said Garner is a town that prides itself on fine arts, good parenting, good schools and good churches.

"I'm proud as a peacock," Williams said. "Scotty is from Garner, so is Arlie, and sometimes we say Raleigh is a suburb of Garner."

Honeycutt said she, too, is proud of her hometown.

"I'm very proud of where I came from and there are a lot of really talented people there," she said.

Williams said there might be something in the water, something that makes talent thrive in Garner.

"We've had a terrific past year and things continue to happen that are good for Garner," he said. "It may be the water."

Beth Honeycutt, Arlie Honeycutt's mother, said she isn't sure what makes the town so special, but she isn't dismissing Williams' theory.

"I don't know (if it's the water), but I'm going to keep drinking it," she joked.

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  • Ex-Republican Jun 26, 2012

    You can have snobby Cary and congested North Raleigh. Garner is God's country.

  • sammyg Jun 26, 2012

    Shhh...don't let others know how good we have it or they'll move enmasse and start telling us how to live and where to park our cars!!!

  • kepperson Jun 26, 2012

    Two more NC natives proud to call Garner home for the past 17 years! What great community spirit we have!

  • SaveEnergyMan Jun 26, 2012

    "Can't be the water...

    It comes from Raleigh..." - cherokee

    Actually, it now comes from a new plant on Lake Benson, just south of Garner on NC50. Raleigh operates it, but most of the water now feeds up into Garner and southern Raleigh.

  • puzzled Jun 26, 2012

    Mayor Ronnie Williams said Garner is a town that prides itself on fine arts, good parenting, good schools and good churches.

    I think Mayor Williams hit on the key. It is time for the government to stop parenting and allow/make parents be the parents. Good school, good churches all part of making a whole good person. All of us may not be gifted in the arts but everyone can try to do their best and what a wonderful place this world could be. I am not from the Garner area but I can see from the gathering of people there that they have more manners, class, etc than some other areas around here.

  • cherokee43v6 Jun 26, 2012

    Can't be the water...

    It comes from Raleigh...

  • pwayscue Jun 26, 2012

    Garner residents and alumni have seen for years the stellar students, athletes and citizens our town has produced:
    http://garnerhs.wcpss.net