Jillian Martin, left at lectern, and Molly Hudson present research to Harnett County Commissioner Jim Burgin, dark suit, and Joseph Jeffies, interim county manager, as part of Dr. Edward A. Johnson’s Quantitative Research Methods Class today. “Harnett First: Discovering the Six Significant Components that Make Harnett County Distinct,” research by students, found that Harnett County ranks number one in the state for its temperature, third for population growth and fourth in households with middle-age families with children with moderate income. The students reported that the county is ranked fifth for having two or more races in the households. Burgin found the temperature ranking to be of interest and students recommended that the county consider adding more recreation such as public swimming pools. Prof. Daniel Maynard helped students collect the research for this semester-long project.