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A big thank you to the red light runners who are predicted to add 4.4 million dollars to our school system next year....

Giving tradition continues, police integrity, rabies scare

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A steaming plate of collards, macaroni and cheese and potatoes is handed out by a volunteer at the Masonic Lodge Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Laurels — To all the Black Friday — and Thanksgiving Thursday — shoppers who helped keep the economy bustling with retail sales. It’s not for everyone, but many people like to get out of the house after the big feast, and many enjoy the excitement of the early Friday door busters sales. Retail workers probably had it the worst and deserve a pat on the back for their holiday hustle while the rest of us shopped — or relaxed.

Darts — To cuts in state funding to Trillium Heath Resources. Pitt County Commissioners on Monday modified a lease agreement with the mental health service agency to give it more time to build a 200-bed substance abuse recovery center in the County Office Park. Trillium had enough money saved to build the facility but state lawmakers required the agency to spend down reserves on day-to-day operations. In the thick of an opioid crisis, that’s penny foolish.

Laurels — To the Little Willie Center for continuing its tradition of sharing a large Thanksgiving meal with hundreds on Thursday. The center, which operates an after-school program on Dickinson Avenue, partnered with Mount Hermon Masonic Lodge to serve neighbors, friends and visitors at the Fifth Street lodge. “There is something about God’s work,” said founder Renee Arrington. “God’s work will go on into eternity; it never stops.”

Darts — To the discovery of rabies in a stray cat at an apartment complex in Ayden. It bit and scratched two people in the area on Nov. 6 and avoided capture until Nov. 17. Officials are urging others who may have had contact with the animal to seek treatment. They also are offering $5 rabies vaccinations for pets 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ayden Fire Department, 4112 S. West Ave. A catch-and-release program also could help.

Laurels — To the Greenville Police Department for demonstrating its integrity when $60 was reported stolen when officers searched a vehicle for drugs. No drugs were located, but the car’s owner found something missing. A review of body camera footage provided evidence that one of the officers stole the cash. He has been suspended and charged. It proves the value of body cameras and reminds us no one is above the law.

Darts — To 10 ineligible votes in the Winterville Town Council election. Ten people who live in a subdivision outside of the town limits cast ballots in the recent election even though annexation of their homes is not complete. It’s unclear how this was allowed to happen but it is clear that the outcome of one of the races will remain in question. Ricky Hines won the seat by one vote over John Hill. Kudos to both men for their grace in victory, and defeat.

Laurels — To members of ECU’s Phi Kappa Alpha fraternity who helped raise $2,750 for the after-school program at the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Community Center. The fundraiser, celebrated with a dodgeball tournament, will allow the program to waive tuition, which will help more low-income families take advantage of the service. The effort highlights the good Greeks do at a time when some are under scrutiny for less positive behavior.

 

 

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