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Community service, train noise, Little League fans

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A crowd welcomes home North State players at Elm Street Park on Aug. 10, 2017. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Laurels — To a family reunion that put a focus on community service. Organizers of the Johnson Family Reunion wanted to undertake a community project as part of their annual celebration.  They opted for a week of community cleanup along Old River Road and other areas north of the Tar River. Pride in family and community are beautiful things to see. It would be great to see others follow the Johnson family’s example.

Darts — To train noise that continues to plague residents liv­ing near the CSX switch­ing yard out­side Greenville. Home­own­ers near the Sta­ton Mill Road yard say the prob­lems have grown worse in the past year be­cause train crews now work past mid­night on many oc­ca­sions and re­peat­edly sound en­gine whis­tles when trav­el­ing through the cross­ing. It’s time for CSX officials to get on track with finding a solution.

Laurels — To recognition received by a local SCUBA club for the work it does to get underrepresented youth involved in diving, environmental work and leadership. Members of the Pitt County Youth SCUBA Club will be featured on “Xploration Awesome Planet,” a TV show focusing on earth science. We hope this encourages more young people to take the plunge and dive into scientific study.

Laurels — To Pitt County Early College High School. The school, which is beginning its third year, allows students to simultaneously obtain a high school diploma and associate's degree. About 180 freshmen and sophomores kicked off their school year on Tuesday, and enrollment will grow to 225 when juniors return on Aug. 17. All those taking part get a head start at a higher degree, making the high school a high-class opportunity.

Darts — To bad news on several key health issues in the county. According to the 2016 State of the County Health Report, Pitt has lost ground in its fight against cancer, prescription drug abuse and syphilis. One especially troubling trend is the steadily rising rate in the numbers of cases of syphilis, which increased from 22 in 2013 to 51 in 2015 and 2016. This trend underlines the need for ongoing educational efforts on the danger of STDs.

Laurels — To the county’s progress on several long-term health issues. Pitt County has shown improvement in its battles against diabetes, infant mortality, HIV and heart disease, according to the State of the County Health report. The news on diabetes is especially encouraging, and reflective of programs put in place to help local residents manage the disease. We hope other health programs can write a similar prescription for success.

Laurels — To the fans who turned out at Elm Street Park on Thursday to support the Southeastern Regional champion Greenville North State All-Stars. North State players and coaches will head to Williamsport, Pa., today to play in the Little League World Series next week. One player described the chance to play at Williamsport as “every kid’s dream.” Local Little League fans are cheering for this Greenville team to dream big and win it all.

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