He wanted to start a race war.
I got a phone call a few weeks ago from a friend who told me I needed to go see a man about some preserves. I drove over to the Vance County Farmers Market that Wednesday, and found Jones Farm’s table and left with a jar of peach preserves and strawberry jam. Incredibly good stuff, and I was grateful for the tip my friend had given me.
Saturday’s front page of The Daily Dispatch juxtaposed both challenges and opportunities here.
Usually on Saturdays we reserve this space to celebrate and spotlight good things happening in the community and good people who live here.
The kinds of jobs needed in the economy have dramatically changed in the past century. One hundred years ago most North Carolinians worked on the farm. Knowledge about farming was passed from generation to generation with little need for “book-learning.” The stamina and strength to endure back-breaking work day after day were the main requirements for success.
Several months ago on a public affairs television show, the host asked one of the two guests why he was opposed to the school voucher scheme that was upheld last week by the N.C Supreme Court.
Remember a couple of years ago, when North Carolina’s unemployment rate was falling rapidly? Critics of the Republican-led legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory denied that the state’s labor market was truly getting better. Instead, they said, discouraged workers were simply dropping out of the workforce, which had the artificial effect of making North Carolina’s unemployment rate look better.
The multimillion-dollar gift to the Henderson Salvation Army is huge not just for the organization, but for the area.
To help motivate and inspire kids to discover their potential, the Henderson Family YMCA offers an after-school program to school-aged children throughout Vance County. The Y’s after-school program combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment where youth can achieve, feel a sense of belonging, build relationships and explore new interests.