Editorial: Winning an award always nice

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 06:57 PM

Good drinking water is hard to beat.

A generation or so ago, plenty of skeptics were around before the popularity of bottled water began to soar. As the industry took off, systems nationwide continued working at their craft to make what flows from the tap pure and tasty.

Kerr Lake Regional Water System’s latest honor is well deserved. We’ve been to the facilities, seen how hard they work and enjoy the fruit of their labor when we return home.

The process for earning the honor isn’t easy. Only 48 others in the state got a nod for the calendar year 2012.

But Kerr Lake is a regular for this distinction. As regular as turning on the tap and getting a nice tasty drink.

• We like Granville County’s decision to give Michael Felts a promotion to county manager.

When good people are available, hiring from within is always a good choice. We’ve done it at The Dispatch as well.

Felts takes over for Brian Alligood and will be quite familiar with his surroundings. He just won’t have a finance director to begin with — that was his job.

He previously has served Granville as finance director from 1999 to 2004, then had a stint directing finances with the Granville County public school system from 2004 to 2007. He’s been back in the county office since then.

He says his perspective will be different, and that’s true. But we’re confident his mission will remain the same — great service to the citizens of the county.

• The story is familiar. Names, faces and places change, but that’s about it.

Until state lawmakers act, it will continue to happen.

In Raleigh Wednesday, a moped not doing more than 30 mph on Interstate 440 makes a lane change — the police report used the word swerve — and another car breaks but hits it, sending it almost 200 feet. The moped driver has “disabling” injuries; drivers of two cars entangled in the crash are not injured.

And the moped is uninsured.

We reaffirm our requests. On roads and streets mopeds can’t meet the speed limit, lawmakers should ban them. And they need to be registered in order to be on North Carolina’s streets and roads.