Editorial: Good move despite tardiness

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 11:35 PM

Nineteen months ago, Vance County Schools students on a stage in Rollins Auditorium spoke about school safety in front of a packed audience of about 600.

The event had been planned a couple of months earlier, before a Vance County teen was shot to death and before the tragic events unfolded in Newtown, Connecticut. And yet, with those events stirring emotions, school safety surged to the attention of administrators, staff and parents. That night, students voiced concerns.

This past Monday, the county school board gave the go-ahead for panic buttons in our schools. Although long overdue, the move is appreciated no less.

We hope more safety measures escape red tape and are forthcoming as well.

• At one point, just where the Meet Me in the Street event would be held in 2014 was up in the air. The construction site for Breckenridge Commons borders the blocked off streets used.

But with the close of Friday’s last event in this year’s series, the familiar spot that has worked well for years has been successful again. Several hundred have attended, raising awareness of downtown while uniting family and friends for fun and fellowship.

By the time 2015’s series rolls in, the one-stop learning center is likely to be in place and either opening or coming very close. We’re hopeful of increased merchants nearby and another quality lineup of musical entertainment.

• This week’s celebration of 100 years in business by The Dispatch was punctuated by many kind words and deeds.

We also enjoyed seeing many friends and former co-workers, though really they are all family and remain so in our hearts. From the Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce’s assistance in a ribbon cutting ceremony to so many who gave of time and talent in various parts, we are grateful.

The day was made memorable by everyone participating. From our staff, a sincere thanks!