Editorial: Good works to share this week

May. 16, 2014 @ 11:15 PM

The award recipients could have been many. But those small businesses selected and honored this week by area chambers of commerce are amazing stories.

For many decades now, the small business has been fighting for a foothold. We believe there will always be a place, and it is up to us as a community to keep it there for them.

Convenience and choices drive us daily. We often need to stop and think about the impact, not only for us but also for our community.

Perhaps we might need to take more time to find a parking space or to spend an extra dollar here or there. But patronizing those who are fully invested in our communities, the local business owners who live here and reinvest the dollars here, is worth it. Remember that the next time passing an empty store front, or lamenting a lack of things to do.

We extend congratulations to all of Wednesday’s winners: Satterwhite Point Marina in Vance County, The Warren Record of Warren County, Whitco Termite and Pest Control in Granville County and Franklin Medical Center in Franklin County.

• Encouraging words for our community were shared at Wednesday’s board meeting of the Henderson-Vance Economic Development Commission.

Dan Gerlach lauded the efforts of Vance-Granville Community College and said of the county, “You all have your act together.” Gerlach is president of the Golden LEAF Foundation.

The board also welcomed two members who bring experience and credentials with them. Jim Crawford III and Al Rivers take the places, respectively, of the late Sam Watkins and Paul Harris, the vice chairman who resigned.

The EDC works with development partners in state government and regional economic development organizations. Their success is pivotal in our vision, vitality and variety.

• The numbers keep adding up for the Girls on the Run program at the Henderson Family YMCA.

The program will enter its fifth year in July under the direction of Julia Langston and assistants Jennifer Honeycutt and Amanda Barker. With 168 girls enrolled this spring, the program has impacted and inspired more than 650 in just four years.

The recent 5K in Oxford was another mark of success. We’re confident many more will be coming.