Editorial: Celebrating good things this week

Dec. 13, 2013 @ 05:58 PM

Two officers of the court recently made news.

Jules Banzet III of Warrenton was honored by the state bar association. He was cited for 50 years of service to the law profession and our state. Colleagues speak highly of his ethics and integrity.

One of his colleagues, Sam Currin, announced he will not seek re-election when his term as district attorney ends in 2014. He’ll retire, but perhaps still practice law on occasion.

Currin has been in the prosecutor’s office 34 years, the last dozen as DA. He’s witnessed a lot of changes in society during that time, namely how crime happens and is prosecuted.

Congratulations are offered to both gentlemen.

• We’ve watched the appointments from Gov. Pat McCrory roll in all year. Finally, Vance County showed up on the list.

Tommy Hester’s appointment has a chance for impact in the region. The N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority has a huge role statewide, especially with the crumbling of the N.C. Rural Center, and even more so for Tier 1 counties.

Hester, who just wrapped up a stint as chairman of the Vance County commissioners, should bring a solid perspective from a rural county. He’s lived through the changes of our state’s agriculture and textile base eroding in favor of pharmaceuticals, technology and banking.

We believe not only will Vance County benefit from his presence, but so too will more than 80 other predominantly rural counties in the state.

• In the world of big-time college athletics, with the dollar always driving the decision, we’re pleased to point out a small but significant point from the upcoming football bowl season.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl got it right. It wasn’t because they picked Duke; it was why they picked the Blue Devils.

Gary Stokan, the former N.C. State basketball player, is president of the bowl. After the BCS selections, the bowl has the next pick of ACC teams. While Miami and Virginia Tech have things Duke doesn’t, like larger traveling fan bases and stout football reputations, Stokan said Duke played its way into the game. And he said the bowl regularly lets teams play into or out of the event.

Duke beat the Hurricanes and the Hokies, and made the ACC title game.