Editorial: Tri-County goodness overflows

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 11:41 PM

Residents, and certainly our visitors, to the Tri-County are to be commended. We’re thankful of no fatalities on our roads during the holiday weekend.

Given the volume of guests at Kerr Lake and those whipping past us on Interstate 85, that’s an accomplishment we wish to replicate each year.

And by all accounts, festivities in the area continue to get approval. The celebrations at the lake, in Wise and nearby in Granville County remain attractive beyond each county’s borders.

Congratulations to all who were involved in planning and executing these wonderful enhancements to our community life.

• Vance County’s water project made the news again this week. The growing pains are rubbing some irritably.

Ten years ago, at an April meeting of commissioners, county water was cited as a need for economic development and for environmental reasons (poor well water). It had been on the table before, and a decision not to join the regional water system has been lamented. State legislators have visited in the last decade, usually each time given the pitch on how countywide water would help our growth.

As the project now progresses, the future wanted by so many — including commissioners, among others — moves closer to stakeholders. Remembering the foundation in how investments work should help us all deal with developments that are unsettling.

• Earlier this month we noted the death of Harvey Heartley and offered praise for the coaches — especially high school — who influence our youth (“Loss goes beyond one coach,” July 1).

This week we reported Kerr-Vance Academy was losing its basketball coach, David Carrier, and were encouraged by the comments of the school’s headmaster.

Paul Villatico said it would be tough to see him go. And not just because of the success on the court: five state tournament appearances in eight seasons, coach of the year awards and other accolades.

“One of the things that impresses me most about David and the program is it’s not about championships,” Villatico said. “It’s not about winning; it’s about their future. It was about making sure that they had a positive experience that had an impact on their future.”

Coaching 101, and doable no matter the skill level of any team in any sport. It should be every administrator’s demand.