Editorial: Meaningful lives impact many others

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 05:46 PM

Two lives in Henderson have impacted others far beyond the city’s borders.

Michael Brown was a 14-year-old at Vance Charter School. He died Wednesday, his life shortened by cancer.

His spirit was infectious. When going for treatments, he would routinely search out others — including other children — and try and lend an uplifting word or action. Programs in the children’s hospital at Duke University Medical Center include patients giving doctors feedback, and Michael was very good at the task.

Kelley Wade Perdue is a 35-year-old mother of two. She’s fought against cancer as well, and it is in remission now. She’s on the road to running a marathon at Disney World in January.

Perdue says she was never going to give in, and still hasn’t, despite doctors’ advice a marathon might not be the best thing. Her “can do” mentality is an inspiration.

We grieve the loss of Michael, are thankful for Kelley, and encourage all to pursue life in the model they’ve shown.

• Crowded as it might be, we encourage participation Tuesday night at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center in Oxford.

That’s where the county’s municipal forum will be held. All candidates have been invited for the 7 p.m. event, and at last count that number was 38.

Each will have three minutes summarizing their platform. There’s a gathering time an hour before, and we’ve seldom seen municipal candidates rush away if constituents need answers afterward.

Tip of the hat to the Granville County Chamber of Commerce’s Sunrise Forum, the Granville County Human Relations Commission and the League of Women Voters Unit in Granville County for putting the event together.

• Congratulations to David Hicks, who has uttered that word to many athletes in a lifetime of devotion to high school athletics.

Hicks is retiring as Northern Vance High’s athletics director. He’s done the job for 18 years. He was also a tremendously accomplished soccer coach until the Vance County Schools instituted a rule preventing coaches from also holding the AD job.

Wilton Baskett could be a candidate for the AD post, but if so, he’d have to give up coaching the boys basketball team.

Whoever steps in, good luck filling the shoes.