Editorial: Recipients establish benchmarks

Feb. 28, 2014 @ 11:49 PM

Congratulations are in order for the recent recipients of awards from the Vance County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The trio was honored a week ago at the annual banquet.

Evelyn Mitchell received the Outstanding NAACP award. She’s been a member of several committees, including education, legal redress, health and membership. She’s engaged 28 churches to commit an advocate.

The Outstanding Community Service award was given to Carolyn Taylor. She’s worked for 25 years with the Vance County Schools.

State Rep. Nathan Baskerville, who serves District 32, was given the Achievement award. He won election in fall of 2012 and began serving in the N.C. House in January of 2013.

• Filing for election candidates ended Friday across the state, but Oxford voters have another task coming this week. Facebook voters, that is.

Oxford is in the N.C. League of Municipalities March Madness Hometown Showdown. Voting is done by likes on the popular social media site, and 32 cities across the state have photos to help voters.

From March 3 to 7, Oxford is head to head with Southern Pines in a first-round matchup. The winner gets Wallace or Zebulon March 10 to 14.

The champion is crowned April 7.

Visit facebook.com/NCLeague to help out Oxford.

The community in and around Henderson and Vance County can speak to the effectiveness of a supportive fan base. A year ago, students at Northern Vance High rose to victory in a statewide competition through online voting.

Key to their victory was getting the word out. They did and took half the vote against four other competitors.

• Looking to have a vehicle that will last? Research dating from 1981 to 2010 indicates the answer will be with sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.

In other words, choose to pay for gas, or choose to pay for the vehicle.

The website iseecars.com tracked listings for vehicles with 200,000 or more miles, analyzing about 30 million. The Honda Accord was the lone car within the top dozen, at No. 12.

In front were the Ford F-250 Super Duty and Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD. Seven of the first 11 were General Motors products; Ford had the first and fifth spots; and Toyota took the fourth and ninth.