Editorial: Positives are within departures

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 11:04 PM

Henderson’s losses are more feathers in its cap.

April will be the final month of a nine-year stop for Erris Dunston, the city’s planning director. She’s departing to become the assistant county manager in Halifax County.

May will be the final month of a 31-year tenure for Alan Gill, the director of the Henderson-Vance County Parks and Recreation Department. Gill is retiring.

Losing 40 years of experience in a matter of four weeks may sound negative on the surface. Others’ gains are indeed our loss.

But Dunston and Gill show Henderson and Vance County are wonderful places to begin, mature or finish careers. We’ve got much to offer, and there are several avenues available for people to come and make an impact. The stage of career for anyone choosing to be with us as a community moving forward can be quite flexible.

We know Halifax County is getting an outstanding new employee. And for Gill, we offer advice of “Heads up!” He’s well known, well-liked and very well may be a favorite for any number of volunteer efforts.

Congratulations to Erris and Alan.

• Church Watch continues to be a successful endeavor. Thursday’s latest installment was on the topic of domestic violence.

The meetings began in August of 2008 and continued twice each year since. The gatherings have brought together pastors and lay people and included shared information on a variety of topics. In many cases, the addition of information to go with awareness pays dividends for the participants.

Our community is fortunate to have such a commitment and resource.

• Letters related to the election season are trickling in, and we’re hoping for more so the voices of our community can be shared.

The primary is scheduled for May 6, with early voting starting April 21.

Election letters will be printed through Sunday, April 20. For a letter to be included by that Sunday, it should be in The Dispatch office or email (letters@hendersondispatch.com) by Wednesday, April 16.

We will resume election-related letters after the Tuesday primary, most likely the following Sunday.

The letter policy is below the editorial each day. Letters of various other topics will continue each week.