Editorial: Thanks to all for keeping Vance clean

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 03:13 PM

For those stepping out to help today, and who already have during the campaign, we offer a hearty “congratulations” on a job well done for the Henderson-Vance Spring Litter Sweep Week.

The event concludes today, with the foundation of former NFL player Jason Brown again sponsoring a hot dog lunch and a few cash prizes.

The problem of blighted structures in the city and county has been in this space before, as well as our front pages. But eyesores extend beyond dilapidated buildings.

There’s graffiti in prominent places, trash along roadsides and, as the Vance County Appearance Commission and its volunteers will attest, plenty of “you won’t believe what we found” items.

Thanks for helping keep Vance County clean. And remember, it goes beyond just this one designated week of the year.

• Those who visit the Vance County Senior Center have made their voice known. The center is top notch in providing to its clientele.

But come Thursday, the paperwork and all the other extras that go with it go in with hopes of obtaining a rating that says it is among the finest in North Carolina. Juan Jefferson, the manager, and his staff have set a goal for the top rung, a center of excellence.

The center serves just over 100 per day. The Meals on Wheels program, on various days of the week, serves about 500. Upgrades have been made, particularly in the fitness and recreation areas.

When seniors visit, they know friends and acquaintances with smiles are likely to be seen. That’s a positive lift, and another reason citizens have reason to be proud of their community.

It is an excellent facility. We hope the checklist items of the state simply confirm it.

• Back in January, we gave a salute to the Granville County commissioners. They unanimously approved the establishment of a Veterans Affairs Committee, which will provide an outreach to veterans and help serve as a support group in the county.

Understandably, we were saddened to learn this past week at the commissioners meeting about a report on the committee. Commissioners are having difficulty identifying a representative from the Moses S. Cash American Legion Post 161 to serve.