Editorial: Commending assistance leaders

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 11:34 PM

Organizations pitching in to help fill the gap, and there were several, since the close of Heart’s Haven last year are to be commended.

Our community lost a valuable service. We know some victims found other avenues of assistance, and we have suspicion others may not have been so fortunate.

Recent news of Infinite Possibilities contracting with the state and receiving grant assistance is welcome news. The goal there is simple enough: save a life and help rebuild it.

Domestic violence doesn’t rest behind boundaries. It doesn’t know socio-economic status or race, and it doesn’t know neighborhoods or communities. Behind closed doors, we can never be certain of just what happens.

But we are fortunate that a significant gain for our community has been made.

• Elected officials, law enforcement — they even locked up a clown.

Time Out Tuesday was deemed a rousing success by Franklin-Granville-Vance Smart Start. The local organization administers state funding to benefit children up to age 5 and their families through educational programs for children and parents.

Many of the programs have endured setbacks in their budget, and this week’s fundraising was a great help.

“Good guys” going behind bars for the children included four elected officials: Mike Rainey, Jackie Sergent, Tommy Hester and Ruth Hartness; Morris White from the cooperative extension office; Royall Harris, also known as BoHo the Clown to generations of Tri-County youngsters; and Maj. Eddie Ferguson from the Vance County Sheriff’s Office.

Hats off to all for putting unity in our community.

• Mickey Rooney’s connection to North Carolina is a bit more than one of Hollywood’s most incredible acting careers. Ava Gardner, from Grabtown a few miles from Smithfield, was his first wife.

While the union may not have lasted, Rooney certainly did on stage despite a life of broken marriages (eight) and money troubles from “friends.” He predated the studio era of Hollywood and was actively involved in a film project at the time of his death nine decades after he began.

Rooney earned significant fame from the Andy Hardy series and a musical role opposite Judy Garland. He soared to fame when young, and spent his adulthood coming and going from spotlights.

His work included about 250 screen credits. Mickey Rooney was 93.