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Apr. 27, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Sheriff Carter

Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter’s recent appointment to the Juvenile Justice Crime Committee of the Governor’s Crime Commission is a good thing for both the committee and our county.

Carter has spent nearly 30 years in law enforcement, and because a substantial part of his career was spent as chief of the Lee County Schools’ law enforcement team, he knows a thing or two about dealing with juveniles and issues of crime and justice. As a part of the special 30-member body, the sheriff will meet quarterly with other delegates to, among other things, discuss issues involving at-risk youth.

The mission of the committee is to provide resources for youngsters who, because of individual, school, family, peer or community factors, are likely to become delinquent, undisciplined, or involved in the juvenile court process. Carter’s experience will add value to the committee, plus he’ll be able to glean ideas from others as our state and our community seek to find the very best practices and approaches to dealing with juveniles who are becoming, or have become, involved in criminal activity.

It’s worth noting, too, that Carter is the only sheriff on the committee. In making his appointment, Gov. Pat McCrory said Carter is a leader in Lee County, and said “his past experience as chief of Lee County Schools’ Special Police and current position as sheriff made him an ideal choice.”

We couldn’t agree more.


THUMBS UP: Sanford and Race Across USA

There are a lot of 40- and 50-somethings out there who love to remind their children that “playstation” and “game boy” used to mean something very different than they do now. Playgrounds and recess are less common now than electronics and ever-present gaming devices that don’t give the body exercise it needs.

So bringing awareness about the epidemic of childhood inactivity and obesity are worthy goals, and the focal point of next year’s “Race Across USA” — a 3,000-plus mile run by 10 elite athletes across our country. In addition to running the equivalent of 115 marathons in 140 days, the runners and their support team will be stopping at schools across the country to promote activity and encourage kids to join a “100 Mile Club,” which encourages its members to strive to run at least 100 miles over the course of a school year.

The race route will enter North Carolina in May of 2015, and because one of the runners — ultra-marathoner and triathlete Chris Knodel, who used to live in Goldston and founded the Brick City Running Tribe — has Sanford ties, the course has been altered slightly to go through our city.

The event will bring national attention to a significant problem and also help shine the spotlight on our part of the world.

We look forward to chronicling the experiences of Knodel, who pens a weekly column in The Herald, and the rest of the group — and to helping to tell the stories of youngsters who are inspired to get active as a result.