Father, daughter inspire some kudos

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As I drove to the grocery store Sunday to pick up an item I failed to get Saturday, I saw a man and his daughter walking up Schuerman Street with a garbage bag in hand.

They were picking up litter that others had tossed out along the street.

Their actions impressed me for a couple of key reasons.

First, there was no big community cleanup underway to inspire the father-daughter duo to hit the roadsides.

They weren’t doing it for recognition or to get their names in a drawing for prizes. Clearly, they were just demonstrating their civic pride. (If I had their names, I would happily publish them because they were setting such a good example for all of us.)

It also impressed upon me that in a time when we hear all the instances of poor parenting, how this simple act shows that there are some moms and dads out there teaching their children responsibility.

This girl will never toss her garbage out the window of a car. These few minutes that father and daughter picked up litter will have impressed on her a sense of civic pride and the need for a clean community.

It’s one of the principles that the Keep America Beautiful program instills through its annual cleanups. Teaching our youngsters these lessons early in life makes all the difference.

I just wanted to offer my thanks to this father and daughter for showing their pride in our community.

Kudos to you!

And their good deeds have inspired me to extend some more praise to others for their actions.

Point Park

Over the past couple of weeks, Ronnie Knight and the city crews have been working hard to clean up the area near the Prestonville bridge at Point Park.

Your good work has been noticed.

It’s looking good.

Kudos to you!

Next time you see anyone on the city public works crew, let them know their work is appreciated.

JCTC campus

Carroll County Fiscal Court, Carrollton College Educational Foundation Inc., First National Bank of Carrollton, Crawford & Baxter PSC, Owen Electric and the R.C. Durr Foundation have earned our praise and thanks for their commitments to the fundraising effort for the new Jefferson Community and Technical College campus in Carrollton. With their support, the community now has $1.6 million of the $4 million needed for the new college campus.

There is no question that the community college is needed. The educational opportunities that the new campus will bring can help many people in the region secure jobs at industry we have in Carroll County.

There is still $2.4 million to raise before construction can begin. But with this good start, the “Building Regional Success” Campaign Steering Committee is on the road to success.

Kudos to all of you!

Everyone in the region now needs to follow these folks’ example by making a contribution to the JCTC campus project. Together we can meet this goal and get construction started.


Jeff Moore is publisher of The News-Democrat and The Trimble Banner. He also serves as president of Carrollton Main Street Program and the Rotary Club of Carrollton. He resides in Carrollton with his wife, Joan.