The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

March 25, 2013

Spring and snow just don’t go together


TARBORO — A check of the calendar tells us that spring arrived last Thursday while my memory reminds me we saw snow flakes flying by in that March wind throughout much of the day.

With Easter this coming Sunday, I’m reminded of a wet Good Friday snow in West Texas that brought anywhere from six inches in Big Spring to 18 inches in Sweetwater on April 5, 1996.

The wind that day was straight off the Polar ice cap and the snow was horizontal much of the time. In fact,the wind compacted the snow so much that it was more that six inches thick on the sides of utility poles in front of the Big Spring Herald.

On Saturday, it was almost completely gone.

Mom and Dad always warned of an Easter freeze and the weather this year seems conducive to such a phenomena of Mother Nature.

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The effort to raise funds for the Edgecombe County Relay for Life are well under way and there are a number of ways you can help support this most worthy cause.

A proclamation was signed last week by Mayor Donald Morris to proclaim “Paint the County Purple” for Relay for Life.

The annual purple ribbon blitz is upcoming and members of the Bosom Buddies team are now selling their ribbons, which are pink and purple.

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A combination of stories in today’s newspaper gives us a snapshot of the economy, which still seems to be showing some improvement.

One is the fact 400 persons took part in last Friday’s job fair at Edgecombe Community College and the other is that the January unemployment rate in the county was 16.6 percent, which represents a 37-month high.

The key to lowering the rate, in addition to the obvious one of creating more jobs, is to have a better prepared workforce.

By and large, ours, we’re afraid, is ill-prepared to actively engage in the digital marketplace. It’s too bad for some that texting and twitter are not job skills, as there seems to be an abundance of folks who have mastered that but have difficulty with basic social skills.

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In a story that will be in this newspaper later in the week, State Rep. Joe Tolson has been successful in advancing four bills he sponsored that relate to digital education.

Two of those bills have been signed into law by the governor and the remaining two are working their way through the senate.

(John H. Walker is editor and publisher of The Daily Southerner. He may be reached at 823-3106 or