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Originally published: 2013-03-08 10:14:17
Last modified: 2013-03-08 10:14:17

Our View: Passing baton

Thumbs-up: to Cove Creek Elementary School Principal Toby Cone for moving to the head of the class -- Cone is Watauga County Schools' Principal of the Year for 2013-14. Cone's career trajectory has been solid -- a decade as a media specialist and duty as an assistant principal before moving into Cove Creek's top administrative spot -- and he comes from a family of educators: all in all, a good choice to represent Watauga County as one of our schools' top leaders.

Thumbs-up: to Relay For Life, the 2013 edition. It's no secret that Watauga County is one of the top Relay For Life money-raisers in the nation. But it's also no secret that our county doesn't get there without an extravagant amount of volunteer work. This year's event, the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held June 14 at Watauga High School. Visit http://www.relayforlife/org/watauganc or call (828) 264-520 for information about forming or joining a team.

Thumbs-up: to a new state bill that increases the penalties for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Within the new penalties are increased jail time for making meth in the presence of children or the disabled, and a section that now makes it illegal for a person previously convicted of meth possession or manufacturing to possess pseudoephedrine.