Our View: Vote of no confidence
Kim Westbrook Strach, State Board of Elections executive director, blamed the error on poor programming following the release of the vendor who had handled the site for years in favor of internalizing the operation. The director failed to indicate what drove the change, but showcasing an inferior website for something as important as ballot counts is a major black eye on Strach's team.
Thumbs-up: to the efforts of Samaritan's Purse as they recently responded to tornado destruction across the South and Midwest. In all, the Boone-based Christian relief organization sent teams to Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Kansas, and monitored flooding in Florida during a two-day period in late April.
Thumbs-up: to May flowers. You know it's spring when there's no snow on Grandfather Mountain in April. Winter officially ended on Grandfather in April with rain, but no recorded snowfall. The year's total snowfall at the site's main gate was just 32 inches -- far short of the 55 inches received last season.