Our View: Ups & Downs - High Point police; Lexington Barbecue

Jun. 07, 2013 @ 01:55 AM

THUMBS UP to the High Point Police Department for its nearly two-week pursuit of a hit-and-run driver involved with a May 24 incident on Cedrow Drive in which four young people were injured. Police had minimal information in a description of the alleged hit-and-run driver, but continued to follow leads as they developed. Two of the young pedestrians were hit by the car and received cuts, bruises, a broken nose that may require surgery and cracked bones. Two other children received minor injuries when the bodies of the two youths hit by the car where knocked into them. Police charged Micarlos Rayshaw Pemberton, 30, of High Point with four counts of felony hit and run. Police said Pemberton told them he thought he had hit a deer when they asked him why he did not stop after the incident.

THUMBS DOWN to the former officials and leaders of the Knoll Crest Swim Club who let that facility become such an eyesore and health and safety hazard after closing the pool about three years ago. Neighbors in the area have complained about the site, located on Shaver Street, calling it a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. The site is near several residential areas and also not far from T.W. Andrews High School. At last check, it appears that city crews will be cleaning up the mess and the costs of that cleanup will be assessed against the property in hopes that city taxpayers will get their money back whenever the property might be sold. Although this cleanup and assessment process will cost the taxpayers some money, at least the work should make the area safer for residents.

THUMBS UP to Lexington Barbecue, on U.S. 29/70 in Lexington, for being named one of America’s 20 best barbecue restaurants by LocalEats, which maintains a web-based dining guide and publishes restaurant guides. Known locally as “Honey Monk’s,” LocalEats says the restaurant serves “the quintessential Western North Carolina ’cue, with impeccable slow-smoked pork shoulder, vinegar-based red barbecue sauce, and their signature red slaw (no mayonnaise).” Also making the list of 20 were Bill Spoon’s Barbecue in Charlotte and Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue in Raleigh. On the list of honorable mentions was Jimmy’s Barbecue, located on N.C. 8 in south Lexington, and 10 other restaurants in North Carolina.  The Lexington area is home to a number of fine barbecue restaurants that could be considered for such a list. Lexington Barbecue often stands out, of course, as having served its barbecue and fixings at a presidential dinner during the administration of Ronald Reagan.