In memoriam: The York City School District last week lost "one of the best educators" it has ever had.

Julia Hines-Harris died Monday at age 72.

She was a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent for more than 38 years, including time as a guidance counselor at William Penn Senior High School during the 1969 race riots.

Crispus Attucks CEO Bobby Simpson, who said Hines-Harris served on the agency's board in the 1970s, called her "one of the best educators we've had" in the city. Her mission was simple and direct, he said: Get an education.

"That's Julia, period. She believed in it," Simpson said.

Hines-Harris was honored by the York NAACP last fall for her life's work that "embodied the theme" of the NAACP. She also was a minister and frequently wrote letters to the editor to newspapers about her faith.

Thumbs up: The lengths some mayors will go to for their constituents ...

York City Mayor Kim Bracey said she's been asked more than once to take a ride on a motorcycle in her hog-loving town, home to the annual Bike Night parade.

So, hoping to impress the crowds at the event this September, Bracey enrolled in a motorcycle safety-training course at Harley-Davidson, the first step toward earning her license.

It was a nice thought, but that goal is going to have to wait a bit.


On the second day of a three-week course, Bracey broke her right ankle in two places, requiring surgery and a hospital stay.

"I obviously shouldn't be the driver of a motorcycle, maybe a passenger," she joked last week as she hobbled to an event in a cast and on crutches. "... All is well, and I'm recovering. I'm feeling really good."

We're happy to hear that and hope to see the mayor back on two feet again soon -- although, maybe not two wheels. At least for a while.