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Christmas Trees Take On a New Theme

ABERDEEN, MS – The Christmas tree has become the focal point of the holiday season. Whether it’s the Charlie Brown type, void of needles, or the over-the-top Clark Griswold variety, experts estimate we spend around $3.4 billion on both real and artificial Christmas trees. Then add in cost lights, garland, tree toppers, tinsel, beads, ornaments, etc., no wonder the business of Christmas is booming. Ruth...

Dawson’s Different Life

NETTLETON, MS — Autism. It’s not like cooties. You can’t catch it from standing too close to someone who has it. There isn’t a medical test to diagnose Autism. April is National Autism Awareness Month and the town of Nettleton, MS is hosting its first ever Autism 5K Run/Walk and Marketplace on Saturday, April 28th to raise money for The Autism Center in Tupelo, MS. They offer free and low-cost...

Confronting Child Abuse: The Smallest Victims Need a Voice

AMORY, MS — Two events were held in April to recognize Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. In Aberdeen, the sky above the Monroe County Department of Human Services (DHS) was painted with blue balloons. Belle Elementary student council students, DHS staff, and families from around the county joined together to honor the most vulnerable amongst us. At Bigbee Baptist Church in Amory, Yvonne Funderburk with...

Coping With Catastrophe in Wren

WREN, MS – April 27, 2011 has become Monroe County’s day of infamy. It was the deadliest tornado outbreak in history. Although sometimes overshadowed by the overall tornado devastation in area, it was a day of days for the Wren community as well. An EF-3 struck hard at 3 am and then the unthinkable happened twelve hours later. Another EF-3 tore through the community.

911 Dispatchers Answer The Call on April 27

ABERDEEN, MS — On any given day, Robert “Bunky” Goza, Director, Monroe County Emergency Management, E911 & EMA, Deputy Director Donna Sanderson, Julia Moore, Jimmy Dodd, Joanne Barnes, Bo Hill, Brenda McCullough, Tina Edwards, Pat Gordon, and Nicole Allen answer 911 calls from around Monroe County. However, on April 27, 2011, all their experience, knowledge, and endurance would be put to the ultimate test.

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