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JOLT – Educating and Inspiring Theatre Talent

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Everyone wishes that they could escape every once in a while, to be somebody else, somewhere else. Acting allows for someone to do this, to take on the role and character of someone else, somewhere else. Lee Hall once said, “The point of theatre is transformation: to make an extraordinary event out of ordinary material right ...

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Lions Club – Giving Back to the Community

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – One of the tenants of the Lions Club International is to always have in mind their obligations and responsibility to their nation, state, and community, and to give them loyalty through their words and actions. Members are to give of their time, efforts, and means for the better of those around them. These ideals plus many ...

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Clarice’s Room of Hope – Giving Smiles and Restoring Hope

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – There are seasons in life that take our breath away, not because they are priceless moments, but because they knock us down. Suffering seems to be inevitable, it not only pushes limits, but like heat from the fire, it refines everything. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he ...

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Toys for Tots – Marines and Elks Join Forces to Bring Christmas Cheer

BY MELANIE BUCK – Toys for Tots is a nationwide organization that has helped hundreds of thousands of children since its inception in the 1940’s. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the United States Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. The local Toys for Tots program ...

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Santas 4 Seniors – A Hands for Larger Service Project

BY MELANIE BUCK – As the holidays approach, many organizations across the county are gearing up to serve others, by way of food, gifts, and fellowship. One such project is organized by county 4H clubs and is just as rewarding for the givers, as it is for those that receive the blessings. Santas 4 Seniors is in its fourth year ...

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Bearcats for a Cure – Students Leading the Fight for a Cure for Cancer

At an early age, Keeley Jones learned what cancer is, what it does, and that much more research is needed for a cure. Turning her life experience and research into a passion, Jones has been part of a team that has raised over $25,000 for the cause in the last three years; a fete that not many high schoolers have ...

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The James K. Polk Chapter of the Daughters of the Amercian Revolution – Keeping History Alive

BY JACLYN ROSE – The James K. Polk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a group of women with a direct bloodline to an ancestor that aided in achieving American Independence.  These women meet once a month, for nine months out of the year, September through May, and work to preserve history in general, as well as ...

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Polk County Long Term Recovery Committee

BY JACLYN ROSE – April 9, 2009 is a date no citizen of Polk County is quick to forget. On that day, a devastating storm swept through this small community dropping deadly tornados.  On the morning of April 10, 2009 people woke up to a new landscape, a new Polk County in many ways, but from this storm came a ...

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