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Jackson reflects on 30 Year Career in law Enforcement: Leaving Police Chief position here on February 28
Jackson reflects on 30 Year Career in law Enforcement: Leaving Police Chief position here on February 28

As a 19-year-old Appalachian State University student Jay Jackson decided he wanted to be in law enforcement. Studying Criminal Justice, Jackson was offered an internship with the Catawba County Sheriff's Department and that affirmed his desires thus his career path was set for the next 30 years.

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Suicide Talk Hosted By ICC: Local Experts Air Advice On Helping Those In Crisis
Suicide Talk Hosted By ICC: Local Experts Air Advice On Helping Those In Crisis Read More ...
 
Sam Liked Bikes: Forest City Trail Reminds Locals Of A True Friend To Nature And Bikes
Sam Liked Bikes: Forest City Trail Reminds Locals Of A True Friend To Nature And Bikes

Imagine a crowd of about 24, mostly women talking about suicide prevention. It was remarkably civilized, congenial, and informative, even if the topic is about as emotional and tough as one can get.

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Help Wanted: Ministry To Former Prisoners Needs Night Staff, Housing Available
Help Wanted: Ministry To Former Prisoners Needs Night Staff, Housing Available

"It would have to be the right man, or if the Lord brings them to us, maybe an older married couple," Rev. Wayne Stafford said of the need for night staff at his church's ministry to former prisoners.

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Outdoor Truths
Outdoor Truths

As I look back on this last deer season, it seems that bad news could be the theme.

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TAX TIME
Do you file your taxes early or wait until last minute?
I file early
I wait until last minute
I'm in the middle

Betty Lou Flynn Rogers
Betty Lou Flynn Rogers

Betty Lou Flynn Rogers passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

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Listen To Life
Listen To Life

Do you step back?

I admired a centerpiece floral arrangement on a table at a speaking engagement I did. My eyes first went to the stunning white flowers in the foreground of the arrangement. I couldn't take my eyes off of them, until I realized that there were some more flowers behind them. In the back of the arrangement were some of the deepest-colored burgundy flowers you've ever seen. They were so very dark and it was easy to miss them in the arrangement. After all, they were in the back of the container and they were so dark compared to the white flowers that lit up the room.

It was then I realized that the reason the white flowers appeared so bright was because of the dark flowers in the background. The contrasting colors made the white flowers all the more brilliant.

Are you humble enough to step into the background and let someone else shine? As you listen to life, you discover--life's not all about you! You can step back and another person can step up and your worth isn't diminished. In fact, it's enhanced because you valued another. Step back and make a life worth living today!

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