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Dear Editor: September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is a time for each of us to reach out to those around us and take steps to prevent suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's theme for the month is "Together, we can help #StopSuicide."

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I’ve covered a lot of meetings over the past 40+ years. Some have been a little rowdy, especially about controversial zoning issues. A few have been ugly, like the one a few years ago at the old Benton Elementary School when the public was upset at plans to consolidate the school into anothe…

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My whole life, I’ve watched my mother write. I watched her work in the office I intern at, cover scientific discoveries at my dream university, and now, I see her work for the company that keeps my lights on.

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Most of the growth in Jackson County in recent years has been on the west side of the county. You can see that in the county school system's student numbers which reflects massive growth to the west and stagnation to the east.

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I was excited a month ago when I finally got my first Covid vaccine and even more relieved two weeks later when I got the second and final dose.