Local childhood cancer survivor represents Alabama

by Martha Smith

Sitting across from me in my office, you’d never guess Jaxson Guthrie, decked out in a baseball jersey and a Chicago Cubs hat, had already been in the fight of his life. At the age of 13, he is tall, eager, knees and elbows and just sporting a newly-achieved baritone voice.

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Luminary Remembrance Service

The Arc of Jackson County invites you to a special luminary remembrance service on Saturday, May 1 at Pinehaven Memorial Gardens. Several hundred candles will be placed throughout the gardens at all entrances, features and drives, completely illuminating the entire garden. These candles will be lit as dusk falls and the devotional service will begin at 7 p.m. Devotion and music for the service will be provided by Randy Sharpe of Calvary Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to attend and witness this beautiful transformation of the Memorial Gardens into a warmly glowing tribute to those who cannot be with us.

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30 minutes with Mayor McCamy

Scottsboro City Mayor Jim McCamy recently expressed his concern over the workforce issues the nation, and Scottsboro, are currently encountering. The mayor was recently at a local restaurant and noticed a modified work schedule posted outside the establishment, informing the customers of their need to close on certain days and at new hours, due to the lack of an optimum number of employees needed to carry out a day’s business serving the public’s needs. Scottsboro also recently held a job fair that did not yield good results as far as people coming in off the street, seeking a place of employment.

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Here for you: Victim Services Officer

by Martha Smith

To emphasize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Jackson County District Attorney’s (JCDA) Victim Service Officer (VSO) Sheila Morris, recently reached out to The Clarion to raise awareness and talk about what a VSO is and what they do every day for victims of crime.

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Here for you: the CAC and HERO Facility Dog program

by Martha Smith
When many of you were growing up, there wasn’t a place for you to go if you or someone you knew was suffering from abuse, of any sort. Back then, as my mother can attest to, most of the advocacy was left up to the child themselves, and the cases that actually resulted in the child(ren) being removed from that situation were slim to none.

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