Seventy-six thousand, eight hundred and forty seven dollars.
Wow! Words cannot express how awesome our local communities are. In the past two weekends, through a series of fundraisers, local business and individuals donated $76,847 to local families and organizations. That number is astonishing.
$13,500 went to the Senath Women's Club's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, $12,000 was raised by the Kennett Cup golf tournament for the Delta Children's Home, who auction brought in an additional $34,747, $10,000 was raised at the Cassie Duncan benefit, $3,000 was raised at the first annual United Way 5K, and $3,600 was raised by the first annual Kennett Race for the Cure for a group of cancer patients.
Make no mistake about it, that is a lot of money. And it proves, when push comes to shove, our local community -- not just Kennett, but the entire area -- really knows how to show up and support one another.
Everyone who was involved in any way, shape, or form deserves a standing ovation. Way to go.
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It's almost over. The steady influx of political advertising is almost over, as is, hopefully, the verbal assaults from one campaigner to another.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, the nation will decided our president for the next four years, and many local races will come to a close as well.
Politics is a dirty game. If a campaigner has a skeleton in their closet, their competition is sure to drag it out and put it on display for everyone to see.
If these politicians would spend as much time and energy fighting for their constituents' beliefs as they do insulting and bashing one another, maybe there would be a little more faith in our government.
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A few weeks ago, we began a new series in the paper called "Dunklin County Spotlight."
The goal of this new piece, initiated by our new General Manager, Donnie Shelton, is to shine the light on people in our community. The series runs on Sundays and is a user submitted forum.
We hope the community enjoys this new series.
George Anderson is the managing editor of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.