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Members of the community gathered for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast Monday morning in Mounds. The gathering, held at St. Raphael’s Hall, featured music, keynote speaker Rev. Kevin Anthony, and breakfast catered by Barbara Snow.
Master of Ceremony Bishop Derek Eurales opened the memorial with a prayer and the singing of the Negro National Anthem. All in attendance joined in, starting the ceremony on a positive note.
The annual ceremony was sponsored by the Pulaski and Alexander County branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The NAACP was formed in 1909 as a civil rights organization aiming to improve the educational, social, and economic status of minority groups.
“We come to honor the dream because the struggle continues,” said Eurales.
The life and achievemnets of Martin Luther King Jr. were honored and remembered on the 85th anniversary of his birthday.
Many in the community saw the breakfast as a place to not only remember but educate. Younger attendees were treated to a healthy dose of history and culture with their meal of eggs, bacon, and sausage. Local attendee Lenora Clark remarked on the importance of instilling the values Dr. King purveyed.
“We need more youth to take an interest in those who came before them and made the lives they live possible,” said Clark. “King was a rare and timeless example of someone worth molding your own life from.” Keynote speaker Kevin Anthony spoke of the many struggles that dictated the lives of those who fought for the right to be treated equally.
“Many forget exactly what people went through to attain freedom for the present,” said Anthony.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lives on through his wisdom and teachings, inspiring people across the world. His message of unity and equal rights has carried far beyond his own life.
King is most widely known for his famous advancement of the civil rights movement and the “I Have a Dream” speech he delivered at a peaceful protest on the steps of the Lincoln Monument.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. on March 29, 1968. In 1983 President Regan signed a bill designating King’s birthday a federal holiday.
George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen
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With the help of the federal government the Pulaski County Sheriff’s office is one step closer to eradicating the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in the area.
The Sheriff’s office recently recieved a $256,000 grant to use towards equipment that helps deputies detect methamphetamine as well remain safe when dealing with the many chemicals associated with the drug.
“This will help us immensely,” said Sheriff Kern.
Cameras, protection suits, gunshot trauma kits, night-vision googles, and gas monitors are among the many pieces of equipment purchased by the Sheriff’s department. The equipment is enough to equip ten officers.
Officers were also given new radios to help eliminate dead-zones throughout the county.
It’s a pretty impressive array of gear,” said Sheriff Randy Kern.
The grant also paid the yearly salary for two deputies.
Over the past decade the use and manufacture of methamphetamine has become a major problem for the area. Kern stated that his office fields calls on the subject at least once a month. The last actual lab that authorities have seized was within recent months.
“It’s something we’re consistantly on the lookout for,” said Kern.
One of the main issues concerning the manufacture of the drug is how small the labs used to produce the drug can be. Often, the equipment can be very portable and even fit into the trunk of a car.
Although the Sheriff’s office has been helped by this grant there are still money issues within the department.
“What can you do,” said Kern. “Yoou just have to play the hand that you’re dealt and keep working at the problems on a day to day basis.”
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It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you this will be my last week as the editor of The Cairo Citizen. My wife has been accepted to graduate school in Indiana, so we will be moving there so she can pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. I told her when she applied, if she got in we would go with no questions asked. I guess she called my bluff.
Rest assured, though, there will be a replacement who will start work in the coming weeks and he will be just as vigilant and active in reporting the news as I have tried to be. I will let him make his own introduction, however.
It has been a tremendous honor being the eyes and ears of this community over the last year. I have enjoyed getting to know many of you and am sad I will not get to know many more. Thank you for accepting me and ushering me into your lives and for helping me tell the story of Cairo and southern-most Illinois. I will never forget my time here and will look back on it fondly.