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THIS l LOV'. I o g.o c.oUIVIn3 ,'qll Ihave only lived ".m, Monroe County for five years and Im about to leave it at the end of the month. Doesnt sound like a great opening for an es- say about loving Monroe County, does it? Well, let me explain. My husband's job brought us here five years ago. That move was a dif- ficult one to say the least. We left the town I grew up in. We left our family, our friends, and our church. When we moved here, I knew no one. Not a soul. I remember walking my kids into the elementary school on the first day of school. I dropped offmy first- grader and then walked my fifth-grader to her hallway. My chin began to quiver. No one knew them there. My mom worked at their elementary school their whole lives and it was the school I had taught at prior to having children. I turned and looked at a teacher in the hallway who turned out to be Carla Maples. She saw my chin and the look in my eyes that said, "This little mama is about to fall apart!" She put her hand on my back and said, "Don't worry, we'll take good care of her!" I remember early on meeting Ricky Wilson (you may know him as Hot Dog!) and Melody. They introduced us to Keith Edge (Kebo to the rest of us) and both Hot Dog and Kebo invited us to the MPHS football game and told us we could sit with them. Friday night rolled around and we walked up into the sea of Black and Gold and sure enough, they had saved us some seats. We sat with those guys for the rest of the season. See, being a new- comer to a place like Monroe County can be scary. Most of these amazing folks grew up here and are now raising their families here too. You think to yourself, "There's no room for us not here." But ya'll, this is why I love Monroe County we were welcomed with loving care and open hearts. Our new neighbors, Ricky and Kelly Fair, put together a hand-written list of doctors, dentists, vets, and any other place I would need to know about along with their phone numbers. It hung on my fridge forever. I am a motivational speaker and author and when I published my first children's book here, "The Couth Fairy" the support from my community was astonishing! I've been to every elemen- tary school on multiple occasions and the support from them has been stellar! I've had book signings at the Library, High Cotton, and Bluetick. Sage and Sparrow asked to carry my latest book for women. These folks put the "Commune" in "Com- munity"! All of this for someone who wasn't born here. All of this for someone who didn't have roots in this dirt. We will be moving at the end of this month for my husband's job. We will be leaving this amazing place that we have called home for five years. Our new town has big shoes to fill really big shoes. I love Monroe County and it has loved me back. It may be the Football Friday Night Lights, it may be that I love cheering so much, or it might be the fact that we have one of the best school districts in the state but there is something special about Monroe County. I think what I love the most and what sets Monroe County apart is the sense ofcommtmity that it FULL SERVICE AUTO REPAIR Oil Changes Hajor Repairs Tires IPl-flour Towing Tune-Ups Outside Fleet Servise has. There are endless activi- ties that we do as a community that helps bring everyone together, build relationships, and improves the experi- ence for students in the system. One of my favorite things about Monroe County is our sports, specifi- caUy football. My love for football has grown tremendously since I started cheerleading in the eighth grade. Any- one in the county knows how impor- tant football is to us. Having only one high school is an advantage because it allows everyone to come together to enjoy the game as a community event. It was always so heartwarming to look up in the bleachers and witness all of the pride and excitement on the fans faces. I feel blessed to have been a part of so many victories and even the defeats. My middle and high school experience would not have been the same if it was not for the football program. The education that our county has is amazing! I love the education that Monroe County offers, and I have attended every single school in Monroe County, and I feel well-rounded as a student. I do not think I would be the strong intelligent woman that I am today ifI attended another school district. The opportunities that I have been offered throughout my experience as a student has helped prepare me for college in the fall. I wholeheartedly believe that graduating from Mary Persons has not just provided me with knowledge, but has prepared for me to be a greater community contributor in the future. Our traditions in Monroe County help to bring us together. For ex- ample, the Forsythia Festival is a fun event that brings families and friends together to enjoy themselves and strengthen relationships. Homecom- ing and Christmas parades allow us to celebrate together every year and are a special part of the community. The parades include floats from all the schools, the marching band, cheerleaders, and adorable children. I remember passing out candy to the children and cheering on the firetruck. I love how important it is that we do little things like festivals and parades to bring the county together to fellowship around the square. Our education, sports, and tradi- tions make it an honor to be a a part of this county. There are countless things to love about Monroe County. The question should be, "What's not to love about Monroe County?" I feel confident that I will be successful in the future because of the traits like dis- cipline, self-motivation, and structure that this county has instilled in me. /, I :Our members ex rience tihe Credff Union Difference in many ways, Higher rates on deposits, lower tates on iloans, plus awesome membership perks and givebacks !Here are just some of the ways we gave back in 2oi8: Sl 1 S Fie NSF Refund: i I Childtitbte ttont: Student rihlps: :I L /t to be a member of a c ted itu n i o n, C o me experien ce the c ted it u n i o n difference, :1 I8,141,1"-1 . +. . As we celebrate Founders Week, 1 want to tW e this opportuniO/ to I the of Monroe County for your loyal support. We a#preciate you/ Theo Withere/I, Owner & Enjoy Breakf-, t usl 6 am. 11am Void 2017 eakb by readersoflhe Monroe County Reporter Bar ~ & ~: 3 p.m 11 p.m. Saturday Si 2,99 Steak New Menu Item! Fri Only $12.99 Fresh Oyster, Flounder, SBO Ribs III HiroH |. t lark Pkwy. Porsyth, CIA 478-994-1314 f