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First Posted: 4/24/2009

To members of Salem Fork Baptist Church, Ladonia Baptist Church, Crossroads Baptist Church, and other area churches which took part in Operation Inasmuch. The members took it upon themselves to do painting and minor repair work at Foothills Food Pantry, delivered homemade soup to area shut-ins, completed lawn and home chores for shut-ins, picked up trash along some highways, and a number of other service-oriented activities.
These churches take their commitment to ministry seriously, and perhaps at no other time is this commitment so public and tangible as when the members spread out through the community doing work such as this.
To Surry Central High School and First Baptist Churchs Relay for Life team for putting together a nice event the first ever cancer awareness game Wednesday night.
The players wore special uniforms that night, cancer survivor Sherry Gates threw out the first pitch, and a number of cancer survivors were on the field representing other survivors. This event helped raise money for cancer research and awareness, and allowed local youth to take a significant role in doing so.
To organizers and sponsors of the Adam Marion Memorial Golf Tournament held at Cedar Brook Golf Course in Elkin.
Many of you know that Marion, serving as active duty military in Iraq when he was killed last year, is a true hero. He served with distinction, and sacrificed his life in service to his fellow soldiers, his community, and the nation.
The golf tournament, which raised $22,000 for Surry Childrens Home, was a worthwhile effort that met a need in the community and further honored Marions dedication, sacrifice, and memory.
To Amanda Sechrist, a special needs teacher at B.H. Tharrington Primary School. Surry County and Mount Airy are blessed with a number of teachers who go above the normal call of duty to serve their students, and Sechrist really hit a home run when she applied for a grant from the Got 2B Safe agency. She won a $10,000 classroom make-over grant, which means the classroom will be completely redone in a manner to better meet needs of the students.
The big winner in all of this? The students, who will now benefit for years to come from Sechrists willingness to spend extra time and energy in putting together her grant application.
To all the volunteers at Surry County Special Olympics and East Surry High School for putting on a safe, fun, wonderful Special Olympics Friday for area athletes. This gives the special athletes a change to simply have fun and compete in a structured, supportive environment.

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