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OUR OPINION: Community joins forces for civic efforts

Renew Our Rivers

More than 40 community members volunteered last week for the local cleanup effort that operates under the umbrella of the Renew Our Rivers campaign. The crew of volunteers collected trash and debris from the Tombigbee River and its banks.

We applaud the volunteers for their continued effort in improving the conditions of our area river and the environment.

Bryant-Jordan nominee

Congratulations to Jamey Hurst, a Demopolis High School standout who was nominated for the prestigious Bryant-Jordan&8217;s award. Hurst was one of nine scholar athletes in the 5A region nominated. DHS principal Dr. Isaac Espy nominated Hurst for his high grade point average, ACT score and class rank and extracurricular involvement.

Soldier support

A group of county residents are pooling their efforts to do their part to support local troops. The project was an effort sponsored by Emily Owens when one of her students, Alfred Hudson, was deployed as part of Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s.

Owens formed a group called the Love for Iraq Committee. The group plans to send off as many care packages to troops overseas as they can by May 2. They plan to target graduates of Marengo County high schools or Wilcox Central High School in Camden.