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Members of First Baptist Church were blessed to welcome home Blake Hughes, who graduated with the CCHS Class of 2014. Most of the congregation have watched Blake progress from a scrawny little boy to a self-assured young man, who feels blessed to be serving his country. It brought tears to my eyes to know that he had opened the door to his dream of being a Marine by hard work and dedication during his high school career. He kept his focus.

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Here we are, near the end of filing for the town election, and to date there are only two candidates, both for council. What happens now? Do we stand still, fall backwards or pledge to renew our focus on making Calhoun, West Virginia, USA, a thriving community.

Know your candidates and what they stand for. We may have some new candidates for offices, so be sure to check them out.

Right now, as you read this, decide that you will vote in every election, and also encourage others to vote. Take your children with you. We want them to understand that the right to vote is a precious thing.

The decision of the majority can be shown by raised hands, a voice count of “ayes,” marking a piece of paper, or pulling a computerized lever. It is a power by which people can alter almost anything in their lives. Not voting is regressing, or even worse--we could lose privileges. Your vote can mean a difference between good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice.

I found two quotations about voting that will help to get me to the polls:

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”  --Abraham Lincoln.

We can look on the bright side. If we have a focus of making our town, state, nation and world a better place, then we will need to inspire each other and act as a team. We can’t give up, if we believe.

We cannot bash the incumbents, and they should not bash themselves. We must not hold ill feelings. Again, we must believe.

“Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals, and to imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.”  --Carolyn Kennedy.

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