Listed below are ten stories of the murdered, the missing and the fateful tragedy’s that have left their mark on the community.
Each story tugs on the heartstrings of every one of us in some deep profound way. The events have all brought the community closer in some way.
Within each story, there is a message of hope and overcoming adversity, hardship and suffering.
Some of the stories are still ongoing and in need of closure so that the families can find peace and comfort.
As we take a look back at some of the events that have forever changed the lives of many of our friends, family and neighbors, it is my hope that our community has become stronger and more compassionate toward one another.
This article is dedicated to Kailee Marie Parker, Rita Ann Merritt, James Yarbrough, Randall David (Boone) Smith, Jozzell Payne, Elizabeth Rae Hutcheson, Former Polk County Sheriff Frank (Red) Lott, Emily Christine Clackum, Frank Albert Pitman, James "Tommy" Thomas Sharp and Charles Franklin “C.J.” Wells Jr.
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