January 1, 2014 Edition

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Exceptional,
endearing and
inspirational

Three women of distinction and significance made the news this week for varying reasons. Each of them is noteworthy.

Carolyn Hayes' retirement as Walnut Ridge City Clerk ends her 43-year career in public service. Carolyn spent 28 years in the Lawrence County Courthouse, where she worked two years in the assessor's office, six years in the treasurer's office and then 20 years in the circuit clerk's office, where she served as circuit clerk.

For the past 15 years, Carolyn has been city clerk. Throughout her years of working with the public and serving in public office, Carolyn has been a true professional. She has quietly gone about doing her duties with competence, efficiency and a smile.

When the job always gets done dependably and well, the person doing it doesn't usually get much attention. However, solid and dependable people such as Carolyn are some of the very best assets of our town and county. We thank you, Carolyn, for a job well done.

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Kay Kellim died in her sleep overnight on Sunday. Those who knew Miss Kay would expect that her death was peaceful, just as she was in this life.

At age 85, Miss Kay continued working at a full-time job, while also operating a motel and taking care of her family and friends.

I have heard many kind words spoken about Miss Kay through the years and again on Monday as news of her death spread. Some of these are as follows:

If ever there was a living saint, Miss Kay was one.

Kay never complained about anything or had an unkind word to say about anyone.

Mrs. Kellim took care of everyone, including her husband, children, grandchildren and her friends.

She helped a lot of people who depended on her through the Lawrence County Housing Agency and HUD program.

She was like a second mother or grandmother to a generation or two of children attending the Sunday school nursery class at Walnut Ridge First United Methodist Church. She simply gave the young children love. She showed this through kind words, loving arms and a warm lap. She continued to love these children long after they outgrew her class, and for these children (and their parents) the love remained mutual.

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For those who know Pamala Goodson, she surely ranks high on the list of unforgettable and inspirational people. For those who haven't had the pleasure, please read her story in this edition of The TD. She is definitely a person who has not let a disability stop her from reaching her full potential. If you are looking for inspiration for living a better new year, Pamala Goodson is just the person to inspire you.

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