Let’s start with October’s designation as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Readers may have noticed in recent weeks that we’ve been advertising a special section planned for Oct. 27 devoted to breast cancer awareness.
The section will be printed on pink newsprint and will feature stories submitted by local breast cancer survivors and family members of those wishing to memorialize loved ones lost to the disease. We’re donating a portion of our proceeds from the section to Trigg County Relay for Life.
If you’re reading this, chances are you know someone who has been impacted by this disease, either directly or indirectly. My aunt Faye Stevens was a survivor.
Aunt Faye was diagnosed in 1995. She underwent a mastectomy and treatments, and she had been cancer free for 10 years just before death from an unrelated illness in March 2005.
I miss her, our family misses her, and I know many people in the Trigg County community feel the same way.
Even though she didn’t get much time to enjoy life without thinking about her cancer possibly coming back, Faye’s is a story of survival. I know there are others like her among our readership, and for their perserverance, they deserve to be honored this month. Not just this month, but with the national spotlight on the disease during October, it’s as good a time as any.
We’re extending the deadline for submissions until Monday. Submissions under 250 words will be published free of charge. For pricing information, see the advertisement on page A2.
Three weeks from yesterday, it’ll be time to hit the polls again. And it takes no more than a quick glance at the ballot to notice that Nov. 2 could have a big impact on local government.
Twelve local races are opposed, one with a candidate running a write-in campaign. Trigg Countians will also vote for United States Senator and Representative and State Representative.
To assist local voters in picking the right candidate, The Cadiz Record and WKDZ are co-sponsoring a candidate forum that will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 at the Trigg County High School Little Theater.
We teamed with the radio station in May for a similar forum prior to the Primary Election. The questions asked were compiled from a list generated by myself and WKDZ news director Alan Watts and others submitted by those in attendance at the forum.
This time, we’ll be making a form available in the Record and online at www.cadizrecord.com and www.wkdzradio.com for voters to send in potential questions in the weeks leading up to the forum. That form is located on this page.
Our hope is for local voters to be involved in this process so the forum can be an effective way for voters to make informed decisions. We also hope to see the theater packed on Oct. 25, and then see the polls packed on Nov. 2.
Justin McGill is executive editor of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.