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A Year Of Sacrifice

By the end of April, the virus had been officially designated as causing COVID-19. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area here was in the process of shutting down. Warning signs were posted showing techniques for preventing virus spread. Notably, at this stage of the pandemic there was no mention on this sign of wearing masks. (This scene was on April 29 in Flower Park.) Most areas of the park are now open. PHOTO BY MIKE WEST

A Year Of Sacrifice

Arbuckle Memorial Hospital physician Dr. Teresa Lynn, left, was among the first group of Murray County healthcare workers to receive the corona virus vaccine after a shipment arrived in December. More vaccine shipments are arriving in this area with at risk groups of people now eligible for shots. (See story above.)

A Year Of Sacrifice

Local Veterans Enjoy Day Of Fishing The Sulphur Veterans Center Recreation department hasn’t been able to take the Veterans fishing, so they brought the fishing to the Veterans this past fall. On Thursday, Sept 24 and Friday Sept 25, residents enjoyed fishing in the main parking lot thanks to some generous donors. Brandon Meador, with the Beyond Brotherhood organization, provided a tank and James and Wes Harden provided the water and fish. “We could not of pulled it off without them and we would like to say thank you for helping make this possible,” said administrator Pam Arms. “Although we had several bites and some fish broke the fishing line a couple of times, Veteran Allen Murray finally caught one. Arms and APO, Steve Roblez, even got in on the action. Everyone had so much fun and the weather was beautiful, said Arms.

A Year Of Sacrifice
A Year Of Sacrifice

Murray County citizens can now make their ad valorem tax payments in a convenient drop box on the court house lawn. The new receptacle is an alternative for those not wanting to go inside the court house to pay tax bills due to COVID-19 concerns, said treasurer Kim Hale.

A Year Of Sacrifice

Five-year-old Kindergarten student, McKinley Williams, excitedly hugs assistant Ms. Kristi Null, on the first day of school. Williams had not seen Null since school was closed early in the spring due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Williams is the daughter of Colt and Jessica Williams, and the granddaughter of Andy and Shawn Swartz and Dr. Randy and Melody Williams.

A Year Of Sacrifice

EDITOR’S NOTE: The year 2020 will go down in history as the year of sacrifice as Murray County citizens were called on to do their part in limiting the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. Now, as we move into a new year, there is hope on the horizon as new vaccines are being shipped to this area daily. Those 65 and older and other at risk groups including healthcare workers and first responders are now eligible to receive the shots beginning this week. See related story on this page. Following are the events that shaped the lives of local citizens as they moved from July into fall and winter, the most dangerous time of the pandemic.

2020 -- A Very Different Year!

This is a microscopic look at the virus that changed Sulphur and America.

2020 -- A Very Different Year!

This year Sulphur and Murray County are engaged in an unexpected ‘war’ that affects everyone. It took awhile for the COVID-19 virus to come here, but once here it does not seem to want to go away. The fight against the virus continues into the new year. The invisible enemy is everywhere, all the time.

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