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DeKalb Middle School Shows Support for Guidance Counselor Martha Melching

October 29, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb Middle School is showing its support for Guidance Counselor Martha Melching as she battles  breast cancer. She is also seven months pregnant.

DMS teachers recently wore their “Hope Anchors the Soul” T-shirts and you may purchase them from Kelly Garrett or January Agee.

Tonya Sullivan came up with the idea to paint a parking spot for Mrs. Melching. Chris Vance volunteered his time and talent to paint that spot for her as well. Mrs. Melching will have a front row spot to park when she is back at work and when her spot is vacant it will serve as a reminder to pray for her.

Principal Amanda Dakas, Mrs Sullivan, Mr. Vance and Mrs. Cheryl Vance unveiled the new parking spot to Mrs. Melching on Monday morning.

Tuesday night’s home basketball games starting at 6:00 p.m. will be dedicated to Mrs. Melching. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink. A bucket for donations will be available and all money collected will go directly to Mrs. Melching to help pay for additional medical expenses.

“We appreciate our community’s support of this wonderful woman who gives back to the youth of this county each and every day,” said Principal Dakas.

DeKalb Fire Dept Reminds You to Change Your Clock and Change Your Battery

October 29, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 4 and while you are changing your clocks, the DeKalb County Fire Department wants to remind you to change your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms also. The message is simple and it’s easy to do. Please take a few minutes to make sure life-saving alarms have fresh batteries so you, your family, and your home are protected.

 Lieutenant Dustin Johnson, the DeKalb County Fire Department’s Fire Prevention and Safety Officer, reminds DeKalb County residents that after batteries are changed in alarms, take a few extra minutes to test your alarms and remind family, friends, and neighbors to do the same. Not all smoke alarms have batteries that have to be replaced each year. Some newer model alarms have batteries that last up to 10 years. However, it is still very important to test and clean your alarms. You can clean and maintain them simply by using compressed air to remove dust residue that accumulates on alarms that can cause the alarm’s sensor to not operate properly.

Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms. It’s a tragic statistic that can be prevented. Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, testing those alarms, and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. “The vast majority of our house fires happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping,” said Lt. Johnson. “Smoke alarm installation and maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely.”

“A working smoke detector doubles your chance of surviving a home fire. So, why would you not want you and your family to have this protection?” For more information about fire safety, visit the DeKalb County Fire Department’s FaceBook Group page or the department’s website at


DWS Junior Beta Club Volunteers at Lebanon Food Pantry

October 28, 2018
By: Bill Conger

DeKalb West School’s Junior Beta Club traveled to Lebanon Saturday (Oct. 27) to volunteer at Joseph’s Storehouse. 7th graders Karson Smallwood and Kolton Slager and 6th grader Chloe Dies donated their time to help with the monthly food distribution.

“I enjoyed volunteering,” Smallwood said. “I want to do it again.”

The three DWS Junior Beta students spent three hours handing out food to the people who came to the food pantry for assistance.  Joseph’s Storehouse serves an average of 400 to 500 families in need with a wheelbarrow full of food each month.  35% of people served are single parents living below poverty level, and 45% are elderly and/or disabled.

The DWS Jr. Beta Club also helps with the God’s Food Pantry in Smithville when the opportunities become available as well as many other local service projects.  The National Junior Beta Club organization focuses on the theme, “Let us Lead By Serving Others.” Beta members are invited to join the club based on their academic honors and exemplary character.

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