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Burke County Primary
Election Coming Up

By Jeanine Jensen

Since the June 2008 Primary election, Burke County has been a “Vote By Mail” county. In the next few weeks, the Burke County Auditor’s Office will be sending out applications for vote by mail ballots to all active voters in the county.

Please do not discard this application or set it aside somewhere—fill it out as soon as possible and return it to the Auditor’s Office.
As soon as the ballots have been received in the office, a ballot will be sent out to you.

This year the applications have been pre-filled. Please take a minute to look over your information, including your driver’s license number, to make sure it is correct. Then just check which box(es) you want to receive a ballot for, and sign and date it.

You will be able to take your time and mark your ballot in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
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Walter and Anne Gokavi resign from Mohall Beautification Committee
Dr. Walter Gokavi sitting at sign in table during Mohall Fall Festival.

The Mohall Beautification Committee met on Wednesday, March 26th at the home of Ruby Walters. It was at this meeting that the committee was informed by the founding members, Walter and Anne Gokavi, that they would be resigning from the committee.

Both Walter and Anne have been very active in working to make Mohall a better city. It was in July of 2000, when the State Horticultural meeting was to be held in Mohall, as well as Mohall’s Centennial and All School Reunion, that the Gokavis started the Beautification Committee. A committee of seven began meeting to plan a Millennium Courtyard and floral beds in the Mohall City Park. This was followed by work on the building that is now known as the Mohall Millennium Hall. By 2005, the Millennium Hall was nearly done and other projects started by the Beautification Committee were planters and trees on Main Street. In October of 2005, they began holding a Fall Festival.
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DeMars ‘Rises to the Occasion’
By Ginny Heth
For nearly three decades, extraordinary Americans who exemplify the themes and ideals laid out in the State of the Union Address have been invited to join the First Lady in her viewing box. This year, one of those joining her was born and raised in Westhope!
isty DeMars lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband, Leighton Taylor and two young sons, ages 1 and 4. At the end of May, 2013 -- just a week after purchasing the home they intended to raise their family in -- Misty lost her job of eight years due to budget cuts. Misty, who had been steadily employed since high school and who put herself through college, wrote to her congressmen and representatives as well as the President upon the expiration of her emergency unemployment insurance, explaining: "We stand to lose everything we've worked for years to build in the matter of months." Misty is one of millions who is left with limited resources, difficult decisions and an uncertain future as she looks for work without the crucial economic lifeline of emergency unemployment insurance.
The first part of January, DeMars received a letter from the White House in which President Obama said ‘we hear you and we are working on it’. She thought that would be the end of it but then, just a few days before the State of the Union Address, she got word that she’d been invited to attend the event!
Accompanied to Washington D.C. by her husband for a whirlwind trip, the couple attended a reception at the white house before Misty headed to the capitol for the address (Leighton stayed behind at the whitehouse, viewing the address in the first family’s private theater with others from the reception.) At the address, Misty sat between Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden. “The whole thing was an amazing experience,” said DeMars. “The atmosphere was one of sharing and wanting to make a difference.”
Michelle Obama's calming demeanor made the whole trip easier, DeMars said. "When I walked up to the first lady, she opened up her arms and gave me the most genuine hug, and instantly put me at ease," she said. The first lady asked about her children and her employment struggles.
As the president read excerpts from her letter during his speech Tuesday, it wasn't easy to keep calm in her front-row seat, DeMars said. “It’s a very personal thing to be unemployed.” Having always had a job, beginning as soon as she graduated from Westhope High School, she finds it hard to be unemployed but she sees others who have worked even more years -- some over 20 -- at her workplace, who also lost their jobs. Misty tearfully recounted a story about a man who was just three years from retirement when his job ended and he left with only half of the pension that he’d been counting on and working towards for his retirement. “The economy in our area is not good,” says Misty. “It’s insulting that during this election year, unemployment is being used as a political thing instead of a personal one. Congress is saying that unemployed people are lazy -- and I am not!” Misty is looking for work in her field and has had some response to her applications but six months is just not long enough to make those connections and get things wrapped up for employment especially in these times when our country is recovering from a terrible recession but we are not ‘recovered’.


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