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Community Comes Together for a Cause

By Staff | Jun 15, 2016

In recent weeks, the Tyler County community again demonstrated how it comes together to support a good cause.

The county’s Relay for Life raised thousands of dollars for cancer research. Dozens of area businesses and people contributed their time to this worthy cause. Paden City Mayor John “Hoppy” Hopkins made the walk as did Meggan Merritt, the sister and caregiver of Matt Boggs, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year. Another familiar face was Martin Parrish, who is Tyler County’s most popular Santa Claus.

“I think this year was a big success,” said Joyce Haggerty, Relay co-chairwoman.

“We had a lot of people show up, more than 300 luminaria were placed, and dozens of people walked around the track. And any time you can raise money for a good cause, it is a good thing.”

Monday, the Paden City Pool opened after volunteers and area businesses pulled together.

“Opening the pool was a priority! Our town is proud of their pool — it was built by volunteers back in the late ’60s – and we want to keep it such a wonderful asset available to our kids and families,” said Danielle Ice-Davis, a member of Friends of PC Pool.

Earlier this month, the pool’s fate looked dim. A lot of backbreaking work and dedication was needed before the pool could open. As with Relay for Life, legions of volunteers and businesses came together to support a good cause.

This kind of unity is what makes Tyler County special.