Stories of courage seen throughout the paper

Posted April 23, 2014 at 12:43 pm

BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks
For the past few months, I have been interviewing and featuring several local men and women who serve the community of Monticello.

Their service to the city is worth the recognition. These police officers, ambulance EMT volunteers and paramedics, and volunteer firefighters are heroes of this community.

The idea stemmed from a statement by a good friend who’s lived her whole life in Monticello and said she’s certainly doesn’t know half of the men and women in uniform who serve this city. She suggested a story on these “community heroes.” (I’m always willing to run with a good story idea!)

I asked the police chief and ambulance director for rosters of their separate departments. My boss who’s a

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    Monticello fourth graders think outside the classroom

    BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks

    PHOTO: Kylee Van Dorn and Natalia Williams, Monticello fourth graders, came up with a project to raise money so every kid at Carpenter Elementary School can have an iPad. The girls feel that if they had iPads, they could do school work from home on snow days and not have to go to school into June. (Photo by Kim Brooks)
    I frequent the Monticello Public Library quite often as a patron, a member of the Library Board, and as a place to spend

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    Being the older sibling: advantages, disadvantages

    BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks
    Growing up, and still today, I tell my younger sister, “You’ll thank me one day.”

    Well appropriately, I came across an article online stating “Things younger siblings don’t know their older siblings did for them.” This was my shot to prove to my sister that she really does owe me her life!

    As the older sibling, you are the one to act as your parents’ guinea pig. My sister and I are six years apart,

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    City council should represent YOU and not hamper progress

    Monticello Express Editorial 
    New residents and businesses/companies move into a city or town because there is potential for growth and expansion. They see a town that wants to change, that welcomes new industry and infrastructure. Moving forward is the key.

    It takes many people to move forward, though: the people who live in the town, businesses willing to relocate and move or build here, and the city’s governing body (the city council). Decisions are made that affect all of these entities.

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