- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)8
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)14
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)2
Monroe Hicks sets good example for us all
In a society where falling standards make finding role models nearly impossible -- particularly among teen-agers -- Monroe Hicks is someone to imitate.
The Central High School junior had no reason to succeed. A one-time foster child who saw his older brother drop out and his peers fall victim to drugs and violence, he was headed down the same path.
But a couple of years ago, he made a decision. There wasn't any moment of clarity or burst of inspiration. He just slowly determined he was on the wrong path and set about righting it.
Today, he is a standout football player and tireless worker. He sets the example for his teammates on and off the field, informally counseling others to straighten up. He plans to attend college.
Hicks deserves recognition for being an example to us all: If you want something, you can achieve it.
But it takes work.