Saying Goodbye To An Angel

A Worth County High School Senior whose life touched many, tragically passed away on Thanksgiving Day. 18 year old Ebony Clark was diagnosed with brain cancer back in 2013 where doctors gave her six months to live. Now, Ebony is remembered by her friends and loved ones as a fighter who loved life. At Clark’s funeral service, her loved ones celebrated her for the beautiful person she was. Assistant Pastor Webbie Hill at Jesus Christ Tabernacle of Deliverance says Ebony was active in the church. He says she was always the first person to volunteer if the church needed something. “To talk about her as a person, I can’t do nothing but smile because that’s all she ever did. Even when she was going through pain and suffering, you would never know it because God kept a smile on her face.” Clark had been battling brain cancer since she was 14 years old although, her friends and family say you would never know it. Her classmate, Keyondria White says that Clark was a friend to everyone. “When she came to our school she acted as if she was just normal as we were. She laughed a lot, she liked to just have fun. She really impacted a lot of us at her school,” said White. Despite missing many classes because of her diagnosis, Clark made it her mission to graduate from high school. “She was able to graduate and get her diploma. And that was one of the goals that she was hoping for. She didn’t hope for, you didn’t hardly ever hear her saying I want to grow up and be this person, she just wanted her diploma,” said Hill. Although her loved ones had mixed emotions when they heard of her passing everyone agrees, she’s in a better place now. “I’ve never heard her raise her voice, she had this little sweet voice. Sounded like a little angel. And I know right now that’s what she’s doing, she’s getting her wings, amen,” said Hill. Monday would have been Ebony’s 19th birthday. The Martin News was honored to be able to attend her graduation ceremony at Worth County High School. That is a day, a moment, I will always treasure.

Source: WFXL News and The Martin News

~ Dates to Remember ~


4th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
5th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
5th ~ Season of Celebration WCPS Chorus Concert & PTO Meeting
6th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
6th ~ School wide Writing Prompt—WCMS
7th ~ Sylvester Christmas Parade
7th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
8th ~ Reading Inventory – WCMS
9th ~ Poulan Christmas Parade
11th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
11th ~ Math Inventory – WCMS
11th ~ Hunter Safety Courses at The Margaret Jones Public Library
12th ~ Hunter Safety Courses at The Margaret Jones Public Library
12th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
12th ~ Choral Concert at Unity – Worth Schools
13th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
13th ~ Free Legal Help at The Margaret Jones Public Library
14th ~ WCMS Basketball Games
18th ~ City of Sylvester Council Meeting
18th ~ Band Concert at WCMS
19th ~ City of Warwick Council Meeting
19th ~ Good Behavior Break at WCMS
19th ~ Books & Bubbles at The Margaret Jones Public Library
20th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester
25th ~ Merry Christmas from The Martin News
26th ~ Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections Meeting
26th ~ Disaster Relief Support Group at The Margaret Jones public Library
27th ~ Kiwanis Club Meeting in Sylvester

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Say No To Pinkeye

Recently I have had a severe case of pinkeye. I do not ever remember having it like this, if I have ever had this at all. I am still having issues and want to help anyone and everyone to prevent this. Pinkeye is spread through contact with the eye drainage, which contains the virus or bacteria that caused the pinkeye. Touching an infected eye leaves drainage on your hand. If you touch your other eye or an object when you have drainage on your hand, the virus or bacteria can be spread. The following tips help prevent the spread of pinkeye. Wash your hands before and after: Touching the eyes or face and using medicine in the eyes. Do not share eye makeup. Do not use eye makeup until the infection is fully cured, because you could re-infect yourself with the eye makeup products. If your eye infection was caused by bacteria or a virus, throw away your old makeup and buy new products. Do not share contact lens equipment, containers, or solutions. Do not wear contact lenses until the infection is cured. Thoroughly clean your contacts before wearing them again. Do not share eye medicine. Do not share towels, linens, pillows, or handkerchiefs. Use clean linens, towels, and washcloths daily. Wash your hands and wear gloves if you are looking into someone else’s eye for a foreign object or helping someone else apply an eye medicine. When in the wind, heat, or cold, wear eye protection to prevent eye irritation. Wear safety glasses when working with chemicals. If you believe that you are coming down with pinkeye, please call your doctor and get seen. You do not want this to go on without treatment.

One to Keep, One To Eat

I can’t help but smile real big when I look at these pictures! It shows a young girl hard at work volunteering in the garden but also shows her having to take a break and enjoy the crops too! Who can blame her? Not me! When you work so hard to grow your garden and you see what hard work and the Good Lord above can produce, it makes you want to just have a small taste. Janya has been hard at work in the gardens getting the winter crops ready.

Janya enjoys volunteering in her community and being a part of the events. She encourages you to join us all at the Sylvester Christmas Parade this coming Thursday night. It will be fun for all ages. Everyone is excited to see Santa and enjoy all the Christmas lights and music!

Janya along with The Martin News, Men United, Inc and The Sylvester – Worth County Family Connections is collecting coats for the less fortunate this winter season. If you have a new or slightly used coat or jacket that you would like to donate, please email us at and we will be happy to pick them up. Janya appreciates everyone’s help.

Thank you all for your support to the community and for supporting The Martin News, Janya’s Journey.

Cookies…. We ALL love Cookies

I’m telling you what… I love the idea of all these fun days to celebrate! There is a National Cookie Day which is celebrated on December 4th. I was thinking what a great day to eat some cookies and not even think about the calories. 🙂 It is even a good day to bake some cookies and share with your friends. I have heard of a cookie exchange. That sounds like a load of fun! So tell all of your friends about this and everybody start cooking those cookies. You will never know what kind of cookies your friends will bring but it will be a yummy day. Another great thing we could all do is bake cookies and take them to our fire fighters and police officers and anywhere else you think of. People sure do appreciate being thought of and eating cookies!

Wash Your Hands… It’s the Thing to Do!

Hand washing is easy to do and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness in all settings which includes from your home and workplace to child care facilities and hospitals. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community. Many people ask when they should wash their hands. The answer is quiet simple and includes but is not limited to these. Before, during, and after preparing food, Before eating food, Before and after caring for someone who is sick, Before and after treating a cut or wound, After using the toilet, After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet, After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste and After touching garbage. Well as simple as that sounds, many say they do not know the right way to wash their hands. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tell us to wet our hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water and last, Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Often we are out and about and need to wash our hands and may not have soap and clean, running water. Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy. You may ask “how do you use hand sanitizers?” Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount). Rub your hands together. Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry. With December being Hand Washing Awareness Month, please take these tips provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and use them all year long!