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THE ANNUAL MLK JR DAY PARADE, SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY IN METTER, HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO RISING COVID CASES. THE PLANNING COMMITTEE REGRETS HAVING TO TAKE THIS ACTION BUT HAS CHOSEN TO DO SO FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE COMMUNITY.

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Mike and Ruby Kennedy will serve as the grand marshals for the 2022 MLK Jr. Day Parade on Monday, Jan. 17.

Mike Kennedy is the son of the late Handy and Milton Jane Kennedy of Cobbtown. A graduate of Reidsville High School, he served in the United States Army for a period of time. He then joined the CSX Railroad, where he served for 36 years before retirement.

As an active member of the Candler County NAACP, he helps drive officers for the Christmas parade, serves on the Executive Committee and regularly attends meetings, while volunteering to assist with any NAACP activities. He is president of the Candler Tattnall Saddle Club and helped enroll that group’s membership into lifetime membership of the Candler County NAACP. 

Ruby Kennedy is the daughter of Jerome and Ernestine Mitchell. A native of Fort Worth, TX, she enlisted in the United States Army and served for three years. She was employed by the Social Security Administration, retiring after 26 years. 

Her service with the Candler County NAACP began when she became a member over 30 years ago. She served as secretary for over 10 years and is currently on the Executive Board. She works with the Candler County NAACP Youth Council.

The couple are members of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Cobbtown, under the leadership of Pastor Artis Carswell Jr. Deacon Mike Kennedy serves as chairman of the Deacon Board.

They have three children: Brian Kennedy, Geneva Kennedy and Allison Kennedy.

 

 

Everyone invited

to take part in Parade

 

Line-up for the parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Metter Police Department of East Lillian Street. The parade will wind its way from East Lillian into downtown Metter starting at 2 p.m.

Everyone is invited to participate, including individuals, churches, clubs, civic groups, riders, walkers, bikes, golf/go-carts, floats and horses. All floats will be judged for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards.

 

A series of activities

 

Monday’s parade is the third event in a series of activities planned in January by the Candler County Cultural Center Committee and the Candler County Branch NAACP.

The first event, the Emancipation Proclamation Program, was held on Jan. 1 at Sams Creek MB Church.

The second event, the Observance Day Program, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, also at Sams Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

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