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Despite threats, Merry Oaks community persists

In Merry Oaks, the past is part of the present. Few places in the rural South still exist where you can find a preacher whose grandfather grew up a quarter mile from the church. A place where one of the congregation members is the great-granddaughter of someone who built the town; where the church has one unofficial car mechanic; or where every congregation member is just a few degrees of separation from every grave in the nearby cemetery.

Articles by Ben Rappaport
The long road home
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On the move: Hispanic Liaison and Communities In Schools both moving to new locations
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Balancing act: community plan looks to weigh future needs with current concerns
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