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Jackson County Sheriff Paul Hays 

Next Tuesday may be the most important election in recent history for our State and our county. There has been a great deal of information regarding all the candidates and you should have come to a conclusion regarding your vote. What is really the key issues that you are willing to take a stand for? Second amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, is a big one for me. Right to life is important to me and, of course, freedom to worship my God is a right I hold very dear to my heart.. These decisions are the just a few that are at stake in this State race. So, how does this effect our county? We have a wet-dry vote in the McKee City limits that could have an impact on our city. All these issues are important, for it is every citizen’s vote that will determine if our State leans to the right or the left, regarding these and many, many more issues. You have a chance to make a difference for today and for tomorrow and your children and my children will be effected by those decisions. To decide not to vote is to allow others to control the future of your family! It is that important. Don’t allow poor weather, cold, laziness or apathy to stop you. Go out and vote for the candidates of your choice. Make a difference!

We are receiving a huge volume of calls from citizens regarding Social Security Scam calls. They threaten to have US Marshals come to your home to arrest you if you don’t pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to them immediately. THIS IS A SCAM!!! When you get a call like that, hang up your phones. You can report these calls to the Sheriff’s Office or KSP, Post 7, Richmond at 859-623-2404. Crimes such as these are usually committed by people who live outside the state, so it is difficult to investigate those type cases. Don’t be taken advantage of! Never give money to anyone who threatens you over the phone.

I received more positive comments regarding one of my deputies this week. Deputy Bryant stopped a vehicle to tell the driver he had a tire going flat. He then followed the driver to a local station and helped him air up the tire. It becomes obvious, people do see the good works you do and those good works bring good credit to the officer, which reflects highly upon the office. Good job Zack!

I recently had an opportunity to stop by a local store in town. Sassy Scents and Silver are part of Back Room Bargains and Praying Hands Message Therapy, located across from the old courthouse. I was given a quick tour of the place and left there amazed at all the really neat items. They have everything from wedding bands to wedding dresses, trick or treat outfits to home-made art work. It is a really nice place with local people running the store. If you get a chance, check it out. It has practically anything you might need and it is right here in McKee. BUY LOCAL!!

Finally, Trick or Treat will be Thursday evening from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Children of all sizes will be dressed up in their costumes, excited to knock on your doors and collect those treats that bring smiles from the givers and the receivers. All drivers should slow down and be alert! The weather will likely be terrible and visibility will be limited, so take your time and let’s try to make this a safe and happy event.

We will begin collecting new toys and gifts for our fifth Stuff The Cruiser drive. If you wish to help make a needy child’s Christmas better, contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Last week the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to forty-three calls for service. We investigated three traffic accidents and made three criminal arrests. Our Court Security officers served papers, transported prisoners and mentally ill patients to hospitals. We pray for safety for our officers, as well as the people we encounter. Thank you for your continued support.

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