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    County Says Goodbye to Chief Donnie Gabbard

    By Danielle Fields
    On March 16, 2017, our community lost a true hero. Fire Chief Donnie Gabbard of the McKee Volunteer Fire Department lost his battle with cancer, and left his firemen, family, and colleagues with an unfillable void in their hearts. Donnie leaves behind a loving wife, two daughters, two son-in-laws, and two grandchildren whose lives will never be the same. His grandchildren and his family were the light of his life; he was always doting on his grandkids, and telling stories about his girls. However, this isnít the only family grieving his loss. Donnie also leaves behind a group of firemen who looked up to him, respected him, and even idolized him. Many of his firemen, his colleagues at the City of McKee, and several others he worked with thought of him as more than just their friend; but to many, he was more like a brother, or even a father figure, and itís a hard road to travel without him.

    Concert Raises Money for Next Corner of Memorial

    Submitted by Judy Schmitt, Veterans Memorial Committee
    The Veteran's Memorial Committee held their fundraising concert and raffle this past Saturday, March 18th at the Area Technology Center in McKee, which was a big success raising over $2,000.00 which will be used toward the purchase and engrave the next corner of the Veteran's Memorial. There were 450 more names that was submitted for engraving. They have worked all year to raise the funds and collect names. Along with the concert of local talent they also held a raffle. The winner of the air compressor donated by McKee S & T was Howard Brown and the winner of the porch swing donated by Green Door Plants was Rex Coyle. Veteran Memorial Committee would like to thank everyone who bought tickets and gave donations to this worthy cause.