HIT: Kyle Malcott, of Sterling, said that he learned the value of laughter while being treated for cancer. Now he is bringing laughter to the stage.
Kyle is a senior at Red Creek High School and a cast member in the school's spring play, "Clue: On Stage", being presented this Friday and Saturday. It has been a rough few years for the 18-year-old since being diagnosed with a brain tumor in the seventh-grade. Though treatment has left him with permanent mobility issues, Kyle is now cancer-free and making the most of his talents as a comedic actor.
MISS: Auburn Correctional Facility was placed on lockdown for a week in response to a surge in violence.
The union representing officers at the prison reported that gang-related fights began to escalate March 1 and the chaos included four assaults that left officers with minor injuries. More than 80 weapons have been confiscated since the beginning of the month, including 37 during the lockdown. While most of the weapons were ice-pick type devices, the union said that one was a store-bought knife that was 6.5 inches long.
HIT: The earliest known photograph of Harriet Tubman is on public display for the first time in Washington, D.C.
The portrait is the work of an Auburn photographer and shows Tubman at about 45 years old. The display also includes an image of the back of the photograph indicating it was taken at Powelson Photography on Genesee Street in Auburn. Tubman is certainly well-known in this area, but it's always great when her story reaches a broader audience. The photo was unveiled this week in the main entry hall at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In April, it will be displayed as part of a "Slavery and Freedom" exhibit there.
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