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Murphys Senior Center Director Steve Shetzline, left, and Pastor Doug Merritt of Faith Lutheran Church bow their heads for prayer during the 10-year celebration for the center.

Dakota graduated from Bret Harte in 2013 and went to Davidson College, NC where she earned a bachelor's degree in Arab studies. After spending time studying in the Middle East and Europe, she is happy to be home, writing about the community she loves.