Warren County is home to the highest poverty level in North Carolina. Twenty- eight percent of their population lives below the poverty level. Many of these families not only live in impovershed conditions, but lack many everyday necessities like indoor plumbing and running water. Warren County welfare institutions only provide minimal help.
Lasker is a sleepy little town in North Carolina. Years ago Calvin Daugherty gathered on a Friday nights with a few friends in his backyard barn to harmonize, play the fiddle and have some homespun fun. As word traveled the numbers grew. The Daugherty barn, now labled the Lasker Grand Ole Opry, is home to over a hundred country music fans, mostly retired.
I met Henry Bragg on Christmas Eve. He was dressed in a Santa suit with a walker in hand, ready to share his Christmas spirit for the last time. Although Henry had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer for almost a year, he had continued to live life to the fullest. But after his final outing on Christmas Eve, Henry's fighting spirit began to give into the cancer.
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