Red Ribbon Week Observed

The last week of October is Red Ribbon Week, set aside nationwide to remind kids of the danger of drugs.

Lauderdale County marked Red Ribbon Week with a big event at the county courthouse. It invited special guests, like Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Barney and Big Bird.

Organizers say they hope this week will remind people of the dangers of drugs.

"We know that drugs and alcohol are the cause of so many crimes these days," said Lauderdale County Youth Court Judge Veldore Young. "And so we're asking everybody to please be drug-free in the city and county. "

Young and her friends will be visiting Lauderdale County middle schools all next week, to encourage kids to stay drug free.

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