I Escaped the Sex Industry — After 35 Years

I Escaped the Sex Industry — After 35 Years

By Megan S. Willman Mary says playing the guitar brings her peace and calmness. Photos: Patti Hartog  When Mary Frances was 15, her neighbor “Dirty” recruited her into the sex and adult entertainment industry. He bought her ice cream and promised to marry her one day....
Parents Worry that Labels are Forever…

Parents Worry that Labels are Forever…

By Megan S. Willman Amy Ayres does not shy away from conversation about dyslexia and attention-deficit disorder. Diagnosed with both at an early age, Amy was part of ECE (Exceptional Child Education), a JCPS program designed to meet the needs of students with...
Flying (Literally) Toward Positive Choices

Flying (Literally) Toward Positive Choices

By Megan S. Willman Laura Benson Jones is committed to raising kids to a higher level, and she takes that goal literally. Dismayed by the rising number of young people impacted by drug and alcohol use in our society, Laura decided to do what she could to help youth in...