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â€śI cried when my momma took me out of school in the 10th-grade,â€ť said Mary Louise Sigmon-Harris, 93. â€śWe didnâ€™t have free text books and things. It was during the Great Depression and there wasnâ€™t any money around. I couldnâ€™t dress like the others, but I had a good, sharp mind.â€ť
Nearly 80 years later, on Oct. 25, she said her biggest regret in life was reversed. She received a long-awaited high school diploma during a ceremony at the Newton-Conover City Schools administrative building, which is the old building of the high school she attended.
To read more of this story, pick up the Friday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.