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Keeping a watchful eye

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Watching over Greenbrook Community Park for the past 20 years, Royce Odom says her role as security guard is more than just a job.

“This job, it’s saved my life,” Odom admitted as she sat inside her small office, watching children wrangle eggs and play in the jungle gym the day before Easter, all the while hoping forecasters were wrong about a dreary Easter Sunday.

A member of the Smithville Business and Professional Women’s Club which sponsors the park, Odom said she had never considered working in such a capacity prior to the death of her husband 20 ...

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