Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Anne Shu­maker

The 2016 Chero­kee County Christ­mas parade is at hand.

Satur­day is the date for the an­nual car­a­van along Cen­tre’s Main Street. Floats and other mo­tor­ized units will travel from the Ch­es­nut By-Pass to Cen­tre El­e­men­tary School.

Walk­ing units will make the jaunt from First United Methodist Church to First Bap­tist Church. Parade line-up is to be at 9 a.m. — floats must be in line by 9 a.m. in or­der to be judged. The parade “will roll” at 10 a.m.

Spec­ta­tors may line the street any­where along the parade route — how­ever, com­men­tary will be broad­cast at the court­house in­ter­sec­tion of South River Street. Per­form­ing units will also do their pre­sen­ta­tions in front of the court­house.

The parade is spon­sored by the Spirit of Chero­kee or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion may be ob­tained via the Cham­ber of Com­merce of­fice — 256-927-8455. The yearly Christ­mas Tour of Homes spon­sored by the Women’s Club of Weiss Lake is slated for the af­ter­noon of Sun­day, Dec. 4. Tour-go­ers may drop by the Chero­kee County His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum to par­take of re­fresh­ments, get di­rec­tions to houses of the tour, and pur­chase tick­ets. Pro­ceeds from the event help the club sup­port many ser­vice projects for the county.

RE­MINDER! Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors have un­til Dec. 17th to vote for fa­vorite Christ­mas trees now on dis­play at the Mu­seum. Sev­eral civic or­ga­ni­za­tions have dec­o­rated trees to rep­re­sent their re­spec­tive groups.

All the trees show a great deal of creativity!

In­di­vid­u­als are in­vited to vote for his or her fa­vorite tree. The spon­sor­ing group of the tree re­ceiv­ing the most votes will re­ceive one-half of the reg­is­tra­tion fee for all of the trees.

The mu­seum will re­ceive the other half.

The Mu­seum is open Tues­days through Fri­days from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Stop by, one and all. Vote for fa­vorite tree. Pur­chase hol­i­day gifts from the great col­lec­tion — books, photographs, caps, t-shirts, porce­lain or­na­ments, mugs, and much more!

(The 2016 or­na­ment de­picts the early Cedar Bluff School build­ing. Or­na­ments from the past 11 years are also avail­able for per­sons need­ing ex­tras or the full se­ries. $15 each — or a dis­count for a whole set).

Hur­rah! for all of the area res­i­dents and vis­i­tors who filled shoe­boxes for the Op­er­a­tion Christ­mas Child project of Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse. The gen­eros­ity of area in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, churches, and or­ga­ni­za­tions re­sulted in 3,756 boxes for chil­dren in wartorn, dis­as­ter-rav­aged, and poverty-stricken coun­tries around the planet!

Lo­cal col­lec­tion sites — the Chero­kee Bap­tist As­so­ci­a­tion of­fice in Cen­tre and Mount Ver­non Bap­tist Church near Sand Rock — had drop-offs of boxes from thought­ful peo­ple in Chero­kee, north­ern Cal­houn, and south­ern Dekalb coun­ties — plus a few boxes from passers-by.

The boxes from the area were trans­ported to the At­lanta re­gional dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter dur­ing EARLY morn­ing hours on Nov. 21. The north­east Alabama boxes have been added to the col­lec­tion from sev­eral south­east­ern states.

Hun­dreds of vol­un­teers from Georgia, Alabama, Ten­nessee, and South Carolina are al­ready count­ing, check­ing, and sort­ing the boxes for dis­tri­bu­tion to sev­eral con­ti­nents be­fore Christ­mas.

Thanks to donors and wrap­ping/crat­ing/load­ing/ de­liv­ery(of prepa­ra­tion sup­plies AND filled boxes) vol­un­teers! A salute goes to the many churches (of var­i­ous de­nom­i­na­tions!) that par­tic­i­pated in the project. Mount Ver­non — which av­er­ages about 65 for Sun­day at­ten­dance — con­trib­uted 325 filled boxes! Shady Grove and Enon Grove churches also con­trib­uted 200-plus boxes — more boxes than mem­bers! (Nu­mer­ous other groups also con­trib­uted more boxes than mem­bers).

Thanks, EV­ERY­ONE! You are bright­en­ing the lives of chil­dren in sad cir­cum­stances! Now is also the time to help scores of chil­dren in Chero­kee County!!! Mone­tary dona­tions or agree­ments to “adopt” a child or a fam­ily of chil­dren are now ur­gently needed by the Net­tie King Brown Christ­mas Clear­ing­house.

Con­tri­bu­tions are needed no later than Dec. 11. Items will be dis­trib­uted at the King Build­ing (across West Main Street from First South­ern State Bank) on Dec. 17 — from 8 a.m.-12 noon. The NKBCH as­sists chil­dren ages 12 and un­der.

In­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, or groups may tele­phone Kay King Davis (256-9279516 be­fore 8pm any day) to be as­signed a child or chil­dren to help. Kay will give the donors in­for­ma­tion about the needs and sizes of each child.

Donors may de­liver their se­lected items on the 11th. How­ever, some “adopters” ac­tu­ally take school-age “adoptees” shop­ping and for taste treats at a fast food restau­rant. The de­ci­sion is up to the adopters. Donors should con­tact the par­ents or guardians of as­signed chil­dren to make ar­range­ments for shop­ping ex­cur­sions. (Most adopters like to wait un­til school Christ­mas va­ca­tion be­gins).

Kay notes that the list of chil­dren is longer than in most pre­vi­ous years — thus con­tri­bu­tions and adop­tions are def­i­nitely needed. Chero­kee County Pub­lic Li­brary di­rec­tor Elaine Henry and staff re­mind pa­trons that the first week of the month is fine-free week.

Over-due books re­turned in good con­di­tion will be ac­cepted with­out fines. The on-go­ing book sale at the li­brary is an in­ter­est­ing place to visit. Books and mag­a­zines in scores of cat­e­gories are avail­able at bar­gain prices — some as low as ten cents. (Li­brary hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon­day-Tues­day and Thursday-Friday: Wed­nes­day, 8 a.m.- 12 noon).

The an­nual board recog­ni­tion din­ner of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of North­east Alabama was held at the An­nis­ton Coun­try Club on Nov. 17. Dr. Martha Laven­der — Gads­den state Com­mu­nity Col­lege pres­i­dent and Hokes Bluff res­i­dent — was named board chair for the com­ing term. Board mem­ber Al Shu­maker re­ceived a bridge builder award in recog­ni­tion of his en­cour­age­ment of donors. R.G. Wil­son-Lyons, Chero­kee County na­tive and as­so­ciate min­is­ter at First United Methodist Church of Birm­ing­ham, served as the key­note speaker.

He shared ex­pe­ri­ences from his ten years as min­is­ter of the Com­mu­nity Church with­out Walls in Birm­ing­ham’s West End.

He es­pe­cially noted the es­tab­lish­ment of a com­mu­nity gar­den — that has evolved into a farm­ers mar­ket and a restau­rant — and em­pha­sized the value of re­cip­i­ents’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in as­sis­tance and com­mu­nity projects. Other area res­i­dents in at­ten­dance at the CFNA gath­er­ing were Dekalb County’s board mem­ber Cir­cuit Judge Ran­dall Cole and his wife Bar­bara; R.G.’s wife Mary Page Wil­son-Lyons; and this writer. R.G.’s par­ents, Glen­dacile and Wal­lace Lyons, were de­lighted to have a spe­cial vis­i­tor while R.G. and Mary Page were at­tend­ing the CFNA ses­sion. Tod­dler Nina Kate Wil­son-Lyons al­ready has her Lyons grand­par­ents “wrapped around her lit­tle fin­ger” — at least a dozen times.

The Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of North­east Alabama serves nine coun­ties — and has at least one board mem­ber from each county.

Funds for a num­ber of Chero­kee County non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions are man­aged by the Foun­da­tion.

Sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions in the county have re­ceived grants from the Foun­da­tion. Prospec­tive grantees may go the Foun­da­tion’s web­site for ap­pli­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion.

Amer­i­can Vil­lage will be the place to go for a spe­cial Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion any day Dec. 6, 7,8, or 9. Tick­ets — $ 25 per per­son — pro­vide a tour of the Vil­lage, a Christ­mas con­cert in the colo­nial chapel ( which has just re­cently been re­fur­bished), a Christ­mas fete, and a catered lunch in the Vil­lage’s replica of the East Room of the White House in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. reser­va­tions are re­quired — and may be made via 205-665-3535.


While at the Vil­lage, vis­i­tors just MUST tour the out­stand­ing dis­play which salutes mil­i­tary vet­er­ans! Fam­i­lies are wel­come to share their mil­i­tary vet­er­ans’ in­for­ma­tion — which will be added.

Hokes Bluff Christ­mas Parade — Dec. 10 — Info.: Hokes Bluff City Hall.

Spe­cial Christ­mas gifts — avail­able at re­duced prices Tues­day-Sun­day (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) at the Birm­ing­ham Mu­seum of Art. Works of art, books, jew­elry, cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories, hand­made purses, pho­tos, greet­ing cards, etc. (BMA is lo­cated along 8th Av­enue, North — across the street from Linn Park — near City Hall and County Court­house. From I-59 S, exit left at 22nd St., travel to 8th Ave., turn right, go one block, turn right. Park­ing lot is on left. There is also am­ple park­ing sur­round­ing Linn Park.

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