Congratulations!! to the designers, supplies gatherers, builders, riders, drivers, donors, and supporters of the winning floats in the 2016 Cherokee County Christmas Parade.
Winning floats: Business category — What a Dance Studio, first place; Centre McDonald’s, second. Schools division — Cherokee County career and technology center, first place; Gaylesville trojanettes, second; Centre FFA, third. Civic/non-profit — Cherokee County Youth Football league, first place; Cherokee County education and training Center, second; Cherokee County Youth Cheerleaders, A and B teams, third.
Hats off! to all organizations whose floats and other parade entries helped salute the Christmas season. Rah! for all who contributed time, talent, and funds to stage the parade.
A round of applause is certainly earned by the many area residents and visitors who are sharing their time and talents to produce the dozens of Christmas programs throughout the Land of Cherokee. Cantatas, dramas, live nativity scenes, meaningful decorations, and especially the sharing of food and clothing by organizations/churches/individuals do indeed remind all thinking souls of the meaning of the season! Thank you, one and all!
George F. Handel’s centuries-favorite oratorio THE MESSIAH will be performed by the Three Rivers Singers at Rome, Georgia’s Garden Lakes Baptist Church on Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.. The glorious compositions lift the spirits of all listeners! Don’t miss this!
It is indeed agreed that Handel’s MESSIAH was inspired!
The work was created in FOUR WEEKS!
Last Friday brought a special program for residents and staff at Cherokee Manor senior living complex. Kathy Marko, director of the Cherokee County Historical Museum, shared information about the museum’s exhibits, special collections — as well as interesting tidbits from the facility’s history. ( The building housed the Jordan “Big Store” for more than 50 years — before closing in the late 1970’s. The structure has held the museum’s exhibits for 31 years).
The Museum now has more than 15,000 items in its collection of items representing life in Cherokee County and northeast Alabama.
The Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
It is available for receptions, parties, banquets, and other special events — at a minimal charge. Information: 256-927-7835.
All residents and visitors are invited to visit the museum this week to vote on the “best Christmas tree.” Numerous trees have been decorated by service organizations. The public is invited to cast votes each day. The tree receiving the most votes will earn its sponsoring organization one-half of the proceeds from the contest registration fee — the other half will go to the Museum. SUGGESTION FOR CHRISTMAS/ HANUKKAH GIFTS: Donations to the Cherokee County Public Library (256-927-5838) — as a gift to the institution OR in honor or in memory of a special relative or friend — or the purchase of a family membership to the Museum (such a membership is $25 and allows all members of an extended family to visit the Museum unlimited times throughout a year).
The Museum also has for sale copies of books by area authors, photographs, post cards, mugs/caps/shirts with the Museum logo.
The annual porcelain ornament for 2016 pictures the former Cedar Bluff School building. That ornament — plus the other 11 in the series — can be purchased for $15 per copy.
Both the Rotary Club and the Lions Club are holding their Christmas banquets at the Museum.
Kay Davis and all of the board members of the Nettie King Brown Christmas Clearinghouse for Children extend appreciation to the generous souls who have already “adopted” children for Christmas.
Kay notes that 302 children (135 families) were referred by teachers, school administrators, and church workers. At press time, 35 families still needed to be adopted.
Prospective “Santas” are given papers listing the children’s names, ages, and the items the parents indicate the children need.
Most parents note that they will appreciate anything — but most parents indicate the need for school supplies, clothing, books, educational games, etc. The items may be purchased and taken to the King Building ( across the street from First Southern State Bank in Centre). Donors may telephone Kay (256927-9516) to obtain adoptee information and arrange delivery times.
Some donors enjoy taking the older children (the Clearinghouse helps children 12 years of age and younger) for breakfast, brunch, or lunch and then taking the children shopping. Others are purchasing items and then delivering to the King Building or to the families.
Kay also states that the Clearinghouse will gladly accept monetary donations if donors cannot shop or deliver gift items.
(Volunteers will do the shopping and delivering). Donations may be mailed to P. O. Box 53; Centre, AL/35960. The Clearinghouse is a 501(c)3 organization — thus, contributions are tax-deductible.
Happy birthday anniversary greetings are extended to all area residents and visitors celebrating their special occasions during the last half of December!!! Listed on available calendars are Kenneth Boles, Ray Haggard, Tom Salmoni, Linda Starr, Terry Dean, Bess Yarbrough, Hannah Taylor, Spencer Gilman, Tommy Moon, Coty Blanchard, Logan Pierce, Libby Curry, Miller Farrar, Charles Brumbeloe, Cheryl Blackwell, Jean Grace Chandler, Asa Brown, Donald Thomas, J.D. Henderson, Alyson Randolph, Tina West, Jolie Alexander, Carl Johnson, Shelly George, April Connell, Hudson Grimes, Matt Woodfin, Donnie Weaver, Kane Earwood, Carol Deason, Kevin Grimes, Brandy Hixon, Karen Ball, Hannah Deaton, Will Thompson, Bill Gillen, Anita Nation, Vandi Enzor, Cade Hopper, Charlie Smithers, Michael Morgan, Paul Theis.
Interestingly, Bess Yarbrough, Terry Dean, Kevin Grimes, Carol Deason, Brandi Hixon celebrate their grand days on Christmas Day!