Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Anne Shu­maker

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!

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