May Com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion

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The 4th An­nual May Com­mu­nity Cel­e­bra­tion Hon­or­ing Vet­er­ans and Mil­i­tary Ser­vice was spon­sored by Amer­i­can Auc­tion­eers and the McCord’s Cross­roads Homemak­ers Club.

The day-long fes­tiv­i­ties be­gan with a ‘down home’ pa­rade of vin­tage cars, trac­tors, four wheel­ers, Army Jeeps, golf carts— you name it. The pa­rade be­gan at the McCord’s Fire Hall on County Road 157 in Cen­tre, where mem­bers of the McCord’s Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment or­ga­nized the pa­rade line up. Lead­ing the pa­rade was Fire Truck #99 on loan to the El­lisville Fire Depart­ment from New York City. Truck # 99 was one of many firetrucks an­swer­ing the call on Septem­ber 11, 2001, fol­low­ing the ter­ror­is­tic at­tack on the Twin Tow­ers.

The year was 1950. Shirley Stephens, a na­tive of Rock Run, Ala., was di­ag­nosed with bone can­cer and given six months to live.

But she and her hus­band, Boyd Stephens, re­fused to ac­cept this di­ag­no­sis. And be­cause of this “can do” at­ti­tude, this gutsy lady is still alive to­day!

While she lost her arm to the dis­ease, she re­fused to give up and learned to do the chores of daily life and be­yond bet­ter than many peo­ple with all of their senses and limbs in­tact.

With the Chero­kee County Re­lay For Life com­ing up this Fri­day, June 10, the Chero­kee County Re­lay For Life Com­mit­tee and the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety salute Stephens and nu­mer­ous oth­ers who con­tinue to take a stand against this hor­ri­ble dis­ease which has robbed so many of their lives, loved ones and qual­ity of life.

The Chero­kee County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion has hired Aubrey ( Rusty) Thrasher as prin­ci­pal of Cedar Bluff School, ef­fec­tive July 1, 2016.

Thrasher fills a va­cancy left by De­wayne Pierce who re­cently an­nounced his re­tire­ment.

“At this time I would like to in­tro­duce Mr. Aubrey Rusty Thrasher as the new prin­ci­pal of Cedar Bluff and he is with his fam­ily here tonight,” said Mitchell Guice, su­per­in­ten­dent, Chero­kee County Schools, dur­ing the Tues­day, June 7 meet­ing of the board.

Thrasher in­tro­duced his wife, Aimee and their chil­dren, Han­nah and Hunter who would soon be stu­dents at Cedar Bluff School.

“I just want to thank Mr. Guice and the board for this op­por­tu­nity and I am very ex­cited to get to work,” said Thrasher.

Thrasher, a grad­u­ate of Jack­sonville State Univer­sity, comes to the Chero­kee County School Sys­tem with more than 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion field, in­clud­ing six in ad-

min­is­tra­tion.

He was as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Jack­sonville High School for two years, spent three in ad­min­is­tra­tion at Well­born High School and one year in ad­min­is­tra­tion at South­side High School.

The Chero­kee County Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources re­cently hosted its Chero­kee County Foster Par­ent Recog­ni­tion and Re­cruit­ment Cer­e­mony at its lo­cal of­fice, 202 Hos­pi­tal Ave. in Cen­tre.

“This was a great op­por­tu­nity to rec­og­nize our Foster Par­ents who have done such an out­stand­ing job work­ing as part­ners with this Depart­ment in tak­ing care of the chil­dren that come into care or been re­moved from their par­ents due to no fault of their own,” said Ger­ald Ware, di­rec­tor, Chero­kee County Depart­ment of Hu­man Re­sources. “These ded­i­cated men and women read­ily ac­cept and nur­ture these chil­dren in their homes.”

The Cen­tre- Pied­mont- Chero­kee County Re­gional Air­port Author­ity, in June, an­nounced the avail­abil­ity of fuel at the air­port.

Av­gas is avail­able 24/7 through credit card pur­chase.

The Author­ity re­cently com­pleted con­struc­tion of a new $650,000 10-Bay T- Hangar with bi- fold doors. All units are cur­rently leased. The hangar was con­structed by lo­cal firm, McKin­ney Con­struc­tion. The project, cou­pled with the com­ple­tion of the fuel fa­cil­ity, will stim­u­late growth and pro­vide in­come in an ef­fort to cre­ate a more self-suf­fi­cient air­port.

The Cen­tre City Coun­cil has signed a three year fi­nance agree­ment with Mo­torola for bring­ing the po­lice depart­ment on board with the new P25 com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem.

“We have been dis­cussing this for a long time,” said Mayor Pro Tem Bess Yar­brough. “We had a good pre­sen­ta­tion from the as­so­ci­a­tion. It seems like we don’t have a choice but to join for the­p­o­lice depart­ment also.”

The city has been dis­cussing the P25 sys­tem and pos­si­ble ways to fund it for some time now. Dur­ing the Tues­day, June 14 meet­ing, Yar­brough said they will meet with the city au­di­tor to dis­cuss the city’s bud­get op­tions.

Hall of Fame.

He and his spouse, Ly­dia, his son Eric ( who served 22 years in the US Army) his step-daugh­ter Lexy (who will be at­tend­ing Jack­sonville State Univer­sity in Au­gust) at­tended the cer­e­monies June 10, 2016 at Fort Lee, Virginia, which is the reg­i­men­tal head­quar­ters for quar­ter­mas­ter sol­diers.

The hall of fame, es­tab­lished in 1986, hon­ors re­tired mil­i­tary and civil­ian per­son­nel who have made “the most sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the over­all his­tory and tra­di­tions of the Quar­ter­mas­ter Corps.”

to work with Su­per­in­ten­dent. uice, the cen­tral of­fice staff and the per­son­nel in all of our schools for over three and a half years as well as serve with you my fel­low board mem­bers,” said Green.

The Cen­tre City Coun­cil has agreed to spend $40,000 for re­moval of as­bestos from the Armory which is now un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tion.

Wilkie up­dated the coun­cil on the ren­o­va­tion dur­ing the Tues­day, June 28 meet­ing of the coun­cil. In a pre­vi­ous meet­ing, City Build­ing In­spec­tor Mark Welsh said that as­bestos re­moval was re­quired.

“I went by there last week,” said Wilkie. “We did the study to de­ter­mine the as­bestos in the build­ing, It was de­ter­mined it was in the roof, some in the win­dow and in the caulk­ing around the win­dows. Mark Welsh (city build­ing in­spec­tor) got that taken care of. The cost to re­move the as­bestos was around $40,000. We had to get a changed work or­der on that.”

Wilkie re­minded the coun­cil that the start­ing amount for the ren­o­va­tion, un­der the loan agree­ment was $515,000.

“The bid came in way less than that and even at that and $40,000 back, it was $ 501,000 so we are still low, said Wilkie. “I asked Mark if there is any­thing else he sees that can come up at this point and time and he doesn’t fore­see any­thing. We hope there is not go­ing to be any­thing com­ing up, but we had to do a change or­der to get that re­moved.”

The coun­cil ap­proved the $40,000 for as­bestos re­moval.

Ev­ery­one looks for­ward to a New Year and the hope it rep­re­sents. “Well wish­ers” come at us from ev­ery di­rec­tion want­ing us to reap a har­vest of joy and hap­pi­ness, peace and pros­per­ity.

A “good new year” is a univer­sal de­sire that ev­ery­one seeks.

But how can we as­sure our­selves of hav­ing a Happy New Year? The an­swer comes from Isa­iah 41:10. First, we must honor the two “nots”-do not be afraid and do not be dis­mayed. Fear and dis­may will dis­turb our souls and de­stroy our health. Only as we place our faith in the good­ness and grace of God will our fears evap­o­rate and dis­may van­ish.

Sec­ond, add the two “I ams”-I am wit you and I am your God. Our God is al­ways with us and we are never be­yond His reach. When prob­lems arise He want to solve them. When needs arise He will meet them. When foes would de­stroy us He will con­quer them, When storms ap­pear He will calm them.

Third, we need to mix them with the three “I wills.” I will strengthen you. He has all the strength we need with some to spare. I will help you. Here is help that is seek­ing us and is suf­fi­cient for ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. I will up­hold you. With what?

The very same hands that hold the uni­verse to­gether!

If we want 2017 to be a Happy New Year we must be­gin ev­ery day of ev­ery week of ev­ery month of the year read­ing God’s Word. We must spend time in prayer.

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