May Community celebration
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-
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.