December 20, 2006 Edition

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875th flooded with holiday good will

Holiday good will, in the form of cards letters and packages, is unloaded from a truck in front of the headquarters building of the Arkansas Army National Guard's 875th Engineer Battalion at Camp Striker, Iraq. Spc. Alvin Lewis of Hoxie shows his holiday spirit while helping to stack packages from supporters back home
U.S. Army Photo ~ Staff Sgt. Chris A. Durney, 875th Engineer Battalion Public Affairs

Soldiers of the Arkansas Army National Guard's 875th Engineer Battalion are spending the holidays far from home this year, but thanks to the U.S. Postal Service, home is only a package or letter away.

Seven days a week, each of the battalion's mail clerks pick up and distribute, literally mounds of cards, letters and packages to over 500 soldiers serving in Baghdad and Balad. The holiday season has brought a marked increase in the amount of good will sent from supporters all over the United States.

"It's such a joy to see the stacks of boxes translated into smiles and laughter," says battalion chaplain Capt. Mark Golaway. "I don't think those at home realize that their thoughtfulness is so meaningful."

Butlers to give $500,000
toward Williams housing

A half-million dollar gift from a Harrisburg family is going to help build housing for honor students at Williams Baptist College. WBC has announced that the family of Jim Tom Butler is giving $500,000 toward the construction project.

Children's Shelter plans fund-
raiser to match $2,500 grant

Kathy Fears of Modern Woodmen of America Insurance in Newport has offered a $2,500 matching grant for the Children's Shelter in Lawrence County. Funds will be used to establish the shelter to temporarily house children in need. continued...

Shepherd Care receives
gifts to match grant

Shepherd Care Ministries has received an additional $560 in financial contributions, bringing the December total to $1,120. continued...

Hoxie to issue Minturn
Sewer, Water a refund

At their regular meeting on Dec. 12, Hoxie City Council approved a refund for Minturn Sewer and Water. They have been overpaying Hoxie for services. continued...

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