December 9, 2009 Edition

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Community shows spirit
by hosting holiday events

John Bland

I would have to disagree with anyone if they happened to say our area citizens are lacking in civic pride or a community-minded spirit. Events of the past few days, many of them over the weekend, show just how much community spirit or maybe its Christmas spirit - that our citizens possess.

Here are some of the events we have covered or publicized in recent days. I know this is not a complete list.

  • Angels After Dark, an event coordinated by the Walk of Hope organization.

  • Dickens in the Park, chaired by Karen Williams and held Saturday at the Hoxie City Park.

  • Numerous Christmas parades in communities throughout the county.

  • The Northeast Arkansas Chorale Christmas concert held at WBC's Manley Chapel.

  • The Christmas Gala, sponsored by the Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation.

  • Pearl Harbor remembrance at the Wings of Honor Museum.

  • Numerous school music programs and concerts.


    Most area churches are also planning Christmas pageants and programs and reaching out to the community. TD staffer Cindy Richardson took a group of children from Sedgwick Baptist Church on Monday evening to visit residents at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center. The children, wearing Santa hats, sang Christmas carols, handed out homemade cards and visited with residents during a service conducted by the church. Afterwards, Cindy's son, Elijah, told his mom "I feel all happy inside."

    It doesn't get any better than that.

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