December 16, 2009 Edition

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Grandparents' Corner

Samantha Michelle Berry, 18, Cassidy Jewel Clayton, 8, and Joseph Allen Clayton, 6, of Jonesboro are the grandchildren of Phil and Phyllis Simmons of Black Rock, Sandra Clayton of Black Rock and Jerry and Julie Clayton, of Lebanon, Mo.

They are the great-grandchildren of Wilodean Schlueter, Irene Vance and Mary Anna Davis, all of Walnut Ridge.

They are the children of Van and Terri Clayton of Jonesboro. Samantha is also the daughter of Clint and Janna Berry of Walnut Ridge and granddaughter of Robin Berry of Walnut Ridge and Phyllis Booth of Springdale.

Frankly speaking...

In case you missed it, the 50th annual Williams Baptist College High School Invitational Basketball Tournament ended in style. In the finals of the boys division, Black Rock trailed behind Viola, 39 to 41, with just a few seconds left to play. However, as the buzzer was sounding to end the game, Black Rock's Tyler Newell sank a three-pointer from 30 feet away. The Zebras won 42-41. Congratulations to Black Rock coach Jeff Womack and his team.

Letters join children's
hearts through the years

For most of its 100 years, The Times Dispatch has published letters to Santa from area children. In all those letters the need to believe in the existence of Santa shines through. The letters written in the early years of the paper's existence had no less fervor than today's. The letters continue to reflect that hope still springs eternal in all of us.

The Grand Tour

Jeff and I were asked to participate in the Service League Holiday Tour of Homes last year. We were honored, excited, and quite motivated to tidy up the minor projects that accumulate around a house. The problem is that many tasks can't be simply solved: a part must be ordered, or something is no longer made and sold, we lost the carpenter's number, and so on. As the tour was held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, November 22 from 2-5, we prepared for the holidays quite early.

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