Thursday, November 10, 2011
Time to fix watch
A longtime family friend was in town a couple of weeks ago for some basketball scrimmage games.
Her dad (our minister when we lived in Aberdeen) may be the biggest Alabama fan I’ve ever known.
In our conversation, the time of day came up, and I mentioned that “I did not know what time it was” because I broke the band on my Crimson Tide watch.
Close to Nowhere
OK, it’s not Thanksgiving yet. I went to “Christmas In A Day” anyway Saturday at Trevecca Manor in Red Banks (gorgeous place). It’s really not too early to start thinking about it — I know some who are already through shopping! I will mention I’m not one of those!
This Christmas party was fun! The M&M’s (Mary’s & Martha’s) at CrossPointe Church in Olive Branch plan demonstrations on cheap (OK, it’s not “cheap,” it’s “inexpensive”) and easy ways to make decorations and crafty gifts. Dollar Tree is a favorite store of both the ladies (Carol 1 and Carol 2) that showed us how to do the neatest things!
Honoring generations of selfless service
The history of Veterans Day can be traced to the end of World War I, when Allied nations and Germany ceased fighting on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11 to be a day of “solemn pride” in honor of America’s sacrifice and victory.
Letter To The Editor
Thanks for support
Thank you for making the first annual Hill Country Project Banquet a huge success
The Hill Country Project wishes to give a big thank you to all who made our first annual banquet, held on Saturday, Oct. 29, and the Greenwood Family Life Center, a huge success. A few of the highlights include:
•Over 200 people attended.
•Significant funds were raised to further the mission of both The Hill Country Project and the Benton County Empowerment Association.
•More than 35 ads were purchased in our program; they are like a history and sociology of Benton County (if you want a copy, contact us).
•The banquet’s chief organizer, Barbara McNamee, was irrepressible and hilarious as a speaker and tremendously effective in her organizing.
•Samantha McKinnie and Brittney May were charming and engaging as emcees (Brittney, we hope you don’t leave when you graduate!)
•Kesha Perry, our homegrown keynote speaker, delivered a powerful and insightful talk about the future of Benton County.
•The performances by Aisha, Cequita and Krystal DeBerry, Randy Williams and Kim Robinson-Washington, Monica Thompson, and Danielle Daugherty were delightful, entertaining and moving.
•HCP board chair Aviva Futorian recognized the large number of oral history interviewees present (along with their children and grandchildren), and also set out a roadmap for the county’s potential.
•John Lyon’s seven-minute film clip featuring oral history interviews from the past 17 years was warmly and enthusiastically received.
•The in-gathering of former Benton Countians, some from as far away as Los Angeles, was surprising and exciting, as was the large number of attendees over 90 years old.
•Sonny Reaves, who spoke for the Benton County Empowerment Association, was responsible for cajoling many of the participants into playing key roles.
•Rubye DeBerry was the unsung heroine of the event. Rubye, with the help of many volunteers, transformed an ordinary gymnasium into a lovely setting and arranged the evening’s food service.
•Special thanks to Charlie Walls, among the many attendees who stayed long after the banquet and help with clean-up.
Please take time to remember our local “heroes,” who are serving in war zones around the world.Susan Ash, Navy, Middle East
Immanuel Betts, Marines, 2nd tour, Afghanistan
Chad Bowman, Afghanistan
Houston Brimmage, National Guard, Iraq
Frederick D. Brown, Army, Afghanistan
Shanika Buffington, National Guard, Iraq
B.J. Butler, Army
Wesley Crutcher II, Afghanistan
John Davis, Army, Iraq
John Westley Day, National Guard, Iraq
Michael Dunworth, Navy, Iraq
LaCourtney Ellis, Army, Afghanistan
Tiffany Erwin, Army, Afghanistan, now in Iraq
Charles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq; now in Afghanistan
Wayne Gowland, Army, Iraq
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Jorty “Bubba” Holmes, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
Sammie Ivy, National Guard, Iraq
Jason Janicki, Army, Iraq
Robert Jordan Jr., Army, Iraq
Scott King, Navy, Afghanistan
LaVandes Lester, Marines, Iraq
James Light, Army, Afghanistan
Sale T. Lilly IV, Navy, Afghanistan
Antione McNeil, Army, Iraq
Victor Miller, Army, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Force
Will Olita, Navy, Arabian Sea (Afghanistan)
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Scott Poff, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Darryl Wayne Ricks, National Guard, Iraq
Candace L. White, Army, Afghanistan
Justin Sanders, Army, Iraq
Cody Sanderson, Air Force, Iraq
Mitch Swann, Army, Iraq
Landon Tucker, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Chauncy Turnage, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
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