Archive - Dec 2012 - Food and Leisure
Christmas will be a little brighter for some area families thanks to the efforts of 4-County employees and members. For the fourth straight year, employees and members representing the cooperativeâ€™s Corporate Center and five Customer Service Centers dug deep and offered their time and money to do some Christmas shopping for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. The efforts were a big success. Nearly 250 toys and over $400 in donations were collected. The toys will be distributed by Toys for Tots personnel throughout the cooperativeâ€™s eight-county service territory.
At a time of the year when we are thinking about the joy of Christmas and looking forward to sharing with family and friends the holiday cheer, our country mourns the loss of innocent children and adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
As superintendent and a parent, I too immediately think about what ifs as it applies to students and faculty safety in our schools. I assure you the parents and community that student safety is our number one goal.
West Point High School FCCLA students Laura Catherine Berry and Chloe Simmons will be competing in the State FCCLA competition in March. Their Chapter Service Project in which they completed a project that affects our community and involves students, teachers and the community. Their project was for Breast Cancer Awareness where they raised money to help women in our community that may need help in having a yearly breast exam and hopefully save lives. The money raised was sent to Susan G. Komen in the amount of $600.00.
This tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut is a clear indication to me of just how much evil there is in the world and how the devil does not care one single, solitary bit about whom he attacks. It is also an indicator that we as human beings must get our lives together righteously, serve God with love and joy and try with all our strength to elude what is evil, being cautious to avoid the devilâ€™s tricks. To me it is also a sign from God that He can take you at any moment, and it behooves us to be ready.
In spite of Hurricane Issac keeping Carolyn Haines for returning for Luncheon with Books in August, Haines and her newest novel â€śBonefire of the Vanitiesâ€ť were right on schedule Thursday at noon.
â€śI always look forward to coming to West Point. Issac would just not let up and the flooding around Mobile was relentless,â€ť said Haines. â€śIâ€™m really glad to make it here around Christmas. Iâ€™ve been in Columbus at MUW. I had never been to Columbus before and wish I had had more time to explore. With my animals at home I canâ€™t be gone for very long at a time.â€ť
It was heartbreaking to hear of the school shooting in Connecticut that took the lives of 26 people, 20 of whom were children. Adam Lanza is the person who decided that killing these innocent people and then himself was a good idea. All these parents put their children on a school bus or dropped them off at a place they considered safe. School. I take my own girls to West Point High every morning and fully expect to pick them up.
Oh, God. I thank you today for the power to turn situations around. Wonâ€™t you journey with meâ€¦to the fourth chapter of Daniel? I love this chapter for two reasons. It displays the true heart of man and the unconditional love of God. It tells of King Nebuchadnezzar and his journey as he came into the full knowledge of God. He had heard a lot about the God of Daniel, he knew of his power and his wisdom yet he refused to bow down and serve him. Oh mighty King Neb came to know God the hard way.
Christmas is definitely in the air â€“ especially the airways. Christmas movies are on every channel, interrupted by countless commercials showing the perfect Christmas gift. There are movies about a young boy wanting a husband for his mother, Santa promising a young girl a Christmas boyfriend, and a young soldier receiving a Christmas card from a girl he did not know. The titles go on and on â€“ entertaining, perhaps, but lacking in substance. Even the movies that show right winning over wrong make no mention of the real reason for the season.
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
It started out of Darlene Coxâ€™s small Commerce Street business eight years ago.
Back then, Coxâ€™s Secret Santa program for local kids was a small operation that involved snacks and candy for the children of West Point at Christmas.
Over the years it has evolved into something beyond the nutritionistâ€™s wildest dreams.
â€śLast year was our best year ever,â€ť Cox said on Wednesday morning. â€śWe gave away 2,500 gifts to needy children in West Point.â€ť
Oak Hill Academy senior John Wesley Williamson, West Point High School senior Alexis Smith and Hebron Christian senior Curtis Smith are honored as the West Point Rotary Clubâ€™s Students of the Month on Thursday. Williamson plans to attend Mississippi State to major in Business. He is the president of his class, and he currently owns a small business in West Point. Alexis Smith plans to attend either Ole Miss or Alabama and major in either Physics or Biology with hopes of becoming a Pediatrician.