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Merry Christmas

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8/Your Health

The 100 Day Cough

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26/Faces 29/Christmas Tour of Historic Homes 30/Hospitalist joins WRMC 31/Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista Mama Drama

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Editor’s Note

Merry Christmas Joseph Thomas

We hope that you had a terrific Thanksgiving holiday and wish you and your family a safe and wonderful upcoming holiday season, whatever holiday you celebrate! We start this month off right with Bob Pest’s Letter to Santa, Leigh Keller talks Mama Drama and let me just say, having been a teenage father, I understand the stigmas and Photo by Robert O. Seat challenges that come with such an undertaking and I salute their fortitude and the responsibility they’ve shown in raising their babies as best they can. Kristi Price explains how giving time can be more fulfilling than any monetary gifts and Chad Grigsby talks about the Genealogy of the Bible. Our cover story is all about the beautiful facility that is Wood-Lawn Heights and Bob Qualls features Mark Rorie’s latest Polk Bayou release. Alisa Lancaster takes a look at the

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Dear Santa, Well, it's getting close to Christmas so I am sending you my annual Christmas wishes. I have been very good this past year, taking care of my dogs and working to make our community a wonderful place to live. I hope my wishes will enable me to continue down that road. Here they are: 1. I want to see Downtown Batesville come back to its original stature as a great place to shop. My friends Danny Dozier and Paige Dirksen are leading the way with the help of a few others. We can work as hard as possible, but you are Santa. 2. I want to see more restaurants, coffee shops, or even a push cart vendor on Main Street. Elizabeth's Restaurant does a great job at both lunch and dinner, but greater variety and expanded hours would get more people downtown to eat. 3. Our streets and sidewalks, especially downtown, need to be repaired. Our mayor is a hard worker with lots of responsibilities and good intentions. Maybe you can help him find the resources and mobilize his team to get the job done. 4. A new county library is under consideration. As we all know “Reading is Fundamental” and any additions, improvements, or a new library will have a positive impact on our schools, students, and serious readers. 5. The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project could really use some more volunteers and community support. Nicole Stroud does an amazing job empowering adults

by improving their English and helping new Americans learn the language. The project covers several counties, so volunteers, as well as additional facilities, are essential. 6. The Ozark Foothills FilmFest, now approaching its 13th anniversary, has not only brought visitors into the area but also elevated the image of Batesville as a community interested in arts and culture. The festival operates on a very small budget and even though my wife and I write grants around the clock, more community support could enable the festival (and the town) to become even more successful. As the Oxford American magazine said: “Ozark Foothills FilmFest is poised to prove again that you don't need the bright lights of a big city to appreciate good filmmaking.” 7. We have lost two friends this past year— independent filmmaker Les Blank, who screened his work at our festivals, and musician Levon Helm, a member of the famous group, The Band, who performed at the first film festival and frequently in our region. We recently held tributes to both men. We hope you will do what you can to help us learn from them, respect their achievements, and remember them as people we loved. Thanks for listening. This year's losses reminded us that life is short and we should live every moment. Help us whenever you can. We need all the help we can get . . . and please don't forget my wonderful wife. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! N

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Your Health

The 100 Day Cough Alisa R. Lancaster

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Pertussis is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis and is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which can make it hard to breathe. The “whooping” sound comes when someone gasps for air after a coughing “fit”. Whooping cough can take a toll on anyone, but is most common in infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies less than one year of age. Last year the United States had the highest incidence of outbreaks since 1955. Research has confirmed that children who are not vaccinated, for non-medical reasons, is not a benign decision. It has far reaching consequences, one of which includes raising the risk of infections for other children and their families. Areas with high non-medical vaccination exemptions are likely to have 2.5 times more cases of whooping cough outbreaks. Another reason for the resurgence in whooping cough cases is that the newer vaccine has fewer side effects, but doesn’t provide immunity as long as the old vaccine. New guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommend a booster of whooping cough vaccine, known as Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), for adolescents around 11-12 years of age. The Tdap will take the place


of an adult’s next dose of Td (tetanus and diphtheria) which has a minimum recommendation of every ten years. Regardless of when one has received their last tetanus shot, since Td and Tdap both contain tetanus, adults who did not receive Tdap as a pre-teen should get a dose now. Pregnant women should also receive a dose of Tdap around the 27th to 36th weeks of pregnancy, with each pregnancy. This protects the mom and also enables some short term protection that is passed on to her baby. These mom’s “to be” should ask other individuals, who will be around the new infant, to get a Tdap booster as well. Whooping cough vaccines are very effective, but like all vaccines, are not 100% effective. It usually starts with cold like symptoms, but can develop into coughing fits that last weeks to months (hence the reference of “100 day cough”). Initially, it may go undiagnosed and someone will unknowingly spread the disease to others, including infants. An infant may not have the hallmark cough or whooping sound, so be alert for any signs of difficulty in breathing. If you suspect whooping cough, see a healthcare provider immediately as a test can be done to confirm the diagnosis. If the diagnosis is made early on, antibiotics can be given to decrease the severity of symptoms and prevent transmission. Contact your healthcare provider or visit for more information. N

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Citizens Bank today announced a strategy to grow into a major regional banking organization through expansion and acquisitions. In a bold first step of that plan, Citizens Bank announced the hiring of one of the most highly respected Arkansas banking executives to fill the newly created position of President. Phillip N. Baldwin, formerly of Arkadelphia, will assume the position of President of Citizens Bank on December 2, according to Board Chairman Jeff Teague. Baldwin will share the bank’s leadership responsibilities with John Dews, who has been serving as both President and Chief Executive Officer since 2010. “These are major milestones in our bank’s history,” Teague said. “John Dews has elevated Citizens Bank’s core strength and talent base to levels that make today’s announcements possible, and we are extremely fortunate to have attracted Phil Baldwin, who has a strong history in community banking, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.” Baldwin has an extensive Arkansas banking and financial background. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Bancorp Inc. in Arkadelphia, he strategically grew the bank’s assets from $250 million to $1.2 billion and increased its net income from $412,000 to more than $9 million a year, making it one

of the largest and most profitable rural development banks in the United States. “Our Board of Directors has been positioning Citizens Bank for growth during the past few years,” Teague said. “The dynamic addition of Phil Baldwin, coupled with the foundation laid by John Dews, indicates Citizens Bank’s determination to grow.” Citizens Bank has been the leading community bank in Batesville and Independence County for more than 60 years. The bank has grown modestly over the years, with current total assets of nearly $548 million, and branches in Batesville, Cave City, Imboden, Mountain View and Pleasant Plains. “My wife’s grandfather, J.K. Southerland, was among a group of local leaders who founded Citizens as a community bank. We will continue to actively support our communities because that was Mr. Southerland’s vision and because this is our home base,” Teague said. “It is time, however, for Citizens Bank to step up and play a more assertive role in helping guide the growth and development of our region. That’s why our Board is committing to a 10-year plan to seek out acquisition and expansion opportunities.” The Board of Directors’ plan for growth and Citizens Bank expansion continues on page 11 December 2013   9

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succession includes the creation of a new separate position of President. “My role has been to prepare the bank for this day,” Dews said, “and succession planning always called for a division of the positions of Chief Executive Officer and President.” Dews said he intends to transition off of the bank’s management team at the end of 2014 but he will remain on the Board. “As he moves into his new role solely as a Director after next year, John’s insight, experience and wisdom about banking will make him a tremendous asset for Citizens Bank for years to come,” Teague said. Baldwin and his wife, DeeDee, will soon relocate to Batesville, returning to Arkansas after most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer for CredAbility, a national nonprofit credit counseling agency based in Atlanta. “DeeDee and I are very excited to be coming home,” Baldwin said. “I absolutely believe in the wisdom of the Board in looking to the future and their farsighted vision to expand. It is my intention for Citizens Bank to become a resource for the community – we will help grow the community, not just the bank.” Baldwin was associated with Southern Bancorp from 2000 until 2011. He was previously Director of Corporate Finance and Reporting for Dillard’s Department Stores; Vice President of Finance, Fairfield Communities Inc.; Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Pinnacle Bank in Little Rock; Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Citizens First Bank in Little Rock; and Senior Manager, Ernst & Young Accounting. A dedicated community leader at both the local and national level, Baldwin currently serves on the Board of Directors of United Way World Wide, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Emory University Board of Visitors, and he recently ended a term as National Board Chair for United Way of America, the largest nonprofit organization in the world. He is a past Board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Capital Corporation and the Governor’s Roundtable on Healthcare. Baldwin earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arkansas and is a Certified Public Accountant. He was named in 2010 as one of the top five social entrepreneurs in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. He is a recipient of the United States Small Business Entrepreneurial Leadership Award and has been honored as Economic Developer of the Year by the Society of Economic Development. Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County. Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest

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Eye On Cover Story New Heights in Care Joseph Thomas

Nichole Bryant; Director of Records for Wood-lawn Heights sat down with Kimberlee in early November to discuss the numerous amenities of the vast, new facility. If you have not seen the beautifully designed building at 2800 Neeley Street, it is a feast for the eyes, offering: private rooms, a church, physicians office, dental office, media theater, game room, snack bar, four dining rooms with full kitchens and buffet dining, two courtyards and private garden rooms with courtyard direct access. “We wanted to offer something unique to this area for those in need of skilled nursing; a place that felt like home, not a hospital,” explained Bryant. “We are meeting the needs of our future generation.” The original building succeeded in safely housing its occupants over the past fifty years and was well maintained, but lacked the ambience, character and expansion room that this new facility boasts. Bryant expounded, “We are a skilled nursing facility. We offer nursing and personal care, as well as, free massages and beauty shop services.” Wood-Lawn Heights offers a full service rehabilitation department and is designed to house those who need help in managing vital daily activities. The old Wood-Lawn building was slated for demolition November 7, 2013 and Bryant confirmed the construction of a new assisted living facility in its footprint. Bryant elaborates on the need for the larger facility as the Baby Boomer generation is coming of age, but also in the fact that there is an increase in referrals of fifty and sixty year olds in need of short term therapy. Wood-Lawn Heights provides in-house physical, occupational, and speech therapy to return residents home. The conception of Wood-Lawn Heights sparked in 2011, coming underway in 2012. August 15, 2013, one hundred and twenty-one people were moved into the new facility. “Vital Link volunteered to help our wonderful staff, as did the families of our patients. It was amazing to see the community, not only help their loved ones, but other patients whose families weren’t able to be here. We truly have a beautiful community,” Bryant admitted. Wood-Lawn Heights is the most technologically advanced facility in Arkansas and Bryant envisions this facility as a model for future facilities. They accept any and all insurance. Wood-Lawn Heights is a nonprofit board run facility. Bob Fitzgerald is the chairman of this board. The current board is made up of Robin Brock, Terrell Tebbits, Max McElmurry, Fred Wann, Bill Walmsley, Ellen Case, Billy Ed Campbell and Kenny Allen. Even in its expanse, Wood-Lawn Heights is cozy and comfortable; it is welcoming in its elegance with no 12

clinical essence to pull you down. There are no nurses stations, but nurses are present and available to assist. Wood-Lawn Heights is made up of four neighborhood halls with each neighborhood having its own dining room. The halls are listed as streets, such as Willow or Magnolia. “It is removed from society’s perception of a nursing home, giving back touches of freedom and independence that we all take for granted until they are lost,” offered Bryant. “We strive to allow our residents to continue their daily routines without interruption. This facility is truly an asset to Independence County and the City of Batesville, employing over 160 staff members. Wood-Lawn Heights has exceeded the imagination of nursing home care.” N

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Eye On Feature Rorie’s Latest Polk Bayou Tale Bob Qualls

What happens when Santa and his reindeer crash their sleigh along Polk Bayou smack dab in the middle of Batesville? The answer to that question is found in Mark Alan Rorie’s new children’s adventure book, “The Almost Positively Worst Christmas Ever!” This holiday tale is Rorie’s fifth book, all of them centered around the Polk Bayou, a stream that cuts through Batesville on its way to the nearby White River. Rorie’s previous books featured the Polk Bayou Kids, a group of youngsters who find adventure in their neighborhood. The stories are a humorous mix of myth and history, all of them illustrated by Rorie’s colorful artwork. “The new book is a Christmas story that kids can read or that parents can read to kids,” Rorie said. He wrote and did the illustrations for the book in about a year while working on it off and on. The 48-page book is packed with color illustrations, and is being sold in a package that includes a 20-page coloring book complete with crayons. The whole package costs only $12 (plus $5 for shipping, if needed). With the latest book, “The Almost Positively Worst GREAT STOCKING Christmas Ever!” the cast ABOUT of characters includes the THE BOOK animals that inhabit the Polk Bayou area. STUFFERS! The Polk Bayou Animal Alliance has banded together to live in peace and harmony along the bayou. The Alliance is led by President Kristi, modeled after the author’s own rat terrier named Kristi. The Rories’ other pet, Foster, a Maltese, also plays a key role in the book. The book begins with a December thunder snowstorm that causes Santa’s sleigh ABOUT to THE crash on AUTHOR Christmas Eve. The animals must come to the rescue. Santa and his reindeer are threatened by a pack of coyotes led by the bully Hunter. President Kristi and her security chief Bruno, a St. Bernard, organize the rescue effort while fending off Hunter and the coyotes. The Alliance sets out to repair Santa’s damaged sleigh in order for Santa to resume his important mission. As a blurb on the back of the book, puts it, “The ending will shock and astonish you. Will the Alliance’s creativity be the miracle that saves Christmas for all the children of the world, or will Hunter and his pack of bullies end Christmas forever?” Rorie chose all the names of the animals from submissions posted on Facebook by hundreds who responded to his request. Most of them are names of children and grandchildren of his Facebook friends. They are all listed in the back of the book. Rorie, a native of North Little Rock, has lived in Batesville for more than 20 years. He and his wife, Ashley, own Batesville Printing & Direct Mail, which he founded in 1993. He is a 1982 graduate of the Memphis College of Art where he majored in Advertising Art and What happens when Santa and his reindeer crash along Polk Bayou right in the middle of a small town in north-central Arkansas? The Polk Bayou Animal Alliance, led by Kristi (President Kristi to all her friends), must come to the rescue. President Kristi leads the Alliance, a large group of animals that have decided to live in peace and harmony along Polk Bayou, against the coyote attack led by the meanest bully of all time, Hunter. With the help of her Security Chief, a Saint Bernard named Bruno, President Kristi organizes a rescue effort you will have to read about to believe. The ending will shock and astonish you. Will the Alliance’s creativity be the miracle that saves Christmas for all of the children of the world, or will Hunter and his pack of bullies end Christmas forever?

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Design as well as Printmaking. He and Ashley and his stepson, Luke, live along Polk Bayou in west Batesville where Mr. Mark, as the kids call him, draws the inspiration for his stories. His previous books include “The Search for Civil War Gold,” “The Secrets of the White River Monster,” “The Ghosts of West Elementary,” and “The Cave of a Thousand Toys.” The Christmas book was published in November and a special premiere was held at West Elementary School. With the help of sponsors, Rorie provided over 200 copies to children at the school. “The Almost Positively Worst Christmas Ever!” package is available at Batesville Printing, the Paper Chase Book Store, Hastings and the Old Independence Regional Museum, all in Batesville. Watch for it at other locations as well. Rorie will autograph all the books. The new Christmas adventure and Rorie’s previous books also are available by writing to Mark Rorie, 1350 Neeley St., Batesville, AR 72501, by calling (870) 6980605, or by e-mail at N

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Local author, Mark Rorie has released his fifth Polk Bayou children’s book just in time for its namesake holiday. This release also includes a twenty page companion coloring book.

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Christmas Cash is Back Kimberlee Thomas

After a seven year hiatus, Main Street Batesville and area merchants are sponsoring Christmas Cash. This is a fun promotion where shoppers can win “Batesville Bucks”. These bucks can then be spent at local participating merchants. This is the first time that merchants not on Main Street have been invited to participate. Local business owner, Robin King of Schwegman’s Office Supply, explained that in conjunction with the revitalization for the Main Street Program, Christmas Cash is just the first of several promotions planned for this coming year with new Main Street Manager, Joel Williams at the helm. Tickets are free and may be picked up at any of the following Batesville merchants: Thompson’s Jewelry, Autry’s White River Furniture, Schwegman’s Office Supply, Sleep Starlite/Ozark Furniture, Randy’s Music, Small & Hip, Furniture 4 Less, Back in Time Antiques, Etta’s Attic, Tracy’s Gun and Pawn, Morningside Coffee, Elizabeth’s Restaurant, Studio Salon, Batesville Area Arts Gallery, Living Spaces Furniture, Wheeler’s Boot & Shoe Repair, Jonathan’s Jewelry, The Uniform Shop, Embroidery and Beyond, The Styling Room, Carlee’s Hallmark and the Paperchase Bookstore. Merchant’s will also be giving away additional tickets with purchase. Drawings began on Tuesday, November 25 and will continue each Tuesday until December 17. KWOZ 103.3 draws five numbers each Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m.

The Batesville Guard also publishes those numbers. The owners of the lucky numbers have until 4:00 p.m on Friday to present their winning ticket to the Main Street Office located in the Independence County Courthouse. The $500 prize money will be split evenly. If only one person claims the prize by deadline, they will win the whole $500 in “Batesville Bucks”! The final drawing on Tuesday, December 17 will be for $1,000 in “Batesville Bucks”. Grab your coat and head out the door to your local merchants for your free ticket and “Buy Local” this Holiday Season. N

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The Arkansas Agriculture Department will administer $45,000 in one-time funding made available to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission for Arkansas festivals featuring an agricultural or forestry product, commerce, or theme and held or proposed to be held on an annual basis. The Arkansas Agriculture Department will accept applications for the Arkansas Festival Grant program from November 1, 2013 to January 24, 2014. Butch Calhoun, Secretary of Agriculture for Arkansas stated, “Arkansas festivals are important to the quality of life and the economy in cities and towns across the state. The Arkansas Agriculture Department is pleased to make these funds available to festivals that help promote Arkansas’ Agriculture industry, the state’s largest industry, which provides more than $17 billion to the state’s economy.” Applicants may apply for a minimum of $1,000 up to a maximum of $5,000. Grant funds may be used for operation and program expenses and must be spent within one year. The application must be submitted by a city or county. For an application and more information about program requirements, go to N

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Southern Bank and Citizens State Bank Make Merger Southern Bank, headquartered in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and Citizens State Bank, headquartered in Bald Knob, Arkansas, recently announced the signing of a definitive stock purchase agreement whereby Citizens State Bank will be merged with and into Southern Bank. Citizens State Bank operates three branches in White County in north central Arkansas. After the acquisition, the combined bank’s total assets will approximate $966 million, with total loans of $721 million and total deposits of $771 million. The combined bank will operate 25 branches in southern Missouri and northeast and north central Arkansas. Southern Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”), which trades under the ticker “SMBC” on the NASDAQ Global Market. Citizens State Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Citizens State Bankshares of Bald Knob, Inc. “This merger is a good opportunity for Southern Bank to expand its presence in White County,” stated Greg Steffens, President and CEO of Southern Bank. “We are very impressed with the financial institution that Citizens State Bank has built in the communities of Bradford and Bald Knob, and the deep relationships they have developed with their depositors. We look forward to continuing that tradition and to serving these communities.

“In our search for folks to partner with, we found that Southern Bank is a strong community bank that is community focused, customer service driven, offers the latest in technology and takes pride in providing personalized service to the individual markets they serve,” said Larry Kircher, Chairman & CEO of Citizens State Bank. “This merger will allow us to expand our product and service lines, offer convenient locations to our customers throughout north central Arkansas and increase our lending limits, providing excellent future benefits for the businesses and families in our area,” Southern Bank and Citizens State Bank anticipate completion of the transaction in the first half of calendar year 2014, subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. DD&F Consulting Group acted as financial advisor and McAfee & Taft served as legal advisor to Citizens State Bank, while Silver, Freedman & Taff, LLP, served as legal advisor to Southern Bank. N

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I Do

Wood and Mourer Wedding Kimberlee Thomas

The scenic White River plays not only backdrop but also center stage in this month’s wedding story. Chalee Wood and Kurt Mourer were introduced through mutual friends during an evening out at Josie’s at the Lockhouse in February 2012. Chalee admits there was a mutual attraction but it would be another two weeks before she began to realize she was falling in love. Kurt on the other hand was a bit slower. “I told him he would be hooked on me before he knew it if he wasn’t careful,” laughs Chalee. “He just grinned as in disbelief.” By April the two had become inseparable. Kurt is what Chalee affectionately refers to as a “River Rat.” He owns a speed boat and enjoys racing about on the river. Chalee admits that while she has always loved the river she never spent much time there. Now most of their summer days are spent together on the river. They enjoy going to boat rallies, fishing, swimming, and spending time with family and friends along its banks and upon its swift surface. “The thing we enjoy most is just floating along the river and listening to music and relaxing. Of course going for a speed run in the boat at 100 plus miles per hour is also a thrill” shares Chalee.”

In August of 2013 Chalee and Kurt took a vacation to Panama City, Florida. Chalee brought her two daughters and Kurt brought along his two daughters, and his son. Most of the vacation time was spent with the children seeing the sights and sounds of the city. However, Kurt had made plans for one night out with Chalee alone. “I had wanted crab legs so we went out to a nice seafood restaurant. By the time we arrived they were out so I settled for something else. I believe we ate enough food for six people. I was stuffed” Chalee shares. As they left the restaurant Kurt asked Chalee if she would like to go ride the Sling Shot and Vomatron rides. Chalee looked at Kurt with disbelief, “Are you CRAZY, we just ate. I’ll throw up!” Kurt would not give up on his quest to ride the Sling Shot. Chalee remembers thinking, “I guess he just isn’t as full as I am.” The two of them were securely harnessed into the ride and after a brief moment were slung into the air at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour and reaching a height of 365 feet. It was during this adrenalin charged ride that Kurt proposed to Chalee. “Little did I know the whole thing was being recorded. It took me two days to watch the entire video. I was so nervous I had said something bad,” admits Chalee. On September 28, 2013 at Budweiser Beach on the White River Chalee took Kurt’s last name for her own and the couple pledged their love for one another

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and their new made family. Bill Lindsey presided over the double ring ceremony. Family and friends arrived via ski boats, speed boats, and pontoons! A reception was held later that evening at Josie’s at the Lockhouse where their story had begun a little over a year and a half before. Guests spent the evening singing karaoke and watching Razorback football. “It was a beautiful day and a fun night,” Chalee shares. The couple caught a plane the next day to Dayton Beach for their honeymoon. Chalee is a nurse at White River Medical Center. Kurt owns Mourer Masonry and Kurt’s Performance and Boats. The couple has a beautiful blended family: Jayden and Maycee Branscum along with Catie and Joe Mourer and oldest sister Cara Mourer Foss, son in-law Josh Foss, and baby boy Foss expected to arrive soon. Kurt and Chalee agree, “We are all just as happy as we can be.” N

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Smith’s Verdict ****

It’s A Wonderful Life

Reviewed by Tanner Smith “It’s a Wonderful Life” is undoubtedly one of the most wellknown, popular Christmas films, but it really is something more than that. To call this film a treasure would be to understate it. It’s not only a celebration of storytelling and filmmaking, but also a celebration of life. It’s about acknowledging what you have, knowing that things can be good, and how you couldn’t imagine your life going another way. That its important final half occurs during Christmastime just raises its emotional level. I love this wonderful movie, and I still find it hard to believe that it was obscure when it first released in 1946. Even though it was nominated for five Academy Awards (including Best Picture), it received mixed reviews and barely made back what it cost, despite the box-office popularity of filmmaker Frank Capra. But as time went by and it hit public domain, it did find its audience as movie-lovers fell in love with what this beautiful film had to offer. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a masterpiece in storytelling. The structure of the film is just brilliant. It begins with shots of a quiet, snowy small town called Bedford Falls on the night of Christmas Eve, with voiceovers from people praying to help George Bailey. The prayers reach Heaven, as God assigns a “2nd-class” angel named Clarence (Henry Travers) to be George’s guardian angel. But first he has to show him (and the audience) who George is and what led him to contemplate suicide… George grew up in Bedford Falls, but had big dreams of seeing the world and becoming a world-famous explorer. But as he grew to adulthood, he had to give up those dreams, as well as college, to take over the Bailey Building and Loan Society after his father passed away. George continues through his life in Bedford Falls, always putting human need above anything else such as wealth, always supported by his family and friends. His main problem: a ruthless banker named Potter (Lionel Barrymore) works the opposite way, using his riches to drain the spirit of Bedford Falls. Potter wants to hit the Bailey Building and Loan because it’s the one place in town he doesn’t own, and he knows if he can buy George out, he’ll run the whole

town. As Potter constantly thinks of a new way to get his hands on the institution, George thankfully finds a way to foil him. This is essentially the first two-thirds of “It’s a Wonderful Life”: giving us insight into George’s life, showing events from his childhood to his adulthood. We know what he was expecting his life to be, and are as heartbroken as he is when things don’t work out the way he planned. While there are many comic, upbeat moments (such as the infamous swimming-pool scene where George dances with his first love, Mary), there are also some grim moments in between, particularly those that lead to George standing on a bridge, about to jump off and end his own misery. After all this buildup, we finally get to Clarence being sent to Earth to help George however he can. This is what this film’s admirers remember most from this movie: the final third of the film. Clarence jumps into the river under the bridge so that George can save him. When George does save him and Clarence introduces himself as his guardian angel, George doesn’t believe him and only sees him as an oddball. But Clarence has a way of proving himself and also showing George how wonderful his life truly is: by making it so that George can see what Bedford Falls would have been like if he was never born. It’s in this alternate reality that George makes some shocking discoveries about how things would have turned out without him around—everyone is much worse off. Potter owns the town; George’s uncle, Billy, is committed; George’s brother, Harry, is dead; his wife, Mary (well-played by Donna Reed), is single and lonely; his children are gone; and so on. And so George learns that each contribution he could give is helpful to others, that things in life can work out though not always in ways expected, and that the greatest values in life are family and friends. It’s no wonder that “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of the very best “feel-good” movies (in fact, you could make the argument that it’s the absolute best)—its story is told in such a way that when the payoff ultimately occurs, it really means something and strikes emotional chords with audiences. Everything about “It’s a Wonderful Life” works. The story, the characters, the filmmaking, the message, and the acting all make this film all-around, for lack of a better word, “wonderful.” I watch it numerous times every Christmas, and I see no reason why I shouldn’t watch it about 8-10 times this season. N

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Things To Do Crocheting Course Contact Katrina Stevens at 870-612-2082 or email at for more information about this Thursday, December 5 class that runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Row Johns Building Room 801 at UACCB. It carries a $34 registration fee. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theatre on Tour presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Journey with Ichabod’s haunted imagination as he fights for the affection of a beautiful woman, suffers ridicule of the town bully and encounters the tale of the Headless Horseman. Don’t miss this American classic legend in the Independence Hall at UACCB Monday, February 17, 2014 at 7p.m. This presentation is free, but tickets are required for seating. Tickets are available at First Community Bank’s main location, Cave City and Southside branches and at the UACCB cashier office. Call 870-612-2040 for more information.

Student Vocal and Instrumental Recital Students perform vocal and instrumental works ranging from classical masters to Broadway favorites Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bevens Music Room in Brown Chapel on the Lyon College Campus. Psychology Research Forum The forum highlights research accomplishments of Lyon psychology students. Student’s poster presentations will be in the Derby Lobby from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m., then the Senior thesis student’s oral presentations will be in the Derby Room 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5. Festival of Lessons and Carols The Lyon College Flute Choir, directed by Laura Stinson, presents Christmas music (including congregational carols) interspersed with traditional scripture readings. Dr. Russell Stinson will play the church’s renowned Flentrop pipe organ for the Christian Science Society, Sunday December 8 at 4 p.m. and December 15 at 8:30 a.m. Log onto for more information.


All Over Independence OIRM Christmas Family Day Allison Low will once again open the celebration with a story time program. This traditional Christmas celebration features cookie decoration, carols, crafts and games. This event is free and open to the public on Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. at the Old Independence Regional Museum and their number is 870-793-2121. Kid’s Holiday Workshop Saturday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery at 246 E. Main Street in Batesville. Contact the BAAC at 870-7933382 or or log onto www. Arts in Education Residencies This AIE runs Monday, December 9 through Friday, December 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sulphur Rock Elementary. Contact the BAAC at 870-7933382 or or log onto www. Friends of BAAC Exhibition Reception This will be held Friday, December 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the BAAC Gallery at 246 E. Main Street in Batesville. Contact the BAAC at 870-793-3382 or or log onto www. Ye Olde Christmasse Madrigal Feaste Feaste December 13-14, 2013 at the Southside Middle School Cafeteria. Tickets are $20 before December 2 and $22 after December 2. Seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm. A production of Southside Senior High Madrigals and Choir. Monthly Fish Fry and Chicken Dinner The Hutchinson Mountain Community Center at 3370 Camp Tahkodah Road will be hosting their monthly Fish Fry and Chicken Dinner on Friday, December 6 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost for adults and children 12 and up is only $10.00. Children 11 and under eat FREE. Buffet, drink, and dessert are included. Take-out is available $10.00 for adult and $5.00 for children. For more information you may call 870-251-3458. The center is also available for rental by contacting Lea Barber at 870-612-4718. N

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Brightened Frames Joseph Thomas

Stretching my soul to fit my mind; like a canvas awaiting the paint. Splatter after splatter of experience colors the hills and crevices with flavors of life. Moments become trees decorating an inner landscape breathing passion into my inner sight. Shadows and silhouette edge into view frame on frame making dreams and telling stories around the campfire that is my heart. Warm your hands, have a bite and a nip to stave off the cold, for that is what I hope and wish and want. Listen, speak, add to what you find so we can improve upon our finds and leave more than ourselves. When the night is done, we will look down upon our work from the clouds that bear our weighted brows so very softly and watch our children make their marks upon the brightened frame. N

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McDonald named Foundation Director at WRHS Annie Solis

Gary Bebow, Administrator/CEO of White River Health System (WRHS), is pleased to welcome Matt McDonald of Batesville as WRHS Foundation Director. As Foundation Director, McDonald is responsible for the advancement of the WRHS Foundation through effective leadership, cultivation, implementation and administration of Foundation activities, fundraising programs, and donor development. “Matt has a strong background in leadership and customer interaction,” said Dick Bernard, President of the WRHS Foundation Board. “He will be a great asset to the Foundation and a key player in helping us in our mission to further develop WRHS.” McDonald is a 1995 graduate of Batesville High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agri-Business from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and has added experience in banking and customer service. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the success of WRHS through the Foundation.” said McDonald. “I was born and raised

in Batesville and am Matt McDonald thankful that I am able to raise my family here.” McDonald has served as a member of the Batesville City Council; a member of the United Way of Independence County Board of Directors, and the Independence County Chapter of the U of A Alumni Association. He focuses a lot of his free time on coaching youth sports including little league baseball, Kiwanis Football, and ICYAA soccer. Matt and his wife Carmen have two boys; Rhett, 9, and Grant, 7. The White River Health System Foundation supports the healthcare mission of White River Health System through charitable giving, grant writing and fundraising events. Gifts to the foundation are used for the development of new clinical services, scholarships for health professionals and capital building projects. For information on how your charitable dollars can make a difference, please contact Matt at (870) 2621784 or via email at N

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The oldest state office of volunteerism and community service in the nation kicked off another year of service at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock on October 24. At the AmeriCorps Grand Opening Ceremony, the Arkansas Service Commission awarded AmeriCorps member Armida Stokes the 2013 Dr. J.C. Babbs, Sr. Award for outstanding community service. Batesville native Skip Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service, gave the keynote address. Stokes, an AmeriCorps member with the Batesville-based Ozark Foothills Literacy Project, was selected for the honor from more than 400 AmeriCorps members statewide. Babbs award winners exemplify the goals and ideals of the AmeriCorps program by giving much to their organization and the community in which they serve. Stokes provides one-on-one English tutoring for a dozen students, who she teaches how to speak to doctors, employers and children's teachers. In addition to teaching English, she helps organize “Comunidades Latinas” meetings for Spanish speakers, she translates for Believers' Community Church's Christian Health Clinic, and she volunteers for a number of other community organizations as needs arise. AmeriCorps, also known as the domestic Peace Corps, engages Americans of all ages in service opportunities each year. Started under President Bill Clinton through the National and Community Service Act in 1994, the AmeriCorps program is approaching its 20th anniversary. Each AmeriCorps member dedicates a year or more of their lives in service to their communities and country. Members serve with local nonprofits and community agencies, where they have the opportunity to teach adults reading and English skills, make neighborhoods safer, teach children how to be healthier, respond to and assist in natural disasters, and other community service initiatives. In Arkansas, AmeriCorps members have served over 80,000 people. Many of these AmeriCorps members serve with projects like Arkansas Reads, Foster Grandparents, Legal Aid of Arkansas, and Arkansas Future Teacher Initiative. Arkansas has AmeriCorps programs operating in all of its 75 counties. More than $2 million is brought into the state through federal funds. The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project has three AmeriCorps members under the auspices of the Arkansas Reads project. 2013-14 members are Armida Stokes of Batesville, Samantha Stokes of Batesville, and Christina Himschoot of Ash Flat. The Literacy Project's AmeriCorps positions are funded in large part by the United Way of Independence County. The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project serves Fulton, Sharp, Izard and Independence Counties, providing free tutoring for adults who are learning to read and adults who are learning English. The Literacy Project relies on trained volunteer tutors and AmeriCorps members to provide these services. The Literacy Project is a UnitedWay member agency and part of the Arkansas Literacy Councils network AmeriCorps members, Christina of adult literacy organizations. Himschoot, Armida Stokes and Samantha For more information, please Stokes. Below this is Armida Stokes contact the 870-793-5912 or info@ receiving the 2013 J. C. Babbs Award. N

White River Medical Center employees show their support for the fight against breast cancer.

Batesville Oncology Clinic, White River Medical Center (WRMC) Cancer Care Center, White River Health System (WRHS) Foundation, and WRHS Marketing, recently held a Passionately Pink Bake Sale to raise money for Ribbons of Hope, a program developed by Batesville Oncology and the WRMC Cancer Care Center. Through Ribbons of Hope, Batesville Oncology and the WRMC Cancer Care Center are able to provide patients with necessary assistance throughout treatment. The Bake Sale, combined with the donations to the WRHS Foundation’s honorariums and memorials, brought in over $1,000.

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Eagle Mountain Magnet hosted a family literacy night. READING, A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS was held November 14th, touting their Literacy Cafe. Those in attendance were entertained with a musical performance by the 2nd grade.

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Krisalyn Northcutt

Annie Solis Krisalyn Northcutt, a Registered Nurse at White River Medical Center’s (WRMC) Obstetrics (OB) Unit, is WRMC’s newest recipient of the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Northcutt has been at WRMC for four years; three in OB. “Words cannot describe how much receiving this award means to me. It

is such an honor,” Northcutt said. “I have to thank my OB family for always working together to make sure everyone is successful.” The Daisy Award is a bi-monthly award that recognizes nurses for excellence. Daisy Award recipients are first nominated by patients and ultimately chosen by the WRMC Staff Nurse Advisory Council (SNAC). N

BAAC Purchases New Building and Launches Membership Program The Batesville Area Arts Council is thrilled to announce that we have recently purchased the building out of which the BAAC Gallery on Main currently operates. This purchase includes the space next door to the gallery currently occupied by Heuer's Shoe Store. Barbara Fitzpatrick, owner of Heuer’s Shoe Store, has donated the current gallery space for the past 15 years. Her generous contribution has made it possible for BAAC to serve our community through the years. Because of the diligent efforts and commitment of Senator David Wyatt and State Representative James McLean, we are pleased to announce that the Batesville Area Arts Council was a recipient of state community re-investment funds that helped make the building purchase possible. Plans are underway to begin renovation on the building in January in order to expand the gallery space and have a separate workshop space for classes and workshops. Maintaining a downtown location to continue to support Main Street Batesville and help revitalize this historic area is a priority for BAAC. Now that a permanent location has been secured, support from the community is needed to be able to maintain and expand the gallery space in downtown Batesville. BAAC is pleased to introduce a new membership program that rewards donors with several benefits. Individual 28

donors can enroll at different levels of membership, and since BAAC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization all donations are tax deductible. N

Pictured here from left to right, Senator David Wyatt, Barbara Fitzpatrick, BAAC President Linda Creighton, BAAC Executive Director Paige Dirkson and State Representative James McLean. Senator Wyatt and State Representative McLean were honored, at the Art Gallery on Main Street, for their commitment to making the funding for this available and Fitzpatrick was recognized for her contribution over the last fifteen years.

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Allison Phelps, New Events Coordinator Danell Hetrick

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce has hired Allison Phelps as Events Coordinator. Allison will be responsible for organizing events such as the chamber’s annual trap and golf tournaments, membership luncheons, and business enhancement workshops. “We are excited to have Allison join our team,” says BACC President/CEO Crystal Johnson. “We have been looking for the perfect addition to help us expand our team and our organization’s efforts, and Allison can help us do that.” Phelps holds a Bachelors degree in government from the University of Texas and was employed as the Manager of Sales and Merchandise for The Woodlands Strykers (a Texas collegiate baseball league) before moving with her husband, Kyle, to Oklahoma. Allison and Kyle moved to Batesville when he accepted the position as Lyon College’s Assistant Football Coach and Recruiting Allison Phelps Coordinator. N

Christmas Tour of Historic Homes Danell Hetrick

The Batesville Preservation Association has announced details of its upcoming Christmas Tour of Historic Homes. The tour theme this year is Christmas Memories Made on Main. Set for Sunday afternoon, December 1, the tour will feature four impressive and beautifully restored homes along Batesville’s Main Street. All are on the National Register of Historic Places. Three are close together on the 800 block of Main. Two of those three were once the homes of members of the prominent pioneering Maxfield family. Probably built in the 1870s, the Maxfield-Evans house at the corner of 8th and Main, now the home of Robb and Amanda Roberts, was once home to George and Sally Maxfield. In architectural style it is an I-house—a symmetrical, two-story house with one room on each side of a central hall and stairway and with a rear addition called an “el.” This home also features a graceful Victorian porch crossing the front and sweeping around one side. It was first restored by Batesville’s storied business leader J. K. Southerland in the 1970s. The tour home next door, now the home of Kyle and Celena Anderson, was once the home of Lucretia “Lutie” Maxfield Wilson and her husband George Wilson. Lutie kept a Civil War diary, published by the Independence County Historical Society, which records all the military occupations and actions in and around Batesville. With its original rooms dating from 1872, the Andersons’ home is in the architectural style called “Homestead.” It’s in an “L” shape, with the front porch tucked between the two

legs of the “L.” The third tour home on the 800 block of Main Street is the three-story Cook-Morrow House, on the northwest corner of 9th and Main. Now the home of Bron and Dr. Meriden Glasgow, this 1909 red brick home was built by Civil War veteran Col. V. Y. Cook and remained in his family for three generations. Col. Cook’s grandson Johnny Morrow gave the home some local fame by hanging a small sign designating it as the “Red Rooster Tavern” and inviting friends to enjoy sitting on the porch and visiting, libations in hand. The fourth tour home is two blocks up Main at its intersection with 11th St. It’s the Mitchell House, the home of Ron and Jennifer Davidson. Built in 1917 in the Dutch Colonial style, the home has two historical claims to fame. It was designed by Arkansas’s renowned early architect Charles Thompson and entered the National Register of Historic Places when a number of Thompson’s buildings were named to it as a group. And it alone on its block survived Batesville’s Great Fire of 1920 and was featured in national advertisements for the fireproof roof that had saved it when surrounding homes with wood-shingle roofs burned. The tour will run from 1 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. Tickets, at $15 or two for $25, will admit holders to all four homes. They are available at First Community Bank’s main office and at all four walk-in locations of Citizens Bank. N See more of our FACES at

Hospitalist joins WRMC Annie Solis

Gary Bebow, CEO/Administrator at White River Medical Center (WRMC) is proud to announce the addition of Anil Kumar, MD, to the Medical Staff. Kumar joins WRMC as a Hospitalist specializing in Internal Medicine. The Hospital Medicine Program, under the direction of Nathan McLaughlin, M.D., is a team of Internal Medicine physicians who provide care and/ or consultation to patients hospitalized at WRMC. Hospitalists work exclusively in the hospital caring for patients who do not have a primary care physician or for physicians that choose not to maintain a hospital practice. They actively oversee diagnostic tests, treatments, and other aspects of patient care and work closely with patients, family members, primary care physicians, other specialists and other departments of the hospital. “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Kumar to our staff,” said Bebow. “He will make a great addition to our team of qualified Hospitalists.” Kumar attended medical school at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he received Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees. He completed his Residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, New York. Kumar has worked as a Junior Resident Physician at AIIMS in a number of specialties. He was also a Community Physician and Medical Team Leader at All India Life Line Society in New Delhi, India where he led a team of nurses, paramedics, and pharmacists

through the underprivileged areas of New Delhi to provide preventative and primary care. Additionally, he served as a Medical Research Officer at the Indian Coalition for Control of Iodine Deficiency Anil Kumar Disorders in New Delhi, where he worked on education aimed at eliminating iodine deficiency disorders (IDDs) from all 28 states of India. Deficiency of iodine is a major public health problem in India due to the lack of iodized salts in foods. “I look forward to practicing at WRMC,” said Kumar. “I’ve met some of the warmest people here. Within a few minutes of talking, I felt an immediate connection with several people— a feeling that was rare in other big cities I’ve worked at.” Kumar and his wife, Wenya Lee, currently reside in Batesville. WRMC is a 235-bed regional referral center and the flagship facility of White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas. The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices. White River Health System is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health. N

Pictured to the right is the smartly dressed 2013 Home Coming Court at Lyon College which took place just before the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority held their Father Daughter Cookout, pictured above and below. As an Alpha Xi Delta Father, Joseph Thomas would like to thank all of the Alpha Xi Delta Daughters for hosting this event and confirmed that a great time was had by all.

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Tales Of a Transplanted Fashionista Mama Drama Leigh Keller

I am not one of those mommies who acts like my life is perfect and easy, and that my child always does what I ask him to do, my home is always perfect (that is a big HA for those of you who have been in my home), and I always do everything the right way. I make mistakes, and I am a “grown up”. I waited until I had traveled the world, gone to grad school and started my career before I had a child. But that certainly does not make it easier, or make me a better mommy. In my career choice as a high school counselor, I have the opportunity to work with some of my favorite kids, the teen mothers. In working with them, I am always quick to remind them that I do not in any way have it figured out, and I am NOT a perfect mother or person. Last week, for instance, Cole was in no mood for preschool (such a horrible place, with the singing, dancing, snacks and naps). He would not get dressed, would not get into the car, and just about the time I got him into the car, a giant downpour started. I was drenched trying to fasten his car seat, then raced around to the drivers seat where I discovered the passenger door was open. When I reached to close it, I knocked over his cute little chocolate milk, spilling it on his backpack and our umbrellas in the back floorboard. Needless to say, we sat in the car, in the driveway, in the rain for a good solid five minutes so that I could just cry it out. Not a perfect morning, but a reminder to me and my child that bad days happen (hopefully he will not be in therapy when he is a teenager because of his crazy mother). Our life is not perfect, but we have a warm home, I have a good job, and I never have to worry about putting food in his belly, or worry about who is going to take care of him while I am at work. Most people have seen the popular MTV show, Teen Mom. I watch that show, sometimes to remind myself that my parenting is actually ok, and sometimes to remind me of the things my sweet girls experience on a daily basis. These girls experience what I go through on a daily basis, the regular mommy stressors, but then they have extra stress on top of it all. All of them will tell you that they love their child, but if they could go back, they would

rather have their child a few years later. Teen mothers are nearly twice as likely as older mothers (like me, I feel very old when I am at the park with my wee wild one) to experience depression, feel sad or lonely, or be fearful of their futures (@candiesorg). I remember the isolation of having a newborn. I tell the girls all the time that I cannot imagine having a child in high school, and facing that balance of school and life every day. Courtney is the 19 year old mother of Cristian, a precious baby boy. She goes to college full time and balances full time college and mommy life. She doesn’t come home from class and get to study, or even just hang out with her friends. She, like most “grown up” moms, comes home to job number two, of cooking dinner, doing laundry and taking care of a little one. Debbie is another teen mother in our program. I always see Debbie at preschool drop off in the mornings, and let me just say, she does not appear to be crying in her car, like I do sometimes (ok, just that once, but still). She has it together. She makes great grades, and is on course to graduate from high school in May, and then continue on to college in the fall of 2014. Sabrina, who recently passed her GED with flying colors, talked with me about how it seems like everyone has different standards for teen moms than older moms. If she is out working, or is out without her baby (a rare occasion....I was the same way, watering my flowers outside was my “me time” every day), then people think you are neglecting your child. Lindsay is another one of our successes, taking care of her sweet girl as a single mother. She admits that she gets a lot of support from her family, but she also tells me that she does not have a regular teenage, carefree life. All of the girls in our program are amazing success stories. They get up, come to school or go to work, and just keep on going. I hear people talking about the girls in our program sometimes (they usually only get to say derogatory things one time around me), and they rarely compliment them on how they are handling their daily struggles. I have counseled more than one of these girls on how to handle their lives, and more painfully, how to handle the thoughtless, cruel things people say to them. Remember to think before you speak and a little kindness goes a long way...And if you drive by my house and see me crying in my car in the rain, just keep driving, sister. N

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Experiencing God in the Everyday Genealogies

Pastor Chad Grigsby

Let’s be honest, who really reads the genealogies in the Bible? They are full of Hebrew names we cannot read much less pronounce. It’s usually a bunch of begats, “So and so begat so and so,” etc. It’s hard to read and most of the time we just skip over them. And who can blame us? But there is one genealogy that we cannot afford to ignore. The first chapter of the gospel of Matthew shows us the family line of Jesus. It’s starts with Abraham and ends with Jesus. And in between we see the story of the world in the life of Jesus. We see the good news clearly displayed in just the names of the forefathers of the Son of God. We see what’s good about the good news when we look at the lives of these people. Jacob is known as a deceiver and deceives people his entire life. Rahab was a foreigner and a prostitute that was saved when God’s people took the city of Jericho. A prostitute in the lineage of Jesus? Yep. Right there in black ink on white paper. Why would God allow such a person to be a direct descendant of the Son of God? Just a few names down we come to David. He is Israel’s greatest king AND greatest sinner. He breaks half of the Ten Commandments in one sinful act with Bathsheba. He covets, commits adultery, steals, lies, and murders. And 32

yet Jesus is known throughout the gospels as the Son of David. How can this be? The genealogy of Jesus reveals why he needed to come in the first place. He is not the Savior of perfectly okay people. He is the Savior of people that need to be saved. He loves and saves sinners. He didn’t come for those that think they are okay, he came for those that know they aren’t. The people we read about in the Old Testament are not heroes that we need to imitate but broken people that need a Savior. They show us that if he can love, save, and use them then he can do the same for us. This Christmas Jesus still saves sinners. So if you find yourself thinking that God could never accept you because of what you have done, just read over the genealogy of Jesus. We see that the gospel is not about us and what we have to do but it’s about Jesus and what he has done. We see that we too can have a place in the ongoing genealogy of the people of God. We have been invited into his family. What better time to give our lives to Jesus than at the celebration of his coming. I promise you one thing; we will never be able to read genealogies the same way again. N

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All I Want for Christmas is You Kristi Price

Last month, I introduced you to a homeless man my church is serving. It’s been a funny, moving, bumbling experience for all of us (yes, bumbling. We’ve clumsily messed up a time or two.) Fortunately, grace has prevailed. “Henry” has torn down my every preconceived notion about people in need, and while he does not serve as a representative of every person who lives in great need, he has taught me a key lesson. We began our relationship with Henry in first making sure he was no danger to others and no danger to himself. We moved on to offering physical assistance – frozen meals in the church fridge that were always available to him, trips to the store so he could pick up the essentials he needed, a coat when the wind picked up, a trip to get a shower and a haircut. As our relationship with Henry deepened, we grew very concerned about his living arrangements and sought to provide him a secure, warm apartment. This is where things took a twist. Henry has informed me that he is not looking for hand-outs or money. He opposes any situation where the giver seeks to supply him, only to then walk away, conscience

cleared. Henry wants companionship. He wants to not be lonely. He wants people to check in with him, and he wants to call a few friends. He wants to not feel so alone in the world. Is this not the heart cry of us all? Who among us would choose to have all our needs met, only to sit alone, day after day. We all desire community. Henry, who has lived as an outcast on the fringe of society most of his adult life, is tired of being alone. While he may not know or understand social norms, he desires to be a social creature in his own way. So we are learning how to meet his needs in a way that truly meets them, not in a way that makes us feel good and checks off the charity box. When we give this Christmas, we need to remember that giving of ourselves, and our time, in relationship with others is the key gift. My friend Michelle has eschewed gift-giving in favor of time-giving. Instead of any store-bought present, she instead is planning a month of surprise activities, almost all free, with her family. Let’s take that model and extend it further. How can you truly give yourself to others this year? Because the song is true: All I want for Christmas is you. N December 2013   33

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