Letter from the Publisher Peace and Joy
Kimberlee Thomas There is a noticeable chill in the air and the blustery North wind brings with it a hint of snow. Our city is beautifully adorned with glowing lights and festive decorations proclaiming that Christmas is just around the corner. Truly this is the season of giving, a reason for hope as if it is an air borne condition that we all breathe in as we seek the treasures that will bring a smile to those we love. It is also a season of despair for some, those in need of shelter and sustenance or just a little Christmas cheer passed their way. It takes so very little to make a difference in the life of another, may we all slow down and take note of what we have been given and seek out ways in which we ourselves can share. As we feature this Season of Giving within these pages we will share with you many stories of people from our community that have found ways to share their unique gifts with others. Local businessman, Bud Shreve, discovered that you can pack a lot of hope into a single box. Mark Chunn and Tom Ezell tell how they have shared their dental and nursing skills with their fellowman in Guatemala and Haiti. Closer to home two new volunteers share their literacy skills through AmeriCorps. Joseph and I would like to wish you and yours a very
Merry Christmas. We also want to take a moment to say “Thank you” to the men and women of the American Armed Forces and their families who give of themselves daily so that we may enjoy the privilege of celebrating the holidays with our family. Peace and Joy - Kimberlee Thomas I just wanted to thank Citizens Bank for bringing First Lady Ginger Bebee to Batesville Oct. 25th for a book signing for Open House: The Arkansas Governor’s Mansion and Its Place in History and all that they do for this community. Also, look for Santa as Citizens Bank will be hosting a holiday open house after Batesville’s Annual Christmas Parade on December 10th from 78:30 p.m. There will be hot chocolate and cookies. Come enjoy music by E.J. Jones and friends. - Joseph
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