Leader Blues

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

EVENTS>>Early Fall 2007

Lonoke County seeks to train new leaders

Applications for the Lonoke County Leadership Training Program are due by Friday. Drop off, fax or e-mail applications to Kyle Proctor.

Only 30 applications, which are available at all Lonoke County Chamber of Commerce offices, will be accepted. At a total cost of $100, participants in the program will meet biweekly from January through April 2008 in the Lonoke Community Center.
The Lonoke County Coalition for Progress was formed in 2006 to establish a regional network of strong leaders that identify and motivate individuals with leadership potential and acquaint them with countywide needs.

The seven-session program’s purpose is to establish a regional network of strong leaders and empower new leaders to assure a continuous flow of leadership.


Cabot’s Santa Shack ready for picture-taking fun

Cabot City Beautiful opened its 11th annual Santa Shack yesterday at Cabot Wal-Mart. Children can now see Santa Claus and tell him what they’d like him to bring them for Christmas.
Santa will be there to visit with kids from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m.; also noon to 2 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. On Sundays the jolly old fellow will be at Santa Shack from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.
Santa will be available until Saturday, Dec. 23. There will be free candy canes and photos will be available.


Jacksonville’s Mt. Pisgah will have revival Tuesday

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 1017 Ray Road, Jacksonville will hold a revival at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday with special guest speakers each night. Pastor James Thrower from Mercy Seat Baptist Church in Little Rock will speak Tuesday night.
Pastor Brian Baker from Victory Praise and Worship Church in Jacksonville will speak Wednesday night and Pastor Dwight Townsend with Longley Baptist Church in Little Rock will speak Thursday.

The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact pastor Craig Collier Sr. at 982-6215.

Military Museum to present Fallen Hero Memorial

The Jacksonville Museum of Military History presents The Arkansas Fallen Hero Memorial Friday through Sunday.
Since 9/11, Arkansas men and women have risked their lives for our country. Some have given the ultimate sacrifice. To honor and remember these brave men and women, the Jacksonville Museum of Military History will host the Arkansas Fallen Hero Memorial.
The 100-by-100-foot walk through memorial contains an American flag for each Arkansan that has given their life in service to this country since 9/11. Along each flag will stand a post that will feature a picture of each fallen hero and a short biography. For more information call 241-1943.


Help encourage high school students to read

In an effort to encourage Jacksonville High School students to take more interest in reading, the Million Word Campaign or “25-Book Express” will kick off Friday.  
Businesses, companies, churches and individuals are invited to step up and step into Jacksonville High School with gift cards, restaurant coupons or other incentives for those who meet or exceed the million-word goal. Statistics show better readers have the capacity to earn greater income as they go on to compete in a global economy.
  Working together, we can help our young people prepare to meet the requisites of the 21st Century workforce.
  For more information, contact Patricia White of the Jacksonville High School Leadership Team and Co-Director of Journey into Excellence at 982-2128.


With Christmas near, parade plans abound

As the Christmas season opens, area cities get ready to display the spirit of the holiday season with their annual parades.
“Jacksonville’s Golden Christmas,” the city’s 50th annual parade, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 starting at Sharp and Main, down Main to Second. Brig. Gen. Rowayne Schatz will marshal the event.
Beebe’s annual parade will be held at 6 p.m. the same day. The theme is “Christmas Melodies”, and floats will line up at Beebe Public Schools at 5 p.m.
Cabot’s parade will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 and has “All I Want For Christmas” as its theme.
Sherwood’s parade, “A Child’s Magical Christmas,” will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 on Kiehl Ave. from Lantrip to Oakbrook St.


Cabot Fire and Police meeting will be Thursday

Cabot Fire and Police Committee will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The regular date was rescheduled because it fell on Thanksgiving.


Santa Shack opens Friday at Cabot’s Wal-Mart

Cabot City Beautiful opens its 11th annual Santa Shack Friday, Nov. 23 at Cabot Wal-Mart. Children will be able to see Santa Claus and tell him what they’d like him to bring them for Christmas.
There will be free candy canes for every child and photos will be available. Santa will be there to visit with kids from 6 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m.; also noon to 2 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m., and 6 to 8 p.m. On Sundays the jolly old fellow will be at Santa Shack from 1 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Santa will be available until Saturday, Dec. 23. Proceeds go to Cabot City Beautiful’s community projects.


ASU-Beebe offers GED testing through December

The Adult Education Department at Arkansas State University-Beebe is offering the GED test during November and December.
The test will be offered at the Beebe center at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Thursday, Nov. 29.
Candidates must fulfill preliminary testing requirements before taking the official GED exam. Contact the Adult Education Center 501-207-4090 to determine eligibility.


Revival planned at Mt. Pisgah in Jacksonville

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 1017 Ray Road will hold a revival at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 through Thursday, Nov. 29 with special guest speakers each night. Pastor James Thrower from Mercy Seat Baptist Church in Little Rock will speak Tuesday night.
Pastor Brian Baker from Victory Praise and Worship Church in Jacksonville will speak Wednesday night and Pastor Dwight Townsend with Longley Baptist Church in Little Rock will speak Thursday.
The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact Pastor Craig Collier Sr. at 982-6215.


LDS invites public to devotional for Christmas

The public is invited to attend a special Christmas devotional at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6110 T. P. White Drive, Jacksonville. Gordon B. Hinckley, president of the church, will be the featured speaker.


Senior center seeking donations for meals

Donate $5 in honor or in memory of a senior citizen and a red heart with the name of the donor and designated senior will be posted in a conspicuous spot in the Jacksonville Senior Center. The program runs now through Wednesday, Dec. 19.
“The Holiday Heart” program will benefit the senior center’s meal- delivery program, which delivers 200 hot, nutritious and carefully prepared meals a day in north Pulaski County to seniors unable to cook for themselves. For questions, contact David Adamson at 982-7531.


Beebe planning its annual Christmas celebration

The city of Beebe will host its annual Christmas Lighting Celebration at Daniel Park at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Tony Witt, a well-known Elvis impersonator, the Luke Williams Band and the ASU Beebe choir and band will provide entertainment for the event. Other free attractions include train rides for the children, pictures with Santa, hot chocolate, warm cider, cotton candy popcorn and cookies.


Ward Animal Shelter plans annual chili cook-off

The Ward Animal Shelter will hold its third annual chili cook-off at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, after the city’s Christmas parade and tree lighting. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. All proceeds will go to the Ward Animal Shelter for its various needs. For more information, call Lola or Aleks at 501-843-2271.



CareLink helps with Medicare Part D enrollment

The open enrollment period for Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) is Thursday through Mon., December 31. CareLink provides free enrollment assistance to people in its service area, which includes Faulkner, Lonoke, Monroe, Prairie, Pulaski and Saline counties. Those who would like help understanding the different plans, signing up for a plan or changing providers for Medicare Part D can call CareLink at 372-5300 or 800-482-6359 to make an appointment. CareLink has no affiliation with any of the prescription drug plans that are available.
CareLink, a private, nonprofit organization based in North Little Rock, provides older people and their family caregivers with information and resources that help them stay active and independent. CareLink partners with Jacksonville Senior Center and Lonoke County Council on Aging for senior center services.



Shepherd’s Center will hold new learning classes

The Shepherd’s Center of Beebe, a senior center at 302 N. Main Street, will begin a new session of adult learning classes called “Adventures in Learning.” Classes will begin meeting today at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and all following Wednesdays through Dec. 12.

There is a $10 registration fee. A noon catered luncheon is also available or members can bring a sack lunch.
Call 501-882-0243 to register or write Shepherds Center of Beebe, P. O. Box 247, Beebe, AR, 72012.


Care Channel preparing for Christmas toy drive

The Jacksonville Care Channel for the Needy is registering residents and businesses for its Christmas food basket and toy celebration. Local churches, businesses and organizations are needed to assist with the mission. Last year, the Care Channel gave food to 425 families and toys to more than 700 children. More needy families who need help are anticipated to contact the Care Channel this Christmas. People who want to donate can sign up now through Dec. 7. Dec. 12 will be the last day to receive regular assistance from the Care Channel and the organization will be closed Dec. 13 through Jan. 1 except Dec. 20, which will be the only day to pick up Christmas baskets.
If you are interested in volunteering to bag toys, distribute baskets or donate to the drive, call Peggy at 982-4647. Donations and volunteers are more than welcome to help with the project.