Donna Moorehead, left, and Karen Wynne hold donated toys near the sleigh in the main entrance of Pangburn Middle School, where toys have been collected for Festival of Stars, a toy drive for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Driven to donate
One day after his birth in 2010, newborn Jasper Moorehead was flown from Batesville to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock after one of his lungs collapsed. His grandmother, Donna Moorehead, a seventh-grade teacher at Pangburn Middle School, traveled to the hospital to be with her grandson as he was treated. While there, Moorehead took note of the wish list for Festival of Stars, the hospital’s holiday toy drive for its patients... READ MORE
In 2008, while in Ann’s Beauty Shop discussing the lack of holiday decorations in Cabot with others, shop owner Ann Gilliam sought decorating help from Peggy Barker, a customer’s mother.
(This column originally ran in November 2013. Tammy tweaked it to reflect changes in her family, but she remains overwhelmed and in the need of a holiday planner.) I’ve heard of wedding planners, but what I need is a holiday planner. It used to be simple when Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled around. When I was a kid, we’d pile in the car (OK, so it was only my brother and me, so it wasn’t really a pile) and go, not over the river and t... READ MORE
At the age of 12, while visiting her sister’s college town of Jonesboro, Freda Cruse Hardison racked up a $51 phone bill after using third-party phone calls to reach everyone she knew back home in Mountain View. Per her mother’s orders, Cruse Hardison paid her dues by penning a daily report on the 51 days she spent with her great-grandfather laying rock, repairing fences and cleaning cemeteries in the area. Along with helping her learn ... READ MORE
It doesn’t look like much of a book. The tattered pages are dog-eared and yellow. The scribbling inside is hard to read beneath streaks of dirt and faded ink. The stories the book contains are pretty drab stuff. Nevertheless, it is the most precious book in my library. It is a book of travel and adventure, a book of love, joy and sadness. Inside are treasured memories, a chronicle of triumphs and disappointments, a recital of feelings a... READ MORE
It’s the season to feel stressed out. At least, that’s how too many people feel as December looms before us. Suddenly, there are too many gifts to buy, too many parties to plan and cook for, too many cookies to bake, too many errands to run, too much food to eat. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: too many pounds to gain. Yes, the holiday season can be, and most often is, a joyous time. But if you aren’t careful, the month’s demands ca... READ MORE
Dec. 1 Harding University Christmas Open House SEARCY — Harding University’s 11th annual Christmas Open House will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the David B. Burks American Heritage Building, 915 E. Market Ave. The event will feature food, music and carriage rides through 120,000 cascading lights in the quadrangle. Classic Fare Catering will showcase its holiday menus. For more information, call (501) 279-4276. Winds and Friends Christma... READ MORE