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Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun November 29, 2015

Holiday of Lights brought back by popular demand

Sherry Snow/Contributing Writer

The Holiday of Lights in Searcy is one of those events that garners gasps, oohs and aahs from spectators. It is an event that gets the community involved and ushers residents into the holiday season. The Holiday of Lights, presented by the Searcy Regional Economic Development Corp., in partnership with the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce and the city of Searcy, kicked off Tuesday with a lighting ceremony at Berryhill Park, followed by the lighting of the historic White County Courthouse and Square, the centerpieces for the Holiday of Lights. Plus, there are still many u... READ MORE

Higginson police ‘Fill Up the Police Car’ for Memphis hospital SHERRY SNOW/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

HIGGINSON — Higginson Police Chief Eric Patterson and Officer Jan Mullen have taken it upon themselves to man a toy drive for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dubbed the “Fill Up the Police Car Toy Drive,” the effort will run through Thursday, Patterson said.

Harding begins holiday season with lighting ceremony SCOTT LOFTIS/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SEARCY — The annual Christmas lighting ceremony at Harding University is a relatively new holiday tradition, but it has quickly become a favorite for the school’s faculty, staff and students, as well as other Searcy residents.

New home for Stone County’s dogs SUSAN VARNO/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

MOUNTAIN VIEW — In early November, the Stone County Humane Society poured the concrete foundation for a state-of-the art animal shelter on Arkansas 9 just outside of Mountain View. Each 7-by-11-foot kennel will have four sound-reduction walls, an entry door, a skylight and a window. In each kennel, a doggie door will lead to an outside covered play area. The building will cost about $600,000.

Searcy church to serve community meal CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SEARCY — Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks and spending time with family. Such will be the case at West Race Baptist Church today, when it opens its doors to the community for the church’s annual free Thanksgiving meal, which will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “It is free and open to anyone who wants to attend,” said Cindy Sullivan, who has been involved with the event for about 10 years, serving as the organizer for the last three or ...

Christian philanthropists open local chapter SHERRY SNOW/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

To belong to Road Riders for Jesus, a member isn’t required to have a motorcycle, but does need be a Christian and have a servant’s heart, said the leaders of White County’s recently chartered Chapter 115.

Thanksgiving Day … it’s all about the turkey, right? By JAMES K. JOSLIN

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the Three Rivers Edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Thanksgiving Day in 2010.

Community to spruce up town’s historic gym TAMMY GARRETT/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

GARNER — The tiny rural town of Garner has a population of fewer than 300, but what it lacks in size is more than made up for in community spirit. That is especially true when it comes to keeping the town’s history alive in the form of the gymnasium that has been standing in the White County community since the 1930s.

Newport woman writes guide to Christmas celebrations RENEE HUNTER/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NEWPORT — Many people would no doubt like to have an extravagant Christmas — lavish decorations, sumptuous food, homemade gifts — without the stress that preparation entails. A slim, easily read book by Betsy Watson can help with that goal.

Shoebox charity leaves mark worldwide SHERRY SNOW/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

In addition to the much-needed school supplies, hygiene items and toys that are packed in shoeboxes and delivered to children around the world, another important part of the project takes the form of prayers for the child receiving the box, said Mamie Cuzzort, a member of the media team for Samaritan’s Purse in Independence County and its project Operation Christmas Child.