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Updated 12:00 a.m., Thu November 26, 2015
PHOTO BY: Kelvin Green

Among those getting ready for the annual community Thanksgiving meal at West Race Baptist Church in Searcy are, front row, from left, Linda Stevens and Billie Lassiter; middle row, Cindy Sullivan, Verlon Stevens, Bill Lassiter and Paulette Stout; and back row, Dean Stout, Don Hill and Randy Allred. The church will serve the free meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Searcy church to serve community meal

Carol Rolf/Contributing Writer

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 four years. “We want people to know that we love them and this community. “Some come by themselves; some come with their families. We all com... READ MORE

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.

Newport guitarist returns to hometown VINCENT BURTON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NEWPORT — Rising from the rocky, dusty roads of the Robinson Addition, a small African-American community just south of Newport, to the paved highways and bright lights of Dallas, Texas, Newport native and jazz guitarist Michael Walker will return home to showcase his new CD, A Smoother You, Nov. 21 at the Brickhouse on Newport’s Front Street.

Central Arkansas service members attempt Norwegian Foot March

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE — Twenty-eight central-Arkansas service members donned heavily laden rucksacks and assembled to attempt the grueling Norwegian Foot March on Oct. 30 at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.

Teacher makes science come alive for students CAROL ROLF/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

BATESVILLE — Vaughanda Bowie started out as a teacher’s aide more than 20 years ago. Most recently, she was named one of 15 semifinalists for the 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year award.

KC Royals producer ends 29 years in MLB on career high VINCENT BURTON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

NEWPORT — Newport native Don Free is a firm believer that good things come to those who wait. Free began his radio career with the Kansas City Royals Radio Network in 1986, one year removed from a World Series Championship for the Missouri-based Major League Baseball team. Twenty-nine years later, Free will end his career with a World Series ring after the Royals beat the New York Mets in five games early in November.

Searcy Ambassador Program instructs 3rd-graders in healthy living SHERRY SNOW/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

SEARCY — Hands were held high, waving wildly. Students were anxious to answer and take part. Heads were bobbing. Who are these youngsters? They are Unity Kids. Searcy elementary school third-graders were taking part in an innovative Ambassador Program to encourage healthy living and build leaders.