Monday, December 17, 2007

EVENTS>> Fall 2007

Cabot will collect toys through Friday

Cabot’s Christmas for Kids committee is collecting toys for needy local children. Now in its 31st year, the group serves about 700 families with nearly 1,100 children and provides them with new holiday toys. Toys will be accepted through Friday.
Boxes for toy donations are at all Cabot elementary and middle schools. They may also be dropped off at Express Printing, Cabot Kmart, all Community Bank locations, Waffle House and Dollar General.

Checks may be mailed to Christmas for Kids, 100 Gunsmoke Drive, Austin, Ark. 72007 or they may be brought to the toy-collection warehouse, 319 G.P. Murrell Drive in Cabot. This is the Cabot Schools’ warehouse in the industrial park off Hwy. 367 on the way to Austin.

For more information, call one of the volunteers on the committee: Bill Holden at 743-3560; Randy Holden at 743-6171; Shelley Montoya at 605-3403 or Rita Stewart, 743-3560.

Donations needed for veterans retirement home

The Jacksonville Museum of Military History and Mt. Tabor Methodist Church are sponsoring Christmas Care for Veterans, and collecting items the two organizations will be giving to the Little Rock Veterans Retirement Home. The groups are asking for donations of new sweat suits, slippers, white cotton t-shirts, pajama pants, socks or flannel pajamas of all different sizes (including large and X-large) no later than tomorrow.

The items may be dropped off during regular business hours at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History, 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville or Mt. Tabor Methodist Church, Hwy. 89 South in Cabot.

Please do not bring any toiletries. For more information, contact the museum at 241-1943 or the church at 843-1084.

Literacy group asks for books, sets new hours

The Literacy Council of Lonoke County needs donated books for the Book Nook. Books are free to students enrolled in the literacy program. The public may purchase books for a small donation — 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardbound books. The resale bookstore offers the community an opportunity to support the county’s literacy efforts.

The Book Nook is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. It is located behind the Lonoke County Courthouse and there is also a 24-hour book drop. For more information, call 676-7478.

Cabot group collects toys for needy children

A Woman’s Place in Cabot is holding a fundraising raffle for a holiday gift basket full of goodies that includes a handmade quilt. Tickets can still be purchased for $1 each or $5 for 10 tickets by calling Vickie or Margaret at 941-5533.

The drawing will be at 2 p.m. Monday. All proceeds will benefit the organization’s work. The quilt was stitched by a Cabot resident and machine quilted by a Jacksonville resident, according to a spokesperson with the organization.

Floyd church will have Christmas musical today

The Floyd Assembly of God Church welcomes everyone to the “Cookin’ Up Christmas” children’s musical, written by Nancy Gordon and Kellie Armstrong and directed by Pastor Winfield Piker’s wife, Judy.

This year, the kids collected favorite recipes from church members and are “cookin’ up” some treats to share with the community.  As they collect the recipes, cook together, wrap gifts, and work together as a team, they learn about the real “recipe” of Christmas ‑‑ God’s love.

Performances are today at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the church on 120 Church Road. Call 796-3386 for more information.

Cabot Chamber seeks Citizen of the Year picks

The Cabot Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for 2007 Cabot Citizen of the year. The individual selected will be recognized at the Cabot Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Jan.18.

A nominee for this award should be a person who has demonstrated through definable, exceptional deeds that he or she has made the Cabot area a better place to live. Nominees must live in the Cabot School District. Activities of the nominee include volunteer efforts, extraordinary service to the community in their professional or personal endeavors or the ability to affect change through a combination of both.

Citizen of the Year forms may be picked up at the chamber office located at 110 S. First Street or call the chamber at 843-2136 to have one mailed or e-mailed. Deadline for submission is Dec. 31.

Hydrant testing planned in Jacksonville Friday

The Jacksonville Fire Department will test the city’s fire hydrants Friday east of Highway 67/167 and south of Main Street.
The testing is necessary to maintain and improve current Insurance Service Organization ratings, which determine insurance rates for businesses and homeowners and will allow the fire department to pre-plan for better fire suppression.

The testing could cause the unsettling of sediment that collects in the water mains. The sediment will cause discoloration of the water and can stain clothing in the wash but does not have bacteriological risks.

Beebe meeting changed due to Christmas holiday

The December meeting of the Beebe Water and Sewer Commission will be held at 8 a.m. Wednesday at Beebe City Hall. This meeting date was changed due to the Christmas holiday.