2010-12-23 / The Office Cat

Two papers in one week

The Office Cat
After several years of complying with the request that white lights be used in decorating in the downtown Washington area, the Washington Fire Station on Court Street is all decorated with colored lights. The firemen are rejoicing and so am I. There are businesses in the downtown area who have already converted to colored lights. I thank you.

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Some of you may have seen the article in the Athens Banner-Herald about a book-signing for Barbara Cornelius on the occasion of her newest book, Lazarus Still Rises. On the cover of the book is a silhouette of Carla Thaxton Brown, the author’s friend and our friend. The last chapter of the book is titled “Where is the Miracle?” and tells of the tragic and untimely death of Carla, daughter of Tommy and Fran Thaxton of Rayle.

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First Baptist Church had an early Christmas present this week when the deacons of the church announced that they will be recommending that a called church conference be held on January 9 to vote on Rev. Kevin Madden to become full-time pastor of the church. As many of you know, First Baptist has been in a bit of turmoil for several years now, and we feel that this is the answer to prayer. Kevin and his family returned to Washington-Wilkes in the spring after serving as missionaries in Canada for the past 14 years.

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Five-year-old Duncan Johnson has fond memories of the time he spent in the hospital. “It’s a bit strange,” says his mother, Kaci Holloway Johnson, “but it’s true.” Duncan was three years old when he was diagnosed with Burkett’s Lymphoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer, and spent six months at the Children’s Medical Center at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. An article in The Augusta Chronicle’s Applause supplement Thursday says, “Duncan remembers the toy guns and foam disks he shot at doctors any time they approached with a needle.” They also had air hockey tables, which Duncan enjoyed. The Duncan family is one of countless families to have benefited from the fundraising and awareness campaign of “12 Bands of Christmas.” The band is back in Augusta this year ready to provide fundraising concerts for childhood cancer research. Duncan is the son of Duncan and Kaci Holloway Duncan of Augusta and grandson of Cheryl Edwards of Washington.

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Brian and Joann Baldwin left the Augusta Airport at 5:30 Friday, December 10, to fly to Detroit, Michigan, where their son Joseph was conductor for two music events with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he is a graduate student. They were greeted in Michigan by a three-inch blanket of snow, but they were not hindered from getting around to see the campus and the town. They drove into town that night to see and hear Joseph conduct his first concert as the conductor of the Detroit Waldorf Community Chorus.There were two performances of “Holiday Classics.” After the second performance on Saturday night, an “afterglo” reception was held in honor of Joseph and the approximately 60-member choir at the home of Diane and Tom Linn, the coordinators of the group. On Sunday afternoon, Joseph conducted the Orpheus Singers in another production. Saturday night and Sunday brought 10 more inches of snow with blizzard conditions and Brian and Joann were fearful that they would not be able to fly out to Georgia Monday. “The drive to the airport was treacherous at best but amazingly we flew out on time,” Joann said. “We were happy to be back in Georgia late Monday night.”

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If you find some "stale news" in this issue of The News-Reporter, it will be because after getting out the December 16 issue we immediately put together this week’s paper and printed it on Monday, December 20. We will do better next week. That will be “crunch time” so please call or come by with your news, especially your “Cat column” news ... I wish each of you a very happy Christmas with family and friends.

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What better way to celebrate Christmas than to read again the account of the birth of the Christ Child. Here it is from Luke 2:7-17, from the King James version which I learned – and many of you did, too – as a child. I hope you will read it again Christmas Eve.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country, shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even onto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

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