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, Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Meaning of Christmas
by Clydene Overbey
I got a small table-size
Christmas tree last year. It
had been a long time since
I’d had one.
Christmas has been a sad
time for me. I still honor the
day of Jesus’ birth, it’s not
that that makes me sad. It is
the warm spirit that I miss. It
is the family all being together and the table full of
people. Not stuff, but loved
ones. As I grow older so
many are gone out of my
family. They are all in
Heaven waiting at the gate
for me to join them. It is the
people that I miss.
Then there is the complete disregard so many
seem to have of the fact that
Christmas is the day that

Christ was born to the Virgin Mary. There is not
enough reverence to that
fact anymore. I was really
irritated to receive a flyer
declaring, “Shop now for
Black Friday, blah blah
blah.” Too much shopping
and knocking others around
to obtain something. Most
things from ads have limited
supplies and not many are
lucky enough to get one.
Then there is the “Happy
Holiday” thing for a greeting. Hey, people, “Merry
Christmas.” The Holy Spirit
has been squeezed out of
Christ’s birthday.
How can anyone feel the
joy and spirit of Christmas
when they have rushed
around since before Thanksgiving?

SHOP WITH A COP DONATION – Pictured (L-R):
Jennifer King, OKC principa; Kim Allred, OKC counselor, and Cory Tedford, chief of police.

OKC donates to Shop with a Cop
Wednesday, Dec. 17, the
Ozark Kindergarten Center
presented Chief of Police
Cory Tedford with a monetary donation for the annual Shop with a Cop program.
In keeping with the char-

acter word of the month
“compassion,” the faculty
and staff focused on giving
rather than receiving for the
holiday season.
Kim Allred, school counselor, collected money in lieu
of the traditional secret

This should and is a very
joyful time of year, but some
of us have problems during
the holidays and sometimes
are overcome with great sadness when we remember the
loved ones who are not with
us. And, many people have
no one to spend these times
with and are besieged by
loneliness. We all need caring thoughts and loving
prayer right now.
I praise God for His Son
Jesus who He sent to this
earth to present me with my
salvation.
I love the reading of “The
Christmas Story” in Luke-2:
1-14:
And it came to pass in
those days, that there went
out a decree from Caesar
Augustus that all the world
should be taxed. And this
taxing was first made when
Cyrenius was governor of
Syria. And all went to be
taxed, every one into his
own city.
And Joseph also went up
from Galilee, out of the city
of Nazareth, into Judaea,
unto the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem,
because he was of the house
and lineage of David, to be
taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great
with child.
And so it was, that,
while they were there, the
days were accomplished
that she should be delivered.
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
Santa gift exchange among
the faculty and staff.
They also pooled money
for wearing jeans to school
throughout the month of
December.
The Ozark Kindergarten
Center wishes everyone a
Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year.

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
Savior, 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,

EIGHTH GRADE SPELLING BEE — Wednesday,
Dec. 10, Ozark Jr. High School held its school spelling
bee for eighth graders. Winners were: first place, (standing) Grace Faulkenberry. Second place, seated (R),
Monica Chancey, and Alternate, River Zolliecoffer.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men.
No matter how many
times I read or hear someone

ATU board of trustee news
The Arkansas Tech
Board of Trustees in a meeting Thursday approved:
* a proposal by Arkansas Tech President Dr. Robin
E. Bowen to reschedule the
January 2015 Arkansas Tech
Board of Trustees meeting,
which will take place on Jan.
29 rather than the regularly
scheduled date of the third
Thursday each month:
* the constitution and
by-laws for the Arkansas
Tech Staff Senate, which is
in its first academic year of
existence;
* a transfer of $15,000
from the educational and
general fund balance to
plant funds to cover anticipated architectural services
costs during the planning
stages of a proposed renovation to Morton Hall,
which is located in
Russellville and houses the
occupational therapy assistant program as well as
coursework in EMT/paramedic and allied health, all
of which is administered by
Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus;

* a request by Arkansas
Tech/Ozark Campus to utilize auxiliary funds from its
bookstore and vending operations to cover computer
software and hardware costs
incurred by its food service
program;
* and deletion of the energy studies option within
the Associate of Applied
Science degree in industrial

read this story I get goose
bumps and joy. I need that
this time of year when I slump
into despair. I need it to lift
me up.
control systems at Arkansas
Tech/Ozark Campus, an option that currently has no
students enrolled.
In personnel matters,
trustees accepted the retirement of Marti Wilkerson,
associate professor of rehabilitation science, effective
May 9, 2015. An alumna of
Arkansas Tech, Wilkerson
has served on the faculty at
her alma mater since 1976.