Members of a local church are getting involved in their community in a big way. Maranatha Baptist Church in West Jasper will be hosting a meeting at 6:30 p.m. today, to which all residents are invited to attend and participate in, with the goal of bringing positive changes to the community, such as a cleanup day for the area, and possibly holding a “yard of the month” contest. Jerry Boyd, pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church, hopes that all residents will come with their concerns and leave with some ideas for bringing positive changes to the area.
Yo-yo tricks and cartoon characters for education? Meet Ned. Cordova Elementary Students did just that recently through "The NED Show". This show teaches students three tips for success "Never give up, Encourage others, Do your best". Counselor Sandra Courington said that "the students were completely engaged" in the assembly program that lasted for 45 minutes. She also said that "At Cordova, we're all about being champions in school and in life," something that the basics of Ned confirm.
Thanks to private donations from several different donors, and matching funds from the Walker County Board of Education, T.S. Boyd School in Dora is getting some new - new to them, anyway - playground equipment. The swings have been sandblasted, with new chains and more swings added, and broken pieces welded on other equipment. As playground equipment is expensive, the school saved almost half the cost by refurbishing as opposed to buying new. It's something that the school and the kids are both excited about and proud of.
Getting to know
The historic Bankhead House and Heritage Center off 9th Ave. in Jasper held a gathering Sunday aimed at promoting fellowship and community in the North Highland area of Jasper. Turnout was good for the event that has been held off and on in the area for over a decade. Meetings like this are great for keeping neighbors in touch with each other, and helping younger, newer neighbors who have recently moved in to get acquainted with the neighborhood also.
Residents in attendance enjoyed both homemade ice cream and tours of the Bankhead House, which is the former address of Congressman William B. Bankhead, restored and bought by the Walker Area Community Foundation in 2008.