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    Toys for Kids- Tom Pack, left, and Craig Robinson, right, both of Galmey, help Jay Raber of Florida, front, unload his pick up truck of toys Saturday, Dec. 9, in front of the Parish Center at St. Bernadette Catholic Church. Raber purchased the items and drove them to Hickory County, as he does every year, as a donation to Toys for Kids. He said he does this as part of a promise he made his mother to give at least one gift a year to someone in need. He also brought some insulated coats for the Child Advocacy Council. The total monetary worth of the donations was $3,393.41.
    Large toy donation will
    brighten Christmas for local kids
    A special donation was made over this past weekend in support of Toys for Kids.
    Preston may host a fireworks celebration
    The Village of Preston Board of Trustees held their monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5, in which they discussed a possible Fourth of July fireworks celebration, water system improvements and snow plowing bids.
    Commission begins annual budget process
    The Hickory County’s Board of Commissioners have begun next year’s budget process, and have already started hearing proposals for county officials. On Thursday, Dec. 7, the Commissioners heard from a representative of the 30th Judicial Circuit Court juvenile division.
    Filings dates announced for April 2018 election
    Filing dates have been announced for the April 3, 2018 Municipal Election, in which school boards and city municipalities elect new members and aldermen. As of press time, only the four Hickory County schools and Public Water Supply District #2 have announced their dates.
    Forhetz shares story- Sara Forhetz, a weekend morning host for Ky3 news, made an appearance at the Bethel Southern Baptist Church Saturday, Dec. 9, where she was the guest speaker at the third annual tea party. Forhetz shared her personal stories of faith with the approximately 40-50 people in attendance, and implored them to be co-labors for Christ. In addition to having a guest speaker, the event also featured a meal, songs, door prizes, and friendly competition for best decorated table.
    Forhetz speaks at Bethel Church tea party
    Between 40-50 guests attended the third annual tea party hosted by Bethel Southern Baptist Church, located in Pittsburg, Saturday, Dec. 9. This event was for women only and featured music, food, door prizes, a friendly competition, and fellowship. It began at 11 a.m. and lasted for about two hours. The highlight of the afternoon was a special guest speaker. Sara Forhetz is a weekend morning host for Ky3 News and a woman of strong Christian faith. She was invited to share stories of her faith with the ladies in attendance and spoke for between a half-hour and 45 minutes.
    Coalition- Laura Powell,left, Melanie Foster, Sandi Nelson, and Stacy Coulsell were four of the seven attendants at the coalition meeting Thursday, Dec. 7, at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland. Not in frame is Fonda Cauthron, Margaret Hastings, and Bill Arnold. Together, these seven people discussed the activities of the various organizations they are involved.
    Coalition has seven in attendance
    The Hickory County Coalition met Thursday, Dec. 7, at the McCarty Senior Center in Wheatland with seven people in attendance. Those people included: Fonda Cauthron, West Central Community Action and Service Coordinator for Hickory Estates; Laura Powell, Compass Prevention; Melanie Foster, Care Connection and Care Manager for Hickory County and St. Clair County; Sandi Nelson, Hickory County Health Department; Stacy Coulsell, Hickory County Library and Hickory County Wellness Foundation; Margaret Hastings with Hickory County C.A.R.E.S.; and Bill Arnold, a Silver Hair Representative for St. Clair and Hickory County, Executive Board member for Care Connections, and more.
    Counting change- Samantha Johnson, left, Cheyenne Rache, and Collette Clemmons are shown counting change and tallying the score for the 2017 Skyline FCCLA Penny Wars Friday, Dec. 8. The Penny Wars is a fundraiser for the Skyline “No Child Left Behind At Christmas” program, which helps provide gifts for the holiday to families who are struggling financially. This year the competition raised $100.24.
    Skyline FCCLA Penny Wars raise $100
    Skyline FCCLA hosted its annual Penny War Monday, Dec. 4, through Friday, December 8. This friendly competition between classes is actually a fundraising opportunity for the school’s “No Child Left Behind At Christmas” program, sponsored by the elementary. No Child Left Behind At Christmas (NCLBAC) began several years ago as a way of helping the students attending Hickory County R-I, and their families, that are struggling financially to have gifts over the holiday season.
    One injured in brush fire
    Weaubleau Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) was dispatched to a structure fire on Monday, Dec. 11, at around 12:24 p.m. on County Road 21, just west of Weaubleau. It was at the home of Bob and Louise Dehart. There were no injuries reported.
    Well house catches fire west of Weaubleau
    Weaubleau Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) was dispatched to a structure fire on Monday, Dec. 11, at around 12:24 p.m. on County Road 21, just west of Weaubleau. It was at the home of Bob and Louise Dehart. There were no injuries reported.
    Wheatland FD, with aid from Galmey and Weaubleau FD saves structure
    The Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department responded to a grass fire on Saturday, Dec. 2, at around 1:18 p.m. However, only a few minutes later, at 1:23 p.m., the call was upgraded to a structure fire on 279 South Sherman Street in Wheatland. No injuries were reported.
    Hermitage FD expands on machinery fire
    Hermitage Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call on Monday, Dec. 4, for a machinery fire on Highway U. Though Cross Timbers Rural Fire Department was the first on scene and took over as Incident Command, five volunteers from Hermitage did arrive on scene.
    Santa Claus is coming to town
    The Pomme de Terre Southern Baptist Church announced it will hold a special Christmas event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.
    Santa to read story of Jesus’s birth at PdT Southern Baptist Dec. 16
    The Pomme de Terre Southern Baptist Church announced it will hold a special Christmas event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.
    Skyline Christmas Concert marks beginning of holiday season
    Hickory County R-I Skyline School hosted its annual Christmas concert Monday, Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The first show was “Sounds of The Season,” which featured the first grade and Singing Tigers.
    Donations sought for Purse for Paws Auction
    Donations are needed for the third annual Four Legs and Four Purses for Paws Auction and Prime Rib dinner, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 19.
    McCarty Senior Center raising funds for OFH grant
    McCarty Senior Center staff are raising $500 in order to receive a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from Ozarks Food Harvest, the regional food bank for Southwest Missouri. The funds are due in part to a grant The Food Bank received from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program.
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