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    Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!- Mrs. Claus is shown enthusiastically waving to the crowd of the Weaubleau Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 1, She was sitting next to her husband Santa in a sleigh pulled by a large John Deere Tractor driven by Paul Harryman of Harryman Farms. Santa and Mrs. Claus were the second to last “float” entry in the parade and were followed by State Representative Warren Love on horse back. This year, there was a 37 entries into the parade, which traveled south from the school, east on Highway 54, and then north on Broadway Street to the Weaubleau Community Building. Emceeing for the event was Chad Baker, and judges for the float contest were Weaubleau Superintendent Eric Wilken and Mayor Dennis Determan and his wife Laurie. Winners for the parade included, in first place, Collins Christian Church. Second place was the Nunn/Ott Family with their Grinch display, and Hawthorn Bank was third with their blue bird mascot. Leading the parade was Sheriff Brian Whalen, followed by the American Legion, who presented the colors for the National Anthem. There was also a fly over performed by Allen Carney. Afterwards, everyone gathered at the community building where kids met Santa. Pulled pork sandwiches were sold by the Weaubleau Senior Class, who also held a pie auction to raise money for class activities. The Malvin family sold hot chocolate to raise money for the Salvation Army.
    Weaubleau Christmas Parade kicks off season
    The City of Weaubleau hosted its annual Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 1, drawing a large crowd on to the sidewalks surrounding Highway 54. Emcee for the event was Chad Baker, who announced each float entry as it drove down the street.
    St. Bernadette Sweet Treat Sale turns three
    St. Bernadette Catholic Church hosted its annual Sweet Treat bake sale Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Parish Center. This was the third annual event since they started it back up after a short hiatus. Desserts were sold by the pound, though all breads and stickybuns were a set price.
    Light it up!- Pictured above is a group of kids racing out from under the archways of the newly lit up Cross Timbers square Saturday, Dec. 1. The traditional event has been going on for 45-46 years, where the community is invited out to see the first lighting of the square for the Christmas season. Local kids have a chance to meet with Santa Claus. All guests can enjoy homemade cookies, hot cocoa, and sing Christmas Carols while listening to the story of Christmas.
    Cross Timbers Christmas cheer lights up square
    An evening of fun, faith, and family
    The Cross Timbers Lighting Committee hosted the annual Lighting of the Square Saturday, Dec. 1, on the Cross Timbers Square. It was a two hour event, which began at 6 p.m. and ended at 8 p.m. An estimated 78 people attended this year. It has been going on for somewhere between 45 and 46 years. Several of the lights and displays were donated by community members.
    Cross Timbers Rural Fire Department hosts first ever Santa’s Workshop
    Cross Timbers Rural Fire Department hosted the first ever Santa’s Workshop Friday, Nov. 30, at the Cross Timbers Community Building. This four hour lock in was a kids only crafting event that required reservation and only the first 26 would be able to participate.
    A time of giving- Jay Raber, center, made his seventh annual toy donation to the Toys For Kids Program Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church. This year, he donated over 200 items, estimated at a cost over $3,500, to the program in hope of making Christmas bright for some the children in Hickory County. Raber travels all the way from his home in Orlando, Fla. to his other home here in Hickory County to make the donations. He says it’s a family project, and that they believe in paying their good fortune forward. He also wants to encourage those who are able to make donations to the program as well, stating that “one toy can make a child very happy.”
    Toys For Kids receives large donation
    The Toys For Kids Program, ran out of St. Bernadette Catholic Church, received a large donation from the Raber family for the seventh year in a row. On Saturday, Dec. 1, Jay Raber made his annual toy donation, pulling up in the St. Bernadette parking lot on the day of their Sweet Treat Sale with a truck load of toys.
    Concert schedules
    Hickory County schools are gearing up for their annual Christmas concert performances. Listed below are all the dates, times, and locations for the concerts.
    Parasol Puppets presents “The Gingerbread Man’s Christmas”
    Hickory County Library has announced that on Saturday, Dec. 8, it will be hosting puppeteer Peter Allen, owner of Parasol Puppets. The show will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature the story of “The Gingerbread Man’s Christmas.” This event is free for children of all ages.
    Skyline presents Anne of Green Gables Friday and Saturday
    Skyline Performing Arts Department announced that its Drama Class will present Anne of Green Gables by Jody Johnston Davidson, adopted from the classic novel of L.M. Montgomery, this Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8.
    Skyline students organizations start a “Kindness Rocks” project
    Student organizations at Skyline started a new project last week, reviving the “Kindness Rocks” campaign within the county. Versions of this campaign have made an appearance in the area before under different names, most commonly “Hickory County Rocks.”
    Local meeting schedule
    Below is an updated meeting schedule of local districts.
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