By Ben Mock
Mount Zion Baptist Church
What we celebrate at Christmas is a paradox - how God, who made man after His likeness, sent His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, that He might save us from death by dying Himself. Jesus was “found in fashion as a man” (Philippians 2.8) in order to lay down His life, that we might not continue to destroy ours. And yet, we remain the most self destructive creatures of all.
Pickens Sheriff Office/ Photo
The Pickens Sheriff Office’s Shop-With-A-Cop provided more than 80 kids with a trip to Walmart and gives a lesson in being grateful for what you have.
The sheriff’s office Shop-With-a-Cop program is a perfect example of both giving and receiving and the power of Christmas to lift the spirts of others while learning to not take what you have for granted.
Last week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, Pickens deputies took kids shopping at Walmart, each given a $175 budget. A few kids had parents accompanying them, especially if a disability required special measures.
If you’re planning ahead, Paulette Moxley of Sunny Side Farms offers up many choices for your pantry.
By Heather Giambra
Wonderful vendors offering wonderful choices. Most of the vendors were inside the Chamber building staying warm except a few brave souls who still have fresh veggies. Turnips and greens, squash and radish, lettuce and spinach, too.
The Red Bean Harvest table moved indoors to offer their coffee, teas, and hot chocolate which was greatly appreciated by everyone feeling the chill. Our market is a welcoming place of comfort and camaraderie, plus the place to be to feel the holiday spirit rising.
Updated -- Council member Proctor offers comments on manager search
Jim Looney, interim city manager for Jasper, will enter negotiations with candidates for his replacement per instructions given by the council following a closed session Thursday evening.
Council attorney Bill Pickett read a statement when the meeting returned to open session indicating they had authorized Looney to negotiate with the candidates for city manager who have shown an interest in the job. The council interviewed four potential candidates earlier this month.
The owner hadn't seen his Bible in years, but thanks to a resident who wanted to find the rightful owner the sacred book has been returned.
In what could be considered no less than a Christmas miracle, a Bible was reunited with its owner after the Progress ran an article reporting it had been found on the side of the road.
The Bible was turned over to the Progress by a woman who had the same last name as the one printed on its front cover – “William Paul Stanfield.” A motorist found the Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible in the Pleasant Hill area and gave it to Donna Stanfield’s husband, owner of Jasper TV & Appliance, in April. Mrs. Stanfield, who is not related to William Paul Stanfield, found it on a bookshelf in her living room last month while she was cleaning and