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Ticket deadline extended for banquet
The WOW! hunger banquet, set for Saturday, Feb. 6, has extended its deadline for buying tickets until Thursday, Feb. 4, because of the bad weather.

Proceeds from the banquet will go to the World Neighbors Haiti Fund, which will provide shelter, food, water and health care.

Tickets are available at Norris Elementary School, Archer’s Food Center and from Susan Miller and Penny Deurksen.

World Neighbors, the sponsoring body for WOW!, has a 50-year presence in Haiti.

Haitians are fleeing Port-au-Prince and returning to the rural countryside and farming villages where World Neighbors works.



The WOW! hunger banquet, set for Saturday, Feb. 6, has extended its deadline for buying tickets until Thursday, Feb. 4, because of the bad weather.

Proceeds from the banquet will go to the World Neighbors Haiti Fund, which will provide shelter, food, water and health care.

Tickets are available at Norris Elementary School, Archer’s Food Center and from Susan Miller and Penny Deurksen.

World Neighbors, the sponsoring body for WOW!, has a 50-year presence in Haiti.

Haitians are fleeing Port-au-Prince and returning to the rural countryside and farming villages where World Neighbors works.


ACHS to collect canned goods Friday
Anderson County High School will host a "basketball homecoming" Friday, Feb. 5, that will allow students and the community to help stock local food pantries.

Buddy Crass, agricultural education teacher at Anderson County Career and Technical Center and advisor for the FFA, and Gary Terry, ACHS athletic director, are leading the effort. ACHS will host a basketball game against Campbell County that night.

“The FFA is participating in a national program called Harvest for America,” Crass said. “This program allows local FFA chapters to collect non-perishable food items for local food banks.”

ACHS students are competing for the top honors in collecting food, with the winners to be determined by the number of pounds collected, Crass explained.

“Each grade level has a male and female representative who is helping coordinate the drive,” Crass said. “On Feb. 5 we will crown the winners at halftime of the boys' game against Campbell County.”

Class representatives are Nichole Wilson and Tyler Miller, seniors; Jazmine Kennedy and Josh Kirk, juniors; Christina Roberts and Skylar Dew, sophomores; and Allie Ridenour and Kevin Elliott, freshmen.

Crass said students can contribute food through until the end of lunch periods on Feb. 5, and he added that community members attending the game also are invited to contribute to the effort.

“I want to also encourage people who will be attending the game to bring in these food items to help stock the local pantry,” Crass said, adding that any canned or non-perishable food can be accepted.

Tip-off for the boys’ game is at 8 p.m.


Haiti benefit rescheduled
The Help for Haiti benefit, scheduled Saturday, Jan. 30, has been re-scheduled for Friday, Feb. 5.

The benefit, featuring eight musical groups, will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Museum of Appalachia.

Musicians who are volunteering their time will be Hot Shot Freight Train, Just Krossing, Carol Hollow, Big Boy Band, Joyful Noise, Back Row Boys, Jennifer and Lopez and Liz&Tim.

Proceeds will benefit Partners in Health, a medical agency that has been working Haiti for more than two decades.


Benefit for kidney transplant recipient planned
A benefit for Jamey Hill, who had a kidney transplant in December, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Anderson County High School.

The benefit will be an evening of bluegrass and gospel music.

Expected to perform are Don Rigsby, Paul Williams & The Victory Trio, Jerry Butler & the Blu-Js and Rocky Flatts.

Freddy Smith will be the MC.

A donation will be taken at the door.

BBQ from Rickard Ridge will be available and a silent auction will begin at 6 p.m.

Medical bills for Hill are expected to exceed $40,000 this year.

Tax-deductible donations may be made to Shultz Hollow Baptist Church, c/o Jamey Hill Kidney Fund, P.O. Box 1002, Clinton, TN 37717.

For information, call Randy Smiddy, 865-617-1468, or send e-mail to rsmiddy@acs.ac.


Democrats to meet Feb. 4
The Anderson County Democratic party will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, to select its candidate for Anderson County juvenile judge.

The meeting will be at the courthouse in Clinton.

For more information call Chairman Richard Dawson at 457-1870 or e-mail DC9Dawson@hotmail.com.



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