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‘Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’
Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps. DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. Some…
In memory
For many area residents, lighting a candle is a tradition. Each year, the staffs of Johnson Quimby Funeral Home and Atmore Memorial Chapel hold a Candlelight Memorial Service during which the public is invited to come by Johnson Quimby and light a candle in memory of someone who passed away this year or in a previous year. This year’s service was held Tuesday, December 13 on a stormy night. Shown,…
Public servants make Christmas merrier
Christmas will be brighter thanks to a number of city employees. Atmore Police Department dispatcher Betty Cox is the founder and director of Change of Mind. Inc., a non-profit organization that ministers to the needs of children. Every year, Betty has a toy drive for kids who might not otherwise have such a good Christmas. This year, she had some assistance from fellow co-workers with the city of Atmore. Members…
It’s Girl Scout Cookie time
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama (GSSA) introduces a new cookie to its lineup, starting December 26, when it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites, and Shortbread. The new cookie will offer a s’mores-inspired crispy graham cookie double-dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolaty coating. This clever take on the time-honored campfire treat was developed in response to popular consumer trends. It is vegan and free…