November 27, 2014 Issue


Give at any and every opportunity

Dear Editor:

Thanksgiving—A Time for Projects?



We search out families, during this season, far and wide, so that we can take something we think they need to them. We visit neighborhoods that we will not visit until same time next year. All of this is good and is what God wants us to do. The scriptures says so: Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” (James 2:15-16 (NIV)) but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? But what about when the “season” has changed but the “reason” has not.

Questions: Are we delivering food in June and July, or any of the other months? Is our giving prompted by the seasons or the reasons we are to give and help our fellow man?

Another question I’d like to ask—do we give out of our abundance. Giving only if we have too much of something or if this is all that I have. Remember the widow who gave her last to the prophet Elijah.

I say this to say give at any and every opportunity. Be as gracious as you can be while doing it. Give sometimes until it hurts, that way you will remember where the pain came from.

Jerlyn D. Smith-Hudson
Wrens Chapel AME Church

Former NAACP president thanks commissioners

I would like to thank the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners for the proclamation they gave me during the Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP annual banquet on Saturday, Nov. 22.

The proclamation stated all my achievements in my carpentry work and now several young of the county learn their trade in carpentry through me. It also stated that with my help advice along with others, several people of color were elected locally to the board of education, city council seats, mayors and were appointed to the jury pools.

I was truly honored for the recognition that was bestowed upon me.

I am a native of Bartow and have served on the city council in Bartow for 17 years. And the past president of the Jefferson County branch of the NAACP for 35 years.

You do not know how awesome I felt to receive this proclamation for something that comes very natural to me as helping others and the community to be a better place to live.

Again, I say thank you, thank you to the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners.

Lee Edward Shellman Jr., ,

Football fan proud of his his team and its efforts

As I was leaving the parking lot at the football game last week an announcer on the radio station said, “There were no losers here tonight.” I agreed, Jefferson County won the first half and Pace Academy won the second half.

The conduct of the players will be more beneficial to them in their lifetime than who plays next Friday night.

A great game.

Billy Jordan


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