The nominees for the Outstanding Young Woman of the Year Award were announced last month.
"The award is given annually by the Kennett Jaycee Wives and is co-chaired this year by Joan Cunningham and Paula Calhoun.
"Nine women have been nominated by clubs and organizations throughout the city for this year's honor...
"The nominees are:
"Mrs. Billy Joe (Sharon Kay) Wilson ...
"Mrs. Larry (Rhonda) Hogan ...
"Mrs. Mike (Kathy) Neely ...
"Mrs. Tommy (Sandra) Spain ...
"Mrs. Gaylon (Carolyn) Mullins ...
"Mrs. Stephen Rhodes (Patt) Sharp ...
"Mrs. Larry (Donna) Petty ...
"Mrs. Dale (Ruth Ann) Christian ...
"Mrs. Ron (Didi) Derrick ...
"Previous OYW winners include Mrs. Jerry Paul (Eky) Combs, Mrs. Ted (Kay) Gargus, Mrs. Ronnie (Anita) Brogden, Mrs. Tommy (Ethel) Sutton, Mrs. Dave (Janice) Roberts and Mrs. Chuck (Donna) Conley."
Thanks to the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, Vivian Helton for passing along that tidbit from the pages of our Nov. 16, 1976 edition.
With such a prestigious slate of candidates and previous winners the coveted Husband of the Year and Father of the Year awards announced annually in this column seem a little less impressive. Not for the honorees of those two awards, but for the deeds with which they are recognized when the award is named.
I'm guessing the women honored with the OYW accomplished much more significant tasks than taking the offspring deer hunting, for example.
The article goes on to cite some of the things the nominees were involved in and include everything from working in their individual churches to Girl Scouts, to March of Dimes campaign to youth athletic programs to Democratic Women's groups. The list is quite impressive. Wonder why this award was retired?
Just as it was 30-plus years ago, there are a myriad of opportunities to serve the community and this time of the year presents even more ways to get involved. Anyone wanting to get involved in making someone's Christmas a little more Merry doesn't have to look very far for an opportunity to do so.
One of the more wide-spread efforts is the Community Christmas Party scheduled for next Saturday. Most of the local churches are participating in this effort. Malinda Harris is coordinating this year's effort. You may reach her at 888-3403 or 344-0775. And if those efforts fail call her at 888-6006 and ask for, "Malinda's Assistant." They'll know who you want to speak with.
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After you've done your good deed at, or for, the Community Christmas Party, treat yourself to a little entertainment by heading to the Senath Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Senath Women's Club.
This year's event is slated for 4:30 p.m. through beautiful downtown Senath, that's Commercial Street, for the non-locals. Some 50-60 entries are planned. And, the city will be showing off some of its best finery with new banners adorning the poles.
Even better news is that judges for the parade floats have been upgraded tremendously from last year. For those of you who recall that Mark Moore was one of those judges and are quick to agree with that statement, please remember the local newspaper guy was there as well.
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Questions to ponder as we wait for the announcement of which bowl game will feature the University of Missouri Tigers.
-- Which pro football team will recently-resigned -- as in last Thursday -- Kansas Jayhawk football coach Mark Mangino end up with an as offensive coordinator? He is done as a college coach and recruiter given the allegations of abuse, verbal or otherwise.
- When did Home Depot start serving chicken nuggets and fries? Jan Robertson has the answer to that one.
- How low can you go? Ask Anderson Cooper where Business Insider reports that the CNN's newsman (their term not mine) continues to see ratings fall like a rock.
- Will Al Gore give back the Oscar when it becomes "inconveniently" true that the global warming hoax is nothing more than junk science? Better question, will Al Gore give back the money he's already made from perpetrating the whole thing?
- Did the woman who almost ran me off of Highway 25 north of Clarkton on Wednesday morning finally get her text sent?
- Now that Trey Bazzell has signed a four-year scholarship will mom and dad take the money they've been saving for college tuition and get him a new pickup truck?
- Why is Frank Carter getting a lump of coal for Christmas, again?
Bud Hunt is publisher of the
Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and
North Stoddard Countian.