Forrest and Ernestine Berkey spent Thanksgiving week with their daughter, Dr. Kelly Ballard, her husband Albert and granddaughters Michaela and Hannah in Johnson City, Tenn. All went to view the “Speedway of Lights,” a Christmas display in Bristol, Tenn.

Forrest and Ernestine Berkey spent Thanksgiving week with their daughter, Dr. Kelly Ballard, her husband Albert and granddaughters Michaela and Hannah in Johnson City, Tenn. All went to view the “Speedway of Lights,” a Christmas display in Bristol, Tenn.

Paul and Cheri Walrod and family, Eudoray, Andrew and Loryn Woodwart, Lawrence, spent Tuesday to Friday with Charles and Willa Cable to celebrate Thanksgiving. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings they had wiener roasts and watched the stars and moon.

Carole Garrison, Arcadia, and son Gary Golladay, Joplin, spent Thanksgiving with Sharon Garrison in Olathe.

Guests of Susan Ackerson the past week were Eva Watson, Desica Zimmerman and Courtney Hencey.

Scott Ball will soon be going to New York and on to South Korea on behalf of Special Olympics. He announced this Sunday morning while attending Sunday school and services at the Arcadia Christian Church.

Santa Claus will visit Arcadia area children Dec. 15 at the Arcadia Community Center. Refreshments will be served.

An evening of  music, food and a drawing will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the less fortunate in the community. Items can also be dropped off at the Arcadia City Hall until Dec. 28. Anyone needing transportation or a carry-out meal should call the Arcadia City Hall, 620-638-4433, Monday through Friday or, on Saturday, Lilly Coonrod at 620-638-4362, Patty Peterson at 620-638-4726 or Willa Cable at 620-638-4429.

Michael and Chrisi Shead and baby Hudson wrote from Guatemala that they had a Thanksgiving celebration with other missionaries in their community. Shead helped care one of the three turkeys, and his wife made a creamed corn casserole.

JOY Sunday School Class met Nov. 19 in the Arcadia Christian Church bungalow. Attending the carry-in dinner were special guests Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kreiger, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Partridge, Mulberry, Willa and Charles Cable, Mary V. Shead, Leora Younge, Vera, John and Wayne Parrish, Cathy Allen, Susan Ackerson, Lynette Fisher, Gary Peterson and Pat Peterson, president, who conducted the meeting. Next meeting will be Dec. 17, when the annual packing of cookies for friends of the class will take place after the dinner.

Patty Wright, secretary of Arcadia High School Our Gang, is recovering well after knee replacement surgery. Our Gang plans to purchase two bikes for the Arcadia children’s Christmas party to be held Dec. 15 at the Arcadia Community Center.
Families who had been involved in Faith Christian Academy during the time it operated as a Christian school using the A.C.E. Christian School curriculum met for a reunion Nov. 23 at the Community Christian Church, Fort Scott. Christy Sackett Bukowski, a former student, organized a potluck dinner with several activities for the small children of those attending. Judy Walters, a former teacher, shared a video about the beginning and purpose of Faith Christian Academy. Former students Greg and Carie Fess and Jeremy Dare provided a time of praise and worship. Former students and staff attended from Fort Scott, Pittsburg, Girard, Tulsa, Okla., Hebron, Neb., Bonner Springs, Hutchinson and other locations.

Autumn Leaves Senior Citizens met Nov. 12 with 23 present for a dinner featuring chopped pork provided by Carol and Dave Bridgewater. Those attending brought many accompanying dishes and desserts. Bingo was played by those who cared to stay that afternoon. Women from the Arma Care Center came to take blood pressure readings and gave the prize of a gift certificate to Jerry Coonrod. Those present for the dinner and business session included Michelle Castro, Gabriel Castro, Cathy Allen, Lilly and Jerry Coonrod, Helen Sisney, Jessie and Hardy Dunn, Mary Lee and Jack Payne, Shirley Garrett, Jim Turner, Raymond Kalm, Tina and Forrest Berkey, Sharon DeGruson, Brian Guest and Patty and Gary Peterson. All senior citizens are invited to attend the next meeting and dinner on Dec. 10. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish.

Juanita Giger McWilliams died Nov. 16, 2012, at a Rehab Center in Joplin. A 1936 Arcadia High School graduate, she was voted queen of the Arcadian yearbook in her senior year. She worked as a clerk in the Arcadia  Bean Variety Store and later married Owen McWilliams. The couple spent many years in business in California before returning to Missouri and visiting her friends in Kansas. Mrs. McWilliams was a cousin of the late Ava Mae Adams. Her funeral was Nov. 20 at the Bedene Funeral Home, Arma.

Betty Dehn prepared and served lunch Nov. 14 to friends Judy Rawlings and Evelyn Bryant, Missouri, and Carole Garrison and Mary V. Shead, Arcadia.

Many songs of thanks were sung on Thanksgiving Sunday at the Arcadia Christian Church. Songleader was Clay Carrington, with Bob Cable at piano. Pastor Charles Cable told of one song author who wrote one of the hymns, and in his sermon stressed the need to always give thanks. In reading the prayer list, Willa Cable gave thanks for different healings and offered to visit with young people in Arcadia who need an adult’s advice. Patty Peterson gave her birthday offering. Women at a church meeting on Saturday celebrated her birthday. The Cables told of a special thing their family is thankful for. Their grandson, Landon Walrod, has been recommended for an appointment to West Point.