The lighting ceremony for our County’s landmark building — the Grand Ol’ Lady, the Faulkner County Courthouse — was memorable. It was said that there were memories made and memories remembered.
We continue to receive calls, messages and visits by people taking time to express thanks, and our Courthouse and County Christmas Tree continue to receive visitors, onlookers, and groups of people having their picture made around the Courthouse lawn. We take pride in Faulkner County and its Courthouse, and clearly we are not alone!
The atmosphere at the ceremony was terrific. Dr. Dale Wicker of Conway’s First Baptist Church led the crowd in the invocation. The presentation of the colors was performed by the Conway High School Junior ROTC. Kelsey English of New Life Church gave a stirring performance of the National Anthem. There was the unveiling of the Courthouse Marker, beautifully refurbished by prospective Eagle Scout Jacob Darter.
A New Life Church praise team composed of Brandon Payton and Kelsey English performed several Christmas songs to the joy of all who attended — attendance estimates ranged from 200-300 people.
Next, those who contributed time, money, or expertise were invited to lead the countdown to the lighting. On their command the switch was thrown and the Courthouse and the County Christmas Tree were lit, along with the trunks of the trees on the Courthouse lawn, and applause filled the air as everyone soaked in the moment: Our Courthouse was elegantly adorned in her Christmas attire.
Santa Claus exited the Courthouse and made his way down the front steps to the joy of the children, jingle bells ringing, passing out candy canes along the way, and led the crowd in Christmas Carols.
Little girls with pigtails posed in front of the County Christmas Tree. Little boys visited with Santa Claus. Parents and grandparents snapped pictures to capture the moment. There were, indeed, memories made and memories remembered.
It is for the following reason that I write this letter describing the event. If not for donations of time, money, and expertise from the businesses and individuals listed below, this event would not have been possible. So, on behalf of the people of Faulkner County, thank you to the following for making all of the above possible:
Just Scrap It & U Pull It (Linda & Danny Linn)
First Security Bank (Johnny Adams)
First Service Bank (Marilyn Battles)
Regions Bank (Jason Culpepper)
Jim Baker at NBA
Centennial Bank (Bunny Adcock/Randy Sims/Eric King)
Arvest Bank (Lori Case Melton)
Conway Area Chamber of Commerce
Ridout of Conway (Bill Hambrick)
Faulkner County Homebuilders Assn.
Country Inn & Suites (Danny Patel)
Rick Readnour Construction
Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe
Weaver Mining/WEBCO (Charlie Weaver)
Stratos Wealth Partners (Donnie Dietz)
American Safeguard Insurance (Randy Clay)
Jeff & Lori Standridge
Pam McDowell Properties
Farm Bureau (Todd Smith)
Tim Tyler Surveying
Greek Miller Construction (Greek & Polly Miller)
Rainwater & Assoc.
Bargar Law Firm
McKinney & McKinney
Sandstone Real Estate Group (Greg Hunt)
John & Beverley Bergstrom
Special Thanks to:
Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce
Browning’s Welding in Wooster
Jeff McNew Fabrication
Brenda Lawson, Mandy Long, Patrick Long, Wes Paul
Jackie & Judy Turner, Holly & Turner Hudson
Heather Womack & Sherry Dejarnette
Sheriff Andy Shock, Maj. John Randall, and the Sheriff’s Department, along with Al, Dom, Jason, and Hart.
The following County Employees who went above and beyond:
County Administrator Tom Anderson, Maintenance Director David Smith, Paulette Womack, Faye Conville, Latasha Davis, Bennie Newcomb, Vickie Elliott, Vickie Shoptaw, and Margaret Darter.