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Dodson: Lots of thanks to go around for courthouse Christmas

Posted: December 14, 2013 - 5:46pm

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)

Rogers Group

Stratos Wealth Partners (Donnie Dietz)

American Safeguard Insurance (Randy Clay)

Jeff & Lori Standridge

Hal Crafton

Pam McDowell Properties

Farm Bureau (Todd Smith)

Tim Tyler Surveying

Mitch Hart

Frank Shaw

Greek Miller Construction (Greek & Polly Miller)

Steve Simon

George Covington

Rainwater & Assoc.

Bargar Law Firm

McKinney & McKinney

Flanigan Dental

Sandstone Real Estate Group (Greg Hunt)

Grainger Davis

Milton Davis

John & Beverley Bergstrom

Special Thanks to:

Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce

Browning’s Welding in Wooster

Jeff McNew Fabrication

Jennifer Freeman

Brenda Lawson, Mandy Long, Patrick Long, Wes Paul

Jackie & Judy Turner, Holly & Turner Hudson

Heather Womack & Sherry Dejarnette

Virco, Mfg.

Jerry Boyer

Verna Higgins

Sheriff Andy Shock, Maj. John Randall, and the Sheriff’s Department, along with Al, Dom, Jason, and Hart.

Kathy Wyrick

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.

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faulknerwatchdog 12/15/13 - 10:25 pm

Very nice

I think this effort to make the courthouse and lawn festive was in much better taste and accomplished much more efficiently than the city's version. WTG Judge Dodson!

alipage72 12/16/13 - 11:45 am

very pretty

Drove past it last night and was surprised at just how pretty it was. Nice job!

Grandpa1299 12/16/13 - 12:51 pm


A project done to support/promote that actually works!! And no $130,000 bill? Great job to all involved. Tab and his cronies could learn something here!

Elmer Fudd
Elmer Fudd 12/16/13 - 01:01 pm


you and I both know when it comes to Conway city hall you can't fix stupid.

Grandpa1299 12/16/13 - 07:03 pm

Right Elmer....What was I

Right Elmer....What was I thinking? Guess that qualifies me to run for office!!

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