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Community Christmas events go virtual | News

It may feel like the Grinch stole Christmas, with so many beloved traditions moving from in-person to online, but – like the cheerful residents of Whoville – organizers are finding the silver lining in these changed circumstances.

The Cullman Regional Hospital Foundation’s Lights of Love fundraiser has been held for 29 years, and this marks the first one done virtually.

“We wanted to put safety first and opted for a virtual program,” said Foundation Executive Director Maria Stanford.

Foundation President and Daystar Church pastor Jerry Lawson emceed the event in video streamed on Face Book. The program was pre-recorded and included musical productions. Throughout the video, the names of those being remembered or honored scrolled on the screen. The event honored families impacted by COVID-19, those who have died from the disease, the healthcare workers at Cullman Regional and all the Cullman Regional Hospice patients who died this year.

“Our

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  • December 5, 2020
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Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area Opens for the Season | Local News

Wax the skis and snowboards, dig out the ski boots and locate the goggles; it’s time to head to the slopes. Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area opened for the 2020-2021 season yesterday and is open daily into April, if all goes as planned.

Owners Aaron and Becky Maddox start their 11th season at the ski area with the unveiling of a significant upgrade. The Chute Lift, where once the old T-bar hauled skiers up the slope, now carries skiers and riders on two-person chairs through a corridor of pine trees. While the chairs are the same, as are the series of poles along the route, the difference is at the top.

Previously, the chairs went up a steep final rise to the top of the lift. At that point skiers and snowboarders hopped off, and slide down a short but often slick runout into a rather dished-out depression. Then

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  • December 5, 2020
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Boys & Girls Club Annual Auction Now Underway | Local News

The Celebrity Auction to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville and Greene County is underway online.

The Boys & Girls Club is now hosting its 21st annual Celebrity Auction through Dec. 10, according to an announcement from the organization.

With Covid-19 concerns and to make the event safe for everybody, the auction has been moved online this year.

The auction features a variety of items including vacation packages, restaurant certificates, local items and autographed items. Some big ticket items such as a John Deere Riding Mower; restaurant, gas and local business gift certificates; sports memorabilia; racing pictures; Tennessee Volunteer memorabilia and more are available, according to the announcement.

Other items for the auction include movie items, framed pictures, golf passes, oil changes and furniture.

Individuals are required to register to bid, but may pay with a check or cash at the close of the event when the items

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  • December 5, 2020
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After almost 45 years in business, Rose Costumes teeters on brink of closing | News

Rose Costumes has designed and built costumes it would rent and sell to schools, shoppers and theater companies for 44 years.

But without help — and a lot of it — it could be curtains for the Denton business.



Annemarie Aldrich

In 2018, Annemarie Aldrich purchased Rose Costumes from previous owner and founder Judy Smith. The store rents myriad costumes for Halloween and theater productions to customers throughout the country.




“We were on the road to rent costumes for 125 UIL one-act plays [at high schools],” said owner Annemarie Aldrich. “That’s a lot of costumes and a lot of work to do with my wonderful staff. Then COVID happened and that was gone. Then all of our Easter bunnies — we were ready to rent something like 30 of our Easter bunny costumes — were all canceled. Summer musicals, that was the next to go. Then fall musicals, that

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  • December 3, 2020
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Wrestling news: AEW’s Darby Allin proud of TNT championship win

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Darby Allin celebrated TNT championship victory by skateboarding with the belt

Defeating Cody Rhodes to win the TNT championship at last month’s Full Gear pay-per-view marked the most meaningful victory of Darby Allin’s career.

Following the show, Allin returned to his Jacksonville hotel room to decompress. He accomplished that the best way he knew how, which was to get on his skateboard and ride.

“There is a bridge right by the hotel that I like to skate down, so I took the belt and skated with it,” Allin says. “I put so much into it to get to this point, so much s—, and I was thinking about that and how now I’m chasing something new.”

Allin is only the third person to hold the title best known for its

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  • December 2, 2020
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8 Travel Stocks Celebrating The Positive Vaccine News

November meant good news for global citizens, businesses, governments, and investors hoping for a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and its partner BioNTech (NASDAQ:BNTX), as well as Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA), have announced highly promising developments that have brought relief to many sectors in the markets. Therefore today, we will introduce eight travel stocks celebrating the positive vaccine news.

The potential arrival of a vaccine could mean a return to the “old normal” as far as social and group activities are concerned. Consumer confidence would likely improve, too. Following the bullish vaccine news, there has already been a market rotation, mostly into cyclical shares. Investors have in part left the “stay-at-home, work-from-home” trade and moved into the sectors, such as travel, energy and financial, that are likely to benefit from a potential vaccine in the coming months.

In 2019, the “total contribution of travel

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  • December 2, 2020
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What’s News Today: Tree lighting, job fair

Road work in Lynchburg could impact your commute this week. The D Street Bridge will close daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday as water crews install sewer service to the area. Traffic will be detoured onto Cabell Street and Victoria Avenue.

Botetourt County Schools is holding a job fair today. It’s looking for nurses and nurses substitutes, as well as substitute teachers, bus drivers, custodians and other positions. The job fair runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lord Botetourt High School. You can apply for open positions online.

The Virginia Department of Health is holding a COVID-19 testing clinic today. You are encouraged to pre-register. Tests will be given from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Green Hill Park in Roanoke County.

Santa will begin calling children in Christiansburg today. For those who pre-registered with the Parks and Recreation Department, Santa will call them to

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  • December 2, 2020
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Driskill hotel chef returns after stroke to light Christmas tree – News – Austin American-Statesman

For the first time in more than eight months, Nelson Toala returned to the Driskill Hotel the place he has worked as a chef for more than a decade.

Except in lieu of his chef’s uniform, Toala, 65, wore jeans, a long sleeve gray shirt, a hat and was accompanied by his wife Maria and a designated cane. The couple were honored guests Monday, as they helped continue the tradition of lighting the hotel’s Christmas tree.

The Toala family is part of the Statesman’s Season for Caring program, which helps hundreds of families each year through local nonprofit agencies. The Toala family was nominated by Meals on Wheels Central Texas.

Since 2015, the Driskill has welcomed Season For Caring families to be part of this tradition, which also includes dinner and a one-night stay, typically in the Cattle Baron suite. The Driskill also has hosted the Cookies for Caring event

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  • December 1, 2020
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‘An exploration of home’: Trio kayaks the entire 444-mile Susquehanna River in 18 days | Local News

You could say Joel Witwer’s recent adventure was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, or maybe the right word is “necessitated.”

Witwer, who grew up in the Hershey area, recently kayaked the entire length of the Susquehanna River with two college friends, one of them Zach Miller, the professional ultrarunner from West Hempfield Township.

Over 18 days in September and October, the trio paddled 444 miles from the headwaters in Cooperstown, New York, to Havre De Grace, Maryland, where the East Coast’s longest river flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

Witwer, 31, was on a monthlong break from his job in Ethiopia, where he does communications for CURE International. The Christian nonprofit operates hospitals around the world, providing free care to children with disabilities.

Witwer tries to pair trips home with an adventure — hiking or exploring somewhere. But the COVID-19 pandemic limited his options.

So, he said, an idea that had

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  • December 1, 2020
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‘Christmas Will Not Be Canceled’ Says Bethlehem, Amid Little Comfort or Joy | World News

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) – Bethlehem is shaping up for a dismal Christmas: most of the inns are closed, the shepherds are likely to be under lockdown and there are few visitors from the east, or anywhere else.

Just 12 months ago, the Palestinian town was celebrating its busiest festive season for two decades, amid a sustained drop in violence and a corresponding surge in the number of pilgrims and tourists.

But hotels that were adding new wings in 2019 are now shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nevertheless, town leaders say the traditional birthplace of Jesus will go ahead with its celebrations, aware that the world’s eyes are upon it at this time of year.

“Bethlehem is going to celebrate Christmas. And Christmas will not be canceled,” said Mayor Anton Salman, as workers behind him erected a huge Christmas tree in Manger Square.

“This Christmas from Bethlehem there will

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  • November 30, 2020