Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter
December 25, 2013
Local officials and advocates who made headlines over the last year chimed in on Christmas and the approaching new year by providing wishes to residents they serve.
“I would personally like to wish everyone a blessed and safe holiday for all our citizens and their families,” said Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens. “This is a time of gathering and if you’re not going to be home for Christmas please make our town your home. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. God be with our military wherever they are serving.”
“On behalf of the Elkin City Schools Board of Education and staff, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. As our children are excited about the arrival of the Jolly Old Elf and having some time away from school, I hope everyone remembers the reason for the season and has on his/her priority list: faith, family, and serving others in your life,” said Elkin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Bledsoe.
“We also want to be the first to wish you a Happy New Year in 2014. Elkin City Schools continues to be recognized as one of the most successful school systems in NC. And with your help in 2014, the transformation of being a system of success to becoming the most significant school system in North Carolina will become a reality through our STEAM-focused educational initiative,” concluded Bledsoe.
“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families. We have been blessed this past year and I truly feel we have much to look forward to in 2014. Please call upon me if there is anything the town can do to help you. God bless you all,” said Elkin Town Manager Lloyd Payne.
Commissioner H.L. Lowe Jr. said that he extends everyone much success. At the last Town Hall meeting, Lowe said, “I’m looking forward to 2014. It’s going to be exciting. We have great things coming in for Elkin.”
Bob Norton, newcomer to Elkin’s Board of Commissioners, said , “I would like to take this opportunity to wish each of you a Merry Christmas. May we all be embraced with the magic of Christmas, spend time with family and friends making new memories, and that we remember those less fortunate among us. Remember, we are celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. We have much to be thankful for. May the new year be a happy and rewarding one for each of you. I am excited about what lies ahead and thank you for your support.”
“On behalf of the members of the Elkin Police Department, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas,” said Elkin Chief of Police Monroe Wagoner. “May this joyous season bring you peace, health, prosperity and cherished memories. Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings you true happiness may it be yours. May you find peace and love that is in the true spirit of Christmas. I wish you the gift of faith and the blessing of hope now and in the years to come.”
Missy Loving, executive director of the Yadkin Valley United Fund, said, “During this Christmas season, Yadkin Valley United Fund wants to celebrate your giving. For almost 60 years, the Yadkin Valley United Fund has provided a way to people to give back to our community. Our focus is where community, caring and commitment come together. Our community is 28 charitable agencies that serve more seniors, families and children than any other organization. Caring in expressed in serving more than 36,676 individuals in 2012 and even greater numbers this year. Our commitment is a volunteer board that ensures that each charitable dollar that you contribute stays local, addresses the needs of our community and works tirelessly to assist our charities so that they can focus on serving instead of fundraising. We cherish seeing the goodness and the generosity of people who live and work here.”
Leighanne Martin Wright, executive director of the Foothills Arts Council, said, “We, along with our associate members Foothills Theatre and Elkin Valley Fiddlers, wishes that everyone in Elkin and the surrounding communities will visit the yellow Victorian house on the corner of Market and Church streets, attend a play, swing by a contra-dance, and come to the fiddlers’ festival to feel the welcoming embrace of art with its innate ability to inspire the creativity in all of us. Whether musical, visual, or theatrical, art opens to us a new outlook, a different perspective and a wider world. To quote one of our recent fifth-grade visitors, ‘Thank you for us being there and showing us if we find things, we can make things.’ We are here for the community and because of the community’s support, and to the community we say a big thank you.”