Big Brother Big Sister awards Scholarship. Ariel Mansholt of the Jacksonville High School Class of 2017 was awarded the Leo Alfano & Morgan McKinnon Memorial Scholarship from Big Brother Big Sister. This is the fourth year the scholarship has been awarded. Ariel has been a Big in the community program for two years and has excelled as a Big in the program. Ariel had this to say about her participation in the program: “Big Brothers Big Sisters has had such a positive impact. I love interacting with the kids while doing familiar childhood activities as well as trying new activities with them.” “Being a Big has made me realize that I definitely want to have a career where I get the opportunity to work with kids. It has made me more outgoing and confident that I will be able to pursue a career helping children.”
Garden Walk is almost here. The Morgan County Garden Club is sponsoring a Garden Walk on Sunday, June 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Six unique private gardens will be open to the public for a total price of $5. Plus, light refreshments will be served in Passavant Hospital’s Tribute Garden. Tickets will be available on the day of the walk at any of these gardens: 1332 S. Clay, 109 Adele Court (Sandy Creek), 1902 Mound, 13 Pitner Place, and 295 King Court in Jacksonville and 1640 Prospect Road in Murrayville. Master Gardeners will be present at each garden to help answer questions. Come and view the gardens, ask questions and enjoy nature.
White Hall Lions Club kicks off Homecoming with Sunday, July 2 fireworks. The White Hall Lions Club has a new schedule for their 2017 Homecoming Celebration at Lions Park in White Hall. When their fireworks vendor notified them a few weeks before their celebration that they would not be able to deliver the fireworks on July 4, the Lions started a frantic search to find a new vendor. Since all vendors in the area were already booked for July 4, the Lions decided to use the fireworks display as a kick off instead of a finale for their 2017 Homecoming celebration. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. on Sunday evening, July 2, at Lions Park in White Hall. The community is encouraged to pack a picnic supper and come to the park early to visit with family and friends before the 9 p.m. fireworks.
The celebration will officially start on Monday, July 3, with the 78th annual Lions Homecoming Parade starting at 7 p.m. on Main Street in White Hall. The parade will be followed by activities at Lions Park that include carnival rides, Bingo, food, and the band Exit 52 on stage. On Tuesday, July 4, the carnival will be open in the afternoon and evening. Free kids events are also scheduled for the afternoon, as well as Bingo and Lions BBQ. The Flatland Band will entertain on stage at the park Tuesday evening.
The White Hall Lions Club looks forward to presenting the 78th year of the White Hall July 4 Homecoming celebration.