Happy New Year from Barbour County! Christmas is over and presents unwrapped. I'm sure that everyone had enough and probably more than enough to eat. Kids are surely enjoying the time off from school. For us, Christmas was a time of having family over and a house full of people.
I can't help but think of the ones who were missing their loved ones at the family table this year for the holidays. Our hearts go out especially to the ones in Connecticut this year. Such a terrible tragedy.
People keep asking what can be done to prevents these kinds of things from happening. The first murder ever committed had nothing to do with a gun. Gun control is not the answer. The answer is temper control, mind control... heart control. Don't start by just letting God back into the schools. Start by inviting Him into our homes. Invite Him into lives.
When homes are right, that spills over into the schools, the workplace, the communities and even the world. We don't have a gun problem, but we do have a heart problem.
With the holiday season upon us, a lot of people this time of year have time off from work. I would like to thank those who do not have the opportunity to take the day off. The doctors are still there for people who get sick, there's still someone to answer the phone on Christmas Eve should we have to call 911, the state road workers will still be clearing the roads should a snow storm come on a holiday, and the list could go on. So, for police officers, fire fighters, nurses, etc. - thank you.
Back in October, there was a basketball game benefit to raise money for the Shop-With-A-Cop program. This past week, the police officers were able to take 14 children shopping. It was a good experience for the officers as well as the children. Thanks again to all those who made this possible.
With presents unwrapped, dinner eaten and Christmas behind us, we are now starting to take down the decorations and set our thoughts to 2013. Do you make a New Year's resolution? What can we all do to make this coming year even better than 2012?
There are only a few days left to take advantage of the sights at Adaland Mansion. The historic house is decorated for Christmas and will be open for tours until Dec. 31 and then will remain closed until May 1.
If you have any Barbour County news that you would like to see included in the Inter-Mountain, call me at 823-2539. Until next time, I would like to wish each of you a safe and happy New Year's! See you in 2013!