Upon the request of some very sweet ladies I am updating the people of Winston County on my hometown of Noxapater. In my 25 years of living in Noxapater change has become a common thread as it is with all towns and communities, but Noxapater has been changing in good ways by leaps and bounds.
Currently, Winston Medical Center is in the process of building Winston Medical Clinic in Noxapater. Mrs. Nancy Jordan, RN, MSN, FNP-BC will serve as the primary practitioner once construction is complete. The clinic is located behind the old city hall across from Citizens Bank in Noxapater at 90 West Main Street.
Noxapater is also gearing up for the annual Christmas Parade which is scheduled to be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3. The Noxapater Community Alliance President Wiley Collins encourages all organizations to come and be a part of the parade. The Winston County Journal will be participating in the parade and will be handing out free newspapers to all bystanders!
If you have come through Noxapater in the past week, you may have noticed that our Christmas lights are up. We are not skipping Thanksgiving. We are just getting in the holiday spirit early! All the local stores are beautifully decorated for this wonderful and special time of year.
As for getting in the holiday spirit I know one sweet couple that received a Thanksgiving baby! Noxapater native Heidi and her husband Scott Lowrey had a sweet little baby boy . They should be home in time for Thanksgiving dinner with a new bundle of joy.
The “Johnson girls” (Chasity Wells, Penny Wells, and Hanna McCain), as my sisters and I are usually referred to as, have been busy training for ½ marathons this winter. I have competed in Nashville’s half Marathon, Leo Run to Remember in Meridian, MS, and the Magic City ½ marathon in Birmingham, AL so far this year. My sister Penny ran the Leo Run to Remember ½ Marathon and my sister Chasity ran with me in the Magic City ½ marathon. So if you see us out running, just know that there is nothing chasing us.
Noxapater Baptist Church will be having their annual Christmas program at 6 p.m., on Sunday, December 15. The Wells Quartet will be there along with a special musical performance by the church’s adult and children choirs. The public is invited to come and be a part of this wonderful program directed by Bro. Bill and Mrs. Gloria Barnes.
To my readers I know I have covered a myriad of topics, but I just wanted to let everyone know just how great my hometown of Noxapater is. We have so much to offer from our friendly down home people to our adorable shops and medical facility. Noxapater really does have it all. Noxapater is forever changing for the better.
Holidays with tiny tots
A tiny tot with his eyes all aglow is what is going on at the McCain household this December. My almost 2 year old son, Eli, cannot wait to get his little hands on all the ornaments on our tree in our home. I just tense up every time he runs over to the tree because I just know that at some point he is going to bring that tree crashing to the ground!
Hopefully that will not happen this year, but watching Eli look at our Christmas tree with such wonderment in his eyes reminded me so much of myself when I was younger. I never shall forget and I know my mother won’t either an incident that happened around Christmas time years ago.
I had to be about 4 years old when I accompanied my mother to the McRae’s department store. This was a rare occasion and would be even rarer after this incident. I recall gazing at the beautiful snow globes. I was mesmerized by them. Some had Santa in them set in a beautiful winter scene and others had sweet little nativity scenes in them. I can remember not being able to resist the temptation to touch the snow globes. As 4 year olds usually do I picked one up and with clumsy, small hands accidentally dropped the beautiful snow globe.
Boy, did it make a mess! I thought my mother would absolutely die. This beautiful snow globe was in pieces all over the department store floor. Luckily, the gracious and very understanding store clerk quickly swept up the pieces and reassured my mother that accidents happen to everyone especially, to little ones with small hands.
I try to remember this accident as my little tot looks longingly at all the lights and ornaments adorning our Christmas tree. We all have accidents in life. You may not have broken anything materially, but you may have broken a few hearts or maybe your own heart has been broken.
Just like the store clerk did in my story, we have a heavenly store clerk that will sweep up the pieces of our broken lives and reassures us that He still loves us despite our imperfections and clumsiness.
Editor’s Note: Hanna McCain is an advertising consultant with the Winston County Journal, Choctaw Plaindealer and Webster Progress Times.