Christmas 2018

Cochran indicted on capital murder


Marion County District Attorney Scott Slatton, 25th Circuit Court Judge Daryl Burt, Cochran, and defense attorneys Jared Arnold and Jim Standridge, watch security camera footage during a preliminary hearing on Monday, Jan. 14 in the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton. The video shows a shooting that took place behind the Hamilton Police Department (HPD) on Dec. 25, 2018. Seated in the witness stand is HPD investigator Scotty Chandler. Cochran is charged in the shooting death of Lorenzo Garcia, who was shot and killed outside the rear entrance to the HPD during a child-custody exchange on Christmas Day 2018.

HAMILTON - The Marion County Grand   Jury handed down an  indictment for capital murder against Christopher Andrew Cochran at the Marion County Courthouse in Hamilton on Wednesday, Jan 16.
Cochran was charged with the crime after  he allegedly shot and killed Lorenzo Garcia during a child custody exchange behind the Hamilton Police Department on Dec. 25, 2018.
25th Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Slatton said Cochran will be arraigned and informed of the charges the grand jury handed down.

Charity still $5,000 short of goal; Sandlin: ‘We may have to start knocking on doors’

HAMILTON - With gifts already purchased, delivered and opened by 442 children over the holidays, Christmas for Kids is still needing $5,787.29 to meet its $40,000 funding goal.
For the week-period ending on Thursday, Jan. 9, a total of $1,455 was donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, the charity has now collected $34,212.71.
Charity organizer Sandy Sandlin said that fundraising is still underway to pay for the gifts. Since the charity was formed in 1985, it has always met its fundraising goal one way or another.

Christmas has come, gone, charity still needs $7,242

HAMILTON - With gifts already purchased, delivered and opened by 442 children, Christmas for Kids is still needing $7,242.29 to meet its $40,000 funding goal.
For the week-period ending on Thursday, Dec. 27, a total of $3,405 was donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, that charity has now collected $32,757.71.
Charity organizer Sandy Sandlin said that fundraising is still underway to pay for the gifts purchased and delivered.

Charity still needs $10k to meet goal

HAMILTON - With gifts already purchased, delivered and opened by 442 children, Christmas for Kids is still needing donations to meet its $40,000 funding goal.
For the week-period ending on Thursday, Dec. 20, a total of $6,057 was donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, that charity has now collected $29,352.71.

One solitary life

(Editor's note: One of the most often-heard expressions one hears at Christmas is the “meaning of the season.” Many of us have lost that meaning in our secular, commercial world. The true meaning of Christmas is centered on a man, not a season. The extraordinary effect of this man has never been expressed so eloquently as in the following piece, which was written by an anonymous author. JLW)

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause

(Editor's note: On Sept. 27, 1897, a little girl named Virginia O'Hanlon wrote an unusual letter to the editor of the New York Sun, prompting the Sun to state, "We take great pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered as one of the friends of the Sun.
“Dear Editor,
“I am eight years old. Some of my friends say there is no Santa Clause. Papa says, "If you see it in the Sun, it's so.” Please tell me the truth: Is there a Santa Claus?”

Christmas Tree Lighting a success


(Photo courtesy of John Boyett) Hamilton Mayor Bob Page is shown with Santa Claus in front of the City of Hamilton’s lit Christmas Tree. The tree was donated to city by Tara Place Christmas Tree Farm and the lights were provided by Hamilton Walmart.

HAMILTON - Conservative estimates place turnout for the City of Hamilton’s 2018 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at more than 750 attendees.
The Hamilton City Council heard from Hamilton Mayor Bob Page at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, who publically thanked those who assisted in the city’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, which took place at Hamilton City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 29.
According to Page, he estimated that there were about 750 people who attended the ceremony. He called this a conservative estimate.

Christmas for Kids - ‘We’ve never been this far behind’

• Still needing $21,170, Sandlin says he’s worried for first time                                                Christmas for Kids has yet to break the halfway mark in its goal of $40,000 to purchase gifts for 442 children.
For the week-period ending on Thursday, Dec. 13, a total of $5,500 has been donated toward this year’s Christmas for Kids campaign. To date, that charity has only collected $18,829.71.

Choir performs at tree lighting

Choir
The Hamilton Elementary School Choir performs during the City of Hamilton’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29, on the steps of Hamilton City Hall. Shown leading from the front row are (from left) kindergartners Gregory Hill, James Walker Engle, Jacob Likes,  Desi Title,  Addy Beth Childers and Mia Blalock.