Norman Epperson of the Houston achieved 50 years with Freemasonry and was presented with an award Dec. 1 at the Texas Masonic Lodge in Houston. His wife, Juanita, was by his side. Others attending included Bennie Cook and Reese and Lana Bucher.

The end of November the Trunk or Treat Committee of Ozark Medical Center in West Plains presented a donation to Ozarks Medical Center Hospice in the amount of $1,700. The money was raised at this year’s Annual South Central Missouri Trunk or Treat, which was held Oct. 26 at the West Plains Civic Center. The event gave area children the opportunity to trick or treat in a safe environment as area businesses and organizations sponsor trunks and distribute candy. Children ages 11 and under were invited to attend with their families. Admission was one canned food item per person. Proceeds and canned food collected at the event benefit Ozarks Medical Center Hospice and the Elks Lodge 2418 for their Christmas for Kids program. Participating in the event was several student ambassadors from Missouri State University in West Plains, including Weston Phipps of Houston.


As we were putting out cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve, I accidentally dropped one. “No problem,” I said, picking it up and dusting it off before placing it back on the plate. “You can’t do that,” argued my 4-year-old. “Don’t worry. Santa will never know.” He shot me a look. “So he knows if I’ve been bad or good, but he doesn’t know the cookie fell on the floor?”


Crockpot Candy


• 2 pounds white almond bark

• 4 ounces German chocolate bar

• 12-ounce bag semisweet chocolate chips

• 24 ounces dry roasted peanuts


Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Let cook on low for one hour without disturbing. After an hour, stir to combine everything. Allow to cook for additional hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Drop spoonfuls of the candy onto wax paper and allow to cool completely.

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