Howell Burkhead of Houston presented a message at the historic country church at Mount Zion in Akers.

An old country preacher, Howell Burkhead, of Houston, presented the Christmas celebration message Sunday at the historic country church at Mount Zion in Akers. It was a 2016 National Park Service centennial event on the Ozark National Scenic Riverways above the Upper Current River. The old church building was decked out for Christmas.

Summersville Christian Church held a Christmas meal Dec. 4 at the Summersville Senior Center, which was free to the community. This is the second year the church has offered a meal in celebration of the season. More than 120 meals were served.


Q. What did Adam say on the day before Christmas?

A. It’s Christmas, Eve.


Christmas Crackers

This recipe was always a tradition at our house, since I was very small. It is a great, simple snack that the kids can help make.


• 24 oz. plain Oyster crackers

• 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

• 3/4 Tbsp. dill

• 3/4 Tbsp. lemon pepper

• 3/4 Tbsp. garlic powder

• 1 pkg. ranch-style dressing (dry)


Mix seasoning together and toss with crackers. Pour 1 cup of oil over crackers and stir gently. Store in an airtight container overnight.

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