Special events planned to ring in 2007
From Staff Reports

Dec. 31, 2006 - In recognition of the New Year, all local city and government offices, including city hall, the county courthouse and annexes and municipal court, as well as the postal service and banks, will be closed Monday to allow employees to enjoy the occasion with friends and family.

Echo Publishing Company's offices, including the News-Telegram, will also be closed on Monday in observance of New Year's Day. Consequently, there will be no newspaper printed on Jan. 1. Regular business at Echo Publishing, as well as most other other government and business offices, will re-open at regular hours on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

While most offices are closing, several organizations and churches are have scheduled special activities and services this weekend to ring in the new year.

On Saturday, Dec. 30, Mitchell Chapel Church of God in Christ will continue its three-day “End of the Year Soul Saving Revival & Watch Meeting” at 7 p.m. Then at 9 p.m. New Year's Even, 402 S. Jackson St., will once again open its doors for a Watch Meeting. Supt. Nelson J. Gatlin, pastor, invites everyone to “be with us each night in fervent prayer.” Supt. Ricky Johnson of Water Temple C.O.G.I.C. in Starrville will be the guest evangelist for the three day event.

Cherry Grove Baptist Church and Morning Chapel Baptist Church will also each hold New Year's Eve watch service. Elder Curtis Rose, Cherry Grove pastor, invites everyone to attend the Watch Meet Service which begins at 10 p.m. at the church. Graylord Ford is scheduled to deliver the message. 

Morning Chapel Baptist Church's New Year's Eve Watch Night service will begin at 9 p.m. Sunday with fellowship, which will be followed at 10 p.m. by a service. The Rev. H.B. Nash, pastor of Morning Chapel Baptist Church, invites the community to attend and hear the Rev. M. Lavelle Hendricks of East Caney Baptist Church speak.

The 4th Annual Mahoney Road New Year's Eve Party to benefit Chrysalis House kicks off at 8 p.m. New Year's Eve and will continue until 1 a.m. at The Lodge. NET Data only had a  limited number tickets, which were made available by calling  903-885-0918, for $75. The admission fee covers not only the cost of music and dancing, as well as champagne, hors d'eourves, beer, wine, margaritas, breakfast and party favors, with all proceeds going toward Chrysalis House for displaced women and their children.

Then, on New Year's Day, County Line Church will hold its 96th Annual All Day Singing and Stew. The event begins at 10 a.m. at the church, which is located 3 miles south of Miller Grove on FM 275. This is a one-of-a-kind event, with people from all over attending to enjoy stew cooked in large large wash pots. For more information about County Line's New Year's Day event, contact Sam Speed, president, at 903-885-4591, Paul Jr. "Woody" Garmon at  903-459-3312, or June Garmon at 903-662-5178.

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