News Briefs: Friday, December 18, 2009
Gov. Jan Brewer issued an executive order Thursday regarding the lawful celebration of Christmas and Hanukkah in state executive offices. According to the order, no state executive employee can prevent another employee from displaying Christmas or Hanukkah items or prevent an employee from wishing someone a "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah."
According to the order, previous state officials have tried to "strip both Christmas and Hanukkah of their meaning, including the establishment of policies forbidding state employees from placing religious items on their desks."
Hanukkah and Christmas were the only two holidays mentioned in the order.
La Senita gives out toys, clothes
KINGMAN - La Senita Elementary School recently distributed more than $500 worth of toys, clothing and gift certificates to underprivileged students.
The funds for the collection were donated by local businesses, including Walmart, Diamond Brothers, Safeway, JC Penny's, Frazee Paint and Walgreen's.
Gymkhana event on Saturday
KINGMAN - The next DMS Events gymkhana will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at GrayWood Stables, 2576 Calle Chavez (mile marker 14 on North Stockton Hill Road).
The gymkhana is open to all ages and skill levels, and entry fees range from $20 to $30 depending on age group.
Prizes will be offered at every show, and trophy prizes will be given away at the awards ceremony at the end of the series.
Call Danielle at (928) 692-0199 for more information.
Take donations to Realty Executives
KINGMAN - Realty Executives, 2404 Stockton Hill Road, Suite F, is a collection point for a number of organizations during the holiday season.
Non-perishable food items and toiletries for the Kingman Food Bank and Salvation Army Food Bank are accepted. Old cell phones for soldiers and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots will also be accepted.The old cell phones are recycled, and proceeds are used to buy phone cards for troops.
For more information or to arrange for items to be picked up, call Elane Jennings at (928) 897-1976.
Christmas dance Sunday at KAHS
KINGMAN - The DanceAbility Annual Christmas Dance Recital starts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the Kingman Academy of Learning High School Gym.
Admission is $5 per person.