A large crowd of marchers gathered at the E.P. Roberts Center for continental breakfast then marched to the Lamar County courthouse where district two Lamar County commissioner Robert Heiney gave the keynote address.
The celebrants then returned to the Roberts Center for ongoing ceremonies in the daylong celebration.
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the E.P. Roberts Center. After the event, refreshments will be served and sponsored by the Dewaine T. Bell Difference Makers.
The event will again have the theme “Unity in the Community” with a focus on “Keeping the Dream Alive Through the Dream of Reviving our Youth.”
“The community is invited to join the celebration,” said organizer April Smith.
“People and groups may take part in the parade by marching, driving a car or riding on a float.” The celebration will begin at the EPRC. Participants will march to the Lamar County courthouse for a short program to honor Dr. King then march back to the center to continue the celebration.
Temperatures in Lamar dropped below freezing just after 7 p.m. Wednesday and are expected to stay icy through early Friday afternoon.
There is a chance temps will warm to 36 Thursday afternoon but only briefly. Long exposure to cold is the worst scenario for pipes so take precautions. Drip faucets. Put lamps or other heat sources in well houses.
Also make sure to protect people, plants and pets until things thaw somewhat Saturday.
The Empty Stocking Fund is still short of its $15,000 goal which it hopes to get to help more than 78 families and 200-plus children have a merry Christmas. The money will go to provide toys for them.
“We’ve collected $12,300 in monies and toys,” said organizer Vicki Forsyth. “We need a little more to finish up the last minute families that have been referred to us that fell through the cracks.”
Rock Springs and First United Methodist churches have angel trees set up. DBs Pizzeria also has an angel tree set up or people can drop off a toy and see Debbie Adamson for a free beverage.
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