I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE — I want to thank everyone who made this year’s celebration the best yet: the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, money donations from Arvest Bank, Simmons Bank, Dr. Beavers and the American Drive Inn; local churches Maranatha Christian Church, The Sanctuary, The First Baptist Church and the Faith Talks Church.
The help with the lights, meal, serving cider and cleaning up help make it a success. Thank you to the local National Guard Armory for their help. A big thank you to Phil Speegle, and Tony Jones, Live Production and Complex Manager from Tyson Foods Springdale Complex for the 700 Cornish halves donated for the meal. This is the third year in a row they have stepped in and helped with the chicken.
Thanks to our Senior Center for the use of their kitchen and dining hall, as well as the director Sally Metcalf and also the American Legion, that we used for overflow seating. Thanks to Doug Hulse, and Greg Dodds for their help in cooking the meal. A special thanks goes out to my staff, Chuck Wood, Al Videtto, Rhonda Hulse and Tracey Irwin for taking care of all they do. I ask a lot of them, and they always come through. I’m proud that we can come together at least one time a year for great food and all of the festivities. As far as I can tell it was a huge success.
LINCOLN LIBRARY — Demolition is complete, and we are in the final stages of the design with bids hopefully going out soon.
GRANTS — As was announced Monday night at the Council Meeting, Lincoln has been awarded a $45,000.00 Fun Park Grant through the Department of Parks and Tourism. This will assist with the construction of a basketball court, playground equipment, picnic pavilion, tables, and grills, as well as park benches, trash cans and parking. This will be constructed on city-owned property on North Street. This $45,000.00 grant will help make this project possible. Thank you to our Grants Administrator and our City Council for their support.
– Mayor Rob Hulse