Park Ranger Larry Beane will present Archeology of Little River Canyon at the Little River Canyon Center on Dec. 8, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 11 am. Experience the activities of eons of time by trying your hand at the atlatl spears and pump drill! People left evidence of their visits and occupations in the park for thousands of years. The park has connections to World War II, Civilian Conservation Corps, liquor stills of the prohibition days, Trail of Tears, and all the periods of prehistoric Native Americans. Studies in the park have revealed clues to the human record. Replicas and pictures in the presentation reveal what life was like in the park. National Park regulations and the legislation creating the preserve require the park to preserve and interpret this archeology. The park is required to study areas having ground disturbance in order to prevent damage to the history hidden in the ground. Waterlines, trail projects, parking lots and picnic areas revealed some of the best clues to our past. When these objects are analyzed in relation to other objects, they present a clearer picture of the past. Please leave artifacts where they are so they can be properly documented before they are moved. “All sites are protected. It is illegal to disturb them.” Ranger Beane said. The National Park Service requires detailed plans and research designs before issuing permits to professional archeologists. These objects belong to all of us. The park service maintains collections to prove the stories and allow research for generations to come.During a historic document search archeologists discovered that the Cherokee Trail of Tears routes from Fort Likens and Fort Lovell passed through the park. The archeologist referred to Gail King’s extensive 600 page document in the report. This extensive document covers the Trail of Tears routes in Alabama and was published in 2009. Park staff were previously unaware of these routes. Beane said “We suspected that some removal routes passed through the park. This research provided the evidence of a 175 year old legacy to the Cherokees and Muscogee Creeks who were removed from the area.” Park Superintendent Gail Bishop invites the public for this special free event. For information, call the (256)845-9605. Follow our updates and find park pictures on Facebook at “lirinps.”
Centre Fire Department will conduct its annual Christmas toy drive through Dec. 14. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at several locations around Centre or at the fire station Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations will benefit children in Cherokee County through the Nettie Brown Clearinghouse and other local charities. For more information, call 256-927-3333.
The 21st Century Program in partnership with the Humane Society in Cedar Bluff is collecting items for animals in the shelter through Dec. 17. Donations can be dropped off at Centre Elementary School or sent with a student. For more information call Kelly Hopper at 256-927-3302 or send email to email@example.com.
The Cherokee County Public Library has on ongoing book sale. Get paperbacks for as little as a dime and hardbacks for as little as 50 cents or $1. The library is open today from 8 a.m. until noon. Call the library at 256-927-5838 for further information.
In high school basketball action, Cedar Bluff plays at Gaston beginning at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9
The Centre First Baptist Church contemporary worship service, “Impact” begins at 8:30 a.m.
The Edge, a contemporary worship service that welcomes each person as he or she is and challenges us all to grow together in our faith in Jesus Christ, meets at 8:45 a.m. at Centre First United Methodist Church.
Blanche Methodist Church, 145 County Road 15, is having a Christmas Singing, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. Special singers will be The Baileys from Sand Rock. Pastor Alan Copeland and members invite everyone to attend. For more information, call 256-484-3392.
Sand Rock Church of Christ, 3633 Alabama Highway 68 W, is having its Third Annual Gingerbread Party, Dec. 9, 2 to 4 p.m. this is a fun time for children and youth of all ages to decorate Gingerbread houses. For more information, call (256)523-6888.
Little River Baptist Church on Highway 273 invites everyone to its Christmas Play, “The Christmas Shoes”, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m.