Lepanto holds Christmas Parade
Tribune News Director
Area residents braved the elements last Saturday afternoon as the City of Lepanto hosted its 2003 Christmas Parade on Main St. In spite of the cold temperatures and even colder rain, residents from three Arkansas counties participated in the parade, which is sponsored by the Lepanto Community Christmas Committee. There were several floats, along with church groups and community residents who participated in the parade. As for the floats, prizes were given to the winners of the Decorated Float contest. They include first place, "Toy Soldiers" by the Ray Family of Monette; second place went to the "Lord's Army" from the Revival Center in Lepanto and third place went to the "Nativity" from Calvary Baptist Church in Lepanto. Honorable mention went to "The Elf Workshop" from Ms. Kitty's Class in Marked Tree and "Santa's Sleigh" from the Morrisett family of Lepanto.
In addition to the parade, Lepanto residents honored the Grand Marshal of the parade, J.C. Lewis and the Lepanto Citizen of the Year, Jimmy Laden. Lewis, who recently was featured in an article in the Tri-City Tribune about his military service is a life-long resident of Lepanto, who served in World War II. Lewis retired from the United States Postal Service after 20 years of service and was a business owner for nearly eight years. Lewis is a member of the Lepanto Church of Christ, where has served as an elder and Sunday School teacher. Lewis drove a school bus for many years in Lepanto and is considered an inspiration to many people who have met him.
Also honored at the Parade was Lepanto Citizen of the Year, Jimmy Laden. Laden and his wife, Cheryl have been residents of Lepanto for over 15 years and own an auction business in the community. Laden has been known to conduct benefit auctions for families in need in the Lepanto area and he has had his business on Greenwood St. since 1987. They have five children, Jim, Jr., 30, Jamie, 22, Debbie, 21, Alex, 13 and Breana, 8. They have four grandchildren, Zac, 7, Shelby, 2, Lindsey, 2 and Cody, 1. Laden told the Tri-City Tribune that he was honored to receive the award.
In addition to those residents being honored, other activities occurred in and around Lepanto this weekend. The Goldsby Library hosted its sixth annual table display, with area residents creating tables for display at the library. Those residents included Mrs. Jania Oates, the Friends of the Lepanto Library, Mrs. Craig's English class at EPC-Lepanto and others in the community.
The Lepanto Community Christmas Committee also held a Homeowners/Merchants Christmas Decorating Contest, with prizes being given to first, second and third place in each division. First place in the homeowners division went to George and Mary Ann Chaney, second place went to Leroy and Carolyn Patterson and third place went to Danny and Joyce Helms. The winner of the rural homeowners award went to Skeet and Donna Rash, while the merchant award went to Lepanto City Hall.