THE COMMUNITY TABLE WILL BE HOLDING A THANKSGIVING MEAL for those in need in Jackson County from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today (Thursday). The meal will include Thanksgiving classics and is free for those in need. To donate to the community table or for more information see

THE LORD’S CLOSET will be open at Ochre Hill Baptist Church on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 5-7 pm. A meal will be provided along with food boxes and clothing, toy, household and Christmas items being available.

THE ANNUAL AUTUMN BALSAM ARTS/CRAFT SHOW will be held at the Balsam/Willets/Ochre Fire Department from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, with a variety of arts/crafts available. Local hand-stitched and stamped greeting cards, crocheted and hand-sewn items, homemade fudge and baked goods, pottery, glazed pecans, oil paintings/prints, small hand painted tiles and wooden spoons, jewelry, candles, matted/framed photos, baskets and chair caning among other items will be on display. A portion of the entry fees will benefit the Fire Department.

SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S Small Business Center will be hosting a free Jump Start Summit this fall. Pre-registration is required for this free summit, which is scheduled for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, on SCC’s campus. The exact location of this summit will be provided upon registration, which can be completed by visiting or by contacting Tiffany Henry at 339-4211. The full-day summit is geared toward aspiring business owners. It will provide networking, information and resources on a variety of business topics that include money, bookkeeping, sales and marketing. Participants will be able to select workshops that relate to their specific business needs. Every year SCC’s Small Business Center provides resources for hundreds of aspiring and current small business owners. For more information about SCC’s Small Business Center, contact Henry, SCC’s Director of Small Business Training, at 339-4211 or at

THE JACKSON COUNTY AARP TAX-AIDE group is looking for volunteers to assist taxpayers with preparing their income tax returns one or two days a week during the tax season. AARP membership is not required. The local program needs both greeters who may have little experience and counselors who are interested in learning to help complete simple personal tax forms. The latter requires somewhat more tax knowledge. That knowledge is provided through training by the AARP Foundation in local classes and using online instruction. Counselors are certified by the IRS before they assist taxpayers. Counselors are also expected to be comfortable finding their way around a computer because of the computer-based nature of the program, but only moderate computer knowledge is expected. To learn more or volunteer go to the AARP Foundation website, or contact Donald Selzer at 293-0074 to discuss this opportunity. The Tax-Aide organization, at the local, state and national levels, is made up entirely of volunteers who file returns for people of all ages and income levels, with emphasis on the elderly and low- and moderate-income individuals. It is sponsored in part by the AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service, and in part by the Jackson County Senior Center and the Jackson County Public Library.

ALL SOLID WASTE FACILITIES will be closed today (Thursday) for the Thanksgiving holiday and will open for normal business hours on Friday.