Jingle, jingle, jingle goes the Salvation Army bell
Without hearing it from now until Christmas, wouldn’t it be swell?
That is a statement I have often made
But deep down inside I would not trade
The sound of these bells for any other
Even though I know it will cost me one dollar and then another.
For giving to the Salvation Army pot
Is sometimes all the Christmas spirit I’ve got
After all, haven’t I been taught to give of oneself
Is more blessed than to receive from any jolly old elf?
Some people depend entirely on the Salvation Army for sure
And when we give generously what a Christmas they will endure
To see the happy faces of a mother and her child
While the child is playing and running wild
Through the gifts that have been given
Sure makes any Christmas worth livin’
An appreciation day was held at the South Roxana Wanda Cemetery at 10 a.m. Oct. 28. Among those present were South Roxana Mayor Kenny Beasley, Chief of Police Bobby Coles, policeman Lee Brousseau, South Roxana office staff Wanda Holmes and Kay Squires, Chouteau Township Highway Commissioner Ronnie Hogue, Madison County Board Member Helen Hawkins, Wanda Cemetery President Tom Fleming and cemetery trustees Debbie Tatman and Diana Williams, and residents Darrell Williams, Matt Yon, Jamie Hatten, Albert Siler and Jim Williams.
The highlight of the event was given to Wanda Cemetery President Tom Fleming for his outstanding dedication to the cemetery from Helen Hawkins, who said, “I am here today to show appreciation for a job well-done by the Wanda Cemetery President Tom Fleming, his board and administrative staff ... as I drive by Wanda Cemetery, I cannot help but feel a sense of pride looking out on all the well-manicured and maintained grounds. It is a wonderful tribute to those buried there and their living loved ones, a reflection of small-town America at its best.”
Other awards were sent to state Sen. William Haine, state Rep. Dan Beiser, Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, Helen Hawkins, Simmons Law Firm, and Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery’s Melissa Erker for their help in acquiring equipment for Wanda Cemetery.
Illinois citizens are mourning the loss of a remarkable woman and politician who I believe held one of the toughest jobs in state government. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died early Wednesday.
Like everyone, I was stunned to learn of her passing, more so because I called her office on Tuesday and left her a voice message complimenting the government transparency section of the comptroller’s website.
Why do I say she had one of the toughest jobs? As comptroller, Judy was in charge of the state’s checkbook and paid the bills. It was her job to prioritize who got paid from the backlog that reached as high as $8.5 billion. She didn’t create the mess, but her staff had to take the calls from angry vendors awaiting payment.
I had the pleasure of being around her on several occasions. She was one-of-a-kind. She had a great sense of humor and her personality lit up the room. And she was known for being frugal. She sometimes bought her clothes at thrift stores.
She will leave a legacy of fiscal conservatism. It will be hard to fill her shoes.
Kurt Prenzler, CPA
Madison County Treasurer