Veterans and volunteers can help lay wreaths at Shiloh National Cemetery

DEC. 14 – A Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at Shiloh National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m.

“Wreaths will be placed at 510 graves, demonstrating the non-profit’s mission as ‘Remember. Honor. Teach.’” said C.D. Rickman, Hardin County Veterans Services director.

Veterans and volunteers are invited to help lay the wreaths. This year’s theme is “I’m an American.”

“The courage and sacrifice of our military veterans should never be forgotten. You have a chance to show them your appreciation and gratitude,” said Rickman.

The history of Wreaths Across America began with a young boy’s visit to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia.

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Hardin County Fire Department helps with successful search for missing Iuka boy

DEC. 7 – The Hardin County K-9 Search and Rescue Team joined the search for a teen who was missing in neighboring Tishomingo County and that boy was reported safe this morning.

Jacob Monroe, 14, of Iuka, Mississippi was reported missing from his home on County Road 992 Tuesday evening. 

Eight members of the Hardin County K-9 Search and Rescue Team traveled to Iuka to join the search for Monroe on Wednesday. They arrived at about 3 p.m. and stayed until sometime after 10 p.m. before returning home for the night.

“We were ready to go back down, but we were informed that Jacob was found safe and sound in a barn near his home by one of the other search teams down there, and we’re all happy there was a good conclusion to the search,” said Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin.

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Tour of Homes on Saturday benefits Hardin County Healthcare Foundation

DEC. 7 –Another noteworthy home is on the Savannah Christmas Tour of Homes this year.

Proceeds from the event which takes place on Dec. 9 from 1-5 p.m. go to the Hardin County Healthcare Foundation for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

The Williams-Bunnell home at 410 College St. was established in 1920, and is currently owned by Steve and Tammy Bunnell. 

This current four bedroom cottage style started out in the Williams, was then owned by the John Doran family, the owner of the Doran Store in downtown Savannah around 1936. 

After the passing of Doran in 1956, the Fay Hazen and Dorothy “Dot” Fariss family, local owners of the Farris Hotel, bought the home. This family renovated it, donated land for the Sun and Fun Pool, and gave the house many updates. 

In 1968, the family of local attorney Edwin Ledbetter  attorney lived there.  

Other local owners of the home were the David Abrams family, the Mark and Lindy Alexander family, and the Kenneth Gray family. 

After the renovation to the home and grounds completed in 2016, many artifacts were discovered such as a Confederate tent stake and lockbox lock, Civil War bullets, cloth tapestry wallpapers, original wood molding, pine floors, a hand-dug no-mortar well under the floor of the back bedrooms, metal tags dating back to 1919, coins from the 1940s and more.

“We invite you see these displays of artifacts, while giving to worthy cause,” said Steve Bunnell. 

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