Thanksgiving has been a celebrated holiday for many years and has an interesting history. When the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620, the weather was eventually devasting to the small colony. Within their very first year, they lost 46 members who had sailed on the Mayflower. The remaining 56 colonists worked hard and, with the help of the natives, the harvest of 1621 was bountiful. Happy with their success, they wanted to show thanks, and along with 91 of the natives, they all celebrated with a feast that lasted three days. While it is not certain that wild turkey was part of the feast, we do know the Pilgrims referred to any wildfowl as “turkey” and they most likely had wild ducks, geese, and most certainly had plenty of venison.
Over the years, Thanksgiving was celebrated on various different days and was finally sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday in 1941 to be held on the fourth Thursday in November. In modern times, we celebrate Thanksgiving with foods that have become a tradition. Turkey, ham, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, etc. come to mind. I can smell the turkey just thinking about it! Yes, we still give thanks and should still be encouraged by the brave colonists who, with the help of the natives, blazed a new beginning in a new world. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here. But, we are also thankful for our own personal good fortunes that have come our way. Whether it be a new job, promotion, pay raise, retirement, the birth of a child, report of good health, etc. we are thankful. But, on the flip side of that, there are things that do not come our way that we should be equally thankful for. Not having to spend time in the Southern Regional Jail around Thanksgiving or any other holiday season is near the top.
Ronald J. Lester – Shoplifting 2nd Offense, Possession of a Controlled Substance
Melanie R. Hopkins – Forgery, Uttering
Michael D. Cox – Receiving/Transferring Stolen Property
Mark Massey – DUI 1st – Drugs, Driving Revoked for DUI 1st
Domonique J. Cook – Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Accessory Before and After the Fact
Joey D. Griffith – Warrant, Shoplifting 3rd Offense
Danny R. Green – Wanton Endangerment, Domestic Assault, Unlawful Possession of a Deadly Weapon
Bradley S. Pack – Domestic Assault, Possession of a Controlled Substance