Local Christmas parades pack ’em in

Henderson Xmas Parade

Cool but mild weather helped bring out the Christmas spirit in many parade-goers during the annual Henderson Christmas Parade Thursday night.

“From my vantage point, I thought the turnout was very good,” said Judy Sewell, executive director the Henderson Area Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve heard very positive comments from people who were riding in the parade,” she said. “They said the crowd was very good all along the route. The weather was absolutely perfect, so we certainly should have a record-breaking crowd.”

The theme of the 2012 parade was “Musical Notes and Holiday Floats” and the more than 70 participants were each judged on originality, theme observance and artistic appeal or beauty.

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Avoid cooking up a ‘turkey tragedy’

Prossers Deep Fried Turkey

Thanksgiving is just a day away and many folks are thinking about how they will prepare their turkey. One way that has become increasingly popular is deep-frying. But local officials say if you don’t take the right safety precautions, you could be serving danger for dinner this holiday.

Deep frying is very popular but it can also be very dangerous,” said Chief Rusty Chote, Henderson Fire Department. “The big deal is that water and oil do not mix well […] when it happens, it’s pretty powerful.”

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On climbing atop the masthead…

This is my first Sunday column since taking over the Managing Editor position, so I better make it count. I’ve been meaning to write a column for a couple weeks now, but have been unable to due to all the various mitigating factors that accompany such a transition.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received at the outset. In just the last couple weeks I’ve received numerous well-wishes and kind words of support. It’s heartening to know that people are cheering you on and wishing you the best, at the same time it also raises the bar. If so many others have expectations for you, how can you not put high expectations on yourself?

Fortunately, I’ve got a lot of great people around me to make me look a lot smarter than I actually am. From the front office back to the pressroom, we’ve got some fantastic staffers here at the Henderson Daily News. It’s a pleasure to work here.

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