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35 Per Copy Drama~Chorus Class To Digital photo by DIIvid Biker PINE EAGLE CHORUS/DRAMA CLASS will perform the Christmas musical, =The Littlest Angel" by Joseph Robine e Wednesday, December 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the Halfway Elementary School gymnasium. Pictured are class members Amy Bigelow (left), Gatekeeper; Elizabeth Bonn (right), Littlest Angel and Bonnie Crawford (center), Understanding Angel. =The Littlest Angel" is the story of how a little angel enters heaven only to make it less "heavenly" for those who already live there. Through' the patient encouragement of others, the Littlest Angel becomes one of heaven's finest. "Please come join us for this wonderful Christmas celebration," said instructor Tracie Swanson. "No admission fee will be charge, but donations will be accepted gratefully to defer the cost of the scripts, music, and royalties. See you on the 16th!" Clinic Board Votes To Pursue Community Block Grant by Steve Backstrom tential sites for an emergency services center had been dis- of the Hells Canyon Journal cussed, includinga site across At a special meeting of the the street from City Hall and Pine Eagle Health Planning the existing site of the clinic, Committee board ofdirectors, adjoining the Lions Park. held Wednesday, December Crow also said the Baker 2, the board voted to pursue County Sheriffs Department theideaofapplyingforaCom- had expressed interest in munity Development Block sharing space in an .emer- Grant for the purpose of ex- gency services center. Crow panding the Pine Eagle reiterated that the possibili- Clinic. ties for such a grant are best Board member Gordon in the coming year, and will Summers, who had attended likely be reduced in the years the most recent meeting of to come. the Pine Valley Rural Fire Lions Club president Protection District board of Ralph Smead offered the directors, reposed that the opinion that, if it seemed to Fire District is undecidedbe the best option, the Lions about whether tojoin the ap- would likely arrange for plicat:ion process, in an effort transfer of enough property to create an expanded emer- to the clinic to make expan- gency services center, as had sion possible. been discussed at the Novem- After lengthy discussion, ber 25 special meeting of the clinic board member Chuck Halfway City Council. Peterson moved to support Halfway Mayor Dick Crow, initial plans for a community who was in attendance at the block grant. The motion December 2 meeting, empha- passed with one abstention sized that the block grant con- and none opposed. Input from cept would benefit the entire the EMTs had not yet been community, not just the city received, and the board ex- or the clinic. Crow also pected to take that into con- pointed out that several po- sideration at a future date. Local Veteran's Heroism Continues To Be Honored at Fort Hood I It was 30 years ago that oring her son, thanked the Vietnam veteran, was knocked out, Holcomb and enemy fire to once again Sgt.JohnN0bleHolcombwas Fort Hood soldiers for pro- "The dining facility was took up the weapon and ran removethewounded.Hethen mortally wounded during a tecting and preserving designed by soliders for sol- to the forward position un- organized his men to repel combat assault mission near America's freedom, diers," said Col. Benjamin leashing a firestorm of bul- yet another enemy attack, Quan Loi in the Republic of "I'll remember the dedica- Freakley, Second Brigade lets, causing the enemy to and radioed information that Vietnam. Yet this Richland tion as one of the highlights Commander. withdraw. He took advantage brought additionalAmerican boy has left a legacy of bray- ofmylife,'saidMrs.Holcomb. That seems fitting given of this to treat and carry firepower, which broke up the ery and leadership that is still Sgt. Holcomb was de- the story of Sgt. Holcomb's wounded to positions of enemy advance. remembered and honored, scribed as anoncommissioned finalday, wherehe again and safety, and reorganize his Soldiers will be reminded Sgt.Holcombwasawardedthe officerwithtremendousbear- again put himself in danger defensive sector for thenext daily of Holcomb's inspira- Medal ofHonor posthumously ing who never hesitated to to save other soldiers in his attack. Sgt. Holcomb oncetional conduct and accom- many years ago, but last week carry out his orders, by Lt. platoon. On that day, again took up the forwardplishments according to Col. was immortalized at Fort General Leon LaPorte, com- Holcomb, squad leader in C machine gun position. Again George Bowers, commander Hood,Texas, where part ofthat mander of III Corps and Fort Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th the enemy was forced to re- ofthe 2nd Brigade. When they facility was renovated and Hood. "He has left a legacy Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Divi- treat.Duringtheenemywith-enter the facility, they will named after him. that Fort Hood willnever for- sion, and his company were drawal, a rocket hit his posi- see Holcomb's picture and Mrs. Wadean Holcomb, of get," said General LaPorte. trapped in a three-sided at- tion and he was severely other mementos of his life Richland, attending the dedi- Soldiers worked together tack by an overpowering wounded. Despite painful displayed in a showcase in cation ceremonyofthe newly to remodel the Fort Hood din- number of communist forces, wounds, Sgt. Holcomb the dining facility. remodeleddiningfacilityhon- ing facility to honor the fallen When his machine gunner crawled though a grass fire