Christmas downtown set for Dec. 3

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The Carlisle Chamber of Commerce set Downtown Christmas for Dec. 3.

The Chamber hamburger supper will be from 4-6:30 p.m. in the fire station. Hamburger or hot dog meals, including chips and a drink, will be available for $5.

Line up for the Christmas parade will begin at 6 p.m. at Riviana followed by the parade at 6:30 p.m. Anyone wanting to participate in the parade may pick up forms at First State Bank, Bank of England, BancorpSouth or at Fever’s.

Mayor Ray Glover gave an update on city wide happenings during the meeting. Glover said there has not been much economic development in Carlisle during the past month. He said during the last meeting of the Economic Development board, there was concern about the retention of current business. According to Glover there will be a Banquet for the local businesses after the first of the year put on by the Economic Development Board. He said the banquet will be held in honor of Carlisle’s current businesses to inform them on what the economic development board is doing in the community.

Glover said the inmates from the Arkansas Department of Corrections Tucker Unit continue to clear the site for the new police and court building. He said bids were recently opened on the building, but all the bids were above what the city plans to pay for the building. He said they plan to go back and tweak the plans to get the building within budget. Glover said he is still hoping to begin on the project by the end or first of the year.

Christmas decorating will begin next week, according to Glover. Glover said paint and glitter was purchased to freshen up the silk poinsettias which are displayed throughout town at Christmas. He said he would also like to thank and recognize Don Lewis Kittler for resewing the “Welcome to Carlisle” banners and Nancy Kittler for her work on the new gardening project on the new road next to the fire station.

In other business, President Judie Bariola said Airport Day was very successful. She said although numbers were low compared to previous years, there was still a turnout of about 400 people who attended. She said there was an out of town peewee football game during that time as well the Race for the Cure earlier that morning. Bariola said about nine pilots participated in the event.

The next Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at noon on Dec. 10 in the Civic Center.

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