Two New Year’s Day programs are planned in Jackson County on January 1.
The 82nd annual New Year’s Day Program will be held at 9 a.m. on January 1, at the Historic Jackson County Courthouse. This traditional program was started in 1927 “to give thanks to God for all the blessings of the past year and to ask for divine guidance throughout the coming New Year.”
As has been the case for several years, the event is sponsored by Teen Pact, a non-profit organization committed to turning students into statesmen. Those who attend are asked to dress warmly because the heat in the historic courthouse may not be turned on. Coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be served.
Because 2008 was an election year, a second New Year’s Day program will be held at 10 a.m. on January 1, at the new Jackson County Courthouse for the purpose of swearing in newly-elected officials. Probate Judge Margaret Deadwyler will preside at the second program and will administer the oath of office to newly-elected officials.