Major Donors Helping to Build Children’s Place – Two brothers, Ron and Ted Hoover and Ron’s wife Linda donated $250,000 to help buy two large brick homes in Lexington for the Chris Myers Children’s Place. Their donation will buy one of the houses. “Lexington County has been good to us and we wanted to give back to the community” Ron Hoover said. “Seeing these homeless children is terribly sad. They’re our future.” The brothers saw the problems children face when they built Samaritan’s Well, a shelter for abused women and their children in Lexington. The Chris Myers Children’s Place is named for the late son of 11th Circuit Solicitor Donnie Myers. Like Samaritan’s Well, the Children’s Place will be operated by Christ Central Ministries, a volunteer organization founded by former businessman Jimmy Jones. “I am excited to visit the various mission stations and see the recipients of ‘hope and help’ through the army of volunteers,” Jones said.
A Nation Rallies to 9-11’s Challenge – Not since the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 have the American people been challenged as they were by the terror attacks September 11, 2001. It was another day that will live in infamy. Terrorist leader Osama bin Laden vowed to bleed America “to the point of bankruptcy, Allah willing.” Bin Laden and his homicidal bombers failed because they had under-estimated the resolve of a free people. September 11 did not slow down our economy and our productivity kept growing. One thing the attacks did for us was to create enormous world sympathy for us and revulsion against the terrorists. The events of 9/11, tragic though they were, did not push a weak economy over the edge into outright contraction. A mild recession began six months before 9/11 and ended in November 2001. Consumer spending and consumer confidence rebounded after the attacks as did investors and the stock market, which returned to pre-9/11 levels and kept rising. The moral of the 9/11 story is that a free people will pay any price for freedom.
**All information compliments of the Lexington County Chronicle.**
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