Jan 082014

By Naomi Hatch
Jerry Dunaway of Valley View Southern Baptist Church was elected chairman of the Snowflake-Taylor Community Values Committee (CVC) last week. Snowflake Councilman Kerry Ballard was named vice chairman and Naomi Hatch of the Silver Creek Herald was selected as secretary.
The CVC is a volunteer group of community and religious leaders in Snowflake and Taylor.
In 1996 or 1997 Flake Willis organized the first CVC, but it hadn’t met for approximately 10 years. Ray and Judy Caldwell have been working to get the committee organized with the help of Ken Martin, Police Chief Jerry VanWinkle and Kerry Ballard.
They held their first meeting in November with a representative from each church, the justice court, the police department, the school district and the towns, and decided to meet every other month.
“The goal is to work together to build a more secure community,” Ray Caldwell noted at the first meeting.
The committee decided the topic for the Jan. 2 meeting would be preparedness, so Snowflake Fire Chief Pat Hancock was present to give information on the Community Emergency Response Team that has been organized in Snowflake and Taylor to assist the fire departments and towns in time of emergency or civic events.
Pastor Randy Myers of Living Faith Christian Center volunteered to write the first value article on individual preparedness. It will be published in the Silver Creek Herald.