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Jingle Bells

December 20, 2017
Ken Meyer, known to many as "Ya-Ya Kenny," is a regular on the annual Jingle Bells Telethon. This year, due to illness, he was unable to perform. After moving to Alexandria in 1964, he played in Veo’s Trio Band and later formed his own band, the Ken Meyer Band, where he remained for 50 years. He's done some recording in Nashville, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri; Texas and Colorado. His original songs include "My Skidoo," "Good Old Minnesota" and "Pretty Flowers." (Contributed)
Ya-Ya says he's fine: Performer missing Jingle Bells but hopes to be back
December 20, 2017 - 9:12am
December 16, 2017
LETTER: Community works together to help those in need
December 16, 2017 - 10:03am
December 12, 2017
Shelly Bergner Nelson performs on the set of the Jingle Bells Telethon at the Geneva Christian Center. More than 40 acts performed Saturday, Dec. 9. (Jeff Beach / Echo Press)
Talent, generosity shine at Jingle Bells
December 12, 2017 - 1:25pm
December 8, 2017
Joe Korkowski (left) and Tim Urness show their Christmas spirit during last year's Jingle Bells Telethon. The duo were co-hosts of the annual live show. After a broken jaw in October, it was unclear if Korkowski would be able to host this year, but the wires are being taken off and he will be able to take the stage this year. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)
Ready to jingle: Annual telethon is Saturday
December 8, 2017 - 7:24am
November 19, 2017
Olivia Marsh sings "May It Be" while Brian Reynolds plays guitar at the Jingle Bells audition Sunday evening at the Lake Geneva Christian Center in Alexandria. The Jingle Bells Telethon, which raises money for those in need in the area, will be held on Saturday, December 9th at the Lake Geneva Christian Center. The telethon is broadcast on several local TV stations.
Jingle Bells auditions held Sunday
November 19, 2017 - 5:24pm
November 8, 2017
Jingle Bells organizers seek performers
November 8, 2017 - 10:21am
KXRA news director Joe Korkowski snaps a selfie with his wife, Sue, after he broke his jaw while playing baseball in Florida. Joe said Sue is a fantastic cook and has taken on the challenge of his jaw being wired shut with gusto. He said she is making lots of soups and other recipes that can be liquefied because everything he eats has to fit through a straw. (Contributed)
A tough break: Radio announcer's baseball vacation cut short by broken jaw
November 8, 2017 - 7:31am
December 16, 2016
LETTER: Blessed by generosity and caring
December 16, 2016 - 7:00am
Hosts of the 68th annual Jingle Bells Telethon, Joe Korkowski (left) and Tim Urness show their Christmas spirit during Saturday's event. (Al Edenloff | Echo Press)
IT'S OUR TURN: An early Christmas present
December 16, 2016 - 7:00am
December 14, 2016
Marcus Decker, 15, of Evansville plays piano and sings during the Jingle Bells Telethon. Decker was a recipient of a toy basket from Jingle Bells when he was a baby. (Al Edenloff | Echo Press)
A jingling good time
December 14, 2016 - 7:00am
December 11, 2016
Marcus Decker from Ashby plays the piano and sings during the 68th annual Jingle Bells Telethon. Decker was a recipient of a Jingle Bells basket when he was just a baby. You can read his story by clicking on the following link:
(Al Edenloff | Echo Press)play button
A jingling success w/video
December 11, 2016 - 10:42am
December 9, 2016
Annual Jingle Bells Telethon is Dec. 10
December 9, 2016 - 10:00am
December 7, 2016
Marcus Decker plays a Yamaha piano at Carlson Music Center in Alexandria. As a child, Marcus received Jingle Bells telethon gift baskets. Now, age 15, he will be performing in the telethon as a way of giving back.  (Beth Leipholtz / Echo Press)
Giving back to Jingle Bells
December 7, 2016 - 6:00am
November 9, 2016
Donate books to children through Project Bookshelf
November 9, 2016 - 9:00am
November 4, 2016
Holiday craft/vendor event benefits Jingle Bells
November 4, 2016 - 10:00am