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Congratulations to Cole Kelly and Courtney Aguirre, who wed Sept. 8. Courtney is from Normangee while Cole is the son of Connie and Chuck Kelly and grandson of Frank and Betty Kelly and May Tisdale.

•Midway resident John Henry Jr, who is seriously in need of a new liver, is presently in New York. John, who has been hospitalized in Houston numerous times throughout the years is on the liver transplant list but one has not become available for him in Houston.

A similar thing happened to Ben Franklin, the husband of past MJHS teacher Myra Franklin, several years ago. When Ben was seriously in need of a liver and one had not become available in Houston, Myra, with some good help, researched transplant hospitals. She then fixed Ben a bed in the back of the car and drove to Nashville, pulling up to that hospital’s emergency room. Within a month Ben had a new liver. Today, he is doing great and the Franklins are enjoying life. Time to find that liver for John.

•Are those wild hogs rooting up your pasture, maybe even your front lawn? What about nutria rats? Yep, they are here too. If so, you should RSVP right now (before you forget about it) to attend the Wild Game Dinner and Program sponsored by the Madison County Beef and Forage Committee along with Capital Farm Credit. The program will be held Sept. 15 at the Madison County Fair Association Meeting Room.

In addition to a nice dinner, you will learn about white-tailed nutrition and a habitat management, a Farm Bureau plus trapping techniques for pest predator control.? nutria rats are here. RSVP the Madison County Extension at (936) 348-2234.

•It’s almost that time again. On Tuesday evening, Sept. 19, the Midway Church of Christ will host its monthly Gospel Gathering, co-hosted by Lanier Stevens and Dennis Ivey. Forget about cooking. There will be finger food to snack on beginning at 6 p.m. You may even think about bringing a dish or two. Singing will start around 6:30 p.m. and you can sing along, even play along if you’re pretty handy with an instrument. It’s a fun, laid back evening and they want you to come.

•Now is the time to register for the upcoming Replicate Conference offered by First Baptist Church, set for Sept. 23. It’s going to be a good one. It’s all about “raising teenagers in today’s culture, discipling marriage praying like Jesus, multiplying missions and evangelism.” Time is from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more details, costs, and registration info check it out at madisonvillefbc.org. or give the church a call.

•You won’t want to miss this one. Coming in October is a couple’s ranch rodeo at Crossroads Cowboy Church. Now this will be fun, whether you’re in it or watching it. The Ranch Rodeo begins at 1 p.m. with “trailer loading” and “goat typing” and some guaranteed to make-you-smile moments.

That evening will be a couple dinner and speaker starting at 5 p.m. Of course, then Sunday it will be time to get serious with the best of Texas Ranch Rodeo. That’s happening right after the church’s 10 a.m. service. Mark your calendar.

•Hey, business owners. How about some free advertising? If you’re a member of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce you can put your business info in the 1,000 bags passed out at the Mushroom Festival. Interested? Call Liz at the chamber know this. That number is 348-0081.

Not a member? You can still add your info for a small fee. But now would also be a good time to join our Chamber.

•Hats off to the Stitchin' Hens, who are selling raffle tickets for a beautiful handmade quilt the group lovingly made. The funds will benefit Rufus Refuge. Tickets are $5 each, five for $20 and 12 for $50.

So how do you buy them? Since I’m out of town right now, hopefully I’ll know more about this next week. Rhonda Lindsey is selling them for sure. Dawn Knight and Glenda Landry may be selling them. Check back next week.

Do you use artificial sweeteners? An interesting article dated Aug. 22, 2017, titled “How Bad Are Artificial Sweeteners?” shared some new research on the subject. The article stated 37 studies including 406,000 people with seven randomized trials were used.

Bottom line is they may be doing more harm than good. The article stated, “We have no scientific evidence that consuming artificially sweetened foods and beverages leads to weight loss. In fact, the latest investigation on the subject found no positive effect on weight loss, and actually linked intake of these sweeteners with higher risks of gaining weight, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.”

Of course, the debate has been going on for years but that’s a lot of people studied. If you have health issues, you may want to do your own research.

And finally, one more thing I did when leaving home was to forget the computer plug and the computer battery is blinking at me. That means it’s seriously low. Check back next week for info on a Fishing Pole law I’d like to see added to our government’s long list of laws. Now this isn’t what you think, but I am going to need your help to get the powers-that-be to even consider it.

Until then, see you ’round town.

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