One more time! Here’s another outstanding youth from our county. Faith Farris recently swept the American Quarter Horse Youth Association youth world classes winning the World Champion title in Level 2, the World Champion title in level 3 and yes, World Champion title in 13 & under Champion. Not only is that quite an achievement, it’s a lot of hard work.
That, though, is in addition to her cutting accolades in the National Cutting Horse Association. Earlier this summer Faith won 2017 National Cutting Horse Association Junior Youth Reserve World Champion. Somehow, she manages to squeeze a little drawing in between all these horse shows and is an extremely talented young artist. And to think, Faith is in junior high school. Faith is the daughter of Tracy and Mitch Farris and the granddaughter of Jimmy and Carolyn Farris of Midway.
•Congratulations to Rebecca Stevens, who was recently honored as one the Top 25 Nurses in the Baylor Scott & White Nurses Program. It’s all about the nurses who make a difference, not only with their skills but within the lives of their patients, peers and the community at large. In fact, these nurses are peer nominated and only 25 throughout the state are recognized.
Rebecca, who works at the College Station hospital, is the wife of Jon Stevens and mom to Hallie, Sam, Luke, and Jacey. And, of course daughter-in-law of Betty and Lanier Stevens.
Now here’s what’s going on round town.
•Want to help out others and enjoy a good meal at the same time? If you remember, the home of Delcina Smith on the corner of the Vick Addition burned recently and it happened shortly after they had moved into it. The American Legion Post 84 is stepping up to the plate and will host a Baked Potato sale for the family this Friday starting at 11 a.m.
Those potatoes will be stuffed with chopped brisket, cheese, sour cream and butter. A $7 donation per plate would be nice, but heck, why not go ahead and stick a little more in that jar?
The American Legion Hall is located at 800 N. May St., but if you want to make sure they don’t run out of those baked potatoes, phone your order right now to Ken Murphy (936-714-4213) or Donna Davis (936-348-4377). You can also phone it in to the American Legion Hall that morning. (936-348-6036). One more thing; these good Samaritans will even deliver to you. Teachers, this might be a great finale to your work week.
By the way our local American Legion 84 is working hard these days to be a helping hand in our community. If you see Ken Murphy, who is leading this drive, it would be nice to tell him you appreciate what they are doing.
•Friday night is the banquet for the Tu-Mile Sportsmen Association at Huntsville’s Walker County Fairgrounds. It kicks off at 6 p.m. and they would love for you to bring the family. This is a great organization for outdoors sportsmen and those with appreciation for our land, water and wildlife and it’s all about teaching those things to our youth. Since so many youths do not have the opportunity to be out on the land and experience it, this organization helps them do that. Go this Friday night and learn all about it.
•If you’ve got a little baseball player in your household who will not turn 9 before May 1, 2018, you might want to look into the newly formed coach pitch organization in our town. Your little player needs to be coachable, a team player and of course, have good supportive parents like you.
Tryouts are this Saturday at Madisonville baseball park at 6 p.m. Coaches are Brandon Cook, Jose Nava, Bo Williams and Billy Zanolini.
•Aug. 27 will be a big day at Crossroads Cowboy Church on Highway 90 and it’s all going to take place under the big white tent (with big cooler fans) behind the church. First, the group Sisters in the Saddle, led by Liz Henson, is hosting a good old-fashion breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Get there early. This is the voice of experience telling you this gang likes to eat.
Church then kicks off at 10 a.m. with Jeff Reynolds bringing the message under that tent. Jeff’s reputation precedes him as an awesome speaker. Then it’s roping time. Books open for an all-girls team roping at 11:30 and an open roping will follow the gals. Dress casually and go enjoy a fun-filled family day.
•If you’ve ventured toward the Interstate lately, you may have noticed the demolition of the building next to Lakeside Restaurant. That will soon be the new home for Pizza Hut owned by Carter Enterprises. Carter Enterprises also owns Lakeside Restaurant. Where the present Pizza Hut is located won’t remain vacant very long though. We’ll share more about that later.
•Nancy Higgs, the wife of Charles Higgs, a former Madisonville pastor, had an accident last Saturday. As Charles shared, “She reached in the cabinet next to the dishwasher to get a detergent tablet. She moved the portable can fire extinguisher to get the detergent. The can exploded and hit her in the mouth. It knocked out teeth broke her jaw and she also has a couple of facial fractures.”
Charles was leaving Office Depot when he received the call about Nancy and by the time he rushed home the ambulance was already in his driveway. Nancy was transported to Scott & White Hospital in Temple where her first surgery was last Sunday afternoon. Afterwards scans showed more fractures on both sides of her upper face so she underwent a second surgery Tuesday. Nancy faces a long recovery, so send your encouragement to her at 2185 Chestnut Oak Circle, College Station, Tx 77845.
By the way, Nancy’s birthday is Wednesday, Aug. 16.
•On the subject of birthdays, happy birthday to Heidi Clopton, who celebrates her birthday Saturday, Aug. 19. The Cloptons are expecting a little one early next year.
Meagan Dean and Nancy Clopton have birthdays Sunday Aug. 20 while Nell Hope Burke celebrates her birthday Aug. 21. Annette Andrews and Jennifer Bounds do the same Aug. 22 and Zingara Manning is right behind them with her birthday is Aug. 23.
Here’s a birthday that’s a little farther out than one week, but you may need extra time to find just the right card so we’re sharing it a little early. Jerry Reed, former owner of Reed Furniture and now frequent traveler, will turn the big 8-0 Aug. 27. That address is 2917 FM 1452, Madisonville, TX77864.
•Condolences to the family of Earl White who passed away Friday morning, Aug. 10, at the age of 99. His 100th birthday would have been Sep. 21. Earl lived those years to the fullest: a World War II veteran, auctioneer, livestock auction barn partner, rancher, banker and that’s the short list.
Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. today at Madisonville Funeral Home with services Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Send your condolences to the family care of his wife Martha at 503 W. School St., Madisonville, TX 77864.
•School’s starting next week. While teachers are spending this week getting ready for the kiddos, perhaps the rest of us need to get a little prepared as well. That first week or so the little ones will no doubt be excited and may dart places they shouldn’t dart, so drive with both eyes open.
And finally, in this world of such decisiveness and vitriol these days, in the world of social media where mature adults really think it’s their duty to browbeat you into believing the same, here’s a good refrigerator keeper. The wise philosopher Aristotle once stated, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”