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Every week our county is fortunate to have received a little recognition, thanks to the outstanding youth in our communities. This week is no different.

Congratulations to Zach Poe and the Standley family. Zach, the son of Ann and Trae Poe, agreed to play baseball for Sam Houston State University last Wednesday. He’s not the first one from the Standley clan who will play for the university, however. J.D. Standley, the son of Ann’s brother, Jim Standley and his wife Susan, played football for the university. Zach is an MHS senior this year and J.D. is a realtor with United Country Coleman & Patterson.

Congratulations to Jake Risinger, who was a member of the Brazos Valley Renegades Baseball team that smoked the competition this year with a perfect 7-0 record. It earned them passage to the Championship games of the IBC World Series in Clearwater Florida.

Even though they didn’t bring home the trophy from Florida they did a great job. Jake is the son of Brian and Suzanne Risinger and the grandson of Norman Risinger Sr. and the late Thelma Risinger.

Congratulations to Faith Farris who has been a serious competitor throughout the year in the youth cuttings. When the dust settled at the end of the season Faith took home the title of 2017 National Cutting Horse Association Junior Youth Reserve World Champion. Faith is the daughter of Tracy and Mitch Farris and the granddaughter of Jimmy and Carolyn Farris.

Then Layla Clark is another Madisonville youth who keeps racking up championships in the equine world. Last weekend Layla competed in Abilene at the Texas State 4-H Horse Show and won the State Champion Junior Hunter Showmanship. Then she rocked the Western Judged Horseman Division and took home that Junior championship. Layla is the daughter of Matt and Morgan Clark and the granddaughter of Karla and Mike Clark.

•Congratulations to Erica Johnson and Elija Nauls who wed last Saturday at the Truman Kimbro Center. Pastor Toni Green officiated the ceremony. Mrs. Lynda Haynes and the late Joe Ray Johnson are parents of the bride while Geraldean Nauls and the late Elijah Nauls Jr. are parents of the groom. One of those in attendance described the wedding as a sweet ceremony with many family members and friends present.

•Speaking of marriage, belated congrats to Helen and Jimmy Ketchum. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary July 28. Those are precious milestones. Jimmy also celebrated his birthday the same day.

•If you remember, a couple of weeks ago I shared with you that our volunteer organization at our local hospital could surely use more help. Have you thought about donating a little of your time? Call Maurita Turner at (936) 349-1572 or (936) 348-2631 extension 1572 and find out more about it.

•Here’s something you will want to know. A memorial scholarship is being created in Thelma Risinger's name at Madisonville CISD. If you would like to make a donation towards the scholarship, make your checks payable to Madisonville CISD and on the subject line, write Thelma Risinger Scholarship. You can mail it to Annette Andrews, Madisonville CISD P.O. Box 879 Madisonville, TX 77864. It’s a win/win. The memorial remembers a great lady and the scholarship will help a deserving student.

•Here’s what’s going on round town. This Saturday, Aug. 5, is Stuff the Bus time. It will be held at the Wal-Mart parking lot form 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you can purchase a few supplies and donate them, it would be much appreciated. Many children don’t have the supplies they need when school starts.

•Here’s some more school info. Monday Aug. 8, is registration time for the new students who will be attending MCISD schools. That’s from 9 a.m.-noon and again from 1-3 p.m.

Then the teachers and staff of MCISD will return to work Aug. 14 for two weeks of staff development before school bells ring for the kiddos on Aug. 28. By the way, you may want to mark your calendars for those important “Meet the Teacher” dates.

The date for the elementary school is Thursday, Aug. 24, from 3 until 4 p.m. while the Intermediate time is same day from 4 until 5:30. Then the high teachers will be looking forward to meeting you from 5 -6. Freshmen orientation? That’s Friday, Aug. 25, from 9-12.

•While you have that calendar out, why not mark Aug. 10 to attend the upcoming Community Prayer Vigil. It will start at 6 p.m. at the Truman Kimbro Center. Our world and our little corner of it certainly needs this. A reception will immediately follow the prayer vigil with some good old fashion hot dogs and all the trimmings, along with some good visiting. See you there.

•One more thing. While October and the Mushroom Festival seem like a long way away, those tickets for the annual Friday night dinner sell out quickly. Now is the time to buy them.

•How about some birthdays round town? This Friday, Aug. 4, is birthday time for Rebecca Harrell. Then Rebecca Keefer celebrates her birthday Aug. 5, while Martha White, Cash McBee and Billy Terry do the same Aug. 6. Crystal Davis-Vance blows out her candles Aug. 8, and Kim Shaw winds out this week’s list with her birthday Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Do you have birthdays or anniversaries in the family? Send your info to gala@nettlescountry.com or call (936) 348-6541. Make sure you spell those names so we get them right.

•And finally, are you familiar with Range magazine? It’s a great magazine that deals with matters important to ranchers, farmers and anyone who loves the land. The magazine has been in circulation for 25 years and has received four consecutive Freedom of the Press awards. That’s impressive.

One award was for an article on rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff in southern Nevada. Another was titled “Grass March” and about the death of Grant Gerber, a rancher/lawyer, who led a coast-to-coast horseback ride to deliver letters of protest to Congress for “regulation without representation”.

Coming in the Fall edition is an article by Michael S. Coffman, Ph.D. Dr. Coffman was president of Environmental Perspectives Inc. He was also heavily involved in research and consulting in forestry and environmental sciences. Dr Coffman passed away this year but spent his last few months writing this article titled “Climate Lies”.

So why share this? First, it’s Dr. Coffman’s last fight against what he called “the global agenda that would destroy America as we know it.” Secondly, he backs it up with a lot of facts that say climate change is not about the weather, but rather politics, redistribution of the wealth, control and greed. And that involves you. Seriously. It does.

The Fall edition of Range will be available at book stores and other select newsstands.

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