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Our FFA youth did it once again with two teams achieving National Honors last week at the FFA National Convention held in Indianapolis. It was the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo.

Aly Ghormley, Joey McIver and Camryn Frederick competed in Ag Marketing competition using David Hammit’s equestrian business for their project. The team won Runner Up. Pretty impressive when you consider teams from across our great country competed.

Then the six-member Ag Issues Team also brought home honors, earning second place in the national competition as well. Team members were Morgan Manning, Bethany Bullard, Mia Caperton, Lindy Shipper, Matthew Longoria and Avery Simms.

Four of the members from these teams had already graduated from MHS and started their college careers. Since these teams won at the state level last year though, it qualified them to compete at the National level. Bethany Bullard is a freshman at Sam Houston, Matthew Longoria and Lindy Shipper are freshmen at Blinn while Camryn is a freshman at Texas A&M Taking care of those college courses and preparing for National competition at the same time wasn’t easy, but they did it.

By the way while, we have wonderful ag teachers in our school, Miss Lynita Foster has really gone the extra mile with our students. And it’s worked. Thank you, Miss Foster.

•Congratulations to Laci and Jason Anderson of Huntsville on the birth of Tucker James Anderson. Tucker was born Sunday, Oct. 29, weighing 7 pounds 10 ounces and 20 inches long. Laci is the daughter of Judi and David Delesandri of Madisonville.

•On our under-the-weather list, James Weathers underwent a triple bypass last week and is doing well. In fact, he was moved to a room last Monday and may be home by the time you are reading this.

Sam Cole also underwent surgery last week for knee replacement. Complications set in however, and for a while Mr. Sam was in critical condition in ICU. He too, thoughn is now doing better.

Mr. Ernesto McCollum was life-flighted to Bryan last Thursday in critical condition and remains so as we go to press.

•Condolences to the family of Virginia Tinsley who passed away Monday evening. Arrangements are pending as we go to press.

•Here’s what’s going on ’round town. First, it’s here, the weekend for the time change. While the official time is 2 a.m. Sunday morning to set your clocks back an hour, I’ve yet to find a person set the alarm to change the clock at 2 a.m. Now some may be coming home about then and change them, but that’s a little different.

Time change means for the rest of the year and a few months into 2018, it will get lighter earlier in the morning and get darker earlier in the evening. Sunset was at 6:37 p.m. last Monday evening while sunrise Tuesday morning was at 7:38 a.m. That’s all according to sunrise-sunset.org.      

This Sunday morning with the time change sunrise will be at 6:42 a.m. and sunset will be at 5:32 p.m. Now think about that as you get ready for Sunday morning church services.

•It’s countdown time to get those shoeboxes ready for Operation Christmas Child. The project, a part of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan Purse, has been working to make Christmas special for needy children for 27 or so years.

This year the collection dates are Nov. 13-20 and First Baptist Church of Madisonville is our collection center. Because these boxes are flown to needy places, customs regulations have a say on what you can’t put in there, like toothpaste, candy, food, powdered or liquid drink mixes. You might check out the regulations to make sure you buy the right thing. You can do that at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/.

One more thing. Think about writing a note to the child who will get your box. Send a picture of two of you, maybe your family or friends. Make sure to include your name and your address so the child may write to you.

Just organizing so many shoeboxes is expensive, so please slip $9 in an envelope and tape to each one of the shoeboxes you give. Drop them off at the church any day between Nov. 13 through 20 from 8-5. The church does close for lunch between noon-1 p.m. The truck pulls out Nov. 20.

•That fun gathering at the Midway Church of Christ has been moved up a week in November because of Thanksgiving. The Gathering will be held Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the church’s Fellowship Hall, and as usual you can snack away on the finger food, then jam, sing or just listen and enjoy Lanier Stevens and Dennis Ivey. This by the way, will be the last gathering for 2017.

•On our birthday list, Rhonda Savage has her birthday Friday, Nov. 3, while Marcus O’Neal and Toni Joyner share birthdays on Nov. 7. Winding out this week’s birthday list with their birthdays on Wednesday, Nov. 8, is Sherry Cannon and Dawn Arnold.

Got birthdays you’d like to share? Anniversaries? Send them to us at gala@NettlesCountry.com or call (936) 348-6541.

•And finally, I’m sure we all have stories to tell about the time changes and I specifically remember one from years ago.

 Do you know who is nicknamed Honey by her grandkiddos? None other than Sherry Cannon. Years ago, Honey forgot to set her clock back when the time changed. In fact, several of us arrived early at First Baptist Church that Sunday morning.

Not sure about Sherry, but I learned my lesson. The good thing about that? It proves that even daylight saving time can create some great memories.

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