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Our Madisonville youth continue to put the spotlight on our town. First, congrats to the Madisonville Mustangs. Our football team brought home the District Championship.

         Then congrats to four of the seniors who have signed on to play in the sports programs at different colleges. Sam Bennett, the son of Stacy and Mark Bennett and golfer deluxe, signed with Texas A&M.

         Zach Poe, the son of Ann and Trey Poe, will continue the family tradition by playing baseball for the Huntsville Bearkats. Matt Rudis, son of Laura and Mark Rudis, another tough baseball player, signed to play for TCU.

         Bryce Bennett, son of Catherine and Bill Bennett, will be playing baseball for Cisco Junior College. I’ve got a feeling these guys will provide plenty of reading material for all of us in the next few years.

         •Congrats to David Bastardo, who just hung out his barber shingle in Madisonville. David, who is the son of Lola and Jay Hardy, is now working at Versatile Hair Studio located at 301-B S. Madison St.

         •Four ladies from our area met actress Jamie Lee Curtis and even had a photo shoot with her last week. Janet Drake, Linda Hunter, Kathy Adams, Terri Creel, Candy Bennett and Sara Brassell were in Dallas to attend the Celebrating Women luncheon benefitting Baylor Foundation breast cancer research.

         •Condolences to the family of life-time Madisonville resident Nancy Cole, who passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7. A memorial service was held at the First Methodist Church Friday, Nov. 10.

          Dr. Cole was an esteemed educator, teaching at River Oaks Baptist School in Houston for 20 years and then serving as the Head of School for 22 years. She is the mother of Madisonville City Manager Camilla Viator. She and her husband Brent also own LFI Postal and Copy Center on North Commerce Street.

         Dr. Cole also is survived by her son Lee Hightower and wife Melanie, her daughter Elizabeth Baker and her husband Dean and eight grandchildren. Send your condolences to the family care of Mr. & Mrs. Brent Viato,r 1549 Wildwood Lane, in Madisonville.

         •Condolences to the family of Ernest McCollum, who passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 9. Mr. McCollum, 84, spent his life as a pastor and a missionary.

         McCollum is survived by his wife, Anita, his son Daniel and wife Connie, daughter Rhonda and husband Craig Smith and son J.D and wife Edna. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. J.D. officiated the funeral services for his father last Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at the First Baptist Church.

         •Condolences to the family of Robert Keith Junot, who passed away unexpectedly Nov. 10. Services will be held at Madisonville Christian Fellowship this Friday, Nov. 17, at 1 p.m.                                   Keith graduated with the class of 1982 and those class members are presently taking donations to help with funeral expenses. If you would like to contribute, send your check made out to Madisonville Class of 82 to Judi Williams Delesandri at 103 W. Trinity, Suite 115. Madisonville, TX 77864.

         •On our sick list, Denise Ivey Smotek, who is fighting thyroid cancer, is undergoing tests again. Denise will have biopsies this Wednesday on two new spots that showed up during an ultrasound. Send your encouragement to her at address is 129 Twin Creek Drive, Huntsville, TX 77320.

         Then Carlie Rae, the 7-year-old daughter of Jamie Douglas and stepdaughter of Ben Douglas, is quite a little trooper. Carlie spent last weekend undergoing some tough tests that included not getting to eat or drink. That would be tough for all of us.                                                     It’s not her first rodeo with this kind of stuff though. She’s undergone a bunch of needle sticks and prods and yucky drinks and well, you know. Hopefully some much-needed answers are on the way.

         •Here’s what’s going on ’round our town. First, on the birthday list, happy birthday to Jan Ward, whose birthday is Nov. 17. Right behind her, Jason Plumlee and Frieda Michael celebrate their birthday Nov. 18. Adna Hawthorne will do the same Nov. 23. Winding out this week’s birthday list is Frank Kelly and Melissa Singletary, who will do their celebrating Nov. 25.

         •Hats off to the Midway Volunteer Fire Department, which will host an Angel Tree once again. The tree is an opportunity to help the children of Midway, those newborn to 12 years old, who surely would like something under their tree.

         Speaking of an Angel Tree, while Christmas is still 40 or so days away, now is the time to start thinking about your home’s Christmas decorations. Our Keep Madison County Beautiful committee is hosting a county-wide Christmas light decorating contest. Judging will be the week of Dec. 11-15 with judges checking out Midway and North Zulch Dec. 11 and 12, and then Madisonville Dec. 13-15. Each town will have its own winner and each winner will receive a $100 gift card.

         •As you’re out and about town during the next couple of weeks and see a home that you think is really pretty, call Liz Ward at the Madison County Chamber know to make sure the committee doesn’t miss seeing it.

         •Monday by noon is the last day to drop your Child’s shoebox off at First Baptist Church for Operation Christmas Child. Remember, don’t put anything in the box that can’t go on an airplane. Remember to slip $9 in an envelope and tape to each one of the shoeboxes you give to help defray shipping cost and remember to drop a card in the box to your child. Make sure to include your name and your address so the child may write to you.

         •And finally, how is the new time treating you? If things have been a little weird the last few days, the good news is that you’re not alone.

         According to an article written in “Live Science” the subtle time shift can take a noticeable toll on the human body. The article stated, “Circadian rhythms tick away throughout the body each day, controlling the release of certain hormones that affect moods, hunger levels, and yearning for sleep. When these rhythms get thrown out of whack, even by just one hour during daylight saving time, the human body notices the difference.”

         The article also shared the change can cause headaches for some and even set off debilitating chronic pain. For others, the earlier evening darkness may bring on depression and moodiness. Then, of course, there are those miracle folks whom nothing seems to faze. I’m married to one of those. I, on the other hand, think I have completely lost my rhythm.

         Hopefully by now your circadian rhythms are swinging in sequence once again. Just think, Sunday, March 11, 2018, we’ll challenge our circadian stuff once again with daylight saving time.

Life is good.

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