’Round Town


Congratulations to Tim Sandles, class of Madisonville High School 2001, who is now Dr. Tim Sandles, having successfully defended his dissertation last week.

Sandles attended Texas A&M following his high school graduation where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Development. He then received his master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in Agriculture Science.

Today, Dr. Sandles lives in Baton Rouge, La., and is the coordinator of Diversity and Recruitment for Louisiana State University’s College of Agriculture.

Tim is the son of Vickie Sandles and the grandson of Mrs. Johnnie Mae Sandles and the late J.W. Sandles.

•Congratulations to Stacey Sanders, who wed Robin Scasta last weekend. Stacy graduated from Madisonville High School in 1991. The couple will make their home in Wheelock.

•Hats off to a group of great ladies who decorate the doors of those living at our local nursing homes last Saturday. Judy Delessandri spearheaded this special task which Liz Ward started this last year. I would be a namedropper, but so many who couldn’t participate in the decorating donated paper and ribbon and money and I might miss someone. The most important this is that the nursing home residents love it.

•Here’s what’s going on ’round our town.

Father Mike Barone, former pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, is coming to visit. Father Mike will be in our town next week for a week of hometown visiting before sailing from Galveston Dec. 24 on a Royal Caribbean Holiday cruise.

•Wade Phillips, who formed 3in1 Ministries, will be playing Saturday, Dec. 16, in Iola at a fundraiser for the Iola Fire Chief. The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Iola Fire Department.

•Also this Saturday evening is the “It's Christmas Time in Texas" concert presented by Dennis Ivey and his band at the Crockett Civic Center. The concert is sponsored by the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce. The opening act will be by the Jordan/Classical Academy Choir. The event benefits the Children's Events in 2018.

Ticket prices are $15 for individuals 15 years and up while the younger set gets in free. You can purchase tickets at the door.

•You’ll want to know the students at Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District get out for the Christmas holiday break Dec. 22.

•On the birthday list, belated birthday wishes to Charles Park whose birthday was Dec. 9 and to Jeb Blair whose birthday was Dec. 10. How did I miss you two guys?

Another special belated goes out to Patsy Raley, whose birthday was Nov. 30.

On this week’s list, happy birthday to Dave Callaham, whose birthday is Dec. 15. Mitch Farris and Steve Andrews celebrate birthdays Wednesday, Dec. 16, while Ann Poe and Joel Shaw do the same Dec. 17. Debbie Springer and Jason Phillips blow out candles Dec. 18, and Linda Cousins blows hers out Dec. 19. Winding out this week’s birthdays is Colvin walker, Wade Phillips, Cathy Parker and Kelley Cole with birthdays on Dec. 20.

•Then happy anniversary to Nancy and Gregg Jolly whose anniversary is Dec. 14.

•And finally, last week I shared with you the first 10 in a list of wonderful thoughts each of us can give to our families. Although the author is unknown, they are no doubt bits garnered from lots of experience and of good judgment.

It requires years for an individual to accrue wisdom. However, for the perceptive person who listens carefully to those who have walked before, it’s a gift that can catapult them far ahead of others.

12. Never walk through an alley.

13. Be less sugar, more spice, and only as nice as you’re able to be without compromising yourself.

14. Can’t is a cop-out. Don’t want to is perfectly acceptable.

15. Hold your heroes to a high standard. Be your own hero.

16. If you can’t smile with your eyes, don’t smile. Insincerity is nothing to aspire to.

17. Don’t lie to yourself.

18. Your body, your rules.

19. If you have an opinion, you better know why.

20. Study your curiosities and practice your passions.


Love No. 15. We forget how important high standards are and they start with us. No. 19 is a favorite also. Too often we follow the crowd and their opinion. A little studying may reveal their opinion isn’t yours at all. Think about it.