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Good news. John Henry of Midway, who has been in need of a liver transplant for some time, received the call last Saturday morning his name was coming up. He left last Monday where he will call New Orleans home until he receives his transplant.

This time last year John had already been hospitalized numerous times in Houston in an attempt to stabilize his liver. And it’s been a continual battle. Send your encouragements to him at his home address, 10059 Highway 21 East, Midway, TX 75852.

•Congratulations to Chloe Collins and Marcus Bennett, who wed last Saturday. Chloe is the daughter of Alicen Pugliese Collins and Terry Collins, while Marcus is the son of Stacy and Dr. Mark Bennett.

Condolences to the family of Walter Clopton, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10. Better known as Bubba, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Florence, and his son Wayne.

•Bubba is survived by his wife Nancy and his children Julie Hill, Jim, Gene, stepsons, Greg and John Gannaway and their families. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. We will keep you posted.

The family requests memorials be sent to Faith Baptist Church, Madisonville Cemetery, Madison County Museum or the Darrell K. Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's. That address is DKR Fund Org., P.O. Box 5839, Austin, TX 78763.

•That Stanton family doesn’t do things slowly. Bubba and Marvin Stanton recently had two new grandbabies added to the family. Two boys within two days. Now how fun is that?

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

•As I type this, it’s Monday night and a wintery mix is on its way. The news says it may slow us down for us for a day or two. Ronnie and I, though, are already slowed down, whiling away the hours in the Denver airport.

We just finished a week of working the Denver Market and interestingly, all week it has been warmer in Denver than in Madisonville. That’s changed though. Already our flight has been delayed twice. In fact, the departure board is lit up with delayed flights. It may be a long night. But then, it is winter, isn’t it? On to other things.

•It’s eating time round Madisonville. First, this Friday, Jan. 19, Gooroos' Wood Fire Pizza will set up with their food truck at Henson Ford from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Gooroos is a traveling red pizza wagon and known for down home service and good pizza. They are in Centerville Wednesday and Franklin Thursday, but in our town Friday.

Why not stop by and try out their pizza? In fact, take some home with you.

•This Sunday you might want to enjoy a good home-cooked breakfast and lots of camaraderie at Crossroads Cowboy Church. It’s located on Highway 90. Pancakes and sausage cooked over an open fire will be served 9 a.m. Then stick around for the church service which starts at 10 a.m.

•The following Saturday, Jan. 27, is Electronic Recycling Day in our town. The City of Madisonville will host the event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the City Hall. It’s a great opportunity to get rid of those electronics stuffed in the closets. Mark your calendar. Questions? Call (936) 348-9333.

•Hey, Chamber of Commerce members: you probably know someone worthy of being nominated for the Chamber’s man and woman of the year. Step up and nominate them.

No, you can’t call the Chamber because you have to put your nominations in writing. You can email it if you would like to liz@madisonchamber.net. You can also drop your suggestions by the chamber office or mail them to the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, 113 W. Trinity St., Madisonville, TX 77864. The banquet is on tap for Feb. 2.

•Next on the agenda is a meeting about the High-Speed Rail presently destined to come through our area Feb 5. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement meeting will be held that Monday starting at 5 p.m. at the Madisonville High School.

Sometimes things happen because good people stay home. You might want to think about that and make sure your voice is heard. Circle Feb. 5 on your calendar.

•On our birthday list, happy birthday to a super young man, Will Harrison, the son of Trey and Debbie Harrison. Will celebrates his birthday Jan. 18. A special happy birthday for Tracy Baker, whose birthday is Jan. 20. Amy Barrington, Robin Allen, Page Phillips, Mark Enloe and Rosalyn Jackson share Jan. 23 as their birthday, while James Phillips and Hilary Haythorne wind out this week’s list with their birthday Jan. 24.

•And finally, they just announced another delay here at the airport. Seems it’s tough getting those planes de-iced. That concerns me a little, but Ronnie, who flew crop dusters and helicopters in past years, is as relaxed as a purring kitten. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be some wee hour tomorrow morning before we see Texas soil.

The great motivational speaker Zig Zigler wrote about several of his airplane adventures, always using them to promote a positive twist. Zigler once stated, “It’s true that airplanes and kites rise fastest when they fly into the wind. Individuals grow stronger physically, mentally and spiritually when they are ‘tested’ with resistance or opposition.”

Good words. I think I’m in a growing stage. Ronnie? He’s snoozing.

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