Welcome back Tony Farkas. Tony, who served the Madisonville Meteor as its editor and publisher last year before moving on to Navasota, is back in the publisher chair in our town again. Drop by and say hello.
•Congrats to Sonora Schueneman, the daughter of John and Latisha Schueneman and granddaughter of Dawn Brenner, who knocked a home run in goat-typing at the recent National High School Rodeo Association.
Goat tying takes some tough physical work, some exceptional timing and a trusted horse to do well. Even then Lady luck can surely trip you up.
To reach the NHSRA finals competitors had to first come out on top in their state competition. There they passed through two go-rounds of competition where the top scorers qualified for the short go. Sonora won both go rounds.
The short go, where Sonora placed third, peeled out the top players for the finals. Sonora was one of them and she smoked the competition to win the national title. It added another scholarship for her college years. Last spring Sonora signed a rodeo scholarship with Texas A&M. Pretty impressive.
•Our community has lost two well-known women recently. First Rita Davis passed away last Monday following a valiant battle with cancer. Funeral services were held last Saturday at First Baptist Church.
Rita was blessed growing up in a large family and she is survived by nine siblings. In addition she is survived her husband Billy Davis, daughter Sheila Richey, sons Leslie Slaughter (Mary) Micah Slaughter (Marla) Jody Slaughter (Susan) and stepsons, Mark Davis (Debbie)and Mitch Davis. Send your condolences to the family care ov her husband, Billy Davis, at P.O. Box 691, Madisonville, TX 77864.
Then Thelma Risinger, wife of Norman Risinger and mother of Brian Risinger and Dr. Norman Risinger Jr., passed away unexpectedly last Friday. Her body was sent for an autopsy so services are tentatively expected to be held Friday. Send your condolences to the family at 1205 S. State St., Madisonville, TX 77864.
•Here’s what’s going on ’round town. This coming Sunday is Fifth Sunday, a time when all of the churches come together for their evening service. Madisonville Christian Fellowship is hosting the event this time and the services will start at 6 p.m.
Speaking of services mark your calendar for Aug. 10 for the upcoming Community Prayer Vigil. It will be held at 6 p.m. at the Truman Kimbro Center and our world certainly needs this. A reception will immediately follow the prayer vigil with some good old fashion hot dogs and all the trimmings and some good visiting, maybe even with neighbors you seldom see.
•On our birthday list, happy belated birthday to Deurell Gray, who celebrated his birthday July 24. This week Marty Fraley celebrates his birthday July 26.
Then special birthday wishes to Maidie Madole. This icon of Madisonville will be 98 years young also on Wednesday, July 26. That address is Maidie Madole, 102 York Drive, Madisonville, TX 77864.
Happy birthday to Ken Murphy, whose birthday is July 27, and to Airman Tyler Barrington and Bonita Clifton, whose birthdays are July 28. Sunday, July 29, is a busy day for birthdays and when Lori Gibbs, Greg McBee and Matt Fraley will blow out their candles.
•On the sick list, Freida Michael underwent surgery last week following a heart attack and did well at first. The following day, though, she had to receive a second stent. While it’s been a bumpy road, Freida is now home recuperating. Drop her some good words at 106 W. Crescent, Madisonville TX 7764.
Paula Brooks, the wife of Troy Brooks, past pastor of First Baptist Church Madisonville, received good news last week. Paula had undergone surgery in early June for endometrial cancer that had metastasized. Since it had not invaded any lymph nodes chemotherapy has been taken off the table and she will undergo radiation only. Paula’s address is 707 N. 20th St. Lamesa, TX 79331.
•And finally, as we listen to the news and hear everything from terrorists rantings to society rantings to political rantings, it’s interesting to look for the guys that take full responsibility for themselves. They are usually the same ones who provide only factual information when jumping into the fray. There aren’t many of them.
Dr. Wayne Dyer once said, “Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make.”
I wonder if that statement was pasted on every person’s bathroom mirror if there might be less rantings and a little more objectivity in the world? One thing for sure, it’s definitely a good frig door keeper.