'Round Town


Sometimes when it rains it pours doesn’t it? I think the Boyett family needs a break! Besides Johnny Boyett’s bout with cancer, their son’s home burning to the ground and Virginia Boyett’s battle with a severe infection last that landed her in the hospital Nov., last week was another week of endurance.  

First, although Virginia got her flu shot, she still tested positive for the flu last week and has had a tough week. At the same time Johnny had several spots come up on his head.  Since Virginia was sick and everyone else needed to be at their jobs, another family member, Jan Blakley carried him to The Woodlands Tues. to see the oncologist. Caring people, whether family or friends, do make a difference. Send your encouragement to them at P.O. Box 76, Madisonville TX. 77864.

Do you remember Gypsy and Tim O’Neal, who lived in Madisonville Farms quite a few years ago? If you know Lara and Marcus O’Neal of North Zulch, Gypsy and Tim are Marcus’s parents.

Tim has pastored a church in Fort Scott, KS for the past 18 years. Last year though, Gypsy’s asthma worsened and doctors told her she needed to move to a drier climate. Their youngest son Tyler lived in Utah, so Tim resigned from his church and moved to Gypsy to Utah. While the climate helped, in early February, only weeks after the move Gypsy was diagnosed with Small Cell Carcinoma.  The cancer is in her colon, lungs and a small tumor behind her heart. She began chemo treatments Feb 22.  Send your support to them at 2155 Grant Ave., Apt 145, Ogden, UT 84401.

Congratulations to Will & Bailey Mooney on the birth of Cullen Everett Mooney who born last Wed. afternoon. The little guy weighed in at 7 pounds 2 ounces. He was welcomed home by two-year-old big brother Hayes, who we understand spent time really entertaining his granddad Joel Hardy while Cullen was arriving.

Here are a few events around town to put on your calendar. First, congratulations to James Nash, who will hold a book signing March 19 at the North Madison Church of Christ from 2 pm until 3:30 pm for his recently published book.

Over the years Nash has published quite a few stories. One was about his friendship with Bill Easterling and another about deer hunting with his sons; of course, one was about grandma’s biscuits. His new book based on Proverbs 22:28, puts many of them together into one collection. Proverbs 22:28 says, “Do not remove the ancient landmarks which your fathers have set.”

You might say the project has been a community event since Yvonne Morgan and Mia Alvarez did the artwork for the book. Jane Wakefield, Barbara Sisk and Charlotte Barrett edited it. If you would like to preorder a book you can email nnash @yahoo.com. Cost is $30.00

Did you attend the Relay For Life meeting held this past Tuesday at Legends Steakhouse?  Another one is planned for Mar. 28, and then a bank night and t-shirt pickup on Mon., Apr. 17.

            So what does relay for life accomplish? A good example is that last year, cancer patients received more than 316,200 free rides to and from treatment, thanks to the Road to Recovery®. You can check out Road to Recovery at


            The Madison County Relay for Life will be held Apr. 22 at the Madison County Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Want more info? Here’s how to contact Bethanne, Madison County’s go-to person helping with Relay.  Call her at (405) 370-2954, or email her at bethanne.rhyne@cancer.org

            Over in Iola on Sat., Apr. 1, the third international Barbecue Cookers Association will host a cook-off for the Iola Volunteer Fire Department. The Fundraiser will also have a live auction of donated items and that night some great live music. We’ll share more info. later, but get it on your calendar; you won’t want to miss this barbecue!   

            Coming in May, the Madisonville Mustang Bank will host the Mustang Market Day Event, benefitting the Mustang band. Planned for May 6, the event will be held at Madisonville High School from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with booths of all kinds for you to browse, enjoy and buy things you can’t live without. IF you would like to have a booth, pick up a flyer and application at the front desk of the high school or contact Stephanie Schmidt. We will share more on this later!

            On our birthday list, wish happy birthday to Carolyn Douget, who will celebrate her birthday on Mar. 2. Right behind her is birthday time for Lena Lou Landry and Tonya Phllips, whose birthdays are Mar 4.

            Finally, how about some facts about the upcoming month of March?

 "The word 'March' comes from the Roman 'Martius'. This was originally the first month of the Roman calendar and was named after Mars, the god of war.  March was the beginning of our calendar year. We changed to the 'New Style' or 'Gregorian calendar in 1752, and it is only since then the year begins on the first of Jan. The Anglo-Saxons called the month Hlyd monath, which means Stormy month, or Hraed monath, which means “rugged” month.

            “All through Lent, the traditional games played are marbles and skipping. The games were stopped on the stroke of twelve noon on Good Friday, which in some places was called Marble Day or Long Rope Day. The game of marbles has been played for hundreds of years and some historians say that it might have started by rolling eggs. In the past, round stones, hazelnuts, round balls of baked clay and even cherry stones have been used."

            So when was the last time you played marbles?