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Congratulations to two of our outstanding Madisonville Citizens, Dawn Knight and Chief Herbert Gilbert for winning the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Man and Woman of the Year Award. Also doing an outstanding job at last Saturday night’s banquet was Priscilla Pate, owner of Lace Boutique who was the Chamber Emcee.

If you own a local business and are not a member of the Madison County Chamber, it’s a great organization to join. Besides working to promote the businesses of our town and promote our community, the Chamber helps business owners network. It also helps businesses grow. According to a 2012 study conducted by the Schapiro Group “80% of people surveyed were more likely to purchase a product or service from a Chamber member.” Think about it. Then call Liz Ward at the chamber (936) 348-3591.

Hey pancakes lovers!  Have we got a deal for you! Next Monday, Feb 13 our Madisonville High School band will host a pancake dinner at the high school cafeteria.  It’s a good time to give Mom a break from the kitchen and help our youth at the same time. The group is raising money for indoor percussions and for travel expenses for the winter guard.

The doors open at 5:30 and close at 7:30. Since it’s all you can eat pancakes, sausage and cookies, go early, stay late and enjoy a little visiting with your hometown neighbors.

It might be a good idea to get your tickets early though. They are $10 at the door, but early buying is $8.00 so you can save some money by planning ahead. You can buy tickets at the reception area at the high school, at the Texas Diesel Shop, that’s at located at 632 Florida Ln, and at Walkers.

By the way, our band’s indoor percussion group recently placed 2nd in contest while the winter guard placed 4th.

Following on the heels of the pancake supper is Valentines so now is the time to go shopping!

Speaking of Valentines, have you seen the advertisement on T.V. for the life-size teddy bear as a Valentine’s present? He’s cute, no doubt he’s huggable, but he is really big!

I keep wondering where Teddy would live after Valentines. You can’t give him away, he’s your valentine’s present. He could sit on the living room couch, but when someone comes to visit, they might leave worrying about you, especially if you talk to him like you talk to the dogs.

And yes, that most likely would happen. We’re a society that talks to our dogs, talk to ourselves, even yell at drivers in other cars who can’t hear a word being said so most likely you’d talk to the teddy bear. If you have much company, maybe the couch wouldn’t be a good place.  

Spare bedroom? Maybe, but company will need that spare bedroom periodically and who wants to wake up to a life-size teddy bear sitting in the corner staring at you? While I don’t know anyone who has gotten a life-size teddy bear for Valentines, evidently it happens. Those ads cost a lot of money. Maybe we should write a community book on how to live with a life-size teddy bear. We could use the money for a huge sign on the interstate advertising Madisonville as home of this famous book, so if you’ve got some great ideas for Teddy, let’s hear them! Okay, on to more serious stuff.  

Next weekend Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18 is the Women’s retreat hosted by Madisonville First Baptist Church. "Heartfelt Friends" will be held in the Church’s Life Center starting Friday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. Friday night’s program will include dinner so Dad, you and the kiddos are on your own.

Saturday morning the retreat begins again at 8:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast and yes, a luncheon will be served as well.  The Nursery will be available both Friday and Saturday.

The speaker for Heartfelt Friends is Mindy Lancaster and the cost for the meals is $20. If you need a little help with that, scholarships are available.  Call the Madisonville First Baptist Church office at 936-348-2686 by February 13 for registration information.

Do you like to paint? Then you’ll want to attend Painting With a Purpose, a fundraiser for Rufus Refuge. It will be held at Oak Ridge Country Club Tuesday Feb 28 from 6-8 pm. Go online to Rufusrescue.org to register or contact Meagan Dean at 936-661-4490. Gotta be 18 to paint though!

Some things take a while to prepare for, like Relay for Life. The annual Madison County Relay for Life is scheduled for April 22 so now is the time to get busy with those teams. The team recruiter for Madison County is Leigh Ellen Howeth and she needs your help. This year’s Relay will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the Madison County Fairgrounds.

By the way, there is no minimum donation required to have a team and yes, those teams can be a lot of fun. Beth Anne Rhyne is the Community Manager for Relay For Life and you can reach these ladies at 405-370-2954.

On our birthday list, happy birthday to Robby Richardson whose birthday is Thursday Feb 9.  Amanda Wakefield will blow her candles out Sat Feb 11 while Daryl Lindsey’s birthday is Feb 12. Melanie Tieperman winds out our birthday list with her birthday Monday Feb 13.

Condolences to the family of Brother Johnnie Crocker who passed away Monday Jan 30 at the age of 96. Brother Johnnie talked about living to be 101 years old and he almost made it. From those 96 years though, he left quite a legacy from which all of us could learn.

First, age was just a number and had no control over Brother Johnnie and then retirement wasn’t a word in his vocabulary either. Both just might be the reasons he lived a long and active life.

Brother Johnnie never quit working. He was still pouring concrete in his 90s and last summer still delivering vegetables from the garden he planted and maintained. In fact, the week before he died he had tilled that garden getting ready to do more planting. Already there were 600 onion plants in the ground. And he still preached every other Sunday at Sand Prairie Baptist Church.

Services were held Thursday afternoon at Sand Prairie Baptist church. The family requests memorial to the Sand Prairie Baptist Church, P.O. Box 100, North Zulch, TX 77872.                   

Send your condolences to his daughter Joyce Coleman and her husband Jay C at 16855 Bundic Road North Zulch TX 77872 and to his daughter Judy Nickerson and her husband Vance at 331 Sandy Lane at Gladewater, TX 75647.

Folks have been in and out of the hospital since last week’s paper. First Jeanelle Mathis is home after a stay in St Joseph’s to get her heart back in rhythm.

Then Bobby Wise, Madisonville Feed, had a similar stay in the hospital. He too is back home. Ernie Petri is hopefully home by the time you read this. 

And finally, are you punctual? I recently read an article titled “4 Habits Of Punctual People.” Author Stephanie Vozza’s title caught might attention since I figured none of those habits applied to me - or to Ronnie. Notoriously, it seems we have to handle one more crisis before leaving for a scheduled event, no matter if we’re on our way to a cutting, a wedding or a funeral. We seem to always slide in just at the last moment. As I think about it, there are several of you in our town who slide in with us.

The good news is that we aren’t alone. In fact, according to statistics one out of five people are late. Are you the one?  The other good news is that it’s not that chronically late folks don’t value others' time but rather, as the article states,  “It’s more complicated than that.”

I understand complicated.

In fact Vozza wrote, “Most chronically late people truly dislike being late, but it's a surprisingly difficult habit to overcome. Telling a late person to be on time is a little like telling a dieter to simply stop eating so much.”

Does this sound familiar to you? Here’s one more tidbit of information.  Most people have a time problem. The surprise? Usually it comes in a combination of late and punctual habits where they do arrive on time, barely, but with a frantic rush at the last minute.                                                                    

That sounds a lot like our house. Before the guilt starts to settle in, though, I’ve got some pointers to share with you from those who are always punctual and sometimes 30 minutes early. I’m not too sure, though they live in the real world. Here’s the first one. More coming next week.                                                                                                          1. Punctual people are realistic thinkers. To become one, chronicle how long it takes to do tasks during the day.

Chronicle a task? Are you kidding me? I’m pretty sure the writer of the article works in a small cubicle from 8:00 to 5:00 where the tasks are the same day in and day out. She should try putting ranch life, a hub of Madison County, into a daily pattern. How do you chronicle how long it takes to save a colicing horse and still get those cookies to school by lunch, the cookies your child forgot to tell you about last night? The person juggling those tasks is the realistic thinker in my books. I don’t think the author of punctuality has children either.

Stay tuned for next week!  The punctual folks who always arrive 30 minutes early have some more words of wisdom for the rest of us.  You won’t want to miss them.

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