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Here’s something you may want to attend this Thursday night and for several reasons.  First, it’s a presentation about the opportunity to improve our Madison County Fair facilities. Secondly, it’s a testimony to the quality of students attending Madisonville High School.

Camryn Frederick, daughter of Joey and Shannon Frederick is a senior and one of 10 students selected in Texas to be a part of the Ford Leadership Scholars program. Meeting the criteria isn’t an easy chore. It begins when the students are juniors. First there’s the application, a thorough, rigorous application. Those applicants who pass step one then receive an intensive phone interview.

The students passing that step then attend an in-person evaluation in Austin. Through all of this, the selection committee is focusing on finding 10 students with six traits identified by leaders in the agricultural industry. They call these “characteristics of leadership: action, relationships, vision, character, awareness and continuous improvement.”

Camryn was one of the 10 selected. Then the work began, work that had to be accomplished in addition to her high school studies.

Prior to attending the state FFA convention in the fall she attended a week-long sleep-deprived, hard-working leadership training seminar in Austin. There, with a mentor assigned to help her, Camryn had to choose a project to benefit her county. She chose to develop a proposal to renovate our county fairgrounds. Called a “fair’s fair share” the scrappy senior convinced all kinds of professionals including architects and our own Fred and Liz Henson, local Ford dealers, to get involved in her project.      

Thursday night will be an interesting evening with an impressive idea for Madisonville. Hopefully it will also be the initial meeting of a fundraiser to improve our Madison county fair facilities. Refreshments will be served. See you at 6 p.m.

By the way, the Ford Leadership Scholars Program is a result of the Texas FFA Foundation, Ford Division, and Texas Ford Dealers Partnership.

Congratulations to second grade teacher Charli Black and her husband Joel Black on the birth of Noah Harper Black. The little lady made her debut Thursday morning weighing 7 lbs. 8 ounces. She was welcomed home by a very excited big brother Murphy.

A special happy birthday to Ruth Ratliff who celebrates her 90th birthday Jan 25. Ruth was a beautician for many a year in Madisonville. Send your birthday wishes to her at 1208 Madison St., Madisonville, Texas 77864.

Also on our birthday list, happy birthday to Tammy Broussard, Sherry James and Mac Manning, whose birthdays are Jan. 22. Amy Barrington, Robin Allen, Page Phillips, Mark Enloe and Rosalyn Jackson share Jan. 23 as their birthday while James Phillips and Hilary Haythorne’s birthday is Jan. 24. Winding out this week’s birthday list David Culbreth and Cindy Pluckett blow out their candles Jan. 25.

Have birthdays, anniversaries or family news to share? Call us at 936-348-6541 or email gala@nettlescountry.com.

We’ve got several in our community who can use your prayers. First, John Henry Jr. of Midway is back home having been hospitalized in Houston several times lately to get that liver stabilized. the good news is that Henry is now on the transplant list for a new liver. John Henry’s address is 10059 Texas 21 East, Midway, Texas 75852.

Gigi Henson is improving daily in her rehab program following her recent stroke. She should be coming home this Friday. Her home address is send those cards to her at the Henson home. That address is P.O. Box 997, Madisonville, Texas 77864.

Johnny Boyett, who was going through the healing process following surgery to remove a tough skin cancer underwent emergency surgery Sunday night to stop bleeding from a torn esophagus. Johnny will remain in ICU for several days while doctors determine the problem.  Send your cards to his home address P.O. Box 76, Madisonville, Texas 77864 and his wife Virginia will read them to him. 

And finally, how many of you have already given up on New Year’s resolutions you made?

Statistics share few of us do well with New Year’s resolutions. In fact it was Mark Twain who said, “ Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

How about a new twist? Instead of that long list Chris Freytag, a fitness coach and a lady who espouses health and wellness, shared an easy list she says we all need. It’s composed of a few short words; you can memorize it and make it your daily mantra or maybe just tape it on your bathroom mirror!

By the way, if you haven’t made your own list yet, you might check out No. 7. This list is going on my bathroom mirror so maybe, just maybe. I can give that up.

                       

                                    Seven Things To Give Up In 2015

1.   People pleasing

2.   Doubting yourself

3.   Negative thinking

4.   Fear of failure

5.   Criticizing yourself

6.   Saying yes when you want to say no

7.   Procrastination

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