The Dewayne Boyett family who lost their home and all its belongings last Tuesday, Jan. 4, is fortunate to have gotten out safely. The smell of smoke awakened Cindy Boyett around 2 a.m. and when she and Dewayne reached their living room they saw flames coming from the garage area.
By the time the couple awakened their son Zak and moved their vehicles away from the house the fire had consumed the home. The Insurance company investigating the fire is leaning toward an electrical box in the garage as the place where the fire started.
Presently the family is living at Days Inn and eating with Dwayne’s parents, Johnny and Virginia Boyett. They send their gratitude to their friends and family who are helping them at this time and to the have been of great fire department and the city police department for being there in a time of need.
Then another house burned last Friday night. In fact, dispatcher Layla Wray took the 911 call of a house on fire only to learn the house on FM 3091 was her own. Her husband Billy and their two children got out of safely but the house and everything in it was lost.
Unfortunately the couple has no insurance and is presently living in a motel. Layla works two jobs and Billy just started a new job. A gofundme account has been established and the address for it is https://www.gofundme.com/the-wrays-start-over-fund. Or drop by the sheriff’s office and leave your donation.
Congratulations to Ashley and Beth Blagrave who will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary Jan 11 2017. How’s that for staying together through thick and thin? The couple was married only 11 months when Mr. Blagrave went into the Navy to serve in World War II, having to leave home on Christmas Eve. Send your congrats to them at 12022 City Road 112, Iola, Tx 77861.
Speaking of weddings, congratulations to Jack Douglas and Mary Lee Woodward who wed in a simple and beautiful ceremony last Saturday afternoon at Oak Ridge Country Club surrounded by friends and family. Mary Lee’s brother, Mark Woodward performed the ceremony. The couple, who will return from their honeymoon in another week and will make their home in Madisonville. Send your congrats to them at P.O. Box 1107.
Congratulations to Richard Earp who was recently recognized by Brookshire Brothers, the Texas based company for whom he has worked for 43 years. The company complimented Earp, our Madisonville neighbor by saying, “As Market Manager, he defines what it means to 'Shop With Someone You Know'. His customers ask for him by name and trust him with their market needs.”
Of course, we in Madisonville already knew that but so glad Brookshire Brothers told the rest of Texas!
Congratulations to Leslie Lazenby and Michelle Mock, two gals who like to cook so they recently opened Mommas Café in Midway. It’s located at approximately the corner of Texas 21 and OSR in the old post office building. The two did some serious remodeling and turned it into a cute café.
The gals opened the business Jan. 5 and the reviews about their home cooking have been great. Go visit them Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Congratulations to the Madison County Broncos, a part of the Texas United Football Association, who will soon start their first season. Coached by Chris Whaley and Police Chief Police Herbert Gilbert, the team of 18-year-olds and older young men, started practice last October and have been going strong ever since.
This is a good thing and you can go watch them this Saturday Jan. 14, 2017 at Mustang Stadium. It starts at 6:30 p.m.
On our birthday list belated happy birthday to pre-K teacher Katherine Cole and Trey Harrison whose birthday was Jan. 8.
Darrell Whitlow kicks off this week’s celebration with his birthday Jan. 12. Donna Cuevas and Chance Savage celebrate their birthday Friday, Jan. 13 while Joyce Goodrum and Leisa Pope do the same Jan. 14. Towanda Webber celebrates her birthday Jan. 15. Towanda’s address, by the way, is 906 4th St, Madisonville TX 77864.
In our get-well corner Gi Gi Henson, the wife of past Judge Art Henson, suffered a stroke last Monday. Jan 2, 2017. The sad news is that she could not be immediately transported from our local St Joseph Hospital to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan because of their overload. It was the next day before she was transported. The good news is Gi Gi is improving daily and was moved to the rehab center last Friday where she will stay for approximately two weeks. Send those cards to her at the Henson home. That address is P.O.Box 997, Madisonville Texas 77864.
Johnny Boyett, who is still healing from his last surgery, should start radiation treatments to fight the cancer, which is now in the cheekbone, in February. By the way, Dwayne Boyett, whose house burned, is the son of Johnny Boyett.
Rita Davis, the original pioneer of Rita’s Daycare, is another who has been diagnosed with cancer. Her son Jody, who fought cancer last year, recently received a good report. Rita’s address is 5513 School Road, Midway, Texas 75852.
You still have time to nominate your favorite persons for the Madison County Man and Woman of the year. Those nominations are coming in but your favorites may not be nominated yet, and they just might be the ones who to win! Remember, it’s not about owning a business, although those are hardworking folks who definitely deserve the praise. It’s about helping our community to thrive. Who just crossed your mind? Send your nominees to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or drop them by the Chamber of Commerce office in the Kimbro Center. No, you don’t have to sign your name and yes, it is completely confidential.
Veterans, mark your calendar for Feb 4. That’s the first Saturday in February and every first Saturday of the month a coffee and Fellowship is held just for you at Madisonville Christian Fellowship. Time is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Last Sunday evening veteran and Christian minister Dave Roever was in Madisonville and spoke at Living Truth Church. Roever is founder of the Roever Foundation whose principal purpose is to restore the wounded, not only in America but in other countries as well. You can read all about it at RoeverFoundation.org.
And finally, if you watch even a portion of the news you know accountability is lacking a backbone these days. Instead, accountability prefers to hide behind the blame game. It makes you shake your head, doesn’t it?
Accountability is part of the structure of one’s character. Being accountable not only means being responsible for something but also ultimately being answerable for it. Whether those actions are good ones or bad ones isn’t important. That you stand for that which you were a part of, now that’s what is important. You might say accountability and responsibility are siblings and their dad is named Choice.
The late Dr. Dyer probably said it best when he 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, an argument or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period.”
It’s a good quote for all of us and would look great on every bathroom mirror and frig maybe even every car or truck visor.