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A new year means a clean calendar so let’s start filling her up! 

Hopefully you’re reading this week’s newspaper on Wednesday since it’s a good day to lend a helping hand and give mom a break from the kitchen at the same time. As you may know Jodi Ozio is in need of a double lung transplant. To help the family with medical expenses Texas Burger, a part of Carter Enterprises, will donate 25 percent of the cost of your meal to their medial fund.  To make that work though you have to mention Jodi. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s your choice. Take the family and remember tell them I’m ordering to help Jodi Ozio!

This Saturday, Jan 7., the North Zulch parents of this year’s seniors will host a Project Graduation fundraiser and they want you to attend. Project Graduation is a safe and fun place for seniors to celebrate following their graduation night and it is the responsibility of the parents of those seniors to raise funds for the event.

Of course, this can be a rather expensive endeavor since you need a lot of food and fun games, prizes and entertainment. Have you seen how some of those senior boys can eat?

The Project Graduation parents will host a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament this Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. at the home of Benny and Shari Allphin and hopefully you can join them.  To buy into the Texas Hold ‘Em will take $30 from your pocket but it’s definitely for a good cause. Don’t have the funds to play? They will also be selling food so go out, enjoy a bite to eat and do some visiting.

Speaking of North Zulch quite a few fire trucks rolled down Texas 21 Friday night, Dec. 30 to the home of Marcus and Lari O’Neal. The couple, whose children attend North Zulch schools, lost their barn to a fire. 

On the other side of Madisonville the first Gospel Gathering for 2017, a monthly fun time held in the Fellowship of the Midway Church of Christ is planned for Tuesday, Jan. 17. Now you don’t have to be a member of the church to attend but you do have to be able to tap your toes and enjoy some good gospel and country music. In fact, if you play an instrument or like to sing you can even join co-host Lanier Stevens and Dennis Ivey. You can start snacking around 6 p.m. and the singing will start around 6:30 p.m. Guaranteed to be an enjoyable night.

Next on the calendar is Recycling Day at Madisonville City Hall Jan. 28, 2017, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. We’ll remind you next week of what you can take to do your good recycling deed.  If only we all recycled.

Thanks to the good folks at Tractor Supply another Rufus Refuge Adoption was held last Saturday and several lonely dogs were adopted by some loving Madisonville folks. If you missed it and think you might like a furry four-legged child/companion send them a message on their Rufus Refuge Facebook page or check out the webpage at rufusrefuge.org.  It’s a good thing.

Then circle Feb. 3 on your calendar and make plans to attend Madisonville’s annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet. That is on a Saturday. The Chamber is the mother organization that connects our local businesses together and with our community. What would our town be without businesses?

If you enjoy doing a little home shopping, think about showing your support and attend the banquet. It will be held at the Seton Center of St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with the social hour starting at 6 p.m. and the dinner at 7 p.m.

 Of course this is when Madison County’s Man and Woman of the Year is announced. If someone has influenced your life or you feel has helped our community, then nominate them. If someone has made a difference in your part of our county then nominate them. Did someone just come to your mind?

You don’t even have to sign your name to your nominations, but it really is needed and now is a good time to do it! Too often we think someone else will do it – and then no one does. That’s sad. You can mail your nomination in or drop it by the Chamber of Commerce office in the Kimbro Center. That address is 113 West Trinity, Madisonville, TX 77864.

On our birthday list happy birthday to Chum Pharris whose birthday was Jan. 5.

Billy Davis celebrates his birthday Jan 7 as does Crystal Callaham while teacher Diann Shiver does the same on Jan. 8. Diann shares her birthday with Sharon Hill, one of those smiling tellers at Prosperity Bank and Katherine Cole, who is one of our pre-k teachers.

Right behind these gals Myrtle Wilson and Mike Renfro celebrate their birthday Jan. 9 while Scotty Bell blows out candles Jan. 10.

We’re already gathering that birthday list for next week, so if you have birthdays or anniversaries in your family, give us a call at 936-348-6541 or email gala@nettlescountry.com. Spell those names for us!

And finally, how about some funny new year’s resolutions? Well, some of them meant to be funny are serious!  Here you go.

May your hair, your teeth, your facelift, your abs and your stocks not fall, and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest never rise.

May you get a clean health bill from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastro-entomologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber and the IRS.

Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average, which means you have already met your New Year’s resolution.

That last one is from Jay Leno. Me? I’m all for those clean health bills! May God bless all of us with excellent health and happiness in 2017!

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