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Congratulations to Adrianna Culbreth, who during last Friday’s Texas A&M graduation, was presented the Outstanding Student Award in the College of Geoscience.  That means No. 1, folks!                                    

Adrianna has already passed the prerequisites to attend law school but right now she’s enjoying her graduation present, a trip to New York. Adrianna is the daughter of Teddy and Angela Culbreth and they could not be more proud of their daughter.

And a happy birthday to Jerry Marhoffer, who turns 77 on Dec. 22.

On our sick list Johnny Boyett is home following surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his temple. It wasn’t his first rodeo for this either. Boyett has had five previous surgeries for what was basal cell cancer, a type of skin cancer.

This one though is different, although it too, is skin cancer. Where was once the surgical removals of basal cell, squamous cell has now appeared in that area and rather than stop there it has moved onto the bone. Johnny will undergo radiation when he recovers from surgery. Send your encouragement to him at P.O. Box 816, Madisonville, TX 77864.

Now pay attention folks. You may be reading this and have one of these two kinds of skin cancers on your ear or forehead or wherever the sun can sneak up on you. According to the skin cancer organization, “neither basal cell carcinoma nor squamous cell carcinoma is anything to trifle with” though, so here’s what you need to know.

Basal cell is the most common. In fact usually eight out of all skin cancers are this type. American Cancer Society describes that as appearing in “areas exposed to the sun, especially the head and neck. They can appear as raised areas and can be pale, pink, or red. Although they may to barely grow he problem is they may be growing inward.

Squamous cell, a tougher skin cancer and does just the opposite, growing large on the surface sooner and letting you know it’s there because it’s sensitive to the touch.     

This is important stuff to know. Johnny will tell you that. Now just may be a good time to take a long look in the mirror.

Gi Gi Henson, the wife of retired Judge Art Henson, has taken a couple of trips to the hospital since Thanksgiving. That afternoon she began not feeling well and her family took her to the emergency room. Gi Gi was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and transported to Bryan St Joseph Hospital where she spent several days as they worked to get her heart kicked back into rhythm.  Fortunately one morning it just decided to do that on its own and she was released. Since then, though, it’s happened a second time.  Again after several days in Bryan, it’s back into rhythm, she’s home and all is well. Now to keep it that way.

Bubba Clopton, a resident of Riverwood Nursing Home, fell earlier in the year and fractured his hip. Since then he has had some problems with it and he is once again in St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan not doing well.

Condolences to the family of Traci Andrews Theiss. Traci, a beautiful young lady inside and out, caught the Heaven Express last Tuesday Dec. 14, 2016 after having battled brain cancer for 21 years. Her husband, Bryan Theiss and her parents Tommy and Janet Andrews no doubt have stars in their crowns for lovingly devoting every hour every day to personally care for Traci this last year and a half when she was unable to do so for herself. No matter how much you love someone care-taking is one tough job both physically and emotionally. This is a special family.

Services for Traci were held last Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Bryan, TX.  Send your condolences to Bryan and their children Hailey and Ty at Bryan Theiss, 4494 FM 2865 North Zulch TX 77872, and to her parents and siblings Tommy and Janet Andrews and Dink and Cary at 19465 Post Oak Loop Thornton, TX 76687.

Memorials can be made to the Dr. Fonkem Brain Cancer Fund in Memory of Traci Theiss. It’s important to put the memorial on the check so that it goes to the right place. That address is 2401 South 31st Street MS20-S103 Temple, Texas 76508. Checks should be made payable to the Scott and White Healthcare Foundation. So that the family can acknowledge your donation they request a donation notification be mailed to Bryan Theiss 4494 FM 2865 North Zulch, Texas 77872.

Most likely you have received a calendar for the year 2017. If so, you might consider marking Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Texas Legislative Prayer Caucus is holding  “Call To Prayer Day” that Monday. It’s a first to gather leaders and citizens who want to pray for Texas, for our nation, and for our Judeo-Christian heritage.

And finally, it really is “the most beautiful time of the year.” Christmas will have come and gone by the time you read the newspaper next week. But right now, for the next few days, all of us can focus on the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus. That really does make these days the most beautiful time of the year.

From our house to yours Ronnie and I wish you everyone a Merry Christ-filled Christmas! 

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