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Sadness overtook our community last week at the drowning of two Madisonville men, Reginald Carter and Chris Tolliver. Read the story in this paper. Send your support and condolences for the family of Reginald Carter to his nephew Loyd Lewis’s home address. P.O. Box 1482, Madisonville, Tx 77864. For Chris’s family send to Chris’s wife Roshondra Smith 101 W. Viser, Madisonville, Tx 77864.

A gofund me account has been started for the Tolliver family. That address is https://www.gofundme.com/js-chris-tollivers-family-benefit. Or if you can, you might consider slipping a little money in your card.

Coming this Wednesday is the KBTX Food for families food drive. As in past years your donations of staples can be dropped off at the Kimbro Center Wednesday. Don’t forget! Every little bit helps.

Wednesday is also the anniversary of the surprise strike on Pearl Harbor naval base by the Imperial Japanese Navy. That attack happened Dec 7, 1941 and started World War II.

After dropping off your staples you might consider dropping by the Courthouse Annex Building for the annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day hosted by the members of the Captain John McAdams Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. It begins at 10 a.m. but don’t forget, this year go to the Courthouse Annex Building. They hope to see a multitude of visitors and veterans there. If your veteran is deceased, then go and stand in for him or her.

A register will be available for all veterans to sign and if your veteran is deceased, then you may sign that register in his or her honor. In addition there will be a roll call. It would no doubt be heartwarming to these veterans if the Kimbro Center overflowed with family and friends who came to honor them. It’s special day and if you’d like more info, give Pat Strawther a call at 936-241-6230.

Need an escape from home without leaving home?  Check out the Woodbine Winter Weekend special running from December through January. Breakfast for two, king or queen bed, whirlpool tubs, flatscreen television, all for $105. Sounds good to me.

Okay, it’s here! It’s the second annual chili contest sponsored by Madison County Chamber of Commerce and is planned for Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kimbro Center. 

Judging starts at 10 a.m. and when that’s complete, probably around 11 a.m., the rest of us can converge on the Kimbro Center and enjoy a good bowl of chili for $5.

By the way cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place. Heck, you may be a winner, and who couldn’t use a little cash right before Christmas? Want more info? Contact The MCCOC at (936) 348-3591 or Info@madisonchamber.net for additional information.

There’s still more going on Saturday. After closely monitoring last weekend forecast, the Chamber of Commerce made the wise decision to postpone the Winter Wonderland Christmas parade for a week. 

They made a quick call to the North Pole, and although Santa had several other events scheduled during the day, he said he could definitely be here Saturday evening by 6 p.m. for the parade. He’s also looking forward to then stopping by the Kimbro Center for cookies and punch and since it’s that time of year when he’s making his list, he’s looking forward to hearing what the kiddos want for Christmas.

Then Sunday Crossroads Cowboy Church will hold a Play Day after church. Four age groups will participate: 8 and under, 9-13, 14-18 and 19 and over. Bet you fit in one of those age groups.

There will be mutton bustin’, goat ribbon and lead line for the little ones, clover barrels, straightway barrels poles and goat tying. Books open at noon and the events start at 1 p.m.  This time there isn’t a concession stand so grab a bite to eat.

By the way, during this Sunday morning service at Crossroads Cowboy Church, which starts at 10 a.m., the children will present their Christmas program. Come watch!

Laura Cannon, who writes the column Museum Musings, wants your memories of past Christmases in Madison County. Laura, who works with our historical Museum, wants to write about those Christmases memories in the Dec. 21 issue. Her email is lauraanncannon@hotmail.com.

While every day is a day we should help someone, hats off to First United Methodist Church during this season of giving for going the extra mile. The members of that church donated 90 pairs of men’s, women’s and children’s jeans to our elementary school.  That’s what it’s all about.

Congrats Ty Arnold on winning the Permit Holders Champions Association Challenge held last week in Las Vegas. Ty, who ropes, won first in the first round, second in the second round and first in the average! That’s special, folks.

And finally, isn’t it interesting how many people are constantly argumentative these days. If someone gave a charity $100,000 and it made the news, its a guarantee instead of being happy for the charity receiving the money, some would question if that’s the smartest way for the donator to spend his funds, never mind that it’s his money to do as he pleases.

Most likely you can think of some argumentative people in your life, those always disagreeing, trying to put a guilt trip on you, those you feel you must patronize but they generally make your life uncomfortable. Don’t you wish you could rid yourself of so many negative comments?

Then why not give yourself a gift at Christmas? According to Daniell Koepke it’s one of the best things you can do, and doesn’t cost a penny. Here’s what author Daniell Koepke has to say about that.

"You don't ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life. It doesn't matter whether someone is a relative, romantic interest, employer, childhood friend, or a new acquaintance — you don't have to make room for people who cause you pain or make you feel small. It's one thing if a person owns up to their behavior and makes an effort to change. But if a person disregards your feelings, ignores your boundaries, and continues to treat you in a harmful way, they need to go."

Think about it. Start with your Facebook and defriend those acquaintances that you often don’t feel “friendly” about. Steer clear of neighbors and others close in your life whom you have a similar feeling.  Step away from negative comments they add to conversations. You don’t have to stay and listen.

 Everyone deserves a guilt free life but guilt removal?  It’s a gift one can only give to oneself. It’s the Christmas season. Give yourself a gift. 

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