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By the time students qualifying to attend the 2016 FFA National Convention arrived last week in Indianapolis, the Senior Prepared Speaking competitors had already been trimmed to four speakers. Just four.

Onee came from Wisconsin, one from Colorado, one from Wyoming, and one from Texas. That Texas speaker was Camryn Frederick from right here in Madisonvill, Texas.

What a convention is was! Camryn did her part in putting Madisonville on the map by accomplishing runner-up in the competition. Congrats to Camryn and to her FFA coach, teacher and major supporter Lynita Foster.  Of course Mom and Dad, Joey and Shannon Frederick, Camryn’s No. 1 fans and supporters were in Illinois as well.  

Then our MHS varsity band performed its own competition last Saturday and it too brought home awesome honors. Bandleader Stephanie Schmidt shared that for only the third time in Madisonville history the Madisonville Band made area in their competition last Saturday. Congrats to a bunch of hardworking kids. And congrats to their parents who go the extra mile and juggle all kinds of necessities to keep their children involved.

Here’s what’s going on round town. First, early voting by personal appearance for the Nov. 8, 2016 began last Monday, Oct. 24. The last time to vote early is Nov. 4, 2016.

Voting is also allowed by mail at this time but only if you fit the qualifications such as will not be home on Election Day, sick or disabled and unable to travel to vote, confined in jail or are 65 years of age or older. If you fit one of those criteria and would like to forego the voting lines, then you may request a ballot by mail. Contact Earl Parker, our county’s election administrator at his office, room 121 in the courthouse or by phone at 936-349-0132.

One more thing. Here in the great state of Texas you need identification that says you are who you say you are. Don’t forget to take it along.

Isn’t the weather great with fall in the air?  Now is the perfect time to build some memories. Grab your camera and the kiddos and head to Standley Feed & Seed. Mr. Scarecrow is there waiting to pose with them for a picture. Mr. Scarecrow will even pose with Mom and Dad!

Standley Feed & Seed is located in our town on Texas 21 a block from the square. By the way, its loaded with pumpkins right now and Halloween is this coming Monday. What’s Halloween without a carved pumpkin? 

Speaking of Halloween, each year our wonderful downtown merchants host Halloween Trick or Treating around the square. Moms, Dads, grandparents, dress the little ones in their costumes, take along something to put those treats in and join a host of others walking around the square and nearby stores for some good old fashion trick or treating from our goodhearted store owners. Time is 2 to 5 p.m. That’s this coming Monday.

By the way, it’s also entertaining to just go to town, sit on the square and watch the kiddos. Guaranteed to make you smile!

If you’re a Dennis Ivey fan, and who isn’t, you need to know that Dennis will be speaking at the Midway Church of Christ this Sunday evening night Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. Afterward there will be some fun gospel singing and good refreshments in the church’s fellowship hall.

If you are a veteran, have you called Jim Vance yet to tell him you’ll be at the Nov 5 Veteran’s breakfast? That number is 936-348-1126. The RSVP is just to ensure they have enough food. Please call right now!  

Nov. 5 is also the Fall Play Day at the Crossroads Cowboy Church arena.  There will be mutton bustin’ for 7-year olds and under, lead line, barrel races and goat typing just to name a few.  Books open at 9 a.m. and the show gets underway at 10:00 am. Concessions will be available as well. This is such a fun time so mark your calendar and don’t forget the lawn chairs!

On our birthday list, belated happy birthday to Chuck Barrington whose birthday was Oct. 23. Jack Douglas and Mindy Crouch kick off this week’s list with their birthday Thurs. Oct. 27. Jennifer Oxley Fincher, the daughter of John and Cindy Oxley has her birthday Saturday, Oct. 29. Jennifer, by the way, now lives in El Paso where her husband is stationed in the U.S. Army.

Oct. 29 is also birthday time for Bubba Barrington while Jordan Baker and George Delfeld follow right behind him with their birthday Oct 30. Deanna Harrison celebrates Oct. 31, Liz Stover does the same Nov. 1 and David Ely winds out our birthday list with his birthday Nov. 2.

Then it’s anniversary congrats to Michael and Amy Barrington. The couple celebrates their anniversary Oct. 30; it’s been 18 years I think?                                                           

Got birthdays you’d like to share? Anniversaries? Send them to us at

gala@NettlesCountry.com or call 936-348-6541.

And finally, if you have visited forests and other wildlife habitat you have probably read signs about not feeding the animals. Not because you don’t want to but because it is not the best thing to do for them.

Animals get used to being fed and then do not go forage and independently support themselves. That causes all kinds of problems.  Have you seen the cartoon with the bear sitting at the picnic table as if waiting to be fed with the “Do Not feed” sign posted nearby?

Recently while reading a similar sign and its explanation it reminded me of the late Dr. Adrian Rogers, three-time president of the Southern Baptist Convention, who wrote about how continual giving hindered both the receiver and the giver. Within a couple of days I saw another sign, a huge one that read, “Work, it empowers you. Feel good about yourself!”

So I hunted up Dr. Rogers statement again. Read on and think about that bear at the picnic table.

“You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

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