'Round Town


It’s school time again! This week the teachers of Madisonville Consolidated Independent School District returned to work to get involved in a little staff development before the school bell rings. It rings Aug.22. Yep, less than two weeks away.

Here’s some things you need to know about that school bell.  First, it’s going to ring at different times this year.  The bell will ring at 7:55 a.m. at Madisonville Elementary School. The little ones will end their day at 3:25 p.m. each day. Over at the high school students will start at 8 a.m. and get out at 3:40 p.m. The junior high group starts at 8 a.m. but they get out at 3:35 p.m. Got it Mom?  

Aug. 18, is the day to drop by the school and meet your child’s teacher and that’s always a good thing to do. It’s amazing what our little angels can imagine so this way no matter what they tell you, you get to meet their normal everyday teacher who really doesn’t have horns. At the same time the teacher gets to see you’re a normal everyday mom and dad and you don’t grow them either. 

For those attending Madisonville Elementary School, which is the pre-K thru second grade kids, Meet the Teacher time is 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Over at the intermediate school it’s 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and at the Junior High its 5 to 6 p.m.                       

Then two great teachers, Lana Wells and Colvin Walker will be teaching GED classes this this year. If you know someone who does not have a high school diploma, or if you do not have one, then this is for you! That diploma helps secure jobs. In addition, an education is something no one can take from you. Besides being a great opportunity it doesn’t cost you a penny.                                                                                               

The classes will be held at the Madisonville Adult Learning Center Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have to work during the day? That’s OK. Classes are also on Thurs night from 6 to 9 p.m. The Learning Center is located at 714 Bacon St. Registration is Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. until noon and again that evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Bring a photo id to register.   

Here’s some more things going on around town. Ready to sign up your little one for Little League? Fall Ball Registration starts this Sat. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Wal-Mart Parking lot. Look for the Madisonville Little League trailer. Registration Fee is $50 per child.

If you’re not here this Saturday you can register your little leaguer Aug. 20, 27, and Sept. 3 as well. Those are all Saturdays. Same place, same time.

This is the weekend for the Community Prayer Vigil.  Come out Friday Aug 12 at 6 p.m. to the Truman Kimbro Center and join others to pray for our community, the city and county leaders, peace officers, EMS and school administration. A special prayer will be for our children as they start this new school year. And what’s a gathering without some snacks and visiting time? A reception will follow so mark your calendar!

Do you like to hunt? Just like a little protection on the nightstand? Aug. 20-21 is the date for the Lions Club Annual Gun & Hunting Show. It too will be held at the Truman Kimbro Center. Saturday the doors will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. while Sunday the time is 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and that money benefits scholarships for youth.

On our birthday list Liz Ward will celebrate her birthday Thursday Aug. 10 while Chance Savage and Craig Stover celebrate birthdays Friday, Aug. 11. Jaina Wakefield and Christen Coleman do the same Sunday Aug. 14.

Winding out this week’s list is Candy Bennett whose birthday is Monday Aug. 15. 

And finally, are you familiar with western artist and Christian speaker Chuck Dehaan? Chuck is quite renown for his art and has a room full of awards to prove it, including 1986 Western Artist of Year and Texas State Artist.

We know Chuck well and recently he sent me a copy of his first book, a factual one written in a fictional format. Titled “The Making of an Evangelist.” It’s a short story about Eric, the cowboy drifter and his search for God.

I’m sometimes slow to read books sent to me. In this business you can receive all kinds. This one was a good read though and it won’t take you long. Chuck has a way of presenting things a little differently than most writers. Could be because life has taught him a lot. He has buried three children, youngsters as he calls them, at different times, as well as his first wife. Enough to make you search for God, don’t you think? Through Eric you’ll feel some of that.

The book is available on Amazon.com or at Christianbook.com.

See you ‘round town.