'Round Town

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It was quiet around town last week. Several business owners shared that the silence from lack of shoppers had been almost deafening. Church also had some empty seats on Sunday morning and here at work we didn’t receive even one email or call about things in your life to share with your neighbors. That’s really unusual.

Is it last-minute vacations? Possibly. The extreme heat? Maybe. Last week’s lulling rain? Perhaps. Most likely, though, it’s recouping time from the cost of vacations and getting those school supplies and clothes for the new school year!  

School is starting though, putting structure back into the routine. Fall is coming and it always brings a little spice to the days. It’s a good time to get out and support your small town, good time to visit with storeowners and employees. It’s just a good time to live in Madisonville.

Speaking of rain, did you know it rains more on the east side of town, south side of town, north side of town and especially in town than it does on the west side of town? Believe me, that’s a fact.

Since the rains have been sparse this summer and since those of us on the far west side of town need them like everyone else, we hear about the great rains elsewhere, the very ones that just leave teasing imprints on the dirt here on the west side of town.

One rancher north of town shared he has received 3 inches of rain in the past month or so. And then are several of those east of town who shared their good fortune to receive several rains lately.

Not so west of town. It’s like a line has been drawn across Highway 21 about a mile or so past the city limits and those of us living farther out that way still live in a dustbowl.  Even this past weekend, while some of you enjoyed real rain, that same rain resembled a heavy mist for those of us on the far west side. But we have faith! It’s going to rain out here this week. Really.

On to other things.

The turnout for the Community Prayer Vigil last Friday night at the Truman Kimbro Center was great. Anyone driving through our town that evening and seeing all of the cars parked around the square knew without a doubt something was going on. Wonder what the response would have been had they known it was a prayer vigil? What a testimony to the character of Madison County folks.  

Did you get your little one signed up for Little League? Fall Ball Registration began last Saturday but you can still register your Little leaguer. This Saturday take $50 for the registration fee and stop by the Madisonville Little League trailer parked on the Wal-Mart parking lot. You can do this for the next three Saturdays, but as surely as you put it off, something will happen. This Saturday might be a good time.

We’ve got great news for those of you who do not have your high school diploma. You can receive your GED, the equivalent of a high school diploma through an easy program designed to fit your lifestyle right here in Madisonville.

Two great teachers, Lana Wells and Colvin Walker have signed on to teach these classes at the Madisonville Adult Learning Center, one during the day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and one on Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m.    

The Learning Center is located at 714 Bacon St. Grab your photo ID and go register this Thursday, Aug. 18. Registration time is from 9 a.m. until noon and then again that evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

This weekend, Aug. 20-21, is the date for the Lions Club Annual Gun & Hunting Show. By the way, did you know it was an American gal who won the god in the women's 10-meter air rifle event? First gold medal won at the Rio Olympics? Virginia native Ginny Thrasher even pulled off an upset to do that.

Back to our own gun show. It will be held at the Truman Kimbro Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday while Sunday the time is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $5 per person and that money benefits scholarships for youth.

Then calling all of you Methodists!  Don’t forget the Baked Potato Fund Raiser that will be held this Sunday immediately following the service at the First United Methodist Church. Moms, you don’t have to cook Sunday.

Recycling time is coming Saturday, Aug 27. You can recycle those aluminum cans, newspapers, magazines, etc., at the City Hall Parking Lot from 1 to 3 p.m. It’s a good thing to do.               

In the near future, Sept 30 to be exact, Madisonville High School will host its annual homecoming. More about that later, but you might want to get it on your calendar.

How about a throwback to 2014?  It was Saturday, Aug. 23 two years ago that Lucille May Market held their grand opening.

Two sisters, Brittney Smith and Whitney Bankhead, the daughters of Billy and Kathy Smith, opened the business located on the north side of the square.

They named it for their grandmothers by the way. If you’re in town, drop by and wish them happy two-year anniversary. You may even find something in there that needs to go home with you.

On our birthday list, happy birthday to Heidi Clopton whose birthday is Friday, Aug. 19 followed by Kara Barrington whose birthday is Saturday Aug. 20.  Nancy Clopton celebrates her birthday Saturday as well.

Annette Andrews blows out her candles Monday, Aug. 22 while Zingara Manning and Jennifer Springfield do the same Tuesday, Aug. 23. Winding out this week’s list is Kandy Woodall whose birthday is Aug. 24.                                                                     

And finally, the blame game runs heavy in the news these days. Are you getting tired of it? We say it’s a political thing but in reality, most of us play the game.

According to an article from the website “Know Myself” there are five reasons for the blame game. The first is that we want to be in control and blaming others restores our sense of not being in control. The second is similar. Blaming people controls people and if the person being blamed is weak, it puts the blamer in the driver’s seat.                   

Experts say the third reason is because some blamers were never taught to take responsibility for their actions. Thus they always blame others no matter what happens. Reason  No. 4 is the act of escaping responsibility. Example? “I was late because the streets were crowded,” rather than admitting I should have left earlier.                     

Lastly it’s a way of not accepting the truth. Even if the truth is black and white blamers blame.                                                           

The crux of the article was that blamers are unhappy souls and if you find yourself in the article, you don’t have to stay there. Like everything else, playing the blame game is a choice. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”                          

Our choice. To refuse to play; to refuse friendship with those who do; to choose to be happy.

See you ‘round town!

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