Congratulations to Mary Dorris and Jessie Jaenicke, two deserving residents who received the Madison County Woman and Man of the Year awards at the recent Madison County Chamber of Commerce banquet. In addition to this year’s speaker Priscilla Pate, Dennis Ivey also spoke about his close friend, the late Lanier Stevens. The Stevens family was also recognized at the banquet.
•Congratulations to Randi and Blake Pipes on the birth of Brody Cannon. The little guy arrived Jan. 25 and was welcomed home by big sister Blair. Brody is the grandson of Mitty and Duane Standley.
•On our birthday list, Randi’s sister Carlie Standley celebrates her birthday Feb. 8. That’s the same day Barbara Cole celebrates her birthday. Then happy birthday to Robby Richardson and Judy Cook, whose birthday is Friday, Feb. 9.
Amanda Wakefield’s birthday is Sunday, Feb. 11, while Betty Kimbro celebrates her birthday Feb. 12. Shanna Ellington and Melanie Tieperman blow out her candles Tuesday, Feb. 13. Tuesday is the same day Gracie Sanders has her birthday and it’s a very special 92nd birthday. How great is that?
Got birthdays, anniversaries in your family? Why not share them? Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 936-348-6541. Spell those names for us, though. We learned years ago that the name Ann can be spelled several ways.
•On to what’s going on ’round our town.
Quite a few folks in the country are a little unhappy since they were not allowed in Monday’s meeting about the planned high-speed rail that will cross Madison County if it is passes. Seems the crowd inside maxed out the number of people allowed in the Kimbro Center early and those who arrived after that number were turned away at the door. The meeting was first scheduled to be held at Madisonville High school. Now everyone could have attended had that meeting place not been changed. Maybe we need another meeting here in Madisonville. At a large enough place.
•This Friday evening, Feb. 9, is the annual Father/Daughter Dance held in the Wesley Hall of First United Methodist Church. Dads, granddads, uncles: if you have a young lady or more ages preschool to eighth grade you don’t want to miss this.
The dance is held from 6-7 p.m. and it’s a great opportunity to make a memory she will never forget. Yes, it is open to the public so moms, now is the time to get that special dress, hair accessories and all of the trimmings ready.
•Calling all members of the 4-H Horse Club. Your Feb. 12 meeting starts at 4 p.m. and you’ll get to hear. Dr. Denise Easterling present the program. If you are a horse show judge, plan to stay afterwards for about an hour.
•Then Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, Feb. 14. If you’re really smart, that’s enough said. And, if you’ve got flowers on your mind, don’t wait until the last minute to order them. Valentine’s Day and Mothers’ Day are the two busiest days of the year for florists.
•One more thing, if you’re considering taking your sweetheart to the Woodbine Hotel for their annual Valentine dinners, pick up the phone and make reservations if you want to dine Valentine’s evening. The good news is the Woodbine celebrates Valentine’s Day for a week starting this Thursday, Feb. 8, and running through Feb. 17, so you’ve got plenty of opportunities to make your sweetheart smile.
•Next weekend, Friday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 17 is the annual Madisonville First Baptist Church Women's Ministry held in the church’s Family Life Center. Have you registered yet? This year’s theme is “The Heart of the Matter" while the speaker is Jacki King.
The event begins Friday evening with check in at 5 p.m. followed by some great fellowship and dinner. Then Saturday a continental breakfast and luncheon will also be served during the day. Cost for the meals is $20. Call the Madisonville First Baptist Church office at (936) 348-2686 by Feb. 14 for registration information.
•The annual Midway Volunteer Fire Department Steak Dinner and Dance will be held Feb. 24. Now that’s always fun and the steaks are great so don’t miss it.
Supporting our fire departments is always a good thing, no matter if it’s a fire department close to you are not. Never know when you might need one and the fire department closest to you may need to call some more to help you out.
•Fair time. Now is the time to make plans for the upcoming Madison County Fair. Fair week is March 17-24 with the rodeo being held March 16-17. The fair honors Mr. Billy Wilson this year, a life-long contributor, worker, supporter, gofer, and everything in between for the fair. Hats off to you Billy. We’ll share more about the fair next time.
•If you’re a fan of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, now is the time to get tickets for Madison County night Friday, March 9. Performer is Chris Young.
And finally, it’s time to sign off. The boss is waiting on this column, so I’ll leave you with this great quote from author Sendhil Mullainathan.
Sendhil said, “January is always a good month for behavioral economics: Few things illustrate self-control as vividly as New Year's resolutions. February is even better, though, because it lets us study why so many of those resolutions are broken.”
Isn’t that the truth.