’Round Town Jan. 3, 2018

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Congratulation to the Clopton Clan on the addition of a little one. It was a bit of an unusual debut, what with the helicopter ride to Temple Hospital and all, but Ellie Louise Clopton is here and doing great. So are her parents Kris and Heidi Clopton.

Little Miss Ellie arrived New Year’s Day weighing 5 pounds 7 ounces. She is welcomed home by her big sisters Taycie, Kyelie and Paige.

•Congratulations to Monica Shaw and Jamie Steindl, who wed last weekend in a beautiful ceremony on the beach in Mexico. Jamie is the son of Amanda Wakefield.

On the sick list, Mr. Jeff Farris is at CHI St. Joseph hospital in Bryan. Mr. Jeff was admitted last week where an MRI confirmed a brain tumor. Mr. Jeff and Sue surely appreciate your prayers.

Werner Warmuth is another one under the weather following a heart attack before Christmas.

Condolences to De Ann Dean on the loss of her sister Misty Day. Misty, who lived in North Zulch, attended school in Madisonville.

Memorial Services were held January 2, 2018 at Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Bedias.

•Condolences to the family of Don Clute, who passed away unexpectedly Dec. 31. Graveside services were held Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Park Cemetery in Madisonville.

Don is survived by his wife, Stephanie Bennett Clute, and his daughters, Devan, Cameron and Rachel, and his brother Kerry.

Here’s what’s going on ’round our town. The new Pizza Hut is open. Located across Highway 21 from the previous Pizza Hut, it naturally has a new décor but it also has a new menu as well. Check it out.
•This Saturday, Jan. 6, the Inspirationals Quartet, a group that sings great Southern Gospel music will be performing at First Baptist Church in Madisonville. It won’t cost you anything to attend but betting you’ll leave with a smile. Want more info? Call the church office at (936) 348-2686.

•Calling all members of the Madison County 4-H Horse Club. Your first meeting for this year will be held Monday, Jan. 8, in the AEP Building starting at 4 p.m. That’s for the regular meeting, though. Those of you horse judging members need to show up 3 p.m. to do a little practicing prior to the meeting

•It will be time to plant those fruit trees before long. To learn more about that, Standley Feed and Seed is hosting a Fruit Tree Seminar Saturday, Jan. 13. They would appreciate you letting them know you’re coming in advance if you can.

•It’s a new year and time to mark the first monthly evening of the Gospel Gathering, which will be held Tuesday, Jan. 16. Co-hosted by Lanier Stevens and Dennis Ivey and held at the Midway Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, it’s always guaranteed to be a fun evening complete with some snacking stuff. What’s a singing without food?

If you’re interested in the high-speed rail and particularly if you are against it, you might want to circle Feb. 5 on your calendar. A Draft Environmental Impact Statement meeting will be held that Monday starting at 5 p.m. at the Madisonville High School.

Presently there is the “No Build Alternative” and several “Build Alternatives.” They include a terminal station in Dallas, an intermediate station in Grimes County near College Station, and three possible Houston terminal station options.

•Are you a Madison County Chamber of Commerce member? If not, now’s the time to join. The annual Madison County Chamber of Commerce Banquet is in the near future. That’s when our Man and Woman of the Year will be announced.

•On the birthday list, happy birthday to Lorraine Coleman, whose birthday is Jan. 6. Billy Davis celebrates his birthday Jan. 7, as does Crystal Callaham, Trey Harrison and Diann Shiver. Katherine Cole and Sharon Hill share Jan. 8 as their birthday. Winding out this week’s list is Scotty Bell with his birthday Jan. 10.

If you have birthdays or anniversaries in your family, give us a call at (936) 348-6541 or email gala@nettlescountry.com.

•And finally, here’s a testimony about not throwing things away too soon. I had a request for the “things to give up” I had shared in the past. Quite to my surprise, I found it. So here goes.

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions or just given up on such a thing?

Statistics share few of us do well with New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, it was Mark Twain who said: “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

How about a new twist? Instead of that long list Chris Freytag, a fitness coach and a lady who espouses health and wellness shared an easy list she says we all need. Comprised of a few short words, you can memorize it and make it your daily mantra. Or maybe just tape it on your bathroom mirror.

By the way, if you haven’t made your own list yet, you might check out No. 7.

  

7 Things to Give up in 2015

1. People pleasing

2. Doubting yourself

3. Negative thinking

4. Fear of failure

5. Criticizing yourself

6. Saying yes when you want to say no

7. Procrastination

I’m pasting this one on the bathroom mirror. Happy New Year’s, folks.

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