'Round Town (June 26, 2019)

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Remember the movie “Gone with the Wind? How about Rhett Butler’s famous line to Scarlett that began, “Frankly my dear,”? Most of us can recite the remainder of that sentence. When “Gone with the Wind” hit the big screen curse words in a movie were, well, surprising. Things have certainly changed, haven’t they?

If you liked the movie and that genteel southern era, have I got a deal for you! Twelve Oaks, the famous antebellum mansion in Covington, Ga. where the movie was filmed is for sale. That’s right. You can now own a piece of history as well as a piece of Hollywood fame.

Interested? Then you’ll be glad to know the 12-bedroom, 12 ½-bath mansion underwent a $2 million renovation in 2017. Today it has all of the modern conveniences, like two bathtubs that cost more than $14,000 each.

And it’s also a money maker! Think Bed & Breakfast, the backdrop for filming movies, historic tours, weddings, party venues. Of course, if you don’t need the income there is always that beautiful porch on which to rock and just enjoy your new home.

The mansion, estimated at $6.2 million to build, will be auctioned next week but you’ll have to ante up $10,000 for the right to bid.

One more thing. Should you decide to purchase Twelve Oaks you won’t miss Madisonville one bit because I promise you, we will all be your best friend! Online bidding begins at 2 p.m. July 4, so you can buy it and still have time to join the rest of us at Madison Park to celebrate Independence Day!

Now, back on the home front….

That Independence Day celebration I mentioned happens next week. You can expect a parade, live entertainment, kids’ activities, a car show, food, arts and craft vendors and fireworks at dark. Festivities at the park begin at 4 p.m.

Part of the July 4 entertainment will be Dennis Ivey and his band. If you attended last Sunday night’s concert at First Baptist Church - it filled the house by the way - you know he is a great Christian entertainer and worth making the effort to hear.

Dennis also spearheads the monthly Lanier Steven's Memorial Gospel Singing each month in the church's Fellowship Hall of Midway Church of Christ. July 9 is the next one coming up. Of course, the finger food is there is pretty good too, and the ladies spread that out around 6 p.m. If you like to sing or play an instrument, bring it along and join them.

We’ve got some talented young horsemen in our county and they represented us well at the Texas 4-H District 9 Horse Show held last week in Bryan. Contestants Layla Clark, Luke Coleman,

Harper Nash, Jaley Neal, and Josey Sikorski always put Madisonville on the map when they compete. Great young kids.

On our sick list, Johnny Boyett who was recently diagnosed with cheek, gum and jawbone cancer is presently undergoing tests at M.D. Anderson to prepare for major surgery. Neither is this his first battle with the stuff.

In December 2017, Johnny underwent surgery to remove squamous cell cancer from his face. At that time basal cells had already been removed from that same area five times. The 2017 surgery showed cancer had moved onto the bone, so he underwent radiation treatments to take care of it. Fast-forward to today and its reared its ugly head once again.

We’ll keep you posted, but in the meantime, the family covets your prayers. That home address is P.O. box 816, Madisonville, TX 77864.

Last week we shared the passing of Sheila McVeigh and thanks to June Bevers, now a Tomball resident, we can share the address of Sheila’s husband Lon. Send your condolences to Lon and family at 108 Cove Place Ct., Montgomery, TX 77356.

The new Normangee State Bank opened Tuesday! Madisonville has a lot of connections to our neighboring town and its bank. Besides many from this area banking with Normangee State Bank, Chief Executive Officer Joel A. Shaw and President C. Jack Hunter reside right here in the Madisonville area.

If you drive over to see the new facility, take note of that huge gorgeous print of running Longhorns on the wall. That’s another Madisonville connection, purchased at Nettles Country Store. Yep I’m proud.

It’s business as usual at our local Dodge, Chevy and Ford dealerships although the businesses now have new owners. Fred and Liz Henson aren’t retiring, however. They still own the Car Quest store and recently purchased the empty Dollar Store building on Main Street. That’s where, about September or so, they will open Ace Hardware. Stay tuned for more info.

Congratulations to the Schmidt family! They gained another daughter last week. Madisonville Band Director Stephanie Schmidt and her husband Fred made the trek to Nashville TN for the wedding of their son Fred Jr to Katy Coffer. The couple wed last Saturday.

Coming up in July is Crossroads Cowboy Church Vacation Bible School. This year’s program is called Giddy up Junction, Taking God’s love to New Frontiers and it kicks off July 21 running through July 25. This one is a little different from other Bible schools since it is held in the evening from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Take note of that.

The church is located on Hwy 90 South on the edge of town. Look for it on the left. You can also register your child online at www.crccmadisonville.org. Click on VBS Registration Forms on the top right-hand corner.

Former MHS graduate Kent Shaffer passed away last Friday and was to be buried today in a private family graveside service at the Madisonville Cemetery. Kent, who lived In Kemah at the time was a member of the class of 1965. He was the son of the late G.C. and Juanita (Kent) Shaffer, who owned Shaffer Insurance in our town. Kent followed in his parent’s footsteps owning two insurance companies in Houston.

On our birthday list Patricia Matejka and Laney Baker celebrate their birthdays this Thursday. Next Tuesday is birthday time for Lacey Cannon. Lacey, the wife of Clint Cannon is finally home from the hospital following a three-week battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Thankfully she’s getting better every day.

Please send those birthdays, anniversaries, births and other important announcements to us at gala@nettlescountry.com or call 936-348-6541. Make sure you spell the names so we print them correctly and keep everyone happy.

By the way, periodically I’m asked why I don’t share birthdays that were in the column in past years. I would like to, but people die and sometimes I miss that, or they divorce and remarry changing their name and I miss that too. For example, you can really upset a gal whose name you thought was Jane Jones, but last week she remarried and she’s now Jane Smith and she would rather forget all about that ol’ Jones guy!

For that reason, it’s best I add only those good folks whom I know are still alive, those whom I know are still married to the same guy and those you share with me! Looking forward to hearing from you.

Next week because of the holiday this paper goes to press on Monday so right now is a good time to email or give us a call. Want to send a letter? We love letters! That address is 1087 Nettles Lane, Madisonville, TX 77864.

And before ending I want to remind you that since Thursday is a holiday some businesses that close on Saturday will also close Friday for a long weekend.

And finally, Elmer Davis, Director of the United States Office of War Information during World War II and a Peabody Award recipient is the gentleman credited with saying, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

And it was Samuel F Smith author of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", better known today as the song “America,” who first said “From every mountain side Let Freedom ring.”

Now is the time to do that. If you can’t find last year’s flag, or need a new one, get prepared for the upcoming holiday because flying your flag is important. It says a lot about how each of us feels about our country.

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