’Round Town Aug. 1, 2018

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Several weeks ago, I shared with you that Mary Martha Parrack, owner of Apple Tree Florist, was posting on her sign board on Main Street the name of a hometown person whom she believed helped make our town a little brighter. She makes some pretty good choices. This week it’s Sharon Nixon, who works at Walkers Café. Hats off to you, Sharon.

•Congratulations to Faith Farris, daughter of Tracy and Mitch Farris, who won the title of 2018 National Cutting Horse Association Junior Youth World Champion. Smooth Serena Rey, shorten that to Serena, and Cha Ching And Change, nicknamed Money, were two of the horses on which she competed.

To top off the year’s work, Faith won the first-go round of the World Finals competition, which was recently held in Fort Worth and she also made the finals in another event, the Senior Youth scholarship cutting. That is feather in her hat since it was her first time to compete in the senior youth division.

The National Cutting Horse Association requires more from its youth than just competing though, things like demonstrating leadership skills and showing mastery of skills through essay writing. Faith proved a winner there as well coming out on top in the Junior Youth essay contest. All of that hard work earned her more than $4,000 in scholarships.

Faith is the granddaughter of Pops and CaCa, better known to most of us as Jimmy and Carolyn Farris. They were her faithful supporters throughout the year.

•Sometimes it hits home about how fast we live, how we seem to have our minds in other places instead of living in that moment, instead of focusing on those around us, instead of appreciating the opportunity to take time to visit with others. It takes a jolt to make us realize that life is what we have today. That happened last week.

Young Braxton Midkiff of Bedias was one of the children attending Vacation Bible School at Crossroads Cowboy Church last week. When VBS ended Thursday evening, his parents Bubba and JoLee Midkiff, grandparents Glenn and Suzette Midkiff of Bedias, and his cute little sister Payson attended the church ice cream social. At almost two, Payson was too young to attend VBS.

Tragically, Saturday, two days later, little Payson, while celebrating her second birthday, passed away following a tragic swimming accident.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in Kirbyville at Adams EE Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville. Memorials can be made to DonatelifeTexas.org in remembrance of Payson.

A gofundme account — https://www.gofundme.com/payson-jo-midkiff-funeral-expense — has been set up to help defray expenses. Should you prefer to donate directly to the family that address is Loyd Midkiff at P.O. Box 102, Bedias, TX 77831, and the email address is venmo@JoleeMidkiff.

Send your condolences to the family at P.O. Box 102, Bedias, TX 77831.

•Here’s what’s going on ’round town.

Today, Wednesday, Aug. 1, is the day that the Ladies Red Hat Society at the Madisonville Care Center is hosting a fundraiser lunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and they surely are hoping to see you. You can pick up a brown bag lunch consisting of a sausage wrap, chips and drink or a Frito pie and drink for $6 each. Desserts and other miscellaneous items will also be sold and of course, and donations gladly will be accepted.

The Ladies Red Hat Society will be purchasing school supplies for kiddos, and school is just around the corner.

•On Aug. 3, that’s this Friday, beginning at 8 a.m., a Back-to-School Giveaway will be held at 101 N. Spencer St. in our town. You might know the building better as Lloyd’s Place. Clothes shoes, accessories, etc., in all sizes will be available for those needing a little help getting the kiddos their school clothes.

If you have some items you’d like to donate, you can drop them off Thursday from 8-12 p.m.

•Saturday, Aug. 4, is Stuff the Bus time. That’s another way to make sure the kids of Madison County have needed school supplies. Time is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at our local Walmart.

•Aug. 9 will be the evening for our annual Prayer Vigil at the Truman Kimbro Center. It’s a time to pray for harmony and unity in our community, a time to pray for our city and county leaders, a time to pray for our peace officers, for the teachers and administration and for our precious children about to begin another year of school. A time to pray together.

If you haven’t attended a Prayer Vigil, think about coming to this one — Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

•The third weekend of August, Aug. 17-19, head to the Truman Kimbro Convention Center for the Noon Lion's Club Annual Hunting & Gun Show. You’ll get to see some of the best hunting gear and get ready for the upcoming season.

•On our birthday list, happy birthday to Rebecca Keefer, whose birthday is Sunday, Aug. 5. If you have birthdays or anniversaries or any other exciting news to share, email gala@nettlcountry.com or call us at (936) 348-6541.

•And finally, as we listen to the news we hear everything from terrorists’ rantings to social rantings to political rantings. While the topic of the rant may be a definite problem, seldom do rants lead to constructive answers. Rather, too often rants are the mindset of many of those pushing the look-at-me society in which we live.

That changes very little though. What does make changes is constructive mindsets of responsible people, the ones looking for sound answers rather than placing blame.

Dr. Wayne Dyer once said, “Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make.”

Perhaps if that statement was pasted on every person’s bathroom mirror there might be less rantings and a little more objectivity in the world.

Maybe.

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