'Round Town (Aug. 28, 2019)

Posted 8/27/19

Monday -- the first Monday in September -- is a federal holiday so If you were putting off some business until after the weekend, you might want to reconsider that.

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'Round Town (Aug. 28, 2019)


Monday -- the first Monday in September -- is a federal holiday so If you were putting off some business until after the weekend, you might want to reconsider that.

The courthouse will definitely be closed and most likely the remainder of the Madisonville square will be rather quiet as well. Students will be out of school for the holiday and numerous businesses surrounding Madisonville will also close.

This is the 125th anniversary of Labor Day, although the first celebration was held two years earlier. The Central Labor Union of New York was behind setting aside a day to honor the American worker. There was even a proposal that the day should be celebrated with parades and speeches and festivals.

Today, though, with school back in session, Labor Day offers the last chance to take that quick trip before school holidays dictate those opportunities for a majority of the community. Don’t miss the opportunity!

Here’s what else is going on ‘round our town.

With Henson Dodge -- now known has Henson CDJR -- having moved to the interstate, it looks rather lonesome at the corner of Highway 21 and Highway 75 doesn’t it? It isn’t going to stay that way though.

Before long you will see some renovations taking place on that corner. Fred and Liz Henson plan to move their Carquest business to that location and tentatively hope to have Carquest in its new location by the end of the year.

The property across Highway 21 from the previous home of Henson Dodge, the one that used to display all kinds and sizes of trucks, is now home to Standley Feed products. The Hensons have also purchased the Family Dollar building on Main Street and, sometime next year, plan to open an Ace Hardware in that location. It too, is presently undergoing renovations.

Then Fannin Oaks, the wedding and events venue at the corner of Highway 21 and Farm-to-Market 1428 is also undergoing renovations. Justin Davis is overseeing the enclosure of the Pavilion on the property. And, there may be another business or two opening in our community next year so stay tuned!

With the beginning of the school year, two campuses in our school district qualified for the government’s Community Eligibility Provision program. The program provides free breakfast and free lunch for students in counties identified with high poverty ratings and the elementary and Intermediate campuses qualified for the program.

No, there is no income eligibility proof required. In fact, the only requirement is to be a student at the elementary and intermediate schools. If your child fits that criteria, you can forget about making those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and scouring the house for the lunchbox that surely came home yesterday! It’s the same with breakfast.

The Fellowship Primitive Baptist Cemetery Association will hold an organizational meeting Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and, if you have loved ones buried there, you might want to attend. It’s all about taking care of the cemetery.

Speaking of taking care of cemeteries, the Madisonville Cemetery Association also has a meeting scheduled. It will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Kimbro Center. That’s a week from Labor Day. They too, surely would appreciate your attendance.

Mark your calendar for Sept. 15 for the National Back to Church Sunday! This is the 11th year when a special Sunday has been set aside to encourage everyone to visit churches and for those who attend to invite family and friends to go with them. According to the organization, more than 40,000 churches have participated in the movement with phenomenal growth in attendance.

In fact, according to BacktoChurch.com, “82% of the unchurched would be interested in coming to church if invited by a friend. Yet in the last year, only two percent of church members have invited someone.” Of course, you don’t have to wait until then to invite someone to go with you.

Congratulations to Matt Reed, who recently competed in the Fishing League Worldwide Cup - one of the elite fishing tournaments - this year held at Hot Springs, Ark.’s Hamilton Lake. To qualify, 52 professional fishermen had to emerge as the cream of the crop of bass anglers from a year of competition. Just earning the right to compete is quite an honor.

The prize was $300,00 and as one article stated, “and a slice of bass fishing immortality.” Already known for the Matt Reed Azuma Square Boss fishing hook, Matt finished a respectable 13th in the championship competition, ended the year as a top angler of the year, and brought home his share of the bacon.

Now that the FLW Cup is behind him, he is back to the tour-guiding he does approximately 200 days a year. Presently Matt is on Falcon Lake and you need to see the pictures of the fish they are catching!

And finally, with Labor Day looming before us, the minimum wage is once again a discussion in the news. In an article “Fast Facts about our Workforce,” nearly 28 million workers receive minimum wage and 88 percent of that number are over the age of 20.

Sounds like someone needs to do something, doesn’t it?

Yes, we do, but that someone is the American worker, not the government. Work is honorable and a person should be paid what he is worth to the business and not what someone else dictates. Each of us subconsciously make the choice to decide what we are worth at our job. A surefire way to get a better paycheck is to become the employee the boss can’t do without.

Several years ago, hubby Ronnie had a serious talk with our grandson who was being given a second chance at employment. That young man’s first run at it hadn’t been too good and it was because of him, not the employer. Ronnie’s advice? “Show up early, work the job not the clock; ask that boss if he needs anything else before you leave. Be willing to do the jobs no one else will do.”

Good bosses recognize good employees and don’t want to lose them. That grandson took the advice to heart and received six promotions in one year. By the way, he continues to climb the ladder. He learned the value of being paid what he was worth by proving he was worth it.

There’s the story about two grocery stores across from one another and both had young boys working for them. Since the supply truck only ran once a week, when one of the stores ran out of canned goods, etc., it borrowed from the other one until the truck arrived. One day Johnny, the young boy who worked for Grocery Store A, came running into Grocery Store B and grabbed a couple of cans of peas from the shelf. “Put these on our charge list!” he yelled over his shoulder to the Mr. Beck, the store’s owner as he ran back out the door.

Mr. Beck watched as young Johnny sprinted across the street and disappeared into Grocery Store A. He glanced over at Jimmy slowly sweeping his floor and said, “You know, Johnny is about to get a raise.” Jimmy, leaned against the broom, yawned and asked, “How do you know that?”

“Because if his boss doesn’t give him one, I am,” said Mr. Beck.

I still have notes from listening to Pastor Tom Ruane speak several years ago about the honor of work in his message one Sunday. Yes, it’s in the Bible. He also shared how certain businesses honor employees who take pride in their work as well as statistics on employees who tarnish the honor of work doing other things while on the clock. Today businesses lose $2.5 billion to employees using Facebook, Twitter, etc. while at work. You and I pay them through higher prices.

But then, there’s the Hershey Company. Use their computers, etc. for social media or personal business and you’re out the door. Good for Hershey. Honorable companies make honorable employees and there’s great personal satisfaction in that.

The bottom line is you don’t deserve minimum wage. You deserve more than that -- that is, if you’re one who isn’t tarnishing the honor of work. In reality, we all get the wage we prove we are worth. Yes, some businesses may try to use you, but if so don’t have to stay there. Go prove yourself! Become the employee the employer and afford to lose and climb that ladder.

See you, round’ town.