Our little county is booming with new babies.
First, congratulations to Courtney and Nick Phillips on the birth of Anna Grace. The little lady born Wednesday, Aug. 1, also christens Wade and Tonya Phillips and Tammy and Dale Michaels as grandparents. Nick is a DPS officer and Courtney works at Prosperity State Bank.
Then congratulations to Lauren and Adam Walls on the addition of Holland Dawn to the family. Miss Holland arrived Aug. 1 weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. She is also welcomed by big brother Hausten and grandparents Tanya and Steve Parrish.
•Then congratulations to Reygan and Wess Richardson on the birth Tristan Roberts Richardson. This little fella arrived Aug. 2, weighing 7 pounds 1 ounce and was 19 inches long. Reygan is the daughter of Lynnann Farris and Mike Farris, while Wess is the son of Robin and Robby Richardson. With the birth of Tristan, there is now six generations of the Roberts name.
•As we went to press last Tuesday, Marty Fraley was undergoing knee replacement surgery. Marty came through the surgery with flying colors and is now home trying to get along with that new knee and being cared for by his number one nurse and wife Lastell.
•Here’s what’s going on ’round our town.
The home of Bonita Cliett and her son Darius burned to the ground last week. Unfortunately, Bonita lost everything and has no insurance. A fundraiser is being held at the Living Truth Church Saturday, Aug. 18, from 11-3 p.m. That’s not this Saturday but next Saturday.
That Saturday you can purchase a wonderful spaghetti luncheon, complete with a salad and breadsticks. In addition, there will be silent auction open until 2:30 p.m. at which time the winners will be announced. Mark your calendar.
•Then a fundraiser is planned to help with the medical expenses of 14-year-old Gaby Tobias daughter of Pat Tobias who continues to battle cancer. She is taking a lot of chemo and one of those treatments requires Gabby to be in Texas Children’s Hospital for five days.
That fundraiser is planned for Aug. 25 at the Sidewalk Cattleman’s pavilion. Benny Allphin will be cooking some great barbeque and of course all of the trimmings will go with it. Time is from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and yep, you can get to-go plates.
It’s also going to be three hours of fun with games for the kids, a silent auction and a live auction as well. We’ll let you know next week what some of those live auction items will be.
In the meantime, drop your encouragement to Gabby at 8101 FM 1452, Madisonville, TX 77864.
•This month Standley Feed is celebrating 60 years in business and that is quite a milestone.
It’s not always easy owning a family business. Seldom are family businesses able to provide the same benefits that big corporations and government businesses such as the prison systems can provide. That makes it tough to compete for good employees.
To survive independent family businesses mean working the job not the clock, it means family conversations that center around work, no matter if at the store or at home; it means getting along, because you not only live together, you work together.
Just as the struggles are real though, so are the joys and the satisfaction of building a successful business. Sixty years in business prove the Standley clan know both sides of that coin. Why not make a special effort to stop by and say thank you to a family who has not only made their business grow, but helped our town while doing so.
•The Madison County Museum is putting together an exhibit of wacky gadgets and old things. They would love a few things from you, stuff the younger generations might not know and the older ones will say, “I remember that.”
Should you loan it, these gals will make sure it is returned when the exhibit is over. Drop off your item at the Museum during its hours Monday-Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tentative date for the exhibit display is mid-September.
This Thursday evening, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. is our annual Prayer Vigil at the Truman Kimbro Center. This is such a special time of coming together of Christians, no matter the denomination to pray together for our community, our children and educators about to start another school year, our city and county leaders, our peace officers, and for one another. Refreshments will also be served. See you there.
•Now this is not a good thing, but it’s a fact. The heat has won. Because of the heat the Shop & Stroll days are coming to an end for 2018. This coming Friday, Aug. 10, was supposed to be a Shop and stroll leisure shopping evening, a time to sit on the square and listen to the music, do a little shopping, maybe a little karaoke. Unfortunately, with the evening temperatures hovering near triple digits, our Chamber of Commerce has decided it is best to cancel the event. Our local restaurants will still be open though.
•Coming Aug. 23 is the ribbon Cutting for TK Trailer Parts located on Interstate 45 just past Texas Pride. Mark your calendar and join the business for their ribbon cutting and reception from 4-6 p.m. They would love to see you there. You might even be one who takes home one of those door prizes.
•November is a little over three months away, so that gives you plenty of time to think about how you might participate in the MCAC Fall Fling. The event is an arts/craft show/sale and will be held Nov. 10 at the Kimbro Center. It will be a fun Saturday of showing your wares, selling those wares and even perhaps earning the blue ribbons to have yours in the auction and win the prizes.
You artist and crafty folk had better get busy so the rest of us can get some of that Christmas shopping done early. It’s special to give a gift that is one-of-a kind, made right here in Madison county. It’s going to be a great day, so get busy.
•On our birthday list, happy birthday to Kim Shaw, whose birthday is Aug. 9, and to Liz Ward and Yvonne Poe, whose birthday is Aug. 11. Jaina Wakefield’s birthday is Tuesday, Aug. 15, while Candy Bennett winds out the week with her birthday Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Happy belated birthday to Maidie Madole, whose birthday was July 26. On that day she turned 99 years young. Mrs. Madie is bedridden, so your cards would no doubt be heartwarming. That address is 102 York Dr., Madisonville.
•Many of you will remember Gary Ladd, who pastored First Baptist Church many years ago and is now pastor of Grace Point Church in Magnolia. He and his wife Brenda had three sons, Dustin, Derek and Nathan, who were school age then. They are all grown with families now. Sadly, Drew and his wife Jenny lost their daughter Sadie Hampton Ladd last Monday. Sadie, who weighed 3 pounds 6 ounces and 12 inches, survived for a precious hour.
The family will surely get your cards if you mail them to the church. The mailing address for Grace Point Church is 6606 FM 1488 Suite 148-525, Magnolia, TX 77354.
•And finally, remember the constellation Perseus? If not, it’s up there in the sky and this Sunday night, Aug. 12, a prolific show of meteors — called The Perseids after Perseus — will be a sight to see.
According to NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory the peak hours for the meteor show is the evening, in which you may see as many as 60-70 meteors an hour.
Here’s how an article on Space.com described the upcoming event: “This year's peak — which occurs on the nights of Aug. 11 to 12 and Aug. 12 to 13 — will be particularly spectacular this year because the moon will be a thin crescent and set early, leaving a dark canvas for the meteors' bright streaks and fireballs.”
This just might be a great family night, a great friend-gathering night, one of those memory making evenings. Better get to that grocery list made for the food you’ll need.