'Round Town (Jan. 29, 2020)

Posted 1/28/20

Hats off to MHS 2019 graduate Tanner Cook, who celebrated another graduation Friday. Tanner, who joined the United States Airforce while an MHS student, recently completed his basic training at the San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base and graduated Friday as an Airman Basic.

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'Round Town (Jan. 29, 2020)

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Hats off to MHS 2019 graduate Tanner Cook, who celebrated another graduation Friday. Tanner, who joined the United States Airforce while an MHS student, recently completed his basic training at the San Antonio Lackland Air Force Base and graduated Friday as an Airman Basic.

Those attending his graduation were his father Brandon Cook, sister Kacie Cook, brother Colt Cook, grandmother Frances Cook, aunt Rhonda Savage and cousin Chance Savage.

Tanner is now in Pensacola, Fla. where he is undergoing training in aircraft structural maintenance.

Condolences to the family of Charles Heath, Sr. who passed away Jan. 26. Mr. Heath resided most of his life in Madisonville. He is survived by his wife June Heath, son and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Lisa Heath daughter, Debbie Heath all of Madisonville, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. We will hopefully have addresses for you next week.

Sunday is Groundhog Day. While it’s just another day in our paradise, better known as Madison County, it’s a major celebration in Punxsutawney Pa.! That town goes all out for the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil and the forecast he gives of whether it’s six more cold, cold weeks of winter or sunny weather is on its way.

According to the Farmers’ Almanac the clouds should break Sunday just long enough for Mr. Phil to see his shadow, which means he will dart back into his hole to hibernate for another six weeks of cold weather.

According to researchers, however, the groundhog has accurately predicted the coming of spring only 39% of the time. On the other hand, other researchers say his percentages are as good as the weathermen, so you might want to pay attention!

There’s also lot of money in that prediction, not the betting kind but in the visiting kind. Supposedly thousands of folks show up for the forecast. That’s right. Thousands. While there, some have brunch with Phil in the morning, others attend a banquet in his honor that evening, some play in the cornhole tournament and, well, the entertainment goes on and on.

No doubt in one weekend Phil makes Punxsutawney a wealthy little town. Wonder if we could figure out a reason to do something similar with a Texas Armadillo?

On to what’s going on ‘round town.

Time to sign up the youngsters for Madisonville Little League. You can do so by stopping by Walmart between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday and for the next two Saturdays thereafter. That’s Feb. 8 and 15.

Or drop by the Lake House at Madison Lake Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., you can sign up the little ones there as well.

This year the fee is $75. The good news is there is a $25 sibling discount.

Last year in several issues I shared about the health of young Gaby Tobias, a student at North Zulch diagnosed with cancer. Gaby continues to battle the disease, and beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, friends are hosting the Gaby Tobias Ranch Rodeo Benefit at the Leon County Expo Center. It’s located between Centerville and Buffalo.

No matter the weather, this is a really nice enclosed building,

So hopefully Sunday afternoon will be a good time for you to take that short drive. Go watch a little rodeo, bid on some auction items, leave a little money in the donation jars and most importantly support Gaby and the Tobias family.

Moving on to next week. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the annual Stover and Crouch Hochheim Insurance Company Dinner and meeting will be held in the Family Life Center of First Baptist Church. If you have Hochheim Insurance, you’ll want to attend this. Tony Leago will inform us of what’s going on ‘round our county and that chicken fried steak dinner is always delicious. See you there.

Then Feb. 7 will be a really busy time. First Baptist Church is hosting a "Dressed for Success" in their Family Life Center that evening and continuing the next day. The speaker for the event is author Leah Holder-Green. Tickets to attend the event are $25.

Stop by the church office to buy your tickets or purchase them online at Madisonvillefbc.org.

That same evening is the annual Madison County Chamber of Commerce Banquet. It will again be held at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church Seton Center. Business owner Liz Henson is the guest speaker and Legends Steak House is catering those mesquite-grilled rib eye steaks. Get your tickets now!

Kicking off this week’s birthday list is Virginia Boyett and Renee’ Jeffries, who celebrate their birthdays Thursday. Friday is a busy day for birthdays with Charli Black, Rickie Milazzo and Camryn Frederick celebrating their birthday.

Right behind them, Randell Karber blows out his birthday candles. Then Sunday it’s birthday time for Beverly Plumlee. Tuesday, winding down this week’s birthday list, it’s birthday time for Lola Hardy.

Got birthdays, anniversaries in your family? Why not share them? Email to gala@nettlescountry.com or call 936-348-6541. Spell those names for us, though. We learned years ago that the name Ann can be spelled several ways.

One more thing before closing. I hope you have considered sending a valentine card to retired Marine Maj. Bill White, at the age of 104 our oldest living Marine. It is his wish to receive Valentine cards from all over, enough of them to keep him scrapbooking -- these days that’s his hobby -- for quite a long time.

Maj. White served his country in active duty for 30 years and was a member of the second battalion landing on Iwo Jima. He was injured during that battle and counts it a blessing to be an Iwo Jima survivor.

Should you like to honor this wish send your Valentine card to the following address: Attention: Maj. Bill White, (USMC ) Ret, The Oaks at Inglewood, 6725 Inglewood Ave. Stockton, Calif., 95207.

And finally, Valentine’s Day, the day set aside to celebrate love, is approximately two weeks away. Perhaps the late Martin Luther King offered an excellent mantra for valentines. It was he who said, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

February, being the month to celebrate of love might be a good time to plant King’s words around us, don’t you think? Why not past them on the fridge, the visor of your car, taped to the bathroom mirror. Statistics have proven that mantras really do affect our outlook and our actions.

One thing is for sure; King was right. Love really is worth sticking to because hate really is too great a burden to bear.

See you ‘round town!

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