’Round Town May 23, 2018

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Madisonville, we’ve got great kids. The band did well in competition this spring, the Mustang baseball team was phenomenal in its recent achievements and now our Mustang golf team has taken top honors in state. It’s not their first time to do so, either.

This year the golf team again made state, finishing sixth in the 2018 State Finals competition. Those on the team are Sam Bennett, Bryce Bennett, Ben Phillips, Brylen Mills, Jordan Prescott and alternate Brandon Larson. In addition, team member Sam Bennett aced the year grabbing the title of 4A State Golf Champion. Makes you smile, doesn’t it?
Here’s what’s going on ’round our town.

•How about a walk down memory lane? Do you remember the Dulcimer group? I remember them playing on the Woodbine Hotel porch one year. And the lady who came for a week and played the harp? Her music played at noon was like a salve to a hectic morning.

I remember attending the Dinner Theater at Oak Ridge Country Club and several of the meet-the-author/book signing/workshops at the Kimbro. I remember a Writer’s Guild meeting at our library. And art shows. Remember the auctions on painted chairs?

Those projects and so many more were the results of the Madison County Arts Council. It was the Arts Council that started the photography contest, now promoted by the Mushroom Festival. The council also donated to our Madisonville Schools' Art Department and gave $1,000 scholarships to two high school seniors pursuing art related subjects in college.

Presently the Arts Council, which has 100-plus charter members, is at a crossroads. It is inactive for the simple reason it takes volunteers — serious volunteers — with a passion for the arts to promote them. Often volunteers begin with good intentions but it’s not high on the priority list so rowing that boat gets left to only a few.

As important as it is to have volunteers, it’s even more important our town have spectators and/or participants who want the activities an Arts Council presents and who will attend them. And that’s where I’m going with this.

I am on the board of the Arts Council along with John Hardy, Don Austin Paul Aguilar, Becky Linebaugh, Darlene Collard, Delores Williams, Gay Lynne Terrell, Heidi Ellis and Janett Drake. We believe in the importance of the arts and want the Madison County Arts Council to thrive. Active arts councils have branded small towns, not only as great community activities but also as places to visit, which brings outside revenue.

Yet, it is what you, the residents of Madison County, want that is important. Would you please share your opinion? Would you attend events and if so what events would you like? Could you volunteer and if so, what areas would you enjoy? Please help dissolved the crossroads dilemma. Send your thoughts to Delores Williams at delores.wms71@yahoo.com. I’m hoping Delores’ email address is swamped.

•Our Madisonville Cemetery Association is making great strides in improving the grounds and updating the burial records. Last week Len Strozier with Omega Mapping Services was in town to demonstrate the latest innovation in locating what’s underneath the ground. This time the mapping service located unmarked burials — 26 of them in the older section of the cemetery.

By the way, hats off also to the job that Corgey and Sons Construction did building almost 2,000 feet of the fence surrounding the cemetery. They should be almost finished with the overhead arches and gates and then it’s on to painting.

•On the sick list, as we go to press Art Henson remains hospitalized in CHI St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan with some health issues. He should be home before long, though, so send those cards to him at P.O. Box 997, Madisonville TX 77864.

Gene King is headed for some tests this week and we’re believing they will reveal some major shrinkage in his cancer. Gene’s address is 1858 Eastridge, Madisonville, TX 77864.

•A heads up on some Vacation Bible School dates for this summer. First the First United Methodist Church will hold its VBS June 18-22 from 8-11 a.m. The Crossroads Cowboy Church will host its VBS July 22-26 from 6-8:30 p.m. Is your church hosting a VBS? Let’s share it. Send the info to gala@nettlescountry.com.

•Also in June, the classes of 1954 and 1955 are planning a combined class reunion June 22-23. Those of you graduating those years mark that on your calendar. By the way, remember your classmate Tom Jones? Jones, who became an Air Force chaplain and then a brigadier general, plans to be here for the reunion.

Keep tuned for some more things happening that reunion weekend. One more thing; if you plan to attend let us share that with others since your attendance may encourage someone else to come. Call (936) 348-6541, email gala@nettlescountry.com or send me a note at 1087 Nettles Lane, Madisonville, TX 77864.

On our birthday list this week, a special belated birthday to Jeff Farris. Mr. Jeff battled back some health problems recently and celebrated his 81st birthday May 19.       

Happy birthday to Matt Petri and Joey Frederick, who celebrate their birthday May 25. Susan Standley’s birthday is May 26, while Lenora Oden will do her celebrating May 27. Jay Hardy has his birthday May 28, while Lisa Heath rounds out this week’s birthday list with her birthday Tuesday, May 29.

And finally, this Monday, Memorial Day, commemorates the men and women who lost their lives in military service. Help us honor them by flooding Madison County with Old Glorys flying high. She’s the symbol of our freedom and why most of us who are planning a fun-filled weekend, have the freedom to do it. Happy Memorial Day everybody.

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