'Round Town (Oct. 2, 2019)

Posted 10/1/19

My faith in humanity, which has wavered lately, has been restored. Recently a friend posted on Facebook about being stranded on the road and five people at separate times stopped to help her. Five. And none of them would accept money. Years ago, you expected. Today, it surprises you.

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'Round Town (Oct. 2, 2019)


My faith in humanity, which has wavered lately, has been restored. Recently a friend posted on Facebook about being stranded on the road and five people at separate times stopped to help her. Five. And none of them would accept money. Years ago, you expected. Today, it surprises you.

In a week of theft, rude people and a barrage of attack on mankind, animals, you name it, reading that post began shoring up my wobbling faith. Then came Allison Rothermel to put even more strength behind it.

Between the mail for our two businesses and our personal mail, we receive an abundance of paper. In fact, ours is an oversized mailbox just to make sure the mail person can stuff it all in there! Perhaps 25% of that paper is worthy of opening while the rest is magazines, catalogs, advertisements and others trash-can filler. Yours is probably the same way.

Because the mail just started running once again last week, Monday was a rather heavy mail day for our mailbox. As I shuffled through the stack sorting the personal mail from the business mail, the business catalogs from the keeper mags and all of the above from the trashcan fillers a small envelope caught my eye. It was definitely personal, or so I surmised from the small envelope and handwritten address.

In an era of email and text handwritten letters and cards are about as sparse as good deeds these days, so intrigued I dropped the remaining mail on the desk and sat down to open the envelop. That’s when I met Allison.

A sheet from a small notepad and a well-worn resale certificate which I immediately recognized fell from the envelope. That resale certificate, a necessity for purchasing business goods, had lived folded in my wallet for years, the folding to make it smaller than other items and less likely to be inadvertently pulled out of the wallet.

Although that plan had worked for years, I lost the resale certificate earlier in the summer. While that might not seem important to you, losing it was like losing a tattered pic of my kids. On top of the loss, the original resale certificate thumbtacked to the wall, also for many years had gone MIA, the result of office walls getting a fresh coat of paint. No one seemed to know what happened to the original. It was almost as if it had grown feet and escaped. If you have ever tried to get an original piece of paper replaced from the government, you know they do not believe in rushing things and now may understand why the loss of the copy in my wallet was critical.

Allison though is a life saver. Her note read, “Dear Ronnie Nettles, I found this on the street in downtown Dallas, thought you might want it back. Sincerely, Allison Rothermel.”

Allison is my new hero and proof, along with the other five good Samaritans who stopped to help the friend on the road, that good people still do things for others without expecting anything in return. Now if anyone has pull with our government for getting paperwork replaced in a reasonable amount of time, please call me.

Here’s what’s going on round our town.

These Madison county gals are the best: Last week KBTX featured Ana Osth as their classroom champion. Ana attends North Zulch High School and is a senior this year. She is the daughter of Joan and Johann Osth. By the way, Ana is now a member of the “Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2024!”

Thursday is National Bring Your Bible to School Day, an annual event for students sponsored by Focus on the Family. According to Focus on the Family, “The event is designed to empower you as a student to express your belief in the truth of God’s Word–and to do so in a respectful way that demonstrates the love of Christ. Participation is voluntary and student-directed.”

Midway Church of Christ will have a table set up outside the junior high cafeteria at 7 a.m. giving free Bibles to any student who wants one.

Calling all of you golfers! The Fourth Annual Sandra Standley’s Memorial Golf Scramble is scheduled for Oct. 12 at Oak Ridge Country Club. We will share more next week but in the meantime for more info, call 936-348-6264.

On our sick list, Pat Cole fell last Friday and broke her hip. The Coles owned Metal Concepts, a sheet metal fabrication business on State Highway 21 when they lived here. Pat, the daughter of the late Ebb and Lois Berry is a fourth generation Madison county gal.

Surgery went well and now it’s physical therapy time for her. Send your cards and letters to Pat in care of her daughter Kim Davis, 320 W. Shady Shores Road, Shady Shores, Texas 76208

Mark McBride, the 16-year-old who was accidently shot in the neck earlier this year, is improving daily and doing much more than had been expect at this stage of the game. In fact, he is even beginning to slightly move his paralyzed legs.

Therapy though comes with the need for equipment and that come with a price tag. To help raise money for the much-needed equipment to help Mark recover from the accident, Mark’s grandmother, Glenda Landry Collard, is selling #MarkStrong wrist bands for $5 each. You need several of these! While #MarkStrong is on the front of the bracelet “Phil 4:1” is on the back.

Glenda has them at her massage office at 404 D, N. May. That’s the same as State Highway 75, in case you forgot. If you’re out of town, drop a check to her at 209 N. Tammye Lane, Madisonville, Texas 77864 and don’t forget to include your return address. While Glenda didn’t mention this, I will: Include a little extra for that shipping costs. You can also purchase the bracelets via Paypal.

If your child needs a little school help you might check with the First United Methodist Church After School Kids (ASK) tutoring program. For the past seven years the program has successfully helped students in kindergarten through second grade, not only with lessons in math and reading but also lessons in life such as understanding the Golden Rule and building good character. For more info, contact David Stiver at 936-348-1171.

Oct. 18 is just around the corner and that’s Texas Mushroom Festival time. Gala Dinner Tickets are still available for purchase on the website for $125. It’s a fun night of silent auctions, champagne social, formal dinner and dancing. Check out their website.

Also, our Madison County 4-H will host Ag Alley during the Mushroom Festival. It’s sponsored by J5 Tractor. They will be set up on West Cottonwood with a petting zoo, some Chicken Poop Bingo and that’s just the beginning.

Try your hand at the Texas Shoot Out, hair braiding, purchase a gun raffle ticket or grab some beef sticks and water. The Texas Farm Bureau Learning Trailer will also be there, a groundwater demonstration model and much more! Stop by and support the kiddos!

On this week’s birthday list, happy birthday to Kent Pate who celebrates his birthday Thursday. Joy Swanson will celebrate her birthday Saturday while Tracy Cook does the same Sunday. Kay Owens and Casee Davis blow out candles Monday. Rounding out this week’s birthday list with birthdays Oct. 9 are Clay Andrews and Delores Williams.

One more thing. October is breast cancer awareness month. It’s a disease that attacks men as well as women. It’s a good time to think about a health checkup.

And finally, that old adage “life is what you make of it” really is true, isn’t it? Some folks have gotten the hang of that and they make it a good one. They are contented with what they have from family to finances to friends. Others though, haven’t quite gotten that figured out. Instead, they seem to work hard at making life difficult. Problem is in doing so they make it difficult for others as well. Unfortunately, the difficult folks are the ones we usually see on the news.

Granted, making life a contented one usually requires a few of life’s lessons and most of those lessons deal with getting your mind straight. Don’t know who developed this list, but just achieving these five simple rules can go a long way in helping to make life good, really good.


1. Make peace with your past so it won’t disturb your present.

2. What other people think of you is none of your business.

3. Time heals almost everything. Give it time.

4. No one is in charge of your happiness. Except you.

5. Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them you have no idea what their journey is all about.