I’m certainly enjoying this great autumn weather, in Northeast Texas. The last couple of mornings have been wonderful. Our community, like most of Hopkins County, experienced some storms, heavy rain, and hail, on Sunday night. But, aside from a few trees down, damage was minimal. I haven’t heard of anyone, in this community, who had their automobile “dinged” by hail.
“It was quite intense and frightening for a few minutes, early Sunday night.” expressed Vera Harrington. “As those storms moved through, they were some of the darkest clouds and you could see ‘tails’ coming out of the sky that never touched down. I was out feeding calves and watching the sky. Then, suddenly it got dark and the rains and hail began. It was pea- and marble-sized at my place.”
Most agreed that by the hail being mixed with the rain, it minimized the damages in our area of the county.
“My pecan tree had a good many leaves knocked off.” expressed another resident. “And a few limbs were knocked off, too.”
Today marks the first day that basketball players can begin working with their coaches, so the season in neighboring Yantis and Como-Pickton will pick up a notch. Everyone will begin to follow their favorite teams in tournament play.
Speaking of local sports, everyone will be glued to the television tonight as our Texas Rangers begin playing in the World Series. Go Rangers.
The Cumby Lady Trojans clinched their district volleyball championship in Avery last night. The Lady Trojans are ranked number two in the state and are a sight to behold when you watch them play. A large crowd from Cumby came out Tuesday afternoon, waving signs and banners to escort them out of town. Then they followed them to Avery to witness the climax of a perfect 12-0 district season. Go Lady Trojans, and best of luck as you advance in the postseason.
Yvonne King said she and Roy attended the North East Texas Beef Improvement Organization’s annual year-end banquet Tuesday night at the Civic Center. They enjoyed a nice meal and heard the outline of the program of work for the organization for the upcoming year.
Yvonne also reported that their rain gauge showed 2 inches of rainfall over the weekend. “Now that the rain is over, we’ve got to get back in the hay field and get the last hay baled before it frosts.” Yvonne said. “I think it is supposed to be really cool on Thursday morning. The grass has quit growing, and we need to get it up.”
Yvonne also reported that Sierra Sells won Student of the Month at Douglas Intermediate School. Congratulations to Sierra.
Joyce McDonald is looking forward to a weekend visit from Jan Lawrence and Abby, Kobi and Reagan Kirby. They will be arriving Thursday and plan to enjoy the autumn weather by making a shopping trip to Canton this weekend.
Joyce also reported making little Hallie Lawrence a Halloween costume this week. Danny, Shannon and Hallie came out for a fitting on Tuesday night.
Those who attended Tuesday night’s meeting at the Seymour Church of Christ learned that the new lanes on State Highway 154 will be opened today. More construction is planned, as the Texas Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin letting bids on the Phase 2 portion between Seymour and the Wood County line in December. Phase 3 will follow. They plan to “shave down” the hills north of Seymour and widen the highway. That is the most dangerous portion of SH 154 between Yantis and Sulphur Springs, so that phase will create some major traffic snarls during construction. Remember to be cautious as you travel SH 154 and expect delays once construction is under way.
Those of you who have been asking about sweet potatoes will be happy to know that Mark Coker now has them for sale in Yantis. Of course, I’m going to expect a good ol’ sweet potato pie for passing on the information. Turnabout is fair play.
Does anyone know of a functional syrup mill in Northeast Texas? It’s about time to harvest the sugar cane and begin extracting the juices to boil down for syrup. Some good ol’ ribbon cane syrup on buttered homemade biscuits sure would be good on one of these cool autumn mornings.
I’m out of luck ... when I was about 15 years old, I much preferred the taste of homemade biscuits than the store-bought variety, and made the statement, “When I grow up, there won’t ever be a canned biscuit in my house.”
Well, my mother told me that I better start learning how to make them. And, although I can cook fairly good, I’ve never really learned the art of making homemade biscuits.
I was reminded this week of when I first was introduced to politics. I was in the third grade, in the fall of 1964, when Lyndon Johnson was running for president against Barry Goldwater. There was a joke circulating that went something like, “Why did Johnson not like to go to the bathroom?” Answer: He didn’t like to see gold water run.
I went to Mrs. Ada B. Emmons’ third grade class and told the joke. Mrs. Emmons, being a “Yellow Dog Democrat.” thought it was extremely funny, but my mother was mortified that I had told the joke in class.
Make plans to vote by Friday, if you are intending to vote early, or go to the polls next Tuesday.
I attended the North Hopkins FFA Hamburger Supper and Auction. Among the FFA members was Jesse Williams, a student at North Hopkins school. Jesse is the son of James Williams from Reilly Springs and the grandson of his namesake, Jesse Williams. I related to Jesse that he was kin to most everyone in Reilly Springs, as the Williams family was quite “prolific” and married into most every family in the community.
Several in our community attended the Como-Pickton FFA Stew and Auction on Tuesday night. It is the annual fundraiser for those students. The meal was great and there was a wonderful array of auction items made by the students.
Has anyone looked at a persimmon to see what the winter weather forecast is for this year? Let me know if you have a prediction.
I visited with my nephew, Michael Lawrence, this week following the giant hail storm in Lubbock to see what damage had been done to his cotton crop. He related that they had already sprayed defoliant, and that the rain had done some damage, but in Muleshoe they had escaped the hail. Many of the West Texas cotton farmers weren’t so lucky, and it had looked like a bumper crop before the recent hail storms. Farming is always so unpredictable.
Until next week, look in the back of the closet or that bottom drawer for a sweatshirt or jacket. You may need to pull it out in the morning. Enjoy the wonderful weather as you count your blessings and look forward to the Thanksgiving season. Watch out for “ghosts and goblins” this weekend and make sure they have a great time trick or treating.” Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community, and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County and America.
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