I visited with Vera Harrington this week as she made her rounds around Hopkins County. She attended the stew hosted for County Commissioner Burke Bullock’s retirement at the Precinct 2 County Barn, and then made an appearance on Saturday night at the Reilly Springs Jamboree.
Then, it was back to Sulphur Springs to The Lodge on Monday night for the appreciation reception hosted for Roger Maynard, Bullock, and Cletis Millsap.
“It’s been a busy week,” related Vera. “And it promises to get even busier as I plan to travel to Waxahachie for Christmas to celebrate with all the girls.”
Like everyone else that attended Friday night’s Reilly Springs Jamboree, Vera felt that it was one of the better shows of the year. “The decorations were beautiful and the music was great,” said Vera. “I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to more shows in 2011.”
Saturday night’s Jamboree Christmas Special featured some new talent, as well as some of the regular favorites. The event bade good-bye to Hannah Kirby, who will not be featured on the show next year, as she is pursuing some other musical interests. She was featured in a number of songs and lent her talent on the fiddle to the band throughout the show.
A new guitarist and vocalist, Tommy Randles, was introduced on Saturday night’s show, and he hopes to be a regular on the show in 2011. He’s originally from New Mexico.
Michael, Jandi Landri, and Sam Lawrence from Muleshoe are visiting in Hopkins County this week with family and friends. They accompanied Jana and Weldon DeWitt back to Hopkins County, as Jana and Weldon had been visiting in Muleshoe for Landri’s Christmas program at school. Meanwhile, upon their arrival in Sulphur Springs, they celebrated Sam’s first birthday on Tuesday of this week. Little Sam is growing into quite a big little boy.
A large group of Yantis Owl fans were on hand Monday afternoon in Yantis to see the Owls defeat West Rusk in the latest basketball action. The Owls will break for the holidays and return to action next week in the Martins Mill Tournament.
The Como-Pickton Eagles put on quite a show for fans Monday night as they defeated the CHESS (a home-school group) team in a solid win in front of a home crowd before their Christmas break. They also will be back in action next week.
The Lady Eagles weren’t quite so fortunate, as they lost a really close one to Grand Saline on Monday morning in overtime. The Lady Eagles made a great effort but lost the match, 48-43, in Como.
I heard from Sandi Wallace this week, and they are busy getting last-minute things done before Christmas, as they’ve catered a number of parties. They are expecting Aaron and Courtney both to be here to share the holidays, as well as the rest of the Wallace family.
It seems like everyone is busy doing those last minute things and planning a big, big Christmas.
Until next week, continue to count your many blessings this holiday season and share the season with others. Remember our troops who defend our freedoms, and ask for them an extra special holiday blessing. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community, and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County, and America. Merry Christmas everyone!
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