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Reilly Springs News for Jan. 19, 2011

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The Reilly Springs Community has survived the snow of last week and is enjoying the moisture that we’ve received from the recent rains, even though it has made things a little bit muddy and messy.

I heard from Vera Harrington and she allowed that even though she hated to deal with the mud, she knows that we need it to ensure that the grass is good in the spring and summer.

“We’re going to be needing all of this moisture when the grass comes out and the trees begin budding in the spring,” stated Vera. “But it does make a mess trying to keep things clean around the barn and house.”

Rhandi Stribling Fails reported that Brayden Stribling had a good weekend. He came for a visit in Reilly Springs and finally killed a racoon on his coon hunt with David. He and “Ol’ Blue” treed a coon and made their first kill. Congratulations to Brayden, and maybe we’ll be seeing him in a coon skin cap, before too long.

I saw Rhandi at the Yantis bal lgames on Tuesday night, as she was there to cheer on the Owls and Lady Owls. The ball games were exciting as the Owls played the North Hopkins Panthers and Lady Panthers and managed to be victorious. However, it wasn’t an “easy battle” as the girls game went into overtime, before finally being decided in a hard fought match-up.

“This is what high school basketball is suppose to be all about,” commented Wayne Galyean, who was one of the spectators. “It’s gratifying to see people from both communities visiting with one another and the kids playing their hearts out on the court.”

I also saw Carroll and Nada Crouch and had a nice visit with them. They were accompanied by their daughter-in-law and great-grandson. Of course, their daughter-in-law, Linda Dunn Crouch, is a product of Reilly Springs, and we caught up on all the news. It was good to see all of them.

James Williams and Canyon Cockrum, both players for North Hopkins, have strong ties to the Reilly Springs community. James’ family has lived in Reilly Springs for generations and had his own cheering section at the game. And Canyon’s grandparents on both sides still live in Reilly Springs. Jennie and Terry were in the stands “rooting” for the Panthers.

Reports were of a great Reilly Springs Jamboree in Reilly Springs, on Saturday night. A large crowd attended and heard some great music.

Many in this community were saddened this week to learn of the passing of Gena Ross McFadden. Gena had been a friend from our formative years, as she attended elementary school with many of us at Lamar Elementary, then was a classmate all through junior high and high school. Gena was one of the sweetest and kindest people, and more fun to be around than almost anyone. This is expressing sympathy to Jean, Jana and Janin and the entire family.

Also, many in this community were acquainted with Coy Jetton, who passed away this past week, as Coy shod horses for everyone. Coy passed away in Mount Vernon on Sunday. Services were to be held today.

I heard from Marilee Fisher this week, and she reported that they had survived the snow fairly unscathed, and were now dealing with the mud. Bryant is in Tampa, Fla., this week, at a Dairy Farmers of America meeting and left them behind. “I think that Florida was about the only place that didn’t have any snow, and Bryant was lucky enough to get to go there,” bemoaned Marilee and the boys.

I had the opportunity to visit with Roy and Yvonne King and Delores Miller on Monday night as they attended the MLK Awards, at Morning Chapel Baptist Church. They all reported surviving the snow and inclement weather of last week, and looking forward to some warmer temperatures. Yvonne indicated that she had been home and actually had the opportunity to cook a little bit. “Roy doesn’t know how to act.” explained Yvonne. “He may want there to be another round of bad weather.”

I saw Brad Glenn this week and he, like everyone else, was “battling the m” with livestock.

I had a nice visit with Sybil and Sallie McClendon on Tuesday, as they were enjoying lunch at Juan Pablos, and they reported that Jerry Mack Temples (son of Billy Temples and the late Arlene McDonald Temples) had been a recent visitor in Sulphur Springs.

Joyce McDonald hosted her 42 group Saturday night in her home and reported a great time visiting with everyone. Of course, Fred and Ruth Fisher were among that group and reported surviving the winter weather, also.

And, Enola Gay called to remind everyone that the perfect way to “battle the winter blues and cold temperatures” is to attend Saturday night’s Crockpot Chili Contest, in the Hopkins County Civic Center. The event promises to have some of the best tasting chili and homemade pies that anyone can find. And, entertainment will be provided. Make plans to attend.

Many of you will remember Billy and Peggy Conner, who now live near Austin. I had a nice visit this week on the phone with Peggy about some of the Hopkins County history, as she was reared in the Brashear community. She said to tell everyone hello from them.

Until next week, continue to enjoy the many activities and get out and chase away those winter blues. Remember our troops who defend our freedom and ask for them an extra measure of safety and a return trip home. 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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