A number of Reilly Springs residents were at the annual Hopkins-Rains County Farm Bureau Membership Meeting and Banquet on Tuesday night as they witnessed Farm Bureau presenting over $20,000 to 15 local fire departments to help continue their fight against wildfires in the area. “We don’t know of any structure that has been lost in our area,” said Farm Bureau President Mark Sustaire. “It’s these guys here that are the front line of defense for our homes, our farms and our property.”
The firemen received a standing ovation from the crowd and were shown appreciation for their tireless efforts in protecting Hopkins and Rains counties.
Delores Miller, a Hopkins-Rains County Farm Bureau Board member, was re-elected to her position on the board at the meeting. She represents the Reilly Springs community on the board.
Another large group of residents from this area were in Sulphur Springs on Tuesday to help Tammy Clifton Powdrill welcome the public to her Brandin’ Iron Café on Gilmer Street. Tammy, who grew up in the neighboring Seymore community, is the owner of the steakhouse, and she had an official Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday morning attended by a large crowd. Stop by for some outstanding food at the Brandin’ Iron.
Sympathy is extended to the Tommy Hurley family this week. Tommy, a lifelong resident of the Reilly Springs community, passed away on Friday afternoon, following a long battle with cancer. Services were held on Monday morning in Sulphur Springs, with burial in the Reilly Springs Cemetery. Tommy will be sorely missed by this community.
Marilee Fisher, Ima Asher and Ethel Winton are kicked back in chaise lounges with those drinks that have umbrellas in them this week. They left for Bermuda last Thursday and are enjoying the sights, shopping and some relaxation. I’ll bet Marilee isn’t even worried about the goats getting milked.
Bryant Fisher did report that goat milk sales are “brisk” and that he has people coming from as far away as Longview to purchase the milk. Several are purchasing the goat milk to make artisan cheeses that sound wonderful. If you need some goat milk, give the Fishers a call.
The annual Fisher Family Reunion was hosted last weekend by Fred and Ruth Fisher and Bryant, Marilee, Wendell and Patricia Fisher. A large gathering of the Loyd Fisher family came to Hopkins County and reported having a great time visiting and sharing cherished family memories.
Birthday greetings are in order for David Stribling Jr., who hit the “big 4-0” this past week. (He’s fast catching up with the rest of us.) Family and friends treated David to a birthday bash at Big Smith BBQ, over the weekend. Happy birthday, David Jr.
Brayden Stribling was a weekend visitor at David and Debra’s and attended the party.
Debra Stribling and Joyce Gilbreath enjoyed a shopping trip on Saturday, and Rhandi Stribling Fails attended a women’s retreat over the weekend.
Jan Lawrence and her family hosted a 50th birthday bash for David Lawrence at their new lake cabin on Lake Quitman Saturday night that was attended by a large crowd. The entire family from Muleshoe was present, as well as a large crowd from here in East Texas. Jan returned on Monday but will be returning this weekend with some friends from Muleshoe who all plan to go to First Monday Trade Days in Canton.
Kyle and Misty Koon were busy showing off Baby Kynslee at the party on Saturday night with people standing in line to get to hold her. Decked out in pink bows and ruffles, it’s hard to picture her growing up to be a deer and hog hunter. Congratulations to Kyle and Misty, and Sheila, of course, is beaming at having another granddaughter after all of those boys.
Vera Harrington and I spent several hours at the Reilly Springs Cemetery this week with her “grave witching” rods. She’s about convinced me that she can do it. She noted that her granddaughter, Caroline, told her classmates at school that her grandmother was a “grave witcher.” “I think they all think I’m either in the insane asylum or headed to the nursing home,” said Vera.
Vera even told one on herself. She “left the water running” at her calf barn and it ran all one night. “I don’t know what I was thinking,” said Vera. “I may actually have some expensive green grass at the end of the drain, in this drought.”
Vera also said that services for Janice Baxter Smith are today in Winnsboro. Janice was the daughter of the late J.D. and Odessa Price Baxter and a niece of Vera and Bobby Price. Remember this family in your thoughts and prayers.
Sympathy is also extended to Kim Price and her family, as her father passed away this past week. Services and burial were in Midlothian.
I visited with Heather Salvarino, and she said the P.U.S.H. Support Group that she is a part of was meeting on Monday night. The group is a support group for parents of children with learning disabilities and will meet at Plain and Fancy Sandwich Shoppe on the fourth Monday night of each month. If you are interested in joining, give Heather a call at (903)243-4138.
Enola Gay said she continues to plan a 55th Anniversary Show of the Reilly Springs Jamboree on Saturday night, Oct. 15. She was asking about some of the historical things that existed in this community, back in 1956. I told her that I really didn’t remember much about 1956, as I had just been born, but that I remembered my grandparents, parents and others relating some of their memories about the beginnings of the Jamboree and life during that period. Entertainment was “slim” in this community, as well as other parts of the county, in the mid-1950s. Bob and Joe Shelton had been reared in Reilly Springs and become famous radio personalities, as well as helping get Gov. Jimmy Davis elected in Louisiana with their guitar picking and vocals.
Joe Shelton returned to Reilly Springs and operated a live morning show on the “new” KSST radio station from the Reilly Springs Store, with Lou Erick and Bill Bradford. From these humble beginnings they started the Reilly Springs Jamboree variety show from the stage of the school house in this community. They contacted radio and music personalities to appear on the show and encouraged local talent to join the Jamboree, too. People from miles around attended the music shows, and the Jamboree was “born.”
Many of us with ties to this community remember attending the shows as children, and the entire “downtown” area of Reilly Springs being filled with those classic 50s cars and music being played from the schoolhouse.
I was told this week by Mrs. Cavinaugh that she had split open a persimmon seed and that it has a “spoon” in the center, indicative of a mild, dry winter. Maybe that means it won’t take as much hay to get the cows through the winter. But it don’t speak too promising of much moisture, either.
Until next week, continue to pray for some much-needed rain and moisture for our farms, lawns, pastures and hay meadows. Remember our troops who defend our freedoms and ask for them an extra measure of safety and safe 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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