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Talk in the Reilly Springs community this week is the nice rain. We didn't get as much as some places, but every little bit helps.

"I received about 4/10th to 1/2 of an inch," said Vera Harrington. "It helps."

Vera had a nice visit over the weekend with Mary and the granddaughters, who came down on Saturday. However, Charlotte nearly had a "wreck." She was driving Vera's mule when she almost hit Vera's truck. "I didn't know it had brakes," said Charlotte. We can tell she's going to be following in Vera's footsteps, as Vera can kind of have a heavy foot when she gets to driving, especially on the interstate.

Vera also had a nice visit this week from a former FSA board member, Ray Joe Reily, from Dimmit. They caught up on all the perils of farming and enjoyed visiting about their respective families.

And, Mary reported over the weekend that Elizabeth has been accepted at the University of Texas at Arlington for next year, so maybe she'll be closer to home, especially for her freshman year.

Sympathy from the Reilly Springs community is extended to Enola Gay on the loss of her grandson, Jacob Kane Humphrey, who perished in an automobile accident last Friday. Funeral services were in Elk City, Okla., on Tuesday. We extend our heartfelt sympathy and support to Enola and her family.

Marilee Fisher reported a nice visit in McKinney, enjoying family and friends, and some outstanding food and superior friendship.

"We haven't been doing much but work," Marilee said. "It's been processing deer and milking cows and goats."

Marilee reported that her mother, Ethel Winton, accompanied her on the trip to McKinney and especially enjoyed the visit with Reba Hill, a longtime friend.

Joyce McDonald and her family enjoyed a surprise visit from Jan Lawrence over the weekend. Jan had made it in from Muleshoe on Friday to attend an anniversary party for Missy and Alan Caddell. Jan returned home on Monday.

However, Joyce, Shannon and Hallie Lawrence enjoyed supper at the cabin on Lake Quitman Saturday night. Jan also met Joyce and Judy Jones for lunch on Saturday, in Sulphur Springs.

Enola Gay wanted to remind everyone of the Reilly Springs Jamboree scheduled for Saturday night, Nov. 19. A large crowd is expected, and concessions will be available.

"The concession stand is one of the ways that the Reilly Springs Community Center Board makes repairs and upkeep to the community center," reminded Enola.

Speaking of the Reilly Springs Community Center, it is always available for rent for your family reunions, Christmas and holiday parties, and other gatherings. Call Janie McLarry to schedule your event.

I heard from Rhandi Stribling Fails this week, and she advised that she and Debra had gone Christmas shopping over the weekend, and "got nearly everything done."

"We were worn out, but the end is in sight," Rhandi said.

Debra is busy this week as she is making plans for Thanksgiving. She will host her extended family for Thanksgiving dinner.

Continue to reflect on your blessings as this holiday season approaches. Remember our troops who defend our freedoms, asking 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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