Well, despite the fact of being uncomfortable, March truly “came in like a lion” with those intense winds late Saturday night and all day Sunday, and the temperatures were cold to go along with it.
Is it still cold to you, despite the fact that it was supposed to warm up? The weather has really been more seasonal the last few days, but I think most of us were wishing for the warmer temperatures.
Marilee Fisher advised that they have cilantro growing and ready in the greenhouse and have the hanging baskets started. They have a variety of tomatoes growing and several other items started to transplant into the field once the soil temperatures get warm enough.
J.R., Marilee, and Brenda Allen attended a fund-raiser for KMOO radio executive Jason Hightower, who is suffering from a brain tumor. They reported seeing several friends from down in Wood County, and that all of the proceeds went for a wonderful cause.
The Reilly Springs community was saddened at the death of Hank Harrington this week. Those of you who knew Hank know what a warm, friendly and jovial personality that he had. He was always upbeat and had something funny to say to cheer you up. Hank, a regular visitor to this community, will be sorely missed. His father, Harvey, was the elementary school principal and teacher for many in this community. His grandparents lived and reared their family in this community. This is extending sympathy to Kat and Carol on the loss of their father.
Danny and Shannon Lawrence were weekend visitors in Hopkins County this past weekend. They are “house hunting” as they will both graduate from school in May and plan to return to Sulphur Springs. Look for more details about them coming back. We’re glad to see them returning from Houston.
If you see Ol’ Kyle Koon in the next few days, watch out. Kyle might “rope you in” on helping him move into his new house. Kyle has bought a home in Sulphur Springs, and neighbors beware — Ol’ Kyle is liable to have wild hogs in his backyard.
Speaking of wild hogs, the Big Nasty Wild Hog Hunt will conclude this weekend, when you need to have your videos ready and turned in. The hunt has caused some real interest in the Pickton and Pine Forest communities and has local hunters “scrambling” to get the best video possible. Congratulations to everyone involved.
I was also asked to remind everyone that Como United Methodist Church will be hosting their annual Wild Game Supper on Saturday night. Make plans to be in Como for some good eating on Saturday night.
I visited with Vera Harrington for a few minutes this week. She advised that she and Charlie have been busy getting some spring cleaning done around the farm and taking advantage of the warm days to get things ready for the spring. Vera did allow that she’d managed to slip off to see the granddaughters and celebrate Mitzi’s birthday. Next time you see Mitzi, you might remind her of just how old she is getting.
Joyce McDonald met with Judy Jones on Saturday, and they went to Tyler to purchase a rocking chair for Jadi Jones’ first birthday. Jadi, of course, is a “leap year baby” and won’t “officially” be one year old for another three years. But she certainly is active and lively to have to wait that long and most likely won’t find the value in having a birthday every four years until she gets much, much older.
Yvonne King called to remind everyone that Thursday night is the annual Rotary Club Spelling Bee and that everyone needs to come out and support that effort. They will be hosting the event in the Sulphur Springs High School Cafeteria and will begin the meal at 5 p.m. The spelling bee begins at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a silent auction. It’s always a great time and loads of fun. And I can guarantee you that you will learn something, because some of those words have to come from a foreign country — they can’t actually be in the English language.
Bryant and J.R. Fisher were in Sulphur Springs on Saturday night to serve as ringmen at the Sale of Champions during the Northeast Texas Livestock Association’s Junior Market Show. They donate their time to serve in that capacity each year to help the sale be successful.
The economy in Hopkins County may be suffering some, but the businessmen in this community “stepped up to the plate” and added over $200,000 to the education funds of local youths and their projects at this year’s junior market show. Folks, that is a statement that the exhibition is definitely important to the people of Hopkins County. Despite tough times, the people of this community value investing in their youths and the future of this area. Hats off to all those who participated in purchasing the animals and making certain that Hopkins County has a bright future.
Many in the Reilly Springs area showed their projects and were rewarded in the sale for their efforts. The show started on Thursday night with the lambs and goats, continued on Friday night with the market swine, and then Saturday featured the market broilers, market steers and a beef heifer show. Some 250 youths from all across Hopkins County were involved in showing their animals and receiving the benefits gained with working with an animal project. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Congratulations to all of the winners and to those individuals who made the sale. And, better luck next time, to those who didn’t place higher. Hopefully, each of you gained the knowledge to do better next year and benefited from the lessons of learning responsibility and completing a project.
If you are in town this week, drop by one of the businesses that despite tough economic times was represented at the sale and purchased an animal. Tell them how much you appreciate the investment they made in the future of Hopkins County. That means more to them than anything you could do and rewards those individuals and businesses who continue to support this effort, year after year. Congratulations to all.
Sulphur Springs Public Library is hosting a book sale, a meet the author night, and a gala luncheon this week in support of National Library Week. The annual event is a wonderful opportunity to purchase some great books to read, visit with friends and neighbors, and learn about local authors from East Texas. Call the library for your tickets and details.
Meanwhile, two of our neighboring boys basketball teams continued in playoff action Friday night. The Yantis Owls traveled to Prairiland and were defeated by Avery in a close game. Yes, the season ended for the Owls, but what a ride! The Owls have been outstanding this year and are only losing two senior members of their team, so get ready for some great basketball action again next year. Congratulations to Coach Jack Bowles and his team. You were outstanding.
Coach Gary Billingsley and his Miller Grove Hornets that traveled to Big Sandy on Friday night and defeated the Karnack Indians. Miller Grove will be facing Laneville in Lindale tonight as they continue their quest in postseason play. Congratulations to Gary and his team.
If you have the opportunity, it isn’t that far to Lindale, so make the trip in support of the Hornets. You’ll certainly be glad you made the effort and are sure to see some outstanding basketball. Good luck tonight, Hornets.
I encouraged a friend of mine to attend the playoff game between the Hornets and the Sulphur Bluff Bears held in Saltillo a couple of weeks ago. I told him he was sure to see some great basketball. Well, the game went into overtime and the crowd was on its feet throughout the overtime period. He remarked later that it had been years since he’d seen a game that good. Folks, I can’t always predict one being that good, but you’re sure to see some great action from our local youths who play hard and exhibit the ultimate in good sportsmanship. You’re sure to be uplifted just by seeing them in action.
Until next week, continue to pray for some much needed rainfall for our community. Remember our troops who defend our freedoms around the world, and ask for them an extra measure of safety. 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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