The Reilly Springs Community is basking in the sunshine, as the temperatures have warmed up and everyone is thinking about spring. Everyone was excited about the rain that this community received during the latter part of last week.
Reports are anywhere from 4 inches to 4.5 inches in the Reilly Springs community, all of it “much needed.” The rain fell over an extended period of time and soaked into the soil, with very little runoff. “We needed every drop,” exclaimed Vera Harrington as she was counting her blessings this week. “The rain is about the only bright spot in the dairy industry right now.”
Local dairy farmers are suffering from low milk prices and high production costs. Many received a letter in their milk checks this week that reflects that the lower prices are a result of “tough economic times” in the world market. “I hope things look up pretty quick,” said one local dairy farmer. “This is about the cheapest we’ve seen milk in a while, and all of our inputs have skyrocketed over the past several years.”
Vera called this week and advised that she had a very enjoyable weekend visit from Janet Swindle Neyland and her two daughters, Katie and Amber, and granddaughter Landon. They arrived on Sunday and enjoyed catching up on all the happenings in Reilly Springs. Janet now makes her home in the Houston area.
Vera also received a surprised visit Sunday from the Steve Ledbetter family. Steve, his wife, Linda, grandson Coby and a German exchange student dropped by to see Vera while they were visiting in the Reilly Springs area. Steve and his family make their home in Terrell.
Vera reports that her friend Mary Edwards Allen called to visit, this past week. Mary has recently had bypass surgery but reports doing “remarkable.”
Sympathy is extended to the Phil McDonald Jr. family at the loss of Liz McDonald. Liz passed away on Sunday in a hospital in Bryan. Services were today in College Station. Phil was reared in this community and passed away several years ago, but Liz had maintained her home in the Bryan-College Station area. She and Phil reared their family in Reilly Springs for part of their formative years. This is offering sympathy and support to Russell, Wendy, Michael and their families. Several from the Reilly Springs community were in College Station today to attend those services, including Mary and Brodie Koon and family members, and Bobby and Joyce McDonald.
I received a report from the Fisher family. Marilee reported that Bryant had been in Galveston this week, and that he and J.R. were planning to leave on Sunday to attend the Dairy Farmers of America Meeting in Kansas City, Mo. They will serve as voting delegates from this region, along with several other local dairy farmers.
Blake and J.R. have purchased some more goats, so if you’re a neighbor and wake up with something on your roof, it probably isn’t reindeer hooves.
J.R. continues to prepare ground for his upcoming spring plantings. He has already planted green beans and is continuing to care for the young plants in the greenhouse that he plans to transplant shortly. As most gardeners in the area affirm, last week’s rainfall was just what they were waiting on before progressing with their spring planting, especially now that we’re getting some warm sunshine.
I visited with Sybil McClendon this week, and she reported that she had just returned home from a nice visit with her twin sister, Sarah McDonald Boyd, in Big Spring. Sybil spent about a week visiting with Sarah and Ernest Mack and reported a wonderful time.
However, when Sybil returned home, she learned that Jay McClendon was in the hospital having gall bladder surgery. He’s home and reported to be doing some better. This is wishing Jay a speedy recovery.
Folks, this is reminding each of you to continue to keep little Jace Glenn in your thoughts and prayers. He was to undergo the removal of a kidney late yesterday afternoon as he continues his fight for life. It’s tough for anyone to have to undergo surgery but a newborn having to endure these procedures seems quite unfair. Keep Jared and Makenzie in your thoughts and prayers and pray that little Jace will be healed. Check the “Caring Bridge” Website for continued updates on his condition, and let them know that you are thinking about them.
Until next week, continue to be thankful for the nice rain we received, and pray for some more when needed. Remember our troops who defend our freedoms 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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