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Home News-Telegram Community News Reilly Springs News REILLY SPRINGS NEWS March 24, 2010


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Almost everyone in Reilly Springs has had at least a day of weather to their liking in the past week, with freezing temperatures, snow and sleet, and some beautiful sunshine and spring-like weather. Reports are that the freezing temperatures on Sunday morning didn’t do much, if any, damage to the gardens and fruit trees, so maybe we’re on our way to a productive spring in this community.

Many people from our community attended First Baptist Church’s “Diamond Set” luncheon on Tuesday to enjoy the meal and hear the nutrition program presented by Darron DeWitt and his nutrition team from Texas Woman’s University. Brody and Mary Koon were on the front row and had a nice visit with their grandson. Darron offered some great tips on cutting the fat out of your diet and eating the right combinations of foods for healthier living. He even brought some chocolate chip cookies that were enjoyed by everyone.

Meanwhile, those in attendance were also happy to see Ashley Westbrook, who is now working for Angels Care Home Health out of Greenville. Ashley told the seniors about her company’s services regarding home health and their special diabetes program.

Jana DeWitt had to miss all the fun as she’s still at home recuperating from her shoulder surgery last week. “Weldon said in order for me to get my pillow covered and have something to wear that he was going to get me a big trash bag, tear it open and use the ties around my neck," allowed Jana. “So you can tell I’m going to have a really stylish Easter outfit.”

I visited with Vera Harrington for a few minutes this week. She was certainly happy to see the snow move on out and said she was more in tune with those 70 degree days of sunshine. “It’s drying up some of the mud, and hopefully one of these days we can actually drive across a pasture without getting stuck," allowed Vera. “But I’m not going to gripe too much, as I know before too long we’ll be praying for some moisture again. I just wish it would level out a little bit and not be quite the extremes.”

Vera advised that Kim Price was also recuperating from shoulder surgery and was happy to learn this week that her parents, in Stephenville, were going to be featured on the cover of Progressive Dairyman, a prominent dairy producer magazine.

Meanwhile, Vera had visited with Kathy Ausbrook, who is also recuperating from shoulder surgery and is making real progress. I guess we all need to be a bit more careful with the things we lift so we can avoid these surgeries.

I visited with Rhandi Fails for a few minutes, and she reported that both she and Case were inflicted with the allergies or colds that seem to be going around. She also reported that Joyce Gilbreath was back in the hospital. Give Rhandi or Debra Stribling a call to check on her progress.

Meanwhile, David Stribling has been enjoying the company of his cousin, John Moore from Alaska. John is staying until this weekend before returning home.

Joyce McDonald has been visiting back and forth with the folks in the Texas Panhandle this week, and they are all planning a big Easter celebration next week. The entire family is coming home from Muleshoe for the holidays.

I visited with Yvonne King for a few minutes following Tuesday night’s auction, and she reported that all of her folks were doing well.

Many in this community have plans to attend the Neal McCoy concert in the Hopkins County Civic Center on Thursday night to enjoy a little bit of music and visit with all their friends. It promises to be a great night of entertainment.

Baseball and softball seasons are under way in both our neighboring communities of Yantis and Como-Pickton, as well as in Sulphur Springs. The teams are having difficulty finding fields dry enough to have their games, so some of them are being re-scheduled.

Meanwhile, I received a call from Vicki Prough of Oklahoma this week. She was in Sulphur Springs doing some genealogical work and was wanting any information on a tornado that came through Reilly Springs in 1902. She is related to both the Frazier family and the Vails family. Her relatives had told about a tornado coming through our community in 1902 and destroying their home, and that is when the family moved to Oklahoma. Does anyone remember anything about this tornado? If you have any information, contact me and we’ll pass it on to Vicki and let you know what we find out.

Until next week, continue to 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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