I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving Day with lots of good food and fellowship with family and friends. I hope you who ventured out on Black Friday came away without any injuries and lots of great savings.

The community is invited to the Walnut Springs Baptist Adult Choir’s presentation, “Light of the World,” by Mosie Lister to be held at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Enjoy an intriguing blend of original songs, traditional carols and seasonal favorites. It’s a great way to begin the Christmas season.

Then the Baptist Church’s Children Choir will present “Angels We Have Heard” by Dave Clark and Jayme Thompson at 6 p.m., Sunday Dec. 14. Come join Sam, Halo, Slim, Skyler, Holly and other Angels as they prepare to make the biggest announcement ever- the birth of Jesus. Admission is one can of food.

The Baptist Church also has an annual Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Christmas Child that has been a huge success. There were 23 large shoeboxes stuffed full by the congregation and sent to area distribution centers. These boxes contain toys, clothes, flashlights, candy and many other things. They travel around the world to bring joy to children who may never receive a toy otherwise and never hear about Jesus. If you would like to contribute to this drive, contact Ann Dempsey.

Diane and I had a fantastic surprise bright and early Monday morning. The Pullens came to get their mail and visit. Randy said she was instructed she would need to bring Larry, because, well just because. We both were amazed to see him so perky after just being in the hospital from a massive heart attack.

I found out this week that Opal Rosenquist has passed away on Nov. 12 after a lengthy illness. Because she knew she wouldn’t be here much longer she wanted to have her memorial while she was still alive. She even had her children have a practice run on her funeral. She had written several songs in her life and those were to be sung. Her memorial was held at the Morgan United Pentecostal Church and it lasted most of the day giving her the time to speak with all her family and friends while she was here. Opal passed away at the age of 80 at her home with all of her family by her side. She had 169 descendents, with 10 of those being her children. She was buried in her family plot in Baytown. Our prayers and thoughts are with all who loved her.

Happy Birthday Bryan Sowell, who just turned 56. Diane told him that he was young enough to have a birthday and old enough to know better.

Linda Freeman took a fall this week at home and has a black eye to prove it. She also said she was planning on finding a way to keep that Lifeline around close from now on.

Frank Rhodes passed away this month. They held a graveside service for him at Fulton Cemetery on Nov. 29. He will be missed by many.

The Hornets are a team of playing fools. They won Regional last week and that is the first time since the late 50s that Walnut has carried that title. On the 28th they played Star and won the Quarter Final to go on to play next week for Semi Final.

We hope you all can come out and cheer the guys on at the Semi Final to possibly be played next weekend.

These Walnut Springs students are really great athletes. The basketball games have also been pretty hairy. They are so close and tense, with lots of loud screaming going on throughout the game. Come watch the Junior High girls and boys every Monday at 6 p.m. This coming Monday they will play at Waco Rapoport. The High School JV and Varsity games are always on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. This Tuesday they will play at Aquilla.

That’s all folks. Call with your news 254-797-8200 or e-mail rah991@valornet.com. And like the farmer said when he fell off the wagon, “I gotta hit the road.”