I think winter is here.

Hopefully, you all got the tomatoes picked and are making relish with it. Otherwise they are history!

We have a new addition to Walnut Springs Community — Gavin Cole Vara was born Thanksgiving morning to Erica Vara, weighing 8 lb. and 8 oz. and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Jo Rudy of Walnut Springs and other spoiling relatives will be Aunt Rebecca and Uncle Johnny Vara. Congratulations to each and every one of you!

This past week was birthday time at the post office. Pete had one on Nov. 30 and Kelly had his birthday on Dec. 3. Happy birthday!

Orvil and Georgia Cromeans moved here several years ago. Then Georgia became sick and passed away, after that Orvil moved to Oklahoma. Orvil passed away after an extended sickness in the VA Hospital. Visitation was held on Dec. 5 and services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lawson’s Funeral Home in Meridian. He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs. Orvil had two brothers, Earl of Glen Rose and Jay of Clifton and one sister, Lou Morris of McClain. Orvil will be missed by many in Walnut. Our prayers are with all his family and friends.

Dale Harrison passed away Dec. 2. Dale was 63 and had live here since the passing of his wife in 2001. His brother, Ben and sister-in-law Christa Harrison live here. Christa told me they will take Dale back to Illinois to be buried, which is his old home place and where the rest of his relatives are. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all of his family and friends.

Lennie Clark visited her granddaughter Amber Clark in Atlanta GA. She flew out for a couple days to spend Thanksgiving with her and had a great time.

As I write this in the warmth of our home, it was reported during the semi-final playoff game between the Hornets and Woodson High School that the temperature was down to 32.5 degrees. Our gauge on the truck said 25. The boys fought hard and try as they may it was not to be. The Woodson Cowboys outplayed the Hornets 101 to 63. But our boys had a great year and we are so proud of them for going so far — farther than Walnut Springs has ever gone before.

During the game, the announcer told us that Fort Davis lost to Follett, 64 to 42. Lonnie Flippen is the Coach at Fort Davis this year and was in the same place as Walnut tonight. For those of you who do not know who Coach Flippen is, several years ago he was our coach here at Walnut Springs.

The Stack boys had a large cheering section. Teresa Hernandez’s daughter Glenda and husband Bud Henrise, along with their children, grandchildren and other relatives accounted for 24 of us. You have always heard it takes a village to raise a child, and that is such a strong influence in that family. You can see the love in each of their smiles all the time watching out for each other. It is truly an inspiration to each of us. Cody and Jonathan are very fortunate to have such a caring family to raise them.

Call with your news at 254-797-8200 or e-mail rah991@valornet.com. Now like the farmer said when he fell from the wagon, “I gotta hit the road.”

Have a great week!