Wouldn’t you know it? I just can’t stop bragging on our kids! In the county Texas Independence Celebration contests, our Walnut Springs kids won half the county awards! Tony Chavez, seventh grader, won third in essay writing; Anahi Barboza, fourth grader, won third in art; and Laura Sanchez, fourth grader, won second in art. Keep up the good work, kids; we’re always happy to spread the word about your successes!

That deep breath you heard last Friday afternoon could have been from Sandra Uloth, Jo Ann St.Clair, and everyone else who worked to make the Book Fair a tremendous success for the kids of Walnut School. The week was packed with activities from the setting it up to Dinner and Movie on Friday night. So many people—Mrs. Hamill who taught the art of making Indian fry bread, the lunchroom ladies for making the taco fillings, Ms. Aikman and Shayla Smith for making the movie, the students who sold the tickets, Meridian Locker Plant for donating the meat, and others too numerous to name—were instrumental in helping the library gain $ 1,238.85 for new books for the library! I absolutely believe that the key to becoming a success is in reading, and the books bought with this money will help our students develop that necessary love for reading.

Speaking of successful young people, did you know that there’s been a connection between Walnut Springs and American Idol? Nathan Marshall, Cindy Fox’s second cousin, was a contestant on this season’s show. He gave great performances and hopefully will be picked up by a good agent after singing “I Will Do Anything, but I Won’t Do That” last Tuesday. He didn’t make it to the top echelon, but definitely proved that he has star power. We’ll be watching his continued success.

Well, the big emphasis on Texas Independence Week was a success. Almost 50 people listened as Bryan Sowell enlightened us on Walnut Springs history last Monday night. His ability to mix human interest with dates and other data kept us enthralled as we learned about Indian raids, the lake that supplied water for the railroad, the many businesses in Walnut, the education system, and the people who made Walnut Springs interesting. We’re looking forward to his return to Walnut Springs Historical Association. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the WSHA’s museum, drop by on Friday or Saturday. You’ll be reminded of our past and excited about the future.

A couple of big events are coming up in Walnut Springs. On March 13 and 14, in Katy Park, is the “Walnut Springs BBQ Cookoff.” Proceeds benefit the Charles G. Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund so you can feel good about the pounds you gain sampling that brisket, chicken and beans. Then, the first weekend of April is the Countywide Garage Sale. Register with Kay Offutt or Kay Moore to be part of this Bosque-wide event.

Then, of course, we don’t want to forget the Annual Preservation Luncheon at the Clifton Civic Center on March 14. The Bosque County Historical Commission is recognizing Walnut Springs this year and featuring Bryan Sowell so it’s sure to be an entertaining and informative program. I hope to see you there.

If I’ve missed any news you sent, please forgive me. Roberta will be back soon so be sure to send her the news at 254-797-8200 or rah991@valornet.com. In the meantime, thanks for the attention, and have a great week.