Special Contributor

She’s back! — well, almost.

Roberta returns to Walnut Springs this weekend after spending a month on assignment “going postal” out of town. Everybody I know has missed her, and she has missed seeing and talking to each of you.

As I drove down the main drag of Walnut Springs on Friday, I saw a strange sight — the parking lot of the football field was full of tents, travel trailers, and people getting ready for the big barbecue cook-off Saturday for the Charles G. Olson Scholarship Fund.

The festivities were moved out of Katy Park because of the rain. I’m sorry for the inconvenience to the barbecue cooks and to the people attending, but hasn’t the rain been wonderful?

If you’ve been keeping up with Nathan Marshall’s activities, you’ll be interested in the latest news regarding him. He’s shivering back home in upstate New York now but warmed by the realization that he had the fourth-highest call-ins. Just one more slot and he would have remained in competition. He has had offers already, though, and is lining up his gigs for when his contract with American Idol expires. Good luck to you, Nate!

If you folks are as proud of our Walnut Springs girl’s basketball team as I am, you’ll be all smiles over the next news: Five of our Lady Hornets received all-district honors! This is, I think, unprecedented at WSHS.

Courtney Gibbons has also been chosen to play in the Coaches’ All-Star Game this summer. College recruiters will be swarming as they already are taking notice of her remarkable skills. Joining her in all-district honors, where she was voted Co-MVP, are seniors Whitleigh Bilman (Co-defensive Player of the Year), and Mariah Hardin who played with a burst eardrum through part of the season (1st Team All-District). Shea Jones, eleventh grade, made 1st Team, and Shadie Shadix, eleventh grade, made Honorable Mention All-District. With three years ahead of her, Shakota Bilman, a ninth grader, made 2nd Team All-District. Send a note to Coach Jones and the team to congratulate them and to wish them well in track this spring.

Be careful as you drive through Walnut Springs next week. It’s spring break, and you might just see more of our students out and about. That also means that there are only about 11 more weeks of school. Those 11 weeks bring all the spring activities—track, golf, UIL, research papers, etc.

Well, I have to say that I’ve enjoyed chatting with you folks these last few weeks. I appreciate Roberta’s trust in me, the newspaper editors’ tolerance of me, and your sending in your news. Don’t forget to catch Roberta up on what’s been going on; she’ll know the background for all the stories that I haven’t been around here long enough to know. Contact her at her usual contact sites: 254-797-8200 or rah991@valornet.com. Again, thanks for the attention, and have a great week.