Well the weather is the big news this weekend. We had us some weather of the treacherous kind. Storms popped up all around Rector, dumping huge quantities of rain which varied greatly from place to place, and wind that damaged roofs and blew small buildings over. Rector was spared from the worst of it. Other parts of Clay County were not so fortunate. Our sympathies lie with the family of Albert Foster who lost his life when his trailer was blown over and into a pond.
As these storms popped up all around us, the community center was filling up with people coming to the Chili Cook-off. The judging had begun when the Tornado Watch was upgraded to a warning. And yet, we persisted. Even though the crowd was not as large as last year, we were pleased with the turnout and appreciative of those who did venture out when the all clear was given. In true southern fashion, if we have food, people show up and chili, soup and jambalaya always draw a crowd.
The winners are: Chili, 1st place – Farren Young, 2nd place - City of Rector (Jerry Mansfield and Brad Green), 3rd place – Steve Horton; Soup, 1st place - Kristy Beasley, 2nd place - Marki Young, 3rd place - David Blackmon; Jambalaya, 1st place - Tom Colbert, 2nd place - David Blackmon, 3rd place - David Cagle. The People’s Choice Award went to Farren Young. Kim Bradford won the door prize. There was definitely some good eating at the Rector Community Center Saturday night. My favorite was a yummy cauliflower soup.
Again, I want to thank everyone who came out to bring their chili, soup and jambalaya recipes and to help with setup and clean up and of course to everyone who came for supper and entertainment. Mark your calendars, because we are doing this again next year, the last Saturday in February. Don’t worry. I will remind you.
The Cougar Boys Basketball Team is, right this minute playing in the Arkansas State Tournament. Go Cougars! GO!
Sophie Simmons competed this weekend in dance competition, bringing home platinums and first place in both her numbers. She reminds us that “Dance is a sport, no matter how much glitter is involved.” Congratulations to Sophie and her dance team.
The Vietnam-Era Veterans Welcome Home Celebration in March is continuing to draw attention. Wounded Warriors will join us, as will the Veterans Support Association. We appreciate their involvement.
The Facebook page is growing with likes and followers. We now have over 100 followers. Keep up with the newest news there and don’t forget to share the postings. Another thing. Some of those who served at that time are not on Facebook. So if you know a vet from the Vietnam era, make sure you let them know. We have ads to run on the television stations and the radio stations, but we want to be sure everyone knows about it. These people deserve some recognition.
You don’t want to miss the Jimmy Fortune Concert, either. You can order your tickets on the Facebook Page. Just find the Shop Now Button right under the header and it will take you to PayPal, a secure site where you can enter your credit card information. There is also a button to purchase tickets on the web page which will take you to the PayPal payment page. Tickets are available at the Rector Water Department as well. If you have stories about the Vietnam War, please contact me. I would like to put some of those memories on the Facebook page and on the website: https://www.facebook.com/VietnamVeternansWelcomeHome/ https://christah8.wixsite.com/vietnamvetswelcome . You can also let us know if you want to honor a Vietnam Vet who has since passed on. Keep checking on the Facebook page and follow it for more information as it is solidified. The Rector First United Methodist Church will also be frying up some fish between the parade and the concert in case anyone is hungry and wants to visit a bit. $5.00 a plate for veterans and $10.00 for the rest of us.
Look for information on your favorite Vietnam-era Vet on the Facebook page and on the website.
I guess that’s it for today. Give me a call or send me an email if there is something you would like me to write about in the column. Visitors or trips you have taken are fun to share.
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Goodbye for now.