Well folks the bad news for the week is Iola Junior High/ High School has been closed until after Labor Day due to coronavirus. Hopefully everything will get better soon. Because of the closure the first two football games were canceled. The junior high team is scheduled to play in Burton Thursday, Sept. 17, and the high school is slated to host Burton Friday, Sept. 18.
There will be a fajita dinner for Rabekah “Beka” Chestnutt to help her as her cancer has returned. The event will be at the Iola Fire Station Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 11 a.m. There will also be an auction with a variety of baked goods and other items. Come out and assist in this worthy event.
This is the first time I can recall that an annual meeting of the Martins Prairie Cemetery Association had to be canceled. The meeting was to be held Sunday, Sept. 6, but was canceled due to coronavirus. If you wish to donate for the upkeep of the cemetery, send your money to the Martin’s Prairie Cemetery Association, 14389 FM 244 Iola, Tx. 77861, in care of Darlene Lavender. Stay well and look forward to seeing you next year.
Funeral services for Mark Alan Plagens, age 62, of Iola were held Monday, Aug. 31 in the Garden Park Cemetery in Conroe. The service was held by Mark’s son Joe Plagens, me and the Aldine Masonic Lodge. He was a past master of the Aldine Masonic Lodge and Orphans Friend Masonic Lodge No 17 in Anderson. He served as the current Worshipful Master of Pyramid Masonic Lodge No 593 in North Zulch. The most important things in his life were God, his family and his Masonic Lodge.
Plagens was born March 19, 1958 in Beaumont and died Aug. 22. He was the son of Louis and Melba Plagens. He is survived by his wife Sharon and other family members and friends. Do remember his wife and other loved ones in your payers. Following the service, a meal was served at the Iola Community Center.
Happy birthday this week to: Sept. 6 – Peyton Ray Brown, John Ruen; Sept. 8 – Larry Crenshaw; Sept. 9 – George Lee Harmon, Minerva Hollingsworth, Sherrie Walpole, Bill Rohagen, Bobby Halley; Sept. 10 – Thomas Douglas Cook, Connie Loree Harmon Selman, Michael DeHaven, Steve Chaney; Sept. 11 - John Eugene Vaughn, Andrew England; Sept. 12 – Molly Drickson.
Happy anniversary this week to Chase and Hillary Trant Baker, married Sept. 8, 2018; John Curtis and Vada Morris Stewart, married Sept. 10, 1977; Alec and Crystal Pointer, married Sept. 4. Do join me in wishing them many more years of happiness together.
If you have any Keith news, call either my cell phone at 936-870-6094 or my house number at 936-394-8273.