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Hanagriff, Neason receiving special FFA honors

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Congratulations to Roger Hanagriff of Richards and Annabeth Neason of Shiro. Annabeth and Roger were selected to receive the Honorary American National FFA Organization Degree Nov. 1, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals like them, thousands of young people would not be able to achieve the success that in turn contributes directly to the overall well-being of the nation.

Neason was nominated for the award by the Louisiana FFA Association. She began her career in agriculture education in 1974 at Cleveland High School Creekside FFA and was named one of the top five junior high programs in the nation by the National FFA Organization. Neason retired in 2015 and returned to her hometown. Hanagriff was nominated by the Texas FFA Association. He too has been very successful and is currently serving as a continuous education assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Leadership Education at Texas A&M. He is well-known throughout the nation for his work with The Agricultural Experiment Tracker (AET). The AET is an online tool for teachers and training throughout the nation.

Congratulations to Rachael Christine Bowman and Cody Bowman on their very special gift from God. Magnolia Sunshine Bowman made her appearance bright and early this week just in time for Halloween. She was welcomed home by her big brother Jaxen. Proud grandparents from our area are Tammy and David Lange. Magnolia weighed 7.3 lbs. and was 19 1/2 inches long.

On Nov. 13, the Shiro Seniors monthly regular Luncheon is planned as usual. This luncheon will be even more special this week as it’s not just for seniors. This week they are inviting all veterans to come join them for “Veterans Appreciation.” For more information call, 985-290-6530.

Welcome home Jacob Austin Band. They have returned home for the holidays after touring through the states and will be playing locally for a while. It was good to see them. They came to look at some kittens we had and took all three. Jacob even took first pictures as Liz bonded with the babies. The whole family loved the kittens and there is no doubt they will have a very good home.

The Jacob Austin band has a lot of talent and have several upcoming performances. They will be playing at Troupe Over the Hill, Tonkawa Room at Hilltop Lakes, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. On Nov. 16, they play at Bay Area Gospel Music Association Alia Manor, 610 East Parker Drive in Houston and then again Nov. 22, at JAVA Jam, 200 W Mi-lam St. in Wharton. We are so glad to have them back home in Texas. If you get a chance, go hear them play. You will be so very glad you did.

The Richards VFD had a very good turnout for their barbecue fundraiser Saturday. They are in the process of making plans for this year’s Christmas parade and it promises to be a fun day. I will be posting more about this as it becomes available.

November is a special month as it always reminds us to be thankful as we all have so much to be thankful for.

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