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Richards News

Richards Volunteer Fire Department is starting their annual letter campaign; so, be watching for it in the mail!

Last week, I mentioned there are many scammers in the area. The Richards Fire Department wants you to know that when you receive these letters for the annual letter campaign in the mail, it is not a scam. The address for you to send to the campaign is Richards Fire Department PO Box 511, Richards, Texas 77873.

According to Chief Nor-wood, they are in desperate need of help. They not only need firemen, they also need other workers and there are other ways to help the department if you cannot fight fires. According to Norwood, while it is true fire departments can receive grants, departments must have at least 10 firefighters to qualify. The fire department has only a few volunteers and firefighters and they need help. If they do not get more volunteers and the money to function, we may not have a fire department in Richards. Not having a local fire department would be a very sad and dangerous thing!

For those of you who cannot volunteer in some way, you may send a donation to help with purchasing fire trucks, fire equipment and other necessary items. You may send your donation to the above address. Please help our fire department in any way that you can. For more information, contact Chief Norwood at 936-714-5410. We do appreciate everyone’s support!

•Congratulations to the Richards High School students, who are advancing in the University Interscholastic League District 26 A One Act Play. The cast includes Allen Castillo as Bruce, Tyler Halom as Mr. Manning, Elizabeth Holtey as Ruth. The alternates include Gary Carter and Bailey Rhodes. The crew is Gary Carter, Joseph Miller, Bailey Rhodes. The directors are Ms. Joelle Delaney, and Mrs. Erica Jones. Good job Panthers, way to go!

•Welcome back, Robin Montgomery and family, from Tennessee. We are glad you are back home! There is no place like Texas, especially Richards, Texas.

•Deepest sympathy to the family of longtime resident Katherine Merdian. Katherine Merdian, 87, of Richards, passed away March 12. A celebration of her life was held Saturday at Richards United Methodist Church with the Rev. Floyd Hoke and the Rev. Ben Tibbs officiating. Katherine was a member of Richards United Methodist Church. Katherine will be missed dearly by all that knew and loved her. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers.

•Our neighbors at the Shiro Civic Association are gearing up for the March 23 inaugural Shiro Zero Turn Rodeo and Crawfish Boil at 9563 Volunteer Ave. in Shiro. The contest begins at 9:30 a.m., unless inclement weather requires rescheduling for March 30. You are invited to participate in the “So You Think You Can Operate a Zero Turn.” Come show your skills, but all drivers must be 18 and must supply their own Zero Turn. No other lawnmowers will be allowed. The entry fee is $20. For more information, call Dan at 832-492-6625 or email dsharron 48@gmail.com. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day.

Others happenings:

•RISD School Board Meeting – 7 p.m. March 21.

•Roans Prairie Community Center, 7 p.m. March 26, potluck

•Shiro Food Bank – 6 to 7 p.m. March 27, Shiro Baptist Church

•Singleton Community Meeting - April 9, 7 p.m.

Shiro Civic Association Meeting – 6:30 p.m. April 11, potluck

Prayers are needed for Darlene and Richard Ward, Tere Phelps, the family of Katherine Merdian, Stacey Smith, Virginia Backhus and our country.

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