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Quality time this season

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I would like to wish each of you a very, very Merry Christmas and so looking forward to a most Happy New Year! I hope each of you will get to spend good quality time with your friends and family this holiday season.

Please be safe as you travel through the holidays. Watch out for all the other drivers. This time of year there seem to be more accidents, as more people are traveling on the roads and sometimes the weather adds to the problem.

•Richards ISD finished up their school this week and are out for the Christmas break. Children and faculty alike are looking forward to a few well deserved days off and the time to spend with their families during the holidays.

•This year’s Christmas parade was smaller than last year. I am hoping next year there will be more community involvement, both people being in the parade as well as more people coming out to watch the parade. I have had at least one person express interest in being in the parade for the next year. It seems they didn’t know Richards was having one this year. I told them to be sure and read my column for the latest happenings and then they would be in touch with these types of events. I had added it to my column for several weeks, but perhaps I need to start a little earlier this next year.

I would like to say a special thank you to the Richards Volunteer Fire Department in their continued effort to host the parade for the community each year. It may have been small this year, but at least we had one. There was plenty going on this year on that day.

I would like to say thank you to all of those who did turn out to support the community with their participation in the parade. Santa Claus was not too busy this year to support the Richards’ parade. There was even candy for the little guys.

A special thanks to our Grimes County Sheriff. I understand that he won a place in the Plantersville parade, and he still took time to come out and support us by being in this year’s parade at Richards. We thank you, Donnie Sowell! Thank you, sir, for your support of our town and our community.

•With a very heavy heart and on behalf of the community of Richards, I would like to express condolences to the family of Sammy Blair. This young man has touched my family’s life and so many people in the community. Sammy will never, ever be forgotten. I have watched him from a little boy grow up and turn into a most amazing young man. He was a great athlete and a very wonderful Christian young man. He has touched so many of my readers’ lives. Please continue to keep the Blair family in your prayers for weeks and months to come.

•Last but not least, I would like to say goodbye to a sweet little girl who will be joining her mother in Tennessee at the end of the month. Katie Montgomery we will miss you. Enjoy your time with your mother and grandmother. Come back and visit us every chance you get.

•Please pray for the family of Sammy Blair, Patricia Dobyanski, Darlene Ward, Richards Ward, Stacey Wisnoski and Rebecca Wisnoski.

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