Carpenter, Mackey take top athletic honors

Athletes from Overton High School were honored Monday in the annual Athletic Banquet at the activities center of First Assembly of God Church in Overton.

Trent Carpenter and Molly Mackey were named Outstanding Senior Athletes, with Carpenter also taking the Coach Chester Roy Memorial Scholarship Award and Mackey receiving the Debbie Sartors Gounah Memorial Scholarship Award.

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To the Class of 2011

With the closing of this month we enter a very special time of the year, the weather is warm and the academic term has finally drawn to a close.

Students far and wide now heave a collective sigh of relief while their parents steel themselves for a long Summer, and yet another graduating class prepares for the first day of the rest of their lives.

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Empty Wombs & Broken Hearts

Sunday morning at church I had the privilege of leading my congregation in a prayer for the mothers in attendance.

With the national observance of “Mothers Day” occurring Sunday, I think it was important for us to at least acknowledge the ladies in our church who bear so noble a burden.

But after it was over, I started to wonder about the women who did not stand to be recognized. Specifically, I started to wonder about those women that were unable to have children.

Suddenly I realized how painful the preceding few minutes could have been for them.

Here these poor women are, silently grieving over a matter that they have no control over, and here comes some pompous windbag expounding upon the sacred calling of motherhood. To say nothing of an entire national holiday which possibly leaves them feeing quite isolated.

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Golf tourney to honor Troy Parrish

It’s an 8 a.m. Saturday morning tee time for a good cause.

Golfers from throughout the area are invited to participate in Saturday’s inaugural Troy Parrish Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament at the Overton Municipal Golf Course.

There will be “shotgun starts” at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, with the field limited to the first 36 entries. The entry fee for the three-man scramble is $225 per team ($75 per player). Lunch and drinks will also be provided on the course.

Parrish died as a result of injuries in an automobile accident on Jan. 8, 2010. A lifelong Rusk County resident, Parrish is survived by his wife Emily as well as his mother Carmen Brinkoetter, an older brother Gary Parrish, Jr. and sister Adrian Luna.

A friend to all who knew him, Troy is deeply missed by many in this community of 2,554 people.

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Living happily ever after…

In the early pre-Dawn hours of Friday morning, my wife got our children up to watch the royal wedding of Prince William to the former Catherine Middleton.

Bleary-eyed and yawning, they watched the long procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. They listened to the homily from Rev. Richard Chartres and the vows conducted by Rev. Rowan Williams. Then they watched as the fair lady and the young prince sealed their vows with a kiss.

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