Weatherford Democrat

March 31, 2013

MILLSAP MATTERS: A line on new fishing team


Weatherford Democrat

— By SHARRON HUDSON

MILLSAP – With school staffs and students back from spring break, everyone is refreshed and there is much going on at all three campuses. One of the most interesting reports is on the high school fishing team’s recent participation in their first bass tournament.

The team of six, along with sponsors, traveled to Marble Falls where the high school there hosted the event on Lake LBJ, which is on the Colorado River in Burnet County. Upon arriving on a Thursday the team took to the water for practice and decisions on where the most likely spots were located. Friday was filled by attending the tournament meeting and going through the rules, and teams of two (plus a captain) were assigned. When the big event came there were some misses, but also good catches, and the whole experience proved very rewarding for this newly formed club.

Members of the team are Beau Harrell, Thomas Richardson, Mitchell Coker, Andrew Norman, Nik Courrtney, and Klay Kaddatz. Glad the group enjoyed the tournament, and this club is a great new endeavor for our school district.

Over at the elementary school, students were recently presented a program by officials from Union Pacific Railroad on railroad safety. As tracks run right through the center of our town, this is much-needed information for our children. Many walk to school and to the store by crossing the tracks, as many of us have done across the years. The railroad workers presented safety measures for being around the tracks, and spoke about dangers associated with putting objects on the tracks. While the agenda was presented in a format that was interesting for the students, it was very helpful on the realities of the great need to be careful around tracks.

For all of the adults around here, and in other areas, where trains coming through are a part of daily life, statistics show that about every 115 minutes a person or vehicle is hit by a train, and in almost half of these collisions the auto warning devices are working properly. In some of these cases people make the mistake of thinking they can beat the train or that the train can stop for them if it must. Train crashes cause about 600 deaths per year and approximately 2,300 injuries.

While vehicle/train collisions have decreased in the past few years, pedestrians involved in train collisions has increased. Before the warning devices were installed at the Millsap crossing there were a number of fatalities over the years. The devices are a great help, but as we all are used to crossing the tracks without really thinking, please always take time to look and listen as the devices have been known to malfunction. Hope this helps keep someone safe.

As time draws near for the Millsap School’s Annual Reunion, the organizers want to remind everyone of the details. The event will take place on April 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The new location is the Millsap Elementary Cafetorium, where a covered dish lunch will be served at noon. All past and present teachers will be special guests. And while the Class of 1963 will receive special recognition as the 50-Year Class, all classes will be honored. All alumni are asked to bring scrap books and annuals for display and sharing memories. Everyone who has ever had connections to Millsap Schools is invited to this wonderful party.

Also, as Holders Chapel will have its Spring Festival in just about three weeks on Saturday, April 20,  items are coming in for all of the selling events that they will have that day. Remember to get up and over there early as they will start the yard sale around 7 a.m. Then be prepared to shop the bake sale, the silent auction and buy some tickets on the beautiful queen-sized quilt that will be raffled off. If you can’t make it early, or have spent the morning and need lunch, hotdog plates will be $5 and hamburger plates will go for $6 – these include a drink. This is going to be a lot of fun so come on out and support this wonderful church family.

Remember the Precinct 3 Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 6, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Location 1111 FM 1189, Weatherford. From I-20 take the Brock exit and travel south on FM 1189. You’ll come to the barn about one mile on the left.

May you and yours have a blessed Easter. As Christ said: “Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:” Luke 24:46

Thanks for reading!

Send Millsap community news to Sharron Hudson at millsapmatters@weatherforddemocrat.com.