Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

August 12, 2013

Fire station helps young boy and local schools are gearing up

Mineral Wells Index

— By Sharron Hudson | Special to the Index

Though temperatures are extremely hot there are many yard sales being held.  One special yard sale was recently held at the Millsap Fire Station to help out an extraordinary young boy.

Millsap Kindergarten student Alex Voss was the recipient of profits from a two-day sale at the station, with the monies going toward medical testing that he needs. Alex has a multitude of health issues and while he has private insurance it would not cover a test that he needs very quickly. His problems result from a syndrome caused by micro chromosome deletion. It took years and help from the Mayo Clinic to diagnose his illness. It was only the fifth such case that the clinic had ever diagnosed, and there are only 120 known cases throughout the world.

While the syndrome causes Alex numerous symptoms, he is an energetic go-getter and is making great strides in his life.  He has an extremely supportive family and parents are Justin and Kari Voss. Kari is a great asset to the community as a member of our fire department.

While the sale helped with Alex's need, he has so many ongoing health issues that contributions are still needed. As we all know, insurance certainly does not cover everything in illness. To help this little guy, donations can be sent to Alex Voss, 2905 N. Murco, Mineral Wells TX 76067. This is a wonderful boy and a great family so please help if possible.

With the start of school only weeks away, and the first day in Millsap being Aug. 26, school personnel will soon start back to work. New staff in-service will be Aug. 14 and teachers will begin work on the 15th. 

While hard at work preparing for the students, the staff will be treated to their Annual Luncheon hosted by Millsap First Baptist Church. This is a much-anticipated event as the workers are well fed and gifted with many special treats. A great way to start off a new work year!

There are several dates for Millsap parents and students to remember, including Aug. 12. Beginning at 9 a.m., middle school and high school students can pick up their schedules. New middle school students can also register on Aug. 12, and high school students can conduct the business of paying various school fees. Aug. 16 is Freshmen and New Student Orientation, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the high school.  At the elementary, Aug. 22 is Meet the Teacher Night from 6-7:30 p.m. The days of no schedules in summer are about to come to an end, so I hope the parents and kids enjoy the remainder of these days!

In sad news, local parents Bryan and Stormie Cameron lost their newborn son at birth. Logan Scott Cameron was born July 30 and laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery on Aug. 3. He is survived by a large extended family, many from the Millsap area, including great-grandparents Ed and Millie Cameron. Sympathy to this young couple and the whole family on their loss.

One Millsap alumnus is currently at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego, Calif., taking basic training.  Jonathan Cribbs left to officially begin his military career as a Marine on Aug. 5, and will be at the San Diego location for 13 weeks. He is the son of proud parents John and Stephanie Brents. This is a very intensive time for the recruits and we wish Jonathan well in this endeavor.

For those interested in wildlife, remember the Annual Wildlife Workshop sponsored by Walden's Farm and Ranch Supply. It will be held Aug. 20 at the Palo Pinto County Sheriffs Posse Building, 1300 F.M. 1821 in Mineral Wells. The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. with a meal and the speakers will begin at 7 p.m. There will be door prizes, coupons and specials throughout the evening and the event is free to the public.  You need to RSVP by Aug. 17 to reserve your spot by calling 940-325-8500 or going on Walden's web site and filling out the form. This is sure to be an informative and enjoyable evening

Thanks for reading!