Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

February 17, 2014

Goings on Down Millsap Way

— By Sharron Hudson | Special to the Index

As we all know, our schools are imperative to our children, and within those schools there must be good teachers. Millsap and the surrounding school districts are blessed with such educators, and some of them were recently honored by the Weatherford College Jack Harvey Academy of Exemplary Teachers with a fellowship recognition award.

The college established these awards in honor of Professor Harvey who was known among his peers and students as a "master teacher." The academy recognizes commendable teachers in the college's service area. Each district selects its own exemplary teacher and submits the nomination to the academy. The recipients were recently honored with a celebration at Doss Heritage Center. There were 32 educators recognized from across the region. Fellowships were awarded to the following in our closest area schools: Nicole Andermann-Millsap, Faith James-Brock, Marylynn Roever-Garner, Vicki Gregory-Mineral Wells, and Jeina Dunn-Weatherford.  Congratulations to all of these worthy recipients! 

February is Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart Month and is sponsored by the American Heart Association. Our Elementary has supported this important event for many years, and the students are looking forward to participating this year. Cardiovascular diseases affect many Americans each day and the AHA is dedicated to educating the nation on a healthier lifestyle.

Besides the fun of jumping rope and shooting hoops for donations to the AHA, the students are being taught lessons regarding the working of the heart and proper nutrition for heart health. A wonderful endeavor with far reaching positive effects.

Our neighbors at Brock recently enjoyed a benefit held to assist families in need in their community.  Students of the Brock National Honor Society held their 1st Annual Brock Benefit. With servant leadership in mind the event was created to help two families who recently experienced unfortunate losses. The program consisted of an auction and concert.

Many students, school employees, and community members enjoyed performances by Brock graduate Colin Cooper and Brock Junior Bailey Cockburn. The event was a great success for a worthy cause.

The Millsap Neighborhood Ladies Home and Garden Club's Lamplight Spaghetti Dinner, which was held on the evening of Feb. 8, had a crowd of over 200 people to enjoy the delicious meal. The community center was transformed into a lovely old-fashion restaurant all aglow with a variety of lanterns. There was a wonderful array of desserts to choose from at the Sweet Shoppe, and it almost sold out. Highlight items of the Raffle included a Kathleen Whiteway original handcrafted necklace and canvas print of an oil painting by Linda Whitehouse. The women are thankful to all who came and for the great support of the project. Everyone went away full and having had a great time!

Free help filing Income Tax is available by trained volunteers through the AARP Tax-Aide Program at area locations. Locations and phone numbers for appointments are: Weatherford Library 817-598-4150, Mineral Wells Boyce Ditto Library 940-328-7880, Mineral Wells Senior Center 940-325-6470, Azle Library 817-444-7216, and Azle Senior Center 817-444-0070. The Weatherford Library location is very popular, so people should probably call for an appointment. If you go to any of these sites without an appointment be prepared to wait until a counselor is free. Also, call for days and times that counselors are on site. This is a great opportunity for free help and these qualified volunteers are waiting to assist through April 15.

Early voting for the March 4 Primary will take place February 18-28. For Millsap folks the closest place to vote early is the Old Brock ISD Administration Building.  Robert Parten is the Early Voting Clerk, and if voters need ballots by mail or have questions call -817-598-6185.

Feb. 17 is Presidents Day.

Thanks for reading!