Thursday evening we took part in a carnival and pie auction to benefit the residents of Seneca House. The proceeds are to go for Christmas presents and much needed essentials for those folks residing there. They had a variety of activities for young and old, some great music, and of course, the pie auction. It didn't take Jim Lievens long to spot me as a potential buyer and Dave Arwood did a great job of running up the prices. A great time was had by all!
Saturday we were at Stella for their Veterans celebration. Representative Charlie Davis and I were honored to present James Miles, Tommy Thompson, and James Wilson with House Resolutions. Mr. Glenn Pogue who passed away in September was also presented with a resolution posthumously. The Neosho R.O.T.C. performed the salute to P.O.W 's and the Patriot Guard was present as always. If you haven't been to Stella to see their Veteran's Memorial, it's well worth the trip.
The Newton County Republican Committee had their annual Bean Feed on Saturday evening. We were able to hear from Tom Schweich, the candidate for Auditor, Catherine Hanaway who has announced a run for Governor, Billy Long who is running for U.S. Representative, Will Krause who is running for Secretary of State, and Senator Ron Richard who is running for his last term as State Senator. We also heard an explanation of the Amendments that are on the ballot.
Sunday afternoon we had a reception for Jim Tatum in honor of him having a portion of I49 named for him. From the intersection of Highway 60 and I49 south to the County line is now the James B. Tatum Highway. I can't think of anyone who deserves the honor more!
This week we will be back in Jefferson City planning for next session. The elections will, without a doubt, bring about some changes. It remains to be seen whether they will be changes for the good. It might be a good time to pray for our leaders, our country and our state. Until next time I am and remain in your service.