The last two weeks and this one as well have had this girl running around like a crazy person. There has been so much going on in Cleburne County it has had this editor meeting herself coming and going! Thank goodness for stringers (writers who freelance)! Something I have discovered to be true about the news business is that if you have news happening, it’s hard to find the time to write the story. Yet when you have the time, nothing is going on to write about. See where I’m coming from?

Of course the 32nd Annual Cardboard Boat Races were this past weekend and the weather was absolutely perfect for them. I remember last year it was so very hot, this year was not even close to last year and since I was in the announcer’s booth (and all over the place taking photos too) I was thankful for the lower temps. My sports guy, Richard Sharp, was on hand to help out and he was a great help, as was Debbie Atwood who visited with many of the racers, among others and wrote several stories about the racers, those who participated in the watermelon-eating contest, sponsored by Sonic Drive In, and the kids Treasure Dig, sponsored by Seven Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation. An event like the CBBR takes a lot of volunteers to help things run smoothly. To that end next Wednesday, August 8, at City Hall there will be a meeting of anyone interested in helping out with next year’s CBBR. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. If you didn’t attend the CBBR there are plenty of photos on The Sun Times Facebook page and also the website. Between Richard, Debbie and I, I’d say we took between 300-400 pictures. Sponsors make events like this happen as well. This year thanks go to KFFB 106.1, Sonic, America’s Drive In,  Seven Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation, Bad Boy Mowers, Red River Dodge and XTO.

Coming up this week is the Old Soldiers Reunion. Originally a celebration of those who had served in the Civil War, it became an event to celebrate all veterans sometime after World War I. This year the community is in for a real treat. Dyan Bohnert, of Dumas, and other Civil War Living History people will set up next to the American Legion on Park to show how people lived during that time period. Of course there will be a parade on Thursday at 6 p.m.Participants should be at Harp;s parking lot to line up between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. There is a carnival at Spring Park, on Friday there will be a karaoke and talent show in the amphitheater at Spring Park and on Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. there will be beauty pageants for scholarship monies. Come on out to all the festivities.

I have hope that next week will slow down a little, realistically I know there will only be about a week with the possibility of getting a little rest. Then school starts and I’ll be back at it. But come August 13, this girl will be headed down south to take care of my grandson, Holden, while Mom and Dad take a much needed vacation themselves. I can’t wait. No matter how crazy busy my life gets, when it comes to Holden, nothing is more important than him. That is one of the best things about this job, I am totally mobile and will be working while I’m there. Luckily Holden has an early bedtime.

Until next time…