Meeting attendees, from left, Missouri Right to Life Political Action Committee Chairman Dave Plemmons; Dusty Klein; Missouri Right to Life Legislative Liaison Susan Klein; Texas County Right to Life Chapter Chairman Daniel Broyles; Missouri Right to Life Southwest Regional Secretary Alice O'Connor; Missouri State Representative House District 141 Hannah Kelly; Missouri State Representative House District 142 Robert Ross; Texas County Right to Life Chapter Vice Chairwoman Nancy Cichon; and Howell County Right to Life Chapter Vice President Arleen Stehn.


The Texas County Genealogical and Historical Society met Oct. 13 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Houston. Seventeen members and guests were present to hear a program by Houston Police Chief Tim Ceplina.

He told members the aspects of his job, and he said he enjoys his work.

The November meeting will be the installation of officers for the coming year. The genealogy library will be closed until March 2018.


Texas and Howell county chapters of Missouri Right to Life met Monday, Oct. 23, at El Imperial in Cabool to celebrate the 2017 legislative session successes in the Missouri legislature.

Members discussed the legislative goals for life for the 2018 legislative session.


The Oct. 9 meeting of the Texas County Retired Teachers and School Personnel occurred in fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church in Houston.

This month’s program was presented by Larry Dablemont, author of “The Life and Times of Larry Dablemont.” He is wellknown for the outdoors articles he writes for local newspapers. Some of his other jobs were writing for the Arkansas Democrat and Arkansas Gazette. He has worked as a naturalist for Table Rock Lake, chief naturalist for Arkansas and the Buffalo River. He has also authored several books comprised of short stories written for children and adults. One of those books was, “Little Home on the Piney.” His best seller is “Ridge Runner.”

He grew up and attended school in Houston. He has many personal connections to many of the club members as being past friends, neighbors and teachers. He loved writing at an early age, and even shared some of his early elementary school writing projects. He received a degree from University of Missouri.

The business meeting began by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance led by Wilda McNiell.

Kay Honeycutt led the devotion by reading a story. The inspirational message was, ‘What we accomplish on our own may not be noteworthy, but with The Master’s (God’s) help, we can create a masterpiece.’

The September minutes were read by Jeanette Hale. Jay Frost motioned to accept, and Vivian Alsup seconded.

Correspondence included a thank you note and newsletter from On-Time Ministries. They will be having an open house at the Cornerstone Building in Houston.

The treasurer’s report was read by Bonnie Carter. There were 25 members present and nine guests who attended the luncheon and meeting. Members sent 100 donated canned goods to the Texas County Food Pantry. Members can still pay their $5 dues. The Region 10 meeting at West Plains is $20 to attend. Carter also reported that 24 members have paid their dues for this year.

Old business included asking the Region 10, 2018 fall meeting committee to meet. Also, the Region 10, 2017 meeting is this month. Joyce Jones reported she will be sending some old tools from a retired shop teacher’s collection in a burlap-lined box to the Region 10 auction. She also reported that three baskets were sent this year to the legislative meeting for the auction.

In new business, Wilda McNiell announced the Retired Teachers’ group received the Unit of Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row. She also asked for the nominating committee to meet as nominations will occur in December.

The meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting is noon, Monday, Nov. 13, at First Baptist Church in Houston.

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