Happy birthday to my great-niece, Sophia Budd.

Sophia celebrates her sixth birthday Sunday, May 31.


Happy birthday to Bernie Cash, Renee Barber, Butch Kluth, Lori Cox, Ethan Mengers, Sandra Del Toro, Kodee Roberts, Zach Dyson, Tommy Lynn Forster, Grover Murphy, Brady Rangel, Robert Dempsey, Steve Sherman, Joe Wallace, Terry McCaskill, Charlie Lizana and Jeannie Lohn.


A retirement parade honoring Tammy Dillard will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Purcell Elementary School.

Mrs. Dillard will be standing at PES as well-wishers drive by to congratulate her on her retirement.

Organizers are encouraging participants to make a sign and stake it to the ground anywhere in front of the elementary school’s main entrance.

You can also have signs to hold as you drive by.

Those attending are asked to stay in their car so that social distancing can be practiced.


With businesses back open, be sure to support your hometown stores!

Many restaurants are still doing curbside pick-up if you don’t feel comfortable going inside, and several stores can do a drop-off to you as well.

Do as much shopping as possible at all your local stores.


This is super good and pretty easy to make. Especially if you cheat like I did and use a rotisserie chicken.

Velveeta Rotel Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (chopped into bite sized pieces)

1 can Rotel Tomatoes with Diced Green Chiles (undrained)

1 Green Bell Pepper (diced)

1 Small White Onion (diced)

Velveeta Cheese Loaf (16 oz.) – cut into 1 inch cubes

1/2 lb. package Thin Spaghetti Noodles

Cook chicken in 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter until almost done. Add bell pepper and onion to the chicken and saute until chicken is cooked and vegetables are soft.

Meanwhile, cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions.

Combine chicken, pepper and onions with the cooked spaghetti noodles while they are still hot. Add cubes of Velveeta cheese to the mix and stir until everything is combined and the Velveeta cheese is completely melted. Tip: Mix ingredients in a large saucepan on low heat to help cheese melt quickly.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Spread chicken noodle mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly, about 30 minutes.

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