Saturday Lola Morris had visitors from Round Rock and Deer Park, Dorothy Morris and Bernice of Deer Park came and the ladies had a lot of catching up to do. It has been some time since Dorothy and her sister had paid a visit to the Bend.Jim Hicks reported on his grandkids who were in different shows this past weekend. Granddaughter Elizabeth showed pigs, lambs and goats in the San Saba Youth Fair & Stock show. She placed 1st, 2nd and 4th with three different pigs, she won a 4th & 5th place with her lambs and 3rd and 8th place with her goats. John Brooks won 4th place with his Yorkshire gilt in a show of 35 at FT. Worth.Gennifer Brister reported on their family news. Sons, Dillon and Dean participated in the San Saba Youth Fair & Stock Show again this past week. Both boys had worked on several items to show for sometime. Dillon, who had been watching his dad weld for years, decided to learn to weld. So for this years youth fair he welded a pipe into a cross. He won a 1st place on it. He also had two different art categories multimedia and ink/pencil which he won 1st place in each entry.. He won a 1st place on a Ferris wheel made out of leggos. He won 2nd place in photography and 4th place in woodworking. Dean did very well too. He loved to drink capri sun juices so Gennifer had an idea for him to make a tool belt out of them. His tool belt won 1st place, a 1st place in pottery, 1st in photography-single photo and a 1st in photography-collage. Seems the boys took away lots of first place prizes.Next year Dillon will be old enough to show an animal and now Dean is wanting to learn to weld something. Gennifer also reported that both boys made the A honor roll for the last six weeks at TTUISD and are now growing crystals for their science project. Michael and Gennifer are very proud of their two boys!It wasn’t all good news as Gennifer reported that her mother, Becky Grant of Salado, had surgery at Scott & White last Wednesday. She is at home with some minor complications due to the surgery, but other than that she is doing well. Her husband, Tommy was taking care of Becky, but fell and hurt his knee on Friday. He is now on crutches and will see an orthopedic surgeon this next week. Gennifer has been driving back and forth taking care of them. Charles and Sammie Eddleman of Evant visited her sister, Tommye Cobern Friday. Over the weekend Tanya Chalfant and family of Cedar Park and Kerry Marley of Katy visited Tommie. Saturday Emerson and Gladys Brister of Thrall was in. Gladys, Jane Clark, Jack and LaNell Daniels all went to garage sales, but the weather was so cold they decided to go home, eat soup and corn bread and play cards. Afterward Emerson and Gladys paid a visit to Jackie and Charlene Brister before returning home. You just know that Jane is getting over her surgery when she is able to make some garage sales.The Bend Community meeting went off as scheduled, but the only change was the entertainment. The Pausewang family was unable to attend because of a flu bug that they had contacted, but Kay Lynn Scott found a replacement. It was a local gal, Allison Hendrick. She really did a swell job of singing and playing her guitar for the crowd that attended. Her great grand mother, LaFayne Porter was able to attend which made it even more special.The food was good as always and everyone seemed to have had a good time and no one went away hungry.Happy birthday goes out to Stacey Hendrick who will celebrate a birthday January 27, to Fannie Crawford who will celebrate a birthday January 28, and to Dickie Eckhoff who will celebrate a birthday January 29, to Vickie McDaniel whose birthday is January 30, to Bonnie Millican, Josh Shoemake, Brooklyn Harris who will celebrate a birthday February 1 and to Amanda Morris whose birthday is February 2.