Along with the stifling June heat, congratulations are in the air.

First, Father’s Day is Sunday, so we wish all the devoted, loving fathers a special weekend with their families.

It seems that fewer and fewer fathers in today’s society are stepping up to assume their time-honored role as heads of the household. And we cringe at how many so-called “dads” have preyed upon their children or stepchildren... it’s sickening.

Yet, we remember one of the Ten Commandments is to honor your father and mother, and the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 6:1, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother — which is the first commandment with a promise — so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Dads, please set a good example and enjoy your time spent with your precious children. We know from experience those seemingly endless days with toddlers through teens will fly by in an instant.

Secondly, we wish to recognize several community leaders, starting with a belated word of congratulations to John W. Galloway on his well-deserved honor of having the new downtown economic development center named for him.

As Galloway, former mayor and civic leader, understated, “I’ve been involved in economic development here for 50 years.”

Galloway has played an integral role in numerous endeavors, from establishing the municipal airport, ambulance service and building city hall to his work with Western Week, the Junior Livestock & Homemakers Show, Beeville Water Supply District and Bee Development Authority.

As County Judge Stephanie Moreno said previously, “It is difficult to find an organization in Bee County which hasn’t been supported in some way by this individual.”

Speaking of Moreno, we understand that she has just been installed as president of the South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association.  That’s an incredible honor for her as she was able to celebrate with her family, including her baby.

We saw that Judge Moreno also was honored with the LULAC Council #1 Distinguished Community Leadership Award, so her abilities continue to be recognized by a variety of organizations throughout the region and state.

Also shooting for regional success, organizers of the first-ever Friends of the NRA banquet in Beeville are planning to host an event in October, probably at the Bee County Expo Center.

We recognize this is a rural area and many residents love their firearms and hunting (for example, our lead story last issue on aerial hunting to reduce the feral hog population).

So we support Jeff Massengill, Ed Griffin and other organizers as they design a large banquet featuring guns, equipment, silent and live auctions, which raises money for youth programs, special grants and endowments.

Lastly, on a personal note, we must acknowledge the first-place national award won by Bee-Picayune Sports Editor Kevin J. Keller. His award-winning photo was of a touchdown catch made by a leaping Dony Givens in a Trojan football victory last fall.

This is the third year in a row the Bee-Pic has snagged an NNA award, a pretty rare feat. Also, it’s the second straight year to secure a first place plaque, following Editor Jason Collins’ feature photo winner last year.

With all the awards won this year, from sweepstakes and general excellence to community service in regional contests, we believe we have a first-rate staff covering your community. You can catch us in print twice a week or online.