Runnels County is gearing up for quite a shindig and Judge Barry Hilliard and the commissioners are looking at a date in March for a musical event, complete with Grammy award winning talent, to benefit Meals on Wheels of Abilene.

Runnels County is gearing up for quite a shindig and Judge Barry Hilliard and the commissioners are looking at a date in March for a musical event, complete with Grammy award winning talent, to benefit  Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene.

Grammy award winning musician, guitarist and songwriter, Brad Davis has signed on to do the benefit along with his friend and sometime collaborator, Tom Glosup. Commissioners discussed the event which is now in the planning stages, during their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

The two first met Hilliard when they began making trips to Runnels County to assess roof damage to county buildings. Davis and Glosup are both musicians and after coming to the county, both offered their talents for the event.

During the meeting  the panel discussed several locations for the event including the Miles Young Farmers Building as well as the parish hall at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rowena.

Hilliard said plans call for a raffle and a barbecue as well as the musical event, which will be headlined by Davis.

Davis has played with a who’s who of musical royalty, in the country, bluegrass and rock genres, starting off with Marty Stuart’s band and playing with legends like Earl Scruggs, Tim McGraw and has been in a band with Billy Bob Thornton, yes the actor, since 2002.

Davis has also played with the likes of Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Sheryl Crow, Tommy Shaw of Styx, David Lee Roth and Sweethearts of the Rodeo.

Hilliard  said he is grateful that both Davis and Glosup have offered to perform and he wants the event to be a success so, the next step is community involvement.

“We also need sponsors and folks to volunteer for a committee to put this together,” Hilliard told the group.

The March date, has not been officially confirmed as of yet.

Betty Bradley, executive director of Meals on Wheels Plus, said she is thrilled that an event is being organized to benefit the organization that is now feeding more than 100 clients  in Runnels County.

"It is really exciting for Meals on Wheels to be honored by Brad and his group," Bradley said of the benefit. "We are really thankful to the judge and to sponsors. It will be a big help to us in providing meals in Runnels County."

Anyone wishing to volunteer for the committee or to sponsor the event, may contact Hilliard’s office at 325-365-2633.

The commissioners also approved a $2,000 donation to go to the City of Winters for the payment of utilities at the Senior Citizens Activity Center.  Commissioners agreed to the payment after the county discontinued funding for the Senior Meals Program on Oct. 1.

In other business Tuesday, the commissioners:

Approved Jan. 3, 2017 as the date that all newly elected and elected officials will take the oath of office, with the exception of Sheriff Carl Squyres and  Prec. 3 Commissioner Roy Mints, who were sworn in on Jan. 1. Approved budget amendments and line item adjustments to the 2016-17 budget. Approved the bond for Sheriff Carl Squyres. Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Abilene Regional Council on Alcohol. Approved a release of liability between Runnels County and Encartele, the Internet provider at the Runnels County Jail. Approved an in-kind match of donated office space to the Health and Human Services Commission. Approved a motion to bill the City of Miles for $2,000 for paving.