by Brandon Darrow
Another week packed full of activities in Miller Grove. Monday was my birthday and I was shocked at now many birthday wishes I received either through cards, Facebook, or messages. It was a good day even though it did rain that morning and I couldn’t get much accomplished outside.
I guess most of our community is aware of the pipeline that is snaking through our community. The machinery and men have been working quite a bit on getting things ready to start. They have put in wire gates, cleared a path for the line, and added culverts for crossings. The line goes south east across Edward Clark’s place, across the Clem’s and to Johnny Ferguson’s land. It crosses FM 2653 and makes it’s way across Patsy Yates’ place and across to Kim Irby’s land where it crosses FM 1567. You can also see in the Daugherty community of Rains County where it crosses the highway.
I hope anyone with a connection to the cemetery will come out for the annual Memorial Day services. The morning service begins at 10:30 am at the Miller Grove United Methodist Church. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be Nick Lamb, son of T.S. Lamb. The message will be delivered by Bro. Ronald Davis (MGHS teacher and preacher at Miller Grove Baptist Church). Mr. Davis’ wife, Jeanette, will be the pianist this year and Kim Irby was chosen to bring the special music for the day. A business meeting will be held just before lunch and everyone is encouraged to say for dinner on the grounds. The weather should be nice so I’m hoping for a good crowd that day.
That afternoon will be the MG FFA Stew and Auction. The FFA students have put together quite a few items to be auctioned and, as always, there are many donations to be auctioned off. Stew begins at 5:00 pm with the auction to begin at 6 pm. I know the FFA Chapter will appreciate any donations that the community would like to bring that night and of course they hope for a good showing of community members to raise the funds to keep them going all year long.
This week was Teacher Appreciation Week and MG PTO had lunch catered from Juan Pablo’s for all of the faculty and staff at Miller Grove. I heard that everything was really good and enjoyed by everyone. The PTO helps the school in so many ways. They ask the teacher for a “Wish List” each year for things that are not in the school’s operating budget. They also give out 2 scholarships each year to graduating seniors. They also coordinate the Fall Carnival stew and chili each year.
Upcoming events at the school will be: Academic & Athletic Banquet (May 19), End of School Stew (May 20), FFA Banquet (May 20), Baccalaureate Services (May 22), Elementary Awards Assembly (May 24), Kindergarten & Junior High Graduation (May 26), and High School Graduation (May 27). Wow, I can’t believe the school year is almost over!
Barbara Lynn will be honored with a retirement reception on Sunday, May 15, at Quitman Elementary School. Barbara has taught school for 52 years and has decided to retire. Best wishes to her on her retirement and what a honor it is to have educating students for more than half a century!
Happy Birthday to Yan Heijligers, Donna Poteet, Connor Hall, Madison Rater, and Leon Hallman on May 8; my mother, Lynda Darrow, and Jalayne (Boggs) Minter on May 10; Travis Lennon on May 11; Laryn Cummings on May 12; Cristy Wren on May 13; and Vicki (Mabe) Lee and Tommie Jean Lennon on May 14.
Happy Anniversary to Tim and Melanie (Lynn) Clem on May 10.
As you travel the highways and byways don’t forget that all roads lead back home and back to Miller Grove. Please send me any newsworthy information. My email address is [email protected].