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This past weekend I took a short trip to Nashville, Tenn. The drive was long, but worth it. I was thankful that the trip was safe and no delays in traffic.



This is the first news column that I have for 2017 and, since the holidays, there hasn’t been too much news to report in old Miller Grove. I’m hopeful that this will be a good year — so far, mine hasn’t been bad.



I hope everyone had a good Christmas — I know my family and I did. My niece and nephews seemed to have a lot of fun and enjoyed the gifts and the good food we had. The Sunday before Christmas we had supper at my Aunt Betty Phillips’ house for the Darrow side of the family. It was nice to see the folks in my family that I don’t get to see every day. There were several that didn’t get to make it this year but hopefully I’ll get to see them next year.

My condolences to the family of Dannie Garrett that passed on Dec. 23. He was born Sept. 20, 1944, in Sulphur Springs and was buried Dec. 28, in Greenview Cemetery. He was as deacon at South Liberty Baptist Church and was retired from L-3 in Greenville. Even though Dannie lived down the road in Greenview, he did have Miller Grove connections. His grandmother, Annie (Ferguson) Garrett, grew up in Miller Grove. His parents, Cleo Reese Garrett and Christine Virginia Freeman (of the Freemans from the Greenview community), married in 1941 and moved to Greenview. Dannie and wife Judy were married over 50 years. Survivors include his wife, Judy; son Dewayne Garrett; daughter Tammie Winstead; and five grandchildren. Death of a loved one is hard at any time but especially just before Christmas so please keep their family in your prayers.

The new Miller Grove Elementary School addition is looking great. The workers have been there most days and are really coming along with finishing up the inside of the building. The restrooms are nearly complete, tile is on the floors and along part of the walls, concrete sidewalk has been poured, and exterior doors have been hung. Hopefully, we are now on the countdown to moving into the new wing of the school. I hope our students, parents and community members are as proud of the building as I am.

Happy birthday this coming week to Mark Phillips & Heath Darrow on Jan. 1, Blake McGowan and Cathy Weatherly on Jan. 5, and my sister-in-law, Madison Darrow on Jan. 6.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe New Year’s this weekend and don’t forget to eat your black eyed peas for good luck on New Year’s day.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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Saturday before last, I took a day trip to Austin, to see my cousin, Clinton Millsap, at his art show. He is a great artist and had over 90 drawings displayed and for sale that he had created in a 90-day time frame. He had drawings of all shapes, sizes and colors hanging on the walls. He can draw pretty much anything — from



There are several news items to report this week. The school’s annual Fall Carnival was held Thursday night, Oct. 27. Typically the last Friday in October is set for the carnival but this year the last Friday was scheduled as a staff development day for the teachers. Despite the change in the day of the week from previous years, there was a great gathering of community members and students at the carnival. I made the chili and Bret and Mark Garrett tackled the chicken stew. The brothers’ tag-team stew turned out very good. I’m sure they took some pointers from their dad, Mac Garrett. He has made stews for the school for many years. From what I have heard the classroom booths and the PTO were all able to generate a good amount of funds from the event.

I was happy to learn that our Girls Cross Country team has landed a spot as Region II first place team and will be headed to state! Good job girls! Team members include: Aleigh Bessonett, Candace Earp, Alexis Green, Alex Zeigler, Kayleigh Lester, Ashley Purser, Rosa Schones and Cassidy Seaney, just to name a few.

We also had another group of MG students did quite well last week. The newly formed Robotics team placed 25th out of 41 teams that that competed Saturday, Oct. 22, at Prosper High School. The group had a list of materials that had to be incorporated into a robot which competed in eight different fields that all had to do with the theme “Bet the Farm.” The team even coordinated the color of the robot to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness month, being pink. The competition didn’t just require the class to construct a working robot, it also set forth rules that each team had to maintain an engineering notebook and put together a marketing plan for their invention.

Since volleyball season is coming to a close, this year’s senior players were recently honored at Senior Night. Traditionally, any senior who participate in a sport will be honored at the last home game of that particular sport. Four of our Lady Hornets who were recognized for participating in volleyball include: Kayla Ford, Isabella DeLong, Kayleigh Lester and Ashley Purser.

Congratulations go out to one of our MG teachers — Lindsey (Smith) Beaver. She and husband, Cody, recently found out that they are expecting their first child in 2017.

Miller Grove school will be honoring the local veteran on Friday, Nov. 11, with a breakfast starting at 8 a.m. A ceremony will follow at approximately 8:40 a.m. If you or a family member plan on attending please RSVP by calling the school at 903-459-3288 so that they can have enough food prepared. The breakfast and ceremony will be held in the new gym.

Thursday, Nov. 3, I went to the Dinner Theatre at the school. This year the senior class teamed with the drama department for the production and serving of food. Admission was $10, which included a meal of tacos (soft and hard shell), beans, rice, chips, salsa, tea and dessert. Dinner was served at 6 p.m. with the show, titled “Modern Day,” starting at 6:30 p.m. The show revolved around Rosemary Saint John who, mildly speaking, was a self-absorbed hypochondriac who thought she was allergic to water. The setting was at Murder Café where she was celebrating her birthday with her three sister. Suddenly, Rosemary disappears and was thought to be murdered until her reappearance at the end of the drama. Cast members included Christeen Abbott, Kayleigh Lester, Aleigh Bessonett, Koby Sharp, Cassidy Seaney, Jessica Mullins, Treyton Andre and others.

Remember to cast your vote Tuesday, Nov. 8. Other than the presidential election, we have a school board election on the ballot. There is also a choice on the ballot on whether for Hopkins County to be annexed into the Paris Junior College tax district.

Voters in Rains County, please remember if you are in Miller Grove Independent School District that you can vote for the trustee election on paper ballots this year.

Congratulations to Brad and Fallon McCool. Their son, Parker Holt McCool, was born at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Sulphur Springs on Nov. 3. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 22 inches long. From the pictures on Facebook I believe that Parker’s big brother, Bryce, was glad to meet him along with everyone else in the family. Grandparents are Doug and Larie McCool and Ray Glenn and Robin (Wilcox) Jordan. Great-grandparents are Dewayne and Betty Wilcox and Lavanna Wilcox.

Happy belated birthday to Ashley (Edwards) Sallee and Robin (Garrett) Middleton on Oct. 30, Scott Wren and Ana Billingsley on Oct. 31, Jeramie Burns and River Oler on Nov. 1, Teddy Jennings and Andrew Steele on Nov. 2, and Abby Tipps on Nov. 3.

Happy birthday next week to Susan (Renshaw) White on Nov. 7, Lynn Johnson on Nov. 9, 

Happy belated 45th anniversary to Paul and Sherry (Renshaw) Gilbert on Oct. 30. Happy 62nd anniversary to James and Bettie Garrett on Nov. 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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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