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MILLER GROVE NEWS for Dec. 21, 2011

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If you didn’t go to the dinner theater at the school last Thursday night you missed history in the making. I heard from several attendees that they enjoyed the night so much that they said we should have a dinner theater each year. I was surprised when I saw that there was standing room only in the cafeteria.

The lasagna meal was served at 6 p.m. and the play began a little after 6:30 p.m. The students did a great job after practicing for nearly a month on the play.

Before the show, Cody Marler (a MGHS junior) explained to the audience that this play, “The Brothers Grimm: Out of Order,” was a very chaotic play because it was a mixture of several fairy tales that were totally out of order. Then he introduced the cast to the audience.

Onlookers saw several surprises during the play. At one point, Coach Corey Jenkins came into the building in a duck costume, and actually carrying a live duck. Then, Mrs. Irby ran in playing the part of a singing telegram employee. And before the play was over, Coach Gary Billingsley made an appearance as a principal/football coach.

A Big Thank you goes out to the community for supporting this endeavor. We served dinner to about 80 people, and after expenses were paid (and a few donations were received) the drama department made $700. Not too bad for this first-time fundraiser! A big Thank You also goes out to Chicken Express for donating the tea that accompanied the meal.

This week, I have the fourth and fifth grade students’ Christmas wishes to share. This year fourth graders would like an MP3 player, a kitten, a shotgun, an iPad, nail polish, an iPhone, a Blake Shelton CD and clothes. One touching Christmas wish was from fourth grader Regina Lopez. She wished that the school, students and teachers would be blessed during the Christmas season. Mrs. Medina’s fifth grade class would like: a cell phone, a computer, a laptop, an iPhone, iPod Touch, a Jack Russell Terrier and Legos, among other things.

Happy birthday to Rex Lennon on Dec. 20, Preston Asbill on Dec. 21 and Monty Tipps on Dec. 22.

Happy third anniversary to Pamela and Halston Potts on Dec. 20. Ed and Geneva Basye will celebrate 58 years of wedded bliss on Christmas Day. Congratulations to them!

Last week, another good man with connections to the community went home to be with the Lord. R.A. Long passed away Dec. 14 at his residence in the Gafford Chapel community of Hopkins County. R.A. was born Feb. 12, 1920, the son of Elmer Other Long and Madie Esther (Roffe) Long. R.A. always said that he named himself. When he went into the Air Force during World War II, he was told that he couldn’t have an “initial name” even though that really was his full name. He decided on the spot that he would name himself Raymond Allen Long. I guess it stuck, because when he applied for a delayed birth certificate he listed his name as Raymond A. Long. The Elmer Long family lived, at one time, just north of Miller Grove, and some of the Long children attended school here. Later, they moved to Campbell, where R.A. graduated from high school. He married Delynn Aline Yarbrough in Brashear on Oct. 12, 1946. She preceded him in death in 1995. R.A. was a member of Trinity Harvest Church of God in Sulphur Springs. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Randell and Dottie Long; a daughter, Sharon Shaw; one brother, Roger Long; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

My condolences go out to the family of Jim Roberts of Point. He passed away Friday with funeral services being held Saturday, Dec. 17, at Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home in Emory. Several of his family have Miller Grove connections. His son, Jason Roberts, and grandsons, Brandon and Seth Roberts, graduated from Miller Grove School. Jim is survived by his wife, JayNell Roberts; sons Jason and Jeff Roberts; daughter Lisa Furrh; several grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Burial took place in Smyrna Cemetery in Rains County.

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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