A couple of weeks ago the ag department received an award from Miller Grove Volunteer Fire Department. They recognized the class that worked on replacing the bed on the fire department’s water truck. A few of the boys even got together and welded together a ladder to help the volunteers be able to climb onto the bed of the truck a little easier than before. The four boys that constructed the ladder also received an award for their efforts. MG Superintendent Steve Johnson was also on hand for the event and accepted a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the school from MGVFD Assistant Chief Charles Bennett. Shane Stone from the VFD was also on hand and thanked the ag class for their hard work.
I have heard that Carroll and Deanna Hasten have a new grandchild in their family. Matt Hasten and wife, Elizabeth, welcomed a daughter into the world on Feb. 13. Lauren Elizabeth Hasten made her entry into this world in Paris, Texas, and was greeted by many family members.
The Kinworthy family also welcomed a new family member lately. Ronnie and Carrie Kinworthy introduced their new grandson, Kyler, at church Sunday.
There was a sizable crowd on hand at the roping arena for the Miller Grove International Show. It was a success as always! Lots of effort goes into the show each year. The preparation is always the hardest part, getting all of their ducks in a row, but Mr. Watson and Lindsey are pros and have the workings of the show down to a fine art. They asked a fellow Ag teacher from Van ISD to judge the show animals this year. Winners are as follows:
n Broilers: Brandie McLane, grand champion; Grant Earp, reserve grand champion; and Quinten Stovall, showmanship award.
n Hogs: Lacey Taylor, grand champion; Harli Watson, reserve grand champion;and Lacey Taylor, showmanship award.
n Goats: Aleigh Bessonett, grand champion; Jorja Bessonett, reserve grand champion; and Miranda Frobish, showmanship award.
n Lambs: Hannah Caudle, grand champion; Pauline Rubarts, reserve grand champion; and Hannah Caudle, showmanship award.
n Steers: Nathan George, grand champion; Cheyenne Gray, reserve grand champion; and Cheyenne Gray, showmanship award.
After the show, a big bowl of hot chicken stew prepared by Lewis Russell helped me to defrost my frostbitten hands and feet. It was so cold Saturday, but at least we had a nice facility for the students to be able to exhibit their animals. This show really helps the kids gain some knowledge and experience before showing at the North East Texas Livestock Association Show this weekend at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center.
Baseball and softball season is quickly approaching. I think the first games are in March.
Happy birthday to the following folks with MG connections: Chris Mynatt on Feb. 19, Gail Darrow and Kylie Darrow on Feb. 20, Kelly Mabe on Feb. 22, and Linda Waskom Crockett and Shelly Ragan Crow on Feb. 23.
Two of my Brashear cousins are having birthdays this week. I’m not trying to step on Debbie Young’s toes by reporting this Brashear news but I thought I would send out a happy birthday wish to Theresa Rocha on Feb. 20 and Jack Smith on Feb. 25.
Happy 53rd anniversary to Bertha and William Sparks on Feb. 21.
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