Friday was a very eventful day for everyone at the school. The week was a total mess from the get-go with state testing going on and a baseball game scheduled for Friday afternoon. Things quickly went from hectic to chaos after seeing several police vehicles in the area and helicopters flying over the school.
That’s when Steve Johnson, the superintendent, decided to call the Department of Public Safety office to see what was going on. Several folks said that they thought there must have been a major wreck, but there were no ambulances or fire trucks. That seemed strange. The DPS office said that a U.S. Marshal called them that morning and said that they would be in the area looking for someone who was wanted. That was all that they would say.
So, as a precaution, Miller Grove School went into lockdown around 10 a.m. The law enforcement officers and helicopters steadily patrolled the Center Point community northeast of Miller Grove, looking for a wanted man who had been living in the area. Whether he would be classified as a fugitive or not, I don’t know.
Turns out that after the man took his children to school, he was going to follow the school bus to a field trip in Commerce, but he never arrived. He fled from our area at that time. After several hours, the officers gave up their pursuit and the school went out of lockdown around 1 p.m. The man did not return to his residence and the U.S. Marshals were unable to find him.
That’s it. That’s the whole story. I know that wasn’t a terribly juicy tale, but those are the facts. I guess it would be classified as an unsuccessful manhunt. No one involved in the search would divulge what the man was wanted for other than he had some warrants out for his arrest. Maybe they’ll catch up to him one of these days.
Miller Grove hosted a baseball game Friday afternoon against the Cumby Trojans. The game was pretty intense from the start. During the first inning one of the Cumby players hit a home run. At one time, Miller Grove was down by 7 runs, but after a few good plays by the Hornets we were able to rally and tie the game. At the last minute, our Hornets pulled it out of the bag and won the game by 1 run. The final score was 19 to 18.
With Friday’s victory behind us, the Miller Grove Hornets baseball team will play Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Mount Pleasant High School against McLeod High School. The way I understand it, this is a double elimination round of games, so either way we will play McLeod again on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Hughes Springs. If a third game is required, it will be played after the 1 p.m. game on Saturday.
Mary Burns recently went on a trip to Hawaii with some of the ladies from County Line Baptist Church. While in Hawaii, she fell and, unfortunately, broke her hip. Please be sure to remember Mary in your prayers and hope for her speedy recovery. She is one of the nicest ladies you could ever meet.
This week, Katelyn McCreight is headed to the state golf meet. I know when you want to wish someone in the theater good luck you tell them to “break a leg,” but I don’t know what to say to a sports player. I just hope she does well. I know Katelyn will make our school proud — win, lose or draw. Good luck, Katelyn!
A note of congratulations is due to James and Kayla Weaver. Their little bundle of joy, Jaxon Gage Weaver, was born Thursday, April 19. I’m sure he will be spoiled in no time. I know Granny Vic (Vicki) and Pops (Ernie) are very proud of their first grandchild. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long. Jaxon’s great-grandmother is Tommie Jean Lennon of the Daugherty community.
Happy birthday this week to Dwayne Wren and Natalie (Darrow) Stuckey on April 29, Billy Wren and Aaron Baylus on May 2, Ray Lynn Sparks and Johnny Burns on May 3, and my Uncle Junior Millsap and Tara (Russell) Spencer on May 5. Okay, I left one person off of the birthday list — myself. May 2 is also my birthday. I have received several phone calls, e-mails and Facebook messages wishing me a happy birthday; I appreciate all of them very much. I am lucky to have so many good friends and relatives. Only one more year until I hit the big 30. Boy, I thought the first two decades of my life flew by. This last one has really been a blur.
For those of you who have family buried in Miller Grove Cemetery, this is just a reminder that the Memorial Day Services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Dinner on the grounds will follow, and there will be singing in the afternoon. Hope to see you all there.
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