Thoughts around Texas are turning toward the beginning of the new school year. This week, I go back to work
at the school full time, and the volleyball girls begin their “two-a-day” practices preparing for the upcoming season. It seems like summer just started and now it is over; but, that happens every year. You would think I would be used to it by now.
News is scant in the community this week. The most interesting thing I can think of is the big truck with Clay Johnson’s picture on it parked across from the Methodist Church. Clay is running for 8th Judicial District Judge this year. Clay has had a connection to the Miller Grove community all of his life. His grandfather was Don Johnson, who lived on what is now a vacant corner lot across from the Methodist Church to the south and what is now Stacey’s Fish Fry to the east.
Surprisingly, Clay’s opponent, Eddie Northcutt, also has a connection to Miller Grove. Eddie taught fifth grade at Miller Grove for two years in the 1990s, before becoming an attorney. He also delivered the address at Miller Grove’s class of 2003 graduation, which was held at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Come to think of it, that is the only graduation that I can remember taking place off-campus.
I wish good luck to each of these candidates. Whoever wins the election will have large shoes to fill. Judge Robert Newsom has been an excellent judge for the district for the past several years.
Happy birthday this week to John Derick Wilbur on Aug. 5, Ryan Claxton on Aug. 6, Greg Hegseth on Aug. 8 and Madison Penny on Aug. 11.
Happy second anniversary to Clay and Dichele Smith on Aug. 7.
Just a reminder that the school still has plenty of the Pictorial History Books for sale. They are $30 each, with an additional $5 for postage if they are being mailed. They include pictures of graduates, sports teams, various school buildings and more. The books are full color and contain 100 pages.
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