Spring break has been very nice this year. For the most part, the weather has been very cooperative and you couldn’t ask for better temperatures. In fact, I got a little bit of a sunburn when I mowed the yard this week.
Last weekend, I met a cousin in Greenville for lunch at C.B.’s Sandwich shop and then went to Sweet Frog for dessert. That’s the first time I have been to a Sweet Frog for frozen yogurt. It was really good. I think the red velvet and the buttered pecan were probably the best flavors that they had. Since then, I have been to the new Sweet Frog in Sulphur Springs, too.
During one of my days off, I was able to ride on patrol with my cousin, Justin Darrow, who is a policeman for the Sulphur Springs Police Department. The day was pretty eventful to say the least. We stopped a few people on traffic violations, went to the scene of an accident, transported a person to the jail and made a drug bust, and that was all before lunch! Actually, riding on patrol with an officer really shines a light on how helpful and essential the police force is to the safety of the public. You can watch TV shows and read newspaper articles all day long about cops and what they do, but it never really hits home until you see those things up-close and personal, taking place right in your own county.
Those officers put their lives on the line each and every day to make this world a better place for us to live and, unfortunately, they usually get a bad wrap and lots of people don’t like cops at all. So, if you ever get the opportunity, I encourage you to ride around with an officer for just a few hours. Trust me, it is another world … a world where we need protection.
And, since I’m on the subject of talking about my cousin Justin, some of you may have read in the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram last week the article mentioning him on the front page. Yeah, a local boy on the front page! I thought that was pretty neat. Justin was one of four officers that were recently saluted by Crime Stoppers for their efforts throughout 2012. I thought it was pretty neat! His police chief gave him several compliments in the article and he said that Justin was, “… dedicated to performance.” That describes Justin completely. When he learns something, he learns it inside-out and applies himself to doing the best job that he can do. He’s always been that way. That’s a trait that is slowly declining in our society today and always deserves to be recognized.
One afternoon during my spring break, I went to eat at a café in Bassett (near Simms) with Nathan Petty and Colten Baylus. We had a good time and ate some good food. The café is owned by Colten’s aunt and is called Barbara D’s. Colten’s cousin, Shanda Barron, was cooking there when we walked in. Shanda is a MG graduate from 2007.
Happy birthday this week to Fran Sparks, Joe Weatherly, Jenny (Weatherly) Arledge, Derek McCreight and Ginger McCreight on March 18; Krystal Petty and Dollie (Mitchell) Sisk on March 20; Gary Darrow and Jim Burns on March 21; Scott Baylus and Ann (Kernes) Moseley on March 22; and Sheena (Petty) McCraw and Pamela Potts on March 23.
Happy anniversary to my parents, Brett and Lynda Darrow, this week. Monday, March 18, they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary!
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