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Home News-Telegram Community News Miller Grove News MILLER GROVE NEWS Nov. 11, 2009


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I was told by a neighbor that last week’s column was much too short, so I decided to throw in everything I could think of for this week’s news!

I received an e-mail from Zach Crispin Sunday. He is in the service now and is stationed in Korea. Thankfully, he isn’t in any combat. He works on helicopters and will be stationed there for a minimum of one year. He told me to tell everyone hello for him.

One Miller Grove student had a brother who was stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen during the recent shootings. He was one of the soldiers that was injured.

Miller Grove senior Dakota Hrabal participated in the 4-States Rodeo Saturday at the Hopkins County Civic Center. While he was participating he was stepped on by a bull. He has a few broken bones and a gash or two on his face and neck. He is lucky that the injuries were not any worse than they were.

Can you believe that I don’t even have one birthday to share this week? I’m sure I’ll make up for it next week!

I do have one anniversary though. Happy anniversary to Bettie and James Ray Garrett on Nov. 10.

Hopkins County Deputy Sheriff Brad Cummings has been coming to school every week to present the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to the 5th grade students. This year’s program will conclude with a graduation on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. in Mrs. Stillwagoner’s fifth grade classroom. Mr. Cummings said that the students have learned about drugs, alcohol, violence, peer pressure, and bullying. Each student was given a scenario dealing with one of these problems and was asked what the best decision would be for the circumstance. The graduates will receive a D.A.R.E. T-shirt and graduation pin. An essay winner will also be picked for the student who has written the best essay about what the D.A.R.E. program has taught them and the key elements of the program. Officer Cummings said, “The students have helped in making my first year as the D.A.R.E. officer an outstanding experience. They've certainly made an impact on the way I teach the D.A.R.E. program, and that is something, in my opinion, that is priceless. I pray that as these students move on through their lives, they retain and use the knowledge that they have helped me to provide them with. Ultimately it is their decisions that they make, and I am confident that they will make healthy choices throughout their lives.”

Nov. 19 will be the school’s Thanksgiving dinner. If anyone in the community would like to come for Thanksgiving dinner please call the school and let us know by the end of this week so that we can plan accordingly. Visitors will be charged $3 per plate.

I have received word that Melvin Long passed away either Sunday night or early Monday morning. His funeral will be Wednesday in Fort Worth. He and his wife, Ruby, have lived there for many years. Ruby is a sister to Miller Grove locals Johnny Ferguson and Mary Lou Akins. Melvin came from a large family for whom the Long Cemetery was named. He was born Oct. 22, 1926, in Miller Grove to Elonzo and Bulah (Hopper) Long. Melvin was preceded in death by all of his siblings, four brothers and two sisters.

Faye Tipps had a visitor last week. Trudy (Dickens) Mayers stopped in to visit with her.

Nadine Higginbotham is still in the hospital. Her cancer has come back again. She has good days and bad days.

Bobby Plunk had a heart attack last week and will soon have open heart surgery. They tried to put in stints, but that procedure did not help.

I heard that Ivetta (Watts) Hines celebrated her 90th birthday at Stacey’s Fish Fry last weekend. Her brothers are Elwood Watts of County Line, and Edward and Lewis Watts of Miller Grove.

As you travel the highways and byways, don’t forget that all roads lead home and back to Miller Grove. Please send me any newsworthy information. My e-mail address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




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