First off, I’ll give everyone a warning about debit cards. Be careful because a restaurant that I went to last weekend debited several hundred dollars out of my bank account by accident. When I went to pay, the restaurant’s cashier told me the total of the bill. I gave them my debit card and they swiped the card. The receipt printed and I added a two dollar tip to the receipt. Then, I signed the bottom of the receipt and left.
Later, when the restaurant went in on their debit/credit card machine to add the tip to the total of my bill, they accidentally added too much money to the total, and it was debited from my bank account. As the bank explained it, they (the bank) had to approve the first transaction (the receipt total before the tip) and when the restaurant changed the amount to be debited, the bank did not have to approve the adjustment to the total. By the way, this was a local bank and it took me three days to get everything fixed from the mess-up. So, to me, the bank’s explanation sounds like a poor excuse of why they let a restaurant debit several hundred dollars from my bank account without hesitation. And, can you believe that the restaurant didn’t apologize for debiting too much money from my bank account, and the bank didn’t apologize for letting them debit such a large amount of money? I did learn a lesson from the whole ordeal, however. From now on, I will leave a cash tip so that something like this does not happen to me again.
I only have two folks on my birthday list for this week. Happy birthday to Karen May on Dec. 14 and Bonnie (Ferguson) Callan on Dec. 17.
I was sorry to hear about two people that had ties to Miller Grove community passing away this week. Kerry Garmon of Saltillo was buried in Miller Grove Cemetery Monday, Dec. 14. He was born to Elaine (Marable) Garmon and the late Frank Garmon on May 23, 1949, in Greenville. He was known by many people throughout the county. He was a teacher, coach, and administrator for Saltillo ISD for several years. He was a very active person in the Saltillo community for the majority of his life. He passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, in Mt. Vernon. Survivors include his wife, mother, children, brother, and sisters.
Another man who passed away this week that once lived in Miller Grove was John Shackelford. John and his family lived in the house on the corner of FM 2653 and FM 275, where my brother’s family now lives. John was born in Oregon City, Ore., on Nov. 16, 1960. He was diagnosed with colon cancer a year or so ago and, from what I understand, the cancer had spread to his liver. John’s sons, Jason and Daniel, both went to Miller Grove school until they moved near Sulphur Bluff in the late 1990s. I was told that the burial took place in Nelta Cemetery after the hearse got stuck and was pulled out by a tractor. John leaves his wife (Susan), two sons, two step-daughters, grandchildren, mother, and several brothers and sisters. My sincere condolences to each of these families during their time of grief.
I received word this afternoon that Brandon and Sara (Garmon) Price have a new addition to their family. Their little boy was born at about 4:15 Tuesday afternoon in Rockwall. Woody and Gail Garmon of Miller Grove have been blessed with another grandson!
From what I have heard, Fran Sparks’ Ranch Rodeo went well Saturday. I didn’t get to go to the event so I’m not sure who all was there or any of the particulars.
On Tuesday night, Miller Grove won two out of three basketball games. We played Roxton. The JV and varsity boys won their games.
The boys basketball team played this weekend in the Celeste Tournament and came in first place. Andrew Steele and Aaron Baylus took home special awards. Andrew scored the most points in the tournament and Aaron was named MVP of the tournament.
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