William A. Frohn writes to say opposition to Jimmy Reed’s column is coming from those who are opposed to his conservative views and he urges Reed to continue with his articles. (April 19, 2015, Page 4A)
Judith Ann Smith Shute — 74, died Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Tallahatchie Extended Care Facility in Charleston. The funeral service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Dr. Gary Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in North Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be held from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. (April 17, 2015, Page 3A)
The Oxford High track teams claimed the Division 2-5A championships with a dominant showing Thursday at Bobby Holcomb Field. The Chargers used numerous first-place finishes to win the boys’ title with 128 total points while taking the girls’ championship with 134 points. Both teams also swept the team relay titles, further distancing themselves from the competition. (April 17, 2015, Page 1B, 2B)
It’s good news to hear from the Mississippi Department of Education that 78 literacy coaches have been added for schools around the state. It would be great news if we could hear that every elementary school had its needs met with these reading coaches as well as with helpful teacher assistants. (April 17, 2015, Page 4A)
Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look at computer use by students in schools and suggests that more evaluation is needed about how much it helps and how it affects students’ learning. (April 17, 2015, Page 4A)
Jeffrey Todd Browning — 52, of Madison passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015. Services are set for 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel at the Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison, with interment to follow in the Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is today from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Christine Holloway Adams Merritt — 82, of Water Valley died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley with Bro. William Milam, Bro. Tommy Mitchell and Bro. Michael Haas officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery in Calhoun County. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. today at Seven Oaks Funeral Home.
William Charles Sanderson Sr. — 90, died Monday, April 13, 2015, at his home in Oxford. The funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Bro. Anthony Williams officiating. Burial will follow with a 1 p.m. graveside at Verona Cemetery in Verona. Visitation will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home.
After the first postseason berth since 2009-10 and one of the most successful SEC seasons in recent history, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork announced that he and head women’s basketball coach Matt Insell have agreed in principle to a contract extension. Insell’s current contract will be extended through 2018-19. (April 16, 2015, Page 6, 7)
The Ole Miss softball team got timely hitting and a solid pitching performance from Madi Osias on the afternoon as Ole Miss (25-19) swept both games of a doubleheader against Southern Miss (16-26) on Wednesday afternoon. Ole Miss claimed game one by a score of 7-0 before taking game two with a 3-1 victory. (April 16, 2015, Page 7)
A proposed addition/expansion of the Oxford Activity Center may well be one of the most important projects the city has undertaken in a long time, and we call on city leaders and the community to make sure there is a diligent study made to find the funding for the most inclusive project possible. (April 16, 2015, Page 4)
Zachary Kagan Guthrie and MIkaela Adams both write about Jimmy Reed’s recent column, with Guthrie calling it unacceptable and Adams saying that Oxonians deserve better. (April 16, 2015, Page 4)