The LOU community has so much to be proud of. Its litter problem, however, is something to be ashamed of. We call on all to to their part individually and collectively to clean up the trash and keep from dumping it on the roadways. (May 19, 2015, Page 4)
Wine expert Dr. John Juergens weighs in on the recent scare about arsenic in wine and the dangers it could cause, noting in a “Your Turn” column that the amount in wine is so little that there are many other issues more dangerous. (May 19, 2015, Page 4)
Meredith “Hope” Mize Dennis — 59, died Saturday, May 16, 2015, at her home in Paris. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Paris Baptist Church, in Paris. The Revs. Larry Wicker and Rick Glidewell will officiate. Burial will follow in the Paris Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9-11 a.m., all at the church. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Charlotte Freeman — 85, died Sunday, May 17, 2015, at her home in West Memphis, Ark. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.
Mary J. Souter — 63, died Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc in charge. (May 18, 2015, Page 3)
Hindsight is 20-20. That’s why so many of our presidential hopefuls seem to now feel they can admit the Iraq War was a mistake years after most Americans came to the same conclusion. Now we hope these same leaders can think about another saying as they govern us: Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it (May 18, 2015, Page 4)
The U.S. Department of Education released numbers that show that 22 percent of students ages 12-18 say they have been bullied. That’s the lowest percentage in a decade, which is good news, but there’s still room for improvement and we call on our schools, parents, students and family members to work to drop that percentage even more. (May 17, 2015, Page 4A)
After a season high five-game winning streak, the Ole Miss baseball team suffered a setback, falling to No. 6 Texas A&M 4-0 in the first game of the final regular season series Thursday. The pitcher’s duel between the Rebels’ Christian Trent and the Aggies’ Grayson Long went on for the first four innings before the Texas A&M (43-9, 18-9 SEC) scored a run in innings five through eight, while keeping Ole Miss (29-25, 14-14 SEC) off the scoreboard (May 15, 2015, Page 5A)
Much of the discussion at vision 2037 meetings recently involved local housing and development, and it appears a couple of local developers were listening to based on their plans for a couple of projects. It will take more open discussions and communication to help make sure the landscape of Oxford is what it should be in future years. (May 15, 2015, Page 4A)
Local columnist T.J. Ray, a local school board member himself for several years, acknowledges that often decisions boards have to make are very difficult. With that perspective, he takes a look at what’s been said and not said about a situation involving a teacher’s reassignment in the Oxford School District. (May 15, 2015, Page 4A)
Just over 18 percent of Lafayette County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s special election for the 1st Congressional District seat. That’s better than the turnout of less than 12 percent for a similar election in 2008, but still much less than than we would like to see. We encourage all to exercise their right to vote June 2 when the polls are open again to decide a runoff between Walter H. Zinn Jr. and Trent Kelly. (May 14, 2015, Page 4)
Junior Charles ”Buzz” Dunn — 70, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at his home in Water Valley. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley with Bro. David Freeman officiating. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. before the service at the funeral home.
Susie Ree Archie Liggins Ivy — 89, died Friday, May 8, 2015, at her residence in Oxford. A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Second Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Andrew Robinson Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be for two hours prior to the service at Second Baptist Church. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Janet Ray Kirby — 91 of Coffeeville, died on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Calhoun County Nursing Home in Calhoun City. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home chapel in Bruce with the Bro. Freddie Buchanan officiating. Interment will be in Memory Memorial Gardens in Bruce. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home.
Juanita Floyd Pittman — 91, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at her home in Oxford. The funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Lendy Bartlett officiating. Burial will follow in the Coffeeville Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at noon at the funeral home.
Brenda Lee Smith — 52, of Etta, died Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Flint Hill M.B. Church in Etta with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home Chapel. Hodges Funeral Homes of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.