Lori and Reed Elliott write to thank the community for its support of the recent Oxford bond issue and to thank the school board and administration for helping make the school so valuable to the community, while John Payne writes an open letter to Alan Nunnelee about taking on his new job as U.S. Representative in January. (November 8, 2010, Page 4A)
A Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the National Guard Armory off Sisk Avenue. This program is to honor all veterans. The entire community is invited to share in this tribute to area veterans. Those with American flags are urged to bring them. The Oxford Middle School Band will perform patriotic music and the official service will begin at 11. The program is sponsored by The American Legion Post 55, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 48 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3978. (November 8, 2010)
A health fair for those 50 years of age or older will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Oxford Conference Center. Blood sugar checks, vision, hearing, blood pressure and height/weight will be available at no charge, plus many vendors with valuable information. A fashion show, sponsored by JC Penney, and an exercise demonstration by Astria Goolsby of Verve will be held from 8:30 to 9. Flu shots will be available for $29.95 or, for those bringing their Medicare card, no charge. For more information, call RSVP at 232-2377. (November 8, 2010)
Authors Elizabeth Gourlay Heiskell and Susanne Young Reed will sign their new cookbook/memoir, “Somebody Stole the Cornbread From My Dressing” at Off Square Books from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. (November 8, 2010)
The “More Than a Meal” program will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Stone Center on Washington Avenue. A free meal will be provided, tutoring will be available for students and more. For more information, call 801-4712. (November 8, 2010)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will host a Harry Potter Party at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for kids ages 5 and older. The party will feature Hogwarts trivia, a character contest and other events. Those who want to participant in this free event must pre-register. For more information or to pre-register, call the library at 234-5751. (November 8, 2010)
The senior class of Oxford High School will hold its 11th annual Medieval Faire from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday. The faire will be held on the front lawn of the high school and everyone is welcome. (November 8, 2010)
- Oscar Tilden Ash — 93, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010,. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Chewalla Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Potts Camp. Visitation will be held from 5-8 this evening at the funeral home.
- Beverly Ann Rucker Braswell — 68, of Kennett, Mo., died Wednesday Nov. 3, 2010. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Kennett. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett. Visitiation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
- Roosevelt Carouthers Jr. — 48, formerly of Oxford, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, in Indianapolis. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at East St. Peter M.B. Church in Abbeville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
- Sarah E. Willingham Reynolds — 75, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at her home in Batesville. Services will be held Saturday at New Bethlehem M.B. Church in Batesville. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held until 6 this evening at Cooley’s Mortuary in Batesville and Saturday from 1-2 p.m. at the church.
After a long, dreary winter, fall planted bulbs fill the garden with bursts of floral sunshine in a celebration of spring. What could be a more welcoming sight! Bulbs produce a colorful display with little effort. Once planted, they give years of enjoyment with little care.
For simplicity, the word bulb describes plants that store energy for their seasonal cycle in an underground storage organ. These include “true” bulbs such as daffodils and tulips, corms such as crocus and tubers, rhizomes and tuberous roots. The time to plant spring blooming bulbs is now (November) before the first frost as all bulbs need certain “chilling time” with temperatures below 40 degrees for at least 12-14 weeks in order to bloom. Buy good bulbs with no blemishes, bruises or soft spots — the larger the bulb, the better the bloom. Bulbs need plenty of sunlight and rich, well-drained soil with a PH of 6.0 to 7.0. Work the soil to a depth of about 12 inches and add a half-inch to one-third inch organic material or peat moss, compost or aged bark. The rule of thumb is to plant them twice as deep as they are tall. So if you have a 3-inch bulb such as a daffodil, plant 6 inches deep. You can even plant smaller ones above larger ones. (November 5, 2010, Page 5B)
When we have a football weekend in Oxford and the University of Mississippi, I usually write about the team we are playing. We do not have much of a history with our opponent this weekend so I have decided to write about the first of many All-Americans who have played for Ole Miss. He was a man who never strayed far from Ole Miss after he made his way to Oxford in the 1930s. When you think of Ole Miss football, Bruiser Kinard is at the forefront of players and coaches who come to mind.
Forty-four years after Ole Miss fielded its first football team, we would have our first All-American. Frank Manning Kinard had first been invited to play college football for the University of Alabama. He had been an outstanding high school player at Rolling Fork High School and had made the All-Southern high school team as a tackle. Coach Frank Thomas had Kinard come to Alabama at the start of his freshman year in 1934.
Kinard’s stay at Alabama would be short lived. When he got to the campus, the coach found out Kinard had married in his senior year of high school. Coach Thomas said to Kinard, “I sure do appreciate your coming over here but we have two married players now and they haven’t panned out.” He left Alabama and Martin Miller of Meridian and Clyde Hester of Jackson collaborated to get the young married athlete into Ole Miss. Webb Burke, an assistant coach, rented part of his house to Kinard and his wife. This would be the beginning of a life-long marriage of Ole Miss and Frank Manning Kinard. (November 5, 2010, Page 2B)