Led by James Miller’s 24 points, the 13-15 Lakers were able to defeat the Grizzlies 38-26 Thursday night in Oxford Park Commission youth basketball action. In the other 13-15 game, the Celtics pounded the Heat 44-26. In the lone 9-10 game, the Grizzlies edged out the Heat 18-15. In the 11-12 league, the Grizzlies beat the Celtics 26-21, the Bulls edged the Heat 28-25, while the Lakers edged out the Thunder 34-31. (December 10, 2010, Page 7A)
Scott Owens writes to take issue with one alderman’s reason – keeping “the Sabbath Day holy” – for opposing Sunday sales of alcohol in Oxford. (December 10, 2010, Page 4A)
- Julius Adams Johnson — 88, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at the State Veterans Home in Oxford. A memorial service, following cremation, is planned for Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in El Dorado, Ark. His ashes will be interred in the columbarium at the church. A reception will follow in the Cloister. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of local arrangements.
Included on the 2010 Mississippi Association of Coaches’ Class 3A All-State Team were first teamers, linebacker J.D. Fondon, safety/running back Eric Buckley and long snapper Fred McGee. Cornerback/receiver Chris Conard was named to the second team, while linebacker C.J. Jackson, lineman Tommy Lipscomb and punter John Michael Grimmett were named as honorable mentions. (December 9, 2010, Page 6)
The MACJC North Division champion Northwest Rangers capped a stellar season with a No. 6 ranking in the final NJCAA Top 20 Football Poll of the season. It was the Rangers’ first Top 10 finish since the 1999 season when they also finished No. 6 in the nation. (December 9, 2010, Page 6)
It’s sobering to think that at some point in our lifetimes, a dear friend might turn on us some day. Local columnist Deidra Jackson talks about some of those friends – holiday food and drink – and how she’s dealing with them. (December 9, 2010, Page 4)
Local columnist T.J. Ray writes that some of the biggest challenges to driving locally are not other cars, but actually people riding bicycles. He wonders about rules of the road and insurance as cyclists take their spots on the roadways. (December 9, 2010, Page 4)
- Rose M. Davis — 76, of West Helena died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Helena. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
- Bonnie Ruth Russell DePriest — 75, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at Webster General Hospital in Eupora. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow be in the Abbeville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
- Morris Ray Shirley — 69, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Services will be held at 2 this afternoon in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oak Forrest Cemetery in Pontotoc. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.