Are you a cat person? Or do you prefer dogs? There are those families who have both of the popular pets, but most folks tend to side with one or the other. Editor Don Whitten has spent lots of years in every situation, and takes a moment to contemplate how he’s come to stand on the middle of the fence between canines and felines. (March 21, 2011, Page 4A)
Maralyn Howell Bullion writes to remind readers about the story of Betsy Love Allen and to note how appropriate it is to pay tribute to the longtime Toccopola resident during Women’s History Month. (March 21, 2011, Page 4A)
- Juanita Ray Martin — 82, of Water Valley died at her home on March 16, 2011. Visitation will be today from 5 until 7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. David Ross presiding. Burial will be in Pine Flat Cemetery in Lafayette County.
Ryan Miller’s recent visit to see his grandparents in California took a new meaning as an adult than when he visted with them as a child. During his visit, he realized that life is a collection of seasons, with each one bringing new challenges, joys, pains, achievements and losses. (March 18, 2011, Page 1B)
Columnist and historian Jack Lamar Mayfield tells about the banner that seven young ladies presented to The Lamar Rifles in 1861. The bright banner was made on white silk and was 8 feet long. (March 18, 2011, Page 2B)
Ann K. Gibbs writes to tell about the positive experiences that she and her great-grandson’s baseball team had during a tournament at FNC Park. (March 18, 2011, Page 4A)
- J.L. Smith — 66, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at his residence in Oxford. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at East Providence M.B. Church in Oxford. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
- Earnestin Williams — 75, died Wednesday at her residence in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.
COLUMN: I may have been in high school, grad school, or perhaps a coach’s clinic the first time I heard the principle Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS). After hearing the KISS principle many times, I realized that it is a great concept but keeping it simple is hard to do for some people. When I would hear the acronym used, I remember thinking, “I got this. I was raised by Chester B. Drewrey from Denmark.” (more…) (March 17, 2011, Page 7)
Jorge Gutierrez scored 25 points and made two free throws with 14.8 seconds left to help California hold off Ole Miss 77-74 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Wednesday night. (more…) (March 17, 2011, Page 6)
The Water Valley baseball team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 6-5 win over Biggersville in the Oxford Spring Break Tournament on Wednesday. Drew Pratt earned the win for the Blue Devils on the mound, while Walt McCullough earned the save. J.D. Fondon had a home run in the victory, while Adam Langham and John Michael Grimmett each had two hits. One of Langham hits was a double. WVHS will be back in action today against DeSoto Central. (March 17, 2011, Page 8)