Mildred R. Hewlett — 94, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Clear Creek Baptist Church in Oxford. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the church. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (February 15, 2011, Page 2)
Led by a strong defensive effort and an outstanding all-around performance by Shaq Isom, the Lafayette Lady Commodores captured the Region 2-4A Tournament title Monday night at Center Hill.
LHS defeated Byhalia 70-43 to finish as the No. 1 seed out of the region. The Lady Commodores (23-5) will host Itawamba AHS tonight in the first round of the MHSAA’s Class 4A playoffs and a win gets them closer to a return trip to Jackson to play for the state title. (February 15, 2011, Page 6)
The Oxford Park Commission’s soccer league got off to a big start on Monday as three goals by Cole Calhoon and two by Keaton Calhoon helped lift the Under-12 boy’s Tornados top the Earthquakes 6-5. In the other U-12 boys game the Galaxy cruised past the Sounders 9-3. In the U-10 boy’s division, the Wizards and Fire tied 2-2 and United topped the Earthquakes 2-1.
In the U-10 girl’s division, United snuck past the Fire 4-3 and the Crew shut out the Galaxy 8-0. In the U-12 girl’s division, the Tornados defeated the Sounders 4-2 and the Galaxy blanked United 4-0. (February 15, 2011, Page 6)
An impressive defensive effort helped lift the 9-10 year-old Lakers to a 19-0 win over the Bulls in the first round of Oxford Park Commission Shootout Championships held Saturday. In the other 9-10 youth basketball game, the Heat beat the Grizzlies 29-16, the Thunder pounded the Suns 34-8, while the Mavericks beat the Celtics 23-12.
In four 7-8 games, the Jazz topped the Heat 19-12, the Thunder defeated the Celtics 20-16, the Bulls edged Suns 10-8, while the Lakers beat Grizzlies 25-15. In the 11-12 league, the Lakers got by the Bulls 31-24, the Celtics edged the Thunder 38-35, while the Grizzlies topped the Heat 34-18. (February 15, 2011, Page 7)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed relates Mark Twain’s classic short story, “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” to tales he recently shared – with a poker face – with his students. (February 15, 2011, Page 4)
Kaye H. Bryant writes to say that the Oxford High play, “The Wizard of Oz,” was even better than recent year’s performances, Harry A. Sneed writes to thank the local supervisors, mayor and aldermen for their hard work and diligence in dealing with the hospital/health care issue and Anne Steel sent in new numbers that show an alarming trend when it comes to discarded trash around town. (February 15, 2011, Page 4)
- Marvee Lorene Franklin — 77, died Saturday at her residence in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Angel Ranch Executive Director Sue Turner and members of the board write to thank all those individuals, groups and businesses who invested in Angel Ranch in 2010, and to let the public know how important that community financial support is for Angel Ranch and its mission. (February 14, 2011, Page 4A)
A prom dress closet is being created again this year at Lafayette High School. The 2011 Prom will be held March 5 at the Inn at Ole Miss. Students will be allowed to shop in the prom dress closet beginning in February. The public is being asked to assist in increasing the number of dresses available by donating gently used dresses, shoes and accessories. Donations will be accepted until Feb. 25. Donations can be dropped off in the LHS office or library. Rainbow Cleaners will accept the dresses and clean them free so dresses can be taken to the cleaners. Tell the cleaners the dress is for the Lafayette High School Prom Dress Drive. For more information, contact the counseling office at 234-3241 or the school office at 234-3614. Beth Burt, librarian, or Lisa Russell, prom coordinator, are available to assist in collecting the donations and answering any questions about the prom dress closet. (February 11, 2011)
Lafayette County TRIAD is providing weather radios for individuals who are 55 and older or for persons with a disability that meet income poverty guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. These weather radios will be programmed for alerts that affect our area and will need to remain plugged in at all times. Back-up batteries are included. Those interested can call RSVP at 232-2377 to get an application. Applications are due by Feb. 28 (February 11, 2011)