The Oxford area Reach to Recovery group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Azalea Gardens. A potlock supper will be followed by the annual business-planning meeting at which decisions will be made regarding programs, speakers, projects and activities for 2011. All breast cancer survivors are encouraged to come and enjoy fellowship, food, fun and focusing on the future. For more information, call Mary Lexa at 234-2666. (March 4, 2011)
Mississippi Chapter 1 of Rolling Thunder will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Beacon Restaurant on North Lamar Boulevard. The public is invited. For more information, contact John McKendree at 662-607-0611 or any member of Rolling Thunder. (March 4, 2011)
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Connection, a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Magnolia Room of Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. People learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer encouragement and understanding. For more Information, call NAMI Mississippi at 1-800-357-0388. (March 4, 2011)
Nancy J. Smith writes to complain about annoying phone calls from candidates at election time as well as seeing campaign signs left up after the election, while Mark Camarigg writes to thank the local residents and businesses who helped make the 8th annual Blues Symposium a big success. (March 4, 2011, Page 4A)
- Anthony Leigh — 80, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at his residence in Memphis. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Highland Heights Church of Christ in Memphis. Burial will follow in Leigh Cemetery in Tillatoba. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Samuel Bruister Orman Sr. — 83, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Northwest Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Methodist Church in Tutwiler. Burial will follow at the Rosemound Cemetery in Tutwiler. Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale.
- Kimberly Carmen Buford-Patterson — 28, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at her residence in Upper Marlboro, Md. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Clear Creek M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the Jordan Chapel C.M.E. Church Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
COLUMN: Jerry Holt and I were coaching together at Water Valley and he invited me to go crappie fishing with him. He was an experienced jig fisherman. I had crappie fished before but never with a jig pole. (more…) (March 3, 2011, Page 7)
Do you remember the epic TV presentation “Roots” from the late-1970s? Perhaps you’ve seen it since and felt its impact. Local columnist Deidra Jackson recalls when she saw the series and wonders about how we don’t seem to have many insightful, educational and entertaining things like that to teach history to the youth of today. With political correctness and other factors, she wonders if we’re not whitewashing our history, which does no one any real good. (March 3, 2011, Page 4)
Robert Mims writes to thank those who helped make the OHS softball field a reality and to talk about all of the positives the facility and program have for students and the community. (March 3, 2011, Page 4)
- Cathy Collins Bowles — 54, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, in Ridgeland. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the church.