Barbara J. Smith writes to thank members of O-U Methodist Church and anonymous food donors for their recent help with the Pantry and also to remind the public that Empty Bowls, a major fundraiser, is set for this Thursday at O-U Methodist. (February 7, 2011, Page 4A)
- Joe Parker Hollingsworth — 79, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at his home in Albuquerque. Services were held Jan. 29 at St. Mark’s on-the-mesa Episcopal Church. Daniels Family Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements. For local information, contact Waller Funeral Home of Oxford at 234-7971.
- Walter Earl McClellan — 74, of Coffeeville died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at his residence. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Garner-Harper Funeral Home Chapel in Grenada with Rev. James Edwards officiating. Burial will follow at Coffeeville Cemetery.
- Helen Vaughn Purser — 79, died on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at her home in Water Valley. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home, with Bro. Ken Izzard officiating. Burial will follow in the Owens Cemetery in Abbeville. Visitation will be held on from 5 until 7 this evening at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley.
- Gabriel Norris Wright — newborn son of Victoria Renee Jones and Norris Ray Wright Jr., died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Graveside services were held Saturday at Forrest Memorial Park, with the Rev. Douglas Tutor officiating.
(February 6, 2011)
Local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield continues his series about the University Greys this week. He writes about Maud Marrow Brown’s book that was written about students who fought for the Southern cause. Her book inspired a professor’s wife, Zoe Lund Schiller Kreutz, who wrote an opera based on Brown’s book. (February 4, 2011, Page 2B)
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 4, 2011)
Many believe seed starting is difficult and yields few positive results, but as with most things simply following a few important rules will assure success. Master Gardener Susan Boehm tell us that starting your seeds will not only give you a terrific sense of accomplishment, but you will also save a significant amount of money. (February 4, 2011, Page 3B)
The Oxford Community Garden presently has 4 feet by 8 feet plots, and 3 feet by 3 feet children’s plots available. Larger plots have no waiting list should one become available. The Community Garden Association will hold its annual meeting Feb. 28 at the Stone Center. Registration will begin at 5:15 p.m. with a business meeting to follow. The community garden has no name so everyone is invited to help name the garden. For more information, visit www.oxfordcga.org. To propose a name for the garden or to reserve a plot, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Susie at 234-3064 (evenings). (February 4, 2011)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library is hosting Soup-er Bowl now through Super Bowl Sunday on Sunday. During this time, everyone in the community is invited to donate a can of soup or other canned good at the library, and the library will donate all the canned goods to The Pantry (February 4, 2011)
GED Testing is being offered by Northwest Mississippi Community College at the WIN Job Center in Oxford on the first Wednesday of every month. At least three weeks prior to testing, an applicant must come to the WIN Job Center to complete all steps of the registration process. For more information, contact Amy Savage or Meghan Feltenstein at 234-3231. (February 4, 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 4, 2011)
The Pantry, the community’s local food bank, needs strong men who will allow their names to be added to a call list to be contacted when food donations are offered that need to be picked up and delivered to The Pantry. To volunteer, call 234-2907. (February 4, 2011)