This year the North Mississippi Storytellers Guild will give the community two chances to enjoy one of Oxford’s most popular events, Pumpkin Patch Telling in the pumpkin patch at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford. On Friday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m., a telling will be told for the very young and young at heart showcasing the Telling Teens from the Boys and Girls Club. On Sunday, Oct. 24, St. Peter’s Telling and the Telling Teens will engage listeners of all ages with tales and songs to capture the October spirit. The telling is free, but the pumpkins will cost you. (October 15, 2010)
The “More Than a Meal” program will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Stone Center on Washington Avenue. A free meal will be provided, tutoring will be available for students and more. For more information, call 801-4712. (October 15, 2010)
L.Q.C. Lamar is known nationally as a congressman, senator, Secretary of the Interior and associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, but he is not known for his interest in, and ownership of, farming operations. In 1854, Lamar was living in his home state of Georgia. He had established a law firm in Macon but he did not have any use for his extensive slave holdings. (October 15, 2010, Page 3B)
How many times have you heard, “If I win the lottery I would …”?
Chances are, if you are from Mississippi, not very often. I grew up in Florida and turning 18 meant one thing — being able to play the lottery. It was one of the first things I did on my way to work on my birthday. I bought both a scratch off and a Florida Lotto ticket and, although I did not win that week’s lotto (or any week’s), the excitement was just as fun.
As a student, the lottery would be a great benefit for myself and my classmates. The game’s main purpose — besides allowing those lucky few to win large amounts of money — is to fund programs for education. With the current budget cuts and the rise in price of education, a lottery could help many students and schools with extra funding that is so desperately needed by many. (October 15, 2010, Page 1B)
- Malinda Brooks-Brister — 77, formerly of Oxford, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, in Memphis. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Eugene Eggerson — 58, died Thursday at his residence in Taylor. Arrangements are incomplete with Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
The Oxford Park Commission’s Volleys defeated the Spinners on Thursday thanks to a tie-breaker (fewest games lost).
The Volleys claimed both singles points thanks to wins by Ryan Mounce and Barrett Childress. The Spinners bounced back in the two doubles matches. Will Carter and Cole Grafton claimed the No. 1 doubles match, while Austin Haynes and Eli Abel combined to claim the second doubles match. (October 15, 2010, Page 7A)
On Oct. 22, as darkness descends upon St. Peters Cemetery, the ghosts of Oxford famous and infamous will come alive to tell their stories as the Spirits of Oxford returns for performance at 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the tourism office at Oxford City Hall, Oxford Chamber of Commerce and the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. Proceeds will benefit the historic Cedar Oaks home. For more information, call Linda MacCormack at 234-1292. (October 15, 2010)
Anne Steel writes to give an update on an earlier informal study of the number of discarded cans and bottles she picked up near the Square – and things are any better, while Ken McGraw writes to tout Travis Childers as the choice for those who want an “independent” candidate. (October 15, 2010, Page 4A)
The Junior Auxiliary of Oxford is collecting new pajamas for the children of Oxford and Lafayette County. The drive will take place Saturday. Drop off locations are at Chick-Fil-A from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (receive a free spicy chicken sandwich with donated pajamas at this location), and JC Penney and Peas and Carrots, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pajamas are needed in children’s sizes small-extra large. For more information, call 607-1602. (October 15, 2010)
The ARRL Mississippi Section and the University of Mississippi Amateur Radio Club will hold an ARRL-approved Hamfest, “ARRL Day in the Park,” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the Lyceum, located at the end of University Avenue. The program will also feature a tour of the National Center for Physical Acoustics to look at some of the latest mine detection equipment and research. Tours of the Lyceum will also be provided by the University’s Column Society. For more information, visit the website at www.w5ums.org. (October 15, 2010)