When we have a football weekend in Oxford and the University of Mississippi, I usually write about the team we are playing. We do not have much of a history with our opponent this weekend so I have decided to write about the first of many All-Americans who have played for Ole Miss. He was a man who never strayed far from Ole Miss after he made his way to Oxford in the 1930s. When you think of Ole Miss football, Bruiser Kinard is at the forefront of players and coaches who come to mind.
Forty-four years after Ole Miss fielded its first football team, we would have our first All-American. Frank Manning Kinard had first been invited to play college football for the University of Alabama. He had been an outstanding high school player at Rolling Fork High School and had made the All-Southern high school team as a tackle. Coach Frank Thomas had Kinard come to Alabama at the start of his freshman year in 1934.
Kinard’s stay at Alabama would be short lived. When he got to the campus, the coach found out Kinard had married in his senior year of high school. Coach Thomas said to Kinard, “I sure do appreciate your coming over here but we have two married players now and they haven’t panned out.” He left Alabama and Martin Miller of Meridian and Clyde Hester of Jackson collaborated to get the young married athlete into Ole Miss. Webb Burke, an assistant coach, rented part of his house to Kinard and his wife. This would be the beginning of a life-long marriage of Ole Miss and Frank Manning Kinard. (November 5, 2010, Page 2B)
The Lafayette bowling team will open its season Tuesday against Itawamba AHS in Tupelo. The varsity girls team includes Allena Bratton, Briana Clarkson, Desiree Jones, Ginny Kate Lofton, Paige Moore, Shamanda Price, Courtney Sharp, Taylor Tubbs, Alexis Sherman, Grace Watts, Sharvae Williams and Katelyn Wingon.
The boys team includes Sherman Bowles, Robert Gage, Tyler Hynous, Clint Lokey, Tyler Odom, Andrew Smith, Jamie Todd, Alex Watts, Jordan Willms and Allen Bratton. LHS coach Vicki Lokey said she is looking forward to another great season and anticipating another trip to Jackson for the state playoffs. (November 5, 2010, Page 6A)
The Oxford Middle School girls and boys basketball teams earned two wins on Thursday in the OHS gym. The seventh-grade Chargers beat Water Valley 22-5 and the eighth-grade Chargers topped the Blue Devils 30-11.
The seventh-grade Lady Chargers defeated Water Valley 19-9 while the eighth-grade girls won 32-13. (November 5, 2010, Page 7A)
Carolyn Ross writes to talk about exceptionalism in America and to urge people to “keep the Republic that the Founders gave us,” while Mack W. Fondren writes to ask why information about school plans was withheld before the recent vote on a bond referendum. (November 5, 2010, Page 4A)
How does Greek drama resonate today? Surrounded by world-class artifacts from ancient Greece and Rome, join the University of Mississippi Museum for Aquila Theatre’s production of “Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives.” This public performance will include readings from Homer’s “Odyssey,” Sophocles’ “Ajax,” Euripidies’ “Herakles” and “Trojan Women,” and Aeschylus’ “Persians.” The free performance will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at the University of Mississippi Museum, and is open to the public. (November 5, 2010)
The Oxford Middle School choirs, including the Mixed Chorus, Cantabilé and sixth-grade Singers, will present a free fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in Paris Yates Chapel on the Ole Miss Campus. Damein D. Wash is the director and Joseph Garrison will be the accompanist. (November 5, 2010)
The University of Mississippi Faculty Woodwind Quintet presents a free fall recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Nutt Auditorium. The program will feature two works based on Spanish and Latin American music, one that recalls the music of the Renaissance, titled “Sciarada Spagnuola” (which means “Spanish Scenes”), and the other a set of dances that includes a tango and a Venezuelan waltz. Two works by American composers, including one by Eric Ewazen, titled “Roaring Fork,” will also be performed. (November 5, 2010)
Della Davidson’s Square Books Junior Book Fair will be Sunday through Thursday. A special event will be held at Square Books Junior on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For Della Day, 20 percent of all purchases will go to Della Davidson Elementary School if you identify yourself as a Della Book Fair shopper. Family night at Della Book Fair will be Tuesday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Della Davidson library. Free gift wrapping will be available at all events. Refreshments will also be provided. Regular fair hours at the school will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday next week. (November 5, 2010)
- Daisy Condrey Lansdale — 89, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service from noon until 2 at the funeral home.
Adele Ford-Bonica writes about the recent news that Oxford school officials worked with students to help them vote, noting that it’s a good idea but should have included less prompting from those involved and input from both sides if there was any information given. (November 4, 2010, Page 4)