Local columnist T.J. Ray, a local school board member himself for several years, acknowledges that often decisions boards have to make are very difficult. With that perspective, he takes a look at what’s been said and not said about a situation involving a teacher’s reassignment in the Oxford School District. (May 15, 2015, Page 4A)
Just over 18 percent of Lafayette County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s special election for the 1st Congressional District seat. That’s better than the turnout of less than 12 percent for a similar election in 2008, but still much less than than we would like to see. We encourage all to exercise their right to vote June 2 when the polls are open again to decide a runoff between Walter H. Zinn Jr. and Trent Kelly. (May 14, 2015, Page 4)
Junior Charles ”Buzz” Dunn — 70, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at his home in Water Valley. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley with Bro. David Freeman officiating. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. before the service at the funeral home.
Susie Ree Archie Liggins Ivy — 89, died Friday, May 8, 2015, at her residence in Oxford. A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Second Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Andrew Robinson Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be for two hours prior to the service at Second Baptist Church. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Janet Ray Kirby — 91 of Coffeeville, died on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at Calhoun County Nursing Home in Calhoun City. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home chapel in Bruce with the Bro. Freddie Buchanan officiating. Interment will be in Memory Memorial Gardens in Bruce. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home.
Juanita Floyd Pittman — 91, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at her home in Oxford. The funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Lendy Bartlett officiating. Burial will follow in the Coffeeville Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at noon at the funeral home.
Brenda Lee Smith — 52, of Etta, died Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Flint Hill M.B. Church in Etta with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Hodges Funeral Home Chapel. Hodges Funeral Homes of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Todd Shelton Maclin — 58, died Monday, May 11, 2015 at his home near Water Valley. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Tabernacle Church, on Highway 32 East in Water Valley. Interment will be in the Tabernacle Cemetery adjacent to the church. Visitation is from 1-3 p.m. before the service at the church. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Bro. Hugh A. Martin — 88, died Monday, May 11, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Spring Creek Baptist Church in Philadelphia, with the Revs. Stuart Purvis, Phillip Jackson and Don Savell officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Home in Philadelphia. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Juanita Floyd Pittman — 91, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at her home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.
JONESBORO, Ark. — Senior Sikes Orvis continued to knock the cover off the ball, going 3-for-3 with a career-high eight RBI to lead the Ole Miss baseball team to a 17-3 victory over Arkansas State Tuesday night in the final non-conference game of the regular season. With the seven-inning win over the Red Wolves (23-27), the Rebels (29-24) increased their season-high winning streak to five games heading into the final SEC weekend series. (May 13, 2015, Page 6)
Three more former Ole Miss Rebels have been signed by NFL teams in recent days as they pursue careers in professional football. After helping Ole Miss lead the nation in scoring defense (16.0 points per game) and advance to one of the inaugural New Year’s Six bowl games, Bryon Bennett has been signed by the Dallas Cowboys, Lavon Hooks by the Green Bay Packers and Keith Lewisby the Denver Broncos. (May 13, 2015, Page 6)
We encourage newcomers to the community to enjoy this quiet and calm period between the end of the spring semester and the start of summer school at the University of Mississippi. Take advantage of less traffic, shorter lines and more options. (May 13, 2015, Page 4)
Dr. Travis Yates writes about he Oxford Medical Ministries Clinic in a “Your Turn” column, noting its importance to the community and the importance of local assistance and contributions to keep its work going. (May 13, 2015, Page 4A)
Tommy Wilson Cook — 84, died Friday, May 8, 2015. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Harmontown Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Pinkerton and Dr. Garry Graves officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the church. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mable Faye Williams Dorris — 100, died Sunday, May 10, 2015, at her home in Water Valley. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley with Bro. Phillip Cook and Bro. Bennie Turnage officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held today from 5-7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home.
Betty Elizabeth Callahand Melton — 67, died Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. A memorial service will be held May 19 at 1 p.m. at Paris Methodist Church in Paris with Pastor Sammy Gossett officiating.
James Albert “Sarge” Moore Sr. — 88, died Friday, May 8, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital–North Mississippi in Oxford. A memorial service was held 11 a.m. Monday at the Burton Funeral Home chapel in Indianola.
The Ole Miss men’s basketball team added another standout transfer Monday as head coach Andy Kennedy announced the signing of Miami (Fla.) guard DeAndre Burnett. Burnett will join the Rebels this year and be eligible for the 2016-17 season. (May 12, 2015, Page 7)