Columnist Jack Mayfield introduces us to artist John McCrady who made it part of his life’s work to capture Oxford on canvas. On his noted painting, “Oxford on the Hill,” is hanging inside City Hall. (January 11, 2015, Page 2C)
Nearly two dozen have qualified to run for local and area positions this year through the first third of January, an increase over local elections four years ago. It’s good to see the involvement, and we thank those willing to run for public office. (January 11, 2015, Page 4A)
Lori Jo Embry Fox — 43, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital–North Mississippi in Oxford. Services will be held at 3 this afternoon at Yellow Leaf Baptist Church in Oxford, with the Rev. Jerry East officiating. Burial will follow in Yellow Leaf Cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service at the church. Waller Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Bennie Tramel Gossett — 67, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at his home in Oxford. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Delay Baptist Church with Bro. Sammy Gossett officiating. Burial will be in the Delay Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley.
Cpl. Justin Sanders Haynes — 26, owner of Montgomery & Co. Pumping, LLC, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Oxford. Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at North Oxford Baptist Church with Dr. Laurie Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be today from 2-6 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home and again, prior to the service, beginning at 1 p.m. at the church.
Billy Leon Welch — 85, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, at his home in Abbeville. Services were held Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial followed at Springdale Freewill Baptist Church. (January 11, 2015, Page 3A)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team gutted out a 64-57 road win at Florida on Thursday night at the O’Connell Center. Tia Faleru recorded her fifth straight double-double and her seventh of the season with a team-best 16 points and 12 rebounds, while A’Queen Hayes tallied her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. (January 9, 2015, Page 6)
It’s obvious that most are very giving and generous during the holidays, but local columnist T.J. Ray calls on everyone to continue that giving spirit regardless of what the calendar says. (January 9, 2015, Page 4)
We commend all who took proper precautions to protect the P’s — people, pets, plans and pipes — during this week’s cold front, and urge all to continue to exercise preparation and care when dealing with cold weather and any possible frozen precipitation in the forecast. (January 9, 2015, Page 4)
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team has not won a Southeastern Conference matchup on the road in nearly two years. The last time they did so was during the 2012-2013 season when the Lady Rebels traveled to Gainesville and defeated Florida 88-81 on Jan. 24, 2013. Ole Miss will get its chance to leave the Sunshine State with a win almost two years to the day when they take on the Lady Gators tonight. (6 p.m., FSN). (January 8, 2015, Page 6)
Signs of progress and development continue to pop up in the county, city and university, and we see that as a sign that recovery is still moving forward. We urge local leaders, however, to remain vigilant in making sure changes and additions are right for the community. (January 8, 2015, Page 4)
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Dominant almost all season and facing expectations of going unbeaten, top-ranked Kentucky looked vulnerable and very beatable against an Ole Miss team intent on pulling off a seismic upset. Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison thwarted the Rebels’ quest by scoring 26 points, including two big free throws with 1:29 remaining in overtime to put Kentucky ahead to stay. Kentucky then withstood three final Ole Miss attempts to rally before escaping with an 89-86 victory Tuesday night to win its Southeastern Conference opener and keep its hopes for a perfect season alive. (January 7, 2015, Page 1B, 3B)
Differences in city and county codes and regulations could delay or end a project in the county’s industrial park, but we have confidence that city and county officials and leaders will do their best to settle the issues and help the project move forward. (January 7, 2015, Page 4A)