The Homeless Task Force, in conjunction with the Interfaith Compassion Ministry, will meet at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Oxford Police Department Conference Room, 715 Molly Barr Road. All those who have been involved and are interested in exploring the causes and solutions to problems related to the homeless in the Oxford-Lafayette County area are invited to attend.
Churches and civic organizations are encouraged to partner with the Homeless Task Force in this community-wide endeavor. Subcommittees of the Task Force will report on their findings to date and directions for future actions will be explored, discussed and outlined. For more information, contact Marcia Cole at (662) 236-5529 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (October 5, 2010)
The Oxford Civic Chorus will present its fall concert, “Music of the People: Folk Songs of the World,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at North Oxford Baptist Church. The Oxford Civic Chorus is an excellent group of musicians from a variety of backgrounds and occupations, hailing from Oxford and the entire north Mississippi area. Membership is by audition only. The chorus is directed by Brooke Bagley-Worthy and accompanied by Andrew Gordon. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. (October 5, 2010)
The Eastside MHV Club of the Mississippi Homemakers Volunteers of Lafayette County will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Philadelphia M. B. Church Fellowship Hall on Mt. Zion Road. Guests and new members are welcome. For more information, call Florence Campbell at 513-0693. (October 5, 2010)
The only debate in the closely contested race between Rep. Travis Childers and state Senator Alan Nunnelee for the First Congressional District seat in Mississippi will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Overby Center Auditorium on the Ole Miss campus.
The event is free and open to the public. Because a large crowd is expected and seats in the Overby Center Auditorium are limited, plans have been made to simulcast the program for any overflow to another hall in the same building. (October 5, 2010)
- Dorothy Lynn Loffer — 85, died Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. Services will be held at 2 this afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in Naples. Burial will follow in Oakridge Cemetery in Marietta, Texas. Harrison Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
- Bobby Gene Russell — 73, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. Services will be held at 3 this afternoon at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial will follow at Forrest Memorial Park with full military honors. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
- Emma Louise Turnipseed — 91, died Sunday. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home of Oxford.
The Oxford Chargers got the bad taste of losing to New Hope out of their mouths Friday night with a 37-13 win over Clarksdale at Bobby Holcomb Field. The win improved the Chargers to 4-2 overall and an even more important 1-1 in Region 1-5A.
OHS coach Johnny Hill felt his Chargers played “pretty well” against the Wildcats (3-3, 1-1). (October 4, 2010, Page 4B)
Lafayette’s junior varsity boys and girls cross country teams finished first in the East Union/Mrytle Cross Country Challenge held Saturday at the New Albany Sportsplex. (more…) (October 4, 2010, Page 5B)
In honor of National Coming Out Day, the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies will host a panel discussion titled, “Coming Out Faithfully: Faith, Religion, and Sexualities,” at noon Monday, Oct. 11, in the Faulkner Room in the Archives & Special Collections on the third floor of J.D. Williams Librar yon the campus of the University of Mississippi.
This panel discussion of sexualities in the Bible will be presented by the Rev. Craig Gates, retired Episcopal minister and member of the Bishop’s Committee on Ministry with LGBT Persons, the Rev. Laura Getty’s, associate rector, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and Eunice Benton, UUA Mid-South district executive.
National Coming Out Day was founded by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary on Oct. 11, 1988, in celebration of the second gay march in Washington, D.C., a year earlier. The purpose of the march and of National Coming Out Day is to promote government and public awareness as well as affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and to celebrate homosexuality. Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or not, be proud of who you are and your support for LGBT equality this National Coming Out Day. (October 3, 2010)
Oxford Generations columnist Leah McCormick writes about living out your dream this week:
Years ago, I thought I had the job of my dreams, the one I’d worked so hard for — and then I stepped off the treadmill …
I’ll never forget my first day off. I just wanted to be in the moment with my children. I did laundry, got a wild hair and hung them on the clothes line. My daughter, Rivers, stood on an upside down 5-gallon bucket beside me and “helped.” The wind was blowing slightly, moving the sheets slowly in the wind. It was so “Little House on the Prairie.” Rivers beamed at me. I beamed right back. (October 1, 2010, Page 1B)
The scary feature of invasive plants is their ability to compete above and below the ground and outgrow surrounding plants. The concern, Master Gardener Joe Ann Allen writes, is that invasive plants can over power native species and cause soil erosion, create fire hazards, deprive animal and insect life of food and shelter and have a negative impact on fisheries, recreational areas and public water supplies.
A good example of this negative effect is the spread of the beautifully flowered purple loosestrife. One mature plant can produce more than 2 million seeds, all with a high germination rate. It is estimated that more than 4 million acres are now affected by purple loosestrife’s escape from the garden and it is costing an estimated $45 million dollars annually in control efforts. (October 1, 2010, Page 2B)