The American Red Cross will offer an Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED/First Aid community class on May 22 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $50. All classes are held at the Red Cross Office, 106 Skyline Drive. Interested participants should contact the Red Cross office at 236-1282 to register. Pre-registration is required for the class. (May 10, 2010)
The annual UM Plant Swap, open to the entire community, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the stage in the Grove at Ole Miss. Rain location is Martindale Hall. Bring as many rooted plants as you wish and also seeds to swap and share. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. (May 10, 2010)
The Oxford High School Chorus will perform their Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the OHS auditorium. All choirs and ensembles will sing. Especially entertaining will be a medley of favorite ballads of choirs through the years since 1976. No admission is charged. (May 10, 2010)
American Legion, Post 55, will meet Thursday evening at the Veteran’s Building on the corner of South Lamar and Veteran’s Drive. Supper and fellowship begin at 6 p.m. followed by the business meeting at 7. All veterans are invited. (May 10, 2010)
The members of the Woodson-Ridge Club of the Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers of Lafayette County will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Lafayette county Extension Service 4-H Library. Members are reminded to bring their volunteer hours list to the meeting. Visitors and new members are welcome. For more information, call 234-0214. (May 10, 2010)
A special celebration of the life and times of Jacob Thompson (1810-1885) will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The program, co-sponsored by the University Museum, city of Oxford and the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation, will be held at the museum.
The event will begin with a welcome by William Andrews, director of the University Museum, followed by Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson delivering the proclamation of Jacob Thompson Day, a talk entitled, “Thank you, Mr. Thompson,” by Carolyn Ross, and a preview of reception activities by Bill Russell, president of the local Heritage Foundation.
Refreshments, including a birthday cake and a series of champagne toasts, will augment the browsing of exhibits of Thompson — related documents and objects, some owned by the University and some on loan by private owners. The event is free and open to the public.
The University of Mississippi Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and is closed Sunday, Monday and most university holidays. For more information, visit www.olemiss.edu/museum or call 915-7073. (May 10, 2010)
Lafayette County Republican Women will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Downtown Grill. The guest speaker will be State Senator Alan Nunnelee, Republican candidate for the 1st District House of Representatives seat. (May 10, 2010)
- Robert Sidney Cooper — 83, died this morning at his home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home of Oxford.
- Calvin Fox — 55, died Thursday at his residence in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
- Don Ralph McPherson — 76, died Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Moores Memorial Cemetery in Teoc. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Williams and Lord Funeral Home in Greenwood.
Local pastor Chet Bush writes in support of respecting women, relating a story from his past that helped solidify his position. (May 7, 2010, Page 4A)
Lafayette County Master Gardener Susan Boehm writes about planning for the summer’s dry heat by planting native plants that are accustomed to living in the climate. She discusses the benefits of xeriscaping in addition to giving reminders and tips around gardening in the month of May. (May 7, 2010, Page 3B)