The Kennon Observatory at Ole Miss will have an open house from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. The Moon is strong and looks great in a telescope. Saturn, Venus and (tiny) Mars are all observable after sunset, but they all go down very early. The best time to view them is in the beginning of the session.
Uranus is up all night, Neptune is next to Jupiter. Jupiter comes up at 9, and is best visible an hour later. Afterwards will be observing star clusters, and colorful double stars. As the dome of Kennon Observatory is being repaired, the large telescope inside can’t be used. However, some good quality scopes will be set up in the parking lot. Observations are possible only if the weather cooperates. In case the weather is cloudy, or rainy, there can be no observation. Families and children are welcome, the event is free. (August 18, 2010)
Girls Scouts Heart of the South will have an informational meeting and registration event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Oxford-University United Methodist Church. Those interested in joining Girl Scouts as a troop member or adult leader are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Dianna Wilson at 662-816-5190. (August 18, 2010)
- Thomas Edwin “Coach” Harrison Sr. — 71, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Millington, Tenn. Burial will follow at Northridge Woodhaven Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 this evening at the church. Munford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Randy Yates writes about his time in Oxford and his impressions of the local bar and restaurant scene, asking why Sunday should be treated any differently than the other six days of the week, while the L-O-U Homeless Task Force writes to thank the City of Oxford for supporting the Interfaith Compassion Ministry. (August 17, 2010, Page 4)
A dual-artists reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. The reception will honor local artist Liz Rathbone’s “Heart & Soul” show and the Powerhouse’s current exhibit highlighting Andi Bedsworth, Nole Harris, and Gene Gathright’s interpretation of Oxford architecture. This is a one night only showing for Rathbone’s “Heart & Soul.” (August 16, 2010)
The Council on Aging is an informal group that meets monthly to provide a network of communication exchange for those who work with and on behalf of our older citizens. The group will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at Azalea Gardens Senior Care Community for coffee and an information exchange. All service agency providers and interested volunteers throughout the area are encouraged to attend this networking meeting. For more information, contact Jo Ann O’Quin with the University of Mississippi Department of Social Work at email@example.com or the United Way at 236-4265. (August 16, 2010)
- Ina Mae Bibbs – 82, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will follow in the Beverly U.M. Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Beverly U.M. Church. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Dale McCurdy Childress – 89, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at the Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. Services were held this morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
- Robert Landon Davis – 73, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010. Services were held Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Bernie and Peggy Smith write to urge members of the community to come to Tuesday’s Board of Aldermen meeting to show support for overturning a decision by the Oxford Historic Preservation Commission about two houses that St. John’s owns and wants to donate to charity. (August 16, 2010, Page 4)
First National Bank of Oxford will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday at the bank’s main office on the Square. The bank hopes to collect 100 pints of blood. (August 16, 2010)
Burns United Methodist Church will offer a free meal for the homeless and anyone else who needs a meal on Thursday. The meal will be served at the church, 600 Molly Bar Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. The meal will include spaghetti, salad, rolls and drink. (August 16, 2010)