NASCAR COLUMN — Welcome back, Jeff Gordon.
I haven’t seen a fire like this in him since his last championship run in 2001. Yes, he has been close in previous seasons (3rd in 2009, 2nd in 2007, 3rd in 2004) but it seems like his tenacity has returned as well as his drive to win. I don’t think Gordon is returning to the scene to the same hate that fans had towards him when he arrived in NASCAR. The fans are happy to see him extremely competitive this year so maybe he can knock off the current champion. (May 5, 2010, Page 10)
Daughters of the American Revolution, David Reese Chapter, will meet at 1 p.m. Friday at the home of Phyllis Pace, 418 Longest Road. This is an important meeting and all members and prospective members are urged to attend. New officers will be installed and plans made for next year. This is the last meeting until September. For more information or directions, call Maralyn Bullion at 234-3299. (May 5, 2010)
The family and friends of Michelle Herren invite everyone in the community to participate in a memorial walk beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Toccopola Community Center. Following the walk, participants can enjoy hot dogs, lemonade and singing, starting at 11 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by local artists. All proceeds from the memorial will go toward updating the playground equipment at the Toccopola Community Center, which is dedicated to Michelle Herren’s memory. For more information or to make a donation, call Cyndi Hyland at (662) 488-5255 or Angie Gurner at (662) 202-8010. (May 5, 2010)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes on those who don’t like much about our state, our region or our country, but don’t mind living here. He suggests they live elsewhere and see how well they fare. (May 4, 2010, Page 4)
- Angelina “Angela” Massey — 25, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Burial will follow in Banner Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
FISHIN’ WITH CHICK — I have a good friend, Kenny Stack, in South Dakota whose family farm adjoined my grandfather’s farm. We hunt every October and November together. He knows that each time I leave Mississippi to drive a thousand miles to Letcher, South Dakota, my goal is to kill every pheasant there. (May 4, 2010, Page 9)
Galen Armstrong writes about the offshore oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico and how we need to deal with it, while Lee Harris writes to clarify an advertisement and the position of Funky’s restaurant and bar in regard to Double Decker and Sunday alcohol sales. (May 3, 2010, Page 4A)
- Wayne F. Coleman — 88, died Friday, April 30, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Services were held earlier this morning at the Pine Bluff Church of Christ in Oxford. Burial followed in the Pine Bluff Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
- Roy G. Hill — 68, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Union County. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
- Phyllis Sabbatini — 45, died Sunday in Lafayette County. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Oakridge Cemtery in Clarksdale. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at the McNeil-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale.
Wayne F. Coleman — 88, died Friday, April 30, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Pine Bluff Church of Christ in Oxford, with Bro. Bill Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Pine Bluff Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (May 2, 2010)