St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will “commemorate the Feast Day of St. Francis, patron saint of animals, by celebrating and blessing the animals for whom we care at 10 a.m. Oct. 9. We welcome all to bring their ‘properly tethered’ pets for a blessing on the side lawn of our property, near the Pumpkin Patch.” (September 24, 2010)
The Lafayette County TRIAD will sponsor an AARP Driver Safety Class on Oct. 12 at the Oxford Activity Center, located at 400 Price St. The class will run from 8 a.m. – 12:30 pm. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. This covers the class training text and material with a Certificate of Completion for each participant. You will pay the morning of the class. All participants must register in advance by calling 232-2377. The class will be limited to 35. (September 24, 2010)
The Youth Development Team of Burns United Methodist Church will hold a parent meeting to address preparing your child for college; ensuring your child’s success at school; and overcoming pitfalls that your child may encounter at school. Everyone is invited to a panel discussion at 6 p.m. Monday at Burns United Methodist Church, 600 Molly Bar Road.
Panelists will include: Pamela Lawson, third-grade teacher at Oxford Elementary School; Marilyn Barnes, interventionist at Oxford Middle School; Mike McLarty, school counselor at Oxford High School; Rickey Lawson, youth minister at Burns UMC; and a college student from Rust College. The panelists will also provide tips and ideas to prepare your child for college, regardless of age. The meeting is designed for parents, grandparents, guardians, surrogate parents and college students. (September 24, 2010)
This week, local historian and columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about a young man from Alabama who made Ole Miss his home and forever became an honored member of the Ole Miss family — Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins.
It was just a short 21 years ago that Chucky was a vibrant, 20-year-old member of the Ole Miss football squad. He had worked his way onto the Ole Miss team with exceptional ability that Coach Billy Brewer had seen when he was first introduced to Chucky. (September 24, 2010, Page 2B)
Jordan Bankhead takes on the beloved tradition of the Grove — Oxford’s long running tradition of tailgating in style – in this week’s Oxford Generations column. According to Bankhead, if you happen to be one of those deeply deprived individuals who has never experienced this tradition, you are missing out. You should make it a point to be there sometime this football season. (September 24, 2010, Page 1B)
- Richard “Rick” Edward Page Sr. — 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday at the Page residence at 256 Huckleberry Lane in the Boatlanding community. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley assisted with the arrangements.
- Bettie Lue Peel — 57, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010. Services will be held at noon Saturday at Harrisonville MB Church in Oxford, with the Rev. F.C. Kelson officiating. Burial will follow in Harrisonville Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Some athletes have passed through the halls of Ole Miss whose names will never be forgotten. Some of those unforgettable faces were the best of the best here at Ole Miss, and each year they are honored for their dedication to their sport and their school by being inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame.
This season, Deuce McAllister, Ansu Sesay, David Dellucci, Yolanda Moore and Jerry Montgomery are the five memorable individuals selected to be inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame. Bobby Bailess is this year’s recipient of the M-Club Service Award. (September 24, 2010, Page 1B)
Election campaigning once meant small political cards, bumper stickers and possibly a fan to wave. Nowadays, it’s signs on posts and in yards and on street corners. Local columnist John Morgan relates a humorous story about his campaign signs from a year ago and how some were being used by someone else. (September 24, 2010, Page 4A)
- Robert “Sandy” Forrest — 58, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. Services were held Monday in the chapel of Plunk Funeral Home of Camden, Tenn., with Wayne Purcell officiating. Burial followed at Wyly Cemetery in Waverly.
- Mark Davidson Willey II — 42, of Oxford died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. Services will be held at 5 this evening at First Faith Baptist Church in Batesville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of arrangements.
Do church folks find themselves looking out instead of in? Has religion been transformed from something it once was? Local columnist T.J. Ray takes on the subject by suggesting that churches and their members concentrate less on buildings and such and more on doing good works and helping others. (September 23, 2010, Page 4)