The United Way is partnering with the National Association of Letter Carriers to Stamp Out Hunger in Lafayette County by collecting food goods for The Pantry at Kroger and Walmart on Saturday from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to accept food donations at the stores. Contact Kathy Sukanek at the United Way at 236-4265 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an hour or two to give to accept food donations. This year the Pantry is seeking low sugar and low salt canned items, in addition to their regular requests. See United Way website (www.unitedwayoxfordms.org) for complete list of suggested items. (May 5, 2010)
Richard Coleman helped lift the 11-12 year-old Gilliland Orthodontics Yankees to a 7-6 win over the Oxford Orthopedics Sports Medicine Rays at FNC Park Tuesday night by hitting a walk-off single in the sixth inning. In other Oxford Park Commission youth baseball games from Tuesday, the Bank of Oxford Dodgers beat the McKeeson Orioles 9-6 in the other 11-12 game.
In the 10-year-old league, the Morgan White Insurance Rays beat the Rock Star Taxi Yankees 17-7, while the Hampton Inn Cardinals tied the First National Bank of Oxford Braves 3-3. In two 9-year-old games, the Rainbow Cleaners Yankees beat the Plein Air Royals 10-8, while the Bert’s Plumbing Reds pounded the Larson’s Big Star Red Sox 12-0. In the lone OPC softball game, the Carol Dorsey Cardinals defeated Shiloh Creek Land & Timber 8-7. (May 5, 2010, Page 8)
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)