I was always fascinated by the idea that families would gather all of their worldly belongings into one wagon, brave the elements of the unforgiving west, and race to stake their claim to something they hadn’t even seen before. I remember trying to imagine what that must feel like. I would imagine the fear of not knowing what lay ahead and the anxiousness over this potentially dangerous, one way trip.
Then I found the “Grove” at Ole Miss and didn’t have to imagine anymore! (October 8, 2010, Page 1B)
“Oxford in the Civil War: Battle for a Vanquished Land” by Stephen Enzweiler is the new book just published by The History Press of Charleston, S.C. The author is a journalist and senior editor for “Y’all” magazine published here in Oxford and he writes extensively about Mississippi and the South.
I really didn’t find out anything that I didn’t already know, but the way the author has presented the data makes for pleasurable reading. I have read these stories over the years in various different places, but Enzweiler presents them in manner that follows Oxford from its earliest day through the war years. (October 8, 2010, Page 2B)
- Debra “Debbie” Gail Potts Hamblin — 56, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Forrest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home in Batesville is in charge of arrangements.
- Oscar Gordon Jr. — 63, died Sunday, Oct. 3 2010. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Jeffrie Chapel MB Church in Abbeville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 this evening at the J. F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs and for one hour prior to the service at the church.
- Jakalia MaKenzie Thomas — the infant daughter of LaTia Johnson and Damien Thomas of Tuscaloosa, Ala., died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. Private funeral services will be held at Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will follow in Springfield Cemetery in Abbeville.
The Detroit Pistons were hit hard by injuries in their first preseason game.
Detroit forward Jonas Jerebko tore his right Achilles’ tendon and guard Terrico White broke his right foot in Tuesday’s night exhibition in Miami. Both will have surgery Friday. (more…) (October 7, 2010, Page 7)
Sherry Wall writes to commend students at Lafayette High School for their actions in electing Amber Lawrence as their 2010 Homecoming queen, and to tell parents of LHS students they should be proud of their children. (October 7, 2010, Page 4)
- Billy Dan “Beau” Kilgore — 63, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010. Services will be held at the Coffeeville Church of Christ at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Burial will follow at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 this evening at the Church of Christ in Coffeeville. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of arrangements.
- Frances Hillman Mitchell — 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held the same day in the Parrish Hall of St. Peter’s from noon until 1. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
- Evelyn Noel — 71, of Oxford died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi of Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete with Serenity-Martin Funeral Home.
Kyle Rock’s four goals led the Under-12 boys Wizards to a 6-2 victory over the Tornados in Oxford Park Commission action on Tuesday.
In the other U12 boys game the Galaxy cruised past the Sounders 8-0.
In the U10 girls league, United top the Galaxy 6-0 and the Sounders defeated the Earthquake 2-0. In the U12 girls league, the Crew topped the Sounders 1-0, United and the Tornados played to a 0-0 tie, and the Galaxy defeated the Crew 6-0. (October 6, 2010, Page 8)
The Ole Miss baseball team will host 33 home games and play series against seven NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, head coach Mike Bianco announced on Tuesday with the release of the Rebels’ 2011 schedule.
Season tickets for baseball will go on sale beginning in November. Season ticket packages remain, and fans are encouraged to place their orders to secure their spot in what has become one of the best college baseball atmospheres in America. (October 6, 2010, Page 9)
Oxford City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kim Stasny writes a guest column explaining the planning principles involved in dealing with growth in the school system. She discusses background, talks about making the best use of current facilities and gives a list of goals that can be accomplished with bond money that must be approved by local citizens later this month. (October 6, 2010, Page 4)
The Ole Miss Ballroom Dance Club will sponsor the “Has school made you blue?” dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Johnson Commons Ballroom on the Ole Miss campus. A group salsa lesson will be taught by The Dance Studio of Tupelo, and open dancing to all styles of music will also be featured. Dress is casual and food will be provided. Everyone is welcome.
Cost is $5 for students who are members and $9 for non-members, and $8 for all other members and $12 for non-members. For more information, call Fred or Kathy at 234-8530, or visit www.ombdc.com. (October 6, 2010)