In honor of National Coming Out Day, the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies will host a panel discussion titled, “Coming Out Faithfully: Faith, Religion, and Sexualities,” at noon Monday, Oct. 11, in the Faulkner Room in the Archives & Special Collections on the third floor of J.D. Williams Librar yon the campus of the University of Mississippi.
This panel discussion of sexualities in the Bible will be presented by the Rev. Craig Gates, retired Episcopal minister and member of the Bishop’s Committee on Ministry with LGBT Persons, the Rev. Laura Getty’s, associate rector, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and Eunice Benton, UUA Mid-South district executive.
National Coming Out Day was founded by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary on Oct. 11, 1988, in celebration of the second gay march in Washington, D.C., a year earlier. The purpose of the march and of National Coming Out Day is to promote government and public awareness as well as affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and to celebrate homosexuality. Whether you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or not, be proud of who you are and your support for LGBT equality this National Coming Out Day. (October 3, 2010)
Oxford Generations columnist Leah McCormick writes about living out your dream this week:
Years ago, I thought I had the job of my dreams, the one I’d worked so hard for — and then I stepped off the treadmill …
I’ll never forget my first day off. I just wanted to be in the moment with my children. I did laundry, got a wild hair and hung them on the clothes line. My daughter, Rivers, stood on an upside down 5-gallon bucket beside me and “helped.” The wind was blowing slightly, moving the sheets slowly in the wind. It was so “Little House on the Prairie.” Rivers beamed at me. I beamed right back. (October 1, 2010, Page 1B)
The scary feature of invasive plants is their ability to compete above and below the ground and outgrow surrounding plants. The concern, Master Gardener Joe Ann Allen writes, is that invasive plants can over power native species and cause soil erosion, create fire hazards, deprive animal and insect life of food and shelter and have a negative impact on fisheries, recreational areas and public water supplies.
A good example of this negative effect is the spread of the beautifully flowered purple loosestrife. One mature plant can produce more than 2 million seeds, all with a high germination rate. It is estimated that more than 4 million acres are now affected by purple loosestrife’s escape from the garden and it is costing an estimated $45 million dollars annually in control efforts. (October 1, 2010, Page 2B)
The Homecoming game on Sept. 20, 1947, would be the first time Ole Miss football coach John H. Vaught and Kentucky coach Paul “Bear” Bryant would meet as head coaches. Over the next 25 seasons, they would meet again and again as head coaches in the SEC. Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a closer look at that 1947 game. (October 1, 2010, Page 2B)
- Elsie Lavenier Brewer Ashford — 89, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, in Greenville. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Water Valley Church of Christ . Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 this evening at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley.
- Paul E. James — 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at North Oxford Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 until 7 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home, and Monday from 1 until 2 p.m. at the church.
- Alfreda D. Price-Cannon — 59, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church on Pea Ridge Road. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Repass will follow at the Martin Center on Pea Ridge Road. Visitation will be held until 7 this evening in the chapel at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home in Oxford.
- James Herman Ragland — 94, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Miles Memorial CME Church in Water Valley. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Eddie Robinson and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
A stranglehold on the MACJC North Division standings is what the No. 9 Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers secured Thursday night with a 26-6 win over Northeast.
The Rangers (5-0 overall, 3-0 in the North) battered the Tigers (3-2, 2-1) from start to finish by forcing six turnovers and holding them to just 117 total yards. NWCC, which has now won five straight in the series, is now plus 10 in the turnover column and only allowed 32 points in three games to North Division teams. (October 1, 2010, Page 6A)
Rolling Thunder Inc. Mississippi 1 will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Beacon Restaurant on North Lamar Boulevard. The public is invited. For more information, call John McKendree at 662-607-0611 or any member of Rolling Thunder. (October 1, 2010)
In celebration of 100 years of operation, First National Bank of Oxford will host a County Fair on the Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. Events will include, live music, games for kids, a display of antique cars and tractors, fair exhibits, and the Oxford Fire Department combat course. Come on out for some fun, food, and prize drawings. (October 1, 2010)
Local columnist T.J. Ray has always stressed the importance of language, but he’s getting a little bothered by some of the words that are working their way into everyday use. He points to words like “modality,” “incent,” “analyzation,” “athleticism” and “physicality” as examples with most seeming to owe their popularity to TV announcers. (October 1, 2010, Page 4A)
The Oxford School District orchestra students will present a Fall Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Oxford High School Auditorium. String students in grades 7-12 will perform several selections for their first concert this school year. The middle school students will be joined by guest soloist and choral teacher, Damein Wash. Admission is free. For more information, contact Benji Wilson at email@example.com. (October 1, 2010)