Raychel Furr Bartek wrote to give background on the two houses owned by St. John’s Catholic Church that have been in the news lately in reference to a decision about their future. Bartek wrote about her grandparents who owned the properties and how her grandfather was a good friend of William Faulkner and the basis for a recurring character in Faulkner’s work. (August 23, 2010, Page 4A)
The Exchange Club Family Center of Oxford and the Ole Miss Kappa Delta Sorority will host a 5k “Walk Away From Child Abuse” at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Mid-Town Shopping Center on North Lamar Boulevard.
Last year, 8,057 evidenced-based child abuse cases were recorded in Mississippi. That number is staggering when research shows that only about 15 percent of child abuse cases are actually reported, according to the Exchange Club.
The Exchange Club Family Center, a child abuse prevention organization, is teaming up with the Ole Miss Kappa Delta Sorority to sponsor a walk in an effort to stomp out child abuse in north Mississippi. Participants can register on line at www.soldiers4stan.org or at the event on the day of the walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call 234-4255. (August 22, 2010)
The VFW will host karaoke singing and dancing every Friday night at the Veterans Building across from the State Veterans Home. Doors open at 6 and singing and dancing starts at 7. Use one of their disks or bring your own. Food and drinks available. Admission is $5. The public is invited. (August 22, 2010)
The DAV, American Legion and the VFW will host a breakfast and some fellowship for all veterans at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Veteran’s Building at 125 Veterans Drive. Breakfast features eggs, sausage, gravy, biscuits and coffee. The Veteran’s Building is located at the corner of Veterans Drive and South Lamar Boulevard. Donations are accepted. (August 22, 2010)
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family Support Group provides support and encouragement to people who have someone with a mental illness in their family. The group meets in the administration building of the North Mississippi Regional Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays.
NAMI Connection is a weekly recovery support group for people living with mental illness. People learn from each others’ experiences, share coping strategies, and offer encouragement and understanding. It meets Sundays 3:30-5 p.m. at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in the Magnolia Room. For more information on both groups, call NAMI Mississippi at 1-800-357-0388. (August 22, 2010)
Will meet at noon Wednesday at Fat Cats Catfish & Steaks. Guest speaker John Gregory will present the Chickasaw stories. For more information, contact John Arrechea at 234-9299. (August 22, 2010)
The Caring for Aging Relatives Effectively, or C.A.R.E., support and exchange group will meet at noon Wednesday at Azalea Gardens Assisted Living Community. This is an informal luncheon that provides those in caring situations an opportunity to exchange ideas, resources and concerns with others. A light lunch is provided compliments of Azalea Gardens. All caregivers are welcome. For more information, contact Sandra Enfinger at 234-9600 or Jo Ann O’Quin at email@example.com. (August 22, 2010)
Will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Lafayette County Chancery Building. (August 22, 2010)
An all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner fundraiser for the Childress family will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the North Oxford Baptist Church Family Life Center. Tickets are $10 to eat-in or take out. A silent auction and regular auction will be held and door prizes will be given away. Family entertainment will be provided by The Big E and the Hound Dogs, Ginny Starr and Kevin O’Conner, Jerry Locke, NOBC Gospel Quartet, Kirby Lander & Belinda Jones, and David Blackmarr and his Harmonica. Proceeds will benefit Billy Ray Childress and his family. Childress was diagnosed with cancer earlier this summer. Donations can be made at any Regions Bank, c/o “Friends of Billy Ray.” For more information, call Scott Davis at either 662-607-3313 or 234-2588, or Pala Reeves at either 801-4535 or 234-8991. (August 22, 2010)
Will meet at 5 this evening at Oxford High School. (August 22, 2010)