The University Greys, Camp No. 1803, Sons of Confederate Veterans, will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Fat Cat’s Catfish and Steak Restaurant, 1007 College Hill Road. The program will be on Maj. Gen. Earl Von Dorn’s raid at Holly Springs on Dec. 20, 1862, and its effect on Gen. Grant’s Vicksburg campaign. The program will be given by Thomas Parson, a National Park Service ranger at Shiloh National Military Park. All persons interested are invited. For more information, call Camp Cmdr. William Hooper at 816-0281. (March 15, 2010)
The Ole Miss Ballroom Dance Club will host a Spring Break Dance Party from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the Johnson Commons Ballroom, located on the Ole Miss campus.
Attendees can take a Night-Club 2-Step dance lesson, taught by Naomi Alexander of The Dance Studio. Casual open dancing will also take place. Everyone is welcome
Admission is $8 formembers or $12 for non-members. Student admission is $5 for members and $9 for non-members. Yearly membership dues are $25 and student yearly membership dues are $15. Those interested cna join at the door.
For more information, Fred or Kathy at 234-8530 or visit the Web site at www.ombdc.com. (March 15, 2010)
The Council on Aging, an informal group that meets monthly to provide a network of communication exchange for those who work with and on behalf of our older citizens, will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday at Azalea Gardens Senior Care Community for coffee and an information exchange. All service agency providers and interested volunteers throughout the area are encouraged to attend these monthly networking meetings. For more information, contact Jo Ann O’Quin, UM Department of Social Work, at firstname.lastname@example.org or the United Way at 236-4265. (March 15, 2010)
The ninth annual C.A.R.E. (Caring for Aging Relatives Effectively) Fair and Workshop will be held April 23 in the Student Union at the University of Mississippi. The daylong C.A.R.E. Fair, similar to a health fair, is a community-wide event that provides information on a wide range of aging-related and caregiving resources. Exhibitors interested in showcasing their organization need to contact Jo Ann O’Quin at 915-7199 or email@example.com or visit www.olemiss.edu/carefair. (March 15, 2010)
The Spring Garden Lecture Series, sponsored by the University Museum in association with the Master Gardeners of Lafayette County, will begin March 25.
The series, titled “Over the Rainbow,” will run for five consecutive Thursdays. Lectures will begin at noon each Thursday at the University Museum on University Avenue and Fifth Street. Topics include developing and managing a lawn, rose culture, vegetable gardening, landscaping with flowering trees and shrubs, and adding color to the landscape.
Kerry Page, sports turf manager of FNC Parks, will be the March 25 speaker and will discuss inexpensive ways to improve your lawn and keep it green throughout the summer. The series is free and open to the public. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy these informative lectures with other Oxford gardeners. (March 14, 2010)
- Sylvester “Sugar man” Cook — 62, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Water Valley. Visitation will be held Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
- Joshua Darnell Fondren Jr. — infant son of Jessica Woodard and Joshua Darnell Fondren Sr., died Wednesday, March 10, 2010. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spring North Cemetery in Water Valley. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
- Leland Herod — 59, of Oxford died Saturday, March 6, 2010. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford. Visitation will be until 6 this evening at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home in Oxford.
- Carey “Pudding” Shantel McCollins — 31, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Services were held earlier today at Green Goshen C.M.E. Church in Water Valley. Burial followed at Green Goshen Cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge.
- Jacquelyn Mason Smith — 50, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Services were held Wednesday at the Serenity-Martin Funeral Chapel in Oxford. Burial followed at Brown Chapel Church Cemetery in Taylor. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge.
A SENSE OF PLACE — Wyatt is among several Lafayette County towns that no longer exist. While most survived until the 20th century, this town in northwestern Lafayette County lasted only a few years — although it predated Oxford and aimed to rival Memphis as a cotton port along the Tallahatchie River. (March 12, 2010, Page 3B)
A dual offensive effort by Preston Huggins and Cope Duchaine helped lift the Under-12 (boys) Earthquakes past the Wizards 5-4 in the Oxford Park Commission’s soccer league earlier this week. (March 12, 2010, Page 8A)
“We had discussed having a practice meet for a couple of years, and Coach (Scott) Kendricks said we could have the track for an afternoon,” OMS boys coach Mike Hardwick said in an e-mail. (March 12, 2010, Page 8A)
The Lafayette County & Oxford Public Library will host a free screening of “James Marshall’s Favorite Fairy Tales” at 10 a.m. Monday as its Children’s Morning Movie. For more information, call the library at 234-5751. (March 12, 2010)