The Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Caregiver Groupwill meet 7 p.m. Monday at the Azalea Gardens Senior Care Community, 100 Azalea Drive, in Oxford. Catherine “Ginny” Kilgore from the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services will provide an update on Medicaid, health care reform and elder law resources. For more information, contact the Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging at (877) 948-3090 or Jo Ann O’Quin at 915-7199 or email@example.com. The meeting is open to all caregivers interested in those with Alzheimer’s and related memory loss disorders. (April 1, 2010)
The Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at the University of Mississippi presents a panel discussion on “Civil Rights Cold Cases” at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of the Overby Center. Mississippi pioneered investigations that led to convictions — decades later — of Klansmen guilty of murders in the civil rights era. Still, there is work to be done.
These “cold cases” will be the subject of a special program featuring Susan Glisson, executive director of UM’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; Rita Schwerner Bender and Bill Bender, visiting Winter scholars at Ole Miss who have made a study of “Restorative Justice;” Jerry Mitchell, prize-winning reporter for The Clarion-Ledger whose stories succeeded in reopening many of the most notorious cases; and Leroy Clemons, chair of the Philadelphia Coalition, a group instrumentalin bringing about the prosecution of Edgar Killen in connection with the Neshoba County murders in 1964.
The event is free and the public is invited. A reception will be held following the program. (April 1, 2010)
Jason T. Plunk writes to commend the Oxford Police Department horseback unit for its recent work around the Square, Lena L. Ward and Ellawee Ivy suggest that Gov. Haley Barbour pay for a lawsuit against the Health Care bill, and Randy Yates writes that we should consider naming some of our local streets after local authors. (March 31, 2010, Page 2)
Local physician and Army veteran Will Dabbs pens a guest column telling about a recent and valuable friendship with World War II veteran John Ratliff, who recently passed away. Dabbs points out how much Ratliff and other veterans of his time gave for us to have our freedoms today. (March 31, 2010, Page 4)
- Mary Forrest McCall Macaulay — 81, died on Friday, March 26, 2010. Services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hildale Park Presbyterian Church in Cedar Knolls. Cremation will be private. Visitation will be on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Costello-Greiner Funeral Home in Woodbridge.
- Betty Ruth Swearengen — 70, died Sunday, March 28, 2010. Services were held this morning in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks in Water Valley. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley
NASCAR COLUMN — There are a few young and inexperienced drivers that seem to have come out of nowhere this year. Maybe there were a few new guys you saw last year in the starting lineup, but that was their few seconds of press time. It’s amazing what a single offseason and one more year of experience will give a driver. Can these young drivers hold on to make the Chase or will they take up their previous ways and race to the back of the pack? (March 31, 2010, Page 9)
The Oxford Chargers tennis team improved to 7-0 on the season with a 7-0 sweep of Lafayette at Avent Park on Tuesday. (March 31, 2010, Page 10)
Preston Huggins didn’t hold anything back in his Under-12 soccer match on Tuesday, scoring five goals to lift the Earthquakes to a 7-2 win over the Crew during Tuesday’s Oxford Park Commission soccer action. In the other U12 boys game, the Tornados and Wizards tied 2-2. In the U10 boys league, the Dynamo blanked the Galaxy 1-0 and the Sounders blitzed the Fire 5-0. In the U10 girls league, the Wizards downed United 2-1 and the Sounders blanked the Fire 2-0. (more…) (March 31, 2010, Page 10)
The Lafayette Middle School baseball team (9-2-1) earned a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs by sweeping Marshall Academy 10-2 and 8-3 in a doubleheader yesterday. (more…) (March 31, 2010, Page 10)
The Lafayette Lady Commodores rallied to score eight runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat Senatobia 14-7 on the road Tuesday. Picking up the win for Lafayette was Stormy Robinson. Sheana Witt hit LHS’ only triple, while M.C. Pate, Robinson, Corey Hollis, Kelsey Kesler and Katrina Wilson all hit doubles. In addition to Witt, Robinson, Hollis, Kesler and Wilson, Cameron Mize also had a multiple-hit game. LHS returns to action on Thursday, hosting Senatobia at 6:45 p.m. (March 31, 2010, Page 10)