Gwen Westbrook Howell – CLEVELAND — Howell, 83, of Oxford, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Visitation will be held Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cleveland Funeral Home in Cleveland. Graveside funeral services will follow at 2 in the New Cleveland Cemetery.
Ruth T. Kelly – 85, died Thursday, April 16, 2010, at Graceland Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.
Gracie McIntosh Morrow – 47, died Thursday, April 15, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete with Serenity-Martin Funeral Home.
Harold L. Rogers – BATESVILLE — Rogers, 78, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at the Veterans Home in Oxford. Services will be at 3 this afternoon at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville, with Bobby Stewart officiating and the Rev. Pat Ludlam assisting. Burial will follow in Forrest Park Memorial Cemetery. (April 16, 2010, Page 2A)
Lafayette’s eighth-grade football team earned wins over South Panola and Olive Branch Thursday night.
Eli Murphree shined for the Commodores in the 12-6 win over South Panola and the 18-0 win over the Conquistadors.
He scored on a 32-yard run and a 21-yard run in the win over the Tigers and then scored three touchdowns on runs covering 10-, 40-, and 1-yards in the win over OBHS.
The defense was also credited with solid overall play, including nose tackle Austin Arrington and Jakai Ivy at middle linebacker. (April 16, 2010, Page 8a)
Three Lafayette High doubles teams qualified for next month’s MHSAA state tournament Thursday with solid showings in the Division 2-4A tournament at Center Hill. The Commodores placed second overall as a team in the tournament. (more…) (April 16, 2010, Page 8a)
FISHIN’ WITH CHICK — Gail Arrington, long time and much beloved secretary at Lafayette High School, once asked my mother how she was able to raise eight children and spoil each one of them. She did spoil us, but she was not afraid to discipline us. My mother was not the type to use the discipline tactic, “Wait until your father gets home,” because she felt quite capable of handling the task at hand. Even though my mother handled a discipline situation when my father wasn’t at home, there was never any doubt who the boss was at Route 6, Box 9. When my father spoke, he commanded attention throughout our home as well as the entire community of Denmark. (April 16, 2010, Page 9a)
Patti C. Harris writes to take issue with a recent column by Don Whitten, and urges readers to take action on their own to know and protect their rights. (April 15, 2010, Page 4)
The Tau Eta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is hosting its annual Kid’s Day event on Saturday at Stone Park in Oxford. This event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to come out for a day of food, fun and entertainment with the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
The purpose of Kid’s Day is for the enjoyment of the children of the Lafayette-Oxford-University area and other surrounding areas. There will be cotton candy, face painting, outdoor games, board games, a moon bounce and much more.
Kid’s Day is the biggest event of the year hosted by the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. If it rains, the event will be moved to the Turner Center at the University of Mississippi. (April 15, 2010)
- Cecile F. Dukes — 89, of Oxford, formerly of Hardeman County, Tenn., died Tuesday, April 13, 2010. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar, Tenn. Burial will follow in Bolivar Memorial Cemetery.
- John Jackson Schuster — 65, died Sunday, April 11, 2010. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
- Stephen Toliver — 37, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Baptist Hospital-Memphis. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
NASCAR COLUMN — Don’t be sad because NCAA March Madness is over and you didn’t win your bracket pool, just get ready to fill out your bracket again.
That’s right, bracket madness is coming to NASCAR in the form of DirecTV’s head2head knockout. The bracket starts with 32 drivers racked and stacked and then paired in four regions to come down to the final four fastest drivers. The brackets starts this Sunday at Texas, travels to the ever-unpredictable Talladega, followed by Richmond and finishes in Darlington. (April 15, 2010, Page 7)
The Lafayette County Master Gardeners, in association with the University Museum, presents the final lecture in the Spring Garden Lecture Series on Thursday. The lecture will begin at noon at the University Museum at University Avenue and Fifth Street.
The speaker for this lecture, titled “Purple Rain, Mellow Yellow, Silver Bells and Scarlet Ribbons: Creating Color in the Landscape,” will be Lelia Kelly, extension associate professor at Mississippi State and consumer horticulture specialist with North Mississippi Research and Extension Center. Kelly will discuss how to create and maintain color in your landscape with shrubs, trees, and flowers.
The series is free and open to the public. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy this informative lecture with other gardeners. (April 14, 2010)
James L. “Jimmy” Turnage — 63, died Monday, April 12, 2010. Services will be held Friday at 5 p.m. at First Faith Baptist Church in Sardis. Dickins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (April 14, 2010, Page 2A)