Harley Garrett writes to remind citizens if they don’t like the change that’s going on in the country today, then they should take advantage of their personal weapon – their vote – to do something about it. (April 1, 2010, Page 4)
FISHIN’ WITH CHICK COLUMN — The biggest fishing news I have to share with you is that my youngest daughter Alivia caught her first fish last Saturday with her grandfather at Grenada spillway. She called and excitedly said,” Daddy, Daddy, now you have something to write about in your article!” I can promise you she was no more excited than I was that day. After I got off the phone, I started thinking about how simple the whole concept of catching a fish was to her, and I was reminded how we as adults complicate everything. (April 1, 2010, Page 6)
The Spinners were able to hold onto a narrow 3-2 victory over the Volleys Wednesday in the Oxford Park Commission Jr. tennis league.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)