- Frederick Andrew Brown — formerly of Oxford, died Monday, March 15, 2010. Services will be held at 9 a.m. June 16 at Ft. Myer Chapel. Burial will follow in Arlington National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Funeral Chapel in Alexandria, Va.
- Rev. John H. Ford — 87, of Water Valley died Wednesday, March 17, 2010. Funeral services will be held at 2 this afternoon at First United Pentecostal Church in Water Valley. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The Oxford Park Commission will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at FNC Park Soccer Fields, located on Old Sardis Road and Highway 314, on April 3. The hunt will begin at 10 a.m. sharp for ages 10 and under. Children will be grouped according to age.
More than 7,000 eggs will be hidden and special “golden eggs” will be marked and can be redeemed for gift certificates and prizes. All participants are asked to bring at least one can good to be donated to The Pantry. The canned goods desired by The Pantry included soups, fruits and meats. Parents will not be allowed to accompany children during the egg hunt and kids need to bring their own baskets. The Easter Bunny will also be there. In case of bad weather, call the OPC hotline at 236-3000. For more information, contact Mike Young at 232-2391. (March 19, 2010)
Billy-Ray’s Fun Day will be held March 27 at Bofields Restaurant. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. Children’s activities will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and an auction will take place from noon to 2 p.m. T-shirts will be sold and barbecue plates will be available for $5. The festivities will include sand art, face painting, carriage rides as well as an appearance by the Easter Bunny and more. A magic show featuring the magic and comedy of Steve Thomas will also be held. For more information, call Paquita Childress at (662) 816-9621. (March 18, 2010)
- Rubye Bunkley — 91, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010. A graveside service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
- The Rev. John H. Ford — 90, died Wednesday. Arrangements are incomplete with Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley.
- Mildred Quarles — 79, died Saturday, March 13, 2010. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jordan Chapel CME Church. Burial will be in Jordan Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Christ Temple CME Church. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
NASCAR — While sports news outlets across the country have been reporting on the Carl Edwards-Brad Keselowski saga, Kyle McElhaney is taking his own look at the situation: He’s on the side of Edwards and NASCAR. (March 18, 2010, Page 6)
An original art show, “Outdoor Imagination,” featuring the work of young artists from Imagination Station of Water Valley, opens at the North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Visitor Education at Enid Lake on Saturday. A reception at 1:30 p.m. kicks off this first day of spring event that showcases works that explores the connection between art and nature.
About 125 pieces created by the youngsters including drawings, paintings, sculpture, collage and paintings are included in the show. The youngsters range in age from 6 to 16.
The North Mississippi Fish Hatchery and Visitor Education Center is part of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and is located off I-55 at Enid Exit 233 east. For more information about this and other programs call 662-563-8068 or visit the Web site at http://home.mdwfp.com/NMFH. (March 18, 2010)
Cancer survivors and current cancer patients are invited to a banquet that will be held prior to the Relay for Life event at Oxford High School on April 30. A survivor tent and other activities to honor them will be held during the annual cancer fundraiser and awareness event that will take place from 6 p.m. April 30 to 6 a.m. May 1. Survivors and patients are asked to contact Sheila Gall at either 513-3235 or at email@example.com. (March 18, 2010)
Kennon Observatory at Ole Miss will host a free public viewing of the sky Friday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Participants will observe the Moon, Mars and other objects of interest. Viewers may get a glimpse of Saturn after 9. Observations are possible only if the weather cooperates. In case the weather is cloudy or rainy, there can be no observation. In that case, some physics demonstrations will be available for viewing for those interested. Families and children are welcome. (March 17, 2010)
Guest columnist Jeanni Atkins, executive director of the Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information and a professor in the University of Mississippi school of journalism, marks an important week in discussing opening government and meetings by writing about problems and solutions in the state and country for public records and public access. (March 17, 2010, Page 4A)
Local columnist T.J. Ray remembers the appreciation, reverence and honor given to the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem during his younger days and contrasts that with the reaction to the pledge or the anthem at times these days. (March 17, 2010, Page 4A)