Bill Lawhead writes to say that traffic concerns are just one issue that will have to be dealt with if an area the Oxford School District is looking to have rezoned and sold is used for an apartment complex, while Mary Allyn Hedges writes to thank those whose local support has helped the annual Double Decker Arts Festival grow steadily during its two decades of existence. (November 24, 2014, Page 4)
History columnist Jack Mayfield takes us to New York City this week in 1864 when the “Confederate Army of Manhattan,” set fire to several locations, which didn’t do the damage the fire starters had hoped for. (November 23, 2014)
Columnist Steve Stricker writes this week about one his heroes – his son. (November 23, 2014, Page 2C)
The first whitetail deer gun season opens Saturday across Mississippi, and we urge all hunters, landowners, outsdoorsmen and travelers to be prepared and take the proper precautions to be around hunters, moving animals and guns. (November 21, 2014, Page 4A)
Lafayette High hosts a Veterans Day program and Oxford was the site of a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony, and we applaud the schools and all involved with this manner of teaching our children about government, service, honor and citizenship. (November 20, 2014, Page 4A)
Local columnist T.J. Ray writes about the Oxford School Board looking into selling some school property and nots that the board should also consider the city and the neighborhood when making its decision. (November 20, 2014, Page 4A)
Scattershooting while contemplating the fact that it took until mid-November before we finally have no unbeaten college football teams in Mississippi… (November 19, 2014, Page 2B)
We congratulate those residents in the county’s central fire district who will benefit — financially as well as safety-wise — by the improved fire rating for an extended area, and we applaud all those who helped make the extension of the district possible. (November 19, 2014, Page 4A)
James Arthur “Jim” Crocker Jr. — 100, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at his home in Mobile, Ala. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Radney Funeral Home on Dauphin Street in Mobile. Burial will follow at Mobile Memorial Gardens in Tillman’s Corner. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
Albert Clinton Dollahite — 77, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at his home in Water Valley. Funeral services will follow the visitation at noon Wednesday in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. Fred Eakes and Bro. Jerry King officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Crest Memorial Gardens cemetery in Yalobusha County. Visitation Wednesday at the funeral home begins at 10 a.m. and continues until the service. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lynda Kinniburgh — 74, died Nov. 17, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Arrangements are incomplete with Waller Funeral Home.
Kerby Edward Ladner — 76, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at North Oxford Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Richardson and Rev. Fish Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. Thursday and 10:30-11 a.m. Friday at North Oxford Baptist Church. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charlayne Gladney Lamb — 75, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. A service of remembrance will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Batesville Presbyterian Church with interment to follow in Magnolia Cemetery. Dr. Don Yancey will be officiating the service. Visitation will be from 5-8 tonight at Wells Funeral Home and also one hour prior to Wednesday’s service at the church. (November 18, 2014, Page 3)
There’s a special language and special meanings for words in the South, particularly when it comes to ladies. Local columnist Jimmy Reed takes a look at some of the phrases you could and couldn’t say — based on years of learning under the master — his mother, Miss Lena. (November 18, 2014, Page 4)