Whose story would you like to hear? Our weekly feature "A Conversation With..." offers a chance to hear from one local individual each week. Young, old, black, white — it's an ever-evolving picture of the remarkable community we call home. Look for "A Conversation With..." in The Oxford EAGLE Thursdays on Page 3, and while you're here, take a moment to suggest a potential interviewee.
Tina Lutz, former director of the Tupelo GumTree Museum of Art and GumTree Festival, is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in studio arts with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of Mississippi Art Department. Lutz talks with senior staff writer Lucy Schultze about her new shift in her art career in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (December 30, 2010, Page 3A)
John Robert Phillips will get his share of presents this Christmas, but none will mean as much as the everyday gift of his grandmother’s care. Retired teacher Karen Namorato talks about the challenges of helping a child born with both Down syndrome and deafness in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (December 23, 2010, Page 3A)
Robert Leddy, who retired to Oxford from Canada two years ago, is about a dozen countries shy of his goal of visiting 100 countries. Leddy discusses his world travels with senior staff writer Lucy Schultze in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (December 16, 2010, Page 3A)
Local attorney Charles Walker was an avid quail hunter before the region’s bird population virtually disappeared. He still enjoys working with the line of Llewellin setters he’s bred and trained since the late 1960s. Walker discusses his life as a quail hunter with senior staff writer Lucy Schultze in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (December 9, 2010, Page 3)
Brad Dewees has enough courage to climb a 100-foot pine and attack it with a chainsaw. But he also has enough sense to be as careful about it as he can. Dewees discusses life, tree trimming and fuzzy animals with senior staff writer Lucy Schultze in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (December 2, 2010, Page 3A)
While people across town head out to be with family for the holidays, Kellie Owens assures them: Their precious pets are in good hands.
Since starting Homeward Bound In-Home Pet Care Services last fall, Owens has built a clientele of some 400 local households who call on her and her staff of six “pet nannies” to check in on their dogs as often as four times a day. (November 25, 2010, Page 3A)
Jerry Pegues, 31, of Oxford balances a busy schedule each day. Pegues works two jobs, but still finds time to be a positive influence on his children’s lives. Pegues sat down to talk about his busy life and how it all came about with EAGLE senior staff writer Lucy Schultze in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (November 18, 2010, Page 3)
Hal Staten helps guide local veterans through the maze of paperwork that stands between them and their benefits. Read what Staten has to say about his 23 years serving as the county’s veterans in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (November 11, 2010, Page 3)
Maureen Liberto had the opportunity to spend time with Mother Teresa while working through the Catholic church to promote natural family planning. Today, she is a volunteer mentor and student counselor with the Ole Miss First Scholarship Program at the University of Mississippi. Liberto discusses her story with Senior Staff Writer Lucy Schultze in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (November 4, 2010, Page 3)
Cortney Butler’s infatuation with fall began long before the birth of her son, but having a little boy means getting to make Halloween memories together. The decorator-mom gives her take on the holiday in this week’s “A Conversation With…” (October 28, 2010, Page 3)