“Oxford in the Civil War: Battle for a Vanquished Land” by Stephen Enzweiler is the new book just published by The History Press of Charleston, S.C. The author is a journalist and senior editor for “Y’all” magazine published here in Oxford and he writes extensively about Mississippi and the South.
I really didn’t find out anything that I didn’t already know, but the way the author has presented the data makes for pleasurable reading. I have read these stories over the years in various different places, but Enzweiler presents them in manner that follows Oxford from its earliest day through the war years. (October 8, 2010, Page 2B)
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and Second Baptist Missionary Church are bridging the racial gap in Oxford through communication, education — and football.
The two churches broke bread — and finger foods — Saturday in the Grove before the Ole Miss-Fresno State game during their annual tailgating get-together. (October 1, 2010, Page 1B)
Oxford Generations columnist Leah McCormick writes about living out your dream this week:
Years ago, I thought I had the job of my dreams, the one I’d worked so hard for — and then I stepped off the treadmill …
I’ll never forget my first day off. I just wanted to be in the moment with my children. I did laundry, got a wild hair and hung them on the clothes line. My daughter, Rivers, stood on an upside down 5-gallon bucket beside me and “helped.” The wind was blowing slightly, moving the sheets slowly in the wind. It was so “Little House on the Prairie.” Rivers beamed at me. I beamed right back. (October 1, 2010, Page 1B)
The scary feature of invasive plants is their ability to compete above and below the ground and outgrow surrounding plants. The concern, Master Gardener Joe Ann Allen writes, is that invasive plants can over power native species and cause soil erosion, create fire hazards, deprive animal and insect life of food and shelter and have a negative impact on fisheries, recreational areas and public water supplies.
A good example of this negative effect is the spread of the beautifully flowered purple loosestrife. One mature plant can produce more than 2 million seeds, all with a high germination rate. It is estimated that more than 4 million acres are now affected by purple loosestrife’s escape from the garden and it is costing an estimated $45 million dollars annually in control efforts. (October 1, 2010, Page 2B)
The Homecoming game on Sept. 20, 1947, would be the first time Ole Miss football coach John H. Vaught and Kentucky coach Paul “Bear” Bryant would meet as head coaches. Over the next 25 seasons, they would meet again and again as head coaches in the SEC. Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a closer look at that 1947 game. (October 1, 2010, Page 2B)
This week, local historian and columnist Jack Lamar Mayfield writes about a young man from Alabama who made Ole Miss his home and forever became an honored member of the Ole Miss family — Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins.
It was just a short 21 years ago that Chucky was a vibrant, 20-year-old member of the Ole Miss football squad. He had worked his way onto the Ole Miss team with exceptional ability that Coach Billy Brewer had seen when he was first introduced to Chucky. (September 24, 2010, Page 2B)
Jordan Bankhead takes on the beloved tradition of the Grove — Oxford’s long running tradition of tailgating in style – in this week’s Oxford Generations column. According to Bankhead, if you happen to be one of those deeply deprived individuals who has never experienced this tradition, you are missing out. You should make it a point to be there sometime this football season. (September 24, 2010, Page 1B)
Some athletes have passed through the halls of Ole Miss whose names will never be forgotten. Some of those unforgettable faces were the best of the best here at Ole Miss, and each year they are honored for their dedication to their sport and their school by being inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame.
This season, Deuce McAllister, Ansu Sesay, David Dellucci, Yolanda Moore and Jerry Montgomery are the five memorable individuals selected to be inducted into the M-Club Hall of Fame. Bobby Bailess is this year’s recipient of the M-Club Service Award. (September 24, 2010, Page 1B)
Joanne Wilkinson, writing a Generations column, takes a look into an idea her husband came up with recently that she liked: instead of a fitness club, how about a Couch Potato Club? (September 17, 2010, Page 1B)
Local historian Jack Lamar Mayfield takes a look back at the Ole Miss-Vanderbilt football series, writing about the first few meetings between the two schools and then taking a look at a notable 1947 meeting when John Vaught’s Rebels overcame an early-season loss to the Commodores to win the Southeastern Conference championship. (September 17, 2010, Page 4B)