Gen. Ulysses S. Grant learned that his army could live off the land when he attempted his first capture in 1862 of the Gibraltar of the South in Vicksburg, after the Battle of Shiloh. This was significant for the citizens of Oxford and Lafayette County. His troops would plunder the homes and farms around Oxford for not only food supplies but also for personal items. (May 28, 2010, Page 3B)
With the weather appearing set to stay warm on through the end of the spring and start of the summer, there are a wide variety of things that you may want to do in May or June to keep your outdoor gardens and landscaping luscious and colorful. The Oxford Garden Club offers several tips for local gardeners to consider. (May 28, 2010, Page 2B)
A new festival this summer is planned to help raise finds for the Oxford Medical Ministries. The Oxford Rhythm Revival on June 19 will take place on multiple stages around town. For more information, visit www.oxfordrhythmrevival.com. (May 28, 2010, Page 3A)
Watching from his television set Hugh Goforth alwasys holds his breath. During the late 1960s he worked as a NASA contractor and helped American travel into space. He worked on the Saturn V rocket booster which had its first launch in 1967. (May 27, 2010, Page 3A)
To celebrate spring, the Yokna Bottoms Farm is hosting the first ever Patawpha fest Saturday. The event includes nine musical acts from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. and numerous local artists, craft vendors and food producers who will be selling their wares.
Last week a decision was made by the Oxford Square Historic Preservation Committee to allow an 1895 building to be removed from 1006 Jefferson Ave. Hitsorian Jack Mayfield writes about another building in the district that was lost to the community — Oxford-Lafayette County Jail. (May 21, 2010, Page 3B)
Dustin Milewski is one of several students who have taken their canvases in tow around Lafayette County to paint their interpretation of local landscapes. They’re part of the plein air art class taught by University of Mississippi art teacher Philip Jackson. (May 21, 2010, Page 1B)
A CONVERSATION WITH — Kainen Gilley graduates tonight at the C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum as part of the Water Valley High School Class of 2010. He transferred to WVHS as a seventh-grader from the Mississippi School for the Blind in Jackson, and has since developed a deep affection for Water Valley schools, and for the teachers, administrators and fellow students who have supported him. He will next spend several months at an independent living facility in Tupelo.
Every morning the day’s menu at Lusa’s Pastry Cafe is baked fresh. Preparing the sweet pastries is the first thing Carla Rego tackles before moving on to the meat pastries. When those are finished, she helps the head chef, Vincent Sims, with soups and other items on the menu. (May 14, 2010, Page 1B)
GENERATIONS COLUMN – Between the time I spend working at Square Books and Fotino’s and keeping up with my homework, I don’t have a lot of spare time I can spend hanging out with with family. (May 14, 2010, Page 1B)