Spring break is underway for the local schools and we’d love to see something much closer to spring weather than the snowstorm we got two weeks ago and the ice storm that hit last week. (March 8, 2015, Page 4A)
Julie Wilson, Barbara Purdon and Jean Shaw write about last week’s Lenten Luncheon at OU United Methodist Church as well as this week’s event, while Cindy Leigh writes to thank all who helped make PAWS for Art a big success. (March 8, 2015, Page 4A)
We hope you’re getting your Friday newspaper today, along with the Thursday edition you may not have received because of icy roads. We apologize for any inconvenience not getting your paper on the day it was published, but do ask that you consider the conditions our carriers sometimes face in delivering papers. (March 6, 2015, Page 4)
Local columnist T.J. Ray takes a look back at a recent program in town that featured two state legislators discussing education and other issues in Mississippi. (March 6, 2015, Page 4)
Those he grew up with in Lafayette County, those he went to school and church with, knew him as Jim Smith. Those who heard him on the radio, on the P.A. at Ole Miss and as the voice of Lafayette High School football for years, knew him as Jim Martin.
To those privileged to know him in all of his roles, he was just “Jim.”
James Martin Smith, 55, passed away last Friday at his home. And with his passing, those who knew him best and those of us who knew him pretty well through his nearly four decades in the radio business, another void was created.
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Those who’ve known him since his days in school at Lafayette know him as Jim Smith. Those who only know him through more than three decades as a local radio personality know him as Jim Martin. Either way, Jim, who passed away late last week, will be missed by all who enjoyed the way he practiced his craft on the radio. (March 5, 2015, Page 4A)
It’s good to see our state lawmakers and top educators on the same page with the state House’s vote showing support for the announcement that subject area test results will no longer be an independent factor that determines whether or not a senior can graduate. (March 5, 2015, Page 4A)
We remind everyone to take care of the P’s — people, pets, pipes and plants — in the winter storm moving through the area. We also encourage everyone to use common sense when getting outside for activities in ice and snow. (March 4, 2015, Page 4A)
Josie Gladden and Adele Johnson write a tribute to their beloved C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum, while Russ Fisher and the local veterans thank the local morning coffee groups for their donations. (March 4, 2015, Page 4A)
Editor Don Whitten takes a look at how our memory banks fill up with time, and writes about how recalling memories — through pictures, books, TV shows, movies, et cetera — seems to strengthen the memory process. (March 3, 2015, Page 4)