Oxford and Ole Miss historian Jack Lamar Mayfield, in honor of this week’s graduation at the University of Mississippi, takes a look back at the school’s first commencement exercises in 1849, a commencement without any graduates from the new school. (May 7, 2010, Page 2B)
The 72nd Annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage will be held April 16 – 18. The event features the antebellum homes of Holly Springs, including the Davis House at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. Storytellers, costumed docents, organ recitals in antebellum churches, southern luncheons, guided tours of the historic Hillcrest Cemetery, antique carriage rides and a traditional southern supper in Montrose are also part of the pilgrimage. Cost is $35 per person or $30 for seniors age 65 and older, and $30 for groups of 12 or more. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (662) 252-2365 or on the day of the tour at the Marshall County Library. For more information, visit /www.visithollysprings.org/pilgrimage.html. (April 10, 2010)
The Oxford Park Commission’s Easter Egg Hunt is one of several Easter events planned for this weekend. Unfortunately, the National Weather Service says there is a 60-percent change of rain that could force many of the events to be canceled or rescheduled. (April 1, 2010, Page 1)
A lawsuit against the governing organization of the local Head Start program is set for trial next month.
Mary Luster-Johnson and her attorneys, Waide and Associates of Tupelo, filed the suit in the Lafayette County Circuit Court in 2008, claiming she was fired for complaining to the Institute of Community Services of Holly Springs — which operated the Head Start program in Oxford — that the director of the Oxford program, Linda McAdory, was misusing funds. (February 26, 2010, Page 2A)