SAMPLE TRACK — After Hurricane Katrina forced him to leave the Gulf Coast, Mike Shaw launched a successful business selling shrimp in the Oxford area and is now building a music career in Nashville, Tenn. Senior Staff Writer Lucy Schultze visits with Shaw in today’s “A Conversation With…”
George McConnell, one of Oxford’s best-known musicians, is into a different rhythm these days as he’s involved in music, family and working at The 512 bed-and-breakfast. Lucy Schultze visits with McConnell to discuss his involvement with the local bed-and-breakfast and how if affects the rest of his interests. (September 30, 2010, Page 3)
A CONVERSATION WITH — Corinne Jackson has opened the new shoe-and-accessories boutique Lulu’s with her sister, Lindsey Mitchell. But for the past five years, her work has been focused on new beginnings of a different sort: She recently “retired” as a doula, a professional who assists women in labor and delivery. (September 2, 2010, Page 3)
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.
A CONVERSATION WITH — Oxford native Katie Heckel, a campus minister and worship leader in Cleveland, is taking seven students from Delta State University to visit an orphanage in Ghana this month. Sales from a CD of her songs helped raised $3,000 to give to Rafiki Orphanage. (May 13, 2010, Page 3A)
Dr. Son Lam, the son of Chinese shop owners in Saigon, came to the United States as a little boy when his family was sponsored by Tate Street Baptist Church in Corinth. Today, he practices with Oxford Nephrology Associates. Lucy Schultze visits with Lam in this week’s “A Conversation With …” (May 6, 2010, Page 3)
A CONVERSATION WITH — Oxford native Allan Innman is following the Mud Daubers pottery-student group in gathering the Ole Miss Advanced Painters for a showing at this weekend’s Double Decker Arts Festival. Innman, a staff member in the UM Art Department, will be showing both landscapes and works from his most recent collection, a nostalgic treatment of childhood toys.
For Tim Frieson, the sweeping wall of the west-facing windows in the Oxford Middle School Cafeteria reveals more than just a treeline and surrounding buildings. In a most literal way, it’s a window to his childhood. In “A Conversation With …” Lucy Schultze talks with Frieson about his memories of growing up in Freedmen Town and what he’s trying to do today to help youngsters much like him. (April 15, 2010, Page 3)
A CONVERSATION WITH — Jacquline Vinson lost her husband to colon cancer seven years ago, but today she’s living out his legacy in her work, in raising their three children and in establishing a scholarship endowment in his memory. The T.P. Vinson Memorial Scholarship banquet is set for this Saturday at Johnson Commons. (April 8, 2010, Page 3)
A CONVERSATION WITH – Willie Dennis has been taking care of Oxford Memorial Cemetery for 20 years. The job includes keeping the cemetery mowed, groomed and litter-free — and giving grieving families plenty of space and peace while the day’s work goes on. (April 1, 2010, Page 3)