Theater Oxford’s rendition of the iconic 1987 play, Steel Magnolias opened Wednesday and runs through Sunday at The Powerhouse. Director Mike Ewing broke tradition and cast the show with actors who were deserving of the roles, even if they differed in appearance from the type of people traditionally cast in the roles. (August 24, 2012, Page 1B, 2B)
Olympic skier Kris Freeman spent a day with 94 children at Camp Hopewell’s Diabetes Camp this week. Freeman was diagnosed with diabetes at 19 years old and has competed in three winter Olympics despite his illness. (June 29, 2012, Page 1B, 3B)
Eric Hankins writes to discuss religion in relation to Amendment 26 and says the initiative is an expression of democracy at its finest, while Ginger Mark writes to thank Rep. Alan Nunnelee for working on behalf of the diabetes community. (October 27, 2011, Page 4)
On Saturday, the Run for Hope 5K run and half marathon will be held in Oxford. More than 500 runners have already signed up for the race and organizers expect another 150 to join as walk-ins on Saturday.
The race begins at 8:30 a.m. for the half-marathon and 8:45 a.m. for the 5K run. The race will begin at the Oxford Convention Center off Sisk Boulevard. (February 22, 2011, Page 1)
Diabetes is a disease that affects so many of our children, and local columnist Deidra Jackson writes about a way to help some of those youngsters – by participating in the fundraising run for Hope Half Marathon and 5K that’s coming up Feb. 26 in Oxford. Jackson plans to participate and encourages readers to join her and others in the event. (February 17, 2011, Page 4)
Olivia Estes is a Girl Scout with Oxford Troop 374. She likes music, especially teen pop star Justin Bieber. She plays basketball and enjoys drawing.
When the active 9-year-old isn’t busy being 9 years old, she’s making sure her diabetes is in check.
Olivia Estes is this year’s Oxford honorary chairperson for the Mississippi Walk for Diabetes that will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, starting at the Square in front of the Lafayette County Courthouse.
Registration will begin at 1 p.m. in front of City Hall. Family activities will include a visit from Rancor Raiders Garrison of the Mississippi with “special friends” Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters. All money raised will benefit The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. (October 19, 2010, Page 1)
This week, Dr. Keith Mansel writes about a topic unfamiliar to many – an illness first described in 1872 and in 1917 was linked to abnormal iron absorption by the body. For more information go to www.hemochromatosis.org (August 19, 2010, Page 5)