By SUE WATSON
Attendance at this year’s 77th Pilgrimage was good, according to Dianene Fant, chair in charge of headquarters. Guests were greeted by beautiful weather and received a good taste of antebellum homes and small-town beauty.
The event is sponsored by the Holly Springs Garden Club.
There were some new historic structures added to the tour this year – Gwydir (the old Fort and Geraldine Gholson house) and Herndon, now in use as a studio and museum by artist Randy Hayes. Also, the 10,000-square-foot Heritage (the Utley house) was open.Read more...
By SUE WATSON
Two streets are slated for construction or improvements in the City of Holly Springs this summer.
West Woodward Avenue has been let to bid and improvements should begin soon, according to public works director Clay Moore.
The board of aldermen also accepted the bid of Murphy and Sons Inc. for the construction of an extension of South Maury Street to the new Holly Springs Intermediate School, now under construction. Murphy and Sons was low bidder at $109,832.
By SUE WATSON
An event that happens only once in four years is coming up in May. The annual Gala & Auction serves as a major fund-raiser for the upkeep of the collection left by the late Holly Springs artist Kate Freeman Clark.
The artist left almost her entire body of work to the community and the money to build the gallery to house her collection of over 1,200 paintings, drawings and artifacts.
By SUE WATSON
An alternative bill to Initiative 42, a citizens’ movement to get a referendum on funding education fully in Mississippi, has been struck due to language, according to Sen. Bill Stone.
He said a Hinds County Circuit Court heard an appeal and the judge struck the bill down due to the language used in formulating the bill. He said a woman in Oxford had challenged the legislative alternative bill and the judge agreed with her complaint. Better Schools Better Jobs, a grass-roots effort to get Initiative 42 on the ballot before the voters, obtained enough signatures from petitioners to garner its spot on the ballot after the Legislature has failed in all but two years to fully fund MAEP since its inception.
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County investigators have made an arrest in an attempted murder, an armed robbery incident, and domestic violence case, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Officers were called to the 1400 block of North Red Banks Road April 6 to investigate an attempted murder with d-Con rat poison, the sheriff said.
Melvin Lee Moore, 44, of the same address, allegedly attempted to harm his wife by pouring rat poison into her can of sweet tea, the sheriff said. The victim called authorities for help when she discovered the rat poison, he said.
By BARRY BURLESON
Coach Craig Dailey will not return for an 11th season at Marshall Academy.
He goes out in fine fashion – leading the Patriots to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools overall basketball championship this past February.
At MA, Dailey’s teams also won four state championships the last five seasons.Read more...
By CLAUDE VINSON
The H.W. Byers Lions finally got a home game in on Tuesday, April 7, and lost 13-3 to their down-the-road rivals, the Potts Camp Cardinals.
Noah Hopkins was sent to the hill first for the Lions and the southpaw was a little high and wobbly to start. He showed signs of settling down when the first batter popped out to right field. Zane Looney hit a fast-driving single for a run-batted-in.
Head coach Bo Sellers made a mound change, pulling Hopkins and installing Cameron Harris.Read more...
Running into old friends
The fabulous part about Pilgrimage to me is running into old friends.
I was fortunate enough to see who I call “the Doxey sisters” (Frances and Helen) Saturday. They have to be the most animated ladies I know!
I remember growing up and seeing Frances when she was in town visiting. I always wanted her super curly brown hair! Neither of them have aged throughout the years and Helen? Well, she always has fabulous tales to tell. How amazing it is to see such a tight-knit sisterly bond like they share. I am so fortunate to have grown up knowing them and now that I’m an adult, calling both of them friends.
Funny enough, I do not remember ever meeting Banks Lanier, Frances’ son. As it turns out, he is a fabulous illustrator and, five years ago, was very generous in donating pieces for the Kate Freeman Clark Gala. I had not really been in touch with him since, but reconnected recently, as the gala is upon us once again. Needless to say, he has sent pieces once again for the gala. It seems no matter where life takes you from Holly Springs, the ties run deeply for those who love it!
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Vowell of Westfield, N.J., are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Katherine Mary to Adam Wade Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Robinson of Waterford.
Miss Vowell is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thadeus Koralewski of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Mrs. William Vowell and the late William Vowell of Baltimore, Md.
Mr. Robinson is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Wyman of Canton and the late Jack Robinson of Waterford and the late Mrs. Louise Allen of New Albany.
The bride-elect is a 2006 graduate of Mount Saint Mary Academy in New Jersey. She graduated Cum Laude from Marquette University in 2010 in Milwaukee. The bride-elect works at J.S. Clark Elementary School in Shreveport, La., as a special education teacher.
The prospective groom graduated from Potts Camp School in 2001. He graduated from Northwest Community College in 2003. He is currently employed as a customer support specialist at Bowman Systems in Shreveport, La.
The couple will exchange vows at 11 a.m. April 25, 2015, at the Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee. A reception will follow at the World War II Memorial in Milwaukee.