Thursday, June 28, 2007
John Booth Farese treats children from Christ Church VBS to balloon ride
Last week, Christ Episcopal Church hosted the Vacation Bible School, in conjunction with the Presbyterians and Methodists. The children enjoyed a wonderful week of crafting, experimenting, singing and God’s work. On Wednesday, they were treated to a hot air balloon ride. John Booth Farese of Ashland brought over his balloon and took each child up for a ride in the middle of a field! Everyone, even the adults, enjoyed that wonderful treat. A big thank you to John Booth for taking the time to give our children such a great surprise!
The regular season of Dizzy Dean softball, baseball and T-ball season is over! What will all of us do who have lived at the Marshall County ball parks for the past few months? It was a wonderful season all the way around for all of the children and parents involved. A huge thank you goes to Janice Wagg of Byhalia Sports Association, who heads up the Dizzy Dean League of Marshall County. Miss Janice organized everything for the children this season from the pre-and post-season tournaments to all of the regular season ball games.
Potts Camp did a tremendous job hosting the post-season tournament. One afternoon, Kevin Harris (Potts Camp’s athletic director) told everyone to wait out the rain (much needed rain, by the way). A seemingly long 40 minutes later, parents and players emerged from their vehicles to play ball! It was a beautiful sight to see men raking the fields getting ready for play after a long rain.
The umpires were also an integral part of the entire ball season. One in particular, Ben Hogan, from Potts Camp added much needed comic relief during fastpitch softball games! “St-rrr-iiiike!” -- “A little high (when the ball was way over his head), a little low (girls would be golfing to hit those!), take your base!” It was a fun season getting to see the differences in all of the umpires and their calls. They are truly appreciated, one and all, for if they did not come out to the ball park, there would be no games, well none that would be fair anyway!
Thank you, once again, to the Dizzy Dean League of Marshall County for yet another tremendous season of balling. Looking forward to next year!
This Saturday, Heritage Apostolic Church will be hosting a gospel singing at the Thomas Arena for their fund-raiser this year. The best cooks in Marshall County will have desserts that will be up for auction - yummy! Everyone is invited to attend and it begins at 6 p.m. Rotel chicken dinner tickets are available for $8/plate at Thomas LP. There will be a giant blow-up slide for the children, too. Bring your lawn chairs, children and a hearty appetite!
Alison Smith, daughter of Clay and Melissa Smith, celebrated her birthday on Saturday evening at her home in Mt. Pleasant. A large crowd of family and friends enjoyed a scrumptious grilled dinner, swimming and a sleep-over. Happy birthday, Ali!
Patti and Dave Murray of Key Biscayne, Fla., were weekend guests of Cindy and John Booth Farese.
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ShoShina Allen and Jerome Hoyle to wed
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Allen Jr. of Michigan City announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, ShoShina Niaree to Jerome Lewis Hoyle of Ashland, son of Alberta Hoyle and James Hoyle of Ashland.
ShoShina is the granddaughter of Lula Dukes of Holly Springs and Ophelia Tucker of Lamar.
She is a graduate of Holly Springs High School and Concorde Career College.
Jerome is the grandson of Hattie Mae Yancy and is a graduate of Ashland High School.
The wedding will be held at 2 p.m. on July 7, 2007 at Sand Hill MB Church in Lamar. All family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Jeremy and Vickie Smithey of Flowood are pleased to announce the birth of a daughter, Lauryn Dianne Smithey, born March 22, 2007 at River Oaks Hospital in Jackson. She weighed seven pounds, five ounces and was 19 inches long.
Grandparents are Rev. and Mrs. Mike Smithey of Philadelphia and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Elmore of Waterford.
Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Sam Jordan of Ripley and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Spencer of Cordova.
Plans for the future
How many of you have ever ridden on a train? Let’s get a passenger train to travel down the “Mississippi Central Railroad” from Holly Springs to the Tallahatchie River Bridge every day.
Let’s create a park (preferably a National Park) at the river and have a dining car either attached to the train or anchored permanently at the river, so we can have the privilege and joy of eating in the train car. Reconstruct the Indian mounds that have been destroyed in the past. Also, build an Indian Village similar to Chucalissa. The Mississippi Choctaws would know how to do this. People need to see the wild wetlands of Mississippi down by the river.
Another segment to develop is a “Civil War Park,” as several battles were fought around the Tallachatchie area. If possible every day have an excursion boat travel west to Old Wyatt Landing, where the big boats used to turn around as the river wasn’t navigable further up. Yankees burned the town of Old Wyatt. In the eastward direction, travel up the canal.
Did you know that we have a canal that was built in 1912, from New Albany to Highway 7, to control flooding? This could be made into a boating and skiing area, which would be a play area for public use. We would be saving and perpetuating our natural resources.
Next, we need a Six Flags of Mississippi built here with a midway park. This would be a real development and drawing area. Being tee-totally Baptist, I can’t mention about the other things that could happen on the water, and I don’t mean baptizing. Tunica was once a tiny town. Have you been over there lately? It’s all happened in the last 18 years. On the Holly Springs side there is much potential for creating this park.
However, on the negative side, when we have a wet year, this area can be treacherous. I have been down there when water was across the road and my car was sliding sideways about to go into the river. At that time I will never forget the snakes trying to get out of the water.
Can the water be controlled by Sardis Dam? If so, why wasn’t it controlled when the river was flooding years ago? Of course, with the drought we are having now, the riverbanks are really coming out of the water.
Thirty-seven years ago, I wrote Mr. Rockefeller and asked him if he would adopt Holly Springs the way his father had touched Williamsburg. His secretary wrote me and said that he couldn’t.
This project is much too big for me, too, so let’s turn it over to the Department of the Interior of the United States along with our local IDA. This would be a new billion-dollar industry. I talked to Bill Renick about it; he realized the potential of this happening. He said he had discussed this idea with the city. I talked to Leon Giglio about it and his ideas were good also.
The Tallahatchie River was a mode of transportation during the Civil War for shipping cotton to New Orleans instead of Memphis as downriver they paid more. The Tallahatchie has always been an asset to the area for fishing. The only plantation on the river that I know of belonged to L.C.Q. Lamar; it was named “Solitude” but I do not know where it was located.
In 1927 when there was an all-time high flood, a sign was fished out of the water that said, “Lamar, Mott & Autry, Attorneys at Law, Holly Springs.” I wish we had it at the Museum. I first thought of having the train go to Oxford and back, but they took up their tracks. However, the location is in Lafayette County not Marshall County. But we would like for the train to come from Holly Springs.
L.Q.C. Lamar was a very important character to come out of this area. He became Secretary of the Interior of the United States, in place of Edward Clark, Kate Clark’s father who had died of malaria in Washington. President Grover Cleveland had appointed both of them.
There is evidence that Thomas Love, a Chickasaw half-breed, one of the leaders of the Indians, built a gorgeous mansion close to the river that was complete with French wallpaper. The royal Indians were the last Indians to leave on the Trail of Tears as the Indians who were first to go west were being harassed by hostile Indians in Oklahoma.
This new recreation area would put us on the map and give us jobs, jobs, jobs of all sorts. When Bugsy Siegel went to Las Vegas for the first time, Las Vegas was an oasis in the desert with a small tourist camp and a bathroom in the center with four or five palm trees for shade, but he saw the potential of a thriving city and look at it today.
Let’s have vision for this new industry that maybe my great- grandchildren can enjoy! What’ll we name it?
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