Thursday, July 19, 2007
The Class of 1957 of Rosenwald High School holds 50th reunion
The Class of 1957 of Rosenwald High School (The Intermediate School) held their 50-year reunion on May 25-27. The principal was W.T. Sims and our class sponsors were Willie M. Ford and Fred Moore.
The location of our reunion was Kirkwood Golf Course in Holly Springs. Nineteen members were present and eight are deceased. The original total was 34 members. We also had many, many friends, members of other classes who were present.
We got re-acquainted, had a big barbecue picnic at Wall Doxey and had fun eating and dancing. We worshiped at Asbury United Methodist Church.
We are thankful for that beautiful gathering on that once-in-a-lifetime occasion. We are thankful for the friends of that old school who joined us throughout the reunion.
Lastly, we congratulated our reunion committee: Victor Donald Street, Artis Walton, Florestine W. Evans, Pauline Scales, Johnnie Smith and Mary Ruth Street. Their hard, diligent work paid off. The reunion was a success. We are eagerly awaiting the next one in 2009. Pictured above from left: Victor Street, Mary Street, Gracie Alexander, Florestine Evans, Betty Hardin, Charlie Phillips, Elene Marshall, Artis Walton, Fairestine Freeman, John Sledge, Mary Wilson, Pauline Scales, Nero Gaston, Maxine Warren, Pauletta Sledge and Juanita Matthews.
Ole Miss announces Dean’s and Chancellor’s honor rolls
Local students named to the University of Mississippi Dean’s and Chancellor’s Honor Rolls for the spring 2007 semester include:
Chancellor’s Honor Roll - Jessica Clarice Ayers, Derrick DeJuan Brown, Emily Elizabeth Davis, Roniesha T. Davis, Samantha Alexis Holland, Stephanie Ma Shelle Osteen, Fannie Jenkins Smith, Kasie Lynn Teel, all of Holly Springs; Susan Elizabeth Hamblin, Sharon Denise Anderson, Heather Adele Boland, Daniel Christian Read, all of Byhalia, Amy Itsuko Ridley, Jenna Dawn Shillingburg, Lori Ann Simpson, Eric Lynn Wilkerson; De Anna L. Eben, John Paul Anderson Teel, both of Red Banks; Lori Lynn Whaley, Jazzva Fielchaneez Watson, both of Potts Camp,
Local students named to the Dean’s List include: Kimberly Victoria Clayborn, Veronica Cutina Kimmons, Sandrika T. Pinson, Gerald William Stinson, all of Holly Springs; Heather Rhea Hurdle of Lamar; Chace W. Herndon of Byhalia; Julia Eley Hoover, Megan Cole Minor, both of Waterford; Tanesha Marie Payne, Jessica Kelly Day, both of Potts Camp.
Receives National Volunteerism Award
Crystal Utley, an Equal Justice Works / AmeriCorps attorney based at the Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ), was awarded a Spirit of Service award from the Corporation for National and Community Service at this year’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Philadelphia, Pa.
The annual Spirit of Service awards recognize outstanding contributions made by individuals to their communities. Recipients are chosen for exceptional leadership and for their project’s potential for widespread replication; this year’s awards are limited to 11 recipients out of 358 nominations made from 75,000 AmeriCorps participants nationwide.
MCJ-based Crystal Utley is being recognized for her legal aid work responding to the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Her efforts have resulted in development of a system to receive and deploy volunteer attorneys and law students to organizations serving hurricane victims on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. These volunteers assist with legal issues resulting from the storm’s devastation. Utley has recruited and trained approximately 65 attorneys who have served more than 500 hurricane victims. In this and related efforts, she has worked with more than 30 organizations nationwide and conducted 20 free legal aid clinics in Mississippi during the past year.
David Eisner, Corporation for National and Community Service CEO, said “Crystal has gone above and beyond the call to serve her community and nation. Not only did she give her own time and talents, but she inspires others in the community to volunteer and give of themselves.”
Utley’s home base, the Mississippi Center for Justice, strives to promote social and economic justice and to assist the indigent population with burdening legal problems. Her work to assure Mississippi’s coastal residents receive appropriate governmental and legal assistance corresponds with MCJ’s mission.
In the course of this work, Utley has involved the Civil Legal Clinic at the University of Mississippi School of Law and has also worked with her law school alma mater, Mississippi College, to create a similar public interest legal clinic in Jackson. She also serves as a liaison for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project where she is working to expand and update an intake and hotline system for timely response to future disasters.
Utley is a native Mississippian, with family in Jackson and Holly Springs. While a law student, she had worked with MCJ as a regional coordinator for the Election Protection program during the 2004 elections; her efforts helped protect voter rights by ensuring proper functioning of polling places, particularly in problematic precincts.
In 2005 Utley was practicing law in Charleston, South Carolina, when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast region on August 29, 2005. Watching her home state suffer from afar, she recognized the problems stemming from Katrina would be longer lasting and further reaching than first expected. She returned home to serve her community and to fulfill her oath as an attorney. Because of Crystal Utley’s hard work hundreds of Katrina survivors have received free legal assistance.
Chris Mirante member of cast for Beauty and Beast at Harrell Theatre
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will open this week at the Harrell Theatre in Collierville.
The show will run for three weeks. Shows on sale to the public are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., between July 20 and August 5.
To reserve your tickets please call (901) 853-3228. The Harrell Theatre Box Office is open Monday- Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and also an hour before showtime. Tickets are selling fast so call and reserve your seats now.
Chris Mirante, who directs music and theatre at Marshall Academy, will be playing the role of Lumiere in this talented ensemble. Come out and support him in this production.
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