March 27, 2008
Letters To The Editor
Honor and gratitude:
In these many days since the closing of Linwood-Miller’s Department Store, I have found myself countless times looking back with gratefulness and pride upon an institution that so generously contributed to both the culture and pulse of a once vibrant town, and to that of my own life.
Some of my earliest memories are of playing hide-and-seek behind racks of clothes and learning proper manners in saying “Yes ma’am” and “Thank you, sir” to customers that would later become my teachers, mentors and friends.
The absence of these stores, like the many that have gone before them, is a true tragedy to a town that seems to have struggled in recent years trying to find its modern identity and reignite a sense of community spirit with the same success experienced by other small towns.
The arrival of the Mississippi Main Street program gives me some hope that a reawakening of those simple ideals that have been too easily dismissed by always wanting to look towards what others have, will be able to happen by doing nothing more than looking to, and appreciating, what we have.
But my purpose here within these lines is to do something more important than just reflect on the past and observe our needs.
All of the reminiscing that I have done since the closing of the store always ends at the same point and with the same man clearly in view; that of my father, Linwood Graham Miller, for whom my sister, brothers, mother, and I owe so much.
The absence thus far of any public acknowledgment by one in an official capacity for the achievements and contributions of my father’s family to the economic history of Holly Springs over these past 87 years, and for the lifelong commitment to the square itself by my father, has prompted me to do publicly here what is greatly due him.
I respectfully honor him and his family for the many years of dutiful service to the fine people of this town. His presence, not just on the square, but on the corner where he has spent his entire adult life watching the constant evolution from what was his place in time, will be sorely missed.
It would seem that another great anchor of our town’s history was to disappear without any official expression of admiration, gratitude or remorse.
I hope that upon this page of another venerable local institution, the historic South Reporter, I have humbly rectified that.
I would like to thank the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce board of directors for selecting me to be your new executive director. It has been a pleasure to serve as interim director through the recruiting process.
Shifting from interim director to executive director, I give you my personal commitment to diligently seek and aggressively develop programs and activities that facilitate growth and progress for the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, your businesses, and our community.
This is an exciting time for the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce.
I am honored to be a part of an organization that is dedicated to simultaneously preserving the history and culture of its community while strategically preparing for the future of its local merchants and citizens.
I invite you to join the chamber’s efforts through your membership, sponsorship, and participation in the new and established opportunities afforded you by our chamber.
I am eager to visit with you personally in the near future, either at the Chamber, at your place of business, or at our April events.
Your input and suggestions regarding how the chamber may better meet the needs of its membership and its community are paramount to accomplishing our mission.
I look forward to establishing a positive working relationship with our current and potential members, Holly Springs residents, and community agencies that fosters achievement for us all.
Amy S. Heaton
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