November 20, 2008
Plenty of good things are happening on the local front as the holiday season approaches.
Monday, Holly Springs welcomed some visitors to town. They’re here to develop a plan and a vision for the city. The planning charrette is hosted by the Mississippi Main Street Association. The project is part of a program funded by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Charrette is a French word that signifies work being done in front of the public and is an appropriate name for a community-driven initiative.
Close to Nowhere
A tribute to grand ‘old’ lady
• I found out Tuesday morning that Lola Mae Autry had passed away. I was sad all that day and probably will continue to be for a while.
I didn’t know Lola Mae that well, but I felt like I did. I imagine a lot of people felt that way about her. She was just one of those “instant relatives.”
I met Lola Mae years ago, while writing a story on “Christmas in the Cotton Patch,” at Abel’s Store on Hwy. 5, between Hickory Flat and Ashland. Mr. and Mrs. McGaughy and Lola Mae and assorted family members built, lit up and choreographed “Christmas in the Cotton Patch,” as a family group.
Letter To The Editor
Thanks to farmers:
As we approach this Thanksgiving season, American agriculture continues to provide food and nourishment for every family in the U.S.A. and to export more than 30 percent of what is produced in excess of our needs. This is truly a blessing that God has allowed us to enjoy as we work every day as stewards of His domain.
We indeed have faced challenges this year. We have seen the price of energy cause agricultural production costs to double and triple in some cases. While farmers often get the blame for high food prices, the American consumer must remember that the farmer’s take of the food dollar is approximately 20 cents out of every dollar. This certainly doesn’t translate to the higher food costs we have experienced this year.
As we pause at our Thanksgiving tables to thank our Creator for the abundant food we enjoy, let each of us remember that it was through the efforts of an individual who worked long hours in extreme temperatures that this food was made available to us. Let’s remember that, as Americans, we have the safest, most abundant food of any consumer group in the world. Let’s also remember that it is agriculture that is able to export over $100 million worth of products each year, which significantly reduces the foreign trade deficit our country experiences.
While we do face numerous challenges in our economy and in the capitalistic form of government we have all come to enjoy, let us never compromise those principles that cause our farms to be such an important factor in our economy and national sovereignty. While we remain dependent on foreign governments for our energy needs, certainly let’s never allow our public policy to deteriorate to the point that we are dependent on other nations for our food supply.
As we thank our Creator for the abundance we enjoy at this Thanksgiving time, may we also say a special prayer for every farmer who produces in such abundance that we are able to enjoy his bounty on this Thanksgiving Day.
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.
Welcome Home: Mark W. Clark II, Prentis Shaw, Michael Garner Jr., Charles Weathersby, Michael McClatchy, Henry Jones, Jerry Richardson, James Marcus Anthony, Kevin Luse, George Frank Frayser, William Payton,Charles (Will) Stanback,
Battle Ewing, Army, Iraq
Charles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq; now in Afghanistan
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Timothy Hardaway, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
Jason Janicki, Army, Iraq
Donnie Kirksey, Marines, Iraq
Matthew McArthur, Marines, Iraq
George Merritt, Marines, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Force
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Cody Sanderson, Air Force, Iraq
John Snow, Army, 2 tours Iraq, now in Afghanistan
Mitch Swann, Army, Iraq
Stephnie Taylor, Air Force, Iraq
Lynwood Turner, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
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