February 7, 2008
I visited the “Birthplace of the Frog” Saturday. And it’s right here in Mississippi.
Close to Nowhere
In a funny twist of events Jason, my former son-in-law who lives in South Dakota, is on his way back to Mississippi -- and I’d just carried him to the airport at 5 a.m. Sunday.
His grandfather, J.C. Collins -- or Pappaw to nearly everyone who knew him -- passed away the following Tuesday morning.
The Preacher’s Corner
When the bogeyman showed up, was I surprised!
Lilly Grace, one of my little Presbyterians, is just at the age where she is ready to come to “big church.” Some weeks she chooses the nursery, other weeks, she comes to worship with us. A couple of Sundays back, she told her grandmother that she wanted to go to “talking church.” Now, as the preacher, I thought this meant the service I lead. After all, I do a good bit of talking during that hour.
Ally and I sold our house; now where will we live?
Well, we’ve done it. We’ve finally sold our house. And the minute our lawyer phoned Ally and me to tell us someone had made an offer, our first reaction was “what have we done?”
Letters to the Editor
Project on Mississippi:
I am in the fifth grade at Ripon Christian Elementary School in Ripon, Calif. I have adopted your state as a class project.
I will be doing a report and making a display about Mississippi. Towards the end of April or beginning of May my class will be having a “State Fair.” I will display and show everything that I have gotten and learned about your great state to my whole school.
It would be helpful to me if you could ask your readers to send me postcards of your state, maps, brochures, information about wildlife, industry, neat places to visit, statistics, sports teams and any other information and items your readers feel would be helpful.
I hope your readers will help me with my project. I’m looking forward to hearing from them and promise to send a thank you to them for helping me. I am excited to learn about your state!
Thank you from California,
Response to article:
Your headline last week read: “County scrambles for emergency service; Transcare replaces Emergystat”
This should be a wake up call to the citizens of Marshall County, and Mississippi. I, in my youth, was a member of a volunteer community emergency management service for a city in Texas, about the same size as Holly Springs. We had two ambulances for a city of approximately 20,000, along with seven fire apparatus with different capabilities; with only one paid member and that paid man was a firefighter.
All of the EMS services were volunteer staffed. We had membership of over 100, with 45 core members. Before someone snickers at “volunteer” please note, that city has one of the best emergency healthcare services and training in that state, with over 50 percent of EMS members at “paramedic” level when I was a member. I was not with the EMS, I was a firefighter. This was over 20 years ago.
We are in the dark ages in this county concerning emergency heath care.
It really scares me that I would possibly have to rely on just two ambulances in the county. Where do our priorities lie on this subject? With just two ambulances for the whole county, the possibilities of someone surviving a life threatning medical emergency, be it car accident, heart attack, or other is nil.
I know; I have been on many a call to assist in accidents or as manpower in/at a site. I felt safe in the abilities and manpower of above-mentioned EMS services. Life-sustaining assistance is needed in minutes after a life threatening injury. Ten, 15, 20 minutes would be “too late.” The ambulance service we had, and the one that will be, I have very little confidence in, not in the EMS techs, but in the response time it will take. Two ambulances for the whole county -- I’ll either drive myself if capable, and have instructed my wife to take me or drag me, and not wait for an ambulance until these deficiencies are rectified.
National Day of Prayer:
National Day of Prayer is a day that all Americans can come together despite race, religion and politics. We ask you, the city of Holly Springs and surrounding areas, to put off all things that separate us from love, and come together for the National Day of Prayer the first Thursday of May for a prayer walk and event at the courthouse lawn.
I have presented this idea to the mayor and have received no response. Please call the mayor’s office to request this at (662) 252-4280. America was founded on prayer so should our county be. For more information or to join the NDP task force. Call Rhonda at (901) 651-8940
Remembering Our Hometown Heroes
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world. If you’d like to add a name to this list, please contact The South Reporter, attn. Linda Jones, P.O. Box 278, Holly Springs, MS 38635; 662-252-4261; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Battle Ewing, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens,Marine, Iraq
George Frank Frayser, Army, 3rd tour, Iraq
Donnie Kirksey, Marine, Iraq
Matthew McArthur, Marine, Iraq
Michael McClatchy,Army, Iraq
George Merritt, Marine, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Corps Intelligence, Iraq
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
John Snow,Army, 2 tours Iraq, now in Afghanistan
Charles (Will) Stanback, National Guard, Iraq
Stephnie Taylor,Air Force, Iraq
Lynwood Turner, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Charles Weathersby, Marine, Iraq
Supporting Our Troops!
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