April 9, 2009
Potts Camp News
Zach Mayer to celebrate birthday April 9
Annie Ruth Stone spent last week visiting with her daughter, Cherrie and Tim Shaw and family in Waterford.
On Monday, Annie Ruth Stone accompanied other family members to attend the funeral of Wendel Stewart in Hickory Flat. Mr. Stewart was the uncle of Rep. Jack Gadd, Annie Ruth’s son-in-law. Pebble Gadd is her daughter.
We were saddened by the sudden death of a nurse, Wilma McGregor. We send our deepest love and sympathy to her family. She was the daughter of my special friend, Marjorie Clifton and the late Henry Clifton.
Get well to Jeanette Dunning, who had recent surgery and is recuperating at home. She needs our prayers.
Diane Stanton, my neighbor, suffered a recent heart attack. Please say a prayer for her.
Connie Work continues to take treatments in Tupelo Hospital. The doctors are trying to save her foot. She needs our prayers. Her mother, Betty Fincher, and other family members visited her there on Sunday.
Others to pray for, God bless these and others: Mary Jarrett, Donna Marett, Mary Jo McCallum, those who have lost loved ones, all who suffer and the leaders of our country, also churches in the Potts Camp area.
Easter is a wonderful time of the year for all who believe that Jesus arose from His death on the cross and will save us from our sins. He died for us. We worship a risen Jesus Christ today!
Happy birthday to Barbara Pipkin on April 8 and to Zach Mayer on April 9.
An artist sought to paint the most beautiful picture in the world. He asked a church pastor, “What is the most beautiful picture?” He answered, “Faith, all our churches have it.” The artist searched further and found a young bride; he asked her the same question. “Love” was her answer, “without it there is no beauty.” Going further he asked a young soldier the question and “peace” was his answer. “Faith, love and peace, how can I paint these?” he wondered. Entering his home he found faith in his children’s eyes, love in the eyes of his wife and there in his home was the peace that faith and love brought. So he painted the most beautiful picture in the world, and when he finished, he called it “Home.”
Prayer of Renewal
Free me this day, O Lord, from all the fears of the future. All anxiety about tomorrow, all bitterness toward anyone, all cowardice in face of danger, all laziness in the face of work, all failure before opportunity, and all weakness when thy power is at hand.
But fill me with love that knows no barrier, sympathy that reaches all, courage that cannot be shaken, faith strong enough for the darkness, strength sufficient for my tests, loyalty to thy kingdom, good wisdom to meet life’s complexities, power to lift me to thee. Be with me another day and use me as thy will. For Christ’s sake, amen.
Praying In A Well
One day while strolling through valley and dell, I happened to slip down in an old open well. I hollered and screamed, but no one heard; no one was aware such a thing had occurred. I tried to climb out by scaling the side, but always slid as an incoming tide. When all efforts failed, I resorted to prayer, hoping the Lord would hear me from way down there. There’s nothing too hard for the Lord I’ve heard tell, and I hoped that He knew I was down in that well. Then the prayingest prayers that I ever did pray, came from the bottom of that well that day. And the Lord He did answer, and I wasn’t there long, till friends had me out and up where I belong. Things just don’t happen by accident I am sure. Jesus is the way out, whatever you endure.
History and Memories
A Potts Camp School teacher asked her class one day, “Who is the governor of Mississippi?” One small boy threw up his hand. He said, “I know, it’s Harry Jones.” He knew that if the lights went out or the water stopped running, Harry was the one his mother called. He also took care of the churches in town.
Both of Harry Jones’s grandparents were among the town’s first settlers (Mr. Jones and Dr. Vaughan).
Dr. Vaughan was the first Potts Camp doctor. In the ’20s, a pretty, new school teacher arrived in town by train. Her name was Clara Rose. Harry Jones’s dad, Bernard Jones, met her at the depot and took her to a boarding house. Harry Jones became a brakesman for the Frisco Railroad for several years. He and Clara Rose were married later and moved back to Potts Camp. They had three daughters, Betty Rose, Mary Frances and Kathryn. Harry built a business in town that lasted 60 years.
They were active members of the Potts Camp United Methodist Church serving as board member, and Rose was a Sunday school teacher for 50 years along with Ruth Powell. Rose was also a Potts Camp School teacher. She taught all of our three children. They enjoyed her classes. One day she decided to take them on a train trip. Most of them had never been on a train. Other classes went along with their teachers. Danny was in her class, so I watched out the window at Potts Camp School, where I worked, as they passed through town. They rode from Holly Springs to New Albany, where some of the parents met them. Several mothers rode with them.
In 1989, after the Burlington Northern Railroad had bought out the Frisco Railroad, they had a specially designed train called the “Glacier View.” It hosted 40 special passengers for a three-hour train trip from Memphis to Amory with a special dinner. Harry Jones was one of the special guests to take the trip. As they passed through town, people said, “There goes Harry!”
I miss Rose and Harry. They are deceased.
Snow Lake News
Snow Lake Shores continues to apply for grants to complete new sewer system
Greetings, Snow Lakers! Welcome to spring! All the beautiful flowers are in bloom, or are just about to bloom, and the brown leaves are history, for the most part. Look up and you will see the green squiggles that are preparing to fall and put that beautiful chartreuse powder all over our cars, boats and us!
Oh yes, it’s the season for the ever-loving “crud”, which is our word for the bad, bad, sinus problems that this time of the year brings. However, it will soon pass and the good warm weather will be right behind and we will soon forget our sinus troubles and be healthy once again.
For those of you who weren’t at the April town meeting Monday night, here is something that we all should know. There’s a new law in town. Its name is 892, and it is all about eventually rendering our septic systems obsolete. The law has passed both the Mississippi House of Representatives and the Senate and will become enforceable July 1, 2009. This law is designed to prohibit septic systems from being installed on new homes on certain sized lots. Most all of the sites in Snow Lake fall in the category that is addressed in this law.
Though we don’t fully understand the ins and outs of the law in its present form, we do know that if we don’t act now we will regret it later. By “acting now” I mean the mayor and board of aldermen voted to hire an engineering firm out of Tupelo with experience in engineering and bringing to reality a proper sewer system, such as we will need here in Snow Lake. As homeowners understand it, your present septic system will be “grandfathered” on July 1, but if you have certain damages to your home, or your septic system becomes unusable due to fire or other disaster, you might have problems. The best and final word on that, of course, will be the health department, who is responsible for issuing permits for septic systems.
Snow Lake Shores is going forward with the engineering and applying for the appropriate grants to service our town with a complete and brand new sewer system. This is the best thing that will come from this new law, #892. No longer will we have to drain our sewage into a tank and have it pumped occasionally, it will be carried away by the new sewer system.
There will be a good period of time before this sewer system comes into being due to having to complete an engineering report in order to apply for grants from various agencies, which should cover just about all of the expense involved with projects of this nature. Sewage does take precedence over most other grant requests.
All in all, it will be for the betterment of our community, not to mention the increase in property values, which should come from having this important update. It will take a while, and could cause some inconvenience; but in the long run, we’ll be happy for the improvement! I am just reporting what was said at the meeting and am by no means an authority on the subject. Any questions should be directed to the town of Snow Lake Shores.
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