January 15, 2009
A newspaper, like any business, is only as good as its employees. One of those I was fortunate to have for seven years at The South Reporter was Fred DeBardeleben.
When I arrived in Holly Springs as editor and publisher of the newspaper, I was about to turn 40. He was near 70.
To me, he was Mr. Fred.
Close to Nowhere
Sue Watson is home from the hospital and doing well!
“Our” Sue went to the hospital with pneumonia on Christmas Day and it all went downhill from there. At least from her point of view.
After way more tests than she cared about and way more poking and prodding than she cared about, it was decided that she needed a triple bypass in the arteries around her heart.
The surgery was performed last Monday (Jan. 5) and after a spectacular recovery, she is at home, with her sister from Colorado visiting and helping out.
The Preacher’s Corner
Post-holiday clean-up brings joy and memories
This week was my time to finally put away all the Christmas decorations! Actually, some were in rooms I seldom walk through and I had forgotten about them.
People have different (and strong) opinions about when to take down their decorations. Some never take them down. I was joking about this with an Oxford friend who grew up on the Gulf Coast. My friend says they remove the Christmas decorations from their outside tree and convert it to a “Mardi Gras” tree which they keep lighted until Lent.
Let’s all pray for people of Zimbabwe
If you had the time and money, you could be in the middle of hell on earth within a day. You could be walking through the slums of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, where the Chigudi family watched five young children die one after the other from cholera.
Letter To The Editor
Fate worse than death:
On Thursday, January 8, the obituary of Dr. James I. Peters Jr. appeared in The South Reporter. It was abridged from submitted information and resulted in what Dr. Peters, a man with a sense of humor, might have called a fate worse than death. Dr. Peters, a physician, artist and sculptor, looked beyond his own accomplishments to cherish the way three daughters enriched his life, and he took pride in each being professionally established under her maiden name.
One daughter is a doctor of philosophy with a degree in archeology, another an attorney at law and one a doctor of medicine.
In correctly reporting the maiden name of each and casually omitting all reference to three sons-in-law, the mention of six grandchildren made it appear Dr. Peters left a legacy of three unmarried daughters with a combination of six offspring.
Those who knew James Peters can imagine his relief at escaping that troublesome fate.
With best wishes for the new year,
Travelin’ cowboy update -- John Wayne is where...
As of... Jan. 13, 2009, John Wayne has crossed the Mississippi River at the Helena bridge.
“When Doug talked to John Saturday, he reported that he’d crossed the bridge at Helena,” Brenda Bragg said.
Not without difficulty apparently.
“He said oncoming traffic wouldn’t pull over and the big trucks didn’t even try to slow down and it spooked the horses,” she said.
Misty, the 2-year-old horse he’s riding, is still colicking, so John stayed in Helena a couple days.
Brenda called Tuesday morning and reported that Mark Haney of Waterford called Donald Parks and said that he’d spotted John at the intersection of Hwys. 49 and 70, in Brinkley, Ark., turning west on Hwy. 70.
Destination: Santa Fe, New Mexico, estimated arrival ~ Easter, 2009
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.
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
Supporting Our Troops
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