October 1, 2009
Learning about prison
I took my shoes off.
I cleared my pockets.
Close to Nowhere
The Piecemakers of Oxford are planning a quilt show, at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall in Oxford, October 9-10.
We, the actual “Piecemakers,” have been working on this show for almost 18 months now. I guess that’s one of the reasons I tend to think it’s still off in the future instead of looming on the horizon.
The Preacher’s Corner
Coke machine at church “tempted” us
When I was a Sunday school tot, we deposited our offerings into a tiny, wooden box, made in the shape of a church. It even had a steeple. I associated it with the finger game, “Here’s the church, Here is the steeple, Open the doors, and see all the people!” The little offering box was a homemade affair, and were it around today, it would be in somebody’s museum as an example of vernacular folk art from the Mississippi Delta.
Report from the U.S. House
Legislation will help workers who lost jobs
Last week, Congress passed the bipartisan Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2009 (H.R. 3548). This important bill will help ensure that individuals suffering from job loss during today’s tough times are still able to support themselves and their families until they can find new employment.
Letters To The Editor
Washout at overpass:
(I would expect this to be all tax payers of Marshall County.)
I passed by the incomplete overpass over Hwy. 178 at the west exit leading to Hwy. 78. In past months there has been a “wash out” developing on the east side of the overpass. After the recent rains of the last two weeks, a significant washout has developed.
This washout includes part of the abutment that holds the concrete bridge to the raised area of the overpass on the east side. In my estimation, it will take significantly more dollars to repair before paving.
I have been told by the MDOT district office that Congressman Travis Childers’ office contacted them with photos this past Thursday (9-24-09), and the MDOT office contacted Mr. Britt’s office (with the county) with the concerns with photos of the washout.
I have since contacted Marshall County Sheriff’s Dept. who directed me to the City of Holly Springs. (I guess that isn’t part of the county anymore.) I then spoke to someone in the Holly Springs mayor’s office who would speak to someone else, etc….
My concern is two-fold. One, that anymore rain may destabilize the “new” bridge over old Hwy. 178 blocking old Hwy. 178; not to mention possibly falling on vehicular traffic. Secondly, the tax dollars that have already been allocated will not be enough to repair/finish a project that should have been completed three years ago.
Speaking of which, I may have misread in The South Reporter that paving on this last section was to start this summer with “all of the money” coming out of Washington D.C. It’s fall now or nearly so. I do not see any fresh pavement, asphalt or otherwise.
Man’s best friend?:
In response to someone’s previous letter concerning “dropped off” animals in neighborhood, we have the same problem on Richmond-Kizer Mtn. Road.
I have been leaving food to help the strays make it. There is also other dog abuse around, as well as horses.
Now, someone has shot a stray in the paw and crippled it. I pray he will be justly punished.
Don’t let us catch you; we will pursue you. Stop dumping in our neighborhood.
Thanks for support:
To soldiers, families, and friends of the Dixie Thunder Brigade Combat Team (BCT):
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recently stated that the National Guard is one of the best connections between the Armed Forces and the public. When the National Guard mobilizes for war so does home-town America. This statement has been proven to be very accurate with the 155th BCT’s recent deployment to Iraq. This past spring, the leadership from the 155th BCT, MS National Guard, and our communities formally made a commitment to each other with the signing of the “Community Covenant.”
The 155th BCT has over 50 unit armories located in every region throughout the state. Units of the 155th BCT extend from the hills of North Mississippi to the Gulf Coast and from the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway to the Mississippi River. Virtually, every county and community in this state is connected in some way to the 155th’s mobilization.
Our soldiers regularly receive care packages, cards, and letters from community organizations, schools, and churches. It is comforting to know that we are in so many people’s thoughts and prayers. In addition, media coverage provided by local and regional media outlets help our communities stay in touch with the BCT’s operations in Iraq.
We thank our communities for doing their part in making the 155th’s deployment a success.
The most difficult aspect of a deployment is being separated from family members. All of us understand the challenges and burdens associated with this. Our families back home face more challenges than we as soldiers do here in Iraq. Our families’ service to the nation is as honorable as those of us who wear the uniform. In Iraq, we are surrounded by fellow soldiers and are provided the necessary equipment to conduct our assigned tasks every day.
Unfortunately, our families do not always have that luxury. The parents back home are forced to assume the roles of both mother and father while trying to maintain a normal environment for their children. This is more difficult than what we encounter in Iraq.
That is why the “Community Covenant” initiative is so vital to the Mississippi National Guard. This provides our families sufficient resources and support within their own communities that are available at their discretion.
Soldiers and families of the 155th BCT are making sacrifices for the betterment of our nation during a time of war. However, there are some members in our formation who deserve special recognition for their service.
Within the 155th BCT, we have soldiers who are husband(s) and wife(s); father and daughter; father(s) and son(s); father-in-law(s) and son-in-law(s), brothers; brother and sister; and numerous single parents.
CSM Glen Davis, who is currently serving with his daughter SPC Carol Davis, has compiled a list of over 70 soldiers who are currently serving with immediate family members in the 155th BCT. We have the utmost respect for these soldiers and their families. They are making a great sacrifice for our nation. We are extremely grateful for their service and are fortunate that these patriots are members of the 155th BCT.
We have received great support for “Operation Back to School” at Camp Taji. Thank you for your contributions. Please continue to send supplies to:
155th BCT Mayor Cell
On 23 September, MAJ (Chaplin) Partin and SSG Wagner hosted a prayer vigil: “Meet me at the flag pole.” Back in Mississippi, this same prayer vigil was also conducted on 23 September, 7 a.m. at our local schools. Chaplin Partin scheduled the vigil here in Iraq at 3 p.m. so we would be in prayer during the same time as our children. We greatly appreciate Chaplin Partin and SSG Wagner for their efforts in making this a spiritual uplifting event held in conjunction with our loved ones back home.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face... 2 Chronicles 7:14”
Please pass this update to all our soldiers, families, and friends of the 155th BCT. Thanks again for your continued support.
John M. Rhodes
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.Shanika Buffington, National Guard, Iraq
Houston Brimmage, National Guard, Iraq
David Busby, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
John Davis, Army, Iraq
Charles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq; now in Afghanistan
Brandon Freeman, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Shane Fortner, National Guard, Iraq
Michael Garner, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Wayne Gowland, Army, Iraq
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
Jason Janicki, Army, Iraq
LaVandes Lester, Marines, Iraq
Tanya Martin, Air Force, Iraq
Matthew McArthur, Marines, Iraq
Leslie McAuley, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Jessie Mills, National Guard, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Force
Tavarus Mitchell, Air Force, Kuwait
William Payton Jr., Air Force, Afghanistan
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Scott Poff, National Guard, 2nd your, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Darryl Wayne Ricks, National Guard, Iraq
Cody Sanderson, Air Force, Iraq
Daniel Skillman, Marines, Iraq
Prentiss Shaw, National Guard, Afghanistan, now in Iraq
Mitch Swann, Army, Iraq
Stewart Skelton, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Landon Tucker, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Linwood Turner, Army, Iraq
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