October 28, 2010
Happy birthday, Grady Brooks
Mary Ann and Lucky Tonroy of Dallas, Tx., and daughter, Leslie, arrived in Holly Springs Friday evening. They were here for Nancy Sowell Taylor’s funeral, which was Saturday.
Grady Brooks celebrated his ninth birthday Saturday with friends, Michael Ragsdale and Thomas Stewart. Grady’s dad took them to a cabin in Snow Lake, where the boys fished, grilled steaks and had s’mores. Happy birthday, Grady!
Happy birthday wishes go out to Mary Beth Gilliam, who celebrated, Tuesday. May you have many, many more fabulous ones!
Vivian and Eugene Smith recently returned from a trip to Palm Springs, Fla. They were accompanied by Travis and Jean Smith and another couple.
A follow-up on the dog attack on Mr. Ward and Sammy finds that Mr. Ward contacted the police department to report the attack, once Sammy had been released from the vet. He did so, speaking with someone at the police department and explaining to them what happened. When Mrs. Ward called the police department the next day, nobody knew anything about the attack! Apparently, whomever Mr. Ward had spoken with did not take dictation or even scribble down anything about the incident. It makes one wonder what is deemed important enough to make a report, or if something does indeed happen, and, you take the time to call and tell the police, will it simply be disregarded? Will the person on the other end listen intently while you tell your tale of woe while doodling on a piece of paper or will they truly take the time to write down your information and, maybe, have a follow-up call with you the next day to make sure everything is all right?
Every time I have ever called the police department, they have been Johnny on the spot, but I have not needed to report anything nearly as serious as a dog attacking me, my family or our animals. An animal attack may not be as interesting as say, a B&E to some, but to the Wards and Sammy, it was the most important thing that has happened to them in a really long time. At least once a week, there are news reports about pit bull attacks on humans, some dying from the attacks. Also, there have been reported cases of pit bulls being used as “lethal weapons” in certain incidences.
If people would follow the leash law (yes, that’s right, it is a law) and, if they have outdoor dogs, would keep them in an enclosed yard (not just chained to a tree, brick or whatever), things like this would not happen. One would imagine that, if it is a law, it would be the responsibility of the police department to enforce it, not to pawn it off on the dogcatcher. Pepper spray would be a great deterrent to an attacking animal, but sometimes the blitz is so quick that one might not have the reaction time needed to spray.
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Blair Moore to wed Alan Childers November 6 at First Baptist Church
Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Dean Moore of Potts Camp announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Blair Elizabeth, to Alan Cole Childers, son of James Childers and Anita Childers, both of Ripley.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of James and Louise Daniels Jennings of Potts Camp, Joe and Loyce Moore Cox of Waterford and the late James Lee Daniels and Melvin Lee Moore.
She attended Potts Camp High School and Northwest Community College, where she received a degree as a certified LPN. She is currently employed at Olive Branch Family Medical Clinic.
The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Elmer and Susie Childers of Walnut and Mary Bryan and the late Dan P. Bryan of Ripley.
He attended Ripley High School and is currently employed at Ashley Furniture Company and Tippah County Co-op in Ripley.
The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Holly Springs. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.
All family and friends are invited to attend.
Governor Matthews House is on Holly Springs tour in December
The Governor Matthews House is one of the town’s first houses and was originally a dog-trot house with a run in the middle, like the basic plan of most of the houses.
The owner’s name was Joseph W. Matthews and this was his townhouse. He came to Marshall County in 1836 as a land surveyor when the Chickasaw Nation ceded its land to the United States.
He lived in this house when he was elected governor in 1848. After serving as governor, he retired to his farm where he is buried. Judge Matthews had been a judge before he was governor.
When he was judge, in one case, the prisoner in court was sent to prison by Matthews and he later felt he had misjudged him, so he ran for governor in 1848 so he could parole the prisoner.
The house has had several additions. It has been the home of the Curds, the John Kennedy family and is now the home of Jane and Charlie Farris, who have restored it with every modern amenity.
The Farrises have mixed the modern with the old and it was done beautifully with complete ambiance. Tickets for this wonderful “Christmas In Holly Springs” tour cost $15 each, if you buy 10 before November 28. And $18 individually and during the week of the tour all tickets are $22. Tickets may be purchased at the museum at 220 East College Ave. in Holly Springs. Call 662-252-3669.
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