November 4, 2010
Respect for Mr. Minor
Marshall County lost one of its most influential people Monday.
I got the call that morning. I was shocked. I even had to ask two or three times – “Bill Minor? Are you talking about Bill Minor – from Holly Springs – the transportation commissioner?”
Close to Nowhere
• I misread a name the other day here at work — I got Pearl Bailey, instead of Pearl Something Else.
The Preacher’s Corner
‘If you don’t eat your bread, you’ll grow up skinny’
My grandmother (Daddy’s mother) worried that I did not eat light bread. Slices of plain white bread were always on her table. We did not have bread with every meal at my house. This represented a clear difference between the ways of my two grandmothers, for mother’s mother was part of our household, and it was she who determined what was and was not on our daily table.
Letters To The Editor
I would like to commend the school districts and parents for their improved communications. Holly Springs Separate School District, Marshall County School District, and Holy Family School are sending weekly progress reports to parents. These reports made the parents aware, at the beginning of the school year, of the students’ need for supplementary support.
Enrollment at the CHJ Academy increased in September. I feel this is a direct result of parents’ awareness of the needs of their children early in the school year. Also, the weekly homework sheets let the parents and the academy know exactly what skills to reinforce. When the schools and parents work together, the students are clearly the winners.
NOCDS says thanks:
While the story that appeared in the 10/27/10 South Reporter was substantially correct in its reporting of the Network of Canine Detection Services Search and Rescue K-9 Seminar held at Wall Doxey Park October 11-15, it would be remiss of the NOCDS organization to fail to acknowledge the efforts of the other 14 instructors and assistants, who, in addition to Ms. Hancock and Ms. Beddow, offered their services to guide and mentor the total of more than 60 registered students.
Some instructors travelled great distances to share their knowledge and experience with students, often without reimbursement — including special guest presenters from the National Weather Service and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.
NOCDS also wishes to thank the merchants and property owners of Holly Springs and Marshall County, including the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, Merchants and Farmers Bank, the City of Holly Springs, Rev. and Tina Selman and the Church of Latter Rain, Beth Overall and the Marshall County Fairgrounds Association, Barry Thomas, Chris Podwell, and others too numerous to mention, who generously offered the use of excellent training venues for off-site field work exercises enjoyed by seven separate K-9 classes in air-scenting/area search, disaster recovery, human remains detection, and mantrailing.
NOCDS also wishes to acknowledge the unstinting efforts of those members of the NOCDS executive board, without whose extensive planning, preparation, and administration, this 14th annual seminar would not have been possible — notably president T.H. Walker, treasurer Danny Holley, secretary Ronda Maine, instructor coordinator Barbara Holley, and their friends and family members who also offered assistance.
We owe thanks as well to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson and Major David Cook for the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office sponsorship of the event, and their invaluable assistance, including the provision of equipment and support personnel throughout the week-long seminar.
Our grateful thanks to all who contributed materially to the seminar’s success, and the consequential business and prosperity it brings to our community.
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.
Matthew McArthurImmanuel Betts, Marines, 2nd tour, Afghanistan
Houston Brimmage, National Guard, Iraq
Shanika Buffington, National Guard, Iraq
John Davis, Army, Iraq
John Westley Day, National Guard, Iraq
LaCourtney Ellis, Army, Afghanistan
Battle Ewing, Army, 2nd tour, Afghanistan
Charles Fairbairn, Army, Iraq; now in Afghanistan
George Frank Frayser, Army, 4th tour, Iraq
Wayne Gowland, Army, Iraq
Jarod Grimes, Army, Iraq
Lee (Brandon) Hutchens, Marines, Iraq
Sammie Ivy, National Guard, Iraq
Jason Janicki, Army, Iraq
Robert Jordan Jr., Army, Iraq
LaVandes Lester, Marines, Iraq
James Light, Army, Afghanistan
Tanya Martin, Air Force, Iraq
Jessie Mills, National Guard, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Force
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Scott Poff, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Darryl Wayne Ricks, National Guard, Iraq
Cody Sanderson, Air Force, Iraq
John Snow, Army, toured two times in Iraq;
now serving his second tour in Afghanistan
Mitch Swann, Army, Iraq
Stewart Skelton, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Landon Tucker, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Chauncy Turnage, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Supporting Our Troops
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