February 11, 2010
Congratulations to MA basketball teams
Vicki Webb just returned from a nice visit with her grandson, Bridger Carlton, in Steamboat Springs, Co. She also got to visit with her son, Will, while she was there.
Barbara Pipkin, Jo Fleming, Betty Byrd, Betty Bailey, Lynn Shaw, Sandra and Amanda Beaver and Sandy Ray attended the theater production of “The Jersey Boys” Sunday afternoon at the Orpheum. They all had a wonderful time and ate at the famous Huey’s afterwards.
Paul and Barbara Burch, Chris Cothern and Barbara Taylor also went to see “The Jersey Boys” at the Oprheum on Tuesday night.
Congratulations to the Marshall Academy Varsity Patriots on a weekend of wins. The boys won first place, District 1-AA, and the Lady Patriots were second place, 1-AA District. A big congratulations to the girls who were named all tournament - Emily Burk, Callie Clanton and Kelsey Shaw. The boys who were named all tournament were Chase Ferrell, Jake Omedeo, John Tomlinson and Jordan Wyke.
These two teams have battled all season with fabulous ball playing. They have been a joy to watch! They are heading this week down to Leake Academy. Good luck to our teams - all the way to state!
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Jason and Jessica (Whisenant) Newman of Olive Branch are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a son, Noah James Newman. Noah was born September 23, 2009, at 4:05 p.m. at Baptist Hospital for Women. He weighed eight pounds, four ounces and measured 19-1/2 inches long.
Maternal grandparents are Larry and Dee Whisenant of Holly Springs and C.J. and Debbie Smith of Olive Branch. Maternal great-grandmother is Louise Whisenant of Holly Springs and great-grandfather is James Smith of Mt. Pleasant.
Paternal grandparents are John and Patricia Valentine of Vidalia, La., and Robert E. Newman of Sicily Island, La.
Getting older – the best is yet
The clock keeps ticking. You are young — think you will always be young. I think it was G.B. Shaw who said that it was a shame youth was wasted on young folks. They don’t appreciate it and take it for granted. I decided maybe it would have been better if we were old first and then young but that wouldn’t do at all. God knew what He was doing when He made us. You have to be young so you can grow old! Youth is fleeting. However, older age is even more wonderful than young age. Old age is the dessert of life and it gets better as you get older.
Birthdays are so much fun, especially those with zeros on the end. February is birthday month as two famous presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were both born in this month. When I was 8 years old, I had a birthday party for eight girls and eight boys who were my friends. They came to my house in the afternoon and we walked, two-by-two, to the picture show on the square to see “Alice in Wonderland.” The show was a dream of Louis Carroll, who wrote it down. It has been a classic movie ever since. One Superbowl commercial showed that a new “Alice in Wonderland” is fixing to come out, but it looked like a real nightmare.
Lou Jones has the same birthday that I do. She grew up in Tupelo and said her most memorable birthday (George Washington’s birthday) was when she had a George Washington party. For the party, all the children dressed in Revolutionary costumes. She was Martha.
There were two picture shows on the square. The first was Mr. Wade’s. He was a druggist and owned a drugstore where Scott Robinson’s store is today. The movie was in the rear and was long and narrow and had a balcony. Mr. Owen opened another movie house across the street where the auto parts store is today across from the post office. Each movie had matinees every afternoon and night. One movie was shown Monday and Tuesday, another on Wednesday plus a serial, another Thursday and Friday and another on Saturday that was a double feature, of which one was always a wonderful cowboy movie. This was at each theatre. Each movie cost a dime but on Wednesday, the cost was a nickel. The movies were all great; they had no rating and were aimed at family entertainment. The first cuss word to ever be in a movie was in 1939 in “Gone with the Wind” in the last scene when Clarke Gable declared, “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn.” I knew all the movie stars, as I went each time the movie changed. I wrote my favorites and asked them for an 8x10 glossy photo of themselves and their signatures. In the request, I enclosed a dime. I had a great collection, but they all disappeared when my mother cleaned out and gave my “junk” away. I had cousins in Louisiana, there were seven of them, and they didn’t have much. All of this was during the Great Depression.
Chesley Smith said the first movie place here was upstairs on the south side of the square where Nancy Hutchens’ office is today. The movies were silent. Janie McLyon played the accompanying piano for the sound. She also played when our outdoor movie was on the lot where Bank of Holly Springs’ driveway is today. Silent movies were invented about 1895 and “talkies” came out in 1927. Color movies came out with “Gone with the Wind.”
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