February 10, 2011
Tribute to Mr. Mackey
My son Andy said it best – “No one loved Marshall Academy more than Mr. Mackey.”
Mackey Rodgers, 70, died Wednesday of last week after suffering a stroke. His funeral service was Saturday.
Close to Nowhere
Imelda and snow!
• My friend Marion has the most amazing shoe collection! It’s much better than mine!
Pop has often called me “Imelda,” after Imelda Marcos, wife of the Phillipines’ president, Ferdinand Marcos.
The Preacher’s Corner
‘Feeding the five thousand’ is gratifying
Members of my congregation assist in a supper ministry for the community sponsored by St. Joseph’s Church.
On Thursday evenings, every other month, we prepare and serve a meal in the parish hall of St. Joseph’s Church. It is called the Garden Café. I salute the nuns at St. Joseph’s for conceiving this idea. The sisters are a joy to know, and their commitment and energy to helping people in this community is boundless.
Report from the MS Senate
Senate passes bill to ban texting while driving
Last week in the Mississippi Senate, we passed Senate Bill 2301, The Mississippi Strategic Planning and Performance Budget System Act of 2011. The bill is designed to make agencies more accountable for how they spend their budgets and will have them to justify expenditures.
Please take time to remember our local “heroes” who are serving in war zones around the world.
George Frayser from fourth tour of dutyImmanuel Betts, Marines, 2nd tour, Afghanistan
Chad Bowman, Afghanistan
Houston Brimmage, National Guard, Iraq
Frederick D. Brown, Army, Afghanistan
Shanika Buffington, National Guard, Iraq
Wesley Crutcher II, Afghanistan
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
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
Scott King, Navy, Afghanistan
LaVandes Lester, Marines, Iraq
James Light, Army, Afghanistan
Tanya Martin, Air Force, Iraq
Jessie Mills, National Guard, Iraq
Chad Minor, Air Force
Will Olita, Navy, Arabian Sea (Afghanistan)
Chadwick (Chad) Phillips, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Scott Poff, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Deron Randolph, Marines, Iraq
Darryl Wayne Ricks, National Guard, Iraq
Candace L. White, Army, Afghanistan
Justin Sanders, Army, 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
Landon Tucker, National Guard, 2nd tour, Iraq
Chauncy Turnage, Army, 2nd tour, Iraq
Supporting Our Troops
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