Thursday, November 22, 2012
No more Twinkies?
My wife Pam rushed out and bought some Twinkies, Ding Dongs and CupCakes.
She got the news early early Friday morning that Hostess was closing.
Close to Nowhere
At this holiday time of year, it’s pretty common to hear of great “acts of kindness.” Not usually from Walmart though...
Traci Cheslak, manager of our local Walmart, has gone above and beyond with a group of children from a Uganda, Africa, orphanage. Cheslak heard of Ugandan Thunder, a choir of children from Uganda, traveling through the United States and the South. The group, with their sponsors and guardians, was appearing at Trinity Baptist Church in Southaven that evening and Cheslak, a member of the church, arranged for the group to stop on their way at our Walmart for a performance.
The Preacher’s Corner
Sirens and whistles bring alarm and comfort
Sirens and train whistles fascinated me as a small boy. I suppose many little boys shared such interests. On the one hand, the train whistle was so loud, it hurt my ears. It was sort of scary as the big locomotive came along beside us as we stood on the asphalt platform by the Cleveland depot. On the other hand, I could never get enough of seeing the train and hearing its whistle. Someday, I knew I would ride it to who knows where.
Letters to The Editor
As a member of the agricultural community that provides food and fiber for the 98 percent of the population that is not involved in farming, I want to thank all of you for your support of this most vital industry in Mississippi.
One of the many things that makes America the greatest country on earth is the ability of our farmers to provide food, shelter, and clothing to us at a much more affordable price than citizens of most any other country in the world. It’s been said that as agriculture goes, so goes the economy. That’s particularly true here in Mississippi. Ag income turns over at least seven times in the rural economy, keeping local businesses like hardware stores, tractor dealerships, co-ops, and many others afloat.
Whenever I’m given the chance, I like to point out that we cannot afford to become dependent on any other country for our food like we are for our oil. Farmers in Mississippi and across the nation are proud of our profession and want to continue to produce efficiently the same high-quality products that consumers have come to expect and can afford.
I have never met a farmer who did not want his farm to be sustainable. I have never met a farmer who was not concerned about pollution, water quality, and soil management. I have never met a farmer who was not concerned about the welfare of their animals and who did not care for them deeply.
So the next time you grab an ear of corn at the supermarket, eye the piles of freshly picked tomatoes, green beans, or peas at a farm stand or find yourself staring at the possibilities in the butcher’s case, take a moment to consider what went into getting these products to you.
And as you gather around your dinner table this Thanksgiving to give thanks to our Creator for all his divine blessings, it is fitting that we thank him for the men and women of agriculture who use all of the resources God provides to improve the quality of our lives.
May God bless each of you and keep you safe this holiday season.
‘The Candy Lady’
Somewhere around the year of 1959-60, on Salem Avenue in Holly Springs, Alice King Davidson began selling candy as a fund-raiser toward her church building fund and to supplement funds for her Girl Scout Brownie troop.
That legacy of the “Candy Lady” lasted about 40 years because her daughter, Ruth L. Davidson Plummer, picked right up and continued the tradition after the passing of her mother. Ruth continued the legacy until it became too dangerous to open her door to patrons in the late evenings.
On Saturday, November 10, a very special lady was laid to rest. Like her mother, Ruth Davidson Plummer was known by most simply as the “Candy Lady.” Like her mother, she was the family matriarch. They spoke only when necessary but with sagacity, with compassion and with humility.
The “Candy Lady” not only sold treats to neighborhood kids, but she also gave of herself. She would often seize the opportunity to speak words of wisdom to many young men and women. If they stole from her, and some did, she did not hesitate to tell their parents. It was her philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child. She would give them a lecture on right and wrong. Young men were told to pull up their pants. Young women were told about their appearance, how to be a lady. They were told about using bad language.
Ruth L. Davidson Plummer will be truly missed. But her legacy will continue to live on in the hearts of her daughter, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends because “The Candy Lady” has closed shop.
Written by her niece
We see disaster happen all around us. We have been mighty blessed by God not to have had to go through what many other cities have gone through. Are we prepared for a disaster?
Do our families have a plan if a disaster comes? Does our city have a plan if disaster comes? Does our country have a plan if a disaster comes?
What if the phones were not working? What if the electricity went out? Do we have a number 1 and number 2 meeting place? Is there an evacuation plan for the city and county?
There used to be a siren that would sound when there was danger coming. Would the citizens know where to go? Let’s not wait until disaster comes before we help each other. Get to know your neighbor, and share what we have with others who are in need. Loving one another will protect us from the storm.
I appeal to those who truly believe in God to pray for your neighborhood.
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