Thursday, May 1, 2014
Make it a fun season
The youth baseball and softball fields are busy once again. The Marshall County Dizzy Dean season is in full swing.
“An Open Letter to Dixie Youth Parents” applies to children in most any league. Here’s hoping it’s a fun season for everyone.
Close to Nowhere
Thursday night we enjoyed a band concert and show choir right here in Marshall County.
Potts Camp School has begun a couple of audacious projects -- a band and a show choir.
My youngest granddaughter Remy plays the French horn in the band. One of my other granddaughter’s closest friends, Mallory, plays the flute (or clarinet?).
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Letter to the Editor
On behalf of the Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank you again for all you and your staff do to cover the Marshall County news. The weekly deadlines come “fast and furious” to get our local newspaper published and distributed. The Chamber staff and I encourage everyone to subscribe and utilize your website www.southreporter.com.
In regards to the BACC events, meetings, programs and the projects, we cannot begin to thank each person, business or organization for volunteering, sponsoring and donating to the Chamber’s success. The Byhalia Area Chamber’s mission is to improve and partner to grow the community and economic development of the Marshall County area.
We would like to extend our appreciation to all for the Mardi Gras Party to benefit Byhalia Beautiful/Main Street. Chair Leah Grant and the committee, Angie Cannon, Mary Ann Cooper, Montie Hamblen, Kristi Robb, Clista Ash along with volunteers, Byhalia High School Beta Club, the attendees, Northcentral Electric Power, Reach Adult Center, Tim Alexander/Davide House Whiskey Wrhymers’ band gave over and beyond to make this a great event. The donations and items for the silent auction were some of the best ever. The Taste of the Chamber buffet was abundant and enjoyed by all. Special thanks to A & B Distributing, Byhalia Liquor Store, Clancy’s Café, COSTCO, Paradise Food and Concession, Piggly Wiggly, Seafood Junction, Subs, Etc., Thistledome and Whistle Stop Café.
The BACC has two favorite events coming up soon. The Sounds of Summer Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, August 23, will feature the rock band Ingram Hill, blues artists Shy Perry/Bill “Howling Mad” Perry and a gospel group (TBA). Arts and crafts, concessions, cornhole tournament, kids’ zone and wellness area are a few of the highlights. The White Oak Classic Golf Tournament will be held at Kirkwood National on Thursday, September 11. The Michelob Ultra Series by A & B Distributing will be another day of golf and networking.
To participate in these events or for more information, please call 662-838-8127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the new BACC/Town of Byhalia website www.byhalia-ms.com. To follow us on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/byhaliachamber
To be a part of this growth in the Byhalia/Marshall County area, is like your “fast and furious” deadlines. We are proud to be established for 25 years with the help and support of many. Thank you to each who understand and give by making investments in all capacities.
Keep on keeping on,
Behind Big House
(Editor’s Note – The following letter was e-mailed to The South Reporter and addressed to Joseph McGill. The writer requested it be printed as a “Letter to the Editor.”
Dear Mr. Joseph McGill,
I was ecstatic when I read the article about “Behind the Big House.” It always made me sad when I read about “The Pilgrimage” for the past 30-plus years.
I assumed there might be slave quarters somewhere in Marshall County, but the genealogy research I did on my husband’s different families was controversial enough in the earlier years I began visiting family in Mississippi.
My husband and I moved from Illinois to Horn Lake in 2002. He was killed in a car accident one and a half years later. I stayed on several years because I had many ties to family, friends, etc. Five years ago, I moved to Florida to help my family, and now, due to my own health problems, I cannot visit, as I would like.
The one thing I was able to do while I was there, was to have two cemeteries designated as Historical Cemeteries in the State of Mississippi. I believe I worked with Ken Poole too, to complete the project. My thought was that we might be able to have the old cemeteries cared for, but the county turned me down due to lack of funds.
Now I come to my real point. I know that I may not be able to take this tour you originated. And I hate that. Have you considered putting a book or pamphlet together with pictures of the quarters, inside and out? You would also need a narrative similar to what you tell people on your tour.
There must be someone in the county or Archives who could help write a grant to hopefully get some funding. I know someone has probably thought of this, but no one wants to participate in the work, get funding, etc. I would think it could be a source of monies for Marshall County, or even the Archives, if they participate.
In all my 30-plus years living in Mississippi, researching in Holly Springs, Marianna, Chulahoma, and the Archives, talking to the hundreds of people about their families, I have never seen any slave quarters there. What I wouldn’t give to take a few grandkids there and spend the night.
Thank you so much for initiating this. And it took me three years to discover you and the tour!
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