Thursday, November 7, 2013
Small town advantages – knowing who you bank with!
Living in a small town has many advantages. Last week, I was most thankful for the wonderful Ann Carpenter and her coworkers at Merchants and Farmers Bank. I called the information line Tuesday after 4 p.m. to check the balance. It said the balance was well into the negative. I just knew something was wrong and called Ann. Bless her, she gave words of wisdom, not to worry, until she could look at the account Wednesday morning when she got to work. Thinking that maybe the info line was off, I went to the ATM to check. No, it was in the red more than the info line. Panic set in as I racked my brain trying to figure out where in the world I had been to spend that kind of money. I came up empty.
Wednesday morning, I called Ann. It appeared someone had stolen our debit/Visa card number. A sigh of relief on my end – as bad as it sounds, I was certainly glad it was not my fault!
It turns out this practice has become very prevalent – I have heard of several who have had their credit cards hacked. Apparently serious thieves can take your number, imprint it onto a card and start charging. Who knew?
All of the charges on the account were made in Boston, Mass., and the surrounding areas. Those folks had a great time at ToysRUs, Lids, the Finish Line and Family Dollar, not to mention all of the times they filled up their vehicles with gasoline. The soft drink vending machines up there accept credit cards, too, as there was $1.50 charge to one of them!
I did a Google search for some of the places and made some phone calls, one was to the Cambridge, Mass., police department. The only one who was really a help was a clerk at the Finish Line. Although they did not have surveillance cameras, she wrote down the credit card number and flagged it in case the thief decided he needed more high top tennis shoes.
With the holidays quickly approaching, I urge y’all to watch where you use your credit cards. Be sure to get your receipts for transactions, think hard about using one online for purchases unless it is a secure site.
If you get gas at the pump with your card, wait 15 seconds after you are finished before you leave, take your receipt and hit the cancel button.
Some would say when things are stolen that the thieves must have needed the stuff more than them. Not in this case – I am furious and hope the shoes they bought cause them to trip, the liquor they purchased causes them to choke and the hats they bought catch fire when they are wearing one of them. The toys they bought? Well, I would hate to begrudge a child anything, but their parents need to learn not to steal.
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Meghan Owen and Mason Conley to wed December 14 in Sardis
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wait of Bryan, Texas, and Ron Owen of Ashland, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Meghan Elizabeth Owen, to Mason Decker Conley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Decker Conley of Senatobia.
The couple will be united in marriage on December 14 at 6 p.m. at the John W. Kyle State Park Lodge in Sardis.
Miss Owen is the granddaughter of the late Mrs. Johnnie Welden of Memphis, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Owen of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Mr. Conley is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mason of Senatobia, the late Joan Conley of Como, and Casey Conley of Blytheville, Ark.
Miss Owen graduated from Harding Academy in Memphis, and Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, with a BSN. Meghan is currently employed as the acute coordinator of the Fresenius Dialysis Program at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Scott and White Hospitals in the Bryan/College Station area of Texas.
Mr. Conley graduated from Magnolia Heights in Senatobia, and Mississippi State University in Starkville, with a BS in Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture with an emphasis in wildlife sciences.
Mason is currently attending graduate school at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
The couple will make their home in Bryan, Texas, after a honeymoon trip to New Orleans, La., and a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico.
A reception will be held at the John W. Kyle State Park Lodge immediately following the ceremony. All family and friends are invited to attend.
Annual Christmas Tour
I meant to go, but I missed it. Then I missed the one after that, and the one following. Somehow, it’s easier to miss events in your hometown than it is to catch them elsewhere.
“We’ll go next year.”
In my 11 years of living in San Francisco, my cousin and I said that about the “Ghost Tour” there. Every night that we walked by the Queen Anne Hotel, we saw the glimmer of a lantern, and a bearded host with a top hat. Not to mention the 20 or so tourists wandering the street for a better photo of the ‘spirits.’ We called them a nuisance for blocking the sidewalk, but truthfully, we were just envious. Here we lived, and we were missing out.
We never took the tour. My cousin moved out of the city, and, not long after, so did I. When I moved back to Holly Springs, I wanted to make it up to myself. I asked about touring the town’s historical homes, but, with great disappointment, the only answer I received was ‘Spring Pilgrimage.’ I knew that couldn’t be the only tour in Holly Springs, and, as I discovered, it’s not!
On December 7 and 8, there is a tour of Federal-style, Gothic and Greek Revival architecture, where stories will be told of bayonet charges, and the songs of an A’Cappella choir charm the visitors at Rust College. Toss in some candlelight, plus a flurry of 19th century homes decked out in their holiday finest, and I’ll be the first in line, camera in tow. Ghosts may, or may not, be included.
Now in its 25th year, the Christmas Home Tour showcases 11 historical structures not featured during this year’s Pilgrimage. A few of the homes highlighted are Gwydir, built by Chancery Clerk James Barratt Walthall in 1886, Polk Place, built in 1836 by Confederate General Thomas Polk, and Magnolias, built in 1852 by one of Holly Springs’ founders, William F. Mason.
A great example of Gothic-Revival architecture, the Magnolias house appeared in the 1999 independent film “Cookie’s Fortune,” by “Gosford Park” director Robert Altman. The iconic home was painted pink for the movie, becoming the set for key plot moments between Glenn Close and Julianne Moore.
If you’re an art enthusiast, Herndon house reveals a rare look at the working art studio of renowned artist, Randy Hayes. Hayes, a Mississippi native, returned to the Mid-South after several years spent as a commercial artist in Boston and Seattle. His artwork explores subcultures, including Southern themes, through photography and painting.
For added variety, not every stop on the tour is a historical home. There are plenty of historical sites, too. The Nathan Bedford Forrest house at Fitch Farms will be open for viewing, along with Chalmers Institute, and the Church of the Yellow Fever Martyrs, where the Five Sisters of Charity nursed victims of the Yellow Fever epidemic in 1878.
Of course, don’t forget to visit the Marshall County Historical Museum. The annual Christmas Homes Tour is the museum’s sole fund-raising event to benefit future exhibits, and educational programs. Docents will be waiting to answer your questions, and introduce you to the hundreds of unique artifacts that bring Holly Springs’ heritage to life.
Advanced tickets for the the 25th Annual Christmas Tour are available online now through PayPal at: http://preservemarshallcounty.org.
For group rates, call the museum at 662-252-3669.
For more information about the Marshall County Historical Museum, or to see photos from last year’s Christmas Tour, please visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/mchistoricalmuseum.
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