A very scary night at Vardaman Junior High

The screams sounded awful real. It was dark, possibly too dark. I didn’t recognize the faces, but most everyone else did as it sent them running away at high speed.

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Love of art offers endless inspiration

I left last year’s Skuna River Art Festival on the Bruce Square with a small, beautiful painting of The Journal by Suzanne Talbert of Oxford. Suzanne is among the Plein Air painters who will be returning this Saturday for the fourth edition of the festival.

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I will miss Gayle Bullard; Calhoun a softball or football county?

To paraphrase a line from my late father-in-law Gale Denley, here’s some random thoughts on this and that.

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A deep dive into Calhoun County history

Benela, Bounds, Busyton, Hardin Town, Hartford, Hollis, Mabry, Partee, Pittman, Retreat, Trusty and Vance aren’t fictional names from a Sonny Clanton novel, but rather once thriving places in Calhoun County.

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Rekindling tradition at Oxford restaurant

We walked right in and got to pick the best booth in the restaurant. My wife Lisa picked one with a good view of one of the many televisions, thinking she might want to glance its way every now and then. 

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Monday surprise straight from Cuba

I walked into my office first thing Monday morning and there sitting on my desk was a big package with my name on it.

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Open meetings with friends in Oxford

The stories were almost as good as the company when I met with some friends for lunch at City Grocery in Oxford last week prior to a “Freedom of Information Forum” I participated in at the Overby Center at Ole Miss.

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Turn off the jukebox and let the band play

Robert Edward Oakley, of Bruce, and I were visiting the other day and the subject of high school bands came up. I’m not an expert on the subject by any means, but Robert Edward has a lot of experience from his days at Bruce High and playing at Ole Miss.

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Hard to beat a good dog story

Judge Henry Lackey, who sadly passed away last week, told one of my favorite dog stories years ago. He said he and some friends climbed through a window to play basketball in the Calhoun City High School gym one weekend, contrary to school rules. Monday morning, Durwood Harrison, the longtime principal, called them all into his office to face the music.

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Run the ball and play good defense

Four outstanding young football players – Quan Glaspie from Bruce, Jordan Guy from Calhoun City, Drew Enochs from Calhoun Academy, and Patrick Pratt from Vardaman – were kind enough to sacrifice their Saturday morning last weekend to get together with me for a little photo shoot, the outcome of which you can see on the front page of this week's Calhoun County Journal newspaper.
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