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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Putting it to rest once and for all

Monday morning, a loyal reader of this newspaper told me I hadn’t written a scathing, controversial, hard-hitting column in quite a while. As the day wore on, I was reminded after several stops of something that really irks me and decided I needed to write about it. Here comes the controversy.
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Clanton book is an entertaining read

“That must be pretty good if you can’t put it down?” my wife Lisa asked me.
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Almost twenty years old and still rides great

I turned my wrist slightly. The Vance and Hines Longshot pipes let out a rumble, and a soothing sensation overcame me.
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Sawmill Festival provides political appetizer

Last weekend’s Sawmill Festival provided me with an early taste, whether I wanted it or not, of the political talk I can expect at the Neshoba County Fair later this month.
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Listening for stories from ‘witness trees’

I read a story Sunday from CBS News of still living witnesses to the Battle of Gettysburg – one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. history. It occurred in July of 1863, so “living witnesses” has a slight catch. They were referring to trees.
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Thankful for rain and the World Cup; good luck Michael Guest

There was no prettier sight this past weekend than the late afternoon thunderstorm that rolled through Bruce and soaked my yard thoroughly.
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