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Volume 2 Number 5<br />

july/aug <strong>2016</strong><br />


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A PAtriot remembered<br />

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Her Name is Nellie<br />

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A Look Back In Time




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Tahya A. Dobbs<br />

CFO<br />

Kevin W. Dobbs<br />

Consulting editor<br />

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

Account Executives<br />

Rachel Lombardo<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

Camille Anding<br />

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

Amanda Markow<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

Elise Sears<br />

Abigail Walker<br />

staff Photographer<br />

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Contributing Photographer<br />

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Administrative Assistants<br />

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Layout Design<br />

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“In the good ole summertime,” we salute <strong>July</strong> with its patriotic themes, family vacations, and those<br />

taste-pleasing farmer’s markets flooded with choice selections.<br />

<strong>August</strong> brings more heat and humidity, but the month still holds a few more vacation days and lots of<br />

grilled hamburgers around the swimming pool.<br />

I have warm and sweating memories of shucking fresh corn from my granddaddy’s garden and shelling<br />

peas on the eden couch with a reward of homemade ice-cream when we finished.<br />

All of us can share stories from our past- whatever the season. In this special issue we feature stirring<br />

chronicles of WWII veterans along with histories of the Flora Train Depot and The Home Place.<br />

Are you familiar with the Webster Animal Shelter? We can catch you up<br />

on it in this issue and hope it makes you want to go visit. You’ll also enjoy<br />

pictures of friends, family, and neighbors at some of the fun happenings in<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County. One special event celebrated a wonderful lady’s life and her<br />

memory after her battle with cancer.<br />

With each completed issue, I say “this is my favorite” because each issue<br />

features the remarkable people that make up our hometown and the wonderful<br />

advertisers that publicize their businesses.<br />

Enjoy your summer. Escape the heat when possible and<br />

indulge in seconds of homemade ice cream if offered!<br />

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In this issue Summer Road Trip ....................... 6<br />

A Patriot Remembered .................. 10<br />

Her Name is Nellie. .................... 14<br />

A Look Back in Time ................. 20<br />

A WWII Love Story ...........26<br />

The New Mannsdale ......................30<br />

Summer Memories ................... 36<br />

More Than Just Hot Air. ............... 40<br />

Webster Animal Shelter. .............. 44<br />

There’s No Place Like Home Place ...... 46<br />

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<strong>Hometown</strong> madison • 5

SUMMER<br />

ROAD<br />

TRIP<br />

Summertime is often when<br />

we pack our families into the<br />

car and strike out on memorymaking<br />

vacations. So we<br />

asked some of our readers,<br />

“What’s your favorite<br />

vacation memory<br />

and what made it<br />

so special?”<br />

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Lu Poole<br />

A week in the Frisco/Breckenridge, Colorado area was right up<br />

my alley, as I LOVE cold weather. I took skiing lessons but failed<br />

miserably, and had bruises for weeks. Did some cross country skiing,<br />

which was much easier. What made the vacation special was the<br />

scenery and the unique shops, but most importantly, my boyfriend<br />

being with me on the trip!<br />

Patton Wilson<br />

My favorite memory is when we went to Disney World.<br />

I love that memory because it’s the first ride we all<br />

rode together ever at Disneyworld!<br />

Judge Will Longwitz<br />

My favorite vacation memory is getting buried in the<br />

sand by my daughters June and Sophie at the beach.<br />

Their laughter and total satisfaction at a job well done<br />

was captured in this photo taken by my wife Leigh Ann.<br />

Maggie Mangum<br />

I have lots of favorite vacation memories,<br />

but my favorite was going to New York City<br />

and seeing the Statue of Liberty and<br />

Aladdin and Lion King on Broadway!<br />

Kennedy High<br />

My first time going to Disney World because I was<br />

experiencing it and meeting new princesses.<br />

Ryan Houston<br />

My most memorable vacation was when I was living<br />

in Arkansas. My aunt enjoyed going to the casino in<br />

Mississippi and one day she decided to pile me and my<br />

cousins in her car for a road trip to one of the casinos.<br />

The day before we were to leave, her dog had puppies<br />

and it turned out that we had to take one of the puppies<br />

with us on our trip. We all took turns taking care of the<br />

puppy, but right before we reached our destination, sadly,<br />

the puppy died. We pulled over on the side of the road,<br />

had a funeral for the puppy and buried it. That experience<br />

left a lasting impression on me. It taught me a lot about<br />

the circle of life. We were there for the birth and we<br />

there for the death. It made me realize never to<br />

take one day for granted.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> madison • 7

Mariane & Earl Stegall<br />

Hope Mooney, Robin Scott<br />

Lisa Shaldra, Elise Ros<br />

Sonya Summerlin, Lynett McBrayer,<br />

Anna Grace McBrayer<br />

The American Cancer Society<br />

Tennis Classic<br />

presented by St. Dominic’s<br />

in Memory of Becky Taylor<br />

in Honor of Anna Hill<br />

April 22 / The Club at Township<br />

Jennie Mullen, Sabrina Sutherland<br />

Jamie & Lee Crifler, Laura Taylor<br />

Suzanne Leber, Angi Ricketts, Christine Kelley<br />

Tina & Hunter Arnold<br />

Robert & Carolyn Varner<br />

Jeff & Melissa Lewis, Jerry Newcomb<br />

Shelbey Taylor, Delaney Taylor<br />

Sister Mary Trinta, Jennifer Spong, Julia Morgan Sandifer<br />

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Patti Daily, Jeff Taylor, Laurie Nobel<br />

Byron & Kent Edgecombe

Pam Howarth, Jimmy Dukes, Bill Schmigh<br />

Esha Rosk, Foster Phillips, Delaney Taylor, Alayna Curtis<br />

Natalie Nicholes, Kelsey Carroll, Jon Carroll<br />

Emily Skeen, Lauren Keen, Anna Nuzzo, Emily Robertson<br />

Sister Dorthea Sondgeroth<br />

John Martin Pozzak, Austin Stuart, Trey Randall<br />

Elizabeth Brassard, Betsy Wicholoson, Jodi Maughhon<br />

Miriam Prince & Kevin Prince<br />

Joel Cushing, Caleb Cushing<br />

Emily Sham & Michael Sham, Sonya Milner & Michael Milner<br />

Rick Adams from Miss 103<br />

Jennifer Bowman, Pamela Boerner<br />

Mike & Pam Gallitus, Brennon Taylor, Ashley Highfill<br />

Diane Cushing, Elizabeth Brassard<br />

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10 • <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2016</strong>

A Patriot<br />

Remembered<br />

Milton McMullen passed away on<br />

December 1, 2014, but the contributions he<br />

made to his country will live on in the hearts<br />

of his family and friends. His two Purple<br />

Hearts and two Bronze Stars along with a<br />

detailed catalog of his military exploits will<br />

remain as cherished items by his wife,<br />

Vickie, and their two sons.<br />

When the atomic bomb was dropped on<br />

Hiroshima in 1945, McMullen was in a POW<br />

camp 62 miles away. He actually witnessed<br />

the clouds and dust from the explosion. It<br />

would mark the end of war and McMullen’s<br />

release from 42 months as a prisoner of war.<br />

McMullen never imagined his stint in the<br />

military would mean surviving a plane fire,<br />

bombings, and an explosion that tossed him<br />

in the air and punctured him with shrapnel.<br />

While trying to recover from his injuries<br />

in the midst of hiding in the Philippine<br />

jungles, he was captured and survived a<br />

Japanese prison camp for over three years.<br />

His experiences further document the cost<br />

of our freedoms.<br />

McMullen’s family members heard how<br />

the prisoners were forced to do hard labor<br />

and had only boiled potato vines to eat.<br />

McMullen weighed 84 pounds when he<br />

was released.<br />

Daily beatings were a ritual from the<br />

guards. Once, while McMullen was working<br />

in the steel mill, a guard broke McMullen’s<br />

arm with a metal pipe. During a winter in a<br />

Tokyo prison, McMullen was tied to a tree<br />

overnight and suffered frostbite.<br />

He recalled getting a tiny sewing kit from<br />

the Red Cross, finding a ragged wool blanket<br />

and sewing a pair of shoes for himself.<br />

Hunger and cold were always challenges<br />

to survival.<br />

Once when McMullen was beaten so<br />

badly that he couldn’t work and was of no<br />

use to his captors, he was sent to the death<br />

camp to die. Miraculously, God gave him<br />

an opportunity to use his mechanic skills<br />

to repair one of their trucks. Orders soon<br />

arrived to send him back to the work camp.<br />

McMullen never forgot his experiences as<br />

a POW and remained an outspoken advocate<br />

for POW compensations. He continued to<br />

stay in touch with his elite club of POW<br />

survivors and served two terms as the State<br />

Commander of American Ex-Prisoners<br />

of War.<br />

His wife, Vickie, lives in Sunnybrook<br />

Estates and continues to preserve McMullen’s<br />

memorabilia in his office. His courage,<br />

fortitude, and resilience still linger among<br />

his medals. n<br />

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Her Name is<br />

NellieErin Williams<br />

“I'll do it.”<br />

I still remember the call like it was<br />

yesterday. It was a normal day at work when<br />

my husband called and told me that they<br />

didn’t know what to do with the calf we had<br />

been monitoring for the past few days.<br />

My husband and brother-in-law both work<br />

as ranch managers for a cattle farm, Noblin<br />

Road Farms, owned by Mr. Tom Underwood<br />

and Dr. Bill Sneed. Calving season had just<br />

started and Nellie was the third calf to be born.<br />

Her mom, a first-calf heifer, wanted nothing to<br />

do with her.<br />

The day she was born we knew something<br />

wasn’t right. The next day, to help facilitate the<br />

bonding, we put her and her mom in the catch<br />

pen and took turns going to the farm twice a<br />

day to run mom through the squeeze chute so<br />

Nellie could finally nurse. We tried everything,<br />

to no avail. After 3 days of that and no luck,<br />

my husband called to tell me that he and his<br />

brother simply didn’t have the time to bottlefeed<br />

the calf and, along with both farm<br />

owners, had decided they’d either need to sell<br />

her or give her away.<br />

And there it happened. Before I knew it,<br />

the words “I’ll do it” came out and I agreed to<br />

be Nellie’s adopted momma for the next six<br />

months. I couldn’t stand the thought of not<br />

knowing where Nellie might end up, if she’d<br />

take days to find a home, or how she’d eat<br />

during those days.<br />

As a girl smack dab in the middle of her first<br />

calving season, I was scared to death and I<br />

didn’t know anything about raising a bottle-fed<br />

calf. Because the farm is forty minutes from our<br />

house, and Zach and I have five jobs between<br />

the two of us, time going to and fro is something<br />

we didn’t have much of. We knew we needed<br />

to move Nellie closer to the house to make<br />

feedings before and after work realistic.<br />

It was hard getting her into the dog crate<br />

we used for the ride to a nearby barn my<br />

brother-in-law kindly let us use. She, too, was<br />

scared to death and only 4-days-old at the<br />

time. After putting her in an empty horses stall,<br />

she took to the bottle immediately. As we<br />

walked back to the truck, I could hear her<br />

loudly bawling. By that time, I, too, was<br />

bawling. It was an emotional night and I hardly<br />

slept a wink thinking about how lonely, scared,<br />

and confused she must’ve been. I was up<br />

before the alarm the next morning to feed her<br />

again. The bawling continued, for both of us,<br />

for the next couple of days.<br />

I almost drove myself crazy those first few<br />

days of Nellie’s arriving at the barn. I called<br />

everyone I could with experience in the cattle<br />

industry, talked with local extension agents,<br />

and even stopped in different co-ops<br />

desperate to get any information I could on<br />

how to raise this calf. As many of you know,<br />

things become a lot more important when you<br />

know a life depends on you–especially one<br />

that can’t talk and tell you what they need. My<br />

biggest fear was that Nellie was going to die<br />

or have a problem because of something I did<br />

or didn’t do.<br />

The one piece of advice I got the most<br />

during those days of phone calls was to not<br />

get too attached; however, by Nellie’s second<br />

day at the barn, she had a name. Whoops.<br />

But we had finally nailed down a routine;<br />

Nellie would stay in the stall at night and then<br />

go to the 14 by 14 outside pen we temporarily<br />

made for her during the day. We knew she<br />

needed sunshine and grass, but I was so<br />

nervous stray dogs or who-knows-what<br />

would try to mess with her that we fenced<br />

off the whole temporary pen with gates and<br />

chicken wire.<br />

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Nellie has also taught me that<br />

you are stronger than you think–<br />

even if life sometimes gives you<br />

a less than ideal hand...<br />

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When Nellie was finally big enough to not<br />

escape the paddocks the horses rotate in, she<br />

moved from her small pen to a huge paddock<br />

where she could graze and run freely. The<br />

first day we moved her out there, Nellie was<br />

obviously confused and a bit timid moving<br />

from something small that she knew to<br />

something large that she didn’t. Little did<br />

she know how much she would end up loving<br />

that move. How often do we also find<br />

ourselves in those types of predicaments?<br />

As of now, Nellie is growing like a pro,<br />

and it won’t be too long before I start weaning<br />

her from the bottle and she’ll get to rejoin the<br />

herd. Just this past week, she has embraced<br />

her new look of a bright blue halter and is<br />

quite stylish. Looking back on the past few<br />

months, I wouldn’t change a thing. I love<br />

Nellie a lot, and every time she sees me she<br />

runs straight to me and follows me around.<br />

I’ve learned a lot through caring for<br />

Nellie, as I know anyone who has taken<br />

care of livestock has learned. I’ve learned<br />

that you can truly never do too much research,<br />

and I’ve seen yet again how people in this<br />

community will bond together in a minute<br />

to lend a helping hand. I don’t know many<br />

other communities who could say the same<br />

thing. Aren’t we so lucky to live here?<br />

Nellie has also taught me that you never<br />

have too many bottles on hand and that you<br />

are stronger than you think–even if life<br />

sometimes gives you a less than ideal hand,<br />

like it gave her at the beginning.<br />

I’ve learned how to walk out of the barn<br />

as quietly as possible after feeding so she<br />

won’t hear me and get upset. I’ve laughed<br />

at how anytime I even think Nellie is gaining<br />

weight it’s a celebration–if only humans were<br />

like that!<br />

I’ve seen Nellie become a great platform<br />

for agriculture. What started as a few pictures<br />

on facebook, instantly turned into people<br />

outside of agriculture who’ve never been<br />

on a farm, that I work and am friends with,<br />

wanting to meet and feed her. Because of<br />

that, she’s met many new friends and has<br />

given others a chance to experience<br />

something they probably wouldn’t have<br />

been able to otherwise.<br />

There’s been a lot of mornings that waking<br />

up so early to feed her was hard. But there’s<br />

also been a lot of lessons learned, a lot of<br />

milk replacer bought, a lot of cow hugs<br />

given–and a now lifelong bond between me<br />

and a calf. My Nellie-girl.<br />

They say you remember a lot of firsts in<br />

your life and I think that’s true. Nellie was my<br />

first bottle-fed calf, my first pet calf in a lot of<br />

ways, and I hope that throughout my life she<br />

won’t be my last.<br />

I think back to that original phone call<br />

often–and I’m happy I said, “I’ll do it.” n<br />

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A Look<br />

Back<br />

in Time<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

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At one time, when rail travel was more prevalent,<br />

small train depots were seen at each town along the railroad tracks.<br />

It was the place where journeys began and ended, loved ones bid farewell<br />

or where they looked forward to seeing them again after they’d been away<br />

for a while. As rail service decreased and the popularity of the automobile<br />

increased, many of the train depots were abandoned and<br />

fell into disrepair before disappearing altogether.<br />

That is not the case with the train depot in<br />

Flora. Located adjacent to the tracks that carry folks<br />

from New Orleans to Chicago and back again, the<br />

Flora train depot looks much like it did when it was<br />

built in 1883, thanks mainly to the efforts by the<br />

Flora Area Historical Society, who acquired the<br />

little depot in 2006. They’ve put a lot of work into<br />

not only restoring the building, but in adding a<br />

museum where folks can learn more about the area<br />

and what life was like in the 1800s.<br />

Presley Posey is a member of the Historical<br />

Society in Flora and says that many of the local<br />

items were donated by families who have lived in<br />

the area for generations. “Not everything in the<br />

museum is local, but they are all period pieces that<br />

tell the story of what life must have been like in<br />

Flora when the town was founded and when folks<br />

traveled by rail to go to other towns.”<br />

The depot sits on land that was donated by the<br />

Jones family. Flora was founded in 1882 when it was<br />

chosen as the site for a depot of the Illinois Central<br />

Railroad. J.C. Clark was the general manager in<br />

charge of surveys and construction for the Illinois<br />

Central and he determined that a rail line from<br />

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It’s a beautiful<br />

building and<br />

an asset to the<br />

town of Flora<br />

Canton to Yazoo City would be ideal as a feeder line for the<br />

area, which was a very productive cotton-growing area.<br />

Instead, the route they built was from Jackson to Yazoo City,<br />

and it passed right through Flora. The depot was named<br />

after Jones’ wife, Flora Mann Jones, and subsequently,<br />

the city, which was chartered and incorporated in 1886,<br />

was named after her as well.<br />

Posey says that some of the more interesting items in the<br />

museum include an 1830s bell from the Flora Methodist<br />

Church and a surveying set used by a local man in the<br />

1920s. There is also an extensive bottle collection from<br />

the Barnes family. “We have lots of old photographs from<br />

around town, and of course, plenty of train memorabilia,”<br />

says Posey.<br />

The little depot ceased being a functioning depot in<br />

the 1960s. About seven or eight years ago, the waiting<br />

room area for the depot was renovated and is now<br />

used as the offices for the Flora Chamber of Commerce.<br />

“It’s a beautiful building and an asset to the town of Flora,”<br />

says chamber director Abby Enfinger.<br />

The museum is open the first and third Saturday of<br />

each month, from 10am to 2pm. A member of the Flora<br />

Area Historical Society is always on hand to talk about<br />

the displays and to answer questions. “There’s not always<br />

a big rush of folks waiting to get in each time we’re opened,”<br />

laughs Posey, “but we do get some tour groups from time to<br />

time and those who happen to wander in on their way to<br />

the Petrified Forest.”<br />

A visit to the Train Depot Museum in Flora is worth<br />

the trip, especially when you pair it with a delicious burger<br />

from The Blue Rooster, just across the street, or anything<br />

from Bill’s Creole and Steak Depot, just down the tracks. n<br />

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<strong>Hometown</strong> madison • 23

Mississippi Officers Participate<br />

in Law Enforcement Torch Run<br />

for Special Olympics Mississippi<br />

Law enforcement officers from across the<br />

state celebrated their <strong>2016</strong> fundraising success<br />

for Special Olympics Mississippi with the<br />

<strong>2016</strong> Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special<br />

Olympics.<br />

“Law enforcement officers are the<br />

‘Guardians of the Flame of Hope’ for Special<br />

Olympics athletes in more than 100 countries<br />

around the world,” said Tony Bahou, president<br />

and CEO of Special Olympics Mississippi.<br />

“Their efforts help us provide life-changing<br />

experiences and competitions for more than<br />

4,000 athletes in Mississippi year round.”<br />

Law enforcement officers use off-duty<br />

time to support athletes and programs, and<br />

the funds raised—topping $47,000 in <strong>2016</strong> for<br />

Mississippi through T-shirt sales, car washes<br />

and softball and basketball tournaments–stay<br />

local to the state and the communities they<br />

protect and serve.<br />

Law enforcement officers worldwide<br />

have raised more than half a billion dollars<br />

for the cause since the inception of the Law<br />

Enforcement Torch Run.<br />

Special Olympics Mississippi became<br />

one of the first pilot programs after Special<br />

Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver<br />

visited Ellisville State School in Jones County<br />

in 1968, and was officially incorporated and<br />

recognized by the state in <strong>August</strong> 1975.<br />

Today, Special Olympics Mississippi<br />

serves more than 4,000 athletes through a<br />

network of 17 multi-county areas and thousands<br />

of volunteers. Athletes compete locally at more<br />

than 50 events across the state, then statewide<br />

at the annual Summer Games and Fall Games.<br />

Athletes can then advance to the national and<br />

international levels of competition. n<br />

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26 • <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2016</strong>

A<br />

WWII<br />

L ve<br />

Story<br />

Abigail Walker<br />

This year marks the 69th<br />

anniversary of Richard and<br />

Nellie Paul Farr of <strong>Madison</strong>.<br />

It has also been 70 years<br />

since Richard returned home<br />

from WWII. The time that he<br />

served as a young man with<br />

the 99th Infantry Division<br />

of the United States Army<br />

is hard to forget, but years<br />

later he also recalls the love<br />

letters from a girl back<br />

home who gave him hope.<br />

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In 1944 Richard was drafted at the age of 18. He was living in<br />

Jackson, Mississippi, at the time and spent his basic training at<br />

Camp Shelby and then Camp Wheeler in Georgia. After being<br />

moved to several states up north, he was eventually sent overseas.<br />

In January of 1945 Richard sailed to Europe on a ship called<br />

the Aquitania. With 7,000 troops onboard and limited space,<br />

men often had to sleep on the floor or stacked on top of each<br />

other in hammocks. Richard remembers his name being called<br />

over the loudspeaker, and he was requested to serve as a typist<br />

while on board the ship–a job which allowed him more perks<br />

during the journey.<br />

They arrived in Scotland and began traversing around Europe.<br />

Sometimes their train would have to hide under a bridge for<br />

several days with the lights out so they wouldn’t be spotted. In<br />

France, Richard recalls the starving children who begged the<br />

soldiers for food. Before his men were sent to Belgium, their duffle<br />

bags were emptied and all they were allowed to carry was a few<br />

supplies and dry socks.<br />

They were known as the “Battle Babies”–young men sent over<br />

as replacements toward the end of the war. They spent most of<br />

their time patrolling the Ardennes Forest. Richard remembers<br />

the frigid temperature and fear of frostbite. The barns that looked<br />

dry and cozy for sleeping were full of booby-traps, so they dug<br />

out foxholes in the icy ground and laid side-by-side for warmth.<br />

Richard still keeps in touch with his foxhole buddy Charlie.<br />

Richard says they would see bomber planes flying overhead<br />

and then hear their return later in the night. They watched as<br />

German prisoners were escorted home from Russia on their last<br />

legs. Then there were the times when German tanks would roll<br />

right over their foxholes, the babies of the 99th division below<br />

their massive wheels. He also remembers the destruction–the<br />

European towns that had been reduced to rubble.<br />

But when the mail would come, Richard was reminded of the<br />

Mississippi redhead who was waiting for his return. Every time<br />

he opened one of her letters, he found a ray of hope and a piece<br />

of home.<br />

Richard and Nellie Paul met in high school. He was a couple<br />

years older and soon graduated, but before he was shipped out,<br />

Nellie Paul would visit Richard at basic training and mail him<br />

letters. When he was sent overseas, the letters continued. They<br />

came so frequently that he would often get a whole stack by the<br />

time the mail caught up with his troop.<br />

“She was good about writing letters,” Richard says.<br />

“And he was good about keeping them,” adds Nellie Paul.<br />

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He packed her letters in his duffle, carrying them all over<br />

Europe even though every ounce meant more weight he had to<br />

haul. The ones he couldn’t keep he buried in a barn, but the rest<br />

he brought back with him.<br />

Nellie Paul recalls how the postman would smile when he<br />

brought her a letter from Richard, excited to see her receive<br />

word that her beau was doing well. But Richard couldn’t tell<br />

her everything about what was happening in Europe. Sometimes<br />

the paper would have holes cut out, signs that the mail<br />

had been censored for sensitive information.<br />

He called her “flapper” or his redhead and would often joke<br />

about her needing to correct his grammar. “I’m sorry I can’t<br />

write a sweet letter like you can,” he had scrawled on a thin<br />

piece of V-mail.<br />

But Nellie Paul didn’t seem to care. “You do some of the<br />

craziest things, darling,” she sent in one letter. “But I guess<br />

that’s one reason why I love you.”<br />

Richard was near Munich when the war ended, but it took<br />

him over a year later until he was back home. Nellie Paul had<br />

just graduated from high school when Richard returned. He<br />

wrote to her: “This time last June, I just knew I would be home<br />

surely to see you graduate–but, no dice. I hope you had a<br />

picture made in your dress.”<br />

They were married in October of 1947. Since Richard didn’t<br />

smoke, he had sold his government-issued cigarettes and saved<br />

enough money to buy Nellie Paul a ring.<br />

The Farrs now have three children, four grandchildren,<br />

and five great-grandchildren and are called “Papa” and “Honey”<br />

by their loved ones. This <strong>July</strong>, Richard will be celebrating his<br />

90th birthday. Even after all these years he’s still able to<br />

remember details about his WWII days when he was a young<br />

man in Europe. And Nellie Paul is quick to help him fill in<br />

some of the gaps.<br />

They now have a whole box of letters from the both of them<br />

during those years when they were apart–reminders of the<br />

start to their relationship that has lasted for decades.<br />

“I suppose you’re the ‘man in my life’ now,” Nellie Paul had<br />

written. “I think I’ll always feel this way and it’ll be not only for<br />

now, but ‘now and forever.’”<br />

“I guess I meant it,” she adds years later with a smile. n<br />

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The New<br />

Mannsdale<br />

Amanda Markow<br />

The architects behind the new Mannsdale school give an<br />

inside glimpse of the beautiful new space before the students<br />

are running (or walking quietly) through the halls.<br />

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School bells will soon be ringing again, and for one school in <strong>Madison</strong>,<br />

they will be ushering in the first school year ever. Mannsdale Upper<br />

Elementary is officially ready to welcome students for the <strong>2016</strong>-2017<br />

school year, thanks in part to the design team, Dale | Bailey,<br />

The association was formed in <strong>August</strong> 2008 bringing together a firm with years of<br />

experience in educational facility planning, design and construction. Since then, Dale | Bailey<br />

has designed dozens of schools including Canton and McNeal Elementary Schools, Moss<br />

Point’s Magnolia Middle School, and Clinton’s Northside and Eastside Elementary Schools.<br />

In addition to these new schools, they also have renovations to existing schools on their<br />

extensive resume.<br />

“Our team at Dale | Bailey only designs schools,” says partner Gary Bailey, AIA.<br />

“It is the passion of our partners and drives all we do.”<br />

They recently brought that passion to <strong>Madison</strong>. As with all major projects, the work for<br />

Mannsdale began with a series of meetings. “The general public often doesn’t realize what<br />

happens before the project is being built,” says partner Russ Blount, AIA. “There are a lot of<br />

meetings and a team of people involved. In the early design process, we meet with select school<br />

officials, principals, teachers, maintenance operators, kitchen directors, etc. to get input on the<br />

ideal design concepts. We often go through an initial charrette type process where we gather<br />

information and translate into a program, sketches, floor plans, and then a 3D model.” Meetings<br />

continue throughout the design process with key groups such as fire marshals, city officials, and<br />

crucial team consultants such as structural engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers, civil<br />

engineers, food service consultants, and many more.<br />

Working with <strong>Madison</strong> County schools means meeting with and working for the District<br />

Superintendent, Dr. Ronnie McGehee. “Dr. McGehee often says, ‘All I want is what I paid for,’”<br />

says Blount. “As the architect for this and all projects, we strive to interpret the client’s design<br />

and ensure that all of the details discussed are incorporated into the design, construction<br />

documents, and built by the contractor.”<br />

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Their team then reviews progress during construction to<br />

make sure the school is being built per their specifications<br />

and standards. After all, “the school district deserves a<br />

quality project that will last for many years,” says Blount.<br />

Both Bailey and Blount agree that communication is<br />

a huge part of the design process for any project. “<strong>Madison</strong><br />

County Schools has high expectations as educators, and<br />

we made sure we listened to the needs of the users of the<br />

building–teachers and administrators,” says Bailey.<br />

For example, safety and sightlines are very important<br />

in schools. With this in mind, Dale | Bailey organized the<br />

floorplan so that staff can stand at central points in the<br />

hallways and see throughout the school from one end<br />

to the other. “These node points become elements such<br />

as a rotunda which incorporate specialized design<br />

characteristics,” says Blount.<br />

Blount says they often add details that the school can<br />

use for learning tools. “At Mannsdale, we added a colorful<br />

map of Mississippi which shows all of the level changes of<br />

the terrain. The students can easily see where they are on<br />

the map in relation to the state. The map has a compass<br />

overlay which is oriented to true north.”<br />

Having done so many schools, it would be easy for<br />

Dale | Bailey to operate on autopilot, but that’s of course<br />

not the case with them. They design each school with a<br />

playfulness of patterns of color in the floors and walls.<br />

“The colors help to provide organization along the<br />

hallways to guide students to their classrooms. They<br />

differentiate each of the classroom wings by color, and<br />

they aid in organization of furniture and traffic flow in<br />

assembly spaces,” says Blount.<br />

And for Mannsdale Upper Elementary in particular,<br />

the team designed the exterior of the school to respect<br />

the design character of the community, says Bailey.<br />

With the new school year quickly approaching, the<br />

architects are excited to see this school in action soon,<br />

and they are pleased with how the project has gone.<br />

“Schools are a very complex and complicated process and<br />

product,” says Blount. “Issues always occur [during design<br />

and construction], and we work with the contractors and<br />

the owner to find common sense solutions that respect<br />

the investment of the taxpayers.”<br />

Overall, it’s evident that the partners of Dale | Bailey<br />

hold education in high regard and make every effort to<br />

meet the needs of new and/or existing schools.<br />

“Our focus comes from our heart for children and<br />

creating spaces that are worthy of their great education,”<br />

says Bailey. n<br />

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Climate-change theorists claim that the increase in extreme<br />

meteorological events like hurricanes, epic flooding and torrential<br />

downpours of the past decade can be directly attributed to warmer<br />

global temperatures. It makes complete sense to me because, as<br />

my husband can attest, when I get hot I act stupid, too. And the<br />

older I get, the hotter I get—not in a good way, either.<br />

When I was a kid, however, I didn’t seem to notice how hot it<br />

was. I could run and play outside from sun-up to sundown in the<br />

sweltering 98-degree Delta temperatures and never miss a beat.<br />

Every year I’d spend the summer in Yazoo City with my<br />

grandparents. As the product of a single-parent household, it<br />

was important that I be engaged in activities during the summer<br />

months while my mother worked–so going to Yazoo City<br />

while school was out was really the simplest, and certainly most<br />

entertaining, option for me.<br />

It is because of those summers that my grandmother and I<br />

forged a very special bond. She taught me to play Double Solitaire<br />

and work crossword puzzles. We’d make Coke-floats in those<br />

aluminum tumblers that got so cold you could barely hold them<br />

in your hands. She taught me to identify certain birds and let me<br />

fill the feeder that hung right outside the kitchen window. I even<br />

learned the combination to the post office box.<br />

One day, she suggested the idea of making a fort. I’m pretty<br />

sure she was just trying to figure out a way to get me outside of<br />

the house and out from under her coattail. There was an empty<br />

refrigerator box behind the appliance store around the corner<br />

from home, so we loaded up in my grandfather’s little yellow<br />

pick-up and retrieved what would soon become my make-shift<br />

playhouse. We put it in the garage and I quickly gathered a few<br />

things from inside the house and promptly moved into my new<br />

box. That playhouse literally provided me with countless hours’<br />

worth of fun and entertainment, along with a couple of other<br />

neighborhood kids that would wander in-and-out. I imagine it<br />

now to be like playing in a 450-degree oven.<br />

36 • <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2016</strong>

Memories<br />

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

My grandmother worked hard to keep me entertained, though.<br />

She would drop me off at the swimming pool every day around 10am<br />

with a pocket full of quarters for the vending machines and a dime<br />

for the pay-phone. Unless I called, she would just plan to be back at<br />

2:00–or sooner if it rained. If there was lightening, the lifeguard<br />

would clear the pool. In those instances it might take a little longer<br />

before she could make it back, but I was happy to wait. The cute<br />

blond-headed teenage boy smelled like a mix of Sea & Ski suntan<br />

lotion, chlorine, and Flex shampoo. He was fifteen.<br />

Once back home, I’d play the piano in my wet bathing suit until<br />

I eventually ruined the finish on that old piano bench. She never said<br />

a word about it, though—and never fixed it, either. And by 3:00, all<br />

her afternoon coffee buddies would show up. They came every day–<br />

for nearly thirty years.<br />

Each day, seven or eight women (and whoever else felt like stopping<br />

by) would show up for coffee and whatever sweet treats were on hand.<br />

My personal favorite was an apricot nectar cake with a lemon glaze<br />

icing that was kept on a plate under a heavy glass dome. They would<br />

sit around the kitchen table and hoot and holler and talk about<br />

everything you can imagine. And they’d eat that entire cake–but not<br />

before saving a slice for me.<br />

Sometimes I’d leave them to their business and walk<br />

downtown to spend my loot on “allowance day”–<br />

barefooted, no less. That scalding-hot pavement<br />

and concrete didn’t deter me for one second<br />

(another thing that’s changed with age). I’d get<br />

$2 per week–unless the neighbors left their<br />

soda bottles out for me to pick up and<br />

return to the Jitney for a nickel apiece.<br />

That sometimes meant I’d have an<br />

extra forty-five cents or so to blow at my<br />

discretion.<br />

But most times I’d hang around and sit within eavesdropping<br />

distance of the gaggle going on in that kitchen. For two-hours straight<br />

they would talk about books and recipes and their families. They<br />

would talk about the new preacher, or peat moss and different rose<br />

varieties. They invested in one another and knew everything there<br />

was to know about each other. They were a sisterhood that, frankly,<br />

our generation seems to know little about.<br />

In the era of social media where friends are cultivated through<br />

requests, invites, clicks, likes, and re-tweets, it seems we’re missing out<br />

on the benefits of true face-to-face interaction and communication.<br />

While visiting day-in and day-out for almost thirty years, that<br />

group of women fed each other with their sheer love for one another<br />

and their camaraderie. They shared life in real time–not with emojis<br />

and hashtags but with real laughter and, in some cases, real tears.<br />

At the age of 96, my grandmother passed away. There was a line in<br />

her obituary that read, “Mary loved to visit with her friends. For decades<br />

they met at her kitchen table for coffee–and their long-awaited<br />

reunion will be extraordinary.” My grandmother had outlived them<br />

all–and was the last of them to go.<br />

Every day, these women would meet for coffee and talk about life.<br />

They showed each other grace and gave each other<br />

courage. They’d giggle and cackle until sometimes<br />

erupting so uncontrollably that no words were<br />

spoken for what seemed like an hour. All I could<br />

hear was wheezing and gasps as they tried to regain<br />

their composure. I’d be giggling, too. They were all great<br />

characters in an equally great story. They were part of a tribe.<br />

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their hearts were full to the rim.<br />

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More<br />

Than<br />

Just<br />

Hot<br />

Air<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

40 • <strong>July</strong>/<strong>August</strong> <strong>2016</strong>

The sight of a colorful<br />

hot air balloon silently<br />

riding the winds is a<br />

treat for anyone.<br />

But to see a couple dozen of<br />

them at once is something<br />

that people remember forever.<br />

The balloons will light up at dusk for a<br />

spectacular show, followed by fireworks<br />

to patriotic music. A balloon chase run/<br />

walk will be held at the Canton<br />

Multi-Purpose Center on Saturday,<br />

<strong>July</strong> 2, followed by the Canton Balloon<br />

Luckily, <strong>Madison</strong> County residents<br />

have the opportunity to see<br />

such a spectacle each<br />

summer during the<br />

Mississippi International<br />

Balloon Race and<br />

Festival. Presented<br />

by the Canton Parks &<br />

Recreation Department,<br />

the event is celebrating its<br />

31st anniversary this year. “That’s<br />

significant,” states Canton’s Parks &<br />

Recreation director, Alvin Davis. “We<br />

work hard each year to present a<br />

good family-oriented event, and each<br />

year the Balloon Festival does not<br />

disappoint.”<br />

The three-day event, scheduled<br />

for <strong>July</strong> 1 through 3, will include several<br />

competitive balloon races and fun<br />

flights, two spectacular balloon glows,<br />

two incredible firework presentations,<br />

children’s activities, great food, and<br />

great entertainment. The event kicks<br />

off Friday night with the Celebrate<br />

America balloon glow at Northpark Mall.<br />

Glow & Patriotic Fireworks Spectacular.<br />

“This year’s theme is ‘Come Have<br />

a Stinkin’ Good Time in Canton,’” laughs<br />

Davis. “Of course, one of our featured<br />

balloons is Pepe LePew!” The flirtatious<br />

skunk will join other Looney Tunes<br />

special shape balloons including<br />

Tweety Bird and Sylvester the Cat.<br />

“We will also have the Purple People<br />

Eater balloon, which should be fun,”<br />

said Davis. In addition to the special<br />

shape balloons, Davis says there will<br />

be 20 to 25 colorful hot air balloons for<br />

the event, many of which return to<br />

the festival year after year.<br />

What casual observers on the<br />

ground may not realize is that it<br />

requires a team to get each of those<br />

balloons in the air, and to get them<br />

back safely to Earth. Peggy Woods has<br />

served as crew director for the event<br />

for several years, and she also helps<br />

out with other balloon festivals in the<br />

region. Her role is to assign the volunteer<br />

crew members to each balloon as<br />

needed. Ken Johnson, Joe McKay<br />

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"Come Have a Stinkin’<br />

and Tim Slattery coordinate the balloon<br />

aspect of the festival, troubleshooting when<br />

necessary.<br />

Johnson says that crew members are<br />

vital to the event. “It’s a vital part of the sport<br />

of ballooning. Without them, you can’t get<br />

a balloon off the ground.” Johnson’s first<br />

contact with a balloon came in 1989 when<br />

he was a spectator at the Sky Parade at<br />

the Jackson airport. “I saw a balloon pilot<br />

struggling and I told my wife I was going to<br />

see if I could help him out. She told me I<br />

didn’t know anything about that, but I told<br />

her I could follow his directions!” Johnson<br />

followed directions so well that he returned<br />

to crew again and again until he ended up<br />

buying his own balloon and getting his pilot’s<br />

license. He now owns two balloons, a 54,000<br />

cubic foot that allows for him to fly it with<br />

one other passenger, and a 90,000 cubic foot<br />

balloon which can carry an additional two<br />

people. “Most people get into ballooning<br />

through being a crew member. It gives folks<br />

an up-close look at how the balloons work.”<br />

Being a crew member involves being at<br />

the launch site early in the morning or late<br />

in the afternoon, as those are the optimal<br />

times for flying. The actual balloon envelope,<br />

constructed of reinforced nylon, has to be<br />

unpacked and stretched out, then attached<br />

to the gondola, or basket. A portable gasoline<br />

powered fan pushes cold air into the envelope.<br />

Crew members hold the envelope open so<br />

that it can fill with air. When the envelope is<br />

about half inflated with air, a propane burner<br />

is ignited until the air inside is heated enough<br />

for the balloon to rise to an upright position.<br />

With a small amount of additional heat,<br />

the balloon becomes buoyant. Typically, the<br />

inflation takes about 30 minutes. The pilot<br />

and passengers climb inside and the crew<br />

members untether the basket and the<br />

balloon rises into the sky.<br />

The job of the ground crew is not over<br />

at that point—far from it. The “chase crew”<br />

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Good Time in Canton”<br />

then hops into a vehicle and follows the<br />

balloon on the ground. That can lead the<br />

chase vehicle down country roads, and<br />

even pastures as it tracks the progression<br />

of the balloon. Inside the balloon, the pilot<br />

can adjust the altitude of the balloon by<br />

opening vents in the top of the balloon to<br />

release the hot air. The chase crew maintains<br />

radio contact with the pilot because<br />

maintaining visual contact isn’t always<br />

possible. The ground crew must be wherever<br />

the balloon lands to once again tether it to<br />

the ground and begin the process of deflating<br />

the envelope. Once all the air is out, the<br />

balloon envelope must be rolled up and<br />

tightly packed into a large bag for storage in<br />

the basket. The basket is then loaded in the<br />

bed of a pickup truck for transport back to<br />

the festival site.<br />

If a crew member is lucky, they will have<br />

the opportunity to be a passenger in the<br />

balloon. The trip may last ten minutes up to<br />

an hour or more, depending on the amount<br />

of fuel the pilot has and how the winds are<br />

blowing. The balloons can fly from just<br />

above the treetops to up to 3,000 feet.<br />

Johnson says that the crew members<br />

bond with the pilots, and return year after<br />

year to crew with the same pilots. But there<br />

is always a need for additional volunteers.<br />

If there are enough new people for the event,<br />

a crew school is held to go over safety issues<br />

and general hot air balloon knowledge.<br />

Anyone interested in crewing can call the<br />

Canton Parks & Recreation Department and<br />

put their name on a list to be given to<br />

Peggy Woods. n<br />

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The Mississippi Championship Balloon Race and Festival<br />

is presented by the City of Canton Parks and Recreation<br />

Department in collaboration with Canton Convention &<br />

Visitors Bureau, the Mid-Mississippi Balloon Association<br />

and The Good Samaritan Center. For more information,<br />

visit www.ballooncanton.com.<br />

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Webster Animal Shelter<br />

Elise Sears

Most people know the saying “man’s best friend”<br />

when it comes to having a dog, but to Vicki Currie,<br />

Margie Parker-The Dog Lady, and Anna Ford-The<br />

Cat Lady, they all feel that dogs and cats can be a best<br />

friend to anyone. Vicki has been the director for<br />

Webster Animal Shelter for two years now, but has<br />

actually been there since it all began five years ago<br />

when the shelter found itself newly under the<br />

jurisdiction of the <strong>Madison</strong> Police Department.<br />

Before Vicki became the director over the shelter, she was an<br />

investigator with the MPD for twelve years. There had been a time<br />

where there was no set person in charge of things at the shelter–it was<br />

all run by volunteers. So after assuming all shelter operations, the chief<br />

of police asked her to organize a routine and get things on track. “We<br />

have a set routine when the animals come in,” says Vicki. “When one<br />

comes from animal control, they have to stay for five business days in<br />

order to determine if they are adoptable.” After the five day waiting<br />

period the animals are put up for adoption.<br />

Transitioning from the police department to the animal shelter has<br />

been an adjustment for Vicki, but there are still unfortunate situations<br />

she is faced with that are all too familiar to her. Vicki states that “As an<br />

investigator, I dealt with people that went through abandonment and<br />

abuse. It’s the same with these dogs and cats. It’s still stressful and not<br />

easy, but it’s a different kind of stress.”<br />

As stressful as working at the shelter can be however, the support<br />

Vicki receives is what makes things a little easier for her. “Everyone else<br />

that helps are mainly volunteers,” says Vicki. “On Wednesdays and<br />

Thursdays when Anna is off, there is a set group of volunteer ladies<br />

that come in between eight-thirty and nine.”<br />

And while there are a lot of adult groups that come in to volunteer<br />

at the shelter, there are many children that are eager to help out as<br />

well. It is important for volunteers to interact, play, and walk with<br />

the animals. But that’s not all the volunteers do. “Sometimes they may<br />

be cleaning out the kennels and messy work like that, but the most<br />

important thing is for people to socialize and have human interaction<br />

with some of our special needs animals.” Vicki also explains how there<br />

are numerous cases where dogs will come in petrified of any kind of<br />

human interaction. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to lay beside<br />

the dog’s kennel until the animal is willing to socialize and be shown<br />

some love. Vickie says that “The volunteers aren’t just walking animals.<br />

They’re making a difference in these animals’ lives.”<br />

Vicki makes it very clear that the Webster<br />

Animal Shelter is not like your typical shelter. “I’m<br />

pretty sure we are one of just a few no kill animal<br />

shelters in the state of Mississippi.” Vicki states<br />

that because of this, they take a lot of pride in the<br />

“Working<br />

here keeps<br />

a smile on<br />

your face. ”<br />

Margie Parker<br />

way they take care of their animals. “Every animal<br />

we have here deserves to find a person that is going<br />

to love them like their own,” says Vicki. “We treat all<br />

of the animals here like they are our own.”<br />

To help assure that animals are paired with the<br />

right prospects, Vicki allows people interested in<br />

adopting to foster the animal/s they are interested in.<br />

“They have a long sleepover,” as Margie-The Dog<br />

Lady says. “If the first night goes well, we let them<br />

keep them another night.” Vicki also says that “If the adopters feel<br />

like it’s a good match, then that’s when we actually begin the adoption<br />

process.”<br />

When people come in to look at the animals that are up for<br />

adoption, one thing they might notice is just how clean and organized<br />

the shelter is. Margie says that “One of the most encouraging things<br />

for us to hear is how clean our shelter looks and smells. We take a lot<br />

of pride in that since we work so hard to keep it that way.” With their<br />

routine, specific areas for all animal cases, and set volunteers, it makes<br />

keeping things fresh around the shelter possible.<br />

Vicki mentions how the <strong>Madison</strong> community has played a big part<br />

in making the shelter what it is today. “The community’s love and<br />

support is definitely something we could not do without,” says Vicki.<br />

“We have so many people who come into the shelter with bags of dog<br />

and cat food, and even some donate money.” Vicki also states that<br />

while a good many of the donations come from adults, children also<br />

come in with their allowance to donate and to help out at the shelter.<br />

“Any kind of donation we get funding-wise goes toward medical<br />

treatment for the animals who need it,” says Vicki. “Because of those<br />

donations, we have helped cure around thirty-one heartworm cases.”<br />

Basic food and supplies come from the budget the city allows the<br />

shelter. Without all of this support, Vicki states “things for the shelter<br />

would be very different.”<br />

It is clear to see that life around the Webster Animal Shelter is<br />

different. It’s like a family working together toward the same goal.<br />

“We’re here to save lives,” Vicki states. “There is nothing worse than<br />

when a sweet animal that could be a good pet or companion to<br />

someone has to be put down for health reasons,” she continued.<br />

Margie explains how there are too many cases where someone would<br />

come in with a worn, unhealthy animal and leave it at the shelter<br />

because they just don’t want to take care of them anymore.<br />

For Vicki, Margie, and regular volunteers like Grace Tupper who<br />

have been there for years, it is important that each<br />

animal has nothing but a happy ending. Vicki says<br />

“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing an<br />

animal you have worked with and loved on for so<br />

long, finally get adopted to a sweet family.” n<br />

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There<br />

’s No Place Like Home Place<br />

Whoever coined the phrase “The<br />

Golden Years” must have had The Home<br />

Place in mind. Tucked quietly off Old Canton<br />

Road across from the airport and fire station<br />

in <strong>Madison</strong>, the independent living facility<br />

celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, and<br />

along with it there are a few residents who are<br />

approaching the centenarian status. The<br />

average age of the residents there is 87.<br />

Lucille Nichols serves as the administrator<br />

of The Home Place, a role she’s had for the<br />

past 42 years. She also serves as the unofficial<br />

historian. “This started as an old men’s home,”<br />

explains Nichols. “It moved a few times to<br />

various locations before the board obtained<br />

property from the federal government. This<br />

was way out in the country in those days.”<br />

The County Farm had closed and seventy-two<br />

old men were put out so the home agreed to<br />

take them in. It stayed an old men’s home<br />

until 1965, when they took a lady in and<br />

changed the name.<br />

A statewide vote was taken to determine<br />

a name for the home and it was almost<br />

unanimous to name the home after Willard<br />

Bond, a well-known and much-loved public<br />

official in Mississippi whose life was dedicated<br />

to helping people.<br />

In 1987, the Old Ladies Home on Capitol<br />

Street in downtown Jackson was condemned,<br />

and the ladies moved to <strong>Madison</strong>. The name<br />

was changed to the Old Ladies Home/<br />

Willard F. Bond Home. “Now it’s all under<br />

the umbrella of The Home Place,” explains<br />

Nichols. In 1992, the Villas were built behind<br />

the home. “Those have been very popular.<br />

There’s a long waiting list for folks wanting<br />

to move into them.”<br />

Altogether, The Home Place, a private,<br />

charitable corporation, has 102 residents. At<br />

one time it served as a long term nursing care<br />

facility, but they sold that license to the<br />

Nichols Center next door. The Home Place<br />

is now considered an independent living<br />

facility. “We don’t have medical staff on site,”<br />

says Nichols. “But we do have a fire station<br />

across the street and they do a great job for<br />

us when we need them.”<br />

Nichols explains that the philosophy of<br />

The Home Place is to provide a home for<br />

senior adults who need a home. “Personal<br />

care centers keep the elderly from having to<br />

go to a nursing care facility. Our residents can<br />

have personal care nurses or therapists come<br />

in just like they would in a traditional home.<br />

We serve three meals a day and provide<br />

laundry service and housekeeping service<br />

once a week. Someone comes in and changes<br />

the sheets and cleans the bathrooms, and<br />

such. All our residents have to do is sit back<br />

and enjoy.”<br />

Sitting back may be difficult for some, with<br />

the many activities The Home Place provides<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

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Lucille Nichols, Administrator<br />

for its residents. “Oh, there’s something going on<br />

all the time,” exclaims Nichols. “We have prayer<br />

meetings every Tuesday night, with preachers from<br />

area ministries rotating to do the services. That way<br />

folks feel like they are back at their old church every so<br />

often. We have exercise classes to keep people moving,<br />

pet therapy, bingo, which is very popular, and many<br />

more activities. It just makes life more enjoyable.”<br />

Residents often bring their own furniture for the<br />

familiar feel of home. There are two personal care<br />

wings to the center and Nichols knows each resident<br />

personally. “Mrs. Nichols knows them by name, and<br />

she knows about their families, what they can eat,<br />

what medicines they take and so on,” says Mary<br />

Hawkins Butler, mayor of the City of <strong>Madison</strong> and<br />

a board member of The Home Place. “I have never<br />

seen that kind of love and affection. There is no one<br />

else like her, and no place in the state that can provide<br />

a comfortable home for those who cannot provide for<br />

themselves. It’s a true ministry. The Home Place is a<br />

home, not an institution.”<br />

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“It sure makes<br />

life special for<br />

these folks.”<br />

Nichols says that Butler has been involved at the<br />

home since she was 18 years old. “Her dad died when<br />

she was young, then her mom died while she was in<br />

college. Her brother, Lee, came to work for us the<br />

summer before he went away to Ole Miss after high<br />

school. It was his first real job. We go way back with<br />

that family, and we appreciate their support.”<br />

The community support that The Home Place has<br />

received over the years has been especially appreciated<br />

as well. “We have so many volunteers who help us from<br />

area churches and schools, and groups who come to<br />

perform and such,” Nichols says. “It sure makes life<br />

special for these folks.”<br />

The people who move to The Home Place move<br />

there to live, says Nichols. “We do all we can to help<br />

them retain their dignity for as long as possible. We<br />

operate as open as any home, and we have an excellent<br />

staff, most of whom have been with us 30 to 40 years.<br />

Now that they’re retiring, we are slowly hiring new<br />

folks, making sure they are interested in and involved<br />

with older people.” The future for The Home Place<br />

looks very good for the next 100 years. n<br />

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Serving our county<br />

Sheriff Randy Tucker<br />

madison county sheriff<br />

Why did you decide to become<br />

a sheriff?<br />

Because I love <strong>Madison</strong> County and I love<br />

my co-workers and I want <strong>Madison</strong> County<br />

to be protected from criminals.<br />

How long have you been with the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County Sheriff’s Office?<br />

Since January of 2000.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

My mother and brother live in the City<br />

of <strong>Madison</strong> and my other brother lives in<br />

Brandon. I have two sons – Stephen and<br />

Kyle. Stephen is an officer with the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Police Department. Kyle is an<br />

equipment operator and volunteer<br />

fireman in Gluckstadt. I also have a new<br />

grandson, Lane, who was born May 9th.<br />

What is the toughest thing you<br />

have experienced in your job?<br />

Loss of life – whether it be from natural<br />

causes, accidents, homicides or any<br />

other way.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing<br />

in your spare time.<br />

Hunting, fishing and sports.<br />

What are three things on your<br />

bucket list?<br />

Go to Canada, see the Grand Canyon,<br />

and to see my kids flourish in life.<br />

What is a favorite childhood<br />

memory?<br />

That time I pitched a perfect game in<br />

high school.<br />

Who is someone you admire<br />

and why?<br />

My chief deputy, Jeremy Williams.<br />

He is a family man and a man of God.<br />

He is dedicated to his profession, is loyal to<br />

a fault, and exemplifies a good man which<br />

is why I chose him to be chief deputy.<br />

Where do you see yourself<br />

ten years from now?<br />

Hopefully I will still be here at the sheriff’s<br />

office.<br />

If you could give one piece of<br />

advice to a young person, what<br />

would it be?<br />

Everything you do in life, do it in such a<br />

way that it would glorify God and you<br />

will be fine.<br />

What is the biggest mistake you<br />

think young people make today?<br />

Not honoring authority – whether it be<br />

parents, teachers, law enforcement or<br />

their elders.<br />

What is your favorite thing about<br />

the City of <strong>Madison</strong>?<br />

It’s a “help thy neighbor” type of city<br />

which is rare in today’s world.<br />

What is your favorite thing about<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County?<br />

The people of <strong>Madison</strong> County are<br />

genuine people. They love to be spoken<br />

to and waved at and interacted with. I love<br />

to talk, so it’s a great relationship.<br />

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madison's finest<br />

Officer Kobi Medlock<br />

madison police Department<br />

Why did you decide to be a police<br />

officer?<br />

Being a police officer is a family legacy.<br />

My dad, older brother, and older sister are all<br />

in law enforcement; therefore, I grew up<br />

dreaming to become a police officer.<br />

How long have you been with the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Police Department?<br />

I have been with the <strong>Madison</strong> Police Department<br />

since May 2011 (5 years).<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

I am married to my gorgeous wife, Ashley<br />

Medlock. We have a beautiful 10-year-old<br />

daughter, Harmony Medlock. We live in the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County area.<br />

What is the toughest thing you have<br />

experienced in your job?<br />

I have experienced working tons of accidents;<br />

however, it’s always tough to see children<br />

injured in an accident.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing in<br />

your spare time.<br />

I enjoy spending time with my family. I also love<br />

to travel and take vacations.<br />

Who is someone you admire and why?<br />

The man that I admire the most is my Lord and<br />

Savior Jesus Christ. As tough of a career that<br />

I have as a law enforcement officer and the<br />

toughness of this world that we live in, nothing<br />

can be accomplished without God. God’s love,<br />

mercy, and forgiveness are forever lasting.<br />

I thank and admire God for those reasons.<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years<br />

from now?<br />

Ten years from now, I see myself being either a<br />

sergeant, lieutenant, or captain for the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Police Department. I see myself being a great<br />

leader for the city and citizens of <strong>Madison</strong>.<br />

If you could give one piece of advice<br />

to a young person, what would it be?<br />

My advice to a young person–always learn<br />

from life’s mistakes and always keep God first.<br />

What is a favorite childhood memory?<br />

My favorite childhood memory is going to<br />

Disney World with my family.<br />

What are three things on your bucket<br />

list?<br />

The main thing on my bucket list is to take my<br />

family to Hawaii and Paris.<br />

What is the biggest mistake you think<br />

young people make today?<br />

Peer pressure is probably the most common<br />

mistake. Rebelling against parents is on the rise.<br />

What is your favorite thing about the<br />

City of <strong>Madison</strong>?<br />

It is a very safe and enjoyable place to reside or<br />

visit. It is recognized as one of the safest cities<br />

within the state of Mississippi.<br />

What is your favorite thing about<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> County?<br />

As a citizen, <strong>Madison</strong> County has one of the<br />

best school districts in the state of Mississippi.<br />

As a law enforcement officer, all <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County police departments and sheriff’s<br />

department have a great working relationship.<br />

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<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Reader<br />


Tisha Cox<br />

Why did you decide to make <strong>Madison</strong><br />

your home?<br />

After researching schools, churches, safety, shopping<br />

and local services, <strong>Madison</strong> seemed to be the best<br />

fit for our family.<br />

How long have you lived in <strong>Madison</strong>?<br />

12 years.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

I have been married to Adam for six years and<br />

we have three children, Mary Carolyn Nichols,<br />

16 years old who attends <strong>Madison</strong> Central, Ellis<br />

Nichols who is 10 years old and attends <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Ridgeland Academy and Kate Cox who is 4 years<br />

old and attends <strong>Madison</strong> County Preschool for<br />

Special Needs.<br />

What are some fun things to do in<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> on the weekends?<br />

Some fun things our family enjoys doing in<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> are going to the local farmers market,<br />

playing on the wonderful playgrounds and<br />

attending our neighborhood, Sounds at Sunset.<br />

What are three things on your bucket list?<br />

Go to Italy with my husband, zip-line in Costa<br />

Rica, and run and finish a half-marathon, ha!<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing in your<br />

spare time.<br />

In my spare time, I enjoy reading and spending<br />

time with family and friends.<br />

Who is someone you admire and why?<br />

Someone I admire is Helen Keller. Even though<br />

she was deaf and blind, she overcame her disability<br />

and was the first deaf blind person to earn a<br />

Bachelor of Arts degree. I hope someday my<br />

Kate can go to college and earn a degree.<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years<br />

from now?<br />

It’s hard to know where I see myself in 10 years<br />

because “life” happens so much in one year. I just<br />

hope in 10 years my husband and I are healthy<br />

enough to enjoy our healthy kids who will then<br />

be 26, 20 and 14!<br />

Where are your three favorite places to<br />

eat in <strong>Madison</strong>?<br />

My favorite places to eat in <strong>Madison</strong> are Local 463,<br />

Georgia Blue and El Ranchito.<br />

If you could give us one encouraging<br />

quote, what would it be?<br />

My favorite quote that gave me encouragement<br />

when our youngest daughter was diagnosed with<br />

Leukemia three years ago was “when you place<br />

your trust in God He will fill you with peace, joy<br />

and assurance, (Rom 15:13).<br />

What is your favorite thing about<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Madison</strong> Magazine?<br />

My favorite things about <strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Madison</strong><br />

are recipes and the calendar of events that are<br />

going on around town. n<br />

Thanks to all of our<br />

readers and advertisers!<br />

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Amy Barker, Stacie Willcox, Amy Barker<br />

Dana & Michael Tiffan<br />

Director Shavetta Leflore<br />

Quenten Stewart<br />

our daily bread<br />

Annual Blues, Rhythm,<br />

& BBQ Western Drawdown<br />

April 29, <strong>2016</strong><br />

Canton Multi-Purpose Arena<br />

Dana & Michael Tiffan<br />

Katie Cleveland, Jackuleine Bently,<br />

Caroleyen Clevo<br />

Wilson Harrold, Jo Lynn Michael, Barbra Wallas, Varner Wallas<br />

Sherry Strong, Allison Gilmore<br />

Scott & Edie Evans<br />

Melinda Parker, Chanon Wiggins, Mary Jackson<br />

Sheila Taylor, Stephanie Anderson, Mary Luckett<br />

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Mary Johnson

Jennifer Lawhon, Lynn Calhoun<br />

Keshona LeFlore, Mary Flowers<br />

Darlene Austin, Benny Austin, Joe Austin<br />

Fonda Devrow, Ann Homer Cook<br />

Tracy Cambel, Tammy Epps, Lisa Britt, Tonya Durrell, Sid Cambell, Venice Wells<br />

Marvia Chaffee, Carrie Eykes<br />

Russell Hambline, Robert Jackson<br />

Joe Brady, Grant Montgomery, Kay Wong,<br />

Leadership Team for Our Daily Bread<br />

Mary Ane Popshal<br />

Mary Franklin, Pam Franklin, Regina Franklin<br />

Thompson, Mia Thompson, Matthew Thompson,<br />

Michael Thompson Jr.<br />

Randol Strong, Brandon Gilmore<br />

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madison<br />

Recipes<br />

No-Bake<br />

Oreo Cheesecake<br />

• 1-1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped<br />

• 12 oz. cream cheese, softened<br />

• 1 package crushed Oreos, plus more to top<br />

In a large bowl, combine whipped heavy cream<br />

with softened cream cheese and sugar and stir<br />

until completely combined. (If cream cheese<br />

clumps remain, transfer mixture to a stand mixer<br />

or use a hand mixer.<br />

Fold in crushed Oreos. Pour mixture into<br />

prepared piecrust, smoothing over top with a<br />

rubber spatula. Top with more crushed Oreos,<br />

cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until<br />

firm, at least four hours.<br />

No-Bake Birthday<br />

Cake Cheesecake<br />

• 1 1/2 c. heavy cream<br />

• 12 oz. cream cheese, softened<br />

• 1/2 cup sugar<br />

• 1 cup birthday cake mix<br />

• 1 graham cracker pie crust, store-bought<br />

or homemade<br />

• Rainbow sprinkles for decorating<br />

In a large bowl using an electric hand mixer, whip<br />

heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add softened<br />

cream cheese and sugar and stir until completely<br />

combined and no clumps remain.<br />

Fold in birthday cake mix. Pour mixture into<br />

prepared pie crust, smoothing over top with a<br />

rubber spatula. Top with sprinkles, cover with<br />

plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, at least<br />

six hours.<br />

No-Cook<br />

Turtle Ice Cream<br />

• 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk<br />

• 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk<br />

• 2 tablespoons sugar<br />

• 2 teaspoons vanilla<br />

• 2 cups whole milk<br />

• 1/4 cup caramel sauce<br />

• 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels<br />

• 1 teaspoon shortening<br />

• 3/4 cup toasted chopped pecans<br />

Whisk first five ingredients in a two-quart pitcher<br />

or large bowl until blended. Cover and chill<br />

30 minutes.<br />

Pour milk mixture into freezer container of a<br />

one-quart electric ice cream maker, and freeze<br />

according to manufacturer’s instructions.<br />

(Instructions and times will vary.)<br />

Stir caramel sauce into prepared ice cream.<br />

Remove container with ice cream from ice<br />

cream maker, and place in freezer 15 minutes.<br />

Microwave semisweet chocolate morsels and<br />

shortening in a microwave-safe glass bowl at high<br />

one minute. Stir until smooth. Place toasted<br />

chopped pecans on a parchment paper-lined<br />

baking sheet. Drizzle pecans with melted<br />

chocolate. Freeze five minutes. Break into bite-size<br />

pieces. Stir chocolate-and-pecan pieces into ice<br />

cream. Transfer to an airtight container; freeze<br />

until firm, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.<br />

No-Bake<br />

Chocolate<br />

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• 1 oz. (2 Tbs.) unsalted butter, melted;<br />

more for the pan<br />

• 8 oz. chocolate wafer sandwich cookies such as<br />

Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers<br />

• 9 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped<br />

(about 1-1/2 cups); more for garnish<br />

• 1-1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract<br />

• Pinch kosher salt<br />

• 3-3/4 cups heavy cream<br />

Butter a 9-inch spring-form pan. Grind the<br />

cookies in a food processor until they resemble<br />

wet sand, 20 to 30 seconds; you will have about<br />

1-3/4 cups. Transfer to a small bowl and mix in<br />

the butter. Spread the crumbs in the pan, cover<br />

with plastic wrap, and press evenly into the<br />

bottom. Refrigerate.<br />

Combine the chocolate, 1/2 tsp. of the vanilla,<br />

and the salt in a large bowl. In a small saucepan,<br />

bring 3/4 cup of the cream to a bare simmer.<br />

Pour the cream over the chocolate, let sit for<br />

one minute, then whisk until smooth. Cover<br />

and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to cool.<br />

Beat 1-1/2 cups of the cream in a medium<br />

bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high<br />

speed to stiff peaks, about two minutes. Whisk<br />

the chocolate mixture to loosen it, and fold it<br />

into the whipped cream with a large silicone<br />

spatula until no streaks remain.<br />

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Carefully peel the plastic wrap off the crust and<br />

scrape the mousse into the pan, gently spreading<br />

it to the edges. Cover and refrigerate for at least<br />

six hours.<br />

Just before serving, beat the remaining 1-1/2 cups<br />

cream and 1 tsp. vanilla in a medium bowl to<br />

medium-stiff peaks. Run a knife around the pie to<br />

loosen its edges and then remove the side of the<br />

pan. Slide a spatula under the crust and transfer the<br />

pie to a serving plate. Mound the whipped cream<br />

over the mousse and top with chocolate curls,<br />

shards, or shavings. To serve, dip a knife into hot<br />

water and dry it before slicing.<br />

No-Bake<br />

Seven-Layer<br />

Ice Cream Cake<br />

• 1 frozen pound cake (10-3/4 ounces)<br />

in aluminum loaf pan, unthawed<br />

• 2 cups raspberry sorbet, softened<br />

• 1 cup vanilla ice cream, softened<br />

• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped chocolate wafer cookies<br />

• 2 large egg whites<br />

• Cream of tartar<br />

• 1/2 cup sugar<br />

• 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract<br />

Remove cake from pan and cut horizontally into<br />

four slices. Line pan with plastic wrap, leaving<br />

six-inch overhang on two sides. Build cake layers<br />

in pan in this order: bottom cake slice, one cup<br />

sorbet, cake slice, 1/2 cup ice cream, cookie<br />

crumbs, 1/2 cup ice cream, cake slice, 1 cup<br />

sorbet, top cake slice. (If necessary, return ice<br />

cream to freezer as you work.) Wrap in plastic<br />

and freeze at least 1 hour (or up to 3 days).<br />

In a heatproof bowl, lightly whisk together egg<br />

whites and pinch of cream of tartar. Set bowl over<br />

(not in) a pan of simmering water and whisk until<br />

whites are foamy. Slowly whisk in sugar and cook,<br />

whisking, until sugar is dissolved (to test, rub some<br />

between your fingertips).<br />

Remove bowl from heat and, with an electric<br />

mixer, beat on medium-high until stiff, glossy peaks<br />

form, about six minutes. Add vanilla and beat one<br />

minute. Remove cake from pan, trim sides if<br />

desired, and dollop meringue on top.<br />

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child’s head, and I would have<br />

their full attention. Then I would take my<br />

summer flute and “pipe” them to follow me.<br />

Put away your cell phones and any<br />

man-made device so you have hands, ears,<br />

and eyes to experience God-made joys. The summer nights of<br />

Mississippi are most often muggy, but the sun has reclined and an<br />

occasional breeze will add refreshment to the evening. Grab a container<br />

with a lid. To qualify as authentic, make it a fruit jar with punched<br />

holes in a Mason lid. Then wait and watch.<br />

Insects with tiny built-in lights will begin to rise from their hiding<br />

places and turn the night into a light show. The only sounds will be the<br />

base of the bull frogs, tenor from the tree frogs and a blend of cicada,<br />

crickets, and katydids rubbing body parts together. Amazing! That’s<br />

what you’ll say when the summer night sounds of nature are given<br />

audience that’s free of man-made music.<br />

Then run across the dew-drenched grass, preferably in bare feet,<br />

and scoop the tiny insects gently from their hovering positons and<br />

rake them into the jar. Hold it nose-close and watch the tiny blinkers,<br />

crawling in their glass prison searching for an<br />

exit and be awed by their Son-powered lights.<br />

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fireflies and wash off the day’s dust and<br />

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bed and listen to the Creator’s sound<br />

machine. It will turn off automatically.<br />

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would be spared the artificial entertainment of TV and the addictive<br />

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physical growth spurts of summer...that chores, yes, work, would be a<br />

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would learn that time is one of your greatest treasures and should never<br />

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