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VOLUME 1—NO. 20 LEXINGTON, MISSISSIPPI ~ ~~~ _____ THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 1959 In Editorial EntireIy to° many publications and persons are agitating about ace Hatred. This writer is only familiar with the friendly, co operative spirit between the good white and colored people of Holmes county. Just why anyone would want to continually agitate about a subject that is, and always has been, completely foreign to the good people of this community, is a mystery. The motive may be in ignorance and a complete lack of sympathy for, and understanding of the long established friendship between the majority of the white and colored people of Holmes county. Or, the motive may be a deliberate, calculated attempt to gain the interest of the reader or listener. But in any event, the Herald believes that such utterances are a disservice to the community and will be heartily condemned by all good Holmes countians. hospitality booth WELCOME TO TCHULA TOWNS IN HOLMES COUNTY this week have their Hospitality Booths up and are welcoming out-of-staters with free refreshments and a touch of Holmes County Hospitality. Pictured here is the Tchu la Booth with, from left, Misses Jacqueline Dale Kazar, Vera Laird and Marion Young, on duty when picture was taken. Miss Kazar is ' being sponsored by the Holmes County Herald in the “Miss Tchula" contest, which will be held at the high school auditorium June 17 at 8:00 p.m. -_____--—-- ^ Holmes County's Cancer i Quota Lags By $257 I There was a joint meeting of the~ board of directors and the execu tive committee of the American Cancer Society, Mississippi divi sion, on Thursday, June 4 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting was held in the Victory Foyer of the Heidelberg Hotel at Jackson. The service com mittee’s appeal for additional funds for cancer clinics in Mississippi for the rest of the fiscal year was approved and an additional $2,000 was allowed. Campaign collections reported to date for the state are approximate ly $60,000 behind last year. Holmes County’s yearly quota is $2,065. Collections to date total $1,808.72, which makes the county $257.30 behind. Mrs. Hunter Cade, county fund drive chairman and Mrs. Leon Armstrong, co-chair man, urge everyone who hasn’t yet contributed to do so within the next few weeks before the end of the fiscal year. Contributions by communities so far are: Bethesda, $19.20; Emory, $25.00; Richland, $15.00; Ebenezer, $35.15; Thornton, $101.55; West, $86.53; Tchula, $110.47; Durant, $175.28; Goodman, $137.24; Cruger, $99.26; Pickens, $217.28; Lexington, $578.89 and colored schools, $133.85. Library Plans Approved By Committee preliminary plans for the library building at Lexington were ap proved Tuesday night when a com mittee from the city board, the library committee and Mr. H. L. Nichols, Sr., met with Mr. T. N. Touchstone, architect of Jackson, at the city hall. Mr. Touchstone had with him the architectural sketch of the pro posed building which will be con structed of bricK and masonry on Telegraph Street facing the side of the Baptist Church. The building, which will cost about $16,000, will have reading rooms for children and adults. Representing the city at Tues day’s meeting were Mayor Povall, Alderman Louie Beall Nichols and attorney for the board, Henry Johnson. Members of the Library Committee present were Jack Yates, chairman, Austin Gibson and Parham Williams, Jr. The architect will meet with the full city board at their meeting in July and plans will be formulated to advertise for bids for the con struction of the building. Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Nichols, Sr., donated $10,000 toward the construc tion of the building. SCOUTS MEET Wednesday, June 3, the Boy Scouts met with their parents and friends at the City Hall for a special meeting. They had a vis itor, Mr. Osborne, who showed pictures on Philmont and answered questions that arose pertaining to the camp. Coffee, soft drinks and cookies were served following the meeting. - x Installation Of > Rev. Fowler ! To Be Tonight The installation service for Rev. Frederick C. Fowler, m, will be j held tonight at 7:30 o’clock at the 1 First Presbyterian Church in Lex- j ington. The service will be con- j ducted by the Presbytery of Cen- j tral Mississippi, with Rev. O. M. Anderson, chairman of the com- ( mission, presiding. The sermon will be “Is Chris tianity Sufficient?” and will be i brought by Dr. Frederick C. Fowl- < er, pastor of the First Presby terian Church of Duluth, Minn., ( and father of Rev. Fowler. ( There will be a trumpet solo by Mr. Paul Bucher Fowler, brother ( of the new pastor. y Participating members of the service are Dr. John Reed Miller, ( pastor of the First Presbyterian £ Church of Jackson, Mr. R. G. Kennington of Jackson, Rev. A. C. j Bridges, pastor of Durant Presby terian Church, Rev. O. M. Ander son, pastor of the Madison Pres byterian Church, Rev. James M. , Baird, pastor of Mt. Salus Pres- ] byterian Church of Clinton, Dr. Fowler, Rev. William A. Gamble, , pastor of the First Presbyterian . Church of Hollandale and Rev. J. C. Watson, pastor of the Tchula Presbyterian Church. James it. itay Funeral Held On Monday James Richard (Jack) Ray, 44 year-old native of Holmes County, died last Friday, June 5th, jf a sudden heart attack in Lima, Ohio. Mr. Ray was a well known gravel pit and dirt moving equipment op erator. He was an active member of Beulah Baptist Church and serv ed as a deacon and teacher of the Men’s Sunday School Class. Funeral services were held on Monday, June 8th, at 3 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church with the pastor, the Rev. David Skinner, of ficiating. Burial was in Odd Fel lows Cemetery with Southern Fu neral Home in charge of arrange ments. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Sara Millwood Ray; one son, James Richard Ray, of Lexington; two daughters, Mrs. Ann Ray Farmer and Miss Melonie Jo Ray of Lex ington; three brothers, William Ray, Tchula, Ervin Ray of Jack son and Wade Ray of Dequincy, La.; two sisters, Mrs. Ann Ray Hodges of Shreveport, La. and Mrs. Georgia Devine of Lexington. Mr. Ray is also survived by three half brothers, one half sister and one grandchild. Pallbearers were W. R. Swin ney, J. W. Lassett, W. L. Devine, Howard Terry, J. L. Mayo, Floyd Wilkerson and Pete Blackstock. Record No. Of Candidates Unopposed Fourteen Assured Re-election, 36 Face Opposition In County Races A record number of Holmes County candidates for various of fices in the August 4th Democra tic primary got by the June 4th deadline for qualifying without op position. Fourteen candidates in the county were thus assured the Democratic nomination, which is the same as being elected. A total of 50 aspirants to offices in the county officially qualified with the Circuit Clerk’s office be fore the deadline. Forty-sdx of this number made formal announce ments in this newspaper and their names will appear in *the political column until the primaries are held n August. Thirty-six candidates have oppo sition, with the Sheriff's racq at racting the largest number—five. Unopposed Named Unopposed and automatic Demo cratic nominees are: Parham H. Williams, Jr., District Attorney for he Fourth Judicial District; T. d. Williams, State Senator; James 3. Love, Representative, post one; Vilbum Hooker, Representative, cost two; Pa M. Barrett, County 3rosecuting Attorney; Parham H. Villiams, Chancery Clerk; Henry 3. McClelland, Circuit Clerk; Den on S. Rosamond, County Tax As essor; L. R. Thompson, County Supt. of Education; W. Leslie >mith, Supervisor of beat three; r. L. Bouchillon, Justice of the 3eace, beat two; E. B. Guess, Justice of the Peace, beat two; t. R. Truitt, Constable, beat one; C« T T_1_ _M- i . .* ^pouaw, v^uiiadUlC, UCdl UilCtf. Candidates Listed Candidates are: Representative, *ost three, W. G. McMullen and )avid T. Slack. Sheriff: Yates B. Bruce, Coyier farmer, Ben Moore Hammett, Douglas Smith and Mrs. Andrew >. Smith. Supervisor, beat one: Roy Brown, Slower Johnson, Peyton A. Jones nd Lee Mayo. Justice of the Peace, beat one: 1. R. Hammett, T. B. Lehman, i. L. White. Supervisor, beat two: O. R. (Ray) Campbell, E. C. (Pole) Howard and Irady Ellis. Constable, beat two: Audis Hath ock, Fred L. Taylor and Marion yeeks. Justice of the Peace, beat three: ). G. Meeks, Rufus E. Nethcrland' ind H. I. (Uncle Slick) Upshaw. » Supervisor, beat four: Joe L. Jberto and Estelle Scott. Justice of the Peace, beat four: roe Cerame, Jr., John N. Hearn. Supervisor, beat five: J. W. Cun lingham, Ray S. Melton, D. E. lickles and W. W. Salley. Constable, beat five: R. P. (Bob) Gillespie and W. T. (Thomas) Rich* irds. Justice of the Peace, beat five: 3. R. Buchanan, J. B. Kelly and r. M. Watt. EPISCOPAL CHURCH Wofford K. Smith, Priest 7:15 a.m.—Celebration of Holy Communion 9:45 a.m.— Chur oh School 11:00 a.m.—Morning Prayer and Sermou Big4th Rally Shaping Up Final plans for the giant Fourth of July Political Rally and Bar becue were formulated Tuesday .light at a special meeting of the Otho C. Byrd post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lexington. Fifteen aspirants to state-wide offices, including two gubernatorial candidates, have assured the rally committee that they will speak during the all- lay event to be held on he Ab Taylor Memorial Hut grounds. Local candidates will al so appear on the speakers’ stand. Leading candidates Carroll Gar tin and Ross Barnett will head the list of speakers with the third candidate for governor. Charlie Sullivan Clarksdale, possibly mak ing an appearance during the day. Speaking will get underway at 10 a.m. with Gartin scheduled to take the stand at 11 o’clock. Barnett will speak at 1:30. Barbecued chicken will be served by the VFW members with proceeds going to the Little Boys League lighting fund after Gartin’s speech. Three of the four candidates for lieutenant governor have notified the committee, composed of Bill Kamberlin, Bill Kenna and Com mander D. A. McCrory, that they will speak at the rally. They are William H. Bucklew, Brown Wil liams and Armis Hawkins. Other state candidates who have accepted invitations to speak in clude J. M. Tubb and George Tu or, candidates for Supt. of Educa tion; William Winter and W. E. Andrews, State Tax Collector; Le land Speed and Evelyn Gandy, State Treasurer; Henry Backstrom and Walter Dell Davis, State Com missioner of Insurance; Norman A. Appreciation Members of the Otho C. Byrd post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars went cm record Tuesday night to publicly express their apprecia tion to Mr-. Knight of Kosciusko for the use of his earth moving equipment to improve the grounds around the Hut. Bo Grantham was also commended for his service by operating^ the bulldozer, free of charge, in landscaping the grounds in preparation for the big Fourth of July political rally and barbecue. Thanks were also expressed to the Bailey Lumber Co. for their generous offer to lend the sign boards on highways coming into town for advertising the rally. Johnson, Jr., Public Service Com missioner and Felder Dearman, for Highway Commissioner, central district. All five candidates for Sheriff have accepted invitations to ap pear on the speakers stand during the day. They are Y. B. Bruce, Douglas Smith, Mrs. Andrew P. Smith, Ben Moore Hammett and Coyier Farmer. W. G. McMullen, candidate for representative, post three, will appear as will L. R. Thompson, unopposed candidate for County Supt. of Education. Most local candidates are ex pected to make their plea for the crowds support during the day. A baseball game, with the Lexing ton Independents playing a team, to be selected, will be played on the field - adjacent to the rally grounds after the speaking. Scout Court Of Honor To Be Held Tonight Tne Boy Scout’s monthly Court of Honor will be held tonight (Thursday) at 7:30 o’clock at the Lexington Methodist Education al building. It will be conducted by the troop council composed of Mr. Herbert Hyman, Mr Tom Riley, Mr. W. H. Fincher, Jr., Mr. John Kimbrough, Mr. O. A. Cleve land and Scoutmaster Harden Er vin. Kim Kimbrough will be advanced to the rank of Scout First Class. Scouts receiving their Second riasg badges are Walt Ervin and Ver non Roe Hath cock. Scholarship merit badges will be awarded to three Scouts, O. A. Cleveland, Jr., Walter Sullivan, Jr. and Kim Kimbrough. Home Re pair merit badges go to O. A. Cleveland and Don Downer. Sulli van and Cleveland will receive Citizenship merit badges. Individual merit badges in For estry, Agriculture and Marksman ship go to Cleveland and Fishing and Pioneering merit badges go to Sullivan. Parents of the Scouts will be present for the ceremony and the public is invited to attend. TCHULA LIONS CLUB MET The Lions Club held its regular meeting Monday night at Moore’s Cafe. Mr. Si Corley, Commissioner erf Agriculture, was guest speaker. He was introduced by Mr. J. P. Love. Mr. Corley gave a very interesting and informative speech. While in Tchula he visited with his daugh ter, Mrs. Roy Raddin. A GROUP OF TCHULA CITIZENS stand on the ramp of the completed swimming pool before it was filled with water for the first time. Over 70 boys and girls were on hand Monday morning when the pool opened for swimming instructions under the direction of Coach Randle. The pool will be formally dedicated this month with “Miss Tchula” reigning at the ceremony. LEXINGTON’S MISS HOSPITALITY: Miss Patty Povall, 19-year-old daughter of Mayor and Mrs. Allie Povall was selected last week to reign as Miss Hospitality for the coming year. Patty is helping welcome visitors at the Hospitality Booth on the Square each after noon during the week. Lexington Clean-Up Campaign Underway The annual Clean-Up, Paint-Up, Fix-Up campaign is underway in Lexington and will last for two weeks, through June 22. Campaign chairman Austin Gib son called a meeting of all com mitteemen last Thursday at which time a discussion of how many of the eye-sores in town could be eliminated. Committees have been named to contact property owners around the square to get merch ants to spruce up their store fronts. Property owners on Yazoo Street have been contacted with hopes of getting them to either fix up or tear down some of the sub-standard houses. A suggestion was made at the meeting to try to get property owners just north of the old Fin cher home on Yazoo Street to im prove the appearance of their store fronts. .Chairman Gibson and Mrs. Mary Fincher made a tour of the city last Thursday and took notes on various vacant lots and other prop erties that are in bad need of cleaning up to give the streets and town a better appearance. A series of before and after pictures will be published in the Herald showing what progress is made after the campaign is over. A suggestion was also made at the meeting to look into the feasi bility of possibly opening another street from Highway 12 to inter sect with Cemetery Street to give funeral processions a more direct route to the cemetery. In the past processions have been routed down Cemetery Street and many out-of-town visitors get a bad im pression of the town as they pass through a section which is in need of improvement. Mr. Gibson emphasized the fact that every property owner in town should take a second look at his Mrs. Maddox I Dies In Durant Hospital Mrs. Mary Weeks Maddox, 54, | orominent business woman of the Possumneck Community near West died at the Durant Hospital Satur day, June 6, following an ex tended illness. Services were held at 3 p.m. Monday from the Kosciusko Pres byterian Church with the Rev. E. L. Erskine officiating. Burial was in the Kosciusko City Cemetery, \v$th Jordan Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Maddox was a member of the Kosciusko Presbyterian Church, member of the board of the Plaza Building in Jackson; member of the board of the Attala National Bank of Kosciusko and with her husband, Charles Maddox, was co-1 owner of the Joannis Stables. She was a graduate of Kosciusko public schools and attended Bel haven College in Jackson and Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. In addition to her hdsband, she leaves her father, Joseph A. Weeks; two sisters, Miss Katherine Weeks and Mrs. Eugenia Guess; a niece. Annis Guess and a nephew, Joseph Guess, all of Durant. pi-operty during these two weeks and if improvements are needed, try to get it done. Lexington Hospitality Booth Open Monday, June 8, marked open ing of Lexington’s Hospitality booth. It is situated on the not side of the courthouse next to the street. Many lovely young ladies of Lex .ngton have volunteered their ser vices and two will be present at all times to serve cold drinks, doughnuts and souvenirs to out-of Lown visitors. The first guest was Mr. Thomr Moorefield, a school teacher from Kansas City, Missouri. The booth will be in operation all this week. It is under the su pervision of Mrs. Bob Tidwell, chairman of the Hospitality Com mittee of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce. Durant Traffic ViolatorsFined Durant Police Officers, Taylor and Grace, assisted by Highway Patrolman Frank Blanton, have ^een busy this week checking driv ers licenses, headlights, mufflers and other car equipment. So far, four persons have been given tickets for having no driver’s license and have been fined by the mayor. Officers Taylor and Grace have given tickets for speeding and .ackless driving and fines have al so been assessed against these viol ators. The crack-down chi traffic viol ators by the officers is a result of continued insistence by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen and many Durant citizens that something be done about the traffic situation in the city. Bldgs. To Be Auctioned The old wooden buildings sur rounding the brick school building at Richland will be sold at public auction cm June 22 rather than be ing put up for bids, Roy Brown, president of the Board of Supervis ors, said this week. A story in last week’s Herald er ronously indicated that sealed bids would be accepted for the build ings. The Board stipulated that the successful purchaser of the build ings must remove them from the premises by August 1. The Board cleared the way to lease the "Little Red Schoolhouse’’ to the Order of the Eastern Star for the purpose of making a na tional shrine of the birthplace of the OES, for a 25-year period.