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• •'-4 • •—»*'* • • . I rr-n .. .. . *rXa!f!*firIL** Wishing you ail a Merry Christmas and a Happy \etr Year /T2^ ^ THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1963 - - _HOLMES COUNTY HERALD — LEXINGTON, MISSISSIPPI___ vu -: Awaiting the magic day of Christmas, and enjoying the ex citement of a tree that will soon be laden with gifts, are local youngsters, left to right; Alfred Porter, Drue White, Sloan Mitchell, John Doty Porter and Butch Pepper. Questions as to their wishes for Christmas produced a variety of replies: Alfred, who is nine and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Doty Porter, wants a B. B. gun and a set of stilts; Drue, who is also nine and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack White, is expecting a Chem ist-ry set and an Army set; Sloan, another nine year old a d daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Mitchell, most of all wan s a horse plus |Tammy Doll and a Tammy Doll house; John Doty, who is six and also son of the Doty Porters, is looking for a number of items from old Santa, namely a play machine gun, other guns, a work-set on a belt, a play pony and some sur prises; Butch, who belongs to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Pepper and is nine years old, wants a wrist watch and a horse and says he likes Christmas best of all when it snows. Tchula lighting contest winners are announced Tchula Garden Club Lighting Contest winners have been an nounced by Mrs. C. C. Wade, contest chairman. Results of the judging Thurs day night by out-of-town judg es were as follows: Best Hou se Front, Mrs. Ellis Harris, firsil place, and Mrs. W. G. Gwin, second place. Best Win dow, Mrs. M. C. Seals, first place, and Mrs. Mabry Smith, second. Best Doorway, Mrs. Billy Randle, first, and Mrs. Crawford Logan, Jr., second, 'est Outdoor Tree, Mrs. S. J. oose, Jr., first, and Mrs. ; rank Wooten, second. Best Poor Front, Mrs. S. J. Foose, Sr., first, and Mrs. Pate John son, second. Mrs. Billy Randle’s lighting was judged most outstanding entry for which she will be yard 'd a pjtLlde electric neater by Miss'^sippi Power & Light Company. Winners in each category will receive a plant from the Garden Club. In the business district divi sion, first place went to Mer chants and Plr niters Bank. Charlotte’s lor Beauty was judged second. By Paul Tardy You can quit dreaming of a white Christmas now, Bing, we’ve got it. After three days of snow, sieet, rain and freezing weather, folks hereabouts are beginning to dream of good old Mississippi weather for Christmas. We’ve had our white Christmas long enough, this time. This issue, coming out Monday, should be in the hands of readers over the county before Christ mas. The Herald crew will be off Tuesday and Wednesday for Christmas and the office will be closed those two days. Regular schedules will be observed the next week. Sorry, no pictures of the snow this week. We took same but couldn’t get them to the engraver and back before this early issue. Maybe, next week, huh? The snow and ice seems to have held up Christmas lighting judging, 90 that’s something else you can look forward to next week. We’ll have all the results then, we hope. Chamber of Commerce Secre tary J. M. McRae announces that Lexington merchants will post pone Thursday afternoon closing for one week since the first Thursday follows New Year’s Day, a holiday. Merchants will begin closing each Thursday af ternoon on January 9 instead of the previously planned January 2, he said. Billy Ellis is about the top man for a conversation. He can meet you with politics, sports, diet, flying, hunting (especially dulk), bodes (Slainger), and he has some right close banking con nections if the occasion presents ,cself in importance. 30FORNOW benefits are old by chairman ACC is a practical program hat actually gets conservation v'oi'K none on privately owned armiand, according to Orville E. iostock, Chairman, Agricultural >tauiiization and Conservation >udo Commitiee. ne pointed out that each year - tnrougn uie Agricultural Con servation program - - tne gov ernment siiares with more man i muiion fanners ana ranchers jie cost, ui sod, water, wooaianU, md wiiome conservation prac tices on individual larms and ranches throughout the nation decent estniiates snow chat pro gram practices were earned out tn 11*62 on 1.2 namon larms, oi winch aoout 2uu,oou were “new participants on wmch no signifi cant conservation measures had (Continued on back page) Watch-Night set New Year's Eye On Decembei 31st, all Inter mediates and Young People will meet at the Baptist Church tor a Watch-Night Service. The meeting is cheduled to begin at 8 o’clock p. m. and last until after midnight. Pron to Pups, Hot Dogs, popcorn, etc. will be served to the group. The film, “Road to Endor,” will be shown in color at 11 o’clock. Rev. Gunn says, “All other ages are invited to at tend at 11 o’clock and remain through the special program.” YOUTH-LED REVIVAL AT FIRST BAPTIST The First Raotist Church o Lexington will begin a Youth Led Revival on Friday night December 27th. The Revival wil last throughout the weekend wit) each service beginning at 7:3C Service will be at the usual tim on Sunday. Reverend Donny Barham, fron Mississippi College, will be gues speaker for the meeting. He i a native of Meridian and is ai atjtve leader on the college campus. Bob Hutcherson, also of Meri dian and Mississippi College, wil lead the singing. Bob is a mem ber of the Varsity Track Squac (Continued on back page) HD Council holds Christmas party By Mrs. Harold Brock Wearing beautiful ceramic Mag lolia blossoms made in Mexico as badges, Mrs. Roscoe Johnson )f Emory, and Mrs. James Sum merlin of Richland, gave a glow rig account of their recent trip co the “Land of the Ozarks” and reported on the National Home Demonstration meeting held in Little Rock. They were sponsored by the Holmes County Council of Clubs. In the report they stated that 5,000 women registered for the meeting with 240 being from Mis sissippi. Eighty women rode two buses and the two Holmes County delegates were on the first bus. They stated there was never a dull moment after boarding the bus and that the Tour Chairman, Mrs. A. M. Vandevere, was one of the world’s sweetest women. They enjoyed their first meal on Saturday in Pine Bluff, spend ing the night at the historical Eu reka Springs, at a hotel with eight ) stories, each story having a ground floor set back inside the mountain. (This writer recently stayed there and hopes she makes enough money to retire there as lots of famous folks do). An am phitheater with a natural stage is hewn into the side of this high mountain and they have festivals yearly which are special. A chur ch which is entered by the steeple was also visited. There's only one iva« nno pan ffn intn F!nrpka Springs, so you are really “com ing round the mountain” when you go there. Long flights of steps are the only means of get ting from one street to another. The group toured Hot Springs and Mrs. Johnson told of an inter ( view with a lady from Vicksburg She had been in a wheel chair for twenty years but is walking ^ now. - The thing they said they enjoyet , most in Little Rock was just get 1 ting out of bed and not having 1 anything to do but just dress. The lovely Mrs. Homo- Greer i of Tutwiler, National President was never more gracious anc 1 .‘harming as she presided over t this National Body. She was pre s seated a check far $20,000 frorr ] Allstate Insurance Co. Mississip ; pi won $100 for a safety project. Another famous Mississippi ladj - was also a busybody at the con 1 tion, namely, Mrs. Charles Portes - of Vicksburg, former “Woman ol , the Year” and past State Counci President, who serves as Southen Home Demonstration Club members Mrs. Jaimes Summerlin, left, and Mrs. Roscoe Johnson, take time out for picture during the HD Council Christmas party held in the new Mississippi Pow er & Light Company auditorium and kitchen. The two recently re sente] the Holmes County Council in the National Home Demon stration Council convention. Staff photo Regional Director. She presented a symposium there. She also ser ves as chairman of the Nominat ing Committee. Mississippi not only has the most beautiful wom en in the world but she seems to have some of the most intel lectual and influential. Hurrah lor Mississippi! The group singing, led by Wil son Mount of Memphis, was wor th the trip - - besides the famous Scholo-Cantorum of the University of Fayetteville, Ark. and keep ing along the National theme - ■ the singing of Jenny Bates, Ex tension Home Agent of Negrc vVork in Arknasas. “The contribution of H. D. tc Land-Grant College Movement’ was given by Dr. John Tylei Caldwell, Chancellor of N. C State College, formerly of Hoi mes Junior College. They really enjoyed him. Our delegates slipped away tc see the noted Lawrence Well Show. They said he was mud oetter in person than on T. V. Mr. Welk dedicated one of his numbers to the National H. D. The last meeting was “Arkan sas Night,” at the coliseum oi the Fair Grounds. It featured lo cal talent with singing and danc ing and a speech by Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus. The dele ! (Continued on bade page) Lions entertain ladies at Travel Inn in Greenwood t ■ ' : • . .: Ove: one hundred mem bers, their wives and guests enjoyed the Lexing ton Lions Club’s annual Ladies Night Dinner held jt the Travel Inn Restaur ant in Greenwood last Mon day night. The Reverend Ben Scarborough, profes sional entertainer and Mini ster of Music at Kosciusko First Baptist Church, per formed for the group after dinner. Lion Homer Daniel, program chairman for the event, intro duced Rev. Scarborough, and President Frank Houston acted as Master of Ceremonies. White Malone headed the committee on arrangements. Brother Scarborough, as he is known to friends and asso ciates, entertained the group with iiis impersonation of famous per sonalities and his versatility at the piano. Well known for his humorous performances, Brother Ben has performed for many clubs and organizations through out the state. Guests of the club and mem bers included Mayor and Mrs. (Continued on back page) Posing with the entertainer, the Reverend Ben Scarborough, after their Christmas dinner are Lions and their wives, left to right, Roy Gels ton, dub secretary, Mrs. Gels tun, Dr. Frank SpH****' . ' . HSISli % nm* ; ,. Houston, president, Mrs. Houston, Rev. Scarborough, Mrs. Daniel and Homer Daniel, program chairman. Staff photo. „ u . t ... .v^-i^ r4!uM<iJUtJUtf* \iik Holmes shivers in deep-freeze, more freezing weather promised “Brother Ben” gestures wildly as he does impersonation of con cert pianist before the Lexington Lions Club annual Ladies Night Dinner in Greenwood last Monday night. Staff photo Holmes beauties win in H J C contest Grammar school in program for Christmas The Christmas program, pre sented last Thursday night by the Lexington Public School Music Department under the direction of Mrs. Martha Bowie, was view ed by a record breaking crowd, as nearly every seat in the W. B. Kenna Auditorium was filled. The High School Glee Club and ihe Girl’s Ensemble were featur ed together with all of the Ele mentary grades in a presentation of “The Great Announcement,” a pageant in story and song of the Birth of Christ. Filling the bleachers on the (Continued on back page) In annual Christmas ceremonies at Holmes Jr. College last Tues day night, Miss Frances Pea cock of Lexington and Miss Pat ricia Thomas of Pickens were chosen as Beauty Queens. Miss Peacock was selected out of nine college competitors vie ing for the title, Holmes Jr. Col lege Queen, while Miss Thomas was chosen for the honor of High School Queen from among five contestants. Ceremonies were held in the Student Union building on the campus as the highlight of the Christmas dance which is held every year before the beginning of Christmas holidays. President Frank Branch acted as Master of Ceremonies for the event with out-of-town judges selecting the winners. All contestants in the affair had previously been selected by their (Continued on back page) A blanket of snow estimated at five inches, augment ed by sleet and freezing rain slowed business and other activity to a snails' pace in Holmes County and sur rounding area over the weekend. The weather gave no signs of letting up Monday as temperatures were pre dicted to reach lows of 10 to 15 degrees. The unseasonable weather was blamed for thirteen deaths over the state, but despite extremely hazardous driving conditions, no fatalities were attributed to high way accidents. During the cold weekend many tiighways over the state were closed temporarily, but most have been cleared for traffic with hazard warnings. Stalling, traffic jams and minor accidents slowed all activity locally, as cancelled bus and plane flights, along with the extremely dan gerous highway conditions in terrupted plans of many for Christmas holiday travel. As the snow first began to pile up Friday afternoon, children took to their sleds as parents started making preparations to fight off the hazards of the ex treme conditions. A run on auto mobile chains quickly depleted all stocks in the area, but some dealers were able to restock Sat urday to partially fill the de mand. Highway Patrol officials re ported no serious accidents throu gh Sunday, but traffic in this area was still near stalled. One L : 1 Tiror< i A Irl ailCl -- have jack-knifed on a hill bet ween Durant and Lexington and several were reported to have slid off the highway between Lexington and Tchula, all on Highway 12. The Patrol is urging all traf fic to stay off the highways ex cept in emergencies, and warned of the danger of people becoming stranded for long periods of time. They also pointed out the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning as occupants continue to run their stalled cars in order to keep heaters going. The Greenwood Highway Pat rol District described that area as “just terrible.” It sleeted for several hours before snow be gan. A major portion of the Del fa was covered with the sleet and snow. _ In the Jackson area, highways nd streets were icy and slippery. The bridge over the Mississippi at Vicksburg was treacherous jut was being kept open to traf fic. Three to four hour delays were necessary to get across the jridge at all. The bridge at Nat chez was closed after it snowed here for about an hour in the middle of the day. Other bridges across the Mississippi were open off and on during the day, but all were closed down at night. In Jackson all airline service was cancelled. The last plane to leave the new Allen Thompson Airport was the New York bound jet. Bringing things more to a standstill in Jackson was the ‘ ' y of cross - country bus The Weather Bureau apparently hinks that the worst is yet to come, that temperatures will drop considerably during the night and remain below freezing in many areas of the state Monday. The Weather Bureau also warn ed that there is a distinct possi hlity that power and teiepnone lines may break in places due ;o an accumulation of ice on he lines, thus interrupting ser vice from a line 50 miles north >f the Gulf Coast to Greenville Columbus line. Many scattered interruptions in the general area from Dur ant on the north to Brookhaven on the south, Bolton on the west, and Morton on the east have been reported. Most of the diffi culties have been caused by the icy limbs of trees pushing down the lines. Heavy snow warnings are in . effect for North Mississippi. Hazardous driving conditions will continue over most of the state or another day at least. In North Mississippi the mercury will drop to five to 15 degrees, and the highs Monday will range from 18 to 28 degrees.