Residents enjoy community events and prepare for opening of schools

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,

We are sorry to learn of the death of Ms. Vashti Shanta Ford who transitioned Saturday, August 3, 2019.  She is the daughter of Betty Ford and a graduate of the JTPA Employability and Skills Training Program operated at the Slaughter Library under the direction of Alderwoman Cynthia Melton.  Our prayers are with her family especially her children, and please keep them in your prayers.  Wolf Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Jimmie Macon who transitioned July 27th and special prayers to his wife, Mrs. Leola Macon, and their children, Valerie, Jerry, Robert and David. Memorial services were held Monday, August 5th at the Saint Home COGIC in Gary, IN. 

Please continue to remember readers who are experiencing health challenges. Special prayers continue for Mrs. Victoria Gray who remains hospitalized at the TriStar Centennial Hospital in Nashville.

Kudos to members of the New Bethel M. B. Church family on their successful First Community Wide Church Picnic held Saturday, August 3, 2019 on the grounds of the church. Those in attendance enjoyed playing games (table and outdoor), cards, badminton, bouncing houses, bingo, and delicious home cooked food, ice cream cones and snow cones.  The event, which lasted from 10:00 until 3:30, attracted many church members and community residents. It was interesting to note the professionalism associated with this event and the cooperation of church members and volunteers which made this event most successful. We are looking forward to the next Picnic. Rev. Vincent Hopkins is the pastor.

The Legacy/Slaughter Library School Supply Drive, named in memory of Legacy Change Agent William Brown, was very successful and distributed school supplies to more than 60 students. The Drive, held Thursday, August 1st at the Slaughter Library, is an annual event which was started in 1998. Special thanks to William’s parents and brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie (Tina) Brown and sons Ruben and Martin, who worked the entire day providing assistance to the school students and their parents. Kudos to Legacy Board Member Verna Myers and to Legacy volunteers, Andrew Crudup, D. L. Bennett and Dorothy Pinkston.

Each student who participated in this Drive is eligible to receive additional supplies if they maintain good grades and present their progress report to Legacy staff.  For additional details, please contact 601-469-0990. Thanks to co-partners of this Drive, namely, Scott County Bar Association, Forest Rotary Club, The OLIVIA Group, Gregory and Janice Johnson, Billy, Linda and Matt Alford, Representative Tom Miles, and Edmond Hughes, Jr. 

Members of the Legacy Board participated in the Newton County Historical Marker – Community Remembrance Project which was held in Hickory Saturday, August 3rd.  Memorials for Frank Johnson, Lee Dawkins, and William Fielder, who were lynched in Hickory in 1908, were held at the lynching site in Good Hope. Following the Soil Collection Ceremony, a Memorial Reception was held at the Hickory Chamber of Commerce Building. The Soil Jars for Johnson, Dawkins and Fielder will be added to the collection at the Equal Justice Initiative Office in Montgomery, AL.   Author and New Hope native Dr. Joyce Salter Johnson and Constance Slaughter-Harvey are co-chairs of the Community Remembrance Project. Legacy Board members attending included Stephanie Rhodes, Shirley Sykes, Constance Slaughter-Harvey and Henry Slaughter.  Additional details on this project are available at the Legacy Office.

Forest Rotarians expressed appreciation to Wednesday’s noon luncheon guests, MSgt Brett Madden and Sgt Ben McCurdy from the MS Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks. They were the guests of Rotarian Constance Slaughter-Harvey and shared educational tips on hunting and fishing and the positive impact of hunting/fishing on the local economy. They even shared information concerning buzzard control. Special thanks to Madden and McCurdy for their enjoyable and informative presentations.

A horse trailer owned by the late W. L. Slaughter was stolen from the site of the Slaughter homestead.  If you have any information concerning this theft, please contact the Forest Police Department.  

Happy birthday greetings to babies born during the first two weeks in August, namely, Opal Jones, Jamie Patrick, Caneshia Bogan (1), Denise Powell and Teresa Lofton (2), Barbara Ware (3), Mrs. Addie Russell (4), Artavius Tucker, Brandi Brown, Nautica Moore and Betty Harrison (5), Johnathan Thigpen, Heather Brown, Julian Moore, and Julia Jenkins (6), Rita Russell and Rachel Hayes (7), Berdie Harvey and Israel Miguel (8), Shareka Brown (9), Charles Brown (10), Constance Burwell, Michael Johnson, Nikerri Hayes, and Denise Owens (11), Marcus Johnson (12) Destiny Foster and Brandon Harris (13), Ethan Hunt (14) and Sandra Bates and Shirley Townsend (16).

Answer to Quiz Teaser # 498:  The late James “Bo” Clark and his wife, the late Pearl Moore Clark, were presidents of their local alumni chapters here in Scott County.  Alderman James Clark, an Alcorn State graduate, received national honors and recognition for his support of Alcorn State University.  Mrs. Pearl Clark, a Jackson State graduate, also received national honors and recognition for her support of Jackson State University.  Thanks to Mrs. Charity Robinson for the correct response.

Quiz Teaser # 499:  Which local resident ran for governor in the August 6, 2019 Democratic Primary?

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