Friday, November 4, 2016

Detached leg found in Lamar County

I made a disturbing discovery this morning at the intersection between my house and dairy: a leg.

If you are familiar with the area, you've probably noticed that we have a pair of pasture gates on the Vernon side of the intersection. We often run cattle down the road between those gates and our dairy, and it is not unusual to see fresh litter on the side of the road when opening or closing those gates. Fast food bags, cans, cigarette butts, scratched CDs, and dirty baby diapers are not unusual to find, no doubt flung out the window by someone who couldn't wait to find a garbage can. But a leg? That was a first.

It is bad enough to see a detached leg on the side of the road, even worse when it is so close to where you live and work. I'll certainly be more vigilant in the coming days, but my gut tells me this was probably an isolated incident and we don't have a serial limb-hacker running around the countryside. I have no experience in criminal justice or investigative work, but I've seen enough "Law & Order" to deduce that the victim was more than likely a tall blonde and knew her attacker. If you recognize the leg in the photo below or have any potentially relevant information, please share it with the appropriate authorities.

Will Gilmer is the founder and publisher of The Lamar Countian. A graduate of Lamar County High School and Mississippi State University, he co-owns and operates his family's dairy farm in the Shiloh community along with his father. You can follow Will on Twitter at @gilmerdairy.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Discussing Vernon's Future: Communication is Key

by Chris Robertson

I am grateful for the interest and positive feedback I received on the introduction of my op-ed series about the upcoming city elections and the future of Vernon. I understand that Vernon is a small town with a lot of family connections, and many people don’t feel comfortable voicing their opinions publicly. Just keep sending me those texts, Facebook messages, and pulling me to the side when you see me in town. I will be happy to be your voice when it comes to asking questions and seeking answers about your concerns for your city government. In my introduction, I wanted to make sure that readers understand my goal. I wanted to give credit where credit is due for the good people working hard to make Vernon better. Now in “Part One,” it is time to start discussing ideas for improvement.

In one of my all-time favorite movies Cool Hand Luke, Captain (Strother Martin) expounds upon the situation by telling Luke (Paul Newman), “What we've got here is failure to communicate.” A lack of communication raises questions where there should be none and leads to distrust and suspicion. Unfortunately, we have a communication problem with our current administration.

I have already stated my case against the way the city sales tax increase was implemented in the past. I have talked to several local business owners since writing that piece and asked them how they learned about the tax increase. All of them told me they read about it in the paper. It is tough for small town businesses to compete against the big boys, and this tax increase made it a little tougher. I understand the need for more funding as costs of infrastructure skyrocket. I’m not even arguing that the tax increase was not justified, but it certainly was not communicated to the community properly. It would not have taken much time or effort for the current administration to meet with local business owners, give a brief explanation of why the increase was necessary, and listen to their concerns. But that did not happen, or at least not with the businesses with whom I spoke. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Valedictory address given by Hayden Duncan to LCHS Class of 2016

(The following is the text of the valedictory address given by Hayden Duncan to the LCHS Class of 2016)

To start, I would like to thank all of you for coming here tonight. I would also like to congratulate the class of 2016 on making it through the insanity of high school and getting to that next big step in life. When I look at my fellow classmates, I see limitless potential and a group of hard workers. Although there are some that may not have put as much effort into class work as they could have, I truly believe every single one of you will put forth the effort to make something of yourselves in the future and become successful. By “successful,” I don’t mean living in a huge house, driving a nice car, and making tons of money (although I do wish that all of you could have that). One of the best descriptions of success I’ve heard comes from comedian and actor, Marlon Wayans who said, “Success is not a destination but a road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it.” 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Discussing Vernon's Future (Introduction)

by Chris Robertson

I noticed the other day while perusing notes from recent city council meetings that the mayor and all current council members are seeking re-election. This made me reflect for a moment on both what the current administration has achieved and on what I would like to see from the next administration.  In an effort to encourage issues-centered conversation between Vernon's citizens, the incumbents, and their potential challengers, I will be submitting a small series of op-eds listing my hopes and concerns for Vernon's future over the coming days. But before doing so, I would be remiss not to recognize some of the most notable achievements that have occurred under our current administration's leadership.

The City Center/Auditorium has become a true source of pride for us all. It's hard to remember that building as the one I attended high school in some thirty years ago. The refurbishing and modernization have created a beautiful, functional building. The downtown murals, lampposts, and flower pots have brightened up a lot of old bricks and given character to the area. The city park looks better than it has at any point since it was built. The additions of a splash pad, playground equipment, and very nice landscaping have not gone unnoticed.

Now, let's get ready to discuss the future. What do you think, Vernon? What is on your wish list for the new administration? I talk to people in town every week who express both their happiness and frustration with our leaders. Remember, communication is key! Stay tuned...

Chris Robertson is a 1985 graduate of LCHS and spent 16 years with Flowers Foods before health issues forced his retirement in 2004. He now devotes his time to his faith, his family, and arguing with "progressives". Follow him on Twitter at @chipinbama

Friday, April 29, 2016

Pastor vs Evangelist

by Scott Bouldin

This week, our church has enjoyed worship services that would be normally classified as ‘revival meetings’. It has been a wonderful series of services with evangelists Bro. Charles Miller, who has led worship, and Bro. Michael Mason. Both men have yielded to the Holy Spirit and led and preached as the Lord has called them to do. I appreciate both of these men for their service to the Lord and for the way that they have led us during the week. I pray that seeds of revival have been planted and that they will be nurtured for future growth. With revival in mind, I would like to share a thought or two about the reception of an evangelist in the church.