Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 27, 2009, to attend the "9th Annual Lynnville Blackberry Festival" and taste the "World's Best Blackberry Pie." A great day of activities are planned for everyone to enjoy. If you would like a booth, call 931-527-3922 or 931-527-0032. Vendors of all kinds will be set up on the Lynnville Square selling their wares.
More information about the festival will be in this column next week.
The Lynnville Literary and Fine Arts Society will meet on Tuesday, June 16, in the fellowship hall of the Lynnville First Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. Following dinner, Richland High School teacher of History and Social Studies Elizabeth Whitwell will speak to the group on the biography of J. P. Brownlow, who was involved in the Civil War in the Lynnville area. Brownlow is Whitwell's great-great-grandfather. Whitwell is a native of Mount Pleasant and has taught school for 15 years and is very interested in the preservation of old cemeteries. She sponsors the History Club at Richland and feels it is so important for students to learn about local history.
The Thirty-First Commencement was held at Richland High School on Friday evening, May 22, in the Dwight Clark Memorial Gymnasium at 7 p.m. One hundred and one seniors received their degrees. The welcome was given by student body president, Shelby Hood; salutatory address by Nathan Wood; valedictory address by Shelby Hood; and Whitney Nichols spoke as president of the senior class. The Richland High School Concert Band provided the marches for the graduation. Michelle Jackson, pianist, played the prelude and music while the seniors received their degrees. The following people sang the Invocation, the school "Alma Mater," and the Benediction: Jennifer Hawkins, Velena Newton, Betty Lynn Stanley, Janet Tuckerman, Neil Newton, and Jeremy Doggett. Others on the program were director of schools, Tee Jackson; school board chairman, Beverly Murrey; principal, Barry Laxson; and assistant principals Vickie Beard and Velena Newton. Ushers for the evening were Cameron Edwards, Travis Hunt, Jason Moore, and Jared Moore. Senior advisors are Jeremy Doggett, Bobby A. Hollis Jr., Pam Snider, and Delores White.
We welcome Anna Claire Casey to Richland High School as a new assistant principal. Casey will be taking Velena Newton's place. Newton will be the new principal at Richland Elementary School.
The Lynnville Community Club will be sponsoring the 2009 Miss Blackberry Pageant. The pageant will be held at the Richland High School Auditorium on Saturday, June 13, beginning at 6 p.m. Entry forms must have been returned by June 3. Divisions will be: Baby Miss (0-1 year), church attire; Tiny Miss (2-4 years), church attire; Wee Miss (K-2nd grade), church attire; Little Miss (3rd-5th grade), church attire; Junior Miss (6th-8th grade), formal dress; Miss (9th-12th grade), formal dress; Senior Miss-College Students (18-23 years), formal dress; Master (Boys 0-5 years), suits/church attire. All contestants will receive a crown or trophy. A congeniality trophy will be given to divisions with four or more contestants and Mr. Personality for the Master division. An entry fee and admission will be charged. For information call: Bobby A. Hollis Jr. 931-527-3466, Keela Hood 931-527-0692 or Lynnville City Hall 931-527-3158.