Lynnville notes

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Hope everyone has a great and happy Thanksgiving.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veteran's Day, the students of Miss Judy's Academy gathered at the Veteran's Monument on the Lynnville Square and said the Pledge to the Flag. Tally Underwood, Frances Hewitt, and Nancy Jo Hollis purchased a wreath and placed it at the monument on this day. They saluted all veterans of our great country and especially those from the Lynnville Community.

The historic Town of Lynnville will put on its "Sunday Best" on Saturday evening, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. for the "25th Annual Lynnville Lighted Christmas Parade." The parade will commence from the Robert Dunnavant Park on Mill Street. The Richland High School Band will be providing music on the town square for the parade. This year's theme is "200 Years of Lynnville Christmas." Aaron Solomon from WSMV-TV in Nashville will serve as Grand Marshal for the parade. Entries in the parade will be floats, cars, trucks, walking units, and any other entries. The parade will start the Lynnville Bicentennial Celebration for 2010. Trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Grand prize, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th; Mayor's Trophy; Most Unique Entry; and lst, 2nd, and 3rd for other units. For more information, contact 931-527-0032 or 931-527-3922. Following the parade, a reception will be held in the Lynnville Municipal Building for everyone to attend and meet Aaron Solomon and his family. Children can see Santa Claus and tell him what they want for Christmas. On Saturday evening, Dec. 5, we hope you will be in Lynnville, Tennessee.

Don't forget the "Home Decorating Contest" for those citizens living inside the Lynnville city limits. The date for entering your home and the date for the judging will be in this column later. Start seeing those lights work and be thinking what you must buy or make to decorate your home. Most Lynnville residents decorate their homes and the town looks so good.

We thank all who helped to decorate the town square. Three ladies who worked very hard decorating in Lynnville were Fannie Belle Kennedy, Frances Hewitt, and Nancy Jo Hollis. If anyone else helped, thank you. The town square looks great with all the decorations.

Sympathy is extended to the White Family.

Lynnville Christmas Cards are for sale and notecards with drawings of the Lynnville First Baptist Church, Lynnville First Presbyterian Church, Lynnville Methodist Church, Lynnville Church of Christ, Lynnville Depot, Robert B. Jones High School, Jones High Gymnasium, and the Lynnville Town Square. These cards will do for framing and stocking gifts. To purchased these cards, call 931-527-3922 or 931-527-0032.

News from the campus of Richland Middle and High School:

Jaycey Farrar, Ashley Steele, and Brittney Tarpley will be in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 26 dancing with other cheeleaders from across the United States. The cheerleaders will dance at the first part of the parade on Channel 4, WSMV-TV. We congratulate these cheeleaders on their great work.

Richland Middle and High School will be on Thanksgiving Break Nov. 25, 26, and 27. Hope everyone enjoys their time off.

Tom Davis, a coach and social studies teacher at Richland Middle and High School, will present Duane Bobick on Friday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. as guest speaker at Richland Middle and High School. The following is and article Tom Davis wrote about Duane Bobick.

"I came to know about Duane Bobick when he was a professional heavyweight boxing contender in the 1970s. He was one of the top-ranked contenders in the world at the time when the heavyweight division was dominated by the likes of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Ken Norton, and Larry Holmes. Bobick received tremendous media coverage because he was the next promising white fighter in a sport dominated by black athletes. Irish Jerry Quarry, another notable white fighter, was beginning his downward slide. Quarry's career was fading fast. In his own words, he declared that he was just a small-town fighter out to achieve the ultimate in his sport.

Duane Bobick has agreed to come to our school on Dec. 4 to serve as guest speaker at a catered dinner in hope to raise much-needed funds for our athletic programs. He has agreed to discuss a number of topics such as good sportsmanship and how to balance the demands of athletics with academics. Obviously, he will indulge into some of his personal experiences to help support his message.

Bobick has a very reputable professional career. He finished with a record of 48 wins and four losses. He knocked out 42 of his opponents. He was considered one of the hardest punchers in the heavyweight divison.

After contacting Bobick to ask him if he would consider helping our fundraiser, I decided to do a little more research on him. I wanted to get a better idea of what we were getting. What I found is quite amazing!

Bobick is a native of Bowlus, Minn. Bowlus is a small town located approximately 100 miles north of Minneapolis. He excelled in baseball, football, and basketball at Royalton High School. Still to this day, he holds the record for highest career batting average of .585 at his alma mater.

He also got involved in boxing and made an even bigger name for himself. The list of amateur accomplishments is staggering: AAU Heavyweight Champion, 1972 Minnesota Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion, 3-time All-Navy Heavyweight Champion, 2-time All-Service Heavyweight Champion, 2-time International Military champion, Pan-American Gold Medalist, and 1972 Olympian. He concluded his amateur career with an overall record of 93 wins and 13 losses with 61 knockouts.

Needless to say, we are extremely excited that someone with his background is coming to our school to speak to our youth and community. But this experience will not be restricted to just them. Anyone who desires to enjoy this event with us is more than welcome. Tickets are on sale at our school and various locations locally.

A ticket will get you good food and an evening with Duane Bobick. If you do not desire to eat, you can pay at the auditorium door as you enter. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. in our Richland School cafeteria. At 6:30 p.m., the activities will move into the Richland High School auditorium and last for about 30 minutes. We sincerely hope you choose to join us for what promises to be a fun evening."