Hope everyone has a very "Happy Valentine's Day" on Monday, Feb. 14.
The Lynnville Community Club is having the annual membership drive starting now to the end of March. You may send your membership to Mrs. Debbie Tolley, Treasurer of Lynnville Community Club, 2555 Hyde Rd, Lynnville, TN 38472.
Here is a list of dates for the following events in Lynnville: "Lynnville Blackberry Festival" - Saturday, June 25; "Lynnville Fair On The Square" - Saturday, Sept. 24; and "Lynnville Christmas Village" - Saturday, Nov. 12. Other activities will be listed in this column.
A 1999 graduate of Richland High School, Norman Smith, was a solo vocalist at "The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors" that aired Tuesday, Dec. 28, on CBS televison. This program celebrates extraordinary artists. The program was taped on Dec. 5 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D. C. This year's gala honored singer/songwriter Merle Haggard, composer/lyricist Jerry Herman, dancer/choreographer/director Bill T. Jones, songwriter/musician Paul McCartney, and producer/host/actress Oprah Winfrey. Also attending was the president and first lady. Norman is the son of Francene and Roger Smith. We congratulate Norman on his achievements.
The Lynnville Blackberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 25. The festival will begin early in the morning and go all day to about 9 p.m. Vendors wanting to reserve a booth should contact 931-527-3922 or 931-527-0032. More information about the festival will appear in the column.
News from the campus of Richland Middle and High School:
The 2011 Richland High School Basketball Homecoming was held on Friday evening, Jan. 28, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Dwight Clark Gymnasium.
Helping to form the homecoming court were freshman attendants and escorts. They were as follows: Baylee Burdette escorted by Payton Hamlett, Jessica Pogue escorted by Carl Manning, Karra Kinard escorted by Levi Walls, and Tabitha Scott escorted by Trenton Risner.
Sophomore attendants and escorts were as follows: Jacey Bomar and Zac Bassham, Shelby Whitworth and Parker Guthrie, Amanda Cone and Tarin Cooper, and Ashley Carver and Colton Garner.
Attendants and escorts representing the junior class were as follows: Hannah Adcock and Lane Erwin, Tori Hunt and Brandon Rose, Chelsea Willis and Tyler Hickman, and Lauren Carpenter and Jordan West.
Escorts and attendants from the senior class were as follows: Jean Alfonso and Dustin Hill, Melaina Myers and Cody Armstrong, TaraJayne Kimbrough and Patrick McGee, Kenzie Cooper, Timmy Jennette, and Nathan Davis, Gina Harwell and Zach Wallace, Alicia Thurman and Dillon Oman, Kimmy Millikan and Jon Emerson, and Sarah Locke and Gaston Baker.
Kenzie Cooper was crowned Queen and Nathan Davis was crowned King for the 2011 Basketball Homecoming.
The Top Ten of the Richland High School Senior Class have been announced. Valedictorian is Lindsey Sumners, Salutatorian - Sarah Locke, 3rd - Gina Harwell, 4th - Melaina Myers, 5th - Dillon Oman, 6th - Jonathan Emerson, 7th - Hannah Curry, 8th - Melissa Cox, 9th - McKenzie Cooper, and 10th - Victoria Beall.
The Richland High FFA Chapter is observing FFA Week, Feb. 7 through 11.
Winners in the annual spelling bees at Richland Middle School are as follows: 6th grade: lst - Cameron Graves, 2nd - Leslie Stampfly, 3rd - Jessica Millikan, 4th - Dustin Tabor, 5th - Kody Butcher, 6th - Tyler Oliver, 7th - Christian Gibson, 8th - Michael Allen, and 9th - Jared Roberts. The winning word was abracadadra.
Winners in the 5th grade spelling bee were as follows: 1st - Dalton Gavin, 2nd - Carolyn Sheets, 3rd - Andrew Hansen, 4th - Kaycee Smith, 5th - Clayton Stanford, 6th - Gaige Lane, 7th - Walker Sumners, 8th - Andrew Ables, and 9th - Lindsey Owen. The winning word was homesick.
Winners in the 7th and 8th grade spelling bee were as follows: 1st - Kayley Sims, 2nd - Zach Davis, 3rd - Alex Wells, 4th - Carson White, 5th - Andrew Harwell, 6th - Stephen Glann, 7th - Hanna Oathout, 8th - Mia Hallmark, 9th - Quintin Jordan, 10th - Corey Hutto, 11th - Carter Schmidt, 12th - Maria Perry, 13th - Tommy Barrow, 14th - Lucas Steele, 15th - Caleb Kirschbaum, 16th - Halie Hickman, 17th - Keene Manning, 18th - Joe Duffy, 19th - William Halkett, 20th - Grace Hickman, 21st - Tre Turner, and 22nd - Jesse Hickman. The winning word was bereavement.
We congratulate all students in the spelling bee.
From the files of Lynnville history:
"John W. Fry was a banker and manufacturer born in Giles County, Tennessee, July 10, 1859. He was the son of William and Mary Jane (McCreary) Fry and was educated in the local schools. He was married in Lynnville, Tennessee on July 8, 1885 to Annie E. Horne and had six children. Mr. Fry organized and was president of the Lynnville Bank and Trust Company and organized and was president of the First National Bank of Lynnville. He also helped to organize and was president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Columbia, Tennessee." From the files of Sarah Hewitt Dugger.
To continue with articles from "The Purple and Gold" a semi-monthly school newspaper published by The Robert B. Jones High School on March 8, 1920. This newspaper was found by Cathy Hickman Maxwell, a 1972 graduate of Jones High School, in her grandmother's trunk, Mrs. Jennie Stallings Cross.
"Freshmen Class News: A very interesting program was given by the Freshmen in the Literature Society, February 20, 1920. A debate was a great feature of the occasion -- Resolved: That Jones High School should have a newspaper. The affirmative won.
We are very sorry indeed to know of the sudden illness of Corinne Parsons, who was taken to Barr's Infirmary Thursday to be operated on for appendicitis. She is getting along nicely. We wish her a speedy recovery.
The Biology class have been dissecting birds under the direction of Mr. Windes, biology teacher. Many interesting facts were found.
New officers have recently been elected in the Freshmen Class as follows: President, Louise Wilkes; Vice-President, Clarence Brown Tate; Secretary, Clara Parsons.
Clara Mae Wiggs, our classmate, has recently moved to Lewisburg.
Pauline Purdom has recently been ill with the flu. We are very glad to have her back at school.
Frank Owens is another one of our class who has had the influenza. Both of them are back again to resume their studies.
The Domestic Science class are very proud of the fact that they will have the privilege of taking a two-year course in Home Economics.
The revival meeting begins at the Methodist church Sunday, March 14th. Rev. J.W. Pearson of Nashville will conduct the services. The hour of service will be 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. You are cordially invited to attend these services.
You are cordially invited to attend the service at the Christian Church -- Elder H. N. Rutherford.
On March 4th for chapel exercises an interesting program was rendered by the pupils of Mrs. Evans' room. Brother Largen conducted the devotional exercises."