Think of the future, support
supervisors in courthouse
I have noticed that in the last few months, people have been voicing their opinion about whether to rebuild our courthouse or to build a new one.
Our courthouse was built a hundred years ago and it served the people of Webster County very good for all those years. I think it made just about every one of us swell up and cry when we saw those flames coming out of the windows on Jan. 17, 2013. It was and is a part of our history.
Times have changed a lot in the last hundred years as there are many more people and much more business conducted in the courthouse now than when it was built in 1915.
Being a lifelong resident of Webster County, I have been in Walthall many times when court was in session and you could hardly find a place to park.
I know we would all like to see our courthouse rebuilt back to the way we remember it, but I don’t believe that is possible. I believe that burnt-smoky smell will always be there. Now soon we will be voting on a non-binding referendum to decide whether to rebuild or build a new one.
Our Board of Supervisors has a tough job in deciding what will be best for our county now, tomorrow and a hundred years from now. I understand land may be available in Walthall for a new building and plenty of parking space too. I believe everyone wants our elected officials to have a nice, safe and healthy place to work and conduct the business of the county.
Deciding what to do will be a tough decision but we have to think of the future and what will be best for generations to come, as well as remembering our past. I hope we can all come together and support our supervisors on the most important decision that they will have ever made for our county.
As a proud son of Webster County, I am grateful of the upbringing I got there and for all the adults who encouraged and helped raise me.
I wrote a column on county history for The Webster Progress and did general work around the office when I was in high school at Eupora. I came to appreciate the history of the county and realized that so much of it, Greensboro, for example, is lost.
Losing the historic courthouse at Walthall does not have to be forever. Let’s rebuild it and let the future generations have this important link to the past!
Note of thanks
On behalf of the Levy family, Draine family, Bell family, Taylor family, Duff family, Wise and Robinson families, we would like to say thank you to all who helped with food donations for the repast.
Thanks to Mr. Leon and Gloria Ashford and the kitchen staff, Mrs. Loris Patrick, Mr. Donald Johnson and wife, Mrs. Sarah Patterson and Mrs. Lee Hill. Thanks for your prayers all who brought food to our homes, visited, flowers, cards, telephone calls, telegrams.
Special thanks to Ms. Samantha Wofford, Dr. Ozborn and staff, nurses and staff of the Long-Term Care Unit, Golden LivingCenter-Eupora and North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora for the care and kindness shown to our mom, Rosetta Draine.
Thanks to her pastor, the Rev. Nelson Forrest, and Piney Jordan Church members. Thanks to the Rev. Harvey Conley, pastor of Mount Union Missionary Baptist Church, and members, and Bro. Larry Hughes. Thanks to the ones who helped with cleanup at the center. Special thanks to Eupora Community Center and Roberts & Sons Mortuary of Eupora.
God bless every one of you. Mother, we love you R.I.P.
Where does your food come from?
If you’re like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store. And frankly, that disturbs me. The grocery store is just the distribution point; it isn’t where food comes from.
In reality, far too many people are unaware of the role of American agriculture in their daily lives … and what it really takes to have food on their dinner table.
Just a few generations ago, most people were a part of and had friends or relatives involved with agriculture. Today, that’s no longer the case. That’s why I’m writing, because agriculture is responsible for providing the necessities of life . . . food, fiber, clothing, and shelter. And it’s about time Americans recognize that contribution!
American farmers are working harder than ever and it shows. Today, each American farmer feeds more than 155 people. And the need for food produced in the United States is dramatic. Agriculture is this nation’s #1 export and vitally important in sustaining a healthy economy.
And it’s not just the farmer who makes our food possible. The entire agriculture industry, from the field all the way to the grocery store, is vital to bringing food to every U.S. citizen and millions of people abroad.
Frankly, it’s easy to take agriculture for granted in America. Our food is readily accessible and safe. For this, we’re unbelievably fortunate . . . but that doesn’t mean we don’t have an obligation to recognize how it’s made possible.
This March 25 is National Ag Day hosted by the Agriculture Council of America. Ag Day is a good time to reflect on, and be grateful for, American agriculture!
Randy Knight, President
Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation