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THANK GOODNESS THE ICE IS BEGINNING TO MELT

The ice and snow that blizted Lee County over the weekend should be melting today.

For that, I have one thing to say: It's about time.

Sure, the ice and snow that came with the Winter Storm of '96 was OK to have for a day or two. You should have seen us adults in our neighborhood Country Oaks in Guntown. We had just as much fun zooming downhill on snow sleds as the kids did.

But as I rub my bruised right shoulder, the one that plowed into a metal fencepost while I was sledding behind our home, I am reminded that the wintry weather we got was not all that fun.

It turned out to be a cold and disruptive weekend for all of us in Lee County. Schools, businesses and churches were shut down. Scheduled entertainment like basketball games, plays and concerts were postponed or canceled.

Family plans also were wiped out by the storm. My daughter had an appointment Friday afternoon with her eye doctor in Memphis, but you can't get to Memphis if you can't even get out of your own ice-covered driveway.

For those who had to work during the weekend, like my wife (at North Mississippi Medical Center), it meant having to manuever on slick roads. You never knew when that slight tap of the brakes in a car or truck would send you on a free-for-all spin into a ditch.

And you know that ice can be awfully tricky to walk on. I appreciate those two guys stopping to see about me when my legs went flying out from under me and I landed on my back Monday morning near the Justice Center.

Yes, the ice and snow was fun if you had a snowsled and a steep hill ahead of you. But that's about it.

I understand the temperature is supposed to rise into the 70s this week. After surviving a weekend of freezing weather, I say it's about time.

Elvis on 'Unsolved Mysteries'

Just when you thought you've seen, read and heard everything there is about Elvis Presley, along comes a TV program and book that will explore "The Inner Elvis."

A segment on the NBC program "Unsolved Mysteries" (7 p.m. Friday, WTVA-Tupelo, WMC-Memphis) takes a look at Elvis and the "twinless twin phenomenon" that haunted the rock 'n roll star from east Tupelo throughout his life.

The segment is based on the textbook "The Inner Elvis: A Psychological Biography of Elvis Aaron Presley" by Peter O. Whitmer, Ph. D., a clinical psychologist.

Whitmer, who has done research on twins, picked Elvis as his subject because of his popularity and that he had a twin brother. Jesse Garon Presley died shortly after birth and is buried in Priceville Cemetery.

"He (Elvis) was a phenomenon whose musical genius and professional carisma was the voice to the deepest yearning of a new generation," Whitmer wrote.

"He was a visionary whose vision was inspired by the most profound inner-torment as a twin whose mirror image died at birth and whose memory lasted a lifetime. He was a shooting star doomed to extinguish its brillance dimmed and finally destroyed by innerforces beyond conscience control."

County 4-H'ers place

Five youths from Lee County won ribbons during the 4-H Northeast District Livestock Show Jan. 26-27 at the Lee County Agri-Center in Verona.

In the Dairy Show, Nicholas Simmons took first place in Showmanship in the Age 8-9-10 Junior Champion Jersey division. Anna Gibson placed third in Showmanship in the Age 11-12-13 division.

Gibson also received the Roy Cooper Sportsmanship Award, presented in memory of Cooper the late agriculture teacher from Mantachie.

In the Beef Show Division, Heath Johnson showed the champion Angus Heifer while Lakin Gholston got first for the champion European Cross Commercial Heifer. Kirk Johnson placed second in Showmanship in the Age 14-15 division.

Nettleton correspondent

Lee County Neighbors would like to welcome Joyce Gillentine-Heyman of Nettleton as its newest hometown correspondent. Gillentine-Heyman will be reporting on the happenings around Nettleton, starting next week.

If you has any news about Nettleton or the surrounding area, give Joyce a call at 963-3856. She welcomes your contributions.

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