A Pilgrimage To Aberdeen

The 2009 Aberdeen Pilgrimage seemed to be successful by all accounts. Although I was not able to attend the play, I'm almost certain Kathy Box unveiled another wonderful tableau of life in Aberdeen. I would like to congratulate and thank Gail Dalrymple and everyone at Aberdeen High School that helped with the amp"Liars and Legendsamp" at the old cemetery. It was amazing this year.

A New Little Friend

Thanks to the Amory Animal Shelter for the great job they are doing and for being so helpful in helping my mother adopt a dog. Yes, amp"Sweet Peaamp" has been adopted. Having a new friend around the house has really brightened my mother's day. A special thanks goes to Glen Bingham for helping to orchestrate the adoption. As long as my mom is happy, I'm happy. Thank you all very much for helping her adopt a pet.

Off The Streets

Sheriff Andy Hood and the Monroe County Sheriff's Department have been making the news frequently with the recent wave of drug arrests. Congratulations to the Sheriff and his department as well as Amory Police Chief Ronnie Bowen for all of their hard work and efforts.

Higher Learning

I am very excited about the hiring of Dr. Gearl Loden as Superintendent of the Amory School District. Dr. Loden has a great reputation and I am very optimistic about this choice. The Amory School District is a model school district and Dr. Loden should bring a great deal to the table. Perhaps he could even share some of South Panola's football secrets?

The Economic Roll


Although the economy is going through an international slump, the reports I'm getting from Amory Railroad Festival vendors were very encouraging. It seems some vendors even had record-breaking years. Way to go Monroe County! Economically supporting local events is a very worthwhile endeavor.

Thumbs Up

Thumbs up to Aberdeen Ward 2 Alderman Cloyd Garth and Ward 3 Alderman David Ewing for encouraging the city to begin looking at repairing the city's sidewalks - they are in terrible shape and are badly in need of repair.

Thumbs Down

Thumbs down to the City of Aberdeen for not having unkempt property laws, junk car ordinances and for not pressuring its citizens to clean up their property. Thumbs down also to the Aberdeen Zoning Board squabbling and bickering over the Forrest Street trailer. Rules are rules - why not enforce them?


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Jeff Clark is a staff writer for the Monroe Journal. You can reach him at jeff.clark@monroe360.com. Follow his blog, amp"Across The Bridgeamp", at monroe360.com

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