Hurricane News

By Susan Hooker
Signs of the upcoming summer season in June are visible as the countryside fields are abloom with the white Queen Anne’s lace and the orange butterfly weeds and daylilies in the Lone Star and Shady Grove communities. The hill country at Sand Springs and Smoke Top boasts the blooms of the white oak leaf hydrangea, a native shrub to the sandy region. The continuing rain has my own mop-head hydrangea collection in full bloom at Shady Grove in hues of pinks, purples, blues, and greens, which are from the old Montgomery home place. Interesting signs on a recent drive through the neighborhoods included a sampling of the following: ‘aigs’ for sale, goats for sale, strawberries for sale and junk for sale. Once a sign of affluence in the community was a wringer washer on the front porch, but now it is a swimming pool on the lawn.
On Memorial Day Sunday, the kith and kin of the family of the late Tom and Willie Valerie Warren Montgomery had their reunion at the Hurricane Community Center with good food, fun and fellowship the order of the day. Those attending from out of town are as follows: Sondra McGann, Michael McGann, Mackey McGann and their families of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Geraldine M. Burchfield, the surviving sibling of a family of ten Montgomery children, and Nelda Morgan of Hernando; Kent and Lynn Montgomery, Yazoo City; Jim and Betty Pierce, Strongsville, Ohio.
Rita Hill of Pontotoc and her grandchildren of Madison, Parker, Ramsey and Ellie, visited with Ward and Jimmie Ward at their Peyton Branch home last week.
Congratulations to Will Stepp who won the 2013 Balfour award at the NPAC graduation ceremony in May. Ben Stepp is a 2013 graduate of Ole Miss in May. They are the grandsons of Dewitt and Verline Payne Stepp of Hurricane Loop and the sons of Ronnie and Debbie Edwards Stepp of Oxford.
Betty and M.P. Jarrett were treated to fish and hushpuppies for her birthday in early May by her son, Larry. Mother’s Day the honor was repeated with a different meal at his Lone Star home.
A. M. and Shelia Norwood of Pontotoc and Bob and Dotsy N. Williamson of Eupora attended the Northeast Mississippi Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Booneville for their father, the late A. M. Norwood, Sr. He coached at Hurricane High during the 1930s-40s.
Will Frohn attended the Coach Hugh Freeze Football Camp at Ole Miss June 3-5.
Aden Hooker, Sophie Hooker, and Maddie Claire Guerin attended the NPAC Softball Camp hosted by Coach CeeCee Austin.
Colt Hooker weighed in with a 72 lb. hand grabbling record catch for the biggest fish at the North Mississippi Tournament at Sardis Lake on Saturday. His team came in third place. On Sunday the discussion was already for plans for next year’s season to win overall. Some of those that have been fishing with him are as follows: Aric Graham, Graden Hooker, Nathan Graham, and Greg Graham. A recent guest had been Josh Norwood of Webster County.
Jim and Betty Pierce of Strongsville, Ohio, attended the birthday party for her uncle J.T. Swords who celebrated his 92nd birthday with a cookout hosted by his children, Mickey, Ellen, and Randy and their families. While here, Jim toured the Ingomar Mounds as he is a history buff. The Pierces began their trip to Mississippi with a bit of drama as Jim was detained at Cleveland airport due to an expired driver’s license used for ID. Betty took the early holiday flight as planned, and a good neighbor there took Jim to the license bureau. All ended well after four hours. Delta put him on a noon flight! Jim, you better get a license for ten years like we do in Mississippi. Maybe, one of those little sticky notes will help in your billfold.
Braxton Hooker celebrated his fifth birthday on June 6 with a Duck Dynasty party with his friends and family: Those from out of town are as follows: Caden and Kelsy Spears, Pontotoc; Ellie Moore, Sarepta; Henry and Lisa King, Booneville; and Regina Moore, Columbus. Braxton was so happy to be five as he is the same age as his cousin Ell Kate Hooker for a few months.
Good neighbor award goes to Steve Carnes. Little Maggie and I were trying to get to Cousins for gas as I was on 0 miles to empty on 278 as I had taken a detour (got lost) from Trace Lake last Saturday; so she wouldn’t have to water ski all day. Plan A was to make it to Gary Graham’s house. Plan B came into action as Steve saw the emergency flashers and followed the SUV as it kept rolling. He waved goodbye when we made it to the gas station. I do this all time, but this was a close one.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Juanita Ollie Cobb of Ingomar who was the mother of Faye Hale (Roy) of Sand Springs.
Her grandchildren from Hurricane are the following: Denece Graham (Dwayne),Cindy (Ricky), Danny Hale (Glenda).
Sympathy is extended to the family of Jonathan Brooks Coleman,30, of Thaxton who was the son of Mayor Johnny and Martha Jo Stegall Coleman and the father of Jarrod Coleman. His great-grandparents were the late Eli and Ethel Coleman of Hurricane. His grandfather was Jewel Coleman who married nee Nylee Hunter of Thaxton. I enjoyed Jonathan as a student at NPAC. He was a very courteous teenager in the classroom. Our prayers are for your Coleman and Stegall families.
Susan Hooker 419-5842 sushooker@aol.com or text message