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When I began writing this column, I knew that I wanted to occasionally highlight several issues that are significant in our area. This week, I did not realize this would be one of those times.
Mr. Robby Thompson’s name had been given to me before I learned of his tie to Mr. J. O. Amis, of whom I wrote last week. Therefore, it seemed logical to give him a call. I am so glad most people will let me do this, as it is such a blessing to hear people’s stories and be able to share them!
J. O. (John Oliver) Amis, son of Robert and Sandra Amis of Conehatta, was born Sept. 14, 1975, in Union. J. O., who often refers to himself as the “baby of the family,” has two older sisters, Alisia Amis McMillan, wife of Arthur McMillan, Biloxi school superintendent, and Deirdre Amis Manning, wife of V. C.
Rev. Bruce Lynn Taylor is a Decatur native. Having been away from here for over 35 years, he spoke several times of how wonderful it was to be back home. Now retired, Bro.
My first year in Decatur and as teacher at Newton County High School was 2000. In 2001, Mr. Ken Stringer became the assistant principal. He was also my Principal the last four years before my retirement. I knew him to be a wise and kind Christian man that I much respected.
I enjoy observing the things people have in their offices, such as books, pictures of people and places of significance, framed documents, inspirational verses or sayings, even collected items, such as Bro. Billy Williams’ m
I “happened” to visit the Eigth Circuit courtroom here in Decatur at just the right time to meet the Honorable Christopher Alexander Collins. He was most gracious and granted me an interview a couple days later.