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BANDTASTIC: MCHS takes traveling snare, places in top 5 at state finals

The McNairy Central High School Band placed 5th in the 2011 Division II Marching Band State Championship at Independence High School in Thompson’s Station, Tenn. last Saturday.  The MCHS Percussion section placed 1st in state with a score of 96 and won the coveted “Traveling Snare” Award for the first time in school history.  The band also placed in the top five in the preliminary competition with Percussion winning 1st place in the preliminary competition with a score of 94.5.

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Fall Hog Food Fest

The first ever Fall Hog Food Festival was held last Saturday in Selmer. The festival, organized by the McNairy Regional Alliance with part of the proceeds going to sponsor Jack Cheshier’s Christmas Shopping Spree program, is likely to become an annual event.

According to early figures, attendance was in the thousands for the one-day event featuring barbeque, chili, cobblers, a car show, children’s rides, live entertainment and more.

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By Christen Coulon

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Mary Winkler movie debuts on Lifetime

The Lifetime Television Network debuted “The Pastor’s Wife” last Saturday. The movie centers on Mary Winkler, the Selmer housewife who was convicted of killing her husband, Matthew Winkler, in a 2006 shooting. The movie is based on a book by Dianne Fanning, who came to Selmer to attend the trial while researching the book. 

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By Christen Coulon

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Playoff time in Adamsville

The Adamsville Cardinals will clash with the Champions of Cascade High School for the first time in school history in the second round of the Class 2A State Playoffs Friday night for what is sure to be an exciting game in an electric atmosphere.

“We’ve had good crowds all year, and I expect a big crowd for this game,” said Cardinal Head Coach Brandon Gray. “There’s nothing like playing at home in front of fans, family, and friends.”

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By Andrew Alexander

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Three for the Money

Trio trains for marathon to raise funds for friend, LLS

Steve Prefontaine, the greatest collegiate distance runner of all time who died tragically in a car accident at the age of 24, once said, “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”

For several McNairy County residents, the gift happens to emerge from an unfortunate disposition bestowed upon a man of great faith, but he and several others are doing their best to make every single day a day lived purposefully and to the fullest.

Twenty-two-year-old Alaina Hartle, 28-year-old Abigail Hobbs, and 46-year-old Cathy Willcutts of Rose Creek Village have banded together to give their best to support a friend while raising funds for a foundation that gives its best to save lives by running a half marathon and collecting donations for their efforts.

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By Andrew Alexander