Top Stories of 2008


By the Advocate

Looking back, 2008 was an eventful year although not always in the manner one might prefer.

The year saw a mix of blessings, joys and sorrows.

Here are the Mississippi United Methodist Advocate’s top stories of 2008 in no particular order:

• Apportionments for 2007 came in at a nine-year low.

• Furniture made from Gulfside Assembly trees were used on the plenary floor of the 2008 General Conference.

• Martha “Twick” Morrison, 76, of Vicksburg, active at the local, conference and general church levels of the United Methodist Church died Feb. 9.

• Wood Institute in Mathiston closed in June.

• 2008 General Conference met in Fort Worth.

• The Rev. Ron Barham (left), 65, died July 20.

• Bishop Hope Morgan Ward was re-appointed to the Mississippi Area at the 2008 Southeast Jurisdictional Conference at Lake Junaluska, N.C.

• Three years after sustaining major damage in Hurricane Katrina, efforts by United Methodist Women to salvage Arlean Hall in Biloxi were dropped.

• Wells Memorial UMC in Jackson celebrated its 25th annual WellsFest, Jackson’s longest running community festival which benefits local nonprofit groups.

• Hurricane Gustav and resulting rain storms, while not as dangerous as at first feared, left damage across Mississippi.