June 2015

Courtney and Mike Barnes at the staring line for the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

Courtney and Mike Barnes at the staring line for the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass. Photo courtesy of Courtney Barnes.

For Arlington couple Mike and Courtney Barnes, the story of their Boston Marathon run began over five years before when Mike told friends that he would wait to enter until Courtney could join him. We spoke with Courtney and asked her to share her journey.

A real estate agent and insurance investigator by day, Courtney and Mike are both experienced runners and Road Race Club of America certified coaches. In addition to private clients, Courtney coaches Arlington’s LiveFit Running Group. Mike coaches as T3 Running, and also holds a United States of America Track & Field (USATF) level I coaching certification.


BHS_Wildcat Games_GroupBy Lily Donaldson, Special to THE VIEW 38002; Photos courtesy of Cathy Roberts

When Bolton junior Gavin Bishop learned that Bolton High School special education students could not participate in a local Special Olympics event, Bishop took to social media. “Something needs to be done about this situation,” Bishop posted.

Bishop knew how important the field day was for the students in the Special Needs classroom where he had been volunteering since the fall semester.  His experience with special needs individuals at Bolton and Camp Barnabas in Missouri also lead him to start a chapter of the national peer group Best Buddies at the high school.


DSC_0164After 122 years, S.Y. Wilson and Company, for so many emblematic of Arlington’s Historic Depot Square, is leaving the Wilson family.

In May 2015, the Winstead family, Bobby, Kim and their children Robert and Shelby, purchased the iconic red brick building and name from Susan Wilson Hoggard.


With the qualifying deadline for returning petitions to the Shelby County Elections Commission fast approaching, several races in the September 17 municipal elections for Arlington and Lakeland will be decided at noon on June 18 unless last-minute candidates appear.

At press time. Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman, Arlington School Board Chair Kay Williams, and Arlington School Board Member Barbara Fletcher are all unopposed.


A year to the day after the Lakeland School Board voted on June 3, 2014 to proceed with a Capital Improvement Plan for a new middle school, they did it again.

Forced to re-group after the April 16 defeat of  a resolution to issue municipal bonds, Lakeland Superintendent presented a revised CIP request at the June 1 work session.


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