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.


Photo Courtesy of The Bolton Paw Print

Photo Courtesy of The Bolton Paw Print

By Lily Donaldson, The Bolton Paw Print

December is revered by most as ‘the giving season,’ but other than the materialistic presents shared between family members, not a lot of giving is going on. The traditional practice of helping those less fortunate is being replaced with extravagant red and green wrapping paper.



Lakeland Elementary School Principal Joretha Lockhart is all smiles as she cuts the ribbon celebrating the transfer of Lakeland Elementary to the new Lakeland School System. Lakeland School Board Members Teresa Henry, Chairman Kevin Floyd, and Matt Wright look on with their families, along with Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell.

“We’re just getting started!” — Lakeland School System Board Chairman Kevin Floyd’s comments at the June 3 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new municipal school system would prove to be prophetic ones.

Just two hours later, the five members of the LSS voted unanimously to present the Lakeland Board of Commissioners with a two-phase, seven-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) that would include an immediate request for the construction of a middle school and the consideration of building a high school at the end of the seven years.


The weather is (finally) warming up and 38002 is getting busy.  Here’s a brief run-down of meetings & activities for this weekend.

Friday, April 11: Lakeland School System Board Retreat at IH Clubhouse.


  • Discussion/Action on LSS Mission/Vision
  • Discussion/Action on Superintendent Evaluation Model
  • Discussion/Action on Dedication f or LSS

Saturday, April 12:

AYLL_BLittle League Opening Day

Opening Ceremonies start at 9:00 am at Arlington Sports Complex.  Family activities and concessions all day long.

Lakeland Community Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Eggs10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Lakeland, 4500 Canada Road (Across from IH Clubhouse)

There will be crafts, games, face painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. For children ages 2 – 10. For more information, contact Lakeland Parks and Recreation at 901-867-2717.

Kroger Fan Fest

Experience the thrill of NASCAR at the Arlington Kroger, Hwy 70 from 11:00 am -5:00 pm with racing simulators, tire changing units, racing showcars, product samples, and other attractions.

Sunday, April 13:  A Taste of Arlington

5:00pm – 7:00 pm at Arlington High School.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12.

A Taste of Arlington has expanded to include samplings from vendors located outside of Arlington, as well as some new  faces from Arlington and Lakeland. A Taste of Arlington is organized by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and title sponsor First Citizens National Bank.  For 2014,    A Silent Auction benefiting the Arlington Chapter of the Association for the  Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities will also be held at the event.


High School Football offers two district games:  Arlington HS (6-2) at Millington Central Trojans (5-3).  Both teams are 3-0 in the district.  Bolton HS (1-6) at Bartlett (1-7).  Wildcats have a slight edge over Panthers (1-2 vs. 0-3).  Both games kick off at 7:00 pm.

At the Arlington BBQ FallFest, Friday Night is Community Night—come and enjoy Grand Theft Audio onstage from 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm (FREE!). The Arlington Chamber of Commerce will be selling BBQ sandwich meals, including beans, slaw, and a drink.  Cost is $5.

On Saturday morning, the Ashley Scott Memorial 5K, in memory of a former teacher at Bolton High School, raises funds for Abused Women’s Services in Memphis and Shelby County. Race starts at 8:00 am.  Registration information available at

Arlington’s Historic Depot Square will be busy all day.  Special Exhibitions  — “Sewing and Canning” and “Halloween in the Vault” —  are on display at the Rachel H.K. Burrow Museum Chester St. and Walker St. from 10:00 am – 6:000 pm.  Live Blacksmithing demonstrations will be held from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Blacksmith Shop.

At 4:00 pm., bring the little ones to the Harvest Festival in Depot Square, sponsored by the Depot Square Merchants Association for games, concessions, and a hayride.  A costume contest for ages 0-12 will be at 6:00 pm on the stage.  While you’re there, walk on down to Arlington United Methodist Church for the Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser ($12/adults, $6/kids 6+-12).  Stay a little later and hear crowd favorite Twin Soul perform at the final Music on the Square of 2013 back in the square.

Check the Community Calendar at for all the details.


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