Congratulations to Dr. Ben and Allison McCarver Long on the safe arrival of a beautiful baby boy who was born August 13 in Charleston, South Carolina.  He has been named Randall Wallace Long after his grandfather, Randall Long of Corinth, Mississippi, and  great grandfather, Tom Wallace Cox of Philadelphia.  He weighed seven pounds and five ounces and is just perfect!

His name was kept a secret from his family, and his parents did not reveal it until he arrived.  Of course, his grandfather and great grandfather were so very proud and excited to receive such an honor!  His grandparents are Tommy and Terri Cox McCarver of Brandon, and Randall and Penny Long of Corinth.  Great grandparents are Tom Wallace and Shirley Cox of Philadelphia, and David and Joanne Palmer of Corinth.   

He will be well taken care of when he comes home with a daddy who is a doctor, and his grandmother, Terri Cox McCarver, who is a nurse and came to help out. Dr. Long is doing his residency in Charleston after graduating from UMMC.  How wonderful to welcome another new baby into the Cox family.  They are so fortunate!

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The Youth from East Philadelphia Baptist Church went on a Back to School Retreat the weekend before school began.  Rusty Parsons, the church's Youth Pastor, arranged an exciting adventure which presented spiritual lessons tied to youth oriented activities.

They whitewater rafted, canopy zip lined, and worshiped at Raft One on the Ocoee River.  They had a great time-conquered tears, battled the whitewater, and learned how battle the flesh by walking with the Spirit.  They joined with three other youth groups from around Mississippi, First Baptist Church from Carthage, Crosspoint in Starkville, and Wynndale in Byrum.  It was a fantastic trip and a fresh way to teach about walking with God,

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What fun! Wyatt Reeves Little celebrated his second birthday on Saturday, August 11 with "Blaze and the Monster Machines" as the theme.  He loves cars and trucks of all kinds, so this was the perfect idea. His parents, Barrett and Kelly Dansby Little, worked hard to make it a special event.

The tables were covered in black and white checkered cloths and flags, a Blaze backdrop, and an amazing Monster Machine cake made by Amanda Pierce.  There were miniature plastic trophies filed with M&M's, racing themed cookies by Shunda Horne, and chocolate pudding "dirt cups" topped with crumbled Oreo cookies and mini monster plastic trucks.

Activities planned for the guests included bobbing for apples, monster truck bowling, a traffic cone toss, a piñata, and an obstacle course. There was a lot of excitement as the small guests played all of the games.

The obstacle course consisted of saw horses for the children to crawl under, tires to tread through, cones to zigzag around, a board to balance on, balloons to pop, and a final "cliff" to jump off of.  There was also a homemade "Blaze" photo prop that the children enjoyed posing in for pictures.

    After the games were finished and the refreshments were eaten, it was time for the birthday boy to open his gifts.  His family and friends gathered around Wyatt to sing Happy Birthday and watch him open his presents!  He wore a custom-made appliquéd Blaze T-shirt which Amanda Smith had made for his special occasion.  It was a fun time for everyone!

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A baby shower honoring Nohemi Gordon was held on Sunday afternoon, August 12th in the home of her mother-in-law, Angela Gordon, here in Philadelphia.  Co-hostesses were Dayna Morgan of Philadelphia, and Laura Ward from Kosciusko, friends of the honoree.

It was a blue baby shower with blue balloons on the door into the house with signs printed on blue paper saying "It's a Boy" and the name, London Aiden underneath.  Gifts were placed in front of the fireplace which had a blue pennant banner with London's name spelled out in white letters, one letter on each flag, hanging across the mantle. The centerpiece on the table was a beautiful cake iced in blue and white frosting.  It was a multi tiered cake with the bottom layers iced in white with blue frosting spilling down the sides.  The next layers were frosted in white with London's name in large blue letters around the front of the cake. The top was finished in blue icing.  Plates and napkins carried out the blue and white color scheme.  There were delicious nibbles for the guests to enjoy including blue punch.

After everyone enjoyed the food, they gathered around to admire as Nohemi opened all of the lovely gifts for Baby London.  He is certainly going to be one of the best dressed babies in Starkville or any place he travels!

Guests for the shower included Nohemi's sister, Alejandra Velez, Kaelin Gentry, Kinsey Gentry, Randi Kelly, Sherry Tubby, Edna Cotton, Angela Boatner, Jessie Palmer, Yanina Torrano and children from Morton, and Marta Acevedo from Carthage. Nohemi's mother, Gloria Crockett, was unable to attend the shower due to a death in her family in Mexico.  Gloria flew home to be with them.  She sent a gift for her new grandson which she had planned to bring herself.

Nohemi and her husband, Grant Tyler Gordon, moved into their apartment in Starkville  where they are both completing their Bachelor Degrees from Mississippi State University and will graduate in December.  Nohemi is majoring in Spanish and plans to attend Grad School.  Grant is finishing his degree in Electrical Engineering.  What a wonderful future they have before them. Congratulations!