Welcome to the world, Smith Monroe Scruggs! He arrived at 8:29 AM on August 24, 2018, weighing 8 pounds and 10 ounces. His very excited parents are Matthew and Natalie Nowell Scruggs.  His big brother is Tac Scruggs who was also happy to meet his new baby brother.

His Philadelphia grandparents are Greg and Brenda Smith Nowell.  He has the great distinction of being Barney and Lavinia Nowell's eleventh great grandchild!  He will have a lot of family to love and spoil him. Congratulations!


Another Philadelphia couple celebrated a very special Golden Anniversary.  They have been married for 50 golden years which is truly a blessing.  Nelson and Betty White were married on August 29th, 1968..  Time flies when you have a life filled with a loving family, friends, and work that you enjoy.  Best wishes!


East Philadelphia Baptist Church served a meal to the Neshoba Central High School Rockets football team before they traveled to Kosciusko to play the Whippets.  It must have fueled their energy because they played a great game and won!  This is such a nice tradition for the various churches to participate in for both high schools before an away football game.  The team members seem to appreciate it, and they can all gather in the same place which makes it easy to board the buses for the road trip.  Football season has arrived for both high schools and the various college and university teams. Fall fun!


A precious little princess has arrived to reside in her very special room which her parents have been preparing for her.  Remi James Sansing made her first appearance before an adoring group of family and friends on August 27, 2018. She weighed 9 pounds of sweetness.  Her loving parents are Josh and Jhauan Sparnecht Sansing who had been patiently waiting for her to decide to join the family!  Her big brother, Parks, wore his Superman costume when he met her for the first time. I think he will be a super big brother! Congratulations on the new family member!


The fall semester of school has started for the local elementary and high schools.  The students and teachers are hard at work and have been for a few weeks.  Our colleges and universities have started classes and students have settled into their routines.

Ole Miss is the new home for Burgin McClellan and Charlie Chalmers who are freshmen and Sophia Maruvia who is returning to the Oxford campus.  Students at Mississippi State University are Callie Elizabeth Prince, Emily Lauren Duncan, Elizabeth Sanders and Sadie Kate Marshall at the Starkville campus.  

Hunter Irons and Destiny Barrios are attending MSU's Meridian Campus. Destiny is a senior who is completing her senior block in elementary education. Hunter is majoring in secondary education.

East Central Community College welcomed Walker Beckham, Canyon Mitchell, Tiffany JoAnn Benson, Olivia Louanne Ferguson, Micah Burt, and Olivia Morrow.  Mara Shelton is enrolled in Meridian Community College where she received a soccer scholarship.

Isaac Martin is living in Starkville with Garrett Threadgill and attending East Mississippi Community College in Mayhew. Dalton Marshall is also attending East Mississippi Community College there.  Marc Wood moved into Ittawamba Community College for his sophomore year. He plays soccer for the college team.

Macy Martin attends the University Medical Center in Jackson where she is a senior completing her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing.  Grace Sanders returned to Bellehaven University in Jackson for her sophomore year. Two students, Hailey Pike and Tiffany Amber Mixon, are upperclassmen at the University of Southern Mississippi this year.  

Colt Kilpatrick is a junior at William Carey University where he is majoring in Physical Education.  Hannah Kuntz attends Mississippi University for Women where she is a senior in the field of Speech-Language Pathology.

Weary parents and students were worn out with moving- in day.  It is always a big job and seemed to be hotter this year.  It is a bittersweet feeling, Parents know their children will be okay and are proud of them, but their departure leaves a void in their parental hearts, and a few tears were shed.  I remember, I remember.