Neshoba Central High School and its Big Blue Band alumna, Courtney Wells, is now a proud member of the talented Mississippian Jazz Ensemble at the University of Mississippi.  Courtney is also a member of the Pride of the South Marching Band at Ole Miss where she is on the Chancellor's Honor Roll as a senior Music Education Major.

During the past summer, she traveled with The Mississippians on a 10 day European Tour where they were honored to participate in several jazz festivals.  Their first stop was in Nice, France, to perform at the Jazz a' Juan Festival.  Unfortunately, due to rain, they were unable to perform, but enjoyed a wonderful night exploring the city.  Next stop was Genoa, Italy, and the Gezmataz Jazz Festival, where the lovely weather allowed them to perform a perfect set for the enthusiastic festival crowd.

The group traveled on to the beautiful city of Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy, where they enjoyed a coastal excursion and a scenic hike to Cinque Terre Nature Preserve.  Their evening performance was at Arena Bindi located on the boardwalk.  Santa Margherita was Courtney's favorite stop of the tour.  She found both the city and the Mediterranean Sea amazing.  There was no time to rest as the group was up early and on to Perugia with stops to tour Pisa and a night time performance at the famous Umbria Jazz Festival.  This was an electric performance as the festical was energized and the Mississippian di not disappoint with their crowd pleasing show.

The last stop on the tour was the ancient city of Rome with an evening concert at the Casa del Cinema in the Borghese Gardens.  It was a fabulous place to play their music.

Courtney and the entire Mississippians Jazz Ensemble had an incredible experience and are extremely grateful to their instructor, Dr. Worthy, for giving them the opportunity to travel to Europe and represent the great state of Mississippi as well as the University of Mississippi.  It would be well worth the short drive to Oxford for hear these amazing musicians perform.  The Mississippians presented their fall concert November 8 at 7:30 pm.  Check the dates of their future concerts!  A great big HOTTY TODDY to this talented group of young adults who made us proud!!  They not only represented our state and their University, but also America! 

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Princesses, ghosts, spidermen, knights, witches, clowns, and other fantasy characters roamed the Family Life Center at the First United Methodist Church on  the evening of October 24.  It seemed as though there had been an invasion of unusual people of different sizes and ages!  It turned out to be the church's annual Fall Festival!

It was an evening filled with all kinds of fun from 5:30 until 7:00.  There were food, games, inflatables,  and many other activities from which to choose. A photo op center with bales of hay, chrysanthemums, and pumpkins was set up which added a festive touch for pictures. Those who attended seemed to have a really good time!  There was no charge for admission, but guests could donate any amount to the Fall Festival Fund.

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A precious little mermaid welcomed guests who had come to celebrate her third birthday with a "Birthday Bash" in her home.  Since her party was on October 21st, Piper Pilgrim had a Halloween costume party for the occasion.  Her little guests came dressed as all kinds of costumes representing favorite fun characters. A large chalk board sitting an easel outside the front door said, "Welcome to Piper's Birthday Bash!"  

Inside the house were Halloween decorations including the inflatable words, "BOO", in orange on the mantle above the fireplace. A string of pumpkins hung across the bottom of the mantle.  Tables holding fun selections of food were covered in black and orange striped tablecloths.  Fun food was served from dishes shaped like cats, pumpkins, cauldrons, and other Halloween themed items.  Jack-o-lantern balloons and bunches of orange and black balloons floated above one end of the table.  A "spooctacular" birthday cake was the center of attraction!  It was fabulous.  The cake was made in three different layers. The bottom layer was an orange jack-o-lantern with a funny face in black frosting and some bats around the sides.  The second layer was a green witch's face with straw hair sticking out from beneath the top layer which was a white ghost with black holes for eyes and a pink flower on its head.  It was truly a work of art!

The children enjoyed playing different kinds of games and doing activities.  They all seemed to have a blast at the birthday bash!  Piper is the daughter of Cody and Alana Davis Pilgrim.  Her grandmother, Marie Davis, was a special guest.

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Goodway Baptist Church held a Fall Festival on Halloween evening for all of its members and friends.  All kinds of costumes were worn by excited children and adults wearing their regular clothes who attended.  

There were many activities for everyone to enjoy.  The Children's Choir performed before an admiring audience.  The choir did an outstanding job.  A cakewalk with DJ Punkin Head (aka Marquez  Dupree) playing the music for the walk.  Deacons E.J. Hunter, Jerry Smith, and Harvey Hudson tended the burning logs in the improvised fire pit.  Church Mothers, as they are affectionately known, Ima Jean Green, Delois Roberts, and Ruby Jean Thompson-Brazzle were helping wherever needed.  The kitchen was busy with helpers preparing hotdogs and other festival foods for the many guests.  It was another successful church activity for their youth and congregation to bring the community together for a safe, fun celebration.  Everyone had a great time!