Westside Community Center was filled with happy voices and laughter as guests enjoyed the second annual "Pancake Supper with Santa" on December 20th.  This event is a great community activity.  It is sponsored by Cassie Henson who is the Alderman for Ward 4, and takes great pleasure in doing this for her community.  There are families and individuals in the community who choose to help by donating pancake mix, eggs, juice, syrup, and other items for the fun evening.

A very jolly Santa wearing a Santa costume complete with a white beard and wig contributed a festive note to the evening.  Mrs. Santa Claus, aka Cassie Henson, was also present to add to the entertainment.  The children and adults all had such a good time.  Cassie received a lot of encouragement and support from her family and friends to continue this tradition.  It certainly is a wonderful contribution which creates a safe and happy event for all of those attending.  It also helps unite members of the community in a common cause.

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Congratulations to Eli Moran, the winner of the Biggest Buck in December contest/  The contest is sponsored by Keep It Alive=Feathers and Fur Taxidermy.  Eli won several prizes donated by local merchants:  Oil Change and Tire Rotation from D & W Tires; $100.00 Gift Card from Windham Tractor; $100.00 Cash from Hill Real Estate; Vehicle Alignment from Mach Holley Tire Company.  Eli is a student at Neshoba Central High School where he is a member of the Rockets football team.  He is the son of Brett and Emily Hicks Moran and the grandson of Philadelphia residents, Danny and Regina Hicks. 

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Grant and Noemi Gordon graduated together from Mississippi State University during graduation ceremonies on the Starkville Campus on December 14, 2018.  Grant earned a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and Noemi a Bachelors Degree in Spanish.  

 The couple has known each other since the eighth grade in middle school.  They graduated from East Central Community College at the same time, and enrolled at Mississippi State University.  They began dating during their years at East Central and became engage and married while attending Mississippi State.  Noemi and Grant have realized their dream and are excited to begin their careers.  They have a four month old son, London Aiden, who has shared his parents' many hours of studying hard for final exams and completing coursework for graduation.  Members of both families watched proudly as the two walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.  London watched, too!

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We made it to another anniversary!  Romily and I, through the grace of God and all of the prayers, celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary on Saturday, December 29, 2018.  The years have flown by and I wonder where they went!  The last year was the most difficult, but made this anniversary a very joyous one.

Last year we celebrated in the High Observation Unit at Rush Hospital.  Romily had begun to ear food and was being weaned off a ventilator. It was a thankful time, but the future was uncertain.  This year, my brother took us all out to dinner at the Porter House on Friday night since he had to leave early on Saturday morning, and Romily ate a steak dinner!  Candler and Bert, our daughter and son-in-law,. were with us and we had a wonderful evening.  It was great to see people we knew who stopped to visit with us.  It was a very happy beginning to another year together.

Happy New year to all of you and may you have a blessed and joyful one!