The population of Neshoba County has increased by one precious little soul, Jack Tyler Hardy, who arrived on February 11, 2019, much to the delight of his family. He weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce of perfection.  He had been joyously anticipated and was immediately surrounded by love.  Jack's parents are Tyler and Jessica Tingle Hardy.  His big sister, Azlee Hardy, was so excited to finally meet her baby brother!  

Jack Tyler's grandparents are Mike and Linda Tingle, and Valerie and Tony Hardy.  He is also fortunate to have great grandparents who are Jack and Connie Walters, Carolyn Tingle, and Hoot Tingle.  Congratulations!  He is an adorable baby!

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Tiny Miss Campbell Clay Stribling was baptized during the Sunday morning worship service at First United Methodist Church on February 17, 2019.  Wearing a lovely long white christening gown with tucks across the bottom of the skirt, and a matching bonnet, she looked beautiful.  Her parents are Tyson and Paige Richardson Stribling.  She was presented to the congregation by the Reverend Chris Young who performed the Holy Baptism.  What a wonderful beginning for this precious new life!

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    The Family Life Center t First United Methodist Church was transformed into a festive, fabulous, magical place on the evening of February 15, 2019, for the church's annual Father-Daughter Banquet.  Guests entered through an arch of colorful balloons that framed the white doors sprinkled with pink and red hearts. The room was decorated from the ceiling to the floor in colorful Valentine themed decorations.  Proud fathers escorted daughters who wore their very dressiest outfits and looked so pretty.

Dining tables were covered in pink or white cloths with centerpieces of flowers and hearts.  Each setting was marked with a place card printed on pink paper nestled in gold "grass".  The plates were white with bright red hearts scattered over them.  Strings of pastel beads and a fun pair of plastic spectacles with an attached mustache were favors on each plate.  A pink heart with a verse from the Book of John printed in white was centered on each plate.  The verse is a favorite, "I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of Life."  The entire room looked perfect.  

Dinner was served buffet style from festively decorated tables.  Servers were girls who had passed the age eligibility and volunteered to help.  The dessert table featured a chocolate fountain with huge strawberries, marshmallows, and other tasty dippers.  The girls had fun dipping in the melted chocolate as it flowed from tier to tier in the fountain. It was messy, but such a great idea!

After dinner, there was music by DJ's Alan and Benjamin Hardy which brought out the dancing spirit in the crowd.  Fathers and daughters danced together, girls danced with each other in groups, or even alone. A photo booth offered a colorful setting for pictures of the father-daughter duos to remind them of this very special evening. It seemed as though everyone had a wonderful time!  What a great job the committee did for this event.  It was truly a labor of love and caring for the young ladies and their fathers (and one very special uncle who stood in for his nieces' father who was unable to attend!).

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Get ready to think spring!  Trinity Baptist Church's annual fern sale fundraiser will begin on March 3rd.  These ferns are really beautiful.  I have bought some each year and have found them to be strong, healthy plants that last all summer and into the fall.  All of the proceeds help send children and youth to church camp each year.  Jason Willis will give more information during the next few weeks.  He said that pickup this year will be on April 5th.  I can't wait to fill my patio with greenery again after these dreary days of rain and cold!

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Trinity Baptist Church held its annual Children's Father-Daughter Banquet in the Fellowship Hall on the evening of February 15th.  Fathers wearing their Sunday suits escorted their daughters who wore very pretty party dresses and wrist corsages of small white flowers.  

There were a lot of excited girls who entered a room that had been turned into a winter wonderland with lovely decorations.  Serving tables were covered in cloths layered in several shades of wintery blue with snowflakes scattered across the table tops.  The round dining tables were shimmery with dull silvery cloths that resembled ice.  Each table had a centerpiece of white flowers massed together at the base of white lighted branches in white vases.  Votives added to the special effects with an accent of blue ribbon across the table.  The entire room glowed softly with candlelight which made it very charming.  One of the favorite parts of the dinner was the dessert table which was an ice cream sundae bar.  Guests filled their bowls with vanilla ice cream and created their own sundaes from a wide selection of toppings.

After dinner there were different activities for the group to enjoy including the well known "Limbo".  Fathers tried to see how far they could go under the limbo pole before giving up!  There was a shimmery backdrop for pictures with fun props which could be used for pictures to treasure from the evening. Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening.  Just for one night, young girls were able to dress up and feel extra special with their fathers.  The committee put a lot of hard work into making this annual event a memorable one.

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A "Soup er" Valentine's Day banquet was a fun event at Longino Baptist Church on the evening of February 15th in the Fellowship Hall.  The event was a fundraiser for the youth's summer camp fund.

It was really a soup er banquet!  The church's youth served the soup and beverages to the guests.  There were also door prizes, games, and a photo booth.  All of the proceeds from the event will go toward sending the youth to summer church camp.  It was well attended and everyone seemed to have fun.