Burgin McClellen, a freshman at the University of Mississippi, was inducted into the Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society during ceremonies held on campus on March 20.

Gamma Beta Phi is a national collegiate honor society which was chartered in 1964 by a group of Southern college educators. There are chapters all over the United States. Members are selected on the basis of service, scholarship and character. The organization's goal is to broaden members' academic and philanthropic lives so they will graduate ready to make a difference in the world.       

She is the daughter of Randy and Robin Tolbert McClellen. Her entire family is so proud of Robin and her achievements at Ole Miss.  Congratulations!


A prominent publication, Architectural Digest, selected seven of the most beautiful gas station conversions across America. One of the seven is located in Tupelo, Mississippi.  Strange Brew Coffee House received high praise for its conversion from a derelict gas station to an awesome coffee house which retained the ambience of its original building. 

Shane Reed, formerly of Philadelphia, is the founder and CEO of the Strange Brew Coffee Houses. He and his wife, Kaitlyn also own the original one in Starkville.  Shane is a graduate of Mississippi State University and has worked in many different venues while in school.  He also owned and operated other businesses that evolved into the Strange Brew Coffee Houses. He selected Tupelo as a great location to expand his business and liked the gas station's potential.  It is also located across from the old Milam School where Elvis Presley was once a member of its student body, which added to the appeal.  

The Strange Brew businesses are Shane and Kaitlyn's joint effort.  She makes very tasty blueberry muffins and other goodies to go with the large selection of fabulous coffees available in the Starkville Brew. Strange Brew coffee is available for purchase and Shane also ships it all over the country. Although she is too young for coffee, their daughter, Brighton, seems to enjoy visiting the Strange Brew with her parents.  Congratulations!


The First Baptist Church playground was filled with small super heroes who had come to help Tac Scruggs save the day!  There were little heroes all over wearing capes and masks and having a good time together.  The occasion was Tac's fourth birthday party which had a super heroes theme since they are his favorite thing right now.  

His birthday is not until April 1st, but since his daddy, Matthew Scruggs, will be traveling, they decided to celebrate a little early. Lots of friends and family members came to help celebrate. Each guest chose a favorite color mask and cape to wear and take home as a party favor along with a special cookie.  They had such fun dashing around in their capes and masks and playing on the playground equipment.

A refreshment table covered with a green and white checked tablecloth held a marvelous cake which was frosted and decorated with a super heroes theme. There were several super hero figures around the front of the cake and plates, napkins, and cups which carried out the theme.  A large basket of specialty cookies was placed on one end of the table with the sign, "Help Tac Save the Day!"  These were take home favors.  Green polka dotted tablecloths were spread on the grass where the super heroes stopped for an ice cream and cake break.  

Tac and his grandfather, Greg Nowell, share a birthday, so the celebration continued all week until April 1st.  What fun. Tac is the son of Matthew and Natalie Nowell Scruggs.  His Philadelphia grandparents are Greg and Brenda Nowell and his great grandparents are Barney and Lavinia Nowell of Philadelphia.


Congratulations to Meg Martin who has been accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.  She felt honored to have been selected since only twenty students were chosen from the fifty who were interviewed. Applicants also had to be selected for interviews from the large number who applied to the program.

Meg was also inducted into Phi Theta Kappa International Honorary Society during the annual induction ceremony of the East Mississippi Community College chapter on March 20. The mission of Phi That Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of two year college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. Meg's mother, Amy Cumberland Martin, and her grandmother, Sandra Manning Martin, attended the ceremony. Her father, Dr. Craig Martin, who is a dentist, was there in spirit. It is hard to get a substitute dentist! They are very proud of Meg.