It seemed almost an impossible feat to accomplish, but Meg Martin's parents managed to get her moved into her new home for the fall semester in Jackson the day after the Neshoba County Fair ended!  Dr. Craig and Amy Cumberland Martin are one tired mom and dad, but so proud that Meg will begin her first year at the University of Mississippi Medical Center's School of Dentistry in the field of Dental Hygiene.  She was fortunate to get one of the very few openings in the Dental Hygienist Program for the 2019-2020 school year.  

After a fun filled week at the Neshoba County Fair with friends and family, Meg is ready to begin a new chapter in her life.  She is excited to be enrolled in the field that will enable her to pursue her chosen career.  Congratulations and best wishes for a great year! 

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Congratulations to Tyler and Alex Stewart Stovall on the arrival of their first child, tiny Miss Josie Reese Stovall, who made her debut on August 1, 2019.  She weighed 8 pounds and 8 ounces of absolute sweetness.  Her parents are totally entranced with this beautiful addition to their family and are enjoying thoroughly spoiling her!  Friends and family members are looking forward to spending time with this precious new little person.

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 Two former Tornado football players who are now playing college football worked with young future football players and high school players during a football camp on a recent Saturday.  Greg Eiland who plays for the MSU Bulldogs, and his brother, Dominic Eiland, who plays for East Central Community College, were staff members at the Hillcrest Cougars "One Heartbeat" Football Youth Camp which was conducted by Coach Shay Hodges for ages 5-18 years at Hillcrest Christian School.

The camp covered a variety of football related skills which involved one-on-one instruction and focused on improving techniques and learning basics for younger campers. Kiery Stribling is the defensive coordinator for the school. Those who attended seemed to enjoy learning and trying new ideas.

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Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central Eastern and Southwestern Europe.  Its capitol is the city of Bucharest.  Part of the country borders on the Black Sea.  It is a fascinating country filled with history and beautiful architecture from many centuries ago.  Philadelphia resident, Sylvia Breakfield, was born and raised in Romania and recently returned for a visit along with her granddaughter, Kalora.  This was Kalora's first airplane flight and first time out of the United States.  Sylvia had not been to Romania for 12 years, so she was greatly anticipating the trip.

Their trip lasted for 19 days during which time they visited with Sylvia's family and friends and enjoyed authentic Romanian food such as meatball soup, mici (a type of sausage), and cabbage rolls.  Kalora met family members for the first time.

They took a bus tour to several tourist attractions including actual salt mines where salt is brought out of the earth.  One site had a shrine with a statue of the Holy Mother in it.  The walls were white salt all over.  It was interesting.  Kalora enjoyed the thermal spa in Felix where the water is heated geothermally.

The two visited Transylvania with all of its many castles, including Dracula's Castle.  There were no blood sucking vampires visible, though!  The castles were built all over Romania during the 14th century by Vlad the Impaler to stop the expansion of the Ottoman Empire into Romania.  They still are in evidence today along with fortresses and walls built to keep the invaders out.

King Michael's Summer Castle in the Carpathian Mountains was another favorite place they toured.  Sylvia said it was absolutely stunning.  Romania was a kingdom until the Communists took over.  King Michael and his family fled to Switzerland where he died in 2016 and was buried in Romania.  They went to Dusseldorf, Germany where Sylvia visited some of her former classmates.

It was interesting to discover that there weren't any buffet type restaurants available where you could eat all you wanted.  Each item of food was paid for separately and there was NO ice in the beverages. It was available only upon request.  They also walked almost everywhere in the cities they visited because there is not much parking space for cars due to the crowds of people.  Needless to say, Sylvia and Kalora were two tired people at the end of their vacation.  Kalora did not want to see another airplane or airport any time soon. She was ready to come home and start the 6th grade on Wednesday, August 7th!  Sylvia said "There is no place like home!"  It was a wonderful experience for Kalora and such a generous gift from her grandmother.