Grace Everitt, who is a senior at Neshoba Central High School and currently serving as a 2019-2020 state officer for the Future Farmers of America, has been selected to attend the International Leadership Seminar for the State Officers.  The conference will be held in Portugal and Spain during the month of January, 2020.  She is one of 75 state officers selected nationwide for this honor.

Grace will represent not only Neshoba Central High School, but also the state of Mississippi.  Congratulations!  Everyone is so proud of you.  You will be a great representative for our state!

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Mississippi Farm Bureau Insurance selected Trey Crockett, as its first "Player of the Week" for this season.  The Michael Vick Agency in Philadelphia honors outstanding players each week during the season.  

Trey plays on the Philadelphia High School Tornadoes football team.  From Trey's linebacker position, during the first game of the season, he recorded 16 tackles, 1 sack, and a forced fumble.  Great job! He was presented a T-shirt with "Player of the Week" printed on it by local Agent, Hunter Swart.

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   Greg and Lisa Nowell were in the audience proudly watching as their son, Zack Nowell, graduated from Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday, August 29th They drove so they were able to visit with him during the weekend before he went on to his Tech School at Shepherd Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he will be stationed until December 3, 2019.

Making the trip along with Greg and Lisa Nowell, were Zack's siblings, Anna Nowell  Butler, Matthew, and Jonathan Nowell; his grandparents, Joe and Janie Nowell,  and Ray and Ruby Williams.  Zack's girlfriend, Alex Tindal, and her mother, Sherriol Tindal, also attended the graduation. It was an exciting event.  They had not seen Zack since he left for Basic Training in July.  

There were some events preceding the graduation.  On Thursday was the Airman Run, followed by the Honor Graduation and the Coin Ceremony.  Zack was an honor graduate which is an honor reserved for the top 10 percent of a class of 790 graduates.  

The actual graduation ceremony was held on Friday morning and Zack was granted an afternoon pass.  The group toured the famous and fun River Walk in downtown San Antonio.  On Saturday, he had an all day pass and they went to Sea World which was such fun.  Congratulations, Zack!

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Isaac Martin, son of Ike and Carla Cox Martin, has returned to East Mississippi Mayhew, where is studying civil engineering.  Maybe he is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Tom Cox.  He and Garrett Threadgill are sharing an apartment in Starkville.

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Garrett Mills, grandson of Brenda Hicks Mills and the late Larry Mills of Philadelphia, is on staff as an FCA Intern at East Central Community College.  He is the son of Justin and Tamra Mills of Newton, and has extensive family members here in Philadelphia.  Garrett is a graduate of Newton County Public Schools. and is a member of the Warrior Soccer Team.

During this past summer he spoke at one of East Central's major fundraisers and at a local youth camp about how FCA is making a difference in the lives of student athletes in the area. He is currently assembling a leadership team on campus and ECCC's Fellowship of Christian Athletes will begin to meet during the near future.

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Stevens Chapel United Methodist Church in Philadelphia was the setting for the marriage of Natasha Foster and Leumar Darby on August 24th, 2019.  Parents of the bride are Bobby and Frances Foster.  The groom's parents are Leumar and Theresa Darby, Sr.

Escorted down the aisle by her father, the bride wore a beautiful white strapless gown with a skirt made of layers of tulle and accented with a belt at the waist decorated with crystals. She wore a short white cage style veil and carried a hand tied bouquet of peach and white roses.  Her attendants wore long gowns of peach colored fabric and carried bouquets of matching flowers.  

Three precious little girls served as flower girls wearing long white dresses with skirts made of layers of tulle.  The bride had made their dresses.  They preceded the bride down the aisle scattering rose petals from white baskets onto the white runner that had been rolled down the aisle for the bride to walk upon.  It was a perfect touch.

After the wedding, the bride and groom rode in a white limo to the reception which was held at West Side Park The entire room had been transformed into a stunning reception area by Debra Goodin and her crew.  There were round tables for the guests covered with floor length cloths and toppers that crisscrossed the table tops. Chair covers made by a friend of the bride covered each chair. Centerpieces were different types of tall candlesticks accented with strings of pearls and scattered pearls across the table tops.  Gold chargers with white napkins folded into a flower shape in stemmed glasses sitting in the center of each charger made a pretty picture for the guests.  As one guest remarked, "I have never seen West Side look so pretty."  Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Darby!