The Grove at the University of Mississippi has long been a favorite place not only for Tailgating before Ole Miss home games, but a fabulous place to celebrate special events in the lives of fans. It is a colorful sight with the red, white, and blue tents springing up across the grassy area. The interiors of these tents are decorated with carefully chosen items to accent the occasion.  Some families have brought the same decorations for years and some are very elaborate, complete with chandeliers and strings of colored lights.

Our daughter and son-in-law, Candler and Bert Foster, were honored by a Toasting Party in the Grove prior to their wedding years ago.  Baby showers, bridal showers, all kinds of happy events are celebrated in the much loved Grove underneath the shady trees.  It is filled with traditions of long standing and duration.

The Mars family of Philadelphia has set up a tailgate tent in the Grove for many years where family members and friends gather before and after football games.  They always have a large crowd and lots of fun.  This year, before Ole Miss's first home game, Sarah Mars celebrated her  27th birthday in the Mars family's red tent.  There were several generations of Mars members present for the happy occasion as well as many friends.  The color for the game with the Arkansas Razorbacks was red, and the family dressed accordingly.   There were red and white checked tablecloths on the serving tables with a centerpiece on one table composed of a blue helmet nestled in red shakers, a floral arrangement, a red megaphone, and Happy Birthday balloons floating above the table.  Happy Birthday signs added to the festive décor.  The honoree, Sarah, wore a Happy Birthday tiara.  There was a wide variety of food to feast on before game time while celebrating Sarah.  Not only was it a great birthday, but Ole Miss beat the Razorbacks 31-17!  What a great start to a new year for Sarah and the Rebels!


Congratulations to Tanner Boler, #6, of the Philadelphia High School Tornadoes, for  being selected as Player of the Week on September 6.  Tanner had 10 tackles, an interceptions, 2 fumbles recoveries, one resulting in a TD.  Tanner also returned a punt for 40 yards for a touchdown! Great work, Tanner!  He was presented a Player of the Week T-shirt with the "Player of the Week" across the back.  The presentation was made by Agent, Allen Johnson.  The Michael Vick Mississippi Farm Bureau Agency honors outstanding performances by high school athletes.  Thank you Michael Vick and Farm Bureau.


The members of First Baptist Church Ladies Women's Enrichment group met on September 10th in the church hall.  Their project for this meeting was making blankets for the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Philadelphia.

Each person, including some teens, made a baby sized blanket.  They were all so pretty and colorful.  There were many different prints and colors of cloth with creative borders around the edges.  They were made with love and kindness which was evident in the care taken in making each one.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this thoughtful community contribution.

Congratulations to Courtney McNair on being accepted into the Praise and Worship Team in Conway, Arkansas, where she attends the University of Central Arkansas.  Courtney auditioned for the team on September 10 and was notified of her acceptance on September 11.

Courtney is majoring in Elementary Education at the University.  She is a graduate of East Central Community College where she was the drum major for the band and participated in many campus activities.  Her parents are Michael and Melanie McNair of Philadelphia.

Once again Mississippi State University Bulldog fans will see a familiar face cheering the Bulldogs on as they play various team sports.  Cole Hodgins of Philadelphia has returned to MSU where he is part of the cheerleading team.  He is a valued member of the squad who work hard to keep the fans involved in cheering for the Bulldogs, so they will feel their support.  He also carries the huge maroon flag during the game as part of the routine.  Cole is a very talented young man.


Members of the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia did a "Prayer Walk"  around the city on Sunday morning, September 8.  They prayed for our churches, schools, businesses, local government officials, first responders, and the lost people in our city and county.

The church's theme for the 2019-2020 church year is, "Love Out Loud." This was the initial activity to carry out this theme.  The church always welcomes visitors and new members who would like to participate.  It sounds like a great contribution to the well being of our community.


The Philadelphia High School Tornadoes were guests of the First Methodist Church for a meal before their first football game on September 6.  The church served some very tasty food to the team in the Family Life Center at the church.  It really fueled the Tornadoes because they had a great win!  Thank you to FUMC for supporting our local youth in such a nice way.