December 16 found Holy Cross Catholic Church filled with angels of different sizes, three kings, shepherds, the Holy Family, and other children. It was the children's annual Christmas program that evening. The cast did a great job acting out the Christmas story of Jesus's birth. Parents brought finger food of different types for the gathering following the program. The hall was colorfully decorated with red and green tablecloths and other Christmas decorations.  

On Sunday, December 22nd after the 10;30  mass, the Church held its annual Christmas dinner for the congregation and their families. Members brought their favorite side dishes or desserts to accompany the meat course which the Church provided.  Father Darnis, Pastor, blessed the meal. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and fellowship. Many thanks to those who helped plan this event.

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The sound of laughter and excited voices filled Westside Community Center on Thursday evening, December 19. It was the third annual Pancakes with Santa event which is sponsored by Alderwoman Cassie Henson from Ward 4. There was a good turnout for the evening. 

Santa had a lot of helpers from the community who donated resources, cooked, served, and cleaned up. Supervisor Obie Riley manned the grill and turned out some tasty food. Marcus Dupree donated awesome toys for the children from Santa. The children had a wonderful time. What a terrific way to give some joy to the children in the community. Thanks to everyone who helped make this such a successful event. The children are such an important part of a community.

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Congratulations to LaCandra Clemons who graduated from the Pearl River Community College Workforce at Lowery Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg on December 17th.  She completed the Emergency Medical Technician program offered at Lowery Woodall and received her diploma. Her very proud mother is Pamela Hunter of Philadelphia.  LaCandra and her husband reside in Gulfport, Mississippi.

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Christmas was a joyous holiday in our home again this year.  Bert and Candler Enochs Foster and granddog, Abbie, came to spend time with us. My brother, Ronald Grenko, came from Albuquerque, New Mexico to celebrate with the family. He is the only close family member I have left and I am always so happy when he comes to visit.

We loved sitting around the fireplace with its blazing fire built by Ronald who is a great firebuilder. There was much laughter and love shared around the fire. Abbie and Boo renewed their friendship and had fun jumping on and off the sofa and chairs. Boo tried his best to keep up, but Abbie is so much taller that he had to scramble. Boo disappeared for a while and Candler found him under the Christmas tree in the living room. I think he knew there was something special in all of those brightly wrapped packages.

The house seemed full of activity and excitement which made me so happy. Romily and I miss our little family. It seems as though time flies by and it's time for everyone to go home too soon.  It was a wonderful time once more.

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A beautiful baby girl arrived just in time to be a Christmas gift to her family. Sawyer Dawn Sanderford arrived on December 23, at 12:04 PM weighing 6lbs and 11 ounces of preciousness. Her parents, Tyler and Ashley McNair Sanderford welcomed their most joyous gift with love and happiness. She had a red and green striped outfit that she wore with Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on the front in the hospital.  Sawyer looked adorable and ready for Christmas where she would meet her family who had been excitedly waiting her arrival. Congratulations!

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Sam and June Nowell enjoyed a short trip to Las Vegas before Christmas.  They saw the Lady Bulldogs play an exciting game. The Christmas decorations all over Las Vegas were amazing.  They enjoyed touring the decorative displays in the various places. They returned home before Christmas which they spent with their daughter, Meredith Boston, and her family in Jackson.

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A pre Christmas trip to Disney World was an exciting gift to Tinsley Rounsaville from her grandmother, "Cushie", as JoAnn Tinsley Rounsaville is affectionately called. Carly Byars Rounsaville, Cushie, and Tinsley flew to Florida and toured the Magic Kingdom and several other exciting places.  

Tinsley was so thrilled to have her hair and nails done and a princess dress to wear when she met the Disney princesses.  Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse were breakfast visitors which added to the fun. The three laughed so hard and played so hard that it was truly a magical experience for Tinsley.  It was her first visit to Disney and needless to say, she was enthralled. Her mother and grandmother thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well.

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Huge Congratulations to Mac and Ann Reese Hall who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on December 26.  They have been blessed with a daughter and son-in-law who have given them three amazing grandchildren. Fifty years of marriage is indeed a Golden Anniversary!