The news as told to me and accurately so, "Roberta and David Byars and Jan and Danny Cooper have been on a motorcycle ride. Roberta and Jan rode in the car."

I was so excited! I could just see Roberta and Jan in the little side cars I had seen on motorcycles.

Then I got the story straight, from Roberta herself.

Still an exciting story, shared with us as follows: Danny and David joined eight other people to ride motorcycles through the northern portions of Alabama and Georgia.

Jan and I tagged along in Jan's car.

They met the other riders in Meridian and headed to Fort Payne, Ala. while Jan and I took a different route that first day to Scottsboro, Ala. to the Unclaimed Baggage Store where lost and unclaimed luggage contents are sold.

The store was set up like a department store with things displayed in a marketable way.

Items on sale included bridal gowns, electronics, books, clothes, toys and jewelry just about everything imaginable!

After several purchases, we met the rest of the group in Fort Payne to spend the night.

The next morning we headed toward Blairsville, Ga., passing through Dahlonega (where there are wineries and gold mines) and on to Helen, Ga. where Octoberfest lasts for an entire month!

We spent a couple of hours there where the festivities were in full swing.

Then we headed to Blairsville, Ga. to spend the second night.

The next morning we began the drive along the curvy roads in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, stopping at the area where the Appalachian Trail begins.

There were many motorcycle groups, as well as bicycle riders maneuvering the hairpin turns and steep inclines.

Heading towards Chattanooga, we drove through Ellerjay and enjoyed eating at one of the restaurants by the train tracks, where the locals eat.

That night we stayed in Decatur, Ala. where the rain began and continued throughout the rest of the trip.

On the last day, the bikers donned rain gear and began the trip home.

The highlight of that day was stopping to have a warm meal at the French Camp restaurant.

As a footnote, several of the bikers veered from the group, during the trip, to go on their own excursions.

The original group of 10, withered away to 6 by the end of the trip.


There seems to be a draw to Brandon, Miss. recently.

Homecoming at Brandon High School was the draw on Sept. 21 when a caravan left Philadelphia to see Sydnee Wells, daughter of Ben and Lynn Wells, represent the freshman class as homecoming maid at the game between Brandon High and Terry High School.

The Philadelphia entourage included Kenneth Wells (aka Pops), Cyndi Weldy, Gina, Owen and Kara Daly, Kay and Stanley Salter and Jenny Lynn and Steve Wilkerson.

They were met at the game by Sydnee's parents and her sister, Gracee Wells, as well as Lacie Wilkerson of Madison and Whitney and Porter Vance of Brandon. Quoting Sydnee's proud Aunt Kay, "Sydnee had the largest cheering section by far!"


And on Monday, Oct. 22, Tom and Shirley Cox were in Brandon to see their granddaughter, Bailey McCarver, daughter of Tommy and Terri Cox McCarver, emerge a winner in Brandon High School's "Beauty and Beau" contest.

A ninth grader, who plays first-string on Brandon High School's soccer and tennis teams, Bailey was voted "a favorite" by her classmates.

An interesting note: Sydnee and Bailey have been best friends "forever," attending both school and church together.


Jean Griffis (Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram) shares this exciting news about her nephew, Arthur E. (Gene) Goldman's recent retirement as Acting Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Tribute was paid Gene for his 28 years of distinguished federal service in an assembly of the Alabama House of Representative, recorded as a matter of public record in the Congressional Record.

A product of Russell, Miss, Gene was first introduced and attracted to the awe of space when his father took him out one night and showed him the Echo satellite passing overhead.

With that inspiration and desire to learn, he graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, later earning his Registered Professional Engineer-Civil certification.

Oh, what great things are wrought in the minds of little boys!


Bragging rights run rampant among us with Connie Smith's recent induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

This honor was awarded to Connie, Garth Brooks and Hargus "Pig" Robbins at the Medallion Ceremony, considered country music's most prestigious event.

In acceptance of the honor, Connie said, "I believe with all my heart that this was God's destiny for me, to be a girl country singer. I will continue to be until He tells me otherwise."

Connie is married to Marty Stuart, John and Hilda's boy and Jennifer's brother, from Route 8, Philadelphia, Miss.

We are proud to claim her as our own!


Talking about being proud. Eli and Peyton have added such a dimension of pride and excitement to our lives, that it is hard to imagine how Olivia and Archie can stand it!


Exciting happenings in Philadelphia this next week. The Veteran's Day program will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Dewitt DeWeese Park.

Open House and a re-dedication of the Historical Museum will be held Monday, Nov. 12, from l until 3 p.m.


Meet Hilda Stuart at The Depot Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. as she signs copies of her book, "Choctaw Gardens."

Hilda will be accompanied by her son, Marty Stuart and his wife, Connie Smith, newest inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


The third annual "Depot Artists" show and sale will be held at The Depot Friday evening, 6 until 8 and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Nov. 16 and 17