Following the lighting of the Fourth Advent Candle, the Candle of Love, by Carrie, Wesley and Ella Kate Haggard, Josh and Frances Gamblin presented their son, Nolan Ford Gamblin for Infant Christian Baptism.

The Rev. Fred Britton officiated as Nolan Ford, born June 18, 2012, was baptized in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit at the morning worship service at First United Methodist Church Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.

Nolan Ford is the little brother of Tyler Grace Gamblin and Minnie Dobbs Gamblin.

His grandparents are Dr. Joe Jordan, Cynthia Jordan, Marty and Cherie Gamblin and Jody and Deree Webb.

He is the great-grandson of Steve and Charlene Webb and the late Jim and Connie Sampsell, Lamar and Louise Gamblin, Cooper and Frances Williams and Dr. Porter and Mildred Jordan.


Marge Davis entertained members of the B.A.L.L. Group at First Baptist Church and their guests at a dinner party in her aristocratic home on Poplar Avenue, Wednesday evening, Dec. 19.

Guests were greeted at the door by Jim Johnson, president of B.A.L.L., and his wife, Dorothy, and extended a warm, cordial welcome by Marge.

The Rev. Dan Howard offered a prayer of thanksgiving for the joy and blessings of the season, with special remembrance of the families so affected by the recent tragedy in Connecticut.

Marge enjoyed sharing the hospitality of her home which was all aglow with the radiance of the Season, with Rebecca Barnett, Shirley and Tommy Breazeale, Gloria Burkes, Everett and Mildred Estes, Lamar and Estelle Fowler, Wilmer and Mazell Goforth, Jean Griffith, Delores Haden, Ruth Hamilton, Rena Harmon, Joan Hight, Dr. Dan and Marcia Howard, Jim and Dorothy Johnson, Eunice Jones, Sue Lewis and guest Rachel Evans.

Also, James and Shirley Mooney, Barney and Lavinia Nowell, Jane Parker, Jo Lynn Parker, Billy Sharp, Kermit and Sammy Sharp, Louise Sharp, Dorothy Thomas, Patricia Trest, Robert and Ellene Turcotte, Tom and Madeline Vuncannon, Jim Whitehead and his nephew, Jane Cole, Bill and Polly Gilley and William Smith.


Of special local interest: In an order signed by Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., Chief Judge, United States District Court, the Honorable Thomas H. Fulton, was designated to serve as Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky, commencing Jan. 1.

Judge Fulton is of Neshoba County heritage, the son of and G. W. and Elizabeth May Fulton.


Another item of local interest to many of you who have become friends with Toby Nutt since he first arrived on the Neshoba County Fair scene in 1980 and has missed very few Fairs since then.

Toby's dad was Grady Nutt, the "Prime Minister of Humor" from "Hee Haw."

Toby and his family have launched a website in memory of Grady who was famous for his spontaneous comedy routines on the top-rated TV show.

Quoting Toby, "Over the years, we've heard from people around the world about how Grady touched their lives. We couldn't think of a better way to communicate with his fans than to release some of Dad's best materials."

The Nutt family hopes to share Grady's stories and TV and radio clips on, Twitter and Facebook, and are offering a commemorative two CD collection of never-heard Grady Nutt tracks.

Lan Pickle, who happens to be my favorite nephew, remembers Grady talking on Hee Haw of how his family had taken so much slack about their name.

"I don't know what's so funny about being named Nutt. My son's best friend at Ole Miss is a boy named Pickle!"


Going back in time, "Philadelphia night" brought the following Philadelphians to the Meridian Little Theater production of "Sorry Wrong Chimney" for the Tuesday evening performance, Doris Vowell, Janice Payne, Tommie Banks, Alene Griffith, Nell Dean and Kathy Kittrel.

Also, Billie Latting and Ray Fleming.


One of the best parts of Christmas is the way it beings families and friends together. "W" friends, Emma Atkinson of Meridian, Tommie Banks and Pat Warren of Philadelphia, and Sylvia Clark and Betty Woodward of Louisville, have long made it a practice of getting together during the holidays since their days together at MSCW.

This year they met for lunch at The Market Cafe in downtown Louisville, after which they toured some of the town's new stores.


Sylvia shared this story about "Ladies Who Lunch."

"A group of 40-year-old girlfriends discussed where they should meet for lunch.

"Finally, it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the waiters there wore tight pants and had nice buns. (Was Nannie Mae Underwood among them?)

"Ten years later at 50 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for lunch.

"Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the food there was very good, the wine selection was also good, and the waiters were cute.

"Ten years later at 60 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for lunch.

"It was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View because they could eat there in peace and quiet, the restaurant had a beautiful view, and the waiters were sweet boys.

"Ten years later at 70 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for lunch.

"They agreed to meet at the Ocean View because the restaurant was wheel chair accessible, they even had an elevator, and the waiters were kind.

"Ten years later, at 80 years of age, they agreed to meet at the Ocean View because they had never been there before."

The message here: "Carpe diem - seize the day."