I write this with no facts, no research, just as I saw it with my heart. Chris Vowell and his congregation have purchased the old Western Auto building on Holland Avenue to house the Crossway Community Church.

I think it so fitting that a building built by Sleepy Posey, a man with all heart for all people, would become a House of God.

Crossway is the perfect description of what happened down there last weekend, as a cross-section of God's workers gathered to help with the project. A group of men from Alabama, "Carpenters for Christ," spent the entire weekend here helping to renovate the building.

They arrived with the tools and machinery necessary for work, and bed rolls and cots for a night's rest.

The ladies of the church and other interested members of the community cooked for the workers, many of whom were local.

I talked with Jeffrey Nicholson who took off the entire week from his job at B&G to work on the church.

Kenneth Wells, who many know as "Boss Hog," cooked a five-gallon stew for the workers the day before his son, Ben's, funeral. This House is being built on solid ground. Expect great things to happen.


Pink and red valentines filled the Family Life Center at First United Methodist Church as members of the Mature and Modern (M&M) group gathered for their February luncheon meeting.

President Pat Woodrick introduced Tim Moore, Main Street Director of the Community Development Partnership, as the speaker.

Tim reflected on the tributaries of God's love in his life, his mother, his brother, the memory of his father, and his wife, Andrea.

He spoke with enthusiasm and excitement about the opportunity his job affords him to work for the city he loves.

Tim says he became "at home" in all his former moves by finding a church home.

Tim and Andrea attend Grace Baptist Church where he serves as Minister of Music.

Brenda Matthews, Glenda Green and Betty Prince served as hostesses.

Members in attendance included June Mitchell, Pete and Jan Williamson, Rachel Evans, Brenda Matthews, Pat Woodrick. Betty Mooney, Cecil Wyatt, Betty Prince, Dot McNeil, Max and Virginia West, Jo Lynn Parker and Glenda Green.

Kaye Rowell, Tourism Director at CDP, was welcomed as a guest.


Frances Molpus enjoyed a wonderful day when her nephew, Dick Hill, and his family flew in from Baton Rouge to spend the day.

Philadelphia was home to Dick throughout his high school years.

He, his wife, Barbara, and their family return to the Neshoba County Fair each year.

Enjoying the time together with Frances were Dick, Barbara, their daughters, Suzanne Curle and Stephanie Lambert, grandchildren Neva Frances and Lowell Lambert and their pilot/friend Mitch Rchardson.


The cast of the Arts Council spring play, "And the Winner is...A Night at the Awards," "is sweating to the oldies" as they rehearse a musical in which all the songs are reminiscent of the past.

You will not want to miss these performances at the old Ellis Theater scheduled for March 8 - March 10, Friday evening through the Sunday matinee.

The cast includes Angela Boatner, Jessie Boatner, Charlie Chalmers, Tori Chestnut, Terri Donald, Michael Duke, Destiny Files, Erica Flake, Kinsey Goldman, Elizabeth Hall, Jonathan Hall, Keith Hall, Sarah Hall, Janet Jay, Lisa Knight, Kenny Mooney, Andrea Moore, Tim Moore, Zach Peden, Madison Pike, Angel Weems, Courtney Wells and Noah Winstead.

I got the Mr. and the Mrs. mixed up last week when I reported that Tim Moore and Kinsey Goldman were directing the musical.

I should have written Mrs. Tim/Andrea Moore.

Andrea and Tim are so linked to the Arts Council productions. They met, fell in love and were later married following the Arts Council's 2008 presentation of "Sound of Music."


While on the subject of musical productions, Sarah McKay, mother of Allan Thomas Pickle Jr., was in the audience at Jackson Academy's Performing Arts Center for the Feb. 2 two-night performance of the Jackson Academy Showchoir Invitational.

This traveling-invitational features choirs from 16 surrounding schools, with the host choir performing last on the program and being disqualified from judging.

Sarah is the also the proud grandmother of Allan Thomas Pickle III, a ninth grader at Jackson Academy, who is a member of the varsity Encore group, having performed with JA's Showtime choir his junior- high years.

Sarah admitted she caught her breath when Allan Thomas lifted his female dance partner into the air as they whirled and sang along with the music.

"We had practiced it a lot, Gran", he later told Sarah. Fast forward, and chances are you will find ATP III on the tennis court or running cross country.


Ethel Gill celebrated her Feb. 8 birthday "in the pines" in the home of her friend, Betty Seward.

Sharing a delightful lunch together with Ethel, were her cousins, Walterine Gilchrest and Dorothy Seales, and friends, Betty, Lynn Seward, Vicky Harrell, Rachel Evans, and Christian Smith.


Allison, Johnny and Posey Palmer were joined at East Philadelphia Baptist Church on Sunday, Feb. 3 by Dwayne and Julie Sharp.

After church, they all went to lunch at Dancing Rabbit to celebrate Allison's birthday. Dwayne and Julie (Big D and Di-Ji) are Posey's grandparents from Meridian."