The headlines in last week's "The Neshoba Democrat," referring to Glen Waddell, our sheriff and friend, said it all, "He Was a Good Man."

This "good man" was blessed with a grandson who wrote the following tribute to his "Papaw."

We thank Kyle for sharing his feelings with us.


Called to spread the WORD here on earth, Sent by the man who gave us second birth. A long journey traveled day by day, to change people's lives along the way. Through the struggle, the fire and even the flames, You found a way to perfect your name. Asked to do a task only small and minute, You conquered and became God's golden recruit.

Always humble and always bold, Your life lessons greater than wealth untold. Thank you for all you have said and done. Great work, Sheriff, your work here is done. With undying love and never-ending thankfulness. To my Papaw - Kyle Barrett

What a life! What a tribute!


The February meeting of the Women in the Church at First Presbyterian Church had a special two-fold significance.

Not only did they celebrate St. Valentine's Day, but also honored dowager Betty Seward, their own Lady of Downton Abbey.

Hostess/set designer Vonnie McCown created a love motif centered around a heart-bearing Valentine elephant.

Betty's special guests were her daughters-in-law Gloria Seward and Lynn Seward.

Accompanied by Rebecca McClain, Bevin Sistrunk led the group in singing some old-time familiar love songs.

Judy Mason gave thanks for the day and the food, after which members and guests enjoyed a delicious lunch of shrimp and grits, simple Caesar salad and sausage/cheese bake, followed by a Vonnie-special dessert of brownie muffins topped with chocolate ganache, swirled with fresh raspberry sauce.

WIC members enjoying the day were Vonnie, Lynn, Gloria, Rebecca, Judy and Bevin, along with Velma Caviness, Pat Johnson, Billy Greenleaf, Frances Blackwell, Helen Thomasson, Tommie Banks, Shelby Herrington, Carolyn Emerson, Frankie Harpole, Olivia Herrington, Sharon McCown, and Suanne Adams. Dawn Mars Rebecca Barnett and Rachel Evans were guests of Betty.

Betty penned this note: "To My Wonderful Church Family. Today, I should be with you, having a lovely lunch, but God has given me time in bed to think things over in my head.

"You know I'm not patient, but I've learned a lot - "Be still and know that God is in control," and I'll be back with you at 1st Pres soon soon soon. God bless."


By popular request, the recipes are printed below.

Shrimp and Grits

(credit to Billie Latting)

Bring four cups of grits (5-minute grits, not instant) to boil in four cups chicken broth.

Cook 20 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly. Sauté six green onions (green stem also) and one chopped green pepper in 2 tablespoons oleo.

Add vegetables to cooked grits, plus one cup cheddar cheese, one cup monterey jack cheese, can of rotel, and salt and pepper to taste. Bake uncovered in large casserole for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Serves 10-12.

Simple Caesar Salad

Toss eight cups Romaine torn into bite-size pieces with l/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, croutons, and salt and pepper. Vonnie makes her croutons by toasting bakery croissant rolls brushed with olive oil.

Salad dressing: 1/4 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or more, lemon zest, 1 clove finely minced garlic, and 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard.

Chocolate Ganache

Melt six ounces of bitter sweet chocolate, stir in 3/4 cup heavy cream, 1 tablespoon light corn syrup and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla and cook in double boiler for about four minutes until becomes glossy.

Fresh raspberry sauce: Cook 2 cups fresh raspberries, 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in microwave on high for four minutes.

Stir, put back in microwave and cook an additional four minutes. Stir in another cup of raspberries and allow to cool.

Vonnie says you may use any berry, fresh or frozen.


This news came to me from a very special source, grandmother-to-grandmother.

Jo and Don Fulton's pride peaked at Neshoba Central's second annual Beauty and Beau Revue sponsored by the Parents Teacher Organization last weekend.

Their grandson, Creed Fulton, was selected "Most Handsome" in the second grade, while their granddaughter, Piper Fulton, won "Most Beautiful" in fourth-grade competition.

The thrill of it all was shared by Creed and Piper's parents, Angela and Jason Fulton, and their sister, Miley.


Shirley and Tom Cox were thrilled when their granddaughter, Macy Martin, won the coveted honor of "Most Beautiful" at Philadelphia High School's Beauty and Beau Revue.

Macy is the daughter of Carla and Ike Martin.

Were my dear friend, Clara Jo Duncan, still with us, she would proudly tell me that her and Norman's grandson, Avery Duncan, was selected "Most Handsome" in the PHS Revue.

Avery's parents are Erica Duncan and Lance Duncan.

We all love grandparent- news.

Please call me.


I received the following note from Jimmy Breland who now lives in Cleveland, Miss., on Feb. 14.

It made for a wonderful Valentine message.

"I want to express my appreciation for Just Among Friends.

I look forward to it every week.

Because I have been away from Neshoba County for about 62 years, I don't recognize many of the names, but enjoy hearing about what is going on in the city of Philadelphia and in the county.

I grew up in the Linwood community and attended Linwood School.

One lady whom I well remember in Philadelphia is the late Mrs. E. S. Cole. (Sellers Cole's grandmother).

She worked with some of us young people through the Baptist Training Union in the Baptist churches.

I shall always be grateful for her.

For 40 years, 1951-1991, I served as Director of the Baptist Campus Ministry at Delta State University here in Cleveland.

I was ordained to the ministry by Linwood Baptist Church in 1950.

During my years as Director of the Baptist Campus Ministry, as well as since retirement, I have been preaching in churches in the area."

Mr. Breland, how nice of you to write!

Many will be thrilled to hear from you, and I so much appreciate your kind remarks about "Friends."