"How many ways can one say thank you?" asked Toni Stovall, speaking from a very grateful mother's heart for the success of the Jacob Stovall Benefit for the past three years.

"With your help, we raised $9,000 this year, for a cumulative total of $28,000, to benefit the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson in memory of Jacob. The hospital is, and always will be a very special place to me and my family, for the care they gave Jacob, and the support they were to us.

"The staff and families at the hospital are amazed and grateful for what we together have done in memory of Jacob. It is a wonderful feeling to know that we have had your support and prayers in our effort to benefit the staff, as well as the families who enter those doors, both now and in the years to come. We are looking forward to our 4th benefit this fall, and as in the past three years, we will greatly appreciate your enthusiastic support. We cannot do it without you."

Toni led with a broken heart. We followed her lead, and so many lives have been blessed.


The Philadelphia-Neshoba County Arts Council presented "And the Winner is... A Night at the Awards" last weekend at the Ellis Theater in downtown Philadelphia, under the direction of Andrea Moore and Kinsey Goldman.

And the winner was...Everyone who attended the delightful musical revue, featuring award-winning tunes as recognized by the Oscars, Grammys, Tonys and Doves Academies. ...The cast and crew. The smiles on their faces, put it to music, "We had the time of our lives." ...And the historic old Ellis. All the proceeds from the show went toward Her restoration.


Once again our Neshoba County students come out on top, making us proud. Danielle Price and Mackie Pettit were among the inductees at the Phi Theta Kappa Spring Induction, Nu Upsilon Chapter, in recognition of their high scholastic achievements.

The ceremony was held March 5 in the McCain Theater on the Meridian Community College campus. In the audience were their proud parents, Danny and Teresa Price and Barry and Amber Pettit.

Both Danielle and Mackie graduated from Neshoba Central in 2012. Danielle is a pre-med student at Meridian Community College. Mackie is majoring in physical therapy at MCC. "Friends" affords us an opportunity to share pride in our own. Congratulations, Danielle and Mackie!


Just in time for spring, Harvin Hudson, Neshoba County Cooperative Extension Agent, spoke to the M&M (Mature and Modern) group at First United Methodist on the subject of Vegetable

Gardening in Containers. He advised that almost any vegetable that will grow in a typical backyard garden, will do well as a container-grown plant.

He suggested that container vegetable gardening is a sure way to introduce children to the joys and rewards of vegetable gardening, as well as an "easier row to hoe" for us mature and moderns.


President Pat Woodrick called the meeting to order, after which her husband, the Reverend Lavelle Woodrick, gave thanks for the day and the food. Hostesses for the March potluck luncheon were Jan and Pete Williamson and Sara Hutchison. Those in attendance were Harvin Hudson, June Mitchell, Hazel Allen, Babs Kirkland, Janice Williamson, Margaret Barrett, Renee Bennett, Betty Mooney, Pat and Lavelle, Brenda Matthews, Jo Lynn Parker, Fred Britton, Rachel Evans, Susan Powell, Jan and Pete and Sara.