The bus runs both ways. Forty-one years ago Marty Stuart caught a bus to Nashville. Today Marty returns home, bringing Nashville with him. "The Marty Stuart Show," as seen on RFD-Channel 14, Nashville, will tape its season five finale before a sell-out audience at the Ellis Theater, Friday evening, June 28. The show's entire cast and crew will be our guests. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m., the show begins at eight o'clock. The concert/taping is being hosted by the Philadelphia/Neshoba County Arts Council and RFD-TV. Marty's hometown bids you welcome! We hold the key to Southern hospitality!

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All I know about baseball would not fill a baseball glove. My interest in the game stems from players I have known, or with whom I feel a connection, like Bubba Phillips, Brooks Bryan, Chad Crosswhite, Mitch Mooreland and now Mississippi State! They are winners with their "never give up" attitude, and as I heard someone say, "They play the game, not work it." They are fun to watch and the excitement of the fans rubs off on us TV-watchers.

There are many fans who could just not stay away. Jim and Maria Sisson and their children, John Forrest and Sydney, picked up their friend, Sadie Fulton, at 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, June 14. Their destination: Nashville, Tenn. They arrived there at three in the afternoon and picked up Adrienne who was attending a M-fuge camp with her friends from East Philadelphia Baptist Church. Back on the road, this time their destination was Omaha, Neb., where the Mississippi State Bulldogs were playing in the College World Series. Arrival time: 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

"Our tickets were general admission," Maria told me, meaning first-to-arrive, first seated. "We were at the ticket gate by nine o'clock Saturday morning, and it paid off. We had front row seats behind right center field. It was a long trip, 35 hours on the road, but it was well worth it," said an excited Bulldog fan, reliving State's 5-4 win over Oregon State.

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One of the pleasures summertime affords is the spark of family reunions. Need I remind you that the greatest reunion of all, the Neshoba County Fair, is only a month away!

The descendants of George Washington Marshall and Callie Long Marshall met Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Neshoba County Senior Citizens Center at Northside Park, Philadelphia for their annual family reunion. Judy Marshall Anderson remembers the first such reunion which was held at Lake Tiah-o-Khata, and "a lot of us children got to spend the night." Oftentimes, the reunion followed "good day of fishing" by Uncle Algie Marshall.

This year's reunion was hosted by the R.B. Marshall family, Sara Marshall Cumberland, Jean Marshall, Peggy Marshall and John McMichael, and Mary and R. B. Marshall, Jr. Ray's wife, Rebecca Marshall, was unable to attend. Of the eight siblings, 4 boys and 4 girls, the three surviving sisters, Lora Marshall Smith, Freddie Marshall Barnett and Miriam Marshall Hardy, were penned with beautiful corsages. Ted Marshall presented each of his aunts a framed photograph of Johnnie Marshall's Memorial Garden located at the home of Gabe and Molly Marshall.

R. B. Marshall Jr. presided as family members shared humorous and endearing stories of their childhood and fun adventures with their cousins. The traditional offering was taken to be donated toward the upkeep of the Sandtown Cemetery.

There were no intruders at this happy family gathering, while getting a copy of the book, "Marshall Family Recipes," might require DNA testing. I followed suit when I saw Jean Marshall get a piece of "Aunt Freddie's" caramel pie, even before fixing her plate from a "scrumptious" buffet assembled by children, cousins, grandchildren and great-grandchildren from Georgia, Mississippi and Texas. A sampling of these favorite recipes is shared further down in today's column.

In attendance were Miriam Hardy, Jean Marshall, Vicky Marshall, Dot McNeil, Charlotte and Larry Nicholson, Ted Marshall, Calli and Anna Marshall, Tony Hardy, Jess and Renea Hardy, and Tyler and Jessie Hardy, all of Philadelphia. Wendell and Gloria Hardy of Greenville, Earl Marshall and Tricia and Johnny Whitaker of Hattiesburg, Judy Anderson of Saltilo, Lora Smith of DeKalb and Jean Smith of Gautier.

Also, Robert, Margaret and Caroline Smith, Billy and Cindy Barnett, and McKensie and Madelyn Rae Mcllwain of Brandon, Freddie Barnett of Newton, Sara Cumberland and Dr. Jeff Cumberland of Florence, Larry and Claire Hardy of Oxford, Kelly and Dudley Phelps, Kate, Belmont, and Little Dudley of Starkville, Sherry and Earl Wilson, Heather, David, Anna Shea, and Sunnie Sturdivant of Madden, Guy and Tracy Sturdivant of Lena, Carolyn and Burnard McRaney of Chadsworth, Georgia, Patsy and Don Anderson of Jonesboro, Georgia, Mary Carol and Terry Shivers of Plano, Texas, and Matthew, Dalton and Cammie Marshall of Austin, Texas.

The reunion got off to an early start for Matthew, Dalton, Cammie, Judy, McKensie, Madelyn, R. B., Mary, Jean and Vicky who spent Saturday night in Vicky's Fair cabin on the Neshoba County Fairgrounds.

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The children of the late R. E. (Red) and Dovie Kilgore held their family reunion Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the home of Don and Virginia in Stateline, Miss. Virginia extended a welcome to her brothers and sisters, their families and a host of nieces and nephews. Of the original 11 children, all were present except brothers, Billy and Haskel, who are deceased, and Claudean, the oldest sister who lives in Georgia.

Odiezell Poole gave thanks, after which the 61 in attendance enjoyed a delicious buffet of family-food-favorites, covering three tables. Those attending included Merlean Taylor, her children and grandchildren of Semmes, Ala., Odiezell Poole of Spanish Fort, Ala., Mary and Mavon Copeland, children and grandchildren of Meridian, Virginia and Don Richardson, children and grandchildren of Stateline, and Mack and Clara Kilgore, children and grandchildren of Brandon.

Also, Barbara and Larry Burton and granddaughter of Philadelphia, Lynda and Johnny Robertson, children and grandchildren of Brandon, Belinda and Jim Oatsvall and granddaughter of Zion, Illinois, and Claudean's daughter, Ellen McCarthy, and husband, Terry, from Florida.

"First-timers" at the Wood reunion, held the second Sunday in June at Smallwood Cemetery in Winston County, included Priscilla Sanders, Dave, Candace and Trey Sanders, Leslie Sanders, Maggie Lee, Sanders, and Laney Grace Griffis, Maxine and Ray Sullivan, and Mary and Bill Zieimick. This reunion is indebted to Miss Lucille Wood, of East Central Community College fame, for having engineered this occasion for many years. Quoting Lucille's nephew, Jim Duncan, as relayed to me by Priscilla, "I carry this torch in love and honor for Aunt Lucille," who is no longer able to do so, "but still maintains an interest in everyone and what they are doing."

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Rebecca Barnett and Anna White were in Birmingham on Friday, June 7 to attend funeral services for their first-cousin, J. Mack Lofton Jr. Rebecca's father, Ovvie Lofton, Anna's father, Clyde Lofton, and J. Mack's father, J. Mack Lofton, Sr. were brothers.

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Following Dr. Bill Molpus' holiday in Rome and Venice, "his favorite city in all the world," we join Bill as he arrives in Tirana, Albania, a few hours before his mission team arrives. Let's listen in. "I was welcomed by the team leader and friends from Amsterdam. Had a sparse lunch at the airport, as we laughed together about our trials and tribulations during our mission together earlier this year in Cambodia. Did my best to try and convince them to join me later this year in Burma.

The team arrived and we drove north an hour and a half to the City of Shkodam. I was hoping it would be on the shore of the Adriatic, but no, it was inland. I had worked with most of the team in the past, making this trip like a reunion. The dental assistant I had worked with in Thailand, was there, and I knew immediately that I was ahead of the game. She was great and remembered my setup and surgical procedures. We had a good time working together.

Nice hotel and excellent food. This is not mozambique, so get ready to gain a few pounds! Every mission is different, and Albania was no exception. Albania is a Muslim country and a majority of the five million inhabitants are Muslim. Christians are a very small minority. There is a Christian radio station in Tirana that is supported in part by Joyce Meyer Ministries. Folks from a group of small churches in and around Shkodar, plus folks from the radio station, worked with us. They were wonderful and eager to help.

The "church" where we held the clinic was off the main road and looked like all the other buildings in the area. Not exactly what you would call an underground church, but nevertheless, unobtrusive. It is difficult being a Christian in a Muslim society. A young fellow who helped us in the clinic, told me about his difficulties, being the only Christian in his family. He had to move from the family home and was living with his brother's family.

They could not understand why "he had turned against them!." He said his brothers had started praying at the mosque everyday that he would change his mind and return to Islam.

Albanians, for the most part, participate and practice what is called the Blood Feud. I will try and explain. If a man from say clan A kills a guy from clan B, then it is the responsibility of clan B to kill a male from clan A. Any man will do and you have four years to comply.

The men in clan B basically go into hiding as any one of them could be a target. They did not go to work and the family suffered. The pastor of the main church in Shkodar had been shot and killed last year. He had instructed his wife to do all she could to stop this insanity should he be killed. She now is the pastor and has led a campaign on the radio station and national TV saying that their clan will forgive and not continue the feud.

People ask, "Where is Albania?" It is on the eastern coast of the Adriatic and just south of the former country of Yugoslavia. It was a communist country for fifty years, and the people suffered worse than folks in Yugoslavia and Russia. They are now enjoying freedom that they had never seen in recent years. In discussions with my interpreter, he expressed unbelief that the American government is pushing toward Socialism and Communism. He said, "Yes, it looks good on paper, but it does not work. I have lived it. I know!"

I enjoyed my time in Albania. It is a beautiful country and the people were warm and friendly. Many spoke Italian and that gave me a chance to try and improve my poor Italian. They were so appreciative of what we were doing. There were some very difficult cases, but the Lord answered my prayers, and with His help, it all went well.

We flew from Tirana to Vienna, and I said "goodbye" to the team, and began the post-mission tour, which I had promised myself, to the former countries of Yugoslavia."

Next week we join Bill as he fulfills his wish to visit these countries, a desire which stems from a friendship he and Shirley enjoyed years ago with friends from Croatia. And where is Croatia? We'll find out as Bill shares his travels with "Friends."

Recipes from "Marshall Family Recipes."







Freddie Barnett's Caramel Pie

3/4 cups sugar and l/2 stick oleo for browning.

3/4 cups sugar

3 tablespoons flour, rounded

l-l/3 cup milk

3 eggs, separate yolk.

Brown 3/4 cups sugar in oleo, set aside. Mix 3/4 cups sugar, egg yolk, and milk in double boiler. When it gets luke warm, add the brown sugar, stirring constantly. Cook very slowly until thick. Pour into baked pie shell.

Meringue: Beat 2 egg whites (discard one egg white) until set. Start adding 5 tablespoons of sugar, one spoon at a time. When it is finished and looks almost like marshmallow, put on pie and bake at 300 degrees until light brown.



Judy Anderson's Copper Carrots

3 cans carrots, drained

l green pepper, chopped

l large onion, chopped

l can tomato soup, undiluted

1/2 cup oil

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup vinegar

1 tsp mustard

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix all ingredients. Marinate 24 hours before serving. Keeps in refrigerator indefinitely.



Jean Marshall's Party Sandwich Filling

8 ounce cream cheese

1/2 package Borden Green Onion Dip (dry)

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 cup chopped pecans

3/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 cups grated carrots.

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate at least one hour before spreading. Recipe is enough for a large loaf of bread. Sandwiches freeze well.



Lora Smith's Melt-in-Your Mouth Sugar Cookies

1 cup margarine

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon salt

4 cups all purpose flour

Cream together margarine, vegetable oil, powdered sugar and white sugar. Ad eggs, vanilla, cream of tartar, soda, salt, and flour. Mix well. Drop a teaspoon full on cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie with a glass that is buttered and dipped in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned.

Note from "Aunt Coot:" "I have my oven hot, put in the cookies, and cut off the oven. They cook just right."



I got this recipe from my friend Frankie Harpole. It received "rave reviews."





Gourmet Shrimp Dish

2 cups mayonnaise

1/2 cup horseradish, drained

2 teaspoons dry mustard

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt. Combine all of these and mix well. Set aside. In a large bowl put

1 pounds (or more) medium shrimp, cooked and peeled

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1 6-ounce can chopped black olives, drained

1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained

1 6-ounce can whole mushrooms, drained. I used fresh ones and sliced them.

Pour sauce over this mixture and refrigerate. Before serving add 1/2 head cauliflower florets and toss. I used broccoli florets, instead.