Time sure changes things. In 2006, Lynda Truett Stribling was named "Citizen of the Year."

This year I nominate Lynda as "Grandmother of the Year."

What turned me on to this story was when Lynda told me she was going to "Grandparents Day" with her four-year-old granddaughter, Shelby Sonnabend.

"It was absolutely wonderful," Lynda told me. "We had a tea party and then got down on the floor and worked puzzles and did some art work."

I was envious of the fact that Lynda could get up after "getting down."


Shelby and her parents, Reagan and Marc Sonnabend, seven-year-old Skyler Sonnabend, and Shelby live in Arlington Heights, Ill., an upscale area north of Chicago.

The girls attend Olive School which is a neighborhood school.

There are few more than twenty in each class, and reminiscent of days past, the children can walk or ride bikes to school.

"I am so impressed with the school," Lynda to me. "They have a very active PTA, and living in the same neighborhood, everyone knows everybody."


Lynda retired from The Citizens Bank, after eighteen years in banking, just in time to qualify for "Grandmother of the Year."

Her daughter, Cyd, and husband, Brandon King, live here in the Laurel Hill Community.

At the time of Lynda's retirement, they had two "very active" sons, Ian, 8, and Slade, 2, and now there are three!

When I finally caught up with this very busy, "happy in her role" grandmother, she was on her way to help Cyd with Knox, born Sept. 27, 2013.


Heath Stribling's daughter, Morgan and her husband Austin Smith, are the parents of two-year-old Callen and two-month-old McKenlie, upping Lynda's status to great-grandmother.

Alex is a third grader at Neshoba Central.

Her brother, Shot, named after his grandfather, the late Dr. Shot Stribling, is in the first grade.


Being a grandparent often requires ready mobility as Stanley and Kay Salter will testify.

Their grandson, Tanner Salter, is a freshman at Holmes Community on a baseball scholarship.

Kay and Stanley, along with Tanner's dad, Tate, and Tanner's siblings, Jon Byars and Tatum Salter, were in Hammond, La. for a fall baseball tournament when Holmes played two games.

It was a 12-12 game against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and a 5-2 game against Baton Rouge Community College.

The next week: On to the University of Southern with games against Pearl River Community College and Baton Rouge Community College.


And on the local scene, Kay and Stanley are enjoying watch Tatum play soccer, while Jon Byars plays both offensive and defensive tackle for Neshoba Central Middle School, with occasional away-games.

Grandparenting often takes them to Jackson to watch Whitney and Brad Vance's sons, Barron, 7, and Porter, soon-to-be-six, play soccer.


Mary Louise Blanks recently hosted a family gathering at the Beach Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Those attending included her three siblings, Liz Nickle of Woodruff, S.C., Margaret Anne Savelle and husband Stephen of Tullahoma, Tenn., and Preston Nickle and wife Linda of North Little Rock, Ark.

Two first cousins, Mary Ann Pittman of Hughes, Arkansas and Harriett Jenkins of Memphis, Tenn., rounded out the reunion.


According to Mary Louise, the week was spent eating, shopping and telling stories which began with "remember when!"

What better place than the beach to gather for a week of family fun and fellowship!


The Philadelphia/Neshoba County Arts Council is buzzing with excitement about things going on!

If you were at the recent Community Development Partnership banquet, you enjoyed a repeat performance by the cast from the spring play, "And the Winner is...."

And in case you missed it, Philadelphia is buzzing with excitement over the announcement of Steve Wilkerson being selected "Citizen of the Year!"


OctoberFest is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19 at DeWeese Park with fun for the entire family.

Local artists will show their work, while kids play in the kid's area, with entertainment jamming under the gazebo.


Butch Hodgins has put together another "Sounds of Bluegrass" which will be performed in the Ellis Theater Saturday night, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10.

Proceeds from the show will go toward the renovation of the Ellis.


Tim and Andrea Moore are busy directing the upcoming play, "The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever."

As Tim told me, "The kids have been running around learning their lines, and at some time during the play they will be singing Christmas Carols."

"How many kids, Tim?"


Needless to say excitement is mounting for the debut performance scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

You may see the show Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m.


Make your plans to be at the Philadelphia Depot on Friday, Oct. 18 between 5 and 9 p.m. as Adam Blanks, an artist specializing in impressionist oil painting, presents his work in a one-man show.

Adam received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University.

A native of Philadelphia, he now makes his home in Loveland, Colo.

Join us at the Depot as we celebrate an evening of art with one of our own!