This weekend promises to be a busy one here in Philadelphia. The debut performance of the Christmas play, "The Best Little Christmas Pageant Ever," is scheduled for Thursday evening, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in our historic downtown Ellis Theater. You may also see the show on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Presented by the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Arts Council, the play is under the direction of Tim and Andrea Moore.


The Neshoba Artist Guild will once again host the annual Depot Artist Show and Sale at our historic train depot. The event will begin Friday evening, Nov. 22 with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. through 8 p.m, and continuing Saturday activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Make your weekend plans to be entertained at The Ellis, visit with Neshoba County's talented artists and artisans at The Depot, and perhaps get a little Christmas shopping done.


When Missy Murray Carter's second son, Buddy, was born seven years ago, Missy asked her father, Steve Murray, a very unusual question, "Will you run a marathon with me?" Steve, being not your usual grandfather, answered,

"Yes, I will."

Last weekend, Missy and Steve were among the 48,000 runners who ran in the New York City Marathon, the world's largest marathon. The 26.2-mile event goes through all five of New York's boroughs, which include Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan. The father-daughter twosome have also run in the Washington D. C., Chicago, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville, Birmingham, New Orleans and Jackson Marathons.

While Steve and Missy were running, Linda Murray, her son-in-law Dr. Will Carter, and grandsons, Bo, 10, and Buddy, 7, all of Starkville, attended the Broadway play, "Wicked." The long weekend in New York City afforded time to visit the 9-ll Memorial and the Statue of Liberty.


Sue and Glenn Wells have found them a home-away-from-home in a place called Big Meadow Campground located in Townsend, Tenn., at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. With it comes an adoptive family, Malcolm and Barbara Johnson. Last year, Big Meadow was named #l Campground in the State of Tennessee. Recently, it was named the #l Campground in the United States! "Can you believe it!" Sue called all excited to tell me. And, yes, I can, having been there as Sue and Glenn's guest, in years past with Helen Tolbert and Pat Johnson. It is a beautiful, very relaxing place. Congratulations to Malcolm and Barbara, and to Sue and Glenn, you chose well in selecting a home-away-from-home!


It's exciting when I discover news about "our own" while reading other news media sources. Jeff Russell, son of Hal Russell and the late Peggy Russell, and brother to Jane Kynerd, has been inducted into Delta State University's 2013 National Alumni Association Hall of Fame, as reported in the Business Section of The Clarion Ledger Sunday, Nov. 10. Jeff, a 1980 Delta State graduate, is president of Goodwin Group, named in AdWeek to the ad industry trade magazine's top agency in each of the 50 states.


Ethel Lundy's son, Bobby Joe, and his wife, Jackie, of Lake Charles, Louisiana staged a surprise 97th birthday party for their mother at City Limits Restaurant on Saturday before her birthday on Oct. 21. "There were 32 people there, all family and friends from South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi," the delighted honoree told me.

Ethel is a resident at Atwood Personal Care Home. If you go to visit her, expect a blessing. Her vision poor, once you tell her who you are, you may receive a big bear hug. Her conversation is a sermon on how blessed and thankful she is, how good God has been to her, and when you leave, she's apt to pray for you. Happy Birthday to a wonderful lady and friend to many!


This is Operation Christmas Child drop/off week, November 18th-25th. The following is an excerpt from a book entitled "Operation Christmas Child," written by Franklyn Graham.



Yes, Jesus does love the little children of the world - from every continent - they are precious in His sight.

That's why people all over the country rummage through their closets, blowing dust off shoe boxes, dumping their shoes on the floor, and wrapping the boxes in bright Christmas paper before filling them with everything from coloring books and crayons to trucks and baseballs, or little purses and mirrors.

Have you ever watched a child blow on a dandelion? Each single flower produces many wind borne seeds. When airborne, they scatter far and wide.

I think of shoeboxes as blowing flowers, carrying the seeds of the Gospel far and wide. People pack shoeboxes full of gifts that are blown into the skies by jumbo jets flown all over the world. When the boxes settle on the ground, the seeds of God's love are deposited into little hearts."

Bring your shoeboxes to The First Presbyterian Church, the relay center for Neshoba County, during the following hours:

Today, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1-5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 24, 12 noon - 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25, 8 a.m. to 12 noon.