In the aftermath of the Christmas Season, amid twinkling lights and Christmas trees throughout the home of Pat Mioton in Woodland Hills, Jan Fulton, bride-elect of Bill (Bootsie) Copeland was honored at a bridal tea.

Jan, the daughter of Forrest and June Fulton, and Bootsie, son of Jerome and Jo Ann Copeland, will be married on March 22.

Pat welcomed her guests, who were then greeted by the bride-to-be, her mother, and the mother of the groom-elect. Guests were registered by Lee Ann Fulton, sister-in-law of the bride-elect.

Jan's long-time friends played hostess at the serving tables in the dining room and spacious sunroom.

Offering a delicious array of party delicacies, the tables were decorated with white lilies and chrysanthemums, set among greenery and glowing white tapers.

Hostesses for this lovely Sunday afternoon party, along with Pat, were June Anderson, Susan Bates, Susan Burt, Kelly Chunn, Jean Marshall, Rosanell Phillips, Kelly Pope, Barbara Thaggard, Sandra Thomas, Ellen Turcotte, Clarice Williamson, Suanne Williamson, and Lynda Lewis Forbus and Melissa Lewis Tenhet of Starkville.

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The B.A.L.L. group (Be Active Live Longer) met Jan. 21 in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church. The order of the day was to praise the Lord and enjoy food and fellowship with Christian friends. President Jim Johnson called the meeting to order and welcomed guests, Ray and Mary Marshall. William Smith presented the devotional and gave thanks to God for the food.

Following a delicious potluck lunch, Bingo cards were distributed to guests and members in attendance, who included Pete and Shari Adams, Rebecca Barnett, Molly Cox, Marge Davis, Bill and Polly Gilley, Jean Griffith, Delores Haden, Dr. Dan Howard, Dorothy and Jim Johnson, Eunice Jones, James Mooney, Jane Parker, William Smith and Erma Young.

In the spring, Harvin Hudson, Extension Agent for Neshoba County, will present a program on gardening at the BALL meeting. All senior members are invited to attend.

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Pat Johnson came from her home on the Tombigbee River to join her Tea Party friends in celebrating her January birthday.

Babs Kirkland hosted the party.

Sharing the fun- time with Pat and Babs were Lynda Stribling, Marianne Enochs, Clarice Williamson, Nancy Yates, Mary Louise Blanks, and Laura Bryan.

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Frankie Harpole recently accompanied her daughter, Jessica Harpole Bailey, and Ty to Jefferson City, Mo. to visit her grandson and their son, Andrew Bailey and his wife, also Jessica Bailey.

Andrew works as an Assistant Attorney General for the Attorney General of the State of Missouri.

Adding to the pleasure of the trip, they visited the Missouri Capitol Building, as well as one of the camping sites of Lewis and Clark on their trek up the Missouri River to the Great Northwest.

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Congratulations to Kaye Rowell who was presented the 2013 Friend of Extension Award at the annual Community Development Awards program sponsored by the Neshoba County Extension Service and the Community Development Partnership. Philadelphia and Neshoba County have a true friend in Kaye Rowell.

She serves as Director of Tourism at the Community Development Partnership, with offices at The Depot.