Philadelphia friends of John and Corinne McCormick will be happy to know that their grandson, Spence Johns, has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Vikings at Berry College near Rome, Ga., this fall.

Berry College is a private four-year liberal arts college located in Mount Berry close to Rome, Ga.  It was founded by Martha Berry in 1902 and is located on 27,000 acres of land which makes it the largest contiguous college campus in the world. Part of the campus is open to the public for hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities.

Spence is a senior at Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, Ga., and is the son of Scottie and Cory McCormick Johns.  Spence has played on the Hebron Christian Academy's baseball team for several seasons.  He enjoys playing and has excelled in the sport.   John and Corinne of Brandon were present at the signing ceremony along with his parents at Hebron.  His parents and family members are so proud of Spence's achievement.

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Precious Sophie Frances, the four-month-old daughter of Alan and Natalie Klaire Windham, was baptized on Sunday, March 5 at Saint Matthew's Church in Madison.  The church's pastor, Andy Stoddard, performed the ceremony which was witnessed by family and friends.  Sophie wore a lovely long white christening dress and matching bonnet for the occasion.  A white satin banner with the words, "Sophie Frances, Christ's Own Forever," in black appliquéd letters had been placed near the pulpit, which added a special, personalized touch to the ceremony.

Family members attending were her brother, Trey Windham, grandparents, Don and Susan Windham of Philadelphia, her maternal grandfather, George Sandifer from Terry, her aunt and uncle, Andrew and Wendy Davis Windham and their children, Ella, Abby, and Jack from Philadelphia. Numerous friends were also in attendance for this very blessed occasion.

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The first of March found Genie Hall and Maudean Sanders on another road trip, this time to Greenville, S. C.!  They were on their way to watch their Lady Bulldogs play in the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.  The tournament was held in the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.  The Lady Bulldogs came complete with Bully and lots of fans to cheer them on to an exciting first game win. Although they lost to South Carolina, the fans watching both at home and in Greenville were proud of their Bulldogs.  It was another fun filled trip for these two avid Bulldog fans who enjoy watching MSU ball teams play.  During the football season they are in the football stadium, and basketball season will find them watching both the men and women's teams play in the basketball arena. They have a good time being State fans!

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A bridal tea honoring Anne Cassidy Prince, the daughter of Eric and Ellen Whittle Prince, was held on Sunday afternoon, March 6 in the parlor of First United Methodist Church.  Hostesses for the happy occasion were members of the congregation's Tea Committee.

Guests were greeted by Anne Cassidy, her mother, and Kris Haefer, mother of the groom.  Refreshments of cake, punch and salted nuts were served from a table covered with a white lace cloth.  A lovely white frosted sheet cake with the initial "H" in silver was the centerpiece for the table.  Pink punch was served from a large crystal punch bowl in crystal cups.  Guests enjoyed visiting with each other on such a lovely afternoon.  Anne Cassidy received many beautifully wrapped gifts which she had fun opening when she got home.  

A special guest was the bride's grandmother, Phyllis Prince, of Philadelphia.  Anne Cassidy and Matt Haefer will exchange wedding vows on June 24 at First United Methodist Church.  He is the son of Doug and Kris Haefer of Collierville, Tenn.

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Paige Richardson, the daughter of Eddie and Penny Richardson, was honored with a bridal shower on Sunday afternoon, March 5 at the Taste and See Deli on the square in Philadelphia.  It was a come and go event from 2 o'clock until 4 o'clock given by a group of Paige's close friends. There were many guests who came to celebrate Paige's forthcoming marriage to Tyson Stribling, son of Dr. Kent and Mitzi Striblingon May 6 at the First United Methodist Church.

A large easel near the door held a painting on canvas in gold and black letters with the words To Have and to Hold, followed by a verse from Corinthians 13: 7 which is a favorite about love. Paige and Tyson's names were written across the center in black calligraphy with the name Stribling beneath in gold, and First United Methodist Church, and the date, 05-06-17, underneath.

 A verse from the Gospel of Matthew 19: 6 completed the lovely display.  Guests signed the guest book which was placed on a table with a vase of spring flowers next to the easel.  The honoree, her mother, Penny Richardson, and Mitzi Stribling, mother of the groom, greeted everyone as they entered.  Gifts of all sizes and shapes in pretty wrapping paper and ribbons covered several tables across one side of the room, adding a festive note. A tall vase filled with spring flowers in pastel colors formed a centerpiece on the marble topped serving bar.  Many tasty foods were offered to the guests.  Two multi tiered cakes covered in white frosting forming roses, row upon row, were enjoyed by the guests.  Wedding cookies shaped like golden rings topped with a sparkly diamond, a bridal gown, wedding cakes, and other designs were served, along with dips, chicken salad, and pimento cheese sliders on small rolls.  Punch and lemon ice water were served from crystal beverage servers.

It was a beautiful day for a shower!  Hostesses for the event were Kirby Anthony, Hollie Breland, Lauren Breland, Logan Breland, Sarah Breland, Laurel Jackson, Abbie Joiner, Amanda Richardson, Celia Rohrer, Anna Katherine Smith, Shelby Smith, Megan Stewart, and Haley Turner.  Family members attending were Penny Richardson, mother of the bride, Mitzi Stribling, mother of the groom, the bride's grandmothers, Barbara Dunn, June Richardson, and Betty Cumberland.

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The 929 Coffee House in Starkville was the perfect venue for a wedding shower for Elizabeth Bailey given by her bridesmaids.

 Friends from college, work and school were in attendance.  The hostesses were Molley Bailey, Brigitte Martin, Devin Hart, Devin Johnson, Anna Powell and Kaitlyn Waters.  Molley was actually present by photo representation as she is currently deployed but will be home for the wedding.  Elizabeth is the bride elect of Brant McNeece and they will marry May 13.