Philadelphia friends of Mac and Barbara Perry McLaurin of Starkville will be happy to know that their newest grandchild, Prentiss Cortez McLauren, IV, "Cort", decided to come a few weeks early on August 4, 2017 at 9:08AM, instead of August 30.  He weighed 6 pounds and 7 ounces and is 20 inches long.  Mother and baby are doing fine!  His parents are Joanna and Prentiss McLaurin.  His two year old sister, Stevie Lynn, is delighted to have a baby brother to spoil. Congratulations!

~Friends and family members gathered together at The Depot on Sunday afternoon, September 10th, for a baby shower honoring Logan Gray Breland.  Hostesses for the occasion were Lauren Parker, Paige Stribling, Amanda Richardson, Hollie Breland, Kirby Anthony, Anna Tinsley, Sarah Breland, and Hailey Turner.  Logan and Caleb Breland are joyfully awaiting the arrival of their second son, Burkes.

A gift table covered in a white cloth had an arrangement of cotton bolls in a pottery vase which was elevated on short pieces of stained planks. A huge capital letter B painted in soft blue leaned against the vase with tiny white pumpkins accenting the arrangement.  

The food table was also covered in a white cloth and had a centerpiece of bright yellow sunflowers with yellow centers in a pottery pitcher surrounded by a nest of fluffy white cotton bolls on top of an old fashioned suitcase.  A tasty selection of food was served on pottery platters and trays.  The dessert table's centerpiece was a lovely lemon layer cake in graduated sized layers iced in white and topped with a cheerful yellow sunflower and a spray of cotton bolls.   The cake had been placed on a square wooden box and accented with a few fresh lemons.  Cotton bolls massed in a low pottery vase formed an eye catching arrangement next to a tall clear blown glass bottle covered in raffia netting filled with tall stems of cotton bolls and sitting on a stained wooden plank. Yellow plates, napkins, and matching cups carried out the color scheme with punch served from a glass beverage server.  The whole effect was charming and so appropriate for a baby boy!  Little big brother, KB, helped his mother open the many lovely gifts brought by the guests.  Grandmothers, Pam Breland, Angie Gray, and Great Grandmothers, Shelby Breland and Jean Gray, were special guests

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The beautiful Pendleton King Park located in the heart of Augusta, Georgia, was the setting for the marriage of PFC Matthew Kittrell and PFC Karli Pond in a private ceremony on September 9, 2017. The ceremony took place in one of the beautiful sections of the park which features walled gardens filled with flowering shrubs, trees, and beds of flowers.

The 64 acre park is a bird sanctuary of great topographic diversity of pine forests, sand ridges, marshes, and a variety of gardens and natural resources.  It was a perfect spot for the wedding.  Karli is from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Matthew Kittrell is from Philadelphia.  The couple met while they were in AIT U.S. Army Training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.  They both graduated from training and are United States Army Combat Medics with the rank of PFC.  

The bride wore a short white strapless sundress and carried a hand tied bouquet of bright yellow sunflowers accented with baby's breath.  Matthew wore a single sunflower boutonniere. The bride's mother, Mrs. Kali Pond, traveled from Colorado Springs, Colorado for the wedding.  Matthew's stepfather and mother, Chuck and Crystal Fox, came from Philadelphia for the ceremony.  It was a beautiful day and the couple radiated happiness.

After the wedding festivities, Chuck and Crystal helped move Matthew and Karli into their first home in Augusta, where they will live for the next several months.  Congratulations and best wishes for much happiness together!

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A Back to School "Glow" Dance was held for the seventh grade class of Neshoba Central Middle School on the evening of September 9, 2017.  The gym was decorated with balloons hanging from the ceiling and glow lights everywhere! The dance floor was illuminated with different colored glowing lights while the students and chaperones danced to the music! It was a fun evening for all and a great kick off for a new school year!