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Panama City Beach, Florida, was the perfect place for Mitchell and Martha Ruffin Hancock to celebrate their 43rd Wedding Anniversary recently.  They spent the weekend at the Holiday Inn Resort in Panama City with its beautiful beach.

The couple thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous glassy waves, the marvelous sunshine and wonderful live music among other fun activities. 

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A few weeks ago, Charles and Janice Murphy Griffin, stocked up on hand sanitizer and extra masks and began their vacation.  

Their travels took them first to Cherokee, Ashville, and Boone, North Carolina.  One fun stop was in Mt Airey, North Carolina, the "real Mayberry" of the Andy Griffith Show fame!

In Boone, they got on the Blue Ridge Parkway and drove to Virginia where they entered the Skyline Drive and drove through the Shenandoah National Park.  

The scenery in this part of the United States is famous for its awesome beauty and the Griffins found themselves absolutely impressed with it.  The weather was perfect for their trip the entire time except for one day of rain. They had a great trip and came home happy, but tired and with lots of wonderful memories AND pictures (according to Janice)!  

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Precious little Miss Georgia Lane Fairchild arrived on the very last day of the month, September 30, 2020. Her parents, Chase and Carlee Fairchild were overjoyed to finally meet their much anticipated second daughter.

Georgia weighed 5 pounds and 13 ounces and every ounce was perfection. Georgia has a big little sister, Sawyer, who is excited about her joining the family! Congratulations!

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The Neshoba Central Lady Rockets Volleyball Team honored its senior members on October 13 before the Grenada game. The seniors are Shante Beaulieu, Onnahili Williams, Reese Paige, and Ahlyric Ben.  These girls will be missed!

Neshoba Central won their game against Grenada which was a fitting ending to the evening. The Lady Rockets Volleyball team has had an outstanding season. Congratulations!

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Annie Kate White, riding her horse, Cuban, won the Max Alman 2020 Circuit Champion in the 2000 Limited Rider competition held in Forest on the weekend of October 11. She had a great weekend doing what she loves. Her proud parents are William and Leigh Ann Hatcher White. Fantastic job!

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Sometimes changes in plans offer even better alternatives to what had been planned. Sam and June Nowell had such a happy experience the second week in October. They went on a trip that they substituted for one they had planned before the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible. They had chosen a trip to the mountains in New York state to view the fall foliage and explore a new area of the country.

Instead, they spent a week at Sugar Mountain, North Carolina, on top of the mountain at 5,000 feet above sea level. June found it to be the most peaceful and beautiful place. She and Sam were thankful that things had worked out the way they has. It was serendipity!

The leaves were at their peak of color in most places and there spectacular views from all vantage points. Each morning they awoke to awesome scenery from their balcony off their suite. Lazy mornings were spent admiring the view before starting their day’s activities.

They discovered a favorite restaurant. “Stone Walls” which served amazingly good dinners each night. They spent the day on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The weather and scenery were perfect. One day they went to The Blowing Rock for shopping and sampling great food.  There were fire pits burning cheerfully everywhere and a new crop of apples for sale all over. They found a great picnic spot down by a stream beneath vividly colored trees.  Wild deer were visible from the highway grazing in the fields nearby.

A trip to Banner Elk led to a visit to the historic Presbyterian Church which was the first Presbyterian Church in the town.  Lees-McRae College which is a private college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) was an interesting place.  

What a wonderful trip!  The Nowells always find such interesting places to visit in their travels.


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