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A precious baby girl was welcomed with much love and rejoicing by Keenan and Katy Kinard of Birmingham, Ala. The new arrival has been named Kennedy Mary Kinard. She weighed exactly 8 pounds and is ready to go home and meet her big brother, Matthew!

Her Philadelphia grandparents, George and Tammy Tolbert Tawater, are thrilled that their grandchild number 5 has made her debut. Congratulations!

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Leake Academy held its annual 8th Grade Formal on the evening of April 24 on the school campus. The guests enjoyed a dinner party before the dance which was catered by parents who also decorated for the event. It was a lovely setting with white tablecloths and centerpieces on the round tables. The students were so excited and had looked forward to the evening for some time.

The girls looked beautiful in their spring dresses with wrist corsages adding a special touch. The boys wore suits and ties with boutonnieres in their lapels and looked so handsome. There was a special area set up with a gold backdrop and balloons for pictures to remember this event.  It was a first for this class who thoroughly enjoyed their inaugural venture into formal events.

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The Philadelphia High School Band presented its Spring Concert featuring the music of the composer, James Swearingen. James Swearingen is an American composer and arranger who produced many outstanding pieces of music which are played in several genres. One of his best-known selections for band is “Invicta.” His repertoire of compositions and arrangements is extensive. Those attending were very impressed with the band's performance and enjoyed the concert.

The band director is Mr. Wayne M. Ben who has encouraged his students and improved the entire band's performance. He does an awesome job. Thank you to Mr. Ben and all of the band members for a wonderful concert.

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The Family Life Center at the First Baptist Church was delightfully decorated in pink and white with accents of gold for a baby shower honoring Mollie Claire McKay Johnson on Sunday afternoon, April 25. Friends and family came bearing gifts to welcome Brent and Mollie Johnson's first child, a baby girl, who will be named Eleanor Kathryn Johnson.

Pale pink punch was served from a lovely table flanked on one end with a tall arrangement of white and pale pink flowers. A large gold framed Bible verse, “I praise God for I am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made,” was at the opposite end with a bouquet of pink and white roses near it. The table was covered with a white floor-length cloth with an arch of pink and white balloons interspersed with gold on the wall above it.

The long refreshment table was covered in a white floor-length cloth and a beautiful floral centerpiece of white and pink flowers accented with greenery. Cupcakes iced in the shape of pale pink roses were topped with a small round picture of a sprig of pink roses and the words, "Sweet Baby Girl" written in pink letters. They were almost too pretty to eat!

Guests were seated at round tables covered in long white cloths with pale pink toppers.  Napkins were pale pink sprinkled with gold dots and gold forks were used.

Mollie Claire, assisted by her mother, Sharon Tingle McKay, opened the many lovely gifts brought with love by the guests for Eleanor Kathryn when she arrives. They were seated before a backdrop of gold with a drift of pink and white balloons accented by some in gold above them. A special guest was Brent Johnson’s mother, Tammy Johnson, who is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Eleanor Kathryn. Sharon McKay is excited to have a granddaughter to join her two grandsons! It was a joyous occasion and the hostesses did a marvelous job.

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The beautiful home of Eric and Ellen Prince was the setting for a bridal shower honoring Macy Martin on Saturday morning, April 24.

Guests enjoyed a variety of delectable finger foods which were served from a lovely table covered in a white cloth with arrangements of white summer flowers. It was a perfect day for this happy event and everyone seemed to enjoy being together and relaxing in such a pleasant atmosphere. It has been a long stressful year of being apart and so very careful to avoid being ill that a special feeling of happiness and relief seemed to permeate the air. 

Macy looked lovely in her white dress and seemed to radiate happiness. Rebecca Prince assisted Macy as she opened the many thoughtful gifts brought by her guests.  

Hostesses for the shower were Pam Breland; Dawn Lea Chalmers; Sally Clark; Joni Duncan; Tabby Goldman; Amy Johnston; Deanna Jones; Cheryl Mars; Tammy McKee; Gina Morehead; Kim Price; Ellen Prince; Sue Ellen Smith; Wendy Smith; and Tracy Tinsley.

Special guests were Celeste Myatt Rhodes, Tanner's mother, his sister, Maggie Rhodes, and his grandmother, Lucille Myatt, and Macy's grandmother, Shirley Webb Cox .

Macy and Tanner Rhodes will be married in The First United Methodist Church of Philadelphia on June 5 at 6 o'clock in the evening.


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