Just Among Friends


Congratulations to Kelsey Bounds who won the Neshoba County 2020-2021 Reward "A's" Scholarship contest sponsored by The Citizens Bank. She will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship and her school, Neshoba Central High School, will receive $500.00.

The contest was open to all juniors and seniors in each community served by the bank. To enter, students registered with the program director, Channing Peebles, at the Citizens Bank, and then emailed their report cards to her. The winners with the most "A's" were selected on Monday, June 7. 

The scholarships were awarded as an extrinsic motivation for the students. The schools received an award for encouraging them to send their report cards into the director. Congratulations to each student in every community who participated in the contest and thank you to The Citizens Bank for the program!


The Neshoba County Sports Hall of Fame revealed its first inductee. The group inducted Pashen Thompson of Philadelphia as its very first member. She was an outstanding women's basketball player for the Philadelphia Tornadoes and received a basketball scholarship to play for the Lady Volunteers at the University of Tennessee. She played for the Lady Volunteers her entire four-year college career. Congratulations!


In case you haven't heard, Hardy was nominated for the 2021 CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year with "Give Heaven Some Hell." It is a huge honor to be nominated for such a prestigious award, and even though he did not win, his family is so proud of his accomplishment. The CMT Music Awards were live on June 9 and many of his local fans were watching. 

Hardy will perform on Tuesday night, July 27, at the Neshoba County Fair this year. He is a Philadelphia native known as Michael Hardy. His proud grandparents are Bobby and Joyce Hardy of Philadelphia. Congratulations!


Fifty years ago, on June 6th, Bob and LaNita Douglas were married and one week later, on June 12tth in Philadelphia, Sam and June Jackson Nowell were married. The couples did not m\know each other at that time.

However, the tale of two State Farm agents, 2 Kindergarten teachers, each having two children the same age continues. The Douglas and Nowell families met and became best friends who have remained close through many years. They celebrated their anniversaries together several times as the years went by.

This year both couples celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversaries a little early with a trip together to the Dominican Republic They stayed at "The Sanctuary" Resort in Punta Cana. It was a dream trip with beautiful beaches, flowers, great food, and lots of pampering by the resort staff. There was a special celebratory dinner for them one evening with a Happy Anniversary greeting in Spanish and English outside the restaurant door. Both couples had a wonderful time. Congratulations on 50 years of marriage and a lasting friendship!


Another precious baby has arrived! Christopher McKnight Thomas was born on June 6, 2021, weighing 6 pounds of sweetness. Mac's parents, Dusty and Courtni Bounds Thomas, greeted him with joy. They have decided to call him "Mac" for short. Congratulations!


June 7, 2021, will be a date that Tyler Holland will long remember as the day he began his journey to become a rural physician. He is a 2021 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Chemistry. He applied and was accepted for early admission into the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine.

Tyler was accepted into the Pre-Matriculation Portion of the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program as a participant. His beyond proud parents are Tommy and Sharon Eldridge Holland. Best wishes as you travel the career path you have chosen!

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