Just Among Friends

Just Among Friends


The Family Life Center at Faith Tabernacle was filled with happy voices and laughter recently as friends and family gathered to shower Jillian Sparnecht Mars with gifts for Karsten McClain Mars who will arrive very soon.

There were touches of soft pink in the floral arrangements which were placed on the serving tables. Coffee was served in pale pink cups and saucers and looked so special. Trays of luscious finger foods enticed guests to try one of everything including a dessert table with delicate petit fours and other sweet treats.

An arch of pastel balloons surrounded a white backdrop for pictures. A beautiful door hanger with the baby's name, Karsten McClain, was mounted on an easel nearby. The honoree, looking lovely in pale pink, opened the many thoughtful gifts and admired each one.

Jillian's Nana, Sue McClain Johnson, put her magical pink touches on the decorations. Jillian's great-grandmother was another special guest along with her Nana, and her mother, Juan Sparnecht, and sister, Gabi Sparnecht. Congratulations to Sam and Jillian Sparnecht Mars and big brother Griffin Mars!


The 2021 Country Music Awards were held in Bridgestone Arena last Wednesday night with Neshoba County honored by two participants, Marty Stuart and Hardy (Mike Hardy). Both are natives of Neshoba County who have pursued music careers in Nashville and succeeded in performing all over the country.

Marty Stuart was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame which was a great honor. Hardy was the CMA nominee for New Artist of the Year. He also performed live with Dierks Bentley. Congratulations!


Miss Neshoba County 2021, Abby Seale, was the guest speaker at the November meeting of the Belle Arts Club of Louisville to talk about Philadelphia, Neshoba Country, and the Fair. She and her mother, Tina Seale, were guests for lunch at Lake Tiak-o-Khata with three members of the club before watching Abby's Power Point presentation which she had prepared.

Abby promoted our city, country and Fair exceptionally well and held the interest of the audience with her program. The club presented her with a copy of the book, " Miss Neshoba County Winners 1933-191982," and one for her sister Miriam. She is a freshman at Mississippi State University in Starkville.


Dr. Ben and Allison McCarver Long of Corinth welcomed their second child, a son, Ross Newell Long, on November 10. His three-year-old big brother, Randall, was happy to meet this precious addition to the Long family.

Ross's grandparents are Randy and Penny Long of Corinth and Tommy and Terri Cox McCarver of Brandon. Great grandparents are Tom and Shirley Cox of Philadelphia and great grandfather, David Palmer of Corinth. Congratulations!


November 2021 Students of the Month were honored by the Philadelphia Rotary Club during their meeting on November 8. Each month the Rotary Club selects students from the local high schools to recognize for outstanding school performance.

This month's students are Kaden McDonald from Neshoba Central High School, Kylie Williamson, Choctaw Central High School, and Hailey Donald, Philadelphia High School. Tammye Jones is the Student Coordinator for the Rotary Club Congratulations!

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