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BIRTH: Sawyer Mann Conrad

July 30, 2010

Mann and Mandy Conrad of Starkville are happy to announce the birth of their son, Sawyer Mann Conrad at 1:38 a.m. June 28, 2010, at OCH Regional Medical Center. He weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 inches long.
He is welcomed home by his big sister, Piper Conrad.
Grandparents include Tommy and Donna Gladney of Eupora, Phillip and Paulette Lewis of Eupora and Terry and Laura Conrad of Ripley, Tenn.

BIRTHS: Kendall Reese Hammett

July 30, 2010

Shannon and Erin Hammett of Starkville are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Kendall Reese Hammett on June 29, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Golden Triangle. She was 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 inches long.
She is welcomed home by her big sister Katelyn Hammett.
Grandparents include Wendell and Liz Ladner of Madison, and Donnie and Beverly Hammett of Starkville.
Great-grandparents include Mary Ladner of Madison, Lois Donaldson of Columbus, and Emma Hammett of Grandbury, Texas.

ENGAGEMENT:Phillips-Abernathy

July 30, 2010

Phillips-Abernathy

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Burtt of Ocean Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of Mrs. Burtt's daughter, Lindsey Morgan Phillips, to Andrew Mark Abernathy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Abernathy of Starkville.
Phillips is also the daughter of Preston Phillips of Ocean Springs.
The bride-elect, a graduate of the University of Mississippi, is the managing editor of At Home Tennessee magazine in Memphis, Tenn.

Sunflowers stand out!

July 30, 2010

There is absolutely nothing as beautiful and as showy as one single sunflower... except a whole field of hundreds of flowering Sunflowers right here in Oktibbeha County, Starkville, Mississippi State University. Sunflowers are like people cause “sunflowers stand out!’

Starkville's Miss Hospitality attends Welcome Party

July 27, 2010

HATTIESBURG – Paige Watson, representing Starkville/Oktibbeha County, met with Dr. Martha Saunders, President of the University of Southern Mississippi, during the MissHospitality Welcome Party held at the president’s home on Monday, July 26th. She was one of 29 contestants who are taking part in the 61st Mississippi Miss Hospitality Pageant, July 25th – July 31st at the Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesburg.

Choctaw Woman from Mashulaville walking to her mailbox

July 27, 2010

Choctaw is pronounced, chata. We have a prominent Choctaw Indian tribe who live on the Choctaw Indian Reservation near Philadelphia.
Mashulaville, Mississippi is between Macon, and Philadelphia. If you went to Macon, which is closer to Starkville, you would go West and then turn South.
Mashulaville is a tiny spot or very small community in our wonderful state of Mississippi.
The Choctaw Indian tribe is a member of a Muskogean people originally inhabiting Mississippi and Alabama.

BEST BBQ: The Little Dooey

July 27, 2010

A visit to The Little Dooey is more than a place to get great barbecue, it is an event.
And the state of Mississippi would agree. The Little Dooey in Starkville was listed in third place for Best Barbeque in the recent Best of Mississippi readership poll, in the July/August issue of Mississippi Magazine. The Little Dooey is one of seven Starkville restaurants receiving placement in the poll.
“We would like to say thank you to our loyal customers and dedicated staff for making us THE Best barbeque place in Mississippi,” said Lauren Carmichael of The Little Dooey.

Tada – introducing the Rockin’ Rebels!

July 27, 2010

As most of you know, Colonel Rebel has been issued his pink slip from the Ole Miss Rebel sports program up in Oxford, and the powers that be are searching for a replacement.
After reading the list of finalists, I had to stop and scratch my head. What are they smoking up there? The finalists are: a horse, a lion, a bear, a shark, and two Muppet like characters called Hotty and Toddy.
More than 13,000 students and alums voted in a poll, and one of these five will become the new Ole Miss Rebel mascot.

Vaughan's Vocabulary

July 27, 2010

Fellowship Baptist Church in Bellefontaine, 7 miles north of Eupora, is where I am serving as the interim pastor. Celebrating our 175th anniversary, the church asked me to write some of its history.

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Inception’ a marvelously challenging mindbender

July 27, 2010

What if someone could break into your dreams and take over your thoughts?

That’s the premise of the “Inception,” a smart and often spectacular new sci-fi psycho-drama starring Leonardi DiCaprio as a specially trained corporate-espionage hacker with a knack for sneaking into someone’s sleeping mind---and then stealing their deepest, most guarded secrets.

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