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Macken’z Smith and Cash
Macken’z Smith and Cash
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:00 PM
Macken’z Smith, daughter of Bill and Susan Smith, will be returning to the Miss Mississippi pageant for the second time this week to compete as Miss Rolling Hills  which will air Saturday at 8 p.m.

Smith competed in her first pageant at the age of two. Since then, she has gone on to compete in various pageants across the state, including some right here in Neshoba County.

Smith was crowned Miss Neshoba County in 2013 in one of the first pageants she competed in as a teenager.
  • As soon as she returned from her Senior Trip to the Dominican Republic, Grace Dabbs packed again and headed to Birmingham to begin the Boot Camp session for her travel softball team, the Birmingham Thunderbolts.  The team will be playing all over the United States, preparing them for college ball starting in August.  They will play the "best of the best" in their age category in Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois, Georgia, and finish at the PGF Nationals in California.
  • Extension recommends that cooks follow the instructions provided by the National Center for Home Food Preservation for preserving any food items at home to reduce microorganisms that can cause food-borne illnesses. Housed at the University of Georgia, the center uses the research-backed data supported by and gathered from USDA testing.

    “If something about the food preservation process changes, including ingredients, jar size, preservation method and product particle size, the entire process needs to be validated for food safety to ensure a safe end product,” Crist said.
  • The Neshoba County Fair will be held July 21- 28.  This is a fun time for many families in and around Neshoba County.  Family gatherings are held, new friends are made and people that you havenít seen since last yearís fair suddenly appear.  Many activities will be going on and for many it will be time again to show off the many exhibits that they have made or grown throughout the year at the exhibit hall.  We often hear many people say they should have entered a certain item in the fair.  Well now is the time to make plans to enter those exhibits into the 2017 Neshoba County Fair. 
  • During World War II, on November 8, 1942, the Allied forces in Europe made their first major invasion into Morocco and Algeria, Northern Africa. One of the Americans that would move on shore was a 20-year-old former truck driver from the Dixon community in Neshoba County. Private John W. Shackelford, Jr. served with a Medical Department of the 26th Infantry “Yankee” Division, a key fighting unit in this action, commanded by General Dwight David Eisenhower, and dubbed Operation Torch.
  • Anna Kaye Bennett receives  top SuperKid award at PES
    Students at Philadelphia Elementary School were recently rewarded with a fun SuperKids field day by the American Lung Association after raising more than $1,300 to support the organization.

    During this fun field day, students participated in games such as relays, potato sack races and a tug-o-war competition.  “Through SuperKids, students learn the importance of taking care of their lungs and supporting projects that help people in their community,” said Amy Ellis, Director of Health Promotions for the American Lung Association in Mississippi.
  • Brandon and Jamie Snow Creel welcomed a precious baby daughter on June 4, 2017.  She is 7 pounds and 15 ounces of pure sweetness!  Her parents have named her Everly Mae Creel. Her sister, Hadley Creel, was so very excited to finally meet her new sibling.  Everly came home to a beautiful nursery which was ready and waiting for her arrival.  Congratulations on the newest member of the Creel family!
  • Allie Renee Dear, Thomas Scott Tubby  to exchange wedding vows on July 8
    Eric and Karin Dear of Harrisville are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Miss Allie Renee Dear, to Thomas Scott Tubby, son of Timothy Allen and Sherry Southern Tubby of Madden.

    Miss Dear is the granddaughter of JP and Betty Dear of Harrisville,  Alvin and Nancy Youngblood of Brandon and the late Teresa Youngblood of Byram.
  • New and transfer students planning to attend East Central Community College in fall 2017 can now take advantage of weekday “Walk-In” Orientation sessions on the Decatur campus.

     Walk-In Orientation is available beginning June 12 Mondays through Thursdays from either 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The college will be closed on July 4 for the Independence Day holiday. Fall 2017 classes begin on Monday, Aug. 14.
  • The family of the late Tom and Onie Irons held their 50th reunion at the Longino Senior Citizens Center on Sunday, June 4, 2017. Fifty-seven members were present.
  • Congratulations to Marguerite Marcangeli who celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday, May 28 with a surprise birthday party given by her family at Bridges, the Venue, from 2 until 4 o'clock that afternoon.  Mrs. Marcangeli is a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and is a very talented needlewoman who knits beautiful baby blankets and booties as gifts for the baby showers given by the ladies of the church.  Her children and grandchildren have also been the very lucky recipients of her handiwork through the years.  She is a native of Italy and came to America when she married her late husband, Louis Marcangeli, who was stationed there during the war.  Philadelphia has been so very fortunate to have her as a part of the community through the years.  Happy Birthday with love and best wishes!
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