Brent and Meagan Martin Anthony are happy to announce the safe arrival of their baby boy, Wynn Patrick, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.  Wynn weighed 6 pounds and 6 ounces of preciousness and was 20.5 inches long.  He is the grandson of Ike and Carla Cox Martin of Philadelphia, and Jeff and Dianne Anthony of Brandon. His great grandparents are Tom and Shirley Cox of Philadelphia.  He has a big brother, Webb Anthony, who was pleased to finally meet his baby brother!

A very special person spent the entire day with Meagan in her hospital room and was present for the birth of her nephew.  Macy Martin, Meagan's sister, is a first year nursing student at UMMC in Jackson who took the day off from classes to be with her sister.  She learned more in practical experience than she would have from a textbook!  She was a coach, comforter, and did whatever Meagan needed to help.  What a great bond between sisters!

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Anna-Kaye Bennett, a fifth grade student at Philadelphia Elementary School is truly a child with a heart of gold.  She has been collecting caps, hats, and beanies for the children and parents at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital.  This act of kindness was something she thought of all by herself last year, and with the help of her parents, Michael and Trish Bennett, collected and donated her collection to the hospital last year.  She felt that children who are undergoing treatment for cancer and have lost their hair might like to have a hat or cap to cover their heads and also keep them warm.

This month she would like to give the donations collected in memory of Laiken Cole, the precious daughter of Howard and Laura Cole.  Laiken was a beautiful child who fought a hard battle against cancer, and her story touched the hearts of so many people.  Anna-Kaye would like everyone's help to make this year's collection a large one in memory of this sweet angel.

Please help Anna-Kaye and make a donation to this great act of kindness for children in memory of a beloved child.  There are drop-off boxes for donations at MG & Company on the Square and Cadence Bank next to Deals.  

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Mississippi National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from units across the state competed in the 2018 Best Warrior Competition at Camp McCain Training Center near Elliott, Mississippi. The competitors who had mastered a series of benchmarks to qualify competed for the prestigious titles of Soldier of the Year, and Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.  It was an elite competition with only eleven candidates who qualified. Philadelphia resident, Tech. Sgt. "TJ" Rushing , a member of the 186th Air Refueling Wing, was one of the eleven soldiers or airmen who was selected to compete.  

During the four day competition, the eleven elite competitors tested their military aptitude by conquering urban warfare simulations, weapons qualifications, board interviews, physical fitness, written exams, warrior tasks, and battle drills. It was a friendly competition to find out who is the "Best Warrior" in the Mississippi National Guard.

The winners were announced during the Mississippi National Guard's annual Noncommissioned Officers Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson on March 3rd.  A banquet was held at the conclusion of the conference which TJ and his wife, Jill Dansby Rushing, attended. It was a very special evening for the young couple.  Jill wore a lovely dress and TJ wore his dress uniform.  They looked fantastic together! Congratulations to TJ on a job well done!

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It is not easy to pull off a surprise party that is really a surprise for the honoree, but Christy and Perry Hantzis did just that for their daughter, Olivia's thirteenth birthday recently.  Her friends did not breathe a word about the party around Liv. Her two sisters, Lucy and Leah, didn't let out the secret either.  She was truly totally surprised.

Olivia walked into her home and found a group of her friends who greeted her with shouts of  "Surprise!" Amazed might be a better word for her feelings when she realized it was a birthday party for her.  The guests enjoyed visiting together outside, and some of the girls built human pyramids, gymnastics style.  ‘Amanda Tarver Pierce made a great birthday cake covered in white frosting with colored candy dots around each layer and the words, "Happy Birthday Olivia" written in black frosting on the side of the cake with a word on each layer. There were multi colored candles surrounding the yellow number 13 in giant numerals.  Everyone sang "Happy Birthday" as she blew out the candles.  The cake not only looked great, but tasted good, too.