Thursday, October 27, 2005


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Anne Kieffer and Will Carson guests of grandparents, Bea and Jimmye Dale Green

Congratulations to Patsy and Mitch Tutor of Ashland on the birth of their new baby sister, Grace!

Rowan Thompson of Dallas, Texas, stayed with his family, Claiborne Thompson and Kay and Laura Wheeler, over the weekend. He was here for the Ole Miss/Kentucky football game on Saturday in Oxford. He also visited with other family members and friends throughout the weekend.

Hank Wheeler of Newnan, Ga., flew in Saturday to stay with his daughter, Mary Clay Brooks, and her family, Gene, Caitlyn and Grady, for the weekend. He made the trip to celebrate Grady’s fourth birthday.

Becky Cupp joined Beverly Fitch on Saturday at Chili’s in Collierville, Tenn., for a birthday lunch in honor of her granddaughter, Shelby Fitch.

Dr. Ben Seale and Ann Ostensen of Jackson, were the weekend guests of his parents, Ben and Robin Seale.

Anne Kieffer and Will Carson of Memphis, Tenn., were the guests of their grandparents, Bea and Jimmye Dale Green, over the weekend.

Leigh Douglas just returned from a trip to Orange Beach, Ala., where she stayed with her son, Charlie Douglas, and his family, wife, Stefanie, and children, Chandler and Caroline.

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Miss Kathleen Thompson and Lee Villa will exchange vows November 12 in Byhalia

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Thompson of Byhalia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen Ann, to Lee Alexander Villa, son of Marcia Kinnaird of Batesville.

The couple will exchange vows at 6:30 p.m. November 12, 2005 at Emory Independent Methodist Church in Byhalia. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Burton Family Life Center. All family and friends are invited to attend.

The bride is the granddaughter of James Thompson of Byhalia and the late Vera Harrison Thompson and Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Fiveash of Olive Branch.

Miss Thompson is a 2000 graduate of Marshall Academy. She graduated from Northwest Community College and Mississippi State University with a bachelor of accountancy.

She is a financial information systems specialist for the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University. She is also completing her master of professional accountancy degree at Mississippi State University.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ruby Kinnaird of Roseville, Michigan and the late Finis Kinnaird.

Mr. Villa is a 2000 graduate of South Panola High School. He attended Northwest Community College and graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor of business administration with a major in banking and finance.

He is the manager of the Old West Point Grocery in Starkville.

Following a honeymoon in Venice, Italy, the couple will reside in Starkville.


Wayne and Jennifer Allen of Lamar are proud to announce the birth of their son, Braxton Wayne Allen. Braxton arrived on Sept. 18, 2005 and weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces. He was 20-1/2 inches long.

Proud grandparents are Tim and Vivian Ramage of Michigan City, Stanley Allen of Lamar and Charles and Rose Skelton of Holly Springs.

Welcoming Braxton home is big sister Averi.

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

Featherston on Holly Springs Christmas tour

Alexander Calvin McEwen, who came here in 1834 when the newly opened territory was started up with the Chickasaw Cession, built this home. He is credited with giving Holly Springs its name.

He shipped the first bill of merchandise that was ever sent to Holly Springs before the town was laid out. McEwen went into the banking business and when it failed, he surrendered every thing he had to the bank’s creditors. His father-in-law, Colonel Byers of Virginia bought it and deeded to his only child, Mrs. McEwen.

In 1858 Winfield Scott Featherston married the McEwen’s daughter. They raised a large family here and lived in the house for over forty years. General Featherston was a lawyer here, and then he became one of the Holly Springs generals during the Civil War. His was a main force during Reconstruction. A statue of him stands in the Vicksburg Park.

In 1900, Oscar Johnson bought the property to house his guests from St. Louis, who would come on Johnson’s rail coach. Johnson hired Theodore Link, one of America’s leading architects to place his magic touch on the houses and that he did.

In 1918 Mr. and Mrs. George Buchanan bought the house and raised their family here. George Buchanan became mayor of the town and when he died, his son, Jim Buchanan, became mayor. Now it is owned by Mike and Jorja Lynn.

Ghost stories for the Halloween weekend

Once upon a time, right here in Marshall County, there was a beautiful young couple. They had not been married long when she died.

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Misha’s models coming to Holly Springs

Misha’s Models of Jackson will be coming to Holly Springs on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. They will provide entertainment at Omicron Alpha Omega Chapter’s second Fashionetta, which will be held in the Morehouse Auditorium of the Doxey Fine Arts Building on the historic and beautiful campus of Rust College.

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