August 20, 2009
Welcome back to school...
Welcome back to school, or as someone quoted to me the other day, “Happy Mother’s Day”! It is amazing how quickly the summer flies past and the next thing you know, you are back to the old grind of getting the children up and ready for school. Not to mention trying to get them there on time - who can live with a tardy or two?
This week, the Marshall Academy Booster Club sponsored their annual Meet the Patriots, at the football field. Junior high and varsity team members who play fall sports were introduced by the athletic director, Susan Rodgers.
At the end of the evening, we were asked to join the teams in a “Prayer Walk” around the track. During this walk, I was reminded of how fortunate each and everyone of us who were there are in our daily lives to have healthy and vibrant children. Children who give 110 percent to their coaches and to their fans. Faye Sanders came to mind when we were asked to walk.
If anyone has ever been a pillar at Marshall Academy for all of our students, most especially the athletes it is Miss Faye. She prays for them, writes each one special notes during the holidays reminding them how God has helped them to achieve their best. She is truly a special lady who will forevermore be in the hearts of the children, parents and fans at Marshall Academy. I would like to thank her for her continued support and look forward to seeing her during the upcoming months at all of the sporting events she attends!
Good luck to all of our athletes in Marshall County and beyond. May you all have prosperous seasons and good health to get the job done!
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Gilbreath-Todd to pledge vows
Tara Jo Gilbreath, formerly of Covington, Tenn., will become the bride of Alexander Thomas Todd of Chestertown, Md., on Oct. 3, 2009 in New Orleans.
The bride is the daughter of Sheri Gilbreath and Rocky and Donna Gilbreath of Covington. She is the granddaughter of Thomas Wayne and Shirley Kimery Bready and the late Jim Will and Tera Gilbreath of Covington, Tenn. Tara is the great-granddaughter of Mary Lucille Kimery and the late J. Lloyd Kimery of Ashland and the late J.N. and Evelyn Jones Bready of Hickory Flat.
Tara graduated high school from St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Del. and receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. She then graduated with a juris doctor from Tulane Law School and is now an attorney with Gainsburgh Benjamin in New Orleans.
The groom is the son of Ruth Gilley of Centreville, Md., and Michael and Carla Todd of Baton Rouge, La. He is the grandson of A. Morris Todd Jr. and the late Mary Elizabeth Todd and step-grandson of the late Elizabeth Laura Todd of Baltimore, Md., and Doris Knox and the late Thomas Knox of Centreville, Md.
Alex graduated from Kent County High School in Worton, Md., and received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He is employed as a chemical engineer with Chevron.
Airman Christopher Jeremy Brents and Kristina Brents are the proud parents of their first child born on August 4, 2009 at 1 p.m.
Jeremy Michael Brents weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was born at Midlands Hospital in Papillion, Neb.
Paternal grandparents are Kimberly A. Moore-Armstrong of Byhalia, and Barry K. Brents, also of Byhalia. Great-grandparents are Hughey and Shirley Moore of Byhalia,; the late Christine Brents and Bill Brents of Byhalia.
Great-great grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. E.B. St. John of Byhalia
Maternal grandfather is the late Burt Arcutt of Memphis, Tenn., great-aunt and uncle are Joanne and Buddy Webster of Victoria.
Layla Nevay Aranda was born at 2 p.m. on Aug 7, 2009 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven.
Her parents are James Aranda of Olive Branch and Tabitha Clark of Byhalia.
Christmas tour planned at museum
There is a light at the end of the tunnel today. Pieces of the moving saga are moving into place at the museum. I am still thrilled over things I have unpacked. For instance, this week I opened a box that looked old but was in brand new, A-1 condition. It was dated 1907 and in it was what looked like a brand new aviator cap which was soft, not hard leather. With it was a book about Admiral Dewey.
Admiral Dewey was the hero of the Spanish American War. But airplanes weren’t invented until a few years before this.
This move has been an adventure and it is exalting. We put up all the school pictures we had and it covered every inch of the wall. That night after we had worked so hard on it. I dreamed we found another picture and had nowhere to put it.
Today the movers are moving the eagle with a seven-foot span. I told them not to ruffle his feathers. Please watch for the opening. We plan to open about the middle of September. We are planning a Christmas tour so we can make money for the museum and to give joy to all those who are our visitors each year. We need money urgently and we are tax deductible. Giving to us is just like giving to your church.
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