Happy Birthday to Moriah and Macie Covington; happy sweet 16 to Chelsey Gilliam
Happy Sweet 16 to Chelsey Gilliam, whose birthday was Saturday. Many, many more to a precious, wonderful girl!
Moriah and Macie Covington celebrated their birthdays together Saturday, with a party at their home. Moriah turned 14 and Macie turned 1. Big birthday wishes to both of the Covington girls!
Bea Green, Kay Wheeler, Linda Seale, Robin Seale, Vivian Smith, Diane Greer, Carol Karr and Frances Gresham returned Sunday. The group spent a nice, relaxing week at Kiawah Island, SC. The ladies had a wonderful time dining out, spending time at the beach, shopping and, for a couple of them, playing golf.
Holly and David Johnson and daughter Charlie, Helen and Mike Power, and Julie and Kenneth Mitchell and son Jax, just returned from Orange Beach, Ala. They all had a wonderful time!
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Laura Poston, Nicholas Walker to exchange vows July 17
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Poston of Henderson, Ky., announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Beth Poston, to Ira Nicholas Walker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Walker of Batesville.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Davis and Genolla Walker of Henderson, Ky., and Doris Poston of Kentucky and the late Richard Poston of Sebree, Ky.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Joan McAlexander and the late Grady McAlexander of Holly Springs and Irene Walker and the late C.B. Walker of Tillatoba.
The bride-elect graduated from Henderson County High School. She is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University where she studied elementary education.
She is employed by Jackson-Madison County School System as a teacher.
The prospective groom graduated from South Panola High School. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he received a bachelor of general business administration and a master’s of agribusiness management. He is employed by Agknowledge in Oxford as a field analyst.
The wedding is to take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2010, at North Jackson Church of Christ. A reception will follow.
Family and friends are invited.
Michelle Wells to wed Dustin Hutchens July 24
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Duncan Baker of Holly Springs, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Lee Wells, to Dustin Jay Hutchens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hutchens of Holly Springs.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mary Jo Stevens and the late Robert Smith Stevens of Byhalia, and Gloria Baker and the late Victor Lamar Baker of Holly Springs.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Bernice Roland and the late Christopher Roland of Holly Springs, and Lucille Hutchens and the late Lemley D. Hutchens of Winborn.
Michelle is a 2003 graduate of Marshall Academy and a 2005 graduate of Northwest Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. She is a 2010 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Education Association, the National Science Teacher Assoc-iation, the Mississippi Association of Educators, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and is a 2009-2010 University of Mississippi Who’s Who nominee.
Dustin is a 2001 graduate of Marshall Academy and 2005 graduate of Northwest Community College with an Associate’s Degree in drafting and design.
He is a 2009 graduate of the University Of Mississippi School of Business with a degree in marketing.
The couple will exchange vows on July 24, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Holly Springs. A reception will follow at the antebellum home, Montrose.
Honored on 90th birthday
By Mary R. Minor
Annie Ruth Stone was honored by her family with a 90th birthday party on Sunday afternoon, June 27, at the Potts Camp School Cafeteria.
Museum open; has no communication
Good news, bad news. The good news is that our museum is fine, OK, still doing business, but we had a narrow escape last Friday (bad news) when lightning hit a pole and a tree by the museum.
I’m sure you all heard that tremendous thunder bolt of charged lightning that came zooming down and knocked out our computer, frying it and at the same time also killed the telephone, printer and elevator.
However, today we have been doing business as usual. We still, however, need a new computer, telephone, printer and credit card machine. Our wonderful elevator door won’t open but it is getting fixed tomorrow and when you get in it, it will be the usual ups and downs.
We are still in the process of planning a number of activities for everyone. One of the biggest will be our County Tour on October 9. We load up in the morning and take off on our modern-day horses (bus) and ride all over the county visiting historical sights of interest. We will be telling you more later.
We have had several large tours recently through our wonderful museum. School groups, family reunions and so on. We’re so proud of our museum. It’s a real treat to visit and browse. Our feedback has been tremendous.
Another piece of good news. You should see our cotton! It’s waist-high and covered in beautiful pink and white blooms. Did you ever hear of it blooming this early? Ira Shipp planted it before May 10.
One of our guests last week was from Lexington. She came to look up her ancestors, who were the Spradleys in Holly Springs. Mr. Spradley was the sheriff at the time of Van Dorn’s Raid on the town on Dec. 20, 1862. The Spradleys lived where Big Star is today.
When all the shooting started, our account says the yellow-haired, curly-headed Spradley boy, being curious as to what all that noise and excitement was about, ran onto the front porch to see what was happening and a stray bullet hit him in the head. The daddy pulled him into the living room, where he died. He was the only civilian fatality of Van Dorn’s Raid that I know of. The boy was named George W. Spradley and he is buried by himself right beside the last gate (the fourth) of the cemetery on Center Street.
However, the family’s story of George was different from ours. They said that the killing was deliberate. Their account was the boy was standing beside his mother on the porch and a Yankee soldier on his horse rode by. George called out some derogatory name to him and the soldier turned and shot George in the head, killing him. When the other members of the family died years later, they were interred elsewhere in the cemetery.
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