Thursday, July 7, 2011
Birthday party honors Tara Howard
David and Dianene Fant and children, Lauralee, Tucker and Winston, Bobby and Martha Fant, Robin, Dana, Tanner and Grace Fant of Starkville and Lauren Walker of Olive Branch, are all heading to Cary, North Carolina, for a huge surprise 50th birthday party for Tara Fant Howard.
Phoebe and Tom Stewart from Houston, Tx., are here visiting Linda and Tom Stewart and children, Brittney and Thomas.
Kay and Laura Wheeler, Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady, and Brittney Stewart retuned Sunday from a week in Sandestin, Fla. Hank Wheeler of Newnan, Ga., enjoyed the first few days with the group. Early in the week, they met up with Beverly Fitch and daughter, Shelby, and her friend, Lauren, for dinner.
Happy birthday wishes go out to Tom Stewart, who celebrated last Thursday. May you have many, many more wonderful years!
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Amanda Barstow and Garrett Barber to wed July 22 at Carahills II in Gallaway, Tenn.
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Samoly of Potts Camp are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Nicole Barstow, to Edwin Garrett Barber, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Barber of Terry.
The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Samoly of Sharpsburg, Ga., Brenda Henderson of Potts Camp and Joe Shinault of Byhalia, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Barstow of Memphis, Tenn., and the great-granddaughter of Richard Samoly of Sharpsburg, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tate of Nunnelly, Tenn.
A 2007 valedictorian graduate of Potts Camp High School, Amanda attended Mississippi College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology/exercise science.
The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Rev. and Mrs. A.J. Barber of Columbia and the late Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Burt of Jackson.
A 2007 graduate of Hillcrest Christian School, Garrett attended Mississippi College where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology/sports ministry.
The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. on July 22, 2011, at Carahills II in Gallaway, Tenn. A reception will follow at Carahills.
After a cross-country honeymoon, the couple will reside in Mill Valley, Ca., where Garrett will attend Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Paige Boatwright and Brendan Tomsic to wed July 23 at Montrose
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Boatwright Jr. of Holly Springs announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Martha Paige Boatwright, to Brendan Langan Tomsic, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tomsic of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Fannie Hatcher and the late D.C. Hatcher formerly of Waterford, and Martha Boatwright and the late Eddie C. Boatwright Sr. of Holly Springs.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Eileen Langan and the late James M. Langan formerly of Aurora, Ohio, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Tomsic, of Cleveland, Ohio.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Marshall Academy. She graduated in 2007 with a B.S. in biological sciences from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., and received her master’s in public health from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2010. She is currently enrolled at the Virginia Tech College of Medicine in Spartanburg, S.C.
The prospective groom is a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School. He will graduate from Universal Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C., in July of 2011.
The couple will exchange vows at 7 p.m. on July 23, 2011, at the antebellum home “Montrose” in Holly Springs.
A bear has been sighted
By Lois Swaney Shipp
What a thrill we had last week. Our newest acquistion is seven-foot tall. He is an awesome, fantastic carnivore with a black fur coat. He is an American Black Bear given to us by Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. He looks awesome and is incredible. Two Herculean fellows brought him by and handled that chunk with ease.
Smaller bears are sometimes called ‘honey bears’ as they are so cute but don’t ever forget that these are wild beasts.
President Teddy Roosevelt came to Mississippi to hunt bear in 1902. Since one didn’t appear for him to shoot, someone tied a little bear to a tree for him to shoot. He was horrified to think that as fine a sportsman as he was, that he would ever shoot a tied animal.
At that time someone made stuffed toy bears and called them “Teddy Bears” to commemorate the president’s visit.
Our own Minor Buchanan wrote a delightful book about Teddy’s hunt in Mississippi and we have sold them.
Bears have been sighted lately in the Holly Springs National Forrest and around Yalobusha County and there were two sightings recently in Oxford, so they are coming closer to us.
My son, Walker, went deer hunting on Caulk Island but he decided he didn’t want to kill any more deer and he took his camera instead of his gun. He scattered ‘deer goodies’ around this huge tree that had a deer stand in the top and climbed up, waiting for the deer to come.
He looked down and, instead of deer, there were bears around the tree eating the goodies. Walker didn’t have his gun or his phone and he remembered, bears can climb but they didn’t and he got some great photographs and came home safely.
We still want a prehistoric marsupial, the opossum, for the museum. We used to have an armadillo but he met disaster and now we need another. The armadillo is prehistoric, too, and goes back to the days of the dinosaurs, but he carries leprosy and taxidermists won’t touch him.
We invite you to see our new carnivore. We need to name the bear. This animal is here, we own him now, and he can’t run away, so would you send us an appropriate name for this huge beast?
Please send in a suggestion, with your name and address to P.O. Box 806, Holly Springs, MS 38685. If your name is chosen, we’ll give you a nice prize.
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