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Among the debutantes honored with a garden party to start the “little season” were, from the left, Georgia Cothern Gibson and Brynden Belle Noble, both of Jackson, and Anne Carrie Swoope of Madison. Not pictured are Darden Majure Pilkinton of Ridgeland and Alexis Louise Ridgeway of Jackson.
Among the debutantes honored with a garden party to start the “little season” were, from the left, Georgia Cothern Gibson and Brynden Belle Noble, both of Jackson, and Anne Carrie Swoope of Madison. Not pictured are Darden Majure Pilkinton of Ridgeland and Alexis Louise Ridgeway of Jackson.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:00 PM
The Governing Board of the Southern Debutante Assembly introduced the 2017 honorees at a garden party in the late afternoon on May 26 at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Greenwood.

The garden party is among the first events of the “little season.” The debutantes, pages and page escorts will be presented formally in December at the Assembly’s White and Gold Presentation and Ball.
  • Natchez Trace Parkway announces Pollinator Week
    TUPELO —  The 11th annual Pollinator Week kicked off nationwide on June 19. This celebration is hosted by the Pollinator Partnership, a diverse group of government, business, and educational partners that work to promote the health of pollinators, which are critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.
  • Mississippi Children’s Museum celebrates the opening of a new Pollinator’s Paradise Garden
    Jackson — Today, on the C Spire Plaza, the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) will officially open its newest outdoor addition—the Pollinator's Paradise Garden. The Garden Club of Jackson, who had the original vision for this space, generously provided the initial funding for this project. A grant from the Mapp Family Foundation made it possible to complete its construction. This garden not only adds beautiful outdoor space to the museum, but as it grows, will help sustain native pollinator species while also serving as a living, learning laboratory.
  • Hero Central Vacation Bible School

    Fellowship Bible Church at 2700 Nighway 51 North in Canton will be hosting Vacation Bible School June 14-16.

         The classes will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. each night and classes are available for kindergartners up to
  • Molly Rebekah Marshall and Andrew Thomas Toler to marry July 15
    Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Marshall of Laurel announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Molly Rebekah Marshall, to Andrew Thomas Toler, son of Dr. and Mrs. Noel Kennedy Toler III of Madison.
  • Ridgeland Chamber Seeks Junior Diplomat Applicants
    Area high school juniors and seniors are invited to apply to become part of the Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce’s 2017-2018 Junior Diplomat Program.

    Students residing in Ridgeland, who attend Ridgeland High School, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Jackson Academy, St. Joseph Catholic School, Madison Ridgeland Academy and Jackson Prep are invited to submit applications by the August 18, 2017 deadline.
  • The Madison Central Speech and Team won second place overall at the MHSAA State Championships earlier this spring, beating out 17 other teams for the honor of being runner-up.  The team had semifinalists or higher in all speech events, as well as quarterfinalists or higher in three of the four debate events.
  • MADISON — AdvancED congratulates St. Anthony Catholic School on receiving AdvancED STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Certification. This achievement is a mark of STEM distinction and excellence only offered to highly effective institutions that prioritize STEM education as a path to success.
  • Craft Beer Festival

    The Mississippi Craft Beer Festival will be held at Duling Hall with doors opening at 6 p.m. Over 100 beers will be presented for sampling by two dozen breweries. Tickets for the “VIP hour” from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. are $60 in advance and $65 day of and are limited to 250 persons. Those with VIP tickets also gain entrance for the entire run of the festival, bar snacks for the first hour and a $15 gift certificate to a participating Fondren restaurant
  • Accordion talent shared across county
    For 42 years, Patsy Tollesson, a member of First Baptist Church Madison, has shared her wonderful talent of playing the accordion for school groups, at retirement and nursing homes and for church groups.

    Tolleson’s accordion was bought by her grandfather, Early Upton, in the early 1940’s at a pawn shop in Philadelphia, MS for her grandmother, Fanny Upton.  It is believed that a solder may have brought it back from Italy, because it has an inscription on the spine “Ballerini Guerini Italy.”
  • Grace Marie Williams to wed Thomas Lance Allen June 11
    Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Williams of Alabaster, Alabama, announce the engagement of their daughter, Grace Marie Williams, to Thomas Lance Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lance Duane Allen of Madison.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Williams of Natchez, and Mrs. Martha Langston and the late Mr. Kenneth Williams of Bessemer, Alabama. Miss Williams is a 2011 honors graduate of Thompson High School in Alabaster and a 2015 honors graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education. She will teach middle school English at Madison-Ridgeland Academy in the fall.
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