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volume 3 number 4<br />

<strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2016</strong><br />

Putting the “PAL” in Principal<br />

______________________<br />

an olde towne experience<br />

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A Pro-Style Quarterback<br />

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1) I’d wish for all returning school teachers to have a year’s supply of patience, energy and<br />

students anxious to learn.<br />

2) I’d wish for the upcoming election to bring out the best in our nation and not the worst.<br />

3) I’d wish for an easy transition for all kindergarten students–and hope for us mothers<br />

having to deliver our babies to college.<br />

4) I’d wish for one more mini-weekend vacation before the summer ends.<br />

5) I’d wish for blessings and continued safety in our peaceful hometown.<br />

And while I know wishes don’t always come true, positive thoughts can<br />

certainly enhance any environment. We at <strong>Hometown</strong> Magazines work hard<br />

to make our publications a positive addition to our town and are continually<br />

grateful for the support of both our readers and our advertisers. My wish for<br />

you would be for healthy families, robust business and<br />

continued favor from the One that holds us all.<br />

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On the cover: <strong>Brandon</strong> School Principals<br />

Seated: Charles Frazier, Kelli Adcock / Standing: Lisa Hudson, Trey Rein, Angela Nichols<br />

In this issue The Way We Were ....................6<br />

An Olde Towne Experience........... 1 0<br />

A Heart for Dance ................... 15<br />

A Pro-Style Quarterback ....22<br />

Putting the “PAL” in Principal ....... 25<br />

Favorite Thing About School ......... 29<br />

A Joyful Heart ....................... 48<br />

Everything’s Coming Up Roses....... 54<br />

Progress! ........................... 58<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 5


The<br />

way<br />

we<br />

were.<br />

Dorothy & Walter Redd<br />

Walter and Dorothy Redd certainly don’t look<br />

like they’ve been married for 58 years, and their<br />

youthful sense of humor shows no signs of aging.<br />

The two joke and laugh a lot – comfortable with<br />

each other and who they are.<br />

Dorothy Sutton Redd met her future husband<br />

when she was a freshman in Carter High School<br />

in <strong>Brandon</strong>. Walter was a junior, but by the time he<br />

was a freshman in college he was ready to propose<br />

to the young girl that had won his heart. Dorothy<br />

was a 17-year-old bride when they were married<br />

in a small civil ceremony in <strong>Brandon</strong> in 1958.<br />

“It was a very cost-less ceremony,” Dorothy<br />

said with a chuckle. Walter completed her<br />

sentence like older couples do, “Because we<br />

were very broke!”<br />

The newlyweds moved in with her mother,<br />

and Walter remembers the main perk. “She was<br />

a really good cook.” Walter went on to describe<br />

how his new wife was the oldest of four sisters<br />

and had one older brother. Her brother had<br />

learned to do the cooking while Dorothy helped<br />

raise her younger sisters and do the related<br />

housekeeping chores. “She learned how to cook<br />

on me,” Walter said as the couple laughed amid<br />

their memories. “I never had a weight problem<br />

because I never wanted seconds,” he added.<br />

Dorothy shared her recollection of those early<br />

years of marriage and learning to cook. “I could<br />

make hamburgers and brownies because those<br />

are the two things I learned in Home Ec!”<br />

Three sons and two daughters later, Dorothy<br />

had learned to cook and help her husband raise<br />

five wonderful children.<br />

The Redd couple recalled the advice they<br />

learned from their parents. Walter’s dad told him<br />

to make sure to work hard and take care of his<br />

family. Walter learned that by the example of his<br />

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father working two to three jobs. Dorothy’s<br />

mother told her daughter, “Start like you can<br />

hold out.”Dorothy smiled and said, “I had to<br />

remember that lots of times.”<br />

This admirable couple instilled a strong work<br />

ethic in their children by instruction and example.<br />

Walter retired from Siemens, and Dorothy retired<br />

from Bell South and continued working at Security<br />

Ballew where she eventually retired again.<br />

The couple also admits to “spoiling” their<br />

children. When their first daughter pulled up<br />

to a service station after moving to college, an<br />

attendant had to show her where to find her gas<br />

tank opening. That’s because Walter said that he<br />

had always taken care of her vehicle. Dorothy<br />

confessed to more spoiling when she said that<br />

she often cooked biscuits for her growing family<br />

as early as 5:00 AM.<br />

The Redds still believed in an occasional<br />

“attitude adjustment” with the belt and raised a<br />

family that’s still close and successful in their own<br />

right. They all have college degrees; one is retired<br />

from Raytheon in <strong>Brandon</strong>; one is an attorney in<br />

Richland; there’s an IRS and State Farm employee<br />

in Atlanta; a self-employed computer consultant<br />

in Maryland; and a computer consultant with a<br />

Kansas company.<br />

“God has blessed us,” the couple echoed over<br />

and over, and they’ve lived to see a lot of their<br />

dreams come true. When Dorothy was a child, she<br />

was fascinated with Hawaii and often expressed<br />

a desire to go there some day. One of her sons<br />

remembered that dream and arranged for his<br />

siblings to join him in sending his parents to<br />

Hawaii for her 70th birthday.<br />

Walter and Dorothy have advice for young<br />

couples approaching marriage. Proverbs 3:5-6 has<br />

been Dorothy’s “go-to” verse: “Trust in the Lord<br />

with all your heart and lean not unto your own<br />

understanding. In all your ways acknowledge<br />

Him, and He will direct your paths.”<br />

Walter has relied on Matthew 6:33 – “Seek<br />

first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,<br />

and all these things will be added to you.” This<br />

blessed couple can attest to an abundance of<br />

wonderful things in their 58 years of marriage,<br />

and they graciously give God all the credit.<br />

“God has<br />

blessed us.”<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 7


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An<br />

Olde Towne<br />

Experience<br />

Camille Anding<br />

The location will be an easy find for <strong>Brandon</strong> locals and Sunday<br />

buffet connoisseurs. Olde Towne will be the new restaurant in the<br />

old Annie D’s eating place.<br />

Jeff and Gayle Parish are the owners and will be joined by Gayle’s<br />

brother’s “significant other,” Kelly Nobles, who has a flair for décor<br />

and the well-earned title of chief culinary creator.<br />

Gayle, who will be in charge of taking care of the customers and<br />

waitresses outside of the kitchen, has a teaching degree and Master<br />

of Education. She’s worked from her home as a billing agent for<br />

Home Medical Equipment and owned a restaurant in Prentiss, a<br />

town that she and her husband have called home for more than<br />

thirty years.<br />

Now that she and Jeff have two grandchildren living in Madison,<br />

the dream of owning a restaurant in a larger area has drawn them to<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong>. They are hoping it will be a perfect fit.<br />

The new restaurant will employ fifteen, plus additional free<br />

family labor on weekends. The former Annie D’s popular Sunday<br />

buffet will be back along with lunch menus Tuesday through Friday<br />

from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, evening meals<br />

will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Take-outs are also available.<br />

A crowd-pleasing menu adds credibility to the future of Old<br />

Town Restaurant. Steaks will be their specialty, and biscuits will be<br />

a novelty item served to all customers while they wait for their orders.<br />

Gayle said, “We want people to enjoy the atmosphere and relax.”<br />

Kelly is confident that the quality and taste of proven family recipes<br />

will complete the overall experience of dining at the Olde Towne<br />

Restaurant.<br />

“Our motto at our restaurant is: ‘Whatever it takes,’” Gayle said<br />

with a confident smile. That sounds like a step toward success and<br />

a great addition to the city of <strong>Brandon</strong>’s dining experiences.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 11


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<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 13


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A Heart<br />

for Dance<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

D’Onna Manning of<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> loves to dance.<br />

She took dance classes at Rhonda Whitehead’s School<br />

of Dance and Gymnastics on Grant’s Ferry Road and<br />

loved it. But a disappointing audition for the <strong>Brandon</strong><br />

High School dance team actually led to much greater<br />

things for Manning. “I didn’t make the dance team, but<br />

they gave me some good advice. They said I needed<br />

more dance training, particularly in ballet.”<br />

A friend told her about Ballet Magnificat! School of<br />

the Arts in Jackson, so Manning went to the school and<br />

took a placement class. “I was so nervous, because I had<br />

the idea that it was for professional dancers only.”<br />

Once she arrived, she learned it was a place where<br />

serious dancers receive serious training. She started<br />

ballet classes at the school three years ago.<br />

Manning has become very involved at Ballet<br />

Magnificat! performing as a member of the Mini Mag<br />

touring performing group. “We perform at churches,<br />

nursing homes and other places. My goal is to be a<br />

trainee next year.” She was offered an apprenticeship<br />

this year, which will get her one step closer to her goal.<br />

In February, Manning traveled to Atlanta to<br />

audition with the American Musical and Dramatic<br />

Academy. “I heard about it and inquired about auditions<br />

and they invited me to come audition.” She auditioned<br />

for both dance and musical theatre and was accepted<br />

into the prestigious school. “If I go, it will be two years in<br />

New York and two years in Los Angeles,” she explained.<br />

Manning has also been offered a full academic<br />

scholarship to Belhaven University.<br />

While she is thrilled to have been accepted to AMDA,<br />

her heart is leaning towards Belhaven so that she can<br />

continue her training at Ballet Magnificat!. “I’d like to<br />

major in physical therapy so that one day I can be a<br />

therapist for Ballet Magnificat!.” Manning has a year to<br />

make her decision, as she has just entered her senior year<br />

at <strong>Brandon</strong> High School.<br />

A lifelong native of <strong>Brandon</strong>, Manning says she has<br />

been fortunate to have the opportunities she has had in<br />

dance. Typically a happy and positive person, she is like<br />

everyone else in that sometimes she gets a bit down.<br />

“When I feel discouraged, all I have to do is read my<br />

favorite Bible verse, Romans 12:21, which says ‘Do not<br />

be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.’”<br />

It’s a verse that keeps the talented teen on track. n<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 15


Back<br />

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<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 17


Gardner Flint Minshew II,<br />

son of Kim and Flint Minshew,<br />

left an amazing mark on <strong>Brandon</strong><br />

High School’s football program as well<br />

as the classroom. He closed his prep<br />

career in 2014 as one of the metro area’s<br />

most successful quarterbacks with 11,222<br />

passing yards and 105 total touchdowns while<br />

graduating with a 4.0 GPA. For a high school player,<br />

he was the total package.<br />

A Pro-Style<br />

Quarterback<br />

He was recruited by Troy, Southern Miss, and Wake Forest but<br />

chose Northwest Community College to begin his college career.<br />

As a Ranger, Minshew was instrumental in guiding his team to<br />

an 11-1 record and the 2015 NJCAA National Championship.<br />

His freshman stats continued to impress his followers.<br />

Minshew is now on the roster at East Carolina University<br />

where he was a late addition to the <strong>2016</strong> signing class.<br />

He will have three years of eligibility as an ECU Pirate.<br />

That should be ample time for his record-breaking career<br />

to garner more impressive stats.<br />

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As he prepares to kick-off a<br />

new season with a new team,<br />

we asked him a few questions<br />

about his pursuit of the game...<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 19


. . . you can’t just be<br />

satisfied with being good.<br />

That’s what stops many<br />

people from reaching<br />

their fullest potential.<br />

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What was the biggest adjustment<br />

you had to make from high school<br />

football to college?<br />

The biggest adjustment is the time<br />

commitment. The coaches control your<br />

days. You have a strict schedule between<br />

class, meetings, weights and practice.<br />

It gets exhausting but it is well worth it.<br />

What’s one of your fondest memories<br />

of playing for <strong>Brandon</strong> High School?<br />

Riding through <strong>Brandon</strong> on the way to<br />

the state championship game and having<br />

what seemed like the whole town lined up<br />

on Highway 80 to cheer us on. It was such<br />

a cool moment to see how much this game<br />

meant to the community.<br />

As a college football athlete, do you<br />

have “down time” or “free time?”<br />

In-season there is one off-day every week<br />

and out of season there are typically two.<br />

Typically, you are so worn down from<br />

games or workouts that it is truly down<br />

time. There’s a lot of napping and hanging<br />

out with guys on the team.<br />

Are there any negatives about being<br />

a college athlete?<br />

There are some negatives such as being<br />

away from home and family or having your<br />

whole day planned out for you, but the<br />

positive outweigh them easily. It is such a<br />

blessing to be in the position we are in. We<br />

have such an influence in the communities<br />

we are in and we can hopefully use that in<br />

a positive way.<br />

What or who was your greatest<br />

motivation to play college football?<br />

My dad. Not that he ever forced me to work<br />

out or participate, he really just gave me the<br />

freedom to make my own decisions and if<br />

I would go to him asking to workout or<br />

throw he would always be available. Once<br />

I decided that I wanted to play in college he<br />

made sure to give me the best opportunity<br />

to do so.<br />

Name the quarterback you most admire<br />

and why?<br />

I would have to say Drew Brees. He isn’t the<br />

most physically gifted being just under six<br />

feet tall, so he has to be really good with all<br />

the things he can control. He does all of the<br />

little things that makes a quarterback great.<br />

What are your plans after college?<br />

I plan to get involved with sports performance<br />

training or coaching. I want the opportunity<br />

to impact kids in a positive way while doing<br />

something I love and am passionate about.<br />

Name two of the best decisions you’ve<br />

ever made.<br />

Making the decision to transfer to Northwest<br />

CC was one of the best decisions I’ve ever<br />

made. It took a huge leap of faith and required<br />

me to swallow my pride a little bit but it was<br />

well worth it as we won a national championship<br />

and I was able to move on to a great<br />

school in ECU. Another huge decision for<br />

me was to graduate early from high school.<br />

I missed a lot my senior year and that was<br />

hard. But going out of my comfort zone like<br />

that really made mature quickly. It helped me<br />

grow not only as a player but as a person.<br />

What’s your favorite food?<br />

A hamburger that my dad makes. That’s<br />

probably the one food I could eat everyday.<br />

Do you have a routine or superstition<br />

that you follow before a game?<br />

Pre-game I try to avoid too much superstition.<br />

I will keep my same stretching routine<br />

and a couple songs to get me in the right<br />

state of mind but that’s it. Nothing too strict.<br />

What are some life lessons your coaches<br />

have taught you?<br />

Coach Wyatt Rogers told me since I was a<br />

sophomore in high school that “good is the<br />

enemy of great”. This means you can’t just<br />

be satisfied with being good. That’s what<br />

stops many people from reaching their fullest<br />

potential. There is no room for complacency.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 21


Prayer rally<br />

October 16, <strong>2016</strong><br />

6:00 P.M.<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Baptist Church<br />

100 <strong>Brandon</strong> Baptist Drive<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> MS 39042<br />

www.brandonbc.org (601) 824-1781<br />

www.facebook.com/brandonbcms<br />

Sunday Worship Times<br />

8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Worship Service<br />

9:30 a.m. Sunday School<br />

6:00 p.m. Evening Worship<br />

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<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 23


24 • <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2016</strong>


Putting the<br />

“PAL” in Principal<br />

While the classroom teacher may certainly be the most visible person<br />

in your child’s life at school, it is the principal who is responsible<br />

for providing a high-quality educational environment for all the students<br />

and the teachers, too. Good principals hire, develop, and retain excellent<br />

teachers. And great principals build an undeniably strong school<br />

community in which everyone can be a part.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 25


Charles Frazier<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> High<br />

Charles Frazier has been in the<br />

teaching, coaching and administrating<br />

profession for 26 years. For his upcoming<br />

year in education, Frazier is the head<br />

principal at <strong>Brandon</strong> High School. The<br />

greatest reward of Frazier’s profession,<br />

he said, is watching a student or<br />

teacher grow to become self-sufficient.<br />

In Frazier’s administration, he stands<br />

by this motto: time waits on no man, so<br />

utilize your time wisely. “In the world of<br />

education, we have the ability to teach<br />

and grow individuals to go out and make<br />

a difference in the world,” Frazier said.<br />

“We must challenge each other to think<br />

beyond the world we see because there<br />

are jobs that have not been created and<br />

challenges we do not know exist.”<br />

cfrazier@rcsd.ms<br />

Trey Rein<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Middle<br />

Trey Rein is entering his thirteenth year<br />

in education, and his first year as head<br />

principal at <strong>Brandon</strong> Middle School.<br />

Previously, Rein was an administrator at<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> High School where the students<br />

and community made Rein feel right at<br />

home. For Rein, the best part of being<br />

a principal is graduation. “It is an end,<br />

which is sad,” Rein said. “But it’s also<br />

a completion and the beginning of<br />

something new.” Now Rein is experiencing<br />

a new beginning at <strong>Brandon</strong> Middle<br />

School. Over the summer, Rein has<br />

worked closely with fellow administrators<br />

and faculty to create a vision for BMS.<br />

“Education means so much more than<br />

teaching and learning,” Rein said.<br />

“It’s about building relationships and<br />

creating life experiences.” Rein looks<br />

forward to seeing the vision come to<br />

life in the passionate and engaged<br />

students at <strong>Brandon</strong> Middle School.<br />

trey.rein@rcsd.ms<br />

Lisa Hudson<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Elementary<br />

Lisa Hudson has been in the field of<br />

education for more than 30 years. She<br />

is beginning her third year as head<br />

principal of <strong>Brandon</strong> Elementary School.<br />

She considers BES her home, as it was<br />

the place where she began her career<br />

as a teacher. “Mrs. Comfort was head<br />

principal at the time. I think of her often<br />

when I am making decisions,” Hudson<br />

said. “What would Mrs. Comfort do in this<br />

situation? She was the best.” Hudson<br />

sees her job as an encourager to<br />

teachers, students and families in the<br />

community. “I love our community of<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong>, and the best part of my job<br />

is establishing relationships with the<br />

people that come our way.”<br />

lhudson@rcsd.ms<br />

26 • <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2016</strong>


Angela Nichols<br />

Stonebridge Elementary<br />

Angela Nichols has been in the<br />

education profession for 18 years, and<br />

currently holds the head principal position<br />

at StoneBridge Elementary School.<br />

In her years as an administrator, she has<br />

found that the greatest memories involve<br />

the growth of a student or teacher in<br />

accomplishing a task after diligent and<br />

consistent work. “I look forward to<br />

entering the classrooms this school year<br />

and seeing students engaged in learning<br />

and having ‘aha’ moments.” Nichols<br />

considers her position in <strong>Brandon</strong> a great<br />

honor. “It is an honor to work in the<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> community where everyone<br />

truly cares about the outcomes for our<br />

children and has a desire to make our<br />

community stronger by working together.”<br />

anichols@rcsd.ms<br />

Kelli Adcock<br />

Rouse Elementary<br />

Kelli Adcock began her career in education<br />

thirty years ago as a teacher at <strong>Brandon</strong><br />

Elementary School. Today, Adcock is the<br />

head principal at Rouse Elementary<br />

School, a position she has maintained<br />

for 18 years. Her tenure at Rouse has<br />

allowed her to experience generations<br />

of students. “Every year when my former<br />

students come to bring their own children<br />

to Rouse, I feel proud that I helped to<br />

educate successful citizens, mothers and<br />

fathers.” The best part of her job, Adcock<br />

said, are the people surrounding her<br />

every day. “The staff at Rouse is like<br />

family to me. Our parents are involved<br />

and supportive of our staff and students,<br />

and the students at Rouse are the best!”<br />

kadcock@rcsd.ms<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong><br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 27


A Community of Faith called to<br />

love others the way God loves us<br />

Worship with us EACH Sunday at<br />

8:30am & 10:30am<br />

Join us as we<br />

WORSHIP GROW SERVE<br />

Followed by<br />

fellowship lunch at noon<br />

red roots afternoon concert<br />

costume parade<br />

fun zone<br />

mission market place<br />

hayride to pumpkin patch<br />

23 Crossgates Drive | <strong>Brandon</strong>, MS 39042<br />

601.825.8677 | crossgatesumc.org<br />

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<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 28


Evan Simmons<br />

A lot of things are interesting.<br />

Nothing is boring!<br />

Lila Parker<br />

We put eggs in vinegar in science<br />

class and they turned bouncy.<br />

Ashton Parker<br />

My favorite thing<br />

is math because<br />

I’m really good at it.<br />

What’s<br />

your<br />

favorite<br />

thing<br />

about<br />

school?<br />

Meri Morgan<br />

Marshall<br />

My teacher, Mr. Cline.<br />

I like how he’s so funny.<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Elam<br />

I like learning about<br />

science and math.<br />

Owen Siegfried<br />

We did a cool science experiment<br />

in Mr. Cline’s class. He put a paper<br />

clip to a pen, warmed it up, and<br />

stuck it through a ping pong ball.<br />

Then he set it on fire<br />

and it turned<br />

straight into a gas.<br />

Mikaela Perry<br />

Getting to see all<br />

of my friends.<br />

Addison Nash<br />

My favorite thing is<br />

meeting new friends.<br />

Kamryn Lewis<br />

I have made new friends<br />

and I love my math class.<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 29


Nearly two and a half years ago, a novice sticker-cutter<br />

sharpened his skills and found his craft. Steve Vanover began<br />

cuttings stickers part-time to occupy the days between his shifts<br />

in the oil field. As Vanover’s cutting skills improved, he graduated<br />

from novice sticker-cutter to a professional stone-engraver. He<br />

started his own fulltime business, Sticks & Stones, in March <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

Vanover engraves on a variety of mediums including locally<br />

sourced stone, wood, flowerpots and more. Recently, he has done<br />

several projects on HDU (High Density Urethane) foam board<br />

that has the appearance and durability of wood, but weighs less.<br />

Vanover also makes tables and sells Boss Buck deer feeders.<br />

Vanover’s original cutting machine remains in his<br />

office at Sticks & Stones. Across the top of the machine,<br />

sticker letters spell out the words of Philippians 4:13,<br />

“I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.”<br />

This verse has been a significant encouragement to Vanover<br />

as a craftsman and business owner. His craft has beautified<br />

the community in the form of address stones, business signs,<br />

and so much more. Vanover finds joy in seeing his work<br />

throughout the community, and knowing that his creations<br />

will last for many years.<br />

30 • <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2016</strong>


Steve Vanover<br />

Sticks & Stones<br />

1024 Hwy 471, Suite D<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong>, MS<br />

601-720-4344<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 31


Painted<br />

Possum<br />

It’s a piece of wood—harvested from a remote forest,<br />

purchased by a craftsman, and with the meticulous hands<br />

of that artisan, a prized handiwork is created. One of those<br />

gifted artisans is Steve Rachel of <strong>Brandon</strong>.<br />

Steve credits his dad for teaching him about woodworking,<br />

a hobby that he’s used mainly<br />

for his children and grandchildren<br />

over the years. It was only<br />

until his retirement from his<br />

former positions in human<br />

resource departments that he<br />

had the spare time to invest in<br />

it seriously. Now that Steve’s<br />

calendar is free from appointments<br />

and meetings, his<br />

woodworking shop is buzzing.<br />

He and wife, Marsha, have<br />

four young grandchildren who<br />

are full-time analysts for his<br />

toy creations. They’re big fans<br />

of the puzzles, baby doll beds<br />

and personalized stools.<br />

Grandson Jonathan learned<br />

his colors and how to spell<br />

his name as a preschooler<br />

thanks to his personalized<br />

puzzle stool crafted by Steve.<br />

Repeat customers in<br />

Mississippi and Alabama<br />

appreciate the workmanship<br />

in the nativity scenes, cutting<br />

boards and recipe/iPad holders.<br />

When you find Steve Rachel’s stamp<br />

on a wood crafted piece, count on that<br />

product being made with attention to<br />

detail and heirloom quality.<br />

32 • <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2016</strong>


Steve Rachel<br />

Painted Possum<br />

601-954-3641<br />

www.paintedpossum.com<br />

Paintedpossum@yahoo.com<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 33


Carmen McCool<br />

& Matt Dennis<br />

On March 16, three years ago, Carmen McCool<br />

and Matt Dennis joined hearts and pledges and entered<br />

into married life. Neither expected to be joining into a<br />

business endeavor just two years later. Matt gives<br />

Carmen credit for being the craft genius in their home,<br />

but Carmen labels her husband as a handyman that can<br />

do just about anything. Their shared talent for furniture<br />

construction evolved from their need for a table. Matt<br />

felt that he was up to the challenge and googled plans<br />

for table building. They agreed on a plan and using their<br />

carport for a workshop, constructed their first table.<br />

Carmen was just as pleased as Matt and posted a<br />

picture on Facebook. Her intentions were to show their<br />

friends their completed project, but they were blown<br />

away when they began getting questions about<br />

orders for tables.<br />

One year later, Matt daily comes home<br />

from his Farm Bureau job in Meridian to their<br />

workshop-turned-factory carport to continue<br />

working on table orders. Carmen leaves<br />

Stonebridge Education where she’s employed<br />

as a speech language pathologist and is ready<br />

to join him. She works in the “staining and<br />

finishing department.”<br />

Carmen was in agreement with Matt that<br />

their new endeavor was responsible for<br />

growing his tool collection. Matt smiled and<br />

justified the purchases by saying,<br />

“I used to fish and play golf!”<br />

The young entrepreneurs have added benches and<br />

cornhole boards to their creations along with some clever<br />

stenciled home accessories that Carmen fashioned.<br />

Their business is impressive as well as their tastefully<br />

decorated home. It’s obvious that this union was the<br />

perfect fit and blueprint!<br />

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<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 35


BRANDON PUBLIC LIBRARY<br />

1475 W. GOV. ST • (601) 825-2672 • brandonatcmrls.lib.ms.us<br />

Sept-Oct-Nov <strong>2016</strong> Events<br />

Red Friday, August 19 - November 4<br />

Wear red when you come to the library on Friday during football season<br />

and check out one item. Your name will be entered into a weekly drawing<br />

for a $10 coupon to a <strong>Brandon</strong> eatery - new signup and prize every week.<br />

All entries go into a grand prize drawing at the end of the season for an<br />

iPad Mini! Sponsored by the Friends of the <strong>Brandon</strong> Library.<br />

AARP Smart Driver Course, Monday, October 17, 12pm<br />

AARP Smart Driver Course helps drivers over 50 become safer, more<br />

aware drivers. Check with your insurance company to see if you will<br />

qualify for available discounts. Material costs - $15 for AARP members,<br />

$20 for non-AARP members. Please call 601-825-2672 to register.<br />

Beading Class, 4 & 6pm - Please register.<br />

September 12 Tila beads in peyote and embellished - $6 supply fee.<br />

November 14 Martha’s Shaped Wire Necklace - $6 supply fee.<br />

Book Sale Weekend and events. This is the BIG ONE!<br />

Friday, September 30, 10-5 & Saturday, October 1, 10-4<br />

sponsored by the Friends of the <strong>Brandon</strong> Library.<br />

Race Day, Saturday, October 1 We will be racing something all day long!<br />

Call for the race day schedule and come join the fun!<br />

Bag Day! Monday, October 3, 10-8 Your choice: $5 a bag or $10 a box<br />

Bow Tying Thursday, November 10, 6pm Learn the art of tying a bow.<br />

Bring a pair of pliers and scissors. Free class. Please register.<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Book Club, 10:30am Stop by and discuss this month’s book.<br />

September 12 I Still Dream about You by Fannie Flagg.<br />

November 14 Memory Man by David Baldacci<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Quilters, September 12, October 3, November 7, 6pm<br />

Bridge: Let’s Learn to Play, Wednesdays, 1:30pm Sept 7 - Oct 12<br />

Free classes. Please register.<br />

BYOP Bring Your Own Project, Thursdays, 1pm<br />

Weekly daytime crafting group.<br />

Chess Lessons for Teens and Adults, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 6pm<br />

Please register.<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Coin Club, September 1, October 6, November 3, 6pm<br />

Love old and new currency? Join the Coin Club for their monthly meeting!<br />

Coin Show, Saturday, October 22, 10am - 4pm<br />

Computer Classes, Tuesdays 9am Free classes. Please register.<br />

September 13, 20, 27, Basic Computer Classes<br />

October 4, 11, 18, 25, Application Classes Word, Excel, Power Point<br />

Creative Crafters, Thursdays, 6pm Join us as we learn and craft together.<br />

Disaster Survival Series, Introduction, Monday, September 19, 6pm<br />

Are you prepared for an extreme event? Dr. Clyde Morgan will give us an<br />

introduction to disaster survival.<br />

Backyard Farming, Monday, September 26, 6pm<br />

Rankin County Extension Agent/County Coordinator Doug Carter and the<br />

Master Gardeners will talk about farming in the back yard - soil preparation<br />

and plant selection.<br />

Preserving Food, Monday, October 24, 6pm<br />

Learn how to preserve food by canning, salting, smoking, and drying.<br />

Presented by Natasha Haynes, Rankin County Extension Agent/Family<br />

and Consumer Science.<br />

Dulcimer Group, Mondays 6pm Bring your own dulcimer and let’s jam<br />

together. *In lieu of Labor Day the Group will meet Tuesday (9/6) 6pm<br />

DUPLO FREE PLAY, September 7, October 5, November 2, 11:30am<br />

Come join the fun of building with Duplo Blocks. For ages 3-5.<br />

Family Night, Thursdays, 6pm<br />

September 22 Learn how to play a Dulcimer with the Heartstring Dulcimer<br />

Group and enjoy yummy donuts.<br />

October 27 This is our annual <strong>Fall</strong> Festival with carnival games and<br />

special treats for the whole family. Come dressed in your favorite costume!<br />

November 17 Help us celebrate Thanksgiving with Nativeamerican<br />

speaker Bob Louys.<br />

Friends of the <strong>Brandon</strong> Library Meeting, September 20, October 18,<br />

November 15, 6pm<br />

Genealogy Club, September 1, October 6, November 3 10:30am<br />

DNA Discovery Group, September 15, 10:30am<br />

We will discuss the latest DNA websites, working one-on-one, sharing<br />

what we know, and discussing what we don’t understand. Bring your<br />

laptop if you need one-on-one help.<br />

Kid Connection, Tuesdays, 4pm K-5 afterschool story and craft hour.<br />

1st & 3rd Tuesdays K-6 afterschool story and craft hour.<br />

2nd & 4th Tuesdays Chess Lessons for K-6.<br />

*Special* September 20 Join us for our first experimentation with Little Bits<br />

electronics!<br />

LEGO FREE PLAY, September 15, October 13, November 10, 3pm<br />

Be creative and use your imagination to build with our legos for ages 6-10.<br />

MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY: Little Bits, Monday, September 19, 5pm<br />

Join us for our first experimentation with Little Bits electronics!<br />

MIDDLE GRADE MONDAY: Watercolor and Sharpie Art, Monday,<br />

October 3, 5pm Come make some awesome watercolor and Sharpie art!<br />

Take your art home or leave here to be displayed in the YA section!<br />

Painting with Carla, Monday, October 17, 6pm<br />

Seasonal painting with Carla Nations. $6 supply fee. Please register.<br />

Preschool Story Time, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10:30am<br />

Songs, stories, and crafts for preschoolers aged 3-5.<br />

Rankin County Historical Society/<strong>Brandon</strong> Genealogical & Historical<br />

Society, 7pm, September 20 Mayor Butch Lee November 15 Join us for<br />

History and Fellowship. Refreshments provided. For further information<br />

contact brgen@cmrls.lib.ms.us.<br />

Sign Language for Beginners, September 10, October 8, November 12<br />

10:30am Learn to speak with your hands! Free class. Please register.<br />

Sign Language NEW ADVANCED CLASS, September 24 & October 22<br />

10:30am Learn to speak with your hands! Free class. Please register.<br />

Spanish 101, NEW CLASS, September 3, October 1, November 5<br />

10:30am Simple conversational Spanish and the essential basics. It is a<br />

progressive course and will build on previous lessons. While regular<br />

attendance is more beneficial, anyone can grasp what is being taught on<br />

any given day without being completely lost. All ages welcomed. Free<br />

Class. Please register.<br />

TEEN NIGHT: Batman Day Celebration! September 12, 5pm<br />

Celebrate the upcoming BATMAN DAY with us! We’ll have snacks, comics,<br />

cheesy Adam West episode classics, and more!<br />

TEEN NIGHT: Voter Education Part 2, September 26, 5pm<br />

Join us for the follow-up to our VOTER EDUCATION program! We’ll review<br />

the voting process, select our nominees, and begin campaigning!<br />

TEEN NIGHT: Pizza Taste-Off! October 17, 5pm<br />

Join us for a PIZZA TASTE-OFF to celebrate Teen Read Week!<br />

TEENS: Library After Dark: Halloween Party! October 21, 5:30pm<br />

For teens 13+. Parental Permission required.<br />

TEENS & MIDDLE GRADERS: Harry Potter Party! October 24, 5pm<br />

We’ll have food, crafts, and Harry Potter Trivia!<br />

Third Thursday Book Club 6:30pm<br />

September 15 Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke<br />

October 20 The Princess Bride by William Goldman<br />

November 17 Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman<br />

Toddler Time, Mondays 10:30am S<br />

tories, songs and finger plays for ages 0-2 years.<br />

V.V.A. Meeting, September 14, October 12, November 9, 10:30am<br />

Join local veterans for their monthly meeting!<br />

Video Game Day For gamers of all ages. Please register.<br />

September 17, 12 noon, Mario Kart Tournament<br />

October 15, Minecraft, 10am & 1pm<br />

November 19, 12 noon, Smash Brothers Tournament<br />

Wreath Class Tuesday, November 1 6pm<br />

Polly Agee will teach a deco mesh wreath class. You bring your own<br />

supplies. Call library for supply list. Please register.<br />

Displays for September & October<br />

Rooster Collection of Jolinda Charbonnet<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Senior Center Art<br />

Betty Boop Collection of Connie Gustavsen<br />

Additional services offered at the <strong>Brandon</strong> Library<br />

• Black and White and color printing/copying<br />

• Scanning<br />

• Wireless Printing<br />

New services by the Friends of the <strong>Brandon</strong> Library<br />

• Free shredding services<br />

• Notary services available for a fee of $3.<br />

• Service available 10-8 Monday-Thursday and 10-5 on Friday.<br />

• Call to check Saturday availability.<br />

The library will be closed<br />

September 5 for Labor Day<br />

November 11 for Veteran’s Day<br />

November 24 for Thanksgiving Day<br />

______________________________________________________<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Public Library is part of the Central Mississippi Regional Library<br />

System, which serves Rankin, Scott, Simpson, and Smith Counties.<br />

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Stella Ford Dares to Dream<br />

Susan Marquez<br />

Since she was a very young child,<br />

Stella Ford has been dared to dream.<br />

She began singing at a small Southern<br />

Baptist church in Richton, Mississippi<br />

when she was only four-years old, and<br />

even at that early age her parents,<br />

Wendy and Craig Ford, encouraged<br />

the young girl to follow her dream of<br />

singing. “My parents always encouraged<br />

me, but the older I got, I saw that not<br />

all kids got that encouragement. Many<br />

kids I knew growing up never believed<br />

they could follow their dreams,<br />

something I think is the root of people<br />

not loving themselves,” said Stella.<br />

That early realization developed<br />

into a personal platform, Dare to<br />

Dream, which Ford carried into her<br />

first-ever pageant. “I had never been in<br />

a pageant before,” recalls Ford. “I just<br />

wasn’t a pageant girl.” But a friend had<br />

been in the Miss Mississippi Outstanding<br />

Teen pageant last year and was first<br />

runner up. “She aged out and couldn’t<br />

compete again, so she encouraged me to<br />

enter the pageant. She thought it would<br />

be a good fit for me.” After winning the<br />

local pageant, Ford traveled toVicksburg<br />

where she was crowned Miss Mississippi<br />

Outstanding Teen. “I was as surprised<br />

as anybody! I started out competing in<br />

the pageant because my friend wanted<br />

me to. I did it for her. But as I got into<br />

it, I took it very seriously. I was thrilled<br />

when I won.”<br />

After winning the state title, Ford<br />

had just a few weeks to prepare for the<br />

national pageant, held in Orlando,<br />

Florida. She spent time going back<br />

and forth from her home in <strong>Brandon</strong> to<br />

work with the pageant team in Vicksburg<br />

and left prepared and ready on July 29.<br />

All of her past came flooding back as she<br />

presented her Dare to Dream platform<br />

to the judges. Ford was one of six<br />

finalists out of 51 contestants to get a<br />

second interview about her platform.<br />

“While I didn’t win the pageant, I did<br />

receive a good bit of scholarship money.”<br />

Ford sang the Etta James song<br />

“At Last” for all three pageants. “I had<br />

never been formally trained in vocals,<br />

so I worked with James Martin to<br />

prepare for the state pageant.” Now<br />

the senior at <strong>Brandon</strong> High School is<br />

looking to study both music and predental<br />

in college. Ford’s senior year<br />

will be a balance of academics and<br />

appearances around the state as Miss<br />

Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen. “I love<br />

sharing my message with children<br />

–giving them the same encouragement<br />

to follow their dreams that my parents<br />

gave me.” n<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 39


Helmets<br />

& Heels<br />

August 13, <strong>2016</strong><br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> High School<br />

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<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 41


serving our community<br />

Battalion Chief Patrick Wofford<br />

brandon Fire Department<br />

Why did you decide to be a fireman?<br />

I was asked by the chief of Walters Volunteer Fire<br />

Department to join and help out. After joining and<br />

learning the ropes, I found myself hooked and<br />

wanted to do the job full-time.<br />

How long have you been with the <strong>Brandon</strong><br />

Fire Department?<br />

18 years. I started October 1, 1998.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

I’ve been married to Karen Davis Wofford for 22 years.<br />

We have three children; Coltan, Carson and Preston.<br />

We live in the Cross Roads community.<br />

What is the toughest thing you have<br />

experienced in your job?<br />

The death of children.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing<br />

in your spare time.<br />

Spare time is rare in a fireman’s life. But I enjoy<br />

spending time with family in the outdoors and being<br />

involved with our church family at Shiloh UMC.<br />

What are three things on your bucket list?<br />

Travel out West, attend Calgary Stampede Rodeo,<br />

and ride a mule train into the Grand Canyon.<br />

Who is someone you admire and why?<br />

I admire is President Ronald Reagan. I think he was<br />

one of the last presidents that had what was best for<br />

this country always in the forefront when making<br />

decisions.<br />

If you could give one piece of advice<br />

to a young person, what would it be?<br />

The advice I would give to a young person is to find<br />

an occupation that brings enjoyment to life and set a<br />

goal to be the very best at that occupation.<br />

What is the biggest mistake you think<br />

young people make today?<br />

The biggest mistake young people make today is not<br />

asking their older family and friends for advice.<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years<br />

from now?<br />

In ten years I see myself retired from <strong>Brandon</strong> Fire<br />

Department, pursuing my construction career<br />

full-time and having the more opportunity to fulfill<br />

my part of “The Great Commission”.<br />

What is a favorite childhood memory?<br />

My favorite childhood memory is riding a tractor with<br />

my daddy on the family farm.<br />

What is your favorite thing about the<br />

City of <strong>Brandon</strong>?<br />

My favorite thing about City of <strong>Brandon</strong> that it still has<br />

that small town America atmosphere.<br />

What is your favorite thing about<br />

Rankin County?<br />

My favorite thing is that if an individual wants to be<br />

successful, the opportunity is available here in Rankin<br />

County–and the sky is the limit.<br />

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BRANDon's finest<br />

Drew Decker<br />

brandon police Department<br />

Why did you decide to be a policeman?<br />

I felt called by the Lord to serve my community by<br />

becoming a police officer.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

My parents are Vernon and Traci, and my step dad,<br />

Tommy. I have an older sister Kayla who graduated<br />

from Mississippi State in 2014 and my chocolate lab,<br />

Abby.<br />

What is the toughest thing you have<br />

experienced in your job?<br />

Seeing people in their worst times.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing in your<br />

spare time.<br />

I enjoy being outdoors and I’m an avid duck hunter.<br />

What are three things on your bucket list?<br />

I really want to go ski-diving in Costa Rica, spend<br />

some time along the beaches of Bora Bora, and hunt<br />

in Alaska.<br />

Who is someone you admire and why?<br />

I admire my grandfather, Rick Dubose, who has<br />

taught me to grow up and be a person with strong<br />

character.<br />

Where do you see yourself in ten years<br />

from now?<br />

I would like to work for a federal agency.<br />

If you could give one piece of advice to a<br />

young person, what would it be?<br />

Follow your dreams and do not stop until you get<br />

there.<br />

What is a favorite childhood memory?<br />

Going with my dad over to the Delta and hunting all<br />

weekend long.<br />

What is the biggest mistake you think<br />

young people make today?<br />

Young people don't understand that decisions they<br />

make today can affect them for the rest of their lives.<br />

What is your favorite thing about the city<br />

of <strong>Brandon</strong>?<br />

I enjoy the people in the community who show<br />

strong support for law enforcement officers. While<br />

grabbing a bite to eat, people continuously come<br />

up and thank my fellow officers and me for the<br />

work we do to keep our community safe.<br />

What is your favorite thing about Rankin<br />

County?<br />

Rankin County is a close-knit area that looks out<br />

for one another. People being friends with their<br />

neighbors is one reason why Rankin County is<br />

so safe.<br />

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August 21st<br />

Police<br />

Pool Party<br />

Hosted by<br />

The Club at Crossgates<br />

for the <strong>Brandon</strong> Police<br />

Department and their families<br />

Thank you<br />

for your service!<br />

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A Joyful Heart<br />

“I knew everybody on Capitol Street in Jackson<br />

– all the store clerks,” Lorise Abernathy Creel said<br />

about her days as a youth, living with her mother in<br />

the King Edward Hotel. She laughed as she shared<br />

about the Easter Saturday that she helped the shoe<br />

store owner that was across the street from the hotel.<br />

“I sold twenty-one pairs of shoes in one day!”<br />

Her apartment in Peach Tree Village is now home,<br />

but the laughter and joy of fond memories and an<br />

active lifestyle live with her and Freckles, her eightyear-old<br />

Chihuahua.<br />

Originally from Flora, she and brother Robert<br />

were reared in Jackson. When barely a teenager,<br />

she was visiting her grandmother in Flora and met<br />

Samuel Creel at church. Eleven days before her<br />

seventeenth birthday, she became his bride for the<br />

next sixty-one and a half years.<br />

Were her parents excited about her teenage<br />

romance? “Not really,” she remembers, “but they<br />

thought the world of Sam and gave their blessings.”<br />

And blessings followed.<br />

The couple had two sons and a daughter and<br />

spent the majority of their joined lives in ministry at<br />

Mississippi churches. Their first pastorate was at<br />

Gum Springs Baptist in Braxton. From Cold Springs<br />

in Collins to Bunker Hill at Columbia, they moved<br />

back to Jackson to Highland Baptist Church.<br />

Their last pastorate was at Crossview Baptist<br />

Church on Burnham Road, a church the Creel’s<br />

planted with ninety-two people and where Lorise<br />

still attends and teaches a ladies’ group, the Faith<br />

Class. Pastor Sam earned the title, “Marrying Sam,”<br />

because of the number of young people he joined in<br />

marriage vows from their church.<br />

During the couples’ ministries, Sam traveled in<br />

China, Indonesia, Korea, India and the Philippines<br />

to hold revival services through Partnership Ministries.<br />

Lorise seldom traveled to those faraway places due to<br />

her dedicated role as mother.<br />

As Lorise retraced her years at the various<br />

churches, her warm and contagious smile broadened,<br />

“I thoroughly enjoyed the people at every church,”<br />

she said with conviction.<br />

In 1992, Pastor Creel retired due to health<br />

problems. “I still remember his last message,” Lorise<br />

said through her smile, “Immanuel, God with us.”<br />

After his death and experiencing her own health<br />

problems, she had her children divide all her earthly<br />

possessions. Lorise’s next address was Peach Tree<br />

Village, and she continues to enjoy life and spread<br />

her joy. “I’ve not met the first rude person here,”<br />

she said. “And that’s saying a lot – it’s a lovely place<br />

to live and be safe.”<br />

Before closing our visit, Lorise turned to her<br />

life verses in Isaiah 43. She spoke from memory,<br />

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the<br />

things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now<br />

it brings forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a<br />

way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”<br />

It’s an appropriate passage for someone who’s<br />

lived and continues living a life of faith in expectation<br />

of new joys to come. n<br />

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BULLDOG BASH<br />

August 22, <strong>2016</strong>


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Everything’s<br />

Coming Up<br />

Mary-Ellen Hester,<br />

Horticulture Chairman<br />

Charla Jordan / Suzanne Ross<br />

Uncommon Uses<br />

for Common Products<br />

“If you make your bed every morning, you<br />

will have accomplished the first task of the<br />

day. It will give you a small sense of pride,<br />

and it will encourage you to do another task<br />

and another and another. Making your bed<br />

will also reinforce the fact that little things in<br />

life matter.”<br />

–Admiral William H. McRaven (Ret.), Commander,<br />

United States Special Operations Command,<br />

United States Navy, 2011-2014.<br />

Sounds like Admiral McRaven could be a<br />

gardener. His advice to graduates at the<br />

University of Texas is right on encouragement—<br />

to take that one small step each day to care for<br />

our gardens. Taking the first step is definitely<br />

more difficult as summer heat and humidity<br />

increase and our plants are looking more and<br />

more frazzled, but viewing the results of our<br />

labor is almost as wonderful as falling into a<br />

well-made bed at the end of the day.<br />

Members of the <strong>Brandon</strong> Garden Club (BGC)<br />

are fortunate to receive advice and encouragement<br />

each month from Horticulture Tips Chairman<br />

Mary-Ellen Hester and Green Tips Chairman Pat<br />

Dampier. Plants and unusual uses for common<br />

items may seem to be very different, but they<br />

aren’t, really. It is all about the environment.<br />

Consider the following:<br />

Are weeds taking over your flower bed?<br />

Do you spray with chemicals or do you pull the<br />

weeds by hand in the summer heat? How do you<br />

keep the weeds from returning? Entire books<br />

and college courses have been written on these<br />

subjects.<br />

Here are short answers, first from our<br />

Horticulture Chairman: The best, but not the<br />

easiest, way to remove weeds is to pull them<br />

out, being sure to remove the roots, and then<br />

cover the bed with mulch. Chemicals may<br />

harm the bees, butterflies, and amphibians–<br />

nature’s ecosystem.<br />

From our Green Tips Chairman<br />

Mulch provides a way to keep<br />

moisture in and weeds out. Consider<br />

layering heavy duty cardboard<br />

(flattened boxes) or newspaper an inch<br />

or two thick beneath the mulch. The<br />

paper or cardboard will eventually<br />

compost into the soil and keep most<br />

weeds out of the larger areas of the<br />

flower bed.<br />

Using newspaper and cardboard<br />

for mulch is just one green tip. Green<br />

tips include the use of many other<br />

common household products, such as onions,<br />

vinegar, and mayonnaise. Public Relations<br />

Co-Chair Sandy Parish’s favorite tip is using<br />

mayonnaise to remove water marks on wood.<br />

Kay Davis, chairman of the group that cares<br />

for the large fiddle leaf fig and other BGC plants<br />

at <strong>Brandon</strong> Municipal Complex, uses a few<br />

inches of foam peanuts in the bottom of large<br />

pots. The payoff is that you don’t use as much<br />

potting soil, the plant containers are lighter and<br />

much easier to move, and the non-biodegradable<br />

peanuts stay out of our landfills.<br />

Ginger Parker using<br />

WD-40 green tip.<br />

Another product moves smoothly<br />

from industrial use to the garden. The<br />

use of WD-40, which was perfected by a<br />

chemist on his 40th try, is one of BGC<br />

Recording Secretary Ginger Parker’s<br />

favorite green tips. Among the hundreds of uses<br />

for this product are cleaning garden tools,<br />

lubricating ball valve handles on sprinkler<br />

systems, and lubricating springs on riding<br />

lawnmowers.<br />

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Mary-Ellen Hester,<br />

Pat Dampier, Dixie Vance,<br />

and Susan Vigh<br />

Recycling newspaper<br />

at the Plant It Pink bed:<br />

Charla Jordan, Beverly Peden,<br />

Nelda Bridgers<br />

Sandy Parish<br />

using mayonnaise<br />

green tip.<br />

Debbie Henry, Nelda Bridgers,<br />

Charlene Duchie, Kay Davis,<br />

and Barbara Cook with<br />

fiddle leaf fig at <strong>Brandon</strong><br />

Municipal Complex.<br />

After cleaning home and garden tools, Pat<br />

Dampier uses a favorite drink to remove grease<br />

stains from clothing and fabrics. Pour Coke on a<br />

stain and let soak. Then wash. And if you have<br />

any chilled Coke left over, move to a comfortable<br />

chair, put your feet up, rest, and finish off the<br />

drink. You deserve it in this heat!<br />

Gardening Tips for Planting Spring Bulbs*<br />

August and September<br />

Prepare beds for planting. Soil should be well<br />

drained; sand and organic matter may be added<br />

to make clay soil more porous.<br />

Order tulips, hyacinths, Dutch Iris, daffodils,<br />

narcissus, and amaryllis.<br />

October through Early November<br />

Plant bulbs in locations where<br />

the foliage will<br />

receive at least<br />

five to six hours of<br />

direct sunlight<br />

each day.<br />

• Plant bulbs twice as deep as they are tall.<br />

Example: If a bulb is two inches tall–top to<br />

bottom–plant it four inches deep.<br />

• As a general rule, add 1 tablespoon of bulb<br />

food (0-20-20) for each bulb.<br />

• Plant in groups of three to five bulbs, two or<br />

more inches apart.<br />

• Water well at planting time, then every week<br />

or so if weather is dry.<br />

Because we have really warm weather in<br />

Mississippi, here is an old-school tip for planting<br />

tulips: Buy bulbs in October and refrigerate away<br />

from food, especially onions. Plant in late<br />

November, around Thanksgiving.<br />

*Resources: Mississippi State University Extension Service<br />

and <strong>Brandon</strong> Garden Club’s Roses, Recipes, and Reflections.<br />

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<strong>Brandon</strong> Garden Club Kick-Off Extravaganza<br />

August 18 / <strong>Brandon</strong> Senior Center<br />

To kick off the <strong>2016</strong>-2017 garden club year, BGC’s Executive Committee hosted an<br />

“Extravaganza” dinner meeting. Members and guests enjoyed fun and fellowship<br />

after their summer break. Special guest and keynote speaker was Mayor Butch Lee.<br />

The club’s new yearbook cover features an original watercolor painting<br />

by President Debbie Zischke.<br />

For information on BGC’s projects and programs, visit thebrandongardenclub.com<br />

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Progress!<br />

Kyle Brown Economic Development Director, City of <strong>Brandon</strong><br />

These are exciting times in the city of <strong>Brandon</strong>!<br />

The most recent census department estimates show that<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> now has over 23,000 people living inside the<br />

city. We have also grown to be the 16th largest city in the<br />

state of Mississippi. Progress is all around us. New<br />

businesses are opening their doors and others are in the<br />

process of expanding and opening theirs. Here is just<br />

a sample of what’s going on:<br />

One exciting new business that opened in <strong>Brandon</strong><br />

this year is the Clubstore Outlet. Clubstore Outlet offers<br />

high-quality overstock merchandise from large retailers<br />

and discount clubs. It is the first franchise store to open<br />

in the United States and we welcomed the CEO of<br />

Clubstore Outlet, which is based in South Carolina, along<br />

with franchise owners from states like California,<br />

Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Florida.<br />

Another new addition to The Club at Crossgates<br />

opened in June. The Pavilion at The Club which is<br />

located at 108 Office Park Drive, offers a wide range<br />

of opportunities from boot camps, to indoor soccer,<br />

softball camps, batting cages, and much more.<br />

Taste of Detroit recently opened beside CSpire along<br />

West Government Street. Another new restaurant that<br />

will open in August is Olde Towne Grille of <strong>Brandon</strong>,<br />

located at 1382 West Government Street.<br />

Destiny Tillery expanded her business, Destiny<br />

Tillery Photography, into a 1,500 square foot space in<br />

the heart of Downtown <strong>Brandon</strong>.<br />

One business that continues to grow and expanded<br />

is Witcher CPA, PLLC. Witcher CPA’s new office opened<br />

this month and is located on Highpointe Drive across<br />

the street from their old office. Their expanded location<br />

offers increased office space and improved technology<br />

for their employees and clients.<br />

Many people have asked what building is under<br />

construction next door to Sherwin Williams. It is the<br />

new facility for Fresenius Dialysis Medical Center.<br />

Currently located beside Heart of the South, Fresenius<br />

is constructing a new 8,800 square foot facility that<br />

will expand their operations in <strong>Brandon</strong>.<br />

New businesses are not the only things occurring<br />

throughout the city. Investments in road construction<br />

continues to be one major change people continuously<br />

see. Though temporarily inconvenient, once completed,<br />

these projects will help ease traffic congestion and<br />

make getting around easier.<br />

People are seeing noticeable changes around the<br />

Highway 471 area. Joe Magee Construction recently<br />

destroyed the old two-lane bridge over the interstate<br />

to make way for the five-lane bridge. The new flyover<br />

bridge over the railroad tracks at Value Road has eased<br />

traffic congestion. The new intersection of Luckney<br />

Road and Highway 471 is currently being constructed.<br />

Construction is on schedule and should be completed<br />

by the end of <strong>2016</strong>.<br />

This spring, Rankin County and <strong>Brandon</strong> officials,<br />

along with investors, gathered to break ground on<br />

Grants Ferry Parkway. The five-mile parkway, situated<br />

in East <strong>Brandon</strong>, will open hundreds of acres of land<br />

for residential and commercial development. Phase 1<br />

of the parkway is already under construction near Paige<br />

McDill Road and will ultimately connect Highway 80<br />

at the East <strong>Brandon</strong> exit to Highway 471. We are<br />

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anticipating that Phase 2 construction should begin<br />

by the end of the year.<br />

One project that many people are excited to see<br />

completed is the opening of the Downtown <strong>Brandon</strong><br />

onramp. The construction on the Downtown <strong>Brandon</strong><br />

onramp and widening of West Government Street took<br />

563 days and opened 6 weeks ahead of schedule. The<br />

new signals make getting on and off the interstate easier<br />

and safer.<br />

In June, the city of <strong>Brandon</strong> opened the new<br />

expansion of the tennis complex at City Park. The new<br />

complex features a new restroom and concession stand,<br />

expanded parking lot, covered pavilion, and three new<br />

tennis courts. The facility expands the complex that<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> tennis teams can play on while offering more<br />

opportunities for recreational tennis as well as lessons<br />

from professionals. This $1.1 million construction<br />

project was completed by Cal-Mar Construction and<br />

overseen by Wier Boehner Allin Architecture.<br />

Shiloh Park construction is wrapping up. The new<br />

concession stands and restroom facilities have all had<br />

roofs finished. New sidewalks have been poured. The<br />

new soccer fields are growing nicely and should open<br />

this spring. McCarty King Construction is currently<br />

finishing the new concession stands throughout the<br />

park. Fields 1-8 have had fence lines moved and new<br />

fencing and new drainage systems were added. Fields<br />

1-4 have had the new dugouts and covered seating areas<br />

set. The Shiloh Park upgrades will be completed this fall.<br />

Another major construction project that has been<br />

completed is the construction and opening of the three<br />

new fire stations. The new fire stations are <strong>Brandon</strong> Fire<br />

Department Station 2 which is located on Grants Ferry<br />

Road and serves residents along Highway 471 and<br />

Luckney Road. The Grants Ferry Road station is also<br />

equipped with one of the two new fire trucks the city<br />

purchased earlier this year. The new Station 3, located<br />

on Kennedy Farm Parkway, responds to calls for service<br />

along Trickhambridge Road, Shiloh Road, and Louis<br />

Wilson Drive. Station 4 which is located on Star Road<br />

answers calls for those in the Highway 18, Highway<br />

468, and Star Road areas. These new stations have<br />

solidified <strong>Brandon</strong>’s fire rating for many years to come.<br />

New houses are being built across the city. We have<br />

already had 130 permits for new homes from January<br />

to August compared to last year when 140 new homes<br />

were built. These new homes are over $34 million in<br />

private sector outlay in our community. The investment<br />

in roads, fire stations, and parks lead to enhanced traffic<br />

flow, faster emergency response, and higher quality of<br />

life for everyone. <strong>Brandon</strong> is investing in her future to<br />

ensure we continue to grow.<br />

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Ann McKay & Hilda Mayers<br />

Anse McLaurin, Lee Kennedy, Coach Mike Warren, Steve Gardner,<br />

Doug Kuykendall, Jeff Nowell<br />

Bill & Linda Wilson<br />

Billy & Glenda Bailey<br />

Coach Paul & Jan Dancsisin<br />

Carolyn Guyse, Kathy Bianchi Zilka, Lynn Kelly,<br />

Janie Tate<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Academy<br />

Grand<br />

Reunion<br />

Celebrating 50 Years<br />

June 18, <strong>2016</strong> • Table 100<br />

Classes from 1971 to 1981<br />

along with several teachers,<br />

coaches and principals enjoyed<br />

a wonderful night of celebration.<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Academy opened in<br />

September 1966 at Wisteria Hall<br />

and moved to the Pleasant Street<br />

location the next year. The first<br />

graduating class was in 1971.<br />

Class of 75<br />

Debra Moore Haney<br />

& Coach Bobby Jones<br />

Class of 76 Class of 77<br />

Class of 78<br />

Donna Calfee Thomas<br />

& Susan Patrick Madden Class of 80<br />

Cheryl & Steve Gardner<br />

Donna & Richard Harris<br />

Kandy Sanderson Mason<br />

& Ruthie Gangawere Guyton<br />

John & Keri Cosmich, John Colette<br />

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Matt Grubbs & Jason Eklund<br />

Kim Scholz Dunaway<br />

& Jimmy Johnston<br />

Sherry Johnson Pitts, Sara Martin Morrow,<br />

Debra Moore Haney, Naomi Martin Williams<br />

Deborah & David Bolian<br />

Coach Mike Warren,<br />

& Susan Vance Flannagin<br />

Leanne Crisco Darden<br />

& Jesse McRight<br />

Howard Boykin, Don Bass,<br />

Rusty Ponder<br />

Jan Swilley Boykin, Barbara Burrage Sanders,<br />

Lisa Crotchett Karmacharya<br />

Class of 74<br />

Pam Hoover Novak<br />

& Ted Morris<br />

Karen Ryan Robinson, Dotie Bruce Stewart, Keri Dean<br />

Phillips, Donna Calfee Thomas, Susan Morrow Pond,<br />

LeeAnne White Lewis<br />

Nancy Hawkins Magee<br />

& Sara Martin Morrow<br />

Keri Amis Cosmich, Mitsi Blaylock Tigrett,<br />

Vicki Tucker Walker<br />

Mike Chambless, Bob Morrow, Danny Fulton, David Guyton,<br />

Hugh Bridges<br />

Susan Madden Patrick, Deborah McKay Tucker,<br />

Joni Keller Moore, Peggy Kelly<br />

Sherry Ward Jackson<br />

& David Morrow<br />

Class of 81<br />

Peggy Kelly & Lynn Kelly<br />

Nelda Jones, Coach Bobby Jones,<br />

Buck Foreman, John Carroll Harvey<br />

Sidney & Trudy McLaurin<br />

Kim Jones Davis, Leanne Crisco Darden,<br />

Susan Vance Flannigan, Coach Lewis Zeigler<br />

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AND<br />

We are thrilled to announce Today's Teen recipient honoring teens in our<br />

city that have exhibited exemplary leadership skills and serve as excellent<br />

role models. Chandler Johnson of <strong>Brandon</strong> High School was awarded this<br />

distinction by CEO of Merit Health Rankin, Barry Moss.<br />

Congratulations Chandler and a big "Thank You" to Merit Health<br />

for investing in our leaders of the future.<br />

There’s Merit in the future.<br />

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June 24<br />

<strong>Brandon</strong> Senior Center<br />

Tacky<br />

Tourist<br />

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Camille Anding<br />

The Time Coin<br />

Often when I look back in time,<br />

I’m blessed to open vaults of<br />

cherished memories. Too bad we<br />

aren’t gifted with a prescient mind so we<br />

could see the outcome of present situations<br />

that we would never have chosen on our own.<br />

When my husband got orders for<br />

Vietnam, I was blindsided! How could a<br />

military command separate newly-weds for<br />

an eternity of 365 days? My life went from paradise to praying for his<br />

survival in the “killing fields.” Years later, I look back and see that Vietnam<br />

was where he bought his first camera, learned basic photography which<br />

launched him into a career that lasted and blessed us for over forty<br />

years. A prescient mind would have dried a lot of my tears.<br />

Our early years of raising our children and building a business<br />

and home were of a “pioneering” effort. I drove to school, leaving our<br />

mobile home in a green Ford clunker that occasionally went through<br />

fits of jerking and lurching down the highway. Our two children in the<br />

bumper-ride back seat laughed during those episodes while I slumped<br />

low in the driver’s seat.<br />

Surely I would have rallied with a bit more enthusiasm if I could<br />

have pictured the next three “stationary” homes God would give us.<br />

The clunkers would be replaced with thinking<br />

cars and recreational vehicles, and our laughing<br />

children would reward us with happy<br />

grandchildren. In those early days I never<br />

imagined what God had in store for us.<br />

I still remember holding back tears as I<br />

told Mother goodnight when I left her room<br />

at the nursing home. Stepping into the cold,<br />

night air, I would look up in the stars and cry<br />

out to God, “LORD, this is too hard; my heart is breaking, and I can’t<br />

fix this terrible situation.” In the days and months that followed, I<br />

learned lessons with Mother, the staff, and other confined patients that<br />

I would never have learned any other way. I experienced God’s<br />

strength and faithfulness and what He means when He says, “Take my<br />

yoke upon you and learn from Me.”<br />

Those days ended–as all eventually do and will. Now I’m able to<br />

understand hardships in a different light and am a firm believer in “all<br />

things working together for good to those who love God.”<br />

Heaven is another unknown that I think about more and more.<br />

It’s described in the Bible, but there are still so many questions. I know<br />

it’s a place of no sin, sorrow, or sickness, and I’m quite sure that after<br />

entering those gates of pearl, I’ll be thinking, “If I had only known.” n<br />

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Calendars<br />

Church Bulletins<br />

MoreThan<br />

Manuals Brochures<br />

Design<br />

Meets the Eye<br />

Embossing<br />

Letterhead<br />

Overprinting<br />

Folding<br />

Collating<br />

Storefront<br />

Banners<br />

Invitations<br />

Postcards<br />

Customized<br />

Mailing<br />

NCR Multi Part<br />

Menus<br />

Perfect Binding<br />

Information Booklet<br />

Personalization<br />

Sorting<br />

Scratch Off Envelopes<br />

Stationery<br />

Labels<br />

Die-Cuts<br />

Annual Reports<br />

Database Management<br />

Business Cards<br />

Foil Stamping<br />

500 Steed Road • Ridgeland, MS 39158<br />

601.853.7300 • 1.800.844.7301<br />

www.hederman.com<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Brandon</strong> • 67


Join the Circle.<br />

Because there’s Merit<br />

in living well.<br />

The Senior Circle program at Merit Health will expand your horizons with an exciting calendar of events<br />

scheduled around town. If you’re 50 or better, want to meet new people, learn more about your health<br />

and just have fun, then Senior Circle is for you. Dues are just $15 a year.<br />

Member Discounts<br />

• Prescription discount<br />

• Dental care discount<br />

• Vision care discount<br />

• Hearing care discount<br />

• Personal Emergency Response discount<br />

• Inside Circle magazine subscription<br />

Member Perks<br />

• Fellowship, special<br />

events, and<br />

educational programs<br />

• Health fair<br />

and screening<br />

opportunities<br />

• And many more<br />

For more information or to become a member,<br />

call 601-883-6118 or visit MeritHealthSeniorCircle.com.<br />

One network Senior Circle with 5 locations:<br />

Merit Health Central, Merit Health Madison,<br />

Merit Health Rankin, Merit Health River Oaks<br />

and Merit Health River Region.

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