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Volume 3 Number 5

Sept/oct 2017

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In this issue Grandparents Day 8

A Calling to Bali 16

The Finest for Flora 22

Treasure Hunting That Rocks 28

Friday Night Lights! 32

The Vision of Georgia Blue 56

Changing Lives at Delta Street 62

Letting Go As They Grow 68

NewCare MD 78

The Falling Season 82

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Inspired to Pursue


A natural self-starter, Natalie Ford discovered her love

for speech and debate while at Jackson Academy. When

challenged to prepare and even improvise speeches on

the speech and debate team, Natalie’s already creative

thinking and writing found a whole new outlet. Among

her many accolades, Natalie earned the honor of

competing at the 2017 National Catholic Forensic League

tournament, as well as a Degree of Distinction from the

National Speech and Debate Association.

Although speech and debate is one of the most attractive

extracurricular activities for college admission, Natalie is

just thankful for a school community that encouraged her

to explore her gifts and inspired her to pursue excellence.

Her enhanced skills of communication will serve her well

as an incoming freshman at Marist College in New York.

ALL FOR ONE. That’s the JA Way.

Natalie Ford

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Surely two of the most satisfying experiences in life must

be those of being a grandchild or being a grandparent.

What’s your favorite thing

about your grandparents?

Cambre Malone

They make great food

not to mention brownies

and milkshakes!

Maximus Smith

I enjoy spending time with my

grandmother in the summertime

and playing in her backyard.

Kate Morgan

My favorite thing about my

grandparents is how much they

love and care about me!

Blake Besselievre

I love the wisdom they offer.

My grandmother has always

showed me what hard work

looks like. At 82 years old,

she still works full time.

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Ridge Futral

My favorite thing is their heart

to serve. They have encouraged

me for as long as I can remember

to value others above myself and to

treat people the way Jesus would.

Caleb Miskelly

My favorite thing is the friendship

I share with both of them. They

love Jesus, and they have always

emphasized the importance

of knowing Him.

What’s your favorite thing

about being a grandparent?

Jaz Ellis

My favorite thing is when

I call them and need to talk about

something, I can always count

on them to answer. When my

grandfather died, I thought I’d

never be the same person again.

Well truth is, he is still with me

every second of the day,

watching over me.

Floreida Madison

I love being a grandmother because

it gives me the opportunity to

do things for them I couldn’t with

and for my own children. I love

knowing as long as I have them

I’ll never be alone.

Carol Pope

Being the grandmother of five

granddaughters and four grandsons

makes my life so rewarding and

fulfilling. We are all very close. We

always greet and leave one another

with a hug and a “I love you”.

Hayes Springer

JuJu and Papaw take me

to do fun things and let me

go play at their house

after church!

Weezie Horn

Pure love. For so many reasons

described there’s no room to list —

and others that will keep emerging

the longer I see the world through

a grandmother’s eyes are what

I like about being a grandmother!



Day is Sunday,

September 10

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What’s your favorite thing

about being a grandparent?

Jay Richardson

My favorite thing about being

a grandparent is watching their

faces when they see Martha and me.

I love the sweet stabilizing influence

we have in their lives. I love the fact

that the faith we passed on to our

boys is now being passed on to them.

AND I love to see them go home!



Day is Sunday,

September 10

Angie Harden

My favorite thing is the joy I feel

whenever he looks at me and gives

me the sweetest smile! My heart just

melts. There is no feeling that

compares to being a grandparent.

Sue Case

My favorite thing is that I have

grandkids. I’ve enjoyed watching

all of my boys grow up, and I love

them more and more each day.

It’s rewarding to see my own

children teach their children how

important Christian values are.

I love my family!

Rickey Blythe

I thought nothing could top being a

father until I became a grandfather.

My wife and I are grandparents to

four grandchildren, two girls and two

boys. There is nothing greater than

two little arms wrapped around your

neck and the soft brush of little lips

pressed against your cheek and hearing

them say, “Pop, I love you!” They

think I am always doing something

for them and yet they have no idea,

at least not yet, what they are doing

for me. Whatever I invest in them,

the return is far greater! Whenever

I begin to feel old, they make me

feel young again. They are like little

explorers starting on a journey and

everything is new to them. I love the

sense of wonder in their eyes and

their squeals of excitement with each

new discovery. I want to encourage

their excitement for life before they

get around too many cynical adults.

I cherish the simple trust they place

in their grandmother and me. I have

three guiding convictions; God is

good, life is good, and life is worth

living. These three convictions guide

my prayers for them. First, I pray they

will embrace Christ as their Savior.

Second, I want them to experience

all the good things God has created.

Finally, I desire that they would not

only discover life is worth living but

even more important than that I pray

they would live a worthy life. Sami

Kate, Saylor, Knox and Layton–

Pops sure does love YOU!

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Ain’t nothing

but a thIng

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For I know the

plans I have for you:

A Calling in


Leah Mitchener

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Sam & Trish Simmons were married almost as soon as they met.

After two weeks of dating and a three-month engagement, they excitedly

joined the ranks of the vested and have been happily married ever since.

It was one of those things where they just knew it was the

right thing to do . . . kismet, if you will. Twenty-five years later,

the couple was searching for somewhere they could celebrate

their silver wedding anniversary. When they set their eyes on

Bali as an exotic and affordable location to explore, they had

no idea that they were really starting a life-long relationship

with the land and people; especially the orphaned, abandoned,

and vulnerable children in the care of the organization SOS

Children’s Village Bali.

While living in the booming city of Frisco, Texas, a friend

from church introduced the Simmons’ to the SOS organization

she worked for as a development fund-raiser. Since 2012,

they have made several returning trips to visit the village and

the children. Beginning in September of 2016, they started to

financially sponsor two children, a 14-year-old boy who loves

to draw, paint, and smile, and a 10-year-old girl who is an

individualistic leader and quite talented in the art of yoga.

In their visits, they have forged relationships with their sponsored

children as well as the rest of the children who live on the

village compound, of which there are about 100.

“This is not an orphanage. It is a children’s home. It’s so

different,” said Trish. Unlike many orphanages and other

organizations of the like, SOS Children’s Villages do not have

the goal of their children being adopted out of the system.

An SOS family is meant to be for life.

Housemothers endure two years of intensive training on

how to be the mother that these children need before they are

allowed to begin their work as caretakers. Much like the

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children who are cared for, the women who agree to be

caretakers sign up for a lifetime commitment—for a real family.

“I was impressed by two things,” said Sam. “The first is the

love that they have for those kids is just so obvious. The second

is the approach to their care through the homes with the

housemothers. Everything in their approach is very strategic”.

In the seventeen years that the Simmons have been

traveling to Bali, the economic landscape of the country has

changed tremendously. Where once an agrarian society

prospered, the modern age of tourism has overtaken the

country. While tourism is great for the economy, it has made

life difficult for the native Balinese people who are not involved

in that industry, especially those who do not speak English.

That gave Sam and Trish a great idea of what they could do as

a ministry there.

“How can we give back?” Sam wondered, “They’ve meant

so much to us. We began thinking strategically about what we

could provide, and realized we could teach English.” In 2012,

Sam became a certified teacher of English to speakers of other

languages. Since then, the Simmons have begun teaching at

schools in the area from elementary to university level.

After Sam retired from being a professor of global studies

and the academic dean of Rockbridge Seminary, the two

decided that Trish would also stop taking on contract jobs as an

administrative assistant and that they would make serving the

people of Bali their full-time endeavor. “Right now we’re looking

at spending half of the year there,” said Sam. “There’re things

we can do here in the United States to help and then there are

other things we can do to help while we are in Bali. It was so

neat to have the gift of a new chapter waiting on us when I

finished my teaching work. With no transition at all, we stepped

right into it and now we’re working full time on our Bali ministry.”

What started as a simple vacation turned into answering a

call in Bali for the Simmons. “After our anniversary trip, we felt a

drawing and a calling to do something for the country there and

for the people. It’s fulfilling a purpose in our lives, too,” said Trish.

It’s funny how God orchestrates these things in our lives. It’s

almost like he has a plan for us; plans for hope and a future. n


To get involved with SOS Children’s Villages, visit sos-childrensvillages.org

and learn more about the work they do for children in 135 countries and territories

around the world every day.

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The Finest for Flora

Big Dreams of a Small-Town Butcher

Dani Edmonson

A year ago this August, the quaint city of

Flora received bragging rights to the best

beef prepared by an internationally trained

chef. For twelve months, The Flora Butcher

has been both a traditional butcher shop,

selling premier cuts to restaurants, as well as

a front-of-house meat shop that retails to

individuals who wish to have some of the

finest meat available. Wagyu, chicken, duck,

sausage and pies are all available at surprisingly

affordable prices. And as a bonus, they

also offer mouth-watering daily blue-plate

specials and a plethora of mostly-Mississippi

made a la carte products.

Owner, butcher, and chef, David Raines,

is an internationally-celebrated chef having

traveled the globe to learn from the best.

He earned a degree from Johnson & Wales

University’s College of Culinary Arts. He

gained experience at Emeril Lagasse’s Nola

in New Orleans, Restaurant R’evolution also

in New Orleans, Club Alliance in Japan, and

Rene Redzepi’s Noma in Denmark. Though

working with the best in New Orleans and

Japan certainly helped him hone his craft, his

Denmark experience was more than

professional—it was personal as well. Denmark

gifted Raines with his soon-to-be wife, Celine.

“I met Celine on a friendly basis at first as

she, too, was in the restaurant business,” he

reflects. Knowing his time in Denmark would

not be permanent, he rallied himself to attend

an event he knew she would attend as well. It

did not happen overnight, but his persistence

was met with her lack of resistance, and they

married within a year. At the time, they called

New Orleans their home as Raines was with

Restaurant R’evolution. Loving the Big Easy

was easy until their first child was born, and

it became clear to them that somewhere far

from the lively Bourbon Street would be

better to raise a family.

“Fortunately, I was asked to open the

Seafood R’evolution in Ridgeland, Mississippi,”

he said. “Once we were here, Celine loved

it, and we wanted to make it our home.”

They currently live in Madison County.

Seafood R’evolution, described as a fine

dining experience, has received high praise

from the beginning. After a year, however,

Raines realized that he was beginning to

develop a style all his own, and he yearned to

be free to express that style. “You know when

you get that feeling that you know enough to

be your own boss?” he asked. “I just wanted

to go back to what I knew and loved, and

from there, try to expand things my way.”

Born in Hawaii, his family moved to

Louisiana when he was around seven. His

father had a passion for cattle farming.

Raines grew up in this environment until he

graduated high school, when he immediately

joined the Army for three years to sort of

“settle himself down.” Mission accomplished.

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His knowledge of the beef industry made

enrolling in culinary school a natural next

step. It was while he was training in Japan

that he discovered how Wagyu beef cattle was

exceptional. Wagyu is the most sought after

beef product in Japan due to its intense

marbling and remarkable tenderness.

When he returned to the states, he convinced

his father to start farming Wagyu. Fortunately,

his father agreed, setting the stage for the

numerous selections at The Flora Butcher.

Raines purchases all his meat from his

father, so he is able to offer this exquisite beef

at some of the lowest prices to both wholesale

buyers and the average meat-loving customer.

Flora Mayor Leslie Childress has noticed

not only local repeat customers, but also

people from from different areas of the state.

“David has attracted many customers because

of his really good products and his staff,” he

said. “His business has been a great attraction

for the town of Flora because it’s unique in

that it specializes in Wagyu beef and attracts

a wide variety of people.”

So why settle in the small town of Flora

with such big dreams? Reflecting on this first

year of business, Raines is more than satisfied.

“I couldn’t have picked a better place to start

a business,” he said. “The people in Flora are

amazing. They are friendly and made me feel

like family from the start.” He is especially

grateful for the support from the locals whose

word-of-mouth has certainly helped grow his

business. He gets new customers daily, but

the repeat business is impressive.

He receives pre-orders from college

football-bound tailgaters who want to have

burgers and sides ready for the grill, to hunters

purchasing what they need so they are set for

their weekend hunting trips. “One group, I

think from Little Rock, passes through here

when traveling, and they buy in bulk to share

with friends and family once they get home.

It is amazing,” he added.

The shop is both modern and antique, giving

it a charm all its own. The property was built

in the 1890s. Naturally it has been refurbished

to fulfill safety requirements, “but the cost of

the building was so reasonable,” Raines said,

“I was able to expand on my original ideas of

what this business would be.”

Having traveled and trained throughout

much of the world, Raines is familiar with

several languages, which has come in handy

a time or two. “Once an Asian group came

in and seemed to be having trouble understanding

some of the items we sell,” he said.

“I was able to speak some Chinese to assist

them, which they seemed to enjoy and


Raines admittedly liked being a butcher at

first because he knew he would not have to

deal with people. The soft-spoken chef said

the isolation of the profession was a plus.

“When working early on, at times, I would

simply keep my back turned to a group of

people and just do my job.” Now, however,

he finds that has changed. “I have two other

butchers, an additional chef, and two pastry

specialists,” he said. “I am free to work the

front counter, and I find I truly enjoy it.” He

also knows how fortunate he has been to find

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experienced employees. “Being a butcher is

physical, almost brutal work,” he said. “I have

ailments from years of doing the work, so

finding people who actually like it is hard.”

In addition to providing the services of a

butcher and having been treated like family,

Raines feels strongly about having products

made in Mississippi stocked in abundance in

the shop. “I thought it would be cool to offer

these products here because there are some

great products made in Mississippi,” he said.

Although there are some international items

to choose from, his focus is on local.

The Flora Butcher is located at 4845 Main

Street in Flora. Ironically, the building has

served many purposes, one being a restaurant,

at one point. “My long-term plan is to

open a restaurant and another butcher shop

in the Jackson area,” he said. “A high-quality

menu in an environment that would welcome

any customer from shorts to a suit and tie is

desperately needed in Jackson.” He longs to

serve a burger made of the finest beef at a

price anyone can afford.

Posts on Facebook are glowing. One

patron posted, “If you want the most tender

steak you’ve ever had, this is the place. The

Wagyu porterhouse was awesome. The

marbling was better than all the prime beef

I’ve had.” Another reads, “Oh my! Wagyu

tri-tip from The Flora Butcher is unreal!

Happy taste buds!”

Multiple food columns, Facebook raves,

and five-star Google reviews ensure it’s no

gamble to take the short (or long) drive to

The Flora Butcher to experience some of

the most high-quality meats or to enjoy a

blue plate lunch—fit for a king, but priced

for a pauper. n

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BBQ Ranch

Pasta Salad

• 1 pound pasta, cooked al dente

• 1 cup Hidden Valley® Honey BBQ Dressing

• 1/3 cup sour cream

• 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

• 1 cup canned corn, drained

• ½ red bell pepper, diced

• ½ small red onion, finely diced

• 1 ½ cups diced cooked chicken

• 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

• 1 cup corn chips

Place cooked pasta in a large bowl.

Stir together Hidden Valley® Honey BBQ

Dressing and sour cream and pour over pasta.

Toss to mix.

Add all remaining ingredients, except corn chips,

and stir to combine.

Refrigerate until ready to serve and sprinkle corn

chips on top just before serving.

Baked Ham

& Cheese Roll Ups

• 1 tube crescent dough sheet

• ¾ lb. Boar’s Head SmokeMaster

Black Forest Ham, thinly sliced

• 12 slices Swiss cheese, thinly sliced

• ½ cup butter, melted {I use salted}

• 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds

• 1 ½ Tbsp. yellow mustard

• 1 Tbsp. dried minced onion

• ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Preheat oven to 350º and grease a 9x13 inch

baking dish with cooking spray.

Roll out your crescent dough and press into an

approximately 13x18 inch rectangle. Top with ham

and cheese.

Starting on the long side, roll the dough up

tightly. Pinch the ends together and place with the

seam facing down. Cut into 12 pieces.

Place your rollups in your baking dish,

evenly spaced.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the butter,

poppy seeds, mustard, onion, and Worcestershire

sauce. Pour the sauce evenly over the rollups.

Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes until lightly


Baked Pimento

Cheese Dip

• 8 -10 slices bacon

• 1 pound cheddar cheese (medium or sharp)

• 1 4-ounce jar pimentos, drained well

• 1 cup mayonnaise

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

• 1 bunch green onions, diced

• 1 cup crushed crackers

(such as Ritz or Tollhouse)

Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces then cook until

crispy. Drain bacon on paper towels. Set aside.

Shred cheese then add to a medium-sized

mixing bowl. Add cooked bacon, pimentos,

mayonnaise, salt, cayenne pepper and garlic then

mix well until all ingredients are thoroughly

incorporated. Fold in green onions.

Spread cheese mixture evenly into a mediumsized

shallow baking dish (I usually use an 8x10

oval dish). Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Remove dish from oven. If necessary, blot any

excess oil from top using several paper towels.

Sprinkle crushed crackers evenly on top of

cheese and return dish to oven. Bake for an

additional 20 minutes or until crackers are golden

brown and cheese is bubbly.

Serve with crackers and/or celery sticks.

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White Chicken


• 4 cups chicken broth

• 4 15.5 oz. cans Great Northern Beans

drained and rinsed

• 2 cups shredded chicken

• 1 small can diced green chilies

• 1 tsp. cumin

• ½ tsp. garlic powder

• ½ tsp. oregano

• dash of pepper

• 1 cup sour cream

• 2 cups shredded cheese Monterrey Jack

or Mexican Blend

In a large pot, add broth, beans, chicken, green

chilies, cumin, garlic powder, oregano and pepper.

Simmer on low-medium heat for 20-30 minutes,

or until it is heated through.

Right before serving, stir in sour cream and

cheese until it is all blended and melted.

Million Dollar Dip

• 5 green onions, chopped

• 8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded

• 1½ cups mayonnaise

• ½ cup real bacon bits

• ½ cup slivered almonds

Combine green onions, cheddar cheese,

mayonnaise, bacon bits, and slivered almonds in

a small bowl. Mix until combined and chill for at

least 2 hours. Serve with your favorite crackers.

Peanut Butter

Chocolate Bars

• 1 (18.25) package plain yellow cake mix

• ½ cup butter, melted

• 1 cup creamy peanut butter

• 2 eggs

• 1 (12 oz.) package semi-sweet chocolate chips

• 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

• 2 Tablespoons butter

• 2 teaspoons vanilla

• 1 cup coconut (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine cake mix, melted butter, peanut butter,

and eggs in a large bowl using a mixer or spoon.

Press the cake mixture into a 9x13 pan reserving

1 ½ cup of the mixture to crumble on top.

In a small pot, melt chocolate chips, sweetened

condensed milk, and butter. Remove from heat

and stir in the vanilla and coconut.

Spread chocolate mixture over the mixture

pressed in the pan and then crumble the 1 ½ cups

of reserved cake mixture on top evenly.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely before

cutting into bars.

Cheez-It Mix Up

• 1 7-oz. box white cheddar Cheez-Its

• 6 Tbsp. butter, melted

• 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

• 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder

• 2 Tbsp. chopped dill

• 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley

Combine all ingredients in a large microwave-safe

bowl, tossing until evenly coated.

Microwave on high 5 to 6 minutes, stirring every

1 ½ to 2 minutes, until the butter mixture is

absorbed by the crackers.

Spread crackers onto paper towels to drain.

Let cool completely.

Glazed Bacon


• 1 pound bacon

• 1 box Townhouse crackers

• ½ cup brown sugar

• ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Cut each bacon slice into quarters

Place a rack on top of a rimmed baking sheet

Place crackers on rack and place one bacon quarter

on each cracker.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and

cayenne. Sprinkle a small amount of the brown

sugar mixture on top of the bacon.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until

bacon is crisp.

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Melanie McMillan

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The phenomenon that has been

“rocking” the country for some time

has made its way to the metro area.

It’s hide and seek with a whole new

twist, and adults and children alike

are coming together to have fun

and spread a little kindness. All you

need are a few rocks, a brush and

some paint, and you’re ready to join

the movement.

The Madison and Brandon communities have both gotten

in on the rock painting and hiding craze. No matter which

town you live in, if you want to get involved, the idea is simple.

First, paint rocks with whatever design or message you like.

Then, hide the rocks around town, making sure that they

aren’t too obscure for people to find. Finally, post a clue on

Facebook and wait for someone to find them. When you find

a rock, take a picture and re-hide it, once again leaving a clue

on Facebook.

In Madison, folks have been painting and hiding rocks for

several months now. Stacy Huff and her daughters, Jenny (16),

Emily (16), and Sarah (8), enjoyed painting rocks one Sunday

afternoon, and keep them in the car so they can hide them

when they’re out and about. “We have found a couple and

it’s so much fun,” Stacy says. “It’s been a great way to build

community. It’s great to see your rocks travel around town as

people find them. It gets the whole family involved.” Danny

and DeeDee Walker, owners of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in

Madison have also enjoyed the rock hiding. “It’s been a lot of

fun seeing the posts of rocks found at Orange Leaf,” says

DeeDee. “I especially love when I get to show the kids where

they are and see their excitement. The rocks are all personal

creations that bring a smile or words of encouragement to

those that find them. This has been one movement I can

definitely get behind.”

In Brandon, the movement is in the beginning stages. Tara

Hunter, organizer of 042 Rocks, says that painting and hiding

rocks is “a way to get involved in doing something nice for

someone else.” She hopes that as the word spreads throughout

Brandon, it will bring people of all ages together to paint,

hide, and search for rocks. Tara and her daughter Molly have

painted several rocks to hide, and Tara said that Molly’s rocks

are much more “artistic” than hers. However, she is quick to

point out that you don’t have to be an artist; it’s all about

putting your “thoughts on a rock” to share with others. As one

of the organizers of the Miss Magnolia State Pageant, Tara

plans to incorporate a rock swap into this year’s pageant.

Contestants will go home with a souvenir of sorts, reminding

them of the friends and memories they made.

With so many negative stories in the world today, it’s

refreshing to hear about a movement that brings people

of all ages and walks of life together. n


For more information about rock painting and hiding in Madison, visit the Facebook

page #MadisonMSrocks. For Brandon, visit the Facebook page 042 Rocks, or contact

Tara Hunter at thunter3330@gmail.com.

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Patriots Schedule


August 25 7:00 pm Away Pillow Academy

September 1 7:00 pm Away Briarcrest

September 8 7:00 pm Home Hartfield Academy

September 15 7:00 pm Away Copiah Academy

September 22 7:00 pm Away St. Stanislaus

September 29 7:00 pm Away Parklane Academy

October 6 7:00 pm Home Jackson Academy (HC)

October 13 7:00 pm Away Jackson Prep

October 20 7:00 pm Home Oak Forest

October 26 7:00 pm Home PCS

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St. Joseph’s

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Bruins Schedule


August 11 7:00 pm Madison Central Jamboree

August 18 7:00 pm Home Newton

August 25 7:00 pm Away Tri-County Academy

September 1 7:00 pm Home Jackson Academy

September 8 7:00 pm Away St. Andrews

September 15 7:00 pm Away Jackson Prep

September 22 7:00 pm Home Union

September 29 7:00 pm Away Pelahatchie*

October 6 7:00 pm Home Mize*

October 13 7:00 pm Home Canton Academy (HC)

October 20 7:00 pm Away Puckett*

October 27 7:00 pm Home Pisgah

*District Games

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Mavericks Schedule


August 18 7:00 pm Away Northwest Rankin

August 25 7:00 pm Away Yazoo County

September 1 7:00 pm Home Southaven

September 8 7:00 pm Home Clinton

September 22 7:00 pm Away Vicksburg

September 29 7:00 pm Away Callaway

October 6 7:00 pm Home Holmes Central

October 13 7:00 pm Away Neshoba Central

October 20 7:00 pm Home Cleveland

October 27 7:00 pm Away Canton

November 3 7:00 pm Away Ridgeland

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Ridgeland High

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Titans Schedule


August 17 7:00 pm Away Velma Jackson

August 25 7:00 pm Home Northwest Rankin

September 1 7:00 pm Away Kosciusko

September 8 7:00 pm Home Forest (HC)

September 22 7:00 pm Away Canton

September 29 7:00 pm Away Cleveland

October 6 7:00 pm Home Callaway

October 13 7:00 pm Away Vicksburg

October 20 7:00 pm Home Neshoba

October 27 7:00 pm Away Holmes County

November 3 7:00 pm Home Germantown

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Canton High

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Tigers Schedule


August 11 TBA Home Yazoo County (Jamboree)

August 18 7:00 pm Away Hazlehurst

August 25 7:00 pm Home Velma Jackson

September 1 7:00 pm Home Jim Hill

September 8 7:00 pm Away Leake Central

September 15 7:00 pm Away Wingfield

September 22 7:00 pm Home Ridgeland*

September 29 7:00 pm Away Holmes County*

October 6 7:00 pm Home Neshoba Central* (HC)

October 13 7:00 pm Away Callaway*

October 20 7:00 pm Home Vicksburg*

October 27 7:00 pm Away Germantown*

November 3 7:00 pm Home Cleveland*

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Jaguars Schedule


August 18 7:00 pm Home Brandon

August 25 7:00 pm Away Ocean Springs

September 1 7:00 pm Home D'Iberville

September 15 7:00 pm Home Pearl

September 22 7:00 pm Away Clinton

September 29 7:00 pm Away Murrah

October 6 7:00 pm Home Warren Central

October 13 7:00 pm Away Starkville

October 20 7:00 pm Home Provine

October 27 7:00 pm Away Northwest Rankin

November 3 7:00 pm Home Greenville

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St. Andrew’s


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Saints Schedule


August 25 7:00 pm Away Riverside

September 1 7:00 pm Away Pisgah

September 8 7:00 pm Home St. Joe

September 15 7:00 pm Away Mize

September 22 7:00 pm Home Hartfield Academy (HC)

September 29 7:00 pm Home McLaurin

October 6 7:00 pm Away Velma Jackson

October 13 7:00 pm Away Magee

October 20 7:00 pm Home Raleigh

October 27 7:00 pm Home Crystal Springs

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Rebels Schedule


August 18 7:00 pm Away Sylva Bay

August 25 7:00 pm Home Madison St. Joe

September 1 7:00 pm Away Benton Academy

September 8 7:00 pm Home Manchester Acedemy*

September 15 7:00 pm Home Canton Academy

September 22 7:00 pm Home Newton Academy

September 29 7:00 pm Away Greenville Christian*

October 6 7:00 pm Home River Oaks Academy

October 13 7:00 pm Away Greenville St. Joe*

October 20 7:00 pm Away Hartfield Academy

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Canton Academy

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Panthers Schedule


August 18 7:00 pm Home Manchester Academy

September 1 7:00 pm Home Greenville St. Joe

September 8 7:00 pm Home Trinity Episcopal

September 15 7:00 pm Away Tri-County Academy

September 22 7:00 pm Away Leake Academy

September 29 7:00 pm Away Winston Academy

October 6 7:00 pm Home Starkville Academy

October 13 7:00 pm Away Madison St. Joe

October 20 7:00 pm Home Heritage Academy

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Velma Jackson

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Falcons Schedule


August 17 7:00 pm Home Ridgeland

August 25 7:00 pm Away Canton

September 1 7:00 pm Home Provine

September 8 7:00 pm Away Yazoo County

September 15 7:00 pm Away Leake Central

September 29 7:00 pm Away Magee

October 6 7:00 pm Home St. Andrews

October 13 7:00 pm Away Crystal Springs

October 20 7:00 pm Home McLaurin

October 27 7:00 pm Away Raleigh

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TheVision of



Susan Marquez

56 • September/October 2017

Out of the mouths

of babes, Georgia

Blue got its name.

“My wife and I were in the

car with our then-four-yearold

daughter,” Jason Ishee

recalled, “and we were

knocking around names for

the new restaurant we were

opening. Suddenly, our

daughter said ‘call it Georgia

Blue!’ Georgia is her name,

and blue is my favorite

color,” Ishee laughed. The

name had a ring to it, and

Georgia Blue opened its first

location in Madison in 2005.

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That first location has evolved and

expanded, and then cloned, with locations in

Flowood, Hattiesburg, Brookhaven, and now

coming soon to downtown Brandon. Ishee, a

bear of a man, has put his heart and soul into

growing the GB brand, despite the fact that he

didn’t set out to be in the restaurant business.

Ishee grew up in Hattiesburg and played

football at University of Southern California.

“I had a serious injury and lost my football

scholarship, so I started washing dishes at a

restaurant in California.” He worked his way

up in the restaurant world from dishwasher

to line cook, chef, bartender to owner. “This

business chose me, and 26 years later, my

business partner, Drew Beatty and I live by

the same philosophy, which is to do the small

things better than anyone else and treat people

like family.”

Along the

way, the duo of Ishee

and Beatty have been

attentive to opportunities and used them to

their advantage. When a location in downtown

Brookhaven became available, a Georgia Blue

was opened in an area that had not seen a

restaurant like it. “Jason has great vision,” said

Beatty. “He can see through the dust and mud

and create a masterpiece.” The restaurant is in a

historic downtown building near the railroad

tracks. Because it was the first bar in the area, it

was important to be sensitive in the design.

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“We put the bar in the back, and have it

petitioned off in such a way that it’s not

in-your-face,” explained Ishee. Another

addition to the GB brand is the bakery across

the tracks from the Brookhaven location.

“There is an amazing baker from Brookhaven,

Trey Maddox, who made it his life mission to

learn to bake the very best cheesecake. He ran

our Hattiesburg location for five years before

we put him in charge of the bakery,” said Ishee.

“His cheesecakes are out of this world,” added

Drew. “They are so light it’s like eating air with

flavor.” And what flavor – Maddox makes

banana pudding cheesecakes, red velvet

cheesecakes, turtle cheesecakes and more.

They are made and sold in the Brookhaven

bakery, called GB Bakery, and also sent to the

Georgia Blue restaurants around the state.

Now the GB Bakery experience is coming

to downtown Brandon, along with a new GB

restaurant called Genna Benna. “We named it

after our youngest daughter, Genna,” beamed

Ishee. “I nicknamed her Genna Benna early on

and it stuck. And lucky for us, the initials are

GB, so it fits in perfectly with our brand.” The

new restaurant will be located in the oldest

building in Brandon, with the bakery next door.

“The buildings once housed hardware stores,”

said Ishee. “There were also old jail cells in

there, and we are taking that area and creating a

speakeasy.” The restaurant will be doing a little

of what is done at other Georgia Blue locations,

but the focus at Genna Benna will be on

gourmet burgers and pizza. “Most restaurants

don’t serve both in the same place, so we’re

going to give that a go. We’ll also offer a daily

lunch special.”

The speakeasy will be so discreet it won’t

have a name on the door. Called The Whiskey

Barrel, cut whiskey barrels will form one wall

with lots of copper and wood. There will also

be a second story sky bar.

Ishee and Beatty are hoping to open the

new Brandon location in the first quarter of

2018. The bakery will also serve coffee, the

same as the Brookhaven location. “We actually

bought our own coffee roaster, so we roast our

own beans,” said Beatty. “Soon we’ll be coming

out with K-cups of our coffee for sale.”

On the heels of the Brandon opening, a new

Madison location is set to open in summer 2018.

A free-standing building is planned near the

Baptist Healthplex, just behind the new Marriott

that is being built. “It will be a two-story

building with both a patio area and an upper

deck outdoor area,” explained Ishee. “It will also

have a Whiskey Barrel bar, with the backs of

antique cars forming booths. The balcony will

have a semi-private room, and we will also have

a private room downstairs. The big thing is that

we will have a banquet hall that will serve 250

to 300 people.”

Throughout the company’s expansion,

Ishee and Beatty have been focused on

maintaining their brand’s integrity. “We serve

what people want,” said Beatty. “We feel like

we made country cooking cool again. We are

a made-from-scratch restaurant, and we listen

to our customers. We know that without our

customers, we are nothing.”

Georgia Blue customers are very loyal,

even helping with the décor. “We started

using license plates in our décor in Madison,”

explained Ishee. “It was an idea to honor my

father, who died in a car wreck. He collected

license plates from all over. I used them for

table tops, with polyurethane poured on top.

We had so many plates we decided to craft

them into serving baskets. People started giving

us their old plates, and they told us when the

plates were special to them for some reason.

We have also had people make art objects such

as guitars covered in license plates. People love

to look at the old plates, and now at the art. It’s

a fun thing that has become a signature for us.”


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“A Micah 6:8 man – that’s how I see myself,” TMac Howard said in trying to describe himself.

That verse summarizes three things that the Lord requires of us;

“To do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.”

Those three elements weren’t TMac’s foremost

goals when he graduated from Northwest

Rankin High School and entered Mississippi

State. But he had always had a love for the poor

and a sensitivity toward the “loners.” During

TMac’s sophomore year at State, he spent a

summer working at Desire Street Ministries

in New Orleans where he saw individuals,

like himself, dedicate their lives to love their

neighbor by revitalizing neighborhoods through

spiritual and community development. His path

was becoming clearer.

By the time TMac graduated from State in

2007, he knew he had a heart for teaching, but

his goals had changed. “My first plans were to

move back to the Reservoir and do what every

other twenty-three year-old does,” he said, sitting

athletically erect in his Delta Streets Academy

shirt and jeans. TMac knew that the delta was

calling his heart and life to make an impact in the

lives of young men with little hope.

God opened that door to that call when

Greenwood High School offered him a job as

head baseball coach, assistant football coach

and Algebra teacher for six classes in 2008.

When his first semester at Greenwood turned

into disappointment in the control he had over

his students, he initiated an after-school program

in the summer. Here he could lead daily Bible

studies and share the Gospel.

TMac is a disciplinarian at heart and understands

the value of discipline in lives. Latecomers

to his summer activities learned immediately that

to be late meant being locked out of the day’s

activities. Instead of turning young men away,

their innate desire for discipline drew them to

TMac’s rules and standards.

In the second year of the summer program,

he and volunteers were discipling forty middleschoolers

in Bible study. “They were also improving

their reading skills, working Algebra problems

– doing everything we were asking,” TMac

said about their progress with the young men.

Yet when they returned to school, their grades

dropped again, and they fell back into their old

patterns. “We needed those guys for a full day,”

TMac decided.

Delta Streets Academy was officially opened

in 2012 for any young man, grade 7 to 12, on

the third floor of the First Baptist Church of

Greenwood. Tuition is $75 a month. TMac

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elieves personal investment by the student

promotes accountability.

The school is an oasis in a state’s public school

system that is routinely ranked among the lowest

in the nation. Public schools in Greenwood

operate with “D” and “F” designations by the

state’s grading. Poverty and collapse of the

family continue to perpetuate a cycle of hopelessness

in the town that TMac and his family

now call home.

Drugs are a constant threat and a way of life

for a large portion of the populace in the area.

“We accept students knowing they do drugs,

but we tell them that Delta Streets has zero

tolerance for drugs. We tell them to share that

rule with their peers to help lessen the pressure

to take drugs. We actually become a safety net

for our students,” TMac said.

Delta Streets Academy enrolled sixty-nine in

this year’s classes and finished with fifty-eight.

Their first class of five students graduated in May,

and all five plan to attend college or junior college

in the fall. These young men leave the academy

with a notable education, ingrained discipline, and a

mind filled with Biblical principles that will be key

to their future – a future now bright with hope.

The growth of the Delta Streets Academy

and how God has provided is a faith-builder for

all who have observed. Their home, the third floor

of the historic First Baptist Church, is offered rentfree

along with use of their kitchen for noon meal


Their first year’s faculty consisted of two

pastors and TMac, all qualified in their particular

fields of education and with hearts for the

hopeless. That staff has expanded with more

talented teachers and all with the same goal for

the school.

However, the challenges are increasing.

This year’s budget of $615 thousand dollars will

depend solely on its contributors – churches,

organizations and a list of individuals. It’s a perceivable

concern for TMac that his teachers earn

a decent salary, although he knows that good

teachers are always underpaid.

“In a school this small, we all have to make

sacrifices,” he said. He speaks from experience

as a three-sport coach, bus driver, office manager,

secretary, payroll officer, and fund raiser. TMac

quickly commends his wife Meagan (Reans) for

her sacrificial role in their lifestyle of raising

their four-year-old son, Henry, and two-year-old

twin boys, Mac and Witt.

Wilson Whitten, a former resident of Brandon

and presently a church planter in California, taught

English and track and put on the school’s first

student play during his tenure.

Nate Carroll was at Christ Covenant School

teaching Bible but felt led to become a part of

Delta Streets. Last year he drove from his home

in Madison to Greenwood three times a week.

This year he was hired as history and Bible

teacher and makes the drive to Greenwood five

days a week.

Josh Reagan, a close friend of TMac’s and

another former resident of Brandon is another

teacher who has caught the Delta Streets vision

and is a teacher, coach and mentor in the school

for the second year.

Like the sacrificial spirits of the staff at this

model school, some of the readers of this article

will want to be a part of this life-changing system.

You can go to their website for information on

how to give, and you can plan to be a part of the

upcoming Open Date Classic, September 21-22.

There will be a clay shooting event at Turcotte

Shooting Range that Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

followed in the evening with a drawdown and

silent auction. The chance of winning a $5000

purse for the $100 price of admission for two

should certainly whet your appetite!

On Friday, Castlewoods Country Club will

host a golf scramble beginning at 8:30 a.m. All

proceeds will be Rankin County’s way of endorsing

the Delta Streets Academy.

Sit across from TMac Howard and you’ll be

“infected” with his passion for lifting the hopeless

out of their cycle of despair and failure. “Right now

we’re just a good school,” he says confidently,

“but I have a vision for the future that someday

an orthopedic surgeon in Greenwood will want

his son enrolled in Delta Streets Academy.”

Have you ever been a part of a vision to free

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your chance! n

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Letting Go As They Grow

Mary Ann Kirby

68 • September/October 2017

It’s all happening so fast. Life, that is.

They say, “Don’t blink. Your kids

will be gone before you know it.”

And they’re right. But it didn’t happen

gradually. It just happened one day.

Like, on a Tuesday. And all of a sudden,

everything was just different.

Last year around Thanksgiving, I was

trying to gear myself up for decorating

for the holidays. Christmas was

approaching and everything had been

down from the attic since Halloween,

but I couldn’t muster the spirit to put it

out. Maybe it’s because it was 80-degrees

outside. Maybe, because it was our first

Christmas after tragedy had struck our

extended family back in the summer.

But down deep inside, I knew the real

reason. It’s because my son, my only

child, was getting older. And as ridiculous

as it sounds, I struggle with that.

We pull the same boxes out of the attic

every year. The ones marked “fragile,”

“living room,” “dining room,” and “mantel.”

There’s one marked “Parker” that I

haven’t brought down for eight or nine

years. Long ago, he had his own little tree

in his room but we eventually stopped

using it. He had simply outgrown the

whole notion of it. I just boxed it up with

everything else; the train sets, the picture

books and all the other collectibles that

I can’t bring myself to part with—and

stored it in the attic.

So Thanksgiving night, decorating

night, I simply didn’t have the juice.

As crazy as it sounds, for a brief moment,

I even considered skipping the tree

altogether—but that would have been

wrong—so I decided to put the easy

stuff out first. I put the garland on the

mantel. Put it out, plug it in. Can’t get

any easier than that.

As I stood there in my mood, I stared

at that lifeless pre-lit garland draped

around the fireplace feeling downright

sorry for myself. My baby isn’t a baby

anymore and I’m not ready for what’s

next. It’s gone too fast, I’ve made too

many mistakes, and I needed to re-capture

moments to which I didn’t pay close

enough attention. I wanted to stop the

clock – if only for a moment – just to get

my bearings. But no one can hold time in

their hands that way. (Cue the superdramatic

theme music and hand me a

box of tissue, stat!)

Then it hit me. Why not put all of

my son’s former “little-tree” ornaments

in the garland? All of his little snowman

ornaments and Santa ornaments and

gumdrops and trains. So I sent my

husband up into the attic to retrieve a

thickly dust-covered box that was about

to find new life. Little did I know it

would give me new life, too.

I felt reinvigorated as I started

hanging and tucking those long-hidden

treasures into the greenery. It brought

me joy and helped me re-connect with

memories I realized I wasn’t ready to

permanently relegate to the attic. It

helped me appreciate that everything

would be ok. Seasons change–both

literally and figuratively.

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As it turns out, parents aren’t the

only ones that struggle with letting go.

Kids have to process it, too. There have

been times when my son has tried to

resist it and has struggled with the

changing dynamic.

At ten-years old he was getting a

bedroom makeover. He was excited with

the idea of a bigger bed, some cool

artwork, and a desk. His “little-boy”

room would soon be a thing of the past.

All was well with the universe until we

started removing things–things he’d

never remembered not having. Light

sabers and action figures and various

stuffed animals and matchbox cars were

now boxed up in containers labeled,

“Donate.” He looked at me at one point

and cried out, “But these are my

memories! It’s a timeline of my whole

life!” He was near tears.

God bless him. I love that kid so

much. He has no idea what I would give

to stop time. I wish we could keep it all

and never let it go. It took all I had

within me not to fall down in a heaping

mess and flail about in a show of

solidarity–but God knew I needed to

be strong in that moment and, by His

grace, I was. Of course the payoff of the

new room was quick to come and my

son was able to recover and move on

pretty swiftly. I guess that’s a guy-thing.

But I’ve never forgotten it. Letting go

is for the birds.

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So this summer, the boy is fourteen. To say it’s

been different is an understatement. When only a year

or so ago he’d never dream of spending the night away

from home, this year he tromped off to baseball camp

for an entire week! The only thing he wanted to do

when I picked him up was eat. We hit a local buffet

and he had fried chicken, steak fries, pizza, and a

pancake. It was at that time that he told me about his

time away from home. It very much felt like a forecast

of things to come.

He now stays gone nearly every waking moment—

and I miss him. No one ever said this would be easy.

While I’m looking for ways to connect, he’s trying to

disconnect—and that’s ok, too. He’s right on pace.

It’s just all a part of it, right? But it literally happened


He has more freedom than he’s ever had before.

And I’ve had to learn to evolve. What made sense

when he was four obviously doesn’t work when he’s

fourteen. What worked an hour ago might not work

an hour from now. This is a fast-moving train.

I’m also trying to listen better—because when kids

feel like they can talk to their parents, they feel safe

and supported. Sounds reasonable. Lord help me.

Please pass the parenting handbook . . . and the wine.

They say the hardest part about growing up is

letting go of what we’re used to and moving on with

something we’re not. I’d say that pretty well sums up

parenting, too. But, when it’s all said and done, your

kids will become who you are. So be who you want

them to be. After all, it takes a lot of courage to grow up.

For all of us.

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Teens & Social Media

Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat,

and Twitter–there are too many social media

sites out there to count, and the number is

continuously growing. Teens make up a large

percentage of social media users, with many

young people first receiving a phone at ages

as young as 10 or 11 and with many kids

receiving a tablet or laptop at an even younger

age. When used appropriately, social media can

be positive–a low pressure way to encourage

peers, a great way to keep up with distant

friends and family, and a fun way to share good

news. However, as a counselor I have seen

social media use become a negative thing for

teens far too often– sending and receiving

inappropriate pictures, viewing inappropriate

content, taking part in dangerous conversations,

cyber bullying, and phone addiction are just a

few of the issues that I see daily.

Considering this information, it may be easy

for a parent to think, “Well, they just can’t have a

phone EVER,” but that isn’t realistic or necessary.

Social media use doesn’t have to be a big,

scary issue–it’s just one of many areas where

your teen needs some guidance. I’m so

encouraged by all the teens I know who do use

social media in a way that’s healthy and age

appropriate, and by following a few guidelines,

parents can make sure they’re steering their

kids in the right direction:

Communicate clear expectations. This

includes setting some ground rules. In the same

way that you wouldn’t let your young teen

make his or her own rules regarding who they

spend time with, when they do their homework,

or what time they go to bed, it’s important that

you also provide clear rules regarding social

media use. Some of these rules might include

not allowing certain apps until a particular age,

designating certain times as phone times, not

allowing your child to take their phone to bed

with them at night, and having an absolute zero

tolerance policy for any sort of inappropriateness

or unkindness towards others. By clearly

establishing these expectations when your

child is young and sticking to them, you

communicate a high standard of accepted


Remember, in the same way that you’re

in charge of your home, you’re in charge of

your teen’s phone and computer. This means

that in the same way your teen receives

consequences for breaking rules in real

life, they receive consequences for breaking

rules when online. Determine what these

consequences will be and stick to them.

Be involved. In the same way that you

are involved in your teen’s real life activities

and friendships, be involved in their social

media activities. There’s little that alarms me

more than hearing a parent say, “Well, I don’t

know what she’s doing on that phone. I just

know she’s on it constantly.” You certainly

don’t have to track his or her every move, but

have an idea of what your teen enjoys doing

while on their phone or computer. Know what

apps they have, how they work, and follow

your child on each form of social media. Know

who they’re talking to and what sites they like

to spend time on.

You don’t have to do these things like a spy

waiting for your child to mess up. Be interested

and involved in all your teen’s friendships,

activities, and interests. Be excited about the

things that make them excited. Engage them

in fun conversations. Assume good from them

until you learn otherwise. This way, it feels only

natural for you to show interest in their online

activities as well, instead of like you’re trying

to catch them doing something wrong.

Privacy is a privilege, not a right. I am all for

giving teens an age appropriate amount of

privacy and independence, but a phone is not

a diary or journal. It’s a device that will allow

your teen to be in touch with literally any

other person in the world at any time of the

day or night, and if you’re going to give a

13-year-old that sort of access, it’s wise to

check in on them from time to time. Establish

early on that you have the right to look at their

phone occasionally, and do so as you feel is

needed. Know the passwords to their email

and social media accounts. Listen to your

instincts–if you feel like something’s wrong,

there’s a good chance you’re right. Check a

young teen’s online activity occasionally to

make sure they’re not headed towards a

potentially inappropriate situation. As your

teen gets older and consistently demonstrates

responsible online behavior, you can back off

on checking in on them as frequently.

Set a good example. Ultimately, your

example speaks more loudly than any rules

you set ever will. If you’re checking your

Instagram every fifteen minutes, using

Facebook as a means to engage in conflict

with others regarding your many opinions, or

constantly comparing your life to pictures that

you see others post, you’re setting an example

that your child will certainly feel free to follow.

Make sure that you’re using social media in

a positive, uplifting way. Make sure that you’re

uplifting others in general instead of letting your

teen hear you gossip or treat others unkindly.

Ultimately, these guidelines really aren’t

about setting and enforcing strict rules. They’re

about guiding your teen toward becoming a

person of character–someone who treats

others with kindness, respects boundaries,

and represents his or herself with integrity,

whether online or in the real world. Social

media isn’t bad in itself, and you won’t ever be

able to protect your teen from all the bad in

the world or control everything they do.

However, you can do your best to point them

towards positive experiences that help them

become people of character. Go out of your

way to encourage experiences that help build

your teen up–such as positive friendships,

school activities, involvement in a church

youth group, or any good activity that helps

keep them from spending all their free time

staring at their phone. Always strive to create

a warm, open relationship with them so that

they know you’ll be there for them, even if

they do make a mistake.

Whitney Caves is a Licensed

Professional Counselor

practicing with Crossroads

Counseling Center.

She specializes in working

with teens, women, and anxiety

and depression issues.

To contact her regarding

counseling or a speaking event

please call 601-939-6634.

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It’s not your run-of-the-mill doctor’s office.

There’s no receptionist. No non-descript waiting room. Instead, it feels more like

stepping into a luxury spa. Smiling faces greet those who walk in like valued clients.

NewCare MD is the new look of how medical care is delivered, and patients are loving it.

“We offer a totally different way of getting primary healthcare than you get at a regular clinic,”

said Dr. Micah Walker. “Everything is centered around the patient-doctor relationship. For too long,

we seem to have accepted healthcare as impersonal. There are just too many people between

the patient and the doctor. Doctors, myself included, went to school to care for people, but our

medical system has made that increasingly difficult. Where, along the way, did doctors end up

having to deal with so many levels of management?”

For a guy from the small town of Tchula, Walker has always had big dreams. He started his own

computer company when he was a sophomore in college, and graduated from Delta State with a degree

in business administration.

Marriage, children and working

for a huge international company

never stopped Walker from

dreaming big.

At age 30, he started his

journey into medicine at the

University of Mississippi Medical

Center and became a family

physician. While there, he

befriended Dr. John Vanderloo,

an attending physician at UMMC

who was becoming increasingly

burned out.

A conversation between Walker and Vanderloo developed into an idea and then a business plan and

finally, the first location of NewCare MD. “In October 2016 we had no building, no lease, and no loan. But on

January 3, 2017, we opened the location in Madison,” Walker said.

Located on Fountains Boulevard, NewCare MD offers patients a personal level of care that far exceeds

other healthcare experiences. “We spend a great deal of time with our patients – about thirty minutes, which is

something they’re not used to,” said Walker. “We develop relationships with our patients. We want to know about

their families, what’s important to them, things that a ‘normal’ patient-doctor relationship doesn’t allow time for.”

The financial end of the business is different for patients as well. There is a monthly fee of $69, less than

most cell phone bills, and no co-pay for office visits. “We don’t take insurance,” Walker explained. “Our costs are

very low. For example, a normal CT scan may cost $1200 or more. We charge $300. The co-pay on a Z-Pak

may be $10 or $15 or more, but we only charge $3 and you don’t have to go to a pharmacy to pick it up.”

Walker said they have most prescriptions at the clinic, and they explain how to take it when they dispense

medications to the patient.

“I feel fortunate that I was able to partner with Dr. Vindaloo on this clinic,” said Walker. “We have the same

vision, and this has afforded both of us to be the kind of doctors we really want to be. This is working well in

Madison, and now we want to solve problems everywhere.” Another NewCare MD clinic is set to open in Flora in

early September, and Walker and Vanderloo are seeking a doctor for another clinic in Brandon. “We want to

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The Falling


Alex Foust

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As Mississippians, it is no secret that

each season of the year brings its own

gifts, some more pleasurable than others.

Whether it’s the humid heat of the

summer or the inconsistency of the winter

months, each season in Mississippi speaks

about some aspect of our culture here.

Arguably, one of the most soughtafter

seasons of the year for us, is the fall.

What’s not to love about the fall? Cooler

weather arrives in such fashion that the

trees begin to blush, revealing beauty

you only get to see this time of year.

The rushing anticipation of our beloved

football season comes to a satisfying

close as teams begin strapping up for

competition. Last but certainly not least,

hunting season begins in Mississippi.

Just as we begin watching our favorite

football match-ups, here in Madison

County something else is falling just

before the leaves. Dove season is making

its debut throughout numerous places

in the county within miles of each other.

Madison County native Andy Case

describes the dove shoots of opening

weekend as the “gateway to the hunting

season and the welcome of the fall.”

Each year as dove shoots open up

around the county, people get together at

some of their favorite spots with friends

and family for a good hunt. Considered

more than just a hunt, the dove shoots of

opening weekend are treated more like a

social gathering that brings people in the

community together. After having

months of not being able to hunt, it is a

good, fun way to kick the season off right.

One thing that makes dove hunting so

easy, fun, and social, is how relaxed it is

compared to other hunting in Mississippi.

Oftentimes, hunters in close proximity

to each other will hang out and visit

while waiting on birds, which isn’t quite

the same for many of the other types of

bird hunting you might do here. Dove

hunting is also a great way for kids to

start planting their roots and getting a

taste of what it’s like to hunt.

In the past, hunters were only

allowed to start shoots in the afternoons,

but now the regulations have allotted for

shoots to begin in the morning. Rather

than just being an afternoon event, shoots

can now serve as all-day gatherings.

Usually before daylight, hunters will get

all their hunting necessities, breakfast,

and a good spot in their field and wait as

the sun rises and the birds start flying.

Here in Madison County, dove

shoots truly are a staple to the life of

those who hunt and something that is

looked forward to each year. This year,

dove shoots throughout the county

will begin on opening weekend of dove

season, which falls on Labor Day

weekend. There are plenty of ways to

kick off Mississippi’s favorite time of year,

embracing God’s creation, watching your

favorite ball team score, or even scoring

a few birds yourself with friends and

family. After all, it is the falling season.

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Why did you decide to make Madison

County your home?

The decision was very easy—however, it was

after my husband and I spent time living outside

of the area during the first part of our marriage.

My husband was born and raised in Flora, Mississippi

and his family’s business was in Madison County.

After four years of traveling back and forth for his

work, church, community events, and being with the

family, we knew that time had drawn close to moving

back “home”. It was the perfect time to start planning

for our future. We moved to Flora in 1998 when we

purchased and restored a home that was built in

1905. It was the best decision that we have made.

We love our home and we love our community.

Tell us about your family.

Karl and I have been married for 22 years but

best friends for 28 years. We met at Mississippi State

University where we were both students. Karl was

an industrial engineer major and I was pursuing a

double major of business and child life studies. I was

a small town “Delta” girl and he was a small town

“Flora” boy. We married in 1995 and brought two

beautiful children into the world. Our daughter,

Bailey, just recently graduated from Madison-

Ridgeland Academy. She is now a freshman at

Mississippi State University majoring in biological

science. Our son, Karlton, is a sophomore at

Madison-Ridgeland Academy.

My husband is an agricultural pilot and our

business is located off of Hwy 22 in Flora, Holcomb

Aerial Services, Inc. This business was started many

years ago by his father, a retired ag pilot. I currently

serve as the executive director of the Flora Area

Chamber of Commerce as well as work as a real

estate agent for Keller Williams Realty. Our entire

family is involved with church ministries at Flora

United Methodist Church. Karl serves as the lay

reader, the kids are involved in the outreach and

youth programs, and I am involved in our

international missions program. We live (literally)

right in the middle of town and love the fact that we

can name every neighbor for four blocks. Flora has

been the perfect place to raise our children.

What is your favorite memory of living

in Madison?

There are so many precious moments. There

have been so many times when our community has

come together during times of deep sorrow and

tragedy as well as celebration. It is a constant reminder

of why we chose Flora as our place to call home. From

the festivals that take place in Flora, the massive

cleanup following damaging weather through town,

the collaboration of churches, to the community

members coming together to build a walking park,

it is the true nature of acting as a community that

I pray my children can continue to experience this

in generations to follow. Don’t be surprised if you

see a crowd of business people or retirees gathered

outside the Flora Post Office just taking the time

to get to know others or catch up on the latest

happenings within the community. It is truly a

Mayberry-type community.

What are your 3 favorite places to eat

in Madison?

Flora has become the small “foodie town” with

their selection of dining options. We don’t go a week

without hitting up all three of these Flora restaurants:

The Blue Rooster, Bill’s Seafood and Creole

and The Flora Butcher. We do, though, enjoy going

towards the “city” where we enjoy dining at Local

463 and The Gathering.

What are some fun things to do in Madison

on the weekends?

When the children were younger, we enjoyed

outings to Strawberry Patch Park and Liberty Park.

As they have grown older and ideas of “fun” have

changed, we spend much of our weekends shopping

at the various specialty shops throughout the town

and taking in a movie, or two. We enjoy the activities

at the Red Caboose in Madison, the concerts at the

Baptist Healthplex as well as the festivals at


For “grown-up” fun, Karl and I enjoy special

programs at the Bruce Campbell Field Commemorative

Air Force hangar. It is such a blessing to have

commemorative aircraft right here in Madison

County and having an organization who is committed

to preserving our aircraft history. In Flora, we like to

take in the sights and sounds of the Mississippi

Petrified Forest.

Share some things you enjoy doing in your

spare time.

When you’re in real estate and operate a family

business, there isn’t much “spare” time; however,

we place value on spending time with friends and

family. Karl and I are very fortunate to have both

of our families living close—Flora, Jackson, and

Brandon. We enjoy grilling out and opening our

home for fun, food and fellowship. There is always

someone at the house and we treasure our

friendships within the community. We also love

to take advantage of my husband’s passion of flight.

It may be an afternoon of flying all over Madison

county or taking in sights of the Mississippi Delta.

We never want to take for granted of the beauty that

you can see from a birds-eye view.

What are three things on your bucket list?

It all relates to travel! The first item on my

bucket list is a trip to Guam. We hosted a young

Mississippi College student for 4 years who was

from the island of Guam. The culture, the beauty,

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the hospitality of the island is said to be like none

other. Missions and ministry is very important to

our family. My daughter and I are heavily involved in

a Cuban ministry. I have traveled to Cuba seven

times and love serving my brothers and sisters along

with the various churches in the country. Karl and I

both serve on a board for a Chilean minister and his

ministry—Roger Cunningham Ministries, so I want

to travel to Chile. And while I am creating my

“bucket list” of travel, North Africa is on my list, too!

What is your favorite childhood memory?

This made me laugh. I was raised in a small delta

town—Belzoni, Mississippi. I have to admit that I

had the absolute best childhood simply because of

the simple “good” freedom the area afforded me as a

child and the loving nature of those that called

Belzoni home. I was born in Clinton and moved to

the Delta when I was twelve years old. I remember

my first week in town and how all the kids were

walking to the ballpark or downtown each summer

afternoon. That was the neatest thing to be nestled

in such a safety net of a small community. My friends

from the Clinton area would all draw straws to see

who would be able to come hang out in Belzoni with

me each week.

As we grew older, the walking transitioned into

riding mopeds and four wheelers. As a teen, we would

hang out at Gooden Lake. Again, it was knowing

your neighbors and living in a community that

genuinely cared about one another. Small-town

memories made lasting impressions on my life. I go

home quite often and enjoy visiting with parents of

my classmates to talk about the good ole days.

Who is someone you admire and why?

The greatest mentor in my life was Anna

Cowden Bee. She was my Hinds High-Stepper

director during my years at Hinds Community

College (1986-1988). It is hard to put into words all

that she poured into me, my life, my decisions, and

my dreams while I was “under her wing” as a young

student. I am only one of thousands of young ladies

who had their lives impacted by her spirit, her love

and compassion. I pray constantly that my daughter

will have someone walk into her life who will pour

into her just as Mrs. Bee poured into me.

If you could give us one encouraging quote,

what would it be?

It will come from Scripture: Isaiah 40:31

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new

strength. They will soar high on the wings like eagles.

They will run and not grow weary. They will walk

and not grow faint.”

In life we encounter varying struggles. We battle

illness, death of loved ones, financial loss, career

woes, divorce among friends and family, the list goes

on and on. I have found, though, that if I place my

focus on Him each and every day and seek Him (not

our society) for approval, my strength is renewed

daily. We live in a world that is much different than

that of our parents and unfortunately will be much

different what our children/grand-children will

experience. Things continue to change; however,

God’s unfailing love will NEVER change. My life is

a never-ending testimony and I know God is using

me to help tell His story and share His promises.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

I hope retired but I probably can’t sit still

enough to actually retire. I see myself continuing to

pour myself into my family, my church, my

community, and my career. I know God has big

plans for me and I am constantly seeking ways to

glorify Him. It is amazing how He has allowed doors

to open to give me opportunities to serve in this

season of my life.

What is your favorite thing about

Hometown Magazines?

I love that Hometown Magazine takes an

interest in not only the “big” parts of Madison

County but the small intricate areas that contribute

to the county in big ways. The support of Hometown

Magazine is a blessing to Madison County,

Madison-The City, and the state of Mississippi.

Keep up the good work and thank you for what you

do for our little town of Flora! n

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Camille Anding

The Time Coin

Last times can be monumental times,

and November 29, 1997 was a

monumental last time for the

Anding family. Our son, Eli, a senior

football player at Ole Miss, would play his

final college game – the infamous rival

game between Ole Miss and State.

It was a day of reflecting for me as

I retraced the five years he had given to the game of football. God’s

faithfulness had been evident in answer to so many prayers – in

fulfilling so many desires, and in comforting a lot of disappointments.

When Coach Billy Brewer offered Eli a Rebel scholarship, Eli said

yes to a life-long dream of playing SEC football. That was one of those

“jubilation” times, but there would be hard times ahead.

We could only wait and watch when we saw Eli’s freshman dreams

of quarterbacking vanish with the turnover in head coaches. His team

would see three different head coaches over the next four years.

The challenges were enormous, but hard times are proven teachers,

and Eli learned much about perseverance, resilience, patience and

determination. Some sympathetic fans told us that Eli’s versatility

and athleticism in the sport would be his greatest disadvantage.

By his junior year and his third position change, I began to understand.

I continued to thank God that with each new

coach and position, Eli only grew more

determined. The injuries, time-consuming

rehabs, grueling two-a-days, and adjustments

to new coaches, never stifled his drive to be a

team player and an ardent Rebel on and off

the field.

As a mother of a football player, I learned

to watch the August weather patterns and to pray for cloudy, breezy

breaks over the practice fields. I grieved when I saw him side-lined with

spring practice injuries but rejoiced to find them all reparable. I

thanked God for the enduring teammate friendships he made and the

motivators among his gallery of coaches.

On that last ballgame – the last college rival game with State,

I entered the stadium with a grateful heart for everything that football

had taught us and for surviving all the hard days. Would this be the last

hard day or possibly a day of jubilation? I reminded the Lord what a

win would mean for Eli – the nostalgia of it being his “last” game –

as I prayed for all the teams’ safety.

The final score that night: Ole Miss 15 – State 14. It was for Eli. n

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