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Volume 3 Number 6<br />

nov/dec <strong>2017</strong>

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During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have<br />

made our success possible. We’re thankful for every advertiser<br />

and every reader who continue to give us purpose each day.<br />

It is in that spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays.<br />

Merry Christmas<br />

and Happy New Year<br />

from the staff of<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> Magazines.

publisher & Editor<br />

Tahya A. Dobbs<br />

CFO<br />

Kevin W. Dobbs<br />

Consulting editor<br />

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

Account Executives<br />

Dacia Durr Amis<br />

Karla Johnson<br />

Carrie Truhett<br />

Contributing Writers<br />

Camille Anding<br />

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

Annie Oeth<br />

Ken Sandridge<br />

Staff Writer & Graphic Design<br />

Leah Mitchener<br />

staff Photographer<br />

Othel Anding<br />

Contributing Photographer<br />

Lea Anne Culp<br />

Administrative Assistants<br />

Alisha Floyd<br />

Special Projects Manager<br />

Brenda McCall<br />

Layout Design<br />

Daniel Thomas - 3dt<br />

When your son buys a puppy that grows into a relationship<br />

reminiscent of Old Yeller and Travis, there’s seldom a good ending.<br />

I knew that, so I appreciated the training time Carson spent with<br />

his canine friend, Thatcher, but I distanced myself from any<br />

long-term attachments to the brown lab.<br />

Isn’t it strange how dogs don’t know how to talk or possess a<br />

single word in the dictionary but they still possess skills that can<br />

weave themselves into human lives? That was the case with<br />

Thatcher. He became Carson’s constant companion and became a<br />

four-footed member of our family. We all fell in love with Thatcher.<br />

When Carson moved to Oxford to become an Ole Miss Rebel, he took Thatcher with him.<br />

The off campus apartment with the room-to-run backyard was the model set up for the two devoted<br />

companions. Life was good—the perfectpicture of carefree college days.<br />

Then we got he call. Thatcher had been hit by a car after breaking out of his fence. The inseparable<br />

were now permanently separated. We were all heartbroken and miss Thatcher to this day. He will never<br />

be replaced, but Carson does have a new companion....a German Short-haired Pointer named Bambino.<br />

Hopefully this month’s outdoorsy magazine theme won’t be an overload of nostalgia but will invoke<br />

memories of happy, fall days from your own memory banks. As for all you dog lovers;<br />

we’ve got some beauties. Almost as good-looking as Thatcher.<br />

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In this issue Movie Premier. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8<br />

Cooking with Class . . . . . . . . . . . . 12<br />

The Hunting Dog. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18<br />

The Choir Guy . . . . . . . . 24<br />

An Interest in Pinterest . . . . . . . . . 34<br />

Keeping it Fresh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38<br />

Gift-wrapped Rooms . . . . . . . . . . . 42<br />

Gator Archery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58<br />

Eye on the Ball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66<br />

Christmas Wonderland. . . . . . . . . . 70<br />

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Ridgeland<br />

High’s<br />

Academy<br />

of<br />

Culinary<br />

Arts<br />

puts a<br />

Titan<br />

twist<br />

on<br />

holiday<br />

dishes<br />

Cooking<br />

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The tantalizing aroma wafts down the hall. The culprit,<br />

a stainless steel bowl filled with roasted red and yellow<br />

peppers, their skin browned in spots, their scent telling that<br />

their sugar has caramelized.<br />

Soon busy hands were preparing them to go in pasta<br />

fagioli, a traditional Italian dish of pasta, beans, and, on this<br />

day, grilled chicken and roasted peppers.<br />

The room, with its professional-grade appliances and<br />

gleaming pots and pans, might make one think it’s the<br />

kitchen of an upscale Ridgeland restaurant, but it’s the home<br />

of the Academy of Culinary Arts at Ridgeland High School.<br />

The only such program in <strong>Madison</strong> County, the<br />

Academy of Culinary Arts gained its kitchen, just down the<br />

hall from the ROTC, choir and band rooms, last year.<br />

Chef Levi Williams, the program’s instructor for sophomores<br />

through seniors, got to design the space, a dream for<br />

a former restaurateur.<br />

“We did everything the right way,” said Williams, who,<br />

before becoming a teacher, owned the Hattiesburg restaurant<br />

Shallots, which served upscale Southern dishes in the<br />

late 1990s.<br />

Chef Sametra Gardner instructs freshmen and some<br />

sophomores in the four-year program, which instructs<br />

144 students this semester.<br />

Culinary students spend class time studying everything<br />

from restaurant management and communication to<br />

techniques. Their focus now is a holiday luncheon, which<br />

starts with pecan-crusted cheese spreads with baguettes.<br />

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Although<br />

cooking is<br />

a big part<br />

of the<br />

holidays<br />

for many<br />

people,<br />

you want<br />

to spend<br />

time with<br />

your friends<br />

and family<br />

instead of<br />

off in the<br />

kitchen.<br />

A mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette<br />

and the pasta fagioli follow, with banana<br />

pudding for dessert.<br />

“This menu is warm and hearty but also<br />

a break from holiday food,” said Williams.<br />

“We have grilled chicken with ours, but you<br />

could easily substitute leftover turkey and<br />

add a little sage.”<br />

Another plus of this menu is that it’s fast<br />

and doesn’t require lots of preparation time<br />

in the kitchen, he said. “Although cooking is<br />

a big part of the holidays for many people,<br />

you want to spend time with your friends<br />

and family instead of off in the kitchen.”<br />

Students in the program say they’re<br />

enjoying using their new-found culinary<br />

skills to whip up dinner for friends and<br />

family. “I’ll usually make something simple<br />

but good, chicken or soup,” said Ford Sterling,<br />

a sophomore. “I wanted to take these classes<br />

so, when I go to college, I’ll be able to cook.”<br />

Patrick Wilkerson, also a 10th-grader,<br />

said he knew the Academy of Culinary Arts<br />

was for him early on. “When we visited<br />

Ridgeland High in the eighth grade, I saw the<br />

kitchen and was fascinated by it.” Cooking<br />

breakfast foods for family is now a favorite,<br />

and pancakes are his specialty. “Breakfast is<br />

the most important meal of the day,” he said.<br />

Williams shared the class’ recipe for pasta<br />

fagioli as well as a scalloped Yukon Gold and<br />

sweet potato gratin with fresh herbs, which<br />

can be served up as a side dish on a holiday<br />

or any day. n<br />

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Pasta Fagioli with Grilled Chicken<br />

Chicken<br />

• 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts<br />

• ¼ cup olive oil<br />

• 2 tsp. kosher salt<br />

• 2 tsp. black pepper<br />

• 1 tsp. garlic powder<br />

• Juice of ½ lemon<br />

Toss together and marinate for 1-4 hours. Grill until<br />

it has an internal temperature of 165°<br />

Pasta<br />

• ½ onion – small dice<br />

• 2 cloves garlic chopped<br />

• 1 red bell pepper – roasted, peeled, seeded, and diced<br />

• 8 oz. mushooms (any type) – sliced, tossed in oil, and<br />

roasted in 400° oven<br />

• 1 cup cooked beans – lima, white, butter, etc.<br />

(fresh are better, but not required)<br />

• 1 lb. cooked pasta (any type)<br />

• ½ stick butter<br />

• ½ cup half and half<br />

• 1 cup parmesan cheese<br />

• Salt and pepper to taste<br />

Sautee onions and garlic over medium heat in a small<br />

amount of oil until soft. Add roasted peppers and mushrooms,<br />

cooked beans, and cooked pasta, and lower the heat.<br />

Stir together and add butter and half and half until fully<br />

incorporated. Turn heat off and add cheese. Once cheese<br />

is melted, serve pasta and top with sliced, grilled chicken.<br />

Top with more parmesan if desired.<br />

Scalloped Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato<br />

Gratin with Fresh Herbs<br />

• 1-1/2 pounds medium Yukon Gold potatoes<br />

• 1-1/2 pounds medium red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams)<br />

• 2 cups heavy whipping cream<br />

• 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter<br />

• 2 garlic cloves, minced<br />

• 1 tablespoon minced fresh flat leaf parsley<br />

• 1 Tbsp. minced fresh sage<br />

• 1 Tbsp. minced fresh thyme<br />

• 1- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt<br />

• 3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper<br />

• 1- 1/4 cups (packed) grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese (about 5 ounces)<br />

Fill large bowl with cold water. Working with one Yukon Gold potato at a<br />

time, peel, then cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds and place in bowl with water.<br />

Repeat with sweet potatoes. Combine cream, butter, and garlic in medium<br />

saucepan; bring to simmer. Remove from heat. Mix all herbs in small bowl.<br />

Mix sea salt and black pepper in another small bowl.<br />

Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Drain potatoes, then pat dry<br />

with kitchen towels. Transfer half of potatoes to prepared baking<br />

dish. Use hands to distribute and spread evenly. Sprinkle with half<br />

of salt-pepper mixture, then half of herb mixture. Sprinkle with half<br />

of cheese. Repeat with remaining potatoes, salt-pepper mixture,<br />

herb mixture, and cheese. Pour cream mixture over gratin,<br />

pressing lightly to submerge potato mixture as much as possible.<br />

DO AHEAD – can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover with plastic wrap<br />

and chill. Remove plastic wrap before baking.<br />

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover gratin tightly with foil. Bake 30 minutes.<br />

Uncover; bake until top of gratin is golden and most of liquid is<br />

absorbed, about 25 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes; serve.<br />

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The<br />

Hunting<br />

DOG<br />

Happiness is a good<br />

gun, a great dog and<br />

just the right spot.<br />

Our recent hunting dog<br />

photo contest yielded<br />

some great results!<br />

These beloved <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County fur babies have<br />

captured the hearts of<br />

their owners as well as the<br />

staff here at<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> <strong>Madison</strong> Magazine.<br />

Gage<br />

Yellow Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Chelsa Jones<br />

Rainee<br />

Chocolate Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Chris Hopkins<br />

Featured are three<br />

of our favorite pups<br />

that were submitted,<br />

so snuggle up with your<br />

own four-legged<br />

companion and learn<br />

about some of<br />

man’s best friends!<br />

Willow<br />

Black Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Greg Owen<br />

Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Will Moore<br />

Ridge, a six and a half year-old Labrador retriever, has been by owner Will Moore’s<br />

side almost since the very start. Purchased from the Double TT British Kennels in<br />

Kansas, Ridge was brought to Will at the young age of 7 weeks old. When not<br />

lounging around at home, playing with crushed water bottles and acting like a<br />

“big baby” in the offseason, Ridge is intensely busy out in the wilderness aiding in<br />

all types of hunting expeditions. Will and Ridge have gone out nearly every single<br />

weekend on hunts all over the southern states from southern Louisiana to northern<br />

Ava<br />

Arkansas, and tracked everything from ducks to deer. Ridge’s stats are impressive<br />

Rogue<br />

and include over 575 duck and waterfowl retrievals over his lifetime. He is in the<br />

prime of his hunting life but starting to show a little soreness after a particularly long<br />

trek. Will takes wonderful care of him, though, and makes sure that Ridge gets all of<br />

the supplements Pudelpointer and nutrients he needs to keep going German strong Shorthaired for a long time to Pointer come.<br />

Owner: Greg Stanton<br />

Owners: Ryan & Haley Collins<br />

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Jasper<br />

Beau<br />

Chesapeake Bay Retriever<br />

Bloodhound<br />

Owner: Hunter Walters<br />

Owners: Jennifer & Shelby Warren<br />

Hunter Walters could set his watch by his dog Jasper’s<br />

consistent daily routine. Being up and ready for breakfast,<br />

back to sleep until Hunter comes home from work, having<br />

a quick jaunt around the yard, dinner (sometimes<br />

consisting of baby-back ribs), and sprawling over most of the<br />

king-sized bed at night are the on the daily task docket for this<br />

six year-old bloodhound. Purchased from a breeder when Hunter<br />

was still in law school, Jasper has been there through thick and thin<br />

for his owner. An expert deer-trailer for Hunter and his friends<br />

and family, Jasper has aided in countless hunts. He’s the closest<br />

thing Hunter’s parents have to a grandchild for the time-being,<br />

and Jasper is treated like a king when he stays with his<br />

“grandparents.” Hunter often receives texted photos of Jasper<br />

Gabby<br />

Labrador Retriever<br />

shamelessly eating stacks of pancakes, red velvet cake batter,<br />

and brownie batter from his father. There’s one thing is<br />

for sure–this is one well-loved bloodhound.<br />

Owner: Melissa Shanks<br />

Teal<br />

American Lab<br />

Owner: Peyton Sharplin<br />

CLYDE<br />

Beau<br />

REBEL<br />

Labrador Retriever<br />

Owner: Toler Robinson<br />

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Black Labrador Retriever<br />

Owners: Jennifer & Shelby Warren Owner: Lindsey Kirkland<br />

Clyde is a two year old black lab that loves to retrieve.<br />

In the winter, he wakes up ready and goes to sleep eager to hunt.<br />

Even at just two years old he’s proving to be one of the smartest<br />

dogs ever witnessed. At night he can be found in a king-size bed<br />

on his own pillow right beside his big brother, Cooper. Along<br />

with picking up ducks, Clyde loves to blood-trail deer and most<br />

anything else that consists of being outside. In a house of five<br />

retrievers, Clyde is very active, but is definitely spoiled being<br />

the baby of the bunch. Hopefully in the next few years<br />

Clyde can achieve his Master Hunter status.<br />

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madison<br />

Recipes<br />

Louisiana<br />

Duck Gumbo<br />

• Flour<br />

• Oil<br />

• Celery<br />

• Bell pepper<br />

• Onion<br />

• Garlic<br />

• 3 duck breasts<br />

• Andouille sausage<br />

• Tony Chachere’s seasoning<br />

• Bay leaf<br />

• Tomatoes<br />

• Rice<br />

• Chicken stock<br />

First make a roux by cooking 3 tablespoons of<br />

flour and oil in bottom of pan. This should be a<br />

slow process as not to burn your roux. The longer<br />

you cook it the darker your gumbo will be. When<br />

roux is ready, in separate pan cook one onion,<br />

4 stalks chopped celery, one chopped bell pepper<br />

and pepper and 5 cloves of garlic. When done,<br />

brown chopped duck breast and andouille sausage.<br />

Combine all in one pot add one quarter of the<br />

chicken stock, 2 cans of chopped tomatoes<br />

and 2 bay leaves. Season with Tony’s to taste.<br />

Simmer 30 minutes to one hour while stirring<br />

occasionally.<br />

Serve over rice and add file seasoning for taste.<br />

Dove on a Stick<br />

• 12 dove breast filets<br />

• Worcestershire sauce<br />

• Italian dressing<br />

• Garlic<br />

• Salt<br />

• Wood skewers<br />

Marinate dove overnight in one part Worcestershire<br />

and three parts Italian dressing. Put dove<br />

breast on skewers and season lightly with salt<br />

and garlic powder. Cook medium on grill over<br />

low heat.<br />

Pan Fried Elk<br />

Steak & Gravy<br />

• Tenderized elk steak<br />

• Garlic powder<br />

• Salt and pepper<br />

• 1 egg<br />

• Flour<br />

• Oil<br />

• Milk or buttermilk<br />

• Tony Chachere’s seasoning<br />

Soak meat for a short time in buttermilk and egg<br />

mixture. Season flour with salt, pepper, garlic<br />

powder, and Tony’s. Sprinkle meat with a little<br />

extra Tony’s. Roll meat in seasoned flour, fry in a<br />

black iron skillet until golden brown. Remove<br />

meat and add 1 tablespoon of flour to remaining<br />

oil in pan. Brown flour, add one cup of milk bring<br />

to a slight boil; turn down heat to simmer, season<br />

to taste. Spoon over elk steaks.<br />

Louisiana<br />

Redfish<br />

on the Half Shell<br />

• 2-5 lb. Redfish filets with scales left on one side<br />

• Tony Chachere’s seasoning<br />

• Garlic powder<br />

• Salt and pepper<br />

• Lemon<br />

Season fish with Tony’s, salt, and garlic powder.<br />

Place fish scales side down on grill. Cook on<br />

medium heat until fish is white and flakey.<br />

Squeeze ½ a lemon<br />

Bacon-Wrapped<br />

Deer Tenderloin<br />

• Deer tenderloin<br />

• Salt and pepper<br />

• Tony Chachere’s seasoning<br />

• Worcestershire<br />

• Italian dressing<br />

• Cream cheese<br />

• Jalapeno peppers<br />

• Bacon<br />

Slice tenderloin in ½ inch thick strips. Marinate<br />

tenderloin overnight in one part Worcestershire<br />

and three parts dressing. Season with salt, pepper<br />

and Tony’s. Lay tenderloin flat. On top of each<br />

piece put a dab of cream cheese and a jalapeno<br />

pepper, roll into a ball, wrap each piece with a ½<br />

piece of bacon and stick with a toothpick. Cook on<br />

medium heat until bacon is done.<br />

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Wild<br />

edition<br />

Recipes from the kitchen of<br />

Kenneth Lancaster<br />

Elk Chili<br />

• 1 lb. of ground elk<br />

• Salt and pepper<br />

• Tony Chachere’s seasoning<br />

• Onion<br />

• Garlic<br />

• Petite diced tomatoes<br />

• Yellow mustard<br />

• Chili powder<br />

• Red kidney beans<br />

• Pinto beans<br />

• Water<br />

Brown elk and drain excess liquid off. Slice ½<br />

onion and 5 garlic cloves, cook until soft. Add<br />

ground meat back in pot along with two cans of<br />

petite diced tomatoes, ½ can drained kidney beans,<br />

½ can drained pinto beans, one teaspoon of salt,<br />

teaspoon of pepper, teaspoon of Tony’s, one cup of<br />

water and two tablespoons of chili powder. Bring<br />

to a boil add 1 teaspoon of mustard and stir. Let<br />

simmer for about 20 minutes and serve with<br />

crackers or over rice.<br />

A native of Lake Providence, Louisiana, Kenneth Lancaster has an<br />

exceptional reputation in the hunting industry. His background in<br />

archery and his work as a guide, videographer, and hunter, have<br />

enhanced his popularity as a devoted outdoorsman.<br />

Kenneth's respect for the great outdoors began as a child, having<br />

a father who was a trapper and hunter, and a grandfather who was<br />

a commercial fisherman on the Mississippi River. At an early age<br />

Kenneth developed a love for archery, shot in 3D tournaments,<br />

and worked in a local archery shop.<br />

His background includes nine years with Primos Hunting Calls<br />

and his passion for hunting continues through his work with<br />

Michael Waddell's Bone Collector and with Antler Insanity.<br />

Kenneth has hunted elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, moose,<br />

woodland caribou, barren ground caribou, black bear, waterfowl,<br />

and all species of turkey.<br />

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<strong>Hometown</strong> madison • 23

Choir<br />

The<br />

Guy Camille Anding<br />

“It was my dream to be<br />

governor of Mississippi,”<br />

Lavon Gray declared from behind his desk on the third floor of First Baptist Church<br />

Jackson. It was so much a plan for his future that after graduating from Mendenhall<br />

High School, he enrolled in Co-Lin Junior College to pursue a political science degree.<br />

By the time he finished Co-Lin and entered the University of Southern Mississippi,<br />

he relinquished his own plans for his life to follow God’s gentle but persistent leading<br />

into music ministry.<br />

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Photos: Judy & Lane Rushing<br />

His preacher friends encouraged him to stick with<br />

completing his political science degree because they assured<br />

him he would never be able to make a living doing church<br />

music. Gray heeded their advice and got the political science<br />

degree but continued to follow his call by entering New<br />

Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. From there he earned<br />

his Ph.D. at Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth.<br />

After serving in churches in Mississippi, Texas, and South<br />

Carolina, he accepted the minister of music position at FBC<br />

Jackson in 2001. For the past thirteen years he’s led in<br />

worship in front of a 300-voice choir (when all are present).<br />

Plans are going forward to renovate the choir space to hold<br />

an additional thirty to forty members.<br />

When asked about his favorite part of being minister<br />

of music, he didn’t hesitate: “I’m a people person; I love<br />

people and building relationships with them. And secondly,<br />

I love leading worship on Sunday mornings.” With the<br />

unusual experience of serving with three pastors plus<br />

interims in his thirteen years at FBC, Gray’s sense of<br />

humor speaks, “Everyone may not like me, but I am a<br />

consistent presence!”<br />

The meetings that are a necessary part of the music<br />

calendar are his least favorite part of the ministry, but how<br />

else does one involve and delegate 800 volunteers in the<br />

annual church Christmas program, Carols by Candlelight?<br />

Fifteen thousand tickets have already been given out for<br />

this year’s musical theme, Love Came to Me, scheduled for<br />

<strong>December</strong> 14-17.<br />

Larry Black, a former minister of music, began “Carols”<br />

in 1971. His choir of twenty grew to one hundred by the<br />

first performance. Dr. Gray gives Black credit for the music<br />

foundation that he left for his successors.<br />

Gray’s customary smile turns to laughter when he recalls<br />

glitches in the performances. In 1988, because of church<br />

renovation, the presentation was relocated to the coliseum for<br />

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Photos: Judy & Lane Rushing<br />

that year. Live animals are never used in the sanctuary,<br />

but for the coliseum “Carols,” it was the perfect opportunity<br />

to use them. Humphrey, the camel, was rented so one of<br />

the wise men could ride aloft him to the manger scene.<br />

Humphrey overreacted either from the crowds or stage<br />

fright and took the first exit out after entering – along<br />

with his wise man. Theirs was a brief exposure.<br />

Another time, Gray realized within moments of the<br />

overture that his music was upstairs on his desk. Ava Hart,<br />

pianist and music assistant, rushed to his office to retrieve<br />

his music. On another occasion a stage crew member crawled<br />

in guerrilla warfare style beneath Gray’s podium to handdeliver<br />

a message.<br />

The “Carol” glitches are seldom in the presentations that<br />

are spectacular with a dedication to sharing the Gospel. The<br />

labor of love begins in January with the meeting of thirty key<br />

leaders who volunteer to cover all areas of the production.<br />

February is take-a-breath month. March is for theme<br />

selection; April, May and June are song selections months.<br />

Orders are made in July and rehearsals begin in August.<br />

Lavon, as most members call him, has always been at<br />

home in his musical world. His mother, the church pianist,<br />

eloped when she was fourteen. A year later Lavon was<br />

born, and one week after that his grandfather carried him<br />

to church to have their pastor dedicate the future minister.<br />

“I’ve not missed much church,” Lavon added.<br />

He remembers family reunions with his mother on the<br />

piano, his dad playing guitar along with more guitar-playing<br />

cousins and kin. “We might start out with Johnny Cash and<br />

Hank Williams songs, but we would always end up singing<br />

gospel music.”<br />

When away from the church, his greatest enjoyment is<br />

his family. His wife of twenty-nine years, Wendy, is mother<br />

to their three daughters, Kayla, Lizzie, and Katibeth – all<br />

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homeschooled. “I was the principal,” Lavon says with<br />

a laugh. Their two oldest daughters are married, and<br />

ten-year-old Katibeth has been and is their “back side<br />

blessing.” A recent grandson, Grayson, has given the<br />

Grays a new favorite title.<br />

On Thursday nights Lavon reaches for his striped shirt<br />

and whistle to referee junior college football games. Sports<br />

officiating for the past thirty years is another favorite<br />

pastime of the multi-faceted minister.<br />

Humility is a recognizable trait in Dr. Gray when he<br />

speaks of his limited ability in music while praising the<br />

talents and gifts of his choir, staff, and network of volunteers.<br />

He also gives much credit to his administrative assistant,<br />

Terry Sims, a fellow laborer for forty years in the music<br />

department.<br />

He refers to himself as a sophisticated redneck from<br />

Simpson County and whose favorite hymn is ”Victory in<br />

Jesus.” “I’ve never been the most talented; I’m not the greatest<br />

musician, but God has given me the ability to be a great<br />

minister of music. I guess I’m just a choir guy,” he says<br />

with his down-to-earth charisma.<br />

Then he adds, “I’m just so honored to lead here.” For the<br />

vast majority of all who will hear the sounds of Carols by<br />

Candlelight this Christmas, their response with emotions and<br />

hearts brimming will be, “You didn’t need to be governor.” n<br />

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

My brother-in-law, Alan Patterson, was a<br />

volunteer firefighter for Ridgeland at the time<br />

and he put the idea into my head. Thank you A!<br />

How long have you been with the<br />

Ridgeland Fire Department?<br />

A long time.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

My mother is Jo Wilson—and I have two sisters,<br />

Kae and Karen.<br />

What is the toughest thing you have<br />

experienced in your job?<br />

There is no single toughest thing but it is always<br />

hard to watch people suffer during the times we<br />

aren’t able to prevent or mitigate their suffering.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing in<br />

your spare time.<br />

I don’t have much spare time but I enjoy reading<br />

and I’m a movie fan. I collect western gear and<br />

I teach diving.<br />

What are three things on your<br />

bucket list?<br />

I’ve never had a bucket list.<br />

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

Mike Rowe, because he has a passion for work,<br />

all work!<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years<br />

from now?<br />

Retired to the farm.<br />

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

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

As long as you are taking a check from your<br />

employer, give them 100 percent. Oh, and<br />

make your bed every single morning...it's your<br />

first success of the day.<br />

What is a favorite childhood memory?<br />

I can’t remember being a child. I’m serious.<br />

What is the biggest mistake you think<br />

young people make today?<br />

If you are going to do something, give it<br />

everything, make it your passion, live it and<br />

love it, or find something else to do. (I am<br />

certainly not able to answer that question<br />

because I don’t pretend to understand young<br />

people today.)<br />

What is your favorite thing about the<br />

City of Ridgeland?<br />

I travel a great deal to departments, police<br />

and fire, throughout the United States, so<br />

I am fortunate enough to be able to draw a<br />

comparison. While I may occasionally run<br />

across a city that is our equal, I never run across<br />

one that is better than ours, and the majority of<br />

them can’t hold a candle to us.<br />

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idgeland’s finest<br />

Lt. Stephen Patrick<br />

madison police Department<br />

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

When I graduated high school, my oldest<br />

brother, Jamie Patrick, became a police officer<br />

with the Jackson Police Department. I looked<br />

up to my brother and wanted to become a<br />

police officer like him. Law enforcement has<br />

created an avenue for me that has enabled<br />

me to serve this community by building a<br />

working relationship with the people we<br />

serve every day.<br />

How long have you been with the<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Police Department?<br />

I am currently a lieutenant with the <strong>Madison</strong><br />

Police Department and have been serving for<br />

18 years.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

My darling wife Latasha and I have three sons,<br />

Camron, Caleb, and Christopher.<br />

What is the toughest thing you have<br />

experienced in your job?<br />

The toughest thing that I’ve ever experienced<br />

in my job was the morning I received a service<br />

call to respond to an accident involving my<br />

fellow officer and motorcycle riding partner,<br />

Jimmy Brooks. He was fatally injured in that<br />

accident.<br />

Share some things you enjoy doing in<br />

your spare time?<br />

I enjoy weight training, hunting, fishing and<br />

outings with my family.<br />

What are three things on your<br />

bucket list?<br />

I would like to vacation in Hawaii and visit<br />

Denmark and Spain someday.<br />

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

I admire my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.<br />

He has been my provider and protector of<br />

my life. I have learned that with him, “all things<br />

are possible.”<br />

Where do you see yourself ten years<br />

from now?<br />

I would like to continue to further my career<br />

through the ranks here at the <strong>Madison</strong> Police<br />

Department serving this wonderful community.<br />

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

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

The best advice that I could give a young<br />

person is to trust God in everything that<br />

you do. Seek him for his direction and plans<br />

for your life.<br />

What is a favorite childhood memory?<br />

The times my family came together during the<br />

Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.<br />

There is always so much love, unity, and fun<br />

times among our family.<br />

What is the biggest mistake you think<br />

young people make today?<br />

Allowing the negative impulse of today’s<br />

society and media’s interpretation of things<br />

infect their minds. It causes them to be<br />

misdirected from God’s true plans for<br />

their lives.<br />

What is your favorite thing about the<br />

city of <strong>Madison</strong>?<br />

It is a beautifully growing community with<br />

excellent leadership, it has a great school<br />

system, and I love the support that the<br />

community gives to this police department.<br />

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Every Christmas, Sue adds to her<br />

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madison<br />

Recipes<br />

Iron Skillet<br />

Biscuits<br />

• 4 cups Bisquick<br />

• 8 oz. sour cream<br />

• ¾ cup club soda<br />

• 1 stick butter melted<br />

Mix sour cream and club soda together. Add<br />

Bisquick until just combined. Don’t over mix.<br />

Place skillet over low heat with 1 T of the melted<br />

butter. Melt the remaining butter in a small bowl.<br />

Dip biscuit batter by heaping spoonful’s into the<br />

melted butter then place in warm skillet until pan<br />

is full. Any remaining butter can be poured over<br />

the biscuits before baking. Bake at 450 degrees<br />

until golden brown, 12-15 minutes.<br />

Mock Chicken<br />

& Dumplings<br />

• 6 chicken breast<br />

• ½ box lasagna noodles<br />

• ½ t garlic salt<br />

• 1 t salt<br />

• 1 stick butter<br />

• 2 cans cream of chicken soup<br />

• 2 cans cream of celery soup<br />

Boil chicken until tender. Remove from broth.<br />

Break lasagna noodles into bite size pieces and<br />

cook in chicken broth for 15 minutes. Remove<br />

chicken from bone and chop into small bite-size<br />

pieces. Drain cooked noodles reserving broth.<br />

Combine noodles, chicken, butter, salt, garlic salt<br />

and soups. Add reserved broth until desired<br />

consistency. Simmer on medium low for about<br />

20 minutes adding more broth as needed.<br />

Chicken Lasagna<br />

• 1 rotisserie chicken<br />

(pulled and cut into bite size pieces)<br />

• 2 T butter<br />

• 1 small onion diced<br />

• 1 can cream of chicken soup<br />

• 1 can cream of celery soup<br />

• 1 8 oz. cream cheese<br />

• 2 cups sour cream<br />

• 1 cup half and half<br />

• 1 box lasagna noodles<br />

(prepared according to package directions)<br />

• 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese<br />

• 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese<br />

In a large skillet, sauté onion in butter until<br />

caramelized. Add chicken until warmed through.<br />

Remove from skillet.<br />

Add soups, cream cheese, sour cream and milk, to<br />

the skillet. Stir until ingredients melt and thicken<br />

slightly. Add chicken back and simmer on low for<br />

2-3 minutes.<br />

Spread a thin layer of sauce in a 9x13 baking dish.<br />

Layer in this order, noodles, chicken cream sauce<br />

then cheese. Continue layering until your pan is<br />

full, ending with cheese on top.<br />

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until hot<br />

and bubbly.<br />

Broccoli Cheese<br />

Jalapeno<br />

Cornbread<br />

• 1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix<br />

• 1 pkg. frozen chopped broccoli<br />

(thaw and pat dry)<br />

• ½ cup chopped onion<br />

• 2-3 T chopped jalapeno peppers<br />

• 3 eggs<br />

• 1 stick butter<br />

• 1/3 cup milk or buttermilk<br />

• 1 cup shredded cheese<br />

Mix all ingredients and bake in greased cast iron<br />

skillet or baking dish (if you want to cut into<br />

squares). Bake at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes.<br />

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Molasses Cookies<br />

• 1 cup sugar<br />

• 1 t cinnamon<br />

• ½ t salt<br />

• ¾ cup shortening<br />

• 1 egg<br />

• ½ t cloves<br />

• 2 t baking soda<br />

• ¼ cup molasses<br />

• 2 cups flour<br />

Cream together shortening, eggs, and molasses.<br />

Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, cloves, baking soda<br />

and flour together and add to creamed mixture.<br />

Mix well, roll into balls and place on greased<br />

cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until light brown<br />

and let cool on cookie sheet before removing.<br />

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Filling<br />

• 1 cup butter softened<br />

• 1 cup sugar<br />

• 1 cup brown sugar<br />

• 2 eggs<br />

• 1 T Mexican vanilla<br />

• 2 cups flour<br />

• ½ t cinnamon<br />

• 1 t baking soda<br />

• 1 t salt<br />

• 3 cups quick cooking oats<br />

Cream together the butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.<br />

Mix cinnamon, baking soda, salt and flour together<br />

and add to creamed mixture. Mix in oats until<br />

combined well. Roll into evenly sized balls and place<br />

on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for<br />

10-13 minutes. Do not overcook. Spread cream<br />

cheese icing between 2 cookies.<br />

Filling<br />

• 1 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)<br />

• 1 stick butter<br />

• 1 T Mexican vanilla<br />

• 4 cups powdered sugar<br />

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Be the Light

Mary Ann Kirby<br />

Once you find the light at the end of the tunnel,<br />

become that light for others . . .<br />

There are very few times in my life that I can recall thinking<br />

to myself, “that was an absolutely terrible week.” An occasional<br />

bad day? Sure. But a whole week? Not that I can remember. But<br />

recent events have started to erode my optimism a bit and make<br />

me wonder if this is the new normal. Hurricanes and wildfires,<br />

earthquakes and epic flooding, the threat of nuclear conflict,<br />

24-hour doom-and-gloom news cycles, and a general sense of<br />

civil and political unrest have all played their part in undermining<br />

my broader sense of well-being. Frankly it’s becoming more<br />

and more challenging to stay above the fray in the midst of<br />

such negativity.<br />

While I’m usually a pretty positive person, I once made<br />

the critical social-media misstep of commenting on what<br />

seemed like a fairly benign political discussion among friends<br />

on Facebook, only to be completely hijacked and eventually<br />

eviscerated by a complete stranger. It took me days to get<br />

over it as I had never been the recipient of such a hostile and<br />

unprecedented lashing out by a keyboard warrior. And I’m no<br />

shrinking violet mind you . . . but nor am I able to function in<br />

a way that brings me joy while trying to think of the meanest<br />

thing I could possibly say in retaliation—all while salvaging<br />

my own sense of self-respect.<br />

I might should just stick to pictures of puppies and kittens.<br />

And baby goats. And Pinterest recipes.<br />

People just seem so angry. Maybe it’s a sign of the times–<br />

and finding the best during difficult times can, no doubt, be a<br />

daunting task. But here are a few things I’ve learned while trying<br />

to do it, nonetheless, despite what’s happening around me:<br />

You gotta take the bad with the good. They say that bad days<br />

make you appreciate the good days more. It’s that whole<br />

Yin-Yang thing, I suppose. It takes negative space to create<br />

balance with positive space. What would it be like if all we<br />

had was good days? Would we any longer know they’re good?<br />

So, even on your worst day, try to find something good. Life<br />

is always going to contain a little darkness. We have to focus<br />

on the light that will follow.<br />

Life’s not always fair. There are so many things that happen<br />

that we may never understand, or can explain, that seem<br />

completely unfair. Like, why do some people retain their health<br />

despite their poor lifestyle choices while others that live “by<br />

the book” are blind-sided with a life-changing diagnosis with<br />

no apparent reason or warning? Why do some enjoy great<br />

success without significant effort while others seem to struggle<br />

their entire lives? Why do some good people die young? These<br />

are all challenging questions to which I don’t know the answer.<br />

Sometimes life just hits you so hard it knocks your helmet off–<br />

but what defines us is how well we rise after falling. The point<br />

is to rise. Get back up, every time.<br />

Every day is a do-over. The best part of this life is that we are<br />

given the chance to start over every single day that we wake up.<br />

Don’t drag the negative with you from day to day like a dead<br />

body. You’re not obligated to give it a free ride. Move forward<br />

with thoughts and actions that empower you, not the ones that<br />

weaken you. This is your opportunity to begin again, so be<br />

intentional. This is your do-over.<br />

Make a “good things” list. One of the best ways I’ve found to<br />

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stay optimistic when times are tough is to focus on<br />

what I have rather than what I don’t. Gratitude is one<br />

of the best tools for overcoming any difficulty and, as<br />

counter-intuitive as it may seem, it’s particularly<br />

beneficial when things aren’t going well. The incredible<br />

thing about gratitude is that once we realize all the<br />

things we have in our lives and all the things we can<br />

do, it unlocks a fullness of life and turns what we have<br />

into enough.<br />

Learn to harness your opinion–or should I say,<br />

“articulate your thoughts and views in a more<br />

constructive way.” Lordy! Never in my life have I seen<br />

so many opinions shared about things that either have<br />

absolutely nothing to do with the person sharing them<br />

or are communicated in such a way that it creates<br />

complete divisiveness and hostility. And when did it<br />

become acceptable to rebuke someone because they<br />

happen to think differently? We live in the Universal<br />

Age of Sharing. Let’s commit ourselves to doing it<br />

nicely. Otherwise it will be the downfall of civility.<br />

Find a place for faith. If you’re Christian, faith is not<br />

only the belief that Jesus Christ can save you, but it’s<br />

actually knowing that He’s on his way to do it—and<br />

that promise alone provides hope for many. But<br />

regardless of your religious beliefs, the point is that it’s<br />

important to believe in something. It’s been proven<br />

that people of faith have a greater sense of optimism<br />

than those without it.<br />

They say that how we respond to life ultimately<br />

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Leah Mitchener<br />

It’s not every day that you casually walk into a shop<br />

and are confronted by a 13-foot, 571 pound alligator. But<br />

if you’ve ever popped over to Gator Archery and Outdoors<br />

in <strong>Madison</strong>, you’ve definitely lived to tell the tale of this<br />

experience. Owner Elizabeth Greer joked that, in the past,<br />

if she could ever figure out how to open a bow shop, she<br />

would make a huge spot for their alligator.<br />

The giant (stuffed) beast has been a focal point in<br />

Jimmy and Elizabeth Greer’s shop since they opened their<br />

doors in August of this year. Its presence on the wall may<br />

be slightly jarring to first-time visitors, but it is testament<br />

to the fact that they know their stuff when it comes to<br />

hunting. The gator is one of two that earned the Greers<br />

state records based on size and weight at the time they<br />

were caught. The other was a 13-foot, 6.5-inch monster<br />

weighing in at a whopping 741 pounds. So if you are<br />

looking for some hunting tips, you know Gator Archery<br />

and Outdoors is the right place to ask some questions.<br />

It took what felt like a lifetime for the Greer’s dream<br />

of owning an outdoor sporting goods shop to be realized.<br />

The couple has been hunting since each of them was a<br />

young child. Outdoor sporting has just been a part of who<br />

they are for their whole lives. “My dad had two girls and<br />

he always wanted a boy,” said Elizabeth. “Then we grew<br />

up and he said, ‘Well, y’all are as close to boys as I could<br />

get, so I don’t need a boy.’”<br />

The Greers believe that hunting is a great activity for<br />

the whole family, saying that even their seventeen month<br />

old toddles around the house with a bow and arrows.<br />

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out doing who knows what,” added Elizabeth.<br />

Everyone they know that has started hunting has<br />

fallen in love with it, and it has turned into a huge<br />

hobby for them.<br />

As business people, Jimmy and Elizabeth aim<br />

for meeting people’s needs, not their pocket books.<br />

With bows ranging from $300 to $1,200, it would be<br />

easy to take advantage of a new hunter’s naivety<br />

and sell them something for top-dollar. But Elizabeth<br />

knows that that is not good business. They make a<br />

point to talk to everyone who walks through the front<br />

door of their establishment. “If you talk to someone<br />

like you’ve known them your whole life and treat<br />

them like that, then it’s a lot easier to figure stuff out<br />

and they’ll be more prone to ask you questions,” said<br />

Elizabeth. “I know what it’s like to walk into a store<br />

and not know anything about something that I’m<br />

looking at.”<br />

Patrons can expect to find almost anything<br />

they would need for a trip out into the woods at<br />

Gator Archery and Outdoors. They carry hundreds<br />

of different items including clothes, bows, hunting<br />

accessories, and much more. They even offer almost<br />

every bow-related service you can think of: Re-tuning,<br />

stringing, changing weights, adjusting draw lengths,<br />

etc. You name it, they do it!<br />

Though the couple juggle caring for their baby<br />

and Elizabeth’s full-time job as a nurse at the<br />

University of Mississippi Medical Center, in addition<br />

to this new business adventure, they still do their<br />

best to be family-focused and enjoy the great outdoors<br />

together. The Greers still love gator hunting when<br />

they have the opportunity, and participating in 3-D<br />

competitions whenever they arise in the off-seasons.<br />

Gator Archery and Outdoor is active on Facebook<br />

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Ken Toler<br />

Ole Miss Rebels<br />

1977-1980<br />

New England Patriots<br />

1981-1983<br />

Greenville native Kenneth Pack Toler Jr., M.D.<br />

Eyes<br />

on the<br />

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Leah Mitchener<br />

has moved from the football field at Ole Miss to<br />

the stadium of the New England Patriots to the<br />

exam room for Jackson Eye Associates where<br />

he specializes in cataract and LASIK surgery.<br />

Though his days on the field as a wide receiver<br />

are at an end, Ken still remembers that time of<br />

his life fondly. Lessons he learned from his teammates,<br />

coaches, and especially his father stay<br />

with him to this day, and have helped him not<br />

only in the game of football, but the journey<br />

of life and in running a medical practice. When<br />

he’s not helping people restore their sight, Ken<br />

enjoys spending his free time with his wife,<br />

Kristi, their four children, and two grandchildren.<br />

Win or lose, Ken has learned how to approach<br />

every arena of life as a good sport.<br />

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What was the foremost highlight of your football career?<br />

By far my favorite thing about football and what I miss the most<br />

is going through all the blood and sweat with my teammates.<br />

Then going into battle with them and striving to do our very best<br />

–win or lose.<br />

What was the most difficult part of being a college athlete?<br />

The most difficult part was time constraints. You have to practice<br />

football, watch film and then find time to study when you’re not<br />

in class. I found that I do my best in this structured environment<br />

when I make the best use of my time.<br />

Describe the favorite character trait you saw in your<br />

head coach.<br />

Raymond Berry was my receiver coach at the New England<br />

Patriots and later became their head coach. His best trait was<br />

his attention to detail. I learned so many tricks and ways to beat<br />

defensive backs from him. He was not exceptionally fast and had<br />

one leg shorter than the other, but his attention to every little<br />

detail and pass route running made him an All-Pro Hall of Fame<br />

Receiver.<br />

Name some ways football influenced your life after football.<br />

Football taught me that if I work hard enough, I’m capable of<br />

anything. It taught me that if you push yourself and don’t give up<br />

you could accomplish way more than you thought possible.<br />

Who was the player you most admired on your team<br />

and why?<br />

Breck Tyler was one of our wide receivers at Ole Miss. Breck was<br />

an unselfish player who should have been thrown to a lot more<br />

than he was. He had the best hands of any wide receiver I ever<br />

played with, college or pro. He made some catches you wouldn’t<br />

believe. He could have been a good pro receiver if he hadn’t<br />

been injured.<br />

Share one of the ways your coach or coaches tried to<br />

motivate you for a “big” game.<br />

Some coaches try to get you ready for a big game by yelling at<br />

you and some are encouragers. But for me, the best way to be<br />

ready is to prepare and pay attention to all the details. You have<br />

to know that a football game, like life, is a long time. There will<br />

be times when things don’t go your way and times when things<br />

are going good. You just have to keep focusing on your job,<br />

overcoming obstacles, and be prepared and ready for anything.<br />

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55 Days of Unforgettable Memories<br />

Ken Sandridge<br />

Holiday memory-making in Mississippi<br />

usually doesn’t include ice - unless, of<br />

course, it’s the ice in a glass of sweet tea.<br />

However, thanks to the vision of local U.S.<br />

96.3 radio celebrity and Big South Events<br />

partner, Scott Steele, Central Mississippi<br />

families will enjoy over 55 days of<br />

unforgettable memories on ice beginning<br />

<strong>November</strong> 12 during Steele’s event titled,<br />

Christmas Wonderland.<br />

Describing the nearly two-month<br />

long event as an ice skating, ice sliding<br />

extravaganza, Steele and his partners<br />

are ensuring skating and sliding fun -<br />

rain or shine - by holding the event in a<br />

giant 30,000 square foot tent filled with<br />

thousands of Christmas lights and<br />

decorations in the parking lot of<br />

Mississippi Braves stadium in Pearl.<br />

“Actually, the great memories my<br />

children and I had at the ice rink held in<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> a few years back,” Steele said,<br />

“were the inspiration for Christmas<br />

Wonderland.” “As my partners and I began<br />

developing the Christmas Wonderland<br />

concept, we knew we had to find a way<br />

to keep Mother Nature from shutting<br />

down the fun,” Steele said in referring to the<br />

more than 20 days of rain that prevented<br />

skating at the <strong>Madison</strong> event in 2013.<br />

“So, holding Christmas Wonderland in<br />

a massive tent was our only option,”<br />

he added. “If not for the underwriting<br />

commitments of our title sponsor, Merit<br />

Health, as well as other generous<br />

supporters like Outlets of Mississippi,<br />

BankPlus, and Coca-Cola,” Steele explained,<br />

“there would have been no way to bring<br />

an event of this magnitude to the Metro<br />

Jackson area.” Steele also praised Pearl<br />

Mayor Jake Windham and the businesses<br />

and organizations in the area for their<br />

support of the project - including the host<br />

venue Mississippi Braves, Bass Pro Shop,<br />

Holiday Inn, and Cavender’s.<br />

One of the nation’s most experienced<br />

providers of portable ice rink venues,<br />

internationally acclaimed Magic Ice USA,<br />

was tapped to develop and install the<br />

Christmas Wonderland ice rink and ice<br />

slide. In addition to a nearly 8,000 square<br />

foot ice rink, Christmas Wonderland will<br />

feature a double ice slide appropriately<br />

titled, The Arctic Blast, where two sliders<br />

climb stairs to the top of a 20-foot high<br />

ice-tower before zooming down a 120-foot<br />

long run of ice to the bottom of the run.<br />

As a bonus for younger children who<br />

may find it slightly challenging to navigate<br />

the ice rink and slide, Steele and partners<br />

also designed a kid-friendly area with an<br />

assortment of inflatables that will include<br />

a huge 22-foot high triple slide that gives<br />

even the youngest event-goers thrills<br />

galore.<br />

“Speaking of kids,” Steele continued,<br />

“we have a ton of things planned to make<br />

the event especially exciting for them<br />

during the Christmas season. For instance,<br />

moms and dads can have their children<br />

be a part of several Breakfast with Santa<br />

dates where the kids will actually have<br />

breakfast and visit with St. Nick himself -<br />

along with filling out their wish-list and<br />

dropping it in his big red bag!”<br />

“Birthday parties at Christmas Wonderland<br />

are another opportunity,” he added.<br />

We have already booked a ton of<br />

children’s birthday parties, which include<br />

skating, sliding and bouncing in the<br />

inflatables area!”<br />

“And not to be outdone by things for<br />

the kiddos,” he remarked, “Christmas<br />

Wonderland makes the perfect venue for<br />

Christmas gatherings of all kinds - including<br />

company, church, and other types of group<br />

and organizational gatherings!”<br />

Throughout the nearly eight-week long<br />

event, there will be a variety of local and<br />

regional concerts and entertainment<br />

appearing daily on the BankPlus Stage -<br />

ranging from church and school choirs to<br />

professional entertainers.<br />

“Almost everyone has a favorite<br />

Christmas memory,” Steele added. “This<br />

year, we’re confident Christmas Wonderland<br />

will become that magical place where<br />

friends and families celebrate the season<br />

and make memories that last a lifetime.”<br />

Christmas Wonderland will operate<br />

daily beginning <strong>November</strong> 12 thru January<br />

6, 10am - 11pm Monday thru Thursday,<br />

and 12 noon - 11pm Friday thru Sunday.<br />

For more information call 601-212-8810,<br />

email info@bigsouthevents.net, or visit<br />

www.christmaswonderland.ms or<br />

FaceBook.com/ChristmasWonderlandMS<br />

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Wine makes the perfect holiday gift.<br />

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AND<br />

We are thrilled to announce Today's Teen recipient honoring teens<br />

in our city that have exhibited exemplary leadership skills and serve as<br />

excellent role models. Kenley Brooks, a senior at Germantown High School<br />

was awarded this distinction by Brit Phelps, CEO Merit Health <strong>Madison</strong>.<br />

Congratulations Kenley 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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Reader<br />


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Hughes<br />

Why did you decide to make <strong>Madison</strong><br />

County your home?<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> has such a small town feel by offering a<br />

sense of community, faith, and security.<br />

Tell us about your family.<br />

I have been married to Chris Hughes for 21 years.<br />

We meet in dental school here in Jackson. We are<br />

blessed with 4 children. Our oldest is Abby Grace<br />

who is a sophomore studying mechanical<br />

engineering in the CME program at Ole Miss.<br />

And we have triplets that are juniors attending<br />

Jackson Prep; Madeline Claire, Dixon, and Grant.<br />

And not to be forgotten are our 4 dogs and cat.<br />

What is your favorite memory of living in<br />

<strong>Madison</strong>?<br />

The “Doughnut Fairy.” Ever since my kids were<br />

little, my father shows up Sunday morning at my<br />

house with doughnuts for the kids. As you can<br />

imagine the amount of doughnuts has increased<br />

over the years with the size of my boys. He even<br />

brings a special box of doughnuts for the dogs!<br />

Where are your three favorite places to eat<br />

in <strong>Madison</strong>?<br />

Local 463, Nagoya, and Ruth’s Chris.<br />

What are some fun things to do in <strong>Madison</strong><br />

on the weekends?<br />

Movies at Grandview, exercising on the Natchez<br />

Trace trails, and shopping around town.<br />

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

spare time.<br />

Anything that involves spending time with<br />

my family. It can be a road trip to concerts and<br />

football games, family game night at home,<br />

or a night out for dinner and the movies. My<br />

heart is happy when the family is together.<br />

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

Travel...to Italy, Israel, and Egypt.<br />

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

If I have learned anything, it is that my plans are<br />

not always God’s plans. I am excited to see what<br />

he has planned for me.<br />

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

Hands down, my mother! She is the most selfless<br />

and positive person. She has gone through so<br />

much with her health over the years having heart<br />

surgeries and a kidney transplant with my older<br />

sister as the donor. But nothing stops her. Just ask<br />

her friends at the Pilates Studio of Ridgeland<br />

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If you could give us one encouraging quote,<br />

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean<br />

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madison county Schools<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Central<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Central High School is proud to announce its <strong>2017</strong>-<br />

2018 National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Scholars.<br />

Back L-R: National Merit Semifinalists David McDonald, Noah<br />

Grovich, Jackson Dellinger, Chanu Cherukuri, Luke Little,<br />

Advait Praveen, James Michels and Commended Scholar Case<br />

Draughn. Front L-R: National Merit Semifinalists Rimika<br />

Banerjee, Maddie Gall, Anna Brock, Abigail Barton, Mary Ranie<br />

Miller, Commended Scholar Maeve Rigney and National Merit<br />

Semifinalist Claire Smith.<br />

Student Government Association senior members.<br />

Front L-R: secretary Spencer Castilla, president Cedric Beal,<br />

treasurer Chanu Cherukuri, vice president Parth Malaviya. Back<br />

L-R: representatives Mary Ranie Miller, Tara Amos, Catherine<br />

Whitten, Anne Daniel Embry, Brooke Thomas, Stroud Tolleson.<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Central High School <strong>2017</strong>-2018 Uproar newspaper<br />

staff is pictured. Front L-R: website manager Maeve Rigney,<br />

editor-in-chief Ashton Giesecke, Hayden Ray, Bradlea James,<br />

Sara Whitehead, website manager Bezal Jupiter. Middle L-R:<br />

Phoebe Waters, layout editor Katie King, copy editor Kaitlyn<br />

Sills, Lauren Barham, business manager Jordan Carter, business<br />

manager Sarah Elizabeth Johns, Adele Russell. Back L-R: Jillian<br />

Russell, Vanessa Anguiano, Katherine Pudish, Elizabeth Barton.<br />

Student Government Association junior members.<br />

Front L-R: secretary Haaris Patel, treasurer Michael Zhang,<br />

president Bonnie Hill, vice president Maggie McKinnis.<br />

Back L-R: representatives Caleb Smith, Westbrooks Ross,<br />

Sydney Storm, Saad Alamgir, Kathryn Scoggins, Bailey Naquin,<br />

Claire Iupe.<br />

Student Government Association sophomore members.<br />

Front L-R: secretary Jordan Williams, treasurer Emma Grace<br />

Trammell, vice president Anna Cate Strong, president Brooks<br />

Stewart. Back L-R: representatives Logan Landis, Allison Hill,<br />

Mary Morgan Williams, Miller Widemire, Sadderika Mason,<br />

Justin Storm.<br />

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Student Government Association executive officers.<br />

Front L-R: co-presidents Cayden Shirley and Noah Grovich.<br />

Back L-R: vice president Maddie Gall, treasurer Luke Little and<br />

secretary Megan Humphreys.<br />

<strong>2017</strong>-2018 Pawprint Yearbook Production staff.<br />

Front row L-R: editors Emily Harms, Kaylee Ricchetti.<br />

Second row L-R: copy editor Austin Wilkins, Alex Ricketts,<br />

social media manager Reagan Leeper. Third row L-R: Sara<br />

Cavicchi, Ally Henson, Anna Warden, Bonnie Hill, Emma<br />

Barham, social media manager Cameron Rogillio. Fourth row<br />

L-R: Mary Grace Nelson, Jordan Williams.<br />

<strong>2017</strong>-2018 Pawprint Yearbook financial staff.<br />

Front row L-R: business managers Kalli Hedgepeth, Lucy Cavett,<br />

Elise Chancellor. Second row L-R: Timothy Seago, Ellen Morgan,<br />

Sidney Dean, Cayden Shirley. Third row L-R: Mallory Dale,<br />

Francie Davis, Victoria Stevens, Hannah Cloud, Elle Muirhead.<br />

Fourth row L-R: Maggie McKinnis, Claire Iupe, Courtney Reid,<br />

Addison Baney and Kathryn Scoggins. Back Row L-R: Sydney<br />

Stokes, Mary Morgan Williams and Allison Hill.<br />

Submissions provided by local officials from each individual district and not to be considered editorial opinion.<br />

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madison county Schools<br />

Mannsdale<br />

Mannsdale students are learning about character education<br />

through their Pledge 4 Hope Fun Run fundraiser. Students learned<br />

about the importance of teamwork, setting goals, and treating<br />

others with respect.<br />

82 • <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

Submissions provided by local officials from each individual district and not to be considered editorial opinion.

Ann Smith<br />

Building Ties With the Community<br />

Mr. Juan Gonzales understands, first-hand, the difficulty<br />

involved in leaving your home and family to move to another<br />

country. Mr. Gonzales left Mexico in 2011 to move to the Jackson<br />

area in order to attend Wesley Biblical Seminary. His desire was<br />

to gain the education and skills necessary to return to Mexico<br />

and help his community.<br />

After completing his studies, he did in fact become a great<br />

help to the Hispanic community, just not in the way he had<br />

expected. His opportunity to make a difference opened up as<br />

he became an assistant with the ESL (English as a Second<br />

Language) program at Ann Smith Elementary. During the past<br />

two years, Mr. Gonzales has been an amazing asset to the ASE<br />

community. He has been vital in building relationships between<br />

the school staff and families of Spanish speaking students. He<br />

not only has a kind and caring manner, but a genuine concern for<br />

the well-being of those he serves. Mr. Gonzales has translated<br />

many school forms and documents including report cards,<br />

newsletters, and all important communication between families<br />

and school. He has helped to plan and promote events and<br />

functions to bring together families, students, staff, community<br />

leaders, and businesses in an effort to help the ESL families<br />

become better acclimated and<br />

broaden the perspective of all<br />

involved. “We want all families<br />

at ASE to feel welcome and<br />

comfortable regardless of their<br />

background,” he stated.<br />

This year Mr. Gonzales’ role<br />

will be expanded. He will serve<br />

as the ESL liaison. He will work<br />

not only with ASE but with all<br />

schools and families in the<br />

Ridgeland Zone. He will be a<br />

wonderful asset to our schools and families as he seeks to grow<br />

relationships and increase academic growth for the ESL community.<br />

“We will plan and organize events, facilitate communication,<br />

and offer opportunities for parents so they feel less isolated and<br />

more able to be a part of their child’s education,” he stated.<br />

“Some of the opportunities that we are planning for the Ridgeland<br />

Zone are some of the ones that were successful at ASE and<br />

well as some new ideas. We will give the parents opportunities to<br />

attend classes to help them learn English as well as ways to help<br />

their children with homework,” Mr. Gonzales added. “We want<br />

families to grow academically, but we also want them to feel that<br />

they are a vital part of the school and community.”<br />

ASE Walks to School<br />

Ann Smith Elementary was one of<br />

thousands of schools in more than 40<br />

countries that celebrated International<br />

Walk to School Day to promote pedestrian<br />

safety, environmentally friendly forms of<br />

transportation, and health and fitness.<br />

Ann Smith students, parents, city leaders<br />

and community members walked to school<br />

on Wednesday, October 10. Walk to School<br />

Day has become quite a tradition at ASE.<br />

This was the 7th year that the school has<br />

participated in the event.<br />

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madison county Schools<br />

East Flora<br />

The East Flora Elementary Choir performed “America the<br />

Beautiful” during pre-game at the <strong>Madison</strong> Central High football<br />

game. The choir consists of 28 students in fourth and fifth grade<br />

under the direction of EFE music teacher, Deborah Creel.<br />

Fifth-grade students Titus Gooden, Tymerria Crowley, Valeja<br />

Stapleton, Jekhyla Miles, and Malaiyah Kelly were selected to<br />

audition for the 2018 Mississippi All-State Elementary Honor<br />

Choir.<br />

East Flora Elementary School is definitely having “A Year of Great<br />

Expectations!” Students are learning what it means to have good<br />

character. In August the core trait was respect. Students who<br />

exemplified the core trait throughout the month were awarded the<br />

“Super Jag Award”. Front L-R: Chloe Amerson, Braylon Anderson,<br />

Maliyah Hunter, Essence Harden, Bryson Buckley, Riley Spicer,<br />

Kohner Richardson. Back L-R: Nathaniel Wilkinson, Malaiyah<br />

Kelly, Reyanna Williams, Ethan Carpenter, Javon Thames.<br />

84 • <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2017</strong>

Germantown<br />

Senior Receives Mecu Star Student Award<br />

Aurea Toledo-Dunham from Germantown High School has<br />

been selected as the Star Student of the Month for September<br />

<strong>2017</strong>. This award is voted on by the faculty and staff of GHS and<br />

is based on outstanding academic achievement and strong<br />

commitment to community involvement.<br />

Aurea is described by GHS staff as “the epitome of the<br />

All-American girl”! She is involved in a plethora of activities at<br />

Germantown High School such as Marine Corps JROTC, choir,<br />

Beta Club, HOSA, student government, and National Honor<br />

Society. Aurea has been awarded the Biology Award, Citizenship<br />

Award, Accelerated English Award, and she represented GHS at<br />

Girl’s State where she won a Mayor’s Scholarship and Good<br />

Citizenship Citation. She is also involved in numerous community<br />

service activities through her school and church, as well.<br />

“Members Exchange is honored to recognize students at<br />

Germantown High School through the Star Student program.<br />

We hope that more students will realize the importance of<br />

community service and this will motivate them to get involved in<br />

their community,” said Angela Mitchell, AVP Marketing at<br />

Members Exchange.<br />

Members Exchange is proud to recognize her accomplishments<br />

and reward her with the first Star Student Award of <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

The MECU Star Student Award honors students who exemplify<br />

strong community engagement and service into their daily lives.<br />

We award 4 students at GHS during the Fall semester with this<br />

award, and they receive a certificate, $100 check payable to the<br />

student, and a MECU swag bag.<br />

Members Exchange is a not-for-profit financial institution founded in 1954<br />

as an alternative to traditional banking. Membership is open to persons who<br />

live, work, worship, volunteer or attend school in Hinds, <strong>Madison</strong>, Rankin,<br />

Simpson or Copiah counties in Mississippi; as well as immediate family<br />

members of current credit union members.<br />

Angela Mitchell, AVP Marketing, Aurea Toledo-Dunham,<br />

GHS Star Student, and David Broadaway, AVP Business and<br />

Specialized Lending<br />

Harrison Grimes and Gus Loshelder<br />

Germantown High School National Merit semifinalists<br />

National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names<br />

of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual<br />

National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically<br />

talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue<br />

in the competition for some 7,500 national merit scholarships<br />

worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.<br />

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one<br />

percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring<br />

entrants in each state.<br />

Submissions provided by local officials from each individual district and not to be considered editorial opinion.<br />

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Germantown<br />

madison county Schools<br />

Germantown High School crowned<br />

Alanis Johnson their <strong>2017</strong> Homecoming Queen.<br />

Senior Homecoming Maids L-R: Alanis Johnson, Ka’Briana Kirk, Cambria Luckett,<br />

Mary Morgan Agostinelli, Abbie Hanna, and Tiara Scott<br />

Junior Homecoming Maids<br />

L-R: <strong>Madison</strong> Smith, Emme Walker,<br />

Hailey Soper, Grayson Amis<br />

Sophomore Homecoming Maids<br />

L-R: Ava Aslam, JuKaela Knox, Nicole<br />

Easley, Iris Ball<br />

Freshman Homecoming Maids<br />

L-R: Anna Claire Savell, Ella Maulding,<br />

Mia Eskridge, Amelia Agostinelli<br />

86 • <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Senior Homecoming Court L-R: Kyle Holmes, Josh Bell, Cade Pinnix,<br />

Howard Munroe, Benjamin Bell, Dra Donalson, Ka’Briana Kirk,<br />

Mary Morgan Agostinelli, Alanis Johnson, Cambria Luckett, Tiara Scott,<br />

Abbie Hanna<br />

Junior Homecoming Court L-R: Tyler Welch, Carson<br />

Fisher, Reid Lott, and Eli Thurman, Emme Walker,<br />

<strong>Madison</strong> Smith, Hailey Soper, and Grayson Amis<br />

Sophomore Homecoming Court L-R: Isaiah Wilson, Easton<br />

Wynn, Austin Lee, and Justas Bowers Nicole Easley, Ava Aslam,<br />

JuKaela Knox, Iris Ball<br />

Freshman Homecoming Court L-R: Drew Williams, Colton<br />

Gardner, Houston Haley, and Miles Denny, Amelia Agostinelli,<br />

Anna Claire Savell, Mia Eskridge, Ella Maulding<br />

<strong>Hometown</strong> madison • 87


madison county Schools<br />

Rosa Scott<br />

Rosa Scott held its annual golf ball drop fundraiser on October 2nd<br />

before the Rosa Scott versus Germantown football game. Students<br />

sold raffle tickets for a chance to win $2500. The winner was<br />

determined by whose ball dropped from helicopter landed closest<br />

to the target.<br />

PTO Golf Ball drop committee L-R: Joy Bourne, Jenny Layton,<br />

Amanda Ward, Principal Sean Brewer & Bridgett Chisolm.<br />

Not pictured: Beth Parker, Lindsey Thoms, Julie Darling,<br />

Teresa Wooten<br />

Top sellers L-R: Brendon Minor and J.T Evans both won $150.<br />

Brianna Williams was the 3rd place winner of $75. The winner of<br />

the $2500 was Frankie Deel and the winning ticket was sold by<br />

Summer Keith.<br />

88 • <strong>November</strong>/<strong>December</strong> <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Camille Anding<br />

The Time Coin<br />

Mississippi seems to be home to a<br />

lot of doves, and there are two that<br />

live right in our back yard. I wish<br />

they would migrate – permanently! It’s those<br />

forlorn bird sounds they make that take me<br />

back some thirty years ago when our children<br />

were adolescents and the “circle of life” in<br />

our extended family hadn’t been broken.<br />

I realize now what a blessed chapter that is in a family’s life cycle<br />

and how different life can become in the chapters that always follow.<br />

I should have relished those days more.<br />

The family dove shoot meant a cousins and siblings reunion.<br />

Daddy would have the sprawling pasture harvested from the doves’<br />

favorite seeds, leaving behind an enticement for hungry doves to fly low.<br />

My brother and sisters along with spouses and kids would circle the<br />

perimeter of the field, waiting for the first morning’s rays to reflect off<br />

the gun barrels and the arrival of the breakfast-seeking doves.<br />

“Here they come!” someone would shout, and the battle would<br />

ensue. A barrage of shoulder-pounding shotguns would bring down<br />

the first kill followed by cousins racing our Lab retriever to fetch the<br />

feathered trophies. The war zone was active until noon when everyone<br />

left the field to gather around our table for<br />

lunch. It would be light fare so there would be<br />

ample room for the feast that night.<br />

By mid-afternoon, the hunters and<br />

retrievers headed back to the dove shoot for<br />

Round II. Sometimes the doves took their<br />

time in returning and other times they would<br />

fly over in supersonic maneuvers. While we<br />

waited, muffled conversations among the families and random dragon<br />

fly chases by the kids filled the quiet until we heard it again, “Here<br />

they come!”<br />

The evening meal was fare beyond description – biscuits, a<br />

hundred plus with bowls of dove gravy to match the heaping platter of<br />

fried doves. Fresh lima beans, chilled potato salad and sliced tomatoes<br />

were the usual accompaniments. The fellowship was the finest but no<br />

finer than the taste of that once a year delicacy of fried doves.<br />

I seldom travel down Hwy 30 in Union County. The dove pasture<br />

once seen from the highway is overgrown and blocked off by roadside<br />

trees. The doves probably never fly low over the neglected pasture, and<br />

laughter amid the shotgun booms is only a memory. A nearby cemetery<br />

is the resting place of my favorite cook and dove hunter.<br />

I should have relished those days more. n<br />

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