Forest News

Happy Birthday:

March 13: Christopher Lancaster, Dan Harrison, David Williams, Janelle Parks, Dale Sharp, Noble Anderson, Alan Tullos, Angie King.

March 14: John Tyree, Jr., Randy Woods, W. A. Pogue, Catherine Huckabey, Leiah Gilbert Bridges, Roger McDaniel, James Gibbs.

March 15: Sheila Rushing, John Allen Roby, Shawn Gunderson, Charles Rogellio, Jr., Jonathon Huff, Anna Gaddis.

March 16: Shannon Burns, Jimmy McGee, Judy Jones, Sue Tullos, Jan Weems Campbell, Denise Boutwell, Bill Haralson

March 17: Helen B. Fortenberry, David Gaddis, Gale Graham, Kenneth Hamm, Jimmie Nell Rawson, Rusty Charles Russell, Richard Wilkerson, Clayton Lott, Daniel Dilley, Roland Simmons, Alan Parkes, Jenna M. Murphy, Roger Decatur Tadlock

March 18: Audrey Thrash, Stevie Stevens, Verda Harrison, Lea Ann Wright Craig, Joe C. Bradford, Jr., Cindy Watkins, Joyce Harrison, Peggy Shields, William Harrell, Meredith Dickson, Chase Gaddis, Adam Austin

March 19; Mary N. Wilkerson Jones, Joe Lee Tadlock, Randy Dilley. Nancy Dearman Lee, Kevin Everett, Deborah Lee Coker, Scott Stewart, Melanie Pierce Austin, Samatha Elizabeth Smith, Lynn Walls Fountain, Audrey Lynn Smith, Jason Ainsworth, Cher Nixon Tadlock

Last week Judge Tom and Norma Ruth Lee were guest of Bill and Nancy Yates for the annual gathering at the Yates Lodge at Mulberry Point in Aliceville, Alabama. It was a very special time of reminiscing and sharing latest happenings with 16 couples who have maintained close friendships through the years. 

Welcome to David Isiah Mitchell, born Thursday, February 28 at Baptist Medical System in Jackson. The baby weighed in at six pounds 13 ounces, and 19 1/2 inches long to Kai Mitchell and Deidra Mitchell. Proud Biloxi grandparents are Joe “Mitch” and Jennifer Mitchell and great granddad, Rhett Mitchell. Congratulations all!!

Sincere sympathy to the family of Margaret Rhodes Rivers who died March 2nd following an extended illness. Margaret was a member of the Forest High School Class of 1965.  Funeral services were held last Monday at McClain Hays Funeral home in Philadelphia.

Welcome Home to Raman and Jay Patel who have recently returned from a busy two-month stay in India!

Congratulations to Dianne McLaurin, who has been named Branch Manager of the Forest Public Library!

For the past few years she has served as the assistant branch manager.  Dianne and her staff have worked hard to provide our community with the many programs and services offered.  Former branch manager Kimberly Norman Cook is now full time with the Central Mississippi Regional Library System headquarters.

You won’t want to miss this week’s LIBRARY LAB: “Chiquita’s Cake Baking Class!!”  Local baker Chiquita Lofton-Wilson teaches participants Cake Baking 101 at the Saturday morning Library Lab, March 16 from 9:00 a.m. until Noon. This workshop of making and decorating cakes is perfect for bakers of all levels, from caterers to home cooks. Learn the art of cake designing and creating the perfect cake for any purpose. The class begins with an overview of basic equipment and ingredients, along with step-by-step demonstrations. Registration is required, along with a $5.00 ingredients fee for the take-home cake. Let’s bake our cake and eat it, too!

St. Patrick’s Day Program for Teens is scheduled at the Forest Municipal  Library for Tuesday, March 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Are you feeling lucky? Ready to Riverdance?  Library teens will be celebrating the Luck of the Irish with games, crafts, music, and maybe a little Irish jig!

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