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By ANNA PATRICK

Lots of congratulations. We'll begin with graduations.

Sunday the 22nd Prosperity Baptist recognized their graduates high school graduates - Hailey Walker from DeKalb County and Alayna Reed from Cannon County. That night their parents hosted a reception following the Evening Worship Service.

Tuesday night the church was the place to be for the Kindergarten and Eighth Grade graduation ceremonies. At 5:00 p.m., 9 kindergartens did their march down the aisle. They did a "kindergarten" version of the "Summer Nights" song from the movie "Grease".

At 7:00 p.m. 20 students marched down the aisle to "Pomp and Circumstance" where they received awards and diplomas. There were laughter, shedding of tears, hugs and slaps on the back for jobs well done. Each student was encouraged to represent their families, school and teachers as they exit their "normal" days and enter a new "normal" when they enter high school.

Both graduation ceremonies ended with a slide show of their year followed by a reception.

And speaking of education - congratulations to siblings Jordan and Lauren Turney. For this semester, both made the Dean's List at Harding University.

Parents of these two (Todd and Susan Turney) spent some time in and around Pittsburg, PA.

These congratulations don't go to a graduate but to our famous runner! Hannah Whited's 4X800 relay team made it to the state competition.

And now for the final congrats. Doug and Cheyrl Pursell have graduated!! - - they are now grandparents again. Benton Edward Pursell was born the 20th weighing a MERE 9 lbs, 12 oz. Big sister, Annalee, is excited to help take care of him with parents, Jacob and Annette.

Judy Corvin's mom, Andella Medlin of Missouri, is spending some time with her and Randy.

Sara Drue Nichols Zimmer begins our birthday list this week when she celebrates the 1st day of June. Skipping 2 days, we see that the 4th belongs to Scarlett Turney. The 5th is a popular day for birthdays. Those celebrating that day are Terry Thomas, Nancy Haley, Ryan Womack and Haley Armstrong. Becky Gandy and C. J. Hughes have theirs the 6trh with Alyssa Whited, Brade Lee and Sunshine Robbins ending the week on the 7th. Happy birthday you all!

It's another year of wedded bliss for Mitchell and Veronica Davenport the 1st day of June. The 5th Joe and Velma Turner finish 57 years of marriage while Nick and Lori Smith celebrate their 5th. Happy anniversary to all 3 couples.

If you have news for this column, please e-mail me at apatrick@dtccom.net, or call 464-4310 and leave a message if no answer.

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