#FALLFASHION — The Lodge


When in Starkville, a Bulldog tee-shirt is always in style—winter, spring summer or fall!

Sherry Neal of The Lodge said the Bella Canvas Tees are popular right now as well as the Comfort Color tees. This fall, both guys and girls will be wearing more of the Woolly Threads pullovers and the fluffy soft quarter zip pullovers.

A portion of this story was published in the August 31, 2017 WELCOME BACK edition of The Starkville Daily News.

#FALLFASHION — R. Tabb and Company


In a college town, Fall equals football, Rush, students returning to campus, cooler temperatures are on the way and so many fun activities.

And those fun activities require breaking out the Fall wardrobe and adding a few trendy pieces.

Rebecca Tabb of R. Tabb & Company, said blush and burgundy are “big colors this fall,” which coordinates perfectly with the team colors of our favorite college football team.

She said another “huge” fall trend is ripped or distressed jeans. She also said booties and over-the-knee boots will also be big this fall.

“And for Mississippi weather, layering is a must,” Tabb said. “Light weight jackets and long cardigan sweaters will also be big this fall.”

 

A portion of this story was published in the Aug. 31, 2017 WELCOME BACK edition of The Starkville Daily News.

Making college students feel welcome and connected


College is an incredibly formative time in the life of a student and it is an important time to make important decisions about faith.

Hugh Griffith, director of the Wesley Foundation at Mississippi State University, said college students are going to grow and develop in some way — positively or negatively — during their college experience, so it is urgent and crucial that students grow and develop in good and godly ways. 

“College students are ‘good soil,’ to borrow the image from Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13,” Griffith said. “There’s urgency in the fact not only good seed grows in good soil, but whatever is planted in good soil will grow and bear fruit, whether the fruit is desirable or not.  Wesley Foundation sows good seed–Kingdom seed–Gospel seed– in the good soil of college students.”

Griffith said “campus ministry serves students when they are away from home and no longer receiving the ministry of their home church like they did during their growing up days.”

There are a wide variety of campus ministries for students to experience on campus this fall, and many students who are in the area over the weekends may have the opportunity to visit local churches. Continue reading

Marie Mason – Her Cancer Journey


She never misses a year. Even in a year when she has struggled with the return of breast cancer and a round of powerful chemotherapy.

Marie Mason usually leads a team from Second Baptist Church of Starkville to help raise money for the American Cancer Society through the Oktibbeha County Relay For Life. She loves it. She is passionate about leading by example and giving back. Mason said if people can see that she can keep moving forward with a good attitude, it may give others hope.

She quotes her favorite Bible verse, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” from Proverbs 18:14.

“I love going and doing something worthwhile,” Mason said about Relay for Life. “It is important to keep moving forward.”

“Marie is a true inspiration,” said Caleb Rich, one of the organizers for the 2017 Oktibbeha County Relay for Life. “She has always been a person who put other’s needs before her own. Her leadership as the team captain for the Second Baptist Church team inspired the team to step up in a big way for her as she’s been going through treatment again. Marie Mason is truly the heart of what Relay for Life is about.”

And even though Mason did not lead a team this year, many volunteers in Oktibbeha County dedicated this year’s Relay for Life in her honor. As usual, she was there, but not leading a team. For Mason, this year has been reminiscent of a time 24 years ago, when she first discovered breast cancer. Continue reading

#MarchisColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth


Me and Pepper at one of the last chemo treatments in Round 3.

Even now, to say or write down the words “colorectal cancer” seems unreal. On one hand, there is an incredible disconnect between me and those words. On the other hand, those words have completely changed my life.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer in August 2015, but I had been sick long before that day. Continue reading

Talking Farm Toys


untitledCome to the Starkville Farm Toy Show at the National Guard Armory on Hwy. 12 in Starkville this weekend, then join Mitch Sisson and Pepper Sisson at JOY Club.

The Sissons will discuss their history with toy tractors and share their projects and collections at this month’s JOY Club potluck luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall. “I have really gotten to know some characters, and some mighty fine people playing with these toys,” said Mitch Sisson. “I have made some really good friends though the hobby.  One old man told me ‘Toy tractors collect the nicest people.’  Well, they do…and those nice people have put up with the Sisson Brothers for nearly 20 years!”

The Starkville Farm Toy Show is open to anyone with any type of farm related toys —tractors, trucks, implements, animals, buildings, logging equipment—that would like to come set their stuff up to sell, trade, or just display. Sisson said there will be a few tables set up with display only pieces. Then, there will be vendors set up selling new farm toys, used farm toys, broken farm toys. Continue reading