By Sid Riley
Jackson County may be developing a reputation for the beauty and grace of its young ladies, since our local queens performed so well at the 2008 National Peanut Festival which is underway this week in Dothan. Marissa Baxter, who is the current "Little Miss Grand Ridge" title holder, finished as 2nd runner-up for the title of "Little Miss National Peanut Festival Queen". This is especially significant since there were fifty contestants for this title.
Marissa is the daughter of Michael and Melinda Baxter and has one brother McLane who is 4. Paternal Grandparents are Dewey and Betty Baxter of Sneads. Maternal Grandparents are Bill Evans of Malone, and Glenda and Wayne Winkle of Malone. Paternal Great-Grandparents are Coy Lee and Essie Baxter of Sneads, and the late Homer and Mildred Weeks of Grand Ridge. Maternal Great-Grandparents are Mary Jane Evans and the late A.D. Evans of Greenwood, and Faye Jones and the late Charles Jones of Malone.
As reported in the Jackson County Times last week, Alicia Hatcher, who held the title of "Miss Jackson County", won the first place title of "Miss National Peanut Festival Queen", and Ashleigh Lollie, the current "Miss Grand Ridge" finished as 4th runner up for festival queen.