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City of Meridian announces that 6th Street has changed to 2-way traffic

Event Dates and Times

11/17/2017 - 11/30/2017
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The City of Meridian announces that 6th Street has changed to 2-way traffic starting at the corner of 23rd Avenue all of the way to the intersection where 5th and 6th Streets merge.

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JCJC’s Jasper County Center announces spring class schedule

Event Dates and Times

11/17/2017 - 12/31/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Jasper County Center announces spring class schedule

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Center in Bay Springs is offering college credit, non-credit, and workforce, day and night courses this spring. Class dates and times may vary depending on demand. Tuition costs for credit courses can be found on the website, along with registration information, at http://www.jcjc.edu/registration/ For more information call the general number to the Jasper County Center at 601-764-9393. For assistance with college credit classes contact Lela Bryan lela.bryan@jcjc.edu, and for all other courses, contact Debbie Ishee debbie.ishee@jcjc.edu.

The following are the classes currently scheduled for this spring.

Spring College Career & Technical Classes:
Welding with CORE (January 8 – May 3) Monday – Friday 7:45 am – 2:30 pm

Spring College Academic Classes:
Western Civilization II Monday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
English Composition II Tuesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
World Religion Wednesday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Art Appreciation Thursday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Spring College NON-Credit (Workforce) Classes:
Welding with CORE (January 8 –June 30) Monday & Wednesday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Millwright with CORE (January 8 –June 30) Tuesday & Thursday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C N A (February 5 – March 9) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 4:30 pm-9:30 pm

Community Classes:
Stain Glass (date not yet determined) Monday 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Triple Treat Christmas ...

Event Dates and Times

11/16/2017 - 12/19/2017
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Triple Treat Christmas ... ...
December 15th - 19th

1. Trees of Christmas at Merrehope
2. Santa's Christmas Factory at Soule' Steam Works
3. Lazy Acres in Lights
(601) 483-8439
(888) 868-7720
(833) 327-6386

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ECCC to Host 3rd Annual ‘Warrior Wonderland’ Dec. 1

Event Dates and Times

11/16/2017 - 12/1/2017
East Central Community College ... on the campus in Decatur
ECCC to Host 3rd Annual ‘Warrior Wonderland’ Dec. 1
East Central Community College invites area residents to get into the Christmas spirit by attending the third annual Warrior Wonderland Friday, Dec. 1, on the campus in Decatur.
The special celebration of Christmas will begin immediately following the Decatur Christmas Parade, about 6:30 p.m., and conclude by 8:30 p.m.
Warrior Wonderland will kick off with a fireworks display and visitors will have a variety of activities from which to choose.
Several East Central Community College musicians and ensembles, including the Centralettes and color guard, will be performing throughout the night on the music stage. There will be a ‘Selfies with Santa’ station, a Mississippi National Guard Avenger military vehicle that guests can maneuver, and various specialty, food, and drink booths sponsored by ECCC student organizations.
A $5 armband will provide unlimited access to a train ride, inflatable slide, and two laser tag areas. New this year is the Wrecking Ball, a ride that swings back and forth while the tub containing the rider spins, and a football throw and gaming trailer, also provided by the Mississippi National Guard.
“We always enjoy partnering with our local communities, and what better season of the year to do this than Christmas,” said East Central Community College president Dr. Billy Stewart. “We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the activities and fun our campus community has planned for this special holiday evening at East Central.”
For more information, contact Amanda Walton, ECCC director of housing and student activities, at 601-635-6213 or email awalton@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
mmcleod@eccc.edu
601-635-6303
Fax: 601-635-4398

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

11/15/2017 - 12/12/2017
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Upcoming Events

Deaconess Home Care
Ribbon Cutting
4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 16th
1203 24th Ave

Fudge Etcetera
Ribbon Cutting
9:00 a.m.
Monday, November 20th
5011 Poplar Springs Dr.

2017 EMBDC
Annual Meeting
8:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 12th
MSU Riley Center

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Upsets lead to historic win by Wayne County in JCJC’s Bobcat Math League Championships

Event Dates and Times

11/14/2017 - 11/29/2017
Jones County Junior College
Upsets lead to historic win by Wayne County in JCJC’s Bobcat Math League Championships

ELLISVILLE – Some of the top teams coming into the 2017 Jones County Junior College Bobcat Math League’s playoff competition were quickly picked off and sent home, stunning the eventual 2017 “Super Bowl” Champions, the Wayne County War Eagles, who had to fend off the 2016 Champions, the Oak Grove Warriors in the final round of the playoffs. This is the first time since the creation of the Bobcat Math League in 2012 for Wayne County to claim the title. Additionally, the War Eagle team took home a total of $2,900 in cash prizes for winning four-regular season matches, and for being a regular season wild card team and victorious in competition. Oak Grove received a total of $1,950 in cash prizes for their second-place finish, as well as for being a regular season division winner, and winning five-regular season matches.

“We really didn’t expect to win as the fifth-seeded team coming into the competition and to seemingly come from behind has been incredible,” said Wayne County senior and the team’s Most Outstanding Player for the regular season, Mona Heng. “I am just amazed because we only won one game all of the last season!”

What changed this year for the young Wayne County team? Second-year math coach, Allison Clark explained, it was simply a matter of practicing more.

“The students really practiced hard, every day for this competition. We set aside a one-hour practice time and for the first time and it really paid off,” said Clark.

Knowing the Overall Most Outstanding Player was Oak Grove’s Peter Liang who won a laptop from Howard Computers, didn’t seem to ruffle the War Eagle’s feathers. Additionally, four out of the ten members of the All-League Team or overall top average scorers during the paper test portion of all five regular-season matches included Oak Grove players including, Erin Choi, Peter Liang, Olivia Viguerie and Abigail Weir. Sacred Heart’s Ben Dunn, Nick Gallardo, Cameron Miller and Remy Poirrier along with Northeast Jones’ Gwen Rowzee and Presbyterian Christian’s Otoniel Duran-Hernandez also earned top individual honors.

Each of the 16 teams Most Outstanding Players for the regular season of the JCJC Bobcat Math League were recognized at JCJC during the final playoffs of the season including, Collins HS, Ronnie Davis; Columbia Academy, Payton Burge; Heidelberg HS, Zyon Stevens; Laurel HS, Keandranique Gilbert and Alexandria Seals (Tied); Northeast Jones HS, Gwen Rowzee; Oak Grove HS, Peter Liang; Perry Central HS, Ryan Hill; Presbyterian Christian HS, Otoniel Duran-Hernandez; Quitman HS, Logan Kelly; Raleigh HS, Ally Fortenberry; Sacred Heart HS, Ben Dunn; South Jones HS, Luke Youngblood; Sylva Bay Academy, Knute Malone; Wayne Academy, Laken Hancock; Wayne County HS, Mona Heng; and West Jones HS, Logan Parker.

Another concern for the Wayne County team could have been the fact Oak Grove and Sacred Heart were entering the final playoffs undefeated, earning them a ‘bye’ in the first round of competition. However, the Sacred Heart Crusaders seemingly crumbled under the pressure early in their first match, losing to the sixth-seeded West Jones Mustangs, 24 to 15. The Mustangs were on a journey to reach the championships for a second consecutive year.

The Wayne County team confidently faced a rising Quitman team in their first round of the playoff finals to win the match, 27 to 17. Facing the Oak Grove Warriors in the second-round of the playoffs, would not end as well for the War Eagles who lost in a close match, 17 to 10. Wayne County would now have to fight their way to the top knowing another loss would be the end of their journey to the championships in the double-elimination contest.

Meanwhile, the West Jones Mustangs were fighting furiously to return to the final championship round in an effort to capture the championship title after taking second place last year. The Mustangs easily defeated the third-seeded Presbyterian Christian Bobcats in their first round, 29 to 5. Next, the Mustangs knocked off another perennial top team and it seemed like the Mustangs were on an easy road to the championships. They whipped the first-seeded team, 24 to 15, and handed the Sacred Heart Crusaders its first loss of the year.

The shell-shocked Sacred Heart team took a chance to double their score in their match-up with the Wayne County War Eagles, but the Crusaders ended up losing the 5-points they risked and the match. That costly but daring mistake by Sacred Heart sent them packing. Meanwhile, Wayne County’s 19-points and the early jump on the Crusaders put the War Eagles back in the hunt for the championships. The only team keeping Wayne County from reaching the championship round was the Presbyterian Christian Bobcats. PCS won a low-scoring match with the Quitman Panthers, 5 to 0, which was good enough to keep the Bobcats alive for another chance of regaining the championship.

Both Oak Grove and West Jones entered the quarter-final rounds undefeated. The Warriors took the lead immediately, keeping the Mustangs from winning. West Jones lost the match and the immediate race for the top spot, 33 to 12. Because neither Oak Grove nor West Jones had racked up a loss before this matchup, they would have to play each other a second time. The second matchup between the Warriors and Mustangs proved to be a repeat in results, with a final score of, 31 to 10, with Oak Grove headed to the championship round.

Next, Wayne County and Presbyterian Christian faced off knowing it would be tough for either team to get a win. Perhaps it was destiny for the War Eagles who were hot on the buzzer and quick with the correct answers because the War Eagles kept the Bobcats from scoring more than 10 points. Wayne County racked up 22 points and earned the right to play in the championship round.

For the second time in the playoffs, West Jones and Presbyterian Christian faced off. Unfortunately, both teams were disappointed this was a battle to determine third and fourth place and not the championship. PCS was quick to find success early, keeping the Mustangs from taking the lead. At one point, the Mustangs managed to tie the score, 7 to 7, but the Bobcats earned 5-points with a correct answer to a toss-up question and two additional points after correctly answering a bonus question. The final score, 14 to 7, put the Mustangs in fourth place with PCS taking third place.

It was virtual war in becoming the 2017 Champions of the “Super Bowl” of Math for both of the final two teams, the Warriors of Oak Grove and the War Eagles of Wayne County. Captain of the Wayne County team, Dakota Brewer was quick to correctly answer and put points on the board. He single-handedly led the team to a 21-point lead before Oak Groves’ Peter Liang was able to get five points on the fifth question. Liang and Brewer’s efforts helped keep their teams’ scores to a five-point margin at the end the first half with Oak Grove scoring 19, to Wayne County’s 26 points.

After the half-time break, both teams were having a tough time adding points. Brewer’s missed answer about hybrid cars opened the door for Liang to snatch up five points. It remained, 24 to 26, through five questions before Wayne County’s Mona Heng came through with a correct answer widening the War Eagles’ lead, 31 to 24. Her efforts apparently energized Brewer to answer correctly on the next question furthering the teams’ lead 12-points with a, 24 to 36 score with three questions remaining. The Warrior’s lead man, Liang and Olivia Viguerie narrowed the gap with their additional seven-points to improve Oak Grove’s score to 31-points compared to Wayne County’s 36 points. Tensions mounted with both teams realizing the title and cash prizes were three-questions within their grasp. Both teams desperately tried to score but no one could find the correct answer, leaving the War Eagles to win the final match, 36 to 31. This is the first time Wayne County won the Championship under the revised format in 2012, with a six-week regular season competition and the formation of the Bobcat Math League.

“We really wanted to continue playing. I don’t think we really got nervous because we just focused on the questions,” said Heng.

Ironically, ten years ago, the War Eagles were the first champions of the then one-day Math Bowl competition in 2008 and then again the last year of the one-day competition in 2011.

“Perhaps this is the beginning of something special for us,” said Coach Clark.

Coming into the playoffs, it would seem logical for Oak Grove to take the crown again because they have a little more experience in postseason playoffs. However, that “experience” graduated.

“We had four out of ten members returning this year and Peter was the only starter to return. Next year, we should be a force to contend with because we have three, juniors returning with Peter as a senior member and another sophomore starter to continue to train,” Oak Grove co-math coach, Richard Kline explained.

Overall, the 2017 season was a rebuilding year for most of the 16 competing teams. All of the perennial giants battled with the loss of their top players because of graduation. Wayne County’s inexperience at the playoff level could have ended their season earlier in the competition. However it proves, on any given day, any team can win.

“Most importantly, we hope the students are learning from this type of competition and that it will have a positive effect on their education. Our research over the past 10-years shows an improvement in high school math subject test scores and ACT math sub-scores, which is our main goal,” said Bobcat Math League Commissioner and JCJC math instructor, Dr. Jessica Bunch. “However, we’re glad the spirit of competition is making the learning process a little more fun, interesting and financially rewarding for these high school students.”

The final standings and cash prizes for the top six-teams are as follows: 1. Wayne County - $2900; 2. Oak Grove - $1950; 3. PCS - $1250; 4. West Jones - $700; 5. Quitman - $600 and 5. Sacred Heart - $650. Sponsors of the BML include the Chisholm Foundation, Sanderson Farms, Corner Market, and Howard Industries. Results from the weekly competitions are posted on the JCJC Bobcat Math League webpage under “Division Standings/Schedules” at www.jcjc.edu/bobcatmathleague/ and on the Bobcat Math League Facebook page: Bobcat Math League - Facebook. For more information about the Bobcat Math League contact Dr. Jessica Bunch (JCJC Bobcat Math League Commissioner) at 601-477-5422 or email at jessica.bunch@jcjc.edu.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Upsets lead to historic win by Wayne County in JCJC’s Bobcat Math League Championships

Event Dates and Times

11/14/2017 - 11/30/2017
Jones County Junior College
Upsets lead to historic win by Wayne County in JCJC’s Bobcat Math League Championships

ELLISVILLE – Some of the top teams coming into the 2017 Jones County Junior College Bobcat Math League’s playoff competition were quickly picked off and sent home, stunning the eventual 2017 “Super Bowl” Champions, the Wayne County War Eagles, who had to fend off the 2016 Champions, the Oak Grove Warriors in the final round of the playoffs. This is the first time since the creation of the Bobcat Math League in 2012 for Wayne County to claim the title. Additionally, the War Eagle team took home a total of $2,900 in cash prizes for winning four-regular season matches, and for being a regular season wild card team and victorious in competition. Oak Grove received a total of $1,950 in cash prizes for their second-place finish, as well as for being a regular season division winner, and winning five-regular season matches.

“We really didn’t expect to win as the fifth-seeded team coming into the competition and to seemingly come from behind has been incredible,” said Wayne County senior and the team’s Most Outstanding Player for the regular season, Mona Heng. “I am just amazed because we only won one game all of the last season!”

What changed this year for the young Wayne County team? Second-year math coach, Allison Clark explained, it was simply a matter of practicing more.

“The students really practiced hard, every day for this competition. We set aside a one-hour practice time and for the first time and it really paid off,” said Clark.

Knowing the Overall Most Outstanding Player was Oak Grove’s Peter Liang who won a laptop from Howard Computers, didn’t seem to ruffle the War Eagle’s feathers. Additionally, four out of the ten members of the All-League Team or overall top average scorers during the paper test portion of all five regular-season matches included Oak Grove players including, Erin Choi, Peter Liang, Olivia Viguerie and Abigail Weir. Sacred Heart’s Ben Dunn, Nick Gallardo, Cameron Miller and Remy Poirrier along with Northeast Jones’ Gwen Rowzee and Presbyterian Christian’s Otoniel Duran-Hernandez also earned top individual honors.

Each of the 16 teams Most Outstanding Players for the regular season of the JCJC Bobcat Math League were recognized at JCJC during the final playoffs of the season including, Collins HS, Ronnie Davis; Columbia Academy, Payton Burge; Heidelberg HS, Zyon Stevens; Laurel HS, Keandranique Gilbert and Alexandria Seals (Tied); Northeast Jones HS, Gwen Rowzee; Oak Grove HS, Peter Liang; Perry Central HS, Ryan Hill; Presbyterian Christian HS, Otoniel Duran-Hernandez; Quitman HS, Logan Kelly; Raleigh HS, Ally Fortenberry; Sacred Heart HS, Ben Dunn; South Jones HS, Luke Youngblood; Sylva Bay Academy, Knute Malone; Wayne Academy, Laken Hancock; Wayne County HS, Mona Heng; and West Jones HS, Logan Parker.

Another concern for the Wayne County team could have been the fact Oak Grove and Sacred Heart were entering the final playoffs undefeated, earning them a ‘bye’ in the first round of competition. However, the Sacred Heart Crusaders seemingly crumbled under the pressure early in their first match, losing to the sixth-seeded West Jones Mustangs, 24 to 15. The Mustangs were on a journey to reach the championships for a second consecutive year.

The Wayne County team confidently faced a rising Quitman team in their first round of the playoff finals to win the match, 27 to 17. Facing the Oak Grove Warriors in the second-round of the playoffs, would not end as well for the War Eagles who lost in a close match, 17 to 10. Wayne County would now have to fight their way to the top knowing another loss would be the end of their journey to the championships in the double-elimination contest.

Meanwhile, the West Jones Mustangs were fighting furiously to return to the final championship round in an effort to capture the championship title after taking second place last year. The Mustangs easily defeated the third-seeded Presbyterian Christian Bobcats in their first round, 29 to 5. Next, the Mustangs knocked off another perennial top team and it seemed like the Mustangs were on an easy road to the championships. They whipped the first-seeded team, 24 to 15, and handed the Sacred Heart Crusaders its first loss of the year.

The shell-shocked Sacred Heart team took a chance to double their score in their match-up with the Wayne County War Eagles, but the Crusaders ended up losing the 5-points they risked and the match. That costly but daring mistake by Sacred Heart sent them packing. Meanwhile, Wayne County’s 19-points and the early jump on the Crusaders put the War Eagles back in the hunt for the championships. The only team keeping Wayne County from reaching the championship round was the Presbyterian Christian Bobcats. PCS won a low-scoring match with the Quitman Panthers, 5 to 0, which was good enough to keep the Bobcats alive for another chance of regaining the championship.

Both Oak Grove and West Jones entered the quarter-final rounds undefeated. The Warriors took the lead immediately, keeping the Mustangs from winning. West Jones lost the match and the immediate race for the top spot, 33 to 12. Because neither Oak Grove nor West Jones had racked up a loss before this matchup, they would have to play each other a second time. The second matchup between the Warriors and Mustangs proved to be a repeat in results, with a final score of, 31 to 10, with Oak Grove headed to the championship round.

Next, Wayne County and Presbyterian Christian faced off knowing it would be tough for either team to get a win. Perhaps it was destiny for the War Eagles who were hot on the buzzer and quick with the correct answers because the War Eagles kept the Bobcats from scoring more than 10 points. Wayne County racked up 22 points and earned the right to play in the championship round.

For the second time in the playoffs, West Jones and Presbyterian Christian faced off. Unfortunately, both teams were disappointed this was a battle to determine third and fourth place and not the championship. PCS was quick to find success early, keeping the Mustangs from taking the lead. At one point, the Mustangs managed to tie the score, 7 to 7, but the Bobcats earned 5-points with a correct answer to a toss-up question and two additional points after correctly answering a bonus question. The final score, 14 to 7, put the Mustangs in fourth place with PCS taking third place.

It was virtual war in becoming the 2017 Champions of the “Super Bowl” of Math for both of the final two teams, the Warriors of Oak Grove and the War Eagles of Wayne County. Captain of the Wayne County team, Dakota Brewer was quick to correctly answer and put points on the board. He single-handedly led the team to a 21-point lead before Oak Groves’ Peter Liang was able to get five points on the fifth question. Liang and Brewer’s efforts helped keep their teams’ scores to a five-point margin at the end the first half with Oak Grove scoring 19, to Wayne County’s 26 points.

After the half-time break, both teams were having a tough time adding points. Brewer’s missed answer about hybrid cars opened the door for Liang to snatch up five points. It remained, 24 to 26, through five questions before Wayne County’s Mona Heng came through with a correct answer widening the War Eagles’ lead, 31 to 24. Her efforts apparently energized Brewer to answer correctly on the next question furthering the teams’ lead 12-points with a, 24 to 36 score with three questions remaining. The Warrior’s lead man, Liang and Olivia Viguerie narrowed the gap with their additional seven-points to improve Oak Grove’s score to 31-points compared to Wayne County’s 36 points. Tensions mounted with both teams realizing the title and cash prizes were three-questions within their grasp. Both teams desperately tried to score but no one could find the correct answer, leaving the War Eagles to win the final match, 36 to 31. This is the first time Wayne County won the Championship under the revised format in 2012, with a six-week regular season competition and the formation of the Bobcat Math League.

“We really wanted to continue playing. I don’t think we really got nervous because we just focused on the questions,” said Heng.

Ironically, ten years ago, the War Eagles were the first champions of the then one-day Math Bowl competition in 2008 and then again the last year of the one-day competition in 2011.

“Perhaps this is the beginning of something special for us,” said Coach Clark.

Coming into the playoffs, it would seem logical for Oak Grove to take the crown again because they have a little more experience in postseason playoffs. However, that “experience” graduated.

“We had four out of ten members returning this year and Peter was the only starter to return. Next year, we should be a force to contend with because we have three, juniors returning with Peter as a senior member and another sophomore starter to continue to train,” Oak Grove co-math coach, Richard Kline explained.

Overall, the 2017 season was a rebuilding year for most of the 16 competing teams. All of the perennial giants battled with the loss of their top players because of graduation. Wayne County’s inexperience at the playoff level could have ended their season earlier in the competition. However it proves, on any given day, any team can win.

“Most importantly, we hope the students are learning from this type of competition and that it will have a positive effect on their education. Our research over the past 10-years shows an improvement in high school math subject test scores and ACT math sub-scores, which is our main goal,” said Bobcat Math League Commissioner and JCJC math instructor, Dr. Jessica Bunch. “However, we’re glad the spirit of competition is making the learning process a little more fun, interesting and financially rewarding for these high school students.”

The final standings and cash prizes for the top six-teams are as follows: 1. Wayne County - $2900; 2. Oak Grove - $1950; 3. PCS - $1250; 4. West Jones - $700; 5. Quitman - $600 and 5. Sacred Heart - $650. Sponsors of the BML include the Chisholm Foundation, Sanderson Farms, Corner Market, and Howard Industries. Results from the weekly competitions are posted on the JCJC Bobcat Math League webpage under “Division Standings/Schedules” at www.jcjc.edu/bobcatmathleague/ and on the Bobcat Math League Facebook page: Bobcat Math League - Facebook. For more information about the Bobcat Math League contact Dr. Jessica Bunch (JCJC Bobcat Math League Commissioner) at 601-477-5422 or email at jessica.bunch@jcjc.edu.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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Southern Pine Announces Adopt-a-School Program

Event Dates and Times

11/14/2017 - 12/14/2017
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Southern Pine Announces Adopt-a-School Program
TAYLORSVILLE – Southern Pine Electric is proud to announce its Adopt-a-School Program whereby employees, teachers, parents and community leaders will work together to provide needed resources for students and young people throughout its service area. The first school selected through the program is Hopewell Elementary, located in Covington County, Mississippi.
School Principal, Turpin Smith, teachers, staff and students participated in a booth at Southern Pine’s recent Annual Meeting providing a glimpse into the studies and academic capabilities of the children. Students enjoyed visiting with employees and appreciated an insider’s view of Southern Pine equipment.
Working hand-in-hand with teachers, Southern Pine employees will not only help provide resources but will teach a new generation about the benefits of belonging to a cooperative. Each year, Southern Pine will announce the selection of a different school for participation in the program from its eleven-county service area. Information will be provided in mid-2018 for schools interested in applying for the Adopt-a-School Program.
Southern Pine Electric is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative that distributes electricity to more than 67,000 members in 11 counties in central and south Mississippi. It is headquartered in Taylorsville and has offices in Brandon, Newton, Hattiesburg and New Hebron.

Brock Williamson
Communications Coordinator
Southern Pine Electric
PO Box 60 | Taylorsville, Mississippi 39168
601-678-3230;

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JCJC’s “A Jingle Jazz Christmas” partners with Salvation Army’s Angel Tree & Santa

Event Dates and Times

11/10/2017 - 11/30/2017
Jones County Junior College M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium on the JCJC campus in Ellisville
JCJC’s “A Jingle Jazz Christmas” partners with Salvation Army’s Angel Tree & Santa

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Department is pleased to partner with the Salvation Army again this year in providing a bit of Christmas cheer for “angels” in the Pine Belt. The public is invited to begin the holiday season by attending, “A Jingle Jazz Christmas,” featuring the JC Jazz, JC Voices and a new group, The Bridge, for an evening of traditional and jazzy Christmas tunes on Thursday, November 30, at 7 p.m. in the M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium on the JCJC campus in Ellisville.

In lieu of a ticket, the students and faculty of the JCJC Fine Arts Department request that you bring one new unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree” program as your admission to the concert. Gift suggestions include toys, sports equipment, board games and plush animals. All the donations will be given to children in our area this Christmas.

“We are also proud Santa will be joining us before the concert at 6 p.m. to take pictures with those who bring a gift for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. The pictures with Santa are an additional gift from JCJC and Santa, in appreciation for donating to a worthy cause as we kick off this holiday season of gift-giving and music,” said JCJC Fine Arts Division Chair and JC Voices director, Dr. Susan Smith. “Many of our students receive scholarships and they look forward to performances like this where they can give back to the community and highlight their talent.”

The Jingle Jazz concert will feature an evening of beautiful holiday favorites like, “O Holy Night,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “Big Band Holiday” along with other Christmas favorites performed by the JC Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Mackenzie Edgley.

The select vocal ensembles, JC Voices and The Bridge, under the direction of Dr. Susan Smith and accompanied by Dr. David Goldblatt will sing several selections including “Gettin’ in the Mood for Christmas” and the familiar and beloved “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” JC Voices and The Bridge will also share popular tunes like the Pentatonix arrangements of “That’s Christmas to Me,” “Mary Did You Know,” and “White Winter Hymnal.” Student soloists and duets from both groups will be featured throughout the evening.
Come early and get your family picture taken with our special guest from the North Pole with your gift donation to the Angel Tree program. All toys should be unwrapped and age appropriate. Necessities and Christmas gifts are provided for disadvantaged children from infants to age 12, through the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program in Jones, Jasper, Wayne, Clarke, Smith and Simpson counties.

For more information, call the Fine Arts office at 601-477-4094 or follow JCJC Fine Arts on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about the Angel Tree project, go to http://salvationarmyalm.org/angel-tree/

Members of JC Jazz
Mackenzie Edgley, Director

Saxophones
Brelynne Baldwin - Raleigh
Sarah Conn – Natchez
Joshua Anderson – Leakesville
Sydney Herrington - Meridian

Trumpets
Gage Watkins - Quitman
Nicole Tisdale - Ellisville
Joseph A. Grimes - Citronelle, AL

Trombone
Tyler Miller - Cedar Park, TX

Rhythm Section
Aketrell Pruitt, drums - Ellisville
John Ivey, drums - Peta
Matthew Haight, piano - Mobile, AL

Members of JC Voices
Dr. Susan A. Smith, Conductor
Ms. Jennifer Bruton, Assistant Director
Dr. David Goldblatt, Accompanist
Joshua Anderson, Sand Hill
Raegan Barber, Ellisville
Ella Barker, Hattiesburg
Brandon Broome, Sumrall
Harrison Bryant, Prentiss
Jorge Castillo, Ellisville
Amy Champion, Lafayette, LA
Kassidy Chandler, Laurel
Sarah Conn, Roxie
Natalie Davis, Pearl
Kaylee Green, Mobile, AL
Matthew Haight, Mobile, AL
Katherine Hovan, Chalmette, LA
Melody Howard, Long Beach
Nathan Lucky, Meridian
Davonzell Moncrief, Montrose
Addison Nelms, Brandon
Caleb Pearce, Ellisville
Corintha Sanson, Laurel
Kendra Stevison, Lucedale
Joseph Welch, Moselle
JJ Wieland, Taylorsville
Sydnee Yates, Pisgah

Members of The Bridge:
Dr. Susan A. Smith, Conductor
Mr. Gregory Wascoe, Assistant Director
Dr. David Goldblatt, Accompanist
Raegan Barber, Ellisville
Harrison Bryant, Prentiss
Amy Champion, Lafayette, LA
Katherine Hovan, Chalmette, LA
Nathan Lucky, Meridian
Davonzell Moncrief, Montrose
Addison Nelms, Brandon
Caleb Pearce, Ellisville
Joseph Welch, Moselle

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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JCJC’s Wayne County Center announces Spring Class Schedule

Event Dates and Times

11/10/2017 - 12/27/2017
Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center in Waynesboro
JCJC’s Wayne County Center announces Spring Class Schedule

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Wayne County Center in Waynesboro is offering college credit, non-credit, and workforce, day and night courses this spring. Class dates and times may vary depending on demand. The following are the classes currently scheduled for this January 2018.

Spring College Career & Technical Classes
Health Care Assistant (January 8, through May 3, 2018)
Monday through Thursday – 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Spring College Academic Classes January 8, 2018-May 4, 2018
General Psychology (Hybrid) Mondays- 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
College Algebra Tuesdays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Western Civilization II Wednesdays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
English Comp. II (Hybrid) Thursdays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Spring Non-Credit (Workforce) Classes)
Welding (January 8, through April 24, 2018)
Monday & Tuesdays – 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Commercial Truck Driving -------- Spring dates and information coming soon

Tuition costs for credit courses can be found on the website, along with registration information, at http://www.jcjc.edu/registration/ For more information contact Courtney McInnis at 601-735-2228 or email, courtney.mcinnis@jcjc.edu.

Teresa McCreery
Jones County Junior College
Director of Media & Public Relations
Office: 601-477-4032
www.jcjc.edu

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ECCC Plans MI-BEST Open House Dec. 1

Event Dates and Times

11/10/2017 - 12/1/2017
East Central Community College ... Tucker Applied Technology Center on the Decatur campus
ECCC Plans MI-BEST Open House Dec. 1

East Central Community College will hold an Open House for students interested in enrolling in its MI-BEST program beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1.

The event will be held in the Tucker Applied Technology Center on the Decatur campus. Refreshments will be served and all participants will receive a MI-BEST T-shirt.

MI-BEST allows qualified applicants to take courses they need to prepare for the high school equivalency exam (formerly GED) while at the same time training for jobs in fields such as business and office technology, certified nurse assistant (CNA), automobile collision repair, hotel and restaurant management, culinary arts, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC).

There is no cost for tuition for students who qualify for MI-BEST.

The open house is an opportunity for students who are interested in enrolling in the program to learn more about MI-BEST, the career opportunities and other benefits of the program.

Prospective MI-BEST students can contact Erin Tramill at 601-635-6255 or etramill@eccc.edu for more information on the program.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

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ECCC to Host 3rd Annual ‘Warrior Wonderland’ Dec. 1

Event Dates and Times

11/10/2017 - 12/1/2017
East Central Community College Decatur Campus
ECCC to Host 3rd Annual ‘Warrior Wonderland’ Dec. 1
East Central Community College invites area residents to get into the Christmas spirit by attending the third annual Warrior Wonderland Friday, Dec. 1, on the campus in Decatur.
The special celebration of Christmas will begin immediately following the Decatur Christmas Parade, about 6:30 p.m., and conclude by 8:30 p.m.
Warrior Wonderland will kick off with a fireworks display and visitors will have a variety of activities from which to choose.
Several East Central Community College musicians and ensembles, including the Centralettes and color guard, will be performing throughout the night on the music stage. There will be a ‘Selfies with Santa’ station, children’s movies on a large inflatable screen, a Mississippi National Guard Avenger military vehicle that guests can maneuver, and various specialty, food, and drink booths sponsored by ECCC student organizations.
A $5 armband will provide unlimited access to a train ride, inflatable slide, swings, two laser tag areas and other areas for children young and old. New this year is the Wrecking Ball, a ride that swings back and forth while the tub containing the rider spins.
“We always enjoy partnering with our local communities, and what better season of the year to do this than Christmas,” said East Central Community College president Dr. Billy Stewart. “We hope everyone will come out and enjoy the activities and fun our campus community has planned for this special holiday evening at East Central.”
For more information, contact Amanda Walton, ECCC director of housing and student activities, at 601-635-6213 or email awalton@eccc.edu.

Maria McLeod
Assistant to the Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
mmcleod@eccc.edu
601-635-6303
Fax: 601-635-4398

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Registration for Spring Term 2018 Classes Underway at East Central Community College

Event Dates and Times

11/8/2017 - 12/8/2017
East Central Community College in Decatur
Registration for Spring Term 2018 Classes Underway at East Central Community College

Registration for spring 2018 semester classes is underway at East Central Community College in Decatur.

Classes begin on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The deadline to enroll is Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Online courses begin Tuesday, Jan. 16. The last day to register for online classes is Wednesday, Jan. 17.

“Although the semester does not start until January, we encourage prospective students to register early to get the necessary classes at the times that are most desirable,” said Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services.

Students who have not applied and been accepted to ECCC should do so online at www.eccc.edu. To complete the application process students must have an official ACT or COMPASS placement score and an official copy of high school and any previous college transcripts on file in the Office of Admissions.

Students who do not register for classes by Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, prior to the holiday period will be invited to Spring Orientation on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at 9 a.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium.

For more information, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or call toll free 1-877-462-3222, ext. 205. The email address is rlee@eccc.edu.

Bill Wagnon
Associate Vice President for Public Information
East Central Community College
P.O. Box 129
Decatur, MS 39327
Office: 601-635-6242
Fax: 601-635-4398
Cell: 205-540-0515

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EMBDC - 2017 Annual Meeting

Event Dates and Times

11/12/2017 - 12/12/2017
MSU Riley Center Downtown Meridian
EMBDC - 2017 Annual Meeting
Dec. 12th
8:00 - 10:00 am
MSU Riley Center
Topic: Alliance For Growth

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Four Important Things Everyone Should Know about Lung Cancer Screening

Event Dates and Times

11/1/2017 - 11/29/2017
See Schedule
Four Important Things Everyone Should Know about Lung Cancer Screening during Lung Cancer Awareness Month
American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative highlights lifesaving lung cancer screening through ‘Saved By The Scan’ campaign
JACKSON, Miss. (November 1, 2017) – Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths, and every year 1,910 Mississippi residents are diagnosed with the disease. During Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative is highlighting the new availability of a lifesaving tool – lung cancer screening.
One reason why lung cancer is so deadly is because by the time you have symptoms, it may already have spread and become more difficult to treat. Lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan is a powerful tool to diagnose lung cancer in individuals who are at high risk at an early stage, when it is much more likely to be curable. An estimated 9 million Americans are considered at high risk for lung cancer, and if only half of those at high risk were screened, more than 15,000 could be saved. Despite this lifesaving opportunity, fewer than 5 percent of high-risk Americans have been screened for lung cancer.
“No one is prepared to receive a cancer diagnosis,” said Nancy Smith, McComb resident, a Lung Association LUNG FORCE Hero. “On February 5, 2014, I was diagnosed with stage II lung cancer. After months of chemo and the removal of my left lung, I can happily say I became a lung cancer survivor in 2015. I knew that I wanted to support others, and raising awareness about lung cancer as well as lung cancer screening is critical to saving lives.”
According to the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative, here are the top four things everyone should know about lung cancer screening:
1. A low-dose CT Scan is the only tool that reduces the lung cancer mortality rate for those at high risk. Low-dose CT scan is a special kind of X-ray that takes many pictures as you lie on a table that slides in and out of the machine. A computer then combines these pictures into a detailed picture of your body. It is painless and quick.

2. Screening is not recommended for everyone. Screening is recommended for those considered at high risk for the disease. To learn more about your risk, take the lung cancer screening eligibility quiz at SavedByTheScan.org and speak to your doctor if you think you may be at risk.

3. Awareness of lung cancer screening is critically low. Despite the lifesaving potential of screening, 84 percent of those who qualify are unfamiliar with the low-dose CT scan, according to the American Lung Association’s 4th annual Lung Health Barometer. To raise awareness about lung cancer screening, the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative has partnered with the Ad Council to launch the “Saved By The Scan” public awareness campaign – urging everyone to learn more about lung cancer screening.

4. Screening is covered by most healthcare plans. Lung cancer screening is now covered by Medicare and most healthcare plans for those considered at high risk. However, according to the Lung Health Barometer, only 15 percent of those who qualify for screening are aware that it is covered by Medicare and most healthcare plans at no cost.
For media interested in speaking with a medical expert about lung health, lung cancer and lung cancer screening, contact Britney Reddick at the American Lung Association at Britney.Reddick@Lung.org or 470-233-7030.


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About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

American Lung Association • 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150 • Chicago, IL 60601
1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) Lung.org

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Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS - November Events

Event Dates and Times

10/30/2017 - 11/29/2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS
Center Baptist Church November 2017 Church Announcements
Church Anniversary Pre-Celebration
November 1, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a , "Church Anniversary Pre-Celebration," on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, @ 7:30 pm. The Guest Speaker will be Rev. Rev. Lewis Jefferson, Pastor of Pineville M.B. Church in Gilbertown,, AL. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.




Younger & Older Men's Fellowship Breakfast
November 5, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a , "Younger & Older Men's Fellowship Breakfast, on Sunday, November 5, 2017, @ 9:30 am. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Church Anniversary Pre-Celebration
November 8, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a , "Church Anniversary Pre-Celebration," on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, @ 7:30 pm. The Guest Speaker will be Rev. Rev. Lawrence Kirksey, Pastor of Fairview M.B. Church in Meridian, M.S. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Church Anniversary Pre-Celebration
November 15, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a , "Church Anniversary Pre-Celebration," on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, @ 7:30 pm. The Guest Speaker will be Rev. Rev. Renaldo Hopkins, Pastor New Prospect M. B. Church in Savoy MS. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Church Anniversary
November 19, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a , "Church Anniversary," on Sunday, November 19, 2017, @ 6:00 pm. The Guest Speaker will be Rev. Rev. Willie Kinslow, Pastor of Silver Spree U.M.C. & Springhill U.M.C. in Shubuta MS. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter


Wonderful Word on Wednesday
November 29, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting , Wonderful Word on Wednesday, on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, @ 7:00 pm. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter

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109th year Birthday Celebration honoring Mrs. Sallie Simmons-Cooley

Event Dates and Times

11/26/2017 - 12/8/2017
Heidelberg Multi-Purpose Building, in Heidelberg Mississippi
Dorris Porter and the Jasper County Community, will be hosting a
109th year Birthday Celebration honoring Mrs. Sallie Simmons-Cooley
on December 8, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Heidelberg Multi-Purpose Building, in Heidelberg Mississippi.
For more information please contact Doris Porter 601.935.2010.


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