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“Wreaths across America,”

Event Dates and Times

12/7/2017 - 12/16/2017
Mississippi State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton, Mississippi
“Wreaths across America,” a national program of the laying of Christmas wreaths on veterans’ graves, will take place at the Mississippi State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton, Mississippi, on Saturday, December 16, at 11 a.m. This event is sponsored by Friends of Mississippi Veterans, and that organization’s annual meeting will be held in conjunction with the event.

The event will include a patriotic program. The speaker will be Brigadier General Billy M. Nabors, Chief of Staff, Mississippi Air National Guard. Over 700 veterans are now interred at the Newton Veterans Cemetery, and family members of the interred veterans will be the first invited to lay wreaths on the graves, followed by military personnel, other veterans, Patriot Riders, and others.

Said Jack Winstead, President of Friends of Mississippi Veterans, “We were blessed to have a large turnout at this program last year, and we urge the public to join us in this very patriotic and fitting ceremony to honor those who have served our country so well.”

Jack Winstead
601-331-0432
winsteadjj@comcast.net

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JCJC music groups help Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program

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12/7/2017 - 12/30/2017
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JCJC music groups help Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program
ELLISVILLE – The partnership between Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts department and the Salvation Army has brought hundreds of smiles to adults and toys to children this holiday season. For the third year, JC Voices and the JC Jazz Band students and faculty performing in the JCJC Christmas concert, “A Jingle Jazz Christmas” invited the public to bring an unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in lieu of a ticket for the concert.
“It was an amazing outpouring of love from the community for these kids. We have 523 children in six counties who have requested our assistance. JCJC’s donation will help greatly,” said Laurel Salvation Army Major, Bert Lind.
JCJC Fine Arts Division Chair, Dr. Susan Smith said she is also pleased to be able to collaborate in another successful benefit concert for the Salvation Army. The JC Voices and JC Jazz band students combined their talents to reward the crowd for their generosity with various traditional, new and jazzy Christmas songs.
“A Jingle Jazz Christmas was a tremendous success and I would like to thank the community for giving so generously to The Salvation Army Angel Tree Campaign. The students and faculty involved in the performance were pleased to have such a wonderful audience, and expect nothing less of the Jones Junior College family. Our patrons contributed over 300 gifts to the Salvation Army, and we can be proud that those gifts will be given to deserving families right here in the Pine Belt. Thank you to all who continue to support the Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Division and all of the charitable causes that we strive to help through performance and service. We look forward to seeing you at many performances in the New Year,” said Dr. Susan Smith.
The Salvation Army hopes the extra week after Thanksgiving allowed donors more time to gather gifts to help provide any last minute Angel Tree requests. The Salvation Army will begin matching donations with requests on December 11, with the distribution of the Angel Tree Program collections on December 18.
“It is an amazing day after three months of preparation for distribution day. Thirty families file through every 30-minutes,” said Major Cristy Lind. “There are always people in need.”
For more information about the Angel Tree program, contact the Salvation Army at 601-428-5485 or call the Fine Arts office at 601-477-4094.


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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TOP 5 HABITS TO AVOID THE FLU

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12/7/2017 - 1/7/2018
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Widespread cases of flu are popping up around the country, health officials say the number has doubled in just one week and we could be in for a doozy of a flu season.
The best way to fight the flu is to get vaccinated, but it takes two weeks for the shot to become effective. In the meantime, as more people gather to celebrate the holiday season, local doctors stress the best protection is good hygiene.
That’s why local physicians with American Family Care have identified the top five habits that can provide protection during flu season. They invite you to come out to the local facility to interview docs and possibly patients.
TOP 5 HABITS TO AVOID THE FLU:
1. Knuckle it. When holiday shopping, get into the habit of punching in your debit card pin with a knuckle instead of a fingertip. This way if you rub your eye or mouth with your fingertip, you’re not transferring germs.

2. Avoid using your phone in the restroom. A bathroom is coated with germs, especially in a public place. While most people wash their hands after using the restroom, they don’t wash their phones. The CDC says contaminated particles can live on surfaces for up to 24 hours, you can easily spread them by touching the screen then touching other surfaces. Get in the habit of wiping down your phone to cut down on spreading germs.

3. Don’t share pens. Whether at work or signing a credit card receipt at a store, never pick up a public pen because they’re covered with other people’s germs. Keep a pen handy for any situation that could pop up.

4. Protect yourself at the pump. Drivers must get gas no matter what, sick or not. When you fill up, grab a paper towel by the pump before picking up the gas nozzle. You can also use the paper towel as a barrier when punching in your debit/credit card info.

5. Sanitize after shaking. People are more germ-conscious these days so this is not as rude as once thought, especially during flu season! If you must shake hands with someone, either sanitize or wash your hands immediately.

We invite you to our local American Family Care urgent care clinic where our doctors will explain the best ways to protect your family as flu continues to spread across the country. AFC docs are also available to come to you to answer your questions about flu symptoms and the flu vaccine.

919.459.8163
Center For Disease Control and Prevention Data:
Weekly Flu Report

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JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

Event Dates and Times

12/6/2017 - 1/2/2018
Jones County Junior College
JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

ELLISVILLE – Eleven, Jones County Junior College sophomores were selected to compete for the New Century Scholars Program in conjunction with the International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa’s academic scholarship program. These students were nominated by faculty members and then selected by the JCJC Scholarship Committee and administrators. Some of the requirements to earn a spot in this prestigious group include maintaining a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA, taking challenging academic courses, completing a minimum of 36-college credit hours, volunteering their service in their communities and college, doing well in an interview with the Scholarship Committee and students must submit an application for the All-USA Academic Team.
JCJC’s nominees for the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship are Henry “Clay” Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Abigail Odom, a math education major from Bay Springs; Jonathan Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Katelynn McGowen, a pre-med/biology major from Moselle; Benjamin Robertson, a civil engineering major from Ellisville; James Ladd, a chemical engineering major from Mize; Nancy Williams, an industrial engineering major from Toomsuba and Paxton Holder, a chemistry major from Moselle.
Also, for the first time this year, PTK has incorporated a new aspect to its traditional academic scholarship program with the creation of the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship program offered to career and technical students. The New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship nominees are Alonso Hernandez, an automotive technology major from Costa Rico and a resident of Ellisville; Erica Murphy, a computer programming major from Hattiesburg and computer programming major from Waynesboro, Dakota Shoemaker.
Selected to represent the college in the upcoming state and national scholarship competitions are academic students, Katelynn McGowen and Benjamin Robertson, along with career and technical students, Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker.
“This is a great opportunity for Career and Technical students to be recognized for excelling in their field. I am very excited that we have two well-deserving individuals like Dakota and Alonso who are extraordinary students, who are passionate about their career field and have the opportunity to be recognized on the state level,” said JCJC Career and Technical Dean, Rod Tolbert.
JCJC VP for Instructional Affairs, Candace Weaver said she was thrilled for the opportunity to recognize more students on this level.
“I am excited about this change in the scholarship program, allowing for double the number of scholarships. Now we get to nominate two students from our career and technical programs in addition to the two academic students we have traditionally sent forth for state and possibly, national scholarship competition. The students nominated from JCJC made a big impression on their instructors to be recognized at this level,” said Weaver.
Sophomore from Moselle, Katelynn McGowen is no stranger to the spotlight as the JCJC and former South Jones High School’s head drum major for the last five years, and she also served as Ellisville’s 2016 Miss Hospitality and JCJC’s Freshman Homecoming Maid. The pre-med/biology major has a long list of academic honors with being selected as the JCJC student representative for the Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence state program, JCJC’s Who’s Who, Hall of Fame and Letter “J” Awards, JCJC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s VP of Leadership and she was South Jones High School’s 2016 Valedictorian.
Serving her community through volunteering with the Hattiesburg Elks Lodge and Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls program has inspired McGowen’s future career path. She has plans to graduate from the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center with aspirations of eventually being a pediatrician at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Throughout high school, I volunteered my time as a camp counselor for the Mississippi Elks Camp. Now, I am the current Mississippi Elks Camp Director and each summer I am responsible for the kids, the counselors, their safety, and all camp activities. Also, by being involved with Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls, I have learned how to work with children, individuals with special needs, and the elderly. Being in these settings has strengthened my desire to work with children as my career because I enjoy helping them overcome sickness. My grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which further focused my desire to work with children who have cancer,” McGowen explained.
Her desire to give back to those in need has been the driving force for her pursuit of excellence in every way, including being a positive role model.
“I pray to positively inspire people to have a healthy life and to give back to their community through my actions and words of encouragement. I have developed the desire to give back to those who need help the most, and I am confident that I can inspire children and adults to live a joyful life,” said McGowen.
At JCJC, McGowen is a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society, and the College Republicans Club.
Also representing JCJC as a New Century Transfer Scholarship program is Ellisville’s, Ben Robertson. Over the last nine years, he has been a missionary in Chisinau, Moldova, Spanish Wells, Bahamas, and in the U.S. He established the business, “True-Cut Landscaping” as a high school sophomore to help fund international missionary trips.
The JCJC civil engineering major’s desire to excel academically and personally has landed him several leadership positions on campus. He is currently serving as the Baptist Student Union Executive Council President and is involved with PTK, the JCJC Engineering Club and the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society. Robertson has also been recognized as the Most Outstanding Camper at Hol-Mac Engineering Camp in 2010, he became an Eagle Scout in 2012, he served as Senator for the TeenPact Leadership School and he earned honors in Speech Pedagogy Servant Leadership as part of the Berean Speech Club. Being chosen for the opportunity to compete for scholarships amongst the top students in the state was a surprise to him.
“It means a great deal to be nominated for this award but I honestly did not think I would ever receive something like this. I am truly thankful because it will help pay for my college expenses when I transfer to a university. It will also get me closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming an engineer,” said Robertson.
Competing for the first, New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship, are Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker. Hernandez, a Costa Rican native moved to Ellisville to marry his missionary wife. Before he could take college courses in the U.S., he had to get his High School Equivalency. While overcoming that hurdle, Hernandez also earned a workforce certificate in welding through the MI-BEST program at JCJC with the hopes of pursuing his dream of restoring and customizing vehicles.
Currently, he is finishing his automotive degree, and working part-time at Woolwine Ford in Collins. He has managed to successfully juggle college, earning the Letter “J” Award, being on the President’s List Honor Roll and being an active member of the SkillsUSA program. Additionally, he and his wife Ashli are fostering a toddler while also overseeing their business, the Brookside Barn event venue.
“I try to work hard day-in and day-out. I don’t really do it expecting anything extra. I feel that I have to earn what I have and receive in life,” said Hernandez. “I am very thankful for being nominated for this scholarship, however since my wife is my biggest inspiration to keep growing in my craft and pursuing my dreams, if I win anything, I owe it to her.”
The budding entrepreneur’s goal is to continue to excel in the automotive technology program with the possibility of returning to JCJC to earn a degree in business.
Wayne County High School graduate, Dakota Shoemaker is majoring in computer programming and was also nominated for the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship. She is involved in PTK and Phi Beta Lambda and has been on the President’s List Honor Roll. Last spring, Shoemaker took first place in the Programming Concepts category at the State PBL competition and 6th place in the national competition. She manages her academics with working at Boondock Eddies Fish Camp in Waynesboro, volunteering at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter and visiting patients in the nursing home. Her dream is to be a website designer and eventually start her own website development company.
“After expanding my company to become a leading development company, I plan to organize a program for students in the field of Information Technology that have to hold a job while in school in order to afford tuition and the cost of living. My desire is to offer students an opportunity to gain the experience needed for future jobs while earning income to pay for college. I also want to establish a scholarship for these students,” said Shoemaker.
The eleven students were treated to a special luncheon held in their honor with PTK sponsors and administrators prior to the announcement of the four students selected to continue in the competition. McGowen, Hernandez, Robertson and Shoemaker spent the holidays writing essays for the application process to have the opportunity to earn state and national scholarships along with other honors. They will be recognized next spring in Jackson upon the conclusion of the competition.
This program annually recognizes 100 scholars. Each New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the Association of Community College Trustees Congress. Each New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention. The New Century Pathway Scholarship program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

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

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PROGRAM TO EMPOWER WOMEN LAUNCHED AT EMCC’S SCOOBA CAMPUS

Event Dates and Times

12/6/2017 - 12/20/2017
East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.
PROGRAM TO EMPOWER WOMEN LAUNCHED AT EMCC’S SCOOBA CAMPUS

SCOOBA — A program designed to provide a support network for female students juggling the demands of work, family and school is being implemented at East Mississippi Community College’s Scooba campus.
In the Empowering Mentors to Promote Women’s Retention (EMPOWR) program, at-risk freshmen, or mentees, are paired with sophomores or other nontraditional freshmen who serve as their mentors. On Monday, Dec. 4, officials with EMPOWR conducted a training session for mentors in the student union on the Scooba campus.
So far, about 25 students have expressed an interest in enrolling in the program at the Scooba campus.
“Many of the women have husbands and families and one of the biggest issues many of them face is trying to balance everything out,” said Kimberly Rush, who, along with Renyetta Johnson, is one of two EMPOWR coordinators for the Scooba campus.
For incoming students who have been out of school for a while, navigating college can seem daunting and the mentors they are paired with can help them by sharing strategies they have learned, said Anne Buffington, EMPOWR director for Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center (SSRC).
One of the big pluses for the mentees is having someone to talk with who understands what they are going through, Buffington said.
“A lot of times, it is the mutual respect for each other and the comradery that develops between mentors and mentees that is most helpful,” Buffington said.
There are other benefits as well. Mentees earn one college credit and mentors receive a $500 check for successfully completing the program. Mentors and mentees must meet for at least an hour once a week.
There are also monthly meetings in which guest speakers give presentations on topics such as stress and time management, managing health and wellness, financial management and career counseling.
Upcoming guest speakers include Scooba Mayor Marion Smoot and East Kemper Elementary School Principal Tyreasia Brown, both of whom are EMCC graduates.
Preston resident April Grace, 32, is among the 13 mentors who have signed up for the EMPOWR program at the Scooba campus. Grace, who is majoring in accounting at EMCC, understands what it is like to juggle life’s demands while attending school.
The mother of four works full time and is the co-creator of Hands to Spare Inc. Nonprofit Organization, which provides free lunches once a month to Kemper County residents age 18 and younger.
“I don’t sleep much,” Grace said with a laugh. “It would be nice to encourage, motivate and inspire other nontraditional students like myself who maybe have the same challenges I am facing.”
EMPOWR is in its fourth year at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus, where it was launched as a pilot program. So far, 22 mentors and 13 mentees have signed up for the upcoming school year at the Golden Triangle campus.
“We are still looking for mentees,” EMPOWR Program Coordinator Michele Arney said.
EMPOWR came about after the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi — a Jackson-based nonprofit group dedicated to funding programs that improve the lives of women and girls statewide — awarded the SSRC a $50,000 grant to implement the EMPOWR program at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus.
In June 2017, the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi awarded an additional $50,000 grant to EMCC fund the program through the 2018-19 school year and expand it to the Scooba campus.
Since its inception at EMCC, the EMPOWR has been implemented at the Jackson campus of Hinds Community College and at Meridian Community College.
“We would really like to expand the EMPOWR program to every college in the state,” Buffington said.
Michael Stewart, publications coordinator

Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490
Rocky Higginbotham, director of public information

Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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MCC TO GRADUATE ALL–TIME RECORD FALL CLASS ON FRIDAY

Event Dates and Times

12/6/2017 - 12/8/2017
Temple Theatre
MCC TO GRADUATE ALL–TIME RECORD FALL CLASS ON FRIDAY
Some 293 students will receive their degrees and certificates when Meridian Community College holds its annual fall semester commencement program at 3 p.m. Friday at the Temple Theater. MCC Dean of Student Services Soraya Welden reported that the number of honorees represents an all-time record for a fall class, eclipsing the old mark of 247 established in 2011.
Preceding the commencement program, the college will hold pinning ceremonies for its Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Associated Degree Nursing (RN) programs at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. Drs. Lara Collum and Betty Davis will be in charge of those events.
Welden also noted that MCC’s record number of fall graduates is 70 higher than the previous year. MCC stages three commencement programs each school year in December, May and August. The spring commencement in May is traditionally the biggest, but Welden said in long times past the 293 graduating Friday would have been “a goodly number even for the spring.” In the aggregate, MCC has been more recently averaging about 900 graduates for the entire school year.
“We are elated over the increasing number of students who finish what they started at MCC,” said Dr. Scott Elliott, college president. “It’s a theme that we have been emphasizing at MCC for several years now, and it’s obvious that our students are more readily embracing the value of the degrees and certifications delivered by community colleges. That’s an exciting phenomenon to observe.”
Students participating in the program include Jennifer Martin (health care assistant) offering the invocation, Delaney Davidson (university transfer) delivering the official welcome, and T’Keya Brown (medical office management technology) closing with a benediction. Also, Olivia Vaughn, a member of the college chorus, will perform a solo selection and later lead the audience in the MCC alma mater.
A highlight of the program will be the naming of the “Circle of Excellence,” students who have been nominated by faculty for their achievements academically and in community service activities.

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JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

Event Dates and Times

12/6/2017 - 1/2/2018
Jones County Junior College
JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

ELLISVILLE – Eleven, Jones County Junior College sophomores were selected to compete for the New Century Scholars Program in conjunction with the International Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa’s academic scholarship program. These students were nominated by faculty members and then selected by the JCJC Scholarship Committee and administrators. Some of the requirements to earn a spot in this prestigious group include maintaining a 3.5 to 4.0 GPA, taking challenging academic courses, completing a minimum of 36-college credit hours, volunteering their service in their communities and college, doing well in an interview with the Scholarship Committee and students must submit an application for the All-USA Academic Team.
JCJC’s nominees for the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholarship are Henry “Clay” Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Abigail Odom, a math education major from Bay Springs; Jonathan Taylor, a banking and finance major from Diamondhead; Katelynn McGowen, a pre-med/biology major from Moselle; Benjamin Robertson, a civil engineering major from Ellisville; James Ladd, a chemical engineering major from Mize; Nancy Williams, an industrial engineering major from Toomsuba and Paxton Holder, a chemistry major from Moselle.
Also, for the first time this year, PTK has incorporated a new aspect to its traditional academic scholarship program with the creation of the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship program offered to career and technical students. The New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship nominees are Alonso Hernandez, an automotive technology major from Costa Rica and a resident of Ellisville; Erica Murphy, a computer programming major from Hattiesburg and computer programming major from Waynesboro, Dakota Shoemaker.
Selected to represent the college in the upcoming state and national scholarship competitions are academic students, Katelynn McGowen and Benjamin Robertson, along with career and technical students, Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker.
“This is a great opportunity for Career and Technical students to be recognized for excelling in their field. I am very excited that we have two well-deserving individuals like Dakota and Alonso who are extraordinary students, who are passionate about their career field and have the opportunity to be recognized on the state level,” said JCJC Career and Technical Dean, Rod Tolbert.
JCJC VP for Instructional Affairs, Candace Weaver said she was thrilled for the opportunity to recognize more students on this level.
“I am excited about this change in the scholarship program, allowing for double the number of scholarships. Now we get to nominate two students from our career and technical programs in addition to the two academic students we have traditionally sent forth for state and possibly, national scholarship competition. The students nominated from JCJC made a big impression on their instructors to be recognized at this level,” said Weaver.
Sophomore from Moselle, Katelynn McGowen is no stranger to the spotlight as the JCJC and former South Jones High School’s head drum major for the last five years, and she also served as Ellisville’s 2016 Miss Hospitality and JCJC’s Freshman Homecoming Maid. The pre-med/biology major has a long list of academic honors with being selected as the JCJC student representative for the Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence state program, JCJC’s Who’s Who, Hall of Fame and Letter “J” Awards, JCJC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s VP of Leadership and she was South Jones High School’s 2016 Valedictorian.
Serving her community through volunteering with the Hattiesburg Elks Lodge and Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls program has inspired McGowen’s future career path. She has plans to graduate from the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi Medical Center with aspirations of eventually being a pediatrician at St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Throughout high school, I volunteered my time as a camp counselor for the Mississippi Elks Camp. Now, I am the current Mississippi Elks Camp Director and each summer I am responsible for the kids, the counselors, their safety, and all camp activities. Also, by being involved with Forrest General Hospital’s Spirit Girls, I have learned how to work with children, individuals with special needs, and the elderly. Being in these settings has strengthened my desire to work with children as my career because I enjoy helping them overcome sickness. My grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer which further focused my desire to work with children who have cancer,” McGowen explained.
Her desire to give back to those in need has been the driving force for her pursuit of excellence in every way, including being a positive role model.
“I pray to positively inspire people to have a healthy life and to give back to their community through my actions and words of encouragement. I have developed the desire to give back to those who need help the most, and I am confident that I can inspire children and adults to live a joyful life,” said McGowen.
At JCJC, McGowen is a member of the Charles Pickering Honors Institute, Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society, and the College Republicans Club.
Also representing JCJC as a New Century Transfer Scholarship program is Ellisville’s, Ben Robertson. Over the last nine years, he has been a missionary in Chisinau, Moldova, Spanish Wells, Bahamas, and in the U.S. He established the business, “True-Cut Landscaping” as a high school sophomore to help fund international missionary trips.
The JCJC civil engineering major’s desire to excel academically and personally has landed him several leadership positions on campus. He is currently serving as the Baptist Student Union Executive Council President and is involved with PTK, the JCJC Engineering Club and the Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society. Robertson has also been recognized as the Most Outstanding Camper at Hol-Mac Engineering Camp in 2010, he became an Eagle Scout in 2012, he served as Senator for the TeenPact Leadership School and he earned honors in Speech Pedagogy Servant Leadership as part of the Berean Speech Club. Being chosen for the opportunity to compete for scholarships amongst the top students in the state was a surprise to him.
“It means a great deal to be nominated for this award but I honestly did not think I would ever receive something like this. I am truly thankful because it will help pay for my college expenses when I transfer to a university. It will also get me closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming an engineer,” said Robertson.
Competing for the first, New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship, are Alonso Hernandez and Dakota Shoemaker. Hernandez, a Costa Rican native moved to Ellisville to marry his missionary wife. Before he could take college courses in the U.S., he had to get his High School Equivalency. While overcoming that hurdle, Hernandez also earned a workforce certificate in welding through the MI-BEST program at JCJC with the hopes of pursuing his dream of restoring and customizing vehicles.
Currently, he is finishing his automotive degree, and working part-time at Woolwine Ford in Collins. He has managed to successfully juggle college, earning the Letter “J” Award, being on the President’s List Honor Roll and being an active member of the SkillsUSA program. Additionally, he and his wife Ashli are fostering a toddler while also overseeing their business, the Brookside Barn event venue.
“I try to work hard day-in and day-out. I don’t really do it expecting anything extra. I feel that I have to earn what I have and receive in life,” said Hernandez. “I am very thankful for being nominated for this scholarship, however since my wife is my biggest inspiration to keep growing in my craft and pursuing my dreams, if I win anything, I owe it to her.”
The budding entrepreneur’s goal is to continue to excel in the automotive technology program with the possibility of returning to JCJC to earn a degree in business.
Wayne County High School graduate, Dakota Shoemaker is majoring in computer programming and was also nominated for the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholarship. She is involved in PTK and Phi Beta Lambda and has been on the President’s List Honor Roll. Last spring, Shoemaker took first place in the Programming Concepts category at the State PBL competition and 6th place in the national competition. She manages her academics with working at Boondock Eddies Fish Camp in Waynesboro, volunteering at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter and visiting patients in the nursing home. Her dream is to be a website designer and eventually start her own website development company.
“After expanding my company to become a leading development company, I plan to organize a program for students in the field of Information Technology that have to hold a job while in school in order to afford tuition and the cost of living. My desire is to offer students an opportunity to gain the experience needed for future jobs while earning income to pay for college. I also want to establish a scholarship for these students,” said Shoemaker.
The eleven students were treated to a special luncheon held in their honor with PTK sponsors and administrators prior to the announcement of the four students selected to continue in the competition. McGowen, Hernandez, Robertson and Shoemaker spent the holidays writing essays for the application process to have the opportunity to earn state and national scholarships along with other honors. They will be recognized next spring in Jackson upon the conclusion of the competition.
This program annually recognizes 100 scholars. Each New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the Association of Community College Trustees Congress. Each New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention. The New Century Pathway Scholarship program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.

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

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United Way 2017/2018 campaign by putting some red on the lightsaber

Event Dates and Times

12/6/2017 - 12/7/2017
United Way of East MS 4817 North Park Drive Meridian, MS
Please join us Thursday, December 7th at 2:00 pm at the United Way office as we unveil a milestone in the United Way 2017/2018 campaign by putting some red on the lightsaber.
We would love for each of you to come be a part of this unveiling, as we could not do it without the support of our Media.

Thanks for all you do for United Way and our community!


Channing Peebles
VP, Resource Development and Communications
United Way of East MS
4817 North Park Drive
Meridian, MS. 39305
601-693-2732

http://www.unitedforunitedway.org

Give, Advocate, Volunteer

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BODY AND SOUL WELLNESS CONFERENCE - DEC. 13TH, 2017

Event Dates and Times

12/5/2017 - 12/13/2017
HOTEL CAPSTONE 320 PAUL W. BRYANT DRIVE TUSCALOOSA, AL
BODY AND SOUL WELLNESS CONFERENCE
HOSTED BY:
RURAL ALABAMA PREVENTION CENTER,
EUTAW, AL 35462
HOTEL CAPSTONE
320 PAUL W. BRYANT DRIVE
TUSCALOOSA, AL 35401
The purpose of this conference is to address wellness in churches and communities, while networking with other healthcare or wellness based organizations to promote healthy lifestyles. Our mission is to improve overall health of people living in our communities through the provision of preventive health services, education and resources.

We encourage pastors, church members, city officials, physicians, healthcare agencies to attend this conference. Church members that want to attend as a group transportation options available. All interested person(s) attending the conference, please RSVP Christina Carr at Rural Alabama Prevention Center 205-372-3514 by December 7th.
This conference is sponsored by South West Alabama Health Improvement Initiative (SWAHII) program with funding was received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)and Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program.

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MBCI AND VETERAN AFFAIRS SIGNS MOU

Event Dates and Times

12/5/2017 - 12/24/2017
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MBCI AND VETERAN AFFAIRS SIGNS MOU

CHOCTAW, Miss. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently held a ceremonial signing, Thursday, November 30, of a Memorandum of Understanding that will make the process of applying for a VA home loan easier for eligible Native American Veterans, active-duty military and their spouses on Federal trust land.
“I am excited to be signing this agreement today,” said Chief Phyliss J. Anderson. “Many people have been working diligently for years to make this happen. This agreement between the Tribe and the VA will greatly benefit many Native Veterans, especially our Choctaw Veterans.”
The event began with an hour-long information fair for Veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Administration – Jackson Regional Office and the GV (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center were both on hand to speak with Veterans. The ceremony included the signing of the MOU, posting of the colors by the Choctaw Veterans Color Guard, and a traditional Pow-Wow style Honor Song and Veteran’s Song performed by the Southern Pine Singers.

The Choctaw Mortgage Program, located at the Choctaw Town Center, will serve as the local office to assist Veterans with their VA home loan application process. Daniel Tubby, Home Ownership Counselor, will be the point of contact and can be reach at 601.656.0056 ext. 2678 or Daniel.s.tubby@choctaw.org.

By statute, before the VA can make a loan to a Native American Veteran desiring to build or renovate a home on tribal land, the Veteran’s tribal sovereign governing body must enter into a MOU with VA. Native American Veterans eligible for VA home loan benefits and whose sovereign governments have signed a MOU may then apply directly to VA for a 30-year fixed rate loan to purchase, build, or improve a home located on Federal trust land. They may also refinance a direct loan already made under this program to lower their interest rate. If the property is not located on Federal trust land, the Veteran can use the traditional VA-guaranteed Home Loan program. Call toll free 1-800-827-1000 or visit www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans for more information about the Native American Direct Home Loan Program (NADL).

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, under the leadership of Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, has an enrolled membership of more than 10,000 people and is the only federally recognized tribe in the State of Mississippi. Headquartered in Choctaw, Miss., the Tribe has emerged as a leader in economic development. The tribe provides a range of governmental services including schools, a hospital, medical clinics, police and fire protection, courts, and a center for the elderly, among many others. Phyliss J. Anderson serves as the first female Chief in Mississippi Choctaw history.

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Operation Christmas Child ...

Event Dates and Times

12/5/2017 - 12/24/2017
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Operation Christmas Child's National Collection Week ended Nov. 20, during which the Meridian community and surrounding area generously contributed to the collection of more than 22,477 shoebox gifts for children in need.
You can still get involved before the holidays: by sharing the gift of giving - purchasing a $25 gift card for a family member or friend so they can join in the excitement of Operation Christmas Child by packing a shoebox online. At samaritanspurse.org/occ, anyone can easily personalize a gift-filled shoebox.
Best,
Dana Williams
615-517-1626
dmwilliams@samaritan.org

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Munsell to lead MSU-Meridian’s new Physician Assistant program

Event Dates and Times

12/4/2017 - 12/16/2017
MSU-Meridian’s Riley Campus in downtown Meridian
Munsell to lead MSU-Meridian’s new Physician Assistant program

MERIDIAN, Miss.—A veteran administrator and clinician with more than three decades of experience in the field has been selected to lead Mississippi State University-Meridian’s new Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree program.
Debra S. Munsell, who led the launch of and currently leads LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans’ Physician Assistant program, will now lead the implementation of MSU-Meridian’s new program. Her appointment is pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.
“We are thrilled to have a highly respected educator in the Physician Assistant field like Dr. Munsell lead our program,” MSU-Meridian Administrative Director and Head of Campus Terry Dale Cruse said. “Her efforts as the inaugural program director at LSU resulted in full accreditation in addition to producing a 100 percent pass rate on the exit exam for the first three cohorts of graduates.”
MSU will become the first public institution in the state to offer a Physician Assistant program. Housed on MSU-Meridian’s Riley Campus in downtown Meridian, the program will prepare clinical practitioners to meet critical needs in rural healthcare. The new program was designed with community impact in mind, and the search committee for the first director included extensive community representation. John G. Anderson, president and CEO of Anderson Regional Health System, served on the search committee.
“There is no question Dr. Munsell is exceptionally qualified to lead the Physician Assistant program at MSU–Meridian,” Anderson said. “Her wealth of knowledge and expertise is invaluable. The PA program under Dr. Munsell’s leadership is a huge value add to the healthcare of this community and region both in terms of education and access.”
Munsell’s first major task will be leading the PA program through the accreditation process with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). A site visit is scheduled for April 2019 with a review by ARC-PA’s board set for September of 2019. The first classes in the program are expected to take place in January 2020, with approval of ARC-PA.
Munsell has led the LSU Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant program since 2011. Prior to joining LSU, she spent approximately a decade as a faculty member in physician assistant programs in Illinois, California and Texas. She also has more than 30 years of experience in related clinical positions. The Port Arthur, Texas, native holds degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nova Southeastern University.
“This program is answering the need for more access to healthcare in Mississippi,” Munsell said. “I have been overwhelmed at the response to the creation of this program, and it is an honor to work with the community to develop it. I look at this as a team effort and everyone I have met is so enthusiastic that it will make my job easier.”
With a research focus on physician assistant workforce issues, health policy and oral cavity cancer, Munsell has served on many national and statewide committees focused on physician assistants.
The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning approved MSU-Meridian’s proposal to plan the new degree program in June. Physician assistants serve under the supervision of doctors of medicine or osteopathy, making clinical decisions and providing a broad range of diagnostic, therapeutic, preventative and health maintenance services.
For more on MSU-Meridian visit www.meridian.msstate.edu.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Event Dates and Times

12/4/2017 - 12/17/2017
SPRING HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
SPRING HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
DECEMBER 17, 2017
6:00 P.M.
REV. JERRY JONES, PASTOR

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Meridian ... Downtown Details ... Dec. 4th - 10th

Event Dates and Times

12/4/2017 - 12/10/2017
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TERRIFIC THURSDAYS
Thursday December 7th-Merchant Hours
Downtown Meridian Merchants
Call 601.693.1306 for more information

THE SUMMIT: THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER MEETS TAKE 6
Thursday December 7th-7:30pm
MSU Riley Center
Call 601.696.2200 for more information

EMBDC ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, December 12th - 8:00am
MSU Riley Center
Call 601.693.1306 for more information

SUPERTALK MERIDIAN 103.3
Tuesday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Looking Back with Richelle Putnam
Wednesday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Behind the Scenes with Richelle Putnam and Leslie Lee
Thursday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Local Focus with Lindsey Hall
Friday 9:00 am - 10:00 am: The Pre-Game Show with Lindsey Hall
Call 601.693.1103 for more information

MERIDIAN-LAUDERDALE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Monday 11:00 am: Activities for Adults
Tuesday 10:00 am: Baby/Toddler Story Time 4:30 pm Chess Club
Wednesday 4:30 pm: (7th-12th Grades)
Thursday Special Showcases
Call 601.693.6771 for more information

MERIDIAN CIVITAN CLUB
12:00 pm every Tuesday (except 5th Tuesday)
Rush Hospital Private Dining Room
Call 601.938.6409 for more information

MERIDIAN EXCHANGE CLUB
12:00 pm every Tuesday
Red Lobster Restaurant
Call 601.479.3954 for more information

MERIDIAN LIONS CLUB
11:30 am every Thursday
Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Call 601.917.1968 for more information

MERIDIAN MUSEUM OF ART
6:00 pm every Thursday
Vino and Van Gogh
9:00 am every third Saturday
Artists Group
Call 601.693.1501 for more information

ROTARY CLUB OF EAST MISSISSIPPI
5:30 pm Every First & Third Monday
The Daily Grind
Call 601.701.3470 for more information

MERIDIAN DOWNTOWN OPTIMIST CLUB
12:00 pm every Tuesday
Western Sizzlin'
Call 601.693.2336 for more information

Dining Out/Night Life
AIE'S TASTE OF THAI
Open 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Monday-Friday with Daily Specials! Call 601.484.5858 for more information

BRICKHAUS
Mon - 7:00 pm - Craft Beer Club
Tue - 7:00 pm - Name That Tune
Wed - 8:00 pm - Live Trivia
Thu - 9:00 pm - Karaoke with the Party Animals
Sun - 3:30 pm - Buzztime Sunday Funday Trivia
Call 601.490.5242 for more information

DELI ON 5TH
Open 11:00 am -2:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Call 601.483.3354 for more information

DONTEA'S SEAFOOD & BBQ
Mon-Wed:10:30am-7:00pm
Thurs.-Sat.:10:00am-9:00pm
Closed on Sunday
Call 601.227.0616 for more information


HARVEST GRILL
Mon - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm - Open for lunch
Tuesday-Saturday: Happy Hour 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Tue - 5:00 pm - Surf n' Turf/ Happy Hour
Wed - 4:30 pm - Half off Bottles of Wine
Thu - Night Only - $1 Oysters
Call 601.282.5069 for more information

MERIDIAN UNDERGROUND MUSIC
Mon - 4:00 pm - Video Game Night
Tue - 7:00 pm - Audio Book and Art
Wed - 6:30 pm - Tai Chi
Thu - 6:00 pm - Poetry/Singer/Songwriter Night
Fri - 6:00 pm - Game Night
Sat - 10:00 am - Game Day
7:00 pm - Free Live Music featuring local talent
Call 601.485.1363 for more information

MR. ROGER'S
Open from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Call 601.482.5414 for more information

SUBWAY
Open 7:00 am -7:00 pm every Monday-Friday
Open 8:00 am -2:00 pm Saturday
Closed Sunday
Call 601.286.3527 for more information

WEIDMANN'S
Monday-Saturday: Happy Hour 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
Mon - Half off Bottles of Wine
Tue - 8:00 pm - Trivia Night
Wed - 7:00 pm - Ladies Night, 1/2 price drinks for
the Ladies
Thu - 7:00 pm - Mississippi Night! Discounts on
MS craft beer and liquors
Fri - 9:00 pm - Live Music
Sat - 9:00 pm - Live Music
Sun - 10:00 am-2:00 pm: Jazz Brunch with Live
Music
Call 601.581.5770 for more information

This Week In Retail
BAMBINO'S BOUTIQUE
In need a child's Christmas outfit come see us today.
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

BLUE GIRL
Layer up with our new arrivals for the holiday season. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 228.860.9589 for more information

THE BULLDOG SHOP
Stop by the Bulldog Shop in downtown Meridian for a great selection of cowbells just in time for Christmas! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.484.0200 for more information

CROOKED LETTER
We hope this season is full of joy, love and Mississippi made products! "Like" us Facebook and Instagram crookedletter.shop
Call 601.207.5072 for more information

GENERATIONS FINE PAPER AND GIFTS
Never misplace your glass again! Have fun decorating your glass with Wine Glass Writer pens "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2721 for more information

HOOPER'S
Christmas Shopping? We have all your electronic gifts ready. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2715 for more information

THE HULETT
'Tis the season for friends and family gatherings! Come in and let us help you gather beautiful accents for your home as well as great gifts! "Like" us on Facebook
Call 601.453.2149 for more information

LABICHE JEWELERS
Some pieces remind us of that great spot on the couch next to a warm fire "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.6071 for more information

LIBERTY SHOP
Comfort at its best! Love the new All Washed Out Cardigan from Free People! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

LOEB'S
LOEB’S by Appointment is a complimentary service we offer. One of our LOEB’S Guides will be chosen specifically for your needs. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 800.432.7615 for more information

MOONPIE
Just in- organic cotton fox play suit- wear it together or as separates! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.934.1414 for more information

PLANTERS SUPPLY
Deer feeders, anyone? "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2684 for more information

SAM'S FASHIONS
Christmas is coming, have you gotten your new suit yet?
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

STITCHIN KRAZY LLC
We love when customers let us use our creativity! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.286.5495 for more information

THE SEWING & VACUUM CENTER
Come see all our new Christmas fabrics. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.1863 for more information.

TONY'S SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN
Have you gotten your hunting season gear?
Call 601.693.4111 for more information

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EMCC NURSING STUDENT AMONG 10 NATIONWIDE CHOSEN FOR SCHOLARSHIP

Event Dates and Times

12/4/2017 - 12/16/2017
East Mississippi Community College
EMCC NURSING STUDENT AMONG 10 NATIONWIDE CHOSEN FOR SCHOLARSHIP

MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College nursing student Brittany Bontrager is among 10 students nationwide awarded a Hurst Review NCLEX® Scholarship.
“These are highly competitive scholarships awarded to nursing students who are counted among the best in the nation,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said. “The fact that Brittany is among such a select group of recipients speaks volumes about the quality of her work and the effort she has put forth in the classroom.”
The scholarship, funded by national nursing exam prep company Hurst Review Services, is exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society nursing majors who plan to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®).
The scholarship covers the cost of the state licensing examination study materials and testing fees.
“I was amazed when I learned I had been awarded the scholarship and that it would cover the cost of the state licensing exam,” Bontrager said. “I literally didn’t know where the money was going to come.”
EMCC biology instructor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor Eric Ford said he wasn’t surprised at Bontrager’s selection.
"I had the opportunity to teach Brittany in both microbiology and anatomy, and she is one of the finest students I have ever encountered,” Ford said. “I can think of no other student who would be more deserving of this honor. We are lucky to have her."
Bontrager graduates Dec. 12 from EMCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program. She starts Jan. 2 as a nurse technician at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. She will begin nursing orientation at the hospital on Jan. 22 after she passes the Mississippi Board of Nursing examination.
“I am excited, not to mention relieved, to have a job lined up,” said Bontrager, whose decision to enter the field of nursing was influenced by two years she spent working at a children’s home in Mexico.
“While I was there I took care of a little boy whose mom was on drugs while she was pregnant and it broke my heart to see the lack of medical care that was available to him,” Bontrager said.
Someday she would like to work in Central America, possibly as a missionary nurse.
“There is a real need for nurses there,” Bontrager said.
For now, she is eager to learn all she can about her chosen field.
“I am really excited about working for Forrest General Hospital,” Bontrager said. “I appreciate what they have to offer their employees. It is a huge hospital so it will offer me a wide variety of experiences. That is one of the beautiful things about nursing. There is endless variety to what you can do.”
Bontrager is the daughter of Myron and Mary Bontrager of Taylorsville and the granddaughter of Thelma Bontrager of Macon. She has two sisters, Deb and Carmen, and a brother, Neal.
Brittany Bontrager said she is saddened at the thought of graduating from EMCC but grateful for the experience.
“EMCC is a small college and I like that,” Brittany Bontrager said. “You get to know the people you are in class with and get to know your instructors on a more personal level. I feel like every one of my instructors have been 100 percent behind me. If I went to them with a question they were always very receptive. I just love being able to have that one-one-one, that encouragement and guidance if I didn’t understand something. I really appreciated that.”
EMCC Director of Nursing and Allied Health Patricia Clowers called Bontrager an “awesome student.”
“She has been an outstanding student from the start,” Clowers said. “We are just really proud of her.”
Michael Stewart, publications coordinator
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490

Rocky Higginbotham, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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Mississippi / Alabama High School All Star Game

Event Dates and Times

12/4/2017 - 12/16/2017
See Schedule
MyTOK2 will air the Mississippi / Alabama High School All Star Game live from Hattiesburg on Saturday, December 16th from 12 Noon to 3 PM.
The roster of players from Mississippi can be found by clicking this link. http://www.mscoaches.com/sports/football/mississippialabama-all-star-game/rosters/mississippi-roster

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Bell Best Cookbook sale and RADA knives

Event Dates and Times

12/4/2017 - 12/8/2017
2301-7th Street Old telephone building across from City Hall and Christmas tree Meridian, MS
Bell Best Cookbook sale and RADA knives-----------GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Monday Dec 4 thru Friday Dec 8
830am-430pm

2301-7th Street

Old telephone building across from City Hall and Christmas tree

Cookbooks from many Southern States with prices $5.00 and up

Donations to surrounding counties and:
Feed By Faith
Kosciusko VA home
Veterans Food Pantry
Relay for Life
Salvation Army Angel Tree
Fellowship of Christian Athletics
Many more

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United Way of East Mississippi Announces 2017/2018 Campaign Progress

Event Dates and Times

12/7/2017
United Way of East MS office 4817 North Park Dr., Meridian, MS
United Way of East Mississippi Announces 2017/2018 Campaign Progress

Meridian, MS- The United Way of East Mississippi will be placing their level of campaign progress on the lightsaber for the 2017/2018 Campaign Season, next Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 2:00pm at the United Way of East MS office located at 4817 North Park Dr., Meridian.
In 2017, more than 3,000 donors gave to The United Way of East Mississippi, the money given was allocated directly back into its 4 county coverage area. Money received by United Way stays in our community and helps fund 20 local nonprofit partner agencies along with 8 community impact programs.
The United Way of East Mississippi has traditionally marked the progress of the annual community campaign by marking a thermometer or torch. This year, in keeping with the United Way’s theme of The Force Is in You; they will be marking a lightsaber to show their progress. Companies and individuals are asked to participate in the annual community campaign by donating through their workplace in a payroll deduction or by making a direct gift. The marking of the lightsaber is done to keep the public informed on the progress of their donations reaching our annual goal.
Channing Peebles
VP, Resource Development and Communications
United Way of East Mississippi
Serving Lauderdale, Clarke, Kemper and Neshoba Counties

601-693-2732

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EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Twisted T Western & More

Event Dates and Times

12/1/2017 - 12/8/2017
Twisted T Western & More 4808 Great River Dr. Suite A Meridian, MS
EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Twisted T Western & More
Meridian, MS ¬ - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) held a Ribbon Cutting for Twisted T Western & More to celebrate their Grand Opening. Twisted T Western & More is a locally owned boutique and western store. They are located at 4808 Great River Dr. Suite A and can be reached at 601-482-5030.
Ribbon Cutting and Groundbreaking Ceremonies are offered to all members of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.
The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation is a private, not-for-profit organization committed to improving economic vitality and quality of life for our citizens. The EMBDC serves as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization for the community. The EMBDC is located at 1901 Front St., Suite A/ P.O Box 790, Meridian, MS 39302, or on the web at www.embdc.org .

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

200 22nd Avenue
Meridian, MS 39301

601-693-1306
601-693-5638
www.embdc.org

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Linden, Alabama - ChiLLy Fest -Dec. 8th & 9th

Event Dates and Times

12/1/2017 - 12/9/2017
Town of Linden, AL
ChiLLy Fest
Event Dates and Times
12/8/2017 - 12/9/2017
Linden, Alabama
Hope to see everyone at ChiLLy Fest next week!!!

ChiLLy Fest -Dec. 8th & 9th

Schedule of Events

Dec. 8th

Christmas Carnival -All Evening
Anything But -6pm - 9pm
Chili Cookers Party! -8pm - 11pm
The Emulators will rock Linden this ChiLLy Fest!
(Free Concert)

Dec. 9th

Local Food Vendors/Arts & Crafts -8am - 2pm
Food Vendors -4pm Gazebo (Optional)
Christmas Music -10am -2pm
Christmas Carnival -All Day!
ChiLLy Fest Cruise In Car Show -9am - 3pm
Chili and Cornbread Cook Off Judging -11am
Public Serving -12pm (Noon)
Christmas Parade of Lights -6:30pm
Fireworks Extravaganza!!! -After Parade

Happy ChiLLy Fest & Merry Christmas!!!!!

Parade, Sponsor, Cook Off, and Vendor forms: http://lindenalabama.net/events/chilly_fest

Bruce Ward
334-295-5051 ext. 1
www.lindenalabama.net
City Facebook Page
ChiLLy Fest Facebook Page
~Life is good in Linden~

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ECCC to Close for Holidays Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13

Event Dates and Times

12/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
East Central Community College
ECCC to Close for Holidays Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13

East Central Community College in Decatur will close all offices for the Christmas holidays beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018.

Orientation for new students for the 2018 spring semester will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium. As part of Orientation, new students will register for spring classes. Students can still apply to attend ECCC for the 2018 spring semester by using the online application at www.eccc.edu/admissions.

Day and evening classes for the spring semester begin Monday, Jan. 8. The last day to resister is Jan. 9.

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

For more information on registering for the 2018 spring semester, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 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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Kelly to address fall graduates at MSU-Meridian

Event Dates and Times

12/7/2017
MSU-Meridian ... Kahlmus Auditorium
Kelly to address fall graduates at MSU-Meridian

MERIDIAN, Miss.—The area division manager of Mississippi Power Co. will be the fall 2017 graduation speaker for Mississippi State University-Meridian.
Eddie Kelly delivers the Dec. 7 commencement address at an 11 a.m. public ceremony in the Kahlmus Auditorium on the College Park Campus.
More than 70 students are candidates for degrees.
Kelly has led MPC Meridian since 2013. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in accounting from William Cary College (now University), he holds an MBA from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Prior to graduating from the Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi in 2014, the Gulfport native completed similar executive training programs in Georgia and Lauderdale County.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he served on active duty in Gulf War operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was honored with the Navy Commendation Medal for leadership under fire.
Along with his MPC duties, Kelly is active in his community. He serves on the executive committee of the East Mississippi Business Development Corp. and is a board member of Community Foundation of East Mississippi and Meridian Children’s Museum, as well as the MSU-Meridian Advisory Board. He also leads the Navy League’s Mississippi Council.
A widower, Kelly is the father of two daughters and grandfather to two grandchildren.
For more about MSU-Meridian, visit www.meridian.msstate.edu.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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EMCC’S HURT, YOUNGER CHOSEN AS HEADWAE RECIPIENTS

Event Dates and Times

11/30/2017 - 12/7/2017
East Mississippi Community College
EMCC’S HURT, YOUNGER CHOSEN AS HEADWAE RECIPIENTS

MAYHEW — East Mississippi Community College chemistry instructor Tara Hurt and student Caleb Younger have been named the college’s 2017-18 HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) award recipients.
Hurt and Younger will be honored Feb. 20 during the 31st Annual Higher Education Appreciation Day at the Jackson Marriott Hotel.
Each year, a student and instructor from each community college and university in the state are recognized for their outstanding work. The honorees are invited to the state capitol where they are welcomed by the lieutenant governor and recognized in each chamber of the Legislature. A luncheon follows in which they are formally recognized in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors and legislators.
“Tara and Caleb are well deserving of the recognition and we are delighted to have them represent EMCC on Appreciation Day,” EMCC Associate Dean of Instruction Gina Thompson said.
Hurt is in her 15th year at EMCC as a chemistry instructor. She graduated from Mississippi University of Women with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and earned her master’s degree in chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi.
She worked in industry for a while and later in research at MSU before beginning her teaching career at EMCC.
“I love teaching and being in the classroom,” Hurt said. “After 15 years, I still get excited when students understand something you have been trying to explain to them and all of a sudden it clicks. You see it in their faces.”
Hurt is married to Ben Hurt, a technology consultant who owns Hurt Technology. The couple have four children: Abigale, 16; Amelia, 12; Isaac, 9; and Ian, 8.
“It is a pretty lively household with four children,” Tara Hurt said. “We like to travel and we go camping a lot.”
Younger graduated from EMCC in May of this year with plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
“I changed my major and want to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Mississippi University for Women,” Younger said. “I would like to become a nurse practitioner. I am taking the prerequisite courses I need at EMCC.”
Younger is active on campus. He has served as a student ambassador and orientation leader. He is the past vice president and current president of the Student Government Association and is a member of the College Republicans and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Younger is the son of Kyle and Sandi Younger of Steens. He has three younger sisters: Julie, Lindsey and Bailey.
So, where does he see himself in 10 years?
“Lord willing, I will be married and have a family,” Caleb Younger said. “Hopefully, I will be running a family clinic or something similar and doing well.”
Michael Stewart, publications coordinator
Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (601) 701-1490

Rocky Higginbotham, director of public information
Office: (662) 476-5013 Cell: (601) 604-2056

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JCJC invites community to “Lighting of the Lake” Christmas event

Event Dates and Times

11/30/2017 - 12/7/2017
Jones County Junior College ... around the Lake behind Jones Hall
JCJC invites community to “Lighting of the Lake” Christmas event
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College’s fourth annual community-wide Christmas caroling event called, “Lighting of the Lake” will be held Thursday, December 7, at 5 p.m. The public is invited to join in the Christmas tree lighting and caroling event around the Lake behind Jones Hall. Bobcat Santa will be collecting canned goods for SCAR (Southern Cross Animal Shelter) in Laurel and he will be available for kids to take pictures and hear Christmas wishes. Christmas Carols will be sung while the trees are lit-up surrounding the lake. Hot chocolate will also be available at this free event.

The event is sponsored by the JCJC Student Government Association. For more information contact Sonya Dykes at 601-477-4229.

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

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JCJC social science instructor selected as Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year

Event Dates and Times

11/30/2017 - 12/7/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC social science instructor selected as Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year

ELLISVILLE – Since the 1960’s, television cartoons have depicted families in various ways and Jones County Junior College’s social science instructor, Stacy Ruth has taught thousands of students about those family values. Ruth has taught Sociology, Social Problems, and Marriage and Family classes over the past 25 years, while also noting the way the ‘family’ has been depicted in cartoons. In her presentation and official recognition as the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Teacher of the Year at JCJC, Ruth shared her insight about how the family has evolved in cartoons.

“You may think families are stagnant, but they have changed and adjusted over the years, as society changes or cultural aspects have changed. A really good indication of this is the cartoons in how they show cultural changes and how they emulate what families go through,” said Ruth.

Through different depictions in six cartoons, the Flintstones, Jetsons, the PJ’s, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers and the Simpsons, Ruth showed how each cultural shift was incorporated in the cartoons. Sharing her insights at the presentation for the Mississippi Humanities Council with students, staff and guests, Ruth said she is honored to have her peers and administrators recognize her work and love of teaching students.

“It’s nice to know my colleagues and administrators think a lot of me and my work to be chosen for this honor. I really love teaching my students and interacting with them,” said Ruth.

Ruth will be formally honored at a banquet in Jackson in February by the Mississippi Humanities Council where she will receive a cash award and a plaque. Ruth has taught social science classes at JCJC for 25 years while also volunteering with student-athletes through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and she serves on the Executive Board of Jones County’s FCA program. She has also served the region as a member of the executive committee for the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association, the state committee for HIV Prevention, the World Congress on Civic Education in Cape Town, Africa. Additionally, the Heidelberg Academy graduate was selected as JCJC’s faculty representative for Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence program for Mississippi’s colleges and universities, and she was one of the top five instructors at JCJC chosen by her colleagues and administrators. Ruth has an 11-year old daughter who attends Laurel Christian School.


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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/461025843.html | 461025843

MPDS - District Events

Event Dates and Times

11/30/2017 - 12/9/2017
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District Events

12/9/17
Parkview Elementary Winter Wonderland Daddy/Daughter Dance
Takes place from
5-8 p.m. in the Magnolia Middle School Gym

12/15/17
Winter Break Early Dismissal Schedule

Elementary will dismiss
at 12:30 p.m.

Middle and High School at 1 p.m.

Wildcat Athletics

11/30/17
MHS 9th Grade Basketball-
@ Oak Grove, 5 p.m.

Middle School Basketball-
Quitman vs. Northwest, 4 p.m.
Carver @ Magnolia, 4:30 p.m.

12/1/17
MHS Basketball
vs. Gulfport, 6 p.m.

MHS Soccer- vs. Philadelphia,
Varsity Girls: 5:30 p.m., Varsity Boys: 7 p.m.

12/2/17
MHS Basketball- @ Heidelberg Shootout, Varsity Girls Only, TBA

12/4/17
MHS 9th Grade Basketball- vs. Wayne County, 5 p.m.

Middle School Basketball
Northwest @ Kemper, 5 p.m.
Carver @ Northeast, 5 p.m.
Quitman vs. Magnolia, 4 p.m.

12/5/17
MHS Basketball- vs. Noxubee County, Junior Varsity Boys,
Junior Varsity Girls only, 4 p.m.

MHS Soccer- @ Northwest Rankin,
Varsity Girls: 5:30 p.m., Varsity Boys: 7 p.m

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JCJC is offering an 8-week welding class in Ellisville

Event Dates and Times

11/29/2017 - 1/10/2018
Jones County Junior College ... Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville
JCJC is offering an 8-week welding class in Ellisville

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Workforce College is offering a welding day class at the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville in January. The course will meet Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., beginning Monday, January 22, 2018, through Friday, March 23, 2018.

This 8-week welding class will cover welding safety, Oxyfuel cutting, basic metal preparation, weld quality, SMAW (stick welding), steel prep and basic fabrication. A workforce certificate will be issued to successful students upon completion of the course. The cost of the class is $350. Students are responsible for their own personal protective equipment.

To register and pay for the welding class please come to the JCJC Advanced Technology Center or call Carmen Sumrall at 601-477-4114 to register and to pay for the cost of the class with a credit card.

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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/460763603.html | 460763603

Rose Hill Volunteer Fire Department ... annual Christmas Parade

Event Dates and Times

11/29/2017 - 12/9/2017
Rose Hill Volunteer Fire Department Rose Hill, MS Jasper County
The Rose Hill Volunteer Fire Department will be sponsoring their annual Christmas Parade on Saturday December 9, 2017 at 11:00 am.
Rose Hill, MS Jasper County
Come and celebrate the season with us.
For information contact:
Beverly Burns 601-917-6828

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2018 Congressional Art Competition for High School Students in the 7th Congressional District

Event Dates and Times

11/28/2017 - 12/28/2017
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Rep. Sewell Announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition for High School Students in the 7th Congressional District

Montgomery, AL – Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is proud to announce the opening of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to both public and private high school students throughout the 7th Congressional District, as well as home-schooled high school students. The winner will receive two free round-trip airfare tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend an official reception honoring the winners from all the congressional districts around the country. In addition, their artwork will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

The theme for this year’s competition is “An Artistic Discovery: Voting Rights Today in the 7th Congressional District.”

To enter the contest, students must fill out and submit a Student Information & Release Form with their artwork by January 18, 2018. All high school students from the 7th Congressional District are encouraged to submit their artwork to any of the Congresswoman’s District offices. Artwork entered into the contest may be up to 26” high X 26” wide X 4” deep. For more information, please contact Rep. Sewell’s Montgomery office at (334) 262-1919 or visit https://sewell.house.gov/congressional-art-competition to find the student release form and guidelines for the artwork.

As a proud product of Alabama’s rural Black Belt, the Congresswoman has seen first-hand the talent from within the District. Each year she is immensely impressed with the outstanding submissions, and she is incredibly proud to have the winning artwork representing the 7th Congressional District in our nation’s Capitol Building. To view the previous year’s winners, visit http://conginst.org/art-competition/?compYear=2017&state=al.

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/460522993.html | 460522993

MDOT TAP grant converts heart of JCJC campus

Event Dates and Times

11/28/2017 - 12/28/2017
Parking area of Jones County Junior College’s C.L. Neill Student Center
MDOT TAP grant converts heart of JCJC campus

ELLISVILLE- What was once a thoroughfare and parking area in front of Jones County Junior College’s C.L. Neill Student Center has been converted into a beautiful, pedestrian plaza with the help of a federal, Transportation Alternative Project grant or (TAP), through the Mississippi Department of Transportation. More than $416,000 in grant money was awarded almost two-years ago to the college for a campus improvement and safety project with the help of the MDOT Southern District Commissioner, Tom King.

“This (TAP grant) is a great program and it’s great to have a program like this because it helps campuses, counties and cities too,” said King. He also emphasized, “None of this federal grant money could go to highways or bridges. It is only available for projects like this. Eighty-percent is federal money and twenty-percent from JCJC or any other government entity that applies for a TAP grant.”
Overall, $571,211 was used to convert an area of College Drive, in front of the C.L. Neill Student Center into a pedestrian plaza with brick pavers, seat walls, scored concrete, landscape improvements and removable bollards. An added feature of the project included the installation of the JCJC logo at ground level in the center of the pedestrian plaza. JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith initially had the vision to improve the campus esthetically, more than 12 years ago. To be able to see this part of the campus improvement project completed is a proud moment for everyone involved.
“It’s very nice to see it come to fruition. We’re thankful for the MDOT, Neel-Schaffer’s engineers and R& J Construction for their help in creating one of the best things added on campus in a long time. Students love it because there are lots of places to hang out and hold student activities. Also, it’s safer,” said Dr. Smith.
Student Government Association President, Alex Hickson said she loves the new plaza for numerous reasons.
“This means the world to us. We love this! Before the conversion, it was hazardous getting to lunch in the Student Center. Now it is so pleasant to walk in peace looking at the fountain and flowers. We love and appreciate this so much,” said Hickson.
As the ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the first phase of the pedestrian corridor project, R&J Construction has already begun working on the second phase of the project. JCJC received a second, matching, TAP grant to extend the pedestrian plaza down Dan Jones Memorial Drive behind the Terrell Tisdale Library, with brick pavers, seat walls, scored concrete and landscape improvements. The second phase of the project began last August and should be completed in the spring of 2018. An expected third-phase will continue the pedestrian corridor south on Dan Jones Memorial Drive and end before McClellan Hall.

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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/460522263.html | 460522263

Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS ... Events Calendar

Event Dates and Times

11/28/2017 - 12/31/2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS
Wonderful Word on Wednesday
December 6, 13, 20, & 27 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting , Wonderful Word on Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2017, @ 7:00 pm. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Christmas Program/Seasoned Senior Citizen Program
December 24, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting a, "Christmas/Seasoned Senior Citizens' Program," on Sunday, December 24, 2017 @ 10:50 am. Phone contact: 601-776-3649. E-mail contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

New Year's Eve Service
December 31, 2017
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting , "New Year's Eve Service," on Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 10:00 pm. Phone contact: 601-776-3649. E-mail contact: centerridgebcinc@yahoo.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter

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Late Fall Festival

Event Dates and Times

11/28/2017 - 12/10/2017
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Meridian
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Meridian will have their annual
Late Fall Festival, Dec. 10th at 6:00 pm (601) 485-5816

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/458807003.html | 458807003

A Very Nelon Christmas

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 12/16/2017
Temple Theatre Meridian, MS
A Very Nelon Christmas
Event Dates and Times
12/16/2017 - Starts: 6:00 PM
Meridian Temple Theater, 2320 8th Street, Meridian, MS
FM Promotions presents
A Very Nelon Christmas

December 16, 2017
Doors open at 5:00 PM
Concert starts 6:00 PM

Featuring music & worship by
Sean Greer of Sean Greer Ministries
The Nelons
and
An all-star band featuring 11 time Southern Gospel Musician of the Year Jeff Stice

Temple Theater
2320 8th Street
Meridian, MS

Tickets
$15 in advance
$20 Day of Concert

Ticket Outlets:
Meridian Cycles, see Tim Miller
George's Paint and Body Shop, DeKalb
Richard Alexa Ferguson call 601.416.1630
Queen City Medical Equipment
ITickets https://www.itickets.com/events/390326.html

For Group Tickets information call Richard Ferguson at 601.416.1630

Children 12 and under free with a paying adult
Richard Ferguson, 601.416.1630, rf2ndmile@hotmail.com

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MCC December 2017 Calendar of Events

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 12/30/2017
Meridian Community College
MCC December 2017 Calendar of Events

Workforce Development class, Advanced Stroke Life Support (ASLS), Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development class, Basic Life Support, Dec. 1, 1-5 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Personal Enrichment session, ACT Prep, Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 601-482-7445.

MCC Gospel Choir Fall Concert, Dec. 3, 6 p.m., Tommy E. Dulaney Center, 601-553-3404.

Personal Enrichment class, Wrapping Gifts, Monday, Dec. 4, 5:30-7 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Personal Enrichment class, Christmas Cakes for Moms and Daughters, Monday, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.

MCC Basketball: MCC vs. Bishop State, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. (women); 7:30 p.m. (men); MCC vs. Wallace Selma, Dec. 14, 5:30 p.m. (women); 7:30 p.m. (men). Sander Atkinson, 601-484-8707.

Practical Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony, Dec. 8, 9 a.m., Temple Theater, Dr. Lara Collum, 601-484-8728.

Associate Degree Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Dec. 8, Temple Theater, 11 a.m., Dr. Betty Davis, 601-484-8745.

MCC Winter Graduation, Dec. 8, 3 p.m., in Temple Theater, Downtown Meridian; Soraya Welden, 601-484-8628.

MCC will be closed for winter break beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, to Monday, Jan. 1. The College reopens for business Tuesday, Jan. 2. Spring classes begin Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

MCC Holiday Term (online classes), Dec. 18-Jan. 5. 601-483-8241.

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JCJC & Haas Factory Outlet’s partnership ...

Event Dates and Times

11/20/2017 - 12/20/2017
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JCJC & Haas Factory Outlet’s partnership brings potential for big economic & educational bonus to Mississippi

ELLISVILLE – The future of manufacturing and machining in Mississippi has virtually changed with the cutting of a ribbon to officially announce the partnership between Jones County Junior College’s Precision Machining and Manufacturing program and Hass Factory Outlet (HFO), which is one of North America’s largest designers and manufacturers of CNC machine tools and a machine tool distributor. While the two-year college located in Ellisville, Mississippi, will greatly benefit as the home of the new Mississippi Haas Factory Outlet Showroom, students will be prime candidates for jobs as businesses see them using the newest Haas CNC machines and equipment.

“Great things are happening in Jones County because of partnerships like this. If you don’t think we can build it you need to come see this place,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith. “We (JCJC) want to be a benefit to our community and certainly to corporations that are willing to come in and invest in Jones and in this part of the country.”

Preparing for Mississippi’s only HFO Showroom meant remodeling the current machine lab at JCJC. Haas Factory Outlet Service Manager, Clayton Phillips and JCJC Precision Manufacturing and Machining instructor Chase Elmore spent the summer cleaning, painting, rewiring and moving old machines. Over three weeks last summer, HFO invested more than $50,000 in remodeling the 6,500 square-foot machining lab and then installed an air compressor to run three Haas consigned machines, with an estimated value of $300,000, including a DT-1 drill/tap center, ST-30Y CNC Lathe with bar-feeder, and a VF-3-YT/50 taper vertical machining center.

“We’ll always make sure we have the machines with the latest, high-end, cutting-edge technology because this is a showroom for us,” said Haas Factory Outlet General Manager, Patrick Kane. He added, “We’re going to bring customers in and show them the machines and at the same time they’re going to evaluate some students. It’s a win-win for us all.”

Additionally, Haas has committed to providing free technical support from certified Haas technicians and JCJC is now part of the HTEC or Haas Technical Education Center. This network of industry leaders and educators was formed to allow for interacting and sharing information about the industry’s current and future needs.

“We want to help promote the program. The more students we put out here and the more students we put to work in Mississippi, the more products your companies can put out and the more products your customers can take home. We’re really here to bridge that gap between education and industry,” said Haas Factory Outlet-Morris Group Director of Education, Toni Neary.

This partnership has the potential to literally change the face of manufacturing and machining in Mississippi and Louisiana as HFO has already begun plans to expand its presence in the region. Combining Elmore’s vision for the machining program at JCJC with Haas’ commitment to education and the possibilities are endless for students and industry.

“I want to put JCJC on the map as the leading producer of machining students. I want to make it to where Jones is known for this program and that’s my goal. I’m going to keep working until I get there,” said Elmore.

That’s great news for JCJC alumnus and advisory committee member for Elmore’s program, Tony Guinn. As the Production Supervisor for JPM of Mississippi, Guinn is anxious to see growth.

“We can add machines but it’s hard to find people to come to work. High school students don’t know about machining. People don’t understand there is a high demand for people to fill all these jobs in machining and in industrial related jobs but there is nobody to fill them,” said Guinn.

Haas is optimistic their area customers like, Praxair (formerly GE Aviation), Laurel Machine and Foundry and JPM of Mississippi in Hattiesburg will greatly benefit from this partnership as Haas helps JCJC train students to become “work-ready” as CNC machinists, programmers, and engineers for the current and future employers. Elmore explained employers save time and money if their employees come to work trained.

“Students have their hands on the newest equipment that a lot of these companies use and JCJC graduates will have NIMS or National Institute for Metalworking Skills certifications or national industry standards, proving their abilities,” said Elmore. “(Because of this partnership), we’ll have a larger number of students and more importantly we’re going to be able to put more students out in industry. My goal is to have companies knocking the door down.”

Because of Haas’ commitment to providing educational opportunities, the economic outlook looks very bright for both students and industry. For students, the Haas Factory Outlet Showroom is providing the best machines to hone their machining skills and for industry employees, Haas will host free control classes to their customer base. Graduates of JCJC’s machining program also have the potential to benefit financially with wages ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 based on skill level and experience.

For more information about the JCJC Precision Manufacturing and Machining program contact Chase Elmore at 601-477-4201 or chase.elmore@jcjc.edu or on social media at Facebook JCJC precision manufacturing and machining or Instagram, Instagram JCJC Precision Machine Shop.

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

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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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/457719273.html | 457719273

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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/457464123.html | 457464123

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;

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/456633493.html | 456633493

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

http://www.wtok.com/content/events/456631943.html | 456631943

The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 Will Bring ‘Pure Joy’ to MSU Riley Center on December 7

Event Dates and Times

12/7/2017
MSU Riley Center
The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 Will Bring ‘Pure Joy’ to MSU Riley Center on December 7

MERIDIAN, MS – Fans of vocal music have a huge Christmas treat in store. THE SUMMIT: The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 will bring two legendary singing groups to the MSU Riley Center on Thursday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Each ensemble will take its own turn in the spotlight. The two will also join onstage to perform nearly a dozen songs together, exquisitely intertwining their voices. “We’ve been waiting to do this for so long,” said Take 6 tenor Mark Kibble. “We’ve been fans for years, and the prospect of joining both harmonic groups has been in the wings for so long. And now we actually get to do it.”

The Manhattan Transfer celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. Ranging across the capella, pop and jazz landscape, the quartet has won eight Grammy Awards. Its legendary 1985 album Vocalese alone received three Grammys and an incredible 12 nominations.

Take 6 formed 37 years ago at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. The sextet also has earned eight Grammys with its gorgeously harmonized blend of gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.

“Working with Take 6 is not work,” said Manhattan Transfer tenor Alan Paul. “It’s pure joy.”

For fans of: Pentatonix, Al Jarreau, The Four Freshmen

Tickets are $65 and $59 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.

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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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