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EMCC - ‘COMMUNIVERSITY’ DESIGNED TO IMPRESS

Event Dates and Times

11/7/2017 - 11/23/2017
East Mississippi Community College
‘COMMUNIVERSITY’ DESIGNED TO IMPRESS

MAYHEW — The two-story structure under construction between East Mississippi Community College’s Golden Triangle campus and the PACCAR plant is easily visible to passing motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 82.
Although the façade is yet to come and the steel girders that jut skyward offer only a hint of a skeletal outline, it is obvious the campus that will house EMCC’s “Communiversity” won’t conform to the traditional square-block, brick-and-mortar architecture prominent throughout the Southeast.
“The style will be very modern,” said PryorMorrow’s Michael W. Taylor, the architect of record for the Communiversity, a large-scale workforce training center that will offer credit and non-credit courses to students seeking careers in advanced manufacturing. “We were told EMCC wanted something that would impress visitors. As much as we all like traditional architecture, it doesn’t really impress people from other countries.
“For this project, our goal was to really step up our game with a level of architecture that is on par with the rest of the world.”
The modern theme dovetails with the building’s purpose. The Communiversity, officially known as the Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence 2.0, will house credit and non-credit courses related to training students for careers in advanced manufacturing. The facility will boast state-of-the art equipment needed to prepare students to work in high-tech industries.
Automation & Control, Electro-Mechanical Technology/Mechantronics and Precision Machining and Manufacturing are just a few of the programs that will be offered at the new, 145,638-square-foot, $42 million facility that is expected to open in late 2018 or early 2019.
“This facility will prepare students to work in high-tech industries right here in the Golden Triangle,” EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said. “We are committed to providing our local industries with a highly qualified workforce and our students with the skills needed to excel in today’s automated manufacturing environment. PryorMorrow has done an outstanding job in creating a unique building that will be visually striking and will, at the same time, help us meet the educational needs of our community partners for many years to come.”
The main building will feature sweeping, curved lines and a wall of glass that faces outward, with a large open space inside for exhibits by local industries to showcase their products. Students from area schools will be able to tour the building and learn about the technology that goes into making the various products.
There will be classrooms, computer labs, and office space on the second floor, with student lounge areas scattered throughout the building.
“Common spaces will have different elements that will enhance the space and really reinforce the idea of technology and collaboration,” Taylor said.
Much of the student training will take place in 21 high-bay laboratories designed to allow the easy access for the setup and removal of heavy machinery like that used by area manufacturers. Most of the bays will be housed inside two, single story wings that will intersect the main building at 45-degree angles.
“We worked pretty hard on making things as transparent as possible,” Taylor said. “We jumped on every opportunity we could to put glass inside so you could see activity going on in the different rooms. When the building is being used to its full purpose, it is going to be buzzing with activity. No matter where you are at, you will be able to look into classrooms and see people learning. The idea is to make the whole facility stimulating and buzzing with activity.
“The project was fun for us because this was the first time in a long time we could really step out of the box and do something exciting. I think it is going to draw a lot of attention because it is different than what is around this area.”
Last year, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and the Appalachian Regional Commission announced the award of a $4.6 grant to construct six high-bay classrooms in addition to the 15 already planned. This was the second grant by the ARC, which has provided $10 million for the project. Other funding partners for the $42 million facility include the Mississippi Legislature and Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties. The Golden Triangle Development LINK has also been instrumental in the project.
Speaking at the official Communiversity groundbreaking in December of 2016, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said one of the truly unique aspects of the project has been the level of cooperation among the various agencies.
“What the Communiversity is going to represent is government at all levels — cities, counties, state and the federal government — all coming together to help create an environment that will produce the workforce of tomorrow,” Reeves said. “That is something in which we can all be proud.”

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

11/7/2017 - 11/16/2017
See Schedule
Upcoming Events

Mississippi Economic Council State Tour
Business Before Hours
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, November 14th
MSU Riley Center

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

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

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Meridian - Downtown Details ... Nov. 6th - 12th

Event Dates and Times

11/6/2017 - 11/12/2017
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MS CHILDREN'S MUSEUM PRESS CONFERENCE
Tuesday November 7th-10:30am
MSU Riley Center
Call 601.709.8354 for more information

17TH ANNUAL RUN FOR HOPE
Saturday, November 11th 8:00am-11:00am
Bonita Lakes
Call 601.693.9905 for more information

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
Saturday, November 11th-10:30am
23rd Ave &6th St
Call 601.604.0027 for more information

VETERAN'S DAY PARADE
Saturday November 11th-3:00pm
Downtown Meridian
Call 601.692.7025 for more information

ST. PAUL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH FRIENDS & FAMILY DAY
Sunday November 12th-10:45am-12:30pm
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Call 601.479.0869 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

INCOME TAX COURSE-H&R BLOCK
1412 24th Ave
For Class Times visit HRBLOCK.COM/CLASS
Call 601.405.2423 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

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
Come see what's new.
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

BLUE GIRL
Velvet velvet velvet "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 228.860.9589 for more information

THE BULLDOG SHOP
Come by the Bulldog Shop today! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.484.0200 for more information

CROOKED LETTER
Have you stopped by to see all our great MS made products? If not, you won’t believe all the quality goods available, made right here in MS. We have great ideas for all your gifting needs, including corporate gifts. Come see us! Check us out on FB and Instagram crookedletter.shop
Call 601.207.5072 for more information

GENERATIONS FINE PAPER AND GIFTS
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2721 for more information

HOOPER'S
Eyes and Ears going on now! Come see us today! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2715 for more information

THE HULETT
Norwalk Furniture has the perfect sofa, chair or ottoman waiting for you to make it custom to fit
your home or office. Come by and let us help you design a beautiful life-time piece just for your space.
"Like" us on Facebook to view many of the items we have to offer you!
Call 601.453.2149 for more information

LABICHE JEWELERS
November babies are lucky -- they have two birthstones!"Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.6071 for more information

LIBERTY SHOP
Whether you're hosting family and friends this holiday season or just need some super cute gifts, our Christmas apron is perfect! Monogramming available! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

LOEB'S
We Fit Your Lifestyle. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 800.432.7615 for more information

MOONPIE
Teething problems? Try one of these! 100% organic cotton and terry cloth- freeze it and let baby chew- then throw it in the wash! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.934.1414 for more information

PLANTERS SUPPLY
We have everything for hunting season, along with new fall plants. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2684 for more information

SAM'S FASHIONS
Come see all of our new arrivals.
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

STITCHIN KRAZY LLC
Need something monogrammed? Come see us! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.286.5495 for more information

THE SEWING & VACUUM CENTER
Learn how to work you cutting machine November 11th. Come and learn with us. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.1863 for more information.

TONY'S SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN
Celebrate Tony's retirement by stopping by and purchasing something. Everything must go!
Call 601.693.4111 for more information

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Town of Stonewall Boil Water Notice has been lifted ...

Event Dates and Times

11/6/2017 - 11/9/2017
Town of Stonewall
The Town of Stonewall Boil Water Notice has been lifted and the water samples tested came back good.

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PRVEPA’s “Round Up for Education” awards 45 scholarships to JCJC students

Event Dates and Times

11/6/2017 - 11/22/2017
Jones County Junior College
PRVEPA’s “Round Up for Education” awards 45 scholarships to JCJC students

ELLISVILLE – For the last five-years, member-consumers from Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association’s 12-county service area have generously donated to the Round Up for Education Scholarship program. The generosity of the thousands of members who voluntarily pay a few cents more on their electric bill has conceivably changed the lives of more than one-thousand students over the years. This year, forty-five Jones County Junior College students each received $800 scholarships from the “Roundup for Education Scholarship program through PRVEPA, with a total of 240 students getting scholarships to use at any of Mississippi’s Community/Junior Colleges this year.

“This program makes a difference in being able to make ends meet or not and to earn a college education. It makes a huge difference and we hope other electric power associations will learn about this program. It speaks volumes about the folks in south Mississippi and how they value education,” said JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith.

Over the last five-years, 211-JCJC students received a financial boost from the support of the Association’s member-consumers who round up their bills to the nearest dollar each month. When the program was established in 2012, PRVEPA Manager of Members Services, Kurt Brautigam said they really hoped it would be beneficial and have some success. However, it turned out to be even better than they expected. More than one million dollars has been collected through the extra dimes, nickels and quarters over the last five years.

“I don’t think in our wildest dreams we would have realized how many lives we could touch in just this short period of time. It’s really due to our members who are rounding up their bills and allowing this money to go into this fund so that these students can be assisted,” said Brautigam.

JCJC freshmen nursing major, Lakelyn Bohannon said she was thrilled to receive the financial assistance from the PRVEPA scholarship program, knowing it impacts hundreds of freshmen entering college. With plans to become a nurse practitioner, scholarships like this will help her reach her goal.

“I am very thankful to benefit from this scholarship that helps supplement my education expenses. I am the second person in my family to receive this scholarship. My sister received the scholarship in 2013,” said Bohannon.

Columbia resident and veterinary science major, Yasmine Pope said, “Receiving this scholarship will take a lot of weight off of both me and my family and it will help my family from worrying about how some of my education will be paid for. It feels great. It feels wonderful and it is very exciting to know that there are people in this world who care enough about me/us to get an education that they would go above and beyond to help us.”

Scholarships are available to members who do the roundup, as well as for their spouses or dependent children who are enrolled as freshmen this fall. PRVEPA General Manager Randy Wallace noted that the Association has always tried to find ways to improve the quality of life for its members and the communities where they live.

“We believe that education is vital to improving the future for all of us in south Mississippi, and the Round Up program was designed to encourage more young people to further their education….These funds will help create long-term educational opportunities as well as economic benefits, which is good for everyone in the communities we serve.”

Forrest County Agriculture High School graduate and JCJC civil engineering major, Matt Mordica is a prime example of who PRVEPA had in mind when starting the scholarship program. Mordica said the PRVEPA scholarship gives him more time to save up for tuition when he transfers to Mississippi State.

“This scholarship paid for my books and other related expenses which allow me to save for my future. I am very thankful for the generosity of others.”

His mother, Marcia Mordica explained the PRVEPA Roundup for Education scholarship was easy to apply for and is much appreciated.

“We are fortunate Matt earned an academic scholarship but the PRVEPA scholarship covered everything else. He can attend college with fewer financial concerns.”

There are more than 49,000 meters in the PRVEPA. Money collected for the scholarship program is deposited in an account overseen by the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation. Ten percent of each year’s funds are set aside in an endowed fund for future use. The remaining money is divided equally between the number of eligible applicants.

Scholarship recipients this year include 129 students attending Pearl River Community College, 45 at Jones County Junior College and 45 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. An additional 21 students are attending eight other state community colleges. Overall, students came from 21 different high schools and homeschool programs.

Round Up for Education funds collected after August 1, will go toward next year’s scholarships. Applications for 2018 scholarships will be available in November.

2017 Community College Scholars Program (240 Students)

Community Colleges Students are Attending
Pearl River 129
Gulf Coast 45
Jones 45
Southwest 10
Hinds 3
Co-Lin 2
East MS 2
East Central 1
Meridian 1
Holmes 1
Northeast MS 1

High Schools Recipients Attended
Stone 43
Oak Grove 31
Purvis 27
Forrest Co. AHS 22
Sumrall 27
West Marion 23
Columbia 18
East Marion 11
Columbia Academy 19
Lamar Christian 3
Lumberton 1
Lawrence Co. 2
Others 13


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

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EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Crooked Letter

Event Dates and Times

11/6/2017 - 11/11/2017
Crooked Letter 2120 B Front Street in downtown Meridian
EMBDC Holds Ribbon Cutting for Crooked Letter
Meridian, MS ¬ - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) held a Ribbon Cutting for Crooked Letter. Crooked Letter, downtowns newest business, celebrated their Grand Opening. Todd and Debbie Mathis, owners, are excited to share all of the Mississippi Made products with Meridian. They are located at 2120 B Front Street in downtown.
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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This Veterans Day, free flu vaccines are available to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country.

Event Dates and Times

11/6/2017 - 11/11/2017
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This Veterans Day, free flu vaccines are available to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country.
As a way to say thank you to the troops who served our country, American Family Care, the nation’s leading provider of urgent care and accessible primary care, will give a free flu shot to any veteran, with proper ID, on Saturday, November 11th.
Please let me know if you’d like to stop by the local AFC on Veterans Day to see who is taking advantage of this free offer, plus an AFC physician is always on staff and ready to discuss why it is so important for people of all ages to get vaccinated this flu season.
Thanks!
Nancy Bostrom
919.459.8163

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MCC to host Veterans Day Program Nov. 7

Event Dates and Times

11/3/2017 - 11/7/2017
Meridian Community College ... Graham Gymnasium on the MCC campus
MCC to host Veterans Day Program Nov. 7
Meridian Community College will pay tribute to veterans – both those on and off campus, retired and active – Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. in the Graham Gymnasium on the MCC campus. Meridian Naval Air Station Commanding Officer Capt. Brian S. Horstman will be the keynote speaker when Meridian Community College will pay tribute to veterans with a special ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. in the Graham Gymnasium on the campus.

The public is invited to attend. In addition to the keynote speaker’s talk, Dan McFadden of CertainTeed Corp. will present the occasion speech.

For more information, contact Pam Baranello, MCC military/veteran services coordinator, at MCC at 601-553-3468 or email, pbaranel@meridiancc.edu

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ECCC Gospel Choir Concert Scheduled Nov. 15

Event Dates and Times

11/3/2017 - 11/15/2017
East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus
ECCC Gospel Choir Concert Scheduled Nov. 15

The East Central Community College Gospel Choir will present its annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

The Rev. Johnny Jones of Newton, a former gospel choir member, will be guest speaker. Zashanti Bender, a student and member of the choir at Newton County High School, will be a guest performer.

Brenda Johnson serves as sponsor of the ECCC Gospel Choir.

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

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ECCC to Host Fourth Annual “Christmas Spectacular” Nov. 28

Event Dates and Times

11/3/2017 - 11/28/2017
East Central Community College Huff Auditorium
ECCC to Host Fourth Annual “Christmas Spectacular” Nov. 28

As part of its 2017 Cultural Arts Series, East Central Community College in Decatur will host the annual “Christmas Spectacular” Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Huff Auditorium. The event begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person. Children under 6 will be admitted free.
Featured performers will include the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, Christmas Band, Jazz Band, Collegians rock and roll band, Concert Choir, Vocé vocal ensemble, the Color Guard and the Centralettes dance line.

A reception will follow in Mabry Cafeteria and will feature art by ECCC art students and holiday fare by the EC Culinary Arts Technology program under the direction of Chef Barry Karrh.

Tickets may be purchased from any EC band, choir, or Collegians members or by calling the college switchboard at 601-635-2111. For more information, contact Fine Arts Division Chair Chas Evans at cevans@eccc.edu, or call 601-635-6227.

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

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JCJC’s Clarke County Center announces spring class schedule

Event Dates and Times

11/3/2017 - 11/24/2017
JCJC’s Clarke County Center
JCJC’s Clarke County Center announces spring class schedule
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Center in Stonewall 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 spring.
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 Rachel Harris at 601-477-4284 or email her at rachel.harris@jcjc.edu.

Spring College Career & Technical Classes:
Welding (January 8 through April 24, 2018) Monday through Friday - 7:15 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.
Entry Level Petroleum Trainee Program (semester) Monday through Friday - 9:15 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Spring College Academic Classes:
College Algebra Mondays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
English Comp. II Tuesdays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Western Civilization II Wednesdays - 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Spring College Non-Credit (Workforce) Classes:
Welding (January 8, through April 24, 2018) Monday through Thursday – 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Structural Fitting (January 8, through April 24, 2018) Monday through Thursday – 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.
EMT-Basic (January 8, through April 24, 2018) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Commercial Truck Driving Spring dates and information coming soon

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

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United Way of East Mississippi’s Imagination Library Program ....

Event Dates and Times

11/3/2017 - 11/7/2017
United Way Office 4817 North Park Drive Meridian, MS
Meridian: A celebration marking a milestone in the life of United Way of East Mississippi’s Imagination Library Program will be held Tuesday, November 7th at 2:00pm at the United Way Office on 4817 North Park Drive, Meridian, MS.

“This program has meant so much for the children and families of East Mississippians,” said Thad Quarles, Interim Executive Director for United Way. “The impact of this program is measurable in so many ways―whether it’s increasing comprehensive skills for kindergartners or encouraging the love of reading―this book of the month club for a young child makes a quality difference.”

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program has expanded capacity in East Mississippi and now covers a 4 county area. “We are so thankful to our funders for recognizing the importance of this early learning program,” Quarles said, “and our highest praise goes to the Dollywood Foundation for making this free book of the month club such a hugely successful program not only here, but worldwide.” Quarles said that the celebration will mark a significant milestone in the number of books distributed here in East Mississippi.

Principle funders for the program include The United Way of East Mississippi, The Phil Hardin Foundation, the Meridian Rotary Club, North American Coal Corporation, the Quitman School District, Community Development Partnership, and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.

United Way of East Mississippi, serving Lauderdale, Clarke, Kemper, and Neshoba counties, supports 20 local partner agencies and 8 community impact programs. For more information on how you can enroll your child in Imagination Library please contact United Way at 601-693-2732 or visit our website at unitedforunitedway.org.

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ECCC to Hold Class Registration Sessions in Louisville, Carthage, Choctaw, Forest

Event Dates and Times

11/2/2017 - 11/27/2017
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ECCC to Hold Class Registration Sessions in Louisville, Carthage, Choctaw, Forest

Instructional Counselors from East Central Community College will visit four of the college’s off-campus centers in November to assist students with spring 2018 course registration.

The Instructional Counselors will visit the following locations:

Louisville Career Advancement Center at 860 South Church Avenue in Louisville,
Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Carthage Career Advancement Center at 121 West Main Street in Carthage, Tuesday, Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Integrated Technologies Training Center at 377 Industrial Drive in Choctaw, Thursday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Forest Career Advancement Center at 316 South Main Street in Forest, Monday, Nov. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 601-635-6356 or 601-635-6287.

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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Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

Event Dates and Times

11/2/2017 - 11/11/2017
WILLOW TRACE HEALTH AND REHABILITATION LOCATED 14O6 EAST PUSHMATAHA STREET, BUTLER, ALABAMA
Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre ...
PLEASE RESERVE TICKETS NOW! VERY LIMITED SEATING!
2 PERFORMANCES IN CHOCTAW COUNTY, ALABAMA ONLY:
FRIDAY, NOV 10TH AND SATURDAY, NOV 11TH
AT 6 PM.
PERFORMANCES AT WILLOW TRACE HEALTH AND REHABILITATION
LOCATED 14O6 EAST PUSHMATAHA STREET, BUTLER, ALABAMA.

TICKETS $15, INCLUDES SPAGHETTI MEAL

CALL 205-459-5506 FOR TICKET INFORMATION!

PROCEEDS BENEFIT CHOCTAW LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP FUND & CHOCTAW ARTS CENTER.

COME SOLVE THE MURDER MYSTERY!
205-459-5506!

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Town of Stonewall is under a boil water notice until further notice

Event Dates and Times

11/2/2017 - 11/7/2017
The Town of Stonewall
The Town of Stonewall is under a boil water notice until further notice due to repairing a water line.

Thanks,
Glynis Banes
Town Clerk
601-659-7033

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EMBDC Event Reminder ....

Event Dates and Times

11/2/2017 - 11/19/2017
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YPM Buds & Boards Cornhole
Friday, November 17th at 6:00pm

Merrehope 49th Annual Trees of Christmas
Opening Reception is Sunday, November 19th. Tours begin November 20th - December 30th.

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DOLLAR GENERAL REMODEL ADDS PRODUCE AND EXPANDED PRODUCTS IN COLLINSVILLE, MISSISSIPPI

Event Dates and Times

11/2/2017 - 11/8/2017
Dollar General 9008 Highway 19 N. in Collinsville, MS
DOLLAR GENERAL REMODEL ADDS PRODUCE AND EXPANDED PRODUCTS IN COLLINSVILLE, MISSISSIPPI

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – November 1, 2017 – Dollar General is excited to announce it recently completed a remodel of its store at 9008 Highway 19 N. in Collinsville. With an updated layout and design, the store now offers a selection of produce and expanded frozen and refrigerated food offerings in addition to the same categories, brands and products customers trust Dollar General to carry.

“Through our ongoing commitment to provide a pleasant shopping experience to our customers, we are excited to welcome the community to see our recently remodeled located in Collinsville,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development. “We hope our customers enjoy the fresh layout and design, as well as the new product assortment including produce and expanded food assortments.”

Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by providing a focused selection of national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health/beauty products. The store’s fresh layout is designed to make shopping simple for customers. Seasonal products are displayed in the center of the store, departments are easily recognizable with visible signage and coolers are conveniently located at the front of the store.

Dollar General gives its customers more than everyday low prices on basic merchandise. Dollar General is deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for their high school equivalency test can pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $140 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly more than 9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.

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About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,000 stores in 44 states as of August 19, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo.
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DOLLAR GENERAL REMODEL ADDS PRODUCE AND EXPANDED PRODUCTS IN ENTERPRISE, MISSISSIPPI

Event Dates and Times

11/2/2017 - 11/10/2017
Dollar General 100 Highway 513 W. in Enterprise, MS
DOLLAR GENERAL REMODEL ADDS PRODUCE AND EXPANDED PRODUCTS IN ENTERPRISE, MISSISSIPPI

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – November 1, 2017 – Dollar General is excited to announce it recently completed a remodel of its store at 100 Highway 513 W. in Enterprise. With an updated layout and design, the store now offers a selection of produce and expanded frozen and refrigerated food offerings in addition to the same categories, brands and products customers trust Dollar General to carry.

“Through our ongoing commitment to provide a pleasant shopping experience to our customers, we are excited to welcome the community to see our recently remodeled located in Enterprise,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development. “We hope our customers enjoy the fresh layout and design, as well as the new product assortment including produce and expanded food assortments.”

Dollar General stores offer convenience and value to customers by providing a focused selection of national name brands and private brands of food, housewares, seasonal items, cleaning supplies, basic apparel and health/beauty products. The store’s fresh layout is designed to make shopping simple for customers. Seasonal products are displayed in the center of the store, departments are easily recognizable with visible signage and coolers are conveniently located at the front of the store.

Dollar General gives its customers more than everyday low prices on basic merchandise. Dollar General is deeply involved in the communities it serves and is an ardent supporter of literacy and education. At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for their high school equivalency test can pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $140 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly more than 9 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.com.

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About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,000 stores in 44 states as of August 19, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo.

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Headline: JCJC SCHEDULES MOST BEAUTIFUL PAGEANT

Event Dates and Times

11/2/2017 - 11/7/2017
Jones County Junior College ... M. P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium
Headline: JCJC SCHEDULES MOST BEAUTIFUL PAGEANT

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will host its annual Most Beautiful Pageant on Tuesday, November 7, at 7 p.m. in the M. P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium.
Eighteen contestants will compete for the title of Most Beautiful. Serving as the mistress of ceremonies for the evening will be Leighann Pacific. Pacific is a graduate of JCJC and Mississippi State University with a degree in communications and public relations.
Pacific competed in the Miss Mississippi Pageant for two years holding the titles of Miss Riverland and Miss Red Carpet City. She placed in the Top 15 and walked away with nearly $6,000 in scholarships. An activist for organ and tissue donation, Pacific is an ambassador for the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.
Entertainment will be provided by Jones OnStage show choir members and Joe Mauldin on piano.
Tickets are $8 general admission and $5 for those with a valid JCJC ID. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and there is no reserved seating.
For more information, call 601-477-4084.

Kelly Atwood
Radionian/Bobcat Press adviser
Jones County Junior College
900 South Court Street
Ellisville, MS 39437
601-477-4084
FAX: 601-477-4195

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ECCC Collegians to Present Fall Concert Nov. 13

Event Dates and Times

11/1/2017 - 11/13/2017
East Central Community College Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus
ECCC Collegians to Present Fall Concert Nov. 13
East Central Community College’s rock and roll band, the Collegians, will present its fall concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Huff Auditorium on the Decatur campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. The popular group will present hits by Demi Levato, Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan, Charlie Puth, Ed Sheeran and many more! Members include (front row, from left) technicians Christian Bounds of Lake, Jerome Odom of Forest, Christian Richardson of Union, Caleb Salley of McCool, Makayla Weaver of Conehatta, Kaylyn Smith of Carthage, Miriam Sanchez of Forest, Malcolm Chambers of Decatur, and Caleb McGrew of Meridian; saxophonist Jacob Dickerson of Philadelphia, drummer Cheston Jones of Louisville, keyboardist Jovani Mondragon of Forest, and trumpeter Daniel Street of Vero Beach, Fla.; and bassist Ken Jernigan of Noxapater, guitarist Hunter Dickerson of Philadelphia, auxiliary percussionist Ellie Hall of Mendenhall, vocalists Laken Winstead of Philadelphia, Jake Horton of Sebastopol, Brianna Whittle of Philadelphia, JoJo Grimes of Lake, Maggie Shoultz of Pelahatchie, and Tobey Smith of Lake; trombonist Taylor Hawkins of Morton, baritone Wesley Akins of Philadelphia, and director/guitarist Chas Evans.

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

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ECCC Concert Choir, Vocé to Present Fall Program Nov. 16

Event Dates and Times

11/1/2017 - 11/16/2017
East Central Community College Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus
ECCC Concert Choir, Vocé to Present Fall Program Nov. 16

The East Central Community College Concert Choir and Vocé vocal ensemble will present their fall concerts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in Vickers Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the Decatur campus. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.

Choir selections will include “Jazz Cantate,” “Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal,” “Betelehemu,” and Breath of Heaven.” Vocé will present “Time After Time,” “Mary, Did You Know,” and “Do You Hear What I Hear.”

Several vocal music majors will also be featured during the concert.

For more information, contact director Denise Riley at mdriley@eccc.edu or call 601-635-6225.

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

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JCJC’s Bobcat Math League playoff teams decided

Event Dates and Times

11/1/2017 - 11/8/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Bobcat Math League playoff teams decided

ELLISVILLE – In the last week of the Jones County Junior College’s Bobcat Math League, the final six teams’ winning records have determined the playoff schedule and who will continue the journey to the BML “Super Bowl” or final competition of the season. All season, the Sacred Heart Crusaders, Presbyterian Christian Bobcats and the Oak Grove Warriors have held onto their division leader titles. In the Archimedes Division, the Quitman Panthers and the West Jones Mustangs have switched places a couple of times with the Panthers managing to hold on to the division champs title and an earning an automatic bid to the playoffs. West Jones netted a wild card bid and is the last seeded team in the BML. Sacred Heart gets top billing with Oak Grove hot on their heels. Presbyterian Christian, Quitman and Wayne County finish out the top-five rankings.

Individually, Oak Grove’s Peter Liang keeps his overall Most Outstanding Player status and the title for the year for having the highest average accuracy rate. Fellow Warrior, Erin Choi rose up the ranks to be included in the All-League Team along with Olivia Viguerie and Abigail Weir. Sacred Heart’s Ben Dunn, Nick Gallardo, Cameron Miller and Remy Poirrier earned All-League-Team status. Presbyterian Christian’s Otoniel Duran-Hernandez and Gwen Rowzee of Northeast Jones High School also earned top individual honors.

In the final week of competition, Galileo Division leader, Sacred Heart not only whammed the Tigers of Northeast Jones 58 to 34, but the Crusaders also kicked the Tigers out of post-season play for the first time in several years. Like dominoes, the Northeast Jones’ loss had a ripple effect on other teams looking for another chance at post-season play. It opened the door for the Wayne County War Eagles to get a wild card bid after they decimated the Collins Tigers, 40 to 12.

The match between Wayne Academy and Heidelberg ended up knocking both teams out of the playoffs, even though the Jaguars won, 22 to 16, dropping the Oilers to third place in the Gates Division. Laurel couldn’t stop the pummeling from the Bobcats of Presbyterian Christian, losing 31 to 17.

Both, Columbia Academy and Perry Central could not muster a win keeping them out of post-season play. The Bulldogs of Perry Central lost to Quitman, 36 to 12, and the Cougars were trampled by West Jones, 39 to 21. The Braves of South Jones were hopeful they could capture a wild card bid with their rousing defeat of Sylva Bay, 24 to 15, however, they fell short in overall wins and points. Rounding out the Pythagoras Division’s results, Oak Grove overwhelmed the Raleigh Lions, 73 to 25.

The 2017 season of the JCJC Bobcat Math League will conclude with playoffs and a “Super Bowl” on Wednesday, November 8, beginning at 9 a.m. in the JCJC Home and Health Auditorium. The playoffs will be in a Jeopardy-style format with categories for science, technology, engineering, and math. Upon answering a question correctly, a player will have a chance to earn double points for the team, as well as earn a prize for himself or herself. The overall double-elimination format for the playoff competition will give each of the six teams two chances to earn the top monetary prize and title, “2017 JCJC Bobcat Math League Champions.” The public is invited to this free event.

Results from the weekly competitions are posted on the JCJC Bobcat Math League webpage under “Division Standings/Schedules at: www.jcjc.edu/bobcatmathleague/ and on the Bobcat Math League Facebook page: Bobcat Math League - Facebook. For more information about the Bobcat Math League contact Dr. Jessica Bunch (JCJC Bobcat Math League Commissioner) at 601-477-5422 or email at jessica.bunch@jcjc.edu.

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

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Four Important Things Everyone Should Know about Lung Cancer Screening

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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


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

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

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ECCC Plans Open House at Forest Career Advancement Center

Event Dates and Times

11/1/2017 - 11/13/2017
Forest Career Advancement Center 316 South Main Street
ECCC Plans Open House at Forest Career Advancement Center

East Central Community College is holding an open house for its new Forest Career Advancement Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Tours of the facility will be available and refreshments will be served.

The ECCC Forest Career Advancement Center, which is a partnership with the city of Forest, is located at 316 South Main Street. The college is leasing the property from Aug. 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, thanks to federal grant monies provided through the Mississippi Community College Board’s Office of Adult Education.

It is ECCC’s first Career Advancement Center in Scott County and gives the college a presence in all five counties it serves. The college also has centers in Leake County (Carthage), Neshoba County (Philadelphia/Choctaw), Newton County (Decatur), and Winston County (Louisville).

The center is allowing East Central Community College to increase its high school equivalency (formerly GED) offerings within the county to meet the needs of those wanting to obtain their diploma and help fill the employment needs of local industries, as well as offer additional workforce training opportunities and potentially evening for-credit academic courses.

For more information on the classes and training offered at the ECCC Forest Career Advancement Center, contact Ryan Clarke, ECCC director of adult basic education/high school equivalency, at 601-635-6387 or rclarke@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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EMCC STUDENT SUCCESS STORY: ASHLEY CRUNK ...

Event Dates and Times

11/1/2017 - 11/12/2017
East Mississippi Community College
EMCC STUDENT SUCCESS STORY: ASHLEY CRUNK
Author’s work to be featured in national literary magazine

MAYHEW — It was shortly past midnight recently when Ashley Crunk checked her email and discovered that her fiction article had been among those selected for publication in “Nota Bene,” a Phi Theta Kappa anthology compiled of literary works.
“I came running into my mom’s room where she was asleep and yelled, ‘Mom, I got in,’” Crunk, 21, said. “She was like, ‘What?’ She had no idea what I was talking about. She didn’t process it until the next day.”
She then promptly fired off a text message to East Mississippi Community College Humanities instructor Marilyn Ford, a mentor and creative writing instructor who had encouraged Crunk to submit her article to the magazine. She too was asleep.
“I was excited all by myself,” Crunk said with a laugh.
Each year, Phi Theta Kappa whittles hundreds of submissions to the magazine down to about 30 to be included in the annual publication that was first printed in 1994.
“It’s a big deal,” Ford said. “As far as I know, Ashley is the first student from EMCC to be published in Phi Theta Kappa’s national magazine.”
Crunk’s short story, titled “Diary of a Dying Girl,” was first published in the 2016-17 edition of “Syzygy,” EMCC’s magazine of creativity that includes Awards of Excellence winners in categories such as ceramics, drawing, design, painting, photography, poetry and short fiction. Crunk’s article took first place in the short fiction category.
“Diary of a Dying Girl” chronicles the insidious scourge of cancer as the disease progresses its inexorable assault on 16-year-old Naomi Watkins. Naomi’s lifelong friend, Radley, is the story’s main narrator.
“The worst part of witnessing someone live through cancer is watching a human being slowly fall apart and deteriorate before the eyes,” Radley says. “Months passed at an agonizingly sluggish rate as Naomi began to grow weaker as her body slowly shut down. Her hair was completely gone as well as the eyebrows and eyelashes I had always admired.”
The story is punctuated with entries by Naomi into her diary.
“I’m falling apart,” Naomi writes. “I can’t feel my fingers. Cancer doesn’t kill people, chemotherapy does. Cancer didn’t cause me to lose my hair, chemo did. Chemotherapy saves me, but at what cost?”
Both Crunk’s great grandmother and uncle died of cancer. Crunk was 8 when her uncle was diagnosed with cancer. He died when she was 17.
“I used my uncle’s words when Naomi describes how cancer feels,” Crunk said. “I tried to portray the emotions cancer causes as much as I could.”
A Starkville native who resides in Mantee, Crunk graduated from EMCC in May with her associate’s degree in liberal arts. She plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in either creative writing or theater and broadcasting.
Regardless of her major, Crunk said she will continue to write.
“What I would really love to do is write cartoons,” Crunk said.
Ford said Crunk has the talent and drive to succeed as a writer.
“She is a beautiful writer,” Ford said. “I know her heart is in drama and theater as well, but she knows enough about writing and theater to make the two mesh and come together into something that is uniquely hers.”

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PUBLIC INVITED TO ATTEND EMCC’S ‘PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN DAY

Event Dates and Times

10/31/2017 - 11/7/2017
East Mississippi Community College Lyceum Auditorium on the Golden Triangle campus
PUBLIC INVITED TO ATTEND EMCC’S ‘PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN DAY’

MAYHEW — Columbus Air Force Base commander Col. Douglas C. Gosney will be the guest speaker Nov. 7 at East Mississippi Community College’s annual “Proud to an American Day.”
The public is invited to attend the free event, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Lyceum Auditorium on the Golden Triangle campus. The annual event honors all men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
This year’s theme will pay special tribute to the U.S. Air Force and Columbus Air Force Base. This year marks the Air Force’s 70th anniversary since its creation in 1947 when then President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act. The first 100 enlisted men arrived at what is now Columbus Air Force Base five years earlier in 1942 after the War Department approved establishment of an Army Air Field for the Columbus area, according to the base’s website.
EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner, the West Lowndes County High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard and EMCC’s Concert Choir will also participate. EMCC’s Student Government Association is organizing the event, which is expected to last about an hour.
Area elected officials, state legislators and members of area Veterans of Foreign Wars and local American Legions have been invited to attend.
“When you see these veterans come in they have so much love of country,” EMCC Dean of Student Affairs Cathy Kemp said. “I want our students to feel that sense of pride and appreciation. When our students see what America means to these veterans, it can’t help but have an impact on them.”
For more information about “Proud to be an American Day,” contact Cathy Kemp at (662) 476-1979 or ckemp@eastms.edu.
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 Calendar of Events - Nov. 2017

Event Dates and Times

10/31/2017 - 11/28/2017
Meridian Community College
November 2017 Calendar of Events
Workforce Development class, Basic Life Support, Nov. 3, 1-5 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Basketball: Nov. 6: MCC vs. East Mississippi Community College, 5:30 p.m., women; 7:30 p.m., men. Nov. 9, MCC vs. Bishop State, 5:30 p.m., women; 7:30 p.m., men. Graham Gymnasium, Sander Atkinson, 601-484-8707.

Personal Enrichment class, Grassroots to Nonprofit, Nov. 7-Dec. 5, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Veterans Day Program, Nov. 7, 11 a.m., Graham Gym, Pam Baranello, 601-553-3468.

Workforce Development, OSHA Construction 30 Hour, Nov. 8, 10, 17 and Dec. 1, 8 a.m. -4:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Workforce Development, QuickBooks, Nov. 9- Dec. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Personal Enrichment class, Cooking Class – Hors d’oeuvres for the Holidays, Nov. 9, 6 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development, Forklift Training, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. -5 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Workforce Development, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. -5 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Workforce Development, ServSafe Food Seminar, Nov. 11, 8 a.m. -5 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Workforce Development, OSHA General Industry 10-hour, Nov.13-15, 5- 8:30 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Art exhibit and reception featuring the works Mississippi College Art Professor Carrie Reeves, Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m., Miller Art Gallery, John Marshall, 601-484-8647.

Personal Enrichment, Holiday Decorating with Ribbon and Mesh, Nov. 14, 5:30 -7p.m., 601-482-7445.

MCC Arts & Letters Series production, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Nov. 16-18, 7 p.m., and Nov. 19, 2 p.m., McCain Theater, Dr. Todd Brand, 601-484-8678.

Personal Enrichment, Entertaining This Holiday Season, Nov. 16, 5:30 -7p.m., 601-482-7445.

Workforce Development, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Nov. 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 601-482-7445.
Thanksgiving break, Nov. 20-26. Classes will resume Nov. 27.

Personal Enrichment, Holiday Fun: Christmas, Nov. 28, 4 p.m., 601-482-7445.

Arts & Letters Series concert, Christmas Gala, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., McCain Theater, Dr. Todd Brand, 601-484-8678.

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14th Annual Prayer Breakfast

Event Dates and Times

10/31/2017 - 11/11/2017
Rush Hospital - Main Dining Room
14th Annual Prayer Breakfast
Nov. 11th at 8:00 am
Hosted by:
members of Reflections of Life Association
Donations should be made payable to:
Reflections of Life Association, Inc.
(601) 604-2526
Bill Watson
President / Founder

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

Event Dates and Times

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




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


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


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


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


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

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Anderson Regional Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in Mississippi to utilize the world’s smallest pacemaker ...

Event Dates and Times

10/27/2017 - 11/27/2017
Anderson Regional Medical Center Meridian, MS
MERIDIAN, MS – October 27, 2017 – Anderson Regional Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in Mississippi to utilize the world’s smallest pacemaker in the treatment of patients with bradycardia, a condition characterized by a slow or irregular heart rhythm. Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Micra® Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS) is a new type of heart device that provides patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the size of a traditional pacemaker. Micra is the only leadless pacemaker approved for use in the U.S. The first procedure was performed at Anderson by Cardiovascular Institute of the South physicians, Dr. Attila Roka, Electrophysiologist, and Dr. Timothy Boyd, Interventional Cardiologist.

“In patients with bradycardia, the heart may beat fewer than 60 beats per minute,” said Dr. Boyd. “At this rate, the heart is unable to pump enough oxygen-rich blood to the body during normal activity or exercise, causing dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath or fainting spells. Pacemakers are the most common way to treat bradycardia to help restore the heart's normal rhythm and relieve symptoms by sending electrical impulses to the heart to increase the heart rate,” continued Dr. Boyd.

Dr. Attila Roka said, “We elected to use the Medtronic Micra TPS because unlike traditional pacemakers, the device does not require cardiac wires or a surgical pocket under the skin to deliver a pacing therapy. This pacemaker is comparable in size to a large vitamin, which enables me to deliver it through a catheter and implant it directly into the heart. This is a safe alternative to conventional pacemakers without the complications associated with leads, and its cosmetically invisible.”

The Micra TPS is designed to automatically adjust pacing therapy based on a patient’s activity levels. It also incorporates a retrieval feature to enable retrieval of the device when possible; however, the device is designed to be left in the body. For patients who need more than one heart device, the miniaturized Micra TPS was designed with a unique feature that enables it to be permanently turned off so it can remain in the body and a new device can be implanted without risk of electrical interaction.

The Micra TPS is the first and only transcatheter pacing system to be approved for both 1.5 and 3 Tesla (T) full-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, providing patients with access to the most advanced imaging diagnostic procedures available, if and when they need one.

About Anderson Regional Health System
As the most comprehensive health system in East Mississippi and West Alabama, Anderson Regional Health System is the established leader in offering premier medical services. With two hospitals, a cancer center, and a network of clinics, Anderson’s healthcare professionals are committed to the mission of providing a heritage of healing and improving life for the people they serve.

About Cardiovascular Institute of the South
Founded by Dr. Craig Walker in 1983, Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) is a world-leader in preventing, detecting, and treating cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease. CIS offers a comprehensive heart and vascular program with expert physicians trained in many specialties, including internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, lipid management, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular diseases, valve disease, and interventional cardiovascular procedures. CIS has earned international acclaim as a pioneer of research, development and education, as well as an innovator in the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. With a dedicated team of more than 700 team members, CIS provides comprehensive cardiovascular care at 19 locations, seven of which offer telemedicine services, across three states, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. CIS also manages a hospital cardiology program in Alabama. CIS remains at the forefront of technology, providing the highest-quality, compassionate care. This mission has guided the institute for more than 34 years of excellence. For more information about CIS, call 1-800-425-2565 or visit www.cardio.com.

Elizabeth Wiggins
Director of Marketing

Anderson Regional Health System
2124 14th Street
Meridian, MS 39301

601-553-6335
ewiggins@andersonregional.org

www.andersonregional.org

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JCJC Student Government Association officers are ready to serve

Event Dates and Times

10/27/2017 - 11/27/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC Student Government Association officers are ready to serve
ELLISVILLE –Students at Jones County Junior College recently elected their class and senator representatives as part of the Student Government Association. Sophomore Alex Hickson of Taylorsville was elected as SGA President. The international business major said she is enthusiastic about this year because everyone is excited about serving their peers and they are actively involved in planning campus events and improvements.

“We see the potential and what Jones can be and we know what it will take to get us there. We truly want to live up to our motto, ‘Leave Jones better than you found it,’” said Hickson.

Working alongside her is nursing major, Hannah Burks from Oak Grove as Vice President. Business major from Mt Olive, Kaylee Lack is Secretary/Treasurer. Business major and Sophomore Class President is Stone County’s Beth Owen, and the Freshmen Class President is engineering major, Jared Woullard from Greene County.

In addition to the officers and the class presidents, the SGA added campus senators several years ago to ensure better campus representation. These elected officials represent students in each residence hall, academic, and career and technical divisions, as well as student-athletes. The student body elected student representatives including, Colton Shows as the Smith Hall Senator. He is an accounting major and graduate of Pearl River Central High School. Daniel Easley is the Senator for the Science Division and he is a graduate of Northeast Jones High School, majoring in biological studies-zoology. Tyler Rouse is the Senator for Smith Hall. The George County resident is majoring in business. Zach Dale is the Covington Hall Senator from Greene County. He is majoring in business. Landon Williams is the Senator for Clarke Hall. The computer programming major is a graduate of Wayne Academy. Ericka Ingram is the Anderson Hall Senator from Mt Olive and she is majoring in healthcare information management. Jennah Eddins is the Senator for Wayne Hall, majoring in communications and he is a graduate of South Jones High School. Hannah Hogan is the Senator-at-Large from Purvis. She is majoring in fashion merchandising. Matthew Sexton is the Senator representing the Math Division. He is a mechanical engineering major from Laurel. Senator Makayla Puckett represents the Humanities Division. She is a journalism major from George County. Katie Nabors is the Senator for the Business Division and she is an accounting major from Vancleave. Agriculture business major and Senator, Elaine McClellan represents the Life Sciences Division and she is a graduate of Laurel Christian High School. Caroline Runion is the Senator representing Athletics. The biomedical engineering major is a native of Madison and is currently living in Zachary, LA. Laurel Christian High School graduate and kinesiology major, Katelyn Regan is responsible for all SGA signage and advertising. JCJC Campus Life Coordinator, Sonya Dykes is the advisor for the Student Government Association.

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

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Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library Events

Event Dates and Times

11/2/2017 - Starts: 4:30 PM
11/21/2017 - Starts: 2:30 PM
11/22/2017 - Starts: 3:00 PM
11/7/2017 - Starts: 4:30 PM
11/14/2017 - Starts: 4:30 PM
11/21/2017 - Starts: 4:30 PM
11/28/2017 - Starts: 4:30 PM
Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library
November 2nd Presentation by 6th grade winner of writing contest at 4:30pm.

November 21st Movie Day for children at 2:30pm.

November 22nd Movie Day for young adult at 3:00pm.

Chess Club every Tuesday at 4:30pm.

Library will be closed November 10th & 11th

Library will be closed for Thanksgiving Holiday November 23rd-25th

Don't forget to sign up for a library card at Circulation

601-693-6771




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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

10/27/2017 - 11/16/2017
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Upcoming Events

Fall Downtown Cleanup
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 28th
Downtown Meridian


Crooked Letter
Ribbon Cutting
10:00 a.m.
Friday, November 3rd
2120B Front St.


Mississippi Economic Council State Tour
Business Before Hours
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, November 14th
MSU Riley Center


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

For information on more community events visit

Holiday Countdown!

4 days until
Halloween!


27 days until
Thanksgiving!

59 days until
Christmas

66 days until
New Years Day!

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MSU Riley Center Is Honored With ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award

Event Dates and Times

10/25/2017 - 11/15/2017
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MSU Riley Center Is Honored With ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award
GULF SHORES, Ala. (Oct. 17, 2017)—It is with honor that the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth, the
national multimedia resource for planning events in the South, present MSU Riley Center with a 2017 Readers’ Choice
Award.
“ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to
us that MSU Riley Center has been selected to receive our annual Readers’ Choice Award,” said ConventionSouth
Publisher J. Talty O’Connor. “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United
States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer
service and quality facilities, and they have contributed in determining that MSU Riley Center indeed displays the
commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.”
MSU Riley Center is among 300 convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs), meeting facilities and hotels located across the
South to receive this year’s Readers’ Choice Award. Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting
sites they believe provide exemplary service for group events. The nominated sites are then compiled onto an online
ballot where meeting professionals and fans are asked to vote for the best of the best. With over 6,000 voters
participating in the selection process and the highest social media interaction to date, this has been the most successful
and engaging year yet!
Since creation in 2001, this is the seventh time that MSU Riley Center has received the award, making it an even greater
honor to present it with a 2017 Readers’ Choice Award. MSU Riley Center will be featured as an award recipient in the
December 2017 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine. This exciting issue will also showcase some of the most
talented meeting professionals in the nation as ConventionSouth also presents planners with its annual “Meeting
Professionals To Watch” designation. “Featuring peer advice and trade secrets from our Meeting Professionals to Watch
in 2017, our Awards Issue is one of the most popular must-read resources within the meetings industry,” O’Connor
said.
Celebrating over 30 years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf
Shores, Ala., and is distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country who book
meetings held within the South, according to O’Connor.
A complete list of award winners can be found online at:
http://conventionsouth.com/2017rcaawards/
The ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Award logo is available for use at:
http://conventionsouth.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/RCA.png

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VOLUNTEERS ANNOUNCE COLLECTION SITES FOR GLOBAL CHRISTMAS PROJECT

Event Dates and Times

10/25/2017 - 11/20/2017
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VOLUNTEERS ANNOUNCE COLLECTION SITES FOR GLOBAL CHRISTMAS PROJECT

NOV. 13–20: Community Donates 24,200 Shoebox Gifts for Children in Need

MERIDIAN, Mississippi, Oct. 25, 2017—This month, several locations in the multi-county East Central MS Area Team will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan's Purse project, Operation Christmas Child—joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world.
During the project's National Collection Week, Nov. 13 – 20, Meridian residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver these shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine.
This year, the East Central MS Area Team hopes to contribute more than 24,200 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children.
"We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-filled shoeboxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas," said Regional Director Shelli Wishard. "Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them.”


LOCAL COLLECTION SITES:

Lake, MS- First Baptist Church
80 S Main Street
Lake MS 39092-0157
Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Decatur, MS - Clarke Venable Memorial Baptist Church
362 W Broad Street
Decatur MS 39327-9803
Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Philadelphia, MS - East Philadelphia Baptist Church
635 E Main Street
Philadelphia MS 39350-3701
Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Meridian, MS - Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church
1318 15th Avenue
Meridian MS 39301-4205
Mon, Nov. 13: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM Collinsville, MS - First Baptist Church at Collinsville Community Club
9161 Old Highway 19 N
Collinsville MS 39325-8703
Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Carthage, MS - First Baptist Church
402 N Van Buren Street
Carthage MS 39051-3750
Mon, Nov. 13: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Kosciusko, MS - First Presbyterian Church
603 Smythe Street
Kosciusko MS 39090-4223
Mon, Nov. 13: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Morton, MS- Parkway Baptist Church
2221 Highway 13 S
Morton MS 39117-0433
Mon, Nov. 13: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tue, Nov. 14: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wed, Nov. 15: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thu, Nov. 16: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 17: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 18: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sun, Nov. 19: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mon, Nov. 20: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Hours subject to change. A full list of area collection locations can be found online.



For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child or to view gift suggestions, call 770-777-9342 or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ. Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through "Follow Your Box" and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child's specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

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Only 15 County Precinct locations out of 42 will be involved in the November 7 Special election for District 2 Constable and Justice Court Judge

Event Dates and Times

10/23/2017 - 11/7/2017
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Only 15 County Precinct locations out of 42 will be involved in the November 7 Special election for District 2 Constable and Justice Court Judge.

Out of those 15, 10 are “split” precincts. Which means not everyone registered to vote in that particular precinct can vote in THIS special election. The other 5 precincts, everyone is eligible.

Example: You and I can vote in the same location, but have different candidates on the ballot. The voter needs to refer to their voter registration card to their “COUNTY PRECINCT”, not the CITY WARD, and then to the bottom of their voter registration card to see if they have JCJ and CON 2 (see attached example)

ELECTION COMMISSIONERS always run and are in charge of any county SPECIAL ELECTIONS. Also in Special elections, candidates do not run by Party. The Election Commissioners will have poll worker training beginning Monday, October 16 at 6pm, Tuesday at 2pm and Wednesday at 10am, in the Board room in the Annex.

Please see attached FYI info to assist you in helping us educate our voters with who is eligible to vote in this Special on November 7.

1. WHO CAN VOTE?
2. PRECINCT LOCATIONS
3. PRECINCT DISTRICTS
4. EXAMPLE OF VOTER REGISTRATION CARD TO REFER TO (let us know if light enough to read or reproduce)
5. SAMPLE BALLOT (write-in’s DO NOT count) This is always on the ballot by law, in case for example, a candidate dies)
6. CANDIDATES CONTACT INFO previously sent


Please call if you have any questions 601 482-9731 to the Circuit Clerk office or our Election Chairman, Jeff Tate, 601 527-4124

Thank you for informing our voters.

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Price Selected ECCC’s ‘Humanities Instructor of the Year’

Event Dates and Times

10/23/2017 - 11/7/2017
East Central Community College
Price Selected ECCC’s ‘Humanities Instructor of the Year’
History instructor Madison Price is East Central Community College’s “Humanities Instructor of the Year” and will be recognized Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, on the Decatur campus.
Price will present a special program, held in conjunction with Arts and Humanities Month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium.
During his lecture presentation titled “President for the People: The Progressive Policies of Teddy Roosevelt,” Price will focus on Roosevelt’s policies aimed to help protect and improve the lives of the American people through his Square Deal.
Price said, “Roosevelt’s presidency helped the Progressive movement of the early 1900s flourish as he understood ‘a great democracy has got to be progressive or it will soon cease to be great or a democracy.’”
Price is in his fourth year of teaching American history at the college. In addition, he has worked on projects with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Legacy Foundation.

He is a graduate of Stone High School in Wiggins and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Mississippi State University.

While at MSU, he worked on papers as diverse as the Carlisle Indian football team, the importance of the monitor-top refrigerator to American culture, race relations in the Mobile, Ala., shipyard during World War II, and the implementation of camels in the United States military during the 1850s.

He has also held stints at Hebron Christian School, Choctaw County High School, and Holmes Community College. He has taught Mississippi Studies, American Government, World History, and American History I and II. He is a member of the Society of Scholars at Mississippi State and Phi Alpha Theta.

Price and his wife, Jessica, reside in Newton.

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

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UNITED WAY OF EAST MISSISSIPPI PROVIDES FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING

Event Dates and Times

10/23/2017 - 11/10/2017
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UNITED WAY OF EAST MISSISSIPPI PROVIDES FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING ... NOW, THROUGH DECEMBER 7th, 2017

Meridian, MS—Turning 65? Is Medicare a mystery to you? Did you know United Way of East Mississippi has certified, volunteer Medicare Counselors who can help you with your Medicare questions? Our State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a counseling program designed to answer questions about health insurance for the elderly. SHIP is available to:

• Answer your questions about Medicare
• Assist you with information about buying a Medigap policy or long-term care insurance
• Aid you in selecting a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Plan

We don’t sell anything and we don’t charge anything. We do not endorse any business. We are here to help you find what is best for you during the Medicare Open Enrollment period, beginning October 16th through December 7th, 2017. Call 1-844-427-1005 to speak with a United Way of East Mississippi SHIP Counselor or to set up a face-to-face consult to assist you.


Contributions to the United Way of East Mississippi stay in the communities served and help support 20 partner agencies: Best Early Education Practices, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America—Choctaw Area Council, Camp Eagle Ridge, Care Lodge, Carter Foundation, Davidson Shelter, Feed by Faith, Foster Grandparents, Free Clinic of Meridian, Habitat for Humanity, Hope Village for Children, Illuminations Center for Dyslexia, LOVE’s Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Meridian Freedom Project, Neshoba Christian Women’s Job Corp, Neshoba 4-H, Salvation Army, and Wesley House. United Way of East Mississippi’s Community Impact Programs are Stuff the Bus, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Familywize Prescription Discount Program, State Health Insurance Assistance Program, Imagination Library, Income Tax Preparation Program, and Emergency Food and Shelter Program. The United Way of East Mississippi serves Lauderdale, Clarke, Kemper, and Neshoba counties. For more information on how you can LIVE UNITED™, contact the United Way of East Mississippi at 601-693-2732.

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East Central Community College Announces Enhanced ACT Scholarship Program

Event Dates and Times

10/23/2017 - 11/8/2017
East Central Community College
East Central Community College Announces Enhanced ACT Scholarship Program

East Central Community College in Decatur will dramatically increase the value of the scholarships it awards at various ACT composite score levels beginning with the fall 2018 semester to provide greater financial support to more students.

The ACT Scholarship enhancements were approved at the October 2017 Board of Trustees meeting on campus.

Beginning fall 2018, incoming freshman students who enroll full-time the fall semester immediately following high school graduation or the first regular semester after having received the High School Equivalency (HSE), will receive the following scholarship awards based on ACT score:

ACT Composite Score 20-23—Dean’s Award, one-half tuition per semester (currently a value of $645 per semester).
ACT Composite Score 24-28—President’s Award, full tuition per semester (currently a value of $1,290 per semester).
ACT Composite Score 29-36—Board of Trustees Award, full scholarship of tuition, room, and board per semester (currently a value of $2,915 per semester).

Currently, students receive $100 for an ACT composite score of 20-23, $300 for an ACT composite score of 24-26, full tuition for an ACT score of 27-30, and full scholarship of tuition, room, and board for an ACT score of 31-36.

“By increasing funds devoted to our ACT Scholarship Program we are able to provide greater financial assistance to those students who score in the 20-26 range on the ACT, while expanding our full scholarship awards to students who score 29 and above on the ACT,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.

The scholarships are available for four semesters provided the student maintains a 3.0 or higher grade-point average each semester. Any student who does not maintain the required 3.0 GPA and is removed from the scholarship may have it reinstated by earning the required 3.0 GPA the following semester.

Students who meet all ECCC eligibility requirements and are interested in receiving an ACT Scholarship should apply for admission online at www.eccc.edu and submit their ACT scores to the Office of Admissions at East Central Community College, P.O. Box 129, Decatur, MS 39327. ECCC’s ACT code is 2192.

For more information on ECCC’s ACT Scholarship Program, eligibility requirements, and information about other ECCC scholarships and aid, visit www.eccc.edu/scholarships or call Student Services at 877-GO-2-ECCC or email go2ec@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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JCJC’s Stacy Ruth selected as Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year

Event Dates and Times

10/23/2017 - 11/8/2017
Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Stacy Ruth selected as Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year
ELLISVILLE –Jones County Junior College’s Social Science instructor, Stacy Ruth has been selected as the JCJC 2017 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year. She will be honored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and JCJC on Wednesday, November 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the JCJC Fine Arts Auditorium. The public is invited to see Ruth’s free presentation, “The Evolution of Family through Animation,” which will discuss how the audience can identify with cartoon characters and how this form of entertainment can motivate or change our behavior.

“Television networks have always portrayed families with both drama and humor. Animation is one of the most radical platforms that depict the social institution in a variety of methods. This presentation will show how cartoons and animation have also changed in its style of interpreting families while still holding on to this traditional view,” said Ruth.

The Mississippi Humanities Council will recognize Ruth as JCJC’s Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year during this special presentation in Ellisville, and again in Jackson at a banquet where she will receive a cash award and a plaque.

“I am grateful and honored by the recognition. I started teaching here (JCJC) when I was 23 years old, and I feel as if I have matured and progressed as an instructor each year. I love my colleagues in the Social Science department; they are my extended family, which makes coming to work much easier,” said Ruth.

Some of her “family” members at JCJC said Ruth is very deserving of the recognition from the Mississippi Humanities Council and feel honored to work beside her.

“Having observed Stacy throughout her tenure at JCJC, it has been my pleasure to watch her evolve academically, professionally, and intellectually into one of the finest educators in the state. JCJC is indeed fortunate to have Ms. Ruth on the faculty. It is with utmost enthusiasm that I call her friend and colleague,” said JCJC Western Civilization instructor, Wyatt Moulds.

Carson Atwood, JCJC’s 2014 Mississippi Humanities Teacher of the Year, said Ruth is an excellent choice for the Humanities honor this year.
“She is a dedicated and diligent instructor who was born to teach. Her students not only learn a vast amount of knowledge from her, they also adore her as their teacher. I consider it an honor to have her as a co-worker and I think Jones is well represented by her as our Humanities Teacher of the Year at JCJC,” said Atwood.

As Ruth begins her 25th year teaching Sociology, Social Problems, and Marriage and Family classes at JCJC, she has also had the opportunity to serve the region in various roles. The Laurel resident is a member of the executive committee for the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association, the state committee for HIV Prevention-funded by the Mississippi Department of Health, the World Congress on Civic Education in Cape Town, South Africa, and she currently serves on the Executive Board for Jones County Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well as the Advisory Board for JCJC’s Baptist Student Union. As a former basketball player on an athletic scholarship for Mississippi College, Ruth has a unique perspective and is aptly able to assist JCJC’s female student-athletes. Over the last several years, Ruth has joined Jones County’s FCA students on several mission trips.

“She is popular with students and a standard-bearer for JCJC. Stacy is involved in campus and community activities and spends her time doing mission trips to make the world a better place. She is a generous and kind teacher, a worthy recipient of the Humanities Teacher of the Year honor,” said Social Science department chair, Dr. Ronald Bishop.

Other honors the 1987 Heidelberg Academy graduate has earned include being awarded the S.A. Rosenbaum Earthwatch Fellowship to conduct research on Family Health Rituals in Madras, India, in 2005, and in 2010, she was selected as JCJC’s Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) instructor of the year for Mississippi Colleges and Universities. Additionally, Ruth was selected as one of the top five instructors at JCJC by her colleagues and administrators. She earned her bachelor of science in applied sociology, her master of social sciences with an emphasis in sociology, history and political science, and her master of science in counseling psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Mississippi College. Ruth has one daughter, 11-year-old Lexie who attends Laurel Christian School.

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

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Chunky River Harley-Davidson HOG Toy Run

Event Dates and Times

10/17/2017 - 11/18/2017
Chunky River Harley-Davidson Meridian, MS
Chunky River Harley-Davidson HOG Toy Run
Event Dates and Times
11/18/2017 - Starts: 12:00 PM
Meridian, MS
Chunky River Harley-Davidson HOG Group will have their annual toy ride on Saturday, November 18th, 2017. This year we will be collecting toys for :Cans for Kids". Bring one new unwrapped toy, this is an open ride all bikes are welcome. Register at 11am, safety meeting at 11:30, kick stands up at 12 noon. Let's make this a ride to remember.
Jan Cade 601-482-4131

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17th Annual Run for Hope

Event Dates and Times

10/20/2017 - 11/11/2017
Bonita Lakes
17th Annual Run for Hope.
This year’s Run will be held Saturday, November 11th at Bonita Lakes and includes a 10K Trail Run, a 5K Road Race, a 2 Mile Walk, and a 1 Mile Fun Run.
Register in person at Anderson Health and Fitness Center.
Online registration is available at www.southernracetimeing.com
All proceeds benefit Hope Village for Children
Race Director Kim Monsour at 601.934.2851

Thank you,
Kim Waters
601.479.6221


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