CHRIS KING TO LEAD MIGHTY LION BAND New director wants band to participate in more community events
SCOOBA — Chris King has been tapped to fill the position of director of East Mississippi Community College’s Mighty Lion Band and its various subsets, which includes the marching band, the EMCC Symphonic Winds, a jazz band, a rock band, a percussion ensemble, a dance team and the color guard. King, who is in his sixth year at EMCC, served as assistant band director before his recent promotion. “I am really excited,” King said. “Sometimes you choose the job and sometimes the job chooses you.” After graduating from Aberdeen High School, King attended Itawamba Community College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in music from Auburn University, with an emphasis in jazz. His first job in the music field was as assistant director of bands for Vanderbilt University in Nashville. “A lot of people thought I was at the pinnacle of my profession at Vanderbilt but I really wanted to give back to my home state of Mississippi,” King said. After two years at Vanderbilt, King accepted a job as band director at a high school in Mississippi. He served at high schools across the state for 15 years before accepting the position at EMCC. At Vicksburg High School, he grew the band from 125 members to 260 members. At Quitman High School, the 70-member band nearly doubled in size to 130 members under King’s leadership. Membership in the Mighty Lion Band grew from 25 students to an average today of about 135 students under the guidance of King and former band director Stephen Stringer. That number fluctuates each year, with a recent high of 150 band members. King credits much of the band’s growth at EMCC to the support of administration and a generous scholarship program. “We probably have one of the best band scholarship programs in the state, which has really helped put us out in front,” King said. King also spends a lot of time on the road developing relationships with students and band directors at high schools throughout EMCC’s district, which is comprised of Lauderdale, Kemper, Noxubee, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay counties. “We have band members from every high school in our district,” said King, who sees the band as an ambassador program for EMCC. He would like to increase the band’s presence in the communities served by the college. “Every year we participate in the Scooba Christmas parade. I would like us to also perform in the Meridian parade each year and rotate our participation in parades in Starkville, Columbus and West Point,” King said. “Our jazz band, rock band and percussion ensemble also perform at area high schools throughout our district and I would like to do more of that as well.” King also wants the band to give back by volunteering for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and LOVE’s Kitchen in Meridian. “That is where my heart is and I think it is important to open our students’ eyes to the needs that are out there,” King said. King is married to Christy King, an accomplished flute player who holds two degrees in elementary education and a minor in music. Christy King is currently employed as the Clarke County Extension Agent for the Mississippi State University Extension Service. The couple resides in Quitman with their two sons, Jackson, 5, and Jones, who is six months old. “I am a family man when I get home,” Chris King said. “I tell my band students if this job is important enough for me to be away from my family, then like it or not you are my family too. They buy into that because they know how important my family is to me and they know how important they are to me too.”
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NEW BICENTENNIAL FILM SERIES AT THE MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART
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Mississippi Museum of Art
380 South Lamar St. in Jackson
NEW BICENTENNIAL FILM SERIES AT THE MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART “Moving Images in Mississippi” Jackson, Miss. - A new film series, Moving Images in Mississippi, will be shown this Jan. through July during the Mississippi Museum of Art's bicentennial exhibition, Picturing Mississippi: 1817-2017. On the fourth Thur. and Fri. of each month, the public is invited to attend the new film series to celebrate cinema and Miss. Curated and introduced by longtime Miss. film commissioner Ward Emling, the series will include panels and one-on-one filmmaker interviews to discuss the films in cinematic, cultural and historical context. “We hope to do more than showcase films produced in Mississippi,” said Emling. “We will highlight the opportunity of film in Mississippi today through the work of the Mississippi Film Office; the contributions of the film organizations and festivals; and the curriculum in programs at our high schools, colleges and universities.” Beginning in Natchez in 1914, storytellers have used the Miss. backdrop to enhance and authenticate their vision. The imagination of writers and the drama of the state's history have been brought to life by directors of influence, insight and power. Cinema has explored, enhanced and explained Miss. and continues to do so today. From works like This Property is Condemned on the Gulf Coast to LaLee’s Kin in the Delta, from a rascal named Huck to a dog named Skip, from the light touch of The Reivers to the heavy grasp of Mississippi Burning, the cinematic life of Miss. plays an influential role in the growth of America’s culture. The bicentennial film series is free and open to the public. Each film begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustmark Grand Hall.
2018 Schedule Jan. 25-26: Incarceration and Redemption Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? with panelists Scott Barretta, John Read and Jimmy Wood Thieves Like Us Feb. 22-23: Once and Again The Help LaLee’s Kin Mar. 22-23: Rise and Response Mississippi Burning Freedom Song Apr. 26-27: Home and Everywhere Else The Reivers TBD May 24-25: Star-Crossed and Found This Property is Condemned Dixieland June 28-29: Neighbors and Strangers Cookie’s Fortune TBD July 26-27: Life, as We Know it My Dog Skip Great Drives: Highway 61 *Film shown subject to change due to panelist availability.
For more information, visit www.msmuseumart.org ### About the Mississippi Museum of Art The MMA, in Jackson, is the largest art museum in the state. The Mississippi Art Association, established in 1911, was the precursor to the current Museum, founded in 1978 as a community-supported institution. The Museum’s permanent collection includes paintings, photography, multimedia works and sculpture by Mississippi, American, and international artists. The Museum offers year-round educational programs for both children and adults. The Museum has 31 affiliate museums across the state that benefit from the loan of artworks and traveling exhibitions organized by the Museum, ensuring that those who cannot visit Jackson can still enjoy the state’s rich cultural history. The MMA and its programs are sponsored in part by the City of Jackson and Visit Jackson. Support is also provided in part by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Museum is located at 380 South Lamar St. in Jackson. Museum hours are Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun., noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Mon. www.msmuseumart.org.
Meridian Community College’s Tommy E. Dulaney Center
Meridian is “Job Ready”! The 3rd Annual Governor’s Job Fair is happening on Thursday, February 8th. Admission is Free and will be held at Meridian Community College’s Tommy E. Dulaney Center, doors will be open from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. You’ll meet employers with opportunities in many different fields. Be sure to come with a positive attitude, dress for success, and bring plenty of resumes. Contact the Win Job Center for help with your resume at (601) 553-9511 so you’ll be Job Ready on February 8th.
Trae Embry from Neshoba Central as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches
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It is with great pleasure that the National High School Athletic Coaches Association announces the advancement of Trae Embry from Neshoba Central as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association national coach of the year in the sport of Softball. Eight finalists from across the nation will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention at the Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, SD on the evening of June 27, 2018. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA national coach of the year in nineteen recognized sports categories. Coach Trae Embry was nominated for this national honor by their state’s high school coaches’ association. This selection was based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years, and winning percentage. The nominees and finalists are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching using a sport-specific rubrics to assign points in each category. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.
Online cybersecurity training offers scholarship opportunities for Mississippi high school girls.
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Governor Bryant, MS Office of Homeland Security Announce Innovative Cybersecurity Partnership for Students Online cybersecurity training offers scholarship opportunities for Mississippi high school girls. Jackson, MS. - Governor Phil Bryant announced Friday a new, innovative cybersecurity training partnership between the SANS Institute and the State of Mississippi called GirlsGoCyberStart. This training is a free online game where every Mississippi high school girl can discover her talents in cybersecurity and learn about the field. "Cybersecurity is the new frontier for protecting infrastructure, personal information and financial data. Mississippi needs a pipeline of talented cybersecurity professionals to help protect our way of life." said Governor Phil Bryant. "I am excited that Mississippi is able to bring this type of training to our high school girls and encourage them to explore this cutting edge field." Participants do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge and can come from grades 9 through 12. Students from Mississippi who excel in the GirlsGoCyberStart game will have the opportunity to win prizes including: Dell Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi computers and other cool techie things as well as gift certificates. Each member of the top teams, nationally, will win all expense paid trips to the Women in CyberSecurity Conference (WiCyS) in Chicago along with a parent for each winner. In addition, the three schools in the state that have the most participants will win awards of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. "The GirlsGoCyberStart program is an excellent and fun opportunity for students who think they may be interested in cybersecurity to determine if they have the passion and aptitude to pursue it as a career,” said Governor Bryant. “I hope young people all across the state take advantage of this great opportunity.” Each player in GirlsGoCyberStart begins as a “cyber protection agent" responsible for protecting an important operational base. The student chooses and solves challenges, earning points along the way. A cyber protection agent field manual provides answers to questions that may arise and hints help when players get stuck. When the player has solved a sufficient number of challenges at one level, a new level opens up and new challenges appear - for a total of 31 levels. Students may participate from home or from school. When asked why SANS is making this investment, SANS Director of Research, Alan Paller, said "We discovered that those who have mastered the topics taught and measured in the GirlsCyberStart program do far better than others in the advanced cybersecurity courses that prepare the critically needed people. By opening GirlsGoCyberStart to hundreds of thousands of students we may be able to help the nation identify the next generation of talented people who will excel in this critical field.” Sign-up begins on January 29th and ends on February 14th. Students will play and complete the training from February 20th through February 25th. There is no cost to the students who compete in this game. An introductory web site with answers to other questions, a fuller description of the game, and sample challenge may be found at: www.girlsgocyberstart.com
Warren Strain Communication Director Mississippi Department of Public Safety P.O. Box 958 Jackson, Mississippi 39205 Office: 601-987-1390 Cellular: 601-850-9310
AmeriCorps NCCC Team Assists with Veteran Home Repair ...
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AmeriCorps NCCC Team Assists with Veteran Home Repair MERIDIAN, Miss. – An AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team, Delta Five, is serving with Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity (LCHFH) in Meridian, Mississippi, for four weeks. The NCCC team of 10 members from the AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region campus in Vicksburg, Mississippi, is working to assist in repairing and remodeling veterans’ homes.
The team is helping LCHFH assist veteran homeowners who struggle to maintain their homes. The team is there to do exterior home repair services, such as painting, minor exterior repairs, landscaping and exterior clean-up as well as extensive interior or exterior work to alleviate critical health, weatherizing, life and safety issues or code violations for the veterans.
“It is cool to give back to people who have given so much for us. My grandpa is a veteran as well, so it is awesome to help people who have been through the same things as him,” says team member Ashley Kallhoff, from Salem, Oregon.
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is having a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Their goal for the program is to assist those who need weatherization or critical repair by helping low-income veteran families in their community have safer homes to live.
AmeriCorps NCCC’s mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. In partnership with non-profits (secular and faith based), local municipalities, state governments, federal government, national and state parks, Indian tribes, and schools, members complete service projects throughout the region they are assigned.
The NCCC team is based out of Vicksburg, Mississippi, but consists of members from around the country. After completing their service in Meridian, Mississippi, the members of the team will travel back to Vicksburg and remain there for several days before deploying to their next service project.
MCC Basketball, Jan. 11: MCC vs. East Central Community College, 5:30 p.m., women; Jan. 16: MCC vs. Southwest Community College, 5:30 p.m., women; 7:30 p.m., men; Jan. 29, MCC vs. Jones County College, 5:30 p.m., women; 7:30 p.m., men. Contact: Sander Atkinson, 601-484-8707.
Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency Class Registration, Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 9, 9 a.m.; Jan. 10, 1:30 p.m.; Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m.; Jan. 12, 9 a.m., Ralph Young Center. 601-484-8796.
Spring classes begin, Jan. 8.
Re-scheduled Associate Degree Nursing Program and Practical Nursing Program pinnings, Jan. 9, 4 p.m., McCain Theater, 601-484-8710.
(MORA) has announced that the agency’s 2018 scholarship application process is now open
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Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) has announced that the agency’s 2018 scholarship application process is now open. For the fourth straight year, MORA will present $6,500 in scholarships in May to high school seniors who understand the need for organ, eye and tissue donation in Mississippi and across the country. Eleven $500 scholarships will be awarded in the spring, as well as a $1,000 Gift of Life scholarship, that will go to the top student applicant. After a record number of applicants (265) from a record number of high schools (94) in 2017, MORA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kevin Stump, expects the list of applicants to be even higher this year. “We have seen interest in donation rise among young people through the recent years,” said Stump, who is in his 24th year as the agency’s CEO. “We feel this is because either a young person has been touched by donation through a personal experience or that they are becoming educated about the need of the lifesaving gifts of donation,” Stump added. Seniors applying for the MORA scholarships must meet certain criteria. First, they must be a graduating senior from an accredited Mississippi high school. Those seniors must also must have been accepted by a community college or university in Mississippi, or have intentions of 2018 fall enrollment. They must also have a grade point average of 2.5 or above, include two letters of recommendation one from a teacher and one from an adult of the student’s choice and include an essay of 300 to a maximum of 750 words about their connection to donation, why they are registered donors or the importance of encouraging others to be donors. For more information concerning these scholarships, you can contact Susan Bonds, Community Outreach Coordinator, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 662-841-1960. Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than Wednesday, February 14, 2018 to: Susan Bonds Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency Midtown Pointe 499 Gloster Creek, Suite F1 Tupelo, MS 38801
Center Ridge Baptist Church January 2018 Announcements
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Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS
Center Ridge Baptist Church January 2018 Announcements
Wonderful Word on Wednesday January 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2018 Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting , Wonderful Word on Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2018, @ 7:00 pm. Phone Contact: (601) 776-3649; Email Contact: email@example.com. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.
Mission Program January 21, 2018 Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta MS, will be hosting a, "Mission's Program," on Sunday, January 21, 2018@ 11:00 am. Phone contact: 601) 776-3649; Email Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.
The EMBDC is hosting its first annual Bridal Show on Feb. 10th
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MSU Riley Center
The EMBDC is hosting its first annual Bridal Show on Feb. 10th . It will be held at the MSU Riley Center. This is to give businesses a chance to become vendors before the deadline along with promoting it to the public. I have attached our save the date, invitation and information sheet. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call or email.
Apryl Leggett Administrative Assistant East Mississippi Business Development Corporation 200 22nd Ave. PO Box 790 Meridian, MS 39302 Phone: (601) 693-1306 Website: www.embdc.org
Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library
2517 7th Street
Meridian, MS 39301
Monday, January 1st...Closed Tuesday, January 2nd...Baby/Toddler Celebrate 2018 New Year 10:00am Wednesday, January 3rd...Games for Young Adults 4:30pm Thursday, January 4th...K-6th Grade National Bird Day Craft 4:30pm Monday, January 8th...Bingo for Adults 11:00am Tuesday, January 9th...Baby/Toddler Snowman Craft 10:00am Wednesday, January 10th...Teen Talk/Snow Day for Young Adults 4:30pm Thursday, January 11th...K-6th Grade Dr. Martin Luther King Day Craft 4:30pm Monday, January 15th...Library Closed Dr. Martin Luther King Day Tuesday, January 16th...Baby/Toddler Hot Cocoa Craft 10:00am Wednesday, January 17th...Young Adult STEM (Making Snow) 4:30pm Thursday, January 18th...K-6th Grade Penguin Footprints 4:30pm Genealogy 2-3 Monday, January 22nd...Adult Craft (DIY Stress Balls) 11:00am Tuesday, January 23rd...Baby/Toddler National Penguin Day 10:00am Wednesday, January 24th...Games for Young Adults 4:30pm Thursday, January 25th...K-6th Grade Decorate Canvas Tote Bag 4:30pm Monday, January 29th...Games for Adults 11:00am Tuesday, January 30th...Baby/Toddler STEM 10:00am Chess Club 4:30pm Wednesday, January 31st...Young Adult STEM (Tornado in a jar) 4:30pm *****Calendar is subject to change*****
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