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Walmart Foundation Awards More Than Half a Million Dollars ...

Event Dates and Times

12/12/2017 - 12/20/2017
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Walmart Foundation Awards More Than Half a Million Dollars to Mississippi Nonprofits in 2017
Mississippi nonprofits recognized at Day of Giving event

JACKSON – (Dec. 11, 2017) – The Walmart Foundation announced that it awarded $514,950 to Mississippi nonprofit organizations in 2017 as a part of its Mississippi State Giving program. The announcement was made at a “Day of Giving” event in Madison, Mississippi, where Walmart representatives awarded eight nonprofits with Walmart Foundation Mississippi State Giving grants totaling $479,950. During the event, Walmart thanked the nonprofits for their dedication to the state and presented funding on behalf of the Walmart Foundation so that each organization can continue or expand their work throughout Mississippi.

Every year, the Walmart State Giving program looks for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment and career opportunity.

“We’re honored to support nonprofit organizations that strive to strengthen the communities they serve,” said Steve Burks, Walmart store manager. “Each of these organizations demonstrate unwavering dedication to their community and we look forward to seeing how they can assist Mississippi residents with the help of a Walmart Foundation State Giving grant.”

Nonprofits recognized included:

• The Mississippi Kidney Foundation’s grant will help provide free screenings for kidney disease throughout Mississippi.
• Disability Connection received a grant for its Employment Connection program.
• The Public Education Forum of Mississippi’s grant will assist with Mississippi Scholars and Mississippi Scholars Tech Master Programs. Both programs positively impact the local community by encouraging and motivating students to be workforce and career ready.
• Canopy Children’s Solutions received a grant to provide a food and nutrition program for children emergency shelters.
• Feeding the Gulf Coast’s grant will help its Mobile Pantry Program, which assists partner agencies with feeding up to 100 families in a single day food distribution.
• The Salvation Army received a grant for its Emergency Food Assistance Program.
• Mississippi Food Network received a grant to assist with its Feed Our Neighbors Program. The grant will be used to provide 320,000 pounds of food to the organization’s 430 member agencies serving children, seniors, individuals and families across Mississippi.
• The Society of St. Andrew’s grant will assist with the Mississippi Gleaning Network. The program involves volunteers saving fresh produce to feed hungry people across Mississippi.

The Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation’s online grant application. Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org.

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SOUTH KOREAN CONSUL GENERAL VISITS EMCC, PRESENTS VETS WITH MEDAL

Event Dates and Times

12/12/2017 - 12/28/2017
East Mississippi Community College
SOUTH KOREAN CONSUL GENERAL VISITS EMCC, PRESENTS VETS WITH MEDAL

SCOOBA — Fourteen Mississippi veterans who supported U.S. efforts during the Korean War were presented with the Ambassador for Peace Medal by Republic of Korea Consul General Hyung Gil Kim Monday during a ceremony at East Mississippi Community College.
The veterans, members of their families and officials from EMCC and the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Houston attended the event held adjacent to the college’s Korean War Memorial. It marked Kim’s first visit to Mississippi.
Kim, the Republic of Korea’s youngest Consul General, told the veterans he would not be standing before them today had it not been for the sacrifices made by them and their fellow servicemen on behalf his country.
“My generation has not experienced war thanks to these veterans who came to Korea to defend my country against communist invasion,” Kim said. “… The Korean War veterans are my heroes. Thank you.”
Cody Perkins, outreach coordinator for the Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Board, said he was contacted by the office of the Consul General and asked to help coordinate the event.
“To my surprise, the only monument erected specifically to Korean War veterans in the state of Mississippi is right here at my alma mater of EMCC,” Perkins said. “… Today is a very special event because we are honoring and showing appreciation for some of our veterans who are not only ensured the freedoms off our nation during the Cold War but also the freedoms and liberties of South Korea during the Cold War.
“As with any war, there were many sacrifices made. Some were the ultimate sacrifice. Men who laid down their lives in a faraway land for a people who they had never met. All in the name of freedom.”
EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner said he is humbled and honored that the college was chosen as the site for the event to honor the veterans.
“I can’t begin to thank you enough for what you were willing to do for the United States of America, for the people of Korea, for my family and for everyone standing here today,” Huebner told the veterans. “A heartfelt thank you to each one of the men sitting in front of me today.”
According to the figures compiled by the Pentagon, 33,651 U.S. service members died in battle during the Korean War, with another 3,262 non-battle casualties in the war that erupted on June 25, 1950 when 75,000 soldiers from the Soviet-backed North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel into the Republic of Korea. It was the first military action of the Cold War.
The war lasted until July 1953. The country remains divided, with about 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea as a deterrent against North Korean aggression.
During the Monday ceremony, in which both the U.S. and Republic of Korea national anthems were played, Huebner and Kim placed a wreath in front of the Korean War memorial. Kim then presented the veterans with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, which is granted in appreciation to those who served in the Korean War.
A proclamation was read that states, in part, “It is a great honor and pleasure to express the everlasting gratitude of the Republic of Korea and our people for the service you and your countrymen have performed in preserving our freedom and democracy.”
Kim said due to the U.S. efforts, South Korea has “transformed itself into an economic powerhouse.”
“We are America’s sixth largest trading partner and the world’s 11th largest economy,” Kim said. “… Meanwhile North Korea has gone down a misguided road. … Its economy remains stagnant. This stark contrast gives meaning to what you fought for. … Without your valor, courage and sacrifice, South Korea’s miracle would not have happened.”
Madison resident Antoine Otto was among those honored. Otto served 13 years in the U.S. Armed Forces — in the U.S. Navy, Naval Reserves and National Guard.
He was a boiler technician on the U.S. Manchester, a Cleveland-class light cruiser equipped with 12 6-inch guns that were used to bombard North Korean troop concentrations while also performing patrol operations and blockades.
“We went up and down Korea firing night and day,” Otto said. “We spent 30 days outside Wonsan firing nonstop for 30 days.”
Otto said he was honored to take part in the ceremony.
“I also felt like it was an honor to serve my country,” Otto said. “I would serve my country again if they ever need me. I may be 89, but I can do something.”
Here is a list of the veterans honored at the event: Ed “Hoot” Gipson; Charles “Chuck” Fowler; Billy Whitaker; Bill Joe “BJ” Jordan; Robert Leo; Homer C. Birdsong, Jr.; Larry Vander-Meulen; George Chafin; Jimmie Walker; Ike Hopper; John W. Espey; Jacob “Jack” Moorman; Antoine Otto; and Henry F. Boswell, Jr.
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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Meridian ... Downtown Details - Dec. 11th - 17th

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 12/17/2017
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TREES OF CHRISTMAS
Monday-Sunday, December 11th-17th-9:00am-5:00pm daily
Merrehope
Call 601.483.8439 for more information

EMBDC ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday, December 12th-8:00am-10:00am
MSU Riley Center
Free to public
601.693.1306 for more information



TERRIFIC THURSDAYS
Thursday December 7th-Merchant Hours
Downtown Meridian Merchants
Call 601.693.1306 for more information

SANTA'S CHRISTMAS FACTORY
Friday-Sunday, December 15th-17th-4:00pm-8:00pm nightly
Soule Steam Works
Call 601.693.9905 for more information

A VERY NELON CHRISTMAS
Saturday, December 16th-6:00pm-8:30pm
Temple Theatre
Call 601.416.1630 for more information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

This Week In Retail
BAMBINO'S BOUTIQUE
Christmas is almost here, get your gifts today.
Call 601.693.5253 for more information

BLUE GIRL
The holidays are here and we have the perfect outfit! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 228.860.9589 for more information

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

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

GENERATIONS FINE PAPER AND GIFTS
Fabulous new cookbook by TODAY Show Food Contributer and Delta-raised Elizabeth Heiskell Catering in store now! We’re ready to eat! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2721 for more information

HOOPER'S
Watch our Facebook for unadvertised specials. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.2715 for more information

THE HULETT
Come check out our %OFF SALE! Norwalk Custom Furnishings-10% off until December 31st-Other sales 20 to 50% OFF for the month "Like" us on Facebook
Call 601.453.2149 for more information

LABICHE JEWELERS
Planning to get down on one knee this Christmas? We can help you with that! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.6071 for more information

LIBERTY SHOP
Christmas t's back in stock! Come by today and grab one before they're gone! "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.693.5331 for more information

LOEB'S
We are feeling festive. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 800.432.7615 for more information

MOONPIE
Looking for stocking stuffers for your little one? We have many gifts in stock for you. "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.934.1414 for more information

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

SAM'S FASHIONS
Christmas is almost here, come get your new suit today.
Call 601.693.2731 for more information

STITCHIN KRAZY LLC
Show love for local and shop Stitchin Krazy "Like" us on Facebook.
Call 601.286.5495 for more information

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

TONY'S SOUTHERN SPORTSMAN
Still need hunting gear? We have you covered.
Call 601.693.4111 for more information

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“Connections” lead to JCJC’s Keay performing in South America

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 1/3/2018
Jones County Junior College
“Connections” lead to JCJC’s Keay performing in South America
ELLISVILLE – Sometimes it’s who you know that can put you in a key position for success. Jones County Junior College’s assistant director of bands and flute instructor, Lindsey Keay can say that’s how she landed an opportunity to teach and perform in South America. She was invited to play a rarely performed piece of music on her piccolo in Cartagena Columbia, South America, because of a couple of colleagues. Keay explained, her USM college friend, Jesus Castro who teaches at the Unibac Conservatorio de Musica Adolfo Meijia in Cartagena, Colombia South America, and USM professor of flute, Dr. Danilo Mezzadri, a Brazilian citizen had a conflict. Because of Dr. Mezzadri’s citizenship interview and the music festival hosted by the El Institucion Universitaria Bellas Artes y Ciencias de Bolivar UNIBAC, were at the same time, both Dr. Mezzadri and Castro called Keay to take Dr. Mezzadri’s place at the international music festival and clinic.
“It was kind of last minute but I was honored that they both thought highly enough of my teaching and performing abilities to go to the festival in his place,” said Keay.
To be invited to play internationally is simply an amazing experience for Keay. However, this opportunity is unique because piccolo solos are rarely written in orchestral musical pieces and oftentimes, the flute is usually preferred over the high-pitched instrument.
“I think they wanted to play the piccolo arrangement of the Morlacchi II Pastore Svizzero piece because it is kind of a novelty and that arrangement has not been performed very frequently,” said Keay. “I’m not sure if this piece has ever been played in Colombia before, but certainly not at the university. I was the first piccolo soloist there has ever been. I was super excited but a little stressed out! Just trying to get all the music ready and prepare to travel to a foreign country in the span of a couple weeks was daunting. I was really grateful and honored for the opportunity.”
Keay’s international spotlight was shared with her friend in a duet performance with the University’s Wind band. However, the majority of her five-days in South America were spent teaching flute masterclasses and giving private lessons to university and high school students.
“The students and teachers were amazing. I got to meet a lot of interesting people including other guest artists from various countries, the fantastic students and the people in general in Cartagena were really hospitable and welcoming,” said the Canadian born, Keay.
The timing of her international debut was right in the middle of marching band season at JCJC. However, JCJC Director of Bands, Dr. Ben Burge didn’t keep Keay from missing out on this chance of a lifetime.
“It is a very rare thing to have such an incredibly talented music faculty member at the Junior College level. Lindsey is by far one of the most talented flute performers in our state and I would bet that she is the very best applied flute teacher on the college level in Mississippi,” said Dr. Burge.
This is Keay’s fourth year working in the JCJC Fine Arts Department. Somehow, she also juggles teaching sectional lessons with South Jones High School students, working on her Ph.D. in music education at USM, she serves as the piccolo/third flute player in the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and she is a regular player with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Ballet, the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. She has served as the principal flute in the Natchez Music festival for nearly a decade and Keay has given a variety solo, chamber ensemble and orchestral performances in the Festival South series of events in Hattiesburg. Keay is a graduate of the University of Texas with her B.M. in Music Studies and Human Learning, a Performance Certificate in Flute and a Texas Teaching Certification, and while at the University of Southern Mississippi, she earned her masters of music in flute performance. During her graduate work at USM, Keay won competitions performing as a soloist with the USM Wind Ensemble and USM Symphony Orchestra. Obviously, Keay personifies what she teaches her students; lots of practicing and hard work, pays off.
“I also tell my students the connections you make in music go way beyond just playing an instrument or singing with others. Try to take advantage of all opportunities that come your way and remember that kindness, honesty, hard work and tenacity go a long way as a teacher and performer.”

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

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East Mississippi Community College .../ students will be awarded associate degrees and vocational certificates

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 12/12/2017
East Mississippi Community College
WHAT: About 325 East Mississippi Community College students will be awarded associate degrees and vocational certificates Tuesday, Dec. 12, at graduation ceremonies at our Scooba and Golden Triangle campuses.

WHEN / WHERE:
Scooba campus
10 a.m. to noon in the Keyes Currie Coliseum

Golden Triangle campus
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lyceum Auditorium

DETAILS: The Scooba campus graduation will include students from the Scooba campus and Naval Air Station Meridian Extension. The Golden Triangle campus graduation will include students from EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus, Columbus Air Force Base Extension, Lion Hills Center and West Point-Clay County Center.
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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“Christmas from the Heart”

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 12/19/2017
Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC Louisville, MS
“Christmas from the Heart” that Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC will be hosting on December 19, 2017 at 1:30PM at our Operations Center. During this event, the team members from Winston will be presenting to Child Protective Services gifts for children in our area placed in foster homes and children removed to safe locations. Sadly, these are children that are sometimes over looked so we have partnered with CPS to in some way, make their Christmas a little brighter and let them know we, as our company slogan says, we ” Have the Courage to Care.”

As you may remember, The City of Louisville, in cooperation with the State of Mississippi, Winston Plywood & Veneer and its parent company, Atlas Holdings LLC rebuilt a new, state-of-the-art plywood mill that has helped revitalize a community devastated by a tornado three years ago. The original mill, built in the 1960s and idled since 2009, was destroyed on April 28, 2014 when an F4 tornado struck Louisville. Winston Plywood & Veneer has team members from 14 counties including Winston, Noxubee, Kemper, Neshoba, Leake and Lauderdale.

We feel this is a completion of the circle. The surrounding communities, the City of Louisville, and the State of Mississippi supported us in our effort to bring this industry back to Louisville. We feel we have been given this opportunity to, in a small way, pay it back to some of the most helpless and needy in our area.

We certainly hope that you will be able to join us for “Christmas from the Heart.” Should you need any additional information or questions answered prior to the event, please, do not hesitate to contact me.

Angela Marlowe, PHR
HR Generalist
Winston Plywood & Veneer LLC
1487 South Church Av.
Louisville, MS 39339
O : (662)446-1915
C: (662)803-7629

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EMBDC Recognizes December Ambassadors of the Month

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 12/26/2017
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EMBDC Recognizes December Ambassadors of the Month
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently presented its December Ambassadors of the Month awards to three very deserving participants. In first place was Casey Hendricks with The Community Health Improvement Network, second place went to Heather Woodall with the MSU Career Center, and third place went Lisa Sollie, MSU Meridian. Also, winning the red ticket drawing was Ginger Delaney, The Community Bank. The red ticket drawing is from the pool of ambassadors who have attended EMBDC events over the past month.
This committee of dedicated volunteers assists with numerous membership activities and events throughout the year including ribbon cuttings and ground breakings conducted by the EMBDC. They work to secure new members and increase membership retention by building relationships and maintaining communication with existing and prospective members. This group consists of a limited group of people. The EMBDC would be unable to do all that it does without these dedicated volunteers. To find out more about becoming an Ambassador for your community, contact the EMBDC at 601-693-1306.
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.

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Twenty-four MSU students to receive diplomas through state’s Complete 2 Compete initiative

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12/11/2017 - 12/22/2017
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Twenty-four MSU students to receive diplomas through state’s Complete 2 Compete initiative

STARKVILLE, Miss.—For a special group of 24 Mississippi State students receiving their college diplomas, the meaning of “it matters how you finish” will ring true at graduation and beyond, thanks to their participation in the Complete 2 Compete statewide initiative.
Created by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and Mississippi Community College Board, Complete 2 Compete helps adults age 21 and older who have been out of college at least 24 consecutive months to finish their postsecondary degree from a Mississippi institution of higher learning. Free information on how to complete a college degree through the C2C program, including financial aid, scholarships, discounts and state grants, is available at www.c2cpathfinder.org/c2c.
According to C2C website data, thousands of adult learners may already have enough credits to receive a college degree. The site reveals that in the past 15 years, 32,000 adult Mississippians may have earned enough college credits but were not awarded a postsecondary degree, and 127,000 lack only a few courses to finish a degree.
“The Complete 2 Compete website provides important information that can have life-changing results for many Mississippians,” said Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Workforce studies have shown that the vast majority of future jobs will go to those with a postsecondary degree or credential of value beyond high school. I would encourage individuals to access this website as it could be an important first step in helping them achieve a goal that will ultimately lead to a better, higher-paying job and greater job and financial security.”
The C2C program provides a C2C coach, who will review past credits with the student. Adults with credits satisfying requirements for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree will receive the appropriate degree without additional coursework. Those who need additional credits will work with their coach to identify the best pathway for completing a degree program.
Lynda Moore, director of the University Academic Advising Center, is one of MSU’s three C2C coaches. Joining her are Kali Dunlap, Center for Distance Education academic outreach coordinator, and Kristi Dearing, Academic Advising Center coordinator for MSU-Meridian.
Moore said current C2C participants at MSU range in age from mid-30s to 70s. The majority only require readmission to the university, evaluation of transcripts, and application for graduation to obtain a Bachelor of Science in general studies.
“We have two students finishing their original degree programs, two former student athletes and a lot of working individuals. Another student is a doctor who already has his medical degree and is pursuing his general science degree through the C2C program,” Moore said.
“Some participants live out of state, but all of their credits are here at Mississippi State,” she continued. “It’s really cool because we have a diverse group, and one thing they have in common is they will receive their degrees from our university.”
Minnie Powe, 56, a teacher assistant in special education at Meridian High School, is among students participating in the Thursday [Dec. 7] commencement ceremony at MSU-Meridian. Originally from Kemper County, she graduated from East Mississippi Community College in May 2009 and took night classes at Naval Air Station Meridian before transferring to MSU-Meridian in the fall of that year.
According to MSU-Meridian Academic Adviser Rachel Snell, Powe started out in education, but later switched to social work. She ultimately left MSU-Meridian, just one class shy of earning a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies.
“I knew I had just one class left, but before I could take it, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in fall 2011,” Powe said, adding that she had been unable to return to school since then.
In February 2017, however, everything changed when Powe got a call from Snell who suggested a meeting to discuss the C2C program. Having been out of school for years, Powe admits she was hesitant at first to re-enter college, but a review of her academic credits with Snell left her at ease.
“It was such a joy to learn that I was going to get my degree without going back to class because all of my credits added up,” she said. “When you look at things that happen in your life, when there is a setback (like cancer for me), it can actually push you forward to something else. I don’t know what plan God has for me, but I’m thinking this was the plan.”
As she prepares to graduate with her bachelor’s, Powe is considering pursuit of a master’s in teaching secondary education next summer or fall.
“My family is so excited for me,” said Powe, whose husband, youngest daughter, sister, cousin and father will be in attendance at her graduation. “I’m thankful I’m going to get my degree, and I just want to wait and see what’s going to happen.”
Moore said the UAAC at MSU has received more than 600 inquiries about the C2C program, and she is optimistic that this number will continue to grow as individuals learn more about the program’s potential impact on their lives.
“We want to do everything we can to make students feel welcome and help them graduate as fast as possible,” she emphasized. “I like to look at the C2C program like a puzzle, where we arrange all of the credits to get the best result for the student.”
Moore said the C2C coaches are especially grateful for continued support of MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Peter Ryan, the Office of the Registrar and other campus individuals and entities who make the program possible.
“The university as a whole has really embraced this much-needed program. I think that’s why it’s been so successful, and I’m really happy to be a part of it,” Moore said.
For more information about the Complete 2 Compete initiative, visit www.msc2c.org.
MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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Anderson Regional Health System - Volunteer Auxiliary luncheon on Friday, December 15th

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 12/15/2017
Private Dining Room (off the cafeteria) at Anderson North
Anderson Regional Health System will honor the men and women of the Volunteer Auxiliary at a luncheon on Friday, December 15th, 11:00 am, in the Private Dining Room (off the cafeteria) at Anderson North. At the event, the volunteers will present books to the Pediatric nursing unit and coloring books, crayons and stickers for the pediatric patients that come through the Emergency Department. Volunteer of the Year, John Newell, will be recognized as well as new Board of Director members – Dorothy Stovall – President, Jean Willis – Vice President, Teresa Lisenbe – Treasurer and Barbara Holmes – Secretary.

Please join us as we honor this dedicated group of volunteers! Lunch will be provided.


Ann Weddington
Communications Manager

Anderson Regional Medical Center
2124 14th Street
Meridian, MS 39301

W 601-553-6894
F 601-553-6144
E aweddington@andersonregional.org
www.andersonregional.org

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The Hickory Pickin Car Show - Rescheduled for Dec. 16th

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 12/16/2017
Call for info
The Hickory Pickin Car Show that was scheduled for Saturday, December 9th has been postponed due to the weather, until next Saturday, December 16th
(601) 938-9191
(601-678-3313
(601) 938-9191
(601-678-3313

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“Wreaths across America,”

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

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JCJC music groups help Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program

Event Dates and Times

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


Members of JC Jazz
Mackenzie Edgley, Director
Saxophones
Brelynne Baldwin - Raleigh
Sarah Conn – Natchez
Joshua Anderson – Leakesville
Sydney Herrington - Meridian

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

Trombone
Tyler Miller - Cedar Park, TX
Rhythm Section
Aketrell Pruitt, drums - Ellisville
John Ivey, drums - Peta
Matthew Haight, piano - Mobile, AL

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

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

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

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TOP 5 HABITS TO AVOID THE FLU

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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PROGRAM TO EMPOWER WOMEN LAUNCHED AT EMCC’S SCOOBA CAMPUS

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

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JCJC selects New Century Scholars representatives

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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MBCI AND VETERAN AFFAIRS SIGNS MOU

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

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

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Operation Christmas Child ...

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

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

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Event Dates and Times

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

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EMCC NURSING STUDENT AMONG 10 NATIONWIDE CHOSEN FOR SCHOLARSHIP

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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Mississippi / Alabama High School All Star Game

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

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ECCC to Close for Holidays Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 13

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on registering for the 2018 spring semester, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at rlee@eccc.edu.

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

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JCJC is offering an 8-week welding class in Ellisville

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MDOT TAP grant converts heart of JCJC campus

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

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

Event Dates and Times

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


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

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

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A Very Nelon Christmas

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

Temple Theater
2320 8th Street
Meridian, MS

Tickets
$15 in advance
$20 Day of Concert

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

For Group Tickets information call Richard Ferguson at 601.416.1630

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

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MCC December 2017 Calendar of Events

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JCJC & Haas Factory Outlet’s partnership ...

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JCJC’s Jasper County Center announces spring class schedule

Event Dates and Times

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

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

The following are the classes currently scheduled for this spring.

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

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

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

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

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

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Triple Treat Christmas ...

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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EMBDC - Upcoming Events

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

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Christ for Christmas Revival - Meridian Holiness Deliverance Church

Event Dates and Times

12/11/2017 - 12/17/2017
Meridian Holiness Deliverance Church 612-12th Avenue Meridian, MS
Christ for Christmas Revival
Monday, December 11, 2017 - Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Community Christmas Program - Grocery and Toy Giveaway
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Meridian Holiness Deliverance Church
612-12th Avenue
Meridian, MS 39301
(601) 483 - 5297
Pastor, Overseer S.M Denson

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

Southern Pine Announces Adopt-a-School Program

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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JCJC’s Wayne County Center announces Spring Class Schedule

Event Dates and Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EMBDC - 2017 Annual Meeting

Event Dates and Times

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


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