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EARTH'S BOUNTY - SINGING BRAKEMAN PARK - JULY 4, 2015; 8AM - 1PM

SINGING BRAKEMAN PARK
EARTH'S BOUNTY - SINGING BRAKEMAN PARK
JULY 4, 2015; 8AM - 1PM

Join us this Saturday for a bountiful harvest of fresh produce, plants, soaps, baked goods, canned goods, live music, kids activities and more!

Meridian Main Street
2120 A 5th Street
Meridian, Mississippi 39301
601-693-7480



Murphy road will be closed July 6th through July 10th

Murphy Road Lauderdale County
To whom it my concern:
Murphy road will be closed July 6, 2015 through July 10,2015 due to road construction. If it’s possible please run it on the news over the weekend

Christy Jackson
Lauderdale County
Road Unit
410 Constitution Ave Fl 11
Meridian, MS 39301
Phone: 601-482-9797
Fax: 601-482-9744




A Clean Community Presentation

Jul 16, 2015 6PM-8PM

Meridian City Hall, Auditorium/Council Chambers; Meridian MS
To Introduce Code Enforcement Manager, Mr. Wiley Quinn
Open to the Public, All Citizens Encouraged to Attend
Sponsored by Poplar Springs Historic Community Association
Thursday, July 16, 2015 6PM-8PM

Linda Seltzer, 601-508-8011 lindaseltzer49@gmail.com


Christopher Cross Sails into the MSU Riley Center - August 8th

MSU Riley Center
Christopher Cross Sails into the MSU Riley Center

MERIDIAN, MS – Christopher Cross, who made the most spectacular debut in Grammy Awards history, will bring his easy-on-the-ears jazz-pop music to the MSU Riley Center on Saturday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m.

A pre-show party with refreshments will start at 6 p.m. in the Grand Lobby.

Cross’s 1979 debut album, Christopher Cross, won five Grammy Awards, including the big four: Album, Song, and Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. The album spawned the number one hit “Sailing” as well as “Never Be the Same,” “Say You’ll Be Mine,” and “Ride Like the Wind.” In 1981, Cross won an Academy Award for Best Song with “Arthur’s Theme (Best You Can Do)” from the movie Arthur.

Cross has continued writing songs and performing ever since, often surprising concertgoers with his guitar skills. Remarkably, his soaring tenor voice remains as supple and sweet as ever. Whenever he takes the stage, he still takes listeners sailing away to paradise.

For fans of: Michael McDonald, Firefall, Kenny Loggins

What critics say: “Cross’s music not only holds up nearly 35 years later, but may be a better fit for these times, when musical lines are blurred and fractured.” – John J. Moser, Lehigh Valley Music

Tickets are $59 and $53 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.




Girling to Serve as ECCC Interim Director of Bands

East Central Community College in Decatur
Girling to Serve as ECCC Interim Director of Bands

Ed Girling of Carthage was recently named interim director of bands at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.

Girling has 33 years of experience as a band director and percussion instructor and has served as assistant band director at East Central since 2010.

He previously led high school bands at Forest, Scott Central, Stringer, Neshoba Central, Manchester Academy, Cleveland, North Sunflower Academy and Yazoo City.

Girling also has experience as a clinic and contest judge and as a band clinician and guest conductor. He is also a music arranger and composer and has served as a percussionist for various music groups.

Girling holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from Delta State University in Cleveland.

The college’s Wall O’ Sound Band performs during football games, parades, concerts and other campus events throughout the year. The 2016 band is expected to boast more than 175 students and the halftime show is titled “One Hit Wonders.”




ECCC Students Win Awards at National Skills USA Competition

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ECCC Students Win Awards at National Skills USA Competition

Five East Central Community College workforce education students received awards at the 51st annual SkillsUSA National Skill and Leadership Conference held June 24-25 in Louisville, Ky.

Blake Faulkner of Carthage finished fifth in the nation in Carpentry, Jay Riser of Forest finished seventh in Cabinet Making, Asif Zaffar of Philadelphia finished 11th in Sheet Metal, Chad Simoneau of Louin finished 12th in Plumbing, and William Milner of Lena finished 16th in Electrical Construction Wiring.

More than 6,000 students participated in 100 hands-on skill and leadership competitions during the two-day event.

“I’m extremely proud of these students for their performances at the national level,” said Wayne Eason, director of workforce development at ECCC. “They demonstrated that their ECCC education had prepared them to compete head to head against the finest students from across the nation.”

The East Central students advanced to the national competition after finishing in first place in their respective categories at the Mississippi SkillsUSA State Competition held in Jackson this spring.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The SkillsUSA Championships is the showcase for the best career and technical students in the nation.




ECCC to Hold Fall Registration Session July 9

East Central Community College
ECCC to Hold Fall Registration Session July 9

New and transfer students who plan to attend the 2015 fall semester at East Central Community College and have not registered for classes are encouraged to attend the next registration session on Thursday, July 9, on the Decatur campus.

Prior to attending registration, students should have on file in the Office of Admissions a completed ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or COMPASS scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register.

“Students may arrive anytime between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to register,” said Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services. “Students who have completed the admissions process and have been accepted for admission should have received a letter in the mail instructing them how to proceed on the day of registration. Students who have not completed the application process are welcome to attend if they have the ACT or COMPASS score report and transcripts turned in and will begin the process in the Eddie M. Smith Student Union on the west side of campus.”

On the day of registration, students will complete their fall class schedules, have photos made for identification badges and the college yearbook, apply for a parking decal and complete the online orientation.

Students who have not taken either the ACT or COMPASS test should be prepared to take it at 8:30 a.m. on the day of registration. The cost is $20.

A complimentary meal will be served for students and parents.

A final registration session will be held Friday, August 14. Fall classes begin Monday, August 17.

For more information, contact Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email 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




Meridian Main Street Downtown Happenings / June 29 - July 5

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Downtown Happenings / June 29 - July 5 / Vol. lV No. 32

Monday, June 29, 2015

REMINDER: The intersection of 23rd Avenue and Fifth Street will be closed beginning Monday, June 22, for a four-week period for the Meridian Revitalization Project, the city of Meridian has announced.

Event: Helpful Technology for Today's Pupil
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.890.1750
AOTECH Computers with United Way of East MS will take your older working desktops and laptops and give them new life for the students in the classroom. To donate you can drop them off at AOTECH computers or United Way of East MS.

Event: New Store Schedule
Location: Bambino's Boutique
Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Will only be open on Monday, Friday,and Saturday.

Event: $99.99 School Uniform Package
Location: The Liberty Shop
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Get a start early on School Uniforms.

Event: Lunch Special
Location: Aie's Taste of Thai
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.484.5858
$7.99 Lunch Special M - F from 11-3.

Event:Facebook Special
Location: Belle Cheveux Salon
Time: Monday - Wednesday
For More Information: Call 601.990.9280
10% off all salon services when you mention our Facebook post!

Event:Interiors Market & Climate Controlled Storage
Location:Hewlett Building
Time: Now Accepting Applicants
For More Information: Call 662.401.8812

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on ferns, peppers, tomatoes, elephant ears, milk weeds, lemon grass, garden seeds, and more!
Event: 15% off Framing
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
all frames are 15% off.

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731

Event: Half Off Bottles of Wine
Location:Weidmann's
Time: Every Monday
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 7pm - 8pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Event:Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
Every Tuesday morning at 9am, an item with a Terrific sale price will be posted on Facebook! It will be available on a first come, first served basis for that day only!

Event: Surf n' Turf Night
Location:Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event:Ladies Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

Event:Trivia Night
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 8pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Event:Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 4pm - 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Event: Sucarnochee Reveue
Location: The Temple Theater
Time: 7:00pm 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 205.499.9988
Star Spangled Jangle

Event: Shootin' and Scootin' Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
see website for details.

Event: MUM Day
Location:Meridian Underground Music
Time: All Day
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Receive a gift or a discount on your purchase when wearing a MUM t-shirt on Fridays

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Event: Earth's Bounty
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
Join us the first Saturday of April through November for a beautiful harvest at Earth's Bounty. We'll have fresh fruit, vegetables, honey, jams, jellies, breads, soaps, shrubs, flowers and more! For July we'll have bouncy houses for the kids, music by Otha Barham, a food truck and tons of vendors. Come out and bring your family and friends-we'll see you there!

Event: Arts in the Courtyard
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event:City of Meridian's July 4th Celebration
Location:Bonita Lakes
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.485.1944
Don't miss the City of Meridian's July 4th Celebration at Bonita Lakes featuring a free concert from 6:00 - 9 p.m.Music by: N'Tune featuring Kid Kabana and Aa'Keela & The Beats. Bonita Lakes opens at 3:30 p.m. * Food vendors open at 4 p.m.Parking available at Bonita Lakes and Bonita Lakes Mall. Free Shuttle boarding at the Tuesday Morning parking lot at the mall starting at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings, the deadline is Thursday at noon the week before
a published calendar (calendars are sent on Mondays)

For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar

Meridian Main Street is an award winning not-for-profit, public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. To join Main Street, call 601.693.7480 or visit our website http://meridianmainstreet.com. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street


Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

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Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

ELLISVILLE – To defend an international championship title for the 30th year, almost in a row, is no easy task for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band and the 32-staff and organizers. Students like South Jones senior and third-year Lions All-State Band dancer, Scarlett Sandifer said they plan on giving it their very best and bring home another win.

“It’s not about winning it’s about doing our personal best,” Sandifer quickly pointed out. “If I’m giving my personal best then the group is better. After that, it’s in the judges hands,” said Sandifer.

The 145-member band filled with the state’s best and smartest musicians have been preparing for another stellar performance at Jones County Junior College for a week. They all have expectations of earning first place at the Lions 98th International Convention and Parade of Nations on June 25 through July 1, in Hawaii, and continuing an incredible winning streak. The public is invited to see part of the show at a free concert at JCJC on Wednesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. before the group leaves for Honolulu at 9:30 p.m.

Leading the Lions Band is Hancock County’s Jacob Fletcher as the Drum Major. The senior said he is excited about the opportunity to lead this year’s band after playing in the brass section the last two-years.

“I’m ready to get to Hawaii and show the world what Mississippi is made of and how hard we’ve worked to give them an incredible show,” said Fletcher. “It’s a lot of hard work marching in the sweltering heat then practicing for concert band and the Lobby Show from 6 a.m. until 10 or 11 at night, for the last week. I think this group has the ambition to do great.”

Jeff Cannon, the director and manager of the Lions All-State Band and retired band director from Pearl said besides the International Parade of Nations Marching Competition and participating in the International Flag Ceremony, the Mississippi Lions Band will be playing a full patriotic concert at the USS Arizona Memorial.

“Our concert that will be held at JCJC will be transitional concert music leaning towards the patriotic side with ‘Stars and Stripes for Ever, ‘America Forever,’ which was written the night of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and America the Beautiful!,” said Cannon.

Graduating senior from Oak Grove, Yulianna Jimenez said she especially loves the selections from “West Side Story” which is featured in the parade competition. She said she is eager to see Hawaii and has cherished the memories of traveling with her “Lions friends” over the last three years.

“I enjoy making music with people who love music. Even if we didn’t go anywhere I’d still want to be a part of this group,” said Jimenez.

This is the second year Matthew Lewis of Lawrence County has been selected for the percussion section. The first chair snare drum player has his sights set on making music as a career. Being a part of the Lions Band is helping him rise to that higher level.

“I enjoy all of it; the audition challenge, the music and the physical demands. This band is beyond good and everyone on the drum line gets along great. This is a whole new level of performance for me,” said Lewis.

South Jones Director of Bands, Artie Adams will be making his fourth appearance as the Concert Band Director and his former assistant director of bands, Matthew Pickering will be Adam’s assistant concert director. Adams said it is an honor to be a part of a “phenomenal” musical group.

“I am looking forward to this performance because they are so good, they make me tear up. They’re performance is so beautiful!”

The Lions All-State band members and staff will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Hawaii between performances. A luau, snorkeling, sail boating off Waikiki Beach and touring Pearl Harbor are just a few of the activities planned during their week in Hawaii before they return to JCJC on July 1.

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




JCJC’s Greene County Center is registering for non-credit courses

Jones County Junior College ... Greene County Center in Leakesville
JCJC’s Greene County Center is registering for non-credit courses
ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will be registering students for two non-credit courses offered at its Greene County Center in Leakesville on Monday, July 13, at 8 a.m., 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m. A deposit of $150 is required for the welding course and a deposit of $200 is required for the pipefitting course. The course will meet the same day as registration.

The non-credit pipefitting course will meet on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday beginning July 13, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and a night class will meet at 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. The course ends in December and costs $500.

Non-credit welding will be offered on Monday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., and at 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. On Wednesday and Thursday, the class will meet from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. only, beginning July 13, through December for $350.
For more information about these courses contact the Center at 601-394-4421 or 601-394-4423 or email menyone.barrow@jcjc.edu or clint.james@jcjc.edu.

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




Center Ridge Baptist Church July 2015 Announcements

Center Ridge Baptist Church Shubuta, MS
Center Ridge Baptist Church July 2015 Announcements


Wonderful Word on Wednesday
July 1 & 29, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Wonderful Word on Wednesday,” on Wednesdays, July 1 & 29, 2015 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

Vacation Bible School
July 7-9, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, "Vacation Bible School," on July 7-9, 2015, @ 6:30 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.




EMBDC Recognizes June Ambassadors of the Month

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EMBDC Recognizes June Ambassadors of the Month
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently presented its May Ambassadors of the Month awards to three very deserving participants. In first place was Emily McMillan with 1st Mississippi Federal Credit Union, second place went to Derron Radcliff with MSU Riley Center, and third place went to Lisa Sollie with MSU Meridian. Also, winning the red ticket drawing was Brian Koroknay with Citizens National 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.

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org



The deadline is approaching to register to vote

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The deadline is approaching to register to vote for this year’s August primary election, which is July 4th at noon. If you mail in a new application, it will need to be postmark by July 3rd. The cutoff for registration is always 30 days before an election.

The Legislative redistricting for the Senate and House is complete and Lauderdale County is in the process of mailing almost 45,000 voter registration cards to voters with a valid address. District 1 and 2 have been mailed with District 3 being competed by Monday, and the process for District 4 and 5 will begin next week. Many registration cards have already been returned from the voter having moved, whether within Lauderdale County, or to another county, or even out of state. Where it is the voter’s responsibility to always notify their circuit clerk’s office of a name or address change, one of the duties of the Election Commission, is to help aid in this process in trying to locate these voters. For your vote to count, you need to be in your correct precinct.

If you move across the street, down the road, change apartments numbers, incorporate or discontinue a post office box, etc., this can affect your mail being returned and the voter possibly being removed from the current voter rolls. It is not legal to go back to your old precinct if you have moved. This is why we have an ongoing education program through the media to help remind the voter of their responsibility.

This voter registration card mail-out also highlights the voter’s correct voting precinct location for this year’s 2015 election cycle, as well as for next year’s 2016 Federal elections.

If you have any questions, call your circuit clerk’s office at 601 482-9731.




TRAINING AIR WING ONE CHANGE OF COMMAND SET FOR JUNE 25

On Board NAS Meridian
TRAINING AIR WING ONE CHANGE OF COMMAND
SET FOR JUNE 25


Training Air Wing One will welcome a new commodore on Thursday, June 25, during an official change of command ceremony. Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, Chief of Naval Air Training, will serve as the keynote speaker.
Capt. Paul Carelli, who earned his "Wings of Gold" here in March 1995, will relieve Capt. Brian Goszkowicz, who has served as Commander, Training Air Wing One since July 3, 2013.
Under Capt. Goskowicz' leadership, Training Air Wing One delivered over 53,200 training sorties with 58,000 flight hours in the T-45C Goshawk. Under his steadfast guidance, Wing One safely conducted 13 carrier qualifications and eight detachments to Naval Air Field El Centro, Calif. Goskowicz propelled Wing One to complete training for 67 instructor pilots and 44 Intermediate E2/C2 aviators. Additionally, 174 Navy and Marine Corps strike aviators and 31 international military officers earned coveted "Wings of Gold." Beyond that, he engineered the Wing One Newly Winged Aviator Program, enabling strike training graduates to sustain proficiency while awaiting Fleet Replacement Squadron startup.
The next assignment for Capt. Goskowicz will be serving as Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, University of Mississippi and University of Memphis.
After his designation as a Naval Aviator, Capt. Carelli was assigned to the "Shamrocks" of VS-41, Fleet Replacement Squadron at Naval Air Station North Island. Upon completion, he reported to his first operational squadron -- the "Retails" of VS-21 in Atsugi, Japan. While attached to the "Redtails," he completed three deployments onboard the USS Independence (CV 62), and one deployment on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), flying missions in support Operation Southern Watch. In June of 1999, he returned to VS-41 as an instructor pilot and Landing Signals Officer where he served in the maintenance and operations departments. In May of 2002, Capt. Carelli joined Carrier Air Wing Two as a Landing Signals Officer for an extended deployment, flying missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In October 2003, he was selected as the Chief of Naval Air Forces Pacific, Landing Signals Officer while concurrently serving with the "Screwbirds" of VS-33 for his operational department head t
our. During his time with the "Screwbirds," he served as the tactics and operations officer, completing an extended deployment flying missions in support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In July of 2005, Capt. Carelli reported to the United States Naval War College, where he completed his Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. In July 2006, he reported to the Naval Personnel Command as the VS Community Detailer and Placement Officer and later as the Deputy Director PERS 43, Aviation Assignments. In August 2009, he reported to the "Stingers" of VFA 113 for his command tour. Upon assuming command of VFA-113 in September 2011, Capt. Carelli led his squadron through two tum-around cycles and combat deployments onboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), flying combat missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

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WING ONE 2-2-2

After his command tour, Capt. Carelli reported to the Joint Staff, J-3 at the Pentagon. He served as an action officer in the Deputy Directorate for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations and later as the Chief of the National Military Command Center Operations Division.

Capt. Carelli has accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours and 900 arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Air Medal (three awards) Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and numerous other campaign, unit commendations and awards.
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Goat (Small Ruminant) Boot Camp

Neshoba County Coliseum Philadelphia, MS.
Goat (Small Ruminant) Boot Camp
In recognizing the growing interest in goat production within the surrounding areas along with the Small Ruminant Farm Initiative through Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Neshoba and Leake County Soil and Water Conservation Districts along with NRCS will be hosting a Goat (Small Ruminant) Boot Camp that will be held at the Neshoba County Coliseum. We will have specialists from Mississippi State University and Alcorn State University speaking on herd health, meat goat management, forage production/management, marketing/start-up of small farm operation, and USDA programs for fencing and water facilities. This Boot Camp is to educate small farmers and new farmers of some misconceptions of goat production and management.
The Boot Camp is being held at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia, MS. on July 18th with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m.
If you are planning to attend this event you must register no later than July 6th so that we can get a count of meals to prepare. You can register by contacting the Neshoba County SWCD at (601) 656-8783 ext. 3 or the Leake County SWCD at (601) 298-9101 ext. 3.




EMBDC - Ribbon Cutting

Trinity Funeral Consulting, Caskets, & Etc., LLC 721 Front Street Extension, Suite 705 (Acme Plaza) Meridian, MS
What: Trinity Funeral Consulting, Caskets, & Etc., LLC Ribbon Cutting

When: Thursday, June 25th at 2:00 p.m.

Where: 721 Front Street Extension, Suite 705 (Acme Plaza)

Why: The EMBDC will host a ribbon cutting event to for Trinity Funeral Consulting, Caskets, & Etc., LLC in Meridian, Mississippi.

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301




ECCC to Offer ‘Starting a Business – First Steps’ Workshop in Decatur

East Central Community College ... at the ECCC Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.
ECCC to Offer ‘Starting a Business – First Steps’ Workshop in Decatur

East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer a “Starting a Business – First Steps” workshop from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the ECCC Workforce Development Center on the Decatur campus.

This free workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basic steps of starting a business, including regulations such as licenses and permits, legal forms of business ownership, basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential, lending terminology, outline for a business plan, and other resources to assist in starting a business.

Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.

For more information or to register for the workshop, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6296 or 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@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




“Country music from Mississippi,”

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Mississippi to Nashville - Behind the Unveiling
June 16, 2015
Posted by:
Barry Mazor
Music & Arts


Guest post written by Barry Mazor

“Country music from Mississippi,” all of us who have worked on conceiving, researching, designing and launching the Mississippi Country Music Trail and its markers have realized, had not been a subject as often discussed or understood as widely as Mississippi Blues, the subject of the state’s first, impactful music trail. From the planning of the very first Country Music Trail marker, unveiled in June, 2010—appropriately enough, the marker for “The Father of Country Music,” Jimmie Rodgers, in Meridian—an important goal was to shed light on how remarkable Mississippi’s contribution to country music has been, and to show how the shared culture, rhythms and musical style Magnolia State music makers brought to country music changed it, everywhere.

Those aspirations made the recent unveiling of the 29th trail marker, the first Country Music Trail marker placed outside of Mississippi itself, at 1111 16th Avenue South in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row, an especially satisfying milestone. It acknowledges and celebrates Mississippians’ rich and varied contributions in the country music capital, from the 1920s to this day.

The satisfaction was partly personal for me, as a Nashville resident honored to serve as the historian/researcher for the trail, and proud to be able to share the story we’re telling with the musicians and residents and innumerable country music fan visitors up here. It was professional, too, recalling very well how often the biographical details, the telling photos and graphics and rare record scans seen on Mississippi Country Music Trail markers all over the home state had been found among the family keepsakes of of music makers who’d made the trip, as the new marker heralds, from “Mississippi to Nashville.”

Country fans, media, Nashville-based Mississippians and dignitaries were all on hand June 4, as the marker was unveiled by Visit Mississippi Director Malcolm White, Hattiesburg’s songwriting hit maker Craig Wiseman, ace of all country music Marty Stuart (both of whom are on this marker; a marker back home in Philadelphia, MS also celebrates Marty’s career) and yours truly.

With the sheer breadth of the story this marker tells, I can assure you, it was a real challenge just to be sure that the broad cast of talents entitled to this lasting “cast iron” recognition were properly included. The singers, pickers, songwriters and record producers visitors to the “Mississippi to Nashville” will be seeing honored range from globally recognized country-changing stars—from Jimmie Rodgers and Elvis Presley to Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Faith Hill and Bobbie Gentry, to the writers (often multiple threat writer-performer-producers) such as Hank Cochran, Johnny Russell, Carl Jackson, Mac McAnally and Paul Overstreet who made so many songs the superstars sing—so often, songs about Mississippi.

It all adds up.

Mississippi’s Nashville music makers, so often lured to Music City by the sounds of the Grand Ole Opry calling to them as it reached the radios of their childhoods in the night, brought that homebred, expressive mix of Deep South soul, Delta blues, Southern gospel and R&B right along with them in the country music they’ve made and are making. It’s meant that country is not all and solely about the “pristine” sounds of those ancient Appalachian hills of legend. Country has been a lot more fun, varied, and, for want of a better word, plain moister, because Mississippians have made so much of it.

It’s great to be able to spread the word. On cast iron.

Barry Mazor is the historian for the Mississippi Country Music Trail, and a longtime music, media, and business journalist. He is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and to the online music magazine medium/cuepoint, and is the author of "Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music" and "Meeting Jimmie Rodgers." He is the former senior editor and columnist for No Depression magazine and his work has appeared in numerous publications, including American Songwriter, the Nashville Scene, the Village Voice, and the Washington Post. He was awarded the Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism in 2008. He lives in Nashville, TN.

See these fine articles ...

http://www.visitmississippi.org/blog/ms-to-nashville-behind-the-unveiling

https://leskerr.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/the-mississippi-nashville-music-connection/



ECCC Transfer Students Again Earn Highest GPA at Four-Year Institutions

East Central Community College
ECCC Transfer Students Again Earn Highest GPA at Four-Year Institutions

DECATUR, Miss.—For the second straight year, students who transferred from East Central Community College to four-year institutions earned the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) of all community college transfers in the state of Mississippi.

Students who transferred from East Central to one of the state’s eight public, four-year institutions earned a 3.22 GPA, according to data released from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). Students from the community/junior college with the second highest GPA earned a 3.21. The average for all 15 community colleges combined was a 3.13 GPA.

The report also again showed that community college transfer students performed academically as well or better in university courses than students who began their education at the senior institutions. The “native” students earned a 3.10 GPA.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said that he was extremely proud of the former students and for the role East Central Community College faculty and staff played in preparing the students to transfer to the four-year university level.

“This data, compiled and reported by the IHL, affirms the results of our college’s dedication to Student Success and Teaching and Learning, two hallmark commitments of our strategic plan for the future, 2020 Vision,” Stewart said. “When we adopted this plan in February 2013, these are the results we anticipated. Our faculty and staff are to be commended for preparing East Central transfer students well for the academic challenges of a university. Based on the performance of our transfer students, no one does that better in the state of Mississippi than East Central Community College.”

East Central Community College offers the two-year pre-baccalaureate Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees, with more than 201 areas of concentration. These academic courses are guaranteed to transfer as a result of an Articulation Agreement between Mississippi’s community colleges and the state’s public four-year colleges and universities.

The college also offers two-year terminal degrees in healthcare, career and technical fields of study.

For more information about attending East Central Community College, contact ECCC Student Services at 601-635-6205 or e-mail 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




Men and Women's Day Program

Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Lisman
Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church of Lisman will have their Men and Women's Day Program
July 12th at 3:00 pm
Guest Minister: Rev. Curtis Jackson, pastor of First Baptist Church
Orrville, AL
Charles L. Franklin is the pastor of the church




Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

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Lions All-State Band in concert at JCJC; defending international title in Hawaii

ELLISVILLE – To defend an international championship title for the 30th year, almost in a row, is no easy task for the Mississippi Lions All-State Band and the 32-staff and organizers. Students like South Jones senior and third-year Lions All-State Band dancer, Scarlett Sandifer said they plan on giving it their very best and bring home another win.

“It’s not about winning it’s about doing our personal best,” Sandifer quickly pointed out. “If I’m giving my personal best then the group is better. After that, it’s in the judges hands,” said Sandifer.

The 145-member band filled with the state’s best and smartest musicians have been preparing for another stellar performance at Jones County Junior College for a week. They all have expectations of earning first place at the Lions 98th International Convention and Parade of Nations on June 25 through July 1, in Hawaii, and continuing an incredible winning streak. The public is invited to see part of the show at a free concert at JCJC on Wednesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. before the group leaves for Honolulu at 9:30 p.m.

Leading the Lions Band is Hancock County’s Jacob Fletcher as the Drum Major. The senior said he is excited about the opportunity to lead this year’s band after playing in the brass section the last two-years.

“I’m ready to get to Hawaii and show the world what Mississippi is made of and how hard we’ve worked to give them an incredible show,” said Fletcher. “It’s a lot of hard work marching in the sweltering heat then practicing for concert band and the Lobby Show from 6 a.m. until 10 or 11 at night, for the last week. I think this group has the ambition to do great.”

Jeff Cannon, the director and manager of the Lions All-State Band and retired band director from Pearl said besides the International Parade of Nations Marching Competition and participating in the International Flag Ceremony, the Mississippi Lions Band will be playing a full patriotic concert at the USS Arizona Memorial.

“Our concert that will be held at JCJC will be transitional concert music leaning towards the patriotic side with ‘Stars and Stripes for Ever, ‘America Forever,’ which was written the night of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and America the Beautiful!,” said Cannon.

Graduating senior from Oak Grove, Yulianna Jimenez said she especially loves the selections from “West Side Story” which is featured in the parade competition. She said she is eager to see Hawaii and has cherished the memories of traveling with her “Lions friends” over the last three years.

“I enjoy making music with people who love music. Even if we didn’t go anywhere I’d still want to be a part of this group,” said Jimenez.

This is the second year Matthew Lewis of Lawrence County has been selected for the percussion section. The first chair snare drum player has his sights set on making music as a career. Being a part of the Lions Band is helping him rise to that higher level.

“I enjoy all of it; the audition challenge, the music and the physical demands. This band is beyond good and everyone on the drum line gets along great. This is a whole new level of performance for me,” said Lewis.

South Jones Director of Bands, Artie Adams will be making his fourth appearance as the Concert Band Director and his former assistant director of bands, Matthew Pickering will be Adam’s assistant concert director. Adams said it is an honor to be a part of a “phenomenal” musical group.

“I am looking forward to this performance because they are so good, they make me tear up. They’re performance is so beautiful!”

The Lions All-State band members and staff will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Hawaii between performances. A luau, snorkeling, sail boating off Waikiki Beach and touring Pearl Harbor are just a few of the activities planned during their week in Hawaii before they return to JCJC on July 1.

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




TRAINING AIR WING ONE CHANGE OF COMMAND SET FOR JUNE 25th

On board NAS Merididan
TRAINING AIR WING ONE CHANGE OF COMMAND SET FOR JUNE 25th


Training Air Wing One will welcome a new commodore on Thursday, June 25, during an official change of command ceremony. Rear Adm. Roy Kelley, Chief of Naval Air Training, will serve as the keynote speaker.
Capt. Paul Carelli, who earned his "Wings of Gold" here in March 1995, will relieve Capt. Brian Goszkowicz, who has served as Commander, Training Air Wing One since July 3, 2013.
Under Capt. Goskowicz' leadership, Training Air Wing One delivered over 53,200 training sorties with 58,000 flight hours in the T-45C Goshawk. Under his steadfast guidance, Wing One safely conducted 13 carrier qualifications and eight detachments to Naval Air Field El Centro, Calif. Goskowicz propelled Wing One to complete training for 67 instructor pilots and 44 Intermediate E2/C2 aviators. Additionally, 174 Navy and Marine Corps strike aviators and 31 international military officers earned coveted "Wings of Gold." Beyond that, he engineered the Wing One Newly Winged Aviator Program, enabling strike training graduates to sustain proficiency while awaiting Fleet Replacement Squadron startup.
The next assignment for Capt. Goskowicz will be serving as Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, University of Mississippi and University of Memphis.
After his designation as a Naval Aviator, Capt. Carelli was assigned to the "Shamrocks" of VS-41, Fleet Replacement Squadron at Naval Air Station North Island. Upon completion, he reported to his first operational squadron -- the "Retails" of VS-21 in Atsugi, Japan. While attached to the "Redtails," he completed three deployments onboard the USS Independence (CV 62), and one deployment on the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), flying missions in support Operation Southern Watch. In June of 1999, he returned to VS-41 as an instructor pilot and Landing Signals Officer where he served in the maintenance and operations departments. In May of 2002, Capt. Carelli joined Carrier Air Wing Two as a Landing Signals Officer for an extended deployment, flying missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In October 2003, he was selected as the Chief of Naval Air Forces Pacific, Landing Signals Officer while concurrently serving with the "Screwbirds" of VS-33 for his operational department head t
our. During his time with the "Screwbirds," he served as the tactics and operations officer, completing an extended deployment flying missions in support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In July of 2005, Capt. Carelli reported to the United States Naval War College, where he completed his Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. In July 2006, he reported to the Naval Personnel Command as the VS Community Detailer and Placement Officer and later as the Deputy Director PERS 43, Aviation Assignments. In August 2009, he reported to the "Stingers" of VFA 113 for his command tour. Upon assuming command of VFA-113 in September 2011, Capt. Carelli led his squadron through two tum-around cycles and combat deployments onboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), flying combat missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

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After his command tour, Capt. Carelli reported to the Joint Staff, J-3 at the Pentagon. He served as an action officer in the Deputy Directorate for Nuclear, Homeland Defense and Current Operations and later as the Chief of the National Military Command Center Operations Division.

Capt. Carelli has accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours and 900 arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Air Medal (three awards) Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and numerous other campaign, unit commendations and awards.


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Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings / June 22 - 28

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Downtown Happenings / June 22 - 28 / Vol. lV No. 31

Monday, June 22, 2015

Event: New Store Schedule
Location: Bambino's Boutique
Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Will only be open on Monday, Friday,and Saturday.

Event: $99.99 School Uniform Package
Location: The Liberty Shop
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Get a start early on School Uniforms.

Event: Lunch Special
Location: Aie's Taste of Thai
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.484.5858
$7.99 Lunch Special M - F from 11-3.

Event:Facebook Special
Location: Belle Cheveux Salon
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.990.9280
10% off all salon services when you mention our Facebook post!

Event:Interiors Market & Climate Controlled Storage
Location:Hulett Building
Time: Now Accepting Applicants
For More Information: Call 662.401.8812

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on ferns, peppers, tomatoes, elephant ears, milk weeds, lemon grass, garden seeds, and more!
Event: 15% off Framing
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
all frames are 15% off.

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731

Event: Half Off Bottles of Wine
Location:Weidmann's
Time: Every Monday
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 7pm - 8pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Event:Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
Every Tuesday morning at 9am, an item with a Terrific sale price will be posted on Facebook! It will be available on a first come, first served basis for that day only!

Event: Free Computer Training
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: 10am-11:30am & 6:00pm-7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.990.8324
These classes are designed specifically for beginners and include basic skill building and clear explanations of basic computer components. We will cover the following Topics: Basic Computers Skills, Operating System Differences [ Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux ] and Introduction to the internet. Advanced computer training is coming soon.

Event: Surf n' Turf Night
Location:Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event:Ladies Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

Event:Trivia Night
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 8pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Event:Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 4pm - 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: Tom Rovinsky
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Friday, June 26, 2015

Event: Shootin' and Scootin' Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
see website for details.

Event: Sam Mooney
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: South of 20
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Event: MUM Day
Location:Meridian Underground Music
Time: All Day
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Receive a gift or a discount on your purchase when wearing a MUM t-shirt on Fridays

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Event: Live Music
Location: Meridian Underground Music
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Free Show!
Event: Ebenezer Goodman
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Snazz
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Bends & Brews
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Open Mic
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings, the deadline is Thursday at noon the week before
a published calendar (calendars are sent on Mondays)


For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar

Meridian Main Street is an award winning not-for-profit, public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. To join Main Street, call 601.693.7480 or visit our website http://meridianmainstreet.com. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street


EMBDC - Ribbon Cutting

Brookdale 4553 35th Avenue Meridian, MS
What: Brookdale Meridian MS Ribbon Cutting

When: Tuesday, June 23rd at 2:30 p.m.

Where: 4553 35th Avenue

Why: The EMBDC will host a ribbon cutting event to for Brookdale Meridian, formerly Silverleaf Manor, in Meridian, Mississippi.

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301




Jimmie Rodgers .. Wrap-Up Party

Soule' Steamworks 1808 4th Street Meridian, MS
Sponsors and Volunteers from the 2015 Jimmie Rodgers Music Festival
are welcomed to Jimmie Rodgers Wrap-Up Party

June 23rd at Soule' Steamworks from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Bar-B-Que trimmings and beverages ..

AND DON'T FORGET ...
Jimmie Rodgers for 2016 .... May 6th & 7th

(601) 482-8988


Youth Day Program

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Enterprise
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Enterprise
will have their Youth Day Program
July 12th at 2:00 pm
Guest Speaker: Rev. Aaron Naylor, associate pastor from
St. John Missionary Baptist in Meridian

(601) 659-4896
Dr. Jimmie Bunch id the pastor of the church



ECCC to Offer Electrical Technology Courses at its Louisville Center in Fall

East Central Community College ... Louisville Career Advancement Center
ECCC to Offer Electrical Technology Courses at its Louisville Center in Fall

East Central Community College in Decatur will begin offering courses in its Electrical Technology program at the Louisville Career Advancement Center in Fall 2015.

The for-credit courses, which can lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree, will be offered via video conferencing, with a tech facilitator in the Louisville Career Advancement Center to assist with questions and hands-on course work and demonstrations.

Courses to be offered in the fall include Fundamentals of Electricity, AC and DC Circuits for Electrical Technology, Residential and Light Commercial Wiring, Blueprint Reading, and Electrical Power.

East Central is offering the courses thanks to a $2.5 million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant, which the college was awarded last fall to provide workforce training opportunities in Winston County, including in information technology, healthcare, energy and advanced manufacturing.

The college applied for the grant in response to the unemployment rate and the number of workers displaced due to the April 2014 tornado damage.

“We are excited that we can help anyone displaced by the tornadoes or who needs additional training and education to work towards their degree,” said Wayne Eason, director of workforce education at ECCC. “Graduates will be well prepared for residential or industrial work or private business, among other electrical occupations.”

For more information on the Electrical Technology program, contact Eason at 601-635-6211 or weason@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




Make-A-Wish Foundation ... 2-Day Garage Sale

10165th Lynwood Drive Tanglewood Estates Meridian, MS
Friday and Saturday, June 26, 27, will be our next make a wish garage sale from 7 am to 2 pm. Fabric .25 each, swimsuits .25 each, vhs and DVD's .25 and .50 each, lots of men, women, baby and children cloths .50 each, all cloths, shoes, and purses .50 each. New books galore even some westerns for .25 each, toy and household items. Over 100 cassettes for .10 each. Come on the treasure hunt and help make wishes come true at 10165 Lynwood Drive, Tanglewood Estate's. Remember we recycle old locks and keys, aluminum cans and ink jet cartridges so bring them with you. We have so many donations for this sale please hold any additional for July sale. Thanks




JCJC

Jones County Junior College
...

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



National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

EMEPA Auditorium 2128 Hwy. 39 North Meridian, MS
An invitation from NAMI Meridian Affiliate:

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
July 2015
Voices of Hope
6th Annual Event
Mental Health Wellness: Hope & Recovery

Please join us for this free special program.
Guest Speaker:
Jackie Chatmon
Program Administrator, Division of Children and Youth
Mississippi Department of Mental Health

5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
EMEPA Auditorium
2128 Hwy. 39 North, Meridian, MS
Free. Open to all. Pre-registration not required.

Sponsored by: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Meridian Affiliate
Special thanks to Alliance Health Center, East Mississippi Electric Power Association,
NFusionX and Weems Community Mental Health for supporting this event.

Diane Mills
EAP Coordinator / PR Director
Weems Comm. Mental Health Center
1415 College Dr.
(PO Box 2868, 39302-2868)
Meridian, MS 39307
p: 601-483-4821 / ext. 127
f: 601-485-8727
email: dmills@weemsmh.com




City of Meridian ... intersection of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street will be closed ....

intersection of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street Meridian, MS
The City of Meridian announced that
the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street
will be closed
beginning Monday, June 22nd for a four week period
for the Meridian Revitalization Project.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to work to complete these important improvements to our City.

For more information Contact: Hugh Smith, City of Meridian
hughsmith@meridianms.org




Annual Algie Wilson Memorial Program

Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church 600 11th Ave. Meridian, MS
Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Meridian will have their
Annual Algie Wilson Memorial Program, July 12th at 4:00 pm

Special Guest: Charlotte Holley from New York
: Magnificent Clouds of Joy from Lauderdale
and other guests as well

(601) 485-5816


(601) 485-5816



United Way of East MS Volunteer Center & Community Foundation of East MS Ribbon Cutting

4817 North Park Dr.
What: United Way of East MS Volunteer Center & Community Foundation of East MS Ribbon Cutting

When: Friday, June 19th at 10:00 a.m.

Where: 4817 North Park Dr.

Why: The EMBDC will host a ribbon cutting event to commemorate the new location of United Way of East MS & Community Foundation of East MS in Meridian, Mississippi. Mississippi’s First Lady Deborah Bryant will be a guest speaker.

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org




JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Covington County

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JCJC’s “Operation JumpStart” expands to Covington County

ELLISVILLE - Entrepreneurs in Covington County will now have the opportunity to realize their dreams of small business ownership with the help of Jones County Junior College’s, “Operation JumpStart.” The program has expanded from Ellisville, Bay Springs, Waynesboro and Hattiesburg to Collins. This six-week course is a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals who want to start or expand a small business. The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training from experts in the field.

“By offering hands-on training and business advice from our business sponsors and business leaders, participants can be more successful. They get to see how the process works instead of us telling them what they need to do to start a business.” said Crystal Nail, JCJC Entrepreneur Center Director.

The training program will be held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. for six weeks beginning on Monday, July 13, through Thursday, August 19. Classes will meet at Peoples Bank, located at 704 Main Street, in Collins.

“We're excited to see the Operation JumpStart program has been well received in the Pine Belt. The entrepreneurial spirit can bring jobs and new industries to the region. In some cases the new businesses that are generated from this program meet the unmet needs of a community.”
The Operation JumpStart tuition is $250 with the help of participating sponsors Peoples Bank of Collins.
Applications can be picked up at Peoples Bank in Collins or the JCJC Advanced Technology Center in Ellisville.

Interested participants need to register by July 6, to be considered for the Operation JumpStart program. For more information or to apply for this new business coaching and training program, contact: Shannon Wilks at 601-477-4114 or email: Shannon.wilks@jcjc.edu or call Crystal Nail at 601-477-4235 or email: crystal.nail@jcjc.edu.


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




JCJC’s Michael Yarbrough named Educator of the Year

Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Yarbrough named Educator of the Year
ELLISVILLE – The “newcomer” to the group of 11 GED teachers in the Jones County Junior College Adult Basic Education department earned a prestigious title recently. Michael Yarbrough of Laurel was named the Southern Region Adult Educator of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Adult and Community Educators at their annual conference. Yarbrough teaches adult education classes at the WIN Job Center in Laurel and has been employed with JCJC for a year-and-a-half. Director of the ABE/GED program at JCJC, Jennifer Griffith explained Yarbrough’s adaptability and his innovative teaching earned him the recognition.

“In his first year-and-a-half teaching for Jones, he has been flexible in his work assignments, moving from the traveling adult education tutor, to substitute adult education teacher, to full-time single-site instructor. He has introduced innovative methods and approaches to his students while also achieving significant success with his classes.”
Yarbrough gives credit to his co-workers for their willingness to show him “the ropes” as well as being open to new ideas and perspectives.

“The award was definitely a surprise, said Yarbrough. “I have taught in various educational settings, but for the seven-years prior to coming to Jones, I taught 6th grade math at South Jones Elementary. Some may not see the connection, but teaching middle school math perfectly prepared me for being an Adult Basic Education instructor. It’s at that middle school level where the majority of our students began to struggle or fall behind. Most were not successful in the traditional educational setting. This challenges me, as an educator, to look for new and various ways to teach them,” said the newest Adult Educator of the Year.

He further explained as the instructor, he is a part of the team in guiding and facilitating student’s discoveries. Yarbrough said most of his students already have job and real world experiences.

“I am thrilled to see the connections from what we are learning in class to situations they are experiencing outside the classroom. All educators realize they are much more to their students than someone who presents them with information; this is even more true with our students. When they see that you care and are investing in their life, the learning potential goes through the roof!” said Yarbrough.

To even be considered for this honor, Yarbrough had to be nominated by a fellow teacher or director and had to have at least one-year of teaching experience in Adult Education. Griffith said there are about 360 teachers in the state who are eligible each year. Yarbrough’s “fresh ideas” and innovative methods made him stand out from the other nominees. She added Yarbrough not only came to the conference but he also presented at this year’s ABE Summer Conference.

“This is rare because most teachers with fewer than three-years of experience hardly ever present at the Summer Conference. His presentation was on adapting to the environment one teaches in, using the tools you have in the classroom and to address and approach students’ problems in new ways. Michael is definitely a great asset to our team. He is committed to our students and our college and we are thrilled to have him at Jones.”

Griffith said she also thinks how he handled three job title changes in less than one-year without complaint while always tackling the new assignment with vigor, made him an obvious choice for the judges. Yarbrough joins three other JCJC ABE instructors who also received this award in previous years: David Clark at Greene County, Jane Jones at the JCJC campus and Caleb Smith at the JCJC campus.

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




EMBDC - Upcoming Events ...

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IHOP Groundbreaking
220 N. Frontage Rd.
Thursday, June 18th
10:00 a.m.

Anderson Regional
Cancer Center
Business After Hours
1704 23rd Ave
Thursday, June 18th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

United Way of East MS Volunteer Center
Ribbon Cutting
4817 North Park Dr.
Friday, June 19th
10:00 a.m.

Brookdale Meridian
Ribbon Cutting
4555 35th Ave.
Tuesday, June 23rd
2:30 p.m.

Trinity Funeral Consulting, Caskets, & Etc. LLC
Ribbon Cutting
721 Front Street Ext. Suite 705
Thursday, June 25th
2:00 p.m.

Stitchin Krazy Ribbon Cutting
2222 Front Street
Thursday, July 16th
10:30 a.m.




EMBDC ... IHOP Groundbreaking

220 North Frontage Rd
What: IHOP Groundbreaking

When: Thursday, June 18th at 10:00 a.m.

Where: 220 North Frontage Rd.

Why: The EMBDC will host a groundbreaking event to commemorate the construction of IHOP by Meridian Hospitality, LLC. in Meridian, Mississippi.


Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - June 15 - 21

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Downtown Happenings - June 15 - 21 ... Vol. lV No. 30

Monday, June 15, 2015

Event:Facebook Special
Location: Belle Cheveux Salon
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.990.9280
10% off all salon services when you mention our Facebook post!


Event:Interiors Market & Climate Controlled Storage
Location:Hewlett Building
Time: Now Accepting Applicants
For More Information: Call 662.401.8812
Event: $99.99 School Uniform Package
Location: The Liberty Shop
Time: All week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Get a start early on School Uniforms.

Event: Lunch Special
Location: Aie's Taste of Thai
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.484.5858
$7.99 Lunch Special M - F from 11-3.

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on ferns, peppers, tomatoes, elephant ears, milk weeds, lemon grass, garden seeds, and more!

Event: 15% off Framing
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
all frames are 15% off.

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731

Event: Pageant & Prom Dress Sale
Location: Bambino's Boutique
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Pageant dresses are 20% off and Prom dresses are 60% off.

Event: Half Off Bottles of Wine
Location:Weidmann's
Time: Every Monday
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: YPM Meeting
Location:Rush Cafeteria
Time: 12pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 7pm - 8pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Event:Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
Every Tuesday morning at 9am, an item with a Terrific sale price will be posted on Facebook! It will be available on a first come, first served basis for that day only!

Event: Free Computer Training
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: 10am-11:30am & 6:00pm-7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.990.8324
These classes are designed specifically for beginners and include basic skill building and clear explanations of basic computer components. We will cover the following Topics: Basic Computers Skills, Operating System Differences [ Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux ] and Introduction to the internet. Advanced computer training is coming soon.

Event: Surf n' Turf Night
Location:Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event:Ladies Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

Event: Women's World Cup
Soccer USA Outlaws
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event:Trivia Night
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 8pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Event: How to Develop a Business Plan
Location:EMBDC Conference Room
Time: 2pm - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
This seminar is designed to assist in preparing a business plan. The parts of the business plan are explained, i. e., industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups and a marketing plan. Financial components discussed are startup costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement.

Event:Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 4pm - 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: Trace Adkins
Location:MSU Riley Center
Time: 7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2200

Event: Scott McQuaig & The Tomcats
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Friday, June 19, 2015

Event: PRAM Meeting
Location:Rush Cafeteria
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.696.2203

Event: State Games of Mississippi
Opening Ceremony
Location:City Hall Lawn
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.482.0505
The Opening Ceremonies feature entertainment, food, Parade of Athletes, lighting of the torch, an appearance by past and present members of the U.S. Olympic team and a grand fireworks spectacular. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.

Event: Shootin' and Scootin' Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
see website for details.

Event: Framing the Red
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Event: MUM Day
Location:Meridian Underground Music
Time: All Day
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Receive a gift or a discount on your purchase when wearing a MUM t-shirt on Fridays

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Event:Inaugural Legacy Brunch
Location: City Hall
Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.2161
The Meridian Alumni Chapter will host it's 1st Inaugural Legacy Brunch honoring Dr. Norman C. Francis, for his 47 years of leadership and service as President of Xavier University featuring Jazz Musicians, Ronald & Patrick Hearns and Harold Brassfield. Please come and celebrate while we support the college efforts of young Meridianites.

Event: Meridian Juneteenth Heritage Festival
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: 4:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.616.8159
Join us for the 13th Annual Meridian Juneteenth Festival! This year's musical line up includes Steve Perry, Terry Wright, Jessie "JT" Taylor, Precision Grooves and Just a Few Cats. The festival features a Live DJ, vendors, food, arts and crafts, and much more!! Gates open at 4 p.m. and the show begins at 5 p.m.

Event: Darkwater
Location: Brickhaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Spunk Monkees
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 10:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event:Bends & Brews Beer Yoga
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings, the deadline is Thursday at noon the week before
a published calendar (calendars are sent on Mondays)


For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar



Meridian Main Street is an award winning not-for-profit, public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. To join Main Street, call 601.693.7480 or visit our website http://meridianmainstreet.com. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street


Worship and praise service honoring Ms. Louella ...

Mt. Rose M.B. Church
The Wallace and Tillman Family will be hosting a worship and praise service honoring Ms. Louella Wallace on June 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm at Mt. Rose M.B. Church. Pastor Kelvin Carter, of Canton United Methodist Church of Canton, MS will be the speaker.




Bonds of Love ministry is hosting a three night women conference ...

Bonds of Love ministry 2800 11th street Meridian, MS
Bonds of Love ministry is hosting a three night women conference July 1-3 @ 7p Barren Women Giving Birth. Host Pastor Betty Alford, guest speakers July 2, Lady Rosalyn Operton, July 3, Apostle Laverne James.
Free to the public 2800 11th street




JCJC hosts Roger Bobo’s Brass Festival Concert

Jones County Junior College Fine Arts Auditorium
JCJC hosts Roger Bobo’s Brass Festival Concert

ELLISVILLE –With only a couple of days to rehearse, about 30 musicians from Hawaii, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio, North Carolina, California, Virginia, Louisiana and Tennessee will perform a concert on Sunday, June 14, at 4 p.m. at Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts Auditorium. The public is invited to this free concert featuring high school, college, pre-professional and professional brass musicians, which concludes the first, Roger Bobo Brass Festival.

Bobo is a 77-year old brass pedagogue, adjudicator, clinician and conductor who is known internationally for his performance on tuba, and has performed with the L.A. Philharmonic. Bobo may be best known for revolutionizing the brass musician’s role in the music industry with his release of a series of solo recordings. He has also recorded with the L.A. Philharmonic, including many of Hollywood’s most notable soundtracks including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and Close Encounters. He also appeared on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show several times and has taught in Switzerland, Japan, Italy and Mexico.

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




WESLEY HOUSE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

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WESLEY HOUSE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Ginger Grissom, Executive Director of Wesley House Community Center in Meridian is retiring after 26 years of service at Wesley House, the last nine as Executive Director. Grissom is retiring from a lifetime of involvement at Wesley House, where she began volunteering as a child when her mother, Nell Grissom, served as Executive Director.
“I grew up at Wesley House and it has been my life for a long time, but, just as God brought me here then, I feel His hand leading me to devote myself to family now. God has guided Wesley House through difficult times and He will continue to bless Wesley House as it grows in service. My time at Wesley House as a teacher’s aide, kindergarten teacher and director, program director, associate director, and finally as Executive Director has been a blessing for me, and I hope to continue to help Wesley House in any way I can in the future.”
Wesley House Board President Bill Cole expressed appreciation for Grissom’s years of service to the community and stated that Wesley House will immediately begin a search for Grissom’s replacement, enlisting the assistance of the community, the United Way, the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church and the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, of which Wesley House is a related community ministry.




EMCC COSMETOLOGY GRAD LINED UP FOR SUCCESS

East Miss. Community College
EMCC COSMETOLOGY GRAD LINED UP FOR SUCCESS

MAYHEW – The first time Chris Clark cut someone’s hair other than his own, it did not go well.
“It was my first cousin when we were kids. I kinda cut a plug out of his hair. He reminds me of it to this day,” said Clark.
Clark, 22, of Starkville, can laugh with his cousin now because he doesn’t make many mistakes these days. And he estimates he has more than 40 regular customers at Kustom Kutz and Stylz in Starkville who will vouch for him.
Clark could have gone the route of many neighborhood barbers, cutting hair from home with no credentials. But as East Mississippi Community College Cosmetology instructor Coretta Johnson put it, barbers who want to make a career out of the trade owe it to themselves to get certified and licensed.
“Some guys need to be professional. And Chris is one of the guys that deserves professional pay, because he’s that good,” said Johnson.
Clark began taking classes under Johnson at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus in 2011 and graduated in 2012. He chose EMCC because he could get financial aid through the Career-Technical division. At a private barber college, he would have to pay out of pocket.
Although he had years of experience doing amateur clipper cuts, Clark had to prove himself in the classroom in all that the Cosmetology program entails. Johnson said that wasn’t a problem for Clark, who was very quiet, but spoke with his hands.
“He’s an artist, and he picked up on all the skills that were thrown at him. He can do female hair, long hair, braids. I remember when I showed him how to do braids and he picked it up instantly.”
Clark admits he dreaded learning procedures like manicures and weaves, but he is licensed if he ever decides to start doing them professionally. And he does have a few female clients who wear natural hair styles.
Alan Evans, owner of Kustom Kuts and Stylz, said he hired Clark on the strength of his versatility.
“I knew he would be good because he was always teachable and had the urge to learn,” said Evans.
Clark attributes his talents in cutting hair to skills he picked up as an amateur artist. Throughout his youth, Clark loved drawing, which helped him develop a steady hand and the ability to translate ideas from his mind to the physical realm.
“That’s highly necessary in cutting hair. You can develop hand-eye coordination to some degree through practice, but you have to have some natural ability to build on,” he said.
Clark’s artistic ability came in handy in a more traditional way when his hand-drawn submission was selected by Mississippi Skills USA officials as the T-shirt design all Mississippi competitors would wear at the 2012 Skills USA national competition in Kansas City.
Clark usually works at Kustom Kutz and Stylz Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. He accepts some walk-ins, but works mostly by appointment, which Johnson said is impressive.
“That is awesome to be so young and taking appointments as a barber. That’s wonderful,” she said.
To learn more about EMCC’s Cosmetology program, visit eastms.edu.

Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296
Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879



Mt. Gilead Baptist Church - Vacation Bible School

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church 3456 KOA Campground Rd. Meridian, MS
Vacation Bible School ...
July 13th - 17th
Each evening from 5:30 -8:30
(601) 632-4752

Dr. Marcus Finch id the interim pastor of the church
(601) 632-4752



Bodka Valley Baptist Church of Scooba - Revival ...

Bodka Valley Baptist Church of Scooba, MS
Event Title: Revival Meeting

Event Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015

Text: The Bodka Valley Baptist Church of Scooba, MS would like to welcome you to our Revival services beginning Sunday, June 28th thru Thursday, July 2nd at 7:30 pm nightly. The Rev. James Granger Sr will be the guest speaker for this occasion.




Camp Hope

Frank Cochran Center Highland Park Meridian, MS
Next week from June 15-18, there is an event being held by the Ministers Association called My Meridian - founded by Reverend Earl Wheatley before he passed away. Camp Hope is for the children and (5th - 12th grades) youth respectively. Camp Hope will be held at the Frank Cochran Center from 8:00am - 1:00 pm, free admission, free lunch. The pastors want to give hope ... back to our young people in order to enlighten, grow and save them from delinquent outside influences. Interactive classes will be held after morning prayer as well as great giveaways. On the final day, Thursday there is the big Rally with music, food, dancing, laughter and fun.

The My Meridian Pastors are putting this event on and the Boys & Girls Club members are a part of their event.

Linda Lavalais
School Liaison
Boys & Girls Club of East Mississippi
1717 45th Avenue
Meridian, MS 39305
Telephone: 601-482-2544
Facsimile: 601-482-4461




Intersection of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street will be closed beginning Tuesday, June 16th for a two week period ...

The intersection of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street Meridian, MS
The City of Meridian announces that
the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 5th Street will be closed
beginning Tuesday, June 16th for a two week period
for the Meridian Revitalization Project.

For more information Contact: Hugh Smith, City of Meridian
hughsmith@meridianms.org




Meridian Regional Airport Breaks More Records

Meridian Regional Airport
Meridian Regional Airport easily has eclipsed a one-year passenger boardings total, fueled by growing boarding numbers each month, including newly released figures for May.

For the entire year of 2014, the previous carrier recorded 5,522 passenger boardings. Under the current carrier, American Airlines, that 5,522 figure was reached on May 13, just 133 days into 2015. The statistics for the month of May were equally strong. Enplanements for the month were 1,527 compared with 370 in May of 2014, an impressive increase of more than 312 percent.

“The people of our area continue to show us that they will support local air service that’s competitively priced, efficient and convenient,” said Tom Williams, president of the Meridian Regional Airport. He said on-time performance numbers also show the reliability of American’s service. On-time performance within 15 minutes came in at just over 90 percent, an increase of 4.9 percent over May of 2014. On-time performance within 30 minutes was just over 94 percent, an increase of 2.3 percent over May of last year.

Another factor, Williams said, is the airport staff’s commitment to passenger service.

“Our ground crew is the best anywhere,” he said. “Passengers aren’t numbers. They are people, and they’re being served by local people who care about the passenger experience. That personal touch is helping to create satisfied passengers and ever-growing boarding numbers.”




The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation To Present Piece of World Trade Center Steel To Morgan Tile Carpet One

Morgan Tile Carpet One Meridian, MS
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation To Present Piece of World Trade Center Steel To Morgan Tile Carpet One

On Wednesday, June 24,2015 at 2:30 p.m representatives from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization begun in memory of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, will pay a special visit to Morgan Tile Carpet One in Meridian, MS to personally thank them for their generous support of the Foundation’s Building for America's Bravest (BFAB) program.

The BFAB program builds hi-tech “smart homes” for service members returning from war who have been catastrophically injured.

Carpet One Floor & Home, and its manufacturing partner Mohawk, have committed to providing flooring materials and installation for 46 of these “smart homes.” Each store's customers are invited to share information about the program with others, and make a personal contribution at the store site. The goal is to collect a donation of $10—or more—from each customer, to ultimately enable the building of at least two more “smart homes.” (http://www.carpetone.com/our-bravest) or www.ourbravest.org.

In recognition of that support, on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2:30 p.m, members of the FDNY (Fire Department of New York City)—acting on their own initiative, as ambassadors of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation—will present a specially-designed shadowbox containing hallowed 9/11 steel from Ground Zero to Morgan Tile Carpet One. We would like to welcome all
firefighters, military, first responders, and other members of the community who have a keen interest in veterans causes to join us for this event.

We are truly humbled and honored that the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and members of the FDNY—who were actually at Ground Zero on 9/11 and during its aftermath—are traveling all the way from their home base to visit us and express their gratitude to us at Morgan Tile Carpet One. In fact, we are the ones who are thankful to them for their dedication and service. That is why we are so thrilled to be part of this impactful program that helps military heroes who have sustained the most devastating injuries.

About Morgan Tile Carpet One
Morgan Tile Carpet One is a locally owned flooring retailer serving Meridian and its surrounding areas for over 75 years. They are part of North America’s leading floor covering co-op. Their showroom is known for carrying a broad selection of beautiful carpet, wood, laminate, ceramic, and vinyl, including exclusive brands like Bigelow and Lees. They offer a unique customer experience with the exclusive SelectAFloor merchandising system that simplifies the shopping experience and The Beautiful GuaranteeTM, which guarantees that the customer will be 100% happy with their floor. Morgan Tile Carpet One is also the home of the exclusive Healthier Living Installation system. For more information visit www.morgantilecarpetonemeridian.com.


About the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named in honor of FDNY 9/11 fallen Firefighter Stephen Siller, and best known for its annual Tunnel to Towers Run at Ground Zero in New York City, is committed to building specially-adapted “smart homes” for the most seriously wounded U.S. service personnel through its Building for America’s Bravest program. For more information, go to www.Tunnel2Towers.org.

Contact Felicia Pigg @ Morgan Tile Carpet One
601-485-8174
morgantile@aol.com



United Way ... Stuff The Bus

Raising Cane's North Hills Street Meridian, MS
United Way of East Mississippi ... Stuff The Bus

July 16th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Raising Cane's
North Hills Street
Meridian, MS

You can donate:
School Supplies
New or gently used uniforms
Monetary donations

Donations will support Elementary Children as they go back to school

United Way of East Mississippi
(601) 693-2732



Crooner Peabo Bryson Brings Romance to the MSU Riley Center

MSU Riley Center
Crooner Peabo Bryson Brings Romance to the MSU Riley Center

MERIDIAN, MS – Soulful crooner Peabo Bryson, “King of the Balladeers,” will bring his soaring voice and his passion for romance to the intimate surroundings of the MSU Riley Center on Friday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m.

The two-time Grammy Award winner knows how to caress a love lyric. He has demonstrated that on hit after heartfelt hit, including “Feel the Fire,” “I’m So Into You,” “Let the Feeling Flow,” “Can You Stop the Rain,” “Tonight, I Celebrate My Love,” and “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again.” For the ladies in the audience, when he launches into one of his signature ballads, the rest of the world seems to fall away. It becomes just one man, singing to just one woman.

Songs for Disney animated films earned Bryson his Grammys. In 1991, he collaborated with Celine Dion on “Beauty and the Beast,” the theme song for the movie of the same name. The next year, he teamed with Regina Belle on “A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme)” for the movie Aladdin. Both songs won Academy Awards.


Bryson never worries about running out of songwriting material. “Love and relationships,” he says, “that’s an inexhaustible subject matter.”

For fans of: James Ingram, Luther Vandross, Eric Benét

What critics say: “Bryson was a marvel to watch and hear. His voice is richer, more robustly emotional than during his ’70s and ’80s heyday.” – Mario Tarradell, The Dallas Morning News

Tickets are $59 and $53 at the MSU Riley Center Box Office, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.msurileycenter.com or by calling the box office at 601.696.2200.




EMCC PRESIDENT’S AND DEAN’S LIST

East Mississippi Community College
EMCC PRESIDENT’S AND DEAN’S LIST

The following East Mississippi Community College students were named to the President’s List (3.5-4.0 GPA) and Dean’s List (3.2-3.49 GPA) for the Spring 2015 semester. Students are listed alphabetically by name with hometowns.

President’s List (3.5-4.0 GPA)

Salawa Abdulla – West Point
Amandalyn Abney – Olive Branch
Neely Abrams – Brooksville
Amanda Aigner – West Point
Savanna Alford – Carthage
Morgan Allstot – West Point
Richard Anderson – Vernon, Ala.
Robert Anderton – Vicksburg
Shelby Anthony – Philadelphia
Maycee Arnault – McCool
Mary Atkins – Hamilton
Chlesea Austin – Columbus
Ana Bacallao – Starkville
Casey Bailey – Terry
Tanner Bailey – Calhoun City
Brooke Baker – Louisville
Pepper Baker – Des Allemands, La.
Ladaisha Ballard – Macon
Saraah Bardwell – Starkville
Vivian Barksdale – Starkville
Elizabeth Barnacastle – Toomsuba
Austin Beck – Columbus
Lauren Belcher – Caledonia
Michael Bennett – Starkville
Jordan Berry – Mantee
James Betts – Starkville
Christa Biddles – Meridian
Alexica Black – Brooksville
Tacara Black – West Point
Courtney Blaine – McCool
Valiree Blair – Richland
Kristen Bobo – West Point
Bradley Bolin – Starkville
Christopher Bonner – Columbus
William Bonner – Columbus
Brittany Bontrager – Macon
Holly Bontrager – Macon
Trisha Boone – Columbus
Frederic Bourrage – DeKalb
Cassady Bovee – Columbus
Cole Bowman – Ackerman
Rachel Bowman – Starkville
Logan Box – Winona
Franklin Boyd – Columbus
Donna Boykin – Brooksville
Gregory Boyle – Columbus
Colter Branton – Starkville
Pamela Brantzeg – Caledonia
Victoria Brooks – Starkville
Kelly Brown – Louisville
Kylie Brown – Steens
Pressly Brown – Mathiston
Donald Buckner III – Starkville
Chandler Buntin – Starkville
Madison Buntin – Starkville
Nathan Burkis – Starkville
Drew Cade – Brooksville
Cambrielle Campbell – Pearl
Cassie Campbell – Macon
Melissa Canham-Craig – Columbus
Justin Canull – Caledonia
Katherine Carr – Starkville
Mac Carver – Columbus
Yolanda Chamberlain – West Point
Prentess Chancellor – Macon
John Cheek – Kosciusko
Hanna Christopher – Louisville
Russell Clanton – Starkville
Bailee Clark – Ackerman
Christina Clark – Jackson
Jenny Clark – Madison
Jimmy Clark – Mantee
Jonathan Clayborne - Columbus
Shannon Clay – Mathiston
Tori Clearman – Collinsville
Emily Coggins – Starkville
Hailey Cole – Columbus
Laura Coleman – DeKalb
Luke Coleman – Oak Vale
Taylor Coleman – Starkville
Charles Collins – Starkville
John Cooper – Florence
Michael Costa – Toomsuba
Danetta Cottrell – Sweetwater, Ala.
Jamiyah Covington – Starkville
Heather Cox – Starkville
Stephen Craft – West Point
Brandon Craig – Caledonia
William Craig – Columbus
Dusty Craven – Hamilton
John Crenshaw – Union
Casey Crimm – Starkville
Caitlyn Croft – Caledonia
Charles Cross – Scooba
Chad Crowley – Maben
Brent Crutchfield – Columbus
Ava Cumberland – Philadelphia
Joshua Cummings – Starkville
Richard Dalton – Mathiston
Brandon Darling – Hamilton
Hannah Daugherty – Leroy, Ala.
MacKenzie Davidson – Vicksburg
Juan Davis – West Point
Maxwell Davis – Columbus
Robert Davis – Kosciusko
Tyrone Davis – Durant
Mary Decker – West Point
Dana Delgatto-Tate – Caledonia
Angela Depew – Cedar Bluff
Sanju Devkota – Starkville
Jacob Dickens – Aberdeen
Kirsten Dickerson – Columbus
Andrew Dippel – Starkville
William Disbrow – Macon
Karina Doss – West Point
James Doty – Aberdeen
Johnny Douglas – Weir
Anna Dudley – Scooba
Taylor Dunn – Sturgis
Jacob Dunstan – Starkville
Lucas Eads – Caledonia
Steven Eilders – Ridgeland
Clyde Ellis – Ridgeland
Lamarcus Ellis – Starkville
Wade Ellis – Ridgeland
Carl Estes – Macon
Ethan Ewing – Macon
Lauren Ezelle – Decatur
Anna Fairley – Starkville
Joseph Fenner – Starkville
Nicholas Ferrell – Starkville
Troy Field – Meridian
Dandrick Fifer – Byhalia
Heath Fisackerly – Columbus
Hillary Ford – Houston
Ryan Forrester – Columbus
Somiya Forrest – Weir
Mark Fortune – Columbus
Mary Fowler – Columbus
Wendy Franklin – Starkville
Thomas Freel – Macon
Ashley Fulgham – Maben
Harris Fyfe – Starkville
Chris Gable – West Point
Tyne Gann – Starkville
Nathan Gaudin – Starkville
Robert Giles – Caledonia
Abigale Gillispie – Starkville
Brittany Ginn – Columbus
Breanna Glass – Noxapater
Kyle Gordon – West Point
Mikayla Gore – Columbus
Margaret Grant – Columbus
Hayle Gregory – Columbus
Mallory Griffith – McCool
Kelsey Groves – Tupelo
Michalina Gullett – Starkville
Paulina Gullett – Starkville
Kathryn Hackett – Starkville
Alexius Hamilton – Hamilton
David Hamilton – Columbus
Lowell Haney – Olive Branch
Zachary Hanna – Preston
Hunter Harmon – Vardaman
Jordan Harmon – Starkville
Tabatha Harmon – Preston
Jaleesa Harris – Quitman
Chellea Hatch – Steens
Taylor Hawkins – Columbus
Mallory Head – Poplarville
Ian Hebert – Laurel
Dallas Heim – Meridian
Johnathan Hendrix – Columbus
Morgan Hendrix – DeKalb
Charles Hicks – Steens
Austin Hight – Philadelphia
Jonathan Hight – Philadelphia
Mark Hill – Amory
Katherine Hisaw – Noxapater
Kristen Hitt – Starkville
Markanne Hobart – Starkville
Haileigh Hodges – Eupora
Ashley Holbrook – Starkville
Carrie Holder – Starkville
Madison Holdiness – Louisville
Carley Hood – Columbus
Melissa Howell – Starkville
Tiffany Huddleston – Maben
Selenia Hudson – Louisville
Daniel Hughes – Columbus
Douglas Hughes – Columbus
Emily Hughes – Starkville
William Hunt – Sturgis
Rebecca Hyde – Columbus
Betty Jackson – Columbus
Emmanuel Jackson – Starkville
Randall Jackson – Hamilton
Stephanie Jacobs – Ocean Springs
Andrew James – Brandon
Kaila Jefferson – West Point
Andrienne Jemison – Columbus
Eber Jenkins – Columbus
Ralph Jennings – Pheba
Christopher Jerkins - Collinsville
Brandon Johnson – Lena
Imam Johnson – Starkville
Tailer Johnson – Columbus
Zachary Johnson – Pearl
Zaria Johnson – Columbus
Justin Johnston – Poplarville
Kelly Johnston – Columbus
Amanda Joiner – Deatsville, Ala.
Darnell Jones – West Point
Jabria Jones – Columbus
Jordan Jones – Scooba
Kajuania Jones – Quitman
Tyler Jones – Starkville
Katelyn Jordan – Louisville
Jeffery Jowers – DeKalb
Chandler Kellems – Ridgeland
Marilyn Kelly – Pachuta
Katelyn Kendrick – Steens
Kelsey Kennemer – Anderson, Ala.
Zachary Kimbrell – Columbus
Kathryn King – Louisville
Hannah Knox – Starkville
Lily Kormom – Starkville
Chrissta Koutsovalas – Caledonia
Destyn Ladner – Poplarville
Logan Lambert – Carthage
Marissa Landrum – Biloxi
Anna Lane – Macon
Kailey Lavender – Caledonia
Briana Lawrence – Starkville
Emily Layman – Starkville
Eli Leathers – Kosciusko
Marcus Leflore – Olive Branch
Elise Lingle – Columbus
Brenda Lobato Ford – Starkville
Christina Loftin – Canonsburg, Pa.
William Loper – Starkville
Whitney Lowe – Carrollton, Ala.
Anna Lowrey – Preston
Shanna Lowrey – Preston
Vegetta Lucas – Aberdeen
Luke Thomas – Preston
Will Lummus – West Point
Francesca Magario – Starkville
Howard Maheu – Bailey
Rachel Mangum – Columbus
Jennifer Mann – Eupora
Jalen Martin – West Point
Angela Maynard – West Point
Malik Mayweather – Olive Branch
Linda McBride – Columbus
Rachel McCain – Aberdeen
Haley McCullough – West Point
Michael McDaniel – Caledonia
Tabor McGee – Madison
Deitra McIntosh – DeKalb
Zachary McKee – Steens
Brianna McKie – DeKalb
Anna McLain – Brandon
Molly McLeod – Meridian
Morgan McMahon – DeKalb
Roderick McNairy – Prairie
Kennedy McReynolds – Starkville
Hannah McVay – West Point
Darren Miller – Macon
Shakyla Miller – Starkville
Cacovia Millsap – Columbus
Katherine Mills – Benton
Grace Mitchell – Rome
Kristen Mitchell – Meridian
Diana Mixon – Caledonia
Chantay Montgomery – Starkville
Thomas Moore – Columbus
Dixie Morgan – West Point
Dustin Morgan – Starkville
Matthew Morgan – Ethel
Stephanie Morris – Starkville
Charles Mosher – Philadelphia
Kathleen Mostella – Columbus
Mantrael Nabors – Abbeville
Angela Najera-Perez – Philadelphia
Christopher Necessary – Starkville
Allison Newton – Columbus
Katelyn Nicholson – Lawrence
Alaina Nickoles – Columbus
Luke Nunley – Starkville
Natalie Nunnery – Louisville
Bryanna Oglesby – Columbus
Subrina Oswalt – West Point
Kaehla Outlaw – Starkville
Jacob Owen – Scooba
Alice Oyeleye – Columbus
Erica Parish – Starkville
Megan Partin – Mililani, Hawaii
Lisa Patel – Scooba
Mihir Patel – Vicksburg
Courtney Patterson – Columbus
Sarah Perkins – Columbus
Tiffany Perkins – Columbus
Braxston Perrigin – Mathiston
Christopher Phillips – Starkville
Candise Pierce – Columbus
Pauline Pimolle – Marseille, France
Lincharles Pippins – Macon
Anna Pittman – Eupora
Abbey Pope – Columbus
Max Porter – Columbus
Derek Prendergast – Starkville
Lisa Pruett – West Point
Kayla Pruitt – Hamilton
Erin Quinlan – Columbus
William Rawls – Maben
Glenn Rawson – Daleville
John Redden – Columbus
Allen Reed – Eupora
Ashley Reed – Columbus
Angela Reives – West Point
Corley Reynolds – Pascagoula
Jennifer Reynolds – Benton
Carrie Rice – Columbus
Markeliah Rice – Prairie
Caleb Rich – Starkville
Ryan Rigby – West
Kimberly Rigdon – Scooba
Madison Rigdon – Columbus
Jeannette Robbins – Macon
Madaline Roberson – Riverside, Ala.
Kendall Robinson – Saltillo
Christian Rodriguez – West Point
Precious Rogers – Byhalia
Jessica Rowland – Greenville
Natalie Runyon – Columbus
Erin Russell – Starkville
Desiree Savage – Columbus
Trenell Scales – Sturgis
Joseph Schrock – Aberdeen
David Scott – Columbus
John Scott – Demopolis, Ala.
Lakaia Scott – Emelle, Ala.
Malik Seals – Columbus
Chris Sellars – Starkville
Christian Shelby – Toomsuba
Darian Sherrod – Columbus
Justin Shinn – Cedar Bluff
Preston Shotts – Starkville
Lee Shumaker – Ethel
John Shurden – Mathiston
Cotina Simpson – West Point
Danzsley Skinner – Philadelphia
Alonda Smith – Aberdeen
Amber Smith – Odenville, Ala.
Bobby Smith – Starkville
Brian Smith – Starkville
Harold Smith – Columbus
Kathy Smith – Columbus
Sommers Spencer – Scooba
Taylor Stafford – Columbus
Christopher Standland – Hattiesburg
Erin Stanfield – Columbus
Kasey Stanfield – Columbus
Devin Starkey – Starkville
Ta’china Starks – West Point
Aliyah Staten – Meridian
Lauren Stephens – Meridian
Lanie Stokes – Philadelphia
Hannah Strider – Charleston
Arl Taylor – Caledonia
Destany Taylor – Starkville
Brittany Terry – West Point
Joann Thomas – Columbus
Timothy Thomas – Ackerman
Billy Thompson – Pelahatchie
Julia Thompson – Starkville
Deshawn Tillman – Pittsboro
Tranecia Topps – Columbus
Hunter Townsend – Collinsville
Ashley Tribble – Nettleton
Shona Tunnell – West Point
Bryce Turner – Shuqualak
Jomanda Turner – Columbus
Susan Tyson – Columbus
Amanda Underwood – Caledonia
Trest Underwood – Seminary
Michael Unruh – Caledonia
Candice Vanderwalker – DeKalb
Colt Vanover – Columbus
Teeria Vaughan – Walterboro, S.C.
Stephanie Vazquez – Columbus
Darren Wade – Maben
Erie Walker – West Point
Lauren Walker – Pheba
Elitor Wallace – DeKalb
Genna Wall – Vicksburg
Alice Ward – Starkville
Jacob Ware – West Point
Abby Watson – DeKalb
Jennifer Weathersby – Starkville
Cody Welde – Meridian
Demarcus Wells – Brookville
Saherah Wells – Brooksville
Haley Whitehead – Collinsville
Nancy White – Preston
Quentin White – Columbus
Roger White – Columbus
Jaquanteiz Whitlow – Lafayette, Ala.
Jonathan Wiggins – DeKalb
Rebecca Wilcutt – Starkville
Nathaniel Willers – Maben
Jelani Williams – DeKalb
Nakaila Williams – Columbus
Tasha Williams – Columbus
Joseph Willis – Madison
Michael Windhorn – Starkville
Ineshia Winston – Scooba
Ashley Woods – Preston
Jonathon Wynne – Lake
Adam Young – Columbus
Brittany Young – Starkville
Brittany Younger – Steens
Kayla Young – Scooba
Lacy Young – Louisville
Megan Young – Meridian

Dean’s List (3.2-3.49 GPA)

Heather Abney – Olive Branch
Nancy Alsobrooks – Columbus
Breanne Anderson – Columbus
Jordan Anderson – Steens
Stella Andrews – Starkville
T’kila Anthony – Lauderdale
Conner Baird – West Point
Jason Barfield – Jackson
Candace Barker – Aberdeen
Erica Barnes – Columbus
Logan Bell – Caledonia
Jakaylea Bennamon – DeKalb
Kala Benton – Reform, Ala.
Savannah Blair – Starkville
Misty Blendu – Starkville
Amanda Bluitt – Columbus
Mary Blunt – Columbus
Eric Boney – Hattiesburg
Katelyn Booth – Caledonia
Hailey Bowie – Forest
Elbert Bowser – Columbus
Ashley Boyd – Columbus
Jacob Bracewell – Chelsea, Ala.
Joseph Brackin – Caledonia
Michael Brandon – Shuqualak
Hunter Brannan – Lucedale
Dakota Brasher – Ackerman
Allison Brewer – West Point
Courtney Brooks – Starkville
Elizabeth Brooks – Columbus
Rhonda Brooks – Starkville
Christopher Brown – Starkville
Jason Brown – Columbus
Lanetra Brown – Starkville
Richard Brown – Hattiesburg
Caitlyn Buford – Starkville
Agnese Bukovska – Starkville
Eric Burney – Starkville
Rose Bush – Columbus
Wesley Buttrey – Columbus
Racheal Calhoun – Columbus
Vanessa Campbell – Columbus
Jennifer Candelaria – West Point
Aliya Cannon – West Point
Chekita Cannon – Cedar Bluff
Victor Carr – Starkville
Holli Carter – Caledonia
Simon Casey – Starkville
Joseph Caskey – West Point
Amanda Chandler – West Point
Kendrick Cheatham – Macon
Cathy Clark – DeKalb
Daytriona Clemons – Diberville
Melinda Daniel – Starkville
Angela Davis – Starkville
Tracy Davis – West Point
Jazmine Denman – Toomsuba
Robyn Depena – Starkville
Bliss Dinger – Caledonia
Brittani Dinning – Mathiston
Tanner Dinsmore – Macon
Raven Doss – Starkville
Steve Dragoo – West Point
Eric Duncan – Starkville
Marissa Dunlap – Starkville
Annessia Durham – Utica
Kathryn Dyck – Macon
Amanda Eaves – Louisville
Darian Edwards – Carthage
Kendall Edwards – Columbus
Kyle Ethridge – Collinsville
Megan Evans – Vicksburg
Laura Evins – Starkville
Lindsey Ezelle – Decatur
Jacob Fauver – Brookhaven
Christopher Fincher – Macon
Miguel Flores – Columbus
Paige Fogarty – Columbus
Nathan Fordice – Starkville
Akeyla Fox – Ackerman
Ashley Freeman – Caledonia
Dallas Fulton – Columbus
Dinah Gabitov – Starkville
Steven Gagle – Canton
Rhonda Galloway – Lauderdale
Devious Gandy – Starkville
Jacklyn Gates – West Point
Erin Gatlin – Columbus
Jessica Gehrett – Canton
Autumn Gilbert – D’iberville
Krista Greenwood – Carthage
Megan Grey – Starkville
Edward Griffin – Meridian
Jabresha Groves – Columbus
Charis Hadleman – Columbus
Courtney Hall – Columbus
Beatrice Harris – Columbus
Karleigh Harris – Canton
Peter Harris – Vicksburg
Allen Harvey – Columbus
Jessica Havis – Columbus
Larissa Hawkins – Steens
Michael Hays – Starkville
Jacob Hemphill – Louisville
Lexie Henley – Starkville
Shelvick Henry – Sebastian, Fla.
Shelby Henson – Weir
Tamiya Hibbler – DeKalb
Anna Hightower – Mathiston
Monica Hill – Shuqualak
Kelsey Hinton – Brandon
Megan Hogan – Columbus
Stephen Holder – Cleveland
Ariel Hopkins – Louisville
Katelyn Hopper – Columbus
Shanae Hunt – Columbus
Jelani Hutchison – Hinesville, Ga.
Kyle Jackson – Starkville
Rebecca Jenkins – Steens
Beverly Johnson – Columbus
Jamerron Johnson – Bruce
Keishana Johnson – West Point
Krystine Jolly – West Point
Jamarcus Jones – Columbus
Lucas Jones – Shuqualak
James Jordan – Bolton
Lesliee Kamaunu – Starkville
Joshua Kelley – Florence, Ala.
Deaundra Kelly – West Point
David Kennedy – West Point
Vera Keyes – Louin
Stephanie King – Ackerman
Michael Kozerovskis – Starkville
Wesley Lake – Columbus
Sara Langkawel – Starkville
Horacio Leal – Starkville
Ja’quaious Little – Artesia
Sarah Lolley – Meridian
Dwight Lomax Jr. – Orangeburg, S.C.
Kelsey Lowe – Natchez
Hayley Lowery – Columbus
Jaquitta Malone – Macon
Corey Massey – Meridian
Lauren Mathias – Macon
Shekeyna McAlister – Columbus
Anna McCrary – Columbus
Samuel McCrory – Starkville
Sarah McDaniel – Carrollton, Ala.
Kingdom McGee – Crawford
Beverly McKee-Beard – Columbus
John McRight – Vicksburg
Jessica McVay – West Point
Austin Merrill – Brandon
Melissa Miller – Philadelphia
Tiffany Miller – Starkville
Sarah Mitchell – Starkville
Raylee Moore – Meridian
Deloris Morgan – Columbus
Kimberly Morrow – Columbus
De’markis Mosley – Starkville
San-Antonio Mosley – Starkville
Dylan Murphy – Flowood
Raven Necaise – Kiln
Elisabeth Nolan – West Point
Timothy Pace – Lake
David Parker – Noxapater
Ruth Parker – Carrollton, Ala.
Stameka Parson – West Point
Vikash Patel – Louisville
Charles Patrick – Columbus
Emily Patrick – Coldwater
Clayton Patterson – Tupelo
Kiandria Patterson – Columbus
Kimberly Pearson – Starkville
Amber Peeples – West Point
Olivia Plant – Columbus
Jonathan Pounders – Caledonia
Alex Price – Foxworth
Dylan Propst – Madison
Leah Rayburn – Starkville
William Ray – Starkville
Joey Reed – Starkville
Marneisha Reed – Scooba
Frances Reilly – Brandon
Shelby Richardson – Macon
Richard Rigdon – Scooba
Kelly Robertson – Hamilton
Wyatt Roberts – Louisville
Ryan Robinson – Caledonia
Nicholas Roos – Columbus
Kennedi Sanders – Columbus
Christopher Sciple – Scooba
Troy Scott – Clinton
Adam Shackleford – Senatobia
Jared Shaw – Mountain Home, Idaho
Angela Smith – Columbus
Dustin Smith – Columbus
Emily Smith – Prairie
James Smith – Seminary
Javarjeh Smith – Cape Coral, Fla.
Shonda Smith – Mathiston
Diego Sotomeneses – Ackerman
Tayler Stephens – Decatur
Janice Stevenson – Aberdeen
Amos Stewart – Brooksville
Jercovie Stewart – Brooksville
Joi Stewart – Macon
Shayla Strickland – Pachuta
Wesley Swain – Columbus
Tia Sykes – Columbus
Thomas Taylor – Starkville
John Tedford – Columbus
Carlie Teffeteller – West Point
Heather Thompson – Mantee
Jill Thompson – Utica
Juanita Thompson – West Point
Nicholas Tiffany – Caledonia
Adam Tumey West Point
Abigail Turner – West Point
Madison Turner – Columbus
Randall Ulmer – Columbus
Andrew Vasser – Columbus
Kenneth Vowell – Weir
Dylan Vuncannon – Tupelo
Kayla Werner – Columbus
Alec Whalen – Marks
James White – West Point
Elizabeth Whitten – Bruce
Darius Williams – Macon
Jaalyn Williams – Brandon
Kayla Williamson – Starkville
Taylor Williams – Aberdeen
Mary Willis – Hamilton
Heather Wilson – Pheba
Isaac Wilson – Steens
Leah Wilson – Columbus
Shiloh Wilson – Columbus
Jackson Wood – Brandon
Jerome Woodson – Vicksburg
Katelyn Woodson – French Camp
Derrick Wooten – Louisville
Cortez Young – West Point
Kourtney Young – Columbus
Michael Young – Prairie


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The latest Meridian Main Street Entrepreneur's Seminar: ... Just Imagine It!

Union Station
The latest Meridian Main Street Entrepreneur's Seminar: ...
Just Imagine It!

Just Imagine It!
June 23
10am until noon
Union Station
FREE seminar. Register at Karen@meridianmainstreet.com or call 601-693-7480.

Just Imagine It! is the 4th in a series of entrepreneur’s seminars developed by Meridian Main Street. This seminar is for existing businesses who are thinking of adding another service/business to their current offerings but are not sure what to add, as well as for would-be entrepreneurs who are looking for creative business ideas.
This seminar will feature:
• Tasha R. Bibb, Entrepreneurial Development Manager, Innovate MS, from Jackson, will talk about how to vet or evaluate an idea and learn to “pivot” or go in a different direction. They will also present some of the more outstanding start up companies who have been through their start up weekends
• Alisha Bailey, MS Power, Economic Development, will present the Buxton report which will give psychographic and demographic information for our area as well as leakage and surplus reporting examining our buying habits. This report shows where opportunities are.
• Ryan Hunt, Chief Tech Officer and cofounder of Algix will discuss thinking outside the box for business opportunities. They make plastic out of Algae for the new 3D printing technology and are located right here in Meridian.
• Karen Rooney, Executive Director, Meridian Main Street will present unique and trending business ideas that are offered elsewhere but not currently available in Meridian.

Join us for an exciting and creative journey of ideas.

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Karen Rooney
Executive Director
Meridian Main Street
2120-A Main Street
Meridian, MS 39301
phone: 601-693-7480
cell: 601-513-0485

Register at Karen@meridianmainstreet.com or call 601-693-7480.


Spring Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

Jones County Junior College
Spring Honor Roll at JCJC Announced

ELLISVILLE -Jones County Junior College has announced the 2015 spring semester honor roll scholars. Full-Time students with 15 hours or more and who maintain the following grade-point averages will make the honor roll: President’s List--4.0; Dean’s List--3.99-3.5: Faculty List--3.49-3.0.

(NOTE: Honor roll scholars from your area are listed according to county and then hometown in alphabetical order. Some names may be listed in your county but they also listed themselves as a resident of a city in another county. Example: the student may be listed under Lamar County but claims Hattiesburg as their hometown or Jasper County as their county but claim Laurel as their hometown or mailing address.
Please include these names according to the county they claim.)
JCJC President’s List
Spring 2015
Honor Roll


Covington, Louisiana: Kimberly Ann Nilsson.
Clarke Heidelberg: Emily Kay Harwell.
Clarke Quitman: Kallie Lynn Belcher, Hannah Elizabeth Hampton, Hannah Elizabeth Harlan, Joshua DaShawn Robinson and Jonathan Tyler Turner.
Clarke Stonewall: Katelyn Tori Dew and Bethany Paige Rivers.
Covington Collins: Dillon Wade Chain, Matthew Dwain Cross, Julie Renee Hall, Jalyn La'Prestiana Lockhart, Alexandra Kelly Phillips and Nolan Kyle Stapleton.
Covington Mt. Olive: Abagail Faith Burkes, Anthony Michael Hinton, Allison Denise Rutland and Taylor Ann Sasser.
Covington Seminary: Brandon Hosea Atwood, Rachel Suzanne Boling, Brandon Charles Carter, Richard Nathan Knotts, Angela Carol Pitts, Ryan Leon Smith and Kristen Marie Thompson.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Sara Katherine Anger, Timothy Dale Burke, Jason Brooks Byrd, Ronald Blake Crawford, Sara Elise Foster, Kirsten Alayna Groome, Phadre Yvonne Hocker, Stephanie Marie Horton, India Selena Kohli, Ryan Austin May, Arda'Sha Ariel Moody, Stephen Goyer Rogers, Natalie Beth Seales, Michael Isaac Wilson and Jermaine RoJohn Wright.
Forrest Petal: Krystal DaSharon Brown, Connor Joseph Chancellor, Anna Marie Dickinson, Jutta Hendri, David Landell Holmes Jr., Karen Anne Kennedy, Rachel Olivia Manning, Clayton Taylor Mikell, James Cory Moree, Lauren Danae Sheller, Jennifer Lynne Simmons, Anna Blake Smith, Callie Lorraine Stephens, Joseph Richard Tullos, Eric George Van Schaik, Seth Timothy Walters and Joshua Clinton Wilson.
Greene Leakesville: Emily Reve' Batley, Joseph Michael Storment and Hayden Mark West.
Greene State Line: Jamie Ray Parnell.
Hancock Bay St. Louis: Nathan Daniels Lambeth and Brandon Joseph White.
Hancock Diamondhead: Jared Layton Lal.
Harrison Gulfport: Toronzo Jamel McInnis.
Hinds Terry: Charitei Stehene' Anderson and Christopher Oneal Pendleton.
Jackson Gautier: Bryce Vaughn Kinzer and Gabrielle Idalis Scott.
Jasper Bay Springs: Robert Sean McCary.
Jasper Heidelberg: Jacqwa Jamale Lindsey.
Jasper Louin: Colby Kane Pilgrim.
Jasper Paulding: Jessica LeAndrea Carmichael and Leeza Lanee Ducksworth.
Jasper Vossburg: Raven Caroline Chancellor.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Tiffany Nicole Audevert and Jacob Lee Jackson.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Brady Chaz Boleware, James Charles Fuller and Malcolm Jamal Gray.
Jones Ellisville: Lacey Marie Ainsworth, Trenton Wayne Black, Adreana Lakera Crosby, David Jacob
Driskell, Sherry Shaffer Farmer, Logan Brehnin Gerlach, Janae Nicole Keyes, Gavin Wayne Knight,
Josiah Da-ren Lim, Dallas Alis McKinnon, Ashton Marie Miller, Sunny Navin Patel, Monica Leann
Rowell, Sara Elizabeth Stevens, Luke Lowery Tucker, Hans Derek Van Houten, Megan Brook Whatley, Kendra Michelle Wilson and Martin Berlie Spell.
Jones Hattiesburg: Ashley Elizabeth Martinolich.
Jones Laurel: Shelby Victoria Biglane, Richard Blake Boykin, William Patrick Chard, Joseph Preston Cooley, Mason Chase Cook, Karmon Nicole Davis, Sydney Nicole Dickerson, Courtney LaChae Edwards, Lauren Millicent Farragut, Kimberly G Franklin, Jacob Dillon Hosey, Anna Bethel Houston, Josiah David Jones, Christopher Gayle LaPan, Robert Christopher Laypath, Catherine Jane Lyles, Amy Savannah Lyon, William Jackson McFarland, Lauren Elizabeth Norris, Aubrey Nicole Parker, Harley Dawn Perdue, James William Pistole, Samantha Kate Powell, Jessica Mavis Rogers, Marisa Renee Rushton, Cristina Lucerito Serrano, Ryan Anthony Shoemake, Jordan Alexandra Simmons, Gabriella Marie Watson, Thomas Patrick Watson, Breanna Grace Williams, Lauren Elizabeth Williams, Lindsay Lyle Williams and Robert Steven Zugg.
Jones Moselle: Hailey Lauren Ishee, Katherine Anne Martin, Dennis Christian McWilliams and Shelby Nicole Reed.
Jones Ovett: Oma Latresa Byrd, Taylor Allen Byrd, Landon Blake James, Jacob Cheyenne Manning, Deana Louise Nichols, Rachel Victoria Tucker and Brianna Hope Woodward.
Jones Sandersville: Christen N Leggett and Charmayne Laroze Walker.
Jones Soso: Ethan Garret Davis, Summer Nicole DeLoach, Penny Lashia Ducksworth, Geoffrey Charles Grayson, Ashley Nicole Hite, Timothy Hayden Logan and Corey Ray Welborn.
Lafayette Oxford: Thedford James Hollis.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Kyle Thomas Arnold, David Shane Berry, Kylie Ann Bohannon, Silvino N Bravo Hernandez, Leiloni Lynn Davenport, Daniel Justin Harris, Tyler Glenn Henry, Rebecca Joy Kahler, Madison Alicia Knoll, Lauren Elizabeth Lott, Scott Howard Martin, Tashara Danielle McGee, Denice Renee Pearson, Kayla Marie Phipps, Megan Anne Pruett and Clayton Dean Rowley.
Lamar Lumberton: Sierra LeeAnn Holmes.
Lamar Purvis: Jenna Allyn Hauk and Rachel Viola Raynes.
Lamar Sumrall: Jeff Lee Adams, Heather Lynn Carter, Jessica Burdette Clark, Lisa Marie Guy, Sheri Denise Lowery, Ann Marie Norris, Nathaniel Cade Parsons and Dustin Keith Russell.
Lauderdale Meridian: Mason LouAllen Irby.
Lawrence Jayess: Lauren Elaine Halase.
Marion Columbia: Emily Renee Hill and D'Andre Darrell Watts.
Panola Batesville: Taylor Everette Karr.
Pearl River Lumberton: Sylvia Dawn Flowers.
Perry Richton: Tina Marie Breland, Lyric Ailiyah Brown, Jaricia Danielle Clark, Katie Lauren Pittman, Stephanie Cheri Valentine, Adam Reece Wigley and Eules Claude Williams.
Pike McComb: Ariana Luce Harrison.
Rankin Brandon: Olivia Jean Young.
Rankin Florence: Joshua Phillip Hester and Thomas Luke Sims.
Rankin Pelahatchie: Jordan Elizabeth Graves and Bailey Ann Miller.
Scott Morton: John Christian Rush and Lauren Gabriel Sanders.
Simpson Magee: Rebecca Suzanne Harrison, Danielle Dawn Marie Rando and Cady Nicole Smith.
Simpson Mendenhall: Tarena Michelle Marshall and Ashley Brooke Williamson.
Simpson New Hebron: Brody William Matthews.
Simpson Pinola: Damascus Luvell Sterling.
Smith Mize: Makayla LeAnn Bavido, Candace Megan Cole, Destiny Lynn Hux and Kaitlyn Nicole Sullivan.
Smith Raleigh: James M Arender, Chandler Dianne Hardin Lakin DanRielle Thornton.
Smith Taylorsville: Michael Robertson Coats and Dakota Lee Sills.
Stone Lumberton: Thomas Tyson Parker.
Walthall Tyletown: Breanna La'Shae Conerly.
Warren Vicksburg: Kristen Elizabeth Buchanan and Virginia-leigh Donohue.
Wayne Buckatunna: Kensey Lee Jordan and Victoria Hope Smith.
Wayne State Line: Kailey Breanna Scarbrough.
Wayne Waynesboro: Kayla Nichole Bishop, Rhonda Karen Brown, Alyssa Deione Cochran, Claymecia Shamere Everett, Jordynne Alexis Rose Grimes, Erin Elizabeth Knight, Kiana De'Marius McFadden, Michael Johnathon Platt, Felice A Ray, Rachel Amelia Reynolds and Abby Marie Trigg.
JCJC Dean’s List Spring 2015 Honor Roll

Franklin, Louisiana: Kaitlyn Amber Kennedy.
Lake Charles, Louisiana: Rebecca Ann Monceaux.
Sheyenne, North Dakota: Derek Hugh Duckworth.
Georgetown, Texas: Kayleigh Grace Williams.
Adams Natchez: Kiera Michelle Knight.
Clarke Meridian: Victoria Lea O'Quin and Sammi Jo Rich.
Clarke Quitman: Kristen Paige Parker.
Clarke Shubuta: Cinderella Chapman, Melinda L Gray and Justin L'Tre Tillman.
Copiah Crystal Springs: Ashlyn Georgia Gaddy and Caitlyn Suzanne Gaddy.
Covington Collins: Jessica Laporshia Alexander, Faith Marie Anderson, Chrissy Marie Casey, Yasmine Sha'neca Fairley, Karlie Blake Hart, Jacob Brody Keys, Amber Marie Little, Alexander William Lott, Suzanna Marie Salinas and Laken Olivia Sanford.
Covington Mt Olive: Marisa Nell Daniel, Denzel Xavier Edwards, Cory Arron Ellis, Me'lea Yasmeen Johnson, Katlin Hope Lack, Joel Brian McBeth, D'Corey O'Neal Sullivan, Mary Baylea Powell, Ryan Edward Weston.
Covington Seminary: Jarred Clint Ashley, Richard Lee Cothran, Austin Wayne Davis, Sarah Caroline Ferris, Brandon Marc Hand, Justin Thomas Hurtt and Timber Josi Lott.
Covington Sumrall: Aaron Wesley Ward.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Jacob Nathaniel Billingsley, Meagan Leanne Blackwell, Alicia Edell Brooks, Madelaine Beck Collins, Lauren Elizabeth Howard, Emily Claire James, Mary Louise Johnson, William Robert Lamunyon, Bailey James Magee, Taylor Jordan McKenzie, Mark Hudson O'Neal, Adam Lee Rigney, James Michael Sheasby, Bethany Anne Stewart, Savanah Danielle Thompson and Khadedryck Devonte Todd.
Forrest Lumberton: Kiersten Angelene Hickey.
Forrest Petal: Laurence Gerald Barhum, Chase Ryland Barnes, Mary Amanda Brady, Tyler Reid Brown, Chasity, Nicole Buckley, Meagan Katherine Clatworthy, Christopher Leon DeBolt, Robert Blake Dunn, Tara Elizabeth Fisher, James Christopher Goodin, Amanda Rose Hensarling, Charles Kody Hill, Franki LaRae Hubbard, Kimberly Elaine Maliden, Andreona Rachelle McLaurin, Cody Michael Mims, Janie BreAna Moreno, George Washington Nicholson, Cheyenne Palmer, Joseph Allen Rider, Jacob Myles Rollin, Amanda Ortego Rowley, Kayla Cheree Sledge, Melanie Kristen Soldinie, Jaida Keizandria Thompson, Taylor Dianne Waguespack, Dalton Grant Walley, Brittany Nicole Ward and Cheryl Angela Webb.
Franklin Meadville: Christopher Lane Ivy.
George Lucedale: Elise Jensen Bowie, Jacob Scott McLeod and Macy Cristine Rogers.
Greene Leakesville: Jennifer Lynn Byrd, Taylor Olivia Fountain, Caitlin Gaberielle Harvison, Perry Franklin Turner and Kayla Joann Williams.
Greene Lucedale: Anndra Marissa Havard.
Greene Neely: Leah Danielle Dueitt.
Greene Richton: Lindsey Lauren Byrd, Cassidy Marissa Graham, Jonathan Marshall Henderson, Cady Layne Howard, Samantha Carolina Lassiter, Summer Destini Meadows, Robert Adam Smith, James Christopher Turner and Lexus Caroline Watson.
Greene State Line: Kaitlyn Nicole Hovatter and Sabrina Faye Strickland.
Hancock Bay St. Louis: Victoria Alexis McCaa.
Hancock Diamondhead: William Richard Justice Hazen.
Hancock Kiln: Morgan Elizabeth Adam.
Hancock Waveland: Kendall Jon Island, James Patrick Ponder and Erubiel Alejandro Sandoval Araiza.
Harrison Biloxi: Bridgette Rochelle Wagner.
Harrison Gulfport: Jared Michael Brister, Jordan Alexander Jones, Heather Christine Nance and Alliyah Denise Thomas.
Harrison Long Beach: Savannah Jill Scafide.
Harrison Saucier: Kirstin Briana Woods.
Hinds Jackson: Toni Vontrell Leverette and Mickel Jared McCann.
Jackson Gautier: Justice Dukes Coleman.
Jackson Moss Point: Tiffany Elise McGuire and Shelby Lawson Nelson.
Jackson Ocean Springs: Jhadia Adajha Harris and Christian BreeAnne Miller.
Jasper Bay Springs: Laquisha Katrice Gavin, Cassidy Nicole Ulmer and Amber De'Vay Walker.
Jasper Heidelberg: Hope Elizabeth Beard, Brittny Kristen Belding, Destin Darnell Cooley, Kimberley Diane Guined, Keandra Nicole Lindsey and Annie Marie Shirley.
Jasper Laurel: Pamela Marie Brady, Donica Lynn Graham and Erin Elisabeth Miller.
Jasper Louin: Ricardo Ja'Roy De'nario Jones and Annette S Martin.
Jasper Raleigh: Rebekah LeAnne Sullivan.
Jasper Stringer: Michael Jason Gambrell, Bridges Case Johnson and Kaitlyn Bre'Ann Manning.
Jasper Taylorsville: Sharla Amanda Graham.
Jasper Vossburg: Courtney Lasha Darby.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Macon Cortez Holliman, Lisa Adelynn McNeil, Chandler Harper Brinson and Natalie Brooke Daley.
Jones Ellisville: Edwin Van Alford, Penny Cash Aultman, Malcolm L Bounds, Hunter Lamar Carpenter, Reagan Alana Chaney, Jacquelyne Carole Davis, Michael Paul Ellzey, Erin MiKaylan Ezell, Nathan Daniel Farrell, Jennifer Marianna Glaze, Jeffrey Adam Gregson, Aaron Maxwell Hall, Nicholas Stone Hardison, Elizabeth Enochs Herring, Christopher Shane Jackson, Landon Marquell Jackson, Jacob Scott Lightsey, Amanda Redditt Looney, Pamela G McDonald, Lindsay Michelle Miller, Priya Dilip Patel, Austin Allen Perkins, Sabrina Claire Rounsaville, Shelbie Elizabeth Suber, Alden Jae Swindle, Jami Leigh Taylor, Haley Brianna Wansley and Chris Norman Wallace.
Jones Hattiesburg: Shelby Leigh Gilliland.
Jones Heidelberg: Aubrey Suzanne Nickey.
Jones Laurel: Jeremy Arkel Arrington, Bailey Elise Brown, Miguel Antron Brent Brown, Evan Anthony
Buckley, Devin Leon Cartwright, Molly Marie Chandler, Brittany Alyssa Clark, William Chancellor
Clark, Rushie Antwanette Clayton, Courtney Michelle Corey, Nysha Nicole Crisp, Rosa Melissa Delgado, Morgan Phillips Duett, Lauryn Elizabeth Easley, Lucinda Mozingo Ellard, Andrea Alexandrea Ellis, Crystal Rose Farquhar, Megan Colleen Grafton, Christopher Lance Gray, Sarah Elizabeth Gregory, Kelsey Leann Hamilton, Seth Lee Harrison, James Wesley Herring, Jonathon David Hicks, Victoria Renae Hodge, Jordan Nichole Holifield, Matthew Hunter Holifield, Tamara Kali Hullings, Matthew Townsend Ishee, Shelby Reese Ishee, Kaitlin Elizabeth Johnson, Kiana Sharell Keys, Alexis Michelle King, Brock Duane Kizzar, Brittany Elizabeth Lee, Megan Elise Livingston, Lacy Angel Long, Latonya Rachelle Lyons, Collin Tyler McCraw, Christopher Jardian McDonald, Kaine Patrick Nichols, Destiny Alexis Odom, Cody Ryan Patrick, Christine B Pledger, Karlee Raelyn Reeves, Lance Richard Risher, Pertina Lasalle Roberson, Taylor Lynn Sanders, Eryn LeAnn Sanderson, Patrick Lee Scoggin, Amanda Lynn Smith, Ashley Brianna Smith, Erica Denike Smith, Madison Kate Smith, Morgan Elizabeth Smith, Kimberly Anne Steed, David JeMahri Neil Strickland, Jasper De'Vonta Thompson, Charles Guy Turner, Tabitha Jo Flora Wade, Brittany Nicole Walters, Mollie Renee Ward, Leslie Jeanine Weaver, Alison Diana Williams, Reshma Rani Williams, Ryce Nicole Williams, Sara Elizabeth Williams, Benjamin Caleb Wilson, Hannah Lynne Wilson, Matthew Evan Wilson, Hannah Renee Wimberly, Benjamin Austin Winpigler, Zanquelis Amontte DeVonne Wolverton, Ian Andrew Yelverton and Kirsten Young.
Jones Moselle: Katie Breanne Nelson and Kellie Dianne Nelson.
Jones Ovett: Anna Kaitlyn Hinton and Jamie Randal Sauls.
Jones Richton: British Ileana McKenith and Marley Reagan Mills.
Jones Sandersville: Shasta Michele Pitts, Christy Lee Reeves and Krystina DeAnn Saul.
Jones Soso: Kaitlyn Danielle Hite, Rachel Harley Holifield, Chantal Lewis, Marianna Gayle Lunsford, Kasey Lynn Merchant and Kelsey Cheyenne Quarles.
Jones Taylorsville: Mashayla Chauntell Harper, Cierra Leann Owens and Ca'Tory Al'Shun Waller.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Paul James Andrews, Jansen Keith Bounds, Rayna DeShae Brumfield, Matthew Aaron Burgess, Nicholas Daniel Canner, Sasha Chanell Coyle, William Aultman Folkes, Undrea Le'Anna Harris,Terry Curtis Jackson, Ashley R Lavallais-Hocker, Kaci Alicyn Raimey, Kevin B Rieder and AJ Thomas Robinson.
Lamar Lumberton: Kimberly Ellen Chisholm and Kelsey Grace Hannaford.
Lamar Purvis: Kelsey Elaine Addison, Benjamin Harrison Bramblett, Reo Jay Grover, Anna Lauren Herrin, Crystal Lynn Jones, Taylor Hayden Long, Ashley Nicole McGarrah, Preston Earl Pitfield and Brittany Mashea Whiddon.
Lamar Sumrall: Caleb Austin Butler, David Rae Hobold, Jeffery Scott Jones, Rebecca Gail Turner and Nicholas David Underwood.
Lauderdale Meridian: Eric Benjamin Fera.
Lawrence Monticello: Melissa Lorraine Errington.
Lee Saltillo: Anna Claire Price.
Lincoln Bogue Chitto: Quenetta Donishia Wilson.
Lincoln Brookhaven: Kerri Brooke McGehee and Michael Landon Nettles.
Lincoln Wesson: Destiny Adrieanna Lloyd.
Lowndes Columbus: Lauren Elizabeth Holifield.
Madison Madison: Emily Hannah Jones and William Christopher Morgan.
Marion Columbia: Jacob Terrell Ham, Leslie Taylor Pounds, Jenna Denise Smith and Bri'Anna M Warren.
Marion Kokomo: Danita Daichon Stevenson.
Marion Sandy Hook: Alicia Monet Harris.
Marshall Waterford: Joshua Guy Keel.
Perry Beaumont: Garth Alexander Breland, Bobbie Christine Martin and Katelyn Danielle Seeley.
Perry New Augusta: Samuel Lee Hinton.
Perry Richton: Cody Tyler Bridges, Lauren Taylor Carpenter, James Logan Cooper, Jered Russel Creel, Ryan Ellis Finley and Krista Noel Robinson.
Pike McComb: Dorian Venice Felder and Pennie Marie Frith.
Rankin Florence: Daylin Connor Britt, Dalton Layne Middleton, Lindy Lee Tabor and Abigail Faith Taylor.
Rankin Pearl: Randa Katherine Amason and Abbey Nicole Scallorn.
Rankin Richland: Seth Davis Nash.
Scott Lena: Phillip Michael Parker.
Simpson Magee: Tyler Gordon King, Hanna Nicole Lester, Christopher Matthew Pickering, Robert Walton Prince, Stephen Reed Schaub, Anfernee Darnell Showers, McKinsey Lee Stanton and Joanna Catherine Word.
Simpson Mendenhall: John Langston Scarborough and Allie Annette Wallace.
Smith Bay Springs: Austin Luke Cargile.
Smith Louin: Javanna Charmaine McLaurin, Jessica Shalane McLaurin, Jessica Machelle Moore and Candice Marie Wilson.
Smith Mize: Zachary Taylor Bryant, Brooks Thomas Howell, Donnette Rachel Lowery and Matthew Chase Roberts.
Smith Morton: Kerri Danielle Hamilton.
Smith Pulaski: Heather Nicole Baker and Victoria Rose Craft.
Smith Raleigh: Kelsey Elizabeth Martin, Haley Leeanne Middleton, Jared Dewayne Revette and Adrian Nicole Robertson.
Smith Taylorsville: Ashleigh Marie Blakeney, Macy D'Lyn Hegwood and William Kolton James.
Stone Perkinston: Amos Eugene Alexander and Traci Andrae Monroe.
Walthall Tylertown: Myeisha S Bickham and Cameron Edward Crawford.
Wayne Clara: Kaitlyn Nicole Freeman, Chelsea Breanna Miller, Allie Alyse Sehon and Donald Gray Utsey.
Wayne Richton: Brandi Nicole Woods.
Wayne Shubuta: Susan Lola Beasley.
Wayne State Line: Jennifer Annette Crager, Seneca Brenton Hayes and Michelle Elizabeth Walker.
Wayne Waynesboro: Madison LeAnn Allbrooks, Tyler Anne Beasley, Armanda Shaevon Bonner, Tracey Carol Bonner, Sharniece Verday Chambers, Haley Lynn Davis, Alexa Blake Deas, Brittany Renee Franks, Trenton Douglas Freeman, William Farish Freeman, Jacob Hildon Galjour, Jace Holden Gardner, Ashley Danielle Green, Logan Skylar Holyfield, Megan Shea Ingram, Rose Mary Odom, Jill Tonettee Phillips, Brandon Robert West, Breanna Nicole Whitfield, Raven Samon Williams and Laquisha Kristiana Wilson.
Wilkinson Woodville : Jennifer Dawn Chaffin.
Winston Louisville: William Austin Baskin.

JCJC Faculty List Spring 2015 Honor Roll

Mandeville, Louisiana: Tyler Jeffrey Schwaner.
Shreveport, Louisiana: Peyton Lee Attaway.
Tennessee Colony, Texas: Elizabeth Laura-Marie Hensarling.
Adams Natchez: Jacqueline Anne Owens and Daniel Glen Speed.
Amite Gloster: Robert Cage Ashley and Brandi LaShae Norwood.
Carroll Carrollton: Haley Melaine Morgan.
Clarke Heidelberg: Verlina Latracey Barnett.
Clarke Quitman: Madison Viola Gandy, Memory Daniell Morris and Sydne Elizabethanne Spencer.
Clarke Shubuta: Zacchaeus Lavon Harris and Johnny De'Andre McCarty.
Copiah Hermanville: Jimmie Davies Johnson.
Covington Collins: Reagan Gerald Arnold, Edwind Jamal Blackwell, Annette Wade Culpepper, Bianca Alexxandra Edwards, Michael Jerome Flowers, Tristen Balee Hanegan, Bailey Anzie Holder, Jasmine Jenay Keys, Alyson Leann Knight, Madison Taylor Madden, Trenity Hanegan McClure, Jesse Adam McKenzie, Brittany Renee Pegram, Brianna Michelle Rials, Brittany Marie Riley, Alyssa Gale Sanford, Samantha Rae Sasser, Amber Diann Stuart, Quindon Shavon Wheeler and Erica Dianne Wylie.
Covington Mt. Olive: Mindy Renee Dennis, Marcus James Ferguson, Bronna Nicole Magee, Akili Saifullah McInnis-Hammond, Kenneth Dean Niles and Magadelyn Quantavia Pickering.
Covington Petal: Rachel Inez Watson.
Covington Seminary: Allysia LeAnn Broome, Hannah M Dutton, Angelyn Tempe Easterling, Katelyn Nicole Herring, Trace Joel Johnson, Hannah Marie Kelly, Kelsie Ruth Pierce, Anna Cathryn Sanford and Michael Tanner Windham.
Covington Sumrall: Marissa Faye Ciraco.
Covington Taylorsville: Maricus A Walker.
Desoto Olive Branch : Gabriel Nathan Brown.
Desoto Southaven: Hailee Nicole Kolwyck.
Forrest Brooklyn: Katelyn Elizabeth Albritton.
Forrest Hattiesburg: Lauren Elizabeth Arnold, Corey Michael Barlow, Denisha Marie Bass, Madalyn McNeel Beckham, Jacob Matthew Blesse, Dalton Alexander Brewer, John Taliaferro Brown, Mary Katherine Carpenter, Dallas Joseph Carter, Marco Antonio Chapman, Noah Thomas Gower, Paige Louise Grayson, Ashley Lynne Green, Blythe Leighton Griffin, Katrina Evon Harrison, Lucas Kayne Hinton, Priscilla Sierra Holloway, Ian Aaron Hubble, Marsha Venitta Keys, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Darius De'Latti Magee, Samuel Carter Polles, Auston Jacob Simpson, J Daulton Speed, Phoebe Emily Jane, Strong, Summer Leigh Tyson, Jatasha Lanae Walker, Jennifer Elizabeth Williams, Alexandria Renee Wilson and Jessica Zamarripa.
Forrest Lumberton: Chance Levell Byrd and Kevin Matthew McCardle.
Forrest Petal: William Austin Boutwell, Zachary Tyler Bowman, Katelynn Renee' Brock, Thomas Josiah Byrd, Mitchell A Carley, Stacy Lashon Carter, Jewellisa Cheri Clay, Tyler Fondshay Hamby, Jenna Lynn Hegwood, Brittney Nichole Henley, Robert Allen Hertenstein, Jacob Matthew Hiatt, Kelly Grace Ingram, Jonathan Antonio Matheus, Christandre Chardette McCaskill, Brandon Rayshod McInnis, Brooke Rechelle Mcalexander, Mary Ellen Mitchell, Josiah Lee Montague, Robert Daniel Mullis, Justin Alexander Powell, Lauren Kate Raborn, Monica Rowell Rawlins, Carlton David Reid, Kelsey Marisa Riels, Crystal Lee Ross, Stephen Allen Ruffin, Michael Alexander Scott, Gabrielle Louise Shaw, Krissy Lynn Stutts, Ben Lee Swafford, Crystal Lynn Watkins, Joshua Tate Weatherford, Fredrick WR Woodruff and Tara Darlene Young.
George Lucedale: Crystal Elizabeth Beech, Geneva Ellyn Catlett, Jeren Douglas Ferguson, Christopher Edward Holland, Logan Wayne Mason and Juliana Leigh Rouse.
Greene Leakesville: Cody Alexander Brown, Collin Robert Erkhart, Audrey Noel Gibson, Joseph Tyler Hand, Candace Michelle Hillman, Nick Adam Merritt, James Curtis Mizell and Amanda Marie Noaker.
Greene Lucedale: Jaina Braylon Brockaway.
Greene McLain: Reginald Shaquille Ball.
Greene Neely: Joseph Montgomery Denmark and Kimberly Ann Parker.
Greene Richton: Jesse Tyler Brewer, Lindsey Le'Rayn Brewer, Mason Lee Brewer, Nikita Charanne Brewer and Carrie Alexandria Byrd.
Greene State Line: Paige Elizabeth Crager, Tim Lomorris Hill and Ariel Marshay Johnson.
Hancock Bay Saint Louis: Caleb Aaron Ladner, Courtney Jade Miller, Jenna Lanell Bordages and Morgan Alexandra Kowalski.
Hancock Kiln: Jon Colin Byrd.
Hancock Waveland: Corey Matthew Stinson.
Harrison Biloxi: Rachel Amanda Hayes.
Harrison Gulfport: Stephen Perry Byrd, Karla Yadira Santiago and William Coten Wales.
Harrison Long Beach: Brianna Cortlyn Burns, Kailey Lynne Cuevas and Shawn Carlton Howze.
Harrison Pass Christian: Aliyah Alyse Nicole Bell and Travis Daniel Brogle.
Hinds Byram: Tasharri Le'Jessica Landrum and Megan Leigh McGowan.
Hinds Clinton: Veronica Elizabeth Walker.
Hinds Jackson: Taylor Elise Dodd.
Hinds Raymond: Bennett Arthur Davis and Lauren Nicole DePriest.
Hinds Utica: Shelldreonna M Odoms.
Jackson Gautier: Tanner Allen Crabtree and Briahna Nyael Dickerson.
Jasper Bay Springs: Logan Kyndall James, Christopher Deanthony Jones, Autumn Rivers Mattox, Denise Lashelle McAdoo, Mallory Ann Odom, Cory Wayne Parker, Jacob Dale Stringer, Devyn Scott Stringer, Shayn Donovan Wardrop and Zhane Lynette Williams.
Jasper Heidelberg: Deneshia Shanta Clayton, Charles Edward Darty, Kelly Ann Henry, Morgan Lindsey Holifield, Elenora Jackson and Emily Tara Parker.
Jasper Laurel: Adam Michael Clark, Briana Elizabeth Dixon, Brandon Douglas Gray, Anthony Scott Hill, Donna Chanel James, Brekelshie Jo'Merreia Knight, Justin Ra'Shad Moody and Dustin J Rayner.
Jasper Louin: LaDonavan Kryshun Halton and Thomas Lewis Tullos.
Jasper Pachuta: Taylor Amanda Dixon.
Jasper Paulding: Roshita LaDream Gates.
Jasper Stringer: Brianna Grace Buckley, Jameson Keith Buckley, Melissa Kaitlyn Collins, Destiny Leann Patrice Cook, George Douglas Dominguez, Kasey Elizabeth Fox, Charles Ledrue Hegwood, Dalton Emette King, Taylor Renea Parker and Laken Breanna Wood.
Jefferson Davis Bassfield: Victoria Maria Delancey, Hannah Kate Hathorn, Brittney Marie Peyton-Parkman, Joshana Jacquette Thompson and Joel Phillip Wambolt.
Jefferson Davis New Hebron: Grant Randal Jones.
Jefferson Davis Prentiss: Lonnie Tavon Bass, Keyanna Untrell Booth, Valerie Holliman Evans, Keiana La'Chell Hartzog, Kiwanda Djuantavia Kelly, Kemisha Unique Miller, Jasmine Shaquilla Price, Calvin Lashad Sands and James Sterling Tanner.
Jones Ellisville: Abbey Dale Adams, Mary Frances Atwood, Haley Renee Biglane, Zachary Austin Biglane, Savannah Lee Boswell, Anthony Christopher Brown, Carla Jean Coleman, James Christopher Cooley, Carrie Allison Craven, Hayley Danielle Davidson, Kaylie Suzanne Flynt, Kelsie Hope Hathorn, Austin McKinley Herrington, Lea Crosby Jefcoat, William Corey Jefcoat, Thomas Kirk Johnson, Christopher Deshane Jones, Dylan Scott Leftwich, Crystal Suzanne Moreno, BreiAnna Dovie Morgan, Jerrica Dell Morgan, Jordan Olivia Niezgoda, William Matthew Poole, Brenden Alan Ramsey, Mary Peyton Roney, Clinton Thomas Sasser, Jonathan Blake Seymour, Harold Douglas Stewart, Abby Lynne Thornton, Stacey Elizabeth Varnell, Dalton Read Williamson and Alycia Marie Yarbrough.
Jones Heidelberg: Leonard Kyle Bell, John Aaron Broadhead, Kegan Bruce Kelley and Brittany Kay Kitchens.
Jones Laurel: Myrick Christopher Allen, Lamorris Cornelius Anderson, Colon Alexander Avera, Emily Kranz Bedwell, Abbey Elizabeth Boone, Illisia Marie Breazeale, Megan Taylor Bryant, Landon Blaise Bullock, Keundreiah Wa'ne Burns, Benjamin Wesley Carney, Katlyn Alexandra Carter, Jeremy Alexander Clanton, Colby Scott Cooley, Andrea Danyel Cox, Micheal Allen Cutrer, Emily Nicole Davis, Deavon Lee Dearmon, Alyssa Christine DiMauro, Brian Thomas Doyle, Dalton Christopher Drennan, Jordyn Robinson DuBose, Hunter Analisa Eady, Cassie Marie Ezzell, Joshua Wright Fisher, Peyton Rayburn French, Callen Mackenzie Gibson, Rachel Elizabeth Glossop, Jessie Leigh Hall, Hannah Grace Hankins, Rachel Michelle Hodge, Brittni Danielle Hollingshead, Aaron Holmes Huff, Joshua James Ishee, Alison Jaclyn Jenkins, Laken Nicole Jennings, Brynden Alexandria Johnson, Courtney S Johnson, Christopher Jacob Knight, Kimberly Jade Long, Tatina Jamika Lott, Jared Nathaniel Lowe, Andrew Shelton Luker, Katlyn Marie Martin, Jody Nicole Maxey, Jatari Dontae McCann, Amber Lorraine McCormick, Kissey Le'Trina McCray, Lacey Michelle McLain, Mikala Breanne McLaurin, Kyle Nathan Moorer, Lydia Noelle Myers, Cristen ShaLane Nash, Haleigh Lauren Nichols, Jeremy Loyd Noble, Mary Dianna Overstreet, Avery Gaines Owens, Robert Matthew Parish, Kadie Nicole Parker, Disha Bharat Patel, Daphney Danyelle Pickering, Billy Joe Pitts, Kalee Louise Poore, Adam Dean Poore, Joshua Ramos, Karly Lyn Ray, Sarah Mackenzie Rayner, Tiffany Lynn Renfroe, Brooke Alexandra Riley, Timothy Austin Rozek, Derrick Frank Russell, Aurella Marie Ruth, Jeremiah Samuel Scott, James Zachary Sherman, Matthew Chisolm Sherman, Katelyn Joy Smith, Madelyn Elizabeth Smith, Ricky Joe Smith, Victoria Eileen Sumrall, Hanna Da'Shae Tolbert, Dalton Adam Voge, Austin William Waldrup, Chikaylla Dejone Hearn Walker, David Thomas Walker, Haley Erin Walters, Lakken McKenzie Walters, Joseph M Watson, Kevin Jerome Watson, Christopher Alexander Whittington and Emily Nicole Wright.
Jones Moselle: Joshua Mack Byrd, Jessica Lynn Collins, Dakota Dewayne Davis, Brandi Lee Dayner, Wesley Michael Ross, Amanda Joy Schrader, Jessica Meagan Taylor and Dustin James Thompson.
Jones Ovett: Erica Faye Adams, Shaylee Khristine Ainsworth, Miranda Leighann Beesley, Cristy Lynn Kaufman, Madalyn Raine Walters and Brooke Erin West.
Jones Sandersville: Katy Nicole Mattison.
Jones Seminary: Rebekah Leigh Boe and Shelbi Felicia Coleman.
Jones Soso: Emily Renea Busby, Emily Lynn Davis, Jimmie Laverne East, Kasey Joy Gavin, Dustin Colt Logan, Tosha Lee Manasco, Mindy Dooley Mason, Trevor Aaron Moffett, William T Smith, Ross Graham Thompson, Lindsay Nicole Walters and Kristiona Lynn Williams.
Jones Sumrall: Ronald Trent Jefcoat.
Jones Taylorsville: Matthew Garland Huff, Sammie Lenar McDonald and Shavon Malise Young.
Jones Waynesboro: Eric Tristan Blackwell.
Lamar Hattiesburg: Paige Holland Arnold, Cruise Allen Beeding, Amber Renee Busha, Annie Kaitlyn Caulfield, Carley Marie Clary, Kendall Nicole Cobb, Raymond Brett Cole, Mary Jaclyn Creel, Zachary Michael Culpepper, Eden Danielle Dearman, John Addison Ford, Joshua Scott Friend, Lashunda D Gardner, Lindsey Allison Garrity, Raymond James Gilson, Jason Allen Gooch, Nicole Lynda Hebert, Kristen Jarnae Hollingsworth, Santana Wenter Jackson, Cherish Noel Johnson, Rohini Malkani, Brandt Jordan Massey, Victor William Merritt, Hunter Keith Miller, Jamal Antonio Moore, Don Alexander Morgan, Brenna Kathleen Morris, Jennifer Mims Niemeyer, Krishna Dilip Patel, Ashley Morgan Peterman, Kaitlyn Megan Pittman, Shakira Michelle Pittman, David Brian Scott, Tanner Scott Shutze, William Patrick Simon, Clifton Allen Tice, Aaron Robert Turner, Stacy Lee-ann Wall, Sara Lisann White and Carlie Danielle Youngblood.
Lamar Purvis: Tyler Brooks Ash, Noel Chandler Bell, Danielle Cherise Girod, Shelby Brooke Hensarling, Jonathan Michael Jones, Ashley Nicole Lee, Justin Wendell Lee, Timothy Shaun Milling, Morgan Tyler Shows, Chandler Slade Suber and Triston Cecil Yates.
Lamar Sumrall: Madison Drew Aultman, Christopher Theadore Bond, Robert Matthew Breland, Garrett AlanClement, Katherine Maria Forsmark, Olyvia Anastasia Freeman, Austin Brentley Jackson, Chasity Nicole Lowe, Chelsie Muse Lozada, Allison Denise Lucus, Michael Alan Mann, Caitlyn Allie McRaney, Jeremy Dean Newsom, Andrew Taylor Thrash and Taylor Craig Varnado.
Lawrence Monticello: Leigh Ann Reeves and Hunter Garrett Stephens.
Lawrence New Hebron: Candice Angeline Lott.
Lawrence Silver Creek: Dana Nicole Baker.
Madison Madison: William Andrew Edgar and Virginia Elizabeth Endris.
Marion Columbia: Daniel Lance Blair, Zana Rychell Bridges, Heather Nicole Broom, Chelsea Ne'Kia Galloway, Lakin Briana Hill, Samuel Kirklan Landrum, Tyler Matthew Sanders and Destini M Swanigan.
Marion Kokomo: Robert Dale Warner.
Newton Hickory: William Troy Brand.
Noxubee Brooksville: Javoris Montez Glenn.
Oktibbeha Starkville: Carolina Summer Berryhill.
Pearl River Picayune: Sarah Faith Richard, Alyssa Tere' Scott and Jenny Denine Shirley.
Perry Beaumont: Justin Ray Lott.
Perry McLain: Peyton Mackenzie Harvison.
Perry New Augusta: Shirlesia Khadijah Hathorne, Christina Lavonne Mixon, Damarcus Latraun Moore and Thomas Adam Phillips.
Perry Petal: Billy Dillon Byrd, Jestin Matthew Clark, Julie Linh Nguyen, Chelsea Elizabeth Sanford, Devin Lee Travis, Kristina Lynn Travis and Amanda Danielle Williams.
Perry Richton: Keely Shaye Beasley, Leah Michelle Carpenter, Lindsey Alyssa Crane, Lacey Kaitlyn Feduccia, Alec Travis Kittrell, Rachel Elizabeth Myrick, Albert Ryan Nicholson, Cheyanne Nicole Sketo, Brittany Kathleen Welsh and Victoria Lynn White.
Pike Magnolia: Desmon Da'Mon Robertson.
Pike McComb: Eniaya Janeise Leonard.
Pontotoc Pontotoc: Anna Marie Mills.
Rankin Brandon: Emily Ashlyn Moore, Caycee Lynn Sumrall and John Alan Wall.
Rankin Florence: Dillon Jared Boyte, Verl Parker Dykes, Victoria Renea Easley, Spencer Thomas Fyke, Joshua Thomas Hamby, Jake Kendall Holland and Sarah Beth Scarbrough.
Rankin Pelahatchie: Mary Katherine Shoultz.
Rankin Richland: Lauren Elaine Hosey.
Scott Morton: Hannah Elizabeth Beemon and Christyna Noel Mangum.
Sharkey Cary: Akeeia Shalese Carter.
Simpson Braxton: Madison Brooke Jones and Scott Claude Welch.
Simpson Magee: Nathan O Ashley, Jacob Mark Brown, Harley Diane Hilton, Molly Elizabeth McCool, Alison Nicole Padgett, Christopher Cullen Richardson and Jonathon Kevin Tebo.
Simpson Mendenhall: Charlene Michelle Hux and Kaci Danielle Powell.
Smith Bay Springs: Kimbra J Jones.
Smith Louin: Alexis Dominique Rambo, Victoria Jean Smith and Simeon Devon Wright.
Smith Mize: Tyler Cole Austin, James Allen Bynum, Bethany Hope Eubanks, Jean Luke Holston and Adam Brett Hughes.
Smith Morton: Vincent David Buffington.
Smith Raleigh: Steven James Craft, Treston Wilson Crumpton, April Littieanna Hall, Chitez Pwayne Keyes and Demarco Javez Sanders.
Smith Taylorsville: Connor Dewayne Atwood, Drew Autry, Kala Shontai Blackwell, Jeana Darlene Graves, Cassidy Noelle LeBlanc, Mildred Mechelle McCullum, Shannon Monique Nicholson, Keisha Sherree Payton, Yeshia Dyminyontia Pittman, Jessica Brianna Smith, Zachary Russell Walker, Landon Hall Wilson and Carlee Savannah Windham.
Stone Perkinston: Trinity Paige Henske.
Stone Wiggins: Reese Keeling Sloan and JaVarris Kentrelle Willis.
Sunflower Bay Springs: Patrick Douglas Lofton.
Walthall Tylertown: Jonathan Edward Novak.
Wayne Buckatunna: Shelly Linn Collinsworth, DeAshley Ariell Hill, Keri Ashley Rigney, Caitlin Elizabeth Taylor and Jared Levean Walley.
Wayne Richton: Amber Hope Landrum and Brandy Rae Nicholson.
Wayne Seminary: Lydia M McCall.
Wayne Shubuta: Shakela Latriece Leggett and Akeiba Kashona Spencer.
Wayne State Line: Bridgette Lynn Gardner, Skyler Hope McLain and Shalan Shyann Whigham.
Wayne Waynesboro: Taylor McKenzie Agent, Chandler Evan Beard, Maegan Danielle Beech, Bailey Montanna Blair, Cody Ryan Boyles, Kalli Dawn Bunch, Ricky Bernard Chambers, Deborah LaKeith Craig, Jerrika Artese Davis, Katlyn Brianne Davis, DeMarkius Keontaequantez Everett, Raymel Everett, LaDashia Bresha Fields, Madison Brittany Freeman, Richard Dustin Freeman, Zachary Dakota Freeman, Kayla Michelle Gordon, Shaquavous On'Yale Harris, Walter Andrew Haynes, Colton James Henderson, Amber Alexandria Hernandez, Kent Doby Herring, Marcus Deshawn Howard, Justin Grant Hutto, Derrion De'Vontae Johnson, Mitchell Lonenzo Johnson, Alexis Camille Johnston, Victoria Michelle Jones, Jonathan Tyler Lewis, Kadeem Steven Lott, Lauren Ashley McCarty, Steven Craig Miller, Ashley Nicole Mills, Mykell Cetera Patton, Jabe Andrew Powe, Brittany Lasha Rigby, Haley Breann Sharp, Whitney Ashleigh Tucker, Lindsey Claire Walker, Natalie Paige Walley, James Thomas Williams and Kenicia S Williamson.
Wilkinson Woodville: John Kline Bolden, Tailor Jordon-rome Cutrer, Hannah Michelle Lanehart and Justin Edwin Ryan.

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




Groundbreaking event for the Nanih Waiya Community Park "Cancellation - Rescheduled for June 25th"

Nanih Waiya Community Park 9185 Highway 490 Louisville, MS
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR JUNE 11TH AND HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY JUNE 25TH AT 4:30 DUE TO POTENTIAL FOR POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS.


Groundbreaking event for the Nanih Waiya Community Park. The Board of Directors of the Nanih Waiya Community Park would like to invite you to provide coverage for our groundbreaking event for our newly constructed community park. The Friends of the Nanih Waiya Community Park in a non-profit for the specific purpose of constructing and maintaining a community park in the Nanih Waiya Community. The park will be constructed in numerous phases with phase one including a baseball/softball field, community center and walking track. Construction has begun with anticipated completion date of October 2015.

Where:
Nanih Waiya Community Park
9185 Highway 490
Louisville, MS 39339
Winston County, Mississippi
Nanih Waiya Community

Who:
Friends of the Nanih Waiya Community Park Board of Directors

When:
4:30 pm

Mark Dillard
Vice President
Nanih Waiya Community Park
(662)803-5587




Meet & Greet with Bill Hannah, EMBDC CEO/President

MSU Riley Center
What: Meet & Greet with Bill Hannah, EMBDC CEO/President

When: Thursday, June 11th at 8:00 a.m.

Where: MSU Riley Center

Why: The EMBDC Board of Directors invites its members to join them for a Meet & Greet with Bill Hannah. Bill has recently joined the EMBDC as the CEO/President.

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org





EMBDC - Upcoming Events ...

See Schedule
Upcoming Events

Meet & Greet with
Bill Hannah, EMBDC CEO/President
MSU Riley Center
Thursday, June 11th
8:00 a.m.

IHOP Groundbreaking
220 N. Frontage Rd.
Thursday, June 18th
10:00 a.m.

Anderson Regional
Cancer Center
Business After Hours
1704 23rd Ave
Thursday, June 18th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

United Way of East MS Volunteer Center
Ribbon Cutting
4817 North Park Dr.
Friday, June 19th
10:00 a.m.

Brookdale Meridian
Ribbon Cutting
4553 35th Ave.
Tuesday, June 23rd
2:30 p.m.

Trinity Funeral Consulting, Caskets, & Etc. LLC
Ribbon Cutting
721 Front Street Ext. Suite 705
Thursday, June 25th
2:00 p.m.

Stitchin Krazy Ribbon Cutting
2222 Front Street
Thursday, July 16th
10:30 a.m.





THE NEED TO HURT: Understanding and Treating Self-Injury

State Dept. of Education Auditorium 359 North West Street Jackson, MS
THE NEED TO HURT: Understanding and Treating Self-Injury

July 8, 2015
9:00 a.m. to Noon
State Dept. of Education Auditorium
359 North West Street, Jackson, MS 39205

Presenter
Susan H. Carmichael, Ph.D., LPC
Program evaluator, therapist and director of human resources at Weems Community Mental Health Center

THIS EVENT IS FREE

Target Audience:
Social Workers, Mental Health Therapists, IDD Therapists, Community Support Specialists, Licensed Administrators, Certified Peer Support Specialists, Counselors/LPCs (NBCC), & Addiction Therapists

Continuing Education:
3.0 continuing education units have been approved by the MS Department of Mental Health; request a registration packet for details on disciplines that can receive credit.

To request a registration packet, email Alberstein Johnson-Pickett at: Albertstein.Pickett@dmh.state.ms.us.

For additional information, including ADA special accommodation requests, please contact Alberstein Johnson-Pickett at Albertstein.Pickett@dmh.state.ms.us.

Hosted by: Mississippi Department of Mental Health

Diane Mills
EAP Coordinator / PR Director
Weems Comm. Mental Health Center
1415 College Dr.
(PO Box 2868, 39302-2868)
Meridian, MS 39307
p: 601-483-4821 / ext. 127
f: 601-485-8727
email: dmills@weemsmh.com




East Central Community College Graduates Record Class ....

East Central Community College
East Central Community College Graduates Record Class, Realizes One-Year 62% Increase in Pre-Baccalaureate Degree Completions

Initiatives implemented as part of East Central Community College’s 2020 Vision strategic planning process have resulted in the largest graduating class in the two-year college’s history and dramatic one-year increases in the percentage of students receiving pre-baccalaureate degrees and those completing all programs.

ECCC awarded degrees or certificates to 568 students after the 2014-15 academic year, the largest one-year total in the Decatur, Miss., college’s 87-year history. The college also saw a 62 percent increase over the 2013-14 academic year in the number of students earning the two-year pre-baccalaureate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, and an overall 36 percent one-year increase in students completing all programs, including pre-baccalaureate degrees, technical degrees, and certificates.

The previous largest graduating class on record was 505 students in 2007.

ECCC third-year President Dr. Billy Stewart said the historic numbers are in part a result of initiatives developed and implemented in fulfillment of the college’s ongoing 2020 Vision strategic plan designed to shape and guide the institution’s future.

“These results over a one-year period are extremely uncommon, in our state or our nation,” said Stewart, who initiated the strategic planning process when he was named the college’s eighth president in 2012. “The success of our students is our top priority at East Central Community College. The initiatives we’ve implemented in fulfillment of the Student Success as well as Teaching and Learning institutional commitments of our 2020 Vision plan are helping to ensure that our students achieve their full potential, complete their degrees, and leave our college better prepared to achieve their career and life goals.”

East Central Community College researched best practices of two-year and four-year colleges and universities nationwide to develop several initiatives aimed at improving student success, particularly in the area of program completion. Among those initiatives were:

• The $40 graduation fee was waived beginning with the 2014-15 academic year as an incentive for more students to apply for graduation and officially complete programs of study.

“Among graduation fees nationally, $40 is probably on the low end,” Stewart said. “But to some of our students, it is a lot of money and a factor we felt was keeping them from graduating with their degree or certificate.”

• The number of hours needed for a two-year associate degree was reduced from 62 to 60.

“It takes 120 hours to get a baccalaureate degree, so it just made sense for us to lower our two-year associate of arts and associate of science degree requirement to 60 hours. At 15 hours per semester, our students have an opportunity to finish their requirements and receive their degrees in four semesters, or two years,” Stewart explained.

• The number of hours needed for a full-time course load was increased from 12 to 15 hours. Students successfully completing the full load of 15 hours over four semesters have an opportunity to graduate in two years.

• The number of hours needed for completion in the Associate of Applied Science technical degree and the career certificate programs was converted to allow exit points for students at 30 hours, 45 hours, and 60 hours.

“Our Associate of Applied Science and career programs are 60-hour programs, but by allowing exit points at 30-45-60 we are able to provide students with a stopping point if for some reason they need to exit their program,” said Stewart. “At 30 or 45 or 60 hours, a student will receive certification that will begin improving their career and life until they can come back and finish the full program at a later date.”

• Late registration was reduced from one week—or five class days—to two days.

“Every day a student registers late, after classes have begun, has a significant correlation with lower grades, not completing, or dropping out,” Stewart noted. “With only two days of late registration, our students only miss one Monday-Wednesday-Friday class or one Tuesday-Thursday class. Correspondingly, the attrition rate decreased 6 percent in two years.”

Stewart said that research at ECCC showed students missing three or more classes during the first week of a semester most times resulted in poor classroom performance and/or withdrawal.

• Every full-time faculty member at East Central Community College is now required to devote one hour per week tutoring students in the Success Center.

“Our research indicates that about one-third of ECCC students use the Success Center on a consistent basis, which is a tremendous amount considering we are considered a commuter college,” said Stewart. “And when they do, more than likely they will have a full-time faculty member ready to assist them.”

• The number of Reverse Transfers was increased by aggressively pursuing non-graduates at four-year colleges and universities and encouraging them to transfer credits back to ECCC for an associate degree.

In addition to these initiatives, ECCC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa sponsored a “C4 Week” in November 2014 in conjunction with the national Phi Theta Kappa organization’s Community College Completion Corps, or C4, to create awareness on campus about the importance of completing a degree. Events included an address by Dr. Rod Risley, executive director of PTK, the international honor society for two-year colleges; a college fair; an emphasis on early advisement and registration; and a drive to get students to sign a pledge to complete their degrees at East Central Community College.

Stewart said that increasing the number of students who complete programs and graduate also is important as the state of Mississippi considers moving to a performance-based funding formula in the future.

“Many states now consider a college’s or university’s success at graduating students when awarding state funding instead of enrollment or other factors,” said Stewart, who is chairing a committee of community college administrators in Mississippi who are looking at the impact of such a formula for the state. “So it’s important that we continually seek improvements in our educational programs and learning environments that help our students successfully complete their programs of study.”

Adopted in February 2013, ECCC’s 2020 Vision strategic plan includes five institutional commitments—Student Success, Teaching and Learning, Community Partnerships, Resource Planning and Development, and Communication—which serve as core functions for the college to shape its vision and fulfill its mission. The plan includes the college’s long-term stated desire to be nationally recognized and locally preferred, while meeting the educational and training needs of its five-county district in Mississippi—Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, and Winston counties.

Stewart said that while he is pleased with the historic increases in student completions during the 2014-15 academic year at East Central Community College, it’s just one small part of a comprehensive plan for ECCC to be recognized as one of the finest community colleges in the nation.

“2020 Vision guides every decision we make as a college, whether it is student success or community partnerships, and we’ve made tremendous progress in the first two years of this plan in fulfillment of all five institutional commitments,” said Stewart. “There is much work to be done, and seeing the success this past year in creating a supportive learning environment for our students gives us that much more momentum as we move forward.”




Registration Underway for July Term at East Central Community College

East Central Community College
Registration Underway for July Term at East Central Community College

East Central Community College in Decatur is offering several day and evening courses during its July Term and registration is currently underway.

This four-week summer term begins July 1 and ends July 29. Courses are being offered on the Decatur campus, as well as at the college’s Forest, Carthage, Philadelphia, and Louisville locations.

To view courses being offered at any of the five locations, visit www.eccc.edu and click on MyEC and Summer 2015 Course Schedule.

For additional information, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at rlee@eccc.edu or 601-635-6205.

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





Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings / June 8th - 14th

See Schedule
Downtown Happenings / June 8 - 14 / Vol. lV No. 29

Monday, June 8, 2015

Event: 99.99 School Uniform Package
Location: The Liberty Shop
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Get a start early on School Uniforms.

Event: Lunch Special
Location: Aie's Taste of Thai
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.484.5858
$7.99 Lunch Special M - F from 11-3.

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on ferns, peppers, tomatoes, elephant ears, milk weeds, lemon grass, garden seeds, and more!

Event: 15% off Framing
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
all frames are 15% off.

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731

Event: Half Off Bottles of Wine
Location:Weidmann's
Time: Every Monday
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: Women's World Cup
Soccer USA Outlaws
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 6:30pm - 11pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 7pm - 8pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Event:Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
Every Tuesday morning at 9am, an item with a Terrific sale price will be posted on Facebook! It will be available on a first come, first served basis for that day only!

Event: Free Computer Training
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: 10am-11:30am & 6:00pm-7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.990.8324
These classes are designed specifically for beginners and include basic skill building and clear explanations of basic computer components. We will cover the following Topics: Basic Computers Skills, Operating System Differences [ Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux ] and Introduction to the internet. Advanced computer training is coming soon.

Event: Surf n' Turf Night
Location:Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event:Ladies Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

Event:Trivia Night
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 8pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Event: Starting a Business - First Steps
Location:EMBDC Conference Room
Time: 2pm - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
This seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include: regulations such as licenses and permits; legal forms of business ownership; basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential; lending terminology; outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business.

Event:Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 4pm - 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: Tom and The House Katz
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Friday, June 12, 2015

Event: Shootin' and Scootin' Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
see website for details.

Event: Women's World Cup
Soccer USA Outlaws
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: MUM Day
Location:Meridian Underground Music
Time: All Day
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Receive a gift or a discount on your purchase when wearing a MUM t-shirt on Fridays

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Event: Rickey Smiley and Friends Live
Location: Temple Theater
Time: 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.5353

Event: U.S.
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8:00pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event:Bends & Brews Beer Yoga
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Open Mic
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings, the deadline is Thursday at noon the week before
a published calendar (calendars are sent on Mondays


For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar



Meridian Main Street is an award winning not-for-profit, public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. To join Main Street, call 601.693.7480 or visit our website http://meridianmainstreet.com. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street


JCJC hosts internationally known musician, Roger Bobo for a Festival of Brass Camp

Jones County Junior College M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium.
JCJC hosts internationally known musician, Roger Bobo for a Festival of Brass Camp

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College’s Fine Arts Department will be hosting the first, Roger Bobo’s Festival of Brass Camp Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 for interested high school, college, pre-professional and professional brass musicians (trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba) regardless of proficiency or performing level. The festival will include masterclasses, daily warm-up routines, chamber ensembles, mass ensembles, guest artist recitals, special classes on brass and music careers, all under the direction of legendary artist and pedagogue, Roger Bobo. The Brass Festival will culminate in a Gala Concert held on the final day of the session, Sunday, June 14, at 4 p.m. in the JCJC M.P. Bush Fine Arts Auditorium.

“Roger Bobo will be conducting along with Dr. Richard Perry from USM, Travis Scott from Michigan, Dr. Tom Lukowicz from Wright State University and Dr. Jonathan Helmick from Jones County Junior College. Performing groups include chamber and small ensembles comprised of the camp participants playing the latest and greatest music written for brass. This will include a solo performance by Dr. Richard Perry of “Celebration” by Soichi Konayaga,” said Dr. Helmick, JCJC Director of Bands.

Founders of the Brass Festival, Dr. Jonathan Helmick along with euphonium performer from Michigan and Helmick’s colleague, Travis Scott said they wanted to find a way to reach out to more to the music community. They saw Roger Bobo recently work in a masterclass at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference held in Bloomington, Indiana.

Helmick explained, “For those who are not aware, Roger is one of the patriarchs of brass playing and teaching. He has taught all over the world: Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the list is endless. He has appeared on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show and has been a musical hero to generations of musicians.” Helmick added, “After Bobo agreed to do the Festival of Brass, we started to get participants from all over the United States: Hawaii, Texas, California, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, Louisiana, etc. This has turned into a national event for brass players everywhere!”

Bobo has released a series of legendary solo recordings that revolutionized the "game" for tubists, along with dozens of critically acclaimed recordings with the L.A. Philharmonic and many of Hollywood's most notable soundtracks including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and Close Encounters.

The Roger Bobo Brass Festival camp will provide students with the opportunity to work with Bobo in a one-on-one lesson setting, perform in chamber and large ensembles, and present a closing gala concert at the conclusion of the camp. Registration will continue through the first day of camp, June 11. There are limited dormitory housing plans available for participants in need which include a resident meal plan.

The cost of the camp is $275 for commuters and $330 for dorm residents, which includes meals. For more information click on the link: http://www.bobosfestivalofbrass.com/ or email, festivalofbrass@gmail.com or call JCJC’s Band Office at: 601-477-4095.

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




SEVENTEEN RECEIVE GED DIPLOMAS FROM EMCC LAUNCH PAD

EMCC’s Lion Hills campus in Columbus
SEVENTEEN RECEIVE GED DIPLOMAS FROM EMCC LAUNCH PAD

COLUMBUS – Alex Smith suffers from test anxiety – but her time at East Mississippi Community College’s Launch Pad left her too prepared to fail.
The 17-year-old from Starkville was one of 17 Launch Pad students to earn their GED diplomas Thursday at EMCC’s Lion Hills campus in Columbus. To get there, they all had to pass a more difficult, all-online GED test Mississippi began using in 2014.
“I was really anxious. Luckily, I had some really good teachers and I was prepared,” said Smith.
Smith began attending Launch Pad adult basic education classes at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus in January after leaving high school early. She plans to attend EMCC using the $1,000 scholarship offered to all Launch Pad GED graduates and eventually attend Mississippi State University to become a therapist. But before she could tackle the GED test, she had to shore up her biggest weakness: math.
“Miss Geneva Atkins really helped a lot with that. She explained things really well and helped me recall a lot of what I had learned in school,” Smith said.
“And when some of us were having trouble, they set up a math workshop where three teachers explained the material. And it blew my mind how easy it was to understand this stuff with three people explaining it differently.”
It was Atkins, a Launch Pad instructor, who presented Smith with an award during the ceremony for earning the highest score in her graduating class on the GED test.
Smith said anyone considering the GED test would be well prepared by the Launch Pad’s instructors.
“I would definitely encourage them to go to EMCC. The people there are very supportive and it does make a difference,” she said.
Ten graduates participated in the ceremony at Lion Hills. They included: Xaiver Adams of Columbus; William Carr of Miami, Fla.; Jeremy Godsey of Carrollton; Tyson Halfacre of Starkville; Deah Lemmon of Ackerman; Destiny McDill of Caledonia; JR Morgan of Starkville; Dawnice Mullins of Columbus; Alex Smith of Starkville and Shikasmine Walker of Columbus.
To see pictures from the ceremony or to learn more about Launch Pad GED classes, visit eastms.edu.

EMCC GED Summer Grad 01
Alex Smith of Starkville celebrates with her family after graduating from East Mississippi Community College’s Launch Pad adult basic education program with her GED Thursday at EMCC’s Lion Hills campus in Columbus. A total of 17 students earned their GEDs.

EMCC GED Summer Grad 02
Alex Smith of Starkville receives an award from East Mississippi Community College Launch Pad instructor Geneva Atkins for earning the highest score in her graduating class on the GED test. The award came Thursday during a graduation ceremony at EMCC’s Lion Hills campus in Columbus. A total of 17 students earned their GEDs.


Suzanne Monk, director of public information Office: (662) 476-5014 Cell: (601) 480-2879
Jason Browne, publications coordinator Office: (662) 476-8417 Cell: (662) 251-2296



Wildlife Rehabilitation Training/Workshop

Senior Community Center 285 Veterans Street DeKalb, MS
East Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. ...
Wildlife Rehabilitation Training/Workshop
June 13th
Workshop Fee $20 (covers all handouts and supplies)
Lunch provided.
Learn the proper procedures in handling, nutrition, housing and care of injured and orphaned MS wildlife

(601) 678-9882
(601) 527-8773



NAS Meridian Remembers the Battle of Midway

On Board NAS Merididan
NAS Meridian Remembers the Battle of Midway
By: NAS Meridian Public Affairs Staff
Naval Air Station Meridian Sailors, Marines and civilians commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway during a ceremony in front of the administration building on board NAS Meridian June 5.
Along with many other U.S. military installations around the world, NAS Meridian annually celebrates the sacrifices made and the significant outcome of the events that took place around Midway Atoll June 4-7, 1942.
The battle marked what is considered the turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II, when only seven months after Pearl Harbor, the outnumbered and outgunned American fleet halted the Japanese advancement across the Pacific Ocean.
Following the American victory at the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Japanese targeted Midway and sought to destroy the American fleet there. Naval intelligence broke the Japanese code and then sent out the message, "Many planes, heading Midway" as U.S. forces prepared for the coming attack.
When battle came, they reacted—no, they acted—brilliantly,” said Capt. Scott Bunnay, NAS Meridian’s commanding officer. “From the moment the first U.S. search plane found the lead elements of Vice Admiral Nagumo’s carrier force, American Sailors fought hard, not confident of victory necessarily, but confident in themselves and in their training.”
On the morning of June 4, Japanese aircraft attacked the island, and U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilots, combined with anti-aircraft fire, mitigated damage but took heavy losses to aircraft and crews. Torpedo and bomber aircraft attacked the now-discovered U.S. carriers, inflicting heavy damage against the USS Yorktown, which stubbornly refused to sink. Air groups from the Yorktown and USS Enterprise bombed the Japanese carriers, destroying three of the four carriers within minutes.

Torpedo planes from the remaining carrier found the Yorktown once again, and inflicted heavier damage as the crew abandoned ship. The ship still stayed afloat until June 7 when a Japanese submarine finally destroyed it. Meanwhile, American air crews located and destroyed the fourth Japanese carrier, as well as a heavy cruiser.

“The Battle of Midway had many heroes,” said Bunnay. “The code breakers who gave us the location and the date of the battle; the shipyard workers, and the Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Marines who fought at Midway. I just hope that in remembering this battle, we never forget them and what they did at Midway.”

The attack effectively halted the seemingly unstoppable Japanese advance across the Pacific, and changed the course of the war. True to its name, Midway is roughly equidistant between North America and Asia and continued to serve as a vital hub for the remainder of the war in the Pacific.




"Gospel Summer Blast Celebration"

Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Butler, AL
Saturday June 20, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Butler, AL
"Gospel Summer Blast Celebration"
Inviting all Choirs, Groups, Soloists, Praise Dancers etc. Program Sponsored by Gospel Silvertones (Silas AL) & The Angels On Earth!!
Thank You!
Felicia Dubose-Vice-President
Angels On Earth




PASTOR’S 7YR. ANNIVERSARY

Spring Hill Baptist in Union, MS
PASTOR’S 7YR. ANNIVERSARY

The Spring Hill Baptist in Union, MS cordially invites everyone to our Pastor Jerry Jones and Elect Lady Ola Jones 7th Yr. Anniversary Celebration which will be held on Sunday, June 14th beginning at 2:30 p.m. Guest Speaker for this special occasion will be Pastor Louis Johnson of the Spring Hill United Methodist Church of Pauling, MS and host of the “Joy of the Morning” gospel radio program. Lunch will be served immediately following the program.





Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Pouncey Power-Camp

Highland Park
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host the annual
Pouncey Power-Camp ... in memory of coach Derek Pouncey
June 29th - July 1st
Highland Park from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

(601) 934-6561
bdewease@fca.org



Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Golf Tournament

Briarwood
9th Annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Golf Tournament.
Sponsored By: Commercial Bank
June 12th ... Tee Off at 8:30 am & 1:30 pm
4-Man Scramble

(601) 934-6561
bdewease@fca.org



Center Ridge Baptist Church June 2015 Announcements

Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS
Center Ridge Baptist Church June 2015 Announcements

Wonderful Word on Wednesday
June 10 & 24, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting, “Wonderful Word on Wednesday,” on Wednesdays, June 10 & 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

Women's Fellowship Breakfast
June 7, 2015


Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a, "Women's Fellowship Breakfast,” on Sunday, June 7, 2015, @ 9:45 am. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.

Children's Day
Honoring Our Future: Children
June14, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a, "Children's Day; Honoring Our Future:Children,” on Sunday, June 14, 2015, @ 8:00 am. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Single Class
June 17,2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a, "Single Class,” on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, @ 7:00 pm. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Day In Park
June 20, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a, "Day in Park,” on Saturday, June 20, 2015, @ 10 am until... at Desota Baseball Field. (Fun-Filled Activities: softball, kickball, volleyball, sack race, & more). For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.


Father's Day - Honoring Our Fathers
June 21, 2015
Center Ridge Baptist Church, in Shubuta, MS, will be hosting a, "Father's Day; Honoring Our Future:Fathers ,” on Sunday, June 21, 2015, @ 11:00 am. For more information call (601) 776-3649. Pastor Lorenzo Carter.




Calendar of Events at Meridian Community College

Meridian Community College
Calendar of Events at Meridian Community College
College for Kids, June 1-5 and June 8-12, 8 a.m. to noon, campus-wide. Tanya Thompson, 601-481-1325.

ACT Review Workshop, June 6, 8 a.m.-noon, Webb Hall, Rosenbaum Room, 601-483-8241.

ACT exam, June 13, 7 a.m., Ivy Hall. Mark Gunn, 601-484-8652.

High School Boys Soccer Camp, June 15-17, 9 a.m. to noon, Smith Soccer field. Coach Alex George, 601-484-8697.

Basketball Junior Day Camp for boys and girls in grades k-5, June 15-17, 8 a.m. to noon, Graham Gym. Coach Cedric Drake, 601-481-1336.

Individual Basketball camp for boys in grades 6-8th, June 15-17, 8 a.m.-noon; Ivy Hall Gym. Coach Cedric Drake, 601-481-1336.

Freshman Orientation, June 19, 8 a.m.-noon. Ivy Hall, Marie Roberts, 601-483-8241.

Summer Day Term II classes begin, June 29. Dr. Angela Payne, 601-481-1357.

Kay Thomas
Director of College Promotions
Meridian Community College
910 Highway 19 North
Meridian, MS 39307
601-484-8689
kthomas@meridiancc.edu



Earth's Bounty - June 6th

Singing Brakeman Park
We hope to see everyone Saturday, June 6th at Singing Brakeman Park from 8am - 1pm across from Tony's Southern Sportsman. The area Farmer's Market will have a bountiful harvest to select from as will the Earth's Bounty vendors. Don't miss the fresh peaches, strawberries, squash, homemade sausage, goat's milk soap, baked goods, homemade hushpuppy mix, beautiful plants, shrubs and more! Will Hayes and Jerry Oltremari will be entertaining us with their music talents and Doritha's will be our food vendor. The kids activity area will be in full swing and Tiny,
the Meridian Main Street mascot,
will be on hand. The MSU Extension Services will have
demos and info on home canning and freezing.
It's going to be a jammed packed day!
Special thanks to Greater Meridian Health Clinic for being the
2015 Presenting Sponsor and for offering free blood pressure
screenings at the June festival.




Mount Vernon Baptist Church 125th Church Anniversary

Mount Vernon Baptist Church " The Little Church on the hill" located at 4390 Valley Road Meridian, MS
Event Title: Mount Vernon Baptist Church 125 Anniversary

Event Date: June 21, 2015

Text: Mount Vernon Baptist Church " The Little Church on the hill" located at 4390 Valley Road in Meridian,Ms. will be celebrating their 125th anniversary on June 21st, 2015. Services will start at 10:30 am. Fellowship to follow service.





ECCC to Offer ‘Understanding Business Financials’ Workshops in Philadelphia

Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia
ECCC to Offer ‘Understanding Business Financials’ Workshops in Philadelphia

East Central Community College’s Small Business Development Center will offer two “Understanding Business Financials” workshops in July at the Neshoba Business Enterprise Center in Philadelphia. The workshops will be on Tuesday, July 7, and Tuesday, July 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each evening.

This free workshop is designed to introduce participants to basic accounting theory, budgeting, performance indicators and accounting terminology for small businesses.

Ronald Westbrook, director of ECCC’s Small Business Development Center, will serve as facilitator for the class.

For more information or to register for one of the workshops, contact the Small Business Development Center at 601-635-6296 or 601-635-6297. The email address is rwestbrook@eccc.edu or vthames@eccc.edu




BATTLE OF MIDWAY COMMEMORATION AND WREATH LAYING CERMONY

On Board NAS Meridian
BATTLE OF MIDWAY COMMEMORATION
AND WREATH LAYING CERMONY
TO BE HELD JUNE 5

Naval Air Station Meridian will have a Battle of Midway Commemoration and Wreath Laying Ceremony on Friday, June 5. All those with base access privileges are invited to attend. Everyone is asked to be in place no later than 7:50 a.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 8 a.m. with colors.
The ceremony will celebrate one of our Navy's and history's most significant Naval victories - the Battle of Midway. Fought June 4-7, 1942, the battle changed the course of the war in the Pacific and shifted the balance of sea power in the Pacific from Japan to parity between the U.S. and Japan.
During the ceremony, Capt. Scott Bunnay, commanding officer of NAS Meridian, along with other Navy and Marine Corps personnel, will share why it is important to remember the Battle of Midway.
The program will conclude with a wreath laying ceremony, and special music will be provided by piper Jean Orcutt.

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Marcus Campbell - Future Star Basketball Camp

Sumter Central High School & Jr. High School Livingston, AL
Marcus Campbell - Future Star Basketball Camp ...
for 5th - 12th grade boys and girls
July 1st 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (registration at 8:00 am)

July 2nd 8:00 am - 2:00 pm




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings - June 2nd - 7th

See Schedule
Downtown Happenings - June 2 - 7 / Vol. lV No. 28

Week of June 2nd, 2015

Event: Half Off Bottles of Wine
Location:Weidmann's
Time: Every Monday
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: Linens are in for Spring
Location: The Liberty Shop
Time: all week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Just in time for spring, come get your linens at the liberty shop!

Event:Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on ferns, peppers, tomatoes, elephant ears, milk weeds, lemon grass, garden seeds, and more!

Event: 15% off Framing
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
all frames are 15% off.

Event:Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731

Event: Lunch Special
Location: Aie's Taste of Thai
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.484.5858
$7.99 Lunch Special M - F from 11-3.

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 7pm - 8pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Event: Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
Business before hours
Location: MSU Riley Center
Time: 8:00am - 9:00am
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
EMBDC will host Business before hours and honor the graduates of Leadership Lauderdale.

Event:Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
Every Tuesday morning at 9am, an item with a Terrific sale price will be posted on Facebook! It will be available on a first come, first served basis for that day only!

Event: Free Computer Training
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: 10am-11:30am & 6:00pm-7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.990.8324
These classes are designed specifically for beginners and include basic skill building and clear explanations of basic computer components. We will cover the following Topics: Basic Computers Skills, Operating System Differences [ Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux ] and Introduction to the internet. Advanced computer training is coming soon.

Event: Surf n' Turf Night
Location:Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event:Ladies Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

Event:Trivia Night
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 8pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Event:Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 4pm - 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Event:Meridian Lions Club
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: Comedy Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Friday, June 5, 2015

Event: Shootin' and Scootin' Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
see website for details.

Event: Sucarnochee Revue
Location: Temple Theater
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
For More Information: Call 205.499.9988

Event: Kelsy Mae
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: MUM Day
Location:Meridian Underground Music
Time: All Day
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Receive a gift or a discount on your purchase when wearing a MUM t-shirt on Fridays

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Event: Earth's Bounty
Location: Singing Brakeman Park
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.7480
Join us for a bountiful harvest the first Saturday of the month April - November. We'll have fresh fruit, vegetables, honey, jams, jellies, bread, soaps, shrubs, flowers, kid's activities, food truck, live music, and more. Join us for the FREE family fun event!

Event: Arts in the Courtyard
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: South of 20
Location: Rhythm & Brews
Time: 8:00pm - 2:00am
For More Information: Call 601.282.5608

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Bends & Brews Beer Yoga
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings, the deadline is Thursday at noon the week before
a published calendar (calendars are sent on Mondays)


For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar

Meridian Main Street is an award winning not-for-profit, public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. To join Main Street, call 601.693.7480 or visit our website http://meridianmainstreet.com. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street




Mt. Carmel Baptist Church of Lauderdale - choir Day ... and church fellowship

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church 4126 York Road Lauderdale, MS
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church of Lauderdale ....
Annual Choir Day Program
June 14th at 2:30 pm ALSO ...
Church Fellowship Program
June 21st at 3:00 pm

(601) 482-5138
Rev. Grover Mosley is the pastor of the church



EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
Business Before Hours
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, June 2nd
8:00 a.m.

Meet & Greet with
Bill Hannah, EMBDC CEO/President
MSU Riley Center
Thursday, June 11th
8:00 a.m.

IHOP Groundbreaking
220 N. Frontage Rd.
Thursday, June 18th
10:00 a.m.

Anderson Regional
Cancer Center
Business After Hours
1704 23rd Ave
Thursday, June 18th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

United Way of East MS and Community Foundation of East MS Ribbon Cutting
4817 North Park Dr.
Friday, June 19th
10:00 a.m.

Brookdale Meridian
Ribbon Cutting
4553 35th Ave.
Tuesday, June 23rd
2:30 p.m.




Greenhill M.B. Church of Toomsuba - Pastoral Appreciation Service

Greenhill M.B. Church of Toomsuba
The Greenhill M.B. Church of Toomsuba,MS will honor Pastor Edward Griffin and First Lady Elaine Griffin the second Sunday in June ,
(June 14th) beginning with the morning service. Rev. James Barney will bring the morning message ( 11:00 A.M. ). Rev. Willie Ray Clark will bring the 2:00 P.M. message.




Mercy and Peach UFCF ...Zealous of Good Works Program

Mercy and Peach United Faith Christian Fellowship 1324 Sinai Road Preston, MS
Minister Zealous of Good Works Program
June 28th - 2:30 pm

(601) 677-2138


XAVIER UNIVERSITY of LOUISIANA ... Meridian Alumni Chapter

Meridian's City Hall
XAVIER UNIVERSITY of LOUISIANA ...
Meridian Alumni Chapter

1st Annual Legacy Jazz Brunch

Featuring Meridian Jazz Artists:
Ronald & Patrick Hearns and Harold Brassfield

ALSO ... Special appearance from Dr. Norman Francis, the longest serving university president in the U.S. "46 years"

Meridian's City Hall

June 20, 2015
11:00am to 2:00pm
Tickets $25.00

In conjunction with the City of Meridian
Juneteenth Celebration

For more info contact:

Dr. Christie Mnzava (Co-Chair) Dr. Otis Gowdy (President)
christymnzava@gmail.com otis_gowdy@comcast.net

Mrs. Annie F. Ramsey (Vice President)
(601) 693-2161





EMBDC Recognizes May Ambassadors of the Month

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EMBDC Recognizes May Ambassadors of the Month
Meridian, MS - The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation (EMBDC) recently presented its May Ambassadors of the Month awards to three very deserving participants. In first place was Herman Stegall with Rush Foundation Hospital, second place went to Kayla Fortin with First State Bank, and third place went to Derron Radcliff with MSU Riley Center. Also, winning the red ticket drawing was Emily McMillan with 1st Mississippi Federal Credit Union. 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.

Casey Holladay
Events Coordinator
East Mississippi Business
Development Corporation

1901 Front Street, Suite A
Meridian, MS 39301

601.693.1306
F 601.693.5638
www.embdc.org



State Farm® Lists Top Causes of Boat Damage ...

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State Farm® Lists Top Causes of Boat Damage ...
Start the Summer Boating Season Safer


As the summer boating season begins, Mississippi’s largest property insurer releases the top causes of boat damage. State Farm® wants boat owners to know the common causes of boat damage, ways to avoid them, and tips on insuring boats before leaving the dock.
Claims data from State Farm, a leading insurer of watercraft, indicates the most common cause of identifiable boat damage is striking a submerged or floating object, representing 31 percent of all losses submitted to State Farm in 2014 in the United States. Wind and hail damage is the second most common cause of claims, accounting for 13 percent of the State Farm total in 2014. Collision with a fixed object, such as a dock, was third with almost 8 percent. Collisions with another watercraft represent only a small percentage of losses. “Safety should always be a top priority when using any watercraft,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson. “Submerged objects such as trees and rocks cause more damage to boats than anything else.”
Safety First
• Take a boat safety education course. Many states require operators to take an approved boating safety course, so check before heading out for the first time.
• Wear a life jacket. A life jacket should be available for each person aboard. Jackets should fit snugly and be the appropriate size. Check jackets regularly for wear and buoyancy.
• Know the nautical “rules of the road,” especially when meeting, crossing or overtaking another boat. Maintain a safe speed and keep a watchful eye on the waters.
Help Prevent Boat Damage
• Know the water - Research the area where you will be boating to familiarize yourself with possible hazards, such as submerged objects.
• Maintenance - Ordinary wear can cause the bilge pump and bellows to fail and the boat to sink. If you removed the plug to store the boat for the winter, be sure to re-install it in the spring. Store the plug with or attached to the boat ignition key.
• Careful on the launch - Some boat owners detach the boat from the trailer before backing the boat into the water, then hit the brakes and let the boat slide off the trailer into the water. Unfortunately, many boat ramps have a steep incline and the boat can slide off onto the cement.
Boat Insurance Tips
• Notify your insurer when a boat, trailer or motor is replaced. Many boat insurance companies insure a specifically described boat, motor and trailer, listed by specific identification numbers. Provide identifying information in connection with any replacements.
• Remember boating equipment and accessories when insuring your boat. Include the value of such items as life preservers, depth finders, canopies and covers, anchors, trolling motors and fuel tanks when determining the amount of insurance you need.
• Have a lot of personal property on your boat? If the answer is yes, don’t forget to ask your insurance agent to endorse your policy with optional personal property coverage.
By taking steps to be safe and protect their property, new boat owners and experienced deckhands alike will be on the right course for smooth sailing.

About State Farm:
State Farm and its’ affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve over 82 million policies and accounts – nearly 80 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the 2014 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit www.statefarm.com.

Roszell Gadson, APR
Public Affairs – Media Relations
Atlanta Operations Center
Duluth, GA 30098
Bus 770-418-5940 Cell 770-243-9049




ECCC Announces Spring Semester Honor Roll

East Central Community College
ECCC Announces Spring Semester Honor Roll
Students named to the 2015 spring semester honor roll, which includes those selected to the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honorable Mention List, have been announced at East Central Community College in Decatur, according to Deanna Rush, director of admissions and records.
PRESIDENT’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
Those named to the President’s List, students with a 4.0 grade point average, include the following:
BRANDON: Robert Taylor

CARTHAGE: Emily Cook, John Davis, Alec Doggett, Haley Ezelle, Anna Girling, Julianna Ingram, Parker Jones, Kelsey Sikes and Brooklyn Stewart

CHOCTAW: Erin Cantrell and Elias Jimmie

CHUNKY: Joseph Clark, Ashley Gressett, Mikayla May and JoHannah Smith

COLLINSVILLE: Malorie Hunt and Benjamin Pace

CONEHATTA: Nina LaBue, Kelsey McDonald and Genieveve Nichols

DECATUR: Adam Bout, Sharon Bout, Kaley Bufkin, AnnaLea Clarke, Leah Corhern, Lalah McMullan, Samuel Mitchell, Katie Sanford, Tyler Spence, Stephen Stewart, Rebecca Tero, John Thames, Charles Thorne, Caleb Vaughn and Kaylee Yates

DEKALB: Jeremy Hudson

DIAMONDHEAD: Pashien Kelley-Johnson

FLORENCE: Durham Norman

FOREST: Christopher Brown, Lori Cox, Bailey Easterling, Kristen Gordy, Jennifer Grove, Lindsay Hedge, Brittney Rawson and Kaitlin Smith

FOXWORTH: Joshua Parker

GULFPORT: Carrissa Stevenson

HICKORY: Aaren Avera, Katherine Jacome-Cluff, Alexa Roberts, Timothy Rose, Makenzie Rowzee, Tabitha Walker, Haleigh West and Courtney Williams

KOSCIUSKO: Ashley Williamson

LAKE: Erynne Breland, Anthony Emmons, Tallie Johnston, Christian Kelly, Matthew Mitchell and Tyler Richardson

LAWRENCE: Hannah Mitchell, Laura Shook and James Travassos

LENA: Blake Barnes, Shelly Dowell, Kristen Richmond and Haley Watkins

LITTLE ROCK: Danielle Gregory, Delton Harrison, Lacye Harrison, William Howington and Dylan Raines

LOUIN: Jacob McNeil

LOUISVILLE: David Boydstun, Alexander Bucklew, Bryan Burton, Tiara Coleman, Carly Dickerson, Cara Jackson, Dylan Jones, Barbara Lawson, Jordan Lovorn, Jessica Moffett, Warner Parkes, Jordan Prisock, Megan Robinson and Chandlor Swearingen

MCCOOL: Kierra Griffin

MERIDIAN: Rachel Laird, Hannah Mitchell and Samuel Robinson

MORTON: Morton Evan Derrick, Grayson Harrell, Carla Land, Joseph Patrick and Tyler Runnels

NEWTON: William Collins, Shannon St. Clair, Caleb Terry and Stephanie Willis

NOXAPATER: Candace Barrett and Anna Webb

PASCAGOULA: Katherine Moran, Megan Parrish, Brittany Rasco and Alana Walker

PHILADELPHIA: Rashada Boler, Caleb Brown, Kendall Brown, Christy Bryan, Brian Cloys, Elizabeth Curran, Chelsea Doss, Katlyn Duke, Dylan Dunn, Jessie Hennington, Kathryn Hillman, Allison Johnson, Colt Killen, John Kilpatrick, Chaiydreanna LeFlore, Joanna Maxie, Hosea McBeath, Bridgette McFarland, Kelly McLain, Michael McLain, Anna Nowell, Kendrell Peden, Zachary Peden, Madison Pike, Cappi Reese, Michael Skinner, Lydia Snow, Brittany Stinson, Sharon Strait, Kimberly Watkins, Michael Whitlock, Emma Winstead and Elizabeth Withers

PULASKI: Bethany Barnes

SEBASTOPOL: William Wragg

SOUTHAVEN: Katelyn Denton

UNION: Jonathan Adkins, Agatha Berryhill, Michael Hackett, Benjamin Killen, Karey Ladd, Keri Mayfield, Sean McElfish, Brady McElhenney, Brooke Payne, Leslie Smith and Taylor Townsend

WALNUT GROVE: Lauren Copeland

WEST POINT: Maegen Ellis

WIGGINS: Robert Owen

DEAN’S LIST
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The Dean’s List includes the following students who achieved a 3.5 or above grade point average.
BATESVILLE: Robert Whitten

BAY SPRINGS: Kara Smith

BAY ST. LOUIS: Ramone Tate

BROOKHAVEN: Christen Benson

CALEDONIA: Tyler Armistad and Jonathan Comer

CAMDEN: Ariel Enoch

CARROLLTON: Patrick Morrison

CARTHAGE: Austin Anderton, Rhett Bradshaw, Gloria Burgess, Emily
Crane, DenNisha Harvey, Evangeline Harvey, Hannah Peoples, Kaitlin
Pittman, Ryan Posey, Enoc Reynoso, Cody Smith, Johnny Stephens and Chloe Thaggard

CHUNKY: Denise Glover and David Martin

COLLINSVILLE: Lauren Cantey, TaVia Moore, Mallory Turner, Kimberly Talbert and Dakota Wright

CONEHATTA: Katie Bradley, Andreka Buie, Garrett McDill, Joseph Shelley and Tiara Williamson

DECATUR: Mary Levin, Stephen Armstrong, Erick Bishop, BriAnna Bout, Melanie Brashier, Hannah Brown, Latoya Brown, Christopher Cain, Erika Cockrell, Sarah Freeman, Kaitlyn Holmes, Clayton Karcher, Yousef Khader, Alana Knowles, Alana Kron, William Mott, Christina Shoemaker and Ginger Vaughn

ELKHORN, WI: Dylan Moody

ELLISVILLE: Kaitlin Sellers

FLORENCE: Kayla Anderson

FOREST: Jeremy Collins, Candice Crimm, Katherine Fortenberry, Alan Graham, Evany Gray, Samantha Haralson, Taren Harrell, Grecia Hernandez, Kristine Jenkins, Catherine Kyzar, Taylor Lott, Judy Massey, Laron Moore, Madison Pettigrew, Bryce Power, John Reiss, Ephraim Ringo and Ananezia Triplett

FRENCH CAMP: Jesse Hosket

HARPERVILLE: Louis Tolbert

HICKORY: Regan Monk

HORN LAKE: Allie Turner

KILBOURNE, LA: Lacey Hill

KOSCIUSKO: Justin Moore

LAKE: Emily Emmons, Tracy Gray, Jasmine Moore, Brittney Taylor and Keifer Wolfe

LAWRENCE: Benjamin Davis, Dominique Evans, Natalie Lyles and Anthony Valentine

LENA: Lorrie Moore and Tymaiya Gray

LITHONIA, GA: Tashiana Thompson

LITTLE ROCK: Mark Hale, Leslie Howington, Abbey Rigdon, Shala Smith, Cody Warren and Dustin Yeager

LOUIN: Dustie Chisholm

LOUISVILLE: Zachary Allen, Mary Boswell, Kaci Ewing, Christian Grice, Joelie Hill, Kegan Humphries, Deyanna Ingram, Jonathan McAdory, Madelyn Peterson, Andrew Reel, Brody Richardson, Rebecca Rodman, Tristen Stanley, Madelon Taylor and Maya Wilmer

MADISON: Holly Logan, Kyle McCullouch and Kaitlin Thrash

MCCOOL: Samantha Morgan and Brittany Black

MENDENHALL: Cayla Myers

MERIDIAN: Erica Lewis and Acea Ange

MORTON: Rachal Aburto, James Cornelison, Hope Craft, Skylar Davidson, Jayson Dempsey and Memry Thompson

MOSS POINT: Stephen Eaker

NEWTON: Martina Jones, Brianna Buckley, Michael Buntyn, Audrey Carmichael, Michael Driggers, Ebony Ellis, Jazmine Evans, Julian Fuentes, Mackenzie Gannon, Kenneth Gipson, Ryan Godwin, Michael Hamrick, John Hedrick, Matthew Lee, Clancy Norman, Kanisha Reed, Sonji Rose, Miahja Tirado and Jamey Tune

NOXAPATER: Hanna Hamilton, Colton Horne, Haley Pierce and Brooke Smith

PEARL: Breanna Clemons

PELAHATCHIE: Jessica Jones and Matthew Pennypacker

PETAL: Rachel Davis and Erin Golden

PHILADELPHIA: Caitlin Bounds, Shannon Brazzle, Jessica Bryan, Ayla Burton, Mary Collins, Lauren Coward, David Creekmore, Bryan Drury, Margurite Ferguson, Ryan Gardner, Grant Gordon, Angela Harrison, Shelby Hemphill, Robin Isaac, Destiny Kilpatrick, Layne Lepard, Karliscia Moore, Daniel Powell, Micheal Reynolds, Saul Rosales, Clarissa Smith, James Spears, Jeremiah Tindol, Carson Vanderpoorten, Jana Warren and William Myers

PRESTON: Dustin Burton

QUITMAN: Amy Beasley

RIDGELAND: Summer Lavender

SAUCIER: Tyler Cook and Gabrielle Stapp

SEBASTOPOL: Natalie Guidry

SEMMES, AL: Dylan Little

SENATOBIA: Andrea Hannaford

STARKVILLE: Kathy Davis and Michael Miller

STATE LINE: Dylan Snypes

STONEWALL: Randy Creighton

TUPELO: Carlos Gutierrez Alonso

UNION: Ryan Burkes, Rebecca Hitt, Jessica Joyner, Victoria Malone, Breanna Morgan, Tyler Sistrunk, Sarah Tatum, Christopher Bankston, Ashley Bozeman, Brittany Bryan, Kirstin Eversoll, Jonathan Fortenberry, Samuel Kelly, Glenda Ladd and Sarah Ricamore

VOSSBURG: Walter Stallings

WALNUT GROVE: Nathanael Barber, Amber Chandler, Tatyana Johnson, Shannon McNeill, Dekendrick Rushing, Clay Summers-Jones and Sarah Wysocki.

HONORABLE MENTION
(Alphabetically by hometown)
The following students were named to the Honorable Mention List and earned a 3.0 or above grade point average:
BAY SPRINGS: Fredrick Milsap

BRANDON: Nicolaus Callahan, Jacob Huff and Keely Wilcher

CANTON: Jonathan Brown and Yumiko Linn

CARTHAGE: Kenshelsa Boyd, Madie Brantley, Hunter Brown, Thomas Brown, Jeremy Carson, Chelsey Daugherty, Brianna Dorricott, Greyson Dye, Tyler Faulkner, Jamari Green, Monica Hamilton, Payton Hinkle, Keanu Hoye, Wesley Jelen, Shannon Keene, Britney McCurty, Andrew McMillan, Victoria Sanders, Kayla Searcy, Lillian Shuler, Alycia Watkins and Kristin White

CHOCTAW: Merrell Mitch and Jonica Thomas

CHUNKY: Kayla Kennedy, Jordan Alonso, Everett Fisher, Taylor Godwin, David Goetz, Braydon Lewis, Colby Skelton and Zachary Skelton

COLLINSVILLE: Mason Wooldridge and Savannah Alawine

COLUMBUS: Matthew Sykes

CONEHATTA: Courtney Johnson, Austin Jordan, Tania Rhodes, Darrin Rolison, Shawn Smith, Hanna Williams, Tanner Davis and Robyn Johnson

CORINTH: Tesia Keith

CUBA, AL: Brenda Brunson

DECATUR: Alisha Dunn, Colby Amis, Angela Anderson, Leah Chandler, Katy Ezelle, Chassidy Gates, Savannah Gates, Rachael Havard, Traci Lewis, James Nance, Michaela Rayner, Angela Reeves, Raigan Renfrow, Amanda Smith, Shannon Smith, Tylin Sorrells, Nicole Tucker and O'Sheana Wheaton

DESTREHAN, LA Jacob Johnson

ENTERPRISE: Jean Chandler

FLORENCE: Christopher Yarbrough

FOREST: Acacia Brown, Arieel Carter, Dominick Fields, Louis Hernandez, Ian Lanthrip, Jaylon Lofton, Christain Mazique, John Miles, Lee Patrick, Shelby Patterson, Lauren Peterson, Chandler Powell, Jay Riser, Johna Shoemaker, Peggy Sims, Brandi Stewart and Chiquita Wilson

GAUTIER: Kevin Hughes

GREENVILLE: Charles Gammill

HARPERVILLE: Dean Martin

HATTIESBURG: Allen Fails, Johnta Hughes and Mahalia Gibson

HICKORY: Cody Buckley, Peyton Cain, Kelly Chapman, Stefan McClellan and Joseph Page

JACKSON: Denisha Jones and Treveontae Willis

KENNEDY, AL: Karoline Holsonback

LAKE: Jonathon Hodge, Lacie Williams, Taylor Bone, Juan Cervantes, Rachel Clay, Rienzi Gray, Mara Hines, Wesley Hines, Melanie Moore, Clarissa Vanish and Colby Yarbrough

LAWRENCE: Glenn Bender, Shawna Bush, Daneisha Fulton and Tasha Willis

LENA: Katie Pigg

LITTLE ROCK: Duster Allgood, Christian Blum, William Cress, Samantha Ellingburg, Hannah May, Daniel McMahan and Emily Skinner

LOUIN: Edward Jones and Kurtis Simoneau

LOUISVILLE: Bailey Talbot, Taylor Alexander, Blaire Bankston, Christopher Barnett, Faith Brown, Bristol Buffington, John Carter, Jason Dempsey, Benjamin Duty, Kira Hardin, Morgan Hillhouse, Kayla Jenkins, Cody Johnson, Lane Johnson, Dyquan Jordan, Jenna Lovorn, John Moore, Morgan Orr, Charles Parkes, Chandler Smith, Jennifer Smith, Kelsey Smith, Justice Steele, Carl Steward, Hayden Stokes, Channing Wall, Javon Yarbrough and Chapin Walters

MACON: Reagan Fleming

MAGEE: Addie Ambrosier

MERIDIAN: Shelby McKelvaine, Sharon Blanks, Brandon Downing, Jamie Mathis and Lasondra Mercer

MORTON: Hunter Aycock, Melissa Barham, Tynequa Bryant, Patrick Harrell, Paxton Holmes, Meagan Johnson, Rachel Lopez, James O'Cain, Kelsey Porter, Kayla Sudduth, Daniela Vargas, Neely Watford and Kara Yates

NEWTON: Samantha Adams, Tiffany Anderson, Catherine Arrington, Tyteania Bell, Shaneka Blaylock, Anthony Broach, Marvell Buckley, KimberLee Dawes, Jovodaka Finley, Zachary Hammons, Cedric Harris, Malinda Harris, Justin Hawkins, Dustin Hines, Cathy Johnson, Jurnee Jordan, Christopher Kelley, Hester Knight, Tanya Lewis, Austin Mize, Zachary Munn, Toretha Norman, Trenea Pruitt, Hannah Robinson, Charles Roebuck, Anthony Wansley and Catherine Yohe

NOXAPATER: Steven Curtis, Taylor Deese, Weiying Wang, Anna Wells and Shamari Williams

OLIVE BRANCH: Lacey Field and Megan Yarbrough

PETAL: Caitlyn Aldous

PHILADELPHIA: Shaneisha Willis, Brittany Anderson, Clymene Bacon, Fallon Beckham, Jessie Boatner Jason Bradley, Cheryl Brown, Erin Cumberland, Quantel Deaton, Tammie Easley O'Neal, Virginia Easley, Shana Ely, Aaron Hancock, Leslie Heath, Jordan Jay, Amber Jones, Myeisha Jones, Sherry Keith, Colt Kilpatrick, Christina Lewis, Christopher Lyons, Grayson Moorehead, James Parten, Contessa Peebles, Dudrika Pickens, Lauren Posey, Damian Savage, Daniel Skipper, Brittnae Smith, Mackenz Smith, Tashina Taylor, Jeannie Triplett, Savannah Vanlandingham, Christopher Warren, Jeremy Watkins, Peyton Williamson, Sa'Toya Wilson and Andrew Winstead

PRESTON: Karla Higginbotham, Jessica Richardson and Jwanaque Triplett

PULASKI: Kimberly Harrison and Robert Strong

QUITMAN: Mallory Lee and Jelisa Pearson

RALEIGH: Justin Thornton

RIDGELAND: Eula Lewis

SALLIS: Caitlyn Burnley

SALTILLO: Abimael Rivera Romero

SARDIS: Keyon Jefferson

STARKVILLE: Patricia Young

STURGIS: Bay White

SUMRALL: Trenton Haden and Jordan Thomas

TAYLORSVILLE: George Owens

TOOMSUBA: Ashley Bell

TUPELO: Omar Gutierrez Alonso

TUSCALOOSA, AL: Racine Talla

UNION: Tiffany Smith, Jennifer Anderson, Katelynd Andrews, Brittany Burnham, Toby Edwards, Rachael Justice, Brandi Kilpatrick, Matthew Mason, Ryan Montgomery, Casey Parker, Maggie Peebles, Daniel Giles, Kirkland Griffin, Rebecca Harrison, Kristen Hawks, William Kennedy, Stephanie McCrary, Courtney Moorehead, Haley Moorehead, Russell Smith and Colby Todd

WALNUT GROVE: Ashland Ellington, Tanisha Imhof, Amber Pierce, Erin Thornton, Reba Thornton and Emily Price.




EMBDC - Upcoming Events

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Upcoming Events

Mitchell Distributing
Business After Hours
100 49th Ave
Thursday, May 28th
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Leadership Lauderdale Graduation
Business Before Hours
MSU Riley Center
Tuesday, June 2nd
8:00 a.m.

Meet & Greet with
Bill Hannah, EMBDC CEO/President
MSU Riley Center
Thursday, June 11th
8:00 a.m.

Anderson Regional Cancer Center
Business After Hours
1704 23rd Ave
Thursday, June 18th
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

United Way of East MS and Community Foundation of East MS Ribbon Cutting
4817 North Park Dr.
Friday, June 29th
10:00 a.m.




JCJC registering for half-price summer classes

Jones County Junior College
JCJC registering for half-price summer classes

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College is holding regular registration for summer classes on Friday, May 29, in Jones Hall from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The half-price summer tuition special is available for the two summer sessions which begin June 1, and July 6. This special tuition rate of $60 includes all online and traditional classes and it is available for all current and new students. Students will still be required to pay for books and other standard fees. Friday, May 29, is the last opportunity to register for summer classes. Students may register for Fall classes through the Student Success Center. Fall classes begin August 17 with the last opportunity to register for fall classes are during regular Fall Registration on Friday, August 14.

All prospective students should begin the registration process by completing an Application for Admissions Application which can be found on the JCJC web page or by clicking on the link. Previously enrolled students or transferring students may call the Student Success Center for an early registration appointment for summer or fall classes at (601)-477-4184.

Individuals who have not yet attended Jones for college credit should visit the New2Jones section of the website for guidance by clicking on the link: http://www.jcjc.edu/new2jones.php. Future students will find a checklist for requirements for admissions, ensuring all necessary paperwork is complete before classes begin.

To register for summer or Fall 2015 classes, new students are required to make an appointment for “Jones UpClose.” The half-day program is designed to welcome new students to the Jones community in a small group setting. The dates for Jones UpClose can be found at http://www.jcjc.edu/registration. New students must make an appointment for one of these dates by calling the Office of Recruiting at (601)-477-4116.

Before students can register, all entrance requirements must be met. Students must have a final high school and /or college transcript, or a GED score. An ACT score is also required. The Admissions and Records Office in the Hutcheson-Hubbard Administration Building can determine if entrance requirements have been met. For more information call the Admissions and Records office at (601)-477-4025.

Jones also offers convenient class times and online classes for those who are unable to attend classes at the Ellisville campus. Students enrolling in the MSVCC (100% online classes) or Jones hybrid on-line classes (75% online classes) should register prior to June 1 by contacting the Student Success Center at (601)-477-4184. General information concerning the requirements of the online classes is available through the JCJC eLearning web page at http://www.jcjc.edu/elearning and at specified registration terminals. Initial communication from online instructors to students will be through the campus e-mail system. Online classes begin Monday, June 1, through July 24. The online class fee is an additional $30 per MSVCC online class. Students can call the eLearning office for additional information at (601)-477-5454.

The summer registration fee is $40. Mississippi students will be charged $60 per semester hour this summer and out of state students will be charged an additional $10 per semester hour. All students are charged a Technology fee of $3 per hour up to $36 and a $40 health fee for free visits to the campus nurse practitioner and use of fitness center. Additional lab fees and eBooks may also apply. For more information call (601)-477-4000 or (601)-477-4184.


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




JCJC sophomores earn Gold Key Awards

Jones County Junior College
JCJC sophomores earn Gold Key Awards

ELLISVILLE– Twelve Jones County Junior College sophomores are eligible to receive the Academic Gold Key honor because of their 4.0 GPA prior to final exams. Six other graduating students were awarded Leadership, Athletic and Merit Gold Key Awards during graduation practice.

The Merit Gold Key recipients are Jacob Ivy of Taylorsville and Brooke Miley of Sumrall. Leadership Gold Key recipients are Jonathan Nelson of Petal and Lindsay Miller of Ellisville. Baseball player, Chris Morgan of Madison and softball player and NJCAA Player of the Year, Tori Dew of Stonewall were selected for the Athletic Gold Key Award. These students were voted on by the sophomore class for this special recognition.

The twelve JCJC students expected to receive the Academic Gold Key honor include: Brandon Atwood of Seminary; Trent Black of Ellisville; Lauren Halase of Jayess; Emily Hill of Columbia; Anna Houston of Laurel; Kensey Jordan of Buckatunna; Lauren Lott of Hattiesburg; Lauren Sanders of Morton; Jordan Simmons of Laurel; Chandler Hardin of Raleigh; Lakin Thornton of Raleigh and Breanna Williams of Laurel.

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




East Central Most Beautiful & Most Handsome Pageant

East Central Community College
East Central Pageant Selected as the Outstanding Pageant of the Year
DECATUR - The Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges selected East Central Community College’s Beauty and Beau Pageant as Outstanding Pageant of the Year recently. Each year, the association presents an award for an outstanding pageant that recognizes excellence in the pageant industry. The award was presented to Maria McLeod, co-chairman of the ECCC pageant during the organization’s annual awards’ banquet.
The Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges Board made selection of this award. The pageant was judged and nominated by a member of a panel of judges selected from the Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges membership who feel the pageant is excellent in areas of organization, contestants’ knowledge of competition expectations, knowledgeable and rehearsed masters of ceremony, attention to detail in decoration, programs, admission, score sheet and tabulation structure and contestant flow, etc.
“For East Central to be recognized by such a distinguished group as the Mississippi Association of Pageant Judges is quite an honor especially considering the number of pageants throughout the state with which they are involved each year,” said McLeod.
Shirley agreed with McLeod and said she was exceptionally excited to receive the news that the pageant had been chosen for such a prestigious honor.
“There is a lot of work, behind-the-scenes prior to the pageant actually takes place that is key to the success of the event,” Shirley said. “We are fortunate to have a good group of people working together to host a top-notch production.”
The ECCC Pageant Committee members include Co-chairman McLeod and Shirley, Bill Wagnon, Ronald Westbrook, John Everett, Ed Girling, Gennie Taylor, Deanna Rush, Daniele Brock, Amanda Walton, Carla Jacome-Cluff, Barry Karrh, Stacey Pollock, Kristie Pilgrim and Mae Thornton.





Family and Friends Day Program

Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Highway 80 East Hickory, MS
Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church of Hickory will have their Family and Friends Day Program
June 7th at 3:00 pm Guest Speaker will be Rev. Gary Hampton from Sturgis, MS




Voter Registration Cards ... mail out

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We have not mailed out voter registration cards in months and months in preparation for the Senate and House redistricting line changes, whereas these cards are normally mailed out monthly. In late June almost 45,000 cards will be mailed to each and every voter who has a valid address. It is the voter’s responsibility to always correct their name or address every time there is a change. Those changes need to always be made with the voter’s county circuit clerk office in writing. You can make those changes on the back of your voter registration card or go to your county circuit clerk’s office. We talk about every time you move, it needs to be known, so your vote will count, even if across the street or down the road. If you have dropped a post office box or added a post office box, this can affect your mail and your voter registration card could be returned. Please ask your family members, your co-workers and neighbors about their registration . If anyone has any questions, call 601 482-9731.

601 482-9731


ECCC Receives $10,000 Grant to Enhance Online Learning Programs

East Central Community College
ECCC Receives $10,000 Grant to Enhance Online Learning Programs

The East Central Community College eLearning Education Program has received a $10,000 grant through the Mississippi Virtual Community College Innovative Learning and Design Grant Program designed to enhance the experience and success of students enrolled in online learning courses.

Dr. Krista LeBrun, dean of eLearning Education, said that ECCC will use the grant to expand the college’s eLearning Education facilities and testing services and for faculty professional development.

“East Central Community College has seen a significant growth in online enrollment in the past decade, which has resulted in an immediate need to expand our testing services and facilities, and this grant will help us achieve the first phase of a three-phase process,” said LeBrun.

ECCC’s eLearning Education Program will move to a larger physical location in fall 2015 to better accommodate the increasing online enrollment. The new location will include expanded office and lounge space to allow faculty and staff to better serve students and a testing center that accommodates 29 testing carrels and proctoring computers to replace the 14 testing stations available in the current location.

LeBrun said that ECCC currently services about 5,000 online testing and proctored examinations each semester.

“Doubling the capacity of our testing center will give us a facility that is comparable to national standards and ensures academic integrity and reliable proctoring services using the most state-of-the-art technology,” she said.

The expanded testing center will allow for future implementation of non-traditional services for peak, night, and weekend testing, as well as be ADA compliant.

The grant also will support professional development for eLearning faculty on Canvas, the learning management system that East Central uses to deliver online instruction.

“It is important that our instructors have opportunities to learn new and emerging technologies,” said LeBrun. “Technology changes almost daily and this will allow our faculty to be at the forefront of the most recent changes in order to enhance the educational opportunities for our students.”

MSVCC is a consortium of Mississippi’s 15 community colleges that makes it possible for these colleges to leverage their distance learning resources, including faculty, courses, support services, and technology.

MSVCC’s Innovative Learning and Design Mini-Grants, or MILD, are awarded to consortium institutions to support faculty and staff through innovative learning and design services and activities that benefit the mission and strategic plan of the MSVCC to better serve and educate students.


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




Meridian Main Street - Downtown Happenings ... May 26th - May 31st

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Downtown Happenings ... May 26th - May 31st ... Vol. lV No. 27

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

Event: 2015 Memorial Day Celebration
Location: Lauderdale County Courthouse
Time: 10am - 11am
For More Information: Call 601.681.8060
Free event for the community.

Event: Lunch Special
Location: Aie's Taste of Thai
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.484.5858
$7.99 Lunch Special M - F from 11-3.

Event: Linens are in for Spring
Location: The Liberty Shop
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5331
Just in time for spring, come get your linens at the liberty shop!

Event: Deals on Select Items
Location:Planters Supply
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2684
Deals on ferns, peppers, tomatoes, elephant ears, milk weeds, lemon grass, garden seeds, and more!

Event: 15% off Framing
Location:Lucas Road
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.483.0028
all frames are 15% off.

Event: 60% off Prom Dresses
Location:BambinosBoutique
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.5253
Adult Prom Dresses, 60% off.

Event: Shirt & Tie Combos
Location:Sam's Fashion
Time: All Week
For More Information: Call 601.693.2731

Event: Half Off Bottles of Wine
Location:Weidmann's
Time: Every Monday
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm.

Event: Meridian Craft Beer Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 7pm - 8pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
The Meridian Craft Beer Club meets and discusses a craft each week.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Event: Terrific Tuesday Facebook Sale
Location: LaBiche Jewelers
Time: 9am
For More Information: Call 601.693.6071
Every Tuesday morning at 9am, an item with a Terrific sale price will be posted on Facebook! It will be available on a first come, first served basis for that day only!

Event: Free Computer Training
Location:AOTECH Computers
Time: 10am-11:30am & 6:00pm-7:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.990.8324
These classes are designed specifically for beginners and include basic skill building and clear explanations of basic computer components. We will cover the following Topics: Basic Computers Skills, Operating System Differences [ Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux ] and Introduction to the internet. Advanced computer training is coming soon.

Event: Surf n' Turf Night
Location:Harvest Grill
Time: 5:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.282.5609

Event: Ladies Night
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
Local Live Music!

Event: Kevin Ace Robinson
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Event: Trivia Night
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 8pm till close
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770
Happy Hour 4pm - 7pm

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Event: Half Price Drinks During Happy Hour
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 4pm - 7pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770

Event: Live Trivia
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 8pm - 11:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Event: Meridian Lions Club
Location:Rush Hospital Cafeteria
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
For More Information: Call 662.418.5848
Anyone in the community is welcome as a guest!

Event: How to Do Business with Lockheed Martin
Location: Union Station, 2nd Floor
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
For More Information: Call 601.693.1306
How to do Business with Lockheed Martin-Meridian. All Services and Vendors are needed for renovations of plant. Please register for event by calling Natalie Purvis 601.693.1306.

Event: Cedric Burnside Project
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 8:00pm - 12:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Friday, May 29, 2015

Event: MUM Day
Location:Meridian Underground Music
Time: All Day
For More Information: Call 601.485.1363
Receive a gift or a discount on your purchase when wearing a MUM t-shirt on Fridays.

Event: Shootin' and Scootin' Club
Location:Brickhaus
Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242
See website for details.

Event: DJ Tech
Location:BrickHaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Event: Meridian Mini Maker Faire
Location: Soule Steam Works
Time: 10am - 5pm
For More Information: Call 601.917.3471
So what is "Maker Faire"? Maker Faire creates opportunities for conversations with Makers - tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and entrepreneurs all come together to show their projects and to talk about what they have learned. It is a community-based learning event that inspires everyone to become a maker, and connect with people and projects in their local community. Yet, Maker Faire is a "fair" - fun, engaging, and exciting.

Event: Matt Hines & The Big Mound Brothers
Location: BrickHaus
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
For More Information: Call 601.490.5242

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Event: Jazz Brunch with Steve Watson
Location:Weidmann's
Time: 10am - 4pm
For More Information: Call 601.581.5770


If you would like your event on Meridian Main Street's Downtown Happenings, the deadline is Thursday at noon the week before
a published calendar (calendars are sent on Mondays)


For all community events check out the Meridian Community Calendar


Meridian Main Street is an award winning not-for-profit, public/private partnership working in concert with others for the revitalization of downtown Meridian. To join Main Street, call 601.693.7480 or visit our website http://meridianmainstreet.com. Like us on Facebook: Meridian Main Street


ECCC Announces 2015 Kids’ College Schedule

East Central Community College Decatur, MS
ECCC Announces 2015 Kids’ College Schedule
The 2015 Kids’ College Program at East Central Community College in Decatur kicks off July 6 and continues through July 17 with classes ranging from athletics to archery to baking.
The registration fee is $50 per class and each participant receives a Kids’ College T-shirt. The deadline to register is Friday, May 29.
Kristi Smith serves as Kids’ College director.
“We are excited about this year's Kids College program, which offers a variety of classes that we hope participants will enjoy” Smith said.

Course offerings include the following:
July 6-10
Little Warrior Tennis: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn and practice basic grips, forehand and backhand strokes, and how to serve and volley. Students should bring a tennis racquet and wear tennis shoes. Pete Mazella will serve as instructor.
Theater: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn theater skills and techniques through creative exercise and games, and performances of short theater plays. ECCC English Instructor Rachel Tyson will provide instruction.
Little Warrior Baseball: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn various skills including pitching, hitting, catching and running, along with offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring baseball equipment including bats, gloves and cleats. ECCC Assistant Baseball Coach Jake Rowell will serve as instructor.
Archery: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9 -12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Archery for beginners is sponsored by Archery Addicts Anonymous. Participants will learn the basics of shooting a compound bow like a pro in competitive 3-D, field and hunting applications. Every student will need to bring his or her own bow simulator (an inexpensive long ladies’ synthetic silky scarf). Terry Rivers will serve as instructor.
Little Warrior Basketball: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9 -12, 10:30 to noon. Instructions will be provided in the areas of dribbling, passing, shooting and offensive and defensive plays. ECCC Assistant Basketball Coach Devarus Walker will serve as instructor.
Little Warrior Softball: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn the skills needed to pitch, hit, catch and run, along with offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring softball equipment including bats, gloves and cleats. ECCC softball assistant coach Courtney Nunn will serve as instructor.
Chefs in Training: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn to make simple dishes full of flavor and fun. ECCC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Barry Karrh will serve as instructor.

July 7 and July 8
Spa Kamp- 8:30 a.m. to Noon; Ages 5-9, Tuesday, July 7; ages 10-12, Wednesday, July 8. Students will learn the steps of a guided facial, have their hair washed and styled, have their nails painted and receive a foot bath and pedicure. ECCC cosmetology instructor Carla Jacome-Cluff will supervise the day’s activities and cosmetology students will perform procedures. Please Note: space is limited for these classes and seating is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

July 13-17
Little Warrior Soccer: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn the techniques of dribbling, passing, defending and scoring. Students should bring soccer equipment including cleats, ball and shin guards. ECCC soccer oaches Kenneth Thompson and Gray Massey will serve as instructors.
Little Warrior Football: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9-12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn skills needed to pass, score, catch and kick while mastering offensive and defensive plays. Students should bring cleats. ECCC football assistants Ben Cooper and Tylan Martin will provide instruction.
Budding Bakers: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn to make kid-friendly Southern desserts. ECCC Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Barry Karrh will serve as instructor.
Mad Scientist: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9 -12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn that science is fun by experimenting with crazy concoctions, including gruesome goo, monster bubbles and an active volcano. ECCC Science Division Chair Curt Skipper will serve as instructor.
Drawing/Painting: Ages 5-8, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; Ages 9-12, 10:30 to noon. Participants will learn basic drawing and painting techniques and learn to use a variety of different art utensils. Ben Wall will provide instruction.
Little Warrior Cheerleading: Ages 5-8, 10:30 to noon; Ages 9 -12, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn sideline cheers, floor cheers, stunts and dances. Chafony Poole will serve as instructor.
For more information, contact Smith at 601-635-6213. The e-mail address is ksmith@eccc.edu. The registration form can be downloaded from the college’s website at www.eccc.edu.


601-635-6213


“Impossible goal” attained by new JCJC graduate, Jami Taylor

Jones County Junior College
“Impossible goal” attained by new JCJC graduate, Jami Taylor
ELLISVILLE- Among the hundreds of Jones County Junior College graduates recently was 57-year old Jami Taylor of Ellisville. Faced with unemployment when the sewing factory in Laurel and Richton closed where she had worked in accounts payable for 18-years and sewed for 10-years, she didn’t know if she could find another job. She discovered, through the help of family and friends, an opportunity to return to college and get “re-trained.” Having only a 10th grade education and not feeling confident in her educational skills, Taylor was very hesitant about taking college courses.

“I was scared to death at the thought of coming back to school! I have to support myself so I really didn’t have a choice. College wasn’t in my plans but God opened the doors,” said Taylor.

Among some of the “Guardian Angels” at JCJC, as Taylor calls her teachers are Jane Jones, Kimberly Bradshaw and Teresa Robertson. She said they helped her every step of the way. Taylor explained, growing up she never went to the same school for an entire year because her parents constantly moved. In second grade she failed reading and was terrified of taking Algebra.

“I have to have help. I thought college was too big of a goal for me to reach,” shared Taylor. The difference she said was, “Some teachers went above and beyond to help me, tutoring me, wiping my tears, counseling me and even working with me until I fell asleep,” said Taylor. “Jane Jones held my hand and prepared me to take the ACT again. Without these teachers I would not be here today, graduating!”

The upbeat single mother of two adults, Wendy Allen of Petal and Laura Parker of Ellisville, took on the challenge for two years and “did nothing” but study. Her hard work paid off because she graduated with a 3.96 GPA. Last fall, she received an invitation to join the international honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. As an active member, she generously gave her time helping with community and campus activities. Taylor also earned a couple of scholarships through the Non-Traditional Student Association.
“I had no desire or even thought I could do this. Now, I can’t wipe the smile off my face because I can’t believe I graduated with honors! If I can do it, anyone can do it,” said Taylor, who is grateful for the JCJC teachers who made her realize anything is possible.

While the teachers made a huge impact on her, Taylor said the kids also made an impression on her too. Jatari McCann of Laurel is one of the many new friends she gained over her two years who encouraged Taylor, and vice versa.

McCann said, “I just reminded Jami, ‘We got this!’ every time she got stressed.”

Now with a smile on her face, Taylor says proudly, she is a graduate of JCJC and would recommend Jones to anyone because everyone was so helpful. “I never thought I'd graduate from college!”

Her daughter Laura Parker of Ellisville admitted, while preparing for the commencement ceremony, her mother’s success has inspired her to think about getting her college degree.

“I’m extremely proud of my mom. She worked hard with lots of late nights studying. I’m thinking about coming back to school now that my kids are older,” said Parker.
Taylor found a job about three weeks ago at a local transportation company in accounts receivable. She said she’s also hoping she will be able to help her daughter Laura reach her college goals while spending some fun time with her grandkids.


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




JCJC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Application Deadline Extended

Jones County Junior College
JCJC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program Application Deadline Extended

ELLISVILLE- The application deadline for Jones County Junior College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program for the fall 2015 semester has been extended to June 5, 2015. The program at Jones County Junior College is designed to train a sonographer to work in each type of general sonography setting and to proficiently perform each task. General sonography includes, but is not limited to; abdominal organs, pediatric studies, obstetrics and gynecology and the endocrine system. Although our program does not offer a full vascular study, due to the organization of our clinical sites, our students are exposed to a considerable amount of vascular sonography.

The Diagnostic Medical Sonography curriculum offers three and five month options as well as a one-Year program completion. This program combines classroom instruction, laboratory work, and clinical experience to prepare students for employment and advancement in the sonography field.

Admission requirements for the program include: must be accepted to or eligible for enrollment at Jones County Junior College, have a minimum composite score of 17 on the American College Test (ACT), have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, have either a Bachelor’s of Science degree in any field from an accredited institution OR be a Registered Radiologic Technologist (A.R.R.T.) and in good standing with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, OR have successfully completed a two-year patient care based program from an accredited institution and complete the Diagnostic Medical Sonography application package. Students must have also completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II, college algebra and a physical science course.

Each freshman Diagnostic Medical Sonography class at Jones County Junior College begins in the fall semester. Students receive approximately forty (40) hours of combined classroom instruction, clinical instruction and practical experience each week during the one-year program. Classroom and lab instruction are offered at Jones County Junior College. Clinical participation and scheduled rotations are offered at the clinical sites. Clinical Affiliates are located in Hattiesburg, Collins, Picayune and Magee. In the future, the Sonography Program may offer additional sites.

Graduates of this program will have the skills necessary for employment as sonographers under the direct supervision of a physician. Students will be prepared to work in any sonographic setting and will be trained in all areas of general sonography. Upon completion of the program students will be eligible to sit for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography exam to become registered sonographers.

For more information or to request an application packet call, 601-477-4220, or email Wanda Finch at wanda.finch@jcjc.edu or visit the website at: http://www.jcjc.edu/programs/medicalsonography/index.php.

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




The Craig Roberston Foundation - (2nd Annual Mini-Youth Football Camp)

Meridian High School, Ray Stadium
The Craig Roberston Foundation
(2nd Annual Mini-Youth Football Camp)

FREE-FREE_FREE
Craig Roberston of the Cleveland Browns (NFL) will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Mini-Youth Football Day Camp associated with the City of meridian Parks and Recreation Department.

The Camp will be held on Saturday, June 27th, 2015
9:00 am until 1:00 pm @ Meridian High School, Ray Stadium

**Registration Deadline is: June 1st, 2015. For further information, call (601)485-1802 or (601) 604-1445




State Fire Marshal Stresses Grilling Fire Safety ...

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State Fire Marshal Stresses Grilling Fire Safety for Family Memorial Day Cookouts

JACKSON- If you’re dusting off the grill this holiday weekend for a family cookout, Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney urges
you to practice grilling fire safety. The improper or careless use of a grill, of any type, can be a threat to your home, your friends, and your family.

“The most dangerous time in using any grill is when you ignite it, particularly if this is the first time you’re using it this season. For the safest family cookout
this Memorial Day weekend, take the extra time you need to clean and prepare your grill properly,” Chaney said.

For a safe family cookout this weekend, the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office, recommends these grilling safety tips:

• Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
• The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
• Do not use a grill under a carport or garage.
• Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
• Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
• Never leave your grill unattended.

Charcoal grills
• There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
• If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. Do not use gasoline.
• Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
• There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
• When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Propane grills
• Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
• Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles.
• If your grill has a gas leak, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill.
• If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
• If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

More fire safety tips are available on the State Fire Marshal page of the MID website, www.mid.ms.gov, the State Fire Marshal Facebook page,
and @MSInsuranceDept and @MSFireSafe on Twitter.

Donna J. Cromeans
Public Relations Director
Mississippi Insurance Department
Office-(601)359-3579
Cell – (601)-826-9600



Meridian High School will host graduation on Friday, May 22 at 7:00

Meridian High School Ray Stadium
Meridian High School will host graduation on Friday, May 22 at 7:00 p.m. in Ray Stadium.

Here are a few items that we would love your help in spreading the word about:
-Guest seating will be limited to the West side of the stadium (press box side) due to on-going construction on the East side of the stadium.
-For those who may need wheelchair accessible accommodations, parking will be available in front of the Multi-purpose building. Wheelchairs will enter through the gate beside the Multi-purpose building, and a seating area has been designated for Wheelchairs Only.
-Parking will be available on the band practice field, the student parking lot, and the football practice field.


Elizabeth McDonald
Public Relations Director
Meridian Public School District
601.482.0423
emcdonald@mpsdk12.net




City of Meridian announces new trolley service for seniors

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City of Meridian announces new trolley service for seniors

WHO: City of Meridian

WHAT: Catch the trolley as the “SilverLine Express” connects senior residents with local businesses and community events.

WHERE: Deville Manor on 1914 11th Street, Meridian, MS

WHEN: Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:15 a.m. The trolley will travel from Deville Manor Apartments to the Council of Aging Health Fair and Fish Fry. College Park Apartment residents will also be transported to and from events at Frank Cochran Center.

WHY: The City of Meridian is encouraging trolley transportation while also fostering a sense of community among local residents. The Community Development Department hopes to use this opportunity to enhance trolley services to better meet the needs of our city