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Vol. 23 S No. 12

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For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord . Luke 2:11

Local Resident Delivers Presentation at Mathematics Advancement in Teaching through Professional Development (MAT-PD) Mini-Conference

Jackson, MS - November 5, 2016: Andre Jones, a local teacher at Gary Road Intermediate recently delivered a presentation at Jackson State University during the Mathematics Advancement in Teaching through Professional Development (MAT-PD) Mini-Conference. Andrea Jones, a former participant in this program, was invited back to discuss a subject dear to her heart, “Real world applications of multiplication, division, and rounding”. In her previous capacity as a 4th grade math teacher, Mrs. Jones felt compelled to show her students how basic math concepts are applicable in everyday life. Along with classroom activities that brought real life scenarios into classroom instruction, worksheets, and homework, Mrs. Jones capped her lesson with a field trip to Kroger whereby students utilized these math concepts to plan and shop for a Thanksgiving menu within budget.

Helmick Graduates State Fire Academy

Baptist Medical Clinic - Byram Participates in Operation Christmas Child Baptist Medical Clinic Byram staff participated in Operation Christmas Child packing shoe boxes. This was our first year to participate in OCC and we packed 24 boxes for children overseas to receive for Christmas. Pictured: Back Row: Scott Davis MD, Pamela Bingham PA-C, Kristin Dollarhide, Bruce Boyd, Marsha Lee, Lisa Williamson, Douglas Yeager MD, Lori Jones, Keith Harris MD. Middle Row: Rhonda Taylor, Wanda King, Cathy Crain, Joanna Mason PA-C. Front Row: Amy Carraway, Blair Minyard, Kristin Smith-Weaver.

Silent Night BYRAM’S CHRISTMAS PARADE Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:00a.m. Rain Date Sunday, December 4 2:00

For entry form and parade route

Firefighter Charles D. Helmick of the Byram Fire Department graduated November 10, 2016 from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001 Firefighter I-II course held at the Mississippi State Fire Academy in Jackson, MS. This intense seven week course included classroom and hands-on instruction in the areas of fire behavior, fire suppression, rescue, incident command, hazardous materials and other fire related topics. This course meets and exceeds the National Fire Protection Association for Firefighter Qualifications and the uniform minimum training standards stated in the Mississippi Code section 45-11-7. The Mississippi State Fire Academy is a division of the Mississippi Insurance Department. Commissioner Mike Chaney and Academy Executive Director Reggie Bell conclude that firefighters, through their newly acquired skills and knowledge, will be an asset to the fire departments they represent in implementing fire protection and prevention for their community.


Junior Auxiliary Byram/Terry Angel Tree Coat & Toy Drive

7:00pm - Byram City Hall, 5901 Terry Road. Thursday, December 8th

Donate a new toy for a boy or girl Donate a new or gently worn coat, scarf, hat or gloves.

CLOSING: City offices will be closed Monday, December 26, for Christmas And Monday, January 2 for New Years Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

The Winner Is David Jones Congratulations, to our customer David Jones of Byram on winning our 50 inch TV Giveaway at your Vowell’s Marketplace provided by our local Coca- Cola Distributor. Our drawing was held on Wednesday November 16th. Pictured customer David Jones and Store Director Greg Hill

GRE Teacher of the Year Special congratulations go to our GRE Teacher of the Year, Mrs. McFarland! Mrs. McFarland is a dedicated and innovative first grade teacher here at GRE and we congratulate her on this well-deserved award! GRE at job!

Two ways to help

Public drop off location Byram & Terry City Halls Coats can be dropped off at Martin’s Cleaner 5752 Terry Road Donation accepted through December10 All donations benefit children of Byram/Terry communities.

The Way of the Nativity join us as we present our 5th annual

Drive through Live Nativity Lakeshore Church 6880 Siwell Rd. Friday December 16 - 6:00p.m.10:00p.m. Saturday December 17 - 6:00-10:00p.m




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FLAG REPOSITORY If you have a worn out, faded, tattered American flag that needs to be retired, there is a flag repository at Central Fire Station located at 200 Byram Parkway (across the road from Wee Care Day Care Center). Bring your old flag to the fire station and place it in the box which is located in the front lobby. The flags will be transferred to a boy scout troop to be retired properly in an official flag burning ceremony.


The City of Byram Fire Department will allow residential burning of natural materials by permit only. The permit is FREE , is GOOD FOR ONE YEAR from the date of issuance and can be completed at the fire station at 200 Byram Parkway. Please bring your picture ID with you




City of Byram is seeking to replace the hanging banners currently displayed throughout the city. Banners are sold in a set of 4, each having a different theme. Anyone interested in purchasing these banners are asked to call Deputy City Clerk Linda White at 601-3727746 or email For a minimal fee, banners are a great way to advertise your business and beautify our city simultaneously.

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RECYCLE INFORMATION Byram Public Works, 550 Executive Boulevard Hours: Monday – Friday from 9am-2pm, every other Saturday from 8am-12pm

Greenhouse Growers: Here's your heads-up -The 27th annual Greenhouse Tomato Short Course will be MARCH 7 & 8, 2017 at Eagle Ridge Conference Center, Raymond, Mississippi -just outside of Jackson. Mark your calendars now! Online registration will start in early January. info: http://








Why I fight for Mississippi public schools, students and educators: Over 490,000 Mississippi children attend public K-12 schools · All of today's children are our future workers, educators, providers, protectors, leaders, criminals, prisoners, unemployed, etc. – their K-12 education determines their path. · No child gets to choose its parents, their parents’ education level, work history or the community into which they are born. · It is far cheaper to educate a child for 13 years (K-12) than to incarcerate or provide government programs for 40 years. · An educated child is our greatest asset - an uneducated child is our greatest liability. · Educators do not choose their profession for fame or riches. · We are losing quality educators because we do not pay them enough to stay above the poverty level. · The only road out of Mississippi poverty goes directly through the schoolhouse door · Poor school districts in poor communities do not have the ability to raise property taxes to cover underfunding by the legislature - they simply suffer and some don't even have books. · Politicians (of both stripes), not educators, are solely responsible for funding or underfunding our public schools · Politicians (of both stripes), not educators, have directly caused the following in our public schools: · Higher local property taxes; · Over-crowded classrooms · Inadequate and inequitable funding · Unfunded mandates · Scarce resources · Unnecessary assessments · Standardized testing contracts using of $100 Million of scarce school dollars. · There is a direct, powerful, profit-driven group trying to get their hands on public school dollars in every state. This is about profit- not education of children · Too many decisions about education are not made in public, with proper notice to the public, and contracts are hidden from the public. · Apart from parents, good teachers have the most impact on the direction of a child's direction · Teachers are responsible for our most valuable assets: our children and our future. Think about it: It truly ALL starts with education! Jay Hughes State Representative House District 12 662-816-2888

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Free background information upon request Mississippi State Hospital Christmas Parade Set for December 2 WHITFIELD — Mississippi State Hospital’s annual Christmas Parade will roll through the streets of its campus on Friday, Dec. 2. The parade starts at 10, with the line up of floats beginning Call the MSH Public Relations office at (601) 351-8018 for more information. at 9. The public is invited. More than 40 floats and bands will be part of the parade. Bands scheduled to march include Jim Hill High School, Forest Hill High School, Canton High School, Ridgeland High School, Raymond High School, Chastain Middle School, Rowan Middle School, Raymond ROTC and Ridgeland ROTC. Santa Day, the culmination of MSH’s holiday activities, is Dec. 21. 1 Timothy 6:17 - Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high -minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP/CENTURY CLUB CHARITIES DONATES $26,861 TO STEWPOT JACKSON, Miss. (November 17, 2016) – Century Club Charities, the host organization for the Sanderson Farms Championship, presented a $26,861 donation to Stewpot Community Services. Collected at the tournament’s annual Sunday worship service, this marks the third consecutive year for the donation to Stewpot. Peter Marks, Century Club President, and Steve Jent, Executive Director of the Sanderson Farms Championship, presented the check to Amy Brooks, Board Chair of Stewpot Community Services. “Century Club Charities is delighted to once again contribute to Stewpot Community Services,” said Marks. “Our members believe by giving to such a valuable community organization this donation will help Jackson’s seniors, individuals, and families who are unable to make ends meet, especially during the holiday season.” Jent agreed, “As host of the Sanderson Farms Championship, Mississippi’s only PGA TOUR event, Century Club Charities is humbled to be able to make a difference in the community through this gift to Stewpot.” Brooks expressed gratitude for the donation saying, “Stewpot appreciates the Century Club for selecting us as their 2016 honoree, recognizing the valuable work our 16 ministries do for children, teens, men and women, and the elderly. We can promise this will be put to very good use to help our clients at Stewpot.”

About Century Club Charities Century Club Charities is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt 501(c) 3 organization, which exists to promote the game of golf for the benefit of Mississippi charities. Since 1994, Century Club Charities has served as the host organization for Mississippi’s PGA TOUR event, helping to raise more than $11 million for statewide charities. A b o u t T h e S a n d e r s o n F a r m s C h a m p i o n s h i p The Sanderson Farms Championship is an annual stop on the PGA TOUR hosted by Century Club Charities, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the game of golf for the benefit of charity. The tournament’s primary beneficiary is Friends of Children’s Hospital. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its sixth year as a part of the FedExCup. Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM), the nation’s third largest poultry producer based in Laurel, Miss., is the title sponsor. Photo (L to R:) Jeff Hubbard, Secretary, Century Club Charities; Peter Marks, President, Century Club Charities; Amy Brooks, Board Chair, Stewpot Community Services; and Steve Jent, Executive Director, Sanderson Farms Championship.

Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words! - 2 Corinthians 9:15 (NLT)







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Byram Business Association By Hal Lusk The Byram Business Association was pleased to have Noel Daniels with Rankin First Economic Development Authority as our guest speaker on Tuesday, November 16th. There were 30 members in attendance for the meeting. Rankin First was created to speed up projects needed in Rankin County to spur economic development. This organization exists solely to provide private participation into the county's economic development efforts. Mr. Daniels primarily focused on the partnership that we have, and continue to need, between Hinds, Rankin and Madison County to enhance the overall economic development of the greater Jackson area. He discussed the importance of growth for the City of Jackson, as it is the foundation of the metro area, and if it does well, all surrounding cities will continue to grow. Mr. Daniels referenced the Continental Tire plant that is opening in Hinds County and the amphitheater opening in Rankin County stating every new business that opens in a city can have a substantial impact on all surrounding cities including jobs, increased tax revenue and higher business revenue for small businesses. Also discussed were the changes coming to the Jackson International Airport. Since the departure of select airlines and lack of one way flights there has been a lot pressure for the airport to make changes. Among these discussed and soon to be implemented is the addition of a new runway and new airline that will help bring more flights to Jackson. If you would like more information on Rankin First Economic Development Author-

ity you can visit Pictured l-R: Hal Lusk, Joe Rooks, Noel Daniels, Conn Livingston and Dorian Allen Wayne Cameron with Jackson Area Federal Credit Union opened our meeting with a word of prayer. Door Prizes Provided by Monte’s Steak and Seafood $25 Gift Certificate Old School Mobile Detail $150 Full Vehicle Detail Gift Certificate Joe Rooks with Revell Hardware – Tool Set Howell and Romines CPA provided a banana pudding desert for the luncheon Announcements City of Byram Parks and Recreation presented a recognition plaque to Joe Rooks with Revell Hardware for their sponsorship of the new Byram Soccer Association. Welcome to our new member in the BBA: Teresa Hammaker with Cornerstone Mental Health Services A special thanks to Monte’s Steak and Seafood for hosting the monthly luncheon, our dedicated Byram Business Association Members and the Byram Banner for their continued service to the Byram Business Association and Community. If you would like to be a part of the Byram Business Association or have questions about joining please contact Hal Lusk, BBA President, at 601-955-8717 or


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601-371-8499 Located in the Swinging Bridge Market I-55 East Frontage Rd Suite 312 ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS: Public education and transparency were on the chopping block in your Capitol this week. The public education funding formula for your local schools is proposed to be dramatically changed by a two-year-old New Jersey company with fewer than 10 young employees. This is important for two reasons, and scary for many more. First, the MAEP funding formula dolls out over $2 Billion dollars every year to our local school districts, with a goal that all children have the same access to a quality education and resources. The MAEP took two years to create in the 1990’s, with thousand of hours of work and hundreds of bi-partisan meetings. Now, EdBuild, a new little company, has been hired, in secret in the capitol, with a no-bid contract that has been declared to be secret from the public. Now, these New Jersey employees will re-write our funding formula in only 8 weeks, with two public meetings in Jackson. Second, in a free society, transparency is not only goal, but also the duty of elected officials as to what we are doing with public money. In Mississippi, this is no longer the case. The House of Representatives Management Committee met this week and formally declared that the EdBuild contract and all other legislative contracts shall be kept secret from the public (they already declared their emails private). The Scary part: In an effort to calm the public unrest, leadership held a single, onehour public meeting for the people and EdBuild this Thursday. It was on less than 72 hours notice, in Jackson, at a time when parents and teachers could not attend. Fortunately, many figure out a way to be there and voice concerns. The really troubling part is who did not make the effort to attend and hear the people: Chairman of Senate Education Committee; Chairman of the House Education Committee; MS Department of Education leadership; Lt. Gov. Reeves; Speaker Gunn; Gov.

Bryant, Republican members of the House or Senate Education Committees. ZERO is exactly how many words the EdBuild leaders said at the meeting; how many questions EdBuild would answer. NO is the answer when the House Minority Leader requested permission to ask questions to EdBuild. 490,000 is the number of students who will be impacted by this. Seems to me that the fix is already in and the public meeting is just part of the script of the secret contract.

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! Jay Hughes Representative, House District 12

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HILLCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL’S elementary students hosted a special Veterans Day program to honor the veterans of our nation’s armed services. The students performed special music honoring our veterans. Another feature of the celebration was a writing contest. Livi Wright in 6th grade took the prize for poetry and recited her winning poem and Darren Dale, a 4th grader, won the essay portion of the writing contest and read his work in the program as well. The highlight of this celebration came as the program ended, with the veterans lining up, and elementary students and teachers proceeding down the line to shake hands with each veteran in attendance.

HOLLOWAY SERVED AS TERRY PARADE GRAND MARSHAL The town of Terry has named state Representative Greg Holloway as Grand Marshal of its annual Christmas parade, which was held Monday, Nov. 28. Since being elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2000, Holloway has assisted Terry in obtaining funding for a new city hall building, a new library and a new public works building. In January 2015, Holloway was awarded the Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr. Drum Major of Justice Award, presented by Terry to people who exhibit outstanding community support to the town. “We are very honored to have Representative Holloway serving as Grand Marshal for the parade this year,” said Terry Mayor Joseph Kendrick Jr. “We respect the service he does on behalf of our district.” Holloway represents District 76, covering parts of Claiborne, Copiah and Hinds counties. His wife April joined him as he lead the Terry Christmas parade. “It’s an honor for me to be chosen to serve as Grand Marshal for the Christmas parade in Terry,” said Holloway. “I’ve really enjoyed working with the administrators and people of the town, so to be recognized by them in this way is extremely rewarding.” As a member of the House of Representa-

tives, Holloway serves as Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Universities and Colleges, which oversees the eight state run universities and 15 state junior colleges. Legislators of the second congressional district recently elected Holloway to represent the district on the rules committee. Last year, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn appointed Holloway to a second term on the Mississippi College Savings Board and, as a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, Holloway is sub-chairman of poultry, swine and aquatics. Holloway also serves on the House Committees on Education, Energy, Municipalities, Public Property and Rules.

CHANCELLOR FUNERAL HOME BYRAM Jean Hart Byram Dorothy Jean Hart, 78, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Visitation was 10am until the 11am memorial service Thursday, November 17, 2016 at Chancellor Funeral Home in Byram. Mrs. Hart was a longtime resident of the Jackson area, working for the MS State Department of Health-Vital Records. She was a member of Parkside Baptist Church and worked in the church office. She was a former member of Davis Road Baptist Church where she also did clerical work and sang in the choir. Mrs. Hart enjoyed reading and watching TV. She is preceded in death by her parents

Harvey Edward Collier and Lula Mae Smith Collier. Survivors include her son, Doug (Tricia) Hart of Huntsville, AL; daughter, Lynn (Mike) Bowling of Terry; brother, Bob (Ann) Collier of Brandon; grandchildren, Jonathan and Rachel Hart and Jeremy Bowling. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Parkside Baptist Church; the children’s ministry of Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton or to the building fund at Flowood Baptist Church or a church of your choice. On line guest book available at


AC "Bucky" Owens Jr. of Bolton passed away Thursday November 3, 2016 due to complication from a brain tumor. Mr. Owens was born June 9, 1953 in Collins, Mississippi to Mr. & Mrs. AC Owens Sr. He is preceded in death by his father AC Owens Sr. Bucky was employed by Renaissance at Colony Park where he was known as "Uncle Bucky" to everyone. Bucky retired from the City of Jackson Fire Dept. as a Lieutenant after 28 years of service. Bucky loved his music. He played in several bands in school and continued his love for music through out his adult life. When Bucky met the love of his life Mona, they formed a band "Kacey Swift Band" in memory of his wife's niece. Bucky was actively involved in several bands. He was also a member of the praise and worship band at Pinelake Church Clinton where he loved to serve and worship. Bucky was a 1972 graduate of Wingfield High School in Jackson, MS. Bucky enjoyed riding his motorcycle, camping, attending nascar races and yelling hailstate for his Mississippi State Bulldogs and spending time with family and friends. He was also an avid deer hunter. Survivors include: Wife Mona Carlisle Owens of Bolton, Son's Jordan (Whitney) Owens of Pearl, Collin (Heather) Owens of Pearl, daughter Stacey (Kevin) Jones of Brandon, mother, Nell Owens of Byram, brother Mark (Holly) Owens of Brandon, sister Reine (Larry) Manuel of Florence. Seven grandchildren, Dallyn, Aiden, Lyric, Journey, Lane, Paisley and Ashtyn. Several nieces and nephews. Visitation was Sunday November 6, 2016 from 5-8 at Chancellor Funeral Home in Byram, visitation was Monday November 7, 2016 at 10:00 Pinelake Church Clinton with service following at 11:00. Burial followed at Lakewood Cemetery Clinton Blvd. On line guest book available at



The family That Plays Together Stays Healthy Together! By: Pamela Medrano When most of us read the statistics on childhood obesity in Mississippi, it saddens us to hear that over 40% of school-aged children and youth in M.S. are overweight. Nearly half of our children are obese, and kids as young as 8 years old are being treated for Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. This concerns us all, because overweight children and youth have an increased chance of becoming obese adults. Overweight youth are at an increased risk for developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. Research done by the M.S. Center for Obesity estimates that obesity related health care cost will be at $3.9 billion by 2018. The Mississippi State Department Of Health has an impressive obesity action plan for 2016. It addresses strategies ranging from involvement of health care professionals in obesity prevention, increasing knowledge in communities regarding the epidemic, plans to develop educational materials on healthier behaviors, and plans to increase the number of healthy food choices available for families and in school cafeterias. However, after working with overweight individuals and children for the last 9 years, I feel there is one important element of change that has been overlooked. Family support and cooperation is the key to curing the childhood obesity epidemic. Growing up as a military brat, I shudder to think of how my father would have addressed the issue of childhood obesity. When we had a sunny and warm day in Ohio, my father would demand that we all take to the outdoors. In Mississippi we are blessed with a long Summer and many beautiful days in the Fall. The Summer season is much shorter in Ohio, so we had to make the best of every good day. My brother and I learned the hard way that you never wanted to tell our father you were board or too tired to play. Dad would find or invent games for us to play, which often detailed strenuous physical activity. He would study maps to find the best parks and recreational activities. I can still hear his voice telling us to get off the couch on warm weather days. "What's wrong " he would ask, adding that unless we were sick or had broken bones we needed to go find something to do outdoors. Most of the time he was glad to join us in finding engaging and active play. I have to say that some of the best times of our lives were spent in the back yard paying dodge ball, badmitten , base ball, kick ball, and dozens of games we invented. When we were younger we played games like "Mother May I", "Red Rover", 'Leap Frog" and "Hide and Seek". All the neighborhood kids would join in and we really had no idea that we were getting exercise or sponsoring a community health

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event. We just thought we were having fun. There are many factors that contribute to the obesity and inactivity of children. Nutrition is a large part in our obesity problem. Mississippi is known for being the hospitality state, and we have dozens of high-calorie laden meals to celebrate our many great traditions and cultures. Keeping our traditions is very important to our culture, but it is possible to find ways to cut some of the calories from our meals or replace them with healthier choices. When families and schools come together in an effort to provide healthy meals for our children this provides a united community that works together on changing our attitudes towards the foods we eat. When I train children ages 12 and up, I have had success with activity plans using step aerobics because the child can work out to music they enjoy, and adjust the exercises to the things they enjoy. Overall, the best exercise is the one you can get your kids to do. As long as the child is using the step correctly, you really can't go wrong with step aerobics as the up and down motion improves their endurance, balance , and is generally easy to do. A plastic step can be purchased for around $30 at most athletic stores and Wal-mart. I recently discovered a fitness devise called The Simply Fit Board that I have found works great with kids of different ages, depending o their level of coordination . This is a board that mimics the action of surfing. The popular show Shark Tank featured this fitness marvel, and it is now in fitness stores and Wal-marts across the country. The board allows you to balance and shift side to side and twist to work your core. Most kids think it is cool because your surfing on dry land. Surfing is great for balance training because one must balance on the board while shifting back and forth. Simply holding your upper body forward on the board with your legs in an extended position works the deepest abdominal support muscles necessary to transfer forces from your feet up through your arms. Their are a number of different exercises that can be done on the board, so it is perfect for children and adults. The Simply Fit Board comes with an instructional C.D. and is an inexpensive way to work out at around $38 total investment. Another game with great fitness potential, that we would normally associate with a sedentary life style is found in the Wii, by Nintendo. The Wii now has video exercise games that will go with the original Wii console. The only thing needed to play fitness games on a Wii is the balance board, ( a $90 investment) which comes with an instructional C.D. of exercises. The balance board is a 12 by 20 inch plastic slab, that resembles a step and is also a weight scale. I have only had the opportunity to work with children using the games "Family Party Fitness & Fun", and "Jump Start, Get Moving Family Fitness", but there are a number of fitness games for the Wii on the market and children respond best to them when an adult or family member plays along. Bicycling and hiking are still among the best and easiest ways to begin a fun activity plan. Le Fleur's Bluff State Park on Riverside Drive in Jackson has a safe level walking path and play ground. Old Trace Park provides wonderful hiking and biking trails. I recently found Lakeshore Park off Lakeshore Drive, near the Reservoir in Brandon. This park has everything from bike and hiking trails, to a gorgeous view of the lake, picnic areas with grills, and a play ground with restrooms. Parks are the perfect place for family fun days, and to get some much needed physical activity. We may still have a few nice days before Winter sets on Mississippi, and a trip to the park is a great way to spend the day. With the Holiday Season approaching, hopefully we will find time to be a family that will play together, and support each other in our fitness goals. The best gift I remember getting from my parent's was their time and attention. Toys and clothing are easily forgotten, but the gifts we give from the heart, and the precious moments we spend together as a family will be remembered by our children always. We must enlist the help of our communities and the support of families to save our kids from a future of illness by getting a handle on childhood obesity.




On Friday, November 4th, senior Skylar Patterson signed a commitment with Holmes Community College to play softball on an athletic scholarship which will cover the costs of tuition as well as room and board. Front Row, L to R: Coach Dixon, Skylar Patterson, Coach West; Back Row, L to R: Athletic Director Todd Montgomery, Coach Broom, Administrator Jason Estabrook


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Jon Daniels Administrative Officer / Firefighter / Chaplain RESPONSE TIME – One of the main areas of concern for anyone in a first responder role is response time. That is the time it takes for a fire service unit, police unit, or emergency medical unit to respond to a request for service. Every emergency services department, be it law enforcement, fire & rescue, or emergency medical services wants to be able to respond quickly, safely, & efficiently to a call for their assistance. Department heads regularly evaluate response times & work to get them as low as possible, while still maintaining adequate safety measures for the responders & for the general public. Christmas is the time of year when we celebrate the greatest response to a need that the world has ever seen. It’s the celebration of God’s response to man’s need for a Savior. Luke 2:6-7 tells us, “…the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son & wrapped Him in swaddling clothes & laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” That firstborn son was Jesus, the Savior of the world.



You see, there is no way that we can save ourselves. We can’t be good enough. We aren’t smart enough. We can’t be religious enough. We are in a desperate life-&-death emergency situation, & God responded to it by sending His Son, Jesus, to save us & set us free. The Bible tells us that we are all sinners & are in need of a Savior. In fact, the word “Savior” means “a deliverer” or “a rescuer.” The greatest First Responder in the universe came to our rescue in our time of need. And His response time was perfect! He rescued us, extricating us from our sin; He bandaged up our wounds, & now stands between us & our enemy – the Thief who came to steal, kill, & destroy (John 10:10). Here’s the greatest news of all: He is still responding to those who call to Him in their time of need! He will respond to YOU right NOW if you will call out to Him, & His response time to your prayer will be instantaneous! Romans 10:13 says, “Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” That “whosoever” includes YOU! You can pray something like this: “Lord Jesus, I need you to rescue me today. I am a sinner, lost & in need of a Savior, & only you can save me. Please save me today, & help me to live for you for the rest of my life! Thank you for saving me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.” What a great way to celebrate Christmas this year, knowing that the greatest First Responder in the world has rescued YOU! Your Humble Servants, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Like Us on Facebook

Congratulations to Terry Senior, Walker Shirley for being selected as one of Mississippi’s Wendy’s Heisman award. This award is given to high school seniors who are dedicated to learning, leading and performing. Recipients must have at least a 3.0 and is a proven leader and role model in their school and community. L-R: Mr. Gary Tabor, Assistant Principal, Senior Walker Shirley, Mr. Roy Balentine, Principal

Trunk or Treat Mayor Richard White participating in Trunk or Treat sponsored by the City of Byram and the Junior Auxiliary of Byram/Terry







That Gift

Rev. Roger Collins Grace Presbyterian Church That perfect gift that will enable us to communicate, that will be valuable yet affordable, that will make Christmas very special for our spouse, child or grandchild is the hope of every Christmas shopper. It seems more elusive than ever. What a challenge we face when fantastic possessions are so common! When I get overwhelmed with this, I often turn in my better thoughts to the gift that was given in Bethlehem and the gift that has continued to be prized by Christians throughout the intervening centuries. That is the gift of the Christ child, the infant Jesus, born for the salvation of men. “He will save his people from their sins!” is the refrain that resonates. We have taken John’s words to heart: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (Jn 3.16).” This incredible virgin birth, announced by angels, believed by shepherds and proclaimed throughout the world is the event we ought never tire of revisiting. Unlike the other gospel writer’s, John begins the story of Jesus by pointing to him as the Word that “came unto his own.” By this, John would have us see that the story of Jesus does not begin in Bethlehem. His birth is part of a much larger story that is full of wonder and worthy of our study. First, John speaks of the ‘Word’ as eternally existent with God and actually being God. So Jesus’ life did not begin with birth. Jesus’ life even preceded his conception. He was in the same sense that God is. There never was a time when he was not. Indeed he is God and therefore John can refer to his pre-existent state with the phrase “the Word was God.” Now the New Testament gives us several personal glimpses of Jesus before his birth. Hebrews 1 speaks of Jesus as the Creator of the world. We know from Genesis 1 that he took great pleasure in his creation and affirmed that it was ‘good’, even ‘very good!’ It is interesting to think of Jesus as being present for the first wedding when Adam was joined to Eve. He refers to that event in Matthew 19 when he teaches about divorce and Matthew 19.8 suggests a first hand knowledge of God’s original intent for marriage. No doubt, the person of Jesus was present when Adam and Eve sinned. That event must have evoked a unique sorrow for him as he anticipated the price he would pay to bring about redemption from that first sin. He understood fully that he would take Adam’s place if righteousness

were to replace rebellion as is evident in Paul’s discussion of the two Adams of Romans 5. Another interesting manifestation of Jesus’

pre-Bethlehem life is found in John 12. There John, no doubt drawing from Jesus himself, points to Isaiah’s vision in Isaiah 6.1 where the prophet saw “the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up...” John emphasizes that Isaiah “saw Jesus’ glory and spoke of him.” But the New Testament passage that vividly represents to us the preexistent life of Jesus is found in the well known hymn of Philippians 2:6-11. There we learn of the gift that is the real story of the love of Jesus. It is the gift behind the gift of Bethlehem. If I may summerize what the Puritan John Owen so beautifully presented in his book Meditations on The Glory of Christ, the gift that is altogether amazing is that which Christ offered to the Father when he “considered equality with God not a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” Now the nature of that gift is that Jesus desired for the love, mercy and justice of the Father to be knowby all men and angels. To make that happen, he took upon himself as an infant our flesh and suffered the curse of sin in our stead as a man rising victoriously over the curse of death. Thereby, all who look to him in faith receive his life, even eternal life. Now that is why John 3:16 resonates with believers. In Jesus’ birth, life and death we learn of God as Jesus desired for him to be known - full of love and tender mercy! In Jesus we see that “God is love!” What a gift! Incredible cost, immeasurable value! Let’s celebrate!

December Pet of the Month: SAVANNA Copiah Animal Shelter Savanna is a beautiful and sweet female Blue Tick Hound mix, approximately 18 months old. She is very well mannered, and gets along well with the other dogs at the Shelter. Savanna is looking for her new happy home! Our $80 dog adoption donation includes ageappropriate shots and spay/neuter. CAS is located at 27084 Highway 51 (at Hwy. 27) in Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Open MondayFriday, 9-5, Saturday by appointment. See more animals on the CAS website: and Phone: 601954-6447. Mailing address: P.O. Box 366, Crystal Springs, MS 39059. Through October, CAS has cared for and found loving homes for more than 125 animals in 2016. Your donations make this possible!




The 2017 legislative session begins January 3. One of the most important issues facing the state is the need to maintain and improve infrastructure – highways, roads, and bridges. As anyone who drives the streets of Jackson knows, if streets and highways are not maintained, they ultimately become undrivable. Since the historic state highway program was passed in 1987, there has no longterm action taken to maintain our state highways, much less city streets. Everyone agrees we need to take action; the question is how to pay for the work. The Mississippi Economic Council, the state’s leading organization for businesses, has presented a few options: raising the gas tax or increasing the price you pay for your car tag. I will be proposing a different option. This past year, the Legislature passed – and I opposed – the largest tax cut in state history. Over the next twenty years it will cost $6.5 billion in lost revenue. Most of the savings does not go to Mississippi citizens, but to out of state corporations (by eliminating the corporate franchise tax). This tax cut does not take effect until 2018. By simply repealing this law before it takes effect, we can provide $6.5 billion for infrastructure without raising any taxes on any person or business. Repealing this bill would protect tax fairness for middle-class Mississippians who are struggling to meet their current obligations and paying gas and sales taxes. It is the best first step to meeting our state’s infrastructure needs. I will keep you posted on infrastructure debates in the upcoming legislative session. I have been in regular contact with the Mississippi Department of Transportation on the ongoing work being done on I-55 South. Here’s the latest from MDOT: “MDOT crews continue to work on phase two of the Interstate 55 South Project from McDowell Road to Byram in Hinds County. Phase one was completed on schedule, and phase two began in April. The contract for phase two of the project was awarded to Yates Construction of Philadelphia with a bid of $85 million that is approximately five percent under the state’s estimate. Phase two is expected to be complete late summer 2018. Crews recently implemented a partial traffic shift for the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 between Savannah Street and Wynndale Road. This traffic shift put northbound and southbound traffic on a head-to-head configuration. A second traffic shift, from McDowell Road to Savannah Street, is scheduled for later this fall. Once this second shift is implemented, traffic will be on the head-to-head configuration for the remainder of construction. Once the new median construction is complete, crews will have reconstructed the southbound lanes bringing this section of the interstate from four to six lanes. New roadway lighting will be installed in the median as well as retaining walls between the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 and Frontage Road. A new traffic signal will be installed at the Byram Interchange along with Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components such

as traffic cameras and dynamic message signs. Crews have started constructing the retaining wall between the southbound lanes and the West Frontage Road from south of Byram to Old Byram Road. As of mid-November, that work is about 25 percent complete. Scheduled completion date is August 2018.” I know we will all be relieved when this project is completed. Thank you for the opportunity to work for you in the State Senate. If I can help you in any way, please contact me by email


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VICKSBURG – The Hinds Community College Foundation recognized its 2016-2017 scholarship recipients, donors and honorees at a reception on Nov. 11 at the Joseph L. Loviza Multipurpose Building on the VicksburgWarren Campus. Among those recognized was recipient Hannah Van Noy, of Terry, who received the Dr. Ben & Beverly Fatherree Scholarship.



Hello everyone. Mary Anne and I are breaking with our routine of sitting on the front porch sipping coffee before day break. This month's "Ramblings" is coming to you from the road. Since our retirement, we've been fortunate to plan a road trip each fall and this year we're enjoying the Great Smokey Mountains. We left Raymond under the cover of darkness.

As Mary Anne drove us through the cool morning air, the rising sun's rays reflected off the clouds blessing us with a beautiful pink and peach colored sky. As we rode along, we were entertained by an XM station playing good, ole country music. One song, in particu-

lar, was very appropriate for the early morning ride. It was Willie Nelson singing "On the Road Again". We both sang, as best we could, along with Willie. We also enjoyed seeing the fall foliage, creating a brilliant multi-colored carpet under the trees. It is a good time of year to be on the road enjoying the beautiful southern country side. It is absolutely great, after working so hard in our lawn and garden and enduring the extremely hot summer sun, to get away for a while. During the year, it is a rare occasion when Mary Anne and I have peace and solitude away from our family. We will be glad to return home, but in the mean time, we're going to enjoy a few days of rest and relaxation. Maybe I'll be inspired to continue writing my next novel. We will, however, have withdrawal symptoms by being away from our two grandsons for three weeks. Back in October, we visited the Mississippi State University Extension Service's farm near Crystal Springs. Attending this annual event has been something Mary Anne and I have enjoyed for several years. But, I do believe it gets better each year. Again we broke our front porch routine and only had one cup of coffee and no cereal before we hit the road. We arrived at the farm just as the food vendors were filling the air with mouth watering scents from the beef they were grilling ; the deep frying of turkey legs, grilled hamburgers and deep fried chicken strips. Since, I missed my usual breakfast, I became very hungry. I stopped by the guys grilling the beef but they weren't ready to serve. So my next stop was by the chicken tender vendor. The guy cooking said he had one tender cooked so I asked his lady assistant if she would sell me that tender. She laughed and wrapped the chicken in a piece of light bread and my hunger was satisfied. Mary Anne looked at me like I was crazy. Well yes I am! So we ventured off to look at all of the exhibits. The large tent was full of very interesting and informative exhibits. Seem like the quality of vendors continues to improve each year. After spending about thirty minutes under the tent, Mary Anne and I continued to the vegetable garden. We were amazed at the growth and variety of the beautiful plants. Our sense of smell was replaced by our sense of hearing. Off in the distance, at a small grape vine cov-

ered arbor, sat a couple of musicians playing old country songs. We were drawn to the arbor where we sat in the shade and enjoyed the music. In between songs, I had the opportunity to discuss an old guitar, given to me by my parents. For years, I have stored the guitar but never took the time to learn more about this 6string musical instrument. The more I talked to the male singer, Brooks, of the duo, the more both of us became excited. He connected me with a guy in Ridgeland who specializes in restoring old musical instruments. About a week later, Mary Anne and I took the guitar to him for his ideas. His comments confirmed my recollection that the guitar was probably purchased from Sears in the 30s for $5.00. My



Mother and Daddy had played that guitar for me and my brother on many Saturday nights while listening to the Grand Ole Opry, during the 40s and 50s. One song I especially remember is "The Little Brown Jug". The guitar is now restored and hanging on the wall of my den near my recliner. This has been an extremely emotional journey for me. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and looking forward to a joyous Christmas season. As always I'm available to meet with your social, service clubs to discuss my 5 mystery thriller novels. Please contact me at 601-5295300 or at

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COOKING WITH HONEY AND FRIEND Honey's Southern Pecan Pie • 1-1/2 cups of pecans divided ( 1/2 cup pecans finally crashed) ( 1/2 cup coarsely chopped) ( 1/2 whole) • deep dish pie crust • 3 large eggs at room temperature • 4 tablespoons of butter • 3/4 corn syrup • 1/4 cup Maple syrup • 3/4 cup light brown sugar • 4 heavy cream • 1 tablespoon flour • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavor • a dash of nutmeg in a large sauce pan on medium high heat melt butter add sugar Consistently stir until sugar is dissolved be careful not to burn you sugar stir add your corn syrup bring to a light boil turn off the heat add heavy cream and 1/2 finely crushed pecans and flour stir well and allow to completely cool once your mixture is cool add your eggs (make sure you whip the eggs before adding into mixture adding 1 tablespoon of water to your eggs before whipping ) before adding this mixture to your piecrust brush on melted butter add your 1/2 cup of coarsely chopped pecans in the bottom of your pie crust now your mixture top with your whole pecans place on the middle rack in a preheated oven at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes this pie is delicious served at room temperature or chilled___ Serve with ice cream or Cool Whip and don't forget to have a HAPPY HOLIDAY! HONEY Follow COOKING WITH HONEY on Facebook Instagram YouTube and MPB

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Trunk or Treat

The Junior Auxiliary of Byram-Terry in partnership with the City of Byram held their 2nd Annual Community Trunk or Treat October 31st at the Davis Road Park. Nearly 1000 people attended the event that is focused on providing a safe alternative to trick or treating for the children of Byram. The JABT would like to thank the many volunteers and community members who set up trunks and provided games and candy for the participants. If you would like to support the Junior Auxiliary of Byram-Terry and its many charitable projects by becoming a sponsor please visit our website or email us at




Congrats to the 2016 Youth Rec Cheer Champions-SHYA Titan Cheerleaders!!! Who took 1st place at the Mississippi Cheer and Dance Championship in the Mini Division and 1st in the Youth Division. So Proud of our girls and excited to bring the YOUTH Cheer Championship Title once again home to Byram/Terry. Thanks so much to the City of Byram, The GYM at Byram and our wonderful parents for all your support this Cheer Season. If you are interested or would like to join the Titan Cheer or Football program please like our Facebook page (Titan Youth Football and Cheer SHYA) For more information.

This plant is known as "The Devil's Backbone." It has been in our family for 4 generations, beginning with my mother and now to my granddaughter. It can reach about 3 feet high and 18-24 inches wide. This is the variegated form of the plant. Other household names include "zig-zag plant," "Christmas candle," "Jacob's Ladder," and "red bird cactus." The candle and red bird names c o m e from the pink/red color the leaves t u r n during f a l l .

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The JSU National Alumni Association Byram-Terry Chapter winning entry in the 2016 Homecoming Parade (Car Category). The chapter meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the new Byram Fire Station at 4 PM.



Palestine Homemakers October 27, 2016 By Kathy Kammer After a brief summer break, the Palestine Homemakers took a short trip just south of Metro Jackson to the quaint town of Star, MS. There we were treated to a delightful tour and introduction of Heartwood, a haven for lovers of birds, bees and fine quality cypress handiwork and cypress boards. In their own words, "Heartwood is an American story, an American success, from the ground up." Mr. Larry Glass, part owner with his brother, Jerry, was able to tell our group the story of how they grew from working in a garage into an expansive multi-building and thriving family business. It was a wonderful story of God's providence and a family willing to follow His leading. One member, Betty Jo Smathers, was selected from our group to receive one of their newest birdhouses. What a nice surprise to leave with something extra special! After browsing through their warehouse and making some necessary purchases, our group relocated to Berry's in Florence for a time of fellowship and good food. Our adventure was so fun that it whetted our appetites to do it all over again! (Which some of our group did within the following few days!) Our November meeting will be at Jewel Eady's home, where club members will prepare handbags with personal items to be given to clients at the Battered Women's Center. Also during this time we will nominate and elect a new slate of officers for the years 2017-2018 and collect dues for the new year. Members present: Lynn Allegrezza, Karen Crawford, Jewel Eady, Kathy Kammer, Belle Powell, Robin Simmons, Betty Jo Smathers, Dawn Spellman, and Nancy Williams. Guests: Lynn Sears, Cecil Allegrezza, Charlie Crawford, Jim Eady, Charles Simmons, and Sonny Smathers.


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home of member, Jewel Eady, for their November meeting. Kathy Kammer assisted Jewel as co-hostess. President Robin Simmons called the meeting to order and Jewel Eady led members in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Kathy Kammer presented a brief devotional based on Lamentations 3:2223. This passage of Scripture reminds us that "God's mercies are new every morning". He is faithful to provide His children with what they need each day. Prayer requests were mentioned and Kathy led is in prayer. Ruth Gunn requested that members report volunteer hours for the past three months. Betty Jo Smathers introduced her daughter, Lorena Adams, from Holly Springs. We were delighted to have her join her mother at our monthly meeting, just as she did when she and her siblings were youngsters. The minutes of the October meeting were

Palestine Homemakers' Club November 17, 2016

By Kathy Kammer The Palestine Homemakers met at the lovely




approved as read and a treasurer's report was given by Secretary/Treasurer Kathy Kammer. During our business meeting, President Robin Simmons opened discussion concerning ways to grow our treasury and at the same time reduce future expenditures. We discussed the purpose of our treasury and how we wanted it to benefit others in our community. Our president also encouraged club participation in the MS Homemaker Volunteers' council meetings. Yearly member dues were collected for our Palestine Club and the MHV. During this month's meeting, election of officers for the next two years is determined. After a brief discussion, Ruth Gunn made a motion for the officers presently serv Jackson Square promenade, Galleria Event Center 2460 Terry Road jackson, MSing as President, Vice-President, and Secretary/Treasurer be reinstated for the next two years. The motion was seconded by Stephanie Hall and passed by the club members. The slate of officers for 2017-2018 is: Robin Simmons-President, Karen Crawford-Vice President, and Kathy Kammer-Secretary/Treasurer. In December, club members are encouraged to participate in the MHV Silent Auction to be held on December 7. Our Palestine meeting for December will be held on Monday, December 19, at Karen Crawford's home for lunch and fellowship. Robin adjourned the meeting. Vice President Karen Crawford introduced two members from our club who were willing to share their Christmas experiences as young girls during the early WWII years. Nancy Williams was one of 6 children in her family. Growing up on 600 acres of pine and cedar trees, it was not too difficult for them to pick out their tree for the holiday season. Nancy recalls the wonderful aroma of the cedar tree that they decorated with paper ring chains and popcorn strings. Her mother said that the cranberries would not go on the tree since they were a precious commodity, especially during the Christmas season. Gift wrapping consisted of colorful tissue paper and stickers. One of Nancy's brothers was an expert at opening those gifts before they were intended to be opened. Jewel Eady's father died when she was just one year old, leaving her mother with an infant and four children to raise. Jewel remembers her grandmother and her mother's brother living with them during her early childhood. Her uncle would gather fruit for the children's Christmas stockings. Clusters of raisins, nuts, apples and oranges were hidden in each child's stocking. Like Nancy's family, gifts for Jewel and her siblings were very uncommon. Jewel remembers one exciting Christmas that a bike was given to the five children for them to share. Family time seemed to be the highlight of the Christmas season for both of these dear families. Cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents reminded them of the blessings that God had granted them during their early years as girls raised in rural Mississippi. Members present: Lynn Allegrezza, Karen Crawford, Jewel Eady, Jenny Emerson, Ruth Gunn, Stephanie Hall, Kathy Kammer, Belle Powell, Robin Simmons, Betty Jo

Smathers, Dawn Spellman, Williams, Guest: Lorena Adams



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“Christmas Toy Drive” (For selected needed families)

Jackson Square Galleria Event Center Partnering with Kingdom Business Ministry December 11, 2106 - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Jackson Square Promenade, Galleria Event Center 2460 Terry Road, Jackson Invited guest Val Brown, AHF ( Aids Healthcare Foundation) Special Performances Featuring Rev. Joe A. Washington and the Gabriel Tones Judah Performing Arts Leaps of Faith Briens Riddle Calandra Daniels The Power of a Praising Woman Ministry The Curry Family The Songs of Joy Pio Jetson, Christian Rap The Angelic Chimes Jason Hubbard & Family $5.00 at the Door and a Toy(s) Refreshments will be served For more information contact Deloris F. Angrum (Galleria Event Center) 601-201-6914 Or Laura Anderson (Kingdom Business Ministry) 601-212-8976

Byram CERT News


Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs. Video: v=D2pFPeiM2qU The Byram CERT team(s) is looking for new members. If you would like to volunteer to serve your city and community, CERT is an excellent way to do it. We are trying to establish a team in each of the city wards. This is free training and you will get a beginning response kit upon completion. The basic training includes: basic first-aid, basic firefighting, light search, disaster psychology and a few other areas. More information at community-emergency-response-teams. If you are interested you can contact Carl Mangum at or LeaAnn Warren at (601)351-9700


SPEAKING of MTK By Mary Kitchens After a long and very hard political campaign (thank you for getting him out of my kitchen and back into the Supreme Court) my husband Jim and I spent a few days at a lake house in Louisiana. While relaxing, Jim offered to write this column from me. Enjoy his story… In the late 1940s and early ‘50s, Jim’s parents, Lloyd and Edith Kitchens, operated an old-fashioned grocery store in Crystal Spring. The first two children, Jim and his younger brother Lloyd, Jr., hung around the store and played while their mom and dad worked. Small boxes of wooden matches were sold at the store for a penny. When he was three or four years old Lloyd came upon a discarded match box. Deeming this unsatisfactory, the enterprising little boy made his way to the store’s meat market and collected some sawdust and wood shavings from the floor, with which he proceeded to fill the match box. Believing that this one little box was bound to be lonely, he went behind the counter at the front of the store and, when no one was looking, carefully placed it in stock among the unsold penny match boxes and moved on to some other important project. Mr. David Murray, a hard-working African -American gentleman with a large family was a regular customer. He had an affinity for roll -your-own cigarettes. The same day that Little Lloyd had installed the box of sawdust on the shelf with the real matches, Mr. Murray came in and purchased a can of Prince Albert tobacco, which came with rolling papers. He also purchased a penny box of matches—at least, all concerned thought he had—and proceeded to the sidewalk outside the store to enjoy a smoke. Expert at rolling P.A. cigarettes, Mr. Murray quickly crafted a nice, fat one, expecting to fire it up with his newly acquired matches. Mr. Murray’s luck that day was less than favorable, for he unwittingly had paid his good money for a worthless box of sawdust. Ever the tactful gentleman, after discovering the matchlessness of the match box, Mr. Murray made his way back into the store, approached Jim’s father—unlit roll-you-own and counterfeit “matches” in hand—and exclaimed, “Mr. Kitchens, something is wrong with these matches!” Upon strict examination, the Kitchens boys’ dad readily agreed with his customer and friend, and replaced the bogus box with one that contained real matches. At this point in his life Jim’s father had acquired considerable experience in getting to the bottom of occurrences that bore the familiar earmarks of boy stunts. He had no trouble on this occasion; the only question was, which of his boys had done this. When confronted, the younger brother readily pled guilty and summarily was sentenced to some stern words and disapproving frowns. After all, it was a relatively minor infraction, had involved some element of creativity on the little boy’s part, and, after all was said and done, it had provided some pretty good entertainment on a slow afternoon. Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation (MTK) is dedicated to building a camp facility for children (and adults) with special needs. Contact us, ask how you can help. Until next time, let’s keep speaking of MTK. (PO Box 520, Crystal Springs, 39059; 601892-1117;;

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge





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SGSHS distinguished alum shows public health passion By Amanda Manning Markow Dr. Kaye Bender, former dean of the School of Nursing, was chosen as the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences. While pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical health sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Bender was asked to serve as the chair of a research committee in Washington D.C. to explore accreditation for health departments. This invitation was based on much earlier work she had done with two Institute of Medicine Committees. In doing that study, she made connections that eventually led her to the Public Health Accreditation Board, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to this role, Bender served as the dean of the University of Mississippi School of Nursing from 2003 to 2009. A Laurel native, Bender said she got into nursing like many did before her. She started as a candy striper at a hospital in Laurel in 1966 because a friend was doing it, and she fell in love with the work. “Because it was a charity hospital, it sparked my interest in public health and caring for the less fortunate,” said Bender. Bender earned her BSN at UMMC, fol-

lowed by a stent at a private hospital in Jackson in maternal and child health. “I again became aware of the differences in how some patients were able to have access to care and some weren't,” she said. “After a while it bothered me.” She soon had the opportunity to work for the Mississippi Department of Health on a teen pregnancy prevention project, which she said is when she really became hooked on public health. Bender worked for MDH in several other nursing roles before earning her master of nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi. After that, she immediately started thinking about a Ph.D. She was serving the state as Deputy State Officer at the time. Bender returned to UMMC for her Ph.D. after talking with several faculty members who told her that not only was it geared for working professionals, but that she would also have some choice in preparing papers and writing her dissertation. “I loved that program. It was exactly what I needed at that time in my life,” she said. The flexibility of the program allowed her to combine her two passions, her interest in public health as well as her clinical background in child and maternal health. Bender's lesson to the students, “If you do the work you really love to do, it will probably never go away,” rings true. The original accreditation process has led to a new grant to establish the Public Health National Center for Innovations. The Center convenes think tanks to support the development, testing and dissemination of innovation models in public health. Washington, Oregon, and Ohio are on board, and each state is tackling significant issues specific to their jurisdiction and studying what is similar across the board. The goal is that this process will create pathways for the nation's health departments to work with their communities and improve the health of their citizens. “Her national service in public health is a prime example of how our schools are having a national impact,” Granger said of Bender. While Bender is helping create that national impact directly, she is also still having an impact here at UMMC. “One of many goals

Kaye had while she was dean was to build a stronger relationship with our clinical partners on the UMMC campus,” said Hoover. “She was successful and as a result, many staff from the hospital and clinics choose to continue their education with us.” During Research Day, Bender and a panel of judges listened to those students' presentations. Bender was impressed with not only their work and the guidance that the faculty had given - which she repeatedly said is as good, if not better, than any she's seen around the country - but also with how much the event has grown over the years. “The work that they're doing will make a difference in the lives of people around the country,” she said. “The range is impressive, and it speaks well of the continued legacy of this institution.” Bender finished her speech at the luncheon with a final lesson wrapped up in the Dr. Seuss quote, “Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” “I got to observe firsthand today how much of you there is in your work,” she told students. “The passion you bring to your workdon't lose that. Don't lose the you in your work.” Granger, right, presents Bender with the award. Bender followed her passions, which led to a career that could make a difference in lives around the country. She left the students with one final thought along those lines. “Whatever you do when you finish here, keep your passion going,” she said. “If you don't like what you're doing, stop doing that work and find something else that you like better.” Former Dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Kaye Bender's career serves as a great example to students of where hard work and passion can take them. Bender's early interest in public health took her from nursing to the Mississippi Department of Health to currently serving as the president of the Public Health Accreditation Board. Granger, right, presents Bender with the award.




Greetings in the Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

It seems hard to believe that another year has flown by. Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is now upon us! This is the season of Advent, the season of anticipation, hope and joy. This is the time of year we traditionally celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the one who came as a babe born in a manger stall; the one who lived his life in the shadow of the cross; the one who took upon himself the judgment of our sin that we might be called the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). This is the one Elizabeth Clephane wrote of: "Lord, thou hast there thy ninety and nine; are they not enough for thee?" But the Shepherd made answer: "This of mine has wandered away from me, and although the road be rough and steep, I go to the desert to find my sheep, . . . . This hymn (c. 1868), There Were Ninety and

Nine describes graphically that babe in the manger as the Great Shepherd of the Sheep who will go to every extreme to pursue and save His sheep, those He has come to save. But none of the ransomed ever knew how deep were the waters crossed; nor how dark was the night that the Lord passed thro ' ere he found his sheep that was lost, . . . Can we ever understand it? . . . the darkness of the hell that Jesus passed through to redeem His people? Sin has separated us from God. That wide chasm between God and man can never be traversed by the likes of us who are constantly getting bogged down in the muck and mire of our sinful natures. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” We say those words so easily... "Jesus died for my sins." And yet there is no sentence that catches the horror of His atoning death more than this one..."He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us..." Jesus did not know sin. He never experienced sin. He had no sin nature. He never had a sinful thought. He was totally pure. He was completely perfect. He was holy. He was righteous. He is not someone who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses. He is one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without

sin (Hebrews 5:15). Jesus hated sin. This is the one who said, "If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out...if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off..." Now that’s radical surgery by any standard, but sin was just that heinous to Jesus. The sin that was laid upon Him who knew no sin as He hung upon the cross was so repulsive to Him that He prayed in the Garden that the Father might remove the “cup" from Him. This is the one who had been with God, the Father, from all eternity. He now faced the reality of separation from a Holy God by the filthiness of sin not His. In His humanity, he struggled with the perfect will of God, but in His Divinity, He perfectly submitted to God's divine plan to perfect even our stubborn human wills. God not only made Jesus to be sin for us, but he punished His Son for that sin. "He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed…” (Isaiah 53:5). Who pierced Him? Who crushed Him? Isaiah answers that question "Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer. . . .” (53:10). God punished His Son for something He never did. It was not possible for Him to sin. The physical suffering He experienced on the cross was only a shadow of the greater suffering that was taking place. On the cross all the wretchedness of our humanity was poured out on Him. Imagine being immersed in the contents of a septic tank. The Sinless One became guilty of our lying, cheating, and stealing...our adultery, hate, and bigotry...our lust, pride, and arrogance...our gossip, slander, and murder, our immorality, idolatry, and impatience. All this and more was His. The sin was real. The guilt was real. God poured out His wrath and judgment against our sin. The full weight of our hell fell on Jesus. James Henley Thornwell, an 18th century Southern Presbyterian theologian and writer wrote: "None but Jehovah's fellow could have received the stroke of Jehovah's justice in His bosom and survived the blow. The penalty of the law was no vulgar ill, to be appeased by a few groans and tears, by agony, sweat and blood. It was the wrath of the infinite God, which, when it falls upon a creature,

crushes him under the burden of eternal death. It is blackness of darkness through which no ray of light or hope can ever penetrate to the soul of a finite being; to all such it must be the blackness of darkness forever. But Jesus endured it. Jesus satisfied it. Jesus bowed beneath that death which the law demanded, and which sinks angels and men to everlasting ruin, and came victorious from the conflict.” "He made him who knew no sin to be sin for us.” Can you imagine sacrificing the life of one of your children for a friend? Can you imagine administering the death blows yourself? God loved His Son infinitely more than any of us love our children; yet He sacrificed Him for the sheep he came to save, even though we were yet His enemy. God administered the lethal blows Himself. But none of the ransomed ever knew how deep were the waters crossed; nor how dark was the night that the Lord passed thro' ere he found his sheep that was lost, . . . None of us can ever begin to imagine what transpired between the Father and the Son in the darkness of that hour. The next time we are tempted to doubt God's love for us, we have an answer that cannot be questioned: "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The proof of God's love for us is in His Word, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. .”May this Christmas season, this season of anticipation, hope and joy, also be a season that you remember what has been done for those the Great Shepherd has come to save. The one born in that cattle stall is the very one who came to die that through his dying we might live (1 John 4:9). Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, that babe in the manger is the one, the only one, who brings perfect peace and rest! Blessings and Peace to You All, Pastor Mark Wynndale Presbyterian Church, PCA 6600 Terry Rd. Terry, MS 39170


Reihle’s Write Post-Election

The blue represents the counties that voted for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and gives insight to what elections would look like if we were a democracy instead of a Republic with an electoral college. The election for the 45th President of the United States is over and businessman Donald Trump is the winner by the electoral college and not necessarily by the popular vote. The aftershocks of the election show just how divided our country is right now regarding conservative ideals vs liberal ideals. Certainly there were several issues that many voters were/are concerned about. Probably the one that is in the forefront for most Americans is the economy. Both liberal and conservative sides want a better economy and a better life for themselves and family. The difference is how we attain that goal. The perception that Washington is corrupt and no longer listens to the people is a major attitude of many Americans. Immigration, national security, Supreme Court Justice nominees, and trade deals were also of great importance and the other issues were generally relegated to personal preferences. President-elect Donald Trump does not have a mandate, he has an opportunity. What was truly surprising was that Trump won either because of or inspite of the ‘mainstream’ media vilifying Trump at every opportunity. Clinton had the ‘Clinton Machine’, the Democratic National Committee which sabotaged Bernie Sanders bid, the sitting President (Obama), past President (Clinton) past and present Vice-Presidents, her high profile surrogates, the media, Hollywood elite, musical and sports celebrities, and in some cases the Republicans themselves and Trump still won. The response to the election and the following protests are for the most part just disgusting. Most of the organized protestors are young university students of which apparently the majority didn’t even vote. According to

the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) which commisioned a survey found that less than half of college graduates knew that George Washington was the commanding general at Yorktown, that Theodore Roosevelt was important to the Panama Canal, and that more than one-third couldn’t place the Civil War in a correct 20-year span. These are the same people that say George W Bush was responsible for more deaths than Joeseph Stalin (estimated between 30-50 million people), and can’t recognize or name the Vice-President but can tell you everything about Kim Kardashian. College professors cancelled exams, ‘bias-response teams’ fanned out across campuses, students were having nervous breakdowns, classes in ‘male toxicity’ were offered and those that are offended were offered cookies and teddy bears. American students are not taught American History and that should include both the good and the bad. No nation or civilization is perfect. One survey of universities show that about 33% of the students didn’t know that Thomas Jefferson was a US President but they knew he owned slaves. In fact many students think that slavery is an American invention. The compound of childishness and condescension radiating from campuses is a constant reminder to normal Americans of the decay of protected classes. For most of us normal people, we just got up and went to work, something most students don’t understand yet. The election of Trump brings a conservative approach to many topics and will encourage a return to some of America’s good things. ‘Merry Christmas’ will be ok to say in stores, the Department of Justice will be concerned about justice for all instead of social justice for a few, America will take a leadership role again in the world instead of apologizing for being a super power. Black Lives Matter, an organization based on falsehoods, will not be invited to the White House as a new Civil Rights group and maybe, just maybe Al Sharpton will have to pay his state and federal taxes. No doubt that in the coming months actions will speak louder than words. In every election politicians promise many things but deliver almost nothing. I sincerely hope this is different. If this new administration can bring economic health and prosperity back to the people, then it will have truly won. We know that the mainstream media will find every possible fault with his administration and give little or no credit to his accomplishments. They will not guard or protect his office like

Gary Road Elementary School celebrated Veterans Day Hundreds of veterans and parents came out to our patriotically decorated school to eat with their child. The students and staff wore red, white, and blue to show their appreciation and respect as well. Our principal Dr. David Burris had an interview with WAPT where he told of this yearly celebrated tradition. The smiles on the faces of the students and their loved ones made the day extra special and momentous!

they did President Obamas’ and he will constantly be fighting the ‘news’. If there was any doubt that the news media was biased in favor of Clinton needed only to watch the coverage and listen to the statements made during and after the election. Can you imagine if the protest and disruptions had occurred if Hillary Clinton would have won. The people would have been called terrorists, racists, homophobes, Islmaphobes, etc. Oh wait, we are still called that and Van Jones called this election a ‘whitelash’ and Bernie Sanders alluded to the Trump voters as ‘yes, there are many racists who voted for Trump’. I agree with a lady on a radio talk show who basically said, ‘those people will always play the race card or other card, just ignore them and move on’. That is great advice; those people do not get to determine who is and who isn’t a racist, bigot, or anything else for that matters. We will have people that will openly defy the laws, like several cities have already indicated about being a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants. I think that cutting off federal funding, which would be extremely difficult, and then busing all illegal immigrants to those cities and let them see the actual ramifications of illegal immigration will be a good start. It is important to realize that both houses of Congress and the White House will be Republican controlled and any gains or failures will be on no one else but them. They had better do the will of the people this time. With all that said it is important to remember why we celebrate Christmas, it is the birth of Jesus Christ. May He bring peace and prosperity to the world. Merry Christmas to all. Paul Reihle



Candyland Adventure The Junior Auxiliary of Byram-Terry in partnership with the City of Byram held its 2nd Annual Community Trunk or Treat themed, “Candyland Adventure” October 31st at the Davis Road Park. There were twenty trunks set up to provide goodies for the children. Members of JABT judged each trunk based on how well they incorporated the theme, originality and appearance. Our 1st place winner was Our Kids Christian Academy, 2nd Place Center point Energy and 3rd place Papa Johns. JABT would like to thank everyone who participated to make this event a success.



Market Snapshot Thank You Veterans! Last month we celebrated Veteran's Day. I am very grateful for all of our military that are presently serving and that have formally served our nation to promote freedom and democracy. The sacrifice is tremendous not only for our military veterans but for their families too. Your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed. The State of Mississippi is also grateful to our military and especially to our Mississippi Veterans. Our State and its leadership shows its appreciation in many ways but today I wanted to focus on one thing in particular and that is the Veteran Home Purchase Board (VHPB). I contacted Lonnie Carlton, Executive Director with the VHPB, and he provided the following highlights of the program. The Mississippi Legislature established the Veterans’ Home Purchase Board (VHPB) in 1936 as a State Agency for the purpose of rehabilitating and rewarding the State’s Veterans by making available to them mortgage loan money at a rates equal to or less than the rate charged by private sector mortgage companies. Because of the constitutional prohibition against the State’s loaning its credit in aid of any person (MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. 14, Section 258), VHPB purchases the property from the seller, and then resells the property on credit to the purchaser. In all other respects; the Agency operates as a traditional mortgage company. THE VHPB is a benefit program; THE BENEFIT is the interest rate, costs and terms. THE INTEREST RATE IS ALWAYS BELOW the market rate for mortgage loans and there is NO ORIGINATION FEE. THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI IS THE ONLY STATE IN THE UNITED STATES THAT HAS A LOAN PROGRAM FOR VETERANS THAT OPERATES AS A DIRECT LENDER. A Veteran obtains a direct loan from the VHPB just like obtaining a loan from a bank. This is done by the VHPB purchasing the subject property from the seller and at the same closing, financing and deeding the property to the Veteran. The VHPB financing provides for monthly payment of principal, interest and escrows. THE AGENCY IS ADMINISTERED by a six member board of directors appointed by the governor. Each of these directors MUST BE A VETERAN and have a background in business, banking, real estate or the legal profession. MAXIMUM LOAN LIMIT OF $250,000.00 All rates are fixed 10 – 15 years: rate of 2.75% 16 – 30 years: rate of 3% No required down payment

No origination fees No discount points No application fee No underwriting fee No minimum Credit Score/loans are manually underwritten Taxes and Insurance are escrowed monthly. (required) CURRENT FEES CHARGED BY THE AGENCY: VA Appraisal: …………………… $450.00 Credit Report: ……………………..$ 60.00 Tax Service Fee ………………… $ 67.00 Hazard Insurance Tracking fee:……$ 50.00 Flood Certificate: ………………….$ 19.00 Doc Prep (Loan Package)………….$ 35.00 Employment Verification…………..$ 10.00 (per borrower)

ELIGIBILITY: •The Applicant (Veteran) joined the Military from Mississippi or a Mississippi resident for two years immediately preceding the loan application or •The Applicant is active duty military service  •Reserve and National Guard members are eligible if they have more than six (6) years of service or  •A reserve or national guard member activated under Title 10 of the U.S. Code for 90 days or more •Discharged Veteran under conditions other than dishonorable •Un-remarried spouse of a veteran KIA or died from service connected wounds (Must obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA) (Must have a copy of the Veteran’s DD214) (Member 4 Form)

PROPERTY: • Single family dwelling only. Unimproved land, mobile homes, and condos do not qualify. • Must be appraised by a VA approved appraiser and meet minimum property require-

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• Must be located in the State of Mississippi. • Restrictive or protective covenants that place a lien on the property must be subordinated to the VHPB deed of trust. • Again, the VHPB current rates are: 3% for a thirty year loan and 2.75% for a fifteen year loan. The APR for these rates at our maximum loan amount of $250,000 is 3.064% and 2.760% . Remember, we do not charge an origination fee, underwriting fee or many others that other lenders charge. For more information call 601-576-4800 or visit

Interest Rates are Increasing! Per REALTOR.COM, on average, as of November 15, 2016, the 30 year fixed rate mortgages in Mississippi are as follows: FHA 3.72%, VA - 3.46%, MS Veteran's Home Purchase Board - 3% Conventional - 3.97% Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. William Arthur Ward Have a real estate need and not sure what to do? Call Barry for a private professional cons u l t a t i o n t o d a y . Barry Clemmer is a professional licensed real estate agent in the State of Mississippi with Century 21 Maselle & Associates. His views and opinions may not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of the same. Barry may be reached at BarryClemm e r @ F r o n t D o o r K e y . c o m ; 601-214-2018, Mobile or 601-372-2222, Office.

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE Dr. Timothy Quinn Gives Keynote Address during the HCSD Community Luncheon at Byram Middle School!

Dr. Timothy Quinn, Medical Director and Owner of Quinn Healthcare, LLC addressed over 200 students, parents, community leaders, and educators on Sunday November 13th during the HCSD Community Luncheon.

BMS Jazz Band under the direction of Mr. O’Donovan provided music during the registration and dinner.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Carl Mangum, PhD, PMHNP-BC, RN, CHS, CHEP is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He serves as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the School of Nursing. He also serves as a Lieutenant on the Byram Volunteer Fire Department and Special Projects Officer for the City of Byram Fire Department.


Bunny Suit, and all these dancing Leg Lamps didn't become a part of American Musical Theatre decades ago.” The ensemble cast includes David Spencer as Jean Shepherd (Jackson), Cannon Bosarge as Ralphie (Canton), Frances Bordlee as Mother (Lake Charles, LA), Wyatt Roberson as Randy (Jackson), Daniel Hines as The Old Man (Yorktown, VA), Collin Gray as Schwartz (Jackson), Willis Thigpen as Flick (Jackson), Joy Kate Lawson as Esther Jane (Madison), Lucie Farese as Mary Beth (Madison), Jackson Pendergrass as Scut Farkus (Brandon), and Peter Downing as Grover Dill (Jackson). Other cast members include Marshall Robertson (Newton), Mary Frances Dean (Madison), Adrienne Tanaka (Ridgeland), Clay Nelson (Brandon), Shasa Cohran (Jackson), Faith Alford (Crystal Springs), D’Ambrah Watts (Jackson), Rachel Regan (Terry), Jake Bell (Collierville, TN), Christan McLaurine (Jackson), Chris Roebuck (Ridgeland), Jenn Harris (Flowood), Samuel McFatridge (Jackson), Keri Horn (Brandon), Michaela Bowen (Jackson), Cory Drake (Jackson), Mandy Kate Myers (Pearl), Charence Higgins (Madison), and LaSharron Purvis (Jackson). A Christmas Story, The Musical is directed by Turner Crumbley, music direction by Sue Bush and choreographed by Tiffany Jefferson. Bordlee, Hines, and Spencer appear through the courtesy of the

ARE YOU READY? By Carl Mangum, PhD, PMHNP-BC, RN, CHS, CHEP To prepare for a winter storm you should do the following: Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit: Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products. • Sand to improve traction. • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment. • Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or woodburning stove. • Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm. • Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency. • A NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts alerts and warnings directly from the NWS for all hazards. You may also sign up in advance to receive notifications from your local emergency services. • Download FEMA’s Be Smart. Know Your Alerts and Warnings for a summary of notifications at: Free smart phone apps, such as those available from FEMA and the American Red Cross, provide information about finding shelters, providing first aid, and seeking assistance for recovery. • Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle. • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Source: Additional Information: https:// Remember being prepared is a responsibility for all of us.


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Special Holiday Events at New Stage Theatre During A Christmas Story, The Musical

New Stage Theatre Triple Dog Dares You to Come Out to A Christmas Story, The Musical

JACKSON—New Stage Theatre presents the holiday favorite A Christmas Story, The Musical December 2-22, 2016. Curtain times for public performances are 7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket prices are $28.00 with discounts available for students, senior citizens and groups. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, located inside the Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center, charged by phone by calling the theatre at (601) 948-3531 or ordered online at Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi. Audiences will enjoy all the iconic scenes from this popular Christmas movie classic, as nine-year-old Ralphie Parker sets his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts–an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range

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Model air rifle. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. “It's impossible to deny how seamlessly, sweetly, and hilariously this classic movie translates to the stage,” said Director Turner Crumbley. “From Ralphie's various fantasies involving his prized "Red Ryder CarbineAction BB Gun" to Flick accepting the tripledog dare and getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole, everyone's favorite iconic scenes are here. And they're so well realized. It's hard to believe the Parkers, the Bumpus Hounds, the

Toys for Tots: December 2 – December 4

We will offer $18 tickets to those who bring a new unwrapped toy to the performances December 2-4. Customers must bring the item to the window and purchase tickets at that time. One toy per ticket. Tickets are subject to availability. New Stage will continue to collect toys through December 18 Give the Gift of Theatre this Holiday Season! Gift certificates, Mini-Flex Passes, and Education Classes make the perfect holiday gifts. Contact the box office for details. Assisted Listening Devices: Available at every performance. Please call the box office to reserve a device. Actor Chat: Wednesday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 21 Stay after the show and ask questions of the cast and crew A Christmas Story, The Musical Performances: December 2-3, 7-10, 13, 15-17, & 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. December 4, 11 & 18 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices: $28 $22 for students/seniors/military Group discounts are available

Non-profit organization resumes in Feeding the NEEDY!

After taking a brief break from our community garden to focus on an upcoming challenging project of the organization, the CEO-Deborah Gant decided to plant several types of greens this Fall of 2016. She along with four (4) Americorps NCCC students planted Turnips with Bottoms, Chards, Rapes, Collards & Mustards greens. To Deborah’s surprise, the greens are extremely large! This is the most productive year we’ve had since the birth of our community garden in 2012. A total of (24) twenty-four rows of God-Blessed green leafy vegetables! Several senior citizens of Terry, Byram & Jackson have been the recipients of the “Free” ’FRESH” greens from the community garden. Mr. Johnny Stringer a 102 year old resident of Terry, MS. received his fresh greens one week prior to Thanksgivings and his neighbor that lives on the same street, Mrs. Josephine Buckner received hers several minutes later. After Mrs. Buckner received her “free” greens from Ms. Gant, she informed her that she had prayed earlier in the day that God would send someone to bring her some ‘free’ greens. Unbeknown to her, that Ms. Gant was picking some “free” greens for her while she was yet praying! What an awesome God we serve! As usual, if you feel that you are in the NEEDY category and would like to receive “free” “fresh” produce from the community garden please contact Deborah Gant @ (601)278-1868. You don’t have to be “dirt-poor” to be NEEDY. The non-profit organization is Focus on Natural Health Education & Community Development Inc.



Hinds CC nursing/allied health dean, retired dean inducted into professional academy RAYMOND – A current Hinds Community College dean and a retired dean were recently inducted into a prestigious national professional academy at its inaugural event. 9Dr. Libby Mahaffey of Raymond, dean, Nursing and Allied Health, and Bobbie Anderson of Vicksburg, retired dean of the same programs, were inducted into the newly established Academy of Associate Degree Nursing by the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) on Nov. 5 in Dallas, Texas. The two were among 10 inductees. The Academy of Associate Degree Nursing (AADN) program recognizes associate degree nursing educators, and others committed to associate degree nursing education, who model exemplary dedication to nursing education and practice. Appropriately, Mrs. Anderson was the first person inducted into the Academy as a full member. Anderson began teaching in Hinds Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program in fall 1969 and in 1973 was named the program director. In 1984, after the program moved to the Chadwick Drive location as Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, Anderson became the first dean. In 1993 the first building at NAHC was named

Anderson Hall in her honor upon her retirement. Anderson continued to teach including at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. During a time of uncertainty for Associate Degree Nursing programs, Anderson was a state and national advocate, holding numerous leadership positions. This included serving as the chair of the organizational steering committee and later a president of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N -OADN), now recognized as OADN. “Associate Degree Nursing Education is a part of the fiber of my life,” Anderson said. “I willingly gave of myself because of my strong belief in associate degree nursing education. My goal in any leadership position was to lead with integrity and to role model leadership for others.” Dr. Elizabeth “Libby” Mahaffey, became dean, Nursing and Allied Health in 2005. Mahaffey began teaching at Hinds in 1982 and served as a team leader and sophomore coordinator before transitioning to the dean role. Following in the steps of her mentor, Mahaffey served on the N-OADN Board for six years, including two years as president. She also served for six years on the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission Board of Directors, including four years as chairperson. “I still strongly believe in nursing education at the community college where access, affordability, and graduate success continue to make a difference in the lives of students and in the healthcare of our communities,” she said.



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COME HELP US ENJOY OUR SPECIAL, CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY EVENTS AT BETHESDA CHURCH IN TERRY: December 11th Mississippi Girls Choir @ 5PM December 18th Celebrate the Gift Christmas music @ 6PM ALL ARE WELCOME!

Fifth grade Jr. Beta Club News Fifth grade Jr. Beta Club held their first meeting of the new school year. There were many things accomplished including nominating members for office and learning about parliamentary procedure. This coming week, they will hold officer speeches and elections. This week, 5th grade students are GRI determined cause and effect relationships in a number of stories. The students also researched the origins of Veterans Day. After researching, the students wrote thank you notes to Veterans for their services. Representatives from Mission Byram picked up the first batch of canned good collected by the students of GRI. The project was spear-headed by 5th grade Jr. Beta Club. Pictured below are members of Mission Byram and representatives from 5th grade Jr. Beta Club.

Rust College Alumni Meet, Greet & Eat Was a Big Success!!! The Jackson-Hinds Chapter of the Rust College Alumni Association hosted its 3rd Annual Meet, Greet, and Eat Monday, September 26th, 2016 at Anderson United Methodist Church. The annual event was held in part as a membership mixer for local alums to gather and fellowship, learn new updates from College Administrators, meet Miss/Mr. Rust College/ SGA President, and for local chapter President to share “The Chapter Year in Review”. With

the great financial support of Jackson-Hinds local members and other supporters, the chapter contributed almost $16,000.00 for the 2015 -16 academic year. They have set a goal of $20,000.00 for 2016-17. The evening was also a time to honor an alum that has gone above and beyond for the oldest Historically Black College in the State of MS. This year Mrs. MeShonya Wren-Coleman, ’94, received recognition for her great work as the Vice President/Program Chair, she chairs the annual Concert/Bearcat Pageant and Membership Mixer. Networking and fellowship along with great food were also a part of this festive occasion. The chapter meets the Monday after the fourth Sunday October – May at New Hope Baptist Church from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. For additional information about the chapter, please email Chapter President, Dr. Juno Leggette Jacobs at Article submitted by De-Mon McClinton, ‘07 Social/Media Committee Chair

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New Canney Creek Missionary Baptist Church hosts party at Mississippi State Hospital WHITFIELD — Volunteers from New Canney Creek Missionary Baptist Church of Jackson, MS, shared their time and talent on Nov. 12 to bring food, fun and joy to patients and residents at Mississippi State Hospital. New Canney Creek Missionary Baptist Church is one of more than 100 groups who will provide parties and activities to over 800 patients and residents at the hospital this holiday season. “We dearly appreciate the outpouring of love and support from all of our volunteer groups. It adds so much to the lives of our patients and residents during this joyous time,” said Sheila Shows, Volunteer Services Director for the hospital.

THS Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Hinds County School District held one of two ground breaking ceremonies marking the start of construction for up-grades and new additions to THS Athletic Complex. Phase I involves new parking areas followed by a new athletic entrance to the complex with ticket windows, offices, concessions, and restrooms. The next phase will include a new Field-house that will house football, softball, soccer, baseball, and track for both girls and boys. Local attendees included: Mayor Joseph Kendrick – Terry; Mayor Richard White – Byram; Jerry Gibson, Former THS baseball coach; local board members; district officials; THS coaches; parents, teachers, and Terry Student Council members. Examples: abstract, brightly colored paint on canvas whimsical paint on canvas fused glass in monochrome palette

Crossroads Film Festival is April 6-9, 2017

Seeking Ruma artist for 2017 Crossroads Film Fest ...deadline is December 15 Each year Crossroads Film Society commissions a piece of original artwork from a Mississippi artist or craftsman to be the prize for the "Ruma Award for Most Promising Mississippi Filmmaker." Additionally, the artwork is often used in designing the year's theme, T-shirt design, sale poster, program cover, badge art, etc. The "Ruma art" can be anything - from a painted masterpiece, to a beautiful wood sculpture, to glass artwork set in a frame, to woven or pieced fabric, or any other artistic medium. Crossroads encourages - but does not require - that the piece in some way invoke our overall festival theme: "everybody has a story" or "telling your story [through filmed art]."

OK, so how do I enter my art?

To enter, submit a photo of your finished artwork - or a sketch or concept art - via email to, along with a brief description of the artwork (title, size, medium, any interesting story about its creation, etc.). Please also include your complete contact information so we can easily r e a c h t h e w i n n e r ! A panel of judges will select from among the entries received by December 15. We will need the finished artwork the first week of January, 2017 - remember, this is the artwork that will inform the overall look of the festival, so we need it early to prepare printed materials. Bonus: Crossroads Film Society will purchase the artwork for $500!

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Norman Vincent Peale

Gary Road Elementary celebrates Red Ribbon Week Gary Road Elementary celebrates Red Ribbon Week with a visit from Terrance the Rat and Mrs. Carter. They are representatives of the Reject All Tobacco company.



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Angel Tree Ministry Helps Children of Prisoners Mississippi College family members want to bring Christmas cheer to children with parents in prison.

It’s through investing in the Angel Tree ministry that’s going to bring the kids toys, clothing, dolls, and lots of love. The goal at Mississippi College is to sponsor 120 boys and girls across the Magnolia State. A Christmas tree adorned with angels is spreading the word to faculty, staff and students in the MC cafeteria through midDecember. “It’s a good way to take care of people that are hurting and need a lot of love,” says MC student Mary Ann McCarty of Meridian. MC senior Grace Hall, a vocal performance major, sings the praises of Angel Tree. She’s stayed actively involved with Angel Tree since she was a freshman on the Clinton campus. “This is helping children in need,” says Hall, 21, a Forney, Texas resident. “It gives people an opportunity to help others. I love it.”

The Christmas holidays are always her favorite time of year. Grace remains hopeful the children of Mississippi prisoners will get to experience the joy of the holiday season, too. Nationwide, there are 2.7 million children with parents incarcerated in 2016. This year, about 600,000 men and women now in jail will return to their communities to live. Shari Barnes, director of MC’s Community Service Center, is once again overseeing the Angel Tree project linked to the Prison Fellowship ministry. For the price of $50, Mississippi College students, faculty, staff or alumni can sign up and lift the Christmas spirits of these children. The boys and girls, ages 1 through 18, live in communities like Clinton, Jackson, Raymond, Hazlehurst, Brandon and Pearl. They are residents of towns all over Central Mississippi. Barnes plans to close the Angel Tree cam-

paign December 14 on the Clinton campus and the MC Law School in Jackson. Then, she will deliver Christmas gifts two days later to show God’s love to more than 100 children. For more information, contact Shari Barnes at 601-925-3267 or Photo: Mississippi College senior Grace Hall of Forney, Texas supports the Angel Tree ministry on the Clinton campus.

HILLCREST CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Congratulations to Mayowa Asagunla, a senior and student at Hillcrest since the 6th grade, for being selected to play in the 2016 MAIS All-Star Football game on Friday, December 2nd.

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale




Attaché Fall Revue at Clinton High Set for December 7-10 CLINTON — America's top show choir is holding its annual Fall Revue Dec. 7-10 in the Clinton High School Auditorium. Performances begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. “The Fall Revue will feature songs of many styles featuring old favorites, country, dance, and holiday,” says David Fehr, Attaché director. “In the second act, there's a preview of the spring competition show.” In its 37th year, Attaché is composed of 46 singer/dancers, 15 pit members, and 20 crew members. Attaché is led by directors David and Mary Fehr, pit director Robert Allen, and crew director Deborah Morgan. Choreographers include April James, Stephen Todd, Dexter Bishop, Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg, and Harley McAlexander. Attaché has a long history of excellence in the show choir field and earned the number No. 1 ranking in the 2016 National Show Choir Rankings. Tickets are $9 to $10 and may be purchased at CHS from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 19 or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday Nov. 28-Dec. 2 and Dec. 5-9. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Attaché office at 601-924-0707.

Festival of Lights Airs on Mississippi Public Broadcasting Stations

Mississippi College’s 190th anniversary celebration will showcase the annual Festival of Lights with the Christmas concerts airing on Mississippi Public Broadcasting stations for the first time. Featuring the MC Singers, the inspiring performances chronicle the humble birth and joyous message of Jesus Christ through scripture, prayer and song. Concerts are booked for December 1-3 at historic Provine Chapel, the oldest building on the Clinton campus. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale. In a darkened chapel, the Christian university’s student choir will clutch lighted candles as they sing “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” and exit the building to close the memorable performances each evening. The 31st annual Festival of Lights will feature a piece written by Mississippi College Professor of Music Emeritus James Sclater of Clinton titled “The Gift of the Mockingbird.” MC Singers Conductor Mark Nabholz will lead the award-winning group in a variety of musical selections. The diverse holiday season sounds will touch on the music of Russia, Nigeria, Latvia, Austria, Holland, England and the USA. It’s very appropriate to give to audiences a nice flavor for the music heard around the world, Nabholz believes. “The whole Earth is praising God for sending His son for us.” The 40-member MC Singers has performed concerts in New York City’s famed Lincoln Center and at Carnegie Hall, across Europe

and South Africa in recent years. The Festival of Lights originated on a chilly Central Mississippi evening in December 1986 with the first performance held in the Jennings Hall Courtyard. A year later, the program moved to Provine Chapel. The whitecolumned building opened in 1860 during the Civil War. It was soon converted into a hospital utilized for the wounded troops of Northern General Ulysses S. Grant. Tickets for the Festival of Lights are $15 for general admission for adults. The cost is $10 seniors and $5 for students. Usually, the event packs the chapel each year so it is best for festival audiences to arrive early on the Clinton campus. Mississippians who cannot join the audiences inside Provine Chapel can watch a taped performance on Mississippi Public Broadcasting stations during five dates in December. The statewide MPB schedule will include showings Friday December 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday December 18 at 7 p.m. The MC Singers concert will also air Monday December 19 at 8 p.m. and on Christmas Eve on Saturday December 24 at 7 p.m. The final MPB showings will be 5:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Sunday December 25 as the world celebrates Christmas. For ticket information on the Festival of Lights contact Dottie Serio of the MC Music Department at 601-925-3440. Patrons can also go to to purchase tickets online. Photo: Viewers across the Magnolia State will tune in to watch MC's Festival of Lights concerts on Mississippi Public Broadcasting stations in December.

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Mr. & Miss Mississippi Tuskegee University Robert V. Hooker, Jr. and Asya Montgomery were selected as Mr. and Miss Mississippi Tuskegee University for the 2016-2017 academic school year. Robert is a Freshman Animal Science Major and Asya is a Freshman Food Science Major. Robert is a graduate of Terry High School and Asya attended Clinton High School and a graduate of Liberty County High School. Robert is the son of Robert and Sherree Hooker, Sr. Asya is the daughter of Julius and Jeneia Montgomery.

Evening classes at Hinds CC help students plan new careers RAYMOND – Some students at Hinds have gained more than just an hour of sleep this past week. Quite possibly, they’ve progressed toward new careers by taking evening classes to juggle day jobs and family life. “It gives me flexibility with my job and my children,” said Gwendolyn Russell, 43, a Jackson mother of four who works at the Nissan plant in Canton by day and studies toward her associate’s degree by night at the Rankin Campus. “The support system here is great,” said Russell, who plans to pursue a nursing degree down the road. “There are tutors here who will sit down with you one-on-one who’ll get you what you need. They help you understand your work.” Registration for the spring 2017 semester is now open for current and prospective students at Hinds Community College. On-campus

classes for 16-week sessions and the first eight -weeks begin Jan. 9 with second eight-week classes, both on-campus and online, to begin March 6. Sixteen-week and first eight-week online classes begin Jan. 17. A class schedule after 5 p.m. has worked out nicely for Allen Garrison, of Vicksburg, as he plots a career behind the welder’s shield. \ “The benefit is that my wife also works days like me and can be with our daughter at night without a babysitter,” said Garrison, who earned a career certificate through the welding program at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus and is working toward an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students pursuing careers in medicalrelated fields also see benefits by having classes at night. “It offers a longer break in the day, with all the classes I take,” said Richard Neal, a Utica Campus student taking pre-pharmacy courses. Fellow STEM student Caitlyn Richmond, an aspiring Veterinary Technology student currently taking core science classes, also sees benefits to taking classes in the evening. “It can be a better environment at night for learning,” Richmond said. To register for classes for any term, students must first be admitted to the college. After meeting with a counselor, new students can then register for classes. Offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Admissions office can be reached at 601.857.3212 or by visiting the Admissions tab on the Hinds website at

Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.



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Jackson, MS Named GirlTrek City of the Year 2016 “GirlTrek is so much more than a walk,” says GirlTrek City Captain, Jackson, Cynthia Thompson. (Washington, D.C. – November 3, 2016) The year 2016 has been a monumental year for GirlTrek, a national nonprofit and the largest health movement dedicated to Black women and girls in the country that uses walking to inspire Black women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives. Jackson, MS has contributed significantly to GirlTrek’s success and has been named GirlTrek City of the Year 2016. “Because of their love --and the sweat equity they donated to the movement -Jackson has become GirlTrek's City of the Year and the state of Mississippi is modeling for the nation exactly what generational, transformational, inspirational change looks like,” says GirlTrek co-founder T. Morgan Dixon. “The women of Jackson have contributed to the most successful year in GirlTrek history by pledging to walk with GirlTrek, putting feet to prayers, smashing monthly challenges and recruiting their friends, family and colleagues to do the same.” During the month of April alone, more than 200 women from Jackson and surrounding areas earned GirlTrek’s coveted golden shoelaces by completing the 30-Day Jumpstart challenge; a fun, "scavenger-hunt" style walking competition where participants do 20 walks in 30 days. Also, GirlTrek awarded microgrants to two community improvement projects in Jackson; Classroom Closets, an initiative that collects gently used school uniforms and other necessities for students in need in the Jackson Public Schools and another to provide toiletries to the nursing facility, Community Place. “When you walk, you let go not just of the weight but of the depression and of all of the things that have been holding you back. When

we are on the pavement, we get to laugh with one another and cry with one another. We become a sisterhood on the pavement,” says GirlTrek City Captain, (Jackson) Cynthia Thompson. Thompson, 46, has been a member of GirlTrek for nearly 4 years and has served as the City Captain, a role responsible for organizing and volunteer recruitment in Jackson, for 2 years. “I experience God on my walks,” she says. To celebrate being named GirlTrek City of the Year 2016, GirlTrek will held a block party at Jackson Revival Center Campground 4655 Terry Rd; Jackson, MS 39212 ABOUT GIRLTREK: At GirlTrek, change starts with a woman making a commitment to improve her health, which leads to the development of healthier family traditions and her engagement in local policy to improve the health of her entire community. GirlTrek has doubled in size since February and is nearly 80,000 Black women strong. That’s nearly 80,000 Black women and girls around the nation who walk daily in local parks, trails and the streets of their neighborhoods getting healthy all the while reclaiming community space. For these women, walking has become a keystone habit that leads to a cascade of tiny rebellions against disease by developing healthier life practices such as eating better, spending less time alone and increased Vitamin D intake due to being out in nature more. Contact Jewel Bush, National Director of Communications at to schedule an interview. Visit for more information. GirlTrek has been featured on the New York Times' blog, Fixes; online for Ebony magazine; in the November issue of Essence magazine and Madame Noire. Started by two friends T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities through walking. Visit for more information.

Wilson signs with Northwest softball Copiah Academy has announced that senior fastpitch softball player Shelby Wilson has signed a scholarship offer with Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Miss. Wilson played on three MAIS AAA state championship teams at Copiah Academy and excelled in the classroom. She has a 3.5 grade point average and plans to go into the field of radiology technician after college. “She was just a joy to have on our team the past few years. Shelby has been a leader on the field and in the classroom and has been a good example of how hard work and perseverance pays off,” said Terry Bauer, the head coach of the softball team at Copiah Academy. In 2016, when the Lady Colonels finished fourth in AAAA, Wilson earned a spot on the all-star team. She batted .439 with an on base percentage of .542. She was also a sure-handed shortstop, recording a fielding percentage of .932. “I’m excited about playing for (Head Coach) Mike Rowan at Northwest, and I look forward to continuing my education there,” Wilson said.

Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.


A PLACE CALLED CHURCH By Carol L. Kohan Our nation must return to God through His purification or our nation must return to God by humbling ourselves, repenting our sins and giving God sovereignty over our nation. Saint Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2Corinthians:5-20) The greatest threat to our faith today is distraction. Andrew Sullivan is an English author, editor and blogger. Mr. Sullivan wrote an article for the New York Magazine on September 19, 2016, entitled I Used to Be a Human Being, he goes on to say, “An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts.” Just look around you – at the children and adults crouched over their phones as they walk the streets, or drive their cars, or walk their dogs, or even play with children. Observe just for a moment when you are picking up your child from the local school; pulling the earphone from your ear. Watch the students ascending or descending from the school bus. Observe yourself in a coffee line, or standing in line at the checkout. Perceive yourself at a restaurant; young married couples are texting on their phone with no idea that communication is needed. Look around and see the sea of dead eyes; staring at you. We have gone from looking up and around to constantly looking down at our phones. We seem to be living in a digitally exhausted new world, however we must remember our children are our mirrors. Simply reflecting digital habits and how you might be influencing your children. Consider changing your digital habits by developing an awareness for what needs to be changed. Andrew Sullivan, calls for the rediscovery of the monastic traditions, of contemplative prayer in the Catholic Tradition. Take your child on a meditative walk through the forest. Notice the light of the sun shining through the trees, discover the stunning multicolor of the newly fallen leaves, notice clouds recreating visions. Uncover the beauty of God, listen to the song of the birds, discern the silence of nature– it will begin to intrigue you. The smart phone gives us an illusion of always being active. Brain neurologists say that the neurons that fire together, wire together. We must begin to create a stillness in our brain through daily discipline of prayer. Prayer is our calling and its daily practice strengthens brain circuitry. Cultivating that deep resting place in prayer will help us recognize God’s presence anytime, anywhere. So, get in the habit of daily contemplative practices with some interaction with beauty, whether in nature or the arts, it will strengthen your ability to live a balanced life in a digital world. (Being contemplative in a digital world) Kathleen Bryant Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention says, Churches can rekin-

dle times of silent prayer, of guided confession of sin, of quiet before God. “Churches can teach that our identity is found in Christ, and Jesus doesn’t care how many Twitter followers we have. (Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention) Pope Francis declares, “Your happiness has no price,” “It cannot be bought. It is not an app that you can download on your phones, nor will the latest update bring you freedom and grandeur in love.” (April 16, 2016) Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje teaches us: “My life was pain, silence and immeasurable faith and trust in the Heavenly Father. Nothing is by chance: neither pain, nor joy, nor suffering, nor love. All of these are graces which my Son grants to you and which lead you to eternal life.” Going to church gets us out of our selforiented prison. The whole point of church, is to be a living testimony to who God is. If you come with an open heart and allow the Spirit of God to work in your life, you will encounter God himself. You will speak with Him as with someone whom you know. Prayer comes when you open your heart. Then you can achieve the proper outlook that “nothing is by chance” – the accidental car accident killing a loved one, the young adult dying from an overdose of drugs, a young child dies from cancer. All of the above are opportunities to draw you closer to God and eternal life. If you reject this viewpoint, then the events of your life become neglected opportunities which may lead you to eternal death. Truly, understand that in our wired world of noise, distraction, violence, and death, we may feel awkward and afraid to show our allegiance to our Heavenly Father. However, we are in this earthly life to be tested to see in which place we will choose to spend eternity. Russel Moore believes, churches should be places to remind us that what we’re in danger of missing isn’t really communicated by digital devices. If you are feeling disoriented or feeling restless; it time to stop the whirlwind of conflicts bouncing around in your head. Begin to change by means of conversion. Conversion means a change of mentality. God waits for us to act first. Paul explains in Ephesians 4:22-24 our three responsibilities in becoming like Christ. First, “Everything connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it!” (Ephesians 4:22 MSG by Eugene Peterson): Second, “Let the Spirit change your way of thinking” (Ephesians 4:23 CEV: (Contemporary English Version): The Bible says we are “transformed” by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). Third, your character is essentially the sum of y o u r habits; it is how you habitually act. The Bible says, “Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 NIV). Ephesians 4: 14-16 CEV: 14 We must stop acting like children. We must not let deceitful people trick us by their false teachings, which are like winds that toss us around from place to place.15 Love should always make us tell the

"Lindsey Claire Dance Company in Byram donated Halloween Costumes to the Stewpot Shelter & Afterschool children. The students and families at LCDC collected and donated used & new dance costumes that could be used for Halloween costumes to children in need of Jackson. On October 20th they donated over 60 costumes and had a "dance party" with the children of the after school. They enjoyed learning dances and dancing to "Pumpkin Twist" and "Witches Brew."

truth. Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head 16 of the body. Christ holds it together and makes all of its parts work perfectly, as it grows and becomes strong because of love. Surprisingly, Sooyeol Kim, a psychology student at Kent State University discovered by her research that employees can recover from some of their stress during their break refreshing their minds by interacting with friends or family members through a smartphone or by playing a short game. Amy Williams wrote an article for Smartphones and technology do offer benefits to our children. Here is a quick rundown of the benefits technology can offer our youth: A child is more capable of: handling rapid cyber searches, making quick decisions, developing visual acuity, and multitasking. Games help develop peripheral vision. Visual motor tasks like tracking objects or visually searching for items is improved. Internet users tend to use decision-making and problem-solving brain regions more often. Many experts and educators feel that interac-



tive media has a place in a child’s life. Smartphones and tablets can foster learning concepts, communication, and camaraderie. Basically, we need to discipline our brain so that we can go to the center at any time to just be. To create neural pathways in our brain we must cultivate the stillness of contemplation. Jesus’ invitation for us to abide in Him as He does in us alerts us to the promptings of the Spirit. In our cultural world of being digitally wired for whatever reason, let us challenge ourselves to balance out our busy lives with regular digital detox. Perhaps you can give God or maybe your neighbor some quality time in which you silence your phone. Truly, there is a place called CHURCH where you can lay down your burdens and turn off your smartphone! Jesus is calling us: “Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind. Norman Vincent Peale




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