Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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Friday, May 18, 2018

LMSD Offers Superintendent Position

In a 4-1 vote, Board members of the Louisville Municipal School District voted today (Friday, May 18) to offer the LMSD Superintendent’s position to Dr. Randy Grierson of the Cleveland School District in Bolivar County, Ms.

Grierson has most recently served as the Principal of East Side High School. Online search indicates that Grierson is a graduate of Delta State University and is originally from Pascagoula, Ms.

A search for a new Superintendent began when the Board chose not to renew the contract of current Superintendent Ken McMullan. Pending acceptance, the new Superintendent will take the position sometime after the end of this school year (2017-2018).

As more information develops, we will have further updates.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thefts Continue - Can You Identify This Vehicle?

After a brief respite, thieves have returned to the area as another lawnmower was stolen on Tuesday night. The mower similar to the one shown below was stolen from the Noxapater Attendance Center on the evening of May 15th.

Survelliance footage from a security video shows a white SUV pulling a trailer in the area near the time of the theft.

The theft and another on the same night follow a pattern of previous burglaries across Winston and other surrounding counties.

If you have any information on this vehicle or the stolen items call Winston County Crime Stoppers at 662-773-9999 or the Winston County Sheriff's office at 662-773-5881.

ECCC to Hold Warrior Wednesday New Student Orientation Session June 6

Registering for fall 2018 classes is among the activities new and transfer students will participate in when East Central Community College holds its Warrior Wednesday Orientation session June 6 on the Decatur campus.

The Warrior Wednesday Orientation will be from 9 a.m. to Noon beginning in the Vickers Fine Arts Center. New students can begin signing in for the session at 8:30 a.m.

Those participating will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, view a virtual campus tour, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for fall classes.

Following registration, students will tour the campus. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs and parking permits while on the tour. Students should bring a photo ID and their vehicle license tag number with them to Orientation.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for fall term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation session on June 6. Students attending Warrior Wednesday must RSVP in advance using the myEC link at www.eccc.edu.

Fall 2018 on-campus classes begin on Monday, Aug. 13.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at shollings@eccc.edu or 601-635-6207. For more information about the Warrior Wednesday Orientation on June 6, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6204 or rlee@eccc.edu.

Wicker Shares Mississippi Efforts to Develop Tech Workforce, Close Broadband Gaps

Mike Forster (Chairman of Innovate Mississippi Board) of Louisville speaks
before U.S. Senate Committee
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, yesterday chaired a hearing to consider the state of the mobile application economy and ways for Congress to support the development of the industry.

“In addition to prioritizing the deployment of broadband infrastructure, workforce development is critical to growing the app economy,” Wicker said. “Maintaining a trained and skilled workforce will help meet industry needs and ensure that the United States remains a leader in the global digital economy.”

Wicker invited Mike Forster, chairman of the Innovate Mississippi board, to share how the Mississippi Coding Academies have helped to close the technology skills gap in Mississippi and to connect students to employers looking to hire entry-level programmers and coders.

“There are a lot of highly motivated young people, who for various reasons, mostly socioeconomic, who are not able to attend a two- or four-year college,” Forster said. “Yet, many of them have the basic analytical and creative skills to become coders, and those jobs will ensure them wages that are equivalent to what many college graduates are going to get.”

Wicker asked Forster about the ability of Innovate Mississippi and the Mississippi Coding Academies to cut through the red tape that can prevent government programs from responding quickly to the needs of the private sector.

“We must start with the employer,” Forster said. “They must be engaged with us. They must set the curriculum. We don’t want to be teaching what the technologies were 10 years ago, or even 5 or even 2 years ago.”

Wicker also asked Morgan Reed, president of ACT – The App Association, about the problem of broadband connectivity in rural areas.

Reed noted that 27.8 percent of all Mississippiansdo not have access to broadband internet, including more than 50 percent of the population in rural areas.

“The problem we have with a state like Mississippi, is that when he [Forster] trains a good coder, if they go home and they don’t have broadband, then how are my people going to hire him?” Reed said.

Wicker has been challenging the Federal Communications Commission to improve the quality of its data collection and mapping of service coverage to help accelerate the delivery of broadband to the areas that need it most.

Other witnesses at today’s hearing included:

•           Roger Koch, Chief Executive Officer, Shield Group Technologies; and
•           Dr. Sarah Oh, Research Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

Videos include Senator Wicker's opening statement & Forster's testimony.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Local News Bits

  • May is Mental Health Awareness month. Andrew Levine with Community Counseling (CC) met with Winston County Supervisors recently and provided info on the local budget and needs for mental health services in Winston County. Levine indicated that CC is currently working with 597 active clients in the county.

  • Noxapater and Nanih Waiya schools will not have slow pitch softball teams for the upcoming school year. The schools will replace slow pitch with girls’ volleyball. Interest in volleyball and low participation in slow pitch prompted the change. The schools will not be officially sanctioned by the MHSAA for the first year but should have local area schools to compete with.

  • The LMSD Board discussed the need for additional security officers for the school district in their meeting on Monday night. Additional officers for the Noxapater and Nanih Waiya Attendance Centers were of concern to board members. School administration indicated that up to 3 additional security officers were needed at Nanih Waiya, Noxapater and Eiland Middle School but there were currently no funds in the budget. The issue was tabled until further information on possible federal funds became available.

  • The City of Louisville has begun work on an annexation study with Slaughter and Associates for future plans by the city. No annexation efforts are expected in the next few years but the plan is being developed to project the needs and best use requirements for the future.

Grace Christian 2018 Graduation Class

Congratulations to the Grace Christian School Class of 2018. Graduation was on Thursday, May 10 at the school. They received a total of $240,000.00 in scholarships from Mississippi State University, MS Scholars, Ride for Carmen, EMCC, The Way Community Church, Star Student, Mississippi Eminent Scholarship Grant. and Distinguished Young Woman. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Noxapater Special Olympics Compete in State Games

On Saturday, May 12, the Noxapater Special Olympics team competed in the State Games at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.  Noxapater brought back 2 gold, 2 silver, and 2 bronze metals.

The Yak committee attended and helped cheer on the athletes in each of their events. Noxapater school students and staff treated them to Dinner at Golden Corral on Friday and Shaggy’s on Sunday. 

Thank you for all of your support for these athletes to be able to compete. Donations for next year's event can  be made through the Noxapater Attendance Center in care of Tracy Jackson.

Special Olympics Sponsor: Tracy Jackson

Noxapater athletes:   
  • Kolanda Cooper 12th grade- Gold metal singles bocce, silver metal doubles bocce
  • Garrett Jackson-11th grade-Gold metal shot put, silver metal 100M walking
  • Clay Kugle-8th grade-400m Dash, shot put
  • Anthony Prior 7th-Bronze metal- 50M walking,  Bronze metal- tennis ball throw
YAK committee:   President- Princess Welch
                                    Vice Pres.- Maddie Edwards
                                    Treasure- Madelin Wilkes
                                    Seceretary- Cardale Eichelberger
                                     Board Members:  Joshua Jones
                                                                 Dashad Hornesbuger
                                                                 Mary Grace Mills
                                                                 Marcella Cole