Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Missing Person!!

The Winston County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in a search for a missing person. Shaniya Jernigan, 17 year old , black female, was last seen on October 11th at 10:00 am. If you have any information as to her whereabouts, please contact the Sheriff's Department at 662-773-5881.

Monday, October 11, 2021

New Online Genealogy Database Available at All Mid-MS Regional Library System Locations

Mid-MS Regional Library System (MMRLS) is pleased to announce free access to a new online genealogy database called Heritage Quest Online. This fresh addition to the collection can be accessed from home, school, on the go, or inside the library. The residents of Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston counties can start taking advantage of this no-cost resource today.

All MMRLS library guests will need to start their online genealogy research is any internet-capable device and their 14-digit library card number. Patrons may also use any available public access computers at their local branch to conduct their research.

“Genealogy and local history resources are a vital part of our collection with people coming from all around Mississippi, other states, and even other countries to perform their family research,” said Josh Haidet, MMRLS Director. “We are thrilled to be able to offer an online resource that is a great starting point for those looking to go in-depth with their genealogy research.”

For more information, call or visit your local MMRLS branch library or the library’s website midmisslib.com. All library services are possible thanks to the continued financial support of our local elected officials.

EMCC’s Scooba Campus Offering New Workforce Programs

 East Mississippi Community College’s Workforce and Community Services Division has expanded its offerings on the college’s Scooba campus with programs of study in Electrical Technology and Heavy Civil Construction.

The first day of class for both programs was Sept. 13. Students who complete the two-semester Electrical Technology program will be awarded a vocational certificate and will learn to install, maintain and troubleshoot electrical systems. Coursework includes residential, commercial and industrial wiring, blueprint reading, electrical power systems and programmable logic controllers, among other things.

“When they finish the program, they can go to work for a contractor wiring residential houses, perform light commercial electrical services or work with one of the area electrical companies,” Electrical Technology instructor Seth Irons said. 

In addition to classwork, the students also get hands-on lab experience, running electrical wire, testing circuits and wiring equipment, such as motor controls.

Nanih Waiya resident Tatum Luke is among the 14 students enrolled in the class.

“I just thought it would be a good program to get into,” Luke said.

Cody Warren of Louisville said he wants a job where he doesn’t have to sit behind a desk and the Electrical Technology program seemed like a good fit.

“One thing I like is that it won’t take much time to finish the program,” said Christian Moore, who, along with his classmates, is scheduled to graduate in May of 2022.

“Once they graduate, we will enroll a brand-new class,” Irons said.

Students who complete the Electrical Technology certificate program at Scooba have the option of continuing their studies at The Communiversity at EMCC to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.

“We are really excited about being able to offer Electrical Technology at our Scooba campus,” EMCC Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development Dr. Courtney Taylor said. “This will help students find an entryway into the general electrical occupations since there are a lot of those jobs available, especially in our rural areas.”

Also new to the Scooba campus this term is the Heavy Civil Construction program. 

Among other things, students learn to safely operate heavy equipment used on road and bridge projects and at construction sites. They are also taught how to read site drawings and the use of math commonly used in construction.

Students who complete the 10-week program earn NCCER certification in heavy equipment operation, complete a 10-hour OSHA safety training course and are certified in forklift operation.

“It is a class you can finish fairly quickly in a field where you can make good money,” said DeKalb resident Jeremy Buie, who is enrolled in the course. “That was probably what most interested me.”

The program was first taught at The Communiversity in January. The same bulldozer, excavator and tractor used for course instruction at The Communiversity were transported to the Scooba campus for the program there, as were two training simulators equipped with the same controls as the bulldozer and excavator.

A new motor grader simulator will also be used for training at the Scooba campus and APAC-Mississippi recently donated an asphalt paving roller to the program that was refurbished by Caterpillar.

For now, the program is being taught out of Oktibbeha Hall while a site is being prepared west of the main Scooba campus, across Mississippi 16 from the rodeo team’s practice area.

Heavy Civil Construction instructor Carlton Hollis said there is a lot of demand in the area for heavy equipment operators in the logging and timber industries.

“They use motor graders, dozers and track hoes in forestry,” Hollis said. “They have to construct and maintain roads for the log trucks to come in and out on and the sites where they stack the logs have to be cleared and maintained as well.”

Scooba resident Shundarius Knox enrolled in the class because he would like to work with a company that clears land.

“I saw it as a good opportunity to learn a trade,” Knox said.

The current class will finish Nov. 18, with the next class to be offered at The Communiversity in January. Email Terry Logan at tlogan@eastms.edu for information about either the Electrical Technology program or the Heavy Civil Construction program.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

10th Annual Panhandle Community Day - Oct. 16

10th Annual Panhandle Community Day


For almost two years we have lived in a time marked by the loss of normal.  We have been confined to our homes, we have kept our distance from people, we have worn masks, we have used hand sanitizer, and we have lived in fear.  The virus scare changed our lives.  We lost much, but we gained much and we realized that life on this earth is but a moment. But let’s come together for the 10th Annual Panhandle Community Day and strive for normal. Since COVID is still a very real concern for all of us, be sure to wear your mask, and, as much as possible, practice social distancing.

The Panhandle Community Center was formerly the Panhandle Consolidated School Building.  The building contract was to Jody Moorehead and bonds  purchased and financed by Hugh Pierce of Beat 3 Choctaw County in 1929 (4 rooms, lobby and auditorium).

Panhandle Consolidated School opened in the fall of 1929 and closed in 1956.

Order by county school board giving authority to trustees to use and maintain building and grounds as a community center on September 14, 1957.

The school property was sold to the board of trustees by order of the Board of Education of Choctaw County on January 2, 1968.  The deed was recorded.

In 1972 major repairs were necessary and by community effort four classrooms were removed and the lobby and auditorium restored.

In May 1989 the community joined in a project to do repairs.  There were donations of cash, materials, cabinets, appliances and labor.  The building now had community water, a sewage system, and inspected and updated electricity.  A bathroom had been added, a complete kitchen, windows repaired, floors sanded and stained, repairs made on the outside, and painted inside and out. 

Three years ago, the Dixie Pan Club of Choctaw County took on the daunting task of refurbishing the building.  With the help of many people, the club was able to raise enough money to paint inside and out, as well as, the roof.  The windows were scraped and washed, the electricity was upgraded, new appliances were added, a porch was added, the bathroom was completely rebuilt, new heating and cooling was added, and much-needed general maintenance was completed.

Some of our most precious possessions are the memories of places and people, but they fade with time unless we renew and revisit them.  If you have history that includes a God-gifted place called Panhandle, it is time to renew those memories and visit with some of the folks that helped shape them. 

On Saturday, October 16, from 8:00-2:00, the Panhandle Community of Choctaw County will host the 10th annual Panhandle Community Day.  Held in the historic Panhandle Consolidated School building, the craft fair will feature local talent in many forms, and, of course, food.  A hamburger plate will be available for $6.00.

Two years ago a group of women from the Panhandle Community began taking a local pottery class.  This group has become known as the Panhandle Potters.  If you haven’t met the Panhandle Potters, attend Panhandle Community Day and meet them and see examples of their work.

Panhandle is rich in talent, hospitality, and wonderful people who love nothing better than to engage in fellowship with friends and neighbors.  Be sure to join us on this wonderful occasion.  Check out the talent provided by local artisans, fellowship with friends and neighbors, do some early Christmas shopping, and enjoy the atmosphere created by a historic building filled with people who love each other.  See you Saturday, October 16.

No craft fair is complete without door prizes.  Register to win when you enter the building.  Drawing for door prizes will be held hourly.

If you are interested in having a booth at the event, please contact Brenda Cagle at 552-0881.  Vendor fees go to the upkeep of the Panhandle Community Center.

You may get directions by typing in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Weir, MS on your map app.

Submitted by Marie Gordon

October 2021