Monthly Archives: December 2013

Wicker tells MSU graduates to make positive impact

Graduates Kathy R. Rainey of West Point, Kameca L. Woodard of Weir, Marietta Porter of Starkville, and Cynthia D. Waldrip of Louisville enjoy celebrating their achievements at Mississippi State University’s commencement exercises Saturday. (Photo by Russ Houston)

From press reports


U.S. Sen. Roger F. Wicker told Mississippi State fall graduates Saturday [Dec. 14] that big things are expected from them, but that important contributions to society don’t always come with public acclaim.

Wicker delivered the commencement … Read more

Joyful Noise Quartet performs in Washington, D.C.

Joyful Noise Quartet along with their spouses and Congressman Alan Nunnelee pose for a photo while standing on the balcony of the Capital overlooking the site of every Presidential Inauguration since Ronald  Reagan.  Pictured (left to right) Linda King, Perry King, Congressman Alan Nunnelee, Anita Jenkins, Chris Jenkins, Carol Smith, and Buddy Smith. Submitted photo

By Press Reports


Joyful Noise Quartet, based out of Ackerman, participated in the 2013 Values Voter Summit held October 11-13 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Members of Joyful Noise Quartet are: Chris Jenkins, Anita Jenkins, Buddy … Read more

Deer hunters need wild hog awareness

By Linda Breazeale

MSU Ag Communications


PONTOTOC – Most deer hunters will not encounter wild hogs, but if they do, wildlife biologists want them to be prepared.

At a recent wild hog seminar in Pontotoc, wildlife biologists emphasized the … Read more


Mark Stephen Ford

Funeral services for Mark Stephen Ford, 52, were held on December 15, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church in Mathiston, MS with Rev. Ralph Cain officiating. Interment was held at Double Springs Baptist Cemetery.

Mr. … Read more

Champions of Change awarded to WAC

By Staff and Press Reports


Weir Attendance Center recently received a “Champions of Change” award from the Mississippi Department of Education.

They received this award for showcasing the greatest gains in closing achievement gaps for the students.

“This is … Read more

Protecting your pets from the cold

Winter can be a challenging time of year for pets. The cold temperatures along with chemicals and poisons used during this time of year can be very dangerous to pets. Also, arthritic pets can have worsening pain and pets with … Read more

Choctaw County Chargers win twice in tourney

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer


The Choctaw County High School boys basketball team finished the week strong, taking a pair of games in its own invitational tournament.

After opening the week with a 54-49 loss to Eupora on … Read more

Local athletes chosen for MAC All-State teams

By Austin Bishop

The Choctaw Plaindealer


Five French Camp Academy Panthers and four Choctaw County Chargers were chosen for their respective Mississippi Association of Coaches All-State Football Teams that were released last week.

Quarterback Jesse Hosket and athlete Hagan … Read more

Rex begonias can bring Christmas cheer indoors

By Gary R. Bachman

MSU Horticulturist

Coastal Research & Extension Center


As much as I like decorating with colorful poinsettias during the Christmas season, I’m always on the lookout for nontraditional plants that can add interest and be just … Read more