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January 24th, 2013

Chism: Bill offers new opportunities

January 24, 2013

District 37 Representative Gary Chism has been a proponent of charter schools since the idea was first brought to the state capitol.
Chism sees charter schools, not as a fix-all for the state’s education problems, but rather as a chance for parents and students in “failing” school districts to have new opportunities in education.
“The current bill is going to be very limited,” Chism said of the House bill that passed Thursday morning, which is different from the Senate bill that was passed last week. “It will only allow for 15 charter schools to be created each year.”

Ellis elaborates on no vote in the House, predicts no final bill passage

January 24, 2013

It is probably one of the most contentious issues that the Mississippi legislature has dealt with in decades.
Right now, the Senate and the House of Representatives are debating as to whether the state should expand “school choice” for parents and allow more charter schools to exist, especially in failing districts.
The House did not leave the capitol until the early hours of Thursday morning, but the divided body finally put the current bill to a vote, passing it 64-55.

January 23rd

Oak Hill Junior High boys make history

January 23, 2013

COLUMBUS- It was déjà vu times fifty for the Oak Hill Junior High Raiders as the final seconds rolled off the clock at Immanuel Christian School. The Raiders had the upper-hand and were leading their opponent. The game might not have been the prettiest of the fifty consecutive wins, but the Raiders did it, defeating Immanuel 45-38.

Hutchins’ birthday wish to feed the hungry in Clay County

January 23, 2013

If Elliott Hutchins gets his birthday wish, there will be a lot of hungry people fed in Clay County from now until March.
The Church Hill Elementary First Grade student will turn 7 on February 8, and he recently told his mother, Felecia Finley, something a lot of parents do not hear.
“He told me he did not want any birthday presents this year,” Finley said. “He wants people to donate canned goods for the hungry instead.”
Hutchins says that his inspiration came from commercials he saw on the Disney Channel.

Health Science classes prep students for healthcare careers

January 23, 2013

Demontra Ewing dreams of being a radiologist one day.
Besides playing basketball for West Point High School, Shamaya Lyles has her sights set on being an OBGYN.
Just about everyone in Darlene Blaylock’s freshman Health Science class at the West Point School District’s Career and Technology Center wants to enter the healthcare industry in one capacity or another.
Who can blame them?
A degree in radiology alone can fetch six figures at the right healthcare facility. Doctors stand to make even better money over the course of a lifetime.

Cole’s sequel, “Moon Underfoot” another thriller

January 23, 2013

West Point author, Bobby Cole was happy to share his latest novel, “Moon Underfoot” a sequel to “The Dummy Line,” at Wednesday’s Luncheon with Books.
This is Cole’s second offering at Luncheon with Books. He was guest speaker February 2009, when he talked about his first published novel, “The Dummy Line.” Cole has since written a book called “Rent a Mule” that should be available in the Fall.

Turner officially joins state Senate

January 23, 2013

District 16 Senator Angela Turner, (right), was sworn in on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, taking the same seat that was held by her father, the former Senator Bennie L. Turner, who held the seat from 1993, until his passing on November 27, 2012. Her mother, Edna Turner, is holding the Bible. Senator Angela Turner was well received by fellow members and has said that she will begin immediately to attend committee meetings and participate in the budget process. See more on page 5. Submitted Photo

January 22nd

Loome speaks to Delta Kappa Gamma Society

January 22, 2013

Nancy Loome of The Parents’ Campaign, a Jackson, MIssissippi-based network of over 62,000 Mississippians, was the guest speaker at the regular meeting of Delta Kappa Gamma Society on Saturday, Jan. 19th, at 10 AM, East Side Elementary. Shown here is (from left) Nancy Loome and Lucille Armstrong, Legislative Chair for the local chapter. Ms. Loome spoke to members about charter school legislation currently before the board as well as other initiative currently being discussed.

Connecting the deficits

January 22, 2013

A new study was released this week that may very well explain what is going on in Washington D.C.
Using this study, a quick diagnosis of Congress, with a heavy dose of medication could turn the tide for the American people and the U.S. economy.
The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Medical Group in Pasadena says that a study conducted over the last decade reveals a 25 percent jump in the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivty Disorder.
I believe that Washington, as a whole, has ADHD.

Goal setting 2013: No exercise involved

January 22, 2013

Happy New Year everyone! Since it’s January, this is the time that I typically start talking about setting goals for the year: all the things you want to do, be, have in 2013. While I would still encourage you to set do, be, have goals and I do every year myself, this year we will take a different approach by looking at the most important area of our lives: personal relationships.

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