Thursday, December 1 2022


FULTON – Several area residents will receive their pins and lamps from Itawamba Community College’s Practical Nursing Program on Thursday, at the Davis Event Center on the Fulton campus. The public is invited to attend.

Graduates include Jordan Coker of Belden; Kelsie Dixon of Columbus; Sharon Cribbs, Kayleigh Underwood, both of Fulton; Cameron Pettey of Guntown; Jessica Anderson of Hatley; Carrie Criddle, Olivia Hall, both of Houston; Laken Crane of Mooreville; Shelby Flurry of Nettleton; Alivia Buchanan from Okolona; Sherman Ross, Brittney Wharton, both of Pontotoc; Amanda Armstrong, Brooklyn Hawkins, Alexis Koonce, Summer Raines, all of Saltillo; Jasman Mitchell and Angelica Nail, both from Tupelo.

Licensed Practical Nursing is a one year (three semesters) program. Upon completion, graduates receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the N-CLEX (National Council Examination) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Starkville Schools Announce Layoff Times

STARKVILLE – Public schools in Starkville-Oktibbeha announced their layoff hours for the 60 percent day on December 21. The hours are noon, Sudduth and Discovery Learning Center; 12:10 p.m. Henderson, Ward, Stewart and West; 12:15 p.m., OES; 1 p.m., Partnership College; and 1:20 p.m. Armstrong Junior High and Starkville High School.

EMCC wins ACE 2021 award

East Mississippi Community College has been named the recipient of the BankMobile 2021 Achieve Campus Efficiency (ACE) Award, which recognizes colleges and universities that provide financial aid and other loan balances to students in a secure and efficient manner.

EMCC is one of 194 higher education institutions nationwide to have received the ACE Award. The award criteria require that more than 90 percent of student refunds from January 1 to November 1 have been paid electronically and that 40 percent of all students, regardless of their financial aid eligibility. , have completed the reimbursement selection process.


“I want to congratulate the entire Business Office team,” said Tammie Holmes, EMCC CFO. “They have openly embraced efficiency improvements in our region, and that is evident in these statistics. “

BankMobile Disbursements is a BMTX-powered technology solution that processes and disburses student financial aid credit balances on behalf of college and university governments in accordance with federal regulations, according to the company’s website.

“Being announced as the recipient of the ACE award underscores that we are doing the right things and moving in the right direction,” she said.

W singers score in regional competition

The voice majors from the University of Mississippi for Women recently won first prize in their respective categories at the National Association of Singing Teachers (NATS) Southern Regional Conference competition held recently. at the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg.

The W’s three first place winners were Samantha Saine, first place in the adult recurve; Payton Tanner, first place in fourth / fifth year classical for high vocals; and Jerry Brown, first place in the Classic Lesser Adult Course.

Saine, soprano and major in music, is a vocal student of Elizabeth Jones. Tanner, soprano and major in music therapy, and Brown, tenor and major in music education, are the vocal students of Dr. Susan Hurley.

In addition to the three singers named above, baritone Aaron Rishel, a major in music with a specialization in performance, also a student of Hurley, has been named a third year semifinalist in classical music for tenors, baritones and basses.

During the two-day conference, Saine also performed The W at the Musical Theater Masterclass, an additional conference event, performing “On My Own” from the musical Les Miserables.

Nearly 200 singers from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi advanced to the semi-finals and took part in auditions last Friday.

The finalists were announced on November 12. The final tour took place live on November 13 at Parkway Heights United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg and was broadcast publicly live.

NATS is the largest professional association of singing teachers in the world.

State of Mississippi to host opening ceremonies

STARKVILLE – The State of Mississippi is announcing plans for the early fall exercises to be held on the university’s Starkville and Meridian campuses.

The Starkville campus will host two ceremonies – 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. – Friday at Humphrey Coliseum. MSU-Meridian will celebrate its opening Thursday at 11 a.m. at the MSU Riley Center.

Those who wish to watch these events remotely can do so through the MSU TV Center livestream at and the MSU Facebook page at

Participation in Starkville on Friday will be limited to eight guests per graduate, and the athletic box office will provide electronic ticketing for contactless entry. Tickets are free and can be claimed by visiting for instructions. Contact the sports ticket office at 662-325-2600 for any questions.

A separate balaclava ceremony will be held for summer and fall 2021 doctoral students on December 9 at 4 p.m. at The Mill at MSU. For any questions regarding this ceremony, contact the MSU Graduate School at 662-325-7400.



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