Wesson News PO Box 1028 Wesson, MS 39191 Volume 7, Number 1 “Good News You Can Use” January 8, 2019 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID WESSON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 INSIDE: Area Arts............................................... 2 News Nuggets...................................... 5 Community Calnedar .......................... 9 Healthy Living .................................... 10 Sports Shorts..................................... 12 Meet Your Neighbor........................... 12 Christmas Decorating Awards Page 4 601-835-2661 750 Hwy. 51 SE, Brookhaven MS (next to Bobby's Alternator & Starter) Family owned and operated: Ryan, Candice, Josh and Sissy Strange. GUNS · AMMO · ACCESSORIES · ELECTRONICS · JEWELRY · PET SUPPLIES · TOOLS · APPLIANCES & LOTS MORE Open Monday-Friday 8 am-5pm Sat 8 am -12 noon. Closed 3-10-18 through 3-17-18 for Vacation & Inventory Like us on Facebook! By Bob Arnold Wesson, in recent weeks, was part of a fraudulent story told by internet scammers to sell quilts to web browsers. According to a web site touting "Emacotton Quilts," which has since been taken down, the farm that produced them was located "near Wesson in South Mississippi" and operated by Riley and Layla Gibson, who acquired a license from Peter and Kath Lakey, "third generation farmers at Greenville in Mississippi," to manufacture the "exceptional chemical and allergy-free cotton bedding." Buyers, who visited the "Emacotton Quilts" web site and ordered products, never received quilts for which they paid upwards of $500. The web site scammers claimed they employed a "fabulous team of people from our local Wesson community" and invited customers to visit their "RV-approved" farm at an address on Sylvarena Road, which a Google Earth search showed to be the truck stop off the Interstate 55 Wesson exit that obviously had no part in the internet fraud. "You can come and stay at the farm in your Scammers feature Wesson in fraud story self-contained motor home or caravan and enjoy the peace and quiet of rural life," the scammers said. Along with the verbal description of the quilt-producing farm, the web site featured photos of a massive cotton field that would be unlikely even in the Mississippi Delta region and a fenced-off pasture with sheep ready for shearing. In a flight of fantasy, the internet scammers also featured a testimonial about the "Wesson Escape package," saying visitors to their farm could "explore beautiful Wesson," into which they transplanted attractions from aroundVictoria inAustralia -- "the lakes, wildflowers, significant indigenous sites, olive groves, the museum and the amazing Spanner Man's sculpture garden." The testimonial cited nearby towns of Wycheproof, Ballarat and Loddon Shire; the Railway Hotel and Frank's Cafe, where you can enjoy a delightful afternoon tea. Reacting to the scam, Wesson Mayor Alton Shaw said "we'd like to be known as a venue, but clearly not like this!" Special toWessonNews A Wesson senior literary student at Brookhaven-based Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) was one of five top award recipients in a writing symposium competition at theMississippi University for Women (MUW) at Columbus. Katherine Westbrook, from Wesson, received recognition for her work “Splintered: The Story of an Almost Empath.” Taylor Downs, an MSA senior from Yazoo City, also received Honorable Mention at the symposium for her work, “Parental Teachings.” The 2018 Ephemera Prize, in its fourth year, had 81 submissions from eight different schools around the state. “The competition was steep, and our judges were impressed by the quality of writing coming out of Mississippi high College campus in Brookhaven. Annually, MSA enrolls approximately 145 students who meet and exceed the traditional Mississippi high school curriculum and receive intensive instruction in dance, literary arts, theatre, visual arts, vocal music and media arts/ filmmaking. Its 2018 graduating class of 65 seniors received $10.8 million in college scholarship offers and MSA has the number two ACT average in the state. Students interested in MSA apply in their sophomore year and are selected to attend based on an onsite audition process. MSA applications are available online at www.msabrookhaven.org for its February 1deadline. For more information, call 601-823-1300 or e-mail email@example.com. schools and home schools,” Kendall Dunkelberg, Director of Creative Writing at MUW, said. Westbrook’s work has been published in Ringling College’s Shift: A Journal of Lliterary Oddities , the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Sheepshead Anthology , the recent fall edition of Snapdragon: A Journal of Art &Healing and Sink Hollow Anthology . She was invited to be a part of the newly formed Mississippi Museum of Art (MMA) Teen Council for 2018, a group of high school students fromthroughout the state who are invested in the arts and learn about the work of the museum curator, help around the museum, study current exhibits, and plan their own events at MMA, such as Teen’s Night last month MSA is a public statewide eleventh and twelfth grade residential high school located on the Historic Whitworth MSA literary students honored Special to Wesson News Taylor Downs (left) and Wesson's Katie Westbrook (right).